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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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Pricewatch Deals / SanDisk Sale at B&H Photo
« on: July 16, 2014, 12:46:11 PM »

B&H Photo has informed us about good discounts on SanDisk memory cards. You can save up to $225 on various compact flash cards and multi card packs.


SanDisk Deals at B&H Photo


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Canon General / New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2014, 12:29:42 PM »

A brief mention that we could see a new Speedlite announced with the EOS 7D replacement in September.


I do not expect an 600EX-RT replacement, but the 430EX II could be the one to get an upgrade.


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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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Reviews / Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« on: July 15, 2014, 02:06:02 PM »
Discuss our review of the Canon EF 135mm f/2L here.

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Canon General / Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Update [CR2]
« on: July 14, 2014, 04:45:25 PM »

We were told a while back by a great source that a replacement to the PowerShot SX50IS would be coming in the spring, obviously that didn’t occur. We have been told there have been some production issues with the camera and it will be announced for Photokina 2014 in September. The PowerShot lineup will probably get a separate announcement date than that of the EOS 7D replacement.


We’ve been told it will indeed have the biggest zoom range on the planet when it does surface.


More to come…


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Pricewatch Deals / Deal: EOS Camera Body Deals
« on: July 14, 2014, 03:22:49 PM »

A bunch of deals have shown up on ebay from various retailers. The savings are very good, especially on the EOS 5D Mark III & EOS-1D X.


Note: The item in this sale is brand new and likely grey market, therefore not technically covered under a Canon USA warranty. Although, there are reports of warranty service being performed on these items. If you have any issues with purchasing the items below, please contact us, as we can help remedy any issues.


6ave (99.3% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 6D for $1498 via ebay (Reg $1699 after mail-in rebate)



6ave (99.3% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 6D w/24-105 f/4L IS kit for $1949 via ebay (Reg $2299)



6ave (99.3% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body for $2559 via ebay (Reg $3399)



AllNewShop (99.5% approval) is once again selling the Canon EOS-1D X for $4999 via ebay (Reg $6799)



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Below is another patent for a multi-layer related sensor patent from Canon has come to light. This is the third one that has appeared in the last month or so.

Keith over at Northlight breaks it down in a way that’s easy to understand. “The issue addressed, is light of the ‘wrong’ colour being reflected from one layer into another, which reduces the ability of different layers to respond to photons of only a particular range of colours. This has the potential to greatly improve the colour accuracy and fidelity of such stacked sensor designs.

Patent Publication No. 2014-130890 (Google Translated)

  • Publication date 2014.7.10
  • Filing date 2012.12.28
  • Multilayer sensor drawback of
  • G is light, the image quality is degraded and reflected by the surface of the layer between the G and B layer, re-enters the B layer
  • Canon patents
  • The provision of the dielectric film and the insulating film as an anti-reflection film
  • First insulating layer, B layer, a dielectric film, insulating film, dielectric film, G layer, a dielectric film, insulating film, insulating film, dielectric film, the R layer
  • By increasing the thickness of the dielectric film, to suppress the multiple reflection
  • The dielectric film is between the G layer and B layer, the reflectance with respect to G is lower than B

Source: [EG] via [NL]

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Lenses / Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: July 12, 2014, 03:43:04 PM »

We’ve had more mentions of the telephoto lens to be announced with the EOS 7D Mark II on September 5, 2014. We’re told it is indeed the replacement to the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS. This is something we’ve heard a lot about over the years, but it has to come true some day, right? (memories of the 24-70 f/2.8 replacement)


EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Specs



  • Rotating zoom ring

  • New IS system

  • Lighter weight than predecessor

  • 82mm filter thread

  • New coating

  • $2399 USD


This comes from what appears to be a new source, we should know more soon.


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Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Canon EOS 7D Body $794
« on: July 12, 2014, 03:32:46 PM »

6ave (99.2% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 7D body for $794 via ebay (Reg $999).



There are currently deals on the Canon EOS 7D at all the authorized retailers in the USA.



It does look like inventory clearance for the upcoming replacement.


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Canon General / Dragonfly, Powered by Canon Lenses
« on: July 12, 2014, 08:54:58 AM »

Dragonfly is an innovative, multi-lens array designed for ultra-low surface brightness astronomy at visible wavelengths. Commissioned in 2013, the array is proving capable of detecting extremely faint, complex structure around galaxies.


According to Cold Dark Matter (CDM) cosmology, structure in the Universe grows from the “bottom up”, with small galaxies merging to form larger ones. Evidence of such mergers can be seen in faint streams and filaments visible around the Milky Way Galaxy and the nearby M31 galaxy.


Image Copyright University of Toronto

Image Copyright University of Toronto


But the CDM model predicts that we should see more of this structure than is currently observed. However, images obtained using even the largest, most advanced telescopes today contain scattered light that may be hiding this faint structure.


Dragonfly is designed to reveal the faint structure by greatly reducing scattered light and internal reflections within its optics. It achieves this using ten, commercially available Canon 400mm lenses with unprecedented nano-fabricated coatings with sub-wavelength structure on optical glasses.


Read More at the University of Toronto


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Asana, Canon, Dropbox, Google, Newegg and SAP Announce Formation of New Cooperative Patent-Licensing Agreement
 
TOKYO, July 10, 2014—Asana, Canon Inc., Dropbox, Google, Newegg and SAP today announced the formation of the License on Transfer (LOT) Network, a cooperative patent-licensing agreement that will cut down on patent troll litigation and the growing practice of patent privateering.
 
Patent litigation reached an all-time peak last year, with more than 6,000 lawsuits filed. Most of those suits came from non-practicing entities, also known as patent trolls—companies that don’t have a business outside of licensing and litigating patents.
 
More than 70 percent of the patents used by trolls come from still-operating companies. Indeed, in a growing trend called privateering, companies are selling patents to trolls that then use those patents to attack other companies. In some cases, those companies arrange to get a cut of revenue generated from the trolls’ suits.
 
The LOT agreement is a new kind of royalty-free cross-license meant to address these growing systemic problems. Member companies receive a license when the patents are transferred out of the LOT group. That means that companies retain their right to enforce a patent so long as they retain ownership of it. However, as soon as it is sold, a license to the other members becomes effective, protecting them from attacks by the troll to which the patent was sold.


 The agreement includes several other provisions that preserve a patent portfolio’s value, including carve-outs for certain M&A transactions and change of control.
 
The initial members of the LOT Network range from early-stage startups to established technology companies. Together they own almost 300,000 patent assets, generate more than $117 billion in revenue and employ more than 310,000 people.
 
“The LOT Network is a sort of arms control for the patent world,” said Allen Lo, deputy general counsel for patents at Google. “By working together, we can cut down on patent litigation, allowing us to focus instead on building great products.”
 
“Startups need to overcome many risks before they can become mature, thriving companies. The LOT Network is a powerful and creative new idea that will help ensure that patent abuse need not be one of them,” said Dustin Moskovitz, cofounder of teamwork software provider Asana.
 
“The LOT Network provides a unique mechanism for reducing patent troll threats while maintaining a portfolio’s primary significance and value,” said Kenichi Nagasawa, director and group executive of Canon Inc.’s Corporate Intellectual Property & Legal Headquarters. “Through the further expansion of the LOT Network, I look forward to the patent system restoring its sound functionality.”
 
“We believe that patents should never be used to stifle innovation,” said Brett Alten, IP counsel at Dropbox, “The LOT network is a creative solution to fight patent abuse that becomes more effective with each company that joins. The more participants there are, the better off we’ll all be.”
 
“Newegg has a very strong history of successfully battling patent trolls, and the License on Transfer Network is another valuable tool that helps protect participants from frivolous patent litigation,” said Soren Mills, chief marketing officer of Newegg North America. “We’re very happy to join forces with Google and other leading technology companies to preserve the spirit of innovation that’s so vital to our collective well-being.”
 
“The structure of the LOT Network helps protect innovative patent owners from unwarranted litigation, without stifling valid, beneficial uses of patents, such as cross-licensing,” said Anthony DiBartolomeo, senior vice president and chief IP counsel at SAP. “As long as a company owns their patent they retain all their rights to it.”
 
Read more at http://www.lotnet.com.



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Third Party Manufacturers / A Summary of Sigma Lens Rumors
« on: July 08, 2014, 02:25:02 PM »

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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Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Canon EOS 6D $1399
« on: July 08, 2014, 01:49:22 PM »

6ave (99.2% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 6D body for $1399 (Reg $1699 after $200 mail-in rebate) via ebay.


Canon EOS 6D Body $1399


 


6ave (99.2% approval) is selling the “white box” Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS for $639 (Retail reg $1199) via ebay.


Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS $639


*This item is probably grey market and is not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty. Although there have been reports of warranty repairs being done anyway.


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Lenses / Video Review: Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: July 08, 2014, 10:41:08 AM »
Kai from DigitalRev has completed his video review of the brand new Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens. This $299 lens for APS-C shooters seems to be getting a lot of praise, most of which is based around its extremely affordable price.

I have used the lens a couple of times and find it to be nearly as good as the EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5, especially as an ultra wide angle walk around lens in cities. Pair it with an EOS Rebel SL1, and you have a pretty good light weight hiking setup as well.

Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM $299: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

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