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EOS-M / Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 14, 2014, 05:38:07 AM »

Northlight has posted 2 EOS M cameras potentially coming in Q3 of 2014, which would make it a Photokina camera.


The 2 models will be split into entry level and prosumer. Canon has said they’re committed to the EOS M system and will continue to develop cameras and lenses. Perhaps this will once again be the “relaunch” we were told was going to happen with the EOS M2, which turned out not to be the case.


Source: [NL]


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6D Sample Images / Shooting in Namibia with the Canon EOS 6D
« on: April 13, 2014, 06:30:23 AM »
I am currently on a landscape photography workshop lead by Andy Biggs and Joshua Holko and alongside a lot of very cool people from around the globe. The landscape is absolutely stunning to say the least.

When I came to Namibia, I decided I wouldn’t carry a ton of gear, so I went for a pair of Canon EOS 6D camera bodies, the EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS, EF 24-70 f/4L IS and the Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon. So far I’m extremely happy with my selection of gear.

Internet access hasn’t been the quickest, that’s why I haven’t been updating the site as much as usual. I still have a 5 more days on this safari and then I’ll begin the long trek home.

There are a few images from the trip after the break.

Quiver Tree Forest, Keetmanshoop, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & EF 24-70 f/4L IS

Quiver Tree Forest, Keetmanshoop, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & EF 24-70 f/4L IS

Kolmanskop, Luderitz, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon

Kolmanskop, Luderitz, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon

Kolmanskop, Luderitz, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon

Kolmanskop, Luderitz, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon

Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon

Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Distagon

Sossusvlei, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS

Sossusvlei, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS

Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS

Namib Desert, Sossusvlei, Namibia | Canon EOS 6D & EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS

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Lenses / Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 13, 2014, 06:02:23 AM »

A review of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art series lens has appeared on ThePhoblographer.


The lens receives pretty good marks in the review, though a few things such as the lack of weather sealing, size and microcontrast. Though the lens is remarkably sharp and the autofocus works well.


Says ThePhoblographer

Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 Art DG HSM is an exceptional lens. Starting with the design, it very much is in line with the company’s 35mm f1.4 Art optic. The outside feels and looks like something that Hasselblad might make. It feels just so great in your hands that you’d never want to let it go. In fact, if you’re a big fan of the 50mm field of view you might never want to give it up.”


Preorder the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM: B&H Photo | Adorama


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EOS Bodies / Patent: EF-M 22-46mm f/3.5-5.6
« on: April 13, 2014, 05:54:48 AM »

A patent which appears to be for the EF-M mount has appeared. In APS-C, this lens would be a 35-75mm f/3.5-5.6.


Canon has stated that more lenses are coming for EOS M, and that could potentially mean the North American and European markets are still on Canon’s radar for the EOS M system. My bet is we’ll see an EOS M3 to re-introduce the product line to a global market.


Patent Publication No. 2014-63025 (Google Translation)



  • Publication date 2014.4.10

  • Filing date 2012.9.21


Example 7



  • Zoom ratio 2.09

  • Focal length f = 22.10-34.22-45.19mm

  • Fno. 3.60-4.59-5.60

  • Half angle ω = 31.72-21.76-16.48 °

  • Image height 13.66mm

  • 65.76-62.07-64.72mm lens length

  • BF 28.16-36.88-45.09mm


Source: [EG]


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Pricewatch Deals / Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 11, 2014, 01:00:24 AM »

Preorder links for the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art series lens are now live on B&H Photo. The price will be a pretty good $949.


Preorder the Sigma 50 f/1.4 DG HSM at B&H Photo


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A high-performance, high-power zoom lens that delivers focal lengths extending from an unprecedented 16mm at the wide-angle end up to a long-range telephoto 300mm! Incorporates PZD (Piezo Drive) and Tamron’s exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation) system to further enhance the real-world performance of this next-generation “all-round lens”, which makes taking photographs more convenient and enjoyable.


April 10, 2014, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the release of an advanced new all-in-one zoom lens exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors that provides an amazing 18.8x zoom ratio.


Since the launch in 1992 of the 28-200mm (Model 71D) high-power zoom lens – which featured a revolutionary compact, lightweight design – Tamron has been continually expanding its portfolio of world-class optics to benefit consumers.


Tamron previously launched an 18-270mm (Model B008) all-in-one zoom lens exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors that features a 15x zoom ratio, superior image quality, swift, quiet AF, and Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism, in an ultra-compact package. This ground-breaking lens has been winning plaudits throughout the world.


Responding to consumers’ demand for expanded focal lengths both at the wide-angle end of the zoom range and the telephoto end, Tamron has now developed a completely new all-in-one zoom lens design that provides an impressive focal length range extending from 16mm true wide-angle to 300mm super-telephoto.


The Canon and Nikon mount models will be first simultaneously launched in the Japanese market on April 24, 2014, with overseas launches to follow in mid-May. The launch date of the Sony mount model will be announced at a later date.




Product Highlights:



  1. A further expansion of the imaging range. With a minimum focal length of 16mm (35mm equivalent: 25mm) at the wide-angle end of the zoom range, and a maximum focal length of 300mm (35mm equivalent: 465mm), this remarkable new lens provides the world’s first zoom ratio of approximately 18.8X.

    Responding to requests from consumers who wanted to be able to photograph subjects with a wider viewing angle than is possible with conventional high-power zoom lenses, Tamron has developed a unique lens with a minimum focal length of 16mm. At the telephoto end, the maximum focal length has been increased to an impressive 300mm. Users of this new lens can enjoy unprecedented framing flexibility by easily adjusting the angle of view using the convenient zoom ring.

  2. Superior, reliable image quality with a universal lens.

    The lens construction features 16 elements in 12 groups. This includes three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, one Hybrid Aspherical element, two LD (Low Dispersion) elements, one XR (Extra Refractive Index) glass element, and one element of UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass, which has greater refractive index than XR. The full use of specialized glass elements in the design contributes to thorough compensation of optical aberrations. In addition, the use of the latest coating technology for suppressing reflections on lens element surfaces minimizes unwanted flare and ghosting and assures sharp, crisp, high-contrast images.

  3. Using a new design approach to create an ultra-compact lens.

    The latest optical technology has been used to provide an expanded zoom range (compared to the B008) at both the wide-angle and telephoto ends, without necessitating the use of an oversized lens body. By employing UXR glass (which helps to reduce the size of the front lens diameter), an optimized layout of the Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, and adopting a 5-lens-group zoom system approach to provide enhanced design flexibility, the new lens embodies the fusion of state-of-the-art optical design, sophisticated mechanical design, and high-precision lens manufacturing technology, thereby attaining a compact size, an unprecedented zoom range, and superior image quality.

  4. A minimum focusing distance of just 0.39 meters supports an extensive range of macro photography capabilities.

    The new lens provides a minimum focus distance of 0.39m over the entire zoom range, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9. This makes it possible to get right up close to the subject of the photo to enjoy easy, stress-free macro photography.

  5. PZD (Piezo Drive) delivers faster, quieter autofocus action.

    The PZD (Piezo Drive)*1, an advanced standing-wave ultrasonic motor system, delivers faster, quieter, more precise AF action when the autofocus is engaged. There is enhanced support for contrast-detection AF capabilities, and focusing when in live-view mode has been made smoother. The new lens also features full-time manual focus, a function that was not provided by B008, making manual focusing more convenient.

  6. Sharper images with VC (Vibration Compensation).

    Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation)*2 mechanism is incorporated into the new lens.*3 VC reduces image blur caused by camera shake to deliver significantly sharper images even when shooting handheld at long telephoto settings.

  7. Moisture-resistant construction for worry-free outdoor shooting.

  8. Upgraded cosmetic design.

    Tamron has upgraded the cosmetic design and finish of this lens to create a more sophisticated, high-end look in keeping with the demands of discerning DSLR users. Employing a sophisticated linear pattern rubber grip on the zoom and focus rings, and an elegant tungsten-silver name-brand ring, etc., this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.



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Lenses / Review: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro
« on: April 08, 2014, 12:07:04 PM »

Bryan over at The-Digital-Picture has posted his review of the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro lens.


Says Bryan

“Sometimes a lens is remarkable for what doesn’t jump out at you – or get in your way. I have been using this lens intermittently for just under two years. It has reliably delivered excellent images for me. And that is what I expect from a good lens – one that I pick to use because of its attributes, not because I happen to be reviewing it.


I have not kept-secret my love for macro lenses and the fun that can be had with them. Aside from the OS failure issue, this lens ranks right up with some of my other favorites. The Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens is the great-value of long focal length macro lenses.”


Read the full review | Sigma 150 f/2.8 OS Macro at B&H Photo


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Software & Accessories / Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:41:54 AM »
Adobe has officially announced the long expected Adobe Lightroom mobile version for iPad.

Features

  • Sync mobile edits, metadata and collection changes back to the Lightroom catalog on a Mac or Windows computer.
  • Automatically import images captured on an iPad and sync back to a Lightroom catalog on the desktop.
  • Work on images, even when your iPad is offline, for a truly portable experience.
  • Sync photos between Lightroom 5 and Lightroom mobile; synced photos can also be viewed from any Web browser.

Lightroom for iPad is included in the Photoshop Photography Program that also includes Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC

Download Lightroom Mobile

Camera RAW 8.4 & Lightroom 5.4 were also released.

Source: [PR]

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Canon General / NAB 2014 Live Blog from Las Vegas
« on: April 06, 2014, 07:29:27 PM »

NAB 2014 in Las Vegas is upon us and we’ll be running a live blog for the duration of the show. Canon has made their announcements and a lot of other companies will also announce and show great new products. More than 20 bloggers are in attendance at NAB 2014 and will be updating the Live Blog on a regular basis.


The live blog is after the break….






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Third Party Manufacturers / Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed
« on: April 05, 2014, 03:47:32 PM »

SLRGear has completed their review of the highly anticipated Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art series lens. We’re very happy to read that the lens just may live up to the hype created by Sigma themselves.


Says SLRGear

“The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art is the most exciting lens we’re likely to review this year. All competing lenses from Canon and Nikon fell short when compared to the resolving power of the 50mm Art. We haven’t (yet) tested the very best from Zeiss, but we are confident Sigma will trounce it in one key area: price. This difference is likely to be a yawning chasm. Our expectation for pricing on this lens is for something at least a bit less than Canon’s 50mm f/1.2 L, which goes for $1,700; despite a variety of rumors and no official price for the Sigma yet, we’re expecting it’ll be less than that.”


Pricing for the lens is expected to be announced on or around April 11, 2014.


Read the full review at SLRGear


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PowerShot / Canon PowerShot G17 Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: April 04, 2014, 05:09:33 PM »
Below is an updated spec list we’ve received for the apparently upcoming PowerShot G17. By the looks of the spec list, this camera would come above the recently announced PowerShot G1 X II which seem highly unlikely, but here’s what we were sent anyway.

  • 24-200mm f/1.4-2.0 Lens
  • DIGIC 6
  • New 3,0 LCD with 1,2 mpix with high contrast glass
  • 1/8000 shutter speed
  • All magnesium body with comfortable grip
  • 490 pictures on 1 battery charge
  • New large sensor
  • Over 80 Ultra Advanced Scene Modes with on-camera retouching
  • Wi-fi , GPS with uploaded google maps
  • HD movies , full hd 1920 * 1080 – 60 f/s

Take this one with a massive grain of salt as it could be an April 1 holdover. We were also sent pricing and it’s above the PowerShot G1 X II. Stranger things have happened and I’m sure the “Gxx” nameplate still has good marketing muscle behind it. However, we haven’t even seen the G1 X II on the market yet, I can’t imagine it being trumped in the compact camera segment.

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Amazon is currently offering instant discounts on select Canon APS-C DSLRs. Some of the savings are as much as $200.


See Canon DSLR deals at Amazon


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If you have a noisy focus ring on your Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II, below is the reason why. The report is dated February 2014, so all lenses manufactured prior to August 2013 are are potentially affected. I’ve had first hand experience with this issue from our rental inventory. I have no idea if Canon will charge you for this repair if the lens is out of warranty. We haven’t bothered to fix our inventory, as a few lenses have exhibited the issue, but functionality doesn’t seem to be affected.

Repair Information It has been confirmed at the factory that when turning the focus ring, in rare cases, an abnormal noise can be heard. If units are brought in due to complaints of this nature, please replace the part with the new part.

Compatibility Old and new types are compatible.

Reason & remedy for a noisy focus ring on a Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II

Reason & remedy for a noisy focus ring on a Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II

Time of Change The new type has been incorporated into products from the August 2013 production.

When mounting the new SPRING, COIL (CB3-3809-010), there is no need to mount PLATE, SPRING HOLD. (There will not be problems even if the PLATE, SPRING HOLD is mounted.)

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Yesterday we posted an internal service advisory for the Canon EOS-1D X and EOS-1D C. These are advisories that are only known to a select few within Canon and not told to the consumers.

We have a lot of more of these documents that cover various Canon lenses and camera bodies, there’s even more on the EOS-1D X mirrorbox.

The person that sent them to us didn’t have an issue with Canon keeping this stuff internal. However, they were upset that a lot of the issues are known to Canon and they’re still charging customers for the repairs out of warranty. There are a couple of lenses with design flaws and Canon is charging $250-$450 for these repairs out of warranty and not fully disclosing the design flaw to the customer.

We’re not sure whether or not we’ll post the rest of the internal documents we have in our possession. If you think there’s value in us doing so, please sound off in our forum.

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Canon Europe has expanded its Ambassadors Programme with the addition of a new, third tier – the ‘Masters’. Launching with four world-renowned experts, including photographer and conservationist Yann Arthus-Bertrand and the Imperial War Museum’s Curator of Photography, Hilary Roberts, the Masters come from not just the world of photography, but a far wider visual perspective, bringing vision and experience to the already well-proven Ambassadors Programme.


Joining the new Masters are photographers Gary Knight and Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols who move up from their previous roles as Canon Ambassadors. With their new appointments come the arrival of one new ‘Ambassador’ and eight new ‘Explorers’ from the worlds of photography and filmmaking. These new additional members now bring Canon Europe’s tally of experts to an impressive 61 imaging professionals.


Joining as a new Canon Ambassador is award-winning photojournalist Pascal Maitre (France). He joins the programme along with new Canon Explorers, comprising cameraman, director and filmmaker Phil Coates (UK), film director and producer Sébastien Devaud (France), freelance sports photographer Kuba Atys (Poland), award-winning photojournalist Niklas Meltio (Finland), top sports photographer Giancarlo Colombo (Italy), renowned wildlife photographer Andy Rouse (UK), top sports photographer Alessandro Trovati (Italy) and award-winning photojournalist Zalmaï (Switzerland).


Discover the Canon Ambassadors Programme

To learn more about the Ambassadors programme and to find out more on the addition of the new Canon Masters please click here. To catch up on all the latest Ambassadors blogs, featuring all the latest projects from Canon Ambassadors and Explorers around the world, please click here.


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