By Third Party Software
| March 19, 2015 |
Reikan has released a major update to its fully automated autofocus tuning software FoCal which provides autofocus fine tuning for both Nikon and Canon digital SLR cameras. Version 2 includes a unique ability for users to compare test results directly against results from other FoCal users around the world, helping to answer the age old question, “Is my camera/lens a good copy?”.
Other highlighted features for Version 2 are routines to determine lens optical performance with an astigmatism metric and a large number of changes to the user interface to make calibration faster and FoCal easier to use.
To give you an idea of what’s new in FoCal 2, here’s a few of the most important features:
- Compare your results with other FoCal users – with FoCal 2, you can now compare the results of your tests with the results from thousands of other FoCal users to see how your equipment is really performing.
- Review your previous tests – you can review the detailed results of previous tests you’ve run for comparison. This includes most of the tests you’ve run with FoCal 1 as well.
- Improved Reports – the reports are now more concise, grouping relevant information together and showing more information that matters.
- Faster Results – get accurate results in less time with the new analysis algorithms in FoCal 2.
- More Information – you can dig deeper into the performance of your camera and lens with the extra information such as Astigmatism Factor, as well as reviewing more details about each shot taken.
- User Interface Improvements – the user interface is easier to understand, with new tabbed windows, more logical operation and comprehensive keyboard control.
- Voice Prompts – FoCal 2 even talks to you! Calibrate any camera without needing to sit looking at the computer screen – any changes you might need to make at the camera are spoken out loud.
- Free Upgrade – When fully released, FoCal 2 will be a free upgrade for all holders of a FoCal 1 license, so there’s nothing more to pay to get all these new features!
Learn more at Reikan
By Canon Cinema Lens Rumors
| March 19, 2015 |
We’re told that Canon will announce at least one new Cinema lens at NAB in April. It will be an ultra wide angle zoom, while focal length is unknown, it will have an aperture of t/3.5, “lowering the cost compared to its t/2.8 cousins”, which makes it sound like it’ll be compact zoom, as the standard wide angle cinema zooms are t/2.6.
We expect a lot more about NAB in the coming weeks as the show gets closer.
For the moment, we can confirm a Cinema EOS C300 Mark II which will record in 4K, as well as a Cinema EOS C500 Mark II coming to Las Vegas next month. We’ve also heard there is going to be a shoulder solution for the Cinema EOS bodies, which sounds like an accessory pack and not a shoulder designed Cinema EOS body. Although, we’ve heard such a camera is in the works.
On the consumer end of the spectrum, we will see a 4K G4H competitor.
More to come…
By Canon Reviews
| March 19, 2015 |
LensTip.com has completed their review of the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens. They compared it directly to the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 and the Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L II and came away extremely impressed by the Tamron.
In case you’re wondering, early comparisons between the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC and Canon EF 11-24 f/4L have been pretty close optically, although there is a big difference at the wide end in focal length as well distortion control in the Canon’s favour. However, for $1199, it looks like Tamron has a winner on their hands and they’ll probably sell a ton of them.
When it comes to the duel with the Canon EF 16–35 mm f/2.8L USM II the Tamron wins hands down. The Canon was able to compete successfully only in the frame centre, on the edge of the frame it was definitely worse. Still it is possible to use filters with it, a quite important asset in this class of parameters.
To sum up the boasting of Tamron about the superior quality of their new lens proved to be true. The company managed to present a device which compares favourably with its rivals, is cheaper, has optical stabilization and a 5-year warranty period – it would be difficult not to recommend it. Independent producers have been proving for some time that they are no longer specializing in cheap equivalents of brand name lenses. The Tamron 15-30 mm is an excellent example of that strategy.
- Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
- XGM and LD Glass Elements
- Vibration Compensation
- eBAND and BBAR Coatings
- Fluorine Coating on Front Element
- Ultrasonic Silent Drive AF System
- Built-In Lens Hood
- Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
Read the full review | Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC $1199: Adorama | B&H Photo
By Third Party Accessories
| March 18, 2015 |
Novo are a new brand of camera filters for the professional photographer and filmmaker. The exclusive range includes the World’s first filter to use the amazing Sapphire Crystal glass. Unique filters offering the slimmest brass frames, incomparable Sapphire, Gorilla and AGC quality glass and superior coatings. All the filters are water, dirt, oil repellent and stain, scratch resistant.
Currently there are two variants the Sapphire (UV only) and the Endura (Protector, UV, C-PL, Variable ND) with sizes from 40mm to 82mm. Competitively priced, the Sapphire UV’s range from £60 to £120 including VAT.
By Third Party Lenses
| March 18, 2015 |
We’ve read through the grapevine that B&H Photo has started shipping preorders for the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG Art series lens. There’s no word on stock levels and if all the preorders will be allocated with this initial shipment.
Justin, our lens reviewer is currently using the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG Art and we’re hoping for the review some time in April.
Source: [The-Digital-Picture] | Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art $849: Adorama | B&H Photo