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 Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Amazon.com has Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 as their Deal of the Day - Only $89.99 shipped.
Post Date: 2/29/2012 9:50:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Canon USA has EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Version 2.1.2 available for download.
 
Firmware Version 2.1.2 incorporates the following change.
 
1. Optimizes the camera’s performance when using certain UDMA 7-compatible CF cards released in February 2012 or later.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/28/2012 1:36:55 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
If you can't wait until at least May to get a Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens, B&H has a refurbished Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/28/2012 7:33:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 27, 2012
Use coupon code Loyalty15 to get the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens for Canon and a "FREE Nikura 77mm Multi-Coated UV" (not sure about the quality of this one) for $579.00 shipped at Abe's of Maine.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/27/2012 4:20:32 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon PowerShot G1 X is now shipping in the USA.
 
Adorama has indicated that they will be filling all Canon PowerShot G1 X backorders with the first shipment.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/27/2012 2:10:04 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Use coupon code PX10KFANS to save 20% on high quality 10x10" Photo Books at AdoramaPix.
 
Use code PX10KFANSL for leather-lux books. Offer expires 2/29/12.
Post Date: 2/27/2012 12:37:07 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
A great Canon USA rebate program, featuring double instant savings on lenses when purchased with a Canon EOS 60D, 7D or 5D Mark II DSLR, is coming to a close. There is usually no better time to buy a Canon lens than during a rebate promo. The promo ends Sat, Mar 3, 2012.
 
Here is the list:
 
ModelRebate Amount
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Buy$100.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS 7D Buy$100.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D Buy$50.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D Buy$50.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel T3 / 1100D Buy$50.00 - $300.00
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM Fisheye Lens Buy$100.00 / $200.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Buy$110.00 / $220.00
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0 L USM Lens Buy$60.00 / $120.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens Buy$100.00 / $200.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00 / $200.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens Buy$100.00 / $200.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens Buy$200.00 / $400.00
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00 / $200.00
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens Buy$90.00 / $180.00
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens Buy$110.00 / $220.00
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Buy$160.00 / $320.00
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM Lens Buy$120.00 / $240.00
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM Lens Buy$100.00 / $200.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens Buy$120.00 / $240.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM Lens Buy$150.00 / $300.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro Lens Buy$70.00 / $140.00
Canon EF 135mm f/2.0 L USM Lens Buy$75.00 / $150.00
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 L USM Macro Lens Buy$110.00 / $220.00
Canon EF 300mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens Buy$90.00 / $180.00
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM Lens Buy$90.00 / $180.00
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Buy$60.00 / $120.00
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy$65.00 / $130.00
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$80.00 / $160.00
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Buy$40.00 / $80.00
Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash Buy$30.00 / $60.00
Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash Buy$20.00 / $40.00
Canon Speedlite 320EX Flash Buy$25.00 / $50.00
Canon Speedlite 270EX II Flash Buy$10.00 / $20.00
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX Flash Buy$30.00 / $60.00

 
Where To Buy:
 
Canon Lens Rebates at B&H
Canon EOS DSLR Plus Lens Combo Rebates at B&H
 
The rebate forms are available for download, but the forms are not needed as these are instant rebates available to anyone in the world buying through a USA retailer:
 
Canon Winter 2012 Lens and Flash Rebate Form
Canon Winter 2012 EOS Rebel T3i/T2i/T3 Rebate Form
Canon Winter 2012 EOS 60D Rebate Form
Canon Winter 2012 EOS 7D/5D Mark II Rebate Form
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/27/2012 9:53:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Adobe:
 
Highly Anticipated App Brings Image-editing Power of Photoshop to Apple iPad 2
 
Mobile World Congress 2012
 
February 27, 2012 03:30 AM Eastern Time

 
BARCELONA, Spain--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--At Mobile World Congress, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that Adobe® Photoshop® Touch is now available for iPad 2, via the iTunes App Store*. Adobe Photoshop Touch offers core Photoshop features, as well as new capabilities for creating and sharing in an app custom-built for tablets. The app is a central component of Adobe Touch Apps, a family of six intuitive touch screen applications, inspired by Adobe Creative Suite® software. iPad versions of the other Adobe Touch Apps are expected later this year.
 
“Photoshop Touch combines the magic of Photoshop and its core features with the convenience of a tablet, bringing image-editing power to the fingertips of millions of people.”
 
Photoshop Touch gives users the ability to combine multiple photos into layered images, make essential edits and apply professional effects to create beautiful artwork, touch up photos, paint, lay out ideas and much more. The Scribble Selection Tool allows users to easily extract objects in an image by simply scribbling on what to keep, and then what to remove. With Refine Edge technology from Photoshop, even hard-to-select areas with soft edges are easily captured when making selections. Photoshop Touch helps users quickly find images and share creations through integration with Facebook and Google Image Search.
 
“People will be amazed with what they can create on the iPad using Photoshop Touch,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Media Business Unit, Adobe. “Photoshop Touch combines the magic of Photoshop and its core features with the convenience of a tablet, bringing image-editing power to the fingertips of millions of people.”
 
“Adobe Photoshop Touch offers a huge convenience factor and boasts cool Photoshop features tailored for the iPad,” said Brian Yap, creative director, Boxing Clever. “Nearly all of the features I imagined being in Photoshop Touch are there, including the depth in layers, the extraction tools, and fade tool.”
 
“I love the organic process of working on the tablet. With Adobe Photoshop Touch, I have a new form of image creation with familiar tools but in a more relaxed work space, allowing me to rediscover image making through play rather than production,” Dan Marcolina, owner, Marcolina Design & Marcolina Slate.
 
“My team and I put Photoshop Touch through the paces and it shines as a tool for on-the-go photo shoots,” said Tyler Stableford, photographer and director, Tyler Stableford Photography + Film. “Time is always critical when taking pictures during the golden hours of light. With a wireless connection, the art director and I can place photos, immediately as we take them, into a layer with the client's artwork. This is really helpful when shooting catalog covers.”
 
In addition to Photoshop Touch, Adobe expects to release the following touch apps for the iPad in the coming months: Adobe Collage for moodboards; Adobe Debut for presenting and reviewing creative work; Adobe Ideas for sketching; Adobe Kuler® for exploring color themes; and Adobe Proto for website and mobile app prototyping.
 
For additional information, read the full Adobe press release.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 2/27/2012 9:30:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Tokina lens deals at Adorama end tomorrow, Feb 28th:
 
The Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Lens (for Canon) (for Nikon) is $609.00 after $40 mail in rebate (reg $699.00).
 
The Tokina 12-24mm f/4 ATX PRO DX II Lens (for Canon) (for Nikon) is on sale for $525.00 (reg $599.00).
Category: Tokian Deals
Post Date: 2/27/2012 9:22:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon UK has confirmed the earlier-reported May availability timeframe for the Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens and the Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens:
 
Canon lightweight, super-telephoto EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM lenses available to purchase in May 2012
 
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 27th February 2012 Canon today announces that its EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM lenses will be available to buy from May 2012.
 
Designed to meet the needs of the most demanding sports and wildlife photographers, both lenses offer breakthrough performance, delivering consistently high-quality images and incredible mobility.
 
Pricing and Availability
 
The EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM is available from May 2012, priced at £8,999.00/€10,799.00 RRP incl. VAT.
 
The EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM is available from May 2012, priced at £11,299.00/€13,549.00 RRP incl. VAT.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon UK News
Post Date: 2/27/2012 9:05:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon USA, Canon UK and Canon Inc have announced that the Canon EOS 1D X will be available in late April. Here is Canon USA's announcement:
 
Updated Availability for the EOS-1D X DSLR Camera and Accessories
 
We would like to inform you of an update to the expected availability of the EOS-1D X DSLR Camera and its optional accessories, the WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter and GP-E1 GPS Receiver. The camera and accessories are now anticipated to be available at the end of April 2012. We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause.
 
Additional Canon EOS 1D X Specs
 
Canon Inc has filled in some of the TBA specs:
 
Weight: approx. 1340 grams for body; approx. 1530 grams with CIPA Camera & Imaging Products Association standards
 
Possible Number of Shots (CIPA Camera & Imaging Products Association standards):
 
View Finder shooting at 73°F/23°C Approx. 1120 shots
View Finder shooting at 32°F/0°C Approx. 860 shots
Live View shooting at 73°F/23°C Approx. 290 shots
Live View shooting at 32°F/0°C Approx. 250 shots
 
Here are the official announcement pages:
 
Canon Inc.
Canon Inc. b
Canon UK (a more-verbose press release)
Canon USA
 
(thanks David & Kaz)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/27/2012 8:51:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 24, 2012
Use coupon code S1234567 to get the Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18MP DSLR Camera Body for only $549.00 shipped at Adorama. Great deal - Compare at $624.95.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/24/2012 7:21:21 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Cameras Take Moviegoers Deep Into the Daring Operations of Active-Duty U.S. Navy SEALs in Relativity Media’s Act of Valor
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 24, 2012 — In an unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood’s history. A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operations, Act of Valor blazes into theatres nationwide on February 24th and features a gripping story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey. This fast-paced, depiction of daring covert operations delivers a thrilling mix of stealthy tension, intense human drama, and sudden fierce combat waged by lethal heroes armed with the world’s best training and firepower. Act of Valor is a Bandito Brothers film produced and directed by Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh and written by Kurt Johnstad. Crucial to capturing the film’s absorbing up-close-and-personal action was its use of lightweight, highly mobile EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR cameras from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. As director of photography, and now member of Canon’s Explorer of Light program, Shane Hurlbut explained, the film could not have been made with any other camera system.
 
“Nothing is as small and nimble as our Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera packages,” said Hurlbut, a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, who has captured moving images using practically every film and video format currently available. “Never have I been so excited by the creative possibilities a camera offers cinematographers.”
 
“Inventing new perspectives for creative storytelling demands innovative new tools and we are proud to be a part of that process. The Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera provides filmmakers with a highly compact and mobile form factor. This camera has sparked our recent introduction of the new Cinema EOS system, our formal entrance into the world of cinema and television production,” noted Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
 
“Because the Canon 5D Mark II is so light weight, we were able to defy conventional motion picture camera physics and capture a high-quality cinematic image, which ultimately looked incredible on a 100-foot theatrical screen,” said Scott Waugh, co-director, Act of Valor.
 
Game-Changer
 
The Canon 5D Mark II delivers full 1920 x 1080 HD video recording at user-selectable frame rates of 30 (29.97), 24 (23.976) and 25 fps. Employing a 21.1-megapixel 35mm full-frame Canon-manufactured CMOS sensor measuring 36 x 24 mm, the 5D Mark II also utilizes Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processors, which employ sophisticated digital signal processing to maximize picture quality and provide advanced operational features. HD footage is recorded to universally available CF cards for exceptional workflow convenience. According to Hurlbut, the camera is nothing less than a “game-changer” for motion-picture production.
 
“I call the Canon 5D Mark II a ‘game-changer’ for several reasons,” Hurlbut elaborated. “The first is its big CMOS sensor’s ability to collect light in widely varying ISOs. It’s very clean up to 1600 ISO. Its light-gathering capability has a nice, very film-like gradient. The 5D Mark II’s sensor also delivers ‘VistaVision’ depth of field. No other digital HD camera out there will deliver that. I find that if you operate at the right f-stop with the 5D Mark II, you get a wonderful, shallow depth of field. You’re also getting skin tones unlike any delivered by other cameras. I don’t think the other manufacturers have put the kind of R&D into their cameras that Canon put into its 5D Mark II. Perhaps the biggest reason why the 5D Mark II is a game changer is because it’s so compact. You can capture perspectives with it that no other camera system can deliver.”
 
Guerrilla Tactics
 
Shot on sea, air and land in many locations around the world, Act of Valor owes much of its cinema verité style to the compact size of the Canon 5D Mark II, which enabled Hurlbut and his six-man crew to be nearly as stealthy as the active-duty SEALs the film depicts. The crew was able to transport an eight-camera production package in the overhead bins of airliners and avoid transportation difficulties of shipping larger more sensitive equipment. Once on location, the crew went into what Hurlbut calls “platoon module,” a tactic for self-sufficiency in which they could hand-carry everything they needed, thanks to their compact 5D Mark II cameras and the minimal support and lighting gear required.
 
The compact size of the Canon 5D Mark II also allowed for a lot of set-ups each day that Hurlbut says would not have been possible with larger camera systems. Hurlbut had his crew outfit their 5D Mark II cameras for different shooting configurations that could be switched at a moment’s notice with accessories from such companies as Redrock Micro and Zacuto.
 
“More than anything, what I love about the Canon 5D Mark II is that it’s part of a global revolution,” Hurlbut concluded. “The 5D Mark II is causing a paradigm shift in the production industry because it provides film-like quality combined with lightweight operation and amazing mobility. It’s also affordable, so it’s giving a lot of people a voice who’ve never had one before. I think the style of filmmaking that’s going to come out of the use of the 5D Mark II will be a whole, fresh new style that hasn’t even been named yet.”
 
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
 
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With more than $46 billion in 2011 global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks fourth overall in patent holdings in the U.S. in 2010† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2011. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility.
 
About Act of Valor
 
Produced and directed by former Baja 1000 champion Mike “Mouse” McCoy and former stuntman Scott Waugh, and written by Kurt Johnstad (300), Act of Valor features a gripping story that takes audiences on an edge-of-their-seat journey, when a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly-trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all. Act of Valor combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the-minute battlefield technology, and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure film—showcasing the skills, training and tenacity of the greatest action heroes of them all: real Navy SEALs.
 
For more information about Act of Valor, please visit http://www.actofvalor.com.
 
# # #
 
†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
 
All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.
Categories: Canon USA News, HDSLR
Post Date: 2/24/2012 2:12:36 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The under-resourced Canon USA technical services department has not yet returned my multiple calls in regards to questions about the latest Canon announcements, but MegaPixel.co.il has published a worth-reading interview that answers some of the questions I have (thanks Niklas).
 
"The primary objective when designing the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM was to deliver exceptional image quality and a compact design. While including optical IS was desirable, we felt adding the technology in this lens would have comprised these prime goals."
 
Read the full interview here.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/24/2012 10:55:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Flare, distortion and vignetting test results have been added to the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review page.
Post Date: 2/24/2012 10:42:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens Bundle (Refurbished by Nikon U.S.A.) (4GB SD Memory Card, Spare Nikon EN-EL14 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery, Slinger Camera Bag, Camera Grip Hand Strap - FREE: Red Giant Magic Bullet PhotoLooks V1.5 Software, a $199.00 Retail Value) for only $434.95 shipped.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/24/2012 10:40:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, February 23, 2012
By popular request, ISO 12233 Resolution Chart samples crops have been added to the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review page.
 
Driving the popular request is the huge $200.00 instant rebate currently available for the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens. Get your 100 OS at B&H, Adorama or Amazon.com.
 
Note that the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens is compatible with extenders.
 
On a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, the lens plus Sigma 1.4x EX DG Tele Converter autofocuses. The lens plus Sigma 2x EX DG Tele Converter does not autofocus on the 1Ds III.
Post Date: 2/23/2012 4:01:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Amazon.com has Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 for $49.99 shipped.
Post Date: 2/23/2012 3:46:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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