Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm f/1.4 lens shipping soon (world’s fastest 135mm lens)

Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm F/1.4 Lens Shipping Soon (world’s Fastest 135mm Lens)

At a glance:

  • Focal Length: 135mm
  • Max. Aperture: f/1.4
  • Min. focusing distance: 1.6m
  • Optical Structure: 11 elements in 5 groups (with 3pcs large ED elements)
  • Aperture blades: 11pcs
  • Clickless aperture ring
  • Filter thread: 105mm
  • Net Weight: 3kg (6.6lb)
  • Camera mounts: Canon / Nikon / Sony FE

The Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm f/1.4, made by Chinese manufacturer ZY Optics and announced in October 2015, seems to be close to ship and hit the shelves. ZY Optics’ Facebook page has a clear statement:

We are shipping this beast soon.

The price isn’t on a budget level, the Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm f/1.4 sells for $2,999, and you can pre-order it with a $500 deposit at ZY Optics. Not bad for a beast weighting 3kg (6.6lb) that’s also the fastest 135mm lens you can get. Please note that according to ZY Optics’ site there will be a first batch with just 100 pieces, and that the deposit is not refundable (except if the lens cannot be delivered).

Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm

Picture from ZY Optics’ Facebook page

A sample gallery shot with a pre-production model can be viewed at DPReview.

Rokinon 12mm f/2 NCS CS Ultra Wide Angle Lens for Canon EOS M – $279 (reg. $399)

Rokinon 12mm F/2 NCS CS Ultra Wide Angle Lens For Canon EOS M – $279 (reg. $399)

At a glance:

  • Specifically for use with APS-C sized image sensors
  • Lens for Canon EF-M Mount Compact System Cameras
  • Prime wide-angle lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 18mm
  • Fast f/2.0 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions.
  • Three extra-low dispersion elements and two aspherical elements reduce chromatic aberrations and distortions
  • Lens not Zoomable

Amazon US has the Rokinon 12mm f/2 NCS CS Ultra Wide Angle Lens for Canon EOS M mount on sale at $279. Pretty good price for a lens usually selling at $399.

We are close to the festivities. I recommend you check the following links since there are many very good deals that last just 24 hours. Today’s Gold Box and one day only deals at Amazon USAmazon DEAmazon UKB&H Photo, eBay and Adorama

rokinon 12mm f/2

A Bit of Everything (EOS 5D4, Milvus 18mm, Rokinon 50mm, Canon 16-35mm, tutorials)

Above: 50mm vs 35mm vs 28mm – Best Street Photography Lens – Kaiman Wong

Tutorial: How to Use Canon’s Camera Connect App to Transfer Photos from Your 5D Mark IV to Your Cellphone – Fstoppers

Tutorial: Photographing Holiday Lights – Canon Digital Learning Center

Review: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III – The Phoblographer

Camera of the Year 2016: Best Professional and High-End Cameras – Imaging Resource – IR names the EOS 5D Mark IV as “best professional DSLR” of the year:

In short, while it looks like a 5D Mark III, the design is refined, well thought-out, and most of all familiar, which to a professional is exactly what he or she wants and needs. They need a tool, and the 5D Mark IV is an exceptional one, for photography as well as for video

Review: Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 Distagon T* Lens – ePHOTOzine

Teardown: An Inside Look at the Rokinon 50mm AF FE Autofocus Lens – LensRentals

This lens was a pleasant surprise. No, it’s not built like a tank. But it is built like a small, efficient, well-constructed lens. With some of the previous Samyang / Rokinon lenses we disassemble them going “Oh, that’s going to break. This could be a problem.” We didn’t see any obvious weak points like that with this lens. It’s a clear step up in construction quality.

The Top 10 Photos, Cameras, and Tags on Flickr in 2016 – PetaPixel

Tutorial: Create a Faded 60s Effect in Photoshop – Lumoid Blog

Top 100 Photography Blogs Every Photographer Must Read – Feedspot

The Winners Of The 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer Of The Year Contest – Bored Panda

Below: Tilt Shift Tutorial – CanonUSA

Below, tutorial: How to Turn a Boring Photo Into an Awesome Image With Lightroom! – Lightroom Photo Editing – YuriFineart

Save $100 on select Sigma ART lenses (B&H Photo)


Authorised Sigma retailer B&H Photo has a $100 discount promotion on select Sigma ART lenses using coupon code SHOPBH16GM. Free shipping and 4% B&H rewards.

We are close to the festivities. I recommend you check the following links since there are many very good deals that last just 24 hours. Today’s Gold Box and one day only deals at Amazon USAmazon DEAmazon UKB&H Photo, eBay and Adorama

Interview with Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki Suggests Sigma May Build Video Cameras in Future


Johnnie Behiri of Cinema5D interviewed Kazuto Yamaki, CEO of Sigma, during his last visit to Japan.

Behiri had a clear list of questions for Mr. Kazuto Yamaki. You can see the list below, and use the list as index for the video.

  • 00:17 – How was it to grow-up in a house with an enthusiastic father? (Mr. Michihiro Yamaki established the company in 1961 and passed away in 2012, at the age of 78).
  • 01:29 – Can you please share with our audience your daily routine?
  • 03:14 – How do you prioritise which mount and lenses to make?
  • 04:01 – How easy was the decision to start making the Art line of high-quality lenses?
  • 05:27 – In the past, Sigma lenses were considered affordable. Then you decided to hit the upper end of the market. What was the reason?
  • 06:53 – In such a crowded market, Sigma is producing a high-quality stills camera that does not offer any video functionality. Why is that?
  • 07:51 – Are you able to keep good sales is a declining market?
  • 09:07 – Why did you decide to produce cine lenses?
  • 09:57 – Where did people go? Why aren’t they buying lenses anymore?
  • 10:26 – What would be your dream zoom lens?

Johnnie Behiri sums up the interview:

In such a competitive business, I wouldn’t be AT ALL surprised if a Sigma mirrorless camera with high-quality video capabilities were to be announced. Although their current line of photo cameras is aimed at a certain niche, the obvious thing to do would be to step out and explore a market which Sigma can shine at as they have no upper market to protect. When it comes to cine lenses and the likelihood of Sigma expending their new line, a lot will depend on “how well the cine lenses be received by our industry”.

Personally, I hope Sigma will make many more outstanding lenses as in the ART line-up.

[via Cinema5D]

Canon EOS M5 kits in stock and ready to ship at major retailers

Canon EOS M5 Kits In Stock And Ready To Ship At Major Retailers

At a glance:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 2.36m-Dot EVF, Touch and Drag AF Control
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC, Bluetooth Smart
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Up to 9 fps Shooting and ISO 25600
  • Digital IS 5-Axis Image Stabilization

After too much waiting, the EOS M5 eventually is in stock and ready to ship at authorised Canon retailers:

Not living in the US? Let’s see if the Canon EOS M5 is available and at what price in your country: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA