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 Monday, March 31, 2014
Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash
From Profoto:
 
Profoto releases the first firmware upgrade for the B1 off-camera flash and the AirTTL system, enabling TTL metering with Canon EOS-1D X.
 
When launched in November 2013, the Profoto B1 off-camera flash caused such a buzz in the photographic community that the company’s website crashed. The B1 was the world’s first cordless monolight with TTL. The words “game changer” have appeared in reviews and forums ever since.
 
The TTL metering is made possible with Profoto’s patent-pending AirTTL system. Already at launch Profoto promised to continuously update the AirTTL system. One of the most frequently requested features is TTL metering with Canon’s flagship model: the Canon EOS-1D X. Today, this feature is made available free of charge through an easily installed firmware upgrade.
 
Note that it is not the B1 off-camera flash itself that needs to be upgraded; it is the small radio transmitter that is mounted on the Canon camera’s hot shoe: the Air Remote TTL-C.The process is very simple:

  1. Go to www.profoto.com/support.
  2. Sign in with an existing My Profoto account or create a new one.
  3. Register your B1 and your Air Remote TTL-C.
  4. Download the upgrade.
  5. Open the software and follow the simple instructions. That is it. You can do all of this without having to contact a service station.

“Enabling photographers to do the upgrades themselves is a great step in our quest for providing Profoto users with the best in class customer support,” says Göran Marén, Product Manager at Profoto. “This is something we will strive to provide for all new products.”
 
This is the first of many planned upgrades for the B1 off-camera flash and the AirTTL system. Profoto is currently working on a firmware upgrade for high-speed sync (HSS). Profoto is also busy developing the new Air Remote TTL-N that will enable TTL metering with Nikon cameras. Both the HSS upgrade and the Air Remote TTL-N are expected to be released in 2014.
 
B&H carries the Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash.
 
Update from Profoto: As some of you might have noted, the firmware upgrade we released on Mar 31 contains a bug that causes the B1 to get stuck at full power. The bug only appears when shooting in TTL mode with Canon EOS-1D X, but considering today's announcement, that is more than enough to remove it from our site.
 
The short, non-technical explanation for the bug is: we were too eager and didn't test the upgrade properly. For that we are sorry.
 
Rest assure that we're now working hard to fix this problem. Vacations have been cancelled, the coffee is brewing, and we will get back to you as soon as we can with an update.
 
For the meantime, it is not possible to download the firmware upgrade from the Profoto site.
 
Those of you who do not shoot with Canon EOS-1D X will not notice this bug, regardless if you've performed the upgrade or not. Everything will work just fine.

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 3/31/2014 6:38:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, March 30, 2014
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens
Use promo code ZOOM50 ($50.00 off) at BuyDig.com to get the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens for Canon for $419.00 with free shipping. Regulary $469.00.
 
Check out Bryan's full review of the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM for more info.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/30/2014 8:17:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, March 29, 2014
 Friday, March 28, 2014
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera Kit
eBay (via Beach Camera) has the Canon EOS 6D with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens and Lightroom 5 Bundle available for $1,949.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,999.00 without Lightroom 5.
Nikon D600 DSLR Camera
From Nikon:
 
With regard to the issue with which multiple granular black spots are reflected in images captured with the D600 digital SLR camera, Nikon sincerely apologizes for any concern and inconvenience suffered by D600 users, retailers, and all concerned.
 
Because Nikon takes this matter very seriously, we will continue to offer users of the D600 a special service with which cameras are inspected, cleaned, and if necessary, shutter and related components are replaced free of charge, even after the product warranty has expired. However, if a number of multiple granular black spots are still noticeable in images captured with a D600 upon which the above service has been performed several times, Nikon will replace it with a new D600 or an equivalent model.
 
Nikon will continue to work to improve the quality of its products and services even further.
 
We hope that you will continue to choose Nikon products for your photographic needs.
 
For more information, please see:
Products & Support—Imaging Products
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/28/2014 3:59:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/28/2014 1:02:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens
Nikon's lens rebates are scheduled to end March 29. We've been told the rebates will not be extended.
 
Be sure and take advantage of the rebates while you can!
 
Update: I had previously posted that the Nikon rebates ended March 31; however, it looks like they end March 29 instead.
 
Nikon Lenses Eligible for Rebates

ModelRebate Amount
Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S DX Lens Buy$150.00
Nikon 16-35mm f/4G AF-S VR Lens Buy$300.00
Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR II Lens Buy$250.00
Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S VR Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens Buy$150.00
Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens Buy$400.00
Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro Lens Buy$30.00
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$20.00
Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 85mm f/3.5G AF-S DX VR Micro Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 105mm f/2.8G AF-S VR Micro Lens Buy$185.00

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/28/2014 12:32:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D800 DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: eBay (via Peach_Photo - 99.7% Positive feedback) has the Nikon D800 DSLR Camera available for $2,099.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,796.95. (thanks Chuck)
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/28/2014 12:24:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
MindShift Gear Logo
Because they make awesome products for the adventure-minded photographer, MindShift Gear is the latest affiliate to be added to the site. We have a rotation180° Professional in-house for evaluation and we're pretty impressed by it.
 
MindShift Gear is the sister company to Think Tank Photo, so that we are impressed with their camera backpacks and accessories is really no surprise.
 
Kudos to MindShift Gear for winning a prestigious Red Dot Award for its rotation180° Panorama backpack.
Post Date: 3/28/2014 10:09:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB External Hard Drive
Use promo code 03WDSALE at Adorama to get the Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable External Hard Drive for $59.99 with free shipping. Regularly $89.00.
Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D ISO Noise Comparison
I posted a Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D ISO Noise Comparison to the site.
 
Use this page to compare the high ISO noise of the Rebel T5 / 1200D to eight different Canon DSLR cameras. Decide with your own eyes if Canon has pushed the APS-C image quality boundary with this brand new camera model.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/28/2014 9:37:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Datacolor:
 
Datacolor Webinars Offer Ideas for Managing Digital Workflow and Step-by-Step Techniques to Produce High Quality Digital Images
 
Lawrenceville, NJ – March 27, 2014 –– Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, today announced its Spring 2014 line-up of free color management webinars. The webinars will cover important topics in the photo and video industry with the help of notable sponsors including, Plura Broadcast, Macphun Software, X-Shot, Wacom, PhotoshopCAFE and Hunt’s Photo & Video.
 
The webinars will include an interactive question and answer format, allowing participants to communicate directly with the speakers to get first-hand advice about video reference display calibration and photo and video editing techniques. Registered attendees will receive discount codes for Spyder products and/or products from co-sponsors, as well as automatic entry for a chance to win products from Datacolor Spyder or co-sponsors. Each webinar will be hosted by David Saffir, Datacolor expert and noted landscape and fine art photographer.
 
“As the video and photo industries continue to converge, Datacolor recognizes the need to provide users with tools and techniques that can be easily integrated into their digital workflows,” said David Tobie. “From calibrating video reference displays to mastering time lapse photography, our Spring 2014 webinar series is designed to provide photographers and videographers of all levels with information about the tools needed to achieve the most accurate color and editing results while ultimately improving their workflow.”
 
Datacolor Spring 2014 webinar series to include:

  • April 1, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Video Reference Display Calibration – (Co-sponsor: Plura Broadcast)
  • April 16, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Landscape Image Editing and Enhancement: New Editing Tools for Photoshop and Lightroom 5 – (Co-sponsor: Macphun Software)
  • May 7, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Extend your Photography – (Co-sponsor: X-Shot)
  • May 20, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Calibration for the Capture Stage of the Digital Workflow – (Co-sponsor: Hunt’s Photo & Video)
  • June 3, 2014 2:-00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Fundamentals of Image Editing – Using Layer Masks for Compositing in Photoshop – (Co-sponsor: Wacom)
  • June 12, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Time-lapse Photography – The Move from Still to Motion – (Co-sponsor: PhotoshopCAFE)

Register now at spyder.datacolor.com/freewebinars.
 
B&H carries Datacolor products.

Post Date: 3/28/2014 7:53:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 55-250mm F/4-5.6 IS STM Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon EF-S 55-250mm F/4-5.6 IS STM Lens (review) available for $269.00. Compare at $313.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/28/2014 7:38:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lexar 16GB JumpDrive TwistTurn USB 2.0 Flash Drive
B&H has the Lexar 16GB JumpDrive TwistTurn USB 2.0 Flash Drive available for $6.99 with free shipping. Regularly $12.95.
Post Date: 3/28/2014 7:15:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9
From ZEISS:
 
ZEISS is launching the Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9 at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas from April 7-10, 2014. The third member of the Compact Zoom family broadens the cine zoom line-up in the wide-angle range. From August 2014, the lens will be available for € 17,900 or US$ 23,900 (excl. VAT)*. The new zoom lens fills the wide-angle gap and complements the already available CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 lenses. It does not only offer extreme angles of view but also fulfills all the requirements for motion picture zooms: It stands out for its optical brilliance, as well as its distortion-free images.
 
The ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 family of lenses sets new standards only experienced with fixed focal lengths from ZEISS. Equipped with this set of three zoom lenses, cinematographers can master an enormous range of shooting situations without having to resort to frequent time-consuming lens switches. For sophisticated filmmakers, the ZEISS cine zooms open up new creative possibilities. When working with a zoom lens, you can move a lot more quickly because you don’t have to change lenses and can make different shots from the same perspective.
 
The ZEISS Compact Zoom lenses are the only cine-style zooms in the world with full-frame coverage. All three zooms were calculated for the full-frame format of 36x24 mm. As a result, they are also compatible with image sensors larger than Super 35 (ex: image diagonal 31.5 mm) and therefore already ready to accommodate future developments in the field of growing sensor sizes. When the lenses are used on Super 35 cameras, users benefit from the positive “sweet-spot effect”: the image circle used by the sensor comes from the inner circle of the lens. As a result, the lens only uses that part of the illumination that has the highest quality in terms of sharpness, light and contrast. In line with the reliable and strict quality requirements that ZEISS lenses are subject to, all three representatives of the Compact Zoom family enable 4K capture.
 
The cine zooms from ZEISS are masters of flexibility whenever the goal is to achieve high-quality results with little lens changes. The optical balancing between ZEISS cine zooms on the one hand and ZEISS high-end cine lenses on the other fulfills filmmakers’ highest demands, whether they are making big-screen, TV, documentary, music video productions or feature films. All three zooms have a consistent aperture of T2.9, also making them suitable for situations with less available light. And thanks to the established ZEISS color matching, the lenses can be used in combination with the existing lens families ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime, ARRI/ZEISS Ultra Prime and ZEISS Compact Prime, with no additional color grading needed.
 
Over many years, ZEISS has been continuing to develop the bokeh – that special look of an out-of-focus area in an image. After all, bokeh is one of the most important characteristics of a lens. With special optical design and circular f-stop forms, ZEISS zooms here achieve a particularly harmonious result and depict out-of-focus highlights as circular without any bothersome artifacts. In addition, the Carl Zeiss T* coating – based on several layers in the nano field – ensures a visible reduction of stray light and reflections. The result: brilliant images with a three-dimensional effect.
 
A special protection against dust and spray water for rough use on the set underscores the high professional standard of these cine lenses.
 
The cine zooms from ZEISS deliver the well-known quality and performance for which ZEISS lenses have been known for decades. For cinematographers on smaller budgets in particular, it is critical to make safe investments in their equipment. On this point, the Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses stand out strongly: due to the interchangeable mount system (IMS), with currently five different mounts (PL, EF, F, MFT und E), the lenses can be fitted without problems onto different camera mounts. As a result, the zooms can always be used on the latest camera models, and always in an optimal system mix.
 
All three lenses – the new Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9, the CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and the CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 – will also be available as a complete set (without transport case) for € 44,999 € or US$ 59,900 (excl. VAT)*.
 
B&H carries ZEISS lenses.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 3/28/2014 7:00:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 27, 2014
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
B&H has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens (review) available for an in-cart price of $99.00 with free shipping. Regularly $125.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/27/2014 12:57:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From X-Rite:
 
North White Plains, NY – March 27, 2014 – X-Rite Photo Marketing announces a free April 2014 webinar that has been developed to address specific photography and color management topics. This webinar entitled “Using Lightroom to Process and Improve Your Photos” is designed to appeal to both professional and serious amateur photographers.
 
California-based photographer, author, educator and X-Rite Coloratti Chris Orwig who has a reputation for bringing practical experience, technical expertise and passion to the teaching he provides will lead the April webinar. Using his own images from start to finish, Chris will highlight how photographers can use an X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Adobe Lightroom, to make better photographs. Attendees of this live webinar will also have the opportunity to ask questions of Chris Orwig.
 
Here are some specifics of what will be discussed:

  • Lightroom New Features
  • Working with Catalogs and backing up your work
  • Creating Custom Profiles with the ColorChecker Passport
  • Organizing with the Library Module
  • Enhancing your photographs with Develop Module
  • Crafting expressive photographs
  • Lightroom Workflow from start to finish

“The April X-Rite webinar featuring Photographer Chris Orwig covers a wide range of information and topics including digital workflow and color management. This solid foundation knowledge is important and should be of great interest to all serious photographers,” said Joshua Fischer, Product Marketing Manager, X-Rite Photo Marketing. “Learning from photographers like Chris Orwig who are both creative and technically proficient, should be on every photographer’s bucket list.”
 
Webinar Schedule
 
Date: Friday April 11, 2104
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT
Title: Using Lightroom to Process and Improve Your Photos
Presenter: Photographer Chris Orwig
 
B&H carries X-Rite color calibration products.

Category: X-Rite News
Post Date: 3/27/2014 11:40:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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