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 Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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From Canon USA:
Program to Include Influencers from Emerging Imaging Markets
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 21, 2015 – In celebration of the 20th anniversary of its Explorers of Light Program, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced it is welcoming new members into the program, including: Lindsay Adler, David Bergman, Jimmy Chin, Charles Glatzer, Joel Grimes, Peter Hurley, and Roberto Valenzuela. These new members add to the already impressive ranks of Canon's program, expanding to align with a wide range of talented personalities that impact imaging culture and influence the way their audiences see the world. Many of these new Explorers of Light will be on hand at the Canon Booth (#121) at PhotoPlus Expo 2015, October 22-24 at the Javits Center in New York City. For a full schedule of events in the Canon booth, please visit pro.usa.canon.com/photoplus2015.
The new ambassadors for the Explorers of Light Program go beyond the boundaries of still photography by sharing their work through gallery prints, the silver screen, Facebook, Instagram and more. These influential talents are constantly advancing their craft and helping to create new ways in which our world is visually captured and shared. The program brings these creative individuals together to offer their knowledge, photographic passion, and technical expertise while also acting as a conduit of two-way communication between Canon and various developing imaging markets.
"Our world is constantly changing, and Canon prides itself on being at the forefront of change. For 20 years the Explorers of Light program has enabled us to align with amazing professional photographers that educate and inspire, and now these new luminaries will help us to engage in meaningful two-way communication with exciting and emerging imaging markets," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Since the creation of the program in 1995, Canon's Explorers of Light have been leaders in their respective fields, garnering awards and accolades for their work. These individuals work with Canon extensively as representatives, ambassadors, educators, and role models for aspiring creative artists. They participate in workshops, seminars, gallery showings and personal appearances throughout the United States.
For more information about the Explorers of Light program, visit: http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/explorers_of_light/eol_home.shtml
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Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/21/2015 12:02:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Connect Station CS100
B&H has the Canon Connect Station CS100 in stock with free shipping.
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Post Date: 10/21/2015 11:58:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon USA:
New Advanced Amateur and Professional Imaging Products Demonstrate Canon's Complete Input to Output Capabilities for those Obsessed with Image Quality
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 21, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will be showcasing its latest in high-quality imaging products for photographers of all skill levels in addition to hosting educational seminars and professional photographer print signings at PhotoPlus Expo 2015 in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, October, 22 - 24, 2015, in booth #121.
On display, and announced just today, will be Canon's new imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 Professional Inkjet Printer. This new printer complements Canon's professional line of EOS DSLR cameras and lenses for an ideal pairing that will produce high-detail, high-quality prints on a variety of media. This 17-inch, large format solution packs significant technological advancements, including a new print head, new ink and a new image processing engine. Canon will be hosting one free limited edition print signing each day of the show, where the first 100 attendees will be able to take home a beautiful signed image, printed on the imagePROGRAF PRO- 1000, from a Canon Explorer of Light (EOL). Signings will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday (Ken Sklute) and Friday (Joel Grimes), and at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday (Lindsay Adler).
On display will be Canon's brand new digital cameras and lenses including:
  • EOS M10 Digital Camera: Outfitted with a new, retractable EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, the EOS M10 is a compact and stylish digital camera that helps photographers expand their creativity. The camera is equipped with Wi-Fi and NFC capability, making it easy to share high-quality photos and videos on- the-go via most current Android1 and iOS2 devices.
  • PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X Digital Cameras: These two new large sensor digital camera models are ideal for advanced amateur photographers looking for a highly portable, advanced point-and-shoot camera. Both models are equipped with a one-inch, 20.2 Megapixel3 High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and feature Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities, allowing users to easily print or share images and videos. The PowerShot G5 X camera is housed in a classic black body and is equipped with a built-in, high-resolution electronic viewfinder. The slim, lightweight PowerShot G9 X camera is easy to carry anywhere, and in addition to being available in classic black, also comes in a retro-style, silver-gray body with brown-stitched leather accents.
To showcase the vivid, realistic imagery that Canon products can create there will be a 20 billion pixel at 200 dpi panorama of Yankee Stadium taken by EOL David Bergman, created with the 50.6 megapixel EOS 5DS R camera. At over 20-feet long, the image consists of 825 separate photographs stitched together.
The main stage in the booth will feature presentations from Canon EOLs (schedule subject to change), including several new members of the program who will make their debut at PhotoPlus Expo. The booth will also feature a gallery of selected photographs from various EOLs, showcasing the skill and talent that earned them a place in this elite program.
Thursday, Oct. 22Friday, Oct. 23Saturday, Oct. 24
10 a.m.Lindsay Adler
In-Camera Creativity with the EOS 5D Mark III Live Shoot
Michele Celentano
 Dynamic Family Posing Lecture
Joel Grimes 
Lenses That Rock Lecture
10:45 a.m.Rick Sammon 
Exploring the Light with New Canon Cameras and Lenses Lecture
Vincent Laforet 
David Bergman
Separate Yourself from the Pack Lecture
11:30 a.m.Ken Sklute
Capturing the Elusive Moment Lecture
Hanson Fong 
Glamour Lighting with Speedlites Live Shoot
Bruce Dorn 
Small Cameras, BIG Results – Portraits with PowerShots Live Shoot
12:15 p.m.Jack Reznicki 
One Light Lighting Live Shoot
Sam Abell 
Your Pictures – Better!! Lecture
Michele Celentano 
Family Photography with the EOS M3 Live Shoot
1 p.m.Hanson Fong
Glamour Lighting with Speedlites Live Shoot
Bruce Dorn
Creating Music Videos with Canon Cinema EOS Video Lecture
Jack Reznicki 
Exploring Canon Speedlites Live Shoot
1:45 p.m.Scott Kelby 
Peter Hurley 
The Headshot Live Shoot
Greg Heisler 
The Evocative Portrait Lecture
2:30 p.m.Clay Blackmore 
Adding Motion to Still to Increase Your Revenue Lecture
Roberto Valenzuela
High Impact Speedlites Live Shoot
Peter Hurley 
The Headshot Live Shoot
3:15 p.m.Stephen Johnson 
Rick Sammon 
Exploring the Light with New Canon Cameras and Lenses Lecture
Roberto Valenzuela 
High Impact Speedlites Live Shoot
4 p.m.Joel Grimes 
The Dramatic Portrait  Live Shoot
Lindsay Adler 
Larger Than Life: Explorations with Macro Lenses Live Shoot

Additional educational presentations by industry professionals as well as Canon EOLs will take place at the Live Learning studio, also located inside the booth.
Thursday, Oct. 22Friday, Oct. 23Saturday, Oct. 24
10 a.m.Clay Blackmore 
Making Things Happen with the EOS 7D Mark II and Speedlites Live Shoot
Ken Sklute 
Edgy Lighting Live Shoot
Syl Arena 
A New Era in Speedliting Featuring the 430EX III-RT Live Shoot
11:00 a.m.Joel Grimes 
One Light Beauty Light Live Shoot
Lindsay Adler 
Beauty Portraits with the EOS 5DS and EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Live Shoot
Lindsay Adler 
Beauty Portraits with the EOS 5DS and EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Live Shoot
NoonLindsay Adler 
Beauty Portraits with the EOS 5DS and EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Live Shoot
Joel Grimes 
One Light Beauty Light Live Shoot
Joel Grimes 
One Light Beauty Light Live Shoot
1 p.m.Ken Sklute
Edgy Lighting Live Shoot
Greg Heisler 
Wild Portraits with Tilt-Shift Lenses Live Shoot
Moshe Zusman 
Perfect Venue Lighting Featuring the Speedlite 600EX-RT Live Shoot
2 p.m.Bruce Dorn 
Small Cameras – BIG Results with the PowerShot G3 X, G7 X, and EOS M3
Moshe Zusman 
Perfect Venue Lighting Featuring the Speedlite 600EX-RT  Live Shoot
Bruce Dorn 
Small Cameras – BIG Results with the PowerShot G3 X, G7 X, and EOS M3
3 p.m.Syl Arena 
A New Era in Speedliting Featuring the 430EX III-RT Live Shoot
Syl Arena 
A New Era in Speedliting Featuring the 430EX III-RT Live Shoot
Ken Sklute 
Edgy Lighting Live Shoot
4 p.m.Moshe Zusman
Perfect Venue Lighting Featuring the Speedlite 600EX-RT Live Shoot
Bruce Dorn 
Small Cameras – BIG Results with the PowerShot G3 X, G7 X, and EOS M3

Canon CPS Lounge
Canon Professional Services will once again host the CPS Lounge where Gold, Platinum, Enterprise, and Cinema CPS members can have their Canon equipment (up-to-two current Professional DSLR bodies or lenses4) cleaned and checked during Expo hours starting Thursday, Oct. 22 through Saturday, Oct. 24 in Room 2D12.
The hours of operation for the CPS Lounge are:
Thursday, Oct. 22: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Equipment pickup only)
Canon will also feature factory trained technicians directly in the Canon booth, performing Canon Maintenance Service for CPS customers. This area will highlight Canon's commitment to providing world class service and support for professionals. For more information on CPS, visit cps.usa.canon.com. For more information on Canon Maintenance Service, including a list of eligible products, visit usa.canon.com/maintenance. Follow Canon throughout the PhotoPlus Expo show @CanonUSApro. To see the full details of Canon's presence at PhotoPlus Expo, please visit: pro.usa.canon.com/photoplus2015.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/21/2015 10:38:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera
B&H has the Canon ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera – with up to 4 Million ISO & 12 Stops dynamic range – available for preorder.
Product Highlights
  • Up to 4 Million ISO & 12 Stops DR
  • Full Frame 35mm CMOS Sensor
  • Canon DIGIC DV 4
  • Full HD up to 60p
  • HD/3G-SDI & HDMI Connectors
  • Canon Locking Cinema EF Lens Mount
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Category: Preorders
Post Date: 10/21/2015 9:18:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
My Wildlife Lens Selection for Katmai National Park, Alaska
This was a big trip for me and I did not want to be limited by the gear I was taking. Therefore, I spent a lot of time thinking about and researching my wildlife lens selection for Katmai National Park, Alaska.
Choosing a lens for the first visit to a location must be based on advice given by others and on understanding/visualizing the situations that will be in front of you. As indicated, ultimate image quality was a baseline for my decision making process. The lens focal length was another primary consideration as perspective, framing and background blur are strongly influenced by this choice, affecting the look you get in your images.
Brown bears were my primary subject in this location and a significant interest I had for this trip was to capture frame-filling brown bears in action. For that purpose, I needed a long focal length lens with excellent AF performance. Since the weather conditions could range from sunny to full-on rain, I decided that a wide aperture was also needed (f/4 or wider) for those darker days.
One thing that I knew was that my Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens was going to be along. This lens has everything I wanted for a wildlife lens including a size and weight that I could carry for long distances and handhold, but this is an f/5.6 max aperture at the 400mm end.
Which big lens to accompany the 100-400 remained the question. I love my Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens for wildlife. That I already had this focal length range covered by my 100-400 was not a big decision factor as the 200-400 had the significant benefit of a 1-stop wider aperture. But, that I was uncertain that 400mm was going to be long enough was a bigger factor. The 200-400's built-in extender takes this lens to 560mm with the throw of a switch, but a 1-stop impact on the max aperture yields f/5.6. An f/4 max was my preference. Note that I was not at the popular Brooks Falls where the 200-400 L lens may have been the first choice.
Another option was to rent a Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens. This lens would give me an extra 100mm and still have an f/4 aperture. The 500 f/4 is considerably smaller than the 600 f/4 and easier to pack, carry and use.
In the end, I made the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens my primary long wildlife lens choice. The longer focal length paired with an f/4 aperture is what was the primary decision maker. It seems that wildlife is never close enough and if it does get too close for 600mm, much harder-to-get headshots and similar become possible.
When setup on location, I had the 600 f/4L on a Wimberley Tripod Head II mounted to a Gitzo GT3542LS Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod. A second camera with the 100-400 L II mounted was at my side, ready for capturing environmental-type images or for closer subject distances when needed.
Packing the 600 around Alaska required some effort, but I was very happy with my decision. Many of my images would have required cropping (or more cropping) if a shorter focal length was used. And, an f/4 aperture along with the required action-stopping shutter speed meant that ISO 3200 by far the most used as about 50% of the time in the field was under dark skies with light rain. I know, some of you are thinking that 600mm would be about 1/2 as long as preferred to keep an acceptably long distance between yourself and the bears.
The mamma brown bear in this image was snorkeling for salmon. Each time that it would lift its head above the water, it would shake. It didn't take long to figure out this behavior and I began timing a burst of shots as the water flew. A 1,000 lb animal shaking a significant amount of water from its fur is an impressive sight. A window in the cloudy skies gave me enough light to use f/5.6 for this image, gaining a little depth of field to keep more water droplets in sharp focus.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 10/21/2015 8:28:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 Professional Inkjet Printer
From Canon USA:
New 17-inch Large Format Printer Can Produce Sharp Images and Astounding Image Clarity for Pro Photographers and Design Professionals
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 21, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 Professional Inkjet Printer, a 17-inch, large format solution packed with significant technological advancements, such as a new print head, new ink set and a new image processing engine, resulting in stunning image quality designed for photographers who are "equally obsessed" with the printed image.
This is the first in a new series of imagePROGRAF printers that are marked by the distinctive Canon red line across the body of the printer, echoing the same red line on Canon's EF L-Series lenses. This feature-rich professional printer complements Canon's professional line of DSLR cameras and lenses for an ideal pairing that can produce high-detail, high-quality images when printed on a variety of media, creating images that look as accurate printed as when they were captured.
"We designed a printer to give our customers incredible large-format image reproduction in a size that fits almost any home, studio, design and production departments, or in a classroom of photography students," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "Knowing how important fine details and precise colors are to professional users, this printer is designed so that the final output is exactly what they envisioned. The launch of the first printer in the new imagePROGRAF PRO Series of printers further illustrates the commitment Canon has to providing the imaging community with solutions that help deliver superb output true to a photographer's obsession."
New Print Head
Improving upon the specifications of the Canon PIXMA PRO-1 printer, the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer features a 50 percent larger print head, which also expands the total number of nozzles to 18,432 for each of the 12 channels. The increased size of the print head helps produce faster print speeds†† while still maintaining high-resolution prints. This new print head design utilizes a sophisticated real-time ink ejection system which helps to maintain a consistent print head temperature allowing for consistent ink droplets to help limit clogs and reduce cleaning cycles and wasted ink. The new print head helps to further reduce the amount of wasted ink through anti-clogging technologies where ink ejection conditions are precisely checked with sensors, and if a clog is detected, another nozzle automatically provides backup.
New Inks
The new LUCIA PRO 11-color plus Chroma Optimizer ink system was designed specifically to meet the demands of the most critical photographer. An optimized resin-coating of each pigment allows for denser droplets to be applied to the media, resulting in an increased color gamut of up to 19 percent over the PIXMA PRO-1 printer. This dense ink-configuration also brings gloss uniformity for viewing conditions and image clarity that helps achieve anti-bronzing. The LUCIA PRO ink system also introduces an improved level of black density not only achieving deep, rich blacks but also helping to bring out incredibly fine shadow detail in the darker areas, creating works of art on fine art media. The imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer is designed to work seamlessly when changing media types, Photo Black and Matte Black inks have their own dedicated nozzles so no switching is necessary. Users can print on glossy media then fine art media with no worries, no changes, and no waste. The new ink system includes matte black, photo black, gray, photo gray, red, blue, magenta, photo magenta, cyan, photo cyan, yellow and Chroma Optimizer. The size of the ink tanks is 80ml per tank, allowing for less frequent refills and reduced cost per print.
New Processing Engine & Printer Architecture
Demonstrating a rich understanding of optimum balance stemming from its expertise in camera technology, Canon offers precise placement of ink droplets ideal for vivid print results. The new processing engine, L-COA PRO, controls the balance of inks and the precise placement of ink droplets, carefully calculating best results for each print mode and media using various factors including color reproduction, tonal gradations, black density, graininess, glossiness, anti-bronzing and elimination of metamerism, all of which contribute to creating an amazing printed image. L-COA PRO, combined with an internal 1GB of memory, enables high-speed processing of massive volumes of image data for demanding workflows. To bring further accuracy to ink ejection and limitation of color unevenness, the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer offers a two-way vacuum paper feeder, which keeps media flat and even, helping with accuracy of ink ejection. The imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer also has a built-in calibration function to help prevent variability of color output by aging changes or printer differences. This feature allows for a consistency in colors from PRO-1000 to PRO-1000 of under a Delta E of 2†††. Reliability and quality are further maintained by the enhanced rigidity in the printer chassis allowing for even more improved dot placement, helping to produce sharper prints, including stunning borderless images.
New Software*
Enhancing the user experience with imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer is the intuitive software solution of Print Studio Pro v 2.0. With a focus on quality and ease of use, Print Studio Pro is a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Canon Digital Photo Professional software that easily exports files directly to the printer.1 With 16-bit processing capabilities, fine details are dramatically improved, gradations are smooth and a highly accurate reproduction of the original captured image can be reproduced. Also set to be included is the Media Configuration Tool (MCT)*, enabling customization of the media in both the driver and printer. Additionally, MCT can make adjustments such as print head height and vacuum strength for each media, offering the flexibility needed in order to help achieve optimal quality across a broad range of media options. Accounting Manager* is set to be included for those looking to keep track of consumable costs such as ink and media, allowing users to manually enter in their costs in order to help determine their overall printing expenses. Whether it is an individual printing in their studio, or an administrator looking to centrally manage a number of users in a multi-unit networked environment, this tool can help you keep track of printing expenses. Device Management Console* is an administrative tool which provides users with the means to manage multiple PRO-1000 printers by helping users monitor activity such as error messages and printer information such as the execution status of calibrations.
Availability and Pricing
The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 is scheduled to be available end of October 2015 for a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $1,299.99. MSRP of each color ink is $59.99 and Chroma Optimizer is $54.99.
* Certain software and utilities to be released post launch: Device Management Console for PC estimated to be available December 2015, for MAC 3rd Quarter 2016,Media Configuration Tool for MAC estimated to be available 1st quarter 2016 and Accounting Manager for MAC and PC estimated to be available for 1st Quarter of 2016.
B&H has the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 17" Professional Photographic Inkjet Printer available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/21/2015 8:27:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Western Digital:
  • New platform creates greater scale and ability to deliver extensive portfolio of innovative products and technology
  • Combined business well-positioned to capture growth and opportunities created by rapidly evolving storage industry
  • JV with Toshiba provides stable NAND supply at scale through a time-tested business model and extends across NVM technologies such as 3D NAND
IRVINE, Calif. and MILPITAS, Calif. — Oct. 21, 2015 — Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) and SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Western Digital will acquire all of the outstanding shares of SanDisk for a combination of cash and stock. The offer values SanDisk common stock at $86.50 per share or a total equity value of approximately $19 billion, using a five-day volume weighted average price ending on October 20, 2015 of $79.60 per share of Western Digital common stock. If the previously announced investment in Western Digital by Unisplendour Corporation Limited closes prior to this acquisition, Western Digital will pay $85.10 per share in cash and 0.0176 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock; and if the Unisplendour transaction has not closed or has been terminated, $67.50 in cash and 0.2387 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies.
The combination is the next step in the transformation of Western Digital into a storage solutions company with global scale, extensive product and technology assets, and deep expertise in non-volatile memory (NVM). With this transaction, Western Digital will double its addressable market and expand its participation in higher-growth segments. SanDisk brings a 27-year history of innovation and expertise in NVM, systems solutions and manufacturing. The combination also enables Western Digital to vertically integrate into NAND, securing long-term access to solid state technology at lower cost.
The proposed combination creates significant value for both SanDisk and Western Digital shareholders. Western Digital brings a successful track record of M&A with a number of acquisitions over the last several years helping to fuel innovation, create value and strongly position the company to capture higher-growth opportunities. In addition, Western Digital's operational excellence, coupled with the recently announced decision by China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) allowing Western Digital to integrate substantial portions of its WD and HGST businesses, is expected to generate additional cost synergies.
"This transformational acquisition aligns with our long-term strategy to be an innovative leader in the storage industry by providing compelling, high-quality products with leading technology," said Steve Milligan, chief executive officer, Western Digital. "The combined company will be ideally positioned to capture the growth opportunities created by the rapidly evolving storage industry. I'm excited to welcome the SanDisk team as we look to create additional value for all of our stakeholders, including our customers, shareholders and employees."
"Western Digital is globally recognized as a leading provider of storage solutions and has a 45-year legacy of developing and manufacturing cutting-edge solutions, making the company the ideal strategic partner for SanDisk," said Sanjay Mehrotra, president and chief executive officer, SanDisk. "Importantly, this combination also creates an even stronger partner for our customers. Joining forces with Western Digital will enable the combined company to offer the broadest portfolio of industry-leading, innovative storage solutions to customers across a wide range of markets and applications."
Western Digital and SanDisk's complementary product lines, including hard disk drives ("HDDs"), solid-state drives ("SSDs"), cloud datacenter storage solutions and flash storage solutions, will provide the foundation for a broader set of products and technologies from consumer to datacenter. Both companies have strong R&D and engineering capabilities and a rich base of fundamental technologies with over 15,000 combined patents issued or pending worldwide.
Toshiba has been a long-term strategic partner to SanDisk for 15 years. The joint venture (JV) with Toshiba will be ongoing, enabling vertical integration through a technology partnership driven by deep collaboration across design and process capabilities. The JV provides stable NAND supply at scale through a time-tested business model and extends across NVM technologies such as 3D NAND.
Steve Milligan will continue to serve as chief executive officer of the combined company, and the company will remain headquartered in Irvine, California. Upon closing, Sanjay Mehrotra is expected to join the Western Digital Board of Directors.
Led by a seasoned management team, Western Digital has a strong track record of integrating acquisitions to create value. The company expects to achieve full annual run-rate synergies of $500 million within 18 months post-closing. The transaction is expected to be EPS accretive on a non-GAAP basis within 12 months of the transaction close. Pending the closing of the transaction, Western Digital expects to continue paying its quarterly dividend and plans to suspend its share buyback program.
The transaction will be financed by a mix of cash, new debt financing and Western Digital stock. In connection with the transaction, Western Digital expects to enter into new debt facilities totaling $18.4 billion, including a $1.0 billion revolving credit facility. The proceeds from the new debt facilities are expected to be used to pay part of the purchase price, refinance existing debt of Western Digital and SanDisk and pay transaction related fees and expenses. If SanDisk's cash balance falls below certain thresholds at the time of transaction close, the merger agreement provides for an adjustment to the mix of cash and stock consideration.
The transaction is subject to approval by SanDisk shareholders and, in the event that the Unisplendor transaction does not close, Western Digital shareholders, receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2016.
BofA Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan are acting as lead financial advisors to Western Digital and will provide committed financing for the transaction. Also, Credit Suisse is acting as a financial advisor and providing committed financing, and RBC Capital Markets is providing committed financing. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Baker & McKenzie are acting as legal advisors to Western Digital.
Goldman Sachs is acting as the exclusive financial advisor to SanDisk. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is acting as the exclusive legal advisor to SanDisk.
B&H carries Sandisk memory cards.
Post Date: 10/21/2015 8:02:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic
From Lensbaby:
Latest product in Lensbaby’s Optic Swap System offers high-quality, versatile 50mm tilt lens
Portland, OR and New York, New York (PhotoPlus Expo 2015)—October 21, 2015 – Lensbaby, providing creative effects lenses to photographers that ignite their creativity and expand their unique visions of the world, today announced the new Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic, adding another powerful and creative tool to their Optic Swap System. The product will make its public debut during PhotoPlus Expo 2015, being held October 21-24 at the Javits Convention Center, New York City. Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic is designed for shooters ranging from avid enthusiasts and serious hobbyists to semiprofessional DSLR and mirrorless photographers.
Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic is a high-quality, 50mm f/3.2 upgraded metal-bodied tilt lens that lets you control depth of field in-camera for an authentic, immersive shooting experience. Photographers can use the lens to create images with a sharp slice of focus bordered by silky, smooth blur. The lens body swivels and tilts on a smooth metal ball and socket design, providing a fast and intuitive way to switch between traditional straight lens photos and tilt photography. Using selective focus, shooters can lead the viewers’ eyes on a unique journey through landscapes, close-ups, miniature effects, street photography and food photos.
Lensbaby Edge 50 Optic Sample Photo 1

"Since the beginning, Lensbaby’s products have inspired new levels of creativity where the limits of traditional lenses have been reached," said Craig Strong, Lensbaby Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer. “Composer Pro II with Edge 50 builds on the history and success of the original Composer Pro with a look and feel equal to the industrial design of Velvet 56, our high-end classic portrait lens. Lensbaby provides the most unique and creative camera lenses anywhere.”
Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic provides a gateway to an endless supply of creativity tools. Compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System, it provides limitless options for photographers to swap optics in an out of the Composer Pro II lens body to change effect and focal length.
Lensbaby Edge 50 Optic Sample Photo 2

Visitors to PhotoPlus Expo 2015 can view a demo of the Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic at the exhibit hall, booth #372.
Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic specs:
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Aperture range: f/3.2 through f/22
  • 9-blade internal aperture
  • Flat field optic (creates a slice of sharp focus)
  • Minimum focusing distance: 8” from the front of the lens
  • Maximum focusing distance: Infinity
  • Focus Type: Manual
  • Size/Weight: 3.25” (8.25 cm) high x 2.5” (6.35cm) wide / 10 oz (283.49 g)
  • Tilt: up to 15 degrees
  • Compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System
  • 8 multi-coated glass elements in 6 groups
  • 46mm filter threads
Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic retails for $424.95 and is available for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha A, Pentax K, Fuji X, Sony Alpha E, Micro 4/3rds, and Samsung NX. Lensbaby products are available at lensbaby.com, B&H, Adorama, and from select specialty photo stores worldwide.
Note - Edge 80 Optic, Sweet 35 and Sweet 50 are currently available with the original Composer Pro only.
B&H carries the Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic.
Category: Lensbaby News
Post Date: 10/21/2015 6:15:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body available for $1,899.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,499.00 after $300.00 instant savings.
The 5D Mark III Kit with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM is also available from the same auction for $2,499.00 with free shipping. Compare at $3,099.00 after $300.00 instant savings.
Note: These are likely grey market items and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/20/2015 2:31:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
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Post Date: 10/20/2015 12:11:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lensbaby Special Edition 50mm f/2 Lens with Creative Apertures
B&H's Deal Zone has been active since this past holiday season. Ever since its introduction I've been continuously amazed at just how great the daily deals can be.
Case in point: I purchased a Lensbaby Spark 50mm f/2 Special Edition Lens with Creative Aperture Set (seen above) for $59.95 in late July via a Deal Zone Daily Deal. The deal was great; the fixed f/5.6 version of the Lensbaby Spark (featured as yesterday's Deal Zone Deal) normally goes for $89.95, is 3-stops slower and is incompatible with the creative aperture kit. The Special Edition lens originally sold for $129.95.
The Lensbaby Spark Special Edition Lens was released in the holiday season of 2014 and B&H used its Deal Zone to clear out unsold inventory as the lens was out of production. The deal sold out relatively quickly.
So why would I want to purchase a lens that's been discontinued? Because the Deal Zone price made the Lensbaby Spark Special Edition purchase infinitely more attractive. At less than $60.00, it's not something I necessarily had to budget for and it looked like a fun item to try out.
The results? The Lensbaby Spark is not the easiest lens to work with. You focus the lens by physically squeezing the lens toward the camera with your fingers and then you have to hold your fingers in place through the shutter's release. It's definitely challenging. But thankfully, the lens even more fun than it is challenging to use. A couple of my favorite shots over the past two months have been captured using the Lensbaby Spark, undoubtedly the cheapest lens I have ever purchased.
Frogs in Grass by Sean Setters

Tall Grass Birds Aperture in Super Color IR

Unfortunately (for us, at least), the B&H Deal Zone isn't limited to photography/DSLR videography equipment; many other types of products get featured as well (today's deal is a prime example – binoculars, anyone?). However, that's why we check the Deal Zone Daily Deal early each morning so that we can let you know when the featured deal looks especially interesting for our site visitors.
By checking our News Feed each morning, you can ensure that you don't miss a great deal before it gets sold out (or expires). And by clicking on the links from the News Feed, you'll be helping to support the site while you take advantage of the savings. I think that's a win-win. [Sean]
Post Date: 10/20/2015 11:51:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Photographing with BBB (Backlit Bug Bokeh)
I had somewhat unusual circumstances at a cross country meet I photographed recently. It is not uncommon to find an insect in an outdoor photo, but the gnats were so thick at this event that I was making keep/delete decisions based on the location of the little insects in front of the competitors. A backlit gnat in front of the eye? Trash the image. Surprisingly, in the end, I found the gnats to be a welcome addition to my photos (though not so welcome was that they were biting me).
When photographing typically-late-afternoon cross country events under full sunlight, my preference is to photograph with the sun at my back. I don't have control over the finish line location (where I usually go prior to the first competitor finishing) and this finish line meant that the sun would be in my face. This is my second most-preferred lighting position as I don't have to deal with the partial harsh shadows that side-lighting creates, shading parts of faces and bodies. Back lighting also creates a rim light that adds a positive dimension to the images, sharply separating the subject from the background.
The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens is an incredible lens and is often my first choice for sports. This lens mounted on a Canon EOS 1D X creates a venerable combination, with the ability to create a diffusely-blurred background that make the subject pop.
In this case, also blurred to varying extents were the gnats. Combine backlighting with thick clouds of blurred gnats and the air becomes sparkly, with a slightly magical look. I'm guessing that re-creating this effect artificially would be challenging and ... most will not appreciate a huge release of gnats into the air at public events. So, I'll take the effect when I can get it.
Camera and Lens Settings
400mm  f/2.8  1/1600s
ISO 400
3195 x 4793px
Post Date: 10/20/2015 9:45:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens
Image quality results have been added to the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Review.
Perhaps the most in-demand comparison is the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC vs. Canon 35mm f/2 IS Lens, this one showing both lenses placed under the microscope of the Canon EOS 5Ds R. The comparison is initialized at f/2, but any apertures can be compared. EOS 1Ds Mark III results are also available, allowing direct comparison with most other lenses in our database including the Sigma 35 Art Lens.
B&H has the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
Also just added are standardized product images for the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens.
Lots of great comparisons can be made with these images. I'll get you started.
Post Date: 10/20/2015 9:29:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
DJI Phantom 3 Quadcoper
From Reuters:
"The Obama administration said on Monday that it would require drone owners to register their unmanned aircraft as part of an effort to curtail rogue drone flights that pose a danger to commercial aircraft and crowded public venues.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the creation of a task force of private sector and government representatives to craft recommendations for establishing the first ever federal drone registry.
The recommendations are due by Nov. 20, and administration officials hope to have the registry in place before Christmas, when they say that more than 1 million new drones could be given as gifts to new untrained operators. The registration requirements would also apply to drones already in use."
Read the entire article on reuters.com.
Post Date: 10/20/2015 7:41:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Induro AM25 Alloy 8M Aluminum Monopod
B&H has the Induro AM25 Alloy 8M Aluminum Monopod available for $28.00 with free shipping. Regularly $53.00.
Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 22 lb
  • Max Height: 57.9"
  • Closed Length: 16"
  • Sections: 5
  • Weight: 1.1 lb
Need a head for your new monopod? The Desmond DMH-01 is an excellent value and when paired with a Neewer Bidirectional Double Quick Release Clamp allows the direction of the Arca-style clamp to be rotated 90-degrees for use with camera-mounted or lens-mounted plates. [Sean]
Post Date: 10/20/2015 7:01:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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