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 Wednesday, December 21, 2011
It's not too late - B&H is offering free overnight shipping on select products including many Canon EOS DSLRs and Canon Lenses.
Post Date: 12/21/2011 10:48:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I added a few location-specific galleries to the site:
 
Sequoia National Park Pictures
 
Kings Canyon National Park Pictures
 
Big Sur, California Pictures
 
These were short-duration trips.
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Post Date: 12/20/2011 6:50:55 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama just sweetened these Canon lens deals:
 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens - $1,295.00 shipped (compare at an also-great-price of $1,394.00)
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L USM Fisheye Lens - $1,349.00 shipped (compare at $1,429.00)

 
More Canon Hot Deals still available at Adorama:
 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens - $1,974.00 shipped (compare at an also-great-deal-price of $2,069.00 - this deal was extended)
 
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens - $1,429.00 shipped (compare at $1,481.00)
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens - $1,799.00 shipped (compare at $1,859.00)
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens - $139.00 shipped (compare at $169.95)
Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM Lens - $899.00 shipped (compare at $924.00)
 
Here is a new reasonable deal:
 
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens - $1,319.00
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Post Date: 12/20/2011 3:25:25 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through 12/30/11, use coupon code S1234567 to get the following kit:
 
Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
SanDisk 16GB Extreme CF Memory card
Slinger Camera Bag
Additional Card LP-E6 Battery
Red Giant Adorama Production Bundle for PC/Mac (a $599.00 Retail Value)

 
at Adorama for only $2,099.00 shipped.
 
The other Adorama 5D II hot deal remains available:
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body bundled with a Slinger Camera Bag and Red Giant Adorama Production software for only $1,969.99 shipped.
 
More good Canon DSLR deals available at Adorama:
 
Canon EOS-7D Digital SLR with EF-S 18-135mm IS Lens - $1,629.00 shipped (compare at $1,699.00)
Canon EOS 7D - $1,329.00 (compare at $1,349.00)
eBay has the Apple iPad 2 16GB WiFi, Black (MC954LL/A) for $459.00 shipped featured as a daily deal (compare at $500.00).
Post Date: 12/20/2011 12:11:14 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the Canon EOS Rebel T3i and EF-S 18-135mm IS Lens Kit for $836.00 shipped.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS Rebel T3i, EF-S 18-135mm IS Lens and EF-S 55-250mm IS Lens along with a Lowepro Classified Sling 180 AW Bag for $984.00 shipped.
 
Don't forget that the T3i purchase qualifies for the $400 Canon PIXMA PRO9000 Mark II Printer rebate.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/20/2011 11:10:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Save $10 off $100 with MasterCard at Amazon.com.
 
Click on the MasterCard deal ribbon near the top of the Amazon.com home page for complete details. "Today's Savings Code: 3TLRXE3N"
 
"Amazon.com customers get a $10 discount off your order on MasterCard Savings Days when you use your MasterCard® card to purchase $100 or more on products sold by Amazon.com. Customers who complete their qualifying purchase on Savings Days will receive an additional $10 discount to use towards a future purchase when you use your MasterCard® card to purchase another $50 worth of products sold by Amazon.com. "
 
Here are a couple of good options for using this discount:
 
Canon Speedlite 580 EX II Flash - $399.99 shipped.
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens - $424.00 shipped plus a free Tiffen UV filter or $12.38 off a more expensive Tiffen filter
 
(Thanks Jeff)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/20/2011 10:38:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon Capture NX 2.3.0 (USA) | (Europe) is now available for download.
 
Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions

  • Lens information is now displayed in the Metadata palette for images captured with the Nikon 1 V1 or Nikon 1 J1 using the Mount Adapter FT1 and a CPU lens.
  • Support for images captured with the Nikon 1 V1 and Nikon 1 J1 using the Mount Adapter FT1 has been added.
  • An Astro Noise Reduction option has been added to Noise Reduction in the Camera Settings portion of the Develop section in the Edit List palette. This option reduces the randomly spaced bright pixels that occur in images of stars captured with long exposures.
  • An Auto2 option has been added to New WB under White Balance in the Camera Settings portion of the Develop section in the Edit List palette. This option is available with RAW images taken with the COOLPIX P7100.
  • When white balance is changed to Auto2 and a settings file saved, a white balance setting of Recorded Value will be applied if the settings file is used on a RAW image that does not support the Auto2 white balance setting.
  • When Set Gray Point was selected from White Balance in the Camera Settings portion of the Develop section in the Edit List palette, and the image clicked to specify a portion to use as the gray point, the point selected was sometimes not accurately reflected in the resulting white balance if the image had first been rotated. This issue has been resolved.

 
Additional modifications to the Windows version

  • This software now operates as a native 64-bit application under the 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
  • An Embed Preview When Saving NEF/NRW item with Thumbnail and Preview and Thumbnail only options has been added to the General panel of the Preferences accessed from the Edit menu.
  • In addition, preview images can later be added to NEF/NRW files saved without embedding them using the new Update Preview option in the Browser palette context menu and File menu.
  • The default setting for the Use Image Cache option in the Cache Settings panel of the Preferences, accessed from the Edit menu, has been changed to off (not checked).
  • When Capture NX 2 Ver. 2.3.0 is installed with the Use Image Cache option enabled (checked) with the previous version of Capture NX 2, Use Image Cache will be disabled (unchecked) and cached data will be deleted.
  • An issue that resulted in inconsistent display of images in the Browser palette and images inside the folder selected in the Folders palette has been resolved.
  • When a batch process was run for images captured with simultaneous RAW + JPEG recording by selecting Run Batch Process from the Batch menu with a new naming convention applied to the RAW and JPEG images, new files were not always created for the selected images. This issue has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused the Folders, Browser, and Metadata palettes to be shifted down when Windows was set to display the taskbar at the top of the desktop has been resolved.
  • When Set as Default Printer was applied to some printers with Windows, a Capture NX 2 stops working error message was displayed when Capture NX 2 was exited. This issue has been resolved.
  • When tone curves were edited using Adjust menu>Light>Levels & Curves, Adjust menu>Color>LCH, or Quick Fix in the Develop section of the Edit List palette, positions of anchor points changed unexpectedly. This issue has been resolved.
  • When the mouse cursor was positioned over the Set Black Point button in the Levels & Curves dialog, accessed via the Adjust menu>Light, to display an explanation of the feature, white point information was displayed. This issue has been resolved. (French version only)

 
Additional modifications to the Macintosh version

  • This software now operates as a native 64-bit application under Mac OS.
  • An Embed Preview When Saving NEF/NRW item with Thumbnail and Preview and Thumbnail only options has been added to the General panel of the Preferences accessed from the Capture NX 2 menu.
  • In addition, preview images can later be added to NEF/NRW files saved without embedding them using the new Update Preview option in the Browser palette context menu and File menu.
  • The default setting for the Use Image Cache option in the Cache Settings panel of the Preferences, accessed from the Capture NX 2 menu, has been changed to off (not checked).
  • When Capture NX 2 Ver. 2.3.0 is installed with the Use Image Cache option enabled (checked) with the previous version of Capture NX 2, Use Image Cache will be disabled (unchecked) and cached data will be deleted.
  • When the selection brush was used to edit an image with the image window displayed at a large size (1980 × 1080, 1512 × 1008, etc.), Capture NX 2 sometimes quit unexpected. This issue has been resolved.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/20/2011 9:25:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon ViewNX 2.2.5 (USA) | (Europe) is now available for download.
 
Modifications enabled with version 2.2.5:
 
Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions

  • Auto 2 is now available for selection from the list of White Balance settings in the Adjustments palette for RAW images captured with the COOLPIX P7100.
  • An issue that prevented display of Exposure mode in the Metadata palette for images captured underwater in Easy Auto mode with the COOLPIX AW100/AW100s has been resolved.
  • An Event box has been added under Description in the Metadata palette.
  • Lens information is now displayed in the Metadata palette for images captured with the Nikon 1 V1 or Nikon 1 J1 using the Mount Adapter FT1 and a CPU lens.

 
Additional modifications to the Macintosh version

  • Support for Mac OS X version 10.7 has been added.

 
Additional modifications to the Windows version

  • An issue that prevented the editing of metadata, application of labels and/or ratings, or image rotation on some systems has been resolved.

Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon ViewNX
Post Date: 12/20/2011 9:16:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 19, 2011
A production 1D X body has not become available to me yet, but based on information provided by Canon and a short time with a preproduction camera, I have the Canon EOS 1D X Review started.
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Post Date: 12/19/2011 3:28:11 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
BuyDig.com has the below-listed gear, along with a 16GB memory card on sale for $4,599.00 after $400.00 DSLR + Lens MIR with free shipping. The savings is about $200.00 over the already great individual 5D II and 70-200 II deals available right now - and the kit is incredible.
 
Add all three items below to your cart to get this deal:
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark II with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
Canon PIXMA PRO9000 Mark II Printer
 
 
The B&H EOS 5D II deals are scheduled to end on 12/24:
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5D Mark II bundled with SanDisk 16GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Card & Red Giant B&H Video Production Software Bundle ($694.90 Total Value) for only $1,999.95 shipped.
 
The Canon EOS 5D Mark II with EF 24-105mm f.4 L IS USM Lens is $2,799.00 shipped.
 
 
Adorama does not list the end date on their 5D II deals - the Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body bundled with a Slinger Camera Bag and Red Giant Adorama Production software for only $1,989.00 shipped.
 
The Canon EOS 5D Mark II with EF 24-105mm f.4 L IS USM Lens is $2,799.00 shipped.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/19/2011 5:05:14 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens - $649.00 shipped ($77.00 off plus $90.00 IR)
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens - $349.00 shipped ($37.00 off plus $60.00 IR)
 
Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital Camera with EF-S 18-55mm Lens & Pro9000 Printer Kit - $706.95 after $400.00 MIR and save $250.00 on the Canon EF 70-300mm IS USM Lens when purchased together.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/19/2011 3:25:43 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
SanDisk Press release:
 
PANASONIC, SAMSUNG, SANDISK, SONY AND TOSHIBA JOIN FORCES TO COLLABORATE ON NEXT GENERATION SECURE MEMORY SOLUTION
 
Five Companies plan to jointly form 'Next Generation Secure Memory Initiative'
 
December 19th, 2011-Panasonic Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SanDisk Corporation, Sony Corporation and Toshiba Corporation today announced that they have reached an agreement in principle to collaborate on a new content protection technology for flash memory cards such as SD Cards and various storage devices. Under the "Next Generation Secure Memory Initiative"*1
 
The five companies will start preparing for licensing and promotion of HD (high-definition)-capable security for SD Cards and embedded memory for use in advanced consumer applications such as tablets and smartphones.
 
This content protection solution will be robust enough to protect HD content. A high level of content security will be realized through the use of the initiative's technologies, including unique ID (identification) technology for flash memory and robust copy protection based on public key infrastructure.
 
The five companies believe this technology will enable various HD content applications such as HD network download, broadcast content to go and HD Digital Copy/Managed Copy from Blu-ray Disc™*2 media.With these applications, users can enjoy HD content on a wide range of devices, including Android™*3-based smartphones and tablets, TVs and Blu-ray™*4 products.
 
The five companies believe that they each can make substantial contributions that, when combined, will enable them to start licensing the new secure memory technology early next year. The five companies expect to see adoption of flash memory products and various embedded flash memory solutions using this technology in the market in 2012.
 
"Panasonic has always been an innovator in providing the best possible content viewing experience in the living room through development of Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D™ technologies and products" said Yoshiyuki Miyabe, Corporate CTO, Panasonic Corporation. "With our new secure memory solution, we are excited to create a strong link between the living room experience and the mobile experience. Now consumers can enjoy watching premier content, such as movies, on the go with their smartphones and tablets".
 
"Samsung believes that the time is ripe for an advanced security solution and welcomes the opportunity to deliver a highly viable solution using flash memory chips. Samsung's ongoing commitment to technology excellence will now further extend to early market availability of high-performance NAND technologies implementing the new advanced security solution," said Young-Hyun Jun, Executive Vice President, Memory Business, Samsung Electronics. Co., Ltd.
 
"Consumers are ready for a solution that enables the effortless consumption of online and offline content across multiple device platforms," said Sumit Sadana, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for SanDisk. "SanDisk looks forward to building on its history of innovation in the Flash industry by delivering optimized memory solutions to enable this new usage model with robust security technologies that can protect premium content."
 
"We believe the secure solution created by this initiative will enable customers to enjoy high quality experiences anytime, anywhere. Sony has always been focused on bringing amazing experiences to people through highly-advanced technologies in content creation, content distribution and picture display," said Hiroshi Yoshioka, Corporate Executive Officer and Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation.
 
"This technology will open a new door to flash memory applications. As a flash memory manufacturer, we are pleased that our flash memory technology will contribute to bringing people more convenient and exciting experiences of HD content. We will continue our development efforts to create surprising innovation," said Yasuo Naruke, Corporate Vice President, Vice President, Memory Division, Semiconductor & Storage Products Company, Toshiba Corporation.
 
About 'Next Generation Secure Memory Initiative'
 
'Next Generation Secure Memory Initiative' (a tentative name) is a collaboration of Panasonic, Samsung, SanDisk, Sony and Toshiba to license and promote HD (high-definition)-capable security for SD Cards and embedded memory for use in advanced consumer applications such as tablets and smartphones. For the details, please visit http://nextgenerationsecurememory.com/
 
*1 "Next Generation Secure Memory Initiative" is the tentative name, it will be decided later.
 
*2 "Blu-ray Disc", "Blu-ray" and "Blu-ray 3D" are trademarks of Blu-ray Disc Association
 
*3 "Android" is a trademark of Google Inc.
 
*4 "Blu-ray Disc", "Blu-ray" and "Blu-ray 3D" are trademarks of Blu-ray Disc Association
Category: SanDisk News
Post Date: 12/19/2011 3:17:47 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the Photoflex LiteDome XS Kit with X-Small Softbox, Basic Connector, Adjustable Shoe Mount Hardware and Multiclamp on sale for $74.99 shipped.
 
Small softboxes make a huge difference in image quality for shorter focus distance flash photography - these are especially great for macro photography.
Post Date: 12/19/2011 1:00:12 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay is featuring the Canon EOS Rebel T2i with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens for $549.00 shipped as one of their daily deals today. This price is about $100.00 off.
 
Seller is once again "asavings" - use your judgement.
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Post Date: 12/19/2011 11:44:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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