Lensbaby announce Velvet 56, a new high-end classic portrait lens

Lens baby announced Velvet 56, a 56mm f/1.6 SLR and mirrorless camera lens with 1:2 macro capabilities. The Velvet 56 retails for $499.95 and $599.95 for Velvet SE. The lenses will be available beginning 4/13/15

PORTLAND, OR and ST. LOUIS, MO–(Marketwired – Apr 7, 2015) –(ShutterFest 2015) — Lensbaby, providing creative effects lenses to photographers that ignite their creativity and expand their unique visions of the world, today announced the Velvet 56, a new high-end classic portrait lens. Velvet 56 will be on display for the first time during ShutterFest 2015, being held April 7-8 at St. Louis Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri.

Velvet 56 is a 56mm f/1.6 SLR and mirrorless camera lens with 1:2 macro capabilities. This “new classic” portrait lens delivers a velvety, glowing, ethereal look at brighter apertures, and beautifully sharp but subtly unique images as you stop down — with gorgeous, velvety tones that give digital images a film-like, organic quality. Incredibly versatile, Velvet 56 enables photographers to move seamlessly from shooting an environmental portrait, to capturing details in a subject’s clothing or jewelry. Nature and macro photographers will find its close-focus capabilities, combined with effects varying from impressionistic to just a touch of velvety smoothness, provide a set of visual tools that will expand their vision of the world.

Evoking the image style and construction quality of classic portrait lenses of the mid-20th century, Velvet 56 features the heft and smooth, dampened manual focus of these early lenses. Velvet 56, with an all metal body, will be available in two colors: traditional black, plus, Velvet SE, a special silver edition. Velvet SE will feature a beautiful clear-anodized finish, along with engraved aperture and focus markings.

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Canon to sponsor 23rd World Scout Jamboree

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Canon press release:

Canon to sponsor 23rd World Scout Jamboree

TOKYO, April 7, 2015—Canon Inc. announced today that it has entered into a sponsorship agreement with the Scout Association of Japan to become a Platinum Sponsor1 of the 23rd World Scout Jamboree,2 which kicks off on July 28, 2015, in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

Canon will support the 23rd World Scout Jamboree through a contribution as a Platinum Sponsor, the event’s highest sponsorship ranking, along with product loans and other assistance.

The Company will host a booth at the World Scout Jamboree’s program venue, with plans to allow participants to pose for commemorative photos captured using Canon cameras, which will be output on the spot by Canon printers and given as souvenirs. The Company will also launch a photo gallery on the World Scout Jamboree’s homepage to share photos captured from the camping grounds, from which participants can view, download and print their favorite photographs both during and after the conclusion of the event.

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(CW3) Canon’s 4k Fixed Lens Camera coming with removable grip & viewfinder?

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More tidbits about the upcoming 4k camera that Canon will most probably announce for NAB 2015.

Previously, the camera leaked during a presentation in China (see pics above and below). Now, new rumors suggest Canon’s 4k offering will have about 10-12 stops of latitude and will shoot C-Log. Moreover, the camera is said to have a removable grip and a removable viewfinder (for mounting on drones?).

Stay tuned…

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(CW2) Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 IS STM Image Leaked?

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An image of a possible Canon 50mm f/1.8 IS STM lens leaked on the web. Fake or real?

Hard to say so far. The lens in the image appears to have a good build quality, a large focusing ring, has IS and STM, looks authentic. It’s also questionable if this lens will replace the 50mm f/1.8 II (the Nifty-Fifty), or the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM.

If the image is real, then the lens appears to be placed higher in Canon’s line-up than the Nifty-Fifty. Btw, os there a reason to replace the Nifty-Fifty?

What do you think? For a comparison, see below the 50mm f/1.8 II and 50mm f/1.4.

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Hot Deals: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART ($799), Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART ($849)

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Two excellent deals by authorised Sigma dealer CameraLand on eBay (99.8% positive ratings). Both lenses are store demo units that were put back in the box, and both sell for $100 less than on Amazon. USA warranty and free shipping in the US. Very limited stock.

Behind the scenes with the Canon EOS C100 Mark II (6 tutorial videos by Canon)

CanonUSA on YouTube posted six tutorial videos about the Canon EOS C100 Mark II.

Curious about the Canon EOS C100? Have a look at the C100 menu simulator app. You may also be interested in the crazy price drops for the C100 Mark I and the C300.

The Canon EOS C100 Mark II Cinema camera was announced in October, and is available for pre-order at B&H Photo and Adorama. Price is $5,499. More tutorials here.

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