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 Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted a series of EOS-1D X On-Camera Tutorials.
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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.
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Post Date: 7/10/2012 8:48:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 9, 2012
Check out the just-posted Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens Review.
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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.
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Post Date: 7/9/2012 8:54:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 3, 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 2, 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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)
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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.
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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/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens
 
Don't ask.
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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.
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Post Date: 6/13/2012 7:42:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 12, 2012
As with most families, the Canon Big White L Lens family should have its picture taken regularly. Here is the latest:
 
With Hoods | Without Hoods
 
You are welcome to use these images as your wallpaper. Might want to have a stack of napkins handy for that drool issue.
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Post Date: 6/12/2012 7:22:41 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Standard Big Lens Images have been added to the following review placeholder pages:
 
Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review
Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review
 
A direct link to the standard images tool with these two super telephoto lenses preloaded is here.
 
Special thanks to Adorama for getting me two of the first of these lenses available in the USA.
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Post Date: 6/12/2012 6:25:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I intended to have this information available for you on Friday, but ... sometimes your plans get changed for you (my apologies). I have added UK press releases, product images (including comparisons) and comparison charts to the following review placeholder pages:
 
Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D Review
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens Review
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Post Date: 6/12/2012 12:22:08 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon USA has updated the EOS 1D X / 5D III AF System Guidebook "... for clarity and enhanced description of the cameras' AF systems ..."
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Post Date: 6/12/2012 11:10:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 4, 2012
Just posted: Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens Review
 
I had an unusually high number of requests for a review of this lens, so I squeezed this one into the mix of reviews I've been working on.
 
Here are some status updates regarding my currently overloaded to-review list:
 
First, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera Review is long overdue. My primary concern for this camera is how its image quality compares with a DSLR such as the also-small Canon EOS Rebel T3i. I've spent a lot of time with the camera and have many tests shot with it. But, I think that even the latest version of DPP (v3.11.27.0) is generating non-sharp results from G1 X RAW files that appear to be quite sharp when the "High speed" (lower quality) preference is selected.
 
Another review I had hoped to bring you by now is the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Review. The big new feature of this flash is the RF remote capability. It takes two to play this game - and I've had an Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT on order since day one. Where this product is remains a mystery - I might have to buy a second 600EX-RT to move forward with this review.
 
Another MIA product is the Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip. I've also had one of these on order since moments after the announcement was made.
 
If my Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens and Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens ship any day as expected, these lenses will become my top review priority.
 
Update: Just received a ship notice for my Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT and Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip.
Post Date: 6/4/2012 1:28:23 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, May 26, 2012
CPN has posted and interview with Jeff Ascough, getting his thoughts on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
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Post Date: 5/26/2012 10:34:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 21, 2012
The CDLC has posted a Canon EOS-1D X sample film entitled "Shattered" by Tyler Stableford.
 
BTS (Behind the Scenes) videos are also available.
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Post Date: 5/21/2012 8:46:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 14, 2012
ISO 12233 Resolution Chart results have been added to the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens Review page.
Post Date: 5/14/2012 9:46:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 11, 2012
CPN has posted a Brutus Östling interview focusing on photographing birds with the Canon EOS-1D X.
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Post Date: 5/11/2012 1:03:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Lens vignetting, distortion and measurement results have been added to the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review page.
 
Flare testing is on hold pending a clear sky.
Post Date: 5/8/2012 9:32:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sample images have been added to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review.
 
As usual, some of the images have tips included.
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Post Date: 5/8/2012 8:47:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 4, 2012
ISO 12233 resolution chart results have been added to the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review page.
 
I have two of these lenses right now. Unfortunately, the first lens I received needs to go back.
 
After spending 10 hours or so completing testing the lens on the ISO chart, it became clear that the lens was not working properly at the longer focal lengths. Image quality was unacceptable at 70mm. Tamron confirmed that the results were not as they expected.
 
The second lens performs much better optically. These are the results now presented on the 24-70 VC review page.
 
Before making your purchase decision, I encourage you to wait for me to spend more time evaluating the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens' AF performance. Neither of the two lenses I have autofocus accurately on the test chart using a Canon-calibrated EOS 1Ds Mark III. I will minimally test the second lens behind a second calibrated 1Ds III and a 5D III.
 
Stay tuned for more information.
Post Date: 5/4/2012 2:28:15 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
CPN has posted The Making of the EOS 5D Mark III ‘Radball’ Movie, showing how scenes were captured and talking about the Canon EOS 5D Mark III's video capabilities.
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Post Date: 5/4/2012 11:30:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The latest Canon EOS 5D Mark III bodies being shipped have a correction in place to solve the light leak issue.
 
Roger Cicala at LensRentals.com shares the fix.
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Post Date: 5/2/2012 12:51:33 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 27, 2012
Standard test results (and some product images) have been added Zeiss 25mm f/2.0 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review page.
Post Date: 4/27/2012 10:48:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens is now shipping in the USA. I have a ship notice from B&H.
 
I would like to create a full Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review, but will minimally commit to capturing a full set of standard test results from it.
Post Date: 4/26/2012 9:06:00 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I have posted the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Review - Part 2.
 
The primary updates to the 5D III review are the image quality comparisons closer to the beginning of the review.
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Post Date: 4/25/2012 12:40:44 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 19, 2012
To help promote their April 2012 free Pro Speed Belt ($39.75 value) with the purchase of a Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro, Think Tank Photo sent me a StreetWalker Pro to review.
 
Not surprisingly (I love most Think Tank Photo gear), I love the case.
 
Here is a quick Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro Review.
Post Date: 4/19/2012 10:06:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 13, 2012
Just Posted: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Review - Part 1.
 
The 5D III has become my primary DSLR - at least until the 1D X shows up.
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Post Date: 4/13/2012 11:13:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 5, 2012
Canon has posted a pair of in-demand PDF owner's manuals:
 
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT/600EX Flash: owner's manual
 
Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT: owner's manual
 
For future reference, you will be able to find links to these manuals at the top of the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Review and Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Review pages. (thanks Niklas)
Canon Japan has announced that an update to their Digital Photo Pro (DPP) software is planned for mid-April. This update will resolve the soft/blurred Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR RAW image problem.
 
Here is my translation of the Google Japanese-to-English translation of this announcement:
 
To customers using Digital Photo Professional version 3.11.10 with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera
 
April 5, 2012
 
We thank you very much for your patronage of Canon products.
 
It has been confirmed that the RAW development process used by Digital Photo Professional version 3.11.10 is not appropriate, generating somewhat blurred images. This is the version of DPP that is included on the CD in the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR box.
 
<Canon deeply apologizes>
 
Phenomenon
 
When Canon EOS 5D Mark III RAW images are processed by DPP version 3.11.10, generated images become somewhat blurred.
 
Affected Products
 
Canon Digital Photo Professional RAW Development Software version 3.11.10 included in the Canon EOS 5D Mark III box.
 
This problem will not be observed in other cameras.
 
<Actually, the Canon PowerShot G1 X is also affected.>
 
An update to the Digital Photo Pro software is expected to be published in mid-April.
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Post Date: 4/5/2012 10:05:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Canon has posted an EOS 1D X / 5D III AF System Guidebook (PDF - 20 MB).
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Post Date: 4/3/2012 9:52:12 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, April 1, 2012
Reikan has been working on adding Canon EOS 5D Mark III compatibility to their Focal software and shared some information on their Facebook page on Friday.
 
Especially interesting to me was this paragraph:
 
"The AF consistency on the 5D Mark III is the *best* I have seen on any camera I've tested with (which is quite a few now!). And it's better by quite a long way - only a few % deviation across 20 shots compared to, say, the 1Dmk4 which deviates by 10-15%."
 
I'm still giving AI Servo a good workout, but the 5D III's One Shot AF has been very impressive. (thanks John)
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Post Date: 4/1/2012 10:24:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 30, 2012
CPN has posted a new article by Syl Arena, talking a closer look at Canon’s New Radio Speedlite Flash System.
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Post Date: 3/30/2012 7:23:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Are Your Canon PowerShot G1 X RAW images soft? If so, I may know why.
 
G1 X RAW files, when processed by Canon Digital Photo Pro v3.11.10.0 with the "Viewing and savings RAW images" preference to "High quality" (the default), are rendered very soft.
 
This is the same problem I currently have outlined on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review page. The G1 X RAW images are being affected by the same software flaw the 5D III images are affected by.
 
Canon has been notified. The workaround is to set the "Viewing and savings RAW images" preference to "High speed". Or use another RAW converter.
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Post Date: 3/30/2012 3:11:30 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
As I mentioned recently, I used the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens with the Canon EF 2x III Extender as a lightweight, handheld bird photography lens in Florida in early March and found the results to be quite impressive.
 
The Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens served as my primary tripod-mounted birding lens for this trip (the perfect full frame choice), but the 300 L II, along with a 1.4x III and a 2x III filled the handheld and wider focal lengths needs. And did so remarkably well.
 
My initial comment stirred many inquiries about the 300 II + 2x III combination. I'm not a big extender user, but the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens is so amazingly sharp that the with-extender results are still remarkable. And I had no problems handholding the with-2x-resulting 600mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens.
 
I have uploaded a sample picture from this combination for your review. The Brown Pelican image was captured near sunset at f/8 (f/5.6 results are not as sharp), 1/250 with a handheld Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III in RAW format using the Neutral Picture Style (lower contrast for better histogram). The JPG sample was processed in DPP using the Standard Picture Style, sharpness set to "2" (low) and saturation set to "1".
 
Here is the sample: JPG (11.0 MB) | RAW (26.4 MB)
 
License granted for personal gear-evaluation purposes only.
 
I will add this full size sample picture to the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens Review for more-permanent reference.
 
B&H has the still-elusive Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens (and Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens) in stock at this moment.
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Post Date: 3/30/2012 9:09:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 29, 2012
Canon USA has issued an official response to the 5D III IS noise issue:
 
“We have acknowledged that when using the camera with specific lenses, there is an abnormal noise during IS operation when the shutter button is pressed halfway (or remains pressed halfway), and we are now considering the countermeasures. We will let you know about the countermeasures as soon as they are finalized”
 
The two affected lenses are the Canon EF 200mm f/2.0L IS USM Lens and the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens.
 
Note that image quality is not affected by the abnormality. Also note that this noise does not occur during Live View including during video capture.
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Post Date: 3/29/2012 4:20:09 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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).
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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.
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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
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