Canon EOS M3 sample pics and Auto-Focus test


Above: EOS M3 AF performance

Chinese site Mobile01 posted a review about the Canon EOS M3. There is a huge set of sample pics (can be viewed full size), and videos that compare the AF performance of the EOS M3 to the EOS M2.

I was impressed by the high ISO performance:

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Screenshot courtesy of Mobile01

Mobile01‘s review comes also with a lot of product images. Thought it was worth to post even if the review isn’t in English. The sample pics (all ISO settings) provided with the review are pretty useful to learn about the EOS M3’s performance.

Canon EOS M3 now shipping!

The EOS M3 is not on sale in the US, and is available in Europe only as kit with the EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens (Amazon ItalyAmazon GermanyAmazon UK). You can order the M3 also at DigitalRev (ships internationally)DigitalRev’s price at checkout is inclusive of all taxes and customs for customers from Asia and the EU (and possibly a better price than Amazon), for customers from the US taxes depend by the state. Detailed M3 specification can be read here. A round-up of hands-on and previews:

 

Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 officially announced

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Zhong Yi Optics announced the Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 lens.

Product description:

The Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 is a ultra-fast portrait lens that delivers unbelievable optical performance. A maximum aperture of f/1.2 makes it extremely convenient for shooting without flash in low light conditions. Designed for the use of full frame cameras, the large aperture also provides fine control over depth of field for fascinating portrait photography. The truly circular aperture creates a shallow depth-of-field that brings attention to the subject and blurs the background, which is critical for portraits. The lens incorporates 9 elements in 6 groups with 2 pieces of Extra-low Dispersion elements & 4 pieces of High Refractive Index elements. This helps reducing aberrations and maintain excellent sharpness even at f/1.2. . Manual focus design and a click-less, silent aperture ring promote smooth handling and are especially well-suited to video applications. The lens is built of metallic enclosure with additional protective processing, which gives extra durability and aesthetic.

Specifications
Focal Length 85mm
Max. Aperture 1.2
Min. Aperture 16
Aperture Blades 11
Angle of view 29 degrees
Format Compatibility Full-frame
Elements/Groups 9 elements in 6 groups (2pcs of Extra-low Disperson glasses & 4pcs High refractive index glasses)
Min. Focus Distance 1 m
Filter Thread 77mm
Net Weight 921 g
Mounts Canon EF / Nikon F / Sony FE (Sony A & Pentax K mounts will be available later this year)

Canon announce SELPHY CP1000 compact photo printer

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  • Compact and portable photo printer ideal for home or away
  • Quick and easy printing from camera, USB or memory cards
  • Make lasting memories with durable lab quality prints
  • Selectable finishes with standard photo paper
  • Create ID photos to widely accepted standards

The SELPHY CP1000 will be available from early July with an RSP of £89.99/€109.99. Canon press release:

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 16 April 2015 – Canon today unveils the SELPHY CP1000, a new compact photo printer that allows you to print creative, lab-quality photos at home and on the move. 

Capable of printing your favourite images in just 47 seconds1 directly from your camera2, USB or memory card, with the SELPHY CP1000 now every photo can be treasured.

With an elegant, compact design, the SELPHY CP1000 includes 6.8 cm (2.7”) LCD tilting screen and combines an easy-to-use interface with exceptional print quality.

Plus, with the inclusion of an optional battery pack accessory, the CP1000 is the ultimate portable photo printer.

Print your favourite photos in rich, vibrant colours With ultra-high quality prints thanks to advanced dye sublimation technology, the SELPHY CP1000 produces high-resolution photos using 16.7 million colours.

For even more clarity in prints the CP1000 also includes an Auto Image Optimize feature to further enhance blue skies and sunsets, correct colour cast and contrasts, as well as remove red-eye and noise.

Plus, for picture-perfect selfies and group shots, the Smooth Skin mode removes facial imperfections to ensure you get stunning results every time.

Full control for creative freedom With the ability to control the heat applied to the ink ribbon on the print head, the SELPHY CP1000 offers four print finishes without ever having to use a different paper or media type. The options include a glossy finish for a durable print that will last up to 100 years, and three variations of semi-gloss for smudge and fingerprint resistant photos you can hand around.

Whether you need a standard postcard sized image or a more unusual shape, such as a 50 x 50 Instagram™ style or a credit card sized print, the SELPHY CP1000 gives you the freedom to make your prints your own. The SELPHY CP1000 also allows for ID Photo Printing at 43 pre-set sizes, perfect for small offices or events where you need to print ID badges in a hurry. Plus, with the ability to print two different ID image sizes on one sheet, and ID framing and cutting guide improving accuracy and precision, every print counts with the minimum of waste.

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