May 15, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Simply Amazing: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Video Performance With Magic Lantern Hack


The latest hack for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay) by the skilled Magic Lantern team is going to change a few things. For those who still don’t know: the hack makes 14 bit RAW video output at 24fps feasible on the EOS 5D Mark III. The performance is amazing when compared to the 8-bit H.264 footage output (without the hack).

This ground-breaking Magic Lantern hack transforms the EOS 5D Mark III in a sophisticated, professional video equipment. For instance, check the low light performance with the Magic Lantern hack compared to H.265 (source: EOSHD)

Isn’t it impressing? But there is more to be happy about. Below you can see some videos made by that show the difference. Have a look how the Magic Lantern hack increases the sharpness and details of the video. Sure, the Magic Lantern hack it is not yet fully mature, but this is just a matter of time. As nofilmschool puts it:

There are a few bugs to work out at the moment, especially since this is so early in the life of the hack. Right now there is no audio in-camera and clips are limited to 4GB (which is about a minute of footage), but the focus has been on actually getting it working and stable before moving on to the other issues. The 4GB limit is not actually even a hardware limitation, it’s just the way the code is at the moment, so we will definitely see longer clip lengths. For the best quality, 1000x speed cards are recommended […]

[via nofilmschool and EOSHD]


May 15, 2013
Posted in Patents

Canon Patent: 18-90mm f/3.5-5.6, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6, 30mm f/2.8 Lenses

Canon Patent

Image courtesy: egami

Egami (translated) spotted a new Canon patent. Three lenses are covered by the patent: 18-90mm f/3.5-5.6, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6, 30mm f/2.8. The patent appears to refer to lenses that are resistant to temperature variation, i.e. that have consistent performance regardless of temperature variations .

Canon Patent

Image courtesy: egami

  • Patent Publication No. 2013-88736
    • Publication date 2013.5.13
    • Filing date 2011.10.21
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 7.02
    • Focal length f = 18.60 – 130.50mm
    • Fno 3.59 -. 5.88
    • Half angle ω = 36.29 – 5.98 °
    • Image height 13.66mm
    • 187.48mm – 138.01 overall length of the lens
    • BF 35.60 – 70.79mm
    • Effective diameter of 58.92mm front lens
    • 16 pieces of 12-group lens configuration
    • One piece of one aspherical surface
    • One UD glass
    • 6-group zoom positive and negative negative positive positive
    • Inner Focus (Group 4)
  • Example 2
    • Zoom ratio 4.73
    • Focal length f = 18.60 – 87.97mm
    • Fno 3.59 -. 5.88
    • Half angle ω = 36.29 – 8.83 °
    • Image height 13.66mm
    • 164.98mm – 125.04 overall length of the lens
    • BF 35.60 – 69.29mm
    • Effective diameter of 61.54mm front lens
    • 13 pieces of 9 lens configuration
    • One piece of one aspherical surface
    • 4-group zoom positive and negative positive positive
    • Inner Focus (the second group)
  • Example 3
    • Focal length f = 29.48mm
    • Fno. 2.92
    • Half angle ω = 24.86 °
    • Image height 13.66mm
    • The overall length of the lens 78.43mm
    • BF 35.40mm
    • Effective diameter of 22.43mm front lens
    • 10 pieces of 8 lens configuration
    • One piece of one aspherical surface
  • Resin lens
    • Vulnerable to temperature change
    • There are restrictions on the type of coating, ghost and flare cause of
  • Canon patent
    • The final lens group is arranged a resin lens having a concave surface facing the image side, and place the glass lens on the image side
    • Weaken the power of the resin lens, I reduce the performance variation due to temperature change
    • Incident light axial rays is arranged in a low position of the resin lens, to suppress the influence of the birefringence variation of the resin lens
    • Likely to occur in the concave surface of the resin lens ghost is avoided by optimization of the power of the air lens in the shape of the glass lens and resin lens, in the meantime
May 15, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Everything You Want To Know About The EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Update And Atomos Ninja 2

This video from Stefan Czech tells you everything you want to know about the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs) firmware update (1.2.1), HDMI, and the Atomos Ninja 2. More information can be found in the planet5d forum.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay


00:01:15 Feedback on Canon 5D Mark III

00:01:48 Introduction to Clean HDMI Out

00:02:05 Firmware (3 Focus)

00:02:16 Definition of Clean HDMI Out (Guidelines)

00:03:28 Introducing Atomos Ninja 2

00:03:59 Transmitting HDMI Signal and Timecode

00:04:30 Delivering Sound from HDMI Signal to External Recorder

00:06:05 What is Atomos Ninja 2? (How it records)

00:06:50 Two codecs of Ninja 2 and what works best for you

00:09:24 Storage explained

00:10:35 ProRes codec explained

00:11:46 Internal recording signal vs External recording signal

00:12:56 Ninja 2 as field monitor (Peaking)

00:13:50 Aperture Adjustment explained (Zebra)

00:14:38 False Color

00:15:00 Watch, edit and export recordings using Ninja 2

00:15:36 Difference between footage recorded on 4:2:0 and 4:2:2

00:16:40 Sample color enhancement

00:18:13 Menu selection and adjustments in 5D Mark III before attaching to HDMI device

00:20:15 Attaching Hard Drive to Ninja

00:21:02 Setting up Ninja 2 for the first time

00:25:32 How to record externally only on Ninja 2 (Magnification tricks)

00:27:49 Tips when recording longer footage using Ninja 2

00:28:49 Ports, Power source and Battery options of the Ninja 2

00:30:03 Using a wireless transmitter for the audio system (Audio recording explained)

00:31:20 Using Zacuto Pincher to secure camera

00:32:08 Using a Steadicam with the Ninja 2

00:34:22 Canon and Atomos working together to create Ninja

00:35:20 Product Price and content included with Ninja 2

00:36:56 Availability of Ninja 2 and special deal from Atomos

00:37:23 Hard Drive and HDMI Cable not included in the package

00:37:33 What HDMI cable to use

[via planet5d]


May 14, 2013
Posted in Deals

Deal: Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Aspherical Fisheye Lens – $229 ($40 off)

Adorama has a 48h deal Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Aspherical Fisheye Lens, in sale for $229 (click here) using coupon code S0511113. The deal expires May 16.

  • Ultra wide-angle 8mm fisheye lens with exaggerated perspective and approximately 180deg. angle of view, for dramatic effects
  • Ultra-wide 180deg. diagonal field-of-view for APS-C size image formats–will produce a rounded image that doesn’t cover the entire frame when used with compatible full frame digital cameras
  • Lens is constructed with hybrid aspherical lenses for outstanding, sharply defined images
  • Lens features super multi-layer coating to reduce flare and ghost images
  • Lens has a minimum focusing distance of 12″ (30.48 cm) for enhanced close-up shots
  • Lens includes a built-in petal-type lens hood
May 14, 2013
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Deal: Canon EOS 6D with EF 24-105mm and Accessories – $2,385


Another cool deal by eBay seller 6ave (99.5% positive ratings): The Canon EOS 6D with the EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS lens is on sale for $2,384.99 (click here). Free shipping. There are bonus items too:

  • 32GB SDHC High Speed Memory Card
  • 2x – LP-E6 Replacement Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Compact AC/DC Charger for LP-E6 Battery
  • 77mm UV Filter
  • Deluxe Soft Large Camera and Video Case Bag


May 14, 2013
Posted in Reviews

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

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

Shot with the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x – Image credit: Andy Rouse

British photographer Andy Rouse spent 6 months with Canon’s new EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X lens. His extensive review is now online, and comes with plenty of sample images. All aspects of this lens are examined.

About image quality:

In my experience, and I frankly cannot be arsed to do a pointless side by side comparison, the 200-400 produces images that are perfectly good enough for publication. I have published many images with it already, from high class A3 calendars to an advertising campaign ( all with the EXIF removed by the way ), and not once has the quality been questioned.

Final words:

The Canon 200-400mm lens is the first in a generation, ground breaking, and how often have we been able to say that in the past few years. Who knows whether we will get IN-BUILT teleconverters in other Canon lenses, I am sorry but I am not party to that information! Its my view that the new Canon 200-400mm is just great, thats all I can say. In fact you know what, we should start calling it the 200-560mm lens because that is really what it is. Using the teleconverter is so seamless now that I dont even think about it, in fact most of the time I have it engaged and am using a 280mm – 560mm lens, perfect for wildlife, sports and aviation photography. Thats if you have a full-frame sensor of course, if you have a cropped sensor then you are effectively using a 300-840mm lens

Pre-orders for this $11,799 lens are possible at Amazon(click here) and Adorama (click here) and B&H (click here). There is also a hard lens case for the EF 200-400mm, sold for $799.95 at Adorama (click here) and for $649 at B&H (click here). To see the specification sheet click here. The lens is expected to ship May 30.

EF 200-400mm f4/L IS 1.4x

May 14, 2013
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EOS-1D X Body Only – $5940 (compare at $6799)


Great deal by eBay seller 6ave (>9900 rating, 99.5% positive): get a brand new EOS-1D X for just $5,939.99 (click here). Regular price is $6799. Bonus items: two 32GB memory cards and a case. Free shipping.

Product Information
The rugged Canon EOS-1D X digital camera provides a wide variety of features suitable for even experienced photographers. With the magnesium alloy body, the black Canon camera body is resistant to dust and weather conditions. The well-balanced grip design on this 18.1 MP digital camera provides user comfort and reduces fatigue. Photographers can use the manual or autofocus on the Canon EOS-1D X digital camera to produce sharp, creative images. Because the 18.1 MP digital SLR camera also connects to the computer with an USB cable, it is easy to share photos or transfer them to print. This versatile Canon camera features a self-timer to allow the photographer to participate in group shots or take a self-portrait. Users can also provide narrative through an external microphone connected to the Canon camera. This 18.1 MP digital SLR camera body measures 15.8 cm wide, 16.36 cm high, and 8.27 cm deep, and it weighs 1.34 kg.
Product Features
  • 18.1-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor
    A Canon 18.1-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor delivers stunning performance, producing exceptional low noise, high-resolution images even in the darkest conditions. The full frame sensor delivers optimum results from wide-angle lenses and gives you greater control over depth of field. Image resolution exceeds the quality demanded by leading photo agencies – making it ideal for extra large prints, even after cropping.
  • Huge ISO range
    An exceptionally wide ISO range means shooting need never stop from the brightest conditions right through to near darkness.
  • 61 point AF system
    A high-precision 61 point AF system, featuring 41 high sensitivity cross type sensors, delivers fast, accurate focusing of fast moving subjects – whatever the lighting conditions. The center 5 AF points are dual cross type for added precision.
  • Consistent, accurate metering
    A 100,000 pixel RGB AE metering system with a dedicated DIGIC 4 processor measures not only brightness but also color to ensure highly accurate exposure for natural results even in complex lighting situations.
  • Full HD EOS movies
    Shoot Full HD (1080p) video with a wide range of user selectable controls on a DSLR including exposure, frame rates, audio and compression control. An HDMI output allows high definition playback of footage and images.
  • Dual “DIGIC 5+” processors
    Canon’s dual “DIGIC 5+” processors deliver the fastest and most advanced image processing to date for best-in-class image quality. Working with 4 A/D converters to provide 14-bit image processing for smooth tonal gradations and natural looking coolers as well as advanced noise reduction at higher ISO speeds.
  • Large, anti-reflective LCD
    A high-resolution 3.2″ Clear View II LCD screen, allows easy, accurate review of images and video. Superbly durable, an anti-reflective, hardened glass structure prevents reflections even in the brightest sunlight.
  • Ethernet port
    A built in Ethernet port allows for fast, easy transfer of images directly to a PC or via a network to clients from live events.