February 10, 2015
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(CW3) Canon EOS C300 Mark II Coming With 4K?

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Canon Rumors got word that the next iteration of the EOS C300, the EOS C300 Mark II might have 4k video recording on board. They write:

[the C300 Mark II will] be a bigger update than the EOS C100 Mark II was to its predecessor. We’re also told it’s going to be priced very aggressively, to better compete with Sony’s FS7 which is $7999 USD.

Rumors stating that Canon is going 4k are not new. Here at CW we heard the EOS 5D Mark IV will feature 4k.

February 10, 2015
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Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Announced

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Signa announced the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 lens. Pre-orders at BHphoto and Adorama.

Sigma Corporation of America Introduces New 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens at CP+ Imaging Show
Latest Global Vision Art lens offers highest-quality optical performance in its class

YOKOHAMA, Japan — February 10, 2015 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced the new Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens, the ninth Global Vision lens to join the company’s iconic Art line-up. The announcement comes at the start of the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2015, which begins on Feb. 12 in Yokohama, Japan.

The much anticipated 24mm F1.4 Art wide angle lens is designed for full-frame DSLRs, and when used on digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor, it effectively becomes a 38mm. The lens is ideal for capturing a variety of photography subjects, including cityscapes, mountain ranges, astrophotography and weddings and is great for videography work as well. The 24mm also excels at indoor photography in low illumination thanks to the combination of exceptional focal plane sharpness, and gorgeous bokeh rendered by nine rounded aperture blades. The lens achieves a maximum magnification of 1:5.3 with a minimum focusing distance of 9.8 inches. The 24mm incorporates both “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass and Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass in a design of 15 elements in 11 groups to minimize chromatic aberration of magnification especially in the edge of the image field. Moreover, the optimized power layout includes aspherical elements that are positioned in the rear of the lens for improved wide open performance. This helps to ensure minimal distortion through the correction of axial chromatic aberration and sagittal coma flare. The new lens element design also delivers excellent peripheral brightness.

“The Sigma Art lenses are recognized by photographers for world-class performance, and the new 24mm F1.4 DG HSM will be a significant contribution to our selection of fast aperture prime lenses which is quickly becoming a strong force in the industry” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Sigma is redefining the expectations of fast-aperture full-frame prime lens performance, especially wide-open, and the results the 24mm F1.4 will deliver will be up to the exacting standards set by the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM .”

Other updates to this lens include a new full-time manual focusing mechanism that switches to manual focusing, simply by rotating the focus ring, even when AF is being used, first introduced on the 50mm Art. This allows the photographer to make focus adjustments quickly and easily. As with all new lenses under the Global Vision categories, every 24mm will be tested using Sigma’s own MTF measuring system, “A1,” in the company’s factory in Japan.

Other lenses in the Art line include 35mm F1.4 DG HSM, 30mm F1.4 DC HSM, 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM, 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM, 50mm F1.4 DG HSM, 19mm F2.8 DN, 30mm F2.8 DN and 60mm F2.8 DN.

The 24mm F1.4 is compatible with Sigma’s USB dock, allowing photographers to update the lens’ firmware and change focus parameters as well as manual focus over-ride using Sigma’s Optimization Pro software. It is also compatible with Sigma’s Mount Conversion Service. The lens will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts, and timing, pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.

For information about Sigma, go to www.sigmaphoto.com or follow the company on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

February 9, 2015
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First Independent Canon EOS M3 Sample Pictures (and link to M3 presentation material)

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Digital Life Innnovator posted a set of EOS M3 sample pics. I think these are the first independent M3 sample pics that have been published. Please note: the samples were shot with a pre-production model of the EOS M3.

The pics were shot at a blogger convention where Canon presented their latest products. Head over to Digital Life Innovator for the samples and product shots of the M3, 5DS, the new Rebels, and the 11-24mm f/4L. The sample pics can be viewed at a bigger resolution but are resized to 80%, various lenses have been used.

Digital Life Innovator posted also pics of the presentation Canon made for the EOS M3. Click here to see the slides (in Japanese, never the less interesting).

The EOS M3 (announcement & more) will not be available in the US, only in EU and Asia. The EOS M3 will start shipping April 2015 with a RSP of £599.99/€769.99. Hands-on at DpreviewAmateur Photographerspecification sheetSample pics here (scroll down). EOS M3 article at CPN, and another article at CPN. M3 hands-on in Italian. Many product pictures and size comparison with the EOS M2 at Kakaku (Japanese).

Pre-order the EOS M3 at DigitalRev (ships internationally).


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February 8, 2015
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(CW1) Canon Working on a f/1.2 Lens for the EOS M System? Update: it’s the EF 50mm f/1.2, possibly

Update: thanks to reader “lw” we learn that most probably the EF 50mm f/1.2L was used with the EF-EF-M adapter. The couple in the video above have a blog were they write about the video:

[…] we’ve tried the 50mm f/1.2 lens on the EOS M3 camera while filming and we were so impressed with the results; super crisp quality with a beautiful and dreamy depth of field.

I downgrade the rumor to CW2 CW1.

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In one of the promotional videos posted yesterday there is an interesting little fact. Start the video above and jump to mark 2:20. You’ll see a “f/1.2″ settings on the EOS M3’s display (announcement). So, either they were shooting using the EF-EF-M adapter (no mention in the video, and you can’t spot the adapter), or Canon has a fast and probably prime lens for the EOS M in the works.

We had some rumors in the past about possible prime lenses coming for the EOS M system. What do you think?

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The EOS M3 will not be not be available in the US, only in EU and Asia. Shipping is expected from April 2015 with a RSP of £599.99/€769.99. Hands-on at DpreviewAmateur Photographerspecification sheetSample pics here (scroll down). EOS M3 article at CPN, and another article at CPN.

Pre-order the EOS M3 at DigitalRev (ships also to USA).

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February 7, 2015
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Deal Alert: Canon EOS 6D with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS – $1,750

 $_12-11 Top Rated Plus seller allnewshop (99.6% positive ratings) on eBay has the Canon EOS 6d with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens on sale for $1,749.99. Free shipping in US and limited quantity. More good deals on Canon gear on eBay. Please note: this may be a grey import item.[thanks Albert]
February 7, 2015
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Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Pre-Order Option at Amazon US

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Canon’s new EF 11-24mm f/4L is now available for pre-order at Amazon US.  The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L is scheduled to be available in late February 2015 for an estimated retail price of $2,999. More pre-order link: Adorama | DigitalRev | B&H Photo.

Sample pics at ephotozine, product images at Photography Blog and DPReviewDavid Norton on the EF 11-24mm f/4L. Sample pics at Canon UK.

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