B&H has the New Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L II IS USM Lens In Stock
has the new Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L II IS USM Lens
in stock! (thanks Michael)
Posted to: Canon News
DateTime: 8/31/2011 8:53:57 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has Adobe Photoshop Lightroom V3 for Only $149.95 Shipped After $150 Instant Rebate
Through tomorrow, Sep 1, Adorama
has Adobe Photoshop Lightroom V3
for only $149.95 shipped after $150 instant rebate.
Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.8
Apple has posted Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.8
No Canon or Nikons listed this round.
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:
• Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200
• Olympus PEN E-P3
• Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3
• Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF3
• Samsung NX11
• Samsung NX100
• Sony Alpha NEX-C3
• Sony Alpha SLT-A35
For more information on supported RAW formats, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4757
Ritz Interactive Files for Bankruptcy
Ritz Interactive has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
"Until as recently as 2007, Ritz Interactive, No. 171 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide, was putting up annual web sales of as much as $111 million and operated more than a dozen niche e-commerce sites.
"But a sour economy, problems with inventory and other factors have caused Ritz Interactive to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. Ritz Interactive, which owns and operates RitzCamera.com and other sites, isn’t talking publically about its bankruptcy filing. It’s also unclear how Ritz Interactive intends to restructure."
Sigma and Tamron Lens Deals
Abe's of Maine has some Sigma and Tamron lens deals using the specified coupon codes. Note that you will be able to make these codes work for other items as well (especially the loyalty codes). Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens for Canon
$624.00 with coupon codes LOYALTY15 & SIGMA11 Tamron AF 180mm F/3.5 Di LD 1:1 Macro Lens for Canon
$684.00 with coupon codes TAMRON10 & LOYALTY15 Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical Lens for Canon
$442.95 with coupon codes TAMRON10 & LOYALTY15 Tamron AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II Lens for Canon
$277.95 with coupon codes TAMRON10 & LOYALTY10 Tamron AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II Lens for Nikon
$278.95 with coupon codes TAMRON10 & LOYALTY10 Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR Di AF Lens for Canon
$474.00 with coupon codes TAMRON10 & LOYALTY15 Tamron SP AF60mm F2 Di II LD (IF) 1:1 Macro for Canon
$473.95 with coupon codes TAMRON10 & LOYALTY15
B&H has the New Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L II IS USM Lens In Stock
Posted to: Canon News
DateTime: 8/31/2011 2:56:41 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
DxO Optics Pro Module Update for Week of 9/01/2011
DxO Labs has added 30 new lens / camera combinations to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing supports for Canon, Nikkor, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, and Tokina lenses, for numerous Canon, Nikon, and Sony cameras.
Visit this page
to see the new combinations. DxO Optics Pro
is available at B&H
Canon USA Signs Up for 2012 International CES
Canon USA has announced that it will be attending 2012 International CES
CES 2012 will be held Tue, Jan 10 - Fri, Jan 13, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. Free registration for this event ends August 31, 2011 (today).
Posted to: Canon News
DateTime: 8/31/2011 11:44:58 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
PhotoPlus Expo 2011 Announces Keynotes and Seminar Schedule
PhotoPlus Expo 2011 announces keynotes and seminar schedule
including full-day WPPI NYC wedding/portrait seminars on October 26.
Jill-e Designs Introduces New Bags
Jill-e Designs press release: New Carry Bags From Jill-e® Designs Offer Panache With a Purpose The new Jill-e® Designs E-GO™ collection of carry bags makes it easy for female professionals to accessorize for success.
(Orlando, Florida)-August 29, 2011-Accessorizing for success just became easier. Jill-e® Designs, the leading maker of sophisticated camera and carry bags for today’s technology-rich lifestyle, announced the availability of E-GO™, an exciting new line of bags created specifically to meet the needs of the contemporary, fast-paced and cutting-edge woman.
Balancing fashion, form and function, the new E-GO line offers a professional, stylish solution for everyone, from the career woman rushing to board a plane without getting caught up in a gadget bag barrage to the working mother trying to keep her multiple electronic devices organized alongside her lifestyle essentials. The E-GO line of carry bags provides women with a convenient, one-bag option to help them protect and organize the tools of their trade without compromising on style.
“Most everything we do today is technology-driven. No matter where we go, we tend to be most comfortable when our cell phone is in hand and our other devices like iPods, cameras and laptops are in reach,” said Jill-e president and co-founder, Gail Backal. “The bags in the new E-GO collection give women a stylish, secure option to help hold it all, keep it safe—and look good at the same time.”
Offering strategic protection within a stylish silhouette, the versatile E-GO bags provide a chic, feminine alternative to traditional carry bags, which are primarily designed with the male executive in mind. The new collection offers six high-quality carry bags featuring smart and sassy plaid designs in black or tan, each with durable leather trim. All bags are weather resistant and include padded compartments for electronics as well as zippered pockets for personal items. E-GO Bags include:
E-GO Laptop Valise: An extra-large “shopper” that fits up to a 14” laptop and a camera with zippered pockets and other compartments for daily essentials
E-GO Laptop Satchel: A stylish gadget bag to accommodate a 12” laptop, a camera and personal items with a top zipper closure for extra security
E-GO Tablet Messenger: Convenient cross-body styling that holds up to a 10” tablet, e-reader or netbook with room for other daily essentials, and includes two roomy front pockets for a smartphone, keys and other need-it-now items
E-GO Laptop Tote: A north/south tote to hold a 15” laptop, notebook, camera and everyday necessities
E-GO Essential Camera Bag: Offers full protection with adjustable padded dividers for today’s compact system cameras and personal items
E-GO Wristlet: Great for a day or night out on the town, offering full protection for a smartphone, point-and-shoot camera or MP3 player and personal items
“Jill-e has become the leader in fashionable carry bags for anyone who’s carrying electronic devices that they don’t want rattling around unprotected—for those who care a little more about taking care of these fragile instruments,” Backal commented. “You can take it with you, and Jill-e’s new E-GO line allows busy working women to do it with style and class while safeguarding these valuable devices.”
Jill-e Designs expects to introduce the first of the E-GO line to the public this fall through the Jill-e website and at select retail outlets such as Adorama, Amazon, B&H and eBags.
For more information on this line of classy and robust carry bags, as well as other collections of fantastic and fashionable camera bags, visit http://www.jill-e.com/. B&H
carries Jill-e Designs bags
B&H has SanDisk 32GB Extreme SDHC Card 2-Packs for Only $117.90
has SanDisk 32GB Extreme SDHC Card 2-Packs
(Class 10, 30MB/s) on sale for only $117.90. These cards have been out of stock - and I doubt the new inventory will last long at this price.
Better yet: select 2 or more of the SanDisk 32GB Extreme SDHC Cards
(same card, single pack) for the same price and get free shipping.
Save 65% on Canon 8.5x11" Photo Paper
Through September 2nd, the Canon Store
has 65% off of Matte or Glossy 8.5x11" Photo Paper
using coupon code 65PHOTO11. Limit 10 per item per order.
X-Rite Announces $150 Rebate Promotion for i1Publish Upgrade
X-rite Press Release:
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 23, 2011 – X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ: XRIT), the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, and its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced a $150 cash back promotion for X-Rite customers who want to upgrade their i1Match, ProfileMaker or MonacoPROFILER software to i1Publish which contains the next generation i1Profiler color management software. i1Profiler delivers an entirely new, flexible user defined experience to generate the highest quality ICC profiles for unrivaled color accuracy.
Fully supporting the new Mac OS X 10.7 Lion operating system, the latest version of i1Publish is a fully-featured ICC profiling solution that includes i1Profiler software, ColorChecker Camera Calibration software, PANTONE Color Manager software and two ColorChecker targets – ColorChecker Classic and ColorChecker Proof. i1Publish quickly and easily creates custom profiles for cameras, monitors, digital projectors, and RGB, CMYK and CMYK+4 printers, ensuring color accuracy from capture to output. It also features new assurance validation and verification functions using digital standards.
Users of i1Match, ProfileMaker and MonacoPROFILER users will see improved color quality thanks to a new engine that creates highly accurate profiles for the truest color all the way from capture to output. A new user interface features both basic and advanced modes to give users the flexibility they need. It’s easily customized and enables users to save and share workflows or workflow components. The following enhancements are what users who upgrade to the new i1Publish can expect:
Improved color quality - new color engine creates highly accurate profiles for the truest color from capture to output
New user interface – basic and advanced modes provide the ultimate flexibility; easily customize, save and share workflows or workflow components
Accurately capture colors every time with included ColorChecker Camera Calibration software and target
Accurately view colors every time on your monitors and projectors
Accurately print colors every time on RGB, CMYK and CMYK+ printers
New Quality Assurance Tools
Fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion operating system
Through Sept. 30, 2011, X-Rite is offering customers a $150 cash back rebate on the upgrade for US and Canadian customers who have i1XTreme, i1Proof, i1XT, i1Pro OEM, i1Photo Pro, i1Photo LT, i1Photo, i1Photo SG, i1Design LT, i1Basic, i1 Basic Pro, ProfileMaker 5, MonacoPROFILER 4.
For more information about the i1Publish upgrade and rebate, please visit http://www.xrite.com
Adorama 7.5' Chrome Kit Light Stand - Only $18.95 Shipped
Get the Adorama 7.5' Chrome Kit Light Stand
(1/4" screw thread, 3 section with 2 risers, folds to 30½") for only $18.95 (normally $27.95) shipped using coupon code S0825011.
Tamron Opens The Vision of 60 Photographers
Tamron has announced the grand opening of "The Vision of 60 Photographers"
On this special site, 60 photographers share their views of the world using the Tamron 18-270mm lens.
Used Canon DSLRs, Lenses, Filters and More For Sale
I have just added a large number of items to the site's Used DSLR Cameras, Lenses and Accessories for Sale
This is gear I personally own. Lots of good stuff is available - including a Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
New Super Telephoto Lenses Are Shipping to Dealers
Canon Europe CPN says the new super telephoto lenses are now shipping:
"Telephoto lenses set to arrive"
"Canon’s new EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM and EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM L-series telephoto lenses are now shipping to selected pro dealers."
Posted to: Canon News
DateTime: 8/25/2011 2:11:44 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Seagate 1.5TB FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-Portable Hard Drive (Black) - Only $129.99 Shipped
has the Seagate 1.5TB FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive (Black)
for only $129.99 shipped (limited supply available at this price).
Photoshelter Publishes Free Guide to Crowdfunding
Photoshelter has made a Guide to Crowdfunding
available for for free email delivery.
"Crowdfunding is a new and powerful opportunity to reach an expansive audience and gain financial support for your next photo project."
Delkin Ships World's Fastest CF Memory Card
Delkin press release: Delkin Ships Fastest CF Memory Card in the World.
Poway, CA. August 24, 2011 – Today Delkin Devices, Inc. announced their much anticipated ruggedized waterproof CF memory cards boasting the fastest read and write speeds in the world. The new cards are available in capacities ranging from 8GB up to 64GB and are capable of transferring pictures, video, music and more at speeds up to 685X, or 103MB/s. In addition to impressive speed performance, the cards are fully compatible with advanced HD and 3D video recording modes including slow motion recording.
“Since we launched our initial CombatFlash lineup of CF cards in 2010 we’ve had fantastic success among professional photographers and videographers,” explains Marketing Manager, Anna Lopez. “Unlike a traditional CF memory card, the CombatFlash PCB is protected with a Tekta infusion process that enables the card to achieve phenomenal reliability and performance in environments where a normal CF card would typically fail. The card is protected from underwater submersion, solid impact, corrosion, rust & more. That reliability equals a day of production that doesn’t need to be reshot, or a climb up Mount Everest that is captured reliably. It equals invaluable peace of mind.”
The new CombatFlash685 card includes the same ruggedized qualities as it’s 625X predecessor, but adds more than 10MB/s in speed performance and the ability to shoot in over cranking mode (or slow motion recording) with Canon’s XF series HD camcorders, including the trending XF305, XF300, XF105 and XF100 models.
Lopez states, “Sophisticated cinema recording applications like Slow & Fast Motion and HD infrared capabilities are increasingly being utilized on a regular basis. Delkin’s US engineering staff is consistently heightening their standards to not only keep up with the evolving equipment, but to also anticipate future breakthroughs that will require exceedingly fast and high quality memory.”
Delkin’s CombatFlash memory remains the only consumer flash storage brand built to comply with MIL-STD-810 specification. Extreme environmental testing has rated the CombatFlash CF line to remain fully operable anywhere between 0°C to 70°C, while soldered and sealed internal components and advanced wear leveling & error correction features manage data continuously to ensure data integrity and card longevity.
CombatFlash685 CF memory is supported by Delkin’s trusted lifetime warranty and U.S. based support center, available by phone on working days between 8am-5pm PST. This innovative product, along with Delkin’s complete lineup of imaging accessories, can be found at digital camera retailers worldwide, as well as direct from www.delkin.com for retail prices ranging from $149.99 for an 8GB card to $899.99 for a 64GB card. CombatFlash 625X memory is also available for purchase for a limited time, with 4-16GB capacities retailing from $79.99–$229.99. B&H
Refurbished Canon 600mm L IS and 800mm L IS Lenses at B&H, Used Lenses
Completing list of refurbished Canon super telephoto lenses available right now are the Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS and 800mm f/5.6 L IS Lenses
in stock at B&H
also has an unusual number of used Canon lenses
available right now (look for the "Buy Used" links on the right side of the page). I'm not a big fan of buying used lenses (though I love refurbished gear), but a used lens transaction does not get safer than through B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
DateTime: 8/22/2011 7:18:33 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
New Option for Complete Site Index at Bottom of All Pages
Some of you have expressed the desire to have the complete site index shown at the bottom of all pages as it had been. This feature is now optional.
I added a small on/off icon (
) beside the "Site Index
" menu option on the navigation bar at the bottom of each page. Clicking on this icon toggles the bottom-of-the-page site index on and off. The sample image just shown is live - it will enable the index.
The site should then remember your choice on all pages except the home page, which does not include this feature (due to technical difficulties).
Updated: Drobo and Online Backup Options
I would like to address a couple of comments I received regarding my failed hard drive.
First, Jeff suggested using an online backup service
This is a great option as long as you have the bandwidth available to make uploads happen in a reasonable amount of time. You are of course trusting that the online storage service provider will both remain in business for the duration of your backup needs (I've seen them fold) and that they will properly secure your files so they are really there when you need them (I've seen entire accounts disappear).
The costs for online backup services vary and should be examined. In some cases, you can buy a new external drive each month and ship it to a friend for the monthly cost of storing your files. Online backup has an availability advantage over a distant friend or family member's house, but downloading 1TB of image files is going to take a while over all but the biggest pipes.
I use Amazon's S3 service for website image serving and for non-image file backups.
The "Get a DROBO
" suggestion from Christopher is another good one.
DROBO makes external RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disk) enclosures. Configured as a RAID-5 array, the DROBO utilizes the equivalent of one drive to store parity bits from the other drives (you lose this storage space). Because of this, the DROBO (and other RAID 5 arrays) can withstand one drive failure without any data loss.
I have not used a DROBO, but these drive arrays typically can keep working with a single failed drive. Install a replacement drive and the array rebuilds itself. Performance may suffer until the failed drive is replaced and the array is rebuilt, but no data is lost and immediate access to files remains.
RAID 1 (mirrored) drives take data protection one step farther, giving you complete drive redundancy. RAID 1 configurations can withstand failure of up to 1/2 of the drives - as long as they are all on one side of the mirror (unfortunately, Murphy's Law always kicks in here).
Performance is typically a big benefit these drives offer as the data is striped over all the drives, multiplying the disk arms available for reading and writing data. You will see this difference when using a fast attachment method such as USB 3.0, eSATA and FireWire 800.
While I think RAID 1 and RAID 5 are great options, I KNOW that they (and any other storage method) are alone, not enough. I have worked heavily in enterprise-level IT and have seen enough RAID arrays get corrupted to scare me. I have also seen multiple drives in an array fail at the same time. RAID arrays do not protect from fire or theft - or viruses. You NEED an off-site backup.
As I said before, I have not used a DROBO, but they are generally well regarded. You buy an empty enclosure and add compatible drives or buy them together in a kit. There are $100 mail in rebates available on some of the DROBO configurations right now.
Here are the DROBO enclosures
Thanks for the comments! Update:
I incorrectly referred to mirroring as RAID 0 instead of RAID 1. RAID 0 is striping only and offers no protection (only performance improvements). Protective RAID options are 1, 3, 5 and 10.
When shipping a drive, be sure to pack it well to insure no damage in transit. Hand delivery may be a better option. Testing the drive at the recipient location will insure data integrity.
I'm hearing of some trouble stories with DROBO drives. You might want to research this option more thoroughly before making a decision.
Thanks again for the comments (sent via email and Facebook).
Big Canon Refurbished Inventory Update at Adorama - Includes Super Telephotos
The Canon Refurbished
inventory at Adorama
has just been updated - there are over 100 products in stock right now.
Canon refurbished lenses available right now include most of the super telephotos lenses
(200 f/2, 300 f/2.8, 400 f/2.8, 500 f/4), 1.4x III, 2x II, 135 L, TS-E 24 L II, 70-300 L and LOTS of other great lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
DateTime: 8/22/2011 2:10:04 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
My Hard Drive Just Failed
Ironic that, less than three weeks after my "Your Hard Drive Just Failed
" post, one of my hard drives failed. The vendor is replacing the drive under warranty, but had my files not been backed up, I would be in a very bad situation.
I know that some of you moved on my suggestion to use external hard drives for your backups after my last post, but I also know that most people are not adequately backing up their files. If you are in this category, the time to backup is now.
Here are the external hard drives
Sigma and SDHC Card Deals at Adorama
Canon 580EX II and 430EX II Speedlite Flash Deals
has the Canon 580EX II Speedlite Flash
(search for CN580EXII) for $429.99 shipped after instant rebate and coupon code CN580EX ($20). BuyDig
has the Canon 430EX II Speedlite Flash
(search for CN430EXII) for $259.99 shipped after instant rebate and coupon code CN430EX ($10).
Coupon code BDREWARDS10 is alternatively available for use - good for $10 off $199 purchase through 8/14/11.
Posted to: Canon News
DateTime: 8/9/2011 10:09:07 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Best Buy has the Canon EOS 5D Mark II for Only $2,123.99 Shipped
Update: Deal over. Best Buy
has the Canon EOS 5D Mark II
on sale for $2,123.99 shipped. (thanks Kirill)
Posted to: Canon News
DateTime: 8/9/2011 9:39:21 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Adobe Photoshop CS5 & CS5.1 Standard Multiplugin Update
Adobe has relased an update to the CS5 & CS5.1 Standard Multiplugin.
"The standard multiplugin update addresses a security vulnerability in the GIF file format, where opening a malicious GIF file would cause the application to crash. This update is recommended for anyone who opens GIF files in Photoshop."
English: Windows 32 bit
| Windows 64 bit
Delkin Devices Introduces 32GB and 64GB High Performance Ext Temp CF Cards
From Delkin Devices: Delkin Devices Introduces 32GB and 64GB High Performance Extended Temperature CompactFlash™
SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Delkin Devices, Inc., leading supplier of industrial solid state storage products, announces the production release of 32GB and 64GB high performance, extended temperature CompactFlash cards. Delkin is the first manufacturer to offer 64GB CF cards with an operating temperature range of -40 to +85°C, through the use of single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash. Complementing their industrial-grade ruggedness, the Delkin 32GB and 64GB CF cards also deliver high speed performance, reading up to 105 MB/second and writing up to 95 MB/second.
“Delkin has taken CompactFlash to the next level by leveraging the latest advances in NAND technology and our 25 years as a leader in industrial storage”.
In addition to their enhanced environmental specifications, Delkin’s SLC cards are up to ten times more durable than multi-level cell (MLC) flash cards, delivering over two million program/erase cycles. Delkin has engineered these cards to deliver the maximum capacity, speed, endurance and temperature tolerance, as well as shock and vibration resistance, to meet the demands of industrial applications in harsh environments.
“Delkin has taken CompactFlash to the next level by leveraging the latest advances in NAND technology and our 25 years as a leader in industrial storage,” stated James Grassman, Delkin Vice President of Sales and Business Development. “The new 32GB and 64GB cards are ideal for applications requiring large storage capacity and high speed data transfer in extreme conditions, while maintaining the ease of integration of the trusted CompactFlash form factor,” he added.
Delkin Devices industrial-grade flash products, including the new 32GB and 64GB high performance extended temperature CF cards, are manufactured in the USA with controlled bills of materials to ensure a consistent solution and reliable performance.
For more information visit www.delkinindustrial.com
or call 800-637-8087 and ask for the industrial storage solution sales team.
PDN PhotoPlus International Conference and Expo 2011 Registration Open
From PDN PhotoPlus: Nielsen Photo Group Announces Registration Now Open for PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo 2011 PhotoPlus Expo Welcomes WPPI NYC Highlighting Expanded Seminar Program, New Events and Bigger Expo
Aug 4, 2011 - New York, NY
The Nielsen Photo Group (NPG) announced today that registration for its PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo (PPE 2011), is now open. Celebrating its 29th year of bringing photographers and image-makers together with infinite access to emerging technology, trends and talent, PPE 2011 is packed with opportunities to test drive new imaging tools, discover creative solutions, develop expertise and expand professional networks. NPG also announced that PhotoPlus Expo is welcoming the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) conference and expo for the first time at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, which includes an entire seminar program and expo dedicated to wedding and portrait photography, called WPPI NYC.
Attendees can register online
and will have complete access to both expos, PhotoPlus Expo and WPPI NYC, where they can meet with representatives from the biggest brand names serving the photography industry and test drive new imaging tools. More than 115 educational seminars and hands-on labs are available for attendees to expand their expertise. PPE 2011 seminars and expo will be held Oct. 27-29. WPPI NYC seminars will be held Oct. 26, the day before the expo officially opens, and the WPPI NYC expo will be held Oct. 27-28, 2011.
PhotoPlus Expo registration
is free through October 25. Attendees may also purchase a special PhotoPlus Gold Expo Pass, which offers tremendous value and provides exclusive VIP offers including a Gold Expo "swag bag" filled with a variety of premium items, priority admission to keynote sessions and special events, access to the Gold Expo Oasis, a private lounge area, and other exclusive privileges. Gold Expo Passes can be purchased in advance for $50 and at the show for $70. A One Day Conference Pass for admission to seminars on a single day and the expo for all three days can be purchased in advance for $175 and at the show for $210. A Full Conference Pass for admission to seminars and the expo on all three days can be purchased in advance for $475 and at the show for $510. To view the seminar schedule click here
Attendees can register online for the WPPI NYC seminars and expo through October 25 for $99, which includes admission to a variety of seminars on October 26, 2011, the WPPI NYC Expo Oct. 27-28 and PhotoPlus Expo Oct. 27-29, 2011. The on-site registration fee is $150. To register click here
"PPE has become the meeting place where photographers and other visual communications professionals can share their thoughts and ideas with peers, learn new trends and applications from the masters, and gain a unique perspective into the future of their craft," explains Jeff McQuilkin, Director - PDN PhotoPlus International Conference & Expo. "Adding WPPI NYC and its schedule of seminars really make the whole PPE experience an event that should not be missed by anyone in this industry."
“We are really excited to bring the enthusiasm and energy of WPPI to New York City,” said George Varanakis, Show Director of WPPI, and Publisher of Rangefinder. “Nielsen is adding the best of WPPI to an already exceptional PhotoPlus Expo to provide even greater excitement and more robust learning experience for attendees." About PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo
Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries, PhotoPlus Expo showcases the latest advances in photography. Held annually at the Javits Convention Center, attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services - everything from image capture and color management to retouching and storage - all from the industry's leading manufacturers. The show also offers over 115 photography and imaging seminars and hands-on labs taught by world-renowned experts with a focus on cutting-edge innovations in digital imaging products and techniques. About WPPI
Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), a division of Nielsen Photo Group, is an organization that serves the educational and business needs of wedding and portrait photographers. WPPI is a professional organization that exists to help member photographers by providing them with exclusive information, programs and professional services to assist with their photographic artistry and business needs. WPPI routinely supplies its members with new benefits and valuable industry information enabling them to succeed in today’s active photo market business.
Today Only: 50% Off Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3
Today only, Adobe
has 50% off Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3
- Only $149.00.
PMA Announces Preliminary DIMA 2012 Conference Schedule
PMA News Release:
JACKSON, Mich. – PMA – The World Community of Imaging Associations today announced the preliminary program for the Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA) conference, Jan. 8-9, 2012, at Bally’s, Las Vegas, Nev.
The DIMA 2012 program will be divided into four tracks, featuring these topics: Retail Strategy Track
How to Host a Photo Safari
Online Opportunities for Independent Photo Retailers
Imaging Retail Store Start-up: Creating a Brand
Re-inventing the Brand of Successful Retail Imaging Stores
DIMA Marketing Ideas Exchange
Economies of small Social Media Track
Creating a Successful Social Media Campaign
E-mail as a Social Media Tool
Social Media Boot Camp (Full-Day) Photo Publishing Track
Photo Books Soup to Nuts
Transforming Your Business With Photo Publishing
Photo Make Believe
New business opportunities reach beyond the traditional direct to consumer market Pro Imager Track
Building Successful Photography Communities and Events on the Web
Creating Stunning Video with Your DSLR
The DIMA conference program programming complements the PMA@CES 2012 conference programming, held Jan. 10-12, 2012, at The Venetian, Las Vegas, Nev. More details on PMA@CES programming will be announced soon.
Early-bird registration is available to PMA members-only for just $299. Companies must join PMA, or renew their PMA membership, by Aug. 31 to be eligible for early bird member-only pricing.
After Aug. 31, DIMA Annual Convention Registration will be $399 for PMA members ($599 Non-member), including choice of all DIMA educational sessions at Bally's Las Vegas on Sunday and Monday, DIMA Vendor Reception, PMA Welcome Reception, Keynote Luncheon and also admission to the PMA conference sessions at the Venetian on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Registration also includes a 2012 International CES Exhibits Plus Pass, allowing access to PMA @CES, all exhibit areas and Tech Zones. Major PMA events coming soon: 6Sight Mobile Imaging Summit
, Malmö, Sweden, 15-17 Nov., 2011 PMA@CES Conferences
, Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 8-12, 2012 PMA@CES Trade Show
, Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 10-13, 2012 - PMA@CES press registration info
PPFA Convention, Mirage Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 29 - Feb. 1, 2012
PSPA/SPAA Conferences, The Renaissance Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 18-19, 2012
For more information on PMA events, visit the PMA home page
Canon Project Imagin8ion Winners Announced
From Canon USA: Canon U.S.A. And Ron Howard Select Eight Winners From 96,362 Photo Entries For 'Project Imagin8ion' "Project Imagin8ion," the First Hollywood Film in History Inspired by a User-Generated Photo Contest, Will Begin Production in September
NEW YORK, August 4, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, has collaborated with one of Hollywood's most influential directors, Ron Howard, to select the eight winners of the "Project Imagin8ion" contest from 96,362 submissions. Launched on May 22, photographers of all levels were invited to submit their most imaginative photographs based on a series of eight separate movie themes, each one a core tenet of storytelling, to ultimately inspire Ron Howard's short film. The "Project Imagin8ion" film will be directed by one of today's most versatile and dynamic young talents, Bryce Dallas Howard. The eight winning photographs can now be seen at www.youtube.com/imagination
The winners chosen span in age from 20 to 44 years old and are from across the country. They include: Walter Arnold
of Hendersonville, N.C., winner in the SETTING category for the photo, "The Final View" Jen Berry
of Los Angeles, winner in the CHARACTER category for the photo, "Dreams" Mikey L'Heureux
of Tarzana, Calif., winner in the MOOD category for the photo, "City Lights" Brooke Shaden
of Canoga Park, Calif., winner in the TIME category for the photo, "Running From Wind" Alan Michael Martelly
of Peachtree City, Ga., winner in the GOAL category for the photo, "My Word" Lexia Frank
of Wesley Chapel, Fla., winner in the RELATIONSHIP category for the photo, "Too Much" Chris Wehner
of Broken Arrow, Okla., winner in the OBSTACLE category for the photo, "Yea, Though I Walk" Kelly Shipp
of Conway, Ark., winner in the category of THE UNKNOWN for the photo, "Where One Day Ends, One Day Begins"
"This project has opened my eyes to the infinite possibilities of tapping into a larger community for creative inspiration," said Ron Howard. "As I selected the photographs, the story started to take shape using these building blocks to drive the tone and narrative possibilities. I was handed this challenge by Canon and I'm very interested to see how this exercise plays out with Bryce now taking charge to direct a film that is very much influenced by these eight photos."
Ron Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard and Freestyle Productions are currently working with the eight winning photos to craft the story, develop the script and produce a short film using Canon DSLR products. The film goes into production in September and will premiere later this year in New York City, where the winners will be invited to a red carpet event and have the opportunity to meet Ron Howard.
"Our goal was to launch a long-term campaign that demonstrates how Canon's technology enables artistry among photographers of all levels, championing the imagination of the masses," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "The number of entries has by far surpassed our expectations and we know the finished product, 'A Ron Howard Production,' will be a truly beautiful film, one that would never have been made without the enthusiastic online community."
Grey New York, Canon's agency partner for over thirty years, continues to develop the creative and digital elements of the multiphase campaign that will go beyond the short film. Alliance, the entertainment and lifestyle marketing division of Grey, is managing the partnership with Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Posted to: Canon News
DateTime: 8/4/2011 1:16:19 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Back In Stock: Refurb Canon EOS 5D Mark II - Only $1,999.00
The Canon Online Store
once again has the refurbished Canon EOS 5D Mark II
in stock for $1,999.00. Great deal.
Posted to: Canon News
DateTime: 8/4/2011 12:12:50 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Student and Teacher Edition - $59.99 Shipped
has Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Student and Teacher Edition
for only $59.99 Shipped.
Find out if you qualify for this version here
Your Hard Drive Just Failed!
Your hard drive just failed. What have you lost?
The odds are that this is an event that you will experience - perhaps multiple times. I find it hard to believe the number of people not backing up their important files - especially their pictures. I was talking to someone last night that had not made a backup in over 8 months.
I minimally recommend that you have three copies of all of your files. One copy lives on your computer's hard drive, one resides on an external backup hard drive that remains at your home/office and another copy on an external backup hard drive that is taken somewhere offsite - perhaps to a family member's house. My backup plan is much more thorough than this strategy, but again, I said "minimally recommend".
Remember that a backup plan is not a one time event. You MUST backup regularly - including rotating a fresh copy to the offsite storage location.
If your hard drive failed right now, would you lose anything important to you?
If your backup plan is not all it should be, here is a deal for you
has the small Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB 3.0/2.0 Ultra Portable External Hard Drive (Black)
on sale for only $79.99 shipped. I have over a dozen of these - they work great.
Kingston USB 3.0 Media Reader Announced, SandForce-based HyperX SSD Shipping
Kingston Digital has launched a new USB 3.0 Media Reader
"The Kingston USB 3.0 Media Reader supports multiple card formats including the newer high-capacity SDXC. With its quick and easy plug-and-play design, it delivers up to 5.0Gb/s data transfer speed for high-resolution images, large data files and more making it ideal for serious enthusiasts who need a fast and reliable data transfer device. It is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0."
Kingston Digital also announced that the SandForce-based HyperX SSD
is now shipping.
Kingston HyperX SSD highlights include:
120GB and 240GB capacities. Ships as a standalone SSD (includes HyperX branded 2.5" to 3.5" desktop mounting plate); or as a bundle with the HyperX Upgrade Kit for easy installation (includes Acronis® True Image™ HD migration software, desktop mounting plate, external drive bay, multi-head screwdriver, SATA data cable.
Incredible sequential read/write throughputs of 555 / 510MB/s1.
SandForce SF-2281 controller featuring SATA Rev 3.0 (6GB/s).
Max 4KB random read/write of 95,000 / 70,000 IOPS2 (120GB).
Premium Intel 25nm Compute NAND (P/E 5K).
Datacolor Color Calibrates Apple iPad
From Datacolor: You can now color calibrate your Apple® iPad®
Datacolor announced in May the release of our new SpyderGallery, the first custom calibrated viewing app for your iPad . . . and it's FREE!
We wanted to make sure you heard this news because as an existing Datacolor customer you can now take advantage of this new feature. Just visit Apple iTunes store and download the SpyderGallery
The app provides an easy-to-use calibration utility for owners of our Spyder3 display calibration solutions to create a custom color profile on your iPad. Using the Spyder3, the app will measure and profile color on the iPad and then apply color correction to images displayed through the SpyderGallery. Viewing images through the color-managed viewer will allow for more accurate colors and provide you with a closer match to desktop monitors and other color-managed displays. If you are a photographer who uses the iPad as a portable portfolio tool, SpyderGallery is a critical component to your photo gear to ensure your work is being displayed correctly. If you want to display images while on-the-go, whether for professional or personal use, you will no longer need to compromise color accuracy for the convenience of the iPad. Check out these features of the SpyderGallery:
• World's first custom calibrated viewing on your iPad
• SpyderGallery for iPad® is a FREE app that can be downloaded from the iOS App Store®
• Compatible with Apple iPad (original) and Apple iPad 2
• View all images loaded on iPad in one easy to use GalleryViewer, no photo importing required
• Color corrected viewing from your standard photo library albums
• Personal photo watermarking feature
• Pixel-level zooming capabilities
• Works with all Datacolor® Spyder3 monitor calibration solutions
• Easy to use calibration utility for Mac® and Windows®
• See your photos color-corrected with simple Before & After viewer
So visit the Apple iTunes App Store to download this free app
and enjoy managed color and accuracy on your iPad! And let us know what you think.
I am currently using a Datacolor Spyder3Elite
for my calibrating needs - it works great.
PMA Announces 2012 PSPA/SPAA Conference Dates
PSPA/SPAA conference dates set for Feb. 18-19, 2012
School portrait and sports/event photographers return to Las Vegas following successful 2011 event
JACKSON, Mich. – PMA – The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations announces two member associations, the Professional School Photographers Association International™ (PSPA™) and the Sports Photographers Association of America (SPAA®), will hold their annual meetings at the Renaissance Hotel Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nev., in February, 2012. The event begins Friday, Feb. 17, with a kick-off reception, and PSPA and SPAA programming will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, 2012.
Conference attendees can attend without charge the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) trade show, Feb. 20-23, 2012, at the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, Nev.
In 2011, nearly 560 attendees spent two full days attending sessions, luncheons, and receptions. The show also included a Vendor Reception, which many members cite as a highlight, says 2011-2012 PSPA President Bill Glover of Strawbridge Studios Inc.
"Overall, the response to the  show was overwhelmingly positive,” says Glover. “There were lots of familiar faces but also many new ones as well. I love the turnout we had, and the tracks were well-received.”
“PMA remains committed to these two important photographer groups,” says Ted Fox, executive director, PMA. “This arrangement allows PMA to continue to provide industry-specific educational and networking opportunities at this more convenient timeframe to these important industry segments.”
SPAA Committee members are enthusiastic as well with the announcement, heading into their 6th annual conference since joining as a member association of PMA.
"Those of us working in sports photography as a career are hungry for information and embrace the opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow industry colleagues," says Tom Hayes, Visual Image Photography Inc., Cedarburg, Wis., and chairperson, SPAA committee. “We are going to have a focused group of photographers and vendors meeting together, networking, and figuring out together how to make our respective businesses and industries prosper."
Kenko Tokina Announces Variable ND Filter
Kenko Tokina has announced a variable neutral density filter - the Variable NDX
Variable ND filters offer advantages over fixed ND filters including the ability to quickly reduce the amount of light filtering during focusing - and the reduced quantity of filters needing to be carried. Singh-Ray
offered the first popular variable ND filter
(I carry one).
Captain America: The First Avenger - Action Shots Captured With Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon USA has announced:
"Captain America: The First Avenger" Action Shots Captured With Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Cameras
Full 1080P HD Capture, 24p Frame Rate and Canon EF Lenses Provide Compatibility and Creative Options for Movie Production
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 1, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging, announced today that the highly anticipated feature film, "Captain America: The First Avenger", used Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR cameras to capture many of the movie's action shots. Throughout the super hero action picture, the 5D Mark II was used to shoot motion sequences that were seamlessly integrated with the production's 35mm film footage.
More compact and lightweight than traditional motion-picture cameras, the 5D Mark II offers creative advantages such as compatibility with Canon's wide range of high-performance EF lenses, user-selectable frame rates, including 24p (23.976 fps), the standard for motion-picture cinematography, and full 1920 x 1080 HD imagery captured by the camera's high-resolution 21.1-megapixel (36mm by 24mm) Canon CMOS sensor. According to Jonathan Taylor, second unit director/director of photography on "Captain America: The First Avenger", these features made the 5D Mark II an excellent choice for the capture of dramatic POV (point-of-view) action shots.
"The challenge with a lot of action photography is getting the camera in the right position," Taylor noted. "I'm always looking to get the camera into impossible to reach places because those kinds of shots make action sequences much more exciting. Most 35mm motion-picture cameras and even the leading digital cinematography cameras are just too big to get into interesting positions."
Action scenes in "Captain America: The First Avenger" in which Taylor used 5D Mark II cameras for POV shots include a car chase and crash, and a high-speed motorcycle pursuit. The small size of the camera enabled Taylor to mount it on the interiors and exteriors of moving vehicles to capture dramatic action shots. The camera's size also ensured that it was "invisible" to the film cameras shooting the same scene from a distance.
"The thing with action is that the more angles you can shoot, the faster the cuts you can use, and the more energy you get into a sequence," Taylor added.
Previously, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II cameras and EF lenses were used for action shots in the blockbuster hit "Iron Man 2".
Posted to: Canon News
DateTime: 8/1/2011 3:08:08 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Save 20% on Think Tank Photo Modular and Skin Components
Think Tank Photo
has announced a sale: SAVE 20% ON MODULAR AND SKIN COMPONENTS
Our Modular Component Systems are the best carrying solutions if you require quick and immediate access to your equipment. They consist of individual lens and accessory pouches that attach to and slide around our belts. Since the pouches are modular, the carrying system can be reconfigured to match any assignment, under any condition. Our Modular Component Systems feature:
Rotation: The ability to rotate or slide component bags individually around a belt. Rotating the bags periodically during the event not only allows access to gear, but makes the belt more comfortable since the position of the weight is changed.
Capacity: Bags that accommodate the width and depth of fast lenses such as the 16-35 f2.8, 24-70 f2.8 and 70-200 f2.8.
Speed: The ability to change lenses quickly. Having an open top is the fastest way to pull a lens from the pouch. No need to contend with a flap, or zippered, buckled enclosures.
Here is the list of Modular sets and individual components you can purchase at a 20% savings: MODULAR COMPONENT SYSTEM
Modular Set: 6-piece modular system. Components are padded for extra protection
Belly Dancer Harness: Supports your Modular and Skin components
Bum Bag: Quick access to clothing, food, and other essential items
LARGE Lens Drop In: Fastest possible access to larger lenses without the lens caps on
Lens Changer 75 Pop Down: Expandable for longer lenses, such as the 70-200 2.8
Lens Changer 15: Designed for smaller lenses such as 50mm, 85mm, and teleconverters
Lens Changer 25: For zoom lenses, such as the 24-70 2.8, 28-135, and 28-200
Lens Changer 35: For zoom lenses such as the 24-70 2.8 or the 100 Macro
Lens Changer 50: For zoom lenses, such as the 16-35 2.8 and 17-40
Lightning Fast: An easy place to store your SLR flash
Modular Pouch: Holds your point and shoot cameras, cell phones, Pocket Wizards
R U Thirsty? -- Take a full-size water bottle and an energy bar on your next shoot
Speed Changer: Change your batteries, teleconverters, small lenses and other SLR
The Chimp Cage: Carry one digital SLR body, as well as other SLR equipment
Trim Changer: Change your SLR items in this one easy-access trim bag
Whip it Out: Fastest retrieval possible for your 70-200 2.8, 80-200 2.8, 100-400 SKIN COMPONENT SYSTEM
Skin Set: 5 Piece unpadded system
Skin 50: For zoom lens such as the 16-35 2.8 with hood in position
Skin 75 Pop Down: Holds larger lens such as the 70-200 2.8 with hood reversed
Skin Chimp Cage: For carrying one digital SLR body, as well as other SLR
Skin Double Wide: Holds two LC 75's side by side
Skin Strobe: For SLR flash with front pocket for batteries Shop the Think Tank Photo Sale
Vimeo Launches Pro Video Hosting Service
has announced a new Pro Video Hosting Service: New Vimeo PRO Service Combines High Quality Video Hosting With Business-focused Features for Small Businesses at a Yearly Rate of $199
NEW YORK, Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Vimeo®, an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI), building on their reputation as the home for high quality video sharing today launched Vimeo PRO. The new Vimeo PRO account is the easiest and one of the most affordable professional video hosting solutions for small businesses available. The product will go live on the site today at 1:00pm Eastern.
Online video continues to experience explosive growth. Recent predictions(1) show that video will account for 50% of all consumer Internet traffic by the end of 2012. Nearly 60 percent of viewers(2) watch video before reading text on the same webpage and are more likely to make a purchase. This year, 83 percent of small businesses plan to use social media channels for their business(3). With the web rapidly moving from text to video, small businesses need to adapt to the shift in technology or quickly become irrelevant or less impactful to their consumers who expect to see video everywhere online.
"Until now, quality video hosting has been expensive, confusing, and extremely difficult for a small business owner to understand. Small businesses have fallen between the cracks of free video services and massive enterprise video solutions," said Dae Mellencamp, Vimeo's General Manager. "Vimeo PRO resolves the contradiction that best-of-breed video quality and hosting can also be easy and affordable."
Vimeo developed its PRO account, which will exist as a separate service outside of the Vimeo.com community, based on demand for a cost-effective video-hosting service equipped with core features that meets the growing needs of small businesses. It's priced at $199 for 50GB of storage and 250,000 plays as a flat annual fee. Customers can purchase increased storage capacity in 50GB increments for $199. Businesses can also purchase additional plays in increments of 100k for $199. Vimeo PRO is one of the most affordable professional video hosting solutions on the market.
Enabling small businesses to compete with larger companies, Vimeo PRO offers robust product features including exceptional video quality, customizable Portfolio websites, extensive video player customization, Video Review Pages, advanced statistics, social media sharing and broad privacy settings. Production companies will be able to create many separate portfolios and share rough cuts with clients. Restaurants can show their atmosphere and signature dish preparation online to potential diners. Real estate agents can provide home hunters with higher quality housing previews. And, even doctors can create private groups to educate patients and medical students.
Customers can upload up to a 5GB file at a time with no time limits and Vimeo will not run any advertising over their videos. Coupled with its current array of popular features like HD and HTML5 video, full tablet, mobile and connected TV support, and Vimeo Video School, Vimeo PRO provides all the major tools small businesses need to host videos online. In addition, Vimeo PRO accounts can opt-in to the Community Pass, which is a feature that allows PRO accounts to interact with the Vimeo.com community as long as the account and each individual video abide by the community guidelines. About Vimeo, LLC
Leading video sharing site Vimeo® provides the easiest way for people to host and share their videos in high quality. The site provides great privacy features and inspiring videos from a vibrant, respectful community of creative users who care about how and where they show their work. Launched in 2004 and headquartered in New York, NY, Vimeo offers users a video sharing experience that is both entertaining and easy to use. Vimeo is a 2010 & 2009 Time Magazine Top 50 Website. Vimeo, LLC is a subsidiary of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).
(1) "Cisco Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2010-2015" http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns341/ns525/ns537/ns705/ns827/white_paper_c11-481360_ns827_Networking_Solutions_White_Paper.html
(2) December 2010 Forbes Insight survey
(3) (Source: Emarkerter).
Current Model Canon Super Telephotos Leaving the Shelves
The current Canon super telephoto lenses are leaving the store shelves. Not as in going out of stock (yet), but as in people deciding that the current models are excellent and, while expensive, far less expensive than the version II models.
Going out of stock is going to happen for these lenses at some point. If you are considering adding a super telephoto lens to your kit, consider buying now
Posted to: Canon News
DateTime: 8/1/2011 10:09:45 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens - $904.00 Shipped
Abe's of Maine
has the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens
(Canon mount) for only $904.00 shipped. Use the following coupon codes to make this deal work (thanks Ferdi).
Normal price $ 969.00
Coupon NKDS50: $ -50.00
Coupon LOYALTY15: $ -15.00
Total: $ 904.00
Posted to: Canon News
DateTime: 8/1/2011 10:01:23 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Tamron Rebates Extended
The Tamron Lens
rebates have been extended through August 31, 2011.
"Printed Tamron rebate forms that may be found at an authorized Tamron dealer dated May 1, 2011 - July 31 2011 will be acceptedd through August 31, 2011 with a redemption date of September 15, 2011."
You can also download the current Tamron lens rebate form here