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 Thursday, March 29, 2012
Confirmed: The Canon EF 200mm f/2.0L IS USM Lens' image stabilization system makes a modestly-disturbing churning sound when used on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III in AI Servo AF mode. The same sound is made briefly when the shutter release button is released in One Shot AF mode.
 
I do not know if this is a problem or not. IS appears to be working properly and the images created during the strange sound are quite sharp. I'll let Canon know (others may have already done so).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/29/2012 10:13:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 26, 2012
I am getting a lot of email asking about the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the image softness issue. Let me clarify what I'm seeing:
 
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is Delivering Very Sharp Images
 
There is a softness issue, but it appears to be completely isolated to the Canon Digital Photo Pro software's "High quality" RAW conversion algorithm.
 
You can see the sharp 5D III images in DPP's quick viewer and in the Edit window with preferences set to High speed. The issue appears to be completely in DPP's High quality processing algorithm.
 
Canon has been in touch with me again this morning and appears very eager to resolve the problem. My personal expectation is that the problem resolution will be in the form of a DPP update. The 5D III appears to be fine from my perspective. I have no intentions of returning my camera - I'm having far too much fun with it.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/26/2012 10:22:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, March 24, 2012
I've received lots of emails and have had more communication with Canon about the problem with Digital Photo Professional generating soft images from Canon EOS 5D Mark III RAW files.
 
There are currently two workarounds to this problem.
 
The first workaround involves changing the DPP "Viewing and saving RAW images" preference (in the "General settings" tab of the "Preferences" menu selection) from "High quality (recommended)" to "High speed". In High Speed mode, the noise reduction palette cannot be used and moiré correction is not performed, but 5D III images are rendered sharp. DPP's Quick Viewer (which displays 5D III images properly) displays images at high speed, so that this solution works is not surprising.
 
The second solution is to use a third party RAW converter - namely Adobe Camera Raw 6.7 RC. You can use ACR 6.7 RC to output DNG files for use in Lightroom 4 - which will not support the 5D III natively until a point release.
 
I do not plan to update the color block noise comparison on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review page until Canon corrects the problem because I can see a difference between High Speed and High Quality in my 5D II images. You can too - look for the false color in the "5D II Quick View" example that is not present in the "5D II Edit Window" example currently on the 5D III review page.
 
My case with Canon remains open and has been escalated. I'll let you know when I learn anything new about the 5D III DPP softness problem. Thanks to everyone that contributed to this post.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2012 2:06:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 23, 2012
I've been pouring many hours into adding a set of noise comparisons to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review page, but the road has been a rough one.
 
My first take is that the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is an awesome camera, but Canon's Digital Photo Pro software has made the road to showing you this a difficult one. Let me explain this further on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review page itself.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/23/2012 5:58:06 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The following review-placeholder pages are now loaded with product images, preorder opportunities and links to other information:
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Review
Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Review
Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip Review
 
Note that the Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT is only $319.00 at B&H but is priced at $470.00 at Amazon.com. It is unusual for two major retailers to be asking such disparate prices for a new Canon item, so I suspect an Amazon.com price mistake.
 
In the USA, BuyDig.com has started charging credit cards for 5D III preorders. (thanks Laszlo)
 
Check out the CPN site for WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter information.
 
Also check out the CPN site for GP-E2 GPS information.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/21/2012 1:08:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 16, 2012
Zeiss has shared a video of the new Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE/ZF.2 Lens:
 
Post Date: 3/16/2012 8:12:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE/ZF.2 Lens has been announced.
 
Zeiss has provided me a production lens for evaluation. Standardized test results along with charts and many product images are available on the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review placeholder page.
Post Date: 3/16/2012 8:00:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 15, 2012
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Owner's Manual is now available for download. (thanks Sean & Neuro)
 
Preorder your 5D III at B&H, Adorama or Amazon.com.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/15/2012 1:05:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Standardized test results have been added to the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Review placeholder page.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/14/2012 6:21:44 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Canon France has released a Canon EOS 5D Mark III demo video entitled "Eye of the Mind":
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/13/2012 9:06:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 12, 2012
The Canon Professional Network has posted a new Canon EOS 1D X article: Frits van Eldik on shooting an F1 weekend with the EOS-1D X (thanks Scott).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/12/2012 12:42:48 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 05, 2012
Sorry - this post was supposed to go live at 3:00 AM Fri morning. Poor Internet service apparently prevented it from doing so:
 
I have the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Review placeholder page live on the site with comparison charts and images.
 
I'll get more information on the site as soon as I can. Thanks for your support!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/5/2012 11:53:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 24, 2012
Flare, distortion and vignetting test results have been added to the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review page.
Post Date: 2/24/2012 10:42:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, February 23, 2012
By popular request, ISO 12233 Resolution Chart samples crops have been added to the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review page.
 
Driving the popular request is the huge $200.00 instant rebate currently available for the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens. Get your 100 OS at B&H, Adorama or Amazon.com.
 
Note that the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens is compatible with extenders.
 
On a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, the lens plus Sigma 1.4x EX DG Tele Converter autofocuses. The lens plus Sigma 2x EX DG Tele Converter does not autofocus on the 1Ds III.
Post Date: 2/23/2012 4:01:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I have added MTF chart comparisons to the review placeholder pages for the new Canon lenses:
 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Review
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS Lens Review
 
I'll try to get more commentary up in the next couple of weeks.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/15/2012 3:16:26 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 13, 2012
Just posted: Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review
 
The Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 Lens review was created in conjunction with its wider-aperture sibling lens review - the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review. You will find comparisons being shared by these reviews.
Post Date: 2/13/2012 11:33:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Canon has posted six full-resolution Canon EOS 1D X sample photos.
 
ISO settings range from 400 to 1600. Lenses used range from the Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM Lens to the Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens.
 
The images look great with very little noise.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/7/2012 12:03:32 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H is now listing April 25th (2012) as the expected availability date for the Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens and Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/7/2012 8:53:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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