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  • On Sale Now! Instant Savings on Select Canon PowerShot Digital Cameras

    Canon makes some of the most popular digital point and shoot cameras in the world, which are also known as PowerShots. And, now through July 9th many of Canon's most sought-after PowerShots are on sale. See below for more information on pricing for each model. Click through the provided links to see more details, and to be able to purchase the cameras online.

    Canon PowerShot SX30 IS:

    Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Digital Camera

    Originally $429, now on sale for $399 after a $30 INSTANT savings.

    Canon PowerShot SX230 IS:

    Canon PowerShot SX230 IS Digital CameraOriginally $349, now on sale for $329 after a $20 INSTANT savings

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS:

    Canon PowerShot 500 HS Digital CameraOriginally $299, now on sale for $279 after a $20 INSTANT savings.

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS:

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS Digital CameraOriginally $249, now on sale for $229 after a $20 INSTANT savings.

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS:

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS Digital CameraOriginally $199, now on sale for $179 after $20 INSTANT savings.

    Canon PowerShot A2200:

    Canon PowerShot A2200 Digital CameraOriginally $139, now on sale for $129 after a $10 INSTANT savings.

    With the July 4th weekend just around the corner any of these cameras would make a great addition for capturing every moment at your big party. Plus, all of these cameras offer a "fireworks" scene mode that allows for longer exposures to capture the entire trail of exploding fireworks. Keep in mind that a tripod will be required as any movement of the camera during a long exposure will render the image blurry.

  • Now Available! New Think Tank Photo Speed Bags!

    New! Think Tank Photo Speed Convertible Beltpacks

    The wildly popular Think Tank Photo Speed bags have been updated to V2.0 and are now available for sale. We sold a ton of the Speed Demons, Speed Freaks, and Speed Racers, and were a bit concerned when Think Tank told us they were being discontinued. Our customers loved them. Think Tank mentioned the upcoming release of updated replacements, but did not provide us with any details of what and when. Well, we are happy that we can now say the replacements, labeled V2.0, are here, in stock, and ready for sale.

    The Think Tank Speed Bag In Use

    These new, updated bags are really cool. They are virtually two bags in one. The Speed Demon V2.0, Speed Freak V2.0, and Speed Racer V2.0, which range in size according to the order listed here, can act as a beltpack/waistpack or shoulder pack as shown above. The designers at Think Tank were able to create a slick little resting place for the waist strap (see below) that is completely out of view, so when you are using the case as a shoulder bag it is completely out of the way, which means you aren't tripping up on the strap while photographing.

    New Think Tank Photo Speed BagsAll of the new Think Tank speed bags are available at our website with free standard shipping (restrictions apply): www.gmcamera.com. Click the bag names in the paragraph above to be taken to those bags directly.

  • Does my camera require a special charger to travel overseas?

    Almost every day we hear this question from customers, and the most common answer is no. Although not necessarily true in all cases, most chargers are auto voltage sensing. The voltage in the United States is 110. The voltage throughout Europe is 220. If the charger that came with your digital camera or camcorder was set to 110V, you would be out of luck when travelling through Europe. Luckily, must chargers have a voltage range of 100V-240V (see image below for what to look for on a charger to ensure it has the proper voltage sensing range):

    Voltage Sensing Charger DetailNow that you know your charger is compatible for international travel, you can pack it up and go, right? Well not so fast. The physical outlets in foreign countries are different than here in the United States. The consequence is that if you take your charger and try to plug it in the electrical outlet in some foreign country, most likely it isn't going to fit. Luckily, there is an easy solution. All you require is a plug adapter. Now, with plug adapter and auto voltage sensing charger in hand, enjoy exploring the world and make sure to send us some of your wonderful, albeit jealousy-inducing, photographs!

  • X-Rite ColorMunki Photo New Promotion

    With our more recent posts about color management, we thought you might like to know that X-Rite is now offering a $50 mail-in rebate on the ColorMunki Photo, now through June 30th.

    For those who are not aware, the ColorMunki is an all-in-one approach to color management. With one device you can color manage your computer's screen, a projector, and your printer's output.

    Please visit our website here to purchase the ColorMunki Photo.

    If you need the mail-in rebate form, you can download it here.

  • PocketWizard ControlTL Products for Nikon Now Available

    It's been a long time coming, but the PocketWizard MiniTT1, FlexTT5 and AC3 ZoneController for Nikon have started shipping and are now in stock (for now, at the time of this writing).

    As powerful as the Nikon Creative Lighting System is, it has its disadvantages and limitations. The biggest setback is the line-of-sight requirement. Want to hide a speedlight behind a wall, tree, or any other obstacle? Well,  sorry, but it probably won't fire. Also, in bright sunlight, or at greater distances, you'll be out of luck too.

    PocketWizard took the advantages of a wireless TTL flash system like the Nikon Creative Lighting System and gave it more guts. Instead of using the visible spectrum of light for communication, PocketWizard was able to make it work on a radio frequency. This improves the working distance, and obstacles no longer become...obstacles.

    Also, the AC3 ZoneController is an awesome accessory. It puts the power of being able to change lighting ratios at your fingertips. Have a couple lights all on the same system, but want to change their effective exposure? The AC3 allows you to quickly make that change right at your camera.

    For a more in-depth look at how the system works, make sure to check out this video. Please note, it was produced at a time when the ControlTL products were not available for Nikon, so the host only mentions Canon. No need to worry because--as you now know--they're available for Nikon too, and you can purchase them here.

  • Why use a ColorChecker chart, like the ColorChecker Passport? Well, watch this...

    We've been selling the X-Rite ColorChecker charts for a while now. More recently, X-Rite released the ColorChecker Passport--a more portable, advanced version of the traditional, larger target. The Passport includes a whole suite of features, including software, to maximize your camera's potential color by shooting in RAW. In addition, it can help you to create an efficient color correction workflow. What's the big deal with "workflow" anyway? Well, for one, it saves you time. Have 1500 images you shot of a wedding? Workflow is going to make your weekend of editing a lot more family and friend friendly, if you get what I mean.

    As powerful as the little Passport is, many customers have a difficult time grasping the idea, and/or feel guilty they may not be getting the best color possible while using it in the field and at home. Luckily the folks at Macgroup (the official distributors in the USA of X-rite products) held this webinar and recorded it. We've embedded it here for your easy viewing.

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    Don't own a ColorChecker Passport, but now think it's a must have? No problem, you can pick it up here:

    X-Rite ColorChecker Passport at Green Mountain Camera

    Also, if you like what you saw here, Macgroup offers other high-quality recordings of previous webinars here. We suggest you browse through some of these videos, and make sure to check out a few. You might just learn something new.

  • Canon's Full HD Movie Print Now Available for PIXMA Pro Printers

    If you're unaware, Canon's latest printers like the MG6120 and the MG8120 come prepackaged with software that allows you to take your HD videos shot with select Canon digital cameras, freeze the video, and print still images of those frozen frames. It's a cool feature... Think about it. If you're taking video of your child's birthday party and she does the cutest thing you've ever seen and you were shooting video but you want to send your family who couldn't make it to the party a print, you can! Want to hang it on your wall? Go for it!

    Many customers have been asking for this feature for their PIXMA Pro printers like the Pro9000 Mark II and the Pro9500 Mark II. And, now its available on these printers. All that's required is updating your Easy Photo Print EX software. Not sure how to do this? No problem. We've linked to a document Canon sent us that spells it all out for you:

    Here's how you can update your Easy Photo Print EX software to take advantage of the HD Movie Print feature with your Pro9000 Mk II and Pro9500 Mk II printers.

  • Memory Card Myths Demystefied

    The good people at SanDisk recently sent us some information about memory cards. There are a lot of myths surrounding memory cards, and certainly a lot of confusion when it comes to SD cards and differences in speeds, and those speeds when thinking of taking stills vs. video.

    We've copied the document SanDisk provided to us for you here. We hope it helps in demystifying any confusion you may currently have about memory cards.

    Memory Myths – Clear the Clutter
    The basic concept

    Think about a memory card as if it is a sponge. The data from your camera is a glass of water. Three basic principles govern the relationship between the sponge (card) and the water (data).

    Card capacity – how much water (data) can the sponge absorb
    Write speed of the card – how quickly can the sponge (card) absorb the water (data), expressed in MBS (MegaBytes per Second)
    Read speed of the card – how quickly can I wring out the sponge (card) once it’s full of water (data), also expressed in MBS (MegaBytes per Second)

    1. All cards are created equal
    False.

    SanDisk is one only of six prime manufacturers of flash memory wafers in the world, and we are the leader in flash memory cards. In addition to manufacturing our own flash, we also manufacture our own controllers (the “traffic cop” under the hood that determines where data gets written on the flash). Our controller technology reduces the likelihood that any one sector wears out prematurely, so the life of the card is maximized, and bottom line – you come home with your pictures and/ or video content.

    We also write the code that allows all the components to communicate and we do our own assembly and rigorous quality control testing. This is not the case with some other brands of flash cards on the market.

    2. Class is relevant to all performance in all types of memory cards – both for still and video.
    False.

    There are a few measurements of speed for flash cards, just like you can measure the speed of a car in both miles per hour and kilometers per hour.

    There are two measures of speed for CompactFlash cards – MBS (megabytes per second) and the “X” factor.

    Example: our Extreme CompactFlash cards are both 60MBS and 400X. These numbers represent the rate at which data can be transferred from/ to the card and host device (camera/ camcorder). If you know the MBS number (in this case 60MBS), you simply divide that number by .15, so in this case:
    60MBS/ .15 = 400X
    Conversely, if you know the “X factor, you can easily calculate the MBS:
    400X x .15 = 60MBS

    It’s a little more complicated with SDHC cards where there are three measures of speed. Let’s take an Extreme 30MBS, 200X, Class 6 card as an example. The same relationship between MBS (megabytes per second) and the “X” factor applies to SDHC as to CompactFlash:
    30MBS/ .15 = 200X

    In addition to the MBS and “X” factor, SDHC cards are also designated with a Class rating (typically Class 4, 6, or 10). The Class rating system is ONLY relevant when shooting full 1080P HD video onto SDHC cards. It is not applicable to CompactFlash cards and is NOT relevant to still photography when using SDHC cards. By definition, Class is the MINIMUM sustained read/ write speed of an SDHC card expressed in MegaBytes per Second (or MBS). The Class system was developed when flash based video came into vogue a few years ago, as a means to ensure the end result would be a drop-out free
    video when viewed on your television or PC. For example:
    -your camera manual specs a Class 6 card for shooting 1080P video
    This means you need a card with a minimum sustained write speed of 6MBS (megabytes per second) to ensure proper video quality from your camera/ camcorder.

    In addition, the Class rating is the MINIMUM video recording speed of the card, not the maximum performance (speed) of the card. SanDisk Extreme SDHC cards (ideal for video and still photography) run at a MINIMUM of 6MBS for video recording, and a MAXIMUM of 20MBS for burst shooting. Bottom line – not all Class 6 cards are created equal and the Class rating is only relevant to SDHC cards and only applicable to shooting 1080P HD video.

    3. The speed of a card is more important when shooting video vs. still photography.
    False.

    When recording video, you are shooting a small, but sustained stream of data onto a card (a garden hose). When you are shooting RAW files (still photography) at a burst rate of 5 or 6FPS, you are sending a 10 – 20 megabyte file (based on your particular camera brand/ model) onto a card 5 or 6 times per second (like aiming a fire hose at your memory card).

    4. CompactFlash cards are “professional” and more durable than SD cards.
    False.

    CompactFlash was the first form factor to the market and was the mainstay in digital
    photography for about 5 years. SD cards were developed to allow more compact camera designs, but they are actually more durable than CompactFlash cards because:
    -they are truly waterproof, shockproof, magnet and x-ray proof*

    5. SDXC cards are faster than SDHC cards.
    False.

    By definition:
    0 – 2 gigabytes = SD Card
    2+ - 32 gigabytes = SDHC Card
    32+ gigabytes = SDXC Card
    SDXC is simply a measure of a cards’s CAPACITY, not speed.

    *Up to 32GB capacity (refer to http://www.sandisk.com/about-sandisk/proof)

    If you are looking to purchase new memory, or upgrade the memory you have, please visit our website here:

    Green Mountain Camera : Photo Accessories : Memory Cards

  • Confused by Color Management? This will help!

    Datacolor has posted a series of webinars on color management using the Spyder system. If you've been confused by color management (or if your asking youself "what the heck is color management" right now), these free webinars may just be the thing you need.

    Datacolor Color Management Webinar Schedule for 2011

    Datacolor manufactures color management products for photographers, digital artists, and more. The first step for good color management starts with calibrating your monitor. If you've been editing your digital photographs and the prints just aren't coming out right, you've probably got the monitor blues (or reds, or greens). You may also need to get your printer profiled, but your monitor is the first, and easiest step. If you want to start off small, Datacolor offers the Spyder3Express. It offers professional results on the cheap. But, there are other, more comprehensive options too.

    Check out the calibration page on our website to see what Datacolor has to offer for color management products:

    Green Mountain Camera : Photo Accessories : Calibration

    As always, if you need help making the right choice, just give us a call (802-244-0883) or email us (sales@gmcamera.com).

  • Nikon Coolpix P7000 Real World First Impressions

    We've had the Nikon Coolpix P7000 in the store now since September, but we've been so busy we haven't had time to really try the camera out. Yes, there are always the moments in the store when we have a few minutes between customers and we sneak a chance to play with the latest and greatest, but it wasn't until this weekend that we really got to try out the new P7000.

    Nikon Coolpix P7000 High-End Digital Point & Shoot

    For those who are not aware, the Nikon Coolpix P7000 is Nikon's high-end digital point and shoot. This relatively compact digital camera has a lot of advanced features, and many external buttons for the advanced user who wants quick manual control over their picture taking experience.

    The P7000 features a 1/1.7" 10.1 megapixel CCD image sensor. It also features a very useful 28-200mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens with a maximum aperture range of 2.8-5.6. Some of the advanced features include a 1/4000 sec. maximum shutter speed and the ability to shoot in RAW. Unfortunately the RAW file type is not the same as Nikon's D-SLRs (NRW instead of NEF), so Nikon D-SLR users won't find it a seamless process editing the P7000, and their D-SLR RAW, files. For a full list of specifications, please feel free to visit Nikon's website, www.nikonusa.com.

    This weekend we took a few pictures of a barn being built in Milton, VT, and a couple other shots during a short walk in the woods in Williston, VT. First, we will show you the images, and then we will talk about real world first impressions.

    Overall we found the P7000 to be a great, relatively compact digital camera. The image quality is impressive for a point and shoot, and we found the lens to be very sharp. As you can see, we really enjoyed the in-camera black and whites. The camera is extremely light, and especially for how rugged it feels, so carrying it around was a breeze.

    The P7000 offers a lot of external buttons, and at first we found this to be a drawback. The number of buttons, and the overall button layout seemed to slow us down during our picture taking. Of course, and as with anything, once we got familiar with the button configuration, handling the camera was a lot more fun. We did find the exposure compensation dial to be one of the most useful external controls, and the camera seemed to react quickly once the exposure compensation was adjusted, and the LCD instantly displayed a preview of what we could expect. The dial on top of the camera that controls ISO and other functions was unlike the exposure compensation. Using this dial felt "laggy", and changing the ISO seemed to take longer than it really should.

    As mentioned above, we found the lens to be impressively sharp. In addition, the zoom range is very useful. We never really found ourselves wanting more, be it wider angle or more telephoto. For a compact, the 28-200mm zoom range seems to hit a sweet, useful spot for us. We did find the autofocus to overall be very quick for a compact camera, but when we were taking a picture of a darker scene, or something without a lot of contrast, the autofocus had a difficult time. In low light or low contrast we often had the camera hunt for focus, stop, and then give us a blank screen with a message that the lens was initializing. We can see how this could be extremely frustrating, especially if something important was waiting to be captured.

    When taking digital photographs we usually like to take advantage of the instant feedback at our fingertips. So, we often review our photographs, checking for sharp focus. With the P7000 we did find this to be a slower process. Zooming in during playback was "laggy", and then zooming back out just doubled that effort. What we saw when we did zoom in made us happy, however; because there we saw accurate, sharp focus.

    Overall we really enjoyed the P7000. We really liked its light, rugged feel. Carrying it on us wasn't a chore, at all. We thought the bulkier size for a point and shoot would be noticeable, but the light weight kept it from being a drag. Our only qualms with it didn't really have to do with image quality. For a point and shoot, it is definitely at the high-end. We did notice reduced color saturation in dimmer lighting, but this is to be expected. The combination of a longer zoom lens that is also very sharp helped with our creativity. As you can see, we really enjoyed the in-camera black and white functionality of this camera, and thought it made some really dramatic black and whites, which, for us, is the joy of black and white photographs. Many photographers looking for a high-end point and shoot will want this camera to function like an SLR. The reality is that this camera is still a point and shoot, and, therefore, very portable, so it should not be expected to handle like an SLR. For those not expecting it to handle like an SLR, but are still looking for a very high quality, portable camera, we definitely recommend the P7000.

    Interested in purchasing the Nikon Coolpix P7000? Find it by clicking here.

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