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 Friday, September 16, 2016
We've added the Canon EOS M5 to our Camera Specifications Tool.
 
I preloaded the link above with a comparison of the M5 and Canon's previous mirrorless offering, the M3.
 
You can preorder the EOS M5 at these retailers.
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Post Date: 9/16/2016 11:56:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 15, 2016
As usual, I have assembled my expectations for Canon's newly announced lens in the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Review page.
 
With a new optical design, versatile focal length range, 4-stop IS, Canon's nano USM focusing technology and an economical price tag, this lens will surely find a home in many photographers' kits.
 
You can preorder the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM at these retailers.
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Post Date: 9/15/2016 9:02:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, September 12, 2016
I was not in the habit of sharing my camera setup steps when initially receiving the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR camera, but by request, I'm sharing them with you now. Here are the 37 steps to how I setup my Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. If you have another charged LP-E6/LP-E6N battery available, you can continue to the battery-required steps without a wait. Or, the supplied battery may have enough charge to take you through these steps if you can't wait.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. For me, this is primarily the camera, the eye cup, the neck strap and the Canon Solution Disk.
  3. Download and install the latest Canon EOS Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, Photostitch and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap.
  5. Insert a sufficiently charged battery.
  6. Power the camera on.
  7. The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
  8. Insert one (or two) memory card(s) (format them via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  9. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  10. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the cameras as follows:
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "-"
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec.
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Beep: Disable
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Release without card: Disable/off (I highly recommend this setting)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: All disabled (though I suggest leaving CA correction enabled for most uses - all can be applied to a RAW file in DPP)
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: ISO Speed Settings: ISO Speed range: L(50)-H1(51200), Auto ISO Speed range: 100-25600
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Disabled
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness Strength set to "1" (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Long exposure noise reduction: I usually have this option set to "Auto", but my choice varies for the situation.
  20. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: High ISO speed noise reduction: Off (noise reduction is destructive to image details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  21. AF Menu, Tab 2: AI Servo 1st image priority: Focus priority (I want the images in focus more than I want the time-priority capture)
  22. AF Menu, Tab 2: AI Servo 2nd image priority: Focus priority +2 (same reason)
  23. AF Menu, Tab 3: One-Shot AF release priority: Focus priority (same reason)
  24. AF Menu, Tab 4: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Area + pt
  25. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Highlight alert: Enable (flash portions of images that are overexposed)
  26. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Histogram disp: RGB (I want to monitor all three color channels for blown or blocked pixels)
  27. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Magnification (apx): Actual size (from selected AF point)
  28. Setup Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  29. Setup Menu, Tab 2: VF grid display: Enable
  30. Setup Menu, Tab 3: Info button display options: Electronic level only
  31. Setup Menu, Tab 4: Custom shooting mode (C1-C3): Auto update set: Enable (see also: Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  32. Setup Menu, Tab 4: Copyright information: Type name as desired
  33. Custom Functions, Tab 1: Bracketing auto cancel: [Off] selected
  34. Custom Functions, Tab 2: Custom Controls: Set: Playback; Multicontroller: Direct AF point selection; Default erase option: [Erase] selected
  35. Custom Functions, Tab 3: Default erase option: [Erase] selected
  36. My Menu: Register the following options: Long exposure noise reduction, Mirror lockup, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning, Expo.comp./AEB
  37. Mount a lens, focus on a subject and adjust the viewfinder diopter (if necessary)
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot – including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/12/2016 10:17:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, September 9, 2016
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has arrived and one of the first tasks was to evaluate the frame rate and buffer depth performance. I thought I would share these results with you today.
 
To test the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV's 7 fps drive mode and 17/21 (21 with UDMA 7 CF card) frame RAW file buffer specs, the camera was configured to use ISO 100, a 1/8000 shutter speed (no waiting for the shutter operation), a wide open aperture (no time lost due to aperture blades closing) and manual focus (no focus lock delay). The lens cap remained on (insuring a black file and the smallest file size) and a freshly-formatted fast memory card was loaded. The tested rates and capacities are about best-obtainable for the camera and card combination being used.
 
Reducing any concerns about the buffer depth: using a Lexar 64GB Professional 1066x UDMA 7 Compact Flash Card (Max. Read/Write Speed: 160/155 MB/s), the 5D Mark IV captured 36 frames in 4.98 seconds to precisely match the rated speed and, great news, far exceed the rated buffer depth. In addition, with this Lexar card installed, additional frames continued to be captured at a 4.4 fps rate. If DPRAW capture is enabled, the frame rate using the same card drops to 4.9 and the buffer wall is hit at only 9 frames. Subsequent frames are captured at a 2.2 fps rate. The larger-sized DPRAW images definitely impact performance in this regard.
 
Using a Lexar 128GB Professional 1000x UHS-II SDXC U3 Memory Card, the 5D Mark IV captured 21 frames in 2.85 seconds to once again match the rated drive speed and also match the UDMA 7 buffer depth rating. Using this card, the post buffer-filled frame rate was 1.6 fps.
 
Using a Sony 32GB Class 10 UHS-I (SF32UX) SDHC Card (Max. Read/Write Speed: 94/45 MB/s), the 5D IV captured a respectable 24 frames in 3.28 seconds to again precisely match the rated drive speed and exceed the rated buffer depth by a few frames. Using this card, the post buffer-filled frame rate was 1.6 fps. So, the slower UHS-I card recorded a higher number of frames before filling the buffer than the faster UHS-II (not-supported) card.
 
These buffer capacities should be considered best-possible for the referenced cards and your in-the-field results will likely vary, but a fast memory card, especially a fast CF card, definitely makes a difference with this camera.
 
Following are links to MP3 files capturing the sounds of the 5D IV:
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV One Shot Mode
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Burst Mode
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Silent Mode
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Silent Burst Mode
Burst Comparison: Canon EOS 5D Mark III compared to IV
 
Camera sounds are recorded using a Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder with record levels set to 50% at -12db gain and positioned 1" behind the rear LCD.
 
The 5D III vs. 5D IV sound comparison illuminates the more-subdued sound of the 5D Mark IV. The silent modes are once again available, but ... with the camera being quieter to begin with, the silent modes don't seem as dramatically quieter in this camera. Live view shooting can be used to further minimalize the 5D Mark IV's audibility.
 
Learn much more about the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV here.
 
You can find Canon 5D Mark IV in stock at these retailers
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/9/2016 2:16:24 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, September 8, 2016
Just posted: Zeiss 50mm f/2M Milvus Lens Review.
 
No, I didn't try to time this review with the announcement of three new Zeiss Milvus lenses. Instead of being finsihed with the Milvus reviews (6 so far), it looks like I have more Milvus work incoming. I know – you're feeling sorry for me. ;)
 
B&H has the Zeiss 50mm f/2M Milvus Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/8/2016 9:55:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Ready for your out of the box experience? Like so many of you, I highly anticipated the arrival of the 5D Mark IV and as has long been my practice, I created a list of setup steps and once again share them with you here. Here are the 41 steps to my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV setup.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. If you have another charged LP-E6/LP-E6N battery available, you can continue to the battery-required steps without a wait. Or, the supplied battery may have enough charge to take you through these steps if you can't wait.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. For me, this is primarily the camera, the eye cup, the neck strap and the Canon Solution Disk.
  3. Download and install the latest Canon EOS Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, Photostitch and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap.
  5. Insert a sufficiently charged battery.
  6. Power the camera on.
  7. The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
  8. Insert one (or two) memory card(s) (format them via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  9. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  10. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the cameras as follows:
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "-"
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Dual Pixel RAW: Enabled? (this feature awaits testing)
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec.
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Beep: Disable
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Release without card: Disable/off (I highly recommend this setting)
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: All disabled (though I suggest leaving CA correction enabled for most uses - all can be applied to a RAW file in DPP)
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: ISO Speed Settings: ISO Speed range: L(50)-H1(102400), Auto ISO Speed range: 100-32000
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Disabled
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: White balance: AWB-W (Auto: White priority)
  20. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness Strength set to "1" (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  21. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Long exposure noise reduction: I usually have this option set to "Auto", but my choice varies for the situation.
  22. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: High ISO speed noise reduction: Off (noise reduction is destructive to image details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  23. AF Menu, Tab 2: AI Servo 1st image priority: Focus priority (I want the images in focus more than I want the time-priority capture)
  24. AF Menu, Tab 2: AI Servo 2nd image priority: Focus priority +2 (same reason)
  25. AF Menu, Tab 3: One-Shot AF release priority: Focus priority (same reason)
  26. AF Menu, Tab 4: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Area + pt
  27. AF Menu, Tab 4: Auto AF point selection: EOS iTR AF: EOS iTR AF (face priority)
  28. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Highlight alert: Enable (flash portions of images that are overexposed)
  29. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Histogram disp: RGB (I want to monitor all three color channels for blown or blocked pixels)
  30. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Magnification (apx): Actual size (from selected AF point)
  31. Setup Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  32. Setup Menu, Tab 2: Viewfinder display: Viewfinder level: Show, VF grid display: Show
  33. Setup Menu, Tab 3: Info button display options: Electronic level only
  34. Setup Menu, Tab 3: Info button LV display options: Options 3 and 4 checked; Histogram disp: RGB
  35. Setup Menu, Tab 5: Custom shooting mode (C1-C3): Auto update set: Enable (see also: Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  36. Setup Menu, Tab 5: Copyright information: Type name as desired
  37. Custom Functions, Tab 1: Bracketing auto cancel: [Off] selected
  38. Custom Functions, Tab 3: Custom Controls: AF-ON: One shot AI Servo; Set: Playback; Multicontroller: Direct AF point selection; Default erase option: [Erase] selected
  39. Custom Functions, Tab 4: Default erase option: [Erase] selected
  40. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Long exposure noise reduction, Mirror lockup, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning, Expo.comp./AEB
  41. Mount a lens, focus on a subject and adjust the viewfinder diopter (if necessary)
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot – including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/7/2016 8:12:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, September 6, 2016
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV page has been significantly updated with lots of additional information since last mentioned here.
 
This camera should be on the streets very soon. B&H is still indicating that the 5D IV body and w/EF 24-70mm f/4L IS Lens kit "Will begin shipping Thu, Sep 8" with the added disclaimer "(Subject to availability)". Adorama is saying "Manufacturer will start shipping this item on 09/08/2016." Amazon is stating "This item will be released on September 8, 2016." September 8th is only two days away – Woo hoo!
 
The 5D IV kit with the new Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is not scheduled arrive at retailers until October 31st. However, with no savings realized by the kit purchase, my recommendation is to preorder the camera and lens individually. You'll then get both as quickly as possible.
 
The Canon BG-E20 Battery Grip for the EOS 5D Mark IV is also scheduled to arrive on September 8th. While not inexpensive, the price of this accessory has settled down to the $349.00 price that B&H initially listed. There was apparently some confusion early on as Adorama and Amazon initially priced the BG-E20 at $490.00.
 
Also scheduled to arrive on September 8th is the Canon WE-1 Wi-Fi Adapter. Because new firmware is necessary for this adapter to work, expect new Canon EOS 5Ds, 5Ds R and 7D Mark II firmware to also become available very soon. We'll share that news as soon as we have it.
 
Important: Using this site's links to place your preorders provides the support we need to keep this site maintained. Thanks for that!
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Post Date: 9/6/2016 8:46:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, September 2, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/2M Lens page.
 
I'll have more to say about the sharpness of this lens soon.
 
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/2M Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 9/2/2016 8:15:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens page.
 
This lens lives at the bottom of Canon's telephoto zoom lens lineup. It is available in refurbished condition for less than the cost of a good filter. But, it was next in line to go in front of the highest resolution DSLR available. Check out how it fared.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens in stock. This lens is also available in a USM version. Why does the USM version cost $10 less?
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Post Date: 8/31/2016 9:40:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 30, 2016
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens pages have been updated. Updates include MTF chart comparisons (very interesting) and side-by-side new vs. old lens product images.
 
Important: Using this site's links to place your preorders provides the support we need to keep this site maintained. Thanks for that!
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Post Date: 8/30/2016 8:56:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 26, 2016
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV owner's manual is now available for download. (thanks David)
 
676 pages of educational/leisure reading for the weekend!
 
If you have not already done so, preorder the new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and other new gear here.
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Post Date: 8/26/2016 4:05:36 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 25, 2016
As we anxiously await the arrival of the awesome just-announced Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and L lenses, I am assembling my expectations for the new gear along with a lot of product information, images and comparisons. There remains much work to be done here, but there is a lot of information on these pages already.
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
 
Please note: these pages will be updated rapidly as new information becomes available and/or clarifications are made.
 
Important: Using this site's links to place your preorders provides the support we need to keep this site maintained. Thanks for that!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/25/2016 2:30:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens Review.
 
With a $200.00 instant rebate available, this lens is a bargain right now. The rebate is scheduled to expire Aug 27th at 11:59 PM EDT, so don't wait if it makes sense to add this lens to your kit.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens in stock with a 4% reward.
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Post Date: 8/24/2016 9:01:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 19, 2016
 Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Image quality results from the Nikon D810 have been added to the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AF-S VR Lens page.
 
This lens has rapidly become a very popular one with wildlife and sports being its most frequent subjects.
 
The Nikon 200-500mm VR vs. 80-400mm VR II lens comparison is the first I wanted to see.
 
B&H has the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AF-S VR Lens in stock with a 4% reward.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/17/2016 8:59:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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