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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.

Canon Industrial Drone PD6E2000-AW-CJ1 Coming

Canon Industrial Drone PD6E2000-AW-CJ1 Coming

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

Update
There have been a few questions about who has actually made the drone in question.

According to DPReview:

It’s not a Canon-made drone. In late 2016 Canon Marketing Japan made an investment in Prodrone Co., a Japanese drone maker, stating that Canon would install imaging devices on the company’s drones and act as a principal distributor. Canon is aiming for ¥5 billion worth of by 2020 from drone-related imaging sales.


Original Post
It looks like Canon is moving into drones with the eloquently named PD6E2000-AW-CJ1.

The new drone will use the ME20F-SH super high ISO camera we’ve all seen crazy high ISO footage from. This drone will apparently be aimed at the search and rescue market due to the cameras ability to shoot in low light. The price tag for the drone is reported to be around $20,000, which we assume doesn’t include the $20,000 ME20F-SH camera.

Canon will be showing more about this new drone at the Video Transmission Expo in Tokyo.

Read more…

Patent: Using Aluminum To Reduce Flare in DO Lens Elements

Patent: Using Aluminum To Reduce Flare in DO Lens Elements

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

We continuously see new patents for diffractive optics lenses, something Canon continues to work and that we’ll see in a new EF 600mm f/4 DO IS sometime in the future (Photokina 2018 perhaps?).

This latest patent selectively uses aluminum to reduce light scattering or flare in diffractive lens elements.

Keith at Northlight Images, who is far better at reading patents than I explains:

Aluminium is deposited onto the diffractive element at an angle, so as to build up a denser layer on the grating walls (blue) than the front surface (yellow). The aluminium layer is then partially oxidised, converting the front surface coating to a transparent layer of alumina (Al2O3)

Light going (‘the wrong way’) through the grating walls is a major contributor to flare, and in the patent, a test example reduced this by 8 times.

While we can only confirm that an EF 600mm f/4 DO IS is coming, thanks to Canon showing off an early prototype at Canon EXPO 2015, we have had suggestions that multiple DO lenses may be announced in the coming years, and not just in supertelephoto applications.

image credit // focus numerique

New PowerShot Camera Registered in Indonesia

New PowerShot Camera Registered in Indonesia

By Canon Rumors | April 5, 2017 | Canon PowerShot

A new Canon PowerShot camera has appeared at an Indonesian registration agency.

New PowerShot Camera: (Google Translated)

  • PC2276
  • Taiwan NCC ( ES200 / WM500 * PDF)
  • Canon Inc
  • Digital Camera
  • Registered March 28, 2017
  • In camera Wi-Fi · Bluetooth

By the looks of the registration, this camera will be announced some time in Q3 of 2017, which is usually a busy time for announcements.

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