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Zeiss to Announce ZE 85 f/1.4 Otus for Photokina

Zeiss to Announce ZE 85 f/1.4 Otus for Photokina

The long rumored Zeiss Otus 85 f/1.4 will definitely be announced for Photokina. We and others hear this will be the only lens announced for Canon DSLRs.

Your move Sigma…

Source: [PR] Image source: [DCI]

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Sigma Adds EOS C100 Support to the 18-35 f/1.8 DC HSM Art

Sigma Adds EOS C100 Support to the 18-35 f/1.8 DC HSM Art

Sigma has released Firmware v 1.02 for the 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM

Autofocus is supported at any aperture value when used with the Canon Digital Cinema Camera EOS C100.
 
Please Note: Before upgrading the firmware of 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A013, please first update your SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver1.2.0.
 
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Firmware v1.02 | Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 DC HSM Art at B&H Photo

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Samyang Teases New Lenses

*Update*
We’re told the new Samyang lens will actually be a 50mm f/1.4. (thanks!)

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Samyang has started with the teasers for an announcement on August 26, 2014. It is expected that they will announce a  50mm f/2 lens for their VDSLR line.

It doesn’t look like we’ll see their first autofocus lens this time around.

samyang50teaser

Source: [DH]

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Sigma to Announce 14-24 f/4 OS & 24 f/1.4

Sigma to Announce 14-24 f/4 OS & 24 f/1.4

Sigma will be announcing a few lenses for Photokina in the coming weeks.

The first will be the expected Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art, which will be priced around $1100. The second will be a 14-24 f/4 DG OS that will be priced around $1200. The 14-24 will have an 82mm filter thread, which will be a very welcomed feature for landscape photographers.

There’s also a mention that Sigma could make a development announcement for a 24-70 f/2 that we spoke about a year or so ago.

Source: [PR]

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Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*

Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*

Dustin Abbott, a friend of Canon Rumors has completed his review of the Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* in the ZE mount for Canon. The review is pretty glowing for the Zeiss, as one would expect. Dustin directly compared it to the classic Canon EF 135 f/2L and came away with the conclusion that the Zeiss is optically better, though for twice the price it should be. However, the missing AF in the Zeiss is a big deal when comparing the two.

Says Dustin: “Will it be replacing my 135L? Probably not. Until I shot with the Zeiss I thought the performance of the 135L was fantastic, and I will still enjoying shooting with it. I knew that the Zeiss would be better before I did the review, although I was surprised by just how noticeably better it was in head to head comparison. But for many of the applications that I use the 135L in, I need the AF. But I’m also not a full time professional photographer, and frankly, there are a few higher priorities for that kind of money in my kit at the moment. I’ll keep using my trusty Canon, but I will cherish the images that I took with the Zeiss. And one day, there WILL be a Zeiss lens in my kit. They are just too good.”

Read the full review | Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* at B&H Photo

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Sigma to Enter the World of Cinema Lenses?

Sigma to Enter the World of Cinema Lenses?

Is Sigma getting ready to enter the world of professional cinema lenses? It seems like a logical next step for the manufacturer, as they have become quite aggressive in the higher end DSLR space. While Sigma didn’t flat out say they were entering the market, they also didn’t deny it.

Sigma’s CEO Kazuto Yamaki left the following hint recently in an interview with Resource Magazine:

“How could one of the greatest innovators of lens technology in the world not be producing lenses for high-end digital video and motion picture cameras? With such high standards, cinematographers seem like a natural market for Sigma. When I asked Kazuto about this, he simply smiled and said the two words that make every tech writer crave more: “No comment.” It looks like Sigma may still has a few more tricks up their sleeve…”

Source: [RM] via [SR]

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Metabones Smart Adaptor IV for Sony A7/A7R/A7S & Canon Lenses

Metabones Smart Adaptor IV for Sony A7/A7R/A7S & Canon Lenses

If you’re like me, you have lots of Canon glass and a Sony A7 of some kind. I use the Sony A7R and the Sony A7S, both of which are great products with a few drawbacks like lens selection. I sometimes use Canon glass on the cameras, but I found the Metabones Adaptor III autofocused quite unreliably, although using it with the lens in manual focus has always worked just fine, especially for the tilt shift lenses.

Metabones has announced an updated version of the Canon to Sony smart adaptor. It is available for preorder and will begin shipping around July 17, 2014.

Features & Specifications

  • True electronic integration of aperture diaphragm; lets camera automatically choose aperture in Program or Shutter Priority exposure modes, or set it manually on the camera body in Aperture Priority or Manual modes.The adapter is powered by the camera body, so no external power source is required.
  • Two distinct operational modes are supported by the Smart Adapter IV: Green mode and Advanced mode. Green mode limits certain features and disables others in order to conserve the camera’s battery power.
  • Wide-Open button enables aperture to remain open for clear manual focusing.
  • Auto-Magnify/AF Assist enlarges the image in the viewfinder for easier manual focusing. This feature requires the AF/MF switch of the Canon EF mount lens to be set to the MF position and also requires a Canon EF mount lens that supports distance information. Auto-Magnify/AF Assist is disabled in Green mode.
  • High performance 32-bit processor and efficient switched-mode power supply.
  • Compatible with Sony E-mount full frame cameras such as the Sony A7, A7R and A7S. The Mark IV adapter supports auto “APS-C Size Capture” with EF-S lenses as well.
  • Supports distance and zoom display on VG and FS series camcorders and auto magnify on lenses that support distance information
  • Compatible with select fully manual lenses which have no electrical contacts.
  • Both camera-side and lens-side of the adapter are made of brass, precision-machined and plated with chromium.
  • Precise fit and solid connection – lens has no play, gap or wiggling when mounted on adapter and no adjustments are required to fit your lens.
  • Designed to reach infinity focus while maintaining the correct registration distance required to maintain optical quality of CRC lenses or lenses with floating elements.
  • Metabones uses matte-black treatment to keep internal reflection to a minimum in order to maintain the maximum optical quality possible with the lens.
  • Satin surface finish matches lens and camera mounts.
  • A third party zoom lens may need to be registered with the Smart Adapter first in order to detect its maximum aperture. Autofocus is disabled for most third-party lenses.
  • Only Canon-branded lenses introduced in or after 2006 are officially supported. Autofocus may be disabled for older Canon lenses and most third-party lenses, including most Sigma, Tamron and Tokina lenses and all Contax N lenses modified by Conurus.
  • The adapter’s tripod foot is detachable and compatible with Arca Swiss-style Quick-release heads.

Read more at Brian Smith Pictures | Metabones Smart Adaptor IV at B&H Photo

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A Summary of Sigma Lens Rumors

A Summary of Sigma Lens Rumors

A summary with the probability of upcoming Sigma lenses has appeared on sigma-rumors.com. Most of the lenses mentioned have been written about here in the past. Sigma’s focus over the last 2 years has been on high quality and affordable offerings, there’s no reason to think that won’t continue.

The most likely lenses to appear next would be:

  • 24mm f/1.4 DG ART
  • 85mm f/1.4 DG ART

Both of these lenses have a chance to appear at Photokina in a couple of months. I’d say the 85mm f/1.4 is a given, but the 24mm f/1.4 could fall to later this year or early 2015. With Zeiss expected to announce their Otus 85mm f/1.4 in September, Sigma could play spoiler with an optically great lens with autofocus at a much cheaper price.

The other lenses according to the site with the highest probability of happening are:

  • 24-70mm f/2 DG ART
  • 300-600mm f/? OS Sport

We’ve heard about both of these in the past, and I’m inclined to believe the supertelephoto zoom is definitely something Sigma is developing. The 24-70mm f/2, I’m not 100% sure on. If Sigma wants to differentiate themselves from the Canon and Nikon offerings, then such a lens would do the trick.

Read more at the Sigma Rumors roundup

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The Saga of the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 OS Sport

The Saga of the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 OS Sport

A Canon Rumors reader “JerseyShooter” has been working with Sigma to improve the performance with Canon’s APS-H flagship cameras, the EOS-1D Mark III & EOS-1D Mark IV.

Back in October of 2013, JerseyShooter started a blog documenting the issues he was having with the lens on a blog. He worked directly with Sigma and it looks like it has paid off with the firmware that was released yesterday to improve the performance with both of the mentioned cameras.

There have been other issues with the lens that he is documenting on the blog as well.

For the record, JerseyShooter is an employed professional photographer.

Read the blog about the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 OS Sport

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Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM for Canon Firmware Update

Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM for Canon Firmware Update

We are pleased to inform you the SIGMA 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM F/CANON Firmware Update is now available.
 
This firmware update allows you to use the SIGMA USB DOCK with the SIGMA 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM F/CANON. If you have the products mentioned below, please start up SIGMA Optimization Pro and then operate lens firmware update.
 
Applicable products: SIGMA 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM S013 F/CANON
 
Benefits of this firmware update:

  • It has improved the Auto Focus speed of “Standard” and “Speed-priority” modes.
  • It has improved the focus accuracy when it is mounted on Canon EOS-1D Mark III or Canon EOS-1D Mark IV.

Please update to SIGMA Optimization Pro Ver1.2 before operating firmware update of SIGMA 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM S013 F/CANON.

SIGMA Optimization Pro Download Page | Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM at B&H Photo

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