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 Tuesday, April 01, 2014
We would like to make it clear to all our site visitors – Samyang has NOT been acquired by Sigma. The post was entirely fictional.
 
No harm meant! We're big fans of Samyang/Rokinon lenses here at The-Digital-Picture.com and don't want anyone to actually think they're going away. ;-) [Sean]
Post Date: 4/1/2014 4:36:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
I don't live in Kansas City, but this has gotten me looking into real estate options in the area. [Sean]
 
From Google Fiber YouTube Channel:
 
Today, we launched our Coffee to the Home (CTTH) program for Kansas City residents. We're delivering made-to-order coffee drinks straight to our users at fiber speeds—through the same fiber jack that delivers 100 times faster Internet.
Post Date: 4/1/2014 3:25:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon USA:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 1, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the expansion of its service facilities with the opening of a new service and support center in Itasca, Ill. This facility, located just outside of Chicago, will provide comprehensive product repair and maintenance of Canon’s professional products to Cinema, Platinum, and Gold level members of Canon’s Professional Services (CPS) program, and owners of Canon professional broadcast lenses.
 
The Itasca facility features repair and maintenance operations for Canon’s extensive lineup of professional cameras, including Cinema EOS and EOS Digital SLR cameras, high-definition camcorders, and all of Canon’s lenses, including EF series photography lenses, Cinema lenses and broadcast lenses. Repair operations at the facility include four state-of-the-art camera body and lens adjustment rooms, Canon’s most advanced adjustment and calibration equipment, spare parts inventory, and experienced repair staff.
 
“The new Itasca Professional Service and Support Center is a testament to the growth and demand of Canon’s professional imaging products and the local support needed for imaging professionals working in or around Chicago,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A. “We believe in providing industry-leading support where our professional photography, cinema, broadcast and television production customers work so that we can return their products to the original factory condition and operation as quickly as possible.”
 
The Itasca facility is Canon’s third service facility exclusively available to professional clients, joining the Canon Hollywood Professional Technology & Support Center, located in Hollywood, Calif., and the New York/New Jersey service and support center, located in Ridgefield Park, N.J. These facilities provide local support to key markets and deliver an average in-house repair process time of less than three days.
 
An advance reservation is required for all service and support requests handled by the Itasca, Hollywood, and Ridgefield Park facilities. Canon Professional Services (CPS) Cinema, Platinum and Gold level members can make a reservation via the CPS hotline by calling 1 (888) CPS-4540. Non-CPS owners of Cinema EOS, professional video cameras and broadcast lenses can also request an appointment by calling 1 (855) CINE EOS.
 
Additional camera and lens service facilities for both professional and consumer clients are located in Jamesburg, N.J., Irvine, Calif., and Newport News, Va.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 4/1/2014 11:28:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D W DSLR Camera
CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES THE NEW CANON EOS-1D W DIGITAL SLR CAMERA, DESIGNED FOR “WILDLIFE”
 
Featuring Canon’s proven 61-Point High Density Reticular AF, Extreme Fast Shooting up to 24 fps, 39.9-Megapixel Near-Full-Frame CMOS Sensor, Outstanding ISO Sensitivity up to 204800, Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, Full HD Video Recording, Extreme-Durability Camouflage Finish, Development Announcement of EF 200-600mm f/4 L W IS USM/STM Lens
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 1, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc. once again shows its leadership in digital imaging by introducing the Canon EOS-1D W "Wildlife" Digital SLR camera, the EOS-1D W is the world's first professional DSLR designed specifically for the needs of wildlife photographers and videographers. A new addition to Canon’s arsenal of professional DSLRs, the EOS-1D W is a progressive EOS-1D series camera based on the EOS-1D X, but loaded with exciting new features.
 
According to Sakuichi Ishizukara, Canon’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., “Wildlife photographers make up a large percentage of DSLR camera users. These photographers have specific needs – needs that have long been overlooked.”
 
“That the new Canon EOS-1D W is going to revolutionize wildlife photography is unquestionable” says Martyn Culbreck after 3 months of field testing the new camera. Mr. Culbreck is the Director of Photography for BBC’s upcoming “Planet Life” series. “We spend weeks waiting for the an animal to be in the right position. When that perfect moment arrives, we cannot risk any camera-related issues causing a missed shot. The EOS-1D W is a game changer. It never misses.”
 
A New Ultra-High Density Sensor
 
By utilizing groundbreaking technology first introduced in the EOS 70D, a pair of APS-C format imaging sensors can now be rotated vertically and joined into one very high resolution, near-full frame, 30 x 22.5mm imaging sensor while enjoying the production efficiencies of the smaller sensors. The EOS-1D W natively delivers a 4:3 ratio 7296 x 5472 pixel image for 39.9 megapixels of resolution. Photographers wishing to use the DSLR-conventional 3:2 image ratio can select 7296 x 4864 resolution via an “Aspect Ratio” menu option.
 
“Wildlife photographers have long had to make a choice between the high pixel density sensor found in the EOS 7D and the better performance of the EOS-1-Series bodies.” Says Akihiro Fumitzu, Director of Professional Imaging, Canon U.S.A. “These photographers now have the highest pixel density Canon DSLR sensor available in the highest performing DSLR camera available.”
 
Dual Pixel CMOS AF II – The Evolution Continues
 
Canon's recently-introduced Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a phase-detection autofocus (AF) technology on the camera's image sensor plane, enables users to shoot video with AF capabilities similar to a camcorder. Dual Pixel CMOS AF employs a Canon-patented CMOS sensor technology in which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both still imaging and phase-detection AF simultaneously, resulting in dramatically improved AF performance during Live View and video shooting.
 
Dual Pixel CMOS AF II extends this technology to allow the EOS-1D W to continuously track subject focus while shooting in high frame rate mode using the viewfinder. By combining information from the conventional phase-detection AF system with information provided by Dual Pixel AF, the EOS 1D-W is able to shoot two frames each time the mirror is raised for a frame rate twice as fast as the EOS-1D X – an eye-opening 24 fps in Extreme-High Speed shooting mode.
 
New high-quality "L" series lenses incorporating STM are under development to take full advantage of Dual Pixel AF technology for video recording purposes.
 
Moving the Data Fast
 
Capturing 39.9 megapixel images at 24 fps requires extreme processing power unavailable until now. In addition to dual DIGIC 5+ image processors and a metering and an AF control-dedicated DIGIC 4 processor, the EOS-1D W incorporates a dedicated DIGIC 6+ image processor. During capture, sensor image data is streamed directly to 32GB of on-processor memory to store up to 220 RAW images before the buffer limit is reached. Upon reaching internal memory capacity, data from the EOS-1D W imaging sensor is optionally streamed directly to a high speed (UHS-1) SDXC memory card for transformation when the processor is idle. By incorporating a user-upgradeable imaging buffer, photographers can choose their own maximum burst rate. A 64GB UHS-1 SDXC buffer memory card extension can store sensor image data for approximately 440 RAW images(1).
 
Massive Storage Capability
 
Extreme resolution image files captured at extremely fast rates demand massive storage capabilities. The EOS-1D W provides four SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots that can be used successively or optionally configured to RAID 1 (mirrored) or RAID 5 (parity bit stored on a single card). Ultra High Speed (UHS-1) cards are supported with currently available cards providing up to 1TB of total storage.
 
Impressive in Low Light
 
That wildlife is typically most active in low light levels is not an issue for the EOS-1D W’s new Low Light Mode. Enabling the Dual Pixel technology to be used for noise reduction in all modes (excluding Extreme-High Speed shooting mode, Live View and video recording) means that unprecedented low noise levels are characteristic of EOS-1D W images. Effective doubling the light sampling at the pixel level yields at least 1.5 stops of noise improvements at all ISO settings.
 
The Eyes are Always in Focus
 
Wildlife images usually include at least one eye and Canon recognizes that it is critical that your wildlife subjects' eyes are in focus. The EOS 1D W includes two previously unavailable focus modes - Animal Eye Tracking and Zone Animal Eye Tracking. Animal Eye Tracking builds on the EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF technology incorporated into the EOS-1D X. Utilizing the viewfinder light sensor, Canon's newly developed eye recognition technology can recognize the closest animal eye in the frame and automatically assign the correct AF point to obtain a perfectly focused eye every time. Zone Animal Eye Tracking allows restriction of eye selection to one specific AF zone. For even better performance, Dual Pixel CMOS AF II technology is utilized for eye tracking right into frame borders in High and Extreme-High shooting modes.
 
Eye-Controlled Focus
 
Wildlife action can move fast and the needed focus point can change in a split second. Your eyes can follow that action and now your focus point selection can too. Just look your subject in the eyes, concentrate on framing and the 1D W will take care of the rest.
 
Last seen in the EOS Elan 7NE, Canon revived Eye-Controlled Focus to provide wildlife photographers with a simple way to maintain focus on erratically moving subjects. Zone Eye-Controlled Focus mode can be used in conjunction with Animal Eye Tracking mode.
 
Eye-Controlled Focus utilizes five strategically placed infrared viewfinder LEDs and advanced tracking algorithms to calculate the corresponding point of focus within the frame. Enabled on the quick control screen, photographers can now activate Eye-Controlled Focus in any AF mode.
 
Birds-in-Flight Mode
 
“Capturing birds in flight is a huge challenge to both the photographer and to the camera” claims Canon Explorer of Light Richard Shealing. “Accurate focusing is one of those big challenges.” The EOS-1D W’s new Birds-In-Flight Mode uses a combination of Animal Eye Tracking technology along with Bird Recognition algorithms that prevent the focus from jumping to the background. Also, the shutter release can optionally be programmed to institute a delay to avoid clipped wing tips, ensuring perfect BIF images.
 
Built for the Outdoors
 
A camera designed for wildlife photography must be ready to take on the elements. The EOS-1D W incorporates Canon's most extreme weather sealing ever, rated for submersion up to 1M for up to 30 seconds with matched lens mounted(1). The EOS-1D X-inherited magnesium alloy body shell and internal structure has proven its ability to absorb the impacts inevitably encountered in the field.
 
The Camera that Hides in Plain Sight
 
Also built for rough use is the EOS-1D W's new exterior finish. In cooperation with Realtree Outdoors and 3M, the EOS-1D W features camouflage patterns such as Hardwood, Waterfowl and Snow. Each pattern has been specifically designed for ultimate concealment while the newly developed nanotechnology finish suppresses glare and provides a sure grip even when wet. The impact and abrasion durability of Canon's new "Wildlife" finish is unprecedented. "There is no reason to cover this camera" says Richard Shealing.
 
Built-in Wildlife Call
 
Not only can the EOS-1D W remain hidden, it can bring the wildlife to the camera. By inserting a memory card with your favorite wildlife call recorded on it (MP3 and WAV formats supported), the EOS 1D-W can play back the recording. No longer does the photographer need to carry a duck, turkey, predator, deer or other call with them to attract wildlife. Canon will provide open source MP3 wildlife call audio files at a website to be announced.
 
Unprecedented Quietness
 
Sensitive wildlife can be startled by traditional DSLR shutter releases. In Silent mode, the new EOS-1D W incorporates a slightly reduced mirror travel rate to achieve a shutter release that is no louder than the shutter itself. Capture unlimited frames of a strutting gobbler at close range without fear of alarming it.
 
Always at Work – Introducing the Canon MT-1 Motion Trigger
 
Never before has it been so easy to get premium-grade wildlife photos. Canon understands that wildlife photography is time consuming. To allow photographers to capture photos while attending to other demands such as work, family and sleep, the Canon MT-1 Motion Trigger is being introduced. Featuring trail cam technology, the hot shoe-mounted MT-1 will trigger the EOS-1D W when wildlife motion is detected within a selected angle of view and focus distance. The MT-1 provides its own hot shoe to support simultaneous flash use.
 
For remote transmission of images, the EOS 1D W inherits a built-in LAN connection featuring a gigabit Ethernet Jack capable of 1000BASE-T transmission speeds. Optionally supported is the Canon WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter featuring wireless LAN support for 802.11n network transfer rates.
 
 
Canon EF 200-600mm f/4 L W IS USM/STM Lens
 
Canon Inc. Announces Development of EF 200-600mm f/4 L W IS USM/STM Lens
 
Canon Inc., the parent company of Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced the development of a new super-telephoto zoom lens, the EF 200-600mm f/4 L W IS USM/STM. Designed specifically for use with Canon’s EOS-1D W, the EF 200-600mm f/4 L (W) IS USM/STM will feature:

  • Massive 400mm focal range
  • 4-stop image stabilization system
  • User selectable AF mechanisms (USM / STM)
  • "Canondrophobic" (Hydrophobic Fluorine) lens coating
  • Extreme Weather sealing
  • Realtree Outdoors Camouflage patterns (Hardwood, Waterfowl and Snow)

Developed as a new category of Canon’s acclaimed L-series professional lenses, the new Wildlife lens will offer an unsurpassed combination of versatility, optical performance, concealment and submersion-climate-proof construction(2).
 
Pricing and Availability
 
The Canon EOS-1D W Digital SLR camera body is scheduled for July 2014 availability and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $8,900.00. The EF 200-600mm f/4 L W IS USM/STM is expected to be available in late 2014.
 
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Preorder Opportunities
 
B&H has the Canon EOS-1D W available for preorder.

Post Date: 4/1/2014 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean and Bryan
 Monday, March 31, 2014
HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional LED Backlit 24
B&H has the HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional LED Backlit 24" IPS LCD Monitor available for $999.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,621.72.
 
Product Highlights:

  • 16:10 Aspect Ratio
  • 1920 x 1200 Native Resolution
  • 1000:1 Static Contrast Ratio
  • 178°/178° Viewing Angle
  • HP DreamColor Engine
  • Four USB 2.0 Ports (Integrated)
  • DVI-I, Display Port 1.1, HDMI 1.3
  • Anti-Glare/Anti-Static
  • 30-Bit LCD Panel Technology
  • Security Lock-Ready

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera
B&H has the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (review) available for $499.00 with free shipping. Regularly $599.00.
 
Need the camera kit instead? eBay (via Buy) has a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM & 55-250mm IS Lenses Bundle available for $539.99 with free shipping (may be a grey market item, though).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/31/2014 10:28:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
eBay (via 6ave) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens (review) available for $669.50 with free shipping. Compare at $1,149.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/31/2014 10:04:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D DSLR Camera
Just posted: Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D DSLR Camera Review
 
While experienced DSLR photographers are not going to find this new camera too drool-worthy, the T5 is a very nice upgrade from the Rebel T3 / 1100D. Highlights include a higher resolution imaging sensor, a larger/higher resolution LCD, significantly improved video capabilities and a rubberized grip surface.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/31/2014 9:36:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera (review) available for $5,699.99 with free shipping. Compare at $6,799.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/31/2014 8:48:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR Camera Kit
eBay (via DigJungle) has the Canon EOS Rebel T3i with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens available for $429.99 with free shipping. Compare at $599.00.
 
Note: This may be a grey market/import item. If so, it would not technically be eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/31/2014 7:25:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash
From Profoto:
 
Profoto releases the first firmware upgrade for the B1 off-camera flash and the AirTTL system, enabling TTL metering with Canon EOS-1D X.
 
When launched in November 2013, the Profoto B1 off-camera flash caused such a buzz in the photographic community that the company’s website crashed. The B1 was the world’s first cordless monolight with TTL. The words “game changer” have appeared in reviews and forums ever since.
 
The TTL metering is made possible with Profoto’s patent-pending AirTTL system. Already at launch Profoto promised to continuously update the AirTTL system. One of the most frequently requested features is TTL metering with Canon’s flagship model: the Canon EOS-1D X. Today, this feature is made available free of charge through an easily installed firmware upgrade.
 
Note that it is not the B1 off-camera flash itself that needs to be upgraded; it is the small radio transmitter that is mounted on the Canon camera’s hot shoe: the Air Remote TTL-C.The process is very simple:

  1. Go to www.profoto.com/support.
  2. Sign in with an existing My Profoto account or create a new one.
  3. Register your B1 and your Air Remote TTL-C.
  4. Download the upgrade.
  5. Open the software and follow the simple instructions. That is it. You can do all of this without having to contact a service station.

“Enabling photographers to do the upgrades themselves is a great step in our quest for providing Profoto users with the best in class customer support,” says Göran Marén, Product Manager at Profoto. “This is something we will strive to provide for all new products.”
 
This is the first of many planned upgrades for the B1 off-camera flash and the AirTTL system. Profoto is currently working on a firmware upgrade for high-speed sync (HSS). Profoto is also busy developing the new Air Remote TTL-N that will enable TTL metering with Nikon cameras. Both the HSS upgrade and the Air Remote TTL-N are expected to be released in 2014.
 
B&H carries the Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash.
 
Update from Profoto: As some of you might have noted, the firmware upgrade we released on Mar 31 contains a bug that causes the B1 to get stuck at full power. The bug only appears when shooting in TTL mode with Canon EOS-1D X, but considering today's announcement, that is more than enough to remove it from our site.
 
The short, non-technical explanation for the bug is: we were too eager and didn't test the upgrade properly. For that we are sorry.
 
Rest assure that we're now working hard to fix this problem. Vacations have been cancelled, the coffee is brewing, and we will get back to you as soon as we can with an update.
 
For the meantime, it is not possible to download the firmware upgrade from the Profoto site.
 
Those of you who do not shoot with Canon EOS-1D X will not notice this bug, regardless if you've performed the upgrade or not. Everything will work just fine.

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 3/31/2014 6:38:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, March 30, 2014
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens
Use promo code ZOOM50 ($50.00 off) at BuyDig.com to get the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens for Canon for $419.00 with free shipping. Regulary $469.00.
 
Check out Bryan's full review of the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM for more info.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/30/2014 8:17:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, March 29, 2014
 Friday, March 28, 2014
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera Kit
eBay (via Beach Camera) has the Canon EOS 6D with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens and Lightroom 5 Bundle available for $1,949.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,999.00 without Lightroom 5.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/28/2014 1:02:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro 600x UDMA CompactFlash Memory Card
B&H has the SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro 600x UDMA CompactFlash Memory Card available for $89.00 with free shipping. Regularly $129.00.
MindShift Gear Logo
Because they make awesome products for the adventure-minded photographer, MindShift Gear is the latest affiliate to be added to the site. We have a rotation180° Professional in-house for evaluation and we're pretty impressed by it.
 
MindShift Gear is the sister company to Think Tank Photo, so that we are impressed with their camera backpacks and accessories is really no surprise.
 
Kudos to MindShift Gear for winning a prestigious Red Dot Award for its rotation180° Panorama backpack.
Post Date: 3/28/2014 10:09:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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