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 Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Have you noticed the lack of hard drive deals throughout the Christmas shopping season and beyond? And any "deals" were priced well above prices we were seeing many months before.
The reason? Manufacturing disruption caused by the flooding in Thailand has seriously affected hard drive supplies. A new Computer World article provides more information on the impact.
Post Date: 1/25/2012 10:12:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan is highlighting the eye-opening results of a copyright lawsuit.
"Photographers who compose a picture in a similar way to an existing image risk copyright infringement, lawyers have warned following the first court ruling of its kind."
Read the entire article here.
Post Date: 1/25/2012 9:55:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From DxO:
DxO Optics Pro v7.2 supports 4 new cameras and allows importing of version 6 database.
New version features greater stability.
Both the Standard and Elite editions of version 7.2 support four additional cameras: the Canon Powershot S100, and the Panasonic GF3, Panasonic G1, Panasonic G2.
The production rate of DxO Optics Modules is accelerating, thanks to the recent optimization of its calibration processes. This means that DxO Labs is now able to provide support for new cameras more quickly, all while consolidating its modules library by adding camera models already on the market - notably compact hybrids. Since January 1st, more than 250 camera/lens combinations have been added.
This new version includes a tool that allows users to import all their projects and image processing information from DxO Optics Pro 6, and to integrate them into DxO Optics Pro 7 by merging both databases.
This DxO Optics Pro update also includes greater general stability as well as giving users the ability to crop photos in a more intuitive way.
DxO Optics Pro 7 for Windows and Mac is available in the DxO Labs online boutique and at photo resellers at a special discount price good through January 31, 2012.
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 1/25/2012 9:42:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 24, 2012
 Monday, January 23, 2012
Stephen Oachs of posted some photos of the new Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens being used in Kenya.
Mounted to the 200-400 was an unrecognized Canon DSLR. The Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens was reportedly being used by the same individual.
Check out Stephen's story and pictures.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/23/2012 2:39:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, January 22, 2012
B&H has the hard-to-find Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens in stock again (the inventory available 3 days ago sold out).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/22/2012 1:00:00 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 20, 2012
On Jan 9, 2012, the SD Association announced the addition of wireless to the SD card standards. To say that this announcement has not been well-received by SD Association member Eye-Fi is a strong understatement.
Eye-Fi CEO Yuval Koren has posted a statement on the Eye-Fi blog.
Post Date: 1/20/2012 12:40:39 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I have added comparisons to the following review pages:
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens Review - Added a focal length comparison
Tamron SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro Lens Review - Added a 180mm aperture comparison
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS Lens Review - Added a 17mm aperture comparison
Post Date: 1/20/2012 9:05:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
A handful of sample pictures have been added to the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS Lens Review.
Post Date: 1/20/2012 9:03:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 19, 2012
B&H has the hard-to-find Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/19/2012 9:17:20 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I added some sample pictures to the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC Lens Review.
Sorry for the lack of wider angle shots. When selecting down the pictures to include with this review, I apparently was not liking the wider angle compositions I was making while working with this lens. Most of the shots I had to work with were in the over-200mm range. Hopefully you will at least enjoy those.
Post Date: 1/19/2012 10:45:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has announced the finalists for the "Unboxing Video Contest"
Vote for your favorite - the winner gets a Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR Camera.
Category: Contests
Post Date: 1/19/2012 10:12:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
It is a sad day. From Kodak:
ROCHESTER, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Eastman Kodak Company (“Kodak” or the “Company”) announced today that it and its U.S. subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for chapter 11 business reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
The business reorganization is intended to bolster liquidity in the U.S. and abroad, monetize non-strategic intellectual property, fairly resolve legacy liabilities, and enable the Company to focus on its most valuable business lines. The Company has made pioneering investments in digital and materials deposition technologies in recent years, generating approximately 75% of its revenue from digital businesses in 2011.
Kodak has obtained a fully-committed, $950 million debtor-in-possession credit facility with an 18-month maturity from Citigroup to enhance liquidity and working capital. The credit facility is subject to Court approval and other conditions precedent. The Company believes that it has sufficient liquidity to operate its business during chapter 11, and to continue the flow of goods and services to its customers in the ordinary course.
Kodak expects to pay employee wages and benefits and continue customer programs. Subsidiaries outside of the U.S. are not subject to proceedings and will honor all obligations to suppliers, whenever incurred. Kodak and its U.S. subsidiaries will honor all post-petition obligations to suppliers in the ordinary course.
“Kodak is taking a significant step toward enabling our enterprise to complete its transformation,” said Antonio M. Perez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “At the same time as we have created our digital business, we have also already effectively exited certain traditional operations, closing 13 manufacturing plants and 130 processing labs, and reducing our workforce by 47,000 since 2003. Now we must complete the transformation by further addressing our cost structure and effectively monetizing non-core IP assets. We look forward to working with our stakeholders to emerge a lean, world-class, digital imaging and materials science company.”
“After considering the advantages of chapter 11 at this time, the Board of Directors and the entire senior management team unanimously believe that this is a necessary step and the right thing to do for the future of Kodak,” Mr. Perez continued. “Our goal is to maximize value for stakeholders, including our employees, retirees, creditors, and pension trustees. We are also committed to working with our valued customers.
“Chapter 11 gives us the best opportunities to maximize the value in two critical parts of our technology portfolio: our digital capture patents, which are essential for a wide range of mobile and other consumer electronic devices that capture digital images and have generated over $3 billion of licensing revenues since 2003; and our breakthrough printing and deposition technologies, which give Kodak a competitive advantage in our growing digital businesses.”
Mr. Perez concluded, “The Board of Directors, the senior management team and I would like to underscore our appreciation for the hard work and loyalty of our employees. Kodak exemplifies a culture of collaboration and innovation. Our employees embody that culture and are essential to our future success.”
Kodak has taken this step after preliminary discussions with key constituencies and intends to work toward a consensual reorganization in the best interests of its stakeholders. Kodak expects to complete its U.S.-based restructuring during 2013.
The Company and its Board of Directors are being advised by Lazard, FTI Consulting Inc. and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. In addition, Dominic DiNapoli, Vice Chairman of FTI Consulting, will serve as Chief Restructuring Officer to support the management team as to restructuring matters during the chapter 11 case.
More information about Kodak’s Chapter 11 filing is available on the Internet at Information for suppliers and vendors is available at (800) 544-7009 or (585) 724-6100.
Kodak will be filing monthly operating reports with the Bankruptcy Court and also plans to post these monthly operating reports on the Investor Relations section of The Company will continue to file quarterly and annual reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which will also be available in the Investor Relations section of
More information is available from Kodak here.
Category: Kodak News
Post Date: 1/19/2012 9:17:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 18, 2012 has the hard-to-find Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens in stock through Norman Camera (reliable).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/18/2012 7:15:35 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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