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 Thursday, March 01, 2007

Friday, March 30, 2007

Now on the site ...

Canon Eyepiece Extender EP-EX15 Review

 
B&H has the new Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens in stock!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

ISO 12233 resolution chart sample crops have been added to the ...

Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 EX DG Lens Review

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Now on the site ...

Canon Tripod Mount Ring A II Review

 
Adobe Creative Suite CS3 along with the individual packages including Photoshop CS3 is now available for preorder from Amazon.com.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Adobe has formally announced Creative Suite 3.

 
The Kingston 8GB Elite Pro CF cards are now OOS at Adorama (no surprise to me). Here are some great prices on additional Kingston Technology CompactFlash Cards...

Kingston 4 GB, 45x Elite Pro CF Card - $24.95 after rebate
Kingston 4 GB, 133x Ultimate CF Card - $44.95 after rebate
Kingston 8 GB, 133x Ultimate CF Card with Recovery Software - $74.95 after rebate

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Adorama once again has a large list of "Refurbished By Canon" Lenses and Cameras in stock. Many of Canon's DSLR bodies are on the list including ...

Canon EOS Rebel XT ($400) or w/ kit lens ($450)
Canon EOS 20D w/ kit lens ($750)
Canon EOS 30D w/ kit lens ($920)
Canon EOS 5D ($2,400)
Canon EOS 1D Mark II ($2,400)
and some nice lenses.

Act fast if there is something you want - quantities are usually very limited.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Now online ...

Canon Angle Finder C Review

Friday, March 16, 2007

New to the Photography Tips section of the site ...

Sensor Cleaning

Looking for more memory (for your camera of course)? J&R has the Sandisk 16GB Compact Flash Extreme III Memory Card for only $249.99. Check out the prices on the other Sandisk 16GB Compact Flash Extreme III Memory Cards while you are there.

And Adorama has an excellent price (1 week only) on Kingston Technology 8 GB, 45x Elite Pro Compact Flash Memory Cards - $49.95 after rebate.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

ISO 12233 resolution chart sample crops have been added to the ...

Sigma 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG OS Lens Review

Friday, March 9, 2007

Now online ...

Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens Review

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Adorama has a large list of "Refurbished By Canon" Lenses and Cameras right now. Included are all 4 of the Canon 70-200 L lenses - with the 70-200 f/4L IS listed at $900. Adorama's inventory has historically been depleted before the item listing is removed from the web site. Act fast if there is something you want.

 
Sigma has announced two lenses ...

Sigma 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 DC OS Lens

18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS

11.1 times high magnification zoom ratio lens is exclusively designed for digital SLR cameras, and equipped with OS (Optical Stabilizer) function 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS 2007.3.8

2007.3.8: The Sigma Corporation is please to announce the launch of the new 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS lens. This 11.1 times high magnification zoom ratio lens is exclusively designed for digital SLR cameras and is capable of covering a wide range of focal lengths from wide angle to telephoto.

It is equipped with Sigma's own unique technology OS (Optical Stabilizer) function. This function uses two sensors inside the lens to detect vertical and horizontal movement of the camera and works by moving an optical image stabilizing lens group, to effectively compensate for camera shake. It also automatically detects movement of the camera and compensates for camera shake when shooting moving subjects such as motor sports.

SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass and three aspherical lenses provide excellent correction for all types of aberrations. The super multi-layer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting. High image quality is assured throughout the entire zoom range. This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 45cm (17.7") at all focal lengths, and has maximum magnification of 1:3.9, making it ideal for close-up photography. An inner focusing system eliminates front lens rotation, making the lens particularly suitable for using circular polarizing filters and the petal-type lens hood supplied. Sigma APO 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG Lens
Sigma 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 DC OS Lens

*Petal–type Hood(LH780-04)Supplied

 
FEATURES

* Equipped with Sigma's own unique technology OS (Optical Stabilizer) function.
* SLD glass and three aspherical lenses provide high image quality throughout the entire zoom range
* Minimum focusing distance of 45cm/17.7 Inches and maximum magnification of 1:3.9, making it ideal for close-up photography
* Super multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting

THE SPECIFICATION

*Lens Construction: 18 Elements in 13 Groups
*Angle of View: 69.3°-7.1°
*Number of Diaphragm Blades: 7pcs
*Minimum Aperture(wide side): F22
*Minimum Focusing Distance: 45cm
*Maximum Magnification: Ø1:3.9
*Filter Size: Ø72mm
*Lens Hood: Petal–type Hood
*Dimensions: Ø79mm×100mm/3.1"×3.9"
*Weight: 610g /21.7oz

If you did not notice the specs on the 200-500mm lens, look again. Then, take a look at the picture in the press release - This is an impressive-looking lens!

Didn't we see this >18-200 OS announced before? This press release was placed online 9/26/2006.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Now online ...

Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro Lens Review

 
Tamron has introduced two new lenses ...

Tamron SP AF 70-200MM F/2.8 DI LD IF Macro Lens

TAMRON ANNOUNCES SP AF70-200MM F/2.8 DI LD (IF) MACRO, A LIGHTWEIGHT, HIGH-PERFORMANCE AND FAST TELE-ZOOM FEATURING A 0.95M (37.4) MFD OVER THE ENTIRE ZOOM RANGE

Tamron SP AF 70-200MM F/2.8 DI LD IF MACRO Lens

SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD [IF] MACRO (Model A001)

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Mr. Morio Ono, President of Tamron Co., Ltd., has announced the development of the SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO, a lightweight, high-performance and fast tele-zoom lens designed for SLR cameras with full-size image sensors.

The new SP AF70-200mm Di LD (IF) MACRO (Model A001) is an F/2.8 fast tele-zoom designed for full-size format SLR cameras. It inherits the product concept of the award-winning SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di (Model A09) standard zoom lens that is highly acclaimed for its compactness and speed, which lets photographers enjoy a high cost to performance uniqueness.

While overall dimensions are confined to the absolute minimum, the new SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO zoom lens is packed with features that allow stress-free photography: a versatile MFD (minimum focusing distance) of just 0.95m (37.4) over the entire zoom range; an excellent maximum macro magnification ratio of 1:3.1 at f=200mm; and an advantageous internal focusing (IF) system. The new tele-zoom lens enables the user to cover a desirable focal length range of 70mm medium telephoto to 200mm telephoto when mounted on full-size format SLR cameras and a focal length range from 109mm to 310mm equivalent* ultra telephoto (7°59' angle of view) when mounted on a DSLR camera with an APS-C sized imager.

(*) The ratio Tamron uses to convert from full-size to APS-C focal length is 1.55X.

MAIN FEATURES

1. 0.95m (37.4) MFD over the Entire Zoom Range for 1:3.1 Maximum Magnification Ratio
This zoom lens, designed for use with full-size format SLR cameras, boasts a fast maximum aperture of F/2.8, yet it allows close-focusing down to 0.95m (37.4) over the entire zoom range. The maximum magnification ratio is 1:3.1 at the 200mm tele-end. The filter diameter is confined to f77mm as a result of the use of an advanced optical design pursuing optimum optical power distribution.

2. Soft Out-of-Focus Effect and Sharp Depiction
In order to realize soft out-of-focus effect and sharp depiction performance at the same time, the zoom lens uses three LD (low dispersion) elements. As a result, the optical system effectively compensates for lateral and on-axis chromatic aberrations that are major image-degrading factors in telephoto photography, in order to provide edge-to-edge sharpness and high-contrast image quality with flat-field characteristics over the entire zoom range in various photographic situations.

3. Lightweight, Yet Fast F/2.8 Maximum Aperture
The lens features a fast maximum aperture of F/2.8, yet it weighs a mere 1,112.6 grams (39.2oz.)*, since it uses barrel parts made of engineering plastic materials having excellent dimensional stability and sufficient strength for professional use and even industrial applications. (*) As of February 2007, based on Tamron's research of lenses in the same class, excluding the tripod base.

4. Internal Surface Coatings Minimize Ghosting and Flare
Through the use of "Internal Surface Coatings (i.e., multiple-layer coatings on cemented surfaces of plural elements) and multiple-layer coatings to prevent reflections from lens surfaces, ghosting and flare due to reflections that occur when light enters through the front element as well as reflections caused by the imager itself in the mirror box are reduced to the absolute minimum.

5. One-touch AF/MF Switchover mechanisms (for Canon and Nikon only)
The models for Nikon and Canon cameras are equipped with AF/MF switchover mechanisms to allow one-touch switchover from AF mode to MF mode or vice versa electronically and mechanically by simply sliding the button. (Sony and Pentax systems require AF/MF switchover operation on both the camera and lens.) Since the lens uses an IF (internal focusing) system, the focusing ring does not rotate during focusing, which ensures good holding balance at all times. In the MF mode, focusing is performed as easily and comfortably as with an MF lens. Since the overall length of the lens does not change due to zooming or focusing, it offers excellent operability and holding balance.

6. Detachable Tripod Grip Ring
The lens is supplied with a lightweight and rigid aluminum removable tripod socket.

7. Flower-shaped Lens Hood
A flower-shaped lens hood is included as a standard accessory. The special hood provides optimum shading of superfluous light rays that enter from the rectangular frame outside the image field.

SPECIFICATIONS
Model Name A001
Focal Length 70-200mm
Maximum Aperture F/2.8
Angle of View 34°3' - 12°3'
Lens Construction 18 elements /13 groups
Minimum Focus Distance 0.95m (entire zoom range)
Maximum Mag. Ratio 1:3.1 (at f=200mm, MFD=0.95m)
Filter Diameter f77mm
Overall Length 194.3mm *
Maximum Diameter f89.5mm
Weight 1112.6g* (without tripod holder)
Diaphragm Blades 9 blades
Minimum Aperture F/32
Standard Accessory Flower-shaped Lens Hood
Compatible Mount Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony
 
* values given are for Nikon AF-D cameras.
* The cosmetic design and specs are subject to change without notice.

Tamron AF 28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 XR DI VC LD Lens

TAMRON UNVEILS AF28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 XR DI VC LD
ASPHERICAL (IF) MACRO EQUIPPED WITH PROPRIETARY VIBRATION COMPENSATION MECHANISM

Tamron AF 28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 XR DI VC LD Lens

AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A20)

Mr. Morio Ono, President of Tamron Co., Ltd., has announced the successful development of the AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO zoom lens, a high power zoom lens designed for SLR cameras with full-size format(Model A20), now equipped with a Vibration Compensation (VC) mechanism. The AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC is the ultimate high power zoom lens that covers everything from wide-angle to telephoto and macro. Tamron has incorporated a Vibration Compensator, an anti-shake mechanism developed by Tamron, into the highly versatile zoom lens. The new AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO zoom lens offers the convenience, comfort and versatility of a high power zoom lens and the capability to reduce hand-shake blur on SLR cameras using either APS-C size or full size format imagers.

When the AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC is used with a full size format SLR camera, it covers the tremendous focal length range from 28mm in wide angle to 300mm ultra telephoto. When mounted on a DSLR with an APS-C sized imager, the lens covers a 43mm wide angle to 465mm equivalent ultra telephoto* (full size format equivalent, in a diagonal angle of view of 5°20').

(*) The ratio Tamron uses to convert from full size format to APS-C focal length is 1.55X.

MAIN FEATURES

1. VC (Vibration Compensation) Mechanism Reduces Hand-shake The proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism developed by Tamron features a triaxial configuration using three pairs of driving coils and slide balls around the compensator group of the lens' optical system. Since the compensator lenses are supported with rolling friction of the balls, the response performance is enhanced and the construction is simple, which results in the compactness of the lens. The lens incorporate a highly accurate gyro sensor for detecting hand-shake, which, combined with a 32-bit RISC CPU, offers comfortable anti-vibration effects.

2. Outstanding Design Realizing High Zoom Power, VC Mechanism and Compactness The AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.5 XR Di VC integrates optical technologies that Tamron has accumulated as the pioneer and leader of high power zoom lenses in order to realize the desired compactness even while incorporating the VC mechanism. The optical system uses a number of lens elements made from special optical glass materials including XR (high refraction index) glass elements, GM (glass-molded aspherical lens) elements, hybrid aspherical elements, LD (low dispersion) glass elements to compensate for on-axis and lateral chromatic aberrations and AD (anomalous dispersion) glass element. The lens offers high contrast, high resolution performance and flatness of the image field as a one-does-it-all zoom lens designed to match the characteristics of DSLR cameras.

3. Revolutionary MFD of 0.49m (19.3") throughout the Zoom Range Provides 1:3 Macro Magnification Ratio The AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD MACRO boasts an MFD (minimum focusing distance) of 0.49m (19.3") over the entire zoom range, a top-class closing focusing capability among high power zoom lenses for full-size format SLR cameras, which provides the remarkable maximum macro magnification ratio of 1:3 at the 300mm telephoto end.

4. Internal Surface Coatings Minimize Ghosting and Flare Through the use of "Internal Surface Coatings" (i.e., multiple-layer coatings on cemented surfaces of plural elements) and multiple-layer coatings to prevent reflections from lens surfaces, ghosting and flare due to reflections that occur when light enters through the front element as well as reflections caused by the imager itself in the mirror box are reduced to the absolute minimum.

5. Ultra-high Zoom Power, yet Lightweight and Compact Design Thanks to New Mechanical Devices Tamron has reviewed the roles that respective barrel parts play in order to achieve the high power, compactness and light weight. As a result, dimensional increases are confined to a mere 17.8mm (0.7") in overall length and about 5mm(0.2") in diameter, when compared with the existing AF28-300mm (Model A061), despite the incorporation of the VC mechanism.

6. Zoom Lock Mechanism for Enhanced Portability The zoom lock prevents unwanted barrel extension when carrying the lens/camera combination over the shoulder.

7. Flower-shaped Lens Hood A flower-shaped lens hood is included as a standard accessory. The special hood provides optimum shading of superfluous light rays that enter from the rectangular frame outside the image field.

SPECIFICATIONS
Model Name A20
Focal Length 28-300mm
Maximum Aperture F/3.5-6.3
Angle of View 75°23'-8°15'
Lens Construction 18 elements /13 groups
Minimum Focus Distance 0.49m (entire zoom range)
Maximum Mag. Ratio 1:3 (at f=300mm, MFD=0.49m)
Filter Diameter f67mm
Overall Length 99mm *
Maximum Diameter f78.0mm
Weight 550g*
Diaphragm Blades 9 blades
Minimum Aperture F/22-F/40 (28mm - 300mm)
Standard Accessory Flower-shaped hood
Compatible Mount Canon and Nikon
 
* values given are for Nikon AF-D cameras.
* The cosmetic design and specs are subject to change without notice.

Tamron's lens names are super long, but the "VC" is a notable. "VC" stands for vibration compensation.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Chuck Westfall's March Tech Tips are online at DigitalJournalist.org.

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