ZEISS Milvus 15mm f/2.8, 18mm f/2.8 and 135mm f/2 lenses officially announced

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We leaked the images of upcoming Zeiss lenses a few days ago, now it’s official. Zeiss announced three new Milvus lenses, 15mm f/2.8, 18mm f/2.8 and 135mm f/2. Sales prices are €2,699/$2.699 for the Milvus 15mm f/2.8, €2,299/$2.299 for the Milvus 18mm f/2.8, and €2,199/$2.199 for the Milvus 135 f/2.

Pre-orders are available:

Zeiss press release:

Three new lenses for the ZEISS Milvus family

The lens family with manual focusing for DSLR cameras is now also available with focal lengths of 15, 18 and 135 millimeters

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 08/09/2016.

Two super-wide angle lenses, the ZEISS Milvus 2.8/15 and ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18, and the telephoto lens ZEISS Milvus 2/135 have expanded this family of manual focus lenses for DSLR cameras, bringing the total number of ZEISS Milvus focal lengths to nine. “The ZEISS Milvus family of lenses is an invaluable investment for the future due to its excellent imaging quality and its large range, which now covers 15 to 135 millimeters,” says Christophe Casenave, product manager at ZEISS Camera Lenses. Delivery of the new ZEISS Milvus lenses begins at the end of October 2016.

For high-end DSLR cameras

“The ZEISS Milvus lenses have been designed in particular to fulfill the requirements of today’s powerful digital cameras and those of the future thanks to their high imaging performance, even in difficult lighting situations,” says Casenave. The new lenses are characterized by a harmonious bokeh and very high degree of flare control due to the T*® anti-reflective coating from ZEISS. Further optimization of the lens coating has also ensured less likelihood than ever of ghosting, flare or shading effects, even in critical lighting situations. And all ZEISS Milvus lenses come with a floating elements design, which compensates imaging errors at different distance settings.

ZEISS Milvus for video

The new ZEISS Milvus lenses also allow the user to create high-quality film shoots with a pleasing cinematic bokeh. “Due to their extremely high contrast rendition, the lenses fulfill the most modern video standards of 6K and higher, and have uniform color characteristics,” said Casenave. All ZEISS Milvus lenses have a focus ring with a very large rotation angle to enable precise focusing, and are made of comfortable rubber to ensure a good grip while focusing. The De-Click function on lenses with a ZF.2 mount lets cinematographers set the aperture in a soft and infinitely variable way so they can work professionally in changing lighting conditions. The ZEISS Milvus lenses’ robust full-metal barrel ensures long and reliable usage. In addition, the lenses are protected against dust and spray water. The robust metal lens shade is an integral part of the overall product design and included with all ZEISS Milvus lenses.

The new focal lengths of the ZEISS Milvus family are also compatible with the ZEISS Lens Gears, providing filmmakers with additional value-add. The ZEISS Lens Gears, which are made of high-quality aluminum with a hardened surface coating, slide into the respective lens and are attached to the focus ring by turning two counter-rotating rings through a simple mounting procedure.

The new ZEISS Milvus lenses in summary:

ZEISS Milvus 2.8/15:

This super wide-angle lens with a field of view of 110 degrees allows every photographer to consciously compose using extreme perspectives. The lens has excellent imaging performance – even with an open aperture – thanks to the correction of color errors. Color fringing and distortion are minimal. This is all thanks to a ZEISS Distagon® lens design with 15 lens elements in 12 groups, including two aspheric lenses, special glass with anomalous partial dispersion, and the floating elements design. A removable lens shade and the 95-millimeter filter thread also make this lens the ideal companion for special applications with additional slide-in filter holders.

ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18:

This compact super-wide angle lens with a newly calculated ZEISS Distagon optical design has 14 lens elements in 12 groups, including two aspheric elements. The ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18 has a short close-up distance of 0.25 meters and internal focusing. With an angular field of 99.9 degrees, this lens is the ideal companion for landscape and architectural photography, as it allows creative shots to be taken using unusual perspectives. The filter thread has a diameter of 77 millimeters. The ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18 delivers outstanding imaging performance and very good distortion correction.

ZEISS Milvus 2/135:

This fast telephoto lens delivers excellent correction of all color errors. Thanks to a large aperture and pleasing bokeh, it is the perfect lens for portrait photography from a medium distance. The angular field is 18.7 degrees. The short minimum object distance of 0.80 meters makes this lens even more versatile. It has an optical design with 11 lens elements in eight groups and, like the ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18, a filter diameter of 77 millimeters.

Price and availability

The delivery worldwide of the three new lenses will begin at the end of October 2016. The lens shade is included with the corresponding lens. Sales prices are EUR 2,699 (including 19% German VAT) or 2.699US$ for the ZEISS Milvus 2.8/15; EUR 2,299 (including 19% VAT ) or 2.299US$ for the ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18; and EUR 2,199 Euro (including 19% German VAT) or 2.199US$ for the ZEISS Milvus 2/135. For ambitious cinematographers and photographers, a set solution is also available for up to six ZEISS Milvus lenses. A discount of 8% is available with the purchase of three to four lenses. Purchasing more than five lenses gives the user a 10% discount.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II firmware 1.1.0 released (support for W-E1 and STM lenses)

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Firmware 1.1.0 Released (support For W-E1 And STM Lenses)

Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Amazon USA, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

At a glance:

  • 20.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Clear View II LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p/60 Video & Movie Servo AF
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Live View
  • 65-Point All Cross-Type Phase-Detect AF
  • Native ISO 16000, Extended to ISO 51200
  • 10 fps Shooting at Full Resolution
  • Built-In GPS Receiver & Digital Compass
  • Magnesium Alloy Body Construction

Canon released firmware version 1.1.0 for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (download). The most important addition likely being the support for the recently announced Canon W-E1 WiFi adapter.

Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following functional enhancements and improvements:

1. Supports Wi-Fi adapter W-E1.
2. Adds a setting to enable or disable automatic storage of the lens if it is extended out when a gear-driven STM lens*1 is attached, and the power switch is turned to [OFF].
*1 EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, EF 50mm f/1.8 STM, or EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lenses

* In the notification titled “To Users of the EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera” posted from August 25 to September 8, there was an error relating to the planned additional functions, so this error has been corrected.
The EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens aberration data will not be added by performing this firmware update. The lens aberration correction data can be registered in EOS Utility Ver.3.4.30 or later.

Firmware Version 1.1.0 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.0.5. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.1.0, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

When updating the firmware of the camera, please review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.

More information here.

Canon patent shows how LCD displays on future lenses may look and what information is displayed

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A Canon patent spotted by Digicame-Info shows what Canon’s engineers have in mind for the company’s future lenses. An LCD display on the lens that will show all kind of information.

From the images above it seems the lens LCD display will show information about distance/depth of field, and also about stabilisation issues on both axis’.

Cool patent. Currently, a replacement for the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS is rumored to have such a display.

Canon EVF-DC2 electronic viewfinder may be announced soon, registration at certification authority suggests

Canon EVF-DC2

The announcement of the Canon EVF-DC2 viewfinder may be the matter of a few days. The Canon EVF-DC2 has been registered at Russian certification authority Novocert, according to Nokishita Camera.

  • EVF-DC2
    • Electronic finder
    • SKU: 1727C001AA, 1882C001AA
    • Date: September 6, 2016

As you can see there are two SKUs listed, which may point to two different color options. At the same certification authority, two mirrorless cameras have been registered, one of them coming with two color options. Is the Canon EVF-DC2 meant to be used on this two upcoming mirrorless cameras?

Since one of the upcoming mirrorless cameras is rumored to have a built-in electronic viewfinder, you may wonder for what this new viewfinder is for. If the rumor of a new EOS M with built-in viewfinder is true, then the Canon EVF-DC2 might be the new viewfinder to be used on the EOS M3 and some Powershot G models. But it might also be that the rumored EOS M camera with built-in EVF is not real. Some pictures of an alleged new EOS M camera with built-in EVF are making the rounds.

Stay tuned.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV starts shipping today

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Starts Shipping Today

Today, September 7th, is the day retailers start shipping the new gamechanging Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

I am not sure if all body-only/kit options are ready to be delivered. If you still didn’t order your Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, have a look at the pre-order links below.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV user manual download

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV pre-orders links

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV body

USA – $3,499 – Adorama | B&H Photo | Canon Store | Amazon

UK – £3,599 – Park Cameras

Germany – WEX Cameras | Calumet

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with 24-105mm f/4L IS II lens

USA – $4,599 – Adorama | B&H Photo | Canon Store | Amazon

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with 24-70mm IS USM Lens

USA – $4,399: Adorama | B&H Photo | Canon Store | Amazon

Battery Grip for 5D Mark IV (BG-E20)

USA – $490: Adorama | Canon Store | Amazon

UK – £329.99 – Park Cameras

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens

USA – $2,199: Adorama | B&H Photo | Canon Store | Amazon

UK – £2,349 – Park Cameras

GermanyWEX Cameras

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM

USA – $1,099: Adorama | B&H Photo | Canon Store | Amazon

UK – £1,129 – Park Cameras

GermanyWEX Cameras

Canon W-E1 WiFi adapter

USA Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon

UK Park Cameras

World-wide pre-order links

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

Next Canon EOS M camera coming with Dual Pixel AF? [CW3]

EOS M3

The Canon EOS M3. Is the next EOS M coming soon?

A 24MP sensor to be featured on the next Canon EOS M camera has already been rumored. Now I got a new tidbit, suggesting the next EOS M will also have Dual Pixel AF.

This is more likely than you may think at first glance. The sensor that’s rumored to be featured on the next EOS M is a “EOS 80D”-like sensor. While DPAF has been rumored for each and any Canon mirrorless camera since the original EOS M, this time it may indeed be true. If the recently leaked, sketchy images of a new, pro-oriented looking EOS M are real, then it might well have DPAF.

Dual Pixel AF would make a big difference, and it would make for a Canon mirrorless camera no one would complain about the auto-focus performance. Let’s hope DPAF will eventually be featured on a Canon mirrorless camera.

Currently these are the rumored specifications (via CR):

  • 24MP sensor (80D sensor or some variant)
  • Built-in electronic viewfinder
  • New AF system
  • Classical camera design, more in line with Fuji or Olympus
  • EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM coming as new kit option

As you can see, “80D sensor or some variant” and “new AF system” are rumored, hence a sensor with Dual Pixel AF isn’t that unlikely. The images below showed up in a forum and are said to be the real thing:

We expect Canon to announce the new EOS M next week, on September 15th. Stay tuned!