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A Canon Rumors reader “JerseyShooter” has been working with Sigma to improve the performance with Canon’s APS-H flagship cameras, the EOS-1D Mark III & EOS-1D Mark IV.

Back in October of 2013, JerseyShooter started a blog documenting the issues he was having with the lens on a blog. He worked directly with Sigma and it looks like it has paid off with the firmware that was released yesterday to improve the performance with both of the mentioned cameras.

There have been other issues with the lens that he is documenting on the blog as well.

For the record, JerseyShooter is an employed professional photographer.

Read the blog about the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 OS Sport

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EOS Bodies / Patent: Canon 5 Layer UV, IR, RGB Sensor
« on: June 27, 2014, 08:38:28 AM »
A patent showing a 5 layer image sensor from Canon has appeared. UV and IR layers help with color reproduction especially for skin tones.

Keith at Northlight has this to add about the patent: “The pixel structure above, shows a BSI design (back illumination), but obviously no pixel structure. Extending the range of light response to UV and IR would cause issues for current lens designs, but the idea of more than three colour primaries is not new, although it would require a major re-write for support from RAW converter software.”

5-layer

Patent Information (Google Translated)

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-103644
    • Publication date 2014.6.5
    • Filing date 2012.11.22
  • Canon patents
    • I get the visible light
    • I get the ultraviolet light
    • I get the infrared light
    • I want to extract the skin area
    • The skin region of visible light, I will correct the image from the difference of the skin area of ​​ultraviolet light
    • Signal value of the infrared light is regarded as the skin area, the high part

Source: [EG] via [NL]

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We are pleased to inform you the SIGMA 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM F/CANON Firmware Update is now available.
 
This firmware update allows you to use the SIGMA USB DOCK with the SIGMA 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM F/CANON. If you have the products mentioned below, please start up SIGMA Optimization Pro and then operate lens firmware update.
 
Applicable products: SIGMA 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM S013 F/CANON
 
Benefits of this firmware update:



  • It has improved the Auto Focus speed of “Standard” and “Speed-priority” modes.

  • It has improved the focus accuracy when it is mounted on Canon EOS-1D Mark III or Canon EOS-1D Mark IV.


Please update to SIGMA Optimization Pro Ver1.2 before operating firmware update of SIGMA 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM S013 F/CANON.


SIGMA Optimization Pro Download Page | Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM at B&H Photo


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Pricewatch Deals / Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: June 25, 2014, 12:58:15 PM »

B&H Photo has limited stock of the new Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS and is offering free expedited shipping within the USA.


Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS $1199 at B&H Photo


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UPDATE:
Please see the changes to the “Identification Procedure” section below regarding criteria for affected serial numbers. The identification method has been enhanced to include the first digit in the identification procedure in order to more precisely identify affected products.
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
Concerning the EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera, when the LCD panel illuminates in extremely dark environments, the displayed exposure value may change. Canon has concluded the investigation of this phenomenon, and this announcement informs you of our findings as described below.
 
Phenomenon
In extremely dark environments, if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change. However, based on the results of extensive testing this change in exposure value will not noticeably affect the captured image.
 
Affected Product
The phenomenon described above may occur in Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Cameras whose first and sixth digits of the serial number are as set forth below.
 
Identification Procedure:
Serial Number: [XnnnnNnnnnnn]
“X”=”0″ and “N”=”1″ or “2″
“n” represents any digit.
Examples of affected serial numbers are: “0nnnn1nnnnnn” or”0nnnn2nnnnnn”


Support
Under almost all shooting conditions (including dark environments) this phenomenon will not affect your captured images. However, if you would like Canon to inspect your camera, we will provide this service free of charge upon request beginning in mid-May. Please contact Canon using the information below to request service.
 
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
Please register the EOS 5D Mark III. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when service updates are available. If you already registered, please ensure you are opted-in to receive the notification.


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EOS Bodies / EOS-1D X & EOS 5D Mark III Replacements in 2015 [CR1]
« on: June 22, 2014, 07:19:25 PM »
Northlight has posted a bit of a roadmap for the pro level cameras from Canon. They’ve been told that the EOS-1D X Mark II would come first, with a potential announcement coming in very late 2014. The EOS 5D Mark III would follow afterwards. Both cameras will most likely benefit from the new sensor technology we’ll see in the upcoming EOS 7D replacement.

CR’s Take If the technology in the EOS 7D replacement is as great as people are claiming it to be (we don’t yet know what it is), then it would make sense to replace the other flagship models in the lineup fairly quickly. The EOS 5D Mark III was arrived in March of 2012, and the EOS-1D X soon after in June of 2012. A three year cycle for each seems doable, even if the EOS 7D will have taken nearly 5 years to replace.

Source: [NL]

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Pricewatch Deals / Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Shipping This Week
« on: June 22, 2014, 07:10:34 PM »

*UPDATE*

Apparently smaller retailers in the US have already been selling the lens, I guess they were allocated before the high volume web retailers. Thanks for letting me know.


B&H Photo has informed us that all preordered Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS lenses will be shipping this week. We expect the same thing from other retailers in North America. Various retailers in Asia and Europe have already begun selling the lens.


Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS $1199: B&H Photo | Amazon


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Pricewatch Deals / Ended: Canon EOS-1D X Body $5099
« on: June 20, 2014, 11:07:46 PM »

GetItDigital (99.4% approval) is selling the Canon EOS-1D X body for $5099 (Reg $6799) via ebay.


Canon EOS-1D X via ebay $5099 | Canon EOS-1D X via Amazon $6799


Note: The items in these sales are brand new and likely grey market, therefore not technically covered under a Canon USA warranty. Although, there are reports of warranty service being performed on these items. If you have any issues, we’re always here to help.


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EOS Bodies / Patent: Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS
« on: June 20, 2014, 09:20:36 PM »

A patent for a new Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS has appeared. The current lens has been around since December, 2001 and I think it’s a gem in the Canon lineup.


We’ve seen a lot of DO patents over the years, but no DO lens has been announced since June, 2004 when the EF 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 DO IS came to market.


Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS

Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS



  • Patent Publication No. 2014-109700

    • Publication date 2014.6.12

    • Filing date 2012.12.3



  • Example 1

    • Focal length f = 392.00-381.59-332.99mm

    • Fno.

    • Half angle ω = 3.16-3.10-2.81 °

    • Image height Y = 21.64mm

    • The overall length of the lens 292.02mm

    • BF 105.64mm




Source: [EG]Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS at B&H Photo



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Third Party Manufacturers / Gura Gear Acquires Tamrac Brands & Assets
« on: June 19, 2014, 12:15:24 PM »
OGDEN, UT (June 18, 2014) – GuraGear, LLC, makers of innovative carrying solutions for discerning creative professionals has agreed to acquire the brand and assets of Tamrac, Inc. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the sale through the Chapter 11, Section 363 Sale of Assets process. Tamrac entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early 2014 and has a 37 year history of developing affordable carrying solutions for photographers.

Gura Gear President, Gregory Schern stated, “this acquisition represents an exciting opportunity for Gura Gear to build upon a brand with a legacy of designing solutions for photographers and a dedicated customer following while leveraging worldwide distribution. We look forward to providing customers a high level of service and implementing solutions from a new perspective in a rapidly evolving industry.”

Tamrac, Inc. will continue to operate normally until the acquisition is finalized in late June. Once the transaction is complete, Gura Gear will relocate Tamrac’s assets and expand its Ogden, Utah facilities.

Questions regarding the acquisition can be directed to info@guragear.com.

About Gura Gear

Gura Gear began in 2008 as an idea on the back of a napkin by a team of passionate photographers looking for the perfect photography bag. Today, Gura Gear has expanded to a full line of carrying solutions built to the highest standards utilizing only the best materials and workmanship. Gura Gear focuses on creating innovative products for discerning creative professional and enthusiast photographers who love to explore the world.

About Tamrac

Since 1977, Tamrac has offered a diverse product line to meet a wide range of travel and photographic requirements. From the first bag a beginning enthusiast will purchase to a bag suitable for the professional, Tamrac is committed to continuing to offer innovative products that are easy-to-use and understand. 

Visit Gura Gear

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EOS Bodies / New Sensor Tech in EOS 7D Mark II [CR2]
« on: June 19, 2014, 09:10:07 AM »
We’re told to definitely expect new sensor technology to be introduced in the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. This tech will be used in all forthcoming Canon DSLRs. What is it? We’re not 100% sure yet, though we’re told it’s definitely not a foveon type technology that we’ve previously seen in patents.

This may be one of Canon’s best kept secrets as it’s apparently going to be more than an “evolutionary” technology.

We’re filtering through a lot of emails about this new sensor tech and we’re not sure what’s true and what isn’t.

More to come… We’re not putting a [CR3] on this until we know what the new tech is.

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Innovative All-In-One zoom integrates state-of-the-art optical design, PZD (Piezo Drive) and Tamron’s exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation) system to achieve superb image quality in a remarkably compact, lightweight package.
 
June 19, 2014, Commack, NY – Tamron USA, Inc. has announced the delivery date of the anticipated 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD (Model A010), an advanced new All-In-One zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. The lens will be available in the U.S. in both Canon and Nikon mount (Sony mount availability to be announced) on June 26, 2014 at $849.
 
Since the launch in 1992 of the 28-200mm (Model 71D) high-power zoom lens – which featured a revolutionary compact, lightweight design – Tamron has been continually expanding its portfolio of world class optics to benefit consumers. Having revolutionized the optical design of the previous 28-300mm (Model A20), Tamron developed a powerful new, high-power zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras that enhances image quality and incorporates the PZD (Piezo Drive)-a standing-wave ultrasonic motor system optimized for swift, quiet AF-and the acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism in an amazingly compact configuration.
 
Featuring a new, sophisticated external finish, this lens complements the performance and style of full-frame DSLRs, while delivering the practical advantages of an All-In-One zoom lens.

Preorder the Tamron 28-300 f/3.5-5.6 DI VC PZA at B&H Photo $849

Product Highlights

  • State-of-the-art optical design technology delivers superior image quality. The advanced optical construction of this lens includes four elements of LD (Low Dispersion) glass, three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, one Hybrid Aspherical element, one XR (Extra Refractive Index) glass element, and one element of UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass, which has greater refractive index than XR. The full use of specialized glass elements in its design contributes to making this outstanding lens as compact and lightweight as possible, while minimizing aberrations, resulting in superior image quality. Particularly impressive is the thorough compensation of chromatic aberrations at the telephoto end, yielding images of enhanced clarity and crispness.
  • Focus on portability – The lens is now even smaller and lighter. In addition to state-of-the-art optical design that facilitates downsizing of the lens body, the mechanical design leads to a smaller overall lens compared to the existing Tamron 28-300mm (Model A20). The incorporation of a highly sophisticated multi-stack-cam layout that takes up far less space as well as the PZD (Piezo Drive) AF, an autofocus drive system with a simpler, more compact structure, make it possible to reduce the overall dimensions of this lens. These technologies are the fruit of Tamron’s more than 20 years of research and development in the high-power zoom lens field.
  • Advanced anti-reflection coating. The application of BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coatings for suppressing reflections on lens element surfaces minimizes unwanted flare and ghosting to deliver sharp, crisp, high-contrast images.
  • Upgraded cosmetic design – Elegant tungsten silver brand ring. Tamron has upgraded the cosmetic design and finish of this lens to create a more sophisticated, high-end look in keeping with the demands of discerning full-frame DSLR users. Employing a sophisticated linear pattern rubber grip on the zoom and focus rings and an elegant tungsten silver brand ring, this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.
  • PZD (Piezo Drive) delivers faster, quieter autofocus action. The PZD (Piezo Drive), a standing-wave ultrasonic motor system, delivers faster, quieter, more precise action when the autofocus is engaged. The full-time manual focus system is easy and intuitive, enabling quick and convenient manual focus at any time.
  • Sharper images with VC (Vibration Compensation) Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism reduces image blur caused by camera shake to deliver significantly sharper images even when shooting handheld.
  • Circular diaphragm facilitates achieving spectacular blur effects Using a circular diaphragm[4], this lens achieves spectacular background blur effects that enable creative use of depth of field
  • Moisture-resistant construction for worry-free outdoor shooting. Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.

Specifications

Model A010
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 28–300 mm
Image stabilisation Yes
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Sony/Minolta Alpha
Maximum aperture F/3.5 – F/6.3
Minimum aperture F/22.0 – F/40.0
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Aperture notes Circular diaphragm
Elements / Groups 19 / 15
Minimum focus 0.49 m (19.29″)
Maximum magnification 0.29×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type PZD Ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
Weight 540 g (1.19 lb)
Diameter 74 mm (2.93″)
Length 96 mm (3.78″)
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Zoom lock Yes
Filter thread 67 mm
Hood supplied Yes

Preorder the Tamron 28-300 f/3.5-5.6 DI VC PZA at B&H Photo $849

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June 19, 2014, Commack, New York- Tamron USA, Inc. announced the price and delivery of the 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III[2] VC for Canon mount (Model B011). This lightweight, compact high-power zoom lens, originally released for Sony mount in 2011, is designed for mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras with APS-C sized sensors and sports a stylish design and is available in two color options. It will be available in the U.S. starting June 26, 2014 at $499.
 
Product Highlights

  • This high-power, 18-200mm, lightweight and compact zoom lens weighing 16.2 ounces with a 62mm filter is designed for mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras. Equipped with Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation), the lens enables easy handheld shooting from 18mm wide angle to 200mm full telephoto.
  • Employing two (Low Dispersion) elements, three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, one XR (high refractive index) element, and one Hybrid Aspherical element, the lens delivers astounding image quality by reducing aberrations to a bare minimum.
  • The lens boasts a striking appearance worthy of mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera designs. The metallic lens barrel exterior is available in two colors: black and silver.
  • The lens also has a stepping motor adopted for the AF drive, a construction that accommodates Contrast-detection AF and shooting video. This feature also supports Direct Manual Focus (DMF) function, which allows the user to make fine manual adjustments after initially focusing by AF.

Preorder the Tamron 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 VC at B&H Photo $499

Specifications

Model B011
Max Format size APS-C (EF-M)
Focal length 18–200 mm
Image stabilisation Yes (4 stops claimed)
Lens mount Canon EF-M, Sony E (NEX)
Maximum aperture F/3.5 – F/6.3
Minimum aperture F/22.0 – F/40.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Elements / Groups 17 / 13
Minimum focus 0.50 m (19.69″)
Maximum magnification 0.27×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Stepper motor
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Weight 460 g (1.01 lb)
Diameter 68 mm (2.68″)
Length 97 mm (3.82″)
Materials Metal barrel, metal mount
Colour Black, Silver
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Zoom lock Yes
Filter thread 62 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code flower shaped hood
Tripod collar No

Preorder the Tamron 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 VC at B&H Photo $499

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Lenses / Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Hitting Retailers
« on: June 19, 2014, 08:26:06 AM »
It looks like the Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS is beginning to hit retailers. Below is an image from a Taipei retailer, there’s some unboxing images as well as a bunch of test shots taken with the new lens.

You can see the unboxing and test images here.

This lens is expected to be available at European and North American retailers in the coming weeks.

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Preorder the Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS $1199: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

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Lightroom 5.5 is now available as a final release on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 5.  The goal of this release is to provide support for Lightroom mobile, additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.

Release Notes

New Camera Support in Lightroom 5.5

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom 5.5

Mount Name
Canon   Sigma 50m F1.4 DG HSM A014
Canon   Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
Canon   Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Dill VC PZD MACRO B0163

Bugs Corrected in Lightroom5.5

  • Improved responsiveness in Develop module while Lightroom mobile sync is occurring.
  • Custom Develop module default settings were not syncing correctly to Lightroom mobile.
  • Initial rendition in Develop would sometimes appear posterized.
  • Undo function failed and applied a preset instead.
  • Scaling looked inaccurate when scaling to 200% in Windows.
  • Manual slideshows sometimes did not advance to the next slide as expected.
  • Aspect ratio changed when modifying the crop rectangle and when rotating the crop
  • Image flips between portrait and landscape after switching orientation while shooting tethered with Leica S cameras.
  • Fixed issue with Fujifilm X-T1 raw images appearing too bright at high ISO settings when using Dynamic Range 200% and 400%. Unfortunately, this fix may affect the appearance of existing images captured with this combination of settings. It is recommended that you (1) purge the Camera Raw cache via the Preferences dialog, and (2) review images shot at ISO settings higher than 1600 for unexpected brightness changes.
  • Fixed image quality issue (noisy result) when applying spot healing to floating-point (HDR) images.

Download Links:

Lightroom 5.5:

Mac – http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5791

Win – http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5792

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