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DxOMark felt the pulse of the manual focus Samyang/Bower/Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 (price & specs), and it turned out the Samyang got the same DxOMark score (31) as Canon’s Ef 24mm f/4L II lens (price & specs). The Canon is sharper and has less distortion but the Samyang produces less vignetting and chromatic aberration are better controlled at all apertures.
From the conclusion:
Although the Samyang is a phenomenal performer, when stopped its sharpness wide open doesn’t match that of rival high-speed designs. Given the modest pricing [$669] it will no doubt continue to be a popular model but it would be all the more attractive with the addition of automatic aperture control and perhaps AF-assist (though it’s often unreliable without experience). There’s another, often overlooked benefit from the inclusion of data transmission – EXIF data stored in Raw files could be used by third-party software suppliers to apply lens corrections. Future updates such as these would seem likely but for now the Canon mount version is overshadowed by the better performing rivals.
It is up to anyone to know if a manually operated lens like the Samyang is ok for their needs. The optical performance is very good and if you have at last a minimum of photographic experience, then this lens shouldn’t be a problem at all.
Samyang/Bower/Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay
Canon’s Ef 24mm f/4L II price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay
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New rumors surfaced on the web.
Canon may announce an EF-S 24mm STM lens later this year, some time in the Summer 2014. No specs so far.
And it is murmured Canon is working on a new USM motor technology, called C-USM (Compact Ultrasonic Motor). The new C-USM motor is said to appear first on a 50mm lens, and could also be announced later this year.
Both are new rumors, take with a grain of salt.
Buydig has the Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 lens on sale for $549. That’s more than $100 off the regular price. Note that the final price shows up after having added the item to the cart. Plus you get two free bonuses: a Hoya NXT UV 72MM Multi Coated Slim Frame Glass Filter a 3 pieces lens cleaning kit. And there is a 4% reward. Found the deal via dealsrunner.
Product description after the break.
A rumor about new “L” grade Canon tilt-shift lenses surfaced. It has word that there will be an “L” lens to replace the TS-E 45mm f/2.8. There is more: the TS-E 90mm f/2.8 will be replaced with a TS-E 135mm f/2.8L. Moreover, it appears that Canon is designing a new tilt-shift mechanism for this kind of lenses. It does not appear that the TS-E 17mm f/4L and TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II will be replaced.
Amazon UK has this Lightning Deal today: The Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II tilt-shift lens for £1,484 (see it on dealsrunner). That’s 13% off the regular price. It’s live now and it will last for almost 6 hours.