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 Monday, April 16, 2012
From Manfrotto:
Hybrid HDSLR cameras and ever-smaller pro camcorders are changing videography dramatically; yet along with the obvious advantages and opportunities presented by smaller, lighter cameras, come new problems to solve: as ENG camera operators use smaller cameras, and photographers are expected to shoot broadcast-quality video footage on their HDSLRs, both groups are finding that their camera equipment doesn’t have the ergonomic form for steady shoulder-mounted or hand-held footage; nor the attachment points for monitors, batteries, light-modifiers or accessories; nor the inherent weight that helps minimise camera shake. SYMPLA is Manfrotto’s solution to those problems: a professional modular video rig system that extends and complements new cameras, allows for stable support and framing, supports essential accessories features, offering versatility and high performance as well as comfort, safety and much simpler and faster set up than existing rigs.
SYMPLA is built for flexibility and speed, so you can change anything and everything easily and quickly: hand grip positions, counterbalance, camera body, lens, accessories, filters, light-shielding angle; shoulder-supported, hand-held, or tripod/monopod-mounted… whatever you need to get the shot, the second you need it. SYMPLA is quick to fine-tune, so even when you need to make changes to your rig on-location and mid-shoot, SYMPLA’s minimal locks and tool-free adjusters will let you get back to shooting quickly. Thanks to our revolutionary camera remotes which fit the rig handgrips, SYMPLA allows precise fingertip control of framing and camera functions without losing the grip position and keeping your eyes on the frame, helping you capture stable, usable, creative footage. And SYMPLA can quickly be extended: whether you start from one of our kits, or from single components, you can build the exact rig you need for the shot, as soon as you need it.
For product images, visit Manfrotto's site.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 4/16/2012 9:43:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Carl Zeiss has announced a four new lenses including the Zeiss CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 Compact Tele Zoom Lens and three Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed Lenses.
The demo movie "Tumulus" has been shot with the Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed lenses (note: this movie is somewhat gory toward the end of the main script):
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 4/16/2012 9:22:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Today only, use offer code ELEMENTS50 to save 50% on the full version of Adobe Photoshop and/or Premier Elements 10 at the Adobe North America Commercial Store. Instant download available.
Post Date: 4/16/2012 8:45:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, April 15, 2012
Through April 17, 2012 (11:59 p.m. ET), use coupon code 20SLR412 to save 20% on refurbished Canon Cameras, Lenses and Flashes at the Canon Store.
Use coupon code NEW412 for free shipping on orders over $150.00.
There are some incredible deals available. The Refurbished EOS 7D is only $1,087.20. The refurbished EOS 60D is only $639.99. The refurbished Rebel T3i is only $543.99.
The selection of available refurbished lenses is somewhat slim, but more stock could become available any time. Expect like new gear at amazing prices.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/15/2012 2:54:02 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, April 14, 2012
eBay (via Beach Camera) has the Canon EOS 60D DSLR Body for only $839.00 shipped (compare at $899.00).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/14/2012 3:49:14 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon, Inc. has issued a similar Canon EOS 5D Mark III service notice (Google translation).
Canon, Inc. adds that a "dark environment" is likely to be:
1. If you have installed the body cap
2. If you attach the lens cap
I've been asked if I am going to send my 5D III in for service. My answer was probably, but mostly for resale purposes. But I will not likely send it in anytime soon.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/14/2012 9:00:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 13, 2012
Canon USA has issued a service notice for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera.
To Users of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera
Thank you for using Canon products.
The phenomenon described below has been confirmed when using the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera. Canon is now examining the countermeasures and once the countermeasures are decided, we will post the information on our Web site.
In extremely dark environments, if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change as a result of the AE sensor’s detection of light from the LCD panel.
Affected Product
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera
Once the preparations are complete, we will be making an announcement on our Web site.
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
Please register the EOS 5D Mark III. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when service updates are available. If you already registered, please ensure you are opted-in to receive the notification.
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON, 1-800-652-2666
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
For additional support options:
This service notice is addressing a 5D III anomaly being referred to as the "light leak".
Finding a real world situation where the "light leak" anomaly causes a problem is not easy - I have not encountered any - even when I tried to do so. And, I'm probably using manual exposures if shooting in situations this dark.
Turning off the top LCD panel illumination before metering is the easy workaround (and possibly covering the top LCD if the light source is external).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/13/2012 4:18:02 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The EOS 5D III is very difficult to find in stock right now. Preorders are being taken by most of the retailers listed on the site including B&H.
Though somewhat hard to believe, Adorama *appears* to have both the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body and Lens Kit in stock. The usual "New item available for pre-order. You may place this on order now a..." or similar notation is not present for the 5D III listings. Backing up the in stock status premise is that Adorama has 5D III bodies and kits both listed on eBay.
Here are Adorama's 5D III eBay listings - "More than 10 available".
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Camera bodies and kits are also available from other sellers on eBay.
Update: has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/13/2012 11:32:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just Posted: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Review - Part 1.
The 5D III has become my primary DSLR - at least until the 1D X shows up.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/13/2012 11:13:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
A new configuration option is now available on the site - allowing you to optionally exclude deals from the Canon News, Nikon News & What's New Sidebar.
The News sidebar appears on the right side on most pages on the site. A small on/off button in the titlebar of that sidebar allows deals to be included or excluded as you desire.
Now I have to find some deals to post so you can try out the new feature.
Post Date: 4/13/2012 9:50:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan has a new, much shorter, Facebook URL:
At this point, the facebook page is using the site's news feed with some discussion added.
Post Date: 4/13/2012 9:43:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 12, 2012
Canon USA has issued an update regarding the just-announced Canon Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL 4K Digital Cinematography Camera:
Further details regarding the Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL digital cinematography cameras – including specifications and pricing – have yet to be decided, although preliminary plans are for a suggested list price of approximately $30,000†.
Plans also call for these new products to be launched later this year. In addition to targeting a swift launch of these cameras, Canon will continue to enhance other components of its Cinema EOS System product lineup, which is designed to contribute to the continued advancement of tools for visual expression and the development of cinematic culture.
Additionally, the prototype of the Cinema EOS C500 digital cinematography camera that will be on display at the 2012 NAB Show in the Canon booth, C4325, will be the EF-mount version only.
† Availability, prices, and specifications of all products are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/12/2012 12:31:34 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Datacolor:
Join us for a webinar on Advanced Studio Display Calibration
Many photographers encounter issues in calibrating color and luminance of their displays for studio use causing them to spend countless hours editing images and wasting paper to produce accurate images. In this webinar, you'll learn advanced techniques for accurate calibration and consistent viewing in your studio and other workspaces. This includes matching several displays in a work area or in a workgroup/collaborative team. The results will be saved time and money, and images that look the way they did when you shot them.
On Wednesday, April 18th from 3 pm – 4 pm EDT, join us as Datacolor Color Management Experts, David Tobie and David Saffir discuss the issues photographers encounter when calibrating displays for use in photo studios and related workspaces, including solutions for ambient light issues, Studio Calibration Standards, and Side-by-Side tuning of displays for visual matching. Webinar content will also include adjusting laptops to better match desktop displays, which is particularly useful if one is reviewing or editing images in the field, or shooting tethered to a camera.
Title: Studio Display Calibration for Photographers
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Category: Datacolor News
Post Date: 4/12/2012 10:49:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
X-Rite i1Profiler 1.3.1 color management software is now available for download.
Category: X Rite News
Post Date: 4/12/2012 10:26:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon EOS-1D X and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens availability dates have now been offically delayed by Canon UK.
"United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 12th April 2012 – Canon would like to advise of updated sales start dates for the previously announced EOS-1D X and EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens, due to a delay to the start of mass production. The EOS-1D X will now be available to buy from mid-June 2012, and the EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens from early-July."
Canon USA has mirrored this announcement:
Updated Availability for the EOS-1D X DSLR Camera and Accessories
We would like to inform you of an update to the expected availability of the EOS-1D X DSLR Camera and the camera's optional accessories, the WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter and GP-E1 GPS Receiver. The camera and accessories are now anticipated to be available in mid-June 2012.
We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause."
Updated Availability for the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
We would like to inform you of an update to the expected availability of the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens. The lens is expected to be available in early July 2012.
We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/12/2012 10:17:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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