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5D Mark III Special Kit from Adorama

5D Mark III Special Kit from Adorama

Crazy Kit Deal from Adorama
Adorama has pieced together a crazy 5D Mark III starter kit. All the items are regularly $8450, but can be had for $6699.95 after discounts and rebates. Add it to cart to see all the savings.

  • Canon EOS-5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Body
  • Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM AF Lens
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
  • Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
  • Canon Backpack 200EG
  • Mini SoftBox Diffuser
  • 4 AA NiMH Batteries/Charger
  • Tiffen 77mm Filter Kit
  • Canon Pixma Pro9000 MII Printer

5D Mark III Kit at Adorama $6699.95



The “Shorty Forty” MTF Chart Comparison

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
Below are some comparison MTF charts of the 50 f/1.8 II, 50 f/1.4 & 40 f/2.8 STM.

The lens looks pretty decent in the center, and tails off a bit in the corners. However, it looks better than both of the current non L 50’s in the Canon lineup.

I also dig the moniker “Shorty Forty” for the new pancake. Taemobig on our forum may or may not have come up with the name.

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Comparison MTF To the 50 f/1.4 & 50 f/1.8 II - Click for Larger

Preorder links
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM $199 B&H | Adorama | Amazon

thanks mattbru



Canon Files a Patent for a Bunch of Lenses.

Canon Files a Patent for a Bunch of Lenses.

All at once!
Canon has filed patents for a bunch of fast aperture telephoto lenses.

We’ve heard a number of times that Canon will update a lot of current lenses in 2012 and beyond. I think the 50 f/1.4 is the one that is in the most dire need of an update. An 85 1.2L III with a faster AF would also be welcomed. I hope they don’t update the 200 f/2L IS, I already love it and I would be forced to love the next one too at $6K+.

  • 50 f/1.4
  • 85 f/1.8
  • 85 f/1.2
  • 100 f/2
  • 135 f/2
  • 200 f/2

Patent literature, self-interpretation and summary

  • Patent Publication No. 2011-253050
  • Published 2011.12.15
  • Filing date 2010.6.2
Example Focal length Fno Length Lens BF Lens Construction
One 85.00 1.24 126.06 39.13 Nine elements in 7 groups
Two 85.00 1.80 113.00 42.34 Nine elements in 7 groups
Three 100.00 2.00 120.00 42.27 Nine elements in 7 groups
Four 133.30 2.06 158.90 51.86 10 sheets in 7 groups
Five 196.00 2.05 223.50 50.00 15 pieces in 10 groups
Six 51.70 1.41 89.92 39.00 Eight elements in 7 groups

Both the image height is 21.64mm (full size)

Read More at Egami (Japanese)

Source: [PR] via [EG]


EF 50 f/1.4 II & EF 50 f/1.8 III [CR2]

EF 50 f/1.4 II & EF 50 f/1.8 III [CR2]

New 50’s on the block?
Received word today that prototype 50 f/1.4 II’s and 50 f/1.8 III’s exist. The thought was both would be announced at the same time.

The 50 1.4 is in dire need of an update, and I think you could expect to pay twice as much for one than the current model.

No mention of IS in either lens.

Nikon has updated both lenses, so this one seems plausible. I’ve given up posting when such stuff would be announced. No one can truly know.



70-300L & More

Hello from Kenya
I’m currently at the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Also known as “The Mara”. I’m obviously having a great time and will be here in Kenya for another 9 days or so.

70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
I have one of these lenses with me here in Kenya on Safari. I am working on a review of the lens, it will be a user review like the others.

If I could give you a bit of a hint of what I think about it, I’ve taken less than 10 frames with the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II and a few hundred with the new 70-300L. It’s not for everything, but it’s been great for a lot of things.

Not much in the way of rumors coming in, a few bits of email in regards to lenses.

One mentions a new focal length for a new tilt shift lens, what that is wasn’t known.

The other mentioned no replacement of the 50 f/1.4 anytime soon. The lens is a big money maker and hits a great price point for most people.

No camera rumors to speak of. Expect things to start picking up in January.