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 Thursday, March 15, 2012
B&H is now accepting orders for the excellent new Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head.
 
Product images are available on Kirk's site.
Post Date: 3/15/2012 11:21:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.10 is now available.
 
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:
 
Canon PowerShot G1 X
Nikon D4
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX1
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ35
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ38
Samsung NX200
Sony Alpha NEX-7
Sony NEX-VG20
 
For more information on supported RAW formats, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4757.
Category: Apple News
Post Date: 3/15/2012 8:57:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 14, 2012
B&H has just received more Canon EOS 1D Mark IV bodies into stock. I'm not sure how many times we will see this happen again.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/14/2012 10:34:39 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
At 3:17 into Canon, Inc.'s Mario Nette video, the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens is credited for some of the scenes.
 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens
 
While the thought of a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens is very fun, it is surely just a typo. We have not even seen a version I Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens yet. (thanks Fredrik)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/14/2012 6:30:43 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Standardized test results have been added to the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Review placeholder page.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/14/2012 6:21:44 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
On their blog, Carl Zeiss has posted a teaser about their soon-to-be-announced (and available in May) super-wide angle SLR lens.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 3/14/2012 3:12:38 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Here is another Canon EOS 5D Mark III sample video - this one is from Canon, Inc.: Mario Nette.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/14/2012 2:59:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon Europe:
 
Canon has announced that Canon Log look up tables (LUTs) for its EOS C300 and EOS C300 PL Digital Cinema Cameras are now available for download to allow for converting Canon Log Gamma footage.
 
The EOS C300 (EF lens mount) and EOS C300 PL (PL lens mount) cameras are part of Canon’s Cinema EOS System and amongst their specifications they offer Canon Log Gamma, which enables neutral image quality with subdued contrast and sharpness for a wider dynamic range (up to 800% or 12 stops of latitude). This allows for more image information to be retained for colour correction and visual effects, hence greater freedom in post-production and colour grading.
 
The EOS C300 and EOS C300 PL Canon Log LUTs are available in three different versions: one for converting from Canon Log Gamma to Video gamma, one for converting from Canon Log Gamma to Cineon gamma, and one for converting from Canon Log Gamma to Rec.709 gamma.
 
To download the Canon EOS C300 Log LUTs just click here and for the EOS C300 PL Log LUTs just click here and select the 'Software (drivers and applications)' option from the menu.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/14/2012 2:42:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Updated: B&H has posted a nice page for selecting the latest Nikon D3100 & D5100 DSLR and Nikon 1 rebate offers including the combo options.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/14/2012 2:16:40 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama is also now accepting Canon EOS 1D X preorders.
 
Initial supplies of the EOS 1D X are expected to be limited. Shipments are expected to begin around the end of April (2012).
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 3/14/2012 1:42:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Finally! B&H is accepting Canon EOS 1D X preorders! (thanks Kaz)
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 3/14/2012 1:32:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Apple Aperture 3.2.3 can now be downloaded.
 
What's New in Aperture 3.2.3

  • Photos can now be deleted from Photo Stream
  • Addresses minor issues related to performance and stability

Included in Aperture 3.2

  • Addresses compatibility with iCloud and iOS 5
  • Resolves an issue that could cause the "Loading" indicator to reappear in the Viewer when cropping a photo
  • Aperture now automatically relaunches into Full Screen mode if the application was in Full Screen mode when last quit
  • Pinch-to-zoom gesture now automatically activates Zoom mode in the Viewer
  • Left and right swipe gestures can now be used to navigate between photos in the Viewer
  • Microsoft Outlook can now be chosen in Preferences as the application used by Aperture for emailing photos
  • Fixes a problem that could cause Aperture, running on OS X Lion, to quit unexpectedly when using brushes to apply adjustments
  • Loupe now correctly displays magnification levels between 50-100%
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture, running on OS X Lion, to display the incorrect color profile on externally edited images
  • Import window now includes an option to delete photos from iPhone and iPad after they have been imported into Aperture
  • The Lift & Stamp tool now displays the correct cursor icons when being used in Split View and Viewer only modes

The update is recommended for all users of Aperture 3.

Category: Apple News
Post Date: 3/14/2012 8:54:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Toshiba:
 
Toshiba to Launch the World-Fastest Class SDHC Memory Cards
 
Starting new brand of SDXC and SDHC memory cards compliant with UHS-I
 
14 Mar, 2012
 
TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced that it will launch a new line of high performance SDXC and SDHC memory cards under a new brand name, EXCERIA™[1], that will bring to market SD memory cards offering the highest performance levels available.
 
EXCERIA, a combination of "excellent" and "experience" offers cards compliant with the SD Memory Card Standard Ver.3.0 UHS-I[2], and includes versions offering the world-fastest class[3] data transfer speed[4]. The new products will be launched from April in Japan, with distinctive labeling.
 
The SD memory card has emerged as the data storage card of choice in all kinds of personal digital equipment. As the performance of digital equipment has advanced, SD memory cards offering faster data transfer speeds are necessary to support such functions as recording HD movies, continuous image shooting with digital camera and short transfer times when copying data to other devices.
 
Toshiba's EXCERIA SDXC and SDHC memory cards will offer fast data read and write speeds and full compliance with the SD Memory Card Standard Ver.3.0 UHS-I. The minimum recording speed is compliant with UHS speed class 1[5] and SD speed class 10[6]. Products will be launched in three series, EXCERIA Type 1, Type 2 and Type HD, each offering three versions with different capacities.
 
The Type 1 series products integrate new controllers that realize the world-fastest class of data transfers, with a maximum read speed of 95MB per sec and a write speed of 90MB per sec. Type 2 series products offer a maximum read speed of 95MB per sec and a write speed of 60MB per sec, while Type HD products have a maximum read speed of 90 MB per sec and a write speed of 30 MB per sec.
 
Toshiba, a world leader in the NAND flash memory business, will continue to meet market demands by enhancing its line-up of high performance SD memory cards.
 
Get more product information at Toshiba's website.
Category: Toshiba News
Post Date: 3/14/2012 8:48:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 13, 2012
B&H has the still-elusive Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens and Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens in stock at this moment.
 
They are not cheap, but they are razor sharp. I used the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens with the Canon EF 2x III Extender as a lightweight bird photography lens in Florida last week. The results are quite impressive.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/13/2012 5:36:39 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Reuters is reporting that:
 
"Canon Inc aims to cut at least 400 billion yen ($4.84 billion) in costs over four years to soften the likely impact of a strong yen and an economic slowdown in Europe, the Nikkei reported.
 
Canon estimates that the yen's firmness will depress its operating profit by a little more than 100 billion yen from a year earlier, the business daily said.
 
The company plans to use industrial robots to achieve these goals. In addition to increasing the use of industrial robots in toner production, Canon will consider introducing them in the production of interchangeable lenses for single-lens-reflex cameras, the daily reported.
 
In fiscal 2015, Canon hopes to lift its sales to 5 trillion yen or higher, up 41 percent from the year-ended December 2011, Nikkei said.
 
($1 = 82.6700 Japanese yen)"
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/13/2012 4:37:35 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Very refreshing news in light of Canon's recent DSLR and lens introductions:
 
A reliable source tells me that the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR (both bodies and kits) are in the Canon warehouse waiting to be shipped to retailers perhaps on Friday (3/16). Also, it sounds like the day-1 volume is going to be strong.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/13/2012 12:08:03 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay has the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook 64GB Tablet featured as a Daily Deal for only $199.00 shipped (Compare at $295.99).
Post Date: 3/13/2012 11:15:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
LensRentals.com is now accepting Canon EOS 5D Mark III rental reservations. Roger expects April 22nd to be the availability date and that meshes with the date I am hearing from others. Hit the Canon EOS 5D Mark III review placeholder page for preorder opportunities.
 
The Canon PowerShot G1 X is now available for rent. Though it will never replace my DSLRs, I'm really liking this camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/13/2012 11:03:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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