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Lenses / Canon EF 11-24 f/4L Sample Images
« on: Today at 10:38:07 AM »
I’m still waiting for my Canon EF 11-24 f/4L to arrive here in snowy Canada, but Keith at Northlight received his and has posted a few real world sample images and some examples of sharpness and how wide 11mm really is. The difference between 14mm and 11mm is pretty substantial as you’ll see. The example showing the corner sharpness is also impressive.

Be sure to post your examples in the forum if you have received your lens already.

See the samples at Northlight


Feeling the pressure from authorized resellers has probably forced Canon USA to significantly lower MAP (minimum advertised price) prices on the EOS 5D Mark III & EOS 6D. Both of those cameras have dropped a lot in price probably due to currency fluctuations. Beyond the price drops, Canon has also switched the mail-in rebate to an instant rebate and added the EOS 7D Mark II to that. Are these reductions enough to get people away from grey market cameras out there? I’m not sure.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS Rebel SL1


PowerShot / New PowerShot G17 Coming in Spring [CR2]
« on: February 28, 2015, 01:21:31 PM »
A new PowerShot G17 will be coming some time before July we’re told. The exact announcement date isn’t currently known. It definitely looks like the G17 is going to going upmarket. We received similar specs back in March of 2014.

Canon PowerShot G17 Specs:

  • Ultra bright lens
  • f/1.2-2.0
  • 24 – 168mm 7x Zoom
  • Super UD Lens
  • DIGIC 6+
  • Large 1″ Sensor
  • All Magnesium Body


EOS Bodies / The State of the Camera Industry in 2014
« on: February 28, 2015, 08:40:15 AM » has posted their yearly infographic showing the state of the photographic industry last year. They use the data from the CIPA statistics that were recently released.

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Here are a few key points (from LensVid):

  • Camera manufacturing/sales (all types) went down in 2014 by 31% (in 2013 we looked at close to a 40% drop).
  • Lenses manufacturing/sales (for DSLR/mirrorless cameras) went down in 2014  by 12% (in 2013 it went down by %20).
  • Japan is still a huge photography market (13% of all cameras and 14% of all lenses sell in Japan which has less than 2% of the world’s population), however the rest of Asia is the only place which seems to gain any momentum in 2014.
  • Mirrorless cameras (despite all the hype) are still just 7% of the entire camera market (up from a mere 5% in 2013).
  • Compact cameras are a dying breed – going down from a 108 million units in 2010 to only 29 million in 2014 (and this number is likely to go down even further in 2015).
  • Predicting the future of the camera market proved challenging in the past – IDC (the American market research, analysis and advisory firm) failed to predict what will happen to the mirrorless camera market. In 2012 they concluded that in 2014 we will see no less than 13 million mirrorless cameras sold worldwide. Only 3 million mirrorless cameras were actually sold…



Lenses / Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Accepts Rear Gelatin Filter
« on: February 27, 2015, 04:09:53 PM »
Here’s a feature I didn’t know existed on the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L, maybe I’m the only one that didn’t know, this is from the lens manual. The EF 17-40mm f/4L, EF 8-15 f/4L fisheye and a few others also have this feature, does anyone actually use it?


thanks @KevinAndrewFaulk


Lenses / First Tests: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L a Winner
« on: February 27, 2015, 03:48:05 PM » has completed their initial tests of the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM. They have come away extremely impressed and they look forward to further testing and most importantly, making images with it.


As you can see, the center t 16mm has an even higher resolution than the two extreme ends, although the edges are just a bit weaker.

But all of that is hair-splitting; this is a remarkable lens. Canon made the widest full-frame rectilinear lens available, and made it with superb image quality throughout the zoom range. Once again, hat’s off to Canon’s lens designers.

Read the full first test | Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM: Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon



Sigma has updated their ship schedule for the the 24mm f/1.4 Art lens for Canon and the 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS contemporary lens for Canon. Both of these lenses should begin shipping some time in March.

From Sigma

SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art ($849) for Canon EF mount are scheduled to start shipping towards the middle of March.

SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary ($1089) for Canon EF mount are scheduled to start shipping towards the middle to end of March.

via: [TDP] & [Sigma]



Lenses / Review: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: February 27, 2015, 07:26:28 AM »
Professional nature photography Kevin Ebi took some time to write an interesting review of the brand new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II.

Here is a summary of some of Kevin’s thoughts.

  • The Mark II doesn’t zoom quite as far. The extreme telephoto end of the new 100-400 is a little more than 2% shorter than the Mark I.
  • There is not a huge difference in image quality at the center of the two generation of lenses, but at the corners, there is less distortion in the Mark II. Sharpness is improved, but it’s not a mind-blowing improvement. (A lot of people on your forums ask how it compares to a 70-200 Mark II with a doubler; it provides a readily visible improvement over that setup.)
  • The 100-400 II does suffer a bit from the “onion rings” phenomenon, but I don’t think it ruins any images. In fact, it’s no worse than the 600mm f/4 IS. The weather conditions that allowed me to photograph the phenomenon evaporated fast, so I couldn’t compare it to the Mark I.
  • A minimum focusing distance of 3 feet/1 meter may seem overkill for a lens primarily used for wildlife, but it has opened new creative possibilities for me. For birds that you are able to get close to — either through opportunity or through remote rigs — it lets you capture sharp subjects with stunningly beautifully backgrounds.

Read the full review | Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II $2199: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon


EOS Bodies / Canon Cinema EOS C700x Rumor a Fake
« on: February 26, 2015, 11:20:24 AM »
A rumor showing a Canon Cinema EOS C700x starting popping up around the web and in our inbox yesterday. We have confirmed our initial suspicions that this is a fake.

The camera in the image is the C500 PL mount with some “work” done to fit the larger 34mm sensor and a longer base to fit the “X”, which in itself makes no sense. We’re also told that most PL lenses wouldn’t work with a 34mm wide sensor.

We have confirmed that the EOS C300 Mark II and EOS C500 Mark II will be coming to NAB 2015 in April. We have not heard of any other “Cinema EOS” branded products coming for the show, but that could change.


EOS Bodies / Patent: Multi Layer AF Sensor
« on: February 24, 2015, 05:24:55 PM »
Another autofocus related patent has appeared from Canon. This time in the form of a foveon style multilayer AF sensor.

Patent Publication No. 2015-37217

  • Published 2015.2.23
  • Filing date 2013.8.12

Canon patent

  • AF sensor
  • In the depth direction, I comprises a first layer, the second layer, the photoelectric conversion portion of the third layer
  • The second layer is for monitoring, detecting the amount of light that is received in real-time, to control the accumulation time
  • The third layer in a bright environment, the dark environment so that the use of the first layer, sensitivity can be switched
  • Furthermore, in a dark environment is used by adding the first and third layers

Source: [Egami]

EOS Bodies / NAB 2015: Cinema EOS C500 Mark II Confirmed
« on: February 24, 2015, 05:00:45 PM »
We’ve been told for a while now that we’d be seeing a 4K Cinema EOS C300 Mark II at NAB 2015 in Las Vegas this coming April. We can now also confirm we’ll also get to see a new Cinema EOS C500 Mark II at the show.

We weren’t told any specifications for the Cinema EOS C500 Mark II.

More to come…


Canon General / Hands on With Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: February 24, 2015, 04:11:28 PM »

Lenses / Review: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
« on: February 24, 2015, 12:43:39 PM »
Dustin Abbott has completed his review of the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens. This is a brand new fast wide angle lens for full frame cameras from Tamron. I have yet to shoot with this lens, but it’s aggressively priced and looks to be a stellar performer.

From Dustin

“Consider me impressed. Tamron has brought a lot of goodness to bear here, and this lens is a serious competitor for the best in its class. Some will find the inability to use traditional filters a deal-breaker, and I will confess this is my primary disappointment. I fully suspect that aftermarket square filter systems will fill that void, just as they have for the Nikkor and the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8. The size will also be a concern for those who are counting the ounces for backpacking and/or travel. But if neither of those things spoil your interest, you will find a lens that is, in my mind, now the most compelling option available if you own a Canon and still very intriguing if you own a Nikon.” Read the full review

Preorder the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC $1199: Adorama | B&H Photo


Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Canon EOS 70D Body $749
« on: February 24, 2015, 12:35:45 PM »

There must be something in the air with pricing on Canon DSLRs. BigValueInc (99% approval) has the Canon EOS 70D body for $749 (Reg $1099) via ebay. The deal for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III for $1999 is still live from yesterday as well.

Canon EOS 70D Body $749 (Reg $1099)

*Note These are likely grey market items and may not qualify for a Canon USA warranty. Please check with the seller to see if they offer additional warranty.



EOS Bodies / Patent: Improved EF to EF-M Adaptor
« on: February 24, 2015, 07:48:39 AM »
A new patent for an EF to EF-M adaptor has appeared. It looks like the new adaptor will have improved AF speed with EF lenses mounted. As many of you know, the current adaptor is pretty sluggish in that regard.

The patent makes a point of saying there will be improved performance for video and liveview. Could the video improvement be for dual pixel AF? Could this patent be related to the GH4 competitor we’ve been told would launch at NAB?

The patent details are after the break….

Patent Publication No. 2015-34903

  • Published 2015.2.19
  • Filing date 2013.8.9

Master lens

  • Zoom ratio 2.69
  • Focal length 72.13 135.02 193.99mm
  • Fno. 2.90
  • Half angle ω = 10.72 5.78 4.03 °
  • Image height Y = 13.66mm
  • Overall length of the lens 237.36mm
  • BF 54.00mm

Adapter installed

  • Zoom ratio 2.69
  • The focal length f = 72.12 135.00 193.96mm
  • Fno. 2.90
  • Half angle ω = 10.72 5.78 4.03 °
  • Image height Y = 13.66mm
  • Overall length of the lens 239.70mm
  • BF 16.77mm

Canon patent

  • Fast AF adapter
  • Wobbling corresponding
  • 3-group configuration of positive and negative positive
  • 2 group also serves as a focus group and the anti-vibration group
  • And realize high-speed AF focus group was lighter

Source: [Egami]


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