Sigma 105mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art lens price and availability ($1599, June 2018)

Sigma 105mm F/1.4

Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Three FLD Elements, Two SLD Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Weather-Sealed, Protective Front Coating
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Removable Rotating Arca-Type Tripod Foot
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Sigma just released a press communication about price and availability of their new Sigma 105mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art lens. It’s $1,599, and it will be available to the general public in June 2018.

Pre-order are open: B&H Photo | Adorama

Press release:

Sigma Announces Pricing and Availability for Its Sigma Lens
The “Bokeh Master” will begin shipping in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts in late June for a retail price of $1,599.00 USD

Ronkonkoma, NY – May 25, 2018 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced that its 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma camera mounts in late June for $1,599.00 USD through authorized US dealers. The Sony E-mount availability will be announced later.

The “Bokeh Master” with Longest Focal Length Among Sigma Wide-Aperture F1.4 Art Lenses
The Sigma 105mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art is the ninth lens in the Sigma F1.4 line-up designed for full-frame cameras. To combine outstanding wide-aperture, mid-telephoto performance with F1.4 brightness at maximum aperture, this lens incorporates 17 optical elements in 12 groups, including three FLD glass elements, two SLD glass elements and one aspherical lens element. This optical setup minimizes axial chromatic aberration to deliver ultra high resolution along with ample peripheral light volume, which minimizes vignetting. As a result, the area in focus is extremely sharp, while the out-of-focus area features a beautiful bokeh effect with highly natural colors, making this a desired lens for portrait photography. The optical design also minimizes sagittal coma flare, making it an excellent choice for capturing starry skies.

Featuring the Sports line level dust- and splash-proof design, this lens can be used in varying weather conditions. The high-speed, high-accuracy autofocus helps photographers react in an instant to capture those special moments.

Other lens highlights include carbon fiber reinforced plastic hood for durability and compatibility of the Canon mount lens with the Canon Lens Aberration Correction function.

A lot of Canon full frame mirrorless talk, but nothing that’s new

canon rumorsCanon full frame mirrorless

There is another wave of Canon full frame mirrorless rumors rolling over the web. Nothing new to report, it’s either recycled from previous rumors or it leans towards the “wishful thinking” side.

However, latest has it that we may see a Canon full frame mirrorless camera that will not be part of Canon’s EOS system, that may be similar to an EOS 5D Mark IV but obviously without the mirror mechanism, and that it may shoot 4K video at 30/25/24 fps.

Announcement is now again suggested to happen in September 2018 (with some doubts, though). A September 2018 announcement, ready for Photokina, has always been what we were told. Never the less, we started to have some doubts about a September 2018 announcement. We only can be sure that Canon will announce their full frame mirrorless camera somewhen before May 2019. As a side note, it appears that most rumor outlets now promote a sensor resolution around 36MP, something we were too long time ago,

Besides all the noise and wishful dreaming, we still know very little about Canon’s full frame mirrorless camera. All tidbits we collected and were told in the past are listed here. Please note that none of the following has been confirmed to us so far, we do not sell this as a confirmed rumor:

  • Dedicated full frame CMOS sensor, resolution around 36MP seems to be likely
  • Different sources and sites were reporting that early prototypes exist, at least to be tested inside Canon’s labs. This intel came in 2016 and early 2017.
  • Canon is possibly working on a full-frame mirrorless camera with EF mount. There have been rumors saying that Canon is delaying this camera because of issues in implementing the EF mount. There is a lot of talk about this. If Canon manages to engineer a full-frame mirrorless camera with EF mount, thus allowing us to use our beloved EF lenses on a smaller and hopefully performing body, it will be a winner. Imagine what you could do with a MILC that goes along with your EF lenses. There is a serious chance we may see this.
  • Announcement may come for Photokina 2018 (September), or later in 2019 Q1.

At the end of the day, there is just one thing we can be sure about: Canon is set to announce a full frame mirrorless camera within a year at most. Here at CW we know since a while and reported it. Even Sony’s CEO said that Canon will announce a FF mirrorless before Q1 2019.

All Canon full frame mirrorless rumors are listed here.

Canon EF 85mm F/1.4L IS better option compared to EF 85mm f/1.2L II, wonders FroKnowsPhoto

Canon EF 85mm F/1.4L IS

Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/22
  • One GMo Aspherical Element
  • Air Sphere and Fluorine Coatings
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

We always wrote that Canon made a masterpiece with their recent Canon EF 85mm F/1.4L IS lens. Jared Polin (aka FroKnowsPhoto) wonders if the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS is the better option over the EF 85mm f/1.2L II. Well, the answer might surprise you. Spoiler: here is another confirmation about how outstanding this lens is.

More Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS coverage here. The Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS is in stock and sells for $1,599 at Amazon US,  Adorama, Canon Store, and B&H Photo.

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
Canada: Amazon Canada, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Canada, Canon Canada
France: Amazon FR, DigitalRev, eBay FR, Canon France
Germany: Amazon DE, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Canon Deutschland
Italy: Amazon IT, DigitalRev, eBay IT, Canon Italia
United Kingdom: Amazon UK, Park Cameras, Wex Photo Video, DigitalRev, eBay.uk, Canon UK
USA: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

ZEISS Supreme Primes announced, a new high-end Cinema lens line-up

ZEISS Supreme Primes

Zeiss announced the development of a new lens line-up, “Supreme Prime”. The first ZEISS Supreme Primes lenses with focal lengths of 25, 29, 35, 50, and 85 millimeters will be available starting on August 1, 2018. The ZEISS Supreme Prime 100 millimeter will be available in December 2018. The set of six lenses, consisting of the focal lengths mentioned above, is available from ZEISS Cinema lens dealers for 108,000 USD. The remaining focal lengths will be released successively until 2020.

The ZEISS Supreme Primes will be presented to the general public for the first time at the CineGear expo in Los Angeles on June 1, 2018.

Zeiss press release:

New High-End Cinema Lens Family ZEISS Supreme Primes

With its 13 high-speed, full-frame, prime lenses for high-quality film productions, ZEISS is focusing on maximum quality, low weight, and significant versatility when it comes to creating superb visual imagery.

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 2018-05-24.

ZEISS has introduced a new family of high-speed lenses for high-end film production: The ZEISS Supreme Prime family consists of 13 lenses with fixed focal lengths between 15 and 200 millimeters, the majority with a maximum aperture of T1.5. “The lenses are designed for film productions of an extremely high quality,” says Christophe Casenave from ZEISS. “They are perfect for high-budget advertising or feature films, for example.” ZEISS Supreme Primes are designed to cover cinematic large format camera sensors and are compatible with all of the latest camera models, such as the Sony Venice, ARRI Alexa LF, and RED Monstro. According to Casenave, the versatility of the Supreme Prime lenses to create different visual looks is due to the gentle sharpness, the aesthetic focus fall-off and elegant bokeh. The lenses are extremely flexible and can be used equally well for science fiction thrillers as well as for dramas.

Compact and Lightweight

“Weighing an average of 1600 grams (3.5 pounds), ZEISS Supreme Primes are significantly lighter and smaller than comparable lenses on the market,” says Casenave. With these compact and lightweight lenses, ZEISS is responding to many camera operators’ desire for compact equipment that stills meets the highest standards of quality. “ZEISS Supreme Primes are unbelievably rugged and reliable. Regardless of whether filming in the desert or in the Arctic, the lenses perform flawlessly. And in the event that something should ever break, our worldwide service network provides fast and professional help.”

ZEISS eXtended Data Metadata Technology

The ZEISS Supreme Primes are equipped with the ZEISS eXtended Data metadata technology. Introduced in 2017, ZEISS eXtended Data provides frame by frame data on lens vignetting and distortion in addition to the standard lens metadata provided using Cooke’s /i technology1 protocol. This greatly speeds up the entire film production’s workflow. When using visual effects for example, with only a few clicks, the lens properties can be removed so that computer-generated effects imagery can be accurately applied to the captured imagery. The lens properties can then be reapplied with the same click of a button and combined with the film material to create a realistic image. Previously, all of the data had to be measured manually so that it could be corrected in post-production. But ZEISS eXtended Data eliminates this time-consuming job.

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Off Brand: Fujifilm X-T100 announced, a beginners camera at an affordable price

Fujifilm X-T100

Fujifilm X-T100 at a glance:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • 0.62x-Mag. Electronic Viewfinder
  • Three-Way Tilting LCD Screen
  • Phase-Detection Autofocus
  • Bluetooth Low Energy
  • SR+ Auto Mode
  • Film Simulation & Advanced Filter Modes

Today Fujifilm announced what in my opinion will become a huge success for the company. The Fujifilm X-T100 is an interchangeable lens camera, made for beginners and people who want to step up from smartphone photography, and it has a budget friendly price (it’s $599 for body only).

Pre-order: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Press release:

Introducing the stylish FUJIFILM X-T100, a new addition to the X Series mirrorless digital cameras

-Featuring retro and luxury look with the stylish center finder style
-Realizing outstanding image quality by combining 24.2 megapixel sensor with Fujifilm’s proprietary color reproduction technology
-Featuring fast and precise AF, the phase detection AF system, and three way tilting touch screen

April 24, 2018

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) is delighted to announce the launch of the FUJIFILM X-T100, the latest exciting addition to the X Series of the mirrorless digital cameras. The X-T100 is the entry model that realizes high image quality in various scenes with comfortable operation thanks to the enhancement of photo-shooting functions.

The X-T100, featuring a stylish design with the center-finder style, has the compact body weighing just 448g*with an anodized coated aluminum top cover delivering a retro and luxury look. Combined with the powerful 24.2 megapixel APS-C size sensor and Fujifilm’s proprietary color reproduction technology, The X-T100 realizes high image quality.

The camera is equipped with a phase detection autofocus system and a newly developed autofocus algorithm which offers faster and more precise focusing. In addition, a horizontal tilting rear LCD screen makes it easy to shoot a self portrait. Also, a high magnification electronic view finder (EVF) and an extended battery life of up to 430 frames** support comfortable shooting.

The latest built-in Bluetooth®*** technology makes image transfer quick and easy for sharing with friends. It is the ideal companion for smartphone users who want to shoot high quality images in their daily life or while traveling, in addition to photo enthusiasts.

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This is what happens to your camera if you get too close to a rocket launch pad

Rocket

The picture above was shared by Peter King on Twitter, and it shows what the heat coming from a rocket launch pad can do to your camera.

Writes Peter King in his tweet:

photographer Bill Ingalls is one of the best. He tries to get his remote cameras as close to the launch pad as possible for great results. This would illustrate the unfortunate result of an attempt at an extreme closeup. Not sure this is covered by warranty.

Well, no, it’s unlikely Canon will honour any warranty on a damage like this. The Canon EOS 5Ds in the image is gone and destroyed.

So, the lesson is: if you shoot a rocket launch be sure to have your camera at a safe distance :-)