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 Thursday, December 8, 2011
You haven't been able to find a new Canon EOS-1D Mark III for a long time - and Canon USA has put the final nail in the 1D III coffin by removing this model from their website.
The 1D III has become a popular model on the used market. It is readily available on eBay and is available in refurbished condition at Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/8/2011 1:14:58 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Grid lines are now optionally available in the Lens Distortion Tool.
Simply click on the "show grid" or "show no grid" text near the top of the page to turn on or off the grid lines.
Post Date: 12/8/2011 11:49:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From LensPen / Parkside Optical:
The new-design LensPen includes the same great features as the original – carbon-impregnated cleaning tip and natural goat hair brush – in a sleek new design. The cap screws on to ensure the carbon is replenished in the cleaning pad.
LensPen – New Look, New Features, Same Great Results
It has been 20 years since Parkside Optical introduced the original LensPen®, and a generation of photographers and outdoor enthusiasts have counted on it to keep their cameras, binoculars and other fine optics clean and images sharp.
Now it’s even better. At CES 2012, Parkside is introducing a new line of LensPen cleaning products with a high-class stylish design and state-of-the-art packaging. A completely new look, but with the same unmatched features that have made LensPen an optics necessity, not just an accessory. It’s completely safe for all lens and filter surfaces. The secret to LensPen’s unique cleaning ability and amazing long life – more than 500 cleanings -- is found in its special carbon compound.
Over the years LensPen’s carbon compound has convinced many camera, binocular and scope manufacturers to have Parkside Optical produce LensPens on an OEM basis for them. Parkside has introduced this carbon cleaning technology to a wide range of applications: DSLR sensors, laptop and desktop computers, cell phone cameras and, most recently, iPads and tablet screens with their new SideKick™.
“There are never any messy liquids to spray on and then wipe off, and there’s no need for dirty optical tissues or microfiber cloths, that often do nothing more than smear the fingerprint oil around,” said Peter Meurrens, Vice President of Operations at Parkside Optical.
“Try it once and join the millions of already satisfied LensPen customers who know that nothing cleans like a LensPen,” Meurrens said. “Not really so surprising for those that know us because at Parkside Optical we focus all our energy on one little problem that everyone else seems to ignore: how to clean fingerprints!”
Category: LensPen News
Post Date: 12/8/2011 10:18:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 7, 2011
From the CompactFlash Association:
The CompactFlash Association Announces the Recently Adopted XQDTM Specification as a New Memory Card Format
XQD Introduces Industry Leading Performance
XQD Memory Card
CUPERTINO, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The CompactFlash Association (CFA) is pleased to announce the release of the XQD specification as a new high performance memory card. This XQD specification is based on the PCI Express® specification, which provides a solid base for future performance scaling.
“The XQD format will enable further evolution of hardware and imaging applications, and widen the memory card options available to CompactFlash users such as professional photographers”.
The CFA has adopted a new card specification with exciting performance and storage capabilities.
The key features of the XQD format include:
Optimized form-factor
• Dimensions : 38.5 x 29.8 x 3.8mm
• Durable & Robust
Scalable High Performance Interface
• PCI Express: 2.5Gbps today and 5Gbps Future
Actual Write Speeds
• Target 125MB/sec and Higher
To distinguish the new memory card format, an XQD compatibility mark has been created.
“The XQD format will enable further evolution of hardware and imaging applications, and widen the memory card options available to CompactFlash users such as professional photographers,” said Mr. Shigeto Kanda of Canon, chairman of the board, CFA.
XQD cards will be shown at the CompactFlash Association booth at CP+ 2012, February 9-12 in Yokohama, Japan.
Licensing for CFA members will start in early 2012. Please contact the CompactFlash office for more information.
Post Date: 12/7/2011 4:02:13 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
AWeber Communications has produced an Email Marketing Guide for Photographers - it is available for free download here.
Post Date: 12/7/2011 2:39:24 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 6, 2011
I want to share some thoughts about Backing Up When on the Road with you.
Hopefully you can find a new idea for improving your own travel backup plan.
Post Date: 12/6/2011 12:03:51 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The ultimate gift for a photographer would of course be a Digital SLR or a lens (and you may reap the benefits of your favorite photographer having these), but here are some less expensive Christmas gift ideas for the photographers on your list.
Sanyo Eneloop Batteries
Sanyo Eneloop Batteries have a very slow discharge rate and hold up very well in use. These are my choice in rechargeable batteries - and everyone has something battery-powered (Canon Speedlite Flashes use size AA batteries). The starter kit is a great option.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Lens
Not all lenses are expensive. And this inexpensive lens has very good image quality. The 50 f/1.8 is not a ruggedly built lens, but it is a great introduction to wide aperture prime lenses for someone who only has a kit lens.
B+W XS-Pro MRC Nano Kaeseman Circular Polarizing Filter
I regard the circular polarizer my most important filter - it makes a huge difference in my image quality in certain circumstances (including mid-day sunlight), and the B+W XS-Pro is top of the line in all regards.
Memory Cards
All photographers need them, you can never have too many. Extra memory cards allow photos to be retained longer for backup purposes - or they allow more photos to be taken in the first place. Bigger and faster is usually better.
Camera Cases
All photographers need good cases for their gear. Lowepro and Think Tank Photo are my favorite overall brands. Perhaps a toploader, sling bag or backpack would work for your recipient.
External Hard Drive
Far too many photographers are not properly backing up their photos (including at least one off-site copy). External hard drives make it easy to do this. If 1TB is enough storage space, the Western Digital Passport Drives are a great choice (I have about a dozen of these).
Everyone can use them - and you can't have too many. Prices range from a few dollars to an incredible $7,399.00. Consider the battery type required when making your selection. We have standardized on AA and AAA batteries at our house - and use the Eneloop batteries in most of these devices.
Canon Lens Mug
A lens mug is sure to bring a smile from your recipient. Check on eBay for more options.
Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid
For the serious photographer on your list, consider a focus calibration aid.
Kenko Extension Tube Set
Extension tubes allow most lenses to focus closer - giving them more macro ability. The Kenko set is a good value and is sure to bring your recipient hours of entertainment.
Extra Camera Battery
It is always helpful to have a fully-charged spare battery available. Select the right model on this linked-to page.
Gift Cards
Give your recipient the joy of shopping at one of their favorite stores.
Zeiss Microfiber Cloth
You can't have too many microfiber cleaning cloths - and this one has a classy name on it. Give them the entire pack of four or hand everyone in your group/family/office/client list an individual cloth for a useful but inexpensive gift. Or, use them to wrap small gifts.
Kindle eBook Reader
Reading is a great way to improve photography skills and the Amazon Kindle is a great device to read with.
Rocket Blower
The Rocket Blower is another item that you can't have too many of. They make great stocking stuffers - and they are great for harassing the cat.
Lenspens are also small and inexpensive, but invaluable for cleaning lenses and filters.
Post Date: 12/6/2011 10:10:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 5, 2011
From Profoto:
Profoto Introduces New Umbrella XL Product Line
ew Light Shaping Tools ideal for portrait and fashion photography
Elmsford, NY (December 1, 2011) – Profoto, the world's leading manufacturer of professional photography lighting and Light Shaping Tools, is proud to introduce the new Umbrella XL product line.
"The new Profoto Umbrella XL products were created with professional portrait and fashion photographers in mind," said Mark Rezzonico, VP Product Group. "These new light shaping tools create a smooth yet distinctive light, allowing photographers to perfectly illuminate a single person or even small groups with just a single light source."
Available in three versions – white, silver and translucent – the new Profoto Umbrella XL features a diameter of 65” with a slightly parabolic shape that allows photographers to change the light distribution by simply sliding the umbrella shaft inside the flash head. In addition, the light spread can also be adjusted by moving the Zoom Reflector back or forth, creating an even more versatile look.
The Profoto Umbrella XL fits on all Profoto flash heads and monolights. It can also be mounted on Profoto’s Cine Reflector, and thereby can be used with the new line of continuous light sources – ProDaylight 800 Air and ProTungsten 1000 Air.
There is also an optional front diffuser available to soften the light and reduce the intensity by 1.5 f/stops, practically converting the white and silver models into a fully functioning Octabox. An optional stand adapter allows photographers to mount the umbrella on a light stand, or for use with other flash brands.
All three versions come in a rugged transport bag. They are available now at local photo retailers throughout the U.S. starting at around $300.
B&H carries Profoto Umbrellas.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 12/5/2011 10:48:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 2, 2011
The Canon Professional Network has posted another Canon EOS-1D X video:
AE System Explained
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/2/2011 1:27:14 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, December 1, 2011
From Induro:
Induro® Announces New Low-Profile, Heavy-Duty BHL Ballheads
Provides quick and precise camera positioning for all professional camera systems
Induro Low-Profile, Heavy-Duty BHL Ballheads
Elmsford, NY (December 1, 2011) – Induro, makers of tripods, heads and accessories designed for demanding professional photographers, announces today the new low-profile, heavy-duty Induro BHL Ballheads.
Designed for use with today’s most popular professional camera systems, the new top of the line Induro BHL-Series low-profile ballheads provide secure and steady support for heavy camera bodies and lenses. Capable of supporting significantly more weight than most conventional ballheads, advanced composite materials make the BHL Ballheads about 20% lighter and 15% more compact than other comparable ballheads.
These new ballheads feature oversized head lock knobs with unique integrated lock limiter tension control, independent panning action lock and an Arca-Swiss style quick release system with double safety lock. They also include a built-in bubble level for accurate camera alignment.
“With the introduction of the new Induro BHL Series Ballheads, the most advanced in our line, Induro now provides photographers with a full range of ballheads capable of supporting virtually any camera and lens combination as well as other optical systems,” said Jan Lederman, President of Induro. “These new BHL Ballheads deliver maximum support for high-end DSLR’s, medium- and large-format cameras and video systems offering the flexibility and precise control that professional photographers demand.”
Features include:

  • Oversized head lock knob provides a good all-weather grip for smooth camera positioning and locking control
  • Unique integrated lock limiter tension control permits rapid independent adjustment compensation for individual camera weights
  • Separate pan action lock and graduated base scale makes 360-degree horizontal camera positioning simple and repeatable
  • Arca-Swiss style quick release system accepts industry standard interchangeable QR plates and brackets. Includes a matching Arca-Swiss compatible Quick Release Plate.
  • Double safety lock with dual-action control assures smooth, secure and rapid camera changes
  • Built-in bubble level - easily maintain horizontal camera positioning and alignment

The Induro BHL Ballheads are available in three sizes from retailers throughout the United States at prices ranging from $192 - $311 depending on the model.
About Induro
Determined to provide professional photographers with everything they need, Induro’s U.S.-based design team creates a premium line of tripods, heads and photographic support gear that provide unequalled craftsman-like attention to detail and ease-of-use.
Induro manufactures and sells its distinctive product line to professional and aspiring professional photographers all over the world who want the finest support gear money can buy. High quality, superior engineering, unrivaled price and top performance form a strong foundation on which every Induro product is built.
The Induro product line is designed and built for today’s professional photographers whose needs are very different than of those from five or 10 years ago. The demands of today’s photographers are changing rapidly and the only way to keep ahead of these changes is to have a design team that understands their needs.
Induro products are designed and marketed exclusively by MAC Group ( in the USA, and sold by distributors around the world.

Category: Induro News
Post Date: 12/1/2011 8:34:59 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sample pictures have been added to the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens Review.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/1/2011 9:37:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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