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 Friday, May 4, 2012
ISO 12233 resolution chart results have been added to the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review page.
I have two of these lenses right now. Unfortunately, the first lens I received needs to go back.
After spending 10 hours or so completing testing the lens on the ISO chart, it became clear that the lens was not working properly at the longer focal lengths. Image quality was unacceptable at 70mm. Tamron confirmed that the results were not as they expected.
The second lens performs much better optically. These are the results now presented on the 24-70 VC review page.
Before making your purchase decision, I encourage you to wait for me to spend more time evaluating the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens' AF performance. Neither of the two lenses I have autofocus accurately on the test chart using a Canon-calibrated EOS 1Ds Mark III. I will minimally test the second lens behind a second calibrated 1Ds III and a 5D III.
Stay tuned for more information.
Post Date: 5/4/2012 2:28:15 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Redrock Micro:
Redrock Micro Launches New ultraCage & ultraBase for Video-Capable DSLR Cameras
Awesome Additions Reflect New Generation of Support for a New Generation of Video-Enabled Cameras
Redrock Micro ultraCage & ultraBase HDSLR Support
Hollywood, CA and Dallas, TX – Redrock Micro, the recognized leader in affordable professional-level cinema accessories, today launched the new ultraCage DSLR and ultraBase support for video-enabled DSLR cameras. The ultraCage DSLR has been called an essential accessory for converting the DSLR camera body into a movie-making production powerhouse.
Next Generation Support for the New Generation of Video DSLRs
Video DSLRs have arrived as legitimate filmmaking tools. Groundbreaking cameras like the Canon 5D MKIII and the new Nikon D800 deliver advanced movie features and outstanding results. However, the form factor of DSLRs severely limits the stability of shots and the ability to adapt accessories that are commonplace for high-quality filmmaking. Redrock products have evolved along with DSLRs and now offer the best solutions for shooting high quality movies with DSLR rigs.
Professional-level Support and Stability
The ultraCage DSLR delivers rock-solid support and stability for DSLR cameras. The ultraCage secures the camera body at three points: screws into the camera base, fastens to the top hot shoe and locks the camera in place with the anti-rotation pin. The ultraCage supports a wide variety of DSLR bodies and has been tested with the Canon 60D, 7D, 5D MKII, 5D MKIII, and Nikon D800/ D800e camera bodies. You will not find a support cage anywhere that is more stable, functional or reliable.
The ultraCage DSLR adds industry-standard 15mm bottom rails for accessories such as a mattebox, follow focus or lens support. The built-in 15mm top rail support is great for adding accessories you want to keep with your camera on every setup, such as camera-top monitors or remote focus motors.
The cage surrounds the camera with 22 mounting holes (standard 1/4" and 3/8") that are perfect for attaching and positioning virtually any other accessory available. The ultra Series of accessories from Redrock can extend the ultraCage with extended top and bottom rails, triple the mounting points and additional mounting plates for advanced accessories such as external batteries, external recorders, audio units and remote focusing.
In addition, the powerPack Universal accessory delivers a powered cage option so all camera-top accessories and the camera itself can be powered from a single, long-lasting source using an external battery.
The ultraCage DSLR and ultraBase are ideal for the following types of users:

  • Professionals using DSLRs for filmmaking
  • Enthusiasts looking to get better results from video DSLRs
  • Amateurs who want something they can start simple with and grow
  • Steadicam, riggers, camera/jib operators needing rock-solid support and stability
  • Anyone looking for better support for their video DSLR

Slim, Contoured Design Molds to DSLR Body, Adds Features Without Bulking Up
Unlike other offerings, the ultraCage curves with the camera's contours and doesn't make it any larger than absolutely necessary. All doors and features are completely accessible, and the cage is unobtrusive enough to stay on the camera even when shooting stills. The precision-machined aluminum housing and available carbon fiber rods keep things light without sacrificing strength.
The Foundation for Any Shooting Style, from Handheld to Studio
The ultraCage DSLR can be used to create any type of rig, from handheld to full studio. Redrock offers pre-built bundles for handheld, shouldermount, and studio setups based on the original ultraCage. Using Redrock's family of 400+ cinema accessories and building blocks, virtually any rig can be created to fit your shooting style and budget. With the ultraCage DSLR, your camera can now take advantage of Redrock's ultra Series of advanced support accessories for sleek, sophisticated camera setups.
The ultraCage DSLR Advantage
The Redrock ultraCage DSLR and ultraBase are the only professional-level camera support to deliver all these key advantages:

  • Superior support and stability for DSLR cameras
  • Form-fitting and lightweight contoured design promotes small, fast shooting style
  • Top & bottom 15mm rails and 22 mounting points for accessories
  • Retains access to all DSLR buttons and doors
  • wireLock protects and converts HDMI output to full size HDMI supported connector
  • Cage provides 360 degrees of protection for your DSLR
  • Build any rig you want with Redrock's family of ultra Series and cinema accessories
  • Can be used for handheld, studio or rigging, and can fast-change between setups.
  • Confidence in gear that comes with lifetime warranty and is made in the USA.
  • Incredibly affordable professional-level gear - starting at $595.

For More Information
Product details can be found on the ultraCage DSLR and ultraBase at
Pricing and Availability
ultraCage DSLR and ultraBase are shipping starting mid-May, and are available from Redrock direct at and from authorized Redrock Micro resellers worldwide. ultraBase starts at $299, ultraCage DSLR starts at $595.
B&H carries Redrock Micro gear.

Post Date: 5/4/2012 12:26:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan has the Manfrotto MB SSC3-1BB AGILE I Sling Bag (Black) for $39.99 shipped (Compare at $51.16) as a Gold Box Lightning Deal (3 hours only).
Check back a bit later for deals on the AmazonBasics Wireless Remote Control for Nikon and Kingston Digital Secure Digital Class 10 Value Card.
Post Date: 5/4/2012 12:04:03 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
CPN has posted The Making of the EOS 5D Mark III ‘Radball’ Movie, showing how scenes were captured and talking about the Canon EOS 5D Mark III's video capabilities.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/4/2012 11:30:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via known seller Beach Camera) has the Canon PowerShot G1 X with a Fujifilm 4GB SDHC memory card, case and cleaning kit for only $729.00 shipped (must add to cart to see discounted price) (compare at $799.00+).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/4/2012 11:25:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay has the Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR Body as a Daily Deal - only $564.99 shipped.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/4/2012 11:20:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
To celebrate Mother's Day, Canvas People is offering $50 off or a free 8x10 canvas (just pay shipping).
As I've said before, the feedback from Canvas People print quality has been quite positive. And as I've also suggested before, great pictures of the kids make justifying new camera gear with the spouse an easier task. ;)
Post Date: 5/4/2012 8:53:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 3, 2012 has the Lowepro Fastpack 250 Backpack (Black) for only $67.80 shipped (compare at $115.95).
Post Date: 5/3/2012 9:07:16 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H now has a Nikon rebate page live on their site featuring $100.00 - $300.00 instant savings on the Nikon D7000, D3100, D5100 and the new D3200 when purchased with specific lenses. Rebates expire May 26th.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/3/2012 4:26:53 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay has the Canon PowerShot G1 X for only $727.82 shipped (compare at $799.00).
I'm not familiar with seller "bigvalueinc" - as always, use your judgment. Ships "On or before Mon. May. 07"
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/3/2012 1:02:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay has the Nikon D90 Digital SLR Camera Body with a 3yr warranty featured as a Deal of the Day - Only $749.00 shipped (compare at $849.00). Ships "On or before Wed. May. 09"
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/3/2012 11:14:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has added a very easy-to-use Canon rebates page to their site. Simply select the Canon EOS DSLR you are interested in and then select the lens(es) and/or flash(es) to pair with that DSLR.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/3/2012 11:04:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the refurbished Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens for only $449.95 ($50.00 less than "8+" rated used, $100.00 less than "9" rated used).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/3/2012 11:02:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Post Date: 5/3/2012 10:49:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The Canon Store has the refurbished Canon EOS 1D Mark IV in stock - only $3,999.20!
The other hard to find deal is the refurbished Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens - only $1,999.20.
Act right away if you want either - I expect both of these items to go OOS very fast.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/2/2012 7:50:29 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens for only $559.00 shipped (reg $599.00 or $699.99 for the USA version). This is the "Gray" or "Imported" version. It is the same lens as the USA version, but Adorama imported it directly.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/2/2012 2:32:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Think Tank Photo:
Three Travel-Specific Backpacks Coming Soon!
Think Tank Photo Travel-Specific Backpacks
In May, we will release the Airport™ series, a new line of travel-specific, high-capacity camera backpacks designed with maneuvering through airports quickly in mind. The three backpacks – the Airport Accelerator, Airport Commuter, and Airport Essentials -- integrate quick access pockets for both laptops and iPad, a top pocket for boarding passes, and three robust handles to ensure easy placement and retrieval from overhead bins.
The Airport™ series makes life easier for the traveling photographer. All meet international carry on size requirements. The two smaller bags, the Airport Commuter and the Airport Essentials, are designed to fit under-seat in regional commuter planes.
Their light, adjustable, contoured harness provides comfort along with lumbar support. The air mesh paneling keeps backs cool. The height-adjustable sternum strap allows for the perfect fit. A removable waist belt, side water bottle pocket, tripod/ monopod mounting system and seam sealed rain cover extend their versatility.
Adding even more functionality, these backpacks can be used with Think Tank’s Pro Speed Belts for additional support and capacity by adding component pouches and cases from the company’s Modular Rotation Component System.
The three sizes allow photographers to select the best fit for their needs.
Airport Accelerator accommodates two pro size DSLRs, six to eight standard zooms, a 500 f/4.0, iPad, and up to a 17” laptop. The largest of the three, this one has a padded removable waist belt.
Airport Commuter accommodates a pro size DSLR, four to six standard zooms, (increased depth holds a 400 f/2.8), iPad and 15” laptop.
Airport Essentials accommodates a standard DSLR, four to six standard zooms, iPad, and up to 13” laptop.
Features include:

  • Bottom hinge opens bag completely for quick and unencumbered access.
  • Cable lock and locking YKK zipper sliders for added security.
  • Laptop and iPad stored in a separate locking zippered compartment.
  • Light, comfortable and contoured harness system.Tripod/monopod mounting system.
  • Top zippered pocket for boarding pass.
  • Removable waist belt for additional stability when walking, running, etc.
  • Easily accessible front organizer pocket.
  • Seam sealed rain cover included.

Airport Accelerator
Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 20.5” H x 9” D (35.6 x 52.1 x 22.9cm)
Interior Dimensions: 12.5” W x 18.8” H x 6.8” D (31.6 x 47.8 x 17.3cm)
Laptop: 12.3” W x 17.5” H x 1.5” D (31.2 x 44.5 x 44cm)
Weight: 4.8-5.5 lbs (2.2-2.5 kg)
MSRP: $279.95 (U.S.)
Product Page URL:
Airport Commuter
Exterior Dimensions: 12.5” W x 18” H x 8.5” D (31.6 x 45.7 x 21.6cm)
Interior Dimensions: 11.5” W x 16.3” H x 6.8” D (29.2 x 41.4 x 17.3cm)
Laptop: 11” W x 16” H x 1.3” D (27.9 x 40.6 x 3.3cm
Weight: 3.6-4.2 lbs (1.7-1.9 kg)
MSRP: $199.75 (U.S.)
Product Page URL:
Airport Essentials
Exterior Dimensions: 11.5” W x 18” H x 7” D (29.2 x 45.7 x 17.8cm)
Interior Dimensions: 10.6” W x 16.3” H x 5” D (27 x 41.4 x 12.7cm)
Laptop: 10” W x 15.5” H x 1” D (25.4 x 39.4 x 2.5cm)
Weight: 3-3.6 lbs (1.4-1.6 kg)
MSRP: $175.75 (U.S.)
Product Page URL:

Post Date: 5/2/2012 2:23:19 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan has the Sandisk Ultra 64GB UHS-I 30 MB/s Class 10 SDXC Memory Card for only $47.95 shipped. This is a "12 Hour Sale" - and limited quantities are available.
Post Date: 5/2/2012 1:04:24 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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