June 3, 2013
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Mitakon Lens Turbo Adapter For EF Mount Will Be Released End Of June

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Mitakon Lens Turbo

I reported about the Speed Booster clone, the Mitakon Lens Turbo for Sony Nex cameras. Now, MXcamera released the full Lens Turbo for Sony NEX roadmap. The lens turbo adapter for Canon EF mounts will be released on 4th week of June.

Save this search in Slidoo to get notified when there will be an auction.

Currently,  the Canon FD (here one Bay) adapter is out of stock, it will be restocked on 1st week of June.

[via sonyalpharumors]

June 2, 2013
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Amazon Deal: Bundle and Save on Select Canon EOS Rebel T5i and SL1 SLR Cameras

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For a limited time only, save $148 on select Canon EOS Rebel T5i and SL1 SLR Camera bundles on Amazon.com.

  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i (EOS 700D) with 18-55mm EF-S IS STM Lens and EF-S 55-250mm IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens – $1,050 (click here)
  • Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (EOS 100D) with 18-55mm EF-S IS STM Lens and EF-S 55-250mm IS II – $950 (click here)
  • Canon EOS Rebel T51 (EOS 700D) with 18-135mm EF-S IS STM Lens and EF-S 55-250mm IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens – $1,249 (click here)

Want to know more about the latest Canon DSLRs? Check the Canon Camera Museum’s technical report.


June 2, 2013
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How To Install Magic Lantern – A Step-By-Step Video Guide

Given all the (justified) hype around Magic Lantern’s RAW hack more and more Canon users want to install the firmware hack. The most amazing results are obtained with the EOS 5D Mark III, but also a five year old camera that was never thought to shot video, the EOS 50D (here on eBay), can produce amazing results with the Magic Lantern hack.

Dave Dugdale from Learning DSLR Video made a video that shows step-by-step how to install the Magic Lantern hack. As Dave suggests, it is best to install first the stable version of Magic Lantern before playing around with the alpha-releases (or nightly builds) that deliver the RAW video output.

Be sure that the battery is fully charged before starting the installation process. You have to reset the camera to factory settings, then you have to format the memory card. After that you plug the card in you computer and copy the downloaded files on it. Finally, the card goes back in your camera, where you navigate to the firmware update menu. When all is done correctly you will see the screen output below.

magic lantern

[ISO 1200 via PetaPixel]

June 2, 2013
Posted in Patents

Canon Patent: 70-200mm f/4 Lens (Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L II On The Way?)

Canon Patent

Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon that most probably refers to the next iteration of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM, released in 2006. Canon has another 70-200 in their lineup, the image stabilized EF 70-200mm f/4L IS.

canon patent

Performance

  • Patent Publication No. 2013-105131
    • Publication date 2013.5.30
    • Filing date 2011.11.16
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 2.68
    • Focal length f = 72.11-131.37-193.4mm
    • Fno. 4
    • Half angle ω = 16.7-9.35-6.38 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 234.52mm
    • BF 50.12mm
  • Example 2
    • Zoom ratio 2.68
    • Focal length f = 72.14-130.58-193.38mm
    • Fno. 4
    • Half angle ω = 16.69-9.41-6.38 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 213.85mm
    • BF 39.96mm
  • Example 3
    • Zoom ratio 2.68
    • Focal length f = 72.11-132.09-193.4mm
    • Fno. 4
    • Half angle ω = 16.7-9.3-6.38 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 233.51mm
    • BF 49.05mm
  • Existing techniques
    • If you have a single focus group is easy aberration There is a change in the RF and IF
  • Canon patent
    • Inner zoom
    • Inner focus
    • Floating
    • MOD 300mm
    • β (Tele) = -0.5
June 2, 2013
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Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x Starts To Ship (and reviews and Canon DLC article)

EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x

It appears that Adorama and B&H started shipping pre-orders of the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x lens. The lens has a price tag of $11,799 – just like a small car. Nevertheless, I am sure this lens will sell well with professional photographers.

There are some good reviews about the 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x. Canon Explorer of Light Peter Read Miller had the opportunity to test the lens at the London Olympics 2012 (source: pixsylated). He says:

So, how does the lens perform? The copy I had was fantastic. I’m not an empirical tester—I just shot the lens daily at the London Olympics for 16 days on my EOS-1D X bodies, almost always wide open and usually under challenging lighting conditions. I think without the extender the sharpness is a match for any Canon prime telephoto and with the extender the performance is as good or better than any prime lens plus extender combination I have ever used. The auto-focus speed on the 1D X body is on a par with the latest Series II lenses. The image-stabilization allowed me to make a sharp photo of the Queen during the opening ceremonies at a shutter speed of 1/100 of a second at 560mm on a monopod.

French site Le Monde de la Photo posted a in-depth review (Google translated) of the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x.

EF 200-400mm f/4L

Image courtesy: Le Monde de la Photo

B&H also posted their own review:

The lens is certainly aimed at those who need the ability to work quickly and deftly, and aside from the handling and speed afforded by it, the lens is also capable of producing imagery of the highest quality. The array of low-dispersion elements, fluorite and USD, coupled with the optimized optical structure and lens coatings resulted in imagery that left little to be desired. As with other L series lenses, the quality of imagery, overall performance, and design of the lens is suitable for any working situation, and the added benefit of this lens being able to produce such imagery with the convenience of both a zoom design and integrated 1.4x extender make it truly an effective tool that is ideally situated for sports, wildlife and nature photography.

Finally, for those who want to know the technical background of the lens, there is an article by Canon Digital Learning Center.

The lens should soon be available for rent at Borrow Lenses.

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x: Amazon(click here) | Adorama (click here) | B&H (click here)

 

June 1, 2013
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Weekend Deal #2: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body Only – $2992

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Rakuten has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body only for $2,991.99 (click here). Good price when compared to he official $3299. Need a lens for the EOS 5D Mark III? See this hot deal for the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. I found the deal on dealsrunner.com

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June 1, 2013
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Weekend Deal: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS $800 ($350 off, Amazon)

EF 24-105mm f/4L IS

Great deal by seller Get It Digital on Amazon. The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens is on sale for just $800.95 (click here). That’s $350 off, regular price is $1150. Found the deal at dealsrunner.com.

Product description:

  • 24-105mm standard zoom lens with f/4 maximum aperture for Canon EOS SLR cameras
  • 1 Super UD glass element and 3 aspherical lenses minimize chromatic aberration and distortion
  • Ring-type USM system delivers silent but quick autofocus (AF); full-time manual focus
  • Image Stabilizer technology steadies camera shake at up to 3 stops; weighs 23.6 ounces
  • Dust- and moisture-resistant; measures 3.3 inches in diameter and 4.2 inches long; 1-year warranty

This easy-to-use standard zoom lens can cover a large zoom area ranging from 24mm wide-angle to 105mm portrait-length telephoto, and its Image Stabilizer Technology steadies camera shake up to three stops. Constructed with one Super-UD glass element and three aspherical lenses, this lens minimizes chromatic aberration and distortion. The result is excellent picture quality, even at wide apertures. Canon’s ring-type USM gives silent but quick AF, along with full-time manual focus. Moreover, with dust- and moisture-resistant construction, this is a durable yet sophisticated lens that meets the demands of advanced amateur photographers and professional photographers alike.

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