April 30, 2014
Posted in News

Canon EF Lens Production Surpasses 100 Million Units


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Canon achieved another remarkable landmark: over 100 million produced EF lenses. Kudos!

Canon press release:

Canon achieves a world’s first as production of EF interchangeable lenses surpasses 100 million mark

TOKYO, Japan, April 30, 2014—Canon Inc. today celebrated an impressive lens-manufacturing milestone with the production on April 22, 2014, of the Company’s 100-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras—an EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x.

Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex cameras began in 1987 at the Company’s Utsunomiya Plant, which continues to play a central role in Canon’s lens manufacturing operations. In May 2013, EF lens production surpassed the 90-million-unit mark and now, approximately eleven months later, the Company is commemorating its first-in-the-world1 achievement of having manufactured 100 million lenses.

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April 30, 2014
Posted in Tips

Simple And Easy Inkjet To Wood Transfer Hack (DIY)

Super cool inkjet to wood photo transfer technique, simple and easy DIY task.

Steve Ramsey from Woodworking for Mere Mortals made the video above. It lasts less than 2 minutes and is probably one of the coolest hacks I’ve seen since long. You need:

  • an inkjet printer
  • a non-porous paper (like glossy paper, in the video the left-over from an address label sheet was used)
  • the piece of wood where you want to put the pic
  • lacquer to fix and protect the image

[Lifehacker via PetaPixel]

April 30, 2014
Posted in News

New Canon EF Lenses 101 Video: Tilt-Shift Lenses

CanonUSA on Youtube posted a new video of their ongoing series “Canon EF lenses 101″. This video is about tilt-shift lenses. As usual, the host is Matt Kloskowski.

Tilt-shift lenses are most popular for architectural photography because it helps to correct the leaning effect we see in photos of tall objects like buildings and walls. Photographer and educator Matt Kloskowski gives some tips on architectural and landscape use of Canon tilt-shift lenses.

Canon EF Lenses 101

The Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 ($1,400).

April 29, 2014
Posted in Deals

Hot Deal: Canon EOS 6D – $1699 (B&H Photo)

 Canon EOS 6D Excellent deal by authorised Canon reseller B&H Photo: the Canon EOS 6D on sale for $1699 after a $200 instant discount. Plus some free items:

  • SanDisk 16GB SDHC Extreme Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
  • Canon 200DG Deluxe Gadget Bag
  • Watson LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh)
  • Oben ACM-2400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod

Will not last long

April 29, 2014
Posted in Deals

Save Big On Samsung Memory Card 3-Packs (up to 66%, Adorama)

Samsung Memory Card

Some excellent memory card deals at Adorama. These are all 3-packs, you get 3 memory cards for the price. The offer is valid through May 10, 2014 (or as long as supply lasts).

  • Samsung “3 PACK” 32GB SDHC Pro UHS-1 Class 10 Memory Card on sale for $49.95 instead of $89.85 + free shipping and free card reader
  • Samsung “3 PACK” Pro Class 10 (UHS-1) 32GB microSDHC Flash Card with Adapter on sale for $49.95 instead of $149.85 + free shipping and free card reader
  • Samsung ” 3 PACK ” 64GB SDHC Pro UHS-1 Class 10 Memory Card on sale for $99.99 instead of $174  + free shipping and free card reader
  • Samsung Pro Series “3 PACK” 64GB Class 10 UHS-1 microSDXC Memory Card with Adapter on sale for $99.99 instead of $179.85 + free shipping and free card reader


April 29, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Samyang Working On Another AE Lens And Will Cut Stock For Other Brand Names

DicaHub (translated) has more information about Samyang’s upcoming plans. After yesterday’s announcement of a 35mm f/1.4 lens with automatic exposure for Canon mount (among other lenses), the big question is if Samyang will make more lenses with AE contacts.

According to DicaHub’s interview with Samyang, the Korean lens manufacturer is working on another lens with AE contacts. Most probably for Canon mount (but that’s not clearly stated in the interview). The rumors point to a 85mm f/1.4 AE lens. No hints about when  Samyang may announce the next AE lens.

There is another interesting thing that comes out of the interview. When asked about the many names Samyang uses to brand their lenses, they answered that they recognise the issue and plan to gradually cut stock availability for the other brand names. With one exception: Rokinon. It appears that Rokinon is a major brand name for Samyang, and hence will remain for the time being. Sounds logic to me. Samyang lenses are available with the following brand names: SamyangWalimexRokinonOptekaFalconVivitarBower.

[via DicaHub]

Below: Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AE for Canon


Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AE

April 29, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Canon Working On A New Generation Of Full-Frame Sensors?

Full-Frame Sensors

A new rumor surfaced on the web. CR reports that Canon is working on a new full-frame sensor generation planned for mirrorless and DSLR cameras.

This new sensor generation is said to have lower production costs, and to be easier to produce too. It was also suggested this sensors could  be based on a technology similar to Foveon.

I have no information about this new sensor technology, but in December 2013 I got a rumor that Canon is working on the “biggest change” in their history. Can’t say if it has to do with the rumor reported here. As usual, keep the salt ready.

However, we saw a patent in the past that suggest Canon may working on such a sensor technology.

[via CR]