Canon, Nikon, and Sony News for Apr 2013 (Page 3)

 Monday, April 8, 2013
OK, I list the top 13, but "Top 10" sounded like a better headline to me.
 
Most lenses can be used for sports, but if you want to capture something other than a bunch of people running perpendicular to you across a field, you are going to need the right lens.
 
Check out my Canon Outdoor Sports Lens Recommendations.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Recommendations
Post Date: 4/8/2013 7:43:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Want to shoot 4K video using your Canon lens collection but can't quite afford the Canon EOS-1D C? Then you might want to preorder a Blackmagic Production Camera 4k for a lot less - $3,995.00 at B&H.
 
Product Highlights

  • 4K Super 35mm Sensor with Global Shutter
  • Canon EF Compatible Lens Mount
  • Records 4K (3840x2160) & HD (1920x1080)
  • Compressed CinemaDNG RAW
  • Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)
  • Bulit-in SSD Recorder
  • 12 Stops of Dynamic Range
  • 6G-SDI Output for Ultra HD via One Cable
  • 5" Touchscreen LCD (800x480 Resolution)
  • Includes DaVinci Resolve and UltraScope

Check out all the new releases from BlackMagic Design products.

Post Date: 4/8/2013 6:24:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the SanDisk Extreme 240GB Solid State Drive available for $169.99 with free shipping. Compare at $184.99.
Category: SanDisk Deals
Post Date: 4/8/2013 12:41:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Sony 64GB Micro Vault USM-Q USB Flash Drive available for $34.95 with free shipping. Compare at $44.99.
 
B&H also has the Sony 32GB Micro Vault USM-Q USB Flash Drive available for $19.95 with free shipping. Compare at $23.79.
Category: Sony Deals
Post Date: 4/8/2013 10:50:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Use promotion code Cine150 ($150.00 off) at BuyDig.com to get the Rokinon 24mm T1.5 Declicked Aperture Cinema Prime Lens (Canon/Nikon) for $599.00 with free shipping. Compare at $749.00.
Category: Rokinon Deals
Post Date: 4/8/2013 10:14:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Manfrotto:
 
The new 500 is a lightweight head with a wider platform for HDSLR bodies and the sliding plate travels to balance the latest interchangeable lens cameras.
 
The entry-level 500 ensures smooth shots and fine control with up to 5kg of equipment.
 
It’s the most compact head in our successful Bridging Technology range, it also replaces the Manfrotto 701HDV video head.
 
The 500 is available as a stand-alone head or in pre-matched kits with twin-leg or single-tube tripods.
 
Key Benefits

  • Beautifully smooth shots
  • Better equipment support and balance
  • Faster, easier and safer to use

B&H carries the new Manfrotto 500 series fluid heads.

Category: Manfrotto news
Post Date: 4/8/2013 9:29:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Redrock Micro:
 
Motorized Parabolic Motion Ideal for Corporate, Documentary, and Product/Tabletop Video
 
Hollywood, CA and Dallas, TX - Redrock Micro, the recognized leader in affordable, professional-level cinema accessories, today announced the all-new One Man Crew™, a new class of motorized 'parabolic slider' that operates unattended and delivers elegant cinematic motion. The One Man Crew is particularly effective for individuals and small crews who want their footage to stand out and have the look of being shot by a professional camera crew. The One Man Crew's compact design, lightning-fast setup, push-button ease of use, and unattended operation makes it the perfect choice for corporate interviews, documentaries, and production/tabletop video.
 
Leva FilmWorks, a leading content provider for Warner Bros., Lucasfilm, Universal and others, used the One Man Crew recently as they shot interviews for their documentary celebrating the 75th anniversary of the iconic film The Wizard of Oz. The company regularly shoots interviews with show business giants, from Meryl Streep to Steven Spielberg to Usher.
 
"Over the years, I've learned how to keep interviewees relaxed and comfortable so the shoot becomes all about what they have to say, not the technical requirements of shooting it," said Gary Leva, president of Leva FilmWorks. "The One Man Crew allows us to enhance our production value in a really elegant way without increasing the size of our on-set crew. It sets up fast, it's quiet and unobtrusive, and it's rock-solid reliable."
 
Independent Director of Photography Johnny Derango also had the opportunity to use the One Man Crew.
 
"In preparation for the release of my new feature film 'Lost on Purpose,' we shot behind-the-scenes interviews with our key cast and crew. We wanted to do a multi-cam shoot, but with others conducting the interviews and working in tight spaces, it left me alone to run the camera. The "One Man Crew" took what could have been a boring one-camera shoot and transformed it into a two-camera shoot with beautiful movement that breathed new life into it. Its solid, professional construction and hands-off operation makes it an easy choice."
 
Patent-Pending Parabolic Motion
 
The One Man Crew is the first and only parabolic motion system available designed to provide elegant cinematic movements while keeping the subject both in focus and stationary in the frame. Most importantly, it does this without any operator involvement. The 36" long track offers great flexibility and can set shorter limits for motion. The One Man Crew allows for camera speed change in real-time and manual start/stop/change direction with speed ramp up/down for consistently great footage.
 
Perfect for Corporate, Documentary, Interviews, Product/Tabletop Photography
 
The One Man Crew is the perfect addition for small crews doing corporate or documentary interviews that require fast setups and great images. One Man Crew can be used with a single camera for a high-end production feel, or on a second camera for cutting between shots with additional footage. One Man Crew's smooth, controlled, repeatable motion is also great for product and tabletop photography and adds that extra sparkle.
 
Sets Up In Minutes
 
One Man Crew can be set up and prepared for production in minutes thanks to its lightweight, self-contained design, intuitive laser alignment guides and push-button ease of use. The One Man Crew can be unpacked, set up, and ready to shoot in about a minute by a single person, and can be mounted onto a standard tripod via its integrated ¼"-20 and 3/8"-16 cheeseplate on the bottom of the unit. It also features rubberized feet for low profile tabletop placement for maximum versatility.
 
Complete Kit With Everything Included
 
One Man Crew contains everything needed for use and is production-ready straight from the box. The included Heavy Load Tilt Head works with virtually any camera and has the ability to hold up to 20 pounds. One Man Crew is powered by an included AC adapter (with international plug adapters) and comes with a soft carry case for easy transport to and from productions.
 
For More Information
 
Additional details on the Redrock One Man Crew can be found here: http://store.redrockmicro.com/OneManCrew
 
Pricing and Availability
 
The One Man Crew is available as a complete kit for $1,495 and is available for pre-order. As with all Redrock products, customers can purchase direct from Redrock Micro's website at store.redrockmicro.com, or from any of Redrock's worldwide authorized resellers.
 
B&H carries Redrock Micro products.
Post Date: 4/8/2013 8:14:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Canon has just published a promo video for the new PowerShot N. While the camera looks interesting, I can't help but wonder if the "shutter ring" will be a welcomed change compared to a traditional shutter button.
 
Let us know what you think on our Facebook page.
 
B&H has the Canon PowerShot N available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 4/8/2013 7:05:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, April 7, 2013
The big day I'm referring to is the wedding day of course. While this day is a blip on our lifetime radar, it is a big special day to the bride, groom and their family & friends. And if you are responsible for their wedding pictures, you best have the right gear.
 
Check out my Canon Wedding Lens Recommendations.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/7/2013 7:50:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending April 6th, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Monday, we had great fun publishing the announcement of Canon’s newest DSLR designed specifically for left-handed photographers, the EOS 7D L. The 7D L featured a reversed ergonomic design and Canon’s red “L” branding signifying its status as an elite item. Unfortunately for left-handed photographers everywhere, the EOS 7D L announcement was, of course, an April Fool’s gag. We hope you enjoyed our little humor…
 
On Tuesday, Nikon released firmware updates for nine of its DSLR cameras. Among various bug fixes and improvements, the new firmware updates added support for Nikon’s new AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR lens.
 
Also on Tuesday, Tamron announced the creation of an Indian subsidiary, Tamron India Private Limited. The subsidiary was established in order to prepare for anticipated continuing growth in the DSLR lens market in the region.
 
On Wednesday, Canon announced the development of its new 35mm Cinema Prime lens. The new lens will join Canon’s growing lineup of cinema prime lenses that already includes the 14, 24, 50, 85, and 135mm prime lenses.
 
And on Thursday, Canon announced the opening of a new service center in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey to provide comprehensive product repair and maintenance services to its ever expanding professional imaging market. The facility is available exclusively for Platinum and Gold level members of Canon's Professional Services (CPS) program.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
Starting on Wednesday and continuing into the next week, Bryan is highlighting updates to his Canon lens recommendation pages. So far, he’s featured recommendation pages on general purpose lenses, telephoto lenses, and wide angle lenses. To see all of Bryan’s updated recommendation pages, click on the link labeled “Learn about Canon Lenses” found on the site’s homepage.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Tuesday, we reported that you could get a Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens for $325.00 with free shipping. That’s more than an 18% savings off the normal retail price of $399.00.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"
Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 4/7/2013 1:07:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, April 6, 2013
Today's lens recommendations are for those needed to capture your most important subjects - people. Check out my Canon Portrait Lens Recommendations.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Recommendations
Post Date: 4/6/2013 8:30:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 5, 2013
I'm of course generalizing on lens acquisition priority, but after getting a general purpose lens and telephoto lens, most people look next to add an ultra wide angle lens to their kit. Thus, the third page unveiled in "Lens Recommendations Week" is the Canon Wide Angle Lens Recommendations page.
 
Check back tomorrow for a more-specific-use lens recommendation.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Recommendations
Post Date: 4/5/2013 9:05:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From RØDE:
 
The RØDE iXY stereo microphone for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has been recognised as a product of the very highest design quality by the prestigious international Red Dot awards. An expert panel of 37 judges from around the world, including fashion icon Jimmy Choo, assessed over 4,600 products from 54 different countries and identified the iXY as a creative, innovative and overall outstanding product.
 
Since its inception in 1955, the Red Dot awards have represented the highest standards of product design. It acknowledges the excellent ergonomics, functionality, longevity, formal quality, durability, aesthetics and innovation of a product.
 
The iXY is RØDE’s first product offering for Apple’s iOS devices, and features broadcast-quality 24-bit, 96kHz recording. It is the only iOS microphone able to record at such a high quality resolution.
 
It features a matched pair of ½ inch condenser capsules arranged in a stacked XY configuration, ensuring detailed and immersive soundscapes that are always true-to-life. These are housed in an all-metal chassis that makes the iXY incredibly robust, while also adding electromagnetic shielding.
 
Its unique combination of portability and high-quality audio capture makes the iXY suitable for a wide range of applications, from recording live music to sound design and on-camera use, through to reporting and electronic news gathering (ENG).
 
“Everyone here at RØDE is incredibly proud of this honour,” commented Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Marketing & Sales Director. “The iXY represents years of blood, sweat and tears, and to have it received so well by customers and critics alike is validation of the entire team’s efforts.”
 
Peter Cooper, RØDE’s Vice President of Design and New Product Development echoed this sentiment. "We're delighted to win a Red Dot Award. The iXY is designed to be the best product of its kind in the world. To receive such high level recognition is testament to the quality of work by the many people involved."
 
Professor Peter Zec, initiator and CEO of the red dot, pointed out that strong design competence is a hallmark of a Red Dot award winner, explaining, “The winners of the ‘red dot award: product design 2013’ are the protagonists of a highly developed design culture and design industry.”
 
The RØDE iXY will be on display at the Red Dot museum in Essen, Germany along with all 2013 Red Dot Product Design award winners from July 2nd to 28, 2013.
 
B&H carries the RØDE iXY stereo microphone.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 4/5/2013 6:34:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 4, 2013
Your second-most important lens is probably your telephoto zoom. So it only makes sense that the Canon Telephoto Zoom Lens recommendations page is released second in our long week of suggestions. These lenses cover a very wide range of uses, providing great utility to the kit they join.
 
A focal length range example is included along with a handful of recommendations covering a wide range of prices.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Recommendations
Post Date: 4/4/2013 8:46:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the ASUS UX32A-DB31 Zenbook 13.3" Ultrabook Computer available for $100.00 off - now just $549.95 with free shipping. Regularly $649.95.
 
Features:

  • 1.4GHz Intel Core i3-2367M Dual-Core
  • 4GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 320GB Hard Drive + 24GB SSD (Instant On)
  • 13.3" Widescreen LED-Backlit Display
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Integrated Webcam and Microphone
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

Post Date: 4/4/2013 2:11:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 4, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the opening of its service and support center in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. This facility is located just across the George Washington Bridge outside of New York City, and will provide comprehensive product repair and maintenance services for the growing customer base of Canon's professional imaging products.
 
The Ridgefield Park on-site repair operations include state-of-the-art camera and lens dark rooms, Canon's most advanced adjustment and calibration equipment, spare parts inventory, and an experienced repair staff that will work to quickly return Canon's professional products to their original factory condition and operation. This new facility, available exclusively for Platinum and Gold level members of Canon's Professional Services (CPS) program, including owners of Cinema EOS products, and broadcast lens clients, confirms Canon U.S.A.'s commitment to providing personalized and local service and support to imaging professionals in the New York/New Jersey metro region.
 
This facility is Canon's second service facility exclusively available to professional clients, joining the Canon Hollywood Professional Technology & Support Center that debuted in the heart of Hollywood, CA, early last year. Both facilities provide factory quality repair and maintenance service for Canon's extensive lineup of professional-grade cameras, including EOS Digital SLR cameras, Cinema EOS cameras, and high-definition camcorders. All of Canon's professional lenses, including EF series photography lenses, Cinema lenses, and broadcast and studio lenses are also supported at this new facility.
 
"The opening of another support facility that caters exclusively to imaging professionals signifies the growth and demand of Canon's professional imaging products and Canon's commitment to imaging professionals," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "Opening this location illustrates our desire to bring Canon's industry-leading support directly to our clients in areas where they work and live. Being closer to our customers will help enable us to further improve on our outstanding repair processing times for professional products, which average less than three days in most instances."
 
An advance reservation is required for all service and support requests handled by the Ridgefield Park, N.J. facility. Canon Professional Services (CPS) Platinum and Gold level members can make a reservation via the CPS hotline by calling 1 (888) CPS-4540. Owners of Cinema EOS, professional video cameras and broadcast lenses should call 1 (855) CINE EOS to schedule an appointment.
 
Additional camera and lens service facilities for both professional and consumer clients are located in Jamesburg, N.J., Irvine, C.A., and Newport News, V.A. Each of these facilities operates with the same Canon speed and quality that is unrivaled in the industry. By the end of the year, Canon plans to further expand its local service center presence to the Midwest with the opening of a new service and support facility to support imaging professionals in the Chicago market.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 4/4/2013 8:31:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 3, 2013
OK - There will be enough new/updated pages to cover a week and a half. So I'm starting this "week" on a Wednesday.
 
It is Spring in the northern hemisphere and we are ready to end hibernation and to start filling memory cards. Spring sports have started and I *think* the grass is showing a hint of green-ness. Leaves will soon be pushing out and the landscape will take on a new attractiveness.
 
The Canon lens recommendation pages on the site were showing some age, so I'm going to be announcing updates and additions all this "week". Hopefully you can find a cure to that Spring Fever amid these pages.
 
To get started, the General Purpose Lens Recommendations page update is now live.
 
The general purpose zoom is probably the most-used and most-important lens in your kit. It should be the highest quality model you can afford.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Recommendations
Post Date: 4/3/2013 11:30:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From DxO:
 
118 new lens / camera combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing support for Canon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and Tamron lenses for Canon, Olympus, Panasonic and Pentax cameras.
 
To see supported and planned combinations, click on the link below then select the second tab.
 
Supported or planned combinations
 
New DxO Optics Modules:
 
Canon | Olympus | Panasonic | Pentax | Samsung
 
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 4/3/2013 10:07:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
New Upgrades, Including Support for Industry-Standard ACES, Look to Help Deliver Greater Production Workflow Efficiency
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 3, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc. a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today new firmware and application software upgrades for the Company's Cinema EOS System lineup of cameras. New ACES compatibility software for the Cinema EOS C500 and Cinema EOS C500 PL Digital Cameras will be available as a free download expected in June 2013. Additional Cinema EOS firmware upgrades, including a new 1,440 x 1,080 pixel recording mode at 35Mbps for the Cinema EOS C300 and Cinema EOS C300 PL Digital Cameras, are expected to be available as free downloads starting in October 2013, all from the www.usa.canon.com.
 
In response to strong demand from professionals working in the fields of motion picture, commercial and television production, the firmware and application software upgrades will offer enhanced color management efficiency and camera functionality, contributing to improved video production workflow efficiency.
 
ACES Compatibility for Greater Production Workflow Efficiency (EOS C500/EOS C500 PL)
Cinema EOS C500 and Cinema EOS C500 PL camera users will be able to download a new version of Canon's Cinema RAW Development Software for working with 4K RAW data. The new version provides support for the Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) color management standard, as defined by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and standardized by the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE). Compatibility with ACES helps make efficient workflows possible, enabling color management using a uniform color space - even when handling video captured using multiple cameras with different color characteristics.
 
Automatic Functions (EOS C300) and New Recording Mode (EOS C300/EOS C300 PL)
A new firmware upgrade for the Cinema EOS C300 Digital Camera adds Push Auto Iris and One-Shot Autofocus (AF), two outstanding automatic functions incorporated in the Cinema EOS C100 Digital Camera (released in November 2012). These functions enable users to automatically adjust lens aperture and focusing through a simple one-touch operation, which can be particularly useful for cinematographers and videographers shooting without the support of an assistant.
 
In addition, a firmware upgrade for the Cinema EOS C300 and Cinema EOS C300 PL Digital Cameras adds a 1,440 x 1,080 pixel recording mode at 35Mbps, a resolution widely used in terrestrial digital television broadcasting. This new mode will expand the versatility of the XF codec and can be a useful addition for broadcast applications where the reduced bandwidth requires less transmission time while still maintaining a high level of image quality.
 
Shifting Display Location during Magnified Focus Assist (EOS C100, EOS C300/EOS C300 PL, EOS C500/EOS C500 PL)
Firmware upgrades for the EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL, EOS C300, EOS C300 PL, and EOS C100 Digital Camera models enable the Magnified Focus Assist function's magnified view area within the viewfinder and LCD monitor to be shifted to locations other than the center of the screen, allowing users to confirm focus across the entire display area.
 
B&H carries Canon Cinema EOS Cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 4/3/2013 8:57:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
Designed for Film-Style Operation, Canon Cinema Prime Lenses Deliver 4K Imaging Performance
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 3, 2013 - Canon Inc., the parent company of Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced the development of a 35mm cinema prime lens for large-format single-sensor cameras employing Super 35mm, full-frame 35mm, and APS-C size imagers. The 35mm cinema prime lens will look to join Canon's line of 14mm, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm, and 135mm EF-mount Cinema prime lenses. The 35mm cinema lens in development will look to become the sixth in the line, filling a strategic optical need between Canon's 24mm and 50mm lens offerings. As with Canon's precision-matched, competitively priced CN-E prime lenses, the 35mm lens under development will look to deliver 4K optical performance and inherit the professional operability of the existing CN-E prime lens line.
 
Canon Cinema prime lenses are part of the Canon Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography products, which also include the EOS C500 4K/2K Digital Cinema Camera, EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera, EOS C100 Digital Video Camera, EOS-1D C 4K DSLR Cinema Camera, and four Canon Cinema zoom lenses. A development sample of the 35mm cinema lens will be on display in the Canon booth #C4325 during the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas, NV, April 8-11, 2013, and the lens itself is currently expected to officially launch sometime this year.
 
"Canon is committed to supporting cinematic culture and the continued advancement of tools for visual storytelling at all levels," affirmed Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "During the past 18 months, Canon has brought our Cinema EOS product line to market, and in that time we have introduced HD, 2K, and 4K cameras, lenses and workflow solutions, as well as structured a comprehensive service and support network for professionals in the theatrical motion picture and television markets to enable customers to create and deliver exceptional imaging content and cinematic brilliance."
 
B&H carries Canon Cinema lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 4/3/2013 8:41:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Carl Zeiss:
 
The CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 can be seen for the first time at NAB Show in Las Vegas
 
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 03.04.2013.
Carl Zeiss presents its new zoom lenses from the Compact Family at the NAB Show 2013 (8-11 April) in Las Vegas at its booth C9043. Versatile, flexible and yet small and manageable – these are the characteristics that describe the Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses. For the first time, the new CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 will be presented in the US. The Compact Zoom Family currently comprises the CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and the CZ.2 70-200/T2.9; the latter won the prestigious iF product design award in February 2013.
 
The ZEISS Compact Zoom lenses weigh just 2.5 to 2.8 kilograms (5.5 to 6.2 pounds). “For cinema zoom lenses, that is very little. The light and compact design is ideal for hand-held and steadicam shooting,” explains Helmut Lenhof, Product Manager for the Compact Family in the Carl Zeiss Camera Lens Division. The lenses are suited for owner operators as well as episodic television series, documentary films, features and big-screen productions. Especially for shooting projects on a tight budget and time schedule, a ZEISS Compact Zoom lens is an extremely flexible solution. The zoom lens enables faster work and minimizes long set-up times.
 
Unlike zoom lenses for still photography, the ZEISS Compact Zoom cinema lenses each have three independently moveable zoom groups. This complex design prevents undesired focus shift and ensures optimal image quality. The lenses have a continuous high aperture of T2.9 over the entire zoom range.
 
Filmmakers can also look forward to a new shorter super wide-angle zoom lens designed for the owner-operator when the Compact Zoom series will expand to a family of three at the end of 2014. This new zoom lens will replace the Lightweight Zoom LWZ.2.
 
As members of the ZEISS Compact Family, the Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses are the perfect complement to the fixed focal length Compact Prime CP.2 s well as other ZEISS cine-style lenses. Thanks to the exact color matching within the ZEISS cinema lens family, all lenses in this series can be combined flexibly with each other, with no visible deviations.
 
They cover full-frame format (24x36mm) and can therefore be used on HDSLR cameras, as well as professional HD video and cinema cameras. Being designed as full-frame lenses, they create a sweet spot effect and a uniformity of illumination when used on Super 35 sensors and are ‘future-proofed’ for next generation digital cinema cameras utilizing larger sensors.
 
Moreover, the interchangeable mount system makes it possible to use the lenses of the Compact Family on various camera models. The mounts currently available are for PL, EF, F, MFT and E. “Investing in this lens family is especially attractive for cinematographers and rental companies because the interchangeable mount also ensures the lenses’ long-term compatibility in the rapidly changing camera market. For all relevant future camera models, mounts will be available which the user can exchange very easily,” adds Lenhof.
 
Cinematographers can also rely on the quality features that ZEISS is known for:
The T* anti-reflective coating and the internal stray light reduction eliminate bothersome light reflections.
 
All Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses have the same front diameter of 95 mm. The large focus rotation angle of almost 300 degrees and the calibrated focus scales ensure comfortable handling. All lenses in the Compact Zoom Family correspond to 4K production standards and cover a resolution of 4096 x 2160 with no distortion.
 
Australian cinematographer Warwick Brown has already used the Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 for shooting a television production. “I have just finished shooting a dramatic short film using this lens and the Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed lenses together. They are a real winning combination. The zoom is sharp and handles highlights beautifully.”
 
The delivery of the Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 began in early 2013. The Compact Zoom 28-80/T2.9 will be available starting July. Carl Zeiss authorized dealers are now accepting orders on both zoom lenses. The suggested list price of each Compact Zoom CZ.2 lens will be €14,900 or US$19,900 (excluding VAT).
 
The lead time for the Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 is currently six to seven months. A higher demand as expected led to these lead times. Carl Zeiss will increase its production capacities in order to reduce the lead time to three to four months.
 
B&H carries Zeiss lenses.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 4/3/2013 8:28:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
Highlights Include Live 4K Workflow Demonstrations in a Full On-Site DI (Digital Intermediate) Suite, Live 4K Broadcast Demonstrations for HD “Ultra-Zoom” Applications, and the Canon Theater
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 3, 2013 - At the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its full line of professional, high-definition imaging equipment for motion picture, television production, video content creation, and still photography at booths C3628 and C4325. Within this year’s booth, Canon will feature a live 4K Workflow Demonstration where visitors will have the opportunity to interact with industry-leading colorists and editors in a 4K DI (Digital Intermediate) suite. In a live color grading session of 4K footage from Canon’s groundbreaking C500 4K camera, on-site professionals will demonstrate the imaging possibilities of Canon’s 4K image capture technology and view the results on Canon’s prototype 4K reference displays, currently under development.
 
Building off the recent successes of the Canon Cinema EOS C500 4K digital camera’s broadcast capabilities, the Company will be exhibiting a live demonstration of 4K Remote Broadcast, highlighting how spectacular HD broadcast footage can be captured, digitally rendered and cropped for live-action broadcast applications using Canon’s Cinema EOS equipment. Visitors to this demonstration will see, in real-time, the results and stunning coverage that can be used in multiple high-speed productions, including live-action sports.
 
Exhibiting some of the recent artistry and award-winning footage shot on Canon Cinema EOS equipment, show attendees are welcome to enter a 90-seat Canon Theater to view spectacular footage and testimonials that illustrate HD, 2K and 4K projects including behind-the-scenes footage on how each project was captured. Demonstrating the full breadth of Canon capabilities from image capture through output, the Canon Theater will take visitors beyond capture and feature additional 4K reference display prototypes currently under development.
 
The Company has also announced and will showcase the new Cinema EOS C100 EF 24-105 Lens Kit, a cost-effective solution to assist cinematographers, including single-person and small cinematography crews, with the ability to purchase and produce high-quality pieces at an affordable price-point.
 
In addition, visitors to the Canon booth will have the opportunity to touch-and-try a full range of Canon equipment on display throughout the week. Canon products, such as the EOS-1D C Digital Cinema SLR, EF Cinema zoom lenses and various other cameras and accessories will be available to demo.
 
Professional cinematographers in need of a fast, easy way to print images for scene continuity or to preserve highlights of a recently completed project can appreciate the convenience and versatility of Canon’s photo-quality printers. On-hand in the Canon booth will be the 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF6450, and the 44-inch imagePROGRAF iPF8400, 12-color large-format printers. Both are equipped with LUCIA EX pigment ink set, an enhanced multi-sensor and advanced printing technologies to help achieve extraordinary quality and enhanced color range in large format printed output. Also being shown are the PIXMA PRO series of desktop inkjet printers. The PIXMA PRO-1 printer, the flagship model in Canon’s professional inkjet printer lineup, features a 12-color LUCIA Pigment ink system that expands the color gamut with improved saturation of colors and darker, deeper blacks, over previous models. The PIXMA PRO-10 printer, with its 10-color pigment ink system, and the PIXMA PRO-100 printer, with its 8-color dye-based ink system provide photographers with a number of options to help satisfy their printing needs. The SELPHY CP900 compact photo printer will be on display allowing professionals to see first-hand the convenience and high-image quality of this compact photo printer.
 
In the BCTV Shooting Gallery, booth visitors will have the opportunity to experience the performance and capabilities of Canon’s Broadcast HDTV lenses through various simulated shooting situations.
 
Throughout the 2013 NAB Show, Canon will host a series of unique live-learning stage demonstrations with renowned cinematographers, broadcast specialists, and filmmakers at the Canon booth. These industry professionals will provide insight into the ever-changing field of optical and imaging technology and showcase their projects and works that were shot on Canon equipment, as well as share best practices and real-world applications for Canon technology.
 
Additionally, Canon is hosting a special, three-hour learning session focusing on the intricacies of the Canon Cinema EOS C500 4K digital camera. Led by Los Angeles-based Director of Photography, Suny Behar, the “Canon Cinema EOS C500 4K digital camera Workflow: 2K/4K from Set-Up to Shoot” session will explore camera set-up choices from System Priority, Recording Mode and Resolutions to file output options. Behar will also demonstrate a step-by-step configuration of the Cinema EOS C500 4K digital camera with external recorders. “The Cinema EOS C500 4K digital camera Workflow: 2K/4K From Set-Up to Shoot” will take place on Tuesday, April 9th in rooms N239 and N241with two convenient sessions - the first from 9:30am to 12:30pm and the second from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. NAB attendees with the Conference Flex Pass, the Exhibits-Only (Open to All), the Post|Production World and the SMART Pass are eligible to attend.
 
For the first time at NAB, Canon’s Professional Services (CPS) is proud to host the CPS Hospitality Suite. Providing service and support to the professional imaging industry and its high demands, the CPS Hospitality Suite is open to all NAB Tradeshow attendees and CPS Members. Located just off of the tradeshow floor visitors to the suite can see Canon’s latest products and take advantage of touch-and-try counters in a private setting.
 
Canon technical representatives will be on-hand to provide consultations for cinema, video and DSLR users and CPS Gold and Platinum members can receive free onsite Clean & Checks for current professional equipment*. Suite visitors will also be able to chat with Canon experts about Canon’s exciting developments in cinema, video and DSLR technology as well as sign up for Canon CPS membership. Product serial numbers for qualifying CPS equipment will be needed in order to process on-site membership applications.
 
The Canon CPS Hospitality Suite will be open April 8th through April 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and April 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 4/3/2013 8:21:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4
 
April 2, 2013
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4 update includes these enhancements:

  • Improved demosaic algorithm for better raw file support on cameras with X-Trans sensors. This includes the Fujifilm X-Pro1.
  • Additional camera support for 23 cameras including the Canon EOS-1D C, Nikon Coolpix A, and Samsung NX300.
  • Corrections and bug fixes for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom.

Download the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4 Update: Windows | Macintosh
 
DNG Converter 7.4
 
April 2, 2013
This version of the DNG Converter supports over 20 new cameras including the Canon EOS-1D C, Nikon Coolpix A, and Samsung NX300. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.
 
Download the Adobe DNG Converter 7.4 Update: Windows | Macintosh
 
B&H carries Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 4/3/2013 7:03:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 2, 2013
From Datacolor:
 
Join us, Thursday, April 4th from 3PM-4PM EST, as Datacolor Experts David Saffir and C. David Tobie walk you through the issues they have encountered through their years of architectural rendering and photography and offer helpful techniques to be utilized.
 
Architectural photography offers accurate representation of a building or structure. Achieving this is often complex. Even though photographing interiors and exteriors can be similar, they do have some differences and may require different equipment.
 
Perspective and context issues may arise when photographing exteriors, while distortion issues may arise with interiors. Other issues may include scale, vignette, chromatic aberration and color accuracy. Technique is key. Helpful tips focusing on low light images, various HDR options, one-point and multi-point perspective versus elevation and isometric will be shared.
 
An interactive Q&A will take place throughout the webinar to answer any questions you may have.
 
One lucky webinar guest will win a free Spyder4PRO!
 
Title: Architectural Photography and Editing
Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
 
Register here.
 
B&H carries Datacolor products.
Post Date: 4/2/2013 1:56:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Digital Photo Professional 3.13.0 and EOS Utility 2.13.0 are now available for download. (thanks Marco)
 
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.13.0

  • Supports images taken with EOS Kiss X7i / EOS REBEL T5i / EOS 700D, EOS-1D C.
  • Supports new lens (EF 35mm F2 IS USM, EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM).
  • Supports Windows 8.

Changes for EOS Utility 2.13.0

  • Supports EOS Kiss X7i / EOS REBEL T5i / EOS 700D, EOS-1D C.
  • Supports Windows 8.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/2/2013 12:25:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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