Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS Against the Competition (LensRentals)

Canon EF 85mm F/1.4L IS Against The Competition (LensRentals)

Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/22
  • One GMo Aspherical Element
  • Air Sphere and Fluorine Coatings
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

LensRentals reviewed the new Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS. They appear pretty fond of it.

From the conclusion:

The Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II is the standard and is really middle of the road in this comparison. It’s a great lens with that dreamy bokeh but is the most expensive and is slow to focus. The Canon EF 85mm f1.4L IS performed amazingly with everything I threw at it. It’s sharper than the 1.2, faster, and has image stabilization but is still pretty expensive. The budget Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art lens is sharp and quick but is really heavy. My new choice to keep in my camera bag for a wedding is definitely going to be the new Canon EF 85mm f1.4L IS for the image stabilization alone. That adds a whole new layer to the focal length and is a great addition. Read the review…

More Ef 85mm f/1.4L IS coverage here. The Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS is in stock and sells for $1,599 at Amazon US,  Adorama, Canon Store, and B&H Photo.

More Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS order/pre-order links (if available in the respective countries):

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
Canada: Amazon Canada, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Canada, Canon Canada
France: Amazon FR, DigitalRev, eBay FR, Canon France
Germany: Amazon DE, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photographie, Canon Deutschland
Italy: Amazon IT, DigitalRev, eBay IT, Canon Italia
United Kingdom: Amazon UK, Park Cameras, Warehouseexpress, DigitalRev, eBay.uk, Canon UK
USA: Amazon USA, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

Deal: Canon Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-55mm lens – $449 (reg. $799, today only)

Deal: Canon Rebel T5i With EF-S 18-55mm Lens – $449 (reg. $799, Today Only)

Canon Rebel T5i  at a glance:

  • 18 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 9-Point Cross-Type AF, Hybrid CMOS AF
  • Native, ISO 12800, Expandable to 25600
  • 5 fps Continuous Shooting
  • 63-Zone Dual-Layer Metering System
  • Scene Intelligent Auto Mode
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

Great deal by authorised Canon retailer B&H Photo. The Canon Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, on sale at $449. Compare at $799. Today only, free shipping.


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Canon research publishes paper on global shutter sensor

global shutterCanon’s research division posted a paper named “Development of Gentle Slope Light Guide Structure in a 3.4 μm Pixel Pitch Global Shutter CMOS Image Sensor with Multiple Accumulation Shutter Technology” (Hiroshi Sekine, Masahiro Kobayashi, Yusuke Onuki, Kazunari Kawabata, Toshiki Tsuboi, Yasushi Matsuno, Hidekazu Takahashi, Shunsuke Inoue, and Takeshi Ishikawa).

The paper describes a concept for a global shutter sensor. The paper’s abstract states:

CMOS image sensors (CISs) with global shutter (GS) function are strongly required in order to avoid image degradation. However, CISs with GS function have generally been inferior to the rolling shutter (RS) CIS in performance, because they have more components. This problem is remarkable in small pixel pitch. The newly developed 3.4 µm pitch GS CIS solves this problem by using multiple accumulation shutter technology and the gentle slope light guide structure. As a result, the developed GS pixel achieves 1.8 e temporal noise and 16,200 efull well capacity with charge domain memory in 120 fps operation. The sensitivity and parasitic light sensitivity are 28,000 e/lx·s and −89 dB, respectively. Moreover, the incident light angle dependence of sensitivity and parasitic light sensitivity are improved by the gentle slope light guide structure.

Canon’s approach to the issue is two-fold (see also the picture after the quoted text):

[…] two key techniques to realize superior optical characteristics while suppressing the reduction of saturation more than the conventional GS pixels. The first technique is the multiple accumulation shutter technology. This technique improves pixel saturation. The second technique is the light guide structure. This technique improves optical performance. As a premise of adopting these two techniques, we first explain the idea of saturation allocation that is important in these techniques.

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The research paper is publicly available here, and was spotted by Image Sensors World.

X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo (Pink) deal – $49.99 (re. $99.99, today only)

X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo (Pink) Deal – $49.99 (re. $99.99, Today Only)

X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo at a glance:

  • Creative Enhancement Target
  • Classic Target
  • White Balance Target
  • Protective Pocket-Sized Case
  • Camera Calibration Software
  • Accurate Consistent Color

B&H Photo has the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo (pink) on sale at $49.99. Compare at $99.99. Today only.


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Smartphones account for 50% of photos uploaded to Flickr, Canon EOS 5D Mark III most used DSLR

Flickr Blog published some figures about the device used by its users to snap pictures that get uploaded to the platform.

Smartphones dominate by upload volume, a trend we saw last year and that’s getting stronger:

Smartphones accounted for 50% of the photos uploaded to Flickr, up from 48% in 2016.
DSLR was 33%, up from 25% in 2016, and point and shoot was 12%, down from 21% in 2016.
Mirrorless remained at 4% of total uploads for the third year in a row.

Mirrorless still not playing a significant role on Flickr leaves me a bit puzzled. Where have all those Sony, Olympus and Fuji cams gone?

As for the the brands, we see Apple’s domination (54% of photos), accounting for 9 out of the top 10 devices. The first DSLR that follows in this list is the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs), the most used DSLR on Flickr. Canon is also the second most used brand, after Apple and before Nikon. Canon devices make 23% of the top 100 most used devices, Nikon 18%.

[Flickr Blog via Digicame Info]

MacPhun Aurora HDR named best MAC App of 2017

Aurora HDR

MacPhun Aurora HDR has been named best Mac OS X application of 2017. And that’s for a good reason.

Aurora HDR is a powerful editing software for your Mac. Aurora HDR is not just a tool for merging bracketed images, it also provides numerous tools and countless options to create perfect HDR photos for every taste – from one-click presets and advanced tone-mapping, to layers, noise reduction and powerful luminosity masking controls.

You can purchase both Luminar and Aurora HDR and and get a $10 discount with code WATCH.

The code does not expire.

What’s new in Aurora HDR 2018:

  • Next-generation Tone Mapping – A new smart Tone Mapping algorithm automatically reduces noise, and produces more realistic and natural initial results.
  • Mac and Windows versions – Aurora HDR 2018 is available both for Mac and PC users, enabling mixed-computer households to share the same product key.
  • Lens Correction Tool* – The new Lens Correction filter easily fixes all kinds of lens distortion, from barrel and pincushion to chromatic aberration and vignetting.
  • Transform Tool* – Easily scale, rotate and shift your image to better fit your vision.
  • Dodge & Burn Filter – Selectively lighten or darken specific areas of an image to artfully direct your viewer’s eye towards the key subject of your image, similar to a traditional darkroom technique.
  • HDR Enhance Filter – Adds details and clarity to an image, adjusting colors, details and contrast without creating artificial halos or other problems.
  • User Interface – A new, modern and responsive user interface brings a powerful, yet joyful experience to HDR photo editing.
  • History Panel – An easy-to-reference list of edits made to your image, the History panel allows you to click on any editing step to revert the photo to an earlier stage of editing.
  • Touch Bar support for Mac – Aurora HDR 2018 adds Touch Bar support to give new MacBook Pro users fast access to key editing features and speed up their workflow.
  • Image Flip and Rotate* – Perfect for correcting photos with incorrect horizons or making creative compositions or other stylistic changes to an image.
  • IMPROVED: New Structure Algorithm – The re-developed Structure tool allows you to adjust detail and clarity of an image to get a classic HDR effect with great detail or a smoother effect with less details.
  • IMPROVED: RAW handling – An improved RAW conversion brings out more details in shadows/highlights, displays colors more accurately and reduces noise in RAW files.
  • IMPROVED: Crop tool update – Now specify custom crop sizes for even more versatility.
  • IMPROVED: Speed – Faster merging and masking performance, improvement in RAW image processing.