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No Microadjustment in the 60D
I just learned today that there is no AF microadjustment in the pre-production 60D. There is a great thread on the forum about it.
I think it’s crazy for the camera not to have the feature. I know it’s a “super rebel”, but it will be a 2nd body for a lot of pros and the first “prosumer” body for a lot of people as well. This might be a camera I own myself.
Please contact Canon in your country asking for the feature. Most people assume it could just be a firmware update.
Canon has proven in the last 12-24 months that they are listening to customers.
The comments on Canon Rumors have become almost unreadable. I am going to disable them until I can figure out a different method to police them.
I honestly can’t believe how much effort some people put into making something a negative experience for everyone.
I apologize for not being diligent in policing the comments. I’ve always tried to let people speak their minds, even if they’re negative towards the site and myself.
I’ve also been told and witnessed an increasing amount of racist and bigoted behavior in the comments. I have no idea how a site about cameras & lenses could bring about such idiocy.
However, enough of you have given me trouble for that way of thinking and I’m going to correct the wrong.
Please give me a few days. :)
DPR has completed their review of the new EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II.
The review is very favorable outside of their opinion of the bokeh. I didn’t find it all that pleasing either.
Overall, then, the EF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS II USM gains about as close as it gets to an unqualified recommendation, given the price. Its combination of exceptional optics and quirk-free design even manages to surpass Nikon’s equivalent that we tested recently, stealing the crown of ‘Best in Class’ by a whisker. It’s a significant improvement over what was already an accomplished lens, capable of consistently delivering results that will satisfy the most demanding of users, and you can’t ask for much more than that.
Read More: http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/canon_70-200_2p8_is_usm_ii_c16/
B&H has them in stock for $2499
CUPERTINO, California—February 9, 2010—Apple® today introduced Aperture™ 3, the next major release of its powerful photo editing and management software, with over 200 new features including Faces, Places and Brushes. Building on the innovative Faces and Places features introduced in iPhoto® ’09, Aperture 3 makes it even easier and faster to organize large photo libraries. Aperture 3 introduces new tools to refine your photos including Brushes for painting image adjustments onto parts of your photo, and Adjustment Presets for applying professional photo effects with just one click. Stunning new slideshows let you share your work by weaving together photos, audio, text and HD video.
“Millions of people love using iPhoto to organize, edit and share their digital photos,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Aperture 3 is designed for both professionals who edit and manage massive libraries of photos and iPhoto users who want to take their photos further with easy-to-use tools such as Brushes and Adjustment Presets.”
“Aperture 3 gets it right,” said National Geographic photographer, Jim Richardson. “The image editing tools are exactly what I have been asking for, they’re so easy to use and give me a level of control that I never even thought possible.
“I chose Aperture because it was the most powerful archiving application around, but it’s now an unbelievable imaging tool as well,” said Bill Frakes, Sports Illustrated staff photographer. “I am beyond impressed with the massive changes made in Aperture 3.”
Aperture 3 allows you to organize large photo libraries with even more flexibility using Projects and the new Faces and Places. Faces uses face detection and recognition to find and organize your photos by the people in them. You can view faces across your entire photo library or view just the faces that appear in selected projects. In a new view that speeds up the organization process, Aperture 3 displays faces that have been detected but haven’t yet been named. Places lets you explore your photos based on where they were taken, and like in iPhoto, Places automatically reverse geocodes GPS data into user-friendly locations. In Aperture 3, you can assign locations by dragging-and-dropping photos onto a map or by using location information from GPS enabled cameras, tracking devices or your iPhone® photos.
The new Brushes feature allows you to add professional touches to your photos by simply painting effects onto the image. Aperture 3 includes 15 Quick Brushes that perform the most popular tasks like Dodge, Burn, Polarize and Blur, without the complexity of layers or masks. Brushes can automatically detect edges in your images to let you apply or remove effects exactly where you want them. Aperture 3 includes dozens of Adjustment Presets that apply a specific style or look to the entire image with just a click. You can create your own custom presets or explore the techniques of other photographers by importing theirs.
Aperture 3 makes it easy to share your work with stunning slideshows that weave together photos, audio, text and HD video. You can select one of six Apple designed themes or choose your own transitions, background, borders and titles, and even add your own soundtrack. You can export your slideshows directly to iTunes® to take with you on your iPhone or iPod touch®. You can also share photographs as beautiful prints, create custom-designed hardcover books and publish to online photo sharing sites like Facebook and Flickr, right from Aperture 3.
Pricing & Availability
Aperture 3 is available through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) and existing Aperture users can upgrade for a suggested retail price of $99 (US). A downloadable 30-day trial version is available at www.apple.com/aperture/trial. Aperture 3 runs as a 64-bit application on Mac OS® X Snow Leopard® on Macs with Intel Core 2 Duo processors. Full system requirements, online tutorials and more information on Aperture 3 can be found at www.apple.com/aperture.
I’ve been told today that internally Canon has bumped the 5D Mark III launch deadline ahead about 6 months. With the limitations of the Mark II as far as adding features via firmware (more on that in a second), Canon feels the camera needs an update to utilize the features of current dSLR’s.
The email said we can rest assured that Canon will not be on a 3 year product cycle for the 5D line. The source went on to say the 3D is a myth, there are no plans for it currently. The 5D Mark III would get the full frame and 7D autofocus system and a better featureset for video.
720p & 60fps
A clarification. I’m told that Canon is omitting 720p and 60fps from the 5D Mark II firmware update. The firmware update will have the 24/25p update.
Before people start cancelling orders. I still think this is a late 2010/early 2011 camera and the rumor is CR1.
This is the bummer of being on vacation, I just can’t be online for long stretches to scour over things. Thankfully some of you will do me the favor.
Anyway, there are a ton more lenses missing from Canon USA’s site. Here’s the full list. (thanks Brad)
Ultra Wide Zoom
EF 17-40mm f4L USM
EF 24-70mm f2.8L
EF 28-200 f3.5-5.6 USM
EF 28-300mm f3.5-5.6L IS USM
EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM
EF 70-200mm f4L USM
EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 DO IS USM
EF 75-300mm f4-5.6 USM
EF 100-300mm f4.5-5.6 USM
Wide Angle (Prime
EF 15mm f2.8 fisheye
EF 20mm f2.8 USM
EF 24mm f2.8
EF 28mm f1.8 USM
EF 28mm f2.8
EF 35mm f1.4L USM
EF 35mm f2
Standard and Medium Telephoto (Prime)
EF 50mm f1.4 USM
EF 50mm f1.8 II
EF 85mm f1.8 USM
EF 100mm f2 USM
EF 135mm f2L USM
EF 135mm f2.8 with Softfocus
EF 200mm f2.8L II USM
EF 300mm f2.8L IS USM
EF 300mm F4L IS USM
Super Telephoto (Prime)
EF 400mm f2.8L IS USM
EF 400mm f4 DO IS USM
EF 400mm f5.6L USM
EF 500mm f4L IS USM
EF 600mm f4L IS USM
EF 50mm f2.5 compact macro
MP-E 65mm f2.8 1-5x macro
EF 180mm f3.5L macro USM
TS-E 45mm f2.8
TS-E 90mm f2.8
There’s no way all of these are being done away with. However, Canon has tipped their hat in the past with product removal from the Canon USA site. Announcements are coming soon.
An anonymous tipster said we can expect some Canon announcements on January 5, 2010 & January 9, 2010. Saturday would be a strange announcement day, but CES is just around the corner.
Missing Lenses on Canon USA
Coincidence or telling us something.
If you visit Canon USA’s web site you’ll see the following lenses are missing.
EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS
EF 70-200 f/2.8L
EF 70-200 f/4L
We’ll keep a close eye on this.
See here: http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ProductCatIndexAct&fcategoryid=150
Canon Rumors 2009 Awards!
Here are my picks for the best and worst of 2009. Stay tuned tomorrow for my predictions for 2010 from Canon.
*Note: You may disagree with something here, just be nice about it if you make a comment.
Best New Digital SLR
Winner: 1D Mark IV
This was a tough choice because I have never used a 1D Mark IV (I will be soon). I’m basing this on initial reports from various pros. The image quality, autofocus and feature set make it a winner. The only knock folks have against it is the price. Do digital SLR’s really need to cost $5000?
The 7D is a great camera for most people. After seeing and experiencing the softness of the files at small apertures, my opinion of the camera dwindled a little bit. I still think the 7D is Canon actually listening (for the most part) to consumers of prosumer level camera bodies.
As I said last year, Canon had to rethink the xxD line. The 7D addresses that, now lets see what the 60D brings us.
Worst Digital SLR
Winner: Rebel T1i
More mega pixels and a gimped movie mode. The 18-55 has no hope of resolving the 15.1mp sensor the T1i possesses, so why bother?
The 20fps 1080p movie mode is ridiculous. Lower the bitrate or some other way to gimp the movie mode to keep it below the 7D and 5D2.
The Rebel line also needs scrollwheel. It’s not a saleable feature, but it sure is a great thing to have. Ergonomics of the camera in general feel dated.
I was a big fan of the Rebel line until complacency set it. Yes, the Rebel is the best selling digital slr on earth, but that doesn’t mean it can’t push the boundaries of what a great entry level dslr should be.
I was happy to see the return of the S line from Canon. I love the S90. I love the size, the ergonomics, the ring and the image quality the camera dishes out. It’s great to see Canon has some creative engineers.
SD780?! Yes, I love that little thing. It’s small (oh so small) and quite stylish. The HD movie mode and image quality are pretty decent. This is another creative offering from Canon.
Big, ugly, unreliable and boring.. that’s all I have to say about the SX120. It’s a solid value for what it costs, I’m just not a fan.
The A480 is cheap, and probably worth what it costs. I’d like to see IS put into their entry level camera. The LCD on this camera is horrendous as well.
Best New Lens
Winner: TS-E 17 f/4L
Runner-up: EF-S 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Oh how fun is that 17mm Tilt-Shift? Tons! Canon’s new tilt-shifts, especially the 17mm set the benchmark again for these types of lenses. Image quality, build quality and useablity are second to none. A job well done.
The 17-85 sure needed to be upgraded as a kit lens. The 15-85 is a well built and very good performer on the 7D. You immediately notice the build quality and heft of the new lens when you pick it up. I’ve used it and really think it’s worth the price.
Worst New Lens
Winner: 18-135 IS
Best New Third Party Lens
Winner: Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 VC
I was a big fan of the original, adding vibration correction to the lens just makes it an even better value.
Best New Third Party Camera
Winner: Leica M9
Runner-up: Panasonic GF1
The M9 is a fine example of a company listening to its followers and delivering a great camera to follow-up a not so great camera. I liked the M8, but it was a hassle at times to use.
It costs a lot, but who cares? I’m a big fan of the rangefinder and always will be. I currently use some film Leicas and I’m currently waiting for my M9 to arrive (possibly March!). Leica will not be able to meet demand for this camera in 2010.
The Panasonic GF1 is almost great. The problems I have with the camera is it feels like a point & shoot, the external EVF is pretty bad, I find the camera quite ugly with all those logos on the front and the jpg processing is very poor.
However, it’s a giant step in the right direction for Micro 4/3. I wish Panasonic would hire some real camera designers to really bring the system up to par with other photographic tools.
I must say reading Canon patents makes my brain feel good. What’s especially awesome about Canon and patents is they have about 50 a week!
Here’s one good enough for Ashton Kutcher.
"That feels good!"
Features (Snippet from Photography Bay)
Two simple and important adjustments that can be modified via the touchscreen are mentioned in the patent:
1. Sliding you finger across the panel in a vertical direction changes aperture values.
2. Sliding your finger across the panel in a horizontal direction changes shutter speed.
Other features contemplated by the patent that may be enabled by touch entry through the LCD include the following settings:
* Focus detection area
* Exposure correction value
* Flash adjustment correction value
* Photometry mode (i.e., metering mode)
* Drive mode
* ISO value
* Auto focus mode
* White balance mode
* Exposure correction value
Read More from Photography Bay: http://www.photographybay.com/….
Vincent Laforet’s forbidden short!
You can check out the latest short film piece by Vincent Laforet from a Canon camera. This is the 1D Mark IV in action.
Yes, if you have this camera this is what your films will look like. (update: this sentence was a bit of sarcasm folks)
Vincent Laforet: http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/
A very good lens gets an update
Tamron has announced a revised version of its popular 17-50mm F2.8 fast standard zoom for APS-C/DX SLRs, which now incorporates optical image stabilization (or as the company calls it, Vibration Compensation). The SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] offers a useful wide angle to short telephoto range of 26-78mm (35mm equivalent) in a compact design scarcely larger than its unstabilized predecessor. The 19 element / 14 group optical design employs a host of special elements to minimize aberrations, and features a minimum focusing distance of 0.29m over the entire zoom range, with a maximum magnification of 0.21x. It will be available in Nikon mount (with a built-in focusing motor) from mid-September, with a Canon version to follow.