Live Again: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 for $3,600 (instead of $4,500)

Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4

This deal was live 2 days ago with 2 units to ship. Now it has been put on eBay again, with 2 units to ship. To my knowledge Cameraland is a reputable dealer, I don’t know why the have the same exclusive deal live again.

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 :-) The deal is very tempting but be sure to know all the details.

The Science and Technology behind Canon’s “L” Lenses

The Canon Professional Network posted an article about all the technology and science that’s behind a Canon “L” lens.

In several L-series lenses, both UD glass and fluorite lens elements have been combined to produce optimum results. With the continued increase in resolution of digital cameras, demands on lenses are increasing. It is likely, therefore, that UD and fluorite elements will be incorporated into a greater number of lenses, from wide-angle to super-telephoto.

Humor: What Canon really thinks about the DSLR Video Revolution

EOSHD‘s Andrew Reid made this short and hilarious video trying to figure out what Canon’s big shots think about the so-called “DSLR video revolution” Canon is actively promoting since years (well, at least since the EOS 5D Mark II). Andrew added his own subtitles to a viral video of a Spanish speaking man at a TV show. I am sure you will have a good and spontaneous laugh.

The video came out after Andrew Reid compared the EOS C300 ($12,000) to the Samsung NX1 ($1,500). As he says, after having made the comparison he “couldn’t help imagining this“.

[via PetaPixel]

Canon EOS M3 only available with 18-55mm IS STM in Europe?

Lawrence from EOS-M World wrote to Canon UK to ask if Canon will release a body only option of the EOS M3. Canon UK answered (emphasis mine):

Thank you for your request and for contacting Canon.

In response to your enquiry whether the Canon EOS M3 will be released as a body only version, we  can advise you the following.

We  regret to inform you that at the moment the Canon EOS M3 will only be available in a kit with the 18-55mm lens. The European release date will be April 2015. This will also be the only available kit, thus there are no kits with added items such as the viewfinder.

These are disappointing news. And, if true, it could easily be that the EOS M3 will not be available as body only option in all of Europe. I have four EF-M lenses and just want to buy the body. On the other hand, it could also be that Canon UK got mistaken (let’s hope). I can’t see the point of not selling the EOS M3 as a body only option.

The new Canon EOS M3 with EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens can be pre-ordered in Europe:

You can also pre-order the M3 at at DigitalRev (ships internationally)DigitalRev’s price at checkout is inclusive of all taxes and customs for customers from Asia and the EU, for customers from the US taxes depend by the state.

Detailed M3 specification can be read here. A round-up of hands-on and previews: