November 6, 2013
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How Groundbreaking Is Canon’s Dual Pixel Auto-Focus? (so much to go on the C100)


Dual Pixel Auto-Focus

Canon EOS C100: Adorama | B&H

The most innovative feature Canon introduced with the EOS 70D is Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus, a new AF technology that allows for fast and accurate focusing in live-view and video mode. The AF technology works so well that it outperforms conventional AF. If you were still wondering how groundbreaking Canon’s Dual Pixel Auto-Focus is, then think this: Canon offers to upgrade the EOS C100 cinema camera with the Dual Pixel AF technology. So, not just groundbreaking, but truly game-changing. An innovative technology worth to be offered as upgrade on a $8000 professional cinema camera, and a technology that obviously can make a difference even on such a high level professional gear. A technology you can have with the awesome EOS 70D, available at a much lower price point.

Canon will offer the upgrade for the EOS C100 starting in February 2014 for the (relatively) cheap price of $500. The upgrade delivers the Dual Pixel CMOS AF, AF lock controls, focus presets and faster center-only focusing.

Available soon from Canon will be a factory-installed upgrade for the EOS C100 Digital Video Camera that will offer an autofocus mode to prevent motion artifacts during rapid talent and pan moves. The upgrade provides a new Continuous AF (Autofocus) Function for all Canon EF Lenses, apart from manual-focused models, using Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. A new AF Lock setting also lets you change the image framing while holding the desired focus point. These critical focusing capabilities are designed to enhance the smooth capture of moving subjects and achieve more natural-looking autofocus so users can meet their creative needs in even more situations.

C100 owners will have to send their camera to a Canon Service Center for the upgrade. Canon has a dedicated page for the upgrade, and there is also a Canon Professional Network article about the upgrade.

Canon USA press release:

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November 5, 2013
Posted in News

Are You Looking For A Different Kind of Photo Contest?

Photo Contest

Image courtesy:

Then look no further than Roger Cicala started the First Annual Photogeek Geek Photo Contest. There is a little more than one week left to participate (10 days left).

Things are a bit different in this contest, compared to “classic” photo contests.Roger’s introduction:

Don’t worry, my pixel-peeping photogeek friends, I know that your usual images of ISO 12233 charts, backfocus targets, dog and cat fur don’t lend themselves well to the various photo competitions out there. I know that a beautiful picture of a cloudy sunset doesn’t give you the opportunity to evaluate corner resolution, and that it’s impossible to assess for spherical aberration in an artfully shadowed nude. Yes, we could enter an superbly sharp brick wall in the architectural category of a normal photo contest, or a 100% crop of our cat’s whiskers in the wildlife section, but we know those ‘artsy’ photo judges never have proper appreciation for that kind of work.

These are the categories:

  • Sharpest corner – first prize: a lensbaby
  • Bokehliciousness – First prize: An early 1900s Baush and Lomb Tessar
  • 3-D Rendering of a 2-D Test Chart – First prize: A 24″ x 36″ Edmund Optics Resolving Power chart
  • Largest Number of Accesories Between the Lens and the Camera – First prize: 2 pounds of  lens elements from Roger’s bin (see pic above)
  • Best Picture of Stuff Inside a Lens – First prize: the Lensrentals repair team will get the stuff out of your lens
  • Most Distortion Corrected in Software – First prize: A distortion-free Holga Pinhole lens
  • Dynamic Range Demonstration – First prize: A pair of no-longer-available-to-the-public, totally geeked out T-shirts
  • Best Picture from a Camera without a Movie Mode – First prize: A Lomography Kunstructor Build-it-yourself film SLR Kit

Be aware of the following:

JUST SO YOU KNOW:  Yes, the contest is in fun, but the prizes are real. So if you’re the only one who enters a category (which seems pretty likely) you win the prize. If no one enters a category, I win the prize (it’s my stuff anyway, so that’s fair.) Although I suspect some of my fellow judges will have a catfight over the T-shirts, at least.

Entries must be received by November 15th, we’ll announce the winners over Thanksgiving weekend after the sales are over. Non U. S. entries are accepted but we’ll only be able to ship to U. S. addresses so you’ll need a friend in the U. S. to forward it to you.

And be sure to check all you have to know at

November 5, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon EOS 70D Review (Digital Camera Review)

Digital Camera Review posted their review of Canon’s latest mid-range APS-C DSLR, the Canon EOS 70D. Image quality for stills is good, as much as the other features of the 70D, but where the EOS 70D really excels is the Dual Pixel Auto-Focus, especially when it comes to video. In the conclusion they write:

Switch the 70D into video mode [...] and all bets are off. While the 60D didn’t offer continuous AF for video capture, the 70D does so, and does so with a vengeance. Continuous AF shooting video with the 70D is simply the best DSLR performance I have ever had my hands on, regardless of camera brand. I don’t shoot a lot of video with my personal DSLRs, but the AF system of the 70D has the potential to make even a video novice like me look like they know what they’re doing. Canon has had good video image quality for a while now in their DSLRs, but the introduction of this AF system raises their video performance to another level.

The pros according to the reviewer:

  • Good still image quality
  • Good ISO noise performance
  • Latest generation processing engine and technology
  • Touchscreen monitor offers quick control response
  • Exceptional DSLR video performance due to continuous AF

Sample pics and test charts can be seen here, images of the camera here. Final rating 4.5/5.

Canon EOS 70D
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November 4, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS – $1099/€976

EF 24-70mm f/4L IS

For limited time only: DigitalRev has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS lens discounted to $1099/€976 (click here).

  • Versatile zoom range for a variety of subjects
  • Macro mode for up to 0.7x magnification
  • Up to four-stop Image Stabilizer
  • Two aspherical and two UD lens elements
  • Fast ultrasonic AF
  • Sealed against dust and moisture
  • Nine-bladed aperture for soft bokeh
  • Filter size: 77mm
November 4, 2013
Posted in Deals

Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens – $199

eBay seller buydig (99.4% positive ratings) has the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 fisheye lens on sale for $199 (click here). New item, USA warranty,

November 4, 2013
Posted in Rumors

New Tamron 150-500mm Set To Be Announced This Week?

Tamron 150-500mm

Tamron will soon announce a new lens, candidate date is November 7th.

Rumors have word that it will be a replacement for the current Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3, but that it will have more range, possibly 150-500mm, and feature image stabilization technology (VC=Vibration Compensation). Tamron will just announce the development of the lens, pricing and availability will be known in Q4 2014.

The image above showed up in a Polish forum, the rumor came via PR.
November 3, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Canon Rumor: New Pro “1” Series DSLR Could Be Announced Before Summer 2014

Canon Rumor

A new rumour concerning the next top pro “1” series Canon DSLR. We are talking about a still camera this time.

NL had word that a new top 1-series body could be announced in Q2 of 2014. A price reduction of the EOS-1D X before the announcement of the new body can be expected. The new DSLR most probably will not ship before end of 2014.

No specs unfortunately.