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 Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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From Sigma:
 
The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce that the “SIGMA Mount Conversion Service” and “SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM/ SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM” won TIPA Awards 2014.
 
SIGMA Mount Conversion Service
 
Name of Award: TIPA Awards 2014 Best Photo Service
 
While photographers might be attracted to a new format or different brand camera, the ownership and investment in legacy lenses of a specific mount may stop them from exploring new options for their image making. The SIGMA Mount Conversion Service offers the opportunity to change the mount on a specific set of SIGMA brand lenses, regardless of the mount, to Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Micro Four thirds and Sony E-mount. Pricing depends on the type and focal length of the original lens. Service details are handled by the local SIGMA representative or distributor within each country, worldwide, and takes from two to four weeks to complete.
 
SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM/ SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM
 
Name of Award: TIPA Awards 2014 Best Entry Level DSLR Lens
 
The amazingly compact (2.8 x 3.4 inches) and affordable 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM (27-300mm equivalent) lens is exclusively for APS-C sized sensors. It is smaller and lighter than the previous version and offers a closer focusing distance to boot. It also has a newly incorporated SLD glass element plus 3 aspheric elements among its 16 elements, 13 groups construction. The lens incorporates an optical stabilizer (OS) system for those cameras that do not have OS built-in, with automatic panning detection to shift the OS to one axis. It has a close focusing range of about 1.5 feet throughout the focal length range, making it extremely versatile for close-up photography.
 
Note: Sigma also received a "Best Design" award for its dp Quattro camera lineup.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 4/23/2014 7:45:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Tamron:
 
Incorporating Tamron’s cutting-edge eBAND Coating and three LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements, the Tamron 150-600mm delivers superior imaging performance, while the latest built-in VC (Vibration Compensation) system broadens users' horizons by achieving sharper handheld shooting.
 
April 23, 2014, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the innovative ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range of 150mm to 600mm, SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011), has been awarded the TIPA 2014 Best Expert DSLR Lens Award.
 
BEST EXPERT DSLR LENS Award:
 
Reason for winning TIPA award (from original statement)
 
The Tamron 150-600 mm lens, for full-frame and APS-C DSLRS (with 1.5Xmagnification factor) incorporates VC (Vibration Compensation, Tamron’s image stabilization technology), a fast USD (ultrasonic silent drive), and eBAND (extended bandwidth and angular dependency) coating, for flare and ghosting reduction. The lens employs 20 elements in 13 groups, with the front group containing 3 ED glass elements. The circular, 9-bladed diaphragm provides exciting bokeh effects and maintains the circular shape even at 2 stops down from maximum aperture. The included SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron uses optical data to correct any distortion, light falloff and chromatic aberrations.
 
Check out Bryan's full review of the Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for more information.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 4/23/2014 7:33:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon:
 
TOKYO, April 23, 2014—Three Canon camera products and one Canon technology were recognized with "Best Photo and Imaging Product" awards by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), representing 29 photo and imaging magazines from 16 countries across five continents. The four award-winners are: the EOS 70D digital SLR (DSLR) camera, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II digital compact camera, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x super-telephoto zoom lens, and Dual Pixel CMOS autofocusing technology.
 
Best DSLR Advanced: EOS 70D
Named "Best DSLR Advanced" by the TIPA jury, the Canon EOS 70D features an APS-C-size approximately 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 5+ image processor, making possible a fast continuous shooting speed of up to approximately 7 frames per second and a maximum standard ISO of 12800,1 which can be extended up to ISO 25600. The camera is also equipped with a 19-point all cross-type AF system. Earning special praise, however, was the EOS 70D's Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which the judges called a "breakthrough." The innovative autofocusing technology makes possible improved tracking capabilities when shooting video to ensure smooth focusing performance similar to that achieved by video camcorders, and fast autofocusing performance when capturing stills during Live View shooting. Other features mentioned by the TIPA jury were the camera's Vari-angle touch-screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II, which offers approximately 1.04-million-dot resolution, and built-in Wi-Fi, which allows image-sharing via CANON iMAGE GATEWAY as well as the transfer and saving of images to a smartphone using the EOS Remote application.2
 
Best Expert Compact Camera: PowerShot G1 X Mark II
Crowned "Best Expert Compact Camera," Canon's flagship-model PowerShot G1 X Mark II features a 1.5-inch approximately 12.8-megapixel CMOS sensor, a fast f/2.0-f/3.9 lens with 24-120 mm (35 mm film equivalent) 5x optical zoom, and a variety of custom functions and handling features. The TIPA judges noted that the camera offers a host of shooting and recording modes that, in addition to JPEG images, allow users to record 14-bit RAW data, and delivers fast and accurate autofocusing performance through the inclusion of 31 AF points. The G1 X Mark II's Dual Control Rings on the lens barrel let users easily change exposure compensation and other parameter settings while the 3.0-inch tilt-type touch panel LCD provides enhanced composition options. The jury also noted that the camera makes possible Full HD video recording, includes built-in Wi-Fi and built-in NFC (Near Field Communication) for quick and simple pairing to a compatible Android device,3 realizes a focusing range that begins at just 5 cm, and makes available full-time manual focus.
 
Best Professional DSLR Lens: EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x
The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x was granted the "Best Professional DSLR Lens" title by the TIPA judges, who highlighted the merits offered by the super-telephoto zoom lens's built-in 1.4x extender, which lets users instantly change the lens's zoom range from 200-400 mm to 280-560 mm with the single flip of a switch.4 The feature is particularly beneficial in shooting situations where it is not possible to quickly change lenses and also enables users to protect their digital SLR camera equipment by not having to expose the camera image sensor and other delicate interior components to the risk of dust or high humidity. The lens incorporates one fluorite lens element and four UD (ultra-low dispersion) lens elements, and employs a 9-blade circular aperture. The Power Focus mode facilitates smooth and quiet focus shifts, an essential feature for filmmaking, while the lens's construction makes it highly resistant to dust and water.
 
Best Imaging Innovation: CMOS sensor enabling Dual Pixel CMOS AF
Earning TIPA's "Best Imaging Innovation" honors was the CMOS sensor that supports Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS autofocusing technology. Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a phase-difference AF technology on the image sensor plane, employs a CMOS sensor on which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both imaging and phase-difference AF.5 Compared with the AF systems employed in previous EOS-series models, Dual Pixel CMOS AF makes possible dramatically improved AF performance during Live View shooting and when shooting video. The jury noted that the technology achieves "greatly enhanced" AF performance in terms of speed and smoothness because Live View shooting can be used in a manner similar to using the camera's viewfinder. Featured in the EOS 70D digital SLR camera, Dual Pixel CMOS AF supports outstanding AF performance with 103 models6 of Canon EF lenses (including earlier models and models available outside of Japan). The TIPA judges also expressed their expectations that Dual Pixel CMOS AF would “allow for future development of even more responsive image capture and processing capabilities."
 
Relevant Reviews: EOS 70D | EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Extender 1.4x
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 4/23/2014 7:20:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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CanvasPeople is having a Mother's Day Sale where you can get 70% Off you're entire cart. But don't wait – order by April 26 to ensure delivery before Mother's Day!
 
Available Sizes and Sale Prices

SizeStandard
Wrap
Thick
Wrap
8x10$15.00 -
11x11$20.70 -
11x14$21.00 $27.00
16x16$24.90 -
9x27$26.10 -
16x20 $28.20 $34.20
18x24$31.50 $37.50
20x30$33.60 -
24x36-$41.70
20x48-$43.20

Post Date: 4/22/2014 12:45:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens
B&H has the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens (review) for $629.00 with free shipping. If memory serves me correclty, the going-price for this lens in January was almost $700.00. [Sean]
Post Date: 4/22/2014 9:29:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Just posted: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review
 
With excellent image quality and great design, this lens becomes the easy 50mm AF lens choice. AF consistency remains this lens' biggest weakness.
 
With the demand this lens is seeing right now, I suspect that the 50 Art is going to be hard to get for some time. Preorder the Sigma 50 Art Lens now at B&H for earliest access.
Post Date: 4/22/2014 7:51:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From Karl Taylor YouTube Channel:
 
To perfectly illuminate some materials can be very challenging!
 
In this latest video, Urs Recher and Karl Taylor look at the techniques for capturing extremely shiny objects like chrome and silver.
 
They show you an expert dual flash technique to reveal perfect contrast, illumination and form.
 
B&H carries Broncolor products.
Post Date: 4/22/2014 7:56:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Kit
The Canon Store has the Refurbished EOS Rebel SL1 18-55 IS STM with EF-S 55-250mm IS II Lens available for $599.00. Compare at $798.00 new.
 
Relevant Reviews - EOS Rebel SL1 | EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
SLIK SHB-808 Ball Head
From SLIK:
 
The SLIK SHB-808 has the strong, sturdy, and easy to use underpinnings of the original PRO Ball Head 800 but ads new features such as panoramic markings so it’s now much easier to take multiple pictures and stitch them together later to form long, continuous panorama photos. To assist in this SLIK has added a separate pan lock knob to the SHB-808 so that the cameras can be turned (panned) horizontally without loosening he ball that is locking the camera in place. This makes perfectly level panning a breeze.
 
Using the same quick release system as the PRO 700 DX tripod head, the Ball Head 800 has one of the fasted and easiest quick release plates in the industry. SLIK made a circular quick release plate that can secure the camera to the tripod pointing in any direction, making attaching your camera (once the SLIK quick release plate is attached) more intuitive than most other heads that have squared off or angled plates. Tension on the lock for the circular quick release plate is adjustable.
 
Precision machining, polishing of all moving parts and an over-sized, easy grip release knob for fine tension adjustments combine for smooth accurate operation.
 
Specifications:
 
Capacity: TBA
Platform Diameter: 2.2 in (55mm)
Bottom Diameter: 2.2 in (55mm)
Height: 5.1 in (130mm)
Weight: 26.50 oz. (751g)
Camera mounting screw: U1/4 (U3/8 Quick Release plate available as an additional accessory)
Tripod Mounting Thread: U1/4 or U3/8
Controls: Ball Lock/Release, Pan Lock/Release, Ball Tension Control
Warranty: 3 Years
 
B&H carries SLIK products.
Category: SLIK News
Post Date: 4/22/2014 6:28:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 21, 2014
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From LensRentals:
 
Meet Lenscap and Lenscap+
 
The Lenscap protection plans are optional add-ons that limit your liability in the case of a covered event causing damage or total loss of products on your rental.
 
Simply, if a covered event occurs to equipment protected by a Lenscap plan, your liability is limited to the lesser of the cost to repair the equipment or 10% of the replacement cost.
 
What is Covered by the Standard Lenscap Plan?
 
Effectively, the standard Lenscap protection plan replaces the pre-existing Lensrentals Damage Waiver program and covers accidental damage to our equipment as long as you can return it to us. It even covers bear attacks. In the case of damage, your liability will never exceed 10% of the replacement cost of the damaged equipment, no matter how expensive the repair actually is.
 
What is Covered by the Lenscap+ Plan?
 
Lenscap+ offers the same protection as the standard plan for accidental damage to the equipment, but additionally protects you against certain situations that make it impossible to return the equipment that you rented.
 
Was the equipment stolen? You’re covered. Is it at the bottom of the ocean after it fell overboard? You’re covered. Did it get sucked up in a tornado? You’re covered. Did it fall off an aircraft (seriously)? You’re covered.
 
Just like with the standard Lenscap plan, your liability is limited to 10% of the replacement value of the covered equipment.
 
Coverage Recap

No ProtectionLenscapLenscap+
Max Liability100%*10%*10%*
Drops 
Spills 
Bear Attacks 
Theft  
Fire  
Lightning  
Windstorm  
Earthquake  
Flood  
Fell from Aircraft  

* Liability limited to maximum of $100,000. Amounts in excess of $100,000 are 100% liable.
 
For full information on both plans, please view our FAQs and Rental Agreement.
 
To support this site, click on the appropriate product review and then click the Rent button beside the camera/lens you want to rent.

Post Date: 4/21/2014 9:47:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Profoto:
 
Join Profoto and renowned wedding and lifestyle photographer Jared Platt as we head out into the Arizona desert. The desert is an uncommon shooting location, for sure. But the tips and tricks Jared will share are useful for any photographer wanting to create a beautiful light in harsh conditions.
 
“If you can light it in the Arizona desert, you can light it anywhere,” says Jared.
 
The webinar will take place on April 23 at 7PM CET (April 23 at 10AM Los Angeles, 1PM New York, 6PM London, 7PM Paris / April 24 at 1AM Beijing, 2AM Tokyo, 3AM Sydney).
 
Sign Up Now
 
B&H carries Profoto products.
Post Date: 4/21/2014 8:19:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Speedlite 270EX II Flash
B&H has the Refurbished Canon Speedlite 270EX II (review) available for $119.95 with free shipping. That's nearly 30% off the new MSRP of $169.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/21/2014 7:14:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D with Lens Kit
B&H has the Refurbished Canon EOS 6D with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Kit available for $2,099.95 with free shipping. Compare at $2,499.00 new.
 
Already have the lens? You can pick up the Refurbished EOS 6D (sans lens) for only $1,619.95 with free shipping. Compare at $1,899.00.
 
Related Reviews: EOS 6D DSLR Camera | EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
 Friday, April 18, 2014
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens
eBay (via 6ave) has the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens (review) available for $1,437.14 with free shipping. Compare at $1,699.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/18/2014 4:34:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet
eBay (via NewEgg) has the Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet (32GB, Orig. Version) available for $119.99 with free shipping.
 
Note: I've owned the original Google Nexus 7 since it first came out (I preordered it, in fact). It's been an excellent tablet that I still use daily. At this price, the 32GB tablet is a steal.
 
Some of my favorite apps to use with the device include:

[Sean]

Post Date: 4/18/2014 3:12:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Western Digital My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive
Use coupon code SAVE12HDD ($12.00 off) at BuyDig.com to get the Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable Hard Drive + Lexar 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive for $67.00 with free shipping. Compare at $69.00 without flash drive.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
DigitalRev has the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon/Nikon (review) available for $789.00. Compare at $899.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 4/18/2014 10:22:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Toshiba:
 
First compliant with the high-speed UHS-II interface standard
 
TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced that it will launch the world's fastest microSD memory cards, compliant with UHS-II, the ultra high speed serial bus interface defined in SD Memory Card Standard Ver. 4.20. Sample shipments for set manufacturers of smartphones and other mobile devices, and for chipset vendors, start today.
 
The new microSD memory cards will be available in 32GB and 64GB capacities. The maximum read speed of 260 MB per second and the maximum write speed of 240MB per second in the 32 GB cards and the maximum read speed of 145MB per second and the maximum write speed of 130MB per second in the 64 GB cards, are all the fastest transfer rates in the industry.
 
Compared to Toshiba's current 32GB microSD UHS-I cards, the write speed is improved approximately 8 times, while the read speed is improved approximately 2.7 times. The faster transfer speeds can contribute to shortening the time it takes to download large data movie and music files to smartphones and tablets. It will also allow camera users to shoot digital still images continuously at high speed.
 
In recent years, with the development of high-function smartphones and tablets, the trend is towards higher resolution photos and movies, and multi-function applications, leading to demand for larger external memory and faster transfer speeds. Looking to the future, Toshiba will continue to meet market demands by enhancing its line-up of UHS-II compliant microSD memory cards.
 
Outline of New Products

Part NumberCapacityMaximum Transfer SpeedUHS Speed Class
ReadWrite
THNSX032GAJCM4 32GB260MB/s240MB/sU3
THNSX064GBK5M464GB145MB/s130MB/sU3

Key Specifications

Part NumberTHNSX032GAJCM4 THNSX064GBK5M4
Capacity32GB64GB
Maximum Read Speed260 MB/s145 MB/s
Maximum Write Speed240 MB/s130 MB/s
UHS Speed ClassUHS Speed Class 3
Interface2Lane Half-Duplex
Data rate = 3.12Gbps(HD312)
Full-Duplex
Data rate = 1.56Gbps(FD156)
Power Supply VoltageVDD1=2.7 to 3.6V, VDD2=1.7V to 1.95V
Compliant StandardSD Memory Card Standard Ver.4.20
File FormatFAT32exFAT
External Dimensions15.0mm(L)×11.0mm(W)×1.0mm(T)
Weight Approx.Approx. 0.5g

B&H carries Toshiba memory cards.

Category: Toshiba News
Post Date: 4/18/2014 10:06:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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