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 Monday, March 4, 2013
From Canon:
TOKYO, March 4, 2013—Canon Inc. announced today that the company has successfully developed a high-sensitivity 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor exclusively for video recording. Delivering high-sensitivity, low-noise imaging performance, the new Canon 35 mm CMOS sensor*1 enables the capture of Full HD video even in exceptionally low-light environments.
The newly developed CMOS sensor features pixels measuring 19 microns square in size, which is more than 7.5-times the surface area of the pixels on the CMOS sensor incorporated in Canon's top-of-the-line EOS-1D X and other digital SLR cameras. In addition, the sensor's pixels and readout circuitry employ new technologies that reduce noise, which tends to increase as pixel size increases. Thanks to these technologies, the sensor facilitates the shooting of clearly visible video images even in dimly lit environments with as little as 0.03 lux of illumination, or approximately the brightness of a crescent moon—a level of brightness in which it is difficult for the naked eye to perceive objects. When recording video of astral bodies, while an electron-multiplying CCD,*2 which realizes approximately the same level of perception as the naked eye, can capture magnitude-6 stars, Canon's newly developed CMOS sensor is capable of recording faint stars with a magnitude of 8.5 and above.*3
Using a prototype camera employing the newly developed sensor, Canon successfully captured a wide range of test video,*4 such as footage recorded in a room illuminated only by the light from burning incense sticks (approximately 0.05–0.01 lux) and video of the Geminid meteor shower. The company is looking to such future applications for the new sensor as astronomical and natural observation, support for medical research, and use in surveillance and security equipment. Through the further development of innovative CMOS sensors, Canon aims to expand the world of new imaging expression.
Canon Marketing Japan Inc. will be exhibiting a prototype camera that incorporates the newly developed 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor and sample footage captured with the camera at SECURITY SHOW 2013 (, which will be held from Tuesday, March 5, to Friday, March 8, at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center in Tokyo, Japan.
*1 An imaging element (aspect ratio: 16:9) that supports the largest image circle size possible when shooting with a Canon EF lens.
*2 A CCD sensor with a readout mechanism that multiplies electrons after being converted from light. Applications include nighttime surveillance and the capture of astral bodies and nighttime nature scenes.
*3 The brightness of a star decreases 2.5-times with each 1 magnitude increase.
*4 Recording of test video footage was made possible through cooperation from ZERO Corporation.
See a video using the newly devloped sensor here (bottom of page).
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 3/4/2013 7:10:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, March 3, 2013


This is's Weekend Recap for the week ending March 2nd, 2013
In the news...
On Sunday, the Canon Store once again ran a 20-30% off sale on select refurbished DSLR cameras and lenses. Unfortunately, the selection of in stock gear was more sparse than usual and the inventory did not get replenished before the sale ended on Wednesday.
On Monday, we reported that Canon’s new center-pinch lens caps were starting to appear in stock in various sizes. Long-time Canon shooters will appreciate the new design which makes removing the lens cap with the hood in place significantly easier.
On Wednesday, Zeiss announced plans to expand its production site in Cambridge, England. Zeiss noted that increased international demand for its products led to the need for expansion.
Also on Wednesday, Adobe announced its Photoshop Touch App would now be available on smartphones. Photoshop Touch is an advanced photo editing app that features layers, selection tools, filters, color and tonal adjustments. Until this announcement, Photoshop Touch was only available on tablet devices.
On Friday, Think Tank Photo announced two new accessories – the Low Rider Strap and the Pro DSLR Battery Holder, as well as a new, Limited Edition Pixel Pocket Rocket CF card holder. The Low Rider Strap allows you to secure your camera bag to a rolling suitcase for convenient travel, while the Pro DSLR Battery Holder is a soft, compact case for carrying two pro-size camera batteries.
Also on Friday, PocketWizard announced the PlusX Transceiver. Retailing for only $99.00, the PlusX is PocketWizard’s budget-level radio triggering device. The PlusX is not as full-featured as the Plus III, yet takes many design cues from its more expensive big brother – like rugged build quality and an internal antenna. The PlusX features 10 channels, a back-lit channel dial, auto-relay mode, and superior range.
And, for our deal of the week…
On Wednesday, we published a deal from Adorama where you could get a Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home Shoulder Bag for half off – only $49.95 with free shipping. The bag even came with a free Crumpler camera strap.
This has been the’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 3/3/2013 11:22:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, March 1, 2013
Tamron has extended their DSLR lens rebate program with one exception - the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC PZD is no longer eligible for a rebate. Instead, the lens's retail price has been reduced by $200.00.
Tamron DSLR Lens Rebates:

ModelRebate Amount
Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II Lens Buy$50.00
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II Lens Buy$25.00
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II VC Lens Buy$50.00
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Lens Buy$25.00
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 60mm f/2.0 Di II Macro Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens Buy$50.00
Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Di Macro Lens Buy$50.00

Post Date: 3/1/2013 3:10:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma's Winter Rebates ended February 28. The new Sigma DSLR Lens Rebate program is slightly different and will run March 1 through July 31.
Sigma DSLR Lens Rebates:

ModelRebate Amount
Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Lens Buy$50.00
Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM Lens Buy$50.00
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens Buy$75.00
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens Buy$75.00
Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens Buy$100.00
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens Buy$150.00
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens Buy$50.00
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens Buy$75.00
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Buy$200.00
Sigma 1.4x EX DG Tele Converter Buy$25.00
Sigma 2x EX DG Tele Converter Buy$50.00

Post Date: 3/1/2013 1:17:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon rebates are scheduled to end this Saturday, March 2. Once the rebates are gone, they may not be seen for quite some time - take advantage of the savings opportunity while you can!
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: 3/1/2013 12:54:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From CPN Europe:
Capturing still frames from video that are equal in quality to conventionally taken photographs has long been the Holy Grail for many photographers. Has the 4K Canon EOS-1D C DSLR finally made this a reality? CPN writer Ian Farrell investigate and discusses the EOS 1D C with award-winning cinematographer Abraham Joffe.
See the full CPN article here.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/1/2013 10:15:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From PocketWizard:
Simplest PocketWizard ever is ideal entry into the PocketWizard wireless system of products
So. Burlington, VT – March 1, 2013 – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, today announces the immediate availability of its new PlusX Auto-Sensing Transceiver.
The high-quality PocketWizard PlusX is the perfect entry into the PocketWizard Wireless System with the same range and reliability of its renowned Plus line of radios. Whether new to off-camera flash or remote camera triggering, or a seasoned professional looking to expand their PocketWizard wireless triggering system, the PlusX is the perfect choice. And as the user’s technical needs grow, the versatile PlusX will continue to work with any other PocketWizard radios that a photographer adds to their gear box.
The 10 Channel PlusX uses PocketWizard’s patented “Auto-Sensing Transceiver Technology” which means it will automatically switch between transmit and receive as needed. Users just turn it on, connect it to the flash or camera and set the channel using its simple, rotary-dial. The PlusX automatically figures out what it needs to do to trigger remote flashes or cameras. Using the same side-profile design of the PocketWizard Plus III radio, the PlusX has an internal antenna to minimize obstruction and increase durability.
“The new PlusX transceiver adds to the legendary Plus reliability that so many photographers have come to trust on all their photographic assignments,” said Dave Schmidt, Vice President of Marketing at LPA Design, the company that manufacturers PocketWizard Photo Products. “Working on a budget should not mean sacrificing performance or reliability.”
The PlusX is compatible with all PocketWizard transmitters and receivers including PocketWizard-enabled photo gear from Profoto, Dynalite, Norman, Photogenic and Sekonic light meters. The PocketWizard Wireless System allows for total flexibility with whatever lights or cameras a photographer may be working with.
PlusX Features include:
10 Channels
With the PlusX’s 10 digitally coded Standard Channels, users can claim their own channel for exclusive triggering when working with other photographers at crowded events. Photographers can use different channels for different setups and select them simply and intuitively with the turn of a dial. And these 10 channels are compatible with every PocketWizard ever made1 set to Standard Channels 1 – 10. (1radios of the same frequency; in the United States, the PocketWizard PlusX operates on an FCC-approved frequency of 344MHz. In other markets it operates on a CE-approved frequency of 433MHz)
Backlit Channel Dial
Setting channels is as easy as turning a dial. The backlit channel dial clearly displays the channel and because the backlight consumes so little power it stays on all the time for convenience.
Internal Antenna
The PlusX features a durable, side profile design with an unobtrusive, internal antenna minimizing visual obstruction between the photographer and their subject. By utilizing an internal antenna, there’s no chance to kink or break it when on location. The total height of the transceiver and antenna is 4.2 inches, and it weighs less than 4 ounces, including batteries.
Easily Connected / Cable Port
On the user’s camera, the PlusX slides into the hot shoe with no cables required. For remotes, it features one do-it-all miniphone (3.5mm or 1/8”) sync port. The miniphone connector is much more reliable than a PC connection and every PlusX comes complete with a miniphone-to-miniphone cable, a miniphone-to-phono (1/4" or 6.3mm) adapter for triggering the majority of modern flashes, and a miniphone to locking PC cable for triggering some remote speedlights or for using a PlusX on-camera when the user can’t put it in a hot shoe. Other miniphone connector cables are available for major brands of lighting equipment in a variety of lengths. Dedicated remote camera triggering cables are also available for popular camera systems.
Auto-Sensing Transceiver
With PocketWizard’s patented Auto-Sensing Transceiver technology, the PlusX Transceiver will instantly and intelligently switch between transmitter and receiver modes keeping setup as simple as possible. The PlusX may be set to transmit (Tx) only, when desired.
Auto-Relay Mode
PocketWizard’s Auto-Sensing Transceiver technology lets users trigger a remote camera in sync with remote flashes using only three PocketWizard radios: the one in their hands, a PlusX cabled to a remote camera, and the one connected to a remote flash. The PlusX cabled to a remote camera will receive a radio signal and trigger the camera’s motor drive, then switch to transmit mode and trigger PocketWizard-connected remote flashes, all automatically. The sequence can be started by simply pressing the TEST button of any PocketWizard Transmitter. Remote cameras require remote shutter release cables.
Status Indicator/Battery Life Indicator
The PlusX features a tri-color LED status indicator that serves two functions. When the PlusX sends or receives a triggering signal, the LED will glow red. During normal operation, the indicator will blink a single green blink meaning it is operating normally and the battery life is above 50%. It will blink a double amber blink when the battery is below 50% but above 25% and it will blink three red blinks when the battery life is below 25% and it’s crucial to replace the batteries.
Transmit Only Mode
There are times when a photographer only wants their radio to transmit, usually when two or more photographers are sharing a set of lights. By enabling transmit only mode, users can disable the receive mode and auto relay functions to make sure their radio is just transmitting.
Range and Reliability
PocketWizard Plus radios are known for their range and reliability. Although the PlusX costs less than other PocketWizard radios, users will still get the range and reliability they expect from a PocketWizard product.
Sync Speed
Ultra-fast microprocessors allow for reliable sync speeds of 1/250 seond for focal plane shutters and 1/500 second for leaf shutters.
B&H has the PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver in stock.
Post Date: 3/1/2013 9:11:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon Preorders
Post Date: 3/1/2013 8:47:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
Low Rider Strap Split Pad Design Slips Over Rolling Luggage Handles
There is one bond that unites most professional photographers: the burden of having to carry multiple bags and heavy loads from one shoot to the next. To aid you in this task we've released the Low Rider Strap. With the Low Rider Strap you simply slip the split pad design over the handle of your rolling luggage and tighten the side straps. Once having done so you are now able to haul two bags with a far lower and stable center of gravity. This approach is easier than stacking one bag on top of another. This counterbalanced, low-set load keeps bags balanced and prevents sloshing and sliding. This strap can be attached to any bag with D-rings, such as Think Tank Photo's Urban Disguise shoulder bags.

  • Hang your shoulder bag off most pieces of 2-wheeled rolling luggage
  • Comfortable shoulder strap adapts to any shoulder bag with d-rings or shoulder strap attachment points (Urban Disguise, Speed Convertibles)
  • Included tri-glides to prohibit shoulder strap from slipping over time
  • Non-slip material keeps strap on your shoulder and easily adjustable on either side

Strap Length: 19 - 70.5”, 0.9” Thick at Cushioned Pad x 3” Tall (48.2 - 179.1 x 2.3 x 7.6cm)
Weight: 0.5lbs (0.2kg)
Pro DSLR Battery Holder
The Pro DSLR Battery Holder is a soft, compact case for carrying two pro-size camera batteries for either Canon or Nikon bodies. It joins our line-up of photography battery, SD-card, CF-card, and photography filter accessory holders and wallets. It holds two pro-size camera batteries and its slim, compact design folds in half for easy storage.

  • Slim, compact design folds in half for easy and safe battery storage
  • Individual pockets for each battery
  • Flattens when empty

Gear Profile:

  • Holds two pro-size batteries for Canon 1D and Nikon D3/D4 series cameras

Exterior Dimensions: 5.5” W x 4” H x 0.4” D (14 x 10.1 x 1 cm)
Weight: 0.02lbs (0.01kg)
Also check out the Limited Edition Pixel Pocket Rocket
Get them while they're hot! The Limited Edition Pixel Pocket Rocket CF card carrier was manufactured in a one-time production run and will be discontinued once inventory runs out. It truly is a one-time limited edition. Made of attractive two-tone rip-stop nylon, it holds Compact Flash or XQD memory cards while keeping them safe and organized.
Note: Use the links from this site to get a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more at Think Tank Photo!

Post Date: 3/1/2013 7:46:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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