Here Is The Canon EOS R100, Officially Announced (with RF 28mm f/2.8 STM)

Canon EOS R100

We knew it was coming, and here it is: the new, entry-level Canon EOS R100.

At a glance:

  • 24.1MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • 4K 24p Video with Crop, Full HD 60p
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 143 AF Zones
  • 6.5 fps Electronic Shutter
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF
  • 3″ 1.04m-Dot LCD Screen
  • Creative Assist Mode
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with SD Card Slot

The Canon EOS R100 preorders are live and start at $479: B&H Photo | Adorama

Canon RF 28mm f/2.8 STM preorders: B&H Photo | Adorama

Canon press release:

Canon Introduces its Most Affordable, Compact, and Lightweight EOS R Camera Ever: The EOS R100

The Company Also Announced the Wide-Angle “Pancake” Style RF28mm F2.8 STM Lens

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 24, 2023 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the launch of the EOS R100 camera and RF28mm F2.8 STM lens, two new affordable, compact, and lightweight tools for entry-level and emerging content creators to elevate their skills.

The Canon EOS R100 camera was designed for new, first-time mirrorless camera or existing interchangeable camera users who previously enjoyed EOS Rebel or EOS M cameras. The camera touts key features such as a 24.2 megapixel APS-C size sensor, the DIGIC 8 image processor, 4K (Cropped) and Full HD (Full-Width) video at up to 24 and 60 frames-per-second respectively, Autofocus with eye and face detection, and Bluetooth™ and Wi-Fi® connectivity capabilities. For users who are making the EOS R100 their first interchangeable lens (ILC) camera, a significant advantage over using a smartphone camera will be lens selection. The EOS R100 is compatible with the complete lineup of RF and RF-S lenses, and EF and EF-S lenses can be utilized when using one of three available Canon EF-EOS R mount adapters (each sold separately). This selection of lenses includes the Canon RF28mm F2.8 STM lens, which was also announced today.

Canon EOS R100

The Canon RF28mm F2.8 STM is a “pancake” style, value lens that targets a wide variety of users, from amateur to enthusiast Full-Frame and APS-C camera users. Key features of the new lens include:

  • Minimum focusing distance of 9.1 inches (0.23m) and a maximum magnification of 0.17x 
  • Retracting feature that helps to shorten the overall length of the lens
  • Circumferential manual focus mode/control ring selector
  • Gear-type STM motor providing smooth autofocusing while capturing video
  • Built-in Control Ring provides quick access to multiple camera controls
  • 7-blade circular aperture helps to provide beautifully blurred background and bokeh

And finally, a review by Gordon Laing.

How To Visit ANY Site Without Getting Annoyed By Ads (and trackers)

Ads

Are you annoyed by ads and trackers? Of course you are. Do you want to get rid of them? Of course you do. I have you covered with a set of simple instructions.

I would like to show you how you can surf any site without ads and trackers bothering you. This applies also to those sites that ask money for a supposedly “pro” experience on their site (i.e. without ads). You do not need to spend any money for that. Let me show you how. It’s easy and you do not need to be a hacker to do it.

I show you how to do it using the Firefox browser, but it can easily be adapted to other browsers too. We use two Firefox extensions to block ads and trackers, and one to get rid of annoying cookie-acceptance banners (and of banners that ask you to pay and try to hide the possibility to navigate the site without paying). The three extensions are:

  1. Privacy Badger: Privacy Badger is a browser extension that helps to protect your privacy while browsing the web. It automatically learns to block invisible trackers and advertisers who do not respect the “Do Not Track” setting in your browser. By blocking these trackers, Privacy Badger prevents advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking your browsing habits.
  2. uBlock Origin: uBlock Origin is an efficient and lightweight ad blocker that not only blocks ads but also helps protect your privacy by blocking trackers. It offers a wide range of filter lists and allows users to create custom rules for enhanced control. The extension helps to improve browsing speed and reduces the risk of malware infections by blocking malicious content.
  3. I Don’t Care About Cookies (optional): This extension helps you get rid of annoying cookie consent notices on websites. While cookies are essential for many websites to function properly, the constant pop-ups and consent requests can be disruptive. “I Don’t Care About Cookies” simplifies your browsing experience by automatically accepting or hiding cookie notices (it always tries first to accept only the necessary cookies).

All three extensions are free of costs, serious and trustworthy, and can be used without concerns. All three extensions work “out of the box” with standard settings. That said, let’s now move on to the step-by-step tutorial to install these extensions in the Firefox browser:

Step 1: Open Firefox
Launch the Firefox browser on your computer.

Step 2: Access the Firefox Add-ons Manager
Click on the menu button (three horizontal lines) in the upper-right corner of the browser window, and then click on “Add-ons and Themes” or simply press Ctrl+Shift+A to open the Add-ons Manager.

Step 3: Search for the extensions
In the Add-ons Manager, type “Privacy Badger” in the search bar and press Enter. Repeat this process for “uBlock Origin” and “I Don’t Care About Cookies” in separate searches.

Step 4: Install Privacy Badger (after having it searched as in step 3)
Locate “Privacy Badger” in the search results, click on it, and then click on the “+ Add to Firefox” button. A prompt will appear, click “Add” to confirm the installation. After successful installation, you’ll see a Privacy Badger icon in your browser’s toolbar.

Step 5: Install uBlock Origin (after having it searched as in step 3)
Locate “uBlock Origin” in the search results, click on it, and then click on the “+ Add to Firefox” button. A prompt will appear, click “Add” to confirm the installation. After successful installation, you’ll see a uBlock Origin icon in your browser’s toolbar.

Step 6: Install I Don’t Care About Cookies (after having it searched as in step 3)
Locate “I Don’t Care About Cookies” in the search results, click on it, and then click on the “+ Add to Firefox” button. A prompt will appear, click “Add” to confirm the installation. After successful installation, you’ll see an “I Don’t Care About Cookies” icon in your browser’s toolbar.

…and you are done.

Now, you’ve successfully installed all three extensions in your Firefox browser. Be sure they are all three activated. They will automatically start blocking ads, trackers, and silently bypass cookie banners, providing you with a more streamlined browsing experience. Not bad, eh? Now try it out on some sites you know are pestering you with ads and similar s**t.

Enjoy an ad- and tracker-free Internet experience, for free :-)

Canon Might Soon Announce The Canon EOS R100

Nab 2023 Canon Eos R5 Mark Ii Canon Eos R8 CP+ 2024 Mark Ii Canon EOS Rf 24-50mm R6 Mark Ii Rf Mount Eos R6 Mark Ii Rf 300mm Rf 35mm Canon Eos R100 Rf 24mm F/1.8 Rf-s Canon Eos R7 Eos R100 Canon High Resolution Eos R R10 Eos C5 Canon Canon Eos R1 Eos R5c Canon Rf 16mm Rf 35mm F/1.2L EF Lenses Tilt-shift Lenses Rumor

We broke the news about a possible Canon EOS R100 time ago. Now it appears the camera might get announced soon.

It seems 5chan has become the new source for rumors. Everyone takes from there, but the usual suspects do not quote it. Believe me, 90% of the rumors come from there.

Like this one. The Canon EOS R100 is actively discusses, with some leaks we think might be real. Have a look about what is rumored (at least the name “EOS R100” seems to be sure):

  • RF 28mm F2.8 STM lens – $299
  • Lens Hood EW-55: $45
  • EOS R100 Body – $479
  • EOS R100 RF-S18-45 IS STM Lens Kit – $599
  • EOS R100 Double Zoom Kit (18-45mm & 55-210mm) – $829

The Canon EOS R100 might be the first RF-mount camera that will actively take the place of the EOS M lineup. We’ll see.

[via asobinet]

DxO Announces Nik Collection 6 (standalone & plug-in)

Nik Collection 6

I am old fashioned, I know. I used Nik Collection since its incipit and never felt out of love for it. I believe everyone shoud give it a try.

DxO released a new version, Nik Collection 6 (trail version available). Nik Collection 6 can be used as a standalone application as well as plugin together with other programs.

If you want to learn more about this amazing suite of software, there is a video below that might answer all your questions. The first video imediately below this sentence is just a short introduction to Nik Collection 6.

Press release:

DxO announces Nik Collection 6, bringing upgrades to the premium suite of plugins that boosts the photo editing power of Lightroom Classic and Photoshop

Nik Collection, the world’s favorite set of photo editing plugins, has been revamped for a fresh generation of creative photographers. Version 6 sees comprehensive upgrades to Nik Collection’s innovative U Point™tool, including new Control Lines, Color Selectivity filters, inverted and diffused adjustments, and a cleaner look to the workspace. There’s also a new filter for Nik Color Efex, an updated interface for Nik Dfine, additional Smart Object functionality, and plenty more refinements to accelerate your photo editing workflow.

Together, Nik Collection 6 gives you all the tools you need to make better photos.

Paris (France): DxO Labs, the company which has pioneered innovative photo editing software for more than 25 years, is proud to present the new and improved Nik Collection. A cornerstone of photo editing for decades, Nik Collection has long been the go-to plugin suite for photographers who want to edit with freedom, creativity, and technical precision. Now, version 6 takes this to another level.

Updated and upgraded, Nik Collection 6’s eight individual apps can be used alone, or as plugins within the most popular photo editing software like Adobe Lightroom Classic and Photoshop. Including the full gamut of creative and technical tools needed to make images with impact, they cover everything from simple editing of color, tonality, and sharpness, to HDR effects, denoising, geometry, and more.

Delivering quick results when you’re in a rush, and offering endless depth when you need to go deeper, Nik Collection’s powerful, innovative tools and ease of use make it the essential plugin suite for every photographer.

More creativity, more controlNik Collection was the birthplace of U Point™technology, the most intuitive tool for local adjustments in photo editing. Available across the suite, U Point has been upgraded to add new functionality to make selective edits more intuitive in the following ways:

●NEWControl Lines add flexibility when making broad adjustments, bringing the power of Control Points to linear gradients

●NEWControl Point diffusion features mean you can regulate the strength and style of adjustments more easily

●NEWControl Points and Control Lines can now be inverted, giving you huge flexibility when editing

●NEWColor Selectivity sliders allow Control Point and Control Line editing to be tied to specific colors and tones in an image

●NEWRenamable Local Adjustments let you stay on top of complex edits, so you’ll never lose sight of your work

●NEWLocal Adjustments can now be saved as Presets, giving you quick access to your most frequently used edits

A cleaner look for those who want it

We all like to do things our own way, and that’s just as true in terms of editing as it is in picture taking. New to Nik Collection 6 is the ability to choose where sliders for local adjustments appear on screen. Controls can be kept in a sidebar to keep the image area clean or overlaid on top of the image in the traditional Nik Collection style

Always easy to use

Despite all of its new and improved features, Nik Collection 6 is easier to use than ever before. Available to hundreds of millions of users, it plugs straight into DxO PhotoLab, Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom Classic, and Affinity Photo, providing unprecedented creative featureswithout affecting your preferred workflow. Several new workflow features make editing even better:

●NEWTurn your edits into a Smart Object at any stage from within the plugin, giving you fully non-destructive editing in Photoshop

●NEWCall on any of your last 15 Nik Collection edits and apply them with a single click

●NEWPresets can now be searched for by name so you can instantly find your favorite edits

●NEWHiDPI & Multiscreen support lets you work with all screen configurations

●NEWAffinity Photo is now automatically detected as part of installation

Individual app upgrades

Five of the eight plugins that make up Nik Collection 6 see significant individual upgrades bringing new features and smoother functionality:

●Nik Color Efexgains a brand-new Hue/Saturation/Luminance tool, for deeper and more accurate control of color and tone

●Nik Dfinereceives a complete visual overhaul bringing it into line with the other plugins, creating a more refined experience as well as improved options for saving denoising recipes and returning to them in just a few clicks

●Nik Perspective adds the powerful new ReShape Tool which allows photographers to warp and shape local areas for complete precision

●Nik Sharpeneris also receiving a rebuild and interface overhaul, destined for Nik 6.2, and available as a free update

●Nik HDR Efex, the premier tool for exposure blending, also gets a fresh new interface as part of version 6.3 (arriving in August), providing a clearer, faster workflow.

What’s in Nik Collection 6?

Nik Collection 6 includes eight powerful plugins that also function as standalone apps, covering everything you need as a photographer to improve your images, both creatively and technically:

●Nik Color EfexCountless striking filters for color, tone, contrast, and more

●Nik Silver EfexDarkroom-inspired controls for the ultimate in black-and-white photo editing●Nik Analog EfexDive into history and discover endless analog effects to give photos a vintage feel

●Nik VivezaShape color, manipulate tones, be bold, and inject passion

●Nik DfineRemove digital noise exactly where required, without destroying detail

●Nik PerspectiveFix perspective and distortion for geometric perfection or creative effects

●Nik HDR EfexHarmonize highlights and shadows for photos with a gorgeous dynamic range

●Nik SharpenerEnhance images with perfect sharpness, exactly where you need it.

Canon Patent: A Lens With A Built-In Conversion Lens

Canon Patent

Hope I got this Canon patent right. To me it seems to be a lens with a built-in conversion lens. Am I wrong?

Canon patent application 2023066205 (Japan, published: 5/15/2023) discusses optical formulas and methods for a lens with a construction that allows for a built-in conversion lens.

From the patent literature:

A large space is required to insert or withdraw a conversion lens inside an optical device, making it difficult to miniaturize the optical device.

SOLUTION: The optical apparatus rotates around a rotation axis perpendicular to the optical axis of the first lens group and the first lens group, and retreats from the optical axis, thereby changing the focal length range of the optical system. a second lens group that changes from the second focal length range to the first focal length range, wherein the second lens group is on both sides of a plane that is perpendicular to the rotation axis and passes through the optical axis. The center of the rotation shaft is positioned on the same side as the direction in which the is withdrawn.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention The present invention relates to optical equipment capable of changing the focal length range of a master lens by inserting or retracting a built-in conversion lens.
2. Description of the Related Art: In optical equipment such as digital cameras, video cameras, and interchangeable lenses, a conversion lens is inserted into an optical path to change a first focal length range to a telephoto side or a wide-angle side. 2 focal length ranges are known.
[…] The built-in conversion lens is retracted into the space between the prism that guides the subject image to the finder and the strobe that is stored above the lens barrel.
However, the configuration described in Patent Document 1 can only be applied to a kind of integrated lens type camera having a prism and a strobe. For this reason, it has been difficult to suppress the increase in size of cameras and interchangeable lenses that do not have at least either a prism or strobe.
Accordingly, the present invention provides an optical apparatus that has a built-in conversion lens so that a space for inserting or withdrawing the built-in conversion lens can be secured while suppressing an increase in the size of the lens. for the purpose.

[via asobinet]