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 Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Rokinon 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC Lens
Adorama has the Rokinon 16mm F/2.0 ED AS UMC CS Lens (most mounts) available for $379.00 with free shipping. Regularly $399.00.
Post Date: 4/2/2014 9:51:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Ok, here's an April Fool's joke that slipped through my net yesterday. It is simply too good not to post (even if day late).
 
Custom SLR would like to introduce its innovative new product – The Bigfood Tripod!
 
B&H carries Custom SLR products.
Post Date: 4/2/2014 8:29:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
Major Updates and New Features Turbo-charge Video Workflows, Outpacing the Competition
 
April 02, 2014 – SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe today announced plans to significantly update all the video apps in Adobe Creative Cloud and will showcase these innovations at the NAB 2014 show in Las Vegas next week. Milestone feature additions, expected to ship in the next coming months, include major updates to Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC, designed to make everyday tasks easier and faster, enabling video professionals to create stunning videos, TV shows, films and commercials more efficiently. At NAB Adobe is also unveiling new features for Adobe Anywhere, the collaborative workflow platform that empowers teams using Adobe professional video apps to work together as they access and manage centralized media and assets across virtually any network.
 
“We do an immense amount of green screen work and the new Keying effects in Adobe After Effects CC will help us preserve fine details when we’re keying out backgrounds and control the amount of green spill left in an image so we can work faster and more precisely.”
 
Underscoring the rapid adoption of Adobe Creative Cloud tools in the broadcast and film industries, Adobe is also proud to announce that two-time Academy Award-winning editor Kirk Baxter A.C.E. is cutting David Fincher's upcoming feature film “Gone Girl” exclusively with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
 
Revealing the Future of Adobe Video
 
At the NAB 2014 show, Adobe will provide a sneak peek of the innovative magic coming soon to the company’s professional video apps. Key updates include:

  • Timesaving editorial features in Premiere Pro CC. New features include Live Text Templates that let users edit text in After Effects CC compositions directly in Premiere Pro CC; Autosave to Creative Cloud for automated backup of projects; and a new Masking and Tracking feature that provides accurate masks that follow subjects and blur out faces and logos, crucial for newsroom editing. In addition, the new Master Clip effect in Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade changes the effects applied to original clips and ripples down through all instances of the clip.
  • Powerful new updates to After Effects CC include Keying effects to provide better keying results with compressed footage; and Typekit integration with Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC provides users with access to a growing library of fonts worth $30,000, that can be used on the desktop.

For more information on the new features coming to the Creative Cloud video apps, please go here.
 
Collaborating in Real-Time with Adobe Anywhere
 
Adobe today also announced important updates to Adobe Anywhere, the modern collaborative workflow platform that empowers users of Adobe professional video solutions such as Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC to work together using centralized media and assets across standard networks. Adobe Anywhere complements Creative Cloud applications and enables deep collaboration for large organizations working with video, including broadcasters, educational institutions and government agencies. New features for Adobe Anywhere include: Hot Backup, which provides real-time backup of projects; Rough Cut Support to start editing rough cuts in Prelude CC and finish sequences in Premiere Pro CC; and After Effects CC media processing for direct integration between Anywhere and After Effects CC.
 
Adobe will demonstrate these new solutions for the first time at NAB at its booth #SL3910, in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 7 – 10. Adobe will also highlight key customer and partner focused initiatives at its booth and will have its professional video and broadcast apps presented in nearly 100 partner booths throughout the NAB exhibition.
 
Availability
 
At NAB, Adobe is previewing the next major updates to its professional video and audio products that are not yet publicly available. These updates are expected to ship in the next couple of months, along with other major updates to Creative Cloud. Learn more about the forthcoming video updates here or register for a special webinar on Thursday, April 10 here. To be among the first to know when these and other Creative Cloud updates are available, follow us on Twitter @creativecloud or join us on Facebook.
 
Note: While it doesn't relate to the new video features listed above, Adobe has extended their Photoshop Photography Program deal. That's Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for only $9.99 per month with no previous ownership requirements (offer now valid through May 31).

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 4/2/2014 7:55:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 01, 2014
We would like to make it clear to all our site visitors – Samyang has NOT been acquired by Sigma. The post was entirely fictional.
 
No harm meant! We're big fans of Samyang/Rokinon lenses here at The-Digital-Picture.com and don't want anyone to actually think they're going away. ;-) [Sean]
Post Date: 4/1/2014 4:36:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
I don't live in Kansas City, but this has gotten me looking into real estate options in the area. [Sean]
 
From Google Fiber YouTube Channel:
 
Today, we launched our Coffee to the Home (CTTH) program for Kansas City residents. We're delivering made-to-order coffee drinks straight to our users at fiber speeds—through the same fiber jack that delivers 100 times faster Internet.
Post Date: 4/1/2014 3:25:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D W DSLR Camera
CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES THE NEW CANON EOS-1D W DIGITAL SLR CAMERA, DESIGNED FOR “WILDLIFE”
 
Featuring Canon’s proven 61-Point High Density Reticular AF, Extreme Fast Shooting up to 24 fps, 39.9-Megapixel Near-Full-Frame CMOS Sensor, Outstanding ISO Sensitivity up to 204800, Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, Full HD Video Recording, Extreme-Durability Camouflage Finish, Development Announcement of EF 200-600mm f/4 L W IS USM/STM Lens
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 1, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc. once again shows its leadership in digital imaging by introducing the Canon EOS-1D W "Wildlife" Digital SLR camera, the EOS-1D W is the world's first professional DSLR designed specifically for the needs of wildlife photographers and videographers. A new addition to Canon’s arsenal of professional DSLRs, the EOS-1D W is a progressive EOS-1D series camera based on the EOS-1D X, but loaded with exciting new features.
 
According to Sakuichi Ishizukara, Canon’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., “Wildlife photographers make up a large percentage of DSLR camera users. These photographers have specific needs – needs that have long been overlooked.”
 
“That the new Canon EOS-1D W is going to revolutionize wildlife photography is unquestionable” says Martyn Culbreck after 3 months of field testing the new camera. Mr. Culbreck is the Director of Photography for BBC’s upcoming “Planet Life” series. “We spend weeks waiting for the an animal to be in the right position. When that perfect moment arrives, we cannot risk any camera-related issues causing a missed shot. The EOS-1D W is a game changer. It never misses.”
 
A New Ultra-High Density Sensor
 
By utilizing groundbreaking technology first introduced in the EOS 70D, a pair of APS-C format imaging sensors can now be rotated vertically and joined into one very high resolution, near-full frame, 30 x 22.5mm imaging sensor while enjoying the production efficiencies of the smaller sensors. The EOS-1D W natively delivers a 4:3 ratio 7296 x 5472 pixel image for 39.9 megapixels of resolution. Photographers wishing to use the DSLR-conventional 3:2 image ratio can select 7296 x 4864 resolution via an “Aspect Ratio” menu option.
 
“Wildlife photographers have long had to make a choice between the high pixel density sensor found in the EOS 7D and the better performance of the EOS-1-Series bodies.” Says Akihiro Fumitzu, Director of Professional Imaging, Canon U.S.A. “These photographers now have the highest pixel density Canon DSLR sensor available in the highest performing DSLR camera available.”
 
Dual Pixel CMOS AF II – The Evolution Continues
 
Canon's recently-introduced Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a phase-detection autofocus (AF) technology on the camera's image sensor plane, enables users to shoot video with AF capabilities similar to a camcorder. Dual Pixel CMOS AF employs a Canon-patented CMOS sensor technology in which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both still imaging and phase-detection AF simultaneously, resulting in dramatically improved AF performance during Live View and video shooting.
 
Dual Pixel CMOS AF II extends this technology to allow the EOS-1D W to continuously track subject focus while shooting in high frame rate mode using the viewfinder. By combining information from the conventional phase-detection AF system with information provided by Dual Pixel AF, the EOS 1D-W is able to shoot two frames each time the mirror is raised for a frame rate twice as fast as the EOS-1D X – an eye-opening 24 fps in Extreme-High Speed shooting mode.
 
New high-quality "L" series lenses incorporating STM are under development to take full advantage of Dual Pixel AF technology for video recording purposes.
 
Moving the Data Fast
 
Capturing 39.9 megapixel images at 24 fps requires extreme processing power unavailable until now. In addition to dual DIGIC 5+ image processors and a metering and an AF control-dedicated DIGIC 4 processor, the EOS-1D W incorporates a dedicated DIGIC 6+ image processor. During capture, sensor image data is streamed directly to 32GB of on-processor memory to store up to 220 RAW images before the buffer limit is reached. Upon reaching internal memory capacity, data from the EOS-1D W imaging sensor is optionally streamed directly to a high speed (UHS-1) SDXC memory card for transformation when the processor is idle. By incorporating a user-upgradeable imaging buffer, photographers can choose their own maximum burst rate. A 64GB UHS-1 SDXC buffer memory card extension can store sensor image data for approximately 440 RAW images(1).
 
Massive Storage Capability
 
Extreme resolution image files captured at extremely fast rates demand massive storage capabilities. The EOS-1D W provides four SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots that can be used successively or optionally configured to RAID 1 (mirrored) or RAID 5 (parity bit stored on a single card). Ultra High Speed (UHS-1) cards are supported with currently available cards providing up to 1TB of total storage.
 
Impressive in Low Light
 
That wildlife is typically most active in low light levels is not an issue for the EOS-1D W’s new Low Light Mode. Enabling the Dual Pixel technology to be used for noise reduction in all modes (excluding Extreme-High Speed shooting mode, Live View and video recording) means that unprecedented low noise levels are characteristic of EOS-1D W images. Effective doubling the light sampling at the pixel level yields at least 1.5 stops of noise improvements at all ISO settings.
 
The Eyes are Always in Focus
 
Wildlife images usually include at least one eye and Canon recognizes that it is critical that your wildlife subjects' eyes are in focus. The EOS 1D W includes two previously unavailable focus modes - Animal Eye Tracking and Zone Animal Eye Tracking. Animal Eye Tracking builds on the EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF technology incorporated into the EOS-1D X. Utilizing the viewfinder light sensor, Canon's newly developed eye recognition technology can recognize the closest animal eye in the frame and automatically assign the correct AF point to obtain a perfectly focused eye every time. Zone Animal Eye Tracking allows restriction of eye selection to one specific AF zone. For even better performance, Dual Pixel CMOS AF II technology is utilized for eye tracking right into frame borders in High and Extreme-High shooting modes.
 
Eye-Controlled Focus
 
Wildlife action can move fast and the needed focus point can change in a split second. Your eyes can follow that action and now your focus point selection can too. Just look your subject in the eyes, concentrate on framing and the 1D W will take care of the rest.
 
Last seen in the EOS Elan 7NE, Canon revived Eye-Controlled Focus to provide wildlife photographers with a simple way to maintain focus on erratically moving subjects. Zone Eye-Controlled Focus mode can be used in conjunction with Animal Eye Tracking mode.
 
Eye-Controlled Focus utilizes five strategically placed infrared viewfinder LEDs and advanced tracking algorithms to calculate the corresponding point of focus within the frame. Enabled on the quick control screen, photographers can now activate Eye-Controlled Focus in any AF mode.
 
Birds-in-Flight Mode
 
“Capturing birds in flight is a huge challenge to both the photographer and to the camera” claims Canon Explorer of Light Richard Shealing. “Accurate focusing is one of those big challenges.” The EOS-1D W’s new Birds-In-Flight Mode uses a combination of Animal Eye Tracking technology along with Bird Recognition algorithms that prevent the focus from jumping to the background. Also, the shutter release can optionally be programmed to institute a delay to avoid clipped wing tips, ensuring perfect BIF images.
 
Built for the Outdoors
 
A camera designed for wildlife photography must be ready to take on the elements. The EOS-1D W incorporates Canon's most extreme weather sealing ever, rated for submersion up to 1M for up to 30 seconds with matched lens mounted(1). The EOS-1D X-inherited magnesium alloy body shell and internal structure has proven its ability to absorb the impacts inevitably encountered in the field.
 
The Camera that Hides in Plain Sight
 
Also built for rough use is the EOS-1D W's new exterior finish. In cooperation with Realtree Outdoors and 3M, the EOS-1D W features camouflage patterns such as Hardwood, Waterfowl and Snow. Each pattern has been specifically designed for ultimate concealment while the newly developed nanotechnology finish suppresses glare and provides a sure grip even when wet. The impact and abrasion durability of Canon's new "Wildlife" finish is unprecedented. "There is no reason to cover this camera" says Richard Shealing.
 
Built-in Wildlife Call
 
Not only can the EOS-1D W remain hidden, it can bring the wildlife to the camera. By inserting a memory card with your favorite wildlife call recorded on it (MP3 and WAV formats supported), the EOS 1D-W can play back the recording. No longer does the photographer need to carry a duck, turkey, predator, deer or other call with them to attract wildlife. Canon will provide open source MP3 wildlife call audio files at a website to be announced.
 
Unprecedented Quietness
 
Sensitive wildlife can be startled by traditional DSLR shutter releases. In Silent mode, the new EOS-1D W incorporates a slightly reduced mirror travel rate to achieve a shutter release that is no louder than the shutter itself. Capture unlimited frames of a strutting gobbler at close range without fear of alarming it.
 
Always at Work – Introducing the Canon MT-1 Motion Trigger
 
Never before has it been so easy to get premium-grade wildlife photos. Canon understands that wildlife photography is time consuming. To allow photographers to capture photos while attending to other demands such as work, family and sleep, the Canon MT-1 Motion Trigger is being introduced. Featuring trail cam technology, the hot shoe-mounted MT-1 will trigger the EOS-1D W when wildlife motion is detected within a selected angle of view and focus distance. The MT-1 provides its own hot shoe to support simultaneous flash use.
 
For remote transmission of images, the EOS 1D W inherits a built-in LAN connection featuring a gigabit Ethernet Jack capable of 1000BASE-T transmission speeds. Optionally supported is the Canon WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter featuring wireless LAN support for 802.11n network transfer rates.
 
 
Canon EF 200-600mm f/4 L W IS USM/STM Lens
 
Canon Inc. Announces Development of EF 200-600mm f/4 L W IS USM/STM Lens
 
Canon Inc., the parent company of Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced the development of a new super-telephoto zoom lens, the EF 200-600mm f/4 L W IS USM/STM. Designed specifically for use with Canon’s EOS-1D W, the EF 200-600mm f/4 L (W) IS USM/STM will feature:

  • Massive 400mm focal range
  • 4-stop image stabilization system
  • User selectable AF mechanisms (USM / STM)
  • "Canondrophobic" (Hydrophobic Fluorine) lens coating
  • Extreme Weather sealing
  • Realtree Outdoors Camouflage patterns (Hardwood, Waterfowl and Snow)

Developed as a new category of Canon’s acclaimed L-series professional lenses, the new Wildlife lens will offer an unsurpassed combination of versatility, optical performance, concealment and submersion-climate-proof construction(2).
 
Pricing and Availability
 
The Canon EOS-1D W Digital SLR camera body is scheduled for July 2014 availability and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $8,900.00. The EF 200-600mm f/4 L W IS USM/STM is expected to be available in late 2014.
 
* We invite you to join in the excitement by sharing and linking to this press release, but please note that we cannot permit this The-Digital-Picture.com copyrighted press release to be republished.
 
Preorder Opportunities
 
B&H has the Canon EOS-1D W available for preorder.

Post Date: 4/1/2014 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean and Bryan
 Monday, March 31, 2014
HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional LED Backlit 24
B&H has the HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional LED Backlit 24" IPS LCD Monitor available for $999.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,621.72.
 
Product Highlights:

  • 16:10 Aspect Ratio
  • 1920 x 1200 Native Resolution
  • 1000:1 Static Contrast Ratio
  • 178°/178° Viewing Angle
  • HP DreamColor Engine
  • Four USB 2.0 Ports (Integrated)
  • DVI-I, Display Port 1.1, HDMI 1.3
  • Anti-Glare/Anti-Static
  • 30-Bit LCD Panel Technology
  • Security Lock-Ready

Nikon D800 DSLR Camera
eBay (via Peach_Photo - 99.7% Positive feedback) has the Nikon D800 DSLR Camera available for $2,099.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,796.95.
 
Note: This camera deal is not advertised as coming with a USA warranty and is likely a grey market item.
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Post Date: 3/31/2014 12:12:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, March 28, 2014
Nikon D600 DSLR Camera
From Nikon:
 
With regard to the issue with which multiple granular black spots are reflected in images captured with the D600 digital SLR camera, Nikon sincerely apologizes for any concern and inconvenience suffered by D600 users, retailers, and all concerned.
 
Because Nikon takes this matter very seriously, we will continue to offer users of the D600 a special service with which cameras are inspected, cleaned, and if necessary, shutter and related components are replaced free of charge, even after the product warranty has expired. However, if a number of multiple granular black spots are still noticeable in images captured with a D600 upon which the above service has been performed several times, Nikon will replace it with a new D600 or an equivalent model.
 
Nikon will continue to work to improve the quality of its products and services even further.
 
We hope that you will continue to choose Nikon products for your photographic needs.
 
For more information, please see:
Products & Support—Imaging Products
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Post Date: 3/28/2014 3:59:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro 600x UDMA CompactFlash Memory Card
B&H has the SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro 600x UDMA CompactFlash Memory Card available for $89.00 with free shipping. Regularly $129.00.
Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens
Nikon's lens rebates are scheduled to end March 29. We've been told the rebates will not be extended.
 
Be sure and take advantage of the rebates while you can!
 
Update: I had previously posted that the Nikon rebates ended March 31; however, it looks like they end March 29 instead.
 
Nikon Lenses Eligible for Rebates

ModelRebate Amount
Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S DX Lens Buy$150.00
Nikon 16-35mm f/4G AF-S VR Lens Buy$300.00
Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR II Lens Buy$250.00
Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S VR Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens Buy$150.00
Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens Buy$400.00
Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro Lens Buy$30.00
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$20.00
Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 85mm f/3.5G AF-S DX VR Micro Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 105mm f/2.8G AF-S VR Micro Lens Buy$185.00

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Post Date: 3/28/2014 12:32:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D800 DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: eBay (via Peach_Photo - 99.7% Positive feedback) has the Nikon D800 DSLR Camera available for $2,099.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,796.95. (thanks Chuck)
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/28/2014 12:24:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Because they make awesome products for the adventure-minded photographer, MindShift Gear is the latest affiliate to be added to the site. We have a rotation180° Professional in-house for evaluation and we're pretty impressed by it.
 
MindShift Gear is the sister company to Think Tank Photo, so that we are impressed with their camera backpacks and accessories is really no surprise.
 
Kudos to MindShift Gear for winning a prestigious Red Dot Award for its rotation180° Panorama backpack.
Post Date: 3/28/2014 10:09:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB External Hard Drive
Use promo code 03WDSALE at Adorama to get the Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable External Hard Drive for $59.99 with free shipping. Regularly $89.00.
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From Datacolor:
 
Datacolor Webinars Offer Ideas for Managing Digital Workflow and Step-by-Step Techniques to Produce High Quality Digital Images
 
Lawrenceville, NJ – March 27, 2014 –– Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, today announced its Spring 2014 line-up of free color management webinars. The webinars will cover important topics in the photo and video industry with the help of notable sponsors including, Plura Broadcast, Macphun Software, X-Shot, Wacom, PhotoshopCAFE and Hunt’s Photo & Video.
 
The webinars will include an interactive question and answer format, allowing participants to communicate directly with the speakers to get first-hand advice about video reference display calibration and photo and video editing techniques. Registered attendees will receive discount codes for Spyder products and/or products from co-sponsors, as well as automatic entry for a chance to win products from Datacolor Spyder or co-sponsors. Each webinar will be hosted by David Saffir, Datacolor expert and noted landscape and fine art photographer.
 
“As the video and photo industries continue to converge, Datacolor recognizes the need to provide users with tools and techniques that can be easily integrated into their digital workflows,” said David Tobie. “From calibrating video reference displays to mastering time lapse photography, our Spring 2014 webinar series is designed to provide photographers and videographers of all levels with information about the tools needed to achieve the most accurate color and editing results while ultimately improving their workflow.”
 
Datacolor Spring 2014 webinar series to include:

  • April 1, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Video Reference Display Calibration – (Co-sponsor: Plura Broadcast)
  • April 16, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Landscape Image Editing and Enhancement: New Editing Tools for Photoshop and Lightroom 5 – (Co-sponsor: Macphun Software)
  • May 7, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Extend your Photography – (Co-sponsor: X-Shot)
  • May 20, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Calibration for the Capture Stage of the Digital Workflow – (Co-sponsor: Hunt’s Photo & Video)
  • June 3, 2014 2:-00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Fundamentals of Image Editing – Using Layer Masks for Compositing in Photoshop – (Co-sponsor: Wacom)
  • June 12, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Time-lapse Photography – The Move from Still to Motion – (Co-sponsor: PhotoshopCAFE)

Register now at spyder.datacolor.com/freewebinars.
 
B&H carries Datacolor products.

Post Date: 3/28/2014 7:53:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lexar 16GB JumpDrive TwistTurn USB 2.0 Flash Drive
B&H has the Lexar 16GB JumpDrive TwistTurn USB 2.0 Flash Drive available for $6.99 with free shipping. Regularly $12.95.
Post Date: 3/28/2014 7:15:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9
From ZEISS:
 
ZEISS is launching the Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9 at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas from April 7-10, 2014. The third member of the Compact Zoom family broadens the cine zoom line-up in the wide-angle range. From August 2014, the lens will be available for € 17,900 or US$ 23,900 (excl. VAT)*. The new zoom lens fills the wide-angle gap and complements the already available CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 lenses. It does not only offer extreme angles of view but also fulfills all the requirements for motion picture zooms: It stands out for its optical brilliance, as well as its distortion-free images.
 
The ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 family of lenses sets new standards only experienced with fixed focal lengths from ZEISS. Equipped with this set of three zoom lenses, cinematographers can master an enormous range of shooting situations without having to resort to frequent time-consuming lens switches. For sophisticated filmmakers, the ZEISS cine zooms open up new creative possibilities. When working with a zoom lens, you can move a lot more quickly because you don’t have to change lenses and can make different shots from the same perspective.
 
The ZEISS Compact Zoom lenses are the only cine-style zooms in the world with full-frame coverage. All three zooms were calculated for the full-frame format of 36x24 mm. As a result, they are also compatible with image sensors larger than Super 35 (ex: image diagonal 31.5 mm) and therefore already ready to accommodate future developments in the field of growing sensor sizes. When the lenses are used on Super 35 cameras, users benefit from the positive “sweet-spot effect”: the image circle used by the sensor comes from the inner circle of the lens. As a result, the lens only uses that part of the illumination that has the highest quality in terms of sharpness, light and contrast. In line with the reliable and strict quality requirements that ZEISS lenses are subject to, all three representatives of the Compact Zoom family enable 4K capture.
 
The cine zooms from ZEISS are masters of flexibility whenever the goal is to achieve high-quality results with little lens changes. The optical balancing between ZEISS cine zooms on the one hand and ZEISS high-end cine lenses on the other fulfills filmmakers’ highest demands, whether they are making big-screen, TV, documentary, music video productions or feature films. All three zooms have a consistent aperture of T2.9, also making them suitable for situations with less available light. And thanks to the established ZEISS color matching, the lenses can be used in combination with the existing lens families ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime, ARRI/ZEISS Ultra Prime and ZEISS Compact Prime, with no additional color grading needed.
 
Over many years, ZEISS has been continuing to develop the bokeh – that special look of an out-of-focus area in an image. After all, bokeh is one of the most important characteristics of a lens. With special optical design and circular f-stop forms, ZEISS zooms here achieve a particularly harmonious result and depict out-of-focus highlights as circular without any bothersome artifacts. In addition, the Carl Zeiss T* coating – based on several layers in the nano field – ensures a visible reduction of stray light and reflections. The result: brilliant images with a three-dimensional effect.
 
A special protection against dust and spray water for rough use on the set underscores the high professional standard of these cine lenses.
 
The cine zooms from ZEISS deliver the well-known quality and performance for which ZEISS lenses have been known for decades. For cinematographers on smaller budgets in particular, it is critical to make safe investments in their equipment. On this point, the Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses stand out strongly: due to the interchangeable mount system (IMS), with currently five different mounts (PL, EF, F, MFT und E), the lenses can be fitted without problems onto different camera mounts. As a result, the zooms can always be used on the latest camera models, and always in an optimal system mix.
 
All three lenses – the new Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9, the CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and the CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 – will also be available as a complete set (without transport case) for € 44,999 € or US$ 59,900 (excl. VAT)*.
 
B&H carries ZEISS lenses.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 3/28/2014 7:00:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 27, 2014
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From X-Rite:
 
North White Plains, NY – March 27, 2014 – X-Rite Photo Marketing announces a free April 2014 webinar that has been developed to address specific photography and color management topics. This webinar entitled “Using Lightroom to Process and Improve Your Photos” is designed to appeal to both professional and serious amateur photographers.
 
California-based photographer, author, educator and X-Rite Coloratti Chris Orwig who has a reputation for bringing practical experience, technical expertise and passion to the teaching he provides will lead the April webinar. Using his own images from start to finish, Chris will highlight how photographers can use an X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Adobe Lightroom, to make better photographs. Attendees of this live webinar will also have the opportunity to ask questions of Chris Orwig.
 
Here are some specifics of what will be discussed:

  • Lightroom New Features
  • Working with Catalogs and backing up your work
  • Creating Custom Profiles with the ColorChecker Passport
  • Organizing with the Library Module
  • Enhancing your photographs with Develop Module
  • Crafting expressive photographs
  • Lightroom Workflow from start to finish

“The April X-Rite webinar featuring Photographer Chris Orwig covers a wide range of information and topics including digital workflow and color management. This solid foundation knowledge is important and should be of great interest to all serious photographers,” said Joshua Fischer, Product Marketing Manager, X-Rite Photo Marketing. “Learning from photographers like Chris Orwig who are both creative and technically proficient, should be on every photographer’s bucket list.”
 
Webinar Schedule
 
Date: Friday April 11, 2104
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT
Title: Using Lightroom to Process and Improve Your Photos
Presenter: Photographer Chris Orwig
 
B&H carries X-Rite color calibration products.

Category: X-Rite News
Post Date: 3/27/2014 11:40:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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