Canon Article Gives Insight Into Dual Pixel AF Upgrade For Cinema EOS C100 (no sensor swap)

Upgrade For Cinema EOS C100

Canon EOS C100: Adorama | B&H

The Canon Professional Network Europe published a short yet comprehensive article about the Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus update now available for the Canon Cinema EOS C100 (price & specs). The upgrade is now available via Canon Regional Competence Centres in Europe. If you read the press release it sounds as if the Dual Picel AF is already on board on the C100, since Canon states that the upgrade “utilises the existing Super35mm sensor in the EOS C100“. So are you paying €400/£340 just to unlock the Dual Pixel AF feature?

Canon has announced that a major feature upgrade – the addition of Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus – is now available for its EOS C100 Digital Cinema Camera via Canon Regional Competence Centres in Europe.

The EOS C100 is a large sensor video camera that’s designed with the single shooter in mind – it already offers functions such as One-Shot AF, Push Auto Iris, auto white balance and a built-in microphone to aid individual camerawork. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF upgrade for the EOS C100 will expand the shooting possibilities by providing smooth, accurate autofocus with a huge range of lenses. For cameramen requiring more precise control the responsiveness of the One-Shot AF function has been greatly enhanced with increased focus speed.

The upgrade, an extra-cost option, utilises the existing Super35mm sensor in the EOS C100 and can be booked in at the Canon Regional Competence Centres* in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden or the UK – see later on in this article for more details of how to book in your upgrade. * Please note: if your country is not mentioned below please contact your local Canon Video Service Centre to book in your EOS C100 upgrade.

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Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DI VC USD Review (Photography Blog)

Tamron SP 150-600mm

After having posted a set of 40 sample pics, Photography Blog published also the review of the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DI VC USD lens (and more sample pics). The Tamron 150-600mm offers a lot of bang for the money and can be preordered for $1069 at Adorama or B&H Photo.

Some excerpts:

  • Build quality is very good, despite Tamron traditionally offering lenses at the cheaper end of the market. The Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD feels solid in your hand […]
  • The zoom ring is generously wide and has a ridged, rubberised grip band
  • The Tamron […]  benefits from a moisture-resistant construction
  • The Tamron […]  features a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) that allows near-silent auto-focusing. Importantly, this solution allows instant manual override
  • Chromatic aberrations […] are impressively well controlled with this lens
  • [bokeh:] an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades for a pleasing rendering of the out-of-focus highlights

From the conclusion:

The Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD is an excellent ultra-telephoto zoom lens, offering good image quality with smooth bokeh and sharpness, an effective built-in image stabilisation system which makes it possible to hand-hold and still get sharp results, and a price that certainly won’t break the bank. The auto-focus system is reliably fast, mostly accurate and very quiet too, and Tamron’s optic is smaller and lighter than the Canon and Nikon equivalents despite offering a bigger focal range.

Tamron SP 150-600mm

Image courtesy: Photograhpy Blog

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Product description and specs after the break.