Cyber Monday discounts on Sigma 35mm f/1.4 and 24-105mm f/4 Art lenses

Sigma 35mm F/1.4

Black Friday is over, Cyber Monday is coming, the deals go on. B&H Photo and Amazon US have serious discounts on Sigma lenses.

  • Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens gets $100 discount and is on sale at $799 B&H Photo | Amazon
  • Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art lens has $100 discount and is on sale at $799 B&H Photo | Amazon

More Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals and links here

Canon presents research paper for 4k2k Super 35mm Global Shutter CMOS Image Sensor


Canon presented a research paper at IEDM 2016 titled “A 1.8e- Temporal Noise Over 90dB Dynamic Range 4k2k Super 35mm Format Seamless Global Shutter CMOS Image Sensor with Multiple-Accumulation Shutter Technology” by K. Kawabata et al.

The image above shows a side by side comparison of Canon’s Super 35mm global shutter sensor a sensor with rolling shutter. Look at the Ukulele strings (more in the abstract below).

The IEDM press kit has a downloadable abstract.

Large-Format CMOS Imager with Global Shutter for High-Performance Cameras: Canon researchers will discuss high-resolution, large-format CMOS imaging technology for use in high-performance cameras large enough to take photographs and videos at ultra-high-definition resolution.

Most CMOS imagers use a rolling shutter, which captures an image at slightly different times at different areas of the imager. This can lead to image artifacts, especially for moving targets, because the image is taken while the subject is in different positions in the field. Imagers with global shutters capture light from each pixel in the imager at the same time, eliminating these artifacts. However, a global shutter usually leads to less dynamic range and higher noise and dark current, and thus to inferior photographs.

The Canon researchers developed a new architecture that enables the readouts of multiple pixels to be accumulated and stored in memory, and then processed all at once. This technique enabled the implementation of a global shutter while also delivering excellent noise and dark current performance and high dynamic range (92dB at a standard 30fps frame rate).

The images of a vibrating ukulele were taken at the same shutter speed (1/5000 sec.). In the global shutter mode (a) distortion is successfully suppressed, while (b) shows distortion from a rolling shutter. The bottom images show the difference between (a) quadruple charge accumulation with the global shutter and (b) single charge accumulation, both at a 1/90 sec. shutter speed.

(Paper #8.6, “A 1.8e- Temporal Noise Over 90dB Dynamic Range 4k2k Super 35mm Format Seamless Global Shutter CMOS Image Sensor with Multiple-Accumulation Shutter Technology,” K. Kawabata et al, Canon, Inc.)

At the end of August Canon made an announcement for a global shutter enabled sensor. Not sure if this research paper has to do with the global shutter sensor announced previously. My guess is, the paper refers to a new development, i.e. to another sensor that will have global shutter. Being a Super 35mm sensor, Canon EOS Cinema line-up is the most likely candidate for such a sensor. The EOS C700, announced back in September, comes in three variations, one having a global shutter Super 35mm sensor.

[via Image Sensors World]


Rokinon 35mm f/1.2 ED AS UMC CS Lens for Canon EF-M available for pre-order

Rokinon 35mm F/1.2

At a glance:

  • EF-M-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 56mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • One ED and Two Aspherical Elements
  • Ultra Multi-Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Rounded Nine-Blade Diaphragm

The new Rokinon 35mm f/1.2 ED AS UMC CS lens for the Canon EOS M system is available for pre-order at $499 at B&H Photo. Product description after the break.

Rokinon 35mm f/1.2
Rokinon 35mm f/1.2

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Canon earns EISA awards for EOS 80D, EOS-1D X Mark II, EF 35mm f/1.4 II, and magePROGRAF PRO-1000


Canon was awarded with 4 EISA awards, for the following Canon products:

Press release (German):

The best quality from capture to print, Canon wins four EISA Awards across DSLR and Inkjet product ranges

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland 15 August 2016 – Canon today announces it has been honoured with four product awards from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). The EOS 80D has been named the ‘European DSLR Camera 2016-2017’, while the EOS-1D X Mark II took the title of ‘European Professional DSLR Camera 2016-2017’ and the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM and the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 received awards for ‘European Professional DSLR Lens 2016-2017’ and ‘European Photo Printer 2016-2017’ respectively. With recognition for products that span both capture and print, the wins in 2016 reflect the outstanding, market-leading quality of Canon products across the imaging eco-system.

Voted for by panels of editors representing nearly 50 prominent magazines from across 20 European countries, the EISA Awards celebrate products which combine the most advanced technology, distinctive design and desirable features, with genuine value for end users. Each of the winning products has been enthusiastically received since launch, and the EISA award recognition is further testament to their outstanding quality and performance.

“At Canon, we understand photography doesn’t end with the press of a shutter, and are consistently striving to produce high-quality products that help novices and professionals alike to get the best from their photographs,” said Steve Marshall, Product Marketing Director, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon Europe. “Be it capture, print, store or share, every element matters, and we’re committed to ensuring Canon quality comes through at every step. Each of the awards we’ve received demonstrate our dedication and commitment to creating pioneering products and once again we’re extremely proud to have been recognised by the esteemed EISA panel.”

Discussing the four awards, the EISA panel said:


The Canon EOS 80D is more than just another SLR. Canon has brought a camera to the market that incorporates many innovative functions for photo and video. The key feature is Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF which enables fast focussing during live view and video, which is also supported by the new Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 which works together with the new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM kit lens. The AF is also greatly improved and now sports 45 cross-type sensors, while the high resolution vari-angle LCD allows touchscreen operation. Last but not least, the EOS 80D has class leading image quality.



The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is the fastest DSLR ever, making it the best tool for the professional sports photographer. It can take 14 images per second of moving subjects, an impressive achievement that’s particularly useful for action photography. Compared to the previous model Canon has increased the still image quality significantly, and improved the autofocus particularly when using lenses with extenders. The video function is also much more advanced with high quality 4K recording and fast autofocus in live view mode. All the improvements together with the rugged body make the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II an even better all-round camera than its predecessor.



The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM gives exciting performance: it is the best 35mm lens on the market. Image sharpness is unbelievably high, both at the centre and at the edges, even at f/1.4. Canon uses key technologies as Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) to increase light transmission, reducing both flare and ghost images. In addition a Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) lens, made of organic material, enables very efficient correction of axial chromatic aberration that’s impossible to correct by software. The 9-bladed aperture diaphragm creates very attractive bokeh and a seal on the mount protects the camera from dust and moisture.



Canon’s imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 is a dedicated A2 photo printer that uses pigment inks for the best possible print quality, including great light fastness [the resistance to colours fading] and print longevity. With a maximum print resolution of 2400x1200dpi, it uses 12 ink cartridges including separate matte black and photo black to prevent wastage of ink, money and time. It supports printing from a wide range of devices, with connection options including Hi Speed USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Pictbridge and Ethernet. The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000’s external design is reminiscent of Canon lenses.

Samyang announce 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS lens for mirrorless systems

Samyang 35mm F1.2

Samyang (Rokinon, Bowers etc) announced a new, super fast lens, the Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS. The Samyang 35mm F1.2 is a lens for mirrorless camera systems, hence it will come with a mount for Canon’s EOS M system (and for Fuji X , Sony E and MFT mounts).

There are two models of this lens:

35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS (full specs)

  • Bright F1.2 aperture
  • Aspherical Lens
  • Ultra Multi Coating (UMC) of Samyang Optics
  • Compact and Light
  • Circular aperture with 9 blades
  • Smooth Focus Ring

35mm T1.3 AS UMC CS (full specs).

  • Bright T1.3 aperture
  • Aspherical Lens
  • Ultra Multi Coating (UMC) of Samyang Optics
  • Designed as Cine lens – Follow Focus Gear Rings and Declicked Aperture
  • Compact and Light
  • Circular aperture with 9 blades
  • Smooth Focus Ring

Samyang 35mm F1.2

Samyang 35mm F1.2

Samyang 35mm F1.2
Samyang 35mm F1.2

Sigma Advisory: Some Sigma lenses for Canon not fully compatible with EOS-1D X Mark II


Sigma released a press release about compatibility issue of their 20mm F1.4 DG HSM “Art”, 35mm F1.4 DG HSM “Art” and 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM lenses with the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.

Press release:

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We have found that some SIGMA interchangeable lenses for CANON are not fully compatible with CANON EOS-1DX Mark II, which was released on April 28th. When certain lenses are attached to this camera, exposure of the image may not be accurate. We are sorry for the inconvenience, and we will make a further announcement on our website when specific details are finalised. In addition, please also refer to the below usage notice related to this announcement.


When the lenses listed below are used and either “Evaluative Metering” or “Center-weighted Average Metering” is  selected in Metering Mode of the camera, the image could show some underexposure.

[Products concerned]

We are currently working on the firmware update for respective lenses, and the release dates will be announced later.

Usage Notice for customers who are using EOS mount SIGMA lenses on a CANON EOS-1DX Mark II
・ MO (Manual Override) function is unavailable with this camera (Full-time Manual function can be offered).
・ When using a SIGMA interchangeable lens for EOS, setting the corrections to [Disable] is recommended, as “Lens Correction” functions of the camera, such as Peripheral illumination correction, Chromatic aberration correction, Diffraction correction and Distortion correction, are not supported. If those functions are activated, the performance of lenses may not be accurate. This is not only for EOS-1DX Mark II, but also other camera bodies.

We appreciate your continued support for our company and products.