September 30, 2013
Posted in patents

Canon Patent: 18-270mm , 18-300mm , 18-200mm , 16-240mm , 16-200mm f/3.5-5.6 Lenses

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New APS-C superzooms coming?

Egami (translated) spotted a new Canon patent. The patent refers to 18-270mm , 18-300mm , 18-200mm , 16-240mm , 16-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lenses.

Description and self-interpretation of the patent literature

  • Patent Publication No. 2013-190453
    • Publication date 2013.9.26
    • Filing date 2012.3.12
  • Example
    No. Focal length Fno. Half angle Lens constitution Aspheric surface UD glass
    One 18.75 – 59.52 – 270.67 3.18 – 4.69 – 5.88 36.08 – 12.93 – 2.89 19 pieces of 14 group Three 3 surface Three
    Three 18.67 – 54.99 – 299.50 3.39 – 4.79 – 5.88 36.18 – 13.95 – 2.61 21 pieces of 16 group Four 4 surface Three
    Four 18.54 – 49.15 – 194.16 3.22 – 4.22 – 5.66 36.36 – 15.52 – 4.02 18 pieces in 11 groups Two 2 surface Three
    Six 16.53 – 54.38 – 237.95 3.42 – 4.72 – 5.88 39.56 – 14.10 – 3.29 18 sheets 13 group Four 4 surface Two
    Seven 16.81 – 47.39 – 194.13 3.32 – 4.46 – 5.66 39.07 – 16.07 – 4.02 17 pieces of 12 group Two 2 surface Two
  • Canon patent
    • 6-group zoom of positive and negative positive and negative positive and negative
    • Rear focus
Canon Patent

From left to right: spherical aberration, astigmatism, distortion, lateral chromatic aberration.

[via Egami]

September 28, 2013
Posted in News

Nauticam Announces Underwater Housing for Canon EOS 70D

Underwater Housing for Canon EOS 70D

Nauticam announced an underwater housing for the fabulous Canon EOS 70D, the NA-70D. Price will be $3300, estimated shipping: October 1, 2013. Features of the underwater housing:

Feature Advantage
Rugged housing body milled from solid aluminum 100m depth rating and built to last
Patented port locking lever Easy and safe port mounting, solidly locks port in place
Knobby command dials Can be operated even with thick gloves on
Patented housing locking latches Secure but easy to use
Rubberized handle grips Comfortable and placed for optimum access to controls
Lens release button Easy changeout of lenses without removing camera from housing
Drop in camera tray No need to preset controls, just drop in and it is ready to go
Fiber optic ports Optical TTL with Inon and Sea&Sea strobes
3 Bulkhead ports For optional HDMI or sync cable bulkheads
Viewfinder, 0.66x Enhanced 180º and 45º viewfinders optional
Laser cut stainless steel handle brackets For extra stability when using heavy lighting. Now even lighter weight!
Light mounting balls 2 handle mounted balls standard, mounting balls for housing optional
Tripod mounting points Important for macro video shooters
Control labeling Easy to find and understand control functions
Integrated Electronic Vacuum/Leak Detection System Status of the watertight security of the housing at a glance

NA-70D Controls (advantages/usage underwater):

  • Sensitive two stage shutter release (easy to gauge half press; gives fine control over the shutter release)
  • AF-ON Lever (strategically placed for easy thumb focus or thumb focus lock)
  • Front Command Dial directly under shutter release (change aperture effortlessly)
  • Rear Command Dial at left side next to thumb (change shutter speed without removing hand from grips)
  • Multi Controller Pad controls the 8 way selector (easily change focus area, even diagonally)
  • Manual Zoom/Focus Knob (zoom/focus the lens without a reach)
  • ISO Paddle at right thumb (very quick ISO changes; ISO has become a key control, especially for video)
  • Info Button brought out to left thumb (calls up the important info screen, in playback mode toggles histogram)
  • Playback button paddle at left thumb (makes reviewing images easy)
  • Q button paddle at left thumb (zoom, check critical focus, pan without removing hand from grip)
  • Mode dial (switch from P to Av to M modes easily)
  • AF Mode, Drive Mode and Metering Mode push buttons (easy to change with Canon’s push-turn style)
  • Focus Expansion Button (change focus area style quickly)
  • *, and Focus Points button accessible with right thumb (change focus points, lock exposure, plus zoom during live view)
  • Depth of Field Preview accessible with right thumb (programmable to several different functions)
  • Menu button near left thumb (access to all camera options)
  • Movie/Still mode lever (effortless switch from still to movie shooting)
  • Start/stop video on right thumb paddle (start video without inducing camera shake)
  • On/off  switch automatically aligns (no need to preset camera)

The following lenses are supported by the housing (not the complete list):

  • Tokina AF 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 AT-X 107 DX
  • Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
  • Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX
  • Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM | C
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
  • Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
  • Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
  • Canon EF 8-15mm /4L Fisheye USM
  • Canon EF 8-15mm /4L Fisheye USM & Kenko 1.4X Pro DGX
  • Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
  • Canon EF 17-40mm /4L USM
  • Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye
  • and more….

Underwater Housing for Canon EOS 70D

Read the whole press release after the break.

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September 26, 2013
Posted in News

From 4K to Photo: Adorama Pro Event Featuring the Canon EOS-1D C

From Adorama, click here for more details:

Adorama will be hosting a FREE event with world-renowned photographer and filmmaker John Huba on Thursday, October 10th at 55 West 17th Street, NYC.

Doors open at 430pm, and sessions are scheduled for 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm.

Light refreshments will be served.

Huba will demonstrate the revolutionary hybrid method of combining photo and video at this exclusive event featuring the Canon EOS-1D C. The only DSLR of its kind that can shoot in 4K, Huba will film a live fashion shoot with the EOS-1D C, then import the footage into Adobe Premiere Pro.  He will then extract still frames in 4K, putting the entire hybrid workflow on display from start to finish.

See the Canon EOS-1D C in Action! Footage from Nolcha Fashion Week!

About John Huba:

John Huba has been a sought after New York photographer and filmmaker for over two decades. His advertising client list includes campaigns for Ralph Lauren, J.Crew, Neiman Marcus and DKNY. Huba’s celebrity portraits of people like Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek and Anne Hathaway have graced the pages of such esteemed publications as Vanity Fair, InStyle, Men’s Journal, Town & Country and Rolling Stone.

Huba’s ability to reveal the universal humanness in foreign cultures makes his travel images instantly identifiable. His shoots for publications like Condé Nast Traveler and Travel and Leisure have brought him on location to Morocco, Vietnam, Peru and Africa to name a few. His Emmy-nominated documentary, “Hey Vinny,” tells the story of quintessential New Yorker Vinny Vella. Recently, Huba’s film “Seamus” premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival to glowing reviews. John Huba continues to travel and shoot all over the world, combining his photography and filmmaking skills and perfecting this hybrid method of shooting.

You can register here.

The EOS-1D C on sale at B&H and Adorama, and you can rent it at Borrow Lenses.


September 26, 2013
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Posted in Deals

Canon Deals of the Day: 5D Mark III, 6D & 24-105 f/4L IS, Rebel T4i & 18-55mm IS, EOS M & 22mm STM, Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye

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Five good deals found on eBay, all have limited stock.

Top Rated Plus seller getitdigital (99.4% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body only for $2,999.99 (click here). Free shipping.

BH-photo on eBay (99.4% positive ratings) has refurbished Canon Rebel T4i (EOS 650D) with EF-S 18-55mm IS lens on sale for $589 (click here). It’s the same well known B&HFull one year Canon warranty, free shipping.

Seller buydig (99.4% positive ratings) has the Rokinon (aka Samyang aka Bower) 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye lens on sale for [shoplink15819 ebay]$199 (click here)[/shoplink]. Usual price is $249. USA warranty and free shipping. Product description after the break.

Top Rated Plus seller bigvalueinc (98.2% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS M with EF-M 22mm STM lens on sale for $348.81 (click here). Free shipping.

bestopdeals (98.4% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 6D with EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS lens on sale for $2,189.99 (click here). USA model, new item.

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Product description of the Rokinon 8mm fisheye after the break

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September 26, 2013
Posted in News

A Bit of Everything

A round up of news

  • Lightroom Tip: Speed Through Your Photo Editing – lightroomkillertips
  • Double Up on Lightroom Adjustment Brushes – photofocus
  • The Ultimate Trick for Working With Skies – lightroomkillertips
  • Best circular polarizer filter: 5 top models tested and rated – digitalcameraworld
  • This Tiny, Digital Toy Camera Is Fun, Affordable & Surprisingly Capable – designtaxi
  • New Fluid-Filled Lens Combines the Best Traits from Human and Insect Vision – PetaPixel
  • Which is the Best High-end HD Video Camera: Sony F5, Canon C300 or the Arri AMIRA? – wolfcrow
  • PhotobucketCanon EOS M review – ‘‘safe’ starter option for anyone wanting a compact system camera – macworld
  • Adobe’s Creative Cloud Surpasses 1 Million Subscribers – digitalphotobuzz
  • The best photography documentaries to watch online for free – imaging-resource
  • Quick Comparison: Canon 6D with 35 1.4 vs NEX-7/35 1.4 and Metabones Speed Booster – stevehuffphoto
  • This Terrific Canon Ad Won The 2013 Emmy For Outstanding Commercial [THE BRIEF] – businessinsider
  • How To Create A Textured “Dodge And Burn” Look In Seconds – fstoppers
  • Humor: 10 Videos of People Using Their Gear in Strange and Silly Ways – PetaPixel
September 25, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x Technical Report Published

Canon EF 200-400mm

Image credit: Canon

The Canon Camera Museum published the technical report of the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x extender lens (Amazon | Adorama | B&H). About the development aims Canon writes:

We revamped four lenses in our EF super-telephoto lens series — the 300mm and 400mm in August 2011 and the 500mm and 600mm in May 2012 — to satisfy professionals and high-end amateurs. This product was developed with the aim of going one step beyond these lenses.

This lens is a super-telephoto lens with a built-in extender that has been newly designed so that one lens can cover a wide variety of shooting conditions and scenes. The extender switch lever lets users quickly switch the focal length range between 200-400mm and 280-560mm in one operation.

The lens carries a combination of fluorite and UD lens elements to deliver the image quality demanded of the super-telephoto lens series while also covering a focal length range of 200mm to 560mm with just one lens.

This high-power zoom lens is further equipped with superb operability alongside image stabilization functionality, reliable water and dust protection, and excellent durability.

The design carries forward the super-telephoto lens series’ design concept and sensibility suitable for a flagship model while aiming for a high-grade feel and presence. The lens silhouette, which tapers from the front toward the mount, expresses the beauty of converging light. Each part has been expressly designed so that photographers can give their full attention to the shot.

You can access the index directly:

September 25, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Sony’s Upcoming Full-Frame NEX Camera is Set to Compete With the Canon EOS 6D Price

Sony’s RX1 dissected

Our friends at sonyalpharumors posted a rumor heard from a trusted source saying that Sony will challenge Canon (and Nikon) on the full-frame front thru the pricing of their upcoming NEX full-frame cameras. It appears that Sony will soon announce two mirrorless full-frame sensor cameras, one of them (the cheaper one) is set to compete with Canon’s EOS 6D price tag. That’s to say that the full-frame Sony NEX will have a price tag very similar to the EOS 6D (on sale for $1499.99 on eBay) and the Nikon D600. I think these are good news: more competition will possibly lower the price of the 6D even more. The full-frame NEX that’s going to challenge Canon and Nikon could have a design similar to the Sony RX1 (see pic above).