"ZEISS has been producing camera lenses for more than a century – and the tradition of creating major innovations has continued to this very day. For example, the current ZEISS Otus SLR lenses are setting new standards in image quality. The first camera lenses left the Jena production facility on 21 March 1890."
Check out the entire article to learn more about the history of ZEISS camera lenses.
To find out more about currently produced ZEISS lenses, check out Bryan's ZEISS lens reviews.
Reminder: The ultra-high resolution Canon 5Ds and 5Ds R will be available for preorder at midnight tonight. We expect this camera to be in high demand – preordering at midnight will be the best way to ensure your camera arrives ASAP when shipping begins in June.
Please keep us in mind tonight. This site depends on support received from purchases you make using the links on our site. Please to navigate to B&H using our links when preordering:
Nine loyal fans will receive choice of lens, be featured on Sigma website
RONKONKOMA, NY — March 4, 2015 – Are you a loyal Sigma camera and/or lens owner? Sigma Corporation of America is giving away nine lenses to its super fans from now until December with the launch of its #SigmaSuperFan contest.
The #SigmaSuperFan contest is open to all Sigma camera and/or lens owners, and entrants will be asked to share “what motivated you to buy a Sigma product and why are you a super fan?” for a chance to be a monthly winner of their choice of three lenses. Winners may choose from the Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary, 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary or the 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM, and will be notified on or about the first day of each month by a Sigma representative.
“As part of the contest, we’d like to hear from all of our loyal Sigma fans about their first encounter with Sigma, and how the relationship evolved into being a super fan,” said Christine Moossmann, Director of Marketing for Sigma Corporation of America. “Our family-owned business owes much of its success to the devotion of these photographers, and we’re using this contest as a way to engage with our community and thank them for their loyalty.”
Sigma is encouraging all U.S.-based photographers who own two or more Sigma products to enter the contest. Entries will be accepted from March 3 to November 16, 2015 on the Sigma website, and participants will be asked to fill out and submit a brief entry form. Each participant can only submit one entry, which will remain a submission throughout the duration of the nine-month contest.
Sigma encourages all fans and photographers who enter into the contest to share why they are a Sigma super fan, and photos of what they have shot using their favorite Sigma product on their social channels (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) using the hashtag #SigmaSuperFan.
For a full list of terms and conditions for the Sigma Super Fan contest, please visit here.
Camera Raw 8.8 is now available as a final release for Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC. DNG Converter 8.8 is provided for all Lightroom customers and Photoshop customers using versions of Photoshop older than Photoshop CS6.
New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.8
Canon EOS 750D (Rebel T6i, Kiss X8i) (*)
Canon EOS 760D (Rebel T6s, Kiss 8000D) (*)
Hasselblad Stellar II
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70, DMC-TZ71)
(*) denotes preliminary support. Camera Matching color profiles for these models will be added in a future release.
New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 8.8 (only Canon / Nikon mount lens profiles shown here)
Canon EF 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 USM
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
TAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD
Nikon AF NIKKOR 14mm f/2.8D ED
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
TAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A012N
Voigtlander SL II 20mm f/3.5 Color-Skopar Aspherical
Voigtlander SL II 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Aspherical
Voigtlander SL II 58mm f/1.4 Nokton
Fixed issue with magenta highlights when processing Canon EOS 70D raw files at some ISO settings
Fixed issue where vignette correction introduced banding for Voigtlander VM 21mm f/1.8 Ultron
Fixed vignette overcorrection at certain focus distances for Pentax FA645 MACRO 120mm F4
Fixed issue where vignette correction introduced banding at wider focal lengths for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR
Fixed EXIF name for Zeiss OTUS 85mm f/1.4 (Canon and Nikon mount)
Fixed vignette overcorrection for Zeiss Distagon T 1,4_35 ZM
Updated lens profile to reflect firmware changes to SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM S014
If you have trouble updating to the latest ACR update via the Creative Cloud application, please refer to the following plugin installation:
Reikan has released a major update to its fully automated autofocus tuning software FoCal which provides autofocus fine tuning for both Nikon and Canon digital SLR cameras. Version 2 includes a unique ability for users to compare test results directly against results from other FoCal users around the world, helping to answer the age old question, "Is my camera/lens a good copy?".
Other highlighted features for Version 2 are routines to determine lens optical performance with an astigmatism metric and a large number of changes to the user interface to make calibration faster and FoCal easier to use.
Compare your results with other FoCal users – With FoCal 2, you can now compare the results of your tests with the results from thousands of other FoCal users to see how your equipment is really performing.
Review your previous tests – You can review the detailed results of previous tests you’ve run for comparison. This includes most of the tests you’ve run with FoCal 1 as well.
Improved Reports – The reports are now more concise, grouping relevant information together and showing more information that matters.
Faster Results – Get accurate results in less time with the new analysis algorithms in FoCal 2.
More Information – You can dig deeper into the performance of your camera and lens with the extra information such as Astigmatism Factor, as well as reviewing more details about each shot taken.
User Interface Improvements – the user interface is easier to understand, with new tabbed windows, more logical operation and comprehensive keyboard control.
Voice Prompts – FoCal 2 even talks to you! Calibrate any camera without needing to sit looking at the computer screen – any changes you might need to make at the camera are spoken out loud.
Free Upgrade – When fully released, FoCal 2 will be a free upgrade for all holders of a FoCal 1 license, so there’s nothing more to pay to get all these new features!
Residents of Norway and the Faroe Islands will be fortunate to see a solar eclipse on March 20. The eclipse will start at 07:41 UTC and run through 11:50 UTC with the maximum eclipse occuring at 9:45 UTC.
Some cities where at least part of the total eclipse will be visible:
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, Faroe Islands
Barentsburg, Svalbard, Norway
Klaksvík, Faroe Islands, Faroe Islands
Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway
Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, Norway
Some cities where partial eclipse will be visible: