January 22, 2015
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Tamron Officially Announce SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens

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Tamron officially announced the SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD lens. Availability starting from January 30. The lens sells for $1,199 and can be pre-ordered at Adorama (click here).

Model A012
Focal Length 15-30mm
Maximum Aperture F/ 2.8
Angle of View (diagonal) 110°32’~71°35′ (for full-frame format)
85°52’~49°54′ (for APS-C format)
Lens Construction 18 elements in 13 groups
Minimum Focus Distance 0.28m (11 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:5 (at f=30mm:MFD 0.28m)
Filter Size N/A
Maximum Diameter Φ98.4mm
Length* for Canon 145mm (5.7 in)**
for Nikon 142.5mm (5.6 in)**
Weight 1,100 g (38.8 oz.)**
Diaphragm Blade Number 9 (circular diaphragm blades)*6
Minimum Aperture F/22
Standard Accessories Lens caps (push-on front, rear)
Hood Integrated flower-shaped hood
Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon, Sony

Release Announcement: The world’s first* full-frame, F/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with VC (Vibration Compensation)

SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012)

Tamron’s state-of-the-art lens design features an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical)*1 lens element and eBAND Coating*2 for outstanding detail and performance from the center to the edges of the frame over the entire zoom range.

Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, announces the release of a groundbreaking F/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras.

Since 2012, Tamron has been expanding its lineup of interchangeable lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras. The Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007) was the world’s first F/2.8 high-speed standard zoom lens to include image stabilization, followed by the development of the unique SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009), SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F004), and SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011) lenses, all of which have been highly acclaimed among the photo enthusiasts around the globe. Now, we have developed SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012) to expand the world of imaging possibilities in the wide-angle range.

Superior, class leading imaging performance using an innovative XGM lens element

With an optical construction consisting of 18 elements in 13 groups, including, for the first time, an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element placed in the front group, and several Molded-Glass Aspherical elements and LD (Low Dispersion) elements used throughout the optical system, aberrations such as geometrical distortion and lateral color are efficiently corrected enabling the zoom lens to deliver outstanding image quality throughout its entire zoom range from corner to corner.

Enhanced sharpness with exclusive VC image stabilization when shooting handheld in low light or at night

In response to popular demand, Tamron has created the world’s first F/2.8 ultra-wide- angle zoom lens with VC (Vibration Compensation)*4. The VC allows shooting at slow shutter speeds and in low light conditions, and effectively compensates for minor camera shake, whilst maintaining class leading optimal performance.

eBAND Coating provides superior anti-reflection properties

In addition to further optimizing Tamron’s acclaimed BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating, the eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating has also been employed in this lens. This combination offers superior anti-reflection properties especially important in ultra-wide-angle lenses which are particularly susceptible to flare and ghosting due to their wide angle of view, and provides superior quality and crystal-clear images by minimizing unwanted light reaching the sensor.

15-30mm zoom covers both ultra-wide and semi-wide-angle focal lengths

At its ultra-wide-angle settings this lens can capture, in a single photograph, broad landscapes that cannot be taken in fully by the human eye. At its semi-wide-angle focal lengths, it’s ideal for travel and street photography. In short, this unique lens utilizes the zoom function to provide maximum shooting flexibility with a wide range of subjects.

Fascinating background “bokeh” throughout the wide-angle range due to its fast constant F/2.8 aperture

Utilizing its shallow depth of field at F/2.8, it enables users to capture beautiful bokeh effects even at wide coverage angles. Its advanced optical formula and 9-bladed circular diaphragm are designed with defocused photography in mind – perfect for creating images where subjects stand out from their natural, blended backgrounds.

Proven fluorine coating utilizing Tamron’s industrial lens expertise is used on the front element

Fluorine coating, with an established track record in Tamron’s industrial lenses, such as those used in automotive cameras, has been applied to the front element. It repels water and dirt, and makes it easier to remove smudges.

Flexible, high-performance focusing with USD

USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)*5 delivers high torque, high precision, and virtually silent autofocus action. A full-time manual focus mechanism permits fine focus adjustments instantly without needing to exit AF mode.

Lens hood designed to prevent light from striking lens at all focal lengths

This unique lens hood provides effective shading of the front lens surface over the entire zoom range to minimize flare. It utilizes the unique characteristics of the optical system in which the front lens group recedes as you zoom in from 15 mm to 30 mm.

Double-hood structure provides additional strength

A double-hood structure has been incorporated into the lens design to improve the durability of the zoom mechanism.

Comes with “SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron”, RAW image processing software customized for Tamron SP lenses

The SILKYPIX Developer Studio software can develop high-quality images from RAW data, incorporating adjustments that can express the personal style and taste of the photographer. These include white balance, color, sharpness, and the tonal curves recorded by digital cameras.
The SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron provides a range of functions in addition to the basic adjustment capabilities, such as correcting aberrations (chromatic aberrations, distortion, peripheral light fall-off), based on the optical data. Used in tandem with Tamron’s SP series lenses – renowned for their crisp, high-resolution imaging – this advanced technology efficiently produces images that meet photographers’ most exacting demands.

  • *1 The XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element is capable of efficiently correcting aberrations in the angle of view that changes significantly with an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens. Furthermore, it has an especially significant impact on minimizing distortion and enhancing sharpness of the image at its periphery.
  • *2 eBAND (Extended Bandwidth&& Angular-Dependency) Coating is a new nanotechnology-based coating technique developed by Tamron to reduce unwanted reflections.
  • *3 The Sony mount version does not include VC since Sony digital SLR bodies incorporate built-in image stabilization functionality. The name of the Sony mount model is “SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di USD” without the VC designation.
  • *4 VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron’s proprietary image stabilization mechanism.
  • *5 USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) is Tamron’s proprietary ring-type ultrasonic motor.
January 22, 2015
Posted in Rumors

Global Shutter Coming on Canon 1-series DSLRs? (CW2)

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A rumor (thanks) suggesting that the next big thing coming from Canon will be global shutter on all future 1-series DSLRs. The aim is to push the frame rate of these DSLR to new levels. The EOS-1D X is rumored to get replaced during 2015. Could be the first Canon DSLR to sport a global shutter.

Most CMOS sensors (as you find on a DSLR) have a rolling shutter, which reads pixel values from top left to bottom right (typically). The problem with a rolling shutter is the distortion that becomes visible with fast moving, rotating objects. CCD sensors store each pixel value until all pixels values are read out at once (hence the global shutter).

I do not think Canon will start to use CCD sensors, so the question is how Canon is going to implement a global shutter on a CMOS sensor. A possible solution could be to have a memory for each pixel where to store the charge (value) until all pixel values are read at once. This would keep the advantages of the CMOS sensor and allow to feature a global shutter. Could such a technology give higher frame rates?

Please note that this rumor is rated CW2. What do you think about this rumor?

About our rumour ratings:

  • CW1 – probably fake rumor, not reliable
  • CW2 – rumor from an unknown/new source, but otherwise at least a plausible rumor
  • CW3 – a 50% chance to be real, coming from a known source, or from new source with good insight in Canon’s business
  • CW4 – rumor from a known source that was right in the past
  • CW5 – as good as certain to be true

If you want to share rumors or tips you are welcome to do it here in a totally anonymous way.

January 22, 2015
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II Reviews Round-up


Canon 7D Mk II and 5D Mk III Overview Tutorial: A Free Video Camera Manual- Tony Northrup

Lotsa EOS 7D Mark II reviews around the web. All confirm the highlights of Canon’s new APS-C flagship. The EOS 7D Mark II is a game changer in the APS-C domain.

Canon 7D Mark II Shooter’s Report Part I: Comfortable handling, robust controls and great image quality – Imaging Resource

The camera body itself is sturdy and comfortable to use. By utilizing multi-function buttons, the camera allows quick access to an array of useful controls. The sensor delivers high-quality image files, and the autofocus sensor excels in many difficult shooting situations.

 

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Review – ephotozine

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II offers high-speed continuous shooting at 10fps, as well as an advanced high speed focus system that will be of benefit to those that want to shoot quick moving subjects, particularly sports, or wildlife. The high level of weather sealing and built-in GPS makes the camera suitable for a variety of weather conditions, as well as travelling.

 

Why I’m Shooting With A Canon 7D MK II – Scott Bourne/PhotoFocus

[If you shoot sports, birds and/or wildlife] you will eventually want to pay attention to the 7D MK II. I’ve only shot with mine a few times but it’s got great image quality, impressive low-light performance and the auto-focus is simply better than almost anything on the market save the 1DX.

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Field Report: Canon EOS 7D Mark II – Gear Patrol

All in all, the EOS 7D Mark II is equal parts small step and giant leap. The small refinements like the built-in intervalometer, cable guard and dual card slots initially caught our eye — it felt like someone at Canon might have been listening when we shouted violently after yanking out our USB cable for the eighth time.

Then we really got some time with it. The one-two punch of its 10fps, fast-focusing still image prowess combined with a hugely intuitive autofocusing HD video system is impressive and proves once and for all why Canon is still on top when it comes to cameras.

 

Canon EOS 7D Mark II review – Trusted Reviews

The 7D MkII is a disappointingly conservative upgrade in some respects, but good AF and burst performance see it though.

 

Canon EOS 7D Mark II AF System Compared to the  EOS-1D X and  5D IIIThe Digital PIcture

The new EOS 7D Mark II delivers several significant improvements compared to the EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III, including a wider coverage area, more cross-type AF points, better low-light sensitivity, and easier AF Area selection while looking through the viewfinder. But the EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III still rise above the EOS 7D Mark II in terms of the number of high-precision dual cross-type as well as high-precision conventional cross-type AF points. The EOS-1D X and EOS 7D Mark II are superior to the EOS 5D Mark III in terms of lens drive speed with current and recently discontinued EF super-telephoto lenses. The EOS-1D X is superior to both the EOS 7D Mark II and the EOS 5D Mark III in terms of the range of some AI Servo performance parameters, and the ability to link spot metering to the active AF point.

 

How Did the Canon EOS-7D Mark II Perform for Flight Photography with the 1.4X III Teleconverter? – Birds as Art Blog

The 600II/1.4X III TC performed superbly with the 7DII. Initial AF acquisition was fast and the tracking was accurate. Unlike previous camera bodies, the AF locks on with a bit of a thud and then does not let go

 

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Tutorial Series – Canon Digital Learning Center

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Sample Image Gallery – Amateur Photographer


Canon EOS 7D Mark II – by Justin Mott – CanonAsiaEOS

Read more about the EOS 7D Mark II’s highlights: the excellent weather sealing, the highly advanced AF, and the industry leading high ISO performance (have a look here too). All our coverage on the EOS 7D Mark II can be seen here (and there is a lot).

Canon EOS 7D Mark II price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

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January 22, 2015
Posted in Deals

Canon EOS 6D Bundle Deals ($1,250, Adorama)

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Adorama has two great EOS 6D bundles on sale.

  • EOS 6D with PIXMA Pro-100, and photo paper – $1,249 (click here) after $300 mail-in rebate for the camera and $350 rebate on the bundle
  • EOS 6D with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS, PIXMA Pro-100, and photo paper – $1,749 (click here) after $300 mail-in rebate for the camera and $350 rebate on the bundle

Until supply lasts. Free shipping. Mail-in rebate instructions are here.

January 21, 2015
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Killer Deal Alert: Canon EOS 5D Mark III – $2,150

 EOS 5D Mark III Top Rated Plus seller allnewshop (99.5% positive ratings) on eBay has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for ridiculous $2,149.99. Free shipping in US and limited quantity. More very good deals on Canon gear on eBay (click here)
January 21, 2015
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Next Canon Rebel T6i/EOS 750D to Come in Two Variants with 24MP Sensor? (CW1)

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Rumor has it that the next Canon Rebel (EOS 750D in Europe) will come to market with two different models, the 750D and the 760D.

Canon Rumors posted a spec list:

  • Full HD movies, MP4 format, HDR movie, automatic shooting modes (EOS 750D )
  • 24.2MP sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 6 image processor
  • ISO 100-12,800 range
  • Flicker Detection technology
  • Five frames per second continuous shooting mode
  • 19 cross-type AF point system
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III
  • Rear Quick Control Dial (EOS 760D )
  • Creative movie modes (EOS 760D )
  • Wi-Fi and NFC

A spec list that sounds to good for a Rebel/EOS xxxD camera. And a 24MP sensor is listed. That would mean the next Rebel gets a new sensor tech (at least resolution-wise), instead of the current 20MP sensor featured on the EOS 70D and EOS 7D Mark II. Unusual to introduce a new sensor on an entry-level camera. No US naming scheme is mentioned. To some degree, the possible split in two different models reminds me of a rumor I posted a few weeks ago, suggesting Canon will release a new DSLR between the EOS 750D and the EOS 70D.

Interestingly enough, the (supposedly) higher model of the two, the 760D, has  a rear control dial. We saw such a controller on a so far undisclosed DSLR that leaked a few weeks ago in some Connect Station CS100 promotion material. See the pic below.

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Is this the EOS 760D?

CR themselves rate the rumor very low, and I agree. The spec list looks more like a wish-list. However, the possible split in two variants of the next Rebel is in some way related to the rumor of a DSLR positioned between the 750D and the 70D.

What do you think?

About our rumour ratings:

  • CW1 – probably fake rumor, not reliable
  • CW2 – rumor from an unknown/new source, but otherwise at least a plausible rumor
  • CW3 – a 50% chance to be real, coming from a known source, or from new source with good insight in Canon’s business
  • CW4 – rumor from a known source that was right in the past
  • CW5 – as good as certain to be true

[via Canon Rumors]

January 21, 2015
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Adobe Lightroom 5 Tips & Tricks Round-up

Time for a new Adobe Lightroom 5 tips and tricks round-up. Enjoy.


Tips for Retouching a Night Photograph using Lightroom – Digital Photography School

How To Move Your Lightroom Photos To Another Drive – Terry White

 

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And more videos…


Mastering the Lightroom Adjustment Brush – tuts+


Lightroom Spot Removal Tool – FroKnowsPhoto

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