Canon publishes investor relation for Q2 2015, profits down 16%

Canon published their investor relation for Q2 2015. You can access two documents (both PDFs):

Go for the presentation material for an easier approach. Canon’s profits are down by 16%. The company blames the shrinking DSLR market, but it is safe to assume that this isn’t the only factor that may have lead to the profit loss. With most of the other players pushing innovation and doing strong in new markets like mirrorless cameras, Canon may want to have a closer look on what causes a 16% loss.

The Ax Smash Method – An alternative way to deal with DSLR errors

Did you ever experience an error on your DSLR? Well, get ready to meet a guy who solves these problems with crude violence.

You have first to listen to some weirdness the guy speaks out, so jump to mark 4:55 of the video to see how some people likes to cope with camera errors.

The camera getting destroyed is a Canon EOS 70D. I own a 70D, took it everywhere, from deserts to glaciers, I used it in the tropics under the rain, and in many more difficult situations. I am normally not very caring about my gear. It’s gear and is has to do the job. Well, I never, never, experienced an error on my trusty EOS 70D. Before being tempted to destory your EOS 70D, have a look what others make with this fantastic camera (see here too).

A picture of the destroyed EOS 70D was later posted on Instagram, with the caption: “movie recording has stopped automatically” – worst bug ever, the camera had to be destroyed“. Oh, dude, take it easy next time. And why destroy the lens too?

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Canon EOS 70D after the Ax Smash cure

Should I say “enjoy the video”? No, just watch it :-)

Canon EOS 70D: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA

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“Endless Gravity” is a jaw-dropping video made with Canon EOS 6D and 14 bit RAW using Magic Lantern

Our reader Alex shot this amazing video using a Canon EOS 6D. He says:

Can watch at these ocean creatures endlessly. It’s like a live cosmos, unbelievable smooth moves, eternity and meditation. No single VFX used, this is magical nature.

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I shot this short film recently, trying to expand the video possibilities of Canon’s EOS 6D. This is far from being the recommended camera to shot video, but with this film I hope I prove it can do a good job.

It did! Alex used Magic Lantern, graded in Davinci Resolve, the music is by Astrupilot, and the poem is by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1869). Enjoy.

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Canon EOS 6D price check: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM sample pics taken with EOS 5DS (Photography Blog)

Ef 50mm f/1.8 STM

Photography Blog posted a set of 42 sample photos shot with the new Canon Ef 50mm f/1.8 STM lens. They used their brand new EOS 5Ds to test shot the lens.

The new Nifty-Fifty is in stock and sells for $125 at Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama | DigitalRev (ships world-wide). Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM availability check for your country: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA.

EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

EF 50mm f/1.8 STM specifications (taken from Adorama’s product page):

  • Compact, Lightweight Fixed Focal Length Lens: ideal for everyday photos, and with a large f/1.8 aperture, a perfect lens for low-light photography and creative background blur.
  • 80mm effective focal-length: when attached to an APS-C camera optimal for portraits and photos of fast moving subjects such as children and pets.
  • A stepping motor (Gear-type STM): supports the Movie Servo AF function in providing smooth and quiet continuous AF during video recording, as well as when shooting photos.
  • Improved exterior design: includes new focus ring placement making it the most compact Canon 50mm lens.
  • Metal mount: helps provide stability and ruggedness.
  • Optimized lens placement and coatings: help deliver outstanding color balance, while minimizing ghosting and flare.
  • Circular aperture (7 blades): helps deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds. h
  • Minimum focusing distance: of 14in (0.35m); maximum magnification of 0.21x