June 19, 2014
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How To Canon Mobile Printing App For iOS/Android

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Print documents, images, web pages etc directly from your iOS or Android device using Canon’s free Mobile Printing app (iOS | Android).

June 19, 2014
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This Deal Is Still Life: Canon EOS 5D Mark III – $2,575

 Canon EOS 6D Top Rated Plus seller getitdigital (99.4% positive ratings) on eBay has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $2,574.99.

Free shipping and limited quantity.

June 19, 2014
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Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DI VC PZD For Canon EF Mount Officially Announced

Tamron 28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 DI VC PZD

After the 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC for Canon EOS M (price & specs), Tamron today announced also the 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DI VC PZD for Canon EF mount.

The Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DI VC PZD will start ship June 26 and sells for $849, pre-order options: Adorama | B&H Photo

Tamron press release:

TAMRON ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF AN ADVANCED NEW ALL-IN-ONE™ WIDE-ANGLE TO TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS FOR FULL-FRAME DSLR CAMERAS

28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 DI VC PZD (MODEL A010)

Innovative All-In-One™ zoom integrates state-of-the-art optical design, PZD (Piezo Drive)(1) and Tamron’s exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation)(2) system to achieve superb image quality in a remarkably compact, lightweight package.

February 6, 2014, Saitama, Japan. -February 6, 2014, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the development of 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD (Model A010), an advanced new All-In-One™ zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. The lens sample will be on display at the Tamron booth at the CP+ 2014, which will be held from February 13 to 16 in Yokohama, Japan.

Since the launch in 1992 of the 28-200mm (Model 71D) high-power zoom lens – which featured a revolutionary compact, lightweight design – Tamron has been continually expanding its portfolio of world class optics to benefit consumers. Having revolutionized the optical design of the previous 28-300mm (Model A20), Tamron is developing a powerful new, high-power zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras that enhances image quality and incorporates the PZD (Piezo Drive)—a standing-wave ultrasonic motor system optimized for swift, quiet AF—and the acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism in an amazingly compact configuration.

Featuring a new, sophisticated external finish, this lens complements the performance and style of full-frame DSLRs, while delivering the practical advantages of an All-In-One™ zoom lens.

Product Highlights

  • State-of-the-art optical design technology delivers superior image quality.
    The advanced optical construction of this lens includes four elements of LD (Low Dispersion) glass, three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, one Hybrid Aspherical element, one XR (Extra Refractive Index) glass element, and one element of UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass, which has greater refractive index than XR. The full use of specialized glass elements in its design contributes to making this outstanding lens as compact and lightweight as possible, while minimizing aberrations, resulting in superior image quality. Particularly impressive is the thorough compensation of chromatic aberrations at the telephoto end, yielding images of enhanced clarity and crispness.
  • Focus on portability – The lens is now even smaller and lighter.
    In addition to state-of-the-art optical design that facilitates downsizing of the lens body, the mechanical design, which incorporates a highly sophisticated multi-stack-cam layout that takes up far less space, and PZD (Piezo Drive), an autofocus drive system with a simpler, more compact structure, has made it possible to reduce the overall dimensions of this lens compared to the existing Tamron 28-300mm (Model A20). These technologies are the fruit of Tamron’s more than 20 years of research and development in the high-power zoom lens field.
  • Advanced anti-reflection coating.
    The latest optical technology has been used to provide an expanded zoom range (compared to the B008) at both the wide-angle and telephoto ends, without necessitating the use of an oversized lens body. By employing UXR glass (which helps to reduce the size of the front lens diameter), an optimized layout of the Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, and adopting a 5-lens-group zoom system approach to provide enhanced design flexibility, the new lens embodies the fusion of state-of-the-art optical design, sophisticated mechanical design, and high-precision lens manufacturing technology, thereby attaining a compact size, an unprecedented zoom range, and superior image quality.
  • Upgraded cosmetic design – Elegant tungsten silver brand ring.
    Tamron has upgraded the cosmetic design and finish of this lens to create a more sophisticated, high-end look in keeping with the demands of discerning full-frame DSLR users. Employing a sophisticated linear pattern rubber grip on the zoom and focus rings and an elegant tungsten silver name-brand ring, this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.
  • PZD (Piezo Drive) delivers faster, quieter autofocus action.
    The PZD (Piezo Drive), a standing-wave ultrasonic motor system, delivers faster, quieter, more precise action when the autofocus is engaged. The full-time manual focus system is easy and intuitive, enabling quick and convenient manual focus at any time.
  • Sharper images with VC (Vibration Compensation)
    Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism reduces image blur caused by camera shake to deliver significantly sharper images even when shooting handheld.
  • Circular diaphragm facilitates achieving spectacular blur effects
    Using a circular diaphragm(3), this lens achieves spectacular background blur effects that enable creative use of depth of field.
  • Moisture-resistant construction for worry-free outdoor shooting.
    Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.

(3) This circular diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even at two stops down from its maximum aperture.

Specifications(4)
Model A010
Focal Length 28-300mm
Maximum Aperture F/3.5-6.3
Angle of view (diagonal) 75°23’ – 8°15’ (for full-frame format)52°58’ – 5°20’ (for APS-C format)
Lens Construction 19 elements in 15 groups
Minimum Focus Distance 19.3 in (0.49m)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:3.5 (at f=300mm: MFD 19.3 in)
Filter Size Ø67mm
Maximum Diameter Ø74.4mm
Length (5) 3.8 in (96mm)
Weight 19 oz (540g)
No. of Diaphragm Blades 7 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F/22-40
Standard Accessories Flower-shaped Lens hood
Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon, Sony(6)

(4)Length and weight are based on figures for the Nikon-mount lens. Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. may be changed without prior notice.
(5) Length is the distance between the front tip of the lens and the mount face.
(6) The Sony mount model does not include VC, since the bodies of Sony DSLR cameras include built-in image stabilization functionality. The name of the Sony mount model is “16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD Macro” without the VC designation

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June 19, 2014
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Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Canon EOS M Announced and Available For Pre-Order

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Canon EOS M

Tamron officially announced their 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC for Canon EOS M system. The first third party auto-focus lens for EOS M (price & specs). And the second new EOS M lens in one week! The other lens is Canon’s own EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens. The Tamron will start to ship June 26 and will sell for $499.

The Tamron comes in 2 color variations, black, and silver, and can be pre-ordered at B&H Photo:

  • Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DI II  lens for Canon EF-M mount – Black (B&H Photo | Adorama)
  • Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DI II  lens for Canon EF-M mount – Silver  (B&H Photo | Adorama)

Specs:

  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-6.3 to f/22-40
  • 29-320mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Low-Dispersion and Aspherical Elements
  • Extra-Refractive Elements
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Stepping-Motor AF Drive
  • Internal Focusing
  • Macro-Like Capabilities
  • Filter Size: 62mm

 Tamron press release after the break.

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June 19, 2014
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Adobe Lightroom 5.5 Available For Download

Adobe Lightroom 5

Adobe released Lightroom 5.5 (Mac | Win).

The update supports the Canon G1 X Mark II, and the following third party lenses for Canon: Sigma 50m F1.4 DG HSM, Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM, Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Dill VC PZD MACRO.

Bugs fixed in Lightroom 5.5:

  • Improved responsiveness in Develop module while Lightroom mobile sync is occurring.
  • Custom Develop module default settings were not syncing correctly to Lightroom mobile.
  • Initial rendition in Develop would sometimes appear posterized.
  • Undo function failed and applied a preset instead.
  • Scaling looked inaccurate when scaling to 200% in Windows.
  • Manual slideshows sometimes did not advance to the next slide as expected.
  • Aspect ratio changed when modifying the crop rectangle and when rotating the crop
  • Image flips between portrait and landscape after switching orientation while shooting tethered with Leica S cameras.
  • Fixed issue with Fujifilm X-T1 raw images appearing too bright at high ISO settings when using Dynamic Range 200% and 400%. Unfortunately, this fix may affect the appearance of existing images captured with this combination of settings. It is recommended that you (1) purge the Camera Raw cache via the Preferences dialog, and (2) review images shot at ISO settings higher than 1600 for unexpected brightness changes.
  • Fixed image quality issue (noisy result) when applying spot healing to floating-point (HDR) images.
  • Fixed issue with reading lossless compressed Nikon raw files (NEF files) from the camera models listed below. Previously, some images could be read but would appear as random noise, whereas attempting to open others would result in an error dialog. You will need to purge your Camera Raw cache via the Preferences dialog.

Adobe Lightroom 5 price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

June 19, 2014
Posted in Patents

Canon Patent For 100-400mm f/3.5-5.6 STM And 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lenses

Canon Patent

100-400mm f/3.5-5.6 STM

Canon Patent

55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon for 100-400mm f/3.5-5.6 STM and 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lenses.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-102462
    • Publication date 2014.6.5
    • Filing date 2012.11.22
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 4.24
    • Focal length f = 56.90-133.00-241.28mm
    • Fno. 4.12-5.04-5.83
    • Half angle ω = 13.50-5.86-3.24 °
    • Image height 13.66mm
    • 154.33-176.38-191.20mm overall length of the lens
    • BF 41.21mm
  • Example 5
    • Zoom ratio 3.73
    • Focal length f = 104.59-199.99-389.99mm
    • Fno. 4.58-5.03-5.87
    • Half angle ω = 11.69-6.17-3.18 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • 245.09-285.06-308.91mm overall length of the lens
    • BF 68.73mm

 

June 18, 2014
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Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 4.0 Available For Download (and it’s only for full-frame DSLRs)

Digital Photo Professional

Thanks Sally

Canon’s all new Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 4.0 RAW processing software is already available for download. Canon Australia posted the download link for Windows, and Canon New Zealand for MAC OS X. And what most of us were hoping would not be true turned out to be.

DPP 4.0 supports only Canon’s latest FF cameras, these: EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C, EOS 5D Mark III, and EOS 6D. RAW files from other Canon cameras are not supported. Not happy about that. Want to use it with the RAWs of my EOS 70D and EOS M, and the other Canon DSLRs I have. C’mon Canon, don’t forget all your other customers! :-) Is this an elite DPP?

A CPN article about Canon’s DPP 4.0 and its new features can be read here.

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