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 Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Breaking News: I'm sitting at my desk in central Pennsylvania with 6" of concrete under me. The concrete just rippled enough to very noticeably shake my heavy glass and steel desk. Fortunately there appears to be no damage here.
 
I was on the phone with my Adorama rep at the time and conveyed to him what was happening. He was in disbelief until moments later it hit New York City also. Twitter is alive with the news.
Post Date: 8/23/2011 2:00:53 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The new Arch Rig (press release) offers an innovative new way to follow focus:
 
Category: HDSLR
Post Date: 8/23/2011 12:00:19 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Rob asked me to share his Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM Fisheye Lens Cap modifcation with you:
 
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM Fisheye Lens Cap Modifcation
 
" ... I modified the lens cap of the 8-15 4.0L fisheye lens with two small pieces of Velcro (only the soft part). The result is very satisfying! The lens cap won’t fall of anymore even when one presses one or both clips." (thanks Rob)
 
Rob modified his original Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens cap in a similar way - using much more velcro for that mod.
 
 
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM Fisheye Lens Review
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/23/2011 10:41:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
That's what I'm hearing. I look for the next new DSLR camera and lens announcements to happen later this year - perhaps October.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/23/2011 9:18:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has also today announced the PIXMA MG8220 and MG6220 Wireless Photo All-In-One Printers (Canon press release).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/23/2011 9:12:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has today introduced the PowerShot SX150 IS, PowerShot ELPH 510 HS and PowerShot ELPH 310 HS along with a PowerShot Flash.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/23/2011 8:45:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 22, 2011
Completing list of refurbished Canon super telephoto lenses available right now are the Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS and 800mm f/5.6 L IS Lenses in stock at B&H.
 
B&H also has an unusual number of used Canon lenses available right now (look for the "Buy Used" links on the right side of the page). I'm not a big fan of buying used lenses (though I love refurbished gear), but a used lens transaction does not get safer than through B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/22/2011 7:18:33 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Some of you have expressed the desire to have the complete site index shown at the bottom of all pages as it had been. This feature is now optional.
 
I added a small on/off icon (Show complete site index at bottom of page) beside the "Site Index" menu option on the navigation bar at the bottom of each page. Clicking on this icon toggles the bottom-of-the-page site index on and off. The sample image just shown is live - it will enable the index.
 
The site should then remember your choice on all pages except the home page, which does not include this feature (due to technical difficulties).
Post Date: 8/22/2011 7:07:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I would like to address a couple of comments I received regarding my failed hard drive.
 
First, Jeff suggested using an online backup service.
 
This is a great option as long as you have the bandwidth available to make uploads happen in a reasonable amount of time. You are of course trusting that the online storage service provider will both remain in business for the duration of your backup needs (I've seen them fold) and that they will properly secure your files so they are really there when you need them (I've seen entire accounts disappear).
 
The costs for online backup services vary and should be examined. In some cases, you can buy a new external drive each month and ship it to a friend for the monthly cost of storing your files. Online backup has an availability advantage over a distant friend or family member's house, but downloading 1TB of image files is going to take a while over all but the biggest pipes.
 
I use Amazon's S3 service for website image serving and for non-image file backups.
 
 
The "Get a DROBO" suggestion from Christopher is another good one.
 
DROBO makes external RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disk) enclosures. Configured as a RAID-5 array, the DROBO utilizes the equivalent of one drive to store parity bits from the other drives (you lose this storage space). Because of this, the DROBO (and other RAID 5 arrays) can withstand one drive failure without any data loss.
 
I have not used a DROBO, but these drive arrays typically can keep working with a single failed drive. Install a replacement drive and the array rebuilds itself. Performance may suffer until the failed drive is replaced and the array is rebuilt, but no data is lost and immediate access to files remains.
 
RAID 1 (mirrored) drives take data protection one step farther, giving you complete drive redundancy. RAID 1 configurations can withstand failure of up to 1/2 of the drives - as long as they are all on one side of the mirror (unfortunately, Murphy's Law always kicks in here).
 
Performance is typically a big benefit these drives offer as the data is striped over all the drives, multiplying the disk arms available for reading and writing data. You will see this difference when using a fast attachment method such as USB 3.0, eSATA and FireWire 800.
 
While I think RAID 1 and RAID 5 are great options, I KNOW that they (and any other storage method) are alone, not enough. I have worked heavily in enterprise-level IT and have seen enough RAID arrays get corrupted to scare me. I have also seen multiple drives in an array fail at the same time. RAID arrays do not protect from fire or theft - or viruses. You NEED an off-site backup.
 
As I said before, I have not used a DROBO, but they are generally well regarded. You buy an empty enclosure and add compatible drives or buy them together in a kit. There are $100 mail in rebates available on some of the DROBO configurations right now.
 
Here are the DROBO enclosures at B&H.
 
Thanks for the comments!
 
 
Update:
 
I incorrectly referred to mirroring as RAID 0 instead of RAID 1. RAID 0 is striping only and offers no protection (only performance improvements). Protective RAID options are 1, 3, 5 and 10.
 
When shipping a drive, be sure to pack it well to insure no damage in transit. Hand delivery may be a better option. Testing the drive at the recipient location will insure data integrity.
 
I'm hearing of some trouble stories with DROBO drives. You might want to research this option more thoroughly before making a decision.
 
Thanks again for the comments (sent via email and Facebook).
Post Date: 8/22/2011 3:02:45 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon Refurbished inventory at Adorama has just been updated - there are over 100 products in stock right now.
 
Canon refurbished lenses available right now include most of the super telephotos lenses (200 f/2, 300 f/2.8, 400 f/2.8, 500 f/4), 1.4x III, 2x II, 135 L, TS-E 24 L II, 70-300 L and LOTS of other great lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/22/2011 2:10:04 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Ironic that, less than three weeks after my "Your Hard Drive Just Failed" post, one of my hard drives failed. The vendor is replacing the drive under warranty, but had my files not been backed up, I would be in a very bad situation.
 
I know that some of you moved on my suggestion to use external hard drives for your backups after my last post, but I also know that most people are not adequately backing up their files. If you are in this category, the time to backup is now.
 
Here are the external hard drives at B&H.
Post Date: 8/22/2011 12:57:04 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG Macro HSM II Lens for Canon EOS - Only $749 shipped.
 
Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS Lens for Nikon - Only $349 Shipped.
 
Also, be sure to check out the Sony SDHC pack of 2 deals at Adorama.
Post Date: 8/22/2011 12:42:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, August 21, 2011
Canon USA has announced a new PowerShot camera instant rebate program. From Aug 21st through Sep 10th, save up to $50 on select Canon PowerShot models.
 
B&H has the PowerShot camera instant rebates in place.
 
The PowerShot Camera Instant rebate form is available for download.
 
Canon USA has also announced a new VIXIA Camcorder instant rebate program. From Aug 21st through Sep 10th, save up to $100 on select Canon VIXIA Camcorder Models.
 
B&H has the VIXIA camcorder instant rebates in place. Note that you will also find existing up to $400.00 rebates available through Aug 31st.
 
VIXIA Camcorder Instant rebate form is available for download.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/21/2011 9:01:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, August 20, 2011
Here are some deals available at the Adobe store:
 
50% off Adobe CS5.5 Production Premium or Premium Pro if you own Apple Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer. Offer code SWITCH ends 9/30.
 
Save $40 on Photoshop Elements 9 with discount and mail in rebate through September 21.
 
Save $60 on Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements Bundle with discount and mail in rebate through September 21.
 
Save $40 on Premiere Elements 9 with discount and mail in rebate through September 21.
Post Date: 8/20/2011 8:49:43 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Beach Camera has the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM Lens for $1469.00 shipped (thanks Chris).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/20/2011 8:42:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 19, 2011
B&H has the Canon PIXMA Pro9000/Pro9500 Mark II Inkjet Printer for only $149.95 and $219.95 respectively after instant and mail-in rebates.
 
These are incredible printers for the money - especially the 9500.
 
Save an additional $200 if you add one of the qualifying DSLRs to the order (see the rebate form for more details).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/19/2011 3:59:48 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Amazon.com has Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 for only $149.99 Shipped.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/19/2011 3:34:18 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Hoya 77mm Circular Polarizing Pro 1 Digital Multi-Coated Glass Filter for $140 shipped - a good quality filter at a good price.
 
Update: After posting this deal, I received this note from a reader:
 
"Amazon has the same filter for $99."
 
My response was similar to this:
 
I saw that too – but I’m concerned about the super low price along with a retailer, PlusDigUSA, that I don’t recognize. Crawford's Superstore and danicamera are also unknown-to-me retailers listed on that page with the same price. Most specifically, I’m concerned that, if these are the same specific filters, the product could be counterfeit – a big problem in the filter market right now.
 
In another listing on Amazon.com, Crawford's Superstore (again), has this filter for $139.99. I am not familiar with this retailer – and am wondering why they are selling on both pages with significantly different pricing if the item is identical.
 
The third page on Amazon.com for this filter is from a retailer named Dbroth. I have heard of this retailer before - they are likely trustworthy. Their price is the normal $186.00 - though they include a useful LensPen and a blower.
 
Adorama has the same $186.00 price.
 
I fully trust that B&H is selling the real filter – and the price $140.00 appears to be a good one to me. Hopefully that clarifies this question.
Post Date: 8/19/2011 2:03:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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