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 Friday, March 16, 2012
The Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE/ZF.2 Lens has been announced.
 
Zeiss has provided me a production lens for evaluation. Standardized test results along with charts and many product images are available on the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review placeholder page.
Post Date: 3/16/2012 8:00:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 15, 2012
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Owner's Manual is now available for download. (thanks Sean & Neuro)
 
Preorder your 5D III at B&H, Adorama or Amazon.com.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/15/2012 1:05:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Standardized test results have been added to the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Review placeholder page.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/14/2012 6:21:44 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Canon France has released a Canon EOS 5D Mark III demo video entitled "Eye of the Mind":
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/13/2012 9:06:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 12, 2012
The Canon Professional Network has posted a new Canon EOS-1D X article: Frits van Eldik on shooting an F1 weekend with the EOS-1D X (thanks Scott).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/12/2012 12:42:48 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 5, 2012
Sorry - this post was supposed to go live at 3:00 AM Fri morning. Poor Internet service apparently prevented it from doing so:
 
I have the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Review placeholder page live on the site with comparison charts and images.
 
I'll get more information on the site as soon as I can. Thanks for your support!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/5/2012 11:53:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 24, 2012
Flare, distortion and vignetting test results have been added to the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review page.
Post Date: 2/24/2012 10:42:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, February 23, 2012
By popular request, ISO 12233 Resolution Chart samples crops have been added to the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review page.
 
Driving the popular request is the huge $200.00 instant rebate currently available for the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens. Get your 100 OS at B&H, Adorama or Amazon.com.
 
Note that the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens is compatible with extenders.
 
On a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, the lens plus Sigma 1.4x EX DG Tele Converter autofocuses. The lens plus Sigma 2x EX DG Tele Converter does not autofocus on the 1Ds III.
Post Date: 2/23/2012 4:01:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I have added MTF chart comparisons to the review placeholder pages for the new Canon lenses:
 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Review
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS Lens Review
 
I'll try to get more commentary up in the next couple of weeks.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/15/2012 3:16:26 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 13, 2012
Just posted: Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review
 
The Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 Lens review was created in conjunction with its wider-aperture sibling lens review - the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review. You will find comparisons being shared by these reviews.
Post Date: 2/13/2012 11:33:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Canon has posted six full-resolution Canon EOS-1D X sample photos.
 
ISO settings range from 400 to 1600. Lenses used range from the Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM Lens to the Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens.
 
The images look great with very little noise.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/7/2012 12:03:32 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H is now listing April 25th (2012) as the expected availability date for the Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens and Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/7/2012 8:53:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 31, 2012
 Friday, January 27, 2012
Canon Camera Museum has posted a technical report feturing the Canon EOS-1D X.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/27/2012 10:29:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 24, 2012
 Friday, January 20, 2012
I have added comparisons to the following review pages:
 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens Review - Added a focal length comparison
 
Tamron SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro Lens Review - Added a 180mm aperture comparison
 
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS Lens Review - Added a 17mm aperture comparison
Post Date: 1/20/2012 9:05:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
A handful of sample pictures have been added to the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS Lens Review.
Post Date: 1/20/2012 9:03:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 19, 2012
I added some sample pictures to the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC Lens Review.
 
Sorry for the lack of wider angle shots. When selecting down the pictures to include with this review, I apparently was not liking the wider angle compositions I was making while working with this lens. Most of the shots I had to work with were in the over-200mm range. Hopefully you will at least enjoy those.
Post Date: 1/19/2012 10:45:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 18, 2012
 Friday, January 13, 2012
I am intrigued by the large sensor in the Canon PowerShot G1 X; and therefore, I intend to review this camera (at least the image quality from it). To get started, I have added a Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera Review page to the site.
 
Already included on the Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera Review page are:

  • USA and UK press releases
  • Information and videos from Canon Professional Network
  • A sensor size chart and comparison table
  • Interactive camera size comparisons
  • Dozens of product images including a lens extension comparison

Can you spot the anomoly between image #16 and #17 near the bottom of the page (thanks Max)?

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/13/2012 2:08:04 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 6, 2012
The Canon Professional Network has posted EOS-1D X on film: Pt. 5 – Using the camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/6/2012 12:59:05 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 5, 2012
 Monday, December 26, 2011
 Monday, December 19, 2011
A production 1D X body has not become available to me yet, but based on information provided by Canon and a short time with a preproduction camera, I have the Canon EOS-1D X Review started.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/19/2011 3:28:11 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, December 8, 2011
You haven't been able to find a new Canon EOS-1D Mark III for a long time - and Canon USA has put the final nail in the 1D III coffin by removing this model from their website.
 
The 1D III has become a popular model on the used market. It is readily available on eBay and is available in refurbished condition at Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/8/2011 1:14:58 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 2, 2011
The Canon Professional Network has posted another Canon EOS-1D X video:
 
AE System Explained
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/2/2011 1:27:14 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, December 1, 2011
Sample pictures have been added to the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens Review.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/1/2011 9:37:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/30/2011 1:35:33 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 28, 2011
Sample pictures have been added to the following reviews:
 
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Review
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens Review
Post Date: 11/28/2011 5:38:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 22, 2011
ISO 12233 Chart results have been added to the Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X Pro FX Lens Review page.
Post Date: 11/22/2011 10:21:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 21, 2011
dc.watch.impress.co.jp has posted an interview with the developers of the Canon EOS-1D X. The article, being in Japanese, is completely illegible to me - but Kaz sent me a summary of what he felt was new information. Here are his notes:
 
1) The 1D X is the first time they were able to combine the features of the 1D and 1Ds, which they couldn't do before due to technological issues. It was a "finally" kind of feeling after 10 years of development.
 
2) They knew some people would ask for more MP even when they announced the 1D X, but have their ears open and will keep thinking about what the market needs.
 
3) They're always considering the possibility of MF, but have no current plans to enter that market.
 
4) Timing of the 1D X announcement was to quell questions about the 1Ds replacement and to warn pros before the Olympics, and in consideration of Nikon, which they consider to be their biggest competitor when it comes to pros.
 
5) The earthquake had some effect on the 1D X release date, but it's not that. They actually wanted to release it earlier than March, which they feel is still a bit late for the August Olympics.
 
6) Although they can't say they'll never use them in the future, they are stopping production of APS-H sensors.
 
7) The APS-H size was more to allow for high-speed shooting, so they're moving fully to full-frame, to focus more on image quality.
 
8) The Digic 5 is 6 times faster than the Digic 4. The Digic 5+ is 3 times faster than the Digic 5, making it 17 times faster than the Digic 4, allowing for a lot of processing to be done in hardware rather than software.
 
9) ISO 204800 isn't overkill, as some feel, because some photojournalists need that kind of sensitivity.
 
10) Noise levels of the 1D X should be 2 stops better in all ISOs compared to the 1D IV.
 
11) The Digic 4 is now used as an image recognition processor, so it should be more than plenty to deal with the mere 100,000 pixels used for the AE sensor.
 
12) They know some people want the low-pass filter removed. The low-pass filter in the 1D X is fundamentally the same as previous models, and they decided to keep it in because the benefits outweigh the drawbacks for the pro segment that will use the 1D X.
 
13) Weather sealing is about the same as previous models.
 
14) HDR and some lens corrections still can't be done in-body due to processing power issues. But they may be added in future models.
 
15) Lots of consideration was given to the duplication of buttons in the portrait orientation, as well as preventing accidental pushing of some buttons (like the trash button).
 
16) Quieting the dial and buttons was also considered for video use.
 
17) Contrast AF speed is the same as in previous models.
 
18) The jello effect of the rolling shutter is slightly improved.
 
19) As for mirrorless, they definitely see the utility of a small camera, but have nothing to report at this time.
 
Thanks Kaz!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/21/2011 6:03:36 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
One of the tasks that I am far behind on is adding sample pictures to the site. To begin addressing this issue, I have added a batch of sample pictures to the site.
 
Many Canon EOS DSLRs and many lens brands and models are represented in this batch. I hope to add many more pictures in the near future.
 
Be sure to read the tips and other comments below each picture.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/21/2011 10:54:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 17, 2011
Post Date: 11/17/2011 10:50:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 10, 2011
The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted a pair of pages that you might find interesting:
 
EOS-1D X AF System - AF points & area selection
 
Cinema EOS FAQs
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/10/2011 11:03:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/10/2011 9:02:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Error corrected: Distortion test results have been added to the following review page:
 
Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X Pro FX Lens Review
Post Date: 11/8/2011 10:47:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 7, 2011
 Tuesday, November 1, 2011
I added an aperture comparison to the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review placeholder page.
 
I love the background blur a wide aperture lens can produce - and the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 ZE Lens is one of the best wide-aperture lenses available.
Post Date: 11/1/2011 10:45:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 31, 2011
I have added a focal length and aperture comparison to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens Review. You will find it near the end of this review.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/31/2011 2:18:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I have added an aperture comparison to the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens Review. You will find it near the beginning of this review.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/31/2011 12:08:00 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 26, 2011
 Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Just posted: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens Review
 
Note that I'm looking for your hands-on experience feedback regarding this lens' AI Servo AF accuracy.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/25/2011 1:21:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 24, 2011
Lens specifications and distortion test results have been added to the following review placeholder pages:
 
Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens Review
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens Review
Samyang 35mm f/1.4 US UMC Lens Review
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Lens Review
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/24/2011 3:11:31 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 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
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