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Third Party Manufacturers / Off Brand: Leica M Monochrom & Leica APO-Summicron 50 f/2 ASPH Announced« on: May 10, 2012, 04:41:40 PM »
This is a non Canon post, if you don’t like reading about other camera brands, please skip this small article. Thanks!
From the minds of Leica
No other camera manufacturer is more polarizing than Leica. So I had to post todays announcement, because it’s going to bring about a lot of debate, intrigue and questions about what they’re doing in Solms.
A lot of you will know I do shoot with a Leica M9, and enjoy the camera as well as the M lenses I own. However, I do have a hard time answering “yes” to the inevitable question I get from people… “Is it worth the money?” So when I see them announcing a new segment of 35mm digital camera for $8000, and still retaining things like the 5 year old technology 230,000 pixel LCD displays, I’m not sure what to tell people about getting into Leica.
Why does this matter to the Canon user?
I have always said I think there’s a market for a full frame “mirrorless” camera, and the first one to do it for half the price of Leica, will have a big winner on their hands. Today Leica threw a curveball with a B&W sensored camera, as well as a staggering technical marvel with their new 50mm lens.
Leica M Monochrom
Today in Berlin, the Leica M Monochrom was announced. It is an 18mp black & white only digital rangefinder.
“It has a sensor designed exclusively for black and white photography. It has no color filter,” said Leica Chairman Dr. Andreas Kauffman. “This allows twice the amount of light to reach the sensor. So we combined this special sensor with our rangefinder system and we present you the M Monochrome with the maximized image quality available with Leica lenses.”
- 18MP CCD monochrome sensor (24 x 36mm)
- No anti-aliasing filter
- No color filter array
- ISO 320-10,000 (with a ‘Pull 160*’ option)
- 2.5″ 230,000 dot rear LCD
- Supplied with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro 2
Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH Lens
A $7200 50 f/2 lens? That’s exactly what Leica announced today. I find it intriguing, because it’s going to set lens testers and lens geeks into a tizzy waiting to get their hands on one. There are some bold claims about the performance of this lens.
This lens is a new milestone in the history of optical design that achieves previously unattainable values in all technical performance characteristics. For instance, there is practically no fall-off at the edges – even at full aperture – in the MTF curves for image sharpness. Even the finest details are rendered with more than 50% contrast – a previously unheard of value that confirms the exceptional properties of this lens.
The camera is an intriguing step, but hard to stomach the $8000 price tag without having addressed some of the biggest issues with the M9, the LCD screen being one and lack of focus confirmation for the optically challenged. We’ll have to wait and see if it’s more responsive than the M9.
The lens may be the greatest thing ever created by man, I am looking forward to the comparisons between it and the Noctilux and Summilux variants. Can lenses be made much better than they already are?
Neither is scheduled to ship until August 2012.
That begs another question, if this camera isn’t out until August 2012, how can an M10 be coming a month later?
Now’s the time Canon, lets see the worlds first full frame autofocus mirrorless camera! Consider it preordered.
The fine folks at Norman Camera have notified us that they have 5D Mark III (Body Only) in stock and ready to ship. They will be the fixed cameras with serial number notifier “3″ and not the affected “1″ or “2″.
The kit with the 24-105 f/4L IS is also in stock.
We’ve been told by a couple of places, that the new EF 600 f/4L IS II is out there. Loaner copies of the lens have been sent to various manufacturers of accessories for measurement and that sort of thing. Multiple reports say they are fully functional production versions of the lens.
Lots of initial praise for the lens, especially how light it feels in comparison to the first IS version.
A very good sign indeed.
There is apparently going to be new 5D Mark III firmware before the end of May. It will address a few bugs, as well as adding some “features”. No mention of what the features might be. It was mentioned there is a possibility of a bug fix firmware update before the “feature” update, a two part strategy if you will.
There have been no mentions of additional features for video.
Not a lot of talk about crop camera bodies, other than an imminent Rebel announcement with a couple of inexpensive lenses. However, over the last couple of days I’ve been sent a few things about the direction of the APS-C line of cameras. There is talk there will be an amalgamation of the 60D and 7D into one camera. Which means the xxD line would go back to being a higher end camera. No mention of whether it would be called 70D or 7D Mark II.
Do not expect a big megapixel jump from the current 18mp, though it was mentioned it would have a different image sensor than the T4i. The 60D and 7D may end up meeting in the middle as far as features and build quality. Especially if rumors of a new full frame camera in $2000 or less range are true.
I have heard in the past that there would be no direct 7D replacement, although I find that a little hard to believe. I do suspect there will be a shake-up of the APS-C lineup, as we’ve seen already with the EOS-1 and in the coming months the 5D.
There is no defined announcement date yet, but we’re told Canon may be announcing a new interchangeable lens camera every 6-8 weeks heading into Christmas.
Beyond the coming 18-135 IS II, there isn’t a lot mentioned in regards to EF-S lenses. The only other EF-S lens that has been mentioned is an IS Macro. We’ve heard both 60mm and 85mm IS macro EF-S lenses exist.
So you wanna spend a lot of money?
I am getting the same question everyday about the same thing. “When can I get the new 500mm or 600mm lenses from Canon?”. The best answer is.. I don’t know. Canon is still maintaining a release date of May 2012, and we still have 23 days left in the month. However, whether that ever meant in large quantity is unknown.
A few facts that don’t help too much.
- Both lenses do appear on price lists, however dealer NET is still listed at “TBA” on the lists I have seen.
- Neither lens was out from behind glass at NAB
- Through the grapevine, reps are saying “I don’t know” and not “May 2012″ in regards to release date.
- No large retailer I have spoken to has any idea when they’re coming.
A couple get released for photographers at Euro 2012 starting June 8, 2012 in Ukraine and Poland. Possibly along with a few final test bodies of the Canon EOS-1D X.
All this could change pretty quickly, I could get an email later today saying they’re coming and when they’re expected. I have had both on preorder since they were announced in 1972, hopefully inflation won’t make them even more expensive.
Adobe has released a new release candidate for Adobe Camera RAW. We’re up to version 7.1.
New Features & Lens Profiles Camera Raw 7.1 adds new Defringe controls to help address chromatic aberration. Defringe is available as part of the Lens Correction panel. Camera Raw can also now read 16-bit, 24-bit, and 32-bit HDR files. Supported HDR formats are TIFF and DNG.
- Canon EF 35mm f/2
- Tokina AT-X 107 AF DX Fish-Eye 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5
Adobe has begun shipping Creative Suite 6 today. It’s also available for download and purchase on their web site.
For the moment, you will only be able to upgrade to CS6 via Adobe.com. So if you just want to upgrade Photoshop CS5 to CS6, you have to do it via the web here.
AquaTech is happy to announce the release of the new DC5-V3 to suit the new Canon 5D MKIII. This housing is now available through all your normal outlets and features the same dependable controls that are conveniently placed at your fingertips to ensure smooth and reliable control over your camera.
The DC5-V3 features the following controls.
- Shutter release
- Quick menu
- Play back
- Main rear dial
- Multi control toggle
- Video / Stills switcher
- Live view
- $1895 USD
- Available Now
A lot of people, myself included are quite annoyed at the black AF points when using AI servo mode on the 5D Mark III. It’s nearly impossible to see in some situations, especially in low light. I think most people would like the ability to turn on the red AF point you see when you lock focus in one shot mode. I’m not sure if this was by design, or if it’s actually something that was overlooked in testing.
I will say that the AF works terrific in AI servo mode, it’s just tough to see the AF point at times.
I am told by a couple of people that the above issue is known by Canon and they will fix it with a firmware update in the future. The fix may take some time though.
Here’s hoping they also add the ability to change the image review zoom button mapping back to the top right.
You can let Canon know you’d like it fixed here.
Talk of a Canon mirrorless system has been pretty quiet the last few months, though there is a general assumption we’ll see one announced sometime in 2012.
The latest bits of information that has floated my way are below.
- Two Cameras
- G1 X Sensor Size
- APS-C a possibility in one camera
- 14 & 24 megapixels
- EF compatibility, but not EF mount.
- EVF on one camera
- 3-5 Lenses announced at launch.
I suspect specifications for the new cameras have yet to be finalized and this sort of information will evolve over time.
If you’re in LA and want some time with the recently announced Canon C500, Canon is having another event to show off the good stuff.
First Look: EOS C500, featuring 4K RAW Output Presented by: Canon Live Learning Program: Professional Development Seminars & Workshops Date: May 10, 2012 Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Doors open at 5:30pm Fee: Free of charge. Advanced registration required
Location: The Los Angeles Film School 6363 Sunset Blvd, main 4K theater Los Angeles, California 90028 Organization: Canon Live Learning Questions: CanonLiveLearning@cusa.canon.com
To Register Visit usa.canon.com/proworkshops
Join Canon Live Learning for a first look at the EOS C500, the only Cinema EOS camera offering support for 4K RAW output. Designed for 4K professional production environments, the EOS C500 features Canon’s renowned high-sensitivity and low-noise technologies, including high ISO settings of up to 20,000.
The evening will begin with a 4K screening of Man and Beast, a short film shot with the EOS C500 by Director Dante Ariola, DP Jeff Cronenweth and 2nd Unit DP Peter Simonite. Peter will be on hand to share his behind the scene insights and an operator’s perspective on shooting with the EOS C500.
Man and Beast was processed and colored by postproduction house Fotokem. After the screening, representatives will unfold the post process from beginning to end. The evening will conclude with a Canon representative providing a brief introduction on the EOS C500, followed by an open Q&A.
EOS C500 cameras will be available for demonstration by Canon Professional Market Specialists at this event.