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May 9, 2014
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New Canon Tilt-Shift Lenses Rumored For Photokina 2014

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Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 (left) and TS-E 45mm f/2.8 (right)

Canon Rumors got word that Canon may announce new tilt-shift lenses for Photokina 2014.

Both the Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 and TS-E 45mm f/2.8 are murmured to get replaced. And the possibility of a third tilt-shift lens (no hints here) is also in the air. The 90mm and 45mm are pretty old lenses, a replacement is not implausible. The lenses should be announced for Photokina 2014.

Some more speculation are going on about a Canon macro tilt-shift lens.

[via CR]

October 17, 2013
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Canon Tilt-Shift Rumors: Replacements and New Tilt-Shift Mechanism

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Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8

Canon Tilt-Shift Rumors

Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8

A rumor about new “L” grade Canon tilt-shift lenses surfaced. It has word that there will be an “L” lens to replace the TS-E 45mm f/2.8. There is more: the TS-E 90mm f/2.8 will be replaced with a TS-E 135mm f/2.8L. Moreover, it appears that Canon is designing a new tilt-shift mechanism for this kind of lenses. It does not appear that the TS-E 17mm f/4L and TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II will be replaced.

[via CR]

September 24, 2013
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More Canon EOS 70D Dual Pixel Auto-Focus Test Videos

The real technological highlight and the biggest innovation of the Canon EOS 70D is the Dual Pixel CMOS auto-focus. That’s not to say the EOS 70D falls short as a stills DSLR, but the new AF is a real game changer. We have seen many test videos, but the performance is so amazing that I think a few more won’t bother you, especially if you are into videography and want to learn more about the 70D’s AF.

The video above (by YouTube user canonplex, thanks to the reader who sent the link) shows a different view on the 70D’s AF. The two videos below [via dicahub] were taken while driving at 100 km/h (approx 60 mph) and pointing the AF to the road sign. Note that the AF area is larger as the sign (while far away from the sign) and until the road sign comes close it was not sure if the AF was focusing on the right spot – indeed, it did, and it did whit great precision. The video were taken using a production model of the EOS 70D and a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 VC lens, M mode video and f/2.8 were set. The tracking of the Dual Pixel CMOS AF is amazing!

Canon EOS 70D price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

August 8, 2013
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Rumor: Replacement for the TS-E 90mm f/2.8 May Have Focal Length Longer Than 90mm

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Quick Canon rumor: the replacement for the Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 tilt shift lens may have a focal length longer than 90mm. It may also be updated to an “L” grade lens.

Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

[via CR]

July 15, 2013
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Canon Rumor: New Tilt-Shift Lenses Before End Of 2013?

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Latest Canon Tilt-Shift lenses rumor. Canon may release the replacements for the Canon TS-E 90mm f 2.8 and Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 not earlier than 2014, but there might be an announcement in Autumn 2013. The same rumour source also suggests there could be more EF lenses announced in 2013, and that Canon is very occupied with designing more Cine lenses.

[via NL]

April 29, 2013
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Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Review (The Phoblographer)

Tamron 90mm f/2.8

Image courtesy: The Phoblographer

The Phoblographer reviewed the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC US lens (price & specs). A Canon EOS 5D Mark II (price & specs) was used for the test. With a price tag of $799 this lens is rather affordable. The review comes with lots of sample images, it’s definitely worth to be read if you are looking forward to get this lens.

Pros

  • Extremely sharp image quality
  • Beautiful bokeh
  • Simple design
  • Fairly compact for a long lens
  • Extremely light
  • Included lens hood just makes the images look so much nicer
  • Fast focusing except when going down to the macro levels
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • Our version needed a bit of micro-adjustment
  • We wish there was weather sealing incorporated into the lens

Conclusion:

Macro lenses are very fun to use. Not only do they give you some outstanding close focusing abilities, but they’re also usually characterized as being extremely good as portrait lenses. In our time with the lens, we couldn’t find a single reason to not purchase this lens if you’re in the market for a telephoto macro optic. One potential flaw may be that one may want an f2 lens instead of f2.8, but keep in mind that you’ll get the best results with this lens (and mostly any lens) if you incorporate the use of flash to emphasize the specular highlights that really make this lens shine.

Indeed, it was a pleasure to use this lens. It breathed lots of life into my Canon 5D Mk II and I’m going to miss the lens. However, I personally don’t shoot enough macro images to justify this purchase. And as far as portrait lenses go, I’m very happy with Sigma’s 85mm f1.4 EX–which is in some ways a competitor to a lens like Tamron’s latest addition.

But in the end, this lens renders color so well, we’re pleased to say that it is right up there with Zeiss and Rokinon. Though the three companies render color totally differently, the colors from this lens will appeal to many pros interested in a lens like this.

Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC US price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

  • 90mm Macro Prime Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-32
  • 1:1 Maximum Reproduction Ratio
  • Vibration Compensation
  • Internal Focus System
  • Ultrasonic Silent Motor Drive
  • eBAND Hybrid Lens Coating
  • Extra-low Dispersion Optical Elements
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction

Tamron 90mm f/2.8

[via The Phoblographer]

April 4, 2013
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New Lens Arrivals (Tamron 70-200mm, Tamron 90mm) And Discounts (Bower 14mm)

Tamron 70-200mm

New lenses in stock at B&H and Adorama.

Let’s start with the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD lens, sold for $1,499 (click here). Limited stock available. The core specs:

  • 70-200mm Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-32
  • Ultrasonic Silent Drive Motor
  • Advanced Vibration Compensation
  • Extra Low Dispersion Lens
  • Moisture Resistant Construction
  • Compact Design

The lens can also be pre-ordered at Adorama (click here).

Next, we have the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens, sold for $749 (B&H | Adorama). Limited stock.

Tamron 70-200mm

The core specs:

  • 90mm Macro Prime Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-32
  • 1:1 Maximum Reproduction Ratio
  • Vibration Compensation
  • Internal Focus System
  • Ultrasonic Silent Motor Drive
  • eBAND Hybrid Lens Coating
  • Extra-low Dispersion Optical Elements
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction

Finally, it is worth to note that the Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle has a $50 instant rebate, and is sold for $329 (click here). Core specs:

  • For Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras
  • Manual Focus – Fixed f/2.8 Aperture
  • Optimized for APS-C Size Sensors
  • 89° Angle of View (APS-C)
  • 114° Angle of View (Full Frame)
  • 14 Elements/12 Groups Construction
  • Two Aspherical & Two ED Lens Elements
  • Close Focusing Down to 11″ (0.28 m)

Tamron 70-200mm

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