Latest BCN Figures Show Nothing Has Changed , Sony Still The Alpha Dog


They are getting a bit boring, those BCN figures. Can they still be considered an indicator of…something?

Latest BCN statistics for the Japanese market show that Sony is still the alpha dog (no pun intended) in the mirrorless pack. The figures show that Canon is either “getting close” to Sony, or “still behind” Sony. Guess it depends by your very personal philosophy.

Forget statistics, take photos.

Deal: Sunpak TravelLite 50 Reverse-Folding Tripod & Ball Head – $39.95 (reg. $89.95, today only)


Pretty good deal at at B&H Photo, but only for today (5/28/2021): 56% off on the Sunpak TravelLite 50 Reverse-Folding Tripod with Ball Head.

At a glance:

  • Load Capacity: 11 lb
  • Maximum Height: 51″
  • Minimum Height: 13.5″
  • Folded Length: 13.2″
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 2.2 lb
  • Aluminum Construction
  • Twist Locks
  • Arca-Type Compatible QR Plate Included
  • Includes Carrying Case

Get the Sunpak TravelLite 50 Reverse-Folding Tripod with Ball Head on sale at $39.95. Compare at $89.95.

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

Save $10 on Luminar 4 and/or Aurora HDR 2019 using our code “WATCH” at checkout.

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Skylum Luminar AI Update Released, Performance Improved

Luminar Ai

Skylum Luminar AI is a photo editing software I like a lot. The reason is simple: I am lazy, and not a great photographer. Luminar AI helps out with clever artificial intelligence algorithms and smart gimmicks.

At a glance:

  • Photo Editing and Raw Image Processing
  • Non-Destructive Workflow
  • AI Sky Replacement, Structure, Enhance
  • AI Skin & Portrait Enhancer
  • Smart Contrast, Sunrays, Looks Gallery
  • Library Panel for Image Management
  • Adjustment Syncing and Batch Processing
  • Smart Shortcuts and Luminar Trash
  • Can Be Used Standalone or as Plug-In
  • Enjoy realistic water reflections when replacing skies
  • Finely control the placement of your new Sky and its reflection
  • Add ripples on the water for a subtle blur effect
  • Have fun placing Sky Objects that you can see and easily select in the dropdown menu
  • For macOS 10.13.6 and Later / Windows 10

You can download a demo version of Luminar AI, or buy it with a $10 discount by using our code “WATCH” at checkout. Luminar AI update 1.3.0 is explained in the video below by Jim Nix. If you never heard about Luminar AI give it a try. It’s rather impressing.

More about Skylum Luminar AI and its features after the break.

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II & EOS 5D Mark IV Firmware Updates Released (USB 3 compatibility)

Canon Eos-1d X

Canon released a small firmware update for the Canon EOS -1D X Mark II and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

Firmware Version 1.1.8 (EOS-1D X Mark II and firmware version 1.3.2 (EOS 5D Mark IV) incorporate the following fix:

  • Improves the camera’s connection compatibility to a PC while using a USB 3.0 or higher compatible cable.
    • Firmware Version 1.1.8 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.1.7. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.1.8, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

Download the latest Canon EOS-1D X Mark II firmware here.

Download the latest Canon EOS 5D Mark IV firmware here.

Canon Patent: 83mm f/1.4 For The Canon RF Mount

Canon Patent

And here is another Canon patent for an RF mount lens.

Spotted by Hi Lows Note, Canon patent application 2021-81531A (Japan) discusses optical formulas for a 83mm f/1.4 lens for full frame mirrorless cameras, i.e. for the EOS R camera system.

Embodiment 1

  • Focal length (mm): 82.87
  • F number: 1.45
  • Half angle of view (degree): 14.63
  • Image height (mm): 21.64
  • Lens length (mm): 126.50
  • Back focus (mm): 13.00

Embodiment 2

  • Focal length (mm): 82.86
  • F number: 1.45
  • Half angle of view (degree): 14.63
  • Image height (mm): 21.64
  • Lens length (mm): 128.50
  • Back focus (mm): 17.13

Embodiment 3

  • Focal length (mm): 82.64
  • F number: 1.45
  • Half angle of view (degree): 14.67
  • Image height (mm): 21.64
  • Lens length (mm): 113.70
  • Back focus (mm): 18.16

More Canon patents are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

Here Are Two More Leaked Canon EOS R3 Images

Canon Eos R3

New Canon EOS R3 images leaked over the web. Here they are.

The Canon EOS R3 has been announced, bit it was a development announcement. We know a few things about the EOS R3 and it’s all listed here.

  • Full-Frame Stacked BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Eye Control AF, Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Subject Tracking with Deep Learning
  • Continuous Shooting Up to 30 fps
  • Integrated Vertical Grip
  • Weather-Sealed Construction

There are also some rumored specifications:

  • 45MP image sensor with pixel-shift
  • Quad-Pixel Autofocus
  • 60 fps with full Quad-Pixel Auto-focus
  • 20 fps mechanical shutter
  • 30 fps electronic shutter
  • New white balance system
  • 8K / 30p RAW shooting

There has been some discussion about who makes the imaging sensor of the EOS R3. You can get notified when the Canon EOS R3 will be available for preorder. Images came via Nokishita.

Canon EOS R3

More about the EOS R3 after the break.

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