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With its new wide-angle focal length, the ZEISS Milvus family now boasts eleven lenses for single-lens reflex cameras, including four focal lengths with a maximum aperture of 1.4, which are perfect for videographers too.


OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 2017-10-18 – The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 is the latest focal length to be added to ZEISS’s largest range of lenses for full-frame single-lens reflex cameras. The lens, which was developed for the DSLR systems from Canon1 is a trademark or registered trademark of Canon Inc. and/or other members of the Canon Group. and Nikon2 is a registered trademark of Nikon Corporation., is suitable primarily for landscape and architecture photography, and for journalistic shots and videos. “The completely new optical design ensures superior performance across the entire image field,” says Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at ZEISS. “This results in high-contrast photos and a harmonious bokeh.”


High-speed wide-angle lens

Thanks to a maximum aperture of 1.4, this lens can even capture exceptional images in poor light. “Even at full aperture, there are hardly any color fringes,” says Casenave. “The finest details can be reproduced in high definition and contrast all the way into the corners.” The metal housing is what makes the lens robust, and its dirt and dust protection even makes the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 ready for action in adverse weather. The large 172-degree focus rotation angle enables precise manual focusing for adding creative touches to photos and videos.







The largest ZEISS lens family yet

Featuring eleven focal lengths ranging from 15 to 135 millimeters, including two macros, the ZEISS Milvus family covers a host of applications, such as portrait, landscape, architecture and street photography. “We can offer every photographer just the right lens,” says Casenave.


Perfect for videographers too

The four ZEISS Milvus focal lengths 25, 35, 50 and 85 millimeters with an aperture of 1.4 are just perfect for filming. Thanks to their high speed, they are suitable primarily for interviews and documentaries where the videographer can utilize natural light. Thanks to the de-click function in the version for the Nikon-Mount the aperture can be adjusted continuously. ZEISS Lens Gears in a range of sizes permit the use of follow-focus systems.


Price and availability

The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 retails for 2,399 euros incl. 19 percent sales tax (RRP) or $2,399USD and will be available starting 2 November 2017.



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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« Last post by Valvebounce on Today at 07:43:35 AM »
Hi Kieth.
Very nice shot, I like her colours, an unusual combination.
Our 17yr old cat sits and looks like that, but she is often staring at a wall or door, I think she is trying to remember what it was she wanted to do.  ???

Cheers, Graham.

Bella is spotting birds for me at our pond.  When I see 'that look", I know to pick up the camera.
5D Mark IV, 100-400L IS VII

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Lenses / Re: First Look Video: Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM
« Last post by Viggo on Today at 07:04:20 AM »
I’m still not absolutely sure this will be the stellar lens I’m hoping due to the low price, but hopefully I don’t do anything stupid buying the 85 without seeing any reviews. Thoughts anyone?

Well...MPBPhotographic who are one of the Uk's largest S/H dealers have 17 of the 85mm f1.2 L II's in stock at the moment. Usually there's only one or two. So I suspect that there's a lot of people who are shifting theirs for the new model.
There seems to be an insanity that circulates around new lenses and cameras these days. I think the wisest choice for any Canon user who is after a fast 85mm prime at the moment is to buy a S/H one. There's plenty around, they are available and due to the current slightly deflated prices...it's never going to be worth less than you've paid for it. But unfortunately, most people buy emotionally and not rationally.

They only have 12 now ;) maybe others are cashing in on a great lens, I got a new one a few months back for 1200.00, I think the 1.2 has bottomed out now S/H at around a grand.

What’s “S/H”?

I am definitely not buying another f1.2  ;D
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PowerShot / Re: Canon Officially Announces The PowerShot G1 X Mark III
« Last post by SecureGSM on Today at 06:58:19 AM »
but.. you can crank up ISO up to 25600! :D (just kidding).



The lens is too dark to shoot at a concert IMHO. And probably too short?
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Lenses / Re: 70-100mm VS. 100-400mm Questions?
« Last post by hne on Today at 06:29:38 AM »
Owning the previous version of both the 70-200/2.8 L IS and 100-400/4.5-5.6 L IS as well as having tried taking portraits with both, here are my experiences:

  • You need at about 2 meter distance (6.5 foot) distance for a headshot at 100mm, which is 40% more than what you need with 70mm. This makes a surprisingly large difference.
  • The subject separation feels roughly the same. The aperture size at the ends of the zoom range is close to identical and if you compensate the longer zoom by adding those 40% distance, you'll be using 40% longer focal length for the same framing too, causing the aperture size to be roughly equal.
  • People get shy, curious or irritated when they see you taking pictures no matter which huge white lens you're wielding
  • The really big difference outside of longer reach with longer lens is the amount of foreground and background you get in your shot. With 70mm you get some of the background, like a headshot with a car in the back would have the car being two parking lots further down the road. At 400mm you'd have your subject a car length away and the car would be on the other side of the next block
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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Sample Images
« Last post by SecureGSM on Today at 06:22:31 AM »
PBD,


OP said that he had to shoot at 1/200 and F11  and he HAD to use a much more powerful strobes to compensate for power loss:
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...  was using two 600 ws units as opposed to my usual very compact 360 ws units..
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please note OP logic: had to shoot with higher power strobes than usual.

Now, I said exactly what you said: I pointed out that he did not go into HSS and therefore he lost NO power. hence no need using more powerful 600 Ws strobes instead of usual 360 Ws Op used.

In the second part of my comment I pointed out that if OP would rather shoot at F8 rather than F11 aperture he used to avoid HSS territory, there is a simple solution to open up aperture by 1 stop and loose relatively small amount of flash power.

OP had to use F11 at 1/200s, ISO 100 instead of F7.3 at 1/500s, ISO - these are identical exposures.

repeat:

no loss of flash power at 1/200s
if F8 was required instead of F11, then ND2 application will allow to open aperture up to F8 at 1/200s but strobes will have to be cranked up by 1 stop

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.. Mind you flash duration times are pretty long at higher powers so once you go over 1/350 sec the shutter starts to limit your flash exposure power anyway..

Correct, GODOX AD360 II flash duration at full power is 1/300s. GODOX AD600B flash duration  at full power is even longer: 1/220s.




your example shooting at 1/200s: you do not need to use HSS mode when shooting at 1/200s unless you are a Canon 6D user. Thus you do NOT loose any flash power. If F11 was too narrow for you, then you may have consider using decent ND2 (1 stop) filter to slow down the aperture by a 1 stop and shoot at F8 instead. Yes, this will result in a somewhat higher flash output, but you loose very substantial 2.5+ stops of flash power as soon as you crossed  out of the X-Sync territory. Hence ND2 is a lesser of two evils. slight colour cast is very easy to compensate for in post.



I just returned from a shoot for a magazine cover (lifestyle) where the subjects were facing away from bright sun. I had to shoot at f11 at 1/200 with ISO at 100. Flash shooting in a large umbrella to cover 4 people needs to be very powerful. ( was using two 600 ws units as opposed to my usual very compact 360 ws units) With the G1 X mk3 I could have used f7.1 at 1/500 thus using far less powerful flash and still maintaining decent DOF.




He didn't say he went into HSS so your comparison of ND2 1 stop loss vs HSS 2.5 stop loss is irrelevant. At 1/200 he didn't go into HSS so he lost none of his 1200Ws flash power. The point is the ambient required f11 at 1/200 at 100 iso, he couldn't give the ambient less because to do so would either push the camera into HSS or affect the flash exposure. The flash exposure required 1200Ws at f11 at 100 iso. The only way to beat the equations and lower the flash power while maintaining ambient exposure level is to raise the shutter speed and have a faster sync speed.

Mind you flash duration times are pretty long at higher powers so once you go over 1/350 sec the shutter starts to limit your flash exposure power anyway. People who thing a leaf shutter or global shutter will give them full power flash at high shutter speeds really are missing the concept of flash duration.
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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Sample Images
« Last post by neuroanatomist on Today at 06:01:52 AM »
Given a choice, I'd at least prefer trolls with some intelligence.   Alas. 
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PowerShot / Re: Canon Officially Announces The PowerShot G1 X Mark III
« Last post by Mikehit on Today at 05:48:11 AM »

1299 for g1X III are also way overpriced. should have been 999 max or even 899. no reason why it should cost so much more than an SL-2 plus kitlens.

My first response was 'SL2 plus kittens?? I know the internet is run by cats but that is taking things too far.....'. Then I saw you wrote 'kit lens'. Time for a coffee methinks.

Yes, 1299 seems high and I wonder how long that will last.
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Lenses / Re: 70-100mm VS. 100-400mm Questions?
« Last post by tomscott on Today at 05:44:05 AM »
The mkII 100-400mm LIS is an excellent lens. It's one of the newest long lenses from Canon so it's AF and IS are spookily good. The IS is easily the best I've seen or used, you can literally shake the lens when it's engaged and the viewfinder doesn't move much. The AF is a massive upgrade from the older mk I model and is worth the upgrade for those two features alone. The new detachable lens mount is appalling and a bit of a joke. After market feet are essential for tripod work in poor weather. Optically, there's not much between the mkI and mkII in realy world use.
It's surprising how well a 70-200 f2.8 LIS II and a 2x TC  fares against the 100-400 LIS II. The dedicated zoom has a fast AF system, is slightly sharper and the IS unit is better. But the 70-200 does very very well and can be easily considered for occasional or even frequent use.

Couldnt agree more. For someone on a budget the 70-200mm will give you the portrait lens and add a 1/4 or 2x and you get a very good tele lens.

I used the 70-200mm with this combo for a number of years as at Motorsport events meant I didnt need to carry twice the weight and the IQ between the two was negligible.

The AF is slower but as soon as you get used to it I had no problem at all. I didnt see a huge improvement in keepers with my 100-400mm MKII compared to the 70-200mm

Couple of shots with the 70-200MKII + 2x MKII extender

Puffin with a mouth full of Sand Eels, Farne Islands, Seahouses by Tom Scott, on Flickr

Razorbill, Farne Islands, Seahouses by Tom Scott, on Flickr

BMW CSL 1973, Batmobile, Colin Turkington, Jet Super Touring Car Trophy, Silverstone Classic 2014 by Tom Scott, on Flickr

Williams FW07C, Leyland #37, 1981, driven by C. D'Ansembourg, Legends of Modern F1, Silverstone Classic 2015 by Tom Scott, on Flickr

Nice thing is you can whip the extender off when you dont need it and get the full fat F2.8 lens for lower light or a different look or just because you need a wider angle of view

Porsche 962, BP Leyton House, Group C, twilight race, Silverstone Classics 2015 by Tom Scott, on Flickr

Lovely tool for portraiture

TSP_Mandle-444 by Tom Scott, on Flickr

Lara & Hugo de Chassiron-327 by Tom Scott, on Flickr

Lara & Hugo de Chassiron-334 by Tom Scott, on Flickr

TSP_Hardie (341 of 426) by Tom Scott, on Flickr

TSP_Hardie (354 of 426) by Tom Scott, on Flickr
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Lenses / Re: First Look Video: Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM
« Last post by arthurbikemad on Today at 05:23:12 AM »
I’m still not absolutely sure this will be the stellar lens I’m hoping due to the low price, but hopefully I don’t do anything stupid buying the 85 without seeing any reviews. Thoughts anyone?

Well...MPBPhotographic who are one of the Uk's largest S/H dealers have 17 of the 85mm f1.2 L II's in stock at the moment. Usually there's only one or two. So I suspect that there's a lot of people who are shifting theirs for the new model.
There seems to be an insanity that circulates around new lenses and cameras these days. I think the wisest choice for any Canon user who is after a fast 85mm prime at the moment is to buy a S/H one. There's plenty around, they are available and due to the current slightly deflated prices...it's never going to be worth less than you've paid for it. But unfortunately, most people buy emotionally and not rationally.

They only have 12 now ;) maybe others are cashing in on a great lens, I got a new one a few months back for 1200.00, I think the 1.2 has bottomed out now S/H at around a grand.
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