Canon EOS-1D X Mark II coming with a sensor having 15 stops dynamic range? [CW3

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Coming With A Sensor Having 15 Stops Dynamic Range? [CW3

The announcement of the highly anticipated Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is a matter of a few months at most. Still no reliable specs have leaked. The only spec I think is most likely correct is the 22MP sensor, The latest tidbits suggest the EOS-1D X Mark II will feature a sensor having 15 stops of dynamic range.

The same extension of dynamic range was claimed by Canon for the Cinema EOS C300 Mark II. However, as Cinema5D found out, it’s not more than 13 stops of DR that you get on the C300 Mark II. If you want to find out how Canon measured the 15 stops of the C300 Mark II, there is another article by Cinema5D about that.

[via Canon Rumors]

Nikon D500 vs Canon EOS 7D Mark II – how do they compare? (video)

Nikon D500 Vs Canon EOS 7D Mark II – How Do They Compare? (video)

Tony Northrup on YouTube posted a 23 minutes video about how the new Nikon D500 compares to Canon’s APS-C flagship, the EOS 7D Mark II.

Nikon’s D500 has some impressing specs, beside having 4K on board:

  • 20.9MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 5 Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 2,539k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Multi-CAM 20K 153-Point AF System
  • Native ISO 51200, Extend to ISO 1640000
  • 10 fps Shooting for Up to 200 Frames
  • Built-In Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC
  • 180k-Pixel RGB Sensor and Group Area AF
  • In-Camera Time Lapse, Up to 9999 Frames

Until the announcement of the Nikon D500 Canon’s EOS 7D Mark II had no real competitors, now it looks like Canon has some stuff to catch up here. Video below…

Another suggestion the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV might feature 4K video recording [CW3++]

Another Suggestion The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Might Feature 4K Video Recording [CW3++]

I got another hint (thanks) that the upcoming Canon EOS 5D Mark IV will feature 4K. And also one more suggestion that the EOS 5D Mark III might be very different from what we all think. Some sort of revamping of the line-up, I’ve been told.

The possibility of 4K being featured on the EOS 5D Mark IV surfaced in the past and was first reported here on Canon Watch. While in the last months I’ve become a bit sceptical about this, I am now pretty sure there is a real possibility to see 4K on the EOS 5D Mark IV. However, we have to wait a few more months to know for sure.

What changed my mind is that 4K is going to be ubiquitous. It’s on smartphones, action cameras etc. The EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 5D Mark III have been milestones for videographers, and changed the rules. Can the EOS 5D Mark IV (if it will have this name) really go to market without 4K? I don’t think.

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens real-world review

Sigma 20mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Real-world Review

Sigma’s new masterpiece, the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art gets a lot of attention. This time I would like to feature a more real-world oriented review by photographer Tyson Robichaud.

He writes:

The real magic that this lens brings to the table is firstly its speed.  As has been said, nowhere else can you find a full frame lens this wide, this fast.  Considering that for something like astro photography, most lenses in this range, at best, are f/2.8 with the rare exception of an f/2 or f/1.8 UWA (that is up to two full stops faster!) until you hit the 24mm f/1.4 variants.  It’s not just fast for speed’s sake either, it’s pretty darn sharp wide open too.  That in and of itself is reason to consider it.  Add in the optical quality, and relatively modest price and Sigma has continued to not only pressure the big boys, but is kicking ass in the lens game.  Good on you, Sigma.  Keep it coming.

Tyson’s review comes with a lot of sample pics, test pics, and aperture comparison, and it evaluates the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 for astrophotography. If you want a review that tells you how this lens performs in the real world and outside a lab, then Tyson’s review is for you.

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM sells at $899: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

  • EF Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Two FLD Elements and Five SLD Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • TSC Material, Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Built-In Petal-Shaped Lens Hood
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock