Canon EOS 5D 10 Years Anniversary Open House in San Francisco (August 22)

Canon EOS 5D 10 Years Anniversary Open House In San Francisco (August 22)

Canon Digital Learning Center will held an Open House day to celebrate the 10 years anniversary of the EOS 5D line. You have to register for the event (click here). All information about the event are summed up on this page.

  • Program: Canon Live Learning San Francisco
  • Date: August 22, 2015
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Fee: Free
  • Location: Canon Live Learning San Francisco, 201 California St., San Francisco, California 94111

Press release:

Celebrate 10 years of Canon EOS 5D Cameras. 

September 2015 will be the 10th anniversary of the launch of the original EOS 5D. The EOS 5D series cameras have been landmarks in DSLR photography.

The original EOS 5D brought full frame DSLR photography to the consumer and advanced amateur market.

The EOS 5D Mark II raised the bar to 21.1 MP resolution while being the first DSLR to capture 1080P HD video. Hollywood has never been the same with TV shows and major motion pictures shot using the EOS 5D Mark II.

The EOS 5D Mark III again pushed the limits with a combination of high resolution, amazing high ISO performance and six frames per second. The EOS 5D Mark III also brought the EOS 5D series to new levels with 61 AF points (similar to the EOS-1DX).

Now we add the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R that push the envelope to 50.6 MP resolution. Join us at Canon Live Learning San Francisco to celebrate the anniversary of this amazing line of EOS cameras.

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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM ART review

Sigma 24-35mm F/2 DG HSM ART Review

Wedding photographer and CW reader Chris Giles shared another review with us (after having felt the pulse of the EOS 5Ds R). This time Chris posted his impression and thoughts on Sigma’s new 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM “Art” lens, the world’s first zoom lens for full-frame DSLRs with a constant aperture. And a lens that sells at a very competitive price ($999).

I like Chris’ reviews because they are truly “real-world”. I am much more interested to know how a given camera or lens performs for a professional photographer than to know how it scores at purely engineering-oriented benchmarks. What makes this review even more interesting is that it was done using a Canon EOS 5Ds R, Canon’s new full-frame megapixel champion.

As we all expected, the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM ART lens is another masterpiece by Sigma:

At f/2 this is a sexy lens, I am totally made up with the micro contrast, colour rendition and lens falloff I’m getting. Some of the Canon glass does suffer a little on the 50.6 mp sensor of the 5DSr. Even the 24-70mkii tends to get a kicking (albeit slight) at the outer edges of the frame but this isn’t so apparent on the Sigma 24-35 Art.

About the Canon EOS 5Ds R coupled with Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Chris says:

[the Sigma] just renders so beautifully and I love love love the colours. The Canon 5DSr has a beautiful way of representing colour but that sensor is also totally unforgiving to poor glass when you put an image under scrutiny.


I’ve not been so impressed with a lens since the Canon 24-70 mkII and that statement alone says a lot. Even if Canon were to release something with a similar range I’d find it hard to justify the purchase because I can’t see how a lens can be better. Not right now anyway.

If you are on the fence for this lens, you’ll find a lot of helpful information. To some people the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 may look strange. It has a very reduced zoom range and might be better seen as a “bag of primes”. However, you may also say that the “bag of primes” paradigm doesn’t really work since you can get excellent primes that have f/1.4. Chris’ experience turned out to be different:

I didn’t think this lens would suit me. Yet, for medium to close combat scenarios (weddings are a battlefield, soldier), then absolutely this is a lens to use. Looking back I’ve found it hard to accept I was using it just as much as I did.

Chris made all sample pics he shot for his review available for download (64 files, 400MB, a donation is required), just scroll to the end of part 2 of the review. You’ll find many sample pics, shadow recovery examples, and more.

Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM ART is in stock in the USA at $999: Amazon | Adorama | B&H Photo

Sigma 24-35mm f/2

  • 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 DG HSM ART price check for your country: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

[via Chris Giles Photography]

Three more Samyang/Rokinon XEEN cine lenses coming?

Three More Samyang/Rokinon XEEN Cine Lenses Coming?

Our friends at DicaHub spotted some new information about Samyang/Rokinon XEEN cine lens lineup.

Last week Samyang/Rokinon annouced three new lenses in a new lens line-up called XEEN. The lenses are a 24mm, a 50mm, and a 85mm, all are T1.5.

It appears that Samyang/Rokinon has three more XEEN lenses ready to be announced, an ultrawide lens that’s either 14mm or 16mm, a 35mm lens, and a telephoto that may be either 100mm or 135mm.

Samyang/Rokinon’s new cine lenses are priced $2,495, pretty good price for such lenses.

[via DicaHub]

Off brand: is the Sony A7rII the most over-hyped, over-priced camera of the year?

Off Brand: Is The Sony A7rII The Most Over-hyped, Over-priced Camera Of The Year?

In the last weeks I got a lot of emails, comments etc all telling me the Sony Alpha a7RII was about to annihilate Canon (and Nikon, for that matter). So I decided to have a look on this camera that seems to get people excited beyond reason (according to some emails and comments).

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Want a 14K Gold Canon EOS 5D Mark III Pendant with Diamonds?

Want A 14K Gold Canon EOS 5D Mark III Pendant With Diamonds?

What you see in the pic above is a Canon EOS 5D Mark III pendant made out of 14K gold. You can see the pendant has a Canon 24mm L lens “mounted”. What you see on the lens bezel are 34 diamonds, all set in by hand.

The pendant was made by IF & Co for a photographer named Jay.

If you want to learn more head over to PetaPixel, where I found the story.