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 Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens in stock and available for $1,155.32 with free shipping. Compare at $1,499.00 new.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens available for $199.00. Compare at $396.95.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/12/2013 7:34:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
After four years of trying, photographer Mike Olbinski finally accomplished is goal – photographing one of natures most beautiful and awesome events, a rotating supercell storm. The pieces finally fell into place near Booker, Texas on June 3.
 
Olbinski used a Canon 5D Mark II with a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC lens to capture the dramatic timelapse.
 
Read more about Oblinski's supercell quest on his blog.
Post Date: 6/12/2013 7:17:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The-Digital-Picture.com Camera Specifications Tool
Do you know how many custom functions the Canon EOS 6D has? Want to compare that answer to the Rebel SL1's answer to the same question?
 
What is your DSLR's AF light level working range? And how does that value compare to the DSLR you have your eye on? What is the GN spec for your DSLR's built-in flash? What is the viewfinder coverage?
 
In addition to the site's popular Lens Specifications Tool, we have just added a Camera Specifications Tool that allows you to compare (side-by-side) well over 100 features and specifications from Canon DSLR cameras introduced over the past few years. Like the current lens spec tool, this tool is designed to be your go-to reference for answers to spec-related questions.
 
Check out our latest tool and then send feedback and suggestions our way via the site's Facebook page or via the Contact Us page.
Post Date: 6/11/2013 12:06:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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The Canon Store has select Refurbished DSLR Cameras on sale for 15-20% off. As an added bonus, you can get 50% off the purchase of select Refurbished DSLR Lenses when purchased with eligible cameras.
 
Eligible Canon Refurbished DSLR Cameras In Stock

ItemOrig. PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body1,759.20263.881,495.32
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 18-135 IS1,439.20215.881,223.32
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 28-135 IS1,359.20203.881,155.32
Canon EOS 7D Body1,199.20179.881,019.32
Canon EOS 60D + EF-S 18-200 IS1,039.20155.88883.32
Canon EOS 60D + EF-S 18-135 IS 959.20143.88815.32
Canon EOS Rebel T4i + 18-135 IS STM919.20183.84735.36
Canon EOS 60D Body719.99108.00611.99
Canon EOS Rebel T4i + EF-S 18-55 IS719.99144.00575.99
Canon EOS Rebel T4i Body639.99128.00511.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i + EF-S 18-55 IS519.99104.00415.99

Save 50% on these Lenses with Purchase of Eligible Refurb. Cameras

ItemOrig. PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.99192.00191.99
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99260.00259.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9980.0079.99
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9980.0079.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.99200.00199.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II239.99120.00119.99

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/11/2013 3:11:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Fotodiox Pro DY-200 Fresnel LED Light
Waukegan, IL - June 11, 2013 – Fotodiox, a leading manufacturer and distributor of photography and videography accessories and equipment, today announces a line of LED Fresnel lights for film, television, and studio photography work. The compact DY-200 LED Fresnel lights offer focusable, dimmable light that remains cool-to-the-touch while providing powerful light.
 
Available in 5600 Daylight and 3200 Tungsten color temperatures, the DY-200 and DY-200w LED Fresnel lights feature accurate flicker-free light, low power draw, simple cool-to-the-touch operation, and remote controlled power and focus. A separate ballast unit and an adjustable yoke mounts on either a floor stand or hangs from a lighting grid for many mounting options.
 
“Until now, photographers and videographers often shoot under hot lights in order to get the powerful light they need, creating uncomfortable working conditions,” said Drew Strickland, vice president of Fotodiox. “LED lighting gives users a cool option that still emits powerful light and the DY-200 LED Fresnel lights provide even more control for professionals to get the exact effect wanted.”
 
The Fotodiox DY-200 LED Fresnel lights feature on-board controls which offer a full range of light levels, as well as control over the motorized focus to create a wide floodlight or a powerful spotlight. The light’s intensity and focus can be adjusted in one of three ways: ballast control box with an integrated LED display, a wireless remote, or by connecting it to any DMX-compatible lighting control system.
 
Other features include:

  • Daylight 5600 ± 300, Color Index Rating > 85
  • Tungsten 3200 ± 200, Color Index Rating > 85
  • 9,100 – 60,000 Lux/m Luminance
  • Dimmable: 0-100% Power Output
  • Focusable Beam Spread of 12 – 75 degrees
  • Removable collapsible Barndoor with Gel Holder Clips
  • U-Shape Light Stand and Hanging Bracket
  • Included fan is whisper silent and flicker free

The DY-200 and DY-200w Fresnel lights include either the Daylight or Tungsten light unit, power supply ballast with cables, DMX cables, handheld wireless remote control and safety cable wire. The lights are available now for $1,199.95 at Amazon (DY-200 Daylight / DY-200w Tungsten).

Category: Fotodiox News
Post Date: 6/11/2013 2:32:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Nikon has published firmware updates for the Nikon 1 J1, J2, J3, V1 and S1 mirrorless cameras in addition to a firmware update for the Mount Adapter FT1.
 
Nikon 1 J1
 
This service provides software for upgrading Nikon 1 J1 firmware to A:1.30 / B:1.30.
 
Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade

  • Support for AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode when the Mount Adapter FT1 is used with AF-S lenses has been added.
  • To use this function, the Mount Adapter FT1 firmware must be version 1.10, which supports this function.
  • Support for the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2, equipped with a focusing ring, has been added.
  • The following changes to playback zoom for images captured in MF (manual focus) focus mode have been applied.
  • 1× magnification has been added.
  • The amount of time allowed to pass before normal display is restored when no operations are performed after playback zoom is applied has been reduced.
  • When shooting in Electronic (Hi) release mode at 10 fps using the Mount Adapter FT1, the shutter speed displayed with a half press of the shutter-release button and that displayed when the shutter-release button was fully pressed differed. This issue has been resolved.

Download: Windows | Macintosh
 
Nikon 1 J2
 
This service provides software for upgrading Nikon 1 J2 firmware to A:1.10 / B:1.10.
 
Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade

  • Support for AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode when the Mount Adapter FT1 is used with AF-S lenses has been added.
  • To use this function, the Mount Adapter FT1 firmware must be version 1.10, which supports this function.
  • Support for the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2, equipped with a focusing ring, has been added.
  • The following changes to playback zoom for images captured in MF (manual focus) focus mode have been applied.
  • 1× magnification has been added.
  • The amount of time allowed to pass before normal display is restored when no operations are performed after playback zoom is applied has been reduced.
Download: Windows | Macintosh
 
Nikon 1 J3
 
This service provides software for upgrading Nikon 1 J3 firmware to A:1.10 / B:1.10.
 
Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade

  • Support for AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode when the Mount Adapter FT1 is used with AF-S lenses has been added.
  • To use this function, the Mount Adapter FT1 must be firmware version 1.10, which supports this function.
  • Support for the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2, equipped with a focusing ring, has been added.
  • 1× magnification has been added to playback zoom ratios for images captured in MF (manual focus) focus mode.

Download: Windows | Macintosh
 
Nikon 1 V1
 
This service provides software for upgrading Nikon 1 V1 firmware to A:1.30 / B:1.30.
 
Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade

  • Support for AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode when the Mount Adapter FT1 is used with AF-S lenses has been added.
  • To use this function, the Mount Adapter FT1 firmware must be version 1.10, which supports this function.
  • Support for the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2, equipped with a focusing ring, has been added.
  • The following changes to playback zoom for images captured in MF (manual focus) focus mode have been applied.
  • 1× magnification has been added.
  • The amount of time allowed to pass before normal display is restored when no operations are performed after playback zoom is applied has been reduced.
  • When shooting in Electronic (Hi) release mode at 10 fps using the Mount Adapter FT1, the shutter speed displayed with a half press of the shutter-release button and that displayed when the shutter-release button was fully pressed differed. This issue has been resolved.
  • The precision of time synchronization when the GPS Unit GP-N100 is attached to the camera and the Use GPS to set clock option is set to Yes has been increased. However, errors in time synchronization using GPS cannot be completely eliminated. Please update GP-N100 firmware to Ver. 1.02 , which supports this improvement.

Download: Windows | Macintosh
 
Nikon 1 S1
 
This service provides software for upgrading Nikon 1 S1 firmware to A:1.10 / B:1.10.
 
Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade

  • Support for AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode when the Mount Adapter FT1 is used with AF-S lenses has been added.
    To use this function, the Mount Adapter FT1 must be Ver. 1.10, which supports this function.
  • Support for the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2, equipped with a focusing ring, has been added.
  • 1× magnification has been added to playback zoom ratios for images captured in MF (manual focus) focus mode.

Download: Windows | Macintosh
 
Mount Adapter FT1
 
This service provides software for upgrading Mount Adapter FT1 firmware to 1.10.
 
IMPORTANT: To update 1 NIKKOR lens or Mount Adapter firmware using the Nikon 1 V2, please be sure to update Nikon 1 V2 firmware to A: and B: 1.10 or later FIRST. Do Not use a Nikon 1 V2 with A: and B: 1.00 firmware to update a 1NIKKOR lens or the Mount Adapter FT1 as they will not be accurately upgraded and doing so may prevent their use. If you have already upgraded either a 1 NIKKOR lens or the Mount Adapter FT1 using a Nikon 1 V2 firmware version 1.00, then please consult the Nikon Service Department.
 
Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade

  • Support for AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode when the Mount Adapter FT1 is used with AF-S lenses has been added.
  • Camera firmware versions that support this function are as follows.
  • When updating both the camera and FT1's firmware, be sure to update the camera's firmware before updating the FT1 firmware.
  • Nikon 1 V2 A/B firmware Ver. 1.10
  • Nikon 1 V1 A/B firmware Ver. 1.30
  • Nikon 1 J3 A/B firmware Ver. 1.10
  • Nikon 1 J2 A/B firmware Ver. 1.10
  • Nikon 1 J1 A/B firmware Ver. 1.30
  • Nikon 1 S1 A/B firmware Ver. 1.10

Download: Windows | Macintosh
 
FT1 Firmware Update Instructions: English | Spanish
 
B&H carries Nikon 1 Mirrorless Cameras and the FT1 Mount Adapter.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/11/2013 12:55:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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B&H has the new MacBook Air Notebook Computers in stock (limited quantities).
Post Date: 6/11/2013 11:57:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sony 16GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
B&H has the Sony 16GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card available for $9.95 with free shipping. Regularly $26.50.
Post Date: 6/11/2013 10:17:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S VR Lens
Adorama has the Refurbished Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S VR Lens available for $409.00 with free shipping. Compare at $596.95 new.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/11/2013 9:53:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D600 DSLR Camera
Adorama has the Refurbished Nikon D600 DSLR Camera available for $1,599.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,996.95 new.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/11/2013 9:41:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
LenzBuddy Caps
Here's a simple, yet brilliant tool for organizing a crowded camera bag - LenzBuddy Caps.
 
While the LenzBuddy body caps are more novel than [in my opinion] terribly useful (but who doesn't like bling?), I can see where their lens end caps could help you easily distinguish which lens is in which pocket at a glance.
 
Of course, a roll of duct tape and a magic marker could accomplish the same thing, but it wouldn't look nearly as nice. ;-)
Post Date: 6/11/2013 7:39:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 10, 2013
Canon EF 200-400mm 1.4x IS Lens
You can cross bad image quality off of your list of potential reasons to not get the new Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens. Because this lens totally rocks in that regard. Image quality results from the 200-400mm f/4L IS Lens are now available on the site. These are among the best results I've ever seen from a zoom lens - or from any lens.
 
I'll let you decide if the 200-400 L bests the previous zoom lens image quality title holder, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens. Here is the 200mm comparison (use the mouseover or toggle buttons feature). Note that you are going to see some distortion differences in these results as the 70-200 is at its longest focal length and the 200-400 is set to its widest focal length. Also note that the 70-200 has a 1-stop wider aperture in this comparison. I'll let you decide if they would be more-fairly compared at equivalent (f/4) apertures (you can change the comparison tool settings if you vote this way).
 
There are some things you need to know about the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens image quality test results. The built-in extender with external extender compatibility complicates complete image quality presentation of this lens in our tool. So, here is what we are showing.
 
The first tested copy of this lens (we have two right now) is presented as two lens samples – sample "1" and "2". Sample "1" is tested at all focal lengths (including those with extenders) with the built-in extender switch set to 1.0x (not being used) with the only exception being the first of the two 560mm focal length tests – the one that indicates "1.4x Extender Int". Sample "2" results were all captured with the built-in extender in place – the switch was set to 1.4x with no exceptions. Sample "2" results showing one of the "III" extenders in use also had the built-in 1.4x in use. You will notice the ultra-high focal lengths in these results.
 
Here are some interesting comparisons that can be made:
 
Compare the image quality of the 200-400mm L lens at various focal lengths with and without the built-in extender in place by comparing lens sample "1" to lens sample "2". The with-extender image quality is really good, but there is a modest image quality penalty for using the extender. This is not unexpected from adding 8/4 elements/groups to the light path. Stop down 1 stop to eliminate most of that penalty.
 
Compare the image quality of the 200-400mm L lens' built in 1.4x extender to the external Canon 1.4x III Extender. The first difference I notice is that the internal extender appears to add pincushion distortion while the external extender adds a touch of barrel distortion. This difference is what would account for the difference in test chart detail sizes. Otherwise, I don't think you will see a difference in image quality between these two extenders used on this lens.
 
While extended focal lengths up to 1120mm are supported with Canon's blessings, I doubt that many will want to go to this extreme.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/10/2013 1:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Manfrotto 190 More 3-Section Aluminum Tripod available for $109.95 with free shipping after $45.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $189.95.
Post Date: 6/10/2013 3:30:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has the Seagate Barracuda 3 TB 3.5" SATA 6 Gb/s Internal Hard Drive available for $109.99. Compare at $134.99.
 
Features:

  • 3TB storage capacity with SATA 6Gb/s NCQ Interface
  • Seagate AcuTrac servo technology delivers dependable performance, even with hard drive track widths of only 75 nanometers
  • Seagate OptiCache technology boosts overall performance by as much as 45% over the previous generation.
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

Post Date: 6/10/2013 7:46:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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