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 Thursday, August 09, 2012
Adorama has the new Sigma instant lens rebates in place.
Post Date: 8/9/2012 12:20:03 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Interesting story: According to Huffington Post, Michael Comeau, New York Resident, Has Camera Returned To Him 3 Years After Losing It. (thanks Sean & Rob)
Post Date: 8/9/2012 12:07:33 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I'm traveling right now, so I apologize in advance for the consolidated Nikon news update post:
 
Announced today are the Nikon 1 J2 camera, NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens and Waterproof Case WP-N1.
 
The Nikon COOLPIX L610 Digital Compact Camera has been announced.
 
Adorama has the new Nikon gear available for preorder.
 
Nikon 1 V1 firmware A:1.20 / B:1.20 is available for download.
 
Nikon 1 J1 firmware to A:1.20 / B:1.20 is available for download
 
Nikon ViewNX 2.5.0 in now available fordownload.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/9/2012 11:52:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Adorama has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens and BG-E11 Battery Grip for only $4,299.00. Save $309.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/7/2012 10:05:31 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Microsoft has posted Camera Codec Pack 16.4.1620.0719 for download.
 
Hit the link to get the full (extensive) list of supported cameras.
Category: Microsoft News
Post Date: 8/7/2012 10:55:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Profoto:
 
Profoto Introduces New ProDaylight 200/400 Air
 
Latest continuous light sources add to the growing Profoto product line
 
North White Plains, NY (April 16, 2012) – Profoto, the world's leading manufacturer of professional photography lighting and Light Shaping Tools, announces today the new ProDaylight 200 Air and ProDaylight 400 Air continuous light sources. In 2011, Profoto released the continuous light source ProDaylight 800 Air, thereby introducing the concept of light shaping to video. ProDaylight Air is an HMI light, which is ideal for most photo and video shoots.
 
These latest versions are even smaller and more lightweight, yet still as powerful and robust. The fact that the units do not use fans to keep cool makes them totally silent – a valuable feature when working with live sound video. The word “Air” simply means that they come with Profoto’s renowned Air radio remote function, which lets users control the light from the palm of their hand.
 
“The increasing popularity of modern DSLR cameras that are capable of not only shooting still photographs but high definition video as well prove that the worlds of photography and video are blending into one,” said Mark Rezzonico, VP Product Group. “And as more and more photographers begin to specialize in offering photography and video services, these new HMI continuous light sources will perfectly complement their equipment and assist them in getting the most out of their video as well as photo shoots.”
 
These new products are compatible with Profoto’s wide assortment of Light Shaping Tools. Note that all HMI lights need a ballast to work. ProDaylight is no exception, and to fully support the new versions Profoto is also launching the new ProBallast 200/400. ProBallast is multivoltage, flicker-free and automatically senses that a 200W or a 400W head is connected – and adjusts itself accordingly.
 
At the NAB Show this week in Booth # C8217, Profoto will be showing the complete line of continuous light products including the new ProDaylight 200 Air and ProDaylight 400 Air systems as well as the new cine Reflector Lite. Also featured will be Profoto’s extensive line of light shaping tools.
 
For more information on the new ProDaylight 200 Air and ProDaylight 400 Air continuous light sources, including technical specifications, visit: http://www.profoto.com/us/products/continuous-light
 
Get your Profoto lighting gear at Adorama.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 8/7/2012 10:00:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has announced Wireless Transmitter WFT-E5A Firmware Version 1.0.7 (I'm still looking for the download URL).
 
Firmware Version 1.0.7 incorporates the following change:
 
Supports firmware version 2.0.0 for the EOS 7D.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/7/2012 9:45:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 06, 2012
Canon has released EOS 7D firmware version 2.0.0.
 
This is a SIGNIFICANT firmware upgrade that all 7D owners will want to take advantage of.
 
Firmware Version 2.0.0 incorporates the following improvements, new functions, and fixes.

  1. Improves the maximum burst in continuous shooting.
    JPEG Large/Fine: About 94 (126) bursts *1 -> About 110 (130) bursts *2
    RAW: About 15 (15) bursts *1 -> About 23 (25) bursts *2
    RAW+JPEG Large/Fine: About 6 (6) bursts *1 -> About 17 (17) bursts *2
    *1 The figures are based on Canon's testing standards (ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style) using a 4 GB card. The figures in parentheses indicate the number of shots that can be taken with an Ultra DMA (UDMA) 4-GB card, based on Canon's testing standards.
    *2 The figures are based on Canon's testing standards (ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style) using an 8 GB card. The figures in parentheses indicate the number of shots that can be taken with an Ultra DMA (UDMA) 128-GB card, based on Canon's testing standards.
  2. Supports a new accessory, GPS Receiver GP-E2.
  3. Adds an ISO Auto maximum setting.
  4. Adds an in-camera RAW processing function.
  5. Adds a Quick Control function during image playback.
  6. Adds a rating function.
  7. Adds a JPEG resize function.
  8. Adds an auto recording level manual adjustment function.
  9. Adds a function to freely set text for file names.
  10. Adds a function to make time zone settings.
  11. Increases the screen scrolling speed when magnifying images.
  12. Fixes a phenomenon where a slow shutter speed may result when an external flash is used to fire intermittent, consecutive flashes.
  13. Corrects the color space information in the Exif file for movies.

NOTE:
 
-If the camera is updated with Firmware Version 2.0.0, the following settings will be initialized.
a) Date/Time setting
b) Lens peripheral illumination correction data registered to the camera
 
-The Version 2.0.0 firmware being released this time is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.2.5. If the camera's firmware is already Version 2.0.0, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
 
-Once the camera is updated to Version 2.0.0, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version (Version 1.0.7 to Version 1.2.5).
 
-When using an EOS 7D camera updated to the new firmware Version 2.0.0 with the WFT-E5A/B/C/D, the WFT-E5A/B/C/D needs to be updated to the latest firmware Version 1.0.7; otherwise, it cannot be used.
 
-It is recommended that you use the updated EOS 7D camera (Version 2.0.0) with the latest applications*3 . Some applications of previous versions do not support functions that are added by the new firmware. Please also note that EOS Utility needs to be updated to the latest version before it can be used with the updated EOS 7D camera. You can download the latest applications from our Web site.
 
*3 EOS Utility Version 2.11.4 or later (Supported OSes: Windows XP SP3/Vista SP2/7/7 SP1,Mac OS X v10.6/10.7)
 
Digital Photo Professional Version 3.11.31 or later (Supported OSes: Windows XP SP3/Vista SP2/7/7 SP1,Mac OS X v10.6/10.7)
 
ImageBrowser EX Version 1.0.1 or later (Supported OSes: Windows XP SP3/Vista SP2/7/7 SP1,Mac OS X v10.6/10.7)
 
The system requirements for the latest applications may be different for the applications that have already been installed to your computer. For information on the system requirements, please go to our Web site.
 
-The instruction manual has been revised accompanying the improvements and additions of functions. Users are asked to download both the latest firmware and the instruction manual. You can download the latest instruction manual from our Web site.
 
When updating the firmware of your camera, please first go over the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/6/2012 9:53:24 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From PocketWizard:
 
PocketWizard Announces ControlTL Firmware Update
 
New features and free upgrades available now for MiniTT1® and FlexTT5® radios, both Canon and Nikon versions
 
So. Burlington, VT – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces today a new update to its ControlTLfirmware for both Nikon and Canon versions of its MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios. Available now, firmware version 3.150 for Nikon and 6.150 for Canon include several new features and updates including compatibility with more cameras and flash units, support for the Sekonic RT-32CTLmodule, and a new optimized rear curtain sync utility control. Any current owner of the ControlTL system can easily install these new features via USB connection and update for free using the PocketWizard Utility.
 
New firmware features include compatibility with the Nikon D4, D800 and D800E digital cameras and Nikon SB-910 Speedlight as well as compatibility with the Canon 600 EX-RT Speedlite and ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter. Compatibility for the Canon 5D Mark III is not available at this time but firmware for this camera should be available in the near future.
 
“This latest release of ControlTL firmware further strengthens PocketWizard’s compatibility with Nikon and Canon brand digital cameras and flashes,” said Dave Schmidt, Vice President of Marketing at LPA Design, the company that manufacturers PocketWizard Photo Products. “Providing photographers with frequent important upgrades such as this is a very high priority for us because it allows owners of PocketWizard radios to stay current as new cameras and flash units are introduced.”
 
This update enables PocketWizard’s MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios to work with Sekonic RT-32CTL equipped light meters and trigger compatible flashes in ControlTL mode. This allows photographers with an AC3 ZoneController on their transmitting MiniTT1or FlexTT5 to set remote flash power levels on their Speedlights or other ControlTL flashes, and then meter those remote flashes using their compatible Sekonic light meter, all wirelessly within the ControlTL system. For more information visit: http://www.sekonic.com/Products/All/Accessories/RT-32CTL-Radio-Transmitter-Module-for-L-358-and-L-758-series.aspx
 
These two firmware releases also include many additional operational improvements like improved default Aperture Priority and Rear Curtain Sync operation, improved Pre-Flash operation across all zones (Nikon), and more. Learn more here:
 
Canon_MiniTT1_FlexTT5_Firmware_Release_Notes_6.150_d.pdf
 
Nikon_MiniTT1_FlexTT5_Firmware_Release_Notes_3.150_d.pdf
 
For more information on how to update PocketWizard products via USB connection visit: http://www.pocketwizard.com/support/downloads/
Post Date: 8/6/2012 10:38:11 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adobe has a Back-To-School Special CS6 Offer available through Aug 26th:
 
Use code BTS2012 to save up to US$100 when you buy an Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 Student and Teacher Edition.
Post Date: 8/6/2012 10:28:33 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera as a Daily Deal for $299.00 with free shipping (compare at $363.95).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/6/2012 10:20:21 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via Adorama) has the Sanyo Eneloop XX AA NiMH 2500mAh Rechargeable Battery, 4 Pack for only $14.95 with free shipping (compare at $19.95).
 
I have not used the new Eneloop XX batteries, but rely heavily on an earlier version.
Post Date: 8/6/2012 10:13:25 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
To Users of the EF40mm f/2.8 STM Interchangeable Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
It has been confirmed that the autofocusing function of the EF40mm f/2.8 STM lens, which was released in June 2012, may not operate correctly.
 
The details of this phenomenon are described below.
 
Affected Product
 
EF40mm f/2.8 STM
 
Phenomenon
 
If pressure is applied to the lens barrel while the lens is mounted to the camera (pressure can be applied even while attaching the lens cap or while carrying the camera with the lens attached in a bag), the autofocusing function of the lens may stop working.
 
*This phenomenon does not occur during normal shooting.
 
*This phenomenon does not result in a malfunction of the lens.
 
Workaround
 
When the above phenomenon occurs, detach and reattach the lens, or remove and reinsert the camera battery to restore the operations.
 
Market Support
 
The firmware to address this phenomenon will be available for download in late August, 2012.
 
Once this firmware is ready, we will make an announcement on our Web site.
 
Support
 
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
 
Note From the Review
 
This problem does not appear to affect all lenses - I tried to force my 40 STM to create this problem while creating the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Review, but could not induce the issue.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/6/2012 10:01:50 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, August 05, 2012
 Friday, August 03, 2012
Canon USA now has a YouTube Channel. (thanks Scott)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/3/2012 5:18:42 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Additional serial numbers have been added to the Canon EOS Rebel T4i Grip color advisory. You can check your serial number here.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/3/2012 5:12:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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