September 24, 2013
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More Canon EOS 70D Dual Pixel Auto-Focus Test Videos

The real technological highlight and the biggest innovation of the Canon EOS 70D is the Dual Pixel CMOS auto-focus. That’s not to say the EOS 70D falls short as a stills DSLR, but the new AF is a real game changer. We have seen many test videos, but the performance is so amazing that I think a few more won’t bother you, especially if you are into videography and want to learn more about the 70D’s AF.

The video above (by YouTube user canonplex, thanks to the reader who sent the link) shows a different view on the 70D’s AF. The two videos below [via dicahub] were taken while driving at 100 km/h (approx 60 mph) and pointing the AF to the road sign. Note that the AF area is larger as the sign (while far away from the sign) and until the road sign comes close it was not sure if the AF was focusing on the right spot – indeed, it did, and it did whit great precision. The video were taken using a production model of the EOS 70D and a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 VC lens, M mode video and f/2.8 were set. The tracking of the Dual Pixel CMOS AF is amazing!

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September 24, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon Deal: Canon EOS 6D – $1600

Canon Deal 

Another good deal by Top Rated Plus eBay seller bigvalueinc (98.2% positive ratings): the Canon EOS 6D body only on sale for $1599.99 (click here). New item in original box. Free shipping.

September 24, 2013
Posted in Rumors

New Canon Big Megapixel and Medium Format Rumors

Canon Big Megapixel

After a while a new rumor about the mighty Canon big megapixel camera. Rumors say that the 44.7MP camera is undergoing field testing. However, it appears that when used in 4k mode the batteries are draining way to fast. Canon is therefore still working on the sensor development and the software of the camera. The big MP camera could be announced (development announcement) late 2013 or beginning of 2014.

Another rumor concerns Canon’s plans to step into the medium format segment, and it appears Canon is serious about that. Canon could announce a medium format camera at next Photokina, availability will hardly be before 2015. Canon’s medium format strategy could imply an alliance with an already consolidated manufacturer, a joint venture so to speak.

Take all this with a grain of salt. There have been other big megapixel rumors in the past and so far they were either wrong (concerning the announcement) or very vague (concerning features). The MF rumor is pretty recent, and it sounds plausible that Canon would like to step into this market.

[via CR]

September 24, 2013
Posted in News

Tokina Joins the Cine Lens Party with a 16-28 T3.0 lens

16-28 T3.0

DSLRs are becoming increasingly more important for video productions. No surprise that lens manufacturers want to join the market. The latest entry comes from Tokina, with their 16-28 T3.0 Cinema lens. The lens appears to be an adaption from the Tokina AT-X 16-28 f/2.8 PRO FX lens. The Cine lens will be available for EF and PL mounts. The price published on Tokina’s site (translated) is somewhat puzzling: 580.000 Yen, which roughly gives 4350 Euro or $5437. That’s a high price tag, especially if you consider that the AT-X 16-28 F2.8 PRO FX goes over the counter for 900 Euro/$699. The PL version is set to be released end of September, the EF version for end of November.

The specs:

Focal length 16-28mm Filter Size 112mm
Brightness T3.0 (F2.8) Number of blades diaphragm Nine
Minimum aperture T22 (F22) Greatest dimension 123mm
Lens constitution 15 pieces of 13 group Total length 144mm
(127mm from head mount)
Coating Multilayer coating Weight 1,500 g
Minimum focusing distance 0.28m Macro maximum magnification 1:5.26
Support mount PL mount :4968808 -220 067Canon EF mount :4968808 -220 043

16-28 T3.0


September 23, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon Deals of the Day: Canon EOS 5D Mark III – $2550, with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS – $3649

Canon Deals

Two Canon deals for you. Top Rated Plus eBay seller bigvalueinc (98.2% positive ratings) has a superdeal: the Canon EOS 5D Mark III for $2,549.99 (click here). New item in original box, free shipping. Regular price is $3499!

The same seller also has the EOS 5D Mark III kit with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS for $3,648.82 (click here). Same condition as above. The body only deal is definitely the better one.

Product description after the break.

Canon Deals

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September 23, 2013
Posted in News

Canon and its Role at London Fashion Week (Expert’s Interviews)

This is a press release from Canon Europe. 40 Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 will be used to capture visitor’s best poses (see below to learn more). Videos can be watched at

LONDON, 12 September 2013 – Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, is once again supporting the British Fashion Council at the September 2013 London Fashion Week and Vodafone London Fashion Weekend events. As Official Imaging Partner to the British Fashion Council, Canon has a number of exciting initiatives underway to demonstrate the role of imaging in the fashion industry.

James Leipnik, Chief of Communication, Canon Europe, Middle East and Africa, commented: “Canon’s link with fashion is strong and enduring. During London Fashion Week and Vodafone London Fashion Weekend, our passion for the power of image will align closely with the creative skills of the world leading British fashion industry. Across a range of exciting activities that include printing an entire catwalk stage and working with an innovative fashion blogger, Canon will help ensure that great images from new collections shown in London are shared via social media to showcase design excellence around the world.”

Canon Professional Services (CPS) has been sharing its imaging expertise and helping professional photographers get the perfect shot at London Fashion Week events for the last eight years. The dedicated team of CPS technicians at the CPS centre at Somerset House will once again provide accredited professional photographers with advice, essential maintenance services, equipment loans and help with minor repairs.

As part of its initiative to support fashion designers, Canon has been working with Henry Holland to bring unique imagery to his House of Holland show and print his actual catwalk stage using an Océ Arizona flatbed printer. Canon will also collaborate with Ashish to create an instant Look Book about his eccentric and unique collection mixing Western and Eastern cultures, using Canon’s printing facilities.

During Vodafone London Fashion Weekend, Canon Fashion 360˚ Studio will provide an engaging, eye-catching and fun demonstration of the power of the image by encouraging attendees to look at an image from different angles. Visitors’ best poses will be captured by 40 Canon EOS 100D cameras in a purpose built studio and resulting images will be integrated into a four-second 360-degree film clip that can be immediately shared via the individual’s social media profiles.

Further highlights Canon’s sponsorship activities in London include:

  • Blogger Andy Torres from will be back to tell a story of fashion, from creation to catwalk, through a series of interviews with leaders from the fashion industry, including Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council, and professional photographer Clive Booth.
  • Visitors to Vodafone London Fashion Weekend can try out Canon’s latest products in the touch and try zone of the Canon Fashion 360˚ Studio, Experts will be on hand to offer advice and direction on how to use the cameras to capture the best fashion moments.
  • Canon is inviting accredited professional photographers to participate in the Canon Professional Network (CPN) ‘Best Shot’ competition to find that perfect fashion image.
  • As part of the ‘Shoot like a Pro’ initiative, students from the CPN programme will also have the opportunity to shoot the catwalk at London Fashion Weekend and enter their images into the student version of the ‘Best Shot’ competition to win Canon kit.
  • As the Digital Showcasing Partner at London Fashion Week, Canon will be providing live screenings of the latest in high street chic and haute couture, fashion shows, and designer presentations, in the Canon Cinema & Presentation Space within the BFC Courtyard Show Space at Somerset House.
  • Canon-branded buses will transport professional photographers to and from various locations around London for catwalk shows.

London Fashion Week (13-17 September) is the biggest event on the British fashion calendar, with over 5,000 visitors at this year’s event. It is followed by Vodafone London Fashion Weekend (19-22 September), London’s largest and most exclusive designer shopping event open to the public biannually. Canon is also a Principal Sponsor of Milan Fashion Week and a Key Sponsor of Paris Fashion Week, and Professional Photo Partner of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Russia.

For the latest information about Canon and fashion, please see Canon’s Facebook and Twitter pages #canonfashion.