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Official: EOS 7D Mark II, EF 400 f/4 DO IS II, EF-S 24mm... Sep 15, 2014
Official: EOS 7D Mark II, EF 400 f/4 DO IS II, EF-S 24mm...
Canon just announced the highly anticipated Canon EOS 7D Mark II ($1,799), and 3 lenses:
  1. EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake ($149)
  2. EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM ($599)
  3. EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II ($6,899)

Here are the EOS 7D Mark II official specifications:
  1. 20.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor
  2. ISO 100–16000 (expandable to H1: 25600, H2: 51200)
  3. Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors
  4. High speed continuous shooting up to 10 fps
  5. 65-point all cross-type AF system for high-performance, accurate subject tracking with EV -3 sensitivity (center point)
  6. Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  7. Up to 1090 JPEG, 31 RAW, and 19 RAW + JPEG shots in a single burst
  8. Intelligent Tracking and Recognition system (iTR AF) that detects and tracks subjects, automatically switching the AF point to optimize tracking
  9. Full HD video with Custom Movie Servo AF (speed and sensitivity) for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects, multiple frame rates including Full HD recording at 60p in MOV and MP4 formats and uncompressed HDMI out.
  10. Intelligent Viewfinder II provides approximately 100% field of view
  11. Built-in intervalometer and bulb timer
  12. Magnesium alloy body with shutter durability up to 200,000 cycles and enhanced dust and weather resistance.
  13. EOS Scene Detection System features a new 150,000-pixel/RGB+IR metering sensor
  14. Built-in GPS Receiver provides a digital compass, records location information (longitude, latitude, elevation and universal coordinated time (UTC)) as EXIF information for geotagging images when shooting.
  15. 3.0-inch Clear View II LCD monitor (approximately 1,040,000 dots)
  16. Weight: 2 pounds / 910g with battery and memory card


Pre-order links: (Expected availability: November 2014)
  1. Canon EOS 7D Mark II body only: B&H Photo | Adorama - $1,799

  2. Canon 7D Mark II 18-135 IS STM KIT: B&H Photo | Adorama - $2,149

  3. Canon BG-E16 Battery Grip: B&H Photo | Adorama - $319

  4. Canon LP-E6N Battery: B&H Photo | Adorama - $99

Lenses: (Expected availability: November 2014)
  1. Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM: B&H Photo | Adorama - $149

  2. Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM: B&H Photo | Adorama - $599

  3. Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM: B&H Photo | Adorama - $6,899
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Sep 12th - Featured Thread Winners! Sep 13, 2014
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Rise above the clouds_Mt Rainier by harshaj1

Nature & Wildlife:
Grizzly Bear Cubs Alaska by Natures Photo

People Photography:
Strobist street photography in Nepal by simplelogik

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Nikon D750 is official.. Sep 12, 2014
Nikon D750 is official..
Along With the D750, Nikon Announces Attractive New Offerings for Advanced Enthusiast and Professional Photographers, Including the SB-500 Speedlight and AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED Lens

Here are the specifications:
  • 24.3MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor.
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • 3.2" 1,229k-Dot RGBW Tilting LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Multi-CAM 3500FX II 51-Point AF Sensor
  • Native ISO 12800, Extended to ISO 51200
  • Continuous Shooting Up to 6.5 fps
  • 91k-Pixel RGB Sensor and Group Area AF
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Time Lapse Shooting & Exposure Smoothing

Preorder links:
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Official: EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II Sep 11, 2014
400mm f/4 DO IS II
The Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens delivers brilliant high-speed performance for professionals with minimal glare and superb image quality. Taking advantage of the best in lens technology, it features gapless dual-layer diffractive optical elements for improved diffraction efficiency with reduced flare. These elements are arranged with a large-diameter ground aspheric lens and a UD lens for a new level of sharpness and clarity. New coatings help to reduce ghosting, ensure excellent color balance and reduce fingerprints on the front and rear of the lens.

Professional L-series dust- and water-resistant construction is complemented by impressive performance: a 3 mode Image Stabilization system offers up to four stops of compensation and can even prevent operational errors when the camera is mounted on a tripod. AF stop buttons placed on the front of the lens can automatically stop focusing at any time; full time manual focus ensures complete control no matter the AF mode, and a Power Focus (PF) mode makes for smooth focus transitions when shooting movies. The EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM focuses down to 10.8 ft. (3.3 meters), has a 9-blade aperture for pleasing, soft, out-of-focus areas, and is constructed with environmentally friendly lead-free
glass.

Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II Specifications
  1. Compact, lightweight super telephoto lens that is ideal for sports and wildlife photography.
  2. Newly-developed gapless dual-layer diffractive optical elements deliver improved image quality with reduced flare.
  3. Large diameter ground aspherical lens and UD lens for even greater optical performance.
  4. Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to four shutter speed stops of correction*.
  5. Three image stabilization modes (standard, panning, and during exposure only) provide exceptional results for a wide range of shooting situations.
  6. For greater convenience, Image Stabilizer does not have to be disabled when shooting with a tripod.
  7. AF stop buttons on the front of the lens allow you to stop autofocusing at any point.
  8. Optimized lens placement and coatings deliver exceptional color balance, while minimizing ghosting and flare.
  9. Highly resistant to dust and water, enabling shooting even in harsh conditions.
  10. Circular aperture (9 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  11. Full-time manual focus allows manual focus adjustment while in AF Mode.
  12. Power Focus mode enables smooth focus shifts essential for filmmaking.
  13. Fluorine coating on front and rear lens surfaces reduces smears and fingerprints.
  14. Minimum focusing distance of 10.8 ft./3.3 m.


Pre-order the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM:
B&H Photo | Adorama - $6,899

(Available November 2014)
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Leaked 7DM2 Specs Sep 11, 2014
Leaked 7DM2 Specs
According to Canonwatch, these are the real specs:

The specs:

- Magnesium alloy body
- Dust and water resistant
- 20.2MP CMOS sensor
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF
- A new 65-point AF. All points cross type
- EOS iTR AF
- 10 fps
- Dual DIGIC6
- max ISO 16000
- RGB + IR photometry sensor of 150000 pixels
- Full HD 60p video
- GPS
- Interval Timer
- Bulb Timer
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3D-Kraft tested Otus 85mm f/1.4 on the Sony A7R camera Sep 10, 2014
DXOMark posted Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Review
3D-Kraft tested Otus 85mm f/1.4 on the Sony A7R camera.

Here is an excerpt:
"The Otus line was designed with full-frame DSLRs in mind and so you can get them in two versions: ZE model for Canon EF-mount and ZF.2 model for Nikon F-mount. Thinking of all the features supporting precise and comfortable manual focusing on Sony’s mirror less A7R with its exceptional 36 MP sensor, great EVF magnification, focus peaking etc., for me this combination makes even more sense…this is the perfect match and simply the best lens you can currently get in this focal length range. I saw several posts complaining about the price tag (about 4000 EUR including VAT), but if you compare it to a Leica Apo Summicron 50/2 ASPH or medium format lenses – and this is the league where it compares best – it looks like a bargain."
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FM Member johnvanr posted a review with sample images on his site. He used the Otus 85mm f/1.4 on the Canon 5D Mark III and the A7r.
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DxOmark just posted their review on the new Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 lens. It's no surprise that the new Otus easily outperforms all the 85mm lenses on the market in optical tests. - Full Review

Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* ($4,490)
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DXOMark posted 16-35mm f/4L IS review Sep 10, 2014
DXOMark posted 16-35mm f/4L IS review
DxOmark just posted their review on the new EF16-35mm F4L IS USM lens.

Here is an excerpt:
“Adding stabilization in a lens like this is targeting videographers more than stills photographers, where the wide field of view and steadying effect can be put to good use, but it’s a welcome addition all the same. The imaging performance is good, very good in fact, but it’s not without some shortcomings, particularly at the longer end where field curvature provides some unexpected results. Once those are understood and either avoided or worked around, the lens can be a very satisfying performer and at $1,199 this new model doesn’t seem over priced.”

Full Review | Canon EF16-35mm F4L IS USM ($1,199)
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Samyang announces full-frame 12mm f/2.8 fisheye! Sep 10, 2014
Samyang announce full-frame 12mm f/2.8 fisheye!
Samyang just announced the new 12mm f/2.8 Fisheye Full Frame lens.

Press Release:

"Samyang Europe announces the upcoming Autumn release of the full-frame Samyang 12mm 1:2.8 ED AS NCS Fish-eye lens. The new model is yet another product of the Korean manufacturer and its widest 35mm film format lens. The lens will be officially introduced during Photokina fairs in Cologne on September 16th 2014.
15 posts  |  1340 views
Weekly Assignment 621 winner: DontShoot Sep 10, 2014

Congratulations to DontShoot for winning WA 621, based on the theme: Love.

The top five photos displayed below, will also be showcased on our Winners Gallery.

Voting is now open for the WA 622 winners.
Cast your vote!

Weekly Assignment 622 just started with theme: "Nightmare"
Deadline: September 17th noon - Participate!
6 posts  |  803 views
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* Pre-Order Sep 08, 2014
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* ZE Pre-Order

The new Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T* is now available for pre-order at B&H Photo.

Canon-mount | Nikon-mount Price: $4,490
20 posts  |  1763 views
Just The Lenses: Canon vs Nikon Zooms at 70mm Sep 07, 2014
Just The Lenses: Canon vs Nikon Zooms at 70mm
Roger at LensRentals compared 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses from Canon and Nikon. Interesting article because his test removes the "camera" variable, focusing solely on image quality.

Here is an excerpt from his conclusion:
"Saying one of these three lenses is clearly better than the other at 70mm is rather silly. They have some different characteristics; some slightly different strengths and weaknesses. The reality is if I shot Nikon and carried these two zooms, I’d use the 70-200 for work around 70mm. If I shot Canon and carried these two, I’d prefer the flat field of the 24-70 once in a while, need the IS of the 70-200 once in a while, but generally wouldn’t worry about changing lenses to get a 70mm shot."

Read Full article
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Sep 5th - Featured Thread Winners! Sep 06, 2014
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Proxy Falls by harshaj1

Nature & Wildlife:
Danube Delta and the Last Frontier by squidfish

People Photography:
Some Recent Random Portraits :) by Lisa_Holloway

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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Sports and Contemporary Sep 05, 2014
Sigma 150-600mm f5-f6.3 DG OS HSM Sport
Sigma Announces a Pair of 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Lenses With Advanced Features and Optics for Photokina 2014
The 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports and 150-600mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary.

Both Sigma lenses can be pre-ordered at B&H Photo.
129 posts  |  10419 views
Weekly Assignment 620 winner: Tom Harpstead Sep 03, 2014

Congratulations to Tom Harpstead for winning WA 620, based on the theme: Message.

The top five photos displayed below, will also be showcased on our Winners Gallery.

Voting is now open for the WA 621 winners.
Cast your vote!

Weekly Assignment 621 just started with theme: "Lazy"
Deadline: September 10th noon - Participate!
5 posts  |  940 views
Zeiss Loxia 2/50 and 2/35 Preorder at B&H Photo! Sep 02, 2014
Zeiss Loxia 2/50 and 2/35 Preorder at B&H Photo!
The newly announced Zeiss Loxia Full Frame E-mount lenses are now available for preorder are now running at B&H Photo:
55 posts  |  3457 views
Official: Canon drops price on 24 L lenses Aug 30, 2014
Official: Canon drops price on 21 L lenses
Canon has dropped the price on various L lenses today.
The price drop seems to be permanent as rebate programs have ended.

Super telephotos had as much as $1,000 price reduction and some popular lenses like the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS Macro are now $500 cheaper.

The best deals are:
  • $500 price drop on EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM  – drops from $1499 to $999 - B&H Photo | Adorama

  • $700 price drop on EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM  – drops from $7299 to $6599 - B&H Photo | Adorama

  • $1000 price drop on EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM  – drops from $11499 to $10499 - B&H Photo | Adorama

  • $1000 price drop on EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM  – drops from $10499 to $9499 - B&H Photo | Adorama

  • $1000 price drop on EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM  – drops from $12999 to $11999 -B&H Photo | Adorama
91 posts  |  13739 views
Aug 29th - Featured Thread Winners! Aug 30, 2014
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Lavender Light by MajeedB

Nature & Wildlife:
Rush Hour at Milkweed City by teked

People Photography:
out of retirement by Shepherd_in_CO

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Transcend SDHC Memory Cards sale at Adorama Aug 29, 2014
Transcend SDHC Memory Cards sale at Adorama

Adorama has a set of Transcend SDHC memory cards starting at $7.95.

See all memory cards on offer here.

Offer Expires 09/03/2014
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