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A pair of new RF lenses from Canon

Press release issued by Canon Inc.:

Canon launches a world first RF lens – the third addition to its F2.8L trinity series – and a new portrait lens for the RF mount

Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS
Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS

 

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 24 October 2019 – Canon Europe, world leader in lens manufacturing, launches the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM and RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS, delivering on its commitment to introducing six RF lenses for the EOS R System to the market in 2019. Completing  Canon’s F2.8L trinity series for the RF mount, the  RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM is the world’s shortest and lightest[i] interchangeable lens with a focal length of 70-200mm f/2.8 for interchangeable lens cameras[ii] with a 35mm Full Frame image sensor. The RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS sits in the new RF line-up as a complementary lens to the RF 85mm F1.2L USM. Sharing the same optical excellence, but with an added Canon unique DS coating, the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS does not compromise on quality while achieving the desired soft bokeh look. With its shallow depth of field capabilities, it’s an ideal choice for capturing portrait shots with smooth backgrounds and drawing attention and focus on the subject.

Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM

Both lenses join Canon’s innovative RF lens line-up enabling photographers and videographers to capture high-quality still and moving images across all genres – from landscape and architecture, to portrait and nature, or sports and media. Offering incredible quality, durability and versatility there’s now a lens for all photographers – from enthusiasts to professionals – looking to expand their skill set and take stunning shots with the EOS R System in any shooting scenario. 

The RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM – a lighter, shorter and trinity staple lens

Following the announcement of the RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM and RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM in August this year, the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM completes Canon’s F2.8L zoom trinity lens series – three kit bag essential RF lenses enabling professionals and enthusiasts to capture subjects in practically any scenario with their large, bright f/2.8 aperture and zoom range.

The RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM is a great example of Canon’s commitment to supporting photographers with kit that helps push creative boundaries, futureproofing their content with the EOS R System. Weighing approximately 1,070g and is 146mm in length at its shortest – that’s around 28 per cent lighter and 27 per cent shorter than the existing EF mount model – photographers have the flexibility to shoot for longer periods of time, comfortably to capture the winning shot. The first RF lens with a white heat shield coating, the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM will perform at a premium high standard whatever the weather.

The RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM is the first Canon lens to support an electronic floating focus control that drives the two lens groups individually with Dual Nano USMs – with this a high degree of quietness, power saving, and high-speed operation is achieved without sacrificing the lens’ compact size.

Equipped with Dual Nano USMs, the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM also achieves high-precision still image AF and smooth movie AF in combination with the EOS R series Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This combination reduces focus breathing for video shooting. Coupled with 5 Stop IS (Image Stabilizer), images will be pin-sharp even when slowing the shutter speed down and in dark scenes – expanding the possibilities for handheld shooting.

The RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS – a picture perfect portrait lens

Retaining the stunning image quality and ease of use of the RF 85mm F1.2L USM, the addition of RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS to Canon’s RF line-up is its response to the variety of portrait photographers’ needs. Combining the large, maximum aperture of f/1.2 and close-up shooting, with a minimum focusing distance of 85cm, with its DS coating the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS achieves greater expression – its dramatic blurring capabilities makes the subject ‘pop’ more than ever before.

This bokeh effect is made possible thanks to Canon’s original DS coating – a vapor-deposited coating technology that has a high transmittance at the center and a low transmittance toward the periphery. Without compromising on quality, the DS coating applied on the front and rear surfaces of the lens softly and smoothly blurs the entire outline of bokeh – not just on one side which is common of similar lenses on the market.

Not only is the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS perfect for portraiture photography, the resulting bokeh effect this lens produces is perfect for achieving the desired ‘cinematic’ look many video content creators, across multiple genres from documentary to film, strive for. Dull, flat talking head videos are a thing of the past and the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS is a RF lens that helps eradicate that.

Lenses which optimise Canon’s optical excellence

The RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM’s world’s first lens of its category status is made possible with Canon’s innovative new optical design. Utilising a large diameter and short back focus the degree of freedom in lens design, compared to conventional EF lenses, helps achieve exceptionally high image quality. Ensuring images are of premium quality, each aberration is successfully corrected by glass-molded aspherical lenses, UD lenses and Super UD lenses. In addition to this, SWC – a coating that achieves anti-reflectivity reducing flaring and ghosting – is used.

Mirroring the optical excellent standard of the rest of the RF line-up, by combining Canon’s proprietary technologies such as BR[iii] optics and UD lenses, chromatic aberration is thoroughly suppressed in the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS enabling photographers to also achieve the highest of image quality. With its ASC anti-reflective coating reducing flaring and ghosting and the effective arrangement of ground aspherical lenses, the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS, like the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM and the rest of Canon’s RF lens line-up, enables professionals and enthusiasts to achieve outstandingly optically excellent images in their desired style. 

Designed with professionals and enthusiasts in mind

As with all Canon products the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM and RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS have been designed using customer feedback. Both lenses are dust and water-resistant enabling photographers to handle all weather conditions – giving peace of mind that, whatever the scenario, the kit will withstand the pressures and produce optically excellent images.

The highly customisable control ring of the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM and RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS makes it possible to assign aperture, shutter speed, ISO speed, and exposure compensation as desired. The RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM features, a newly designed compact tripod mount which can be removed with a simple operation, to quickly change the vertical and horizontal framing when using a tripod.

Pricing & Availability:

The RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM and RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS will be available from December with the following RSPs:

  • RF 85mm f/1.2 DS: £3,249.99 / €3799.99
  • RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS UMD: £2,699.99 / €3149.99

For product information on the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS please visit:

https://www.canon.co.uk/lenses/rf-85mm-f1-2l-usm-ds-lens/

https://www.canon.ie/lenses/rf-85mm-f1-2l-usm-ds-lens/

For product information on the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM please visit:

https://www.canon.co.uk/lenses/rf-70-200mm-f2-8l-is-usm-lens/

https://www.canon.ie/lenses/rf-70-200mm-f2-8l-is-usm-lens/

 RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM Key Features:

  • World’s shortest and lightest[iv] interchangeable lens with a focal length of 70-200mm f/2.8 for interchangeable lens cameras[v] with a 35mm Full Frame image sensor – ideal for sports, wildlife and portraits
  • Fast f/2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range
  • 5 Stop IS (Image Stabilizer ) for shake free images
  • Fast-focusing with Dual Nano USMs
  • L- series quality and weatherproofing

RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS Key Features

  • High-performance 85mm prime lens
  • DS Coating for soft, smooth and defocused rendering
  • Large f/1.2 aperture
  • Customisable control ring – giving direct control over Tv/Av/ISO settings
  • L-series quality and weatherproofing

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[i] Based on Canon research and as of October 2019

[ii] SLR cameras and mirrorless cameras

[iii] BR optics (Blue Spectrum Refractive optics) reduce chromatic aberration ensuring the highest image quality

[iv] Based on Canon research and as of October 2019

[v] SLR cameras and mirrorless cameras

Canon officially announces EOS-1D X Mark III is on the way

Press release issued by Canon Inc.:

The new action hero: Canon Inc. announces development of the EOS-1D X Mark III

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 24 October 2019 – Canon Inc. today announces the development of the highly anticipated EOS-1D X Mark III  – the successor to the world-renowned EOS-1D X Mark II. Perfect for sports and wildlife, the flagship DSLR is being developed using feedback from the worldwide community of EOS-1D X and EOS-1D X Mark II photographers, including extensive real-world testing with professional photographers globally. Boasting Canon’s rich heritage creating optically excellent products, the EOS-1D X Mark III offers an impressive step change in autofocus, with dramatically improved image quality, video and communications. Using the camera, professionals have the confidence they will get ‘the shot’ and can deliver it at a competitive speed – faster than ever before – ideal for the increasingly fast-paced industry.

Canon’s DSLRs continue to dominate professional photography. Speed, autofocus and high-speed communications are at the heart of the EOS-1D X Mark III making it ideal for professionals – especially in sports or wildlife – that are under pressure to capture and deliver optically excellent images of action that could be over in a fraction of a second.

Unrivalled: a step change in autofocus

The EOS-1D X Mark III is blisteringly fast – offering exceptional precision, reliability, high-performance autofocus and subject tracking – giving photographers a greater choice when it comes to the perfect shot selection. The camera’s new autofocus algorithm improves stability and tracking – with both optical viewfinder and Live View shooting – using deep learning technology to ensure accurate focus tracking for every shot. When using the optical viewfinder the EOS-1D X Mark III makes use of a new autofocus sensor offering approximately 28x the resolution in the centre of the sensor than the one in the EOS-1D X Mark II – the current go to camera for professional photographers.

Richard Heathcote, Senior Sports Photographer, Major Events, Getty Image said: “The new autofocus algorithm in the EOS-1D X Mark III takes subject tracking to a new level, with an intuitive controller and accurate results. It delivers as you would expect from the ultimate professional sports photography camera.” 

Offering expanded AF brightness range with greater precision, the EOS-1D X Mark III has a range of autofocus capabilities enabling photographers to get ‘the shot’. In Live View users can make use of 525 AF areas using the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system covering approximately 90×100 percent of the image sensor. Using the same AF algorithm as when shooting with the optical viewfinder, it ensures enhanced flexibility when framing subjects, whether it’s a race car on a track or a bird in flight. The EOS-1D X Mark III supports significantly faster frame rates with full AF and AE, using either the optical viewfinder (up to approx. 16fps mechanical shutter) or Live View (up to approx. 20fps mechanical or electronic shutter), in addition to this the camera’s CFexpress card slots enable five times the RAW burst depth of its predecessor.

Challenge creativity – capture everything

A clear example of Canon’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovative imaging with optically excellent technology, the EOS-1D X Mark III supports an all new, Canon-developed, CMOS sensor and DIGIC processor, delivering greater image quality, at even higher ISOs, with the ability to capture stills in 10bit using the HEIF file format. The power of 4K resolution brings stories to life with the capabilities to shoot cinematically with 4K movies including 4K60p with 10bit Canon Log internal recording. Reducing the amount of equipment needed for professionals on any given project, the EOS-1D X Mark III also shoots in RAW for both movie and stills.

Content delivery, quicker than ever before

For professionals, content delivery is just as important as image capture – the EOS-1D X Mark III makes it easy, featuring built-in Wi-Fi and low-energy Bluetooth in addition to GPS. To keep pace with ever-shortening deadlines, the camera transfers data at twice[i] the speed of the EOS-1D X Mark II when using the built in ethernet, or the new optional wireless file transmitter – the WFT-E9 – which is also compatible with Canon’s recently launched Cinema EOS C500 Mark II camera. Coupled with simpler network set-up, the EOS-1D X Mark III greatly enhances the professional workflow.

An extension of the professional kit bag

Existing EOS-1D series users will be comfortable handling the EOS-1D X Mark III, allowing seamless navigation with trusted ergonomics – whilst the magnesium alloy body offers the durability expected from Canon’s EOS-1 cameras. Professional photographers can expect the same impressive build-quality as the EOS-1D X Mark II – phenomenal weather-sealing allows the camera to stand up to harsh conditions, including wind, rain and humidity. With incredible low-light shooting capabilities, the EOS-1D X Mark III’s illuminated buttons allow for precision operation in challenging, dark and dimly-lit conditions. The camera also offers a new additional control for selecting AF points, built into the AF-ON button, allowing photographers to change AF points on-the-fly for the best composition – further simplifying their work. Dramatically improved battery life – with the same LP-E19 – also allows professionals to shoot for longer periods of time, without having to change batteries, reducing the chance of missing a shot.

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Upgraded Ellie L-brackets from 3 Legged Thing

Press-release issued by 3 Legged Thing:

Announcing Upgrade to Ellie L-bracket System

* Press Release *

3 Legged Thing Announces Huge Upgrade to Ellie L-Bracket System

New 3 Legged Thing L Bracket verdsions
New 3 Legged Thing L Bracket versions

The British tripod and photo accessory manufacturer builds on the success of its Ellie L-bracket System with three alternative base options for ultimate universal compatibility.

STAGSDEN, ENGLAND – 24th October 2019

Following the success of Ellie, their highly-configurable, universal L-bracket, 3 Legged Thing has announced new versions of the L-bracket which offer improved battery door access on smaller camera bodies, as well as unique compatibility with camera clip systems, including Peak Design® Capture v3.

L-brackets are used to maintain the focal plane and a level horizon when switching from landscape to portrait on a tripod. Ellie was released in March 2019 and immediately became a global success for 3 Legged Thing. Ellie has an unprecedented level of functionality and two-axis adjustability, making it a firm favourite for photographers around the world.

“It was always the plan to expand upon the Ellie System,” explains 3LT Founder & CEO, Danny Lenihan. “The ultimate goal for any universal product is to make it truly universal, so this is a huge step forward. Creating an L-bracket with the ability to lock into Peak Design’s Capture system has been on my mind since we launched our first L-bracket in 2016, so I’m really excited that my little brand has innovated something globally unique.”

Three Legged Thing ELLIE-S-C-3450 L brackets
Three Legged Thing ELLIE-S-C-3450 L brackets

Danny continues: “The moment we launched Ellie there was a resounding call for a version to fit on smaller camera bodies, or those where the camera screw mount is near the battery door. In response we spent some time, primarily with mirrorless cameras, which led to the production of ELLIE SHORT. This new version retains all the functionality of its wider-based predecessor, but with a shorter base plate which better accommodates access to the battery door on some models from Fujifilm, Olympus, and smaller Canon consumer DSLRs.”

Alongside Ellie Short, 3 Legged Thing is also releasing BASE 70, a standalone base plate which can be used as a quick release plate on its own, or for existing Ellie owners, can replace the original base plate.

At the same time, 3 Legged Thing will also release BASE 85 – the original ELLIE base plate – as a standalone product. This provides a wider, stable base for users of larger DSLR and mirrorless cameras, and broadens 3LT’s release plate offering which already includes the Arca Swiss compatible QR4 and QR7.

Both BASE 70 and BASE 85 are made from aerospace grade anodised magnesium alloy. They feature a stainless steel ¼”-20 Stagsden camera screw, and rubberised pads to ensure a secure connection with the camera. They also have a slot at the end for attachment of camera straps.

A number of photographers prefer not to use a strap to carry their camera, instead they use clip systems which attach to belts or bags. The most popular of these is Peak Design’s Capture. It’s been a brand ambition to introduce Capture compatibility to an L-bracket, and as such 3 Legged Thing has now designed compatible universal L-Brackets which can be mounted into a clip system.

These L-brackets, expanded from the original design of Ellie, feature Peak Design geometry on the base that clips into a Capture v3 and can be locked in place. This “shoe” is also Arca Swiss compatible, and being square it has the added attraction of being able to mount in any one of four positions in any Arca-Swiss compatible clamp or head. The vertical aspect has the same design as Ellie, and features a space on one side for cable management. This space can be placed in one of four positions by rotating and/or inverting the upright.

The Capture v3-compatible brackets will be available in two sizes – ELLIE PD with an 85mm / 3.35” long base for standard DSLR and mirrorless cameras, and ELLIE PD SHORT with a 70mm / 2.75” base for smaller camera bodies or those where the screw thread is close to the battery door.

For photographers who wish to use a larger base plate, or current owners of Ellie who want to use the Peak Design Capture system, the new base plates are being made available for purchase separately. BASE 85 PD is the 85 mm length plate with the Capture shoe and BASE 70 PD is the shorter 70mm plate. These also feature a stainless steel ¼”-20 Stagsden camera screw, and rubberised pads to ensure a secure connection with the camera, as well as a slot at the end for strap attachment.

All versions of ELLIE and BASE are now available to pre-order with participating retailers, or at www.3leggedthing.com/ellie

Suggested retail prices are:

ELLIE SHORT – £61.99 / $64.99

ELLIE PD – £72.99 / $79.99

ELLIE PD SHORT £69.99 / $74.99

BASE 70 – £31.99 / $34.99

BASE 85 – £34.99 / $39.99

BASE 70 PD – £39.99 / $44.99

BASE 85 PD – £44.99 / $49.99.

Products are expected to be released in mid November 2019.

For a list of 3 Legged Thing retailers, visit www.3leggedthing.com/where-to-buy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three new Sony E-mount full frame prime lenses from Tamron

Press release issued by Intro 2020:

Tamron announces three close-focusing fixed focal lenses for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras

20mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2Model F050

24mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2Model F051

35mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2Model F053

October 23, 2019. Tamron Co., Ltd. announces the launch of three fixed focal lenses for Sony E–mount full-frame mirrorless cameras: the 20mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F050), the 24mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F051), and the 35mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F053).

Having already produced award-winning zoom lenses* in this mirrorless category, we turned our attention toward fixed focal lenses. When using a fixed focal lens, the photographer must decide the composition based on their distance from the subject.

This  puts  the joy of capturing the image exactly as envisioned and the pure fun of shooting on a different level. The three new models include a 20mm focal length (Model F050) to fully explore the world of ultra wide-angles, a 24mm focal length (Model F051) as the perfect general-purpose wide-angle lens, and the versatile 35mm focal length (Model F053) that is ideal for everyday/every subject use.

Developed under the concept of “letting as many as possible learn the joy of fixed focal lenses in a more accessible way,” each lens strikes a balance between gorgeous image rendering and superior operation. We managed to match the same filter size  (φ67mm) for all three fixed focal lenses as well as the two previously launched zooms and achieve our aim of compactness.

Furthermore, the 20mm, 24mm and 35mm lenses are all capable of focusing very close, to an unprecedented in this category magnification ratio of 1:2. Other features include Moisture-Resistant Construction (for outdoor shooting) and a Fluorine Coating on the front element for easy maintenance and fingerprint removal.

They also support various camera features offered by certain Sony cameras,  such as Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF, and offer a multitude of advanced functions to  ensure  a pleasant shooting experience and fantastic results.

This series of highly practical lenses lets photographers enjoy the photographic expression of wide-angle lenses, often regarded as the sweet spot for most photographic pursuits, plus unprecedented light weight and ful-blown performance.

*28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036) standard zoom and 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046).

PRODUCT NAME DATE OF LAUNCH
24mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F051)

35mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F053)

 

December 2019

20mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F050) Launch planned by January 2020

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1. Enhanced close-focusing capability expands lens usefulness and versatility

These fixed focal lenses focus very close. The MOD (Minimum Object Distance) for the 20mm, 24mm and 35mm is 0.11m, 0.12m and 0.15m (4.3, 4.7 and 5.9 inches) respectively. Plus, the maximum magnification ratio for all three is 1:2. This remarkable performance allows users to create compositions that emphasize perspective (closer subjects are larger and distant ones are smaller) and that are unique to wide-angle lenses.

Being able to get in close is one of the most desirable specifications for a wide-angle lens. With dramatic closeup shooting performance for full-frame lenses, the series unleashes an unprecedented level of shooting freedom. Plus, by moving close to the subject, strongly blurred backgrounds are easier to attain.

2. A compact, lightweight 67mm filter diameter system offering excellent portability

Weighing in at 220g (7.8 oz) for the 20mm (Model F050), 215g (7.6 oz) for the 24mm (Model F051)  and 210g (7.4 oz) for the 35mm (Model F053), the lenses are exceptionally light, allowing photographers to enjoy shooting comfortably without hesitating about whether to  carry  the  lens. All three lenses combined weigh under 1.5 pounds (645g)! Meanwhile other lenses in Tamron’s lightweight full-frame mirrorless series such as the 28-75mm F/2.8 (Model A036) standard zoom or 17-28mm F/2.8 (Model A046) ultra wide-angle zoom make the perfect companions to broaden the range of shooting possibilities.

As testament to their compactness, all three new models feature the same 67mm filter diameter as Tamron’s zoom lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras. This significantly reduces cost and packing space when working with PL, ND and other filters. Even the front lens caps are the same  size, eliminating the hassle of sorting caps when switching lenses. These  features  combine  to produce a highly convenient and mobile system that adds more fun to photography.

3. Superb high-resolution performance that matches the latest high-resolution image sensors

The sophisticated optical formula created with the latest lens design technologies boasts exceptionally high rendering performance from edge to edge thanks to the optimal arrangement of LD (Low Dispersion) and GM (glass-molded aspherical) lens elements. Any remaining minor distortions sometimes common in wide-angle lenses are corrected using in-camera functions.

Additionally, Tamron’s legendary BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating effectively reduces ghosting and flare. With excellent resolving power achieved through uncompromising optical performance and camera-based distortion correction, these lenses can be used with complete confidence for a wide range of applications from casual family snaps to serious professional photography.

4. Consistent 64mm (2.5 in) overall length facilitates ease-of-use

All three lenses are the same length: 64mm (2.5 in). Achieving excellent balance with Sony E-mount cameras, these compact lenses employ a front element extension system but are designed to maintain the same exterior length during focusing operations. Therefore, there is less chance of an extended front element accidentally coming into contact with a subject during closeup shooting. And optional manual focusing is easier because the focus ring is positioned toward the front of the lens within natural reach of the thumb and index finger.

5. Silent autofocus driven by OSD (Optimized Silent Drive) DC motor

The AF drive system employs an OSD to ensure quiet operation. In comparison to conventional AF types with built-in DC motors, Tamron was able to greatly reduce the drive noise as well as vastly improve AF performance and speed. The lower  ambient  noise  level  is  sure  to  be appreciated by video shooters. Overall, this fixed focal  lens  series  provides  superlative  AF  precision for exact focus even when shooting  moving  subjects,  as  well  as  outstanding  accuracy and tracking capability. Additionally, this fixed focal  series  supports  various  AF  features  offered by certain Sony cameras, including Fast Hybrid AF, Eye AF, and Direct Manual Focus (DMF) to ensure a pleasant shooting experience.

6. Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating

Environmental seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops and afford Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature provides an additional  layer  of  protection  when  shooting  outdoors  under  adverse weather conditions. Also, the front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that has excellent water- and oil-repellant qualities. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, moisture or oily fingerprints, allowing    for much easier maintenance. These protective features are keenly important for lenses that allow   you to get in close to a subject.

7. Compatible with main cameraspecific features and functions

All three of Tamron’s new fixed focal lenses are compatible with many of the advanced features that are specific to certain mirrorless cameras. These include the following:

-Fast Hybrid AF

-Eye AF

-Direct Manual Focus (DMF)

-In-camera lens correction (shading, chromatic aberration, distortion)

-Camera-based lens unit firmware updates

* Features vary by camera. Please consult your camera’s instruction manual for details

* As of September, 2019

SPECIFICATIONS 

Model F050 F051 F053
Focal Length 20mm 24mm 35mm
Maximum Aperture F/2.8
Angle of View

(diagonal)

94°30’ʹ 84°04’ʹ 63°26’ʹ
Optical Construction 10 elements in 9 groups 10 elements in 9 groups 9 elements in 8 groups
Minimum Object

Distance

0.11m (4.3 in) 0.12m (4.7 in) 0.15m (5.9 in)
Maximum

Magnification Ratio

1:2
Filter Size φ67mm
Maximum Diameter φ73mm
Length** 64mm
Weight 220g (7.8 oz) 215g (7.6 oz) 210g (7.4 oz)
Aperture Blades 7 (circular diaphragm)**
Minimum Aperture F/22
Standard Accessories Lens hood (Flower-shaped), Lens caps Lens hood (Cap-type),

Lens caps

Compatible Mounts Sony E-mount

 

* for full-frame mirrorless format

** Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.

*** The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.

 

 

ARRI Edition AV PRO AR 256 CFast 2.0 Memory Card

Press release issued by Angelbird:

ARRI and Angelbird introduce CFast™ 2.0 Memory Card

Lustenau, September 28, 2018 – ARRI is introducing the ARRI Edition AV PRO AR 256 CFast 2.0 card by Angelbird. The card has been designed and certified for use in the ALEXA Mini and AMIRA camera systems* and can be used for ProRes and MXF/ARRIRAW recording.

ARRI has worked closely with Angelbird Technologies GmbH, a hi-tech company based in Vorarlberg, Austria. Angelbird is no stranger to film production, and some of their gear can be found at ARRI Rental European locations. The company’s young yet experienced team has a passion for quality and great attention to detail.

“Many of the CFast cards we tested delivered good results, but it usually takes the manufacturers a few attempts to stabilize their performance for high data-rate write patterns,” says Oliver Temmler, Product Manager for Storage Media at the ARRI headquarters in Munich, Germany. “Angelbird really stood out—they listened to us closely and quickly determined which parameters they had to tweak.”

For the ARRI Edition CFast card, the Angelbird team did not want to settle for “good enough” but went straight for “the very best.” They developed an ARRI-specific card that uses a combination of thermally conductive material and so-called underfill, to provide superior heat dissipation from the chips, and to secure the electronic components against mechanical damage.

The result is a rock-solid 256 GB CFast 2.0 card, with super-stable recording performance all the way across the storage space, making it the perfect addition to an ALEXA Mini or AMIRA camera setup.

The ARRI Edition AV PRO AR 256 memory card by Angelbird is available exclusively from ARRI and other sales channels offering ARRI products.

*Support for new CFast 2.0 cards is currently not planned for ALEXA XT, SXT(W), and LF cameras.

Angelbird

Zeiss ZX1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

Zeiss are developing their own full-frame compact system camera, the Zeiss ZX1.

Press release issued by Zeiss

ZEISS ZX1

The Camera Concept for the Creative Flow in Photography

First full-frame camera from ZEISS with first-class image quality and the familiar, intuitive image editing and connectivity of a smartphone.

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 2018-09-27.

ZEISS ZX1 – That is the name of the newly developed mirrorless full-frame camera from ZEISS that was presented today in Cologne, Germany. Thanks to the ZEISS lens and a sensor developed in-house at ZEISS, the camera delivers first-class image quality combined with an operational concept and user experience that make the photographer’s jobs-to-be-done as intuitive as on a smartphone.

The ZEISS camera concept is just the first step to opening up a new world of possibilities for ambitious photographers – from taking the shot to editing the image and sharing it on the web.

SHOOT. EDIT. SHARE. – Harmonized hardware, software and optics for a seamless creative process

SHOOT: the ZEISS ZX1 features a newly designed, integrated ZEISS Distagon 35 mm f/2 T* lens with autofocus that has been perfectly matched to the 37.4 megapixel full-frame sensor developed in-house at ZEISS. The interplay between the lens and sensor ensures first-class picture quality with that typical ZEISS look.

EDIT: The ZEISS ZX1 enables photographers to professionally process RAW images directly on the camera thanks to fully integrated Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC. Moreover, the ZEISS ZX1’s unique user interface supports the user’s particular workflow without any interruption – providing direct access to the most frequently used functions via a 4.3″ multi-touch display.

SHARE: when the networked full-frame camera is connected, the user can upload selected images directly to the internet – without the intermediate transfer to memory cards or other external devices.
512 GB of internal memory provide sufficient space for approximately 6,800 RAW files (DNG) or over 50,000 JPGs – more than enough to handle photos, even during a longer trip, and giving the photographer the chance to let their creativity flow. Versatile connectivity options such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB-C ensure that various peripherals can be connected. Over-the-air software updates keep the camera up to date without requiring a computer connection.

Designed with a passion for detail and a focus on the essentialsThe design of the ZEISS ZX1 is characterized by its iconic shape with carefully crafted details. The overall form and reduction to just those elements that are absolutely necessary lay the foundation for an ergonomic camera and ensure easy handling. The symbiosis of hardware and software is exemplified by the newly defined user interface that utilizes the 4.3″ multi-touch display. The slightly bent screen separates the live view from the control elements, making camera operation comfortable and straightforward.

“We know that we exploring new ways and initially addressing a special target group with the ZEISS ZX1. With our concept we are focusing on ambitious, professional creatives who want to produce their photographic experiences quickly and efficiently, and inspire as many people on the Internet as possible. This requires a streamlined workflow in addition to high-end features. This is exactly what the concept of the ZEISS ZX1 offers,” explains Jörg Schmitz, Head of the Consumer Products business group at ZEISS.

ZEISS ZX1 available from early 2019

The ZEISS ZX1 will be available at selected dealers in early 2019. ZEISS will announce the recommended retail price at the start of the official market launch. Starting now, anyone interested in receiving information on exact availability can register at www.zeiss.com/zx1

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Zeiss Batis 40/2 CF Distagon Lens

Press release issued by Zeiss

ZEISS Batis 2/40 CF

The Most Versatile Lens in the ZEISS Batis Family

The ZEISS Batis 2/40 CF bridges the gap in the ZEISS Batis family lineup

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 2018-09-27.

With a 40 millimeter fixed focal length, the ZEISS Batis 2/40 CF (Close Focus) is the latest addition to the product family. This standard lens in the ZEISS Batis family features a quick autofocus and an extremely short minimum focus distance. Delivery will start in November 2018. “The focal length on the ZEISS Batis 2/40 CF makes it suitable for a wide range of applications, something customers have been eagerly awaiting. The lens bridges the current gap between the ZEISS Batis 2/25 and the ZEISS Batis 1.8/85,” says Dr. Michael Pollmann, Category Manager for Imaging at ZEISS.

The ZEISS Batis family was developed specifically for mirrorless full-frame cameras from Sony (Alpha 7 and Alpha 9 series). The lenses are compatible with all E-mount cameras and cover a total of five focal lengths ranging from 18 to 135 millimeters. Together with these cameras, the ZEISS Batis 2/40 CF ensures a lightweight, easy-to-use, high-performance system that delivers outstanding image quality, a minimum shooting distance of 24 centimeters for close-up shots and a magnification ratio of 1.3.3. “With the launch of the ZEISS Batis 2/40 CF, we now offer a focal length that falls between the standard 35 and 50 millimeter lenses people love to use. We have made the entire ZEISS Batis lens family even more attractive by offering the complete range of focal lengths,” says Pollmann.

The most versatile lens in the ZEISS Batis family

The ZEISS Batis 2/40 CF is able to tackle various photography challenges thanks to its special 40-millimeter focal length. From portrait and street photography to landscape and architecture – anything is possible with this high-resolution fixed focal length. “The lens is excellent for applications requiring normal focal lengths as well as common photographic situations where a bit more of a wide angle is needed. Our customers will enjoy a truly versatile lens which, thanks to its proven ZEISS look, and an outstanding image quality, is also ideal for close-ups. If you’re traveling light and decide to opt for just one lens, then this would be it,” says Pollmann.

Thanks to its high micro contrast and initial aperture of f/2, the lens can perfectly capture individual objects. Features like floating lens design for consistently high image quality across the entire focus range, the ZEISS T* coating for fewer reflections and weather and dust sealed housing and splash protection ensure maximum image quality in almost any situation. For creative work, the innovative OLED display on the ZEISS Batis shows the distance and depth of field, ensuring a perfectly adjusted focus range.

The price of the new ZEISS Batis 2/40 CF is 1.299 € (incl. German VAT) or 1.299 US$ (excl. local taxes).