Freebie: Corel AfterShot Pro 2 for Mac OS X (and discounted for Win/Linux)

Corel AfterShot Pro 2

Corel’s RAW processing and workflow software AfterShot Pro 2.0 is currently free for Mac OS X. Usual price is $80/€70. The versions for Windows and Linux are discounted to $60/€50.

AfterShot Pro 2 is a RAW converter, non-destructive photo editor and complete high-speed photo manager in one. Whether you’re batch processing thousands of RAW images, or making detailed adjustments to your latest prize-winning shot, AfterShot Pro 2 gives you the tools to quickly take complete control over every aspect of your photo workflow.

Main Features:

  • Updated RAW camera profiles
  • Complete High Dynamic Range (HDR) tools
  • Workspace enhancements
  • Easier batch processing
  • Noise reduction by Athentech
  • Powerful adjustments
  • Multi-version editing
  • Precise control with Selective Editing
  • Powerful photo-editing plugins
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Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Officially Announced

Zeiss 85mm f/1.4

Zeiss officially announced their new 85mm f/1.4 Otus lens (pre-order at B&H for $4,490). Sample pics shot with the new Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 can be seen in Zeiss’ Flickr album.

Press release:

With the Otus 1.4/85 ZEISS is expanding its high-end lens family. The Otus 1.4/55, an SLR standard lens, already set new global standards in what is means to achieve perfection. The expectations for the 85-mm focal length are just as high. This new member of the Otus family is an outstanding and fast all-around lens that accepts no compromises.  ZEISS will present this new world-class lens for the first time to the public at Photokina in Cologne from September 16 to 21.

Close-up of the Otus 1.4/85

Close-up of the Otus 1.4/85

The Otus 1.4/85 offers peerless image quality, even with an open aperture. As a short telephoto lens with an 85-millimeter focal length, this new member of the Otus family shows its strengths especially when people are center stage. Thanks to the longer focal length of this lens, photographers can keep a decent distance from the subject. At the same time, the lens is highly versatile: it excels in general studio work, as well as for fashion, advertising, product and architectural photography. Even photographers who are looking for a powerful companion for nature photography will find it in the Otus 1.4/85 – the edges of the picture can be used for compositional purposes at all f-stops. Photographers who had a chance to test exclusively this new flagship from Germany’s leading optics specialist were enthusiastic. Using the Otus 1.4/85 in combination with a full-frame SLR lets a photographer master all shooting situations and achieve effects that until now have only been known from the medium-format range: unusually high contrast, unusually high depth of field, impressive three-dimensional effects and sensational quality.

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Deal Alert: Canon EF/EF-S to EF-M Adapter On Sale For $60, EOS M For $210

Canon EF/EF-S to EF-M Adapter
Thanks Shannon!

Amazon US has the Canon EF to EF-M adapter on sale for just $59.95. The adapter allows to mount all Canon EF and EF-S lenses on your little EOS M. This is a “white box” item, meaning it has been taken from a kit and is now sold separately.

There is also a pretty good EOS M deal for those who are looking for it. Top Rated Plus eBay seller bigvalueinc (99.3% positive ratings) has the EOS M body on sale for $210.56.

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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens Review (“stroke of genius”, PetaPixel)

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art

Image courtesy PetaPixel

PetaPixel published their review about the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens, a lens that easily competes with the 4 times more expensive Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus ($3,990). On the other hand, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 sells for $949.

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 was tested on a Nikon. Never the less I think the results speak for themselves. It’s more a real-life review than a lab-graph-engineerical one. From the conclusion:

[The Sigma 50mm f/1.4] focuses very quickly and is deadly accurate, the bokeh is creamy, comatic aberration or even ghosting are a non-factor and the contrast is near perfect.

The only crappy thing about this lens is deciding whether or not to buy it. If you shoot 50mm at all and you’re in the market, buy. Simple. But if you’re like me and tend to shoot wider or tighter, I think I’m going to wait for the Sigma 85mm.

The fear for me was that Sigma’s 35mm was an aberration — a one hit wonder. But this amazing 50mm is proof that Sigma’s new lens line is anything but a one-off stroke of genius.

There is more in PetaPixel’s review, as many sample pics and detailed review reports about various aspects of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay sig50

  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One Molded Glass Aspherical Element
  • Three Special Low Dispersion Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Floating System & Large Diameter Design
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Rounded Nine-Blade Diaphragm
  • Thermally Stable Composite Material
  • Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

You Can Already Order A Book About The Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

It’s already possible to order a book on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. The book is scheduled to be available for 9/27. The text in the pic above says:

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark2 Owner BOOK
  • Publisher: Motor Magazine
  • Release Date: September 27, 2014
  • Deadline: September 27, 2014
  • Planned tax Price: 1,650 yen

It appears the successor of the EOS 7D will eventually have the moniker “Mark II”. Let’s hope for some specs to appear soon.

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