Sigma patent for 400mm f/2.8 OS Sport Lens


Egami (translated) spotted an interesting patent filed by Sigma. It refers to a 400mm f/2.8, image-stabilized lens. This lens will be part of Sigma’s “Sport” line-up.

  • Patent Publication No. 2015-64436
    • Published 2015.4.9
    • Filing date 2013.9.4
  • Example 1
    • Focal length 390.00mm
    • Fno. 2.91
    • Total angle of view 2ω 6.29 °
    • Image height Y 21.63mm
    • Overall length of the lens 353.00mm
    • Positive, positive positive and negative negative 5-group configuration
    • Inner Focus (fourth group)
    • Anti-vibration (part of the fifth group)

Otto Nemenz International Adds Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens to Rental Inventory


MELVILLE, N.Y., April 10, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, delivered the first Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens to Otto Nemenz International, a world-renowned rental company based in Los Angeles, CA. Otto Nemenz is the first facility in the United States to offer the Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm lens for rental.

Canon introduced the ultra-telephoto CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens in October of 2014. With the world’s longest focal length (75-1500mm with its built-in 1.5x extender) and highest (20x) magnification among Super 35mm zoom lensesi, this CINE-SERVO zoom lens offers cinematographers new possibilities for shooting scenes in HD, 2K and 4K on single-sensor cameras. Available in both EF- and PL- mount versions, the lens features a removable Digital Drive unit designed to support broadcast or cinema-style production.

“We are thrilled to be the first to purchase this new lens, a historic development in engineering,” said Otto Nemenz, founder and CEO of Otto Nemenz International and I.A.T.S.E. Local 600 member. “Our cinematographer clients are excited to get their hands on this lens and develop new filmmaking techniques using this product.”

“Among professionals in the industry the name Otto Nemenz is synonymous with quality and reliability,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “We are honored by their selection of our CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm lens, and its inclusion into their impressive equipment portfolio will make it readily available for professionals to explore the visual potential this lens offers.”


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Canon achieves four accolades at the 2015 TIPA Awards

7D Mark II

Canon achieves four accolades at the 2015 TIPA Awards

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 9 April 2015 – Canon is pleased to announce it has been awarded four honours by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) – one of the world’s leading photo imaging and press associations. Every year, the TIPA Awards commend the most outstanding imaging products launched in the past 12 months. In 2015, Canon has once again been recognised for the technical innovations across its diverse product portfolio. The following awards have been granted:

– Best DSLR Expert: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
– Best Expert DSLR Zoom Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
-Best Professional DSLR Lens: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
-Best Easy Compact Camera: Canon IXUS 160, IXUS 165 and IXUS 170

The TIPA panel comprises of editors from 27 of the world’s leading photography and imaging magazines: members span 16 countries spread across five continents. The panel meets annually to discuss the latest imaging products, and considers a range of factors, from innovation to design and overall product quality, in order to select and acknowledge the very best products and technologies.

“We’re humbled once again to receive a number of awards from TIPA. Each year we strive to push boundaries, creating incredible and innovative products for the photographic community, and the awards from the TIPA panel highlight our ongoing achievements” said Steven Marshall, Product Marketing Director, Consumer Imaging, Canon Europe. “We want to inspire and invite everyone to take a look at the world around them and have fun with photography, whatever level. The honours across all product ranges, from our consumer and enthusiast models to our professional line, reflect our ongoing commitment to outstanding quality and innovation.”

In honouring Canon’s award-winning products, the TIPA judging panel offered the following citations:

Best DSLR Expert: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 
With specs that appeal to photographers who know what a DSLR is capable of delivering, the 20.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor in the Canon EOS 7D Mark II resides within a weather- and dust-resistant magnesium alloy body along with dual DIGIC 6 processors. The camera features 10 frames-per-second shooting rate, a 65-point (all cross type) AF system, and a 100% field of view viewfinder. Exciting features include HDR and multi-exposure modes, intervalometer and bulb timer for long exposure capture. The camera has dual card slots for both SD-type and CF cards. To support Full HD video quality there is Dual Pixel CMOS AF and dedicated stereo microphone and built-in headphone jack ports.

Best Expert DSLR Zoom Lens: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM 
Designed for full frame but equally beneficial for APS-C DSLRs users who want to gain even more zoom range, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM incorporates a 4-stop Image Stabilizer and a fast near-silent AF motor (USM). The lens is constructed of 21 elements in 16 groups, including Fluorite and Super UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) lens elements for high image quality across the frame and also features Canon’s Air Sphere Coating (ASC) for reduced ghosting and flares. A nine-bladed circular aperture delivers smooth and impressive bokeh. The rear focusing design, with a floating element, enhances AF speed and ensures uniformity in image quality at all focusing distances. Additionally the zoom operation includes a mechanism for adjusting zoom ring torque. The lens package includes a tripod mount collar.

Best Professional DSLR Lens: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM 
Canon users now have access to the widest angle of view yet achieved for a rectilinear full-frame DSLR zoom lens. With a minimum focusing distance of 11 inches (28cm), the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM delivers minimally distorted images throughout its range. It is constructed of 16 elements in 11 groups with a three-group zoom system and rear focus. The new design incorporates four aspherical elements to minimize distortion from the centre to the frame edge and an optical array that provides straight lines with minimal curvature throughout the entire range. The lens also features one Super UD and one UD lens element to significantly reduce chromatic aberration and Canon’s SWC coating to reduce flare and ghosting. It is well sealed for dust and water resistance and allows for manual focusing overrides even when in AF mode.

Best Easy Compact Camera: Canon IXUS 160/165/170 
Canon has gone against the tide that supposedly swept away the possibility of new and exciting entrants in this camera category, and has done so with compact and very affordable units that provide what cameraphones lack: long range optical zoom and stunning image quality. For example, the IXUS 170 is an exceptionally slim camera (only 22.6mm thick) with a very long range optical zoom: 12X (25-300mm equivalent). It has a 20MP sensor and Intelligent IS, Canon’s adaptive Optical Image Stabilizer that aids in capturing shake-free stills and 720p HD video. Users can rely on the Smart Auto Mode, which automatically chooses the best settings for the scene, or from a number of special effects modes. The IXUS 165 also comes with Intelligent IS, whilst both IXUS 165 and IXUS 160 house an 8x zoom and 20MP sensor. 

Canon Professional Services host the Canon Hospitality Suite at NAB 2015

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Canon Professional Services will once again host the Canon Hospitality Suite at NAB 2015.

The Canon Hospitality Suite will be open to all NAB show attendees and will feature complimentary Clean & Check service for Canon professional products. The Clean & Check service is limited to (2) Canon EOS DSLR bodies or EF/ EF-S lenses, or (1) Cinema EOS product or (1) XF professional camcorder. All items are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and same-day service is not guaranteed.

The Canon Hospitality Suite will also include an exclusive product showcase highlighting Canon’s full professional line-up and Canon professional product reps will be available to provide product demonstrations and answer questions.

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