Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX deal – $469 (reg. $599, limited time)

Tokina AT-X 11-20mm F/2.8 PRO DX Deal – $469 (reg. $599, Limited Time)

B&H Photo has a very good deal on the Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX ultra-wide angle lens. Get the Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX for $469. Compare to regular $599: Limited time offer. Free expedited shipping.

Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX key features:

  • EF Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 17.5-32mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • P-MO & Glass-Molded Aspherical Elements
  • Three SD Ultra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Multi-Layer Lens Coatings
  • Internal Focus; One-Touch Focus Clutch
  • Nine-Blade Diaphragm

Modula Optical’s 33mm f/2 Lens Fuses Classic and Modern Optical Tech for Mirrorless Cameras (EOS M)

Modula Optical’s 33mm F/2 Lens Fuses Classic And Modern Optical Tech For Mirrorless Cameras (EOS M)

A new lens for mirrorless cameras got a start at Kickstarter, and it’s an innovative concept that seems to be pretty interesting.

Modula Optics developed a really unique, pancake-like 33mm f/2 prime lens for mirrorless cameras (Fujifilm X, Sony E, and Canon M) called the CM33. The cool thing about the CM33 is a range of modular upgrade options. The most unique option is what is called “Mods” — special optical elements (filters, lenses, etc.) that can be inserted into the middle of the lens near the aperture stop, rather than screwed on the front ring. This lets you create some really interesting optical effects in a completely “as needed” way, rather than requiring a specialized lens to, for example, get a bokeh apodization effect or well-controlled soft focus effect.

If this cool idea captures your attention, head over to Kickstarter to back up the project. Have a look at the video below for an overview.

Press release:

Today Modula Optical introduces the CM33 33mm f/2 lens for mirrorless cameras on Kickstarter. The CM33 brings the best elements of classic manual focus lenses to a modern ultra-compact design that is optimized specifically for today’s mirrorless cameras from Fujifilm, Sony and Canon *. The CM33’s proprietary optical design offers superb image quality and macro capability in a pancake form factor, and the lens forms the basis of a modular optical platform for a range of add-on optical effects in the form of Mods, as well as usability customizations and adapters.

Focusing the CM33 is unapologetically manual-only. It offers the kind of precision and feel found in great SLR and rangefinder lenses of the past which is lacking with the electronically-controlled manual focus in many of today’s autofocus lenses. The CM33 pairs that manual control with its Focus Finder feature: an external switch that holds the aperture fully open to temporarily decrease the depth of field so photographers can pinpoint their desired focus point precisely – a sort of reversal of the typical depth-of-field preview button. Used hand-in-hand with the manual focus aids built into mirrorless cameras, the CM33’s focus, aperture, and Focus Finder controls provide quick and robust creative control over captured images.

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Camera Raw 9.3.1 now available for download

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Adobe released Camera Raw 9.3.1 to the public. You can update via the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app (Help>Updates), or do a direct download (Mac | Win).

From Lightroom Journal:

Camera Raw 9.3.1 is now available through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and the Creative Cloud application.  This version fixes a bug that resulted in inaccurate tiles, such as black or white squares when not expected, when opening images in Photoshop. Please note that this bug typically only appeared when using both the Camera Raw plug-in and Photoshop for long running sessions.

Thank you for all your assistance in helping us find and fix this issue!  Thanks!

Download Links: Direct download (Mac | Win)

Camera Raw 9 – Please select Help>Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.

Please note – If you have trouble updating to the latest ACR update via the Creative Cloud application, please refer to the following plugin installation: http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/multi/camera-raw-plug-in-installer.html

Stormscapes 3, another jaw-dropping journey into the world of superstorms

More or less one year ago I featured Stormscapes 2, a time-lapse video by Nicolaus Wegner. Now Wegner published Stormscapes 3, another incredible journey into the world of storms, supercells and other amazing weather phenomenons.

Stormscapes 3 is for those that enjoy the visual aspect of our beautifully unique Blue Marble’s fascinating weather, or those wishing to experience elemental nature in some of its most surreal and chaotic forms. Particularly focusing on severe weather located in the northern high plains region (and adjacent ranges) of the USA. This video showcases a variety of supercells and other rotating storms, spooky night based mesoscale convective systems, atmospheric optics such as rainbows and crepuscular rays, various forms of lightning, and even a rare Shirley Basin, Wyoming tornado.

Wenger notes that “if you suffer from any negative photosensitive reactions to strobing or flashing lights, it might be advisable to skip the night focused lightning sequences” at the end of the video.

[via DIY Photography via Nicolaus Wegner]

Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM deal – $630 (refurbished, Canon Store)

Canon EOS 70D With EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Deal – $630 (refurbished, Canon Store)

The Canon Direct Store’s deal of yesterday got even better: refurbished Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens kits on sale at $629.99. Compare at $999.

I always recommend to check Canon’s refurbished gear listings for deals: