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First Look: Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG Art from LensRentals.com

First Look: Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG Art from LensRentals.com

By Canon Rumors | December 1, 2015 | Third Party Lenses

LensRentals.com has posted their first look of the brand new Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG Art series lens with a series of MTF curve tests.

With a wide-angle, wide-aperture prime lens, MTF is probably not the main consideration in whether you buy the lens or not. Theses lenses are used for different things by different photographers and bokeh, handling, vignetting, and dozens of other things I don’t test for will make a bigger difference in whether you like the lens, rather than simply how sharp it is.

Everyone’s first comment seems to be, “Well, I don’t need a 20mm f/1.4 lens”. I said that myself. But then I realized, well, I’ve never had the opportunity to use a sharp 20mm f/1.4 lens before, because there’s never been one . Will I like it? I have no idea. But I think I’ll at least check it out, it might be fun. Especially at this price point.

But the geek in me, at least, is totally impressed. Wider, faster, sharper, cheaper. What’s not to be impressed by? Read the story

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG Art: B&H Photo | Amazon

Phase One Releases Capture One Pro 9 for Working Photographers

Phase One Releases Capture One Pro 9 for Working Photographers

By Canon Rumors | December 1, 2015 | Third Party Software

Unleashes Unprecedented Power, Precision and Quality

COPENHAGEN, November 30, 2015 — Phase One, creator of the world’s finest open-platform, high-end camera systems and professional imaging software today released Capture One Pro 9. Known for its outstanding tethered capture capability, high-quality raw conversion, and precision image editing tools, Capture One Pro is already considered by 100,000 of the world’s leading photographers to be the best image capture application.

Capture One Pro 9 introduces many new image quality precision tools, including a completely updated contrast engine. Capture One Pro 9 also brings powerful new asset management capabilities, including unprecedented sortable keywords capability. It has been designed to help speed the image-management process for volume keyword applications. Besides new physical workflow features, Capture One Pro 9 also gives customers three activations for each standard license to support on-location activation management, as requested by photographers.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Talk [CR2]

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Talk [CR2]

By Canon Rumors | November 26, 2015 | Canon DSLR Rumors

There’s not a lot of information coming in about the replacement to the EOS 5D Mark III, which we expect to be announced no earlier than the spring of 2016. All signs point to it coming after the successor to the EOS-1D X.

The latest thing we’ve been told is that the camera would have a higher resolution than the EOS-1D X Mark II, which at last count would be in the area of 24mp. While the camera would remain a good videography DSLR, again we’re told that 4K is not part of the plans for the EOS 5D Mark IV.

We do wonder if we’re going to see another split in the EOS 5D line, with a lower megapixel option for ISO performance and something in the high 20mp’s in resolution for the masses. We’re seeing nothing that suggests we’ll get a cinema version of the EOS 5D Mark IV, but there continues to be hints of multiple cameras coming.

More to come…

Canon Looking to Acquire Imaging Companies for Growth? [CR2]

Canon Looking to Acquire Imaging Companies for Growth? [CR2]

By Canon Rumors | November 25, 2015 | Canon Business General

We’re told that Canon is actively looking at acquiring imaging companies for growth. Canon did indeed attempt to acquire Sigma (something we didn’t believe until recently), but was rejected by Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki as he attempts to make Sigma the best lens manufacturer in the world. Most people suspected the acquisition was for foveon patents, as Canon is actively developing layered sensors, but that acquisition may have also been for Sigma’s expertise in adapting lenses for multiple mounts. There are a ton of EF lenses out there, and Canon wants to keep them relevant moving forward, even into the mirrorless space.

Canon had also looked at the books of Swedish camera company Hasselblad many years ago, but that was probably never a serious interest. There just isn’t enough potential volume in medium format for any significant growth. I was told that the global market for medium format digital back is about 5000 units per year.

While Canon is moving slowly into the security business, they believe growth for imaging will come from two places, the professional video market and acquisition of an imaging company. While they’re well on their way in developing Cinema EOS, and we can expect an “A” camera from Canon at NAB in April, the photography market remains stagnant.

We weren’t told what companies Canon may be targeting, only that things are actively moving in that direction.

More to come…

Patent: Coating for ND Filter from Canon

Patent: Coating for ND Filter from Canon

By Canon Rumors | November 25, 2015 | Canon Patents

Is Canon getting further into the filter business? A patent for a new coating on an ND filter has been published. The coating is to help minimize ghosting.

Patent Publication No. 2015-200805 (Google Translated)

  • Published 2015.11.12
  • Filing date 2014.4.9
  • On the surface of the transparent substrate made of synthetic resin, deposited the inorganic hard film of fine uneven periodic structure
  • The refractive index changes toward the surface layer side from the transparent substrate side

Canon could potentially find some value getting into the filter business, they probably have a good margin and Canon knows a things or two about optics.

As noted in the forum, this could also be for internal ND filters that are in some video cameras and point & shoots.