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 Thursday, February 5, 2015
Canon PowerShot SX410 IS and ELPH 350 HS Digital Cameras
From Canon:
 
The PowerShot SX410 IS Digital Camera Features a Compact Body with an Impressive 40x Optical Zoom Lens, while the Stylish PowerShot ELPH 350 HS Offers a 20.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC Capabilities
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 5, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the new PowerShot SX410 IS and PowerShot ELPH 350 HS compact digital cameras. Weighing just .4 ounces more and measuring only .2 inches longer than its predecessor, the PowerShot SX410 IS camera boasts an upgraded 40x optical zoom range (equivalent to 24-960mm), making it a convenient choice for users who want to combine portability and telephoto reach into one powerful digital camera. The PowerShot ELPH 350 HS is a high performance stylish compact digital camera with a 12x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 25-300mm) and an impressive 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, with built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities.
 
“At Canon U.S.A. we aim to make capturing images and video as easy as possible for photo enthusiasts,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “With the introduction of the PowerShot SX410 IS and the PowerShot ELPH 350 HS, users will find improved imaging features in compact camera bodies, making either camera model a convenient choice for those passionate about photography at almost any level or budget.”
 
The PowerShot SX410 IS Digital Camera
The PowerShot SX410 IS Digital Camera is the latest super zoom camera to be added to Canon’s SX-series lineup. With a 40x optical zoom range, an Intelligent IS image stabilization system and a 20 Megapixelii CCD sensor, the PowerShot SX410 IS camera gives users the features they need to capture every photographic moment in high resolution. The lens and sensor provide powerful performance in a very compact and portable body – weighing less than 11.5 ounces and measuring just 2.72 inches high and 3.35 inches deep from the rear LCD screen to the front of the lens.
 
The PowerShot SX410 IS camera is always ready for action with a dedicated movie button to easily start and stop recording 720p HD video. Additionally, the PowerShot SX410 IS camera can capture tight close-up shots of subjects from far distances through the use of the camera’s full 40x zoom range. The camera is also outfitted with ECO mode to help extend battery life allowing more photos to be taken over a longer period of time.
 
The camera’s Smart AUTO mode sets the ideal image quality settings by intelligently selecting from 32 pre-defined scene modes for still shots and 21 scene modes for video. Users can further expand their artistic abilities right from the camera with Creative Filters such as Fisheye Effect, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome. Fisheye Effect gives images a panoramic look and feel, Toy Camera Effect adds a grainy look to soften photos, illustrating a vintage appearance and with Monochrome mode, photos can either have black-and-white, blue or sepia tones, to display a more classic appearance.
 
The PowerShot SX410 IS camera is scheduled to be available in March 2015 in red or black for an estimated retail price of $279.99.
 
The PowerShot ELPH 350 HS
Building on the PowerShot ELPH series’ “Circle in a Box” design and the heritage as one of the leaders in digital camera market share, the new PowerShot ELPH 350 HS camera offers users high performance that is perfect for everyday use. Featuring a 12x optical zoom lens and a high-resolution 20.2 Megapixeli CMOS sensor, the new PowerShot ELPH 350 HS camera is capable of capturing sharp images with the superb quality. With Intelligent IS to help optimize image stabilization, a built-in flash and ample low light sensitivity up to ISO 3200, users can create images that are sharp and virtually shake-free in a wide range of shooting conditions both indoors and out.
 
The PowerShot ELPH 350 HS digital camera is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi, allowing for wireless transferring of images and video to compatible mobile devices , Wi-Fi enabled computers and select social networking sites, making it easy to share images anytime or anywhere. The built-in Wi-Fi allows users to wirelessly print their images to any compatible Canon printer, like the PIXMA MG7520. Users can also shoot remotely via Wi-Fi using a compatible smartphone or tablet and the free Canon Camera Connect app , so everyone can be included in group photos. With its built-in NFC feature, the PowerShot ELPH 350 HS camera can quickly pair to compatible Android devices , as well as to the recently announced Canon Connect Station CS100 photo/video storage and sharing device.
 
When photographing people, users can enable the Auto Zoom feature that allows the camera to identify the primary subject and immediately focus and frame it for a perfect shot. With Canon’s Creative Shot mode, Smart AUTO technology and Hybrid AUTO for simultaneous still and video capture, users have the ability to capture creative images with ease. Photographers can also capture moving subjects in crisp, smooth 1080p Full HD video quickly and simply by pressing the camera’s dedicated movie button. And the camera has a large 3-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 461,000 dots, perfect for quick and clear preview and review of images and video.
 
The PowerShot ELPH 350 HS camera is scheduled to be available in April 2015 in black and silver for an estimated retail price of $209.99.
 
B&H has the Canon PowerShot SX410 IS and ELPH 350 HS available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/5/2015 10:05:24 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon G3 X Development Image
Canon is Developing PowerShot G3 X Premium Compact Camera, Featuring 1.0-inch Sensor and 25x Optical Zoom Lens
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 5, 2015 — Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is developing a new addition to the Company’s G-series lineup of premium compact cameras—the PowerShot G3 X—and will display a prototype of the camera at CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2015, to be held from February 12th-15th at the PACIFICO YOKOHAMA Exhibition Hall in Yokohama, Japan.
 
The new PowerShot G3 X, currently under development by Canon Inc., will incorporate a large 1.0-inch sensor and a 24–600mm (35mm film equivalent) 25x optical zoom lens while maintaining a compact size that makes it easy to carry around. The camera will produce images with beautifully blurred backgrounds, made possible by its large sensor, and provide users with a wide range of focal lengths, from wide-angle to telephoto. The addition of the new model will serve to further bolster Canon’s already impressive G-series PowerShot camera lineup.
 
Introduced in 2000 as a high-end-model lineup, Canon’s G series of PowerShot cameras has played a leading role in the compact camera market thanks to its high-image quality.
 
Calling upon the Company’s latest lens, sensor and image processing technology know-how, Canon launched the current flagship-model PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera in March 2014, followed in October of the same year with the launch of the high-image-quality compact-body PowerShot G7 X camera. Both models have proven popular among a wide range of high-end users, including users of EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras.
 
By actively and flexibly responding to the market’s diverse needs, particularly through the bolstering of the Company’s high-end-model lineup, Canon will continue to contribute to the expansion of the photographic imaging culture.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/5/2015 10:04:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
Joe McNally has proven to be one of the most influential photographers of our time, even called “perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today” by American Photo.
 
Over the years, Joe has learned invaluable lessons about creating fantastic work, the industry, and how to transverse shifts in technology while staying relevant. Join us for this special webinar as PhotoShelter’s Allen Murabayashi and Joe discuss his career, advice he would give to those just starting in the business, an inside look at some of his work and the stories behind the images.
 
In this webinar Joe & Allen will cover:
 
  • Being successful with a “generalist” approach to photography
  • Dealing with economic downturns and financial hardships
  • Honest advice and inspiration for those just starting in the industry
  • Adjusting to the physical demands of being a photographer
  • A specific look at some of Joe’s most famous projects
Tuesday, Feb. 10th
 
12:00pm Eastern
11:00am Central
10:00am Mountain
9:00am Pacific
5:00pm GMT
 
Sign up today, space is limited!
 
Register Now!
Post Date: 2/5/2015 2:33:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Icon
From Adobe:
 
Lightroom mobile 1.3 for iPhone and iPad is now available as an update in the App Store. The goal of this update is to provide new features and bug fixes for issues identified in previous versions of Lightroom mobile.
 
Release Notes
 
New Features:
 
  • Edit images faster by copying image adjustments and pasting them onto another photo
  • Easily find your favorite images ! The new Segmented view in Collections gives you a different way to view and engage with your photos.
  • Want to pass your device around the family to look at your photos? With Presentation Mode, you can do that without worrying about your flags, ratings and adjustments being accidentally changed.
Bug fixes:
 
  • Abnormal exit that occurred when downloading images for offline use and account token expires
  • Issues creating collections after initial login
  • Abnormal exit when editing account settings
  • When opening an image in other applications, Lr mobile incorrectly provided an .ig file instead of a jpeg file. This only occurred with Dropbox and Adobe Reader.
  • Unable to open smart previews from certain Fuji RAF raw files
Download Adobe Lightroom Mobile 1.3 from the App Store.
 
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 2/5/2015 1:10:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Refurb. Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens
B&H has the Refurbished Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens (review) available for $1,059.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $1,149.00 after $50.00 mail-in rebate.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/5/2015 12:36:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera (review) available for $4,199.99 with free shipping. Compare at $5,999.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and as such would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/5/2015 10:53:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Great news from our partners at Think Tank Photo. For the month of February, whenever you order one of their rugged, multifunction, and secure backpacks* they will give you for free your choice of one of their popular App House 8 ($44.75 value) or App House 10 ($54.75 value) tablet cases.
 
Their backpacks range from the field-oriented StreetWalker backpacks to their transportation-oriented Airport backpacks, as well as their expandable Shape Shifter and Long Glass backpacks.
 
The AppHouse shoulder/belt-mounted tablet bags are a great way to carry a digital portfolio or presentation, transmit images, or access your music, games, apps and more.
 
And don’t forget, as a friend of the site, whenever you order $50 or more of any Think Tank gear using our links you can add yet one more free item to your order, as well as free shipping! To receive your free AppHouse follow the rebate download instructions on the backpacks’ product pages.
 
* Note: this special offer does not apply to Perception backpacks.
Post Date: 2/5/2015 10:01:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,634.00. Compare at $1,799.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/5/2015 8:15:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samsung ATIV Book 9 15.6
Deal Zone: For today only, B&H has the Samsung ATIV Book 9 15.6" Multi-Touch Notebook Computer available for $1,399.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,899.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1.8 GHz Intel Core i7-4500U (Haswell)
  • 8GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • 15.6" Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 Native Resolution
  • 3-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, WiDi
  • Samsung Link, S Player+, S PhotoStudio
  • Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Post Date: 2/5/2015 7:34:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sekonic C-700 SpectroMaster Spectrometer
B&H has the new Sekonic C-700 SpectroMaster Spectrometer in stock. The version with wireless flash triggering is available for preorder.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Measures LED, HMI, Fluorescent,
  • Measures Tungsten, Natural Light, Flash
  • 4.3" Touchscreen with 9 Display Modes
  • Displays Rosco, Lee, Fuji, Wratten Names
  • Displays CRI, White Balance Compensation
  • Multiple Light Comparison
  • CMOS Sensor and Linear Variable Filter
  • Stores 99 Full-data Measurements
  • Reads Color Temp. from (1,600-40,000K)
  • Reads 0.09 to 18,600 fc (1-200,000 lux)
Post Date: 2/5/2015 6:52:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/5/2015 6:33:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 DC HSM ART Lens
Adorama has a Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 DC HSM ART Lens Bundle (review) available for $679.00 with free shipping. Compare at $799.00. (thanks Masaki)
 
Bundle Includes
 
  • Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 DC HSM ART Lens
  • ProOptic 72mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit
  • Adorama Cleaning Kit for Optics
  • ProOptic Universal Lens Cap Tether
  • ProOptic Lens Wrap, 15x15" (400x400mm), Black
Update: Unfortunately, this deal has expired.
Post Date: 2/4/2015 4:37:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Consumers with Great Stories Invited to Share Photos Using #IAmNextContest for a Chance to Win a Nikon Camera and be Featured as the Next Voice of Generation Image
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. has announced the #IAmNextContest to search for the next passionate individual to share their story for a chance to be featured as the next representative of Generation Image. This contest is the latest component of the “I Am Generation Image” integrated campaign, Nikon’s platform to amplify the voices of individuals who want to stand out in a world of visual noise. In addition to being featured among seven others on Iamgenerationimage.com, the crowd-sourced winner will receive a complete Nikon D750 camera system, and a platform to tell their story to the world.
 
“Each and every one of us shares more visual content than ever before, and we all have amazing stories to share; but with all of this visual noise, it’s easy for our images and their intent to get lost. With this contest we want to invite more people to share what they are passionate about with the world and be heard,” said Lisa Baxt, Associate General Manager of Communications, Nikon Inc.
 
#IamNextContest
Whether it’s family, a project, a hobby or a charitable cause, we all have something we want to share far beyond our immediate social networks. Starting today, all members of Generation Image are encouraged to upload their photos or videos to either Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #IAmNextContest. This is a chance for these individuals to reveal to the world what they are passionate about, and have their message reach further than ever before. The submission period will close on March 3, 2015, and finalists will be announced in late March 2015. From these finalists, the community will vote for the winner whose story needs to be shared.
 
The winner will receive the same full-featured camera kit used by the other individuals representing Generation Image and will be invited to become a part of the campaign. Along with the acclaimed Nikon D750 DSLR camera, the winner will get a full complement of lenses and accessories, including the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4 VR, AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G ED and telephoto AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 VR lenses, to ensure that their images are captured with maximum clarity and fidelity. The winner will also have an opportunity to be featured prominently on the IAmGenerationImage web site, which is an immersive portal celebrating this generation as the first to overwhelmingly express themselves through images on a global scale.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/4/2015 1:11:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Venus 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro Lens
The Venus 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro Lens is now available for purchase through eBay.
 
About the Venus 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro Lens:
 
Venus Optics, a new Chinese manufacturer of camera lenses, has unveiled the world’s first 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro lens, with focusing range from 18.5mm to infinity.
 
The new Venus 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens features a magnification range from 0.1x to 2x. Users could easily alter the magnification ratio without installing any extension tube or teleconverter, making it ideally suited for rapidly changing macro photography scenarios. This wide magnification range also makes it extremely useful for shooting macro objects (e.g. insects) with different sizes. Moreover, the lens is also designed for normal shooting purposes with a 60mm focal length, which provides an all-in-one solution for normal portrait shooting as well as ultra-macro photography.
 
Venus 60mm f 2.8 2X Ultra Macro Lens Sample Image
 
The lens houses with 9 elements in 7 groups patented optical structure to provide great deal of image clarity and color rendering. The optical system consists of 2 major moving lenses groups in order to minimize the barrel distortion. 14 pieces of aperture blades form a close-to-circular aperture, capable of creating creamy shallow depth of view. The enclosure of the lens is made of metal to strengthen its durability. A complimentary lens pouch and filter are included in the package. Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha and Pentax K mount are available.
 
Note: If you're interested in a mount other than Canon, try this link.
Post Date: 2/4/2015 12:40:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sean Setters Photography Wax Seal on Box
Over the years I've delivered countless photos to clients via CD, DVD, flash drive as well as cloud storage (DropBox, Copy) – but rarely have I delivered prints. For all of those methods outside of prints, delivery of digital images can seem like a sterile and impersonal process.
 
One way I combat this perception is to deliver CDs/DVDs that feature Lightscribe labeling. I prefer Lightscribe to printed labels because they are more durable and eye-catching. As the label is actually burned into the disk, it can't get smudged. And the label has a wonderful luminescent, almost holographic look to it. My clients love their custom Lightscribe discs.
 
After having shot a few wedding this past summer (not something I normally do), I realized that a flash drive was the easiest method of delivery for 1000s of full-resolution images. But handing over a flash drive is unexciting and impersonal, to say the least. I wanted to find a way to provide a small "wow" factor when delivering flash drives.
 
A few weeks ago I ran across a wonderful product – a Custom Made Wax Seal Stamp. In our modern, digital age, a wax seal looked like the wonderfully elegant and timeless solution I was looking for.
 
I created a 3 cm, 800 dpi template in Photoshop and designed a black and white (not greyscale) logo to be used on the wax seal. Here's what I came up with:
 
Sean Setters Photography Wax Seal
 
The total after shipping was around $27.00. Not cheap, but not unreasonable for a custom manufactured product. The seal stamp would arrive a couple of weeks later.
 
In the meantime, I looked for various seal waxes I could use with my seal stamp. There are definitely inexpensive options available, but I decided to try out the more convenient Glue Gun Sealing Wax Sticks. They're more expensive, but in my opinion, the convenience is worth the extra cost.
 
I put together a sample delivery box after receiving my seal stamp and wax (shown atop this post). Final impressions? I love it! This is a unique and personal way to promote my photography business. No one else has a seal stamp like mine.
 
If $27.00 seems like a lot for this type of thing, you might also consider looking at the less unique (but significantly less expensive) monogram seal stamps.
 
Of course, there are countless other ways to help differentiate your photography services from your competitors when delivering images. This just happens to be one of my new favorite techniques. :-)
Post Date: 2/4/2015 10:20:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
Still Live: eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 1D X with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens available for $4,999.99 with free shipping. Compare at $7,148.00.
 
Don't need the lens? Try this 1D X Body-Only auction for $4,599.99.
 
Note: These are likely grey market items and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/4/2015 9:39:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/4/2015 9:09:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
B&H has the Refurbished Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens (review) available for $699.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $1,149.00 new.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/4/2015 8:12:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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