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Jan 30th - Featured Thread Winners! Jan 31, 2015
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Winter in Canadian Rockies by harshaj1

Nature & Wildlife:
A few of my favs from last year by Chris Schlaf

People Photography:
Portrait Experience with D750 by LivingLoud

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Canon EOS-1D C $4,000 price to drop! Jan 30, 2015
Canon EOS 1DC price to drop $4,000!

On Sunday, February 1st, the price of the Canon EOS-1D C cinema camera will be lowered to $7,999.

Currently the price is listed at $11,999.

Canon EOS-1D C $7999: Adorama | B&H
(updated prices on February 1st)
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Canon 5DS 50MP full frame DSLR specs leaked! Jan 30, 2015
Canon 5Ds 50MP full frame DSLR specs leaked!
Japanese website Digicame-info have leaked partial specifications and a picture of the upcoming Canon 5DS and 5DS R cameras. The "R" version will have the low pass filter removed.
  1. 50.6MP full-size CMOS sensor (Developed by Canon or Sony?)
  2. 5DS R is a low-pass filter has been canceled
  3. The body is magnesium alloy. Dust and water
  4. Dual processor DIGIC6
  5. Regular sensitivity ISO100-6400
  6. Continuous shooting 5 frames / sec.
  7. High precision 61-point AF
  8. EOS iTR AF
  9. 150,000 pixel RGB + IR photometry sensor
  10. Added "fine detail" to the Picture Style
  11. 1.3x and 1.6x crop shooting mode
  12. Customizable "Quick Control Screen"
  13. Time-lapse movie
  14. Anti-flicker
  15. Interval Timer
  16. Bulb timer

There is no mention at all of any video specifications yet. I will keep you posted.
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Canon EOS 5D Mark III updated to v1.3.3 Jan 29, 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III updated to v1.3.3
Firmware Version 1.3.3 incorporates the following improvement and fix:

Improves the AF controllability when shooting in Live View mode with a wide-angle lens (fixed focal length or zoom).
Corrects some incorrect indications on the “English” and “Russian” menu screens.
Firmware Version 1.3.3 is for cameras with Firmware Version 1.2.3 or earlier. If your camera's firmware is already Version 1.3.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

Note: Once the EOS 5D Mark III camera is updated to Version 1.3.3, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version (Versions 1.0.7 through 1.2.3).

Download Firmware Version 1.3.3 for the EOS 5D Mark III Camera

Buy from B&H Photo ($300 off, rebates expires on Jan 31st)
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Canon Releases New 1DX Firmware v2.0.7 Jan 28, 2015
Canon Releases New 1DX Firmware Dated January 29, 2015
Firmware Version 2.0.7 incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes.

1. Improves the AF controllability when shooting in Live View mode with a wide-angle lens (fixed focal length or zoom).
2. Fixes a phenomenon in which, when shooting long exposures (several minutes), vertical lines appear on the right edge of captured images (still photos).
3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) may not perform as intended when in continuous shooting mode and where the shutter speed is longer than 1 second.
4. Improves the reliability of the control mechanism for the Picture Style Auto setting.
5. Fixes a phenomenon in which the electronic level indicator does not work correctly.
6. Fixes a phenomenon in which, when using the "Save and read camera settings" function, the color space data that is selected in "Custom shooting mode (C1-C3)" is not saved. *1
7. Corrects some incorrect indications on the "English" and "Russian" menu screens.

Update: Download firmware from Canon USA site (2.0.7)
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Weekly Assignment 641 winner: airfrogusmc Jan 28, 2015

Congratulations to airfrogusmc for winning WA 641, based on the theme: Forgotten Items.

The top five photos displayed below, will also be showcased on our Winners Gallery.

Voting is now open for the WA 642 winners.
Cast your vote!

Weekly Assignment 642 just started with theme: "Metal"
Deadline: February 4th noon - Participate!
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Jan 23rd - Featured Thread Winners! Jan 24, 2015
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
The Inner Chamber (8x10) by Ben Horne

Nature & Wildlife:
The Hunter (10) by tfoltz

People Photography:
Great Week: Bridal shoot for mag by friscoron

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Tamron new 15-30mm F/2.8 DI VC Lens for $1,199 Jan 22, 2015
Tamron new 15-30mm F/2.8 DI VC Lens for $1199
Tamron officially released the price* for the all new 15-30mm F/2.8 DI VC Lens.

Specifications:
  1. Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  2. XGM and LD Glass Elements
  3. Vibration Compensation
  4. eBAND and BBAR Coatings
  5. Fluorine Coating on Front Element
  6. Ultrasonic Silent Drive AF System
  7. Built-In Lens Hood
  8. Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  9. SILKYPIX Developer Studio Software

*Pre-order yours today for $1199 with Free Expedited Shipping.

B&H Photo | Adorama
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Adorama Deal: Canon EOS 6D Kit Bundle for $1,249 Jan 21, 2015
Adorama Deal: Canon EOS 6D Kit Bundle for $1,249
Adorama just added new 6D bundles with the lowest prices I've seen from an authorized reseller.

Canon EOS 6D Body Bundle:

• Canon EOS 6D 20.2 Megapixel Digital Camera
• Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
• Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets

$1,249 after mail-in rebate


Canon EOS 6D w/EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens Bundle:

• Canon EOS-6D Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
• Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
• Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets

$1,749 after mail-in rebate
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Weekly Assignment 640 winner: kv9f68 Jan 21, 2015

Congratulations to kv9f68 for winning WA 640, based on the theme: Choice.

The top five photos displayed below, will also be showcased on our Winners Gallery.

Voting is now open for the WA 641 winners.
Cast your vote!

Weekly Assignment 641 just started with theme: "Friendship"
Deadline: January 28th noon - Participate!
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Canon EOS 1D X DSLR for $4,199 Shipped Jan 19, 2015
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR for $4,199 Shipped
eBay's AllNewShop has the Canon EOS-1D X body for $4,199.99 with free shipping.

(Compare at $5,999.00 after current rebates)

  1. Canon EOS-1D X for $4,199.99

FYI: Ebay items are usually grey market, and therefore not technically covered under Canon USA's warranty. However, It's known that Canon USA does service gray market cameras and lenses.
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Adorama deal: Canon EOS 70D Bundle for $799 Jan 18, 2015
Adorama deal: Canon EOS 70D Bundle for $799
Adorama has a great deal on a Canon EOS 70D promotional bundle for $799

(Regular $1,349.00) after $350 Mail-In Rebate and $200 Instant Rebate!
Includes:
  1. Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera Body
  2. Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  3. Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19", 50 Sheets

http://www.adorama.com/ICA70DZ.html
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Jan 16th - Featured Thread Winners! Jan 17, 2015
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Iceland is Hot by EdwinM

Nature & Wildlife:
Barred owl by Trey Neal

People Photography:
My beautiful daughter. by pagekuepper

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Price drop: Canon EOS 5D Mark III for $2,264 shipped Jan 17, 2015
Price drop: Canon EOS 5D Mark III for $2,264 shipped
eBay's getitdigital is selling the full frame Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR body for $2,264.99 with free shipping and 30 days money back.

Compare at $2,799 after all current rebates. That's the cheapest I've seen but it's gray market.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/151103804890
11 posts  |  2381 views
Weekly Assignment 639 winner: CDalessandro Jan 14, 2015

Congratulations to CDalessandro for winning WA 639, based on the theme: Chairs.

The top five photos displayed below, will also be showcased on our Winners Gallery.

Voting is now open for the WA 640 winners.
Cast your vote!

Weekly Assignment 640 just started with theme: "Forgotten Items"
Deadline: January 21st noon - Participate!
14 posts  |  1790 views
Hot Deal: Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS for only $647 Jan 13, 2015
Hot Deal: Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS for only $647

eBay's GetItDigital is selling the Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS for $647 with free shipping.

Compare at $1,149.00

http://www.ebay.com/itm/141091727885

FYI: Ebay items are usually grey market, and therefore not technically covered under Canon USA's warranty. However, It's known that Canon USA does service gray market cameras and lenses.
3 posts  |  2070 views
Samyang/Rokinon 135mm f/2 ED UMC officially announced! Jan 12, 2015
Samyang/Rokinon 135mm f/2 ED UMC officially announced!
Samyang just announced their new 135mm f/2 ED UMC lens. The new fast telephoto prime was designed for full-frame DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. A truly versatile lens for portraiture, this lens features an f/2.0 maximum aperture to help isolate subjects using selective focus techniques.

The optical design incorporates one extra-low dispersion element to minimize chromatic aberrations, and a UMC coating has been applied to control lens flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color accuracy. An inner focusing mechanism maintains the overall lens length during use, and a minimum focusing distance of 2.6' enables working with close-up subjects.

Full specifications:
  1. Aperture Range: f/2.0 to f/22
  2. One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  3. Ultra Multi-Coating
  4. Manual Focus; Manual Aperture Ring
  5. Minimum Focus Distance: 2.6'
  6. Filter Thread Diameter: 77mm
  7. Removable Lens Hood
  8. Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  9. Mounts: Canon EF, Nikon F, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, Pentax K, Samsung NX, Sony A and Sony E

Pre-order from B&H Photo for $549 and $599 for the cine version:

  1. Rokinon 135mm f/2 ED UMC lens $549

  2. Rokinon 135mm T2.2 Cine DS Lens $599

Detailed info at Samyang.com
56 posts  |  6753 views
Jan 9th - Featured Thread Winners! Jan 10, 2015
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Storming the Castle by ckcarr

Nature & Wildlife:
Matthewo's 2014 Year End Review (Top 50) by matthewo

People Photography:
Swedish Model - Emma by Nisa

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