Deal: Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro – $250 (reg. 450)

Tokina 12-28mm

Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro at a glance:

  • Fits Canon APS-C Cameras
  • 19-45mm Equivalency in 35mm Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4-22
  • Silent Drive-Module AF Motor
  • AF/MF Clutch Mechanism
  • Molded Glass Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Ultra-Low Dispersion Glass

B&H Photo has the Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro on sale at $249.95. Compare at $449.95. Will last a long as supply last.

Today’s Gold Box and one day only deals at Amazon USAmazon DEAmazon UKB&H Photo, eBayAdorama, and refurbished lenses and DSLRs at Canon Store.

Amazon Europe stores have an Easter Sale going on.

New concept cameras from Canon: 100-400mm smartphone cam & 360-degree intelligent cam

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At The Photography Show 2018 Canon displayed some new, conceptual stuff: a 360-degree intelligent camera and a 100-400mm smartphone camera.

Photography Blog was on location, and shot a set of product images of both cameras. They write:

The Canon Smartphone camera has a 100-400mm zoom lens and attaches to a smartphone via a flip-out Lightning port, yet it weighs a mere 100g. There’s also an optional clip-on viewfinder that uses magnets to snap onto the main device, which along with the zoom differentiates it from the DxO One camera. A non-working prototype was on show.

The second Canon concept model is the so-called “Intelligent Compact Camera” which automatically shoots stills and video, using AI to decide when and what to shoot (a bit like Google Clips). It has a 3x zoom lens and can pan and tilt through 380-degrees, there’s a small tripod attachment too, and it can even be mounted on the hotshoe of your EOS camera. A fully working prototype was on display.

Check out the gallery.

Below: Canon’s 100-400mm smartphone camera.

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It’s just the beginning, says Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki


DPReview interviewed Mr. Kazuto Yamaki during CP+. Most of the interview revolves around Sony and the E mount. Never the less, it’s an interesting interview.

Here are some excerpts:

The new 14-24mm F2.8 joins the 14mm F1.8 at the wide end of Sigma’s lineup – how do these two lenses compare, optically?

In terms of performance, the two lenses are equivalent. When it comes to zoom lenses, a standard zoom lens [like a 24-70mm] is quite challenging to design. We have to make compromises. However, the performance of wide and telephoto zoom lenses is very good, and [can be] equivalent to prime lenses. […]

If you have a choice between designing a lens that will be large, heavy, but optically amazing, or designing one that might be optically less impressive but smaller and lighter, how do you make that decision?

I personally want to develop excellent lenses, at the cost of size and weight […]

Is there a lens that does not exist right now, which you think should exist?

We successfully developed F1.8 zoom lenses for APS-C. This kind of lens did not exist before. Similarly our F2 zoom for full-frame. That kind of lens did not exist before, either. I can’t give you specific details but we would like to explore that path [further] […]

Read the interview at DPReview.

Well, I am very happy Sigma developed an f1.8 lens for APS-C cameras. It’s the incredible 18-35mm f/1.8 ART lens (canon rumors), a lens I like a lot.

Canon EOS M50 video review (Cinema 5D)

Canon EOS M50

Canon EOS M50 at a glance:

  • 24.1MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • UHD 4K and HD 720p120 Video Recording
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC, Bluetooth
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • ISO 100-25600, Extended ISO 51200
  • Combination 5-Axis Image Stabilization

Another review to learn if the Canon EOS M50 (canon rumors) is the best vlogging camera for those on a budget.

Cinema5D reviewed the new EOS M50, and writes:

The Canon EOS M50 is a nice, powerful and affordable little entry-level camera for people who want an interchangeable lens camera without having to schlepp around a huge amount of kit. The video function is very good mainly because of the incredible Dual Pixel Autofocus in HD, but the 4K is clearly an afterthought and can’t really be used in practice much because of the crop and the lacking Dual-Pixel AF. The main purpose of this camera will be uncomplicated family shots or vlogging, for both of which HD is enough. It can be used for entry-level filmmakers who want to start working with interchangeable lenses, as long as they are happy with a 1080p output. Read the review.

The Canon EOS M50 can be pre-ordered, starting at $779.

Pre-order Canon EOS M50 in USA & CANADA: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | Canon USA

Pre-order Canon EOS M50 in UK: Park Cameras | Canon UK | Wex Photo Video | Amazon UK

Pre-order Canon EOS M50 in GERMANY: Canon Germany | Wex Photo Video | Amazon Deutschland

Pre-order the Canon EOS M50 in ITALY: Canon Italia | Amazon Italia

Interview with Canon execs: increased competition allows us to level-up

Canon EOS M50

Above: The Canon EOS M50 is the company’s latest MILC – Canon USAB&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon (world wide)

DPReview posted an interview with Canon executives taken at CP+. They interviewed Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi, Group Executive of Imaging Communications Business Group, Go Tokura, Chief Executive Officer of Canon’s Image Communications Products Operation, and Naoya Kaneda, Advisory Director and Group Executive of Canon’s Optical Business Group.

Obviously, the interviewer asks about Canon’s latest mirrorless camera, the EOS M50 (canon rumors). Some excerpts from the interview:

How important is it for Canon to add higher-end mirrorless products to your lineup?

At Canon we have what’s called a ‘full lineup strategy’. This means that we want to satisfy all of the demands in the market, so we have mirrorless and also DSLR, which combined makes an EOS hierarchy. We want to fill the gaps to satisfy customer demands across the board […]

The EOS M50 offers 4K video and Dual Pixel CMOS AF, but not at the same time. Is there a technical reason for this limitation?

With the EOS 5D Mark IV, we do offer 4K video and Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus, so technically it is feasible. But given the position of the M50 in the lineup, we can’t include all of the features available in a product like the 5D IV […] [editor’s note: this sounds very much like “we won’t give it to you because the M50 is not expensive enough]

Another manufacturer that we spoke to estimated that Canon would have a full-frame mirrorless camera within a year. Is that realistic?

That would be nice, wouldn’t it? [editor’s note: the reference is to Mr. Kenji Tanaka, Sony executive, who said he thinks within a year both Canon and Nikon will have launched a full frame mirrorless camera]

Read the interview at DPReview.

Yes Canon, it would be nice to have a full frame mirrorless camera (possibly with EF mount). Just do it.

All EOS M50 pre-order links after the break.

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