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EOS Bodies / Unofficial Canon Mirrorless Concept
« on: March 22, 2012, 08:56:17 AM »
A Canon mirrorless concept
We know a mirrorless camera from Canon is likely to appear in 2012. What form it takes is anyones guess. I am from the camp that Canon should do a higher end large sensor mirrorless along with a lower cost APS-C style camera.

David Riesenberg has done what I think is a fantastic concept design of a Canon mirrorless camera. Anyone at Canon listening?

The camera is based around the following ideas (Direct Quote)

  • Full Frame – Might as well be the pinnacle of 35mm. Especially if a new lens mount is required. Future proof.
  • 18.1MP sensor from the 1DX – This camera will not rob sales from the 1DX on form factor alone so it makes sense to use an existing sensor instead of a new one. Plus, it will make an excellent pair to someone with an 1DX.
  • CM-D Lens mount – That was the source of most headaches for me. Naturally, I wanted to design it around the EF mount for reasons that I don’t need to state but it proved to be very problematic. Both the flange depth and actual mount diameter meant that the camera needed to be much thicker and possibly taller to accommodate EF lenses. So this “CM-D” lens mount is roughly FD sized which keeps the dimensions close to the original and enables lenses that are not too huge.
  • 50mm f/1.0L “Kit Lens” – Fast primes. What can I say? I love them and they probably the best match to a system as I outlined above. So their existence is no less realistic that all the other items here. While I am far from being an optics expert, I designed this 50mm lens based on a combination of schematics of the Canon 50mm f/1L. FD f/1.2L and Leica f/0.95 so it should be a realistic representation of the dimensions of such a lens. It also features an aperture ring for direct control as well as an Auto mode for shutter priority or auto mode.
  • Viewfinder – Design wise, I knew from the start that I wanted to incorporate the prism hump of the AE cameras. It is a prominent feature that without it, the context of the design gets somewhat lost. At the same time, it is obviously not a technical requirement in mirrorless cameras so making it detachable while housing the EVF felt like the optimal combination of form and function. After all, if this is a camera for photographers, a viewfinder, even if electronic, is a must.
  • Flash Flash Flash – I regard flashes as an integral, must have feature of any system and I didn’t want to handicap its use in any form. Not when taking snapshots with the built-in one and not when the viewfinder is either attached or not.

Read more  and view tons of images of the concept

**NOTE This is an unofficial concept design. It is NOT a Canon Inc. concept

Thanks Saso K


Software & Accessories / Adobe Photoshop CS6 Public Beta
« on: March 22, 2012, 08:10:43 AM »
Press Release SAN JOSE, Calif., Mar 22, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 beta, a preview of what’s to come in the next release of the industry standard in digital imaging, is available as a free download from Adobe Labs. Customers can download the beta, try out the experience and provide feedback to the product team. Packed with groundbreaking new innovations, features and incredible performance enhancements, Photoshop CS6 beta is available for the Mac OS and Microsoft® Windows® platforms. T1he final release is expected in the first half of 2012.

Read the entire press release | Download Photoshop CS6 Public Beta

thanks Lucas


EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 21, 2012, 08:19:34 PM »
Camera Canada has filled all their preorders and have cameras in stock.

EOS Bodies / Rebel T4i/650D Information [CR1]
« on: March 19, 2012, 09:47:49 AM »
The next Rebel
Information regarding the next Rebel is quite scattered. Though we have confirmed a new 18-135 lens with a silent autofocus motor as the new feature of the lens.

Since talking about that lens, there’s been a lot of speculation as to whether or not the Rebel would receive a new autofocus feature for video recording. I cannot confirm or deny that, but for a camera that is more consumer aimed, it would be a welcomed feature to those wanting to shoot video.

There has also been a few suggestions the next Rebel will have a touchscreen and built in WiFi. Niether feature can be confirmed at this time either.

Other unconfirmed specs show the camera to be 18.1mp and running DIGIC 5, which should improve noise performance and overall image quality. I’m told we won’t see a new APS-C sensor until the 60D and 7D replacements are addressed.

I think we’re going to see T4i/650D info and an announcement after the 5D Mark III begins shipping across the globe this week (Asia and Europe have seen some shipments arrive). It’s possible a new Rebel could arrive before NAB next month in Las Vegas.

EOS 650D book appears on Amazon?


Zeiss 70-200 f/2.8 ZE Mount Zeiss is rumored to be announcing a 70-200 f/2.8 at NAB in Las Vegas next month. This would be the first zoom lens Zeiss has produced for the ZE and ZF mounts.

Expect Zeiss to also announce new Cine CP.2 lenses at NAB.

Source: [PR] via [PG]


Site Information / Re: Karma is gone?
« on: March 17, 2012, 11:32:51 AM »

I failed to see the purpose in the smite, it seemed to add a negative spin to the forum. I am going to look into a "like" feature, as I think that would bring more positive discussion and reward the folks that have good ideas and points.

As always, it may not please everyone. Though I do think few will miss it.

Somewhere over North Carolina.....


I just got the 400 DO and so far I'm very impressed with it. Unfortunately I haven't taken it out for a serious shoot yet, but I will soon.

It's sharp, the contrast is fine. It does hunt a bit in low contrast situations. It's built well, and beautifully light.

I wish I had some great images to show you that were made with it, but those will have to wait a bit.

Third Party Manufacturers / Zeiss Distagon 15 f/2.8 ZE Official
« on: March 16, 2012, 08:29:04 AM »
Infinitely Wide – The new Distagon T* 2,8/15 super wide angle lens

After plenty of guessing by Carl Zeiss fans, it’s now official: the new super wide angle Distagon T* 2,8/15 lens has arrived. With an extra-large angle of view of 110 degrees in combination with a fast f/2.8 aperture, the lens enables the features for dramatic perspectives and performance demanded by the most ambitious landscape and architectural photographers. With a unique ability to capture events in a natural and extraordinary manner, it is also an ideal companion for advertising, journalism and commercial photography. It will be available with an EF (ZE) or F bayonet (ZF.2).

Read about it on the Zeiss blog

The lens will start shipping in May 2012 for a cool $2948 USD. It’ll be interesting to see how it stacks up against the Canon EF 14 f/2.8L II.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D Mark III Manual Online
« on: March 15, 2012, 03:58:03 PM »
5D Mark III Manual The manual for the 5D Mark III has appeared online at Planet5D.

You can download the manual here.

There are various reports around the globe of 5D Mark IIIs appearing in warehouses and stores. If you preordered, you’re going to be very happy next week.


EOS Bodies / The Megapixels are Coming [CR1]
« on: March 14, 2012, 08:09:27 AM »
More pixels are coming
A suggestion that a high megapixel camera is coming from Canon, and could be introduced near the end of 2012. Alongside the camera would come new ultra wide angle lens(es). It was suggested both a zoom and a prime in the area of 16mm.

I warn that this sort of conjecture will be a regular occurrence going forward I think. There is a large number of people in the community that desire a 35 megapixel camera from Canon.

NAB 2012?
Some have suggested the upcoming 4K DSLR will be the high megapixel camera. I don’t believe that to be true, as the high megapixel count is definitely a request of the photographic community, and paying for high end video features is probably not something that would make the segment too happy.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D Mark III Information
« on: March 13, 2012, 08:01:15 AM »
High ISO Samples Engadget has released a few high ISO examples from the upcoming 5D Mark III. You can view them here.

The 5D Mark III is in a lot of hands now and we should see a lot of new content and thoughts on the camera relatively soon.

Planet5D has also posted a link to a video a few of us missed. It was shot with the 5D Mark III and you can see it here.

March 22, 2012 This is still the date that first cameras and shipments should be sent to customers. This is still confirmed in the USA and Canada by retailers I have talked to. The big three of B&H, Adorama and Amazon are all still taking preorders. There was a lot of confidence from a couple of the retailers that initial preorders would be filled very quickly and that Canon had a lot of initial inventory of the camera.

Most retailers should have stock before the launch date. If Canon does this type of launch going forward for cameras and lenses, everyone is going to be a lot happier.

5D Mark III in Stock (Credit Canon Rumors Forum)


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Chuck Westfall & the 5D Mark III
« on: March 12, 2012, 10:21:08 PM »
Chuck Westfall Interview Canon’s Chuck Westfall interviewed with Arash Hazeghi about the 5D Mark III and what sets it apart from its predecessors. It’s an interesting read, and offers lots of insight into the improvements in sensor design as well as the all new autofocus system.

Mr Westfall breaks down the AF system

CW: The number and distribution of high-precision cross-type AF points has increased on the new 61-point AF system relative to the 45-point AF system used by the EOS-1D Mark IV. Moreover:

· The overall AF system speed of the EOS-1D X including lens drive is superior to that of the EOS-1D Mark IV on a lens for lens basis. The overall AF detection speed of the EOS 5D Mark III is superior to the AF detection speed of the EOS-1D Mark IV.

· The level of AF precision for 5 of the central area AF points on the 61-point sensor (i.e., the dual X-shaped cross-type points) is superior to the level of precision for any of the AF points on the 1D Mark IV.

· 21 cross-type AF points in the central area of the 61-point sensor are functional with maximum apertures as small as f/5.6; None (zero) of the cross-type points on the EOS-1D Mark IV are functional as cross-type sensors at maximum apertures smaller than f/4.

· The 61-point AF sensor has twice the low light sensitivity as the 1D Mark IV’s 45-point AF sensor (EV -2 vs. EV -1).

· The 61-point AF system supports AI Servo III, which is superior in subject tracking stability and consistency compared to AI Servo II found on the EOS-1D Mark IV.

· The 61-point AF system adds a greater degree of user control for subjects with various characteristics of acceleration and deceleration such as birds in flight.

· The 61-point AF system not only has 16 more AF points than any of the 45-point systems, it is also 20% wider in coverage (19mm vs. 15mm), making it easier for photographers to keep their subjects within the active AF area.

Read the entire interview | Preorder the 5D Mark III at B&H for $3499



EOS Bodies / Canon Teases Exclusive Screening at NAB 2012
« on: March 09, 2012, 08:01:23 PM »
New Gear for NAB 2012? Canon has started to tease  with Cinema EOS again. Are we going to see new products announced prior to the show? We’ve heard the 4K Cinema EOS DSLR would be announced “sooner than later”. Others have said it could be the Ron Howard project (thanks unfocused) being shown. We’ll be at NAB to find out.

The event will take place on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 5PM

This will be a developing story.

Source: [EG]


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.


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]


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