Bryan over at The-Digital-Picture has completed his review of the famed Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*. As you can image, and predictably, the lens is phenomenal and possibly the best 50mm (yes, it’s 55mm) lens ever made for an DSLR.
On a side note, I am looking forward to Sigma’s 50mm f/1.4 ART series lens. If the rumors are true, Sigma is gunning for the Zeiss Otus at a fraction of the cost.
“Fifty-something mm lenses are wildly popular and this field has long been crowded. But finding a truly remarkable wide aperture 50-something mm lens was arguably not possible – until now. Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T* Lens is indeed a lens worthy of hype. This is an impeccably well built lens with incredible image quality. Kudos to Zeiss for bringing us the Otus 55mm f/1.4 lens, the first in what promises to be a exceptional line of lenses.”
Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T* at B&H Photo | Read the full review
Nikon has officially announced the D4S flagship camera body. There have been a lot of performance boosts as compared to the D4, such as a “newly designed” 16.2mp sensor, a new EXPEED processor, the ability to get to ISO 409600. There have also been tweaks to video, workflow and autofocus settings, though the AF system has remained the same.
- 16.2MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
- EXPEED 4 Image Processor
- 3.2″ LCD Monitor
- Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
- Multi-CAM 3500FX 51-Point AF Sensor
- Native ISO 25600, Extended to ISO 409600
- 11 fps Shooting for 200 Shots with AE/AF
- 91k-Pixel RGB Sensor and Group Area AF
- 14-Bit RAW Files and 12-Bit RAW S Format
- 1000 Base-T Gigabit Wired LAN Support
EOS-1D X Replacement?
Not this year, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see an EOS-1D C replacement. I think the EOS-1D X is still a world class capable body and Canon should be in no rush to replace it. Most people I talk to don’t want incremental updates, such as the perception with D4 to the D4S (again, image quality may change that opinion). The EOS-1D X should remain current well into 2015.
Nikon D4S | Canon EOS-1D X
There are couple of reports today saying that Canon plans to leave the sub $200 compact point and shoot market. The segment has been decimated by smartphones over the last 3-5 years and sales are no where near what they were.
The move makes a lot of sense, Canon would be better suited putting development dollars into DSLRs, lenses, advanced compacts and the Cinema EOS lines.
Source: [DCI] via [PR]
Canon Announces New Firmware Updates for Cinema Cameras and Camcorders Along with Optional Cinema EOS C300 Camera Dual Pixel AF Upgrade
Announcements Include a New Canon RC-V100 Remote Control and Firmware Updates for Peripheral Illumination Correction Support and Continuous Recording for EOS C100 Video Camera
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 24, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced a variety of performance updates for cameras in its Cinema EOS and XF professional camcorder line. Announced today is a new optional feature upgrade for the EOS C300 Cinema camera which will support Canon’s innovative Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus (AF) technology and enable continuous autofocusing with the entire line of Canon EF lenses and optimized for Canon’s stepping motor (STM) line of lenses when used with the EOS C300 camera. This optional feature upgrade is expected to be available in May 2014 for a cost of $500.00 and will require the EOS C300 camera body to be shipped to an authorized Canon service center for installation.
In addition to the optional feature upgrade for the EOS C300 camera, Canon has also announced the new RC-V100 remote control for Cinema EOS cameras and the XF Series professional HD camcorders; a firmware update that allows for Peripheral Illumination Correction when using the Canon CN-E35mm T1.5 L F Cinema prime lens or the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens with the EOS C500, EOS C300, or EOS C100 cameras and a Continuous Recording function for the EOS C100 Digital Video Camera to help ensure capture of crucial shots in unpredictable situations, such as wedding/event videography, documentary, news, or wildlife production.
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Adobe has released Camera Raw 8.4 release candidate. A bunch of new cameras and lens profiles have been added.
You can download the release candidate at Adobe Labs.
Below is a list of Canon additions
- Canon EOS 1200D (REBEL T5, KISS X70)
- Canon EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
- Canon EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS II
- Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS for Canon
- Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZE
Download Adobe Camera RAW 8.4 CC Release Candidate
We’ve had a couple of communications saying that Canon will announce the replacement to the EOS 7D some time in late March. We’ve had nothing from the usual sources as of yet, and it’s tough to tell whether or not it’s reported rumors fuelling speculation, or the speculation fuelling the reported rumors. It’s the usual chicken and the egg thing.
There hasn’t been much information about specifications for such a camera, and I’m sure Canon will have a massive marketing campaign behind it. If we don’t hear something a bit more concrete soon, I wouldn’t put much stock in the March announcement speculation.
Yesterday we were shown that Canon plans to update the Pixma Pro printers in the near future, those generally get announced with a DSLR, so that’s a positive sign in the right direction.
More to come…
We’ve been told by two people that the goal at Sigma is to have the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art series lens to retailers around mid to late April of 2014. No official release date has been given to any of Sigma’s distributors as of yet.
Official pricing is expected in late March/early April along with a followup announcement with specifications, sample images and some additional marketing.
At this time the April goal is just that, a goal. There’s always a risk that ample production won’t be ready by then.
One piece of good news is that the Canon mount version of this lens will be the first to be released (along with the Sigma mount I imagine).
We’re told Canon will soon be announcing 3 new Pixma Pro printers. The three printers are most likely replacement models for the Pixma Pro-1, Pixma Pro-10 and the Pixma Pro-100.
There were no mention of what new features would be present in the “Mark II” versions of these printers.
B&H Photo has some in cart deals on a few lenses this week.
As always, you need to begin the checkout process to see the discounted pricing.
GetItDigital (99.4% approval) is selling the Canon EOS-1D X for $5599 (Reg $6799) via ebay.
Canon EOS-1D X body $5599 via GetItDigital/ebay