Canon EOS-1D X firmware 2.0.8 released

Canon EOS-1D X Firmware 2.0.8 Released

Edit: as usual, a typo :-/ it’s the EOS-1D X we are talking about here

Canon released a firmware update for the Canon EOS-1D X, version 2.0.8 (download).

Firmware Version 2.0.8 incorporate the following fix. 

Fixes a phenomenon which occurs when the "Shutter button half-press" menu item, configured in "C.Fn5: Operation" > "Custom Controls Menu", is set to metering start only; depending on when the shutter button is half-pressed, it may initiate AutoFocus.

Firmware Version 2.0.8 is for cameras with firmware Version 2.0.7 or earlier. If your camera's firmware is already Version 2.0.8, it is not necessary to update the firmware. 
The firmware update takes approximately seven minutes.
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Everything you want to know about Canon Expo 2015 told in 5 minutes

Want to get a quick insight into what Canon presented at Canon Expo 2015 in NYC? Don’t have much time? Then this video by Tony Northup is right for you. In just 5 minutes he tells about the most important features of the Canon Expo 2015 .

It’s all there. Canon’s 250MP APS-H sensor, the ISO 4.5M camera, the 120MP full-frame prototype, the (somewhen) upcoming 600mm f/4 DO BR lens, Canon’s Virtual Reality efforts, and all the rest Canon showcased at the Expo, some lens anatomy included. Forget rumors, that’s what coming in the next 2-3 years.

Canon EOS 7D deal – $599 (refurbished, Canon Store)

Canon EOS 7D Deal – $599 (refurbished, Canon Store)

Thanks Niklas. The Canon Direct Store has a pretty good deal on refurbished Canon EOS 7D. The EOS 7D bodies are on sale for just $599. It’s refurbished gear, but it is refurbished by Canon and it comes with 1 year warranty.

It’s always a good idea to have a look at the Canon Direct Store’s refurbished gear. You may spot some very good deals!

Sony Alpha A7RII vs Canon EOS 5Ds R comparison (ephotozine)

Sony a7rii eos 5ds r

ephotozine posted a comparison between the Canon EOS 5Ds R and the Sony Alpha a7RII. The two cameras belong to different product families (mirrorless vs DSLR) but have both high resolution sensors (Sony 42MP and Canon 50MP).

While I recommend you read the review to learn the whole story, have a look at an excerpt of the conclusion:

Whether the Sony Alpha A7R II is for you or not, depends on your shooting style, as well as whether you are currently invested in any system. If you wanted to switch to a smaller system, with more modern features, then the Sony Alpha A7R II certainly delivers an impressive range of features, as well as impressive image quality and noise performance. However, it would be particularly useful to check what lenses you would use with the Sony A7R II and whether they would deliver the results you wanted. If you have a number of Canon lenses, and are particularly familiar with Canon EOS 5D series cameras, then the 5DS R would make a great choice as the top of the range Canon EOS DSLR. Read the review.

I think the Alpha a7RII is somewhat overhyped, but it also is a feature-packed and innovative mirrorless camera.

Canon EOS 5Ds: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA | Canon EOS 5DS R: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA | Sony Alpha a7RII: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Another mention of the Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS lens [CW2]

Another Mention Of The Canon EF 24-70 F/2.8L IS Lens [CW2]

From time to time the Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS lens gets a mention somewhere. The first time this lens was rumored goes back to 2012. The latest bits suggest “that Canon is actively working on an EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS lens” and “that two or three prototypes exist, but no final design has been decided on“, and finally to “not expect this lens from Canon for 18-24 months at the earliest“.

The EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS is said to feature BR optics. The rumor also suggests that the major reason Canon did not yet announce this lens is due to the fact that the lens would become too big with IS. The EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II was released instead.
[via CR]

Battle of the Fifties: Comparison of ten 50mm Lenses (all for Canon mount)

In this 13 minutes video Christopher Frost compares ten Nifty Fifties, starting by the most budget option and going up to Zeiss and Canon L glass. These lenses are compared

[via DIYP via iso1200]