July 13, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Magic Lantern Raw on the Canon EOS 50D Review (EOSHD)

Andrew Reid from EOSHD posted a comprehensive review with lots of tech talk and details about how the Magic Lantern RAW hack performs on the since long discontinued Canon EOS 50D (here on eBay). The EOS 50D was never thought to shot video, although someone discovered it has a microphone socket.

If you are into this things, if you want to recycle your old 50D and start shot some video, then this review is for you. The hack is still under development, but it already works fine. Quoting EOSHD:


  • Best of the APS-C Canons for raw video
  • 14bit uncompressed raw video at up to 30fps
  • Good flexibility in terms of resolutions and aspect ratios
  • Useful crop mode with extremely high image quality
  • Good dynamic range and low light performance
  • Superb build quality and extensive manual control
  • Extremely cheap on the used market and relatively common
  • Well suited to anamorphic lenses
  • Bonus H.264 1920x1080p recording mode


  • 5D Mark III is superior
  • Full sensor mode resolution limited to 1584 x 1058
  • Requires anamorphic lens to get the best of the full sensor mode
  • Moire and aliasing unless using 1:1 crop mode
  • Although a cheap camera body, requires expensive CF cards
  • Poor LCD visibility in strong sunlight
  • No articulated screen as found on newer Canon DSLRs
  • Glitchy exposure in crop mode, currently
  • Currently some disturbing bugs such as incorrect black levels and magenta tints

Magic Lantern RAW Hack

July 12, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon EOS M Kit with EF-M 18-55mm IS STM Back In Stock at Amazon, Price Still a Steal ($349)

The Canon EOS M kit with the EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens is in stock at Amazon for ridiculous $349 (click here). The other seller that has both kits still on sale is B&H. Unfortunately the kit with the EF-M 22mm is no longer on sale for $299.

Adorama, on the other hand, lists the EOS M as discontinued, B&H lists the white EOS M kit with EF-M 22mm as discontinued. It appears that US based shops are emptying stocks.

July 12, 2013
Posted in Deals

Super Hot Deal: Canon EOS 6D Body Only – $1500

EOS 6d

Top deal by eBay seller bigvalueinc: The Canon EOS 6D for just $1499.99 (click here). Free shipping, limited supply at this price. Canon EOS 6D specs:

  • 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • 3.0″ Clear View High Resolution LCD
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and GPS Connectivity
  • Full HD 1080p with Manual Controls
  • 11-Point AF with Center Cross-Type Point
  • 63-Zone Dual Layer Metering Sensor
  • Extended ISO Range of 50-102400
  • Up to 4.5 Full Resolution FPS
  • Built-In HDR and Multiple Exposure Modes
July 12, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon EOS 70D Interview With Canon South Africa

Roger Machin from Canon South Africa talks about the new Canon EOS 70D and what exactly Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus means.

EOS 70D specs:

  • 20.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Live View
  • 3.0″ 1,040k-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video with Move Servo AF
  • Built-In Wireless Connectivity
  • 19-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Continuous Shooting Rate Up to 7 fps
  • ISO 100-12800 (Expandable to ISO 25600)
  • Scene Intelligent Auto Mode

The following shops accept pre-orders for the Canon EOS 70D:

Or check if the EOS 70D is available in your country: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay


[via photocomment]

July 12, 2013
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Posted in patents

Canon Patent: More Pancake By Canon (45mm, 40mm, 35mm, 28mm, all f/2.8)

Canon Patent

45mm f/2.8

Canon Patent

35mm f/2.8

Canon Patent

40mm f/2.8

Canon Patent

28mm f/2.8

Japanese site Egami (translated) spotted new patents filed by Canon. All are for f/2.8 pancake lenses: 45mm, 40mm, 35mm, 28mm. Canon has two pancake lenses in their line-up: the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM and the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM

  • Patent Publication No. 2013-137411
    • Publication date 2013.7.11
    • Filing date 2011.12.28
  • Example
    Focal length Fno. Half angle Configuration length Total length BF
    One 45.00 2.80 25.68 20.00 57.99 37.99
    Two 39.00 2.80 29.02 23.50 62.50 39.00
    Three 35.00 2.80 31.72 25.00 63.01 38.01
    Four 28.00 2.80 37.69 27.00 65.00 38.00

    Image height = 21.64mm

  • Canon patent
    • The longer the focus back a Gaussian type, field curvature occurs
    • 2-group configuration positive positive, Gauss type


Canon Patent


Canon Patent




July 12, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens Review (ephotozine)

EF-S 55-250mm

Canon EF-S 55-250mm 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay

ephotozine reviewed the Canon EF-S 55-250mm 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II, an inexpensive (it’s usually less than $300), lightweight and popular zoom lens with a 4 stop image stabiliser. In the conclusion they write:

For a budget lens, this optic performs pretty well, striking a good balance between build, image quality and price. The light weight of the lens makes this lens no hassle to keep stowed in a camera bag for when it’s needed and the four stop image stabiliser will help users to make the most of the telephoto reach on offer. Although this is a basic lens, it will still win over many fans due to its ability to deliver sharp images.

The review comes with test charts and sample pictures.

EF-S 55-250mm

July 11, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon EOS C500 and EOS C300 Discounted Up To $3000

EOS C300

Canon EOS C300


Canon EOS C300:

  • Super 35mm-Size CMOS Sensor
  • PL Lens Mount to Accept Cinema Lenses
  • Canon XF Codec – 4:2:2 50 Mb/s MPEG-2
  • 1920 x 1080i60 & True 24p Recording
  • Rotating 4″, 1.23 Mp LCD Monitor
  • HD-SDI Output, XLR Inputs
  • Dual CF Card Slots
  • Timecode I/O, Genlock In & Sync Out
  • Canon Log Gamma
  • Modular Design: Removable Grip & Monitor

B&H has concrete discounts on the Canon EOS C300 and EOS C500 Cinema cameras, for both the EF and PL mount versions.

Canon EOS C500:

  • 4K RAW (4096 x 2160) Output
  • EF Lens Mount for Broad Compatibility
  • 8.8 Mp Super 35mm-Size CMOS Sensor
  • Also Puts Out 2K, Quad HD & Full HD
  • 2x 3G-SDI Outputs
  • 50 Mb/s Proxy HD Recording to CF Card
  • 10-Bit 4K RAW at Up to 60p
  • 10-Bit 4K Half RAW at Up to 120p
  • 12-Bit 2K 4:4:4 Signal at Up to 60p
  • Canon Log Gamma




C500 Menu Simulator

Canon EOS C500