Sigma announce 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art, and 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport Lenses

Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM

Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM

Sigma announced three new Global Vision lenses, ready for Photokina. It’s the Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art, and Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport lenses.

All three lenses can be pre-ordered:

Sigma press release:

Outstanding optical performance, ultra-wide zoom range, and versatile flagship sports lens headline the Sigma line-up at Photokina 2016

Cologne, Germany – September 19, 2016 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading camera, DSLR lens, flash and accessories manufacturer, unveiled its new 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art and 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport Global Vision lenses at the Photokina 2016 event (hall 4.2, stands B020, B028 and C029).

“We are thrilled to announce three state-of-the-art additions to the Global Vision line. The Sigma 85mm 1.4 Art has been a highly requested lens and we are very confident those customers who have been waiting for us to deliver this lens will be more than pleased with the superior optical performance and zero compromise,” states Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “In addition, the re-engineered 12-24mm F4 and highly competitive 500mm F4 Sport lens both embody the world-class performance our Global Vision lenses are known for. We look forward to seeing the incredible images our customers will create using these new Sigma lenses.”

Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art – The Ultimate Portrait Lens
Delivering the ultimate in creative expression, the new Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art lens is engineered to support the highest resolution sensors on the market with an exceptional degree of sharpness. The high-performance optical system is purpose-built by Sigma R&D to produce the attractive bokeh effect sought after by discerning photographers. The lens’ advanced architecture features two SLD (special low dispersion) glass elements and one glass element with a high rate of anomalous partial dispersion and refraction. A re-engineered AF system brings 1.3X the torque of its predecessor, while other features such as a full-time manual focus override have been added, which can be controlled when the focus ring is rotated, even during continuous AF.

The Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. The Nikon mounts feature a brand new electromagnetic diaphragm.

The Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art lens will be available in late October and retails for a recommended street price of $1199.00 USD.

Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Ultra-Wide Angle Zoom for the Era of Ultra-High Resolution Digital Cameras
Boasting the renowned Global Vision image quality from center to edge, the new Sigma 12-24mm F4 features the largest aspherical glass mold in the industry, offering photographers an ultra-wide angle zoom with virtually no distortion, flare or ghosting. Encompassing the long history of Sigma wide angle lens development expertise, the new 12-24mm F4 performance highlights include constant F4 brightness and the brand new Sigma AF system with 1.3X torque boost. The 12-24mm F4 features lens elements made with FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass, which is equivalent to calcium fluorite in performance. Combined with an optimized power distribution, the result is outstanding image quality from center to edges. With a minimum focus distance of 9.4 inches at 24mm, photographers can compose incredible close-up shots with expansive backgrounds.

The all new Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art lens supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. The Nikon mounts feature the brand new electromagnetic diaphragm.

The Sigma 12-24mm F4 Art lens will be available in late October and retails for a recommended street price of $1599.00 USD.

Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport Lens – Pro Fast-Aperture Prime Super Telephoto
The flagship Sigma super telephoto 500mm F4 Sport lens incorporates the very latest in Sigma optical technology and innovation. Designed for the professional sports and wildlife shooter, the ultra-durable lens features magnesium alloy components, a carbon fiber hood, a water and oil resistant front element, and is dust and splash proof. The 500mm F4 features a drop-in rear filter slot for polarizers, UV and other critical filters. To help prevent damage during shooting and maintenance, the lens is also compatible with the exclusive SIGMA Protector LPT-11 (sold separately).

The lens incorporates two FLD and one SLD glass elements, while the optimized power distribution helps minimize spherical aberration and axial chromatic aberration. The optical system also effectively minimizes transverse chromatic aberration, which can affect the edges of the shots taken in the telephoto range. In addition, image quality remains exceptional when the lens is used with a Sigma Telephoto Converter (sold separately).

Other key performance features include Sigma’s two-mode Optical Stabilizer for enhanced performance when shooting handheld for still subjects or panning and tracking for moving subjects. There is also a customizable AF “return” function for setting the focus position of one’s choice and returning to that preset distance.

The all new Sigma 500mm F4 supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. The Nikon mounts feature the brand new electromagnetic diaphragm.

The Sigma 500mm F4 Sport lens, in Canon and Sigma mounts, will be available in late October. The Nikon mount will be available in late November. The 500mm F4 will retail for a recommended street price of $5999.00 USD.

All Sigma Global Vision lenses, including the new 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art, and 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Global Vision lenses, can be updated with the latest lens firmware from a workstation or laptop using the Sigma Optimization Pro software and Sigma USB Dock (sold separately).

Tested for Optimum Performance
Sigma lenses are born of well thought-out design concepts, exceptional Japanese craftsmanship and manufacturing, and advanced lens performance testing and evaluation. To this end, Sigma has developed its own A1 proprietary MTF (modulation transfer function) measuring system using 46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensors. Even the most elusive high-frequency details are within the scope of Sigma’s quality control inspections. Every Global Vision lens is A1 tested, analyzed and approved before leaving the factory, ensuring maximum performance out of the box.

For more information on Sigma’s industry leading testing, please visit http://blog.sigmaphoto.com/2012/a1-mtf-testing-for-new-sigma-lenses/.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV reviews and hands-on round-up

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Reviews And Hands-on Round-up

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At a glance:

  • 30.4MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6+ Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • DCI 4K Video at 30 fps; 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
  • Native ISO 32000, Expanded to ISO 102400
  • Dual Pixel RAW; AF Area Select Button
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • 7 fps Shooting; CF & SD Card Slots
  • Built-In GPS and Wi-Fi with NFC

Well, it’s amazing how fast DPReview got their comprehensive Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review ready. They write:

[…] the 5D Mark IV[…] is the most refined 5D yet […] This is a camera that will stand up to years of abuse and churn out images with appreciably better quality (and at a faster rate) than its predecessor. The touch screen and Dual Pixel AF offer users more shooting options, and the built-in Wi-Fi and NFC will be an important addition to those working in the field. It may not be a revolutionary update, but this evolutionary update will find its way into the hands of thousands of working professionals, and it will reward them with better and more reliable results than ever before. For those that don’t need it, the Mark IV won’t be an exciting camera. But those that do now have a new and improved all-rounder that will last them for years to come.

Next, Amateur Photographer’s first impression:

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV hasn’t stunned us in the same way as the EOS 5D Mark III did when it first arrived in 2012. Whereas the EOS 5D Mark III was quite a major step up from the EOS 5D Mark II, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV feels more of a modest upgrade. Although it adds appealing features and is undeniably the most advanced EOS 5D-series model we’ve seen to date, my lasting impression from a brief hands-on with the camera is that it’s not quite as cutting edge or revolutionary as hoped. There’s often a strong case for skipping a generation – current EOS 5D Mark III owners who don’t necessarily require 4K video functionality and are content with the image quality produced by their 22.3-million-pixel CMOS sensor may find it hard to justify an upgrade, whereas original-EOS 5D and EOS 5D Mark II users who didn’t make the move up to the EOS 5D Mark III are much more likely to find the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV an appealing option.

A quick first impression with low light sample pics by De.Light Photo.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Image Gallery by Dustin Abbott

Below: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Unboxing and First Look by Dustin Abbott

 

Below: Jared Polin, aka Fro Knows Photo, compares the EOS 5D Mark III to the EOS 5D Mark IV.

 

Below: Again Fro Knows Photo with his Canon EOS 5D Mark IV “Real World Review”: Revolutionary or Evolutionary?

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV pre-order links after the break.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV user manual download

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Creative In-Camera Techniques with Lindsay Adler (2 hours online class video)

Get your creative juices flowing in this 2 hours long, fun-filled class meant to educate and inspire. Fashion photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Lindsay Adler breaks down her creative process and explains how she is able to come up with unique and eye-catching photographs time and time again!

You’ll learn how to get creative in-camera without relying on special tools in Photoshop.

Lindsay shows you how to:

  • Shoot double exposures in camera
  • How to use mirrors or prisms for abstract effects
  • Unique lighting techniques
  • Creative bokeh effects
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Canon Announces Revolutionary New Technology That Will Transform Wide Format Roll-to-Roll Printing (UVgel)

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Canon press release:

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 14, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc. today announced its new UVgel printing technology. This unique technology will soon be featured in a new line of roll-to-roll printers that will offer large format print providers an unprecedented combination of productivity, image quality, application range, automation and low cost of operation.

“We are very excited to show this revolutionary new game-changing technology at SGIA,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “This new technology will power an upcoming generation of roll-to-roll printers that will help our customers increase their print production efficiency while lowering their operating costs, enabling them to profitably grow their business.”

Key elements and benefits of the UVgel technology:

  • A radically new UV curable ink from Canon that instantly gels on contact with the media, resulting in precise dot placement and area control for consistent high-quality images at high speed
  • The large color gamut of solvent inks combined with the environmental benefits and safety profile of latex and UV inks
  • Ultra-thin ink dispersion with almost no discernible physical profile and the lowest ink consumption rate can provide up to a 40 percent reduction in printing costs compared to eco-solvent and latex

These features all result in cost-effective, non-toxic, durable, color fast, high-quality prints for almost any flexible media application.

This amazing new UVgel technology incorporates several new hardware technology developments from Canon:

  • Advanced, “next generation” piezoelectric printhead technology employing patented acoustic sampling technology that monitors nozzle performance on-the-fly during printing
  • A unique LED UV curing sub-system that operates completely independently from the printing system ensuring identical jetting to curing timing for every droplet for unprecedented uniformity across the printed image
  • An LED-based UV system that cures without adding any heat to the media whatsoever, making it easy to print on the thinnest, most heat-sensitive flexible media
  • Continuous, on-the-fly, nozzle performance compensation facilitates confident unattended printing and reduced print waste

Canon’s new UVgel printing technology will be at the core of a family of new roll-to-roll printing products, the first of which will be a high productivity 64 inch roll-to-roll printer to be released in the Spring of 2017. The significant investment in this new technology demonstrates Canon’s continued commitment to be a leader in digital graphics markets. Canon has already proven itself to be a leader in the UV flatbed market with its highly awarded, market leading Océ Arizona series of flatbed printers.

Canon will be showcasing this new UVgel technology in its booth (#1536) at the 2016 SGIA Expo, September 14-16 in Las Vegas.

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How to use Canon hdAlbum Online Designer Application (extended tutorial videos)

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With Canon’s hdAlbum Download Designer Application you can easily create your own photo book. CanonUSA posted two tutorial videos that tell you anything you need to know to start with hdAlbum.

The hdAlbum Online Designer Application allows you to create custom photo books to share your memories with family and friends. Learn the basics of how to use our online software to create photo books, either on your computer, tablet, or mobile phone. This application is well suited for on the go users who want to make a photo book in their spare time, or using different devices.

Canon’s hdAlbum is a great way for photographers, both hobbyists and professionals, to share their pictures. Even a busy soccer mom can look like a pro when they use hdAlbum to showcase snapshots of their family. This product can also be used by professional photographers and prosumers to meet their own photography portfolio needs as well as the custom photo book needs of their clients. Anyone who can appreciate the rich detail, vibrant color, and superb quality offered by hdAlbum photo books will benefit from this useful how to video.

hdAlbum photo books are printed using Canon’s DreamLabo 5000 production inkjet printer, utilizing Canon’s proprietary printing technology. The albums are printed on Canon premium photo paper and manufactured according to Canon’s strict quality standards, so you know you’re getting a high-quality product, every time. These books are meant to last, so you can share your memories for years to come.

Below: hdAlbum basics

Below: hdAlbum advanced functions