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EOS-M / EOS M Autofocus Performance Won't Improve via Firmware [CR2]
« on: February 18, 2013, 01:56:42 PM »
EOS M AF performance stuck in its current form?
We’re told Canon may not be able to significantly improve the autofocus performance of the EOS M with firmware. We’ve receive contrasting stories about this, but an insider at Canon has told me they’ve been trying, but the limitation is more to do with hardware, than software. Canon did know going in that the autofocus performance was not as good as others in the industry, but didn’t think it was a deal breaker.

Next EOS M Body
I was also told that the next EOS M body will have greatly improved autofocus performance, but that the body would cost more than the current $700ish you can get the EOS M for.

New STM EF-M lenses will be launched along with the new body. A new superzoom kit, as well as a higher end telephoto zoom. A fast prime could also be on the way, but may not appear with the others.

The bad press about the autofocus performance is probably the biggest reason the camera isn’t selling extremely well, even though Canon thinks it’s more to do with the lack of lenses available for the system. I disagree with Canon, I think a lot of people would be quite happy with an EF-M 22mm f/2 kit.

Canon EOS M w/22mm f/2 at B&H Photo for $699 (Save $100)


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon EOS C300 / C300PL Firmware Update
« on: February 15, 2013, 09:55:11 AM »

Firmware Available for Download

Firmware Version incorporates the following fixes and improvements:

  • Some of the EF lens products that can be mounted on the camera can be controlled more reliably.

  • Corrections to the Spanish and German language texts in the View Assistance function (View Assist).

  • Efforts to correct image color fringing when a subject is of high contrast have been made.

Download Here | Canon EOS C300 at B&H Photo



Price Drops!

B&H Photo has dropped the prices on all MacBook Pro with Retina and non Retina displays as well as Macbook Air. B&H is also offering limited time savings on select laptops.

In addition to the savings on the laptops, B&H is giving 50% discounts on AppleCare with the purchase of a computer.

MacBook Pro w/Retina | Limited Time Savings Laptops |  MacBook Air


Lenses / Review - Canon EF 40 f/2.8 Pancake
« on: February 13, 2013, 09:52:23 AM »

Canon Rumor’s Review of the Canon EF 40 f/2.8 STM

Justin has completed our review of Canon’s little 40 f/2.8 STM pancake lens.

People ask me all the time if it’s worth $200, and I say it is… even just for the fun of it. I especially like it on the EOS 6D just to reduce even more weight from a walkaround kit. Justin also liked the lens, though he doesn’t think he’ll be taking it to too many professional gigs.

Justin’s Conclusion

“Will a pro shooter get something out of this lens that they don’t on any of their other pieces of kit? Meh, probably not. But that’s missing the point, this lens isn’t FOR them. It’s for people who want a light kit, it’s for people who don’t have over a thousand dollars for a zoom lens. It’s for people who who just want to get started or to explore image making with something cheap, or help grow the small kit they already have. It’s for people who, already having pretty much everything, just need something new and unobtrusive to take with them, to give them a slightly different view and inspire some new work.”

Read the entire review | Canon EF 40 f/2.8 STM $199


Reviews / Review - Canon EF 40 f/2.8 STM
« on: February 13, 2013, 09:36:27 AM »

EOS Bodies / Canon Cinema EOS C50 [CR1]
« on: February 13, 2013, 05:56:52 AM »
More coming for Cinema EOS?
There have been numerous mentions of a camera coming in under the Canon EOS C100, an EOS C50 if you will. What could be removed from the EOS C100 to make another cinema EOS camera a lot cheaper? Currently a C100 costs about $6500, and we’ve been told numerous times that Canon thinks they’ll need a cheaper camera to get more people into the system and in turn, the upgrade path.

We’ve had two mentions of prototypes existing out in the wild, but no word yet as to whether or not they will become a consumer product.

For me, a dunce of a filmmaker. $6500 is too much money to spend just to show my family bad films on Vimeo. I’d really like a video camera that costs about half that with an EF mount. I could be in the minority on that one, but I much prefer to shoot video with a video camera as opposed to a DSLR.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / DPReview: Canon EOS 6D Reviewed
« on: February 13, 2013, 05:33:36 AM »
From DPReview
The review of the Canon EOS 6D has been completed over at DPReview. They seem to be fairly positive about it, maybe less so than I am. I think the camera is great with terrific IQ. However, they did notice the same thing that I did, the battery drain with wifi and GPS turned on is quite significant, so be sure to buy an extra battery if you don’t have one.

I also don’t miss the autofocus system of the 5D Mark III when I’m using the EOS 6D, 95% of the time I find I don’t need anything beyond the center AF point. However, this point is personal preference and you may decide you need more cross-type AF points.

From DPR
“If you’re an EOS shooter eyeing the 6D as a more affordable alternative to the 5D Mark III, even as a second backup body, Canon has made your decision fairly straightforward. Still image quality aside, the concessions you’re forced to make for the significant cost savings are substantial. A slower burst rate, less sophisticated AF system with smaller coverage area, and moiré-prone video headline the list of compromises. And while we can understand Canon’s desire to keep the camera’s price down, other seemingly arbitrary decisions, like the inability to save HDR raw images and a DOF preview button whose location is much less useful than it could be, smack solely of product differentiation…..”

Read the full review | Canon EOS 6D Body $1879


Pricewatch Deals / Deals: Canon EOS 6D Deals at B&H Photo
« on: February 13, 2013, 05:14:46 AM »

From B&H Photo

B&H Photo has a couple of deals on the terrific Canon EOS 6D. You can now grab the kit with the 24-105 f/4L IS for $300 off with a free memory card and camera bag, as well as saving some cash on the body itself.

Canon EOS 6D w/24-105 f/4L IS $2399 (Save $300)

Lexar 16GB SDHC Memory Card Professional Class 10 UHS-I & Lowepro Adventura 170 Shoulder Bag ($53 value)

Canon EOS 6D Body $1879 (Save $220)

Lexar 16GB SDHC Memory Card Professional Class 10 UHS-I & Lowepro Adventura 170 Shoulder Bag ($53 value)

Check out other Canon EOS deals on our pricewatch pages here.


EOS Bodies / New Cinema Camera & Lenses for NAB 2013
« on: February 12, 2013, 09:04:24 AM »
NAB 2013 April 6 – April 11 – Las Vegas, Nevada
Canon will be announcing new cinema lenses and a new cinema camera for NAB 2013 we are told.

The camera will sit somewhere between the EOS C100 and EOS C300, but will not be a direct replacement for the EOS C100. It will have both a PL and EF mount option. At present, no specifications for the camera have been given. Canon may also show a prototype that would come above the C500, but apparently that has yet to be decided internally.

Lenses, no mention of focal length. One will be a zoom and the other a prime. There is some suggestion both could be “lower quality” version of  Canon’s current cine lenses. This is something similar to what Leica is doing with their cinema lens lineup.

No mention of a DSLR being announced for the show. I would expect some goodies for the EOS-1D C to come around NAB in the form of a firmware update. We already know they’ll be adding 25P in 4K, maybe there are a few other things they could add?

Canon EOS-1D C at B&H Photo $11,999


EOS-M / EOS M Firmware Coming Soon
« on: February 11, 2013, 04:59:29 AM »

Improved AF performance?

We’re told new firmware for the EOS M will be coming “soon”. Possibly in the next two weeks. The firmware will address various things in the camera, the biggest being improving AF performance.

Do not expect miracles about how much it can be improved, but the camera should “hunt a lot less” in lower contrast situations. We’ll also see an improvement in AF tracking.

Canon EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM $699 (Save $100)


Lenses / DXOMark Reviews the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS
« on: February 07, 2013, 03:31:02 AM »

From DXOMark

The folks at DXOMark have completed their review of the new Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS.

From DXOMark

Attached to a Canon EOS 5D MKII it ranks 4th overall and 2nd for wide-angle primes, just behind the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM, which at a similar cost offers the same focal length, a wider f/1.4 maximum aperture but no Image Stabilization.

A Sharpness Score of 17 P-Mpix for the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM, compared to 15M-Pix for its predecessor, is an improvement of +15% and crucially it performs much better in the corners of the frame, which was the weakest aspect of the original. It’s not the widest Canon prime available with the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM available at a similar price point and although they don’t quite achieve the dizzying heights of the 35mm they put in a very good performance, too.”

Read the full review | Buy the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS for $849


Pricewatch Deals / Deals: Canon Deals at BuyDig
« on: February 07, 2013, 03:11:57 AM »
From BuyDig
BuyDig has the following deals on Canon gear.

BuyDig is currently showing as the cheapest authorized dealers for Canon EOS 6D and Canon EOS 5D Mark III Canon bodies. There is currently no information about new Canon USA rebates, so these may be the best prices for a while. You may need to add the item to your cart to see the sale price and extras.

Canon EOS 6D Body $1879 Free Stuff Included: Canon bag, Adobe Elements 11 & USA Shipping)

Canon EOS 6D w/24-105 f/4L IS $2449 Free Stuff Included: Canon bag, Adobe Elements 11 & USA Shipping)

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2999 Free Stuff Included: Memory Card & USA Shipping

Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $3499 Free Stuff Included: Memory Card & USA Shipping

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens $319 Free USA shipping


EOS Bodies / Big Megapixel Camera in 2014
« on: February 07, 2013, 02:47:42 AM »

A new EOS-1 body in 2014

The latest we and others are hearing is that a large megapixel camera from Canon won’t be coming until 2014. This coincides with information that Canon would be releasing 3 DSLRs in 2013 and none of them outside of the APC-S segment.

Prototype cameras with sensors beyond 40mp do exist and are in the hands of very exclusive testers. However, we’re also told that a few lenses in the lineup will need updating before a large megapixel camera hits the market for Canon. No specific lens was mentioned, but I would imagine a full frame ultra wide zoom is one of those lenses.

From the same source as above, 4 new EF lenses will be coming in 2013.

Canon’s announcement date for a new EOS-1 may be dependant on when Nikon announces the rumoured 36mp D4x, Nikon cannot have two such cameras on the market while Canon remains quiet in my opinion.


A faster update? One suggestion from a known source is that Canon has loose plans to replace and/or update the EOS 5D Mark III quicker than the previous iterations. Could we see one some time in 2014? I would think a direct replacement would be unlikely, however a small, high performance & higher megapixel DSLR would probably have a place in the market.

*Notice how I didn’t say “EOS-3D :)”


Lenses / EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Hands-On Review
« on: February 04, 2013, 09:13:15 PM »

Joshua Holko

Nature and wildlife photographer Joshua Holko was lucky enough to spend some time with the yet to be announced EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x lens.

Below is a video review with Joshua talking about the lens. I’m travelling home at the time of writing this, and streaming capabilities are minimal so I cannot summarize. From what others have said though, it is receiving high praise for its performance.

Enjoy the video

Source: [LL] via [JH]


Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Canon EF 28 f/2.8 IS for $549 at Adorama
« on: February 02, 2013, 02:34:21 AM »

From Adorama

For a limited time on the Canon EF 28 f/2.8 IS lens. Adorama is selling them for $549, their latest sale price was $619 if you added it to cart.

Buy the Canon EF 28 f/2.8 IS for $549


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