Zeiss Milvus Distagon 50mm F1.4 review (dressed to impress)

Zeiss Milvus Distagon 50mm F1.4 Review (dressed To Impress)

Zeiss Milvus Distagon 50mm F1.4: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

Zeiss Milvus Distagon 50mm F1.4 at a glance:

  • EF Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • 4 Anomalous Partial Dispersion Elements
  • 1 Aspherical Element
  • Distagon Optical Design
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Anodized Metal Barrel, Rubber Focus Ring
  • Weather-Sealed Construction

Another interesting review by photographer and reviewer Dustin Abbott. The Zeiss Milvus Distagon 50mm F1.4 lens is examined.

The 11 minutes video above is all about first impression, handling and build of the Zeiss Milvus 50mm. The 18 minutes video-review below is the review itself and will tell you all the rest you want to know about the Zeiss Milvus 50mm F1.4, and breaks down the image quality.

If you prefer you may go for the written review. From the conclusion:

Zeiss lenses are for connoisseurs, and those that own them deeply appreciate them. I’ve appreciated the Milvus 50 for its beautiful build, being great to handle, and for a wonderfully artful rendering. I’m so glad that the Milvus 50 was able to bring a whole new level of resolution to their 50mm focal length without losing the beautiful “Zeiss look” of the images. The Milvus manages to be artful rather than clinical and manages to retain a lot of the goodness of the Otus series with a whole lot less sticker shock. At $1199 (US Market) the Zeiss Milvus Distagon T* 1.4/50mm is expensive, but not unreasonably so. It is heavy, but so is the Sigma 50mm f/1.4. It has a superb build that also now has excellent weather resistance and excellent optics. If you don’t mind (or even prefer) manually focusing, it’s probably the next best thing to the Otus 1.4/55…and it will hurt your wallet a lot less.

Dustin Abbott’s review comes with many sample pics and comparisons with other lenses.

zeiss milvusZeiss Milvus Distagon 50mm F1.4: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

[via Dustin Abbott]

Canon patent for 30mm F2.8 DO lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras


Another Canon patent for an optical formula that appears to point to a full-frame mirrorless camera, a 30mm F2.8 DO lens. “DO” stays for diffractive optics. I tell you folks, Canon’s full-frame mirrorless camera is coming!

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-102851
    • Published 2016.6.2
    • Filing date 2014.11.27
  • Example
    • Zoom ratio 1.00
    • Focal length 31.35
    • F-number 2.86
    • Angle of view 34.61
    • Image height 21.64
    • Overall length of the lens 85.29
    • BF 29.99
  • Canon patent
    • Positive ShiboTadashi
    • Diffractive optical element (the second group of aperture stop image side)
    • Correct axial chromatic aberration and lateral chromatic aberration of the near-infrared light
  • [0001] The present invention relates to a magnification chromatic aberration correction of the imaging optical system used in a near infrared region from the visible region is suitable especially monitoring optical system.
[via Egami]

Live again: Canon EOS 80D deal – $899 (reg. $1,199)

Live Again: Canon EOS 80D Deal – $899 (reg. $1,199)

Canon EOS 80D at a glance:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • 45-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Expanded ISO 25600, Up to 7 fps Shooting
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
  • RGB+IR 7560-Pixel Metering Sensor

Top Rated Plus seller Electronics Valley (99.5% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 80D on sale at $899. Compare at $1,199. Free shipping. Please note: this is an import model with 1 year warranty via US seller.

New Canon EF 24-105 F4L IS lens coming with EOS 5D Mark IV, rumor suggests [CW3]

New Canon EF 24-105 F4L IS Lens Coming With EOS 5D Mark IV, Rumor Suggests [CW3]

A new rumor suggests Canon will announce a replacement for the venerable Canon EF 24-105mm F4L IS USM lens.

The Canon EF 24-105mm F4L IS Mark II is expected to be announced before Photokina 2016, together with the upcoming Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, also expected to be announced in August 2016.

The Canon EF 24-105mm F4L IS USM was announced in 2004, a new version is entirely plausible. The EF 24-105mm F4L IS was the typical kit lens for Canon’s full-frame DSLRs.

A few days ago, we had a possible leak of an image of the EOS 5D Mark IV. The picture was posted on Instagram and soon after it was removed.

Stay tuned for more!

[via Canon Rumors]

Adobe Lightroom 6.6/CC updates available for download (with new “guided upright” feature)

Above: Introduction to the new “Guided Upright” feature of Lightroom.

Adobe released updates for Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC. From Adobe:

Lightroom CC 2015.6 and Lightroom 6.6 are now available.  The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.  This release also includes a new Guided Upright feature for Creative Cloud members.

Thank you for all your feedback and passion for Lightroom.

Introducing Guided Upright 

We included Upright as a tool that helped Lightroom customers easily straighten images, fix horizons, and reduce or eliminate the keystone effect in buildings.  Upright works well when there are prominent vertical and horizontal lines.  Not all images contain prominent lines, limiting the effectiveness of Upright.

Starting with Lightroom CC 2015.6, Guided Upright allows you to provide ‘hints’ that enable Upright to work its magic.  You draw the vertical and horizontal lines directly on the image and Upright will automatically transform the image.  Here’s how to get started.

  1. Select an image and click on the Develop Module.
  2. Enable Lens Profile Corrections.  Upright works better with Lens Profile Corrections.
  3. Notice that there is a new “Transform” Panel.   Transform includes both Upright and the manual perspective correction sliders together in a convenient place.
  4. Within Transform, click on the “Guided” button.
  5. Draw 2-4 guides on the image.  Upright will transform the image once you draw at least 2 guides.
  6. Fine tune the results (if needed) with the manual transform slides, including the new X and Y transform sliders.  They can be used for  repositioning/moving the image within the canvas after applying strong perspective corrections to choose which part of the (warped, non-rectangular) image to show within the rectangular canvas.


Check out this great video by Julieanne Kost to learn more about Guided Upright!

New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.6 / 6.6

  • Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
  • Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • Nikon COOLPIX B700
  • Panasonic DMC-GX85 (DMC-GX80, DMC-GX7MK2)

Also please note that Lightroom CC 2015.6/6.6 also includes camera matching color profiles for the Pentax 645Z, Pentax K-1, and Pentax K-3 II cameras.

Additional Updates in Lightroom CC 2015.6 / 6.6

  • Merge to Panorama and HDR now works with Smart Previews.  Previously, Lightroom required the use of original images for the Merge to Panorama or HDR features.
  • The Preferences -> Lightroom mobile section now contains a “Pending Sync Activity” section.  This area is useful for helping identify any potential issues related to image sync across the Lightroom family of applications (desktop, mobile and web).

Tethered Camera Support for the following cameras:

  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS 1300D / Canon Rebel T6

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom CC 2015.6 / 6.6

Mount Name
Canon EF Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM +1.4x
Canon EF Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM +2.0x
Canon EF TAMRON SP 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD F016E
Canon EF TAMRON SP 90mm F2.8 Di MACRO VC USD F017E
Canon EF-M Rokinon 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS
Canon EF-M Samyang 8mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-Eye CS II
Canon EF-M Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS
Canon EF-M Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC MACRO
Canon EF-M Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC


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