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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Odds & Ends [Various]
« on: May 29, 2012, 10:58:34 AM »
New Firmware [CR2]
A mention of a new “important” firmware for the 5D Mark III was mentioned as coming sometime in June. No mention of what would be “fixed” or added to the camera.

Mirrorless [CR2]
More mentions of a mirrorless announcement in June. Launching with 3 lenses with a public “roadmap” of what would coming for the system down the road.

Photokina [CR1]
A few other mentions that Canon would make a “big splash” for Photokina in September. If the mirrorless is already available, not sure what that would be.

On a Photokina note, I’ll be there in Cologne to check out the new wares from Canon and the rest.

EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Availability
The lens will be available in July from a few people. There is “no risk of more delays”. Initial stock will be good, but there will obviously be backorder lists for a while.

Preorder at B&H & Adorama


Lenses / A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS
« on: May 26, 2012, 10:14:11 AM »
The Little Prime
I was happy to see the new EF 24 f/2.8 IS available to play with. As I mentioned above, they didn’t have the new 28 f/2.8 IS around for me to mess around with.

I was part of the “what the?” crowd when this lens was announced. Though over time, I’ve warmed up to the idea a bit and hope this is the beginning of new small non-L primes being announced.

Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS USM

First impressions?
It’s small, light and feels well built. The AF was fast and it appeared as sharp as any other Canon non-L prime on the surface. This would be a great prime to walk around with on a small body. A mirrorless with an EF adaptor?

It’s Canon’s hope that the lens will become a favourite of the videographer crowd. The price tag is high, $850 or so, but based on appearance and a few test shots, it may not be overpriced.

5D Mark III & 24 f/2.8 IS | EXIF: 24mm f/2.8 1/320 ISO: 2500 | Click for full size

5D Mark III & 24 f/2.8 IS | EXIF: 24mm f/2.8 1/125 ISO: 1250 | Click for full size

I’m more interested in spending some time with this little prime than the new 24-70, I know I’m weird.


Lenses / A Brief Hands On: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: May 26, 2012, 10:01:46 AM »

At the Exposure Show
I headed to Mississauga, Ontario yesterday for the Exposure Show. It’s basically a small trade show where Henry’s Photo sells stuff. It’s quite brilliant really.

I only go to see people I know that all end up there at the same time, there wasn’t much going gear wise. Though I was surprised to see the new EF 24 f/2.8 IS and EF 24-70 f/2.8L II available to play with. Canon didn’t have the 28 f/2.8 IS with them.

Unfortunately, Canon was probably placed in the worst lit area on the show floor, no art or great photos could be made with the new lenses, though I tried.

Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II

The new lens feels quite solid in your hand. Though I didn’t find it felt that much lighter, even though it technically is. If I had a version 1 beside it, along with its massive hood, I think I’d probably notice the weight difference then.

The zoom ring is quite smooth, and the lens now extends in telephoto and not at 24mm like the current version.

I tried it out on the 5D Mark III and found the autofocus to be silent and nearly instant to acquire initial focus. Optically? I honestly can’t tell you, I had to shoot at such high ISO and there wasn’t really anything to take shots of. I’ve added a couple of 100% images and you can see for yourself.

5D Mark III & 24-70 f/2.8L II | EXIF: 24mm f/2.8 1/80 ISO:1600| Click for full size

5D Mark III & 24-70 f/2.8L II | EXIF: 70mm f/2.8 1/320 ISO:3200 | Click for full size

The good news? At least we’re sure they’ve made at least one.


Pricewatch Deals / Gura Gear Kiboko 22L Memorial Day Weekend Sale
« on: May 26, 2012, 09:05:23 AM »
Save $80!
I love and own all the Gura Gear products, and use the Kiboko 22L for quick photo excursions, or if I don’t have to carry an 800mm with me.

Click to visit Gura Gear

Visit Gura Gear for the promotion


Third Party Manufacturers / It's Not Even April Fools [CR1]
« on: May 26, 2012, 08:46:39 AM »
A report over an [NL] talks about some patent swapping between Canon and Nikon, the end result? A Nikon camera with an EF mount.

I have never heard such a thing, but it’s an interesting idea.

Source: [NL]



Good News

B&H is now accepting preorders on the long awaited Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II and EF 600 f/4L IS II.

Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II at B&H for $10,499

Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II at B&H for $12,999

Adorama has gotten involved in the preorder fun too.

Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II at Adorama for $10,499

Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II at Adorama for $12,999


Some technical stuff for you
I wrote about this functionality a few weeks ago, and it appears no solution is in sight. I have been given a bit of information as to why it may be difficult to address.

For some of us shooting the 5D Mark III, there is an issue that is driving some, not all, photographers bonkers. That is, when shooting in AI Servo mode, the focus point we have selected does not illuminate red, like it does on the EOS-1′s like the 1D Mark IV. The 7D has always had the black focus points in AI Servo and we never really heard many complaints about it. However, since the 5D3 came about, there have been countless complaints about shooting in AI servo mode without the illuminating focus points.

I finally spent a serious amount of time with the 5D Mark III, and I am on the side of it being extremely annoying that I can’t see my AF point in AI servo mode in various situations. Lowlight, black shirts, birds in flight and that sort of thing. With the 61 AF points, I do move the focus point off of center during AI Servo usage.

As mentioned, there have been lots of forum threads on the topic and I have finally heard from a few people what the issue is.

Below is some technical information about why (correct me if we’re wrong).
The transmissive LCD is the issue with both the 5D Mark III and the 1D X. Despite greatly improved AF, the exposure is affected by the red light of the AF point. This is why they do not light up in AI servo just prior to the exposure reading being made.

In order to solve the problem, Canon will have to figure a way to turn them on (red), yet adjust for the exposure differential. That isn’t as easy as it sounds, as each focus point will affect exposure slightly differently not to mention it’s also dependant on which exposure mode is active.

Can it happen?
It’s possible, because I’m told Canon is working on a solution. They do know a segment of photographer is having trouble with the black AF points. I am told the 1D X will launch with the same functionality as the 5D Mark III.

For some photographers, this is not an issue, or even a minor annoyance.


I’ve received good info that production samples of the Canon EOS-1D X have begun shipping to preselected lucky photographers. I’m told it’s for Euro 2012 and Olympic photographers, so they can get familiar with the camera.

Things are still listed as June 2012 for shipping to the rest of us.


Lenses / Patent: 600 f/4 DO IS & 400 f/2.8 DO IS
« on: May 22, 2012, 08:07:42 PM »
Patent Time!
More diffractive optic patents from Canon. This time, another 600 f/4 IS DO lens and a 400 f/2.8 DO IS.

With the cost of the new super telephotos from Canon, I can’t imagine what new DO lenses would cost.

Continue reading for the patent breakdown….

Patent Publication No. 2012-88427

  • 2012.5.10 Release Date
  • 2010.10.18 filing date

Example 1

  • Focal length f = 585.00mm
  • Fno 4.12
  • Image height 21.64mm
  • Length 468.50mm lens
  • BF 90.78mm
  • 15 sheets of 9 group lens configuration
  • One aspherical surface a
  • 2 UD glass sheet
  • One fluorite
  • A plane diffraction

Example 2

  • Focal length f = 391.86mm
  • Fno 2.88
  • Image height 21.64mm
  • Length 367.51mm lens
  • BF 50.01mm
  • Lens Construction 14 elements in 9 groups sheet
  • 2 2 aspherical surface
  • 1 UD glass sheet
  • One fluorite
  • A plane diffraction
  • Group 3 consists of positive and negative positive
  • Inner Focus (group 2)
  • Strengthen the refractive power of the front lens group, and to shorten the overall length, the sensitivity is increased, it is difficult to manufacture and assembly
  • The number of lens group at the end of the super-telephoto lens is determined by the balance of the total length and chromatic aberration
  • And shorten the length and reconcile, the correction of chromatic aberration, the number will increase
  • It is important to the length of each degree
  • Weight of the first lens group, 70% to 9 on the whole
  • Canon patents is reduced to three the first group
  • Aspherical and one eye in group 1 group, field curvature correction, the distortion
  • Diffractive optical element and the second two groups in the first group, the chromatic aberration correction

Source: [EG]

Lenses / Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake Coming [CR3]
« on: May 21, 2012, 08:44:26 PM »
It’s coming
We reported this a long time ago, it’s good to hear about it again. There will be an inexpensive “pancake” lens coming to the Canon lineup.  It will be  an EF 40mm f/2.8, non L lens. How much? I’m told less than $300 USD.

For those that don’t know, a pancake lens is a very thin, small and light lens. It could be fun mounted to the front of a 5D3 or a smaller Rebel.

Expect it to be announced in June with the T4i and a new EF-S 18-135 IS II.


Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / The Canon GP-E2 Now Shipping
« on: May 21, 2012, 05:35:47 PM »
From B&H
A couple people have written in to inform me that their Canon GP-E2 have been listed as “shipped” from B&H. The GP-E2 is the hot-shoe and/or GPS accessory for the 1D X, 5D Mark III and 7D (USB only).

The GP-E2 is $269 at B&H


EOS Bodies / Canon EOS 70D & EOS 7D Mark II Speculation [CR1]
« on: May 21, 2012, 12:12:11 PM »
APS-C replacements soon?
The first of what will probably be many spec lists about the mentioned cameras. With the knowledge of an 18mp T4i, it stands to reason that Canon will retain the same megapixel count in the next xxD and xD APS-C cameras. Still no mention whether or not it’s an updated sensor. I would certainly hope it is.


  • Digic 5
  • 18mp
  • 100% viewfinder with grid lines like 7D
  • 19 AF Points from 7D
  • Continuous AF in LiveView & Video Recording
  • September Announcement

7D Mark II

  • Dual Digic 5
  • 100% viewfinder
  • 61 Point AF from 5D Mark III
  • Announced after 70D

This is a grain of salt spec list, though I do think anything announced for Photokina would be mostly finalized by now.


BG-E11 User Preview
A reader of the site sent in some pics of the new BG-E11 battery grip for the 5D Mark III. It was noted a view new features and differences between it and the BG-E6 for the 5D Mark II.

  • Better build quality and stiffer than the bg-e6
  • New battery door cover storage setup
  • New way to insert batteries
  • Feels close to holding a 1D series body

Retail for the new battery grip is $349USD.

thanks Oliver

Continue reading for pics of the BG-E11.

What's in the box"

New design for the battery cover

New design for the battery cover

Top view

The new joystick for vertical shooting

Joystick and buttons


Canon General / Official Discontinued List
« on: May 21, 2012, 10:05:39 AM »
Say bye!
The following products have been officially discontinued by Canon, so if you find them in stock anywhere, the time is now.

The 580EX II is highly recommended, I rent a lot of them and they’ve been bulletproof.

Everything on this list has been replaced by newer, and more expensive versions. The EF 24 f/2.8 IS, EF 28 f/2.8 IS and EF 24-70 f/2.8L II have not begun shipping yet, and we’re hearing July 2012 at the earliest. The Speedlite 600EX-RT has begun shipping in pretty good quantities.



Canon EOS-1D X

As of the end of last week, Canon is still holding to the end of June for shipments to begin. That’s what is still being told to a couple of large retailers.

Canon EOS-1D X at B&H $6799

Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II & EF 600 f/4L IS II

These two lenses are proving to be more elusive to nail down. Current Canon says they’re begin shipping in May, however 2 retailers I spoke to have said they’re now being told the end of June to the beginning of July for availability.

If any of this changes (and it probably will), I will update.


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