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 Thursday, April 04, 2013
Nikon D3000 DSLR Camera Kit
eBay (via robertscamera) has a Refurbished Nikon D3000 DSLR Camera w/18-55mm & 55-200mm Lenses Bundle available for $349.00 with free shipping.
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Post Date: 4/4/2013 11:04:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 4, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the opening of its service and support center in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. This facility is located just across the George Washington Bridge outside of New York City, and will provide comprehensive product repair and maintenance services for the growing customer base of Canon's professional imaging products.
 
The Ridgefield Park on-site repair operations include state-of-the-art camera and lens dark rooms, Canon's most advanced adjustment and calibration equipment, spare parts inventory, and an experienced repair staff that will work to quickly return Canon's professional products to their original factory condition and operation. This new facility, available exclusively for Platinum and Gold level members of Canon's Professional Services (CPS) program, including owners of Cinema EOS products, and broadcast lens clients, confirms Canon U.S.A.'s commitment to providing personalized and local service and support to imaging professionals in the New York/New Jersey metro region.
 
This facility is Canon's second service facility exclusively available to professional clients, joining the Canon Hollywood Professional Technology & Support Center that debuted in the heart of Hollywood, CA, early last year. Both facilities provide factory quality repair and maintenance service for Canon's extensive lineup of professional-grade cameras, including EOS Digital SLR cameras, Cinema EOS cameras, and high-definition camcorders. All of Canon's professional lenses, including EF series photography lenses, Cinema lenses, and broadcast and studio lenses are also supported at this new facility.
 
"The opening of another support facility that caters exclusively to imaging professionals signifies the growth and demand of Canon's professional imaging products and Canon's commitment to imaging professionals," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "Opening this location illustrates our desire to bring Canon's industry-leading support directly to our clients in areas where they work and live. Being closer to our customers will help enable us to further improve on our outstanding repair processing times for professional products, which average less than three days in most instances."
 
An advance reservation is required for all service and support requests handled by the Ridgefield Park, N.J. facility. Canon Professional Services (CPS) Platinum and Gold level members can make a reservation via the CPS hotline by calling 1 (888) CPS-4540. Owners of Cinema EOS, professional video cameras and broadcast lenses should call 1 (855) CINE EOS to schedule an appointment.
 
Additional camera and lens service facilities for both professional and consumer clients are located in Jamesburg, N.J., Irvine, C.A., and Newport News, V.A. Each of these facilities operates with the same Canon speed and quality that is unrivaled in the industry. By the end of the year, Canon plans to further expand its local service center presence to the Midwest with the opening of a new service and support facility to support imaging professionals in the Chicago market.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 4/4/2013 8:31:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera
Best Buy has the Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS Digital Camera available for $129.99 with free shipping. Compare at $139.00.
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Post Date: 4/4/2013 7:20:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens
Cameta Camera has the Refurbished Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens available for $599.95 with free shipping. Compare at $846.95 new.
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Post Date: 4/4/2013 7:01:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM
OK - There will be enough new/updated pages to cover a week and a half. So I'm starting this "week" on a Wednesday.
 
It is Spring in the northern hemisphere and we are ready to end hibernation and to start filling memory cards. Spring sports have started and I *think* the grass is showing a hint of green-ness. Leaves will soon be pushing out and the landscape will take on a new attractiveness.
 
The Canon lens recommendation pages on the site were showing some age, so I'm going to be announcing updates and additions all this "week". Hopefully you can find a cure to that Spring Fever amid these pages.
 
To get started, the General Purpose Lens Recommendations page update is now live.
 
The general purpose zoom is probably the most-used and most-important lens in your kit. It should be the highest quality model you can afford.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Recommendations
Post Date: 4/3/2013 11:30:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens
B&H has the Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens (Canon | Nikon) available for $329.00 with free shipping and 2% Rewards. Compare at $379.00.
 
B&H also has the Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide-Angle Lens with Focus Confirm Chip for Nikon available for $349.00. Compare at $439.99.
Post Date: 4/3/2013 5:49:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO VC USD Lens
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Post Date: 4/3/2013 5:27:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/3/2013 5:20:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera available for $2,845.25 with free shipping. Compare at $2,949.00.
 
Bundled Items:

  • 32GB SDHC Memory Card
  • 2x - LP-E6 (non OEM) Replacement Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Compact AC/DC Charger for LP-E8 Battery
  • Deluxe Soft Medium Camera and Video Case Bag
  • USB Memory Card Reader

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Post Date: 4/3/2013 3:31:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama is featuring special pricing on the following waterproof housings for PowerShot cameras:

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Post Date: 4/3/2013 1:08:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From DxO:
 
118 new lens / camera combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing support for Canon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and Tamron lenses for Canon, Olympus, Panasonic and Pentax cameras.
 
To see supported and planned combinations, click on the link below then select the second tab.
 
Supported or planned combinations
 
New DxO Optics Modules:
 
Canon | Olympus | Panasonic | Pentax | Samsung
 
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 4/3/2013 10:07:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D600 DSLR Camera
Cameta Camera 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: 4/3/2013 9:23:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS C300 Cinema Camera
From Canon:
 
New Upgrades, Including Support for Industry-Standard ACES, Look to Help Deliver Greater Production Workflow Efficiency
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 3, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc. a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today new firmware and application software upgrades for the Company's Cinema EOS System lineup of cameras. New ACES compatibility software for the Cinema EOS C500 and Cinema EOS C500 PL Digital Cameras will be available as a free download expected in June 2013. Additional Cinema EOS firmware upgrades, including a new 1,440 x 1,080 pixel recording mode at 35Mbps for the Cinema EOS C300 and Cinema EOS C300 PL Digital Cameras, are expected to be available as free downloads starting in October 2013, all from the www.usa.canon.com.
 
In response to strong demand from professionals working in the fields of motion picture, commercial and television production, the firmware and application software upgrades will offer enhanced color management efficiency and camera functionality, contributing to improved video production workflow efficiency.
 
ACES Compatibility for Greater Production Workflow Efficiency (EOS C500/EOS C500 PL)
Cinema EOS C500 and Cinema EOS C500 PL camera users will be able to download a new version of Canon's Cinema RAW Development Software for working with 4K RAW data. The new version provides support for the Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) color management standard, as defined by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and standardized by the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE). Compatibility with ACES helps make efficient workflows possible, enabling color management using a uniform color space - even when handling video captured using multiple cameras with different color characteristics.
 
Automatic Functions (EOS C300) and New Recording Mode (EOS C300/EOS C300 PL)
A new firmware upgrade for the Cinema EOS C300 Digital Camera adds Push Auto Iris and One-Shot Autofocus (AF), two outstanding automatic functions incorporated in the Cinema EOS C100 Digital Camera (released in November 2012). These functions enable users to automatically adjust lens aperture and focusing through a simple one-touch operation, which can be particularly useful for cinematographers and videographers shooting without the support of an assistant.
 
In addition, a firmware upgrade for the Cinema EOS C300 and Cinema EOS C300 PL Digital Cameras adds a 1,440 x 1,080 pixel recording mode at 35Mbps, a resolution widely used in terrestrial digital television broadcasting. This new mode will expand the versatility of the XF codec and can be a useful addition for broadcast applications where the reduced bandwidth requires less transmission time while still maintaining a high level of image quality.
 
Shifting Display Location during Magnified Focus Assist (EOS C100, EOS C300/EOS C300 PL, EOS C500/EOS C500 PL)
Firmware upgrades for the EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL, EOS C300, EOS C300 PL, and EOS C100 Digital Camera models enable the Magnified Focus Assist function's magnified view area within the viewfinder and LCD monitor to be shifted to locations other than the center of the screen, allowing users to confirm focus across the entire display area.
 
B&H carries Canon Cinema EOS Cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 4/3/2013 8:57:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon 35mm Cinima Prime Lens
From Canon:
 
Designed for Film-Style Operation, Canon Cinema Prime Lenses Deliver 4K Imaging Performance
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 3, 2013 - Canon Inc., the parent company of Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced the development of a 35mm cinema prime lens for large-format single-sensor cameras employing Super 35mm, full-frame 35mm, and APS-C size imagers. The 35mm cinema prime lens will look to join Canon's line of 14mm, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm, and 135mm EF-mount Cinema prime lenses. The 35mm cinema lens in development will look to become the sixth in the line, filling a strategic optical need between Canon's 24mm and 50mm lens offerings. As with Canon's precision-matched, competitively priced CN-E prime lenses, the 35mm lens under development will look to deliver 4K optical performance and inherit the professional operability of the existing CN-E prime lens line.
 
Canon Cinema prime lenses are part of the Canon Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography products, which also include the EOS C500 4K/2K Digital Cinema Camera, EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera, EOS C100 Digital Video Camera, EOS-1D C 4K DSLR Cinema Camera, and four Canon Cinema zoom lenses. A development sample of the 35mm cinema lens will be on display in the Canon booth #C4325 during the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas, NV, April 8-11, 2013, and the lens itself is currently expected to officially launch sometime this year.
 
"Canon is committed to supporting cinematic culture and the continued advancement of tools for visual storytelling at all levels," affirmed Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "During the past 18 months, Canon has brought our Cinema EOS product line to market, and in that time we have introduced HD, 2K, and 4K cameras, lenses and workflow solutions, as well as structured a comprehensive service and support network for professionals in the theatrical motion picture and television markets to enable customers to create and deliver exceptional imaging content and cinematic brilliance."
 
B&H carries Canon Cinema lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 4/3/2013 8:41:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Carl Ziess Compact Zooms
From Carl Zeiss:
 
The CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 can be seen for the first time at NAB Show in Las Vegas
 
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 03.04.2013.
Carl Zeiss presents its new zoom lenses from the Compact Family at the NAB Show 2013 (8-11 April) in Las Vegas at its booth C9043. Versatile, flexible and yet small and manageable – these are the characteristics that describe the Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses. For the first time, the new CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 will be presented in the US. The Compact Zoom Family currently comprises the CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and the CZ.2 70-200/T2.9; the latter won the prestigious iF product design award in February 2013.
 
The ZEISS Compact Zoom lenses weigh just 2.5 to 2.8 kilograms (5.5 to 6.2 pounds). “For cinema zoom lenses, that is very little. The light and compact design is ideal for hand-held and steadicam shooting,” explains Helmut Lenhof, Product Manager for the Compact Family in the Carl Zeiss Camera Lens Division. The lenses are suited for owner operators as well as episodic television series, documentary films, features and big-screen productions. Especially for shooting projects on a tight budget and time schedule, a ZEISS Compact Zoom lens is an extremely flexible solution. The zoom lens enables faster work and minimizes long set-up times.
 
Unlike zoom lenses for still photography, the ZEISS Compact Zoom cinema lenses each have three independently moveable zoom groups. This complex design prevents undesired focus shift and ensures optimal image quality. The lenses have a continuous high aperture of T2.9 over the entire zoom range.
 
Filmmakers can also look forward to a new shorter super wide-angle zoom lens designed for the owner-operator when the Compact Zoom series will expand to a family of three at the end of 2014. This new zoom lens will replace the Lightweight Zoom LWZ.2.
 
As members of the ZEISS Compact Family, the Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses are the perfect complement to the fixed focal length Compact Prime CP.2 s well as other ZEISS cine-style lenses. Thanks to the exact color matching within the ZEISS cinema lens family, all lenses in this series can be combined flexibly with each other, with no visible deviations.
 
They cover full-frame format (24x36mm) and can therefore be used on HDSLR cameras, as well as professional HD video and cinema cameras. Being designed as full-frame lenses, they create a sweet spot effect and a uniformity of illumination when used on Super 35 sensors and are ‘future-proofed’ for next generation digital cinema cameras utilizing larger sensors.
 
Moreover, the interchangeable mount system makes it possible to use the lenses of the Compact Family on various camera models. The mounts currently available are for PL, EF, F, MFT and E. “Investing in this lens family is especially attractive for cinematographers and rental companies because the interchangeable mount also ensures the lenses’ long-term compatibility in the rapidly changing camera market. For all relevant future camera models, mounts will be available which the user can exchange very easily,” adds Lenhof.
 
Cinematographers can also rely on the quality features that ZEISS is known for:
The T* anti-reflective coating and the internal stray light reduction eliminate bothersome light reflections.
 
All Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses have the same front diameter of 95 mm. The large focus rotation angle of almost 300 degrees and the calibrated focus scales ensure comfortable handling. All lenses in the Compact Zoom Family correspond to 4K production standards and cover a resolution of 4096 x 2160 with no distortion.
 
Australian cinematographer Warwick Brown has already used the Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 for shooting a television production. “I have just finished shooting a dramatic short film using this lens and the Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed lenses together. They are a real winning combination. The zoom is sharp and handles highlights beautifully.”
 
The delivery of the Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 began in early 2013. The Compact Zoom 28-80/T2.9 will be available starting July. Carl Zeiss authorized dealers are now accepting orders on both zoom lenses. The suggested list price of each Compact Zoom CZ.2 lens will be €14,900 or US$19,900 (excluding VAT).
 
The lead time for the Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 is currently six to seven months. A higher demand as expected led to these lead times. Carl Zeiss will increase its production capacities in order to reduce the lead time to three to four months.
 
B&H carries Zeiss lenses.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 4/3/2013 8:28:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon:
 
Highlights Include Live 4K Workflow Demonstrations in a Full On-Site DI (Digital Intermediate) Suite, Live 4K Broadcast Demonstrations for HD “Ultra-Zoom” Applications, and the Canon Theater
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 3, 2013 - At the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its full line of professional, high-definition imaging equipment for motion picture, television production, video content creation, and still photography at booths C3628 and C4325. Within this year’s booth, Canon will feature a live 4K Workflow Demonstration where visitors will have the opportunity to interact with industry-leading colorists and editors in a 4K DI (Digital Intermediate) suite. In a live color grading session of 4K footage from Canon’s groundbreaking C500 4K camera, on-site professionals will demonstrate the imaging possibilities of Canon’s 4K image capture technology and view the results on Canon’s prototype 4K reference displays, currently under development.
 
Building off the recent successes of the Canon Cinema EOS C500 4K digital camera’s broadcast capabilities, the Company will be exhibiting a live demonstration of 4K Remote Broadcast, highlighting how spectacular HD broadcast footage can be captured, digitally rendered and cropped for live-action broadcast applications using Canon’s Cinema EOS equipment. Visitors to this demonstration will see, in real-time, the results and stunning coverage that can be used in multiple high-speed productions, including live-action sports.
 
Exhibiting some of the recent artistry and award-winning footage shot on Canon Cinema EOS equipment, show attendees are welcome to enter a 90-seat Canon Theater to view spectacular footage and testimonials that illustrate HD, 2K and 4K projects including behind-the-scenes footage on how each project was captured. Demonstrating the full breadth of Canon capabilities from image capture through output, the Canon Theater will take visitors beyond capture and feature additional 4K reference display prototypes currently under development.
 
The Company has also announced and will showcase the new Cinema EOS C100 EF 24-105 Lens Kit, a cost-effective solution to assist cinematographers, including single-person and small cinematography crews, with the ability to purchase and produce high-quality pieces at an affordable price-point.
 
In addition, visitors to the Canon booth will have the opportunity to touch-and-try a full range of Canon equipment on display throughout the week. Canon products, such as the EOS-1D C Digital Cinema SLR, EF Cinema zoom lenses and various other cameras and accessories will be available to demo.
 
Professional cinematographers in need of a fast, easy way to print images for scene continuity or to preserve highlights of a recently completed project can appreciate the convenience and versatility of Canon’s photo-quality printers. On-hand in the Canon booth will be the 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF6450, and the 44-inch imagePROGRAF iPF8400, 12-color large-format printers. Both are equipped with LUCIA EX pigment ink set, an enhanced multi-sensor and advanced printing technologies to help achieve extraordinary quality and enhanced color range in large format printed output. Also being shown are the PIXMA PRO series of desktop inkjet printers. The PIXMA PRO-1 printer, the flagship model in Canon’s professional inkjet printer lineup, features a 12-color LUCIA Pigment ink system that expands the color gamut with improved saturation of colors and darker, deeper blacks, over previous models. The PIXMA PRO-10 printer, with its 10-color pigment ink system, and the PIXMA PRO-100 printer, with its 8-color dye-based ink system provide photographers with a number of options to help satisfy their printing needs. The SELPHY CP900 compact photo printer will be on display allowing professionals to see first-hand the convenience and high-image quality of this compact photo printer.
 
In the BCTV Shooting Gallery, booth visitors will have the opportunity to experience the performance and capabilities of Canon’s Broadcast HDTV lenses through various simulated shooting situations.
 
Throughout the 2013 NAB Show, Canon will host a series of unique live-learning stage demonstrations with renowned cinematographers, broadcast specialists, and filmmakers at the Canon booth. These industry professionals will provide insight into the ever-changing field of optical and imaging technology and showcase their projects and works that were shot on Canon equipment, as well as share best practices and real-world applications for Canon technology.
 
Additionally, Canon is hosting a special, three-hour learning session focusing on the intricacies of the Canon Cinema EOS C500 4K digital camera. Led by Los Angeles-based Director of Photography, Suny Behar, the “Canon Cinema EOS C500 4K digital camera Workflow: 2K/4K from Set-Up to Shoot” session will explore camera set-up choices from System Priority, Recording Mode and Resolutions to file output options. Behar will also demonstrate a step-by-step configuration of the Cinema EOS C500 4K digital camera with external recorders. “The Cinema EOS C500 4K digital camera Workflow: 2K/4K From Set-Up to Shoot” will take place on Tuesday, April 9th in rooms N239 and N241with two convenient sessions - the first from 9:30am to 12:30pm and the second from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. NAB attendees with the Conference Flex Pass, the Exhibits-Only (Open to All), the Post|Production World and the SMART Pass are eligible to attend.
 
For the first time at NAB, Canon’s Professional Services (CPS) is proud to host the CPS Hospitality Suite. Providing service and support to the professional imaging industry and its high demands, the CPS Hospitality Suite is open to all NAB Tradeshow attendees and CPS Members. Located just off of the tradeshow floor visitors to the suite can see Canon’s latest products and take advantage of touch-and-try counters in a private setting.
 
Canon technical representatives will be on-hand to provide consultations for cinema, video and DSLR users and CPS Gold and Platinum members can receive free onsite Clean & Checks for current professional equipment*. Suite visitors will also be able to chat with Canon experts about Canon’s exciting developments in cinema, video and DSLR technology as well as sign up for Canon CPS membership. Product serial numbers for qualifying CPS equipment will be needed in order to process on-site membership applications.
 
The Canon CPS Hospitality Suite will be open April 8th through April 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and April 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 4/3/2013 8:21:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4
 
April 2, 2013
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4 update includes these enhancements:

  • Improved demosaic algorithm for better raw file support on cameras with X-Trans sensors. This includes the Fujifilm X-Pro1.
  • Additional camera support for 23 cameras including the Canon EOS 1D C, Nikon Coolpix A, and Samsung NX300.
  • Corrections and bug fixes for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom.

Download the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4 Update: Windows | Macintosh
 
DNG Converter 7.4
 
April 2, 2013
This version of the DNG Converter supports over 20 new cameras including the Canon EOS 1D C, Nikon Coolpix A, and Samsung NX300. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.
 
Download the Adobe DNG Converter 7.4 Update: Windows | Macintosh
 
B&H carries Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 4/3/2013 7:03:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens available for $325.00 with free shipping. Compare at $399.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/2/2013 7:53:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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