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 Thursday, April 2, 2015
Samyang 100mm Macro Photo and Cine Lenses
April 2, 2015, Seoul, Korea – The global optics brand, Samyang Optics today announced macro lenses for full frame sensors with 1:1 life-sized reproduction ratio – Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC MACRO lens and 100mm T3.1 VDSLR ED UMC MACRO cine lens. These new products will be the first macro systems, housed under the 40 years Samyang’s class-leading core optics technologies.
 
Focusing on the Essence of Nature - Samyang 100mm F2.8 Macro Photo
The Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC MACRO photo lens realizes 1:1 life-sized image with superior image quality. It enables to capture the essence of nature with the minimum focusing distance of 0.3m (1 feet). It is a versatile lens which can be used both as macro lens for close-ups and telephoto lens for portraits and landscapes. The bright f/2.8 aperture offers the best level quality images under various exposure conditions.
 
Free Your Action! – Samyang 100mm T3.1 Macro Cine
The Samyang 100mm T3.1 VDSLR ED UMC MACRO cine lens is the ideal lens for close-up videos with greater quality. This lens is optimally designed for professional follow focus system thanks to the quiet and smooth uncoupled focus and aperture gear rings. Also, the distance scale and T numbers are marked on both sides of the lens for convenience when filming. Also, the Samyang 100mm T3.1 lens is one of Samyang Optics VDSLR II Cine Lens Line Up which produces the matched image color and has identical location of aperture and focus gear rings.
 
Based on exceptional optical technology of Samyang Optics, the Samyang 100mm series features 15 glasses in 12 groups, including high refractive lens (HR) and extra low dispersion lens (ED) to minimize the unnecessary light dispersion and deliver high resolution throughout center to corner of image. Ultra Multi Coating (UMC) of Samyang Optics is used to optimize the light penetration and minimize flare and ghost. The Samyang 100mm series comes in 10 camera mounts: Canon EOS, Nikon, Pentax, Sony ?, Sony E, Fujifilm X, Canon M, Samsung NX, Four-Thirds, and MFT.
 
The Samyang 100mm series will be available globally from the end of April 2015. Suggested retail price is 100mm f/2.8 for EUR 549 and 100mm T3.1 for EUR 599.
 
B&H carries Samyang lenses.
 
Note: For what it's worth, the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM (review) sells for $549.00 USD after $50.00 instant savings. [Sean]
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 4/2/2015 6:01:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 1, 2015

 
From the Fotodiox YouTube Channel:
 
For the first time ever, we're pleased to announce the Canon to Nikon adapter.
Category: Fotodiox News
Post Date: 4/1/2015 3:50:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Miz Mooz YouTube Channel:
 
At Miz Mooz, we understand the importance of looking great without giving up the comfort our women on-the-go have come to love about our footwear. Introducing the Selfie Shoes.
 
No matter where you go, you’ll always be camera-ready. Just insert your phone into the port at the front of either your right or left shoe, raise it to the perfect angle and click the internal button with a tap of your toe to take the photo. With the Selfie Shoes, you no longer have to use your arm, so now both hands are free to be in the photo.
 
Amazon carries Miz Mooz shoes.
Post Date: 4/1/2015 3:41:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Google YouTube Channel:
 
We’re excited to introduce Smartbox—a better, smarter mailbox that fuses physical mail with everything you love about the electronic kind.
 
Smartbox is currently in field trial—stuck in the ground, in a field—for Inbox by Gmail customers. If you’re not yet using Inbox, simply email inbox@google.com any time before April 2 to be invited, and to reserve your spot on the Smartbox waitlist.
Category: Google News
Post Date: 4/1/2015 2:37:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Google Maps Pac-Man
Today, Google has a little suprise for you. Open up Google Maps and click on the icon beside the satellite view (bottom left corner) and enjoy your game of Pac-Man. ;-)
Category: Google News
Post Date: 4/1/2015 2:23:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Google Fiber YouTube Channel:
 
The loading bar is a signal to many of us to take care of those little things- like making a cup of coffee, taking that bathroom break or just petting the dog. We have been told that Fiber’s seemingly instant connections have taken away that valuable time. So today we are introducing Dial-Up Mode to slow your Fiber speeds down. Relax to your 56k connection and get those precious moments back.
Post Date: 4/1/2015 2:10:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From ExpoImaging:
 
We are happy to announce the launch of our Rogue Speedlight Video series.
 
Watch leading photographic educators share insightful photography tips and lighting techniques using speedlights in-studio and on-location.
 
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel or follow our Lighting Blog and be the first to watch our new lighting video each week.
 
B&H carries Rogue products.
Post Date: 4/1/2015 1:23:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From PBS.org:
"After two years of extensive upgrades, the Large Hadron Collider was warming up on March 21 for another round of experiments when a circuit controlling one of its massive magnets shorted out. Dismayed, scientists began repairing the equipment, hoping for a short delay. Just yesterday, CERN announced that the LHC could restart within days.
 
Then the unexpected happened. As physicists were testing the repairs by zipping a few spare protons around the 17 mile loop, the CMS detector picked up something unusual. The team feverishly pored over the data, and ultimately came to an unlikely conclusion—in their tests, they had accidentally created a rainbow universe.
 
'Rainbow universes were pure speculation before this happened,' said Jessica Czerniski, the CERN physicist who was overseeing the warm-up procedures. 'We had some solid math backing us up, of course, but none of us ever dreamed we would live to see this day.'"
Read the entire article on PBS.org.
Post Date: 4/1/2015 1:09:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Scott McDermott Vimeo Channel:
 
Still using a traditional baby carrier with too much shake and wobble? You need the SteadiKid. The only baby carrier that uses technology developed for the movies.
Post Date: 4/1/2015 11:48:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the iFixit Videos YouTube Channel:
 
We’ve heard rumors about it forever, and today we’re finally getting a look at it. It’s Apple’s first foray into the fashion world and it’s coming in the form of a watch. Whether or not this wearable will become the next big thing from Apple remains to be seen, but we want to find out just what makes this watch tick, so today we are tearing down the Apple watch.
Post Date: 4/1/2015 11:26:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Flashpoint PolarLight LED Lights
From Adorama:
 
April 1, 2015 – After months of research Flashpoint has developed the first ever on and off camera LED light series especially designed for cinema cameras with 4K recording.
 
Our new lights have a polarizing filter which spreads the rays for optimal 4K capture by dispersing the light in a "slower" way and matching the sensitive sensors that 4K cameras have. Available as a standard LED light or with adjustable color temperature, and as an on-camera unit (300 diodes) or an off-camera panel (1350 diodes).
 
The on-camera unit features a universal battery design, silent vented cooling, and up to 3 hours battery life. The off-camera panel can use AC power or V-mount batteries, and is the brightest unit of its kind on the market, even with the polarizing filter.
 
Flashpoint PolarLight 4K LED (Color Temperature Adjustable or Regular)
 
  • On-Camera – $349
  • Light Panel – $1,200
Product Highlights
 
  • Industry changing breakthrough technology
  • Exceptional brightness (1000lux /6150lux)
  • Vented cooling for silence
  • Color temperature adjustable
  • 6 stops stepless power control
  • Power source flexibility
  • Battery life readout
  • Panels can be combined to create large arrays
  • 1 year USA warranty
Pre-orders coming soon! Projected shipping time is beginning of September 2015.
Category: Flashpoint News
Post Date: 4/1/2015 11:14:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Sony Playstation YouTube Channel:
 
Ariel Ingannare, Wearable Tech Manager, PlayStation Wearable Entertainment Technology introduces a watershed moment in wearable technology; PlayStation Flow
Post Date: 4/1/2015 9:59:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
LensRentals Blog Announces C-4 Precision Optics
One of the most trusted names in camera and lens rentals – Roger Cicala of LensRentals – has announced a new partnership with Brian Caldwell (designer of the Metabones Speedboosters) and Aaron Closz which will be manufacturing lenses under the brand name C-4 Precision Optics.
 
C-4 Precision Optics has designed several revolutionary lenses that it aims to release:
 
  • The Beast – 66.6mm f/0.666 Lens for Micro 4/3
  • The Night Stalker – 150mm f/1.0 Lens for full-frame mirrorless
  • The Flying Saucer / Lightbender – 4.9mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for full-frame mirrorless
Check out the LensRentals Blog for more information regarding C-4 Precision Optics.
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens review.
 
No surprises here. This lens performs very well even on the high-density 7D II sensor, hopefully foreshadowing a great performance on the incoming Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R. Being realistic, with the great price/performance ratio of the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens, most APS-C users would be better off buying a full frame DSLR and the 16-35 f/4L IS.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens available for preorder with "Coming Soon" as the expectation.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/1/2015 7:54:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Photoflex Closing its Doors
Popular lighting and accessory manufacturer Photoflex has announced via its homepage that it is closing its doors after 30 years in the industry.
 
I own a Photoflex Umbrella with Adjustable Frame and love it; I'm sad to see them go. Hopefully they will reconsider their hasty decision to close and continue to bring us high quality, innovative products as the first rays of sunlight dance on the horizon tomorrow. [Sean]
 
Update: Photoflex has indeed gone out of business. This is not an April Fool's Day joke.
Category: Photoflex News
Post Date: 4/1/2015 6:59:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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