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 Monday, December 16, 2013
Just Posted: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens Review
Learn how Sigma's latest entry into the 24-70 f/2.8 market performs.
Post Date: 12/16/2013 10:37:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama once again has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens (review) available for a checkout price of $1,699.00 with free shipping and 2% Rewards after $300.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $1,999.00 after rebate.
Amazon also has the lens for the same price.
Don't miss this opportunity to pick up one of Canon's Best Full-Frame General Purpose Lenses at significant savings.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/16/2013 10:36:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
As you may have noticed, it's getting to be that time of year again. And if you're like me, you may have procrastinated in picking up a few of your holiday gifts this year.
Fear not! We have some last minute gift ideas for the special photographer in your life (or possibly your own stocking!).
Gifts Under $50.00
Gaffer's Tape
Gaffer's tape is an item I simply couldn't live without. I've used the tape to affix colored gels to my flash heads, hold up posterboards (used as backgrounds), mark the floor where my subjects should stand, and even hold together DIY light modifiers. The tape holds firmly but doesn't leave a residue when removed making it perfect for the temporary (and not so temporary) needs of photographers.
Canon Center Pinch Lens Caps
The new Canon Center-Pinch Lens Caps are a product that should have been introduced years ago. They make life so much easier for those who use lens hoods a majority of the time. I highly recommend them.
LenzBuddy Rear Lens Caps
Most of the products in this list are very practical. This one's all about creating a smile when gazing at the contents of your camera bag. While some of the LenzBuddy Rear Lens Caps can be used to quickly identify a specific lens in your bag, most are just plain fun.
Giottos Rocket Air Blaster
This is a product that every photographer should own (and use regularly). With every lens change, dust particles have the opportunity to find their way into your camera and onto your sensor. For most of particles, a simple burst of air can save you hours of cleanup in post-processing.
Expoimaging Rogue FlashBender Large
Generally speaking, I'm not really a fan of direct on-camera flash (though bounce flash is great). Whenever on-camera flash is optimal, I use the Rogue FlashBender to increase the size of the on-camera flash's light source as well as increase the distance between the light and the camera lens's axis. Both help create more flattering portraits.
Memory Cards
If one thing is absolutely certain with digital photography, it's that you can never have enough memory cards. Without them, your shots don't make it home. Faster memory cards are ideal, but even a slower backup memory card is better than none at all when you fill up the card that's in your camera.
Gifts Under $150.00
BlackRapid RS-Sport Extreme Sport Strap
This is by far my favorite camera stap. The over-the-shoulder method of carrying the camera means that my neck isn't aching after a long day of shooting. The BlackRapid RS-Sport is comfortable to wear and the added underarm "Brad" helps keep the strap in place through those odd-angled shots.
Eye-Fi Mobi 32GB Wireless SDHC Memory Card
Want to publish your DSLR-taken photos to Facebook, Google+ or Instagram within minutes of capture? If your camera doesn't have built-in WiFi but features an SD memory card bay, then the Eye-Fi Mobi wireless memory card is for you. Works with iOS or Android enabled devices.
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens
The Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake" Lens (review) is diminutive in size and price – but certainly not in performance. The lens features suprisingly good image quality and deserves a permanent place in most photographers' camera bags (especially since it doesn't take up much room!).
Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Printer
If you're anything like me, you enjoy veiwing your images on a computer screen. However, nothing beats the impression of a big, traditional print. The PIXMA PRO-100 offers excellent print quality up to 13x19" and features built-in WiFi for easy connectivity. The printer comes with free photo paper and qualifies for a $300.00 mail-in rebate dropping the total investment below the $100.00.
Camera Backpack
If you want to venture out in the world with your camera and more than a single lens, then a camera backpack is a necessity. Camera backpacks come in all shapes, colors, sizes and price ranges – meaning they can be as personal as they are practical. Some of our favorite brands include Think Tank Photo, Lowepro, KATA & Gura Gear.
Post Date: 12/16/2013 9:25:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/16/2013 7:45:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean has the Refurbished Nikon COOLPIX S6500 Digital Camera (Red) available for $98.00 with free shipping and camera case. Compare at $150.00 new.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/16/2013 7:16:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Store is featuring special pricing on select refurbished Canon PowerShot Cameras. All items qualify for free shipping. See below for details:
Canon Store Specials

ItemReg. PriceSale PriceFree Accessories
Refurbished PowerShot SX40 HS$343.99$229.99Memory Card, Soft Case
Refurbished PowerShot SX150 IS$142.99$62.99Memory Card, Soft Case
Refurbished PowerShot D20 (Waterproof)$299.99$199.99n/a

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/16/2013 7:00:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, December 15, 2013


"This is's Weekend Recap for the week ending December 14th, 2013.
In the news...
On Tuesday, we learned that Nikon’s newest firmware updates may have contained an undocumented modification. Users report cameras with the new firmwares no longer work with 3rd party batteries. Did Nikon purposefully attempt to kill 3rd party battery compatibility or was this an unanticipated side effect of the updates?
On a related note, we shared our own experience with 3rd party batteries being incompatible with Canon’s newest LC-E6 battery chargers. That got us wondering – did Nikon take a page out of Canon’s playbook?
On Thursday, we learned about Zeiss’s plans produce an 85mm f/1.4 OTUS lens. Zeiss outed the lens’s development via a Facebook comment displayed on their own website.
In site news and reviews...
On Tuesday, we posted a full review of the Pocketwizard PlusX Radio Transceivers. In short, the PlusX transceivers offer a rugged build quality with a limited, yet attractive feature set that will surely grow Pocketwizard’s fan base.
On Wednesday, we posted our standard image quality test results for the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens. Tests available for viewing include ISO resolution, vignetting and distortion [flare results are also available].
On Thursday, Bryan posted his full review of the Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens. To sum up the review, Sigma’s new 24-105mm lens follows in step with all their recent Global Vision releases – meaning excellent image quality, sound build quality and a moderate price tag. Check out Bryan’s review for all the details.
And, for our deal of the week…
On Sunday, we posted a deal from where you could get a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens for $1,679.00 after rebate. That’s a $620.00 savings off the normal MSRP.
This has been the’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recaps
Post Date: 12/15/2013 10:47:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, December 14, 2013
Adorama has the Refurbished Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera (review) available for $939.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,449.00 new.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/14/2013 3:49:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $460.00 with 2% Rewards. Compare at $539.00. (thanks Holger)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/14/2013 9:26:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens available for $79.99 with free shipping. Compare at $169.00 new.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/14/2013 7:51:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens available for 50% off – now just $119.99 with free shipping. Compare at $265.00 new.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/14/2013 7:38:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, December 13, 2013

From Canon USA YouTube Channel:
In the 2nd video of this 3-part series, we'll cover more advanced features and settings for video capture going beyond basic, automatic settings. You'll also learn some tips about how to take advantage of these settings for even better video results.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/13/2013 3:05:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens available for $235.00. Regularly $279.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Rokinon Deals
Post Date: 12/13/2013 9:59:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Want to know how to decipher the colored rings on Canon's lenses? Or possibly the difference between fluorite, aspherical and UD lenses? Or why some black lenses allow focusing past infinity?
Check out Canon Professional Network's Infobank for the answers to these questions plus a wealth of information on other topics.
Infobank Lens Topics

ConstructionFluorite, aspherical and UD lenses
Focal lengthPrime and zoom lenses
All about aperturesImage stabilization
Lens speedTilt and shift lenses
Focusing and depth of fieldExtenders
Black or white lensesExtension tubes
Coloured ringsMacro lenses
Lens mountClose-up lenses
EF-S and field of viewFilters
L-series lensesDO elements

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/13/2013 9:36:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
Creative Cloud Subscriptions Accelerate to More Than 1.4 Million; Adobe Marketing Cloud Surpasses Revenue of $1 Billion in 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Dec. 12, 2013 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2013 ended Nov. 29, 2013. The Company also provided a financial outlook for fiscal year 2014 and long-term growth targets for key areas of its business.
Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Adobe achieved revenue of $1.04 billion, within its targeted range of $1 billion to $1.05 billion.
  • Adobe exited Q4 with 1 million 439 thousand paid Creative Cloud subscriptions, an increase of 402 thousand when compared to the number of subscriptions as of the end of Q3 fiscal year 2013, and enterprise adoption of Creative Cloud was stronger than expected.
  • Creative Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) grew to $768 million, and total Digital Media ARR grew to $911 million.
  • Adobe Marketing Cloud quarterly revenue was $316.2 million, representing 38 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.13 on a GAAP-basis, and $0.32 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was $315.0 million.
  • Deferred revenue grew by $94.7 million to a record $828.8 million.
  • The company repurchased 7.9 million shares during the quarter, returning approximately $405 million of cash to stockholders.

Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Highlights

  • Adobe achieved revenue of $4.06 billion and generated $1.15 billion in cash flow from operations during the year.
  • Creative Cloud subscriptions grew by 1.1 million and Document Services subscriptions doubled to more than 1.6 million. In addition, the company added more than $700 million in Digital Media ARR during the year.
  • Adobe Marketing Cloud achieved a record $1.02 billion in annual revenue, representing 26 percent year-over-year growth.
  • The company repurchased 21.6 million shares during the year, returning approximately $1 billion of cash to stockholders.
  • Adobe published other key highlights from its recent fiscal year in an Adobe by the Numbers, FY 2013 Infographic.

Note: The growth of Creative Cloud has likely been aided by Adobe's current special on the Photoshop Photography Program – that's Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $9.99/month with no prior Photoshop ownership required. Deal is valid through December 31.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 12/13/2013 9:01:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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