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EOS Bodies / What's Next? A General Breakdown
« on: March 07, 2012, 03:27:33 PM »

Ready yet?

The excitement around the 5D Mark III, EF 24-70 f/2.8L II and 600EX-RT was on a level that I have never seen. It’s going to be pretty hard to top in the future, maybe the 5D Mark IV will be able to do it.


However, there’s always “what’s next?” when it comes to gear in the ever advancing photography and videography world. So I may as well get right to it.


On the immediate horizon

I don’t have an exact announcement date for the gear below. I do expect these items to be the next SLR related gear to be announced.


- Rebel 650D/T4i

I haven’t received any specs of the camera, just proof that it exists and it’s coming soon. I expect DIGIC 5, articulating LCD and new movie features.


- EF-S 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS II

A second version of this lens already? That’s the word. This time it will come with a silent autofocus motor, perhaps as part of a new video AF feature in the Rebel T4i. I wouldn’t expect anything revolutionary in that regard considered the 5D Mark III and 1D X didn’t get anything advanced in that regard.


- EF/EF-S 40 f/2.8 Pancake

No word on the mount for this lens, but it’s coming and it’ll be quite inexpensive. Sub $200 I’ve heard.


- EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4X TC

This lens still hasn’t become an officially announced product. The rumored price tag is between $11,000-$12,000 USD.


Sometime in Quarter 2 or Quarter 3 2012

There are going to be some more gear announcements heading into Photokina 2012 in Germany. I have heard between 10-13 lenses will be announced in 2012 from Canon. No word if that includes any lenses for the predicted mirrorless camera.


- EF 35 f/1.4L II

This is the next likely prime candidate to be released by Canon. No word on an announcement date, but preproduction lenses exist.


- EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS II (the current version starts at f/4.5)

I’m told this will also arrive sometime in 2012. It will be a replacement for both the 100-400 and 400 f/5.6L. If it performs like the current 400 f/5.6 prime does at 400mm, then we’ll have a winner.


- Cinema EOS DSLR

I haven’t heard anything more about the 4K DSLR Canon said they were developing. There is speculation that it will appear before NAB 2012 in April. Nothing can be confirmed on that front.


cr



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Third Party Manufacturers / Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Coming to ZE & ZF Soon?
« on: March 06, 2012, 07:19:22 AM »
Coming Soon It’s possible that Zeiss is going to announce  a Distagon T* 2,8/15 ZF.2/ZE super wide angle lens for EF on March 16, 2012 and it would begin shipping some time in May.

No rumored street price at this time. The Leica version of the focal length costs $4600, but it is made in Germany. It’s expected the SLR version would be made in Japan for less money.

Source: [PR]

cr


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Software & Accessories / Adobe Lightroom 4 Available Now
« on: March 06, 2012, 06:59:23 AM »

From Adobe

The Lightroom team thanks you – all the photographers out there that downloaded Lightroom 4 Beta and provided us with comments and feedback. Lightroom 4 Beta was about validating the work that was done to leverage performance and image quality enhancements, like the ability to geotag photos and view them on a map, the new book module or entirely new features like enhanced video support. The community response was fantastic and we’ve made over 800 tweaks in response to your feedback.


Lightroom 4 is now feature complete and final. Starting today, Lightroom 4 is available for just US$149 for the full version and US$79 for the upgrade.. Read more…


Buy: From Adobe | From B&H (Full) | From B&H (Upg) 


cr



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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 05, 2012, 09:48:07 PM »
Snowy Owl from last night.

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Canon General / Canon Celebrates 25 Years of EOS
« on: March 05, 2012, 08:28:11 AM »
Canon celebrates the first 25 years of EOS. Canon is celebrating 25 years of photography expertise with the anniversary of the launch of its iconic EOS System. Since its introduction in March 1987, the EOS System has grown to become the world’s most comprehensive range of digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, interchangeable lenses and accessories, favoured by photographers all around the world.

The Canon EOS System was launched in March 1987 with the debut of the EOS 650 SLR camera and three interchangeable, EF mount lenses, including the EF35-70mm f/3.5-4.5. This month, the system will commemorate its long, rich history with the celebration of its 25th anniversary.

EOS stands for ‘Electro Optical System’ and is also the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn. The EOS series was the world’s first fully electronic mount system and heralded a new generation of AF SLR cameras. During the film camera era EOS SLR cameras garnered high acclaim from a wide range of users for their innovative technologies and designs, which focused on Canon’s key concepts of high-speed and ease of use. During this period, Canon pioneered new advances in technology and launched the top-of-the-range EOS-1 professional SLR in 1989. In 1993 Canon continued to expand its user base with the introduction of the compact, lightweight EOS 500 (also known as the EOS Kiss or the EOS Rebel XS in certain parts of the world).

Following the year 2000 introduction of the EOS D30, when the popularisation of DSLR cameras was in full swing, Canon developed advanced technologies, such as its proprietary CMOS sensors and high-performance DIGIC digital image processors, in an effort to offer products that fulfilled the company’s key concepts of high speed, ease-of-use and high image quality.

With the flagship EOS-1D X at the apex, and the newly introduced EOS 5D Mark III boasting excellent image quality and video functionality, Canon’s rich digital SLR camera line-up serves the needs of all levels of users; from professional photographers to entry-level photo enthusiasts.

Canon’s interchangeable EF lens range, introduced alongside the EOS SLR camera system, has come to lead the industry. With Canon’s optical technologies at its core, EF lenses incorporate such innovative technologies as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS), Sub-Wavelength Structure Coating (SWC), anti-reflection technology, and multi-layered Diffractive Optical (DO) elements. The current EF lens line-up comprises over 60 models, making possible a diverse range of imaging-expression possibilities.

Furthermore, with the recent launch of the Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography products, Canon’s EOS System now supports motion picture production and other high-end video capture applications.

Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technologies, striving to produce exceptional and reliable cameras and lenses that cater to the varying needs of users while contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.

Source: [CPN]


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark II Price Drop
« on: March 04, 2012, 12:23:09 PM »
Pretty much all forums don't allowing linking of stores directly, it can cause an influx of ad posts from random users. I realize this thread is completely harmless, however we think we need to start instituting the rule here as well. There has been an increase in moderation of these types of posts recently.

I thank you for your understanding, so we just removed direct links and you can discuss the price drops.

Thanks
CR

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I think the 1D4 keeps value for a while if the 1D X can't do f/8 when it launches. APS-H also works well for some types of things. It's a great camera.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / The 5D Mark III - From the Inside
« on: March 02, 2012, 04:48:59 PM »
Images of the internals Below are a bunch of images of some of the components that make up the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. The magnesium allow body, all the way to the AE module. There’s a few interesting things to see if you’re into the technical end of cameras.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III & Battery Grip - Front

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Shutter

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Self Cleaning Unit

Canon EOS 5D Mark III AF Module

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Pentaprism

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Internal Board

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Sensor

Canon EOS 5D Mark III AF Sensor

Canon EOS 5D Mark III AE Sensor

From B&H

From Adorama

From Amazon

From Camera Canada

Source: [PR]

cr

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Lenses / Patent: Canon 17-40 f/2.8-4L
« on: March 02, 2012, 04:35:35 PM »
Canon EF 17-40 f/2.8-4L Patent Below is a patent for a new Canon wide angle zoom concept. The variable aperture is interested, if it remained as light and compact as the current 17-40 f/4L, the additional stop of light wide open would be a nice feature.

Patent Publication No. 2010-42792

  • 2012.3.1 Release Date
  • 2010.8.20 filing date

Example 1

  • 39.05mm – f = 17.64 focal length
  • Fno = 2.64 – 4.10
  • 28.99 deg – 50.80 half angle of view.
  • Image height 21.64mm
  • 136.70mm – 134.67 full-length lens
  • BF 39.97 – 64.95mm
  • Lens Construction 12 elements in 9 groups sheet
  • 4 aspherical surface

Canon’s patent

  • Negative lead type zoom lens of negative-positive
  • Small and light lens for focusing
  • Inner focus
  • Focusing the use (1b in the figure) part of the first lens group
  • Video support

Source: [EG]

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Oh Joy There are very few photographers I look up to. There are a lot of great ones, but only a select few inspire me. One of those people is Jeff Ascough, one of Canon’s explorers of light.

To me, he’s the best wedding photographer in the world and has no interest in the 600EX-RT! I love that.

Jeff has obviously had a 5D Mark III in his hands, and has released his review of the camera.

From Jeff

So are there any negatives to owning this camera? Maybe just one. You will lose the ability to blame the camera for any shortcomings in your own photographic ability. The camera is what every Canon user has been waiting for and then some.

Read the review

c

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Software & Accessories / Re: recommend me a backpack
« on: March 02, 2012, 02:21:06 AM »
I can only recommend the Gura Gear Kiboko 22L... it'll be the last backpack you buy, unless you get a 600 or 800.. then you'll need a Kiboko 30L

http://www.guragear.com

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EOS Bodies / 5D Mark III Sample Images
« on: March 02, 2012, 02:01:44 AM »
From Canon Japan Check out the sample images Canon has posted from the 5D Mark III. ISO 6400 looks pretty good, though I’d like to see my wedding photography hero Jeff Ascough bust out some high ISO wedding photography.

http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/samples/eos5dmk3/ 

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EOS Bodies / Introducing the Canon 5D Mark III
« on: March 02, 2012, 12:05:50 AM »

London, UK, 2nd March 2012 – Canon today announces the latest addition to its worldfamous EOS range with the launch of the new EOS 5D Mark III. The EOS 5D Mark IIIbuilds on the performance of the legendary EOS 5D Mark II, offering improved speed,greater resolution, enhanced processing power and extended creative options for bothstills and Full HD movies – providing unparalleled artistic freedom for the most demanding photographers.


Incorporating feedback from photographers worldwide, the EOS 5D Mark III offers improved performance in virtually every area. A new 22.3 Megapixel (MP) full-frame sensor offers the ideal balance of resolution for stills and HD movies and up to 6 frames per second (fps) shooting, whilst a 61-point AF system and 63-zone metering provide greater speed, flexibility and accuracy. Powered by the latest DIGIC 5+ processing technology, the EOS 5D Mark III also features enhanced video functions, offeringimproved image quality alongside greater audio control – redefining creative possibilities for photographers and amateur videographers alike. “The EOS 5D Mark III represents a big step forward for the EOS 5D series” said Kieran Magee, Marketing Director, Professional Imaging, Canon Europe. “The EOS 5D Mark II is an exceptional camera and we’ve listened carefully to feedback from its passionate community of users to improve performance in every area. This camera has been designed to meet virtually any creative challenge – it’s faster, more responsive and features the tools to adapt to everything from studio photography to creative videography, while producing results of the highest quality.”



Enhanced performance

With its comprehensively upgraded specification, the EOS 5D Mark III is the ideal toolfor the growing number of photographers shooting both stills and movies. It incorporates a number of the features launched with Canon’s revolutionary EOS-1D X,providing vastly improved performance, flexibility, handling and durability. The camera’s newly-developed 22.3MP full-frame sensor provides increased resolution and finer detail, enabling the capture of a wide range of scenes, from sweeping landscapes to beautiful portraits. Higher speed continuous shooting also offers expanded creative possibilities. With an increased 8-channel read out, the camera comfortably handles a maximum full resolution speed of up to 6fps in bursts of 18 RAW images or over 16,000 JPEGs1, without the need for additional accessories. Additionally, the sensor’s advanced architecture offers a huge native ISO range of 100-25,600, expandable to 102,400, making it possible to capture clean, high quality pictures, even in extreme low-light conditions.


The EOS 5D Mark III utilises the same 61-point wide-area AF system as the flagship EOS-1D X, providing exceptional sensitivity, precision and speed. One of the most advanced AF systems currently available, it features an impressive 41 cross-type points and five dual cross-type points, providing unsurpassed accuracy across the frame. The customisable AF pre-sets introduced in the EOS-1D X are also available, helping the capture of traditionally challenging subjects, and providing additional reliability in ituations where subject movement can be unpredictable. Highly accurate exposures are provided by Canon’s acclaimed iFCL metering system, which incorporates a 63-zone Dual-Layer sensor linked to each point of the AF system. Focus information gathered from the AF system is analysed alongside colour and luminance signals measured by the metering sensor itself, enabling the EOS 5D Mark III to deliver consistently accurate skin tones and excellent results in a wide range of shooting situations.


Creative performance without compromise

The EOS 5D Mark III features Canon’s latest DIGIC 5+ image processor, which powers a range of new functions without affecting the camera’s performance. 14-bit A/D conversion provides smoother tonal gradation and transitions between colours, while in-camera HDR shooting combines three different exposures and allows one of five preset tone maps to be applied, enabling photographers to capture all the detail in high contrast scenes. With in-camera RAW processing and editing capability, photographers also have the option to immediately begin post-processing their images while still on a shoot. The increased power of DIGIC 5+ also enables a range of tools which contribute to higher image quality. Lens peripheral illumination correction, Lens chromatic aberration correction (lateral and axial) and high ISO noise reduction are all performed in-camera without affecting performance, allowing photographers to continue shooting without any camera lag. Additionally, in-camera image rating via a dedicated button makes it easy for photographers to organise images ahead of post-production. The EOS 5D Mark III features a new Creative Photo button, which enables users to quickly select Picture Styles and capture multiple exposures, as well as offering direct access to the HDR shooting mode. In playback, pressing the Creative Photo button displays a new comparative playback function, displaying two images side-by-side to allow photographers to view, magnify and compare the quality of different exposures mid-shoot. For situations where photographers want to avoid being noticed, such as weddings, the EOS 5D Mark III also features a new silent shooting mode that dramatically reduces the sound of the shutter and mirror, ensuring they can work quietly in the background. A continuous silent mode is also available, enabling photographers to capture fastermoving subjects without attracting attention.


Next generation EOS Movies

The EOS 5D Mark III builds on the reputation of the EOS 5D Mark II, with a range of new features introduced following feedback received from photographers to provide even better Full HD video performance. As well as offering the depth-of-field control loved by video professionals, the new full-frame sensor combines with the vast processing power of DIGIC 5+ to improve image quality by virtually eradicating the presence of moiré, false colour and other artefacts. The addition of a movie mode switch and a recording button also offers greater usability, enabling videographers to begin shooting immediately when movie mode is engaged. Additional movie functions include manual exposure control and an enhanced range of high bit-rate video compression options, with intraframe (ALL-I) and interframe (IPB) methods both supported. Variable frame rates range from 24fps to 60fps, and the addition of SMPTE timecode support provides greater editing flexibility and easier integration into multi-camera shoots. Users can also check and adjust audio during recording via the camera’s Quick Control screen and a headphone socket enables sound level monitoring both during and after shooting. Enhanced processing power provided by DIGIC 5+ also makes it possible to conveniently trim the length of recorded movies in-camera.


Professional build, easy operation

The EOS 5D Mark III has been built to offer photographers easy-handling and robust build quality. Its lightweight, high-grade magnesium body offers advanced weather proofing for protection against the elements, while the construction of the shutter has also been reinforced, with 150,000-cycle durability making it ideal for repeated, everyday use. An enhanced version of the Intelligent Viewfinder featured in the EOS 7D offers approximately 100% coverage, as well as an on-demand grid display via the builtin transparent LCD. The same reinforced 8.11cm (3.2″) Clear View II LCD screen as used by the EOS-1D X provides high quality framing and playback in all conditions. 1,040k-pixels provide the resolution to accurately check image sharpness and focus, while the gapless structure design introduced with the EOS-1D Mark IV prevents reflections and protects against dust or scratches. A headphone socket and locking mode dial have been included, while the inclusion of a UDMA 7-compatible CF card slot plus an SD card2 slot enables shooting to both cards simultaneously, auto switching when the one in use becomes full and the option to copy images from one card to the other in-camera.


Digital Lens Optimizer – new in Digital Photo Professional v3.11

The EOS 5D Mark III comes complete with the most advanced version of Digital Photo Professional (DPP) yet – Canon’s free, in-box software enabling high-speed, high quality processing of RAW images. New in DPP v3.11 is Digital Lens Optimizer – a revolutionary new tool designed to drastically improve image resolution. Digital Lens Optimizer (DLO) precisely imitates lens performance, with a series of complex mathematical functions replicating each stage of the journey of light through the optical path. Using this information DLO can correct a range of typical optical aberrations and loss of resolution caused by a camera’s low pass filter, by applying an inverse function to each shot to take the image nearer to how the scene appears to the naked eye. This creates exceptionally detailed, high-quality images with highly manageable file sizes, providing photographers with maximum image quality and greater flexibility.


EOS System compatibility

As part of the EOS System, the EOS 5D Mark III is immediately compatible with over 60 EF Lenses, including the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM – the new, essential wide-angle zoom lens from Canon’s famous L-series. The camera is also compatible with a newlyannounced range of accessories designed to offer extended creativity, including the Speedlite 600EX-RT – a high performance TTL flash with wireless radio connectivity. Additionally, the new Battery Grip BG-E11 offers greater handling flexibility alongside the ability to double the camera’s battery life.


Canon EOS 5D Mark III – Key features:



  • 22.3 Megapixel full-frame sensor

  • 61-point autofocus

  • Up to 6fps continuous shooting

  • Native ISO 100-25,600 sensitivity

  • Full HD video with manual control

  • 14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor

  • Enhanced Weather sealing

  • 8.11cm (3.2-inch) 1,040,000-dot screen

  • HDR mode with presets


 


 



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I'm #1 in a few places in Canada for both... but they'll be rented at Lens Rentals Canada.

If I was just getting one for personal use, I'd get a 5D3...



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Site Information / Re: Record number of members online
« on: March 01, 2012, 12:31:15 PM »
Yes, I have been aware of the traffic coming to the site in recent days. I haven't slept much. :) We're working on upgrading performance on the fly and things are coming together well. It's been more than anticipated.

This forum has been a joy to read and the CR forum moderators have done an superb job. I can only ever think of one incident that ever needed serious attention... that's pretty amazing. It's been a positive community and I hope it stays that way.

If it ever gets a negative tone and we can't correct it, I'll just shut it down. All of this should be fun, educational and not too serious.

Thanks everyone
Craig

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