Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM & EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Available for Pre-Order (Update)

Canon 500mm f/4L EF IS II USM Lens

Update: Adorama also has both lenses ready for pre-order.

Announced in February, the EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM ($10,499 click here) and the EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM ($12,999 click here) are finally ready for pre-order at B&H. See the press release, and here for more detailed specs.

In short:

  • EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM:

    • Redesigned Fluorite Optics
    • Less Chromatic Aberration
    • Magnesium/Titanium for Lighter Weight
    • 3 IS Modes for 4-Stop Advantage
    • Smooth Focus Change for Video
    • Redesigned, Intuitive Buttons/Switches
  • EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM:
    • Fluorite Optics for Sharper Images
    • Less Chromatic Aberration
    • Magnesium/Titanium for Lighter Weight
    • 3 IS Modes for 4-Stop Advantage
    • Smooth Focus Change for Video
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Telephoto Lens

112 MP B&W Sensor that Captures the Sun and the Stars in one Shot

 

You thought the Leica M Monochrom was the hippest camera you can get? Change your mind. Tucson, Arizona based Spectral Instruments gets the crown for the most amazing camera you can get (better you’re not on a budget). The sensor (part of their 1100 series) showcased in the video above is an 112 megapixel black and white CCD, no Bayer mask nor filter of any type. The sensor has a 95x95mm surface (APC-S: 25.1×16.7mm, 35mm film: 36×24 mm, medium format: 46×36mm). Do you have an idea about how much light such a sensor might capture? A whola lot! The dynamic range is so huge that this sensor can capture the sun and the stars in broad daylight. Spectral Instruments usually makes sensors for camera systems used in laboratory instrumentation or mounted on satellites. Now they want to make a camera for “normal” users. So, if you have some >$100,000 to spend (the cost of the sensor alone), then this is the camera for you. What ever are the $8,000 of the Leica M Monochrom? Nothing but a bargain… :-) Indeed, Spectral Instruments will not build such a camera if they do not get a response strong enough to motivate them. So, it’s up to all of us to make this happen. Spread the voice.

[via gizmodo via fstoppers]

 

Fashion Shots – Mused by EOS 5D Mark III

Just a quick post to point you to the work of my friend Mike Kobal. These are summer fashion shots done using a EOS 5D Mark III with the kit lens. If you want to see more pics taken with a 5D Mark III (and uploaded to Flickr) have a look here.

EOS 5D Mark III availability and price check for your country: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Adorama, Digitalrev, KEH Camera, eBay US, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy.

World-wide EOS 5D Mark III availability and price check:

Asia & Australia: AliExpress, Amazon JAPAN, Amazon CHINA, Amazon INDIA, Amazon AU, Amazon USA, Digitalrev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Australia, Rakuten JP
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK, Canon IT, Canon FR
USA/Canada: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Adorama, Digitalrev, KEH Camera, eBay US, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy

Samyang Lenses for Canon In Stock at B&H

B&H has four Samyang lenses with Canon mount in stock and ready to ship. These are mechanical things: no AF nor camera controlled aperture, but very good build quality at a decent price. All listed lenses are compatible with the APC-S format. The following lenses are available:


  • Samyang 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle f/2.8 IF ED UMC for $399.00 (click here). Core specs (review):

    • Ultra Wide-Angle 14mm Lens
    • Compatible With Full Frame Cameras
    • Compatible With APS-C Cameras
    • Hybrid Aspherical Lenses — Sharp Images
    • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
    • Manual Focus Lens
    • Built-In Petal-Type Lens Hood

 


  • Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens at $299.00 (click here). Core specifications (review):

    • Telephoto Portrait Lens
    • Designed For Full-Frame Cameras
    • Manual Focus
    • Minimum Focusing Distance of 3.3′
    • Hybrid Aspherical Lense — Sharp Images
    • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare

     

 


  • Samyang 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens
    at $299.00 (click here). Core specifications (review):

    • Ultra Wide-Angle 8mm Fisheye Lens
    • For APS-C Size Image Formats
    • Hybrid Aspherical Lenses — Sharp Images
    • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
    • Minimum Focusing Distance of 12″
    • Built-In Petal-Type Lens Hood

 


  • Samyang 35mm f/1.4 WIDE ANGLE UMC lens at $499.00 (click here). Core specifications (review):

    • 12 elements in 10 groups inc. 1x aspherical & 2 HR elements
    • 8 blades
    • 0.3m min. focus distance
    • 111x83mm
    • 77mm filter size
    • petal-shaped lens hood, bayonet mount

EOS 5D3 and EF200mm f/2L IS USM & EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM Service Note

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Canon released a product advisory for the EF200mm f/2L IS USM & EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lenses when used with an EOS 5D Mark III: It has been confirmed that when the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera is used with the EF200mm f/2L IS USM and some units of the EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lenses […], the Lenses may emit an abnormal noise. This is not an issue of the 5D Mark III, it concerns the mentioned lenses. The units that are affected can be identified by the serial number. See the service note below to check if you have such an unit.

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