Sigma 35mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.4 Art lenses are $100 off

35mm Comparison

I can’t say if this is a permanent price drop or just some time-limited instant saving. However, both the Sigma 35mm DG HSM and 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM “ART” lenses are currently $100 off the list price.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art now at $799: B&H PhotoAdorama | Amazon

  • Aperture Range: f/1.4-16
  • Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM)
  • Floating Internal Focus System
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 11.8″
  • Anti-Flare Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Special & “F” Low Dispersion Elements
  • Front Filter Thread Diameter: 67mm
  • 9x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art now at $849: B&H PhotoAmazon | Adorama

  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One Molded Glass Aspherical Element
  • Three Special Low Dispersion Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Floating System & Large Diameter Design
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Rounded Nine-Blade Diaphragm
  • Thermally Stable Composite Material
  • Brass Bayonet Mount

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM


Sony Alpha a7RII vs Canon EOS 5Ds R shootout video

MichaelTheMentor on YouTube posted a 40 minutes shootout video, Alpha a7RII vs EOS 5Ds R. Table of contents:

02:29 – Lenses Used in Tests
02:59 – Metabones IV Adapter with Canon Lenses
05:05 – Rack Focus Test
06:47 – Side-To-Side Action Servo Test
07:07 – Forward Action Servo Test
07:19 – Backlight Servo Test
08:23 – Buffer Performance
11:06 – Low Light Focusing
12:53 – Face Detection
15:52 – Eye Detection
17:03 – High ISO Stills
18:15 – High ISO Video
20:31 – Moire
20:57 – Rolling Shutter
21:27 – Heat Signature Tests
23:37 – Dynamic Range
23:52 – Portrait Test
26:34 – High ISO Sharpness Test
32:10 – Things I didn’t like about the Sony A7Rii
35:17 – Conclusion

Sony a7riieos 5ds r

Sony Alpha a7RII: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA, Canon EOS 5Ds R: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

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Canon Store Halloween Deals give you 15% off on refurbished gear

Canon Store Halloween Deals Give You 15% Off On Refurbished Gear

Going on through October 31, the Canon Direct Store offers 15% off on all their refurbished gear. To get the discount use code JACKOLANTERN at checkout.

To make an example, the Canon EOS 6D will go down to $1,049 at checkout. The EOS 5D Mark III is on sale at $1,903, the EOS 70D at $696, after 15% instant discount. Act fast, the best deals will soon be sold out.

Canon Direct Store

[deal over] Canon EOS 5D Mark III deal – body at $1,899, with EF 24-105 f/4L IS at $2,499

[deal Over] Canon EOS 5D Mark III Deal – Body At $1,899, With EF 24-105 F/4L IS At $2,499

Top Rated Plus seller AllNewShop on eBay (99.7% positive ratings) has a killer deal on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, on sale at $1,899 (compare at $2,499). They also have the 5D Mark III with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS on sale at $2,499 (select the kit option from the dropdown menu).

Canon testing third-party full-frame sensor for their DSLRs? [CW1]

Canon rumors

I got a tip from a new source, stating that Canon is actively testing a third-party full-frame sensor on a DSLR, along with a Canon sensor. If true, it could be a Sony sensor. This is the text of the mail I got:

I hear that Canon is considering to sell off its sensor fab and acquire from other manufacturers the sensors of its future cameras. Furthermore, I learn that an EOS camera currently in testing is being tested with two different sensors, one made by Canon and the other one made by another sensor manufacturer.

If it wasn’t for the “Canon is considering to sell off its sensor fab” I would have took this rumor more seriously. But so it is only a CW1 rumor to me. However, Canon did already feature third-party sensors on the Powershot cameras with 1″ sensor, and they always stated they would use the best sensor on the market, regardless of who manufactures it.

It is not the first time we are told Canon may abandon their sensor business and adopt third-party sensors (1 | 2 | 3). Nevertheless, I think this rumor is nothing but a hoax. What do you think?

Canon develops video content analysis plug-in for network cameras


Four detection functions offered by multi-person tracking technology

Canon is investing heavily in new markets. Video surveillance is one of these markets. Canon press release:

Canon develops video content analysis plug-in for network cameras

Realizes coordination with Milestone Systems’video management software

TOKYO, October 9, 2015—Canon Inc. announced today the development of a plug-in that facilitates greater video-analysis efficiency in systems employing multiple network cameras through the combination of Canon’s video content analysis (VCA), which includes multi-person tracking technology currently under development, and Milestone Systems’1 XProtect® video management software2 (VMS). The plug-in was realized through Canon’s ongoing development of VCA, which makes possible the analyzing and application of data from video captured by network cameras to realize benefits in such fields as marketing and service.

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