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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: 4-week Fundamentals class - Downtown


This 4 week class is meant to get you started in understanding your camera. "Auto" is more than a four letter word. It's the wrong mode setting for you. Learn all about shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how we can change them to affect our final image. We'll teach you how to quickly find the exposure information for the photo you are about to take. Topics covered also include auto-focus, white balance and how to stop getting blurry pictures in low light. To get started in photography and learn the fundamentals, this is the course for you. By the end of this four week class, we'll have you exploring your camera's settings and getting more out of your equipment. Class size limited. Offered at various locations throughout Indianapolis, Brownsburg, Carmel and Greenwood. Required equipment: DSLR camera.

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$125
When:November 15th, 2014 - December 6th, 2014
Times:10am-12pm
Where:Roberts Camera - Downtown
220 East St. Clair Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: 4-week Fundamentals class - Brownsburg


This 4 week class is meant to get you started in understanding your camera. "Auto" is more than a four letter word. It's the wrong mode setting for you. Learn all about shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how we can change them to affect our final image. We'll teach you how to quickly find the exposure information for the photo you are about to take. Topics covered also include auto-focus, white balance and how to stop getting blurry pictures in low light. To get started in photography and learn the fundamentals, this is the course for you. By the end of this four week class, we'll have you exploring your camera's settings and getting more out of your equipment. Class size limited. Offered at various locations throughout Indianapolis, Brownsburg, Carmel and Greenwood. Required equipment: DSLR camera.

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$125
When:November 5th, 2014 - November 26th, 2014
Times:6-8pm
Where:Starbucks Brownsburg
1085 N. Green Street
Greenwood, IN 46142
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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: 4-Week Fundamentals class - Greenwood


This 4 week class is meant to get you started in understanding your camera. "Auto" is more than a four letter word. It's the wrong mode setting for you. Learn all about shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how we can change them to affect our final image. We'll teach you how to quickly find the exposure information for the photo you are about to take. Topics covered also include auto-focus, white balance and how to stop getting blurry pictures in low light. To get started in photography and learn the fundamentals, this is the course for you. By the end of this four week class, we'll have you exploring your camera's settings and getting more out of your equipment. Class size limited. Offered at various locations throughout Indianapolis, Brownsburg, Carmel and Greenwood. Required equipment: DSLR camera.

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$125
When:November 4th, 2014 - November 25th, 2014
Times:6-8pm
Where:Strange Brew Coffee house -Greenwood
4800 W. Smith Valley Road
Greenwood, IN 46142
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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Jennifer Hall: 4-Week Fundamentals class - Broad Ripple


This 4 week class is meant to get you started in understanding your camera. "Auto" is more than a four letter word. It's the wrong mode setting for you. Learn all about shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how we can change them to affect our final image. We'll teach you how to quickly find the exposure information for the photo you are about to take. Topics covered also include auto-focus, white balance and how to stop getting blurry pictures in low light. To get started in photography and learn the fundamentals, this is the course for you. By the end of this four week class, we'll have you exploring your camera's settings and getting more out of your equipment. Class size limited. Offered at various locations throughout Indianapolis, Brownsburg, Carmel and Greenwood. Required equipment: DSLR camera.

Presented ByJennifer Hall
Cost:$125
When:November 3rd, 2014 - November 24th, 2014
Times:6-8pm
Where:Dunkin Doughnuts
1216 West 86th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46260
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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: 4-week Fundamentals class - Roche Diagnostics


This 4 week class is meant to get you started in understanding your camera. "Auto" is more than a four letter word. It's the wrong mode setting for you. Learn all about shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how we can change them to impact our final image. We'll teach you how to quickly find the exposure information for the photo you are about to take. Topics covered also include auto-focus, white balance and how to stop getting blurry pictures in low light. To get started in photography and learn the fundamentals, this is the course for you. By the end of this four week class, we'll have you exploring your camera's settings and getting more out of your equipment. Class size limited to 14.

THIS CLASS IS ONLY FOR ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS EMPLOYEES AND THEIR SPOUSES. EACH STUDENT WILL BE VERIFIED FOR ELIGIBILITY.

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$60
When:November 3rd, 2014 - November 24th, 2014
Times:5:30-7:30pm
Where:Roche Diagnostics Corp.
9115 Hague Road
Indianapolis, IN 46256
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John

Sony QX1 on Remote Camera Work


The Sony QX series cameras first arrived in the fall of 2013 and were intended to bridge the gap between small digital cameras and cell phones.  I wrote about these cameras last year when they first hit our shelves.  The biggest impression they left me with was the freedom of positioning the camera.  Sony has taken the QX system another major step forward with the brand new QX1 (available for pre-order).   The QX1 features an APS-C sized image sensor commonly used in entry level DSLRs from Canon, Nikon, Sony and others!

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Meredith Reinker

Roberts is Moving...Now What?!


If you haven't heard the news by now, we hope this will find it's way to you one way or another!

ROBERTS IS MOVING!  ROBERTS IS MOVING! ROBERTS IS MOVING!

This is a big deal for many reasons, but let me start with the some of the logistics and how it might impact you:

- We will be closed starting at 5:00pm on Thursday October 2nd.  Our Downtown store will be closed October 3rd, 4th and 5th...and the PLAN (let me really emphasize the word plan) is to reopen for business in our new location (220 E. St. Clair Street in Indianapolis) on Monday October 6th.

- During these days, the Carmel location will still be operating with normal business hours and can help you with anything that you need!

- For our wonderful on-line customers...unfortunately this move will delay our shipping for a few days.  Therefore, please place your orders no later than 2pm on Thursday, October 2nd to ensure that your order gets out that day.  Our website will still be accepting orders, but anything placed after October 2nd may not be shipped until Tuesday October 7th at the latest.  We are VERY sorry for this inconvenience because the last thing we ever want to do is miss out on an opportunity to help you out, but we will make every effort to get your goods to you as soon as we are operating effectively!

Are you going to make a ridiculously big deal out of the new store?

Ummm...Yes!  Save the date for our Grand Opening weekend, November 6th - November 8th!  It is going to be big! We are going to have amazing speakers, tons of seminars, tons of deals and tons of give-aways.  Trust me...you don't want to miss it.  We will release all the details soon!

Why are we moving?

There are MANY answers to this question, but the most concise one is that we need room to grow and adapt and change with this new on-line retail market place.  My dad has always been a huge proponent of change.  It is the reason that Roberts has stayed relevant for as long as it has.  We want room to bring in more product lines and more variety.  We want to offer our retail customers an experience vs. just a showroom.  Try out the camera, try out that lens, test out some studio equipment.  Photography should be an experience and we hope to bring that to our new store.  We need a better warehouse and shipping area to help grow our on-line offerings and processes.  We are making a big splash in the used camera business and what better way to bring people this great gear (at really great prices) than to have a big used camera showroom and tons of inventory to choose from!  The Midwest has a large and vibrant photography community and you deserve a place with an extensive selection of used gear and we want to be the ones to deliver it to you.  We also know that not everyone can buy the latest and greatest...you might just need to rent something for a few days?  Well, we can help you there too!  We are going to be expanding our rental offerings (this will happen over time) with some of the hottest new lenses, video gear, audio gear and more.  And, we will finally have a lovely on-site classroom to help bring more amazing seminars and workshops to Indy!  Oh yeah...the parking is better too!  We can't promise a parking lot like you would see at Target - I mean we are still downtown, but we can promise it's better than what we have!  This is just a small teaser...

New Store Build Out

While change is great and necessary (more emphasis on necessary), let me tell you what is not going to change:

Our commitment to the customer and to providing a great experience.  We will continue to do whatever we can to make sure that you get what you need, we will listen to you and your needs and give you our best opinions.  We will work to continue to give you the best pricing, and we will continue to educate you so that you can get the most out of your equipment.  AND, we will continue to have a staff that is as passionate and knowledgable about photography as you are.

In short - we never have and never want to be a transactional business where we see you once every 5 years when your camera breaks and you come into get a new one.  We like relationships, we like friends. We want to focus on the lifecycle of your camera and you as a photographer.  We hope you get your first camera here, take some great classes to learn how to use it, buy some cheap used gear as you make your way through life, trade in your old camera for cash when you get your first job and buy the hot new camera, take some more classes to master lighting, Lightroom, and light painting, let us help you with the repair process when you drop it, buy some new lenses when you get ready to go on your honeymoon, get your trip pictures printed here, trade up your camera when that perfect job comes along, get a new camera with a great lens to capture every moment of your child's first years, probably get some pictures printed on canvas, take some classes on portrait photography and sports photography, buy some BIG lenses to capture every second of every sports game, trade in your camera to help pay for college, college is over - time to get the hottest new camera with the best lens because your are finally taking that trip of your dreams!  That was not short at all was it?  You get the point.  We want to be there for everything.  Let us help you achieve your vision and capture every memory...because it goes fast right?

Why else is this move a BIG deal?

Well, for starters we have been in this building (yep, the one below) at 255 S. Meridian Street since 1970.  That is 44 years of history, inventory, paperwork, pictures, cameras, clocks, jewelry, weird figurines and more that we have to sort through.  We want to make sure that we are bringing only the best to our new store location.

Roberts Building

This move is a pretty big deal to me personally as well.  My grandparents started Roberts in 1957 and truly put everything they had on the line to buy this building and make this business work.  I learned a lot from them about character, loyalty and hard work.  But for me, it is more about my relationship with my dad.   read more



Derek

Panasonic Announces New GM5 and LX100


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Two new cameras announced by Panasonic today, one an entry into their G line of mirrorless compacts based on the 4/3 system, and the other a rather thinly veiled competitor to Sony's RX100 line of large sensor compacts called the, er, LX100. Yeah... So, there's that.

The GM5 will be a new entry in their "fashion" conscious line of mirrorless bodies, and will slot in above it's older and lesser sibling the GM1. Most notable in the differences is the sprouting of an EVF on the GM5, as well as a hotshoe (using the same ISO-standard mount and pin configuration of all Olympus and Panasonic flashes.) Also of curious note is a maximum shutter sped of 1/16,000. Which is not something I read every day. It's a pretty solid shooter in other regards too, with a 16 megapixel sensor, ISO up to 25,600, a much improved AF system, built-in WiFi, and a continuous drive of almost 6fps. Release is Novemberish and it'll run $899 with a 24-64mm equivalent lens.

Lumix DMC-GM5 with 12-32mm

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The other camera, the LX100, is part of a quickly growing market of compacts with 1" sensors and fast lenses. The Panasonic entry is a step-up from its already tried-and-true LX series including the LX7, and will sport a 12 megapixel sensor behind a newly Leica-designed 24-75mm f1.8-2.8 equivalent lens. It has a high resolution EVF for still shooting, and on the video side does the regular HD twins of 720 and 1080, but is also ready to do 4K at 30fps. It'll turn in focus times as fast as .014 second, with the depth from defocus feature inherited from the bigger G series to help cheat a bit more subject/background separation from the still ultimately smaller sensor. It'll go as fast as 1/4000 second with the mechanical shutter and up to 1/16,000 with the electronic. Wifi, NFC, yadda yadda. And an $899 price tag this fall.

Lumix LX100



Derek

Canon Announces New G7 X, Three New Lenses, 2 Other New Powershots


The 7D Mk II wasn't Canon's only new announcement today. Oh no. They've kept me and my minion hopping this morning with a total of 7 new products. Sure, the 7D Mk II is probably the most exciting, but let's just give the others a quick skim here.

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Second most exciting is probably the G7 X professional compact. As always representing the high end of Canon's compact line, and aimed at being a support camera for pros, the G7 X sports a 20.2 megapixel Canon-Powershot-first 1" CMOS sensor behind a 24-100mm f1.8-2.8 equivalent zoom lens. The optical viewfinder has gone the way of the dodo still, which'll be a strike against it for a lot of you we know. To make up for it the LCD is a nice 3" mutil-angle touch model, though the usual complaints about daylight visibility we can't speak to from the spec sheet alone. For novelty, it has 4 new scene modes for capturing starry skies, and for actually being useful it has raw file support. Wifi is built in, and of course it does 720p and 1080p video.

It'll set you back a not-unreasonable $699.99 next month, we hope.

Preorder a G7 X

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Let's go ahead an knock out the other two PowerShots real quick, because while nice they're a bit more "another year, another camera" than most of today's announcements. The SX60 HS' standout feature is the  65x optical zoom (equivalent to 21-1365mm). It's got a 16mp sensor being piped through a DIGIC 6 processor, built-in GPS, and will run $549.99 next month. The N2 is the update to last year's funky square selfie cam, and, er, yeah. It's still a funky, square selfie cam. Built-in NFC and wifi set it up for quick social sharing, and an 8x zoom helps it, ah, zoom? It'll run $299.99 later this year, in black or white.

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Back to more interesting products we have an unexpected update to the 400mm DO IS, called as you might expect the  EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM. If you're not used to the green ring lenses here (and what with there only being a couple of them, and them being specialty as is we won't blame ya) the DO lenses use diffractive optical (DO) elements, which are schmancy exotics that raise the cost but lower the size and weight of the lens. The 400mm DO II will weigh only 4.8lbs, which is still half the weight of the 400mm 2.8 II, so, there's that. If you need a more affordable, lighter telephoto than the 400mm f2.8 II, but still have a bit of money to burn on a premium telephoto this might be worth a look, and will require you to drop $6,899.00 to add to your bag. Preorders while we wait on it to begin shipping are here:

EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM

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Also new is a 24-105mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, which is their first full-frame zoom with a stepping motor for smooth AF in video mode. That's actually pretty much the sales pitch, it's a full-frame zoom with STM for smooth video AF though not particularly exciting aperture ranges, and it'll set you back a reasonable $599.99 for the combination.

EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

 

And, lastly, how about a 24mm STM pancake prime?

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You might notice it says "EFS" on there, so, full-framers need not apply here. But for you APS-C guys (like that new 7D Mk II) who'd enjoy a compact, light 24mm f.8, well, soon enough $149.99 will get you one. And it's STM to boot.

EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM

 



Derek

About Time It Got Here: The Canon EOS 7D Mk II


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After what seems like ages of speculation and price drops and rebates on the original EOS 7D, Canon has finally announced the actually truthfully long-awaited successor to the EOS 7D. Sitting atop their APS-C line the EOS 7D line is aimed at professionals who prefer the weight and space savings of a compact body. And previously, that trade in size was at the cost of the absolute very best performance going, but if I'm reading that spec sheet right, the EOS 7D Mk II doesn't really come with any of those trade-offs.

So, I said it's an APS-C model, and to be specific it's of their beloved funky 1.6x crop factor. Full-frame shooters still need to look at the 5D or 1D X line. The sensor is a newly developed 20.2 megapixel model being piped through not one but two of those shiny new DIGIC 6 processors. As a result, you get native ISO of 100-16,000 (expanded 100-51,600) and 10 frames per second continuous shooting for 31 raw frames or 1,090 JPG. And, because fast shooting like that needs a strong AF system underneath it, Canon has drastically upgraded the AF module for this camera. It features 65 points now, and every one of them is the more accurate cross-type. EVERY. ONE. The center one is also sensitive down to -3EV, but really, can we go back to talking about how Canon fit 65 cross-type points on a sensor? I don't envy their engineers these past couple years, I'll tell ya that. To round out the imaging heart is a new 150,000-pixel RGB+IR 252-zone metering sensor, and a shutter life beefed up to 200,000 exposures.

So clearly the 7D Mark II is off to a solid start. Let's see what else there is in the announcement here. Hmmmm-hmm-hmm. Well, in addition to being a boss all cross-type AF system, it inherits the dual-pixel AF from its little bro the 70D letting it do contrast and phase detection at each point for smoother more accurate focus in live view and especially in video mode. It picks up the HDR and multiple exposure modes found in its full-frame counterpart, the 5D Mark III. Additional flexibility comes through the addition of an intervalometer and a bulb timer for those creative time lapse projects. The "Intelligent Viewfinder" has approx. 100% coverage, the LCD is a bit smaller than the going rate at just 3", but is at least 1,040,000 dots for making images look downright fuzzy as soon as you import them to your computer, and hey, it looks like GPS is built right on in there.

Video mode gets a bump, with it shooting in 720p or 1080p at up to 60fps, which it says enables it to do slow-motion capture at full resolution in either the ALL-I or IPB codec. You can also record in .MOV or .MP4, if you're into the more use-ready formats. A mini-HDMI port will pipe uncompressed stream to an external recording unit if you're looking to use this more professionally for your video workflow.

Canon's saying shipments will start in November, and you're looking at $1,799.00 body only or $2,149.00 with an 18-135mm STM lens. It'll use yet-another-new battery, the LP-E6N (though it will be backwards compatible with your LP-E6s if you have some), and a new battery grip, the BG-E16 (also works with the older LP-E6s), and a new wireless file transmitter in the form of the WFT-E7A Version 2. So, the camera itself is a nice price point, but if you want a grip or wireless transfer budget a little extra for accessories this time around.

Preorders? Eee-yup.

EOS 7D Mk II Body Only

EOS 7D Mk II with 18-135mm STM

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