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Third Party Manufacturers / Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 26, 2014, 10:21:35 AM »

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



Canon Follows Up on Their Strong Showing at February’s Big Game in New Jersey With Widespread Use by Imaging Professionals at the Soccer Tournament in Brazil

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 24, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that Canon broadcast lenses were the most widely used broadcast lenses covering the matches of the recent Soccer Tournament in Brazil. Furthermore, the professional photographers tasked with capturing the riveting goals, ravenous fans, colorful scenery and nail-biting moments of the soccer matches utilized Canon DSLR cameras and lenses more than any other brand.

This outstanding show of support for Canon equipment in Brazil follows Canon broadcast lenses being used extensively to broadcast The Big Game in New Jersey on February 2, 2014, as well as being the number one camera and lens choice for imaging professionals shooting from the sidelines of the game between Denver and Seattle. In support of professionals on the ground, the Canon Professional Services (CPS) team was on location at each of these sporting events, among countless others, to provide support to photographers, broadcasters and all imaging professionals.

“Canon is honored to help broadcast companies and news services bring the action of these high-profile sporting events to devoted fans across the world. It is a testament to our products and professional service and support that so many image makers at the pinnacle of their profession rely on Canon,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Throughout the soccer matches in Brazil, Canon broadcast field lenses were utilized to deliver footage of the thrilling tournament. Canon broadcast field lenses represented approximately 90 percent share of all broadcast lenses used. Additionally, Canon broadcast lenses were used extensively to deliver The Big Game to more than 111 million television viewers.

A look to the sidelines in Brazil revealed a familiar sight to many sporting event fans — Canon EOS Digital SLR cameras, equipped with iconic white Canon telephoto EF lenses. Throughout the tournament, approximately 70 percent of imaging professionals chose Canon DSLRs and lenses to capture and share the memorable moments of these passionate and prideful soccer matches. Much like The Big Game, in which 75 percent of imaging professionals on the sideline of that gridiron matchup chose Canon equipment.

At each of the 12 stadiums that hosted Soccer matches in Brazil, CPS had teams of technical and professional representatives providing imaging professionals with convenient access to product support, equipment maintenance, and product loans.

Pricewatch Deals / Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: July 24, 2014, 12:13:13 PM »

B&H Photo has limited stock of the Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art for Canon mount. These probably won’t last long.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art at B&H Photo


EOS Bodies / High Megapixel EOS on the Way as Mentioned by Canon
« on: July 23, 2014, 08:08:24 AM »

The first confirmation directly from Canon about a high megapixel camera has appeared in an interview with DC Watch. The interview was about the two latest ultra wide zoom lenses, the EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM and the EF 16-35 f/4L IS and what went into designing them.

Google Translated from interview: “I to higher pixel unnecessarily is the opposite, but there is also a feeling if there is a high-performance lens that matches the number of pixels (pixel pitch), to want to take a look at the descriptive power of the true. By super-wide-angle zoom image quality is good came out to the periphery, and we look forward to the advent of high-resolution model of the EOS.”

We were told previously that there would be 3 EOS cameras in 2014, and so far we have seen just one, the Rebel T5. There was also the white Rebel SL1 (i dont count this as a new camera). The next one will be the follow-up to the EOS 7D and the third one is still a mystery. It could be something as simple as a new Rebel, or perhaps something far more interesting.

Read the entire interview

Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS: Amazon | B&H Photo | Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM: Amazon | B&H Photo

via [NL]


Lenses / Review: Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM
« on: July 22, 2014, 09:13:29 AM »

Bryan over at The Digital Picture has posted his review of the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM. This is the widest rectilinear lens available for full frame Canon DSLRs. If you’re looking for a lens that will give a truly unique look, this will definitely fit the bill.

Says The Digital Picture:

“This lens is not without some shortcomings, but what it offers is available in no other lens. The Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens is the widest angle rectilinear lens available in a Canon, Nikon, Sony or Sigma DSLR mount. This unique capability will allow you to capture images that would otherwise not be possible and the quality of Sigma 12-24 II images can be also-impressive.”

Read the full review | Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 DG II at Amazon


EOS Bodies / Patent: 45x Zoom for Waterproof Camera
« on: July 19, 2014, 05:40:30 PM »

This patent may show where the next PowerShot D series camera is heading. Below is a patent for a 45x zoom lens that is for a waterproof/dustproof application.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-109664 (Google Translated)

    • Publication date 2014.6.12

    • Filing date 2012.11.30

    • Related 2014-109665,2014-109666

  • Example 1

    • Zoom ratio 44.41

    • Focal length f = 4.62-13.02-205.00mm

    • Fno. 3.91-6.14-9.00

    • Half angle ω = 36.14-16.58-1.08 °

    • 99.33-103.38-113.64mm overall length of the lens

    • BF 12.11-10.81-4.28mm

Source: [EG]


Canon General / 4K Video Capture Coming to the EOS 5D Mark IV? [CR1]
« on: July 18, 2014, 06:23:23 PM »

The EOS 5D Mark IV received a mention recently as possibly being announced in early 2015. One of the features mentioned as a possibility is 4K video capture. Although, I’m pretty sure every future Canon DSLR is going to be rumored to shoot 4K video.

CR’s Take

If the EOS 5D Mark IV is coming in early 2015 as this rumor suggests, then I cannot see 4K being a part of the feature set. I don’t think we’ll see 4K video recording in a “prosumer” level DSLR from Canon until the technology moves down the Cinema EOS line.

I asked someone in the know recently if Canon had market research on who buys the EOS 5D Mark III and for what purpose. I was told that the videographer focused purchaser of the EOS 5D Mark III was less than 10% of the total sales. The camera is, and has always been, for the still photographer.

If Canon wants to grow in cinema and 4K capture, and they do, then they have a whole new line of cameras that is one generation into its existence to add these and other features to at various price points.

My 2 cents anyway…. :)

Source: [CW] via [P5D]



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]


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


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.


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


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.

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…


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)


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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