[Review] EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens (in stock at Amazon)

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

Photographer Richard Bernabe got an EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens and shares his thoughts on his blog. An EOS 7D was used to test the lens (samples provided).

 After comparing the new version to the previous one, I would have to say that it’s noticeably faster to grab focus, especially when working with moving subjects as I was. The IS is much more powerful as well. Before even looking at Canon’s lens specs, I noticed a change to the IS performance. Canon claims there is a 4-stop advantage from IS-ON to IS-OFF, which is double the advantage over the older version. There are three IS modes: 1 is for shooting stationary subjects, 2 is for panning in one direction, and 3 is for tracking moving subjects.

The EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM has a price tag of $10.500. Amazon has one (1) in stock (click here, also for product specifications). You can pre-order the lens at Adorama (click here) and B&H (click here)

  • 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
[via Richard Bernabe]

Canon Introduces 2 Lightweight Cinema Zoom Lenses For 4K & 2K Cams (CN-E 15.5-47mm T2.8L & CN-E30-105mm T2.8L)

Big announcement day at Canon today. Two nrew Cinema Zoom Lenses: CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L.

New Precision-Matched Wide-Angle and Telephoto Zoom Lenses in Both EF and PL Mounts Enhance Canon’s Cinema EOS System

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 29, 2012 – As the production of motion pictures, episodic television shows, commercials, documentaries, and other program content increasingly transitions to digital, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, continues to provide innovative Cinema EOS products designed to enable the most discerning filmmakers and producers to capture their unique creative visions. The latest of these Canon products, two new compact and lightweight cinema zoom lenses available in both EF- and PL-mount versions, were first announced at NAB 2012 and have now been officially added to the Canon Cinema EOS product line. Designated as the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP wide-angle cinema zoom lens and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP telephoto cinema zoom lens, both are engineered to deliver exceptional optical performance for the latest large-format single-sensor 4K and 2K digital cinematography cameras. Both lenses feature a compact, lightweight design to facilitate handheld and SteadicamTM shooting while also covering a wide range of focal lengths.

“These two new compact lightweight cinema zoom lenses provide exceptional optical and operational performance for creative film and television professionals. The Canon Cinema EOS line of high-resolution cameras and lenses is engineered to affordably serve the highest-performance needs of the production community and enable it to truly ‘Leave No Story Untold,'” noted Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

A leading maker of precision lenses for professional digital photography, broadcast HDTV sports and news coverage, and many other markets, Canon has leveraged its years of expertise as a world leader in optics and imaging to develop the compact and lightweight CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP wide-angle cinema zoom lens and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP telephoto cinema zoom lens. Each lens will be available in both EF- and PL-mount configurations. (The EF-mount version is designated by the letter “S” at the end of the model name; the PL-mount version by the letters “SP”.)

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Canon Announces Two New EF Cinema Prime Lenses (135mm T2.2 and 14mm T3.1)

Canon just announced two new Cinema Prime Lenses: 135mm T2.2 and 14mm T3.1)?

 

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 29, 2012 – Further contributing to the evolution of the motion picture industry, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the development of two new cinema prime lenses, the 14mm T3.1 cinema prime lens and 135mm T2.2 cinema prime lens, adding to the Cinema EOS lineup consisted of 11 EF Cinema Lenses.

Both the 14mm T3.1 and 135mm T2.2 cinema prime lenses will be engineered for exceptional optical performance for Canon's latest large-format single-sensor 4K and 2K digital cinematography cameras. As part of the Cinema EOS System, the lenses will be compatible with standard sensor sizes including Super 35mm, the standard format in the motion picture industry, as well as HD-compatible EOS Digital SLR cameras using 35mm full frame, APS-H and APS-C image sensors.

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Canon Announces Two New Cinema EOS Cameras (C500 and C100)

Canon Adds Two New Cameras To The Cinema EOS System: The EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Camera And The EOS C100 Digital Video Camera

Two New Camera Models Fill Out a Well-Rounded Cinema EOS Line-up with High-End 4K and Entry-Level HD Camera Solutions

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 29, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, continues its commitment to the advancement of tools for visual expression and expand its contribution to cinematic culture with the introduction of the new EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Camera* and the EOS C100 Digital Video Camera*. The C500 will take its place as the flagship camera model in Canon's Cinema EOS System while the C100 provides another option for beginning filmmakers working on a budget. The C500 is Canon's high-end professional 4K (4096 x 2160-pixel) cinema camera capable of originating uncompressed RAW output for external recording to meet the demands of premium cinematic productions and other top-quality production markets. The C100 digital video camera is a compact, affordable entry-level model delivering full 1920×1080 HD video and integrating the popular AVCHD codec for universal compatibility with laptop and desktop editing systems. The C500 will be available in both EF- and PL-mount versions; while the C100 will be offered in EF mount only and will be compatible with the more than 70 zoom and prime lenses in Canon's EF, EF-S and EF Cinema lens lineups. All products in the Canon Cinema EOS line are engineered to provide exceptional image creation capabilities for professionals in the motion picture, television, and other diverse high-resolution digital production industries.

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Canon Patent To Reduce Ghosting And Flaring (14mm f/2.8)

14mm f/2.8

Once more great Japanese site Egami (translated) spotted an important Canon patent. It is about the reduction of ghosting through anti-reflective coating on both sides of the lens, the coating consisting of fine uneven structures. Ghosting happens for instance when you point your lens at a bright light source, like the sun, and are the result of an acute angle of light bouncing (reflecting) between the individual glass elements of the lens. The technology is filed using a 14mm f/2.8 lens as engineering example. Should work well on other wide angle lenses too.

Surface coating
  • Patent Publication No. 2012-159720
    • 2012.8.23 Release Date
    • 2011.2.1 filing date
  • Example 1
    • F = 14.3mm focal length
    • Fno. = 2.89
    • Half angle of view ω = 56.5deg.
    • 14 images in 10 groups lens configuration
    • 1 UD glass sheet
  • Canon patent
    • Suppress the occurrence of the ghost
    • Having two surface anti-reflection surface of fine uneven structure
      • Non-periodic pitch
      • 400nm 300nm pitch less than average
    • Incident light for various interference conditions to cancel the reflected light is maintained
    • The average height of uneven surface with two different
    • 0.001% or less (2) the product of the reflectance of the surface (incident angle 0 degree)
    • 0.1% or less (2) the product of the reflectance of the surface (incident angle 60 degrees)
    • 0.05% more than the absolute value of the difference between the reflectance of the surface (2), (0 ° angle of incidence)
    • 0.2% or more the absolute value of the difference in reflectance of the surface (2), (incident angle 60 degrees)
    • The anti-reflection film of aluminum and aluminum oxide
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Lightroom 4.2 And Camera Raw 7.2 Release Candidates Available For Download

Lightroom 4.2 and Camera Raw 7.2 RCs can be downloaded at Adobe Labs. Various bug fixes and support for the following Canon cameras: Rebel T4i/650D and EOS M. Moreover, Camera Raw now has lens profiles for the following lenses with Canon mount:

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