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 Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/27/2016 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
According to the Egami Blog, Tamron has patented the optical forumla for a 20mm f/2 VC.
 
This lens would make a very interesting addition to Tamron's recent releases, notably the 35, 45 & 85mm f/1.8 VC primes. A 20mm f/2 prime with VC would compete strongly against the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art (and Nikon 20mm f/1.8G ED, for that matter) as many will gladly give up a 1-stop aperture advantage to gain built-in stabilization.
 
Description of Patent*
 
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-126279
  • Published 2016.7.11
  • Filing date 2015.1.8
  • f/ = 2.05
  • Rear focus
  • Anti-vibration (a part of the first group)
* Some specifications have been omitted here due to translation concerns.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/27/2016 7:09:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Apple 12" MacBook (Early 2015, Space Gray) available for $999.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,549.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1.3 GHz Intel Core M (Broadwell)
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  • Force Touch Trackpad
  • Mac OS X 10.10 or 10.11
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/27/2016 6:18:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Fast, prime mid-telephoto lens delivering the large, smooth and beautiful bokeh and edge-to-edge rendering
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED, a fast, mid-telephoto fixed focal length (prime) lens that is compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras.
 
The AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED is a fast, mid-telephoto fixed focal length (prime) lens with which a focal length of 105mm, a maximum aperture of f/1.4, and AF capabilities have been achieved. The 105mm and f/1.4 specifications achieve a shallow depth of field and large bokeh, enabling photographic expression that makes the most of the impressive cropping of a scene and optimal compression effects.
 
This lens was developed based on the design concept that is, "three-dimensional high fidelity". Thus, it is capable of more natural 3D reproduction of three-dimensional subjects on the two-dimensional fields that are photos, as well as large and beautiful bokeh characteristics, that provide smooth alteration of bokeh as the distance from the focus position increases. These characteristics enable rendering with a natural sense of depth in portraits and images of still objects.
 
On the other hand, landscapes are reproduced with superior resolution all the way to the edges of the frame, even at maximum aperture, for extremely sharp and clear rendering. Superior point image reproduction capabilities ensure rendering of points and sharp points for very little distortion or bleed with the pinpoint light sources in night landscapes. Night landscapes are sharply reproduced.
 
In addition, three ED lens elements that provide compensation for chromatic aberration have been adopted, Nano Crystal Coat is utilized for effective reduction of ghost and flare, the lens is equipped with an electromagnetic aperture mechanism that enables stable exposure control, even with high-speed continuous shooting, and highly durable fluorine coat, which effectively repels dust, water, grease, and dirt, has been adopted.
 
The bright viewfinder image of this fast fixed focal length (prime) lens is advantageous not only because it reduces stress for more comfortable shooting, but also it enables hand-held capture of dimly lit scenes.
 
The AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED, which embodies the "three-dimensional high fidelity" concept, responds to the demands of professional and advanced amateur photographers pursuing their own imaging intent with a variety of photographic scenes. It is capable not only of impressive portraits and photos of still subjects that beautifully utilize the large and smooth bokeh characteristics, but also daytime, evening, and night landscapes that exhibit superior resolution all the way to the edges of the frame, and excellent reproduction of point images.
 
Primary Features
 
  • A lens that utilizes Nikon's latest exclusive optical design to offer a focal length of 105mm, a maximum aperture of f/1.4, and to be equipped with AF capabilities as well
  • The "three-dimensional high fidelity" NIKKOR lens design concept enables rending of the large and beautiful bokeh with gradual transition from the focus position increases and a natural sense of depth
  • Superior optical performance with high resolution even in the peripheral areas, sharp rendering of distant subjects even at maximum aperture, and high reproduction capability of point light sources
  • Adoption of ED lens elements that compensates for chromatic aberration, and Nano Crystal Coat, which effectively reduces ghost and flare
  • Equipped with an electromagnetic aperture mechanism that enables stable exposure control, even with high-speed continuous shooting
  • Highly durable fluorine coat that effectively repels dust, water, grease, and dirt applied to the outer surfaces of the two lens elements at either end (front and rear) of the lens
Official Sample Pictures (1280 x 854px)
 
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/27/2016 5:26:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From NIkon:
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that total production of NIKKOR lenses for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras reached one-hundred million* in June of 2016.
 
NIKKOR's history began in 1932 with Nikon's (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) registration of the NIKKOR trademark, soon followed in 1933 with the release of Aero-Nikkor aerial photographic lenses. In 1959, Nikon released the Nikon F SLR camera as well as its first NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras including the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2.
 
The NIKKOR brand
 
NIKKOR is Nikon's brand of photographic lenses. The NIKKOR name arose from adding "r"—a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at the time the name was established—to "Nikko", the Romanized abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K., the original name used when the company was established.
 
The entire length of the road that leads to the release of new NIKKOR lenses, from initial design and development to production and final inspection, is managed in accordance with Nikon's exclusive and exacting quality standards, which support high-quality NIKKOR lenses that respond to the strict demands of users.
 
Nikon's lineup of NIKKOR lenses currently consists of more than 90 types of lenses, including fixed focal length (prime) lenses covering ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto angles of view, fisheye lenses, zoom lenses, Micro lenses, and PC-E lenses that support a wide variety of applications, as well as 1 NIKKOR lenses for Advanced Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses.
 
Nikon has launched the NIKKOR.com global branding site, which spreads the appeal of NIKKOR lenses around the world with a wide variety of captivating contents, including photo and video galleries containing works recorded with NIKKOR lenses, video interviews with lens designers, and much more.
 
Nikon F mount, running parallel to NIKKOR lenses for more than 50 years
 
The mount used by Nikon for its SLR cameras and interchangeable lenses in the more than half a century that has passed since Nikon released its first SLR camera in 1959, the Nikon F, has been the Nikon F mount. Since the introduction of the Nikon F mount in 1950, a bayonet mount has been adopted, stainless steel, known for its superior durability and corrosion resistance has been used, and the mount's basic design foresaw the increase in lens diameters. Throughout its history, the cutting-edge technologies of the time, including aperture control and autofocus, have been adopted for the F mount, and we will continue to do so, ensuring support for the latest digital cameras and lenses.
 
OPTIA
 
While developing the latest optical technologies and commercialization of products utilizing these technologies, Nikon continues its work in the research and development of means of evaluating optical performance. In 2013, Nikon began development and deployment of OPTIA, a device for measuring all forms of aberration occurring with photographic lenses that was originally developed as a means of measuring aberration in IC steppers and scanners, as well as a dedicated image simulator that is used with OPTIA. OPTIA and the dedicated image simulator are still used to evaluate and verify NIKKOR lens characteristics today.
 
In addition to resolution, camera lens performance is indicated by such characteristics as blur (as known as "bokeh"), reproduction of textures, and sense of depth. The application of OPTIA's aberration measurement to Nikon lenses has always had a very high reputation.
 
The image simulator (software) developed alongside OPTIA enables simulation at the design stage that is equivalent to actual photography with lens prototypes. Consequently lenses can be developed with greater control over not only resolution, but also a wide variety of lens characteristics.
 
Adoption of the new design concept formulated with the use of OPTIA and the image simulator will enable more effective development of high-performance lenses with unique characteristics, and allow Nikon to provide customers with interchangeable lenses that offer new forms of value never before seen.
 
One of the lenses designed using OPTIA is the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED, released today. This lens embodies the "three-dimensional high-fidelity (superior reproduction characteristics)" design concept that represents Nikon's ideal with more natural three-dimensional reproduction of three-dimensional objects on the two-dimensional field known as a photograph. It enables photos with a natural sense of depth and in which the primary subject is impressively rendered, while expressing beautiful bokeh characteristics that change gradually as the distance from the focus position increases.
 
Nikon will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2017. Nikon will continue to develop high-quality, appealing products that exceed expectations with more advanced technologies and even stricter quality control, and to offer the services our users need.
 
*Interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras and Nikon 1, Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lenses
 
B&H carries Nikon Nikkor Lenses.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/27/2016 5:17:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 26, 2016
B&H has the Canon EOS-1D C DSLR 4K Camera available for $4,999.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $7,999.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 18.1Mp CMOS Sensor
  • 4K Cinematic Quality Video
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD Video
  • Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors
  • 3.2" LCD Screen
  • Eye-Level Pentaprism Viewfinder
  • Dual CF Card Recording Media
  • Canon EF Lens Mount
  • Magnesium Alloy Body
  • 61-Point High Density Auto Focus
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/26/2016 2:17:05 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens Review.
 
Here are some comparisons you might find interesting:
 
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS vs. Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS II
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS w/ 1.4x vs. Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II IS
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS vs. Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II IS at 300mm
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS vs. Canon 200mm f/2.8L II w/ 1.4x
 
EOS 5Ds R results from the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens are coming soon. The 300mm f/4L IS plus 1.4x vs. 400mm f/5.6L comparison is always a good one.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens in stock w/ a 4% reward.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/26/2016 10:37:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Getty's Director of Global Event Operations, Michael Heiman, has posted a couple of photos to his Instagram account showing the gear his team will be using to cover the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
 


The Rio 2016 Olympic games are scheduled to run from Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 21. Considering the sheer number of great photographers covering the event, a flood of captivating images is inevitable.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Getty News
Post Date: 7/26/2016 8:00:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Mike Olbinski Vimeo Channel:
 
Blood. Sweat. Tears. Joy. That's what this spring was for me. The miles, the grind, the failing, the epic days missed, the lack of sleep, the jubilation, the friendships strengthened, and the time away from my family. And when the chasing was all done...wondering, was worth it all?
 
Heck yeah it was.
 
I had three goals this spring: Get a tornado on time-lapse, capture the best footage I possibly could, and chase as much as my schedule would allow. That ended up totalling 18 chase days. 20,000 miles driven. Almost 60,000 time-lapse frames shot. Nine total states. Hours and hours and hours of editing. All between April 15th and June 15th.
 
Read the rest of the video description on Vimeo.
 
Gear Used:
 
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/26/2016 7:47:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Makiko Yamazaki, Reuters:
Canon Inc (7751.T) cut its full-year profit forecast on Tuesday, becoming Japan's first major technology company to report a weaker outlook on the yen's surge following Britain's vote to leave the European Union.
 
The world's biggest maker of cameras and printers forecast group operating profit of 265 billion yen ($2.54 billion) for the year through December, from 300 billion yen estimated three months prior.
See the entire article on Reuters.com.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Reuters News
Post Date: 7/26/2016 6:36:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 25, 2016
by Sean Setters
 
Verizon has agreed to purchase Yahoo for the paltry sum of $4.83 billion. Considering that Microsoft offered to buy Yahoo only 8 years ago for a cool $45 billion, "paltry sum" seems like a fair descriptor even if Yahoo's glory days seem far behind them.
 
Included in the purchase – and of special interest to our site visitors – is Flickr, the still-popular photo sharing site. While Flickr may not be the juggernaut it once was, it's a service that I still personally enjoy using on a daily basis.
 
Even though I have many photo sharing accounts (500px, SmugMug, Google Photos, Instagram, etc), Flickr continues to be the one I like best. It's simple to use and there are wonderful groups who enjoy aiding in one's growth in photography. And even though Flickr has seemed neglected at times over the last few years, it has steadily improved (for the most part), regaining some relevance in the process (in my opinion, of course).
 
However, Verizon's takeover of Flickr gives me pause. I doubt Flickr is highly profitable in its current form, so I'm concerned about what changes Verizon might bring about to better capitalize on their investment.
 
Ads everywhere? A higher price for Pro Accounts? Disk quota limitations placed on all members? A complete liquidation assets or shutting it down entirely? Your guess is as good as mine.
 
Only time will tell if I am needlessly worried or hopelessly spinning my wheels with a photo sharing service that's seen its last hurrah.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Flickr News
Post Date: 7/25/2016 1:46:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via quickndone – 99.8% positive feedback) has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens available for $1,709.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,999.00 after $100.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/25/2016 10:52:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Premium Kit (review) in stock with free expedited shipping. Through July 30, 2016, this purchase qualifies for 13 months of Canon's CarePAK Plus Accidental Damage Protection.
 
Note: The premium kit comes with a free 64GB CFast 2.0 Card and Reader ($300.00 value).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/25/2016 8:37:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens Review.
 
The Samyang 135 f/2 has limitations, but it is a lot of lens for the money.
 
B&H has the Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/25/2016 7:10:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 & Premiere Elements 14 available for $79.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $149.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Photo and Video Editing Software Bundle
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  • Video Story and Favorite Moments Modes
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Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/25/2016 5:43:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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