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The full frame EOS 5D Mark II combines outstanding resolution with up to 3.9 fps shooting and superlative high ISO performance. The addition of Full HD movie recording expands the boundaries of photography.


Canon EOS 700D review at DPreview "The Canon EOS 700D is an upgrade to the 650D almost in name only"

"With the EOS 700D, Canon continues its tradition of very good image quality for both stills and video shooting and provides a well-executed touchscreen implementation that makes this one of the more enjoyable to use novice-oriented DSLRs on the market.

Where the camera falters, unfortunately, is with AF performance in live view. Canon's 'hybrid' AF system, while a step forward compared to contrast detect attempts of a couple of years ago, is still a long way from what we've seen in other mirrorless models, and from our experience of Sony's SLTs. And while we applaud Canon for attempting continuous AF in movie mode, it too is prone to more focus errors than we'd have liked to see."

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Canon EOS 700D review at DxO Mark "...offers no improvement in sensor scores"

Canon's new flagship DSLR for beginners uses the same "old" 18mp CMOS sensor with no significant improvements over it's predecessor.

"The 700D isn’t a significant improvement over its predecessor the 650D and with almost identical specifications and sensor scores they are effectively the same camera. Our Sensor Score analysis of APS-C DSLRs shows that while Nikon and Sony are making steady improvements the same can’t be said for Canon with none of their APS-C sensors breaking through the 70 points barrier."

Canon EOS SL1 / 100D review @ Cameralabs "a very interesting DSLR which takes-on the rise of mirror-less models with its compact and lightweight body"

"Canon's EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D is a very interesting DSLR which takes-on the rise of mirror-less models with its compact and lightweight body. At the time of writing, this was the World's smallest DSLR with an APS-C sensor, shaving a comfortable centimeter in every dimension from Canon's previous smallest models to produce a camera that's roughly the same size as mirror-less models equipped with viewfinders, like the Panasonic G6.

It's obviously a very small body in DSLR terms, but rarely felt cramped or . . . read more

Canon releases new firmware for the EOS 5D MkIII featuring uncompressed HDMI output as well as autofocus up to f/8

The new firmware enables HDMI output functionality, ideal for professional videographers, as well as improved AF performance for photographers shooting with telephoto lenses.

Following feedback from cinema and TV production professionals, the new firmware includes ‘clean’ HDMI output, enhancing overall video editing and monitoring procedures. Videographers will be able to output high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) without any embedded icons or symbols, from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder using the camera’s HDMI terminal. The new functionality will enable easier editing of data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during production, as well as the option to record to the internal memory card at the same time.

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Canon releases new Firmware Version (1.1.3) for the EOS 6D

No new features added, only some Date / Time configuration problems are addressed.

Firmware Version 1.1.3 incorporates the following fix. -  
Fixes a phenomenon in which the Date/Time/Zone settings screen appears on the LCD display, after the user has already configured these settings. The values for the Date/Time settings may reset if the backup functions which retain those values do not perform properly. . . . read more

Canon updates its Photo Enthusiasts line of DSLRs with the EOS 700D (REBEL T5i ) and adds a Hybrid CMOS AF system especially designed for fast Auto Focus during Live View Image capture and Video

And, whatever is in the title pretty much sums up the new features to this very lackluster fillowup to the T4i/EOS 650D. Really, Canon?

Canon Press Release

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 21, 2013

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce a new flagship model to its popular EOS Rebel line, the EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera. The incredible image quality and performance starts with an 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and Canon’s superb DIGIC 5 Image Processor. Combined with an extensive ISO range of 100–12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode), the EOS Rebel T5i boasts crisp, detailed images, even in low-light conditions. With a continuous shooting speed of up to 5.0 frames per second (fps) united with 9 all cross- type AF focus points, the new EOS Rebel T5i allows photographers the opportunity to shoot with ease, even in challenging shooting situations. . . . read more

Canon releases the smallest and lightest EOS Digital SLR camera, the EOS 100D (Rebel SL1)

(Press release) MELVILLE, N.Y., March 21, 2013MELVILLE, N.Y., March 21, 2013 –

Continuing the quest to deliver superb product innovations, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR* camera: the EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera. It features a newly developed 18.0- megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and high-performance DIGIC 5 Image Processor for exceptional image quality and speed. With its combination of lightweight size, ease of use and outstanding image quality, the EOS Rebel SL1 is perfect for users looking for the ideal camera to bring sightseeing on vacation or to capture the everyday . . . read more

A behind the scenes look at the worlds largest photo: How the 320 Gigapixel London panorama was made, by LJ Rich at the BBC

I had some fun poking around the pano when it was first unveiled, looking for fun curiosa and crazy artifacts, and sure enough, everything from kitchen coops on balconies and image stitching mishaps on an Agmageddonian scale, its all there. But looking at the sheer scale of preparations makes one appreciate the hard work done by the 360cities team behind the pano. Some quick facts: 4 Canon 7D's were used, each with a 2x converter and a 400mm EF lens. Each camera took around 13.000 pictures, while mounted on a sturdy robotic Class Rodeon VR pano-head. The work was finished after only 4 days of shooting, and 3 months of stitching, done in Autopano Giga from Kolor.

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens review at the Lens Tip.

The lens was tested in conjunction with a Canon 1Ds Mark III Full-Frame Dslr Camera.

"The Canon EF 35 mm f/2 IS USM is undoubtedly a well done instrument, in every respect better than the elderly (presented in 1990) Canon EF 35 mm f/2. The problem is that it is also as much as three times more expensive. The price point of over 3000 PLN, and so much you must currently pay for the new Canon, is really dangerously high for two reasons. One of these reasons is called the Canon EF 35 mm F/1.4L USM. Many people might decide to add a bit and purchase a faster L series instrument which is renowned of its excellent properties; mind you, the price of second hand specimen, still in good working . . . read more

Canon EOS 7D Mark II almost final spec list posted by Canon Rumors

Yes people, things seems to be heating up a bit on the 7D MkII front. The list is claimed to originate from a 'trusted source':

24.1mp APS-C Sensor
Dual Memory Card Slots (Unknown configuration)
61 AF Points (I wonder if we’ll get red focus points in AIS?) . . . read more

Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM lens review at SLR Gear: "Given the few options available (as of February 2013) for Canon EOS-M users, having this prime lens as an option is a no-brainer."

'Few options'? Yeah right, when it comes to mirrorless cameras the options given by Canon are even fewer, so far their only offering is the EOS-M 'slug-o-matic' camera:

"The Canon EF-M 22mm ƒ/2 STM provided surprisingly sharp results. When used wide open at ƒ/2, there is some corner softness to speak of, but the majority of the frame is very sharp. Stopping down to just ƒ/2.8 provides very sharp images - for practical purposes, we would say it's tack-sharp from corner to corner. According to the raw numbers you'll have to stop down to ƒ/4 to see the sharpest results, but to the naked eye I doubt you would see the difference. The lens is sharp all the way to ƒ/8, where diffraction limiting begins to set in, but there isn't a significant impact on sharpness until ƒ/11, and even then it's just a slightly overall decrease. Images start to lose their sharpness at ƒ/16, and become moderately soft at ƒ/22." . . . read more

Nikon D600 vs Canon 6D Epic Shootout Comparison by Michael Andrew

Epic indeed, the introductory scenes are shot with a Canon 5D Mark III. Michael Andrew, A.K.A Michal the Maven, A.K.A Michal the Mentor is very careful in his review not to offend fanbois of either camp: 

"This is my long awaited review of the Nikon D600 vs the Canon 6D in an Epic, side to side shootout testing some of the most important aspects of the two cameras. As I mention on the video, these are 2 very different cameras. D600 is better as an "all round" camera, the 6D excels in low light (wedding photographers are going to love the 6D). You can check out the Crash Course DVDs I have for both cameras on my products page, they are available both as DVD & immediate download: . . . read more

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens Review by Bryan Carnathan at The-Digital-Picture.

Bryan is very impressed by the macro mode this lens provides:

"Canon has been turning out impressively-performing zoom lenses recently and I was quite excited to see a repeat performance from this lens. After evaluating three retail-purchased copies of this lens, here are my observations. With a wide open f/4 aperture: At 24mm, the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM Lens is very sharp in the center with good sharpness extending to the periphery of the full frame image circle. The 24-70 f/4 L IS gets very slightly softer at 35mm and modestly softer yet (especially in the mid and peripheral image circle) at 50mm f/4 where the lens performs its worst. Sharpness improvement by 70mm . . . read more

Sony RX1 vs Canon 5D Mk III with Sigma 35mm f/1.4 sharpness comparison at the Photography Blog

Can't really understand the narrow focus or the scope of this comparison, but it is an interesting one, not many people get to have their hands on both these lenses at once :)

"The sharpness tests for this review were carried out using a real-world subject rather than a test chart. Both the Sony RX1 and the Canon EOS 5D Mk III DSLR / Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens were mounted on a sturdy tripod. The camera's self-timer mode was activated to avoid camera-shake. Tonal and colour variances across the crops are due to changes in natural light during the session. Centre sharpness is very good from f/2.8 onwards on both the Sony . . . read more

Canon EOS 6D in-depth review at DPReview: Despite the silver lining, in the end it is only worthy of a silver award.

I've read the review twice, and mostly agree on its conclusion. There's a red line when it comes to cutting corners, and Canon has crossed it many times. Not that they care, the 6D will still sell like hot cakes, especially during the discount rushes. Review done by Amadou Diallo and Andy Westlake: 

"The EOS 6D ticks off many of the things an APS-C DSLR owner could want in a full frame upgrade: great image quality, excellent handling, light weight and a sub-$2100 price tag. The challenge for Canon, of course is that the 6D does not exist in a vacuum. It faces very stiff competition from the Nikon D600, which for the same price boasts a slightly higher resolution sensor, a more robust AF system, dual card slots, built-in flash (which can act as a wireless flash commander) and weather-sealing comparable to the much more expensive Nikon D800. . . . read more

New EOS M firmware is coming soon, with a promise to make the camera slightly more bearable.

Good news for the few among you daring enough to buy into Canon's half-baked mirrorless proposal. News from Canon Rumors: 

"We’re told new firmware for the EOS M will be coming “soon”. Possibly in the next two weeks. The firmware will address various things in the camera, the biggest being improving AF performance. Do not expect miracles about how much it can be improved, but the camera should “hunt a lot less” in lower contrast situations. We’ll also see an improvement in AF tracking."

Roger Cicala checks out the cost of a whole system-mirrorless, (Olympus) vs the Dslr establishment of Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony.

 All I can say is 'ouch'. And it was a double ouch for Roger, since after going through all the trouble assembling a kick-ass micro 4/3 system he found out it wasn't that portable any longer, so in the end he chose something even smaller. No, not the Pentax Q:

"In my last post I made a preliminary list of systems I was going to consider. Some people are a little surprised I’m considering crop sensor cameras. I’m surprised that they’re surprised. I’ve shot with a micro 4/3 system for months and it certainly met 80% of my needs, so an APS-C based camera may be just fine. Or I may decide that I need to have a full-frame camera. I’ve generally shot full frame for the last several years. . . . read more

The Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD excels at the DXO Mark bench: "When mounted on a Canon 5D Mark II, the Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD achieves an overall DxOMark Score of 24, the 2nd highest score in our database for a high-speed zoom."

So, the Tamron manages to closely match such expensive and optically well endowed lenses as the Canon 24-70mm f2.8L USM II, and the Nikkor 24-70mm G ED, both costing around the 2 grand mark in every major western currency:

"The Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD is in the top three best performing high-speed standard zooms currently available. We’ve only looked at the imaging performance, but it’s as impressive optically as the highly regarded Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8G ED. At $1,299 it’s not cheap but it is competitively priced – to improve on the image quality you would have to spend $1,000 for the sublime Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM. Dropping down . . . read more

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens review at Camera Stuff Review

Ivo Freriks tests the lens with a Canon T4i/650D Dslr body, and discovers that these two make an excellent combo, especially when video shooting comes to play:

"Optically, the Canon 18-135mm zoom lens STM is slightly better, but not much different than its predecessor. The main differences of this review compared to the Canon 18-135 mm review that we have previously published, is the improved performance for chromatic aberration and vignetting. And these improvements are caused by the in-camera lens corrections made by the Canon 650D. . . . read more

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM at the DXO Mark bench: The ideal standard zoom?

Maybe, but under two conditions: You cannot/will not afford the superior EF 25-70mm f2.8L II, or you have forgotten that the 24-105mm f4L IS USM also exists:

"The overall DxOMark score of 19 shows this is not one of the best lenses tested, but there are some areas where it is remarkably good for a zoom lens. Taking the overall DxOMark score of 19, we can see that the lens is not an especially high performer in terms of overall image quality. However, looking at the scores in detail, we can see where the lens fall down. . . . read more

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM scores high at the DXO Mark test, but finds it hard to dethrone the Sigma f1.4 from the 35mm seat.

If weather sealing was added to Canon's package I'd say it had a fair chance against the Sigma, but as it stands now, its main trumph card is only the smaller size/weight. 

"Attached to a Canon EOS 5D MKII it ranks 4th overall and 2nd for wide-angle primes, just behind the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM A, which at a similar cost offers the same focal length, a wider f/1.4 maximum aperture but no Image Stabilization. You can read our DxOMark review of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM here.  . . . read more

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Review at Ephotozine: The EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens offers excellent sharpness and good build quality, but at a high price.

The lens was tested by Gary Wolstenholme with a full frame EOS 6D Dslr body:

"With this lens, Canon have produced something that performs very well indeed, but then you would expect that for the asking price. It may be questionable whether or not having image stabilisation available at this focal length really is a killer feature, as it will really only be of use for photographing static subjects, unless motion blur is required for creative effect. With alternatives that have a faster maximum aperture being available for the same, or slightly more money, it does make it difficult to see the value in this lens. If the price drops as supply of the lens settles down, then it will make more sense in Canon's lens line up. . . . read more

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens Review by Andrew Alexander at SLR Gear: 'Performance at 50mm was unacceptable, even after we had to go through 3 copies of this lens to find the best one."

Another day, another review, and another case of a bad copy lens, an issue I too was confronted with time and again when i bough expensive Canon Glass in the past. Canon L=Lazy quality control? 

"Canon made a smart decision to offer a lower-priced alternative to its 24-70mm ƒ/2.8, in order to give Canon shooters of the more casual or economical nature a way to stay true to the brand name. Unfortunately the lens' performance at 50mm stands out as unacceptable, especially when you consider the lower-priced option here still costs $1,500. Coupled with the fact that we had to seek out the best version to get even these results, this does not breed confidence in the lens. . . . read more

The Panasonic Fz200 superzoom gets its DXO Mark badge: "It boasts a top specification but if image quality is more important the Canon SX50 HS or Nikon P7700 both rank higher in the DxOMark Sensor Scores and cost less on the high street too."

Panasonic is 'doing a Canon' here, and manages to spew out a flagship that ranks a bit lower than its predecessor, the FZ150. How on earth did they accomplish that? The sensor size is unchanged, and according to their marketing blurb the new one is better than the old, in every possible way:

"With an Overall DxOMark Sensor Score of 37 for the Lumix DMC-FZ200, compared to 40 for its predecessor the FZ150, this latest Panasonic Bridge camera maintains the good image quality of the DMC-FZ line. Despite the slightly lower score than its predecessor a difference of only 3 points equates to less than -1/3 of a Stop overall and in real world terms there’s no difference. The FZ200 also boasts some impressive specifications, the most notable of which is the fixed f/2.8 maximum aperture. If you’re after a compact style camera for sports and wildlife photography this is significant as it enables you to use lower ISO settings for better quality images when fully zoomed in. . . . read more

Yongnuo Speedlite YN568EX for Canon EOS, hands-on review by Mark Boadey at Lighting Rumours.

Yongnuo is by far the most serious company of the Chinese Speedlite cloners gang. Their YN568EX is a pretty close match for Canon's 580EX II, for a fraction of the money:

"I am very very impressed with the Yongnuo YN568EX. The build quality and feature set are excellent, even more so when you consider its price. Sure, there are some flaws but I have to give due credit to Yongnuo for the work they’ve put it on this; they have moved up in the world from those YN460 days. Yongnuo are starting to give the big guns a run for their money. I’d have no trouble recommending this speedlite as either an extra unit to your kit or as perhaps your first speedlite." . . . read more

Canon releases 4 new Pixma MXxxx all-in-one printers, now with new software, dual front trays, and optional XL and XXL ink cartridges.

Canon Press Release

Canon refreshes home office printer range with four new All-In-One devices: MX395 MX455 MX525 MX925

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 05 February 2013 – Canon today announces a refresh of its PIXMA MX printer range with the launch of four new All-In-One devices. The PIXMA MX395, MX455, MX525 and MX925 replace the PIXMA MX375, MX435, MX515 and MX715/MX895 respectively. Offering high-productivity and sophisticated software for home office environments, all the new printers feature print, copy, scan, fax and ADF functionality. . . . read more

Canon EOS M review by Joshua Waller at EPZ: "The Canon EOS M is capable of taking pleasing photos with an extremely compact body, although there are some issues worth noting."

Joshua takes kind of a pity of the EOS M, a camera that-in my personal opinion, can take excellent images (of not too fast moving, but preferably totally inanimate objects) but sucks at pretty much everything else. But no need to worry my dear Canonistas, before this year ends we'll be blessed with at least a new, more capable mirrorless body + a couple of matching from Canon. Plenty of high-res jpegs and raw files accompany this review:

"There are cheaper competitors available than the Canon EOS M, with quicker focus, a larger choice of lenses, as well as features including Wi-Fi. In addition, the other systems available either feature a built in pop-up flash or smaller external flashes.

The Canon EOS M has a small well designed body with an easy to use 3 inch touch screen, however the limited number of lenses, as well as the extremely slow focus and short battery life are rather frustrating limitations holding the camera system back. It would be nice to see some of these issues resolved . . . read more

Battle of the bokeh: Kai W checks out the full frame 35mm royalty, and some models too.

After Top Gear gets canceled, because of Jeremy's nth remark for verbally abusing minorities/foreigners/the Welch or whatever, I hope we'll see Jezza and Kai doing a Top Photo Gear program together, with explosions, tanks (lots of optics in these nowadays) and even more explosions!

Back to reality now, this time Kai gets his hands on the crème de la crème of 35mm lense$: The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G, the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM, and the underdog that ate them all for breakfast, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM:

"The Battle of the Bokeh is back and we're looking at some fast 35mm lenses from Canon, Nikon and Sigma with the Canon 35mm 1.4L, Nikon 35mm G AF-S. This time, however, it's up to you to vote, and the video shows you the results of the blind-bokeh test. Which lens has the best bokeh?"

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM with inbuilt 1.4 teleconverter hands-on review by Joshua Holko.

This is the second Canon lens to employ a built-in converter, after the FD 1200mm f5.6 that debuted way back at the Los Angeles Olympics. I wonder why Nikon did not resort to such a solution for its new 800mm f/5.6 lens, since the size of the dedicated 1.25x converter is truly diminutive in comparison to the lens body anyway. Back to the Canon 200-400mm, that has got to be one of the most expected pro lenses from Canon in ages, Joshua finds it to be very sharp wide open, 'at least as sharp as the EF 300mm f2.8 L IS lens, or even the EF 400mm f2.8 L IS lens.

The lens is a pre-production model, and it is mounted on a 1DX body, but at these huge lens sizes its rather the other way around. Kudos to Canon if that will be proven in a more controlled testing environment. Furthermore, we get to see the 1.4x converter in action, and Joshua finishes the review by assuring us that a 2.0x tele converter CAN be used with this lens, with only a minimal sacrifice in image quality, producing a 1120mm f8.0 max tele range!  . . . read more

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