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 Tuesday, December 4, 2012
ISO 12233 chart, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with measurements & specifications have been added to the Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review page.
Note that the Canon EOS M shares the Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D imaging system. This includes the slightly sharper images output at our standard ISO 12233 test sharpness setting of "1" (with the Neutral Picture Style). The difference in sharpness is about the equivalence of a +1 sharpness setting.
As you have already guessed, I'm trying to decide if the EOS-M-tested lenses should be processed at Sharpness = 0 to be more equally represented with the rest of the lens tests - or if the standard setting should be adhered to.
All that said, I think that the Canon EF-M 18-55 is the lens that most people wanting a compact EOS M setup should be considering right now.
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Post Date: 12/4/2012 8:17:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From X-Rite:
Online educational tutorials provide photographers with basic information, insights, and tips to achieve color control, consistency and creativity in their digital imaging workflow
North White Plains, NY – December 4, 2012 – X-Rite Photo Marketing announces its schedule of December 2012 Webinars that have been developed to address specific color management topics and are designed to appeal to both professional and serious amateur photographers and videographers.
Three free webinars this month are sure to help photographers and videographers gain new confidence and to learn quick, easy and powerful ways to enhance their color workflow. Webinar attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the live trainers.
“X-Rite is dedicated to teaching photographers and videographers how to effectively take control of their color management and digital imaging workflows,” said Mark Rezzonico, vice president, X-Rite Photo Marketing. “This month’s webinars will focus on professional color management applications for video as well as still photography and are designed to provide the expert advice and education that imaging professionals and enthusiasts need.”
December Webinar Schedule
Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM EST
Professional Monitor Calibration for Still & Video
As more and more still photographers move into videography with DSLR cameras the need for color management solutions specific to those output environments has become obvious. X-Rite’s i1Profiler software now includes video presets for popular video formats including NTSC, PAL-SECAM, and Rec. 709. The introduction last year of the new i1Display Pro colorimeter combined with these presets in i1Profiler makes the X-Rite i1Display Pro the perfect solution for calibrating and profiling monitors for video editing and output.
When i1Display Pro is combined with X-Rite ColorChecker Targets the combination provides a capture to output solution for video editing that allows exceptional control over white balance in any scene.
This brief webinar will review how to access and utilize the video presets in i1Profiler software and will briefly look at use of ColorCheckers in the video footage as a visual reference. For those shooting, editing, and preparing video for output this webinar will provide the insight into X-Rite color management solutions that can streamline color control in video.
To register for this webinar at 10:00 AM EST, visit:
To register for this webinar at 1:00 PM EST, visit:
Thursday, December 13, 2012, 3:00 PM EST and 7:00 PM EST
Simply Amazing Color. Take control of your monitor, printer and camera!
The ColorMunki Family of color management solutions provides advanced control for a photographer’s digital workflow. This webinar will review the individual ColorMunki solutions including software demonstrations and discussions of how each solution is used.
From monitor and projector to printer and camera, the ColorMunki family provides choices and solutions for any photographer’s needs. All options are small and portable for travel.
This live webinar gives users the opportunity to ask questions and understand each solution in detail so they can make the right decision on what ColorMunki family solution is for them. Attendees will enjoy special discounts.
To register for this webinar at 3:00 PM EST, visit:
To register for this webinar at 7:00 PM EST, visit:
Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM EST
Raw Color Power - The Benefits of Custom Camera Profiles with the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
ColorChecker Passport is a powerful “capture to edit” color solution for any photographer looking for more accurate, consistent color and creative flexibility. And when combined with Adobe® Imaging solutions users can gain even greater benefits.
Imagine a near-effortless color workflow. Imagine having multiple cameras - even different models, shooting the same event or scene and color matching. Imagine significantly reducing image processing time.
Host Joe Brady will show step by step how to bring digital photography color to a new level. Attendees will learn how to quickly and easily capture accurate color, instantly enhance portraits and landscapes, create their own color look with one click and maintain color control and consistency.
To register for this webinar at 11:00 AM EST, visit:
To register for this webinar at 1:00 PM EST, visit:
For more information on all X-Rite Photo webinars visit the Webinar page found under the Learning section on All webinars are also archived for online viewing any time.
Category: X Rite News
Post Date: 12/4/2012 5:50:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Ilford is sponsoring a free webinar entitled "Choosing a Paper Surface for Your Inkjet Prints" on Dec 6 at 1pm EST.
From Ilford:
The paper you choose for your fine art photography can have a dramatic effect on the appearance and impact of your image. When you carefully select your paper, you will soon find that the art of printmaking becomes an important part of your creative process. Hosted by Joe Brady, this presentation will focus on the properties and considerations that go into selecting a paper that will enhance the presentation of your photography.
The paper’s weight, brightness and surface texture all have an effect on the appearance of color and tone on finished prints. Perhaps not as obvious, the final presentation of the print, be it framed, mounted, laminated, etc. should also play a big part in your paper choices.
Joe will discuss what is available, which qualities to consider when choosing a paper and his own experiences in printing that have renewed his interest in creating finished prints.
Sign up here for the free webinar.
Category: Ilford News
Post Date: 12/4/2012 12:54:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon USA:
Modifications enabled with version 2.13.0

  • Support for the D5200 has been added.
  • When the focus area displayed in the Camera Control Pro 2 live view window is double-clicked with autofocusing in live view mode, the camera will now focus automatically.
  • However, the camera will not focus automatically with the following cameras when Hand-held is selected for Live view mode.
  • D3-series cameras, D700, and D300-series cameras

Additional modifications to the Windows version

  • Compatibility with 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise has been added. However, under 64-bit versions, this software operates as a 32-bit application.

Additional modifications to the Macintosh version

  • Support for OS X version 10.8 has been added.
  • Support for Mac OS X version 10.5 has been eliminated.

Download the Camera Control Pro 2.13.0 update: Windows | Macintosh

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/4/2012 10:23:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA::
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., December 4, 2012 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its PIXMA MG6320 and MG5420 Wireless Photo All-In-One and the PIXMA iP7220 Wireless Photo printer will support AirPrint wireless printing from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch mobile devices. AirPrint allows users to wirelessly print photos, email, web pages and documents without installing device drivers. AirPrint works with iPhone (3GS and later), iPad and iPod touch devices (3rd generation and later) and requires iOS 4.2 (or later).
For more information on the models that support AirPrint and other details, please visit
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Post Date: 12/4/2012 9:05:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., December 4, 2012 – In a world where images are instantly shared, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced three PIXMA printers and a CanoScan photo scanner to expand the creative solutions available to consumers for easily printing, archiving and sharing photos. The PIXMA MG6320 and MG5420 Wireless Photo All-In-One (AIO) and PIXMA iP7220 Wireless Photo printers represent a significant update to the PIXMA printer line with a stylish, space-friendly design that saves desk space and allows for storage in almost any location, giving users a high-quality experience along with exceptional results. The CanoScan 9000F Mark II photo scanner allows users to preserve those special moments and memories from the days of using film by scanning and archiving with the slide and negative adapter.
Innovative Design
The sleek, compact PIXMA Wireless Photo AIO printers feature a new snap-edge design that improves the overall look and feel of the machine while allowing for quick and easy access to the device’s ink cartridges for easy replacement. Each Photo AIO printer, has a low-height body to reduce the space needed to open the scanner, and a new paper cassette on the MG6320 and MG5420, as well as on the iP7220, that allows the printers to sit flush against a wall to conveniently fit in a variety of spaces and home offices. Advanced media handling is also possible on the PIXMA MG6320 and MG5420 Wireless Photo AIO printers with dual front paper cassettes, the ability to choose auto duplexing to help reduce paper usage and direct disk print to help users quickly customize projects. The PIXMA MG6320 Photo AIO printer features a 3.5-inch touch-screen LCD and the Intelligent Touch System so only the necessary keys are illuminated allowing for an intuitive approach to overall usability. The CanoScan 9000F Mark II scanner has a well-designed and intuitive layout as well with seven EZ Buttons to scan, copy or create a PDF with the touch of a button.
“Many consumers today need a printer that is easily accessible, reliable and can produce high-quality prints for any project,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “The improvements to the PIXMA printers and CanoScan Scanner will give end-users the equipment needed to help them produce the quality prints they are accustomed to.”
Enhanced Connectivity
With built-in wireless and mobile printing on the PIXMA printers, images can be printed from virtually anywhere in the home. These new models can work in tandem with the Canon Easy-PhotoPrint mobile app, for use with compatible Android and Windows RT smartphones and tablets, as well as Apple iOS devices, providing easy printing of photos and PDFs of documents. The printers also support My Image Garden software from Canon, which helps users to organize, customize and share their images. For users of the PowerShot S110 digital camera and EOS 6D Digital SLR camera, images can be printed wirelessly from the camera to either of the new PIXMA AIO printer models via PictBridge (wireless LAN).
User-Friendly Operation
These new Canon PIXMA printers have been designed with the user in mind, making completing any printing job easy. Each machine has an Auto Power On mode that can be used to receive a printing task, even if the device is powered off at the time it is received. This Auto Power On mode is perfect for a busy home or small business office and helps make wireless printing easy. In addition, two-sided printing can also be set as the default for Copy, PDF file print and Template print, which can help to reduce overall paper consumption and cost.
PIXMA MG6320 and MG5420 Wireless Photo All-In-One Printers
The Canon PIXMA MG6320 and MG5420 Wireless Photo All-In-One Printers continue the Canon legacy of providing users with high-quality output incorporating individual dye-based color and pigment black ink tanks which are part of the ChromaLife100 + ink system. The PIXMA MG6320 AIO printer includes six color ink tanks, including gray, while the PIXMA MG5420 AIO printer includes five color ink tanks.
Each model can produce beautiful, borderless edge-to-edge 4 x 6-inch photos in approximately 21 seconds at a maximum color resolution of 9600x2400 dpi. Full HD Movie Print can also been used with both models to produce clear images of video frames from videos captured on compatible HD Canon EOS and PowerShot Digital Cameras and VIXIA Camcorders.
The Canon PIXMA MG6320 Wireless Photo AIO Printer will have an estimated selling price of $199.99 and the Canon PIXMA MG5420 Wireless Photo AIO Printer will have an estimated selling price of $149.99.
PIXMA iP7220 Wireless Photo Printer
The Canon PIXMA iP7220 Wireless Photo Printer is an ideal choice for the consumer interested in a single-function printer delivering exceptional quality with the flexibility of a wireless connection. Building on the success of the iP4920 Inkjet Photo Printer, the iP7220 has faster output speeds of 15 images per minute (ipm) in black-and-white and 10 ipm in color and is capable of producing a 4 x 6-inch borderless photo in approximately 21 seconds. In addition, the printer has a maximum color resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi. For increased convenience, the printer has Quiet Mode which is ideal when working in a home or office environment.
The Canon PIXMA iP7220 Photo Printer will have an estimated selling price of $99.99.
CanoScan 9000F Mark II Photo Scanner
The CanoScan 9000F Mark II Photo Scanner provides consumers with an easy solution for all photo and document archiving needs. Capable of scanning a 35mm film strip with the film scanning guide and frame and Film Adapter Unit, precious photos from a family’s history can be archived. The maximum optical resolution for the CanoScan 9000F Mark II Photo Scanner is 9600 x 9600 dots-per-inch (dpi) for film and 4800 x 4800 dpi for all other media. Equipped with Auto Document Fix, this feature analyzes and corrects to help ensure text characters stand out and are sharp and clear; and helps pictures to maintain their color, tone and contrast.
The CanoScan 9000F Mark II Photo Scanner will have an estimated selling price of $199.99.
B&H carries Canon PIXMA Printers and Canon CanoScan Scanners.
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Post Date: 12/4/2012 8:57:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., December 3, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that for the fourth year in a row it has earned the Center of Excellence certification by BenchmarkPortal, placing its customer service call center in the top 10 percent as surveyed for efficiency and effectiveness.
"Earning this award for the fourth straight year validates our commitment to matching Canon's innovative products and services with a high level of technical support which our customers deserve," said James Sharp, senior vice president and general manager, Systems and Technical Support, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A. "I am particularly proud of our team members who strive to build stronger relationships with customers every day."
The Systems and Technical Support Division, Canon U.S.A.'s 100-percent U.S.-based call center, provides service and support to the Company's vast network of direct and non-direct sales channels covering a wide range of products and solutions, including the Company's imageRUNNER ADVANCE, imagePROGRAF, imageCLASS and imagePRESS product lines.
"Canon's customer service call center continues to demonstrate excellent performance on both cost-related and quality-related metrics which are among the best in the industry," said Bruce Belfiore, CEO of BenchmarkPortal and senior research executive at the Center for Customer-Driven Quality that was founded at Purdue University. "It certainly deserves to achieve our Center of Excellence certification."
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Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 12/4/2012 7:33:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 3, 2012
From Canon USA:
It has been confirmed that auto-focusing may not function at f/8 aperture on some Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Cameras with firmware Ver. 1.1.1. We offer our most sincere apologies to customers using this product who have been inconvenienced by this issue. The support measures for this phenomenon are described below.
Firmware Ver. 1.1.1 enabled the center AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with lens/extender combinations whose combined maximum aperture is f/8. On some of the cameras with firmware Ver. 1.1.1, auto-focusing does not function at f/8 aperture. *This phenomenon does not occur with a camera which firmware has been updated by a user, or by Canon service center.
Affected Product
Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Cameras with the sixth digit from the left in the body number (serial number) is 4 or 5 are affected.
Example: Body No. xxxxx4xxxxxx or xxxxx5xxxxxx ([x] represents any optional number.)
Canon EOS-1D X Service Notice Serial Numbers
*Even if the sixth digit from the left in the body number (serial number) is 4 or 5, the following cameras are not affected units.
Canon EOS-1D X Service Notice White Dot
<There is a white dot in the battery compartment.>
Overwriting the firmware activates auto-focusing at f/8 aperture. To accomplish this, please download the firmware Ver. 1.1.1 available for download from Canon Web site, and overwrite the firmware of the camera.
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.
Please register the EOS-1DX. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when service updates are available.
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON, 1-800-652-2666
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
For additional support options:
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Post Date: 12/3/2012 8:41:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Gura Gear Bataflae 18L Backpack
From Gura Gear:
Introducing the camera bag designed for professionally sized equipment in a small compact form.
OGDEN, UT (November, 2012) – Designed by Gura Gear, the company that developed the revolutionary Kiboko photo bags, the Bataflae 18L joins the range of Bataflae packs as an incredibly capable bag designed for larger professionally sized gear. The age-old cliché that great things come in small packages holds true with the new 18L Bataflae.
The Bataflae 18L is unique in its ability to easily tote multiple full-size professional and medium format camera bodies, a 300mm lens, or up to a 70-200mm attached to a body while maintaining the small compact style is what makes this bag the ultimate camera backpack for any level of photographer. It’s full 6.5” interior depth allows for larger lenses, bodies, and other equipment that does not fit in traditional small backpacks. The Bataflae 18L also touts the ability to carry up to a 13-inch laptop in a dedicated padded compartment. This compact and full-featured bag fits worldwide carry-on requirements.
Available in black, grey, and limited production of tan, the Bataflae is PVC-free, features durable materials, flawless craftsmanship and the world’s best zippers, YKK RC Fuse with a weather resistant coating that repels dust and water while remaining flexible and easy to operate.
Additional innovative features of the Bataflae include a M.O.L.L.E. compatible side attachment system that allows for unique multi-point tripod/monopod configurations as well as the attachment of other accessories with the innovative quick-hook side straps. Each bag comes with a removable seam-sealed adjustable rain cover/ground cloth, fully riveted handles, and color-coded zipper pulls that can easily be operated with gloved hands. Two full-length external accessory compartments on the front allow for the storage of travel documents, light jacket and snacks, while the multiple internal mesh pockets and a fully adjustable divider system help keep gear organized.
Like all of our gear, the Bataflae’s name is inspired by our travels around the globe. Bataflae was inspired by a recent visit to the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, and is Bislama for ‘butterfly.’
B&H carries Gura Gear products.
Post Date: 12/3/2012 4:56:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From AdoramaPix:
Learn how to take your photo books to the next level with one of our FREE online workshops. Our live instructors will answer your questions on topics such as Making Great Photo books, Making Books for the Holidays and Building Custom Calendars.
This month we also welcome family portrait artist Natascha of Natascha Lee Studios for an invaluable and FREE webinar: A Family Affair: Top 10 Tips for Amazing and Profitable Family Portraits
Natascha will share her proven approach to Fabulous and Fun Family Photos, including:

  • How to have your client show up prepared for the session
  • How to make the entire family comfortable in the first 10 minutes
  • How to keep the experience fun, easy and moving
  • The one important shot that most photographers forget about
  • How to end the session on a memorable, upbeat note that translates into referrals and more sales

We'll see you on Sunday, December 9th at 9pm EST/7pm MST. We will have over $1500 in goodies to give away. Sign up now!

Category: AdoramaPIX
Post Date: 12/3/2012 3:29:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
The founders of Think Tank Photo today announced that they have launched a new camera bag company, MindShift. MindShift is a group of committed professional photographers and product designers who support conservation and protection of our natural resources and planet.
Founded by our founders and conservation photographer Daniel Beltrá, MindShift is dedicated to building carrying solutions for those who are passionate about experiencing the natural world. The company’s slogan, “Engage with nature,” challenges people to not only become involved in outdoor activities, but to create a conversation about nature and our relationship to the environment.
MindShift’s proprietary rotation180° technology will specifically target outdoor professionals and enthusiasts who work in nature and need quick access to their gear. Their first product that features this technology is the rotation180° professional, a sophisticated outdoor photography backpack that features an integrated waist pack that rotates out of the lower section to the front of the body, allowing full access to gear.
“The problem with traditional backpacks is that you have to take them off of your back or swing them forward to access gear inside,” said MindShift’s co-founder Doug Murdoch. “Utilizing the rotation180° technology, the integrated waist pack rotates to the front of the body and offers rapid access to the contents without having to stop, take off the pack, sling it over one shoulder, or set it on the ground.”
Through's online pledge system for funding creative projects, Mindshift seeks funding to help pay for production for the first edition of the new backpack. To view MindShift's Kickstarter project go to:
MindShift is co-founded by Doug Murdoch, founder, CEO, and lead designer of Think Tank Photo; Mike Sturm, co-founder of Think Tank Photo; Jerry Dodrill, award-winning adventure outdoor photographer; Daniel Beltrá, award-winning conservation photographer; and Brian Erwin, a former Sierra Club staffer and Think Tank Photo’s marketing adviser.
“Our customers will be the devoted community of outdoors people who use photography to tell important stories and chronicle real life adventures,” said MindShift’s Jerry Dodrill. “They are hikers, skiers, and mountaineers, sports, nature and wildlife photographers, travelers, and scientists who rely heavily on their equipment and are passionate about experiencing and preserving the natural heritage of our planet.
“Our designs are the result of extensive field work by our team of top conservation, nature, and adventure photographers. With their input we strive to build the most innovative and functional products on the market, providing protection and accessibility to equipment in even the most intense conditions. As conscientious manufacturers it is our obligation to make products that are long lasting, repairable, and have the least impact on the planet”
MindShift has a full slate of new bags and accessories in development that feature innovative designs and the highest quality materials.
Post Date: 12/3/2012 3:13:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 12/3/2012 2:09:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, December 2, 2012
The Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera is in stock at the following retailers:
B&H - 6D (Body Only) | 6D Kit
Amazon (via Mel Pierce Camera) - 6D (Body Only) | 6D Kit - 6D (Body Only) | 6D Kit
Beach Camera - 6D (Body Only) | 6D Kit
Jessops - 6D (Body Only) | 6D Kit
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/2/2012 8:59:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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