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April 24, 2015
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Posted in Deals, News

Yongnuo EF 35mm f/2 (Canon clone) available for purchase at $116 (and Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 at $69)


The Yongnuo EF 35mm f/2, a clone of Canon’s EF 35mm f/2 lens, is available on eBay by Yongnuo itself for $116. The Yongnuo 35mm was also available on Amazon but is currently out of stock.

Product description:

Yongnuo fast EF 35mm wide-angle lens with it’s fast aperture of F/2 is sure to capture any moment even in the lowest lighting conditions. It has a minimum focusing distance of only 0.8 ft. (25cm), so even if you’re close-up, you can still obtain that natural wide-angle effect. It is affordable and ideal for anything that calls for excellent optical performance and moderate wide focal length.

Features: 1, Support auto focus (AF) and manual focus (MF) mode. 2,The aperture blades up to 7 pieces,which allows you able to shoot the near-circular diffuse plaques,appropriately narrow the apertures can shoot the 14 astral effect. 3,Adopts chrome high precision metal bayonet,which effectively improve the goodness to fit the camera body and the bayonet strength, wear and corrosion resistance for durable use. 4,Full line of the products are glass lenses. 5,Supports full-frame and APS-C format cameras,supports M/AV/TV/P and other camera shooting modes,and can be displayed the aperture data in the EXIF Information. 6,Multi-coated lenses,effectively improve the transmittance and suppress the ghosting and flare when in backlit shooting . 7,Adopts gold plating for the metal contacts,effectively improve the signal conductivity and corrosion resistance.

Youngnuo products are available also at B&H Photo. They also have the Yongnuo 50mm f/1,8 for $69, a clone of Canon’s Nifty-Fifty, the EF 50mm f/1.8.

April 5, 2015
Posted in News

(CW2) Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 IS STM Image Leaked?


An image of a possible Canon 50mm f/1.8 IS STM lens leaked on the web. Fake or real?

Hard to say so far. The lens in the image appears to have a good build quality, a large focusing ring, has IS and STM, looks authentic. It’s also questionable if this lens will replace the 50mm f/1.8 II (the Nifty-Fifty), or the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM.

If the image is real, then the lens appears to be placed higher in Canon’s line-up than the Nifty-Fifty. Btw, os there a reason to replace the Nifty-Fifty?

What do you think? For a comparison, see below the 50mm f/1.8 II and 50mm f/1.4.

50z 50x

[via Photo Rumors]

April 4, 2015
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Hot Deals: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART ($799), Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART ($849)


Two excellent deals by authorised Sigma dealer CameraLand on eBay (99.8% positive ratings). Both lenses are store demo units that were put back in the box, and both sell for $100 less than on Amazon. USA warranty and free shipping in the US. Very limited stock.

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]