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PowerShot / New PowerShot G1 X Sample Images
« on: January 15, 2012, 04:09:20 PM »
From LensTip The folks at LensTip have posted full sized sample from the just announced Canon PowerShot G1 X. They took shots at various ISO and aperture settings.

All the sample images look very good to me. There’s some NR smearing at higher ISO, but that is to be expected.

View sample images

Preorder the PowerShot G1 X from B&H for $799


Stolen at CES? The Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro lens that was showcased at CES 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada has gone missing.

The lens was one of 2 pre-production models believed to be in existence. If you took it, give it back. For the record, I touched it, but I left it at the Sigma booth.

Source: [PP]


Lenses / Canon EF 28 f/2.8 Disappears From Price List
« on: January 13, 2012, 09:04:38 AM »
From Germany According to [NL], The Canon EF 28 f/2.8 no longer appears on German price lists. This lens is one of only three lenses left from the original EOS line-up. The other 2 being the 50 f/2.5 compact macro and the 135 f/2.8 soft focus.

Canon 28 f/2.8 at B&H for $259

Another lens that has been out of stock for some time at B&H is the Canon EF 35 f/2.0. We have heard previously that a 35 f/1.8 does indeed exist.


Software & Accessories / Re: Starting out: Flickr? Picasa? PBase? Other?
« on: January 12, 2012, 11:20:51 PM »
I use flickr and showcase my stuff to family using flickriver. Mostly family things. It also works as a screensaver for AppleTV and all that stuff.

I use 500px for stuff I consider better shots.

I don't update either as much as I should.

Site Information / Should karma remain on the forum?
« on: January 12, 2012, 11:00:09 AM »
A lot of issues have come up recently that seem rooted in karma. So I'll let everyone decide in a democratic fashion on whether to keep it around or not.


EOS Bodies / Re: DSLRs are a dying breed, EVIL is the future!
« on: January 12, 2012, 10:53:31 AM »
size does matter. otherwise I would have a 7d  ;)

EVF and AF will be getting better for sure and besides these two, fast primes are the reason for me to use dslr.

it seems the 650d will be my last dslr  :o
since the competition is bigger and bigger I hope it will come with a new sensor too not only with digic5.

btw I hate the fact that if you want a better camera it must be bigger.
like: you want AF-MA? buy a 7D.. pfff.

Size matters, yes.

I use an M9 and Summicron 35 for 90% of what I shoot. I love the size and weight of the thing. I can fit it almost everywhere.

However, sometimes a camera the size of a 1D Mark IV is almost necessary. I cannot imagine shooting wild life or sports with a camera even as small as an M9, nevermind something the size of a NEX-7. The size of the camera adds to its ergonomic advantages. Having easy to access dedicated buttons for nearly every function instead of an LCD driven menu system is a must. You just don't have the space on a small camera to make it great in that regard.

I think we're going to see tons of choice when it comes to size in the future, but the big DSLR isn't going anywhere.


Jobu Design I had met the folks at Jobu Design nearly two years ago at a show in Toronto. At the time I had just bought Wimberley gimbal heads for my lens rentals business and then became aware of Jobu Design.

What is relatively unique about Jobu Design is their range of different gimbal head sizes. The same head isn’t required for a Canon 600 f/4 and a 100-400L, so why pay for a really large head?

The Jobu Design Booth

From Jobu Design

Our unique BWG line of tripod heads suit both pro and amateur photographers alike. With three basic sizes and modular design components it is easy to configure a product to your own exact specifications and price-point.

Made proudly in Canada by Devonshire Manufacturing Group, Inc. We ship our products to happy customers the world over, from Tasmania to Iceland and all points in between.

I hope to do a full review of some Jobu products in the future. I’ll probably take one to Ecuador with me next month.

View the Jobu Design line at B&H | Visit Jobu Design.com


Short range wireless communication Canon has applied for a patent that would allow short range wireless communication between the lens and camera body, as well as the flash to camera body and live view to computer. This sort of technology could also be used for an electronic view finder.

Patent Publication No. 2012-2984

  • 2012.1.5 Release Date
  • Filing date 2010.6.16

Electrical contact

  • Increasing contact for additional functions and a loss of compatibility with legacy equipment
  • Problems such as dirt and wear


  • Not a problem unique to the electrical contact
  • Might be intercepted

Canon’s patented

  • Short-range wireless
  • Reduce the output of the radio, about 30 ~ 50mm and the radius of the wave communications
  • Communication from the reach of the waves inside of the equipment is not leaking
  • In range because there is only one model, no pairing
Source: [EG]


Third Party Manufacturers / CES 2012 Cool Stuff - BETA Shell Cases
« on: January 11, 2012, 08:45:38 PM »
BETA Shell Cases The first product I hadn’t seen before are the BETA Shell Cases for lenses. They have no distribution in Canada, so I’ve never had the opportunity to run into them in stores.

For those that don’t know, they’re basically indestructible cases for individual lenses. They’re priced extremely well and are easy to use. They’d be fantastic for people that take their lenses into areas you don’t want to drop a lenses. They’d probably also make the shipping of lenses safer for rental businesses and the like. I also think this would be a better solution for me over a Pelican style case with a foam insert, as I don’t carry the same lenses with me on each trip. You can also fit these into your camera bag and have exceptional protection. Each case can also fit multiple lenses in your collection.

Each and every case is made in the United States, as they’re based in Portland, Oregon. The price value of these things are almost shocking. They don’t have a single lens case over $90. They’re also looking into products for the supertelephotos in the future.

The BETA Shell Booth @ CES 2012

From betashell.com

Rigid, water-proof, and shock resistant – our patent pending BETA Shell™ protective cases are constructed unlike any other case.Our cases are designed to provide a lifetime of unsurpassed protection to your expensive photo & video gear. Now you can travel in the harshest conditions and the most extreme environments with complete confidence! Travel with us, travel protected!

They have cases that will fit lenses up to the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II and 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS without the tripod ring attached.

See the full line of Beta Shell cases at B&H

Visit BETA Shell at www.betashell.com


Off to Sigma The first place I wanted to head to was Sigma and checkout the new Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro lens. It’s the first 180mm f/2.8 macro lens ever produced. Sigma hasn’t yet issued an official press release on the lens. The other lenses announced by Sigma were for the mirrorless market.

The new macro lens intro | Sigma 200-500 f/2.8 & my wife.

First Impressions It’s an impressive size for a macro lens. It’s larger than the Canon 180 f/3.5L by a fair margin. Especially in width. The front element is quite impressive and it weighs accordingly. The tripod collar seems extremely solid and the switches on the side are of decent quality. The fit and finish on the lens is about what you’d expect from Sigma. This is another lens that no longer has the spray on hair coating of Sigma lenses in the past.

The lens didn’t have a lens hood on, so I have no idea how much that would extend the size of this large macro lens. I’ve yet to use a macro lens that isn’t sharp, and by appearance alone, this will probably continue the trend. I only hope Sigma has used quality parts inside the lens and quality control is up to par at launch.

The Sigma 180mm f/2.8 OS Macro & 5D Classic

Availability & Pricing? The official word I received from the representatives at the Sigma booth was the price was unknown and it would begin shipping in March.

I asked about more Sigma lenses in the pipeline and received the usual “no comment” and a smile.


PowerShot Cameras / Canon PowerShot G1 X ISO Sample Images
« on: January 11, 2012, 02:34:05 PM »
ISO Tests Focus Numerique has posted ISO samples from the Canon G1 X. A full range of shots from ISO 100 through to ISO 12,800 have been posted. They also compared it against the Panasonic GX1, Sigma DP2x, Fuji X100, Canon G12 & Sony NEX-5N

See the comparison here

Judging from these samples, it’s clear the performance is going to be near or at the top of large sensor compact camera segment.

Preorder the PowerShot G1 X at B&H for $799

thanks Ben


Site Information / Re: The Unofficial Canon Rumors FAQ
« on: January 10, 2012, 07:51:09 PM »
Fantastic, what a great read.  ;D

PowerShot Cameras / Canon PowerShot G1 X Brief Hands On
« on: January 10, 2012, 03:58:01 PM »
Canon PowerShot G1 X – A Brief Hands On The first product on tap to check out was the new Canon PowerShot G1 X. The large sensor, perceived game changer, in the high end of point & shoot cameras. Lots of people have asked since the Sigma DP1 for Canon to make a larger sensor, great ISO performing PowerShot. It took a few years, but Canon has finally delivered.

Impressions There was a lineup to see the camera up close and personal. The Canon reps mentioned that none of them had spent any more than 3 minutes with the camera in their hands. I had to wait about 10 minutes to get to it.

The first think you notice is the size of the camera. It’s nearly the same size as the PowerShot G12 at first glance. The one glaring size difference is the rather large lens. Even when the camera is at it’s widest focal length, the lens sticks out a fair bit. Zoom in and the lens extends further.

The camera has a very nice weight to it. I’ve always been against making point and shoot cameras too light. This one feels like a camera in your hands. The viewfinder is adequate, but I wouldn’t use it too often. The 3″ articulating screen is bright and beautiful. One of the first things I noticed was the removal of the ISO dial at the top of the caemra like on the G12. I would miss that in day to day use. There is an ISO button on the back, but that isn’t as intuitive to me. The exposure compensation dial is still on top along with the mode dial, which is great news.

The Canon PowerShot G1 X in the Hands of my Wife

Roaming around the camera you find the dials and buttons are pretty small for hands my size. However, once the camera is set up, I can’t see needing to mess around with too many things on the back of the camera.

ISO Performance When we hear Chuck Westfall say the new G1 X will have better ISO performance than the 60D and 7D, I think most of us sit up and pay attention. Having a small camera with excellent lowlight ability makes one (me, less so my wife) giddy inside.

As per all the unreleased cameras that Canon is displaying, I was not able to put a memory card in the G1 X to get some sample images. However, one of the first things I did was switch the camera to ISO 12,800 and take a couple of pictures and view them on the big 3″ screen. If the display is accurate, the performance of ISO 12,800 is fantastic. You can see some noise reduction smoothness, ut the detail and file quality is there.

This wasn’t the ideal way to test a camera for ISO performance, however I think most of us have pretty trained eyes when judging through an LCD.

Availability? I was told we’d see the first shipments of the G1 X in February.

Preorder The G1 X at B&H for $799

EOS Bodies / Our Coverage of CES 2012
« on: January 10, 2012, 12:18:43 PM »
Welcome to CES 2012 We’ve arrived and are ready to cover all things Canon! We’ll also be coving a few other things too.

I have posted a page that we’ll update throughout the day. You’ll see it at the top left of the site.

Read our coverage of CES 2012


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