November 22, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon EF 50mm f/1L USM Lens Review (Ken Rockwell)

EF 50mm f/1L

Image: Wikipedia

The EF 50mm f/1L can be found on eBay for around $4000 (click here) - which is much more than the original retail price :-(

Ken Rockwell posted a review of the Canon EF 50mm f/1L lens. The lens was discontinued by Canon in 2000. This lens is considered “rare” by someone, and it has a hell of a bokeh. First a short description of the lens taken from Wikipedia (see also the short video below for an overview):

The [...] EF 50mm f/1.0L USM is a professional L series autofocus lens. On the used market sells for as much as double the original retail value. It was the fastest SLR lens in production during its lifetime. This lens has a metal body and mount, and plastic extremities. It also features a wide rubber focus ring that is damped, a distance window with infrared index, and the ability to set the focus range from 0.6m to infinity, or 1m to infinity. In common with the EF 85mm f/1.2L USM it uses an electronic “focus by wire” system and requires power from the camera in order to manual focus. The 8-blade diaphragm and maximum aperture of f/1.0 give this lens the ability to create extremely shallow depth of field effects and to support low light situations. The optical construction of this lens contains 11 lens elements, including two ground and polished aspherical lens elements. This lens uses a floating front extension focusing system, powered by a ring-type USM motor. The front of the lens does not rotate, but does extend when focusing.

Some excerpts taken from Rockwell’s review:

This highly advanced 50mm f/1.0 is a thoroughly relevant and modern lens for all kinds of shooting. It’s the one Super-Lens you can use for photographing anything and everything in any light. Technically it performs far better than it should, and used at its limits, which are the very limits of photography itself, it can help give unique renditions that other photographers with more limited tools will not be able to duplicate.

About the reason to get “this masterpiece”:

    • Used at larger apertures, gives a unique look which cannot be duplicated any other way [...]
    • For ultra-low light, f/1.0 is 1/2 to 2/3 stops faster than common f/1.2 lenses. In fact, this f/1.0 lens as about as much faster than an f/1.2 lens as an f/1.4 lens is faster than an f/1.8 lens [...]
    • Subject Isolation: no other 50mm lens can isolate a subject from its surroundings as strongly as can this lens [...]

The lens can be found on eBay for around $4000, much more than the original retail price. Another review of the lens can be found at Bryan Soderlind’s site.

The video below (by YouTube user peachy dismay) is recommended if you want to see how shallow the depth of field of this lens is, and to have a comprehensive overview.

November 22, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Rumor: New Canon EF 100-400mm Lens Prototypes Will be Tested at Winter Olympics

Canon EF 100-400mm

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Prototypes of the replacement for the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS are said to undergo testing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February next year. As usual in such cases, selected photographers will have the opportunity to use the lens. It is not sure if the Winter Olympics are the final testbed for the lens, and if we can expect an announcement soon after

[via CR]

November 22, 2013
Posted in News

Latest Canon Press Releases

Two of them.

  • Canon U.S.A. Showcasing Latest Large Format Printing Systems During Autodesk University 2013
    MELVILLE, N.Y., November 21, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that it will showcase its latest large format printing systems during Autodesk University 2013, December 3 – 5 in Las Vegas, NV. Attendees of the prominent software conference can expect to see first-hand the new Océ PlotWave 360 system and Océ PlotWave 750 system – designed with a series of advanced collaboration tools to meet the evolving print, copy and scan needs of technical users – read the rest here
  • Canon imagePROGRAF Printers Earn 2014 “Wide Format Graphic Arts Printer Line Of The Year” Award From Buyers Laboratory LLC
    MELVILLE, N.Y., November 21, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the company has earned the Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) “2014 Wide Format Graphic Arts Printer Line of the Year” award for the imagePROGRAF iPFx400 and iPFx400S series of large format printers (12- and 8-Color models). Additionally, Canon’s imagePROGRAF iPF6400S, iPF8400S and iPF765 MFP M40 printers have been recognized for three prestigious BLI Winter 2014 “Pick” awards in the wide-format category – read the rest here.
November 21, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon Deal: EF 24-105mm f/4L IS Lens – $720

Canon Deal 

Top Rated Plus eBay seller bigvalueinc (98.3% positive ratings) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens for $719.99 (click here). New item and free shipping. Please note what the seller states:

  • This lens is 100% brand new.
  • These are lenses that were originally packaged with Canon Camera Kits. We sold the Canon Kits in a quantity order, and we had simply removed the Lenses and placed them in their own box with all original foam packaging.These Lenses are limited quantity only.
November 21, 2013
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Canon Deal: EOS 6D w/ 24-105mm f/4L IS and Accessories – $2305 (or $2248 w/ printer after MIR)

Canon Deal

Top Rated Plus eBay seller 6ave (99.2% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 6D with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens and a bunch of accessories for $2,305.66 (click here). The accessories are: a 32GB no-name memory card (you won’t use this on a 6D), 2 spare batteries, a charger, a bag, and an UV filter.

Another good EOS 6D kit with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS and the Pixma PRO-100 printer is live at B&H for $2248 (click here) after you claimed a $400 mail-in rebate. The kit includes:

  • Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera with Canon 24-105mm f/4.0L IS USM AF Lens
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss 13 x 19″ (50 Sheets)
  • SanDisk 16GB SDHC Extreme Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
  • Aluminyze Aluminum Print Ordering Kit (8 x 10″)

Canon Deal

November 21, 2013
Posted in Tips

If You Squinch You Will Look Better in Photos

Let’s start with what “squinch” means. According to the Merriam Webster:


transitive verb 1: to screw up (the eyes or face); squint 2: to make more compact.

It’s professional portrait photographer Peter Hurley who gives this advice. Hurley is not new to this kind of hints. Back in February he published a video tutorial about how to improve portrait photographs by focusing on the jawline of your subject (video below). For Hurley squinching is [quoting PetaPixel]:

the action of squinting your eyes in such a way as to portray confidence and self-assurance as opposed to the fear and uncertainty that you project when you stare wide-eyed at the camera

Squinching is not squinting, as PetaPixel explains:

One final clarifying point, and Hurley is big on this: squinching isn’t the same as squinting! The difference is minor but important. When you squint, your top and bottom eyelids close up and your eyes end up all but disappearing — you look neither confident nor self-assured.

With ‘squinching,’ you’re lifting and tightening the lower eyelid, while only letting the top one come down a hair. It might seem like a slight difference (and it is) but it’s a big deal when you get in front of the camera.

Try it out! :-)

[via PetaPixel]