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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 8-15mm product photos (2 of 4)

It’s been a while since we saw something extremely unconventional from Canon, but both Photo Rumors and Canon Rumors are saying that we should be hearing about new L series lenses. According to both sites, we should be hearing about both an 11-24mm f4 L and a 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L IS USM II lens. The former is an interesting addition seeing as the company already has a very good 8-15m f4 L lens and a 16-35mm f2.8 L offering. An 11-24mm f4 L lens will most likely be targeted at landscape, architecture, and cityscape photographers that need something that wide. To boot, f4 is more than wide enough of an aperture for work like that.

What lots of photographers will be talking about though will be the 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L IS USM II–which many agencies, news wires and sports shooters will most likely be interested in. We heard about the patent for this lens being submitted before, but the patents filed are in addition to some other very interesting patents. The photo world should be hearing about a new 17-5mm lens along with a 70-400mm lens.

Still though, we’re just going to have to wait and see what Canon comes out with.

Felix Esser The Phoblographer Lenses Apertures

Consumers who are always concerned about when their camera will become outdated should not only be aware of the technology that has been progressing in sensor performance, but also whether or not lens R&D will be able to keep up. A question dawned on us one day: with sensor technology moving ahead at such a fast pace, will lens technology be able to do the same? Years ago, it was common for a lens to last a photographer 10 years until the next refresh. But in more recent years, we’ve been seeing shorter lifespans of around five years. Part of this is due to developments in autofocusing and sensor technology.

But at the same time, should photographers be afraid that their collection of glass will become obsolete? We talked to the folks at Olympus, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Sigma and Tokina about this.

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Fujifilm 35mm f1.4 patent

It has been a couple of years since Fujifilm released their 35mm f1.4 lens with the announcement of the interchangeable lens X series cameras. And Fuji Rumors has spotted a brand new patent for a refresh of the lens. Of course, this doesn’t mean that it may hit the market but it of course does mean that they’re thinking about it. The site is reporting that we may see a refresh in the early part of next year.

This brings up a very big question overall about the industry: with sensor technology moving ahead at such a rapid pace, will lens technology also do the same? Years ago, lenses would last you 10 years easily–but now it seems like that lifespan is being cut in half. For example, Panasonic updated their 20mm f1.7 lens after five years. Sigma also updated their 50mm f1.4 after around six years.

This makes us sad for the future lifespan of lenses.

Canon See Impossible

Update: It’s a major let down.

It seems Canon has a big announcement coming tomorrow. Over the weekend Canon printed a teaser ad in the New York Times filled with cryptic text and bold statement that the camera company can “SEE IMPOSSIBLE.” The text posted in full past the break is all a bit nonsensical, however the ad also included a link pointing to a website with a countdown clock.

As of this writing, the countdown clock has whittled down to just over 24 hours, which means we will see what Canon has in store for us at 9am tomorrow. At Photokina the camera maker put on a rather flaccid show with the most exciting bits being the Canon 7D Mark II and Canon G7x. So perhaps this is the camera that could finally get us excited about Canon after so long.

There are plenty of theories as to what this camera could be. For instance the rumor mill has been churning about a high-megapixel DSLR to best the 36MP Nikon D810. Another theory is Canon could introduce some amazing new glass or even a mirrorless camera we’ll actually care about. The possibilities are nearly endless so let us know what you think Canon will announce in the comments below.

Via Canon Watch

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Pro Tip: Despite the fact that we all love bokeh, don't ever let it get in the way of good composition and an even better vision for the end result.

Pro Tip: Despite the fact that we all love bokeh, don’t ever let it get in the way of good composition and an even better vision for the end result. Model: Grace Morales

When working with actors, you’ll typically need to shoot a certain type of headshot. But there are many other folks that want headshots: business people, musicians, etc. The most important thing to do with them is also one of the most basic human instincts: communicate. The key to better headshots and happy clients comes with having an open sense of communication and a better understanding to help both of you deliver the product that is needed.

Gear comes last when doing headshots. But it’s also got a bit of importance.

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AbramGoglanian_ThePhoblographer_Canon40mm

The Phoblographer staff spends loads and loads of time testing and evaluating lots of lenses out in the field. Over the years, we’ve reviewed countless numbers of lenses. While going through our pool of reviews, we found a bunch for pretty much every camera system that you’d want to get your hands on if you’re on a budget of under $500. So without further ado, here are the Best Lenses Under $500. [click to continue…]