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 Friday, June 10, 2011
B&H has just received the new Canon Speedlite 270EX II into stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/10/2011 3:18:16 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In a press release issued today:
 
Wireless flash function via software update
 
Servo mode software update for mecablitz 58 AF-1 and 48 AF-1
 
Metz is providing an exceptional software update for both predecessors of the current top-of-the-range system flash devices. For the first time, functionality of the mecablitz 58 AF-1 digital and 48 AF-1 digital models can be enhanced retrospectively. The servo function for wireless flash without a mastering camera flash, launched in 2010, can now be downloaded from www.metz.de and imported to the 58 AF-1 digital and 48 AF-1 digital quick as a flash via the integrated USB interface.
 
Creative lighting with wireless flash
 
Wireless flash is becoming increasingly popular amongst photographers. To this end, Metz's top-of-the-range system flash devices provide two different functions. The camera-specific wireless TTL remote mode comes into play with the slave function. Because not all SLR cameras with built-in camera flash devices are equipped with a master function, Metz has also developed the servo flash release which enables the flash to be used as an additional creative light source in a room, with a camera without master function. This function was previously only available for the 58 AF-2 digital and 50 AF-1 digital and can now also be retrofitted for previous models.
 
Canon 600 D compatibility update
 
In addition to the increased functionality for the 58 AF-1 digital and 48 AF-1 digital flash devices, a further software update has been made available for all Metz system flash devices equipped with a USB interface. With the help of an update, they are now compatible with the Canon EOS 600 D.
 
Service and tradition – Made in Germany
 
Metz has been consistently engineering and manufacturing flash devices at its location in Germany for almost 60 years. The Metz range of flash devices extends from the high-performance mecablitz 58 AF-2 digital system flash to professional handheld flash guns and slave flash devices such as the mecablitz 15 MS-1 digital. The company, with its long-standing tradition, provides high quality products, Made in Germany, and is the only full range supplier of flash devices worldwide.
 
PDF Download
 
Wireless flash function via software update
 
Metz Flashes are available at B&H.
Category: Metz News
Post Date: 6/10/2011 10:51:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Buy a select Gitzo Basalt Tripod between now and July 31st and receive a $100 rebate check ($50 for the GM3860C). Download the rebate form for more details.
 
Buy the Gitzo Basalt Tripod at: B&H, Adorama or Amazon.com.
 
The Killer deal appears to be the Gitzo GT2830 Series 2 Basalt 3 Section Tripod at Amazon.com (sold by Amazon.com). This tripod typically sells for $649 before rebate, but Amazon.com has it for only $449.90 shipped before rebate.
 
The only catch I see is the "Usually ships within 2 to 5 weeks" notation. "Rebate requests must be postmarked by August 31, 2011." Even without the rebate, this is a good deal.
 
(thanks Chris)
Post Date: 6/10/2011 10:30:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has just announced a new 30-day return policy.
 
"At B&H, our goal is to ensure your complete satisfaction with your purchase. If, for whatever reason, you are dissatisfied with your purchase, you can return it to B&H within 30 days of purchase date."
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 6/10/2011 10:02:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon has a new round of DSLR plus lens instant rebates in place. B&H has a Nikon rebates page that concisely shows the rebate-available combinations. Rebates are available from now until June 25th.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/10/2011 9:58:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the new, inexpensive Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens in stock. I'm told the quantity of available stock is limited.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/10/2011 9:56:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 9, 2011
Adobe has posted a page outlining Adobe Photoshop Lightroom performance optimization.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/9/2011 4:23:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG Macro HSM II Lens (for Canon EOS) is on sale for $799.00 shipped (regular price is $917.00).
 
The Sigma 18mm - 200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Lens (for Nikon) is on sale for $349.00 shipped (regular price is $399.00).
 
A selection of California Sunbounce closeouts are available. Notable is the California Sunbounce Big with 6' x 8' Frame & Translucent Textile with 1/3 Stop Light Reduction that has been reduced by over $120.
Post Date: 6/9/2011 2:32:06 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has 2-pack deals on SanDisk and Lexar memory cards. Shipping is free.
 
I didn't check all of the deals, but one example is the SanDisk 16GB Extreme Compact Flash Memory Card (Up to 60MB/S Read/Write, UDMA Enabled) priced at $99.95 each or $119.98 for the 2-pack.
Post Date: 6/9/2011 2:14:35 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Have you been to Amazon.com's Warehouse Deals Page?
 
This page features product returns that have been determined to be acceptable for resale. Prices are of course discounted - and deals vary. Product quantities are usually limited.
 
Go to the deals page, select your category and then browse or select a brand to browse. You will find the product in the "Used" category on the product page.
Post Date: 6/9/2011 1:40:30 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Need to completely remove Nikon software from a Windows-based computer? Use Nikon Regsweeper.
 
"After uninstalling a Nikon software application from Microsoft Windows some associated files remain on the operating system. Running Regsweeper will completely uninstall all files installed by the Nikon software including the registry keys."
 
"Why use Regsweeper? In some rare cases when trying to re-install Nikon software some problems may occur. Running Regsweeper to ensure the system is completely clean of all previously installed files for that application will ensure there are no issues. User deletion of the registry files is not recommended as it may cause further problems, Regsweeper automatically removes these files cleanly."
 
Learn more.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/9/2011 1:13:55 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
To celebrate Father's Day, Tamron has announced a $50 rebate (PDF rebate form) on the 18-270mm Di II VC PZD 15X Zoom Lens. The rebate is valid for purchase of model "B008" from an authorized Tamron USA dealer between 6/9/11 - 6/20/11.
 
Get your 18-270 PZD from: B&H (re-opens Friday), Adorama or Amazon.com.
Post Date: 6/9/2011 11:55:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD TAPPED AS DIRECTOR OF CANON’S “PROJECT IMAGIN8ION,” A RON HOWARD PRODUCTION
 
“Project Imagin8ion” is the First Hollywood Film in History Based on Eight Independently Contributed Photographs, Produced by Freestyle in Collaboration with Canon U.S.A.
 
NEW YORK, N.Y., June 9, 2011 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging, announced today that Bryce Dallas Howard, one of Hollywood’s most versatile and dynamic young talents both on screen and behind the camera, has been invited by Canon and her father Ron Howard to direct his latest film endeavor, “Project Imagin8ion.” The initiative is the first user-generated photo contest to serve as the foundation for a Hollywood short film, which now boasts the A-list team of Bryce Dallas Howard directing and Ron Howard executive producing, in partnership with Francesca Silvestri and Kevin Chinoy of Freestyle, a full-service development and production company.
 
Launched on May 22nd, “Project Imagin8ion” encourages photographers of all levels to submit photos based on a series of movie themes: Setting, Time, Character, Mood, Relationship, Goal, Obstacle and the Unknown. The contest pulled in over 8,500 photo submissions on the first day alone and aims to foster dialogue between Canon and a community of photography enthusiasts, inspiring everyone to achieve new levels of creativity. Consumers can visit www.youtube.com/imagination to submit photos through June 14th and to vote on the semi-finalists through June 23rd. Throughout the promotion, Ron Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard and Freestyle, with the help of Canon experts and the Project Imagin8ion community, will narrow down the submissions and ultimately select eight winning photos – one from each movie theme category – to become the basis and inspiration for a short film shot with Canon EOS DSLR cameras and lenses.
 
“It is an honor for me to take part in Canon’s ‘Project Imagin8ion,’ partnering with a brand that is empowering young filmmakers and is at the forefront of technology,” said Bryce Dallas Howard. “It’s an absolutely inspired concept and I’m over the moon to not only direct this film but to work with my father, a true mentor and my personal hero. My hope is that this film will honor the creativity, passion, and artistic integrity that so many people have put into their photographs.”
 
“I think Bryce is a great choice to helm this film,” said Ron Howard. “She is artistic, compassionate, curious, and loves to think outside the box. There is nothing formulaic about her approach to filmmaking and I believe that she is the perfect director for Canon's creative experiment, given how original it is and how she is part of this digital generation. Bryce has the experience and wherewithal to create a memorable film.”
 
Script development will not begin until all eight photos are chosen, fostering a new approach to storytelling and filmmaking for the team. Production will take place during the summer and fall, a busy time for the actress/producer who will star on screen this August as “Hilly” in Tate Taylor’s film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help” and as “Rachael” opposite Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the September release of “50/50.” Also in September of this year, Howard’s producerial debut “Restless,” a film directed by Gus Van Sant will be released. The “Project Imagin8tion” short film will premiere later this year in New York City, with the contest winners in town for a red carpet event where they will have the opportunity to meet the famous father-daughter pair. “Project Imagin8ion” will mark the second time Bryce Dallas Howard has worked with Freestyle, the first being the Reel Moments short film program with Glamour magazine.
 
Grey New York and Alliance, the entertainment and lifestyle marketing division of Grey, are responsible for the campaign and talent negotiations.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 6/9/2011 11:43:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 3, 2011
I'm traveling right now - and my email backlog is growing rapidly. If your email is sitting in my inbox, please be patient - I'll reply as soon as I'm able to. Thanks!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/3/2011 11:02:02 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H now has Rokinon (Samyang) Lenses in stock.
Post Date: 6/3/2011 10:51:17 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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