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 Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I have posted the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Review - Part 2.
The primary updates to the 5D III review are the image quality comparisons closer to the beginning of the review.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/25/2012 12:40:44 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The British Journal of Photography is reporting that the rare Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens, billed as the "world's most extreme wide-angle" is available for purchase from Gray's of Westminster in London.
Get more information and see pictures on BJP's site. (thanks James)
Post Date: 4/25/2012 9:13:18 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Think Tank Photo:
Think Tank Photo Announces Airport 4-Sight Roller
Santa Rosa, Calif. – Think Tank Photo announces that in May it will release its first four-wheeled rolling camera bag, the Airport 4-Sight™. The Airport 4-Sight meets international airline carry-on standards. The roller’s weight has been reduced dramatically through innovative design and by a strict focus on the features that photographers find most beneficial.
With professional photography gear not getting any lighter, Think Tank set out to design a more ergonomic roller to reduce fatigue and strain on traveling photographers. Walking a four-wheeler alongside one’s self is easier than pulling it behind or carrying it over a shoulder. Putting the bags weight on four-wheels eliminates arm strain and makes rolling effortless.
Four-wheelers are superior on many smooth surfaces. On thick carpet, the Airport 4-Sight leans over to perform as a traditional two-wheel roller. It has the added benefit of rolling sideways on two wheels to easily navigate tight spaces, such as airline aisles.
Features Include:

  • High capacity. Holds Pro DSLRs with four to five lenses.
  • Integrated removable Think Tank Cable Management organizer.
  • Side hinged lid opens bag completely for quick and unencumbered access to gear.
  • Two-position locking handle for comfort and ergonomics.
  • Zippered top pocket for boarding pass.
  • Lockable zipper sliders on main compartment.
  • Reinforced bottom panel for increased durability.
  • User replaceable handle and wheels.
  • Seam sealed rain cover included.
  • YKK RC-fused™ zippers.

“The Airport 4-Sight is in a class by itself,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s co-founder and lead designer. “It appeals to frequent flyers or anyone who seeks ease in transporting gear. Smart design features like reduced overall weight and increased maneuverability, ergonomics and capacity make this rolling camera bag a breakthrough in the industry.”
Internal Dimensions: 12.3” W x 16” H x 5–6.7” D (31.2 x 40.6 x 12.7–17 cm)
External Dimensions: 14” W x 19.5” H x 8” D (35.6 x 49.5 x 20.3 cm)
Weight: 7–8.9 lbs (3.2–4 kg)
Learn more at

Post Date: 4/25/2012 2:09:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon has issued a service notice for the EN-EL15 Li-ion Battery:
This is an important announcement regarding the EN-EL15 battery which is used in the Nikon D7000, D800, D800E and Nikon 1 V1 cameras.
While Nikon takes great measures to assure high quality products, it has come to our attention that a certain number of EN-EL15 batteries manufactured by one of our suppliers did not meet Nikon’s internal quality standards. In extremely rare cases, this may cause the battery to overheat and the exterior casing to become deformed. Batteries exhibiting this problem have only been confirmed in the Nikon manufacturing process. We have received no reports of this problem from the market. Therefore, in order to ensure the safety of our customers and their equipment, we have initiated a voluntary replacement scheme for applicable products.
Customers using an applicable EN-EL15 battery may request a replacement battery ...
If you have any Nikon EN-EL15 Li-ion Batteries, you need to read the rest of the service notice here to find out if any of your batteries are included in the recall.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/25/2012 10:23:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Chromaluxe has brought us another answer to the "What do we do with those round full frame 8mm images from the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L USM Fisheye Lens?" question. Of course, any of your photos can be cropped round for this application.
From Chromaluxe:
New Shape Options for Wall Décor Now Available with HD Metal Circle Photo Panels by ChromaLuxe
The Versatile Range of ChromaLuxe HD Metal Photo Panels Has Been Rounded Out with a New, Unique Look
Louisville, KY – April 24, 2012 – ChromaLuxe (, the leading manufacturer of high definition sublimatable photo panels, today announced the availability of its new HD Metal Circle Photo Panels. The new circle panels add diversity to the company’s extensive lineup of vivid photo panels, which transform photographs into a focal point of any wall décor. With their exceptional durability and image detail, HD metal photo panels are ideal for unique deliverables demanded by professional photographers looking for individualized, customizable client offerings or gallery displays, interior designers seeking one-of-a-kind decorative installations, or decorators of high-traffic locations such as restaurants, hotels and arenas.
As with all ChromaLuxe HD metal photo panels, the new circle panels present an archival-quality, highly scratch-resistant surface that is waterproof and resistant to UV rays and other damaging elements that would easily destroy standard paper prints. Circle photo panels are offered in 8”, 11”, 16” or 20” diameters to fit any desired decorative layout and are available with ChromaLuxe’s gloss white finish for a crisp and vivid image rendition.
“A person’s home or office space is an extension of their personality, and so we want to offer the largest variety of creative décor themes so that our customers and their clients can express individual tastes and styles,” said Kristina Lowe, ChromaLuxe Director of Marketing. “Whether as a distinctive and memorable way to show off wedding photos or artwork at home, or as a bold photographic statement in an office or retail environment, ChromaLuxe has a display solution that will define an aesthetic like no other image display available.”
Producing the highest-quality metal photo panels in the industry, ChromaLuxe is the preferred supplier for professional photographic labs and digital print providers. HD Metal Circle Photo Panels can be easily integrated with the existing line up of ChromaLuxe photo panels, which range from 4”x6” up to 40”x60” dimensions, or the popular ChromaLuxe Creative Borders series of uniquely shaped photo panels.
For more information on the new ChromaLuxe HD Metal Circle Photo Panels and the complete ChromaLuxe product line-up, or to find a full listing of participating professional photo labs please visit
Post Date: 4/25/2012 10:03:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Germany has joined the list of regional Canon cashback promotions. (thanks Cem)
Get your Canon gear in Germany at
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/25/2012 9:53:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Inc. has released 1Q 2012 financial results (PDF).
Review the Presentation Material for 1Q 2012 (PDF) for an easy read.
From Reuters: Canon raises profit forecast on weaker yen.
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Post Date: 4/25/2012 9:48:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Canon Svenska ("Canon Swedish") has a cashback promotion in place. (thanks Ben)
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Post Date: 4/24/2012 9:36:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon has made Capture NX 2.3.2 Updater available for download: USA | Europe.
Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions
Support for RAW images captured with the D3200 has been added.
Additional modifications to the Windows version
When images captured with the camera’s Auto distortion control function enabled were opened or edited, Capture NX 2 sometimes quit unexpectedly. This issue has been resolved.
Additional modifications to the Macintosh version
When NEF files edited using the unsharp mask function and then saved were later opened, or copied and opened, the images sometimes appeared corrupted. This issue has been resolved.
Nikon Codec v1.14.0 is also available for download.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/24/2012 8:20:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 23, 2012
Canon USA has issued an EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera product advisory.
To Users of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera
Thank you for using Canon products.
Concerning the EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera, when the LCD panel illuminates in extremely dark environments, the displayed exposure value may change. Canon has concluded the investigation of this phenomenon, and this announcement informs you of our findings as described below.
In extremely dark environments, if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change. However, based on the results of extensive testing this change in exposure value will not noticeably affect the captured image.
Affected Product
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera
*Products whose sixth digit in the serial number is 1 or 2 are affected.
For example, “xxxxx1xxxxxx” or “xxxxx2xxxxxx” ([x] represents any optional number.)
Under almost all shooting conditions (including dark environments) this phenomenon will not affect your captured images. However, if you would like Canon to inspect your camera, we will provide this service free of charge upon request beginning in mid-May. Please contact Canon using the information below to request service.
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
Please register the EOS 5D Mark III. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when service updates are available. If you already registered, please ensure you are opted-in to receive the notification.
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON or 1-800-652-2666
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
For additional support options:
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Post Date: 4/23/2012 10:45:11 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Version 1.1.2 is now available for download.
Firmware Version 1.1.2 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

  1. Supports a new accessory, GPS receiver GP-E2.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon where a pink cast may develop over the image when the shutter is completely pressed with the camera’s power turned off (by the auto power off setting).
  3. Fixes a phenomenon where the camera operation stops after one shot when shooting in High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode.
  4. Fixes a phenomenon where the Shooting Date/Time in the EXIF data of the image shows a later time than the actual shooting time.
  5. Fixes the time zone for the Samoa Islands.
  6. Corrects errors in the Finnish menu screen. (Products for the Japanese market do not display the Finnish menu.)

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/23/2012 10:23:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon Store has the refurbished Canon EOS 5D Mark II in stock again - only $,1759.20.
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Post Date: 4/23/2012 8:46:23 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through 4/30, get 16x20" Poster-Sized Prints for only $5.00 at AdoramaPIX.
Also, use coupon code PXJST4MOM to save 20% on an 8x8" Photo Book at AdoramaPix
These would make great Mother's Day gifts.
Post Date: 4/23/2012 8:24:27 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adobe CS6 Upgrade preorders are (currently) only available at Shipping is scheduled to begin May 7th.
The new Adobe Creative Suite 6 Student and Teacher Editions and the Full Versions are also available for preorder directly from
Post Date: 4/23/2012 8:00:51 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Denmark has a gift certificate promotion in place. (thanks Henning)
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Post Date: 4/23/2012 3:59:46 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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