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Opteka X-GRIP Professional Action Stabilizing Camera Handle

Opteka X-GRIPMost camera brackets were designed for event/wedding photography and are not suitable for extreme sport photography.

The Opteka X-GRIP handle was specifically designed for skateboarding and other extreme sports. The shape and foam-padded handle offer incredible stability and control. The hot shoe attachment enables you to add a video light or flash. It fits most compact camcorders, digital cameras, and entry dSLRs (including Canon EOS 5D and EOS 7D). A 1-year Opteka Warranty is included.

Several Opteka Deluxe “Skaters” packages are available also.

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New Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar Lenses for Canon

Zeiss Makro-Planar LensesCarl Zeiss is expanding its existing ZE line of lenses with two new macro lenses, the Makro-Planar T* 2/50 and the Makro-Planar T* 2/100, both now available with EF bayonet mount.

According to the press release, “both macro lenses render objects in close-up on a scale of 1:2. To enable such detail, these lenses include Carl Zeiss’s acclaimed “floating elements” design. This special lens alignment enables high optical performance across the entire focusing range, from 0.24 m to infinity. The Makro-Planar T* 2/50 and Makro-Planar T* 2/100 are already available with F bayonet (ZF) and K bayonet (ZK). The Makro-Planar T* 2/50 is also available as a ZF.2 version. Both lens systems are optimized for analog and full-format digital SLR cameras”.

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Carl Zeiss introduces Distagon T* 2.8/21 ZE Lens

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/21 ZE LensIt’s been about a year since premium lens-maker Carl Zeiss introduced the ZE-series lenses with a Canon mount. The Planar T* 1.4/50 and Planar T* 1.4/85 are now complemented with the Distagon T* 2.8/21 ZE, an ultra-wide-angle lens.

The new lens is designed especially for architecture and landscape photography. Featuring a 21mm focal length and an aperture range between f/2.8 and f/22, the new it provides an image ratio at close range of 1:5. Digital photographers taking wide-angle shots often encounter image errors at the transition between bright and dark light as a result of lenses breaking the various wavelengths differently.

The Distagon T* 2.8/21 ZE lens corrects color errors, prevents fringing and unwanted lack of focus that can result from chromatic aberrations. The new lens also features an anti-reflex coating to prevent stray light and reflections. The large front filter diameter allows for the use of standard screw-in filters when combined with the standard lens shade.

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