Are you still on the fence for the awesome Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens? Do not, and grab this outstanding lens as soon as you can. Pre-orders can be made at B&H Photo (click here) and Adorama (click here), stocks are limited. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 sells for ridiculous $949. The price is ridiculous if you consider that the auto-focusing Sigma can easily hold up to the $4,000, manual focusing Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4. Not bad, eh?
- Head2Head: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens vs. Canon 50mm f/1.2 – SLR Lounge
- Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens test – fstoppers
- Using the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 in a lifestyle shot – fstoppers
- Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Review: Great Glass That Punches Above Its Price – Gizmodo
- Sigma 50mm f/1.4 sample images – lenstip
Canon Professional Network press release:
Canon France, in association with Images-Evidence, has announced that the 14th annual Canon Female Photojournalist Award is open until 26 May 2014 for submissions from female photojournalists of any age and nationality.
This year, for the first time, the award is supported by Elle Magazine and Canon France will grant the winning female photojournalist €8,000 to help her to continue and complete a photojournalistic project on a social, economic, political or cultural subject.
A jury made up of top photography and press professionals will select the winner in June. Entrants will be judged both upon the presentation of their project and their previous work. Among the selection criteria are the quality of the photographs, the journalistic thought processes and relevance of the chosen subject.
The award will be presented to the winner during the Professional Week (1-7 September 2014) of the 2014 Visa pour l’Image international festival of photojournalism in Perpignan, France, and the winning photojournalist will then continue with a project which will lead to an exhibition or screening at the Visa pour l’Image festival in 2015.
Another rumor in the long series of rumors about the replacement for the Canon EOS 7D.
Latest rumors were suggesting a possible announcement in Q2 2014. But a new rumor that surfaced on the web is suggesting we will see the successor of the EOS 7D (price & specs) not earlier than in Q3 2014. The rumor further suggests that the delay is due to manufacturing issues related to the Dual Pixel AF technology that is featured on Canon’s newest sensor generation. So the delay doesn’t only affect the successor of the 7D but, according to the rumor source, also the announcement of the successor of the EOS 700D (price & specs), and the replacement for the EOS 100D (price & specs).
The rumor suggests a “higher performance” version of the 70D’s sensor for the replacement of the EOS 7D. But was does “higher performance” mean? More megapixel? And then “cheaper versions” of the same sensor are said to be featured on the 700d and 100D replacements. Again, was does “cheaper version” mean?
The rumor sounds a bit weird to me. And my sources are still suggesting a Q2 announcement date for the 7D successor. That’s not to say it is sure we will see a 7D replacement announcement before summer. It appears as if Canon is doing everything right to keep their plans hidden. We can’t even be sure the replacement of the EOS 7D will be named EOS 7D Mark II. There have also been rumors stating that there will be no EOS 7D Mark II at all.
It appears that the reported rumor was passed to various European Canon dealers to let them know that there will be a delay (everyone out there?).
And then there is another rumor that surfaced, about two possible new EOS M (price & specs) models to be announced for Photokina in September 2014. Again, it is suggested there will be an entry-level and a pro-level EOS M system camera, both appear to have the moniker “M3″.
Since the EOS M was released there have always been rumors suggesting a prosumer model in the EOS M series. Personally I think there is a lot of wishful thinking concerning a prosumer EOS M3.
- Patent Publication No. 2014-63025
- Publication date 2014.4.10
- Filing date 2012.9.21
- Example 7
- Zoom ratio 2.09
- Focal length f = 22.10-34.22-45.19mm
- Fno. 3.60-4.59-5.60
- Half angle ω = 31.72-21.76-16.48 °
- Image height 13.66mm
- 65.76-62.07-64.72mm lens length
- BF 28.16-36.88-45.09mm