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 Monday, June 02, 2014
Canon EOS 1D X AF Settings Guidebook Cover
The Canon USA YouTube Channel has posted three separate videos where Scott Kelby explains the new features of firmware version 2.0 and how to take advantage of them.
 
EOS 1D X Firmware v2.0 Videos

  1. EOS-1D X Firmware 2.0 Features: Setting up
  2. EOS-1D X Firmware 2.0 Features: AI Servo Controls
  3. EOS-1D X Firmware 2.0 Features: AF point Management and Exposure Options

DigitalRev has the grey market Canon EOS 1D X available for $5,780.00.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/2/2014 7:42:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From B&H's YouTube Channel:
 
Using small flashes on location is often preferable to lugging around larger studio lights and battery packs or even gasoline-powered generators. Whether you shoot fashion, weddings, families, seniors, or events, let Bob Harrington show you how to mix light on location with small flashes and simple lighting gear.
 
Related Products

Post Date: 6/2/2014 7:19:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Watch as Lowepro puts one of their Pro Roller X-Series AW bags through a myriad of tests and see how they celebrate. Cheers!
 
B&H carries Lowepro Pro Roller X-Series AW bags.
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 6/2/2014 6:48:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
Adorama has a Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-55mm IS STM & PIXMA PRO-100 Bundle available for $999.99 with free shipping after $400.00 mail-in rebate. Compare at $1,149.00 without printer.
 
Bundle Includes:

  • Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • Canon PIXMA PRO 100 Professional Inkjet Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19", 50 Sheets

Directions:

  1. Go to the Canon EOS 70D + 18-55mm IS STM page.
  2. Click the link under "Buy Together and Save."
  3. Scroll down and select the radio button beside the PIXMA PRO-100 printer.
  4. Click "Add to Cart." The price will be $1,399.99.
  5. Redeem $400.00 mail-in rebate for a final price of $999.99.
 Friday, May 30, 2014
Nikon 1 S1 Mirrorless Camera with 11-27mm Lens (Red)
B&H has the Nikon 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens available for $199.00 with free shipping. Regularly $249.00.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/30/2014 12:08:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens
eBay (via BestPriceOptics - 99.8% Positive feedback) has the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens (for Canon/Nikon) available for $189.99 with free shipping. Compare at $229.95.
Post Date: 5/30/2014 10:13:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens
The Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens Review page now includes image quality, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with specs/measurements.
Post Date: 5/30/2014 8:37:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon D800 DSLR Camera
Right now, you can get the Nikon D800 DSLR camera for $2,796.95 with free shipping after $200.00 instant savings. But don't wait – the rebate is scheduled to expire tomorrow, May 31.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/30/2014 8:27:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
Version 1.6.0.393 released on 05/27/2014

  • You can now install older versions of Adobe products straight from Creative Cloud Desktop. These are installed side-by-side with existing versions.
  • Improved performance when syncing a large number of files.
  • Fixed scenarios where font sync would show perpetual spinner.
  • Improved overall font sync stability.
  • Improved error handling for file sync, including the addition of notifications when retrying can resolve an error.
  • Batched notifications of file sync operations, limiting the number of notifications when a large number of files are synced in a short period of time.
  • Redesigned Sign In experience.
  • Increased types of enterprise identities accepted for licensing products.

Note: Don't miss Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program deal expiring soon. That's Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for only $9.99 per month with no previous ownership requirements (offer valid through May 31).

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 5/30/2014 7:14:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 29, 2014
Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2TB External Hard Drive
Adorama has a WD My Passport Ultra 2TB External Hard Drive with Samsung 64GB microSDXC Card Bundle available for an in-cart price of $114.99 with free shipping. Compare at $108.05 without 64GB microSD card.
 
Bundle Includes

  • WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External Hard Drive
  • Samsung Pro Series 64GB Class 10 microSDXC Card ($50.00 value)

Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Body (review) available for $2,750.93 with free shipping. Compare at $3,199.00 after $200.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Caveat Emptor:
Note that the 5D Body deal listed here is not advertised as coming with a Canon USA warranty and this camera is likely a grey market item. The auction indicates that a warranty is included, but that warranty may be a BigValueInc warranty. If such, BVI's warranty only covers parts for 1 year and labor for 90 days. Canon USA has been known to provide warranty service for gray market items, but you are at-your-own-risk with that assumption.
 
BigValueInc's positive feedback rating is at 99.3%. That is a good rating (and has been improving), but not a stellar rating. We have received a couple of reports of buyers receiving the wrong product when purchasing from this merchant, so be sure to keep all supporting documents if taking advantage of this offer. eBay trusts "BigValueInc" enough to call them a "Top Rated Plus" seller and to list their auctions as "Daily Deals". We have had a good first-hand experience with them (here and here).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/29/2014 11:29:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II Lens
Image quality, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with specs/measurements have been added to the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II Lens Review page.
Post Date: 5/29/2014 9:55:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
A Call from my Wife, a Dandelion Field and the Zeiss 15mm Lens
I always appreciate photo subject and location scouting help and my family looks out for me in this regard. It was early-mid morning and I was sitting in my office when the phone rang. As you guessed from the title, it was my wife. "The neighbor's field is full of yellow dandelions in full bloom. The light is perfect."
 
My wife has a good eye for beauty (she married me, didn't she? OK, OK, just kidding). I knew that the field she was talking about was indeed full of these yellow flowers and I had already considered photographing them. The part of the report that I was most questioning was the perfect light part. It was well after the golden hour and the sky did not look hazy enough to remain warm and/or soft this late in the morning.
 
The big question was, "Did I want to carve out an hour+ of my day for this shoot?" Keeping the scouts happy always has merit, the blooms were not going to last for long and a circular polarizer filter can take care of the high sun issue, so I loaded a couple of lenses and a 5D III into a Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Backpack and drove a couple of miles to the field.
 
My goal was to create an attractive photo highlighting the massive quantity of yellow dandelions, so the lenses I took were of the wide angle variety. Upon walking up to the field, I realized that looking downward revealed a much lower flower density than I wanted to see and dirt showed between many of the green plants in this hay field. Looking at the field from a low vantage point (from near or far) showed the bed of bright yellow flowers perspective I was looking for.
 
The chicken barn was not going to be avoided being included in the frame with the wide angle lenses I had with me, so I embraced it. Much of the very long barn was featureless, but taking a position close to the feed bins allowed the bins to become a prominent feature of the barn.
 
With the sun still relatively low in the sky, the CPOL filter needed a specific angle into the scene to work its magic.
 
The final composition involved finding the best-available foreground flower clumps relatively close to the grain bins, getting down close to ground and shooting in the angle providing the best CPOL filter effect. While I often avoid getting much of a clear sky in the frame, I felt that the bright polarized blue gradient sky color was attractive and added balance to this overall composition.
 
Down low and up close to the foreground flowers meant that an f/16 depth of field was not quite enough to give me sharp details in the closest foreground subjects, so I shot a second frame with those subjects in better focus. The two frames were stacked in Photoshop layers and the not-sharp-enough foreground details were erased from the top layer to allow the sharper second layer to show through.
 
What I didn't remember from childhood is that the yellow readily comes off of dandelion flowers. Upon getting into the car, I realized that my pants were very yellow. They were still yellow after blowing them off with an air compressor and they were still somewhat yellow after their first washing. All photos have a cost, but some have unforeseen costs.
 
In the end, I was glad my wife called and the collection of images I captured on this morning were worth the costs.
Post Date: 5/29/2014 9:06:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon D5200 DSLR with 18-55mm VR Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has a Refurbished Nikon D5200 DSLR with 18-55mm VR Lens & Adobe Lightroom 5 Bundle available for $499.99 with free shipping. Compare at $696.95 without Lightroom 5.
Nikon D800 DSLR Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Nikon D800 DSLR Camera available for $2,457.82 with free shipping. Compare at $2,796.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/29/2014 6:44:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 28, 2014

 
From SmugMug Films:
 
Have you ever stood on the edge of an active volcano or swam in 110 degree water while ducking lava bombs? Photographers CJ Kale and Nick Selway do it so that you don't have to.
 
Kale and Selway are former rescue swimmers who devote their lives to capturing the ever-changing Hawaiian landscape, where active volcano meets crashing waves. Their work is physically grueling and oftentimes dangerous, but the challenge and beauty of the volatile landscape keep them coming back for more.
 
See more from CJ Kale and Nick Selway at http://lavaphotoart.com/
Category: SmugMug Films
Post Date: 5/28/2014 12:26:05 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon 1 in a Hundred Million Video Contest
From Canon USA:
 
Create a short video of 100 seconds or less using a Canon camera and lens, telling us how Canon Lenses have made an impact on your life professionally or personally.
 
Submit your video for a chance to win the new EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM lens!
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 5/28/2014 12:16:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
Insurance can be a complicated beast, but knowing how to cover yourself and your equipment is a must-do for your business. In this guide, we review the types of insurance you should consider as a working photographer, plus offer up tips from insurance experts and additional resources to help you make the smartest decisions for your business.
 
Get the free Protect Yourself: What Photographers Should Know About Insurance Guide
Post Date: 5/28/2014 11:02:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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