Zhongy Mitakon 85mm f/1.2 – Canon news

It is something new, a Chinese Zhongy make a bright portrait lens. This is not the first lens of Zhongy, there were several others before. It is a manual focus lens. The Zhongy 45mm was not a huge success, but a new alternative, new manufacturer, everybody starts somehow and can develop afterwards. Competition makes the market better.

Canon XC10 4K camcorder – Canon news

The new Canon XC10 is a new camcorder with 4K ability. The camcorder has a 1″ sensor with a fixed 24-240mm f/2.8-5.6 lens. The iso range is between 160-20,000. The handle can be rotated and there is a viewfinder which can be attached the Touchscreen as well. The camcorder can record 4K video and max 12 Megapixel still images. The price of the camcorder is 2500 USD.

Canon 50mm f/1.8 stm – Canon news

Seems a new Canon 50mm stm lens can come. The old one was a little cheaply build lens, the new one seems little better. The stm focusing system is optimized for video recording.

Canon M3 – Canon news

Seems a Canon EOS M3 is a decent upgrade over the earlier version.

Magic lantern for Canon 70d

The very popular Magic lantern firmware is available for Canon 70d as well. It is a huge software upgrade which makes your camera a real beast. It needs lots of care installing though. This is an Alpha version now.

Issues with Canon 750d / 760d cameras

Some of this cameras has a problem with a glass in front of the sensor. The glass looks on faulty copies like many small points on them all over everywhere, not completely clean as supposed to be. So if you buy the camera check carefully.

Yongnuo 35mm f/2

Yongnuo was known about flash units mainly on a budget price. But after they started to produce a Canon 50mm f/1.8 clone at a discounted price. What is more interesting now they will produce a 35mm f/2 lens for Canon as well. Seems the 50mm is very popular even hard to get a copy for testing. Don’t think is a product you cannot miss, but the price is quite friendly. The 50mm is works, and seems makes capable images, no usm drive same lens formula as the Canon. In the corners the Canon better.

Sigma lens incompatibility issues

Some incompatibility issues can occur with Sigma lenses and newer Canon cameras (Nikon as well). The cure can be different usually a free firmware update can solve the problem, or a USB dock, but in certain cases must send back the lens to Sigma. The current notice by Sigma says that the Live view mode is not working with several lenses and a Canon 750d/760d (T6i / T6s) cameras.

Canon 35mm f/1.4 II and the Canon 50mm f/1.2 can come – Canon news

We recently checked the Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens, seems the new Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art is much better. So it is time for an update, but the very popular 35mm f/1.4 update perhaps can come earlier.

120 Megapixel Canon sensor – Canon news

Those who thought why needed 50.6 megapixel in a camera, including me, would be surprized that Canon won’t stop there.

In 2015 Yokohama Canon shows a 120 (!) megapixel sensor. The size of the sensor is between the Aps-C and Full frame size, 29.2 x 20.2mm. The resolution is 13280 x 9184 pixel, it is very similar to human eye’s resolution. The pixel size is 2.2 Mikron. The sensor is meant for video, space and industrial applications, and can make 9.5 frames per second. The price and release date is not yet known.

Canon C300 Mk II is coming – Canon news

Seems the second version of the Cinema EOS C300 camera is coming, expectedly with 4K video and Dual pixel af system.

Canon 11-24mm f/4 for 3000 USD – Canon news

Canon 11-24mm f4 L USM
The Canon 11-24mm lens is rumored quite a while, but now it is available for pre order for a whopping 3000 USD. The lens weight is 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs.) and has a huge diameter as well. The lens only accepts gel filters.

Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art – Canon news

Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art

Tokina 50-135 T3 Cinema – Canon news

The new Tokina lens is made for video recording / film making with EF mount. It is compatible with a 35mm format. The T(transmission value) is a more proper description for brightness. Tokina 50-135 mm Cinema lens

Canon 750d / Rebel T6i/ Kiss X8 – Canon news

Seems the Canon 750d / Rebel T6i /Kiss x8 coming soon with a 24 Megapixel CMOS sensor, Hybrid AF, 19 all cross type focus points, HD video, WIFI and NFC connectivity. The native ISO range is between 100-12,800 (100-25,600 in extended mode) The initial price of the new 750d is 750 USD. You can pre order the new Canon 750d/Rebel T6i/ Kiss x8 at BHphotovideo HERE

Canon 760d / Rebel T6s/ Kiss X9 – Canon news

Seems Canon waken up from the winter sleep. The Canon 760d is similar to the Canon 750d but has a top LCD as well, and more advanced manual video controls. It is the higher specified camera.

Canon 5ds and 5ds R cameras – Canon news

Seems the sensor is produced by Canon, and has the same dynamic range as before according to latest announcement.

Canon 5ds and 5ds R cameras – Canon news

Press release leaked about two new Canon FF cameras.
Two new Canon cameras can come with a 50Mp full frame sensor. The Canon 5ds R lacks the optical low pass filter in front of the sensor. The new cameras has an ISO range of 100-6400 extendable to 50-12,800. The cameras has Dual digic 6 processor, 61 point af system, with 41 cross-type af points and a 150K Rgb+IR metering sensor. The news speaks about high dynamic range, which perhaps means the sensors are manufactured by Sony, but it is not confirmed yet. The cameras has magnesium alloy construction, and some kind of environmental sealing. The cameras will have a 1.3 and 1.6 crop mode as well. The price is around 4000 and 4200 USD respecively (EU prices). According to text the lenses are compatible with 71 EF lenses.
Source: CW

Canon 11-24 f/4 lens – Canon news

Canon also will produce a 11-24mm f/4 lens as well, which is the widest lens available for full frame cameras. The lens has small distortion making it ideal for landscape and architecture photography.

Canon EOS 8000 – Canon news

A Camera with a name of Canon EOS 8000 also can come, which is perhaps the new name of the Canon 750 or 760d.

Canon M3 – Canon news

A new mirrorless Canon also can come with EVF-DC1 electronic viewfinder.

Canon 150-600mm f/5.6 is – Canon news

Such a lens not exist – yet, but perhaps can come in the future. Tamron makes the very popular Tamron 150-600mm lens for 1070 USD and it becomes a hot seller, must wait months to have one. After Sigma makes the Sigma 150-600 Sports lens, which is little more expensive, but seems very popular as well. The Trend the folks selling the very expensive 500mm 600mm prime lenses from Canon and buy Sigma and Tamron instead. I thought perhaps Canon also can make a little better L version with proper USM focus and stabilizer, and perhaps a little brighter proper f/5.6 version, or f/6.3 or even f/8 would be interesting with fluorite or ud elements. Who knows ?

Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 lens – Canon news

The German manufacturer’s ultra fast prime lens is already available for 1900 USD for Canon EOs-M cameras. The lens is also available in other mounts as well as Sony, Fuji X and Micro 4/3 as well. There are also other lenses projected with different characteristics, like a new Wide angle lens, a Tilt-shift lens, a longer high speed mirror lens and perhaps many other. The 40mm f/0.85 has concave front lens element, 67mm filter thread, 2.5′ minimum focusing distance. The lens is designed for Aps-C sensors. I never used such a bright lens, compare to the classic 50mm f/1.8 this lens allows more than 4 times shutter speed or lower iso. The depth of field I guess is extremely shallow at such large aperture setting. As you probably guess it is a manual focus lens. The throw of the manual focus is 250 degree, which helps in precise focusing. The lens has 10 circular aperture blades. The lens made of high quality materials, such as anodized aluminium, stainless steel and brass. The weight of the lens is 1.2 kg, the size is 74 x 128 mm or 2.91 x 5.04″. Bit strange the huge weight, high price on mirrorless cameras designed for being small. This lens inclined for pro shooters, good for FF Sony according to my opinion. The lens has a metal lens barell and integrated lens hood.

Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 – Canon news

The Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 lens come soon for 1200 USD. The lens projected to be available from February.

Canon 400mm f/5.6 II or Canon 400mm f5.6 is ? – Canon news

No official announcement but I somehow think this lens can be one of the new lenses in the Canon lineup. The original version is a true best seller, a lens with one of the best reputation in the Canon lineup. Canon sold many of these lenses. Many people like it, use it, and perhaps willing to pay a little extra for a little better optical performance or a stabilizer. The weight and size of the lens is quite nice, the autofocus is quick and silent. We well see..If Canon release the new version it will be more expensive it is almost sure, as we see at many other lenses recently.

Samyang 135mm f/2 lens is coming – Canon news

Samyang the Korean manufacturer of high quality manual focus optics is now announced the new 135mm f/2 lens. The lens will have a cinema version as well with T 2.2 transmission value. ( It is similar to f stops, but measured value for cinema ). It is also a manual focus lens. The price is 549 USD.

Sigma 100-300 f/4 review – Canon news 2015

Perhaps someone interested. The Sigma 100-300 f/4 is a discontinued lens from Sigma. Mostly interested for Sports / Wildlife photographers. Not really suggests this lens for portrait. Sigma 100-300 f/4 review

Canon 6d mk II rumors specification guesses – Canon news 2015

No sure yet that Canon 6d Mk II coming or not and when, but seems it is possible in short time. We thought a little bit about the possibilities. Canon 6d Mk II

Yongnuo lenses converters adapters – Canon news 2015

It is interesting Chinese manufacturer Youngnuo known for it’s flash units expand their product range towards lenses, teleconverters, adapters and who knows what else. On Ebay such items appear as a Canon 50mm f/1.8 II lens clone, Canon 2x extender clone, Canon EF-M lens adapters and such. The price for the 50mm lens is barely cheaper than the original Canon product (won’t be a huge surprise if the Youngnuo would be better, at least in build quality). Yongnuo flashes has a good value, now even high speed synch is possible with the more advanced models. Would be interesting a cheap Yongnuo “L” – Canon telephoto for example ?

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II – Canon news 2015

The second version of the Canon 35mm f/1.4 prime lens can come in 2015. Canon already submitted a patent for the new lens.

50 Megapixel Canon 3d ? – Canon news 2015

According to newest rumors an 50 Megapixel Full frame Canon 3d can come in the near future perhaps in 2015. As Nikon has a big success with it’s 36 Megapixel camera, it is not impossible such an answer from Canon. But don’t take this too seriously, perhaps it is just a rumor for some reason.

Tamron 180mm macro review

The Tamron 180mm f/3.5 macro is an interesting lens. The longer focal length helps to blur the background/foreground in a more enhanced way. It is also cheaper than the long macro alternatives (Canon 180mm, Sigma 150, 180mm macro lenses). Tamron 180mm macro review

Canon 400mm f/4 DO II

canon news 2015

Canon S110 rebate with free shipping

Canon S110 on BH

What about a new Canon EOS M mirrorless

There is a rumors here and there about a new Canon Mirrorless camera. It is interesting, if Canon make something in this area. What would be really interesting is a Full frame mirrorless Canon, which is not very likely, because of new lenses would needed in this case, with smaller distance from the sensor. Existing lenses could be used with an adapter, but this is perhaps not so elegant solution. A possibility is a fixed non-changeable bright lens as well, as Sony made it in some of it’s models. Who knows ?

Canon EOS C100 MK II announced – Canon news 2015

Just announced the Canon EOS C100 MK II. This is a mirrorless cinema camcorder for pro filmmakers and enthusiasts amateurs. This system is compatible with Canon Ef lenses, but the system has own cinema lenses as well, designed for pro film-making (These lenses has CN moniker). The initial price of the new camcorder is 5500 USD. The new camcorder now have a Dual pixel CMOS af system. The camcorder projected to be available from end of December 2014.
Canon C100 Mk II on BH

Canon 28-135 f/3.5 – 5.6 is rebate

The Canon 28-135 f/3.5 – 5.6 is can be purchased for 300 USD at BH, instead of the original 479 USD price, at below link. This is not the highest rated Canon lens, but quite versatile, has ultrasonic drive and stabilizer.
Canon 28-135 pool Flickr

Seems there is a huge collection of image processing softwares, Adobe, DXO, and Phase One is released it’s new versions of their Capture one software. A professional software can help a lot in post processing to have the best results. The most popular out of these softwares is Lightroom, the best for sharpening is Capture one, for lens corrections and noise reduction DXO is the best according to my opinion. All these softwares has many new functions.

Lightroom 5.7

Adobe released the new version of the very popular Lightroom image processing program. The new version supports the newest Canon 7d Mk II and many new lenses as well.

The new version supports the following new EF mount lenses:

Zeiss 85/1.4 ZE
Sigma 18-300mm
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3
Tokina 116 11-16mm f/2.8

DXO Optics Pro 10 – Canon news 2015

DXO also released the new version of the DXO Optics Pro. The current version is the DXO Optics Pro 10. What is very good in DXO Optics that the software can auto-correct many things, like lighting levels, or lens distortions. Haze from landscapes and smog from city pictures can be automatically removed by a new clearview function. The DXO is also very good at noise reduction. The Elite version sells for 199 USD, the cheaper Essential Pro version sells for 129 USD.

Capture One Pro 8 – Canon news 2015

Phase one also released their excellent program, with new functions. The new clone and heal tool helps to remove unwanted spots from the picture, like dust. The HDR tools helps to get pull out more details from the highlight and shadow areas. Local adjustments like noise reduction or sharpening also possible just some parts of the image. The catalogs function is very helpful to organize collections of images. The initial price is 739 USD.

DXO release test data for the new Canon 7d Mk II

The numbers:
Color depth: 22.4 bits
Dynamic range: 11.8 EV
High ISO: 1082

What does this means? As I see it the sensor basically the same as before, or very slightly improved with a little better software. Dynamic range and color depth doesn’t changed. Compare to the 7d the difference is app 20-30% in High iso score (854 was the 7d). My Nikon d7000 is significantly better in all three areas, especially in Dynamic range (13.9 EV). It doesn’t mean the Canon 7d II is a bad camera at all. The Canon 7d II has a very capable af system, high frame rate (10 fps), decent buffer (34 Raw images), and unique Dual pixel video af, which for example the Nikon d7100 lacks (all of them). I checked today many places how different people interpret these numbers. Most people was happy with the new 7d Mk II sensor performance. I thought if Canon waited 5 years they will put a new, significantly better sensor in the 7d mk II. It is true that the Dynamic range is the same for Full frame Canons as well, the Canon 6d is the best with a 12.1 EV. Several years before Canon was leading the sensor technology by a huge margin, now seems Sony is ahead, and Panasonic and Olympus is very close, and better in some aspects than Canon. As I see pictures and videos from the new 7d II it is capable of stunning results. According to me the 1700 USD is a bit steep (same as a FF 6d), but hopefully will be cheaper in some time.


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