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Sigma is planning to announce a 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art series lens at Photokina with availability coming in October of 2014.

There has been no word on the possible 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art or 135mm f/1.8DG HSM Art lenses. I think both the 85 and 135 would be more highly desired than a 24mm prime, though if it’s as good as the 35mm or 50mm, we’ll take it anyway.

Preorder the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

Source: [PR]


Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Canon EOS-1D X $5599
« on: Today at 04:59:04 AM »

GetItDigital (99.3% approval) is selling the Canon EOS-1D X body for $5599 (Reg $6799) via ebay.

Canon EOS-1D X body $5599 (Reg $6799)


Lenses / Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: April 22, 2014, 10:46:16 AM »
Bryan at The-Digital-Picture has completed his review of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art series lens. As you’re probably used to reading, this lens is a stellar performer and nearly as good optically as the Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Otus, which costs 4 times as much.

Says Bryan “While I will dock a few points from this lens for occasional AF inconsistency, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens is now the overwhelming favorite in the 50mm field. This lens delivers excellent image quality, has a beautiful design and for what you get, a very attractive price. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens is the easy 50mm choice for those with a moderate budget.”

Read the full review

Preorder the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama


Meet Lenscap and Lenscap+ The Lenscap protection plans are optional add-ons that limit your liability in the case of a covered event causing damage or total loss of products on your rental.

Simply, if a covered event occurs to equipment protected by a Lenscap plan, your liability is limited to the lesser of the cost to repair the equipment or 10% of the replacement cost.

What is Covered by the Standard Lenscap Plan? Effectively, the standard Lenscap protection plan replaces the pre-existing Lensrentals Damage Waiver program and covers accidental damage to our equipment as long as you can return it to us. It even covers bear attacks. In the case of damage, your liability will never exceed 10% of the replacement cost of the damaged equipment, no matter how expensive the repair actually is.

What is Covered by the Lenscap+ Plan? Lenscap+ offers the same protection as the standard plan for accidental damage to the equipment, but additionally protects you against certain situations that make it impossible to return the equipment that you rented.

Was the equipment stolen? You’re covered. Is it at the bottom of the ocean after it fell overboard? You’re covered. Did it get sucked up in a tornado? You’re covered. Did it fall off an aircraft (seriously)? You’re covered.

Just like with the standard Lenscap plan, your liability is limited to 10% of the replacement value of the covered equipment.

Coverage Recap

No Protection Lenscap Lenscap+
Max Liability 100%* 10%* 10%*
Bear Attacks
Fell from Aircraft

* Liability limited to maximum of $100,000. Amounts in excess of $100,000 are 100% liable.

For full information on both plans, please view our FAQs and Rental Agreement.


According to DicaHub, Samyang will be announcing the following lenses on April 28, 2014.

  • Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AE for various mounts.
  • 7.5mm T3.8 Fisheye Cinema Lens for Micro 4/3
  • 12mm Cinema Lens for mirrorless systems.

Source: [DH]


Canon General / Canon Hong Kong Announcement April 24, 2014
« on: April 22, 2014, 05:42:21 AM »
Canon Hong Kong is announcing something on April 24, 2014. I think it’s safe to say it won’t be a white EOS camera this time.

The text in this teaser says: “Beauty lies not in objects, but in the interaction between the shadow and light created by objects.”

I wouldn’t expect anything too earth shattering, as these regional announcements are generally minor.


Source: [NL] via [CHKFB] & [CW]


Lenses / New TS-E Lenses for Photokina [CR2]
« on: April 21, 2014, 09:43:33 AM »

We’re told to expect two new Tilt-Shift lenses for Photokina 2014 in September. One will be a direct replacement of the TS-E 45mm f/2.8 and the other will be a longer focal length, however it won’t be a direct replacement of the TS-E 90mm f/2.8.

Both of the new tilt-shift lenses will get the L designation. We’re also told that the new tilt-shift lenses will have a unique feature, though at the moment we don’t know what that might be.



B&H Photo is selling refurbished Canon EOS 6D w/24-105 f/4L IS kits for $2099 (Reg $2499). You can also get just the body for $1619 (Reg $1899).


Canon EOS 6D w/24-105 f/4L IS Refurb $2099 (Reg $2499)

Canon EOS 6D Body Refurb $1619 (Reg $1899)

*Note: B&H Photo will once against start accepting orders Tuesday evening at 8PM EST.



Amazon is now accepting preorders for the highly anticipated Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art series lens. In the past week, we’ve seen a lot of great reviews for the lens.

Preorder the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama


Third Party Manufacturers / Samyang Teases Some New Lenses
« on: April 18, 2014, 09:02:15 AM »

Samyang is once again teasing a lens announcement via their Facebook page. “Samyang Optics invites you to join the journey to the next level of creativity on April 28th 2014. We hope you to enjoy our proud new products”

It looks like it’ll be more than one lens, perhaps this is when Samyang will announce their first autofocus lenses? Or perhaps a zoom lens or two?

Source: [FB] via [CW]


Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG APO for $15,000!
« on: April 18, 2014, 08:47:53 AM »
LensRentals.com through their sister company LensAuthority.com is selling their one copy of the Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG APO for a steal of a price. For $14,995, you can get “SigZilla” at a fraction of the $26,000 retail price. The lens has only rented once, which I believe was a for a World Series a year or two ago.

Sale Description Only rented once, extremely near new condition and functions perfectly. Comes with 400-1000mm extender, circular polarizer, strap, battery, charger, and gigantic Sigma hard case. This item is being sold AS-IS and DOES NOT include a warranty. No returns will be accepted due to the outrageous size and weight of the item.

Buy the Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG APO $14,995 (Save $11,000)



Sigma Releases Optimization Pro v1.2.0 Update

We are pleased to announce the availability of the new “SIGMA Optimization Pro Ver1.2.0 for Windows” and “SIGMA Optimization Pro Ver1.2.0 for Macintosh”, the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK which allows customers to update the lens firmware of new product lines, as well as to customize settings such as AF and focusing position.

This download service is for SIGMA USB DOCK Users who are using our interchangeable lenses from 3 product lines (Contemporary, Art, Sports). As a SIGMA USB DOCK user, please be sure to update to SIGMA Optimization Pro Ver1.2.0, before carrying out any lens firmware updates.

Benefits of the SIGMA Optimization Pro software update:

SIGMA Optimization Pro Ver1.2.0 for Windows & Macintosh

  • New switch feature for Full-time MF setting.

* This customization of Full-time MF function is only available for the SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014.

* The Full-time MF function will be available after the SIGMA USB DOCK firmware is updated to Ver1.01 or above.

* The function limits will vary from on the camera you use.

Download: SIGMA Optimization Pro Ver1.2.0

SIGMA USB DOCK Firmware Update

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We are pleased to inform you the SIGMA USB DOCK Firmware Update is now available.

This firmware update allows you to use the SIGMA USB DOCK with the SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014. If you have the products mentioned below, please start up SIGMA Optimization Pro and then operate lens firmware update.

Benefits of this firmware update

  • It will be compatible with SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014.

Applicable products




* Please update SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver1.2.0 in addition to updating the SIGMA USB DOCK Firmware to Ver1.01 before using it with SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM.

In order to update the USB Dock firmware, please connect the device to your computer using the USB cable and then open Sigma Optimization Pro.

via [TDP]



We’re told that Zeiss will announce the next in the Otus line, an 85mm f/1.4 for Photokina this September. We’re also told that it’s possible an Otus 35mm f/1.4 could also be announced, although that isn’t confirmed. If the 35 isn’t announced at Photokina, expect it some time in 2015.

What comes after those two lenses is unknown. Although we have heard that a pair of tilt-shift lenses are in the works, as well as an Otus zoom lens.



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


EOS Bodies / Patent: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS
« on: April 17, 2014, 04:37:14 PM »

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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