Samyang 135mm F/2 Compared To The Canon 135mm F/2

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The newly announced Samyang 135mm f/2 has caused quite a bit of excitement with its wide aperture and modest ($550) price tag.

Now that all the specs have been revealed, it’s time to see how the lens compares to Canon’s version of the 135mm f/2 (@ $1,049.00 – almost double the price) .

A head-to-head comparison, conducted by South Korean blog Gear for Image, brings first results of the new portrait lens. Facing Canon’s superb lens, the Samyang has its work cut out.

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Canon Rumored To Release 5D Mark IV Along With Two High Megapixel Cameras

Canon shooters are in for a real treat with not one or two but three new cameras said to be released.

According to the rumor, Canon will not only be releasing the much anticipated 5D Mark IV, but also the often-rumored-never-seen high megapixel camera – in two versions.

While this is absolutely awesome if true, I can’t help but wonder if Canon hasn’t been following Nikon’s experiences with the D800 series.

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Yongnuo Goes on B&H. Similarly Priced, Better Service (+lenses?)

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Yongnuo has been the goto strobe brand for many off-camera-flashers (yea, I said it). Between the low price (it’s pretty hard to beat a $60 strobe, even if entry level), the plethora of features and the compatibility with major brands systems they are hard to say no to.

The only thing that kinda sucked on those strobes was their origin, they were shipping in from China. Shipping from China means hard to exercise warranty or returns. Don’t get me wrong, if you got 4 Yongnuo’s and one was a DOA, it was still a good deal price-wise, but you ended up with one dead strobe. Add to that the fact that many eBay sellers were selling those strobes with a lesser levels of Quality Assurance and you can see why there was a certain kind of risk involved in such purchases.

But this is changing as B&H are now adding the Yongnuo brand to their catalog. This means getting the same strobes with a significantly higher level of security. As for warranty, at least the items that I checked had a Limited 1-Year Warranty.

I was kinda expecting the B&H prices to be higher than the Amazon ones, but in fact they are not:

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Nikon To Announce A New FX Firmware Download Program On January 19th, I Wish They Would Take On Magic Lantern

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According to Nikon Rumors, Nikon is about to drop a bomb into the firmware update process that stayed relatively similar throughout the 12 years or so since DSLRs became common. NR received a pastebin mail copy presumably from Nikon suggesting that Nikon is working on a new firmware download program which is “free to join“. The program suggests that Nikon shooters will be able to “download advanced firmware updates” that “add new functionality to their cameras“.

Joining the program is free to join for the first three years, but it is not clear what will happen afterwards, and once the following link becomes live, you will be able to join it here: http://imaging.nikon.com/advancing.

According to the mail the first batch of firmware update will be available for FX format cameras (Nikon D750, D810, D800, D800E, D610 and D600) and will include the following features:

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The Belfie Stick Lets You Take Selfies… Of Your Bottom

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I’m sure you’ve all heard of the selfie stick, and based on the huge quantities sold most of you probably own one, but you don’t have one of these.

Popularized in late 2013 by Kim Kardashian, the belfie (butt selfie) is regarded as an expert-level self-portrait, to be attempted only by those who posses copious amounts of experience and a keen eye for selfie composition.

If you’ve ever tried taking a belfie, and feel free not to try if you haven’t, you’ll know that a good one is not an easy feat to accomplish. That is about to change.

Enter (or leave us alone before you even arrive) the camera accessory every (or no) person should carry at all times (or never) – the Belfie Stick.

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Mirrorless Photojournalists Rejoice – Fuji Announces An XF16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR Lens

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If you asked photojournalists what was the lens they’d weld to their camera, there is a good chance that it would be the 24-70 f/2.8. And this is exactly the segment that Fuji is targeting with their announcement of their XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR Weather-Resistant lens (preorder).

The lens features an X-Mount which is compatible with Fuji’s line of mirrorless camera and will probably provide a good argument to everyone who are saying that the mirrorless system is still lacking critical glass.

As for features, you can see the full list after the jump, but the main ones are 16-55mm focal length 2.8 all the way (equivalent to 24-82.5mm on a full frame sensor); a 14-point Weather-Resistant Construction; Optical Image Stabilization and Nano-GI and HT-EBC Lens Coatings.

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Nikon Announces The D5500 DSLR And Two Lenses. Welcome Touch Screen

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Nikon is finally catching up with touch screen LCD tech in their DSLR line. (Canon had this for about three years now on their Rebel line). The new camera dubbed  D5500 (preorder) is planned to lead Nikon’s entry lead  DSLR line (like the D5300 before it).

Even before looking into the camera features, it seems that Nikon chose to skip the D5400. Why? Only Nikon knows… That said, the camera seems like a worthy contender for the entry level DSLR King.

Aside the touch screen it is interesting to note that the D5500 has no Optical Pass Filter (like the higher ended D800e)

Specs, thoughts and two new lenses after the jump.

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DJI Goes Head To Head Vs. GoPro – Announces A Gimbaled 4K Camera

A while back we heard that GoPro are going to go into the Drone market and make their own drone (as opposed to being mounted on the popular DJI Phantom Drone). It seems that Chinese drone maker did not appreciate the move and is now fighting back by trying to take some camera market from GoPro.

Ben Popper of The Verge was visiting DJI’s booth in CES 2015 and discovered that DJI have took the 4K camera of their drone and made it into an independent gimballed camera. The gimbal includes a mounting point for a smartphone that can be used as a viewfinder, which is a plus if you are getting one of those. The camera is the same 4K camera that is found in DJI’s heavier Inspire 1 Drone, and it is DJI’s first camera that was built in-house.

There is no word on pricing yet, but nofilmshool speculates that it would be close to the Inspire 1′s $3,000 price tag.

If I were DJI, my next move would probably be to encase the camera and release it as a stand alone and go full head to head vs. GoPro. That, though, is remained to be seen.

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Canon Set To Integrate Imaging Devices With The Connect Station CS100. Introduces 5 PowerShots

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Aiming to make sharing, storing and viewing photos and videos easier than ever, Canon have released the Connect Station CS100, a storage device that is capable of connecting to multiple compatible imaging devices.

The CS100 will allow users to download photos and videos using the built-in WiFi and NFC capabilities or via the SD and CF slots. Compatible cameras can also be connected via a USB port.

Not focusing all its attention on the Connect Station, Canon has also released five new cameras from the popular SX and ELPH series.

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Polaroid Launches Socialmatic, Revolutionizes Selfies

polaroid-socialmatic-01Polaroid has long been iconized by their photos — the cheesy, white-framed, instant images that printed out and developed right before your eyes. It was pure witchcraft to me as a child… Your grandparents had an entire collection of them, the local sporting goods store had a wall covered with them, and they’ve been falling out of scrapbooks for decades. Even in recent years, the nostalgia of the instant photo has made a resurgence in the design and art community, and every hipster is now using them to document every benign moment of their lives*. Heck, the inspiration for Instagram was an obvious and shameless ripoff of the vintage Polaroid look*.

*Statistics vary.

Yes, Polaroid had it really going on in the days of film and the emergence of the casual photographer. And they were invaluable to studio photographers before the days of chimping. However, much to the chagrin of an uncle of mine you banked heavily on them in the stock market, as the world progressed into the twenty-first century and the move towards digital really took off, Polaroid failed to innovate fast enough and nearly collapsed due to their lack of foresight. Yet, despite being the late bloomer in the digital photography world, Polaroid is still here today, which is why we are proud to announce the release of the Polaroid Socialmatic — quite possibly the next big thing for snap-happy consumers who like to over-share their lives!

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