August 19, 2014
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Lomography x Zenit Petzval Lens For Canon Available And Ready To Ship

Zenit Petzval

The Lomography x Zenit Petzval 85mm f/2.2 lens is the modern reinvention of a portrait lens that was highly regarded in the 19th century, and is now available and ready to ship.

The Lomography x Zenit Petzval Lens is a stunning reinvention of one of the first and greatest lenses of all time. Manufactured in Russia by Zenit, each lens is crafted from brass and features high-quality glass optics. The lens produces images with extreme sharpness, strong color saturation, artful vignetting and absolutely beautiful swirly bokeh backgrounds. For the first time ever, you can easily get the Petzval photographic look with Canon EF and Nikon F mount analogue and digital cameras.

The lens can be ordered at Lomography’s site, the price for the Canon version is $599. If you want, you can also get the first batch of the Petzval lens (black), but you have to pay $749. If you do, you will own one of the first Petzval lenses that have been produced.

The project started as a Kickstarter campaign that raised much more money than expected: the target were $100,000, but a stunning $1,396,149 was raised.

More details, pics and information after the break.

[via AP]

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August 19, 2014
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Canon EOS 1200D/Rebel T5 And LEGRIA mini X Awarded By EISA

Rebel T5 Rebel T5

The Canon EOS 1200D/Rebel T5 and the Canon LEGRIA mini X camcorder have been awarded by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA)

Canon press release:

Two Canon products honored with prestigious European Imaging and Sound Association awards

TOKYO, Japan, August 18, 2014—Canon Inc. announced today that two of the company’s photo-imaging products—a digital SLR camera and digital video camcorder—have been honored with prestigious product awards by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). The EOS 1200D (EOS Rebel T5 or EOS Kiss X70 in other regions) was named European Consumer DSLR Camera 2014-2015 while the LEGRIA mini X (VIXIA mini X) was crowned European Lifestyle Camcorder 2014-2015. To date, Canon products and technologies have won a total of 61 EISA titles on 29 occasions and have received awards every year over the past 26 years.

The annual EISA awards are voted for by a panel of editors representing 50 special-interest magazines from across 20 European countries. The awards celebrate products that were released in Europe during the past year that combine the most advanced technologies, covetable features, cutting-edge design and outstanding value. Started in 1982, this year marks the EISA awards’ 33rd year.

European Consumer DSLR Camera 2014-2015: EOS 1200D

Named European Consumer DSLR Camera 2014-2015, the compact, lightweight Canon EOS 1200D realizes enhanced ease of use, making it an ideal entry-level digital SLR camera for both “newcomers to photography and experienced users on a budget.” Featuring an approximately 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processor, the camera delivers “high-quality images with good dynamic range and low noise up to ISO 1,600 and beyond.” About EOS Companion, the company’s free dedicated smartphone application for the European market, the EISA jury panel noted it helps users to “get the most out of the camera.” Additionally, according to the judges, the EOS 1200D offers “exceptional value for money” thanks to such additional features as a 460,000-dot LCD screen, a 63-zone dual-layer metering sensor, in-camera lens correction and a range of creative filters.

European Lifestyle Camcorder 2014-2015: LEGRIA mini X

Winner of the European Lifestyle Camcorder 2014-2015 award, the diminutive Canon LEGRIA mini X takes its predecessor’s “original innovative concept even further.” Called “multi-talented” by the EISA jury panel, the digital creative camcorder was recognized for its rotating touch screen display, “ideal for taking video ‘selfies,’” as well as its adjustable stand enabling placement on any surface and ultra-wide-angle 170-degree lens that “captures all the action.” Incorporating an f/2.8 lens and 1/2.3-type 12.8-megapixel CMOS sensor, the LEGRIA mini X delivers Full HD video in both AVCHD (50i) and MP4 (25p) codecs while an internal microphone allows the recording of uncompressed stereo LPCM audio. The camcorder enables the easy transfer of files thanks to its “generous” connectivity options, including a 3.5 mm jack for an external microphone, a headphone terminal, plus mini HDMI and mini USB, as well as support for Wi-Fi, which also enables operation from a smart device. Concluding its assessment of the LEGRIA mini X, the EISA jury said, “Genuinely flexible, this is a perfect partner for your everyday adventures.”

August 17, 2014
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The Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Performs Better Than The Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 (in the center)

Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85

Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85

The folk at Lensrentals felt the pulse of the Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 lens. They did not test the lens for Canon EOS M mount, never the less I think the results are highly interesting. Says R. Cicala:

Let’s face it, everyone. Right in the center, even at f/0.85, the Ibelux 40mm is as good as, or a bit better than, the Canon 50mm f/1.2. Stopped down to f/1.4 (there’s no f/1.2 click on the Ibelux) it’s clearly better in the center. Away from center, the Canon is clearly better. This is an amazing optical performance, though, and for an f/0.85 lens, simply amazing. In my expectations at the beginning of this article, I never expected this lens to do this well in the center. I didn’t even consider it a possibility.

If you are a lens geek you can’t miss this post. It comes with charts, sample pics and a lot of technical talk.

The Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 is not a cheap lens, selling at $2,079.99, which is a lot of money for a manually operated lens. The Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 is available at B&H Photo and Adorama.

[via Lensrentals]

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August 17, 2014
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Hot Deal: Canon EOS 6D – $1,400

 Canon EOS 6D Top Rated Plus seller bigvalueinc (99.3% positive ratings) on eBay has the Canon EOS 6D on sale for $1,399.99.Free shipping and limited quantity.
August 16, 2014
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Some Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Surfaced


Canon EOS 7D Mark II mock-up

We are getting closer to the announcement! While very few information has leaked so far, some bits managed to surface on the web [via The New Camera]. For the time being the following specifications can be considered at least as plausible:

  • Alloy body – Same as EOS 1 series DSLRs
  • EOS-1 style top plate
  • 24MP
  • Hybrid Sensor – Multilayer + Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • No Wifi built-in
  • Not touch screen, super durable LCD cover
  • 12fps shooting (or faster)
  • New AF system

The fact that the EOS 7D replacement might not feature WiFi puzzles me a bit. Other sites were saying that it is due to the full metal body, but it’s hard to figure out (at least for me) that Canon has not the skills to make WiFi work in a full metal body. It’s just a matter of placement of the antenna.

There are at least 3 patents filed by Canon that may refer to 3 of the features in the list above. A patent for a multi-layer sensor, a patent for a new generation of Dual Pixel AF, and a patent for high frame rates for continuous shooting.

August 15, 2014
Posted in Tips

How To Use Highlight Tone Priority On Canon DSLRs

This is a rather useful feature on all recent Canon DSLRs, the highlight tone priority.

On this video posted by CanonUSA you learn how and when to use it. It’s a 1:33 min video. Check it to get better pics in difficult lighting with complex exposure requirements.

 

August 15, 2014
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Canon EOS 70D Kits Discounted At Adorama (up to $100)

Canon EOS 70D

Adorama has some decente discounts on Canon EOS 70D kits – click here to see them all.

The Canon EOS 70D is a killer DSLR, with an incredible AF (the Dual Pixel CMOS AF) that’s currently unbeaten in the industry. The Dual Pixel AF is so damned good that it outperforms the classic AF. It’s a technological milestone only Canon was able to achieve.

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