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 Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Canon EF 100 Million Lenses Logo
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.
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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
Sony 16GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
B&H has the Sony 16GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card available for $12.49 with free shipping. Regularly $19.90.
Post Date: 4/29/2014 11:46:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera
B&H has the Refurbished Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera (review) available for $939.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,299.00 new.
 
Note: This price is even lower than the Canon Store's Refurbished EOS 7D at 20% off.
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Post Date: 4/29/2014 11:28:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs/measurements and product images have been added to the Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens review page.
 
One interesting comparison to make is the Sigma 50-500mm OS Lens compared to the Tamron 150-600mm VC Lens. Select the focal length and aperture to base your comparison on.
Post Date: 4/29/2014 8:47:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From DxO:
 
New Optics Modules available
DxO Optics Pro v9.1.5 also benefits from the addition of new DxO Optics Modules: 472 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the library, which today counts more than 18,000 available DxO Optics Modules.
 
Produced in the laboratory, DxO Optics Modules contain copious information about the characteristics of each camera and each lens so as to be able to automatically correct distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness with an unrivaled level of quality.
 
The capacity of DxO’s laboratories enables DxO Optics Pro 9 to quickly offer support for the latest models — for example, DxO will support the Panasonic Lumix GH-4 and the Sony A6000 in the very near future.
 
DxO ViewPoint v2.1.5 now available
DxO ViewPoint v2.1.5 also benefits from the addition of new camera/lens combinations for automatic correction of distortion in JPEG and TIFF images.
 
Availability
Both DxO Optics Pro v9.1.5 and DxO ViewPoint v2.1.5 are now available at photo resellers.
 
List of new DxO Optics Modules:
Canon | Nikon | Nokia| Olympus| Panasonic| Sony
 
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro v9 and DxO Viewpoint v2.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 4/29/2014 8:41:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through May 1, you can save 25% on gift certificates from FractureMe.com.
 
Want a quick Mother's Day gift? Spend $60.00 and receive a gift certificate for $80.00 worth of glass prints. You can even print out the gift certificate right at home.
Post Date: 4/29/2014 8:18:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens
The Canon Store is having a 15 - 50% Off Sale on refurbished lenses and speedlites. Select refurbished cameras are also on sale for 10 - 20% Off.
 
If you don't already own the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake" lens, now's a great opportunity to add it to your gear bag. It's tiny but features suprisingly good image quality.
 
Refurbished DSLR Cameras In Stock

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

Refurbished Lenses / Flashes In Stock

Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
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

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/29/2014 7:52:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 28, 2014
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Camera Kit
eBay (via 6ave) has the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $479.99 with free shipping. Compare at $599.00.
 
Relevant Reviews: Canon EOS Rebel SL1 | Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
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Post Date: 4/28/2014 11:38:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
B&H has the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Retail Box Version available for $109.95 with free shipping. Regularly $144.95.
 
Something to consider: Through May 31, Adobe has the Photoshop Photography Program (Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5) available for $9.99/mo (with 1 year commitment) with no previous ownership requirements. So for a little more than the deal above, you could get access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for an entire year. I've been a Photoshop Photography Program member since September and really enjoy it. I believe it's an excellent value at $9.99 per month. [Sean]
Post Date: 4/28/2014 11:16:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From B&H Explora:
 
Zacuto announced its new and novel lens support system for use with Canon Cinema EOS Prime Lenses, Compact Zooms, and Zeiss CP.2 prime lenses in EOS mount. The system locks the camera and lens securely to your baseplate, providing support and stability, while still allowing you to swap lenses in about the same amount of time as if you were not using a lens support.
 
The lens support system consists of the rod support and the lens “foot.” The system works with a variety of cameras in Canon EF mount, including most DSLRs and the Canon Cinema EOS Cameras. The rod support mounts on LWS support rods, and provides a machined channel or “hook” into which the lens support foot slides, thus supporting the lens on the rods. The system allows you to support the above mentioned heavy cinema-style lenses on your camera, but without using a screw-in lens support, which can be difficult and time consuming to set up.
 
The support foot itself is designed to mount on each lens, becoming a part of the lens, yet adding little to the size of the lens itself. It is important to note that you will need one foot for each lens, and that the support foot for the Canon and Zeiss lenses are different. You can use the support hook with baseplates that feature adjustable rod heights, for use with different cameras. The rod support itself also features height adjustment for baseplates that don't have height-adjustment capability. Once the lens feet are mounted on the lenses, you can swap Canon Cine Primes and Zeiss CP.2 lenses between the same camera body without making any further adjustments to the support hook.
 
B&H carries the newly announced Zacuto products:

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Zacuto News
Post Date: 4/28/2014 10:01:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens
The Canon Store is having a 15 - 50% Off Sale on refurbished lenses and speedlites. There's still some great deals in stock. If one of these items is on your wishlist, don't hesitate and miss the savings!
 
Refurbished Lenses / Flashes In Stock

Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
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 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM1,359.20203.881,155.32
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9948.00111.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM1,295.20194.281,100.92
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM319.9948.00271.99
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro239.9936.00203.99
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM839.20125.88713.32
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

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/28/2014 9:44:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From B&H:
 
In this segment from B&H's "Wedding Event of the Season" seminar, recorded live at the New Yorker hotel, Ryan Brenizer walks us through the business side of being a wedding photographer.
Post Date: 4/28/2014 9:26:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
The Canon Store originally ran out of its Refurb. EOS 5D III (review) inventory soon after its latest sale began. But good news – it's back in stock.
 
That means you can get a Refurbished Canon EOS 5D Mark III for only $2,447.28 + tax/shipping with a full 1-year warranty. Hit the "Add to Cart" button before it's too late!
 
Update: The Refurb. 5D III is out of stock again. Congrats to those who took advantage of the great deal!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/28/2014 8:44:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender
Just posted: ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender Review
 
For a modest cost, the Rogue FlashBender system can transform the light quality coming from your speedlite into something special.
 
Check out the entire line of Rogue FlashBenders at B&H.
Post Date: 4/28/2014 8:03:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash
From Profoto:
 
Profoto releases the first firmware upgrade for the B1 off-camera flash and the AirTTL system, enabling TTL metering with Canon EOS-1D X.
 
April 28, 2014 – When launched in November 2013, the Profoto B1 off-camera flash caused such a buzz in the photographic community that the company’s website crashed. The B1 was the world’s first cordless monolight with TTL. The words “game changer” have appeared in reviews and forums ever since.
 
The TTL metering is made possible with Profoto’s patent-pending AirTTL system. Already at launch Profoto promised to continuously update the AirTTL system. One of the most frequently requested features is TTL metering with Canon’s flagship model: the Canon EOS-1D X. Today, this feature is made available free of charge through an easily installed firmware upgrade.
 
Note that it is not the B1 off-camera flash itself that needs to be upgraded; it is the small radio transmitter that is mounted on the Canon camera’s hot shoe: the Air Remote TTL-C.
 
The process is very simple:

  1. Go to www.profoto.com/support.
  2. Sign in with an existing My Profoto account or create a new one.
  3. Register your B1 and your Air Remote TTL-C.
  4. Download the upgrade.
  5. Open the software and follow the simple instructions.

That is it. You can do all of this without having to contact a service station.
 
“Enabling photographers to do the upgrades themselves is a great step in our quest for providing Profoto users with the best in class customer support,” says Göran Marén, Product Manager at Profoto. “This is something we will strive to provide for all new products.”
 
This is the first of many planned upgrades for the B1 off-camera flash and the AirTTL system. Profoto is currently working on a firmware upgrade for high-speed sync (HSS). Profoto is also busy developing the new Air Remote TTL-N that will enable TTL metering with Nikon cameras. Both the HSS upgrade and the Air Remote TTL-N are expected to be released in 2014.
 
B&H carries the Profoto B1 battery powered off-camera flash.

Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 4/28/2014 8:11:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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