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 Wednesday, January 18, 2012
As I mentioned yesterday, B&H is accepting preorders for the game-changing Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema System.
Note that this camera will not (initially at least) be available at all Canon authorized dealers. Only 17 dealers will be authorized to sell the Canon Cinema EOS System. Many third party accessories should be available by release date which is listed as on or after Jan 30th.
The Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera (EF or PL Mounts) are available for preorder at B&H for only $15,999.00 - a huge discount from the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera press release-estimated price of $20,000.
The Canon Zoom Cinema Lenses for the Cinema EOS System are also available for preorder at B&H. The Canon CN-E 14.5-60mm T2.6 L S Cinema Zoom Lens (EF or PL Mount) is priced at $42,750.00 and the CN-E 30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S EF Mount Cinema Zoom Lens (EF or PL Mount) is priced at $44,650.00. Both prices are lower than expected - the Canon Prime and Zoom Cinema Lenses for Cinema EOS System press release listed the prices as $45,000.00 and $47,000.00 respectively.
Learn more about the Canon Cinema EOS C300 System.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/18/2012 10:27:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 17, 2012
PhotoShelter is offering free email delivery of their latest guide: The Photographer's Social Media Handbook (2012).
Post Date: 1/17/2012 4:16:35 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Conurus:
Vancouver, Canada, January 18, 2012 - Metabones forms a strategic partnership with Conurus of Vancouver, Canada to jointly develop, manufacture and market a new Smart Adapter(TM) series of products featuring electronic interfacing with the lens.
The partnership is shipping its first fruition of collaboration today, a Smart Adapter that integrates a Canon EF mount lens to a Sony NEX camera body. Electronic aperture is directly controlled by the camera body and all exposure modes are available. Image stabilization (if the Canon EF lens supports it) and EXIF are supported, but there is no autofocus. This new smart adapter is marketed under the Metabones brand name and may be ordered directly from or from a Metabones distributor in Japan, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong or China for US$399.
Metabones is known for mechanical design that is already significantly ahead of the competition, as can be seen with the Contax G lens adapters for Micro 4/3 and Sony NEX with ultra-wide focusing rings and smooth manual focus action, and the ALPA lens to Leica M adapter with rangefinder coupling. Now, incorporating leading-edge electronic technology from Canada brings forth a new breed of adapters that not only truly integrates the lens with the camera body but offers the best workmanship, accuracy and reliability as well.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/17/2012 1:24:16 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H is accepting Canon EOS C300 Cinema Preorders:
Canon EOS C300
Canon EOS C300 PL
Canon CN-E Lenses
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/17/2012 1:00:45 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Rebranded as ILFORD GALERIE Prestige, the ILFORD GALERIE Lineup Retains Same High-Quality and Permanence Standards, and Adopts a Star Rating System for Instant Classification
Avon, CT & Marly, Switzerland – 17 January, 2012 – ILFORD (, a leading developer and manufacturer of professional quality media for both inkjet printing and color photographic processes, today announced that it is rebranding its popular ILFORD GALERIE range as ILFORD GALERIE Prestige (5*). While the packaging has changed, the media inside remains the same leading inkjet paper that professional photographers rely on to produce breathtaking prints with superior permanence qualities.
The evolution to GALERIE Prestige (5*) paves the way for a series of new product additions to be introduced in 2012 that combines state-of-the-art inkjet technology with in-demand artistic styles. The additions will compliment the already robust line of best-in-class media developed for professional photographers and creative professionals. In addition, the GALERIE range is now categorized in a star rating system, enabling professionals and consumers to quickly recognize the media that best suits their printing needs.
GALERIE Prestige (5*) is developed for professional photographers and imaging professionals who demand high precision and accuracy. The specialty coating provides superior images and consistent results when used with a wide array of printers. This range includes the Gold Fibre Silk, Smooth Pearl and Smooth Gloss that recently received high print permanence ratings from Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc., the world's leading independent permanence testing laboratory. Smooth Fine Art and Smooth Lustre Duo are also included in the range.
“ILFORD has a long tradition of providing the marketplace with media that delivers perfect images for every style, from traditional portraits to contemporary, highly-saturated commercial images,” said Jane Dixon, Director of Global Marketing for ILFORD. “With the introduction of ILFORD GALERIE Prestige, both professional photographers and photo enthusiasts can be sure the choices they make will best deliver the print results they desire. In addition, the advanced coatings on all ILFORD media, and on-going development from our in-house research and development team, ensure that all ILFORD media will continue to be compatible with a wide range of printers currently on the market and new printers that will hit the market in the future.”
To further guarantee photographers exact the finest prints from each sheet of ILFORD GALERIE Prestige, and all ranges, detailed instructions for using ICC profiles are available at the ILFORD website. A ReadMe file is available in the profile download section offering intuitive, step-by-step instructions. The carefully defined printer settings, created by technicians on the ILFORD Research and Development team, ensure optimal print results for the entire range.
Founded in 1879, ILFORD is a leading player in the development and manufacture of photo quality media and other consumables for both inkjet printing and color photographic processes. The worldwide digital imaging and color photographic businesses, which include R&D and manufacturing operations in Switzerland, are owned by Paradigm Global Partners LLP. ILFORD hosts its U.S. sales operations from its offices in Avon, CT.
The ILFORD name is well established in the history of imaging and today continues to be associated with cutting edge technology thanks to its strong links to the photo imaging marketplace, research and development, technical know-how and manufacturing capabilities.
For more information on ILFORD, please visit
B&H carries ILFORD products.
Category: Ilford News
Post Date: 1/17/2012 12:49:04 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 16, 2012
B&H has the Zeiss 25mm f/2.0 Distagon T* ZE Lens (Canon mount) in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/16/2012 8:36:36 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I have a large selection of used Canon-mount DSLR lenses and accessories for sale at the moment. Most of the prices have been lowered for a second time. Browse the list - let me know if there is something you want.
Post Date: 1/16/2012 9:55:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Post Date: 1/16/2012 9:40:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, January 14, 2012
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Explorer of Light Bruce Dorn has been teaching Speedlite techniques around the country for years through Canon Live Learning and his own workshops. With the Canon Digital Learning Center's exclusive tutorials series on Environmental Portraits with Speedlites, now even more photographers can watch and learn.
This series was designed to appeal to a range of users, from photo enthusiasts to full-time professionals. Featuring a wide range of equipment, techniques, accessories, subject, and locations, there is useful insights and tips for every skill level.
An intro and two educational videos are available now.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/14/2012 10:22:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 13, 2012
From Kirk Enterprises:
New Sure Grip Coating from Kirk Enterprises
Now available on all lens feet is a KES Sure Grip Coating. This new coating makes carrying your long lens by our lens foot with this coating safer and more securable.
The KES Sure Grip Coating is textured, not allowing the lens foot to slip in your hands even if they are wet. Our lens foot is still anodized and then the Sure Grip Coating is applied. We will still offer our current anodized lens feet and as an option offer the Sure Grip Coating. Also you can send in your old Kirk lens foot and we will apply the Sure Grip Coating for $15.00 plus the return shipping.
Look for other Kirk Products to have our new KES Sure Grip Coating in the future. Remember, Kirk Products are manufactured and assembled in the USA.
B&H carries Kirk Enterprises gear.
Post Date: 1/13/2012 4:58:31 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I am intrigued by the large sensor in the Canon PowerShot G1 X; and therefore, I intend to review this camera (at least the image quality from it). To get started, I have added a Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera Review page to the site.
Already included on the Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera Review page are:

  • USA and UK press releases
  • Information and videos from Canon Professional Network
  • A sensor size chart and comparison table
  • Interactive camera size comparisons
  • Dozens of product images including a lens extension comparison

Can you spot the anomoly between image #16 and #17 near the bottom of the page (thanks Max)?

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/13/2012 2:08:04 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan is reporting that one of two existing preproduction Sigma 180mm f/2.8 OS Lenses has gone missing at CES.
Sigma staff were reportedly "mystified" when they discovered the lens missing on the second morning of the show.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 1/13/2012 10:22:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 12, 2012
From Corel:
Corel® Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Roxio® Business from Rovi Corporation
Corel Expands Digital Media Product Line on Windows® and Mac® with Popular Titles Including Roxio® Creator® and Roxio® Toast®
CES – Las Vegas, Nevada – January 12, 2012
Corel® today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Roxio® product line from Rovi Corporation. With this deal, Corel will expand its product portfolio to include Roxio’s broad range of digital media and security solutions. The acquisition includes Roxio® Creator®, the industry’s most popular digital media suite and Roxio® Toast®, the leading optical burning software on the Mac® platform. The deal is expected to close in February. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.
There are both technology and business advantages to this acquisition. From a technology perspective, Corel will draw upon the complementary video, photo, audio, and disc burning technologies found in both Roxio and Corel software to deliver even more capabilities to users and further enhance the customer experience offered across Corel’s product portfolio.
From a business perspective, Corel will take advantage of its well-established global infrastructure to dramatically broaden distribution of Roxio products into new international markets. Moreover, the company sees significant opportunities in combining the strengths of Corel’s and Roxio’s established retail and direct sales channels, OEM relationships, and large customer bases.
“We’re excited about this deal for a number of reasons, most notably the fact thatupon completion of the acquisition, we will be able to offer our customers a wider range of products, both in our digital media and WinZip product lines,” said Shawn Cadeau, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing at Corel. “Roxio has a large install base, with over 350 million units sold worldwide, and our products are offered through similar channels spanning retail, direct, OEM and enterprise sales. On the digital media side, we will have a full blown multimedia suite and a new offering on the Mac platform. For WinZip, we will be able to further expand our suite of tools, with new data protection and security software.”
Acquired Roxio Titles Further Expand Corel’s Product Portfolio
Upon completion of the acquisition, Corel will own the Roxio product line, including the following well-known titles:

  • Roxio Creator – Software to enhance, preserve, capture and share your digital media
  • Roxio Toast – The ultimate multi-media toolkit for your Mac
  • Roxio Toast – The ultimate multi-media toolkit for your Mac
  • Roxio® Game Capture – Software to record your PC and console game play
  • Roxio® Easy VHS to DVD – Preserve irreplaceable memories by transferring them to DVD
  • Roxio® CinePlayer® DVD Decoder – Watch your favorite DVDs on Windows Media Player
  • Roxio® CinePlayer® DVD Decoder – Watch your favorite DVDs on Windows Media Player
  • Roxio® BackOnTrack™ Suite – Complete media protection solution that automatically keeps your memories safe and protects your PC from both hardware and software disasters
  • Roxio® Secure – Powerful encryption for optical media and USB flash drives

Added Mr. Cadeau: “Roxio is a great fit for Corel. By combining the best of Corel’s and Roxio’s technologies, we can provide even more value to customers. In addition, by leveraging Corel’s global sales and distribution platform, we will be able to put the Roxio product line into the hands of many more customers around the world. We are looking forward to welcoming Roxio’s employees and customers to Corel as we continue to develop high-quality products that are recognized as leaders in the industry.”

Category: Corel News
Post Date: 1/12/2012 6:53:55 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Updated (new URL): The Canon CES 2012 Brochure is available for download.
The Canon EOS-1D X and Canon PowerShot G1 X are featured.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/12/2012 1:18:38 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H is accepting Nikon D4 preorders again.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon Preorders
Post Date: 1/12/2012 12:48:53 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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