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 Thursday, August 30, 2012
From Profoto:
 
Profoto Introduces New Pro-B4 1000 Air
 
Durable new battery generator sets a new standard for on-location lighting
 
North White Plains, NY (August 27, 2012) – Profoto, the world's leading manufacturer of lighting solutions for still and motion photography, announces today the sturdy new Pro-B4 1000 Air featuring ground-breaking flash duration.
 
Thanks to the new, patent pending Hybrid Capacitor Technology, the Pro-B4 delivers flash durations down to 1/25,000 of a second – making it not only the shortest flash duration of any battery generator in the world, but also of any flash pack.
 
“Profoto’s new Pro-B4 1000 Air is the fastest, toughest and most versatile battery generator on the market today,” said Mark Rezzonico, VP Product Group. “With its unprecedented flash duration and world’s fastest recycling time, this new portable unit provides a world of creative possibilities for today’s fast-paced professional digital photographers.”
 
In addition to its short flash duration, the Pro-B4 is also the world’s fastest recycling battery generator. At lower power settings it is capable of firing up to 30 flashes per second, while the longest wait on full power is less than a second.
 
Featuring two independent outlets with individual controls and displays, the new Pro-B4 makes it as easy as possible for photographers to take full advantage of all features. The unit’s energy setting can be adjusted quickly with precise control in 1/10 f-stop increments. The unit’s display can be set to show the output in f-stops or watt seconds, and information about the flash duration on each head is easily accessible.
 
The Pro-B4’s powerful Li-Ion battery can fully recharge in less than 45 minutes and can be recharged while in use. This means that if the modeling light is used moderately, the pack can be used continuously while connected to a main outlet. In addition, the battery can be recharged just as fast with Profoto’s portable power source, the Profoto BatPac.
 
Finally, the Pro-B4 is the most durable battery generator on the market. The solid-cast aluminum chassis and the sturdy rubber frame ensure that it can take rough handling. All connections have protective lids and the pack has no air vents to help prevent water or dust from getting inside.
 
Get your Profoto gear at Adorama.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 8/30/2012 9:45:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Use coupon code LABORDAY to save $15.00 on an order for $150.00 or more at J&R.
 
The Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens is a good choice for use of this coupon - the net price is $184.99 plus shipping.
 
Alternatively, get $10 off $100 with coupon code JRGOOG.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/30/2012 8:01:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Adorama has the Flashpoint Professional Camera Grip for Canon EOS 5D Mark II on special for $39.95 (regularly $64.95).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/29/2012 3:15:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama now has the Canon EOS 1D X in stock (as does Amazon).
 
It's nice to see these cameras finally become readily available.
Post Date: 8/29/2012 2:33:37 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
With the release of version 7.5.4, DxO Optics Pro now supports the Pentax K-30 and Sony DSC-RX100 and adds more than 400 new camera/lens combinations since the prior version - surpassing the 8,000 Optics Module mark.
 
Find DxO Optics Pro at Adorama.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 8/29/2012 12:49:29 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has announced that it plans to introduce the EF 14mm T3.1 and 135mm T2.2 Cinema Prime Lenses in the first half of 2013.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/29/2012 9:38:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Post Date: 8/29/2012 9:23:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/29/2012 8:47:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 28, 2012
eBay (via GetItDigital) is once again featuring the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Body as a Daily Deal - $3,042.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,464.00. Plus, "You'll earn $60.86 in eBay Bucks."
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/28/2012 12:16:07 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Amazon has the Canon PSC-910 Deluxe Leather Case for Powershot S90, S95, and S100 Digital Cameras (Black) for only $9.99. Compare at $20.00 - $30.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/28/2012 8:51:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
ISO 12233 Chart results have been added to the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review page.
 
This lens is sharper than its predecessor at the wide end. Here is a direct comparison between the Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens and the older Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS Lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/28/2012 8:26:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Aug 28th through Aug 31st, use coupon code 20RBL812 to save 20% on refurbished Canon EOS Rebel DSLRs at the Canon Store.
 
Use coupon code SHIP712 for free shipping on orders over $100.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/28/2012 8:15:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Amazon has one (update: now 7) Canon EOS 1D X in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/28/2012 8:11:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Pinnacle:
 
New Pinnacle Studio 16 Revolutionizes the Art of Video Editing
 
Award winning technology, unique 3D capabilities & free cloud storage make Pinnacle Studio 16 the most innovative version to date
 
Ottawa, ON - August 28, 2012
 
Today, Corel announced the release of the new Pinnacle Studio software family, which includes: Pinnacle Studio™ 16, Pinnacle Studio 16 Plus, Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate and Pinnacle Studio for iPad. Based on award winning technology and inspired by the ease-of-use of previous versions, the new line offers a solution for every level of video editor. And with optimization for the latest CUDA GPUs, exclusive NVIDIA 3D Vision support, free cloud file sharing and storage with Box, and a fresh user interface, Pinnacle Studio 16 is the most innovative version to date. Modern, fast, and easy, Pinnacle Studio 16 helps everyone tell their story with style.
 
“The new Pinnacle Studio family is the first consumer video editing application lineup that offers users the ability to edit professional quality projects on their PC or on the go with their iPad thanks to cloud storage and seamless integration with Pinnacle Studio for the PC and iPad. No other solution on the market delivers this capability,” said Matt DiMaria, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media at Corel. “What’s more, with its robust yet intuitive feature set there’s a version that is perfectly suited to any level of user,” added DiMaria. “We are confident that our users will love the creative freedom and flexibility the new line offers.”
 
Unique 3D Support & Optimization
 
Pinnacle’s partnership with NVIDIA allows exclusive NVIDIA 3D Vision support on Quadro graphics cards and on NVIDIA’s GeForce consumer line as well. Users can now edit and preview their 3D work in both full-screen and window modes - something no other editing application can do! In addition, Pinnacle Studio takes full advantage of the latest NVIDIA CUDA enabled graphics cards for an incredibly fast editing and rendering experience.
 
Access, Edit and Share Anywhere, Anytime With iPad and the Cloud
 
The Pinnacle Studio 16 family includes up to 50GB of free in-app cloud storage and file-sharing via Box, making media files and projects readily available to send and edit from any browser. Users can even start editing their projects on the go thanks to the seamless integration with Pinnacle Studio for iPad
 
“The Box and Pinnacle Studio 16 integration makes it incredibly simple for digital artists to access, edit and share their video content wherever the studio may take them,” said Chris Yeh, VP of Platform at Box. “Box’s open platform and the Pinnacle Studio software family will unlock new levels of innovation for creatives across the media and entertainment markets."
 
About Pinnacle Studio 16
 
Creating incredible movie memories in HD or 3D has never been faster and easier, thanks to Pinnacle Studio 16.

  • Learn to make great videos on the fly with built-in video tutorials produced by Class on Demand
  • Quickly import video and photos from any digital device
  • Import and polish projects from Pinnacle Studio for iPad
  • Create stereoscopic 3D movies as easily as HD movies
  • Storyboard quick first drafts - even create movies automatically
  • Enhance and fix video clips, photos, and audio on 6 timeline tracks
  • Use 1500+ 2D/3D effects, menus, animations, and more
  • Create custom-fit soundtracks with Scorefitter®
  • Share instantly via Facebook, YouTube, iPad, Apple TV, XBox, DVD, and more

About Pinnacle Studio 16 Plus
 
In addition to all the amazing features available in Pinnacle Studio 16, Pinnacle Studio 16 Plus also includes:

  • Advanced HD/3D editing features
  • 24-track frame-accurate editing
  • 1800+ 2D/3D effects, menus, animation and more with keyframed effects control
  • Simultaneous source and timeline viewing
  • Blu-ray disc authoring
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound mixing

About Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate
 
Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate is the easy-to-use power tool for creating professional-looking HD and 3D videos. It includes all the powerful features of Pinnacles Studio 16 Plus, as well as:

  • 2000+ effects
  • Seven premium Red Giant plug-ins within the Filmmaker’s and Motion Graphics Toolkits
  • Classic green screen sheet

About Pinnacle Studio for iPad
 
Easily create amazing videos on the go with Pinnacle Studio for iPad. Users can start editing project on their iPad, then import into any Pinnacle Studio product on their PC for additional polishing.

  • Users can work with any media on their device (video, audio, and photos), even in HD 1080p
  • Organize media by Albums, Events, Faces, and more
  • Make precise edits and trim individual frames in the Timeline and Precision Trimmer
  • Quickly create multi-layer 3D animations with included Montage templates
  • Generate professional-looking motion titles with full control over text, font, color, size, position, and rotation
  • Record voice overs directly to the timeline
  • 1080p output support for sharing movies via YouTube, Facebook, Box email, and more

Availability
 
Pinnacle Studio 16, Pinnacle Studio 16 Plus and Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate are available in 17 languages and can be purchased immediately as an electronic download (ESD) from www.pinnaclesys.com or from Corel's global resellers.
 
North American suggested retail pricing (SRP) of Pinnacle Studio 16 is $59.95, Pinnacle Studio 16 Plus $99.95 and Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate $129.95 (both US and CDN). Users of Pinnacle Studio 9 or higher, Avid Studio and Pinnacle/Avid Liquid 6 or higher are eligible for the following upgrade pricing: Upgrade to Pinnacle Studio 16 Plus: $69.95,upgrade to Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate: $89.95. For more information please visit www.pinnaclesys.com.
 
The Pinnacle Studio 16 app for the iPad is available worldwide today from the App Store in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Dutch, and Simplified Chinese. For more information, please visit www.pinnaclesys.com/studioapp.
 
Order Pinnacle Studio at Adorama.

Category: Pinnacle News
Post Date: 8/28/2012 1:15:26 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 27, 2012
Canon EOS 1D X Firmware Version 1.0.6 is now available for download.
 
Firmware Version 1.0.6 incorporates the following fixes.

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the AF Microadjustment cannot be correctly carried out.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon such that when using the camera with combinations of certain lens *1) and extender *2) the images captured become back-focused.
    *1) EF 70-200m f/2.8L IS II USM or EF200mm f/2L IS USM
    When used with
    *2) Extender EF 1.4x III or Extender EF 2x III
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which, when the camera is powered on in very dark environments (including instances when the lens cap or the body cap is attached), Error 80 appears on the camera.
  4. Fixes the following phenomenon: if two CF cards are inserted into the camera and the "Standard" or "Auto switch card" settings is selected for the recording method for [Record func+card/folder sel.], and then one of the CF cards is removed and then reinserted into the card slot, the card selected for recording and playing back images may be switched to the other CF Card.
  5. Fixes a phenomenon in which the AF microadjustment value is not correctly displayed in the EXIF information of the images captured.
  6. Displays a "O" or "X" result to indicate whether images have been successfully transferred through the FTP protocol when using the FTP protocol when using the WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter.

* The firmware update takes approximately seven minutes.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/27/2012 9:32:11 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adobe has made release candidates available for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.2 and Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 7.2.
 
New cameras supported:

  • Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i
  • Canon EOS M
  • Fuji FinePix F800EXR
  • Leaf Credo 40
  • Leaf Credo 60
  • Nikon 1 J2
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ200
  • Panasonic DMC-G5
  • Panasonic DMC-LX7
  • Pentax K-30
  • Sony DSC-RX100

New lenses supported include:

  • Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
  • Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR
  • Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM
  • Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A007N
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZE
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 2/25 ZE

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Fixed Issues:

  • Folder stacks with virtual copies get unstacked when moving to another folder.
  • Stacked photos get hidden in both the Grid view and Filmstrip. This occurs when photos get unstacked as a result of enabling auto-stacking.
  • Errors encountered when publishing videos to Facebook through the Facebook Publish Service.
  • Users may have occurred problems when trying to enter the Web Module from Library.
  • Unable to edit JPEG photos in Photoshop Elements.
  • Unable to upload files to Flickr if there is a carriage return in either the Title or Caption fields (Win only).
  • Background graphics that are applied to a Book globally may not appear as expected in a Saved PDF.
  • Certain book covers had spine text positioned in a Horizontal manner, not Vertical.
  • Double byte characters are not being exported to PDF in Books.
  • Photos were exported with original GPS coordinates recorded by the camera, not with the GPS coordinates updated in Lightroom.
  • Keyboard shortcuts in the Develop module sometimes do not work when editing an image in Process Version PV2010.
  • Parents and synonyms of "do not export" keywords also do not export.
  • Audio does not play in video files after creating a slideshow containing music (win7 only).
  • Tether support not working for Nikon D4, D800 , and D800E (win only).

Adobe Camera Raw Fixed Issues:

  • Cannot change “Erase” size, feather and flow settings while utilizing the Option key.
  • Cannot write metadata to images previously opened in some 3rd party software.
  • Luminance Noise slider is unresponsive when Clarity is greater than 0.
  • In certain cases, the new Defringe controls can cause vertical streaks to appear.
  • Some images from Canon 5D Mark II exhibited pattern noise in the form of maze/green split artifacts.
  • Adjusting the Blue channel does not affect monochrome images.
  • Certain TIFF files can cause Bridge to become unstable.
  • Defringe settings are not retained when editing the file in Photoshop as a Smart Object and then returning to ACR.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 8/27/2012 9:51:15 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The refurbished Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM Lens just showed up at the Canon Store - and is priced at 15% off along with the rest off the lenses and flashes - $1,087.32. This lens normally sells for $1,599.00 before $200.00 IR.
 
Use coupon code SHIP712 for free shipping on orders over $100.00.
We all thought that the Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM Lens had a crazy price tag, but ... you could buy 15 or 20 of these lenses for what you would pay for the one-of-a-kind Leica 1600mm Lens.
 
Check out the rest of the story at PopPhoto.com. (thanks Sean)
Post Date: 8/27/2012 6:09:26 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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