Canon EOS 7D Mark II Firmware 1.04 out in the wild, coming soon

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A user in the DPReview forum posted that he bought an EOS 7D Mark II from seller getitdigital on eBay, and got the 7D2 with a yet not released firmware version (1.04). If you want to spot if something is new have a look at the walkthrough below.
Expect the firmware to be released soon.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II price check: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM sample pictures

Canon EOS 6D, 1/800, f/2.2, ISO 100 – Image credit: Canon

Canon UK posted a set of 8 sample pictures shot using the new EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens (announcement). Click here to go to Canon UK, then click on the picture under “sample images” on the right side. Unfortunately no full size pics are available.

The new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8mm STM standard prime lens is scheduled to be available by the end of May for an estimated retail price of $125.99. Pre-orders are available: B&H Photo | Adorama.

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Canon patent for 12-35mm f/2-3.5 IS lens for 4/3 formats

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Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon for an image-stabilized 12-35mm f/2-3.5 lens for 4/3 sensors. Slow down before you get too excited figuring out that Canon will soon produces lenses for 4/3 systems. If this patent will ever hot the market it could also be for a compact camera, or one of the better Powershot cams.

  • Canon patent
    • Positive and negative positive and negative positive five-group zoom
    • Rear focus (fourth group)
    • Anti-vibration (part of the third group)

 

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens officially introduced (and available for pre-order)

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Canon’s new EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens is official. The new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8mm STM standard prime lens is scheduled to be available by the end of May for an estimated retail price of $125.99. Pre-orders are available: B&H Photo | Adorama.

Compact and Lightweight EF Lens Features Stepping Motor (STM) Technology and is Ideal for First time DSLR Users as well as Advanced Amateur Photographers

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 11, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce the new lightweight and compact Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM standard lens. Featuring a large maximum aperture of f/1.8, this single focal length lens (which has an effective focal length of 80mm when attached to an EOS camera with an APS-C sensor such as the EOS Rebel T6i) is ideal for creating portraits with beautiful, soft-blurred backgrounds. It’s also ideal for low-light photography and night scenes. Now incorporating Canon’s proprietary STM stepping motor technology, this new lens supports Canon’s EOS Movie Servo AF* (autofocus) function to provide smooth and quiet continuous AF during video recording, as well as when capturing still photos.

“Canon’s optical heritage of creating high-quality lenses is something we are very proud of ,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Regardless of skill level or budget, all photographers and videographers should have access to superb creative tools that enable them to capture not only beautiful images but images that tell the story of their lives. This new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens, will provide photographers and videographers with outstanding images they will want to share for years to come.”

The new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8mm STM lens is excellent for entry-level and advanced amateur photographers, as well as users looking to capture video. Featuring an improved exterior design, including a new focus ring placement, it provides photographers with the most compact Canon EF 50mm lens ever, at just 1.5 inches in length. In addition, this new lens uses a metal mount providing additional stability and ruggedness compared to its predecessor.

Composed of six elements in five groups, the new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8mm STM lens features an optimized lens placement and Super Spectra Coating (SSC), translating into less ghosting and flaring than the previous model, while at the same time helping to enhance light transmission and optimize color reproduction accuracy. The new lens features a seven blade circular aperture, improved from the predecessor’s five blade non-circular aperture, helping to deliver a more visually appealing blurring effect, and producing sharp images of subjects that truly stand out against beautiful, soft backgrounds. The minimum focusing distance for the lens has been shortened to 1.1 feet from 1.5 feet with a maximum magnification of 0.21x, allowing for more creative close-up photos and videos.

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Pricing and Availability

The new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8mm STM standard prime lens is scheduled to be available by the end of May for an estimated retail price of $125.99. For more information please visit http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_50mm_f_1_8_stm

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Standard Telephoto Prime Lens Specifications Summary: 
  • Compact, lightweight, fixed focal length standard lens for EOS cameras
  • Large f/1.8 maximum aperture
  • 80mm effective focal length when attached to EOS cameras with APS-C sensors
  • Canon STM gear type stepping motor technology provides quiet autofocusing to support Canon’s EOS Movie Servo AF function
  • Improved exterior design including new focus ring placement makes it the most compact Canon EF 50mm lens ever
  • New metal mount for stability and ruggedness
  • Super Spectra Coating for minimized ghosting and flaring
  • Circular seven blade aperture
  • 14-inch minimum focusing distance
  • 0.21x maximum magnification
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“Move”, a jaw-dropping time-lapse video about a world that never stands still

There are many time-lapse videos around, maybe too many, an inflation someone may say. But from time to time I stumble onto a time-lapse video that still manages to impress me. “Move”, by Aaron Keigher, is such a time-lapse video.

The world around us never stands still and it is this motion that gives Earth life. Without this movement, our planet could not exist. Simply put, movement breathes life into our world. Few of us have ever stopped to think about the importance of this constant motion — stop to bask in its simplicity and beauty. Far too few of us take a moment to see our universe in motion.

The time-lapse sequences have been shot in a variety of locations, among them the most famous national parks in the US. Aaron Keigher used different gear to make the video: Canon EOS 6D, EOS-1D X, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D, different lenses, and more stuff. For the complete list of locations and used gear head over to the video’s description.