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 Wednesday, September 27, 2017
B&H has the Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Late 2016, Space Gray) available for $2,099.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $2,799.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core
  • 16GB of 2133 MHz RAM | 512GB PCIe SSD
  • 15.4" 2880 x 1800 Retina Display
  • AMD Radeon Pro 455 GPU (2GB GDDR5)
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4.2
  • Touch Bar | Touch ID Sensor
  • 4 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) Ports
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack | Stereo Speakers
  • Larger Force Touch Trackpad
  • macOS Sierra
From Roxio:
 
Powerful CD and DVD burning come together with impressive video editing tools and a redesigned interface, offering an easy-to-use and complete suite for all your digital media needs.
 
OTTAWA, ONTARIO – (Sept. 26, 2017) – Introducing Roxio Creator NXT 6 and Roxio Creator NXT Pro 6, the latest versions of Roxio's complete burning and creativity suite that feature a diverse range of new video editing capabilities to elevate your next video project. With new MultiCam Capture, support for 360 video, Motion Tracking, and Track Transparency, the new Creator offers everything you need to produce great-looking, dynamic, and fun-to-watch videos. Plus, with a redesigned and streamlined interface, it's even easier to achieve all your digital media projects, from making movies to enhancing and managing your photo collections, burning discs, and sharing on the latest devices.
 
For anyone looking to get creative with video, Creator NXT 6 introduces more creative possibilities than ever with the newly enhanced VideoWave editing software. YouTubers and videomakers can use new MultiCam Capture to both record and combine footage from up to two video streams, and seamlessly switch between angles using the Multi-Camera editor. Layer tracks with new Track Transparency to create superimposed effects or custom fade-in, fade-out transitions. Use new Motion Tracking to add text or graphics to label or blur out a moving object. And if you're capturing 360 videos, now it's easy to convert 360 footage to standard video to playback on virtually any video player. With support for more popular video formats, including HEVC, Roxio Creator NXT 6 has you fully covered and ready to edit.
 
"With new updates like MultiCam Capture, support for 360 video, and dynamic features added to VideoWave, Creator offers exciting editing options that are sure to please to anyone looking to do more with video. Whether you want to guide your audience through your latest action cam adventure or deliver a great tutorial video on YouTube, you'll now find everything you need to make engaging movies in one affordable and easy-to-use suite," said Michel Yavercovski, Senior Director of Product Management for Roxio.
 
Roxio Creator NXT 6 offers a complete multimedia suite that now offers impressive video editing power including:
 
  • NEW MultiCam Capture: Simultaneously capture great-looking video footage from two sources at once, like your camera and screen, or a webcam and a separately recorded audio track. There's no post-capture syncing required, making it seamless to quickly create software training, cooking demos, and unboxing videos!
  • NEW 360 Video Support: Be the director and set a path through the action! Convert 360 video for playback on standard devices and control the angle your audience sees.
  • NEW Track Transparency: Adjust the opacity of tracks and see two or more scenes at the same time. Get creative and easily add custom fade-in, fade-out, or superimposed effects.
  • NEW Motion Tracking: Experiment with new looks by tracking, labeling, or blurring out objects in your movies.
Choose Roxio Creator NXT 6 Pro and get all the creativity and versatility of Creator NXT 6, plus even more powerful Multi-Cam editing, advanced photo tools, and secure, encrypted disc burning. Includes more than $200 worth of valuable extras!
 
  • NEW PaintShop Pro X9: Complete photo editing and creative design, now with new enhancements including time-saving project templates, a new Screenshot tool, Gradient Fill controls, enhanced Text tools, and more.
  • NEW WinDVD 12: High-quality DVD, AVCHD, and media player for your computer.
  • Roxio Burn 4 with encryption: Easily burn data on CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Discs just by dragging and dropping files and folders on the desktop. With the added power of encryption, password protect the confidential files you save on discs or USBs.
  • MORE video power: Enjoy support for two additional camera angles in the Multi-Camera Editor (up to four cameras) and 14 nature video effects.
Availability
 
Roxio Creator NXT 6 and Roxio Creator NXT Pro 6 are available now. Suggested retail pricing for Roxio Creator NXT 6 is $99.99 (USD & CAD)/ £79.99/ EUR 69.99. Suggested retail pricing for Roxio Creator NXT Pro 6 is $129.99 (USD & CAD)/ £89.99/ EUR 99.99. Registered owners of previous versions are eligible for upgrade discounts. All UK and European prices are inclusive of VAT.
 
Amazon carries Roxio Creator NXT 6.
Category: Roxio News
Post Date: 9/27/2017 7:56:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Macphun, creators of Aurora HDR 2018, are offering preorder customers a discount ahead of the software's September 28 release date.
 
Pricing
 
  • Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade at a special pre-order price of $49 ($59 MSRP)
  • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 at a special pre-order price of $89 ($99 MSRP)
  • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.
Preorder Bonuses
 
  • Trey Ratcliff Deep Dive video (HDR Training by Trey Ratcliff)
  • Travel Photography Tutorials by Matt Granger (2 hours of tips, tricks and techniques to capture the best travel photos)
  • Source Brackets (5 sets of HDR brackets)
  • 3-month Zenfolio Pro website, including a complementary design consultation. $60 value.
While the software will retail for $99.00 after Sept. 28, the total value of the software and bonuses when preordering is $249.00, making the $89.00 preorder price an especially good deal.
 
Preorder Aurora HDR 2018
Post Date: 9/27/2017 7:26:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon is featuring Logitech Mice and Keyboards as its Gold Box Deal of the Day.
 
The mouse I'm using right now – the Logitech M510 – is one of the discounted models. However, for tracking on a wide range of surfaces, I highly recommend the Logitech Anywhere MX. [Sean]
Post Date: 9/27/2017 6:58:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the G-Technology 12TB G-SPEED Studio Thunderbolt 2 External Storage System (Mac) available for $699.95 with free shipping. Regularly $999.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 12TB Storage Capacity
  • 4 x 3TB 3.5" Enterprise Class Drives
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 2 Ports (up to 20 Gb/s)
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 Compatibility
  • Pre-Configured in RAID 5
  • 660 MB/s RAID 0 Transfer Speed
  • Preformatted for Mac
  • Windows Compatible with Reformatting
 Tuesday, September 26, 2017
From MindShift Gear:
 
09/26/2017 – The BackLight 36L photo daypack continues MindShift’s commitment to providing outdoor photographers with rapid access to their gear. The new, larger backpack offers 10 more liters of capacity than its predecessor. Like the original BackLight, the back-panel opening allows access to gear when taking the pack off is not an option. The zippered compartment reduces the amount of dust, mud, ice or other elements coming in contact with gear, while keeping the pack and shoulder harness clean.
 
Available in two colors, Charcoal and Woodland Green, the BackLight 36L provides 11 liters of daypack capacity for personal gear, including separate dedicated compartments for a 10” tablet and 15” laptop. Even with its increased size, the backpack meets most International and U.S. carry-on requirements.
 
This new larger backpack holds a variety of camera kits:
 
  • Two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached and four to six standard zoom lenses, plus a flash
  • Two gripped Mirrorless bodies with lenses attached and six to eight lenses, plus a flash
  • Up to a 600mm f/4 lens detached from the camera body
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
 
  • Daisy chain, ice axe loops and additional lash points for expanding carry capacity
  • Includes tripod/monopod mounting system on front or side
  • Padded waist belt for all day comfort with webbing rail for attaching MindShift accessories
  • Quick fit waist belt adjustment for rapid and convenient fitting
  • Side compression straps with locking SR buckles for additional lash points
  • Cable Attic for carrying filters or flash accessories
  • Air channel and lumbar support on rear-panel for all-day comfort
  • Ergonomic zipper pulls are easily gripped with gloves or chilled fingers
  • Highest quality YKK RC Fuse zippers, 420D Velocity and 420D high-density nylon for long lasting durability and strength
  • Front stuff pockets for trail essentials: headlamp, gloves, chargers
  • Adjustable dividers for large telephoto lenses, traditional photo gear, or personal items
  • Top zippered pocket for quick access to essentials
  • Interior mesh pockets for storing filters, batteries, cables, etc.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
  • Compatible with the Tripod Suspension Kit, Filter Nest, Filter Hive and Switch Case
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. Features the highest-quality abrasion-resistant YKK RC-Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, 320G UltraStretch mesh, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon lining, hexa-mesh pockets, high-density closed-cell foam, PE board reinforcement, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
SPECIFICATIONS
 
Exterior Dimensions: 13.8” W x 22.4” H x 10.2” D (35 x 57 x 26 cm)
Interior Camera Compartment: 12.6” W x 21” H x 7.1” D (32 x 53.5 x 18 cm)
Laptop Pocket: 11.2” W x 16.1” H x 1” D (28.5 x 41 x 2.5 cm)
Tablet Pocket: 10.6” W x 10.2” H x 0.6” D (27 x 26 x 1.5 cm)
Total Volume: 36L
Weight: 4.9 lbs (2.2 kg)
 
MindShift Gear Gear has the BackLight 36L in stock with free shipping.
Post Date: 9/26/2017 2:12:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Polaroid:
 
Super-bright, featherweight LED light that folds and bends into the perfect shape for every shot
 
Edison, NJ – September 26, 2017 – Polaroid today announced the Polaroid flexible LED lighting panel, an incredibly lightweight, bendable light source that is a must-have accessory for any photographer or videographer. Mold the light to the desired form and position, as the pliable flat-mat material can be reshaped to give focused control over the light’s direction and fall-off. Anyone from professional photographers to casual enthusiasts can use the simple wireless remote control to quickly dim the daylight balanced light source, making it perfect as a main light or as a versatile fill light in larger set-ups.
 
The Versatile Light That Fits Any Situation
Perfect for both indoor and outdoor use, the 5600K color temperature light source delivers flicker-free brilliant light wherever you take it. Bright and flexible enough to be part of a larger professional shoot, the Polaroid flexible LED lighting panel is also light enough for use at solo outings, weddings and location shoots. The compact design and bendable material make this the perfect accessory for the photographer on-the-go.
 
Perfect Lighting for Portraits, Products or Macro Photography
Measuring at 12x12” and just 16mm wide, the super slim Polaroid flexible LED panel mat weighs a mere one pound, making it easy to arrange and mold the light into your ideal position. Even at this ultra-portable size, the Polaroid flexible LED lighting panel delivers superb color reproduction similar in comparison to a natural light source; with 256 LEDs it can produce up to 4500 Lumens - nearly the brightness of direct sunlight. For those looking to achieve a softer look, the included special diffusion filter turns the brilliant LED light into a dreamy glow – perfect for portraits and product shots!
 
Photographers and videographers can purchase the Polaroid flexible LED lighting panel from Amazon for 124.99 USD.
For a limited time, B&H has the IRIX 11mm f/4 Blackstone Lens on sale for $50.00 off.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • Two ED and Four HR Elements
  • Neutrino Coating
  • Manual Focus Design with Focus Lock
  • UV Fluorescent Engraved Markings
  • Depth of Field and Focus Distance Scales
  • Weather-Sealed Magnesium Alloy Housing
  • Rounded Nine-Blade Diaphragm
Post Date: 9/26/2017 9:26:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
Every DSLR camera I have ever owned either solely utilized CF (CompactFlash) memory cards or, at the very least, supported the format in a dual memory card setup. But the writing on the wall is pretty clear.
 
Canon switched to SD (Secure Digital) memory cards in their consumer-grade, Rebel-series cameras with the introduction of the Rebel XSi/450D in 2008. With the release of the 60D in 2010, Canon switched to the SD format for its enthusiast series cameras. For more than a decade, though, Canon has continued to support CF cards in their EOS-1, 5, and 7-series DSLRs.
 
However, at some point, backwards compatibility must be sacrificed to get the most out of the cameras Canon designs for its professional market. We've already seen Canon migrate toward a faster memory card format with the release of the EOS-1D X Mark II (although a CF slot is provided alongside the new CFast slot). Which begs the question – have we seen the last Canon DSLR to feature a CF memory card slot?
 
With that in mind, let's take a look at some currently available memory card specifications:
 
Memory Type:Fastest Write Speed
(currently available)
Highest Capacity
(currently available)
CompactFlash (UDMA 7) 155 MB/s256GB
SecureDigital (SDXC UHS-III)299 MB/s512GB
XQD400 MB/s128GB
CFast (2.0)495 MB/s256GB

Note that most of the memory cards listed above (all but the CF format) have not reached their theoretical max speed and/or capacity limits, meaning you may expect even higher performance cards in the future. Another memory card format, CFexpress 1.0, has been announced but has yet to see widespread use.
 
With higher resolutions sensors on the market, 4K recording in demand and camera manufacturers looking to maximize continuous shooting specs in their sports-oriented cameras, phasing out the CompactFlash standard makes a lot of sense. And the more I use the ubiquitous SDXC memory card, the less adamant I am that my next camera support the CF card format. The only question that remains is, "What kind of memory card will I need for my next camera?"
 
Weigh in with your thoughts on the future of memory card compatibility in regards to DSLR/mirrorless cameras in the comments.
Post Date: 9/26/2017 8:50:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Wex Photographic website, Calumet Photographic has completed its merger with the former competitor. For details, check out the site's FAQs.
Dear Calumet Customer,
 
Calumet Photographic Limited UK has now merged with Wex Photographic, offering an improved experience and wider range of products to photographers across the country. Rest assured that there will be minimal disruption to your service, and all outstanding orders (including pre-orders, back-orders and vouchers) will be honoured. We would like to thank you for your loyal custom over the years and look forward to serving you at our new online home.
 
Please visit our dedicated FAQ page for more information or call us on 0333 003 5000 with any questions.
 
Thanks again for your continued support,
 
The Calumet Team.
To support The-Digital-Picture.com, use this link to make your purchases at Wex Photographic.
Post Date: 9/26/2017 7:11:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the SanDisk 256GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Memory Card (160MB/s) available for $259.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 256GB Storage Capacity
  • Optimized for 4K Video Recording
  • Up to 160MB/s Read Speed
  • Up to 150MB/s Write Speed
  • Compatible with RAW & JPEG Formats
  • Includes RTV Silicone Coating
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Ruggard Thunderhead 75 DSLR & Laptop Backpack available for $89.95 with free shipping. Regularly $219.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For DSLR with Grip, 9 Lenses, Flash
  • Dedicated Compartment for 17" Laptop
  • Three Front Zippered Pockets
  • Full-Front Access to Main Compartment
  • Padded Touch-Fastened Dividers
  • Exterior Side Mesh Pockets
  • Side Tripod Attachment
  • Water-Repellent Exterior
  • Removable Rain Cover
  • Security Whistle
 Monday, September 25, 2017
From the Vitec Group:
 
The Vitec Group plc ("Vitec" or the "Group"), the international provider of products and solutions to the Broadcast and Photographic markets, announces that on 22 September 2017 it acquired certain assets and liabilities, primarily comprising the JOBY and Lowepro brands, from the DayMen Group S.a.r.l. ("DayMen"), for a cash consideration of $10.3 million (£7.6 million), on a debt/cash free basis, with an expected total investment of $32.0 million (£23.7 million), including deal costs.
 
Vitec also announces that on 20 September 2017 it acquired RT Motion Systems Ltd ("RTMotion") for up to £3.4 million in cash, including deal costs. RTMotion provides wireless motor lens control systems for broadcast, cine and video cameras.
 
Stephen Bird, Group Chief Executive of Vitec, commented:
Vitec is the natural home for JOBY and Lowepro and we know the business well. This is an opportune time to buy these high profile, high quality brands: JOBY has been growing rapidly, reflecting its success in developing innovative new products for the camera accessories market, while Lowepro represents an opportunity to improve margins through cost reductions and integration with Manfrotto, along with the potential for additional benefits as its markets improve.
 
RTMotion is a high technology business which complements our existing activities and gives the Group additional high quality camera accessories for the expanding independent content creator market.
 
Both of these acquisitions are an excellent strategic and technological fit, have great prospects, and the two acquisitions together are expected to materially enhance earnings per share in 2018 and beyond.
 
This is an exciting time for Vitec as we continue to expand our range of innovative, new products for the fast growing image capture and sharing market, and I am delighted to welcome both teams to Vitec.
Acquisition of JOBY and Lowepro
 
This acquisition is an excellent strategic fit with Vitec's existing core activities. It gives the Group greater access to the fast growing iPhoneography and vlogging consumer accessories market, and expands its presence in the US market by adding high quality, complementary, leading brands to enhance its Photographic Division.
 
JOBY and Lowepro products are designed and developed in Hong Kong and California respectively. In 2006, JOBY introduced the patented GorillaPod which has transformed the camera accessories market and, like Manfrotto, JOBY has a strong presence in Apple stores. Lowepro has been a market leader in bags designed to protect electronic and photographic devices since its inception in 1967.
 
In addition to leading brands, the acquisition brings product marketing resources located in California and expert engineering teams based in the Far East. Dedicated supply chain teams are located in Hong Kong and China where all products are manufactured by third parties and sold globally via independent distributors.
 
Vitec plans to integrate JOBY and Lowepro into its Photographic Division's existing organisational structure, under the leadership of Marco Pezzana, Photographic Divisional Chief Executive.
 
Strategic rationale for the acquisition:
 
This acquisition gives the Group:
 
  • A leading global position in the new and fast growing iPhoneography and vlogging accessories markets, as well as the photographic bags market;
  • Increased visibility in the US market to become a leading distributor of premium imaging accessories;
  • The potential to continue to improve the core business in the consolidated Photographic Division by
    • Leveraging the combined brand portfolio and distributor network
    • Consolidating and augmenting procurement capabilities
    • Enriching the technical capability of the expanded team;
  • An expanded product development team and technical capabilities with access to new intellectual property facilitating Vitec's growth in the higher technology areas of iPhoneography and vlogging accessories with JOBY's GorillaPod;
  • The opportunity to get closer to customers by consolidating the strategic relationships with Apple and online retailers such as Amazon, the leading consumer electronics retailers, B&H and other photo speciality retailers; and
  • A platform to expand further in APAC and strengthen the Group's presence in China and Hong Kong through the JOBY and Lowepro supply chain teams who are based there.
Financial aspects of the acquisition:
 
  • DayMen reported unaudited results for the year to 31 March 2017 of $73.2 million (£56.3 million) revenue with operating profit* of $1.4 million (£1.1 million). EBITDA was $2.1 million (£1.6 million). Net assets were c. $11.0 million (c. £8.8 million) at 31 March 2017 and gross assets were c. $19.7 million (c. £15.8 million) at this date. Net assets acquired are expected to be c. $1.2 million (c. £0.9 million);
  • Vitec has acquired certain assets and liabilities of the DayMen Group S.a.r.l. including subsidiary companies in Hong Kong and China for a cash consideration of $10.3 million (£7.6 million). This is subject to certain post-completion adjustments for changes in net assets;
  • The one-off cash costs to implement the integration and deliver cost savings are expected to be approximately $7.0 million (£5.2 million), including deal costs, and will be incurred by the end of 2018. The P&L impact of integration costs will be taken above the line;
  • As we transition from a third party distribution model to utilising Vitec-owned distribution there will be an expected $14.7 million (£10.9 million) investment in working capital;
  • Pre-tax cost savings of at least $5.0 million (£3.7 million) per annum are expected to be realised by year ending 2018, and at least $7.0 million (£5.2 million) per annum by year ending 2019, through consolidating and simplifying the business, improving procurement and supply chain management, and leveraging Vitec's distribution platform;
  • The acquisition is expected to enhance Vitec's adjusted earnings per share in FY 2018 and to be materially enhancing to Vitec's adjusted earnings per share in FY 2019. Excluding integration costs, we expect it to be neutral to adjusted earnings per share in 2017;
  • ROCE is expected to be in excess of the Group's average by year ending 2018; and
  • The consideration payable to DayMen will be funded from Vitec's available committed bank facilities. Proforma 30 June 2017 net debt to EBITDA would have been 0.9x following the disposal of Bexel and the acquisition of the JOBY and Lowepro brands.
Acquisition of RTMotion
 
The acquisition of RTMotion is in line with Vitec's strategy of offering innovative and highly technical solutions to the Group's established independent content creator ("ICC") customer base, and will facilitate Vitec's growth in the higher technology area of camera accessories.
 
RTMotion is an excellent strategic fit with Vitec's Broadcast Division's Creative Solutions Business Unit, complementing Teradek, Wooden Camera, SmallHD, Paralinx and Offhollywood, which also design and produce high quality products mainly for ICCs.
 
Based in the UK, RTMotion designs and assembles wireless motor lens control systems for video cameras, selling them primarily through direct distribution and a growing reseller network, mainly targeting the ICC market.
 
RTMotion will become part of Vitec's Creative Solutions Business Unit. There are significant growth opportunities to sell RTMotion's products through Vitec's global sales and distributor network, and the business will benefit from Vitec's marketing, manufacturing and supply chain capabilities.
 
Under the terms of the acquisition, the initial cash consideration is £2.6 million on a debt/cash free basis, including deal costs and £0.5 million held in escrow. Up to a further £0.8 million cash consideration will be payable dependent on the seller meeting integration and retention targets.
 
B&H carries JOBY and Lowepro products.
Categories: Lowepro News, JOBY News
Post Date: 9/25/2017 10:44:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through the end of today, use coupon code EMPRT25 at AdoramaPix to get 25% off photo prints.
Post Date: 9/25/2017 10:22:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM lens has been a staple in the manufacturer's lineup for more than 20 years. With the announcement of Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens in early 2017, consumers finally had a comparably spec'd alternative to Canon's popular 135mm wide-aperture prime. If you have been considering the addition of a wide-aperture telephoto prime lens to your Canon-based kit, you may be torn between the two options.
 
To help the decision making process along, we're going to see how these two designed-for-portraiture lenses stack up against one another to see which one might be the better choice for your needs.
 
Advantages of the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM over the Sigma 135mm f/2 DG HSM Art:
 
  • Smaller & lighter: 3.27 x 4.41” (83 x 112mm), 26.5 oz (750g) vs. 3.6 x 4.52” (91.4 x 114.9mm), 39.9 oz (1130g)
  • More consistent AF system
  • Compatible with 1.4x & 2x Extenders
  • Lower price
Advantages of the Sigma 135mm f/2 DG HSM Art over the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM:
 
  • Wider max aperture (1/3-stop advantage): f/1.8 vs. f/2
  • More aperture blades: 9 vs. 8
  • More precise manual focusing: 147° of focus ring rotation vs. 120°
  • Slightly larger maximum magnification: 0.20x vs. 0.19x
  • AF fine tuning via USB dock
Who should opt for the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM?
 
The EF 135mm f/2 USM has been a favorite among portrait photographers since its introduction. Its telephoto focal length combined with an f/2 max aperture makes backgrounds melt away giving more emphasis to your subject. In those ways, it's almost identical to the Sigma offering. However, from an AF perspective, Canon DSLRs tend to work optimally with Canon-designed lenses. While the Sigma 135 Art proved adequate (but not stellar) at consistently nailing focus in our tests, those shooting once-in-a-lifetime moments (weddings, editorial/documentary, etc.) will likely prefer the Canon option.
 
For those wanting to extend the lens's reach, the 135L is compatible with Canon's 1.4x and 2x Extenders with full AF being retained regardless of the body being used. The Sigma is not compatible with teleconverters.
 
If reduced size and weight are high priorities, the Canon's dimensions and weight will make it the preferred choice. Also, those with a limited budget will appreciate the Canon's significantly lower price tag.
 
Who should opt for the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art?
 
With a 1/3-stop wider max aperture, a design that's 20 years newer and better wide-open image quality, there's very little not to like about Sigma's longest focal length Art lens (to date). As I mentioned above, AF consistency is not quite as good as the Canon alternative, but it will likely be sufficient for most photographers' needs.
 
Those shooting with a DSLR that does not feature Autofocus Microadjustment (like the Rebel-series and 77D) will certainly enjoy the Sigma 135 Art's ability to calibrate focus parameters via the Sigma USB dock, as they would need to send both their camera and lens to a Canon Service Center in order to similarly adjust a miscalibrated Canon lens.
 
Summary
 
While these lenses are more similar than they are different, the differences will be enough to tip the scales in one direction or the other based on a photographer's preferences, priorities and budget. Although a bit long in the tooth, the Canon 135 f/2L USM is still highly regarded by portrait specialists (and for good reason). However, the Sigma 135mm Art raised the bar in regards to wide-open image quality, and those wanting to add the latest and greatest to their kits will certainly benefit from Sigma's commitment to one-upping the competition with its Art-series releases.
 
More Information
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/25/2017 10:09:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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