Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D For Canon EOS R Announced

Laowa 15mm F/2 Zero-D

Venus Optics announced the Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D lens for Canon EOS R systems (and others).

The Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D can be preordered at Adorama for $849.

Product description:

The ultra wide, fast & compact prime for your full frame mirrorless cameras (Sony FE / Canon RF / Nikon Z).

This lens is currently the fastest in its class, offering superior optical quality for full-frame mirrorless cameras. It features close-to-zero distortion with a 110° angle of view. The ultra-fast f/2 aperture enables photographers to capture impressive astro shots very easily. The 72mm filter thread allows quick attachment of filters for creating unique and inspiring landscapes. This lens can easily become an everyday lens for most shooters, given its compact size (82 mm/3.23 in. long) and weight (only 500 g/1.1 lb.).

Full-size sample images can be found in our Flickr gallery here.

The Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D is currently the widest f/2 rectilinear lens in the market with a native E mount (it does not require additional adapters). It is an ultra-wide & ultra-fast prime lens which covers both 35mm full-frame & APS-C sensors. The extreme 110° angle of view and ultra-fast f/2 aperture allow photographers to create impressive astro-photography shots with ease. It also gives photographers a fast wide angle option for landscape and low-light photography.

The Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D is the second member of the Close-to-Zero distortion series from Venus Optics, following the launch of the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D last year. Zero-D lenses are specially designed to remove the optical distortion commonly associated with wide angle lenses. Any straight lines will be retained.

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Canon Patent Describes How To Feature IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation) On A DSLR

Canon Patent

Canon patent application US20190215454 describes how to implement IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation) in a DSLR. We saw other Canon patent applications dealing with IBIS but this is the first time it is related to a DSLR

More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

Canon Patent For A Lens Cap That Might Be Pretty Difficult To Lose

Canon Patent

Canon patent application 2019-113645 describes a design for a lens cap that might once for all solve the issue with lost lens caps.

The lens cap described in the Canon patent opens (and closes) without being removed form the lens. There is more: the lens cap is a lens cap when closed and becomes a lens hood when opened. Pretty smart.

The present invention works as a lens hood function at the time of shooting and as a lens protection function at the time of non-shooting, thus eliminating the need for lens cap attachment / removal and barrier opening / closing operations.

More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

Source: Canon News

Deal: Lowepro HighLine BP 300 AW 22L Backpack – $49.95 (reg. $129.95, today only)

Backpack

At a glance:

  • Fits 13″ Laptop, 10″ Tablet, Accessories
  • Interior & Exterior Pockets
  • Padded Top Handle & Compression Straps
  • Adjustable, Padded Shoulder Harness
  • Chest Connector with Quick Release
  • Adjustable Waist Belt
  • Airmesh Rear Panel
  • JumpKit & Accessory Work Station
  • Clothing Cube & Airline Liquids Pouch
  • Built-In All Weather Cover

Only for today (7/11/19) B&H Photo has the Lowepro HighLine BP 300 AW 22L Backpack (gray) on sale at $49.95. Compare at $129.95. Free shipping.

Noteworthy Kickstarter projects:

  1. DUO Daypack, quick access camera bag with lifetime warranty
  2. Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 lens for $199
  3. Peak Design super light travel tripod

More selected deals:

Sigma Announced Three DN DC Lenses For The Canon EOS M System

Canon EOS M System

Sigma announced it will port three of their DN DC lenses to the Canon EOS M system.

The first three lenses to become available for the EOS M are

  • SIGMA 16mm f/1.4 DC DN
  • SIGMA 30mm f/1.4 DC DN
  • SIGMA 56mm f/1.4 DC DN

Most likely the lenses will not have a new lens design, but having three f/1.4 lenses for the EOS M is great news. Looks like the clickbait rumors about an APS-C EOS R model might eventually disappear.

[via DPReview]

Industry News: The Sigma FP Is The World’s Smallest Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

Sigma Fp

Sigma fp key features:

  • The world’s smallest and lightest mirrorless camera with a full size image sensor
  • 24MP Bayer sensor with no low pass filter
  • ISO 100-25600
  • 14 Bit RAW (DNG)
  • Electronic shutter
  • Cinema DNG recording
  • Weather sealed
  • Size: 69.9 x 112.6 x 45.3 mm
  • Weight: 370g
  • Released Fall 2019

Sigma announced what appears to be the world’s smallest full frame mirrorless camera, the Sigma fp. Preorders are open at B&H Photo. They also have an article introducing the Sigma fp.

This looks like a cool piece of technology. Kudos Sigma for innovation and for continuing to surprise us.

Press release:

SIGMA announces the “SIGMA fp”, the world’s smallest and lightest mirrorless digital camera* with a full-frame image sensor

SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of “SIGMA fp,” the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless digital camera*. The SIGMA fp incorporates a 35mm full-frame Bayer sensor with 24.6 effective megapixels in a compact body, and boasts great versatility and scalability that allows mixing-and-matching of a variety of interchangeable lenses and accessories. It is a camera that is casual enough to take anywhere, anytime, and high-spec enough for serious still and cine shooting in the highest image quality, all in a robust and classy body.

Regardless of the differences in shooting scenes and styles or genre boundaries between stills and videos, this new camera is set to expand the freedom and possibilities in image shooting and art creation further than ever before. A “pocketable full-frame” camera: SIGMA fp, is now available.

*As of July, 2019.

SIGMA’s take on an entirely new system camera.

The world’s smallest and lightest “pocketable full-frame” camera is here.

The environment that surrounds shooting and art creation is undergoing radical changes. In this day and age when one user may have both a high-performance interchangeable lens camera and a smartphone camera, using them flexibly according to specific purposes and settings, SIGMA stopped and questioned the inherent value of a digital camera.

As a result, SIGMA set itself to develop a user-oriented digital camera that reflected the idea of “how a camera can be” in a more flexible and true-to-life manner, without conforming to manufacturers’ ideas of camera-centric categories and hierarchy.

sigma fp

Pocketable full-frame│Impressive portability and power

The “smallest and lightest body possible” with which one can express their creative ideas whenever they want, combined with a “full-frame sensor” that is suitable for serious occasions without compromising on image quality, and “superb build quality” that makes the camera the perfect linchpin of a high-performance lens system.

Scalable│Versatile scalability

An “open and liberal system” that allows one to pair the camera with lenses and accessories, whether from SIGMA or other brands, using a variety of attachments, complete with “versatile scalability” that makes the camera adaptable to any scenes.

Seamless│Full-fledged, liberating shooting functions

A “highly intuitive UI” that allows one to move between full-fledged still and cine shooting modes with just one finger, making for a “seamless and truly creative tool” that goes beyond style and genre differences.

Making it a top priority to realize these three concepts all at once and without requiring any trade-offs, SIGMA selected only the elements and mechanisms that were truly needed with no compromise to create the SIGMA fp as the embodiment of an “entirely new digital camera that SIGMA can offer to the world right now.”

It’s a camera body that changes its configuration with great flexibility centered around the user.

It’s a tool that gives the user the joy of a new camera life that they themselves are yet to discover.

It’s a new system camera that will overturn the paradigm of “digital cameras.”

The SIGMA fp is here to broaden the potential of “image shooting” ad infinitum.

For more about concept, please refer to the link: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/cameras/fp-series/

[via DPReview via Mirrorless Rumors]