Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens Now Available

Sigma HQ is reporting that its new 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM lens is now available for Canon DSLRs using APS-C sensors (like the Rebel T2i, Canon 7D and Canon 50D).  Nikon and other mount versions of this 17-50mm lens should also be available soon.

The lens carries a retail price tag of $980. Check availability at B&H Photo / Adorama / Amazon.com

Manfrotto Now Distributing Genus DSLR Cinematography Gear

Manfrotto just announced that it will serve as the exclusive US distributor for Genus matte boxes, bar systems, sunshades, viewfinders and shoulder mounts geared toward the DSLR cinematographer.

“I am thrilled with this agreement,” said Wayne Schulman, video sales and product manager for Manfrotto Distribution, US. “I view this as a strategic partnership between Genus and Manfrotto/Vitec group to provide the videographer and photographer with a complete camera support system of the highest quality while also offering the most value. Genus’ current product line, which includes a DSLR/Video shoulder mount, follow focus systems and matte box systems along with other interesting accessories for HD video and DSLR’s, is extensive and is a perfect match for Manfrotto Distribution. I am also excited about the future products from Genus which we will have the opportunity to bring to market over the next several months.”

It looks like B&H is already stocking a full line of Genus gear, which you can browse here.

Zacuto Z-Finder Review

If you’ve got any interest in using a DSLR as a serious video camera, chances are that you’ve heard of the Zacuto Z-Finder.  As I have been learning the ropes of shooting video on the 5D Mark II, I’ve found the Z-Finder to be an indispensable piece of equipment for mobile operation of the camera.

Read the rest of the review at Tech Tilt: Zacuto Z-Finder Review.