Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review (Camera Labs)

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (Camera Labs)

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

At a glance:

  • 30.4MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6+ Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • DCI 4K Video at 30 fps; 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
  • Native ISO 32000, Expanded to ISO 102400
  • Dual Pixel RAW; AF Area Select Button
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • 7 fps Shooting; CF & SD Card Slots
  • Built-In GPS and Wi-Fi with NFC

Camera Labs tested the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. From the conclusion:

Canon’s EOS 5D Mark IV is the body many photographers have been waiting for, upgrading key aspects of the best-selling Mark III, while maintaining its core-premise of capturing great quality stills and video. Many of the upgrades were expected – necessary even – such as 4k video, Dual Pixel CMOS AF and built-in Wifi, but it’s great to also find a large touchscreen and built-in GPS receiver, while the boost in resolution, improved AF and quicker burst shooting are useful upgrades to the core features. The new Dual Pixel RAW mode also shows Canon thinking how it can exploit existing technology and while the adjustments can be subtle to say the least, some results hint at intriguing future possibilities.

Ultimately the 5D Mark IV does its job by bringing the four and a half year old Mark III completely up to date. Indeed it’s the ideal upgrade for Mark III owners, delivering a familiar operational experience but with significantly better performance in just about every regard. Read the review…

The review’s sample pictures are here.

[via Camera Labs]

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV user manual download

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Canon EF 600mm f/4 DO IS may come late 2017, several patents exist [CW3]

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Do you remember the prototype 600mm f/4 lens shown at Canon Expo 2015? Well, guess it was just a matter of time before a pertinent rumor surfaced.

A new Canon EF 600mm f/4 DO IS lens is said to be announced in late 2017. Indeed, there are several patents pointing to such a lens, both for a 600mm f/4 and 600mm f/5.6 and with some patents dating back to 2012 (1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5).

Given the amount of patents pointing to a 600mm optical formula, I guess it is a safe assumption that Canon is actively working on such a lens and that we will see it, sooner or later. While I am pretty sure Canon is working on a EF 600mm f/4 DO IS lens, I am sceptical about the announcement date since rumored dates for Canon’s big white “L” lenses rarely happened to be right.

The prototype EF 600mm f/4 DO lens (pic above and below) shown at Canon Expo 2015 features Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics, a technology Canon announced in August 2015. BR corrects chromatic aberrations. The technology was first seen on the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II.

The rumor adds some more juice, suggesting that

Canon is well on its way developing updates for the other “big white” prime lenses. While optics will likely be similar, Canon is working on weight savings techniques and updated coatings and IS systems. We don’t expect to see these lenses announced in 2017, although we’re told it’s possible we may see them being tested at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.

Pinch of salt needed here.

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II review (best Canon DSLR for sports, action and wildlife, Imaging Resource)

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Review (best Canon DSLR For Sports, Action And Wildlife, Imaging Resource)

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

At a glance:

  • 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • DCI 4K Video at 60 fps, 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF II
  • Native ISO 51200, Expanded to ISO 409600
  • 14 fps Shooting, 16 fps in Live View
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • Built-In GPS, CFast & CF Card Slots

Imaging Resource posted their comprehensive review of Canon’s new flagship, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, aka the “biggest, burliest and best Canon DSLR for sports, action and wildlife“.

From the conclusion:

[…] it’s big, it’s heavy, and it’s expensive, but the Canon 1DX Mark II is the best Canon DSLR for sports, action, wildlife, or photojournalism. The 20MP resolution is a slight increase from the earlier 1DX, but it might not suit those commercial photographers who need mountains of megapixels. However, for everything else, the Canon 1DX Mark II’s images are right on the money. Images look great, and dynamic range is excellent. High ISO performance is also top-notch, and the versatile autofocus and incredible burst shooting performance will not disappoint or slow you down. Read the review…

Sample images can be viewed here.

[via Imaging Resource]

Sustainability Report Highlights Canon’s Commitment to the Environment and Society

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Canon press release:

Canon exceeds 2015 goal for lifecycle CO2 emissions improvement.

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 30, 2016 – Highlighting the company’s approach towards creating a sustainable global society, Canon Inc., the parent company of Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, released its annual Sustainability Report. For 2015, Canon exceeded its goal of a 3 percent lifecycle CO2 emissions improvement index per product 1 over 2014 figures through efforts to make products more compact, lightweight, and energy efficient, as well as through improved efficiencies during manufacturing and transportation. The Company has also been recognized with multiple awards for its corporate environmental sustainability efforts.

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Canon Patent for CN-E 60-800mm f/4-5.6 Cinema Lens (for Super35mm sensors)

CN-E 60-800mm f/4-5.6

CN-E 60-800mm f/4-5.6

Canon patent for a whooping CN-E 60-800mm f/4-5.6 zoom lens for Canon’s Cinema line-up. The lens is for Super35mm sensors, that’s 1″ sensors as featured om Canon’s Cinema cameras.

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-173529
    • Published 2016.9.29
    • Filing date 2015.3.18
  • Example
    • Zoom ratio 13.33
    • Focal length 60.00 300.00 800.00
    • F-number 4.00 4.00 5.60
    • Half angle of view (degrees) 14.53 2.97 1.11
    • The total lens length 465.36 465.36 465.36
    • BF 55.10 55.10 55.10

As usual it’s hard to state if a patent will ever hit the market.

[via Egami]