Tamron Announces Development of Full Frame 15-30mm f/2.8 VC

Tamron Announces Development of Full Frame 15-30mm f/2.8 VC

September 12, 2014, Saitama, Japan. – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, announces development of a new ultra-wideangle zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras with a fast F/2.8 aperture and VC (Vibration Compensation), the world’s first in its category. The price and launch date are to be determined. The lens will be showcased at the Tamron booth at Photokina 2014, September 16- 21, 2014 in Cologne, Germany (Photokina Booth Number:Hall 4.2 D10 – E19).

Since 2012, Tamron has been expanding its lineup of interchangeable lenses for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. SP 24-70mm F/2.8 was the first in the series, being integrated with VC, followed by the 70-200mm F/2.8, 90mm F/2.8 Macro, and 150-600mm F/5-6.3. The array of those new lenses have been highly acclaimed among the photo enthusiasts and working pros around the globe. To address the needs for more towards the wider angular field, Tamron spearheaded the development of SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD, a fast ultra-wideangle zoom lens with the image stabilization feature, setting itself apart from the rest of zooms in this category.

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Sigma Corporation Announces New 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary

Sigma Corporation Announces New 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary

RONKONKOMA, N.Y — September 12, 2014 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, is adding a new lens to its Global Vision Contemporary category with today’s announcement of the 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM. The lens will become available in October for the street price of $579.

Designed exclusively for APS-C camera sensors, the new 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM features a 16.6x high-ratio zoom lens which equates to a 27-450mm zoom range. It incorporates four “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, which have performance equal to flourite, in addition to one Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass element. This enables the lens to minimize the chromatic aberration, especially toward the telephoto-end, and provide clear image quality with high color fidelity. Also, this lens comes with a newly developed optical stabilization (OS) system, ensuring better compensation.

Preoder the Sigma 18-300 f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro HSM Contemporary at B&H Photo

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Sigma Corporation Announces State-of-The Art Teleconverters and Filters

Sigma Corporation Announces State-of-The Art Teleconverters and Filters

RONKONKOMA, N.Y— September 12, 2014 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced its first line of Global Vision accessories.

Building on the exceptional quality and sleek design of Sigma’s popular Global Vision lenses, the company will now offer two new teleconverters offering magnifications of 1.4x and 2x, respectively, and four new lens filter types, including three water repellent (WR) models.

“The announcement of these new accessories reaffirms our commitment to providing photographers with the highest quality tools they need to experience the amazing photographic details of our lenses,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America.

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Sigma Corporation Announces a Pair of 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Lenses With Advanced Features and Optics

Sigma Corporation Announces a Pair of 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Lenses With Advanced Features and Optics

RONKONKOMA, N.Y — September 12, 2014 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, has announced two new 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM high-performance, hyper-telephoto zoom lenses that celebrate significant optical and build advancements. The two lens designs vary in size and use, and add to the company’s impressive roster of Contemporary and Sports lenses in the Global Vision lineup.

The 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports delivers enhanced, professional-grade optics and greater durability for challenging, high-action photographic situations. The 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary is a versatile lens that offers similar performance in a more compact and portable design. Pricing and availability of these lenses are not yet available.

Both versions of the 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM feature dust and splash-proof features, as well as new water and oil-repellent coating on the front and rear lenses. They boast an updated Optical Stabilizer (OS) that features an accelerometer for improved vertical and horizontal panning, essential for bird, wildlife and motor sports photography. Two new switches were added for ease-of-use, including a new zoom lock switch capable of locking at any focal distance and a Manual Override (MO) switch for improved control of focusing performance. An enhanced auto focus (AF) algorithm and Hyper Sonic Motor ensure quiet and fast AF. The lenses are compatible with Sigma’s newly announced lineup of Global Vision teleconverters, which are effective up to F/8.

Preorder the new Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Lenses at B&H Photo (Prices coming soon)

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SanDisk Premieres World’s Highest Capacity SD Card for High Performance Video and Photo Capture

SanDisk Premieres World’s Highest Capacity SD Card for High Performance Video and Photo Capture

AMSTERDAM, Sept. 11, 2014 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today launched its 512GB** SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I memory card, the world’s highest capacity SD™ card on the market. The new offering is designed to meet the demands of industry professionals who require the most advanced gear available for shooting 4K Ultra High Definition (3840x2160p) video, Full HD video (1920×1080)1 and high-speed burst mode photography.

“As an industry leader, SanDisk continues to push the boundaries of technology to provide customers with the innovative, reliable, high-performance solutions they have come to expect from us,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “4K Ultra HD is an example of a technology that is pushing us to develop new storage solutions capable of handling massive file sizes. The 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card is a tremendous advancement that enables professionals to reliably store more content on a single card than ever before.”

Preorder the new SanDisk SD Cards at Adorama

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The New Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake

The New Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Specifications Google Translated

  • focal length conversion 38.4 mm
  • 1 piece using high-precision glass molded aspherical lens
  • full-time manual focus
  • shortest shooting distance is 0.16 M
  • maximum magnification is 0.27X
  • 22.8 mm thickness Weight 125g

Source: [DCI]

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The New EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

The New EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

EF 24-105mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM Specifications (Google Translated)

  • One UD lens and two glass aspherical lens
  • AF and smooth quiet by stepping motor
  • Full-time manual focus
  • 4 stop image stabilization
  • Maximum magnification is 0.3x

Source: [DCI] via [CE]

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The New Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II

The New Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II

EF400mm F4 DO IS USM II Specifications

  • Total length 232.7mm
  • Weight is 2100 grams
  • Third generation DO lens
  • One large-diameter UD lens
  • One large-diameter aspherical lens grinding
  • Camera shake compensation effect of the four stages
  • SWC special coating
  • Dust and water resistant

Source: [DCI] via [CE]

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed

Our specifications for the EOS 7D Mark II look to be confirmed. You can get our full specification list here. There’s nothing really new here, other than the max ISO being 16000, which we thought was a typo in our information and changed it in our spec list. The other new feature we see is the intervalometer. I expect to see this camera announced on Monday with availability in late October or early November.

Specifications

  • All metal body
  • Dust and weather resistant
  • GPS
  • 20.2MP CMOS sensor
  • 10 fps
  • 65 AF point all cross type
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • EOS iTR Autofocus
  • Dual DIGIC6
  • Max ISO 16000
  • RGB + IR Photometry Sensor
  • Intervalometer

Our Full Specifications

  • Kit lenses: 18-135 IS STM and 15-85 IS (no STM)
  • CF, UDMA mode 7 + SD, UHS-I
  • GPS is in the camera
  • No WiFi
  • Fixed LCD, with no touch function.
  • 20.2MP APS-C Sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Processors
  • 65 AF points “All Cross-type”. Dual cross on the center point.
  • f/8 on center point at least, could be on more points.
  • 10fps
  • ISO 100-16000, ISO Boost mode 25600 and 51200 (updated this to 16000)
  • 1080p/720p both get 60fps
  • Servo AF for video shooting.
  • Anti-flicker mode, eliminates flickers under flickering lights (e.g. fluorescent lamps).
  • Spot metering size 1.8%
  • Built-in flash
  • Intervalometer
  • Mic and headphones connectors
  • Can sync time between 7D II cameras.
  • Lens electronic MF
  • About 100% coverage OVF
  • New Battery – LP-E6N
  • New Battery Grip BG-E16

Source: [DCI] & [CR]

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DXOMark Reviews Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4

DXOMark has completed their review of the Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* for both Canon and Nikon. As you would expect, this lens is an absolute gem when it comes to image quality. It easily outperforms all the 85mm lenses from both Canon & Nikon in optical tests. How that all translates in the field is up to the photographer.

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DXOMark says:
“The new Otus 85mm is without question the most desirable and best performing 85mm portrait lens available but at $4,490 it’s not for those without deep pockets. It’s also rather large and bulky (although it’s remarkably well balanced on the D800 models), and it lacks the convenience of autofocus. While that may not be an issue for most enthusiasts or professionals (particularly as AF is at best difficult with f1.4 models) it’s likely to further limit its appeal, even if the real reason is obvious.”

Read the full review | Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* $4490

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