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Review – Canon EOS M3 Mirrorless Camera

Review – Canon EOS M3 Mirrorless Camera

By Canon Rumors | November 13, 2015 | Canon Reviews

Dustin Abbott has completed our review of the Canon EOS M3 mirrorless camera body. While it’s a big improvement over the original EOS M, it still feels like Canon isn’t fully behind the EOS M system.

The original M was famous (infamous?) for its slow autofocus performance upon its introduction. Canon was later able to unlock MUCH better AF performance with a firmware update down the road. The M3 employs Canon’s Hybrid CMOS AF III system which uses a combination of contrast-based and phase-detect technologies and embeds 49 points across most of the sensor’s area (about 80% vertical and 70% horizontal coverage). Canon claims that it focuses up to 6.1x faster than the original M, and perhaps that is true of before the firmware update to the original M, but frankly the camera only feels marginally faster to me at best. Read the full review

Here’s hoping the next iteration of the EOS M fixes the issues found in the EOS M3.

Review – Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II by

Review – Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II by

By Canon Rumors | November 13, 2015 | Canon Reviews has completed their review of Canon’s latest L prime, the EF 35mm f/1.4L II.

… resident tech guru Roger Cicala was able to run multiple copies of this lens through our Olaf Optics tests to get both an MTF chart on the lens (averaged over 10+ copies) as well as a copy to copy variation score. When placed up against the original Canon 35mm f/1.4L, the new Mark II version easily win the battle in terms of overall sharpness. the new Mark II version also beats the Sigma 35mm Art series in sharpness, by only my a small fraction that you likely wouldn’t be able to tell the difference in. These scores, make the Canon 35mm f/1.4L II the new king of the 35mms in terms of both sharpness and consistency, but is also priced considerably more than some of the competition. Read the full review


Patent: Canon EF 24-300mm f/4-5.6

Patent: Canon EF 24-300mm f/4-5.6

By Canon Rumors | November 13, 2015 | Canon Patents

We’ve posted recently that Canon has been working on a new superzoom lens, and sure enough a patent for an EF 24-300 f/4-5.6 has appeared.

Patent Publication No. 2015-200870 (Google Translated)

  • Published 2015.11.12
  • Filing date 2014.3.31
  • Example 1
  • Zoom ratio 12.14
  • Focal length 24.30 99.98 294.95
  • F-number 4.10 5.76 5.88
  • Half angle (in degrees) 41.68 12.21 4.20
  • Image height 21.64
  • Overall length of the lens 197.38 245.98 298.53
  • BF 38.90 91.95 92.55
Review – Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD by TDP

Review – Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD by TDP

By Canon Rumors | November 11, 2015 | Canon Reviews

Bryan at The-Digital-Picture has completed his review of the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD.

This lens appears to have a lot of good and some glaring weaknesses. As pointed out by one of our readers, the knock against the AF is pretty significant.

Going hand in hand with the image quality delivered by a lens is AF accuracy (unless using MF of course). Testing AF accuracy with this lens has driven me a bit crazy. Just when I was ready to declare it mostly very good, I would get a set of test results with the plane of sharp focus landing all over the place. Mostly, both the center and the peripheral AF points I tested worked reasonably well, but sometimes, the results were confusingly off the mark. Read the full review

You can also read Bryan’s review of the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD here.

In case you missed our reviews of the new Tamron prime lenses, you can read them here:

Canon U.S.A. Introduces Two Compact HD Camcorders

Canon U.S.A. Introduces Two Compact HD Camcorders

By Canon Rumors | November 11, 2015 | Cinema EOS News

Canon’s XA35 and XA30 Camcorders Feature New HD CMOS PROSensor, 20x HD Optical Zoom Lens and Built-in Wi-Fi® Capability

MELVILLE, N.Y., — Responding to the evolving needs of professional news organizations, documentary creators, professional videographers and film schools, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the new Canon XA35* and XA30* Full HD professional camcorders, which are both highly portable and capable of capturing high-quality video in low light, as well as wireless connectivity for easy uploading of files. Both camcorders feature a genuine Canon 20x High Definition Optical Zoom Lens and a new, advanced HD CMOS PRO image sensor with low-luminance noise of +3dB for improved low-light image capture. Enabling a wide range of imaging possibilities, the duo also features two new video-recording modes: Highlight Priority, which facilitates the faithful expression of tonal gradations, colors and sharpness in the mid- to high-brightness range; and Wide DR, which delivers an expanded dynamic range.

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