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 Sunday, March 31, 2013
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The Canon Store is once again running a 15-30% off sale on select refurbished DSLR Cameras, Lenses and Flashes. However, this time there has been a significant inventory refresh meaning many more items are available and in stock.
Refurbished DSLR Cameras In Stock

DSLR CameraOrig. PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 7D Body1,199.20179.881,019.32
Canon EOS 60D + EF-S 18-135 IS 959.20143.88815.32
Canon EOS Rebel T4i + 18-135 IS STM919.20137.88781.32
Canon EOS Rebel T4i + EF-S 18-55 IS719.99108.00611.99
Canon EOS 60D Body719.99108.00611.99
Canon EOS Rebel T4i Body639.9996.00543.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i + EF-S 18-55 IS559.9984.00475.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i Body479.9972.00407.99
Canon EOS Rebel T2i EF-S 18-55mm IS447.99112.00335.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3 + EF-S 18-55 IS439.99110.00329.99

Refurbished Lenses and Flashes In Stock

Lens/FlashOrig. PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM1,359.20203.881,155.32
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM1,295.20194.281,100.92
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM1,279.20191.881,087.32
Canon EF 8-15mm L Fisheye USM1,199.20179.881,019.32
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM1,159.20173.88985.32
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM1,159.20173.88985.32
Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift1,119.20167.88951.32
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM1,119.20167.88951.32
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM943.20141.48801.72
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM919.2137.88781.32
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM687.99103.20584.79
Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM671.99100.80571.19
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM639.9996.00543.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99168.00391.99
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99156.00363.99
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM479.99 72.00 407.99
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM479.9972.00407.99
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM431.9964.80367.19
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM407.9961.20346.79
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM399.9960.00339.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.99120.00279.99
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.99115.20268.79
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM375.9956.40319.59
Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM335.9950.40285.59
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro239.9936.00203.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9928.20159.79
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9948.00111.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II100.7930.2470.55
Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash239.9936.00203.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9930.00169.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9920.40115.59

"This is's Weekend Recap for the week ending March 30th, 2013.
In the news...
On Monday, Profoto announced the release of a new product – the AcuteB Two-Head Split Cable. As the product’s name implies, the cable allows you to connect two flash heads to a single battery pack. The product manager at Profoto noted, “This is admittedly an uncomplicated product, but sometimes the simplest solutions are the best.”
On Tuesday, we reported on a 16 Gigapixel panoramic image of Machu Picchu, an Incan-built site nestled in the mountains of Peru. Using a Canon 7D, EF 100-400mm lens, and a Gigapan camera mount, photographer Jeff Cremer captured 1,920 images to create the world’s highest resolution image of the historic landmark. If you’re a fan of the “Where’s Waldo” games, then see if you can find the photographer within the 16 gigapixel image.
On Wednesday, Sigma announced a delay in the release of its 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM lens as well as its USB Dock. Apparently, a delay in procuring manufacturing parts led to release dates being pushed back.
On Thursday, we linked to a Gizmodo article explaining Panasonic’s new filter technology that could revolutionize low-light photography. Instead of using red, green, and blue filters over every pixel, the new technology uses vertically aligned color splitters. Color splitters have proven to be significantly more efficient in allowing light to hit the sensor – and more light hitting the sensor ultimately leads to better image quality in low-light conditions.
In site news and reviews...
On Monday, Bryan added a new gallery to the site containing images from his recent Hawaii trip. The gallery contains 30 images with subjects ranging from bamboo to green sand beaches, and just about everything else in-between. Be sure to check out the captions on each image where Bryan left helpful tips for those planning a photographic paradise getaway.
On Tuesday, Bryan posed a question for site visitors – “Should we complete a full T5i review?” To voice your opinion, check out the site’s Facebook page and leave a comment.
On Wednesday, Bryan recounted the story of his lost Canon T4i – and how it had a happy ending. The bottom line is – be sure to include contact information in your camera bag. If you’re lucky, an honest stranger will contact you if they find your misplaced gear.
On Thursday, Bryan announced that most lenses have now been tested with the Canon 60D and are available on the site’s ISO Resolution Chart Comparison Tool. Bryan also noted that there are now 25,344 crops from 8,448 test images available for review on the site.
And, for our deal of the week…
On Wednesday, we reported that you could get a Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for $319.00 with free shipping. That’s more than a 20% savings off the normal retail price.
This has been the’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 3/31/2013 12:29:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, March 30, 2013
 Friday, March 29, 2013
Nikon D800 DSLR Camera Body
Adorama has the Refurbished Nikon D800 DSLR Camera available for $2,349.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,796.95 new.
They also have the Refurbished Nikon D600 DSLR Camera available for $1,629.00. Compare at $1,996.95 new.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/29/2013 1:53:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Lens for Nikon available for $269.00 with free shipping. Compare at $289.00.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/29/2013 12:24:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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The Canon Store is offering 20% off select clearance Refurbished PowerShot Cameras.
Note: The selection for this promotion is better than the last promotion - several new cameras are now eligible.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/29/2013 12:00:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
"World Backup Day" is this Sunday. As a photographer, you cherish your photos - but have you done enough to protect them? While we like to think that our devices and hard drives are reliable, they will eventually fail. When it comes to protecting your images (or other important files), redundancy, distance and discipline are your friend.

  • Redundancy - Make several copies of your most important data.
  • Distance - Always store at least one backup in a different geographic location than your original data. For instance, use an online cloud storage backup service. Else, send a backup portable hard drive to a family member who lives a comfortable distance away from you.
  • Discipline - Backup regularly. Backup often.

Relevant Posts

Portable Hard Drives - B&H | Adorama | Amazon

Post Date: 3/29/2013 10:35:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Gizmodo:
"Researchers at Panasonic's imaging division have found a way to increase the sensitivity of digital camera sensors, which in turn equates to almost double the brightness in photos taken in low light conditions. But the discovery has nothing to do with the sensor itself; instead, the company's improved the color processing filter placed in front of it..."
Read the entire article here.
Post Date: 3/29/2013 9:01:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T4i (650D) DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS Rebel T4i (650D) DSLR Camera available for $546.87 with free shipping. Compare at $648.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/29/2013 8:50:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 28, 2013 Logo is offering free items with select Canon lenses (which are already priced competitively). All deals come with free shipping, too.
Bundle Deals:

LensBundled Item*In-Cart Price
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USMAdobe Software Bundle$2,129.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USMAdobe Software Bundle$2,049.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Adobe Software Bundle$1,459.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USMAdobe Software Bundle$1,419.00
Canon EF 50mm f / 1.2 L USMAdobe Software Bundle$1,399.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USMAdobe Software Bundle$1,149.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM MacroAdobe Software Bundle$898.00
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Adobe Software Bundle$699.00
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USMGadget Bag$399.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USMGadget Bag$359.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USMGadget Bag$339.00

* Adobe Software Bundle = Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 11
   Gadget Bag = Compact Deluxe Gadget Bag - DP58

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/28/2013 5:07:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 60D ISO 12233 resolution chart test results for most current Canon lenses are now included in the site's camera lens image quality comparison tool.
As you can imagine, this was a big project for us. The 60D will become the standard EF-S Lens test camera and we will continue to test EF Lenses with the 60D as time permits.
Though the 60D results are useful in same-camera comparisons, you will find that results from this camera are not as sharp as results from the 1Ds III and other impressive Canon full frame cameras - even though identical test and processing settings (with a very low sharpness setting) were used. The T4i would deliver sharper results at the same processing settings (comparison), but the T4i has increased high ISO noise visibility as a result. There is a trade-off. The 60D results can also be given a higher sharpness setting. You are welcome to load 60D results into your favorite image processing application to see how increasing sharpness changes the results for the lens you are interested in.
Interesting spec: There are now 25,344 crops from 8,448 ISO 12233 test images available for review on the site.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/28/2013 8:25:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From BBC News:
Dragons' Den star Peter Jones has spoken of his excitement as Jessops re-opens 30 stores across the country.
The entrepreneur now owns the camera retailer after 187 shops closed in January with the loss of 1,500 jobs.
He told the BBC's Steph McGovern he has "never been more excited about re-launching a business".
Category: Jessops News
Post Date: 3/28/2013 12:29:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Transcend 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card
From Transcend:
Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend®), a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, today announced the introduction of the 64GB microSDXC Ultra-High Speed Class 1 (UHS-I) memory card. With enough space to carry an entire collection of personal media files, the new 64GB microSDXC card also features high-speed transfer rates of up to 45MB/s (300x); perfect for users aiming to get the best performance results from their mobile device.
Featuring capacities ranging from 8GB to an enormous 64GB, Transcend's Premium Series microSDHC/SDXC UHS-I memory card lineup allows smartphone, tablet, and other portable device users to significantly expand their multimedia storage space. The new 64GB microSDXC card, for instance, can store more than 10,000 high-resolution jpeg images (12 megapixel camera, 6MB file size), a full 16 hours of 1080p High-Definition footage (1920x1080 9Mbps H.264 AVC compression), or over 1,200 media-rich mobile apps (50MB file size).
In addition to large capacity, mobile users consider fast performance to be an equally important factor when choosing the best memory upgrade solution. Equipped with the next-generation UHS-I interface, the 64GB microSDXC UHS-I card offers data transfer speeds of up to 45MB/s (300x) – especially noticeable when running memory-intensive mobile apps and capturing high-quality video. With its impressive combination of high-speed performance and vast storage capacity, the 64GB microSDXC UHS-I memory card will undoubtedly satisfy mobile users for a very long time.
For added value, each Transcend UHS-I memory card includes a free download of Transcend’s own RecoveRx™ software – an extraordinarily effective tool for bringing back accidentally deleted or lost files. Transcend’s new 64GB microSDXC UHS-I card is now available for a suggested price of US$109 and carries Transcend’s renowned Lifetime Warranty.
B&H carries Transcend Memory Cards.
Category: Transcend News
Post Date: 3/28/2013 9:32:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Nikon Professional Services has published a D-Movie Setting Guide for the D800, D800E, and D4 DSLR cameras.
Topics Covered in the Guide

  • Workflow
  • Before Recording
  • Live View
  • Menu Options
  • Other Settings
  • Recording
  • After Recording

Download the Nikon D-Movie Setting Guide (PDF, 16.9mb).
B&H carries the Nikon D800, D800E, and D800E DSLR cameras.

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Post Date: 3/28/2013 8:40:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through March 31, use promotion code 3PG14S2L at DigitalRev to get $15.00 off any DSLR camera purchase.
Note: Amount will differ depending on regional currency. To use the promotion code, click on "Received a Gift Card?" during checkout and paste the code into the textbox.
Deals include:

DSLR CameraOrig. PriceCoupon Price
Canon EOS 7D DSLR Body$1,019.00$1,004.00
Canon EOS 60D DSLR Body$689.00$674.00
Canon EOS 650D DSLR Body (Rebel T4i)$609.00$594.00

Post Date: 3/28/2013 8:10:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Both Canon and Nikon's rebate programs are scheduled to end this Saturday, March 30th. If one of these items is on your wishlist, now might be a good time to add it to your cart!
Canon Rebates

ModelRebate Amount
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Buy$200.00
Canon EOS 6D Buy$100.00
Canon EOS 7D Buy$100.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS 60D Buy$100.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D Buy$50.00 - $220.00
Canon EOS Rebel T3 / 1100D Buy$50.00 - $220.00
Canon EOS M Buy$100.00
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L USM Fisheye Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy$300.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$160.00
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Buy$180.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy$40.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 1.4x III Extender Buy$40.00
Canon EF 2x III Extender Buy$40.00
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Buy$100.00

Nikon Rebates

ModelRebate Amount
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S Lens Buy$200.00
Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S VR Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 24-120mm f/4G AF-S VR Lens Buy$300.00
Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens Buy$150.00
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR II Lens Buy$300.00
Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D AF VR Lens Buy$350.00
Nikon 24mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$200.00
Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 35mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$200.00
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$20.00
Nikon 60mm f/2.8G AF-S ED Micro Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$200.00
Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$100.00
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 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens Buy$300.00
Nikon 85mm f/3.5G AF-S DX VR Micro Lens Buy$100.00

Save up to $750.00 when bundling a Nikon DSLR camera with a lens or flash. See B&H's Nikon rebate page for more info.

Post Date: 3/28/2013 7:20:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rokinon HD 8mm T3.8 Ultra Wide Fisheye Cine Lens
Use promotion code ROK70 ($70.00 off) at to get the Rokinon HD 8mm T3.8 Ultra Wide Fisheye Cine Lens (Canon/Nikon) for $279.00 with free shipping. Compare at $319.00.
Post Date: 3/28/2013 7:03:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Canon Rebel T4i Camera
Is every camera bag you own labeled with your name, address and phone number? If not, go label it right now.
Upon arriving at our rental house in Maui, Hawaii, after being up/traveling for nearly 24 hours, my daughter asked me if I had her camera - a Rebel T4i. With a sinking feeling, I replied that I did not.
My mind immediately began plotting the course of action that was to be taken - after I had some sleep. We had been in four airports and on three planes that day. Locating the camera appeared to be a huge challenge - if not an impossibility.
I woke up the next morning to a voice mail from Janet at the United ticket counter in the Vancouver International Airport. The camera had been left on a plane and went at least one stop beyond our time on that particular aircraft. Janet knew how to reach me because: I had a business card in the camera case.
While it may seem normal to have a business card in a travel camera case, the particular case my daughter was using was the tiny Lowepro Rezo TLZ-20 Case. Cases this size are seldom tagged, but as proven on my last trip, they should be.
If you were to lose your camera and the case you are carrying it in, would someone know how to get in touch with you? This does not apply only to airline travel. A lost camera could happen at a restaurant, hotel, wedding, park ... or anywhere.
This story *should* have a happy ending. An intern apparently dropped the ball on shipping the camera back, but that issue appears to have been resolved and the camera is in route. And fortunately, I had an EOS M packed to HI - it became my daughter's camera for the trip.
Following is a relevant (and entertaining) infographic Mike shared with us:
Post Date: 3/27/2013 10:37:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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