Hidden gems of Japan: Tokyo and beyond with the Canon EOS M50

By Richard | August 14, 2018 | Canon Mirrorless & Medium Format

DPreview released a video today sponsored by Amazon and Canon from Alex T. Thomas and Kathryn Bingham two photographers residing in Tokyo.

They have been in Toyko for the last 4 years studying the language and exploring Japan.  On a recent trip from Tokyo they went to a small riverside town of Gujo Hachiman, they each brought an M50 to document the trip.

Watch the video for what they discovered.

It seems that the EOS-M50, widely panned when it first came out is certainly sounding better as time goes on.  Reviews and commentary are now coming in as it being one of the best entry level cameras you can buy right now.  It seems to be a common narrative with Canon where  initial reports are disappointing, and then it gets into people’s actual hands, and it’s well regarded.

I think the M50 is an interesting indicator of future EOS-M products from Canon and where they can take the line to.  It will be interesting to follow in the months, and perhaps year ahead.

PhotographyBlog – Sample images from the Powershot SX740 HS

PhotographyBlog – Sample images from the Powershot SX740 HS

By Richard | August 14, 2018 | Canon PowerShot

PhotographyBlog has released some of their sample images from their upcoming review of the Powershot SX740 HS.

Features of the new SX740 HS;

  • 20.3MP CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • 24-960mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 40x Optical Zoom with OIS
  • 3″ Tilting LCD Display
  • ISO 100-3200 (Extended)
  • 4K Video and 4K Time-Lapse Recording
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • 10-fps Continuous Shooting

Check out the images here

OpticalLimits tests the Canon 70-200 F4L IS II

OpticalLimits tests the Canon 70-200 F4L IS II

By Richard | August 13, 2018 | Canon Lens News

OpticalLimits, formerly known as photozone.de has completed their testing of the Canon 70-200 F4L IS II.

Their conclusion? I think they like it .. and give it their highly recommended seal of approval.

From their conclusions;

The king is dead and, yes, long live the new king. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 USM L IS II is everything that the mk I was plus some. It is the perfect playmate for ultra-resolution Canon cameras. It is mostly tack sharp at mainstream settings with no real weakness across the focal length range. Lateral CAs are low and not really an issue. Image distortions can be visible specifically at the long end though and you can spot some moderate vignetting at f/4. If you use digital auto-correction that will be a lesser concern, of course. The quality of the bokeh is Okay for a zoom lens but it has its shortcomings.

Read the entire review here

Also if you are interested in seeing more Canon 70-200 F4L IS II goodness, check out the dpreview sample gallery just posted here.

Canon Patent Application: Long eye relief optics for EVF

Canon Patent Application: Long eye relief optics for EVF

By Richard | August 10, 2018 | Canon Patents

Canon has applied for a patent for EVF optics that will provide a longer eye  relief.  This of course is necessary for anyone that wears glasses as a short eye relief can cause vignetting and problems in seeing the entire EVF field of view. To be honest, I find the current M5 EVF’s eye relief to be a bit too short for my liking, and most EVFs I find are like this, at least for me.

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide an ocular optical system having long eye relief, wide viewing angle, and high optical performance. A first lens having a positive refractive power, a second lens having a negative refractive power, a third lens having a positive refractive power, a third lens having a positive refractive power, and a third lens having a positive refractive power, which are disposed in this order from the object side to the observation side. And the fourth lens L 4, the focal length and shape of each lens are appropriately set.

Canon Patent Application 2018-124349

More Mentions of a Canon Mirrorless Announcement Ahead of Photokina [CR1]

More Mentions of a Canon Mirrorless Announcement Ahead of Photokina [CR1]

By Canon Rumors | August 9, 2018 | Canon DSLR Rumors

There are some conflicting reports out there about Canon’s announcement plans ahead of Photokina. We were told back in July that we’d be seeing some announcements the first week of September, and there have also been reports of announcements the second week of the month as well. It’s possible two rounds of announcements are coming.

We’ve been told by a few people around the globe that Canon subsidiaries have training planned for select employees before Photokina. The trade show begins September 26, 2018. Training sessions are usually held for new cameras and not lenses.

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When I go on safari, what’s in my camera bag?

When I go on safari, what’s in my camera bag?

By Canon Rumors | August 8, 2018 | Industry News

This is a question that is asked constantly on forums around the web, what gear do I bring with me on an African safari?

I’m heading back to Kenya tomorrow for the great migration across the Masai Mara, which is the type of safari most people seem to do their first time to Africa. Shooting conditions are very similar between Kenya, Tanzania, and Botswana.

If you’re going to Rwanda or Uganda for gorillas and chimpanzees, you’ll definitely be taking different gear than you would be on the Serengeti.

So what gear do I bring?

I’m finding that I’m taking less and less gear with me each time I return to Africa. Part of this is likely due to the fact that I’m now going for specific images and I’m not trying to capture everything.

A good thing that has come out of multiple safaris, is I’ve used pretty much every big white lens from Canon and I know the strengths, weaknesses, and trade-offs for each.

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