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 Friday, January 9, 2015
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Post Date: 1/9/2015 10:01:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Reuters:
Jan 9 – Reuters (by Reiji Murai) – Canon Inc and other Japanese electronics companies want to bring production of some goods back home, reversing a years-old trend of overseas manufacturing as a rapid decline in the value of the yen makes local goods more competitive.
 
The yen has tumbled some 8 percent since the Bank of Japan last eased monetary policy in October and is now trading near seven-year lows. Since late 2012, it has lost a third of its value due to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reflationary economic policies.
 
The steep slide has raised costs for firms highly dependent on raw material imports as well as those that manufacture abroad.
 
Now, Canon says it wants domestic production to return to 60 percent of overall output in three years, up from around 40 percent. "From now on, new copier, camera and printer products will be built at domestic factories and as they replace older products, the volume of goods made overseas will fall," said company spokesman Hirotomo Fujimori...
Keep in mind, most of Canon's higher end cameras and lenses have always been manufactured in Japan. [Sean]
 
Read the entire article on Reuters.com.
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Post Date: 1/9/2015 9:42:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Want to know more about Canon lens technologies? Look no further! This Canon promo video does a great job of explaining the benefits of each one in beautifully illustrated detail.
 
From Canon Global:
 
EF lenses surpassed the 100-million-unit mark in April 2014, which is Canon’s first-in-the-world* achievement. This video explains in detail some of the cutting edge technologies that Canon developed over the years, including new optics, actuators and coatings.
 
*Based upon Canon's research, as of April 22, 2014
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Post Date: 1/9/2015 9:09:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
CPN's Inside Canon EOS Utility 3 Software Banner
From the Canon Professional Network:
"The release of Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 4 software in mid-2014 was accompanied by an updated version of its EOS Utility software – version 3. EOS Utility 3 acts in tandem with DPP 4 and enables you to download images from a camera’s memory card to your computer, remotely control the camera to capture new images or edit camera settings, such as the image owner’s name. You can then organise and process the imported images in Digital Photo Professional 4. EOS Utility 3 features improvements to form and function and the increased integration between Canon’s two free apps helps to streamline the shooting, importing and editing process. Indeed, you can now launch EOS Utility 3’s Live View window and remote camera shooting panel from within the Digital Photo Professional workspace, which allows the two packages to work together as a tighter team. CPN writer George Cairns takes a closer look at the capabilities of EOS Utility 3 and how it works alongside DPP 4..."
Canon EOS Utility 3.x is available from Canon USA. You must enter a compatible camera model number to download the software.
 
Compatible Cameras with EOS Utility 3.x:
 
  • EOS-1D X
  • EOS-1D C
  • EOS 5D Mark III
  • EOS 6D
  • EOS 7D Mark II
Check out CPN's Inside EOS Utility 3 for more information.
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Post Date: 1/9/2015 7:34:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 8, 2015
Canon Austria Facebook Image Promoting Connect Station CS100 with Mystery DSLR
Canon Austria posted a very interesting promotional image for Canon's new Connect Station CS100 on its Facebook account yesterday. On the left side of the image you can see a small part of a DSLR sitting on the desk. Look even closer and you'll notice it doesn't match any of Canon's curently available DSLR cameras...
 
Here's a closer look:
 
Glimpse of Unannounced Canon DSLR
 
The camera features an articulated LCD screen, a top LCD panel and a sideways multi-function lock switch. It looks like it could be a successor to the EOS 70D, but who knows?
 
Update: Site visitor David T. makes a good point – the absense of an AF-ON button means this is likely a Rebel / xxxD series camera. The last xxD camera that didn't feature an AF-ON button was the EOS 30D.
 
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
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Post Date: 1/8/2015 3:41:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 1/8/2015 1:42:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Joby UltraPlate 208 with Hand Grip
From Joby:
 
Petaluma, CA, January 6, 2015 – JOBY expands its collection of Pro Series tools for photographers and videographers with the launch of two, Arca-Swiss compatible accessories: UltraPlate 208 and Hand Grip with UltraPlate 208. Designed to be portable, practical and versatile, these precision-built tools provide easy set-ups and a variety of workflow possibilities for today’s active shooters.
 
“The success of our original UltraPlate inspired us to create additional tools for more complex DSLR rigs and action video set-ups,” said Kate Farmer, JOBY brand manager. “The UltraPlate 208 is an extended quick-release plate that includes eight ¼"-20 mounting holes. The Hand Grip with UltraPlate 208 includes a comfortable and secure grip for grabbing steady photos and footage, along with the new quick-release plate. Both offer thoughtful and durable construction, plus ease-of-use – hallmarks of the JOBY design philosophy.”
 
The UltraPlate 208 (US MSRP $29.95) is flexible tool for shooters who like to change up gear with lots of combinations, but without a hassle. It works with the JOBY Ballhead X and other Arca-Swiss compatible tripods. Eight mounting holes can support an wide array of gear: a DLSR, action camera such as GoPro, JOBY GorillaPod Arm or Locking Arm, flash unit, microphone or even a smartphone when paired with a JOBY GripTight Mount. The UltraPlate 208 is crafted of high-quality, machined aluminum for long-lasting strength.
 
The Hand Grip with UltraPlate 208 (US MSRP $49.95) serves as a simplified, but super-durable rig and includes the Arca-Swiss compatible and extended quick-release plate, plus a removable Hand Grip. This power combo may be used to set up a DSLR and action video camera in tandem for quick and easy transitions from stills to motion without having to waste time on gear changes. The durable, aluminum and silicone Hand Grip is lightweight and textured for a comfortable hand feel, plus also includes an additional ¼"-20 mount.
 
Joby HandGrip UltraPlate208 for Video Setup
 
(Shown with optional accessories)
 
B&H has the Joby UltraPlate 208 and UltraPlate with Hand Grip available for preorder.
Category: Joby News
Post Date: 1/8/2015 8:42:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
B&H has the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens available for $299.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $599.00.
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Post Date: 1/8/2015 8:31:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator
Just posted: Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator Review
 
The Airport Accelerator and I spent a great 10 days together this fall. If this pack is the right size for you, it is unlikely that you will find a better option.
 
B&H has the Airport Accelerator in stock.
Post Date: 1/8/2015 8:21:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
DJI Phantom 1.1.1 Quadcopter with GoPro Mount
We don't usually post deals for GoPro related items, but with more and more people shooting video with their DSLRs, I can't help but think that some of our site visitors may also own a GoPro that they use alongside their DSLR gear.
 
If that's the case, B&H is featuring the DJI Phantom 1.1.1 Quadcopter with GoPro Mount as a Deal Zone special. For today only, you can pick up the DJI Phantom 1.1.1 Quadcopter with GoPro Mount for $379.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $479.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 8" Self-Tightening Propeller Blades
  • Add Exciting Aerial Shots to Your Movies
  • Mount is Compatible with GoPro Cameras
  • Integrated GPS Flight Control
  • Naza-M V2 Autopilot with Failsafe
  • Max Horizontal Flight Speed of 10m/s
  • Max Vertical Flight Speed of 6m/s
  • Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC)
  • Supports Dual Flight Control Modes
  • LED Indicators & Low Voltage Protection
Post Date: 1/8/2015 7:31:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,292.49 with free shipping. Compare at $2,799.00 after $300.00 mai-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/8/2015 6:58:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash
eBay (via 6ave) has the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash available for $436.29 with free shipping. Compare at $549.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/8/2015 6:42:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Toshiba 16GB FlashAir III Wireless SD Card
From Toshiba:
 
Memory Card Provides Consumers with Quick and Seamless Way to Share Captured Moments Wirelessly
 
January 06, 2015 – CES 2015, LVCC Central Hall Booth #11028 – Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced the FlashAir III Wireless SD Card, a third generation memory card that serves as its own wireless LAN access point, allowing users to share images, videos and files wirelessly. Now with enhanced photo sharing and management features, users can quickly designate which photos to instantly share and easily manage files from a web browser on a PC.
 
The FlashAir III delivers speedy data transfers so users can quickly upload their images and videos. The FlashAir III Wireless SD Card’s Internet pass-through feature allows users to access the card and Internet (via your separate wireless router) simultaneously – enabling the ability to upload images in real-time. Using a wireless LAN chip, The FlashAir III Wireless SD Card is accessible to any wireless capable computers, smartphones or tablets, and can support simultaneous access from up to seven devices. In addition, the built-in Wi-Fi access point also allows for transfers without an Internet connection.
 
“We understand how important it is for consumers to share their photo and video memories with family and friends,” said Maciek Brzeski, Vice President, Branded Storage, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “We have eliminated the cumbersome task of uploading pictures via a USB cord so users can effortlessly share and manage their files, leaving more time for what’s important.”
 
Toshiba also offers a free FlashAir mobile app that makes it easy to share via iOS and Android-based devices. The FlashAir III Wireless SD Card is backed by a five-year standard limited warranty.
 
Known as the “Inventor of Flash Memory,” Toshiba has been providing storage solutions worldwide since 1967 and has more than 47 years of experience developing storage offerings that complement our comprehensive ecosystem of devices. Leveraging an annual $3.1 billion investment in research and development, Toshiba continues to push the boundaries of storage technology to meet customers’ needs.
 
Pricing and Availability
The Toshiba FlashAir III Wireless SD Card will be available for purchase in March, 2015 at various retailers, and on toshiba.com/us for $79.99 MSRP for 16GB and $99.99 for 32GB.
 
B&H carries Toshiba FlashAir Wireless SD memory cards.
Post Date: 1/7/2015 11:46:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
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  • Create a marketing plan
  • Fix your finances
  • Tune-up your website
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  • Get social
  • Create an advisory group
  • Follow up with old clients
Build your photo business plan and stick to it this year. Get started with these smart business tips packed into an easy-to-read workbook.
 
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Post Date: 1/7/2015 11:33:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Air Clarity: The Big Enemy of Ultra-Long Distance Landscape Photography
The sand dunes of Great Sand Dunes National Park and the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains behind them are a common target for landscape photographers. To compress the dunes against the mountains requires a long distance perspective and if the dunes are to be large in the frame, a long telephoto focal length must be used. Fortunately, the road leading into GSDNP provides easy access to the that long distance perspective and sharp telephoto lenses are readily available. Unfortunately, there are other issues to be dealt with.
 
Haze (including that caused by smoke, dust and air pollution) kills contrast and heat waves are potentially seriously damaging to image sharpness.
 
The haze/air clarity problem is nearly always at least somewhat of an issue when shooting from this distance and the best way to combat haze during the capture is to use a circular polarizer filter. This filter will not completely eliminate the haze, but it definitely helps. The best way to reduce haze after the shot is by increasing contrast. Both were used for this photo.
 
Far harder to control is the major issue I dealt with at this time of day in GSDNP and that is heat waves. Aside from moving closer (which changes the composition) or choosing another time of the day (or another day completely) to shoot, there is little that can be done about heat waves. Heat waves can be problematic at even short distances (and complicate outdoor comparison testing of lenses).
 
Being at this location at the right time and day is ideal and both air clarity and heat wave issues can be mostly avoided with the right timing. Locals of course have that timing luxury, but I had only half of a day to spend at this location. I was intent on maximizing my time and embracing what I found.
 
Many prefer to shoot this location early and late in the day (and I photographed until dark), but I found the dune shadows to be harsh at this time and also-liked the more-subtle tonation of mid-afternoon lighting on the dunes. In this case, I was able to run bands of color through the frame horizontally with the first snow of the season forming the top non-sky layer. Even though I was using the extraordinarily sharp Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens and a circular polarizer filter, the end result has a soft painterly effect (visible at full resolution) thanks to the heat waves.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Flickr and Facebook. Be sure to like or follow if visiting those pages.
Post Date: 1/7/2015 9:54:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
MindShift Gear Filter Nest Mini, Filter Hive Mini and House of Cards
Our friends at MindShift Gear just released three new products for outdoor photographers.
 
Providing rapid access for filter changes, the Filter Nest Mini and the Filter Hive Mini offer protection and ease in compact cases. For those who do not need the capacity of larger filter cases, these offer a great option for keeping filters at the ready. The Filter Nest Mini fits four round filters (up to 82 mm) including a variable ND. The Filter Hive Mini fits four square/rectangular filters (up to 4 x 6 or 100 x 150 mm).
 
The new House of Cards lightweight memory card wallet offers convenient storage and protection for your memory cards. Offered in easy-to-locate Tahoe Blue color, photographers can quickly find and organize six CF and three SD cards. The built in business card holder makes for easy identification. Its orange colored elastic band offers silent access plus additional wallet security. The House of Cards’ removable tether clip allows it to be worn on the outside for quick access.
Post Date: 1/7/2015 7:39:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
We were told by a good source that the last round of rebates would not be extended (and we mentioned that in our rebate-ending reminder last week). It appears that information was inaccurate as most of Canon's rebates have been extended through January 31.
 
Sometimes, we just have to eat our words...
 
The following Canon DSLRs qualify for a mail-in rebate when purchased alone or in a standard lens kit:
 
The following Canon DSLRs qualify for special lens combination rebate of $250.00 when purchased with the EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS USM:
 
The following Canon DSLRs qualify for a $300.00 mail-in rebate when purchased with the PIXMA PRO-100 printer:
 

Full Canon Rebate Table (some camera rebates require qualifying lens purchases)
 
ModelRebate Amount
Canon EOS 1D X Buy$800.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Buy$300.00
Canon EOS 6D Buy$250.00 - $450.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Buy$250.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS 7D Buy$250.00 - $600.00
Canon EOS 70D Buy$200.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS 60D Buy$250.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D Buy$150.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D Buy$50.00 - $150.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D Buy$50.00 - $200.00
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D Buy$150.00 - $350.00
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L USM Fisheye Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$140.00
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$80.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$60.00
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Buy$20.00
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens Buy$30.00
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon MP-E 65mm Macro Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$30.00
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy$100.00
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Post Date: 1/7/2015 6:46:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Canon hdAlbum Promo Image
In a world where Canon has a strong foothold in the consumer imaging (camera) and office imaging (printer) markets, Canon has decided to create a product that fills a niche where the two markets converge. Meet the hdAlbum.
 
Our first reactions when reading the press release – "Where are they going with this?" and "I'm not too sure about that printer name."
 
So, what do you think about this announcement from Canon? Where do you think they're going with this? Do you think the printer could be better named?
 
Let us know in the comments
 
From Canon:
 
Customizable Photo Books Printed on Canon DreamLabo 5000 Offer Vivid Colors and High-Detail Imagery
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., January 6, 2015 - Dedicated to preserving memories, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced hdAlbum, a new premium and professional lay-flat photo album service that allows professional photographers and consumers to create customizable photo albums. Printed exclusively on the Canon DreamLabo 5000, hdAlbum enables users to share memories from special events, vacations and life's special moments with family and friends in a memorable keepsake.
 
"Canon is committed to providing individualized experiences to our customers through the use of our high-quality technology and service," said Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "The new hdAlbum service is a user-friendly platform that will allow customers to capture and share their memories and experiences with their loved ones for years to come."
 
After downloading the free hdAlbum creation software on their computer, users have the ability to layout each photo with ease by using the auto-arrange feature or custom-design option. The pages are then printed on the DreamLabo 5000, Canon's inkjet production photo printer that uses FINE high-density printhead technology. To achieve high-quality images and help users' favorite memories come to life, the device prints with seven dye-based inks at up to 2,400 dots per inch to provide a wider spectrum of colors, sharp details and photo-realistic production.
 
Unique Photo, one of the largest privately owned photographic supply distributors in the world is the first retailer to offer hdAlbums to its customers.
 
"Offering an hdAlbum has allowed us to expand our product line to offer premium photo albums at reasonable prices," said Matt Sweetwood, president, Unique Photo. "The high-quality and craftsmanship of an hdAlbum is impressive. Our customers claim they have never seen a photo book this good."
 
There are five album sizes available, including portrait, eight inches by 11-inches; landscape, 11-inches by eight inches; and square, eight inches by eight inches, 10-inches by 10-inches, and 12-inches by 12-inches. With paper selections of Premium Canon Luster or Glossy inkjet media, all albums utilize a post printing hinge-style binding process and can include up-to-100 pages. To enable full customization, users have a diverse selection of backgrounds, layouts, and templates to make the album a one-of-a-kind piece.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/6/2015 9:36:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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