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We’ve all lost lens caps; and despite the fact that we end up finding them later on they can be kind of annoying due to just how easily they seem to outright get up and walk away from us. But a new Kickstarter for the HACKxTACK is looking to make sure that you’ll never lose one again.

The system works through the use of magnets.

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Canon EF-M 22-46mm patent

Canon has recently patented a new lens for its EOS M mirrorless system, and it’s a rather unspectacular 22-46mm f3.5-5.6 zoom lens. With a focal length equivalent of 35-74mm and a short zoom factor of only 2.1x, it makes us wonder if Canon might be working on a small power-zoom lens with a pancake size factor. We’ve already seen such lenses for other mirrorless systems in the past: Micro Four Thirds has two lenses of this kind, one from Panasonic and one from Olympus, while there is also one for Sony E-mount and one for Nikon’s 1 system each.

A small, pancake-sized power-zoom lens makes the most sens on a small camera, together with which it makes for a truly pocketable setup. Seeing that the current EOS M cameras though relatively small for an APS-C system aren’t really pocketable, this furthermore makes us wonder if Canon could also be working on a smaller EOS M camera with a slimmer profile? In order to make its EOS M system more competitive, Canon will eventually have to diversify no only the lenses available but also the cameras.

An even smaller EOS M model might actually work with the entry-level crowd, and could make the system more popular. As to whether we’ll ever see more advanced EOS M cameras and lenses, we have our doubts as these would surely eat into Canon’s DSLR sales. But on the other hand, other mirrorless system are already doing that, anyway. So it would only logical for Canon to claim a piece of that cake. Only time will tell whether we’re ever going to see any of this.

Via Canon Watch

Chris GampatThe Phoblographer Sigma 50mm f1.4 sample images product (1 of 1)ISO 2001-100 sec at f - 5.0

We’ve been testing the brand new Sigma 50mm f1.4 II for a short while with the promise of a unit coming to us for a longer period of time later on, and so far we’ve been very impressed. The lens is being tested on the Canon 5D Mk II and performs pretty much as well as Sigma’s 35mm f1.4 DG Art lens. We’d also say that it is on par with the Zeiss 55mm f1.4 Otus though the Sigma lens tends to exhibit more purple fringing. However, that is easily removed in post-production.

Here are some sample images from the new lens. All portraits were done with the Phottix Odin and Mitros+ flash.

Editor’s Note: Check out our first sample images, full review, and comparison posts against the 35mm f1.4 and 50mm f1.4 version 1.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma dp and 50mm f1.4 product images first impressions (11 of 12)ISO 64001-60 sec at f - 5.6

Early tests have already come out, and have shown that Sigma’s new 50mm f1.4 Art lens is going to be quite the contender. Today, news is being announced that makes it even more viable–the new Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens will retail for $949. At under $1,000 the lens comes in at a more affordable price point than Sony’s, Canon’s and Zeiss’s high end offerings.

When the lens is available for purchase in April users will be able to purchase it in Sony, Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts.

Over the next couple of days, we’ll be publishing lots of our findings on the lens. So stay tuned! But in the mean time, you can check out our first impressions.

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It’s been a while the Lomography company announced something new; and after hearing about the Petzval lens it only makes sense that they’re going to continue to go that route. Today, the company announced something super cool and totally out of the blue. It’s their new RUSSAR+ Art lens for L39 and M mount cameras. For those of you not in the know, L39 is the original screwmount.

The new RUSSAR+ is a 20mm focal length that is an ode to the old Russar MR-2 lens. It starts at f5.6 and goes down to f22. It also has a real focusing ring. The problem with the lens though for rangefinder users is that it isn’t rangefinder coupled; so you’ll need to use the depth of field scale (which is a bit lacking) to make the best decisions according to the company’s tech page. Additionally, the lens can be mounted on a mirrorless camera where you can see the focusing with no issues.

They’re also stating that a red shift will occur around the edges of the frame when shooting digital. They further state that is can be corrected in post or in camera with Sony or Leica.

You can order yours for $649. More photos and a video is after the jump.

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It’s been a while since Lensbaby announced anything new; but now it seems like they’re going for the extreme end of things–and by that we mean extremely wide. The company announced a brand new 5.8mm f3.5 fisheye lens for APS-C Canon and Nikon DSLRs. However, it can be used on full frame DSLRs too. In terms of design, the lens looks like an old Nikon optic. The 5.8mm f3.5 has a fully manual aperture ring, manual focus, and something totally different too! This lens isn’t compatible with the Optic Swap system–and that sort of makes sense. The Optic Swap system is supposed to allow users to swap optics on their camera and tilt-shift their lenses. But the benefits of tilt-shift is some glorious bokeh. Unfortunately, you can’t really get any bokeh with something this wide.

We’re in the process of calling one in for review, but in the meantime you can pick one up from Adorama for $299.95.