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 Thursday, October 4, 2012
Benro S Video heads
Company’s first series of Video Camera Support Systems provide solid and versatile performance for today’s videographers and photographers
North White Plains, NY – October 3, 2012 – Benro, manufacturer of tripods, monopods and heads designed for demanding professional photographers and filmmakers, announces today the availability of new Video Camera Support Systems. Designed exclusively for today’s videographers and photographers, these new systems include both Carbon Fiber and Aluminum Alloy based Tripod Kits and Monopods and S-Series Video Heads.
“As first previewed at NAB 2012, these new Video Camera Support Systems are designed to appeal to both the photographer experimenting with video capture as well as experienced videographers who prefer significantly smaller, more portable camera systems,” said Jan Lederman, President of MAC Group. “Videographers and photographers can rest assured that these new Video Camera Support Systems will securely stabilize their video camera equipment.”
Offering exceptional rigidity and torque-resistance that’s critical to smooth camera movement, these tripod and monopod kits are available in a variety of sizes, using both durable Carbon Fiber and Aluminum Alloy legs in combination with strategically select cast and machined aluminum and magnesium alloy components.
Benro Video Tripod Kits
The lightweight and compact customizable Benro Video Tripod Kits feature S-Series Video Heads available in three weight load capacities, matching Quick-Release (QR) Plate, Panning Handle, aluminum alloy or carbon fiber legs and a padded travel case for added protection. Each Benro Video Tripod Kit is based on an eighth-generation design of single leg tubes and flip-lever leg lock mechanisms for rapid access and tear-down. In addition, a sliding center column with an integral 60mm bowl allows fine camera positioning on vertical and angular axis for properly located and level panning.
Multi-angle locks let each leg angle be set independently for further rapid adjustment and to accommodate irregular terrain. Removable rubber feet can be interchanged with a set of included stainless-steel spikes to ensure footing on virtually any surface, and a retractable hook on the bottom of the center column provides a place to hang a camera bag or other weight to provide additional stability. These tripod kits are available now in prices ranging from $200 - $465.
For more information on these Benro Video Tripod kits visit:
Benro Video Monopod Kits
Also based on an eighth-generation design of single leg tubes and flip lever leg lock mechanisms, each Benro Video Monopod Kit, paired with the proper S-Series Video Head, provides professionals on the go with dependable solid support, flexibility and portability.
In addition, a swivel rubber pod foot insures positive vertical angular movements and good grip on a wide variety of surfaces and terrain. These monopod kits are available now in prices ranging from $141 - $280.
Benro Video Heads
The compact and lightweight new S-Series Video Heads were designed to be the perfect companion and part of every Benro Video Tripod Kit and Video Monopod Kit. Built on a flat base 3/8” threaded mount they are also ideal for virtually any tripod, monopod, ball adapter or other support rig.
All Benro Video Heads include a sliding QR camera plate with double safety release to provide simple and safe camera mounting, dismounting and balancing. Simple controls allow adjustment to provide additional tension on the independent pan and tilt drag mechanisms. In addition, integral fluid cartridges produce a balance setting and maximum load capacity of best-in-class for each size category.
Double rosettes provide dual mounting points for pan handles and an on-board level assures proper orientation for panning. The top-of-the-line S6 Video Head also features stepped balance control, a rosette safety break-off, adjustable length pan handle and an illuminated bubble level. Benro S-Series Video Heads are available now in prices ranging from $76 - $160.
B&H carrries Benro products.
Post Date: 10/4/2012 8:50:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Epson has a $1,000.00 instant rebate through October 31 on their Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 large format printers.
B&H carries Epson printers: Epson Stylus Pro 7900 | Epson Stylus Pro 9900
Post Date: 10/4/2012 7:52:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via GetItDigital) once again has the Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR Camera featured as a Daily Deal for $3,039.33 with free shipping. Compare at $3,459.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/4/2012 6:58:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
UPDATE - Now Out of Stock: Amazon (seller Samy's Camera) shows they have one Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II in stock. These lenses have been flying off the shelves when they show up, so act quickly!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/4/2012 6:40:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Very Hot Deal: eBay (via Beach Camera) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM & PIXMA PRO9000 Mark II Printer Kit for $2,199.99 shipped after $400 mail-in rebate.
Regularly $2,899.00 - Compare at $2,499.00 after $400.00 IR. Plus, you may earn $52.00 in eBay Bucks.
Updated: Download the rebate form here.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/3/2012 10:29:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Eye-Fi:
Improved Class 10 Speed Allows For Faster Performance; Right in Time for Holidays
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., October 3, 2012 - Eye-Fi Inc. (, makers of the world’s first wireless memory card, has announced today a new Eye-Fi Pro X2 16GB, Class 10 card that increases both storage and speed capabilities while continuing to deliver convenient, reliable wireless upload of photos and videos from cameras. The new 16GB card provides twice the storage capacity of the prior Pro X2 card, while the Class 10 performance delivers ultra-fast read and write speeds. That means more power and speed for the same retail price of $99.99. And, the new Pro X2, like Eye-Fi’s other X2 series cards, enables you to wirelessly connect a camera to a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, or use an authorized WiFi network to move content directly to a computer.
"Cameras have more megapixels, and pictures and videos are more demanding in terms of size. Moving to a 16GB, Class 10 card keeps up with these trends and delivers what our customers have been asking for,” said Yuval Koren, CEO and co-founder of Eye-Fi. “Customers already know and love our Eye-Fi cards for instant wireless uploads, so the added space and faster speeds are a great addition, especially with the highest-volume photo days coming up.”
Anyone with the new 16GB, Class 10 card can immediately use Eye-Fi’s popular features to:

  • Upload anywhere: users can instantly upload images to their home computer, smartphone or tablet, either connecting wirelessly to the device with Direct Mode or over an authorized WiFi network
  • Shoot forever with endless memory mode: Cards can be set to automatically free-up space after photos & videos are transferred, so photographers never have to worry about running out of space
  • Transfer RAW files: as with the prior Pro X2, the highest resolution photos can transfer wirelessly
  • Back-up automatically: Pictures are safely stored on a home computer or Eye-Fi’s cloud, Eye-Fi View – a great relief if the camera is lost or stolen
  • Share in real-time: Card can be set to automatically share with selected social networks or photo sharing sites (Facebook, Flickr, etc.)
  • Geotag pictures immediately: Eye-Fi’s auto WPS Geotagging feature tags photos, allowing users to instantly see where memories were made

Eye-Fi Pro X2 16GB card is available for pre-orders that ship within the United States for $99.99 USD from The card will also be available, within the coming weeks, for customers in Australia for $108.00 AUD and Japan for ¥9980. With the launch of the new Eye-Fi Pro X2 16GB card, the previous Eye-Fi Pro X2 8GB and the Eye-Fi Mobile X2 8GB will be reduced from $99.99 to $79.99 and $79.99 to $59.99, respectively, starting this month. For more information, visit
Amazon has the Eye-Fi Pro X2 16GB card available for pre-order.

Category: Eye Fi News
Post Date: 10/3/2012 1:10:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From DxO:
10/03/12 - 200 new lens / camera combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing support for Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, and Tokina lenses and Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, and Sony cameras.
The complete list of New DxO Optics Modules is available on DxO's website.
B&H carries DxO products.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 10/3/2012 9:25:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
RedRock Micro Lowbase Family
From RedRock Micro:
Canon 1DX, Nikon D4, DSLR Battery Grips and Red Scarlet/Epic Enjoy New Professional-Grade Baseplate at Revolutionary Price
Hollywood, CA and Dallas, TX - Redrock Micro, the recognized leader in affordable professional-grade cinema accessories, announced today the availability of the new lowBase camera baseplate for taller DSLR cameras and Red Epic/Scarlet. The lowBase delivers camera rigs and video accessories support for taller cameras including the Canon 1DX, Nikon D4 and RED Scarlet or Epic digital cinema cameras.
Delivers the Essential Features for Video Production
The lowBase transforms the camera body into a functional video production powerhouse. Its low profile adds no unnecessary height to the camera body. The lowBase locks at the bottom to secure the camera and delivers the features needed and desired for filmmaking and production with these great cameras.
Key features of the lowBase include:

  • Industry-standard 15mm front rail support for attaching follow focus, mattebox and other camera-front accessories (60mm spacing).
  • Industry-standard 15mm rear rail support for adding shoulderpad, external battery and other rig accessories.
  • Lift n' lock repositionable thumbscrews.
  • Rubberized pads securely grip and hold the camera body.
  • Adjustable 1/4-20 screw for camera mounting to plate.
  • Optional rear 3/8-16 for additional camera mounting point for RED Scarlet/ Epic.
  • Storage bays on bottom of plate for additional 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 camera screws.
  • Available as standalone baseplate or as part of a ready-to-go rig.

Designed for Canon 1DX, Nikon D4, Red Scarlet / Epic and Others
The lowBase is designed specifically for taller camera bodies so cinema accessories can be easily adapted and rigs can be quickly configured. It also works with popular DSLRs configured with a battery grip, such as Canon 5D MKII, Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 7D, Canon 60D and Nikon D800.
"We've been using the lowBase on our RED Scarlet for quite some time, and found the lowBase to be a great simple solution to building our rigs without over-complicating things," said Chris Edwards, Cinematographer and Owner of Production Junction, a boutique camera rental shop in Manhattan's East Village. "It's a straightforward, bomb-proof piece of gear that requires minimal investment for a big return."
"Up until now, support solutions for taller-bodied DSLR cameras have been limited," said James Hurd, Chief Revolutionary at Redrock Micro. "The lowBase is designed specifically to rig and accessorize these larger camera bodies and transform them into serious production powerhouses."
The Right Rig for You
In addition to the standalone baseplate, the lowBase is offered as part of four ergonomic, complete rigs. Jump right into production or use them as a starting point to create the perfect rig:

  • DSLR Studio Bundle with lowBase - the ultimate rig for studio-based shooting on tripods, dollies, jibs and cranes.
  • theEvent with lowBase - balanced, compact handheld rig ready for a follow focus.
  • Field Cinema Deluxe Bundle with lowBase - comfortable shouldermount for all-day shooting.
  • eyeSpy with lowBase - shouldermount with centered camera for rear LCD operator monitoring.

Professional-Grade at a Revolutionary Price
Like all Redrock-branded equipment, the lowBase is designed for 24/7 production environments. Aircraft-grade aluminum is precision-machined and extra weight removed wherever possible, resulting in compact, lightweight gear. Cinema standards ensure compatibility with other Redrock equipment and third-party products. Redrock gear is designed and made in the USA and carries a lifetime warranty.
Whether a full-time professional, serious hobbyist, student or educator or aspiring amateur, Redrock products deliver quality results and last a lifetime.
Pricing and Availability
The lowBase baseplate is priced starting at $199. It is available now for purchase direct from Redrock Micro's website at or from Redrock's worldwide network of authorized resellers.
B&H carries RedRock Micro products.

Post Date: 10/3/2012 8:14:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe has released Lightroom 4.2, DNG Converter 7.2 and Camera Raw 7.2 updates:
Adobe Lightroom 4.2 Update
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.2 update includes these enhancements:

  • Album Support within the Revel Publish Service
  • Additional camera support for over 20 new cameras including the Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i, Fujifilm X-E1, and Sony DSC-RX100.

English: Windows | Macintosh
DNG Converter 7.2 Update
This new version of the DNG Converter supports over 20 new cameras including the Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i, Fujifilm X-E1, and Sony DSC-RX100 . Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras:
English: Windows | Macintosh
Camera Raw 7.2
Camera Raw 7.2 is now available as a final release through the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6. The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Camera Raw. Customers of previous versions of Photoshop can utilize DNG Converter 7.2 for raw file support for newly added cameras.
As well as supporting new cameras and lenses, the following items have been fixed in Camera Raw 7.2:

  • Cannot change “Erase” size, feather and flow settings while utilizing the Option key.
  • Cannot write metadata to images previously opened in some 3rd party software.
  • Luminance Noise slider is unresponsive when Clarity is greater than 0.
  • In certain cases, the new Defringe controls can cause vertical streaks to appear.
  • Some images from Canon 5D Mark II exhibited pattern noise in the form of maze/green split artifacts.
  • Adjusting the Blue channel does not affect monochrome images.
  • Certain TIFF files can cause Bridge to become unstable.
  • Defringe settings are not retained when editing the file in Photoshop as a Smart Object and then returning to ACR.

New Canon Cameras Supported:

  • Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i
  • Canon EOS M

Newly Supported Canon Cameras for Tether Capture (Lightroom):

  • Canon EOS Kiss X5
  • Canon EOS Kiss REBEL T3i
  • Canon EOS 600D
  • Canon EOS Kiss X50
  • Canon EOS REBEL T3
  • Canon EOS 1100D
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EOS-1D X

New Canon Lenses Supported:

  • Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
  • Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
  • Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 2/25 ZE
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZE

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/3/2012 7:58:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Hoya Alpha Filters
From THK Photo:
For Immediate Release
October 1, 2012
UV, Cir-PL*

  • Multi-coated UV reduces reflections off the surface of the glass.
  • Great optical quality at an affordable price.
  • Precision milled aluminum frame.

These new HOYA series plus the EVO filters are manufactured by HOYA exclusively for distribution in the United States of America.
B&H carries Hoya filters.

Category: Hoya News
Post Date: 10/3/2012 7:44:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 2, 2012
From LensRentals:
Get 25% off Landscape Packages
Fall is here, and with it, opportunities for amazing landscape photography. We've put together package deals for both Canon and Nikon shooters.
Just put the code FALL25 in the special instructions box during checkout and:

Save 10% on our Lens of the Month
This month, our Lens of the Month is the Canon 100-400mm. The 100-400 is one of our most popular lenses. The great range makes this an ideal lens for a day at the zoo or an outdoor vacation. Save 10% on the 100-400 in October. Just put the code LOTM10 in the special instructions box during checkout.

Post Date: 10/2/2012 2:40:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Hot Deal: eBay (via BigValueInc) is featuring the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Camera and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS Lens kit as a Daily Deal for $3,499.00 with free shipping. Compare at $4,098.00.
From Imaging-Resource:
"Talk about a photographic treasure trove! Over 600 signed prints by legendary American photographer Ansel Adams have been discovered in a box at the University of California's Berkeley campus.
The prints -- totalling 605 in number -- were part of a project Adams had been hired for in the 1960s, which involved photographing the UC system. The images were slated to be part of a coffee table-sized book celebrating the university system's centennial in 1968.
But the man who hired Adams at the time, University of California President Clark Kerr, was fired by then Governor Ronald Reagan and the centennial project was mothballed. Quite literally.
The prints were discovered recently by UC Berkeley theater and dance professor Catherine Cole after she had been combing through documents in the school archive for an unrelated project."
Read entire article...
Post Date: 10/2/2012 10:28:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron and Tokina have extended their summer lens rebates (orignally scheduled to end Sept 30). Tamron's rebates have been extended through Dec 31, 2012 while Tokina's rebates have been extended through Jan 31, 2013.
Tamron lenses qualifying for rebate:
ModelRebate Amount
Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II Lens Buy$50.00
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II Lens Buy$75.00
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II VC Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II Lens Buy$50.00
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Lens Buy$25.00
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 60mm f/2.0 Di II Macro Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens Buy$50.00
Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Di Macro Lens Buy$50.00

Tokina lenses qualifying for rebate:
ModelRebate Amount
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX-II Lens Buy$40.00
Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens Buy$100.00
Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X Pro FX Lens Buy$70.00
Post Date: 10/2/2012 8:37:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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