The Next Lens from Canon & NAB Announcements

The Next Lens from Canon & NAB Announcements

By Canon Rumors | April 8, 2017 | Canon Lens Rumors

The next EF lens announcement from Canon will be for the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS. We originally reported on this lens back in November and unfortunately eately we don’t have any more information to report.

We’re thinking the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS will be announced some time in Q2/early Q3 but we hope to nail down an announcement date soon.

We have been told that this lens will not replace the EF 85mm f/1.2L, and that the classic 85L will remain current in the lineup for the foreseeable future.

As for NAB in a few weeks, we do expect to see some announcements on or around April 20, 2017. We’re now being told that there will be no Cinema EOS prime lenses announced for the show, instead we’ll be getting a cinema zoom lens.

The only thing we know for sure is that EOS 5D Mark IV will get a big firmware update announcement on or around April 20, 2017. We haven’t confirmed with absolute certainty that our previous report on the updated features is 100% legitimate.

There is a new Cinema EOS camera body coming, but as we reported earlier, it won’t be announced for NAB and will come later in the year. If we go by the little bit of information we’ve heard about the camera, it will be a “baby” C300 Mark  II. A Cinema EOS C200 perhaps?

All is still quiet on the EOS 6D Mark II, but we definitely expect things to heat up soon.

Canon Officially Announces the PowerShot SX730 HS

Canon Officially Announces the PowerShot SX730 HS

By Canon Rumors | April 5, 2017 | Canon PowerShot

Preorder the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS $399: B&H Photo | Amazon

Latest PowerShot Digital Camera Provides Impressive Image Quality, Zoom Range and Tilting LCD screen in a Compact Size

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 6, 2017 – Ideal for families on vacation or parents at their kids’ sporting event looking for a convenient, easy-to- carry compact digital camera capable of producing high quality photos and videos at long distances, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduced today the new PowerShot SX730 HS digital camera. This new digital camera boasts a 20.3 Megapixel* CMOS imaging sensor and a powerful 40x Optical Zoom lens (equivalent to 24-960mm) in a form factor that easily fits in a pocket, making it an outstanding camera for budding photographers to capture gorgeous imagery no matter where they are.

With new features such as a convenient Self-Portrait and Smooth Skin mode, 3.0-inch LCD screen that rotates up 180 degrees and built-in connectivity capabilities like Wi-Fi®1, NFC2 and Bluetooth®3 technology, it’s now easier and more convenient than ever to use Canon digital cameras to share images and videos on the go, making the PowerShot SX730 HS digital camera a great transitional camera for those looking to use something other or move from a smartphone.

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Canon Officially Announces the EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM

Canon Officially Announces the EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM

By Canon Rumors | April 5, 2017 | Canon Lens Rumors

Preorder the Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM $349: B&H Photo | Amazon | MPEX

New Compact and Lightweight EF-S Macro Lens Opens Up a World of Photographic Possibilities and Helps Capture Close Subjects with Incredible Detail

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 6, 2017 – Compact and lightweight, the new Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM, announced today by Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is the widest-angle Macro offering in Canon’s popular EF-S lens series. The new lens is designed to help both entry-level and advanced amateur DSLR photographers discover the incredible possibilities of macro photography. Capable of capturing close-up subjects with incredible detail, Canon’s new EF-S macro lens is also the first in the series to feature built-in Macro Lites that allow users to control lighting with ease.

“Macro lenses are an amazing way to explore the worlds that exist all around us, and the new Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM lens is the ideal starting point for amateur photographers eager to capture incredible, up-close details on the go,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Whether capturing a delectable dessert or the subtleties of a backyard flower, users will be challenged to find new colors and shapes that turn everyday moments into art.”

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Bokehlicious – The Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art Series Lens Review by MPEX

Bokehlicious – The Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art Series Lens Review by MPEX

By Canon Rumors | April 5, 2017 | Third Party Lenses

The folks at Midwest Photo Exchange have published a review of the yet-to-be-released Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG Art series lens and they came away extremely impressed

Here are some of the highlights from the review written by Tim Neumann.

Autofocus

I found the autofocus system to not only be accurate, but surprisingly fast, with pretty quick focus acquisition, even in less than ideal contrast situations. The surprise really settled in when I realized that it is pretty consistently beating the focusing speed of my 85mm f/1.2, that’s my normal street shooting lens. A lot of times, street shooting requires, quick stealthy shooting, so that you can catch that decisive moment exhibited by your subjects. As a back button focuser, I really appreciated the ability to quickly acquire focus, lock it in, and move the camera into the desired position for the shot.

Image Quality

Sigma’s 135mm f/1.8 Art Series lens features two SLD (Super Low Dispersion) glass elements and two FLD (Fluorite Low Dispersion) glass elements. The purpose of these glass elements is to help minimize chromatic aberrations, especially in out of focus areas, within portraits, that capture bokeh, or in slender objects and fine tree branches. The net effect is to provide a lens that results in high resolution, sharply focused images, throughout the entire aperture range of the lens.

Summary

Well you have probably figured out by now I like this lens and really, image wise, what’s not to like? The results I am seeing, represent their original scenes well, hold details in shadows nicely, provide lifelike colors with pleasing warm tones and the bokeh, well not much more can be said about that. For portrait style images and narrower field of view images, this lens is a strong tool to have in the kit. So strong in fact, my order has been placed. Read the complete review at MPEX.

Preorder the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG Art Series Lens at MPEX

Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM Pricing & Another Image

Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM Pricing & Another Image

By Canon Rumors | April 5, 2017 | Canon Lens Rumors

According to Nokishita, the Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro  IS STM will cost around 50,000 yen, which directly converts to about about $450 USD. The Yen pricing tends to be higher than the actual price in North America, so perhaps we can expect a $399 price tag? I’m guessing on the price, but we don’t have to wait long to find out.

The lens will be announced at 12:01AM EST on April 6, 2017 and is expected to begin shipping in late May.

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