April 14, 2014
Posted in Patents

Canon Patent For New 22-46mm Lens For EOS-M System


Canon Patent

Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon for a 22-46mm f/3.5-5.6 lens for the Canon EOS M system (price & specs). Canon always said there will be more lenses for the EOS M system.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-63025
    • Publication date 2014.4.10
    • Filing date 2012.9.21
  • Example 7
    • Zoom ratio 2.09
    • Focal length f = 22.10-34.22-45.19mm
    • Fno. 3.60-4.59-5.60
    • Half angle ω = 31.72-21.76-16.48 °
    • Image height 13.66mm
    • 65.76-62.07-64.72mm lens length
    • BF 28.16-36.88-45.09mm
April 12, 2014
Posted in News

Canon Master Guy Sebastian Captures Human Homelessness In Los Angeles

Canon Master Guy Sebastian walked through Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles to capture the humanity behind homelessness: Guy meets three of LA’s street people, and celebrates their character through three portrait photographs – their creativity, smile and majesty – regardless of whether they have a roof over their head.

Says Guy Sebastian:

I try to photograph humanity, powerful images that reflect the stories in people’s faces.


The toughest thing about these portraits is that I don’t want to illustrate doom and gloom, or someone that is down and out. I want someone to look at these faces and wonder — not judge. It’s important.

People like that make my day. Meeting people and hearing their stories, looking at their faces, a shot like that can show so much without having to ask. There is always that one picture you get excited about.

Guy Sebastian’s work was done for the #CanonShine photography movement to show to millions of people what matters through images:

[via Canon Australia on YouTube]

April 12, 2014
Posted in Reviews

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (The Phoblographer)


The Phoblographer reviewed Sigma’s latest full-frame lens, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens. The Sigma 50mm can be pre-ordered at B&H Photo (click here) and Adorama (click here).

This is the lens Sigma wants to compete with the manual focusing, $4,000 priced Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 sells for $949 (and has auto-focus). Btw, in the meantime we know that the Sigma easily holds up to the Zeiss.

About build quality:

The 50mm f1.4 Art lens looks as spectacular as the 35mm f1.4–plus it feels like Hasselblad would have made it […] Everything about the Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens screams about its quality

About auto-focus:

autofocusing to be speedy and accurate for the most part providing that the focusing point is over a clear contrasting point. In low light situations, the focusing struggled a bit

About image quality:

When it comes to image quality of the Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens, it truly is deserving of its Art moniker. This lens delivers some of the most beautiful image quality that we’ve seen and surely puts lots of the first party offerings to shame

About sharpness:

Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 is super sharp. We find it to be incredibly sharp when shot wide open and that is manages to reach its critical sharpness at f8

About colors:

As far as colors go, We don’t think that the Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens is better than the 35mm f1.4 Art offering


Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 Art DG HSM is an exceptional lens. Starting with the design, it very much is in line with the company’s 35mm f1.4 Art optic. The outside feels and looks like something that Hasselblad might make. It feels just so great in your hands that you’d never want to let it go. In fact, if you’re a big fan of the 50mm field of view you might never want to give it up.

Users also just won’t be able to complain about the image quality. The sharpness, bokeh, colors and look are top of the class despite some personal gripes. We feel like most users will be very satisfied. Once again, if you purchase the lens and are still looking at/talking about how the Zeiss performs better, then you should probably just go for the Zeiss. Again though, not everyone can afford it.

The Phoblographer’s review of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens comes with much more information, and a rich set of sample pictures. This is a killer lens at a killer price, there is no excuse not to buy it at this price :-)

Sample pictures shot with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (price & specs):

Image courtesy of The Phoblographer

Image courtesy of The Phoblographer


April 11, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon Rebel T3 w/ 18-55mm IS II Lens – $330


Very good deal by Top Rated Plus eBay seller 6ave (99.3% positive ratings): the Canon Rebel T3 with 18-55mm IS II lens on sale for $329.99.Free shipping. Limited stock.
April 11, 2014
Posted in News

Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD MACRO Price Is $629, Pre-Order Available at Adorama

Tamron 16-300mm

The price for the TAMRON 16-300mm Di II VC PZD MACRO lens has been revealed, it’s $629. You can pre-order the super-zoom at Adorama (click here). Tamron offers a 6 years USA warranty and has a dedicated page for the 16-300mm.

Other mount types sell for the same price (see here).

Sample pictures, product description and specifications after the break.

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April 11, 2014
Posted in News

(Updated) And Here It Is: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available For Pre-Order (ships April 29, and it’s just $949!)


Update: more pre-order options at Adorama (click here).

Ladies and gentleman here it is: the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM “Art” lens is waiting for your pre-orders at B&H Photo, and the Sigma has the very killer price we all were hoping it would have: $949! That’s a fourth of the manual-focusing Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4, a $4,000 lens the Sigma can easily hold up to (and the Sigma has auto-focus). Expected shipping date: April 29th.

Let me explain this better. Sigma always claimed their 50mm f/1.4 Art lens would compete with the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4. It was a bold claim then, but now we know the Sigma can absolutely match the optical performance of the Zeiss. And that’s awesome given that the Sigma’s price is below $1,000.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art for other mount types: Nikon, Sigma, Sony.

See also the in-depth article by B&H Explora (with sample pics). B&H ships internationally.

Product description and specifications after the break.

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