DXOMark Compares the Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art to Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Otus

DXOMark Compares the Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art to Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Otus

DXOMark has completed their review of the Sigma 50 f/1.4 DG HSM Art series lens and put it in direct competition with the Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Otus lens. The Sigma holds up very well. However, as expected, the Zeiss does look to be a better lens optically, as it should be at 4 times the price.

When compared to the Otus
“At f2 the Sigma is almost on a par with the Zeiss, only it can’t quite match the Zeiss in the corners – though the difference in real world terms is trivial. The new Sigma can boast of slightly better control of vignetting and, arguably, chromatic aberration at maximum aperture, though there’s some fringing evident in the extreme corners. The Zeiss has remarkable transmission but, at close to $4,000, nothing short of exceptional performance is expected.”

DXOMark Conclusion
“As part of the company’s new Global Vision Sigma’s reimagining of their premium lenses is reaping dividends. The 50mm f1.4 DG HSM A is every bit as good as the earlier 35mm f1.4 model, in fact it’s slightly better in outright sharpness and uniformity. If there’s a downside it’s that lenses built with few compromises are generally large and heavy, but at least Sigma isn’t making you pay through your wallet. At $949, the new lens isn’t much more expensive than the firm’s high-speed 35mm, and is similarly competitive when compared to rival offerings from the big-brands.”

Read the full review | Preorder the Sigma 50 f/1.4 DG Art

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Patent: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS

Patent: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS

Another patent showing a Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS. We have seem them in the past and have been told that prototypes have existed for such a lens. The issue has always been size and weight and it being usable over long periods of time for event photographers.

Patent Publication No. 2014-52413,2014-52445

  • Publication date 2014.3.20
  • Filing date 2012.9.5

Example 1

  • Zoom ratio 2.75
  • Focal length f = 24.7-35.21-68mm
  • Fno. 2.9
  • Half angle ω = 41.21-31.57-17.65 °
  • Image height 21.64mm
  • 223.94-207.87-180.56mm overall length of the lens
  • BF 38.31mm

Source: [EG]

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UK Exclusive: Canon Unveils White EOS 100D and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

UK Exclusive: Canon Unveils White EOS 100D and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

United Kingdom, 16 April 2014 – Canon today introduces a new white edition of the world’s smallest and lightest APS-C DSLR , the EOS 100D, as well as a new white version of its EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens. Ideal for first time users looking to explore the world of DSLR photography, the new editions to the EOS range make it easy for anyone, whatever their skill level, to capture and relive special moments in stunning detail.

Measuring just 116.8 x 90.7 x 69.4mm, the EOS 100D is compact enough to always carry with you and features an 18 MP APS-C Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor and a range of simple controls and automatic shooting modes, making capturing stunning images and Full HD movies effortless. The incredibly lightweight and compact body provides a traditional DSLR shooting experience while the large 7.7cm (3.0”) ClearView II touch screen, makes it easy to adjust settings and review images straight after capture.

The white EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens is the perfect partner for the new EOS 100D, providing the flexibility to capture everyday subjects from sweeping landscapes to close-up portraits. An Optical Image Stabilizer ensures images are captured with impressive detail and clarity, while the near-silent STM technology also ensures noise is kept to a minimum whilst focusing in movies.

White 100D

100D Stormtrooper Edition

White EOS 100D – key features:
18.0 Megapixel Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor
Compact, portable design
Simple shooting with Scene Intelligent Auto
Optical viewfinder and large touch screen
Full-HD movies with Hybrid CMOS AF II
Creative Filters and Extra Effect Shot
Built-in Feature Guide
EOS System of lenses and accessories
White EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM – key features:

Versatile focal length range
Compact design
Four-stop optical Image Stabilizer
Smooth focusing with STM motor
0.25m closest focusing distance
Super Spectra Coating
Non-rotating front element
Manual focus ring
Circular seven-bladed aperture
Pricing and availability
The EOS 100D White will be available from May 2014 with an MSRP of £499/€599

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Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?

Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?

Northlight has posted 2 EOS M cameras potentially coming in Q3 of 2014, which would make it a Photokina camera.

The 2 models will be split into entry level and prosumer. Canon has said they’re committed to the EOS M system and will continue to develop cameras and lenses. Perhaps this will once again be the “relaunch” we were told was going to happen with the EOS M2, which turned out not to be the case.

Source: [NL]

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Shooting in Namibia with the Canon EOS 6D

Shooting in Namibia with the Canon EOS 6D

I am currently on a landscape photography workshop lead by Andy Biggs and Joshua Holko and alongside a lot of very cool people from around the globe. The landscape is absolutely stunning to say the least.

When I came to Namibia, I decided I wouldn’t carry a ton of gear, so I went for a pair of Canon EOS 6D camera bodies, the EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS, EF 24-70 f/4L IS and the Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon. So far I’m extremely happy with my selection of gear.

Internet access hasn’t been the quickest, that’s why I haven’t been updating the site as much as usual. I still have a 5 more days on this safari and then I’ll begin the long trek home.

There are a few images from the trip after the break.

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Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

A review of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art series lens has appeared on ThePhoblographer.

The lens receives pretty good marks in the review, though a few things such as the lack of weather sealing, size and microcontrast. Though the lens is remarkably sharp and the autofocus works well.

Says ThePhoblographer
Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 Art DG HSM is an exceptional lens. Starting with the design, it very much is in line with the company’s 35mm f1.4 Art optic. The outside feels and looks like something that Hasselblad might make. It feels just so great in your hands that you’d never want to let it go. In fact, if you’re a big fan of the 50mm field of view you might never want to give it up.”

Preorder the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM: B&H Photo | Adorama

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Patent: EF-M 22-46mm f/3.5-5.6

Patent: EF-M 22-46mm f/3.5-5.6

A patent which appears to be for the EF-M mount has appeared. In APS-C, this lens would be a 35-75mm f/3.5-5.6.

Canon has stated that more lenses are coming for EOS M, and that could potentially mean the North American and European markets are still on Canon’s radar for the EOS M system. My bet is we’ll see an EOS M3 to re-introduce the product line to a global market.

Patent Publication No. 2014-63025 (Google Translation)

  • Publication date 2014.4.10
  • Filing date 2012.9.21

Example 7

  • Zoom ratio 2.09
  • Focal length f = 22.10-34.22-45.19mm
  • Fno. 3.60-4.59-5.60
  • Half angle ω = 31.72-21.76-16.48 °
  • Image height 13.66mm
  • 65.76-62.07-64.72mm lens length
  • BF 28.16-36.88-45.09mm

Source: [EG]

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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder

Preorder links for the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art series lens are now live on B&H Photo. The price will be a pretty good $949.

Preorder the Sigma 50 f/1.4 DG HSM at B&H Photo

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Tamron Makes the 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Lens Official

Tamron Makes the 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Lens Official

A high-performance, high-power zoom lens that delivers focal lengths extending from an unprecedented 16mm at the wide-angle end up to a long-range telephoto 300mm! Incorporates PZD (Piezo Drive) and Tamron’s exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation) system to further enhance the real-world performance of this next-generation “all-round lens”, which makes taking photographs more convenient and enjoyable.

April 10, 2014, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the release of an advanced new all-in-one zoom lens exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors that provides an amazing 18.8x zoom ratio.

Since the launch in 1992 of the 28-200mm (Model 71D) high-power zoom lens – which featured a revolutionary compact, lightweight design – Tamron has been continually expanding its portfolio of world-class optics to benefit consumers.

Tamron previously launched an 18-270mm (Model B008) all-in-one zoom lens exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors that features a 15x zoom ratio, superior image quality, swift, quiet AF, and Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism, in an ultra-compact package. This ground-breaking lens has been winning plaudits throughout the world.

Responding to consumers’ demand for expanded focal lengths both at the wide-angle end of the zoom range and the telephoto end, Tamron has now developed a completely new all-in-one zoom lens design that provides an impressive focal length range extending from 16mm true wide-angle to 300mm super-telephoto.

The Canon and Nikon mount models will be first simultaneously launched in the Japanese market on April 24, 2014, with overseas launches to follow in mid-May. The launch date of the Sony mount model will be announced at a later date.

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Review: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro

Review: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro

Bryan over at The-Digital-Picture has posted his review of the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro lens.

Says Bryan
“Sometimes a lens is remarkable for what doesn’t jump out at you – or get in your way. I have been using this lens intermittently for just under two years. It has reliably delivered excellent images for me. And that is what I expect from a good lens – one that I pick to use because of its attributes, not because I happen to be reviewing it.

I have not kept-secret my love for macro lenses and the fun that can be had with them. Aside from the OS failure issue, this lens ranks right up with some of my other favorites. The Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens is the great-value of long focal length macro lenses.”

Read the full review | Sigma 150 f/2.8 OS Macro at B&H Photo

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