October 20, 2014
Posted in Reviews

Can You Focus On A Flying Dragonfly And Follow It? (yes, with the EOS 7D Mark II)


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EOS 7D Mark II, EF 600 f4 IS II, f/7.1, ISO 320, 1/1600, manual exposure
Image © Romy Ocon – All pictures used with permission)

Thanks for the tip.

From all the hands-on and previews about the Canon EOS 7D Mark II I am reading, there is one thing that always always stands out: The EOS 7D Mark II is an auto-focus champion. There are professional photographers saying the EOS 7D Mark II’s AF is better than the AF featured on the EOS-1D X.

Philippine based photographer Romy Ocon is a wildlife photographer and he loves to shot birds in flight. He got a pre-production model of the EOS 7D Mark II and is testing it. While waiting for a good shot, he thought he could try the EOS 7D Mark II’s AF on a flying Dragonfly. We are talking about a 2 inch long insect here. And the 7D Mark II delivered! Below you can see a crop of the image. It’s simply amazing. This isn’t an easy task neither for the photographer nor for the camera. Kudos.

Mr. Ocon also wrote about the EOS 7D Mark II AF on a forum:

I’ve shot hundreds of frames at BIFs [Birds in Flight, editor note] in two days, in a wide range of lighting, with sky and terrestrial backgrounds, with varied plumage colors and flight trajectories. IMHO, the 7D Mark II is the best focusing DSLR (in terms of AF speed, focus accuracy and ease of use) I’ve shot at flying birds. I’ve not used the 1Dx though, so I’m not sure how the 7D MII’s AF compares with that body. But I’d certainly prefer the new camera over my 1D MIV and 5D MIII if my main basis of choice are AF performance and frame rate.

With the 7D MII’s amazing AF, BIF photography has become much easier for me.

That’s what Canon is doing: they make solid and well performing DSLRs for serious photographers. Canon does not make fancy gadgets, they make excellent cameras and lenses. And the EOS 7D Mark II once more shows that Canon knows very well what they are doing and what professional photographers want.

There are more sample pics shot with the EOS 7D Mark II on Romy Ocon‘s site, check it out. More EOS 7D Mark II coverage on Canon Watch here.

Crop from the image above (© Romy Ocon)

[via romyocon]

Amazon changed the shipping date of the EOS 7D Mark II to October 30 (previously November 28). In Germany Wex Photographie is accepting pre-orders for the EOS 7D Mark II (€1,699).

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October 20, 2014
Posted in patents

Canon Patent For 2x Teleconverter With Diffractive Optical Element

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Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon for a 2x teleconverter which incorporates a diffractive optical element.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-145870
    • Published Date 2014.8.14
    • Filing date 2013.1.29
  • Example 1
    • Focal length -109.09mm
    • Magnification 2.00x
    • 4 group 9-lens configuration
    • One plane diffraction plane (the first group)
  • Master lens
    • Focal length f = 293.76mm
    • Fno. 2.91
    • Half angle ω = 4.21 °
    • Image height Y = 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 275.41mm
    • BF 53.79mm
    • 15 sheets 11 groups lens configuration
    • Protective glass 1
    • Rear filter 1
    • UD 2
    • Fluorite 1
  • Canon patents
    • I and the diffraction plane cemented surface of the cemented lens closest to the object side
    • This arrangement can suppress the flare

[via Egami]

October 19, 2014
Posted in News

Behind-The-Scenes on Top TV Show ‘Homeland’ (why they use Canon cameras)

The cinematographers behind ‘Homeland’ reveal how Canon EOS-1D C and EOS 5D Mark III DSLRs and Cinema EF lenses have helped give the hit TV show its look. Video at CPN.

October 19, 2014
Posted in Deals

Hot Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III – $2,560

 EOS 5D Mark III Top Rated Plus seller getitdigital (99.3% positive ratings) on eBay has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $2,560.

Free shipping in US and limited quantity.

More good deals on Canon gear on eBay

October 19, 2014
Posted in News

Ouch! Football Player Falls On Sideline And Destroys A Canon L Telephoto Lens

That’s what you might call bad luck. For the Photographer. The player landed on top of what looks to be either a Canon EF 500mm f/4L or an EF 400mm f/2.8L lens mounted on a Canon EOS-1D X. The photographer is ok, the lens broken in 2 parts.

[via Photography Bay | video via FanSided GIF]

October 19, 2014
Posted in pics

CW Readers Contest – Most Liked Pics Of The Week

Ruzdi Ekenheim, Canon 5D MarkIII, 50mm f/1.4, Angkor Wat, Cambodia


Here is the first round-up of the most liked reader pics of the week. How it works:

1) Submit your picture with a short description on Canon Watch’s Facebook page
2) If you want like and comment the pictures from other readers on the Photo Stream
3) A selection of the most liked pictures will be posted every Sunday here on Canon Watch

Show the world what you are able to do with a Canon camera!


Daryl O Masterson‎, Sunrise …Tower butte and Navajo Mountain Page Arizona


Diego Eidelman‎, Way to the first floor @ Buenos Aires, Canon 7D + EF-S 10-22mm, 10mm, f/7.1, 0.6″, ISO 100


Doug England‎, Sunrise at Halfway Log Dump, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario, Canada – Canon 5DIII, Rokinon 14 f/2.8, 1/30 s @ f/16 ISO 200


Jaka Ivančič‎, Staring At The Sunet // Debeli Rtič, Slovenija // Canon 5D MK III + canon 17-40L F4 // ISO 100, f9.0, 30s.


Andre Yabiku‎, I leave the train just to shot this friendly old man, despite the rush of a big city he was calmly reading his daily. Shot with a 6D and 17-40 f4L.

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