Do you have any money left from the holidays? Or did you count the money you got from friends and family? And have you had your eyes on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III? Well, Canon is selling a refurbished Canon EOS 5D Mark III for $2,239.37 plus tax and free shipping. That's 20% off (savings of $559.84) it's listed refurbished price of $2,799.21. It features a 3.2" LCD, 1080p video recording, 6fps continuous shooting, CF and SD card slots, mini-HDMI, USB connectivity, and more.
Refurbished items from Canon get a 90-day warranty.
If you're looking to save additional money, Mr. Rebates is offering 4% cashback (originally 3% cashback). You're saving an additional $90, making your purchase a total of $2,149.80 before taxes! For more information about Mr. Rebates, read our guide.
A month ago, we made a post about our good friends over at CustomSLR announcing a new product on Kickstarter called the ProDot. Within a month, they exceeded their goal. We had the privilege of getting to play with the ProDot before it was announced and must say, this is a nifty and unique product.
We'll have a full review of it when we get our grubby little fingers on them. In the mean time, continue reading for full press release.
Adorama offers the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II "Nifty Fifty" Camera Lens, model no. 2514A002, for the in-cart price of $89.99 with free shipping. The lens weighs 4.6 oz. and is intended for use with Canon EF-mount SLR cameras.
DiscountMags takes up to 75% off select 1-year magazine subscriptions as part of its Holiday Magazine Sale.
*UPDATE* - After an uproar from the photography community, Instagram has back-pedaled on their decision and will not sell your images.
Instagram updated its terms of service on Monday, elaborating on how it can use personal data for advertising purposes, and making clear that user photos and information can be used across the web as the photo-sharing app works through monetization under Facebook.
Instagram released an updated terms of service on Monday, and while it doesn’t seem like a fun read at first glance, it’s an important indicator of where the company is headed after its acquisition by Facebook. So far, people have expressed some concern about the updated “Rights” section of the terms of service, which explains what content a user has control over and what Instagram can do with that data, particularly sections related to advertising.
While it doesn’t seem that Instagram’s rights as related to advertising are completely new, the updated terms, which will take effect on Jan. 16, do outline exactly what the company can do with your data. They also remind users that businesses can pay Instagram to use your data for advertising, and the company won’t always identify advertising on the service as being paid.
The old terms of service noted that Instagram had the right to advertise on the platform or in “conjunction” with a user’s content. Here’s the old explanation:
“Some of the Instagram Services are supported by advertising revenue and may display advertisements and promotions, and you hereby agree that Instagram may place such advertising and promotions on the Instagram Services or on, about, or in conjunction with your Content. The manner, mode and extent of such advertising and promotions are subject to change without specific notice to you.”The new explanation goes into greater detail on what it means for Instagram to advertise “on, about, or in conjunction with your Content.” Here are the new terms:
“Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you. If you are under the age of eighteen (18), or under any other applicable age of majority, you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to this provision (and the use of your name, likeness, username, and/or photos (along with any associated metadata)) on your behalf.It’s not surprising that Instagram and Facebook are thinking about advertising and monetization strategies for the photo-sharing app, and Facebook recently announced that it planned to integrate user data with that from Instagram under new Facebook terms of service.
You acknowledge that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such.”
The Nikon D600/D800/D800E instant savings, that were introduced three days ago, are now extended until December 29th, 2012. The major online retailers offer different kits that include free accessories to further sweeten the deal in addition to the instant savings offered directly by Nikon:
B&H Photo: available Nikon D600 kits | available Nikon D800 kits | available Nikon D800E kits
Adorama: available Nikon D600 kits | available Nikon D800 kits | available Nikon D800E kits
Amazon: available Nikon D600 kits | available Nikon D800 kits | available Nikon D800E kits
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens $2099 (Save $200)
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens $1999 (Save $100)
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Autofocus Lens $1399 (Save $100)
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Autofocus Lens $1299 (Save $140)
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens $1799 (Save $400)
Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM Autofocus Lens $899 (Save $190)
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Lens $1249 (Save $350)
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens $1,179 (Save $320)
In this day and age, more people are taking more photos than ever before and they're sharing them online with friends and family in record numbers. One of the most complaints I see online are that people blame the camera if the images aren't as nice as those you see online taken by other photographers. If you follow a few of these guidelines, you can improve the quality of your photos without having to purchase a higher priced camera. By purchasing a new camera, the pictures may still come out the same. There are also some useful information such as what is ISO?.
MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) policy on retailers. This prevents retailers from advertising at a lower price lower that the price Canon has set for the item. It seems Amazon, B&H Photo, Adorama have all "unofficially" dropped the price of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body to $2,999. Amazon shows the price on their page. But for B&H Photo and Adorama, you have to add it to your cart to see the low price.
Adorama offers its new Adorama VIP Membership for free. That's $149 off for this membership, which offers perks such as 20GB of cloud storage (provided by Pogoplug), members-only sales, white glove delivery service on TVs over 50", and more.
Of note, VIP members can opt to purchase an extended protection plan for all products purchased during their membership, for a 1-time fee of $7.95.
VIP BENEFITS INCLUDE
- Extended warranties on ALL your purchases for an entire year*
- Receive 20 gigs of FREE Cloud Storage (provided by pogoplug cloud storage)
- Invitation to purchase products that are only available to VIPs
- Special VIP pricing on must-have products online
- Unique bundles of products curated for VIP members
- Exclusive email offers, saving you time while finding your favorite products!
- Free eBooks with photographic tips & tricks
- Member-only contests
- White glove delivery service on TVs and home theater systems over 50 inches
- Savings throughout Adorama's online store
As an Adorama VIP member, your loyalty will be rewarded. This program was created to give you access to products and services that honor your smart decision making and cunning shopping skills by continuing to shop with the #1 Photo, Imaging & Electronics Retailer in the world...Adorama
Enjoy elite membership — you've earned it!
*Warranty benefit requires a one time fee of $7.95 annually
You probably know and have read about Canon's entry level full-frame camera, Canon EOS 6D by now. We're glad to report that it will start shipping sometime this week just in time for the holidays. Anyone plan on picking this up?
Canon EOS 6D Body $2099 | Canon EOS 6D w/24-105 f/4L IS $2699
Canon EOS 6D Body $2099 | Canon EOS 6D w/24-105 f/4L IS $2699
With the holiday season up on us, Black Friday marks the start of the holiday shopping rush (literally)! If you don't want to brave the mad rush, cold weather, long lines and disappointments, why not make your purchases in the comfort of your own home, in your PJs and get CASH BACK through Mr. Rebates!
For more information on how to use Mr. Rebates, check out our guide.
The new Nikon instant rebates are already online and are valid until December 15th. Below are a few other Cyber Monday Nikon deals available online:
- Nikon Coolpix P7100 for $299 (original price: $499)
- Nikon D3200 + 18-55mm lens kit with some additional freebies, 2% rewards for $596.95 (original price: 696.95)
- Nikon 1 V1 mirrorless camera kit with 10-30mm and 10-100mm lenses, SB-N5 Speedlight flash, FT1 mount adapter and compact camera case for $849 (original price: $1,599)
B&H Photo has put the Canon Rebel T4i w/18-135 IS STM on sale for $899. That is a savings of $250! You must add it to your cart to see the updated sale price.
If you know someone who's starting to get into photography or maybe you're looking for a camera yourself, this Canon T3i starter bundle is a GREAT way to start. It includes the following items:
- Canon T3i Body
- Canon 18-55 IS lens
- Canon 55-250 IS lens
- Canon 75-300 mm lens
- Sandisk SD 32 GB
Today Amazon launched the Cyber Monday deals and there is a full list here. A more detailed camera and lens deal can be found here. But Amazon is not the only one offering new deals every hour. These are the direct links to the deal pages of different stores: Adorama, B&H Photo.
It's that time of year again! The time of year where you tell your loved ones what you want or you decide what to get your loved ones.
Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just announced that for the first time in their history they are offering free FedEx Ground Shipping on all of their gear. This special holiday offer runs through December 31, 2012. And, just in time for the holidays, Think Tank is releasing a whole new slate of gear, including the Airport Navigator™, the photography industry’s first rolling pilot’s case, the Glass Limo™, the photo industry’s slimmest profile backpack for carrying “Big Glass,” such as a 600mm f/4, and the CityWalker™ messenger bag series.
In addition to the free shipping, as you are a friend of mine you will also receive a free gift with any purchase over $50. To partake of this special offer, click here.
B&H has a pretty good deal on the Nikon D600 right now:
- $100 instant savings
- Includes free: Lowepro Rezo 170 AW Camera Shoulder Bag, SanDisk 16 GB SDHC Memory Card Extreme Pro Class 10 UHS-I, Pearstone EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack ($114.83 Total Value)
- 2% rewards back
- $300 mail-in rebate with purchase of an Epson R2880 printer
- You can also save $20 on Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 with the purchase of a D600
Total Production of NIKKOR Lenses for Interchangeable Lens Cameras Reaches 75 Million
November 15, 2012 TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that total production of NIKKOR lenses* for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras reached seventy-five million at the beginning of November 2012.
Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released its first NIKKOR lens for Nikon SLR cameras, the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2, in 1959 along with its first SLR camera, the Nikon F. Since releasing that first lens many years ago and establishing the NIKKOR tradition, Nikon has expanded its lineup of interchangeable lenses, recently adding a line of interchangeable lenses for Nikon 1 cameras and bringing total production to seventy-five million.
At the end of May 2012, total production of NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras reached seventy million. Since then, Nikon has continued to actively release new NIKKOR lenses.
In June 2012, Nikon released the compact and lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR, a normal zoom lens compatible with the Nikon FX format, offering a frequently-used range of angles of view, and support for a wide variety of photographic scenes, as well as the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, an ultra high-power zoom lens compatible with the Nikon DX format and offering a 16.7x zoom ratio. In addition, AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR was announced its release, the Telephoto zoom lens compatible with the Nikon FX format.
New lenses for Nikon 1, Advanced Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses, have also been released recently. In November 2011, the 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8, an extremely light fixed focal length lens with the fastest maximum aperture of f/1.8 was released, and in September 2012, the 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 2.5x normal zoom lens was released. In the year that has passed since the October 2011 introduction of the Nikon 1 system, Nikon has released six 1 NIKKOR lenses, including a low-profile fixed focal length lens, a normal zoom lens, and a high-power zoom lens.
NIKKOR lenses are extremely popular with a wide variety of users, from beginners to professional photographers. The lineup currently consists of more than 80 types of lenses, including zoom lenses, ultra wide-angle to super telephoto lenses, and specialty fisheye, Micro, and PC-E lenses for SLR cameras, as well as 1 NIKKOR lenses for NIKON 1 cameras. Nikon will continue to actively develop and release high-performance, highly functional products that meet and exceed user expectations.
The NIKKOR brand
NIKKOR is Nikon's brand of photographic lenses. The NIKKOR name comes from adding "R"–a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at the time the name was established–to "Nikko", the Romanized abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K. In 1933, the large-format lens for aerial photography was introduced with the name Aero-Nikkor.
NIKKOR lenses incorporate optical technologies that are always ahead of the times. The OP Fisheye-Nikkor 10mm f/5.6 fisheye lens for SLR cameras, released in 1968, was the world's first lens to incorporate aspherical lens elements. The Ultra Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8, released in 1962, served as the template for projection lenses employed in Nikon IC steppers and scanners that currently boast some of the highest resolutions in the world. What's more, NIKKOR lenses for the latest SLR cameras utilize a number of cutting-edge technologies that originated with the development of IC steppers and scanners, including Nano Crystal Coat, which virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a broad range of wavelengths.
From initial design to final packaging, production and quality is controlled in accordance with Nikon's strict standards. The superior quality of NIKKOR lenses that fully satisfies users is ensured with the highest quality designs and manufacturing, as well as very strict final inspections.
*Interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras and Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses
Our good friends over at Custom SLR has just announced a new product called...ProDot. It's a textured, press-on dot that easily adheres to the camera shutter button, which instantly makes the shutter more responsive and helps reduce camera shake and finger fatigue when capturing photos.
Any push-button experience can find heightened control with the addition of this remarkably-simple and convenient accessory. The ProDot’s no-slip grip and finger cushioning will enhance the user experience for consumer electronic devices and video game enthusiasts, as well as users of computer mice, who will find RSI relief with less forceful clicks.
The Custom SLR ProDot will be available in low-profile black, high-visibility red, and clear color face.
I was at PhotoPlus this year and bumped into Ivan and Anne (2/3rds of the CustomSLR team) and while talking to them, Ivan tells me their working on a new product. He then hands me his camera and tells me to take a shot. As I took a shot, something felt different. It didn't really dawn at first but we looked at each other, that's when it hit me! The shutter button felt squishy, different and bright red. I point to it and he nods. I don't want to say too much because I want to save it for our review but all I have to say is...DEFINITE MUST BUY!
Visit the Kickstarter page if you're interested in purchasing the ProDot. It needed a goal of $3,500 and as of this posting, it has already exceeded that goal and currently sits at $4,450 with 31 days to go. Pledge $15 and you get all three colors. It's expected to ship December 2012 but no word on retail pricing outside of Kickstarter. Since it has met its goal, they have started production for the ProDot.
We'll have a full review of it when we get our grubby little fingers on it.
Canon has officially launched its own Canon forum. This is a public forum and open to anyone. Currently, there are five open boards: Camera, Printer, Cinema EOS, Camcorder and General Discussion. I'm sure as they get things settled, there will probably be more sections and sub-forums in the future.
You can register to join and start a conversation at http://forums.usa.canon.com.
Continue reading for press release.
Our good friends over at Carry Speed is having a special trade-in offer for sling straps and VF-3 viewfinder. All you have to do is trade in your old camera strap from any brand and any style — including the OEM neck strap that came with your camera and take 30% off your next purchase. The same trade-in program applies for old viewfinders but with 20% off your next purchase of a Carry Speed VF-3 Viewfinder. They'll even take it if its new, old or damaged!
IT IS TRADE-UP TIME! Save Money with the Carry Speed limited time Trade-In offerContinue reading for more information on how to get in on this deal and where to send your old strap or viewfinder to. If you don't know what strap to get, take a look at our Carry Speed strap reviews:
From now thru December 31st, you can simply trade-in your used camera strap, and take 30% OFF on Carry Speed Sling Straps, or you can trade in any used LCD Viewfinder and take 20% OFF on our new designed VF-3 Viewfinder. FREE SHIPPING TO ANY DOMESTIC ADDRESS, OR ADD $9.99, WE SHIP WORLDWIDE.
Pretty much it's a standard now to include video capabilities into a camera whether its a point-and-shoot or a DSLR. For DSLR, it's becoming more popular because not only can you take video but you can take pictures. Commercials and even movies are recorded with DSLR cameras. But how do they get that smooth focusing? They usually have an attachment touching the focus ring. Of course, using your hand/fingers will cause the camera to shake and that slight jerkiness in focusing.
FocusMaker's - follow focus benefits include:
- Simplicity — It attaches and removes in a snap. No need for heavy rigs or other gear
- Control — Easy to manage from behind the camera with a clear and accurate view
- Precise — Connects directly to your lens - no gears or coupling - highly accurate end stops
- Portable — Ultra lightweight, bring it anywhere
- Independence — No crew or gear needed - go by yourself
- Affordable — The most affordable tool to achieve highly accurate repeatable rack focus
- Flexibility — It fits just about any DSLR lens on any camera
We will have a full review when we have received our FocusMaker and have some time to play with it. In the mean time, continue reading for a full press release and sample videos.
Adorama offers the Benro 51.2" MEFOTO Travel Tripod Kit in Titanium, model no. A0350QT, for $94.95 with free shipping.
It folds up for compact travel and features 2-position leg angle stops, a recessed center-column hook, separate head and pan lock, bubble level, and more.
Benro A0350QT Features:
- Travel Compact: The tripod legs can be inverted and folded back 180° making it small enough to carry just about anywhere
- Two Position Leg Angle Stops: For an extra measure of flexibility, tripod legs can be independently locked into place at two different angles to enable shooting in cramped quarters, on irregular surface areas, or at ground level
- Recessed Center-Column Hook: A spring loaded recessed hook, located in the bottom of the center-column, allows you to hang additional weight from the tripod's center of gravity for increased stability
- Separate Head and Pan Lock: Individual locking knobs help to make the right adjustment
- Integral Bubble Level: Allows adjustment to prevent uneven pans and head movements
- Quick Twist Rubber Lock Grips with Anti-Rotation Leg System: MeFoto's innovative rubberized locking grips combined with anti-rotation legs enable fast and fumble-free set-up plus weather and dust-resistance
- Top-Mount Rapid Center Column: Simple and quick fine height adjustment controls on the top
- Precision Matched Q Series Ballhead: Dual Action Heavy Duty Ballhead with Arca-Swiss style compatible Quick Release Plate
- 360-degree Pan Index: Accurate panoramas can be easily orchestrated using the graduated panning scale for accurate image alignment
- Compact Carry Case with Shoulder Strap: High quality, durable case with strap provides protection and transport for yourtripod and head
Nikon has just announced the Nikon D5200 and WR-R10/WR-T10 wireless remote controller. The D5200 is Nikon's latest mid-range DX with 24.1 megapixels. It will be available in three different colors; black, red and bronze. Camera will be available sometime December 2012.
The camera was officially announced in Europe, Asia and Australia (with December 2012 release date) but Nikon USA did not issue a press release and have not updated their website. The information going around is that the D5200 for the US market will be announced during the 2013 CES show in Las Vegas (January 8-11, 2013).
Continue reading for full press release.
|Canon’s ‘Mark II’ center-pinch lens caps. From left to right: 82mm, 77mm, 72mm, 67mm, and 58mm|
Finally! Canon has finally updated their outdated lens caps with a more friendly version. Canon’s ‘Mark II’ center-pinch lens caps will come in various sizes; 82mm, 77mm, 72mm, 67mm, and 58mm.
New lens caps – designed for greater ease and convenience
The newly announced Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS and EF 35 f/2 IS will also come with newly-designed Mark II lens caps, which incorporate a hook mechanism in the center of the cover, as opposed to the sides. Simply pinching the hook allows users to quickly remove and replace caps mid-shoot, especially when using lens hoods. The re-designed lens caps will start to be rolled out across Canon’s entire EF lens range from the beginning of January 2013, and will also be available to buy separately.
No word on pricing for the lens caps but hopefully, it won't cost more than $10.
We posted yesterday of a leak that Canon will soon be announcing two new lenses. Today, Canon has officially announced the Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS and Canon EF 35 f/2 IS. The EF 24-70 f/4L will be included as a kit lens with Canon's new entry level full frame camera; Canon EOS 6D.
No word on what Canon will do with the current 24-105 f/4L that is sold separately and already included as a kit lens for Canon EOS 5D Mark II and 5D Mark III. I have a feeling they will slowly phase it out.
Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS $1499 at B&H Photo | Adorama
Canon EF 35 f/2 IS $849 at B&H Photo | Adorama
Continue reading for full press release.
These are the lenses Canon will soon announce, both image stabilized: EF 24-70mm f/4L IS and EF 35mm f/2 IS. The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS will be included with Canon EOS 6D's kits.
EF 24-70mm f/4L IS specifications:
- 15 elements in 12 groups, two aspherical lens, lens configuration sheet 2 UD lens
- 9-blade circular aperture
- Weather sealing
- Full-time manual focus
- Can switch to macro mode at the telephoto end
- 0.2m minimum focusing distance, 0.7 times the maximum magnification
- Hybrid IS Image Stabilizer
- 77mm filter size
- 600g weight, 93mm length, 83.4mm in diameter
- Released in early December 2012
- Expected price in Japan is ¥145 000 (including tax)
EF 35mm f/2 IS specifications:
- 10 sheets in 8 groups, the lens structure is molded glass aspherical lens
- 8 blade circular aperture
- 4 stops image stabilization
- AF motor ring USM, full-time manual focus
- 67mm filter size
- 62.6mm length, 77.9mm maximum diameter, 335g weight
- Released in early December 2012
- Expected price is Japan ¥74 000 (including tax)