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March 8, 2012
Posted in Deals

Instant Rebates at B&H for Canon Gear

We just got this info. B&H is extending the instant rebates on the Digital Rebels, the 60D, the 7D and the 5D Mark II until March 31.

  • Digital Rebel/EOS xxxD (click here)
  • 60D, 7D and 5D Mark II (click here)
  • Available Instant Rebates on all Canon DSLR cameras and lenses (body only and with kit, click here)
  • Available Instant Rebates on Canon Lenses (click here)
  • Available Instant Rebates on Canon Point&Shot cameras (click here)

March 8, 2012
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EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM available for pre-order

The recently announced EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II can be pre-ordered at B&H (click here).

March 8, 2012
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And Finally: A Lot of 5D Mark III RAW Samples

EDIT: you need Adobe Camera Raw 6.7rc to open the files (click here to download).

Studio test images in JPG and RAW format. They come from imaging-resource.com and the whole ISO range is covered, including L (ISO 50), H1 (ISO 51200) and H2 (ISO 102400) modes.

See them all clicking here

More samples, movies, hands-on videos and reviews, and world-wide pre-order options can be seen clicking here.

EOS 5D Mark III: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay

March 7, 2012
Posted in News, Reviews

Adobe Lightroom 4 Review

You probably already know that Adobe released Lightroom 4. I am a big fan of LR, using it since the first release.

DPreview published a review about the latest release (click here). And they are more than positive about the new tweaks and features (me too, as far as I can tell having played around with the LR 4 public beta).

One of the most acclaimed tweaks in LR4 is the new Process Version (PV 2012), that’s the underlaying image processing engine.

PV2012 stands out by introducing a redesigned and recalibrated set of the Develop module’s Basic panel tools, along with more localized editing options. Simply put, PV2012 is of huge consequence for every serious Lightroom user. Its changes are significant and will have a direct effect on your editing workflow.

For what I have seen using the public beta, the new PV is definitely more usable, especially for adjustments of shadows and highlights.

From DPreviews conclusion:

Lightroom 4 is a substantial upgrade and for many users will represent a significant change from their current Lightroom workflow. Yet it does not take long to get the hang of the changes to the Develop module, for instance, and after processing dozens of images in PV2012, I find I am consistently getting pleasing results in fewer discrete steps.

and

For many (myself included), the use of Lightroom is based first and foremost around image quality. Adobe can add all the bells and whistles they want in order to keep pace with the competition, but I have to be able to get great looking results from my raw files. With version 4 it’s clear that the Lightroom team has kept its eye on the prize, so to speak.

The raw conversion engine introduced with PV2012 strikes a better balance between image sharpness, detail rendition and noise reduction. A new, automated CA correction tool works impressively well on a range of images. And the addition of more localized adjustment parameters saves some trips to Photoshop. Put simply, you can get superior results from raw files compared to previous versions. It’s hard to think of a more compelling reason to upgrade than that.

Adobe Lightroom 4 will have a retail price of $149, but there are student versions and other options.

Adobe Lightroom 4 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay

[via dpreview]

March 7, 2012
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More EOS 5D Sample Pics

Canon Europe silently published another bunch of 5D3 sample images. Only JPGs and no RAW. Clicking on the images below you will open the original files. Be aware that these have a huge size (up to approx. 18-19 Mbyte).

More samples, movies, hands-on videos and reviews, and world-wide pre-order options can be seen clicking here.

EOS 5D Mark III: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay

5D3 ISO 100

5D3 ISO 100

5D3 ISO 100

5D3 ISO 100

5D3 ISO 100

5D3 ISO 100

5D3 ISO 100

5D3 ISO 200

5D3 ISO 200

5D3 ISO 400

5D3 ISO 400

5D3 ISO 800

5D3 ISO 1600

5D3 ISO 1600 (Hey, that's Ljubljana in Slovenia)

5D3 ISO 6400

5D3 ISO 6400

5D3 ISO 25600

March 7, 2012
Posted in News

Next-Generation Ipad – Liveblog on Engadget

In this very moment most probably the iPad3 is getting to be announced at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.

Engadget is following the Event with a Live Blog (click here).

More later…

EDIT: iPad2 drops to $399, stays available. iPad3 will follow same pricing scheme as predecessors (i.e. 16GB WiFi is $499). Apple Store non accessible at the moment. Stay tuned.

 

 

March 7, 2012
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Rumor: New Canon EOS C300 for NAB?

German site slashcam.de (Google translation) reports a rumor about Canon announce a new, and cheaper, model of the EOS C300 at NAB 2012. Cheaper because it would not have interchangeable optics.

This would make somewhat sense, since yesterday Nikon  (thanks Scotch) Sony announced two new models of C300′s direct competitors: the PMW-F3K/RGB and the PMWF3L/RGB (click here information), and both should be cheaper (but I couldn’t find a price so far) than the actually available C300 (around $16,000 body only), which, btw, just started shipping a month ago. The murmured “special edition”-C300 could hence be the chance for Canon to drop prices one step further and to counter Nikon’s announcement.

Let’s see what’s happening.

[via SC]

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