LOOK3 2015: a time for celebration and reflection

LOOK3 2015

Canon press release:

Held from 10-13 June in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, the 2015 edition of LOOK3 – the renowned photography festival originally conceived by Canon Master Nick Nichols – is promising to be the biggest and best yet…

Larry Fink, Walter Iooss, Vincent J. Musi and Piotr Naskrecki are just some of the many great photographers at this year’s event. Curated by Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography at The New York Times Magazine and Scott Thode, independent curator, the 2015 festival promises to be visually extraordinary and exhibiting artist and festival host Vincent Musi can’t wait to welcome visitors.

Visitors to LOOK3 will be greeted by the festival’s traditional ‘TREES’ exhibition, this year featuring large scale prints by Piotr Naskrecki which are suspended from the trees in Charlottesville’s historic centre.

“In a time when great photography is being created the world over, LOOK3 has always been about celebrating the people behind the camera,” he remarked to CPN.

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Deal Alert: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD (Canon mount) – $1,049 (compare at $1,199)

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eBay seller CameraLand (99.8% positive ratings) has the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD [shoplink 29933 ebay]on sale for $1,049[/shoplink]. Compare at $1,199 on Amazon. Please note: this is an instore demo:

We opened this for an instore demo. Took it out and put back into the box. Never left the store., It comes with all manufacturers supplied accessories and paperwork

Free shipping in the USA.

Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R start shipping June 14 in the USA (says B&H Photo)


Edit: EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R still not available for pre-order at Amazon EU.

This morning we reported that the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R will start shipping worldwide starting mid June. Now we got the confirmation, at least for the US market.

B&H Photo updated their Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R product pages. It says: “Will begin shipping Sun, Jun 14 (subject to availability)“. Remember that orders will be filled on a first come first serve basis. If you still didn’t order the EOS 5DS or EOS 5DS R, then this may be the right moment.

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Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R shipping mid June


Image: © Canon

Based on what I have been told, various big European retailers are expecting first EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R batches more or less by the end of next week/beginning of the week after. Guess this is valid also for other retailers around the globe, especially in the USA.

Keep in mind that shipping dates may also be delayed because of unexpected issues. However, I am pretty confident both the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R will start shipping all over the globe from  mid June, with some delays to the last June week for smaller countries or markets Canon considers not a priority.

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Canon patent to increase dynamic range with use of Neutral Density filter (using Dual Pixel AF)


Canon filed  patent to increase dynamic range by using a Neutral Density (ND) filter on half of the measured field. This is a pretty complex one and I am not 100% sure I got it right (any help welcome).

The described system works by getting different degrees of light intensity from the Dual Pixel auto-focus (DPAF) points (i.e. split pixels) on the sensor. The patent says the ND filter is placed on 50% of the measured field: different amounts of light hit the split AF pixels needed for DPAF (this means both of the split pixels are used to measure the DR). The result is an output that’s able to render an increased dynamic range to the sensor, and a easier to measure differential signal from the DPAF points. It is not as easy as I am trying to put it 🙂 To learn more about Canon’s Dual Pixel Auto-Focus technology have a look here.

  • Patent Publication No. 2015-87401
    • Published 2015.5.7
    • Filing date 2013.10.28
  • Canon patents
    • Dual Pixel AF
    • And set up a half-ND filter at the pupil position of the lens
    • Half ND filter can be switched
[via Egami]