[Review] Another EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Review

Canon’s new, cute EF 40mm f/2.8 STM ($199, click here) is getting lots of reviews, and most of them are more than just positive. The review I cover today comes from fstoppers, and it is the most critic review I saw so far (although it is outlining the strengths of the lens). Sample pics shot with an EOS 7D, a Rebel T4i/650D and a EOS 5D are available for download (scroll down to the end of the post).

[via fstoppers]

How Cool Is This #2: EOS 5D Mark III Tutorials Available For Playback On The Camera’s Display

Thanks to reader jlawr.

Manuals and tutorials for the EOS 5D Mark III can be uploaded on your camera and then viewed on the LCD display. The other Canon camera that comes with this feature is the EOS-1D X. Tutorials for a plenty of the camera’s functionalities are available for download (click here). This is a fine thing, since you can have all the needed references with you, on the cam, without the need of a tablet, notebook etc. The tutorials are covering autofocus settings, audio options, manual controls, compression methods, time code, and more.

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

How Cool Is This: EOS-1D X Manuals And Videos Displayed On Camera LCD

I think it is definitely cool, and was spotted by unitedbyphotography! The EOS-1D X manuals and videos are provided by Canon and can be seen on the camera’s display. The tutorials have been created for the various, different functions. You save the tutorials on the memory card and…voilà: all the knowledge and reference you need out there is on the camera, always with you, and can be seen on the camera’s LCD display. The tutorials can be downloaded here. I wish Canon would do this also for less high-end gear. Quoting the guys at unitedbyphotography:

Canon have produced a handy set of video and pdf tutorials for you to download and keep as reference.
These easy to follow guides explain with step by step instructions on how to operate the Canon 1DX DSLR
camera and better understand the menus and features on it.

The Time Code Custom Operation for DSLR video users and video compression methods options,
allows the user to set readable time code for video editing programs and allow how video is stored and
is compressed according to the needs of the user.

This is in addition to spot metering, finder display, subject recognition and multiple exposure shooting
ideal for HDR photography or combining multiple exposed images to create a composite.

Others include:
Audio Options
AI Servo In-Camera Adjustments
Drive Modes
Manual Selection of AF Points
AF Configuration Tool
AF Area Selection

For the time being the EOS-1D X can be pre-ordered for $6,799.00 at Adorama (click here)B&H (click here)Amazon US (click here) and DigitalRev (click here).

[unitedbyphotography via planet5d]

[Rumor] EOS 3D And EF 50mm f/1.8 II Murmurings

New tidbits about the almost mythological EOS 3D (rumored since years) and a possible new 50mm f/1.4 II lens. Let’s start with the lens. I reported that there where rumors about Canon working on a new 50mm f/1.8 lens with Image Stabilization. Now, according to CR, a new 50mm f/1.4 is could have been seen out in the wild:

There are even reports of people shooting with the new lens and that it may have appeared on an updated Canon price list (I would love to see the price list). The retail price is said to be $849 on an “EF 50 f/1.4 II”.

Next, the fabled EOS 3D. NL reports a rumor saying that a 47 Megapixel, full frame camera is under test. The camera should have an EOS 5D Mark III-shaped body. No more hints.

[via CR, NL]

[Review] EOS 1D-X: Best DSLR Ever Made (According To Scott Bourne)

While still being on backorder everywhere, Canon’s new flagship, the full frameEOS-1D X ($6,799), is already getting enthusiastic reviews. Scott Bourne raves about this camera (emphasis mine):

This is without a doubt the most impressive camera I’ve seen since I went digital. There: You have the executive summary. The Canon 1D X is a certified monster of a camera. It’s the biggest, the fastest, and if you’ll permit me to create a word that is illegal in Scrabble, the bestest 35mm DSLR I’ve ever seen or used.

The EOS 1D-X features the same AF system as the EOS 5D Mark III, with just ome difference: the 1D-X has a dedicated CPU for this task. On the EOS 1D-X…

The autofocus is the best you can buy in this format. I’ve tested and used the 5D Mark III, so I was already familiar with Canon’s excellent new 61-point autofocus system. But on the Canon 1DX the autofocus gets a boost with its own dedicated DIGIC processor. This makes the AF even faster and more accurate than the 5D Mark III’s AF — and that is no small accomplishment.

I suggest you have a look at the original article. For the time being the EOS 1D-X can be pre-ordered for $6,799.00 at Adorama (click here)B&H (click here)Amazon US (click here) and DigitalRev (click here). Canon 1D-X features:

  • Newly designed 18.1 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, 14-bit A/D conversion, wide range ISO setting 100-51,200 (L:50, H1: 102400, H2: 204800) for shooting from bright to dim light and next generation Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors for enhanced noise reduction and blazing processing speed
  • New 61-Point High Density Reticular AF including 41 cross-type AF points with f/4.0 lens support including 5 dual diagonal AF points (sensitive to f/2.8), plus EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF for accurate subject tracking
  • EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis) powered by Canon’s DIGIC 4 Image Processor, featuring a 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor with subject and color recognition for reliable AE
  • EOS HD Video with manual exposure control and multiple frame rates (1080: 30p (29.97) /24p (23.976) / 25p, 720: 60p (59.94) / 50p, 480: 60p (59.94) / 50p) with 4GB automatic file partitioning (continuous recording time 29 minutes 59 seconds) with selectable “All i-frame” or IPB compression
  • Outstanding shooting performance: up to 12.0 fps continuous shooting (14.0 fps in Super High Speed Mode) using a UDMA CF card
  • Magnesium alloy body with shutter durability tested up to 400,000 cycles, exclusive dust-and-weather resistance and new Ultrasonic Wave Motion Cleaning (UWMC) for improved vibration-based dust removal
  • Intelligent Viewfinder with superimposed LCD display, approximately 100% field of view, wide viewing angle of 35 degrees and 0.76x magnification
  • 3.2-inch Clear View II LCD monitor, 170 degree viewing angle, 1,040,000-dot VGA, reflection resistance with multi coating and high-transparency materials for bright and clear viewing
  • Improved handling with the addition of new customizable controls and enhanced recording options with Dual Card Slots, Gigabit-Ethernet terminal and compatibility with optional Canon Wireless File Transmitter and GPS Receiver

[via IR]