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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L
A long rumored lens appears to be undergoing field tests by selected photographers, the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II. The announcement could occur in the first half of 2014. The rumor states the successor of the Canon EF 35mm f 1.4L USM (price & specs) is a bit wider and has slightly less weight. Also, at least one of the elements should have a new kind of coating. Filter thread is said to be 77mm. There have been patents in the past that are pointing to this new lens. It appears this lens will definitely be announced in 2014.
The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L is currently on sale for $1179 at B&H. The final price after having added the item to the cart and a $150 mail-in rebate.
Egami (translated) spotted Canon patents for three lenses that could been thought for the EOS M mirrorless system, a 5omm f/1.8, 50mm f/1.4 and 35mm f/1.4. Egami’s analysis of the patents suggests this interpretation, i.e. that these lenses are made for an APS-C mirrorless system. Sound exciting, having such primes for the EOS M would at least allow us to think that Canon is committed to their mirrorless system. More details and specs after the break.
Lots of selected deals for you.
Let’s start with Adorama. They have the amazing Canon EOS 70D with both the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II IS lenses for just $1198 (click here) after a $450 mail-in rebate. To get this price click “buy together and save” and add the printer.
Adorama also a Canon EOS-5D Mark III videographer bundle on sale. The kit sells for $4299 (click here) after a mail-in rebate (be aware that the final price shows up after checkout), and contains: the EOS 5D Mark III, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens, and then:
- Flashpoint DSLR Shoulder Rig II with Rails & Quick Release System
- Flashpoint VT2500B 3-Pod Video Tripod w/2-way Fluid Head & QR Plate
- Swivi HD DSLR LCD Universal Foldable Viewfinder Version II
- compact Pro Matte Box for 15mm rod follow focus Rig 5D3 DV 4×4 rotatable filter
- Flashpoint Follow Focus Pro II with Clip On System
- Flashpoint Z-Shape Connector for Standard 15mm Rods
- Canon PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet Printer
- Canon 13″ x 19″ Photo Paper Pro Luster, 50 Sheets
Lot of stuff to start your videographer career, not bad at $4299 (click here)
Next, a bunch of eBay deals:
- mobile_tone (98.7% positive ratings) has the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM for $789 – new item in original box, 1 year seller warranty
- bigvalueinc (98.3% positive ratings) has the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS for $947.81 – new item in original box, free shipping
- bigvalueinc (98.3% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM for $659.99 – new item in original box, free shipping
- redtagcamera (100% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 6D body only for $1,699 – USA model
This could be the patent for the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II lens. Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon that’s related to a 35mm f/1.4 lens that appears to refer to the successor of the Canon EF 35mm f 1.4L USM (price & specs) lens (released in 1998). Not the first patent for a 35mm lens, and there was a rumor that Canon was field-testing a EF 35mm f/1.4L II lens. More after the break.
In the conclusion they write:
Once more Canon delivered a a high performance lens with only a few weaknesses. The center performance is very good at max. aperture and excellent to downright superb at medium aperture settings. The borders are somewhat low in contrast at f/2 but very sharp when stopped down a bit. Lateral CAs are next to non-existent and distortions are pretty much irrelevant as well. The vignetting is nothing special though so you have to live with a high light fall-off at f/2. Canon was able to fix the bokeh issue that plagued the old EF 35mm f/2 – especially the critical background blur is very smooth now and better than most lenses in this focal length class. You will be able to spot some bokeh fringing in critical scenes when shooting fully open but that’s a typical behavior for such a fast lens anyway.
There is more to read, obviously. If you are on the fence for this high performing lens then be sure to check the review.
Canon Announces New CN-E35mm T1.5 L F Cine Lens (and firmware update for C500, C300, C100, XF305 and XF300)
Canon announced a new 35mm cine lens, and firmware updates for the EOS C500, , C300, C100, XF305 and XF300. The firmware for the EOS cine cams is scheduled for November 2013, for the XF305 and XF 300 it is scheduled in early 2014. Click here to learn the details of the firmware update.
Canon press release for the CN-E35mm T1.5 L F:
Canon Expands Its Cinema Prime Lens Family to Six Models with the Introduction of the New CN-E35mm T1.5 L F for Single-Sensor 35mm Cameras
Designed for Film-Style Operation, the Canon Cinema Prime Lenses Deliver Exceptional 4K / 2K / HD Imaging Performance and a Broad Range of Focal Lengths
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 4, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced today the new CN-E35mm T1.5 L F single-focal-length Cinema prime lens designed for large-format single-sensor digital cinematography cameras employing Super 35mm or full-frame 35mm imagers. Delivering outstanding optical performance in contemporary 4K / 2K / HD motion imaging, the new Canon CN-E35mm T1.5 L F prime lens is the sixth member of Canon’s line of compact, precision-matched EF-mount Cinema prime lenses, which also includes 14mm, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm EF-mount models.