A Bit Of Everything (PowerShot Hack, Canon 7, RF 28-70mm F/2L, EOS R vs Nikon Z6, EOS R vs 5D4)

Eos R Vs Nikon Z6

Below, a Canon EOS R vs Nikon Z6 comparison: The MAIN REASON I would choose the Canon EOS R over the Nikon Z 6 in 2019 by Manny Ortiz (EOS R vs Nikon Z6)


Above: This researcher created an algorithm that removes the water from underwater images by Scientific American:

Why do all the pictures you take underwater look blandly blue-green? The answer has to do with how light travels through water. Derya Akkaynak, an oceangoing engineer from the University of Haifa, has figured out a way to recover the colorful brilliance of the deep.


Instant Camera Review: Canon IVY CLIQ+ Instant Camera PrinterThe Phoblographer

This Rare Black Paint Canon 7 Was a Leica M3 Competitor – The Phoblographer

Review: Canon RF 28-70mm F/2L USM (One of the Best Zooms Around) – The Phoblographer:

Although the Canon RF 28-70mm f2 L USM is a massive lens, it’s also understandably so. The photographer who will spring for this lens really needs the extra stop of light and genuinely wants super high-quality images. That’s what you’re going to get with the Canon RF 28-70mm f2 L USM. Couple this with better autofocusing abilities that have come out recently and the exemplary build quality, and you’ve got an excellent lens–on paper.


Review: Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM – The Phoblographer:

The Canon RF 85mm f1.2 L USM produces truly beautiful bokeh, excellent sharpness, plenty of micro-contrast, and overall exceptional image quality. Its performance is quite snappy as well and it’s capable of focusing and tracking fast-moving subjects quickly and accurately. True to Canon’s heritage, this lens is built like a tank and features some of the best weather sealing we’ve seen


Got an Old Canon Point-and-Shoot Camera? Hack It (Add new features and write scripts with CHDK firmware) – IEEE Spectrum

Practical Use of Field Curvature Graphs – the 50mm Primes – Lens Rentals

National Geographic Declares Three Fujifilm Cameras Best Travel Cameras for 2020 – Fuji Rumors

GIZMON announced this funny(?!?) “Bokeh Lens Illuminator” set – Mirrorless Rumors

Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 RF Review – ePHOTOzine


Below: Canon EOS R vs. 5D Mark 4 – Which is best for VIDEO? – Parker Walbeck


Below: MacBook Pro 16-Inch: A Photographer’s Review by Tyler Stalman

Canon EOS R Firmware 1.6 Available For Download (RF 85mm DS support, minor fixes)

Canon Eos R Firmware

Canon released Canon EOS R firmware 1.6.

The firmware update can be downloaded from Canon Germany.

EOS R Firmware Version 1.6.0 incorporates the following enhancements and fixes:

  1. Support for the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS lens has been added.
  2. Corrects a phenomenon in which the function or setting value assigned to the control ring may change when the control ring is operated in Eco mode.
  3. Corrects a phenomenon in which the camera may stop operating properly during “auto transfer” when using Camera Connect with a Wi-Fi connection.
  4. Corrects a phenomenon in which high-speed synchronization with use of an external flash may not operate properly depending on the camera’s setting for C.Fn2 “Set shutter speed range”.

This update for the Canon EOS R is for cameras equipped with firmware up to Version 1.4.0. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.6.0, this update is unnecessary.

This firmware will not deliver significant improvements as the previous one did.

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Leading Manufacturer Reaffirm Their Commitment To Photokina 2020

Photokina 2020

Photokina 2020 released a (German) press release where some big players in the industry reaffirm their commitment to the “leading exhibition” in the photography industry.

Canon will be present at photokina 2020. Nikon, Olympus and Leica already released press releases where they explain why they are not present at photokina 2020.

Go Tokura, Chief Executive Officer Image Communication Business Operations at Canon states:

With the imaging industry at a significant turning point, we expect photokina to fulfill its role as the leading exhibition in the global photographic and imaging industries. Canon is pleased to announce new products at photokina, contributing to the industry’s success.

So, Canon “is pleased to announce new products”. Expect the EOS-1D X Mark III and maybe a new EOS M and a new EOS R camera.

The machine translated photokina 2020 press release is after the break.

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Here Is Another Proof Of How Significantly Latest Canon EOS R Firmware Improves Eye-AF

Canon Eos R Firmware

If you’re a Canon EOS R shooter most likely you already know about the significant improvements of the latest Canon EOS R firmware. If not, read on.

Chris and Jordan from DPReview test the latest Canon EOS R firmware (v1.4, click here to download) to see how much it improves autofocus. See for yourself.

If you want to learn more about Canon EOS R firmware v1.4 have a look at this comparison with Sony or at this article.

Canon EOS R: Amazon USA, Amazon CA, B&H Photo, Adorama, Digitalrev, KEH Camera, eBay US, Canon USA, Canon CA, BestBuy

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Venus Optics Adds RF Mount Versions To Three Popular Laowa Lenses

Rf Mount

Venus Optics announced they will soon release Canon RF mount and Nikon Z mount versions of three of their popular Laowa lenses.

The Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D, Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro and Laowa 100mm F2.8 2X Ultra Macro are the three lenses that will be released for Canon and Nikon’s full frame mirrorless systems.

Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D

World’s Widest f/2.8 Lens with close-to-zero distortion.

Featuring the widest angle of view (122°) ever offered from a f/2.8 lens, this is an ideal lens for a wide variety of shooting situations. From landscape, architecture, interior, travel to the most important, astro photography.  The lens is the lightest and most compact lens in its class. Ideal for everyday shooting. It also features close-to-zero optical distortion, allowing photographers to take landscape/architecture shots with straight lines retained. Our exclusive water and dust repelling “Frog Eye Coating” is added to the front element of the lens. For maximum creativity, you can use CPL or ND filters by adding an optional Laowa 100mm filter holder system.

Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro

The most compact and versatile high magnification macro lens.

This lens is optimized for macro shooting between 2.5X – 5X life-size. The lens is specially designed with an extended working distance (45mm at 2x & 40mm at 2.5x) and small lens barrel. This allows sufficient lighting on the object for easier shooting in the field. The lens is much more compact and lighter than other macro lenses. This lens also provides a greater depth of field compared to other extreme macro lenses in the market. The Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X is developed for both professional and leisure macro photography, to be used in the field or indoor set-ups. An optional LED Ringlight and Tripod Collar are available for added control and precision operation.

Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO

Followed by the success of the Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro, the 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro is the 2nd member of Laowa 2:1 macro line-up. It features an apochromatic (APO) characteristic that chromatic aberration at both ‘in-focus’ & ‘out-of-focus’ is both invisible. This new 100mm lens can cover full frame sensor size and focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity. The lens has a similar physical size to other 100mm Macro lenses in the market but its wider magnification range allows macro photographers to capture subjects at any sizes. This 100mm f/2.8 lens can also focus to infinity and serve as a portrait lens with exceptional optics quality.

Canon RF mount version is equipped with a CPU chip and motor for aperture control via the camera. The lens is not currently compatible with electronic adapters. For people using on Sony FE mount cameras, please select the Sony FE option instead.

Have Canon And Nikon Lost The Full Frame War? Latest Japan Market Figures Suggest So

Full Frame War

BCN rankings for the market figures 2019 in Japan are out. If there was a full frame war, there is only one winner.

If you look at the image on top you can clearly see that only one manufacturer managed to increase unit and value sales for compact cameras, APS-C cameras, and full frame cameras. Oh, it’s Sony.

Canon and Nikon sale figures are rather bad with the exception of the Canon’s full frame unit sales (up 6%, but value sales down 7%). Sony is now the leader in full frame camera sales (in Japan, but we can assume it reflects the global trend). No more full frame war.

full frame war

If you wonder how big the share of full frame cameras is compared to other systems, have a look at the image below. You’ll see it’s much less than you might have thought (these are figures for the Japanese market).

full frame war
[via Mirrorless Rumors]