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 Monday, February 6, 2017
February 6th, 2017, Seoul, South Korea – A global optics brand Samyang Optics announces a new XEEN 20mm T1.9 lens for professional video-cine. This lens brings the range of XEEN cinema lenses to eight and compliments the existing lenses: 14mm, 16mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm. The new XEEN 20mm offers outstanding image quality from resolving power for 4K+ production for filming video and cinema.
XEEN is a specialized brand of professional video-cine lenses launched by Samyang Optics in 2015. The XEEN series are designed for the ultra-high definition video environment and feature outstanding optical performance for 4K and above. The lenses also feature X-Coating Technology and 11 aperture blades that help create beautiful and round bokeh to introduce emotional and natural expression.
The 24mm x 36mm negative size allows XEEN lenses to not only work with full frame cameras, but also Super 35, APS-C, APS-H and APS-P cameras. XEEN lenses are available in five different mounts - PL, EF, F, E, and MFT and two different focus scales - metric and imperial units. All focus and iris gear rings are identically positioned among eight lenses to speed up the lens changes.
Inheriting the renowned image quality of Samyang’s wide angle series, the XEEN 20mm T1.9 enhances the XEEN line up and brings the total range to eight lenses. With the expansion of XEEN Lenses and the existing Samyang manual focus lenses, plus the recent autofocus lineup and premium XP lenses, Samyang Optics pursues ‘Total Imaging Solution’ optics brand.
Created to deliver infinite possibilities, the XEEN 20mm T1.9 will be launched globally in March 2017. The recommended retail price of each lens is EUR 2,200.
B&H carries the Rokinon-branded XEEN Cine Lenses.
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 2/6/2017 6:26:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, February 5, 2017
B&H has the Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Canon in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/5/2017 5:32:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via 6ave – 99.2% Positive Feedback) has the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens available for $649.00 with free shipping. Compare at $799.00 after $100.00 instant rebate.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a manufacturer warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/5/2017 7:57:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/5/2017 7:23:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, February 4, 2017
eBay (via 6ave – 99.2% positive feedback) has the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens available for $1,599.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,049.00 after $150.00 instant savings.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a manufacturer warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/4/2017 4:07:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 3, 2017
eBay (via redtagcamera – 99.9% Positive Feedback) has the Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera available for $889.95 with free shipping. Compare at $1,099.00 after $100.00 instant savings.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a manufacturer warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/3/2017 4:00:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through February 28, DxO is offering free activation licenses for DxO OpticsPro 9. Granted, DxO OpticsPro 11 is the current version, but... you may find DxO OpticsPro 9 a great option if you own a DSLR that's a couple of years old do not want to invest in an alternative batch editing program (like Lightroom).
You can learn more about DxO OpticsPro 9 via press release or find its supported cameras here.
Post Date: 2/3/2017 12:20:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Canon W-E1 Wi-Fi Adapter (review) in stock.
I've really come to enjoy having the W-E1 in my kit. For a relatively small investment, you may come to enjoy its advantages as well (assuming you have an EOS 7D Mark II or EOS 5Ds/5Ds R). [Sean]
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/3/2017 11:54:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
I recently shared an image showing an Incoming Storm Over Dragon Cay. That image came with a promise. My promise was to share the loved-by-everyone landscape photography element that a back-lit rainstorm holds promise for. A back-lit storm, once passed, becomes front-lit and that is the recipe for a rainbow, the referred-to strongly-desired element.
As soon as the rain stopped, I left my cave shelter (going out into the high winds) and there was the rainbow, complete with supernumerary bands (a stacker rainbow) and a slight second/double rainbow. I found a vantage point offering a photogenic view looking away from the sun (as that the requirement for the rainbow to be visible). I mounted a circular polarizer filter to the excellent Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens, framed the scene, rotated the filter to get the brightest rainbow and captured a series of images.
It was a great feeling to have confidence that some solid keepers were on the memory card as I drove back to the villa for second breakfast. I saw at least one rainbow on every day of this trip, saw several of them on most days and was able to capture some of them in nice photos.
Of course, seeing many rainbows means that there were many storms. Planning enough days at a location can be the key to successful outdoor photography – just to make sure that you get some storms worth photographing. Of course, one can never spend enough time at some locations.
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 2/3/2017 9:53:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Tamron:
February 3, 2017, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of a new telephoto zoom lens product, the SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A030) (hereinafter called “Model A030”), for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. Model A030 was developed by substantially enhancing the features of the popular SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A005) (hereinafter called “Model A005”), which has enjoyed high acclaim since its launch in 2010 as a telephoto zoom lens with outstanding performance. With the external design completely revamped, a Fluorine Coating with outstanding durability is applied to the front element surface of the lens. Improvements have also been achieved in AF speed and responsiveness and VC (Vibration Compensation) functions. Model A030 will be sold only in the Japanese market.
Product Highlights
  1. Improvements in AF speed and responsiveness
    Improvements in the control circuit and AF algorithm of the previous Model A005 have enhanced both focusing speed and accuracy, which enables a moment to be captured without letting the photo opportunity slip away, and which makes the A030 a suitable lens for photographing fast-moving subjects.
  2. Improved VC functions
    Improving Tamron’s unique VC (Vibration Compensation) functions has improved the responsiveness of the VC lens elements, and Model A030 achieves a higher image stabilization performance level of 4.0 stops according to the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standard.
  3. External design renovated
    The zoom ring and focus ring using linear-based grid patterns and the brand ring in tungsten silver create an external design with a high-grade feel.
  4. Equipped with Fluorine Coating to improve user-friendliness for the lens
    The front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that is water- and oil-repellant. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture and fingerprints.
Focal Length70-300mm
Maximum ApertureF/4-5.6
Angle of View (diagonal)34°21' - 8°15'
Optical Construction17 elements in 12 groups
Minimum Object Distance1.5m (59.1 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio1:4 (f=300mm : MOD 1.5m)
Filter SizeF62mm
Maximum DiameterF82.2mm
Length142.7mm (5.6 in)
Weight765g (26.9 oz)
Aperture Blades9 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum ApertureF/32-45
Image Stabilization Performance4.0stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)
(For Canon : EOS-5D MKIII / For Nikon : D810)
Standard AccessoriesLens hood, Lens caps
Compatible MountsCanon, Nikon

* Model A030 is not compatible with either the Tamron TELE CONVERTER 1.4x (Model TC-X14) or Tamron TELE CONVERTER 2.0x (Model TC-X20), which are optional accessories. It is also not compatible with the optional TAMRON TAP-in Console that enables a lens’s firmware to be updated and features to be customized.
Post Date: 2/3/2017 6:28:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the Vello HSA-PVU Hot Shoe Adapter with Safe Voltage Conversion available for $19.95 with free shipping. Regularly $39.95.
Product Highlights
  • Compatible with Flashes up to 60V
  • Protects Camera's Circuit
  • PC Terminal
  • Battery Check Button & Indicator Light
  • Runs on Replaceable CR2032 Battery
Post Date: 2/3/2017 5:29:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 2, 2017
Adobe is citing higher-than-expected currency fluctuations for its plan to raise Creative Cloud rates in the UK and Sweden starting March 6, 2017.
From Adobe UK:
Adobe and currency fluctuations
Currency exchange rates have fluctuated significantly over the last few years. Like many US-based global companies, Adobe is making pricing adjustments in a number of countries to offset fluctuations in foreign exchange rate. Starting on March 6, 2017, the price of Adobe products in the United Kingdom and Sweden will be increased. Existing customers will receive information about their subscription pricing directly from Adobe.
When do the product prices increase in the United Kingdom and Sweden?
The increased prices are effective starting on March 6, 2017.
I have an existing membership. Is my monthly fee going up?
If you have a month-to-month plan, you will see the price increase on your statement at the next billing date. If you have an annual plan, the new price goes into effect at the end of your annual term.
On the one hand, I hate to see a monthly rate increase for any service that I subscribe to. On the other hand, I can certainly understand how a company with such a global reach may have to periodically adjust prices based on drastic currency fluctuations. I only hope that these periodic adjustments will include price reductions if the exchange rate goes in the other direction. [Sean]
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 2/2/2017 11:45:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Syrp:
Genie Firmware Version 2.8.0 Fixes
  • Fixed issue of the Genie occasionaly dropping off the connection screen in the Syrp Genie App during Pan Track or 3 Axis movements.
  • Improvements in distance accuracy for longer tracking movements.
Download: Syrp Genie Firmware Version 2.8.0
B&H carries the Syrp Genie Motion Control Time Lapse Device.
Category: Syrp News
Post Date: 2/2/2017 10:28:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon is featuring select Logitech Mice and Keyboards as a Gold Box Deal of the Day.
Note: The link for the Logitech deals can be found under the webcam picture on the page linked above.
Coincidentally, the mouse I'm using right now – the Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse – is one of the discounted items. [Sean]
Post Date: 2/2/2017 8:39:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Polar Pro Hard Case for DJI Mavic Pro available with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 2/2/2017 8:20:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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