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Photo news roundup 09-16-10

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  September 16, 2010 06:47 PM

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Samyang 35mm

Samyang reveals details of new 35mm f/1.4 lens

They won't officially unveil it until Monday at Photokina 2010 in Cologne, but Samyang has released all of the specifications of its new Samyang 35 mm F1.4 AS UMC lens (above) for Canon, 4:3, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung NX, and Sony Alpha.

So far, the company has said this about the lens:

"The lens comes with two lenses made of the glass with high refraction factor, which reduces its weight and dimensions. Moreover, one aspherical lens minimizes the risk of chromatic aberration. Owing to the high-quality multi-layer coatings, our lens provides high contrast and faithful color imaging. Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC uses the system of the so called “floating” lenses allowing to preserve high image quality with minimum focusing distance.

"Samyang 35 mm F1.4 AS UMC was constructed to fit most popular reflexive cameras with small sensors. 35mm focal length has universal applications. When attached to the small sensor camera, the lens will act as bright, wide-angle lens perfect for landscape and reporting shooting. The same lens mounted on the camera with APS-C sensor, will become a popular, multitask 50mm lens. In case of cameras with 3:4 system, Samyang 35 mm F1.4 AS UMC will turn into a short, bright portrait lens with 70mm focal length equivalent."

You can see more photos and some specs on the Samyang website here.

No word on the price or when it will be available in stores yet. Stay tuned.

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Hama Backpack

Hama announces two quick-access backpacks

Also at Photokina, accessories manufacturer Hama introduced two new backpacks specifically designed for photographers on the go who need to get their cameras out and shoot quickly.

The Daytour Backpack 230 and the slightly more compact Backpack 180 can be worn on the back, side, or front, and both offer direct access to the camera from above; the larger "Backpack 230" also features a quick-access on its side. A convenient transport possibility for your tripod is offered by a loop and a storable tripod bag.

Alongside a SLR digital camera, stored with a lens support and a stable inner lining, there is space for eight to 11 additional lenses, a flash, and other accessories. The variable hook-and-loop connectors inside the backpacks allow you to carry a mix of photo equipment and personal things.

The quick access has a fold-out cover with pockets marked in different colors for full and empty memory cards and an included cleaning cloth.

Inside the backpack there are more compartments for full or empty batteries and filters. On the outside, there are two or three large elastic side pockets, depending on the model. The backpacks also have a rain cover and a rubberized, water-resistant base to protect your equipment.

I couldn't find a price in the press release, but you can look for yourself here.

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Finally, Digital Photography School has a cool video showing you how to set your preferences in Lightroom 3. Check it out here.


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