April 10, 2014
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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Holds Up To The Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4



The Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4

A few days after having published their review about the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens, the folks at SLRGear published their review of the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 lens, a manual focusing, optical gem that sells for $4,000.

The Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 is the lens Sigma claims they want to compete with their 50mm f/1.4 lens. There is still no official announcement about the Sigma’s price, but Photo Rumors says they got a rumor stating that the Sigma 50mm f/1.4’s price will be $1,030. Well, that´s a fourth of the Zeiss!

About sharpness of the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4:

Given the price tag and their history of high quality lenses, we were expecting the Zeiss 55mm ƒ/1.4 Otus to display truly impressive results, and we weren’t disappointed

and compared to the Sigma 50mm f/1.4:

The Sigma 50mm ƒ/1.4 Art is just as sharp right in the center, but the Zeiss shows significantly better sharpness over the rest of the frame, particularly in the corners.

Conclusion and how the Zeiss holds up to the Sigma:

Despite the dramatic difference in price, the Sigma competes handily with the $4,000 Zeiss 55mm Otus lens. […] With extremely sharp images, even wide open, the Sigma also has fantastic vignetting and CA control, and a phenomenally low level of distortion. While the Zeiss does show better performance in the corners at ƒ/1.4 on a full-frame camera, the other optical performance characteristics are pretty evenly matched.

What do you think about the fact that “optical performance characteristics are pretty evenly matched”? So, substantially the  Sigma 50mm f/1.4 matches the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 in as good as all tests SLRGear made. The Zeiss is sharper in the corners at f/1.4, and that’s all the Zeiss has to beat the Sigma. And the Sigma has auto-focus and could possibly cost a fourth of the Zeiss.

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens is an exciting pieces of glass. Can’t wait to see more reviews of this lens.



[via SLRGear]

Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 specifications and description after the break.

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April 10, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Will Be Released April 25th (Canon mount), More Sample Pics

Sigma 50mm f/1.4

Japanese site mynavi (translated) seems to refer to an official Sigma statement when they say that Sigma will release the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM for Canon EF mount on April 25th. The price is said to be 127,000 Yen, which is a bit more than the rumored $1,000 for the Sigma 50mm f/1.4.

Sample pics shot with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM and an EOS 5D Mark III also showed up at Gear for Image [source: SR].

Could mean Sigma will make an official announcement very soon.

[via DCI]


April 10, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EOS 6D – $1,618


 Canon EOS 6D Top Rated Plus eBay seller 6ave (99.3% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 6D on sale for $1,617.71.

Free shipping. Limited quantity.

April 10, 2014
Posted in News

Canon Recalls 14,000 Powershot SX50 Cameras

Following the product advisory of last year, Canon recalled around 14,000 Powershot SX50 HS (price & specs) units. The issue has to do with

a chemical used in the rubber part of the viewfinders on the camera [that] can cause skin or eye irritation or an allergic reaction to the user.

[via DPreview]

Recall Details


About 14,000


The PowerShot SX50 HS is a black compact digital camera. The words “PowerShot SX50 HS” are printed on the top of the camera.  The affected cameras have serial numbers beginning with “69”, “70” or “71” and have “1” as the sixth digit of the serial number.  The serial number is on the side or bottom of the camera housing.


Canon has received one report of itching and two reports of eye redness and pain.  


Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cameras and contact Canon to arrange a free repair.

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April 10, 2014
Posted in News

Canon Releases New Firmware For VIXIA Mini Camcorder (rel.


Canon released a firmware update for the Vixia Mini camcorder (price & specs). You can download the firmware here

Thank you for using Canon products.

Canon has released a firmware update for the Canon VIXIA mini Camcorder.

Canon VIXIA mini

Firmware Version incorporates the following improvements:

  1. Remote viewing function has been added when using the CameraAccess plus smartphone app, with the optional CT-V1 Camera Pan Table.
    *note: The CameraAccess plus app is available free of charge from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Information on how to use the remote viewing function is available from the PIXELA Web site.
  2. Shortens the time between turning the camcorder on and being able to start recording.
  3. In order to prevent inadvertently switching to playback mode while recording, the following improvements have been made:
    The playback button must be pressed for half a second or more in order to access the playback mode.
    The playback button has now been disabled while the camcorder is in recording mode, in order to prevent inadvertently switching modes.
  4. Quick access to the photo playback index screen, by holding down the playback button, has been added.
  5. Photo playback has been added to SP-V1 mode.
  6. In the Shooting Mode menu, the “Macro” option is now listed above “Auto” for improved ease of use.

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April 10, 2014
Posted in News

Lensbaby 5.8mm Circular Fisheye Lens Announced

Lensbaby announced a new 5.8mm Circular Fisheye lens. The manual focus lens is priced $299,95 and can be pre-order at B&H Photo or Adorama.

The 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye Lens for Canon EF from Lensbaby is a manual focus lens with a wide 5.8mm focal length that provides a fully circular image optimized for APS-C-format cameras. It is compatible with full frame image sensors by producing a smaller image within the frame. The lens has an aperture range of f/3.5 to f/22 and captures a 185˚ angle of view. It features a close focusing range starting at 0.25″ and going to infinity, all while providing expansive depth of field and image sharpness. This Lensbaby lens doesn’t bend, so the fisheye image is always perfectly centered in the frame.

Focus distance scale and DOF scale on the lens aids in focusing

Polished internal barrel for reflection and creative flare, which fills the border around image circle with colors from bright light sources in the photo

  • Full-Circle Image
  • Wide 5.8mm Focal Length
  • Aperture Range of f/3.5-22
  • APS-C & Full Frame Compatibility
  • Close Focusing from 0.25″ to Infinity
  • 185˚ Angle of View
  • Focus Distance & DOF Scale
  • Smooth Manual Focusing
  • Creative Flare Effect

Sample pictures and more after the break.

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April 9, 2014
Posted in News

Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II Will Probably Ship Earlier Than Expected (starting April 14th)

Powershot G1 X Mark II

Thanks to reader DK who sent me an email she/he got from Amazon, while waiting for the pre-order of the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II (price & specs) to ship. Amazon wrote:


We have good news!  We’re able to get this part of your order to you faster than we originally promised:

“Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II Digital Camera”
Previous estimated arrival date: May 13, 2014
New estimated arrival date: April 14, 2014

Great that Canon’s new compact powership will ship earlier than Canon announced.

The Canon Powershot G1 X II has been officially announced February 12th, and can be pre-ordered for $799 at Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama. Description and specifications after the break.

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