Samyang Announced XP 35mm f/1.2 Lens For Canon Mount

XP 35mm F/1.2

This is the fourth lens in Samyang/Rokinon’s “XP” lineup, the other lenses are the XP 14mm F2.4XP 85mm F1.2, and XP 50mm F1.2. The  XP 35mm F1.2 lens will be available in December at a suggested retail price of $1099.

Press release:

November 26th, 2018, Seoul, South Korea – Global optics brand, Samyang Optics ( is pleased to unveil the Premium Photo Lens – XP 35mm F1.2 for Canon full frame DSLR cameras. The XP 35mm F1.2 is the fourth lens in Samyang Optics’ premium line up, the XP series, created under the motto, ‘XPert Lens’. The XP 35mm F1.2 lens is expected to expthe brpower of Samyang in the premium lens market thanks to its exceptional image quality, following in the footsteps of the XP 14mm F2.4, the XP 85mm F1.2, the XP 50mm F1.2

Everyday creativity in F1.2

This lens, built fDSLR cameras, has a resolution of more than 50 megapixels fphotography 8K fvideo. As the first 35mm F1.2 aperture lens in the market, the XP 35mm F1.2 manual focus lens enables you to capture your creativity in perfect image quality. You can express unconstrained depth with the bright aperture, while the 9 blades also deliver beautiful bokeh, starburst, out-focusing effects. You can also achieve high image quality in low light conditions indoors thanks to the fast shutter speed.

The XP 35mm F1.2 is expected to be the icon lens fa broader range of photographer, who wishes to capture vivid colours, delicate portraits, landscape photography, pets, architecture, still photos in exceptional high resolution.

The high resolution expert lens fcreatives

Produced from a total of 12 lenses in 10 groups, you can minimize distortion various aberrations while producing crystal clear resolution. The special optic lenses, aspherical lens, high-refractive lens extra-low dispersion lens delivers sharp brilliant images to camera sensors by effectively tuning the light path. Flare ghost effects are also well controlled thanks to the ultra multi coating.

Available from December 2018

The absolute resolution XP 35mm F1.2 lens will be available in December at a suggested retail price of USD 1099. To celebrate the launch, Samyang Optics will hold various consumer events on Facebook
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Canon Might Make A Mirrorless Version Of The EOS-1D X, Exec Suggests

EOS-1D X Mark Ii Mirrorless

Amateur Photographer editor Nigel Atherton had a talk with three top Canon executives to discuss the EOS R. In the excerpts below it’s Mr Shingo Hayakawa, Deputy Group Executive, ICB Optical Business Group, Image Communications Business Operations, to answer.

The interview is all about the new Canon EOS R mirrorless system.

AP: When you decided to make a full frame mirrorless camera what were the main priorities for the system?

SH: We started out thinking about the lenses we wanted to make and what the ideal lenses would be. That gave us the mount specifications and flange distance we needed. Only then did we start to consider how Canon could improve the main body. We decided that we wanted to make a completely new body, and to reconsider the ergonomics and operation so that it would be different from previous models. Our task is to give our customers more choice and then let them choose. […]

Do you think that in five years time, Canon will still be making new DSLR’s?

SH: Of course the situation is always changing and in the future, DSLRs will most likely experience a decline in popularity compared to mirrorless cameras, , but the optical viewfinder still has some advantages and we will continue to offer a choice for as long as our customers want it.

The next question is particularly interesting. In the answer Mr.  Shingo Hayakawa seems to suggest there will be a mirrorless versions of the EOS-1D X within 5 years.

AP: If there was a mirrorless version of the EOS- 1D X, do you think people would still buy the EOS- 1D X?

SH: We would guess that a mirrorless camera like that would be popular, and have already analysed which technology will be required in a camera in five years time.

Read the interview here.

What do you think, does this mean we have to wait 5 years to see a mirrorless version if the EOS-1D X?

Zoner Photo Studio X Extends Free Cloud Storage Plan To 20GB

Zoner Photo Cloud

Zoner Photo Cloud is a personal photo storage point in the cloud. It’s only available from inside of Zoner Photo Studio.

The good news: now you have 20GB of storage with the free basic plan. Zoner Photo Cloud storage matches the size of Adobe CC Photography Plan and offers an alternative photo editing solution with better value and intuitive UI. Higher plans with the capacity of 50 GB to 1 TB come with an additional monthly fee.

You’ll find Zoner Photo Cloud right inside of Zoner Photo Studio X—it’s in the Navigator. You can work with this online storage point just as quickly and easily as you would with any other data source.

Learn more about Zoner Photo Cloud.

Do You Motorcycle And Take Photos? Then Enter This Giveaway To Win Cool Prizes


If you’re riding a motorcycle and have taken some cool pictures of your ride then why not enter a photo contest and chase the chance to win a prize?

You can win riding gear and motorcycle accessories from four moto brands: Velomacchi, REV’IT!, NEXXand Rizoma.

Bike EXIF hosts the photo contest:

The theme is simple: ‘My Favorite Road.’ Show us where you like to ride, and include your bike in the image. It might be a twisty mountain road, a wide-open highway under big skies, a forest track, or even a tight city street. We want to see where you twist the throttle.

How to enter You can send in up to three shots, and we have two categories for entries: Privateer and Professional. (If your main income comes from photography, that means professional.)

Please send images as JPGs that are at least 2000 pixels wide, but less than 5 MB in size. We prefer images that are ‘natural.’ Please name your files in this format, so we can trace them easily: last-name_first-name_photo-name.jpg.

You can enter no matter where you live in the world, as long as you’re over 18. As specified in the rules, you retain all rights over images that you submit.

Head over to Bike EXIF to get terms and condition and to learn more about the photo contest. Just make sure you upload your images before 11:59pm PST on Monday, November 26, 2018. Good luck!

Nikon Execs Believe They Will Beat Sony and Canon and Become Nr. 1 in FF MILC Market


In an interview with DPReview dating back to Photokina, Nikon Execs made a bold statement.

When asked about aimed market shares, they said that they point to become the number one in the full frame MILC market.

Question: Do you have an internal target for percentage of sales represented by Nikon mirrorless versus DSLR?

We have internal sales targets for each model, but we cannot disclose the figures. Our goal is to become number one in the full-frame market for both mirrorless and DSLRs.

Question: What is your target timeframe for achieving this goal?

That’s a difficult question to answer – we cannot disclose the specific timeline, but we will make every effort to hit the target of being number one as soon as possible. We believe that we can achieve the number one position maybe quite soon. A lot of manufacturers have launched full-frame mirrorless cameras, but sales of our Z6 and Z7 are really robust, which gives us confidence.

Good luck Nikon. Beating Sony and Canon won’t be an easy task. And as long as we are concerned, we have no doubts Canon will dominate the market within a few years.

[via Sony Alpha Rumors]

Skylum Set To Release Luminar 3 With Libraries On December 18, 2018

Luminar 3

Skylum Luminar is on the way to become a full fledged alternative to Lightroom. That’s a good thing since a lot of people is not willing to pay a monthly fee to Adobe in order to use Lightroom.

Skylum announced that it will launch Luminar 3 with Libraries on December 18, 2018. Luminar is already discounted by $10 and you can get an additional $10 discount and purchase Luminar for $49 by using coupon code “WATCH” at checkout.

Luminar 3 with Libraries will have these features (among others)

  • Amazing photo viewing/browsing experience with the Library
  • Intuitive and easy to understand user interface
  • No import of photos that takes longer loading time
  • Speedy browsing/scrolling through images
  • Calendar
  • Fast image adjustments synchronization, even with layers and textures
  • A plethora of powerful photo editing features (50+ filters): Accent AI, Layers, Sun Rays, Advanced Contrast
  • Workspaces
  • Luminar Looks (one-click, adjustable strength presets)

Luminar 3 with Libraries will be a free update to Luminar 2018. In other words: you can purchase Luminar 2018 for $49 by using our coupon code “WATCH, and then upgrade for free to Luminar 3 with Libraries.