Impressive Canon ultra-high ISO full-frame sensor footage shot in complete darkness

Canon EXPO Paris posted a video showcasing the impressive performance of Canon’s prototype ISO 4.5M full-frame sensor. The Canon ME20F-SH camera is used to film glowworms in Waitomo Glowworm Caves in New Zealand. The glowworms are normally not visible to the humans eye. A comparison with a Canon professional HD camera is made (at 1:32, possibly Canon XA25), and the difference gets you an idea about how impressing the Canon ME20F-SH performance is. The professional HD camera sees only a light fluorescence when set to the highest gain (30db) while the ME20F-SH is able to get a clear image. It gets even more impressing. At 2:13 the ME20F-SH is used to shoot the glowworms in complete darkness. The video ends with video footage of the milky way

More Canon ME20F-SH coverage.

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Canon Rebel SL1 weekend deal, bundle with 2 lenses, 32GB card, more – $449

Canon Rebel SL1 Weekend Deal, Bundle With 2 Lenses, 32GB Card, More – $449

Adorama a has a very good weekend deal on a Canon Rebel SL1 bundle. The bundle includes:

  • Canon Rebel SL1
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III lenses
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets
  • Corel Digital Organization Creativity Software Kit, Includes PaintShop Pro X7, AfterShot Pro 2, Nuance OmniPage 18, FileCenter Standard 7
  • Lexar 32GB Class 10, 200x Platinum II Series Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Memory Card
  • Canon 100-ES EOS Shoulder Bag (Black)

The bundle is on sale at $449 after $350 mail-in rebate (info).

Canon 250MP sensor in action (with “turbulence removal” technology)

Thanks for the tipFotografiapuntoit shared a video on YouTube that shows the impressing capabilities of Canon’s 250MP sensor. The video has English text.

A 800mm telephoto lens was used. The advertising on a hotel can be read with the 800mm from 15km distance. What’s interesting is a Canon technology called “turbulence removal”, i.e. it can stabilise the “fata morgana” effect you have when zooming on long distances. You can see “turbulence removal” from minute 2:04 on.

Canon patent for LCD viewfinder through magnifying glass


Canon patent for a LCD viewfinder that’s turned on by putting a magnifying glass on the rear display. Sort of EVF on the cheap.The display area on the LCD display is reduced to work with the magnifying glass (that acts as viewfinder). If you look at the images above you can see what I mean. The viewfinder is flipped on the LCD display. If we will ever see this go into production it will likely be featured on entry level cameras.

  • Patent Publication No. 2015-171116
    • Published 2015.9.28
    • Filing date 2014.3.11
  • Canon patents
    • Touch panel display
    • The touch panel display viewfinder if touched, changing the display area
    • Finder to return to the original full-screen display If you had to leave
    • Or finger touches, finder to identify whether touches
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Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM announced, ships in November at $899

Sigma 20mm F/1.4 DG HSM Announced, Ships In November At $899
  • EF Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • FLD and Special Low Dispersion Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Thermally Stable Composite Material
  • Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Sigma announced their new Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens. The Sigma 290mm f/1.4 will ship in November 2015 at $899. Pre-orders are available at B&H Photo and Adorama.

With a focal length of 20mm and F1.4 aperture, this lens delivers outstanding large-aperture brightness and bokeh, delivering unprecedented visual experiences.

SIGMA has extensive experience in leveraging its advanced design capabilities and leading-edge technologies to craft large-aperture prime lenses that bring out the full potential of ultra-high-megapixel DSLRs. As its latest achievement in this category, SIGMA has created an ultra-wide-angle lens with F1.4 brightness. With a focal length of 20mm and F1.4 aperture, this lens delivers outstanding large-aperture brightness and bokeh, delivering unprecedented visual experiences. Allowing the photographer to leverage the perspective provided by the wide -angle and the shallow depth of field provided by the large aperture, this lens is ideal not only for such ultra-wide-angle subjects as landscapes and starry skies, but also for snapshots in low light, indoor photography, portraits with a natural bokeh effect, and much more.

Art line delivers high-level artistic expression

SIGMA is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines: Contemporary, Art, and Sports, each with a distinctive concept. Designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power, our Art line lenses deliver high-level artistic expression. Offering astonishing rendering performance that meets the highest standard, they are perfect for landscapes, portraits, still-lifes, close-ups, and casual snaps. They are made for the kind of photography that unleashes the inner artist. A powerful ally in every genre of photography, SIGMA’s Art line lenses excel both in the studio for formal works and outdoors for impressive shots of architecture, starry skies, and many other scenes.

More at Sigma.