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March 16, 2015
Posted in Reviews

Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 vs Canon 50mm f/1.8 Video Comparison


Do you remember the Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8? Tony Northrup made a quick comparison with the original, Canon’s EF 50mm f/1.8 (aka Nifty-FIfty). The Yongnuo is available on Amazon and eBay, and since recently also B&H Photo has Yongnuo products in catalog, they also have the Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 listed. Unfortunately in the meantime, with all the press, the Yongnuo has the same price as the Canon 50mm f/1.8.

Btw, Yongnuo cloned also the Canon 35mm f/1.4 and the Canon 2x III tele-converter.



March 13, 2015
Posted in Reviews

Rokinon/Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS IF Review

Photographer Dustin Abbott reviewed the Rokinon/Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC lens. The video above is about handling and build quality, the video below about the image quality and Abbott’s verdict. He writes:

This lens has some challenges.  The relatively low price of existing 50mm f/1.4 lenses (despite a few outliers) has created less wiggle room for Samyang/Rokinon, so as a result this lens is not the budget value of many other lenses from the Korean manufacturer.  I do wish that it was $100 cheaper; I think more people would take a chance on it at that price, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Rokinon’s margin is pretty slim on this lens.  They’ve obviously invested some pretty serious engineering dollars to get an excellent optical instrument.  The Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC is not any cheaper than the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4, nor the Nikon G, nor the Sony Alpha 50mm, nor the original Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM, but it is optically superior to them all.  The challenge for most photographers will be the fact that this lens does not include autofocus.

The Rokinon sells for around $400 at Amazon. Price check for your country: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

March 11, 2015
Posted in Rumors

(CW3) New Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L Lens Coming?

50mm f/1.2L

A new rumor surfaced, suggesting Canon may work on the replacement for the highly regarded EF 50mm f/1.2L (introduced in 2001).

The rumor says the new 50mm f/1.2 will feature a floating element like the EF 85mm f 1.2L II USM , which should solve the focus shift problem some users experience. The new 50mm is expected to be announced after a another rumored lens, a new 35mm f/1.4L lens, i.e. not before end 2015 or early 2016.

[via CR]

March 4, 2015
Posted in Rumors

A new Nifty-Fifty on the Way – Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens Coming in March/April 2015?

EF 50mm f/1.8
Canon’s 50mm f/1.8 II – The Nifty-Fifty

Canon may announce a new 50mm f/1.8 STM lens very soon, according to Canon Rumors:

We’re told production of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM has commenced and we can expect an announcement in late March or early April with availability coming soon after.

I rate the rumour CW3.

March 2, 2015
Posted in Deals

Deal Alert: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens – $850 (compare to $950)


Authorized Sigma dealer cameraland on eBay (99.8% positive ratings) has the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens on sale for $849.99. Compare to $950 on Amazon.

This is the lens PetaPixel called the “stroke of a genius“. More Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art coverage.

February 16, 2015
Posted in News

Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC in Stock and Ready to Ship (B&H)

B&H Photo has the new Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC lens in stock and ready ship for $399.

  • Canon EF Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to 22
  • One Hybrid and One Aspherical Element
  • Ultra Multi-Coating Lens Coat
  • Manual Focus & Aperture Lens
  • Internal Focus Design
  • Bright Distance & Depth of Field Scales
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 17.7″
  • Filter Thread Diameter: 77mm
  • Removable Petal Style Lens Hood