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 Monday, July 23, 2012
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/23/2012 12:26:11 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Japan has posted EOS M Sample Images and Videos.
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Post Date: 7/23/2012 2:28:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, July 21, 2012
This Canon EOS 1D X AFMA Bug update just in from John:
 
"With AF4 menu option Orientation Linked AF Point set to the default of Same for Both Vert/Horiz, behavior of the AFMA setting is normal. But, when it's set to Select Separate AF Points (which mine was), the AFMA zeroing out occurs."
 
"Simply changing that one setting from default 'breaks' the AFMA behavior ... and resetting that one setting to default restores the correct behavior."
 
"Trowski figured this out, also."
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/21/2012 10:05:37 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 17, 2012
A workaround for the Canon EOS 1D X AFMA Bug has been reported.
 
From the Canon EOS 1D X AFMA Bug forum thread:
 
Trowski:
 
John, try this - Enter an AFMA for an older lens (one without the serial number on the chip, like the 70-200 II), then power off the camera. Turn it back on, and the AFMA menu should show zero and the serial number will be zeroed out (though if you take a photo I'm willing to bet it will still show the adjustment you made). Now without powering off the camera, remove the lens and put it back on (or at least turn it enough so the contacts aren't touching). Go back into the AFMA menu. I'm willing to bet you'll see your adjustment value and the serial number.
 
John:
 
Trowski, you are a genius! It's kludgy, but it's a workaround. After doing so, it seems to persist for one power cycle, too. After doing that with my 70-200 II, I put on my 40/2.8, and it showed the previously set -2 straight off. Power cycling then zeroed it out again, but just loosening and remounting the lens with the power on brought the correct -2 back. Also, changing the AFMA then doing the workaround results in the new AFMA being applied, and restored after a repeat of the workaround, as long as you change the AFMA setting right after the lens unmount/remount, when the previous setting is visible.
 
Some (including Bryan, now) have reported this issue, others say they don't have the problem. Personally, I always power off the camera before changing lenses - I wonder ... if I routinely changed lenses with the camera powered on, would I not have noticed the issue? As stated above, the value seems to be saved, and recorded in the EXIF, just not displayed on-camera until it's forced to re-recognize the lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/17/2012 8:21:53 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Friend NeuroAnatomist (AKA John) has pointed out a Canon EOS 1D X Autofocus MicroAdjustment bug:
 
"In the AFMA menu, when When Adjust by Lens is selected, powering off then on resets the setting (or W/T settings for a zoom lens) to zero, and also clears out a manually entered lens serial number. If I set it to All by Same Amount, the setting entered is retained...but, powering off actually changes the setting to Adjust by Lens, which is zeroed out. Even setting it to Disable and power cycling results in it being set to Adjust by Lens."
 
"The same reversions occur if the camera goes into standby mode - when it's woken up, the AFMA setting, regardless of where it was left, reverts to Adjust by Lens with the previously set value(s) zeroed out."
 
I have verified the issue with my 1D X. Expect a firmware update to resolve this bug.
 
Visit Neuro's "My name is John, and I'm an EAV" post in the forums for more information or to join the discussion. (thanks Sean)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/17/2012 11:23:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 16, 2012
Preceding the full review, resolution and noise image quality comparisons have been added to the Canon EOS 1D X Review page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/16/2012 11:41:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 13, 2012
ISO 12233 resolution chart sample crops along with flare and distortion test results have been added to the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens Review page.
Post Date: 7/13/2012 11:33:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 12, 2012
ISO 12233 resolution chart results have been added to the following review pages:
 
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/12/2012 11:53:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted a series of EOS-1D X On-Camera Tutorials.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/11/2012 10:56:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Listen to this MP3 (but not at work - and turn up the volume before doing so).
 
That is the Canon EOS 1D X capturing 54 buffer-filling RAW frames at 12 fps with additional frames captured as the Lexar Professional 1000x 32GB UDMA-7 CompactFlash Card clears the buffer (replay the sound track if the beginning appears to stutter).
 
I'd make this my new ringtone if I didn't think the sound was too unresting for such.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/10/2012 8:48:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 09, 2012
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/9/2012 10:46:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon EOS 1D X Wired LAN Instruction Manual is now available for download.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/9/2012 8:54:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 03, 2012
ISO 12233 resolution chart sample crops along with flare and distortion test results are now available on the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review page.
 
Why the with-2x Extender results are so much sharper in the corner remains an unanswered question for me. Strange.
Post Date: 7/3/2012 1:16:13 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 02, 2012
I have received word that the Canon EOS 1D X will be arriving at B&H tomorrow. (thanks Kaz)
 
Update: Other reports coming in indicate this week and after the 4th as arrival times.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/2/2012 4:41:36 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 29, 2012
Just added to the site: Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review
 
The 500 L IS II review is going to sound similar to the Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
These lenses are more similar than different, with size, weight, price and focal length being the significant differentiators.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/29/2012 12:59:04 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 28, 2012
Flare, vignetting and distortion test results along with specs and measurements are now available on the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens Review page. This lens continues to looks very good.
 
More product images are also available on that page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/28/2012 12:04:45 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon USA has announced, complete with a special website, a significant firmware upgrade for the Canon EOS 7D.
 
NEW FIRMWARE ENHANCES FUNCTIONALITY OF EOS 7D DIGITAL SLR
 
Free Update Increases Buffer Capacity to 25 RAW Images,
 
Adds In-Camera RAW Processing and Many Other New Features
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 28, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced a firmware update for the EOS 7D Digital SLR camera that adds new functionality to improve its performance for serious photographers and semi-professional users. The update, free to all EOS 7D owners, gives the camera more advanced shooting options, including an increase in the maximum number of burst images taken in the RAW file format (from 15[i] frames to 25[ii] frames) as well as the ability to process RAW image files directly in the camera and the option to set a maximum ISO setting in ISO Auto mode. The firmware also adds the ability to adjust up to 64 audio levels manually prior to recording video, supports custom file naming, and allows for compatibility with Canon’s newly introduced, optional GPS Receiver GP-E2.
 
“By introducing this firmware we want our customers to know that we are always looking to enhance the user experience for all of our current products in the marketplace,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “The latest firmware for the EOS 7D Digital SLR enhances the capabilities of the camera and brings new possibilities to its users, making it a more valuable tool for their craft.”
 
Enhancing the Imaging and Audio Capabilities
 
For budding action photographers who use the EOS 7D as their camera of choice, being able to capture the perfect shot comes down to a matter of milliseconds. The EOS 7D is capable of taking photos at a high-speed burst rate of up to 8 frames per second (fps). With the firmware installed the camera captures up to 25 consecutive frames when shooting in RAW and up to 17[iii] consecutive frames when taking RAW+JPEG images.
 
Once the firmware is installed the EOS 7D will also be able to process RAW images directly in the camera, allowing dynamic adjustment of exposure compensation, white balance, picture style, noise reduction at high ISO speeds, distortion correction, and other processing parameters. For mobile photographers, this ability to adjust RAW images quickly and re-save them as JPEG files can be a huge time-saver as opposed to downloading files to a computer and making adjustments later. The camera will also be able to re-size JPEG image files in-camera. These features will be accessible through the Quick Control functions which will be accessible while the camera is in playback mode. When viewing images on the camera, image files can also be given a star ranking for easy sorting during post processing. The firmware will also enable faster scrolling of images when displayed in a magnified view on the camera’s LCD screen.
 
The new firmware enables photographers to have more control over the maximum ISO speed when the camera is in ISO Auto mode by setting a maximum ISO range. In certain low-light scenarios, such as during a sunset, where light changes each minute, photographers can lose the brilliance and color if the ISO setting is too high. Now, photographers can ensure their ISO setting will remain within specific parameters allowing them to concentrate on the moment, knowing that they will achieve the desired photographic results. The firmware also adjusts the available ISO Auto range, previously 100-3200 and now ISO 100-6400.
 
In addition to these enhancements, the new EOS 7D firmware enables manual adjustment of audio levels prior to recording video, similar to the functionality found on the EOS 5D Mark II. Videographers can now manually adjust up to 64 audio levels on the EOS 7D so that they can refine the captured audio to match their particular needs.
 
Similar to the new EOS 5D Mark III, a new submenu provided with the EOS 7D firmware update enables photographers to modify the first four characters of file names, in the camera. This valuable feature makes it easier to use the EOS 7D camera in multi-camera shooting situations by providing a way to identify the files coming from a particular camera without opening each image individually.
 
Canon GPS Compatibility
 
The new firmware adds full compatibility for the EOS 7D with Canon’s GPS Receiver GP-E2. This GPS Receiver can be mounted to the camera’s accessory shoe or clipped to a belt and tethered via a USB cable. The GP-E2 was created to serve outdoor photographers; it records shooting locations including latitude, longitude and altitude, as well as camera direction. The camera’s internal clock can now synced through the GPS unit using UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), the primary standard by which time is regulated, for accurate time recording or syncing clocks on multiple cameras. A GPS Logging function can display the photographer’s route on a map, using supplied software.
 
Availability
 
The new firmware upgrade for the EOS 7D Digital SLR camera together with installation instructions will be available in early August at no charge through Canon U.S.A.’s website. For more information please visit the following link to view an online video about the new EOS 7D firmware features, www.usa.canon.com/eos7dfirmwareupgrade
 
 
Canon Europe has also posted this announcement.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/28/2012 9:16:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Just finished: Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review
 
As you probably expected, this is an incredible lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/27/2012 10:06:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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