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 Wednesday, April 1, 2015

 
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
 Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The Western and Midwestern USA should be able to see a total lunar eclipse this Saturday morning. The rest of the USA will likely see only a partial lunar eclipse as the moon drops below the horizon before the total eclipse occurs.
 
For more information on the eclipse, check out the folloing resources:
 
Lunar Eclipse Schedule (Saturday, April 4)
 
EventUTC TimePacific TimeEastern Time
Penumbral Eclipse begins9:01 AM2:01 AM5:01 AM
Partial Eclipse begins10:15 AM3:15 AM6:15 AM
Full Eclipse begins11:57 AM4:57 AM7:57 AM
Maximum Eclipse12:00 Noon5:00 AM8:00 AM
Full Eclipse ends12:02 PM5:02 AM8:02 AM
Partial Eclipse ends1:44 PM6:44 AM9:44 AM
Penumbral Eclipse ends2:59 PM7:59 AM10:59 AM
Post Date: 3/31/2015 7:52:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
This is one of the most comprehensive overviews of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II that I've seen. It's definitely a good reference if you're considering stepping up from a Rebel or xxD series camera. For even more detail on this highly capable camera, check out Bryan's full review.
 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Step up to a Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR - designed to meet the demands of photographers and videographers who want to cover a wide range of artistic opportunities – from sports to wildlife and everything in between, and find the quality you've been looking for.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/31/2015 9:02:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H Photo/Video Logo
From B&H:
 
SuperStore & Offices
B&H is closed from 7:00pm EDT on Thursday, April 2 through Saturday, April 11. We will reopen on Sunday, April 12 at 10:00am EDT.
 
Online Orders
Online ordering is unavailable from April 3 at 7:15pm EDT through April 5 at 8:45pm EDT, and from April 9 at 7:15pm EDT, through April 11 at 8:45pm EDT.
 
Shipping
Orders placed by Thursday, April 2 before 12:00pm EDT are processed before the Passover closing. Orders placed after this time are processed when we reopen.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 3/31/2015 6:51:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 30, 2015
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Place your printing orders ahead of the holidays so you won't get caught short. As we are every year, we will be closed from April 4th through April 11th in observance of the Passover holiday.
 
We urge you to please plan ahead for your printing needs and place any order now that you might anticipate needing for anytime in early April. Don't disappoint your clients or your family and friends – stock up on prints and books so you won't get caught empty handed!
 
P.S. – The AdoramaPix.com website will be up and running so you can place orders during the break.
Category: AdoramaPix News
Post Date: 3/30/2015 2:13:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
The balance of the standardized test results (distortion, flare and vignetting) along with measurements and product images (standard and eye candy) have been added to the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens review page.
 
Note that the first image quality link in my last Sigma 24 Art post inadvertently showed results for the 7D Mark II instead of the full frame 1Ds Mark III. If you didn't catch that, check the Image quality results again.
 
As I said in the last post, my goal is to complete this review within a week. Stay tuned.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens available for preorder with "coming soon" being the expectation for arrival.
Post Date: 3/30/2015 9:26:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Triggertrap Timelapse Pro App
From Triggertrap:
 
Triggertrap Timelapse Pro is an advanced companion app to the hugely successful Triggertrap Mobile App, offering flexible and powerful modular timelapse creation to iOS users for just £3.99.
 
Retaining the same user friendly format and beautiful design that has made Triggertrap Mobile such a hit with photographers, Timelapse Pro inspires timelapse photographers to create stunning images, customisable to their specific needs and situation. The app enables users to create timelapse sequences composed of so-called ‘Intervalometer’ and ‘Delay’ modules. These modules can be configured, mixed and matched. Several modules can be added to each timelapse sequence. Users can reorder and delete modules as they please, adding even more flexibility to their sequence. Photographers can also create and save as many timelapse sequences as they like, giving the option to save favourite settings for different scenarios.
 
Timelapse Pro takes all this power and enables photographers to dig even deeper into the fascinating world of timelapse. The app has been created in response to the needs of Triggertrap’s community of timelapse photographers, and the intrepid team of Triggertrap developers will continue to add features that fill the gaps in the timelapse photographer’s toolkit. Put simply: Timelapse Pro enables photographers to take epic, complex timelapses in an uncomplicated fashion.
 
Timelapse Pro is available to buy in the App Store from today for just £3.99 ($4.99). Users combine the app with a Triggertrap Mobile kit to use the app with their camera, expanding the photographer’s existing camera gear on to a world of new timelapse options.
 
Features:
 
  • Create multiple timelapse sequences with custom names for quick access.
  • Intervalometer module. Select the intervals between shots and either how many exposures photographers want to take or the duration you’d like to take exposures for.
  • Delay module. Insert delays between intervalometer modules that last seconds, minutes, or even hours.
  • Add as many modules to your timelapse as you like, allowing you to build more complex sequences.
  • Reorder your modules to suit your needs.
  • Power Saver mode that darkens screen while the timelapse is running to save power.
  • Battery Threshold. Stops activity when your battery hits the threshold so you don’t kill your device’s battery.
  • Available on iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, including iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices.
Check out our Triggertap Mobile Dongle Review for more information.
Post Date: 3/30/2015 9:26:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Digital Learning Center
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
"Ever since the Speedlite 600EX-RT was introduced a couple of years ago, my [author Eric Stoner's] life as a portrait artist changed forever. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my Speedlite 580EXII! But, the amount of additional control and reliability that the Speedlite 600EX-RT offers is, in a word, superior!
 
'Speedliting,' for many people, can be a scary proposition especially using E-TTL Automatic flash. One reason, and it’s a good one, is that you never really know how much power the flash is outputting. Does one really NEED to know that information? I’m sure for some of you that the answer is 'yes' and I understand it, but I’m a results kind of guy! I know that these Speedlites work very well and I trust them!"
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H carries Canon Speedlite flashes.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/30/2015 7:14:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang Teasing New Lens
From the Samyang Optics Facebook Page:
 
With immense focus and unparalleled features, #SamyangOptics will introduce the latest product. Stay tuned.
 
B&H carries Samyang lenses.
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 3/30/2015 6:38:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon:
 
TOKYO, March 30, 2015 — Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ) today announced that it filed its annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2014, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on March 27, 2015. The annual report on Form 20-F, which contains the Company's complete audited financial statements, can be accessed from the Company's website at:
 
http://www.canon.com/ir/library/form20f.html
 
The Company will also provide a hard copy of its complete audited financial statements free of charge to all shareholders upon request.
 
To facilitate this, Canon provides an online request form that can be accessed from the Company's website at:
 
http://www.canon.com/ir/annual/index.html
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/30/2015 6:15:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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