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 Thursday, August 23, 2012
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS Rebel T4i DSLR Body as a Daily Deal for only $759.99 with free shipping (compare at $849.00 - save $90.00). Plus, "You'll earn $15.20 in eBay Bucks."
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/23/2012 5:13:55 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the refurbished Canon EOS 7D DSLR for only $1,049.00 with free shipping (regularly $1,199.00).
From Fotodiox:
 
Fotodiox Introduces Two WonderPana Filter Systems, and its own Signature Line of High-Quality Filters for Professional Photographers
 
Leading photography distributor expands offering, manufactures its own line of camera filters for professional photographers and videographers
 
Fotodiox WonderPana Filter System
 
Waukegan, Ill. Aug. 22, 2012 – Fotodiox (www.fotodioxpro.com), a leading lens adapter and accessories manufacturer and distributor, today introduces the WonderPana 145 and WonderPana 66 Filter Systems. Designed to work flawlessly with the WonderPana Systems and compatible with others on the market, Fotodiox also introduces its new PRO line of ten neutral density filters. These ingenious lens filter systems represent the first products in the new “Wonder” line of original products planned for release by Fotodiox in the coming year.
 
Fotodiox’s WonderPana Systems are ideal for panorama, nature, architectural, fashion and event photographers, as well as analog and digital filmmakers who are looking to better manage lighting balance. A lens hood filter system designed for Super Wide Angle (SWA) and Ultra Wide Angle (UWA) lenses, they are compatible with the following lenses:

  • Nikon: 14-24mm FX, 14mm FX
  • Canon: 14mm Full Frame, 17mm TS Full Frame
  • Tokina: 16-28mm Full Frame, 10-17mm APS-C
  • Sigma: 12-24mm Full Frame, 12-24mm II Full Frame, 8-16mm APS-C, 14mm
  • Panasonic: Lumix 7-14mm, micro 4/3 format
  • Olympus: 7-14mm, 4/3 format
  • Korea Lens (Samyang and various private label versions): 14mm Full Frame

Both WonderPana Systems allow the use of Fotodiox PRO 145mm round filters including UV, Polarizer and Neutral Density (ND) filters. The large circular filter design prevents the typical glare and unwanted reflection issues often found in other designs.
 
“By introducing the WonderPana Systems, we are offering photographers and cinematographers the ability to capture images with the right lighting balance and skip the HDR software post production process,” said Drew Strickland, vice president of Fotodiox. “With the new Wonder line, we are bringing more innovative, quality products to the market and giving photographers the tools they need to capture amazing shots.”
 
Fotodiox WonderPana Filter System
 
WonderPana 145 Filter System
 
The WonderPana 145 Filter System includes a metal adapter hood that accommodates the Fotodiox PRO 145mm round filter format. It is compatible with all Fotodiox PRO 145mm filters, including the new 145mm PRO filters. It is also easily upgradeable to the WonderPana 66, allowing the use of industry standard 6.6” rectangular filters. The WonderPana 145 System holder is available with several different filter kit options.
 
WonderPana 66 Filter System
 
The WonderPana 66 Filter System will accept all Fotodiox PRO 145 filters, in addition to industry standard rectangular 6.6” filters from Schneider Optics. The WonderPana 66 System can accommodate two filters at the same time: either two rectangular filters, or one circular and one rectangular filter. Similar rectangular filter systems compatible with LEE (150mm) and Cokin X-Pro (130mm) rectangular filters are also slated for release in 2013.
 
PRO Filters
 
Six of the new PRO filters are available in Fotodiox’s exclusive 145mm round format, similar to a traditional round screw-in filter, only much larger in size. These 145mm filters, in concert with the holding system, enable full coverage of the protruding front-lens elements inherent in SWA and UWA lenses in the following filter types: Multi-Coated UV, Circular Polarizer and 4, 8, 16, and 32 ND filters.
 
Fotodiox is also releasing four 6.6” x 8.6” 4mm thick, rectangular-shaped Graduated Neutral Density filters in the following grades: ND .6 Soft and Hard Edges; and ND .9 Soft and Hard Edges. These CR-39 based ND filters can weather almost any environment, as they are practically unbreakable and scratch resistant. Fotodiox’s revolutionary new filter offerings will enable photographers and filmmakers to achieve balanced horizon shots in camera, eliminating the need for tedious post-production editing.
 
Availability & Pricing
 
The WonderPana Systems are available for pre-order starting today on the Fotodiox website and will be released October 15. The WonderPana 66 System starts at $350 and the WonderPana 145 System starts at $200.
 
As a complement to the WonderPana System, Fotodiox is now taking pre-orders on the WonderBurst HSS-8000, a 1/8000 high-speed sync wireless remote flash trigger compatible with any camera flash or strobe. The WonderBurst HSS-8000 kit includes the receiver and transmitter, and is priced at $79.95. A Sony NEX version, without high-speed sync, is also available for pre-order now for $49.95. The WonderBurst NEX allows the Sony NEX 3 & 5 Series cameras, with proprietary NEX hot-shoe, to remotely trigger a flash with a standard hot-shoe. The WonderBurst Systems will also be released October 15.
 
Watch for these products to become available at Amazon on October 15th, 2012.

Category: Fotodiox News
Post Date: 8/23/2012 1:06:06 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon Europe has issued a plan regarding Mac OS X version 10.8 Mountain Lion compatibility testing:
 
We are pleased to announce the following regarding compatibility testing of our Macintosh software product with Mac OS X version 10.8.

  • ViewNX 2 - compatibility available with Ver. 2.5.0 and later. The latest version is available for download.

We plan to test the Macintosh versions of the following software applications for compatibility with Mac OS X version 10.8 (some older applications will not be tested). We will announce our plans regarding full compatibility once testing is complete.

  • Capture NX 2
  • Camera Control Pro 2
  • Short Movie Creator
  • Nikon Message Center 2
  • Wireless Transmitter Utility (previously WT-4 Setup Utility)
  • Thumbnail Selector
  • GP-N100 Utility
  • IPTC Preset Manager
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0

We do not intend to provide compatibility with the following applications.

  • Capture NX Ver. 1.x
  • Camera Control Pro Ver. 1.x
  • Nikon Capture series
  • ViewNX Ver. 1.x
  • Nikon Transfer Ver. 1.x
  • PictureProject
  • Nikon View series
  • Nikon Scan series
  • PictureProject COOLPIX Remote Control
  • WT-3 Setup Utility
  • Wireless Camera Setup Utility
  • Wireless Connecting Utility
  • nik Color Efex Pro 2.0
  • PC-PJ Transfer

See the announcement regarding Mac OS X version 10.7 “Lion” compatibility.
 
In addition, we do not plan to provide compatibility for other software, or SCSI- or serial-connection products. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/23/2012 10:19:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Need an HDSLR rig? Now is a great time to pick up one at a hot price: Adorama is having a major stock reduction sale on the Flashpoint Shoulder Rig with Rails, Arm.
 
This rig normally sells for $699.95, but is being blown out for only $139.95 - Save $560.00. As I post this deal, there are only 30 units available - buy fast if you want one!
Post Date: 8/23/2012 10:04:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon UK just introduced an EOS 60D and 7D rebate program: "Purchase a Canon EOS 60D or EOS 7D between 23rd August 2012 – 31st October 2012 and receive up to £80* cashback". The rebate amount is £40 for the 60D and £80 for the 7D.
 
In the UK, get your 60D at: Amazon.co.uk | Jessops
 
And get your 7D at: Amazon.co.uk | Jessops
 
"For a limited time only, customers who purchase the new EOS 650D will also receive a Canon 300EG camera bag."
 
Get your 650D at: Amazon.co.uk | Jessops
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/23/2012 9:54:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Here are some Adobe Adobe Creative Suite 6 Deals available at Adobe:
 
Update: Date extended through Aug 24th, 2012. Use coupon code DOD40DWP to save an additional 40% on Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design and Web Premium Student and Teacher Edition.
 
The special introductory pricing for existing Adobe Creative Suite customers (40% off - $29.99 per month for your first year of membership) ends Aug 31st.
 
Through Aug 26, 2012, use coupon code BTS2012 to save an additional $100 on Adobe Creative Suite 6 Student and Teacher Edition.
 
The only way to upgrade to Creative Suite 6 is on Adobe.com.
Post Date: 8/23/2012 9:44:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Adorama has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens Kit for $4,098.00 with free shipping. Save $200.00.
 
Save $70.00 more after rebate by buying the Canon Pixma PRO9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer at the same time.
 
There is a currently a $100.00 instant rebate on this printer along with a $400.00 mial-in rebate available when purchased with a select Canon EOS DSLR (many qualify). Use the with-printer rebate to save $70.00 after rebate on any of those EOS DSLRs - and get a free printer of course.
The Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens was among the pile of gear I hauled up to Northern Maine two weeks ago. I'm sharing a sample picture of Rocky Brook Falls in Northern Maine taken with this lens along with some information about the capture of this photo.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/22/2012 3:17:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Update: The Windows version of this firmware update is now available (formerly only the Mac version was available).
 
Important Update (thanks Andy): "For the following post that you made, I just wanted to make sure you're aware that a lot of people are having issues updating their firmware. It would update and then get stuck at around 66% or sometimes even jumps to close to 3000% and hang. Users have no choice but to remove the battery and then try again but it would constantly fail and brick the lens. The solution to this is to clear all the registered batteries from the camera and to try and update with a full battery. Not sure why this is but it's been working for a lot of people, including me."
 
Here is a forum post discussing the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens firmware update problem.
 
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens firmware v1.2.0 is now available for download.
 
Firmware Version 1.2.0 addresses the following phenomenon
 
1. If pressure is applied to the lens barrel while the lens is mounted to the camera (pressure can be applied even while attaching the lens cap or while carrying the camera with the lens attached in a bag), the autofocusing function of the lens may stop working.
 
A Canon EOS 1D X, 5D III (at v1.1.3 or later) or a Rebel T4i/650D is needed to install the upgrade. Alternatively, the lens can be sent to Canon Service to have the firmware upgrade installed.
 
How to determine if this firmware update is needed:
 
If the third digit in the EF 40mm STM Lens serial number is a 0, 1 or 2, the firmware update is needed:
 
xx0xxxxxxx, xx1xxxxxxx, xx2xxxxxxx
 
Otherwise, firmware version 1.2.0 or later has already been installed in the lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/22/2012 12:28:25 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
FAQ: Is the Canon EOS 1D X affected by the Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS and EF 800mm f/5.6L IS Service Notice Regarding IS Noise?
 
Canon has not released an offical statement regarding this issue, but I can tell you that my 1D X attached to my un-corrected Canon EF 200mm f/2.0L IS USM Lens produces a normal IS sound.
 
Roger at LensRentals.com confirms that the several Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lenses he tested on a 1D X also produce a normal IS sound.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/22/2012 11:45:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
You may not want to admit it, but I know that you were more "focused" on the photographers at the 2012 Olympic Games in London than on the athletes. Unfortunately, the TV cameras did not spend as much time focusing on these professional participants as we might would have liked.
 
The lack of news coverage of the photographers may have left you wondering what vest they were all wearing. Wonder no longer. Via a press release this morning, Domke revealed that they were the “Official vest supplier” to these games.
 
TIFFEN COVERS THE PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS THAT COVER THE LONDON 2012 GAMES
 
The Tiffen Company’s Domke PhoTOGS Vest chosen as the “Photographers’ Vest” for Official Press Photographers covering the London Olympics
 
The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer and distributor of award-winning accessories for the still imaging, video, motion picture and broadcast markets, is pleased to announce that the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) chose to supply the 4,000 Official Press Photographers covering the London 2012 Olympic Games with Tiffen’s highly popular Domke PhoTOGS Vests. When LOCOG was looking for a supplier of photographers' vests, they naturally turned to The Tiffen Company and chose the Domke PhoTOGS Vest, the vest of choice for so many press photographers throughout the world. Put to the test during the world’s most-watched sporting event, the Domke PhoTOGS Vest earned a gold medal of its own, proving through its versatility and durability that it was more than capable of helping photographers catch every action-packed moment of the 2012 London Olympic Games.
 
Domke PhoTOGS Vest at 2012 Olympic Games in London
 
Shown are just a few of the hundreds of Domke Vests supplied to the Olympic media.
 
“The London 2012 Olympic Games were filled with so many memorable moments, from winning Olympic Gold to setting new world records, and capturing these moments is paramount for a photojournalist,” said Steve Tiffen, president and CEO, The Tiffen Company. “We’re thrilled that the Domke PhoTOGS vest was selected as the photographers’ vest supplied by LOCOG for the Games. The flexibility of the vest lends itself to quick, fluid movements, and an array of pockets means camera accessories are readily accessible, making the task of capturing moments that happen in the blink-of-an-eye easier than ever.”
 
The number one choice of the White House News Photographers Association, Domke has carved its path as the go-to source of photo gear and accessories for photojournalists worldwide, officially securing its gold-medal status in the realm of sporting photography. The Domke PhoTOGS Vest is made of 100% machine-washable cotton, with cotton mesh panels at yoke and back to provide cooling ventilation. The vest is full-cut for comfort and practicality, and has 18 pockets in all, consisting of cargo pockets, pockets with weather-tight zipper closures, huge back pockets and pen/pencil pockets. The removable press pass holder ensures photojournalists will never be caught without proper and necessary identification.
 
Domke PhoTOGS Vest Specifications

  • 100% machine washable cotton, pigment-dyed for the popular "stonewashed" look
  • Cotton mesh panels at yoke and back provide cooling ventilation
  • Shoulders are padded and quilted
  • Full-cut for comfort and practicality
  • Raised and padded collar for extra comfort
  • Size adjustment tabs
  • Heavy-duty double-pull zipper provides an adjustable closure for greater comfort
  • Removable press pass/ID holder
  • 18 Pockets
  • Cargo pockets are lined with waterproof nylon
  • Pockets with weather-tight zipper closures
  • Huge back pockets
  • Pen/pencil pockets
  • Roomy hand warmer pockets

Available in six sizes: Small – XXL
 
Find the Domke PhoTOGS Vest at Adorama or Amazon.

Category: Domke News
Post Date: 8/22/2012 9:05:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon has today announced new COOLPIX compact digital cameras. Models feature Android OS, Wi-Fi, tiny size, backside illumination CMOS sensor, wide aperture and/or long zoom range.
 
Nikon COOLPIX S6400/S800c/S01 Press Release: Nikon, Inc. | Nikon USA (S800C) | Nikon USA (S01)
Preorder S01: Adorama
 
Nikon COOLPIX P7700 Press Release: Nikon, Inc. | Nikon USA
Preorder 7700: Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/22/2012 8:34:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 21, 2012
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens (white box - removed from camera kits) as a Daily Deal once again - for $799.99 with free shipping. Compare at $950.40. Plus, "You'll earn $16.00 in eBay Bucks."
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/21/2012 2:56:15 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through Aug 29th, use coupon code 45VID812 to save 45% Off Clearance Refurbished Camcorders at the Canon Store. The selection is light, but the deals are excellent.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/21/2012 1:11:17 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Hot Deal: eBay (via authorized retailer Beach Camera) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS Lens, BG-E11 Battery Grip, Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash and SanDisk 64GB SDXC as a Daily Deal for only $4,350.00 with free shipping.
 
Compare at $5,231 - nearly a $1,000.00 savings! Act fast - I doubt these will last long.
John Harrington (Washington DC Photographer) over at the Photo Business News Blog today made a post titled "Protecting the valuable asset of software serial #'s".
 
In this post, John makes an important point - one that I agree with. Your software license keys are important assets that need to be backed up. How much did you pay for Adobe Photoshop? John talks about keeping copies of the license keys stored in paper files or stored digitally.
 
I have made multiple image file backup posts warning you that hard drives are going to fail (they will), and want to expand slightly on John's related backup topic.
 
I maintain an external USB backup hard drive (currenty a Western Digital My Passport 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - I love it) that includes full copies of all the installation CDs/DVDs for all of the software I have purchased or downloaded - including Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium, Microft Office, Microsoft Visual Studio, Canon EOS Solution Disk, laptop device drivers, etc. In the root folder for each software application, I add a text file that includes the installation serial number for that software. This drive along with an OS recovery DVD goes with me everywhere. I can rebuild my laptop hard drive from anywhere I happen to be (or just re-install an application) using the external hard drive.
 
Storing software on a hard drive has other advantages. I include this hard drive in my off-site backup drive rotation - a fire at my primary location will not affect my ability to access my licensed software. Loading a new computer (an enormous and regular task for me) is much faster when the installation software is available on a hard drive. The where to store all of the software installation DVDs becomes a non-issue since, after copying them to the hard drive, you seldom need any of them (definitely still keep them).
 
Check out John's book, Best Business Practices for Photographers, Second Edition - it is a must-read for anyone professionally engaged in photography or considering doing so.
 
 
On topic is that Amazon just introduced Amazon Glacier:
 
Amazon Glacier is an extremely low-cost storage service that provides secure and durable storage for data archiving and backup. In order to keep costs low, Amazon Glacier is optimized for data that is infrequently accessed and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable. With Amazon Glacier, customers can reliably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month, a significant savings compared to on-premises solutions.
 
Companies typically over-pay for data archiving. First, they're forced to make an expensive upfront payment for their archiving solution (which does not include the ongoing cost for operational expenses such as power, facilities, staffing, and maintenance). Second, since companies have to guess what their capacity requirements will be, they understandably over-provision to make sure they have enough capacity for data redundancy and unexpected growth. This set of circumstances results in under-utilized capacity and wasted money. With Amazon Glacier, you pay only for what you use. Amazon Glacier changes the game for data archiving and backup as you pay nothing upfront, pay a very low price for storage, and can scale your usage up or down as needed, while AWS handles all of the operational heavy lifting required to do data retention well. It only takes a few clicks in the AWS Management Console to set up Amazon Glacier and then you can upload any amount of data you choose.
Category: File Backup
Post Date: 8/21/2012 11:08:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon Short Movie Creator 1.2.0 Updater is now available for download: Europe.
 
This software updates Short Movie Creator Ver. 1.0.0 and Ver. 1.1.0 to Ver. 1.2.0. Short Movie Creator Ver. 1.0.0-1.1.0 must be installed before proceeding with this update. Short Movie Creator software is only supplied on CD with Nikon 1 V1 and J1 digital cameras.
 
Short Movie Creator is a movie editing software application that enables you to easily create original movies with the effects and background music of your choice, using images and movies taken with a digital camera. Short Movie Creator analyzes the registered source files and automatically edits the movie based on the settings that you apply. Movies created with Short Movie Creator are referred to as "short movies".
 
Modifications made in this version
 
The speed at which NEF and NRW files are displayed has been increased.
 
The order in which registered music files are displayed in the Music selection area can now be changed using drag-and-drop operations.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/21/2012 10:05:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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