Canon ZOOM Digital Monocular Can Now Be Preordered ($319.99, ships 12/8/2021)

Canon ZOOM Digital Monocular

Canon’s ZOOM Digital Monocular can now be preordered at $319.99. It will ship starting December 8th, and has a whooping 100-400mm optical zoom.

At a glance:

  • 12.1MP CMOS Sensor
  • 100-400mm Equivalent Optical Zoom
  • One-Touch Switchable Zoom
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 30 fps
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 2.36m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • 2x Digital Zoom, 800mm Equivalent
  • Internal Battery and USB Type-C Charging
  • Included microSDHC Memory Card

B&H Photo has the Canon ZOOM Digital Monocular ready for preorder at $319.99. Seems to be a nice gadget, alone for the amazing optical reach.

Canon ZOOM Digital Monocular Overview

Long-range viewing and recording with a compact, pocketable design, the Canon ZOOM Digital Monocular is a unique blend of a digital camera and a stabilized monocular. Helping to easily and clearly see distant subjects, the ZOOM incorporates a 12MP CMOS sensor and an impressive 100-400mm-equivalent zoom lens, with 2x digital zoom possible, for handheld viewing of birds, wildlife, and sports subjects.

12MP CMOS Sensor and 100-400mm Zoom Lens

  • A 12.1MP CMOS sensor records both stills and Full HD 1080p video up to 30 fps.
  • One-touch switchable zoom control permits instant switching from 100mm to 400mm positions, and then further to 800mm using 2x digital zoom.
  • Optical Image Stabilization technology helps to steady handheld use for sharper shooting and steadier viewing. Powered IS suits even the most subtle of movement types, like breathing, while Dual Sensing IS corrects stronger movement types and longer viewing times.
  • A single-point AF system provides quick and accurate TTL focusing performance to suit various subject types. Additionally, a Face Tracking feature can be used to detect and track recognized faces to benefit viewing and photographing fast-moving action, like sports.
  • Magnification and Field of View:
    • 100mm (Approx. 1.2x): 102′ / 30m at 100 yd
    • 400mm (Approx. 4.8x): 25.7′ / 7.8m at 100 yd
    • 800mm (Approx. 9.6x): 12.9′ / 3.9m at 100 yd

Portable Design and Intuitive Handling

  • Compact design is pocketable and offers easy one-handed use.
  • Integrated 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder has a 59.94 fps refresh rate for fluid motion rendering and high clarity.
  • One-touch three-step button makes for fast zoom changes between 100mm, 400mm, and 2x digital (800mm) positions.
  • Dedicated Photo and Rec buttons for stills and video capture.
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity pair with the Canon Camera Connect App for remote live view monitoring and wireless file sharing to a mobile device.
  • Featuring a microSD memory card slot for storing photos and videos and a 16GB microSDHC memory card is included.
  • Internal lithium-ion battery can be charged via the USB Type-C port and the battery provides approximately 150 shots, or two hours of viewing, per charge.

The White Unicorn Is Back: Canon EOS R With APS-C To Come In 2022?

Canon EOS R With Aps-c

And here we are again. A new rumor about the Canon EOS R model with a crop sensor.

This time the rumor goes with high confidence, according to Canon Rumors, which gave it their highest ranking. I am still very skeptical about this to be real, but who am I to tell? Most about the EOS R with APS-C is still in the realm of the unknown, though:

The long rumoured APS-C RF mount camera from Canon is starting to appear more and more likely. […] have been told by an [sic] solid source that Canon is “definitely” releasing an APS-C RF mount camera in 2022.

[…] don’t know if we’re talking about something like an “EOS R7” or a camera (s) to take the place of the EOS M line.

Call me a disbeliever but I do still have a hard time to buy it. Guess I will be proven wrong. Time will tell.

Canon RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS Review (an excellent upgrade, D. Abbott)

RF 100mm F/2.8L Macro IS Review

Here is a Canon RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS review from one of our favorite reviewers.

Key Features

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • 1.4x Magnification with Autofocus
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 10.2″
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Smooth and Quiet Auto Focus
  • Optical Image Stabilization; Hybrid IS
  • Control Ring for Direct Setting Changes
  • 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Weather-Sealed Construction

Dustin Abbott posted his exhaustive Canon RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS review. From his conclusion:

The Canon RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM is a (mostly) excellent upgrade to the outstanding Canon EF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS.  It gives higher magnification, better resolution, and faster, quieter autofocus.  The improvement to the 1.4x magnification is always welcome, as when you are doing macro work you want as much flexibility as possible.

There are a couple of misses here.  The focus shift issue will impact image sharpness in some situations, and I feel like the SA Control feature is largely going to be a gimmick for most users.  There’s also the reality that the lens has grown a fair bit in size relative to the EF version.  It’s also the best macro option available on RF right now, and the images that it produces are genuinely gorgeous.  Rich color, excellent contrast, and fabulous detail regardless of your distance to the subject.

As usual the review comes with a huge set of sample pictures, comparison charts, and all the information you might want to know. Dustin’s reviews are what I look for when I am about to purchase new gear. And for those who prefer to watch their reviews, Dustin Abbott provides a comprehensive video-review (below, short version first, long version second).

More gear reviews by Dustin Abbott are listed here. You can follow Dustin Abbott on Twitter, YouTube, or on his website.

More Canon RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS review stuff is listed here.

Orders in USA are open at $1,399: B&H Photo | Adorama. More worldwide orders:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, Canon CA, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Wex Photo Video, Canon DE, Canon UK

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Today Only: Lexar 256GB 1667x UHS-II SDXC Memory Card (2-Pack) – $117.99 (reg. $194.99)

Lexar 256GB

Only for today (11/30/2021) B&H Photo has a very good deal on Lexar 256GB Professional 1667x UHS-II SDXC memory cards (2-Pack).

At a glance:

  • 256GB Capacity per Card
  • UHS-II / V60 / U3 / Class 10
  • Max Read Speed: 250 MB/s
  • Max Write Speed: 120 MB/s
  • Min Write Speed: 60 MB/s
  • Records Full HD, 3D, and 4K Video
  • Built-In Write Protect Switch
  • Downloadable Image Rescue Software

Get the Lexar 256GB Professional 1667x UHS-II SDXC Memory Card (2-Pack) on sale at $117.99. Compare at $194.99.

Curated and selected Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals:

Refurbished lenses and DSLRs at Canon Store (best deals might be found here)

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Cyber Monday: Save 40% On Capture One Pro 21, On Sale At $179 (reg. $299)

Another great photo editing software deal. Save 40% on Capture One Pro 21 (Mac and Windows).

At a glance:

  • Image Processing and Raw File Conversion
  • Instant Tethered Capture and Live View
  • Basic Color Editor, Scrolling Tools
  • Updated HDR, Noise Reduction, Crop Tools
  • Layered Workflow and Annotations
  • Luminosity, Gradient, and Radial Masks
  • Catalogs and Sessions, DNG File Support
  • Third-Party Plug-In Support
  • Over 500 Cameras & Raw Files Supported
  • For macOS 11/10.13 and Windows 10/8.1

B&H Photo has Capture One Pro 21 on sale at $179.Compare at regular $299.

Curated and selected Black Friday deals:

Refurbished lenses and DSLRs at Canon Store (best deals might be found here)

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Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO Announced, World’s Smallest 2x Macro

Laowa 85mm

Venus Optics announced the Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO lens. The world’s smallest 2x macro lens, say’s the manufacturer.

The Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO is currently available to order on the official website of Venus Optics and their authorized resellers. Recommended Retail Price in the US is $449 (Canon RF, Nikon Z, Sony FE) and $499 (Leica M). Shipping starts from early December 2021.

Laowa 85mm f/5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO is a mirrorless-designed macro lens with 28.55° angle of view for full frame. It is the smallest 2x macro lens in the Full Frame market. It weighs just around 252g (Leica M mount without caps and hood) which is super portable and handy for macro shooters. It features an apochromatic (APO) characteristic that chromatic aberration at both ‘in-focus’ & ‘out-of-focus’ is compressed to minimum. This new lens is able to focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity which can serve as both macro and portrait lens with great image quality.