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Zeiss Officially Announces the Milvus 1.4/25

By Canon Rumors | October 18, 2017 | Third Party Lenses

With its new wide-angle focal length, the ZEISS Milvus family now boasts eleven lenses for single-lens reflex cameras, including four focal lengths with a maximum aperture of 1.4, which are perfect for videographers too.

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 2017-10-18 – The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 is the latest focal length to be added to ZEISS’s largest range of lenses for full-frame single-lens reflex cameras. The lens, which was developed for the DSLR systems from Canon1 is a trademark or registered trademark of Canon Inc. and/or other members of the Canon Group. and Nikon2 is a registered trademark of Nikon Corporation., is suitable primarily for landscape and architecture photography, and for journalistic shots and videos. “The completely new optical design ensures superior performance across the entire image field,” says Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at ZEISS. “This results in high-contrast photos and a harmonious bokeh.”

High-speed wide-angle lens
Thanks to a maximum aperture of 1.4, this lens can even capture exceptional images in poor light. “Even at full aperture, there are hardly any color fringes,” says Casenave. “The finest details can be reproduced in high definition and contrast all the way into the corners.” The metal housing is what makes the lens robust, and its dirt and dust protection even makes the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 ready for action in adverse weather. The large 172-degree focus rotation angle enables precise manual focusing for adding creative touches to photos and videos.

The largest ZEISS lens family yet
Featuring eleven focal lengths ranging from 15 to 135 millimeters, including two macros, the ZEISS Milvus family covers a host of applications, such as portrait, landscape, architecture and street photography. “We can offer every photographer just the right lens,” says Casenave.

Perfect for videographers too
The four ZEISS Milvus focal lengths 25, 35, 50 and 85 millimeters with an aperture of 1.4 are just perfect for filming. Thanks to their high speed, they are suitable primarily for interviews and documentaries where the videographer can utilize natural light. Thanks to the de-click function in the version for the Nikon-Mount the aperture can be adjusted continuously. ZEISS Lens Gears in a range of sizes permit the use of follow-focus systems.

Price and availability
The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 retails for 2,399 euros incl. 19 percent sales tax (RRP) or $2,399USD and will be available starting 2 November 2017.

Canon Celebrates Production of 90 Million EOS Series Cameras and 130 Million Interchangeable EF Lenses

Canon Celebrates Production of 90 Million EOS Series Cameras and 130 Million Interchangeable EF Lenses

By Canon Rumors | October 17, 2017 | Canon Business General

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 17 October 2017—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company has reached two major production milestones—a cumulative total of 90 million interchangeable-lens EOS cameras and 130 million1 EF-series interchangeable lenses. The EOS 5D Mark IV was the 90 millionth EOS Series camera range to be produced, while an EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM became the Company’s 130 millionth interchangeable lens.

Canon’s EOS system debuted alongside the EF series of interchangeable lenses in March 1987 as the world’s first fully-electronic mount system for film AF SLR cameras. Over the years, both product lines have continued to expand, gaining support among users ranging from first-time users to professionals. Production accelerated in the early 2000’s with the spread of digital SLR cameras. Canon’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 14 consecutive years since 2003.

Since its conception, the EOS series has continued to develop revolutionary technologies under the series concept of “speed and comfort”. Canon has since developed every key device in-house including the CMOS sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses—employed in the EOS series. Particularly noteworthy are the Company’s EF lenses, which lead the industry in sales and feature such world-first3innovations such as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology and a multilayered Diffractive Optical (DO) element.

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Canon Patent: Tilt-Shift Lenses With Autofocus and Image Stabilization

Canon Patent: Tilt-Shift Lenses With Autofocus and Image Stabilization

By Canon Rumors | October 16, 2017 | Canon Patents

Correction: I said this patent was from 2010, when it is in fact from July of 2017.

Keith over at Northlight uncovered a patent application from 2010 July, 2017 that shows a tilt-shift lens with both autofocus and image stabilization.

Patent Summary:

Whilst it is a form of AF, it’s actually mentioned in the patent for correction of tilt angle. The lens also has sensors to feed back tilt and shift details for the camera to decide how to manage all this stuff.  Conventional AF is also a feature (it’s a patent application so can have all kinds of whistles and bells included). Read more at Northlight

Keith also wrote an article as to why focus affects tilt, which helps explain why we don’t have autofocus tilt-shift lenses currently.

Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 Coming Soon

Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 Coming Soon

By Canon Rumors | October 16, 2017 | Third Party Lenses

It looks like Zeiss will be adding to their Milvus lineup with a brand new 25mm f/1.4 lens.

Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 Specifications: (Google Translated)

  • Mount: ZE (for Canon), ZF.2 (for Nikon)
  • Shortest shooting distance: 25 cm
  • Maximum magnification: 1: 4.6
  • Filter diameter: 82 mm
  • Weight: 1225 g (ZE), 1171 g (ZF.2)
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