Deal: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II (Nifty Fifty) – $102

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II


Top Rated Plus eBay seller 6ave (99.4% positive ratings) has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens, also known as the “nifty fifty”, on sale for $102. Compare to $125. Free shipping in the US.

Though this is an inexpensive lens, and a lens made entirely out of industrial plastics (except for the optics), it is well-regarded for the bright aperture and the surprising (given the price) optical performance. In other words: That’s a lens every Canon shooter should have in his or hers bag, and at that price it is a no brainer.

You Will Newer Gate-Check Your Gear Again After Having Seen This Video

This is going viral. The video shows how a couple of Air Canada baggage handlers were moving the passenger’s luggage that had to be gate-checked because oversized for the plane cabin’s overhead bin. Filmed last Thursday by a passenger on the plane.

The advice is: take your gear out if you have to handle your luggage over for gate-checking! Air Canada is investigating the incident, and most probably will find who is responsible. But still: gate-checked luggage is not where you should keep your precious gear, so is not checked-in luggage in general.

When I travel by plane my gear is always with me in the cabin. It helps to be among the first in the boarding queue, as sometimes they discover at the end that there is not enough space left over in the overhead bins, and you are asked to gate-check your luggage even if it is not oversized. In this case I would politely tell them that I have some $$$ of photographic equipment that has to board with me.

Happy Easter! :-)

[CBC News via PetaPixel]

More Rumors About Samyang’s Announcement On April 28th (35mm AF lens for Canon?)


Yesterday Samyang teased us on Facebook with an image saying:

The second Step of Samyang Optics in 2014Samyang Optics invites you to join the journey to the next level of creativity on April 28th 2014. We hope you to enjoy our proud new products.

My guess is Samyang might announce a new line of auto-focusing lenses. This was rumored in the past. But today there is more to speculate about.

Dicahub (translated) did some research and found a few interesting things. It seems that some comments to the teaser have been deleted from Samyang Korea’s Facebook page. Fortunately, someone made screenshots an posted it to forums (here and here, both in Korean). If you think the image is a fake consider that two different screenshots have been posted to two different forums.

If you look at the picture above, you can see that the comments we are talking about have been made not by users, but by Samyang itself (i.e. Samyang’s FB administrator). The second line in the pic refers to a 35mm auto-focusing lens for Canon (or am I wrong?). Did Samyang inadvertently leak information they had to delete afterwards?

Dicahub has more rumors about Samyang to report:

  • It’s a few years that Samyang is discussing an AF lens for Nikon.
  • It appears to be pretty plausible that Samyang might announce lenses that support electronic contacts on Canon mounts (at least aperture). I am not sure if I lost something in translation, the rumor mentions a “support for Canon A contact”
  • Lighter and more compact lenses are also on the radar
  • Mid telephoto lenses with brighter aperture might also be planned

Apparently the process of  implementing AF in Samyang lenses is slowed down by licensing issues (with both Canon and Nikon).

[via Dicahub]


What Is Samyang Going To Announce On April 28th (Auto-Focus, 50mm?)


A Samyang teaser showed up on Facebook, it says: The second Step of Samyang Optics in 2014Samyang Optics invites you to join the journey to the next level of creativity on April 28th 2014. We hope you to enjoy our proud new products.

Plural, so possibly 2 or more new Samyang lenses. A 50mm and 85mm could be on the radar. In the past there were rumors Samyang may announce auto-focusing lenses (so far Samyang lenses are manual focus only). Since Samyang invites us to join them on the next level of creativity and to enjoy [their] proud new products, an announcement of an auto-focusing Samyang lens is still a possibility. The “second step” mentioned in the title of the teaser could also point in this direction.

What do you think?

Samyang lenses come branded with various names: SamyangWalimexRokinonOptekaFalconVivitarBower [via Samyang on FB]

Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 To Come For Photokina 2014?

Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4

The Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4

Two hints point in this direction. First, diglloyd posted a notification coming from Zeiss USA, saying:

We confirm the Otus 1.4/85 lens and our intention to introduce sometime in the near future.

Next, Photo Rumors reports that Zeiss is rumored to announce the Otus 85mm f/1.4 at Photokina in September. Photokina would fit perfectly into the “sometimes in the near future” schedule of Zeiss USA.

Actually there is only one Zeiss Otus lens on sale, the 55mm f/1.4 (see how it compares to the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art)