Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L deal – $1,149 (reg. $1,349)

Canon EF 50mm F/1.2L Deal – $1,149 (reg. $1,349)

At a glance:

  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2-16
  • Aspherical Lens Element
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 18″
  • Depth of Field Scale and Infrared Index
  • Tight Seal Structure Resists Moisture
  • 72mm Filter Thread Diameter

Amazon has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens on sale at $1,149. Compare at $1,349. Free shipping. Thanks Lawrence for the tip!

Today’s Gold Box and one day only deals at Amazon USAmazon DEAmazon UKB&H Photo, eBay and Adorama

Sigma Art lenses discounts at Adorama (18-35mm, 50mm, 35mm, with USB dock)

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art

Authorised Sigma retailer Adorama has coupon discounts on three Sigma Art lenses. Use coupon code LENSFRIDAY on checkout. Please Note: All Sigma lenses include 4% Adorama Rewards and the Sigma USB Dock. Free overnight shipping through 12/22, promotion expires 1/1/17.

  • Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 DC HSM ART Lens $699 after coupon
  • Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART Lens $799 after coupon
  • Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART Lens $849 after coupon

Is your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II counterfeit? Canon Japan advises on how to recognise it (updated)

ef 50mm f/1.8

Is your Nifty Fifty the real thing?

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Update: Canon USA press release added.

According to Canon, the issue was noticed by technicians working at the company’s international service centres. This makes me think that the counterfeit lenses are faked in a way good enough to make it to a service center.

My advise: be careful when you purchase items on eBay or similar sites, double check anything and have a careful look at the pictures of the item. If you have doubts, ask about the item and be sure to use a safe payment method.

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II best bargain is still a refurbished one at the Canon Store (1 year Canon US warranty). Even better, the new refurbished EF 50mm f/1.8 STM sells for $89.79.

Canon is battling counterfeit items since almost ever. Usually, it was about batteries. Well, it seems that the highly popular “Nifty Fifty”, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II, is also among counterfeit Canon items.

Canon Japan tells us how to identify faked EF 50mm f/1.8 II lenses. First, have a look at the pictures below.


This is a faked lens


And that’s the real thing

The space between “Canon” and “Inc” on the lens mount makes the difference.

Canon USA product advisory:

Thank you for using Canon products.

It has come to our attention that there are instances of counterfeit EF 50mm f/1.8 II lenses for digital SLR cameras being brought into Canon service centers for repair. These counterfeit products have neither  been designed nor manufactured by Canon, yet they fraudulently display the Canon logo and other Canon trademarks, and, as illegal products, they infringe on Canon Inc.’s trademark rights. Canon has taken a strong stance in eradicating these counterfeit products which infringe on the intellectual property rights of our company.

While the exterior of the counterfeit EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens elaborately imitates the exterior of the genuine lens, the parts and electric circuits used inside the counterfeit lens are different from the those used inside the genuine lens. As such, these counterfeit products do not satisfy the safety standards of various countries and the safety/quality standards of Canon. Please note that Canon cannot be held liable for any malfunction, phenomena, damage or injury that occurs due to the use of these counterfeit products, so please exercise caution when making your purchase.

We truly appreciate your continued patronage of Canon products.

Exterior differences

See below for the differences between genuine and counterfeit products that have been confirmed as of now and that can be identified by customers.

Please review the location of the Company Name on the mount with the lens cap removed as indicated in the image below.


If you have not already done so, please register your Canon Product. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future announcements.

This information is for residents of the United States and its five territories only. If you do not reside in the USA or its five territories, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region. 

Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc

Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone:  1-855-46-CANON
Monday-Friday from 8:00am – Midnight EST
Support options and hours of operation:

Regarding counterfeit products, there is various information on our Web site. Please access the link below for additional information.


[via Digicame-Info]

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM deal – $89.79 (refurbished, reg. $125)

Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM Deal – $89.79 (refurbished, Reg. $125)

At a glance:

  • Compact, lightweight fixed focal length lens ideal for everyday photos, and with a large f/1.8 aperture, a perfect lens for low-light photography and creative background blur.
  • 80mm effective focal-length when attached to an APS-C camera, optimal for portraits and photos of fast moving subjects such as children and pets.
  • A stepping motor (Gear-type STM) supports the Movie Servo AF function in providing smooth and quiet continuous AF during video recording, as well as when shooting photos.
  • Improved exterior design includes new focus ring placement making it the most compact Canon 50mm lens.
  • Metal mount helps provide stability and ruggedness.
  • Optimized lens placement and coatings help deliver outstanding color balance, while minimizing ghosting and flare.
  • Circular aperture (7 blades) helps deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 1.15 ft. (0.35m); maximum magnification of 0.21x.

The Canon Store has refurbished Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lenses (the new Nifty-Fifty) on sale at $89.79. Compare to $125. Refurbished gear from the Canon Store comes with 1 year Canon USA warranty.

Be also sure to check the refurbished gear listings. They have been stocked up, and that’s the place where you find the best deals on Canon gear.

Rokinon 50mm T1.5 Cine DS Lens deal – $379 (reg. $549, Adorama)

Rokinon 50mm T1.5 Cine DS Lens Deal – $379 (reg. $549, Adorama)

Adorama has a great deal on the Rokinon 50mm T1.5 Cine DS Lens. You can get the lens at $379 using coupon code 120MOREOFF atcheckout. This will drop $170 frokm the regular price. The offer expires 7/16.

Product description after the break.

Click here to read the rest of the article

Zeiss Milvus Distagon 50mm F1.4 review (dressed to impress)

Zeiss Milvus Distagon 50mm F1.4 Review (dressed To Impress)

Zeiss Milvus Distagon 50mm F1.4: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Zeiss Milvus Distagon 50mm F1.4 at a glance:

  • EF Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • 4 Anomalous Partial Dispersion Elements
  • 1 Aspherical Element
  • Distagon Optical Design
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Anodized Metal Barrel, Rubber Focus Ring
  • Weather-Sealed Construction

Another interesting review by photographer and reviewer Dustin Abbott. The Zeiss Milvus Distagon 50mm F1.4 lens is examined.

The 11 minutes video above is all about first impression, handling and build of the Zeiss Milvus 50mm. The 18 minutes video-review below is the review itself and will tell you all the rest you want to know about the Zeiss Milvus 50mm F1.4, and breaks down the image quality.

If you prefer you may go for the written review. From the conclusion:

Zeiss lenses are for connoisseurs, and those that own them deeply appreciate them. I’ve appreciated the Milvus 50 for its beautiful build, being great to handle, and for a wonderfully artful rendering. I’m so glad that the Milvus 50 was able to bring a whole new level of resolution to their 50mm focal length without losing the beautiful “Zeiss look” of the images. The Milvus manages to be artful rather than clinical and manages to retain a lot of the goodness of the Otus series with a whole lot less sticker shock. At $1199 (US Market) the Zeiss Milvus Distagon T* 1.4/50mm is expensive, but not unreasonably so. It is heavy, but so is the Sigma 50mm f/1.4. It has a superb build that also now has excellent weather resistance and excellent optics. If you don’t mind (or even prefer) manually focusing, it’s probably the next best thing to the Otus 1.4/55…and it will hurt your wallet a lot less.

Dustin Abbott’s review comes with many sample pics and comparisons with other lenses.

zeiss milvusZeiss Milvus Distagon 50mm F1.4: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

[via Dustin Abbott]