How to downgrade Canon firmware (step-by-step tutorial by Magic Lantern team)

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The skilled hackers behind Magic Lantern just posted an interesting and useful tutorial and step-by-step guide on how to downgrade the firmware on your Canon camera. Yes, you read right: downgrade the firmware. This might be more useful than most people believes, especially if you’re playing around with different version of Magic Lantern.

Click here to read the firmware downgrade tutorial. Please note that even if every step is described, this remains a task for somewhat experienced users, and you do it at your own risk if you make a mistake.

For those who do not know, ML is an incredibly powerful extension for your Canon DSLR firmware. Magic Lantern is a free software add-on that runs from the SD/CF card and adds a host of new features to Canon EOS cameras that weren’t included from the factory by Canon. Among these features are zebras for under/over exposed areas, raw video output, on-screen overlays and headphone monitoring, ghost image overlay, full control over H264 bitrate and not to forget 14-bit uncompressed RAW video. Ant then even more. Head over to Magic Lantern to learn more about (click here).

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Canon Rebel T7i (EOS 800D) image and specification leaked (24MP, Dual Pixel AF)

Rebel T7i

The Canon Rebel T7i (EOS 800D in EU) will be announced soon. The new EF-S 18-55mm is also in the picture.

More leaks coming from Nokishita Camera. A set of 4 images of the Canon Rebel T7i (EOS 800D in EU), and the specifications.

  • 24.2 million pixels
  • DIGIC 7
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • 6 fps
  • ISO 100 – 25600
  • Video: Full HD, 5 axis electronic image stabilization
  • Articulated 3″ touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi/Bluetooth
  • Size: 131.0×99.9×76.2 mm
  • Weight: 532 g

The upcoming Canon Rebel T7i got a noticeable upgrade in features, Canon’s first tier on sensor AF system, Dual Pixel AF, a good frame rate, 5 axis electronic ISIS. Not bad for a so called entry-level DSLR. Now let’s wait to know the price.

This leak indirectly confirms our rumor about the EOS 77D featuring Dual Pixel AF and a 24MP sensor.

Announcement coming soon. Stay tuned.

Rebel T7i

Rebel T7i

Rebel T7i

Six Canon product designs were recognized with prestigious 2017 iF Design Awards

iF Design

These Canon products won an IF design award:

Canon press release:

Canon designs recognized with internationally renowned iF Design Awards for 23rd consecutive year

TOKYO, February 9, 2017—Canon Inc. announced today that six Canon product designs were recognized by iF International Forum Design GmbH with prestigious 2017 iF Design Awards.

Established in 1953, the iF Design Awards are recognized internationally as one of the most prestigious awards within the field of design, with outstanding industrial designs chosen from all over the world each year. This year 5,575 entries from 59 countries and regions were judged by internationally active design experts across seven disciplines: product, packaging, communication, service design, architecture, interior architecture, and professional concept.

This year marks Canon’s 23rd consecutive year of winning iF Design Awards. Encouraged by the recognition of the Company’s design excellence, Canon will continue striving to realize products that combine the highest levels of performance and design.

Click here to read the rest of the article

Canon research and develop a 2/3″ sensor with global shutter

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Interesting Canon research paper spotted by Image Sensors World. Canon is working on a 2/3″ sensor with a global shutter.

The paper is named

A 1.8e-rms Temporal Noise Over 110dB Dynamic Range 3.4μm Pixel Pitch Global Shutter CMOS Image Sensor with Dual-Gain Amplifiers, SS-ADC and Multiple-Accumulation Shutter, by Masahiro Kobayashi, Yusuke Onuki, Kazunari Kawabata, Hiroshi Sekine,Toshiki Tsuboi, Yasushi Matsuno, Hidekazu Takahashi, Toru Koizumi, Katsuhito Sakurai, Hiroshi Yuzurihara, Shunsuke Inoue, Takeshi Ichikawa at ISSCC 2017 on Feb. 6, 2017.

A more in-depth analysis of the technology discussed in the paper can be read at Harvest Imaging:

[…] the presented sensor has a funnel-shaped light guide structure above the pixels, an optimized light shield to keep the PLS low.  To enhance the dynamic range of the sensor, the columns are provided with a gain stage that automatically choses between a gain of 1x or 4x.  With some clever timing of the transfer of the PPD and with an increased readout speed of the sensor, extra new option can be added, such as wider dynamic range and in-pixel coded exposure.

Below are some slides from the paper presentation.

[via Image Sensors World]

Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 fisheye lens review

Samyang/Rokinon 12mm F/2.8 Fisheye Lens Review

Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 ED AS IF NCS UMC Fisheye Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 at a glance:

  • EF Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Three Extra Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Nano Crystal and UMC Lens Coating
  • Manual Focus & Manual Aperture Lens
  • 180º Angle of View
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 7.9″
  • Included Petal-Shaped Lens Hood

Nortlight Images posted an interesting review about the Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 ED AS IF NCS UMC Fisheye Lens for Canon, a pretty interesting manual focus lens at an affordable price.

In the conclusion the reviewer writes:

From an image quality point of view I’ve very little to quibble about. The lens is robustly constructed and the addition of the padded bag for it most welcome.

The f/2.8 lens gives a nice bright image in my viewfinder, although manually stopping the lens down and not having any aperture information (Canon EF) may cause some difficulties if you are not used to manual lenses.

Going to f/5.6 was enough to sharpen up the edges of the frame a bit, and gives me so much depth of field that the only reason to check the focus settings was to make sure I’d not nudged the focus when changing aperture or vice versa. Read the review…

The review comes with a huge set of sample pictures.

The Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 ED AS IF NCS UMC Fisheye Lens for Canon is on sale at $399.95: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA.

X-Rite ColorMunki Accurate Monitor Display Calibration Tool deal – $99.99 (reg. $179, Adorama)

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X-Rite ColorMunki at a glance:

  • ColorMunki makes sure your design goes from inspiration to screen to print without ever sacrificing quality with the new powerful, self-guided software interface
  • ColorMunki can calibrate multiple displays with ease and provides before and after visualization, as well as calibration reminder prompts
  • Complete color control and optimized printer profiling makes sure that the color you see on your display is the color that you get
  • ColorMunki provides you with essential communication functions such as: automatically synchronize palettes to Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and QuarkXpress or export to your favorite design and photo applications

Adorama has the X-Rite ColorMunki Accurate Monitor Display Calibration Tool on sale at $99.99. Compare at $179. This is a limited edition Pink for the Cure. X-rite will donate 20% of your purchase to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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