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 Friday, December 10, 2010
BuyDig has the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Lens for only $384.65 after MIR.
1. Use this link for BuyDig
2. Search for Tamron 18-270mm VC Lens and add it to your cart along with the free filter
3. Send in $150 MIR
(thanks Peter)
Post Date: 12/10/2010 2:38:36 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Your hard drive is going to fail. It is not a question of "if" it will fail, but "when" it is going to happen. If your drive failed right now, what would you lose?
This topic is especially hot to me as I'm dealing with a partially failed SSD drive right now (bad block). While this problem has cost me a LOT of time this week (my most precious resource), I have not lost any data or files.
I talk briefly about my backup strategy on my Digital Workflow page. There are many good ways to store copies of your data (including some online services), but the device I use most (and the device that saved me this time) is the Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (B&H).
I have 10 of these in my current backup rotation (along with many additional small capacity drives). They are very small (easy to take off site) and have given me no problems to date. The autorun software is a pain, but there are fixes available for this. I just turned off autorun.
This is the second primary drive failure I have experienced in less than two years. Backup what you care about!
Post Date: 12/10/2010 1:04:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Apple Aperture 3.1.1 is now available. This update addresses overall stability and performance issues, and also includes specific fixes that:
1. address compatibility with the iLife Media Browser
2. improve reliability when upgrading existing Aperture libraries
3. address issues with publishing photos to MobileMe, Facebook and Flickr
The update is recommended for all users of Aperture 3.
For detailed information on this update, please visit this website:
Category: Apple News
Post Date: 12/10/2010 1:28:30 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has a huge number of great deals right now - read over this list and see if something you want is included:
Joby Professional Gorillapod Focus, Flexible Aluminum SLR Tripod, Supports 11 Lbs - $65.00 - Reg $99.95
Foba Bolla Superball M-2 Ballhead Quick Release Unit with Balpa Quick Release Plate - $279.95 Shipped - Reg $428.95
Datacolor Spyder 3 Express Display Calibration Hardware & Software - $73.00 Shipped - Reg $79.95
Datacolor Spyder 3 Elite - $189.95 Shipped - Reg $209.95
Genus G-BFOC Bravo Follow Focus for DSLR Cameras - $424.90 after Mail-In Rebate - Reg: $499.90
Bogen-Manfrotto 501HDV Fluid Head w/546B Legs - $399.95 after Mail-In Rebate - Reg: $474.90
Manfrotto 055XB Black Tripod Kit - $264.95 after Mail-In Rebate - Reg: $289.95
Manfrotto 7320YB M-Y Compact Tripod Kit - $99.95 after Mail-In Rebate - Reg: $149.95
Gitzo GT2531 Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod - $484.90 after Mail-In Rebate - Reg: $649.90
Gitzo GT2330EX Series 2 Explorer Tripod - $299.90 - Reg: $399.90
Gitzo Magnesium Center Ball Head - $29.90 after Mail-In Rebate - Reg: $109.90
Kata GDC Series R-106 Larger Photo Rucksack - $149.95 - Reg: $299.90
Kata GDC Series T-214 Large Torso-Pack - $59.95 - Reg: $124.95
Kata DT-211 Sling Torso Pack - $29.95 - Reg: $54.90
Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX 2 x A Head Kit - $1,949.00 - Reg: $2,329.95
Elinchrom Ranger RX 1100ws Battery Operated Power Pack Kit - $1,499.95 - Reg: $1,541.99
Elinchrom 900 Watts 600RX, 300RX Monolights Set and Free Skyport System - $1,449.99 - Reg: $1,764.00
Elinchrom D-Lite4 It Monolight Set with 2 400ws Heads & Stands - $725.00 - Reg: $849.90
Lastolite 24" x 24" Ezybox Hot Shoe Softbox Kit with Mark II Bracket - $189.95 Reg: $220.39
Elinchrom EL Skyport, Universal Radio Receiver Slave - $89.99 - Reg: $104.90
Lastolite 2412 Triflash Bracket, 3 Shoe Mount Flash Bracket - $59.90 - Reg: $64.90

Bushnell Onix 400 Waterproof Hand Held Weathertracker GPS, 3.5" Color LCD, XM Services
Save 75% - Regular Price $399.95 - Sale Price $99.95

Westcott Lighting Accessory Holiday Gear Set with Stripbank, Softbox, Backgrounds, Umbrellas and 5-in-1 Reflector
Save 38% - Regular Price $450 - Sale Price $279 - FREE SHIPPING

Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon EOS Cameras - USA Warranty
Save $150.00 - Regular Price $1599 - Sale Price $1449 - FREE SHIPPING

Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon SLR Cameras - USA Warranty
Save $150.00 - Regular Price $1599 - Sale Price $1449 - FREE SHIPPING

Flashpoint F-1428 Carbon Fiber Tripod with F-4 Magnesium Ball Head, 4 Section Leg Set, Supports 26 lbs., Maximum Height 72"
Save 17% - Regular Price $419.95 - Sale Price $349.95 - FREE SHIPPING

Flashpoint 3-in-1 Digital Photo / Negative Films / Slides Scanner with built-in 2.4" LCD Screen
Save 50% - Regular Price $159.95 - Sale Price $79.95 - FREE SHIPPING

Flashpoint Shoe Mount Strobe RL1200 Universal - GN 138
Save 21% - Regular Price $69.95 - Sale Price $54.95 - FREE SHIPPING

Adorama Easy Access Belt Mounted Holder for Cameras and Camcorders
Save 38% - Regular Price $39.95 - Sale Price $24.95 - FREE SHIPPING

Sony Cycle Energy Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), 2000 mAh Pre-Charged "AA" Rechargeable Batteries - 4 Pack
Save 47% - Regular Price $14.99 - Sale Price $7.99 - FREE SHIPPING

Perf Go Green "AA" Alkaline Batteries (16-Pack) with Free Earbuds (a $9.99 value)
Sale Price $9.99 - with Free Earbuds (a $9.99 value)

ONA "The Nevis" Full Grain Leather Shoulder Bag for Women - Black
Save 18% - Regular Price $329 - Sale Price $269 - FREE SHIPPING
Kata Bags - Special prices, Free Gift Cards and Rebates - FREE SHIPPING
Boda Lens Bags 25% Off - Special prices, Free Gift Cards and Rebates - FREE SHIPPING
Jill-e Bags - Instant Rebates of up to $100 - FREE SHIPPING
Post Date: 12/10/2010 11:59:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
BuyDig has the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC Lens for only $354.10 after MIR.
1. Use this link for BuyDig
2. Search for Tamron 70-300mm VC Lens and add it to your cart
3. Enter coupon code HOLIDAY10 to save $44.90
4. Send in $50 MIR
Post Date: 12/10/2010 11:26:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, December 9, 2010
Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 9.0.1 update is now available for download.
The Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0.1 update will install a patch on top of Adobe Photoshop Elements 9. It provides a fix to the Spot Healing Brush when used in Content Aware mode. This update is only applicable to Photoshop Elements 9 running on a Windows OS.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 12/9/2010 3:44:38 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 12/9/2010 9:54:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Canon USA has posted Digital Photo Professional 3.9.2 and the rest of the Canon EOS Software including ZoomBrowser EX 6.6.0b Updater, Picture Style Editor 1.8.0, EOS Utility 2.9.0 Updater and Canon RAW Codec 1.8.0. (thanks Johnny)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/8/2010 10:01:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Nikon has DSLR instant rebates now running through January 1, 2011.
B&H has a new Nikon Rebate Promo page and has the deals packaged:
Nikon D3000
Nikon D3100
Nikon D90
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/7/2010 4:42:07 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Post Date: 12/7/2010 3:27:08 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan is giving away a Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 50. Go here to get the easy-to-enter instructions.
Post Date: 12/7/2010 8:56:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adobe Photoshop CS5 12.0.2 update
December 7, 2010
The Adobe Photoshop 12.0.2 update fixes a number of high priority bugs including painting performance and type-related issues. The most significant fixes in the Photoshop 12.0.2 update include the following:
  • A number of potential security vulnerabilities have been addressed
  • Top type and font crashers found in the field have been addressed
  • A number of performance issues have been addressed
  • Crash opening 3D layers has been addressed
  • Color Engine crash has been resolved
  • Intermittent file format issues addressed
  • Shift scrolling bug fixed
  • Sharpen crasher fixed
  • Marching ants not seen at certain zoom levels fixed
  • Metadata focus distance issue addressed
  • File info bug addressed for Orphea Studio jpg's
  • TWAIN crashers fixed
  • Brush cursor bug fixed
  • Histogram progress bar issue fixed
  • Droplet issues addressed
Multiple languages: Windows | Macintosh
TWAIN Plug-in update
December 7, 2010
The TWAIN plug-in update includes fixes for multiple document scanning and a crasher when attempting a second scan.
Camera Raw 6.3 Update
December 7, 2010
This new version of the Camera Raw plug-in replaces the original one that was installed with Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 and Adobe Premiere Elements 9 software. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.
English: Windows | Macintosh
Lightroom 3.3 update
December 7, 2010
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.3 update includes these enhancements:
  • Additional camera support for several new camera models including the Canon PowerShot 95, Nikon D7000, Olympus E-5.
  • Corrections for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom 3
English: Windows | Macintosh
More detailed information is available at Lightroom Journal.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 12/7/2010 8:37:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 6, 2010
B&H has the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens for $350.00 off the regular price. Free shipping.
Post Date: 12/6/2010 4:24:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through Dec 22, 2010, a $30 instant rebate is available for the Lensbaby Composer (review). A Composer would make a good Christmas gift for the creative photographer on your list.
In stock at: B&H, and Adorama.
(thanks Westley)
Post Date: 12/6/2010 4:13:23 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
ISO 12233 chart results have been added to the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Review page.
I think you are going to like what you see. I will add results for at least one more copy of this lens.
Update: B&H has the Canon 70-300mm L IS Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/6/2010 7:32:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, December 4, 2010
Press release of a very useful iPhone app from gps4cam:
gps4cam, the app that adds geotagging to every camera
When you take pictures with your iPhone, you can geotag them automatically. But what if you want to take pictures with another digital camera? Now, there is an app for that! gps4cam allows you to geotag pictures taken with any digital camera, so that you can watch them on a map with software like iPhoto, Aperture or Picasa. A big advantage of gps4cam is that it doesn’t need to connect to a network to be used, so you can use it wherever you are on the planet! gps4cam adds a new dimension to your pictures.
gps4cam is easy to use. The only thing you need is to have the app on your iPhone and on your mac or pc. At the moment you start taking pictures you have to launch the app and start a new trip. This trip can be as long as you want and, especially in the Energy Saving mode, you don’t have to charge your phone all the time. At the end of your trip, press the export button, which generates a QR-Code that contains all the information needed to geotag your pictures. You just have to take a picture of this screen with your camera and load the pictures on your computer using gps4cam desktop (the free software for mac and pc).
A great tool for photographers
gps4cam is compatible with every image format (jpg, raw, tiff...) and is the ideal accessory for every kind of digital camera (compact, bridge, slr...). Traveling photographers will love the map integrated in the app, the low energy consumption and the fact that the app doesn’t need to make any connection. The 4 modes (standard, precise, energy saving and manual) are appreciated by all kinds of photographers.
See, organize, and share...
Once you have geotagged your pictures with gps4cam, you can watch and organize them with your favorite software for mac and pc. iPhoto, Aperture or Picasa are good examples of software that allows you to see your pictures on a map. You can also share your geotagged pictures on websites like Flickr, Panoramio or Tweetpic.
The genius of QR-Codes
The use of a QR-Code is unique for this kind of application and is a big advantage for geotagging. Thanks to this barcode you don’t have to geotag every photo manually and to synchronize yourself the time and date between your iPhone and your camera. Also, one QR-Code can be photographed by more than one person, so that you can geotag pictures made by a whole group with only one iPhone.
gps4cam is for sale in Apple’s App Store for only $1.99.
Information can also be found at
Watch for the Android version to arrive next year.
Post Date: 12/4/2010 9:27:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 3, 2010
A short update: I have heard from many of you that your new Canon lenses are arriving with a 10-digit serial number and no Canon Lens Date Code. My new Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS L USM Lenses are following the same trend. We can expect future lenses to follow the same pattern.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/3/2010 11:06:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Lowepro Passport Sling Case (black or mica) for DSLR & Personal Gear
Designed for today's photo enthusiasts who want to carry an equal amount of camera and personal gear as they sightsee, travel or go out for a walkwith their DSLRs. It's unique and comfortable shape is unlike a traditional sling bag it truly conforms to the body and easily moves with the wearer. $49.95 Shipped (Reg: $54.95)
Lowepro SlingShot 202 AW
The fast-access SlingShot AW series builds on the inventive design of the original and incorporates what many photographers are looking for: faster access, extra space for personal items, improved organization, and the ability to add a tripod. $79.95 Shipped (reg $89.95)
FREE Lowepro S&F Phone Case 20 (a $19.95 value) with the following:
Lowepro Fastpack 250 Digital SLR & Widescreen Notebook Backpack
Go all day with the lightweight, comfortable Fastpack 250 backpack. It protects your digital SLR and 15.4" widescreen notebook compactly while providing generous storage for your other gear. $89.95 Shipped
Lowepro Fastpack 350 Digital SLR & Widescreen Notebook Backpack
The big brother to the 250 protects your pro digital SLR and 17" widescreen notebook compactly while side-entry compartments let you quickly grab equipment and accessories, even on the move. $112.95 Shipped
Lowepro Pro Runner 350 AW, Camera System Backpack
This feature-filled design fits a DSLR with attached lens, laptop, tripod and multiple accessories, plus a few personal items, in a highly organized pack. From its fully padded interior to its patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover, the Pro Runner 350 AW thoroughly safeguards valuable gear. $149.95 Shipped
Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW, Camera System Backpack
The Pro Runner 450 AW delivers a compact, streamlined and urban-inspired solution for pro photographers and photojournalists who carry their gear through crowded airports and busy city streets. Similar to the 350 in features, but is able to hold 17" laptops. $189.95 Shipped
Lowepro Magnum 200 AW Shoulder Bag $149.95 Shipped
Lowepro Stealth Reporter D300 AW Camera Bag $89.95 Shipped
Lowepro Nova 170AW Beltpack Camera Case $49.95 Shipped
FREE Lowepro Classified 140AW Shoulder Bag (a $99.95 value) with the following:
Lowepro Pro Roller x100 Mobile Studio $269.95 Shipped
Lowepro Pro Runner X350 AW Photo Rolling Backpack $229.95 Shipped
Lowepro Pro Runner X450 AW Camera Backpack $289.95 Shipped
Lowepro cases make great Christmas gifts.
Post Date: 12/3/2010 10:15:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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