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 Friday, January 9, 2015

 
Want to know more about Canon lens technologies? Look no further! This Canon promo video does a great job of explaining the benefits of each one in beautifully illustrated detail.
 
From Canon Global:
 
EF lenses surpassed the 100-million-unit mark in April 2014, which is Canon’s first-in-the-world* achievement. This video explains in detail some of the cutting edge technologies that Canon developed over the years, including new optics, actuators and coatings.
 
*Based upon Canon's research, as of April 22, 2014
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/9/2015 9:09:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
CPN's Inside Canon EOS Utility 3 Software Banner
From the Canon Professional Network:
"The release of Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 4 software in mid-2014 was accompanied by an updated version of its EOS Utility software – version 3. EOS Utility 3 acts in tandem with DPP 4 and enables you to download images from a camera’s memory card to your computer, remotely control the camera to capture new images or edit camera settings, such as the image owner’s name. You can then organise and process the imported images in Digital Photo Professional 4. EOS Utility 3 features improvements to form and function and the increased integration between Canon’s two free apps helps to streamline the shooting, importing and editing process. Indeed, you can now launch EOS Utility 3’s Live View window and remote camera shooting panel from within the Digital Photo Professional workspace, which allows the two packages to work together as a tighter team. CPN writer George Cairns takes a closer look at the capabilities of EOS Utility 3 and how it works alongside DPP 4..."
Canon EOS Utility 3.x is available from Canon USA. You must enter a compatible camera model number to download the software.
 
Compatible Cameras with EOS Utility 3.x:
 
  • EOS-1D X
  • EOS-1D C
  • EOS 5D Mark III
  • EOS 6D
  • EOS 7D Mark II
Check out CPN's Inside EOS Utility 3 for more information.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/9/2015 7:34:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Refurbished Nikon D3200 DSLR with Adobe Lightroom 5 available for $279.99 with free shipping. Compare at $309.99 refurbished without software.
 
Note: This is a factory refurbished and certified item and comes with a 90-day Nikon warranty.
 
Nikon D3200 Features:
 
  • 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED III Image Processor
  • 11-Point Autofocus
  • HD 1080p Video
  • Live View
  • Up To ISO 12800
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/9/2015 6:56:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
To users of the Nikon D750 digital SLR camera
 
Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
 
On December 29, 2014, we announced that we were looking into measures to address the issue reported by some users, namely that when photographing scenes in which an extremely bright light source, such as the sun or high-intensity lighting, is positioned near the top edge of the frame, flare with an unnatural shape sometimes occurs in images captured with the D750 digital SLR camera.
 
To correct this issue, Nikon will inspect and service at no cost the camera’s light-shielding components and adjust the AF sensor position. We plan to initiate this service at the end of January and will announce further details, including instructions for requesting servicing, shortly.
 
Please direct inquiries regarding this matter to Nikon Customer Relations by phone at 1-800-Nikon US (1-800-645-6687), 9AM–8PM EST, Monday to Friday (closed certain holidays) or online here.
 
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused, and ask for your continued patience and understanding.
 
Once again, thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/9/2015 6:20:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 8, 2015
Canon Austria Facebook Image Promoting Connect Station CS100 with Mystery DSLR
Canon Austria posted a very interesting promotional image for Canon's new Connect Station CS100 on its Facebook account yesterday. On the left side of the image you can see a small part of a DSLR sitting on the desk. Look even closer and you'll notice it doesn't match any of Canon's curently available DSLR cameras...
 
Here's a closer look:
 
Glimpse of Unannounced Canon DSLR
 
The camera features an articulated LCD screen, a top LCD panel and a sideways multi-function lock switch. It looks like it could be a successor to the EOS 70D, but who knows?
 
Update: Site visitor David T. makes a good point – the absense of an AF-ON button means this is likely a Rebel / xxxD series camera. The last xxD camera that didn't feature an AF-ON button was the EOS 30D.
 
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/8/2015 3:41:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 1/8/2015 1:42:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Joby UltraPlate 208 with Hand Grip
From Joby:
 
Petaluma, CA, January 6, 2015 – JOBY expands its collection of Pro Series tools for photographers and videographers with the launch of two, Arca-Swiss compatible accessories: UltraPlate 208 and Hand Grip with UltraPlate 208. Designed to be portable, practical and versatile, these precision-built tools provide easy set-ups and a variety of workflow possibilities for today’s active shooters.
 
“The success of our original UltraPlate inspired us to create additional tools for more complex DSLR rigs and action video set-ups,” said Kate Farmer, JOBY brand manager. “The UltraPlate 208 is an extended quick-release plate that includes eight ¼"-20 mounting holes. The Hand Grip with UltraPlate 208 includes a comfortable and secure grip for grabbing steady photos and footage, along with the new quick-release plate. Both offer thoughtful and durable construction, plus ease-of-use – hallmarks of the JOBY design philosophy.”
 
The UltraPlate 208 (US MSRP $29.95) is flexible tool for shooters who like to change up gear with lots of combinations, but without a hassle. It works with the JOBY Ballhead X and other Arca-Swiss compatible tripods. Eight mounting holes can support an wide array of gear: a DLSR, action camera such as GoPro, JOBY GorillaPod Arm or Locking Arm, flash unit, microphone or even a smartphone when paired with a JOBY GripTight Mount. The UltraPlate 208 is crafted of high-quality, machined aluminum for long-lasting strength.
 
The Hand Grip with UltraPlate 208 (US MSRP $49.95) serves as a simplified, but super-durable rig and includes the Arca-Swiss compatible and extended quick-release plate, plus a removable Hand Grip. This power combo may be used to set up a DSLR and action video camera in tandem for quick and easy transitions from stills to motion without having to waste time on gear changes. The durable, aluminum and silicone Hand Grip is lightweight and textured for a comfortable hand feel, plus also includes an additional ¼"-20 mount.
 
Joby HandGrip UltraPlate208 for Video Setup
 
(Shown with optional accessories)
 
B&H has the Joby UltraPlate 208 and UltraPlate with Hand Grip available for preorder.
Category: Joby News
Post Date: 1/8/2015 8:42:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
B&H has the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens available for $299.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $599.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/8/2015 8:31:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator
Just posted: Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator Review
 
The Airport Accelerator and I spent a great 10 days together this fall. If this pack is the right size for you, it is unlikely that you will find a better option.
 
B&H has the Airport Accelerator in stock.
Post Date: 1/8/2015 8:21:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
DJI Phantom 1.1.1 Quadcopter with GoPro Mount
We don't usually post deals for GoPro related items, but with more and more people shooting video with their DSLRs, I can't help but think that some of our site visitors may also own a GoPro that they use alongside their DSLR gear.
 
If that's the case, B&H is featuring the DJI Phantom 1.1.1 Quadcopter with GoPro Mount as a Deal Zone special. For today only, you can pick up the DJI Phantom 1.1.1 Quadcopter with GoPro Mount for $379.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $479.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 8" Self-Tightening Propeller Blades
  • Add Exciting Aerial Shots to Your Movies
  • Mount is Compatible with GoPro Cameras
  • Integrated GPS Flight Control
  • Naza-M V2 Autopilot with Failsafe
  • Max Horizontal Flight Speed of 10m/s
  • Max Vertical Flight Speed of 6m/s
  • Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC)
  • Supports Dual Flight Control Modes
  • LED Indicators & Low Voltage Protection
Post Date: 1/8/2015 7:31:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,292.49 with free shipping. Compare at $2,799.00 after $300.00 mai-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/8/2015 6:58:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF Lens
eBay (via 6ave) has the Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF Lens available for $1,474.46 with free shipping. Compare at $1,996.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not eligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/8/2015 6:55:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $2,579.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,996.95 after $300.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not eligible for Nikon USA warranty or service. However, the auction advertises that it comes with a 3-year (non-manufacturer's) warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/8/2015 6:49:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash
eBay (via 6ave) has the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash available for $436.29 with free shipping. Compare at $549.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/8/2015 6:42:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D750 DSLR Camera available for $1,789.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,296.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a Nikon USA warranty or repair service.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/7/2015 12:56:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Toshiba 16GB FlashAir III Wireless SD Card
From Toshiba:
 
Memory Card Provides Consumers with Quick and Seamless Way to Share Captured Moments Wirelessly
 
January 06, 2015 – CES 2015, LVCC Central Hall Booth #11028 – Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced the FlashAir III Wireless SD Card, a third generation memory card that serves as its own wireless LAN access point, allowing users to share images, videos and files wirelessly. Now with enhanced photo sharing and management features, users can quickly designate which photos to instantly share and easily manage files from a web browser on a PC.
 
The FlashAir III delivers speedy data transfers so users can quickly upload their images and videos. The FlashAir III Wireless SD Card’s Internet pass-through feature allows users to access the card and Internet (via your separate wireless router) simultaneously – enabling the ability to upload images in real-time. Using a wireless LAN chip, The FlashAir III Wireless SD Card is accessible to any wireless capable computers, smartphones or tablets, and can support simultaneous access from up to seven devices. In addition, the built-in Wi-Fi access point also allows for transfers without an Internet connection.
 
“We understand how important it is for consumers to share their photo and video memories with family and friends,” said Maciek Brzeski, Vice President, Branded Storage, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “We have eliminated the cumbersome task of uploading pictures via a USB cord so users can effortlessly share and manage their files, leaving more time for what’s important.”
 
Toshiba also offers a free FlashAir mobile app that makes it easy to share via iOS and Android-based devices. The FlashAir III Wireless SD Card is backed by a five-year standard limited warranty.
 
Known as the “Inventor of Flash Memory,” Toshiba has been providing storage solutions worldwide since 1967 and has more than 47 years of experience developing storage offerings that complement our comprehensive ecosystem of devices. Leveraging an annual $3.1 billion investment in research and development, Toshiba continues to push the boundaries of storage technology to meet customers’ needs.
 
Pricing and Availability
The Toshiba FlashAir III Wireless SD Card will be available for purchase in March, 2015 at various retailers, and on toshiba.com/us for $79.99 MSRP for 16GB and $99.99 for 32GB.
 
B&H carries Toshiba FlashAir Wireless SD memory cards.
Post Date: 1/7/2015 11:46:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
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  • Define your products & services
  • Determine your audience and addressable market
  • Create a marketing plan
  • Fix your finances
  • Tune-up your website
  • Build your Search Engine Optimization
  • Get social
  • Create an advisory group
  • Follow up with old clients
Build your photo business plan and stick to it this year. Get started with these smart business tips packed into an easy-to-read workbook.
 
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Post Date: 1/7/2015 11:33:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Air Clarity: The Big Enemy of Ultra-Long Distance Landscape Photography
The sand dunes of Great Sand Dunes National Park and the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains behind them are a common target for landscape photographers. To compress the dunes against the mountains requires a long distance perspective and if the dunes are to be large in the frame, a long telephoto focal length must be used. Fortunately, the road leading into GSDNP provides easy access to the that long distance perspective and sharp telephoto lenses are readily available. Unfortunately, there are other issues to be dealt with.
 
Haze (including that caused by smoke, dust and air pollution) kills contrast and heat waves are potentially seriously damaging to image sharpness.
 
The haze/air clarity problem is nearly always at least somewhat of an issue when shooting from this distance and the best way to combat haze during the capture is to use a circular polarizer filter. This filter will not completely eliminate the haze, but it definitely helps. The best way to reduce haze after the shot is by increasing contrast. Both were used for this photo.
 
Far harder to control is the major issue I dealt with at this time of day in GSDNP and that is heat waves. Aside from moving closer (which changes the composition) or choosing another time of the day (or another day completely) to shoot, there is little that can be done about heat waves. Heat waves can be problematic at even short distances (and complicate outdoor comparison testing of lenses).
 
Being at this location at the right time and day is ideal and both air clarity and heat wave issues can be mostly avoided with the right timing. Locals of course have that timing luxury, but I had only half of a day to spend at this location. I was intent on maximizing my time and embracing what I found.
 
Many prefer to shoot this location early and late in the day (and I photographed until dark), but I found the dune shadows to be harsh at this time and also-liked the more-subtle tonation of mid-afternoon lighting on the dunes. In this case, I was able to run bands of color through the frame horizontally with the first snow of the season forming the top non-sky layer. Even though I was using the extraordinarily sharp Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens and a circular polarizer filter, the end result has a soft painterly effect (visible at full resolution) thanks to the heat waves.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Flickr and Facebook. Be sure to like or follow if visiting those pages.
Post Date: 1/7/2015 9:54:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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