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 Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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From DxO:
 
16,800 DxO Optics Modules now available – Special Holiday Season sale on all DxO products through December 25, 2013
 
December 18, 2013 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v9.1.1 for Mac and Windows. This upgrade allows DxO Optics Pro 9 to provide support for the Nikon Df (Elite Edition), the Sony Alpha 7 (Elite Edition), as well as for the Sony DSC-RX10 and A3000, the Pentax K-3, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1.
 
The image processing software of reference for all exacting photographers, DxO Optics Pro 9 integrates powerful tools for processing RAW and JPEG photos so as to bring out the best in photos in just a few clicks. Furthermore, the software offers the revolutionary new PRIME denoising technology that recovers details even in photos shot at the highest ISO; DxO Smart Lighting, an intelligent tool that optimizes exposure and contrast; and powerful lens and geometrical corrections.
 
New DxO Optics Modules
DxO Optics Pro v9.1.1 benefits from the addition of new DxO Optics Modules: more than 580 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the library, which now counts 16,800 available DxO Optics Modules.
 
Among the new lenses now supported are the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* Otus 1.4/55 for Canon and Nikon (which received very good scores on DxOMark), as well as the Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 for Canon and Nikon. Also note that six long-awaited Zeiss lenses for Nikon cameras are now also supported. 
DxO Optics Modules contain numerous information about the characteristics of each camera and lens. This extraordinary database enables DxO Optics Pro 9 to automatically correct distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness at an unrivaled level of quality.
 
Availability and special Holiday Season offer
The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro v9.1.1 for Mac and Windows are now available at photo resellers at a special discount price through December 25, 2013:

  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition: $99 instead of $169
  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Elite Edition: $199 instead of $299

Adorama carries DxO Optics Pro 9.

Category: DxO News
Post Date: 12/18/2013 8:56:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Think Tank Photo My 2nd Brain 15
Just Posted: Think Tank Photo My 2nd Brain 15 Review
 
A product named "Brain", sent by "Brian" and reviewed by "Bryan". Hopefully you will find the review considerably less confusing.
Post Date: 12/18/2013 8:19:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sony 32GB SDHC UHS-1 Class 10 94MB/s Memory Card
Post Date: 12/18/2013 8:09:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
Adorama has a Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera Bundle (review) available for a checkout price of $1,499.50 with free shipping. Regularly $1,799.00.
 
If you are currently on the fence about upgrading to a full-frame camera, now's the time to make the big move. These holiday savings opportunities won't last long!
 
Bundle Includes:

  • Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
  • Green Extreme LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • Lexar 16GB Professional 400x Class 10 SDHC UHS-I Memory Card

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/18/2013 7:37:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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The Canon Store has select Refurbished PowerShot Cameras on sale up to 40% off.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/18/2013 12:18:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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The Canon Store has most of their Refurbished DSLR Camera inventory on sale for between 10 - 15% off.
 
Note: Right now Canon's website says they have Refurbished DSLR Cameras on sale up to 40% off, but I have yet to see one marked down that far. Things may change by the time daylight comes (or may not). ;-)
 
Refurbished DSLR Cameras In Stock

Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 18-135 IS1,439.20215.881,223.32
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 28-135 IS1,359.20203.881,155.32
Canon EOS 7D Body1,199.20179.881,019.32
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM839.2083.92755.28
Canon EOS 60D + EF-S 18-135 IS 767.3676.74690.62
Canon EOS Rebel T4i + 18-135 IS STM735.36110.30625.06
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM679.9968.00611.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM599.9960.00539.99
Canon EOS Rebel T4i + EF-S 18-55 IS575.9986.40489.59
Canon EOS 60D Body575.9957.60518.39
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Body559.9956.00503.99
Canon EOS Rebel T4i Body511.9976.80435.19
Canon EOS Rebel T3i + EF-S 18-55 IS479.9972.00407.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i Body399.9960.00339.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3 + EF-S 18-55 IS359.9954.00305.99

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/18/2013 12:13:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens
DigitalRev has the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens (Canon/Nikon) available for $769.00. Compare at $899.00.
 
Check out Bryan's full review of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM for more information on Sigma's first "Global Vision" lens.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 12/17/2013 2:12:52 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D3000 DSLR Camera
Focus Camera has a Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm DX Lens Bundle available for $279.99.
 
Bundle Includes:

  • Nikon D3000 DSLR Camera
  • Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Lens
  • Sony 16GB SD Memory Card
  • Tripod
  • Camera Bag

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/17/2013 12:33:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens available for $648.68 with free shipping. Compare at $1,099.00.
 
For more information, check out our full review of the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens.
 
Caveat Emptor:
Note that the lens deal listed here is not advertised as coming with a Canon USA warranty and this camera is likely a grey market item. The auction indicates that a warranty is included, but that warranty may be a BigValueInc warranty. If such, BVI's warranty only covers parts for 1 year and labor for 90 days. Canon USA has been known to provide warranty service for gray market items, but you are at-your-own-risk with that assumption.
 
BigValueInc's positive feedback rating is at 99.2%. That is a good rating (and has been improving), but not a stellar rating. We have received a couple of reports of buyers receiving the wrong product when purchasing from this merchant, so be sure to keep all supporting documents if taking advantage of this offer. eBay trusts "BigValueInc" enough to call them a "Top Rated Plus" seller and to list their auctions as "Daily Deals". We have had a good first-hand experience with them (here and here).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/17/2013 10:07:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS Digital Camera
Best Buy has the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS Digital Camera available for $99.99 with free shipping. Compare at $154.96.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/17/2013 9:02:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Modifications enabled with version 2.8.3:
 
Additional modifications to the Windows version

  • Compatibility with Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro, and Windows 8.1 Enterprise has been added.

Additional modifications to the Macintosh version

  • Compatibility with Macintosh OS X version 10.9 has been added.
  • Support for Mac OS X version 10.6 has been eliminated.

Download: Windows 32bit (87.2MB) | Windows 64bit (94.1MB) | Macintosh (157MB)

Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon ViewNX
Post Date: 12/17/2013 8:42:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS Contemporary Lens
Image quality (ISO 12233 resolution chart crops), flare, vignetting and distortion results along with eye candy are now available on the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS Contemporary Lens Review page.
 
I'm not certain if or when I will get time to complete a full review of this lens, but hopefully the test results will provide the information you need to know.
Post Date: 12/17/2013 7:57:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 16, 2013
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Body (review) available for $2,689.84 with free shipping. Compare at $2,899.00.
 
Caveat Emptor:
Note that the 5D Body deal listed here is not advertised as coming with a Canon USA warranty and this camera is likely a grey market item. The auction indicates that a warranty is included, but that warranty may be a BigValueInc warranty. If such, BVI's warranty only covers parts for 1 year and labor for 90 days. Canon USA has been known to provide warranty service for gray market items, but you are at-your-own-risk with that assumption.
 
BigValueInc's positive feedback rating is at 99.2%. That is a good rating (and has been improving), but not a stellar rating. We have received a couple of reports of buyers receiving the wrong product when purchasing from this merchant, so be sure to keep all supporting documents if taking advantage of this offer. eBay trusts "BigValueInc" enough to call them a "Top Rated Plus" seller and to list their auctions as "Daily Deals". We have had a good first-hand experience with them (here and here).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/16/2013 8:14:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player
Amazon has the Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player for $29.99. Regularly $35.00.
 
While not specifically a photography item, I'm a big fan of the Chromecast. I've had one since they first came out and use it all the time. I primarily use it to watch YouTube videos (like those from AdoramaTV) on my living room TV, but it can do so much more. It's definitely worth the small investment!
Post Date: 12/16/2013 1:30:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Almost Gone: Amazon is featuring the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon as a Lightning Deal and is available for $699.00. Compare at $799.00.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/16/2013 1:12:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens
Just Posted: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens Review
 
Learn how Sigma's latest entry into the 24-70 f/2.8 market performs.
Post Date: 12/16/2013 10:37:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
Adorama once again has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens (review) available for a checkout price of $1,699.00 with free shipping and 2% Rewards after $300.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $1,999.00 after rebate.
 
Amazon also has the lens for the same price.
 
Don't miss this opportunity to pick up one of Canon's Best Full-Frame General Purpose Lenses at significant savings.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/16/2013 10:36:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The-Digital-Picture.com Gifts for Photographers Under $150
As you may have noticed, it's getting to be that time of year again. And if you're like me, you may have procrastinated in picking up a few of your holiday gifts this year.
 
Fear not! We have some last minute gift ideas for the special photographer in your life (or possibly your own stocking!).
 
Gifts Under $50.00
 
Gaffer's Tape
Gaffer's tape is an item I simply couldn't live without. I've used the tape to affix colored gels to my flash heads, hold up posterboards (used as backgrounds), mark the floor where my subjects should stand, and even hold together DIY light modifiers. The tape holds firmly but doesn't leave a residue when removed making it perfect for the temporary (and not so temporary) needs of photographers.
 
Canon Center Pinch Lens Caps
The new Canon Center-Pinch Lens Caps are a product that should have been introduced years ago. They make life so much easier for those who use lens hoods a majority of the time. I highly recommend them.
 
LenzBuddy Rear Lens Caps
Most of the products in this list are very practical. This one's all about creating a smile when gazing at the contents of your camera bag. While some of the LenzBuddy Rear Lens Caps can be used to quickly identify a specific lens in your bag, most are just plain fun.
 
Giottos Rocket Air Blaster
This is a product that every photographer should own (and use regularly). With every lens change, dust particles have the opportunity to find their way into your camera and onto your sensor. For most of particles, a simple burst of air can save you hours of cleanup in post-processing.
 
Expoimaging Rogue FlashBender Large
Generally speaking, I'm not really a fan of direct on-camera flash (though bounce flash is great). Whenever on-camera flash is optimal, I use the Rogue FlashBender to increase the size of the on-camera flash's light source as well as increase the distance between the light and the camera lens's axis. Both help create more flattering portraits.
 
Memory Cards
If one thing is absolutely certain with digital photography, it's that you can never have enough memory cards. Without them, your shots don't make it home. Faster memory cards are ideal, but even a slower backup memory card is better than none at all when you fill up the card that's in your camera.
 
Gifts Under $150.00
 
BlackRapid RS-Sport Extreme Sport Strap
This is by far my favorite camera stap. The over-the-shoulder method of carrying the camera means that my neck isn't aching after a long day of shooting. The BlackRapid RS-Sport is comfortable to wear and the added underarm "Brad" helps keep the strap in place through those odd-angled shots.
 
Eye-Fi Mobi 32GB Wireless SDHC Memory Card
Want to publish your DSLR-taken photos to Facebook, Google+ or Instagram within minutes of capture? If your camera doesn't have built-in WiFi but features an SD memory card bay, then the Eye-Fi Mobi wireless memory card is for you. Works with iOS or Android enabled devices.
 
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens
The Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake" Lens (review) is diminutive in size and price – but certainly not in performance. The lens features suprisingly good image quality and deserves a permanent place in most photographers' camera bags (especially since it doesn't take up much room!).
 
Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Printer
If you're anything like me, you enjoy veiwing your images on a computer screen. However, nothing beats the impression of a big, traditional print. The PIXMA PRO-100 offers excellent print quality up to 13x19" and features built-in WiFi for easy connectivity. The printer comes with free photo paper and qualifies for a $300.00 mail-in rebate dropping the total investment below the $100.00.
 
Camera Backpack
If you want to venture out in the world with your camera and more than a single lens, then a camera backpack is a necessity. Camera backpacks come in all shapes, colors, sizes and price ranges – meaning they can be as personal as they are practical. Some of our favorite brands include Think Tank Photo, Lowepro, KATA & Gura Gear.
Post Date: 12/16/2013 9:25:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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