Schneider-Kreuznach Announces Three New EF Lenses

Schneider-Kreuznach Announces Three New EF Lenses

NEW RANGE OF DSLR LENSES BY SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH

Schneider-Kreuznach presents newly designed lenses for full-frame single-lens reflex cameras at photokina 2014, the leading trade show for photography. They are the first in a new series of Schneider-Kreuznach DSLR lenses with an electronic connection to the camera.

The Xenon 1.6/35 mm and Xenon 1.4/50 mm lenses are equipped with an electronic interface to the camera and a mechanical automatic iris for Nikon cameras. The Macro Symmar on display with an 85 mm focal length and a maximum aperture of 2.4 has a motorized iris and an electronic interface for the Canon EOS system. The automatic aperture function is driven exclusively by the camera.

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All lenses will be available for Canon EOS and Nikon-F systems.

The lenses have been developed to meet the increasingly stringent requirements in combination with a continuous decrease in pixel size. “The lenses are produced in Bad Kreuznach for sophisticated users. They stand out in particular with their high image quality,” says Frithjof Spangenberg, product manager for photo imaging at Schneider-Kreuznach.

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Sample Images From the EOS 7D Mark II

Imaging Resource has posted some still life image tests from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II at various ISOs. You can easily compare results with other APS-C cameras on their web site. Below is a sample from the EOS 7D Mark II against the original EOS 7D at ISO 3200. I bet you can spot the difference.

EOS 7D  on right | EOS 7D Mark II on left | Image from Imaging Resource

EOS 7D on left | EOS 7D Mark II on right| Image from Imaging Resource

You can see all the samples over at imaging-resource.com.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II $1799: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | Camera Canada

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Ended: Has the EOS 6D Body Ever Been Cheaper?

Ended: Has the EOS 6D Body Ever Been Cheaper?

GetItDigital (99.3% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 6D body for $1349 (Reg. $1699 after MIR)

Canon EOS 6D Body $1349 via ebay

*as always with ebay, this item is likely grey market and may not be covered by a Canon USA warranty.

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7D Mark II Video Tested By Gizmodo

Gizmodo has published a comparative video test against the EOS 5D Mark III & EOS 70D. It basically solidifies what cinematographers and videographers have been saying since the launch of the EOS 7D Mark II; it’s not a camera for them.

I’m starting to think that Canon is going to be expanding Cinema EOS to the prosumer level, and will not be developing the photographer DSLR for that market. That sort of approach could payoff, as they could focus ergonomics and software to the video segment. This could also lead to people buying multiple EOS mount products. If you can’t get new customers, at least sell more stuff to the people that are already your customer, I’m borrowing from Thom Hogan on that one.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II $1799: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | Camera Canada

Source: [GM]

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Canon Issues Product Advisory For the EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM, and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM Lenses

Canon Issues Product Advisory For the EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM, and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM Lenses

To the Users of the EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM, and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM Interchangeable Lenses for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

UPDATE:
Please see the changes to the “Identification Procedure” section below regarding the criteria for affected serial numbers. The identification procedure has been enhanced to include the first, second and third digits from the left in order to more precisely identify affected products.

Thank you for using Canon products.

Canon has released a firmware update for EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm F2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM lenses. This firmware update will be performed by Canon Service Centers. Please contact us using the contact information listed at the bottom of this page.

Firmware changes:
Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following enhancement:

  1. Changes the control algorithm of the focus drive, and enhances the drive’s responsiveness for more precise
focus and adjustments. In particular, the new firmware enhances the AI servo AF capability of the lenses
to track objects that move irregularly in sports events, such as soccer or rugby.

Affected Products:
Firmware Version 1.1.1 is for lenses with Firmware Version 1.0.0. If the lens’ firmware is already Version 1.1.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

Identification Procedure:
The first, second, and third digits from the left in the serial number (10 digits) for lenses equipped with Firmware Version 1.0.0 are as follows:

Lens name Serial numbers of affected products
(x presents any optional numbers)
EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM 790xxxxxxx through 913xxxxxxx
EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM 790xxxxxxx through 913xxxxxxx
EF500mm f/4L IS II USM 880xxxxxxx through 910xxxxxxx
EF600mm f/4L IS II USM 880xxxxxxx through 910xxxxxxx

Lenses with serial numbers other than those listed above are equipped with Firmware Version 1.1.1 or later.

Support
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.

Please register your EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM or EF600mm f/4L IS II USM.  By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when future firmware updates become available.

Source: [CUSA]

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Chuck Westfall Talks Canon EOS 7D Mark II

DPReview had an interview with Chuck Westfall from Canon USA and they talked about the EOS 7D Mark II. This will give you a good rundown of all the features you’ll care about when making a buying decision.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II $1799: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | Camera Canada

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A New EOS Pro Body With 46mp Next Month? [CR1]

A New EOS Pro Body With 46mp Next Month? [CR1]

thread has popped up on a forum talking about a 46mp pro Canon DSLR being launched in New York City in October for PhotoPlus. It’s also mentioned that the camera will cost in the range of $8000-$9000 USD. I have no idea if this is a troll or not, but it will surely appear other places so I might as well post it.

If the EF 11-24 f/4L is indeed real, then it makes sense to announce it with a full frame camera.

If it’s true, there will be more to come.

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Sigma at Photokina 2014

Sigma announced 3 lenses, 2 teleconverters, filters and a new Quattro camera, and we were able to play around with the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Sport lens. They did not have the contemporary lens on display.

The new sport lens is built to the same standard as the 120-300 f/2.8 OS lens that Sigma released over a year ago. The focus and zoom rings are extremely smooth, and the autofocus was relatively quick on the 5D Mark III I borrowed to try the lens out with. The weight is well balanced and the lens doesn’t expand as much as I thought it would when zooming to 600mm.

There’s definitely a space in the market between the Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC ($1100) and the Canon EF 600 f/4L IS ($12,000). The added reach will also sway a lot of Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS ($1700) prospective buyers over to the Sigma camp if the autofocus can perform up the standards most birders and field sport photographers demand.

I suspect the contemporary version will be priced in the $1200 range, but we’ll have to wait on the official word from Sigma.

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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Sport | Click for Larger

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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Sport | Click for Larger

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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Sport | Click for Larger

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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Sport | Click for Larger

Sigma at Photokina 2014 | Click for Larger

Sigma at Photokina 2014 | 150-600 Contemporary is on the left | Click for Larger

As you can see from the image above, the Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 OS Sports series lens is bulkier and longer. Sigma told us that the lens is better built for the elements, autofocus performance and optical quality. At the $1999 price tag for the sports version of the lens, Sigma should be very competitive once again from a price standpoint.

Preorder: Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 C | Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 S | Sigma 18-300 f/3.5-6.3 C

Preorder: Sigma TC-1401 Teleconverter | TC-2001 Teleconverter

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Deal: EOS 5D Mark III Body $2586

Deal: EOS 5D Mark III Body $2586

If the brand new EOS 7D Mark II isn’t for you, maybe the full-frame EOS 5D Mark III is. There are a couple of returning deals on the body only as well as the 24-105 f/4L IS kits via ebay.

From 6ave (99.2% approval)
Canon EOS 5D Mark III body $2586 (Reg $3199)

From electronicsvalley (99.6% approval)
Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $2899 (Reg $3799)

*as always, these are likely grey market and may not be covered by a Canon USA warranty.

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Favourites of Photokina: Peak Design

Favourites of Photokina: Peak Design

UPDATE 09.18.2014
After yesterdays post about my admiration for the the products from Peak Design. We were inundated with links and articles that originated from Reddit about the Slide camera strap and Clutch hand strap failing when in use. I purchased both products from their booth at Photokina on Monday and I decided to go back today to ask Peak Design directly what the issues are and how confident should be in the products.

I spoke directly with the founder of Peak Design, Peter Dering. I requested a demonstration of what had been failing on the products and asked what Peak Design was doing about the issues. I also wanted to know if what I purchased at Photokina was affected by the issues, to which I was glad to hear they aren’t.

Peter explained that the issue arose because of quality control issues from the manufacturing side of things. A small percentage of springs that hold the anchor links in place were not built to the specifications Peak Design wanted. Peter did say that their manufacturing partner has been very responsive to the issues and they are working diligently at improving QC immediately on the spring mechanism.

I asked if the poster from Reddit that had his equipment damaged was going to be taken care of, and I was told they would be.

You can view Peak Design’s acknowledgement of the product on their Kickstarter page for the Clutch and Slide. There should be a video posted there shortly showing the issue and how to see if your Slide or Clutch is affected by the issue. Anything sold and shipped at Photokina and in the future is completely free of the spring issue.

Peak Design is giving 10% off to any order of $19.95 or more to Canon Rumors readers. I am making no money on this and after the explanation and demonstration from Peter, I have complete confidence in the product.

Save 10% at Peak Design, click here, if the link doesn’t automatically remove the 10%, please use the coupon code “cr10″.

 

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I’ll post a few of these over the next couple of days as I find vendors of products I actually love and use. First up is Peak Design, who manufactures some of the most useful and well design camera strap on the market. Their designs are simplistic and usable, I have found other manufacturers tend to make something as simple as a camera strap, extremely complex to use.

I first heard of Peak Design about a month ago when I was looking for a long, comfortable, quick release camera strap for my Sony A7S. I’m a tall person and I like the camera to hang down just below my waste level to the side. It became apparent that people were really in love with the Peak Design Leash. I ordered it and it turned out to be the perfect camera strap for the application I was looking for. The Leash is probably best on cameras like the 60D and smaller. I wouldn’t use this type of strap with the EOS-1D X or a battery gripped metal DSLR. It’s probably too thin of a strap to be comfortable. They have a solution for those cameras though…

While I was at the Peak Design booth, I was given a demo of their new Peak Design Slide camera strap for larger DSLRs. It’s a very thin, yet well padded strap. It’s best feature is a very nifty quick adjust handle on the strap to quickly shorten and lengthen the strap as needed. I ended up buying one.

The second product I bought yesterday was the Peak Design Clutch hand strap. This is another quick release and quick adjust product. For anyone that has used the Canon hand strap, you know that is anything but quick and easy to use. The one caveat for this product is the need of a camera plate in the tripod hole. Peak design does sell an Arca compatible universal plate, but they do not sell L brackets. There are probably L brackets out there that the strap could mount to, but you’ll have to find a bracket with a hole that you can feed the mounting hardware to. It might be worth it to the various bracket makers out there to be “Peak Compatible”.

All-in-all, their products are wonderfully designed and executed and I highly recommend their straps.

Peak Design Leash | Peak Design Slide | Peak Design Clutch

*I paid full price for my Peak Design products, there were no freebies given to me. :)

**You can also play “Find Fro” in the image associated with this post.

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