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Lenses / Re: Danny Green Talks the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 12, 2014, 11:09:24 AM »
Danny also mentions that the 100-400 focuses as fast as the 500mm f4 ii.

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 02:15:02 PM »
Slightly bigger and 15% heavier than the older 100-400.  I guess this was required for the upgraded IS.

Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 07, 2014, 07:42:44 AM »
Now we have the specs.  The only thing missing is weight and dimensions.

- One fluorite lens, the one Super UD glass to use
- For the first time adopted a new development of the Air Sphere coating (ASC)
- IS unit effect of a shutter speed four stages
- Equipped with the IS mode 3 for sport shooting
- A minimum focusing distance of 0.98m
- Maximum magnification of 0.31 times
- The diaphragm blades nine circular aperture
- AF motor the ring-type USM
- Rotate zoom
- Zoom touch adjustment ring
- Detachable tripod mount
- Dust and water structure
- Fluorine coating

Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 06, 2014, 04:30:50 PM »
Just speaking for me (hobbyist bird and insect photography), if this lens has a minimum focusing distance that is relatively close to the 300 f/4 (which I don't own), then it would be a terrific lens for both birding and insect photography. If the MFD is far like the 400 f/5.6 (which I do own), then there's one less reason for me to swap out the 400. But, if the image quality is on par with the 400 and the IS is as good as I expect, then it is still a tempting upgrade for me.

I suspect it will have a low minimum focus distance but that would also involve significant focus breathing so the actual focal length at short distances will be much less than 400mm at the long end.  This seems to be the norm with most tele zooms these days as they try to make them more compact.

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
« on: October 27, 2014, 08:34:16 AM »
The Superzoom comparison post by IR over the weekend is quite interesting.

EOS Bodies / Re: Multilayer Sensors are Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 08, 2014, 04:44:19 PM »
I don't expect this sensor to be used in a high speed body due to the low sensor read-out speed of a stacked sensor.  That would also explain why the 7Dii was just replaced with existing sensor tech.  I could see a totally new body announced as a niche for landscape or other areas that require greater detail without the need for high FPS.  Video would also not work very well with this sensor due to the low read-out speed.

EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2014, 09:00:12 AM »
I hope that they don't bring that to higher models.... Isn't EVF that type of VF in the Point and shoots? If so, that is awful.

The latest EVFs would be much better than the existing pentamirror viewfinder in the lower end Rebels. 

It would be a bit sad if a Rebel gets a built-in EVF and split pixel sensor before the EOS-M. 

PowerShot / Re: New PowerShot Digital Compact Camera Under Development
« on: September 22, 2014, 11:05:24 AM »
This must be the first time that Canon has teased far in advance of a new Powershot model.  They have been slow to react to the more advanced compacts and this looks like a pre-emptive move to encourage people to wait.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Dual Motor For Autofocus on STM Lenses
« on: September 14, 2014, 07:28:37 PM »
Olympus will introduce tomorrow the first lens with dual VCM for autofocus.

Smooth, rapid autofocus is a crucial factor in image quality. The 40-150mm f2.8 PRO’s innovative, industry-first Dual VCM (voice coil motor) AF delivers. Separating the focusing mechanism into two lens groups controlled by individual linear drive motors makes AF performance extremely fast and, with no gears involved, nearly friction-free and incredibly quiet.

Third Party Manufacturers / Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM
« on: September 05, 2014, 11:36:03 AM »
Sigma went more higher end than Tamron with this focal length.  It has 4 additional lens elements (including 2 fluorite) and has larger diameter lens elements for the same aperture.  Build quality/features also seem to be a step up from the Tamron, although there is the penalty for weight (2.8kg vs 1.8kg for the Tamron).

PowerShot / Re: New Large Sensor PowerShot Rumor [CR2]
« on: August 23, 2014, 02:40:31 PM »
I wonder where they will source the sensor.  Panasonic is using Sony's sensor so Canon does have access to it.  They could also source it from Aptina or Sharp.

PowerShot / Re: Canon Announces the PowerShot SX520 HS & SX400 HS
« on: July 29, 2014, 11:01:42 AM »
The pricing for the SX520 seems over priced compared to the competition.  The Panasonic FZ70 has a 20-1200mm f2.8-f5.9 lens vs the SX520 with 24-1000mm f3.4-6.0.  The FZ70 also comes with an EVF and 1080p60 video, both of which are missing on the SX520.  The FZ70 came out at the same list price as the SX520 although you can get it for less than $300 now. 

Both of these models seem like they are too little and too late to market.  This doesn't bode well for the SX60.

The new 100-400 will get announced around the same time as the 7Dii.  And the 7Dii will get announced within a few months of the D9300.  Nothing to do but wait until the first shoe drops.

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