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 Monday, September 15, 2014
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with 600EX-RT Speedlite Flash
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
"Let’s start with the basics: there’s no loss of functionality when it comes to flash, compared to any previous EOS digital SLR camera, with the EOS 7D Mark II. Any EX-series flash unit can be used with it, for E-TTL automatic flash, as well as either traditional optical-type Wireless flash, or Radio Transmission Wireless E-TTL via the Speedlite 600EX-RT and its companion Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT. So if you already own E-TTL-compatible speedlite gear, you can go right ahead and use it with the EOS 7D Mark II.
 
Consistency and accuracy: superior E-TTL flash exposure
Here’s an area where the 7D Mark II makes a huge advance over all previous EOS cameras, other than the EOS-1D X (which has approximately 100,000 pixel RGB metering). EOS 7D Mark II uses a brand-new 150,000-pixel RGB plus IR metering sensor, and we expect this high-resolution color metering system to provide superb, consistent flash exposure, whether using a single flash on-camera, or any number of off-camera speedlites via Wireless E-TTL..."
Read the entire article at the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/15/2014 9:16:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 

 
B&H has the newly announced Canon products available for preorder.
 
Preorder
 
Update: Canon Australia and Canon Europe have posted videos featuring the 7D II as well.
 

 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/15/2014 8:04:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot G7 X, SX60 HS and N2 Digital Cameras
From Canon:
 
PowerShot G7 X is the Company's First One-Inch Sensor Compact Digital Camera, PowerShot SX60 HS Digital Camera Boasts a Super 65x Optical Zoom Lens and PowerShot N2 Digital Camera Features an Updated Body Design with a Selfie-Ready LCD Touch Panel
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 15, 2014 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced three new PowerShot models expanding upon its lineup of high-quality, compact digital cameras, the PowerShot G7 X, the PowerShot SX60 HS and the PowerShot N21. The PowerShot G7 X is the company's first compact point-and-shoot camera with a one-inch sensor, giving users an outstanding portable camera that allows them to take high-quality photographs and videos. The PowerShot SX60 HS camera features a 65x Optical Zoom lens and amazingly broad focal length range equivalent to 21mm -1365mm, while the PowerShot N2 camera has a compact and unique, stylish design with a selfie-ready, flip-up touch panel LCD that makes it easy for social media fanatics to share their favorite photos and videos via the camera's Wi-Fi and Near Field Communications (NFC)2 features.
 
"Canon continually strives to provide imaging enthusiasts with the tools they need to create high-quality images and videos," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "We believe in the talent of those passionate about photography and these three new PowerShot cameras allow photographers to capture, print and share their most amazing images."
 
The PowerShot G7 X Digital Camera
Ideal for those looking for DSLR features and quality in a compact point-and-shoot body, the PowerShot G7 X digital camera is Canon's first compact camera with a one-inch sensor. The large, one-inch, 20.2-megapixel* High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor delivers optimal performance with an ISO range of 125 - 12,800. The sensor, along with Canon's exclusive DIGIC 6 Image Processor, creates Canon's high-sensitivity HS System delivering excellent low-light performance so images and videos shot are clear and sharp, helping to ensure that the finest details of the scene are preserved.
 
Featuring an impressive, newly developed premium quality Canon lens with 4.2x optical zoom ratio (equivalent to 24-100mm), together with a maximum aperture range of f/1.8 to f/2.8 from wide to telephoto, the PowerShot G7 X camera gives users the high level of optical performance required to capture beautiful images when shooting portraits and crisp clarity when shooting sweeping landscapes or creative macro shots. The lens features a nine-blade curved aperture diaphragm to provide beautiful, blurred backgrounds even at full-zoom range. And the camera's built-in ND filter expands the options for creative expression with stills and videos. The PowerShot G7 X camera lets users fully realize the clarity and creativity of their shots with the new multi-angle (up to 180 degrees) three-inch capacitive touch LCD panel featuring a screen resolution of 1,040K dots.
 
Greatly improving a photographer's ability to capture subjects in motion is the camera's High Speed AF and its 31 AF points, spread widely across the picture area to help users capture every shot with accuracy and ease. Paired with continuous shooting speeds up to 6.5 frames per second, the PowerShot G7 X camera gives users the capability to take their best shots in full resolution.
 
The PowerShot G7 X camera is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi technology, so users can share their stunning still images and videos quickly and easily online using compatible mobile devices3. Using the Mobile Device Connect Button, users can connect to a compatible smartphone or tablet easily, while direct uploading and storage of images and movies to the web is easily done using Canon iMAGE GATEWAY4. For even easier connectivity, the PowerShot G7 X camera also features NFC making initial setup and pairing easier with a compatible Android device.
 
Photographers can also capture stunning Full HD video up to 1080/60p with the PowerShot G7 X camera. Accessing the various video shooting modes is easily done as the automatic and manual focus, along with the exposure settings, can be controlled using the touch panel, the dial on the back of the camera or a control ring on the lens and convenient playback on a HDTV can be done via the camera's HDMI port.
 
The PowerShot G7 X camera also offers multiple shooting modes giving users the power of expression. For example, the advanced Star Mode features four options to capture images of starry night skies with impeccable quality. The "Star Portrait" and "Star Nightscape" modes help capture the radiance of stars in the background while still allowing photographers to capture a foreground subject. The "Star Trails" mode turns star movement into a luminous still image, while the "Star Time-Lapse Movie" mode makes beautiful video clips that show the movement of the stars against a static background.
 
For even more creative expression, the PowerShot G7 X camera features Canon's unique Creative Shot Mode for still images, with four filter categories - Retro, Monochrome, Special and Natural. Smart AUTO technology selects 58 different pre-defined scenes for still shots and 21 for video making it possible to take beautiful images and video in a variety of situations. The camera's High Dynamic Range (HDR) Mode offers ample versatility for creating still images with an artistic flare. Additionally, the camera's Intelligent IS automatically chooses from one of eight modes to help optimize image stabilization for virtually shake-free images in various shooting conditions.
 
For photograph purists, the PowerShot G7 X camera fully supports both manual exposure control and the user's choice of RAW, JPEG or RAW+JPEG recording formats. The PowerShot G7 X camera also provides excellent manual control operability with a touch panel, a programmable control ring on the lens, an exposure compensation dial, and two customizable buttons on the back in a sleek, compact body.
 
The PowerShot SX60 HS Digital Camera
The new PowerShot SX60 HS digital camera is the latest addition to Canon's SX high-power zoom lineup. With 65x optical zoom (equivalent to 21-1365mm) and Optical Image Stabilization for steady images, this camera lets users zoom in and capture special moments even at long range. This new model includes a 16.1 megapixel* CMOS image sensor that, when paired with Canon's DIGIC 6 Image processor, creates Canon's high-sensitivity HS System to enhance low-light image quality. Further boosting the performance of the camera's 65x zoom lens is Canon's innovative Intelligent IS system which provides users with outstanding eight-mode shake correction technology. For filmmaking enthusiasts, the camera's 1080/60p Full HD video capabilities feature the choice of automatic or manual exposure control together with a built-in stereo microphone and a port for optional external stereo microphone to record life-like audio with ease.
 
Like the PowerShot G7 X, the PowerShot SX60 HS camera is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi technology, so users can share the amazing still images and videos taken with the camera online quickly and easily using compatible mobile devices. The camera's Mobile Device Connect Button makes it easy for users to connect to a compatible smartphone or tablet. Images and movies uploaded to the cloud via Canon iMAGE GATEWAY can be shared easily on social media platforms. The PowerShot SX60 HS camera also includes NFC making initial setup and pairing easier with a compatible Android device.
 
The PowerShot SX60 HS camera features Canon's Face Detection and Tracking AF system plus full resolution continuous shooting up to 6.4 frames per second (when not utilizing Tracking AF). The camera also features a new EOS-style grip design for comfortable and secure handling. Users can choose between a three-inch 922K dot Vari-Angle LCD screen for low-or high-angle shooting and a high-resolution 922K dot electronic viewfinder, ideal for shooting in bright outdoor conditions.
 
When shooting at extreme telephoto focal lengths, the Zoom Framing Assist function remembers the user's previous zoom position, zooms out to locate the subject, and zooms right back into the saved position when the button is released. An additional feature to this Zoom Framing Assist allows users to preset a desired composition such as whole body, upper body or face. Once this feature is enabled, the PowerShot SX60 HS camera will zoom its lens automatically to maintain the desired composition even if the subject moves closer or further from the camera. Another new function called Zoom Memory makes it possible to quickly return to the most recently used zoom position, even if the battery or memory card is replaced.
 
To help make photographs and video that are creative yet simple to capture, the PowerShot SX60 HS camera features Creative Shot mode and Canon's Smart AUTO mode that intelligently selects optimal camera settings from 58 different pre-defined scenes for still shots and 21 for video. The PowerShot SX60 HS camera also features full-manual exposure and focus control, with the photographer's choice of JPEG, RAW, or JPEG+RAW capture modes. The PowerShot SX60 HS camera is fully compatible with Canon EX-series Speedlites for professional quality lighting effects.
 
The PowerShot N2 Digital Camera
The new Canon PowerShot N2 digital camera, with its stylish square shape, is packed with creative features that provide users with even more freedom to capture their most creative images. Featuring an 8x Optical Zoom lens (equivalent to 28-224mm), the camera gives users the imaging quality needed to capture great photos. The camera also houses a 16.1 megapixel* CMOS image sensor and DIGIC 6 Image processor so memories are preserved and can be shared for years to come.
 
With enhanced Wi-Fi capabilities, the PowerShot N2 allows users looking to share creative images of moments with family and friends anytime and anywhere. Using the Mobile Device Connect Button, users can connect to a compatible smartphone or tablet easily. Images uploaded to the cloud via Canon iMAGE GATEWAY can be shared easily on social media platforms. The PowerShot N2 camera also includes NFC making initial setup and pairing easier with a compatible Android device.
 
The sleek, distinct design of the PowerShot N2 camera features a 2.8-inch, 180 degree tilt, capacitive touch LCD screen and, in combination with the camera's new Self Portrait mode, makes this the ideal camera for taking a spontaneous selfie. The screen also allows for users to capture low-angle or difficult to shoot angles. Different from the shutter ring on the PowerShot N camera, that could be pressed on the top or bottom of the ring, the new shutter ring on the PowerShot N2 camera now functions with an all-round release, allowing users to hold the camera in various ways as well as making it a great camera choice for left or right-handed photographers.
 
The camera's Creative Shot mode, which was also featured on the PowerShot N camera, has been enhanced with added filters, giving users the ability to easily apply either a Retro, Monochrome, Special or Natural look to their photos. Also unique to this model, the advanced movie shooting feature in Creative Shot mode combines several movie clips automatically with special effects including super slow motion, quick motion, and various filters for creating fantastic short films. The PowerShot N2 camera also features Smart Auto Mode with 58 different pre-defined scenes for still shots and 21 for video, so no matter the shooting situation users can expect that their photo or video will be captured just as they imagined.
 
Pricing and Availability
The PowerShot G7 X digital camera is scheduled to be available in October 2014 for an estimated retail price of $699.99. The PowerShot SX60 HS digital camera is scheduled to be available in October 2014 for estimated retail price of $549.99. The PowerShot N2 digital camera is scheduled to be available in December 2014 with a choice of black and white body colors for an estimated retail price of $299.99.
 
B&H has the Canon PowerShot G7 X, PowerShot SX60 HS and PowerShot N2 available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/15/2014 7:21:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
BlackRapid Binocular and Backpack Straps
From BlackRapid:
 
September 15, 2014 - Carry binoculars with, or without, a BlackRapid Double/Double Slim with our Binocular Strap.
 
Attaching to the shoulder straps of a Double strap, the Binocular Strap allows anyone to hang their binoculars comfortably while still carrying two cameras.
 
When not carrying any cameras, the Binocular Strap’s included neck strap is a comfortable and convenient standalone solution.
 
When not in use the Binocular Strap can be stowed in the included microfibre carry sack.
 
Features
 
  • Adapt the Binocular Strap to carry on a BlackRapid Double
  • Easily attached/removed
  • Standalone functionality
  • Microfibre carry sack included
Convert nearly any backpack into a BlackRapid sling-strap with our Backpack Strap.
 
Attaching to the shoulder straps of an existing backpack and going diagonally across the torso, your favorite backpack can be customised with BlackRapid’s popular sling strap functionality.
 
When not in use the Backpack Strap can be stowed in the included microfibre carry sack.
 
Features
 
  • Convert a backpack to camera sling function
  • Easily attached/removed
  • Microfibre carry sack included
B&H carries the BlackRapid Binocular Strap and Backpack Strap.
Category: BlackRapid News
Post Date: 9/15/2014 6:52:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Profoto B1 Air Remote for Canon and Nikon
From Profoto:
 
Profoto releases Air Remote TTL-N, a clever little unit that allows Nikon shooters to do TTL metering with the Profoto B1 off-camera flash.
 
September 15, 2014 - “Game changer.” “Light of my life.” “A little bit of light and magic.” These are just a few of the words that were said when the Profoto B1 off-camera flash was released in November 2013.
 
The most attention-grabbing feature of the B1 was, and still is, its TTL metering. The TTL feature was initially only available for Canon shooters. But Profoto promised to continue to develop the B1’s patent-pending AirTTL system to also include Nikon. Today, Profoto delivers on that promise by releasing the Air Remote TTL-N.
 
Air Remote TTL-N is a small, wireless radio transmitter that attaches to the Nikon camera’s hotshoe. Attaching the unit enables TTL metering with the B1. The Air Remote TTL-N can also be used to manually control and sync the B1 or any other Profoto flash with Air built-in.
 
In other words, Air Remote TTL-N is the Nikon shooter’s equivalent to the Canon shooter’s Air Remote TTL-C (available since November 2013). But note that it is only the Air Remote TTL unit that is different depending on the camera that you are using. The B1 works the same regardless of camera brand. There are two AirTTL remotes, but there is only one B1 off-camera flash.
 
Air Remote TTL-N is sold separately. The recommended sales price is €295 / $395. The already released Air Remote TTL-C has the same price.
 
Profoto will continue to develop the AirTTL system and the off-camera flash concept. Next in line is a firmware upgrade for high-speed sync (HSS). New Light Shaping Tools, optimized for on-location photography, are also on their way. Furthermore, Profoto is looking into adding TTL functionality for even more camera manufacturers.
 
B&H has the Profoto Air Remote TTL-N available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 9/15/2014 6:23:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, September 14, 2014
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Through September 22, use coupon code PXEVRY30 at AdoramaPix to get 30% off everything at the store.
 
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Post Date: 9/14/2014 8:50:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S VR Lens
Adorama has the Refurbished Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S VR Lens available for $289.95 with free shipping. Compare at $596.95 new.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/14/2014 8:04:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens
Adorama has several Canon DSLR + PIXMA PRO-100 Printer Bundle deals going on right now. See below for more information.
 
Deals
 
BundleRebateFinal Price
Canon EOS 70D w/ Printer$350.00$799.00
Canon EOS 70D w/ EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens and Printer$350.00$999.99
Canon EOS 70D w/ EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens and Printer$350.00$1,199.00
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/14/2014 7:51:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 12, 2014

 
From the Nikon Europe YouTube Channel:
 
Nikon presents a film by Nikon Ambassador John Wright, featuring the Nikon/MRMC Studio Bot and ex Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt as they perform together. The production was shot entirely on a Nikon D810 camera attached to the Nikon/MRMC robotic solution and demonstrates the level of creative control available on the Nikon/MRMC Studio Bot as it is animated to dance with professional dancer and performer Kimberly. No CGI was used in the making of this production and all camera positions where robotic or static.
 
Check out the Behind the Scenes segment below (very interesting):
 

 
B&H carries the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/12/2014 12:57:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon/Nikon (review) available for $1,199.00. Comapre at $1,499.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 9/12/2014 12:20:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens available for $389.99 with free shipping. Compare at $499.00.
 
Note: The camera deal listed here is not advertised as coming with a Canon USA warranty and is likely a grey market item.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/12/2014 12:18:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Google Nexus 7 FHD 32GB Tablet
eBay (via drivengps) has the Refurbished Google Nexus 7 FHD 32GB Tablet available for $159.99 with free shipping. Compare at $269.00 new.
Post Date: 9/12/2014 12:12:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes shows how to use the DNG Profile Editor to adjust color and light.
 
Adobe offers Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5 for $9.99 per month.
Post Date: 9/12/2014 12:03:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 7D DSLR Cameras
If you've ever shot a wedding with multiple cameras, you probably know how important it is to synchronize the time between your various cameras. If your cameras are out of sync by only a few minutes, the timeline of events your images show (when sorted by time captured) can be jumbled and confusing.
 
The solution? Use EOS Utility to synchronize your cameras' times with the time of your computer.
 
Directions for EOS Utility 2.14.1 (EOS Rebel, xxD, 7D, 5D Mark II)
 
  1. Connect the camera to your computer using the USB cord.
  2. If EOS Utility does not automatically start, open the program.
  3. Click "Camera Settings/Remote Shooting"
  4. Click on the Setup Menu Icon (third from left, below shooting details window).
  5. Click "Date/Time/Zone," verify settings and click the "From PC" button.
Time Sync EOS Utility 2.x
 
Directions for EOS Utility 3.0.0 (6D, 5D Mark III, 1D-X, 1D-C)
 
  1. Connect the camera to your computer using the USB cord.
  2. If EOS Utility does not automatically start, open the program.
  3. Click "Date/Time/Zone Setting," verify settings and click the "From PC" button.
Time Sync EOS Utility 3.x
 
There is also an option to automatically synchronize the camera's time with the PC whenever it's connected. You can find that option in the EOS Utility Preferences window.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/12/2014 10:40:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"During a career spanning over a quarter of a century thus far Marc Aspland has gained an international reputation as one of the world’s finest sports photographers, with a style all of his own. He has been Chief Sports Photographer of The Times newspaper in London since the late 1990s but it is only now that many of his most famous images have been brought together in his new, and first-ever, book ‘The Art of Sports Photography’. CPN writer Mark Alexander spoke to Marc Aspland about what it took to create the magical images in the book and his unique approach to shooting sports."
Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/12/2014 8:31:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron SP 15-30MM F/2.8 DI VC USD Lens
From Tamron:
 
XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) element and LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements deployed in the front group ensures outstanding image depicting performance. Proprietary eBAND coating coupled with improved BBAR coating efficiently reduces ghosting and flare inherent to wideangle focal lengths to an absolute minimum.
 
September 12, 2014, Saitama, Japan. - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, announces development of a new ultra-wideangle zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras with a fast F/2.8 aperture and VC (Vibration Compensation), the world's first in its category. The price and launch date are to be determined. The lens will be showcased at the Tamron booth at Photokina 2014, September 16- 21, 2014 in Cologne, Germany (Photokina Booth Number:Hall 4.2 D10 - E19).
 
Since 2012, Tamron has been expanding its lineup of interchangeable lenses for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. SP 24-70mm F/2.8 was the first in the series, being integrated with VC, followed by the 70-200mm F/2.8, 90mm F/2.8 Macro, and 150-600mm F/5-6.3. The array of those new lenses have been highly acclaimed among the photo enthusiasts and working pros around the globe. To address the needs for more towards the wider angular field, Tamron spearheaded the development of SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD, a fast ultra-wideangle zoom lens with the image stabilization feature, setting itself apart from the rest of zooms in this category.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Superb image quality and performance - With an optical construction of 18 elements in 13 groups, inclusive of XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) element placed at the front group and several LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements in the system, aberrations such as geometrical distortion and lateral color are efficiently compensated for enabling the zoom lens to deliver outstanding image quality throughout the entire range from corner to corner.
  • Prominent competence of VC when shooting night scenes and under low light conditions - Recognizing the needs for image stabilization capability on a wideangle lens voiced by a number of photographers, especially for a full-frame, fast F/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens category, VC is tuned for providing discernible competence throughout the entire zoom range. The feature enhances image depicting capabilities for shooting night scenes and under low light conditions.
  • Benefit of the eBAND and the improved BBAR coatings - Tamron's acclaimed BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coating is further refined to render uniformity in transmissivity across the critical bandwidths. Coupled with the eBAND coating, ghosting and flare typically observed on ultra-wideangle lenses are efficiently eliminated, resulting in crisper and crystal-clear images.
  • Fluorine coating on the front element, Tamron's first - Due to the large diameter and the prominent convex profile of the front element, it is not practical to deploy a protective filter. For the first time, a fluorine coating is applied to the front element, which repels water or any type of dirt, while making it easier to remove such smudge when contaminated.
  • Fascinating background "bokeh" with the fast maximum aperture of F/2.8 - Natural and smooth blur on the subject background enhances depictive capabilities of wide-angle photography when a subject is located in the close distance. The 9-blade diaphragm construction retains a near-circular aperture opening even when stopped down by two steps from its full open position and delivers ideal bokeh effects.
  • Easy-to-use autofocus - Speed of autofocus and control accuracy are further improved. USD[4] (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) delivers tack-sharp images due to the high torque and fast response speed with least amount of lag time, yet with extremely low acoustic noise. Equipped with a full-time manual focus mechanism, fine focus adjustments are enabled without exiting from the AF mode.
  • Comes with "SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron", RAW image processing software customized for Tamron SP lenses - The SILKYPIX Developer Studio software provides an added feature to generate high-quality images from RAW data, while performing adjustments to reflect a personal style and a taste of the photographer. These include white balance, color, sharpness, and the tonal curves recorded by digital cameras.
  • The SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron provides a range of functions, in addition to the basic adjustment capabilities, such as correcting aberrations (lateral color, distortion, relative illumination fall-off) referring to the optical design data. Optimal use with Tamron's SP series lenses - renowned for their high-depiction capabilities - delivers images that meet photographers' most exacting demands.
Specifications:
 
Model A012
Focal Length15-30mm
Maximum ApertureF/2.8
Angle of View (diagonal) 110° 32'–71°35' (for full frame format)
 85°51'–49°53' (for APS-C format)
Lens Construction 18 elements in 13 groups
Minimum Focus Distance11in. (0.28m)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:5
Filter Sizen/a
Maximum Diameter98.4mm
Length For Canon 5.7in. (145mm) / For Nikon 5.6in. (143mm)
Weight38.8 oz. (1,100g)
Diaphragm Blades9 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum ApertureF22
Standard AccessoriesLens caps (push-on front & rear)
Compatible MountsCanon, Nikon, Sony

Note: No release date or MSRP was provided with this press release. We will add more information as it becomes available.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 9/12/2014 1:05:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports and Contemporary Lenses
From Sigma:
 
Hyper-telephoto zoom lenses added to both Sports and Contemporary Global Vision lines
 
RONKONKOMA, N.Y — September 12, 2014 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, has announced two new 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM high-performance, hyper-telephoto zoom lenses that celebrate significant optical and build advancements. The two lens designs vary in size and use, and add to the company’s impressive roster of Contemporary and Sports lenses in the Global Vision lineup.
 
The 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports delivers enhanced, professional-grade optics and greater durability for challenging, high-action photographic situations. The 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary is a versatile lens that offers similar performance in a more compact and portable design. Pricing and availability of these lenses are not yet available.
 
Both versions of the 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM feature dust and splash-proof features, as well as new water and oil-repellent coating on the front and rear lenses. They boast an updated Optical Stabilizer (OS) that features an accelerometer for improved vertical and horizontal panning, essential for bird, wildlife and motor sports photography. Two new switches were added for ease-of-use, including a new zoom lock switch capable of locking at any focal distance and a Manual Override (MO) switch for improved control of focusing performance. An enhanced auto focus (AF) algorithm and Hyper Sonic Motor ensure quiet and fast AF. The lenses are compatible with Sigma’s newly announced lineup of Global Vision teleconverters, which are effective up to F/8.
 
“The Global Vision Art, Sports and Contemporary lines were developed to help photographers identify lenses that are best suited to their specific photography and these two lenses are perfect examples of that intent,” Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “While they share a focal length and many outstanding features, these lenses are designed with different photographers in mind. Both high-performance lenses, one is for the professional-grade action shooter; the other for photographers looking for high performance and portability.”
 
The 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports offers the highest level of performance and durability with a splash and dust proof construction, and features dimensions of 4.8 inches by 11.4 inches, with a weight of 100.9 ounces. It contains 24 lens elements in 16 groups – including two FLD and three SLD glass elements – with a minimum aperture of F/22 and minimum focusing distance of 102.4 inches. Its maximum magnification ratio is also 1:5. The Sports lens will be available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts.
 
The 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens is the first hyper-telephoto zoom lens from the Global Vision Contemporary line, and will enable easy handling with a smaller build than its Sports counterpart. It is equipped with a splash and dust proof mount, and while the weight of the lens is still to be determined, its dimensions will be 4.1 inches by 10.2 inches. The lens will feature 20 elements in 14 groups – including one FLD and three SLD glass elements – with a minimum aperture of F/22 and minimum focusing distance of 110.2 inches. Its maximum magnification ratio is 1:5. It will be available in Sigma, Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts.
 
All of Sigma’s Global Vision lenses are compatible with the company’s USB dock and Mount Conversion Service, and undergo individual testing before being shipped. Using the USB Dock allows for advanced customization of AF speed, OS viewing modes, focus limiter and firmware updates. Every Sigma Global Vision lens is tested with Sigma’s proprietary “A1” MTF measuring system prior to shipping to ensure optimal performance and image quality.
 
The company will be exhibiting at the 2014 Photokina in Cologne, Germany, later this month. The latest lenses from the Global Vision lineup will be on display at the event and attendees are invited to stop by booth #B20/C29 in Hall 4.2.
 
Preorder Opportunities:
 
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens - B&H
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens - B&H
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 9/12/2014 12:24:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary
From Sigma:
 
New range in Sigma’s lineup offers optimized optics and stabilization with optional, add-on close-up lens for macro-zoom capability
 
RONKONKOMA, N.Y — September 12, 2014 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, is adding a new lens to its Global Vision Contemporary category with today’s announcement of the 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM. The lens will become available in October for the street price of $579.00.
 
Designed exclusively for APS-C camera sensors, the new 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM features a 16.6x high-ratio zoom lens which equates to a 27-450mm zoom range. It incorporates four “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, which have performance equal to flourite, in addition to one Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass element. This enables the lens to minimize the chromatic aberration, especially toward the telephoto-end, and provide clear image quality with high color fidelity. Also, this lens comes with a newly developed optical stabilization (OS) system, ensuring better compensation.
 
“We expect the 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM to be yet another standout in our Global Vision lineup, and a perfect option for anyone looking to carry minimal equipment and still be able to capture breathtaking images” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “It will be a compact and affordable, high-performance, all-in-one lens that offers wide-angle to telephoto versatility and the very unique macro-zoom capability for close-ups. It’s perfect for all photographic needs – especially for those purchasing this product as their first time interchangeable lens.”
 
The lens offers a minimum focusing distance of 15 inches, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3. To enhance the macro capabilities of the lens, Sigma Corporation has also designed a dedicated close-up AML72-01 lens that pairs with the 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 to offer a maximum magnification ratio 1:2 and changeable angles of view. Even when this close-up lens is attached, the image taken at maximum magnification ratio, at 300mm, infinity, shows very little difference in modulation transfer function (MTF). This close-up lens will be sold separately for $55 and will also be available in October.
 
The 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM incorporates a bigger and newly developed Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) that ensures high speed and quiet AF. Additionally the Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting, to provide the user with sharp and high contrast images.
 
The lens will be available in Sigma, Nikon, Canon, Pentax and Sony mounts; Pentax and Sony mounts will not offer OS.
 
The 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM is compatible with Sigma’s USB dock, allowing photographers to update the lens’ firmware and change focus parameters using Sigma's Optimization Pro software. It is also compatible with Sigma’s Mount Conversion Service. Sigma remains one of the very few manufacturers whose products are solely made in Japan. Moreover, all products, including the 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM was designed to surpass the required quality inspection of every Global Vision lens with Sigma’s own modulation transfer function (MTF) “A1” measuring system to create a new optical standard to align with the high-spec cameras on today’s market.
 
The company will be exhibiting at the 2014 Photokina in Cologne, Germany, later this month. The latest lenses from the Global Vision lineup will be on display at the event and attendees are invited to stop by booth #B20/C29 in Hall 4.2.
 
B&H has the Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM Contemporary available for preorder.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 9/12/2014 12:17:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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