Is your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II counterfeit? Canon Japan advises on how to recognise it (updated)

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Is your Nifty Fifty the real thing?

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Update: Canon USA press release added.

According to Canon, the issue was noticed by technicians working at the company’s international service centres. This makes me think that the counterfeit lenses are faked in a way good enough to make it to a service center.

My advise: be careful when you purchase items on eBay or similar sites, double check anything and have a careful look at the pictures of the item. If you have doubts, ask about the item and be sure to use a safe payment method.

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II best bargain is still a refurbished one at the Canon Store (1 year Canon US warranty). Even better, the new refurbished EF 50mm f/1.8 STM sells for $89.79.

Canon is battling counterfeit items since almost ever. Usually, it was about batteries. Well, it seems that the highly popular “Nifty Fifty”, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II, is also among counterfeit Canon items.

Canon Japan tells us how to identify faked EF 50mm f/1.8 II lenses. First, have a look at the pictures below.

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This is a faked lens

ef50f18-genuine

And that’s the real thing

The space between “Canon” and “Inc” on the lens mount makes the difference.

Canon USA product advisory:

Thank you for using Canon products.

It has come to our attention that there are instances of counterfeit EF 50mm f/1.8 II lenses for digital SLR cameras being brought into Canon service centers for repair. These counterfeit products have neither  been designed nor manufactured by Canon, yet they fraudulently display the Canon logo and other Canon trademarks, and, as illegal products, they infringe on Canon Inc.’s trademark rights. Canon has taken a strong stance in eradicating these counterfeit products which infringe on the intellectual property rights of our company.

While the exterior of the counterfeit EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens elaborately imitates the exterior of the genuine lens, the parts and electric circuits used inside the counterfeit lens are different from the those used inside the genuine lens. As such, these counterfeit products do not satisfy the safety standards of various countries and the safety/quality standards of Canon. Please note that Canon cannot be held liable for any malfunction, phenomena, damage or injury that occurs due to the use of these counterfeit products, so please exercise caution when making your purchase.

We truly appreciate your continued patronage of Canon products.


Exterior differences

See below for the differences between genuine and counterfeit products that have been confirmed as of now and that can be identified by customers.

Please review the location of the Company Name on the mount with the lens cap removed as indicated in the image below.

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Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc

Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone:  1-855-46-CANON
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Regarding counterfeit products, there is various information on our Web site. Please access the link below for additional information.
https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/explore/product-showcases/about-counterfeits

 

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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II firmware update released, enhances image stabilisation on EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS II Firmware Update Released, Enhances Image Stabilisation On EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Another important firmware release by Canon today. Firmware ver. 1.04 for the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II enhances the image stabilisation when the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II is used on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and a shutter speed between 1/100 sec. and 1/160 is used.

Changes in firmware

Firmware Version 1.0.4 is incorporated with the following correction.

Enhances the effects of image stabilization when using the EF 24-105mm F4L IS II USM
with the EOS 5D Mark IV at a shutter speed between 1/100 sec. and 1/160 sec.

Firmware Version 1.0.4 is for lenses with Firmware Version 1.0.3 or earlier.

You can download firmware 1.0.4 for the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II here.

Canon EOS C300 and EOS C300 Mark II firmware updates available for download

Canon EOS C300 And EOS  C300 Mark II Firmware Updates Available For Download

Previously announced, the firmware updates for the Canon EOS C300 and EOS C300 Mark II are now available for download.

At a glance, the firmware updates provide the following (more in the video below):

  • The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera (EF-Mount) updates will allow various functions such as support for the Canon EVF-V70 OLED Electronic Viewfinder, WFT-E8 Wireless File Transmitter, Shutter Angle Priority, support for Zebra range at 65 percent or below, 2K Crop Audio Recording, Built-In Mic Audio off, and Peripheral Illumination Correction when using the new EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens.
  • The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera (PL-Mount) updates will allow various functions such as support for the Canon EVF-V70 OLED Electronic Viewfinder, WFT-E8 Wireless File Transmitter, Shutter Angle Priority, support for Zebra range at 65 percent or below, 2K Crop Audio Recording, and Built-In Mic Audio off.
  • The EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera (EF-Mount) updates will allow various functions such as support for the WFT-E8 Wireless File Transmitter, Shutter Angle Priority, Grip Zoom Function when using CINE-SERVO 17-120mm EF-mount, CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm EF-Mount and COMPACT SERVO 18-80mm lenses, Auto Iris and Push Iris when using CINE-SERVO 17-120mm EF-mount, CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm EF-Mount and COMPACT SERVO 18-80mm lenses and Peripheral Illumination Correction when using the new EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens.
  • The EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera DAF (EF-Mount) updates will allow various functions such as support for the WFT-E8 Wireless File Transmitter, Shutter Angle Priority, Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DAF) when using CINE-SERVO 17-120mm EF-Mount and COMPACT SERVO 18-80mm lenses, Grip Zoom Function when using CINE-SERVO 17-120mm EF-mount, CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm EF-Mount and COMPACT SERVO 18-80mm lenses, Auto Iris and Push Iris when using CINE-SERVO 17-120mm EF-mount, CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm EF-Mount and COMPACT SERVO 18-80mm lenses and Peripheral Illumination Correction when using the new EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens.
  • The EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera (PL-Mount) updates will allow various functions such as support for the WFT-E8 Wireless File Transmitter and Shutter Angle Priority.

Canon EOS C300 Mark II: B&H Photo | Adorama

Off Brand: Sony no longer a “junk company”, Moody’s says

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Nikkei Asian Review reports:

TOKYO — Moody’s Japan has put Sony’s credit rating back up to investment grade, it announced on Tuesday.

The Japanese electronics maker’s credit rating was upgraded to Baa3, up one notch from the “junk” status of Ba1. Moody’s has also changed the ratings outlook to stable from positive.

“The positive rating action which reverts Sony’s rating to investment grade, reflects principally that the company’s financial profile has been dramatically repaired,” Masako Kuwahara, Moody’s vice president and senior analyst said in a press release. Read the article…

Moody’s also expects more good news from Sony as the company is “setting aside one-off factors — such as [the] Kumamoto earthquake“.

Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm f/1.4 lens shipping soon (world’s fastest 135mm lens)

Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm F/1.4 Lens Shipping Soon (world’s Fastest 135mm Lens)

At a glance:

  • Focal Length: 135mm
  • Max. Aperture: f/1.4
  • Min. focusing distance: 1.6m
  • Optical Structure: 11 elements in 5 groups (with 3pcs large ED elements)
  • Aperture blades: 11pcs
  • Clickless aperture ring
  • Filter thread: 105mm
  • Net Weight: 3kg (6.6lb)
  • Camera mounts: Canon / Nikon / Sony FE

The Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm f/1.4, made by Chinese manufacturer ZY Optics and announced in October 2015, seems to be close to ship and hit the shelves. ZY Optics’ Facebook page has a clear statement:

We are shipping this beast soon.

The price isn’t on a budget level, the Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm f/1.4 sells for $2,999, and you can pre-order it with a $500 deposit at ZY Optics. Not bad for a beast weighting 3kg (6.6lb) that’s also the fastest 135mm lens you can get. Please note that according to ZY Optics’ site there will be a first batch with just 100 pieces, and that the deposit is not refundable (except if the lens cannot be delivered).

Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm

Picture from ZY Optics’ Facebook page

A sample gallery shot with a pre-production model can be viewed at DPReview.

A Bit of Everything (EOS 5D4, Milvus 18mm, Rokinon 50mm, Canon 16-35mm, tutorials)

Above: 50mm vs 35mm vs 28mm – Best Street Photography Lens – Kaiman Wong


Tutorial: How to Use Canon’s Camera Connect App to Transfer Photos from Your 5D Mark IV to Your Cellphone – Fstoppers

Tutorial: Photographing Holiday Lights – Canon Digital Learning Center

Review: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III – The Phoblographer

Camera of the Year 2016: Best Professional and High-End Cameras – Imaging Resource – IR names the EOS 5D Mark IV as “best professional DSLR” of the year:

In short, while it looks like a 5D Mark III, the design is refined, well thought-out, and most of all familiar, which to a professional is exactly what he or she wants and needs. They need a tool, and the 5D Mark IV is an exceptional one, for photography as well as for video

Review: Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 Distagon T* Lens – ePHOTOzine

Teardown: An Inside Look at the Rokinon 50mm AF FE Autofocus Lens – LensRentals

This lens was a pleasant surprise. No, it’s not built like a tank. But it is built like a small, efficient, well-constructed lens. With some of the previous Samyang / Rokinon lenses we disassemble them going “Oh, that’s going to break. This could be a problem.” We didn’t see any obvious weak points like that with this lens. It’s a clear step up in construction quality.

The Top 10 Photos, Cameras, and Tags on Flickr in 2016 – PetaPixel

Tutorial: Create a Faded 60s Effect in Photoshop – Lumoid Blog

Top 100 Photography Blogs Every Photographer Must Read – Feedspot

The Winners Of The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year Contest – Bored Panda


Below: Tilt Shift Tutorial – CanonUSA


Below, tutorial: How to Turn a Boring Photo Into an Awesome Image With Lightroom! – Lightroom Photo Editing – YuriFineart