Photography Bay reviewed the Canon EOS 70D, Canon’s latest APS-C camera, and their first featuring the awesome Dual PIxel Auto-Focus system. The review comes with lots of sample pics (various ISO settings) that can be downloaded at full resolution size. In the conclusion they write:
The Canon 70D is a fantastic prosumer camera. At present, the 70D is the overall class leader in APS-C cameras, especially when you consider your bang for buck value.
The image quality has improved slightly over the last generation; however, the overall functionality is head and shoulders above the 60D and Rebel cameras. If you have been using an APS-C camera other than the 7D and waiting for the right time to upgrade, that time is now. Even if you are using the 7D heavily as a video camera, you probably want to take a long hard look at what the 70D can do for you.
Canon EOS 70D ISO performance (image used with permission):
I would say ISO settings are usable up to ISO 6400 (with a little post-processing in Lightroom).
Canon EOS 70D auto-focus performance in video mode. The reviewer writes: I treated it like a camcorder, I shot the bulk of the following video with the 70D and AF enabled. I feel like it was pretty much spot on for all of these shots.
[via Photography Bay]
Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon for a motorized mirror return mechanism. The advantages of such a mirror system are less vibration, and the possibility to miniaturize the whole thing. The solution described in the patent opens the way for a DSLR that is smaller than the Canon Rebel SL1/EOS 100D. The drawback is that such a mechanism can not achieve the same fps rate as classic mirror mechanism.
- Patent Publication No. 2013-242416
- Publication date 2013.12.5
- Filing date 2012.5.21
- Canon patents
- (Axis of the spiral on the motor shaft) lead screw
- Quick return mirror that moves with the rotation of the lead screw
Canon Ranks Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Multi-Function Inkjet Printers in the 2013 J.D. Power Satisfaction Report
Canon USA press release:
Canon Receives Highest Ranking in Customer Satisfaction for Multi-Function Inkjet Printers in the 2013 J.D. Power Satisfaction Report
MELVILLE, N.Y., December 17, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that Canon has received top honors in Customer Satisfaction from J.D. Power for its line of PIXMA Multi-Function Inkjet Printers.1
“Canon is honored that our PIXMA multi-function inkjet printer lineup has secured the highest ranking in customer satisfaction from J.D. Power,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “We always strive to maintain our status as an industry leader, and this distinction shows our ability to deliver excellent customer satisfaction to our valued customers.”
J.D. Power awards and rankings are based on responses from consumers and business customers each year who have used or owned the products and services being rated. These customer satisfaction rankings are determined by evaluating companies and product lines on six key factors: performance, reliability, ease of operation, variety of features, price and customer service.
For more information on the Canon family of multi-function inkjet printers, please visit www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/printers_multifunction.
Rumors have word that Sigma will announce a new prime lens next year, a 135mm f/2 DG OS, part of the “Art” line-up. The lens is said to be announced at Photokina, September 2014. Moreover, it appears that Sigma will release more high performing lenses next year.
I hope the rumor is true. Sigma released some amazing lenses recently (35mm f/1.4 DG HSM , 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM and 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM) and we all hope there will be more lenses with such excellent optical properties.
The Yongnuo RF-603 II Wireless Flash Trigger/Remote for Canon is in stock at the YongNuoStore for $42.99.
Yongnuo RF-603 II adopts a global free FSK 2.4GHz wireless channel which can be suitable in many contries. RF-603 II with FSK system, can be more effective to guarantee speed, distance and stability. Within capacious areas, the remote control distance may reach to 100cm, and suitable for RF-603 Mark I.
Yongnuo RF-603 II wireless flash trigger kit is formed by two sam transeivers. It can be set to single transmit state(TX), which will be more convenient for testing flash, andcan be set to transceiver state(TRX), automatically switch transmit and receive state, adopts 2 levers button design, it will realize the awakening, flash testing, focus and shutter function in “TX” and “TRX” state repectively.
Transmitter supports single contract triggering, supports wireless wakening up and triggering the flash through the camera hot shoe, with PC sync cable(optional) can be trigger studio lights, with specially camera shutter connecting cable can realize wired / wireless shutter release remote control, supports controlling multiple cameras and flashes at the same time.
The highest flash sync speed up to 1/320 second (some of models may only reach to 1/250s or less, difference combination of models of flash and camera using may achieved difference flash sync speed).
Type: FSK 2.4GHz wireless remote control system
Transmission distance: 100cm
Channels: 16 channels
Shutter release: half-press, full-press
Shutter interface: 2.5mm socket
Studio flash light interface: standard PC socket
Max Sync Speed: 1/320 second
Battery: AAA x 2(3V)