March 22, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS II – $125

Canon EF-S 55-250mm eBay seller beststopdeals (98.5% positive ratings) has the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II on sale for $124.99 (white box). Free shipping in the US.
Specs and product description after the break.

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March 22, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens: Price Shows Up At Australian Retailer ($999, says first batch ships in June)

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art

Are $999 the price for the upcoming Sigma 50mm f/1.4  DG HSM “Art” lens?

The price for the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art showed up at Australian retailer DigiDIRECT, where the lens can be pre-ordered. But there is more. On DigiDIRECT’s Facebook page there are some interesting statements:

You’ve waited patiently and now it’s almost here! We’re super stoked to announce that we are taking pre-orders for the incredible new Sigma 50mm f1.4 ART series lens. The very first batch is expected to arrive in small quantities in June this year.


Final RRP in Australia is $1099. We are currently offering our advertised price on all preorders that we receive.

There has been another “price leak” before, but this one could be the real thing. 1099 AUD are roughly $999. If this is the price of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4  DG HSM “Art” then it would be an extremely competitive price for a lens that aims to play in the same league as the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4, which is a $4000 lens.

As much as this appears to be a serious product page and not a mistake or else, there is one small thing that puzzles me a bit. If you look at the pic on top you see that it shows $999 (AUD) as the price, and on the right of it the strikethrough price of $1099. So, a lens that has yet to ship is already discounted? Note also that on the FB page it’s AUD 1099 that are mentioned.

A few days ago also Sigma Bielorussia posted a price suggestion ($790) for the Sigma 50mm f/1.4, but soon replaced it saying that the price will be known after the 11th of April (see pic below).

Sigma Bielorussia says the price will be known after April 11

US$ 999 for the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens, what do you think?

All post about the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art here.

[via Sigma Rumors]

Product description after the break.

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March 22, 2014
Posted in Reviews

Tamron SP 150-600MM F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Review (Steve’s Digicams)

Tamron SP 150-600mm

Steve’s Digicams reviewed the Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens, Tamron latest image-stabilized ultra-zoom. The Tamron sells for $1069 and offers a lot of bang for the money. Good sharpness, a great telephoto range, and accurate and quick auto-focus are among the highlights of this lens.

They list what they liked about the Tamron 150-600mm:

  • Amazing zoom range, perfect for shooting from a distance
  • Vibration Correction adds up to 4 stops of correction when shooting handheld
  • Although large, it is compact for this class of lens
  • Smooth, easy rotating rings for zoom and focus
  • Weather-sealed for shooting in all conditions
  • Affordable price tag (for a lens in this category)

From the conclusion:

Tamron’s new ultra-zoom lens, the SP 150-600MM F/5-6.3 Di VC USD, is a large and powerful zoom lens for anyone that is looking to get up close and personal with their subjects. This large lens can be used with either Full-Frame or APS-C sized image sensors, although with an APS-C sensor you are looking at 240mm-960mm (with Canon’s 1.6x crop factor). This provides excellent zoom for extreme situations, distant sport photography and it is outstanding for wildlife photography. The ability to get close to your subjects without actually getting close to them allows you to photograph them without disturbing them and their natural habits. Weather-resistant construction allows you to be out in most weather conditions with the confidence that the lens will come through with no trouble, even in high moisture or rain.

The Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens can be pre-ordered at Adorama or B&H Photo. Specifications and description after the break.

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March 21, 2014
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Posted in News

Product Pages For New Samyang Lenses Online (EF & EF-M mounts)

Image via Samyang Korea Facebook Page

3 of the 4 lenses Samyang announced today have their respective product page at Samyang Korea. The new lenses are for Canon EF and EF-M (EOS M) mounts.

The new Samyang/Rokinon/Bower lenses can be pre-ordered at B&H Photo:

Samyang lenses are sold with different brand names:

8mm T3.1 Cine UMC Fish-Eye II

10mm F2.8 ED AS NCS CS

March 21, 2014
Posted in Tips

How To Use Folders In Adobe Lightroom 5

Nice 3:30 minutes video about how to see and manage your folders in Adobe Lightroom 5 by kelbymediagroup on Youtube.

This video is all about folders. It’s probably one of the most-asked-about topics I hear from Lightroom users everywhere. The Folders panel in the Library module is where your photos are stored. So, before keywords, collections, stars, ratings, smart collections or anything else like that, you have folders in their simplest form. And understanding how that panel works is important. So here’s a few little tips and tricks around working with folders that can make it a little easier to navigate.

[via PF]

March 21, 2014
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Posted in News

Samyang Announcement – New 8mm, 10mm and 12mm Lenses (EF and EF-M mount)


Samyang AnnouncementSamyang Announcement

No 35mm with AF as I’ve speculated. But 4 new lenses announced today by Samyang (aka Rokinon aka Bower aka Walimex).

The new lenses are for Canon EF and EF-M (EOS M) mounts:

Product descriptions after the break

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March 21, 2014
Posted in News

Mitakon Lens Turbo For Canon EF Mounts Available On eBay

Mitakon Lens Turbo

The new Mitakon Canon EF to MFT Lens Turbo adapter can be ordered on eBay. The Mitakon is a clone of the Metabones Speed Booster and costs much less (but does not match the Metabones quality).

Personal View has a long topic about these alternative adapter. It’s interesting to read it to learn about their strength and weaknesses.

[via 43rumors]