Reminder: How to contribute to the development of the COSYSPEED Camslinger Outdoor bag?

Reminder: How To Contribute To The Development Of The COSYSPEED Camslinger Outdoor Bag?

If you follow my blog you likely know that I am a big fan of COSYSPEED CAMSLINGER bags. I own a CAMSLINGER 160 Street Edition and it always is my choice for run and gun photography with the EOS M3. It’s a smart concept, it looks cool, and it works well for me.

I am happy that my friend Thomas from COSYSPEED wrote me asking to involve you in a new cool project they have: a CAMSLINGER Outdoor bag. A first prototype is already under development, and is being tested by Swiss climber and photographer Stephan Wiesner.

[At COSYSPEED we] are developing a CAMSLINGER bag for outdoor active photographers, like climbers, hikers or bikers. The CAMSLINGERs are especially designed for mirrorless cameras. The first step of a „CAMSLINGER Outdoor“ prototype is currently under a field test by Swiss photographer and climber Stephan Wiesner. It would be really cool, if your readers could support us with their comments, ideas and suggestions. So we could develop the next step of prototypes using your readers comments and share the results. It would be  great if you could share the video Stephan Wiesner made during a mountain tour in the Alps [editors note: the video below, the same video in German can be found at the bottom of the post]. 

Note: the German video is at the end of the post.

You can sound off your suggestion in the comment section, or visit COSYSPEED’s Facebook page. Below is a small gallery with images of the CAMSLINGER Outdoor prototype.

Irix 15mm f/2.4 ultra-wide angle rectilinear lens lens announced

Irix 15mm F/2.4 Ultra-wide Angle Rectilinear Lens Lens Announced

The lens based on “Swiss precision and Korean innovation” is now official. It’s the Irix 15mm f/2.4. The lens looks pretty interesting according to the press release (after the video). An ultra-wide angle, rectilinear and manual focusing lens for full-frame DSLRs.

TH Swiss, the lens manufacturer, claims that in virtue of

sophisticated optical construction and special neutrino coating, colour aberration, ghosting and flare effects have been reduced to the absolute minimum, so the lens is ready to meet the requirements of the 50+ megapixel sensors of the newest cameras.

The Irix 15mm f/2.4 will be available in Spring 2016 (Canon, Nikon, Pentax mounts), no price tag has been announced so far. The short video below gives a good overview of the Irix 15mm f/2.4 features.

Press release:

Meet the Irix 15mm f/2.4. The photographers dream. Built by engineers and perfected by designers.

The new ultra wide-angle, rectilinear manual lens designed for DSLR cameras guarantees exceptional optical performance.

The Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens is designed to deliver the best optical performance and match full frame DSLR cameras demands. Providing a focal length of 15mm, this new lens model is ideal for outdoor and indoor photography whether it is photojournalism, landscapes or architecture.

From 19 to 22 March, during The Photography Show in Birmingham, TH Swiss will be premiering new family of lenses. Visit Irix at Stand No F121.

Innovative technology

Combining capabilities specific to analogue photography with ingenious technology and solutions, the Irix 15mm f/2.4 is the perfect tool for both professionals and hobbyists. The new special features such as focus lock, infinity click and hyperfocal scale set a new level of manual lens functionality. Focus lock enables to lock the focus ring at any time enssuring the chosen settings. Hyperfocal distance scale gives information about the accessible range for depth of field for a given aperture simply and intuitively. When the focusing ring is set in the “infinity” position, there is a noticeable “click” (infinity click), making it easier to find the value without looking.

Extraordinary optical performance

The Irix 15mm f/2.4 meets the most demanding requirements of modern cameras. Thanks to sophisticated optical construction and special neutrino coating, colour aberration, ghosting and flare effects have been reduced to the absolute minimum, so the lens is ready to meet the requirements of the 50+ megapixel sensors of the newest cameras.

The complex optical system consist of 15 elements in 11 groups. Three of the lens elements have a high refractive index and two others have been made from extra-low dispersion glass. The construction also contains two glass aspherical lenses that are responsible for extremely high image quality and improving image brightness at edges, while minimizing distortions and aberrations at the same time.

With a minimum focusing distance of 0.28 metre and 9 rounded shaped aperture blades, the lens stands for supremely smooth out-of-focus areas. Working with a narrow depth of field it allows the user to fully enjoy the bokeh effect.

Resistant to extreme conditions

Irix 15mm f/2.4 lenses are made with extreme precision, allowing them to be used in even the harshest weather conditions. Each lens is equipped with a weather sealed construction that protects the interior against dust and moisture. Thanks to inner seals they are also protected from accidental water splashes.

Irix 15mm f/2.4

Irix 15mm f/2.4

Prepare for more and create

Despite its short focal length and large aperture, the Irix 15mm f/2.4 is equipped with not only a front filter mount, but also has a rear gelatin filter slot. The design of the lens allows the use of 95 mm screw-in filters at the front in the petal-shape lens hood and gelatin filters at the back of the lens. This ensures unlimited possibilities for image creation.

Personalize your view

For the comfort of our customers Irix has created two versions of the Irix 15mm f/2.4 to meet their personality and individual taste.

Irix Blackstone: classic design meets maximum functionality, achieving the perfect match of innovative technology. The durable aluminium and magnesium body ensures foolproof protection of your lens, even in extreme conditions. Engraved fluorescent markings that reflect the light enable easy operation in all lighting conditions.

Irix Firefly: high quality mechanism in a handy design. Ergonomic focusing ring offers the freedom to capture the most ideal moment, whether it is big city architecture or wildlife scenery. The most lightweight lens in its class. Challenge accepted.

Irix Swiss Design

Irix Swiss Design stands for minimalism in style while maintaining maximum functionality. It is a perfect mixture of European design combined with Korean precision. The same look and feel of all products in the Irix family. The same consistency, product packaging and complementary elements, all perfectly shaped and fitting one another.

Ultimate precision

Each Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens leaving the factory has been properly calibrated. However, the focus calibration function provides the unique opportunity to adjust the focusing scale for a particular model of camera.

Technical data

Image size

35mm ”Full Frame”

Focal length

15mm

Field of View

1100 (diagonal)

Focusing range

0.28 m (0.92 ft) – ∞

Focusing type

manual with lock function

Aperture range

f/2.4 – f/22

Aperture control

via camera

Aperture shape

9 rounded blades

Lens construction

15 elements in 11 groups 3x HR, 2x ED, 2x ASP

Front filter thread

95 x 1.0 mm

Rear gelatin filter slot

30 x 30 mm

Available bayonet mounts

Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K

Dimensions (D x H)

114 x 100 mm (4.49” x 3.94”)

Weight

Firefly

Canon

608 g (1.34 lbs)

Nikon

581 g (1.28 lbs)

Blackstone

Canon

685 g (1.51 lbs)

Nikon

653 g (1.44 lbs)

Pricing and availability: Spring 2016

About Irix

Irix. Designed with both the effort and experience, of not only engineers, but also photographers. Swiss precision and Korean innovation create patented solutions with the finest optical performance and usability.
Prepare for more at: www.irixlens.com

Canon EOS 80D starts shipping on March 25 (according to Amazon US)

EOS 80D

It appears the Canon EOS 80D may start shipping next week, on March 25th. That’s what Amazon US’ product page says.

Canon EOS 80D at a glance:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • 45-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Expanded ISO 25600, Up to 7 fps Shooting
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
  • RGB+IR 7560-Pixel Metering Sensor

Want the EOS 80D user manual? See here how to download it. World-wide Canon EOS 80D pre-order links:

Australia: Amazon | Adorama | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay Australia | Alibaba
Austria: Amazon DE | DigitalRev | Wex Photographie | eBay Austria
Belgium: Amazon | Amazon France | DigitalRev | eBay Belgium
Canada: Amazon Canada | Newegg Canada | Canon Store | DigitalRev | Adorama | B&H Photo | eBay Canada | Henry's Canada
China: Alibaba | Amazon China | Digitalrev | eBay
Denmark: Amazon | DigitalRev | eBay
Finland: Amazon | DigitalRev | eBay
France: Amazon FR | DigitalRev | eBay FR
Germany: Amazon DE | DigitalRev | eBay DE | Wex Photographie
Hong Kong: Alibaba | Amazon China | Adorama | Digitalrev | B&H Photo | eBay | Amazon US
India: Alibaba | Amazon | eBay | DigitalRev | Canon USA | Adorama | B&H Photo
Ireland: Park Cameras | Amazon UK | DigitalRev | eBay IE
Italy: Amazon IT | DigitalRev | eBay IT
Japan: Amazon Japan | Rakuten | DigitalRev | eBay | Amazon US | Alibaba
Netherlands: Amazon | DigitalRev | eBay.nl
Norway: DigitalRev | eBay
Poland: DigitalRev | Redcoon.pl | eBay
Singapore: Alibaba | Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama | Digitalrev | eBay
Spain: Amazon ES | DigitalRev | Redcoon.es | eBay.es
Suisse: Amazon DE | DigitalRev | Wex Photographie | eBay.ch
Sweden: DigitalRev | eBay
Thailand: Alibaba | Amazon | DigitalRev | B&H Photo | Adorama | eBay
United Kingdom: Park Cameras | Amazon UK | Warehouseexpress | DigitalRev | eBay.uk | Calumet Photographic
USA: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Henry Canada | Newegg Canada | Alibaba | Adorama | Canon USA

New lens manufacturer Irix teases “Swiss precision and Korean innovation”

New Lens Manufacturer Irix Teases “Swiss Precision And Korean Innovation”

I got a mail from a lens manufacturer I didn’t here about before, Irix Lens. No hints were given, just the teaser image you can see above. Since they wrote to Canon Watch’s email address, I guess there will be a lens with Canon mount. They also have a Facebook page, but there isn’t much to find.

The teaser suggests an interesting aspect: Swiss precision and Korean innovation. What does it mean? Sounds like an engineering idea born in Korea and realised in Switzerland. Irix will announce and showcase their product(s) at The Photography Show in Birmingham, UK, on March 19. Any ideas?

Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.5 and Lightroom 6.5 updates available

lightroom

Adobe published updates for Lightroom CC and standalone version. Please select Help > Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app. Direct download links:  Win | Mac

Lightroom CC 2015.5 now available

Lightroom CC 2015.5 and Lightroom 6.5 are now available on Adobe.com.  Our focus with this release was to add support for new cameras and lenses, and also fix many bugs that existed in previous versions of Lightroom.

Thank you for all your feedback and passion for Lightroom.

Bugs Fixed in Lightroom CC 2015.5 / 6.5

  • Bug fixes related to Panorama Merge
    • Scared that pesky sensor dust spots will ruin your perfect pano? No problem, remove spots in 1 image and then merge to pano. Lightroom takes care of the rest.
    • Boundary Warp gets better as we fixed a bunch of bugs
    • Removed the ‘auto’ projection option. Turns out, it always picked the same projection mode.
  • Other Bug Fixes
    • Rename failed if raw+jpeg pairs were copied to a second location
    • Shooting tethered, shutter button will not move to top of the screen
    • The video cache was not correctly limited to the size set in Preferences
    • Photomerge fails with virtual copies
    • Droplets no longer work with Export Actions
    • Impromptu slideshow gave error message “video support is disabled”
    • Import didn’t work if you weren’t signed in
    • Certain dates couldn’t be entered in Edit Capture Time dialog (1966, 1969, 1999, etc.)
    • Videos wouldn’t play on some systems
    • Slideshow module wouldn’t work on some systems
    • Fixed a ton of sync errors. Faster sync to the Lightroom iOS and Android apps
    • Scrolling through images in Loupe view with your mouse is back! (sorry that it went away in the first place)
    • Slideshows are back in high-resolution. Fixed a bug that caused them to appear much lower res than expected
    • Books are made for browsing. We’ve reinstated scroll bars so that you can browse faster in the Book module
    • Incorrect value for EXIF:ColorSpace in exported TIFFs
    • After export shortcut CTRL+ALT+S not working in Develop
    • Crashes when tethered to Canon cameras (5dm3, 5ds, 1dsm3)
    • SDK broken edit_field’s validate function, disabling existing plugins
    • Months in non-English configurations show in English
    • Secondary Window blocks mouse clicks even when closed after switching desktop spaces
    • Can’t import DNG files from Parrot Bebop drone

New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.5 / 6.5

  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6, Kiss X80)
  • […]

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom CC 2015.5 / 6.5

Mount Name
Canon EF SIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM A016
Canon EF-M Bower 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-M Rokinon 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-M Rokinon 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-M Rokinon 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS
Canon EF-M Samyang 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-M Samyang 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-M Samyang 24mm f1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Canon EF-M Samyang 85mm f1.4 AS IF UMC
Canon EF-M Samyang 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS