History and Science of lenses in a 25 minutes video

What’s behind the technology we put in front of our cameras, optical technology and engineering, and how did it evolve? If you have 25 minutes to spare then have a look at this educational video by Filmmaker IQ.

Learn the history of the lens and its optical design and science from the early beginning as a tool to light up a fire to the multitude and advanced technology of modern lens designs.

[via Mirrorless Rumors]

Canon EOS 6D Mark II review (ePHOTOzine)

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (ePHOTOzine)

EOS 6D Mark II at a glance:

  • 26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 45-Point All-Cross Type AF System
  • Full HD Video at 60 fps; Electronic IS
  • 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • Native ISO 40000, Expanded to ISO 102400
  • 6.5 fps Shooting; Time-Lapse & HDR Movie
  • Built-In GPS, Bluetooth, & Wi-Fi w/ NFC
  • Dust and Water Resistant; SD Card Slot

Canon EOS 6D Mark II review by ePHOTOzine. They gave the EOS 6D Mark II a rating of 4.5/5 stars, which is more than you may expect reading the verdict.

From the conclusion:

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II gives increased resolution compared to the 6D it replaces, with no reduction in noise performance. You also get great colour reproduction, and an easy-to-use menu system and controls. There’s also a welcome update to the number of AF points, although the area is very centrally located.

The price compared to the original 6D is a little high. When the 6D was originally reviewed, it was one of the cheapest full-frame (FF) Digital SLRs available, and there were no full-frame mirrorless cameras (the Sony Alpha A7 wasn’t announced till October 2013). The 6D was also one of the most compact full-frame DSLRs available. So it had two massive selling points, price, and size. Now, the 6D Mark II no longer offers one of the cheapest FF DSLRs, and it’s no longer particularly small when compared to FF mirrorless cameras. However, it does offer excellent battery life, particularly when compared to mirrorless cameras on offer.

If you are looking for the review’s sample photos, they are here.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II is now available everywhere: Amazon FR | DigitalRev | eBay FR

Canon set to announce three tilt-shift lenses, a 85mm f/1.4L IS lens, and a new macro flash

canon rumors

Something leaked before but we weren’t sure about the reliability. Nokishita reports that Canon will soon announce three new tilt-shift lenses and more stuff.

We expect Canon to announce the following gear:

  • TS-E 50mm f/2.8L
  • TS-E 90mm f/2.8L
  • TS-E 135mm f/4L
  • 85mm f/1.4L IS lens
  • Macro twin light “MT-26EX”
  • Lens hood “ET – 83E” “ET – 88” “ES – 84”

The tilt-shift lenses may also have macro functionality. Some specs for the 85mm f/1.4L IS made it on the web:

  • 4 stop image stabilization (previously mentioned)
  • Flourine coating
  • 1 moulded aspherical element
  • 9 aperture blades

The announcement of all this new gear might happen at the end of August (likely).

Stay tuned, we keep you posted.

Canon Rebel SL2 (EOS 200D) shooting experience as seen by DPReview

Canon Rebel SL2 (EOS 200D) Shooting Experience As Seen By DPReview

Canon Rebel SL2: Amazon FR | DigitalRev | eBay FR

Rebel SL2 at a glance:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 3″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • 9-Point AF System; Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Native ISO 25600, Extended to ISO 51200
  • Up to 5 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Feature Assistant; Microphone Input
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth

The new Canon Rebel SL2 aims at beginners and people new to photography and DSLRs, and it seems Canon hit the mark with their diminutive DSLR. The Rebel SL2 not only is easy to handle (especially with the “Feature Assistant”, see video below) but also delivers DSLR image quality.

DPReview posted a “shooting experience” article about the Canon Rebel SL2, and along with it also a gallery of sample shots. In the conclusion they write:

Overall, the SL2 suits the beginning or casual photographer quite well. It has a very simple interface if you want to use it, as well as the traditional Canon menus if you don’t. Its Auto and Scene modes always seemed to make appropriate choices, and the resulting photos were in-focus, well-exposed and with pleasant ‘Canon’ colors, though they are slightly noisy. And when it was time to share my photos, it couldn’t have been any easier. Based on my experiences thus far, I’d definitely recommend the SL2 to friends and family looking for an easy-to-use and portable camera.

Canon really tried to make things easy for beginners. The “Feature Assistant” featured on the Rebel SL2 serves this purpose. The video below gives a quick introduction.

Tips on how to photograph the Solar Eclipse by Canon Explorer of Light Ken Slutke

Canon Explorer of Light Ken Slutke about how to photograph the Solar Eclipse. Slutke was interviewed by Time.

He gives some recommendations:

Sklute recommends three Canon models at different price points and skill levels, as shown in the video above. The Powershot Sx60 is a beginner level point-and-shoot bundled with a solar filter that can be purchased for $499.99. For the next step up, Sklute suggests the Rebel T7i (camera body only) for $749.99. On the more professional side, you can buy the 5D Mark IV (camera body only) for $3,299.

Once you have your camera, the next step is choosing a lens. You’ll want at least a 300 mm focal length to get a good-sized image of the sun in the frame, Sklute says. Focal length refers to the distance between a camera’s sensor and its lens. The longer the lens’s focal length, the larger the sun will be in the final image. Those who are hesitant about investing in an expensive lens may want to rent one instead.

Read the article at Time

The total solar eclipse will be visible in the US on August 21, 2017. The Canon Digital Learning Center has a lot of resources to get you ready.

Sigma product advisory for Lens Aberration Correction bug on Canon EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 77D, Rebel T7i and Rebel SL2

Sigma Product Advisory For Lens Aberration Correction Bug On Canon EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 77D, Rebel T7i And Rebel SL2

Sigma issued a warning for some of their lenses. These lenses (see list below) are not fully compatible with the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 77D, Rebel T7i and Rebel SL2. An error occurs during LIve View shooting when the “lens aberration correction” feature is turned on.

Sigma advisory:

Dear Canon EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 77D, EOS Rebel T7i, EOS Rebel SL2 Users

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We have found that some SIGMA interchangeable lenses for CANON are not fully compatible with EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 77D, EOS Rebel T7i, EOS Rebel SL2.

When certain lenses are attached to these cameras and the “Lens aberration correction” function on these cameras is set to “Enable” for Live View shooting, an error would occur.

Please set the “Lens aberration correction” function of the cameras to “Disable” when using SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for CANON.

In addition, please also refer to other notice below, related to the usage of EOS mount SIGMA lenses on Canon cameras.

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When the lenses listed below are used on EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 77D, EOS Rebel T7i, EOS Rebel SL2 and the “Lens aberration correction” function on the camera is set to “Enable” for Live View shooting, an error would occur.

[Products concerned]

  • SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM
  • SIGMA 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
  • SIGMA 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
[Usage Notice for customers who are using EOS mount SIGMA lenses on CANON cameras]

When using the SIGMA lenses for CANON, “Peripheral illumination correction”, “Chromatic aberration correction”, “Diffraction correction” as well as “Distortion correction” from the “Lens aberration correction” function of the camera are not supported. Therefore, we recommend you to set them to “Disable”.

If those functions are set to “Enable”, the performance of the lenses may not be accurate.

For further information, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary / distributor.
http://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/world-network/

We appreciate your continued support for our company and products.