March 8, 2014
Posted in News

Canon Article Gives Insight Into Dual Pixel AF Upgrade For Cinema EOS C100 (no sensor swap)

Upgrade For Cinema EOS C100

Canon EOS C100: Adorama | B&H

The Canon Professional Network Europe published a short yet comprehensive article about the Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus update now available for the Canon Cinema EOS C100 (price & specs). The upgrade is now available via Canon Regional Competence Centres in Europe. If you read the press release it sounds as if the Dual Picel AF is already on board on the C100, since Canon states that the upgrade “utilises the existing Super35mm sensor in the EOS C100“. So are you paying €400/£340 just to unlock the Dual Pixel AF feature?

Canon has announced that a major feature upgrade – the addition of Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus – is now available for its EOS C100 Digital Cinema Camera via Canon Regional Competence Centres in Europe.

The EOS C100 is a large sensor video camera that’s designed with the single shooter in mind – it already offers functions such as One-Shot AF, Push Auto Iris, auto white balance and a built-in microphone to aid individual camerawork. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF upgrade for the EOS C100 will expand the shooting possibilities by providing smooth, accurate autofocus with a huge range of lenses. For cameramen requiring more precise control the responsiveness of the One-Shot AF function has been greatly enhanced with increased focus speed.

The upgrade, an extra-cost option, utilises the existing Super35mm sensor in the EOS C100 and can be booked in at the Canon Regional Competence Centres* in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden or the UK – see later on in this article for more details of how to book in your upgrade. * Please note: if your country is not mentioned below please contact your local Canon Video Service Centre to book in your EOS C100 upgrade.

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March 7, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EOS 6D w/ EF 24-105mm f/4L IS – $1999


Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D kit with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens on sale for $1999 at B&H Photo. Price shows up when the item is added to the cart. Free shipping in the US.

Canon EOS 6D

March 7, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS – $799

EF 24-70mm  

Adorama has a good deal live.

Get the Canon 24-70mm f/4L IS lens for just $799. You’ll see first the price drop to $999 at checkout, then you claim a $200 mail-in rebate. Free shipping and 2% rewards.


Specs and description after the break.

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March 7, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III – $2560

 EOS 5D Mark III Top Rated Plus seller 6ave (99.2% positive ratings) on eBay has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $2,559.99. Free shipping and limited quantity.
Specs and product description after the break. 

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March 7, 2014
Posted in Reviews

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DI VC USD Review (Photography Blog)

Tamron SP 150-600mm

After having posted a set of 40 sample pics, Photography Blog published also the review of the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DI VC USD lens (and more sample pics). The Tamron 150-600mm offers a lot of bang for the money and can be preordered for $1069 at Adorama or B&H Photo.

Some excerpts:

  • Build quality is very good, despite Tamron traditionally offering lenses at the cheaper end of the market. The Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD feels solid in your hand […]
  • The zoom ring is generously wide and has a ridged, rubberised grip band
  • The Tamron […]  benefits from a moisture-resistant construction
  • The Tamron […]  features a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) that allows near-silent auto-focusing. Importantly, this solution allows instant manual override
  • Chromatic aberrations […] are impressively well controlled with this lens
  • [bokeh:] an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades for a pleasing rendering of the out-of-focus highlights

From the conclusion:

The Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD is an excellent ultra-telephoto zoom lens, offering good image quality with smooth bokeh and sharpness, an effective built-in image stabilisation system which makes it possible to hand-hold and still get sharp results, and a price that certainly won’t break the bank. The auto-focus system is reliably fast, mostly accurate and very quiet too, and Tamron’s optic is smaller and lighter than the Canon and Nikon equivalents despite offering a bigger focal range.

Tamron SP 150-600mm

Image courtesy: Photograhpy Blog

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Product description and specs after the break.

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March 7, 2014
Posted in News

Interview With Canon Execs About Smartphones, EOS M2, 4K, Lenses, and more


The Canon EOS M2

Dpreview conducted an interview with 5 Canon executives, most notably Mr. Masaya Maeda and Mr. Go Tokura. The interview was conducted via a translator and is the summary of three conversations. Below some excerpts from the interview.

When asked if smartphones are seen as a threat, Mr. Maeda said:

We don’t see the smartphone as an enemy. We like to see it as representing an infrastructure which we should be making use of. If we make sure that we continue to produce cameras that do things which smartphones can’t, and we also continue to provide links between our cameras and smartphones we’ll be able to create a system which is of benefit to our customers.

When asked if we will soon see a really affordable full-frame Canon DSLR, Mr. Ken-Ichi Shimbori said:

We can’t reveal plans for our future product development, but as you know we released the EOS 6D in 2012, which is designed for the mass market [and he added that Canon will look at user feedback for this]

About Canon’s often mentioned conservative approach to technology and innovation:

[…] we are incorporating technological innovation into our products. The EOS 70D’s Dual Pixel AF technology is a good example of innovation that is unique to Canon.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF was born out of the concept of allowing the user to freely choose which kind of finder they wanted to use. The optical finder, the camera’s LCD or the screen of a mobile device via our EOS Remote app.

Was the Canon EOS M (price & specs) an experiment?

Well it was certainly an experiment! Japan and Asia as a whole accept mirrorless cameras more than any other markets. In the US, in terms of total number of cameras sold, mirrorless cameras account for less than 20%.

Will the EOS M2 come to the US and EU market? Mr. Tokura says:

It’s a possibility but we haven’t made a final decision yet. We’re looking at the market [more about this issue here]

When asked if it is easier to make lenses for mirror less systems, Mr. Naoya Kaneda answers:

In designing lenses for mirrorless cameras we have a degree of freedom, in that they don’t need to have a long flange back distance. Especially when making high-quality wide zoom lenses, it’s easier to design them for a mirrorless platform. A good example of this is the 11-22mm zoom for the EOS M. Its optical performance is very high.

There is much more in the interview at DPreview, for instance Canon’s commitment to videography:

People are taking more movies with still cameras. We’ve confirmed this trend […]  For this reason video is an important feature even on entry-level cameras, and one that people are looking for.

March 6, 2014
Posted in News

Canon Ranked Among World’s Most Admired Companies 2014 (Fortune)


Fortune Magazine Ranks Canon as One of World’s Most Admired Companies for 2014

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 6, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., has ranked among the top global companies, placing sixth overall and third internationally in the computers category of this year’s Fortune World’s Most Admired Companies list. In the international computers category, Canon ranks as the top Japanese company and the sole representative of the imaging industry. Contributing to their rankings, Canon has received high accolades for innovation, quality of products/services and financial soundness.

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