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 Friday, April 24, 2015
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From Photoshelter:
 
We get it: Search Engine Optimization can seem complicated, and you probably want to throw in the towel on the whole thing if you’ve tried time and again to start showing up on the first page of Google search results. Fortunately, for those who feel a little lost we’ve broken down easy tips and tricks you can do to build your SEO in our recent guide, SEO for Photographers, and we’re hosting a live Google Hangout with tips from it next week, April 29th at 2pm ET. In this live Google Hangout, Allen Murabayashi will be showing examples of photographer websites with good SEO practice, the inner workings of Google Analytics, how to create a free Google Business listing and more.
 
In this hour Allen will cover:
 
  • How to make sure your site appears properly in Search Engine Result Pages
  • The importance of mobile friendly sites
  • How/where you can “link to yourself” to boost your SEO
  • Creating a keyword list
  • How to perform backlink analysis
  • How PhotoShelter can boost your SEO
Join us to get ahead in the SEO game, Thursday 4/29, 2pm ET. Register below to receive an email with the link to the Google Hangout.
 
Photoshelter's Boost your SEO: 8 Tips To Get You Started Webinar
Post Date: 4/24/2015 10:36:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens review.
 
Great lens, though I doubt it will become highly popular on the APS-C format.
 
B&H has the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens in stock.
Post Date: 4/24/2015 8:03:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From LensProToGo:
 
Now through April 30, 2015, take $20 off rental orders of $150 or more . To take advantage of this discount, use code 20OFF150 in your cart!
 
Not spending $150? No worries! Use code 10OFFAPRIL to take 10% off your order total.
 
As a reminder, we are officially in our ‘busy season’. With many wedding photographers and filmmakers renting gear for their weekend shoots, we recommend placing your orders at least a week in advance to assure you will be getting the gear you would like. We cannot guarantee gear, especially orders that come in and are due to ship the same day. As always, we do our absolute best to get you the exact gear you request, however when we are not able to, we will also assist you in recommending other products that are available.
 
Discounts above cannot be combined with any other offer. Rentals must be placed between 4.23.15 and 4.30.15 and must be delivered by 4.30.15. Valid only on rentals.
Post Date: 4/24/2015 8:12:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
Camera Raw 9.0 is now available as a final release through the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC.
 
As mentioned here, updates to Camera Raw for Photoshop CS6 only include new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes. The new features listed in the release notes are only available in Photoshop CC.
 
New Features
 
Merge to HDR and Panorama
 
Combine your photos to produce panoramas and HDR images in ACR. The merged result is a DNG file and is saved to disk alongside the input images. If you are merging raw files, then the merge is performed using raw image data and the resulting DNG is just as much a raw file as the originals (and retains all the editing flexibility that comes with shooting raw). Because of this, you no longer need to edit your photos before merging. To see the new Merge feature in action, check out these videos: Merge to Pano | Merge to HDR
 
Usage Instructions:
 
  1. To merge files in ACR, select the photos that you want to merge then press the “Merge…” button at the top of the filmstrip. Select “Panorama” or “HDR” from the pop-up menu.
  2. After a preview of the merge is generated, select desired options in the merge preview dialog and click the “Merge” button to start a full-size merge.
  3. The full-size merge is performed in the background so you can continue to edit other photos or start other merges while you wait. To view status, or cancel a merge, press the link in the lower left area of the main ACR window (it will say “1 remaining” if you’ve started a merge).
  4. Once the full-size merge is complete, the resulting DNG file will be added to the bottom of the filmstrip and be available for further editing.
  5. HDR deghosting has three amounts: low, medium, and high. In order to make it easier to select the best option for a given image, a visualization option is also available
Known issues:
 
  1. Color artifacts in deep shadow areas of some HDR merges with deghosting and HDR panorama merges.
  2. If the merged pano result is larger than ACR’s largest supported image size then you will get an error. In future builds we plan on adding an option to scale the result so that it’s within ACR size limits.
Performance Improvements
 
Camera Raw can now use the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to speed up interactive image editing. The GPU is particularly helpful when using high-resolution screens, such as 4K and 5K displays.
 
Minimum system requirements:
 
  • 64-bit only
  • Mac OS 10.9 and higher or Windows 7 and higher
Usage Instructions:
 
  • Ensure then GPU support is enabled by visiting the Camera Raw Preferences dialog and check the “Use Graphics Processor” box at the bottom.
  • When this box is checked, Camera Raw will automatically determine whether the system’s GPU (if any) can be used to accelerate image drawing. If yes, Camera Raw will display the name of your graphics card below the checkbox. Otherwise, Camera Raw will display an error message.
  • Note that the GPU options in Photoshop’s Preferences and Bridge’s Preferences have no effect on Camera Raw.
  • Camera Raw’s GPU implementation is used only to accelerate the drawing of the main preview image within the Camera Raw dialog. It is not used for other tasks, such as saving images to disk, or opening images into Photoshop.
  • Scrubby Zoom: Camera Raw offers a “Scrubby Zoom” option in GPU mode. With the Zoom tool selected, click on the Zoom menu (bottom-left of the image preview). Select “Scrubby Zoom” from the bottom of the menu to toggle scrubby zoom behavior on/off. When enabled, click-dragging on an image with the zoom tool will zoom smoothly in and out.
New Camera Support in Camera Raw 9
 
  • Canon EOS 5DS
  • Canon EOS 5DS R
  • Canon EOS 750D (Rebel T6i, Kiss X8i)
  • Canon EOS 760D (Rebel T6s, Kiss 8000D)
  • Canon EOS M3
  • Casio EX-ZR3500
  • Fujifilm X-A2
  • Fujifilm XQ2
  • Hasselblad Stellar II
  • Nikon D5500
  • Nikon D7200
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
  • Olympus Stylus SH-2
  • Olympus Tough TG-4
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70, DMC-TZ71)
  • Samsung NX500
New Lens Profiles in Camera Raw 9
 
MountName
CanonCanon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
CanonCanon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
CanonCanon EF 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 USM
CanonCanon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
CanonCanon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
CanonLomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2
CanonTAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A012E
CanonSIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A015
CanonVenus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
DJIDJI Inspire 1 FC350
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 28mm f/1.9 Ultron Aspherical
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 28mm f/3.5 Color Skopar
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 35mm f/1.7 Ultron Aspherical
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 50mm f/2 Heliar
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 50mm f/2.5 Color Skopar
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 50mm f/3.5 Heliar
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 75mm f/2.5 Color Heliar
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 90mm f/3.5 APO Lanthar
LeciaVoigtlander VM 40mm f/2.8 Heliar
MFTVoigtlander MFT 17.5mm f/0.95 Nokton Aspherical
MFTVoigtlander MFT 25mm f/0.95 Nokton
MFTVoigtlander MFT 42.5mm f/0.95 Nokton
NikonLomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2
NikonNikon AF NIKKOR 14mm f/2.8D ED
NikonNikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II
NikonNikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
NikonNikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
NikonTAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A012N
NikonVenus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
NikonVoigtlander SL II 20mm f/3.5 Color-Skopar Aspherical
NikonVoigtlander SL II 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Aspherical
NikonVoigtlander SL II 58mm f/1.4 Nokton
PentaxVenus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
PentaxSIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
Sigmadp1 Quattro (*)
Sigmadp2 Quattro (*)
Sigmadp3 Quattro (*)
SigmaSIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A015
SigmaSIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM C015
Sony AlphaSIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Sony AlphaTAMRON 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DiII PZD MACRO AB016S
Sony AlphaTAMRON 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di PZD A010S
Sony AlphaTAMRON SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di USD A009S
Sony AlphaTAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di USD A011S
Sony AlphaTAMRON SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 USD F004S
Sony AlphaVenus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
Sony ESony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony ESony FE 28mm F2
Sony ESony FE 28mm F2 + Fisheye Converter
Sony ESony FE 28mm F2 + Ultra Wide Converter
Sony ESony FE 35mm F1.4 ZA
Sony ESony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
Sony EZY Optics Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f0.95 Pro
YuneecCGO2gb

(*) Lens corrections for the SIGMA dp1, dp2,and dp3 Quattro cameras are for JPEG images only.
 
Download Links
Camera Raw 9 – Please use the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6
DNG Converter 9: Macintosh | Windows
 
Please note – If you have trouble updating to the latest ACR update via the Creative Cloud application, please refer to the following plugin installation:
http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/multi/camera-raw-plug-in-installer.html
 
Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan (USD$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad).
Post Date: 4/24/2015 7:03:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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LONDON, 23 APRIL 2015 – Canon Europe today announces that it is acquiring London-based digital start-up Lifecake, marking a major step in the development of Canon’s digital consumer services business. This brings Canon closer to its ambition to play a part in every image taken no matter what device is being used, and enables the business to establish a presence within London’s ‘Tech City’.
 
Lifecake is the company behind the Lifecake photo-sharing app for families, which allows parents to store, organise, share and relive key moments of their children’s lives. With Lifecake, parents can create photo and video timelines that the whole family can experience on smartphones, tablets, computers and in printed photobooks.
 
Alberto Spinelli, Director of Digital Services at Canon Europe, says: “Today, we are all taking more photos on more devices than ever before but often become overwhelmed and even disconnected from them. We would all like to be able to quickly find our photo as we remember a moment – at the swipe of a finger – and relive it on any screen, or print it to hold. At Canon, we are building digital services to help people do just that with tailored experiences.
 
“Lifecake is an extremely exciting addition to the Canon Group providing a digital service that makes it easy for families to take control of their ever-increasing number of photos. This acquisition fits perfectly with our vision to give everyone taking photos the tools to bring their stories and experiences to life – and engage with them whenever and wherever they choose.”
 
CEO and co-founder of Lifecake, Nicholas Babaian comments: “With the reach and technology of Canon, we’ll strap booster rockets onto our service. At the same time, our team will accelerate the growth of Canon’s digital services ecosystem. But we’re most delighted that our existing and potential customers will know their precious memories are safe with one of the most trusted brands in photography – a company that’s helped families capture and relive moments for nearly 80 years and will continue to do so for generations to come.”
 
Lifecake is currently available in English language worldwide. Today sees the launch of additional language versions in French, German, Spanish and Italian.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon UK News
Post Date: 4/24/2015 5:51:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 23, 2015
Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR (review) available for $1,449.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,699.00 after $100.00 instant rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore is technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/23/2015 10:16:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,999.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,499.00 after $300.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This appears to be a grey market item. As such, it would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty. For warranty questions, please contact the seller.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/23/2015 10:05:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
Until 2:30pm ET tomorrow, Adorama has Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 discounted and is available for $39.99 with free shipping after $20.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $84.99.
Post Date: 4/23/2015 7:05:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,099.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,399.00 after $300.00 instant rebate. (thanks Chuck)
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/23/2015 3:01:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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If you're wanting a more in-depth look at Adobe's newest version of Lightroom, look no further than the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel where they added more than 50 videos since yesterday (and that's in addition to the 4 videos I posted about yesterday)..
 
B&H has the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 DVD available for preorder. However, you can purchase the download version for even faster delivery.
 
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom CC).
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 4/23/2015 1:41:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera (review) available for $3,999.99 with free shipping. Compare at $5,299.00 after $700.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and as such would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
Post Date: 4/23/2015 11:42:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens review.
 
As with the 1Ds III test results for this lens, the "Sample 1" lens shows results without the internal 1.4x extender in the optical path (except for the first set of 560mm results). The "Sample 2" results show the built-in 1.4x extender included in the optical path for all images.
 
Even with the high-density 7D II sensor behind it, the 200-400 L performs very impressively.
 
While this is still not an inexpensive lens, the recent $800 price drop definitely makes it more affordable. B&H has the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Lens in stock.
 
Save an additional $1,700 on the 200-400 L
 
B&H a used 200-400mm f/4L IS Lens in "9" condition in stock. Buying used always involves some risk, but buying used from B&H with a "90-Day B&H Used Warranty" dramatically reduces that risk.
 
Browse the B&H Used Department to find other deals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/23/2015 9:47:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
ExpoImaging Rogue Safari DSLR Pop-Up Flash Booster
For a limited time, B&H has the ExpoImaging Rogue Safari DSLR Pop-Up Flash Booster available for $18.95 with free shipping. Regularly $34.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  1. For Canon APS-C & Nikon DX-Format DSLRs
  2. Attaches to DSLR Hot Shoe
  3. Up to 8x More Light from On-Camera Flash
  4. Lightweight: 2 oz
  5. Made in USA
Note from Sean: I'm personally not a big fan of promoting pop-up flash use, but this device might actually prove useful at extending the reach of your flash when used as a fill light for photographing birds. I cannot personally attest to the product's performance, though.
Post Date: 4/23/2015 8:50:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon USA:
 
Real 4K technology goes far beyond the label. Canon 4K optics are born from decades of research and design, creating brilliant, vivid, rich images. And it all begins with the lens.
 
Note: The factors outlined in this video – resolving power, contrast ratio, lateral chromatic aberration & modulation transfer function – are applicable to all lenses, not just 4K ones. On a side note, isn't it kind of ironic that a movie explaining the aspects of 4K lenses is only available in 720p?
 
B&H carries Canon lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/23/2015 7:01:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera
eBay (via ElectronicsValley - 98.2 Positibe Feedback) has the Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (review) available for $699.00 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00 after $200.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/23/2015 6:23:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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