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August 31, 2012
Posted in Deals

[Deal] Last Day Of Crazy Canon August Lens Rebates (exp 9/1)

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Last day to take advantage of the crazy Canon August Lens Rebates (for Speedlites too). You may save up to $300! Check the offered items, and hurry up!

All discounted Canon lenses at Amazon (click here)

Adorama lens discounts ordered by lens type:

 

The full list at B&H (click here to see all items):

 

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August 31, 2012
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Posted in Reviews

[Review] Canon EOS 1D-X Reviewed By Fred Miranda

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Lot’s of EOS 1D-X reviews showing up in the last days. No surprise since the EOS 1D-X is finally in stock at the major shops. The review I am featuring today comes from Fred Miranda. The EOS is reviewed in detail and compared to the EOS 5D Mark III and the EOS-1D Mark IV.

We are all different photographers. We shoot landscape, wildlife, sports, weddings, news, etc… the list goes on. Canon’s answer for all of us is their new, one size fits all, pro-camera, the Canon EOS-1D X. But, trying to satisfy the masses is a daunting task. There is no doubt that this is an amazing piece of equipment. The new focusing system, and the 12 FPS work perfectly for sports and photojournalism. If you’re catching the action this camera is going to shine.

And then…

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August 31, 2012
Posted in Patents

Canon Files Patent For 28-300mm and 28-135mm lens (reduced chromatic aberrations)

28-300mm f/3.5-5.6

28-135mm f/4-5.6

Next two Canon patents! As usual spotted by Japanese site Egami (translated) This time for a 28-135mm f/4-5.6 and a 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.The patent is about reducing chromatic aberrations.

  • Patent Publication No. 2012-163746
    • 2012.8.30 Release Date
    • 2011.2.7 filing date
  • Example 4
    • Zoom ratio 4.67
    • 56.11 – – 131.85mm f = 28.21 focal length
    • Fno 4.12 -. 4.89 – 5.77
    • Half angle of view ω = 37.48 – 21.09 – 9.32deg.
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • 242.67 – – 266.43mm 224.00 overall length of the lens
    • BF 55.79 – 70.40 – 82.95mm
    • 20 sheets of 14 group lens configuration
    • Two two-sided aspherical
    • Three low-dispersion glass
    • Four Super UD glass
    • 102.40mm effective diameter of the first surface
    • 5-group zoom negative positive negative
  • Example 5
    • Zoom ratio 10.31
    • 93.64 – – 307.06mm f = 29.77 focal length
    • Fno 3.31 -. 4.71 – 5.85
    • Half angle of view ω = 36.00 – 13.01 – 4.03deg.
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • 263.66 – – 304.01mm 209.34 overall length of the lens
    • BF 61.72 – 89.40 – 106.84mm
    • 18 sheets 12 groups lens configuration
    • Three 3 aspherical surface
    • Three low-dispersion glass
    • 2 UD glass sheets
    • 84.36mm effective diameter of the first surface
    • 5-group zoom negative positive negative
  • In the zoom lens of the positive lead type, reducing the chromatic aberration of magnification of the secondary

More graphs after the break

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August 31, 2012
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Posted in News

Carl Zeiss Announces Two New Cinema Lenses (CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and CP.2 25/T2.1) For Full Frame Cameras

 

Two new Cinema Lenses by Zeiss. The CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and CP.2 25/T2.1 lenses. Price should be $19.900 for the former and $4.500 for the latter.

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 30.08.2012.
Carl Zeiss will display the new cine zoom lens Compact Zoom CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 at the IBC in Amsterdam, the leading international trade show for film, radio and television, from September 7 to 11, 2012 in hall 11 booth G64. The new Compact Zoom CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 by Carl Zeiss is a cine zoom lens ideally suited to a wide variety of shooting situations. It is easy to handle, compact and versatile. It takes pictures in 4K resolution — in full format. This is the second Compact Zoom CZ.2 lens from Carl Zeiss, complementing the Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 presented in April at the NAB Show 2012 in Las Vegas for the longer focal length range. For color rendition, contrast and other parameters such as great flare suppression, calibrated focus scales, consistent aperture over the zoom range, round iris the new CZ.2 family is closely aligned to one another, making these lenses ideal for attaining a con- sistent optical performance when changing lenses.

With a length of 196 millimeters and weighing in at 2.5 kg (5.5lbs), the Compact Zoom CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 is sleek and lean. Thanks to the five different mounts (PL, EF, F, MFT and E), this new zoom lens from Carl Zeiss can be easily adapted to numerous camera systems both now and in the future, as well as on HDSLR cameras, HD video cameras and professional cine cameras.

“Thanks to the interchangeable mount and the 36 x 24mm image-circle illumination, the new Com- pact Zoom CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 is highly versatile and a future proof investment,” says Michael Schieh- len, Director of Sales of the Camera Lens Division of Carl Zeiss AG. “With focal lengths from 28 to 80mm and outstanding image performance, it offers professionals as well as ambitious cinema- tographers a lot of room to explore their creativity in many types of shooting situations. The Com- pact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 has already proven that there is no comparable zoom family on the market with full frame coverage and interchangeable mount.”

With its slim build, the Compact Zoom family follows the current market trend towards smaller and lighter lenses that are perfect for handheld cameras, Steadicam systems, or for shooting in tight spaces. The Compact Zoom CZ.2 is espe- cially comfortable to use thanks to its ergonomi- cally designed and partly rubber-coated surface, which allows both precise manual focusing as well as mechanical focusing via follow-focus systems. The Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating ensures maximum contrast and color rendition by minimizing stray light and ghosting within the lens. The Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses delivers flare- free results and has no focus shift over the whole zoom range.

During the IBC, Carl Zeiss will display in a huge glass case all of its camera lenses that are currently available on the market — lenses that guarantee images of the highest quality, whether used on Hollywood movie cameras, HDSLR or HD video cameras.

The Compact Zoom CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 will be delivered in the second quarter of 2013. The recommended retail price is €14,900 or US$19,900 (excluding VAT)*.

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August 30, 2012
Posted in Deals

[Deal] Adobe Photoshop CS6 And Lightroom 4 For Just $390 (exp 8/31)

B&H has crazy great Adobe deal going on, and expiring tomorrow August 31st. You can have Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Lightroom 4 bundled together for just $389.90. Both Windows (click here) and Mac (click here) versions are available. This is a bargain, consider that Photoshop CS6 alone usually comes for around $700.

August 30, 2012
Posted in News

Waterdrop Photography With Canon DSLRs

Image credit: PhotoPlus Magazine

Quick survey articulated in 10 steps about how to achieve a great water drop picture using a Canon DSLR. The article is concise and leads you through the tricks needed to produce an amazing water drop photo. Flash, lenses, timing and focus issues are covered (and more topics). Free your creativity!

[via PhotoPlusMag]

August 30, 2012
Posted in News

Create Multiple Exposure Pictures Using Canon Digital Photo Professional

Multiple exposure image made using DPP’s Compositing Tool. Image credit: Jan Shim

Time ago I wrote about the EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III capability to produce multiple exposure pictures. This is a cool thing, if you have a DSLR that supports it. For the rest of us…there is an app. Jokes beside, Jan Shim found out that you can obtain the same results simply using Canon’s DPP (which is bundled with every Canon DSLR). DPP handles RAW and JPG files, and is a very powerful post processing tool. To create multiple exposure pictures you have to use the Compositing Tool (DPP’s Tools menu). If you check Jan’s post you’ll see how easy this can be accomplished with DPP. Btw, DPP features also an HDR tool. Anyone tried it out?

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