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 Monday, September 08, 2014

 
From B&H
 
Lensbaby's new 5.8mm circular fisheye lens is a fully manual lens for Nikon or Canon mounts that works with full-frame or APS-C sensor sized sensors.
 
B&H carries the LensBaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye.
Post Date: 9/8/2014 9:03:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Lens
In addition to the press release, you can find more Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Lens information and lots of eye candy on the Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Lens Review placeholder page. Otus 85 images are also loaded into the product image comparison tool. I'll be sharing a full review of this amazing lens very soon.
 
B&H has the ZEISS Otus 85mm f/1.4 available for preorder.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 9/8/2014 7:42:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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
Price
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.
 
ItemInstant
Rebate
Links
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
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