Canon Asks CPS Users About Feeling Appreciated and How Exciting Its Products Are

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Image courtesy by Photography Bay

Canon is doing a user survey (source: Photography Bay). It seems the company is responding to the criticism (by some people) of not listening to users.

A survey was sent around to users of Canon Professional Services. Questions are about cameras users owned in the past, or about user’s feelings about other brands.

Btw, I do not think Canon is not listening to their users. Maybe the ignore the more gadget oriented folks, but for sure they know what photographers want when it comes to mundane stuff like weather sealing, a highly advanced AF, and industry leading high ISO performance. Making real tools for real photographers. Yeah, I mean the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

More about Canon’s user survey at Photography Bay.

Reminder: Take Part in CW’s Readers Contest and Show your Pics to the World


Last week’s most liked reader photo: Greg Noble‎ – Millville, Calif. Canon5D MKII, 17mm T/S

Hey there! Just a reminder to take part in Canon Watch’s reader contest.

How it works:

1) Submit your picture with a short description on Canon Watch’s Facebook page
2) Vote and comment the pictures from other readers on the Photo Stream
3) A selection of the most liked pictures will be posted every Sunday here on Canon Watch

Show the world what you can do with a Canon camera!

Canon Patent For Translucent Mirror (?)

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Edit: it’s not the first time Canon uses a translucent mirror technology (thanks JOKJOK).

Egami (translated) spotted an interesting patent filed by Canon.

Looks like a patent for a technology similar to Sony’s translucent mirror. The aim is to use the on-sensor auto-focus (think Dual Pixel AF) while using the optical view-finder. Intriguing. Canon is always doing research and I like it.

Patent description (machine translated):

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-202780
    • Published 2014.10.27
    • Filing date 2013.4.1
  • Canon patent of
    • Half mirror transmittance of the variable for each region
    • The center of the screen AF
      • Phase difference AF
      • Half mirror center only transmission of
      • Half mirror around is reflected, and guided to the OVF
    • Screen around the AF
      • Contrast AF
      • Selected regions of the half-mirror that portion of the transmittance, reflection otherwise

What do you think, did I get the patent right?

[via Egami ]

 

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review (Reviewed.com)

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Reviewed.com posted their review of the EOS 7D Mark II. The 7D Mark II got a score of 91, and “is better than 94% of the DSLRs” Reviewed has tested. From the conclusion:

Altogether the 7D Mark II is one of the more impressive APS-C DSLRs we’ve seen yet. It’s extremely fast for a camera that has an optical viewfinder, takes great photos, and has one of the most impressive autofocus systems available. There are mirrorless cameras that are just as fast (if not faster) and have better dynamic range, but the 7D Mark II trounces those cameras in low light, where it barely misses a beat.

[the EOS 7D Mark II] is clearly geared toward advanced shooters who want a camera that is fast, has pro-level autofocus performance and control, and is customizable to the shooter’s needs. It’s also durable enough to stand up to the rigors of daily use, with a shutter that can withstand 200,000 cycles and some of the most impressive weather-sealing around.

[…]

For the money there are faster cameras, there are cameras that are better at shooting video, and there are cameras that have more features, but the 7D Mark II is a compelling all-around package that finally feels like a complete effort from the market leader; this is what you get when Canon doesn’t hold anything back.

For more coverage of the amazing EOS 7D Mark II see here.

[via Reviewed] EOS 7D Mark II

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is shipping in the US:

World-wide order links after the break

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Lensbaby Special Edition Spark Lens for Canon (50mm f/2)

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Looking for some tilt-shift fun without breaking the bank? Have a look at Lensbaby’s affordable 50mm f/2 selective focus lens. Nice as gift or just to have fun.

The Lensbaby Special Edition Spark Lens sells for $129.95. You get also three regular apertures and nine specially shaped creative apertures. Shapes cut into the apertures will appear anywhere bright points of light are out of focus in an image. Apertures drop into the front of the lens and are held in place by shielded magnets.

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CW Readers Contest – Most Liked Pic of The Week


Greg Noble‎ – Millville, Calif. Canon5D MKII, 17mm T/S


Thanks all for your great pics. Round-up of the most liked reader pics of the week. How it works:

1) Submit your picture with a short description on Canon Watch’s Facebook page
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers on the Photo Stream
3) A selection of the most liked pictures will be posted every Sunday here on Canon Watch

Show the world what you can do with a Canon camera!



Vikhoa Kylin‎ – Photo taken by Canon 5D Mark III + Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L IS

 


Håkan Bergknut‎ – Ebba the horse in the studio EOS 6D + EF 24-105/4L IS USM

 


Andre Yabiku‎ – Carnival of Venice 2014 – Shot with 6D + 24-105 f4L