February 6, 2014
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Tamron Announces New Superzoom Lens For APS-C (16-300mm F/3.5-6.3)

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Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO (Model B016)

Tamron announced a new 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 lens for APS-C DSLRs. Price and availability to be announced.

Tamron press release:

Tamron is developing a cutting-edge high-power zoom lens, with expanded focal lengths at both wide-angle and telephoto ends of the zoom range, providing the world’s first* a zoom ratio of approximately 18.8X.

16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO (Model B016)

A high-performance, high-power zoom lens that delivers focal lengths extending from an unprecedented 16mm at the wide-angle end up to a long-range telephoto 300mm! 

Incorporates PZD (Piezo Drive)*1 and Tamron’s exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation)*2 system to further enhance the real-world performance of this next-generation “all-round lens”, which makes taking photographs more convenient and enjoyable.

February 6, 2014, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the development of an advanced new all-in-one™ zoom lens exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors that provides an amazing 18.8X zoom ratio. 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.

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February 6, 2014
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Canon Celebrates 70 Million EOS DSLRs

Canon press release:

Canon celebrates production of 70 million EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras

TOKYO, February 6, 2014—Canon Inc. announced today the achievement of a camera-manufacturing milestone as combined production of the company’s film and digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras surpassed the 70-million mark on February 5.

Production of Canon EOS SLR cameras began in 1987 at Canon Inc.’s Fukushima Plant (now Fukushima Canon Inc.) with the EOS 650, later moving to such production bases as Oita Canon Inc. and Canon Inc., Taiwan. Following the spread of digital SLR cameras in the early 2000s, production rapidly increased, surpassing the 60-million-unit mark in October 2012 and now, approximately one year and four months later, reaching the 70-million-unit threshold.

EOS, which stands for “Electro Optical System,” also carries the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn. Introduced in March 1987 as a new generation of AF SLR cameras, EOS cameras were the world’s first to incorporate an electronic mount system enabling complete electronic control not only between the lens and body, but throughout the entire camera system.

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February 5, 2014
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Deal: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM – $301 (Adorama)

Adorama has a special bundle on sale for a limited time. You can get the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM for $301.11 (click here). All you have to do is to click on “buy together and save” and add the Calculator, the final price shows up in cart. Compare to $649.

February 5, 2014
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Deal: Canon EOS 6D – $1575

  Top Rated Plus eBay seller getitidigital (99.4% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 6D on sale for $1,574.67. USA model and warranty, free shipping. Limited quantity.
February 5, 2014
Posted in Reviews

Understanding How Canon Cinema RAW Works

The Canon Digital Learning Center published a in-depth article (updated) about how Canon’s Cinema RAW works. From the introduction:

As digital cinema camera technologies continue to evolve, one pattern has clearly emerged as the new flavor of our time: recording RAW camera sensor data. With the emergence of powerful post-production workstations, it makes theoretical sense that one would want to record all the unprocessed data the camera sensor has to offer and deliver it to post-production to process that data and create the final images we seek. Yet, in reality, the methodologies of implementing these steps seem as varied as the cameras themselves, suggesting that there are other factors at play that influence this seemingly straightforward concept.

February 5, 2014
Posted in Patents

Canon Patent for 17-55mm and 18-55mm STM Lenses (new kit lenses?)

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Egami (translated) found a patent filed by Canon that appears to refer to new kit lenses: 17-55mm f/3.5-5.6 STM and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 STM. s you can see both lenses feature Canon’s newer STM (stepping motor) technology to drive the lens. STM is almost silent when operating, hence useful for videography.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-21258
    • Publication date 2014.2.3
    • Filing date 2012.7.18
  • Example 2
    • Zoom ratio 2.92
    • Focal length f = 18.50-32.89-54.00mm
    • Fno. 3.49-4.39-5.80
    • Half angle ω = 36.44-22.55-14.20 °
    • Image height Y = 13.66mm
    • 119.77-110.06-120.23mm overall length of the lens
    • BF 37.98-52.51-74.3mm
  • Example 3
    • Zoom ratio 3.09
    • Focal length f = 17.50-32.05-54.00mm
    • Fno. 3.47-4.38-5.80
    • Half angle ω = 37.97-23.08-14.20 °
    • Image height Y = 13.66mm
    • 119.55-108.81-118.68mm overall length of the lens
    • BF 36.59-51.53-73.93mm
  • Canon patents
    • 4-group zoom of positive and negative positive negative
    • Inner folder – Kas (Group 3)
    • The fourth lens unit can also be used for anti-vibration
February 5, 2014
Posted in News, Reviews

Canon Cinema Lenses On Set and Behind the Scenes

Interesting video from Canon Pro’s Vimeo Channel. Description:

Around the world, noted filmmakers choose Canon Cine and EF lenses to bring their work to light. In this compilation of interviews and behind the scenes footage, these directors, cinematographers, documentary and commercial shooters share their experiences with Canon glass, from EFs, high-end zooms, zooms, compact zooms, and now the complete family of prime lenses.

Canon’s Cinema lenses are expensive toys, but deliver outstanding performance.

[via TDP]

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