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 Monday, September 08, 2014
ZEISS Otus 85mm f/1.4 Lens
From Zeiss:
ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 expands lens family with another focal length for the highest level of professional image quality
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 08/09/2014 – Given its focal length and speed, at first glance the new ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 appears to be a traditional portrait lens. But a closer look reveals that this is a fast all-rounder for photographers who do not accept any limitations when it comes to detail – whether it is for general studio work, or fashion, advertising, product or architectural photography. In combination with modern DSLR cameras, this lens delivers unprecedented image quality – even with an open aperture. ZEISS will present this new world-class lens for the first time to the public at photokina in Cologne/Germany from September 16 to 21, 2014.
The ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 displays all of its advantages in the classic short telephoto range, i.e. portraits and people. Its focal length, longer than a normal lens, makes it possible to keep a decent distance from the subject. Photographers who like using a landscape not just as a background will find that the ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 is no ‘normal’ lens, but a surprisingly powerful companion for nature photography. The edges of the picture can be used for compositional purposes at all f-stops.
Unique creative possibilities can be achieved for pictures even with little ambient light. Today’s image sensors are extremely sensitive with little noise, which has significantly pushed the limits of what is possible even without artificial light. Fast lenses such as the ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 still offer enormous benefits compared with lenses that are two or three f-stops slower, especially when weak light meets fast-moving objects. Even when the light disappears completely, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 retains its excellent “vision”, just like the owl species from which this lens family gets its name. Lenses reveal correction deficits very clearly with night shots with lots of open light sources that dominate the image. Not so with the ZEISS Otus 1.4/85: in challenging lighting situations with low ambient light, the performance edge of this lens becomes obvious.
The ZEISS Otus family of lenses and its newest member have been specially designed to meet professional photographers’ most rigorous demands. Inner focusing, the dial window, and the dials’ clearly recognizable yellow labeling, familiar from professional cine lenses like ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime, are just a few of the features that are setting new standards.
Optically, the ZEISS Otus series stands out for its high image quality, even with an open aperture. Specifically, that means a neutral bokeh in the background, highly detailed images without any optical artifacts, consistently high resolution power across the entire image field, no color fringing or distortion, and an extremely high image contrast all the way into the edges. The imaging performance remains almost entirely consistent for all shooting distances. High apertures can be used even for close-ups right down to a working distance of 0.65 meters.
Particularly when used in combination with high-definition 35mm DSLR cameras, ZEISS Otus lenses achieve a medium-format quality never previously achieved. In other words: lower investments, more compact gear and imaging excellence.
A view inside the ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 reveals how such quality is realized: The lens consists of eleven lens elements in nine groups. One of the lens elements has an aspheric optical surface and six are made of special glass. The optical design is based on the Planar. Because the ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 is apochromatic, chromatic diagonal aberrations (longitudinal chromatic aberrations) are corrected with the help of lens elements made of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion. As a result, practically no perceptible color fringing appears on contrast-rich edges in front of and behind the focal plane. Bright-dark transitions in the image, and in particular highlights, are rendered free of color artifacts. In addition, the variable air spaces between certain lens groups (“floating elements design”) enable a consistently high imaging performance across the entire focusing range from 0.8 m to infinity.
All members of the ZEISS Otus family are characterized by the exceptional mechanical quality that sophisticated photographers are used to from ZEISS. As they were designed as manual focus lenses, it was possible to work with considerably narrower tolerances in the construction. Its smooth focus operation with the large angle of rotation allows for the finest variations when focusing. The freedom to focus – one of the most important creative elements in photography – has literally been put in the hands of the photographer as an artistic tool.
The extra-fine haptics and the precision of the focusing mechanism can only be achieved with a metal design. The robust all-metal barrel is also well equipped to deal with the rough daily work of a professional photographer, ensuring a long product life. In contrast to lenses containing a lot of plastic, which can become unbalanced over time, the metal ZEISS Otus lenses remain stable for many years. This ensures that the image quality remains consistently high. And for all photographers who in addition to the actual optics also rely on screw-on filters in their work, matching T* UV and POL filters with a diameter of 86 millimeters will be available from ZEISS for the ZEISS Otus 1.4/85.
In the fall of 2013, ZEISS presented the ZEISS Otus 1.4/55, the first representative of a high-end SLR lens series with manual focusing. This has since fulfilled its promise to be “the best standard lens on the market”. Both the trade press and users were impressed.
“When we launched the Otus 1.4/55, our customers immediately understood the benefits they can get from such a lens: using their high-end full-frame camera, they can shoot pictures with a quality and look they were previously only used to getting from expensive medium-format systems,” explains Christophe Casenave, Product Manager, ZEISS Camera Lenses. “With the Otus 1.4/85 we are now bringing out the second lens with this promise. Again with the Otus 1.4/85 we can say that this is a lens without any compromise on image quality. Contrast and resolution power are at the maximum level; there are no chromatic aberrations, even in the most challenging light situations; and there’s no distortion, ghosting or flare. And all of this at any aperture. When you use an Otus lens, you can focus on the composition of your images. You don’t need to spend any time thinking about whether the technology could possibly be a limiting factor.”
The ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 will be available worldwide with EF-mount (ZE) and F-mount (ZF.2) from mid-September 2014. The expected recommended retail price is €3,360.50 or US$ 4,490 (excl. VAT).
Official sample photos can be found on Zeiss's Flickr Photostream.
B&H has the ZEISS Otus 85mm f/1.4 available for preorder.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 9/8/2014 6:46:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, September 07, 2014
Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera
The Canon Store has refurbished EOS 7Ds on sale right now. See below for details.
Refurbished ItemReg. PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera$1,199.20$479.68$719.52
Canon EOS 7D with EF-S18-135mm IS Lens$1,439.20$575.68$863.52
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/7/2014 8:45:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-M Lens Adapter
Amazon (via Another Deal Site) has the Canon EF-M Lens Adapter for $59.95. Compare at $129.00. (thanks Shannon)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/7/2014 7:04:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 05, 2014
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
Adorama has a couple of printer bundle deals and a few lens bundle deals that are worth taking a look at:
Canon EOS 6D + EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM and Printer Bundle - $1,999.95 with free shipping after $550.00 mail-in rebate.
Bundle Includes:
  • Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
  • Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professonal Inkjet Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19", 50 Sheets
  • Toshiba 16GB Class 10 SDHC Memory Card
  • Slinger Bag, Single Strap Backpack / Shoulder Bag
  • Green Extreme LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery Pack

Canon EOS 60D and Printer Bundle - $599.00 with free shipping after $350.00 mail-in rebate.
Bundle Includes:
  • Canon EOS 60D DSLR Camera
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19", 50 Sheets

Using the same rebate form, you can also save on several lenses when you buy a qualifying DSLR.
Qualifying DSLR Cameras
Lens Rebates
LensReg. PriceRebate w/
Eligible DSLR
After Rebate
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM$999.99$250.00$749.99
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM$649.00$250.00$399.00
Canon EF-100mm f/2 USM$499.00$100.00$399.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM$949.00$100.00$849.00
Canon EF 28mm F/2.8 IS USM$549.00$100.00$449.00

The really interesting thing about these lens rebates is that you will qualify for a stackable rebate when purchasing the EOS 6D. That's because the EOS 6D has a $200.00 rebate on its own. Therefore, if you were to purchase the EOS 6D with the EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM, you would qualify for a total of $450.00 in rebates.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/5/2014 1:31:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lexar 128GB 633x microSDXC Memory Card and USB Card Reader
From Lexar:
New High-Capacity Card Delivers Read Transfer Speeds up to 633x (95MB per second) and Includes a USB 3.0 Reader
Milpitas, CA, September 5, 2014 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the new 128GB Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card with read transfer speeds up to 633x (95MB per second).* Designed for sports camcorders, tablets and smartphones, the Class 10 microSDXC card can capture up to 15 hours of HD video.**
“Whether it’s on a sports camera, aerial camera, tablet or smartphone, more video is being captured than ever before,” said Adam Kaufman, director of card product marketing, Lexar. “With the new Lexar 128GB microSDXC UHS-I card, users can continue to capture and store high-quality content, without having to worry about changing cards or running out of space.”
The 128GB Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card (633x) comes with a USB 3.0 reader and allows for high-speed file transfer of photos and videos from the card to a PC or Mac. The reader is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports and comes with a one-year limited warranty.
The new card is available for purchase in October 2014 with an MSRP of $119.99 and includes a limited lifetime warranty.
B&H carries Lexar high-performance microSD memory cards.
Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 9/5/2014 12:25:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon COOLPIX P530 Digital Camera
Use coupon code ULTRAZOOM ($50.00 off) at BuyDig.com to get the Refurbished Nikon COOLPIX P530 with Adobe Lightroom 5 for $249.95. Compare at $346.95 new.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/5/2014 11:59:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
Did you ever want to know what it's like at the Canon Americas Headquarters in Melville, New York? In this exclusive video, take a tour of our showroom, lobby, courtyard and other great amenities that Canon USA HQ has to offer.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/5/2014 8:10:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon ST-E3-RT and ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitters
From the Canon Professional Network:
Canon’s wireless flash system means that you can fire two or more Speedlites together without any cables linking them.
Working with multiple Speedlites gives you creative control over your subject lighting. A main light can be used away from the camera, and other units can be used to provide backlighting or illuminate the background.
It has been possible to work with two or more flash units almost since the day they were invented. However, the problem has always been getting the exposure correct. Just synchronizing the flash outputs is not enough. You also need to control each output to give the correct amount of light for the subject.
Canon’s wireless flash does away with all this. You just set up the Speedlites and press the camera’s shutter release button. A series of pre-flashes are fired and the system automatically calculates the output required from each unit. It then fires all the units to give what should be a correctly exposed, well-balanced flash image.
The Canon wireless flash system is based on a master-slave relationship. The master unit is a flashgun, flash transmitter or built-in flash master fitted on or connected to the camera. The slave units are positioned on their own away from the camera. You can work with one master and one slave unit, or one master and between three and five slave groups. Each slave group can have one or more units. The system is very versatile, allowing almost unlimited control and creativity.
There are two types of wireless flash control within the Canon system. The newest and most versatile is the Radio Wireless system, introduced with the Speedlite 600EX-RT. The original system is an optical pulsed light system, found on previous Speedlite models.
Check out the entire Infobank article at the Canon Professional Network.
Want even more details about Canon Speedlites? Check out Bryan's Speedlite flash reviews.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/5/2014 7:46:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 9/5/2014 7:27:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
Want the best all-round Canon DSLR for your dollar? Want a 1D X-style AF system without spending $6,700.00? How about dual memory card slots and great, full-frame high-ISO performance?
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,569.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,199.00 after $200.00 mail-in rebate.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/5/2014 7:00:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 04, 2014
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens (review) available for $92.99 with free shipping. Compare at $125.00.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/4/2014 1:53:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D3300 D SLR with 18-55mm VR II Lens
eBay (via BeachCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D3300 D SLR with 18-55mm VR II Lens available for $429.99 with free shipping. Compare at $596.95.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/4/2014 11:46:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
eBay (via electronicsvalley) has the Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $549.99 with free shipping. Compare at $749.00. (thanks Chuck)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/4/2014 10:58:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera
DigitalRev has the Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (review) available for $979.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,099.00.
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/4/2014 10:46:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D C Cinema Camera
Right now you can save up to $2,000 on a Canon EOS Cinema Camera (or Bundle). See details below.
Canon EOS C100 Cinema Camcorder Body or Kits$500.00B&H | Adorama
Canon EOS C300 with EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens$2,000.00B&H | Adorama
Canon EOS-1D C Cinema Camera$2,000.00B&H | Adorama
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/4/2014 8:54:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS C500 Cinema Camera
From Canon:
Free Canon firmware upgrades for Cinema EOS System cameras deliver improved basic performance, including support for ITU-R BT.2020 color space
Tokyo, September 4, 2014 - Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. announced today in Japan that the company will make available in November 2014 free firmware upgrades for four Cinema EOS System cameras, as well as Cinema RAW Development 1.3, an updated version of Canon’s Cinema RAW Development software, for the EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL digital cinema cameras.
Canon’s Cinema EOS System lineup of digital cinematography cameras and lenses has earned the praises of a wide range of professionals working in Hollywood and elsewhere within the motion picture production industry. The new firmware upgrades, which will deliver enhanced basic performance to effectively respond to the advanced needs of various users, are being offered for the EOS C500, EOS C500 PL, EOS C300 and EOS C300 PL cameras while the updated development software for 4K Cinema RAW footage targets the EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL models.©
Support for ITU-R BT.2020 next-generation broadcast standard color space (For EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL)
Offering compliance with the ITU-R BT.2020 color space employed in the 4K TV broadcasting tests carried out earlier this year in Japan, the firmware upgrade for the EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL facilitates the capture of high-resolution video supporting the color space employed in the next-generation broadcast standard. When used in combination2 with Canon’s DP-V3010 professional-use 4K display (released in January 2014), the system effectively responds to input and output needs within the realms of next-generation motion-picture production and broadcasting.
Enhanced Cinema RAW Development functionality (For EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL)
The upgraded Cinema RAW Development software features the addition of 3D-LUT for converting from Cinema Gamut/DCI-P3+ to such highly versatile color space standards as ITU-R BT.709 and DCI-P3, enabling efficient video editing while maintaining low-chroma color reproduction and high-chroma color gradation. Additionally, support for EDLs (edit decision lists)3 enables only necessary time code-designated segments to be converted to the DPX and ProRes formats suitable for editing, effectively doing away with the need to process unnecessary files. Also, when using a PC equipped with Intel Iris Pro graphics, Cinema RAW Development 1.3 makes possible faster development of 4K Cinema RAW data.4
Improved operability when setting color temperature of white balance (For EOS C500, EOS C500 PL, EOS C300 and EOS C300 PL)
The new firmware upgrades contribute to improved operability by allowing users to easily set color temperature values using the camera’s FUNC button.
Canon plans to exhibit products supporting the ITU-R BT.2020 color space at the company’s booth during the IBC2014 broadcast technology tradeshow, to be held in the Netherlands from September 12 to 16.
B&H carries Canon Cinema Cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/4/2014 7:16:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
WD My Passport Wireless External Hard Drive
From Western Digital:
My Passport Wireless External Hard Drive Expands Storage for all Devices With No Need for Wires or Internet
RVINE, Calif. – Sept. 3, 2014 – WD, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company and a world leader in connected storage solutions, today unveiled My Passport Wireless, an easy to use Wi-Fi enabled storage drive that allows consumers to save, access and share stored content wirelessly with any smartphone, tablet, computer or other device. For the frequent business traveler to the family on a road trip or creative professional working in the field, the My Passport Wireless drive is a simple way to connect all computing and mobile devices to content without any wires or Internet connection. Additionally, when users need to transfer large amounts of data, the My Passport Wireless drive provides the option of using a high speed USB 3.0 connection.
"As we celebrate its 10th anniversary, the success of WD's My Passport line of portable hard drives is unprecedented," explains Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD Content Solutions Business and worldwide sales. "Our new My Passport Wireless drive continues the evolution, resolving a common problem for today's mobile consumer; too many devices with limited storage and no way to offload their content and free up space on-the-go. Now, consumers will have one drive to easily store content from all their devices and enjoy that content anywhere they go."
The My Passport Wireless drive broadcasts its own wireless network that allows up to eight devices to connect at the same time and access any content stored on the drive. Available in 500GB, 1TB or 2TB models, users now have the ability to store and access up to hundreds of hours of movies and music, as well photos and other digital files, from their smartphones and tablets that are typically limited by minimal storage capacity.
The portable wireless drive features Wireless N with MIMO technology for enhanced wireless performance so that users can access and transfer files quickly, as well as stream up to four HD videos simultaneously. The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to six hours of continuous streaming and up to 20 hours of standby power making the drive a perfect travel companion.
With the My Passport Wireless drive users have anywhere, anytime access to their favorite digital content by using WD's award winning WD My Cloud mobile app for iOS or Android mobile devices. The WD My Cloud mobile app easily connects to a My Passport Wireless drive for simple product setup, and once setup the mobile app provides intuitive navigation, sharing and playback of the drive's content. The WD My Cloud app also helps unify all of a users' content under a single app and user interface, by allowing access to content on the My Passport Wireless drive, the WD My Cloud family of personal cloud storage, and on major public cloud services such as Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive from just one app.
In additional to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, the portable wireless storage drive is an ideal companion for cameras with its integrated SD card slot. Whether shooting large commercial photography and video production or just taking photos and videos of the family while on vacation, the My Passport Wireless drive will never let you miss a moment because your memory cards are full. The built-in SD card slot lets users copy their content from the SD card to the My Passport Wireless drive to make room for more memorable moments. Additionally, with integrated FTP, the drive connects to compatible wireless cameras so that users can automatically transfer photos from their cameras to the drive as they are taking them.
Price and Availability
The My Passport Wireless drive is currently available for advance order online at the wdstore.com and will be available at select U.S. retailers later in September. MSRP is $129.99 USD for 500GB, $179.99 USD for 1 TB and $219.99 for 2 TB. The WD My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download for free from the App Store and Google Play.
B&H has the WD My Passport Wireless External Hard Drives available for preorder.
Post Date: 9/4/2014 6:42:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Apple 13.3
B&H has the Apple 13.3" MacBook Air Notebook Computer available for $949.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,299.00.
Product Highlights
  • 1.3GHz Intel Core i5 Dual-Core (Haswell)
  • 4GB of Onboard 1600MHz LPDDR3 RAM
  • 256GB Flash Storage
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 5000
  • 13.3" LED-Backlit Glossy Display
  • 1440 x 900 Native Resolution
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dual USB 3.0 Ports, One Thunderbolt Port
  • 720p FaceTime HD Camera, SDXC Card Slot
  • Includes Mac OS X 10.9 or OS X 10.8
Post Date: 9/3/2014 3:18:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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