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 Friday, August 5, 2011
The Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X Pro FX Lens in Canon FX mount will be released on August 31, 2011 according to a Kenko Tokina statement issued today.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 8/5/2011 7:51:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 4, 2011
From Canon USA:
Canon U.S.A. And Ron Howard Select Eight Winners From 96,362 Photo Entries For 'Project Imagin8ion'
"Project Imagin8ion," the First Hollywood Film in History Inspired by a User-Generated Photo Contest, Will Begin Production in September
NEW YORK, August 4, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, has collaborated with one of Hollywood's most influential directors, Ron Howard, to select the eight winners of the "Project Imagin8ion" contest from 96,362 submissions. Launched on May 22, photographers of all levels were invited to submit their most imaginative photographs based on a series of eight separate movie themes, each one a core tenet of storytelling, to ultimately inspire Ron Howard's short film. The "Project Imagin8ion" film will be directed by one of today's most versatile and dynamic young talents, Bryce Dallas Howard. The eight winning photographs can now be seen at
The winners chosen span in age from 20 to 44 years old and are from across the country. They include:
Walter Arnold of Hendersonville, N.C., winner in the SETTING category for the photo, "The Final View"
Jen Berry of Los Angeles, winner in the CHARACTER category for the photo, "Dreams"
Mikey L'Heureux of Tarzana, Calif., winner in the MOOD category for the photo, "City Lights"
Brooke Shaden of Canoga Park, Calif., winner in the TIME category for the photo, "Running From Wind"
Alan Michael Martelly of Peachtree City, Ga., winner in the GOAL category for the photo, "My Word"
Lexia Frank of Wesley Chapel, Fla., winner in the RELATIONSHIP category for the photo, "Too Much"
Chris Wehner of Broken Arrow, Okla., winner in the OBSTACLE category for the photo, "Yea, Though I Walk"
Kelly Shipp of Conway, Ark., winner in the category of THE UNKNOWN for the photo, "Where One Day Ends, One Day Begins"
"This project has opened my eyes to the infinite possibilities of tapping into a larger community for creative inspiration," said Ron Howard. "As I selected the photographs, the story started to take shape using these building blocks to drive the tone and narrative possibilities. I was handed this challenge by Canon and I'm very interested to see how this exercise plays out with Bryce now taking charge to direct a film that is very much influenced by these eight photos."
Ron Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard and Freestyle Productions are currently working with the eight winning photos to craft the story, develop the script and produce a short film using Canon DSLR products. The film goes into production in September and will premiere later this year in New York City, where the winners will be invited to a red carpet event and have the opportunity to meet Ron Howard.
"Our goal was to launch a long-term campaign that demonstrates how Canon's technology enables artistry among photographers of all levels, championing the imagination of the masses," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "The number of entries has by far surpassed our expectations and we know the finished product, 'A Ron Howard Production,' will be a truly beautiful film, one that would never have been made without the enthusiastic online community."
Grey New York, Canon's agency partner for over thirty years, continues to develop the creative and digital elements of the multiphase campaign that will go beyond the short film. Alliance, the entertainment and lifestyle marketing division of Grey, is managing the partnership with Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 8/4/2011 1:16:19 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon Online Store once again has the refurbished Canon EOS 5D Mark II in stock for $1,999.00. Great deal.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/4/2011 12:12:50 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan has Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Student and Teacher Edition for only $59.99 Shipped.
Find out if you qualify for this version here.
Post Date: 8/4/2011 9:27:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Your hard drive just failed. What have you lost?
The odds are that this is an event that you will experience - perhaps multiple times. I find it hard to believe the number of people not backing up their important files - especially their pictures. I was talking to someone last night that had not made a backup in over 8 months.
I minimally recommend that you have three copies of all of your files. One copy lives on your computer's hard drive, one resides on an external backup hard drive that remains at your home/office and another copy on an external backup hard drive that is taken somewhere offsite - perhaps to a family member's house. My backup plan is much more thorough than this strategy, but again, I said "minimally recommend".
Remember that a backup plan is not a one time event. You MUST backup regularly - including rotating a fresh copy to the offsite storage location.
If your hard drive failed right now, would you lose anything important to you?
If your backup plan is not all it should be, here is a deal for you: has the small Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB 3.0/2.0 Ultra Portable External Hard Drive (Black) on sale for only $79.99 shipped. I have over a dozen of these - they work great.
Post Date: 8/4/2011 9:17:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 3, 2011
B&H has the SanDisk 16GB Extreme CompactFlash Memory Card for only $62.49 shipped in quantities of 2 or more. These cards are regularly $94.95 each.
Post Date: 8/3/2011 5:54:26 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the new Arca-Swiss Universal L-Bracket in stock.
Here is the Arca-Swiss Universal L-Bracket press release.
Post Date: 8/3/2011 2:43:27 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Post Date: 8/3/2011 12:30:16 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I *think* that these were 1x use coupon codes. Sorry!
Through Aug 6, 2011, the Canon Online Store has 15% off of all refurbished gear using one of the following two coupon codes:
Shop here:
Refurbished Canon DSLR Cameras
Refurbished Canon Lenses and Flashes
These are incredibly hot prices!, but supplies are limited. The EF 24-105 L was available for ordering and the EOS 7D along with some 60D kits were in stock as I prepped this post. I expect new gear to come into inventory during the promo period, so keep hitting these links.
YMMV on this one - the coupon codes have not been working for everyone.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/3/2011 10:05:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
DxO Labs has added 30 new lens / camera combinations to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing supports for Canon, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, and Nikkor lenses, for numerous Canon and Nikon cameras.
Visit this page to see the new combinations.
DxO Optics Pro is available at B&H.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 8/3/2011 9:51:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Tamron has posted 2nd Quarter 2011 Financial Results (PDF 49KB).
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 8/3/2011 8:19:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 2, 2011
B&H is listing the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L USM Fisheye Lens as "In Stock" (thanks Thien).
My 11+ month old preorders are shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/2/2011 9:45:02 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 1, 2011
Kingston Digital has launched a new USB 3.0 Media Reader.
"The Kingston USB 3.0 Media Reader supports multiple card formats including the newer high-capacity SDXC. With its quick and easy plug-and-play design, it delivers up to 5.0Gb/s data transfer speed for high-resolution images, large data files and more making it ideal for serious enthusiasts who need a fast and reliable data transfer device. It is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0."
Kingston Digital also announced that the SandForce-based HyperX SSD is now shipping.
Kingston HyperX SSD highlights include:
120GB and 240GB capacities. Ships as a standalone SSD (includes HyperX branded 2.5" to 3.5" desktop mounting plate); or as a bundle with the HyperX Upgrade Kit for easy installation (includes Acronis® True Image™ HD migration software, desktop mounting plate, external drive bay, multi-head screwdriver, SATA data cable.
Incredible sequential read/write throughputs of 555 / 510MB/s1.
SandForce SF-2281 controller featuring SATA Rev 3.0 (6GB/s).
Max 4KB random read/write of 95,000 / 70,000 IOPS2 (120GB).
Premium Intel 25nm Compute NAND (P/E 5K).
Category: Kingston News
Post Date: 8/1/2011 7:29:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Datacolor:
You can now color calibrate your Apple® iPad®
Datacolor announced in May the release of our new SpyderGallery, the first custom calibrated viewing app for your iPad . . . and it's FREE!
We wanted to make sure you heard this news because as an existing Datacolor customer you can now take advantage of this new feature. Just visit Apple iTunes store and download the SpyderGallery for FREE!
The app provides an easy-to-use calibration utility for owners of our Spyder3 display calibration solutions to create a custom color profile on your iPad. Using the Spyder3, the app will measure and profile color on the iPad and then apply color correction to images displayed through the SpyderGallery. Viewing images through the color-managed viewer will allow for more accurate colors and provide you with a closer match to desktop monitors and other color-managed displays. If you are a photographer who uses the iPad as a portable portfolio tool, SpyderGallery is a critical component to your photo gear to ensure your work is being displayed correctly. If you want to display images while on-the-go, whether for professional or personal use, you will no longer need to compromise color accuracy for the convenience of the iPad.
Check out these features of the SpyderGallery:
• World's first custom calibrated viewing on your iPad
• SpyderGallery for iPad® is a FREE app that can be downloaded from the iOS App Store®
• Compatible with Apple iPad (original) and Apple iPad 2
• View all images loaded on iPad in one easy to use GalleryViewer, no photo importing required
• Color corrected viewing from your standard photo library albums
• Personal photo watermarking feature
• Pixel-level zooming capabilities
• Works with all Datacolor® Spyder3 monitor calibration solutions
• Easy to use calibration utility for Mac® and Windows®
• See your photos color-corrected with simple Before & After viewer
So visit the Apple iTunes App Store to download this free app and enjoy managed color and accuracy on your iPad! And let us know what you think.
I am currently using a Datacolor Spyder3Elite for my calibrating needs - it works great.
Category: Datacolor News
Post Date: 8/1/2011 6:36:30 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From PMA:
PSPA/SPAA conference dates set for Feb. 18-19, 2012
School portrait and sports/event photographers return to Las Vegas following successful 2011 event
JACKSON, Mich. – PMA – The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations announces two member associations, the Professional School Photographers Association International™ (PSPA™) and the Sports Photographers Association of America (SPAA®), will hold their annual meetings at the Renaissance Hotel Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nev., in February, 2012. The event begins Friday, Feb. 17, with a kick-off reception, and PSPA and SPAA programming will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, 2012.
Conference attendees can attend without charge the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) trade show, Feb. 20-23, 2012, at the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, Nev.
In 2011, nearly 560 attendees spent two full days attending sessions, luncheons, and receptions. The show also included a Vendor Reception, which many members cite as a highlight, says 2011-2012 PSPA President Bill Glover of Strawbridge Studios Inc.
"Overall, the response to the [2011] show was overwhelmingly positive,” says Glover. “There were lots of familiar faces but also many new ones as well. I love the turnout we had, and the tracks were well-received.”
“PMA remains committed to these two important photographer groups,” says Ted Fox, executive director, PMA. “This arrangement allows PMA to continue to provide industry-specific educational and networking opportunities at this more convenient timeframe to these important industry segments.”
SPAA Committee members are enthusiastic as well with the announcement, heading into their 6th annual conference since joining as a member association of PMA.
"Those of us working in sports photography as a career are hungry for information and embrace the opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow industry colleagues," says Tom Hayes, Visual Image Photography Inc., Cedarburg, Wis., and chairperson, SPAA committee. “We are going to have a focused group of photographers and vendors meeting together, networking, and figuring out together how to make our respective businesses and industries prosper."
Post Date: 8/1/2011 6:18:47 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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