Canon and Nikon News for 2012/09 (Page 3) Report News & Deals  ►

 Friday, September 21, 2012
Adorama has the Refurbished Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens kit for $390.00 with free shipping. Compare at $496.95 for new version.
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Post Date: 9/21/2012 8:00:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has the Lastolite TriFlip 8-in-1 30in Reflector featured as a Lightning Deal for $99.00. Compare at $115.90.
Post Date: 9/21/2012 2:02:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Biz Stone, Twitter co-founder, has partnered with Canon for “Project Imaginat10n,” encouraging consumers to submit photos to inspire a short film he will direct. Under the tutelage of two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard, Biz joins four other celebrity directors in this creative endeavor - Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Georgina Chapman (designer and co-founder of Marchesa) and James Murphy (founder of LCD Soundsystem).
 
Biz is now looking for inspiration for his directorial debut and will ask the public that Monday to tweet photos with a hashtag. In the meantime, consumers can submit at imagination.usa.canon.com. Biz will then review and comment on photos LIVE in public at Biz's Project Imaginat10n Tweet Station, responding with personal tweets as to what inspires him. The event will showcase how Biz is considering photos to craft the story for his film and the customized activation will also allow consumers to learn about and interact with Canon’s campaign.
Post Date: 9/21/2012 9:45:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Review will be completed in two parts. Here is why.
 
I often preorder more than one copy of Canon's new lenses as I like having at least two sets of image quality results to work from. I seldom see much variation between the multiple copies, especially between Canon's higher grade L lenses. Unfortunately, two copies of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens were not enough.
 
Copy 1 is extremely sharp - until 70mm at f/2.8 where its performance is only average and even trails the original Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens in the center of the frame. An ISO 12233 chart retest delivered identical results. Real world shooting confirms the test results. This lens is so sharp at the rest of the focal lengths and at 70mm f/4 that I was hesitant to return it.
 
A significant backfocus problem at 70mm (note that manual focus is used for image quality evaluation) made the keep or return decision a no-brainer as I need to be able to use this lens on non AFMA-capable DSLRs.
 
Copy 2 of the 24-70 L II is very sharp in the center of the frame at f/2.8 throughout the entire focal length range - including 70mm. The problem with this lens is that the mid and outer portion of the image circle is not as sharp at f/2.8 as copy 1 (example). This is perhaps a decentering problem.
 
I think lens 1 properly examples what we should expect up until 70mm. I think lens 2 shows what we should expect in center-of-the-frame image quality at 70mm. Since lens 2 is soft in the corners at the other focal lengths, I think it is also softer in the corners at 70mm than it should be.
 
My conjecture is that the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens is incredibly sharp across the entire focal length range and at least the vast majority of the image circle.
 
I expect to get past the unfortunate QC anomalies I've initially encountered and expect to show you how great this lens really is. I'm not sure when I'll have a replacement lens (or lenses) available (the 24-70 L II is impossible to find right now), but hope to complete part 1 of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens review next week.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/21/2012 8:34:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, September 20, 2012
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR camera available for $3,039.33 with free shipping. Compare at $3,459.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/20/2012 2:55:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Hot Deal: eBay (via Beach Camera) has a Canon 5D Mark II DSLR camera and PIXMA PRO9000 Mark II printer kit available for only $1,599.00 after $400.00 mail-in rebate. Compare at $1,918.00.
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM lens for $779.99 with free shipping. Compare at $929.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/20/2012 1:15:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Europe has made the Nikon D600 user manual available for download.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/20/2012 9:35:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has Tenba cases scheduled as Lightning Deals today. See below:
 
09:00am ET - Tenba 632-201 Shootout Waistpack (Olive/Black)
 
10:00am ET - Tenba 632-201 Shootout Waistpack (Silver/Black)
 
11:00am ET - Tenba Shootout Ultralight Backpack
 
12:00pm ET - Tenba Shootout Sling Bag - Medium (Olive/Black)
 
01:00pm ET - Tenba Shootout Sling Bag - Medium (Silver/Black)
 
02:00pm ET - Tenba Roadie 36" Rolling Grip Case
 
03:00pm ET - Tenba Shootout Sling Bag - Small (Olive/Black)
 
Post Date: 9/20/2012 8:11:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
In a blog post, the Adobe Photoshop team noted that Microsoft Windows XP will not be supported in future versions of Adobe Photoshop.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 9/20/2012 7:19:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 19, 2012
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 60D DSLR for $790.00 with free shipping (compare at $865.00).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/19/2012 3:14:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS Rebel T4i Body Only for $714.82 with free shipping (compare at $769.00).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/19/2012 2:50:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H just started accepting preorders for the newly announced Canon PowerShot G15 and Canon PowerShot S110 cameras:
 
Canon PowerShot G15 Camera
Canon PowerShot S110 Camera (Black)
Canon PowerShot S110 Camera (Silver)
 
Reminder: the Canon EOS 6D DSLR is available for preorder:
 
At B&H: Canon 6D (Body Only) | Canon 6D & Lens Kit
At Adorama: Canon 6D (Body Only) | Canon 6D & Lens Kit
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/19/2012 11:45:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Nikon D600 currently in stock: Body Only | Body & Lens Kit
 
Adorama also has the Nikon D600 currently in stock: Body Only
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/19/2012 11:33:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Zeiss blog just posted a Q&A regarding their new high-end SLR family of lenses.
 
From the Zeiss blog:
 
Carl Zeiss is heralding a particularly powerful new full-frame SLR lens at photokina 2012. Dr. Michael Pollmann, Consumer Lenses Product and Program Manager in the Carl Zeiss Camera Lenses Division, is addressing strengths and technical details of the new high-end SLR lens family in a Q&A.
 
What is meant by “high-end SLR lens family”?
 
This is about lenses for full-frame (36x24mm) SLR cameras with manual focusing capability. This family of lenses is geared towards delivering uncompromising image quality for demanding users. The lenses are perfect for high-resolution, full-format digital cameras with more than 30 megapixels such as D800. The combined performance approaches that of medium format systems. If you shoot with the largest aperture, cameras with smaller number of pixels also benefit from much better image contrast.
 
Will it be a family or just a single lens?
 
It will be its own family of lenses independent of our current ZE and ZF.2 lenses.
 
What focal lengths will be available?
 
Currently, we are developing three prime lenses, with more in the planning stage. We are not ready to reveal them at this time.
 
How much will the lenses cost?
 
Since the lenses are more demanding in terms of material selection and construction than our previous ZE and ZF.2 lenses, the price level will be higher. We are expecting prices around EUR 3,000.
 
For which bayonets will the lenses be available?
 
They will be available for EF bayonet (ZE) and F bayonet (ZF.2).
 
Where will the lenses be made?
 
The lenses will be manufactured in Japan. They will be developed in close consultation with our longstanding global production network of trusted partners in the optical industry to ensure that the lenses’ actual performance corresponds to their theoretical optical design performance.
 
What does “uncompromising image quality” mean?
 
The new lenses will achieve extremely high image quality throughout the entire picture including edges even at maximum aperture. At the same time, chromatic aberration is extremely low.
 
How come 1.4/55 is considered a Distagon type despite its standard focal length?
 
Due to the high performance required, we were looking for a fresh approach. It is true that the Distagon type is predominantly found in wide-angle lenses. This is because wide-angle lenses also require additional design effort in terms of number and arrangement of lenses. Since we were aiming for the best possible imaging performance for the new family of lenses, we decided to manufacture the 1.4/55 as a Distagon. Due to the number and arrangement of lenses, this lens unit is slightly larger in size and weight but uncompromising in its performance.
 
When will the first lens come to market?
 
The expected arrival is autumn 2013.
 
B&H carries Zeiss lenses.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 9/19/2012 11:00:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Induro®:
 
Induro® Expands Dual Range Hi-Hat Tripod Series
New DR Hi-Hat TableTop tripod shown for the first time at Photokina 2012 in Cologne, Germany
 
North White Plains, NY – (September 18, 2012) – Induro (www.indurogear.com), makers of tripods, heads and accessories designed for demanding professional photographers and videographers, announces today the new LFB75S Dual Range (DR) Hi-Hat TableTop Tripod Set.
 
The DR Hi-Hat TableTop tripod concept was first shown at NAB 2012, where the Induro LFB100S DR Hi-Hat Tabletop Tripod Set received rave reviews. Just like it’s slightly bigger brother, the new LFB75S was designed with both photographers and videographers in mind. This unique support system provides a range of capabilities that makes this tripod compatible with the requirements of still cameras as well as video platforms. Supporting up to a 165 lb. load, the new DR Hi-Hat Tabletop Tripod Set consists of both a short Aluminum Alloy tripod with 75mm Bowl, and a 75mm Half Ball Adapter.
 
"We've innovated on traditional Hi-Hat's that are cast iron. Standard products used in film and video production have been limited to a fixed position. We are pleased to now offer photographers and videographers the unique DR Hi-Hat family of amazingly compact, flexible and extremely strong support systems," said Jan Lederman, President of Induro. "And with the availability of both 75mm and 100mm versions in the DR Hi-Hat line, there is a support product sure to satisfy a user’s range of requirements for still cameras and video platforms."
 
Matching traditional Hi-Hat dimensions, the DR Hi-Hat’s go far beyond in terms of operational scope and flexibility. Each leg features a two section extension and three steps of variable angle adjustment, making height adjustments and terrain adjustments a breeze. Specially reinforced pivoting ovoid feet provide a sure grip on virtually any surface, plus the capability to be screwed, spiked or otherwise firmly secured to establish a rock-solid connection to a tabletop, the ground or a board.
 
Bubble levels are incorporated on the tripod spider, and three evenly spaced points provide secure 3/8" and 1/4" threaded mounts for accessories.
 
The new Induro LFB75S DR Hi-Hat Tripod Set will be available in stores in December 2012.
 
B&H carries Induro products.
 
Also, check out Induro's previously released Hi-Hat tripod, the Induro LFB100S DR Hi-Hat.
Category: Induro News
Post Date: 9/19/2012 8:49:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Flare test results have been added to the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Review page and to the Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens Review.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/19/2012 8:03:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
News concerning the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS Lens has been relatively sparse. However, CNET Asia recently published an article on the expected availablility of the lens. (thanks Keith)
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 9/19/2012 7:15:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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