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September 9, 2014
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Canon and WWF Share Arctic Climate Change Research Results

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Arctic Climate Change

Canon press release:

Canon and WWF share results of research into the impact of climate change in the Arctic
LONDON, 3rd September 2014 – Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, and WWF International have released findings from two of their research programmes recording the state of the environment and climate change in the Arctic. As part of its role as Conservation Imaging Partner, Canon sponsored WWF International’s recent scientific expeditions to the islands of Svalbard (April 2014), near Norway, and Laptev Sea in Russia (August 2013).
The WWF-Canon & Norwegian Polar Institute’s expedition to Svalbard this year aimed to collect critical data about Europe’s most westerly polar bear population and how the locations of their dens for giving birth are changing. Just three of the 29 adult females encountered by the research team had a cub born that year. Although the researchers cautioned against reading too much into that fact, it is known that in other parts of the Arctic, disappearing sea ice is affecting the bears’ reproductive success.

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September 8, 2014
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Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Officially Announced

Zeiss 85mm f/1.4

Zeiss officially announced their new 85mm f/1.4 Otus lens (pre-order at B&H for $4,490). Sample pics shot with the new Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 can be seen in Zeiss’ Flickr album.

Press release:

With the Otus 1.4/85 ZEISS is expanding its high-end lens family. The Otus 1.4/55, an SLR standard lens, already set new global standards in what is means to achieve perfection. The expectations for the 85-mm focal length are just as high. This new member of the Otus family is an outstanding and fast all-around lens that accepts no compromises.  ZEISS will present this new world-class lens for the first time to the public at Photokina in Cologne from September 16 to 21.

Close-up of the Otus 1.4/85

Close-up of the Otus 1.4/85

The Otus 1.4/85 offers peerless image quality, even with an open aperture. As a short telephoto lens with an 85-millimeter focal length, this new member of the Otus family shows its strengths especially when people are center stage. Thanks to the longer focal length of this lens, photographers can keep a decent distance from the subject. At the same time, the lens is highly versatile: it excels in general studio work, as well as for fashion, advertising, product and architectural photography. Even photographers who are looking for a powerful companion for nature photography will find it in the Otus 1.4/85 – the edges of the picture can be used for compositional purposes at all f-stops. Photographers who had a chance to test exclusively this new flagship from Germany’s leading optics specialist were enthusiastic. Using the Otus 1.4/85 in combination with a full-frame SLR lets a photographer master all shooting situations and achieve effects that until now have only been known from the medium-format range: unusually high contrast, unusually high depth of field, impressive three-dimensional effects and sensational quality.

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September 7, 2014
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Is This The Canon EOS M3?

EOS M3?

The image of a supposed EOS M3 showed up on DCFever, where they say it will be available later in 2014 (Photokina?). The EOS M3 has an EVF and a tiltable display.

Real or fake?

September 6, 2014
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You Can Already Order A Book About The Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

It’s already possible to order a book on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. The book is scheduled to be available for 9/27. The text in the pic above says:

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark2 Owner BOOK
  • Publisher: Motor Magazine
  • Release Date: September 27, 2014
  • Deadline: September 27, 2014
  • Planned tax Price: 1,650 yen

It appears the successor of the EOS 7D will eventually have the moniker “Mark II”. Let’s hope for some specs to appear soon.

[via digicame-info]

September 6, 2014
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A New Audacious Sigma Lens That You Might Not Want To Miss (150-600mm DG OS HSM)

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Sigma announced a new lens, the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM. And it gets better: the new Sigma is a weather sealed and image stabilised lens, made for sport photographers. Well, it’s almost 3kg but you get a phenomenal zoom, especially if you’re using a crop sensor (240-960mm equivalent).

It’s available for Canon/Nikon/Sigma mounts for the time being. Price has yet not leaked. The specs:

Manufacturer Sigma
Model 150-600 mm f / 5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Lens Type Telephoto zoom
Focal 150 – 600 mm
Light intensity f / 5 – 6.3
Field of view 16.4 – 4.1 for
The focus of 260 m
Maximum magnification 1: 5
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus AF / MF
The design 24 elements / 16 groups
Filter Size 105 mm
Macro No
Stabilization Yes
Available mounts Canon EF
Nikon F
Sigma
Dimensions 290.2 x 121 mm
Weight 2860 g
Additional Information Release date: 05/09/2014

The news came from SonyAlphaRumorsOptyczne. More images of the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM and lab charts (click on images):

September 5, 2014
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Canon Americas Headquarters (Video)

Just a short video by CanonUSA on Youtube. The Canon HQ in Melville, USA are presented:

Did you ever want to know what it’s like at the Canon Americas Headquarters in Melville, New York? In this exclusive video, take a tour of our showroom, lobby, courtyard and other great amenities that Canon USA HQ has to offer.

September 5, 2014
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Canon Reveals IBC 2014 Programme

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Canon press release:

Canon has announced more details about its activities at IBC – the leading global trade show for media and broadcast professionals to be held at the RAI exhibition and convention centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 12-16 September 2014 – which will include demonstrations of the advantages of its latest firmware upgrades and live presentations by top filmmakers.

Canon has been an exhibitor at IBC for over 30 years, and the company’s stand at the show – Stand E50 in Hall 11 of the RAI – will display Canon’s complete range of world-class products, including the full range of Cinema EOS Digital Cinema Cameras, HD camcorders and broadcast, cinematography and EF lenses, as well as cutting-edge Full HD and 4K workflow solutions.

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