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 Friday, January 13, 2012
From Kirk Enterprises:
 
New Sure Grip Coating from Kirk Enterprises
 
Now available on all lens feet is a KES Sure Grip Coating. This new coating makes carrying your long lens by our lens foot with this coating safer and more securable.
 
The KES Sure Grip Coating is textured, not allowing the lens foot to slip in your hands even if they are wet. Our lens foot is still anodized and then the Sure Grip Coating is applied. We will still offer our current anodized lens feet and as an option offer the Sure Grip Coating. Also you can send in your old Kirk lens foot and we will apply the Sure Grip Coating for $15.00 plus the return shipping.
 
Look for other Kirk Products to have our new KES Sure Grip Coating in the future. Remember, Kirk Products are manufactured and assembled in the USA.
 
B&H carries Kirk Enterprises gear.
Post Date: 1/13/2012 4:58:31 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I am intrigued by the large sensor in the Canon PowerShot G1 X; and therefore, I intend to review this camera (at least the image quality from it). To get started, I have added a Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera Review page to the site.
 
Already included on the Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera Review page are:

  • USA and UK press releases
  • Information and videos from Canon Professional Network
  • A sensor size chart and comparison table
  • Interactive camera size comparisons
  • Dozens of product images including a lens extension comparison

Can you spot the anomoly between image #16 and #17 near the bottom of the page (thanks Max)?

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/13/2012 2:08:04 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Abe's of Maine has the Lexar 16GB Professional 400x UDMA CompactFlash Card for $41.95 shipped (compare at about $50).
Post Date: 1/13/2012 12:37:49 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Use coupon code BELIEVE to get 50% off of an 8x8", 14 page Photobook at AdoramaPix. These books are now $11.95 (regularly $23.95).
Post Date: 1/13/2012 10:26:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
AmateurPhotographer.co.uk is reporting that one of two existing preproduction Sigma 180mm f/2.8 OS Lenses has gone missing at CES.
 
Sigma staff were reportedly "mystified" when they discovered the lens missing on the second morning of the show.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 1/13/2012 10:22:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 12, 2012
From Corel:
 
Corel® Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Roxio® Business from Rovi Corporation
 
Corel Expands Digital Media Product Line on Windows® and Mac® with Popular Titles Including Roxio® Creator® and Roxio® Toast®
 
CES – Las Vegas, Nevada – January 12, 2012
 
Corel® today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Roxio® product line from Rovi Corporation. With this deal, Corel will expand its product portfolio to include Roxio’s broad range of digital media and security solutions. The acquisition includes Roxio® Creator®, the industry’s most popular digital media suite and Roxio® Toast®, the leading optical burning software on the Mac® platform. The deal is expected to close in February. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.
 
There are both technology and business advantages to this acquisition. From a technology perspective, Corel will draw upon the complementary video, photo, audio, and disc burning technologies found in both Roxio and Corel software to deliver even more capabilities to users and further enhance the customer experience offered across Corel’s product portfolio.
 
From a business perspective, Corel will take advantage of its well-established global infrastructure to dramatically broaden distribution of Roxio products into new international markets. Moreover, the company sees significant opportunities in combining the strengths of Corel’s and Roxio’s established retail and direct sales channels, OEM relationships, and large customer bases.
 
“We’re excited about this deal for a number of reasons, most notably the fact thatupon completion of the acquisition, we will be able to offer our customers a wider range of products, both in our digital media and WinZip product lines,” said Shawn Cadeau, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing at Corel. “Roxio has a large install base, with over 350 million units sold worldwide, and our products are offered through similar channels spanning retail, direct, OEM and enterprise sales. On the digital media side, we will have a full blown multimedia suite and a new offering on the Mac platform. For WinZip, we will be able to further expand our suite of tools, with new data protection and security software.”
 
Acquired Roxio Titles Further Expand Corel’s Product Portfolio
 
Upon completion of the acquisition, Corel will own the Roxio product line, including the following well-known titles:

  • Roxio Creator – Software to enhance, preserve, capture and share your digital media
  • Roxio Toast – The ultimate multi-media toolkit for your Mac
  • Roxio Toast – The ultimate multi-media toolkit for your Mac
  • Roxio® Game Capture – Software to record your PC and console game play
  • Roxio® Easy VHS to DVD – Preserve irreplaceable memories by transferring them to DVD
  • Roxio® CinePlayer® DVD Decoder – Watch your favorite DVDs on Windows Media Player
  • Roxio® CinePlayer® DVD Decoder – Watch your favorite DVDs on Windows Media Player
  • Roxio® BackOnTrack™ Suite – Complete media protection solution that automatically keeps your memories safe and protects your PC from both hardware and software disasters
  • Roxio® Secure – Powerful encryption for optical media and USB flash drives

Added Mr. Cadeau: “Roxio is a great fit for Corel. By combining the best of Corel’s and Roxio’s technologies, we can provide even more value to customers. In addition, by leveraging Corel’s global sales and distribution platform, we will be able to put the Roxio product line into the hands of many more customers around the world. We are looking forward to welcoming Roxio’s employees and customers to Corel as we continue to develop high-quality products that are recognized as leaders in the industry.”

Category: Corel News
Post Date: 1/12/2012 6:53:55 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
For a limited time you can get a free eyepiece with Think Tank Photo’s Hydrophobia Rain Covers.
 
The Hydrophobia 70-200 and Hydrophobia 70-200 Flash rain covers accommodate a DSLR with up to a 70-200 lens and, in the latter, a flash. The Hydrophobia 300-600 rain cover protects a DSLR with a super telephoto lens (300 f2.8 up to a 600 f4) attached, with the lens hood in position. These heavy-duty rain covers provide protection during even the toughest downpours, wind storms, or other challenging conditions. What's more, you can actually attach your DSLR and simply carry it by the rain cover. The sleeves are big enough to not only let you control the camera (with the help of a clear window around back), but swap out batteries or memory cards as well. When you check out of the shopping cart you will be asked which eyepiece you would like to receive for free.
 
Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia Rain Covers
Post Date: 1/12/2012 1:36:32 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Updated (new URL): The Canon CES 2012 Brochure is available for download.
 
The Canon EOS 1D X and Canon PowerShot G1 X are featured.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/12/2012 1:18:38 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H is accepting Nikon D4 preorders again.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon Preorders
Post Date: 1/12/2012 12:48:53 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Abe's of Maine has the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Lens in Canon mount bundled with a $50.00 gift card for only $484.00 shipped using promotion codes Loyalty15 and LENS50.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/12/2012 12:40:03 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Abe's of Maine has the SanDisk 32GB Extreme CompactFlash Card (60MB/s) for only $94.95 using promotion code Abesaves5. Compare at $139.95. Offer ends 1/21.
Post Date: 1/12/2012 10:59:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Back in November, Adobe announced changes to the Creative Suite 6 upgrade policy - basically stating that only CS5.x owners qualified for the upgrade version of CS6.
 
Adobe took a lot of criticism for this policy change - and has now announced a special upgrade offer for CS3 and CS4 owners. From Adobe:
 
We’re very excited about the upcoming release of Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 software and Adobe Creative Cloud™. CS6 will be a major new release of our creative desktop tools, with huge improvements for every type of creative professional. Adobe Creative Cloud will be our most comprehensive creative solution ever, giving members access to all of the CS6 desktop software plus additional services, new tools, Adobe Touch Apps, and rich community features. In addition, Creative Cloud members will receive continuous upgrades and updates to all products and services as part of their membership.
 
With these great new releases coming in the first half of 2012, we want to make sure our customers have plenty of time to determine which offering is best for them. Therefore, we’re pleased to announce that we will offer special introductory upgrade pricing on Creative Suite 6 to customers who own CS3 or CS4. This offer will be available from the time CS6 is released until December 31, 2012. More details on this offer, as well as any introductory offers for existing customers to move to Creative Cloud membership, will be announced when CS6 and Creative Cloud are released later this year.
 
Read the details about our Creative Suite upgrade policy.
Learn more about Adobe Creative Cloud.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 1/12/2012 10:21:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Eye-Fi X2 Card Firmware 5.0001 is now available for download.
 
Included Fixes:

  • Improved WiFi performance and interoperability
  • Improved camera compatibility
  • Direct Mode compatibility improvements
  • Direct Mode bug fix implemented
  • Direct Mode default changed to 2 minutes for connection wait time

NOTE: For customers with Eye-Fi X2 Cards running firmware version 4.1017 or earlier, the firmware update may result in a failure message after the 30-second countdown. If this occurs, please do not be alarmed and follow the instructions to remove your Eye-Fi Card and reinsert it. If you do not get prompted for a firmware update again after reinserting card, the firmware update was completed successfully despite the erroneous message. This firmware version is for X2 cards only.

Category: Eye Fi News
Post Date: 1/11/2012 10:10:48 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
J&R is now accepting Canon PowerShot G1 X preorders.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 1/11/2012 9:59:06 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
For better functionality on mobile devices, I have added a pair of arrow buttons to the lens comparison tools listed below.
 
When comparing two lenses in these tools, the mouseover functionality still works as it did before (and still does not work on mobile devices). The new buttons, located between the lens names near the top of the pages, can now be clicked to select the lens results to be displayed. Mobile device users should find these buttons to work for them. The results shown after clicking on these arrow buttons will hold until the other button is selected (or a mouseover is used).
 
ISO 12233 Resolution Chart Comparison
Vignetting Test Results Comparison
Lens Flare Test Comparison
Lens Distortion Test Comparison
 
As always, suggestions are appreciated. Thank you to those who made this suggestion.
Post Date: 1/11/2012 9:35:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon Store received a new batch of refurbished Canon EOS DSLRs, lenses and flashes.
 
In stock lenses include the 24 L II, 35 L, 50 L, 85 L II, 100 L, 100 Macro, 70-200 L II and many more. Expect like-new condition.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/11/2012 9:32:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In a blog post, Adobe has announced that Adobe Carousel has been renamed to Adobe Revel.
 
Starting today – January 10, 2012 – we will be changing the name for Adobe Carousel to Adobe Revel.
 
Visit the blog post for more details.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 1/11/2012 9:14:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 10, 2012
To answer some of the questions I'm receiving, I'm sharing my 2011 Central California photography trip itinerary below.
 
I planned my trip for this time of the year for a few reasons. First, I wanted to be in Yosemite before schools let out for the summer - so that the crowds would be light. I also wanted the Yosemite waterfalls to still be flowing strongly. And, I wanted Glacier Point and Tioga roads to be opened.
 
I was very successful with all but the last goal. While Glacier Point Rd opened the day we arrived, a 200% of normal snowpack (most in 70 years I was told) meant that Tioga Rd over Tioga Pass did not open until mid-July or so.
 
Wed 5/25: Big Sur
Flew into San Francisco. I planned to arrive in time to shoot the sunset from the Monterey area, but a late flight meant that I drove into Big Sur around midnight. We stayed in a small cottage at Ripplewood Resort.
 
Thu 5/26: Big Sur
Explored the Big Sur area south to a road slide-out below Gorda.
 
Fri 5/27: Big Sur
Explored the Big Sur area north including Monterey and Carmel. Arrived at the Holiday Inn Express in Paso Robles around midnight. The original plan was to explore the southern Big Sur area on day two, making Paso Robles a nice stop-over point on the way to Sequoia National Park. With RT 1 being closed, I adjusted the schedule. Flexibility is always important when traveling.
 
Sat 5/28: Sequoia National Park
Drove from Paso Robles (after having the front license plate on the rental SUV "reinstalled" at the local GMC dealer), through the Central CA valley (sampled the excellent fruit growing there), through Visalia and into Sequoia National Park on RT 198. Note that RT 189 entering Sequoia National Park is an amazing road. Spent the rest of the daylight hours exploring Sequoia National Park and drove to Kings Canyon National Park after dark. We stayed in the John Muir Lodge for two nights.
 
Sun 5/29: Kings Canyon National Park
Explored Grant Grove and the entire Kings Canyon.
 
Mon 5/30: Yosemite National Park
Left Kings Canyon National Park. Drove to Fresno - did laundry, got food (including more fresh fruit such as oranges). Drove to Yosemite National Park. Checked into Yosemite View Lodge. Yosemite View Lodge is located just outside of the Yosemite National Park entrance - it is at an ideal location for photographers concentrating on the Yosemite Valley.
 
Tue 5/31 through Sat 6/4: Yosemite National Park
Lots of driving and hiking around Yosemite National Park. On Sat, drove to Cavallo Point in Sausalito, CA. Cavallo Point is a few notches above the lodging quality I'm used to, but a winter deal made this ideal location for photography available to me.
 
Sun 6/5 - Tue 6/7: San Francisco, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods, Point Reyes National Seashore
Explored these areas until flying out of San Francisco at 11:20 PM Tue night.
 
List of Central California Photo Galleries:
 
Big Sur, California Pictures
Sequoia National Park Pictures
Kings Canyon National Park Pictures
Yosemite National Park Pictures
Golden Gate National Recreation Area Pictures
Point Reyes National Seashore Pictures
 
Hopefully you find some of these pictures inspiring. I intended to give you somewhat of a tour of the photographic potential of these areas.
 
Weather does not always cooperate with those of us with only a short amount of time to spend in an area. More time in an area increases the chances for great images, but the competent, passionate locals will always get the best shots.
Post Date: 1/10/2012 1:36:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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