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 Friday, May 02, 2014
X-Rite ColorMunki Display Monitor Calibration Device
For today only, B&H has the X-Rite Colormunki Display & ColorChecker Passport Kit available for $199.00 with free shipping. Regularly $219.00.
 
Do you have an older color calibration device that you want to upgrade? You can save an additional $15.00 by trading in your old device (X-Rite or any other brand).
Post Date: 5/2/2014 8:49:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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B&H's Explora Explora has a great article titled "Vincent Laforet and the Psychological Impact of Camera Movement." It's a great read for anyone who's interested in using their DSLR to create compelling videos.
 
I've just started doing more video work with my DSLRs and found this article to be very insightful. [Sean]
 
Questions Answered by Laforet in the Article

  • Let’s begin by getting a little bit of your background. You began your career as a still photographer, correct?
  • What was the hardest part about making the transition from still photographer to director?
  • How much experience, if any, did you have with camera movement prior to making the switch to the video world? What resources did you use to expand your understanding?
  • So there’s really no replacing hands-on experience, is there?
  • Can you explain "motivated" versus "unmotivated" camera movement?
  • Would you mind summarizing your approach and preparation in regard to motion, from when you first sit down with the screenplay to actually shooting on set?
  • Do you have a personal visual style with which you like to approach your films?
  • Do you have any gear recommendations for people who are just starting to learn and experiment with camera motion?

Post Date: 5/2/2014 8:20:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
Amazon has Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 available for $80.09. Compare at $109.95.
 
This deal won't likely last long, so don't hesitate to take advantage of this reduced pricing.
Post Date: 5/2/2014 6:39:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 01, 2014
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From Canon USA:
 
Research commissioned by Canon U.S.A. uncovers the counterfeit confidence trap in America
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., May 1, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will unveil today the results of a 2013 Anti-Counterfeit Study it commissioned on U.S. consumers’ attitudes and perceptions of counterfeit consumer electronics in the U.S. The study reveals that while counterfeit consumer electronics are a significant concern to U.S. consumers, most seem to be unaware of the full impact and risks of their purchase and use. The study revealed that consumers trust their instincts, but seem to lack the understanding of the possible safety risks and the true long-term costs of counterfeit consumer electronics.
 
According to the Department of Homeland Security, $145 million worth of counterfeit consumer electronics entered the U.S. in 2013. The research commissioned by Canon reveals, however, that while three out of every four consumers surveyed were concerned about counterfeit consumer electronics, only about one in two believed they can accurately identify counterfeit consumer electronics.
 
“Most American consumers are unaware of the full risks associated with these potentially dangerous devices. Four in ten of the U.S. consumers surveyed don’t know counterfeit consumer electronics can harm them, and this lack of awareness leads to what Canon calls a ‘Confidence Trap’,” said Chuck Westfall, Technical Advisor, Professional Engineering & Solutions Division, Canon U.S.A, Inc. “Based on the survey, consumers seem overconfident in their ability to spot a fake, and as a result, are at risk of possible harm.”
 
The study revealed:

  • In 2013, 12 percent of the U.S. consumers surveyed knowingly bought fake consumer electronics, while 18 percent bought them unknowingly.
  • 40 percent of U.S. consumers surveyed were unaware that counterfeit consumer electronics may harm them.
  • 45 percent believed that counterfeit consumer electronics do the job just as well as genuine consumer electronics.
  • 97 percent wanted more information so they can identify counterfeits.
  • Millennials surveyed were five times more likely than the Baby Boomers surveyed to purchase fake goods.
  • While the majority of millennials (72 percent) surveyed consider themselves very knowledgeable in identifying a counterfeit consumer electronics product, about one in four continues to unknowingly buy one.

Based on the survey results, 18 percent of U.S. consumer electronic purchasers surveyed say they have unknowingly purchased counterfeit consumer electronics this past year. Further, the study revealed, overconfident in their abilities, a significant proportion of consumers surveyed fell victim to counterfeit purchases, largely unaware that they could be putting themselves at risk of inferior product performance.
 
When it comes to purchase drivers, according to this, the majority of consumers surveyed overwhelmingly value product performance, quality, and safety when buying an electronic good. 82 percent of respondents cited product performance and 70 percent said product safety is important to them. It seems that purchasing counterfeits is therefore largely driven by a knowledge gap. For instance, close to half (45 percent) of consumers surveyed believe that a counterfeit product does the job just as well as the genuine product.
 
“One of the most significant revelations of this Anti-Counterfeit Study is our obligation to take action and educate consumers about the potential health and safety risks of counterfeit consumer electronics,” commented Westfall. “This research indicates that education can largely impact perceptions of counterfeit consumer electronics, and steer consumers away from making uninformed and misguided purchases. After learning about the facts, 71 percent of the U.S. consumers surveyed said that they were less likely to buy them.”
 
Canon is committed to bridging this education gap for the majority of American consumers who believe more can be done to combat the counterfeit consumer electronics market. Contrary to popular consumer belief, it is not exclusively the job of government, law enforcement or retailers to raise awareness. Prevention lies in the collaboration of all stakeholders and Canon is working to promote the continued education of consumers.
 
Today, Canon and the New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will host a panel discussion about the potential dangers of counterfeit consumer electronics. Event panelists include representatives from Canon U.S.A, City Tech College, Consumerist.com, U.S. Chamber of Commerece Global Intellectual Property Center and Underwriters Laboratories.
 
On April 23rd, Canon was also recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center at the 2nd Annual IP Champions Conference in Washington D.C. for its Anti-Counterfeit Consumer Awareness Campaign.
 
For more information visit: http://usa.canon.com/aboutcounterfeits

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Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 5/1/2014 12:23:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lexar Professional 64GB CompactFlash Memory Card 800x UDMA (2-Pack)
Post Date: 5/1/2014 11:56:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM
For those that submitted their preorders early, good news!
 
B&H is now shipping the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon (review). From what I've been told, they haven't received a significant supply yet (low quantity shipment) but they are now shipping out what has hit their shelves.
 
B&H still lists the Sigm 50mm f/1.4 Art lens for Canon's status as being "Pre order. Released in limited qty."
 
B&H has the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 5/1/2014 10:46:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
Adorama has the Refurbished Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens (review) available for $719.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,149.00 new.
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Post Date: 5/1/2014 7:19:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D X AF Settings Guidebook Cover
From Canon Professional Network:
 
Canon has produced a new version of its AF Setting Guidebook for the EOS-1D X DSLR designed for smartphones and tablets, which is now available for download on CPN.
 
As well as being designed specifically for smartphones and tablets this latest version of the Guidebook has been fully updated in line with the EOS-1D X firmware update Version 2.0.3 that enhanced the camera’s AF, exposure and customisable options.
 
The 1D X was the first camera to feature menus which described the AF functions in detail, including example uses for each function, thus making the complicated task of setting up the AF easier. The 138-page guidebook explains all of these menu settings and is packed with illustrations, menu screen images, photographs and AF point overlays, so it’s an invaluable guide for photographers who want to get the most out of the sophisticated and customisable autofocus system within the EOS-1D X. Now you can take it everywhere with you on your smartphone or tablet.
 
The in-depth guidebook offers detailed explanations of how to use the various high performance features of the camera’s 61-point AF system, including introductions to the features of the AF system of the EOS-1D X and AF setting operability.
 
The guidebook is also separated into dedicated ‘click-through’ chapters (and sub-chapters) for: AF Configuration Tool (Presets), AF Configuration Tool (Parameters), AF area selection modes, EOS-1D X 61-point high-density reticular AF cross-type points, Release property settings during Servo AI, Utilizing the AF point setting and registration and Using ISO Auto.
 
Download
EOS 1D X AF Setting Guidebook: Smartphone & Tablet version (PDF, 11.8 MB)
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Post Date: 5/1/2014 7:09:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 30, 2014

 
From SmugMug Films:

"Scott Kelby believes 'you never go wrong by doing the right thing.' And from what we've seen, he's done a lot of things right. Peek behind the curtain to learn more about the man who built an educational empire - while staying true to his passions as a photographer and family man.
 
Want more? Read our exclusive interview with Scott.
 
Check out Scott's Portfolio."

Category: SmugMug Films
Post Date: 4/30/2014 1:41:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens (review) available for $70.55. That's almost $40.00 less than the going retail price right now.
 
All In Stock Cameras/Lenses/Speedlite Flashes on Sale

Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 6D Body1,519.20227.881,291.32
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 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 Rebel T3i + EF-S 18-55 IS479.9996.00383.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1479.9996.00383.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i Body399.9980.00319.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3 + EF-S 18-55 IS359.9972.00287.99
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM1,199.20179.881,019.32
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM919.20137.88781.32
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.99115.20268.79
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99156.00363.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9928.20159.79
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9948.00111.99
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9948.00111.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II100.7930.2470.55
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro239.9936.00203.99
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM639.9996.00543.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM 439.9966.00373.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.99120.00279.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99168.00391.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II239.99120.00119.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM279.9942.00237.99
Canon Speedlite 430EX II239.9936.00203.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9930.00169.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9920.40115.59
Canon Speedlite 90EX119.9918.00101.99

Canon Digital Learning Center
In a recent post on Canon's Digital Learning Center, photographer Jack Reznicki explains how Auto ISO enabled him to greatly improve his "keeper" rate when shooting street photography. Reznicki elaborates on the usefulness of Auto ISO and how it gives him "...maximum control over [his] camera in situations where the light changes dramatically and extremely quickly."
 
Check out the article – Auto ISO with street shots – on Canon's Digital Learning Center.
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Post Date: 4/30/2014 10:56:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon:
 
Recent media reports have called attention to the disocovery of a security vulnerability in OpenSSL, an application widely used by network-connected devices and websites that encrypts information to enable secure communication. The vulnerability, known as the Heartbleed Bug, could result in the leak of information that was thought to be secure.
 
We have been evaluating Canon products equipped with network connectivity* as well as websites directly operated by Canon. At this time, however, we have not found any that are affected by this vulnerability.
 
We will work to further strengthen security measures to ensure that customers can continue using Canon products and websites with peace of mind.
 
* Products that do not include networking capabilities or are not used when connected to a network are not affected by this vulnerability.
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Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 4/30/2014 9:26:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
San Francisco, California—April 30, 2014 – Red Giant Universe, a revolutionary new community with access to an ever-expanding library of new tools and effects for filmmakers and motion graphic artists, is available today. Membership in Red Giant Universe is free and it allows our members to take control of the future of Universe development. Available now are 50 Free and Premium visual effects plugins built on a brand new platform—Supernova. Red Giant Universe is available at redgiant.com/universe for $10/month, $99/year or $399 for a lifetime license.
 
“Universe is a completely new platform for Red Giant and the culmination of nearly two years of work building a new architecture,” said Sean Safreed, co-founder and lead visionary behind Universe. “The Red Giant team has put together an amazing set of 50 fast and useful effects using Supernova, our new development engine. This really is the future of visual effects development for us and the filmmaking community.”
 
Free membership includes the use of 31 effects and transitions, including blurs, glows, distortion, generators and 3D transitions. Stand-out tools in our free membership include beautiful transitions such as Swish Pan and 3D Shutter as well as the unique Glo-Fi that creates pulsating, multi-hued glows for titling. These tools are truly free and NEVER expire. Premium membership includes access to 19 tools. The Premium tools include updated favorites such as Knoll Light Factory EZ, Holomatrix, ToonIt (powered by Toonamation), and Retrograde, from CrumplePop and Red Giant.
 
"The new Universe toolset is so blazing fast, interactions with the parameters are instantaneous, even on my MacBook Pro," said Joey Morelli, owner of DigiDojo, and a veteran editor and compositor. "It's actually fun to play around and get instant feedback. And the effects are SWEET! The new version of Universe Holomatrix is worth the price of admission alone. I cannot wait for future updates!"
 
Red Giant Universe community is now open on the web as well with our first feature called Labs. Labs lets our members vote on the amazing visual effects that they want to see next. The tool that wins the Labs voting round goes right into Universe and is available as part of the Universe membership. Red Giant is committed to frequent updates throughout the year. Members will receive dozens of new tools in 2014 alone.
 
Built on a ground-breaking new platform called Supernova, Red Giant Universe is able to deliver tools faster than any other platform on the planet. The secret is a simple scripting system uniting the power of Javascript and a GPU framework to allow our developers to fulfill the desires of our community in a matter of hours instead of days or weeks.
 
All the tools in Red Giant Universe exploit the power of modern GPU (graphics processing unit) to render most effects in near real-time. The platform is also scalable, working across small and light laptops such as Macbook Air with modern Intel graphics processors (HD4000 and later) up to high-end workstation GPUs from AMD and Nvidia. All effects render with floating point quality for feature film-ready output.
 
Pricing & Availability
 
Red Giant Universe is available today as a subscription for $10/month or as a discounted yearly pre-pay for $99. Users who want the benefits of membership but don’t want to pay monthly can opt for a lifetime membership for $399. The lifetime membership never expires and includes all Universe updates and upgrades released over the months and years to come. All Red Giant Universe tools and effects work in After Effects (CS 5.5, CS6, and CC), Premiere Pro (CS6 and CC), Final Cut Pro X (10.1.1) and Motion (5.1), and work on both Mac OS X (10.8.4 and later) and Windows 7 (64-bit) and Windows 8.1.
 
Sign up for a free Red Giant Universe account today at http://redgiant.com/universe.
 
B&H carries Red Giant software.
Category: Red Giant News
Post Date: 4/30/2014 8:27:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 4/30/2014 7:22:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon:
 
TOKYO, Japan, April 30, 2014—Canon Inc. today celebrated an impressive lens-manufacturing milestone with the production on April 22, 2014, of the Company's 100-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras—an EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x.
 
Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex cameras began in 1987 at the Company's Utsunomiya Plant, which continues to play a central role in Canon’s lens manufacturing operations. In May 2013, EF lens production surpassed the 90-million-unit mark and now, approximately eleven months later, the Company is commemorating its first-in-the-world achievement of having manufactured 100 million lenses.
 
Canon's proprietary EF lenses, launched in March 1987 along with the EOS SLR camera system, have continued to evolve since their introduction, leading the industry through the incorporation of a wide range of innovative technologies, including such world's firsts as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, and a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element. In May 2013, aiming to further expand the realm of photographic expression, the Company introduced the EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x, the world's first super-telephoto zoom lens with a built-in 1.4x extender that makes possible a 200-560 mm focal length range.
 
In recent years, in addition to renewing such models as super-telephoto lenses ideal for sports and nature photography along with zoom lenses that offer a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout the entire zoom range, Canon has launched multiple entry-class interchangeable lenses equipped with a stepping motor (STM) that delivers smooth and quiet autofocus performance during video recording. As a result, the Company's extensive EF lens-series lineup currently comprises a total of 89 models. In addition to enhancing its lens offerings, Canon has expanded the optical technologies incorporated in its EF lenses into new fields, launching EF Cinema Lenses for digital cinematography in January 2012, and EF-M lenses for compact-system cameras in September 2012.
 
Furthermore, during the 11-year period from 2003 to 2013, Canon maintained the No. 1 share worldwide within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market and, in February 2014, marked another manufacturing milestone as combined production of its film and digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras surpassed the 70-million-unit mark.
 
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: 4/30/2014 6:46:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 29, 2014
New Lastolite Urban Background Textures
From Lastolite:
 
Introducing NEW textures to the Urban Backgrounds
 
Lastolite has extended the inspirational range of Urban backgrounds to now offer even more options to photographers looking to create the outdoor look in any location. Each reversible background has a unique urban feel and can quickly add a new dimension to any portrait shoot. The collapsible backgrounds are portable and quick to set up; offering the ultimate solution to today’s busy photographers.
 
Outdoor Look in Any Location
 
Bring the outdoors, indoors; saving the time and costs related to finding the right location.
 
Two in One
 
Create two unique looks with one reversible background.
 
Instant Solution
 
Crease resistant fabric facilitates instant set-up.
 
Perfectly Portable
 
Lightweight and collapsible, the Urban backgrounds are the perfect solution for photographers on the move.
 
New Textures:

  • Derelict Wall / Wooden Fence (LL LB5715)
  • Shutter / Distressed Door (LL LB5717)
  • Tarnished Metal / Container (LL LB5718)
  • Grey Stone / Red Brick (LL LB5711)

B&H carries the Lastolite Urban Background series.

Category: Lastolite news
Post Date: 4/29/2014 1:35:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 4/29/2014 12:39:55 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through May 4, use coupon code PXMOM30 at AdoramaPix to get 25% off your order.
 
Moms always love to get pictures of kids, grandkids and family portraits. Why not save some money while getting the gift she'll love? :-)
Post Date: 4/29/2014 12:11:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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