Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM ART (utterly unique lens)

Sigma 50-100mm F/1.8 DC HSM ART (utterly Unique Lens)

Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art: Amazon Japan | Rakuten | DigitalRev | eBay | Amazon US | Alibaba

Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM ART at a glance:

  • Canon EF Mount/APS-C Format
  • 80-160mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • One SLD and Three FLD Elements
  • One High-Refractive Index Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Internal Zoom and Focus; MF Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Polycarbonate Diaphragm
  • Fixed, Rotating Tripod Collar

Photographer and reviewer Dustin Abbott published his comprehensive review of Sigma’s latest of their unique lenses, the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM ART for APS-C DSLR.

What makes this lens unique is the constant aperture f/1.8, same as on the also outstanding Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM. There are no other lens with such features.

The video above is the review, which can also be read and comes with many sample pictures. In the conclusion Abbott writes:

The Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM ART is an incredible lens. The image quality is seriously impressive, and this lens exhibited none of the focus woes I encountered with the 18-35mm. Not only is the resolution extremely high on the lens, but the overall look of the images it produces is extremely nice. The tradeoff is that you are going to have to deal with a uniquely large and heavy APS-C lens that is also unmatched in the weight department. My most serious gripe is with the poor implementation of the tripod collar, but I suspect that most users will adapt. I could wish for weather sealing or Sigma’s Optical Stabilizer, too, but the ART series has given me no reason to expect that. If your wrists can handle the weight, and your wallet can handle the hit ($1099 in the US), then I can think of no other serious reason why you wouldn’t want to own this lens.

Dustin Abbott also tested the Sigma 50-100mm on a full-frame body. Even if the lens is not meant for a FF body, it can never the less being mounted on such a body. The video below reveals the findings.

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Canon COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm T4.4 overview video

Canon COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm T4.4 Overview Video

Canon COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm T4.4: Adorama | B&H Photo

Canon COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm at a glance (taken from Adorama’s product page, pre-orders possible):

  • Covers 18-80mm Focal Length with Servo Control Capability: The lens is equipped with an electronic zoom that delivers smooth, quiet and stable zooming from high speed to low speed across the entire 18 80mm zoom range.
  • High-level 4K Optical Performance: Designed to fulfill contemporary 4K production standards, the lens provides superb optical performance with 4K support through the entire zoom range, from the center to the perimeter of the image.
  • No-step Iris Mechanism for Motion Picture Shooting: Smooth, no-step iris operation can be controlled manually or electronically. The iris can be closed at the minimum aperture.
  • Focus Breathing: Featuring zoom and focus mechanisms suitable for video shooting, the variance in angle of view during focusing is minimized
  • Newly Developed Servo Drive Unit: The newly developed servo drive unit allows you to control zoom, focus and iris over servo.
  • Compact and Lightweight: For Increased Mobility and Versatility
  • Autofocus Function: The lens is equipped with an ultrasonic motor (USM) to support Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Auto-Focus) and the Dual Pixel Focus Guide.
  • Image Stabilization: Featuring optical-shift image stabilization, this lens provides strong IS from low to high frequencies to help enable stable shooting
  • EF Communication Functions Ideal for Video Shooting: The lens supports various EF communication functions via the electronic contacts of the EF mount

Canon’s Technical USA Advisor Brent Ramsey discusses the features and benefits of the Canon COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm T4.4 EF. This lens can be ideal for the cinematographer moving up from EF lenses, combining the functionality of EF lenses with the video shooting features of Cinema lenses, as well as benefits of compact size and lightweight (only 2.7 lbs.) for outstanding mobility.

Canon ME200S-SH Multi-Purpose Camera Overview Video

Canon ME200S-SHCanon ME200S-SH: B&H Photo | Adorama

Canon ME200S-SH at a glance (taken from Adorama’s product page):

  • CANON SUPER 35MM CMOS SENSOR: Geared to meet a wide range of video production needs, the ME200S-SH camera’s Super 35mm Canon CMOS Image Sensor allows for cinematic image capture
  • DUAL PIXEL CMOS AF (AUTO-FOCUS): The ME200S-SH camera’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Auto-Focus) technology helps provide smooth and consistent autofocus,
  • VERSATILE BOX-STYLE DESIGN: The ME200S-SH Multi-Purpose Camera was designed for a wide variety of applications.
  • COMPATIBLE WITH EF-MOUNT LENSES: The ME200S-SH Multi-Purpose Camera is compatible with select Canon EF mount lenses.
  • RC-V100 REMOTE CONTROL: The ME200S-SH Multi-Purpose Camera can be controlled via either of the two remote terminals offering a mini-pin or RS-422 connection that utilize Canon’s OK protocol, and are compatible with the optional Canon RC-V100 Remote

Canon USA’s Technical Advisor Brent Ramsey gives an overview of the ME200S-SH multi-purpose camera. Ramsey discusses the main camera features as well as the plethora of applications and scenarios that this camera can be used for.

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM and SPEEDLITE 600EX II-RT overview videos

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Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM at a glance:

  • World’s lightest macro lens and features Image Stabilization for EOS M series digital cameras.
  • World’s first lens with a built-in Macro Lite which, when enabled, automatically supplies light to your photos as needed, helping to provide a better sense of depth and dimension.
  • World’s first autofocus lens capable of focusing at infinity in normal shooting and macro shooting with up to 1.2x magnification.
  • Hybrid IS helps reduce camera shake for enjoyable handheld photography.
  • Stepping motor (lead screw-type STM) helps provide smooth and quiet operation when taking photos, and near-silence when shooting videos.
  • One UD lens and two aspherical lensesà help deliver outstanding results at all zoom settings by reducing chromatic aberration.
  • Equivalent to a 45mm standard lens (35mm equivalent) for flexible image capture of various subjects and scenes, macro distances and beyond.
  • Acute lens top shape helps provide accurate image capture even at short working distances.

Just a bunch of videos to showcase and introduce the new Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens for EOS M system, world’s lightest macro lens with a buit-in LED ring, and Canon’s new flagship flash, the Speedlite 600EX II-RT. Both are available for pre-order and will ship in a few weeks.

The Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM appears to a pretty cool lens. Not only it is very affordable ($299.99) but it also has the totally cool feature of built-in leds. And it is lightweighted (it’s all plastic, even the mount). This lens will soon be part of my EOS M kit!

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Canon EOS 80D review, an all-around excellent DSLR (Imaging Resource)

Canon EOS 80D Review, An All-around Excellent DSLR (Imaging Resource)

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Canon EOS 80D at a glance:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • 45-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Expanded ISO 25600, Up to 7 fps Shooting
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
  • RGB+IR 7560-Pixel Metering Sensor

Imaging Resource put their comprehensive Canon EOS 80D review online, and it’s another highly positive review about what starts to appear to be an absoute winner for Canon. As IR puts it: “an all-around excellent DSLR with a good combination of image quality, advanced features, great build quality, and a good price point“.

In the conclusion they write:

The camera is an excellent, well-built DSLR that produces reasonably sharp, detailed photographs and high quality Full HD video. It’s comfortable to hold with classic Canon DSLR styling, ergonomics and controls, and its versatile AF system is great — especially thanks to Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The 80D feels like a tried-and-true Canon DSLR — nothing over the top, ground-breaking or revolutionary, just what it’s meant to be. It’s a straightforward camera that works well, performs well, and captures pleasing images. Read the review…

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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Nano USM review (video)

Canon EF-S 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS Nano USM Review (video)

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Nano USM: Amazon Japan | Rakuten | DigitalRev | eBay | Amazon US | Alibaba

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Nano USM at a glance:

  • EF-S Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 28.8-216mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • One UD Element & One Aspherical Element
  • NANO USM Autofocus System
  • Image Stabilizer and Dynamic IS
  • Compatible with PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter

Photographer and reviewer Dustin Abbott just published his findings about the new Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Nano USM lens, introduced a few months ago with the Canon EOS 80D.

You can watch the 15 minutes video below, which will tell you anything that’s in Abbott’s review, or you may head over to his site and read it, along with many sample pictures. In the conclusion Abbott writes:

There is a lot to like about Canon’s newest lens. I’m blown away by the new focus system and feel like it represents a better, more effective focus system than any of Canon’s consumer grade lenses have received before. It is almost eerily fast and silent, and has proven quiet effective in both tracking and stills focus performance.  This is going to help a lot of people keep up with their active children or grandchildren. I feel that Nano USM represents a quantum leap forward for an AF system that is equally effective in both stills and video shooting. I only wish that the image quality had taken a similar leap forward. It feels like it could be better, though it is good enough to meet the needs of many shooters and is competitive with similar lenses. This is a great travel lens, though I might wish that the great looking new lens body included some attempt at weather resistance. Read the review…

Enjoy the video…