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Sigma Slaps a $950 Price Tag on the 50mm f/1.4 Art Series Lens, Shocks Us All

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The first reviews have been clear: the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art series lens delivers quality on par with the exceptional $4,000 ZEISS 55mm f/1.4 Otus. That’s no small feat, but just how impressive that fact was revolved entirely around what the company decided to price the lens. Well the answer is finally official, and it’s going to blow some minds.

You’ll be able to get Otus-quality PLUS autofocus for, get this, only $950! Read more…

external Sigma 50mm f/1.4 price tag to be revealed tonight —Nikon Rumors

sigma50mmThe highly anticipated Sigma 50mm f/1.4 will reportedly have an official price starting tonight. The lens is said to destroy Canon and Nikon 50mm rivals in optic tests, and rival the $4,000 Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus.

Rumors point to a price range of around $899 to $1,000 for photographers in the US. The Canon version will begin shipping April 25, and the Nikon one will arrive at a later date.

 
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Lomo Brings Back the Iconic, 50-Year-Old Russar MR-2 Wide Angle Lens

Lomography’s already has some experience partnering with Russian lens manufacturers. And given how successful the Zenit partnership and Lomo’s recreation of the Petzval lens has been, they’ve decided to do it again, this time with the Russar+. Read more…

New Leica S to be Announced at Photokina, Packs a 40-50MP CMOS Sensor & 4K Video

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From some talks with a Leica rep at the 2014 NAB show, it looks like Digipixelpop has found out that the next Leica S will be announced at Photokina in September. Packing a 40-50MP medium format CMOS sensor and 4K video, it’s an interesting addition to Leica’s current line-up, but one we probably should’ve seen coming considering PhaseOne, Pentax and Hasselblad have all already hopped on the CMOS medium format train. Read more…

external Canon recalls 14,000 PowerShot SX50s for irritating eyecups —DPReview

rubberAfter issuing a product advisory in December of last year, Canon is now issuing a recall of about 14,000 PowerShot SX50 compact cameras.

The reason: the rubber eyepiece of the viewfinders has a chemical that has been found to irritate the eyes and/or skin of some users. Yikes.

 
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Nikon Gives Android-Powered Compacts Another Shot with the Coolpix S810c

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It’s been almost 2 years since Nikon released its last Android-powered point-and-shoot, the S800c, and the camera giant is giving it another shot with the S810c, a followup that seeks to improve on many of the S800c’s flaws. Read more…

Nikon Debuts Speedier J4 CSC Alongside a New 1-Series Underwater Housing & Strobe

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Following hot on the heels of the Nikon 1 V3 announcement is another 1-series that is targeted more at the consumer market: the much-improved Nikon 1 J4. Compared to the J3, the newly announced 1-series boasts a new sensor, new processor and, due in large part to the latter, much faster burst mode capability as well. Read more…

Mitakon to Release 50mm f/0.95 Full-Frame E-mount Lens on April 20th

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Three months after SonyAlphaRumors shared the first image samples taken using a prototype of the Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 Full Frame E-mount lens, one of their “trusted sources” has informed them the lens will be officially released on April 20th. Read more…

Olympus Patent Shows Off f/1.0 Lens for Its XZ Compact Series

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While there isn’t much information available on it yet, Olympus seems to be playing with the idea of what would be the worlds fastest compact camera, according to Patent No. 2014-48359. Read more…

Sigma 50mm Matches the Otus in Almost All Tests, Said to Cost One-Fourth as Much

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Just days after publishing their glowing review of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art series lens that ranked it leaps and bounds ahead of the Canon and Nikon competition, SLRgear finally got their hands on the ZEISS Otus for comparison.

And it seems ZEISS will have to work hard to justify the rumored price difference between those two lenses… Read more…