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 Friday, September 9, 2016
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has arrived and one of the first tasks was to evaluate the frame rate and buffer depth performance. I thought I would share these results with you today.
To test the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV's 7 fps drive mode and 17/21 (21 with UDMA 7 CF card) frame RAW file buffer specs, the camera was configured to use ISO 100, a 1/8000 shutter speed (no waiting for the shutter operation), a wide open aperture (no time lost due to aperture blades closing) and manual focus (no focus lock delay). The lens cap remained on (insuring a black file and the smallest file size) and a freshly-formatted fast memory card was loaded. The tested rates and capacities are about best-obtainable for the camera and card combination being used.
Reducing any concerns about the buffer depth: using a Lexar 64GB Professional 1066x UDMA 7 Compact Flash Card (Max. Read/Write Speed: 160/155 MB/s), the 5D Mark IV captured 36 frames in 4.98 seconds to precisely match the rated speed and, great news, far exceed the rated buffer depth. In addition, with this Lexar card installed, additional frames continued to be captured at a 4.4 fps rate. If DPRAW capture is enabled, the frame rate using the same card drops to 4.9 and the buffer wall is hit at only 9 frames. Subsequent frames are captured at a 2.2 fps rate. The larger-sized DPRAW images definitely impact performance in this regard.
Using a Lexar 128GB Professional 1000x UHS-II SDXC U3 Memory Card, the 5D Mark IV captured 21 frames in 2.85 seconds to once again match the rated drive speed and also match the UDMA 7 buffer depth rating. Using this card, the post buffer-filled frame rate was 1.6 fps.
Using a Sony 32GB Class 10 UHS-I (SF32UX) SDHC Card (Max. Read/Write Speed: 94/45 MB/s), the 5D IV captured a respectable 24 frames in 3.28 seconds to again precisely match the rated drive speed and exceed the rated buffer depth by a few frames. Using this card, the post buffer-filled frame rate was 1.6 fps. So, the slower UHS-I card recorded a higher number of frames before filling the buffer than the faster UHS-II (not-supported) card.
These buffer capacities should be considered best-possible for the referenced cards and your in-the-field results will likely vary, but a fast memory card, especially a fast CF card, definitely makes a difference with this camera.
Following are links to MP3 files capturing the sounds of the 5D IV:
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV One Shot Mode
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Burst Mode
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Silent Mode
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Silent Burst Mode
Burst Comparison: Canon EOS 5D Mark III compared to IV
Camera sounds are recorded using a Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder with record levels set to 50% at -12db gain and positioned 1" behind the rear LCD.
The 5D III vs. 5D IV sound comparison illuminates the more-subdued sound of the 5D Mark IV. The silent modes are once again available, but ... with the camera being quieter to begin with, the silent modes don't seem as dramatically quieter in this camera. Live view shooting can be used to further minimalize the 5D Mark IV's audibility.
Learn much more about the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV here.
You can find Canon 5D Mark IV in stock at these retailers
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Post Date: 9/9/2016 2:16:24 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon USA has the following software updates available for download.
Digital Photo Professional 4.5.0
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.5.0:
  • Supports EOS 5D Mark IV.
  • Supports EF-M28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM.

EOS Utility 3.5.0, EOS MOVIE Utility 1.6 & Picture Style Editor 1.17.0Changes:
  • Supports EOS 5D Mark IV.
You can find Canon 5D Mark IV in stock at these retailers.
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Post Date: 9/9/2016 12:41:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
A few days ago we can across a new kit offered by Canon, the Portrait & Travel 2-Lens Kit. The kit contains the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM and EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lenses.
I immediately asked myself whether or not this kit makes sense from a marketing perspective. I'm not entirely sure one way or another, but I'd like to share some thoughts.
Usefulness and Versatility
There's no doubt that a wide aperture, 50mm prime lens is a versatile tool for photography. The general purpose focal length produces a pleasing angle of view which approximates our own eyesight and the wide f/1.8 aperture can allow for great background separation from in-focus subjects. As such, the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM (with an 80mm full-frame equivalent focal length) can work very well for portraits for those using an APS-C sensor camera (this kit's target market).
And with a full-frame equivalent focal range of 16-28.8mm, the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM makes a very good landscape lens capable of capturing sweeping views in front of the camera. This lens' image stabilization means that you can use significantly lower shutter speeds to obtain sharp images of non-moving subjects while keeping ISOs (and thus, noise) at a tolerable level.
Both lenses feature Canon's STM AF technology which allows for smooth AF transitions in video mode. Budding filmmakers will appreciate that.
I think it's pretty obvious that this may be an attractive kit from a capability standpoint. However, let's look a little deeper.
While Canon does indeed discount the Portrait & Travel 2-Lens kit compared to purchasing the lenses separately, it's the fact that you're bundling two lenses in the first place with a necessary increase in the investment required compared to a single lens purchase.
This kit's target market – largely first-time consumer DSLR owners – may find it difficult investing in two lenses at once. I remember the agony years ago of deciding on a lens to add to my Rebel XTi + general purpose zoom kit. It took everything I had to pull the trigger on an additional lens. Of course, that tension eases with multiple lens purchases and experiencing the value of having new capabilities at your fingertips. But for someone interested in purchasing their first non-kit lens, a 2-lens kit may well be out of consideration unless the discount is substantial. That said, instant rebates and other purchasing options (like refurbished) complicate the savings calculation.
First off, the Portrait & Travel 2-Lens Kit's MSRP is $429.00 but it currently qualifies for an $80.00 instant savings bringing its price down to $349.00.
Now let's look at some other options for purchasing the two lenses saparately. Below you'll find the regular MSRP and refurbished prices along with any current applicable discounts.
LensMSRPMSRP after
Instant Rebate
Reg. Refurb.
Refurb. Sale
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM$299.00$279.00$239.99$215.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM$125.00 $125.00 $100.79$89.79

As you can see, timing (available sales/discounts) and your own preference for new or refurbished gear will determine the true savings realized by purchasing the 2-lens kit. What's very odd is that the 2-lens kit would actually be $5.00 more expensive than buying the lenses separately with no instant rebates taken into consideration.
So what are the downsides to purchasing refurbished items from Canon USA? First, your lenses won't come in retail boxes. Second, Canon USA will charge you sales tax up front (you are technically responsible for paying sales tax to the proper authorities for purchases made at online retailers when they do not automatically collect it). Otherwise, you can expect refurbished items to arrive in like-new condition with a retail-matching 1-year Canon USA warranty.
At the end of the day, I couldn't help but think that the Portrait & Travel 2-Lens Kit only really makes sense when it's discounted like it is now. With the kit's $80.00 instant rebate, it's $55.00 less than buying the same lenses separately even with their own instant rebates considered.
However, buying refurbished will oftentimes get you the best deal.
B&H has the Canon Portrait & Travel 2-Lens Kit available for preorder. Canon USA carries the Refurb. EF 50mm f/1.8 STM and Refurb. EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lenses.
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Post Date: 9/9/2016 9:37:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Roger Cicala over at LensRentals has just posted a teardown of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. For those interested in seeing the guts of the their new camera, this is the best way to find out without voiding your warranty. :-)
LensRentals has the 5D Mark IV available for rent.
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Post Date: 9/9/2016 8:48:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lake Louise, referred to as the "Jewel of Banff National Park" is high on most of the park visitors' must-see lists. Fortunately, for many at least, is that it is easily accessible including large parking lots just a short walk away. Unfortunately, it is so popular that these lots fill up early and the easy-to-access side of the lake becomes very crowded even early in the day.
Photographing this lake wasn't my highest priority, but I did want some decent photos of it. After spending the early morning at Moraine Lake, I headed over to Lake Louise at roughly 8:30 AM. While there were plenty of people here already, the crowd was considerably thinner than later times of the day (the icy boardwalk also helped thin the summer crowd). The crowd was thin enough that I was able to capture a clear view of the foreground rocks and the glacier-fed lake still looked like glass (prior to the lake filling with canoes and the wind picking up). The beautiful mountains reflected where the lake was shaded and a glowing turquoise color showed where the lake was directly illuminated by the sun.
While I captured a variety of images, I found the round rocks at the edge of the lake to make a nice foreground and selected a red-toned rock as the standout. Once again, the 11mm field of view proved very useful.
Note that this is an HDR image.
A larger version of this image is available on SmugMug, Flickr, Google+, Facebook, 500px and Instagram. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
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Post Date: 9/9/2016 7:51:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From the CompactFlash Association:
September 07, 2016 – CUPERTINO, Calif. – he CompactFlash Association (CFA) announces the CFexpress Family of high-performance removable storage based on PCIE and NVM Express.
CFA has developed high-performance removable cards standards for the last 21 years with the popular CompactFlash, CFast, and XQD formats. The CompactFlash Association was formed in 1995 as the initial digital film format and continues to serve professional imaging and industrial markets where high performance and high-quality recording media is essential for high-speed capture and high-speed transfer into the workflow.
CFexpress is the next evolution in an open standard format for a broader set of applications, such as professional imaging, personal computing, servers, IoT and industrial. CFexpress differs from prior CFA standards in that CFexpress is a specification spanning multiple form factors and performance levels to match various market requirements while maintaining the same electrical/physical interface and memory/storage protocol. The new CFexpress specification is under development within the CFA CFexpress Working Group.
CFA’s goals for the CFexpress family are:
  1. Unify the ecosystem around a removable storage specification that has longevity in the market
  2. Provide a platform that scales with performance increases in the PCIE interface
  3. Leverages the technologies and skillsets of the larger volume compute markets
  4. Seamless compatibility with the capture ecosystem and workflow tools.
CFexpress leverages the PCIE physical interface for higher performance based on the high-volume compute industry. PCIE CFA’s objective is to specify multiple removable storage devices that spans from two lanes architecture all the way up to eight lanes. With the current PCIE Gen 3 delivering maximum theoretical interface speeds of 1.0GB/sec per lane, CFexpress would enable theoretical sequential speed of up to 8GB/s.
CFexpress also utilizes the low latency NVM Express memory/storage protocol across all of the form factors. This enables compatibility with a broader set of ecosystem components, such as controllers, OS, capture devices and workflow modules. In imaging, compute and industrial applications, the use of PCIE /NVM Express enables access to wide range of open standard platforms consisting of mature and proven drivers. In addition, the new CFexpress format also enable easy compatibility with the Thunderbolt interface which is also based on PCIE. Actual CFexpress products will vary in performance based on market requirements and protocol overheads.
Professional video data rate requirements are growing at an exponential rate exceeding the capabilities of existing open standard formats. 4K RAW video at 30fps requires 400-500MB/sec of sustained performance not including any overhead to guarantee performance over the entire recording media. 4K RAW video at 120fps requires 1,600-2,000MB/sec. 4K RAW video at 240fps requires 3,200-4,000MB/sec. Even in High-Quality I-Frame compression formats, the data rates quickly exceed 1.0GB/Sec at high frame rates.
Key FeatureBenefit
PCIE Gen 3 InterfaceProvides a max theoretical interface speed of 1.0GB/sec per lane of PCIE. This speed enhancement enables a new generation of higher performance cards to meet requirements for professional video recording.
Family of Form FactorsProvides multiple form factors to address multiple market segments with a unified physical interface and memory/storage protocol. 2 lane and 4 lane form factors will be the initial focus but anything from 1 lane to 8 lanes is possible. This provides a range of up to 8GB/Sec with PCIE Gen3.
NVM ExpressA storage interface designed from the ground up for NVM storage. The NVM Express protocol features fixed length commands, an efficient queuing model, and very low non-cacheable PCIe accesses per command, delivering reduced I/O overhead and performance improvements in comparison to legacy storage device interfaces. NVM Express is gaining popularity across various flash-based storage solutions and has driver support on all leading OSs.

Mr. Tom Ando of Canon and CFA Co-Chairman of the board said; “As the Co-Chairman of the CompactFlash Association I am pleased and excited to introduce CFexpress as CFA’s continues the tradition of performance leadership. The higher performance provided by CFexpress formats will further increase the capabilities and value for photographers, videographers, cinematographers, industrial, and compute applications. I am very pleased and proud to see the CFA creating standards that address new market requirements.”
Host and card manufacturers will be able to leverage the compute industry’s investment in PCIE and NVM Express. Media manufacturers will be able to leverage high volume solid state disk (SSD) controller technology to serve the high performance requirements of this market. The new format will have VPG (Video Performance Guarantee) capability with new VPG profiles at every increases performance levels. CFA’s goal for CFexpress is the development of a standard that can span many market segments and provide a stable and consistent format to fully leverage the industry’s R&D investments and less churn in the market of standardized and proprietary recording media formats.
Mr. Koichiro Kawamura of Nikon and CFA Co-Chairman of the board said; “As the Co-Chairman of the CompactFlash Association I am also pleased and excited to introduce CFexpress. The specification is a family of form factors that can serve many market segments with a unified physical interface and unified memory/storage protocol. We are excited with the vision that CFexpress will unify the imaging and industrial ecosystems around formats that are easily compatible with the computing markets. CFexpress represents a unique opportunity to unify the market around truly open standard formats.”
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Post Date: 9/9/2016 6:43:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Do you need the benefits of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV for a special project? If so, good news! LensRentals has added the 5D Mark IV to their rental fleet.
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Post Date: 9/9/2016 5:21:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 8, 2016
The following retailers have the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV body and/or lens kits in stock.
5D Mark IV (Body) – eBay | Focus Camera
5D Mark IV w/ EF 24-70mm f/4L IS – B&H | Adorama | Focus Camera | Canon USA
  • B&H lists "September 13" as the expected availability date for the 5D IV body only.
  • Focus Camera is offering free overnight shipping and a free Lexar 64gb Memory card with a 5D IV purchase.
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Post Date: 9/8/2016 2:56:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Santa Rosa, Calif. – The best rolling camera bags just got better. Based on input from professional photographers, Think Tank Photo’s newly released Airport International V3.0 and Airport Security V3.0 rolling camera bags feature improved handles, greater durability, and dedicated laptop and tablet compartments. These new features, in addition to their airline carry on compliance, TSA approved zipper locks, tripod mounts, and Lost & Found registration system make them the gold standard for photo transport cases.
The Airport International V3.0 holds two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached, plus two to four additional lenses, a 15” laptop, and a 10” tablet. The roller fits up to a 500mm f/4 detached or 400mm f/2.8 attached (hood reversed). The Airport Security V3.0 holds two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached plus four to six additional lenses, a 17” laptop, and a 10” tablet. The bag fits up to a 600mm f/4 detached or 500mm f/4 attached (hood reversed)
“Photographers deserve rolling camera bags that are as high in quality as their photo gear,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “Take something as simple as the wheels we use. Ours are custom-designed, high-performance, 80mm wheels with sealed ABEC grade 5 bearings for quiet rolling. If we took so much time perfecting something as simple as wheels, one can sense how much care went into the designs of each roller.”
Key Features
  • Specially designed interior to maximize gear for carry on: the Airport International meets international carry on size requirements; the Airport Security meets U.S. domestic and most international carry on size requirements
  • Dedicated padded laptop and tablet compartments located in a lockable pocket
  • TSA-approved zipper locks for the main compartment, and high-strength coated cable and combination lock for the laptop compartment and securing your bag to an immovable object
  • Custom designed retractable handle with inset channel on aluminum tubing for added strength and durability
  • Quick and easy access to the retractable handle
  • Tripod mount pocket on side (additional straps included for larger tripods)
  • Expansive top compartment cradles large camera bodies for the perfect fit
  • Unique serial number for Lost & Found registration
  • Interior zippered pockets for batteries, memory cards, filters and accessories
  • User-replaceable retractable handle, wheels, wheel housings, feet and kick plate extend product life
  • Extra tall wheel housings protect your bag from scrapes and scratches
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
  • Stretchable front pocket
  • Handles on three sides ensure rapid and easy retrieval from overhead bins, car trunks, etc.
  • Reinforced dividers support heavy gear and maintain strength over time
  • Hypalon reinforced rear corners for increased durability
  • Business card holder on top for easy identification
Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water repellent (DWR) coating, plus underside of fabric has a polyurethane coating. The roller bags are also constructed with 1680D ballistic nylon, YKK RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, custom designed extra tall skid plates, high performance 80mm super quiet wheels with sealed bearings, SpanKodra front pocket, rubberized laminate reinforcement, nylon webbing, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane backed Velex liner and dividers, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover, closed-cell foam and reinforced.
Airport International V3.0
  • Interior Dimensions: 13” W x 18.5” H x 6.5–7.5” D (33 x 47 x 16.5–19.1 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 21” H x 8” D (35.6 x 53.3 x 20.3 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 9.4” x 10” x 0.5” (24 x 25.5 x 1.3 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 10.6” x 15” x 1.2” (27 x 38 x 3 cm)
  • Weight: 9.6–11.5 lbs. (4.4–5.2 kg)
Airport Security V3.0
  • Interior Dimensions: 13” W x 21” H x 7–8” D (33 x 53.3 x 17.8–20.3 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 22” H x 9” D (35.6 x 55.9 x 22.9 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 9.4” x 10” x 0.5” (24 x 25.5 x 1.3 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 11.4” x 16.1” x 1.2” (29 x 41 x 3 cm)
  • Weight: 11.1–12.9 lbs. (5–5.8 kg)
B&H has the Think Tank Photo Airport International V3.0 and Airport Security V3.0 available for preorder.
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Post Date: 9/8/2016 2:11:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Manfrotto 680B Compact 4-Section Monopod available for $52.88 with free shipping. Regularly $89.88.
Product Highlights
  • Max Height w/closed column: 60.6 inches
  • Minimum Height: 20 inches
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Max Load Capacity: 22 Ibs
  • Weight: 1.8 lbs
  • Foot Type: Rubber
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Post Date: 9/8/2016 11:33:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Zeiss 50mm f/2M Milvus Lens Review.
No, I didn't try to time this review with the announcement of three new Zeiss Milvus lenses. Instead of being finsihed with the Milvus reviews (6 so far), it looks like I have more Milvus work incoming. I know – you're feeling sorry for me. ;)
B&H has the Zeiss 50mm f/2M Milvus Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 9/8/2016 9:55:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Zeiss has uploaded official sample photos for their newly announced Milvus lenses to its Flickr account. You can find the album links below.
Note that these images are not necessarily straight out of the camera results. For instance, EXIF information shows that the sample image displayed above for the 18mm f/2.8 Milvus has been edited in Photoshop CS6 with adjustments to specific color channels, contrast, vibrance, sharpness and clarity with chromatic aberrations corrected as well.
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Post Date: 9/8/2016 9:26:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
TOKYO, September 8, 2016 — Canon Inc. today announced the achievement of a new lens-manufacturing milestone with the production on August 26, 2016, of the Company’s 120-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras—an EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM telephoto zoom lens.
Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (Autofocus) single-lens reflex film cameras began in 1987 at the Company’s Utsunomiya Plant. Over the years, EF lenses have gained support from a wide range of users and production has since expanded to a total of four manufacturing bases, including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in southern Japan.
EF lens production passed the 10-million-unit mark in 1995 and crossed the 50-million-unit threshold in 2009. In April 2014, the Company celebrated its first-in-the-world achievement of having manufactured 100 million EF lenses, and now, setting a new world record for the most interchangeable lenses produced, Canon manufactured its 120-millionth EF lens in August 2016. What's more, Canon’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras), which utilize EF lenses, have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 13 consecutive years since 2003.
Canon’s proprietary EF lenses, launched in March 1987 along with the EOS SLR camera system, have continued to evolve since their introduction, leading the industry through the incorporation of a wide range of innovative technologies, including such world’s firsts as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, a multilayered diffractive optical (DO) element, and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology. The Company’s extensive EF lens-series lineup currently comprises a total of 97 models, including EF Cinema Lenses for digital cinematography.
Canon will continue refining its imaging technologies centered on its EF lens lineup, striving to cater to the varying needs of photographers—from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals—while contributing to expanding the photographic and video imaging culture.
B&H carries Canon lenses.
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Post Date: 9/8/2016 7:47:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Canon Imaging Plaza YouTube Channel:
Find out the technology behind the camera lens, including how each lens is responsible for such roles as adjusting colors, distortion and focus, as well as changing the focal distance.
B&H carries Canon lenses.
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Post Date: 9/8/2016 7:00:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Zeiss:
The lens family with manual focusing for DSLR cameras is now also available with focal lengths of 15, 18 and 135 millimeters
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 08/09/2016 – Two super-wide angle lenses, the ZEISS Milvus 2.8/15 and ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18, and the telephoto lens ZEISS Milvus 2/135 have expanded this family of manual focus lenses for DSLR cameras, bringing the total number of ZEISS Milvus focal lengths to nine. “The ZEISS Milvus family of lenses is an invaluable investment for the future due to its excellent imaging quality and its large range, which now covers 15 to 135 millimeters,” says Christophe Casenave, product manager at ZEISS Camera Lenses. Delivery of the new ZEISS Milvus lenses begins at the end of October 2016.
For high-end DSLR cameras
“The ZEISS Milvus lenses have been designed in particular to fulfill the requirements of today’s powerful digital cameras and those of the future thanks to their high imaging performance, even in difficult lighting situations,” says Casenave. The new lenses are characterized by a harmonious bokeh and very high degree of flare control due to the T* anti-reflective coating from ZEISS. Further optimization of the lens coating has also ensured less likelihood than ever of ghosting, flare or shading effects, even in critical lighting situations. And all ZEISS Milvus lenses come with a floating elements design, which compensates imaging errors at different distance settings.
ZEISS Milvus for video
The new ZEISS Milvus lenses also allow the user to create high-quality film shoots with a pleasing cinematic bokeh. “Due to their extremely high contrast rendition, the lenses fulfill the most modern video standards of 6K and higher, and have uniform color characteristics,” said Casenave. All ZEISS Milvus lenses have a focus ring with a very large rotation angle to enable precise focusing, and are made of comfortable rubber to ensure a good grip while focusing. The De-Click function on lenses with a ZF.2 mount lets cinematographers set the aperture in a soft and infinitely variable way so they can work professionally in changing lighting conditions. The ZEISS Milvus lenses’ robust full-metal barrel ensures long and reliable usage. In addition, the lenses are protected against dust and spray water. The robust metal lens shade is an integral part of the overall product design and included with all ZEISS Milvus lenses.
The new focal lengths of the ZEISS Milvus family are also compatible with the ZEISS Lens Gears, providing filmmakers with additional value-add. The ZEISS Lens Gears, which are made of high-quality aluminum with a hardened surface coating, slide into the respective lens and are attached to the focus ring by turning two counter-rotating rings through a simple mounting procedure.
The new ZEISS Milvus lenses in summary:
ZEISS Milvus 2.8/15:
This super wide-angle lens with a field of view of 110 degrees allows every photographer to consciously compose using extreme perspectives. The lens has excellent imaging performance – even with an open aperture – thanks to the correction of color errors. Color fringing and distortion are minimal. This is all thanks to a ZEISS Distagon lens design with 15 lens elements in 12 groups, including two aspheric lenses, special glass with anomalous partial dispersion, and the floating elements design. A removable lens shade and the 95-millimeter filter thread also make this lens the ideal companion for special applications with additional slide-in filter holders.
ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18:
This compact super-wide angle lens with a newly calculated ZEISS Distagon optical design has 14 lens elements in 12 groups, including two aspheric elements. The ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18 has a short close-up distance of 0.25 meters and internal focusing. With an angular field of 99.9 degrees, this lens is the ideal companion for landscape and architectural photography, as it allows creative shots to be taken using unusual perspectives. The filter thread has a diameter of 77 millimeters. The ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18 delivers outstanding imaging performance and very good distortion correction.
ZEISS Milvus 2/135:
This fast telephoto lens delivers excellent correction of all color errors. Thanks to a large aperture and pleasing bokeh, it is the perfect lens for portrait photography from a medium distance. The angular field is 18.7 degrees. The short minimum object distance of 0.80 meters makes this lens even more versatile. It has an optical design with 11 lens elements in eight groups and, like the ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18, a filter diameter of 77 millimeters.
Price and availability
The delivery worldwide of the three new lenses will begin at the end of October 2016. The lens shade is included with the corresponding lens. Sales prices are EUR 2,699 (including 19% German VAT) or 2.699US$ for the ZEISS Milvus 2.8/15; EUR 2,299 (including 19% VAT ) or 2.299US$ for the ZEISS Milvus 2.8/18; and EUR 2,199 Euro (including 19% German VAT) or 2.199US$ for the ZEISS Milvus 2/135. For ambitious cinematographers and photographers, a set solution is also available for up to six ZEISS Milvus lenses. A discount of 8% is available with the purchase of three to four lenses. Purchasing more than five lenses gives the user a 10% discount.
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Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 9/8/2016 6:00:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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