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 Wednesday, February 20, 2013

This new promo video demonstrates what it's like to use Google Glass - and how the technology can help you capture, share, and preserve life's great moments as they happen.
Category: Google News
Post Date: 2/20/2013 12:21:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Photoshelter:
For our latest guide, we’ve partnered with Wonderful Machine’s CEO Bill Cramer to bring you Pricing Your Work: Magazine Photography. This is the first in a series of guides that has tips to help you create estimates and fee structures for your work.
Get savvy when it comes to negotiating and developing an estimate for potential magazine assignments, plus gather important information on the most common magazine shoot expenses. Stay ahead of the competition with an understanding of the three basic types of magazine contracts, including the biggest win-win for photographers.
Get the guide here.
Post Date: 2/20/2013 10:42:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Blog:

"What do Smokey Robinson, Copernicus and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) have in common? Other than just the right mix of science and creativity…they all share a February 19th birthday. ACR fits right in with this group of right and left-brained all-stars. Astrologists say that those born on February 19 have, 'the ability to put ideas into form,' and are, 'born builders.' Also on this date, the stars aligned for Thomas Edison to patent the first phonograph, for Cracker Jack to insert the first prize into a box and Stevie Wonder’s 'Songs in the Key of Life' to win a Grammy for album of the year. Coincidence? Probably not."

See the rest of the blog post here.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 2/20/2013 9:22:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From DxO:
108 new lens / camera combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing supports for Canon, Panasonic, Olympus and Tamron lenses, for Canon, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony cameras.
To see supported and planned combinations, click on the link bellow then select the second tab.
Supported or planned combinations
New DxO Optics Modules:
Canon | Olympus | Panasonic | Sony
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 2/20/2013 8:04:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
On February 6, we highlighted a Canon Forums moderator's response acknowledging the Canon EOS-1D X and 5D Mark III cameras were slow to acquire focus when using a Speedlite's AF Assist Beam. Now, Canon has published an official product advisory regarding the issue:
From Canon:
Thank you for using Canon products.
Affected Products
EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera
EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera
Depending upon the shooting conditions, it may take slightly longer for the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X digital SLR cameras to acquire focus when using the Speedlite's AF Assist Beam, compared with that of the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS-1D Mark IV digital SLR cameras using the Speedlite's AF Assist Beam.
We are developing a solution to enhance the focusing feature for the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X and plan to release a firmware update based on following estimated schedule:

  • EOS 5D Mark III: (estimated) Late April, 2013
  • EOS-1D X: (estimated) Late May, 2013

This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
If you have not already done so, please register your Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera or your Canon EOS-1D X. Digital SLR Camera. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future service upgrades.
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-855-246-3367 (toll free)
TDD: 1-866-251-3752

 Tuesday, February 19, 2013
B&H has the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens (Canon | Nikon) available for preorder.
According to B&H, the lens is expected to be available March 16, 2013.
Post Date: 2/19/2013 12:17:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Modifications enabled with version 2.7.2:
Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions

  • Support for the COOLPIX P520, COOLPIX S9500, COOLPIX S9400, COOLPIX S5200, COOLPIX S31, COOLPIX AW110, COOLPIX L820, and COOLPIX L27 has been added.
  • With the renewal of Nikon's image storage and sharing service, my Picturetown (launched as NIKON IMAGE SPACE on January 28, 2013), ViewNX 2 has been modified to provide collaboration with NIKON IMAGE SPACE.
  • The my Picturetown tab in the Browser palette has been changed to a NIKON IMAGE SPACE tab.
  • Upload to my Picturetown... and Share on my Picturetown... options under the Web Service item in the toolbar have been changed to Upload to NIKON IMAGE SPACE... and Share on NIKON IMAGE SPACE....
  • The my Picturetown option under the Web Service item in the File menu has been changed to NIKON IMAGE SPACE

Download the ViewNX 2.7.2 Update: Windows 32-bit | Windows 64-bit | Macintosh

Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon ViewNX
Post Date: 2/19/2013 9:14:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 18, 2013 - – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce the new address of its new Americas headquarters. One Canon Park, located in Melville, New York will consolidate nearly 1,400 Canon employees into one central location. Nearly half of all Canon U.S.A. employees have relocated to the Melville headquarters while the remaining employees will complete the move in March. The new headquarters will serve all North and South American countries and will be one of Canon's three worldwide headquarters, with the other two located in London and Japan.
"We are so proud to be moving to our brand new, state-of-the-art headquarters at One Canon Park," said Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel, Canon U.S.A. "One Canon Park will be a symbol of not only our dedication to our employees, but also our dedication to the Long Island community we have called home since 1971."
Remaining on Long Island was always a top priority for the company to help retain the highly skilled and dedicated workforce. One Canon Park is a 700,000 square-foot facility and is located approximately 16 miles east of the current headquarters in Lake Success, New York.
The mailing address will be: One Canon Park, Melville, NY 11747.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 2/19/2013 8:44:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 18, 2013
 Sunday, February 17, 2013
Nikon has just announced instant rebates on a large selection of its DSLR lenses. For Nikon, savings like this haven't been seen for quite some time. The rebates will not last long - so act quickly!
Nikon Lenses with Instant 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 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

Additional savings are available when lenses are purchased with a Nikon DSLR camera. See B&H's "Buy Tother and Save" section on Nikon DSLR product pages for more information.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/17/2013 7:17:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

This is's Weekend Recap for the week ending February 16th, 2013
In the news...
On Monday, we published a reference to a blog post by The Landingfield where you could see microscopic images of a CMOS sensor. Even though the CMOS sensor belonged to a decade old Nikon D2H, the macro images and commentary regarding various design elements made it worthwhile reading for camera enthusiasts.
On Tuesday, we reported that Jessops’ website will be re-launching soon. Jessops fell into administration after falling £80 million behind in creditor payments. Of that total, Canon was owed £16.4 million while Nikon was owed £3.3 million.
On Wednesday, we reported Nikon’s establishment of a sales and service subsidiary in Indonesia. According to Nikon, P.T. Nikon Indonesia was created to help fortify sales of imaging products and facilitate a more efficient service and support system for the region.
In reviews…
On Thursday, Bryan published his full review of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens. The lens proved to be a good performer, but not overwhelming so compared to other recent “L” lens releases. The lens’s most notable feature is its impressive macro mode which changes the lens’s maximum magnification value from .21x to .7x – a magnification value unprecedented for a zoom lens in Canon’s lineup.
Even considering its value as a general purpose and macro lens replacement, at its current price point, it may find difficulty getting traction in the marketplace until the very reasonably priced 24-105mm f/4L IS is discontinued.
And, for our deal of the week…
On Wednesday, we published a deal from where you could get a Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 manual focus fish-eye lens for crop sensor cameras for $225.00 after a promotion code was applied. The deal was made even sweeter when the price was reduced resulting in a final price of $190.95. That was a savings of $74.00 off an already reduced price elsewhere. Note: Deal has expired.
This has been the’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!
Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 2/17/2013 10:44:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 15, 2013
If you are in the market for a new Nikon lens, you may want to hold off on purchasing it for a very short while. A reliable source has informed us that significant savings (not seen in years) could be expected in the near future.
Stay tuned for more information...
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/15/2013 9:53:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
Firmware Version incorporates the following fixes and improvements:

  1. Some of the EF lens products that can be mounted on the camera can be controlled more reliably.
  2. Corrections to the Spanish and German language texts in the View Assistance function [View Assist.].
  3. Efforts to correct image color fringing when a subject is of high contrast have been made.

Download the EOS C300/C300PL Firmware Update Windows | Macintosh
B&H carries the Canon EOS C300 Cinema Cameras.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/15/2013 9:19:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
When a Canon Forums user "Kronie" asked the following question:

"Does Canon honor the USA warraties if it's purchased from a non authorised dealer?
If I buy a new 5D MKIII from a non authorized dealer do I have a Canon 12 month warranty or not?"

Canon Forum Moderator "Naomi" responded:

"Hi Kronie!
As long as the EOS 5D Mark III was purchased New, In box, you should have the same warranty coverage. To help you out, we've included a link to the Service and Support page on our website for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera. Click "Warranty Terms" under "Service & Repair", and you'll find a link to the full camera warranty on this page.
Hope this helps!"

Note: We have no official documentation from Canon substantiating this moderator's claim that Canon will honor warranty repairs for purchases made from non-authorized dealers; however, there are numerous reports that Canon is relatively loose when interpreting its own warranty repair policies.
Update: According to a visitor to the site, the moderator's comment was deleted from the original thread (even though the reply still appears in search queries). Therefore, it's likely safe to assume Canon did not feel the moderator's comments represented its policies correctly. (Thanks Timothy)

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 2/15/2013 8:48:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 14, 2013
The full review of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens has just been posted.
Check out the macro capabilities featured in what could perhaps be Canon's first EF zoom lens worthy of a "Macro" designator in its name. Then share the review with your friends. Thanks!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/14/2013 10:16:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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