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 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.
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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
 Tuesday, June 26, 2012
ISO 12233 Resolution Chart sample crops have been added to the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens Review page.
 
These results would be quite good for a lens at any price, but they are very impressive for a tiny $200.00 lens.
 
The Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens is in stock at B&H, Adorama and Amazon.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/26/2012 1:13:42 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 25, 2012
I've received a question about the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR's write speed using SDHC and CF Cards simultaneously. I thought I would share the answer with you.
 
With a Lexar Professional 32GB 1000x UDMA-7 CompactFlash Memory Card installed alone, the 5D III will deliver a burst of 33 RAW images (photographing a dim scene).
 
The 5D III's max SDHC/SDXC write speed is slower than its CF max write speed - and the UHS-I standard is not supported. With a Lexar Professional 32GB 133x SDHC Memory Card installed alone, the 5D III will deliver a burst of 16 RAW images (photographing the same dim scene).
 
Put both cards in the camera at the same time and the 5D III's write speed will be the speed of the card being written to. Writing to the 1000x CF card will result in a 33 RAW frame burst and the 133x SDHC card will take 16 RAW frames.
 
By default, the 5D III will write to the last card slot used. You can change this card slot designation in the first tool menu tab (Record func+card/folder sel). The card slot numbers are indicated on the memory card door. CF is slot 1, SDHC is slot 2.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/25/2012 2:03:50 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
ISO 12233 Chart sample crops and flare test results have been added to the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens Review page.
Post Date: 6/25/2012 10:19:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 14, 2012
As Neuroanatomist points out, Canon has re-designated the meaning of "-S" portion of the "EF-S" moniker.
 
"EF-S" initially stood for "Short-back Focus". One example of this designation comes from the 20 Years of Canon EOS document that states:
 
"The launch of the EOS 300D also saw the debut of the new EF-S lens mount, the ‘S’ standing for ‘Short-back Focus,’ due to the fact that rear element of the lens is closer to the image sensor than in a regular SLR."
 
Neuroanatomist says:
 
"If you look at the Canon Technical Report for the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM, you'll see the notation, "*The "S" in "EF-S" comes from "Small image circle.""
 
Also, if you look at p. 128 of EF Lens Work III (it's in section 7, The Basics of Interchangeable Lenses...), there's a notation that, "* Some of the EF-S lenses does not employ a short back focus optical system." Yes, that's grammatically incorrect, but correctly quoted, and highlights the fact that while all EF-S lenses have a small image circle, not all of them have a short back focus design (I believe, for example, that the EF-S 17-85mm does not have a short back focus optical design)."
 
(thanks Nuero and Sean)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/14/2012 5:13:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Lens specs and measurements, distortion test results and vignetting test results have now been added to the Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review and the Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review pages.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/14/2012 2:20:44 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Here is a roll-up of the planned new Canon DSLR and lens availability dates that I am aware of:
 
Canon EOS 1D X
 
Canon Japan is stating "June 20, planned" for the arrival of this long awaited DSLR. Expect extremely limited quantities to be available for a long time. (thanks Kaz)
 
Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens
 
Both lenses are shipping now in the USA including from B&H and Adorama. But, supplies are extremely limited and only the earliest preorders are getting filled.
 
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
 
B&H just extended their expected availability date from June 17 to June 27.
 
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens
 
Retailers are not stating the availability date for this highly-anticipated lens. The USA press release says "end of June".
 
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
 
The big USA retailers are not even showing this lens on their websites. The USA press release again says "end of June". Will these initially be available in Rebel T4i kits only?
 
Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D DSLR
 
The T4i bodies are now showing up on retailer's shelves in the USA. (thanks "D")
 
The bodies and with-18-55mm IS II Lens kits showed up at Amazon as I was typing this.
 
B&H lists the body and body w/ 18-55 II IS Lens as "Expected availability: June 18 2012".
 
Adorama is saying "Delivery scheduled to start June/18".
 
The Canon USA press release indicates that the Movie Kit bundle is expected at the end of June, but retailers are not listing the availability dates for this T4i version.
 
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens
 
Don't ask.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/14/2012 12:51:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 13, 2012
ISO 12233 Resolution Chart sample crops have been added to the Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review and the Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review pages.
 
Not surprising is that both lenses turn in very impressive results. Comparisons with the older versions of both lenses are available. The 600 L II + 1.4x III compared to the 800 L is interesting.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/13/2012 7:42:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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