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 Thursday, August 25, 2011
Photoshelter has made a Guide to Crowdfunding available for for free email delivery.
"Crowdfunding is a new and powerful opportunity to reach an expansive audience and gain financial support for your next photo project."
Post Date: 8/25/2011 9:40:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Delkin press release:
Delkin Ships Fastest CF Memory Card in the World.
Poway, CA. August 24, 2011 – Today Delkin Devices, Inc. announced their much anticipated ruggedized waterproof CF memory cards boasting the fastest read and write speeds in the world. The new cards are available in capacities ranging from 8GB up to 64GB and are capable of transferring pictures, video, music and more at speeds up to 685X, or 103MB/s. In addition to impressive speed performance, the cards are fully compatible with advanced HD and 3D video recording modes including slow motion recording.
“Since we launched our initial CombatFlash lineup of CF cards in 2010 we’ve had fantastic success among professional photographers and videographers,” explains Marketing Manager, Anna Lopez. “Unlike a traditional CF memory card, the CombatFlash PCB is protected with a Tekta infusion process that enables the card to achieve phenomenal reliability and performance in environments where a normal CF card would typically fail. The card is protected from underwater submersion, solid impact, corrosion, rust & more. That reliability equals a day of production that doesn’t need to be reshot, or a climb up Mount Everest that is captured reliably. It equals invaluable peace of mind.”
The new CombatFlash685 card includes the same ruggedized qualities as it’s 625X predecessor, but adds more than 10MB/s in speed performance and the ability to shoot in over cranking mode (or slow motion recording) with Canon’s XF series HD camcorders, including the trending XF305, XF300, XF105 and XF100 models.
Lopez states, “Sophisticated cinema recording applications like Slow & Fast Motion and HD infrared capabilities are increasingly being utilized on a regular basis. Delkin’s US engineering staff is consistently heightening their standards to not only keep up with the evolving equipment, but to also anticipate future breakthroughs that will require exceedingly fast and high quality memory.”
Delkin’s CombatFlash memory remains the only consumer flash storage brand built to comply with MIL-STD-810 specification. Extreme environmental testing has rated the CombatFlash CF line to remain fully operable anywhere between 0°C to 70°C, while soldered and sealed internal components and advanced wear leveling & error correction features manage data continuously to ensure data integrity and card longevity.
CombatFlash685 CF memory is supported by Delkin’s trusted lifetime warranty and U.S. based support center, available by phone on working days between 8am-5pm PST. This innovative product, along with Delkin’s complete lineup of imaging accessories, can be found at digital camera retailers worldwide, as well as direct from for retail prices ranging from $149.99 for an 8GB card to $899.99 for a 64GB card. CombatFlash 625X memory is also available for purchase for a limited time, with 4-16GB capacities retailing from $79.99–$229.99.
B&H carries Delkin products.
Category: Delkin News
Post Date: 8/25/2011 9:39:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 24, 2011
DxO Labs has added 29 new lens / camera combinations to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing supports for Canon, Nikkor, and Tamron lenses, for numerous Canon, Fuji, and Nikon cameras.
Visit this page to see the new combinations.
DxO Optics Pro is available at B&H.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 8/24/2011 12:57:37 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon USA CPS has sent the following notice regarding the free "Silver" CPS membership level.
Dear CPS Member,
This is an important announcement concerning CPS Silver Membership.
Effective October 1, 2011 CPS will no longer offer the 20% service discount currently being applied to CPS Silver Member repairs.
As a professional photographer, CPS understands that extended down time due to equipment repairs can be detrimental to good business. Therefore, we will continue to offer CPS Silver Members pro standard turn around times on repairs and access to the CPS Member Only 24/7 contact phone number and email, along with access to content on the CPS website including posted CPS supported Events, Shows and Workshops in your area.
Further, we encourage CPS Silver Members to explore the expanded support a CPS Gold Membership offers. CPS Gold Membership includes 3-day expedited repairs at a 30% discount along with many other benefits. Also, during the month of October we are offering a promotion when upgrading to a CPS Gold Membership that will include one (1) additional Free Clean & Check coupon. This coupon would be included along with the other items in your CPS Gold Membership Welcome Kit. Please visit the CPS website for a complete list of member benefits.
For more information:
Contact us at or call our general CPS support line 1-888-CPS-4540.
You can find the Canon Professional Services USA website at
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/24/2011 9:32:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon has today introduced a long list of compact digital cameras. Here is that list along with links to the Nikon USA press releases.
Nikon COOLPIX P7100
Nikon COOLPIX S8200
Nikon COOLPIX S6200
Nikon COOLPIX S100
Nikon COOLPIX S1200pj
Nikon COOLPIX AW100/AW100s
The I Am Nikon Blog has more information. is accepting preorders on most of these cameras.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/24/2011 9:00:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Adobe has made release candidates available for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.5 and Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 6.5
Lightroom Journal has the details.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 8/23/2011 8:44:34 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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/4L USM Fisheye Lens Cap modifcation with you:
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L 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/4L 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/4L IS and 800mm f/5.6L 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!
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
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