Canon and Nikon News for 2011/12 (Page 8) Report News & Deals  ►

 Thursday, December 8, 2011
This is the last day to get in on this hot deal: B&H has the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens for only $1,394.00 shipped.
This is at least $220.00 off of the regular without-rebate price - which is up to $1,699.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/8/2011 12:24:04 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Only 3 hours remaining: has the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon included in their Lightning Deals today - save $50!
Note: Sorry -'s direct links are not working at this moment. Go to's Home Page, click on the Holiday Furry Deals banner on the right side of the page and then scroll through the Lightning Deals until you find the PocketWizards.
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Post Date: 12/8/2011 12:08:26 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Grid lines are now optionally available in the Lens Distortion Tool.
Simply click on the "show grid" or "show no grid" text near the top of the page to turn on or off the grid lines.
Post Date: 12/8/2011 11:49:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From LensPen / Parkside Optical:
The new-design LensPen includes the same great features as the original – carbon-impregnated cleaning tip and natural goat hair brush – in a sleek new design. The cap screws on to ensure the carbon is replenished in the cleaning pad.
LensPen – New Look, New Features, Same Great Results
It has been 20 years since Parkside Optical introduced the original LensPen®, and a generation of photographers and outdoor enthusiasts have counted on it to keep their cameras, binoculars and other fine optics clean and images sharp.
Now it’s even better. At CES 2012, Parkside is introducing a new line of LensPen cleaning products with a high-class stylish design and state-of-the-art packaging. A completely new look, but with the same unmatched features that have made LensPen an optics necessity, not just an accessory. It’s completely safe for all lens and filter surfaces. The secret to LensPen’s unique cleaning ability and amazing long life – more than 500 cleanings -- is found in its special carbon compound.
Over the years LensPen’s carbon compound has convinced many camera, binocular and scope manufacturers to have Parkside Optical produce LensPens on an OEM basis for them. Parkside has introduced this carbon cleaning technology to a wide range of applications: DSLR sensors, laptop and desktop computers, cell phone cameras and, most recently, iPads and tablet screens with their new SideKick™.
“There are never any messy liquids to spray on and then wipe off, and there’s no need for dirty optical tissues or microfiber cloths, that often do nothing more than smear the fingerprint oil around,” said Peter Meurrens, Vice President of Operations at Parkside Optical.
“Try it once and join the millions of already satisfied LensPen customers who know that nothing cleans like a LensPen,” Meurrens said. “Not really so surprising for those that know us because at Parkside Optical we focus all our energy on one little problem that everyone else seems to ignore: how to clean fingerprints!”
Category: LensPen News
Post Date: 12/8/2011 10:18:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Post Date: 12/8/2011 10:09:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 7, 2011
B&H has the Manfrotto 190 More 3-Section Aluminum Tripod for $144.95 shipped.
"The Manfrotto 190 More 3-Section Aluminum Tripod is a special, extended version of the well-loved [recommended] 190XPROB model tripod."
The price is after $20 instant savings and a $25 mail in rebate. (thanks Bruce)
Post Date: 12/7/2011 10:09:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon PowerShot A1200 Digital Camera Kit
with 1GB SD Card, Camera Case, Table Top Tripod, Silver
Save 24% - Regular Price $120.98 - Sale Price $92.00 - expires 12/15/11 - FREE SHIPPING
Jazz Pocket DV152 Digital Camera/Camcorder with 640 x 480 pixels
Sale Price $22.85 - expires 12/30/2011 - FREE SHIPPING
Tokina 11mm - 16mm F/2.8 ATX Pro DX Autofocus Zoom Lens for Canon (Nikon)
Save $50.00 - Regular Price $719 - Sale Price $669 - expires 12/25/11 - FREE SHIPPING
Pro-Optic 14mm f/2.8 Aspherical Wide Angle Lens for Canon (Nikon)
Save 15% - Regular Price $369.95 - Sale Price $315 - expires 12/21/11 - FREE SHIPPING
Flashpoint DSLR Movie Rig Bundle
Save 16% - Regular Price $449.99 - Sale Price $377.12 - FREE SHIPPING
Adorama 28" Soft Lighting Bag
Save 37% - Regular Price $47.95 - Sale Price $30 - FREE SHIPPING
Post Date: 12/7/2011 8:22:50 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan has the Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 SP Di VC USD XLD Lens in Canon, Nikon or Sony mount for only $339.00 shipped after rebate (log in for price).
Check out the rest of the Tamron limited time markdowns at
Post Date: 12/7/2011 5:54:41 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan has the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Aspherical Lens for Canon, Nikon, or Sony for only $465.00 shipped after rebate (log in for price).
Post Date: 12/7/2011 5:55:02 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From the CompactFlash Association:
The CompactFlash Association Announces the Recently Adopted XQDTM Specification as a New Memory Card Format
XQD Introduces Industry Leading Performance
XQD Memory Card
CUPERTINO, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The CompactFlash Association (CFA) is pleased to announce the release of the XQD specification as a new high performance memory card. This XQD specification is based on the PCI Express® specification, which provides a solid base for future performance scaling.
“The XQD format will enable further evolution of hardware and imaging applications, and widen the memory card options available to CompactFlash users such as professional photographers”.
The CFA has adopted a new card specification with exciting performance and storage capabilities.
The key features of the XQD format include:
Optimized form-factor
• Dimensions : 38.5 x 29.8 x 3.8mm
• Durable & Robust
Scalable High Performance Interface
• PCI Express: 2.5Gbps today and 5Gbps Future
Actual Write Speeds
• Target 125MB/sec and Higher
To distinguish the new memory card format, an XQD compatibility mark has been created.
“The XQD format will enable further evolution of hardware and imaging applications, and widen the memory card options available to CompactFlash users such as professional photographers,” said Mr. Shigeto Kanda of Canon, chairman of the board, CFA.
XQD cards will be shown at the CompactFlash Association booth at CP+ 2012, February 9-12 in Yokohama, Japan.
Licensing for CFA members will start in early 2012. Please contact the CompactFlash office for more information.
Post Date: 12/7/2011 4:02:13 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
One day only: Adorama has the Flashpoint 2-Light SoftBox Kit (continuous cool fluorescent lamps, 5500K bulbs, stands & carrying case) on sale for $99.95 (reg $134.95) shipped.
Post Date: 12/7/2011 3:02:51 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
AWeber Communications has produced an Email Marketing Guide for Photographers - it is available for free download here.
Post Date: 12/7/2011 2:39:24 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Take advantage of the Zacuto end of year savings at B&H - Save $100.00 instantly on the Zacuto Target Shooter and save $200.00 instantly on the Zacuto Striker.
Post Date: 12/6/2011 6:31:38 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan has the Rokinon (Samyang) 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon for only $249.00 shipped (about $30.00 - $40.00 off).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/6/2011 6:29:34 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens for only $1,974.00 shipped - regularly $2,499.00.
Adorama has the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens for only $1,939.00 using coupon code S5554444.
Both are great deals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/6/2011 12:11:43 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I want to share some thoughts about Backing Up When on the Road with you.
Hopefully you can find a new idea for improving your own travel backup plan.
Post Date: 12/6/2011 12:03:51 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The ultimate gift for a photographer would of course be a Digital SLR or a lens (and you may reap the benefits of your favorite photographer having these), but here are some less expensive Christmas gift ideas for the photographers on your list.
Sanyo Eneloop Batteries
Sanyo Eneloop Batteries have a very slow discharge rate and hold up very well in use. These are my choice in rechargeable batteries - and everyone has something battery-powered (Canon Speedlite Flashes use size AA batteries). The starter kit is a great option.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Lens
Not all lenses are expensive. And this inexpensive lens has very good image quality. The 50 f/1.8 is not a ruggedly built lens, but it is a great introduction to wide aperture prime lenses for someone who only has a kit lens.
B+W XS-Pro MRC Nano Kaeseman Circular Polarizing Filter
I regard the circular polarizer my most important filter - it makes a huge difference in my image quality in certain circumstances (including mid-day sunlight), and the B+W XS-Pro is top of the line in all regards.
Memory Cards
All photographers need them, you can never have too many. Extra memory cards allow photos to be retained longer for backup purposes - or they allow more photos to be taken in the first place. Bigger and faster is usually better.
Camera Cases
All photographers need good cases for their gear. Lowepro and Think Tank Photo are my favorite overall brands. Perhaps a toploader, sling bag or backpack would work for your recipient.
External Hard Drive
Far too many photographers are not properly backing up their photos (including at least one off-site copy). External hard drives make it easy to do this. If 1TB is enough storage space, the Western Digital Passport Drives are a great choice (I have about a dozen of these).
Everyone can use them - and you can't have too many. Prices range from a few dollars to an incredible $7,399.00. Consider the battery type required when making your selection. We have standardized on AA and AAA batteries at our house - and use the Eneloop batteries in most of these devices.
Canon Lens Mug
A lens mug is sure to bring a smile from your recipient. Check on eBay for more options.
Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid
For the serious photographer on your list, consider a focus calibration aid.
Kenko Extension Tube Set
Extension tubes allow most lenses to focus closer - giving them more macro ability. The Kenko set is a good value and is sure to bring your recipient hours of entertainment.
Extra Camera Battery
It is always helpful to have a fully-charged spare battery available. Select the right model on this linked-to page.
Gift Cards
Give your recipient the joy of shopping at one of their favorite stores.
Zeiss Microfiber Cloth
You can't have too many microfiber cleaning cloths - and this one has a classy name on it. Give them the entire pack of four or hand everyone in your group/family/office/client list an individual cloth for a useful but inexpensive gift. Or, use them to wrap small gifts.
Kindle eBook Reader
Reading is a great way to improve photography skills and the Amazon Kindle is a great device to read with.
Rocket Blower
The Rocket Blower is another item that you can't have too many of. They make great stocking stuffers - and they are great for harassing the cat.
Lenspens are also small and inexpensive, but invaluable for cleaning lenses and filters.
Post Date: 12/6/2011 10:10:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 5, 2011
B&H has the Manfrotto 190 More 3-Section Aluminum Tripod for $169.95 shipped.
"The Manfrotto 190 More 3-Section Aluminum Tripod is a special, extended version of the well-loved [recommended] 190XPROB model tripod."
The price is after $20 instant savings and a $25 mail in rebate.
Post Date: 12/5/2011 1:30:25 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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