Canon Moves Quickly Into Robotics [CR4]

Canon Moves Quickly Into Robotics [CR4]

By Canon Rumors | March 2, 2018 | Canon Business General

While the EOS Rebel T7 and EOS Rebel T100 may not have lit the ethusiast world afire, Canon robotics just might.

I spotted this guy while visiting customer service at Canon Canada today. The choice of using the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS as the legs was a solid one to allow for adjustable height.

After some Facebook discussion, I’m of the belief that the fine folks at are going to build a bigger one.

Northlight reviews the Laowa 25mm f2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro

Northlight reviews the Laowa 25mm f2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro

By Richard | March 2, 2018 | Third Party Lenses

Keith over at Northlight Images just posted a detailed review of the Laowa 25mm Ultra Macro complete with some pretty fascinating sample images.

I’ve always found Keith’s reviews to be quite detailed and chock full of great sample images, and this one is no different.

Oh, and about the Laowa?

Keith has this to say;

From an image quality point of view, there was little I could fault the lens with. It shows a slight bit of longitudinal chromatic aberration (purple/green tinges to OOF areas), but not excessive.  The 8 blade aperture gives better looking OOF highlights than the 6 bladed Canon MP-E65mm.

The only area that may concern some is the lack of stop down, meaning that it’s either a dark viewfinder at smaller apertures or you have to stop down manually before the shot. It’s no problem for my sorts of use.

The magnification setting is firm but I did notice that careless adjustment of the aperture could easily lead to a slight change in the magnification setting, and hence move the plane of focus. This was worse when the lens was pointing downwards [do note though that this was a pre-production lens]

The build quality of the lens feels good and the sample I tested came in a soft neoprene bag.

Ultimately this is a lens you’ll want for fine detail, and it definitely delivers.

Read the review here…

Article: Canon’s 4000D and the Race to the Bottom

Article: Canon’s 4000D and the Race to the Bottom

By Richard | March 2, 2018 | Canon DSLR News

Fstoppers’s Wasim Ahmad posted an article today on the 4000D, Canon’s new entry level of entry level cameras.

Needless to say, he’s pretty put out over Canon coming out with a brand new camera for under $400 dollars.

Products like these show a fundamental misunderstanding of the camera market today. Instead of lowering the bar, why not raise it with higher quality hardware and software that can beat the smartphone and convince consumers that real cameras are worth it? It’s time to make an aspirational camera.

I have problems personally with this article.   For starters, not every camera should be a inspirational camera in the industry and secondly, your inspiration should come from photography and not the camera itself.   Giving a youngster a unbreakable piece of plastic camera that they can toss around that doesn’t cost alot of money – isn’t a bad idea to fuel inspiration.  The article also tends to ignore the fact that not everyone can afford a Google Pixel 2 or a Apple XL with a high end computational camera, and a camera that costs around 1/3 of a top end phone fits in some people’s budget far better.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d never purchase a 4000D for myself, but I may consider it for my grandson when he gets a little older.  This or a M100 styled camera, he may have alot of fun with.  Inspiring his creativity I think is very important.

Thoughts? I’d love to hear them in the forum.

Canon U.S.A. Builds on Success of the “One Canon” Strategy

Canon U.S.A. Builds on Success of the “One Canon” Strategy

By Richard | March 1, 2018 | Canon Business General

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 1, 2018 – Canon U.S.A., Inc. a leader in digital imaging solutions, concluded its One Canon Event, held February 12-14 in Hollywood, Florida. The annual gathering of esteemed industry analysts and press commemorated the Company’s inclusive and inventive approaches to its diverse customers and the continued success of the One Canon business strategy. The exclusive event provided over 45 industry analysts and journalists the opportunity to engage with executive leaders, customers, and business partners, and hear about the Company’s strategic evolution to continue to help foster strong growth and performance drivers going forward.

Key executives updated guests on the impact the One Canon strategy is having on the company as a whole, while providing examples of successful One Canon collaborations positively affecting customers, partners, and the company’s dealer channel. Leaders from business units also gave guests an inside look into industry-leading products, service, and marketing programs that continue to differentiate Canon as a dynamic force in the print industry.

Read more…

Canon Patent Application: APS-C zoom lenses for compact cameras

Canon Patent Application: APS-C zoom lenses for compact cameras

By Richard | March 1, 2018 | Canon Patents

Canon news discovered an APS-C zoom lens patent today, and noted this patent applies only for Canon’s powershot lineup.

This patent application includes three zoom lenses;

  • 18-85 2.8-7.6
  • 18-105 2.5-7.3
  • 15-105 1.8-6

Canon News notes;

These would have to be compact cameras because the image circle at the wide end is not 13.66mm meaning some image stretching is occurring at the wide end.  This happens occasionally in the powershot cameras.

Also the backfocus of less than 4mm would be quite difficult for an EF-M lens.  However, there are several EF-M lenses (11-22, 18-150) that do approach this backfocus distance already.

Japan Patent Application 2018-31935

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