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December 1, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Canon Going Serious with Mirrorless in 2015 (full-frame MILC coming?)

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More and ore signs that something important in coming from Canon on the mirrorless front.

I have been told (thanks) that Canon will soon announce the development of a new mirrorless system camera, something we “will really like, and that’s what we were all waiting for“. First information should come (or leak) by the end of the year.

This is not the first mention of an upcoming new EOS M camera. According to the sources (yes, I got largely identical information from two different sources), this will not be an EOS M3 that follows the footsteps of the previous two models. One of the sources mentioned a mirrorless cam with full-frame sensor on board, the other an EOS M with rangefinder.

Everything is very secretive and hold under wraps for the time being. The only thing that appears to be pretty sure is that Canon is indeed working on the release of a new mirrorless system camera. And all signs so far suggest that this time it will be a serious affair.

2015 may be an exciting year for Canon. There are two new professional, full-frame cameras that are rumored, both with suggested 50 megapixel sensors (pinch of salt here). I am not posting everything and all the rumors I get, but there is one thing I am getting sure about: there will be exciting news by Canon next year.

Stay tuned….

November 30, 2014
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Deal Alert: Canon EF 70-200 f/ 2.8 L IS II – $1,900

 EF 70-200 f/ 2.8 L IS II Hot deal by Top Rated Plus seller 6ave (99.2% positive ratings) on eBay: the Canon EF 70-200 f/ 2.8 L IS II on sale for  $1,899.99. Free shipping in US and limited quantity. Compare to $2,300
November 30, 2014
Posted in Deals

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Killer Deals Still Live

EOS 5D Mark III

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $2,399.99 at eBay seller Big Value Inc (99.4 positive ratings), lowest price ever seen
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $2,399.99 at eBay seller All New Shop (99.2 positive ratings), lowest price ever seen
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $3,099 after $300 mail-in rebate, sold by authorised Canon dealer B&H Photo. More 5D Mark III kits with $300 mail-in rebate here
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens, and bundled with PIXMA Pro-100 photo printer, paper etc for just $3,349 after $650 mail-in rebate (instructions), a killer deal by B&H Photo.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III bundled with PIXMA Pro-100 photo printer, paper etc for just $2,749 after $650 mail-in rebate (instructions), a killer deal by B&H Photo.

All Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals.

November 30, 2014
Posted in Pics

Most Liked Canon Watch Reader Pics

Mike Darter –  large male polar bear rests before heading out onto the icy Hudson Bay for hunting season. (Manitoba, Canada)


Here is the round-up of the most liked reader pics of the week. Thanks all for your great pics,we had a lot of them last week. NOTE: if you posted your photo late in the week it will be evaluated next week. Nothing gets lost :-)

How it works:

1) Submit your picture with a short description on Canon Watch’s Facebook page
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers on the Photo Stream
3) A selection of the most liked pictures will be posted every Sunday here on Canon Watch

Show us what you can do with a Canon camera!


Andre Yabiku‎ – Seeking the next meal – Shot with G1X

 


Jessi Dunn Photography‎ – Taken with Canon 5D Mark III and EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens.

 


Mike Darter‎ – Polar Bears sparring in Churchill before continuing onto icy Hudson Bay to hunt ringed seals. Canon 6D/ 300mm f/2.8

 


Thomas Emberson‎ – Near the end of last summer, this (the exposures) was shot with a 7D, 10-22mm lens at 22mm, ISO160. The arch is from the Marget Hunt Hill bridge in Dallas, about 30-45 minutes after sunrise.

 


Jeremy Kuzub‎ – EOS-M, lens filter: Boeing 737 window

November 30, 2014
Posted in Patents

Canon Patent to Increase Dynamic Range of Sensor

Canon Patent

Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon for a new sensor technology that expands the dynamic range of the sensor with a thin polysilicon layer applied on top of the photodiode layer of a sensor.

As far as I understand the patent, the polysilicon layer’s thickness is not the same for all the underlaying photodiodes. This influences the sensitivity of the photodiodes through the transmittance of light, which is attenuated by the film according to its thickness. The result are pixels (=photodiodes) with different light sensitivity.

Looking at the image above, it seems that there is one pixel with a thicker layer for each pixel with a thinner layer. The layer thickness appears to act on the the exact area where the photodiode detects the incoming photons.

An interesting patent that points to a new sensor technology. Hard to say if this tech will show up soon, for instance in the again rumored high megapixel cameras expected for 2015.The technology described in the patent does not refer to a given class of sensors, nor to a sensor size. It’s a technology that could find its way in any future Canon sensor.

Canon sensors are often critiqued for having a dynamic range below the competition, and thus getting lower DxOMark scores for their sensors. It appears Canon is going to address the issue.

Machine translated patent description:

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-175553
    • Published 2014.9.22
    • Filing date 2013.3.11
  • Canon patent
    • Optical attenuation film is arranged by polysilicon over the photoelectric conversion portion
    • Transmittance of light depends on the optical attenuation film is its thickness, thickness varies depending on the pixel
    • Small pixel transmittance is, the opening area is small
    • RGB any of the color filter
    • Transmittance R <G <B

[via Egami]

Black Friday deals here.

November 29, 2014
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Canon EOS 6D Killer Deals Still Live

Canon EOS 6D

Two Black Friday killer deals for the Canon EOS 6D are still live:

  • Canon EOS 6D on sale for $1,299.99 by Top Rated eBay seller 6ave (99.2% positive ratings)
  • HOT: Canon EOS 6D bundled with PIXMA Pro-100 photo printer, paper etc for just $1,249 after $650 mail-in rebate (instructions), by authorised Canon dealer B&H Photo (limited time)

Need a lens for your 6D? Adorama has refurbished Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lenses for ridiculous $599.99 on eBay.

All Black Friday listings, lot of deals are still there and many are very good (5D3, 70D, T5, lenses, etc).

November 29, 2014
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Posted in News

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens Review (photozone)

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Photozone analysed Canon’s new pancake lens for APS-C cameras. The EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM has more to offer than the low price might suggest. The only weak point of the lens is vignetting.

From the conclusion:

[…] nothing wrong with the optical performance of the new Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM. This is especially true for the bitingly sharp center but even the border and corner quality is on a very high level straight from f/2.8. The low amount of lateral CAs contributes to the very high sharpness perception. The barrel distortion is low and rarely an issue. On the downside, the lens produces a rather massive amount of light falloff at max. aperture but stopping down to f/4 solves most of the issue already.

A lens with good build quality that offers a lot of bang for the bucks. Photozone gave the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM a “highly recommended”.

  • EF-S Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 38mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Optimized Lens Coatings
  • STM AF Motor Supports Movie Servo AF
  • Micro-Stepping Drive Aperture Mechanism
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Override
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Slim Design Measures Less Than 1″-Thick

Canon’s EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens is shipping for $149 from Amazon US  | Amazon Germany |  B&H Photo | Adorama

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