Canon Patent for CN-E 70-200mm f/2.8 Lens (super 35mm, Cinema EOS)

CN-E 70-200mm f/2.8

Canon filed a patent for a CN-E 70-200mm f/2.8 Cinema lens for super 35mm sensors, i.e. for Canon’s Cinema EOS products. If this patent hits the market it will be a T2.8 lens. However, a patent does not necessarily mean such a lens will hit the market any time soon. New Canon Cinema EOS products are expected for NAB 2016.

  • Patent Publication No. 2015-230449
    • Published 2015.12.21
    • Filing date 2014.6.6
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 2.86
    • Focal length 70.00 118.30 200.00
    • F-number 2.80 2.80 2.80
    • Half angle (in degrees) 12.52 7.49 4.45
    • Image height 15.55 15.55 15.55
    • Overall length of the lens 277.01 277.01 277.01
    • BF 44.72 44.72 44.72
[via Egami]

Tokina unveils AT-X 14-20 F2 PRO DX lens for APS-C DSLRs

Tokina Unveils AT-X 14-20 F2 PRO DX Lens For APS-C DSLRs

Tokina announced the Tokina AT-X 14-20 F2 PRO DX lens. For an overview (machine translated) I suggest you head over to DicaHub. Canon mount version will be available in February 2016, price in US and EU not yet disclosed, likely below $900

Tokina AT-X 14-20 F2 PRO DX

AT-X 14-20 F2 PRO DX

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Band Pro Unveils New Line of IB/E Macro Lenses

IB/E Macro

Band Pro announced three new IB/E macro lenses. The lenses cover a full-frame sensor and come with three focal lengths: 100mm, 150mm, and 180mm.

As my friends at DicaHub (translated) points out, the lenses support PL mount, but have “adjustable flange focal distance”, which appears to mean that they will have interchangeable lens mounts. Canon EF and other mount types should hence be supported.

Press release:

Band Pro Unveils New Line of IB/E Macro Lenses

IB/E President, Klaus Eckerl and Band Pro President & CEO, Amnon Band unveiled a new line of professional APO Macro FF lenses at Band Pro’s One World Open House event on December 10th, 2015.

The new macro lenses were designed to address the industry-wide movement toward larger format sensors (including RED Weapon 6K and 8K, Sony A7, and ARRI ALEXA 65 cameras).  These larger sensors deliver a convincing film-look and interesting bokeh due to their very shallow depth of field, and require lenses that can cover their larger camera sensor sizes.

The new APO Macro FF lens family consists of 3 focal lengths: 100mm, 150mm, and 180mm.  The lenses feature full frame (24mm x 36mm) coverage, 1:1 magnification, consistent T-stop T2.9, as well as robust and durable cine mechanics.  Based in Germany, IB/E is a globally respected optics manufacturer known for cutting edge expanders, adapters, and lenses, including the new Arri 65 lenses.

APO Macro FF lenses will be available Summer 2016.

IB/E Macro

Amnon noted at the event: “Today’s announcement is a continuation of what Band Pro has always done.  From the early days of Zeiss DigiPrimes, to our involvement with the Leica Summilux-C project, to the new IB/E Macro FF lenses, Band Pro has always lead the way for embracing new technologies.

To preorder the new APO Macro FF lens set, or for more information, please contact Band Pro at 1-888-BAND-PRO or by emailing .

[via Band Pro via DicaHub]

Interview with Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki

mobile01 posted a video (in English) with an interesting interview with Kazuto Yamaki, CEO of Sigma. Our friends at Mirrorless Rumors not only spotted the interview but they did also a great work to sum it up for us.

1) Company philosphy:
We’re still a private company, not a listed company. Epically we are still family owned. So we don’t need to maximized turnover, sells and profits. Public company have to do that to keep their stock price high. But in our case, our goal is just to continue the business and protect the employees. And that is very important. So we gave up to grow rapidly. We decided to stay in Japan, and to explore what can be done here. And that’s one reason why we change our main business form volume zone to mid-high end product.

2) The best selling lenses (in volume) are:
1. 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS
2. 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM
3. 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG MACRO

3) The lenses creating more “value” (I guess he means earnings) are:
1. Contemporary/Sports 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM
2.  35mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART
3.  50mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART

4) DP camera sales:
dp0 sells more than our expectation. So I’m happy! dp2 is the highest by far. Over 50% than other three models. 

5) In a recent Mobile01 poll the users biggest wish was for Sigma to make FE lenses:
He recognizes that he gets the same request from other countries (Editor’s note: Mobile01 is located in Taiwan). And he adds later that “Everything is possible” (when asked if he would make Sony FE lenses)

6) About Sony and Foveon:
To us, it is very clear that Sony will be the major player in the photo industry. Because they have sensor technology. In order to differentiate the products. the sensor and lens are the most important. Other things can be shared by other companies. I think in the photo industry who has a good technology of making good sensor and lens could survive. That is why we acquired the Foveon company and try to retain the technology to us. ”

7) About Taiwan market:
Taiwan’s market respond to new products very quickly. Way faster than USA, China, even Japan. Taiwan is one have quickest response country in the world. Once we release a new product, Taiwanese will jump into new product or technology. And also they care about the quality very much, even more than price. I think it’s a very sophisticated market. ”

8) Why not make a medium format Foveon camera?
“One of my dream is to make our camera to produce such high quality image. Medium format is my personal interest. But so far we have not work on it. First of all, In order to make a medium format camera, we need to re-develop a whole series from the beginning. We have to develop the sensor, camera body, lens…etc. It’s a very long procedure. And unfortunately, the market size of the medium format look quite small, even for Sigma. So that’s why we did not enter the market.

[via mobile01 via Mirrorless Rumors]

Canon Closes Out 2015 With Industry Awards And Recognition Celebrating Continued Product Innovation

canon rumors

Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A. Closes Out 2015 With Industry Awards And Recognition Celebrating Continued Product Innovation

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Reflecting on a year of continued product innovation, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, recognizes the many awards from prominent industry organizations and publications it received throughout 2015 – a hallmark year as the company hosted its once-every-five-year Canon EXPO, which can still be explored online until December 31.

In addition to its well-known camera, printer and business solutions, Canon Inc. was ranked three in the U.S. in patents received, with 4,055 patents granted in 2014 and 40 out of 100 on Interbrand’s “Best Global Brands” in 2015, demonstrating the Company’s sustained strong global brand performance. Additionally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Canon with a SmartWay® Excellence Award for the brand’s service as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.

“We are proud of the innovative products we continued to deliver to our loyal customers,” said Kotaro Fukushima, senior director and general manager, Corporate Communications Division, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “We are honored that the industry and media recognized our hard work and dedication to producing quality, best-in-class products and look forward to continuing the momentum in 2016.”

Consumer Recognitions
Canon earned several distinguished awards for its consumer products in 2015, such as the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 receiving “Printer of the Year” from, the MAXIFY iB4020 and MAXIFY MB5320 were named “Editor’s Choice” from and, respectively.

Products from the camera and lens portfolio that received two or more industry awards include:

  • Canon C300 Mark II: “Best New Camera NAB 2015” –; “Award of Excellence” & “Best in Show NAB 2015” –
  • Canon EOS 5DS R: “Honoree, Digital Imaging” – CES Innovation Awards; “Editors’ Choice” –; “Hot One Award – Best Full Frame” – Professional Photographer Magazine; “Best Pro Camera”− Resource Magazine; “Cameras of the Year- Best Professional Cameras” – Imaging Resource
  • Canon EOS 5D S: “Pop Award 2015” ─ Popular Photography; “Best Pro Camera” and “Editors’ Choice” ─; “Cameras of the Year- Best Professional Cameras” – Imaging Resource
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6s: “Editors’ Choice” –; “Silver Award” –; “Camera of Distinction, Intermediate DSLR” and “Dave’s Pick” –; “Editors’ Choice” – PC Magazine
  • Canon XC10: “Post Pick Award – Coolest New Product NAB 2015” – Post Magazine; “Best in Show NAB 2015” –; “Honoree – Digital Imaging” – CES Innovation Awards; “Editors Pick” ─ Resource Magazine.
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM: “Editors’ Choice” – PC Magazine; “Hot One Award – “Hot One Award-Best Telephoto Zoom Lens” – Professional Photographer Magazine
  • Canon EF 11-24mm f4L USM: “Hot One Award-Best Wide-Angle Lens” – Professional Photographer Magazine; “Best Lens – Full-Frame” –; “Pop Award 2015” – Popular Photography; “Lenses of the Year, Best Zoom Lens” – Imaging Resource
  • Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM: “Editors’ Choice” – PC Magazine; “Hot One Award-Best Portrait Lens” – Professional Photographer Magazine 
  • Canon PowerShot G3 X: “Editors’ Choice” –; “Editors’ Choice” –
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II: “Hot one Award- Best APS-C” from Professional Photographer Magazine, “Lucie Technical Award for Best Crop Sensor Camera” The Lucie Awards.

Also included in this year’s award line-up was recognition for other products from Canon’s camera and lens portfolio, including: the Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM received the “Hot One Award – Best Action Lens” from Professional Photographer Magazine; the Canon EOS Rebel T6i received “Dave’s Pick” from; the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS received the “Editors’ Choice” from PC Magazineand the Canon Speedlite 430 EX II received a “Pop Award 2015” from Popular Photography.

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Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens teardown (LensRentals)

Sigma 35mm f/1.4

The inner barrel of Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM

All pictures © LensRentals and used with permission.

After having torn down the new Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II, Roger Cicala of LensRentals tore apart the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM, one of the most regarded lenses in Sigma’s Global Vision line-up, and a lens that has superb optical performance at an affordable price.

In the conclusion:

For the most part, there weren’t many surprises in this teardown. We’ve seen how Sigma has remade themselves as a company making only superb optics at very reasonable prices in the last few years. This lens is constructed very well. There isn’t the amazing heavy-duty construction of the Canon 35mm f/1.4. Instead, I’d characterize the construction of the Sigma as very efficient and carefully laid out. There’s a solid metal core with other parts all connecting directly to that core. Little touches like pegs to make sure a part is inserted in the proper rotation and shields over critical parts didn’t add much expense or weight, but show care was taken in the design. There’s nothing in this teardown that looked like a weak point. Read the review and see the many pics of the teardown…

I have to say that Sigma’s new approach to lens manufacturing, i.e. making outstanding lenses and selling them at an affordable price, is likely the best thing that happened to the photography industry in the last years. Other manufacturers basically have two choices: make lenses that are even better, and sell  them at high prices, or lower the prices of the lenses they are already making. In any case, Sigma has to be taken seriously by the competitors.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4

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