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The brand new Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX is now available for preorder at B&H Photo for $599. This lens is for APS-C cameras.


Product Highlights



  • EF Mount Lens/APS-C Format

  • 17.5-32mm (35mm Equivalent)

  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22

  • P-MO & Glass-Molded Aspherical Elements

  • Three SD Ultra-Low Dispersion Elements

  • Multi-Layer Lens Coatings

  • Internal Focus; One-Touch Focus Clutch

  • Nine-Blade Diaphragm


Preorder: Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX at B&H Photo


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Firmware: EOS-1D X Version 2.0.7
« on: Today at 04:48:27 AM »

Firmware Version 2.0.7 incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes.



  1. Improves the AF controllability when shooting in Live View mode with a wide-angle lens (fixed focal length or zoom).

  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which, when shooting long exposures (several minutes), vertical lines appear on the right edge of captured images (still photos).

  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) may not perform as intended when in continuous shooting mode and where the shutter speed is longer than 1 second.

  4. Improves the reliability of the control mechanism for the Picture Style Auto setting.

  5. Fixes a phenomenon in which the electronic level indicator does not work correctly.

  6. Fixes a phenomenon in which, when using the “Save and read camera settings” function, the color space data that is selected in “Custom shooting mode (C1-C3)” is not saved. *1

  7. Corrects some incorrect indications on the “English” and “Russian” menu screens.


Download firmware 2.0.7 at Canon USA


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Firmware Version 1.3.3 incorporates the following improvement and fix.


1. Improves the AF controllability when shooting in Live View mode with a wide-angle lens (fixed focal length or zoom).

2. Corrects some incorrect indications on the “English” and “Russian” menu screens.


Firmware Version 1.3.3 is for cameras with Firmware Version 1.2.3 or earlier. If your camera’s firmware is already Version 1.3.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

When updating the firmware of your camera, please first review the instructions thoroughly before downloading.


Download firmware 1.3.3. at Canon USA


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EOS Bodies / A Sony & Canon Sensor Partnership Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: January 28, 2015, 09:28:07 AM »

Every few weeks, we get told that Canon will be using a Sony sensor in the upcoming high resolution Canon DSLR. Today was another one of those days.


Direct Quote

“Canon will buy sony sensors for the next full frame cameras. but they are more a joint venture from Canon and Sony. Sony will make them and they will have EXMOR technology, for Canon they will get the DualPixel AF. So it’s a patent exchange that helps both companies. Sony will still sell the sensors to Nikon, but only without the DualPixel technology. Sony has the capacity to produce two lines of these 53MP sensors.”


I have yet to hear this from someone I know, it’s all coming from new and unknown sources. Take this with a salt truck. Thankfully, we won’t have long to wait to find out if this is true.


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EOS Bodies / Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 26, 2015, 07:10:21 PM »

We’re told the embargo/NDA expires on Friday, February 6, 2015 for these upcoming products. These products would line up with the CP+ show in Japan next month.



  • The two high megapixel cameras, with and without an AA filter. Resolution is said to be 53mp (though the pixel count is not CR3)

  • The EOS Rebel T6i/750D.

  • EF 11-24 f/4L

  • EOS M3 Camera

  • Various PowerShot cameras


We weren’t given any specifications for any of the cameras, just that they’d be made public at the end of next week.


We don’t know the availability of the cameras, though we had heard March for the big megapixel bodies, which we reported as the announcement date. This could in fact be the availability date.


More to come…


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Pricewatch Deals / Canon USA Rebates End This Week
« on: January 26, 2015, 04:55:32 PM »

The current mail-in rebate program from Canon USA ends this week and we’ve been told they are not going to be immediately extended.


Bundle Rebates: Adorama | B&H Photo // Lens Rebates: Adorama | B&H Photo


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Reviews / Review: Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15mm
« on: January 26, 2015, 04:20:41 PM »

Dustin Abbott has completed his review of the Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15mm ultra wide angle lens for Canon.


I own and absolutely love this lens. It is far and away the best ultra wide angle lens you can get for your Canon DSLR and I know you’ve heard that before.


From Dustin

“I’ve shot with a similar focal length for several years and have learned a certain familiarity with it. The degree of challenge associated with the focal length pays dividends in the incredible image quality you can achieve with it. The Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15mm is a very expensive lens, but those who make the investment find a highly rewarding lens that produces images inferior options cannot match.  You would be hard pressed to find an owner of the lens who would not say that it was worth its high price tag.”


Read the full reviewZeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon at B&H Photo


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Canon General / Photographer Petitions Canon for Left Handed Camera
« on: January 26, 2015, 08:45:15 AM »

Florida based photographer Sylvia Cacciatore has started to drum up public support to hopefully get Canon to pay attention to the needs of left handed photographers. Sylvia doesn’t have use of her right arm and shooting with her left hand on a right handed camera proves to be difficult at times.


She contacted Canon about her issue and received a response that sadly I’m not all that surprised about. Someone at Canon told her she should try out the PowerShot line of cameras. This has motivated her to try and get some public support for her cause, a cause I think could affect a lot of people around the globe.


From Sylvia

“My name is Sylvia and I am writing this as someone who is disabled and is also left-handed, and I am asking for the consideration of the development of left-handed cameras.  I suffered from a brachial plexus injury at birth that caused complete paralysis of my right arm, which also caused my arm to never fully develop.  Living in a world that mainly caters to those who are right-handed and have use of both their arms is not easy. There are many things I am able to do using one arm, but there are times when some things are difficult to do. “ You can read her entire story at Change.org and sign the petition.


For all the south paws out there, would you pay a premium for a left handed version of a 5D Mark III from Canon?


Source: [Change.org] via [PetaPixel] & [Phoblographer] | image credit // PetaPixel


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Lenses / MOVED: Which Sigma?
« on: January 25, 2015, 01:43:51 PM »

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EOS Bodies / 50mp Cameras Coming in March [CR1]
« on: January 24, 2015, 10:09:15 AM »

We’ve heard a few times that there are going to be 2 version of the upcoming high megapixel camera, one with a low pass filter and the other without.  Nothing has changed on that front, as we continue to hear that will be the case.


We’ve been told a few times that this is coming in the first half of 2015, now we’re hearing the cameras will be announced in March. So by the sounds of things, don’t expect anything high megapixel related at CP+ in Japan next month.


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Pricewatch Deals / Price Drops on the Canon Cinema EOS C100
« on: January 22, 2015, 05:40:52 PM »

The original Canon EOS C100, which has been replaced with a Mark II version has been reduced in price by $1000.


Canon EOS C100 Body $3999 | Canon EOS C100 w/Dual Pixel AF $4499


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MELVILLE, N.Y., January 22, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced three new affordable large format printers and a newly enhanced Canon Alliance Partner Program (CAPP). The 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF670, the 36-inch imagePROGRAF iPF770 printers, and the imagePROGRAF iPF770 MFP M40 Scan-to Print/File/Share System provides cost-effective solutions for low-volume, on-demand print environments. These models support a variety of applications including: posters, presentations, technical documents, drawings, company announcements, and enlargements.


Ideal for a variety of industries including architecture, engineering and construction, education, offices and small retail, the iPF670 and iPF770 printers offer advanced technology to assist small businesses in maximizing the return on their investment. Economy Print Mode, auto-rotation and nesting, help reduce total cost of operation by minimizing media waste and maintenance. Additionally, Accounting Manager,* software to assist businesses monitor costs and allocate consumable expenses, comes standard and allows management to track print jobs by user to calculate ink and media costs.



“Canon’s iPF670 and iPF770 printers will make excellent companions for small businesses, engineering and technical design professionals seeking high-quality prints at top speeds,” said David Sweetnam of Buyer’s Laboratory Inc. (BLI). “Similar to the BLI 2014 award-winning imagePROGRAF printers, the iPF670 and iPF770 printers will feature an on-the-fly ink replacement design, consistent quality of print across various paper types, and the ability to print from mobile devices and share and print files directly from the cloud. This user friendly line of printers promises to delivers excellent reliability and performance to meet a broad spectrum of customer needs.”


Suitable for businesses that need to print documents quickly while retaining high image quality, the imagePROGRAF models are designed for maximum versatility and performance. In its fastest mode, the iPF770 printer boasts the ability to produce an A1 (23.39″ x 33.11″) print in about 25 seconds.**


The printers have a space-saving design with fully front-accessible operation for flush wall installation, to fit into almost any environment. There is also an assisted top-loading feature for easy media loading, plus the iPF670 printer is available without a stand for customers seeking a desktop model.


The iPF770 MFP M40*** designed as a complete scan-to-print, file, and share solution, has the capability to scan documents up-to-2mm thick. This model includes an M40 scanner, SmartWorks MFP software, stand-alone computer, touch screen monitor and MFP stand to meet a variety of office needs.


To help increase efficiency in workflow and management, the iPF670 and iPF770 printers include software that is designed to be simple and intuitive, making high-quality printing possible for individuals of any level of experience. Addressing the needs of a diverse range of users, Canon’s Direct Print & Share 2.01 software is a cloud portal solution that empowers users to view, share and print a variety of files including PDF, TIFF, JPEG and HP-GL/2 formats, from virtually anywhere. Users can utilize the “Shortcut Print” feature to drag and drop files to print into hot folders on their desktops helping to streamline their workflow process.


The iPF670 and iPF770 printers are also compatible with Canon’s imagePROGRAF Print Utility2mobile app, which facilitates wireless printing by allowing users to print from a compatible iPad®device. The app enables users to perform a number of actions, including previewing their PDF file, selecting the number of copies, orientation and print quality before sending the job to any of the compatible imagePROGRAF printers that share the same network. Additionally, these models come with a Print Plug-in for Microsoft Office® allowing users to easily transform Microsoft® Excel®, PowerPoint® and Word® documents into printed posters.


The models come standard with easy to use PosterArtist Lite,* poster creation software with features such as templates, clip art, and images for customers to easily create posters, signs and banners. For convenient sharing between users, files can be exported directly to Canon’s Direct Print & Share cloud portal software.


“In combination with CAPP, these imagePROGRAF models offer versatile, affordable, high-quality options, suitable to meet the demands of today’s market. A valuable addition to the imagePROGRAF family, the efficient iPF670 and iPF770 printers showcase features that can help save time, reduce costs and ensure outstanding productivity,” said Junichi YoS___ake, senior vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “These multifunction devices complement many uses, including computer-aided design, architecture, engineering and construction, signs and posters, as well as industries ranging from small retail to education.”


Continuing to produce Canon’s high-quality output, the new imagePROGRAF devices use a five-color dye/pigment reactive replacement ink system using 130 ml ink tanks^, including a reformulated magenta ink to help produce more vivid reds and yellows. Canon inks provide outstanding adhesion to media, are scratch-and marker-resistant and help produce crisp and legible text. These devices include Canon’s high-density PF-04 print head, which uses 15,360 nozzles to lay down a 4pl droplet size of ink, and a Gigabit Ethernet connection.


Continuing to address the needs of the market, Canon has announced the revamped CAPP, a co-marketing program designed to identify, develop and market software solutions that add value to specific customer needs, with more co-marketing opportunities available to partners. Whether a solution is custom developed by an independent software vendor through Canon’s development program, or is a standard stand-alone application that complements the imagePROGRAF devices, the purpose of the Canon Alliance Partner Program is to provide the vehicle to successfully present the solution and its benefits to its customers. This program provides customers more options to select the application that best fits their needs and helps them realize the full return on investment with Canon imagePROGRAF technology.


Canon is currently accepting new member applications. To join the likes of CAPP companies such as Onyx Graphics and SA International companies, fill out an application on the Canon U.S.A. website.


These imagePROGRAF models are scheduled to be available in late January 2015 through Authorized Canon Dealers and Premier Partner Resellers.at manufacturer’s suggested retail prices of $3,495 (iPF770), $1,295 (iPF670 without stand), $1,595 (iPF670 with stand) and $7,495 (iPF770 MFP M40).



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MELVILLE, N.Y., January 22, 2015 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the company will return as a Sustaining Sponsor to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival (January 22 – February 1, 2015). Nestled in the mountains of Park City, Utah, the Sundance Film Festival celebrates the best of independent film; as part of the Festival sponsorship, Canon will offer a special slate of programming dedicated to the filmmakers who push creative boundaries behind the camera.


Canon is pleased to share that at least 52 of the 188 films premiering at this year’s Festival — over 27 percent — were shot using Canon equipment, up from the approximately 20 percent last year. Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, Amy Berg’s Prophet’s Prey, The Overnight, The Wolfpack, Misery Loves Comedy, Cartel Land, Call Me Lucky, Fresh Dressed, How to Dance in Ohio, Most Likely to Succeed, The Hunting Ground, Tig, and The Nightmare are a few of the many shot-on-Canon projects set to screen during the festival.


“We are honored that so many creative filmmakers have chosen our equipment to bring their visions and stories to audiences. We look forward to supporting them and connecting with them at the Sundance Film Festival,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Sundance provides us with the opportunity to directly interact and support many up and coming filmmakers, and we are excited to return as Sustaining Sponsors to this year’s festival.”


For a list of events and more information, visit Canon USA


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EOS Bodies / Global Shutter Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: January 22, 2015, 11:26:06 AM »

We’re told that Canon is working on using a global shutter for the upcoming replacement of the Canon EOS-1D X. The hope is to get the camera to shoot at 30fps for still images, which would require a lot of upgrades and new technologies such as CFast.


What is a global shutter? (From Red)

“A global shutter controls incoming light to all photosites simultaneously. At any given point in time, all photosites are therefore either equally closed or equally open. A global shutter can work either by abruptly exposing and then obstructing all photosites at once, in which case it can be thought of as a “hard shutter,” or by doing this more gradually as a “soft shutter.” Since they have no moving parts, these are sometimes also referred to as an electronic shutter.”


I’ll let the more engineering inclined discuss the likelihood of this technology for CMOS DSLRs on the forum. This comes from an unknown source, so take it with lots of salt.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Coming End of Month
« on: January 22, 2015, 08:23:37 AM »

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.


Preorder the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC $1199: Adorama | B&H Photo



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.


Visit Tamron


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