Hot Deal: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 – $3,600 (compare to $4,500)

Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4

The Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 normally sells for $4,499 (Amazon), authorized Zeiss dealer and eBay seller Cameraland (99.8% positive ratings) has the Zeiss on sale for $3,599.99 (Canon mount). Not bad! Cameraland says:

We had an in store demo and these were shown and put back in the box. Because of this we won’t sell them as new never opened

Just 2 units available :-)


Canon EOS 750D Available for Pre-Order at Amazon UK (£599.99, ships March 6)


Amazon UK has the new Canon EOS 750D (aka Rebel T6i) available for pre-order. The EOS 760D (aka Rebel T6s) is yet not listed.


  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04M-dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording
  • 19-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • 5 fps Shooting & Extended ISO to 25600
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III & EOS Scene Analysis
  • Creative Filters
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • CS100 Connect Station Support

More pre-order links:

Product description after the break

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Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Sample Pictures (DPReview) – EDIT

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EDIT: I made a big typo mess here, it’s the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM not the Canon 11-24mm. Apologies; this happens when you are in a hurry.

DPReview posted a set of sample pics shot with Sigma’s 24mm f/1.4 lens.

Yesterday Signa announced the price of the new Sigma 24mm f/1.4 lens ($849). Pre-orders at BHphoto and Adorama. Once again Sigma made an interesting lens at an affordable price. I am pretty sure this lens will perform on the same level as the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM ArtSigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, and the awesome Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lenses.

Sigma press release after the break

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Canon EOS 5DS, EOS M3, EF 11-24mm f/4L Price and Availability in Italy (and Europe)

Thanks! I got word that Italian Canon resellers have a prospected schedule and price tag for some of Canon’s latest gear:

  • EF 11-24mm f/4L availability end of February 2015, price €3,300
  • EOS M3 kit with EF-M 18-55mm IS STM availability in May 2015, price €770
  • EOS 5DS and 5DS R availability in May 2015, price €3,800 and €4000, respectively

This schedule and the prices are indicative for the rest of Europe, possibly Germany and UK will start shipping earlier. The EOS M3 is already available for pre-order at Amazon UK for £599 and Amazon DE for €749. You can also pre-order the M3 at at DigitalRev (ships internationally)

Canon Patent for new Auto-Focus System for Mirrorless Cameras and DSLR with Translucent Mirror


Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon that appears to refer to a new auto-focus technology to implement in mirrorless cameras and in cameras with a translucent mirror (like the Sony A99).

  • Patent Publication No. 2015-22264
    • Published 2015.2.2
    • Filing date 2013.7.23
  • Canon patent
    • Phase difference detection method to be received by the AF sensor can be reflected incident light from the imaging lens
    • The phase difference detection by the image plane phase difference AF
    • The phase difference detection by external light AF sensor