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 Monday, December 15, 2014
Think Tank Photo Sub Urban Disguise Series
B&H has their Think Tank Photo CityWalker and Sub Urban Disguise Bags on sale for 25% off with free shipping.
Post Date: 12/15/2014 7:23:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit
For today only, B&H has the Vidpro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone Kit available for $59.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $99.00.
Post Date: 12/15/2014 7:15:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye Lens
Use coupon code SHOPEB413 at B&H to get $30.00 off the already discounted Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye Lens (Canon/Nikon) with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.95.
 
Note: The $30.00 discount will show up in-cart.
Post Date: 12/15/2014 7:07:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through tomorrow, use coupon code PXHDEAL10 at AdoramaPix to get a 8x10 prints for only $1.00. Regularly $1.49 - $1.89.
Post Date: 12/15/2014 6:59:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash
From Profoto:
 
Get a perfect exposure at any aperture or shutter speed with Profoto's new solution for high-speed sync
 
December 15, 2014 – Up until now, HSS solutions have been either consistent but lacking in speed and power, or fast and powerful but inconsistent. On December 15, Profoto releases a new solution that has all of the benefits and none of the limitations.
 
High-Speed Sync (HSS) is the technical term for syncing flash with shutter speeds shorter than the so-called x-sync, typically 1/250 of a second. It is a useful tool for controlling ambient light and for freezing action. But there used to be limitations.
 
Current solutions for speedlights give you a fairly even exposure. But it does so at the expense of speed and power. Previous solutions for larger flashes were faster and more powerful. But the exposure could differ as much as 2 f-stops in a single shot.
 
Profoto’s new HSS solution for the B1 Off-Camera Flash has all of the benefits and none of the limitations. The B1 itself is about ten times as powerful as the average speedlight and fast enough to keep up with your camera. With the new HSS upgrade installed, you switch to HSS Mode with a simple button-press. You will then be able to shoot at shutter as fast as 1/8000 of a second.
 
But it does not stop there. Profoto HSS is a unique, patent-pending technology, providing an extremely fast series of flash pulses. What this means in practice is that you get an extremely consistent exposure with no measurable variation over the image.
 
In other words, Profoto HSS is fast, powerful and consistent. This opens up completely new light shaping possibilities for Profoto customers. For instance, you can now shoot with a large aperture in bright conditions to get a shallow depth of field and get that perfect deep blue sky. Or capture super crisp action in mixed light conditions without getting motion blur from ambient light.
 
Profoto HSS works for both Canon and Nikon and has been tested for all common camera models.
 
Profoto HSS is available through a firmware upgrade. Go to www.profoto.com and download it for free. Once installed, HSS Mode is activated with a simple button-press. It is very easy, and there is no need to change the flash bulb. Also note that you can use Profoto HSS with TTL, making it fast and easy to do fast paced action shots or daylight backlit portraits with large apertures.
 
B&H carries the Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash and Air Remote TTL Trigger.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 12/15/2014 6:07:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, December 14, 2014
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Today Only: Use coupon code PXGIFT10 at AdoramaPix to get a 10x10, 10-page Photo Book for only $19.95. Regularly $30.00.
Post Date: 12/14/2014 2:42:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens (review) available for $359.99. Compare at $549.00 new. (thanks Martin)
 
This purchase also qualifies for a free Refurbished PowerShot A1400 (shown in-cart).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/14/2014 1:48:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, December 12, 2014
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens
B&H has started shipping preorders for the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. If you preordered early, you may be getting a shipment notice soon (if you haven't already).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/12/2014 1:01:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through 12/15, use coupon code PXHDEAL8 at AdoramaPix to get an 8x8 Photo Book for $11.95 + shipping. Regularly $22.80.
Post Date: 12/12/2014 7:34:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray)
B&H has select LowePro Messenger Bags on sale with significant discounts. See below for details.
 
Lowepro Messenger Bag Sale
 
ItemReg. PriceSavingsSale Price
Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW (Slate Gray)$174.95$95.00$79.95
Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 180 AW (Slate Gray)$184.95$90.00$94.95
Post Date: 12/12/2014 7:04:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
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Post Date: 12/12/2014 6:53:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 11, 2014
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From Adobe:
 
Acquisition to Deliver Vibrant Image and Video Marketplace for Creatives Worldwide
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Dec. 11, 2014 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Fotolia, a leading marketplace for royalty-free photos, images, graphics and HD video, for approximately $800 million in cash. Fotolia will be integrated into Adobe Creative Cloud, providing current and future Creative Cloud members with the ability to access and purchase over 34 million images and videos, significantly simplifying and accelerating the design process. The acquisition of Fotolia cements Creative Cloud’s role as a vibrant marketplace for creatives to buy and sell assets and services as well as showcase their talent to a worldwide audience. Adobe also plans to continue to operate Fotolia as a standalone stock service, accessible to anyone.
 
“The acquisition of Fotolia will reinforce Creative Cloud’s role as the preeminent destination for creatives,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media, Adobe. “Creative Cloud is becoming the go-to marketplace for the creative community to access images, videos, fonts and creative talent, through critical creative services like Fotolia and our new Creative Talent Search capabilities.”
 
With over 3.4 million members, Adobe Creative Cloud features the world’s leading desktop tools, an array of complementary mobile apps, training content, creative assets and services and ready access to a dynamic community. Creative Cloud is transforming how creatives find inspiration and deliver their best work -- and the value of Creative Cloud is increasing all the time through product updates and new capabilities like Creative Talent Search. Following the completion of the acquisition, Adobe expects to integrate the delivery and purchase of stock assets into Creative Cloud.
 
“Becoming part of the Adobe family is a dream come true for the Fotolia team and will accelerate our vision to become the best place for artists to build a business and the ultimate destination for designers to find stunning creative work,” said Oleg Tscheltzoff, founder and CEO of Fotolia.
 
Founded in 2004, with offices in New York, Paris and Berlin, privately-held Fotolia is owned by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., TA Associates and management. Fotolia currently operates in 23 countries and has websites in 14 languages.
 
The transaction, which is expected to close in the second half of Adobe’s fiscal Q1 2015, is subject to certain regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. The potential financial impact to Adobe of this transaction is not reflected in financial targets Adobe has previously provided, or new targets disclosed as part of Adobe's financial results, released on December 11, 2014. Until the transaction closes, each company will continue to operate independently. Upon close Fotolia CEO, Oleg Tscheltzoff, will continue to lead the Fotolia team as part of Adobe’s Digital Media business.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 12/11/2014 8:29:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the Adobe Lightroom Journal:
 
Camera Raw 8.7.1 is now available as a final release for Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC. This release includes support for the Sony ILCE-A7M2 and also includes a bug fix related to support for the Samsung NX1 camera. DNG Converter 8.7.1 is provided for customers using versions of Photoshop older than Photoshop CS6.
 
As mentioned here, updates to Camera Raw 8 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 Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 8.7
 
MountName
Canon EFCanon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Canon EFCanon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM
Canon EFTokina AT-X 12-28 F4 PRO DX
Leica MZeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM
Nikon FTokina AT-X 12-28 F4 PRO DX
Nikon FTokina AT-X 70-200mm F4 PRO FX VCM-S
Sony AlphaTokina AT-X 166 PRO DX II 11-16 F2.8
Bug Fixes:
 
  • Fixed issues with chromatic aberration specific to the Samsung NX1.
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
 
Download Links
DNG Converter 8.7 for Windows
DNG Converter 8.7 for Macintosh
Post Date: 12/11/2014 3:35:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
B&H has a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, PIXMA PRO-100 & Paper Bundle available for $2,449.00 with free expedited shipping after $650.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Bundle Includes
 
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer
  • SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss 13 x 19" (50 Sheets)
  • SanDisk - 32GB SDHC Memory Card Ultra Class 10 UHS-1
  • 200DG Deluxe Gadget Bag
  • Watson - LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/11/2014 12:01:37 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 $2,368.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,799.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/11/2014 11:12:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens on EOS 5D Mark III
If I had to limit my Canon full frame DSLR kit to only five lenses, they would be:
 
1. Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens
 
This lens has many uses, but I do a lot of landscape photography and regard this as the ultimate wide angle landscape lens. The angle of view this lens makes available ranges from ultra-wide through only modestly wide and it delivers very sharp (corner-to-corner) images that make me smile every time I view them.
 
2. Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens
 
The 24-70mm focal length range is my most-used and having a general purpose lens in my kit is important to me. There are some other good choices for this lens, including the 24-70 f/2.8L II and the 24-105 f/4L. If I had only 5 lenses in my kit, I would want my general purpose lens to have IS and the 24-70 f/4L IS has the most-recent/most advanced IS system at this time. This lens has a much higher maximum magnification spec (for macro capabilities) and less distortion at 24mm than the 24-105 L IS (which has a longer focal length range to its advantage). I can't do justice to a list of uses for this lens.
 
3. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
 
The 70-200 f/2.8L IS II gets my easy choice for a medium telephoto zoom lens. It delivers very impressive image quality even at a wide open f/2.8 aperture with the capability to create a strong background blur. This lens excels at sports action and portrait photography. It is highly popular with photojournalists and wedding photographers. Landscape photography is another great use for this lens.
 
4. Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens
 
I love wildlife photography and there is no better general purpose wildlife lens than this one. This focal length range, moderately wide aperture and fast AF qualifies this lens for professional-grade sports photography. This is not a small, light or inexpensive lens, but ... I didn't set a budget limit for my "5 Lens Kit". :)
 
5. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens
 
I also love macro photography, for which interesting and colorful subjects abound. Macro subjects are readily available around the house, at the flower shop, outside ... there is never a lack of something to photograph with a macro lens in the kit. The Canon 100 L has very impressive image quality and the hybrid IS feature makes this lens easier to use and especially easier to frame at high magnification subject distances.
 
And then I would start saving to add the lenses I'd still feel lost without. :)
 
The above-listed lenses are my choices for use on a full-frame DSLR. For an APS-C DSLR model, I would swap #1 for the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens and #2 for the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens.
 
What are your most important "5"?
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/11/2014 10:06:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon PowerShot N (Black)
For a limited time, B&H has the Canon PowerShot N (Black) available for $129.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.99.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/11/2014 9:52:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Vello Ringbox
B&H has the Vello Ringbox available for $59.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $89.95.
 
The Vello Ringbox seems to be a clone of the Roundflash Ringflash Adapter which retails for $113.00. I purchased the RoundFlash around Christmas of last year and have enjoyed playing around with it. It makes an especially useful tool for macro subjects.
 
In fact, I just walked out onto my front porch to capture this image of a Rosemary bush using the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, 580EX Speedlite and the RoundFlash Ringflash Adapter.
 
RoundFlash Rosemary Macro Shot
 
EXIF: f/7.1, 1/100 sec, ISO 100 (exposure reduced by 1/2 stop in DPP)
 
The exposure settings meant that the shaded fence behind the plant fell into darkness making this outdoor shot look like it was captured in a studio. The soft, even light of the RoundFlash allowed for every detail in the subject to be visible. [Sean]
Post Date: 12/11/2014 9:38:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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