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 Tuesday, August 2, 2016
From LensRentals:
 
As the kids go back to school and wedding season starts to wind down, why not try some new gear to spice up your portfolio? Place your order to arrive between now and August 16th and get 20% off! Just use code BACKTOSCHOOL.
 
*Order must have arrival date between 8/2/16-8/16/16. Must use code BACKTOSCHOOL.
 
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Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/2/2016 12:09:52 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via 6ave – 99.2% Positive feedback) has the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon available for $710.99 with free shipping. Compare at $899.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore inelibible for a Sigma USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/2/2016 9:43:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the LumiQuest 80-20 Pocket Bouncer available for $9.95. Regularly $20.95.
 
This item qualifies for free shipping on orders of $49.00 or more.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/2/2016 7:03:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Vello Auto Extension Tube Set available for $63.96 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $79.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Shortens Minimum Focus Distance of Lens
  • Provides Macro Capability
  • Full Autofocus Compatibility
  • 13mm, 21mm and 31mm Tubes
  • Can be Used Individually or Combined
  • Metal Mount
  • Lightweight Design
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/2/2016 6:58:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye Lens available for $249.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Full-Circle Image
  • Wide 5.8mm Focal Length
  • Aperture Range of f/3.5-22
  • APS-C & Full Frame Compatibility
  • Close Focusing from 0.25" to Infinity
  • 185° Angle of View
  • Focus Distance & DOF Scale
  • Smooth Manual Focusing
  • Creative Flare Effect
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/2/2016 6:51:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From PocketWizard:
 
Intro: Beta Firmware Version 3.818 addresses compatibility with newer Nikon gear introduced since the launch of ControlTL Firmware version 3.800, and includes some minor improvements.
 
New Key Feature:
 
The following Nikon gear is now supported in this beta firmware release:
 
  • Nikon D5
  • Nikon D500
  • Nikon D7200
  • Nikon D5500
  • Nikon SB-5000 (remote only – see operational consideration)
These cameras will work in the ControlTL system with normal operational considerations. Read more about the general Nikon Operational Considerations on the PocketWizard Wiki.
 
SB-5000 Operational Consideration: The Nikon SB-5000 should only be used as a remote Speedlight on a FlexTT5 (set to TTL, not REMOTE per normal ControlTL operation). We do not recommend using the SB-5000 as a MASTER Speedlight on your camera’s ControlTL radio at this time. It might work as a MASTER on select cameras, but not others. If you use it as MASTER in your setup and it only emits a tiny burst of light at trigger time, it is not compatible. We hope to address this consideration in a future firmware release.
 
D7200/D5500 Operational Consideration: Rear curtain sync mode with these cameras only works with remote flash, not with on camera flash.
 
Other Improvements:
 
  • Nikon FlexTT5 radios can now have Custom IDs installed, regardless of firmware version. Visit this page for more information:
  • As of this date, the latest camera firmware from Nikon has been tested*, including:
    • D5 C:1.10
    • D4S C:1.31
    • D500 C:1.02
    • D7200 C:1.01
    • D5500 C:1.01
    • And others like the Df, D810, D750 etc.
  • Fixed a minor issue regarding the Sekonic RT32-CTL module. You can now use the meter to trigger a remote Speedlight on a FlexTT5 without first having to trigger the remote from a camera.
* Please make sure to update your camera to the latest firmware.
 
To install PocketWizard ControlTL MiniTT1 / FlexTT5 Nikon Beta Firmware v.3.818, you must enable Beta Firmware access.
 
Enabling Beta Firmware
 
How to enable the beta firmware options.
 
  1. To enable access to beta firmware, open the PocketWizard Utility, and navigate down to the blue gear in the bottom left corner of the window.
  2. Navigate over to the "Firmware Updates" tab.
  3. Navigate down to the bottom and check "Yes, I would like to have access to Optional and Beta Test firmware."
  4. Click OK.
  5. Navigate to the Update Tab.
  6. Click "Check for Updates."
For complete details on updating firmware v.3.818, see here.
 
B&H carries PocketWizard products.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/2/2016 5:57:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 1, 2016
Just posted: Samyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS Lens Review
 
I may be sounding like a broken record here, but Samyang has once again delivered a well-constructed manual lens with good image quality and an enticing price. Those shooting the night sky with an APS-C sensor camera will especially appreciate this lens' class-leading coma results.
 
B&H has the Samyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/1/2016 10:12:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di Macro VC USD Lens for Canon available for $549.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $749.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 90mm Macro Prime Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-32
  • 1:1 Maximum Reproduction Ratio
  • Vibration Compensation
  • Internal Focus System
  • Ultrasonic Silent Motor Drive
  • eBAND Hybrid Lens Coating
  • Extra-low Dispersion Optical Elements
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/1/2016 9:32:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Samyang Optics:
 
Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS is a standard angle manual focus lenses for mirrorless cameras with APS-C sensor size. The flow of light is devised based on the uniqueness of the distance from glass to sensor in mirrorless cameras to create optimal performance.
 
The bright F1.2 aperture secures a fast shutter speed even under the restricted lighting conditions to offer best quality images. It will brighten up your everyday snapshots. Also it creates an outstanding out-of-focus look by highlighting the main object effectively. The versatility of 35mm angle of view is also a charm. It liberates your daily images including landscapes, streets, portraits and even lunch tables and brings the essence and joy of manual focusing to life.
 
Based on Samyang Optics’ exceptional optical technology, Ultra Multi Coating and two aspherical lenses have been included among nine glasses in seven groups to minimise aberration and unnecessary light dispersion, delivering high resolution from the centre to the corners of the image. Along with portability of mirrorless lens, the 62mm of wide filter diameter brings the maximum amount of light into the lens to create the best work of light in photography.
 
Samyang 35mm f 1.2 ED AS UMC CS Lens Specifications

Samyang 35mm F1.2 is compatible with four camera mounts: Sony E, MFT, Fujifilm X and Canon M.
 
Note: Pricing and availability information is currently unavailable.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/1/2016 7:29:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Science Channel YouTube Channel:
 
Video camera lenses are the perfect combo of modern technology and old fashioned craftsmanship. 8 overlapping stainless steel pieces control the amount of light that is let into the camera.
 
B&H carries Cinema Lenses.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/1/2016 6:54:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Nikon has patented the optical formula for a PC-E 19mm f/4 Tilt-Shift lens.
 
Patent Details
 
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-136212
  • Published 2016.7.28
  • Filing date 2015.1.23
  • Focal Length = 19.569
  • f/ no. = 4.1
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/1/2016 5:33:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Reliable, easy-to-use weatherproof camera with a specially designed menu and additional creative options for every member of the family
 
TOKYO – August 1, 2016 – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the COOLPIX W100, a tough waterproof and shockproof compact digital camera that offers reliable, worry-free use with leisure activities.
 
The COOLPIX W100 combines reliable image quality with a simple, easy-to-use, animated menu option of Variety Menu, and an ergonomic design for everyone in the family to enjoy fun moments effortlessly. Its compact rounded design, large buttons and intelligent features such as Underwater Face Framing, enable users to capture high quality images and full HD videos easily at the press of a button. New creative options including the Add Cartoon Effects and the Stamp function also aid in cultivating an interest amongst younger users. What's more, the COOLPIX W100 supports SnapBridge, which establishes a connection between the camera and a smart device, allowing users to easily share the photos they have taken via SNSs and the like, without removing and reinserting the SD memory card.
 
COOLPIX W100 primary features
 
  1. Worry-free performance for use by every member of the family
    The camera is dustproof, waterproof to 10 m, shockproof to withstand falls from as high as 1.8 m, and freezeproof to -10°C. It has a tough body that allows it to be used with a wide variety of leisure activities, whether at the pool or the park sandbox, the beach or the ski slopes.
  2. Functions and a level of performance that make capturing beautiful photos easy
    The camera has an effective pixel count of 13.2 megapixels, and is equipped with a 3x optical zoom NIKKOR lens. It is also equipped with Dynamic Fine Zoom, that can be used to achieve approximately 6x zoom with which resolution is preserved in the digital zoom range. In addition, the camera offers a number of functions that make capturing beautiful photos easy, including Underwater Face Framing, which detects and automatically photographs human faces when the camera is in the water, and Target Finding AF, with which the camera detects and focuses on the primary subject. What's more, the camera is equipped with a new Add Light Trails (Multiple Exp. Lighten) mode for photo recording that enables beautiful recording of once difficult light trails made by stars or airplanes.
  3. Support for SnapBridge, which expands the ways in which photos are enjoyed
    The camera supports SnapBridge, which uses Bluetooth low energy (BLE) technology to establish a connection between the camera and a smart device. Photos taken with the camera can be automatically transferred to a smart device, and if uploaded from SnapBridge, an unlimited number of thumbnail images can be automatically uploaded from the smart device to Nikon's photo sharing service, NIKON IMAGE SPACE. Because photos can be transferred via the Internet or shared using an SNS the moment they are taken, sharing the exciting and dramatic moments that occur at leisure destinations is easy.
  4. A multitude of shooting and retouch functions that make taking pictures more fun
    The camera allows users to express themselves in a variety of ways with effects and frames that can be added with shooting, the ability to change colors and apply effects to images after they are taken, and much more. New creative options such as the Stamp and the Add Cartoon Effects have been introduced. After images are captured, they can be decorated with hearts, stars, or other stamps using the Stamp function, and the Add Cartoon Effects function can be used to make the image look like a panel from a comic by drawing lines. The cameras functions have been greatly enriched to enable greater enjoyment of images.
  5. A function for recording full-HD movies with stereo sound that can be used to preserve high-quality movies of memories
    The camera is equipped with a full-HD movie recording function that enables recording of high-quality movies by simply pressing the movie-record button. The effects of camera shake can be effectively reduced with the electronic vibration reduction (VR) function.
  6. Additional features
    • A Variety Menu setting that allows the user to control camera functions according to the user or situation
    • A welcome screen with which the characters and background change according to the time of day, how often the camera is used, the number of pictures taken with the camera, etc., and to which new characters have been added
    • Easy to hold and use, even for children with small hands, designed with a rounded form for a superior grip, and available in five colors, one of which is a new marine pattern
    • An Exchange Messages function that allows users to communicate by recording voice messages
    • An Image Lock function that allows users to restrict image deletion by simply holding down two of the buttons on the back of the camera at the same time
B&H carries Nikon COOLPIX cameras.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/1/2016 5:19:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, July 31, 2016

 
From Venus Optics:
 
Featuring an ultra-wide 122° Angle of View and weighing only 1.34 pounds, this is also the world’s *fastest 12mm lens for full frame cameras. It is now on Kickstarter.
 
Anhui China, Jul 30, 2016 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched several unique lenses including a Wide Angle Macro Lens & a Smooth Trans Focus Lens, is pround to introduce the world’s widest f/2.8 Lens, Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Lens for full frame cameras.
 
The new Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Lens features a close-to-zero optical distortion, allowing photographers to take landscape/architecture shots with straight lines retained. Featuring a widest angle of view (122°) ever built with a f/2.8 lens, the Laowa Lens is an ideal lens for a variety types of photography. From landscape, architecture, interior, travel to the most important one, astro photography. The combination of ultra wide-angle and fast aperture makes this lens a perfect tool for creating impressive milky way shots.
 
The Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Lens is designed for photographers for everyday use and hence the weight and size has been controlled to the minimal. The lens weighs only 1.34 pounds (0.6kg) and has a front diameter of 77mm. Venus Optics also offers a filter holder which is designed to fit 2 pieces of 100mm filters and 1 piece of Circular Polariser.
 
The lens incorporates with 16 elements in 10 groups optical design, including 3 pieces of Extra-Low Dispersion elements and 2pc of Aspherical Elements. This design not only delivers an outstanding image sharpness and controls the distortion to the minmal, but also controls the chromatic aberration at its lowest level. A floating design is also adopted to ensure a good performance even in the closest focusing distance (0.18cm). The enclosure of the lens is fully made of metal to strengthen its durability. Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Sony Alpha and Pentax K mounts are available.
 
Laowa Magic Shift Converter
 
Along with the new Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Lens, Venus Optics also announces the Laowa Magic Shift Converter which is able to enlarge the full frame image circle through the 4pcs of elements inside the converter. The enlarged image circle provides sufficient image field for lenses shifting by a maximum of 10mm without vignetting. It will transform the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Lens (DSLR mount) into a 17mm f/4 Professional Shift Lens with +/- 10mm shift capability for Full-Frame E-mount cameras. It is a perfect tool for professional architectural photography. The principle is explained in below diagram.
 
Laowa Magic Shift Converter

Pricing and Availability
 
The Laowa 12mm f/2.8 lens will firstly be available for backing via Kickstarter from July 30 (EST Time) onwards. It will then be available for purchase at authorized distributors and resellers from Sept 2016 onwards. The recommended retail price without tax is USD $949.00.
 
The Laowa Filter Holder & Laowa Magic Shift Converter will be available at authorized distributors and resellers from October onwards. The recommended retail price without tax is USD $50.00 and USD $300.00 respectively.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/31/2016 6:21:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 29, 2016
Amazon has the Adobe Lightroom 5 Complete Workshop available for $80.00. Regularly $189.00. (thanks Ben)
 
Product Highlights
 
  1. Lightroom Organization and Workflow DVD - This DVD teaches you the basics of image management and shows you how to process your images faster and more efficient.
  2. Lightroom Image Processing Mastery DVD - This DVD teaches you how to master image processing in Lightroom, from basics like color correction and black and white conversion to advanced techniques like HDR, tilt-shift, and vintage fades.
  3. Lightroom Preset System v5 - This has been widely recognized as the best preset system for Lightroom. Intuitive yet robust, this allows you to achieve amazing results in just a few clicks.
Note: While this education series wasn't specifically designed for Lightroom CC, most of the material still applies and SLR Lounge will send updated presets upon request.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/29/2016 2:52:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Dell 15.6" Inspiron 15 7000 Series Notebook available for $749.99 with free shipping. Regularly $1,099.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core
  • 16GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM
  • 15.6" Full HD IPS Display
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 Screen Resolution
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU (4GB GDDR5)
  • 1TB HDD with 8GB SSD Cache
  • 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • HDMI, USB 3.0
  • Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/29/2016 12:24:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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