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 Friday, March 14, 2014
Canon has updated Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility and Picture Style Editor to provide support for new cameras as well as fix a couple of minor bugs. See below for more information. [thanks Marco]
From Canon USA:
Canon Digital Photo Professional 3.14.15
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.14.15 Updater for Windows:

  • Supports images taken with EOS Kiss X70 / EOS Rebel T5 / EOS 1200D / EOS Hi, EOS M2, PowerShot G1 X Mark II.
  • Supports Windows 8.1.
  • Fixes the phenomenon where the shutter speed value and the aperture value indicated for an image displayed in the [Large thumbnail] mode may differ from the actual values if the image has been converted to the JPG or TIFF format from the RAW file (CRW file) format of the EOS D30, EOS D60, EOS KISS DIGITAL / EOS DIGITAL REBEL / EOS 300D DIGITAL or EOS 10D.

EOS Utility 2.14.0
Changes for EOS Utility 2.14.0 Updater for Windows:

  • Supports EOS Kiss X70 / EOS Rebel T5 / EOS 1200D / EOS Hi, EOS M2.
  • Supports the CN-E35mm T1.5 L F.
  • Supports Windows 8.1.

Picture Style Editor 1.14.10
Changes for Picture Style Editor 1.14.10 Updater for Windows:

  • Supports EOS Kiss X70 / EOS Rebel T5 / EOS 1200D / EOS Hi, EOS M2.
  • Supports Windows 8.1.

Canon USA has the software updates available for download.
B&H carries the newly supported Canon EOS T5 DSLR camera.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/14/2014 6:56:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 13, 2014
Calumet Photographic announced via its Facebook Page this morning that all of its stores in the United States would be closing.

"After 75 years of business it is with a heavy heart that we announce our immediate closing in the United States (our European stores will continue). It has been a joy to share our passion for photography with you all of these years. We'll miss each other and we'll miss all of our customers. Thank you for everything."

Calumet would later go on to say:

"Stay tuned, as we are exploring opportunities to reopen select locations to keep serving our customers. We will post any updates here if there are any."

There are reports that the Chicago-based photographic retailer has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. For the time being, there are no official plans to close Calumet stores outside of the US.

Post Date: 3/13/2014 1:03:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Peak Design Capture Camera Clip System with Arca Plate available for $49.95 with free shipping. Regularly $79.95.
Post Date: 3/13/2014 12:45:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazing is how strong and rigid such a small tripod can be: Gitzo GT1542T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Tripod Review
B&H recently lowered the price on the GT1542T by about $100.00.
Post Date: 3/13/2014 10:20:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon USA:
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new Nikon 1 V3, a compact, yet powerful addition to the Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System. Designed to make no sacrifices when it comes to speed, performance and image quality, the blazing fast V3 sports an impressive Hybrid AF system and the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate*(1) at 20 frames-per-second (fps) with full autofocus, a speed that outpaces even pro D-SLR cameras. Ideal for capturing fast-moving action, sports and wildlife, the new Nikon 1 V3 offers a top-class feature set that includes an 18.4-megapixel CX-format image sensor, a new EXPEED 4A image processor, 1080/60p Full HD video capabilities, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity*(2) and a new touch-panel tilting LCD display. Whether searching for a compact interchangeable lens camera that can do it all or a D-SLR companion camera for moments when time is of the essence, the V3 can satisfy the needs of the enthusiast or professional.
Further expanding on the growing stable of 1 NIKKOR lenses, Nikon has also introduced the new 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 telephoto zoom lenses, providing even more impressive lens options for Nikon 1 shooters.
“The versatile Nikon 1 V3 allows the photographer to capture even the fastest moving subjects with clarity and ease,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “With an incredible feature set, a newly crafted ergonomic design and sporting the elite high-speed performance that has become a hallmark of the Nikon 1 System, the V3 is ready to help users make amazing images and HD video.”
Capture the Shots That Matter With Uncompromising Speed and Quality
The Nikon 1 V3 makes no sacrifices in terms of speed, performance and image quality, as Nikon continues to innovate and invigorate the Nikon 1 System. The camera sports the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate at a blazing fast 20 frames-per-second (fps), faster than other mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, and ideal for capturing fast-moving action and sports. Combined with an outstanding Hybrid AF System, every fleeting moment can be captured with incredible precision and accuracy. With 171 contrast detect focus areas and the center 105 areas supporting phase detection AF, the V3 provides super-fast AF response and accuracy when capturing still images or HD video in addition to exceeding the AF abilities of many D-SLR camera offerings.
The Nikon 1 V3 also features elite imaging specifications that help ensure superior image and HD video quality and impressive low-light performance, including the addition of a high-resolution 18.4-megapixel CX-format image sensor and new EXPEED 4A image processing engine. Together, they help render true colors and incredible detail, whether shooting an exotic safari or the local swim meet. The V3 also carries an ISO range of 160-12,800 with high ISO noise reduction, providing the versatility to effortlessly capture images in difficult low-light shooting scenarios.
Exceptional Video Performance and a Dynamic Feature Set
When still images are not enough, the Nikon 1 V3 sports an outstanding number of video features that today’s multimedia photographer can take advantage of. The V3 is capable of recording Full HD video at 1080/60p with Movie e-VR (Electronic Vibration Reduction) which helps to eliminate camera shake to record smooth and clear movies. Full-time continuous AF is also possible during video recording, helping maintain critical HD focus, while the versatile CX-format sensor assists in creating video with a beautiful shallow depth of field. The V3 can also capture slow motion video at an impressive 120 frames-per-second (fps) in high quality 720p HD. Additionally, users can capture full resolution still images during video recording, rounding out an impressive and comprehensive stable of video features at the user’s disposal.
In another first for the Nikon 1 series, the V3 features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity*(2), helping users seamlessly share every unforgettable moment. Connect to a compatible smart phone or tablet and share precious photos with friends and family by uploading them to social networks. The Nikon 1 V3 also empowers the user to unleash their creativity, with fun and unique shooting options for all levels of photographer. The V3 offers a wealth of creative modes previously found in models like the Nikon 1 AW1 and Nikon 1 J3, including Miniature Effect, Easy Panorama and Selective Color, in addition to new modes like Creative Palette, Toy Camera and Cross Process, for a truly customized photography experience. Mainstay Nikon 1 System features such as Slow View, Live Image Control and Motion Snapshot return in this iteration of the V-Series, further enhancing a dynamic and versatile feature set for even the most demanding of photographers.
Elegant Styling, Superior Operability
The Nikon 1 V3 has been ergonomically designed to allow the user to shoot comfortably and confidently in a variety of shooting scenarios. The extremely compact yet sophisticated body sports conveniently placed external controls with two programmable function buttons, allowing the enthusiast to tailor their camera to their own personal shooting style. An additional function button is added with the optional GR-N1010 grip, a lightweight option that provides steadier handling, as well as an additional shutter button and sub-command dial that will be familiar to D-SLR shooters.
Another innovative addition to the Nikon 1 Series is the V3’s new tilting, touch-panel 3-inch LCD monitor that allows photographers to compose brilliant images and HD video from various new angles. This thin and versatile monitor is a convenient tool for adjusting settings on the go, affording the user the ability to quickly trigger the shutter when capturing a photo or change the focus point when capturing video by simply touching the screen. Playback is seamless and a new Highlight Display function helps the user to spot washed-out highlights after shooting. Additionally, a Virtual Horizon feature with pitching detection helps frame landscapes and architecture with rich detail and beautiful focus.
As part of the versatile Nikon 1 System of advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses, the Nikon 1 V3 is compatible with eleven 1 NIKKOR lens options ranging from ultra-wide-angle to telephoto, while users can also employ their arsenal of NIKKOR glass using the optional FT-1 Mount Adapter. Users can also take advantage of the Nikon 1 System’s 2.7x crop factor for increased range when shooting sports or wildlife, making it an ideal companion for the D-SLR shooter. Nikon also offers an optional external high resolution 2359k-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF), the DF-N1000, and optional multi-accessory grip, the GR-N1010, alongside the Nikon 1 V3 for increased control and handling. The V3 also maintains compatibility with Nikon 1 external flashes and the ME-1 external microphone (with the AS-N1000 Multi Accessory Port Adapter).
Go Farther with New 1 NIKKOR lenses
Announced alongside the Nikon 1 V3, Nikon has introduced two new 1 NIKKOR lens offerings. Kitted with the V3, the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom is an evolved compact zoom lens, ready for nearly any situation. Sporting a useful 3x zoom (27-81mm equivalent), the new 10-30mm lens is equipped with a unique power drive zoom dial that allows for simple and smooth zoom capability, ideal for capturing sharp and steady HD video.
Additionally, Nikon has also introduced a powerful new telephoto zoom lens option that takes Nikon 1 users farther than ever before. The new 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens features a super-telephoto focal range (189-810mm equivalent) that can get the photographer up close to sports action or wildlife from a distance. The first 1 NIKKOR lens crafted with Super ED Glass, the 70-300mm lens is equipped with built-in Vibration Reduction (VR) and Nano Crystal Coating to prevent ghost and flare.
Price and Availability
The Nikon 1 V3, kitted with the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens, the DF-N1000 Electronic Viewfinder and the GR-N1010 Grip will be available in April 2014 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,199.95. The 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lenses will also be sold separately for $299.95 and $999.95 SRP, respectively.
Preorder Opportunities:
Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens - B&H
Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens - B&H
Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens - B&H
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/13/2014 5:59:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 12, 2014
eBay (via Canon-authorized FocusCamera) has the Canon EOS 60D DSLR body for $579.99 with free shipping (compare at $699.00). Read the listing for full details.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/12/2014 9:21:00 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan has the Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical Ultra Wide Angle Lens available in most mounts for an in-cart price of $309.00 after coupon c1142121951 is automatically applied.
The lens alone is typically priced at $324.95. A free Digpro Compact Deluxe Gadget Bag and a couple of other small accessories are also included in the deal.
Note that the in-cart price for the Nikon mount version is slightly higher at $325.00.
Post Date: 3/12/2014 6:53:12 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Use coupon code POSTPRODUCTION100 to save $100.00 on an already good deal for a WD My Passport Ultra 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive bundled with Lightroom 5 at
Get two great products for a great deal price of $129.00 with free shipping.
Tamron has the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Owner's Manual (English - PDF, 459KB) available for download.
B&H carries the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens.
Post Date: 3/12/2014 9:47:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
There are two significant reasons why you want use a carbon fiber tripod – and one significant reason why you might not want to buy a carbon fiber model.
The Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod Review provides the reasons to answer the big "Is carbon fiber worth the extra cost?" question.
Post Date: 3/12/2014 9:08:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via 6ave) has the Canon Speedlite 90EX Flash (review) available for $49.99 shipped.
While this tiny flash was targeted towards EOS M customers, it's Master Flash capabilities make it an especially useful tool on current full-frame DSLR bodies without a built-in flash – like the EOS 5D Mark III and 6D.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/12/2014 8:20:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

In its latest "About A Photograph" release, Think Tank Photo features Al Diaz's touching image of Pamela Rauseo performing CPR [successfully] on an infant alongside Miami’s State Road 836.
You can read more about the event on Al Diaz's blog and learn more about CPR on the Mayo Clinic website.
Post Date: 3/12/2014 8:02:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 11, 2014
B&H just let me know that they have special pricing available on Canon EOS 70D bodies and kits (review). Note that this special pricing is only shown in the cart.
Canon EOS 70D Body – $1,049.00 +2% Rewards
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens – $1,299.00 +2% Rewards
Canon EOS with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens – $1,149.00 +2% Rewards
Make these deals even better by clicking on the "Save $250 On A Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens" link under the "Savings Available" section. At $250.00 off, the lens is just slightly over half price.
Also check out the other discounted items available with the camera purchase including Adobe Lightroom for only $84.00 (reg. $144.00).
And Get the Printer for Free
The EOS 70D and Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Photo Printer with Photo Paper purchased on the same receipt qualifies for a $400.00 mail-in rebate. Many other camera bodies (14 total) qualify for this with-printer rebate.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/11/2014 11:43:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Have you seen Manfrotto's latest 190 Series tripods? The new MT190 tripods sport a sharp, innovative design while retaining the great functionality and value they have long had.
Just Posted: Manfrotto MT190XPRO4 Aluminum Tripod Review
Post Date: 3/11/2014 8:10:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 10, 2014
I have been using and loving Gitzo Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripods for a very long time and have finally picked up the latest iteration of my favorite model in this line. What I found was that this release upgrade includes more significant improvements than I expected. Check it out:
Just posted: Gitzo GT3542LS Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Review
Post Date: 3/10/2014 9:24:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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