Review: Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM from DXOMark

DXOMark has completed their review of the Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens. This relatively inexpensive lens has been receiving a lot of accolades for its performance/price value ratio.

From DXOMark:
“This lens isn’t a replacement for the existing, near pro-level EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 USM; it doesn’t match the range, speed (or build-quality) but with a similar optical performance, lower price and quiet STM AF motor this lens certainly has its place in Canon’s line-up. Knowing it will appeal to both stills and budding moviemakers it’s likely to be a popular addition, but it doesn’t really plug any holes in the maker’s range.”

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Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM $299: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

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“Cello” Short Film Shot With the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon USA has posted a short film shot entirely with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and a bunch of different Canon EF and EF-S lenses.

There’s one feature pointed out by The Digital Picture that looks to be a great feature for videographers:

“While Movie Servo AF isn’t exactly new, the EOS 7D Mark II brings a very important feature to the party – the ability to customize focus speed and responsiveness while shooting video. Take a look at the focus pull at the 2:13 mark; it’s absolutely beautiful. The ability to slow down the camera’s focus transition allowed for a very natural-looking focus pull.”

Canon EOS 7D Mark II $1799: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Source: [TDP]

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More Canon Lens Mentions [CR2]

We’ve received a couple of more confirmations from people that the EF 11-24 f/4L we first reported back in August is in fact legit. The speculation on pricing for the EF 11-24 f/4L seems to be consistent across the board at around $3000 USD.

EF 11-24 f/4L

EF 11-24 f/4L

The following information is [CR1]. A separate person has told us that the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II was supposed to be announced at Photokina but was delayed, no reason for the delay was given. Canon themselves have come out and said that a replacement is coming, of course they didn’t specify when. We’re told to expect an announcement in November, with availability coming in December of this year. We’re not holding our breath on this one, as the 100-400 replacement has haunted us for quite some time now.

More to come

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Sigma USB Dock Firmware 1.02 Released

Sigma USB Dock Firmware 1.02 Released

Sigma has released firmware version 1.02 for their USB dock.

Compatible with SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM S014 and 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014.

* If SIGMA Optimization Pro is Ver. 1.2, it will display the message for firmware update when you start up the software. Please follow the indicated steps and update the firmware of SIGMA USB DOCK accordingly.=
* If SIGMA Optimization Pro is Ver. 1.1 or earlier, please firstly update the version of the software to Ver. 1.2.

Download the USB dock firmware update from Sigma

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Sigma to Release Firmware for 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports & New Teleconverter Compatibility

Sigma to Release Firmware for 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports & New Teleconverter Compatibility

Sigma Corporation would like to announce that there are two types of new tele converters to be released on October 24th, 2014. Please note that the SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports requires an update to the firmware to make it compatible with the SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 and SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-2001.

For those who own the SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports and considering using it with either the SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 or SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-2001, please follow the steps below to update the firmware of the lens.

Please be advised that the updated version of firmware will make it compatible with the new tele converters, however it will also make it incompatible with conventional APO TELE CONVERTER 1.4x EX DG and APO TELE CONVERTER 2x EX DG. For further information, please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary / distributor of SIGMA.

For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK
Please start up the SIGMA Optimization Pro software and update the firmware of the SIGMA USB DOCK. There will be the optimized firmware compatible with the new tele converters (Sigma: Ver. 1.01, Nikon: Ver. 1.02, Canon: Ver. 1.03), currently scheduled for release on October 24th.

For customers who do not own SIGMA USB DOCK
We are going to start the service for update on October 27th. Please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary / distributor of SIGMA.

Source: [TDP]

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High Megapixel Camera to Come in Two Variants? [CR1]

High Megapixel Camera to Come in Two Variants? [CR1]

An unknown person has sent us a bunch of cryptic information about Canon’s roadmap over the next 6-9 months. I have been unable to confirm any of it, but hopefully this post will help shed some light on things.

We’re told that Canon will introduce a high megapixel camera in Q1 of 2015 and it will be released in two variants. What those two variants are wasn’t mentioned. I do not see Canon doing what Nikon did with the D800 and D800E, I’m thinking that the second variant could possibly be an astronomy version, like the 60Da and 20Da. The other possibility could be an EOS and Cinema EOS version of the camera, and everyone can drool at the possibility of an affordable 4K DSLR from Canon.

It was also stressed that the cameras being talked about wouldn’t be in the $8000-$9000 range like has been discussed recently, and likely cost half of that.

More to come

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The Next Cinema EOS Camera Will Be….. [CR2]

The Next Cinema EOS Camera Will Be….. [CR2]

We’re told that the next Cinema EOS camera to be released will be a replacement to the EOS C100 and not the C300 or C500. No details were given as to when the camera would be released or any specifications, but I would assume it’ll come before NAB 2015 in April.

Saving a new C300 or C500 for that show would make marketing sense. Although, we do hear that Canon has plans for an over the shoulder style Cinema EOS camera, and perhaps that could be shown at NAB.

More to come…

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The Next Large Sensor PowerShot Camera Shows Up in Official Video

Canon Netherlands has posted a video showing the outline of the previously mentioned large sensor premium Canon PowerShot. The world “grote” translates to “large”.

Translation from Canon Netherlands (thanks Ikkehans)
“Canon is doing it’s utmost to combine and offer first-class image quality and handling in a compact housing. The newest model in the Premium Compact line up combines a large sensor and powerful zoom for excellent photos from a distance. Register to receive more information as soon as this model becomes available”

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B&H Photo Hands-On With the EOS 7D Mark II

B&H Photo has posted their hands-on video with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. As you might expect, they’re extremely favourable of the new APS-C camera from Canon. I can’t wait to try it out.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II $1799: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | Camera Canada

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Multilayer Sensors are Coming From Canon [CR2]

Multilayer Sensors are Coming From Canon [CR2]

Canon has been hard at work on multi-layer sensors and they will be coming in an upcoming professional level full frame DSLR we’re told. There will be two cameras based on this technology coming in 2015, one would expect a replacement for the EOS-1D X and perhaps another professional body with a high megapixel count. There was no mention of an EOS 5D Mark IV.

The high resolution camera is expected to be announced in Q1 of 2015. Even though we have heard from places unknown that such a camera would make an appearance at PhotoPlus at the end of this month. A Canon Explorer of Light has told us they’ve been promised a high megapixel camera to come “sooner than later”.

I suspect most of this came from Photokina chatter.

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