Happy New Year! 2000 Birds Fall From the Sky, Dead

Beebe, Arkansas rung in the new year by cleaning up the carcasses of more than 2000 dead red-winged black birds. 15 extra workers, environmental protection suits and all, were hired to pick up the birds. Which was completed on Sunday morning, according to the mayor.

Falling over approximately a 1 mile area of the city, the birds were apparently struck by lightning or high-altitude hail. No other dead birds were found outside of the 1 mile radius so that “pretty much ruled out poisoning or illness” says the mayor. Game and Fish Commission officials speculate fireworks could’ve startled the flock and they may have died of stress.

I blame white people, but I’m not sure why.

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More Accessories for the Nikon D7000

Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD LD Aspherical IF Macro Zoom Len released yesterday.

Buy it at Amazon.com for $649

The new lens features a Piezo Drive (PZD):

Ultrasonic motors are divided into two categories depending on the principle that generates the energy to move the drive: traveling wave motors and standing wave motors. Traveling wave motors include the ring type ultrasonic motor used in the recently launched 70-300mm F/4-5.6 VC USD as well as other lenses, but this lens employs a newer technology, the PZD (Piezo Drive), which functions on the standing wave principle.

A standing wave ultrasonic motor utilizes high-frequency voltage to extend and turn the piezoelectric (piezoceramic) element, thus moving the entire element in a standing wave movement. The metal tip is the contact point of the element to the rotor, and moves in an elliptic motion from the swiveling motion of the moving element, and the friction from this motion turns the rotor. Standing wave ultrasonic motors have the distinct advantage of being smaller than their traveling wave counterparts, and therefore allow a more compact SLR lens size.

New VC mechanism (moving coil method)”

Tamron’s original VC image stabilization mechanism utilized a moving magnet system whereby a heavy magnet was positioned near the moving VC lens element. In the new VC unit the positions of the magnet and the coil are reversed, because of this the VC optical lens element is attached to the coil. The new VC mechanism employs a moving coil mechanism with a lightweight coil, and the lighter coil reduces the load on the drive system. Thus, the lighter, more compact new VC unit contributes to the lens’s overall light weight and compact size.


  • Model: B008
  • Focal length: 18-270mm
  • Maximum aperture: F/3.5-6.3
  • Angle of view: (diagonal) 75° 33′-5° 55′
  • Lens construction: 16 elements, 13 groups
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.49m (19.3 in)
  • Maximum magnification ratio: 1:3.8 (at f = 270mm: MFD 0.49m)
  • Filter size: φ62mm
  • Length: 88mm¹, ² (3.5 in)
  • Entire Length: 96.4mm¹, ³ (3.8 in)
  • Diameter: φ74.4mm (2.9 in)
  • Weight: 450g¹ (15.9 oz)
  • No. of diaphragm blades: 7
  • Minimum aperture: F/22-40
  • Standard accessories: Flower-shaped lens hood
  • Compatible mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sony

Via [Photorumors]

blueSLR for Nikon Essential DSLR

blueSLR lets you control your digital SLR camera wirelessly using your compatible devices. Snap pics of pets and children with ease. Take self-portraits, or capture candid nature shots from up to 300 feet away. Connect blueSLR to your compatible digital SLR camera and use your compatible Bluetooth device to adjust your camera’s focus, shutter speed or timer.

$149 via blueslr.com

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