From the Carl Zeiss Lenses Youtube Channel:
Every two years Cologne hosts photokina, the world’s most important imaging trade fair. And from September 16 to 21, 2014, around 185,000 film and photography fans, from 160 countries, attended this year’s event by the Rhine. Many of them headed straight to ZEISS in hall 2.2, stand C-018, where they could talk with optics experts and experience close-up four new lenses that really whet your appetite for photography. B&H
carries Zeiss lenses
. Check out Bryan's full review
of the Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4.
Post Date: 10/3/2014 8:50:21 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Camera Raw 8.7 is now available as a release candidate on Adobe Labs for Photoshop CS6 , Photoshop CC and Photoshop CC 2014 on Adobe Labs
. An update of DNG Converter is also available on Adobe Labs.
As mentioned here
, updates to Camera Raw 8 for Photoshop CS6 only include new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes. The new features listed in the release notes are only available in Photoshop CC. New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.7 Release Candidate
New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 8.7 Release Candidate
- Casio EX-100PRO
- Fujifilm X30
- Leaf Credo 50
- Leica V-Lux (Typ 114)
- Nikon D750
- Panasonic DMC-GM1S
- Sony ILCE-5100
- Sony ILCE-QX1
|Canon||Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8|
|Fujifilm X||HandeVision IBELUX 40mm F0.85|
|Leica M||SLR Magic 50mm T0.95 Hyperprime Cine Lens|
|Leica S||Leica SUMMICRON-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH.|
|Nikon F (DX)||Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8|
|PENTAX 645||HD PENTAX-DA 645 28-45mm F4.5ED AW SR|
|Sony Alpha||Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM|
|Sony Alpha||Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6|
|Sony Alpha||Sony 75-300mm F4.5-5.6|
|Sony Alpha||Sony 300mm F2.8 G SSM|
|Sony Alpha||Sony 500mm F4 G SSM|
|Sony E||HandeVision IBELUX 40mm F0.85|
|Sony E||SLR Magic 50mm F0.95 Hyperprime Lens|
|Sony E||Sony FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS|
|Voigtlander VM||Voigtlander VM 12mm F5.6 Ultra Wide Heliar|
|Voigtlander VM||Voigtlander VM 75mm F1.8 Heliar|
- When Photoshop CC 2014’s option to scale the UI 200% is enabled (Edit > Preferences > Experimental Features), the Camera Raw dialog will also be scaled.
- Known issues:
- Sometimes the Camera Raw dialog will not scale after the initial Photoshop relaunch to enable the feature. Workaround: relaunch Photoshop again.
- Some UI flashing/redrawing during interactive operations such as dragging a local adjustment gradient or toggling fullscreen mode.
Download Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.7 for CCAdobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.7 RC for CS6 Note:
- Fix crash when rapidly adding corrections with the Spot Removal tool.
- Fix bug that prevented the Filter Brush cursor from displaying while changing brush size when the Graduated and Radial Filter overlay is turned off.
- Improve quality of Camera Matching color profiles for the Nikon D810. Fixes visible banding issues with the Camera Standard, Camera Vivid, Camera Landscape, and Camera Monochrome profiles.
DNG Converter links are on the Camera Raw 8.7 RC for CS6 download page (must click agreement checkmark to see links). [thanks Jan]
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program
is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).
Post Date: 10/3/2014 7:29:20 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Sigma just released firmware updates for the following lenses:
- 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM
- 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
- 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM
(applicable to all)
Download the Sigma Firmware Updates.
- Autofocus is supported at any aperture value when used with the Canon Digital Cinema Camera EOS C100.
Note: Before upgrading the firmware of 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013, please first update your SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver1.2.0.
B&H carries the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM
, 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
and 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM
lenses and the Sigma USB dock
Post Date: 10/3/2014 6:53:42 AM CT Posted By: Sean
has a Canon EOS 70D + PIXMA PRO-100 Printer Bundle
available for $799.00 after instant discount and $350.00 mail-in rebate
. Regularly $1,349.00. Bundle Includes
- Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera
- Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer
- Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19", 50 Sheets
- Slinger Bag, Single Strap Backpack / Shoulder Bag, Black
- Lexar 32GB Class 10, Professional 400x SDHC UHS-I Memory Card
Post Date: 10/1/2014 4:06:20 PM CT Posted By: Sean
has the Canon EOS M with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens
) available for $311.00 with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 10/1/2014 2:18:51 PM CT Posted By: Sean
(via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
available for $549.99 with free shipping. Compare at $699.00. Note:
This is likey a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Post Date: 10/1/2014 11:00:32 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Nikon Latin America, S.A., A New Sales Subsidiary for Imaging Products, is Established to Enhance Nikon's Sales and Marketing Organization in Latin America
September 30, 2014 – TOKYO – Nikon Corporation (Kazuo Ushida, President) is pleased to announce the establishment of Nikon Latin America, S.A. in Panama City, Republic of Panama. This new sales and service subsidiary has been established to fortify sales of imaging products, mainly digital cameras, and to enhance after-sales service in Latin America. Operations will commence on October 1, 2014.
A number of countries in Latin America have shown increasing economic growths in recent years, and this is one region in which the growth of the digital camera business is expected to continue. To date, Nikon has established sales and service subsidiaries in Mexico and Brazil. Sales and service activities have been performed in other Latin American countries by Nikon Inc., the marketing base in the United States through local distributors. We have established this new subsidiary in order to fortify business and marketing activities in these countries.
With the establishment of this new subsidiary, Nikon believes that more strategic and effective marketing, advertising, and promotional activities will lead to increased sales and greater permeation of the Nikon brand, as well as better service for its customers, further increasing Nikon's presence in these regions.
Name: Nikon Latin America, S.A.
Address: P.H. Oceania Business Plaza, Torre 1000, 42nd Floor, Office 42B, Punta Pacifica, Panama City, Republic of Panama
Capital: US $1 million (approximately ¥ 100 million)
Representative Director: Naoki Onozato, President
No. of employees: 9 at start of operations
Primary activities: Sales of, as well as sales support and after-sales service for imaging products in Latin America (excluding Mexico and Brazil)
Start of operations: October 1, 2014
Annual sales target: Approximately ¥ 3 billion in the first fiscal year
Post Date: 10/1/2014 8:58:32 AM CT Posted By: Sean
From JP Distribution:
Starting on Wednesday 1st October 2014 customers purchasing any of the following PocketWizard products, from authorised UK and Republic of Ireland resellers, will be entitled to claim up to £100.00 cash back by redemption of a voucher and valid proof of purchase.
- £20 CASH BACK - PocketWizard MiniTT1 for Canon or Nikon
- £25 CASH BACK - PocketWizard FlexTT5 for Canon or Nikon
- £100 CASH BACK - PocketWizard Mini & Flex Kit for Canon or Nikon (1 x MiniTT1, 2 x FlexTT5 & 1 x AC3 ZoneController)
Promotion Ends: Sunday 30th November 2014 Download rebate vouchers here. Amazon.co.uk
is an authorised retailer of PocketWizard products.
Post Date: 10/1/2014 8:26:16 AM CT Posted By: Sean
I usually really like Canon's promotional videos, especially those produced by Canon Australia (great example here
). But this is not one of them.
In the video, Canon Master Krystle Wright introduces Canon Ambassador Lisa Wikinson to three different lenses – the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM, EF 50mm f/1.4 USM and EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM.
And that brings me to the first thing I don't like about this video – Why in the world is a Canon Ambassador ignorant of the usefulness of these lenses in the first place? Aren't Canon Ambassador's supposed to be somewhat familiar with the Canon lens lineup (or at least the capabilities of various types of lenses)? Canon Professional Network describes Ambassadors as "...some of the world’s greatest photographers." Yet one of them has no idea what wide angle, standard telephoto and telephoto zooms are well-suited for?
But that leads me to the biggest thing I don't like about this video – I feel it goes too far in dumbing-down the usefulness of lenses. In the video, Canon Master Krystle Wright boils down the company's entire lineup to three "types" of lenses – landscape, portrait and sport.
I think I would have preferred if Canon had stuck with the more prevalent terminology – wide (or ultra-wide) angle, standard telephoto and telephoto zoom. These terms describe the physical aspects of each lens that make it well-suited for various uses rather than pigeonholing the lens to a specific (and very limited) use.
I've shot portraits with wide angle lenses, medium telephoto and telephoto zooms. And I often shoot sports with standard and medium telephoto lenses (wider apertures work especially well for dimly-lit gymnasiums). Why Canon would advertise its lenses in this way is beyond my comprehension. :-/ [Sean]
Am I being too hard on Canon Australia? Let me know in the comments section below
B&H carries the following lenses:
Post Date: 10/1/2014 8:13:51 AM CT Posted By: Sean
From Drobo: New Drobo Mini 8TB bundle delivers an industry first for protected storage on-the-go
SAN FRANCISCO – September 30, 2014 – Connected Data, the creator of the award-winning Drobo line of smart storage solutions, today announces the immediate availability of its new Drobo Mini 8TB bundle that provides customers with a massive amount of storage space in a small, rugged form factor.
The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle features four hot-swappable 2.5” drive bays pre-loaded with four Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB drives. Like all Drobo products, the Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is built on the award-winning BeyondRAID Technology to ensure that data is not lost in the event of one or two simultaneous drive failures. If a drive does fail, the Mini automatically repairs itself and returns to a protected state while providing full access to all data. New drives can be added or swapped on-the-fly with zero downtime.
The Drobo Mini connects via Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 providing flexible, high performance access to data while on the road with the confidence to know that data will be safe and protected against loss. All of these features and capabilities come in a sleek-looking package that weighs just three pounds and is small enough to easily fit into any travel bag.
This combination of capacity and extreme durability makes the Drobo Mini ideal for photographers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who can quickly and easily transfer large multimedia files from their devices’ media cards to the Mini while still on location.
“Lugging 8TBs of storage to a photo or video shoot was a real challenge before now,” said Rich Harrington, CEO of RHED Pixel and publisher of Photofocus. “While other companies may offer 8TB options, they tend to lack portability and data protection. This makes other solutions impractical for field use by creative pros. The new Drobo Mini 8TB bundle makes it easy to bring a tremendous amount of storage capacity anywhere we need it while still providing the peace-of-mind that comes with Drobo’s unique approach against drive failure.”
“The Drobo Mini is the ideal storage array for our new 2TB Samsung Spinpoint M9T hard drives,” said David Frankovich, Director PLM, Samsung HDD division of Seagate Technology. “We’re able to provide Drobo users with the highest-capacity and thinnest storage solution available in today’s market.” Pricing and Availability
The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is available today at an MSRP of $999 USD through select channel partners. B&H
carries Drobo products
Post Date: 10/1/2014 6:46:12 AM CT Posted By: Sean