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 Thursday, August 23, 2012
Here are some Adobe Adobe Creative Suite 6 Deals available at Adobe:
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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.
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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 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.
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
Nikon has released a pair of Nikon 1 Lens firmware updates:
1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6L Firmware Update 1.10: USA | Europe
1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 L Firmware Update 1.10: USA | Europe
Modifications enabled with L firmware Ver. 1.10
When this lens is used with Nikon 1 cameras released in, or after, August 2012, the camera can be turned off by locking the lens barrel (retractable lens barrel button), even if the monitor has turned off and the camera has entered standby mode.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/21/2012 10:01:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is "Up to 60% off SanDisk Memory".
Included are 120GB & 240GB SSD, and 32GB & 64GB SDHC/SDXC/microSDHC/microSDXC/USB Drives. The prices are worth a look.
Post Date: 8/21/2012 9:49:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 21, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new additions to the Canon PowerShot digital camera lineup designed for the on-the-go photographer looking for large extended zoom in compact easy-to-use cameras. For all those times when the action is just out of reach, Canon offers two new super-zoom solutions, the new PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS digital cameras featuring an impressive 30x and 16x optical zoom, respectively. Both cameras are equipped with Canon’s latest advancements in auto focus (AF) technology enhancing AF speeds over previous SX-series cameras[i] to capture the excitement in brilliant clarity and quality. The extremely responsive high-speed AF lets you capture great shots as they happen, with significantly reduced lag time. With incredible zoom capabilities, fast responsive AF, stunning resolution and easy-to-use features, both cameras are stylish and compact to take along for any occasion to help you get a good shot from the back of a school theatre or the sidelines of a game.
Borrowing from Canon’s optics expertise, these new models include long-reaching zoom and Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabilization technology which analyzes the scene being shot and compensates for camera movement for steady images and video even while panning or walking. In addition to the great optical features, both of these new cameras are also equipped with Canon’s Smart AUTO mode – which will automatically apply optimum image settings for 32 different shooting scenarios. In this mode, the camera automatically identifies the ideal setting, making high-quality images easy for anyone to capture.
“In photography, there is no substitution for great optical zoom and while our customers may not always be close to the action, these cameras are designed to help bring their photos and videos in close, with great image resolution and quality as if they were standing right there,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Digital Camera
PowerShot SX500 IS
With a 24mm wide angle lens and an incredible 30x optical zoom (up to 720mm) packed into a compact design, the PowerShot SX500 IS enables users to pull subjects in close and capture stunning, high-quality images with a 16.0 megapixel sensor and powerful DIGIC 4 image processer. With such incredible zoom capabilities, the camera is also equipped with Canon’s Intelligent IS system for rock-steady images and HD video even at full-telephoto zoom. A 3.0-inch LCD screen makes operation easy and intuitive, and displays the scene with brilliant clarity. In addition, the camera is equipped with a Zoom Framing Assist feature – a Canon technology that makes zooming-in and framing subjects quick and effortless. This feature is a tremendous benefit for those times when you lose sight of your subject after zooming in. By simply pressing the Zoom Framing Assist button located on the lower front left of the camera, the lens will quickly zoom out to help you re-locate and frame your subject. A frame box appears on the LCD as a guide to place your subject in and releasing the button quickly brings the camera back to the initial “zoomed-in” range. The lens retraction and extension is faster using the Zoom Framing Assist button than the zoom lever, and allows the photographer to keep the camera more stable for the shot, this is particularly helpful for those trying to zoom in and shoot pictures of animals or moving subjects.
Canon PowerShot SX160 IS Digital Camera
PowerShot SX160 IS
With its compact design and powerful 16x optical zoom, the PowerShot SX160 IS is a versatile camera with a dynamic optical zoom range from 28mm wide up to 448mm, perfect for everyday use. This model also features a 16.0-megapixel sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor and Canon’s Intelligent IS system – providing ultimate functionality in a compact, easy-to-carry design. The camera is always ready to shoot video with its dedicated movie button to start and stop recording HD video instantly and uses the full range of optical zoom when recording, without sacrificing HD resolution. The camera’s large 3.0-inch LCD provides a beautiful display when shooing and recording video or simply scrolling through menu options. Powered by AA batteries, the PowerShot SX160 IS is ideal for easy and convenient shooting on-the-go even when charging a battery may not be an option. The PowerShot SX160 IS digital camera will be available in red or black.
Both the new PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS digital cameras are expected to be available in September 2012 for an estimated retail price of $329.99, and $229.99, respectively.
Adorama is taking preorders for the new PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/21/2012 9:35:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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