EOS stands for 'electro-optical system' but is also  a reference to Eos, the Titan Goddess of dawn in Greek mythology.

It is currently the worlds largest (by number of compatible lenses) system in the world.

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.

The enhanced features also include . . . read more

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

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

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: http://www.michaelthemaven.com/products/ . . . 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."

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

Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Version 1.2.1 now available for download

From Canon:

Canon has announced that a firmware update for its flagship EOS-1D X DSLR (Version 1.2.1) is now available for download. See below for details of the exact firmware fixes and improvements. Firmware Version 1.2.1 for the EOS-1D X incorporates the following improvements and fixes: 

1.The function to disable the Image size selection button has been added.
2.Fixes a phenomenon in which Err 70 and Err 80 may occur in very rare  instances depending on the camera settings or shooting scene.

Canon develops feature upgrade for the EOS-1D C, adds 25p recording at 4k resolution.

Canon Press Release

Canon develops feature upgrade for the world’s first 4K DSLR, the EOS-1D C

London, UK, 30 January 2013 – Canon today announces the development of a new feature upgrade for the ground-breaking EOS-1D C. The upgrade has been developed taking into account feedback from the European professional video community, and adds support for 25p recording at the camera’s maximum 4K resolution.  . . . read more

Canon EOS 6D Review by Ben Pitt at Expert Reviews: "Flawless image quality at a tantalising price, but the basic autofocus won't suit everyone"

"Video picture quality trailed behind the D600, though, and it can't begin to compete with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3. Details in the 6D's videos appear pixel-sharp but direct comparisons reveal much finer details in the D600 and GH3's output. Video autofocus is as slow and clumsy as it has always been on Canon SLRs, and there's no headphone out to monitor the microphone while recording.

Most people who are contemplating spending £1,500 on a camera will be upgrading from a cheaper or older SLR. In many respects the 6D is very similar to the 5D Mark II but with significantly lower noise and built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. However, Mark II owners will be much better served by the 5D Mark III, which makes for a much more substantial upgrade. . . . read more

Imaging Resource induces the Canon 5D Mark III to the DSLR hall of fame, calls it a real 'Superstar' camera.

The 5D Mark III has been called many things, but 'Superstar'? Wow. To live up to that status, Imaging Resource has thrown a whole army of rabid fans reviewers at its disposal: Roger Slavens, Shawn Barnett, Mike TomkinsZig Weidelich and Ellis Vener have all pitched in, the latter using the 20-105mm l f/4.0 IS USM kit lens to shoot the review gallery pics.

"The Canon 5D Mark III is a true "superstar" camera, with impressive capabilities for both still and video shooting. It suits the needs of well-heeled amateurs and working pros equally well, and while its resolution is only very slightly higher than that of the 5D Mark II, the Canon 5D Mark III offers so many improvements over its predecessor that it'll be an easy upgrade decision for many 5D Mark II owners. . . . read more

Canon EOS 6D On-Camera tutorials posted by Canon Digital Learing center

The 12 tutorials seemingly cover a lot of ground, from the very mundane to Time code operation. Canon promises more videos to follow soon.

"Canon On-Camera Tutorial Videos explore a specific feature or technology of the EOS 6D. These instructional videos are designed to be viewed at your convenience: Watch them online, on the go, or even on your camera's rear LCD* screen -- so you can follow along, every step of the way! Check back soon for additional tutorials on the EOS 6D's built-in WiFi and GPS features." . . . read more

Kenny Good and the Weapons Of Mass Production try to find out the best Dslr-for video, under $1.000: Canon T4i with 18-55mm kit lens VS. Sony NEX-6 with 16-50mm kit lens VS. Panasonic GH2 with 14-15mm kit lens, both stock and with Flowmotion v2.02 hack.

Yes, the the very same nuts from Crisis Labs reviews with the bats, and semi-nude models and all that. They take on a slightly more serious and hi-tech tone in this review, with RC Helicopters, IR suits, and... bats.

"The Sony actually did quite well, and if size (for travel) is a concern, I'd suggest this one.  It's just a hair behind I think in the image metrics, but not in a huge way.  The focus issue did drive me crazy.  Maybe there's a menu option I didn't see that prevents it from going to sleep.  I actually had to reshoot the sharpness (helicopter) comparison because it did that same focus thing to me.  That's why when it did it again for the dancing, I decided to leave it in the video that way.  It has focus peaking (that shows you a highlighted version of in-focus areas on the display) which really helps with video, and I doubt this issue would ever come up when shooting stills.  It's a solid camera, very similar to Canon in image quality, great if you're a space-conscious traveller. . . . read more

Canon 6D review at Digital Versus: Picture quality is excellent in both photo and video modes. Some of Canon's choices are may be questionable (no built-in flash, no swivel screen) but Wi-Fi and GPS bring new possibilities.

The 6D was tested with a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens.

"Quite surprisingly, Canon hasn't just recycled the sensor already used in the 5D Mark III, which isn't exactly outdated and which is available in a new version with slightly fewer pixels (20.2 Mpx compared with 22.3 Mpx). In any case, the EOS 6D controls noise in an impressive way, taking excellent-quality pictures up to 3200 ISO with both granularity and smoothing kept nicely in check. You can easily push up to 6400 ISO too, but from here on upwards smoothing does become more noticeable. The 12800 and 25600 ISO settings will be fine for making prints of up to A4 size, but any higher settings aren't really worth the trouble (the 6D can reach up to 104200 ISO).

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Fujifilm X-E1 review and comparison to the 5D Mark III by Martin Dopperbauer:The X-E1 is a camera with impressive mechanical and optical quality and great usability. Its images come close in quality to the EOS 5D Mark III over a wide range of ISO settings

Martin provides many full frame image (with intact EXIF) samples along with his review. 

"What I don't like about Fujifilm are their outrageous advertising claims. Sometimes I almost feel ashamed in my honor as an engineer :-) Firstly, there are the exaggeration in the indicated ISO values, cheating of the auto-exposure at high ISO settings and an Auto-ISO function that is constantly using too low ISO levels. With all these measures, Fuji apparently tries to improve noise performance test results.

Then there are untenable statements on the effects of an anti-alias filter. "... Sensor with a unique, highly randomized, . . . read more

Canon EOS 6D full frame Dslr review by Joshua Waller at EPZ: The Canon EOS 6D delivers excellent image quality at low noise levels and is feature packed.

The camera was tested with the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS​ and  EF 50mm f 1.4 USM lenses.

"The Canon EOS 6D feels like it's an improvement over the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, and gives most of what you get with the 5D Mark III, but with the addition of GPS and Wi-Fi, as well as the excellent 20.2 megapixel sensor for improved noise performance, but with a fraction of the price of the 5D Mark III, making this an excellent camera for those wanting a full-frame Digital SLR. Image quality is impressive with excellent colour both in photos and on the rear screen of the camera, and noise performance is excellent. Focus performance is good with 11 point auto focus that works . . . read more

Canon EOS-M camera review by Ken Rockwell: The world's first serious mirrorless camera. (Ed: Thank you, i'll throw my E-M5 and X-E1 away now)

Straddling the border between sober reporting and being the Fox News of photography is a hard thing to do, and this time Ken leans towards the latter:

"The Canon EOS M is the world's first serious mirrorless camera that actually gives good images, and by good images, I mean images with fantastic color as shot. Other brands like Sony, Fuji and LEICA don't give me the colors I demand unless I fiddle with them afterwards, and doing this for a living, I can't afford to fix something afterwards that shouldn't have been broken in the first place. I love the colors I get from Canon right out of the camera as JPGs. . . . read more

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens full-frame review by Ivo Freriks at Camera Stuff Review: The Canon 70-300 mm L is, given its optical performance and solid finish, an attractively priced compact telephoto zoom lens.

The Lens was previously tested with a cropped camera (EOS 650D) and now with a full frame EOS 5D Mark II Dslr body:

"The Canon 70-300 mm L is, given its optical performance and solid finish, an attractively priced compact telephoto zoom lens. The higher vignetting and distortion that you get, when using this lens, makes the total score of the Canon 70-300 mm L review half a point lower than the final score of our Canon 70-300 mm L review on a Canon 650D. Those who shoot in RAW can easily remove this difference by using the standard lens correction profiles in Canon's DPP software, Lightroom or Photoshop. In short, this is a lens to use with pleasure for years. . . . read more

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM lens review by Ken Rockwell: The Canon 24-70mm f/4 L is excellent. Its sharpness varies very little from center to edge and stays about the same with aperture changes.

The lens was tested with a Canon 5D Mark III Dslr body:

"So long as you're in focus, sharpness doesn't vary much from perfection, except by f/11, where diffraction softens the image. Hey, sorry to spare you endless boring charts, but with a lens this good, there's nothing to show other than sharp pictures under all conditions. With a lens profile on my Canon 5D Mark III or similar camera, falloff is never visible at any setting. Flare and ghosts are very well controlled, but if you push it, you will get a green dot or two. . . . read more

Metabones releases white paper about the inner workings of the Speed Booster

We got some highlights in case the file goes away, but hey, the whole document is worthy of a read. Especially for micro 4/3 camera owners :) Check out the interesting section 17 about the usage of a similar technique by Stanley Kubrick during the shooting of Barry Lyndon.

The Speed Booster – a New Type of Optical Attachement for Increasing the Speed of Photographic Lenses
Brian Caldwell, Caldwell Photographic Inc.
and Wilfried Bittner, WB Design
1) Introduction . . . read more

Canon EOS 6D Review by Mark Goldstein at the Photography Blog: The new 20 megapixel sensor in conjunction with the Digic 5+ processor results in seriously impressive low-light performance, with an almost noise-free range of ISO 50-6400.

"The new 20 megapixel sensor in conjunction with the Digic 5+ processor results in seriously impressive low-light performance, with an almost noise-free range of ISO 50-6400 and perfectly usable 12800 and 25600 settings. The video side of things is also excellent, with an accessible interface, manual exposure, better control of sound and cutting-edge compression rates. We would have liked to have seen an articulated LCD screen for easier composition, and the auto-focus system for movies is still decidedly clunky when compared to mirrorless cameras, . . . read more

Canon EOS M review by Richard Sibley at Amateur Photographer: Canon really needs to improve the AF via a firmware update, if possible, as this takes the shine off of what is otherwise a very good camera.

Canon EOS M. The camera everybody loves until they check out the AF speed:

"As its first compact system camera, Canon has done a reasonable job with the EOS M. It is a good size for those who are looking for a pocketable DSLR alternative. Similarly, the initial lenses are quite small given the APS-C-sized sensor, and they are of a good quality. More importantly, the image quality of the EOS M matches that of Canon's EOS DSLR cameras. Those who are wary of touchscreens shouldn't worry too much about the unit fitted to the EOS M. It works well and the only time it is regularly needed is for changing the AF point, and then it is quick and easy to use. . . . read more

Canon 6D vs 5D Mark III and Nikon D600 comparison by Ron Martinsen: From an image quality standpoint these are all excellent cameras that are sure to please at their full range of ISO’s – especially when using in-camera JPEG’s.

"None of these cameras are speed demons, and while the 5D Mark III is the fastest, the buffer on the Mark III is only a couple RAW files bigger than the 6D. As a result, I wouldn’t really classify either Canon body as a sports body, but both – especially in JPEG only mode – will be good enough to capture some basic action shots of kids running around. The AF system of the 5D Mark III blows away the 6D, so if you are going to shoot moving subjects it’s going to give you the best results over the 6D and D600. . . . read more

Canon EOS M extensive review and iso comparison to Olympus E-M5, Sony NEX-5R/NEX-6/NEX-7 and Nikon 1 J1/J2/V1 by Nasim Mansurov at Photography Life: Not very impressed, better wait and see Canon's next move.

"With the fancy “hybrid autofocus” name, I expected the Canon EOS M to focus very quickly before I received the camera. I thought it would be as fast as the Nikon 1 system, which is still among the fastest in terms of autofocus, especially continuous AF. Unfortunately, the EOS M is a huge disappointment in terms of AF speed, so the fancy name is just a marketing gimmick. It certainly did not live up to my expectations and this was the deal breaker for me. Autofocus speed was poor in both daylight and low light conditions, especially with the 22mm pancake lens. The camera often makes the lens . . . read more

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