Laowa STF 105mm f/2 (T/3.2) lens coming soon

Laowa STF 105mm F/2 (T/3.2) Lens Coming Soon

Thanks to Canon Watch reader mistral75 for sharing this.

After the Laowa 60mm f/2.8 Macro 2:1 and the Laowa 15mm f/4 Shift Macro 1:1 lenses, the Chinese company Anhui Changgeng Optical Technology Company Limited, better known as Venus Optics (see, will announce shortly a new 24×36 lens: the Laowa STF 105mm f/2 (T/3.2).

It is a portrait lens with an apodization filter that gives a more progressive and velvety bokeh than an ordinary lens (STF stands for Smooth Trans Focus). This is the same principle as for the Minolta AF / Sony 135mm f/2.8 [T/4.5] STF and close to that of the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD.

The Laowa has the advantage over the Sony of being one EV brighter. Hereafter its main features:

– 11 elements, including the apodization filter, 1 element made of glass with high refractive index and 3 elements made of low dispersion glass, in 8 groups
– Manual focus (the apodization filter is hostile for phase-detection autofocus)
– Minimum focusing distance: 90cm
– Maximum magnification: 0.16x
– Filter diameter: 67mm
– Dimensions: 76 mm (maximum diameter) x 98.9 mm (length) (depending on lens mount)
– Weight: 745 g (depending on lens mount)
– Available mounts: Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony A and Sony E
– Available in black and silver
– Launch date: January 18, 2016
– Price in China: the equivalent of €500-550 (probably more in Western countries)


You can find more details and many pictures taken with the lens on two threads from the Chinese forum Xitek, here and here

A set of full resolution JPG pictures shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III can be dowloaded here (password: 9351). You will also find a number of images (pictures of the lens, optical formula, MTF curves and a dozen of sample images as full-resolution jpeg files) in this dedicated Flickr album.

Canon EOS M3 deal – $479 (reg. $679)

Canon EOS M3 Deal – $479 (reg. $679)

B&H Photo has a very good deal on the Canon EOS M3 – get it for $479. Compare at $679).

The EOS M3 is my current travel camera, along with the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM, EF-M 11-22mm IS STM and 18-55mm IS STM lenses. You’ll likely find many reviews that try to smash this cute little camera. Don’t buy it. The EOS M3 is not perfect, but it is a very good mirrorless camera (my review).

Canon EOS M3 key features:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1,040k-Dot Touchscreen Tilting LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 24/25/30 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • Hybrid CMOS AF System with 49 AF Points
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
  • Hot Shoe and Built-In Flash
  • 3.5mm Stereo Mic Input
  • Full Manual Control

Save big on Lexar memory cards

Save Big On Lexar Memory Cards

Adorama has a special promotion on Lexar memory cards and other storage products. All the Lexar Memory products below ship free, promotion expires on 01/23.

All discounted items are listed here.

Lexar High-Performance microSDHC / microSXHC 633x Class 10 UHS-I Memory Card with USB 3.0 Reader:

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Lexar 32GB Professional 1400x XQD 2.0 Memory Card, Up to 210MB/s Read Speed and Up to 80MB/s Write Speed on sale at $69.95

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II coming with a sensor having 15 stops dynamic range? [CW3

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Coming With A Sensor Having 15 Stops Dynamic Range? [CW3

The announcement of the highly anticipated Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is a matter of a few months at most. Still no reliable specs have leaked. The only spec I think is most likely correct is the 22MP sensor, The latest tidbits suggest the EOS-1D X Mark II will feature a sensor having 15 stops of dynamic range.

The same extension of dynamic range was claimed by Canon for the Cinema EOS C300 Mark II. However, as Cinema5D found out, it’s not more than 13 stops of DR that you get on the C300 Mark II. If you want to find out how Canon measured the 15 stops of the C300 Mark II, there is another article by Cinema5D about that.

[via Canon Rumors]

Nikon D500 vs Canon EOS 7D Mark II – how do they compare? (video)

Nikon D500 Vs Canon EOS 7D Mark II – How Do They Compare? (video)

Tony Northrup on YouTube posted a 23 minutes video about how the new Nikon D500 compares to Canon’s APS-C flagship, the EOS 7D Mark II.

Nikon’s D500 has some impressing specs, beside having 4K on board:

  • 20.9MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 5 Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 2,539k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Multi-CAM 20K 153-Point AF System
  • Native ISO 51200, Extend to ISO 1640000
  • 10 fps Shooting for Up to 200 Frames
  • Built-In Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC
  • 180k-Pixel RGB Sensor and Group Area AF
  • In-Camera Time Lapse, Up to 9999 Frames

Until the announcement of the Nikon D500 Canon’s EOS 7D Mark II had no real competitors, now it looks like Canon has some stuff to catch up here. Video below…

Another suggestion the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV might feature 4K video recording [CW3++]

Another Suggestion The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Might Feature 4K Video Recording [CW3++]

I got another hint (thanks) that the upcoming Canon EOS 5D Mark IV will feature 4K. And also one more suggestion that the EOS 5D Mark III might be very different from what we all think. Some sort of revamping of the line-up, I’ve been told.

The possibility of 4K being featured on the EOS 5D Mark IV surfaced in the past and was first reported here on Canon Watch. While in the last months I’ve become a bit sceptical about this, I am now pretty sure there is a real possibility to see 4K on the EOS 5D Mark IV. However, we have to wait a few more months to know for sure.

What changed my mind is that 4K is going to be ubiquitous. It’s on smartphones, action cameras etc. The EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 5D Mark III have been milestones for videographers, and changed the rules. Can the EOS 5D Mark IV (if it will have this name) really go to market without 4K? I don’t think.