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April 30, 2014
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Canon EF Lens Production Surpasses 100 Million Units

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Canon achieved another remarkable landmark: over 100 million produced EF lenses. Kudos!

Canon press release:

Canon achieves a world’s first as production of EF interchangeable lenses surpasses 100 million mark

TOKYO, Japan, April 30, 2014—Canon Inc. today celebrated an impressive lens-manufacturing milestone with the production on April 22, 2014, of the Company’s 100-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras—an EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x.

Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex cameras began in 1987 at the Company’s Utsunomiya Plant, which continues to play a central role in Canon’s lens manufacturing operations. In May 2013, EF lens production surpassed the 90-million-unit mark and now, approximately eleven months later, the Company is commemorating its first-in-the-world1 achievement of having manufactured 100 million lenses.

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April 30, 2014
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New Canon EF Lenses 101 Video: Tilt-Shift Lenses

CanonUSA on Youtube posted a new video of their ongoing series “Canon EF lenses 101″. This video is about tilt-shift lenses. As usual, the host is Matt Kloskowski.

Tilt-shift lenses are most popular for architectural photography because it helps to correct the leaning effect we see in photos of tall objects like buildings and walls. Photographer and educator Matt Kloskowski gives some tips on architectural and landscape use of Canon tilt-shift lenses.

Canon EF Lenses 101

The Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 ($1,400).

April 28, 2014
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Here Are All The New Samyang Lenses (35mm f/1.4 AE for Canon inclusive)

Here are all the lenses Samyang officially announced today. And yes, they released the 35mm f/1.4 AE lens for Canon mount (spec sheet here) – Samyang’s first lens with electronic contacts for Canon (if I am not wrong).

Samyang press release:

Samyang company announces expansion of its sales portfolio and market release of new photographic and cine lenses. New Samyang 35mm f/1.4 Canon AE, 300mm f/6.3 Mirror DSLR photo lenses and VDSLR series is to be released on April 29th 2014. Samyang 10mm T3.1, 12mm T2.2 and 7.5mm T3.8.

New products branded with Samyang logotype include an interesting 35mm f/1.4 lens with Canon EF mount, the latest version will feature AE (Auto Exposure) function, which was fitted only in lenses with Nikon F mount before. The newest version of the lens that is marked with AE symbol comes with a microprocessor which can electronically confirm the focus value from the body level. The lens’s construction remained unchanged and still ensures a perfect optical and mechanical quality. Samyang 35mm f/1.4 has been designed to work with Canon digital reflex cameras equipped with full-frame and APS-C sensors.

Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AE

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April 28, 2014
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Tamron SP 150-600mm Awarded As “Best Expert DSLR Lens” (TIPA)

Tamron SP 150-600mm

The Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens was awarded by TIPA as Best Expert DSLR Lens. TIPA’s motivation:

The Tamron 150-600 mm lens, for full-frame and APS-C DSLRS (with 1.5X magnification factor) incorporates VC (Vibration Compensation, Tamron’s image stabilization technology), a fast USD (ultrasonic silent drive), and eBAND (extended bandwidth and angular dependency) coating, for flare and ghosting reduction. The lens employs 20 elements in 13 groups, with the front group containing 3 ED glass elements. The circular, 9-bladed diaphragm provides exciting bokeh effects and maintains the circular shape even at 2 stops down from maximum aperture. The included SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron uses optical data to correct any distortion, light falloff and chromatic aberrations.

The Tamron sells for $1069 (pre-order for now) and offers a lot of bang for the money. Good sharpness, a great telephoto range, and accurate and quick auto-focus are among the highlights of this lens.

April 28, 2014
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Two Videos To Show What You Can Do With A Canon DSLR (EOS 6D and 5D Mark II)

Two videos for you to show what you can do with older gear (5D Mark II) and gear that’s said to be not very suited for video work (6D)

Who said that the Canon EOS 6D is not suited for video work? While it is true that Canon skimped on the Canon EOS 6D (price & specs), their entry-level full-frame DSLR, and that Canon did not push video features in the EOS 6D, there is still people able to show where you can reach with an EOS 6D when it comes to video.

The video above is titled “Happy in La Spezia” (La Spezia is a city in northern Italy). The video was shot by filmmaker Damiano Martino using an Canon EOS 6D and the following lenses: EF 35 f/1.4L, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS, and EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro.

The video below was shot using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (price & specs), the Canon DSLR that changed the game for videographers. The video, shot by filmmaker Xavier Zimbardo, shows a colourful view of the Holi festival in India (also known as Colours Festival). I feature the video not just because it is beautiful, but also because I’ll soon leave for a 3-months trip thru Asia, starting in India, and to show that you can shot amazing videos also when using older gear. The EF 70-200mm f/2,8L IS and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lenses were used.

April 27, 2014
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Canon WP-DC53 Waterproof Case for PowerShot G1 X Mark II In Stock

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The Canon WP-DC53 Waterproof Case for the PowerShot G1X Mark II is in stock at B&H at $399.

Specifications:

  • Depth Rating: 130′
  • Clear Durable Plastic Polymer Body
  • Mechanical Controls
  • Access to Virtually All Camera Functions
  • Built-In Flat Polycarbonate Lens Port
  • Diffuser for Camera’s Built-in Flash
  • Cold Shoe Mount
  • Neck and Wrist Strap Included

Product description after the break.

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