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 Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera in stock and available for $2,799.21 with free shipping. Compare at $3,499.00 new.
If you haven't noticed, the price of a new 5D Mark III is now $3,499.00 - making the price of a refurbished unit more attactive than ever (even after taxes).
The Canon Store's 15-50% off sale on Refurbished DSLR Cameras, Lenses and Flashes ends this Saturday. While the inventory has not seen a significant refresh in a while, a few items have appeared in stock that were not there before (but not many). Here's a look at what was in stock this morning.
Refubished DSLR Cameras

ItemOrig. PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body1,759.20263.881,495.32
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 60D + EF-S 18-135 IS 959.20143.88815.32
Canon EOS Rebel T4i + 18-135 IS STM919.20183.84735.36
Canon EOS 60D Body719.99108.00611.99
Canon EOS Rebel T4i + EF-S 18-55 IS719.99144.00575.99
Canon EOS Rebel T4i Body639.99128.00511.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i + EF-S 18-55 IS519.99104.00415.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i Body439.9988.00351.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3 + EF-S 18-55 IS399.9980.00319.99

Refubished Lenses & Flashes

ItemOrig. PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM1,079.20161.88917.32
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99260.00259.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9928.20159.79
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9980.0079.99
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM407.9961.20346.79
Canon EF 35mm f/2255.9938.40217.59
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM319.9948.00271.99
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro239.9936.00203.99
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM479.9972.00407.99
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM639.9996.00543.99
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM943.20141.48801.72
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM479.9972.00407.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.99200.00199.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II239.9936.00203.99
Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash239.9936.00203.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9920.40115.59

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/22/2013 7:34:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 21, 2013
B&H has the Tascam DR-07 Mark II Digital Audio Recorder available for $116.37 with free shipping. Compare at $149.99.
Amazon also has the Tascam DR-07 Mark II Digital Audio Recorder available for the same price.
Category: Tascam Deals
Post Date: 5/21/2013 4:47:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Canon CN-E 14mm T3.1 L F Cinema Prime Lens (EF mount) in stock with free shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/21/2013 4:25:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Sony 32GB Class 10 94MB/s SDHC UHS-1 Memory Card available for $29.95 with free shipping. Regularly $49.95.
Post Date: 5/21/2013 1:44:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 5/21/2013 11:47:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Thoughts from a long-time Flickr user:
I [Sean] have been a Flickr user since December 2007. For most of that time I have had a Pro membership. I believed the Pro membership was a valuable tool for backing up my best images. If I wanted to keep an image safe, as well as show it off to the world, I uploaded it to Flickr. It's been great for that purpose.
I was on Flickr a couple of times yesterday. I uploaded several images from recent photography sessions in the morning. At that time, Flickr was normal. When I went back to the site to check for recent activity later that day, the "new and improved" Flickr hit me over the head like an iron skillet. The changes were anything but subtle.
Instead of the clean-looking interface of the past, my Flickr photostream page had a larger profile picture, a banner, and a new photostream layout. At first glance, it's actually kind of eye-pleasing. But now a lot of the information I wanted to be presented to people visiting my page has been buried.
Things I'm not fond of:

  • Titles and captions of your images do not show up on your photostream; the title only presents itself if you hover over an image in the new layout. One you click on an image, the title is placed at the far left underneath the image, and only a line or two of the captions visible. I spent a significant amount of time on the captions of many of my images - I want the caption (and title) to have a more prominent position on the image page.
  • Sets are no longer visible on your photostream page unless the viewer clicks "Sets." In order for a viewer to see a subset of my photostream (Portraits, Bridal, Senior, etc.), they have to know to click on "Sets." Before, the sets were displayed on the right-hand side allowing the categories to be much more obvious to the user.
  • You have to change your profile picture because the previous version was saved at a lower resolution. As the image I used for my profile picture is still in my photostream, why didn't Flickr simply use the same area of the image I had already chosen to automate the process of updating the profile picture? Instead, I had to wade through my images and create the profile picture all over again.
  • The process for creating a banner is less than ideal.
  1. First, you either have to use an existing image from your photostream or you have to upload an image to your stream if you want to use it for the banner (or be stuck with whatever default banner Flickr gives you). But what if I don't want my custom-made banner to be on my photostream? To do that, I'd have to upload an image and change its property to "Private." At that point, I can still make it my banner, but it won't show up to other people viewing my profile. That said, the image is still viewable to me and it clutters up my own personal view of the photostream.
  2. Second, if I did want to create an image specifically for my banner, where is the information on sizing requirements?
  3. Third, apparently, you can only select one of your "Recent" photos to serve as your banner. I originally tried to create a banner using an image I had uploaded in 2009 – no can do. In order for me to use that image, I would have to upload the image to Flickr again (placing it in my photostream), set it as the banner, and then delete the duplicate image. Why can I not navigate to an image in my stream and set it as the profile or banner picture from within the image's page?
  • If you were logged into Flickr, the home page used to display recent activity. Now, the homepage shows you huge images uploaded by your contacts. To get to the recent activities page, you have to go to different link ( Can Flickr give me the option to bring up the "Recent Activities" page when I go to
  • Flickr has changed its pricing structure and the benefits of each level. I liked the older, simpler structure better - Free or Pro.

Things I like:

  • Flickr released an updated Android app at the same time it rolled out major changes to the website. The app as long been neglected by Flickr, so I'm glad to see resources devoted to its development. In my opinion, the app has improved greatly. It's significantly faster, and the viewing experience is certainly better. However, it's still not perfect. Navigation isn't as intuitive as I think it needs to be.
  • Giving 1 terabyte of storage to free users is a step in the right direction.

Those are my thoughts having spent a couple of hours with the new Flickr. It seems that Flickr decided to copy the look and feel of Google+; so far, I can't say that I'm a fan of the changes. After I get more familiar with the interface, I may enjoy it more. But for now, a lot of the changes are hard to swallow. I didn't cover the details of the new membership plans, but you can read about them here.
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Post Date: 5/21/2013 9:19:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera available for $779.00. Compare at $896.95.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/21/2013 9:37:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Sony 64GB UHS1 Class 10 High Speed SDHC/SDXC Memory Card available for $36.95 with free shipping. Compare at $49.99.
Nikon has published firmware updates for the D700, D300 & D300s DSLR cameras. The updates add support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR lens.
From Nikon:
Modifications enabled with this upgrade of firmware, release date May 21, 2013

  • Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.

Installation Instructions
Nikon D700 - Windows | Macintosh
Nikon D300* - Windows | Macintosh
Nikon D300s - Windows | Macintosh
* NOTE: Installation instructions for the D300 are identical to the instructions for the D300s.
Firmware Downloads
Nikon D700 Firmware A:1.04 / B:1.03 - Windows | Macintosh
Nikon D300 Firmware: A/B 1.11* - Windows | Macintosh
Nikon D300s Firmware: A/B 1.02** - Windows | Macintosh
* NOTE: This update is for the D300 model only, and not the D300s. Do not attempt to upgrade the D300 with this firmware.
** NOTE: This update is for the D300S model only, and not the D300. Do not attempt to upgrade the D300 with this firmware.
B&H carries the Nikon D300s DSLR camera.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/21/2013 7:26:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
Nikon COOLPIX P7700 firmware v1.2 is now available for download.
Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade

  • When shooting with shooting mode set to M (manual) with Flash, and the ISO sensitivity set to Auto, ISO 80-200, ISO 80-400, or ISO 80-800, ISO sensitivity was sometimes not locked at ISO 80 and a different ISO sensitivity was sometimes applied. This issue has been resolved.

Nikon COOLPIX P7700 Firmware 1.2 - Windows | Macintosh
Installation Instructions (PDF) - Windows | Macintosh
B&H carries the Nikon COOLPIX P7700.

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Post Date: 5/21/2013 6:53:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 20, 2013
ISO 12233 chart image quality samples and vignetting test results are now available on the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens review page.
Compare this modestly upgraded lens to its predecessor, the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens.
Update: 18-55mm STM Lens Distortion test results are also now available.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/20/2013 8:13:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Yahoo:
SUNNYVALE, Calif. & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) and Tumblr announced today that they have reached a definitive agreement for Yahoo! to acquire Tumblr.
Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business. David Karp will remain CEO. The product, service and brand will continue to be defined and developed separately with the same Tumblr irreverence, wit, and commitment to empower creators.
With more than 300 million monthly unique visitors and 120,000 signups every day, Tumblr is one of the fastest-growing media networks in the world. Tumblr sees 900 posts per second (!) and 24 billion minutes spent on site each month. On mobile, more than half of Tumblr's users are using the mobile app and do an average of 7 sessions per day. Its tremendous popularity and engagement among creators, curators and audiences of all ages brings a significant new community of users to the Yahoo! network. The combination of Tumblr+Yahoo! is expected to grow Yahoo!'s audience by 50 percent to more than a billion monthly visitors, and to grow traffic by approximately 20 percent.
The deal offers unique opportunities for both companies. Tumblr can deploy Yahoo!'s personalization technology and search infrastructure to help its users discover creators, bloggers, and content they'll love. In turn, Tumblr brings 50 billion blog posts (and 75 million more arriving each day) to Yahoo!'s media network and search experiences. The two companies will also work together to create advertising opportunities that are seamless and enhance the user experience.
Total consideration is approximately $1.1 billion, substantially all of which is payable in cash.
"Tumblr is redefining creative expression online," said Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer. "On many levels, Tumblr and Yahoo! couldn't be more different, but, at the same time, they couldn't be more complementary. Yahoo is the Internet's original media network. Tumblr is the Internet's fastest-growing media frenzy. Both companies are homes for brands - established and emerging. And, fundamentally, Tumblr and Yahoo! are both all about users, design, and finding surprise and inspiration amidst the everyday."
"I've long held the view that in all things art and design, you can feel the spirit and demeanor of the creator. That's why it was no surprise to me that David Karp is one of the nicest, most empathetic people I've ever met. He's also one of the most perceptive, capable entrepreneurs I've ever worked with," continued Mayer. "David's respect for Tumblr's community of creators is awesome. I'm absolutely delighted to have him join our team."
David Karp, CEO of Tumblr, addressed the Tumblr community, "Our team isn't changing. Our roadmap isn't changing. And our mission — to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve — certainly isn't changing. But we're elated to have the support of Yahoo! and their team who share our dream to make the Internet the ultimate creative canvas. Tumblr gets better faster with more resources to draw from."
The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close in the second half of the year.
Post Date: 5/20/2013 1:07:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive available for $189.99 with free shipping. Regularly $249.99.
Post Date: 5/20/2013 12:04:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
For one hour only (12-1pm ET), the Canon Store has their refurbished Canon PIXMA PRO 9000 Mark II and PIXMA PRO9500 Mark II Printers available for 60% off with free shipping and a $5.00 Dunkin' Donuts gift card.
Note: Although the deal has expired, you may want to check out the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Printer with Free Photo Paper at Adorama - it's only $89.00 with free shipping after a $300.00 mail-in rebate.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/20/2013 11:04:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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