February 5, 2013
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Ibelux Announces 40mm f/0.85 Lens For EOS-M System

40mm f/0.85 Lens For EOS-M System

This new and fast Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 lens was displayed at the CP+ exhibition in Japan. It's made by Kipon and the German company IBE. Among other mount types it will be released for the Canon EOS M (price & specs) around July 2013 (other mounts: E, MFT, M, and X). Price hasn't been announced yet but it is expected to be between 950 and 1200 Euro. For the time being this is the fastest lens ever released for a modern digital mirrorless system. German company IBE (click here) has a long history of high quality video lenses, so there shouldn't be surprises with the optical quality of this lens.

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[via mirrorlessrumors]

 

February 4, 2013
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Canon Young Photographer Of The Year, Awarded By The Times

Canon Young Photographer Of The Year

Image credit: Rob Stothard

Rob Stothard, 27 years young and from Leeds, has been named the tenth Times/Canon Young Photographer of the Year. He got a six-month contract with The Times, and will be trained and learn about photojournalism. And he will receive all the state-of-the-art Canon gear he needs along with a year’s membership to the British Press Photographer’s Association. As reported on the London College of Communication’s blog:

Rob studied mathematics at the University of Leeds and had been working in the city when he turned his attention to photography, applying for LCC’s MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course. Then in a desire to better his photography skills he threw himself head-first into a big international story by making the brave decision of going to Egypt to cover last year’s elections.

Rob explains “I had been interested in and travelled in the Middle East for some time and felt going to Egypt and setting myself up to cover the elections would be perfect. So I changed to the online mode of the course hoping it would give me the structure and mentorship I feel is difficult to gain as a freelancer fresh into the industry.”

“Aside from the help from course director Paul Lowe, the other staff and my fellow students, being part of a society of journalists based in Cairo has been an invaluable experience. Whilst my technical skills as a photographer have improved I feel the most valuable part of my time in Cairo has been learning from more experienced journalists how to accurately and honestly depict a complex political scene.”

Check out some of his pictures at the London College of Communication’s blog. Congrats Rob!

 

February 4, 2013
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Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Review (slrgear)

EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Review

The Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM (price & specs) is about to become a highly popular lens, at least this is the impression if you look at the many EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM reviews that are published. The latest comes from slrgear. Some excerpts from their review:

  • The 24-70mm [...] offers sharp results, but is also the subject of some controversy for its performance at 50mm. We tested three copies of this lens; the first and second had poor performance at the 50mm setting.
  • Stopping down the lens does improve its sharpness: corner softness is never completely removed to provide tack-sharp results from corner to corner on full-frame, but it is dramatically reduced. Peak performance is shown at ƒ/8 across all focal lengths
  • Results for chromatic aberration with the 24-70mm ƒ/4L were good: overall, CA is kept under control through the majority of the frame
  • On APS-C sensors corner shading is not an issue, but on full-frame: the lens creates images with corners that are significantly darker than the center. In the worst case, 24mm at ƒ/4, the extreme corners are a full stop darker than the center
  • [...] testing for distortion shows a complicated pattern with a point of near-zero distortion.
  • Going from infinity to close-focus takes well less than one second, and point-to-point focusing is lightning quick
  • the lens offers an impressive 0.7x magnification [for macro]. There is also some slight fine-tuning adjustment available for zoom and focus in the macro setting

As you have seen, they are nor very satisfied with the performance at 50mm (sharpness-wise). Moreover, they found inconsistencies among copies of the lens (not good Canon!). It is hence wise to test the lens at 50mm before buying it. The issues at 50mm reflect also in the conclusion:

Canon made a smart decision to offer a lower-priced alternative to its 24-70mm ƒ/2.8, in order to give Canon shooters of the more casual or economical nature a way to stay true to the brand name. Unfortunately the lens’ performance at 50mm stands out as unacceptable, especially when you consider [it] still costs $1,500. [...] So what is a Canon shooter to do? If you’re happy with the performance you see from our sample pictures, and you need or want the image stabilization and macro capabilities of the 24-70mm ƒ/4, then you should be happy with your purchase – assuming you get as good a copy as we did [...]

There is always the alternative to go for the good old Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM (price & specs), which offers a wider range and the same specs as the 24-70mm. And the 24-105mm is known not only to be a lens of proven quality, but also to have consistent optical performance.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

[via slrgear]

EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Review

February 4, 2013
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Visit To Canon’s Oita Factory (home of all EOS DSLRs and EF lenses)

Visit To Canon's Oita Factory

Mr. Ritsuo Mashiko – Image courtesy: Exposure Magazine

That’s the same factory where the Canon EOS 6D is made, the factory is located in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan. Exposure Magazine was invited to visit the factory. They were welcome by Mr. Ritsuo Mashiko, head of the Canon factory in Oita. All started in 1982, with a first factory built in in Aki, near the Oita airport. In 2005 the new factory began to work.

This is the factory where the Canon EOS 6D (price & specs), Canon EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs), EOS 7D (price & specs), Canon EOS M (price & specs), and all the other digital EOS DSLRs are manufactured, where the Cinema EOS camera line-up is produced, all Legria and XF series camcorders are made, and all EF lenses too. But there is more: The Oita factory is also the place where Canon builds and tries out prototypes and deploys technological pilot projects. Moreover, advanced automation techniques are applied in the production chain. The know-how developed in automation goes so far that visitors are not allowed to take pictures:

“All automation came from ourselves and we did it ourselves,” said Mashiko. It is acceptable that to keep the secrecy, visitors are not allowed to take pictures in the factory, except in the area of guest reception and cafeteria.

The design of the automation process is based on a cell based production (i.e. the assembly stages are grouped together according to the similarity of parts of the parts that get assembled, or the tasks that are performed; each cell is an autonomous steps that lead to the finished product) and involves men and machines. Unmanned vehicles go from one assembling area to the next. Clearly, being this a factory where highly sensitive opto-electronic equipment is manufactured, everything has to be clean and dust free.

One interesting thing in Canon Oita factory is that it is clean, no dust at all. It could be cleaner than hospital. Workers wear special white shoes in the factory, and visitors are asked to wrap their shoes with plastics provided by the factory.

This is the same factory I reported about a few days ago, the factory where the Canon EOS 6D is assembled and packaged in 40 minutes.

[via Exposure Magazine]

Visit To Canon's Oita Factory

Entrance to the Oita factory – Image courtesy: Exposure Magazine

February 3, 2013
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First Preview Of The Upcoming Canon 200-400mm f/4 IS 1.4x

It has yet to be announced, we are waiting for it since long, but photographer Joshua Holko had the exclusive chance to preview the Canon 200-400mm f/4 IS with built-in 1.4x teleconverter. The video has been published at Luminous Landscape:

Recently, Australian photographer Joshua Holko had an opportunity to work with a pre-production sample of the exciting new Canon 200-400mm lens. In the video review below Joshua offers us an exclusive look at this lens in action and he discusses his opinion of early sample images.

Cool! Really hope that means the lens will soon be released.

February 3, 2013
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A Little Bit Of Everything

  • A Little Bit Of Everything Canon Powershot SX50 HS (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay) preview at Digital Camera Review:
    • Even though it has a few shortcomings [...] the SX50 HS comes as close to meeting the “bridge” camera concept as any digicam [...]. The SX50 HS’s user interface is uncomplicated and its robustly constructed metal-alloy/polycarbonate body has very good dust/weather/moisture seals. The SX50 HS’s control layout is efficiently designed and all controls are logically placed and come easily to hand for right-handed shooters. The SX50 HS’s features Canon’s classic digicam menu system which is reliably logical, user-friendly, and easily navigated. The higher resolution LCD and large font size make reading menus simple. This remarkably easy to use, though somewhat chunky digicam, can capture images or HD videos of just about anything – from expansive landscapes to telephoto shots of distant subjects, from macro images to classic portraits, from extreme sports to candid street shots.
February 3, 2013
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It Takes 40 Minutes To Make A Canon EOS 6D

40 minutes to make a Canon EOS 6D

Image courtesy: Exposure Magazine

Exposure Magazine made a visit at the Canon factory in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan. They had a chance to observe the highly automatized production process of the Canon EOS 6D (price & specs). The process deploys along 15 production stages, and it takes 40 minutes to make a Canon EOS 6D, packaged and ready to ship.

The sensor is mounted at the first stage, stages 2-6 is where all the other components are installed. Screws are automatically inserted and tightened at stage 7. The following stages are dedicated to various quality controls. The camera is tested for the electronics, the mechanical parts, and for the overall photographic performance. Finally, at stage 15 the camera is packaged and ready for shipment.

The same production process is used also for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs), EOS 7D (price & specs), Canon EOS M (price & specs), and the Legria camcorder.

B&H still has a cool EOS 6D deal going on: the 6D body with a Lowepro – Adventura 170 Shoulder Bag and a Lexar – 16GB SDHC Memory Card Professional Class 10 UHS-I memory card for $1899 (click here). Or take the EOS 6D plus the EF 24-105mm f/4.0L and the memory card for $2499 (click here). This deals are part of the rebate programs that expire today, Saturday, 2/2/2013.

Canon EOS 6D Field Test

Canon EOS 6D price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

[via Exposure Magazine]

 

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