August 22, 2013
Posted in News

New Rokinon 16mm T2.2 for Canon EF and EF-M Mount

A new Samyang/Rokinon/Bower 16mm T/2.2 Cinema lens will soon be released for the Canon EF and EF-M mount (and other mount types). Should be released by the end of September. The Canon EF mount version is available for pre-order (click here).


  • Covers APS-C Sized Sensors
  • Standard Gearing for Focus and Iris
  • De-Clicked Aperture Ring
  • Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Depth of Field Markings
  • Min. Focus Distance of 7.87 Inches
  • Bayonet Mount Lens Hood

Press release:

Rokinon is thrilled to announce the release of its 16mm T2.2 Cine Lens in September 2013. The Rokinon 16mm is a wide-angle lens for DSLR and mirrorless cameras in both the APS-C and Micro Four Thirds formats.

This lens allows for an impressive range of depth of field, with its fast T2.2 aperture. With a smooth operating manual focus, the 16mm offers pristine sharpness and clarity. It is ideal for shooting landscapes, architecture and interiors, as well as enjoying unique perspectives and close-ups with shallow depth of field

The 16mm T2.2 Cine lens features de-clicked apertures and follow focus compatibility, which is ideal for video. The lens is constructed with a solid build, using 13 optical elements in 11 groups with 2 aspherical lenses.

Rokinon is proud to provide a wide range of mounts. The 16mm T2.2 lens will be available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Canon M, Fujifilm X, Sony E, Samsung NX, as well as Micro Four Thirds cameras.

Rokinon continues its mission of “Excellence for Less.” See these great lenses and many more at a Rokinon dealer near you or at

August 21, 2013
Posted in Rumors

New G16 and Powershot cameras to be announced soon!

Digicaminfo spotted pics and specs of new Canon compact cameras. These cameras will be announced soon:
- IXY 620F
- PowerShot S200
- PowerShot S120
- PowerShot SX170 IS
- PoserShot SX510 HS
- PowerShot G16

And here are some specs:

Specifications PowerShot G16
- 5 times zoom, 28mm wide-angle
- F1.8-2.8
- 12.1 million pixel CMOS sensor
- Faster AF
- Improved the time lag
Specifications PowerShot S120
- 5 times zoom, 24mm start
- 12.1 million pixel CMOS sensor
- Faster AF
- Improved the time lag

Specifications SX510 IS
- 30 times zoom, 24mm start
- 12.1 million pixel CMOS sensor
- Progressive Fine zoom
- Wi-Fi Built-in

Specifications S200
- 5 times zoom, 24mm F2 start
- 10.1 million pixels CCD sensor
- Progressive Fine zoom

August 21, 2013
Posted in News

Magic Lantern Raw Enabled Canon EOS 5D Mark IIIs Can Now Be Rented

Magic Lantern

If you still were skeptical about the Magic Lantern RAW hack, or were thinking it was not delivering cool and professional features, then think again. Lens Rentals is renting magic-lanternized Canon EOS 5D Mark III bodies. They write:

This camera’s firmware has been altered to shoot RAW video. It will still function normally otherwise, but we’re renting it as a RAW-hacked camera.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Magic Lantern RAW Hack Kit includes everything you’ll need to get started shooting RAW video with the Canon 5D III. Key features include:

  • RAW Hack Firmware (08/06/13)
  • Expanded Video Features: Magic Lantern gets you the most out of your camera by unlocking professional features like peaking / zebra filters, superb audio controls, and even a built-in intervalometer for making time lapses.
  • Requirements: Recording RAW video requires incredibly fast CompactFlash cards. Lexar 128GB 1000x cards are currently the only cards we carry fast enough for RAW recording. This kit includes one of the Lexar cards, but more can be rented here.

August 21, 2013
Posted in News

Canon U.S.A. Gives Up-and-Coming Filmmakers a Chance at Stardom

Canon USA press release:

Canon U.S.A. Gives Up-and-Coming Filmmakers a Chance at Stardom-Revealing Twenty Finalists in the Canon “Project Imaginat10n” Film Contest

Ron Howard And Bryce Dallas Howard To Select Five Winning Films To Be Showcased At The Canon “Project Imaginat10n” Film Festival This Fall

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 19, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced twenty finalists from the “Project Imaginat10n” Film Contest where amateurs and hobbyists were invited to sit in the director’s chair, showcasing their storytelling abilities by creating a short film inspired by a series of crowdsourced photographs. The project, helmed by two-time Academy Award®winner Ron Howard is the next phase in the “Project Imaginat10n”creative exercise proving Ron’s very own words that “we’re all creative.” Eva Longoria (film and TV actress), Jamie Foxx (Academy Award® winner), Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter), Georgina Chapman (designer and co-founder of Marchesa) and James Murphy (founder of LCD SOUNDSYSTEM) all directed short films inspired by 10 consumer photographs earlier this year.

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August 21, 2013
Posted in News

Canon EOS 70D Available by the End of August (Pre-Order Links)

Canon EOS 70D

The Canon EOS 70D (and the BG-E14 battery grip) can be pre-ordered at B&H and will be available by the end of August. Click here to see all kits.

August 20, 2013
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Canon Watch on the Road Picture #2

Downtown Manhattan shot from Top of the Rock

Travelling through the US for the next month. The pic above was shot in NYC from Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center using a Canon EOS M and a shoplink 14076]EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM[/shoplink] lens. Unfortunately the 11-22mm lens is not sold in the US, you should be able to get it from Canada or via DigitalRev.

August 20, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon EOS 70D Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus Test Videos and Samples (dpreview and others)

A short video by dpreview where they test and show the Dual Pixel CMOS AF of Canon’s new EOS 70D. About the Canon EOS 70D they say:

It’s become increasingly rare for any manufacturer to show us technology that’s genuinely innovative and unique, but that’s exactly what Canon has done with the EOS 70D and its ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’ sensor.

dpreview added a “user experience” section to their preview, be sure to check it out: there are more videos and impressions. Original video files can be downloaded.

More AF test videos at salon.web, sample shots (also high ISO) at Digital Life Innovator # and Digital Life Innovator #2 and Digital Life Innovator #3 and more samples and videos.