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August 25, 2014
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Samyang Announces 50mm T1.5 and 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC Lenses

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Now it’s official. Samyang (aka Rokinon and more brands) announced 2 new 50mm lenses, a VDSLR lens – the 50mm T1.5 AS UMC Cine lens – and a conventional lens, the 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC.

Samyang press release:

Samyang announces the release of a new cine lens V-DSLR 50mm T1.5 AS UMC. The product will be officially introduced during upcoming Photokina 2014 photographic fairs in Cologne.

The presented lens with the focal length of 50mm is yet another product released by the Korean manufacturer. And it will perfectly fill the gap between Samyang 35mm and 85mm models. Cine version will be introduced along with the photographic version of the lens. As a result, Samyang brand will now be selling a complete set of bright lenses with exceptionally wide and useful focus ranges to meet expectation of both filmmakers and photographers.

Samyang 50 mm T1.5 AS UMC has been designed for cameras and camcorders fitted with photosensitive 24x36mm or smaller sensor. It gives 46.2 degrees field of view, and thanks to high brightness value of T1.5 (f/1.4) it comes as a great tool in poor lighting conditions, ensuring splendid image quality and small depth of field. Optics of the lens consists of nine lens elements arranged in six groups (including one aspherical and one hybrid aspherical lens element). To ensure high contrast and faithful colour reproduction, all lens elements have been covered with multi-layered UMC anti-reflective coatings.

Samyang 50mm T1.5 VDSLR ensures exceptionally smooth and aesthetic mapping for out of focus areas beyond the focal plain, producing the so called bokeh effect. Thanks to the eight-bladed aperture, the subjects located outside the depth of field are shown with extremely smooth features. This feature will be appreciated by professional filmmakers and photographers taking portrait photos.

New Samyang 50mm T1.5 VDSLR will be first presented at Photokina 2014 photographic fairs. Samyang company invites all guests to visit the company’s stand (No. A-025, hall 2.1) during the fairs which are to be held in Cologne from 16th to 21st of September 2014. For all those who want to visit Photokina 2014 fairs, Samyang has prepared free guest passes. Please, visit our official website www.samyang-europe.com or the company’s fanpages in socialnetworking services to view the upcoming information about our free guest passes: facebook.com/samyang.

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Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC core specs:

  •  Hybrid aspherical lens (H-ASP) and glass aspherical lens (ASP)
  • UMC technology of Samyang Optics
  • Wide and soft focus gear ring
  • Circular aperture with 8 blades

 

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Samyang 50mm T1.5 AS UMC core specs:

  • Hybrid aspherical lens (H-ASP) and glass aspherical lens (ASP)
  • Uncoupled aperture and focus gear ring
  • Samyang Optics VDSLR lens kit
  • Circular aperture with 8 blades

Sample pics are posted here (scroll down). More product pics after the break.

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August 25, 2014
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Adobe Is Developing A Tools To Migrate From Aperture To Lightroom (and has a how to for the impatient)

Migrate From Aperture To Lightroom

Adobe is working on a tool to make the transition from the soon to be no longer supported Apple Aperture to Adobe Lightroom 5 smooth and hazzle-free. In the meantime they published a step by step guide on how to manually migrate your precious photo catalog and pics from Aperture to Lightroom.

Adobe is developing a migration tool to bring your photos into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom from Aperture, but if you’re eager to switch before the tool is ready, this guide helps ease your transition. We recognize that this migration can be a challenging process. The following resources and methodology to help get you up to speed with Lightroom and provide a roadmap for successfully migrating your photos.

Adobe is pushing their cloud service, the Creative Cloud Photography plan (again available for $9.99/month), to attract new customers. The plan comes with Photoshop and Lightroom. However, the upcoming tools as well as the how-to apply also to the stand-alone Lightroom 5 version.

[via dc.watch]

August 22, 2014
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The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art Lens Now Supports The Canon EOS C100

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8

Sigma released a new firmware for their amazing Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens, and now the Canon EOS C100 is supported. Very brief statement by Sigma:

Autofocus is supported at any aperture value when used with the Canon Digital Cinema Camera EOS C100.

Fine! Before updating the lens’ firmware you have to update the SIGMA Optimization Pro software to version 1.2.0.

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

August 21, 2014
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Interview With Yoshiaki Sugiyama, The Man Behind The EOS-1 DSLRs

EOS-1 DSLRs

Canon Professional Network Europe published a long interview with Mr. Yoshiaki Sugiyama, the engineer that worked on the design oc Canon’s SLR systems since 1978, up to the EOS-1 series (introduced in 1989).

From the interview:

CPN: What do you see as the future for EOS camera design encompassing? For example, can cameras get smaller and even easier to use? If so, how might this be achieved?

YS: “I previously said that I believe the optimum size among Canon cameras is the AL-1. I believe that the trend towards compact, lightweight equipment is a certainty among categories encompassed by advanced amateurs, and even professional equipment, [so] the entire [EOS] system will move toward a more lightweight form.

The technical challenges are: lighter, stronger materials; glass materials with a high refractive index and high permeability; improvement in low power consumption design and compact, high-capacity battery; electronic parts with a higher degree of integration.”

Read the interview at CPN –>

August 20, 2014
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Canon PIXMA MG6620 Commercial

CanonUSA posted a video about the Canon PIXMA MG6620 printer, announced yesterday.

The Canon PIXMA MG6620 Wireless Inkjet Photo AIO printer features a Passive NFC version of PIXMA Touch & Print technology, with similar functionality as Active NFC except that both the mobile device and printer will have to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network in order to print. The printer also features a three-inch LCD touchscreen and produces stunning, high-quality images along with sharp documents for the home or home office thanks to a five-color hybrid ink system. Available in black, white and burnt orange with a matte finish, the PIXMA MG6620 printer will have an estimated retail price of $149.998.

August 19, 2014
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Canon Announces Apple Air Print Support For 3 New PIXMA Printers

 

Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A. Announces Apple AirPrint Support for Three New Models in the PIXMA Printer Lineup

Delivers Seamless, Convenient Mobile Printing From iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 19, 2014 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that the newest PIXMA Wireless1 Inkjet Photo All-In-One (AIO) printers – the PIXMA MG7520, MG6620, and MG5620, now support Apple AirPrint® wireless technology. Beneficial for consumers and home office professionals alike, AirPrint2 allows users to seamlessly print photos, email, web pages and documents wirelessly from iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod touch® devices, without downloading or installing any device drivers.

In addition to these three new printers, other recent PIXMA printer models now compatible with AirPrint wireless technology include:

  • PIXMA MX922 Wireless Office All-In-One Printer
  • PIXMA MX532 Wireless Office All-In-One Printer
  • PIXMA MX472 Wireless Office All-In-One Printer
  • PIXMA iX6820 Wireless Inkjet Business Printer
  • PIXMA iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo Crafting Printer
  • PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Inkjet Professional photo printer
  • PIXMA PRO-10 Wireless Inkjet Professional photo printer

For a full list of all the printers from the Canon PIXMA lineup that support AirPrint wireless technology, please visit www.usa.canon.com/AirPrint.

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August 19, 2014
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Canon Announces 3 New Cloud-Connected PIXMA All-In-One Printers

Cloud-Connected PIXMA All-In-One Printers
The Canon PIXMA MG7520 Wireless Inkjet Photo AIO printer

Canon USA press release:

Canon U.S.A. Expands Cloud-Connected Printer Line with Three PIXMA All-In-One Printer Models

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 19, 2014 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the addition of three PIXMA Wireless1 Inkjet Photo All-In-One (AIO) printers – the PIXMA MG7520, MG6620, and MG5620 printers – that make wireless, cloud-connected printing easy. Each model works easily with the PIXMA Printing Solutions2 (PPS) application and the new mobile-friendly Canon Easy-PhotoPrint+3 web application, which provide easy solutions for cloud-connected printing as well as for the editing and personalization of treasured photos.

A convenient feature included with these models, PPS provides direct access to the cloud from compatible printers, mobile devices and tablets. Users can easily print and scan images and documents from several of the most popular online social platforms and services, such as Facebook®, Twitter®, Flickr®, Photobucket®, Dropbox®, Evernote®, Creative Park and Creative Park Premium along with the newly supported Google Drive™ and Microsoft® OneDrive™. With PPS, users can also check ink model number information, online printer user manuals and other important printer information.

Enhancing the cloud capabilities of the new printer lineup is Easy-PhotoPrint+. This free web-based application provides users with access to photos from their local drive or social platforms to create a large variety of editing options on different mediums, including photo prints, collages, calendars, cards, layouts and stickers. With Easy-PhotoPrint+, accessible on mobile devices and computers (PC and Mac), projects can be started and saved on one device, and completed on another device at a later time.

Helping the end user increase their productivity through wireless capabilities, other key functions of the new printers include the updated PIXMA Cloud Link4, for sharing scanned documents and photos easily by scanning data directly to email, or attaching scanned data to a draft email in their webmail account. Additionally, PictBridge5(Wireless LAN) functionality allows select Canon digital cameras to connect directly to the printer – eliminating the need of a computer. With Access Point Mode, users can also connect their compatible mobile device to their PIXMA printers directly through Wi-Fi® without needing to be connected to a router.

“With the introduction of these three PIXMA printers, Canon aims to provide high-quality output and cloud-connectivity features that are important for the day-to-day convenience of our customers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Ideal for the home or home-office use, the new PIXMA lineup of printers offer users an array of built-in features and connectivity options to fit any price-point or use.”

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