Get 15% off the already amazingly-priced Nik Collection by Google!

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A couple years ago Google acquired Nik Software and heavily discounted the price of the entire Nik Collection to just $149. An amazing deal considering the bundle weighed in at around $500 before the acquisition. Now you can get 15% off and drop that price down to just $126.65! During checkout apply coupon code cdodds and the discount will be reflected in your shopping cart.

  • Analog Efex Pro – Explore the look and feel of classic cameras, films, and lenses.
  • Color Efex Pro – A comprehensive set of filters for color correction, retouching, and creative effects.
  • Silver Efex Pro – Master the art of black-and-white photography with darkroom-inspired controls.
  • Viveza – Selectively adjust the color and tonality of your images without complicated masks or selections.
  • HDR Efex Pro – From natural to artistic, explore the full potential of HDR photography.
  • Sharpener Pro – Bring out hidden details consistently with the professional’s choice for image sharpening.
  • Dfine – Improve your images with noise reduction tailored to your camera.

Dell 28-inch Ultra HD monitor coming soon? More like coming today!

Dell P2815Q

Dell’s groundbreaking Dell 28 Ultra HD Monitor – P2815Q was announced at CES and has been listed as Coming Soon and available January 23 (tomorrow). This will probably be the defacto Mac Pro monitor until Apple releases new affordable Apple-branded displays. Well, good news. The $699.99 P2815Q appears to be available for sale early but you have to search for it. Then use coupon code QZLZVG878LG5V6 to save 10% off. For an even bigger discount use “Continue Personalizing” and “Buy a second monitor and save” to get a second one for $524.99.

You’re welcome.

5.11 Tactical Uniform Shirts on sale for $5.99!

5.11 Tactical B Class Uniform Shirt
5.11 Tactical B Class Uniform Shirt
5.11 Tactical B Class Uniform Shirt

Although I haven’t written up a review yet I’ve become a big fan of 5.11 Tactical Taclite Pro vented polyester/cotton ripstop shirts which MSRP for $54.99 USD. They’re absolutely perfect for both photography and travel with hidden document pockets to store your phone, passport, travel documents, memory cards, and anything else you can stuff in!

So when I saw that 5.11 Tactical had their polyester/rayon B Class Uniform Shirt on Closeout for only $5.99 I jumped at the chance to pick up a few. They’re not vented like the Taclite Pro (which actually makes them a bit dressier) but have the same Teflon® treatment and hidden document pockets.

The only thing I’m a bit weary of is that these are indeed police/military uniform shirts with badge rivets and shoulder straps which may make wearing my Lowepro Fastpack 350 uncomfortable. But for $5.99 I’ll take that chance for a great shirt to toss into my Go Bag.

As a bonus, use coupon code 511TACSIGN at 5.11 Tactical to get 15% off your order (may not be valid on closeout items; I haven’t tried).

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Testing out a Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 6 Plus

Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 6 Plus

Our storage requirements have finally grown enough that it’s no longer feasible to rely on internal drives and direct-attached storage on our notebooks and workstations. Instead, we’ll be testing out a Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 6 Plus to split up the workload. All archived projects and old media files that don’t get accessed on a daily basis will get offloaded to the ReadyNAS while current projects and Lightroom galleries will continue to live on speedy internal drives. This infrastructure change will require rethinking our backup strategy but, in the long run, should drastically improve things.

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Tracking down replacement UPS batteries

APC BR24BP external battery pack

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) batteries have an expected lifespan of 3 to 5 years and need upkeep and maintenance just like your rechargeable camera and flash batteries. Unfortunately, after a failed self-test, maintenance pretty much translates to battery replacement for high-end units or upgrading to a new UPS for low-end consumer units. And, whether replacing just the battery or the full unit, the old lead-acid battery needs to be disposed of properly at your local dump or transfer station.

The good news is that most UPS batteries are user-replaceable and vendors like APC provide battery replacement guides that will assist in finding new batteries or recommend discounted UPS replacements through trade-in programs such as APC Trade-UPS.
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The Canon rumormill is working overtime…

The Canon rumormill is currently buzzing over the fact that dozens of lenses have disappeared off of Canon’s EOS (SLR) Camera Systems Web site and are now in the discontinued product archive. I first noticed the missing products while researching Canon’s last flagship 35mm film body, the Canon EOS-1v, which was also moved to the archive.

Rumors range from the plausible to the utterly absurd; the gamut is run from possible price increases going into effect after Canon’s current rebates expire on 16-Jan 2010 through the prospect of a full-line refresh of every single EF lens due to reports of the upcoming Canon EOS-1Ds Mark IV having a square sensor all the way up to Canon getting out of the lens business completely.

I’m selfishly hoping for price increases due to my recent acquisition of a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM and pile of Canon Speedlite 580EX II units. At least my Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM aren’t on the list.