Venus Optics launches the Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro

Venus Optics launches the Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro

By Richard | March 8, 2018 | Third Party Lenses

Laowa officially announces the Laowa 25mm 2.5-5x macro.

Keith at Northlight who has already done a review of the Laowa 25mm f2.8 2.5-5x macro had this to say about the macro lens;

From an image quality point of view, there was little I could fault the lens with. It shows a slight bit of longitudinal chromatic aberration (purple/green tinges to OOF areas), but not excessive.  The 8 blade aperture gives better looking OOF highlights than the 6 bladed Canon MP-E65mm.

Perhaps the only area that may concern some is the lack of stop down, meaning that it’s either a dark viewfinder at smaller apertures or you have to stop down manually before the shot. It’s no problem for my sorts of use.

Laowa press information;

The most compact and versatile high magnification macro lens.

This lens is optimized for macro shooting between 2.5X – 5X life size. The lens is specially designed with an extended working distance (45mm at 2.5x & 40mm at 2x) and smaller lens barrel. This allow a sufficient lighting con the object for easier shooting in the field. The lens is much more compact and lighter than other comparative products. This lens also provides a relatively greater depth of field compared to other extreme macro lens in the market. The Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X is developed for both professional and leisure macro photography, to be used on the field or in indoor set-up.

Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K & Sony FE mounts are available.

Retail price is expected to be around $399 and will start shipping in late March.

Canon U.S.A. Lends Its Support to Women Photograph, an Initiative Created to Promote the Representation of Female Photojournalists

Canon U.S.A. Lends Its Support to Women Photograph, an Initiative Created to Promote the Representation of Female Photojournalists

By Richard | March 8, 2018 | Canon Business General

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 8, 2018 – In conjunction with International Women’s Day (IWD), the global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce their association with Women Photograph, a movement created to promote the representation of female photojournalists. Canon will work with Women Photograph to aid their travel grant program which funds female and non-binary photographers to attend workshops, hostile environment trainings, festivals, and other developmental opportunities.
Launched in 2017 and founded by photojournalist Daniella Zalcman, Women Photograph is an initiative to shift the gender makeup of the photojournalism community. A private database that includes more than 700 independent female documentary photographers based in 91 countries, any commissioning editor or organization can utilize the database for their photojournalistic hiring needs.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this year’s IWD than to support an initiative that is enriching the professional advancement of female and non-binary photojournalists,” said Elizabeth Pratt, director of professional client development and support and Canon Professional Services. “Women Photograph has created a home for professional women photojournalists to showcase their work for potential clients and Canon is honored to help continue the momentum of this initiative.”
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Northlight reviews the TS-E 135mm F4L Macro

Northlight reviews the TS-E 135mm F4L Macro

By Richard | March 7, 2018 | Canon Reviews

Keith, tilt-shift expert extraordinaire has posted his review of the TS-E 135mm F4L Macro.

Detailing not only sample images, but details on why you’d use such a lens in the real world, Keith’s review is a must read if you are thinking of purchasing the TS-E 135mm.

His conclusions;

What a lens – in many ways one of the best quality lenses I’ve seriously tested.

The 10º of tilt, 12mm of shift and wide open sharpness make it a joy to use for product photography, giving a level of creative control previously more in the realm of large format view cameras. Make no mistake, this is a lens that you will have to work with to get the best from.

Read more here.. 

Canon USA donates to Wisconsin CART Team

Canon USA donates to Wisconsin CART Team

By Richard | March 7, 2018 | Canon Business General

Looking through past news articles I see donations made to Chippewa Falls, Sawyer County and this article from Eau Claire County.   I would guess that Canon USA donates to all the CART (Child Abduction and Response Teams) in the USA, and never mentions it.  They just do it.

While they don’t get top of the line gear, I’m sure these donations add up around the United States.  While I can’t find numbers for it, I’m sure there’s a significant number of CART teams around the USA (There are around 3100 sheriff offices in the USA, however not all will have a response team).   While in the USA, it is always a sobering experience to get an Amber alert broadcasted on my phone.  I can imagine, that every minute and tool at the CART teams disposal helps with these cases.

Canon does the little things like this that make me pleased to support this company through the years.

Detective Don Henning was interviewed by WEAU News;

“I can’t thank Canon enough for their generous donation,” says Henning. “It’s a huge benefit for us just to be able to have that readily available and at our fingertips.”

According to Eau Claire County, the team consists of members of all facets of law enforcement, emergency response, non-profit organizations, and civilian search groups that come together when a child is abducted.

Henning says that Canon donates new equipment to CART teams about every 12-18 months.


Canon updates the 15-45, 18-150 and 55-200mm for the M50’s Dual Sensing IS

Canon updates the 15-45, 18-150 and 55-200mm for the M50’s Dual Sensing IS

By Richard | March 6, 2018 | Canon Lens News

Canon has released updates for the three EF-M lenses to support dual sensing IS – which is a combination of both in camera body and lens based shake detection which is used by the lens to determine the amount of stabilization required.

Right now, only the EOS-M50 supports dual sensing IS.

The firmware can be found on the lens pages at Canon USA under “firmware”;

Thanks Neuroanatomist


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