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May 20, 2014
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Typo or Inadvertent Leak? EF 50mm f/1.2 II Lens Gets Mentioned By Canon

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Canon Professional Network published a video by Philip Bloom about the performance of Dual Pixel Auto-Focus on the Canon C100. In the video an EF 50mm f/1.2 II lens is mentioned. A typo or did Canon’s marketing department inadvertently leak the replacement for the EF 50mm f/1.2L?

Watch the video at CPN’s website.

[via CR]

April 20, 2014
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Deal: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II (Nifty Fifty) – $102

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

 

Top Rated Plus eBay seller 6ave (99.4% positive ratings) has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens, also known as the “nifty fifty”, on sale for $102. Compare to $125. Free shipping in the US.

Though this is an inexpensive lens, and a lens made entirely out of industrial plastics (except for the optics), it is well-regarded for the bright aperture and the surprising (given the price) optical performance. In other words: That’s a lens every Canon shooter should have in his or hers bag, and at that price it is a no brainer.

April 17, 2014
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More Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Real-World Sample Pics (dpreview)

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Dpreview published a set of 41 real-world sample pics shot with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens. Interestingly, the Sigma was used with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (yes, not Mark III). Seems weird to me considering the exceptional optical performance of the Sigma.

The hot news of the day is DxOMark’s test of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens, and how it compares to the four times pricier Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 (this time using an EOS Mark III). Well, the Sigma comes seriously close to the Zeiss.

Pre-orders for the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM can be made at B&H Photo and Adorama.

[via Dpreview]

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art

April 17, 2014
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DxOMark Confirms Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Performs Very Close To Zeiss 55mm f/1.4

With all this hype about Sigma’s new 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM “Art” lens, it’s fine to see that also DxOMark confirms the exceptional optical properties of this lens, and that it can hold up to the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 – a lens you have to pay $4,000. And now compare that to the $949 that you have to pay for the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens. And then: the Zeiss is manual-focusing, the Sigma has auto-focus. Pre-orders for the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 “Art” lens can be made at B&H Photo and Adorama, stocks are limited for the time being.

The Sigma scored 35 vs the 38 of the Zeiss. Says DxOMark about the comparison between the two lenses:

[...] the extreme performance of the Zeiss is noticeable in some subtle ways. At wider apertures, the Art lens can’t quite match the sharpness of the Zeiss in the outer field but that won’t be a concern for all but the most fastidious of users.

At f2 the Sigma is almost on a par with the Zeiss, only it can’t quite match the Zeiss in the corners – though the difference in real world terms is trivial. The new Sigma can boast of slightly better control of vignetting and, arguably, chromatic aberration at maximum aperture, though there’s some fringing evident in the extreme corners.

Not bad for a lens that costs a fourth of the Zeiss :-)

[via DxOMark]

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art

April 15, 2014
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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens Hands-on And Reviews Round-Up

Are you still on the fence for the awesome Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens? Do not, and grab this outstanding lens as soon as you can. Pre-orders can be made at  B&H Photo (click here) and Adorama (click here), stocks are limited. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 sells for ridiculous $949. The price is ridiculous if you consider that the auto-focusing Sigma can easily hold up to the $4,000, manual focusing Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4. Not bad, eh?

  • Head2Head: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens vs. Canon 50mm f/1.2 – SLR Lounge
  • Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens test – fstoppers
  • Using the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 in a lifestyle shot – fstoppers
  • Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Review: Great Glass That Punches Above Its Price – Gizmodo
  • Sigma 50mm f/1.4 sample images – lenstip

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April 12, 2014
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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (The Phoblographer)

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The Phoblographer reviewed Sigma’s latest full-frame lens, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens. The Sigma 50mm can be pre-ordered at B&H Photo (click here) and Adorama (click here).

This is the lens Sigma wants to compete with the manual focusing, $4,000 priced Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 sells for $949 (and has auto-focus). Btw, in the meantime we know that the Sigma easily holds up to the Zeiss.

About build quality:

The 50mm f1.4 Art lens looks as spectacular as the 35mm f1.4–plus it feels like Hasselblad would have made it [...] Everything about the Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens screams about its quality

About auto-focus:

autofocusing to be speedy and accurate for the most part providing that the focusing point is over a clear contrasting point. In low light situations, the focusing struggled a bit

About image quality:

When it comes to image quality of the Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens, it truly is deserving of its Art moniker. This lens delivers some of the most beautiful image quality that we’ve seen and surely puts lots of the first party offerings to shame

About sharpness:

Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 is super sharp. We find it to be incredibly sharp when shot wide open and that is manages to reach its critical sharpness at f8

About colors:

As far as colors go, We don’t think that the Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens is better than the 35mm f1.4 Art offering

Conclusion:

Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 Art DG HSM is an exceptional lens. Starting with the design, it very much is in line with the company’s 35mm f1.4 Art optic. The outside feels and looks like something that Hasselblad might make. It feels just so great in your hands that you’d never want to let it go. In fact, if you’re a big fan of the 50mm field of view you might never want to give it up.

Users also just won’t be able to complain about the image quality. The sharpness, bokeh, colors and look are top of the class despite some personal gripes. We feel like most users will be very satisfied. Once again, if you purchase the lens and are still looking at/talking about how the Zeiss performs better, then you should probably just go for the Zeiss. Again though, not everyone can afford it.

The Phoblographer’s review of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens comes with much more information, and a rich set of sample pictures. This is a killer lens at a killer price, there is no excuse not to buy it at this price :-)

Sample pictures shot with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (price & specs):

Image courtesy of The Phoblographer

Image courtesy of The Phoblographer

 

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