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  • Carl Zeiss presents a new Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 Super Wide-Angle Lens

    The new ZEISS Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 opens-up a new world of creative possibilities.

    Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 Lens Side

    Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 Lens

    The super wide angle Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 will be available with a Canon EF (ZE) or Nikon F bayonet (ZF.2). With an extra-large angle of view of 110 degrees in combination with a fast f/2.8 aperture, the lens enables the features for dramatic perspectives and performance demanded by the most ambitious landscape and architectural photographers. With a unique ability to capture events in a natural and extraordinary manner, it is also an ideal companion for advertising, journalism and commercial photography.

    Thanks to the extreme angle of view of the lens, the fore and background can be creatively emphasized in landscape and architecture photography. These applications will also benefit from the large depth-of-field, which provides a wide range of image sharpness from close-up up to infinity. With a close focus of 0.25m (10”) – combined with a wide angle view, photographers can work in tight spaces, while also allowing focus on close-up details. Distortion is extremely well controlled, producing naturally proportioned photographs which are not typical of many other super wide angle lenses. "With the Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8, Carl Zeiss sets the standard in super wide angle photography," says Dr. Michael Pollmann, Consumer Lenses Program Manager in the Camera Lens Division of Carl Zeiss AG. "Even at full aperture it achieves outstanding detail rendition and opens up room for extremely imaginative design."

    The Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 incorporates two aspheric lenses and special types of glass material with abnormal partial dispersion to provide an extraordinary correction of chromatic aberration. A floating elements design guarantees high image quality from close-focus through infinity. Like the other SLR lenses in the ZE and ZF.2 series, stray light and reflections are well controlled by the Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating and the sophisticated treatment of the lens element edges with special light absorbing paint.

    The robust all-metal barrel of the Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 is designed for decades of reliable service. A long focus rotation and buttery-smooth action is perfect for photographers who want to take control of their picture making, as well as for filmmakers looking for superior focus control. A nine blade aperture provides a nearly circular opening, producing natural looking out of focus details.

    The lens shade is integrated into the design and helps to protect the lens surface from unintentional damage. The 95mm filter thread accepts all standard filters, including the recently released Carl Zeiss T* UV and POL filters.

    The lens will begin shipping in May 2012 at a recommended retail price of $2,950 USD.

    Sample images taken with the Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 lens can be found here.

    Technical data

    Focal length                                          15 mm

    Aperture range                                       f/2.8 -22

    Number of lens elements/groups     15/12

    Focusing range:                                     0.25m – infinity

    Angular field** (diag./horiz./vert.)             110°/ 100°/ 76°

    Coverage at close range**                      340 x 221 mm (close-up)

    Image ratio at close range                      1:9 (close-up)

    Filter thread                                           95mm x 1.0

    Length with caps                          132 mm (ZF.2), 135 mm (ZE)

    Diameter                                               103 mm (ZF.2), 103 mm (ZE)

    Weight                                              730 g (ZF.2), 820 g (ZE)

    Mounts                                                 ZF.2 (F bayonet), ZE (EF bayonet)

    ** Based on 35 mm format

    Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 Lens with Filter

    With Filter In Use

    Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 Slip-On Lens Cap

    Slip-On Lens Cap

    Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 Lens Front View

    ZE Front View

    Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 Lens Rear View

    ZE Rear View

  • Webinar Alert: Take Control of Off-Camera Flash Studio Portrait Lighting featuring the new PocketWizard® Plus® III

    PocketWizard Plus III Webinar on Portrait Lighting

    When? 3/20/2012 1:00pm EDT
    Where? Here (PocketWizard's Website)
    What?

    Join host Joe Brady for this live video seminar on controlling studio portrait lighting with the new PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver. Learn the benefits of shooting with your flashes on full manual power. During the live shoot, he'll use both speedlights and studio monolights. But more important than just discussing photography gear, he's going to explore how and why to use this equipment to capture the image you’re after.

    Photographers know that photography is about light. The new PocketWizard Plus IIIs he'll put to use will allow him to put the light where it is needed and make it easy to control – right from the top of the camera.

    He's going to take full control of the lights for studio shoots. That means full manual control – no TTL flash. No more guessing, no constant exposure adjustments, no hours in front of the computer fixing your images. If you are after consistent, professional results in controlled settings, learn how manual control is the way to go!

    Please note:

    There is NO pre-registration. Simply go to the link provided above (next to "Where?") on March 20th at 1PM EDT and enter your E-Mail address, Postal Code and Country in the designated form, and the live streaming video will begin!

  • New Sony SLT-A57 Digital SLR Camera -- High-Speed 12 FPS Shooting for Less

    Sony A57 Advanced Feature Set Includes 12 fps Shooting, Full HD (60p) Video Capture, New Auto Portrait Framing and more

    Sony A57 Digital SLR Camera

    The Sony Alpha SLT-A57 can be purchased from our website here.

    A wider palette of creative options is now accessible to more shooters with the α57 camera, the newest addition to Sony’s popular line of A-mount cameras employing Translucent Mirror Technology.

    The innovative Translucent Mirror design directs incoming light to the CMOS image sensor and the AF sensor at the same time, allowing full-time continuous AF during both still and video shooting.  Users can also frame, focus and preview shots in real-time on the high-resolution Tru-Finder™ electronic viewfinder, which offers a wide viewing angle and 100% field of view. This allows photographers to capture exactly what they see on the screen.

    A natural successor to Sony’s acclaimed α55 camera, the α57 is positioned for a wide audience of DSLR users. It can shoot still images at up to 12 frames per second, capture full HD video at 60p, 60i or 24p frame rates and has a variety of creative modes including Auto Portrait Framing, a world’s first technology

    “Today’s DSLR consumer is looking for a higher level of control and flexibility in their camera,” said Mike Kahn, director of the Alpha camera business group for Sony Electronics. “With the introduction of the new α57, we’re bringing blazing fast response rates, enhanced artistic capabilities and other advanced features to the mainstream DSLR marketplace, offering professional-grade performance at affordable prices.”

    With the α57 camera, shooting speeds of up to 12 frames per second are achieved in new Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE mode, maintaining continuous auto focus and auto exposure with fixed aperture. Magnifying the central portion of the sensor’s image by 1.4x, it’s perfect for capturing split-second action close-ups with a burst of sharply focused images, even when the subject is moving. In this shooting mode, aperture is fixed at either f/3.5 or the maximum aperture of lens in use (whichever is smaller) and image size of photos is about 8.4 megapixels.

    Additionally, the α57 camera lets people create powerfully expressive Full HD movies. Responsive full-time continuous phase detection AF ensures that moving subjects stay sharply focused, just like with still shooting. Support for the AVCHD™ Ver. 2.0 (Progressive) format means that Full HD resolution movies can be captured with 60p frame rate: ideal for capturing smooth, blur-free action. Shooting in 24p is also available to give footage a rich, cinematic look. Movie-making options are enhanced further with full control over P/A/S/M shooting modes for virtually limitless creative expression.

    The α57 model shares the α65’s 15-point AF system with three cross sensors delivering fast, accurate TTL phase detection autofocus. Newly enhanced Object Tracking AF keeps faces or other selected objects in sharp focus – even if a target is obscured momentarily by another passing object.

    Even the novice photographers can now easily create pro-style portraits with the α57 thanks to new Auto Portrait Framing, a world’s first technology. Using face detection and the compositional ‘rule of thirds,’ the camera identifies a subject’s position, trimming the scene to create tightly framed, professional-looking pictures in portrait or landscape orientation while maintaining a copy of the original image. Saving both the original photo plus the adjusted version allows for easy comparison between the two images, offering photographers inspiration to refine their portrait skills.

    To get closer to the subject, 2x Clear Image Zoom digital zoom technology doubles the effective magnification of your lens and is a highly practical alternative to travelling with a bigger, bulkier telephoto lens. The camera uses Sony’s “By Pixel Super Resolution Technology” to ensure that cropped and zoomed images retain full pixel resolution.

    Additionally, the model’s range of popular in-camera Picture Effect modes includes 11 different effects and 15 total variations – offering a generous palette of ‘PC-free’ artistic treatments, including Pop Color, HDR Painting, Miniature Mode and much more. Results can be previewed directly in live view mode on the LCD screen or in the new Tru-Finder™ electronic viewfinder while shooting either Full HD video or stills.

    Still and video shooting, framing, focusing and real-time preview of exposure adjustments are a pleasure with the new Tru-Finder™ electronic viewfinder. With ultra-detailed 1440k dot resolution and a 100% field of view, it rivals quality optical viewfinders. There’s a choice of selectable high-resolution information displays with a wide viewing-angle to help consumers shoot with confidence, including a digital level gauge and framing grid. Information can be displayed either directly in the viewfinder or on the angle-adjustable 7.5 cm (3.0-type) Xtra Fine LCD™ display.

    Ensuring detail-packed images, the 16.1 effective megapixel Exmor® APS HD CMOS sensor is teamed with a latest-generation BIONZ® engine. Refined by Sony during the development of its flagship α77 and high-end α65 cameras, this powerful processor effortlessly handles large amounts of image data for flawless, low-noise images and Full HD video.

    Thanks to the BIONZ processor, creative shooting opportunities are boosted by an outstanding sensitivity range of ISO 100-16,000. Users will experience consistently natural, low-noise images – whether shooting at fast shutter speeds to freeze dynamic action or handheld without flash in low light.

    Pricing and Availability

    The new α57 interchangeable lens camera will be available this April with an 18-55mm kit zoom lens for $800 (model SLT-A57K).  It will also be offered as body-only for about $700 (model SLT-A57).

    Sony will also be introducing a new battery-powered LED video light, model HVL-LE1, which broadens options for recording video indoors or in low light. This new accessory will be available this month for about $250.

    SLT-A57 / A57K Quick Facts:

    • Translucent Mirror Technology accelerates AF performance
    • Up to 12 fps w/ Continuous AF in Tele-zoom High Speed mode
    • Up to 10 fps at full 16.1 MP with Sony’s Exmor® HD APS sensor
    • Clear Image Zoom extends the reach of any lens
    • Get professional portrait composition with Auto Portrait Framing
    • 1080/60p/24p Full AVCHD™ or 1080/30p MP4 movies
    • Tru-finder™ Electronic Viewfinder: big and bright
    • Tilt/swivel 3.0" LCD , 921K dots, TruBlack™ screen
    • Auto HDR captures more contrast than one exposure can
    • SteadyShot INSIDE™ image stabilization built into body
    • Accurate 15-point Auto Focus system; 3 cross sensors
    • Image layering: Multi-Frame NR & Hand-held Twilight shot
    • Sweep Panorama™ Mode captures landscapes beautifully
    • 3D Sweep Panorama™ Mode: incredible views to enjoy on 3DTV
  • New Lower Pricing on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II Full-Frame Digital SLR Camera

    Canon EOS 5D Mark II Full-Frame Digital SLR Camera

    Canon EOS 5D Mark II

    It was only a few days ago that we reported on the price decrease of Nikon's D700 full-frame digital SLR camera. We also announced the release of Canon's newest 5D, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. As the title of this post suggests, Canon has followed Nikon's lead with the D700 and has decided to keep the 5D Mark II in its line-up and has decreased the price of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. The new price of the Canon 5D Mark II is a very attractive $2,199.99. Click this link to purchase, or call our retail store at (802) 244-0883.

  • Its Official! - The Canon EOS 5D Mark III - PLUS New Accessories!

    This morning it was finally time for the long awaited announcement from Canon. See the press release below:

    Canon EOS 5D Mark IIICanon EOS 5D Mark III

    London, UK, 2nd March 2012 – Canon today announces the latest addition to its worldfamous EOS range with the launch of the new EOS 5D Mark III. The EOS 5D Mark IIIbuilds on the performance of the legendary EOS 5D Mark II, offering improved speed,greater resolution, enhanced processing power and extended creative options for bothstills and Full HD movies – providing unparalleled artistic freedom for the most demanding photographers.

    Incorporating feedback from photographers worldwide, the EOS 5D Mark III offers improved performance in virtually every area. A new 22.3 Megapixel (MP) full-frame sensor offers the ideal balance of resolution for stills and HD movies and up to 6 frames per second (fps) shooting, whilst a 61-point AF system and 63-zone metering provide greater speed, flexibility and accuracy. Powered by the latest DIGIC 5+ processing technology, the EOS 5D Mark III also features enhanced video functions, offeringimproved image quality alongside greater audio control – redefining creative possibilities for photographers and amateur videographers alike. “The EOS 5D Mark III represents a big step forward for the EOS 5D series” said Kieran Magee, Marketing Director, Professional Imaging, Canon Europe. “The EOS 5D Mark II is an exceptional camera and we’ve listened carefully to feedback from its passionate community of users to improve performance in every area. This camera has been designed to meet virtually any creative challenge – it’s faster, more responsive and features the tools to adapt to everything from studio photography to creative videography, while producing results of the highest quality.”

    Enhanced performance
    With its comprehensively upgraded specification, the EOS 5D Mark III is the ideal toolfor the growing number of photographers shooting both stills and movies. It incorporates a number of the features launched with Canon’s revolutionary EOS-1D X,providing vastly improved performance, flexibility, handling and durability. The camera’s newly-developed 22.3MP full-frame sensor provides increased resolution and finer detail, enabling the capture of a wide range of scenes, from sweeping landscapes to beautiful portraits. Higher speed continuous shooting also offers expanded creative possibilities. With an increased 8-channel read out, the camera comfortably handles a maximum full resolution speed of up to 6fps in bursts of 18 RAW images or over 16,000 JPEGs1, without the need for additional accessories. Additionally, the sensor’s advanced architecture offers a huge native ISO range of 100-25,600, expandable to 102,400, making it possible to capture clean, high quality pictures, even in extreme low-light conditions.

    The EOS 5D Mark III utilises the same 61-point wide-area AF system as the flagship EOS-1D X, providing exceptional sensitivity, precision and speed. One of the most advanced AF systems currently available, it features an impressive 41 cross-type points and five dual cross-type points, providing unsurpassed accuracy across the frame. The customisable AF pre-sets introduced in the EOS-1D X are also available, helping the capture of traditionally challenging subjects, and providing additional reliability in ituations where subject movement can be unpredictable. Highly accurate exposures are provided by Canon’s acclaimed iFCL metering system, which incorporates a 63-zone Dual-Layer sensor linked to each point of the AF system. Focus information gathered from the AF system is analysed alongside colour and luminance signals measured by the metering sensor itself, enabling the EOS 5D Mark III to deliver consistently accurate skin tones and excellent results in a wide range of shooting situations.

    Creative performance without compromise
    The EOS 5D Mark III features Canon’s latest DIGIC 5+ image processor, which powers a range of new functions without affecting the camera’s performance. 14-bit A/D conversion provides smoother tonal gradation and transitions between colours, while in-camera HDR shooting combines three different exposures and allows one of five preset tone maps to be applied, enabling photographers to capture all the detail in high contrast scenes. With in-camera RAW processing and editing capability, photographers also have the option to immediately begin post-processing their images while still on a shoot. The increased power of DIGIC 5+ also enables a range of tools which contribute to higher image quality. Lens peripheral illumination correction, Lens chromatic aberration correction (lateral and axial) and high ISO noise reduction are all performed in-camera without affecting performance, allowing photographers to continue shooting without any camera lag. Additionally, in-camera image rating via a dedicated button makes it easy for photographers to organise images ahead of post-production. The EOS 5D Mark III features a new Creative Photo button, which enables users to quickly select Picture Styles and capture multiple exposures, as well as offering direct access to the HDR shooting mode. In playback, pressing the Creative Photo button displays a new comparative playback function, displaying two images side-by-side to allow photographers to view, magnify and compare the quality of different exposures mid-shoot. For situations where photographers want to avoid being noticed, such as weddings, the EOS 5D Mark III also features a new silent shooting mode that dramatically reduces the sound of the shutter and mirror, ensuring they can work quietly in the background. A continuous silent mode is also available, enabling photographers to capture fastermoving subjects without attracting attention.

    Next generation EOS Movies
    The EOS 5D Mark III builds on the reputation of the EOS 5D Mark II, with a range of new features introduced following feedback received from photographers to provide even better Full HD video performance. As well as offering the depth-of-field control loved by video professionals, the new full-frame sensor combines with the vast processing power of DIGIC 5+ to improve image quality by virtually eradicating the presence of moiré, false colour and other artefacts. The addition of a movie mode switch and a recording button also offers greater usability, enabling videographers to begin shooting immediately when movie mode is engaged. Additional movie functions include manual exposure control and an enhanced range of high bit-rate video compression options, with intraframe (ALL-I) and interframe (IPB) methods both supported. Variable frame rates range from 24fps to 60fps, and the addition of SMPTE timecode support provides greater editing flexibility and easier integration into multi-camera shoots. Users can also check and adjust audio during recording via the camera’s Quick Control screen and a headphone socket enables sound level monitoring both during and after shooting. Enhanced processing power provided by DIGIC 5+ also makes it possible to conveniently trim the length of recorded movies in-camera.

    Professional build, easy operation
    The EOS 5D Mark III has been built to offer photographers easy-handling and robust build quality. Its lightweight, high-grade magnesium body offers advanced weather proofing for protection against the elements, while the construction of the shutter has also been reinforced, with 150,000-cycle durability making it ideal for repeated, everyday use. An enhanced version of the Intelligent Viewfinder featured in the EOS 7D offers approximately 100% coverage, as well as an on-demand grid display via the builtin transparent LCD. The same reinforced 8.11cm (3.2″) Clear View II LCD screen as used by the EOS-1D X provides high quality framing and playback in all conditions. 1,040k-pixels provide the resolution to accurately check image sharpness and focus, while the gapless structure design introduced with the EOS-1D Mark IV prevents reflections and protects against dust or scratches. A headphone socket and locking mode dial have been included, while the inclusion of a UDMA 7-compatible CF card slot plus an SD card2 slot enables shooting to both cards simultaneously, auto switching when the one in use becomes full and the option to copy images from one card to the other in-camera.

    Digital Lens Optimizer – new in Digital Photo Professional v3.11
    The EOS 5D Mark III comes complete with the most advanced version of Digital Photo Professional (DPP) yet – Canon’s free, in-box software enabling high-speed, high quality processing of RAW images. New in DPP v3.11 is Digital Lens Optimizer – a revolutionary new tool designed to drastically improve image resolution. Digital Lens Optimizer (DLO) precisely imitates lens performance, with a series of complex mathematical functions replicating each stage of the journey of light through the optical path. Using this information DLO can correct a range of typical optical aberrations and loss of resolution caused by a camera’s low pass filter, by applying an inverse function to each shot to take the image nearer to how the scene appears to the naked eye. This creates exceptionally detailed, high-quality images with highly manageable file sizes, providing photographers with maximum image quality and greater flexibility.

    EOS System compatibility
    As part of the EOS System, the EOS 5D Mark III is immediately compatible with over 60 EF Lenses, including the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM – the new, essential wide-angle zoom lens from Canon’s famous L-series. The camera is also compatible with a newlyannounced range of accessories designed to offer extended creativity, including the Speedlite 600EX-RT – a high performance TTL flash with wireless radio connectivity. Additionally, the new Battery Grip BG-E11 offers greater handling flexibility alongside the ability to double the camera’s battery life.

    Canon EOS 5D Mark III – Key features:

    • 22.3 Megapixel full-frame sensor
    • 61-point autofocus
    • Up to 6fps continuous shooting
    • Native ISO 100-25,600 sensitivity
    • Full HD video with manual control
    • 14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor
    • Enhanced Weather sealing
    • 8.11cm (3.2-inch) 1,040,000-dot screen
    • HDR mode with presets

    Below is the press release for the new Canon accessories:

    Canon Wireless Transmitter WFT-E7

    Canon Wireless Transmitter WFT-E7

    Canon GPS Transmitter GP-E2

    Canon GPS Transmitter GP-E2

    Canon Radio Flash Trigger STE-3RT

    Canon Radio Flash Trigger STE-3RT

    Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT

    Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT

    LONDON, UK (March 2, 2012) – Canon today extends its range of acclaimed accessories, unveiling a number of new models designed to offer enhanced flexibility and new creative control to its professional and mid-range EOS Digital SLRs.

    Sitting at the top of Canon’s range, the Speedlite 600EX-RT is Canon’s first flash unit to feature inbuilt wireless radio connectivity and replaces the advanced Speedlite 580EX II. Partnering with the new Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT , this new model offers enhanced opportunities for photographers wishing to explore creative lighting techniques. In addition, Canon is also launching the BG-E11 battery grip, Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 and GPS Receiver GP-E2, which complement the newly-announced EOS 5D Mark III – offering increased versatility across a range of shooting situations – from studio portraits to field-based shoots – with a compact lightweight and affordable configuration.

    Speedlite 600EX-RT: Taking creative flash further
    The Speedlite 600EX-RT is a high-performance TTL flash unit designed to meet the expanding creative needs of modern professionals. Integrated radio frequency triggering, in addition to standard infra-red wireless flash control, allows photographers to achieve exciting results with complex on-and-off-camera lighting set- ups. Using one master 600EX-RT or the new ST-E3-RT radio-frequency wireless Speedlite transmitter, up to 15x 600EX-RT flash units, positioned up to 30m away, can be remotely triggered – offering great potential to experiment with more creative lighting techniques and effects. EOS cameras with a connected Speedlite 600EX-RT can also be triggered remotely by either model, allowing photographers to explore more extreme shooting angles to produce surprising and inspiring creative results.

    Subjects over a wide range of distances can be lit creatively or evenly exposed, thanks to an increased guide number of 60m*1 and wide lens coverage of 20 – 200m. For wide- angle shots, a diffuser adapter can also reduce the focal length to 14mm and the bounce-and-swivel flash head creates more flattering, shadowless effects. Ideal for shooting portraits, a catch-light panel produces natural catch-lights in the eyes of a subject when shooting with bounce flash. Additionally, custom flash coverage options provide more creative scope by using guide number priority to light the subject, while creating slightly darker edges to the frame.

    Like its predecessor, the Speedlite 600EX-RT communicates white balance settings to the camera through the hot shoe connection. However, to further balance flash and ambient light, a new colour filter adapter and two supplied colour gels can be fitted to balance the temperature of the flash and create a more natural effect when shooting around tungsten or mercury lighting. When shooting in dark conditions, photographers can also employ the AF-assist beam for accurate autofocus with lenses of 28mm or longer, ensuring the subject remains in focus when the flash fires.

    Designed for professionals, the Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT feature a robust, weatherproof design matching that of the EOS-1D X, with a clear LCD display making it easy to select settings and switch between normal flash mode and wireless modes. Powered by four AA/LR6 batteries for added convenience, the Speedlite 600EX-RT offers fast, silent recycle times, allowing photographers to keep shooting and exploring creative lighting effects in all conditions.

    WFT-E7: High-speed wireless control
    The WFT-E7 is a new wireless file transmitter for a wide range of EOS models. For those who need to transfer their images quickly and easily, for example, photojournalists or sports photographers, the new WFT-E7 provides enhanced versatility through high- speed Wi-Fi and support for wired connectivity over Gigabit Ethernet. Featuring 802.11a/b/g/n support for file transfer speeds of up to 150mbps, and Bluetooth for linking to external GPS units, the WFT-E7 offers super-fast image transfer direct to an FTP server or even to a DLNA*2-enabled HDTV.

    When creative shoots or harsh conditions require the photographer to control the camera from a distance, the WFT Server function of the WFT-E7 allows the camera settings and the scene framed in the viewfinder to be accessed and controlled through a web page on any internet-enabled device, such as smartphones, tablets or laptops. Camera settings can also be changed remotely via EOS Utility, allowing photographers to control and trigger the camera over a wired or wireless LAN connection.

    The WFT-E7 has a lightweight design and can be attached to the bottom of the camera, to the new bracket AB-E1 or even to the strap. For added versatility, it also supports Linked shooting with up to ten other cameras, with Wireless Time syncing ensuring that the time across all slave devices is aligned with the master camera in order to maintain consistency across multiple units. During Linked shooting, the WFT server function can also be activated to allow easy remote access to the master and slave cameras for even greater creative control of lighting effects during multi-camera shoots.

    GP-E2: Geo-tag your images with compact, lightweight GPS
    Also launching today is the GPS receiver GP-E2 – a new compact, lightweight, high- performance hot shoe GPS unit which makes it easy for photographers to geo-tag their images. Compatible with the EOS-1D X, EOS 7D*3 and new EOS 5D Mark III, the GP-E2 tags photos with longitude, latitude and altitude data as well as the direction in which the shot was taken, adding information to the EXIF file of the image.

    A GPS Logger function also allows photographers to track their route by downloading GPS data at regular intervals, whether the unit is attached to the camera body or stored in its case. Once back in the studio, photographers can tag their images with the GPS data stored in the log files and their route can be displayed using Google Maps or the bundled Map Utility software.

    For improved accuracy and precision when recording the time of image capture, photographers can also synchronise the clocks of their cameras with the global atomic clock via UTC information downloaded from the satellite. This is particularly useful for professional photographers shooting with multiple EOS 5D Mark III bodies, who may wish to process all the images together and sort them according to the time each was recorded.

    BG-E11: Improved handling for the EOS 5D Mark III

    For photographers who want to shoot for longer with the EOS 5D Mark III, the new ergonomic battery grip BG-E11, doubles the battery life with two additional LP-E6 batteries, with the added flexibility of using AA batteries as an emergency back-up. For those who frequently shoot vertically, such as sports or portrait photographers, duplicate AF start, Focus point and AE-lock controls in addition to a second

    Multi Controller and Control Dial make shooting vertically more comfortable and intuitive.
    In keeping with the premium design of the EOS 5D Mark III, the BG-E11 is made of durable magnesium alloy and offers the same high standard of weather-proofing – ideal for harsher shooting environments.

    Speedlite 600EX-RT Key features

    • Guide number 60 (m, ISO 100, at 200mm)

    • Radio triggering with 30m range

    • Use up to 15 units together

    • Infra-red wireless functionality

    • Remote camera triggering

    • Bounce-and-swivel head with zoom control

    • White-balance correction filters

    • Fast, quiet recycling

    Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Key features

    • Radio frequency remote flash trigger.

    • Fire selected Speedlites from 30m away.

    • Controls up to 15 flashguns.

    • Remote camera triggering.

    • Weather sealed against dust and moisture.

    Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 Key features

    • Supports IEEE 802.11n

    • Built in Bluetooth

    • Versatile design

    • Easy Wi-Fi protected Setup

    • FTP server transfer

    • Remote control functions

    • DLNA media server compatible

    • Linked shooting

    GPS Receiver GP-E2 Key features

    • Hotshoe-mounted GPS unit for compatible EOS cameras.

    • Embeds location and altitude data into each file’s metadata.

    • Digital compass records heading information.

    • Data logging mode.

    • Portable design, powered by 1xAA battery.

    • Accurately set camera’s time using UTC time.

    BG-E11 Key features

    • Improved handling for EOS 5D Mark III

    • Duplicate controls for vertical shooting.

    • Larger grip for bigger hands.

    • Use two LP-E6 batteries, or four AA/LR6 cells as an alternative.

  • New Lower Pricing on the Nikon D700 FX Digital SLR Camera

    It's been over 3 years since the Nikon D700 full-frame digital SLR debuted. Fast forward three years from the summer of 2008 and the D700's image quality still stands at the forefront of today's imaging. The low-light performance of the Nikon D700 is still considered a benchmark from which other cameras are compared.

    Nikon D700 FX Digital SLR Camera

    Nikon D700 with optional lens

     

    There's no doubt the new Nikon D800 is pushing the barriers of imaging again with the highest megapixel count image sensor Nikon has ever produced in a digital SLR. There is a lot of anticipation building as we wait for the first D800s to arrive, and a lot of photographers have already assumed the D800 is a direct replacement of  the D700.

    Nikon D800 FX Digital SLR Camera

    Nikon D800 with optional lens

    We've talked to Nikon about the issue of the D800 being a replacement of the D700, and they have assured us the D700 isn't going anywhere. In fact, Nikon is committed to D700 sales, and, as a result, Nikon is reducing the price of the Nikon D700 by $500. The new price of the D700 (body only) is a very attractive $2,199.95. Click this link to purchase, or call our retail store at (802) 244-0883.

  • LPA Design Announces New PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver

    PocketWizard Plus III TransceiverThe PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver is an easy-to-use, feature-packed radio flash trigger that is ideal for any serious photographer

    So. Burlington, VT – February 20, 2012 – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in reliable wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces the new PocketWizard Plus III – a feature-packed, easy-to-use solution for remote flash and camera triggering.  This new simple but powerful radio provides professional and serious amateur photographers with the most reliable triggering system which they will never outgrow and never want to be without.

    “Our goals in designing the new Plus III were simple:  It needed to do more, cost less and offer the same reliability and simplicity as the legendary Plus II.  We believe the Plus III achieves all of this and more in its sleek new design,” said Dave Schmidt, LPA Designs VP of Marketing.  “Photographers need tools that will help them create images they couldn’t before and with less hassle and lower cost.  The Plus III is exactly that tool.”

    The new Plus III Transceiver features 32 channels and Selective Quad-Zone Triggering that enables photographers to remotely trigger flash and/or cameras in groups or individually all wirelessly from hundreds of feet away.  Performance enhancing features include Long Range Mode and Repeater Mode to help photographers tackle the most challenging shooting environments and open the door for never-attempted image ideas.  All features, channels and zones can be easily set using the soft-touch keypad and are clearly displayed on the backlit LCD display.

    The versatile new PocketWizard Plus III is compatible with all other PocketWizard radios and virtually every popular flash and professional digital SLR camera system. It also communicates with all PocketWizard-enabled photo gear including select Profoto, Dynalite, Norman and Photogenic flash systems and Sekonic light meters.

    The PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver will retail for $139, and is due to be available mid-March.

  • Sponsoring Vermont Magazine's 4th Annual Photo Contest

    We are very pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring this year's Vermont Magazine photo contest. We have been the exclusive sponsor of this photo contest for the last 3 years, and will again be the exclusive sponsor this year. We are very excited to have partnered with Sony to offer 3 incredible prizes--all cameras! This year the grand prize will be a Sony Alpha NEX-C3 with 18-55mm zoom lens, second prize is a Sony A390 digital SLR with 18-55mm zoom lens, and third prize is a Sony Cybershot DSC-W560 digital point & shoot camera. Make sure to look out for the March/April issue of Vermont Magazine that will be available later this month. In there you will be able to find details about contest rules and submitting your photos for contest consideration. In addition, information will be available online at Vermont Magazine's website as things are updated there.

    In support of the photo contest, we will be running a fun, full page ad in the March/April issue of Vermont Magazine. Check out the ad below, and let us know what you think!

    Green Mountain Camera Full Page Ad in Vermont Magazine

     

  • Now carrying Rokinon lenses

    Green Mountain Camera now carries Rokinon lenses

    We are proud to announce that Green Mountain Camera is now carrying the Rokinon family of lenses. Rokinon lenses offer an incredible value for photographers wanting to get into more specialty type SLR lenses. We are currently carrying the 8mm f/3.5 fisheye, 85mm f/1.4 and 14mm f/2.8, all for both Nikon and Canon. We do carry the 8mm for Sony E-mount cameras too. We plan on carrying more lenses in the near future, including the 35mm f/1.4 and the new 24mm f/1.4. Please note that all Rokinon lenses are manual focus only.

    Here is a list of what we currently have in stock. Click through each for pricing and purchase details. The 8mm f/3.5 fisheye for Canon and Sony E-mount are currently on backorder, but we should have more shortly.

    Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon, with AE chip

    Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon

    Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Nikon

    Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Lens for Canon

    Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Lens for Nikon, with AE chip

    Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 Lens for Nikon, with AE chip

  • Sony Announces E-Mount Lens Expansion, Promises 5 New Lenses

    Sony E-Mount Lens Roadmap

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    Sony has announced intentions to grow their E-mount (Sony Alpha NEX Cameras) lens assortment significantly over the next two years, and plans to offer a total of  15 E-mount lenses in market by the end of 2013.   For those doing the math, that amounts to 8 new lenses in addition to the 7 currently offered.  Though official specs of the new lenses have yet to be released, we are able to share what Sony intends to offer for these 5 new lenses:

    2012

    1.  High-Magnification Zoom Lens
    2. Standard Zoom Lens
    3. Large Aperture, Standard Fixed-Focal Length Lens

    2013

    1. Mid-Magnification Zoom Lens
    2. Snap, Pancake Fixed-Focal Length Lens

    Any guesses on specifics? Check the chart above to see what is already being offered to help fill in the blanks.

     

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