September 13, 2014
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Canon Patent For Super Fast Auto-Focus Using 2 Motors (new STM technology)

Canon Patent

Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon for a new, faster auto-focus that appears to be the next step in STM lens technology. The AF in the patent is driven by 2 motors, the main STM and an auxiliary DCM motor. This should be useful especially for continuous shooting & focusing in the videographers domain.

Machine translated text:

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-164106
    • Published Date 2014.9.8
    • Filing date 2013.2.25
  • Example 1
    • Moving the aperture one two motors
    • Main motor STM
    • Auxiliary motor DCM
    • And then rotate the first auxiliary motor, to assist the acceleration of the main motor
September 12, 2014
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Super Hot Deals On Canon EOS 70D Kits (Adorama, starting at $799)

EOS 70D

Adorama has excellent EOS 70D deals. All come bundled with a PIXMA PRO-100 photo printer and other accessories. Discounts are consistent and are cashed in via mail-in rebates (info here).

  • EOS 70D body bundle – on sale for $799 after $350 mail-in rebate, includes:
    • Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera Body (Regular $1,199)
    • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer (Regular $398)
    • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets (Regular $38.41)
    • Slinger Bag, Single Strap Backpack / Shoulder Bag, Black (Regular $59.95)
    • Kodak 32GB Class 10 High Speed SDHC 200x Write, 60x Read (Regular $39.95)
  • EOS 70D with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens – on sale for $999.95 after $350 mail-in rebate, bundle includes:
    • Canon Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens (Regular $1,349)
    • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer (Regular $398)
    • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets (Regular $38.41)
    • Slinger Bag, Single Strap Backpack / Shoulder Bag, Black (Regular $59.95)
    • Kodak 32GB Class 10 High Speed SDHC 200x Write, 60x Read (Regular $39.95)
  • EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens – on sale for $1,199 after $350 mail-in rebate, bundle includes:
    • Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens (Regular $1,549)
    • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer (Regular $398)
    • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets (Regular $38.41)
    • Slinger Bag, Single Strap Backpack / Shoulder Bag, Black (Regular $59.95)
    • Kodak 32GB Class 10 High Speed SDHC 200x Write, 60x Read (Regular $39.95)
    • Green Extreme LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery Pack (Regular $34.95)

September 12, 2014
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Tamron Announces Development Of Image-Stabilized SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens

SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

Tamron press release:

Tamron announces development of F/2.8 fast ultra-wideangle zoom lens with VC (Vibration Compensation), world’s first in its category

SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) element and LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements deployed in the front group ensures outstanding image depicting performance.
Proprietary eBAND coating coupled with improved BBAR coating efficiently reduces ghosting and flare inherent to wideangle focal lengths to an absolute minimum.

Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, announces development of a new ultra-wideangle zoom lens for full-frame D-SLR cameras with a fast F/2.8 aperture and VC (Vibration Compensation), the world’s first in its category.

Since 2012, Tamron has been expanding its lineup of interchangeable lenses for 35mm full-frame D-SLR cameras. SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007) was the first in the series, being integrated with VC, followed by the 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). The array of those new lenses have been highly acclaimed among the photo enthusiasts and working pros around the globe. To address the needs for more towards the wider angular field, Tamron spearheaded the development of SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD, a fast ultra-wideangle zoom lens with the image stabilization feature, setting itself apart from the rest of zooms in this category.

The lens will be showcased at the Tamron booth at Photokina 2014, September 16- 21, 2014 in Cologne, Germany. (Photokina Booth Number: Hall 4.2 D10 – E19).

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September 12, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal Alert: Canon EOS 6D with Accessories – $1,528

 Canon EOS 6D 6ave on eBay (99.2% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 6D on sale for $1,527.68 .

There are some bonus items: 2 spare batteries, a charger, a bag, and a no-name 32GB memory card I doubt someone would want to use on a 6D.

Free shipping and limited quantity.

September 12, 2014
Posted in News

Sigma Announces 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary Lens (and more products)

18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

After the 2 different 150-600mm lenses, Sigma announced the 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary lens for APS-C DSLRs, and other products: 2 weather-sealed teleconverter and various filters. All new Sigma products can be pre-ordered at B&H Photo.

Sigma press release:

Sigma Corporation Announces New 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary

New range in Sigma’s lineup offers optimized optics and stabilization with optional, add-on close-up lens for macro-zoom capability

RONKONKOMA, N.Y — September 12, 2014 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, is adding a new lens to its Global Vision Contemporary category with today’s announcement of the 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM.  The lens will become available in October for the street price of $579.

Designed exclusively for APS-C camera sensors, the new 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM features a 16.6x high-ratio zoom lens which equates to a 27-450mm zoom range.  It incorporates four “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, which have performance equal to flourite, in addition to one Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass element. This enables the lens to minimize the chromatic aberration, especially toward the telephoto-end, and provide clear image quality with high color fidelity. Also, this lens comes with a newly developed optical stabilization (OS) system, ensuring better compensation.

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September 12, 2014
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Sigma Announces 2 New 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lenses (Sport and Contemporary)

150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM

Sigma announced 2 new and different 150-600mm lenses for Photokina 2014, the 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports and 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary. All new Sigma products can be pre-ordered at B&H Photo.

  • 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports – $1.999 – Adorama | B&H Photo
  • 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary – B&H Photo

Sigma press release:

Sigma Corporation announces a pair of 150-600mms with advanced features and optics

Hyper-telephoto zoom lenses added to both Sports and Contemporary Global Vision lines

RONKONKOMA, N.Y — September 12, 2014 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, has announced two new 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM high-performance, hyper-telephoto zoom lenses that celebrate significant optical and build advancements. The two lens designs vary in size and use, and add to the company’s impressive roster of Contemporary and Sports lenses in the Global Vision lineup.

The 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports delivers enhanced, professional-grade optics and greater durability for challenging, high-action photographic situations. The 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary is a versatile lens that offers similar performance in a more compact and portable design. Pricing and availability of these lenses are not yet available.

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September 12, 2014
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Canon Set To Announce 3 New Powershot Cameras (G7 X, SX60 HS, N2)

New Powershot Cameras

Canon will announce 3 new Powershot cameras for Photokina:

- PowerShot G7 X
- PowerShot SX60 HS
- PowerShot N2 (pink and white color)

That’s all for the time being. Stay tuned, there will soon be more.

[via DCI]

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