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 Thursday, January 09, 2014

 
Stan Horaczek of Popular Photography filmed some of the Canon demos at CES this year. Check out the electromagnetic mechanism for changing apertures – it's my favorite!
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Post Date: 1/9/2014 6:32:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
From Canon USA:
 
Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera.
 
Details

  1. Auto focusing performance under low-light conditions has been enhanced when performing focusing before shooting in AI Servo AF mode. The enhancement comes from the improvement in tracking capability for the first image in the low-light conditions.
  2. The number of release parameters settings for the “AI Servo AF 2nd image priority” AF function has been increased to enable improved AF tracking in low light or maintain consistent high frames rates during continuous shooting.
  3. The number of parameters for acceleration/deceleration tracking in the AF Configuration Tool will has been increased.
  4. Exposure compensation can be performed when using manual exposure and ISO Auto.
  5. The minimum shutter speed limit for ISO Auto has been increased with shutter speeds up to 1/8000.
  6. A new function to keep the exposure constant by altering the ISO or shutter speed in manual exposure, when the aperture value changes when zooming or changing lenses has been added.
  7. A new option has been added to orientation linked AF point to enable only the AF point to switch as you change orientation rather than both AF point/ AF area settings
  8. A new option to continue to use the previously manually selected AF point as the initial starting AF point when switching to 61-point automatic selection has been added.
  9. New customization of the Exposure metering and AF controls has been added for more flexibility.
  10. The number of possibilities for controls to switch between one-shot AF and AI Servo AF using custom controls has been increased.
  11. A function has been added to allow the playback and review of protected images only.
  12. A phenomenon has been fixed in which the white balance may be disturbed by the timing of the shutter release when the drive mode is single shooting and a flash (E-TTL)is used.

Firmware Version 2.0.3 is for cameras with firmware Version 1.2.4 or earlier. If the camera's firmware is already Version 2.0.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware. When updating the firmware of your camera, please first review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.
 
Notes:

  • Once the EOS-1D X camera is updated to Version 2.0.3, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version (Version 1.0.2 through 1.2.4).
  • It is recommended that the latest application software be used, once the EOS-1D X is updated to the new Firmware Version 2.0.3 from older firmware (Versions 1.0.2 through 1.2.4). Certain previous versions of these applications do not support functions which are added by the new firmware. You can download the latest application software from our Web site.
  • Accompanying the enhancements to the functions, the instruction manual has also been revised. Users are asked to download both the latest firmware and the instruction manual. You can download the latest instruction manual from our Web site.

Download Firmware Version 2.0.3 for the EOS 1DX
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/8/2014 7:22:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot S110 Digital Camera
Use promo code EMBDG114083195 ($50.00 off) at BuyDig.com to get a Canon PowerShot S110 + PIXMA PRO-100 Bundle for $188.00 after $400.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Includes:

  • Canon PowerShot S110 Digital Camera
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer
  • Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss 13 x 19 (50 sheets)
  • DigPro Ultra-Compact Digital Camera Deluxe Carrying Case

Directions:

  1. Add the Canon PowerShot S110 to your cart.
  2. Add the PIXMA PRO-100 to your cart.
  3. Final checkout price will be $588.00 with promo code. Redeem $400.00 mail-in rebate for a final price of $188.00.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/8/2014 1:30:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 1/8/2014 11:00:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Power Shot G16 Digital Camera
B&H has the Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera available for $453.99 with free shipping. Regularly $499.00.
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Post Date: 1/8/2014 11:02:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera Kit
B&H has a Canon EOS Rebel T5i & 3 Lens Kit available for $849.00 with free shipping and 2% Rewards. Regularly $1,123.00 when purchased separately.
 
Kit Includes:

  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
  • Ruggard Hunter 35 DSLR Holster Bag
  • Watson LP-E8 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
  • SanDisk 16GB SDHC Ultra Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card

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Post Date: 1/8/2014 10:44:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Contemporary Lens
B&H has the newly announced Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Contemporary Lens available for preorder.
Category: Sigma Preorders
Post Date: 1/8/2014 10:22:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tiffen ND 3.0 10-Stop Neutral Density Filter
From Tiffen:
 
Inventive 10-stop ND filter along with the highly popular Variable ND filter give image-makers maximum control
 
Las Vegas, NV – January 7, 2014 – The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer of award-winning digital imaging accessories, is showcasing at CES 2014 in booth C9143 its latest innovative 10-stop filter labeled Tiffen ND 3.0. At the same time, the company will feature its enormously popular Variable Neutral Density filter. “When it comes to optical development, Tiffen is at the helm of the industry. The development of the new ND 3.0 filter is part of our planned program of ongoing innovation, which enables us to remain firmly ‘ahead of the curve’ in the field of optical accessories,” states Steve Tiffen, President and CEO. “We work closely with image-makers, listening to their needs and responding with forward-thinking products that help them create the world’s greatest images. At CES, we are showcasing several filter innovations rolling out this year.”
 
About the Tiffen ND 3.0
The Tiffen ND 3.0 is a Neutral Density filter that offers an incredible 10-stop exposure absorption. This high-density block allows photographers add an additional layer of creativity to their work through the use of much slower shutter speeds or a wider aperture than would normally be required without the use of a filter. In this way, the photographer can employ a long exposure time to blur any movement within the scene or use a smaller depth of field for more selective focus through the choice of a wider lens aperture.
 
Although the amount of light passing through the lens is significantly reduced, Tiffen’s tried-and-tested technology means that no color change occurs. This makes it easier for the photographer to balance exposure in order to eliminate washed-out images where bright light conditions prevail.
 
Tiffen’s ND 3.0 is available in sizes 52mm to 82mm.
 
About the Tiffen Variable ND Filter
Incorporating seven ND filters into one, the popular and universally accepted Tiffen Variable ND Filter is all about versatility and convenience. Designed for use by photographers and videographers, this all-in-one ND filter means more space in the camera bag and less time changing filters when shooting.
 
With the Tiffen Variable ND, photographers can use slow shutter speeds to record movement/image blur, have full control over depth of field, shoot high-speed film (above ISO 400) in bright outdoor situations by reducing the effective ISO, and effectively use cine and video cameras (which have fixed shutter speeds) to film bright scenes that could otherwise cause overexposure.
 
The Tiffen Variable ND Filter comes in 52MM, 58MM, 62MM, 67MM, 72MM, 77MM and 82MM sizes and is available today through Tiffen’s domestic and international dealer network.
 
B&H carries the Tiffen 77mm 3.0 10-Stop ND Filter and Tiffen Variable Neutral Density Filters.
Category: Tiffen News
Post Date: 1/8/2014 10:16:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk Releases 64GB Connect Wireless Flash Drive
From SanDisk:
 
LAS VEGAS, January 6, 2014 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the 64GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive in advance of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. The drive extends SanDisk’s popular and award-winning line of wireless flash memory storage products, offering users even more wireless memory expansion for their mobile devices. In addition, recently released software updates enhance the performance and functionality of both the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive and Wireless Media Drive.
 
The SanDisk Connect line of products is designed to alleviate storage capacity limitations that consumers experience with their mobile devices. Data from the SanDisk Memory Zone memory management app for Android devices, which recently surpassed 1.5 million downloads, indicates 44 percent of users have less than half of their mobile device’s internal storage capacity free, and nearly one quarter of users are at more than 80 percent utilization. The data also shows that when memory utilization reaches 80 to 90 percent, users proactively make space available by deleting or removing content.
 
“We are addressing a common problem of consumers running out of memory on mobile devices, and are extending our Connect product line with a 64GB Wireless Flash Drive for access to even more videos, photos, music, and documents on-the-go,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “With the SanDisk Connect products, consumers can expand the memory on their phones and tablets, stream movies, and share photos and documents with colleagues, friends and family with ease and style.”
 
The SanDisk Connect product line enables consumers to wirelessly stream and store content on-the-go without Internet access. In addition to the release of the 64GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive, SanDisk has been continuously updating the software to improve performance and accessibility of the drive while keeping a cellular data connection. For the Wireless Media Drive, updates also include a web app that enables wireless access from PCs and Mac computers, as well as Windows 8 based tablets, and the ability to play back movies purchased on iTunes.
 
Pricing and Availability
The 64GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive is available at an MSRP of $99.99 in the U.S. on Amazon.com and B&H. It will also be available in select countries in Europe in the coming weeks.
 
B&H carries the SanDisk 64GB Connect Wireless Flash Drive.
Category: SanDisk News
Post Date: 1/8/2014 10:00:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Rebates
Canon USA's enticing lens rebates ended on January 1. However, the camera rebates that were scheduled to end January 4 have been extended (with a few minor alterations).
 
Most of the rebates require the purchase of additional lenses (like the EF-S 55–250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, EF 70–300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM & EF 75–300mm f/4–5.6 III), but there are some body-only and standard kit rebates too.
 
Canon DSLR Cameras Eligible for Rebates

ModelRebate Amount
Canon EOS 6D Buy$250.00
Canon EOS 7D Buy$250.00
Canon EOS 70D Buy$150.00 - $250.00
Canon EOS 60D Buy$200.00 - $450.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D Buy$50.00 - $200.00
Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D Buy$100.00-$150.00
Canon EOS Rebel T3 / 1100D Buy$100.00-$150.00
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D Buy$100.00 - $250.00

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Post Date: 1/8/2014 8:41:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,919.29 with free shipping. Compare at $3,399.00.
 
Note: The auction advertises that this item as a "USA Model" camera; unfortunately, it doesn't specifically mention that a warranty card is included. However, USA market items can be registered online at Canon USA.
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Post Date: 1/8/2014 7:53:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
B&H has the Refurbished Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens (review) available for $774.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,149.00 new.
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Post Date: 1/8/2014 7:47:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Our newest About A Photograph video features the story behind noted music photographer Adam Elmakias’s poignant image of Suicide Silence’s late vocalist Mitch Lucker and his daughter in a private moment together backstage. In the video, Elmakias narrates how this photo altered not only his creative viewpoint, but his understanding of the role of photojournalism in creating and capturing events for history. The video can be found at http://blog.thinktankphoto.com/about-a-photograph/
 
In Adam’s words: “I sort of took the moment for granted. But I had never had someone pass away after taking their photograph. It opened up a whole new area for me. A lot of the artists I work with wonder, ‘What is this photograph going to do for us in 20 years? It doesn’t mean we have to publish or use it now, but can save it so that we have everything we’ve done documented.’”
 
Adam is a music and travel photographer based out of San Diego California. He has spent the good majority of the past five years traveling with bands on the road. They include A Day to Remember, Alan Ashby, All Time Low, Neil Westfall, Of Mice & Men, and Pierce the Veil.
 
Check out all of Think Tank Photo's "About a Photograph Videos" on the Think Tank Photo Blog.
 
And speaking of Think Tank Photo, they have a special deal just for The-Digital-Picture.com site visitors – enjoy a free gift when you purchase $50.00 or more!
Post Date: 1/8/2014 7:29:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Eye-Fi:
 
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., January 7, 2014 — Eye-Fi, the global leader in wireless memory cards, is launching Eye-Fi Labs, an experimental platform for customers that want to preview and test new Eye-Fi technology. Eye-Fi Labs will host new mobile apps and beta product features for its popular wireless memory cards before they're available to the general public.
 
Additionally, Eye-Fi is also announcing beta Mac desktop receiver software for its Mobi card, following the release of its Windows desktop receiver last month. The Eye-Fi Mobi card will now instantly transfer directly to both Mac and Windows desktops and provide users even more device options for photos and video transfer.
 
Eye-Fi will be demonstrating its Mobi card and new features at CES 2014 in Las Vegas on Tuesday, January 7th through Friday, January 10th at Eye-Fi's booth, location LVH MP40020, and at Showstoppers on Tuesday, January 7th.
 
"We have lots of exciting new product ideas to share in 2014," said Matt DiMaria, CEO of Eye-Fi. "With Eye-Fi Labs, our product teams have a platform to directly engage customers in our product development process. Our customers gain access to new products, like the beta of our new Mac desktop receiver, that are designed specifically for photo enthusiasts. The goal of Labs is to gain insights that result in products that delight our customers."
 
With Labs, Eye-Fi customers can test new products and capabilities that Eye-Fi is working on before they are made available to the general public. Eye-Fi's product development teams monitor and engage directly with Lab participants to further refine products based on customers' needs and desires. Users can register for the Labs program by visiting www.eyefi.com/insider/labs.
 
Eye-Fi's new desktop receiver for Mac gives Mobi users more choice in where their high-quality photos can be transferred, stored and shared. Without the hassle of transfer delay or wires, Mobi users will now have the option to transfer to mobile for on-the-go sharing or to the desktop for greater archiving and editing ability.
 
Available for free during the beta period, the Eye-Fi desktop receiver for Mac will offer the same, reliable features that Mobi customers already use and love, including:

  • Simple setup: Once installed, simply enter the Mobi card's unique 10-digit activation code, and your computer is paired. Use the same activation code to pair with multiple desktops and mobile devices as needed.
  • Transfer anywhere: Built-in WiFi means no more WiFi network, hotspot or home Internet connection needed for pairing or transfer; Mobi transfers photos from a camera to the intended device anywhere, whenever new content is detected.
  • Works with cameras users already know (and love): Mobi works in thousands of cameras, including hundreds of Eye-Fi connected cameras that have integrated Eye-Fi technology for improved usability.
  • Backs up automatically: Photos and videos transfer as they're taken, so if anything happens to the camera, content is already safe on your mobile or desktop.

Mobi users can download the beta desktop receiver for either Mac or Windows directly from the Eye-Fi Labs website: www.eyefi.com/insider/labs.
 
B&H carries Eye-Fi Wireless Memory Cards.

Category: Eye-Fi News
Post Date: 1/8/2014 6:52:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 CompactFlash Memory Card
From Lexar:
 
New Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 Card Provides Read Transfer Speeds up to 500MB/s* in Capacities up to 256GB
 
Fremont, CA, January 6, 2014 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced its technological leadership in the digital imaging market with the immediate sample availability of Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 cards and the Lexar Professional Workflow CFast 2.0 USB 3.0 reader for the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution. The CFast 2.0 specification is the next generation of high performance memory cards designed for professional applications in still imaging and video capture.
 
Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 Card
With capacities available for sampling in 256GB, 128GB, 64GB, and 32GB, the Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 cards demonstrate new speed thresholds to capture high-quality images and 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video. Designed to maximize the capabilities of the next-generation of high-definition camcorders and high-resolution digital SLR cameras, the new cards provide a read transfer speed up to 3333x (500MB per second)*, which is three times faster than any CompactFlash card.** Additionally, the new Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 cards will support the Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-65) specification for professional-quality video capture, and includes the latest version of Image Rescue software.
 
Lexar Professional Workflow CR1
The new Lexar Professional Workflow CR1 is a CFast 2.0 USB 3.0 reader designed for the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution, a four-bay reader hub that allows users to transfer RAW images, high-resolution photos, and HD, 3D, and 4K video files from up to four cards at once. Designed to mix and match reader formats, the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution supports SDHC/SDXC UHS-I, UDMA 7 CompactFlash, XQD, and now CFast 2.0 formats. The readers are sold separately so users can configure the hub into an ideal solution that meets their individual workflow needs.
 
“The new Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 card will empower future users to break previous speed barriers while offering capacity options that meet the specific needs of professional photographers and videographers,” said Adam Kaufman, product marketing manager, Lexar. “In addition, by pairing this card with our new CFast 2.0 USB 3.0 reader, professionals will experience a dramatically accelerated workflow, cutting down post-production time and getting them back to the business of photography.”
 
The Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 card and Lexar Professional Workflow CR1 are currently sampling for future implementation.
Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 1/7/2014 8:07:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
eBay (via dzone) has the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon (review) available for $852.89 with free shipping. Compare at $1,199.00.
 
Note: Lens ships from Hong Kong and is a grey market item.
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Post Date: 1/7/2014 1:41:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens available for $1,623.93 with free shipping. Compare at $1,886.95.
 
Caveat Emptor:
Note that the Nikon lens deal listed here is not advertised as coming with a Nikon USA warranty and is likely a grey market item. The auction indicates that a warranty is included, but that warranty may be a BigValueInc warranty. If such, BVI's warranty only covers parts for 1 year and labor for 90 days.
 
BigValueInc's positive feedback rating is at 99.2%. That is a good rating (and has been improving), but not a stellar rating. We have received a couple of reports of buyers receiving the wrong product when purchasing from this merchant, so be sure to keep all supporting documents if taking advantage of this offer. eBay trusts "BigValueInc" enough to call them a "Top Rated Plus" seller and to list their auctions as "Daily Deals". We have had a good first-hand experience with them (here and here).
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/7/2014 1:37:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Domke Next Generation Camera Bags
From Domke:
 
Domke Next Generation brings evolutionary features to the trusted name of Domke; these revolutionary bags integrate patent-pending systems for personalizing, protecting and accessing your gear
 
Las Vegas, NV – January 7, 2014 – The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer of award-winning digital imaging accessories, is showcasing its brand new Domke Next Generation camera bag line at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), booth C9143. Keeping with the core Domke DNA and personality, Domke Next Generation is Tiffen’s stylish new camera bag lineup featuring a patent-pending GearProtex insert and PocketFlex storage component system.

"Domke Next Generation is an evolution in every sense of the word,” states Steve Tiffen, President and CEO, The Tiffen Company. “We’ve spent a number of years researching, testing and perfecting this line of camera bags to ensure it lives up to the Domke name photographers have trusted for nearly 40 years. We’re confident Domke Next Generation bags will more than satisfy loyal fans as well as win over many new ones."

Domke Next Generation includes the Journalist Series, the Adventurer Series, the Metro Series and Viewfinder Series. Each series offers several purpose-designed models, materials and colors. Shooters can customize their Domke bag using the new PocketFlex storage component system, an ingenious system of pockets, patches and pouches that keep accessories such as lenses safe and secure. The GearProtex system lets shooters organize bags into compartments of any size or shape using bendable, self-adhering separators.
 
Proud of its rich heritage, Domke is the official bag of the White House News Photographer Association.
 
B&H carries Domke Bags

Category: Domke News
Post Date: 1/7/2014 12:48:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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