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 Wednesday, April 30, 2014

 
From SmugMug Films:

"Scott Kelby believes 'you never go wrong by doing the right thing.' And from what we've seen, he's done a lot of things right. Peek behind the curtain to learn more about the man who built an educational empire - while staying true to his passions as a photographer and family man.
 
Want more? Read our exclusive interview with Scott.
 
Check out Scott's Portfolio."

Category: SmugMug Films
Post Date: 4/30/2014 1:41:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens (review) available for $70.55. That's almost $40.00 less than the going retail price right now.
 
All In Stock Cameras/Lenses/Speedlite Flashes on Sale

Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 6D Body1,519.20227.881,291.32
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 18-135 IS1,439.20287.841,151.36
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 28-135 IS1,359.20271.841,087.36
Canon EOS 7D Body1,199.20239.84959.36
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM839.20167.84671.36
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM679.99136.00543.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM599.99120.00479.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i + EF-S 18-55 IS479.9996.00383.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1479.9996.00383.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i Body399.9980.00319.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3 + EF-S 18-55 IS359.9972.00287.99
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM1,199.20179.881,019.32
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM919.20137.88781.32
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.99115.20268.79
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99156.00363.99
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 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9948.00111.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II100.7930.2470.55
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro239.9936.00203.99
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM639.9996.00543.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM 439.9966.00373.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.99120.00279.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99168.00391.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II239.99120.00119.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM279.9942.00237.99
Canon Speedlite 430EX II239.9936.00203.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9930.00169.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9920.40115.59
Canon Speedlite 90EX119.9918.00101.99

Nikon WR-1 Wireless Remote Control Transceiver
Nikon has published the WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller User's Manual. (PDF, 1.73MB).
 
B&H has the Nikon WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/30/2014 11:42:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Digital Learning Center
In a recent post on Canon's Digital Learning Center, photographer Jack Reznicki explains how Auto ISO enabled him to greatly improve his "keeper" rate when shooting street photography. Reznicki elaborates on the usefulness of Auto ISO and how it gives him "...maximum control over [his] camera in situations where the light changes dramatically and extremely quickly."
 
Check out the article – Auto ISO with street shots – on Canon's Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/30/2014 10:56:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon:
 
Recent media reports have called attention to the disocovery of a security vulnerability in OpenSSL, an application widely used by network-connected devices and websites that encrypts information to enable secure communication. The vulnerability, known as the Heartbleed Bug, could result in the leak of information that was thought to be secure.
 
We have been evaluating Canon products equipped with network connectivity* as well as websites directly operated by Canon. At this time, however, we have not found any that are affected by this vulnerability.
 
We will work to further strengthen security measures to ensure that customers can continue using Canon products and websites with peace of mind.
 
* Products that do not include networking capabilities or are not used when connected to a network are not affected by this vulnerability.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 4/30/2014 9:26:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Use coupon code EMC1143295656 ($70.00 off) at BuyDig.com to get the Refurbished Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens for $1,399.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,886.95 new.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/30/2014 9:21:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
San Francisco, California—April 30, 2014 – Red Giant Universe, a revolutionary new community with access to an ever-expanding library of new tools and effects for filmmakers and motion graphic artists, is available today. Membership in Red Giant Universe is free and it allows our members to take control of the future of Universe development. Available now are 50 Free and Premium visual effects plugins built on a brand new platform—Supernova. Red Giant Universe is available at redgiant.com/universe for $10/month, $99/year or $399 for a lifetime license.
 
“Universe is a completely new platform for Red Giant and the culmination of nearly two years of work building a new architecture,” said Sean Safreed, co-founder and lead visionary behind Universe. “The Red Giant team has put together an amazing set of 50 fast and useful effects using Supernova, our new development engine. This really is the future of visual effects development for us and the filmmaking community.”
 
Free membership includes the use of 31 effects and transitions, including blurs, glows, distortion, generators and 3D transitions. Stand-out tools in our free membership include beautiful transitions such as Swish Pan and 3D Shutter as well as the unique Glo-Fi that creates pulsating, multi-hued glows for titling. These tools are truly free and NEVER expire. Premium membership includes access to 19 tools. The Premium tools include updated favorites such as Knoll Light Factory EZ, Holomatrix, ToonIt (powered by Toonamation), and Retrograde, from CrumplePop and Red Giant.
 
"The new Universe toolset is so blazing fast, interactions with the parameters are instantaneous, even on my MacBook Pro," said Joey Morelli, owner of DigiDojo, and a veteran editor and compositor. "It's actually fun to play around and get instant feedback. And the effects are SWEET! The new version of Universe Holomatrix is worth the price of admission alone. I cannot wait for future updates!"
 
Red Giant Universe community is now open on the web as well with our first feature called Labs. Labs lets our members vote on the amazing visual effects that they want to see next. The tool that wins the Labs voting round goes right into Universe and is available as part of the Universe membership. Red Giant is committed to frequent updates throughout the year. Members will receive dozens of new tools in 2014 alone.
 
Built on a ground-breaking new platform called Supernova, Red Giant Universe is able to deliver tools faster than any other platform on the planet. The secret is a simple scripting system uniting the power of Javascript and a GPU framework to allow our developers to fulfill the desires of our community in a matter of hours instead of days or weeks.
 
All the tools in Red Giant Universe exploit the power of modern GPU (graphics processing unit) to render most effects in near real-time. The platform is also scalable, working across small and light laptops such as Macbook Air with modern Intel graphics processors (HD4000 and later) up to high-end workstation GPUs from AMD and Nvidia. All effects render with floating point quality for feature film-ready output.
 
Pricing & Availability
 
Red Giant Universe is available today as a subscription for $10/month or as a discounted yearly pre-pay for $99. Users who want the benefits of membership but don’t want to pay monthly can opt for a lifetime membership for $399. The lifetime membership never expires and includes all Universe updates and upgrades released over the months and years to come. All Red Giant Universe tools and effects work in After Effects (CS 5.5, CS6, and CC), Premiere Pro (CS6 and CC), Final Cut Pro X (10.1.1) and Motion (5.1), and work on both Mac OS X (10.8.4 and later) and Windows 7 (64-bit) and Windows 8.1.
 
Sign up for a free Red Giant Universe account today at http://redgiant.com/universe.
 
B&H carries Red Giant software.
Category: Red Giant News
Post Date: 4/30/2014 8:27:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 4/30/2014 7:22:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon:
 
TOKYO, Japan, April 30, 2014—Canon Inc. today celebrated an impressive lens-manufacturing milestone with the production on April 22, 2014, of the Company's 100-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras—an EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x.
 
Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex cameras began in 1987 at the Company's Utsunomiya Plant, which continues to play a central role in Canon’s lens manufacturing operations. In May 2013, EF lens production surpassed the 90-million-unit mark and now, approximately eleven months later, the Company is commemorating its first-in-the-world achievement of having manufactured 100 million lenses.
 
Canon's proprietary EF lenses, launched in March 1987 along with the EOS SLR camera system, have continued to evolve since their introduction, leading the industry through the incorporation of a wide range of innovative technologies, including such world's firsts as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, and a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element. In May 2013, aiming to further expand the realm of photographic expression, the Company introduced the EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x, the world's first super-telephoto zoom lens with a built-in 1.4x extender that makes possible a 200-560 mm focal length range.
 
In recent years, in addition to renewing such models as super-telephoto lenses ideal for sports and nature photography along with zoom lenses that offer a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout the entire zoom range, Canon has launched multiple entry-class interchangeable lenses equipped with a stepping motor (STM) that delivers smooth and quiet autofocus performance during video recording. As a result, the Company's extensive EF lens-series lineup currently comprises a total of 89 models. In addition to enhancing its lens offerings, Canon has expanded the optical technologies incorporated in its EF lenses into new fields, launching EF Cinema Lenses for digital cinematography in January 2012, and EF-M lenses for compact-system cameras in September 2012.
 
Furthermore, during the 11-year period from 2003 to 2013, Canon maintained the No. 1 share worldwide within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market and, in February 2014, marked another manufacturing milestone as combined production of its film and digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras surpassed the 70-million-unit mark.
 
Canon will continue refining its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technologies, striving to produce exceptional and reliable lenses and cameras that cater to the varying needs of photographers—from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals—while contributing to expanding the photographic and video imaging culture.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 4/30/2014 6:46:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 29, 2014
New Lastolite Urban Background Textures
From Lastolite:
 
Introducing NEW textures to the Urban Backgrounds
 
Lastolite has extended the inspirational range of Urban backgrounds to now offer even more options to photographers looking to create the outdoor look in any location. Each reversible background has a unique urban feel and can quickly add a new dimension to any portrait shoot. The collapsible backgrounds are portable and quick to set up; offering the ultimate solution to today’s busy photographers.
 
Outdoor Look in Any Location
 
Bring the outdoors, indoors; saving the time and costs related to finding the right location.
 
Two in One
 
Create two unique looks with one reversible background.
 
Instant Solution
 
Crease resistant fabric facilitates instant set-up.
 
Perfectly Portable
 
Lightweight and collapsible, the Urban backgrounds are the perfect solution for photographers on the move.
 
New Textures:

  • Derelict Wall / Wooden Fence (LL LB5715)
  • Shutter / Distressed Door (LL LB5717)
  • Tarnished Metal / Container (LL LB5718)
  • Grey Stone / Red Brick (LL LB5711)

B&H carries the Lastolite Urban Background series.

Category: Lastolite news
Post Date: 4/29/2014 1:35:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 4/29/2014 12:39:55 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through May 4, use coupon code PXMOM30 at AdoramaPix to get 25% off your order.
 
Moms always love to get pictures of kids, grandkids and family portraits. Why not save some money while getting the gift she'll love? :-)
Post Date: 4/29/2014 12:11:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sony 16GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
B&H has the Sony 16GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card available for $12.49 with free shipping. Regularly $19.90.
Post Date: 4/29/2014 11:46:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera
B&H has the Refurbished Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera (review) available for $939.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,299.00 new.
 
Note: This price is even lower than the Canon Store's Refurbished EOS 7D at 20% off.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/29/2014 11:28:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs/measurements and product images have been added to the Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens review page.
 
One interesting comparison to make is the Sigma 50-500mm OS Lens compared to the Tamron 150-600mm VC Lens. Select the focal length and aperture to base your comparison on.
Post Date: 4/29/2014 8:47:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From DxO:
 
New Optics Modules available
DxO Optics Pro v9.1.5 also benefits from the addition of new DxO Optics Modules: 472 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the library, which today counts more than 18,000 available DxO Optics Modules.
 
Produced in the laboratory, DxO Optics Modules contain copious information about the characteristics of each camera and each lens so as to be able to automatically correct distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness with an unrivaled level of quality.
 
The capacity of DxO’s laboratories enables DxO Optics Pro 9 to quickly offer support for the latest models — for example, DxO will support the Panasonic Lumix GH-4 and the Sony A6000 in the very near future.
 
DxO ViewPoint v2.1.5 now available
DxO ViewPoint v2.1.5 also benefits from the addition of new camera/lens combinations for automatic correction of distortion in JPEG and TIFF images.
 
Availability
Both DxO Optics Pro v9.1.5 and DxO ViewPoint v2.1.5 are now available at photo resellers.
 
List of new DxO Optics Modules:
Canon | Nikon | Nokia| Olympus| Panasonic| Sony
 
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro v9 and DxO Viewpoint v2.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 4/29/2014 8:41:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through May 1, you can save 25% on gift certificates from FractureMe.com.
 
Want a quick Mother's Day gift? Spend $60.00 and receive a gift certificate for $80.00 worth of glass prints. You can even print out the gift certificate right at home.
Post Date: 4/29/2014 8:18:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens
The Canon Store is having a 15 - 50% Off Sale on refurbished lenses and speedlites. Select refurbished cameras are also on sale for 10 - 20% Off.
 
If you don't already own the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake" lens, now's a great opportunity to add it to your gear bag. It's tiny but features suprisingly good image quality.
 
Refurbished DSLR Cameras In Stock

Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 6D Body1,519.20227.881,291.32
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 18-135 IS1,439.20287.841,151.36
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 28-135 IS1,359.20271.841,087.36
Canon EOS 7D Body1,199.20239.84959.36
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM839.20167.84671.36
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM679.99136.00543.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM599.99120.00479.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i + EF-S 18-55 IS479.9996.00383.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1479.9996.00383.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i Body399.9980.00319.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3 + EF-S 18-55 IS359.9972.00287.99

Refurbished Lenses / Flashes In Stock

Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM1,199.20179.881,019.32
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM919.20137.88781.32
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.99115.20268.79
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99156.00363.99
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 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9948.00111.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II100.7930.2470.55
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro239.9936.00203.99
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM639.9996.00543.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM 439.9966.00373.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.99120.00279.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99168.00391.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II239.99120.00119.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM279.9942.00237.99
Canon Speedlite 430EX II239.9936.00203.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9930.00169.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9920.40115.59
Canon Speedlite 90EX119.9918.00101.99

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/29/2014 7:52:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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