Canon, Nikon, and Sony News for Aug 2020

 Monday, August 31, 2020
Just posted: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens Review.
 
Why is this a bestselling lens? Read this review to find out.
 
The Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 8/31/2020 8:28:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on the Datacolor SpyderX Elite Colorimeter, Sirui T-1204SK Carbon Fiber Tripod with G-10KX Ball Head, & more!
 
The Datacolor SpyderX Elite Colorimeter is what I use.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 8/31/2020 7:48:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Act fast: Adorama has the new Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens in stock!
 
I doubt this lens will remain available for very long.
Posted to: Canon News   Categories: Photography Deals, In Stock Notices
Post Date: 8/31/2020 7:38:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, August 29, 2020
From Google:
 
Photos often represent our most important memories—from everyday moments to the biggest events in our lives—and it should be easy for you to access them in Google Photos and beyond. Since launching our Google Photos partner program two years ago, we’ve worked with hundreds of partners to build high-quality and secure integrations so that you can enjoy your photos and videos in more of the products and services you use. With Google Photos you can create prints and photo books with Popsa, digitize your memories with YesVideo, display your photos on a Nixplay Smart Photo Frame and more.
 
If you own a DSLR or point-and-shoot camera, you know that getting your photos backed up can be a process. You often need cables or adapters to take them off of your camera or SD card and save them, and it might take a number of steps to get it all done. We’ve worked with Canon so you can easily upload the moments captured on your Canon devices directly to Google Photos over Wi-Fi—no plugging in your camera or taking out your SD card.
 
With the latest version of the image.canon app (available on Android or iOS) and a compatible Canon camera, you can choose to automatically transfer original quality photos to Google Photos, eliminating the hassle of using your computer or phone to back them up.
 
In addition to a compatible Canon camera and the image.canon app, you’ll also need a Google One membership to use this feature. To help get started, Canon users will get one month of Google One free, providing access to up to 100 GB of cloud storage, as well as other member benefits, such as premium support from Google experts and family sharing.
 
So whether you’re backing up your photos from your Canon camera, printing with Popsa or digitizing your memories with YesVideo, Google Photos can help. Head over to our Works with Google Photos site to learn about the hundreds of apps and services you can use to get the most out of your photos.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Google News
Post Date: 8/29/2020 8:55:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 28, 2020
Just posted:
 
Canon RF 1.4x Extender Review.
 
Canon RF 2x Extender Review.
 
I plan to update these reviews when higher-performing compatible RF lens models become available.
 
The Canon RF 1.4x Extender is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
The Canon RF 2x Extender is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Canon RF 1.4x Extender and Canon RF 2x Extender from Lensrentals.
 
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 8/28/2020 8:32:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Check out Adorama's Deals of the Day for big savings on the Slinger Dry Cabinets.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 8/28/2020 8:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 27, 2020
From Canon USA:
 
Future Firmware plan to support advanced video recording functions for EOS-1D X Mark III and EOS R5.
 
In response to feedback from our customers about the EOS-1D X Mark III and the EOS R5, Canon U.S.A., Inc. plans to introduce the following video recording functions via a series of future firmware updates.
 
EOS-1D X Mark III

  • Canon Log 3 option will be added.
  • A low bit rate option for 5.5K RAW video recording will be added.
  • A low bit rate option for all the IPB video recording modes will be added.

EOS R5

  • Canon Log 3 option will be added.
  • A low bit rate option for 8K RAW video recording will be added.
  • A low bit rate option for all the IPB video recording modes will be added.
  • A 119.88 fps option for Full HD (1080p) recording will be added.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 8/27/2020 11:15:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon USA has Canon EOS-1D X Mark III firmware update version 1.2.0 available for download.
 
Firmware Version 1.2.0 incorporates the following enhancements and fixes:

  1. Enhancements when using Browser Remote:
    • The image list displayed will be refreshed automatically on the browser.
    • On the shooting screen of the browser, you can set the movie resolution and a high frame rate.
    • On the shooting screen of the browser, you can change the movie shooting mode.
    • On the shooting screen of the browser, Live View will be displayed as soon as you select the movie shooting button.
  2. Enhances Auto Focus (AF) for improved face and eye recognition at greater distances.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon that may occur during viewfinder shooting, in which the shutter may not be released or the camera may not operate in the following settings:
    • In One-Shot AF mode, when the AF Area Selection Mode is set as Zone AF, Large Zone AF or Automatic Selection AF.
    • In AI Servo AF, when direct AF point selection is made using the smart controller.
    • When the Register/Recall Shooting Function is assigned to the AE Lock button, in the Custom Controls.
  4. Connectivity during FTP transmission, has been improved.
  5. Improves Wi-Fi connectivity when using the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E9.
  6. Fixes a phenomenon, in which the card access time may take longer, when using certain CFexpress cards.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 8/27/2020 11:03:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon EOS R6 with lens kits arrived in sufficient quantitiy to cover the preorders at B&H and Adorama. The body is "Coming Soon":
 
Body: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
w/ RF 24-105 STM: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
w/ RF 24-105 L: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA
 
Rent the Canon EOS R5 from Lensrentals.
 
Rent the Canon EOS R6 from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 8/27/2020 7:22:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Canon UK has made Canon EOS R5 firmware update version 1.1.0 available for download.
 
Update: The firmware is now also available at Canon USA.
 
Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  • Useful messaging is now displayed when [HDMI display: Camera+External monitor] and [Overheat control: on] settings are enabled.
  • When using certain RF lenses for movie shooting, the in-lens image stabilization mechanism has been improved.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the "Slow Synchro" setting screen is not accurately displayed, when the language is set to English.
  • Fixes a typo displayed on the communication setting screen, when the language is set to Korean.
  • Connectivity during FTP transmission has been improved.
  • Fixes a phenomenon, in which the card access time may take longer, when using certain CFexpress cards.
  • Temperature detection and shooting time control in video shooting have been improved. In addition, the total shooting time when the short-time recording and power-on/off are performed repeatedly at room temperature is improved.
  • The phenomenon in which the movie recording time available is not correctly displayed when the Date/Time/Zone is not set has been corrected.

* The firmware scheduled for release in early September will incorporate the following improvements for the RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM.

  • Supports 6-stop image stabilization. (CIPA-compliant)
  • Improves IS capabilities when performing continuous shooting under specific conditions.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 8/26/2020 8:20:44 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lens Review.
 
The RF 800 is very similar to the Canon RF 600mm F11 IS STM Lens and the reviews, completed simultaneously, will also read similarly, each tuned to the specific lens. I plan to circle back with some comparisons, but choose between these two lenses based on the focal length that works best for you.
 
The Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 8/26/2020 10:14:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 8/26/2020 7:51:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Just posted: Canon RF 600mm F11 IS STM Lens Review.
 
I plan to have the Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lens Review completed later this week.
 
The Canon RF 600mm F11 IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Canon RF 600mm F11 IS STM Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 8/25/2020 9:17:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on the SanDisk Extreme PRO CFexpress Card Reader, Capture One Pro 20, edelkrone SliderPLUS Long (21"), & more!
 
Also, check out the Deals of the Week for more saving opportunities.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 8/25/2020 7:29:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 24, 2020
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I use the Payboo card for all of my B&H purchases. Be sure to support us by using our links for your purchase of any items.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 8/24/2020 2:25:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Use coupon code LDAY20 (one use per customer) at Lensrentals to get one day free rental on rentals including 9/7/2020.
 
Renting is a great option for trying new gear or for getting otherwise unaffordable gear to use for short periods of time.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 8/24/2020 11:29:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, August 23, 2020
Disclaimer: Use of this information is at your own risk, and "All" is more likelihood than fact as I have only tested a small percentage of the available lenses.
 
In a recent article, I answered the question, "Can Canon RF Extenders be used with the EF-EOS R Mount Adapter?"
 
That answer was "No."
 
The Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R (basic and control ring versions) has no optics. It simply moves the EF mount forward, offsetting the short back focus design of the RF mount, and provides the communication connections required for the lens to function as native. Hoped for was that the open space in the Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R would permit an RF extender to fit into the back of it, ideally making all EF and EF-S lenses extender compatible. Unfortunately, the Canon RF extenders do not fit into the Canon mount adapter.
 
However, the baffle physically preventing this installation appears to be plastic, and plastic is easily modifiable. I couldn't spare a Canon adapter for this mod (they are unavailable as I write this), but after studying the Vello Auto Lens Adapter for Canon EF/EF-S Lens to Canon RF-Mount Camera product images, I suspected the relatively large inside diameter of this adapter could more easily be modified to permit fitting of the Canon RF 1.4x Extender and Canon RF 2x Extender. B&H was up for this challenge and sent me an adapter to potentially destroy.
 
Vello EF-to-RF Adapter
 
Not surprising was that the RF extenders do not fit into the back of the Vello adapter out of the box. Thus, some modification was necessary. Basically, the plastic on the raised interior section housing the communication pins needed to be removed down almost to the wires. To protect the adapter and to keep it clean, I gaffer taped everything I didn't want to remove — most of the adapter. Next, a rotary tool (I substituted a drill) with a small abrasive sanding cylinder was used to remove the plastic. A rounded file could also be used.
 
Vello EF-to-RF Adapter Modified
 
After removal of enough plastic for the extenders to fit (this took two tries for my first attempt), the adapter was cleaned and mounted. Being able to mount the extender behind the adapter was the first test to pass. Having the extender function properly in conjunction with EF lenses was the bigger question in my mind. Fortunately, the modified adapter passed that test also.
 
How good is the image quality? We haven't lab tested the modified adapter and more testing needs to be done, but this combo seems to deliver very good quality images with a high quality lens in front of it. The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens seemed to perform especially well with the image periphery perhaps becoming slightly softer. Here is a 100% crop from a Canon EOS R5 image processed from RAW in Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP) using the Standard Picture Style with sharpness set to "1" (0-10 scale).
 
Canon RF 1.4x Extender with Vello EF-to-RF Adapter Sample Picture
 
Note that this setup does not report the reduced aperture and increased focal length to the camera, but the camera continues to work normally.
 
The adapter modification was not hard to make. Buy a Vello Auto Lens Adapter for Canon EF/EF-S Lens to Canon RF-Mount Camera and follow the steps shared above. I suspect that the greater good of this project was testing the concept. Watch for commercially available adapters designed to fit on a Canon RF extender in your favorite store soon.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 8/23/2020 2:45:41 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The awesome Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is in stock and ready to ship at Adorama. (thanks David)
 
Supply of some of the Canon RF Lenses has been another casualty of the huge success of the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 8/23/2020 12:57:11 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on the Sony 32GB CFast 2.0, Datacolor SpyderLensCal, and VisibleDust Sensor Cleaning VSwabs!
 
I frequently use my Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid, and the VisibleDust Ultra MXD-100 Green Sensor Cleaning VSwabs are what I use when contact cleaning of the imaging sensor is required.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 8/23/2020 8:52:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 21, 2020
As usual, this gear is being sold to raise funds. Check the list to see if anything fits into your kit. Most items are in excellent condition, with an EOS R body being a highlight.
 
Bryan's Used Gear for Sale
 
The list is currently Canon-heavy.
 
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 8/21/2020 10:18:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lens Review page.
 
Here is the Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lens compared to the Canon RF 600mm F11 IS STM Lens.
 
We have not tested the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens on the Canon EOS 5Ds R, so some discernment is required in the Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lens vs. the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens comparison.
 
Keep in mind that results from a lower resolution camera such as the Canon EOS R6 will show less sharpness degradation from diffraction.
 
The Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 8/21/2020 8:32:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 8/21/2020 9:02:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 20, 2020
Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for a $100.00 savings on the ProGrade Digital 256GB CFexpress 2.0 Type B Gold Memory Card (Gen 1) (and more)!
 
Act fast as this deal may not last.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 8/20/2020 8:24:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 19, 2020
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