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 Thursday, October 8, 2015
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Through October 31, Gitzo is offering a $50.00 mail-in rebate on the carbon fiber monopods listed below.
Monopods Eligible for $50.00 Mail-In Rebate
GM2541Series 2 Carbon 6X Monopod - 4 Section with G-Lock
GM3551Series 3 Carbon 6X Monopod - 5 Section with G-Lock
GM5541Series 5 Carbon 6X Monopod - 4 Section with G-Lock
GM5561TSeries 5 Carbon 6X Traveler Monopod - 6 Section with G-Lock
Post Date: 10/8/2015 11:50:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens (review) available for $597.95 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/8/2015 11:06:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Huge Brown Bear, Katmai National Park, Alaska
Katmai National Park in Alaska has long been on my destination bucket list and I recently had the privilege of crossing off that line item. Well, that crossing off does not sound quite right as the experience was great and I would jump at the chance to go again. This destination will probably remain on my places to go list forever.
Finding the defining image for this location became a huge challenge. The problem was a good one as the gear and techniques used worked very well, yielding a huge number of images with nearly 7,000 of those being dissimilar and keeper-grade. Finding the single best of that take ... is going to take a long time. I'll pick a handful that I especially like and will share those over the next few months (hopefully not years).
With the brown bear being symbolic to Katmai National Park, it just seemed right to select an in-your-face, nothing-but-brown-bear image as the lead for my Katmai photo series.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Be sure to hit the "Like", "Favorite", etc. button. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 10/8/2015 9:30:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 ZE Distagon Lens
Cosina Japan is listing the following (Nikon Mount) Zeiss lenses as discontinued:
  • Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 Distagon T* ZF
  • Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZF.2
  • Zeiss 25mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZF
  • Zeiss 28mm f/2 Distagon T* ZF
  • Zeiss 35mm f/2 Distagon T* ZF, ZF.2
  • Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T* ZF
  • Zeiss 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar T* ZF, ZF.2
  • Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* ZF
  • Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar T* ZF, ZF.2
With the recent announcement of Zeiss's Milvus line of lenses, it's no surprise that some of their older lenses would be discontinued. However, if the source is accurate, a few of the discontinued lenses have not been incorporated into the Milvus lineup thus far.
Can we expect to see the 18, 25 and 28mm Milvus lenses in the not-so-distant future or are those particular focal lengths falling by the wayside?
What do you think?
Most of these lenses (and their Canon equivalents) currently qualify for instant savings up to $300.00.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 10/8/2015 9:04:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"Canon's series of Speedlite flashguns range from the professional 600EX-RT and the recently introduced 430EX III-RT to compact units like the 320EX and 270EX II. Lighting expert Syl Arena advises on what to look for when selecting the best Speedlite for your needs..."
Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
B&H carries Canon Speedlite Flashes.
Post Date: 10/8/2015 8:32:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 150-60mm VC Lens Case and Arca-Style Tripod Ring
From Tamron:
Lens Case A011 (Model LA011)
A new lens case compatible with SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011)
October 8, 2015, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of optics for a wide range of applications, announces the launch of a lens case compatible with SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011). The new lens case will be sold as a separate accessory.
Tripod mount ring (long type), an optional accessory for A011 (Model A011TL)
A newly-designed optional tripod mount ring for SP 150-600mm VC USD extends the base surface of the tripod mount to improve stability and versatility
In addition to the Model LA011 lens case, Tamron also announces the launch of a tripod mount ring (long type) for SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011).
Tamron has designed a new long-type tripod mount ring for its well-received SP 150-600mm VC USD. By comparison with the supplied tripod mount, the new long-type design provides an extended base surface. This extra space not only makes it possible to add a second screw hole for secure mounting, thereby enhancing stability and versatility, but also makes it easier for users to hold the base surface and carry it around. The new mount ring will be sold as a separate accessory.
Date of Launch: October 15, 2015*
* Both products will be launched first in the Japanese market, with overseas launches to follow.
Note: The long tripod mount ring was originally announced in February but is now finally set to launch next month. [Sean]
B&H carries the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC which currently qualifies for a $70.00 mail-in rebate.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 10/8/2015 7:35:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
Adorama has the Refurbished Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter available for $24.95 with free shipping. Compare at $39.00 new.
The Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter is compatible with the following cameras:
  • Df
  • D7100
  • D5200
  • D3300
  • D3200
  • Nikon 1 S2
  • COOLPIX P7800
  • COOLPIX P530
  • COOLPIX P520
  • COOLPIX P330
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/8/2015 5:39:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the Adobe Lightroom Journal:
The Lightroom team wanted to let the community know that we’re investigating some critical performance and crasher bugs, and will be issuing an update shortly to address them.
If you are experiencing crashing or slowdowns, please try the following:
  1. Go to Lightroom > Preferences.
  2. Click on the General tab
  3. Uncheck “Show ‘Add Photos’ Screen”
  4. Restart Lightroom
I think it’s important to provide some context to why we made changes to Import. Over the years we’ve done extensive studies of customers interested in Lightroom. The studies have been comprised of people passionate about photography and who use their cameras as a creative outlet. In short, their motivations share the same motivations as people who already love Lightroom.
We visited them in their homes, and asked them to install, launch and use Lightroom. Since this was their first interaction with Lightroom, we were interested in observing specifically where they encountered obstacles, and therefore where we needed to focus our attention.
Customers were universally unable to decipher the Import dialog without getting frustrated. Some people pushed forward, bolstered by spending time searching the web for help. They might have been successful in importing files, but they didn’t feel successful. Others gave up, deciding that Lightroom might not be the right product for them.
The previous Import experience literally made people push back from their computers in frustration. Keeping the existing Import experience isn’t an option, and we needed to evolve the Import experience.
We’ve heard great feedback on the changes, and we’ve always evolved the Lightroom product with feedback from photographers and look forward to continue to evolve the experience going forward with your feedback in mind.
Please keep the feedback coming!
Previous Import
Lightroom Previous Import

Current Import
Lightroom 2015 2 Current Import

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/8/2015 5:20:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon USA:
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 7, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced Canon has been ranked 40 out of 100 on the 2015 Best Global Brands and third among Japanese Best Global Brands. Interbrand's annual 100 Best Global Brands ranking report identifies and evaluates companies that have created and sustained strong global brand performance. The standings are based on publicly available information including the financial performance of the branded products or services, the role of brand in the purchase decision process and the strength of the brand.
"This award is a testament to the Company's efforts to see the impossible, breaking the boundaries of what is possible and shifting the focus from Canon as solely a high-quality digital imaging product manufacturer to a Company that empowers the creative spirit within its people and customers," said Joe Adachi, chairman and chief executive officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
To access Interbrand's 2015 Best Global Brands report, visit: http://interbrand.com/best-brands/best-global-brands/2015/ranking/ and follow Best Global Brands across social media at #BGB2015.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/8/2015 5:06:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the Dracast LED500 Pro Bi-Color LED Light available for $395.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $695.95.
Product Highlights
  • 3,200-5,600K Variable Color Temperature
  • 12 x 6 x 2" Panel, Weighs 4 lb
  • 45 Degree Beam Angle
  • AC or DC Operation
  • 100-0% Dimming
  • CRI: 95
  • 100-240 VAC Power Adapter Included
  • Carry Case
Post Date: 10/8/2015 4:54:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens
Just posted: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Review.
Sorry for being a little slow in getting this review finished. I've been having too much fun ... "testing" ... all aspects of this lens just to be "certain" that it was as good as I thought. ;)
B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens available for preorder (initial inventory sold out quickly).
Can't wait? Amazon has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM in stock. Also, the Canon Store has the 35 L II in stock and several are available on eBay.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/7/2015 9:05:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Hot Deal: Amazon has the Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon / Nikon available for $849.00. Compare at $949.00. (thanks Brian)
This is one of my absolute favorite leses and I use it quite often. I consider it a good deal at its normal MSRP and a steal at $100.00 off considering its performance. [Sean]
Post Date: 10/7/2015 10:06:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Backlight 26L Photo Backpack
Originally announced in September (press release), the Backlight 26L is now in stock at MindShift Gear.
Backlight 26L Highlights
  • Holds DSLR, 70-200 up to 5 Lenses, Flash
  • Fits up to 15" Laptop & Full-Size Tablet
  • Top, Front and Rear Access to Gear
  • Back-Panel, Tabletop Access to Gear
  • Padded Touch-Fastened Interior Dividers
  • Top, Front & Side Exterior Pockets
  • Dual Side Pockets with Cinch Straps
  • Side Compression Strap & Waist Belt
  • Handle & Shoulder Harness with Connector
  • Front & Side Tripod Attachment
Post Date: 10/7/2015 7:35:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens
Amazon has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM in stock.
If you've been wanting to pick up Canon's latest, greatest prime, here's your chance. This lens has been in very short supply since its release.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/7/2015 6:31:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D with EF-24-105mm f/4L IS USM
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 6D Body available for $1,049.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,399.00 after $300.00 instant savings.
You can also purchase the EOS 6D + EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM via the same auction for $1,599.00. Compare at $1,999.00 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: 10/7/2015 5:30:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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