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 Sunday, September 16, 2012
Many product images including the standard images (useful for comparison) have been added to the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Review page. Some direct comparisons are available on that page - including a comparison between the 28-70 L and the 24-70 L version 1.
 
Standard product images were also added to the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/16/2012 5:03:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478DR and L-478D
 
From the Sekonic Blog:
 
Sekonic Announces LITEMASTER PRO L-478DR and L-478D. These meters are the world’s first and only dedicated color touchscreen light meters.
 
Ideal for all types of storytellers, the L-478 series offers light measurement and control for photographers and filmmakers alike, plus additional wireless flash triggering and power control in the L-478DR model.
 
Whether it’s filmmaking or photography, great storytellers use light as a main character and as a method to define the mood, focus and setting. Having a tool that allows you total control over dynamic range and multiple light sources make you confident about the craft while focusing on the art.
 
Just a few of the groundbreaking features of this new series include:
 
  • The world’s first touchscreen photo light meter
  • The world’s first touchscreen cine light meter
  • Wireless triggering (L-478DR only)Dynamic range calibration
  • Wireless flash power control (L-478DR only)
  • Enhanced HD cine and cine features
Visit the PRO L-478DR and L-478D minisite and see the future is just a finger touch away.
 
B&H carries the new Sekonic light meters.
Category: Sekonic News
Post Date: 9/16/2012 10:26:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 14, 2012
From Samyang:
 
The Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS UMC CS is an ultra wide-angle prime lens designed for use with cameras that have APS-C / DX sensors. Its extremely short focal length and rectilinear imaging system ensure a wide angle of view, amounting to 110 degrees (~107 degree for Canon version). As a result the lens is a comprehensive tool for architecture and landscape photography. The Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS UMC CS gives an equivalent focal length of 15mm (or 16mm in the case of Canon EOS) in 35mm terms.
 
All details concerning the optical construction and available mounts will be published at a later date. The lens will be available at the end of 2012.
 
B&H carries Samyang lenses.
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 9/14/2012 11:45:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For Photokina 2012, Arca-Swiss announces redesigned Z1g+ and Z2+ ballheads:
 
Arca-Swiss Z1g+ & Z2+
 
Monoball Z1g+
 
With the Monoball Zg1+ ARCA SWISS has improved the well known ballhead Z1g in all its aspects. The new head incorporates an additional panning top above the ball and its weight is reduced significantly. The Monoball Zg1+ guarantees a smooth, even movement and an accurate positioning of the camera. The MRGC (Motion Related Gravitiy Control), a variable and bi-directional drag is independently operative on both axis: with a horizontal movement the resulting friction remains constant, whereas with vertical movements the friction increases progressively. In all directions the movements are stabilized.
 
Monoball Z2+
 
Improved as well, the bigger ballhead Monoball Z2+ is now equipped with a second panning top and additionally, its weight has been reduced considerably. The Z2+ combines the advantages of a ballhead with the features of a multiaxial tripod head. The secret hides in a newly designed ball unit which allows an individual and independent control of the x- and the y-axis, with gravity compensation and separate locks. The upper lever locks the smaller ball in the x-axis ( at 80°; 40°; -40°), whereas the lower lever is locking the bigger ball in the y-axis (at 140°; 90°; -50°).The Monoball Z2+ sports two panning mechanisms, one at the base of the head, the other, a proper panning top for panoramic photography, is located above the ball allowing perfect and leveled panorama stichings. Innovative and ready for all circumstances the ARCA SWISS monoball Z2+ is a clever synthesis of the advantageous ease of a ballhead and the exacting features of a three-way head.
 
B&H carries Arca-Swiss ballheads.
Category: Arca Swiss News
Post Date: 9/14/2012 9:10:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 13, 2012
You might want to be careful while filming video when seagulls are near...
 
Category: Humor
Post Date: 9/13/2012 3:38:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has added the newly developed Brenthaven BX2 line of photography cases to their inventory. The BX2 line is Brenthaven's first foray into the camera market, but the products look promising.
 
Category: Brenthaven News
Post Date: 9/13/2012 2:41:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Many people were unhappy that the Canon EOS-1D X could not auotofocus at maximum apertures of f/8 like previous 1-series bodies. We received a few reports that the Canon EOS-1D X can autofocus at f/8 using the Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter (Aurthur Morris posted on the subject recently) and we decided to run a few small tests to confirm.
 
We tested a "blue dot" (current) version of the 1.4x Kenko Extender with the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens using center focus and various camera bodies focused on static subjects. Here are our subjective results:
 
Autofocus Performance

  • Canon EOS-1D X: AF worked and was fast with almost no hunting. However, metering was consistently off by +1 stop.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III: AF worked and was fast with almost no hunting. Metering worked as expected.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II: AF worked and was reasonably fast with a little hunting. Metering worked as expected.
  • Canon EOS 7D: AF worked, but the camera had a hard time locking focus. Metering worked as expected.
  • Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D: AF worked with a little hunting. Metering worked as expected.

Please note that we did not test with moving subjects and did not test image quality; results may vary depending on your situation. Other third-party extenders may work similarly.
 
Update: The EOS 1D X was originally tested with version 1.0.2 firmware. I updated the firmware version 1.0.6 and retested. Performance remains as reported above. Also interesting is that all 1D X focus points remain active (though periphery AF point use results in more hunting).

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/13/2012 1:01:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just announced: Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro VC USD Lens (press release)
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 9/13/2012 8:34:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just announced: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens (press release)
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 9/13/2012 8:06:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon has announced a new full frame DSLR, a fast prime for the Nikon 1 series cameras and the UT-1 Communication Unit. Here are the press releases:
 
Nikon D600 DSLR
 
Nikon 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens
 
Nikon UT-1 Communication Unit
 
Preorder the D600 at: B&H, Adorama and Amazon.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/13/2012 7:20:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 12, 2012
From B&H:
 
The B&H SuperStore will close at 1:00PM EDT on Sunday, September 16, in observance of Rosh Hashanah and will reopen on Wednesday, September 19 at 9:00AM EDT.
 
All Regular Shipping orders placed before Sunday September 16, at 7:00AM EDT and Rush Shipping orders placed before 11:00AM EDT will be processed normally. Orders placed after the above times will be processed when we reopen.
 
Online ordering will be unavailable from Sunday, September 16, at 7:00PM EDT through Tuesday, September 18 at 8:15 PM EDT.
 
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patronage.
 
Place your B&H order now to insure prompt delivery.
Post Date: 9/12/2012 1:59:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon has made EOS 7D firmware version 2.0.3 available for download.
 
Firmware Version 2.0.3 incorporates the following fixes.

  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera stops working when the auto power off setting takes effect.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the maximum number of images that can be captured in a burst may be less than the actual number displayed in the viewfinder.
  • Corrects some errors in the message displayed on the LCD screen when saving RAW images developed in the camera (these errors do not appear in the Japanese and Korean language displays.)

The fixes listed above are corrections for the phenomena experienced with firmware version 2.0.0. These phenomena will not occur in firmware version 1.2.5 or before.
 
Updating the camera’s firmware to version 2.0.0 / 2.0.3 from version 1.2.5 or before, will incorporate many new functions into the camera. For the details of these new functions, please see the Version 2.0.0 improvements in the history of past firmware updates.
 
The new Firmware Version 2.0.3 can be downloaded by clicking here.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/12/2012 7:27:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Roger at LensRentals.com has posted his first impressions of the new Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens.
 
I think that you will like what Roger is seeing.
 
Preorder the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens at: B&H or Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/11/2012 1:28:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, September 10, 2012
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