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 Tuesday, February 7, 2017

 
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Post Date: 2/7/2017 9:13:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Is an electronic viewfinder (EVF) better than an optical viewfinder (OVF)? Or even an acceptable alternative? Though some DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras have EVFs, a major consideration when selecting between an MILC (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera) and a conventional DSLR is that the MILC will not have an optical viewfinder (OVF). As more MILCs become available and as this camera type gains in popularity, these questions are becoming more important ones for this site's audience to answer.
 
With no mirror or optical viewfinder, MILCs utilize data coming off of the imaging sensor to display the TTL (Through the Lens) view on an LCD. That LCD panel can be on the back of the camera or in a viewfinder where it is typically referred to as an EVF (Electronic Viewfinder). This is not a new technology, but one that has been utilized by many non-MILC digital cameras, practically since digital cameras existed.
 
Relevant to this site's audience is the replacement of the traditional DSLR OVF with an EVF. Safe to say is that all high-grade cameras produced today have an LCD that can be used for mirror-up, live view of an image that is about to be captured. Therefore, the benefits of an EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) relate to being able to see an LCD with the camera placed at one's eye. Making the difference less black and white is that LCD viewfinders/shades/loupes, such as those by Hoodman, are available for use on the rear LCD, effectively giving all digital cameras an "EVF".
 
To get started with the comparisons, let's look at:
 
The Advantages of All Live View LCD Displays Over Optical Viewfinders
 
A big advantage of an electronic viewfinder is the WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) image preview. Able to be included in the LCD image preview is the actual exposure brightness, optionally including a histogram and over/underexposure warnings. Also able to be included in the preview are the net results of other camera settings being applied, including white balance, contrast and saturation. This preview is usually able to show a 100% view of the composition vs. a slightly cropped view shown by many OVFs.
 
When shooting in a very dark environment, it becomes very difficult to compose an image using an optical viewfinder. By using an amplified signal from the sensor, an LCD viewfinder can present a much brighter image that greatly facilitates composition. A "dark environment" can include the use of a strong neutral density filter under even bright daylight conditions.
 
Under the extreme opposite lighting conditions, the LCD can offer protection to your eyes. At the extreme end of the brightness category, the sun poses a serious risk to eyesight. Eye damage can easily occur if looking at the sun through an OVF, especially with a telephoto focal length in use. An LCD's maximum brightness is not dangerous to the eye, even with the sun in the center of the frame. There is little risk to your eyes when viewing the sun in an LCD, but note that your camera may not fare as well.
 
An LCD does not need a viewfinder shutter or cover to prevent unwanted light from affecting the metering or exposure.
 
A mirror assembly is required for OVFs, but not for LCDs. Removing the mirror assembly has some advantages, including the cost of the assembly being eliminated (though EVFs also have a cost that must be factored back in). The mirror assembly has moving parts and moving parts may eventually require replacement (though the life of a DSLR mirror assembly is usually a very significant number of actuations).
 
The lack of mirror movement creates some additional benefits. First, a mirror rapidly flipping up and down makes noise and a camera operating without a mirror is considerably quieter. Mirror movement causing vibration during the exposure becomes a non-concern. Also, the mirror lockup function becomes obsolete. Without the rapid mirror movement, airflow in the mirror box is reduced, which may in turn reduce instances of dust adhering on the sensor. Take the lens off of an electronic first curtain shutter MILC (a common design) and the imaging sensor is right there, easily accessible for cleaning.
 
The lack of a mirror forces another primary differentiator between non-OVF vs. OVF cameras and that is, without a mirror, the imaging sensor must be used for all pre-shot calculations, including auto focus and auto exposure. While there are some disadvantages to the mirrorless design in these regards (primarily related to AF speed), those weaknesses are diminishing as technology moves forward. One advantage is that the LCD provides a much larger AF area coverage with (at least potentially) more AF points. Another is that, with focusing taking place precisely on the imaging sensor, AFMA (Auto Focus Microadjustment) is no longer needed and lens focus calibration becomes a non-issue.
 
With the LCD previewing the image about to be captured, precise focusing can be monitored, including focus peaking indication. Also, an enlarged view of a portion of the frame can be selected to verify focusing or to aid in precise manual focusing. With the tremendously detailed information the sensor makes available, technologies including face and smile detection can be implemented.
 
While intelligent optical viewfinders have shown great advances in recent years, complete with transparent LCD overlays, they don't come close to the capabilities of LCDs in terms of the information that can be shown. A high-resolution LCD panel with a huge palette of colors available provides designers great flexibility in creating a camera's graphical user interface and also in the customization capability of that interface.
 
Though a bigger advantage for true EVF cameras, LCD displays can provide an immediate display of a captured image precisely where the photographer is looking at time the image is captured (such as directly through the viewfinder). However, I must note that this review interrupts the capture of a subsequent image and that I now turn off the image review feature on the EVF cameras I'm using. Still, the press of a button brings the image review display up without the need to move the camera or look elsewhere.
 
While some manufacturers (including Canon and Nikon) contend that image stabilization technology works best in the lens vs. in-camera (and there is validity to this claim), inarguable is that the effects of in-camera image stabilization will not be seen in an optical viewfinder, leaving the view shaky.
 
Again, camera-back LCDs and EVFs (which also use an LCD) share the benefits just described.
 
Differences Between Primary LCDs and Viewfinders (Both EVFs and OVFs)
 
As mentioned, when it gets dark, LCD live view displays and EVFs are much easier to compose with than OVFs. However, in bright daylight, even the best rear LCDs become very difficult to see and I find it especially challenging to compose using the rear LCD under direct sunlight. In contrast, viewfinders make it easy to critically view the composition under even the brightest conditions, giving them a huge advantage over a rear LCD under bright daylight conditions.
 
I wear eyeglasses a good percentage of the time (and that percentage is increasing). If you do not need corrective optics now, you will – it is only a matter of time. I have reading/computer glasses and another set with a distance prescription for seeing longer distances. When out and about with a camera, I seldom have both sets of glasses with me and I often wear none. This means that the image on the camera's rear LCD, within arm's length, appears slightly fuzzy to me. Yes, bifocals and trifocals are options that would help with this issue, but ... I have not appreciated the limited views that these provide. Dioptric adjustments provided by viewfinders resolve this issue, permitting a clear view of what I'm about to photograph and review of what I already photographed.
 
Another key viewfinder advantage is that it provides additional stability for holding the camera steady. While it can also lead to AEB, the camera pressed against an eyebrow adds a significant third point of stability in addition to two hands. Also, this position allows both elbows to be tucked into the ribs, increasing stability even more.
 
A camera's primary LCD tends to collect fingerprints and other smudges at a rapid pace and these can interfere with visibility of the display, especially in bright light. A viewfinder, to the contrary, tends to stay clean. However, a viewfinder, with its inset glass, is harder to clean than a primary LCD that, especially if properly coated, easily wipes clean with a microfiber cloth.
 
Advantages of Electronic Viewfinders over Main LCDs
 
As mentioned, an accessory viewfinder/shade/loupe can turn a camera's rear LCD into the equivalent of an EVF. A downside is that LCD loupes are not nearly as well integrated into the camera design as EVFs are – built-in EVFs are considerably more compact and less intrusive. External loupes also get in the way of touch screen functionality.
 
Advantages of Eliminating the OVF
 
A primary attraction of MILCs is their smaller size and lighter weight. Eliminating the mirror box and OVF immediately reduce the footprint of a camera, permitting these design advantages.
 
Advantages of Optical Viewfinders
 
With resolution not limited by dots of pixels (that can appear to flicker as they change colors when framing is adjusted) and refresh rates not limited by an electronic display, huge advantages of an OVF include resolution and responsiveness. In addition to seemingly unlimited resolution and refresh rates happening at the speed of light, OVF dynamic range is limited only by our eyesight. An LCD has a limited dynamic range and may show blocked shadows and blown highlights. Though the dynamic range of the image captured via an OVF system will similarly be limited by the imaging sensor, seeing the full brightness range is different.
 
The EVF properties just discussed can leave the photographer feeling somewhat disconnected from the moment, akin to watching a movie of an event vs. seeing it in-person as an OVF provides the sense of.
 
While an LCD can make low light composition easier, a photographer's eye must constantly adjust between the bright display and dark ambient light levels. Generally speaking, the brightness seen through an OVF is similar to what is seen without the camera in use.
 
While removing the mirror assembly brings some advantages, the mirror provides a level of protection to the imaging sensor. Take the lens off of an OVF camera and it is the mirror that becomes exposed instead of the imaging sensor.
 
While not directly related to the viewfinder type, MILCs are very commonly given EVFs with reduced camera size and weight being two of the common design targets. Especially with the smaller MILCs, using large lenses and full-sized flashes can lead to a tail-wagging-the-dog scenario where the provided grip is inadequate or only marginally adequate to maintain control of the overall setup. OVF cameras are often larger, making larger lenses and flashes easier to control.
 
While on the size topic, If considering an MILC for size and weight reduction purposes, make sure that the MILC lenses you need do not make up for some of the camera footprint and weight difference. While most of these cameras indeed have a smaller footprint than their DSLR equivalents, the size of the lenses needs to be considered and these are not necessarily smaller. The smaller camera does not change optical properties and the image circle size required by the same-size sensor remains the same.
 
Though these cameras often utilize a short back-focus lens design and some lenses are indeed smaller, some of the smaller lenses also have narrower maximum apertures. MILCs may need an adapter to use the manufacturer's standard lenses (the Canon EOS M series for example). While an adaptor can tremendously extend the number of lenses a camera is compatible with, it is an extra part to buy, carry and use. And, it makes the camera (or each lens) effectively larger and heavier in use, with the EF to EOS-M adaptor adding a modest 1" (26mm) and 3.77 oz. (107g) respectively.
 
With the imaging sensor required to be powered up for an EVF to function and because an EVF's full-color LCD requires its own share of power, EVFs require more battery capacity for an equivalent number of photos to be captured. However, battery size, and with it, capacity is a typical sacrifice made by MILCs. As a result, cameras with EVFs often have considerably lower battery life ratings. A faster battery exhaustion rate greatly increases the chance that the battery will become fully drained just when the perfect image presents itself (one of Bryan's Laws of Photography).
 
Roughly figure an EVF system to require at least twice as many batteries as an OVF system. If you often carry a spare battery with your OVF camera, you should probably carry 3 or 4 with an EVF camera. Additional batteries add to the system cost, carrying extra batteries adds to the system weight and maintaining the charge of additional batteries requires maintenance and logistics – and probably at least a second charger as you can potentially drain batteries faster than you can charge them.
 
Do you ever look through your viewfinder with the camera powered off? Perhaps when setting up a tripod and composing a scene? Complete blackness is what you will see if doing so with an EVF camera.
 
If shooting action, I still want an OVF. While EVFs have made great strides in recent years, they have not yet equaled OVF systems in some important regards, especially in their ability to capturing a precise moment of action. As mentioned, EVF response rates are not light-speed and every microsecond counts when a precise moment in time needs to be captured. Advances in on-sensor AF capabilities have brought recently-produced EVF camera performance much closer to the traditional phase detection systems found in OVF cameras. But, traditional phase-detection AF systems still modestly outperform current on-sensor performance in the critical-for-action speed component.
 
Most OVF systems have a significantly shorter blackout time during the image capture and if following action, this is a critical factor. The difference at this time (Canon EOS M5 and Sony a7R II era) is significant enough that I find EVF cameras practically unusable for tracking/framing a moving subject even with image review turned off. I can keep a straight-on-approaching/leaving subject in the frame for a period of time with an EVF, but if they move to the side, my framing quickly falls apart.
 
Summary
 
So, back to the questions: Is an electronic viewfinder (EVF) better than an optical viewfinder (OVF) and is an EVF an acceptable alternative to an OVF?
 
The answer to both of those questions is yes or no. It depends. Both designs have advantages and disadvantages and how appropriate either type is for you depends on your personal needs.
 
As mentioned, using a shade/loupe/viewfinder on the rear LCD can provide the EVF features to most cameras and cameras with an OVF can then have the best of both features. Better still is the talk of a hybrid viewfinder being introduced. Such would feature the option of an OVF or an EVF selectable as desired. Transparent LCD overlays have been available in better DSLR models for years now, so the idea does not seem far-fetched.
 
What did I miss? Have any other thoughts in this regard? Please share these in the comments.
Post Date: 2/7/2017 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 6, 2017
From Tamron:
 
Compact, high-performance lens boasts the largest focal length range in its class
 
February 6, 2017, Commack, NY – Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (Model B023), a new ultra-wideangle zoom lens for APS-C DSLR cameras. The lens is expected to be available in the U.S. this Spring at $499.
 
Model B023 is a wideangle zoom lens that covers an exceptionally large range—the largest focal length range in its class1 (35mm equivalent is 16mm to 37mm). The lens is ideal for street photography, landscapes, group photos and casual everyday scenes. In 2008, Tamron launched the SP AF 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical [IF] (Model B001) that provided an unprecedented focal length range in its class. Building on that lens’s popularity, the successor Model B023 has improved optical performance and new features. It embodies Tamron’s most advanced technologies, including the VC (Vibration Compensation) system, Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating, and the first implementation of Tamron’s new HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive). Additionally, the Model B023 has a refreshing new design derived from the design of the new product lineup in the SP series.
 
PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS
 
1. Inheriting the broadest focal length range in its class of ultra-wideangle zoom lenses
The new Model B023 achieves a broad focal length range of 10-24mm, the largest range among ultra-wideangle zoom lenses for APS-C DSLR cameras. This is the 35mm equivalent of covering a very wideangle of view, from 16mm ultra-wideangle to 37mm semi-wideangle. A photographer can enjoy diverse wideangle expressions with just this one lens, from dynamic landscapes far beyond the normal human field of vision to simple, casual snapshots.
 
2. Improved optical performance across the entire zoom range
The optical design of the new Model B023 consists of 16 lens elements in 11 groups. Special lens elements are utilized in an optimum configuration of one LD (Low Dispersion) lens element, one XLD glass element, one molded glass aspherical element, and one hybrid aspherical lens. While curbing an increase in the size of the optical system, the new lens very effectively compensates for a wide variety of aberrations in the entire zoom range, including transverse chromatic aberration, comatic aberration and distortions that tend to become more prominent with a wideangle lens.
 
Tamron’s highly regarded BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating and the optical design paying close attention to internal reflections in the lens barrel also curb the effects of harmful light rays that tend to occur with a wideangle lens, achieving excellent resistance against ghosting and flare seen in backlighting situations.
 
3. 4-Stop Vibration Compensation that is especially useful in low light conditions
In response to the requests of many customers who have asked the company to equip a wideangle lens with image stabilization, we have now installed Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) on the new Model B023. Optimizing the actuator and the control algorithm has made it possible to incorporate the VC, while maintaining the compact design of the previous Model B001. The VC especially enhances the photographer’s freedom in handheld shooting at dusk or in a dimly lit room, and under other relatively low light conditions, as the mechanism proves particularly effective in the shooting conditions with slower shutter speeds.
 
4. Equipped for the first time with the new HLD with outstanding driving power and stability
Tamron’s new HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive) has been developed for use as the AF drive system for Model B023. With its outstanding driving power and stability, the HLD is capable of smoothly controlling the AF mechanism of the new Model B023 that is actually equipped with large focusing lens elements. When shooting in AF mode, the Full-time Manual Focus override allows you to instantly make fine focusing adjustments manually, without having to switch between modes.
 
5. Compressed into a compact body with structural ingenuity
While enhancing image quality, adding new functions and substantially improving the basic performance, Model B023’s space-saving design has ensured an optimum configuration for components such as the VC and AF unit, thus successfully reducing overall length compared to the previous Model B001. The lightweight and compact body with outstanding ease of use will prove to be very well-balanced when attached to an APS-C DSLR camera.
 
6. An even more user-friendly lens with Fluorine Coating and Moisture-Resistant Construction
The front surface of the foremost 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, allowing for much easier maintenance. For greater protection when shooting outdoors, leak-proof seals throughout the lens barrel help protect your equipment.
 
7. Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses
An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses2. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a motor through electronic pulse signals.
 
8. Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory product
The optional TAP-in Console provides a USB connection to your personal computer, enabling you to easily update your lens’s firmware as well as customize features including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.
 
9. External design placing importance on functionality and ease of use
While inheriting the design that makes use of a lot of organic curves and the delicately polished form down to fine details that characterize the SP lens series, the new Model B023 comes with a highly sophisticated design that also places much importance on the lens’s functionality and ease of use, featuring an overall form that faithfully encompasses the internal structures within, a slim Luminous Gold brand ring, the switch shape and the distance-scale window design.
 
B&H has the Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD available for preorder.
Post Date: 2/6/2017 6:48:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron:
 
All-new optical design delivers a dramatically faster autofocus speed and image stabilization performance of 5 stops
 
February 6, 2017, Commack, NY – Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025), a new telephoto zoom lens product for full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras. Model A025 was developed by substantially enhancing the features of its predecessor. These include a thorough review of the optical, mechanical and electronic designs to increase autofocus speed and precision, reinforce VC (Vibration Compensation) functions and to shorten the MOD. New features include eBAND Coating, Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction, Fluorine Coating and compatibility with teleconverters. The lens design features a metal-based barrel for improved handling and ease-of-use. The result of this dramatic evolution is Model A025, a high-speed telephoto lens that widens the scope of expression for photography in a broad range of genres, such as portraits, landscapes, sports and photojournalism. The lens is expected to be available in the U.S. in March at $1299.
 
PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS
 
1. Outstanding resolution and contrast reproduction performance, beautiful bokeh and full compatibility with Tamron teleconverters
Based on the current model (A009), the optical design has been revised and improved. Both the resolution and contrast reproduction performance far exceed the present levels. Bokeh has been enhanced and expanded to deliver outstanding background effects across the entire zoom range. Use of a circular diaphragm with nine blades further improves bokeh. The optical design of the new A025 consists of 23 elements in 17 groups. Optimum deployment of XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) and LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements thoroughly eliminate chromatic aberrations, which tend to become particularly prominent in high-speed telephoto lenses, across the entire zoom range, while ensuring uniform, high-level image quality even on the periphery of the image plane.
 
The new lens is also fully compatible with the TELECONVERTER 1.4x (Model TC-X14) and TELECONVERTER 2.0x (Model TC-X20)[1], which increase the focal length of the lens to 1.4 times and 2 times the original, respectively. Both teleconverters are carefully designed and constructed to provide outstanding high quality.
 
2. Improved VC system provides highest Vibration Compensation ability in its class[3] (5 stops using CIPA standard compliant) and offers three situation-specific VC modes
Utilizing Tamron's original VC (Vibration Compensation) system, which uses a moving coil mechanism, further reinforcement of the drive system power and control performance has now achieved the highest VC level in its class, with an image stabilization performance of 5 stops according to the CIPA standard (using VC Mode 3).
 
Also, the VC system of Model A025 offers three VC modes, including one mode exclusively for panning. Photographers can freely choose between the different VC modes according to their shooting conditions. Even when telephoto shooting in low light, which tends to be severely affected by camera shake, photographers can now enjoy jitter-free handheld shooting with much greater flexibility.
 
  • VC MODE 1 is the standard mode that strikes a great balance between the stability of the viewfinder image and the stabilization effects.
  • VC MODE 2 is exclusively used for panning.
  • VC MODE 3 prioritizes the stabilization of the captured images and forgoes the stabilization of the viewfinder image.
With the optional accessory TAMRON TAP-in Console, you can customize the configuration of VC MODE 1. Choose the viewfinder view of either standard or image priority.
 
3. Demonstratively improved autofocus speed and responsiveness
Model A025 is equipped with a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) ring-type ultrasonic motor, whose outstanding responsiveness and control ensures accurate high-speed focusing. Incorporating two advanced, high-performance microcomputers and optimizing the algorithm has improved both the focusing speed and accuracy compared with SP 70-200mm (Model A009). Additionally, thanks to the Full-time Manual Focus override mechanism, photographers shooting with AF can instantaneously make fine focusing adjustments using MF without wasting time by switching the AF-MF mode back and forth. 4. Focuses closer (shorter Minimum Object Distance, or MOD) for greater versatility Improvements made to the focus cam and zoom cam inside the lens barrel have reduced the MOD from 50.7 inches in the older Model A009 to 37.4 inches for Model A025, which has a maximum magnification ratio of 1:6.1. The shorter MOD, coupled with the excellent optical performance of the SP 70-200mm (Model A025), allows photographers to further broaden their range of expression.
 
5. Optimized and exclusively designed eBAND Coating
The new A025 features Tamron's original eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating, a technology that combines a nano-structured layer with an extremely low refractive index with the conventional multiple-layer coatings. Optimized and exclusively designed for this new zoom, the eBAND Coating provides superior anti-reflection performance, effectively reducing any flare and ghosting. Even when taking backlit portraits, the new lens delivers flawless, crystal clear images.
 
6. Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction
Ideal for use in outdoor photography, the new 70-200mm telephoto zoom has moisture-resistant construction because special sealants that are dust-resistant and moisture-resistant are used at every joint and seam. The sealant material helps to prevent the intrusion of any dirt, dust or water droplets, compared to conventional Moisture-Resistant Construction.
 
7. Fluorine Coating for greater protection
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 less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture and fingerprints.
 
8. Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses
An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now available for Nikon-mount lenses[4]. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by the motor through electronic pulse signals.
 
9. Lightweight and easy-to-hold tripod mount is compatible with Arca-Swiss style quick release plates
A new textured grip and Arca-Swiss style tripod interface enhances both speed and utility. Because the tripod mount is made of lightweight magnesium, it is much easier to carry.
 
10. Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in Console, an optional accessory product
The optional TAP-in Console provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling users to easily update the lens firmware as well as customize features, including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.
 
11. Based on the rigorous quality standards worthy of the SP series, this new lens is manufactured with a thorough attention to details
For the SP series products in particular, Tamron has established rigorous design and quality standards. These standards apply to the optical design, mechanical design and the cosmetic appearance, as well as to such wide-ranging areas as the product's robustness and improvements in the various individual functions. Tamron thoroughly reviews all of the design and manufacturing processes in order to offer products to customers with even-higher levels of precision and quality.
 
For the SP 70-200mm G2 (Model A025), the optical design was refreshed, mechanical parts were improved and a new exterior design was adopted. To maximize the optical performance intrinsic to this product, Tamron improved the accuracy of the component parts and increased the precision of the overall zooming mechanism.
 
B&H has the Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 available for preorder.
Post Date: 2/6/2017 6:46:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The previous round of Canon rebates ended Febrary 4 but thankfully, a new round has taken its place. The new rebate program runs from February 5 to March 4 and includes the following changes.
 
New Instant Rebates:
 
  • EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM – $200.00
Instant Rebate Changes
 
  • EF 11-24mm f/4L USM increased from $200.00 to $300.00
  • EF 50mm f/1.2L USM increased from $100.00 to $150.00
  • EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM decreased from $100.00 to $50.00
  • EF 35mm f/1.4L USM decreased from $200.00 to $100.00
  • EF 400mm f/5.6L USM decreased from $100.00 to $50.00
No Longer Qualifies for Instant Rebate
 
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT (was $50.00)
Many lenses still qualify for a mail-in rebate (which were also extended through March 4) if you purchase more than one qualifying lens. If planning to fill multiple spots in your kit, be sure to check out the mail-in rebates to see if you can save even more with your purchase.
 
Canon Instant Rebates
 
ModelRebate AmountAuthorized Retailers
Canon EOS 5Ds Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 5Ds R Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 6D Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 80D Buy$100.00 - $600.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 70D Buy$300.00 - $550.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T6s / 760D Buy$150.00 - $300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T6i / 750D Buy$150.00 - $350.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D Buy$200.00 - $400.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Buy$50.00 - $200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D Buy$150.00 - $250.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D Buy$150.00 - $350.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS M3 Buy$250.00 - $600.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS M10 Buy$150.00 - $170.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy$20.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy$20.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Buy$70.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Flash Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX Flash Buy$60.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/6/2017 11:18:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Sony a7R II along with specifications and measurements have been added to the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens Review page.
 
If not Sony's most-acclaimed FE lens, the 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master Lens is very close to having that designation. That strong reputation, along with the usefulness of the 24-70mm focal length range combined with the wide f/2.8 aperture, placed this lens at the top of our Sony to-test list.
 
Note that in the longer half of the focal lengths, this lens copy is delivering considerably sharper results on the right side than on the left (the sharper right side results show in the charts).
 
Of particular interest to this site's audience will be the comparison between the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II and Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lenses. Always use caution when making comparisons between lenses tested on different camera brands, but I think there is value in this comparison.
 
The comparison between the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S Lens and the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens is also an interesting one.
 
B&H has the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens in stock. This lens is also included in the Sony Trade-in Savings Event. Trade in a camera or lens (even something of very low value) and get an additional $330.00 off of this lens in addition to the trade-in value.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 2/6/2017 8:47:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Phase One:
 
New Camera Support
 
  • Fujifilm X100F Support
  • Olympus E-PL6 Support
  • Fujifilm X-A3 Support
  • Panasonic LX9/LX10/LX15
  • Panasonic G8/G80/G81/G85
  • Canon M5 Support
  • Nikon 1 J5 Support
New Lenses Support
 
  • Sony DT 18–250mm F3.5–6.3
  • Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM
  • Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH
  • Panasonic LUMIX G LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH
  • Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm F4 ASPH
  • Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (EF Canon)
Bug fixes: Mac
 
  • Changing Lens Correction Shift makes Levels, Histogram and Curve go blank
  • OpenCL Errors with Iris Graphics 540 – 2016 Macbook Pro
  • Using Find and Replace Batch Rename renders existing Local Adjustments inoperable
  • Fixed – Error Code 19 during batch processing (“could not load raw data”)
Bug fixes: Win
 
  • Changing Lens Correction Shift makes Levels, Histogram and Curve go blank
  • Skin Tone white balance picker not working
B&H carries Phase One Capture One 10.
Post Date: 2/6/2017 6:35:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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
 Friday, February 3, 2017
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.
Specifications
 
ModelA030
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
 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
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