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 Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The following review-placeholder pages are now loaded with product images, preorder opportunities and links to other information:
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Review
Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Review
Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip Review
 
Note that the Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT is only $319.00 at B&H but is priced at $470.00 at Amazon.com. It is unusual for two major retailers to be asking such disparate prices for a new Canon item, so I suspect an Amazon.com price mistake.
 
In the USA, BuyDig.com has started charging credit cards for 5D III preorders. (thanks Laszlo)
 
Check out the CPN site for WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter information.
 
Also check out the CPN site for GP-E2 GPS information.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/21/2012 1:08:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Digital Photo Pro v3.11.10, supporting the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III is not yet available on Canon's site, but the instruction manual is now available for download.
 
Key new features in DPP v3.11.10, aside from 5D III support, HDR (High Dynamic Range), are DLO (Digital Lens Optimizer), Composite Images images and the Map Utility.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/21/2012 12:24:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Category: Zeiss Preorders
Post Date: 3/21/2012 9:32:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I have posted some used gear for sale - including a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, Speedlites, Lowepro backpacks, Gitzo ...
Post Date: 3/20/2012 4:46:38 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
Canon Marks The 26th Consecutive Year Placing In The Top Five Among U.S. Patent Holders
 
Canon Achieved A New Record in 2011 with 2,813 Patents, Ranking Third Overall
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 20, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced its parent company, Canon Inc., was granted 2,813 new U.S. patents during the 2011 calendar year, surpassing the company record of 2,543 new patents in 2010. Based on weekly patent counts issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for 2011, Canon Inc. placed third overall marking a new milestone in the company's history as one of the top five patent holders worldwide for more than a quarter of a century.
 
"Maintaining a solid dedication to research and development enables us to maximize efficiency, increase precision and ensure a diversified lineup of future products that will continue to solidify our brand," said Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel, Canon U.S.A. "2011 was a year we overcame numerous challenges; yet our commitment to research and development enabled us to set new records."
 
Patents granted in 2011 continue to drive innovation for Canon Inc. well into the future. To date, Canon Inc. has created core product technologies in fields such as image capture, electrophotography, inkjet printing, lithography, and display as well as common platform technologies including digital processing, production engineering, quality management and environmental technologies.
 
In addition to strengthening and expanding existing businesses, Canon Inc. is committed to the future with a focus on promoting research and development in areas such as medical imaging, intelligent manufacturing and mixed reality. Achieving new advancements throughout a variety of technologies helps to produce a wide range of synergies between products, delivering new value and solutions to customers.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/20/2012 4:43:32 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay has the refurbished "Motorola XOOM Tablet 3G 32GB Black WiFi Verizon LTE Rdy Honeycomb Android 10.1" featured as a Daily Deal for only $289.99 shipped. "4G LTE upgradeable" - Be sure to read the listing.
Category: Motorola Deals
Post Date: 3/20/2012 1:35:26 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Corel:
 
New CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 Powers Total Creativity and Design
 
Latest Release Features Advanced OpenType Support, Custom Built Color Harmonies, New Page Layout Capabilities, Native 64-bit and Enhanced Multi-Core Support
 
Ottawa, ON - March 20, 2012
 
Corel Corel today announced the launch of CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X6, the newest version of its flagship graphics suite. Featuring a completely revamped typography engine, inspiring new color styles and harmonies, and powerful shaping tools, the new suite offers graphics professionals its most creative and powerful tools to date. With a focus on opening up new creative possibilities for the design community, this major upgrade delivers improved workflow and performance making it even easier for both aspiring and experienced designers to connect with assets, work with leading edge tools and technology, and output their design projects with confidence.
 
"Our CorelDRAW community consistently inspires us with their creativity and versatility. Our members play a central role in helping us determine the essential features and enhancements that will help to accelerate the design process while enabling them to showcase their true design style, ," said John Falsetto, Senior Product Manager for CorelDRAW. "We want to provide our users with all of the tools and options they need to be as creative and productive as possible so that they can share their vision and inspire others through their work."
 
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 Delivers Power and Versatility; Expands Creative Capabilities
 
The following new features, along with numerous time-saving enhancements, are designed to address the needs of CorelDRAW users in a wide variety of industries including sign making, graphic design, fashion/apparel design, wide format printing, marketing, print production, screen printing, awards and engraving, vehicle wrap design, and other businesses of all sizes.
 
New Feature Highlights

  • Advanced OpenType® Support: Create beautiful text with advanced OpenType® typography features, such as contextual and stylistic alternates, ligatures, ornaments, swash variants, and more.
  • New Custom-built Color Harmonies: Modify colors collectively in a harmony and analyze colors and hues to deliver complementary color schemes.
  • New Native 64-bit and Enhanced Multi-Core Support: Quickly process files and images up to 50% faster than before.
  • New Creative Vector Shaping tools: Creatively add effects using four new vector shaping tools - Smear, Twirl, Attract and Repel.
  • New Styles Engine and Docker: Format with speed and simplify the creation, application, and management of styles for consistent formatting across multiple objects.
  • New Website Creator™ X6: Build and manage websites with ease using the Site Wizard, templates, drag-and-drop functionality and seamless integration with XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, and XML.
  • New Smart Carver™: Remove unwanted areas from an image while simultaneously maintaining the photo's aspect ratio.
  • Improved Page Layout Capabilities: Create design layouts with ease using new and improved Master Layer functionality, Alignment Guides, Interactive frames and much more.
  • Redesigned Object Properties Docker: Save time, fine-tune designs and get access to the object settings in one centralized location.

"People are looking for software that produces professional results without the complexity. This is especially important for those who rely on graphic software for their business," said Kathleen Maher, Senior Analyst at Jon Peddie Research. "This is what CorelDRAW Graphics Suite was designed to do, and we see that legacy continuing strong in the new version. Corel has balanced new features that keep the software competitive for experienced designers, but new users can still get up and working quickly."
 
Added Maher: "The latest version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite keeps pace with today's hardware with support for 64-bit memory and multi-core processing. Corel has added significant new features into every module making it a very well-rounded suite of products. Most intriguing, we like the way CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 offers features that straddle traditional boundaries between illustration, design, drafting, and imaging. We are finding more and more people are doing more in their every day jobs and products like CorelDRAW Graphics Suite let them work with one package they can easily learn and grow with."
 
What's Included in CorelDRAW Graphics X6
 
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 includes CorelDRAW® X6, an intuitive vector-illustration and page-layout application; Corel® PHOTO-PAINT™X6, a professional image-editing application; Corel® PowerTRACE™ X6, a utility to quickly and accurately convert bitmaps into editable vector graphics; Corel® CONNECT™ X6, a full-screen browser to search the suite's digital content on a computer, local network, or disc and stock imagery from iStockPhoto® and Fotolia; Corel CAPTURE™ X6, a one-click screen capture utility; and new to the suite is Corel® Website Creator™ X6 for designing and building websites.
 
Users also receive 10,000 high-quality clipart and images; 1,000 new professional high-resolution digital photos; 1,000 OpenType fonts, including premium fonts, such as Helvetica®; 2,000 vehicle templates; 350 professionally designed templates; and 800 frames and patterns. Corel will continue to enhance the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 experience by making more content and functionality available throughout the lifecycle for X6 users.
 
For a full list of everything included in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 and to download a free 30-day fully-functional trial version, please visit www.corel.com/coreldraw.
 
Availability and Pricing
 
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 is now available in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Brazilian-Portuguese and Dutch and can be downloaded from Corel's website at www.corel.com/coreldraw. In North America, the full version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 is $499 (US and CDN) and the upgrade is available for $199 (US and CDN). Commercial and education volume licenses are also available.
 
B&H carries Corel products.

Category: Corel News
Post Date: 3/20/2012 1:23:25 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Update: Sold out:
 
Yes, this is the first Canon EOS 5D Mark "III" deal:
 
Adorama has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS Lens bundled with "SanDisk 32GB ExtremePRO SDHC Memory Card, Canon Deluxe Photo Backpack 200EG - Red Giant Adorama Production Bundle for PC/Mac a $599.00 Retail Value" for $4,299.00
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/20/2012 9:44:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
Canon Hollywood Professional Technology And Support Center Now Fully Operational
 
First Canon Facility in the U.S.A. with the Capability to Service All Canon Lens Types Supporting Canon's Cinema, Television and Professional Photography Customers
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y./HOLLYWOOD, Calif., March 20, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that the Canon Hollywood Professional Technology and Support Center is fully operational, offering comprehensive product repair and support services for Canon's professional products. This is the first Canon facility in the United States with the precision equipment, staff and expertise to repair all Canon professional lens types, including the Company's award-winning EF series photography lenses, brand new EF Cinema lenses, and broadcast and studio lenses. Full repair services for Canon's extensive lineup of cameras, including the new Cinema EOS C300 camera, XF/XA Series high definition camcorders, and professional-grade EOS Digital SLR cameras are also available at the facility.
 
"This is an amazing time for Canon, as just a few weeks ago we started shipping the new Cinema EOS C300 cameras and EF Cinema lenses. As we enter these new and exciting markets, we are proud to offer Canon's convenient, timely and high quality service and support to professionals working in and around Hollywood," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
 
The Hollywood Professional Technology and Support Center brings Canon's award-winning service and support to Hollywood, serving the growing number of professional cinema, broadcast and television production customers. The facility, located on the historic Sunset Gower Studios lot at 6060 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, provides a local site to foster support, research, service and training for Hollywood's entertainment industry. In addition to product service, the facility acts as a base for Canon's regional operations and provides training and support to industry partners, including dealers and rental houses. The new facility and highly trained Canon staff also offer hands-on Canon Live Learning seminars to current and potential clients on the latest Canon professional products. To learn more about these comprehensive educational offerings, please visit: www.usa.canon.com/proworkshops
 
On-site repair operations include two state-of-the-art camera body and lens adjustment rooms, Canon's most advanced adjustment and calibration equipment, local spare parts inventory, and an experienced repair staff that will return Canon's professional products to their original factory condition and operation.
 
An advance reservation is required for all service and support requests handled by the Hollywood facility. Customers requesting support should call 1 (855) CINE EOS to schedule an appointment. Additionally, as an added benefit for Canon Professional Services (CPS) Platinum and Gold level members, a reservation for support can be made via the CPS hotline 24 hours a day at 1 (888) CPS-4540.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/20/2012 9:24:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From WD:
 
WD® Ships First 2 TB Portable Hard Drive With Next-Gen My Passport®
 
World's Top-Selling External Storage Solution Gets Capacity Boost, Premium New Design, Improved Signature Features of Security and Automatic Backup
 
IRVINE, Calif., March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Digital® (NYSE: WDC) today announced the next generation of its top-selling My Passport® line of portable hard drives, offering consumers a fresh new enclosure design and the first-ever 2 TB capacity in a portable drive. Now available in five popular colors: white, black, silver, blue, and red, with a range of capacities beginning from 500 GB, the new sleeker My Passport portable drives offer digital consumers an appealing array of storage options that reflect their personal style. Additionally, the new My Passport drives offer WD SmartWare™ automatic backup software and WD Security™ for password protection and hardware encryption.
 
With the addition of premium finishes, specially-engineered to make the outer shell more resistant to scratches and fingerprints, the new My Passport external drives feature ultra-fast USB 3.0 connectivity; USB 2.0 compatibility; continuous, automatic backup software; and password protection with hardware encryption. The included software offers the flexibility to customize the drive to a user's storage preferences: installing all features, just the components needed, or using the drive without the software. The new 2 TB model offers massive capacity in an amazing pocket-sized enclosure, affording plenty of secure storage for all of one's photos, video, music and other important files.
 
Given the small form factor and easy portability of My Passport drives, the built-in security features of password protection and hardware encryption help protect files from unauthorized use, making the drives safe data repositories for data while offering peace of mind to busy consumers on the go.
 
"More than money, jewelry and other valuables, the item most missed if ever lost or stolen is one's computer – and everything on it – so our goal in launching the next-generation of the popular My Passport drives is to encourage more consumers to protect their data before something happens," said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups. "The new My Passport makes backing up and preserving one's digital life easier, reliable and more secure than ever – it's the perfect blend of monstrous capacity, reliability and user-friendly technology in a sleek form factor, now in five colors."
 
Pricing and Availability
 
My Passport drives come with a 2-year limited warranty and are available online at the WD store at www.wdstore.com and at select retailers and distributors. MSRP is $129.99 USD for 500 GB, $149.99 USD for 750 GB, $179.99 USD for 1 TB, $199.99 for 1.5 TB and $249.99 USD for the new 2 TB edition. Additional information on the My Passport family of hard drives can be found at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/external/portable/.
Post Date: 3/20/2012 8:36:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 19, 2012
Update (lens name correction):
 
Adorama has the Tokina 16-28MM F/2.8 ATX Pro FX Zoom Lens and Nikon mount for only $699.00 after $50.00 rebate and $100.00 instant Adorama discount.
 
This deal expires on 3/30/12.
Post Date: 3/19/2012 6:32:44 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In a post today, Nikon Japan has revealed that the initial inventory is not expected to satisfy initial demand for the D800 DSLR.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/19/2012 2:52:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Post Date: 3/19/2012 2:45:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
James just sent me the first Canon EOS 5D Mark III on-the-street sighting notice:
 
"The 5D3 is in stock and for sale at The Digital Centre, 38 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 1BZ, UK"
 
In stock is the with-24-105 L Lens kit. I'm sure that we will see the 5D Mark III showing up everywhere very soon.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/19/2012 11:07:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Firmware update v0554 for Mac has been released for the Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader.
 
The new firmware adds support for UDMA 7. Again, this is the card reader I use.
Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 3/19/2012 10:27:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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