Shootout: Canon PowerShot G7X vs Sony RX100 III

The Camera Store has posted a shootout review between the brand new Canon PowerShot G7 X and the king of the compact large sensor segment, the Sony RX100 III. By the tone of the video, the Sony looks to maintain its leader status, with the Canon being good, but not great.

I did learn what the definition of “Canonitis” is at the end of this video, and this is something Canon should be paying close attention to.

Canonitis
Noun/Latin Origin
- To never go the full step you really need to innovate and take over the market.

Watch the shootout below.

Canon PowerShot G7 X $699: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

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Patent: 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 With a Liquid Element

A patent showing a 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 optical formula with a liquid element has shown up. I think it’s safe to say that this isn’t going to end up as a consumer product any time soon, but it’s still pretty interesting.

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  • Patent Publication No. 2014-145883 (Google Translated)
    • Published Date 2014.8.14
    • Filing date 2013.1.29
  • Example 4
    • Zoom ratio 2.07
    • Focal length f = 10.30-13.12-21.35mm
    • Fno. 3.23-3.62-4.63
    • Half angle ω = 52.86-46.03-32.50 °
    • Image height 13.60mm
    • The overall length of the lens 135.13-133.91-135.09mm
    • BF 0.15mm
  • Canon patents
    • And by varying the shape of the boundary surface, thereby changing the refractive power
    • Zooming, and has a refractive power element is positive, the element is negative
    • And reduce the variation of the curvature

Source: [EG] via [NL]

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Deals: Some Canon Body & Lens Deals This Weekend

Deals: Some Canon Body & Lens Deals This Weekend

The Canon eStore has some refurbished lenses at an extra discount until the end of this weekend.

The Canon eStore also has some deals on refurbished EOS camera bodies.

GetItDigital (99.3% approval) has a few deals on Canon EOS bodies via ebay.

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Patent: Canon EF 2.0X TC With Diffractive Optics Element

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A patent showing a 2x teleconverter with a diffractive optic element (DO) has surfaced. The 2.0x teleconverter could use a little length reduction, though I’m not sure if DO would reduce the size of the current TC all that much.

Patent Publication No. 2014-145870 (Google Translated)

  • Published Date 2014.8.14
  • Filing date 2013.1.29

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Patent: Canon 2mm f/1.4 Lens for Small Sensors

A patent for a 2mm f/1.4 lens from Canon has appeared. This type of lens would be for a small sensor device such as a compact video camera or action camera.

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Patent Publication No. 2014-197128 (Google Translated)

  • Published  Date 2014.10.16
  • Filing date 2013.3.29

Example

  • Focal length f = 2.03mm
  • Fno. 1.44mm
  • Half angle ω = 59.18 °
  • Image height 3.00mm
  • The overall length of the lens 32.17mm
  • BF 0.51mm
  • Canon patents
  • Focus position of the periphery of the screen is shifted If you install the dome cover
  • And suppress the deviation of the focus by changing the air space of the lens in accordance with the presence or absence of the dome cover

Source: [EG]

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EOS 7D Mark II Shipping October 30, 2014

EOS 7D Mark II Shipping October 30, 2014

According to Amazon and another local retailer, we should start seeing the Canon EOS 7D Mark II shipping on October 30, 2014. If you select overnight shipping, you should have it for Hallowe’en and that’ll be a great evening to test the ISO abilities of this new APS-C camera.

B&H Photo and Adorama are still showing November for availability.

thanks Doug

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Canon Announces CN20x50 Cine-Servo Ultra Zoom Lens

Canon Announces CN20x50 Cine-Servo Ultra Zoom Lens

Canon introduces new 4K cine-servo, ultra-telephoto lens with world’s longest focal length

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 16 October 2014 – Canon today bolsters its cine servo lens line-up with the new CN20x50 – a high performance, ultra-telephoto zoom lens for sport and nature TV production. Leveraging Canon’s long-standing and unparalleled expertise in lens design, the CN20x50 delivers superb image quality and exceptional creative control, and is the first lens of its type to combine a built-in 1.5x extender, class-leading 20x magnification and a removable servo drive, with a native 50-1000mm focal range that expands to a huge 75-1500mm.

Designed to be a portable solution for broadcast productions using super 35mm cameras – whether HD, UHD or 4K – the CN20x50 is a tool of unprecedented quality, versatility and usability. Featuring a completely removable updated servo drive unit that enables an agile shooting style that’s difficult to achieve with typical cine lenses, the new cine-servo lens helps to meet growing demands for Ultra High Definition (UHD) resolution sport and nature television production.

Versatile and reliable
With productions today expected to shoot in demanding and unpredictable environments, a huge level of lens flexibility is required. For wildlife television, operators typically work in hostile and sensitive conditions which often necessitate shooting from extremely long distances, while sports productions typically require extremely high resolution for close-to-the-action stadium work. In both situations, operators require fast, reactive positional changes, shooting flexibility and nimble hardware that allow them to respond to changes in the scene.

Weighing just 6.6kg, the CN20x50 is conveniently portable and lightweight and offers an unrivalled focal length and zooming capabilities for its class. It enables sport and documentary crews to capture footage at a distance, while maintaining the highest quality throughout the zoom range. The lens’s huge zoom range also significantly reduces the volume of hardware that crews are required to carry, offering a superb solution for location shoots.

The latest in Canon’s cine-servo lens line-up, the CN20x50 is also user-friendly and robust. The design has been developed to ensure high levels of ruggedness and reliability, even in unforgiving broadcast environments – combining the finest quality optics with a weather-and-shock-proof construction that makes it suitable for use in the most hostile conditions when on location, to the same level as conventional Canon broadcast lenses.

Flexible operability
Compatible with a wide range of cameras, the CN20x50 also supports communication between lens and camera and will be available in both EF-mount and PL-mount variants. The EF-mount version utilises Canon’s own system, while the PL-mount variant supports Cooke’s /i Technology standard. Both models feature a 12-pin serial connection for integration with typical broadcast equipment.

The focus ring rotation is 180 degrees, balancing the accuracy required for 4K imaging with the speed needed for broadcast use. In scenarios where every second counts – and operators only have one opportunity to capture a shot – high speed zoom, iris and simple focusing operation mean that even rapidly changing scenes can be captured with ease and accuracy.

The lens’ design supports a range of cinema and broadcast accessories including operational zoom and focus controls, matte boxes and 0.8- and 0.5-type gear module accessories such as follow focus units, to provide a truly versatile solution.

CN20x50 key benefits:

  • Ultra-telephoto lens with class-leading focal length
  • Capture every detail in sports and nature TV broadcast
  • Achieve stunning shots in outstanding 4K quality
  • Enjoy a wide variety of shooting and expression
  • Portable and durable with intuitive operation

Source: [TDP] & [CPN]

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Patent: Variable Diffusion Focusing Screen

A patent for a variable diffusion focusing screen from Canon is out there. The patent shows a focusing screen capable of showing sharp areas as well as giving the shooter a better idea of depth of field. Current DSLRs are quite difficult to manually focus accurately using fast primes with the default focusing screens. There are focusing screens out there you can swap out, but having it all in one screen would be ideal.

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Patent Publication No. 2014-191184

  • Published Date 2014.10.6
  • Filing date 2013.3.27

Canon patents

  • Spreading factor variable finder screen
  • First diffusion rate
  • Brightness priority
  • Setting of low diffusivity and high transmittance
  • Second diffusion rate
  • Blur priority
  • Setting of high diffusivity and low transmittance
  • The partially changed spreading factor according to the focusing range

Source: [EG] via [NL]

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EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]

We’re told that Canon hasn’t been fully satisfied with the sales of the Canon EOS 6D, a camera which I personally love for its size and simplicity. We’re told that the next iteration of the camera is likely to move upmarket in features and pricing. As it sits, there’s about a $1500 difference between the EOS 6D and the EOS 5D Mark III.

I think most people would rather see a $1499 full frame camera, but Canon seems to be marketing the EOS 7D Mark II on par with the 6D as far as image quality goes, so that might drive the 6D upwards, which in turn could also move the next EOS 5D body up as well. This is the opposite of where I saw things going, but increasing margins to offset decreasing sales numbers is good business.

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Check out a four part interview with the developers of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Canon 7D Mark II Developer Interview

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Deals: EOS-1D X Body, EOS 5D Mark III Body & EF 24-70 f/4L IS

Deals: EOS-1D X Body, EOS 5D Mark III Body & EF 24-70 f/4L IS

AllNewShop (99.3% approval) is selling the Canon EOS-1D X body for $5199 (Reg $6799) via ebay.

Canon EOS-1D X Body $5199 (Reg $6799)

GetItDigital (99.3% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body for $2587 (Reg $3199 after MIR) via ebay.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2587 (Reg $3199 after MIR)

AllNewShop (99.3% approval) is selling the Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS White Box Version for $799 (Reg $999) via ebay.

Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS *White Box* $799 (Reg $999)

*as always with ebay, these items are likely grey market and may not be covered by a Canon USA warranty.

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