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September 15, 2014
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Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens Announced

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Canon officially announced the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens. The new EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM has an introductory price of just $149 an can be per-ordered at Adorama | B&H Photo.

Press release:

Incredibly lightweight, the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is a fast and versatile lens with advanced AF and superior optics. With a 35mm equivalent focal length of 38mm, it’s appropriate for a variety of purposes. The lens features optimised lens element placement and includes an aspheric element for high image quality from the center of the composition to the
corners, and has specialized coatings on the lens elements to reduce ghosting and flare. To ensure excellent color balance, a 7-blade circular aperture provides super b out-of-focus detail. The EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM excels during movie shooting thanks to its STM motor that enables silent and smooth focus tracking (on EOS cameras with Movie Servo AF), plus a micro-stepping drive that keeps aperture changes quiet. The lens also offers full-time manual focus, manual AF adjustment (one-shot AF), and can focus down to a minimum distance of 0.5 ft. (0.16m). Delivering optical brilliance in a
lightweight and unobtrusive construction, the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is a great fixed-optical length lens for photographers looking to add a travel-friendly option to their collection.
  • Wide-angle lens for Canon APS-C cameras (equivalent to 38mm on a full-frame camera) offers an ultra-slim and lightweight design.
  • Slimmest and lightest lens of the EF-S series (approx. lens width is 0.9 in, or slightly wider than a U.S. nickel).
  • A stepping motor (STM) supports the Canon EOS Movie Servo AF function to provide smooth and quiet continuous AF during video recording, as well as when shooting photos.
  • Delivers outstanding image quality and excellent low-light performance.
  • Aspheric lens element helps you achieve a high level of image quality from the center to the periphery
  • Optimized lens arrangement and coating helps minimize ghosting and flare.
  • Circular aperture (7 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Aperture mechanism uses micro-stepping drive control for quieter drive.
  • Full-time manual focus allows manual focus adjustment while in One Shot AF Mode.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 0.5 ft./0.16 m; maximum magnification of x0.27

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September 15, 2014
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Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Announced

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Canon officially announced the Canon EF 24–105mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM. Price is $599, the EF 24–105mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM can be pre-ordered at Adorama | B&H Photo.

The EF 24–105mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM lens is the first Canon EF standard zoom lens for full-frame sensor cameras to include a lead screw-type stepping motor (STM) for smooth and quiet AF and tracking while shooting movies or still images. It offers top-notch image quality thanks to two aspheric lenses and a UD lens for sharpness and clarity; optimized lens placement and advanced coatings that reduce ghosting and flare while delivering remarkable color balance; and a 7-blade circular aperture diaphragm that creates gorgeous, soft backgrounds. The lens is compact, has an advanced image stabilization system for up to four stops of compensation, and offers full time manual focus. With full-frame compatibility, outstanding STM AF performance, and covering a popular zoom range, the EF 24–105mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM is an excellent choice.

  • The first standard zoom EF lens for full frame sensor cameras to include a lead screw-type stepping motor (STM).
  • The focusing mechanism employs an inner focus lens, a stepping motor and lead screw to support the Canon EOS Movie Servo AF function and provide smooth and quiet continuous AF during video recording, as well as when shooting photos.
  • Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to four shutter speed stops of correction*.
  • New 7-group zoom optics allows for a conveniently compact design and outstanding optical performance.
  • Two aspheric lenses plus a UD lens combine to provide high-quality results for both still images and movies.
  • Circular aperture (7 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Optimized lens placement and coatings deliver exceptional color balance, while minimising ghosting and flare.
  • Inner focusing system, high-speed CPU and improved AF algorithm allow high-speed autofocus.
  • Full-time manual focus allows manual focus adjustment while in AF Mode.
September 15, 2014
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Canon Ef 400mm f/4L IS DO II Lens Announced

Canon EF 400mm f/4L IS DO II

Canon officially announced the Canon EF 400mm f/4L IS DO II lens. The new EF 40mm f/4L IS DO II has a price of $6,899 and can be pre-ordered at Adorama (click here) | B&H Photo

CPN article here. Description and specs:

The EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens delivers brilliant high-speed performance for professionals with minimal glare and superb image quality. Taking advantage of the best in lens technology, it features gapless dual-layer diffractive optical elements for improved diffraction efficiency with reduced flare. These elements are arranged with a large-diameter ground aspheric lens and a UD lens for a new level of sharpness and clarity. New coatings help to reduce ghosting, ensure excellent color balance and reduce fingerprints on the front and rear of the lens.

Professional L-series dust- and water-resistant construction is complemented by impressive performance: a 3 mode Image Stabilization system offers up to four stops of compensation and can even prevent operational errors when the camera is mounted on a tripod. AF stop buttons placed on the front of the lens can automatically stop focusing at any time; full time manual focus ensures complete control no matter the AF mode, and a Power Focus (PF) mode makes for smooth focus transitions when shooting movies. The EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM focuses down to 10.8 ft. (3.3 meters), has a 9-blade aperture for pleasing, soft, out-of-focus areas, and is constructed with environmentally friendly lead-free glass.

 

  • Compact, lightweight super telephoto lens that is ideal for sports and wildlife photography.
  • Newly-developed gapless dual-layer diffractive optical elements deliver improved image quality with reducedvflare.
  • Large diameter ground aspherical lens and UD lens for even greater optical performance.
  • Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to four shutter speed stops of correction*.
  • Three image stabilization modes (standard, panning, and during exposure only) provide exceptional results for a wide range of shooting situations.
  • For greater convenience, Image Stabilizer does not have to be disabled when shooting with a tripod.
  • AF stop buttons on the front of the lens allow you to stop autofocusing at any point.
  • Optimized lens placement and coatings deliver exceptional color balance, while minimizing ghosting and flare.
  • Highly resistant to dust and water, enabling shooting even in harsh conditions.
  • Circular aperture (9 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Full-time manual focus allows manual focus adjustment while in AF Mode.
  • Power Focus mode enables smooth focus shifts essential for filmmaking.
  • Fluorine coating on front and rear lens surfaces reduces smears and fingerprints.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 10.8 ft./3.3 m.

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September 14, 2014
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10 Questions For Canon (by EOSHD)

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Canon’s new and very conservatively specced EOS 7D Mark II

EOSHD’s Andrew Reid posted an educated list of 10 questions he’ll ask Canon (and Nikon) at Photokina 2014.

For the Canon part, it’s about Canon’s strategy, technological plans, marketing etc. Most of the questions are sort of “why do you not get it?” questions :-)

All 10 questions make sense, but I like this one (nr. 3):

The 7D line has been a bestseller in the enthusiast market for the past 5 years but the new model barely moves an inch forwards from the cheaper 70D. After such a long period of time was it Canon’s intention to position the 6D as the real 7D replacement and if so, how do you excuse such poor video quality on the 6D considering the enthusiasts it is aimed at? For video it is not a low end product but it performs like one.

Worth to have a look.

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is going to be announced tomorrow (so stay tuned), and it will be a typical Canon upgrade: a conservatively specced yet solid workhorse that will most probably sell better than most people expect (sport and wildlife photogs on the APS-C train will love it). That’s where Canon is good: to build reliable cameras that do their job well – without any truly exciting new features. I was expecting more from Canon for the 7D Mark II. These are the specs that leaked so far:

  • Magnesium alloy body
  • Dust and water resistant
  • 20.2MP CMOS sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • A new 65-point AF. All points cross type
  • EOS iTR AF (EOS iTR AF is “intelligent tracking and recognition” AF, a feature that was first seen on the EOS-1D X)
  • 10 fps
  • Dual DIGIC6
  • Max ISO 16000
  • RGB + IR photometry sensor 150000 pixels
  • Full HD 60p video
  • GPS
  • Interval Timer
  • Bulb Timer

In my opinion there is very little (as far as we know for the time being) that positions the 7D Mark II clearly above the Canon EOS 70D. 10fps vs 7fps of the 70D and a more powerful AF system. I am curious to see what the Dual DIGIC6 CPUs can pull out of Canon’s Dual Pixel AF technology.

Tomorrow we will know the full specs. And then let’s discuss.

September 14, 2014
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The Time’s Photographer Marc Aspland And The Art Of Sports Photography

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Canon Professional Network Europe published an interview with Marc Aspland, Chief Sports Photographer at The Times newspaper in London, and the subtle art of sports photography.

During a career spanning over a quarter of a century thus far Marc Aspland has gained an international reputation as one of the world’s finest sports photographers, with a style all of his own. He has been Chief Sports Photographer of The Times newspaper in London since the late 1990s but it is only now that many of his most famous images have been brought together in his new, and first-ever, book ‘The Art of Sports Photography’. CPN writer Mark Alexander spoke to Marc Aspland about what it took to create the magical images in the book and his unique approach to shooting sports.

Read the interview at CPN –>

September 13, 2014
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Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Specs and Image Leaked

PowerShot SX60 HS

Eventually also the specs and 2 images of the upcoming PowerShot SX60 HS have leaked.

The SX60 HS has a 65x zoom and, a 21-1365mm equivalent lens with f/3.4-6.5.

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September 12, 2014
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Tamron Announces Development Of Image-Stabilized SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens

SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

Tamron press release:

Tamron announces development of F/2.8 fast ultra-wideangle zoom lens with VC (Vibration Compensation), world’s first in its category

SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) element and LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements deployed in the front group ensures outstanding image depicting performance.
Proprietary eBAND coating coupled with improved BBAR coating efficiently reduces ghosting and flare inherent to wideangle focal lengths to an absolute minimum.

Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, announces development of a new ultra-wideangle zoom lens for full-frame D-SLR cameras with a fast F/2.8 aperture and VC (Vibration Compensation), the world’s first in its category.

Since 2012, Tamron has been expanding its lineup of interchangeable lenses for 35mm full-frame D-SLR cameras. SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007) was the first in the series, being integrated with VC, followed by the SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009), SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F004), and SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011). The array of those new lenses have been highly acclaimed among the photo enthusiasts and working pros around the globe. To address the needs for more towards the wider angular field, Tamron spearheaded the development of SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD, a fast ultra-wideangle zoom lens with the image stabilization feature, setting itself apart from the rest of zooms in this category.

The lens will be showcased at the Tamron booth at Photokina 2014, September 16- 21, 2014 in Cologne, Germany. (Photokina Booth Number: Hall 4.2 D10 – E19).

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