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]

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[Rumor] Canon’s Entry-Level Full Frame Camera: Possible Specifications

Canonrumors reports new hints about an upcoming Canon full frame camera that could be announced in Fall (read Photokina). Apparently there are some prototypes out in the wild, undergoing testing. The most probable specifications are summed up:

  • 22mp (Same sensor as 5D3)
  • 19 AF Points
  • 4fps
  • ISO 100-51200
  • 3″ LCD
  • Smaller than the 5D Mark II
  • More Plastic than metal in the construction
  • Pop-Up Flash (On at least one prototype)
  • $1999 USD at launch
  • Launched with a new non-L full frame kit lens (Undisclosed what the lens is)
  • Compatible with full frame STM lenses

An sub $2000 full frame camera would be a great thing for a lot of people, wanting the benefits of a full frame sensor without the price tag such cameras are having for the time being. And while we are talking about full frame sensor, there is an interesting article by German photographer Falk Lumo [via petapixel] about the artificial separation between APS-C and full frame sensor because of mere business reasons. Worth to be read.

 by 2012 there is an artificial separation between the APS-C and full frame markets. Artificial because less people still believe that full frame must be expensive. And artificial because image qualities beyond an effective resolution of 20 MP may simply require full frame. The new offers from Nikon (D800 and D600) therefore directly address this and may accelerate the disappearence of the artificial market separation. This is known as “supercriticality”: the market ought to offer uncrippled, full frame enthusiast cameras in the $1,500 segment but offers APS-C cameras instead. Supercritical systems “fall” into their preferred state after only small perturbations occur. Once this happens, a D800 type camera will be in the $1,500 segment.

Let’s hope Canon gets the message.

[Patent] Canon 135mm f/2.8 and a 180mm f/3.5 Using An Apodization Filter

135mm f/2.8
180mm f/3.5

Japanese site Egami (machine translated) spotted another patent filed by Canon. This time it is about a 135mm f/2.8 and a 180mm f/3.5 lens. The news are an apodization filter that should help provide a more pleasant bokeh.

  • Patent Publication No. 2012-128151
    • 2012.7.5 Release Date
    • 2010.12.15 filing date
  • Example 1
    • 137.2mm – f = 135.0 focal length
    • Fno 2.83 -. 3.90
    • 9.1 deg half each painting.
    • Image height 21.60mm
    • 186.7mm – 150.0 full-length lens
    • BF 47.4 – 80.7mm
    • Lens Construction 10 elements in 7 groups sheet
    • 1 UD glass sheet
    • 0.25 times the maximum magnification ratio
  • Example 6
    • 179.1mm – f = 180.0 focal length
    • Fno 3.50 -. 4.00
    • 6.9 deg half each painting.
    • Image height 21.60mm
    • 218.0mm – 199.8 full-length lens
    • BF 70.0 – 89.8mm
    • Lens Construction 11 elements in 7 groups sheet
    • 1 UD glass sheet
    • 0.11 times the maximum magnification ratio
  • (Bokeh) out of focus look of the important
  • Apodization filter
    • The periphery of the filter transmittance is reduced
    • Added to the luminous flux intensity distribution
    • Bokeh is beautiful and the outline of the
  • Apodization element variable
    • If the liquid of same refractive index as the shape of the interface, no variation occurs in aberration
    • To be the same refractive power of the two liquids, the Abbe number is difficult
  • Canon‘s patented
    • Variable element shape
      • Voltage is applied, changing the shape of the interface
      • Obtain the effect of apodization
      • Varying refractive power, the Abbe number
    • To reduce the time variable aberrations of shape
      • By a twist of the material performed, to optimize the absorption coefficient, to suppress the generation of aberration to moderate the curvature of the interface
      • To reverse the two materials (such as liquid), the amount of chromatic aberration, do the negation
      • Suppress the two materials (such as liquid), refractive index, the difference between the Abbe number
    • The entire feeding (with floating)