A new Canon 50mm lens coming? [CW3]

A New Canon 50mm Lens Coming? [CW3]

Canon is rumored to announce soon a new 50mm lens. The question is: what kind of 50mm lens, and which of the Canon 50mm lenses will get replaced?

Canon currently has three 50mm lenses on offer: the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM (introduced recently, replaced the EF 50mm f/1.8), the EF 50mm f/1.4 (introduced over 30 years ago), and the EF 50mm f/1.2L.

The rumor suggests that despite what you may think, it might not be the EF 50mm f/1.4 that gets replaced but the EF 50mm f/1.2L (released in 2001). Honestly, I do not know which one may get replaced. The EF 50mm f/1.4 appears to be the obvious candidate but anything is possible, especially since Sigma introduced their outstanding 50mm f/1.4 lens. It may also be possible that Canon will feature STM or Nano USM technology on a new 50mm lens.

Stay tuned…

[via Canon Rumors]

Canon EOS 80D has greatly improved RAW dynamic range (new sensor design)

Canon EOS 80D Has Greatly Improved RAW Dynamic Range (new Sensor Design)

Canon EOS 80D at a glance:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • 45-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Expanded ISO 25600, Up to 7 fps Shooting
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
  • RGB+IR 7560-Pixel Metering Sensor

DPReview posted the results of their tests on the Canon Canon EOS 80D‘s dynamic range.

The article is pretty interesting, and understandable also by non-engineers.

Previous Canon sensors have conducted the analogue to digital conversion step away from the sensor, an approach that contributed noise that limited dynamic range at low ISO settings (while still allowing the excellent high ISO performance that Canon’s CMOS chips built a reputation with). The sensors in the EOS 80D and EOS-1D X Mark II appear to have an on-chip ADC design that conducts the conversion within the sensor, shortening the electronic path and preventing this noise building up.

The results of exposure latitude and ISO invariance are striking. It was already known that Canon had a new sensor design (maybe also on the Rebel T6sRebel T6i and EOS M3 but I am not sure), now we have test results that confirm the new sensor design, and the better performance that this design delivers. The reason:

Canon’s previous design allowed electronic noise to accumulate after the amplification stage […], which had minimal impact at high ISO settings but limited the processing flexibility of low ISO files by adding noise that was visible if you tried to lift shadows or increase contrast. […]  Now that it’s moved across to an on-chip column ADC architecture, we should expect to see further improvements in future generations as the design is optimised. Read the article…

 Good news for all Canon fans! :-)Want the EOS 80D user manual? See here how to download it.

Canon EOS 80D: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

World-wide Canon EOS 80D pre-order links after the break.

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Canon patent for hybrid optical viewfinder

canon patent

Canon patent for a new generation of hybrid optical viewfinder. The patent does not refer to an electronic viewfinder. If I got it right this is an LCD panel that overlays all sort of information on the image itself (i.e. the image transmitted through the mirror to your eyes), so you can look at your composition and in the same time check all the relevant settings.

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-35525
    • Published 2016.3.17
    • Filing date 2014.8.4
  • Canon patent
    • During the pentagonal prism and the eyepiece optical system, providing two optical surface inclined
    • Since the light from the objective optical system is transmitted through the two optical surfaces, the photographer can observe the object
    • Since the light from the display optical system reflects the second optical surface and the first optical surface, the photographer can observe the display information
    • Display panel, display the shooting information at the time of the mirror-down, to display a live view image at the time of the mirror-up
[via Egami]

Canon ME20F-SH overview videos (the ISO 4.5M camera that can see in the dark)

Canon ME20F-SH at a glance:

  • Up to 4 Million ISO & 12 Stops DR
  • Full Frame 35mm CMOS Sensor
  • Canon DIGIC DV 4
  • Full HD up to 60p
  • HD/3G-SDI & HDMI Connectors
  • Canon Locking Cinema EF Lens Mount

Do you remember the Canon ME20F-SH, the Canon camera with ISO 4.5M (yes ISO 4,500,000)?

CanonUSA on YouTube posted two videos that give a good overview about the Canon ME20F-SH. The ME20F-SH is a hghly specialised camera, and it sells at $20,000, so it is not the nice camera you want to gift to your spouse or your childrens.

More about the Canon ME20F-SH after the break.

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS deal – $1,699 (reg. $1,949)

Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8L II IS Deal – $1,699 (reg. $1,949)

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS at a glance:

  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-32
  • Fluorite & Ultra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Mode Optical Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic Focus Motor
  • Super Spectra Multi Coating
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 3.9′
  • Eight Blade Circular Aperture
  • Dust & Moisture Resistant Sealing

Another great deal for a great lens! Seller AllNewShop on eBay (99.4% positive ratings has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS on sale at $1,699. Compare at $1,949. Free shipping. Please note: this is likely a grey import item.

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