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 Monday, October 7, 2013
Hot Deal: Adorama has a Nikon D600 DSLR Camera with 24-85mm ED AF-S VR Lens Bundle available for $2,096.95 with free shipping and 4% Rewards. Regularly $2,696.95.
Bundle Includes

  • Nikon D600 DSLR Camera
  • Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S VR Lens
  • Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter
  • Green Extreme EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
  • Manfrotto 394 Aluminum 4 Section Monopod
  • Adorama Slinger Bag
  • SanDisk 32GB Class 10, Ultra SDHC UHS-I Memory Card

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/7/2013 8:11:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
Upcoming Facility Provides Additional U.S.-Based Customer Service; Creates Job Opportunities in New Mexico
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 7, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that Canon Information Technology Services, Inc. (CITS), its wholly owned subsidiary, will open a customer support center at 4041 Jefferson Plaza NE in Albuquerque, N.M. This center will provide additional customer service support and technical capabilities for Canon customers.
The 33,682-square-foot Albuquerque center will support small office and consumer imaging products, including digital cameras, camcorders, printers, and copiers. The new location will also support Canon's growing professional printing, cinema, and eCommerce customers. It is anticipated that the support center will create at least 150 call center positions over a three-year period. Hiring is expected to commence in early 2014, with operations anticipated to begin in April 2014.
"Expanding our support centers illustrates our continuing commitment to providing 100 percent U.S.-based customer service," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "We chose Albuquerque specifically because the area has a reduced exposure to weather-related disruptions, the ability to service multiple time zones, and an educated workforce, a large percentage of which has bilingual capabilities, all of which will help us serve our customers better."
"We thank Canon, an internationally-renowned company, for choosing Albuquerque for the site of their new tech services center and creating jobs for New Mexicans," said Governor Susana Martinez. "In addition to having a skilled workforce, our recently improved tax climate and incentives make New Mexico a great place for companies like Canon to operate and succeed. I also commend Mayor Berry and his leadership in creating a business-friendly city and for his partnership in recruiting Canon here."
"Canon ITS and Albuquerque are a great match for each other and we are very pleased they are joining our community," said Mayor Richard J. Berry. "Like Albuquerque, Canon has a strong commitment to diversity and to providing a 'work environment that is technology driven and people-oriented.' It's no surprise they're ranked among Fortune's 'Most Admired Companies in America.' I'm pleased I was able to work with the executive team from Canon for the last few months to make this project a win-win for all of us."
"Bernalillo County is pleased to be part of the partnership that attracted Canon and its 150 new jobs to Central New Mexico," said Commission Vice-Chair Debbie O'Malley. "I know there are many qualified, talented New Mexicans who are excited about filling those positions and joining in Canon's long tradition of excellence."
Steve Maestas, Chairman of Albuquerque Economic Development, Inc., praised the collaborative effort that successfully landed the project. "The community and state prosper when we are aligned, working together with a single purpose. Canon is an internationally respected leader whose expansion to Albuquerque is important to our goal of attracting the world's finest companies."
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/7/2013 1:52:52 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS Rebel T3 with 18-55mm IS II Lens (review) available for $319.99 with free shipping. Compare at $449.00.
Caveat Emptor: BigValueInc's positive feedback rating is at 98.3%. We received information that some buyers received the wrong product when purchasing from this merchant. Be sure to keep all supporting documents if taking advantage of this offer. eBay does seem to trust "BigValueInc" enough to continue listing their auctions as "Daily Deals" and we had a good first-hand experience with them.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/7/2013 11:33:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rokinon is offering a $75.00 mail-in rebate on its 24mm prime lenses:

Post Date: 10/7/2013 10:57:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens Review
Find out if this ultra-wide angle zoom lens is worth half as much as the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens.
Post Date: 10/7/2013 9:58:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera available for $849.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,146.95 new.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/7/2013 9:57:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Lens available for preorder.
Category: Zeiss Preorders
Post Date: 10/7/2013 9:47:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 10/7/2013 8:24:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean is running a special promotion during Canon's rebate period – free 2-day shipping, free Hoya UV filters* and 4% instant rewards with Canon lens purchases. Free 2-day shipping and 4% rewards applies to Canon speedlite purchases, too.
The mail-in rebate form can be downloaded here.

ItemOrig. PriceRebate
After 4%
EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM$1,499.00 $180.00 Mail-in$1,319.00 $1,266.24
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM$1,699.00 $200.00 Mail-in$1,499.00 $1,439.04
EF 17-40mm f/4L USM$839.99 $100.00 Mail-in$739.99 $710.39
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM$2,299.00 $300.00 Mail-in$1,999.00 $1,919.04
EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM$1,499.00 $300.00 Mail-in$1,199.00 $1,151.04
EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM$799.99 $100.00 Instant$699.99 $671.99
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM$879.00 $50.00 Instant$829.00 $795.84
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM$2,499.00 $300.00 Mail-in$2,199.00 $2,111.04
EF 70–200mm f/2.8L USM$1,449.00 $150.00 Mail-in$1,299.00 $1,247.04
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM$1,349.00 $200.00 Mail-in$1,149.00 $1,103.04
EF 70–200mm f/4L USM$709.99 $80.00 Mail-in$629.99 $604.79
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM$1,599.00 $200.00 Mail-in$1,399.00 $1,343.04
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM$1,699.00 $200.00 Mail-in$1,499.00 $1,439.04
EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM$2,359.00 $200.00 Mail-in$2,159.00 $2,072.64
TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift$2,499.00 $200.00 Mail-in$2,299.00 $2,207.04
EF 20mm f/2.8 USM$539.99 $50.00 Instant$489.99 $470.39
EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM$1,749.00 $200.00 Mail-in$1,549.00 $1,487.04
EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM$599.00 $50.00 Instant$549.00 $527.04
TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift$2,199.00 $200.00 Mail-in$1,999.00 $1,919.04
EF 28mm f/1.8 USM$509.99 $60.00 Instant$449.99 $431.99
EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM$549.00 $50.00 Instant$499.00 $479.04
EF 35mm f/1.4L USM$1,479.00 $150.00 Mail-in$1,329.00 $1,275.84
EF 35mmf/2.0 IS USM$599.00 $50.00 Instant$549.00 $527.04
EF 40mm f/ 2.8 STM$199.99 $50.00 Instant$149.99 $143.99
TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift$1,399.00 $100.00 Mail-in$1,299.00 $1,247.04
EF 50mm f/1.2L USM$1,619.00 $180.00 Mail-in$1,439.00 $1,381.44
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM$399.99 $60.00 Instant$339.99 $326.39
EF 50mm f/1.8 II$125.99 $15.00 Instant$110.99 $106.55
EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro$299.99 $30.00 Instant$269.99 $259.19
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM$469.99 $50.00 Instant$419.99 $403.19
MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo$1,049.00 $100.00 Instant$949.00 $911.04
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM$2,199.00 $200.00 Mail-in$1,999.00 $1,919.04
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM$419.99 $60.00 Instant$359.99 $345.59
TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift$1,399.00 $180.00 Mail-in$1,219.00 $1,170.24
EF 100mm f/2 USM$499.99 $50.00 Instant$449.99 $431.99
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM$1,049.00 $150.00 Mail-in$899.00 $863.04
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM$599.99 $50.00 Instant$549.99 $527.99
EF 135mm f/2L USM$1,089.00 $100.00 Mail-in$989.00 $949.44
EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM$1,579.00 $150.00 Mail-in$1,429.00 $1,371.84
EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM$819.99 $50.00 Mail-in$769.99 $739.19
EF 300mm f/4L IS USM$1,449.00 $100.00 Mail-in$1,349.00 $1,295.04
EF 400mm f/5.6L USM$1,339.00 $120.00 Mail-in$1,219.00 $1,170.24
Extender EF 1.4x III$499.99 $50.00 Instant$449.99 $431.99
Extender EF 2x III$499.99 $50.00 Instant$449.99 $431.99
Speedlite 600EX-RT$549.99 $50.00 Instant$499.99 $479.99
Speedlite 430EX II$299.99 $40.00 Instant$259.99 $249.59
Speedlite 270EX II$169.99 $20.00 Instant$149.99 $143.99
Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX$829.99$60.00Instant$769.99$739.19

* A Hoya UV filter is not bundled with the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye as it is incompatible with filters.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/7/2013 7:05:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Zeiss:
The ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 stands out with technical features ideal for all-around professional photography with 35mm DSLR cameras
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 07.10.2013. – With an imaging performance that has hitherto only been seen with medium format systems, the new ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 offers ambitious photographers who do not accept any compromises in image quality the possibility for a more compact gear. DSLR cameras with high resolution 35mm sensors put enormous demands on lenses. The Otus1.4/55 can deal with these demands thanks to its outstanding sharpness, high image contrast and no visible chromatic aberrations. It creates the highest-possible image quality, even with an open aperture. The new ZEISS lens is especially suited for advertising, fashion and studio photography, and professional photographers working in these fields will not need to make any compromises in terms of performance and quality. The Otus 1.4/55 is the first lens in a family of uncompromising professional lenses from ZEISS. Additional focal lengths will follow. Otus is the Latin name for a type of owl known for its excellent vision in darkness — just like this new high-speed lens from ZEISS.

“Our goal was to bring the best standard lens for SLR cameras onto the market. The Otus 1.4/55 delivers outstanding sharpness and contrast rendition all the way into the corners of the image. The only way we could achieve this was through the complex Distagon optical design, which until now has only been found on wide-angle lenses,” explains Christophe Casenave, product manager for ZEISS Camera Lenses. “Thanks to the low level of longitudinal chromatic aberration, there are no visible aberrations. So an illuminated harbor scene by night with many light sources in front of and behind the actual focal plane appears close to reality, without displaying complementary, color contrast edges. The excellent performance delivered by Otus is constant for all shooting distances. Its high performance with an open aperture also makes this lens a good choice for close-ups or portraits. For architectural and landscape photography, the Otus 1.4/55 takes full advantage of modern high-resolution camera sensors, resulting in impressive resolution in the images, even for the smallest detail.”
Other unique features of the Otus 1.4/55 are its high image contrast all the way to the edges (even for low f-numbers) and the consistent high-resolution performance across the entire image field. The lens has a completely new optical and mechanical design, which was developed taking into account the special and increasing requirements of high-resolution DSLR cameras. The Otus 1.4/55 is equipped with a floating elements design with 12 lens elements in 10 groups, including a double-sided aspheric lens and six lenses made of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion. These sophisticated features create image results without color fringing or distortion. Cameras with a lower number of pixels will also benefit from the lens’s unique features.
The performance delivered by the Otus 1.4/55 is especially obvious with night shots. When taking pictures with many image-dominant, open light sources, it is common for correction defects to show up. Because the Otus 1.4/55 is an apochromatic lens, longitudinal chromatic aberrations are corrected by its lens elements of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion. The color defects are therefore significantly lower than the defined limits. Bright/dark transitions in the image, and especially highlights, are rendered with no colorful artifacts. Although it is not a traditional focal length for architectural and landscape photography, here, too, the lens can deliver very good results. The edges of the image can be used for all apertures, giving full rein to the photographer’s creativity. For portraiture, the Otus 1.4/55 render the finest details precisely, and thanks to the maximum aperture of f/1.4, the photographer can consciously play with the depth of field and create a smooth bokeh. The Otus 1.4/55 stands out not only for its highly detailed pictures with no bothersome artifacts, but also for its mechanical quality. The smooth focus operation with the large angle of rotation allows for the finest variations when focusing — qualities that are only possible in a metal barrel. Its design as a manual focus lens allowed the engineers to work with much smaller tolerances during the construction. The lens’s robust metal barrel with the easy to grip focus ring makes it perfect for the demanding everyday situations of professional photographers, and guarantees a long product life. The yellow labels on the scales, which are borrowed from the professional ZEISS cinema lenses, contribute to better visibility. For its innovative product design, the Otus 1.4/55 already won the iF product design award 2013.
The Otus 1.4/55 will be available with F bayonet (ZF.2) and EF bayonet (ZE) starting at the end of October in all global markets. The recommended retail price will be €2,940 or US$3,999 (excl. VAT)*
Adorama has the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Lens available for preorder.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 10/7/2013 5:22:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Body available for $2,967.82 with free shipping. Compare at $3,399.00.
Caveat Emptor: BigValueInc's positive feedback rating is at 98.3%. We received information that some buyers received the wrong product when purchasing from this merchant. Be sure to keep all supporting documents if taking advantage of this offer. eBay does seem to trust "BigValueInc" enough to continue listing their auctions as "Daily Deals" and we had a good first-hand experience with them.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/7/2013 5:05:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, October 6, 2013

"This is's Weekend Recap for the week ending October 5th, 2013.
In the news...
On Wednesday, we posted the news that Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 was being bundled Canon EOS 5D Mark IIIs and 6Ds in the European market. Unfortunately, the promotion is limited to the European region – meaning USA customers will not be receiving Lightroom 5 with their camera purchases.
On Thursday, we posted about an economical, Do-It-Yourself method for controlling your Canon DSLR over Wi-Fi. Using a rooted Android media stick and the DSLR Controller and DSLR Controller Wi-Fi Stick apps, we were successfully able to remotely control a Canon 7D using an Google Nexus 7. Check out our post for more information.
On Friday, we covered a serious Adobe security breach. Adobe admits that it was recently hacked and sensitive data pertaining to 2.9 million user accounts was compromised. Unfortunately, that’s not all. Unauthorized parties were also able to gain access to source code for several Adobe products. This may eventually lead to problems for end users as the hackers learn how to exploit security issues that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.
In site news and reviews...
This week, Bryan celebrated “Filter Week” by updating various filter and filter accessory reviews. Bryan updated reviews for UV/clear filters, circular polarizers, neutral density filters, step up rings, and filter wrenches. Check out our filter review page for all the latest information.
And, for our deal of the week…
On Thursday, we posted an eBay deal from Adorama Camera where you could get a Refurbished Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens for $192.00 with free shipping [auction has ended]. That’s 60% savings off the normal, new retail price.
This has been the’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 10/6/2013 2:33:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via BuyDig) has a Canon EOS M with 22mm f/2 STM, 18-55mm IS STM & Speedlite 90EX Bundle available for $399.00 with free shipping. (thanks Siming)
Check out Bryan's full review of the EOS M Mirrorless Camera for more information.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/6/2013 12:38:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adorama:
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Post Date: 10/6/2013 9:52:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Along with the Refurbished DSLR Camera, Lens, and Speedlite Flash sale, the Canon Store has also reduced all Refurbished PowerShot Cameras – now 20% off.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/6/2013 7:52:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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