Deal Alert: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM – $770 (compare to $899)

35mm Comparison Authorised Sigma dealer CameraLand on eBay (99.8% positive ratings) has the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens on sale for $769.99. Free shipping in the US, limited stock. Compare to $899 on AmazonNote: this is not a grey import item. Camera Land says:

As one of the largest Sigma dealers in the USA we are happy to offer this great lens at a super price. It comes with the USA Warranty.

We had an in store demo and these were shown and put back in the box. Because of this we won’t sell them as new never opened

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Canon Rebel T5i Firmware Update available for Download (ver. 1.1.4)

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Canon released firmware version 1.1.4 for the Rebel T5i/700D. Firmware version 1.1.4 incorporates the following fixes and improvements:

1. Fixes a phenomenon in which focus may not be adjusted with specific lenses when shooting remotely with EOS Utility software.
2. Fixes a phenomenon in which “LCD brightness” may not be adjusted after pressing the SET button if “Menu Display” is assigned to the SET button in the Custom Functions setting (C.Fn-7).
3. Enhances the reliability of the built-in flash exposure.

Download the firmware update here

Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 Announced

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On1 released Perfect Photo Suite 9.5. Press release:

Introducing Perfect Photo Suite 9.5

We take user feedback seriously. Our team has worked hard the past several months to improve performance and user experience in the latest release of our photo-editing app – Perfect Photo Suite. In this latest release, version 9.5, we’ve improved performance and usability for customers in several areas which include; browsing photos, portrait retouching, processing speed, feature additions, and enhancements.

Browse

Browsing photos is one of the key improvements and one of the most important tasks for photographers. Today, photographers use Perfect Browse as a front end to their workflow with other programs like Adobe® Lightroom® and Photoshop®.

Speed

The biggest reason to adopt this workflow is speed. Browsing photos must be fast, period. Improved speed in viewing photos assists in organizing photo libraries and helps determine what photos you want to work on. Specifically, the ability to view large Raw files in detail can take forever with some apps. Not with Perfect Browse. Users will see up to a 50% increase in speed with the latest version. Quickly seeing all the detail in photos without pixilation allows for faster culling, sorting, and rating. Then send your photos with the ratings intact to Lightroom or other applications, faster than ever before.

Organize

We’ve also added new features to Perfect Browse, which makes it a great standalone option for getting organized. on1 Albums allow you to create a collection of your favorite photos and provide a fast way to view them without searching. Want to drag and drop photos into an album? It’s simple to do right in Perfect Browse. Select the photos you want to add to the album and drag them to the Album Hot Spot. Photos in an on1 album can live anywhere, whether in the cloud or on your computer.

Faster Retouching and Effects

Another area we’ve focused on is improved speed and performance for portrait retouching and filters in Perfect Effects. Perfect Portrait is now faster than ever for auto face detection, and finding the details of the face, eyes, lips, and mouth. With easier to adjust control points and smoother sliders it makes for much quicker portrait edits. Many of the filters in Perfect Effects have been updated to use the computer GPU to make them much faster.

New Features

In addition to all the performance enhancements, Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 also has some great new features. The Line Mask tool allows you to create a straight path for masking sharp edges where brushing is difficult. Luminosity Masks have also been added for users to work on the luminance values or lighter and darker parts of a photo based on a specific selection.

To learn more about Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 and the rest of the new features, availability, and pricing, please visit:

www.on1.com/products/suite9

Canon Named One of America’s Best Employers By Forbes

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Canon press release:

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 13, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that the Company has been named to the first-ever “America’s Best Employers” list by Forbes. Canon placed 22 out of 25 in the “Semiconductors, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Technology Hardware and Equipment” category, and 464 out of 503 on the overall list – the list was developed from a survey of over 20,000 professionals.

“Canon is honored to be recognized as a top employer in the U.S.,” said Joe Adachi, chairman and CEO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Our corporate culture is built on the philosophy of Kyosei, where all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously live and work together into the future. We value the expertise and loyalty of our employees. Their many contributions to our success have allowed us to grow and develop innovative technologies and solutions that will be used for generations to come.”

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