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 Monday, October 10, 2011
ISO 12233 test results showing Samyang 35mm f/1.4 US UMC Lens image quality have been added to the site.
 
Again, this is a full manual lens - including manual aperture with stopped-down metering.
Post Date: 10/10/2011 1:58:29 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
ISO 12233 test results showing Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Lens (Rokinon/Bower) image quality have been added to the site.
 
These results are not bad at all for such a cheap lens. Remember that this is a full manual lens - including manual aperture with stopped-down metering.
Post Date: 10/10/2011 11:22:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From B&H:
 
The B&H SuperStore and Offices will close Wednesday, October 12, at 1:00PM EDT through Sunday, October 23 at 10:00AM EDT.
 
The B&H SuperStore and offices will close in observance of the Succos Holiday on Wednesday, October 12, at 1:00PM EDT, and will reopen on Sunday, October 23 at 10:00AM EDT.
 
All orders placed before Wednesday, October 12, at 7:00AM EDT will be processed normally.
 
Orders placed after the above times will be processed when we reopen.
 
Online ordering will be unavailable from Wednesday, October 12, at 6:15PM EDT through Saturday, October 15, at 7:30PM EDT and from Wednesday, October 19, at 6:00PM EDT through Saturday, October 22, at 7:15PM EDT.
 
Again, to have your order shipped before Succos, place your order before Wednesday, October 12, at 7:00AM EDT
Post Date: 10/10/2011 10:09:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 6, 2011
Bob Williams has been lining up some reference forum posts for the site's Photography Tips section.
 
First up is Bob's own Hummingbird Photography Tips.
Post Date: 10/6/2011 10:24:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Results from the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZE Lens have been added to the Flare Tool.
Post Date: 10/6/2011 3:11:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Results from the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens have been added to the ISO 12233 Chart Tool.
Post Date: 10/6/2011 2:53:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Category: Apple News
Post Date: 10/5/2011 10:06:21 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From X-Rite:
 
X-Rite extends a sincere thank you for your continued patience as we prepare to deliver our Apple OS X Lion compatible i1Profiler D2LionEdition software for your use with either an i1Display LT or i1Display 2 device.
 
We have news to share to get you up and running on Lion with your X-Rite solution:
 
FREE UPDATE
 
This software will now be available FREE of charge to ALL registered owners, not just to those that purchased in 2011. Please note that i1Profiler D2LionEdition is only compatible with Apple OSX 10.7.
 
PUBLIC BETA NOW AVAILABLE
 
We have been engaged in beta testing over the last several weeks and are confident we are well on our way to delivering a high quality software solution. During the beta test, however, our engineers uncovered some unforeseen issues that are affecting a very small population of our testers. We would like to take some additional time to fix these so we can deliver the professional solution you expect from X-Rite. But, we also understand that you are anxious to use your i1Display device with Lion. Therefore, we are providing a public beta version that you can download and immediately begin using with your i1Display LT or i1Display 2 device.
 
http://www.xrite.com/custom_page.aspx?PageID=284
 
Note: This link contains the software download link and information on known issues and correlated work around.
 
The beta version contains an Auto Update, so when the final release version becomes available, your system will automatically be updated.
 
We welcome any feedback regarding your beta experience. Please send emails to: D2LionEditionBeta@xrite.com.
 
We thank you for your continued support of X-Rite solutions.
 
Learn more about the X-Rite i1Display models at B&H.
Category: X Rite News
Post Date: 10/5/2011 2:40:09 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Tenba press release:
 
Tenba Expands Popular Discovery Collection
 
New Top Load and Messenger bags are lightweight and built for all-day carrying comfort
 
Elmsford NY – October 3, 2011 – Leading the way in carrying solutions for over 30 years, Tenba announces another expansion of its popular Discovery collection of lightweight professional-level camera bags. Tenba has added the new Top Load and Photo/Laptop Messenger bags to further broaden a product line that has been designed with active outdoor photographers in mind. The Discovery Top Load is a clean and simple carrying solution for a single DSLR camera body with a mid-size zoom lens, while the Discovery Messenger fits a larger multi-lens camera system plus a tablet or laptop computer up to 13 inches.
 
“In search of comfort and convenience, photographers are carrying less equipment now than in previous years,” said Jan Lederman, President of MAC Group. “All-In-One zoom lenses, tablets and ultra-portable laptops are allowing people to significantly decrease the size and weight of the gear that hangs off their shoulders, and the Discovery Top Load and Messenger bags are designed to carry those smaller systems.”
 
The Discovery Top Load enables photographers to securely carry their bare essentials camera kit – perfect for day trips and quick photo shoots. The bag weighs only 16 ounces, yet it will fit a professional-size DSLR camera body up to the size of a Canon 5D or Nikon D700, plus a zoom lens up to five inches long (e.g. 24-70mm f/2.8), and then still offer room for extra batteries, memory cards and other important items.
 
For those photographers who need a slightly larger camera system, but still want comfort and less weight, the Discovery Messenger is ideal. The bag fits a DSLR camera body with 2-3 lenses and accessories, plus a tablet or laptop up to 13 inches. In addition, it has all the hallmarks of a great Messenger bag – lots of pockets, body-hugging design, and a removable photo insert so that the bag can be converted for non-photo, general-purpose use.
 
As with all Discovery bags, the Top Load and Messenger have a waterproof bottom panel for protection when the bag has to be put down on a wet surface, and they include Tenba’s exclusive WeatherWrap™ fast-deploying all-weather cover.
 
The new Discovery Top Load and Messenger bags are available now at suggested retail prices of $69.95 to $109.95 respectively. To find more information about these bags, and to see a full video demonstration of all Tenba products, visit www.tenba.com.
 
B&H carries the Tenba Discovery line.
Category: Tenba News
Post Date: 10/4/2011 2:19:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the new Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X Pro FX Lens (Canon mount) | (Nikon mount) in stock (thanks Alexandre).
Post Date: 10/4/2011 9:56:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 II DC OS Lens (press release) has been announced.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/4/2011 8:52:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 3, 2011
 Sunday, October 2, 2011
When I scheduled my photo trip to Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks nearly a year in advance, my plan was to shoot both landscape and wildlife images. With Canon's Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens and Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens scheduled to arrive before my trip, I planned to take one of these long lenses with me.
 
The arrival of these lenses was of course delayed by the tragedy in Japan, so I decided to take both the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens and the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens with me - along with both Canon Extender IIIs. Carrying these large lenses along with a full landscape kit including three Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III bodies (and a smaller telephoto zoom lens) onto an RJA (Regional Jet Aircraft) is of course a challenge.
 
To meet this challenge, I packed the two super telephoto lenses into my Lowepro Pro Trekker 400 AW Camera Backpack using a creative padded divider layout. I squeezed two 1Ds III bodies into the pack along with a variety of other supplies including 5 spare batteries, filters, memory cards ... This pack was my "carry-on" - and I know from previous trips that it fits under the aisle seat of an RJA.
 
This meant that my "personal item" was going to have to carry many lenses and the 3rd camera body. Think Tank Photo provided me with what they thought was their largest available "personal item" -qualifying bag - the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 60 V2.0.
 
The Urban Disguise 60 V2.0 proved to be the right choice. I loaded my laptop, 3 mid-sized lenses, a 70-300 L, an EOS 1Ds III and many other items including a pair of portable backup drives into it. It tightly fit into the RJA overhead compartment. Note that filling the middle section of this bag and adding bodies in the front pouch makes this bag too large to fit into the overhead compartment of the RJA I was on (4 seats wide).
 
I packed some additional (backup) lenses into my checked luggage along with a pair of tripods (you can sometimes nearly double the take-home from a great sunrise or sunset with two cameras ready) and a monopod. I was carrying about 70 lbs through the airport (yes, I belive that was over the weight limit). Carrying 70 lbs through airports is of course not fun - especially when I had to run 89 gates to catch a connection in Denver. But, these bags worked out very well.
 
In hindsight, I would have left the 300 II and 400 II at home. The targets I found for these lenses were not within reasonable carrying distance - most were 4-5 miles up into the trails. I carried the 70-300 L along with my 24-105 L on separate bodies until my own body could not take the weight of both bodies any longer. The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens on a 1Ds III once again proved to be my go-to combination. Yes, there were times when I could have used wider and longer lenses, but with nearly 50 miles of hiking up into mountains on my schedule, panoramas and cropping were the options I elected for much of this trip.
Post Date: 10/2/2011 1:29:49 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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