This is a great opportunity to get on the top of a waiting list for the lenses.
"When is the Canon EOS 5D Mark III going to be announced?" is the big question hitting my inbox these days. And that is a good question - one that Canon has not answered publicly.
Last year, my guess was that the EOS 5D Mark III would be announced in August 2011 with availability in December. The reasoning behind this answer was that the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was announced 3 years after the Canon EOS 5D and August is historically the month of one of Canon's biannual major DSLR, lens and flash announcements. The 5D II became available in December (to those who preordered early).
Today, I'm much less optimistic about seeing a 5D Mark III this year.
First, the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark IV announcement did not happen in its historical timeframe (August 2010) - and has not happened to date. I expect the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III to be updated before the EOS 5D Mark II.
And second, the disaster in Japan was hugely disruptive. Details of Canon's recovery have been absent lately, but I have not been hearing any optimistic news coming from the affected area. I'm happy that we can still buy most current Canon DSLRs and lenses.
So back to the question: "When is the Canon EOS 5D Mark III going to be announced?" As with the rest of Canon's unannounced products, no one who knows is allowed to say. My complete guess is that we will not see an upgrade to the 5D II available until at least mid-2012.
The advice I've been giving is to get the incredibly successful Canon EOS 5D Mark II now. It has impressive image quality and you will most likely get a LOT of great shots from it before even my last-year-estimated 5D Mark III arrival date.
Phase One has released Media Pro (press release).
"Originally created by iView Multimedia, this professional digital asset management software has recently been known as Microsoft Expression Media. In its first release since Phase One’s acquisition of the product from Microsoft last year, it has been re-christened Media Pro."
PhotoShelter has made a 15 page Email Marketing for Photographers guide available.
Lastolite is proud to announce the Joe McNally Signature Series of light modifiers. These products are take-offs of already existing great Lastolite products, but decidedly with professional photographer Joe’s touch.
Joe McNally TriFlip Kit (LL LR3996JM)
• New size of TriGrip, about 35.4”.
• Base is translucent.
• First cover is Silver, Softsilver, Gold and White.
• Second cover is a double sided black cover with a square that can be pulled out to create a hard edge.
Joe McNally TriFlash Rotate (LL LA2457JM)
• Same unit as the TriFlash Shoelock, but each of the cold shoes swivel 360º.
• Attach up to three flash guns.
• Rotating shoe mounts.
• Screw locking.
Joe McNally Satin Ezybox Hotshoe (LL LS2462JM)
• Same size as the medium Ezybox Hotshoe.
• Interior is white instead of silver providing a softer, less “contrasty” look.
• Adjustable bracket for different sized flash guns.
• Inner and outer diffuser.
Joe McNally UpLite (LL LR3497JM)
• Same as the standard UpLite 4:1 but includes a 3’ x 4’ diffuser panel.
• Diffuser can be used to create a ground level direct or indirect softbox effect.
• Self supporting reflector/diffuser panels.
• 30 to 80 degree positions.
• Ideal for outdoor use.
B&H is accepting order for the new Zeiss Distagon T 35mm F/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F Mount.
I have heard no word on the arrival of the Canon ZE mount version of this lens. The arrival of this lens was affected by the Japan disaster.
I ran across the following video today - and thought you might find it educational. Topics covered include Depth of Field, Circle of Confusion, Depth of Focus and hyperfocal distance.
Sigma has today announced that the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens " ... will be available for CANON mount soon."
Sample pictures have been added to the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens Review. Many of the sample pictures have photography tips included with them - hopefully you will pick up something useful and/or be inspired.
Samyang has announced that the Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC Lens is now shipping:
Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC already on sale!
Delta company - the sole distributor of Samyang products for Europe announces that wide-angle Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC with Canon EF and Nikon AE mounts, has been released for sale today.
Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC is now available in two versions: with Canon EF and Nikon AE mount. The remaining models, i.e. Four-thirds, Pentax, Samsung NX and Sony Alfa are to be released at a later date.
Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC
Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC is an optically sophisticated bright (f/1.4) wide-angle lens with focal length of 35 mm. It was designed to work especially with full-frame sensor cameras, nevertheless it may be also used with cameras featuring APS-C/DX and Four-thirds sensors. The device's optical construction comes with two lenses with high refractive index (HR) limiting its weight and dimensions. One aspherical lens (AS) protecting against chromatic aberration was also used. High-quality multi-layer and anti-reflexive coatings (UMC) increase the contrast and allow to generate more natural colours. Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC lens takes advantage of the so called "gliding lenses" allowing to maintain high image quality with minimum focusing distance. AE model, intended for Nikon DSLR cameras feature a microprocessor unit allowing to have full control over the exposure parameters and freely use i-TTL flash control technology. Data on focal length and available apertures is recorded in EXIF format.
36-months guarantee is provided for Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC.
Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC with Canon EF mount – EUR 399 (gross)
Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC with Nikon AE mount – EUR 419 (gross)
JACKSON, Mich. – The Photo Marketing Association International (PMA) today announced a partnership agreement with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), owner and producer of the International CES, to move the September 2011 PMA International Convention and Trade Show (aka CliQ 2011) to colocate at the 2012 International CES, scheduled for January 10-13 in Las Vegas.
PMA@CES will offer industry-specific content and display products representing all aspects of digital imaging. PMA will also offer its well-known educational seminars, complementing and enhancing CES programming.
“PMA colocation with CES creates a great opportunity for our combined audiences to learn from each other, grow, and take full advantage of the integration and connectivity of personal content (in the form of digital photography) and home entertainment,” notes Ted Fox, executive director, PMA. “This convergence will expand with continued enhancements to camera phones and tablets.”
“This collaboration will significantly enhance the 2012 International CES digital imaging product offerings for our retail and other audiences,” says Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “Technology is speeding the rapid convergence of digital photography and home entertainment systems. The breadth and scope of digital imaging product offerings that PMA will now bring to CES will complement and further expand the extensive growth of CES in this product category.”
According to Fox, “Our agreement [with CES] is an excellent example of two trade associations coming together to constructively and proactively address challenges and provide new opportunities.”
PMA@CES will be located at the Sands/Venetian and will be sponsored by PMA. Companies interested in exhibiting should contact Melissa Aldrich or Jeff Frazine at 800-762-9287 or +1-517-788-8100 (internationally). They also can be reached by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DxO Labs has added 52 new lens / camera combinations to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing supports for Canon, Sigma, Tamron, Sony, and Samyang lenses, for numerous Canon, Nikon, Fuji and Sony cameras.
Visit this page to see the new combinations.
Just posted: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens Review
I hope to have Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens sample pictures available tomorrow.
Adobe has released Photoshop 12.0.4 Update for Photoshop CS5:
May 3, 2011
For convenience and reliability, we highly recommend that you apply this update directly from within Photoshop. To do so, choose Help > Updates in Photoshop CS5 and apply all of the updates listed under Adobe Photoshop CS5 in the Adobe Application Manager.
This update applies to all languages EXCEPT Middle Eastern, North African French and Greek.
The 12.0.4 update enables specially designed apps on tablets, smartphones, and PCs to communicate with and control interaction with Photoshop CS5 (Located in the File menu: Remote Connections). Now you can be creative on other devices and instantly incorporate what you create into Photoshop. You must install the 12.0.4 update to activate a remote connection between Photoshop CS5 and any apps that Adobe or third-party developers create to interact with Photoshop. For example, Photoshop CS5 must be updated to 12.0.4 to interact with three new iPad apps that Adobe has designed to work with it - Adobe Nav, Adobe Color Lava, and Adobe Eazel. Available on the App Store.
The 12.0.4 update also fixes liquify performance, type related crashes, and other top customer issues. The most significant fixes include the following:
• A number of potential security vulnerabilities have been addressed.
• Liquify save mesh now works as expected.
• An issue with Sharpen crashing has been fixed.
• An issue with Quick Selection crashing has been fixed.
• The Orphea Studio File Info issue has been resolved.
Adobe has released Photoshop Elements 9.0.3 Update.
"The Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 9.0.3 update will install a patch on top of Adobe Photoshop Elements 9. It provides a fix for certain broken workflows involving the use of PSE 9 with Wacom tablets. This update is applicable to Photoshop Elements 9 running on a Windows as well as Mac OS."
In a long press release, Adobe has announced that Creative Suite 5.5 is now shipping.
"Major Upgrade to Creative Suite Product Family Delivers Breakthroughs in HTML5 Authoring and Mobile App Development
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of the Adobe® Creative Suite® 5.5 product family. Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 delivers important advances in HTML5 and Flash authoring, enabling designers and developers to create compelling content and applications. Creative Suite 5.5 products also feature significant innovation in the areas of video production and editing. Finally, Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 delivers exciting new capabilities in the exploding area of digital publishing. With Creative Suite 5.5 content authors worldwide can deliver high-impact work to multiple platforms, operating systems, Web browsers, smartphones and tablets – including Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS, and Apple iOS devices."
Lowepro has introduced the Photo Sport AW Series - initially including a backpack and a sling pack.
"Lowepro unveils an ultra-lightweight, high-performance backpack design, purpose built for adventure-sport athletes who like to go fast and light with their essentials and camera gear."
A new set of Tamron Lens Rebates (rebate form) have been announced. Essentially, these rebates extend the just-expired winter/spring Tamron lens rebates.
One exception is the short-term Tamron Mothers Day 2011 Lens Rebate (rebate form) featuring $50 off the new Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens. This lens rebate is valid through May 9th, 2011.
Epson has announced the Stylus Photo R2000 Printer (press release).
MAC Group has today announced its acquisition of Tenba (press release).
Technicolor has made the CineStyle Picture Style available.
"The Technicolor CineStyle provides better dynamic range of the captured content. This allows for greater artistic freedom during shooting (as the look does not have to locked in during shooting) as well as during the color correction process in postproduction."
"Although the Technicolor CineStyle was designed and optimized for the Canon EOS-5D Mark II camera, the Technicolor CineStyle can be installed and used on any current Canon EOS DSLR camera."
Hit the Technicolor website for more information.
Vincent Laforet also has information about the new PS on his blog.