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What Are Diffractive Optics Lenses?

Lenses that contain so-called diffractive optic elements are becoming increasingly common, and judging by the huge number of patents surrounding the technology, it’s something that we can expect to see appearing in many more photographic lenses in the coming years. Canon has a few lenses in their lineup that contain diffractive optics, and these lenses are given the DO designation and feature a green ring around the lens barrel. Nikon call the technology Phase Fresnel, and give their diffractive lenses the PF designation, but despite the different naming conventions this is exactly the same kind of technology. What Are The...

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Canon Patents 135mm f/2 Lens With Apodization Filter

Canon has been granted a patent for a new 135mm optical design that contains an apodization filter. The lens is an EF mount lens with an aperture of f/2. Will this lens replace the now ageing Canon 135mm f/2?  Typically, lenses with an apodization filter have been sold as excellent portrait lenses, which is certainly the strength for the 135mm f/2 lens, so it’s a distinct possibility that this will be the replacement. An APD filter is essentially a circular graduated ND filter that sits within the lens and helps to smooth out the transition of bokeh highlights, and...

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New 5D Mark IV Firmware – V1.03

Canon have released firmware update V1.03 for the 5D Mark IV, you can download it HERE. Below is a list of improvements, and whilst most firmware updates typically contain seeming outlier cases, this one includes a fix for any usage with the 1.4x III and 2x III extenders. A high proportion of 5D users will probably use one of these at some point, so I’d rank this update a little higher in importance than most that I usually post about. Firmware Version 1.0.3 incorporates the following fixes and improvements: Corrects a phenomenon in which the color of images varies...

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New Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L III on the Way?

The 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II is a staple lens for Canon professionals, but it seems that a replacement might soon be on its way. Canon Rumors is reporting this week that they have heard the lens has made its way onto internal timelines. Quite what this means in terms of time frames is anyone’s guess right now, but I must admit I’m surprised to see a replacement on the horizon. The current MK II lens is highly regarded, and one of Canon’s absolute sharpest zooms. CR mentions the possibility of a lighter lens construction, which makes sense, and...

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Leica Unveils Limited Edition Red Anodized APO-Summicron 50mm

Leica has unveiled a new limited edition version of the APO-SUmmicron-M 50mm lens. The lens is anodized red, and only 100 will be made available worldwide. Considering the limited nature of this lens, the mere $2000 ($9750) premium over the regular black version is actually quite a surprise. I’m sure collectors will be scrambling to get this lens because it will surely surpass its initial value almost immediately. I’d think it unlikely we’ll see this lens in the large online stores such as Amazon or B&H Photo. For this one, you’ll have to go hunting around in the official...

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Leica M10 Photos Leaked!

Last week we brought you news that a mysterious M10 camera from Leica was undergoing the approval process for wireless devices in China, and today, photos of the camera have been leaked. Two interesting things come out of this confirmation: Firstly, there’s clearly an ISO dial on the camera next to the viewfinder, something no digital Leica has carried before. Secondly, the name of the camera really does appear to be the M10. This is odd because Leica gave up on the M7, M8, M9 naming scheme a few years ago in favour of the Leica M (Typ240) style...

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Is Canon FINALLY Going to Add Focus Peaking to DSLRS?

The lack of focus peaking on Canon DSLRs has been a pet peeve of mine for many years. It’s such a simple feature, and yet Canon have so far failed to implement it on any DSLR, even ones like the 5D Mark IV which they claim to be cameras suitable for professional filmmakers. For those that don’t know, focus peaking is simply a visual tool that outlines the in-focus areas of an image on the LCD screen to aid with manual focusing. Via Google Translate: Self-interpretation Patent Publication No. 2016-158106 Published 2016.9.1 Filing date 2015.2.24 Canon patent To get...

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Fuji X100f Is on Its Way

The Fuji X100 line has always been hugely popular and with the X100T having been recently discontinued, many people are getting excited for the upcoming Fuji X100F which will replace it. As a previous X100 owner myself, I can attest to the brilliance of these little cameras. Whilst some people would consider the fixed focal length lens to be a disadvantage, what it offers keen photographers, is a way to get a new camera from a brand that’s not necessarily their primary brand. I see a lot of Canon and Nikon users using the X100 as their “pocket” camera,...

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Variable Low Pass Filter Patent from Canon

Low pass filters sit in front of a camera’s sensor and help to prevent moiré in images that contain specific tightly condensed patterns. In recent years we have seen several manufacturers deliver camera’s without an optical low pass filter because it increases the sensor’s ability to produce fine detail. In some cases, like Canon with their 5Ds and 5DsR, manufacturers have made two cameras available, both with, and without the low pass filter. Most information seems to suggest that in this situation, sales of the cameras without the low pass filter have been much higher. In fact, rumors already...

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