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 Monday, June 22, 2015
Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens
For a limited time, B&H has the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens for Canon available for $189.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $259.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Ultra Wide-Angle 8mm Fisheye Lens
  • 167º Angle of View
  • High Definition, Aspherical Elements
  • For Use with APS-C Format DSLRs
  • Circular, Vignetted Image on Full Frame
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 12"
  • Removable Petal-Type Lens Hood
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/22/2015 6:43:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, June 21, 2015
Lowepro Photo Sport Sling 100 AW (Black)
Today only: B&H has the Lowepro Photo Sport Sling 100 AW (Black) on sale for $34.95 (originally $99.95 – save $65.00).
Post Date: 6/21/2015 12:58:48 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 19, 2015
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Roger Cicala over at LensRentals has been busy testing out the new Canon 5Ds and now [I'm typing this with a slight cringe], tearing one apart.
 
From the LensRentals Blog:
"When Lensrentals.com first got the first Canon 5Ds and 5D sr cameras in stock, Aaron and I immediately started screaming that we wanted to take one apart. It turns out we received enough 5Ds cameras to let us have a day with one to do just that. Of course, we don't expect to find out anything amazing and revealing. We expect it will look pretty much like the Canon 5DIII and 7DII on the inside. But hey, you never know. Plus we'll be repairing these soon enough, so we might as well find our way around now.
 
If you want to do some comparisons yourself, you can compare this to our Canon 5D III teardownand Canon 7D II teardown. Or if you'd rather follow along from home with your own 5Ds go grab your screwdrivers and let's get started!"
See the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds in stock with free next day delivery.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/19/2015 12:15:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon is featuring the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon/Nikon as a Lightning Deal and is available for $199.99. Compare at $239.00.
 
Note from Sean: I have this lens and take a walk with it when I'm needing some creative inspiration. In fact, I used the lens this past weekend for the shot below.
 
Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Example Old Car
Post Date: 6/19/2015 10:42:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
DigitalRev has the Canon EOS 760D (Rebel T6s) DSLR Camera Body available for $669.00. Compare at $849.00 (Rebel T6s).
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/19/2015 10:02:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Canon has posted three promo videos for the G3 X. If you're not into reading press releases, the video above and directly below will give you a good overview of the camera's features.
 

 
Want to see what you can do with the G3 X's video features? Check out this sample video shot entirely on the G3 X below.
 

 
B&H has the Canon PowerShot G3 X available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/19/2015 9:04:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through tomorrow, use coupon code BBQ50AFF at CanvasOnDemand.com to receive a 50% discount on your canvas print order.
Post Date: 6/19/2015 8:12:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via RedTagCamera) has the Canon EOS Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens (review:T5i | lens) available for $539.95 with free shipping. Compare at $649.00.
 
Note This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/19/2015 7:46:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens
From Sigma:
 
The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce that we are going to introduce the SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art, the world's first large-aperture full-frame wide-angle zoom lens offering F2 brightness throughout the zoom range.
 
While offering the premier optics of the Art line, this lens covers 24mm, 28mm and 35mm focal lengths. Incredible performance overturns the conventional perception of a zoom lens.
 
SIGMA was determined to create a zoom lens that offers the same brightness and resolution as a fixed focal length lens: in other words, the highest level of optical performance. The result of this challenge was the SIGMA 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art, the world’s first zoom to offer a fast F1.8 aperture value throughout the zoom range. Building on this concept, SIGMA has developed the new SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art for 35mm full frame sensor. It allows photographers to carry one lens to do the work of three fixed focal length lenses, a 24mm, 28mm and 35mm — with F2 brightness and top optical performance. One package delivers flexible functionality and high convenience. In particular, at the 24mm and 35mm focal lengths, this lens offers the performance that is equivalent to that of two prime lenses in the Art line. Instead of changing one high-performance fixed focal length lens for another, simply zoom. This is a new zoom lens for 35mm full frame sensor SLRs that offers the quality of a fixed focal length lens at various angles of view.
 
Key features
 
1. The world’s first large-aperture full-frame zoom lens offering a wide open aperture of F2 throughout the zoom range
A large-diameter zoom lens covering the full frame image sensor. Optical performance equivalent to a fixed focal length lens throughout the entire zoom range. These are the concepts the SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM embodies. It covers three of the most commonly used prime lenses, 24mm, 28mm and 35mm all in one lens. In order to achieve an attractive bokeh effect at wide aperture, we have developed the world's first zoom lens for the 35mm full frame sensor with an F2 aperture value throughout the zoom range.
 
2. Outstanding optical performance of the fixed focal length lenses in SIGMA’s Art line
The SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM builds on the concept of the SIGMA 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art, the world’s first zoom lens to offer F1.8 brightness throughout the zoom range. Thanks to the outstanding optical performance, the lens provides the quality of high performance fixed focal length lenses in the Art line
 
3. Covering the range of three fixed focal length wide-angle lenses
Delivering excellent functionality and convenience, one lens offers the equivalent quality of three high-performance fixed focal length lenses at F2 brightness: 24mm, 28mm and 35mm. With a minimum focusing distance of 28cm and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.4, this lens is suitable for close-up shooting, portraits with an attractive bokeh and deep-focus landscape photography. Photographers have access to the angle of view equivalent to that of three wide-angle lenses without having to switch them. While achieving the desired background effect can be difficult with a conventional wide-angle lens, the large diameter of this lens allows photographers to open the aperture wide and use the shallow focus to achieve stunning results.
 
4. Incorporating SIGMA’s latest technologies
To realize a large-diameter zoom lens for full frame cameras with F2 brightness, SIGMA designed each and every part with uncompromising care and quality. The lens incorporates large-diameter aspherical lens elements, which require advanced technologies to manufacture, one FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass and seven SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements, of which two are aspherical lenses. The advanced optics and optimized lens power distribution minimize spherical aberration, axial chromatic aberration and field curvature, resulting in outstanding optical performance. Even at widest aperture, this lens delivers breathtaking image quality.
 
5. Convenient handling
The inner focusing system eliminates front lens rotation, enhancing the lens' stability and allowing use of Circular Polarizing filters. This specification is particularly convenient for shooting video.
 
Other features
 
Minimum focusing distance of 28cm
With a minimum focusing distance of 28cm and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.4, this lens is excellent for close-up photography.
 
Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
From an early stage in the lens design process, flare and ghosting have been measured to establish an optical design resistant to strong incident light sources such as backlighting. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides sharp and high contrast images even in backlit conditions. The included lens hood can be attached to block out extraneous light, which can have a negative effect on rendering performance.
 
Hyper Sonic Motor ensures High AF Speed
The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures a silent, high-speed AF function. By optimizing the AF algorithm, smoother AF is achieved. Also, this lens offers full-time MF by rotating the focus ring of the lens while auto focusing. Without changing the AF/MF Focus Mode Switch, it allows faster focus adjustment.
 
Rounded Diaphragm
The 9 blade-rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image.
 
Brass bayonet mount
This lens incorporates a brass bayonet mount which has both high accuracy and durability. A special treatment to reinforce its strength is applied to the surface giving it greater strength and making it highly resistant to long-term use.
 
Applicable for the Mount Conversion Service
As an experienced lens manufacturer that has been creating a diverse range of interchangeable lenses, we have started the innovative "Mount Conversion Service". With this chargeable service, the mount of your current SIGMA lenses can be changed to another mount of your choice. It gives new life to your favorite lenses when you wish to use them on a different camera body.
 
Art line delivers high-level artistic expression
SIGMA is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines; Contemporary, Art, and Sports, where each line has a distinctive concept. Designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power, our Art line delivers high-level artistic expression. With the astonishing rendering performance that meets the highest standard, along with landscapes, portraits, still-lifes, close-ups, and general snaps, they are perfect for the kind of photography that unleashes the inner artist. Ideal for studio photography, they offer just as much expressive scope when capturing architecture and starry skies and many other scenes.
 
Customization and flexible adjustment for convenience or a specific purpose is possible. SIGMA USB DOCK that is designed exclusively for the new lens line-ups.
With the optional SIGMA USB DOCK, you can update your lens firmware, adjust focus points and customize Full-time MF function settings as well as the timing to operate the Full-time MF function. By attaching this lens to a SIGMA USB DOCK, which is connected to a computer, the dedicated software "SIGMA Optimization Pro" offers various types of customization and adjustment.
 
New product lines from SGV concepts that are setting new benchmarks for image quality.
 
Design Concept
With the new product lines, supplied hoods incorporate rubber for the connected part. Lens caps and AF/MF switches are also newly designed in order to improve usability. For the internal parts, various metals and a new material called TSC (Thermally Stable Composite), which works well with metal, are located to achieve products with high accuracy. The lens barrel includes the year of release, engraved for users to recognize when the lens was released.
 
Evaluation with SIGMA's own MTF measuring system "A1"
We used to measure lens performance with an MTF measuring system using conventional sensors. However, we've now developed our own proprietary MTF (modulation transfer function) measuring system (A1) using 46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensors. Even previously undetectable high-frequency details are now within the scope of our quality control inspections. All SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM lenses will all be checked using "A1" before they are shipped.
 
Made in Japan
All SIGMA's manufacturing – right down to molds and parts – with a few exceptions, are carried out under a single integrated production system, entirely in Japan. We are now one of the very few manufacturers whose products are solely "made in Japan". We like to think our products are somehow imbued with the essence of our homeland, blessed as it is with clean air and water, and focused, hard-working people. We pride ourselves on the authentic quality of SIGMA products, born of a marriage between highly attuned expertise and intelligent, advanced technology. Our sophisticated products have satisfied professionals and lovers of photography all over the world, because our manufacturing is based on genuine craftsmanship, underpinned by the passion and pride of our experts.
 
Specifications
Lens Construction: 18 elements in 13 groups | Minimum aperture: F/16 | Filter size: 082mm | Angle of view (35mm): 84.1°-63.4° | Minimum focusing distance: 28cm/11.0in. | Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 087.6mm x 122.7mm/3.4in. x 4.8in. | Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm) | Maximum magnification ratio: 1:4.4 | Weight: 940g/33.2oz.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 6/19/2015 6:50:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 18, 2015
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The Nikon D810A DSLR camera user's manual is now available for download.
 
B&H has the Nikon D810A DSLR camera available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/18/2015 10:47:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via RedTagCamera) has the Nikon D750 DSLR Camera with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens available for $1,949.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,696.95 after $900.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore ineligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
Canon Connect Station CS100
Announced in January, the Canon Connect Station CS100 was originally slated for availability in June. However, Canon USA has informed us that the CS100 release date has been pushed back with an expected availability in September.
 
The reason for the delay was not provided.
 
Product Highlights:
 
  • Wirelessly Accessible Storage Hub
  • Dedicated to Canon Cameras & Camcorders
  • Built-In 1TB Hard Drive
  • NFC and Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • SD/CF Card Slots and USB Port
  • HDMI Out for Viewing on HDTV
  • Simple Interface for File Management
  • Compatible with Wireless Printers
  • Web Browser and iMAGE GATEWAY Support
  • Includes CS-RC1 Remote Control
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 6/18/2015 9:04:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"Travel photographer and Canon Explorer Lucie Debelkova was one of the first to shoot with the high-resolution EOS 5DS R and, as she explains to CPN, she found 50.6 Megapixels brought her much closer to the magic of the north...
 
Regular visitors to CPN will be familiar with Lucie’s intoxicating mix of majestic vistas, full of stunning colour and detail. Her precision with her camera and a love for wide-angle lenses has won her acclaim around the world. So it was entirely appropriate that she had chance to sample a new world of high-resolution imaging with a pre-production EOS 5DS R. So how did it all go?
 
'Well, I went to shoot the Northern Lights and an ice hotel in Sweden, about 250km north of the Arctic Circle,' she reveals, 'And I put myself at the mercy of the weather and conditions...'"
The images in the article's showcase gallery are quite stunning and definitely worth a look. [Sean]
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds R available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/18/2015 7:15:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Powershot G3 X Digital Camera
From Canon USA:
 
Newest Addition to G-Series Features a One-inch 20.2MP CMOS Sensor, a 25x Optical Power Zoom Lens, Dust- and Water-Resistance and Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., June 18, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced an exciting addition to its G-series of premium compact digital cameras -- the Canon PowerShot G3 X. Ideal for photographers looking for DSLR-style features and quality in a compact, dust- and water-resistant body, this camera's 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 a proprietary DIGIC 6 Image processor, creates Canon's HS System to provide photographers with a high-performance point-and-shoot camera that captures vivid and detailed still images and video, even in difficult low-light shooting scenarios.
 
"The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a truly superb digital camera, one that provides so many top-notch features to empower photographers of all skill levels to shoot and share stunning images and HD video with ease," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "The compact size will make the PowerShot G3 X camera a pleasure to have on-hand for any occasion and the advanced features will help make sure the moment is captured beautifully."
 
This long-zoom, premium compact camera allows users to get close to the action with its bright f/2.8-5.6, 25x Optical Power Zoom Lens (equivalent to 24-600mm). In addition, an improved Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) system provides virtually shake-free images in a wide variety of shooting conditions.
 
The Canon PowerShot G3 X camera is the most rugged G-series model yet. The combination of enhanced body panel construction with rubber sealing helps ensure this dust-and-water resistant digital camera is ready to shoot action-packed adventures even in some of the most adverse conditions. It also features controls and menu operation inherited from the Canon EOS line of Digital SLR cameras, a first for the PowerShot G-Series. Useful controls include an Auto Exposure (AE) lock button, Auto Focus (AF) selection button and DRIVE/AF button. For photography purists, the PowerShot G3 X camera fully supports both manual exposure control and the user's choice of RAW, JPEG or RAW+JPEG recording formats. For quick camera setting, the PowerShot G3 X includes a programmable continuous ring on the lens, an exposure compensation dial and mode dial on top, and a rear control dial. Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC1 featuring 2.36MP resolution and an adjustable viewing angle is also available as an optional accessory for the PowerShot G3 X to help users compose shots in bright, sunny conditions.
 
The PowerShot G3 X camera features a bright 3.2-inch Multi-Angle capacitive touch panel LCD screen with 1.62 million dot resolution, providing a sharp, clear, and vivid display. The adjustable screen enables shooting from a variety of angles with enhanced flexibility by tilting up to 180 degrees for capturing selfies and creative low-angle shots, or as much as 45 degrees down for overhead shots.
 
The camera's ability to record 1080p Full HD video (at 24p, 30p, and 60p in MP4 format) is enhanced through several new features including an external stereo microphone jack, a headphone jack for audio monitoring while recording, and manual control of exposure and audio levels. The camera also features live HDMI output while recording allowing for direct connection to external video recorders as well as convenient playback of recorded movies on an HDTV.
 
For those looking to shoot from the sidelines, the PowerShot G3 X features high-speed AF and 31 widely spread AF points to help capture fast-action shots with accuracy and ease. Paired with a continuous shooting speed of up to 5.9 frames-per-second (fps), the PowerShot G3 X gives photographers the capability to keep shooting in full resolution with no buffer lag or frame limit.i
 
The camera's built-in Wi-Fi capabilities allow users to easily share images and videos via social media sharing sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube using Canon Image Gateway through a Wi-Fi access point or directly to compatible iOS1 and Android2 devices. The camera is also equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC)2 , allowing for quick and simple pairing to compatible Android devices as well as full support for Canon's soon-to-be-released Connect Station CS100 device. In addition, Canon's free Camera Connect app3, available for both iOS and Android devices, allows users to share images and remotely control the camera and capture images from one app.
 
The PowerShot G3 X camera also includes Canon's Star Mode to capture breathtaking images and video of starry night skies with superb quality. 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.
 
In order to enhance the shooting experience, the Canon PowerShot G3 X camera is compatible with a variety of optional accessories like the Canon Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC1, the Canon EX-Series Speedlite system, and Remote Switch RS-60 E3.
 
Pricing and Availability
The new Canon PowerShot G3 X premium compact camera is scheduled to be available in July 2015 for an estimated retail price of $999.99
 
Canon PowerShot G3 X Premium Compact Camera Specifications Summary:
 
  • One-inch, 20.2 Megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • Canon DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 24-600mm equivalent, f/2.8-5.6 25x Optical Power Zoom Lens
  • Improved Five-Axis Intelligent IS
  • Dust- and water-resistance (approx. equivalent to EOS 70D)
  • Multi-Angle, 3.2-inch 1.62-million dot capacitive touch panel LCD screen
  • 1080p Full HD video (24p, 30p, 60p), Live HDMI output
  • External stereo microphone and headphone jacks
  • EOS-inherited control layout
  • 31-point High Speed AF system
  • Wi-Fi and NFC enabled
  • Compatible with a variety of Canon EOS system accessories
B&H has the Canon PowerShot G3 X available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/18/2015 6:41:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 17, 2015

 
In today's world, photographers sometimes have to be more than photographers. Sometimes we have to be film producers, creative directors and graphic designers (just to name a few) in order to keep our services relevant in today's competitive labor environment.
 
It's nice to know that Adobe is keeping that in mind as they make Photoshop more versatile than ever. [Sean]
 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
The 2015 release of Photoshop CC is full of great features for graphic designers and illustrators. New features include Artboards that allow you to create multiple layouts in one Photoshop document and Linked Assets in Creative Cloud Libraries where when a change is made to an asset, you and your team members have the option of updating it across any Photoshop, Illustrator or lnDesign projects where it's used. Adobe Evangelist, Paul Trani, gives a rundown of these features and more, all starting from a layout created on a mobile device.
 
Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan (USD$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad).
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/17/2015 12:40:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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