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 Thursday, October 23, 2014
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera (review) available for $5,199.99 with free shipping. Compare at $6,799.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/23/2014 3:19:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon:
 
On Display for the First Time in the U.S. will be the New Cinema EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera, EOS 7D Mark II and PowerShot G7 X Digital Cameras along with the Latest in Lenses and Professional Printing Solutions
 
NEW YORK, October 23, 2014 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will demonstrate its latest digital camera optics and printer lineup, including the recently announced EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera, at PhotoPlus Expo 2014 in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, October 30 - November 1, 2014 in Booth #121.
 
Visitors to the Canon booth will have the opportunity to see the new EOS C100 Mark II, the latest addition to the Company’s Cinema EOS line of professional Super 35mm digital cameras. Additionally, PhotoPlus Expo attendees can try, firsthand, the powerful new EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera, the full line of Canon EOS and Cinema EOS cameras, EF and CN-E lenses, Canon’s professional and consumer camcorders, and the latest in PowerShot cameras including the new PowerShot G7 X. The Company will also be showing its gallery of PIXMA PRO and imagePROGRAF large format professional inkjet prints and will feature stunning images from Canon’s Explorers of Light, as well as live printing demonstrations throughout the show.
 
For the first time at PhotoPlus Expo, the Canon booth will feature images from the Austin, TX, and Seattle, WA, portions of the 2014 PIXMA PRO City Senses Tour. Attendees can experience this interactive image gallery that brings the printed image to life through the senses of touch, taste, smell and sound. The PIXMA PRO City Senses Tour began in 2013 and this year traveled to three new cities -- Boston, MA, Austin, TX, and Seattle, WA, with celebrity hosts and photographers Donnie Wahlberg, Michael B. Jordan, and Joel McHale.
 
Canon will continue its Live Learning Stage educational series with a combination of lectures and live photo shoots featuring professional photographers, videographers and Canon Explorers of Light. Professionals such as Scott Kelby, Alex Buono, Peter Read Miller, Adam Jones and Michele Celentano will discuss and demonstrate their personal expertise and share their experience with audiences. The Live Learning Stage presentation series, which is open to all attendees, will take place throughout the duration of PhotoPlus Expo. Canon will also host demonstrations of portrait lighting using Canon’s Speedlite system, time lapse video shooting, 4K video for still-frame output to PIXMA PRO-100 and imagePROGRAF iPF6400 printers, and an EOS 7D Mark II demonstration.
 
Canon Solutions on Display
Attendees will be treated to stunning images in amazing detail and accurate color courtesy of the REALiS WUX6000 and REALiS WUX400ST LCOS projectors, casting images onto a large 130-inch screen. The demonstration will show how REALiS projectors can help professional photographers showcase their work in a large format to clients in studios and galleries to help them visualize for image selection or entice them to order large-format prints. In addition, a REALiS WUX400ST will be displaying a digital signage application running Canon commercials on a loop, an ideal solution for both advertising and education fields.
 
Canon CPS Lounge
Canon Professional Services will once again host the CPS Lounge where Gold, Platinum and Cinema CPS members can have their Canon equipment (up to two current Professional DSLR bodies or lenses*) cleaned and checked during Expo hours starting Thursday, October 30th through Saturday, November 1st in Room 2D12.
 
CPS Lounge Hours during PhotoPlus Expo 2014:
 
10/30 - 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
10/31 - 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
11/01 - 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (equipment pick-up only, no new items accepted)
 
This exclusive lounge area also provides members with a product showcase and the opportunity for Gold, Platinum and Cinema CPS members to have one of their own images printed free, on a PIXMA PRO-1 or PIXMA PRO-100 printer, as well as a free imagePROGRAF Large Format Print (limit one imagePROGRAF and one PIXMA PRO print per qualifying member). A registration kiosk will be available in the CPS Lounge for new and existing members throughout the show. Those who sign up, upgrade, or renew a Gold or Platinum CPS Membership in the CPS Lounge during the show will receive an additional free clean and check coupon to be used at a later date.
 
Canon will also feature technicians directly in the Canon booth, performing CPS customer clean and checks. This area will highlight Canon’s “Support Matters” advertising campaign featuring peer-to-peer testimonials about Canon’s Professional Service and Support from professional photographers and cinematographers.
 
Canon 2014 PhotoPlus Expo In-Booth Speaker/Shooter Schedule
 
Thursday, October 30thFriday, October 31stSaturday, November 1st
10:00 AMClay Blackmore
Live Shoot!
Clay Blackmore
Live Shoot!
Hanson Fong
Live Shoot!
10:45 AMKevin Shahinian
Cinema with a DSLR
Lecture Presentation
Scott Kelby
What’s New in Action!
Lecture Presentation
Peter Read Miller
Sports, Illustrated!
Lecture Presentation
11:30 AMTyler Stableford
Art From Cinema to Print
Lecture Presentation
Stephen Johnson
Portraying an Exquisite Earth
Lecture Presentation
Alex Buono
Live from NY it’s Alex Buono
Lecture Presentation
12:15 PMMichele Celentano
Live Shoot!
Ken Sklute
Live Shoot!
Harry Benson
Being There!
Lecture Presentation
1:00 PMAdam Jones
Wildlife &7D Mark II
Lecture Presentation
Peter Read Miller
Sports, Illustrated!
Lecture Presentation
Michele Celentano
Live Shoot!
1:45 PMBruce Dorn
Cinemaphotography
Lecture Presentation
Robert Farber
Printing Art
Lecture Presentation
Adam Jones
Wildlife &7D Mark II
Lecture Presentation
2:30 PMScott Kelby
What’s New in Action!
Lecture Presentation
Jack Reznicki
Live Shoot!
Vincent Laforet
Transition from Photo to Filmmaking
Lecture Presentation
3:15 PMTim Laman
Birds of Paradise
Lecture Presentation
Greg Heisler
Portraiture
Lecture Presentation
Greg Heisler
Live Shoot!
4:00 PMHanson Fong
Live Shoot!
Tim Laman
Birds of Paradise
Lecture Presentation
 
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/23/2014 12:49:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samsung 64GB PRO Micro SDXC 90MB/s Class 10 Memory Card
Amazon has the Samsung 64GB PRO Micro SDXC 90MB/s Class 10 Memory Card available for $52.45. Compare at $64.99.
Post Date: 10/23/2014 9:40:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro Lens
From Tamron:
 
Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono; Head office: Saitama-shi), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, announced that it had produced a total of 5 million high-power zoom lenses* for interchangeable-lens cameras as of September 30, 2014.
 
Over 22 years since Tamron released the AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical (Model 71D) in 1992, the company has continued to develop innovative high-power zoom lenses as a "pioneer of high-power zoom lenses" such as further expanding the focal range, realizing astounding lightweight and compact structure, supporting digital SLR cameras, incorporating VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanisms, and implementing the PZD (Piezo Drive) ultrasonic motor.
 
Tamron has announced that it has produced a total of 5 million Tamron high-power zoom lenses as a result of the development of high-power zoom lenses spanning the past 22 years.
 
At present, Tamron has a wide lineup of high-power zoom lenses supporting various camera formats. In particular, during 2014, the company has released the 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO (Model B016) for APS-C sized digital SLR cameras with a world-first 18.8x zoom, the 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD (Model A010) supporting full-frame digital SLR cameras, and the 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III (Model C001) for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras.
 
*Tamron defines high-power zoom lenses as lenses with a 7x zoom or higher.
 
See Tamron's All-In-One Zoom History and Tamron's Currenty High-power Zoom Lineup (.pdf).
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 10/23/2014 9:27:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Kit
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $549.99 with free shipping. Compare at $699.00 after $150.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
 
Relevant Reviews
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/23/2014 8:26:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Sigma:
 
Canon Mount Firmware 1.03 – It has optimized the lens firmware for SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 and TC-2001.
 
Note: Before upgrading the firmware of 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S013, please first update your SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver1.2.0.
 
Download via Optimization Pro Software and install via Sigma's USB Dock.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/23/2014 8:08:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon COOLPIX A Digital Camera
The Nikon COOLPIX A's price was just north of $1,000.00 two weeks ago. Today, it's only $699.00.
 
A refurbished unit is even less – just $599.95. Does this indicate a replacement is on the horizon?
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 16.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • NIKKOR 18.5mm Lens (35mm Equiv: 28mm)
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video with Stereo Sound
  • Capture Photos in RAW Format
  • Manual Focus Ring Adjustment
  • Auto and Manual Exposure Bracketing
  • Wi-Fi via Optional WU-1a Adapter
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/23/2014 6:52:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sennheiser EW112PG3A Wireless Microphone Kit
Post Date: 10/23/2014 6:21:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Refurbished Nikon COOLPIX AW110 All-Weather Camera
Use coupon code EXPEDITION ($39.05 off) at BuyDig.com to get the Refurbished Nikon COOLPIX AW110 All-Weather Camera for $149.95 with free shipping. Regularly $189.00
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/22/2014 1:28:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,619.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,199.00 after $200.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/22/2014 1:07:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Nikon D750 DSLR Camera available for $1,849.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,296.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/22/2014 10:50:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
eBay (via Deals-All-Year) has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $2,759.00 with free shipping. Compare at $3,296.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/22/2014 10:46:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon 50-1000mm Cine Servo Lens
B&H has the Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0 - T8.9 Lens available for preorder.
 
Unfortunately, the $70,200.00 lens does not qualify for free shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/22/2014 10:40:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tascam DR-44WL Handheld Recorder with Wi-Fi
B&H now has the Tascam DR-44WL Handheld Recorder with Wi-Fi in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Wi-Fi Enabled Control and File Transfers
  • Stereo XY Condenser Microphone
  • 2x Combo XLR Inputs
  • 4-Track Multitrack Mode
  • 24-bit/96kHz Recording
  • Dual-Level Recording
  • Dual-Format Recording
  • Record to SD Cards
  • Windscreen, Mic Grip, Shoe Mount Adapter
  • microSD Adapter, microSD Card, Case
Post Date: 10/22/2014 8:49:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM Lens
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and product images have been added to the Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM Lens Review page.
 
B&H has the Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM Lens in stock.
Post Date: 10/22/2014 8:10:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Photoshelter:
 
Having trouble navigating copyright and social media sites' terms of service? You're not alone - this daunting task can be a tough one. In this special webinar panel with copyright expert Bill Cramer, founder and CEO of Wonderful Machine, and Kristine Hsu of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts we'll discuss the key facts you need to know regarding copyright and what can be hidden in those lengthy terms of service on some of the most popular social media sites. Cramer and Hsu will dive into case studies from recent court cases involving photographers and their work, the best workflow practices to get your copyright registered, and much more.
 
Lead by PhotoShelter co-founder Allen Murabayashi, this free 1 hr webinar will cover:
 
  • How often you should register your images for copyright
  • What to do when someone has infringed your copyright
  • Fair Use: what is it, and when is it legal?
  • The in's and out's of image protection on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram
Register now for this free webinar panel happening Thursday, Oct. 23 at 2:30pm ET.
 
Register Now
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/22/2014 8:01:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Canon EOS C100 Mark II Cinema Camera
From Canon USA:Features MP4 and AVCHD 1080/60p Recording, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Face-Detection Autofocus (AF), Redesigned Viewfinder and OLED Panel, Built-In Canon Log Look-Up Table, and Wireless File Transfer
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 21, 2014 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera, the latest edition to the Canon Cinema EOS line of professional Super 35mm 8.3 megapixel CMOS cameras and the second-generation version of the popular Canon EOS C100 Digital Video Camera.
 
Designed for economical film and video productions such as documentary and remote broadcast crews, wedding and event coverage, indie film productions, as well as film schools and business and government users, the new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera, features advanced image processing, AVCHD and MP4 1920x1080/60p recording, uncompressed YCbCr output from HDMI, and many other new and enhanced capabilities for improved picture quality, operability, and convenient handling. Delivering a cinematic look with shallow depth of field and high sensitivity in low-light environments, the new EOS C100 Mark II camera weighs just 2.5 lbs. and is compatible with over 103 Canon EF Series lenses, including STM models which can deliver smooth and silent autofocus during filmmaking.
 
“Canon’s commitment to the advancement of tools for visual expression takes another major step forward with the introduction of the EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Drawing on input from Canon’s global community of Cinema EOS camera users and from digital filmmakers using Canon EF lenses – 100 million of which have now been produced worldwide – the Company has added new capabilities to the EOS C100 Mark II from its predecessor that powerfully leverage our considerable expertise in optics, imaging, and digital signal processing. The result is an improved, affordable Super 35mm CMOS digital camera that is designed to provide outstanding HD image quality, operational performance, ergonomics, and workflow convenience.”
 
Design Enhancements
Optimized for one-person operation, the new EOS C100 Mark II camera has a mobile core design enabling users to choose their preferred style of shooting. The existing design has been enhanced to include a large-size detachable eyecup for the camera’s large 68-degree tilting 0.45-inch 1.23 megapixel color EVF (electronic viewfinder). Clearly marked red trigger buttons on the camera body, top handle, grip, and a built-in mono microphone on the camera body - for times when the top handle is not attached - can be used to capture basic sound for audio notation or as an aid to audio syncing during post.
 
Another major redesign of the new EOS C100 Mark II over its predecessor is an innovatively hinged 3.5-inch 1.23 megapixel OLED display panel, delivering 100 percent field-of-view coverage, wide color range support, and improved viewing even in bright sunshine. The new hinge design - which folds the panel shut when stowed, protecting the OLED surface - opens 180 degrees to reveal function keys and a joystick. The panel can open even further to 270 degrees to deploy against the side of the camera to provide monitoring for directors and other production personnel. Additional design improvements on the camera body include 17 assignable recessed function buttons, dual SD card slots with a transparent cover, and a simplified battery insertion and removal release.
 
Visual Expression
Previously available only as an optional upgrade for earlier Cinema EOS models, Dual Pixel CMOS AF is a standard feature on the new EOS C100 Mark II, providing enhanced autofocusing capability. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology helps provide smooth and consistent autofocus, so that focus transitions are natural looking and subjects can remain in focus even as they move off center. In addition, the compatibility of Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Canon EF autofocus lenses combines outstanding optical tools with a wide range of creative options. It’s ideal for shooting sports, weddings and many more productions where focus pulling by a single operator is not feasible, such as when the video camera is attached to steadicams or drones. The EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera also includes Face-Detection AF , a first in the Cinema EOS camera line, which utilizes contrast detection AF to maintain focus across most of the image plane, an advantage in one-person electronic news gathering (ENG) situations.
 
Imaging and Recording
Central to many of the new features of the new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera is its advanced Canon DIGIC DV4 image processor. The Canon DIGIC DV4 image processor separates the RGB output from the camera’s 8.3 Megapixel CMOS imager into three individual 8 megapixel signals (as opposed to 2MB in the EOS C100) for noticeably improved image quality. The Canon DIGIC DV4 processor also includes a new debayering algorithm to help minimize moiré and reduce video noise even at high ISO speeds. (high-sensitivity recording on the camera ranges from ISO 320 to 80,000).
 
Another important benefit of the Canon DIGIC DV4 processor is Full HD recording in both the high-quality professional format AVCHD or the popular web-friendly MP4 format at a variety of bit rates (up to 28 Mbps and 35 Mbps, respectively), resolutions, and frame rates (up to the smooth look of 59.94p) to suit practically any production need. For special-effect requirements, slow and fast motion MP4 recording at up to 1920x1080/60p can also be performed.
 
Users can choose from multiple formats that support MP4 or AVCHD to suit a wide variety of production, post, and output needs. The EOS C100 Mark II camera’s dual SD card slots can record in one or both formats simultaneously for back-up, or convert AVCHD and MP4 files into smaller MP4 files for web upload. Extended clip times can be achieved by recording continuously from one card to the other without a break. In addition, a Data Import Utility application is included that can seamlessly join divided files to help reduce work during editing and to import video file data from an SD card inside the camera or a card reader.
 
As with the other cameras in Canon’s Cinema EOS line, the new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera includes Canon Log as a recording choice, providing maximum dynamic range for post-production color grading. New, however, is the addition of a built-in LUT (look-up table), enabling users to view the camera’s live video signal in Wide DR (dynamic range) or the BT.709 (TV standard) color space on the OLED or any external monitor connected to the camera’s locking HDMI output (this feature can be turned off in the menu). Uncompressed video output (with time code data and 2:3 pull-down markers superimposed) can be output via HDMI to an external recorder.
 
Connectivity Innovations
The addition of wireless file-transfer capabilities further expands the versatility of the new EOS C100 Mark II camera for multiple production applications, including transferring time-critical news video or backing-up files. Utilizing dual 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz frequencies, the camera can transfer video files via FTP server for instant relay, or send MP4 video to the web browsers of laptops or tablets for viewing and storage (even on PC’s lacking playback software). Remote control of the camera is also enabled via a compatible smartphone, tablet, or laptop. The new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera also includes compatibility with the optional multi-functional Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller, which can be used to adjust image quality and other important operations from a distance, a handy feature for shooting from a jib arm, drone, or other inaccessible location.
 
In addition, the optional Canon GP-E2 EOS GPS Receiver can be connected to the EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera using a USB cable to record location and time information during shooting, a helpful feature for editing and archiving.
 
Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera is scheduled to be available at the end of December 2014 for an estimated retail price of $5,499.00.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/21/2014 8:52:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From science.nasa.gov:
 
Sunsets are always pretty. One sunset this month could be out of this world. On Thursday, Oct. 23rd, the setting sun across eastern parts of the USA will be red, beautiful and … crescent-shaped.
 
"It's a partial solar eclipse," explains longtime NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak. In other words, the New Moon is going to 'take a bite' out of the sun.
 
A total eclipse is when the Moon passes directly in front of the sun, completely hiding the solar disk and allowing the sun's ghostly corona to spring into view. A partial eclipse is when the Moon passes in front of the sun, off-center, with a fraction of the bright disk remaining uncovered.
 
The partial eclipse of Oct. 23rd will be visible from all of the United States except Hawaii and New England. Coverage ranges from 12% in Florida to nearly 70% in Alaska. Weather permitting, almost everyone in North America will be able to see the crescent.
 
The eclipse will be especially beautiful in eastern parts of the USA, where the Moon and sun line up at the end of the day, transforming the usual sunset into something weird and wonderful.
 
Read the entire article on science.nasa.gov or check out the video above! If you live in the USA, check out this location table to find out when you can expect to see the partial eclipse.
Post Date: 10/21/2014 2:21:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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