The Obsession Experiment, an introduction to Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000

Recently Canon announced the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000, a new professional 17 inch photo printer with the same red branding as “L” lenses.The video above, The Obsession Experiment, was posted by CanonUSA.

Professional photographers are obsessed over the details, but we wanted to find out how obsessed. We invited three people to analyze the same print and used eye-tracking technology to trace every eye movement they made. In the end, it was clear, a photographer’s obsession is unmatched. Luckily, there’s a printer that’s equally obsessed – the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000.

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000: B&H Photo | Adorama

  • Max Resolution: 2400 x 1200 dpi
  • Max Print Size: 17 x 22″ (Sheet Media)
  • Print Speed: 17 x 22″ in 4 Min 10 Sec
  • Borderless Printing at up to 17″ Wide
  • FINE Printing Technology
  • L-COA PRO Image Processing Engine
  • 12 LUCIA PRO Pigment-Based Inks
  • Grayscale Photo Printing; 3.0″ Color LCD
  • Canon PRINT App, PIXMA Cloud Link
  • USB 2.0, Ethernet, & Wi-Fi Connectivity


A Canon EOS M3 review from the point of view of the photographer

A Canon EOS M3 Review From The Point Of View Of The Photographer

Canada based photographer Dustin Abbott posted his Canon EOS M3 review. One of the few educated and balanced EOS M3 reviews I’ve seen so far. In other words: a review written by someone who is actively using the EOS M3.

Usability, ergonomics, performance, all is analysed from the point of view of the photographer, trying out the EOS M3 in the field. Dustin Abbott points out some facts we also noticed in our EOS M3 review, for instance that the image quality of the M3 outperforms the EOS 70D, or the somewhat simplified menu (Powershot-like in my opinion). Auto-focus performance is tested in real world settings and with different EF-M and EF-S lenses. The EOS M3 is compared to the EOS M “Classic”. In the conclusion:

The Canon EOS M3 remains a bit of a paradox.  In many ways it is a far superior camera to where Canon began with the M series […].  But then there are areas where it takes some puzzling steps back.  In some ways it feels like a more unfinished camera then the original M despite brilliant strides forwards in some areas.  There have always been two distinct advantages for the M series when compared to many other mirrorless cameras:  1) Fabulous image quality and 2) the ability to use more than 70 EF lenses via adapter.  Canon has advanced the former advantage […] but seems to have watered down the latter, at least with the current adapter.  Much like the first M, however, the M3 ends up being more than the sum of its parts.  It has a really excellent build, ergonomics, and logical design.  […] Being able to carry such a small camera without feeling like you are compromising your ability to get stunning images remains a very heady experience.

One thing I would like to correct from my EOS M3 review is battery performance. I wrote it is not so good but after months of use I confirm what Dustin Abbott writes in his review. It’s 2-3 times what’s stated by Canon: with some fine-tuning and proper use, getting 700-800 shots with a single charge is possible. That’s way more than the 250 shots rated by Canon.

Canon EOS M3: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1,040k-Dot Touchscreen Tilting LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 24/25/30 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • Hybrid CMOS AF System with 49 AF Points
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
  • Hot Shoe and Built-In Flash
  • 3.5mm Stereo Mic Input
  • Full Manual Control

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[via Dustin Abbott]

Canon EOS 7D Mark II bundle deal, EF-S 18-135mm IS STM, PIXMA PRO-100, 32GB card, bag – $1,500 (Adorama)

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Bundle Deal, EF-S 18-135mm IS STM, PIXMA PRO-100, 32GB Card, Bag – $1,500 (Adorama)

Authorised Canon US dealer Adorama has a great deal on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. You pay $1,499.95 after $350 mail-in rebate, and get:

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens (reg. $1,849)
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer (reg. $399.99)
  • Lexar 32GB Class 10, 200x Platinum II Series Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Memory Card (reg. $19.95)
  • Slinger Photo Video Bag – Black (reg. $24.95)
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets (reg. $36.99)
  • New Leaf PLUS – 1 Year Digital Camera Service Plan with Accidental Damage Coverage (for Drops & Spills) (reg. $59.95)

Click here to access the bundle page. Mail-in rebate info is here.

  • 20.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and ISO 100 16000: (expandable to H1: 25600, H2: 51200) for reduced noise at high ISOs and high performance Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for outstanding image quality and processing speed.
  • High speed continuous shooting: up to 10.0 fps allows you to capture fast action.
  • 65-point all cross-type AF system: for high-performance, accurate subject tracking with EV -3 sensitivity (center point) for focusing in extreme low-light conditions.
  • Canon’s innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF: enables you to shoot video like a camcorder with smooth, fast, and accurate autofocus and lets you enjoy instant and precise autofocus
  • Stunning Full HD video: with Custom Movie Servo AF (speed and sensitivity) for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects, multiple frame rates including Full HD recording at 60p in MOV and MP4 formats and uncompressed HDMI out.
  • Intelligent Viewfinder II: provides approximately 100% field of view for shooting ease.
  • Improved custom controls: and built-in intervalometer and bulb timer for expanded creativity.
  • Magnesium alloy body: with shutter durability up to 200,000 cycles and enhanced dust and weather resistance.
  • EOS Scene Detection System: features a new 150,000-pixel/RGB+IR metering sensor for improved precision.
  • Built-in GPS Receiver: provides a digital compass, records location information(longitude, latitude, elevation and universal coordinated time (UTC)) as EXIF information for geotagging images when shooting.
  • 3.0-inch Clear View II LCD monitor: (approximately 1,040,000 dots) for bright andclear viewing.

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Canon EOS M3 firmware 1.0.1 update available (since July)

Canon EOS M3 Firmware 1.0.1 Update Available (since July)

Apologies for having missed this. As a true EOS M3 fan I shouldn’t have. Canon released EOS M3 firmware 1.0.1 back in July 2015. The firmware solves AF issues with the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens.

Firmware Version 1.0.1 (Windows | Mac OS X) incorporates the following enhancement:

1. Improves the autofocus speed of an EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM attached to the EOS M3 (to mount the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM to the EOS M3, the mount adapter EF-EOS M is required. The enhancement in the autofocus speed only applies when the lens is used with the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM)

Firmware Version 1.0.1 is for cameras with firmware Version 1.0.0. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.0.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

When updating the firmware of the camera, please review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.

Identification procedure:
If the 6th digit in the serial number of your camera is either 0, 1, or 2, then it is equipped with firmware Version 1.0.0 e.g.

xxxxx0xxxxxx, xxxxx1xxxxxx, xxxxx2xxxxxx

Cameras with serial numbers other than those listed above are equipped with firmware Version 1.0.1 or later.

Canon EOS M3: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA


Canon EOS M3

Canon’s 120MP full-frame sensor is not a Bayer sensor, it’s based on new technology [CW4]


Bayer sensor (image: Wikipedia)

I have been told by a reputable source (was right in the past) that Canon’s 120MP full-frame sensor is not based on Bayer technology. That means: not an RGB sensor.

According to Canon (as told by the source), an RGB sensor doesn’t work for such a high resolution, i.e. for resolutions above 100MP. The source stated it is a totally new technology that Canon is employing on their upcoming 120MP sensor. We are not talking Foveon or other stuff here. To be more clear: according to the source, with this sensor Canon will introduce a new sensor technology to the world.

Update: after the post has been published, the source contacted me saying it may be “a technology similar to Foveon”. We have a long row of Canon patents pointing to Foveon/Multi-Layer sensors.

The 120MP sensor was announced as a development project back in September 2015. Since then, we didn’t hear much about the sensor, except that it could go to market in 2018.

So, now the big question is: what sensor technology does Canon employ on their full-frame 120MP sensor?