Review: Sigma 16mm & 30mm & 56mm f/1.4 DC DN For Canon EOS M

Sigma 16mm

A review for those interested in the Canon EOS M system: Sigma 16mm, 30mm, and 56mm.

Photography Blog posted their review of three Sigma prime lenses, the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary, Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary, and Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lenses for the EF-M mount.

From their conclusion:

While the 56mm is undoubtedly our pick of the bunch, all three would make great additions to the rather threadbare camera bag of a Canon EOS M shooter.

This is especially true for the wide-angle Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN C and the short-telephoto Sigma 85mm F1.4 DC DN C, as there are no direct rivals in the Canon range […]

It’s a tougher sell for the Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN C because of the EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM, but even then the Sigma is pretty compelling simply because of its price […]

So, if you’re a frustrated Canon EOS M user who has outgrown their kit zoom and doesn’t want to adapt a Canon DSLR lens, the introduction of three well-built, high-quality, ultra-fast Sigma lenses in the native EF-M will be music to your ears.

Read the review at Photography Blog

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Latest Canon Patent Round-Up (Telephoto Primes, Defocus Smoothing, EOS R Lenses)

Canon Patent

Canon patent application in Japan 2019-032390 and 2019-032391 discuss optical formulas for various telephoto prime lenses:

Focal distance 294.00 
F number 2.91 
a half field angle (degree) — 4.21
image height 21.64 
Whole length of the lens 276.40 
BF 65.35 

Focal distance 392.00 
F number 2.90 
a half field angle (degree) — 3.16 
Image height 21.64 
Whole length of the lens 371.25 
BF 69.92

Focal distance 490.00 
F number 4.12 
a half field angle (degree) — 2.53 
Image height 21.64 
Whole length of the lens 410.77 
BF 66.03

Focal distance 588.00 
F number 4.12 
a half field angle (degree) — 2.11 
Image height 21.64 
Whole length of the lens 474.78 
BF 80.59

Focal distance 784.00 
F number 5.80 
a half field angle (degree) — 1.58 
Image height 21.64 
Whole length of the lens 484.53 
BF 75.94

Canon patent application in Japan (2019-028212) discusses another optical formula for an RF 70-300mm lens for the EOS R system:

focal length 71.53 132.28 293.70 
F-number 4.16 5.18 5.83 
half-field angle (degree) 16.83 9.29 4.21 
Image height 21.64 21.64 21.64 
Lens total length 179.52 216.99 250.81 
BF 48.94 22.62 18.05 

Canon patent application in Japan (2019-028258) discusses the optical formula for what might be kit lenses for an APS-C DSLR:

focal length 17.00 45.29 130.97
F number 3.71 5.63 6.30
half angle of view (degree) 38.78 16.78 5.95
image height 13.66 13.66 13.66
total lens length 88.79 109.43 136.79
BF Air) 9.50 32.69 41.15

focal length 17.00 48.75 130.97
F number 3.59 6.05 6.30
Half angle of view 38.78 15.65 5.95
Image height 13.66 13.66 13.66
Lens total length 93.09 114.59 143.09
BF 11.62 39.19 46.30

focal length 18.45 46.95 80.00
F number 3.25 4.48 5.60
Half angle of view 36.52 16.22 9.69
Image height 13.66 13.66 13.66
Lens total length 98.76 113.68 139.63
BF 9.45 9.45 9.45

focal length 17.00 44.95 130.97
F number 3.88 5.96 6.30
half angle of view (degree) 38.78 16.90 5.95
image height 13.66 13.66 13.66
total lens length 88.59 109.18 136.47
BF 11.16 34.60 41.37

focal length 18.14 30.19 45.00
F-number 2.06 3.00 5.00
half-field angle (degree) 33.66 23.99 16.62
Image height 12.08 13.43 13.43
total lens length 92.24 97.67 90.17
BF 13.96 9.90 3.00

Canon patent applications via Canon News.

ZEISS Supreme Primes announced, a new high-end Cinema lens line-up

ZEISS Supreme Primes

Zeiss announced the development of a new lens line-up, “Supreme Prime”. The first ZEISS Supreme Primes lenses with focal lengths of 25, 29, 35, 50, and 85 millimeters will be available starting on August 1, 2018. The ZEISS Supreme Prime 100 millimeter will be available in December 2018. The set of six lenses, consisting of the focal lengths mentioned above, is available from ZEISS Cinema lens dealers for 108,000 USD. The remaining focal lengths will be released successively until 2020.

The ZEISS Supreme Primes will be presented to the general public for the first time at the CineGear expo in Los Angeles on June 1, 2018.

Zeiss press release:

New High-End Cinema Lens Family ZEISS Supreme Primes

With its 13 high-speed, full-frame, prime lenses for high-quality film productions, ZEISS is focusing on maximum quality, low weight, and significant versatility when it comes to creating superb visual imagery.

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 2018-05-24.

ZEISS has introduced a new family of high-speed lenses for high-end film production: The ZEISS Supreme Prime family consists of 13 lenses with fixed focal lengths between 15 and 200 millimeters, the majority with a maximum aperture of T1.5. “The lenses are designed for film productions of an extremely high quality,” says Christophe Casenave from ZEISS. “They are perfect for high-budget advertising or feature films, for example.” ZEISS Supreme Primes are designed to cover cinematic large format camera sensors and are compatible with all of the latest camera models, such as the Sony Venice, ARRI Alexa LF, and RED Monstro. According to Casenave, the versatility of the Supreme Prime lenses to create different visual looks is due to the gentle sharpness, the aesthetic focus fall-off and elegant bokeh. The lenses are extremely flexible and can be used equally well for science fiction thrillers as well as for dramas.

Compact and Lightweight

“Weighing an average of 1600 grams (3.5 pounds), ZEISS Supreme Primes are significantly lighter and smaller than comparable lenses on the market,” says Casenave. With these compact and lightweight lenses, ZEISS is responding to many camera operators’ desire for compact equipment that stills meets the highest standards of quality. “ZEISS Supreme Primes are unbelievably rugged and reliable. Regardless of whether filming in the desert or in the Arctic, the lenses perform flawlessly. And in the event that something should ever break, our worldwide service network provides fast and professional help.”

ZEISS eXtended Data Metadata Technology

The ZEISS Supreme Primes are equipped with the ZEISS eXtended Data metadata technology. Introduced in 2017, ZEISS eXtended Data provides frame by frame data on lens vignetting and distortion in addition to the standard lens metadata provided using Cooke’s /i technology1 protocol. This greatly speeds up the entire film production’s workflow. When using visual effects for example, with only a few clicks, the lens properties can be removed so that computer-generated effects imagery can be accurately applied to the captured imagery. The lens properties can then be reapplied with the same click of a button and combined with the film material to create a realistic image. Previously, all of the data had to be measured manually so that it could be corrected in post-production. But ZEISS eXtended Data eliminates this time-consuming job.

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Zeiss set to announce the development of new “Supreme Prime” lens line-up

Supreme Prime

It appears Zeiss is set to announce the development of a new Cine lens line-up, named “Supreme Prime”. The 13 new lenses will come with PL, LPL, and EF mount.

  • 15mm  T/1.8
  • 18mm T/1.5
  • 21mm  T/1.5
  • 25mm T/1.5
  • 29mm T/1.5
  • 35mm T/1.5
  • 50mm T/1.5
  • 65mm T/1.5
  • 85mm T/1.5
  • 100mm T/1.5
  • 135mm T/1.5
  • 150mm T/1.5
  • 200mm. T/2.1

We expect the development announcement on May 24, 2018. According to Nokishita, the Supreme Prime lens line-up will hit the market in 2020. The price for such a lens will be around $15,000.

Supreme Prime

Two new EOS M lenses coming this year, a prime lens before March 2018? [CW3]

 

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Rumor has it Canon will announce two lenses for the company’s EOS M mirrorless system.

The two EOS M lenses are said to be a prime and zoom lens. The prime lens is said to be announced for CP+ (March 2018). No hints are given for the focal length, or for other specifications.

New EF-M lenses are rumored since a while, and we got a few suggestions it could be 35mm prime lens. However we haven’t heard anything since a long time about an EF-M 35mm lens so we do not think this old rumor is still reliable. The last time we heard something in this direction was one year ago.

All truth to be told, back in November 2016 we got a rumor saying Canon would announce a prime and a zoom lens for the EOS M system in 2017. It didn’t happen and since then I lost a bit of confidence about Canon’s plan with the EOS M system. A system that’s recognised to be powerful but to dramatically lack native lenses. Since the EOS M5 () and EOS M6 () you can properly use almost all EF and EF-S lenses via adapter (). Never the less it’s not the same as having good native lenses (something you get if you buy into Fuji’s mirrorless system).

Back to the rumor. If Canon is set to announce a new EF-M lens to display at CP+, it almost for sure will happen along with the announcement of Canon’s next mirrorless camera, the EOS M50.

Stay tuned!

[via CR]