May 20, 2013
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A Bit Of Everything (And More Links For Magic Lantern RAW Hack)

May 20, 2013
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Update – Canon EOS M w/ 22mm Down To $450 On Amazon – Next EOS M Close To Be Announced?

Canon EOS M

Update: it is no longer $399 but $449. Still a bargain.

The Canon EOS M with the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake lens is on sale for just $399 $449 on Amazon US (click here). The EOS M with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens is on sale for $549 (click here). Great price for a very good performing mirrorless camera with outstanding image quality.

These sales appear to fit with the latest rumor about the next EOS M I reported about a few days ago. The successor of the EOS M could be announced this summer. Is Canon trying to empty stocks?

 

May 18, 2013
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Video: Canon Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D Hands-on Review (DigitalRev)

DigitalRev‘s Kai got his hands on the Canon Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D (price & specs), the world’s smallest DSLR.

Canon Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D features (from Adorama’s product page):

  • 18MP CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor: High resolution, low-noise imaging and fast performance speed, including 4 fps continuous shooting, is provided by the combination of the Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor and 18MP CMOS sensor
  • 3.0″ Clear View II Touchscreen LCD Monitor: A 3.0″ Clear View II Touchscreen LCD monitor with 1,040k-dot resolution provides clear composition and playback viewing even in bright light. Its smudge-resistant coating keeps the monitor clear
  • Full HD 1080 Video Capture: Full HD Movie mode supports Movie Servo for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects during recording. When shooting video with one of Canon’s STM lenses, Movie Servo AF takes advantage of the lens’ stepping motor (STM) for smooth and quiet continuous autofocus
  • Compact Form Factor: The Rebel SL1 is a particularly compact and lightweight DSLR, weighing approximately 13 oz
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens: The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens offers wide-angle to standard length shooting capability specifically designed for APS-C cameras. It is equivalent to a 28.8-88mm focal length in the 35mm format and its minimum focus distance is 9.8″
  • Lens Compatibility: The Canon Rebel SL1 is compatible with all EF and EF-S lenses
  • 9-point Autofocus System: A 9-point AF system (including a high-precision dual-cross center point) provides fast and accurate autofocus performance when shooting with the viewfinder. The Center AF point is AF cross-type at f/5.6, Center AF point is vertical line-sensitive at f/2.8
  • Hybrid CMOS AF II: The Hybrid CMOS AF System is utilized when shooting photos and video in Live View. Combining two different kinds of AF-phase and contrast detection-continuous focus tracking becomes faster and more accurate than ever before in Live View
  • ISO Range: An ISO Range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600) provides low-noise capture in low light situations and saturated colors in bright conditions
  • Continuous Shooting: The Rebel SL1 offers continuous shooting rates of 4 fps for up to 7 consecutive RAW files or 28 full resolution JPEG files
  • Video Snapshot: With the Video Snapshot feature, the SL1 captures short video clips (of 2, 4 or 8 seconds) and combines them automatically into one video file as a snapshot or highlights album
  • Optical Viewfinder: The SL1 features an Optical Viewfinder with 0.87x magnification. Shooting with the optical viewfinder ensures steadier images and is effective when shooting in bright conditions when shooting rapidly
  • Scene Intelligent Auto: Scene Intelligent Auto Mode automatically delivers optimally adjusted photos and offers improved scene detection for better results when shooting at night
  • Special Scene Modes: Special Scene Modes including Kids, Food and Candlelight give you advanced presets to ensure the best possible photos under difficult shooting conditions
  • Creative Filters: Creative Filters add expressive touches to your images and can be seen in real time when shooting in Live View
  • Effect Shot Mode and Background Simulation: The Effect Shot feature automatically captures two shots simultaneously: one without effect and one with a Picture Style or Creative Filter effect. This makes it easy to see how each effect changes the photo without compromising the original image
  • Lens Aberration Correction: The SL1 features lens correction tools that compensate for specific lens characteristics that can affect image quality. Peripheral Illumination Correction adjusts light falloff in the corner of an image based on the type of lens being used
  • JPEG Resizing and In-camera Cropping: For images easier to email, the SL1 can resize JPEG files in-camera, while leaving the original image untouched. And because the SL1 creates large 18MP images, in-camera cropping creates files large enough for direct printing or other purposes
  • Photobook Set-up: Photobook Set-up feature allows you to share you images in book form. Users can easily choose specific images, images in a folder and even all images, then specify their sequence and layout. The results can be printed in book form with ease
  • Optional GPS Compatibility: With the optional GPS Receiver GP-E2 attached to the hot shoe or the digital terminal, the SL1 can record location, including latitude, longitude and altitude and has the ability to track the trajectory of movement with its logging function
  • Supported Languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese
May 17, 2013
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Canon PowerShot N Review (ephotozine)

ephotozine published their comprehensive review of the Canon Powershot N, a true fun-cam with built-in WiFi. Test charts, sample images and more.

Core specs (from B&H’s product page):

  • 12.1MP High Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 8x f/3.0 Optical Zoom Lens
  • 28-224mm Focal Length Equivalency
  • 2.8″ Capacitive Tilt-Touch LCD Panel
  • 1080p Full HD Video Capture
  • Built-in Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • One-Touch Mobile Device Connect Button
  • Creative Shot Mode

Canon Powershot N price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Powershot N
May 17, 2013
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Hot Deal: Canon Rebel T4i w/ 18-55mm IS and 55-250mm IS and Lots Of Accessories – $750

Rebel T4i

Top rated plus eBay seller getitdigital (>41000 ratings, 99.6% positive) has a very good deal going on: the Canon Rebel T4i/EOS 650D with the 18-55mm IS and the 55-250mm IS lens, and lot of accessories (see image above) on sale for $749.99 (click here). Free shipping.

May 17, 2013
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Want To Clean Your Canon Lens? Learn How To

Canon Lens

Image courtesy: PetaPixel

Roger Cicala posted an interesting article on PetaPixel. You know that pesky dust spots you see in your Canon lens? Well, they are not really a problem, as Roger states:

Here’s a question I get asked about 15 times a week: “How can I get the dust out of my lens?” The right answer is you don’t. All lenses have dust in them and it doesn’t affect the images at all 99% of the time. Even if you clean it all out, it will be back after you use the lens a few times.

However, there are some situations where you really want to open the lens and get rid of the dust. Be aware that opening a lens voids guaranty, and that it is a potential risky affair. Be sure to read the warnings before you proceed. The following Canon lenses are covered in the article.

  • Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS(Canon 24-105, 24-70 f/4 IS, 24-70 f/2.8 II)
  • Canon 85mm f/1.2 L
  • Canon 85mm f/1.8 (Canon 100m f/2)
  • Canon 70-200 f/2.8 NON IS (Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS I and II)
  • Canon 100-400 IS L (Canon 28-300 IS L)

[via PetaPixel]

May 17, 2013
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Canon Patent: 500mm f/4 & f/5.6, 600mm f/4, 800mm f/5.6

Canon Patent

Canon Patent

Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon regarding 500mm f/4, 500mm f/5.6, 600mm  f/4 and 800mm f/5.6 lenses.

Canon Patent

  • Patent Publication No. 2013-92575
    • Publication date 2013.5.16
    • Filing date 2011.10.24
  • Example
    embodiment
    No.
    Focal length [mm]
    Fno.
    Half angle [°]
    Total length [mm]
    BF [mm]
    Front lens diameter [mm]
    One 584.99 4.12 2.12 420.00 89.03 141.99
    Two 779.99 5.80 1.59 460.00 97.84 134.48
    Three 488.99 4.11 2.53 320.00 61.00 119.00
    Four 488.99 5.70 2.53 280.01 65.01 85.79
    Five 584.96 4.12 2.12 420.00 88.88 141.98

    Image height 21.64mm

  • How to reduce the size of the large-aperture super telephoto lens
    • Effective diameter of the first group with the largest
    • I reduce the number of the first group
      • It is necessary to reduce aberration by increasing the number
      • Can not reduce the aberration and reduce the number
    • I increase a refractive power of the first group
      • The thickness of the lens increases, the effect of weight reduction is canceled
      • Impact of manufacturing error is large high refractive index
  • Canon patent
    • The aspherical in the first group
    • Performing a variance of sensitivity was composed of opposite sign component of the first group, and also, prevent an increase in thickness
    • DOE is provided to correct chromatic aberration with a small number of lenses
    • Inner focus
    • Anti-shake
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