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 Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Nikon D810A DSLR Camera
From Nikon:
 
The D810A Provides New Features Specifically for Astrophotography, Nikon Also Announces Availability of D750 Filmmaker’s Kit
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new D810A, a DSLR optimized for astrophotography and other scientific applications. By modifying the infrared cut filter for the hydrogen alpha wavelength, Nikon has created a camera that gives photographers the ability to capture the diffuse nebulae in the night sky and to create colorful, breathtaking celestial images. The D810A shares its architecture with the powerful and professional high-resolution Nikon D810 DSLR and includes other new features designed uniquely to help capture the cosmos, letting users achieve sharp and vibrant images of the universe.
 
“The Nikon D810A is engineered exclusively to meet the unique demands of professional and hobbyist astrophotographers,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The camera’s distinctive feature set and powerful imaging capabilities make it an appealing option for those who are ready to discover the fantastic cosmic features that are hidden among the stars.”
 
I AM Star Struck: DSLR Optimized for Astrophotography
The Nikon D810A provides hobbyists as well as professional stargazers with a powerful combination of impressive resolution and features specifically created for astrophotography and scientific applications. The infrared (IR) cut filter has been optimized to allow transmission of the hydrogen alpha spectral line, resulting in four times greater sensitivity of the 656nm wavelength. The resulting images capture the brilliant red hues of diffuse nebulae and constellations in striking detail and fidelity. While not recommended for general photography, the D810A is an excellent option for photographing the universe with either NIKKOR lenses or third-party adaptors for telescopes.
 
In addition to the optimized IR cut filter, the D810A adds other features that are useful for astrophotography applications. A new Long Exposure Manual Mode is implemented, giving users the ability to set shutter speeds from 4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 20, 30, 60, 120, 180, 240, 300, 600 or 900 seconds (15 minutes), as well as Bulb and Time settings. Building upon the D810’s excellent low-light capabilities, the ISO range has been optimized from 200 to 12,800 (Hi-2 51,200), for maximum sensitivity with the optimal signal to noise ratio.
 
The D810A also adds a new Virtual Exposure Preview Mode, which displays an estimated preview image and is available when shooting at shutter speeds longer than 30 seconds when in Live View. The brightened preview image represents a 30 second exposure, simplifying focusing and composition.
 
The Best of Both Worlds
The Nikon D810A is based off of the Nikon D810 architecture and retains all of the features that make it a powerful tool for creating images. Users will be able to produce photos of the heavens in super high resolution thanks to the 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor. The image sensor works in tandem with Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED 4 Image processing engine to deliver images with low noise and a dynamic range that is nothing short of stellar. The D810A also features an Electronic Front Curtain Shutter Mode, letting the electronic front curtain act as a shutter when in live view or first composing through the optical viewfinder in mirror-up mode. This feature minimizes vibrations to attain maximum sharpness when shooting subjects at very slow shutter speeds. The camera also features a durable magnesium alloy body that is sealed against dirt and moisture, giving users peace of mind when getting away from the city lights means a trek off of the beaten path.
 
The Nikon D810A is compatible with a wide range of high quality NIKKOR lenses and accessories, including wireless infrared remotes, cable releases and the new WR-1 wireless remote system. Additionally, Nikon’s Capture NX-D software is available as a free download, and it will feature a new option for Astro Noise Reduction for use with D810A image files.
 
Nikon D750 Filmmaker’s Kit
For users who are looking to take advantage of the Nikon D750’s advanced video capabilities, Nikon is now offering a Filmmaker’s Kit that includes everything needed to get started in the world of cinema. The kit contains three NIKKOR lenses in popular focal lengths, including the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lens and the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens; all which provide stunning HD clarity and excellent depth of field control for filmmakers. The kit also contains two additional EN-EL15 batteries, an ME-1 Stereo Microphone, one Atomos Ninja-2 External Recorder, and Tiffen 67mm and 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filters (8-Stops) for superior control of light. In addition, the Nikon D750 Filmmaker’s Kit features custom foam inserts, which are ideally sized for use in a hard case for transporting equipment to your next video production.
 
Price and Availability
The Nikon D810A will be available in late May 2015 and pricing will be announced at a later date. The Nikon D750 Filmmaker’s Kit will be available in late February for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $3,999.95.
 
B&H has the Nikon D810A and D750 Filmmaker's Kit available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/10/2015 7:57:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Sigma has just announced a lens that closely resembles another highly successful model in their lineup, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens. If these two lenses share similar image quality, the 24 Art is a certain hit.
 
From Sigma:
 
Sigma Corporation of America Introduces New 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens at CP+ Imaging Show
 
Latest Global Vision Art lens offers highest-quality optical performance in its class
 
YOKOHAMA, Japan — February 10, 2015 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced the new Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens, the ninth Global Vision lens to join the company’s iconic Art line-up. The announcement comes at the start of the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2015, which begins on Feb. 12 in Yokohama, Japan.
 
The much anticipated 24mm F1.4 Art wide angle lens is designed for full-frame DSLRs, and when used on digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor, it effectively becomes a 38mm. The lens is ideal for capturing a variety of photography subjects, including cityscapes, mountain ranges, astrophotography and weddings and is great for videography work as well. The 24mm also excels at indoor photography in low illumination thanks to the combination of exceptional focal plane sharpness, and gorgeous bokeh rendered by nine rounded aperture blades. The lens achieves a maximum magnification of 1:5.3 with a minimum focusing distance of 9.8 inches. The 24mm incorporates both "F" Low Dispersion (FLD) glass and Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass in a design of 15 elements in 11 groups to minimize chromatic aberration of magnification especially in the edge of the image field. Moreover, the optimized power layout includes aspherical elements that are positioned in the rear of the lens for improved wide open performance. This helps to ensure minimal distortion through the correction of axial chromatic aberration and sagittal coma flare. The new lens element design also delivers excellent peripheral brightness.
 
“The Sigma Art lenses are recognized by photographers for world-class performance, and the new 24mm F1.4 DG HSM will be a significant contribution to our selection of fast aperture prime lenses which is quickly becoming a strong force in the industry” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Sigma is redefining the expectations of fast-aperture full-frame prime lens performance, especially wide-open, and the results the 24mm F1.4 will deliver will be up to the exacting standards set by the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM .”
 
Other updates to this lens include a new full-time manual focusing mechanism that switches to manual focusing, simply by rotating the focus ring, even when AF is being used, first introduced on the 50mm Art. This allows the photographer to make focus adjustments quickly and easily. As with all new lenses under the Global Vision categories, every 24mm will be tested using Sigma’s own MTF measuring system, “A1,” in the company’s factory in Japan.
 
Other lenses in the Art line include 35mm F1.4 DG HSM, 30mm F1.4 DC HSM, 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM, 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM, 50mm F1.4 DG HSM, 19mm F2.8 DN, 30mm F2.8 DN and 60mm F2.8 DN.
 
The 24mm F1.4 is compatible with Sigma’s USB dock, allowing photographers to update the lens’ firmware and change focus parameters as well as manual focus over-ride using Sigma's Optimization Pro software. It is also compatible with Sigma’s Mount Conversion Service. The lens will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts, and timing, pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.
 
Ordering the Sigma 24 Art Lens
 
Hopefully the fulfillment process for this lens is more expediant than we are currently experiencing with the 150-600 Sports and 24-105 Art lenses. While many lenses are introduced to relatively low demand, my expectation is that this is not one of them.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts on their site, but preorders are not currently being accepted.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 2/10/2015 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 9, 2015
Lens Decentering
I mentioned that reviewing the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens was one of my top priorities and a friend came to my rescue by providing a copy of this lens to test. I have good news and bad news to report.
 
I temporarily added image quality results to the review page but have subsequently taken them down. After comparing the results from this lens to the Canon EF 100-400mm L IS II USM Lens and Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens, I was left quite disappointed. Further evaluation revealed a strong likelihood of a decentering issue with this lens.
 
Shown in the image accompanying this post is the near-top-left and the near-top-right crop from one of the test images. The top left crop is obviously very significantly sharper than the top right, which is the crop that shows in the site's image quality tests. A similar difference can be seen over the entire focal length range of this lens.
 
The bad news of course is that such an issue is showing in a lens this nice (and this new). That is very disappointing. However, I expect that Sigma will be able to resolve the problem and that leads to the good news: that top left crop from a 150mm wide open aperture is looking really nice. I remain optimistic that this is a really nice lens overall, with image quality to match the high grade look and feel of this lens.
 
We'll test another copy of this lens as soon as we can get our hands on one.
 
The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens is still not in stock, but is available for preorder B&H.
Post Date: 2/9/2015 9:09:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Professional Network Logo
From the Canon Professional Network:
"Landscape photographer and Canon Explorer David Noton recently had the chance to use the new EF11-24mm f/4L USM lens. He reveals to CPN Editor David Corfield his thoughts on the world’s widest rectilinear zoom..."
See the entire article with seven showcase images at the Canon Professional Network.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/9/2015 9:09:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Microsoft:
 
Image Composite Editor (ICE) is an advanced panoramic image stitcher created by the Microsoft Research Computational Photography Group. Given a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location, the app creates a high-resolution panorama that seamlessly combines the original images. ICE can also create a panorama from a panning video, including stop-motion action overlaid on the background. Finished panoramas can be shared with friends and viewed in 3D by uploading them to the Photosynth web site. Panoramas can also be saved in a wide variety of image formats, including JPEG, TIFF, and Photoshop’s PSD/PSB format, as well as the multiresolution tiled format used by HD View and Deep Zoom.
 
Download: Microsoft Image Composite Editor v2.0
Category: Microsoft News
Post Date: 2/9/2015 7:14:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 5, 2015
Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R
The Canon EOS 5Ds review page is loaded with detailed information about this new, extreme DSLR. Check it out and be sure to share this page with your friends.
 
I've seen a LOT of camera announcements, but few have excited me as much as this one. I'm very anxious to get my hands on the 5Ds and 5Ds R.
 
Special thanks goes out to Chuck Westfall of Canon USA for his time spent explaining the new cameras and lens.
 
Note that, although the product pages are live, B&H is NOT accepting Canon EOS 5Ds or Canon EOS 5Ds R preorders at this time. Watch the site's news page/feed and/or sign up for the site's email newsletter (see signup box at top right of all site pages) for first notice of preorders being accepted.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/5/2015 10:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Canon Australia YouTube Channel:
 
Low light performance, billboard-ready ultra-high resolution and super crisp images: impossible?
 
Not with our brand new 50.6 megapixel full frame DSLR cameras: the Canon EOS 5Ds and 5DsR.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/5/2015 11:42:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Japan has posted sample images from their newly announced, ultra-high resolution DSLRs. If you're not accustomed to seeing 50MP images, you're in for quite a treat...
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/5/2015 11:17:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Canon has just posted several YouTube videos relating to its groundbreaking DSLR announcement.
 

The Freedom of High Resolution with the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R DSLR Cameras
 

Canon: Making a New Standard in High-resolution DSLR Photography
 

A Day in Tokyo - Time Lapse Movie with the Canon EOS 5DS/5DSR DSLR
 
Check out Bryan's 5Ds page for more in-depth information.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/5/2015 10:59:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5Ds Ultra-High Resolution DSLR Camera
From Canon U.S.A.:
 
CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES THE WORLD’S HIGHEST RESOLUTION* FULL-FRAME DSLR CAMERAS: EOS 5DS AND EOS 5DS R
 
Featuring Canon’s Newly Designed 50.6 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors, New DSLRs Deliver Ultra-high Resolution Images and Enhanced Features
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 5, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce the Canon EOS 5DSi and Canon EOS 5DS Ri Digital SLR cameras featuring the world’s highest resolution* among 35mm format DSLRs. Providing photographers with uncompromising image quality, these new EOS models incorporate a newly designed Canon 50.6 megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for superb image quality and processing speed. Perfect for commercial, studio, portrait, landscape and architectural photography, or anyone looking for an affordable alternative to medium format, the ultra-high resolution of these new models allow for large-format printing and extensive cropping capability while maintaining fantastic image quality.
 
Maximizing the potential of the new 50.6 megapixel sensor – for the first time in an EOS camera the low-pass filter effect in the EOS 5DS R model is cancelled. The cancellation of the low-pass filter helps deliver sharp images, squeezing the most out of every pixel. Both models provide attractive options for medium format shooters especially when coupled with a wide array of over 70 creative Canon EF lenses to choose from.
 
“Canon is always looking to deliver the absolute best in image quality and push our technology to the limits. These cameras deliver on that pledge, providing photographers with two new incredible tools that will enable them to make the most out of every shoot,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “As photography becomes more specialized and more images are captured than ever before, the burden is on the photography equipment to keep up with the demands of today’s artistic talents. These new camera models will provide many photographers with new options to deliver their vision to clients, fans, and the world.”
 
Built to Maximize Sharpness
 
In addition to the 50.6 megapixel full-frame image sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors, both cameras include a 61-Point High Density Reticular AF array including up to 41 cross-type AF points and EOS iTR AF for high precision autofocus. They also include the EOS Scene Detection system featuring a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR 252-zone metering sensor that provides enhanced precision and performance.
 
In support of such a high-resolution imaging sensor, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras were designed to minimize camera shake and significantly improve stability via a reinforced chassis, baseplate and tripod lug to improve rigidity. Canon also re-designed the mirror vibration control system to help reduce mirror bounce and camera shake. To help maximize stability and minimize vibrations, Canon added a new Arbitrary Release Time Lag Setting in Mirror Lock mode in both models. In addition to the standard setting (press the shutter button once to lock the mirror, then again to release the shutter), the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras offer new setting intervals of 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, one and two seconds, releasing the shutter after the selected preset delay, allowing potential camera vibration to dissipate before shutter release.
 
A new Picture Style called “Fine Detail” has been added to enhance the sharpness of JPEGs and EOS Movies with three new settings: Strength, Fineness and Threshold. With such abundant resolution on each sensor, both models also provide two cropped shooting modes, while still delivering high-resolution images 30.5 megapixels for the 1.3x mode and 19.6 megapixels for the 1.6x mode. The available crop options are visible as a mask or an outline in the viewfinder; so shooters can know exactly where to frame their subject.
 
Capturing the Action
 
Like the EOS 7D Mark II, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras feature an advanced AE system that can detect and compensate for flickering light sources such as sodium vapor lamps that are often used in gymnasiums and natatoriums. When enabled, this anti-flicker system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and color especially during continuous shooting. And new Auto White Balance settings include Ambience Priority and White Priority (for use when shooting under tungsten lighting).
 
Photographers and cinematographers will appreciate improved custom controls including a built-in intervalometer and bulb timer to enable the capture of time-lapse images and long-exposure images. These features are ideal for recording fireworks, star trails, sunrises and more. Both models feature Intelligent Viewfinder II providing approximately 100 percent field of view, while adding the ability to display cropped shooting frames and superimpose a customizable selection of camera settings and data such as dual-mode electronic level display and grid, as well as exposure, white balance, metering, drive, image quality and AF modes. A new Customizable Quick Control Screen, another first for EOS cameras, allows photographers to quickly change frequently used camera settings and functions.
 
The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras continue the EOS Movie tradition with the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD up to 30p or 720p HD video up to 60p. A creative Time Lapse Movie function, a first for EOS cameras, takes a continuous series of still photographs and automatically combines them in camera into a Full HD movie file. Interval adjustments can be set from one second to 99 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. The number of shots possible range from 2 to 3,600 with a maximum of two minutes and 30 seconds of playback time. In addition, high-speed continuous shooting up to five-frames-per-second (fps) at full 50 megapixel resolution allows users to capture fast action.
 
The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras feature dual card slots for CF and SD memory cards, including Ultra High Speed (UHS-1) SD cards. Built to last, the cameras also feature a shutter durability rating up to 150,000 cycles, the same as the EOS 5D Mark III.
 
Availability
 
The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R Digital SLR cameras are scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June 2015 for estimated retail prices of $3,699.00 and $3,899.00 for the body only, respectively.
 
* Among 35mm-format Digital SLR cameras as of February 5, 2015 according to published competitive information.
 
i These devices have not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. These devices are not, and may not be offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.
 
Preorders
 
Note that, although the product pages are live, B&H is NOT accepting Canon EOS 5Ds or Canon EOS 5Ds R preorders at this time. Watch the site's news page/feed and/or sign up for the site's email newsletter (see signup box at top right of all site pages) for first notice of preorders being accepted. I'm guessing the lines will make Black Friday look tame.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/5/2015 10:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Extreme Wide Angle Lens
First, the press release from Canon U.S.A.:
 
CANON U.S.A. ANNOUNCES NEW EF 11-24mm f/4L USM ULTRA WIDE-ANGLE ZOOM LENS
 
New Optical Array Delivers Images with Tremendous Depth and Linear Perspective
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 5, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce the superb new Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM ultra wide-angle zoom lens designed to deliver high quality, minimally distorted images throughout the entire zoom range. Featuring the widest angle of view (126°05' diagonal) ever achieved for a rectilinear full-frame Digital SLR lens*, and a minimum focusing distance of 11 inches (at 24mm), this new lens is ideal for professionals who want the ultimate in creative image expression with sharp, crisp detail whether shooting entire buildings from a close position, entire stadium shots from a high-vantage point, large group photos at a scenic wedding or even astrophotography. Cinematographers will be equally as impressed with the lens’ ability to retain straight lines.
 
Fully compatible with all EOS cameras, but particularly effective with full-frame cameras such as the new Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R Digital SLR cameras also announced today, this new L-series lens features newly developed optics comprised of 16 elements in 11 groups with a three group zoom system and rear focus. The new optical design utilizes four aspherical lens elements to help minimize distortion from the center of the image to the periphery, across the entire zoom range. This new optical array provides straight lines with minimal curve throughout the zoom range, ideal for architectural, event, and forensic photography. The lens also features one Super UD element and one UD lens element to help significantly reduce chromatic aberration and deliver sharp images with high resolution. Canon’s advanced lens coating technologies are also liberally employed to help minimize ghosting and flare, while simultaneously enhancing accurate color balance and maximum light transmission efficiency.
 
“Canon is very proud of its optical heritage. The creation of this new lens continues our tradition of providing photographers with unique image-making solutions that are not only thoughtfully designed but precisely engineered and manufactured,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The new Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM ultra wide-angle zoom lens features newly developed optics and an unprecedented combination of Canon optical technologies. We are very eager to see the beautiful images that photographers will create using this new lens with Canon EOS DSLR and Cinema EOS cameras.”
 
The new Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens’ impressive 11mm starting focal length and 9-blade circular aperture help deliver beautiful, high-quality, detailed images. The new lens accurately reproduces straight lines in the subject with minimal distortion, ideal for architectural and landscape photographers looking to create images with tremendous depth and strong perspective.
 
Wide-angle lenses are especially prone to flare and ghosting. To help reduce these effects, the new Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens features Canon’s proprietary Sub-Wavelength Structure Coating (SWC) and Air Sphere Coating (ASC). SWC is applied to the rear surface of the first and second aspheric lens elements, while ASC is used on the front of the fourth element. The SWC coatings are particularly effective for combatting flare and ghosting caused by light rays entering the lens at a large angle of incidence, while the ASC coating helps mitigate the same problems for light rays entering the center of the lens. The new lens also employs Canon’s Super Spectra Coating (SSC) to enhance light transmission while at the same time optimizing color reproduction accuracy.
 
The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens features a meticulously designed inner focusing system and zoom ring, as well as a built-in petal type lens hood with light-shielding grooves. Along with a high-speed CPU and optimized AF algorithms, this lens enables fast and accurate autofocusing, while its full-time manual focus feature allows manual focus adjustment even in AF mode. As with all L-series lenses, this durable new lens is highly resistant to dust and water -- ideal for outdoor photography even when conditions are harsh. In addition, a fluorine coating on the front and rear surfaces of the lens helps reduce smears and fingerprints and makes the lens easier to clean.
 
Pricing and Availability
 
The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM ultra wide-angle zoom lens joins the robust line up of Canon f/4L USM zoom lenses including 16-35mm, 17-40mm, 24-70mm, 24-105mm, 70-200mm, and 200-400mm + 1.4X Extender models. It is scheduled to be available in late February 2015 for an estimated retail price of $2,999.00. For more information please visit: http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/professional/products/lenses/ef_lens_lineup/lens_uw_pro
 
* As of January 2015 according to published competitive information.
 
Preorder Now
 
Preorder your Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens from B&H.
 
Comparison Charts and Product Images
 
Below is the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens positioned beside the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens. Looks really nice to me.
 
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens Beside Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens
 
The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens review page has comparison charts and links to additional information about this lens. Watch for this page to be updated with my in-depth expectations for this lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/5/2015 10:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS Rebel T6s
First, the press release from Canon U.S.A.:
 
CANON U.S.A. ANNOUNCES NEW EOS REBEL DSLR CAMERAS FEATURING 24.2 MEGAPIXELS AND WIRELESS FUNCTIONALITY
 
The new EOS Rebel T6s and EOS Rebel T6i DSLR cameras combine affordability with workhorse imaging features and functionality
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 5, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of two new DSLR cameras to its popular EOS Rebel lineup: the EOS Rebel T6s Digital SLR camera, and the EOS Rebel T6i Digital SLR camera. Featuring a newly developed 24.2 megapixel Canon CMOS imaging sensor, both cameras deliver the highest resolution available amongst EOS models with an APS-C format sensor. Additionally, the cameras feature built-in Wi-Fi® and NFC™ capabilities – a first for the Canon EOS Rebel system – making snapping and sharing high-quality, treasured images seamless.
 
“The Canon EOS Rebel series is one of the most popular lines of DSLR cameras on the market, and we are proud to continue to innovate and upgrade this line with features such as wireless connectivity and improved image capture capabilities,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “As the popularity of this line grows with consumers, we’re excited to launch the EOS Rebel T6s as our new flagship camera in the Rebel line, as well as have another budget-conscious offering in the line with the Rebel T6i.”
 
With multiple features most commonly found in advanced amateur cameras, the EOS Rebel T6s is designed for photography enthusiasts, or those who are already experienced with entry-level cameras who want to take high-quality photos and videos, and look for more advanced features and functions. For more casual photography needs, or for users looking to purchase their first DSLR camera, the EOS Rebel T6i camera prioritizes affordability, without sacrificing basic SLR performance attributes like quick shutter response, and compatibility with Canon’s impressive line of interchangeable lenses and accessories.
 
Outstanding Image Capture Features
 
The new EOS Rebel cameras have an extensive ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600) to accommodate shooting situations ranging from bright sunny days at the beach to dimly lit indoor dance recitals. The high-performance DIGIC 6 image processor helps provide outstanding image quality and speed, so pictures are clear and sharp.
 
Building on the image capture functionality of their predecessors, the EOS Rebel T6s and EOS Rebel T6i cameras feature Canon’s new Hybrid CMOS AF III image sensor-embedded autofocus system, which allows for high levels of speed and accuracy when capturing Full HD video or high-resolution photos in Live View. This is particularly useful when capturing children playing sports, or animals in the wild, when it’s imperative to get the shot at the exact moment action is happening. Helping photographers capture those special moments, the cameras have high-speed continuous shooting up to five frames-per-second (fps). For photographers who prefer to compose their images through a viewfinder, the new EOS Rebel T6s and EOS Rebel T6i cameras have a 19-point all cross-type AF system that allows for superb autofocus, as well as focus area selection modes.
 
Brand-new to the EOS Rebel line, the cameras feature built-in wireless capabilities, which allow users to wirelessly transfer images and videos with ease to compatible smartphones and tablets through Canon’s newly updated and free Camera Connect app.2 Images and videos can also be shared wirelessly to a wide range of popular social networking sites through Canon iMAGE GATEWAY.3 The camera’s built-in NFC (Near Field Communication)4 allows quick and simple pairing to a compatible Android device, or devices that support NFC like the new Canon Connect Station CS100 photo and video storage and sharing device. The built-in Wi-Fi functionality also allows users to wirelessly print their images to any compatible printer, like the PIXMA MG7520 or PIXMA iP8720.
 
With an intuitive design that allows for an optimal photographic experience, the new EOS Rebel cameras have a three-inch Vari-Angle Touch Screen Clear View LCD monitor with approximately 1,040,000 dots. This design enables flexible positioning for high or low framed shots, as well as clear viewing even when outdoors in the sunlight. Additionally, the cameras feature the latest version of Canon’s EOS scene analysis system, which helps photographers capture beautiful images in a wider range of situations by detecting near-infrared light and flickering light sources. Also new to the entire EOS system, both models feature color tone detection, which helps ensure individuals in photographs are properly focused and/or exposed by adjusting both autofocus and exposure metering.
 
Full HD Video Capture
 
The EOS Rebel T6s and EOS Rebel T6i cameras feature EOS Movie mode which captures Full HD 1080p resolution video up to 30 fps in MP4 format for high quality shooting and easy movie sharing on select social networking sites. Manual exposure control, digital zoom and an external stereo microphone jack are provided for advanced users using the EOS Rebel T6s.
 
Expanded Creative Functionality
 
Allowing for full creative control, the new EOS Rebel cameras offer creative filters available as presets for photos and movies. These filters can be displayed in real time during Live View shooting, providing an easy way for users to enhance their creative work. Users can further expand their artistic abilities right from the camera with Creative Filters such as Fisheye Effect, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome mode. Fisheye Effect gives images a panoramic look and feel, Toy Camera Effect adds a grainy look to soften photos, illustrating a vintage appearance and with Monochrome mode, photos can either have black-and-white, blue or sepia tones, to display a more classic appearance.
 
Advanced Features & Capabilities
 
For photographers who desire more advanced features, the EOS Rebel T6s is the first EOS Rebel class DSLR camera to feature a top LCD panel, Quick Control Dial, Horizontal Level and built-in HDR movie capabilities. The new camera is also the first model in the EOS Rebel series to feature Servo AF in Live View, allowing continuous tracking of moving subjects during burst mode shooting sequences.
 
Availability
 
The EOS Rebel T6s Digital SLR camera and EOS Rebel T6i Digital SLR camera are scheduled to be available at the end of April 2015. The estimated retail price of the EOS Rebel T6s is $849.99 for the body only, and $1,199.00 bundled with an EF-S 18-135 STM lens. The EOS Rebel T6i has an estimated retail price of $749.99 for the body only, $899.99 bundled with an EF-S 18-55 STM lens, and $1,099.00 bundled with an EF-S 18-135 STM lens.
 
1 The EOS Rebel T6s Digital SLR camera, and the EOS Rebel T6i Digital SLR cameras have not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.
 
2 For Wi-Fi connectivity: Compatible with iOS versions 6.0/6.1/7.0/7.1/8.0/8.1, Android smartphone versions 2.3.3/4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4 and Android tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4. Data charges may apply. With the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This software helps enable you to upload images to social network services. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy-related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software.
 
3 One-time registration is required on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album
 
4 For NFC connectivity: Compatible with Android devices version 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4 and the Canon Connect Station CS100 ii photo and video storage and sharing device.
 
Preorders
 
Preorder your T6i or T6s from B&H:
 
Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR Camera (Body Only)
Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR Camera with 18-135mm IS STM Lens
Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm IS STM Lens
 
Canon EOS Rebel T6s DSLR Camera (Body Only)
Canon EOS Rebel T6s DSLR Camera with 18-55mm IS STM Lens
 
Accessories
 
Canon ACK-E18 AC Adapter Kit
Canon DR-E18 DC Coupler
Canon LP-E17 Battery Pack
Canon BG-E18 Battery Grip
Canon MG-EB Magnifier
Canon MG-EF Magnifier
 
Comparison Charts and Product Images
 
The Canon EOS Rebel T6i and Canon EOS Rebel T6s review pages are loaded with product images and comparison charts and images. Full reviews will be forthcoming.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/5/2015 10:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS M3 Mirrorless Camera
Sydney, Australia, 6 February 2015 – Canon today reveals the EOS M3 – a powerful Compact System Camera created for photographers who demand premium performance or for professional photographers to use as a secondary camera. Fusing Canon’s unrivalled image quality and DSLR-levels of control in a compact body, the EOS M3 offers the ability to photograph the world in exceptional detail.
 
EOS M3 key benefits:
 
  • Fast, responsive focusing with advanced 49-point AF system and CMOS AF III technology
  • Incredible still image quality and full HD movies
  • EOS design DNA in an ergonomic portable body that fits comfortably in your hand and gives you easy access to a range of controls
  • Remote camera control and image sharing via Wi-Fi
At the heart of the EOS M3 is Canon’s first 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and its most advanced image processor, DIGIC 6, delivering premium quality stills and Full HD Movies. Combined with super-fast AF performance, thanks to a new Hybrid CMOS AF III and 49-point AF System, this camera gives you the freedom to capture the beauty of movement. Designed to ensure everything is within easy reach - from intuitive DSLR-like dials and control, as well as the flexibility to change your lens, all shrunk down into a compact, ergonomic body to take with you wherever you go.
 
Rich detail and lighting fast performance
From city skylines and enchanting landscapes to urban art and eye-catching portraits, the EOS M3 delivers clarity, rich colour and distinctive detail with every image. As light starts to fade and dusk descends, the EOS M3 excels with the 24.2 MP sensor’s vast 100-12,800 ISO range providing vivid, realistic and low-noise shots in even the most challenging of light situations.Constructed for speed, whether you’re shooting an elusive animal on safari or street performers on a city break, the subject of your shot will be in focus with the EOS M3’s 49-point AF system and innovative new Hybrid CMOS AF III technology delivering lightningfast performance.
 
Putting you in control – iconic EOS design and controls
The EOS M3 incorporates the EOS design DNA and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand thanks to the fluid design grip. Direct access to a range of controls, including an exposure compensation dial, main control dial and customisable button lets you adjust the camera’s settings to suit your shooting style.
 
For complete framing versatility, the large 7.5cm (3.0”) LCD touchscreen tilts up 180 degrees and down 45 degrees to help you shoot from all angles, while also making multitouch gestures a finger tap away. The screen also gives you access to Canon’s intuitive touch menu system found on EOS DSLRs.
 
The EOS M3 is a camera to make your own, with customisable controls, a hot shoe for Canon’s Speedlite flashes and optional tilt-type electronic viewfinder. Compatibility with EF-M lenses, including a choice of pancake and zoom lenses, means you can shoot any situation. Plus, with Creative Assist, the EOS M3 can be controlled from the touch screen interface, and the effects previewed in real time as you shoot. Settings such as brightness, background blur, vividness of colour, contrast, warmth and filter effects can be altered, and combinations can be saved to be called upon again when you need them.
 
Movies worth remembering
Budding movie makers can shoot in Full HD quality with a choice of 24p, 25p and 30p frame rates, and MP4 for easy sharing. You can be sure people and places will always be in focus, with advanced Hybrid CMOS AF III providing continuous AF. For more experienced shooters, Touch AF gives you the flexibility to select AF points on the LCD even with moving subjects, and create professional-looking pull focus effects. For full control, Manual Movie puts you in the director’s seat, with complete aperture, shutter and ISO control for stunningly creative results.
 
Power to control and share
EOS M3 gives you the flexibility to remotely control the camera and transfer images using integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. Remote shooting via the new Camera Connect app lets you control the camera’s key functions. Dynamic NFC enables single-touch image transfers to smart devices while the auto-sync functionality means you can upload all your images to Canon’s online photo storage service, irista, for instant back-up and peace of mind.
 
Availability
The new EOS M3 will be available [in Australia] from April 2015 in black and white. Prices will be set at dealer discretion.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/5/2015 11:35:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot SX410 IS and ELPH 350 HS Digital Cameras
From Canon:
 
The PowerShot SX410 IS Digital Camera Features a Compact Body with an Impressive 40x Optical Zoom Lens, while the Stylish PowerShot ELPH 350 HS Offers a 20.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC Capabilities
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 5, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the new PowerShot SX410 IS and PowerShot ELPH 350 HS compact digital cameras. Weighing just .4 ounces more and measuring only .2 inches longer than its predecessor, the PowerShot SX410 IS camera boasts an upgraded 40x optical zoom range (equivalent to 24-960mm), making it a convenient choice for users who want to combine portability and telephoto reach into one powerful digital camera. The PowerShot ELPH 350 HS is a high performance stylish compact digital camera with a 12x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 25-300mm) and an impressive 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, with built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities.
 
“At Canon U.S.A. we aim to make capturing images and video as easy as possible for photo enthusiasts,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “With the introduction of the PowerShot SX410 IS and the PowerShot ELPH 350 HS, users will find improved imaging features in compact camera bodies, making either camera model a convenient choice for those passionate about photography at almost any level or budget.”
 
The PowerShot SX410 IS Digital Camera
The PowerShot SX410 IS Digital Camera is the latest super zoom camera to be added to Canon’s SX-series lineup. With a 40x optical zoom range, an Intelligent IS image stabilization system and a 20 Megapixelii CCD sensor, the PowerShot SX410 IS camera gives users the features they need to capture every photographic moment in high resolution. The lens and sensor provide powerful performance in a very compact and portable body – weighing less than 11.5 ounces and measuring just 2.72 inches high and 3.35 inches deep from the rear LCD screen to the front of the lens.
 
The PowerShot SX410 IS camera is always ready for action with a dedicated movie button to easily start and stop recording 720p HD video. Additionally, the PowerShot SX410 IS camera can capture tight close-up shots of subjects from far distances through the use of the camera’s full 40x zoom range. The camera is also outfitted with ECO mode to help extend battery life allowing more photos to be taken over a longer period of time.
 
The camera’s Smart AUTO mode sets the ideal image quality settings by intelligently selecting from 32 pre-defined scene modes for still shots and 21 scene modes for video. Users can further expand their artistic abilities right from the camera with Creative Filters such as Fisheye Effect, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome. Fisheye Effect gives images a panoramic look and feel, Toy Camera Effect adds a grainy look to soften photos, illustrating a vintage appearance and with Monochrome mode, photos can either have black-and-white, blue or sepia tones, to display a more classic appearance.
 
The PowerShot SX410 IS camera is scheduled to be available in March 2015 in red or black for an estimated retail price of $279.99.
 
The PowerShot ELPH 350 HS
Building on the PowerShot ELPH series’ “Circle in a Box” design and the heritage as one of the leaders in digital camera market share, the new PowerShot ELPH 350 HS camera offers users high performance that is perfect for everyday use. Featuring a 12x optical zoom lens and a high-resolution 20.2 Megapixeli CMOS sensor, the new PowerShot ELPH 350 HS camera is capable of capturing sharp images with the superb quality. With Intelligent IS to help optimize image stabilization, a built-in flash and ample low light sensitivity up to ISO 3200, users can create images that are sharp and virtually shake-free in a wide range of shooting conditions both indoors and out.
 
The PowerShot ELPH 350 HS digital camera is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi, allowing for wireless transferring of images and video to compatible mobile devices , Wi-Fi enabled computers and select social networking sites, making it easy to share images anytime or anywhere. The built-in Wi-Fi allows users to wirelessly print their images to any compatible Canon printer, like the PIXMA MG7520. Users can also shoot remotely via Wi-Fi using a compatible smartphone or tablet and the free Canon Camera Connect app , so everyone can be included in group photos. With its built-in NFC feature, the PowerShot ELPH 350 HS camera can quickly pair to compatible Android devices , as well as to the recently announced Canon Connect Station CS100 photo/video storage and sharing device.
 
When photographing people, users can enable the Auto Zoom feature that allows the camera to identify the primary subject and immediately focus and frame it for a perfect shot. With Canon’s Creative Shot mode, Smart AUTO technology and Hybrid AUTO for simultaneous still and video capture, users have the ability to capture creative images with ease. Photographers can also capture moving subjects in crisp, smooth 1080p Full HD video quickly and simply by pressing the camera’s dedicated movie button. And the camera has a large 3-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 461,000 dots, perfect for quick and clear preview and review of images and video.
 
The PowerShot ELPH 350 HS camera is scheduled to be available in April 2015 in black and silver for an estimated retail price of $209.99.
 
B&H has the Canon PowerShot SX410 IS and ELPH 350 HS available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/5/2015 10:05:24 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon G3 X Development Image
Canon is Developing PowerShot G3 X Premium Compact Camera, Featuring 1.0-inch Sensor and 25x Optical Zoom Lens
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 5, 2015 — Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is developing a new addition to the Company’s G-series lineup of premium compact cameras—the PowerShot G3 X—and will display a prototype of the camera at CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2015, to be held from February 12th-15th at the PACIFICO YOKOHAMA Exhibition Hall in Yokohama, Japan.
 
The new PowerShot G3 X, currently under development by Canon Inc., will incorporate a large 1.0-inch sensor and a 24–600mm (35mm film equivalent) 25x optical zoom lens while maintaining a compact size that makes it easy to carry around. The camera will produce images with beautifully blurred backgrounds, made possible by its large sensor, and provide users with a wide range of focal lengths, from wide-angle to telephoto. The addition of the new model will serve to further bolster Canon’s already impressive G-series PowerShot camera lineup.
 
Introduced in 2000 as a high-end-model lineup, Canon’s G series of PowerShot cameras has played a leading role in the compact camera market thanks to its high-image quality.
 
Calling upon the Company’s latest lens, sensor and image processing technology know-how, Canon launched the current flagship-model PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera in March 2014, followed in October of the same year with the launch of the high-image-quality compact-body PowerShot G7 X camera. Both models have proven popular among a wide range of high-end users, including users of EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras.
 
By actively and flexibly responding to the market’s diverse needs, particularly through the bolstering of the Company’s high-end-model lineup, Canon will continue to contribute to the expansion of the photographic imaging culture.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/5/2015 10:04:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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