November 4, 2014
Posted in Rumors

More On The Lego-Style Canon DSLR

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More about the “modular” DSLR.

Canon Rumors, correcting the previous leak:

[…] don’t think we’re going to get a camera that is fully modular, such as swapping out image sensors and that sort of thing. I think we’re going to see a camera that can maybe swap between an optical and electronic viewfinder,  as well as ergonomic changes depending if you’re shooting stills or video.

So, no lego-style DSLR as in the first rumour days ago, just a camera that can “maybe swap” the optical viewfinder with an electronic one (for what reason do you want to do this on a DSLR?), and some “ergonomic changes” depending if you shot stills or video. If for one minute you forget that you can “maybe swap” the VF, what else is there you can say it’s modular?

Doesn’t sound very modular to me but still a bit like non-sense.

Crazy how fast rumours change or get corrected, and how fast they get published. Got a good example yesterday after posting a rumor I got over a week ago, and that caused a lot of emails that found their way into my and others inbox and to some sites on the web. Good to know that even the shallowest rumour eventually finds a site to call its home :-)

Your opinion welcome…

November 4, 2014
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Posted in Reviews

A Bit of Everything (7D Mark II, G7 X, TS-E 45mm, EF 8-15mm, 5D Mark III)


Photographer Michele Clentano on Capturing Photo Portraits by Recording 4K Video with the EOS-1D C – PetaPixel


Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Lens Review – ephotozine

Overall, this old lens delivers excellent image quality, and a good range of adjustments for a reasonable price. However, it would be nice if tilt and shift could be rotated independently, and if it could focus closer. If you can live with these shortcomings, it is still an excellent lens.


The Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM, My New Favorite Wide Angle Canon L Series Lens – Thomas Hawk

[…] I have way more fun shooting this lens at 8mm and have found that beyond traditional fisheye subjects, this lens has opened up a whole new world to me when it comes to shooting more abstractly — especially with architecture.


Canon IXUS 265 HS/ELPH 340 HS review – Camera Labs

The IXUS 265HS / ELPH 340 HS is now the flagship model in Canon’s budget compact range. It’s the only one with a CMOS sensor, the only one to shoot full 1080p HD video, the only one with Wifi and it packs a very capable 12x stabilised optical zoom into a very compact and stylish body – always the trademark of the IXUS / ELPH range.


Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional’s opinion (by Bettina Hansen) – DPreview

Its 10fps maximum frame-rate makes shooting with the EOS 5D III feel like slow motion. For me, personally, I still prefer the 5D III and the EOS-1D X because I like a full-frame sensor. However, though I absolutely hated shooting with the first 7D, I found the second iteration shockingly reliable, fast and sharp – overall it is a very good contender for the price.


Jacques de Vos on uncompressed HDMI with the EOS 5D Mark III – Canon Pro Network

The latest firmware update – Version 1.2.1 – for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR includes a host of important new features, including uncompressed HDMI output, and one of the first videographers to take advantage of this was underwater specialist Jacques de Vos. He has established a considerable reputation for shooting still images and video with a Canon EOS 7D whilst free-diving and has recently switched to the EOS 5D Mark III, with very favourable results. CPN video writer James Morris spoke to Jacques de Vos to discover his first thoughts about shooting uncompressed HDMI output with his EOS 5D Mark III underwater rig.


The CameraStoreTV: Also the Canon Powershot G7 X suffers or the terrible Canonitis disease – Mirrorless Rumors

November 3, 2014
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Deal Alert: Hot Canon Bundles From Adorama (2 x Rebel T5i, Rebel Sl1), New Discounts

Canon Bundles

These deals got another $50 off! These prices are hard to beat.

Adorama has three excellent bundles on sale, all discounts are cashed in via mail-in rebates (instructions here). After clicking the links below, add all 3 items (lens, printer, paper) to the bundle. Then add bundle to cart. The free software is already included with the kit, no need to add it. Free shipping.

Rebel T5i bundle #1 – $749 (click here) after $350 MIR:

  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens – USA
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  • Canon Photo Paper
  • SOFTWARE: FXhome Ltd Photokey 6 Lite: Creative Green Screen Photography Software for Windows & Mac

Rebel T5i bundle #2 – $549 (click here) after $350 MIR

  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens – USA
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  • Canon Photo Paper
  • SOFTWARE: FXhome Ltd Photokey 6 Lite: Creative Green Screen Photography Software for Windows & Mac

Rebel SL1 bundle – $449 (click here) after $350 MIR

  • Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens – USA
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  • Canon Photo Paper
  • SOFTWARE: FXhome Ltd Photokey 6 Lite: Creative Green Screen Photography Software for Windows & Mac
November 3, 2014
Posted in Deals

Black Friday Starts Early at Amazon

Black Friday

Early Black Friday deals are on list at Amazon US.

One Canon related deal is also there: The Canon PIXMA MX472 Wireless All-In-One Inkjet Printer is on sale for 66.99.

November 3, 2014
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Posted in Patents, Rumors

Canon Patent for a 2mm f/1.4 Weather-Sealed Lens (action camera coming?)

Canon Patent

I totally missed this patent. Found it on Action Camera Rumors while surfing the web.

The patent was spotted by Egami (translated). The patent is for a 2mm f/1.4, weather-sealed lens. Such a lens could be used in surveillance cameras, or, as Action Camera Rumors suggests, for an upcoming action camera made by Canon. I think the lens in the patent will go on some surveillance camera (since Canon is already active in this domain). However, not all patents make into a market product.

Given all the hype around action cameras, who can say Canon is not planning one? Egami also mentions the possibility that such a lens would fit well on an action camera.

Machine translated patent description:

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-197128
    • Published 2014.10.16
    • Filing date 2013.3.29
  • Example
    • Focal length f = 2.03mm
    • Fno. 1.44mm
    • Half angle ω = 59.18 °
    • Image height 3.00mm
    • Overall length of the lens 32.17mm
    • BF 0.51mm
  • Canon patent of
    • Focus position of the periphery of the screen is displaced When mounting the dome cover
    • And suppress the deviation of the focus by changing the air space of the lens, depending on the presence or absence of the dome cover

[Egami via Action Camera Rumors]

November 3, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Canon’s Upcoming Multi-Layer, Foveon-Like Sensor Made By Sony? (Update)

Foveon-Like Sensor

Update: Jep, here too we got an email stating that “Canon will continue to use Canon sensors”, very soon after this rumor was posted. Since no email came from a known source I would normally not post this update. But then, since this new rumor is floating around…here was the update :-)

Original post:

A very good source told me that the upcoming multi-layer, Foveon-like sensors that was mentioned in a rumor weeks ago will be made by Sony. I give the rumor of a Sony-made Foveon sensor a good possibility to be true. This sensor is said to be featured in two new pro-grade cameras that will be announced in Q1 2015.

Beside that this rumor comes from one of my best sources, I think it is plausible. It would not be the first time that Canon mounts a sensor made by Sony on their cameras. Even if there is no evidence, it is almost sure that the new Canon Powershot G7 X sports a Sony sensor.

On the other hand, it is a bit disappointing. Canon has research labs and production facilities, and I would prefer if they go on making sensors on their own instead of getting them from others. Especcially if Canon makes more excellent sensors like the one featured on the EOS 7D Mark II.

A note: during a recent interview with DPreview, when asked about the G7 X sensor, a Canon representative said:

Q: […] we’ve learned […] that the sensor in the G7X is not made by Canon. Does this represent a new philosophy at Canon?

A: We select the best sensor, whoever the manufacturer is. That’s our policy.

What do you think?

 

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