Canon 35mm F/1.4L II Announcement Leaked, Air Apple Watch App, & A Sad Day at Kodak
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Canon 35mm f/1.4L II Announcement Date & Pricing Leaked
Last week we talked about the possibility – or should I say, likelihood – of the current Canon 35mm f/1.4L being replaced in the next 2-3 months. Today, those rumors got some more teeth, as an announcement date and pricing leaked online.
We still don’t have any information on the optics or specific specs of the lens, but we are told that it is expected to be announced on or around August 14th and should retail for a price of $1699. This would, of course, make it $400 more than the current Canon 35mm f/1.4L and pretty much double the price of the very high performing Sigma 35mm.
If the optics are up to spec and the image quality beats the Sigma by a healthy margin, I could see Canon shooters buying this lens, but if it is even just as good or close to the Sigma, I can’t see this lens doing well with a price like that. The Sigma just performs too well, and is much more affordable.
What do you think?
Apple Watch Viewfinder App For New Olympus ‘Air’ Camera
While I may not personally understand these Sony and Olympus ‘lens cameras’, the fact is that many out there do like them for certain uses, and today, that got a lot easier for them if they own an Apple Watch.
Apparently, a new app called ‘AirRecipe’ allows you to use your Apple Watch as a viewfinder and controller for your Olympus Air camera. This could make for some very discrete photo ops; the lens camera would be hidden somewhere, and you would not be doing anything anymore suspicious than looking at your watch.
Pretty cool if you ask me.
Kodak Destroys Iconic 92yr Old Film Factory
Now, let’s give a moment of silence for the film era, and more specifically Kodak, which had the unfortunate role of inventing its own demise. Yesterday, Kodak destroyed its 92-year-old film factory, Building 53, at its massive Eastman Business Park.
The building for years had been a hub for Kodak, producing the acetate film base needed to produce Kodak films, but as the demand for Film decreased, the factory saw less work. There is now a much smaller building at the complex producing acetate, making this building unneeded.
Spectators gathered to watch the building come down, as you can see here via Youtube.
A sad day for film lovers everywhere…
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