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 Tuesday, December 4, 2012
From Canon USA:
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., December 3, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that for the fourth year in a row it has earned the Center of Excellence certification by BenchmarkPortal, placing its customer service call center in the top 10 percent as surveyed for efficiency and effectiveness.
"Earning this award for the fourth straight year validates our commitment to matching Canon's innovative products and services with a high level of technical support which our customers deserve," said James Sharp, senior vice president and general manager, Systems and Technical Support, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A. "I am particularly proud of our team members who strive to build stronger relationships with customers every day."
The Systems and Technical Support Division, Canon U.S.A.'s 100-percent U.S.-based call center, provides service and support to the Company's vast network of direct and non-direct sales channels covering a wide range of products and solutions, including the Company's imageRUNNER ADVANCE, imagePROGRAF, imageCLASS and imagePRESS product lines.
"Canon's customer service call center continues to demonstrate excellent performance on both cost-related and quality-related metrics which are among the best in the industry," said Bruce Belfiore, CEO of BenchmarkPortal and senior research executive at the Center for Customer-Driven Quality that was founded at Purdue University. "It certainly deserves to achieve our Center of Excellence certification."
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Post Date: 12/4/2012 7:33:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 3, 2012
From Canon USA:
It has been confirmed that auto-focusing may not function at f/8 aperture on some Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Cameras with firmware Ver. 1.1.1. We offer our most sincere apologies to customers using this product who have been inconvenienced by this issue. The support measures for this phenomenon are described below.
Firmware Ver. 1.1.1 enabled the center AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with lens/extender combinations whose combined maximum aperture is f/8. On some of the cameras with firmware Ver. 1.1.1, auto-focusing does not function at f/8 aperture. *This phenomenon does not occur with a camera which firmware has been updated by a user, or by Canon service center.
Affected Product
Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Cameras with the sixth digit from the left in the body number (serial number) is 4 or 5 are affected.
Example: Body No. xxxxx4xxxxxx or xxxxx5xxxxxx ([x] represents any optional number.)
Canon EOS-1D X Service Notice Serial Numbers
*Even if the sixth digit from the left in the body number (serial number) is 4 or 5, the following cameras are not affected units.
Canon EOS-1D X Service Notice White Dot
<There is a white dot in the battery compartment.>
Overwriting the firmware activates auto-focusing at f/8 aperture. To accomplish this, please download the firmware Ver. 1.1.1 available for download from Canon Web site, and overwrite the firmware of the camera.
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
Please register the EOS-1DX. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when service updates are available.
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON, 1-800-652-2666
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
For additional support options:
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Post Date: 12/3/2012 8:41:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens available for an in-cart price of $299.00 with free shipping. Compare at $339.00.
This purchase qualifies for B&H's 2% Rewards program.
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Post Date: 12/3/2012 7:10:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Gura Gear Bataflae 18L Backpack
From Gura Gear:
Introducing the camera bag designed for professionally sized equipment in a small compact form.
OGDEN, UT (November, 2012) – Designed by Gura Gear, the company that developed the revolutionary Kiboko photo bags, the Bataflae 18L joins the range of Bataflae packs as an incredibly capable bag designed for larger professionally sized gear. The age-old cliché that great things come in small packages holds true with the new 18L Bataflae.
The Bataflae 18L is unique in its ability to easily tote multiple full-size professional and medium format camera bodies, a 300mm lens, or up to a 70-200mm attached to a body while maintaining the small compact style is what makes this bag the ultimate camera backpack for any level of photographer. It’s full 6.5” interior depth allows for larger lenses, bodies, and other equipment that does not fit in traditional small backpacks. The Bataflae 18L also touts the ability to carry up to a 13-inch laptop in a dedicated padded compartment. This compact and full-featured bag fits worldwide carry-on requirements.
Available in black, grey, and limited production of tan, the Bataflae is PVC-free, features durable materials, flawless craftsmanship and the world’s best zippers, YKK RC Fuse with a weather resistant coating that repels dust and water while remaining flexible and easy to operate.
Additional innovative features of the Bataflae include a M.O.L.L.E. compatible side attachment system that allows for unique multi-point tripod/monopod configurations as well as the attachment of other accessories with the innovative quick-hook side straps. Each bag comes with a removable seam-sealed adjustable rain cover/ground cloth, fully riveted handles, and color-coded zipper pulls that can easily be operated with gloved hands. Two full-length external accessory compartments on the front allow for the storage of travel documents, light jacket and snacks, while the multiple internal mesh pockets and a fully adjustable divider system help keep gear organized.
Like all of our gear, the Bataflae’s name is inspired by our travels around the globe. Bataflae was inspired by a recent visit to the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, and is Bislama for ‘butterfly.’
B&H carries Gura Gear products.
Post Date: 12/3/2012 4:56:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From AdoramaPix:
Learn how to take your photo books to the next level with one of our FREE online workshops. Our live instructors will answer your questions on topics such as Making Great Photo books, Making Books for the Holidays and Building Custom Calendars.
This month we also welcome family portrait artist Natascha of Natascha Lee Studios for an invaluable and FREE webinar: A Family Affair: Top 10 Tips for Amazing and Profitable Family Portraits
Natascha will share her proven approach to Fabulous and Fun Family Photos, including:

  • How to have your client show up prepared for the session
  • How to make the entire family comfortable in the first 10 minutes
  • How to keep the experience fun, easy and moving
  • The one important shot that most photographers forget about
  • How to end the session on a memorable, upbeat note that translates into referrals and more sales

We'll see you on Sunday, December 9th at 9pm EST/7pm MST. We will have over $1500 in goodies to give away. Sign up now!

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Post Date: 12/3/2012 3:29:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
The founders of Think Tank Photo today announced that they have launched a new camera bag company, MindShift. MindShift is a group of committed professional photographers and product designers who support conservation and protection of our natural resources and planet.
Founded by our founders and conservation photographer Daniel Beltrá, MindShift is dedicated to building carrying solutions for those who are passionate about experiencing the natural world. The company’s slogan, “Engage with nature,” challenges people to not only become involved in outdoor activities, but to create a conversation about nature and our relationship to the environment.
MindShift’s proprietary rotation180° technology will specifically target outdoor professionals and enthusiasts who work in nature and need quick access to their gear. Their first product that features this technology is the rotation180° professional, a sophisticated outdoor photography backpack that features an integrated waist pack that rotates out of the lower section to the front of the body, allowing full access to gear.
“The problem with traditional backpacks is that you have to take them off of your back or swing them forward to access gear inside,” said MindShift’s co-founder Doug Murdoch. “Utilizing the rotation180° technology, the integrated waist pack rotates to the front of the body and offers rapid access to the contents without having to stop, take off the pack, sling it over one shoulder, or set it on the ground.”
Through's online pledge system for funding creative projects, Mindshift seeks funding to help pay for production for the first edition of the new backpack. To view MindShift's Kickstarter project go to:
MindShift is co-founded by Doug Murdoch, founder, CEO, and lead designer of Think Tank Photo; Mike Sturm, co-founder of Think Tank Photo; Jerry Dodrill, award-winning adventure outdoor photographer; Daniel Beltrá, award-winning conservation photographer; and Brian Erwin, a former Sierra Club staffer and Think Tank Photo’s marketing adviser.
“Our customers will be the devoted community of outdoors people who use photography to tell important stories and chronicle real life adventures,” said MindShift’s Jerry Dodrill. “They are hikers, skiers, and mountaineers, sports, nature and wildlife photographers, travelers, and scientists who rely heavily on their equipment and are passionate about experiencing and preserving the natural heritage of our planet.
“Our designs are the result of extensive field work by our team of top conservation, nature, and adventure photographers. With their input we strive to build the most innovative and functional products on the market, providing protection and accessibility to equipment in even the most intense conditions. As conscientious manufacturers it is our obligation to make products that are long lasting, repairable, and have the least impact on the planet”
MindShift has a full slate of new bags and accessories in development that feature innovative designs and the highest quality materials.
Post Date: 12/3/2012 3:13:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera available for $2,809.71 with free shipping. Compare at $2,999.00.
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Post Date: 12/3/2012 3:03:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 12/3/2012 2:09:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon is featuring the Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home Bag as a Gold Box Deal for $49.99.
Post Date: 12/3/2012 9:36:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Manfrotto 701HDV Head With MVT502AM Tripod available for $244.00 shipped after $35.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $349.00.
Post Date: 12/3/2012 9:12:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
1SaleADay has the Canon EOS Rebel T3 & 18-55mm IS II Lens Kit available for $369.99. Compare at $429.00.
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Post Date: 12/3/2012 9:04:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has a Canon EOS 60D & EF-S 18-135mm IS Lens Bundle available for an in-cart price of $899.00 with free shipping.
Bundle includes:

  • EOS 60D DSLR Camera and EF-S 18-135mm IS Lens
  • Lexar 16GB SDHC Memory Card Professional Class 10 UHS-I
  • Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release (Canon Sub-Mini Connection)
  • Pearstone LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V 1450mAh)
  • Lowepro Rezo 170 AW Camera Shoulder Bag

This item also qualifies for B&H's 2% Rewards program.

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Post Date: 12/3/2012 8:40:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera is now available for $2,999.00 (in-cart price) at the following retailers:

The 5D Mark III also qualifies for each retailer's 2% Rewards program and typically ships for free.

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Post Date: 12/3/2012 8:29:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Nikon 1 V1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens available for $299.00 with free shipping. Compare at $379.00.
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Post Date: 12/3/2012 7:04:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has a Canon EOS Rebel T4i with 18-55mm IS II & 55-250mm IS II Lens bundle available for $699.51 with free shipping. This purchase also qualifies for Adorama's 2% Rewards program.

  1. Go to the product page.
  2. Under Buy Together & Save, click "Save up to $20.00 with bundle."
  3. Select the radio button for "Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Image Stabilizer Telephoto Zoom Lens - U.S.A. Warranty" and Add to Cart.

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Post Date: 12/3/2012 6:48:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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