Magic Lantern Increases Canon EOS 5D Mark III Dynamic Range By 1/2 Stop (up to 15 stops)

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Another breakthrough by the Magic Lantern team. 1/2 stop more dynamic range on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III – 15 stops of DR are now possible on the 5D3! The image above, posted by a1ex on Twitter shows the increase at different ISO settings.

The EOS 5D Mark III will soon get what ML calls a “sensor update”. Not much is known so far, everything is in a very early development stage, but a sensor update via firmware sounds very cool. The trick was to figured out the digic registers that have to do with ISO.

User Marsu42 of Canon Rumors‘ forum did some tests and writes:

This means that for example on 5d3, iso 800 with ML has more dynamic range than iso 100 with Canon :-> … and at high iso you’re getting 7% more dr which is nothing to sneeze at, esp. since it builds upon Canon’s advantage vs. Nikon: d800@6400 = ~8.3 & 5d3@6400 = ~9.4 ev making good ol’ Canon the superior sensor for low light high contrast shooting, esp. the newer 6d.

This new feature will soon show up as nightly build. Caution is advised: this is software at an early development stage, use the necessary attention and do not try it if you are not sure what you are doing.

[via CR and P5D]



Deal: Canon EOS 6D Price Drop – $1749

The Canon EOS 6D saw a price drop on major retailers. It’s sold for $1749 at Amazon and Adorama, and B&H Photo (where it comes with valuable accessories). Compare to $1899.

The accessories B&H includes are: SanDisk 16GB SDHC Extreme Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card, Canon 200DG Deluxe Gadget Bag, Watson LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh), Oben ACM-2400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod.

Canon Patent for Image Stabilized 85mm, 100mm, and 135mm Lenses

Egami (translated) spotted more patents filed by Canon. This time for image stabilized 85mm f/1.8, 100mm f/2, and 135mm f/2.8 lenses.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-10283
    • Publication date 2014.1.20
    • Filing date 2012.6.29
  • Example 1
    • Focal length f = 85.56mm
    • Fno. 1.86
    • Angle of view 2ω = 28.4 °
    • Image height Y = 21.635mm
  • Example 2
    • Focal length f = 102.06mm
    • Fno. 2.00
    • Angle of view 2ω = 23.9 °
    • Image height Y = 21.635mm
  • Example 3
    • Focal length f = 131.00mm
    • Fno. 2.80
    • Angle of view 2ω = 18.8 °
    • Image height Y = 21.635mm
  • Canon patents
    • Positive and negative positive
    • Inner Focus (group 2)
    • (Part of the third group) anti vibration

Canon Announces 5 New PIXMA Printers (up to A3 format)

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Today Canon announced 5 new PIXMA printers, the most interesting (imo) being the WiFi-enabled PIXMA ip8750 photo printer, which handles formats up to A3, uses a six-ink system and produces an A3 print in approximately two minutes.

Enjoy stunning quality photos up to A3+ with this premium 6 single ink printer. Print wirelessly around the home including from smartphones, tablets and Wi-Fi cameras. Ideal for photo enthusiasts.

  • Premium A3+ printer with wireless connectivity for photo enthusiasts
  • 6-colour system includes grey ink for exceptional colour and mono prints
  • Efficient individually replaceable single ink tanks and optional XL inks
  • Printing from smartphones and tablets with PIXMA Printing Solutions app
  • Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and Wireless PictBridge support

Canon UK press release:

Canon enhances home and office PIXMA ranges with five new models

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 21 January 2014 – Canon today bolsters its range of PIXMA single and multifunction printers with the launch of five new models – PIXMA iP8750, iX6850, MX475, MX535, and iP2850. The devices update Canon’s home and office line-up, as well as introduce two new A3+ single-function printers for those with more advanced printing needs. Stylish and easy-to-use, Canon’s range of PIXMA printers has been designed to support users seeking a range of printing options, including photolab quality prints and business documents.
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How To Fix An Annoying Design Flaw (Canon Powershot S120)

This happens to all of us, sooner or later: we bought new gear and there is something that’s totally wrong placed, or doesn’t really make sense, or can’t be used as supposed.

In this case the camera is the Canon Powershot S120, a well-performing, WiFi-enabled compact camera with good video capabilities. But there is a problem Casey Neistat couldn’t live with, and for a good reason: the microphones of the S120 are placed on top of the camera, where you spontaneously and normally place your fingers when holding the camera (see pic below). Result: bad sound quality since the mics are covered.

Watch Casey Neistat‘s ingenious solution to tackle the issue in the video above.

[via gizmodo]