Expires Soon: CutOut 5 Exclusive Deal, 71% off and on sale at only $19,95

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Canon Watch and German Software Publisher Franzis are very happy to offer to our readers this special deal: until May 31 we are offering CutOut 5 with a 71% discount at $19.95. Regular price is $79.

Select finest details or transparent objects – Special partner offer, limited time only

The major problem that most graphical designers face is actually properly designing and editing the image around the objects that are in it.
This program is not only able to analyze the image in detail and identify objects using the edge detection technology that it comes with, but also do all the hard work for you. Let’s admit it, there are some rather nasty things about graphic design that most people don’t recognize, and tracing edges and curves pixel by pixel is one of them. This is by far the biggest discomfort that a graphic designer has to cope with, and the fact that the designer will find himself returning and redoing different segments from time to time is a lot more annoying than you may think.

For Mac and Windows

Can be used in various ways: Cutout 5 works as a plug-in to Adobe® Photoshop® and Lightroom®, and as a standalone application.

Learn more about the software here / Purchase here

CutOut 5 at a glance:

  • comprehensive image processing function for perfect compositions
  • Easy to cut out even the most difficult objects – hair, feathers, fur.
  • Inside and outside edge matting for simple, perfect results.
  • Work like a film-industry professional using chroma keying to cut out objects onto monochrome backgrounds at the click of a mouse.
  • Process each layer individually, adapting lighting and colours, focus and framing.
  • Exclusive soft-focus function for perfect backgrounds and brilliant bokeh.
  • Includes plug-in for current versions of Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
  • Includes one-click filter collection for a range of trendy styles.
  • Completely revamped interface: more navigable and intuitive than ever.
  • Album view and much more!
  • for windows and Mac

Canon EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM review (Photography Blog)

Canon EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM Review (Photography Blog)

Canon EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM:  Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM at a glance:

  • EF-S Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 28.8-216mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • One UD Element & One Aspherical Element
  • NANO USM Autofocus System
  • Image Stabilizer and Dynamic IS
  • Compatible with PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter

Along with their Canon EOS 80D review, Photography Blog also posted the review about Canon’s new kit lens for APS-C DSLR, the EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM featuring NANO USM technology.

From the conclusion:

Image quality is pretty good rather than outstanding. Centre and edge sharpness isn’t great throughout the zoom range at the maximum aperture, but stopping-down by one stop sharpens things up considerably, whatever focal length you use. Chromatic aberrations aren’t very well controlled, though, and there’s obvious geometric distortion at the wider focal lengths and some obvious corner shading at the maximum aperture. The lens also doesn’t ship with a hood, which is only available as an optional and rather expensive accessory.

The EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM gets 4 starts out of 5, and is rated as a “relatively small, lightweight and versatile zoom lens for APS-C DSLR owners that delivers pleasing results for both stills and video“.

[via Photography Blog]

Still Live: Canon EOS 6D deal – $1,099 (reg. $1,399)

Still Live: Canon EOS 6D Deal – $1,099 (reg. $1,399)

Canon EOS 6D at a glance:

  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Clear View LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 11-Point AF with Center Cross-Type Point
  • Native ISO 25600, Extended to ISO 102400
  • 4.5 fps Shooting at Full Resolution
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and GPS Connectivity
  • iFCL 63-Zone Dual Layer Metering Sensor
  • In-Camera HDR & Multiple Exposure Mode

Top Rated Plus seller ElectronicsValley on eBay (99.6% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 6D on sale at $1,099. Compare at $1,399. Free shipping. Please note: this is an imported model, seller warranty applies.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II review (Is this what the future looks like for Canon? – LensRentals)

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Review (Is This What The Future Looks Like For Canon? – LensRentals)

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II at a glance:

  • 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors
  • 14 fps Shooting, 16 fps in Live View
  • DCI 4K Video at 60 fps, 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF II
  • 3.2 inch (1.62m) Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • ISO 100-51200 (Expanded to 409600)
  • Built-In GPS
  • CFast & CF Card Slots

LensRentals had their hands on the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon’s latest full-frame flagship and likely the new gold standard for this category of professional cameras.

They write:

Overall, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is without a question, the best Canon camera I’ve ever used. The images looked great, the speed of the camera is unbelievable, and the build is unparalleled. Canon took what everyone loved about the Canon EOS-1D X classic, and improved it on every single level, and managed to do it and keep it cheaper than the Nikon competitor (which in my opinion, is not as good). If you’re a sports photographer, this is your Ferrari. Read the review…

And like a Ferrari, there is a pice tag that sure isn’t for anyone of us, $6,000. However, you get what you pay for: advanced tech and a truly professional DSLR.

If you want to know how 14fps sound and look, then start the video below.


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Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 first impression (video)

Zeiss Milvus 50mm F/1.4 First Impression (video)

Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 at a glance:

  • EF Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • 4 Anomalous Partial Dispersion Elements
  • 1 Aspherical Element
  • Distagon Optical Design
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Anodized Metal Barrel, Rubber Focus Ring
  • Weather-Sealed Construction

In anticipation of his review, photographer and reviewer Dustin Abbott posted a 11 minutes video about the Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 where he takes a first look at the design, build, and handling of the Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 along with sharing some sample photos. I like Abbott’s reviews because he always has an approach as photographer in a real world setting. The Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 is almost a budget lens for a Zeiss lens: it’s “only” $1,200.

Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4