New pre-order option for Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 ZE

Just want to let you know that you can pre-order the new Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 super wide angle lens at B&H (click here). Expected availability: April 2012.

Product Highlights

  • Ultra Wide-Angle Lens for Canon EF Mount
  • Excellent Zeiss Optical/Build Quality
  • Superb Chromatic Aberration Correction
  • Unparalleled Prevention of Color Fringes
  • Two Aspheric Lenses Improve Quality
  • Anti-Reflective Coating Cuts Stray Light
  • Integrated Lens Shade Protects Lens
  • Wide Field Angle of 110 Degrees
  • Focuses to Closer Than 10″
  • Manual Focus

The Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount is a precision ultra wide-angle lens built with a Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflection coating that yields images with depth, contrast, and brilliance even under difficult lighting situations. It also delivers photos with contrasting edges, without color fringing. This manual focus ultra wide-angle provides the photographer with a tool that enables dramatic perspectives and creative possibilities. It’s useful for landscape photography, interiors and other subjects that require its unique spatial organization. It focuses to 9.84″ (24.99 cm).

The 15mm f/2.8 features electronic shutter control and additional electronic contacts to the camera. All existing exposure programs (P, AV, TV, M) and the AF confirmation function of the camera are supported; lens information (focal length and speed) is passed on to the camera. Certain functions that require the use of AF lenses (various scene modes, A-DEP) are partially unavailable. The Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 comes with an EF bayonet (ZE) mount for Canon film and digital full-frame SLRs. It has a M95 x 1.0 size filter thread and a built-in lens shade.

    Extraordinary chromatic aberration correction
    Prevention of color fringes caused by chromatic aberration almost without exception.
    Two aspheric lenses, special types of glass with exceptional partial dispersion and the floating elements design, guarantee high image quality from close-up to infinity.
    Anti-reflective coating and the advanced treatment of the lens edges with special dark black lacquers ensure insensitivity to reflections and stray light.
    Whether salt crystals or drops of water-its integrated lens shade and standard filter thread afford the front lens optimal protection from wind and weath

More refurbished Canon Store deals

UPDATE: see this post for additional discounts using coupon codes (click here)

The Canon Store has plenty of refurbished items for sale. Here is a selected list for you:

To see all refurbished Powershot cameras click here. To see all refurbished DSLR cameras click here. To see all refurbished Lenses and Speedlites click here.

EDIT: I had word that you get an additional 10% discount and free shipping if using coupon code MRN318, though I have no idea how long the coupon can be used.

You may also want to check the box below for possible EOS 7D deals:

#EOS5DMarkIII news round-up

The 5D Mark III is getting in stock in more shops each day. The latest addition I have:

  • USA & world-wide
    • 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm F4L IS USM Lens for $4,299.00 at J&R (click here)
    • 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm F4L IS USM Lens for $4,299.00 at Adorama (click here)
    • 5D Mark III body for $3,499 at Abe’s of Maine (click here)
    • 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm F4L IS USM Lens for $4,299.00 at Abe’s of Maine (click here)
  • UK:
    • 5D Mark III body for £2999.00 at WEX Photographic (click here)
    • 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm F4L IS USM Lens for £3689.00 at WEX Photographic (click here)
    • 5D Mark III with EF 24-70mm f2.8 II Lens for £5298.00 at WEX Photographic (click here)
    • For all 5D Mark III accessories at WEX click here

World-wide price check for the EOS 5D Mark III:

Australia: Amazon | Adorama | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay Australia | Alibaba
Austria: Amazon DE | DigitalRev | Wex Photographie | eBay Austria | Canon DE
Belgium: Amazon | Amazon France | DigitalRev | eBay Belgium
Canada: Amazon Canada | Newegg Canada | Canon Store | DigitalRev | Adorama | B&H Photo | eBay Canada | Henry
China: Alibaba | Amazon China | Digitalrev | eBay
Denmark: Amazon | DigitalRev | eBay
Finland: Amazon | DigitalRev | eBay
France: Amazon FR | DigitalRev | eBay FR
Germany: Amazon DE | DigitalRev | eBay DE | Wex Photographie | Calumet DE | Canon Deutschland
Hong Kong: Alibaba | Amazon China | Adorama | Digitalrev | B&H Photo | eBay | Amazon US
India: Alibaba | Amazon | eBay | DigitalRev | Canon USA | Adorama | B&H Photo
Ireland: Park Cameras | Amazon UK | DigitalRev | eBay IE
Italy: Amazon IT | DigitalRev | eBay IT
Japan: Amazon Japan | Rakuten | DigitalRev | eBay | Amazon US | Alibaba
Netherlands: Amazon | DigitalRev | eBay.nl
Norway: DigitalRev | eBay
Poland: DigitalRev | Redcoon.pl | eBay
Singapore: Alibaba | Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama | Digitalrev | eBay
Spain: Amazon ES | DigitalRev | Redcoon.es | eBay.es
Suisse: Amazon DE | DigitalRev | Wex Photographie | eBay.ch | Canon DE
Sweden: DigitalRev | eBay
Thailand: Alibaba | Amazon | DigitalRev | B&H Photo | Adorama | eBay
United Kingdom: Park Cameras | Amazon UK | Warehouseexpress | DigitalRev | eBay.uk | Calumet Photographic
USA: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

 

Pre-order and in stock alerts for 1DX and 5D Mark III, and a few 5D Mark II deals

 

I have to report new items that are either available for pre-order (1DX) or in stock now (5D Mark III). And at the end you’ll find some cool deals for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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Let’s start with the Canon EOS 1DX:

  • pre-order possible at Amazon, $6,799.00 (click here)
The EOS 5D Mark III is in stock at
  • 5D Mark III body for $3,499 at Adorama, free shipping (click here)
  • 5D Mark III with 24-105mm IS Lens for $4,299 at Adorama, free shipping (click here)
  • 5D Mark III body at Abe’s of Main for $3,499, free shiping (click here)
  • 5D Mark III with 24-105mm IS Lens at Abe’s of Main for $4,299, free shipping (click here)
For more EOS 5D Mark III world-wide pre-order and order options click here.
And now the 5D Mark II deals (click here for sample pictures):
  • 3 items, $1,989.90 at peach_photo (ebay top rated seller) – click here
  • 3 items, $2,009.00 at photovideo4les (ebay top rated seller) – click here
  • >10 items, with gift pack, $2,011.89 at t-dimension3 (ebay top rated seller) – click here
  • >10 items, with huge gift pack (2 lenses, filter set, 20G memory cards, tripods, 2 big bag, and more stuff), $2,088.65 at electronicsvalley  (ebay top rated seller) – click here
For more possible 5D Mark II deals have a look at the following box:

Hot Deal: Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 ATX Pro Fx for just $699

Hold on out there! Adorama is offering the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 ATX for just $699 (click here). Regular price is $849. Offer lasts until March 3oth. This is a lens designed for full-frame cameras, and it is rarely available at this price tag.

This new Tokina lens is the first in a new generation of full frame (FX) lenses designed for professional digital SLR cameras like the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and the Nikon D700 and D3x. The 16-28 zoom range gives the professional photographera super-wide angle of view to get close to subject for dramatic effect or to take in entire scenes.NEW Silent DC Motor with GMR senor 
The 16-28 f/2.8 uses a newly developed silent DC motor that allows the lens to focus faster and more quietly then previous generations. The DC motor coupled with a new GMR magnetic AF sensor work together to increase AF Speed.Ashperical and Super-low Dispersion glass elements 
A new, 56mm in diameter, large sizes aspherical glass element is incorporated into the front lens group, while there are 2 more aspherical elements in the rear group. 3 SD super-low dispersion glass elements are also incorporated through-out the optical design to reduce chromatic aberration, give maximum resolution, more even brightness and distortion correction.

One-Touch Focus Clutch 
Tokina’s exclusive One-touch Focus Clutch Mechanism allows the photographer to switch between AF and MF simply by snapping the focusring forward for AF and back toward the camera to focus manually. There is no need to change the AF/MF switch on Nikon camera bodies* and there is no second AF/MF switch on the lens for Canon, everything is accomplished by the focus ring.

The lens is designed for digital cameras with full frame (FX= 24mmX36mm) sized CMOS and CCD sensors. It can be used on digital cameras with APS-C (DX) sizes sensors as well.

Specifications

Maximum Aperture F2.8
Construction 13 Groups / 15 Elements
Angle of View 107.11″ – 76.87°
Closest Focusing Distance 11″ / 0.28 m
Reproduction Ratio 1:5.26
Focusing Mode Internal Focusing
Zoom Mode Rottary Zoom
Aperture Blades 8
Filter Size None
Dimensions Diameter x Length 3.54″ / 90mm x 5.25″ / 133.3mm
Weight 33.51 oz. (950g)
Accessories None