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 Friday, March 28, 2014
Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB External Hard Drive
Use promo code 03WDSALE at Adorama to get the Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable External Hard Drive for $59.99 with free shipping. Regularly $89.00.
Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D ISO Noise Comparison
I posted a Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D ISO Noise Comparison to the site.
 
Use this page to compare the high ISO noise of the Rebel T5 / 1200D to eight different Canon DSLR cameras. Decide with your own eyes if Canon has pushed the APS-C image quality boundary with this brand new camera model.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/28/2014 9:37:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Datacolor:
 
Datacolor Webinars Offer Ideas for Managing Digital Workflow and Step-by-Step Techniques to Produce High Quality Digital Images
 
Lawrenceville, NJ – March 27, 2014 –– Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, today announced its Spring 2014 line-up of free color management webinars. The webinars will cover important topics in the photo and video industry with the help of notable sponsors including, Plura Broadcast, Macphun Software, X-Shot, Wacom, PhotoshopCAFE and Hunt’s Photo & Video.
 
The webinars will include an interactive question and answer format, allowing participants to communicate directly with the speakers to get first-hand advice about video reference display calibration and photo and video editing techniques. Registered attendees will receive discount codes for Spyder products and/or products from co-sponsors, as well as automatic entry for a chance to win products from Datacolor Spyder or co-sponsors. Each webinar will be hosted by David Saffir, Datacolor expert and noted landscape and fine art photographer.
 
“As the video and photo industries continue to converge, Datacolor recognizes the need to provide users with tools and techniques that can be easily integrated into their digital workflows,” said David Tobie. “From calibrating video reference displays to mastering time lapse photography, our Spring 2014 webinar series is designed to provide photographers and videographers of all levels with information about the tools needed to achieve the most accurate color and editing results while ultimately improving their workflow.”
 
Datacolor Spring 2014 webinar series to include:

  • April 1, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Video Reference Display Calibration – (Co-sponsor: Plura Broadcast)
  • April 16, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Landscape Image Editing and Enhancement: New Editing Tools for Photoshop and Lightroom 5 – (Co-sponsor: Macphun Software)
  • May 7, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Extend your Photography – (Co-sponsor: X-Shot)
  • May 20, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Calibration for the Capture Stage of the Digital Workflow – (Co-sponsor: Hunt’s Photo & Video)
  • June 3, 2014 2:-00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Fundamentals of Image Editing – Using Layer Masks for Compositing in Photoshop – (Co-sponsor: Wacom)
  • June 12, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Time-lapse Photography – The Move from Still to Motion – (Co-sponsor: PhotoshopCAFE)

Register now at spyder.datacolor.com/freewebinars.
 
B&H carries Datacolor products.

Post Date: 3/28/2014 7:53:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 55-250mm F/4-5.6 IS STM Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon EF-S 55-250mm F/4-5.6 IS STM Lens (review) available for $269.00. Compare at $313.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/28/2014 7:38:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lexar 16GB JumpDrive TwistTurn USB 2.0 Flash Drive
B&H has the Lexar 16GB JumpDrive TwistTurn USB 2.0 Flash Drive available for $6.99 with free shipping. Regularly $12.95.
Post Date: 3/28/2014 7:15:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9
From ZEISS:
 
ZEISS is launching the Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9 at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas from April 7-10, 2014. The third member of the Compact Zoom family broadens the cine zoom line-up in the wide-angle range. From August 2014, the lens will be available for € 17,900 or US$ 23,900 (excl. VAT)*. The new zoom lens fills the wide-angle gap and complements the already available CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 lenses. It does not only offer extreme angles of view but also fulfills all the requirements for motion picture zooms: It stands out for its optical brilliance, as well as its distortion-free images.
 
The ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 family of lenses sets new standards only experienced with fixed focal lengths from ZEISS. Equipped with this set of three zoom lenses, cinematographers can master an enormous range of shooting situations without having to resort to frequent time-consuming lens switches. For sophisticated filmmakers, the ZEISS cine zooms open up new creative possibilities. When working with a zoom lens, you can move a lot more quickly because you don’t have to change lenses and can make different shots from the same perspective.
 
The ZEISS Compact Zoom lenses are the only cine-style zooms in the world with full-frame coverage. All three zooms were calculated for the full-frame format of 36x24 mm. As a result, they are also compatible with image sensors larger than Super 35 (ex: image diagonal 31.5 mm) and therefore already ready to accommodate future developments in the field of growing sensor sizes. When the lenses are used on Super 35 cameras, users benefit from the positive “sweet-spot effect”: the image circle used by the sensor comes from the inner circle of the lens. As a result, the lens only uses that part of the illumination that has the highest quality in terms of sharpness, light and contrast. In line with the reliable and strict quality requirements that ZEISS lenses are subject to, all three representatives of the Compact Zoom family enable 4K capture.
 
The cine zooms from ZEISS are masters of flexibility whenever the goal is to achieve high-quality results with little lens changes. The optical balancing between ZEISS cine zooms on the one hand and ZEISS high-end cine lenses on the other fulfills filmmakers’ highest demands, whether they are making big-screen, TV, documentary, music video productions or feature films. All three zooms have a consistent aperture of T2.9, also making them suitable for situations with less available light. And thanks to the established ZEISS color matching, the lenses can be used in combination with the existing lens families ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime, ARRI/ZEISS Ultra Prime and ZEISS Compact Prime, with no additional color grading needed.
 
Over many years, ZEISS has been continuing to develop the bokeh – that special look of an out-of-focus area in an image. After all, bokeh is one of the most important characteristics of a lens. With special optical design and circular f-stop forms, ZEISS zooms here achieve a particularly harmonious result and depict out-of-focus highlights as circular without any bothersome artifacts. In addition, the Carl Zeiss T* coating – based on several layers in the nano field – ensures a visible reduction of stray light and reflections. The result: brilliant images with a three-dimensional effect.
 
A special protection against dust and spray water for rough use on the set underscores the high professional standard of these cine lenses.
 
The cine zooms from ZEISS deliver the well-known quality and performance for which ZEISS lenses have been known for decades. For cinematographers on smaller budgets in particular, it is critical to make safe investments in their equipment. On this point, the Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses stand out strongly: due to the interchangeable mount system (IMS), with currently five different mounts (PL, EF, F, MFT und E), the lenses can be fitted without problems onto different camera mounts. As a result, the zooms can always be used on the latest camera models, and always in an optimal system mix.
 
All three lenses – the new Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9, the CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and the CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 – will also be available as a complete set (without transport case) for € 44,999 € or US$ 59,900 (excl. VAT)*.
 
B&H carries ZEISS lenses.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 3/28/2014 7:00:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 27, 2014
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
B&H has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens (review) available for an in-cart price of $99.00 with free shipping. Regularly $125.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/27/2014 12:57:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From X-Rite:
 
North White Plains, NY – March 27, 2014 – X-Rite Photo Marketing announces a free April 2014 webinar that has been developed to address specific photography and color management topics. This webinar entitled “Using Lightroom to Process and Improve Your Photos” is designed to appeal to both professional and serious amateur photographers.
 
California-based photographer, author, educator and X-Rite Coloratti Chris Orwig who has a reputation for bringing practical experience, technical expertise and passion to the teaching he provides will lead the April webinar. Using his own images from start to finish, Chris will highlight how photographers can use an X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Adobe Lightroom, to make better photographs. Attendees of this live webinar will also have the opportunity to ask questions of Chris Orwig.
 
Here are some specifics of what will be discussed:

  • Lightroom New Features
  • Working with Catalogs and backing up your work
  • Creating Custom Profiles with the ColorChecker Passport
  • Organizing with the Library Module
  • Enhancing your photographs with Develop Module
  • Crafting expressive photographs
  • Lightroom Workflow from start to finish

“The April X-Rite webinar featuring Photographer Chris Orwig covers a wide range of information and topics including digital workflow and color management. This solid foundation knowledge is important and should be of great interest to all serious photographers,” said Joshua Fischer, Product Marketing Manager, X-Rite Photo Marketing. “Learning from photographers like Chris Orwig who are both creative and technically proficient, should be on every photographer’s bucket list.”
 
Webinar Schedule
 
Date: Friday April 11, 2104
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT
Title: Using Lightroom to Process and Improve Your Photos
Presenter: Photographer Chris Orwig
 
B&H carries X-Rite color calibration products.

Category: X-Rite News
Post Date: 3/27/2014 11:40:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Lens available for $285.00. Compare at $396.95.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/27/2014 8:27:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tokina Cinema AT-X 16-28mm T3 Lens
Adorama has the Tokina Cinema Lenses available for preorder. The lenses are scheduled to ship next month.
 
Lenses Available for Preorder

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/27/2014 8:10:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D DLSR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens
From Canon:
 
TOKYO, Japan, March 27, 2014—Canon Inc. today announced that the Company's interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras) have maintained the No. 1 share worldwide in terms of volume within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market for the 11-year period from 2003 to 2013.
 
In addition to the interchangeable lenses, Canon also develops the key components—the CMOS image sensors and image processors—employed in its interchangeable-lens cameras. The most advanced of these technologies are incorporated in the Company's flagship EOS-1D series. By applying these technologies to other models as well, Canon has successfully created a powerful product lineup that effectively responds to the needs of a wide range of users, from professionals to entry-level users, which has enabled Canon to maintain the top global share.
 
In 2003, the dawn of digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS Kiss Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D Digital in other regions). This compact and lightweight user-friendly camera set the stage for growth in the digital SLR market and captured the top share of the global market. Since that time, Canon, in its ongoing pursuit of high image quality, has launched a number of models for advanced-amateur users that offer among the highest levels of performance for their class, including the EOS 5D series, which paved the way for digital SLR video recording.
 
In 2013, targeting entry-level users, Canon launched the EOS Kiss X7 (EOS Rebel SL1 or EOS 100D), which combines the world’s smallest and lightest digital SLR camera body with exceptional basic performance, and the EOS M2 compact-system camera, featuring significantly enhanced autofocusing performance. Also, within the advanced-amateur user segment, the Company introduced the EOS 70D, equipped with innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus technology, which has earned high praise from the market. These robust products provided the driving force enabling Canon to achieve its 11th straight year as the world’s market leader.
 
Additionally, in February 2014, Canon realized another industry milestone as cumulative production of EOS-series film and digital cameras surpassed the 70-million unit mark. Furthermore, during the first half of 2014, cumulative production of Canon EF-series interchangeable lenses for EOS cameras is on track to reach 100 million units. Underpinning these achievements is the high market share that Canon has maintained, made possible through the long-standing support dating back to the film camera era that the Company has received from its wide user base.
 
With a history of producing cameras that dates back to the Company's founding in 1937, Canon will continue refining its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technologies, striving to produce exceptional and reliable lenses and cameras that cater to the varying needs of photographers—from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals—while contributing to expanding the photographic and video imaging culture.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 3/27/2014 7:38:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit
From Canon:
 
TOKYO, Japan, March 27, 2014 — Canon Inc. today celebrated a camera-manufacturing milestone as combined production of the Company's compact digital and interchangeable-lens digital cameras surpassed 250 million units on January 31, 2014.
 
Canon, a company that has continuously produced cameras since its founding in 1937, began producing and marketing digital cameras in the mid 1990s. In 1995, when film cameras were still the norm, Canon launched its first digital camera, the professional-model EOS DCS 3* digital SLR camera.
 
At the time, compact cameras were leading the digital shift within the camera industry. In 1996, Canon announced its market entry with the introduction of the PowerShot 600, the Company's first compact digital camera. In 2000, amid the market's rapid growth, Canon launched the IXY DIGITAL (PowerShot S100 or DIGITAL IXUS in markets outside of Japan), featuring a ground-breaking compact, stylish body design that set the trend for compact digital cameras.
 
Subsequent models released by the Company reflected the diverse evolution of compact digital cameras with models becoming increasingly compact and lightweight, achieving higher sensitivity, incorporating more enhanced automatic functions, and realizing greater network connectivity. This evolution fueled robust growth as Canon's cumulative production of compact digital cameras surpassed the 100-million-unit mark in 2008, and broke through the 200-million-unit threshold in December 2013. Aiming to further extend its production volume, in 2014 Canon launched a new lineup of compact digital cameras that let users enjoy high value-added photography, including the PowerShot G1 X Mark II, designed to deliver the highest levels of imaging performance, and the new-concept-model PowerShot N100.
 
As for interchangeable-lens digital cameras, while the market in the mid 1990s had consisted primarily of professional models, with the start of the 2000s, the segment rapidly took off. In 2000, Canon launched the EOS D30, developed as a "next-generation standard digital SLR camera" to satisfy the needs of a wide user base, from advanced photo enthusiasts to professional users. In 2003, Canon again led the market with the introduction of the entry-level-model EOS Kiss Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D), which set the stage for dramatic expansion of the market.
 
Since that time, Canon has successively launched innovative products that capitalize on the Company's strengths in CMOS sensors, image processors and EF lenses, such as the professional-model EOS-1 series and EOS 5D series targeting advanced-amateur users, as well as the compact-camera-system EOS M series. As a result, in 2005, production of Canon interchangeable-lens digital cameras reached 25 million units and, in February 2014, surpassed 50 million units. Among the new products worthy of note that contributed to the realization of this milestone were the EOS 70D, featuring innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus technology, and the entry-level EOS Kiss X7 (EOS Rebel SL1 or EOS 100D), which combines a ground-breaking compact, lightweight body design with advanced basic performance.
 
Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technologies, striving to produce exceptional and reliable cameras and lenses that cater to the varying needs of photographers—from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals—while contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.
 
* The EOS DCS 3, jointly developed by Canon and Eastman Kodak, was also sold under the Kodak brand.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 3/27/2014 7:30:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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The Canon Store's "Friends and Family 20% Off Sale" is still live. While the inventory of refurbished lenses is relatively low, there are still a decent selection of refurbished cameras left.
 
Refurbished DSLR Cameras In Stock

Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 18-135 IS1,439.20287.841,151.36
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 28-135 IS1,359.20271.841,087.36
Canon EOS 7D Body1,199.20239.84959.36
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM839.20167.84671.36
Canon EOS 60D + EF-S 18-135 IS 767.36153.47613.89
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM679.99136.00543.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM599.99120.00479.99
Canon EOS 60D Body575.99115.20460.79
Canon EOS Rebel T3i + EF-S 18-55 IS479.9996.00383.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1479.9996.00383.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3 + EF-S 18-55 IS359.9972.00287.99

Refurbished Lenses In Stock

Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM1,199.20239.84959.36
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM919.20183.84735.36
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.9976.80307.19
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM1,119.20223.84895.36
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99104.00415.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9937.60150.39
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9932.00127.99
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM439.9988.00351.99
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9932.00127.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II100.7920.1680.63
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM639.99128.00511.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM 439.9988.00351.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.9980.00319.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99112.00447.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II239.9948.00191.99
Canon Speedlite 430EX II239.9948.00191.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9940.00159.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9927.20108.79
Canon Speedlite 90EX119.9924.0095.99

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/27/2014 7:24:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rokinon 24mm f/3.5 Tilt Shift Lens
eBay (via BestPriceOptics) has the Refurbished Rokinon Tilt Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Lens for Nikon (review) available for $599.00 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00 new.
 Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Lens
eBay (via BestPriceOptics) has the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Lens (Canon/Nikon) available for $265.00 with free shipping. Compare at $309.00.
Post Date: 3/26/2014 3:01:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lowepro CompuDay Photo 250 Backpack (Black)
B&H has the Lowepro CompuDay Photo 250 Backpack available for $44.95 with free shipping. Regularly $84.95.
Post Date: 3/26/2014 2:07:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: eBay (via FocusCamera) has a Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera + Lightroom 5 Bundle available for $2,675.00 with free shipping.
 
Note: The listing makes no distinction as to whether this is a USA or grey market camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/26/2014 1:44:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
The video for the Gulf Photo Plus 2014 Shootout was finally posted yesterday. In it, relative newcomer Sara Lando squares off against veteran Zack Arias. Special guest host is none other than the Strobist himself - David Hobby.
 
Watch how each contestant tackles, or in Zack's case – completely ignores (with good reason) – the competition's theme, H2O.
 
If you're unfamiliar with Gulf Photo Plus, here's a quick rundown:

"[Gulf Photo Plus 2014] is the region's biggest & only photography festival bringing the world's best photographers and instructors to Dubai to share their knowledge and experience with the Middle East and Africa's professional and amateur photography community. The dates for the 2014 event are 7th-14th March." - GulfPhotoPlus.com

Post Date: 3/26/2014 12:31:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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