It's sharp, the contrast is fine. It does hunt a bit in low contrast situations. It's built well, and beautifully light.
I wish I had some great images to show you that were made with it, but those will have to wait a bit.
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After plenty of guessing by Carl Zeiss fans, it’s now official: the new super wide angle Distagon T* 2,8/15 lens has arrived. With an extra-large angle of view of 110 degrees in combination with a fast f/2.8 aperture, the lens enables the features for dramatic perspectives and performance demanded by the most ambitious landscape and architectural photographers. With a unique ability to capture events in a natural and extraordinary manner, it is also an ideal companion for advertising, journalism and commercial photography. It will be available with an EF (ZE) or F bayonet (ZF.2).
The lens will start shipping in May 2012 for a cool $2948 USD. It’ll be interesting to see how it stacks up against the Canon EF 14 f/2.8L II.
I warn that this sort of conjecture will be a regular occurrence going forward I think. There is a large number of people in the community that desire a 35 megapixel camera from Canon.NAB 2012?
The 5D Mark III is in a lot of hands now and we should see a lot of new content and thoughts on the camera relatively soon.
Planet5D has also posted a link to a video a few of us missed. It was shot with the 5D Mark III and you can see it here.
March 22, 2012 This is still the date that first cameras and shipments should be sent to customers. This is still confirmed in the USA and Canada by retailers I have talked to. The big three of B&H, Adorama and Amazon are all still taking preorders. There was a lot of confidence from a couple of the retailers that initial preorders would be filled very quickly and that Canon had a lot of initial inventory of the camera.
Most retailers should have stock before the launch date. If Canon does this type of launch going forward for cameras and lenses, everyone is going to be a lot happier.
Mr Westfall breaks down the AF system
CW: The number and distribution of high-precision cross-type AF points has increased on the new 61-point AF system relative to the 45-point AF system used by the EOS-1D Mark IV. Moreover:
· The overall AF system speed of the EOS-1D X including lens drive is superior to that of the EOS-1D Mark IV on a lens for lens basis. The overall AF detection speed of the EOS 5D Mark III is superior to the AF detection speed of the EOS-1D Mark IV.
· The level of AF precision for 5 of the central area AF points on the 61-point sensor (i.e., the dual X-shaped cross-type points) is superior to the level of precision for any of the AF points on the 1D Mark IV.
· 21 cross-type AF points in the central area of the 61-point sensor are functional with maximum apertures as small as f/5.6; None (zero) of the cross-type points on the EOS-1D Mark IV are functional as cross-type sensors at maximum apertures smaller than f/4.
· The 61-point AF sensor has twice the low light sensitivity as the 1D Mark IV’s 45-point AF sensor (EV -2 vs. EV -1).
· The 61-point AF system supports AI Servo III, which is superior in subject tracking stability and consistency compared to AI Servo II found on the EOS-1D Mark IV.
· The 61-point AF system adds a greater degree of user control for subjects with various characteristics of acceleration and deceleration such as birds in flight.
· The 61-point AF system not only has 16 more AF points than any of the 45-point systems, it is also 20% wider in coverage (19mm vs. 15mm), making it easier for photographers to keep their subjects within the active AF area.
The event will take place on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 5PM
This will be a developing story.
The excitement around the 5D Mark III, EF 24-70 f/2.8L II and 600EX-RT was on a level that I have never seen. It’s going to be pretty hard to top in the future, maybe the 5D Mark IV will be able to do it.
However, there’s always “what’s next?” when it comes to gear in the ever advancing photography and videography world. So I may as well get right to it.
On the immediate horizon
I don’t have an exact announcement date for the gear below. I do expect these items to be the next SLR related gear to be announced.
- Rebel 650D/T4i
I haven’t received any specs of the camera, just proof that it exists and it’s coming soon. I expect DIGIC 5, articulating LCD and new movie features.
- EF-S 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS II
A second version of this lens already? That’s the word. This time it will come with a silent autofocus motor, perhaps as part of a new video AF feature in the Rebel T4i. I wouldn’t expect anything revolutionary in that regard considered the 5D Mark III and 1D X didn’t get anything advanced in that regard.
- EF/EF-S 40 f/2.8 Pancake
No word on the mount for this lens, but it’s coming and it’ll be quite inexpensive. Sub $200 I’ve heard.
- EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4X TC
This lens still hasn’t become an officially announced product. The rumored price tag is between $11,000-$12,000 USD.
Sometime in Quarter 2 or Quarter 3 2012
There are going to be some more gear announcements heading into Photokina 2012 in Germany. I have heard between 10-13 lenses will be announced in 2012 from Canon. No word if that includes any lenses for the predicted mirrorless camera.
- EF 35 f/1.4L II
This is the next likely prime candidate to be released by Canon. No word on an announcement date, but preproduction lenses exist.
- EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS II (the current version starts at f/4.5)
I’m told this will also arrive sometime in 2012. It will be a replacement for both the 100-400 and 400 f/5.6L. If it performs like the current 400 f/5.6 prime does at 400mm, then we’ll have a winner.
- Cinema EOS DSLR
I haven’t heard anything more about the 4K DSLR Canon said they were developing. There is speculation that it will appear before NAB 2012 in April. Nothing can be confirmed on that front.
No rumored street price at this time. The Leica version of the focal length costs $4600, but it is made in Germany. It’s expected the SLR version would be made in Japan for less money.
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The Canon EOS System was launched in March 1987 with the debut of the EOS 650 SLR camera and three interchangeable, EF mount lenses, including the EF35-70mm f/3.5-4.5. This month, the system will commemorate its long, rich history with the celebration of its 25th anniversary.
EOS stands for ‘Electro Optical System’ and is also the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn. The EOS series was the world’s first fully electronic mount system and heralded a new generation of AF SLR cameras. During the film camera era EOS SLR cameras garnered high acclaim from a wide range of users for their innovative technologies and designs, which focused on Canon’s key concepts of high-speed and ease of use. During this period, Canon pioneered new advances in technology and launched the top-of-the-range EOS-1 professional SLR in 1989. In 1993 Canon continued to expand its user base with the introduction of the compact, lightweight EOS 500 (also known as the EOS Kiss or the EOS Rebel XS in certain parts of the world).
Following the year 2000 introduction of the EOS D30, when the popularisation of DSLR cameras was in full swing, Canon developed advanced technologies, such as its proprietary CMOS sensors and high-performance DIGIC digital image processors, in an effort to offer products that fulfilled the company’s key concepts of high speed, ease-of-use and high image quality.
With the flagship EOS-1D X at the apex, and the newly introduced EOS 5D Mark III boasting excellent image quality and video functionality, Canon’s rich digital SLR camera line-up serves the needs of all levels of users; from professional photographers to entry-level photo enthusiasts.
Canon’s interchangeable EF lens range, introduced alongside the EOS SLR camera system, has come to lead the industry. With Canon’s optical technologies at its core, EF lenses incorporate such innovative technologies as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS), Sub-Wavelength Structure Coating (SWC), anti-reflection technology, and multi-layered Diffractive Optical (DO) elements. The current EF lens line-up comprises over 60 models, making possible a diverse range of imaging-expression possibilities.
Furthermore, with the recent launch of the Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography products, Canon’s EOS System now supports motion picture production and other high-end video capture applications.
Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technologies, striving to produce exceptional and reliable cameras and lenses that cater to the varying needs of users while contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.
From Camera Canada