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August 17, 2014
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The Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Performs Better Than The Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 (in the center)

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Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85

Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85

The folk at Lensrentals felt the pulse of the Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 lens. They did not test the lens for Canon EOS M mount, never the less I think the results are highly interesting. Says R. Cicala:

Let’s face it, everyone. Right in the center, even at f/0.85, the Ibelux 40mm is as good as, or a bit better than, the Canon 50mm f/1.2. Stopped down to f/1.4 (there’s no f/1.2 click on the Ibelux) it’s clearly better in the center. Away from center, the Canon is clearly better. This is an amazing optical performance, though, and for an f/0.85 lens, simply amazing. In my expectations at the beginning of this article, I never expected this lens to do this well in the center. I didn’t even consider it a possibility.

If you are a lens geek you can’t miss this post. It comes with charts, sample pics and a lot of technical talk.

The Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 is not a cheap lens, selling at $2,079.99, which is a lot of money for a manually operated lens. The Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 is available at B&H Photo and Adorama.

[via Lensrentals]

Specs and description after the break.

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August 13, 2014
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Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 For Canon EOS-M Mount In Stock

B&H Photo has the new Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 lens for Canon EOS M mount in stock and ready to ship for $2,079.99. Not really a budget lens (and it is a manual lens), but, hey, it’s a f/0.85 lens!

  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • Aperture Range: f/0.85 to f/22
  • 64mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • For APS-C Image Sensors
  • Concave Front Lens Element
  • 250° Manual Focus Throw
  • Ten-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  • Metal Lens Barrel & Integrated Lens Hood
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.5′
  • Filter Thread: 67mm

Product description after the break.

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March 10, 2014
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World’s Fastest Lens For Canon EOS M Available For Pre-order in Germany (Handevision 40mm f/0.85)

Handevision 40mm f/0.85

The Handevision 40mm f/0,85 for Canon EOS M systems can be pre-ordered at Amazon Germany for €1.799. Head  over to Deals Runner for details and pre-order links.

To see previous coverage of the Handevision 40mm click here.

December 13, 2013
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World’s Fastest Lens For Mirrorless Systems: Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 Released

Source: mirrorlessrumors

The lens was announced back in February. Today Kipon announced the new Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 lens which comes in native Canon M mount (EOS M on sale at newegg for $279).

The lens has a price of $2000. Kipon says there will be more fast lenses. BE sure to check sample images after the break (after the press release). Press release:

HANDEVISION  —  December 12, 2013

A mutual passion for photography and the art of image capture between two companies’ owner has led two special firms, Shanghai Transvision and German IB/E Optics, to collaborate on an industry-shaking new innovation. By merging Geman high-quality engineering standards with Chinese cost-effective production infrastructure, the new camera lens brand Handevision (“Han” means China in Mandarin and “De” is the word for Germany).

After many months of collaboration between engineering and production teams, final quality control assessments have concluded and the IBELUX 40mm f0.85 high-speed lens, the fastest lens in the world, is nearly ready for release. Available for sale by February, 2014, this lens will be available for Sony NEX, Fuji X, Canon EOS M and Micro 4/3 digital mirrorless camera mounts (MSRP is $2,080 USD).

While risky to start our launch with this ground-breaking high-speed lens, we hope to gain the attention and confidence of photographers around the world with our expanding new lenses. Our mission is to manufacture high-grade lenses of metallic construction with a clean, aesthetic finish. As a new player in the lens market, we believe we can expand our new brand internationally as our engineers, uninhibited by production costs nor by material restrictions, will be free to work creatively in seeking optimal image quality and artistic design.

We are currently working on our next project, the wide-angle IBEGON lens. With Sony releasing the new full-frame mirrorless A7/A7R camera, we have designed a high-speed telephoto APO mirror lens called the IBECAT, named for its sharp image capture, its lightweight construction and fast glass. Additional lenses are in development for full frame mirrorless cameras, including a tilt-shift lens and a compact fixed focal length lens.

We are focusing our efforts at expanding our line of full-frame mirrorless and DSLR detachable lenses in 2014 and are constantly developing ways to satisfy demand of professional photographers for faster, sharper lenses.

Charts and many sample pics after the break.

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November 13, 2013
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The White Kiss is a Rebel SL1/EOS 100D (with white EF 40mm f/2.8 lens)

White Kiss

So, next murmuring about the upcoming white Canon DSLR (see here too).

According to digicame-info (translated) it will be a white version of the Rebel SL1 (EOS 100D in EU, Kiss X7 in Japan). The fancy news: there will be a white version of the EF 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens (makes sense). The specs (machine translated):

  • Painted white high quality with reduced gloss.
  • Specs are the same as the current Kiss X7 [Rebel Sl1/EOS 100D].
  • Kit lens EF40mm F2.8 STM and F3.5-5.6 IS STM EF-S18-55mm.
  • F2.8 STM EF40mm to become the white of the same color and body.

No new Rebel before X-Mas, but an X-Mas-white Rebel instead. :-)

July 12, 2013
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Canon Patent: More Pancake By Canon (45mm, 40mm, 35mm, 28mm, all f/2.8)

Canon Patent

45mm f/2.8

Canon Patent

35mm f/2.8

Canon Patent

40mm f/2.8

Canon Patent

28mm f/2.8

Japanese site Egami (translated) spotted new patents filed by Canon. All are for f/2.8 pancake lenses: 45mm, 40mm, 35mm, 28mm. Canon has two pancake lenses in their line-up: the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM and the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM

  • Patent Publication No. 2013-137411
    • Publication date 2013.7.11
    • Filing date 2011.12.28
  • Example
    embodiment
    Focal length Fno. Half angle Configuration length Total length BF
    One 45.00 2.80 25.68 20.00 57.99 37.99
    Two 39.00 2.80 29.02 23.50 62.50 39.00
    Three 35.00 2.80 31.72 25.00 63.01 38.01
    Four 28.00 2.80 37.69 27.00 65.00 38.00

    Image height = 21.64mm

  • Canon patent
    • The longer the focus back a Gaussian type, field curvature occurs
    • 2-group configuration positive positive, Gauss type

Perfomance:

Canon Patent

45mm

Canon Patent

35mm

40mm

28mm

June 26, 2013
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Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Review (Photography Blog)

 

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Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Photography Blog reviewed Canon’s full-frame pancake lens, the amazing EF 40mm f/2.8 STM (now just $149), a lens with an excellent value for the money. All other reviews I featured here on Canon Watch confirmed the good optical performance of this relatively “cheap” lens. Cheap, here, means inexpensive and doesn’t mean there are compromises on build or optical quality. Sure, it is not an “L” grade lens, but the little pancake has more to offer than just a low price tag or a great ease of use. The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM has a discount of $50 and is sold for $149 at both Adorama and B&H.

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