Monday, September 22, 2014

Canon Issues Service Advisory for 4 Super Telephoto Primes

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon has issued a firmware update for its EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM lenses. Version 1.1.1 changes the control algorithm of the focus drive, and enhances the drive’s responsiveness for more precise focus and adjustments. In particular, the new firmware enhances the AI servo AF capability of the lenses to track erratically moving subjects such as players at a sports event. This firmware update will be performed by Canon Service Centers. This update is for lenses with Firmware Version 1.0.0 - click through / scroll down to learn how to find out if your copy is affected.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Blackmagic URSA Hands-On Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new, high-end Blackmagic URSA digital motion picture camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the recently launched Blackmagic URSA camera.

Heavily advertised throughout the show, the Blackmagic URSA is a new high-end digital motion picture camera featuring a user upgradable sensor and lens mount. Built to handle the ergonomics of large film crews as well as single-person use, the Blackmagic URSA has multiple accessories built in, including a massive 10 inch fold out on-set monitor, Super35 size 4K image sensor and internal dual raw and Apple ProRes recorders.

Schneider Kreuznach Xenon 30mm f/2.4 Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Want to see what the new Schneider Kreuznach Xenon 30mm f/2.4 Micro Four Thirds lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Schneider Kreuznach Xenon 30mm f/2.4 AF lens for Micro Four Thirds.

This lens was announced back at Photokina 2012 but its development was delayed for unspecified reasons. However, the company was now able to show us a working sample, noting that availability and pricing were still to be determined.

Schneider Kreuznach Super-Angulon 14mm f/2 Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Schneider Kreuznach Super Angulon 14mm f/2.0 Micro Four Thirds lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Schneider Kreuznach Super-Angulon 14mm f/2.0 auto focus lens for Micro Four Thirds.

This lens was announced back at Photokina 2012 but development was delayed for unspecified reasons. However, the company was now able to show us a working sample. Availability and pricing are still to be determined.

Hasselblad H5D-50c Wi-Fi Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Hasselblad H5D-50c Wi-Fi medium-format camera / digital back looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the  Hasselblad H5D-50c Wi-Fi prototype showcased at Photokina 2014. The H5D-50c with Wi-Fi makes it possible for users to fully control the camera and browse/view images on iPhone/iPad on location via Phocus Mobile software, without the need for a computer. It also features a 'Live View' function, allowing photographers to see and zoom in on a live image on the rear LCD even when the camera is untethered.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Photography Blog @ Photokina 2014

Mark Goldstein | Photokina 2014
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Photokina is nearly over, and all the new photography products have now been unveiled.

We've been busy attending exclusive briefings, press events and hitting the show floor to bring you hands-on looks of as many cameras, lenses and accessories as possible.

To see them all in one place, just visit this URL http://www.photographyblog.com/category/photokina_2014

Relonch Camera Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, Digital, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Relonch camera look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Relonch camera.

The Relonch camera adds an APS-C sensor and an f/2 lens to your smartphone. Importantly, this is not a working prototype but a mockup. The working one is just a hodgepodge of existing parts, with a much bigger lens taped to a rather different-looking camera body. The app, shown in the photos, seemed to be final though. The Relonch Camera is available now for pre-Order for $499.

Phottix Indra500 TTL Studiolight Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Phottix Indra500 TTL studiolight look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Phottix Indra500 TTL studiolight.

Yongnuo YN600EX-RT flash Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Yongnuo YN600EX-RT flash look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Yongnuo YN600EX-RT flash.

Voigtländer Heliar 40mm f/2.8 and Super Wide-Heliar 15mm f/4.5 Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Voigtländer Heliar 40mm f/2.8 and Voigtländer Super Wide-Heliar 15mm f/4.5 lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Voigtländer Heliar 40mm f/2.8 and Voigtländer Super Wide-Heliar 15mm f/4.5 lenses.

Samyang Cine 50mm T1.5 Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Samyang Cine 50mm T1.5 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Samyang Cine 50mm T1.5 lens.

Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens.

Tokina SD 11-20mm f/2.8 (IF) DX and SD 24-70mm f/2.8 (IF) FX Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Tokina SD 11-20mm f/2.8 (IF) DX and SD 24-70mm f/2.8 (IF) FX lenses looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Tokina SD 11-20mm f/2.8 (IF) DX and SD 24-70mm f/2.8 (IF) FX lenses.

SLR Magic HyperPrime Cine 10mm T2.1 and APO-HyperPrime Cine 50mm T2.1

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Want to see exactly what the new SLR Magic HyperPrime Cine 10mm T2.1 and SLR Magic APO-HyperPrime Cine 50mm T2.1 lenses looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the SLR Magic HyperPrime Cine 10mm T2.1 and SLR Magic APO-HyperPrime Cine 50mm T2.1 lenses.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pentax Full-Frame DSLR Lenses Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Pentax full-frame lenses look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Pentax full-frame lenses.

Simply referred to as "High magnification super-telephoto zoom lens" and the "Large diameter telephoto zoom lens", we'd assumed that these prototypes were for Pentax's well-established range of APS-C sensor digital SLR cameras. But they're actually for a future full-frame 35mm system instead, which Pentax have confirmed they're currently working on. We're not quite sure why Pentax would choose to display mockups of two telephoto lenses, rather than a camera body, but they do provide further evidence that Pentax are set to join Canon and Nikon in the full-frame DSLR market.

Pentax-DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Pentax-DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Pentax-DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED lens.

Samsung S 300mm f/2.8 ED OIS

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Want to see exactly what the new Samsung S 300mm f/2.8 ED OIS lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Samsung S 300mm f/2.8 ED OIS lens.

The Samsung S 300mm f/2.8 ED OIS lens is still a prototype, but it'ssheer size and bulk clearly shows that Samsung mean business. It offers a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8. opticalimage stabilisation, weather sealed magnesium alloy construction to match the NX1 camera, and rather incongruously has an i-Function button just like Samsung's more consumer-oriented lenses.

Fujifilm X100T Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm X100T camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm X100T camera.

Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the XF Fujifilm 50-140mm f/2.8 lens.

Sigma LVF-01 Loupe Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Sigma LVF-01 loupe looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sigma LVF-01 loupe.