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 Tuesday, February 26, 2013
From Adobe:
Welcome to the Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4.4 release candidate on Adobe Labs. A "release candidate" label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers. The Lightroom 4.4 update includes support for many new cameras and lens profiles.
The Lightroom team would like the community to help verify the quality of this update through normal usage as this will ensure that the application is tested on a diversity of hardware and software configurations not available internally at Adobe.
If you experience an issue with this release candidate, please submit a bug report. For more information on Lightroom 4, please visit the Lightroom product page on
Lightroom 4.4 Release Candidate includes a correction to the demosaic algorithms for Fujifilm cameras with the X-Trans sensor. This specifically impacts the following cameras:

  • Fujifilm X-Pro1
  • Fujifilm X-E1
  • Fujifilm X100S
  • Fujifilm X20

New Camera Support
The following new cameras are now supported:

  • Canon EOS-1D C
  • Casio Exilim EX-ZR700
  • Fujifilm X100s
  • Fujifilm X20
  • Hasselblad Lunar
  • Leica M
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Nikon 1 S1
  • Pentax MX-1

New Lens Profile Support:

Lens NameLens Mount
Canon 24-70 f/4L ISCanon
Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSMSony, Pentax
Sigma APO MACRO 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSMSony
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A012Canon, Sigma, Nikon
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C013Canon, Sigma

Fixed Issues:
The following issues have been fixed in Lightroom 4.4 release candidate:

  • The crop overlay tool resized incorrectly when used in conjunction with the “Constrain to Crop” checkbox in the Lens Correction panel
  • Background graphics were not correctly rendered within the Book Module
  • The supplied lens profile for the Sony RX-1 did not contain vignette information
  • Previews of photos in portrait orientation were blurry when viewed in the filmstrip in the Develop module. (Mac only)
  • Stack badges displayed the wrong count when creating new stack that included a preexisting stack.
  • The Filter scrollbar within the Library module was not rendering properly.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4 Release Candidate: Windows | Macintosh
B&H carries Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 2/26/2013 6:43:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 25, 2013
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/25/2013 2:15:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens available for $599.99 with free shipping. Compare at $649.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/25/2013 1:07:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Camera Museum has published a technical report on the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM & EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lenes.
Purchase opportunities:
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens: B&H | Adorama | Amazon | BuyDig
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/25/2013 12:35:55 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has the Polaroid 32GB Class 10 micro SDHC Flash Memory Card available for $19.99. Compare at $29.99.
Post Date: 2/25/2013 10:28:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Photoshelter:
Get Organized & Build a Better Portfolio with Jasmine DeFoore
As an award-winning photo editor, Jasmine DeFoore knows what busy editorial and commercial clients are looking for when hiring new photogrpahers. Jasmine now helps photographers create unique narratives for books, exhibitions, websites, and promotions.
In this live webinar, Jasmine will show us what it takes to build a better portfolio and stand out from the crowd. She breaks down her tips for getting organized into four main steps
1. Define your target audience.
2. Put together a cohesive edit.
3. Build a better portfolio.
4. Create your marketing checklist.
Join us on Tuesday, February 26 at 4pm EDT for this live webinar!
Register Here
Post Date: 2/25/2013 9:54:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
In late 2010, we posted a news feature on gps4cam, a geotagging app for the iPhone. In short, the app allowed you to record location data with your phone's GPS and append the coordinates to the EXIF data of your DSLR images.
In the past two years, gps4cam has released an Android version of their app and a "Pro" version of their original iOS app with many enhanced features.
gps4cam Features:

  • No need to synchronize manually the time and date of your iPhone and your camera
  • Share one bar code with several cameras
  • Visualize the trip and different capture points on a map
  • Share the geotagged pictures on websites like Flickr, Picasa or Panoramio
  • Organize the geotagged pictures with software like iPhoto, Aperture or Picasa (mac or pc)
  • Works with all camera brands including Canon, Nikon, Sony and Panasonic
  • Geotag all the usual image formats (jpg, raw, tiff…)
  • Contextual help and instructions
  • GPX export

Additional features of gps4cam Pro:

  • Long trips management improvement:
  1. Online Connection through Dropbox to GPS4CAM. This Online Mode allows you to store the necessary data on the cloud for later use. From now on, only one QRCode has to be photographed! Gps4cam Desktop finds then automatically the needed data on the cloud and geotag your photos.
  2. Optimization of the number of QRCodes to photograph. If the user do not want or cannot use the online connection, he can choose the data he wants to encode into the QR Codes (Altitude,Ultra Accurate positioning) in order to limit the number of QR Codes to photograph.
  • User experience improved:
  1. New function to catch up if you forget to launch the application. The user can move the start of the trip. Thus, the pictures taken before the launch of gps4cam are associated with the first capture made at the launch of the trip on the iPhone.
  2. Possibility to name a trip from the beginning of the trip (and not only after the ride).
  • New positioning information:
  1. Export of the altitudes. Pilots, skydivers, hikers & climbers specifically have asked for this feature.
  2. Export Ultra Accurate Positioning. This mode is the default mode when the application is run online.
  • Other functions:
  1. Possibility of transferring the entire database of trips to gps4cam or gps4cam pro.
  2. Ability to send by mail or import to Dropbox the trips full database.
  3. Ability to specify in the iPhone settings an address by default for sending GPX files or for the trips database back up.
  • Many small ergonomic improvements making it easier to navigate within the application & optimization of the app for IOS6 and IPhone 5 users.

Download Links:
gps4cam ($2.99) - iOS | Android
gps4cam Pro ($3.99) - iOS
Free gps4cam Desktop Client (click on "Downloads")

Permalink: gps4cam Goes Pro
Post Date: 2/25/2013 9:14:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Canon BG-E9 Battery Grip for EOS 60D available for $129.00 with free shipping. Compare at $139.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/25/2013 8:01:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Carl Zeiss:
ZEISS camera and cine lenses receive coveted iF product design award
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 25.02.2013. - Carl Zeiss has won five product design prizes as part of the prestigious iF design awards 2013. Three ZEISS camera lenses and two cine lenses were presented with an award during a festive ceremony on February 22 in Munich. More than 3,000 products were submitted for the iF product design award 2013, which is now in its 60th year.
The winners are the cine lenses Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9, the ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic MA 50/T1.9 (which was developed jointly with camera maker ARRI), as well as three new camera lenses for single-lens reflex (SLR) and mirrorless system cameras (CSC). One of the lenses for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X cameras even received the coveted iF gold award for particularly exceptional design, which this year was presented to only 50 of the 981 winners. This new product family of autofocus lenses for mirrorless system cameras (CSC) should be available starting the summer of 2013.
The iF product design award pays tribute to an entirely new design approach at Carl Zeiss. "For the first time, we have established a design language that aims to convey the strengths and the identity of our lenses already through their appearance, how they feel to the human touch, and the impression they create," says Martin Dominicus, Head of Marketing of Carl Zeiss Camera Lens Division. The new product design language, which will be applied to all future lenses, was created in close cooperation with the Stuttgart design studio Phoenix Design. "While ZEISS lenses have until now mainly been known for their technical precision, excellent image performance and ergonomics, our lenses will now also meet the highest aesthetic standards of our customers by becoming design objects in and of themselves," explains Dominicus. "Important in this respect are not only functional aspects such as convenient handling and operation, but also the effect that is communicated through high-quality design."
Carl Zeiss and Phoenix Design, which was founded in 1987, developed the new design language in an extensive two-year process that began with in-depth interviews with experienced users and business partners. Tom Schönherr, co-founder and partner of Phoenix Design, explains: "From the brand values of ZEISS lenses we derived product characteristics for the areas usability, perception and technology which should be mirrored in the product design. Attributes such as logical, reliable and user-oriented are reflected in the new concept for labeling and manageability." The industry designers have described the characteristics in a guideline. These characteristics will distinguish the ZEISS brand in all future products and ensure recognition across all product lines. Brand recognition will be reflected in such form elements as contour lines, the look and feel of the operating areas, and the properties of the surface. New features include an optimized focus ring, a smooth coating, and a stray light lens hood which presents itself as an optical component part of the camera lens. The lens hood's funnel-shaped form signals the high speed and performance which ZEISS lenses are known for, among others.
The names and scales on the lenses are — fully in line with a uniform and recognizable typography — in the standardized typeface DIN 1451. This typeface is not only known for its clear, classic and modern appearance; used since 1936 for German road and rail signage, it is intended to be quickly recognizable and optimally legible, even in poor lighting conditions. These are characteristics to which photographers and cinematographers also attach great importance as they make it easier to handle a lens.
"Being honored with the iF product design awards confirms that we have succeeded in creating a distinctive design. Especially for a lens, this is a major challenge as the scope to influence the design is very limited. With few but all the more typical elements, we have developed a new and modern design language that is already gaining acceptance," says product designer Schönherr.
Dominicus adds: "For us it was important that the appearance of ZEISS lenses be just as unique as their technical characteristics. We have developed a concept that enables Carl Zeiss to achieve its premium claim more consistently in the future: uncompromising technology with outstanding product design."
B&H carries Zeiss lenses.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 2/25/2013 7:12:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Cameta Camera has the Refurbished Nikon 1 J1 Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Lens (Red) available for $217.95 with fee shipping. Compare at $396.95 new.
 Sunday, February 24, 2013
The Canon Store has select Canon DSLR Cameras, Lenses and Speedlites available for 20% off. Act quickly before inventory is gone!
Note: Unfortunately, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is excluded from this offer. Also, some of the items listed below may be out of stock at the moment. Check back often for inventory changes.
Refurbished DSLR Cameras:

Refubished DSLR CameraOrig. PriceSavingsSale Price
EOS 5D Mark II Body1,759.20 351.84 1,407.36
EOS 7D Body1,279.20 255.84 1,023.36
EOS 60D Body799.99 160.00 639.99
EOS Rebel T4i Body639.99 128.00 511.99
EOS Rebel T3i + 18-55559.99112.00447.99

Refurbished DSLR Lenses and Speedlites:

Refubished DSLR CameraOrig. PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM1,759.20 351.84 1,407.36
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM1,359.20 271.84 1,087.36
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM1,079.20 215.84 863.36
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM871.20 174.24 696.96
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM839.20 167.84 671.36
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM319.99 64.00 255.99
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.99 32.00 127.99
Canon EF 1.4x III Extender399.99 80.00 319.99
Canon EF 2x III Extender399.99 80.00 319.99
Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash239.99 48.00 191.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9940.00159.99

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/24/2013 7:44:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

This is's Weekend Recap for the week ending February 23rd, 2013
In the news...
On Sunday, both Canon and Nikon announced big savings with DSLR camera and lens rebates. Nikon rebates like these haven’t been seen in several years and are scheduled to run two weeks, ending on March 2nd. Canon rebates are scheduled to last a little longer - until March 30th.
On Tuesday, Canon announced a new address for its Americas headquarters, One Canon Park, Melville, NY. The 700,000 square foot facility will serve all North and South American countries and will be one of three Canon worldwide headquarters – the other two located in London and Japan.
Also on Tuesday, Canon released an official product advisory regarding slow autofocus performance when using a Speedlite’s AF assist beam with Canon EOS-1D X and 5D Mark III digital cameras. Firmware fixes are being developed for both cameras with the 5D III firmware scheduled to arrive in late April and the 1D X firmware scheduled to arrive in late May.
On Wednesday, Nikon announced the D7100 DSLR camera. The D7100 features a 24.1 megapixel DX sensor, a new 51-Point AF system, 3.2” LCD screen, and a burst rate of 6 frames per second. One of the most notable features of the D7100 is an omission – it is designed without an optical low-pass filter.
Also on Wednesday, Nikon issued an official advisory regarding sensor dust in the D600 DSLR camera. Nikon advises manually cleaning the sensor with a sensor bulb and, if that doesn’t work, consulting your nearest Nikon service center for a cleaning.
On Friday, we published a news article on the creation of the world’s largest panoramic photo – a 320-gigapixel image of London, England, captured with Canon equipment. The panoramic image was created using more than 48,000 individual images and would be 98 meters long if printed.
And, for our deal of the week…
On Tuesday, we published a deal from where you could get a free copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 11 bundled with several popular Canon DSLR lenses. As the software normally sells just north of $100.00, this was an especially good deal when packaged with moderately priced lenses.
This has been the’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!
Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 2/24/2013 11:21:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 22, 2013
Adorama has the Refurbished Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera available for $979.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,439.00. (thanks Joshua)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/22/2013 11:51:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through March 13, CanvasPeople is offering their Canvas Prints at 40% off. They are also donating $1.00 to charity with each order.
From CanvasPeople:
CanvasPeople is donating $1 per order to the Sister to Sister Foundation when you grab this special deal! Together, we are raising awareness for heart disease. You'll feel great helping this fantastic cause and your beautiful canvas will remind you every day!
Post Date: 2/22/2013 10:39:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Western Digital 2TB My Book Essential External Hard Drive available for $94.95 with free shipping. Compare at $107.99.
Post Date: 2/22/2013 9:50:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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