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 Friday, October 2, 2015
Tamron SP 35mm & 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lenses
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Post Date: 10/2/2015 10:50:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM Lens
PhotoPlus Expo 2015 is right around the corner and I am of course wondering if any new Canon products might be seen at this show. With Canon recently deleting a couple of older lenses from their lineup, the timing seemed right to re-compute the 10 oldest Canon lens list.
#ModelYear Introduced
1Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens Buy1987
2Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Buy1991
3Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy1991
4Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy1991
5Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy1992
6Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy1992
7Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy1993
8Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy1993
9Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy1995
10Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy1995

The bottom 10 list is always ripe with good speculation material. I'll fabricate some rumors to get us started.
Knocking #1 off of the list right away: holding the third-least-popular position does not bode well for a 50mm f/2.5 macro lens replacement. Perhaps a new 50mm f/1.4 with 1:1/1x macro capabilities (similar to the 24-70mm f/4L IS or at least with a dedicated extension tube) will arrive and eliminate this lens from the list?
The referenced 50mm f/1.4 is number 7 on this list. This lens is a perennial favorite, but it is showing strong signs of aging. Its replacement should be more than just the same optical design in a modernized body. To be positioned adequately above the 50mm f/1.8 STM, this lens should have improved wide-aperture image quality and fast Ring USM AF. Adding image stabilization would vault this lens' popularity.
The 85 f/1.8 and 100 f/2 (#5 and #2 respectively) are good value lenses now. Modernize their build, modestly improve the optics and add image stabilization to get a pair of must-have primes.
When Canon introduced the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens, most of us expected to see the TS-E 45mm and TS-E 90mm lenses (#3 and #4 on the list) to be next-replaced. We've been waiting for that announcement for about 6 years now. That these two lenses hold the last two positions on the site's popularity list may explain why we haven't seen these updates. That a product refresh would launch them off of the bottom positions could easily be argued.
The 20mm f/2.8? This is not a popular lens and ... I don't remember ever hearing anyone wanting a replacement for it. Improve the image quality, modernize the design and add IS for, minimally, a better seller. Make the focal length wider for more-increased popularity.
The 28 f/1.8 is only very slightly more popular than the 20 f/2.8 and ... I don't hear demand for its replacement either.
Do nothing other than add image stabilization to the 400 f/5.6L and huge quantities of this lens would be flowing from the warehouses.
Bonus speculation: The Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens is due for replacement. This lens hit my radar because the year introduced spec is blank in our database, causing it to sort above numbers in my query (placing it in first place on this list). I know that you love that silver ring, but ... the low cost full frame telephoto zoom lens position is ripe to be filled by an image stabilized EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 STM Lens with modernized build design. Add it to the 6D via a kit or a bundle rebate.
What do you think?!
What do you think will happen to the lenses on this list? Let us know in the comments!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/2/2015 7:14:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From the Adobe Photoshop Blog:
"Mars has monopolized the media as of late – and for good reason. 20th Century Fox’s new epic sci-fi film “The Martian” will be released October 2nd, perfectly aligned with NASA’s announcement this week of the possibility of life-giving water on the arid planet’s surface.
Add these recent headlines together and suddenly the fourth planet from the sun is feeling a little closer to home. But long before Mars was a big deal in the news, French photographer Julien Mauve created “Greetings from Mars”– a photo series that captures the red planet through the eyes of a few space-tourists. We caught up with Julien to get the behind the scenes details of the photo shoot, learn more about why he created the series, and see why sometimes the best ideas are a little out of this world."
Check out the Adobe Photoshop Blog for the entire article and don't miss Julien Mauve's website for all of his Mars themed portraits.
Post Date: 10/2/2015 5:42:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
LEE Filters Starter 2 Filter Set
For a limited time, B&H has the LEE Filters Starter 2 Filter Set available for $149.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $260.00.
Product Highlights
  • Includes Filter Holder
  • Includes Coral Grad 3 Resin Filter
  • Includes .6 ND Resin Graduated Filter
  • Made to the Highest Standards
  • Hand-Made and Inspected
  • Coral Filter Adds Warmth to the Image
  • ND Filter Lowers Effective ISO
  • Hard Edge Filters
  • Includes Rugged Cordura Pouch
  • Excellent for Film or Digital
Post Date: 10/2/2015 5:14:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 1, 2015
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 1DX DSLR Camera (review) available for $3,899.99 with free shipping. Compare at $4,599.00 after $700.00 instant savings.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/1/2015 7:58:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Reikan Focal v2 Splash Screen
From Reikan:
We're delighted to announce the FULL release of Reikan FoCal 2 for Windows and Mac bringing a whole host of exciting new features.
Here's a taster of what FoCal 2 can do:
  • Compare your results - With FoCal 2, you can now compare the results of your tests with the results from thousands of other FoCal users to see how your equipment is really performing.
  • Review your previous tests - You can review the detailed results of previous tests you’ve run for comparison. This includes most of the tests you’ve run with FoCal 1 as well.
  • Faster and more accurate results - Get accurate results in less time with the new analysis algorithms in FoCal 2.
  • Analyse more - You can dig deeper into the performance of your camera and lens with the extra information such as Astigmatism Factor, as well as reviewing more details about each shot taken.
  • Improved look and feel - The user interface is easier to understand, with new tabbed windows, more logical operation and comprehensive keyboard control.
  • Voice Prompts - FoCal 2 even talks to you! Calibrate any camera without needing to sit looking at the computer screen – any changes you might need to make at the camera are spoken out loud.
  • Free Upgrade - FoCal 2.0 is a free upgrade for all holders of a FoCal 1 license, so there’s nothing more to pay to get all these new features!
For more information, check out the Reikan FoCal Blog.
Category: Reikan News
Post Date: 10/1/2015 11:11:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Canon Japan has released a series of [rather wacky by American standards] marketing videos called "Alice in Tokyo." The most amusing video for me was "Alice in Tokyo #5." If you only have the chance to see one, I'd suggest watching that one. [Sean]




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Post Date: 10/1/2015 10:18:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Professional Network
From the Canon Professional Network:
"Top sports photographer Al Bello (Getty Images) has been working in the photographic industry since 1990 and has thus far won four World Press Photo Awards for his work. In an exclusive interview he spoke to CPN writer Steve Fairclough about his career, his inspirations and how he shot some of his most famous pictures."
Even if the name looks unfamiliar to you, you're probably familiar with some of Bello's work. His most famous image – that of New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham's three-fingered catch – is one almost any NFL football fan will recognize. [Sean]
Check out the full article on the Canon Professional Network.
Al Bello's Go-To Gear
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Post Date: 10/1/2015 9:17:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Nikon USA YouTube Channel:
Nikon Ambassador and naturalist, Ron Magill, shares tips for photographing birds from the Wings of Asia Aviary at Zoo Miami.
Gear Used
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/1/2015 8:01:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II and the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III behind the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens are now available on the site.
These new results allow direct comparison of the 35 L II with a large number of other lenses. One comparison of interest is the Canon 35 f/1.4L II compared to the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens.
What is still the case: B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens available for preorder (initial inventory sold out quickly).
Can't wait? The Canon Store has the 35 L II in stock and several are available on eBay.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/1/2015 7:49:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Nikon:
October 1, 2015 – Nikon Corporation (Kazuo Ushida, President, Tokyo) is pleased to announce that the Nikon Museum will open on October 17, 2015, on the second floor of its head office in Shinagawa, for the 100th anniversary of Nikon's foundation in 2017.
The Nikon Museum is the first facility where the histories, products, and technologies of all of Nikon's enterprises are exhibited.
Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) was established in 1917, and since then has been providing unique value based on its opto-electronic and precision technologies throughout the world.
The purpose of the Nikon Museum is to exhibit the technologies and traditions from our foundation as well as the innovations and evolution of Nikon.
The Nikon Museum will comprise 580 m2 of exhibition space, displaying valuable Nikon products: the "NSR-1505G2A" step-and-repeat system with a movable wafer stage, approximately 450 Nikon cameras from the "Nikon Model I," which is the first Nikon camera released in 1948, to the latest digital cameras, microscopes, measuring instruments, and others that have supported many innovations in science and industry.
In the museum shop, various goods will be available, including items limited to the Nikon Museum such as postcards, Japanese-style washcloths, clear plastic folders, tote bags, original packaged "Nikon Yokan" (a Japanese sweet), and items limited to an online shop in Japan such as tumblers.
Main exhibition contents
  • A Century at Nikon
    Nikon was founded in 1917 with the aim of establishing an optical industry in Japan that would not be dependent on European technology. We present you with a broad overview of Nikon's diverse history from its foundation to the present day.
  • Synthetic Silica Glass Ingot
    Nikon's integrated manufacturing system that starts with optical materials is a major strength of the company. Our Synthetic Silica Glass Ingot represents the quintessence of optical materials manufacturing technology developed for cutting edge semiconductor lithography systems. This Synthetic Silica Glass Ingot is also the symbol of the Nikon Museum.
  • Theater
    "LUX CENTURIAE - A Century of Light" is a symphonic suite composed by the Japanese composer Kaoru Wada, for Nikon's 100th anniversary. Its four movements – "Genesis", "Rebirth", "Breakthrough", and "Ascending" – depict Nikon's first 100 years and its future.
  • Universe of Nikon
    From high precision measurements in nanometers to outer space measured in light years, Nikon's product line-up spans a remarkably wide range. We invite you to take part in our interactive image zone to experience Nikon's new universe.
  • Lens Laboratory
    The Lens Laboratory, which was supervised by the Japanese photographer Hideyuki Abe, for both children and adults gives you hands-on experiences to learn about the characteristics of light and lenses, the basics of lens design, and other topics. This science space also lets you experience the fascinating world of Nikon's latest lenses for SLR cameras.
  • Spirit of Nikon
    We present the roots and spirit of Nikon's first 100 years through the themes "Optics as a source", "In pursuit of precision", "Passing on proven skills", "Quality and reliability", "Consistency and innovation", and "The best of the age". We hope you will gain an appreciation for Nikon's unique origins and its growth as a company.
Note: Please see for more details on exhibition contents.
Outline of a facility
NameNikon Museum
LocationShinagawa Intercity Tower C, 2F, 2-15-3, Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-6290, Japan
Access7 min. walk from the Konan Exit of JR Shinagawa Station
10 min. walk from Keikyu Shinagawa Station
Opening hours10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (last admission at 5:30 p.m.)
ClosedSundays, Japanese national holidays, and other days determined by the Museum
ContactTEL: +81-3-6433-3900  FAX: +81-3-6433-3901
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/1/2015 7:18:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Roland SD-2u SD Recorder
For a limited time, B&H has the Roland SD-2u SD Recorder available for $149.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $499.00.
Product Highlights
  • Record Directly to SD/SDHC Cards
  • Built-In Stereo Mics
  • Built-In Speaker System
  • 2x Combo XLR/TRS Mic Inputs with 48V
  • 1x 1/8" Mic Input
  • Stereo RCA Line Inputs
  • Playback Speed and Key Adjustment
  • Built-In Tuner and Metronome
  • Includes Wireless Remote
  • Battery or AC Powered
Post Date: 10/1/2015 5:58:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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