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April 30, 2013
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Samyang/Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm To Be Released In Mid-May (and sample images)

Tilt-Shift 24mm

(source: dicahub, slrclub)

Samyang Poland posted a press release with some sample images taken with the Samyang/Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm. More sample images can be seen at pophoto.

The Samyang/Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm should be available in Europe mid-May 2013, price tag: Eur 979. The lens is already available in Korea (1,060,000 Won). It will first be available for Canon EF and other mounts (F, A). Other mount types will follow later.

The lens is available for pre-order for $999 (click on shop name): AdoramaB&H and Amazon.

  • Wide-Angle Tilt-Shift Prime Lens
  • Full Frame/35mm Format
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-22
  • Maximum Tilt: +/- 8.5º
  • Maximum Shift: +/- 12mm
  • Mount Rotation: 90º Left and Right

Samyang Poland press release:

Samyang Tilt-Shift 24mm to be released in mid-May

T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC, the new Samyang lens featuring the perspective control function, will be soon released on the European market. The lens was first presented at last year’s Photokina fairs in Cologne. Thanks to the advanced optics and sophisticated mechanical construction, this new Korean lens comes as a highly competitive tool which may outdistance other products in this category.

Source of inspiration

Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC is a wide-angle prime lens designed for full frame cameras. Its optics and mechanic features enable independent shift of the optical axis and lens plane tilt. This feature, combined with the Tilt-Shift section rotation function, gives unlimited range of image creation options with the use of perspective and depth of field. New Samyang lens is an ideal tool for landscape and architecture photography, but it’s also a limitless source of inspiration for ambitious photographers who express their emotions in new ways, through unique perspectives, precise placed focal planes, corrected convergence of lines within the frame and high-resolution panoramas.

Broad potential

Tilt-Shift function of the lens allow for smooth adjustment of the focal plane angle (from -8.5 to +8.5 degrees) and parallel shift of the lens optical axis by ±12 millimetres. Given sections responsible for tilt-shift function may be rotated to the left by 30, 60 or 90 degrees against each other. Since the bayonet mount may be also independently rotated to the right by ± 90 degrees, also at 30 degrees increments.

Technical precision

The wide range of functionalities of this Tilt-Shift lens required designing sophisticated optics based on highest quality elements had to be designed. For this reason Samyang T-S 24mm comes with sixteen lenses divided into eleven groups. The optics includes two aspherical lenses (ASP) to prevent spherical aberration effect and two lenses made of low dispersion glass to reduce chromatic aberration to the minimum. Such construction allows to obtain great details reproduction and slight bokeh typical of the highest quality lenses. Each lens is covered with multi-layer anti-reflective UMC coatings which provide perfect light transmission, high contrast and faithful colour reproduction.

Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC will be initially available with mounts for Canon EF, Nikon F and Sony A. Versions with Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX and Sony will also be released.

Suggested retail price of the product in Poland is 3975 PLN, in Europe is 979 EUR.

The first batch of the lenses will be released in mid-May 2013.

April 30, 2013
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Rumor: New Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS II Lens Could Be Announced Fall 2013

EF 800mm f/5.6L IS II

A rumor concerning the replacement of the replacement of the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM (price & specs) lens.

The Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS II could be announced shortly after the Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x has (eventually) started shipping. According to the latest rumors this could due in Fall 2013. However, if there will be an announcement it will be a development announcement. Regarding used materials the new EF 800mm f/5.6L IS II will have a new build type, the optical formula is said to be “nearly identical” but improvements in vignetting and sharpness are possible.

Finally, some sources say the EF 800mm f/5.6L IS II could have a built-in teleconverter.

This will not be a cheap lens: the actual Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM has a price tag of $13,249.

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay

[via CR]

April 30, 2013
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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware 1.2.1 Officially Available

5D Mark III Firmware

The firmware update for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs) is now officially available for download (click here).

Canon EOS 5D Mark III price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay

Details
Firmware Version 1.2.1 incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes:

  1. Uncompressed HDMI output is now enabled.

  2. Enables the center AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with Canon EF lens/extender combinations whose combined maximum aperture is f/8.

  3. Improves the speed of the camera’s acquisition of focus when using a Canon Speedlite’s AF-assist beam.

  4. Fixes a phenomenon in which the LCD monitor may freeze and display Err 70 or Err 80 when a still photo is taken during Live View or in movie shooting mode.

  5. Fixes a phenomenon that may occur when the continuous shooting priority setting is enabled for multiple exposures, such that, after the sixth image is taken, there is a slight pause before the remainder of the sequence is completed.

  6. Fixes a phenomenon in which the viewfinder display shows incorrect information during AEB shooting.

  7. Communication with the WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter has been improved.

  8. When images have been successfully transferred with the WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter through the FTP protocol, an “O” will be displayed. When images have not been successfully transferred with the WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter through the FTP protocol, an “X” will be displayed.

  9. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera may not function properly when an Eye-Fi card is used.

  10. Fixes a phenomenon in which the focal length value listed in the Exif information is not displayed correctly for images shot with the EF 24-70mm F4L IS USM lens.

  11. Fixes a phenomenon in which the lens firmware cannot be updated properly.

  12. Corrects errors in the Arabic language menu.

  13. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera changes the AF microadjustment value to -8.

  14. Fixes a phenomenon in which the on-screen guidance cannot be fully displayed when setting the maximum limit value for the “Setting the ISO Speed Range for Auto ISO” option.

* Items No.1 through 12 have been incorporated into firmware version 1.2.0.
* Items No.1 through 14 have been incorporated into firmware version 1.2.1.

Firmware Version 1.2.1 is for cameras with firmware version 1.2.0 or earlier. If the camera’s firmware is already version 1.2.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
When updating the firmware of your camera, please first review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.

Support
The new Firmware Version 1.2.1 can be downloaded by clicking here.
For more information on this improvement, please visit the Canon website to download the latest version of the EOS 5D Mark III instruction manual.

This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.  Please register the EOS 5D Mark III. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when service updates are available.

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April 29, 2013
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Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Review (The Phoblographer)

Tamron 90mm f/2.8

Image courtesy: The Phoblographer

The Phoblographer reviewed the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC US lens (price & specs). A Canon EOS 5D Mark II (price & specs) was used for the test. With a price tag of $799 this lens is rather affordable. The review comes with lots of sample images, it’s definitely worth to be read if you are looking forward to get this lens.

Pros

  • Extremely sharp image quality
  • Beautiful bokeh
  • Simple design
  • Fairly compact for a long lens
  • Extremely light
  • Included lens hood just makes the images look so much nicer
  • Fast focusing except when going down to the macro levels
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • Our version needed a bit of micro-adjustment
  • We wish there was weather sealing incorporated into the lens

Conclusion:

Macro lenses are very fun to use. Not only do they give you some outstanding close focusing abilities, but they’re also usually characterized as being extremely good as portrait lenses. In our time with the lens, we couldn’t find a single reason to not purchase this lens if you’re in the market for a telephoto macro optic. One potential flaw may be that one may want an f2 lens instead of f2.8, but keep in mind that you’ll get the best results with this lens (and mostly any lens) if you incorporate the use of flash to emphasize the specular highlights that really make this lens shine.

Indeed, it was a pleasure to use this lens. It breathed lots of life into my Canon 5D Mk II and I’m going to miss the lens. However, I personally don’t shoot enough macro images to justify this purchase. And as far as portrait lenses go, I’m very happy with Sigma’s 85mm f1.4 EX–which is in some ways a competitor to a lens like Tamron’s latest addition.

But in the end, this lens renders color so well, we’re pleased to say that it is right up there with Zeiss and Rokinon. Though the three companies render color totally differently, the colors from this lens will appeal to many pros interested in a lens like this.

Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC US price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay

  • 90mm Macro Prime Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-32
  • 1:1 Maximum Reproduction Ratio
  • Vibration Compensation
  • Internal Focus System
  • Ultrasonic Silent Motor Drive
  • eBAND Hybrid Lens Coating
  • Extra-low Dispersion Optical Elements
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction

Tamron 90mm f/2.8

[via The Phoblographer]

April 29, 2013
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Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM vs EF-S 18-55mm IS II Comparison (Resolution and more)

Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM

Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM resolution at 18mm – Image courtesy: dicahub.com

Korean site dicahub (translated) posted a comprehensive Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM the EF-S 18-55mm IS II lens review and comparison. How does Canon’s new STM lens, the EF-S 18-55mm IS STM (price & specs) compares to the previous 18-55mm kit lens? The EF-S 18-55mm IS STM was announced along with the Canon Rebel Sl1/EOS 100D (price & specs).

Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM core specs:

  • 28.8-88mm Zoom Lens (35mm Equiv)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-38
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Stepping Motor, Internal Focusing System
  • Supports Movie Servo AF Feature
  • Smooth and Quiet AF Ideal for Video
  • EF-S Mount for APS-C Format EOS Cameras
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Manual Focus Override in AF Mode
  • Accepts 58mm Filters

Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM price check:  Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay

[via dicahub]

Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM

Resolution comparison #1 – Image courtesy: dicahub.com

Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM

Resolution comparison #2 – Image courtesy: dicahub.com

April 28, 2013
Posted in Deals

Deals: Canon Rebel T4i with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM ($799), With EF-S 18-55mm IS ($649)

Rebel T4i

Amazon Gold Box Deals (prices show up after adding the item to the list):

 

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