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A New Nifty Fifty Coming [CR1]

A New Nifty Fifty Coming [CR1]

Yesterday we were told that a new 50mm lens would be coming, along with a new 70-300 non-L, non-DO lens.

Today we’re told the new 50mm will be an f/1.8 with STM and a 49mm filter thread. This seems to be a replacement of the current “Nifty Fifty” and not the 50mm f/1.4.

More to come…

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New 50mm & 70-300mm Coming Soon? [CR2]

New 50mm & 70-300mm Coming Soon? [CR2]

We’re told to expect a new 50mm lens, as well as a new non L 70-300 soon. These lenses may not be part of this Friday’s announcements, but could be coming soon after.

There was no mention of the speed of the new 50mm and which in the lineup it would replace. I’d be surprised if it wasn’t the 1.4 version that was getting the update, as that lens is over 30 years old. As for the 70-300mm, I would assume it would be a replacement for the non-L, non-DO 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS.

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EF 11-24 f/4L USM Specifications

EF 11-24 f/4L USM Specifications

The specifications for the long rumoured Canon EF 11-24 f/4L USM have finally been revealed.

Canon EF 11-24 f/4L USM (UPDATED February 1, 2015 Google Translated)

  • Lens arrangement 16 sheets group 11
  • 4 aspherical lens (large diameter grinding aspheric single, large-diameter glass molded aspherical one, two glass mold aspherical)
  • One Super UD lens, one UD lens
  • SWC coating (two-sided)
  • ASC coating (one side)
  • The fluorine-coded into the rear lens and the front lens
  • Diaphragm blades nine. The aperture circular
  • Minimum aperture is F22
  • In the shortest shooting distance is 24mm 0.28m, 0.32m in 11mm
  • 0.16 times at the maximum photographic magnification is 24mm, 0.06 times in 11mm
  • AF motor ring USM
  • Full-time manual focus
  • Dust and water
  • Rear gelatin filter holder
  • Total length 132mm, maximum diameter 108mm
  • Weight 1180g

Source: [DCI]

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The Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L

Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L

Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L

I finally own the Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L lens. It’s a lens I have wanted for a long time, but I had a hard time justifying the investment required to own a lens that is less than perfect. It’s not the sharpest, it doesn’t autofocus all that quickly and Canon no longer services it, yet I still wanted to own one because it’s so unique and produces a wonderful image in the right circumstances.

This lens was introduced in 1989 and has since gone up significantly in value. You can see these lens retail for more than $4000 on the used market.

Description
“An ultra-fast standard lens with the largest aperture for SLR lenses in the world at the time. Two large-diameter ground and polished glass aspherical lens elements (3rd & 8th) provide high-contrast with low-flare image quality even at maximum aperture. Curvature of field is minimized through use of four high-refraction glass elements. Spherical aberration and curvature of field at close focusing distance are minimized by floating mechanism. A ring USM (Ultrasonic Motor) achieves silent, high-speed AF and full-time manual focusing.” Read more at the Canon Museum

This is a lens that still gets talked about a lot. Likely because it’s so unique and there’s something about that nice and clean f/1.0 number and the dreamy bokeh it produces. I am going to try and do a review of the lens for fun, but it will require me actually getting good images with it. No brick walls or cats (I don’t have cat)!

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New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly

New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly

We’ve received confirmation that the camera that has appeared in a recent Canon leak is indeed the next Rebel and we should see the announcement sometime before CP+ in February. No specifications for the camera were given.

We’ve also received confirmation that select retailers have been told about the EF 11-24 f/4L and that the price tag is in the area of $3000 USD ($2899 in USA, $3099 in Canada was mentioned), something we reported a long time ago. We weren’t given an announcement date for this lens, but we shouldn’t be waiting too much longer.

Yes, at this price, the lens must have remarkable optical performance.

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