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 Tuesday, August 21, 2012
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
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens firmware v1.2.0 is now available for download (for Mac OS only at this time).
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.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/21/2012 8:50:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Magic Lantern has released version 2.3 of their firmware compatible with the foolowing Canon EOS DSLRs: 5Dmk2 2.1.2, 50D 1.0.9, 60D 1.1.1, 500D 1.1.1, 550D 1.0.9 and 600D 1.0.2.
From Magic Lantern:
Magic Lantern v2.3 represents an important milestone - professionals from all around the world are already trusting it for their paid work. We can safely say it's no longer a hack, but it's strongly heading towards a solid piece of engineering that you can trust.
We have worked a lot on bug-fixing and usability improvements and we sincerely hope you will find it a great companion for all your shooting sessions - from hobbyist to professional.
New or improved features

  • Fast zebras
  • Customizable menu and shortcut keys
  • Automatic HDR bracketing
  • A powerful timelapse tool
  • Advanced FPS control
  • Advanced ISO control
  • Contrast and saturation adjustments for LiveView
  • Image analysis tools in photo mode
  • Very fast playback zoom
  • A great support community

Learn more at

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Post Date: 8/21/2012 8:37:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
Canon Celebrates Production Of 80 Million EF Lenses
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 21, 2012 – Canon Inc. today announced the achievement of a new EF lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of the company's 80-millionth EF lens on August 3, 2012. Production of EF lenses surpassed the 10-million mark in 1995, doubling to 20 million units in 2001. After reaching the 30 million unit milestone in 2006, Canon celebrated the production of its 40-millionth lens in 2008. Owing to the rapid spread of the EOS Digital series of SLR cameras, production for Canon's EF lenses then gained momentum to reach the 50 million unit milestone in 2009, followed by the 60 million mark in January 2011 and the 70 million mark in October of the same year. Now, just over nine months later, the EF lens series has reached the 80 million mark on August 3, 2012, adding a distinguished achievement to the 25th anniversary of the launch of Canon's EOS system.
Canon's EF lens series was first introduced together with the EOS SLR camera system in March 1987, and over the years has led the industry through the incorporation of a number of innovative technologies, including a number of world's firstsi such as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for use in lenses, Image Stabilizer (IS), a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element, and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology. Also, since last year, the EF series newly added the EF Cinema Lens series for digital cinematography and the EF-M series for interchangeable lens cameras. As a result, Canon's current EF lens lineup is comprised of 76 modelsii. In 1987, production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex cameras began at the company's Utsunomiya Plant. Since then, it has expanded to a total of four production facilities including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in Japan.
Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technologies. The Company strives to produce exceptional and reliable lenses and cameras that cater to the varying needs of photographers-from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals-while also contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/21/2012 8:25:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 20, 2012
Use coupon code USFCAMPUS50 to get the Canon EOS Rebel T4i, EF-S 18-135mm IS Lens, PIXMA PRO9000 II, Samsung 32GB SDHC Memory Card, case and cleaning kit for $1,099.00 AR with free shipping at BuyDig.
The camera and lens alone typically sell for $1,199.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/20/2012 7:20:50 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Today only: Woot has the Kodak Xtralife 72pk Alkaline AA or AAA Batteries for $14.95. Limited quantities are available. (thanks Jordan)
Post Date: 8/20/2012 7:03:08 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Use coupon code S1111000 at Adorama to get the Canon EF-S 10-22mm Lens and EF-S 18-200mm IS Lens Bundle for $1,111.00 (regularly $1,328.00).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/20/2012 5:32:03 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
About a week ago, I had the privilege of shooting in the Deboullie Mountain area in the northern tip of Maine. I will post many of the pictures captured on this trip as I get time, but have posted a Canon EOS 1D X-capture of the Milky Way and Perseids Meteor Shower with more-than-usual detail included about how the image was created.
Post Date: 8/20/2012 4:27:51 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan has the Canon EOS Rebel T4i with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens for $869.95 with free shipping (compare at $949.00).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/20/2012 3:24:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the SanDisk Ultra 64GB SDXC 30 MB/s UHS-I Memory Card for $44.95 with free shipping. Save about $10.00.
Post Date: 8/20/2012 1:51:17 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via GetItDigital) is featuring the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Body for $3,076.52 (compare at $3,464.00) and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Kit for $3,908.75 (compare at $4,299.00).
Both ship for free. Plus "You'll earn $61.53/$78.18 in eBay Bucks."
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/20/2012 11:38:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
David Hunt has an interesting project going on. He has inexpensively modified a Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II to house a computer, allowing more functionality from the combo.
Check out David's project here. (thanks Sean)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/20/2012 11:19:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, August 19, 2012
eBay (via Beach Camera) has the Samsung 32GB SDHC Class 10 "Waterproof and Shockproof" SDHC Memory Card for $24.95 (compare at $29.95). Plus, "Pay today and earn $2.50 in eBay Bucks".
I only buy memory cards from retailers I trust (to insure that I receive authentic cards) - I trust Beach Camera for such purchases.
Reikan has released FoCal 1.6.0 with the following improvements:

  • Significant improvements to the analysis and prediction algorithm
  • Addition of Canon EOS-1D X support
  • Improvements to the MultiPoint Focus Test
  • Automatic update check on startup - get quicker notification of new versions!
  • Various bug fixes

(thanks John)

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/19/2012 8:43:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Amazon has the Canon PIXMA MG6220 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer as the Gold Box Deal of the Day - only $59.99 with free shipping (compare at $134.00).
Post Date: 8/19/2012 8:26:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 17, 2012
Through Aug 28th, use coupon code PXSEEIT to save 50% on high quality 8x8 14 Page Photo Books at AdoramaPix.
Post Date: 8/17/2012 1:51:38 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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