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 Wednesday, December 7, 2011
From the CompactFlash Association:
The CompactFlash Association Announces the Recently Adopted XQDTM Specification as a New Memory Card Format
XQD Introduces Industry Leading Performance
XQD Memory Card
CUPERTINO, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The CompactFlash Association (CFA) is pleased to announce the release of the XQD specification as a new high performance memory card. This XQD specification is based on the PCI Express® specification, which provides a solid base for future performance scaling.
“The XQD format will enable further evolution of hardware and imaging applications, and widen the memory card options available to CompactFlash users such as professional photographers”.
The CFA has adopted a new card specification with exciting performance and storage capabilities.
The key features of the XQD format include:
Optimized form-factor
• Dimensions : 38.5 x 29.8 x 3.8mm
• Durable & Robust
Scalable High Performance Interface
• PCI Express: 2.5Gbps today and 5Gbps Future
Actual Write Speeds
• Target 125MB/sec and Higher
To distinguish the new memory card format, an XQD compatibility mark has been created.
“The XQD format will enable further evolution of hardware and imaging applications, and widen the memory card options available to CompactFlash users such as professional photographers,” said Mr. Shigeto Kanda of Canon, chairman of the board, CFA.
XQD cards will be shown at the CompactFlash Association booth at CP+ 2012, February 9-12 in Yokohama, Japan.
Licensing for CFA members will start in early 2012. Please contact the CompactFlash office for more information.
Post Date: 12/7/2011 4:02:13 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
One day only: Adorama has the Flashpoint 2-Light SoftBox Kit (continuous cool fluorescent lamps, 5500K bulbs, stands & carrying case) on sale for $99.95 (reg $134.95) shipped.
Post Date: 12/7/2011 3:02:51 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
AWeber Communications has produced an Email Marketing Guide for Photographers - it is available for free download here.
Post Date: 12/7/2011 2:39:24 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Take advantage of the Zacuto end of year savings at B&H - Save $100.00 instantly on the Zacuto Target Shooter and save $200.00 instantly on the Zacuto Striker.
Post Date: 12/6/2011 6:31:38 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan has the Rokinon (Samyang) 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon for only $249.00 shipped (about $30.00 - $40.00 off).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/6/2011 6:29:34 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens for only $1,974.00 shipped - regularly $2,499.00.
Adorama has the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens for only $1,939.00 using coupon code S5554444.
Both are great deals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/6/2011 12:11:43 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I want to share some thoughts about Backing Up When on the Road with you.
Hopefully you can find a new idea for improving your own travel backup plan.
Post Date: 12/6/2011 12:03:51 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The ultimate gift for a photographer would of course be a Digital SLR or a lens (and you may reap the benefits of your favorite photographer having these), but here are some less expensive Christmas gift ideas for the photographers on your list.
Sanyo Eneloop Batteries
Sanyo Eneloop Batteries have a very slow discharge rate and hold up very well in use. These are my choice in rechargeable batteries - and everyone has something battery-powered (Canon Speedlite Flashes use size AA batteries). The starter kit is a great option.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Lens
Not all lenses are expensive. And this inexpensive lens has very good image quality. The 50 f/1.8 is not a ruggedly built lens, but it is a great introduction to wide aperture prime lenses for someone who only has a kit lens.
B+W XS-Pro MRC Nano Kaeseman Circular Polarizing Filter
I regard the circular polarizer my most important filter - it makes a huge difference in my image quality in certain circumstances (including mid-day sunlight), and the B+W XS-Pro is top of the line in all regards.
Memory Cards
All photographers need them, you can never have too many. Extra memory cards allow photos to be retained longer for backup purposes - or they allow more photos to be taken in the first place. Bigger and faster is usually better.
Camera Cases
All photographers need good cases for their gear. Lowepro and Think Tank Photo are my favorite overall brands. Perhaps a toploader, sling bag or backpack would work for your recipient.
External Hard Drive
Far too many photographers are not properly backing up their photos (including at least one off-site copy). External hard drives make it easy to do this. If 1TB is enough storage space, the Western Digital Passport Drives are a great choice (I have about a dozen of these).
Everyone can use them - and you can't have too many. Prices range from a few dollars to an incredible $7,399.00. Consider the battery type required when making your selection. We have standardized on AA and AAA batteries at our house - and use the Eneloop batteries in most of these devices.
Canon Lens Mug
A lens mug is sure to bring a smile from your recipient. Check on eBay for more options.
Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid
For the serious photographer on your list, consider a focus calibration aid.
Kenko Extension Tube Set
Extension tubes allow most lenses to focus closer - giving them more macro ability. The Kenko set is a good value and is sure to bring your recipient hours of entertainment.
Extra Camera Battery
It is always helpful to have a fully-charged spare battery available. Select the right model on this linked-to page.
Gift Cards
Give your recipient the joy of shopping at one of their favorite stores.
Zeiss Microfiber Cloth
You can't have too many microfiber cleaning cloths - and this one has a classy name on it. Give them the entire pack of four or hand everyone in your group/family/office/client list an individual cloth for a useful but inexpensive gift. Or, use them to wrap small gifts.
Kindle eBook Reader
Reading is a great way to improve photography skills and the Amazon Kindle is a great device to read with.
Rocket Blower
The Rocket Blower is another item that you can't have too many of. They make great stocking stuffers - and they are great for harassing the cat.
Lenspens are also small and inexpensive, but invaluable for cleaning lenses and filters.
Post Date: 12/6/2011 10:10:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 5, 2011
B&H has the Manfrotto 190 More 3-Section Aluminum Tripod for $169.95 shipped.
"The Manfrotto 190 More 3-Section Aluminum Tripod is a special, extended version of the well-loved [recommended] 190XPROB model tripod."
The price is after $20 instant savings and a $25 mail in rebate.
Post Date: 12/5/2011 1:30:25 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/5/2011 1:23:55 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Hot Deal: B&H has the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens for only $1,394.00
This is at least $220.00 off of the regular without-rebate price - which is up to $1,699.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/5/2011 1:07:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Profoto:
Profoto Introduces New Umbrella XL Product Line
ew Light Shaping Tools ideal for portrait and fashion photography
Elmsford, NY (December 1, 2011) – Profoto, the world's leading manufacturer of professional photography lighting and Light Shaping Tools, is proud to introduce the new Umbrella XL product line.
"The new Profoto Umbrella XL products were created with professional portrait and fashion photographers in mind," said Mark Rezzonico, VP Product Group. "These new light shaping tools create a smooth yet distinctive light, allowing photographers to perfectly illuminate a single person or even small groups with just a single light source."
Available in three versions – white, silver and translucent – the new Profoto Umbrella XL features a diameter of 65” with a slightly parabolic shape that allows photographers to change the light distribution by simply sliding the umbrella shaft inside the flash head. In addition, the light spread can also be adjusted by moving the Zoom Reflector back or forth, creating an even more versatile look.
The Profoto Umbrella XL fits on all Profoto flash heads and monolights. It can also be mounted on Profoto’s Cine Reflector, and thereby can be used with the new line of continuous light sources – ProDaylight 800 Air and ProTungsten 1000 Air.
There is also an optional front diffuser available to soften the light and reduce the intensity by 1.5 f/stops, practically converting the white and silver models into a fully functioning Octabox. An optional stand adapter allows photographers to mount the umbrella on a light stand, or for use with other flash brands.
All three versions come in a rugged transport bag. They are available now at local photo retailers throughout the U.S. starting at around $300.
B&H carries Profoto Umbrellas.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 12/5/2011 10:48:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, December 4, 2011
Canon USA has announced rebates or upgraded rebates on the following Canon EOS DSLR Cameras:
ModelRebate Amount
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Buy$100.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS 7D Buy$100.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS 60D Buy$100.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D Buy$100.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D Buy$100.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS Rebel T3 / 1100D Buy$50.00 - $300.00

Here are the Canon rebate flyers for the 5DII/7D/60D, T3i/T2i and T3.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/4/2011 8:59:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, December 3, 2011
Adorama has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens for only $1,974.00 shipped - regularly $2,499.00. No expiration date given - act fast! (thanks Sean)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/3/2011 5:53:05 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 2, 2011
Use coupon code Thanks10 to save 10% on all Hoya Filters at Abe's of Maine.
Post Date: 12/2/2011 5:03:41 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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