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Canon patent for new 50mm f/1.4 lens

50mm f/1.4

Canon filed a patent for a 50mm f/1.4 lens. The patent literature refers to AF speed improvements.

The current EF 50mm f/1.4 was released back in 1993. A replacement could be on its way. It’s likely we have the patent for Canon’s next EF 50mm f/1.4 lens.

  • Patent Publication No. 2015-138121
    • Published 2015.7.30
    • Filing date 2014.1.22
  • Example 1
    • Focal length 49.10
    • F number 1.45
    • Half angle (in degrees) 23.78
    • Image height 21.64
    • Overall length of the lens 100.16
    • BF 38.10
  • Canon patents
    • Positive ShiboTadashi
    • Inner focus (part of the first group)
[via Egami]

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4

Sigma 24-35mm f/2.0 DG HSM ART lens hands-on by LensRentals

Sigma 24-35mm F/2.0 DG HSM ART Lens Hands-on By LensRentals

Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM ART pre-order: Adorama and B&H Photo.

Roger Cicala of LensRentals did a quick test of the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM ART lens for full-frame DSLRs. From the conclusion:

[…] the glass here is definitely way more than half full. We have, for the first time, a modern zoom lens that reaches f/2.0 aperture and is wickedly sharp. That’s an amazing thing all by itself and this is a unique optic. What is really amazing to me is that it sells for $1,000. That’s way less than either of the f/1.4 primes we tested against it, less than two of the f/2.8 primes, and less than an f/2.8 24-70mm zoom (granted that zoom does go all the way out to 70mm).

He also points out that the Sigma won’t probably be everyone’s lens. It’s not fast enough for those shooting with a prime lens (they’ll always choose f/1.4 lenses) nor does it have enough zoom range to get interesting as such. It’s another masterpiece by Sigma, that’s sure, and it comes at the usual exciting price tag below $1,000. Read the article at LensRentals.

Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM ART specifications:

  • EF Mount Lens/Full Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to 16
  • FLD & Special Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Thermally Stable Composite Material
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Sigma 24-35mm f/2

Canon EOS 5Ds R in stock in USA (Adorama, B&H, Amazon)

Canon EOS 5Ds R In Stock In USA (Adorama, B&H, Amazon)

The Canon EOS 5Ds R is now in stock at US resellers: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama.

The EOS 5Ds R has the anti-aliasing filter effect removed. Specifications:

  • Full-frame 35mm 50.6MP CMOS sensor
  • EOS Scene Detection System
  • 252-zone TTL metering
  • 61-point high density reticular AF with 41 cross-type AF points
  • ISO range 100-6400
  • User-selectable shutter release lag time
  • Shutter speed 30-1/8000 sec
  • Flash sync 1/200 sec
  • Anti-flicker
  • Intervalometer and Bulb timer
  • 1.3x, 1.6x crop options
  • Full HD 1080/30p video
  • 5fps burst rate
  • 3.2-inch, 1,040k dot LCD monitor
  • Face recognition during Live View
  • External mic jack
  • USB 3.0 Support
  • Customizable control screen

Canon EOS 5DS: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Henry Canada | Newegg Canada | Alibaba | Adorama | Canon USA | Canon EOS 5DS R: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Henry Canada | Newegg Canada | Alibaba | Adorama | Canon USA

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Canon’s First Ultra-High-Sensitivity Multi-Purpose Camera Features ISO Equivalent Of Over 4,000,000 (and costs $30k)

Canon’s First Ultra-High-Sensitivity Multi-Purpose Camera Features ISO Equivalent Of Over 4,000,000 (and Costs $30k)

Canon announced the Canon ME20F-SH, a high-end video camera with a full-frame sensor, and a nice and compact design. The new Canon camera can record at ISO 4,000,000! That’s a low light champion that can see in the dark. At the core of the ME20F-SH is a 2.26 megapixel CMOS sensor. Back in 2013 we had a development announcement for exactly this kind of sensor (this sensor may also be related). The new ME20F-SH will be available in December at $30,000. A new Canon milestone not foreseen by any of the rumor sites. And, hey!, it’s a Canon full-frame mirrorless camera.

A Canon Professional Network article about the new Canon ME20F-SH:

Supporting image capture in situations where it previously would not have been possible, the ME20F-SH is ideal for use within specialist applications such as TV productions of nighttime wildlife, deep sea/cave exploration, astronomy and surveillance. The ability to install the camera in a semi-permanent location, with remote control operability also means that for documentary and natural history filmmakers, long term projects and events can be captured with minimum staffing. Due to the specialist nature and demand for this product, the ME20F-SH will only be available to selected partners.

Canon press release:

MELVILLE N.Y., July 30, 2015 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today has introduced the Company’s first multi-purpose camera, the new ME20F-SH, which delivers exceptionally high sensitivity to capture Full HD video with a minimum subject illumination of less than 0.0005 lux1 (at maximum 75 dB gain setting, equivalent to an ISO sensitivity of over 4,000,000). Nighttime surveillance and security, cinematic production, reality television, and nature/wildlife documentaries are just some of the ME20F-SH’s many possible usage applications. With the ability to capture color video in extreme low-light conditions and its simplistic and versatile design, the ME-20F-SH Multi-purpose Camera can be easily incorporated into existing infrastructures and systems to provide high-quality video capture even where subjects might not be seen with the naked eye.

Canon’s new multi-purpose camera employs an enhanced version of the 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor for Full HD video use that was originally developed by the Company in 20132. Its compact, modular body design allows easy custom configurations for diverse usage scenarios. While capturing video in extreme low-light conditions often requires the use of infrared illumination (a technique that only yields video in black and white), the ME20F-SH camera achieves impressive high-sensitivity performance enabling the capture of color Full HD video with reduced noise in low-light conditions without the need for infrared illumination.

Ultra-High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor Enables Color Video Capture in Extreme Low-Light Conditions

The ME20F-SH camera’s CMOS sensor has pixels measuring 19 μm square3, which is more than 5.5 times the surface area of the pixels on the CMOS sensor featured in select top-of-the-line interchangeable lens cameras4. Furthermore, the sensor’s pixels and readout circuitry make use of Canon proprietary technologies to achieve both reduced noise and exceptionally high sensitivity on subjects with a minimum illumination of less than 0.0005 lux. This multi-purpose camera allows users to discern subjects under even some of the dimmest lighting conditions, such as environments lit by artificial illumination or under a moonless night sky. Furthermore, similar to Canon’s Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography cameras, the ME20F-SH camera includes Canon Log and Wide DR, which make possible a wide dynamic range, delivering high-image-quality video results across a range of illumination environments, from low- to brightly lit conditions.

Canon’s Diverse Interchangeable EF Lens Lineup Enables Wide Range of Imaging Possibilities

The new ME20F-SH employs the same EF mount (Cinema Lock type) as Canon’s SLR cameras and Cinema EOS System-series of professional digital cameras, allowing users to make use of the Company’s extensive lineup of interchangeable EF lenses5. By letting users select the ideal lens based on their shooting or application requirements, taking into consideration such factors as angle of view and level of brightness, this multi-purpose camera facilitates a wide spectrum of imaging possibilities.

Supports various standard video-recording interfaces

Employing output-only 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI terminals, Canon’s ME20F-SH camera enables users working on location to output video via a single cable to a variety of peripheral equipment, including external recorders and monitors. Equipped with a φ2.5mm stereo mini-jack and a round 8-pin jack for RS-422, the multipurpose camera is capable of connecting with Canon’s RC-V100 Remote Controller (released in June 2014; sold separately)6. By allowing users to operate the camera or change settings from a remote location, the camera facilitates video capture from inaccessible locations as well as fixed-point surveillance. Furthermore, a φ3.5mm stereo mini-jack allows the camera to connect with an external microphone, enabling users working on location to output audio and video signals to connected peripheral equipment.

The Canon ME20F-SH is expected to be available in December 2015 at a suggested retail price of $30,000.

Product name ME20F-SH Multi-purpose Camera
Image sensor 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor (single), effective pixel count: approx. 2.26 million pixels
Minimum subject illumination Less than 0.0005 lux (at maximum 75 dB gain setting, equivalent to an ISO sensitivity of over four million)
Pixel Pitch 19 Microns
Lens mount Canon EF mount (Cinema Lock type)
Optical filters ND filter with two density levels (motorized manual / auto) IR cut filter (motorized manual)
Frame rates 59.94P / 59.94i / 50.00P / 50.00i / 29.97P / 25.00P / 23.98P
Gamma Canon Log, Wide DR, etc.
Video output terminals 3G / HD-SDI BNC jack (output only) Terminal count: 21080P / 1080i / 720P
HDMI HDMI connector (output only)
Genlock terminal BNC jack (input only)
Remote terminal φ2.5mm stereo mini-mini-jack (Canon-proprietary protocol)Round 8-pin jack (for RS-422, Canon-proprietary protocol)
Microphone terminal φ3.5mm stereo mini-jack
AF One-shot AF
Auto-exposure Combined interlocking (iris / gain / ND / shutter)
White balance AWB, color-temperature setting (setting range: 2000 to 15000 degrees Kelvin), natural light, light bulb, Setting A, Setting B
Digital teleconverter 2x, 4x
Power input 4-pin XLR DC11-17VTerminal block 2-pin jack DC11-17V
Operating temperature 32 degrees F (0 degrees C) to 104 degrees F (40 degrees C)
Body dimensions Approx. 4 inches (102mm) (w) x 4.5 inches (116mm) (h) x 4.4 inches (113mm) (d) (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg) (body only)
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