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November 20, 2014
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35 Days with the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS Lens

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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

 

August 8, 2014
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Deals Alert: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM & Bower 35mm f/1.4

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG

2 good deals at B&H Photo.

April 28, 2014
Posted in News

Here Are All The New Samyang Lenses (35mm f/1.4 AE for Canon inclusive)

Here are all the lenses Samyang officially announced today. And yes, they released the 35mm f/1.4 AE lens for Canon mount (spec sheet here) – Samyang’s first lens with electronic contacts for Canon (if I am not wrong).

Samyang press release:

Samyang company announces expansion of its sales portfolio and market release of new photographic and cine lenses. New Samyang 35mm f/1.4 Canon AE, 300mm f/6.3 Mirror DSLR photo lenses and VDSLR series is to be released on April 29th 2014. Samyang 10mm T3.1, 12mm T2.2 and 7.5mm T3.8.

New products branded with Samyang logotype include an interesting 35mm f/1.4 lens with Canon EF mount, the latest version will feature AE (Auto Exposure) function, which was fitted only in lenses with Nikon F mount before. The newest version of the lens that is marked with AE symbol comes with a microprocessor which can electronically confirm the focus value from the body level. The lens’s construction remained unchanged and still ensures a perfect optical and mechanical quality. Samyang 35mm f/1.4 has been designed to work with Canon digital reflex cameras equipped with full-frame and APS-C sensors.

Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AE

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April 21, 2014
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Samyang Set To Announce a 35mm f/1.4 Lens With Auto-Exposure for Canon (and 7.5mm & 12mm Cine Lenses)

I have news about the announcement Samyang Optics will make on April 28th. I sum up DicaHub’s latest findings (translated).

We can safely assume Samyang will officially announce a 35mm f/1.4 lens with auto-exposure support for Canon mounts on April 28th. I think this is Samyang’s first foray into building lenses that electronically communicate with the camera body. You can see the lens in the video above.

To be more precise, in the video above (by aving on YouTube), shot at P&I Show in South Korea, Samyang introduces 3 new lenses. The above mentioned 35mm, a 7.5mm T/3.8 fish-eye lens for m43 systems, and a 12mm cine lens for mirrorless systems. If you listen carefully to the video, you can hear the Samyang rep saying “Canon M” when listing the mount types for the 12mm. Good news: there will soon be a 12mm Cine lens for the EOS M.

update: in the video the 12mm photo lens is shown, the 12mm Cine lens can be seen below (mounted on a Sony A7). However, the 12mm is real, and according to my information some people has already pre-ordered it.

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Image via Samyang on Facebook

There were rumors about a new auto-focusing Samyang lens line-up, and I was among those who were strongly hoping for that. Nope, as for now I have no reason to think there might be an announcement of an AF lens.

[via DicaHub]

35mm f/1.4

35mm f/1.4 lens, electronic contacts (screenshot from the video above)

35mm f/1.4

Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC

 

March 18, 2014
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Samyang To Announce A 35mm Auto-Focus Lens For Canon On March 21st?

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source: DicaHub (translated)

After having teased new lenses set to be announced on March 21st on their European Facebok page, it seems that the lens (or lenses) Samyang is going to announce on 21st have electronic auto-focus built in. That Samyang could announce such a lens was rumored some time ago.

SLRclub reader Komabea spotted another bit of information on Samyang’s South Korea Facebook page, where a 35mm auto-focus lens is teased. The picture above says:

  • [Samyang is] studying cine zoom lens. There are no exact launching plan.
  • A Canon mount 35mm auto-focus lens is scheduled to be launched 1st half of 2014.
  • Mirror lens for DSLR is also scheduled to be launched 1st half~2nd half of 2014.

So, we learn that Samyang is working on Cine lenses, mirror lenses, and on a 35mm auto-focusing lens for Canon mount. Everything points to an announcement of a 35mm AF lens on March 21st, that’s my speculation. In any case there should be new Samyang lenses coming in Q1-Q2 2014. Stay tuned for more.

Samyang (or Bower or Rokinon or Walimex) lenses are well known for their excellent optical properties, but are all manual lenses. The same built quality and optical performance with AF would be welcome by a lot of people, especially if Samyang can mantain their competitive pricing.

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