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 Saturday, October 22, 2011
In case you did not pick up on this fact from the Canon-published 1D X AF information, the new Canon EOS 1D X, unlike previous 1-Series DSLRs, will not autofocus when using lenses or lens combinations with an f/8 max aperture.
 
Chuck Westfall, through Arthur Morris, confirms this:
 
"AF is unavailable on the EOS-1D X if the maximum aperture reported to the camera through the electronic lens mount is smaller than f/5.6. This is a lower specification than previous EOS-1 series DSLRs. On the plus side, consider the fact that with most f/4 lenses including the 400 DO, 500/4L IS and IS II, and 600/4L IS and IS II, you now have 41 cross-type AF points plus color and face detection, whereas you had no cross-type points and no color or face detection during AF with previous EOS-1 series DSLRs using the same lenses, not to mention a significantly wider AF coverage area from left to right."
 
This is of course disappointing to many extender users. Canon does not currently have a bare lens with an f/8 max aperture, but adding a 1.4x extender to an f/5.6 max aperture lens results in an f/8 max aperture lens. And, adding a 2x extender to an f/4 max aperture lens results in an f/8 max aperture lens.
 
The largest group of photographers affected by this change are, probably, bird photographers (such as Arthur Morris) - who have been dealt a double blow with the 1D X. Bird photography typically needs the most reach possible - through both lens focal length and sensor density. Increasing focal length via extenders has now been limited (for autofocus to function) and the 1D X has a less-dense sensor than either of the previous 1-Series models.
 
There are still some Canon EOS 1D Mark IV bodies available.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/22/2011 10:06:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 21, 2011
Canon has made a video about the new EOS 1D X available:
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/21/2011 9:04:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 19, 2011
In my Dec 23, 2010 What I Want From Canon for Christmas post, I requested a 1Ds Mark IV with "... the latest DSLR features (horizon level, better LCD, HD video ...) to be added to it. Increase the resolution and frame rate too."
 
As the dust settles on the big Canon EOS 1D X announcement, I am getting asked the question "Are you excited about the new Canon EOS 1D X?" The ONLY reason I am being asked is because the 1D X has fewer pixels than the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III it replaces.
 
I have personally chosen the 1Ds III over the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV as my primary camera because of the full frame sensor format and higher resolution. Otherwise, I consider the 1D IV a better camera overall.
 
So, the 1D X retains the full frame sensor I strongly want but gives up 3mp of resolution. And yes, I will probably be able to notice that difference. Here is an example (use the mouseover feature) of what this difference is going to look like - though the 1D X should be considerably sharper than the 60D. But the reality is, that at this resolution, 3mp is not a great amount. And the quality of the pixels matter. With the promise of impressive pixel-level image quality, the trade-off may be even less than it first appears. Again, reference the difference in pixel-level image quality between the 1Ds III and the 60D in the example provided.
 
So, even if I don't gain resolution by upgrading to the 1D X, I do not expect to lose anything of significance in this regard. Looking at the additional features I gain makes it easy to say that March will be a long wait for me and that at least one 1D X will definitely become part of my kit.
 
I am simply drooling over the 12fps frame rate. Better LCD, incredibly high ISO settings, improved self-cleaning sensor, new AF system, built-in level, better auto white balance, HD video ... the entire list of feature improvements is huge. The significanly-lower-than-the-1Ds-III's-market-entry-price-tag is also greatly appreciated (the 1Ds III was $8,000).
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
 
Perhaps the 5D Mark III will get the megapixels? My expectation for the 1Ds III replacement to precede the Canon EOS 5D Mark III appears to be coming true. The Canon EOS 5D Mark II is an incredible camera for the price and continues to be great seller. My expectation [a guess] is for Canon to continue the 5D product line in some form and an EOS 5D Mark III, based on history, could very well be their 5D model line upgrade choice. I could see Canon making this camera an ultra-high resolution model. Perhaps with an articulating LCD?
 
When will a Canon EOS 5D Mark III or equivalent be announced? I have no idea. Canon does not share this information without an NDA - and I am not currently under such an NDA for this product, so please don't ask. :) Basing purchase decisions on rumors can mean a VERY long wait for a product to become available - if it ever becomes available at all.
 
Buy your gear when you need/want it is the advice I usually give.
 
Canon EOS 1D X Preorders
 
My guess is that the Canon EOS 1D X will be hard to get for months after it first hits the shelves. Preordering will be the best option for getting one of these cameras early.
 
At this time, I have not found any preorder opportunities for the 1D X. Perhaps the "estimated retail price" [Canon USA press release] and long delivery time may be holding retailers back from committing to deliver this camera for a specific price (some were burned on price in the last rounds of super telephoto lens preorders).
 
Continue to follow this news page to be notified of Canon EOS 1D X preorder opportunities.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/19/2011 2:24:18 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Check out the updated Canon EOS 1D X Digital SLR Camera Review placeholder page for more 1D X images, charts and links to other online information.
 
From Canon Europe: Canon Ambassador Frits van Eldik's first impressions of the EOS-1D X (thanks John):
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/18/2011 4:12:00 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
CPN has posted The EOS-1D X Explained.
 
This article digs deeper into the Canon EOS 1D X Digital SLR Camera's features than the press releases.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/18/2011 2:40:37 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon UK has published a worth-reading 8-page paper entitled Canon EOS 1D X Technologies Explained.
 
Again, a link to this page is now included at the bottom of the Canon EOS 1D X Digital SLR Camera Review placeholder page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/18/2011 11:33:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon EOS 1D X Digital SLR Camera UK Press Release reveals more information about the new 1D X - a link to this release is now included at the bottom of the Canon EOS 1D X Digital SLR Camera Review placeholder page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/18/2011 10:25:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 14, 2011
Sample pictures have been added to the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM Fisheye Lens Review.
 
Be sure to read the comments under each picture for more information.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/14/2011 9:59:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 11, 2011
ISO 12233 test results showing Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens image quality have been added to the site.
Post Date: 10/11/2011 8:26:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 06, 2011
Results from the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZE Lens have been added to the Flare Tool.
Post Date: 10/6/2011 3:11:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, September 15, 2011
ISO 12233 chart crops, distortion results and lens specifications and measurements have been added to the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review page.
 
B&H has the hard-to-get and really-nice Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZE Lens in stock.
Post Date: 9/15/2011 12:39:46 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, September 13, 2011
ISO 12233 chart results for the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor Lens are now available on the site.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/13/2011 12:55:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, September 12, 2011
ISO 12233 crops have been added to the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens Review page.
 
These results are very impressive. The Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens was one of Canon's best lenses. The 300 II bests it - especially with the new extender IIIs attached. As with the 400 II, the lighter weight of this lens over the previous model is very noticeable - and very welcomed.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/12/2011 9:19:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, September 09, 2011
ISO 12233 crops from two review lenses have been added to the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens Review page.
 
As expected and similar to what was seen in the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens Review, the results from this lens are impressive. Less impressive is the much-hyped-by-Canon with-extender-III image quality performance. My Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS USM version I Lens performed at least as well as either of my Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens lenses with extenders mounted.
 
Lens specifications and measurements are also available for the new 400 II. The lighter weight of this lens over the previous model is very noticeable - and very welcomed.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/9/2011 12:50:55 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Rob asked me to share his Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM Fisheye Lens Cap modifcation with you:
 
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM Fisheye Lens Cap Modifcation
 
" ... I modified the lens cap of the 8-15 4.0L fisheye lens with two small pieces of Velcro (only the soft part). The result is very satisfying! The lens cap won’t fall of anymore even when one presses one or both clips." (thanks Rob)
 
Rob modified his original Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens cap in a similar way - using much more velcro for that mod.
 
 
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM Fisheye Lens Review
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/23/2011 10:41:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Just posted: Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM Fisheye Lens Review
 
Be sure to hit the Facebook Like and Google +1 share buttons on that page. Thanks!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/16/2011 11:47:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 03, 2011
 Friday, July 15, 2011
Chuck Westfall (Canon USA) has provided information about the weather sealing found in some pre-officially-sealed lenses.
 
According to Mr Westfall, "Pre-1999 white EF lenses such as the 200/1.8L, 300/2.8L, 300/4L, 300/4L IS, 400/2.8L, 400/5.6L, 500/4.5L, 600/4L, 35-350/3.5-5.6L, 70-200/2.8L, and 100-400/4.5-5.6L all lack mount gaskets but have moderate dust and moisture resistance for their switches, focusing rings and zoom rings where applicable."
 
For example, "The EF400mm f/5.6L USM lens was designed before Canon started offering "dust and drip resistant" lenses, so it does not have a mount gasket or a built-in protective filter. However, it does have seals under the switches and the focusing ring, so it is weather-resistant to a point. For best results in wet conditions, I suggest using a clear filter on the front of the lens and covering the lens barrel with a plastic wrap."
 
"Canon will not retrofit mount gaskets to EF lenses that were not introduced with that feature." I of course had to ask that question.
 
(Thanks John!)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/15/2011 10:04:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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