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 Thursday, October 16, 2014

 
Canon USA just released 7 new videos in its "Sometimes it's better to print" ad campaign. They are all very short and a little humorous.
 
Enjoy!
 
Sometimes It's Better to Print Ad Campaign
 
B&H carries Canon PIXMA printers.
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Post Date: 10/16/2014 10:11:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through October 31, use coupon code HOLIDAY20 at FractureMe.com to save 20% on your next fracture order.
 
Glass prints look very impressive hanging on the wall. Buy now to ensure it arrives before the holidays if you're planning on giving one as a gift.
Post Date: 10/16/2014 8:43:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Watch as France's Airgonay club sets up a drone race in the middle of a forest. The resulting video looks astonishingly similar to the speeder chase scene in Return of the Jedi.
 
Now I want a drone even more... :-) [Sean]
Post Date: 10/16/2014 7:57:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon CN20x50 Cine Servo Lens
From Canon UK:
 
Canon introduces new 4K cine-servo, ultra-telephoto lens with world’s longest focal length
 
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 16 October 2014 – Canon today bolsters its cine servo lens line-up with the new CN20x50 – a high performance, ultra-telephoto zoom lens for sport and nature TV production. Leveraging Canon’s long-standing and unparalleled expertise in lens design, the CN20x50 delivers superb image quality and exceptional creative control, and is the first lens of its type to combine a built-in 1.5x extender, class-leading 20x magnification and a removable servo drive, with a native 50-1000mm focal range that expands to a huge 75-1500mm.
 
Designed to be a portable solution for broadcast productions using super 35mm cameras – whether HD, UHD or 4K – the CN20x50 is a tool of unprecedented quality, versatility and usability. Featuring a completely removable updated servo drive unit that enables an agile shooting style that’s difficult to achieve with typical cine lenses, the new cine-servo lens helps to meet growing demands for Ultra High Definition (UHD) resolution sport and nature television production.
 
Versatile and reliable
With productions today expected to shoot in demanding and unpredictable environments, a huge level of lens flexibility is required. For wildlife television, operators typically work in hostile and sensitive conditions which often necessitate shooting from extremely long distances, while sports productions typically require extremely high resolution for close-to-the-action stadium work. In both situations, operators require fast, reactive positional changes, shooting flexibility and nimble hardware that allow them to respond to changes in the scene.
 
Weighing just 6.6kg, the CN20x50 is conveniently portable and lightweight and offers an unrivalled focal length and zooming capabilities for its class. It enables sport and documentary crews to capture footage at a distance, while maintaining the highest quality throughout the zoom range. The lens’s huge zoom range also significantly reduces the volume of hardware that crews are required to carry, offering a superb solution for location shoots.
 
The latest in Canon’s cine-servo lens line-up, the CN20x50 is also user-friendly and robust. The design has been developed to ensure high levels of ruggedness and reliability, even in unforgiving broadcast environments – combining the finest quality optics with a weather-and-shock-proof construction that makes it suitable for use in the most hostile conditions when on location, to the same level as conventional Canon broadcast lenses.
 
Flexible operability
Compatible with a wide range of cameras, the CN20x50 also supports communication between lens and camera and will be available in both EF-mount and PL-mount variants. The EF-mount version utilises Canon’s own system, while the PL-mount variant supports Cooke’s /i Technology standard. Both models feature a 12-pin serial connection for integration with typical broadcast equipment.
 
The focus ring rotation is 180 degrees, balancing the accuracy required for 4K imaging with the speed needed for broadcast use. In scenarios where every second counts – and operators only have one opportunity to capture a shot – high speed zoom, iris and simple focusing operation mean that even rapidly changing scenes can be captured with ease and accuracy.
 
The lens’ design supports a range of cinema and broadcast accessories including operational zoom and focus controls, matte boxes and 0.8- and 0.5-type gear module accessories such as follow focus units, to provide a truly versatile solution.
 
CN20x50 key benefits:
 
  • Ultra-telephoto lens with class-leading focal length
  • Capture every detail in sports and nature TV broadcast
  • Achieve stunning shots in outstanding 4K quality
  • Enjoy a wide variety of shooting and expression
  • Portable and durable with intuitive operation
Check out more information about the CN20x50 on the Canon Professional Network's dedicated page.
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Post Date: 10/16/2014 7:19:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"Adobe now offers a Creative Cloud Photography bundle that includes Lightroom editing software and Photoshop CC for photographers who want to organise, edit, enhance and share their images via desktop or their mobile devices – this package currently comes bundled with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 6D DSLRs, plus the PowerShot G1 X Mark II and G7 X compact cameras. In a four-part CPN series of articles and video tutorials Richard Curtis (a Principal Solutions Consultant in Digital Imaging for Adobe UK) will examine the workflow between Lightroom software and Photoshop CC to help you to understand the benefits of working with both in tandem. In Part 1 of this series Richard Curtis explains how to use Smart Objects within the Lightroom and Photoshop CC workflow and, in a special video, he reveals how Smart Objects ensure your image edits are non-destructive for longer. Please click on the play button in the window above to watch the video..."
Read the entire article and see the video on the Canon Professional Network.
 
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).
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Post Date: 10/16/2014 7:01:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Nikon Europe:
 
In this video pro-photographer, film maker, & director of DEDICATED, Corey Rich highlights why the D4S allows him to focus only on content and not the technology; the three most meaningful improvements made on the D4S; & how its features helped capture scenes that were previously impossible to capture. 'Hollywood crews could do this but not guys like me.' - Corey Rich.
 
Note from Sean: Oh my goodness! Why didn't I ever think to use Auto ISO when shooting video to compensate for transitioning from very dim environments to very bright ones (or vice-versa)? The EOS 5D Mark III works in the same way; it changes ISO on the fly when set to Auto ISO. The Nikon D4s's algorithm may allow for smoother ISO changes, but otherwise, the 5D III does the exact same thing.
 
B&H carries the Nikon D4s and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
Post Date: 10/16/2014 7:00:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens available for $1,049.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,349.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
 
Relevant Reviews
 
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Post Date: 10/15/2014 10:36:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens
DigitalRev has the Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens for Canon/Nikon (review) available for $309.00 with free shipping. Compare at $499.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 10/15/2014 10:17:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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International Awards Exhibition Printed with Epson Printers and Papers Opens at Smithsonian on Oct. 24
 
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Oct. 15, 2014 – Epson today announced it is a global sponsor of the 2014 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition for the third consecutive year. As the official inkjet printer and paper partner for the ongoing print exhibition, Epson’s professional printing technology allows visitors to celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature through the art of photography. On the second floor of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., museum guests will see award-winning photographs displayed from one of the world’s most prestigious nature photography competitions.
 
“The annual Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards program began as a creative tool to celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature and encourage greater public interest in outdoor enjoyment and conservation stewardship,” says Awards Director, Steve Freligh. “The high caliber of photographic prints we are able to achieve through using Epson printers, inks and papers bring these images to life in a way that truly showcases the spectacle of nature and the creative talent delivered by photographers in the field."
 
The Smithsonian exhibition opens on Oct. 24, 2014, and features winners from the annual Windland Smith Rice International Awards program. Chosen from more than 20,000 entries from photographers in 50 countries, the exhibition will showcase the Grand Prize winner, the Photographer of the Year and the Youth Photographer of the Year, as well as finalists selected in 13 separate categories. The images are displayed as large format prints ranging in size from 2x3 feet to nearly 4x6 feet in the nation’s most visited museum, which welcomes more than eight million visitors annually.
 
“We are honored to be supporting one of the most highly-respected and visually compelling nature photography competitions in the world,” said Larry Kaufman, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “Our goal is to provide these photographers with access to the most advanced printing technology and pro-quality papers to produce true-to-life output that accurately and completely conveys the true vision and story behind their photographs.”
 
The exhibition-quality prints were created with Epson’s award-winning 44-inch wide Epson Stylus Pro 9900. With the precision of its Epson MicroPiezo TFP printhead and the performance of Epson UltraChrome HDR ink, the printer delivers superb photographic prints with an extremely wide color gamut and incredible sharpness. Used with Epson Professional Papers, this advanced printing technology produces the richest blacks and smooth tonal transitions.
 
The exhibition will be viewed by millions of visitors at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and is open daily, free to the public. The annual photo competition is open to the public and encourages submissions from photographers at all levels of expertise – pros, amateurs and youth. For more information, visit www.NaturesBestPhotography.com.
Category: Epson News
Post Date: 10/15/2014 8:05:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Digital Learning Center
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
 
In our new Quick Tips series, you get to watch and learn right from Canon Digital Learning Center experts!
 
Each video will feature a Canon Technical Advisor offering a helpful imaging tip, sharing a unique product insight, or explaining a key technology. New videos will be added regularly, so check back to keep expanding your Canon knowledge base.
 
Quick Tips Videos Available
 
  • Highlight Tone Priority
  • Dust Delete Data
  • Wireless File Transmitter
  • RAW Image Fundamentals
  • High Speed Sync
  • Quick Control Menu
  • Picture Style explained
  • Radio-Based Wireless Flash
  • Radio Wireless Group Mode
  • ...and more!
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Post Date: 10/15/2014 7:53:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter
DigitalRev has the Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter available for $519.00. Compare at $822.00 for US version.
 
Features:
 
  • Programming Meter
  • Full information Spot Viewfinder
  • Contrast Function
  • Incident Light Metering
  • Reflected Light Spot Metering
  • Dual ISO Settings
  • All-Weather Design
  • Cine/lighting Displays for L-758CINE
  • Optional Radio Flash Triggering
  • Europe CE Version**
**To comply with local broadcast regulations, Sekonic wireless systems sold in the various markets around the world are designed to operate at different frequencies. When purchasing and/or installing a transmitter module or using the meter with a receiver, be sure that the meter, module and receiver are designed to be used in your location and use the same frequency.
 
When purchasing and/or installing a transmitter module or using the meter with a receiver, be sure that the meter, module and receiver are designed to be used in your location and use the same frequency.
 
The CE designation indicates the meter and module are designed for operation in European countries (Frequencies: CH 1 to 16: 433.62 MHz; CH 17 to 32: 434.22MHz) and should not imported to US/Canada without permission of your local communication authority.
Post Date: 10/15/2014 6:51:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens (review) available for $799.99 with free shipping. Compare at $999.99.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and may not be eligible for a Canon USA warranty. This lens has been removed from a camera/lens kit and comes in a white box.
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Post Date: 10/14/2014 10:37:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens
The Canon Store is having another "Spend More, Save More" sale on their refurbished DSLR lens inventory.
 
Sale Details
 
  • Spend $50.00 – Save $5.00
  • Spend $100.00 – Save $10.00
  • Spend $500.00 – Save $50.00
Keep in mind that many of these lenses were recently reduced in price, so the extra savings is just icing on the cake.
 
Refurbished Lenses In Stock
 
Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM1,359.2050.001,309.20
Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM671.9950.00621.99
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM799.9950.00749.99
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM919.2050.00869.20
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.9910.00373.99
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM2,039.2050.001,989.20
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM1,159.2050.001,109.20
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM1,039.2050.00989.20
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM1,119.2050.001,069.20
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.9950.00469.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9910.00177.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9910.00149.99
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM1,359.2050.001,309.20
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM431.9910.00421.99
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM1,319.2050.001,269.20
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM479.9910.00469.99
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM407.9910.00397.99
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM439.9910.00429.99
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9910.00149.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM1,239.2050.001,189.20
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM319.9910.00309.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II100.7910.0090.79
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro239.9910.00229.99
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro839.2050.00789.20
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM335.9910.00325.99
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM399.9910.00389.99
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM479.9910.00469.99
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM1,071.2050.001,021.20
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.9950.00469.99
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM639.9950.00589.99
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM703.9950.00653.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM 439.9910.00429.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.9910.00389.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.9950.00509.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II199.9910.00189.99
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM375.9910.00365.99
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Post Date: 10/14/2014 10:05:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
DigitalRev has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM available for $3,299.00. Compare at $3,799.00 AR.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
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Post Date: 10/14/2014 9:36:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Photo Paper Plus Glossy II 4x6 (100 Sheets)
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Post Date: 10/14/2014 8:38:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera (review) available for $5,199.99 with free shipping. Compare at $6,799.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 10/14/2014 7:26:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 13, 2014
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Developer's Interview
Canon Asia has posted a Developer's Interview series explaining various aspects of the EOS 7D Mark II.
 
7D Mark II Developer's Series
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II available for preorder.
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Post Date: 10/13/2014 12:28:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
MindShift Gear rotation180° Trail and Travel Away Bags
From MindShift Gear:
 
Mindshift Gear rotation180° Trail Bag
 
MindShift Gear’s New rotation180° Trail Backpack Provides Quick Access to Outdoor Exploration Necessities
 
This fall MindShift Gear will be making its award-winning rotation technology available in a smaller, lighter new backpack, the rotation180º Trail. Accessing gear has never been easier for outdoor photographers and action-enthusiasts. With the rotation180º Trail they can hike, mountain bike, ski, and birdwatch without breaking stride. No more removing a cumbersome backpack to access camera gear or trail essentials. In one swift motion, they can rotate the beltpack and grab their gear without taking their eyes off of wildlife or disrupting their creative momentum.
 
The intuitive functionality of the small yet spacious rotation180º Trail keeps the day's necessities organized and ready for quick access. It fits any 1.5 liter or a 2 liter CamelBak water reservoir, a light jacket and an extra layer, binoculars, compass, trail books, maps and more. This 2-in-1 bag's beltpack can be worn on its own for traveling light.
 
“The rotation180º Trail ends the tiresome on-and-off again of other backpacks and lets enthusiasts enjoy the outdoors more,” said MindShift Gear CEO and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “It is another example of our commitment to reinventing backpack access. It employs the same patented technology that recently won two of Europe’s top design awards, the Red Dot Award and the OutDoor Industry Award 2014.”
 
Key Features
 
  • Rotating beltpack for accessing trail essentials: compact DSLR or mirrorless camera system, 8” tablet (iPad mini), binoculars, maps, guide book, energy bars, food, and more.
  • Dedicated zippered hydration compartment fits any 1.5 liter reservoir or a 2 liter CamelBak reservoir
  • 2 bags in 1: Removable beltpack can be worn on its own for traveling light
  • Backpack holds jacket, layers, hat, gloves, lunch and more
  • Front stretch pocket provides flexible carrying options for quick access
  • Small tripod carries easily on the side panel
  • Top pocket for quick access to small items
  • Mesh stretch pocket fits a water bottle
  • Bike-light attachment
  • Beltpack compression straps
  • Lightweight materials
  • Breathable padded airflow harness with adjustable sternum strap
  • Optional rain cover (sold separately) functions with rotation technology
Mindshift Gear rotation180° Travel Away Bag
 
MindShift Gear’s New rotation180° Travel Away Backpack Provides Global Travelers Added Security and Quickest Access to Gear
 
MindShift Gear, developer of the world’s first patented rotating backpack, announces it will be releasing the first rotating backpack for global travelers and outdoor explorers, the rotation180° Travel Away. When traveling in unfamiliar places, knowing where critical items are and protecting them from prying eyes are very important. In one swift motion, only the wearer can rotate the concealed beltpack to the front for instantaneous and secure access to cameras, passports, guidebooks, tablets, or other travel essentials. No more being forced to stop in front of strangers to remove a backpack to gain access to essential travel items.
 
Travelers will enjoy peace of mind, knowing that their critical and most valuable items are stowed away securely and are inaccessible to others due to the rotation180° Travel Away's innovative design. The backpack also has dedicated pockets to conceal a 15” laptop and 10” tablet, while the beltpack can fit an 8” tablet.
 
“As someone who spends a great deal of my life traveling around the globe, I know the joy of travel as well as its challenges,” said MindShift Gear’s CEO and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “We designed the rotation180° Travel Away for the discerning traveler who wishes to keep their eyes on the wonders unfolding in front of them, safe in knowing that their essential gear is protected from prying eyes and ready for quick access with just a twist of the lower beltpack.
 
Murdoch added, “The rotation180° Travel Away employs the same patented technology that recently won two of Europe’s top design awards, the Red Dot Award and the OutDoor Industry Award 2014.”
 
Key Features
 
  • Rotating beltpack for accessing travel essentials: 8” tablet (iPad mini), large point and shoot, maps, passport, currency, etc.
  • Backpack has dedicated pockets to conceal up to a 15” laptop and a 10” tablet.
  • 2 bags in 1: Removable beltpack can be worn on its own for traveling light.
  • Size qualifies as a personal carry-on item for air travel.
  • Side compression straps enable carrying of trekking poles, a small tripod, or jacket.
  • Locking sliders on the main compartment secures valuables with a travel lock (not included).
  • Backpack rear pocket provides quick access to a camera, AC adapters, large sunglasses, books or other large items.
  • Additional room for books, jacket, extra clothing, hat, gloves, food, etc.
  • Ultra-Stretch pocket for water bottle.
  • Durable materials hold up in harsh conditions.
  • Breathable padded airflow harness with adjustable sternum strap and attachment points.
  • Curved back panel with single aluminum stay for pack stability.
  • Optional seam-sealed rain cover functions with rotation technology (sold separately).
MindShift Gear has the rotation180° Trail and rotation180° Travel Away bags available now.
Post Date: 10/13/2014 10:36:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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