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March 8, 2015
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Deal Alert: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art – $800 (compare to $900)

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35mm Comparison Authorised Sigma dealer CameraLand on eBay (99.8% positive ratings) has the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens on sale for $799.99. Free shipping in the US, limited stock. Compare to $899 on AmazonNote: this is not a grey import item. Camera Land says:

As one of the largest Sigma dealers in the USA we are happy to offer this great lens at a super price. It comes with the USA Warranty.

We had an in store demo and these were shown and put back in the box. Because of this we won’t sell them as new never opened

More Canon deals on eBay.

March 4, 2015
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(CW3) New Canon 35mm f/1.4L Lens to be Announced in Fall 2015?

EF 35mm f/4L

I and others on the web have been told that Canon may announce a new 35mm “L” lens later this year, possibly before Fall 2015. While we do not have any specs or other information, I was told that some prototypes are already out in the wild undergoing testing. I strongly suppose this will be a f/1.4 lens, also because we had some patents filed by Canon pointing in this direction (1 | 2).

December 10, 2014
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Deal Alert: Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Aspherical Wide Angle Cine Lens – $362

Rokinon 35mm

Amazon Lighting Deal: Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Aspherical Wide Angle Cine Lens on sale for $361.99 (compare to $449).

  • 35mm fixed focal length; t/1.5-22 aperture range; Manual focus
  • Features the same outstanding optical quality as the highly rated Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 lens
  • Features de-clicked aperture to reduce noise and to allow more specific manual aperture settings
  • Lens is follow focus compatible to enable the user to focus and use the aperture ring without interrupting video shooting
  • Includes front and rear lens caps, removable hood, lens pouch, instruction manual and 1 year Rokinon warranty
November 20, 2014
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35 Days with the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS Lens

EF 35mm f/2 IS – Bokeh (all images © Caleb Keiter, used with permission)

Professional photographer Caleb Keiter made one of these real-world reviews I like so much. He got a Canon EF 35mm f2 IS USM lens and tested it for…35 days. Each day a different picture.

The various pictures focus on specific features of the lens, such as sharpness, color rendition, chromatic aberration, bokeh, auto-focus performance, flaring and ghosting, and so on. The things he liked most:

  • The highly versatile 35mm focal length
  • Lightweight construction
  • Excellent image quality
  • Image stabilization
  • Fun to shoot with
  • Fast and accurate autofocus
  • Sharpness
  • Accurate color
  • Max aperture of f/2
  • Close minimum focusing distance
  • Good bokeh
  • Price

In the conclusion he writes:

In my opinion, this lens is going to be tough to beat. On full-frame cameras, the 35mm focal length is perfect. For crop sensor cameras, this lens offers a perspective closer to 50mm. Either way, you’re getting a well-built, lightweight lens with exceptional image quality and impressive image stabilization.

To see all pics and read Caleb Keiter’s thoughts and impressions head over to his post.

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

EF 35mm f/2 IS – Depth of field

EF 35mm f/2 IS – Landscape photography

[via Caleb Keiter]

November 15, 2014
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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L Set to be Replaced Soon?

EF 35mm f/4L

Edit: corrected typo in post title.

Canon Rumors says:

We’re told that that Canon will replace their 35mm f/1.4L following the announcement and shipping of the upcoming EF 11-24mm f/4L, which has been rumoured since August. We’re told that an announcement date hasn’t been set, however the lens could appear as early as Q1 of 2015, or fall into the second quarter of next year.

According to the given rating, the rumour comes from a source that was reliable in the past.

CW’s take: agree with the rating of the rumour. Alone the number of patents for a 35mm f/4 lens filed by Canon in the last two years make it plausible (patents: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4). It’s also a long time since the EF 35mm f/1.4L was released in 2001.

[via CR]

October 29, 2014
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Canon Patent for 35mm f/1.4 Lens

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Egami (translated) spotted a Canon patent for a 35mm f/1.4 lens.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-202952
    • Published 2014.10.27
    • Filing date 2013.4.5
  • Example 1
    • Focal length f = 34.20mm
    • Fno. 1.45
    • Half angle ω = 32.32 °
    • Image height Y = 21.64mm
    • Lens length 129.16mm
    • BF 39.35mm

 

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