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 Tuesday, June 03, 2014
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From Kenko Tokina USA:
 
JUNE 2, 2014 – Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. is pleased to announce the new CFL series of SLIK carbon fiber tripods with newly developed S.R.L. Speed Release Locks and several other enhancements for easier use. The 6 tripods in this series cover the range from compact feather-weight tripods for back-packing to larger tripods for use on location with heavier equipment.
 
The main features of the new Slik carbon fiber tripods are:
 
NEW S.R. L (Speed Release leg Locks)
The New series of SLIK carbon fiber tripods are equipped with new proprietary Speed Release Locks for fast easy set-up and pack-up. These fast easy-to-use lever locks are spring-loaded to hold each section of the tripod legs securely but do not snap-back so there is no pitching of fingers while using them.
 
8X Multi-layered Carbon Fiber
Carbon Fiber material is actually comprised of 8 layers of inter-woven carbon strands that are then bonded together in a sealed, high-pressure furnace. When finished, this material is more than 40% lighter than standard aluminum and very rigid, making it great for applications from space vehicles to tripod legs.
 
A.R.S (Anti-Rotational System)
All of the New SLIK PRO carbon fiber tripods feature a new A.R.S (Anti-Rotational System) designed into the leg locks. The anti-rotational systems prevent the leg tubes from rotating inside each other making it much easier to lock and release.
 
Multi-Angle Leg Locks
Each leg has an independent lock that sets in one 3 angles to vary the height and stance of the tripod. The three setting are for maximum height, waist level or low angle photography close to the ground. It also makes it easier to set up the tripod on uneven ground, steps or rocks.
 
Built-in Short Columns
The center columns unscrew into two pieces to create a much shorter column for use in low angle photography or to reduce weight.
 
New Slik CFL models:
 
PRO 624 CFL, PRO 634 CFL, PRO 723 CFL, PRO 724 CFL, PRO 823 CFL, PRO 824 CFL
 
B&H carries SLIK Carbon Fiber Tripods.
Category: SLIK News
Post Date: 6/3/2014 7:17:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From SanDisk:
 
New Client SATA SSD Delivers Blazingly Fast, Sustained Speed for Graphics-Intensive Environments
 
COMPUTEX 2014 — TAIPEI, Taiwan — June 3, 2014 — SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the availability of its new SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD—a drive designed for gamers, PC enthusiasts and media professionals who demand the highest possible consistent, real-world performance1. With sequential read speeds of 550 megabytes/second (MB/S) and write speeds of up to 520 MB/s, the SanDisk Extreme PRO loads and runs graphics-intensive applications and game levels in a heartbeat. Additionally, by offering up to 1TB-Class of capacity, the SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD provides the space needed to store even the biggest programs, games or files, and load them blazingly fast—transforming any PC or console into a serious gaming machine.
 
“Building off the success of our award-winning SanDisk Extreme II, the new SanDisk Extreme PRO leverages the latest developments in our innovative nCache Pro Technology to enable 24x7, real-world drive performance and responsiveness,” said Kevin Conley, senior vice president and general manager, Client Storage Solutions at SanDisk. “With its ability to deliver consistently fast computing backed by the industry’s first 10-year limited warranty, the Extreme PRO SSD delivers the performance, trusted reliability and value that enthusiasts and professionals expect from SanDisk.”
 
SanDisk’s nCache Pro technology utilizes a two-tiered caching architecture to optimize speed and endurance for heavy workloads, efficient multi-tasking, and incredibly fast responsiveness from desktops, laptops, and gaming consoles. The technology allows the SanDisk Extreme PRO to super-charge a PC for power gamers, developers, media professionals and PC enthusiasts who need consistent, real-world, pro-level performance for their most demanding and graphics-intensive applications.
 
According to DFC Intelligence, PC gaming revenue recently eclipsed console gaming and they forecast that the PC gaming market will exceed $25 billion in 20142. This increasing popularity is being largely driven by the rise of multiplayer online battle arena titles and free-to-play games. With the SanDisk Extreme PRO, an industry leading, real-world performance SSD, anyone can upgrade their PC to boot up faster, open files more quickly, and load programs, applications, and games in a fraction of the time. The SanDisk Extreme PRO is also supported by the new SanDisk SSD Dashboard application for Windows, which provides drive performance monitoring, firmware updates, manual or scheduled TRIM, secure erase, drive health, longevity, and temperature indicators, so that users can increase the operating efficiency of their SSD. The SanDisk SSD Dashboard is available for download immediately at www.sandisk.com/ssddashboard.
 
The SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD will be available online and purchasable through SanDisk’s worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers in June. Offering an industry-leading 10-year limited warranty, the SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD is compatible with any PC, laptop or game console that accepts 2.5’’ SATA storage devices, and is offered in capacities of 240GB (MSRP $189), 480GB (MSRP $369), and 960GB (MSRP $599).
 
B&H carries SanDisk Solid State Drives.
Category: SanDisk News
Post Date: 6/3/2014 6:54:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
We're making it easier than ever to build your design skills. Join us June 16-21 for a special live event that will arm you with working knowledge of the most powerful software suite in the world. During this week of hands-on instruction, we'll be dedicating an entire day to each of the major Adobe Apps - Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere, Dreamweaver, and After Effects. From creating motion graphics to editing photos like a pro, this one-of-a-kind event will give you the tools to use Creative Cloud to take your projects to new creative heights. If you're new to Creative Cloud and want to learn the basics, or are an experienced user who wants to take advantage of all the latest Adobe updates, this is the perfect opportunity to learn everything you need to know. RSVP Now!
 
Everyday Photoshop: From Workflow to Smartflow with Dave Cross
Get ready for Adobe Creative Apps Starter Kit by optimizing your Photoshop workflow. Join Adobe expert Dave Cross, June 9-11, to learn how to transform your editing workflow into an efficient smartflow system. In his three-day class, Dave will share non-destructive techniques that will help you save time, work smarter and be more creative. RSVP Now!
 
Adobe Creative Apps Starter Kit Schedule:
 
Adobe Photoshop CC
with Ben Willmore
June 16
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
with Larry Jordan
June 17
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Adobe Dreamweaver CC
with Janine Warner
June 18
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Adobe After Effects CC
with Jeff Foster
June 19
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Adobe InDesign CC
with Khara Plicanic
June 20
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Adobe Illustrator CC
with Erica Gamet
June 21
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Note: Adobe has extended their Photoshop Photography Program Special. Now through June 17, you can get Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5 for $9.99/mo (with 1 year commitment) with no previous ownership requirements.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/3/2014 6:27:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 02, 2014

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Watch Holly from the Canon Call Center as she shares common recommendations to help you take good care of your Canon cameras and lenses. For more information, please visit: http://usa.canon.com/support
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/2/2014 2:07:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera Kit
BuyDig.com has a Canon EOS T5i with Two Lenses & PIXMA PRO-100 Printer available for $698.99 with free shipping after $400.00 mail-in rebate. Compare at $799.00 without printer.
 
Bundle Includes

  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • Canon EF 75-300mm F4-5.6 III Lens
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer
  • Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss SG201 13" x 19" (50 sheet pack)

Directions

  1. Go to the Canon T5i and Two Lenses Bundle page.
  2. On the right-hand side of the page, click the "Add to Cart" button below the PIXMA PRO-100 printer.
  3. Checkout total will be $1,098.99 with free shipping. Redeem $400.00 mail-in rebate for a final price of $698.99.


 
From the Profoto Blog:
 
A couple of months ago, I [Andrea Belluso] shared with you a shoot I did for Pall Mall Barbers, one of the oldest and most respected barbershops in London. Today’s shoot was done for the same client. But this time they wanted the model portrayed in more relaxed kind of environment.
 
After giving it some thought, I decided to keep things simple. We brought the team and our model Knut to Story Restaurant just across the street from the Profoto office in Stockholm to shoot Knut relaxing in their lounge with a cup of tea in his hand.
 
The same thinking went into our choice of equipment – keeping it simple. So, we brought a single B1 off-camera flash, an Umbrella Deep Silver L and an Umbrella Deep White XL.
 
The B1 was chosen because I knew we would be shooting with a limited amount of time and space. Because in my experience, the B1 tends to make those kinds of shoots a lot easier.
 
The Umbrella Deep Silver L was brought to be our main light. I wanted a crispy light, rich in contrast, but with a focused and quite small light spread, and the Umbrella Deep Silver L is great for that. As most umbrellas, it’s also easy to carry with you and easy to use in a narrow space such as this.
 
The Umbrella Deep White XL was brought to light up the brick wall and a small part of the reception behind our model. This light needed to be a bit wider than out main light. I also wanted a bit less contrast and a slightly softer light. So, the Umbrella Deep White XL felt as an obvious choice.
 
All in all, it was a quite simple yet practical and portable set up that gave me exactly the result I was after in almost no time.
 
B&H carries Profoto umbrellas.
Post Date: 6/2/2014 8:47:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens
Image quality, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with specs/measurements have been added to the Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens Review page.
Post Date: 6/2/2014 7:49:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 1D X AF Settings Guidebook Cover
The Canon USA YouTube Channel has posted three separate videos where Scott Kelby explains the new features of firmware version 2.0 and how to take advantage of them.
 
EOS 1D X Firmware v2.0 Videos

  1. EOS-1D X Firmware 2.0 Features: Setting up
  2. EOS-1D X Firmware 2.0 Features: AI Servo Controls
  3. EOS-1D X Firmware 2.0 Features: AF point Management and Exposure Options

DigitalRev has the grey market Canon EOS 1D X available for $5,780.00.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/2/2014 7:42:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From B&H's YouTube Channel:
 
Using small flashes on location is often preferable to lugging around larger studio lights and battery packs or even gasoline-powered generators. Whether you shoot fashion, weddings, families, seniors, or events, let Bob Harrington show you how to mix light on location with small flashes and simple lighting gear.
 
Related Products

Post Date: 6/2/2014 7:19:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Watch as Lowepro puts one of their Pro Roller X-Series AW bags through a myriad of tests and see how they celebrate. Cheers!
 
B&H carries Lowepro Pro Roller X-Series AW bags.
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 6/2/2014 6:48:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
Adorama has a Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-55mm IS STM & PIXMA PRO-100 Bundle available for $999.99 with free shipping after $400.00 mail-in rebate. Compare at $1,149.00 without printer.
 
Bundle Includes:

  • Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • Canon PIXMA PRO 100 Professional Inkjet Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19", 50 Sheets

Directions:

  1. Go to the Canon EOS 70D + 18-55mm IS STM page.
  2. Click the link under "Buy Together and Save."
  3. Scroll down and select the radio button beside the PIXMA PRO-100 printer.
  4. Click "Add to Cart." The price will be $1,399.99.
  5. Redeem $400.00 mail-in rebate for a final price of $999.99.
 Friday, May 30, 2014
Nikon 1 S1 Mirrorless Camera with 11-27mm Lens (Red)
B&H has the Nikon 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens available for $199.00 with free shipping. Regularly $249.00.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/30/2014 12:08:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens
eBay (via BestPriceOptics - 99.8% Positive feedback) has the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens (for Canon/Nikon) available for $189.99 with free shipping. Compare at $229.95.
Post Date: 5/30/2014 10:13:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens
The Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens Review page now includes image quality, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with specs/measurements.
Post Date: 5/30/2014 8:37:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon D800 DSLR Camera
Right now, you can get the Nikon D800 DSLR camera for $2,796.95 with free shipping after $200.00 instant savings. But don't wait – the rebate is scheduled to expire tomorrow, May 31.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/30/2014 8:27:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
Version 1.6.0.393 released on 05/27/2014

  • You can now install older versions of Adobe products straight from Creative Cloud Desktop. These are installed side-by-side with existing versions.
  • Improved performance when syncing a large number of files.
  • Fixed scenarios where font sync would show perpetual spinner.
  • Improved overall font sync stability.
  • Improved error handling for file sync, including the addition of notifications when retrying can resolve an error.
  • Batched notifications of file sync operations, limiting the number of notifications when a large number of files are synced in a short period of time.
  • Redesigned Sign In experience.
  • Increased types of enterprise identities accepted for licensing products.

Note: Don't miss Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program deal expiring soon. That's Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for only $9.99 per month with no previous ownership requirements (offer valid through May 31).

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 5/30/2014 7:14:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 29, 2014
Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2TB External Hard Drive
Adorama has a WD My Passport Ultra 2TB External Hard Drive with Samsung 64GB microSDXC Card Bundle available for an in-cart price of $114.99 with free shipping. Compare at $108.05 without 64GB microSD card.
 
Bundle Includes

  • WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External Hard Drive
  • Samsung Pro Series 64GB Class 10 microSDXC Card ($50.00 value)

Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Body (review) available for $2,750.93 with free shipping. Compare at $3,199.00 after $200.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Caveat Emptor:
Note that the 5D Body deal listed here is not advertised as coming with a Canon USA warranty and this camera is likely a grey market item. The auction indicates that a warranty is included, but that warranty may be a BigValueInc warranty. If such, BVI's warranty only covers parts for 1 year and labor for 90 days. Canon USA has been known to provide warranty service for gray market items, but you are at-your-own-risk with that assumption.
 
BigValueInc's positive feedback rating is at 99.3%. That is a good rating (and has been improving), but not a stellar rating. We have received a couple of reports of buyers receiving the wrong product when purchasing from this merchant, so be sure to keep all supporting documents if taking advantage of this offer. eBay trusts "BigValueInc" enough to call them a "Top Rated Plus" seller and to list their auctions as "Daily Deals". We have had a good first-hand experience with them (here and here).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/29/2014 11:29:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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