The Tokina Opera 50mm f/1.4 for FF DSLR will sell at $1100 (approximately)

Tokina Opera 50mm F/1.4

Nokishita reported the price in Japan for the upcoming Tokina Opera 50mm f/1.4 lens for full frame camera. The Opera 50mm f/1.4 price in Japan will be 126,900 Yen, which is around $1,100.

The Tokina Opera 50mm f/1.4 was announced at CP+. Shipping of the Tokina Opera 50mm f/1.4 is expected for late October 2018.

Tokina’s description of the Opera 50mm f/1.4:

With the debut of Opera 50mm F/1.4 FF we are launching a new series of next generation premium full-frame lenses for high-end DSLR cameras called “opera” series.

Opera series is designed to perfectly match recent high-spec full-frame DSLR cameras, which keep requiring high quality optics to be used with. In addition to originally high-valued Tokina AT-X series, this new opera series is positioned as top premium series of full-frame size lenses and will be further expanded with other lenses of related specifications and performance.

In modern society the word “opera” is commonly used to express general genres of stage art. In Italian it means work or work of art. As an omitted art genre definition opera comes from “opera musicale” that means a piece of music work. In Latin opera comes from “opus” and in contemporary language “magnum opus”, “opera magna” still has a meaning of “great literary, artistic or intellectual work”. We chose the name “opera” for a new premium full-frame DSLR lens series thinking of a lens that will help photographer in creating real “work of art”.

Image Quality Comparison: Canon EOS R vs EOS 5D4 vs EOS 6D2 vs Sony a7III vs Sony a7RIII

Canon Eos R

Tony & Chelsea Northrup compared the image quality of the new Canon EOS R with its siblings, the EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS 6D Mark II, and with the Sony a7 III and Sony a7R III.

The Canon EOS R definitely has a better image quality than the Sony a7 III in most conditions, with noticeably sharper images, even at high ISOs. However, the dynamic range of the EOS R has issues in shape of heavy banding when recovering shadows. This issue did not surface on the EOS 5D Mark IV (which one more times shows the EOS R does not have the same sensor as the 5D4). Dynamic range of the EOS R sensor is better than the Canon 6D Mark II.


Pre-orders for the Canon EOS R are live. Shipping is expected to start in October 2018.

Pre-order in the USA, Canon EOS R: B&H Photo | Adorama | Canon USA | Amazon

Pre-order in the USA, Canon RF mount lenses: B&H Photo | Adorama | Canon USA | Amazon

Canon EOS R world-wide pre-order links:

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
Canada: Amazon Canada, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Canada, Canon Canada, KEH Camera
France: Amazon FR, DigitalRev, eBay FR, Canon France
Germany/Austria/Switzerland: Amazon DE, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Canon Deutschland
Italy: Amazon IT, DigitalRev, eBay IT, Canon Italia
United Kingdom/Ireland: Amazon UK, Park Cameras, Wex Photo Video, DigitalRev, eBay.uk, Canon UK
USA: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

Canon RF mount lenses world-wide pre-order links:

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
Canada: Amazon Canada, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Canada, Canon Canada, KEH Camera
France: Amazon FR, DigitalRev, eBay FR, Canon France
Germany/Austria/Switzerland: Amazon DE, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Canon Deutschland
Italy: Amazon IT, DigitalRev, eBay IT, Canon Italia
United Kingdom/Ireland: Amazon UK, Park Cameras, Wex Photo Video, DigitalRev, eBay.uk, Canon UK
USA: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

Deal of the Day: VELLO ShutterBoss II Timer Remote Switch for Canon – $29.95

Vello ShutterBoss

VELLO ShutterBoss II Timer Remote Switch for Canon at a glance:

  • Wired Remote Controller
  • Power Off and Reset Options
  • Set Timer Delays & Intervals
  • Set Number of Shots/Unlimited Shooting
  • 4-Line Backlit LED Display
  • Take Photos without Camera Shake
  • Great for Time-Lapse Recording
  • Powered by Two AAA Batteries

Only for today (9/17/18) B&H Photo has the VELLO ShutterBoss II Timer Remote Switch for Canon on sale at $29.95. Compare at $49.95. Two version are on offer:


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Canon USA Joins Netflix’s New Post Technology Alliance

Post Technology Alliance

Press release:

Canon U.S.A. Joins Netflix’s New Post Technology Alliance

Four Cinema EOS Cameras Selected as Netflix Post Technology Alliance Products

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 15, 2018 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce the company will be joining Netflix’s brand-new Post Technology Alliance, which brings together industry leaders committed to working closely with Netflix to innovate production workflows and support creatives globally.

As a part of the Post Technology Alliance program, products to receive the Post Technology Alliance designation logo – a mark of quality, service, and support. The logo signals that a product meets Netflix technical and delivery specifications and will continue to do so in the future.

Four Canon Cinema EOS cameras have been selected for the program, including Canon’s first full frame cinema camera, the EOS C700 FF, along with the EOS C700, EOS C300 Mark II, and EOS C500. These cameras have been chosen by the filmmakers behind many Netflix Originals, including the Academy Award-winning documentary Icarus, feature film Our Souls at Night, and Emmy-nominated series Grace and Frankie. Other Netflix Originals shot on Canon include Afflicted, Abstract: The Art of Design, Chelsea, Hot Girls Wanted, Strong Island, The Confession Tapes, The Mars Generation, and The Ritual, with more currently in production.

“Netflix’s Post Technology Alliance program aligns perfectly with Canon’s steadfast commitment to providing state-of-the-art, high-quality products and service and support programs,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “We are delighted to continue working closely with Netflix to support filmmakers and their dedication to storytelling and creativity.”

“At Netflix, empowering our creative partners is incredibly important, and the Post Technology Alliance will build a more seamless experience from production through post-production,” said Chris Fetner, director of post partnerships & integrations at Netflix. “Products that bear the logo are committed to better interoperability and faster innovation cycles, which will allow artists to focus their energy on what matters most—the storytelling.”

With the shared goal of supporting filmmakers through the Post Technology Alliance, Canon and Netflix will continue to serve the evolving needs of the production and post-production community.

For more information about these cameras, visit pro.usa.canon.com.

Interview With Canon Engineers About the Canon EOS R

Canon Eos R

Dave Etchells of Imaging Resource had the chance to talk to Canon engineers about the brand new Canon EOS R.

Some excerpts:

Does the Canon EOS R really have 5,655 AF points?

[…]what’s being referred to are the number of AF point positions you can choose from, when in single-point mode and using the rear-panel arrow keys. When you press one of the arrow keys, the box showing the single AF “point” moves a small step in the chosen direction. Adding up the number of steps in each direction, you’d likely come up with the claimed 5,655 points.

Does AF coverage change with EF-mount lenses?

Since EF-mount lenses used via the adapter are so much further from the sensor surface, it seems likely that they wouldn’t be able to support as large an AF area as native RF-mount ones. I asked, and it turns out this is true. It will vary some based on the specific lens design, but some EF-mount lenses won’t have quite as wide AF coverage as the native ones. Native RF-mount coverage is 100% vertically and 88% horizontally, but some EF-mount lenses will only have 80% horizontal coverage (again, depending on the specific lens design).

How does EOS R autofocus compare to cameras like the 5D Mark IV?

[…]relative AF performance depended on the subject; that the EOS R would win sometimes and the 5D IV or 1D X II other times. They didn’t elaborate on what subjects they thought each would be best at, but I thought it was significant that it wasn’t all one way, and that the EOS R in fact would win some AF matchups, even against some of Canon’s top SLRs.

The entire interview can be read at Imaging Resource.


Pre-orders for the Canon EOS R are live. Shipping is expected to start in October 2018.

Pre-order in the USA, Canon EOS R: B&H Photo | Adorama | Canon USA | Amazon

Pre-order in the USA, Canon RF mount lenses: B&H Photo | Adorama | Canon USA | Amazon

Canon EOS R world-wide pre-order links:

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
Canada: Amazon Canada, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Canada, Canon Canada, KEH Camera
France: Amazon FR, DigitalRev, eBay FR, Canon France
Germany/Austria/Switzerland: Amazon DE, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Canon Deutschland
Italy: Amazon IT, DigitalRev, eBay IT, Canon Italia
United Kingdom/Ireland: Amazon UK, Park Cameras, Wex Photo Video, DigitalRev, eBay.uk, Canon UK
USA: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA

Canon RF mount lenses world-wide pre-order links:

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
Canada: Amazon Canada, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Canada, Canon Canada, KEH Camera
France: Amazon FR, DigitalRev, eBay FR, Canon France
Germany/Austria/Switzerland: Amazon DE, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photo Video, Canon Deutschland
Italy: Amazon IT, DigitalRev, eBay IT, Canon Italia
United Kingdom/Ireland: Amazon UK, Park Cameras, Wex Photo Video, DigitalRev, eBay.uk, Canon UK
USA: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA