Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 II build like a tank where it counts (LensRentals teardown)

Canon EF 35mm F/1.4 II Build Like A Tank Where It Counts (LensRentals Teardown)

Roger Cicala of LensRentals tore down Canon’s new EF 35mm f/1.4 II lens.

[…] we’re impressed with the Canon 35mm f/1.4 Mk II. The weather resistance appears better than most weather resistant lenses. […] The mechanical construction is beyond impressive. This lens is massively over-engineered compared to any other prime we’ve ever disassembled. It’s built like a tank where it counts; on the inside. Moving parts are huge and robust. Six big screws are used in locations where 3 smalls screws are common in other lenses. Heavy roller bearings move the focusing group, it doesn’t slide on little nylon collars. Read the review (and see the many pics of the teardown)…

All this engineering wizardry comes with a price. The EF 35mm f/1.4 II is not a budget lens, selling at $1,799. But then, I guess this is part of the “you get what you pay for” category. The EF 35mm f/1.4 II features Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics, an optical technology developed by Canon that corrects chromatic aberrations at an extremely high level.

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 II: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA. Key features:

  • EF Mount L-Series Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4-22
  • Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics
  • Two Aspherical Elements, One UD Element
  • Subwavelength and Fluorine Coatings
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Override
  • Weather-Sealed Design
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Testing the Canon Rebel T6i in Alaska (video)

DPReview posted this 12 minutes video on YouTube.

In this field test [DPReview] follow photographer Kiliii Fish to the Arctic, to the tiny fishing village of Barrow Alaska. Using the Canon EOS 750D/Rebel T6i – Canon’s 24MP entry-level DSLR – he’s in Barrow to document how the indigenous population is adapting to the changing environment up here in the far North.

Canon Rebel T6i: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA. Key features:

  • 24.2 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 19-Pt. Cross-Type AF, Hybrid CMOS AF III
  • Expanded ISO 25600, 5 fps Shooting
  • 7560-Pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
  • EOS Scene Analysis
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC

rebel t6i

[via DIY Photography via Kiliii Fish]

Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX deal – $469 (reg. $599, limited time)

Tokina AT-X 11-20mm F/2.8 PRO DX Deal – $469 (reg. $599, Limited Time)

B&H Photo has a very good deal on the Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX ultra-wide angle lens. Get the Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX for $469. Compare to regular $599: Limited time offer. Free expedited shipping.

Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX key features:

  • EF Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 17.5-32mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • P-MO & Glass-Molded Aspherical Elements
  • Three SD Ultra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Multi-Layer Lens Coatings
  • Internal Focus; One-Touch Focus Clutch
  • Nine-Blade Diaphragm

Modula Optical’s 33mm f/2 Lens Fuses Classic and Modern Optical Tech for Mirrorless Cameras (EOS M)

Modula Optical’s 33mm F/2 Lens Fuses Classic And Modern Optical Tech For Mirrorless Cameras (EOS M)

A new lens for mirrorless cameras got a start at Kickstarter, and it’s an innovative concept that seems to be pretty interesting.

Modula Optics developed a really unique, pancake-like 33mm f/2 prime lens for mirrorless cameras (Fujifilm X, Sony E, and Canon M) called the CM33. The cool thing about the CM33 is a range of modular upgrade options. The most unique option is what is called “Mods” — special optical elements (filters, lenses, etc.) that can be inserted into the middle of the lens near the aperture stop, rather than screwed on the front ring. This lets you create some really interesting optical effects in a completely “as needed” way, rather than requiring a specialized lens to, for example, get a bokeh apodization effect or well-controlled soft focus effect.

If this cool idea captures your attention, head over to Kickstarter to back up the project. Have a look at the video below for an overview.

Press release:

Today Modula Optical introduces the CM33 33mm f/2 lens for mirrorless cameras on Kickstarter. The CM33 brings the best elements of classic manual focus lenses to a modern ultra-compact design that is optimized specifically for today’s mirrorless cameras from Fujifilm, Sony and Canon *. The CM33’s proprietary optical design offers superb image quality and macro capability in a pancake form factor, and the lens forms the basis of a modular optical platform for a range of add-on optical effects in the form of Mods, as well as usability customizations and adapters.

Focusing the CM33 is unapologetically manual-only. It offers the kind of precision and feel found in great SLR and rangefinder lenses of the past which is lacking with the electronically-controlled manual focus in many of today’s autofocus lenses. The CM33 pairs that manual control with its Focus Finder feature: an external switch that holds the aperture fully open to temporarily decrease the depth of field so photographers can pinpoint their desired focus point precisely – a sort of reversal of the typical depth-of-field preview button. Used hand-in-hand with the manual focus aids built into mirrorless cameras, the CM33’s focus, aperture, and Focus Finder controls provide quick and robust creative control over captured images.

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