Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 II DxOMarked, scores better than Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/1.4 but not better than Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM

Canon EF 35mm F/1.4 II DxOMarked, Scores Better Than Zeiss Distagon T 35mm F/1.4 But Not Better Than Sigma 35mm F/1.4 DG HSM

DxOMark posted laboratory results for the new Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 II lens. The EF 35mm f/1.4 II scores better (score 33) than the Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/1.4 (score 31), and one point less than the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens (score 34). Now take in account that the Canon costs $1,799, the Zeiss is over $1,500, and the Sigma comes at $899. While a lab measure never tells the entire story, I have to say: Kudos Sigma!

From the conclusion:

With the introduction of high-resolution bodies such as the Canon EOS 5Ds and 5DsR, with their ability to highlight lens flaws, it comes as little surprise to see Canon roll out new versions of some of the older models in their line-up. The original 35mm f/1.4 wasn’t a bad performer, but it was beginning to show its age. The new model greatly surpasses the original in several key areas. It is generally sharper, but it’s the improvement in geometry and uniformity that really impresses. Not only does it have low field curvature and astigmatism, but Canon has also dramatically lowered lateral chromatic aberration, with the overall effect of greatly improving imaging performance in the outer field Read the review at DxOMark.

The EF 35mm f/1.4 II features Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics, an optical technology that allows for very high levels of chromatic aberration correction, and it is in stock at all major resellers at $1,799: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon.

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 II key features:

  • EF Mount L-Series Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4-22
  • Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics
  • Two Aspherical Elements, One UD Element
  • Subwavelength and Fluorine Coatings
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Override
  • Weather-Sealed Design
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Canon EF 35mm f/1,4 II overview after the break.

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Sony increases earnings? Demand for Sony cameras fell by 27%!

Sony Increases Earnings? Demand For Sony Cameras Fell By 27%!

Canon may have some hard times with their small camera business (report here and here) but Sony is doing worse.

According to financial figures released yesterday, demand for Sony cameras, including interchangeable lens models, dropped by 27%, from 2.2M units to 1.6M units. Sony’s unit sales of digital cameras fell by 27% in the three months before September 2015 (compared to same quarter last year).

Sony is not making profit from the imaging business with their gadgets. Smartphone volumes also fell, from 9.9M in 2014 to 6.7M for June-September 2015.

At the end of the day, Sony is doing worse than Canon.

[via Amateur Photographer]

Canon EF-M 35mm f/1.8 STM for EOS M coming in 2016? [CW3]

Canon EF-M 35mm F/1.8 STM For EOS M Coming In 2016? [CW3]

I have been told (thanks) that Canon may announce a prime lens for the EOS M system somewhen in the first half of 2016, maybe in Q1. The suggested lens is an EF-M 35mm f/1.8 STM.

Though this rumor comes from a new source, I rate it CW3 for the following reasons. 1) I am convinced that Canon is now taking their EOS M systen seriously. The lack of native lenses has always been a shortcoming of the system. 2) There have been rumors in the past suggesting EF-M prime lenses may be announced by Canon. 3) Finally, Canon’s Masaya Maeda said there will be more EF-M lenses soon.

A 35mm lens for the EOS M system would make a lot of sense. On an APS-C sensor a 35mm lens is equivalent to a 56mm lens on full-frame (Canon’s APS-C sensors have a crop factor of 1.6). 50-55mm is a very classic focal lenght that should be available in every camera system. Actually there is only one prime lens for the EOS M system, the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM (equiv. 35mm), and a 35mm lens would be a very welcome addition. 35mm appears to be the focal length of choice in this case. If Canon has to make one and only one additional prime lens for the EOS M system, then it will be a 35mm lens.

So, beside the rumor coming from a new source and the fact that you should always take rumors with a grain of salt, I think this rumor is pretty solid and quite plausible. Just one thing: no image-stabilisation? Well, I guess on a 35mm f/1.8 lens IS might be an option, not a necessity. What do you think?

Canon EOS M10 sample photos

Canon EOS M10 Sample Photos

Ephotozine posted a set of sample photos shot with the new Canon EOS M10.

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 30/24 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity NFC
  • Hybrid CMOS AF II, 49-Point System
  • Up to 4.6 fps and Expandable ISO 25600
  • Creative Assist and Self Portrait Mode

Pre-order options after the break.

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The Obsession Experiment, an introduction to Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000

Recently Canon announced the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000, a new professional 17 inch photo printer with the same red branding as “L” lenses.The video above, The Obsession Experiment, was posted by CanonUSA.

Professional photographers are obsessed over the details, but we wanted to find out how obsessed. We invited three people to analyze the same print and used eye-tracking technology to trace every eye movement they made. In the end, it was clear, a photographer’s obsession is unmatched. Luckily, there’s a printer that’s equally obsessed – the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000.

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000: B&H Photo | Adorama

  • Max Resolution: 2400 x 1200 dpi
  • Max Print Size: 17 x 22″ (Sheet Media)
  • Print Speed: 17 x 22″ in 4 Min 10 Sec
  • Borderless Printing at up to 17″ Wide
  • FINE Printing Technology
  • L-COA PRO Image Processing Engine
  • 12 LUCIA PRO Pigment-Based Inks
  • Grayscale Photo Printing; 3.0″ Color LCD
  • Canon PRINT App, PIXMA Cloud Link
  • USB 2.0, Ethernet, & Wi-Fi Connectivity


A Canon EOS M3 review from the point of view of the photographer

A Canon EOS M3 Review From The Point Of View Of The Photographer

Canada based photographer Dustin Abbott posted his Canon EOS M3 review. One of the few educated and balanced EOS M3 reviews I’ve seen so far. In other words: a review written by someone who is actively using the EOS M3.

Usability, ergonomics, performance, all is analysed from the point of view of the photographer, trying out the EOS M3 in the field. Dustin Abbott points out some facts we also noticed in our EOS M3 review, for instance that the image quality of the M3 outperforms the EOS 70D, or the somewhat simplified menu (Powershot-like in my opinion). Auto-focus performance is tested in real world settings and with different EF-M and EF-S lenses. The EOS M3 is compared to the EOS M “Classic”. In the conclusion:

The Canon EOS M3 remains a bit of a paradox.  In many ways it is a far superior camera to where Canon began with the M series […].  But then there are areas where it takes some puzzling steps back.  In some ways it feels like a more unfinished camera then the original M despite brilliant strides forwards in some areas.  There have always been two distinct advantages for the M series when compared to many other mirrorless cameras:  1) Fabulous image quality and 2) the ability to use more than 70 EF lenses via adapter.  Canon has advanced the former advantage […] but seems to have watered down the latter, at least with the current adapter.  Much like the first M, however, the M3 ends up being more than the sum of its parts.  It has a really excellent build, ergonomics, and logical design.  […] Being able to carry such a small camera without feeling like you are compromising your ability to get stunning images remains a very heady experience.

One thing I would like to correct from my EOS M3 review is battery performance. I wrote it is not so good but after months of use I confirm what Dustin Abbott writes in his review. It’s 2-3 times what’s stated by Canon: with some fine-tuning and proper use, getting 700-800 shots with a single charge is possible. That’s way more than the 250 shots rated by Canon.

Canon EOS M3: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1,040k-Dot Touchscreen Tilting LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 24/25/30 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • Hybrid CMOS AF System with 49 AF Points
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
  • Hot Shoe and Built-In Flash
  • 3.5mm Stereo Mic Input
  • Full Manual Control

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[via Dustin Abbott]