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 Sunday, June 30, 2013

"This is's Weekend Recap for the week ending June 29th, 2013
In the news...
On Wednesday, Canon released a significant firmware update for the EOS M mirrorless camera. Announced at the beginning of June, the updated firmware significantly increases autofocus performance in One-Shot mode. If you have an EOS M camera, installing the firmware update is highly recommended.
On Friday, we reported the availability of Manfrotto’s new Acra-Swiss compatible quick-release mounts and plates. As Bryan noted in the announcement, “Manfrotto makes great gear and gives you a lot for your money. I found the lack of Arca-Swiss compatibility to be a drawback. That drawback has now been erased.”
On Saturday, we reported on Carl Zeiss’s rebranding announcement. Joining the likes of Madonna and Bono, “Carl Zeiss” lenses will now be known by the single word – “ZEISS.” The company decided to drop “Carl” from their lens branding because of the strength and global recognition of the ZEISS name and to create greater consistency among its product markets.
In site news and reviews…
On Monday, Bryan posted his full review of the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens. The best word to describe the lens – impressive. In versatility, image quality, and investment required. Check out Bryan’s full review for all the details.
On Thursday, Bryan posted his full review of the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. In short, the lens is a significant upgrade to its predecessor. Canon’s new kit lens features an improved AF motor, better manual focusing ring, and a front element that doesn’t rotate with focusing. The lens is an especially good value when purchased in a camera kit.
And, for our deal of the week…
On Tuesday, we posted a deal from DigitalRev where you could get a Sekonic Lightmaster Pro L-478DR Touch-Screen Light Meter for $359.00. That’s more than a 23% savings off the normal retail price.
This has been the’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 6/30/2013 12:31:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
This firmware update (Version incorporates the following additional functions and modifications:

  • A function has been added which allows automatic continuous focusing and iris setting on a subject in the center of the screen when using the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.
  • The polarity balance of the XLR terminal has been modified to improve compatibility with external audio devices. The pin configuration has been modified to be consistent with the Instruction Manual.

For details about the new functions, please see the latest user’s manual (PDF) on Canon’s Web site.
Download C100 v1. Firmware
B&H carries the Canon C100 cinema camera.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/30/2013 9:02:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, June 29, 2013
From Zeiss:
From “Carl Zeiss” to “ZEISS” – a brief story about our brand communication
How did the name ZEISS come about?
ZEISS is well-known across the globe and the associations with the brand are positive in every respect. Carl Zeiss is the name of the company’s founder and part of the company name Carl Zeiss AG. However, the brand has been called ZEISS for a long time. In general language usage, “ZEISS” is already well established in many countries and languages when referring to both the logo and the company. ZEISS is now taking this development into account in its decision to create consistency across its brand communications. The goal is to create an even clearer and more consistent image of ZEISS in the perception of its customers. ZEISS will be used as much as possible in future to eliminate the lack of consistency in how Carl Zeiss and ZEISS are used. As a result, ZEISS will also label its lenses differently: Carl Zeiss will become ZEISS.
ZEISS operates in many product areas: from microscopes and measuring machines to eyeglass lenses, binoculars and camera lenses. Throughout the company, the label ZEISS can be found on products in most markets and product areas. The lenses have for the most part been the exception here for historical reasons. The decision to also label all lenses “ZEISS” with immediate effect provides an opportunity to retell the history of the brand name.
“Carl Zeiss Jena” appeared in the first trademark of ZEISS, and as early as the 1920’s various subsidiaries used variations of this lens-shaped label. An example is the Zeiss Ikon AG, in which Carl Zeiss held a majority interest. After the Second World War, Carl Zeiss employees, who had been ordered by the American forces to relocate to southern Germany, established the Zeiss Opton factory in Oberkochen, Baden-Württemberg. It therefore made sense, like Zeiss Ikon, to adapt the trademark for the new company.
From the spring of 1953 Carl Zeiss Oberkochen and VEB Carl Zeiss Jens developed independently of one another. Carl Zeiss Oberkochen went its own way and called itself “Carl Zeiss” and removed the word “Jena” from the lens-shaped logo. This led to lawsuits around the world to clarify usage of the name Carl Zeiss, the trademark on the lens, as well as other trademarks and product names of Carl Zeiss Jena in the Federal Republic of Germany. It became the longest court case in the history of East Germany.
The so-called “London agreement” was reached in 1971, after nearly 18 years of litigation. Under the terms of the agreement, logos, trademarks and company names of Carl Zeiss in East and West should clearly be distinguishable from each another. In addition, as had already happened with “Jena,” the first name “Carl” was now also removed from the logo of the West German company. At the end of the 1970’s, the word “ZEISS” was included in a square, and in order to clearly differentiate itself from Jena, “West Germany” was added as the designation of origin.
The reunification of both Carl Zeiss companies in 1991 was also intended to raise the visibility the common logo. In 1993-1994, a new combined word and design mark was created with the curve of the lens incorporated in the logo, which is still in use today. The color scheme of the ZEISS logo as we know it today has been in use since 1997.
In 2011-2012, the senior management set up a work group to investigate the current identity and positioning of ZEISS, and to make recommendations for further developing the brand. The result is a range of brand management principles that will govern the future use of the ZEISS brand, including the consistent use of the ZEISS logo in all labeling on all of our products.
As a result, we have decided to use only the ZEISS logo on the front ring of lenses for all future product families and not, as has been the case up to now, the name of the company “Carl Zeiss.” “ZEISS has been a global brand for a long time and we can all be proud of that,” says Martin Dominicus, Head of Marketing of ZEISS Camera Lenses. “When you go on vacation or on a business trip anywhere in the world and mention you work for ZEISS, you are greeted with a smile.”
The changeover for the lenses will take place at the family level: existing lens families will not be changed after-the-fact, but future families will be labeled with ZEISS. The first family to introduce this change is the ZEISS Touit lenses. For production-technical reasons, some Touit lenses were produced and placed on the market with the label “Carl Zeiss.” Perhaps these will one day become coveted collector items. Both versions are original lenses and do not differ from each other in any other respect.
B&H carries Zeiss lenses.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 6/29/2013 8:15:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 28, 2013
Nikon Rebates for June are expiring tomrorow, June 29. Take advantage of the savings while you can!
Buy a qualifying DSLR (Nikon D4, D800, D600, D7100, D7000, D5200, D5100, D3200, D3100) and receive the following rebates*. To get the instant rebates, choose the camera body (links at above) and click the link under "Buy Together and Save" within the product page.

ModelRebate Amount
Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX Lens Buy$100.00 (w/ D7100)
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 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 - $200.00
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 55-200mm f/4-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens Buy$150.00
Nikon 70-200mm f/4G AF-S VR Lens Buy$300.00
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR II Lens Buy$300.00
Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens Buy$200.00
Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 85mm f/3.5G AF-S DX VR Micro Lens Buy$100.00

* A couple of the lens rebates differ depending on the DSLR body you choose. The Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX Lens rebate is only applicable to a D7100 purchase; receive a $200.00 rebate on the Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S VR Lens when you purchase it with a D600.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/28/2013 2:04:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Until now, if you asked me what I thought Manfrotto's biggest weakness was, I would have told you that it was the lack of compatibility with the Arca-Swiss clamp and plate standard. Manfrotto makes great gear and gives you a lot for your money. I very frequently recommend their products to those on a modest budget, but again, I found the lack of Arca-Swiss compatibility to be a drawback.
That drawback has now been erased. I am happy to report that Manfrotto has begun embracing the AS standard by releasing a new line of Arca-Swiss compatible quick-release mounts and plates.
New Manfrotto Items:

Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 6/28/2013 10:05:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just a quick piece of advice: If you have not installed firmware version 2.0.2 on your Canon EOS M, move that task up on your to-do list. I'm not ready to say that convetional phase detection AF is dead, but ... the M focuses very noticeably faster with this update – it is a worthwhile install.
If AF speed was holding you back from purchasing an "M", you may want to reconsider that decision.
Get your "M" at: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/28/2013 9:29:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Emerald Expositions:
Registration is Open for 30th Annual PDN PhotoPlusInternational Conference + Expo
More Than 90 Seminars, 300 Exhibitors, and Evening Networking Events Capture theEssence of the 30th Anniversary Theme: "Honoring the Past, Envisioning the Future"
New York, NY – June 26, 2013 – –Emerald Expositions, Inc. announced today that registration is open for its PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo -- October 23-26, 2013 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Celebrating its 30th year of bringing continuing education, emerging technology, and image-makers together, PhotoPlus Expo 2013 will continue to bring the latest technologies, applications, and business strategies to the forefront, while taking a nostalgic look at the last 30 years of the show, and the world of photography. "Honoring the Past, Envisioning the Future" is the theme of this year's show and will be expressed throughout the conference, expo and special evening events in honor of PhotoPlus Expo's 30th anniversary.
This year's PhotoPlus Expo (PPE2013) and conference will offer more than 90 educational seminars and 3 keynote presentations, which have traditionally provided attendees with the motivation and inspiration to explore their own creative outlets. Attendees will participate in discussions with some of the most successful and visually creative photographers and digital image-makers in the world. Conference passes may be purchased in advance in a variety of options: A la Carte Conference sessions, One Day Conference Pass ($199 online thru Oct. 22/ $249 onsite) or Full Conference Pass, October 24-26 ($499 online thru Oct. 22/$549 onsite). All conference passes include free admission to all keynote presentations, Test Drive: New Product Preview + Networking Event, and the PhotoPlus 30th Anniversary BASH.
The learning experience begins on Wednesday, October 23, when several world-class wedding/portrait photographers, and educators including Tamara Lackey, Bambi Cantrell, Ryan Brenizer, Susan Stripling, and others, present WPPI University. The WPPI Universityconference pass ($99 online thru Oct. 22/$179 onsite) includes access to all the seminars on October 23rd.
The expo will feature nearly 300 of the biggest and best manufacturers and service providers in the photographic industry where attendees will be able to touch, test, and compare virtually every piece of photographic hardware, software, service available in the industry. Attendance for the three-day show is expected to reach record levels.Registration for admission to the PhotoPlus Expo exhibit hall is free through Oct. 22 online/$70 onsite.)
"We are very proud to be celebrating 30 years of service to the photographic industry," explains John McGeary, Managing Director of Emerald Expositions. "The photo industry is a very wellconnected group of professionals who view this annual event as the one time during the year where they can experience what’s next and meet face-to-face with old friends, make new ones, and learn and share together. Some of our planned activities to celebrate and commemorate our 30th anniversary will further accentuate the excitement this show brings to the industry."
Attendees may also purchase a special PhotoPlus VIP Expo Pass, which offers tremendous value and includes complimentary admission to all 3 keynote presentations, a private Customer Service Desk, VIP Expo lounge with free WiFi, and a premium gift bag filled with products, special offers, and discounts on a variety of products and services and more.
For more information, check out the PDN PhotoPlus Expo Website
Post Date: 6/28/2013 9:03:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 27, 2013
Adorama has the Canon 77mm Mark II and 82mm Mark II Lens Caps in stock. (thanks James)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/27/2013 2:27:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/27/2013 1:29:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review is now live on the site.
Reviewing this lens on a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 at the same time as the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens on a Canon EOS-1D X was an exercise in extremes.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/27/2013 10:56:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From DxO:
448 new lens / camera combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing support for Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sigma, Sony and Tamron lenses for Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and Sony cameras.
To see supported and planned combinations, click on the link below then select the second tab.
Supported or planned combinations
New DxO Optics Modules :
Canon | Fujifilm | Nikon | Olympus | Panasonic | Pentax | Samsung | Sony
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 6/27/2013 7:06:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Cotton Carrier:
June 27, 2013 - Cotton Carrier is pleased to announce the introduction of their latest product, the Hand Strap. Quick and easy to use, the Hand Strap provides additional comfort and security when holding a DSLR providing a more practical solution to photographers than the conventional neck strap. The solid Velcro strap allows camera users to instantly tighten or loosen the hand against the body of the camera and fits hands of all sizes and shapes.
“The aim was to introduce a highly effective carrier system that can be used by both professional and amateur photographers alike,” comments British Columbia-based photographer and founder of Cotton Carrier, Andy Cotton. “The Hand Strap keeps your camera secure in the palm of your hand making heavy cameras and lenses a pleasure to use. It is definitely a must-have for photographers.”
Cotton Carrier Hand Straps are suitable for all DSLRs and make it easier for photographers to handle and maneuver their cameras, without having to install an additional grip. The Hand Strap attaches to the base of a camera with a standard Arca-Swiss style plate allowing photographers to either clamp their camera directly to the tripod or attach a range of popular quick release plates to the base.
Priced at only 24.95 Euro, the Cotton Carrier Hand Strap is not only a cheap and ergonomic alternative to the neck strap but also offers enhanced photographic pleasure making it a great tool for everyone who enjoys photography.
B&H has the Cotton Carrier Hand Strap in stock and available for $19.95.
Post Date: 6/27/2013 6:54:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Canon has made EOS M firmware version 2.0.2 available for download.
Firmware Version 2.0.2 incorporates the following fixes and improvements.

  1. Improves focusing speed in One-Shot AF mode.
  2. Now supports EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM*†.
  3. Corrects errors in the Simplified Chinese, Hungarian, Traditional Chinese and Korean language menus.

* When placing the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM without conducting the firmware update, although rare, at times the EOS M will not function.
† The EF-M 11-22mm F4-5.6 IS STM lens is not sold in the United States. Accordingly, Canon USA does not sell or service the EF-M 11-22mm F4-5.6 IS STM lens.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/26/2013 8:23:47 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Your Windows Phone experience is now completed with Tapatalk, at last. We're excited to introduce Tapatalk to millions of Windows Phone users - now you can troll, participate, or whatever you call it, in over 60,000 internet communities on-the-go.

Tapatalk works especially well for keeping up with the latests posts on sites like Community. ;-)
You can purchase TapaTalk in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Post Date: 6/26/2013 2:56:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 6/26/2013 12:24:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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