April 17, 2014
Posted in Patents

Another Canon Patent For A 24-70mm f/2.8 Image-Stabilized Lens


Canon Patent

Egami (translated) spotted a Canon patent for a 24-70mm f/2.8 IS lens. This is the fourth time I am posting about such a patent (the other patents: 1 | 2 | 3).

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-52413,2014-52445
    • Publication date 2014.3.20
    • Filing date 2012.9.5
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 2.75
    • Focal length f = 24.7-35.21-68mm
    • Fno. 2.9
    • Half angle ω = 41.21-31.57-17.65 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • 223.94-207.87-180.56mm overall length of the lens
    • BF 38.31mm

Canon Patent

[via Egami]

April 16, 2014
Posted in News

A Cosmic Odyssey – An Astrophotographer’s Journey

This amazing time-lapse video was made by Korean astro-photographer Kwon, O Chul. The video was made using Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Mark III (price & specs). The video was posted in the slrclub forums and was spotted by DicaHub.

The video was shot in these locations:

  • Dokdo island. 2013 : the eastern end of Korea
  • Baengnyeongdo island. 2011 : the western end of Korea. border between North and South Korea
  • Mount Halla. 2011 : the southen end of Korea
  • Mount Baekdu. 2010 : the north of Korea. border between China and North Korea
  • Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. 2010 : near equator
  • Uluru, Australia. 2010 : the southern hemisphere
  • Pilbara, Australia. 2012 : the southern hemisphere
  • Yellowknife, Canada. 2009-2013 : near polar regions

It lasts 4:35 minutes and it is definitely worth to be seen.

[via DicaHub]

April 16, 2014
Posted in Reviews

Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II DxOMarked (and it doesn’t shine)

Powershot G1 X Mark II

The Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II (price & specs) got tested by DxOMark, and as usual the sensor score is below the competitors. I know many people doesn’t hold much trust in DxOMark’s sensor scores. It is also my opinion that it doesn’t say much about real world performance of a sensor. On the other hand, it is a engineering measure, and it says somewhat about a sensor.

Canon camera sensors have a long history of scoring worse than the competition, but all the Canon DSLRs I own and owned never failed to deliver impressing image quality. The Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II follows this tradition, scoring a mere 58. But there is a (small) surprise: when set to ISO 800 and above, the Powershot G1 X Mark II becomes a strong performer.

In the conclusion DxOMark writes:

At first sight, the sensor performance of the G1X II doesn’t look particularly exciting with relatively low scores for color, DR and low light but a more careful look at the performance reveals that the G1X II is in fact a strong performer at high ISOs.

When set to ISO800 and more, color and DR are much more competitive, but why Canon couldn’t tweak the performance at base ISOs is somewhat puzzling. Be that as it may, the G1X II as a whole remains a tempting choice for enthusiasts, even if, at $799 plus $299 for the EVF, it looks on the pricey side.

The Canon Powershot G1 X II has been officially announced February 12th, and can be pre-ordered for $799 at Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

.Powershot G1 X Mark II


April 16, 2014
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Posted in News

Canon Announces White EOS 100D (Rebel SL1) and EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens For the UK

White EOS 100D

Canon released the white Rebel SL1/EOS 100D with white 18-55mm IS STM lens for the European market. Availability from May 2014 and a price around £499/€599.

Canon press release:

Canon unveils white editions of EOS 100D and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens

United Kingdom, 16 April 2014 – Canon today introduces a new white edition of the world’s smallest and lightest APS-C DSLR , the EOS 100D, as well as a new white version of its EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens. Ideal for first time users looking to explore the world of DSLR photography, the new editions to the EOS range make it easy for anyone, whatever their skill level, to capture and relive special moments in stunning detail.

Measuring just 116.8 x 90.7 x 69.4mm, the EOS 100D is compact enough to always carry with you and features an 18 MP APS-C Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor and a range of simple controls and automatic shooting modes, making capturing stunning images and Full HD movies effortless. The incredibly lightweight and compact body provides a traditional DSLR shooting experience while the large 7.7cm (3.0”) ClearView II touch screen, makes it easy to adjust settings and review images straight after capture.

The white EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens is the perfect partner for the new EOS 100D, providing the flexibility to capture everyday subjects from sweeping landscapes to close-up portraits. An Optical Image Stabilizer ensures images are captured with impressive detail and clarity, while the near-silent STM technology also ensures noise is kept to a minimum whilst focusing in movies.

More after the break.

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April 15, 2014
Posted in Deals

Save Big On Refurbished Canon VIXIA Camcorders (up to 20%, Canon Store)

Canon VIXIA Camcorders

The Canon Direct Store has a large set of refurbished Vixia camcorders on sale (click here). Instant discounts go up to 20%. The Canon Store offers 1 year warranty on refurbished items.

Canon VIXIA Camcorders

April 15, 2014
Posted in Reviews

Canon EF Lenses 101: Fish-Eye Lenses

Canon posted a new video of their ongoing series “Canon EF lenses 101″. This video is about fish-eye lenses.

With its 180º field of view, fisheye lenses give a unique view of the world. Photographer and educator Matt Kloskowski shows some examples of the amazing images you can capture with Canon lenses like the 8-15mm lens.