November 7, 2013
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Canon Enters Monitor Market With 4K Reference Display


Reference Display

Well, this came as a surprise. Canon’s foray into the display market with a 30-inch reference display specifically designed for colour grading and high quality 4K video production. One more step to confirm Canon’s commitment to videography.

Reinforcing Canon’s continued commitment to the broadcast and cinema industries, the new DP-V3010, together with Canon’s Cinema EOS System, offers a first-class input-to-output solution for 4K digital cinema and wider video production workflows.

With a technical specification designed to provide repeatable, accurate output, the DP-V3010 is optimised for use in scenarios such as colour grading, where overall image quality and consistency are of paramount importance. Its ability to natively display high resolution 4K images and a range of colour options means that the DP-V3010 is also well suited for use on-set or on location, and for other digital imaging tasks including CGI work, Computer Aided Design and 3D animation.

For more information see CPN’s article about the display. The specifications:

Display Unit
Panel Type Panel Type IPS (In-plane switching) LCD Panel
Screen Size 30 inches (76.1cm)
Aspect Ratio 16:10
Resolution 4096 x 2560 (10.5 Megapixels)
Active Display Area Approx. 25.4 x 15.9 inches (645.1 x 403.2mm)
Pixel Pitch 157.5 ?m
Panel Driver 1024 gradations (10-bit for each RGB color)
Image Quality Brightness (Standard) 48 cd/m2 (DCI), 100 cd/m2
Viewing Angle (Up, Down, Left, Right) 89° (Contrast ratio 10:1 or higher)
Surface Treatment Low-reflection glare
General Backlight Type RGB LED (direct down type)
Power Rated Voltage: 100 – 240V AC
Rated Frequency: 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption At maximum load (including change in brightness through aging): Approx. 370 W
At factory shipment: Approx. 130 W
Environmental Conditions Operating Temperature and humidity:
41 – 95°F (5-35°C), 20 – 80% RH (no condensation) [Recommended: 59 - 86°F (15-30°C)]
Pressure: 700 – 1060 hPa
Storage /
Temperature and humidity:
-4 – 104°F (-20 – 40°C), 10 – 85% RH (no condensation);
105 – 140°F (41 – 60°C), 10 – 40% RH (no condensation)
Pressure: 700 – 1060 hPa
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 27.9 x 18.7 x 7.4 in. / 708 x 474 x 189mm
Weight Approx. 52.8 lb. / 24kg
Mounting Hole Pitch VESA Standard 200 x 200mm (7.9 x 7.9 in.)
Interface Input 3G/HD-SDI 8 (2 systems) BNC (75Ω) receptacle terminals
DisplayPort 4 (1 system, version 1.1a compliant)
Output 3G/HD-SDI 8 (2 pass-thru systems)
Control USB 1 (revision 2.0 compliant High Speed mode compatible) USB A receptacle port
LAN 1 RJ-45 terminal
Supplied Accessories Display Controller, AC Power Cord, Compact Power Adapter, AC Cable, Tip Prevention Fitting, LAN Cable, Rack Mount Bracket, Rack Mount Bracket Screw, Hex Key, Instruction Manual, Instruction Manual Disc

Canon USA press release after the break.

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November 7, 2013
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Tamron Announces 150-600mm f/5-6.3 VC Superzoom (Update)


Update: thanks to reader Steve, here is last year’s patent for the lens.

We thought it was an already amazing 150-500mm lens but Tamron surprised us with a even broader zoom range: 150-600mm, and it has image stabilization (VC).

Cutting-edge eBAND Coating*¹ and three LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements deliver superior imaging performance, while the latest built-in VC (Vibration Compensation)*² system broadens users’ horizons in achieving sharper handheld photographs.

Specifications and press release after the break.

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November 6, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon Deal: EOS 5D Mark III – $2865

Canon Deal

Top Rated Plus eBay seller getitdigital (99.5% positive ratings) has another pretty good deal: EOS 5D Mark III for $2864.99. Free shipping and limited quantity at this price.

November 6, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Picture of Upcoming Tamron 150-500mm Leaked

Tamron 150-500mm

Update: it’s a 150-600mm

It is a recent rumor that Tamron will soon release a new lens, said to be a 150-500mm f/5-6.3 VC. The announcement is expected for tomorrow, Thursday November 7.

CR posted what appears to be a picture of the lens. The Tamron has a new optical formula and will replace the Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3.

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
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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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