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 Wednesday, May 11, 2011
B&H now has the Canon EOS Rain Covers in stock - for only $89.95.
Canon EOS Rain Covers are:
• Provided in three sizes (S, M, L) to fit a wide range of lenses
• Attachable eyecups (L, S) are provided for compatibility with all EOS DIGITAL cameras
• Transparent window enables clear visibility of the top and rear LCD panels and LC monitor
• Supplied soft case for compact packing
• Large printed “Canon” logo
• Front fastener enables easy attachment and removal of all lenses
• Strap slits in the S size rain cover can be used for improved operability and better gripping combined with waterproof performance when holding the camera by hand
Here are the compatibility lists.
Canon EOS Rain Cover Small ERC-E4S
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM
EF 300mm f/4L IS USM
EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Canon EOS Rain Cover Medium ERC-E4M
EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM
Canon EOS Rain Cover Large ERC-E4L
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM
EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
EF 600mm f/4L IS USM
EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
It is highly likely that these lists are not conclusive.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/11/2011 1:08:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
DxO Labs has added 50 new lens / camera combinations to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing supports for Canon, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, and Tokina lenses, for numerous Canon, and Sony cameras.
Visit this page to see the new combinations.
DxO Optics Pro is available at B&H.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 5/11/2011 12:33:07 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, May 10, 2011
J&R is accepting preorders for the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L II IS USM Lens and the Canon EF 500mm f/4L II IS USM Lens.
This is a great opportunity to get on the top of a waiting list for the lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 5/10/2011 9:23:32 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
"When is the Canon EOS 5D Mark III going to be announced?" is the big question hitting my inbox these days. And that is a good question - one that Canon has not answered publicly.
Last year, my guess was that the EOS 5D Mark III would be announced in August 2011 with availability in December. The reasoning behind this answer was that the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was announced 3 years after the Canon EOS 5D and August is historically the month of one of Canon's biannual major DSLR, lens and flash announcements. The 5D II became available in December (to those who preordered early).
Today, I'm much less optimistic about seeing a 5D Mark III this year.
First, the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark IV announcement did not happen in its historical timeframe (August 2010) - and has not happened to date. I expect the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III to be updated before the EOS 5D Mark II.
And second, the disaster in Japan was hugely disruptive. Details of Canon's recovery have been absent lately, but I have not been hearing any optimistic news coming from the affected area. I'm happy that we can still buy most current Canon DSLRs and lenses.
So back to the question: "When is the Canon EOS 5D Mark III going to be announced?" As with the rest of Canon's unannounced products, no one who knows is allowed to say. My complete guess is that we will not see an upgrade to the 5D II available until at least mid-2012.
The advice I've been giving is to get the incredibly successful Canon EOS 5D Mark II now. It has impressive image quality and you will most likely get a LOT of great shots from it before even my last-year-estimated 5D Mark III arrival date.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/10/2011 1:23:24 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Phase One has released Media Pro (press release).
"Originally created by iView Multimedia, this professional digital asset management software has recently been known as Microsoft Expression Media. In its first release since Phase One’s acquisition of the product from Microsoft last year, it has been re-christened Media Pro."
Category: Phase One News
Post Date: 5/10/2011 1:16:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
PhotoShelter has made a 15 page Email Marketing for Photographers guide available.
Post Date: 5/10/2011 11:16:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Lastolite is proud to announce the Joe McNally Signature Series of light modifiers. These products are take-offs of already existing great Lastolite products, but decidedly with professional photographer Joe’s touch.
Joe McNally TriFlip Kit (LL LR3996JM)
• New size of TriGrip, about 35.4”.
• Base is translucent.
• First cover is Silver, Softsilver, Gold and White.
• Second cover is a double sided black cover with a square that can be pulled out to create a hard edge.
Joe McNally TriFlash Rotate (LL LA2457JM)
• Same unit as the TriFlash Shoelock, but each of the cold shoes swivel 360º.
• Attach up to three flash guns.
• Rotating shoe mounts.
• Screw locking.
Joe McNally Satin Ezybox Hotshoe (LL LS2462JM)
• Same size as the medium Ezybox Hotshoe.
• Interior is white instead of silver providing a softer, less “contrasty” look.
• Adjustable bracket for different sized flash guns.
• Inner and outer diffuser.
Joe McNally UpLite (LL LR3497JM)
• Same as the standard UpLite 4:1 but includes a 3’ x 4’ diffuser panel.
• Diffuser can be used to create a ground level direct or indirect softbox effect.
• Self supporting reflector/diffuser panels.
• 30 to 80 degree positions.
• Ideal for outdoor use.
B&H carries the Lastolite Joe McNally products.
Category: Lastolite News
Post Date: 5/10/2011 9:28:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 9, 2011
I know that some of you have been looking for the extremely-hard-to-find Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III - B&H has it in stock. The previous batch went fast - don't wait if you want one.
The Canon EOS 1D Mark IV is also in stock at the moment.
Add the 5D II body, the 7D and most of the other Canon EOS Cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/9/2011 5:18:25 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Celebrating Dads and Grads, AdoramaPix is offering 20% off 8x8 Photo Books.
Post Date: 5/9/2011 12:07:34 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H is accepting order for the new Zeiss Distagon T 35mm F/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount.
I have heard no word on the arrival of the Canon ZE mount version of this lens. The arrival of this lens was affected by the Japan disaster.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/9/2011 11:49:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 6, 2011
The Canon Online Store made many additional refurbished lenses (and flashes) available today.
"They added the 70-200 2.8L IS II, 70-200 2.8L IS, 70-200 2.8L, 24 1.4 L, 100-400 L and lots of others sometime this afternoon. The 70-200 2.8L IS II is $1,999, a real steal" - thanks Tom
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/6/2011 10:31:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I ran across the following video today - and thought you might find it educational. Topics covered include Depth of Field, Circle of Confusion, Depth of Focus and hyperfocal distance.
Post Date: 5/6/2011 2:02:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sigma has today announced that the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens " ... will be available for CANON mount soon."
I can't tell you what "soon" means, but Adorama and are taking preorders.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 5/6/2011 10:43:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 5, 2011
It's full macro season in the northern hemisphere and macro subjects abound. The Canon Online Store has both of the Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lenses available in refurbished (like new) condition at nice prices.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/5/2011 9:55:45 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sample pictures have been added to the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens Review. Many of the sample pictures have photography tips included with them - hopefully you will pick up something useful and/or be inspired.
Post Date: 5/5/2011 3:01:29 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan is giving away a Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 40 (v1)!
Here's how the giveaway will work:
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I will not have time to read these emails, so please leave the email body empty. Duplicate email addresses will be discarded.
At some time on Monday, May 16, 2011, I will randomly/blindly select one person to win and will ship this case to anywhere in the world that USPS services.
Post Date: 5/5/2011 11:33:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Samyang has announced that the Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC Lens is now shipping:
Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC already on sale!
Delta company - the sole distributor of Samyang products for Europe announces that wide-angle Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC with Canon EF and Nikon AE mounts, has been released for sale today.
Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC is now available in two versions: with Canon EF and Nikon AE mount. The remaining models, i.e. Four-thirds, Pentax, Samsung NX and Sony Alfa are to be released at a later date.
Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC
Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC is an optically sophisticated bright (f/1.4) wide-angle lens with focal length of 35 mm. It was designed to work especially with full-frame sensor cameras, nevertheless it may be also used with cameras featuring APS-C/DX and Four-thirds sensors. The device's optical construction comes with two lenses with high refractive index (HR) limiting its weight and dimensions. One aspherical lens (AS) protecting against chromatic aberration was also used. High-quality multi-layer and anti-reflexive coatings (UMC) increase the contrast and allow to generate more natural colours. Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC lens takes advantage of the so called "gliding lenses" allowing to maintain high image quality with minimum focusing distance. AE model, intended for Nikon DSLR cameras feature a microprocessor unit allowing to have full control over the exposure parameters and freely use i-TTL flash control technology. Data on focal length and available apertures is recorded in EXIF format.
36-months guarantee is provided for Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC.
Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC with Canon EF mount – EUR 399 (gross)
Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC with Nikon AE mount – EUR 419 (gross)
Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC Lens
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 5/5/2011 9:12:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 4, 2011
JACKSON, Mich. – The Photo Marketing Association International (PMA) today announced a partnership agreement with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), owner and producer of the International CES, to move the September 2011 PMA International Convention and Trade Show (aka CliQ 2011) to colocate at the 2012 International CES, scheduled for January 10-13 in Las Vegas.
PMA@CES will offer industry-specific content and display products representing all aspects of digital imaging. PMA will also offer its well-known educational seminars, complementing and enhancing CES programming.
“PMA colocation with CES creates a great opportunity for our combined audiences to learn from each other, grow, and take full advantage of the integration and connectivity of personal content (in the form of digital photography) and home entertainment,” notes Ted Fox, executive director, PMA. “This convergence will expand with continued enhancements to camera phones and tablets.”
“This collaboration will significantly enhance the 2012 International CES digital imaging product offerings for our retail and other audiences,” says Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “Technology is speeding the rapid convergence of digital photography and home entertainment systems. The breadth and scope of digital imaging product offerings that PMA will now bring to CES will complement and further expand the extensive growth of CES in this product category.”
According to Fox, “Our agreement [with CES] is an excellent example of two trade associations coming together to constructively and proactively address challenges and provide new opportunities.”
PMA@CES will be located at the Sands/Venetian and will be sponsored by PMA. Companies interested in exhibiting should contact Melissa Aldrich or Jeff Frazine at 800-762-9287 or +1-517-788-8100 (internationally). They also can be reached by email at or
Category: PMA
Post Date: 5/4/2011 7:38:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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