Samyang Launches World’s First AF 14mm F2.8 for Canon RF Mount
October 25th 2019 – Seoul, South Korea: Global optics brand Samyang Optics has announced the world’s first ‘AF 14mm F2.8 RF’ specifically designed for RF mount.
Samyang Optics, known for its wide-angle lenses, packs 113.9 degree ultra-wide angle and excellent optical performance into a compact lens designed for mirrorless cameras.
The World’s First AF 14mm F2.8 for RF mount
Samyang launched the first manual focus lenses for RF mount (MF 14mm F2.8 and MF 85mm F1.4) in February to meet consumer demand for lenses to fit Canon mirrorless RF cameras and now this new AF lens follows in its footsteps. Samyang Optics, which first introduced autofocus lenses for Sony FE mount in 2016 and in the 3 year since, it has become known for being the world’s first third-party lens manufacturer to release lenses for new camera mounts, making it one of the world’s leading companies in the global lens industry. In 2018, Samyang also launched autofocus lenses for Canon EF mount and Nikon F mount. The new RF lens has been added to the line-up as the Canon RF mirrorless camera market grows.
Outstanding Performance from the Master of Wide Angle Lens
From the world-renowned master of wide angle lenses, Samyang’s AF 14mm F2.8 RF has 14 lens elements in 10 groups, with 6 special elements including 3 aspherical, 1 high refraction and 2 extra-low dispersion elements. These special optics provide minimum distortion and outstanding image quality from corner to corner, with 113.9 degrees of wide angle. Also the 7 aperture blades create soft and circular bokeh with sharp light-rays.
Light and Compact Mirrorless AF Lens
Previously, Canon RF camera users had to put an RF adapter onto their Canon EF lens to enjoy a 14mm wide-angle, making a size and weight that is not ideal for use with a mirrorless camera. The new Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 RF is designed exclusively to prioritise the user experience of mirrorless cameras. As a result, the length of the flange back was reduced and so the length and weight of the lens were also lowered to maximise the handling experience. Also minimised is the weight of the focusing system, for fast and accurate AF performance.
User-oriented Lens Device Design
The new lens is equipped with a switch that allows easy changing between AF and MF when manual focus is required, or for fine adjustments. Dust and moisture resistant weather sealing ensures a more secure experience under outdoor conditions. There is also a rear filter holder on the mount to create more diverse images and a new Lens Station which allows USB updating of firmware and other lens settings.
Available in November
The Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 RF lens will become available during in November 2019 with a suggested retail price of £629 (including VAT).
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
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.
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:
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
[i] Based on Canon research and as of October 2019
3 Legged Thing Announces Huge Upgrade to Ellie L-Bracket System
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.”
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.
When we heard that Gitzo, the Italian manufacturer of premium tripods and accessories, was showing a 200 Euro mini tripod at Photokina we just had to see it for ourselves. The Gitzo Mini Traveler Ball Head is, indeed, gorgeous can carry a full frame DSLR and only weighs 265g, but is it worth the price tag? A Gitzo mini tripod would always be special, but how special?
The Gitzo mini tripod is already available for pre-order in the UK via dealers for around £189. It uses the same kind of carbon fibre leg construction as its bigger counterparts in the Gitzo stable. It has a neat patent-pending mechanism for switching each leg between standard and low positions. There is no thumb-wheel to tighten the tripod screw, unlike its Manfrotto Pixi cousin, but it’s lighter, smaller and stronger.
The aluminium ball head can safely carry an attached load locked in position up tp 3kg in weight, though there is no quick-release option. To unlock the ball head you rotate a collar at the base of the head. It’s available in grey and black.
The engineering, materials and design all look superb as you can see in our pictures. But it costs 200 Euros.
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.