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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera latest specs - Announcement first week of February


Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera


I am still on my Patagonia Photo Tour in South America. You can follow my trip on Facebook and Twitter. Will return home next week just in time for the official announcement of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.

The following is the latest specifications on the much anticipated camera. As usual, Canon has apparently chosen not to introduce their latest DIGIC 7 processor on their top-of-the-line DSLR. The new processor will probably make its first appearance on a PowerShot camera, just like the DIGIC 6.
At first glance, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II specifications may not look as flashy as the new Nikon D5, especially the AF points and ISO numbers but I caution my readers not to just compare numbers since the Nikon figures are primarily designed to catch the eyes of photographic magazine writers and make a splash.

Once the new camera arrives, I will take it on a few real world photo shoots around the globe and put it through some rigorous tests. I expect it to be evolutionary better than the EOS-1D X, which I have picked as the best full frame DSLR for sports and wildlife photography four years in a row.
You can see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com 

Latest specs on Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera :

  • 20.2MP CMOS sensor. Dynamic range improvement 
  • Dual pixel CMOS AF 
  • Dual DIGIC6 + processor 
  • ISO 100-51200 (expanded in 409600) 
  • Continuous shooting of 14 frames / sec. 16 frames / second in the live view mode 
  • New mirror drive system that enables high-speed continuous shooting 
  • Continuous shooting The number of storable RAW at 170 frames (at 16 frames / sec.). Unlimited in JPEG 
  • 61-point AF system, which range is expanded. 41-point cross-type 
  • AF is -3EV correspondence 
  • With lighting AF point red
  • AI AF accuracy and motion tracking has improved Servo AF III +
  • 360000 dot photometric sensor. EOS iSA. EOS iTR
  • 0.76 times the viewfinder magnification. 100% field of view
  • Video 4K 60fps. Full HD120fps. 4K video can be recorded in internal CFast2.0 media
  • Movie Servo AF
  • LCD monitor 3.2 inches, 1.62 million dots. Touch panel.
  • Camera digital lens Optimizer (DLO). Lens aberration correction. Diffraction correction
  • CFast2.0 and compact flash of dual card slot
  • GPS built-in
  • 2-axis electronic level
  • USB3.0 terminal, HDMI terminal
  • W-FI option (WFT-E8A)
  • The size of 158mm x 167.6mm x 82.6mm
  • Weight 1340g
  • List price - about $6,000 in the USA

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Coming Early February





The long awaited Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera will be announced the first week of February. Invitations have gone out to the photography press and others. Nikon announced their top-of-the-line D5 camera at the CES 2016.

You can take a look at the comparison between the D5 and EOS-1D X Mark II cameras from my earlier post. I am on a wildlife photo shoot in Patagonia and will return just in time for the big announcement. Keep checking back for the latest info and more to come from the bottom of the world . . . . . . . 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Wildlife Photography - Photo Tour in Patagonia






I am off to Patagonia for a wildlife photo shoot of mostly penguins, pelagic birds, seals and whales. The Penguin breeding ranges are quite huge, spanning a large swathe of the southern part of South America, mostly in the countries of Chile, Argentina and the Falkland Islands. South Georgia is off my itinerary on this trip.

The species I hope to photograph are the Macaroni, Magellanic, Gentoo, Southern RockHopper and King penguins. The Cetacean sightings may include Orcas, Humpbacks, Southern Right and Minke whales plus dolphins. Pelagic birds may include a few species of Albatrosses, Petrels, Seagulls, Ducks, etc.


King penguin feeding chick in The Falklands

Killer whales and calf in the Southern ocean

There are a few pieces of Canon gear I am bringing and plan to test the EOS-5Ds extensively - EOS-7D Mk II , EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II and EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II lenses.  In addition, I will be bringing the old favorites - EOS-1D X and EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM 1.4x Extender lens. I may have sporadic access to the Internet so it may be difficult to stay in touch.

Canon is expected to announce the EOS-1D X Mark II early February, perhaps while I am still away. Wish me luck and in the meantime, you can see my equipment bag and works from past photo shoots on MichaelDanielHo.com

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Year In Photography 2015 by DigitalRev


Dual Humpback whales breaching in Frederick Sound, Alaska

And now a bit of levity, from the 'eminent actors and photographers' at DigitalRev discussing The Year in Photography 2015 and what to expect for 2016. Read my previous post on what I expect from Canon in 2016. You can see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Frankly, the question of Mirrorless vs DSLR is a daft one. Both format will thrive and survive because they appeal to different types of photographers and photography. Much like the current state of the automobile industry. Almost all major car manufacturers have both gasoline and alternative fuel powered vehicles in their lineup for sale to different type of drivers and owners.

You can see a comparison between the Sony a7RII vs Canon EOS-5DsR cameras.


Canon Offers Free Exchange for ImagePROGRAF Pro-1000 Printer


Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer

We have determined that some imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printers may experience ink leakage. This announcement conveys Canon’s service policy for affected printers. We offer our sincerest apologies to any customers who have been inconvenienced.

Phenomenon

In rare instances, ink may leak from inside the printer to the outside of the printer through an opening on the bottom.

Affected Units

imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 units starting with serial number prefix AEGL.

Example: AEGL01234

The serial number can be found on the back of printer.




IPF-PRO1000-Image

Support

Affected imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printers can be exchanged for a new printer free of charge when replacements become available around the end of January, 2016.

For details regarding how to exchange your printer, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center at 1-800-423-2366 FREE.

Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone :   1-800-423-2366
Email : carecenter@cits.canon.com
Support options and hours of operation :
www.usa.canon.com/support

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Canon Patents Top All Japanese Companies 11 Years In A Row





TOKYO, January 14, 2016 - Canon Inc. again ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2015, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services on January 13, 2016.

Canon actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, carefully adhering to a patent-filing strategy that pursues patents in essential countries and regions while taking into consideration the business strategies and technology and product trends unique to each location. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances.

Canon U.S. patent rankings among Japanese companies 2005–2015

Year Ranking* # of patents
2015 1st (3rd)   4,134
2014 1st (3rd)    4,055
2013 1st (3rd)    3,820
2012 1st (3rd)    3,173
2011 1st (3rd)    2,818
2010 1st (4th)    2,551
2009 1st (4th)    2,200
2008 1st (3rd)    2,107
2007 1st (3rd)    1,983
2006 1st (3rd)    2,366
2005 1st (2nd)   1,829

* Number in parenthesis represents Canon’s ranking among all companies
Note : Number of patents for 2015 based on preliminary figures released by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. Figures for 2005 to 2014 tabulated by Canon based on information issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Canon prizes its corporate DNA of placing a high priority on technology. And with regard to research and development results, the Company actively promotes the acquisition of patent rights in accordance with the management direction of the Canon Group and technology trends while conducting thorough pre-application searches to raise the quality of applications. Through close cooperation between Canon’s technology and intellectual property divisions, the Company aims to improve its technological capabilities while further enhancing its intellectual property rights.

Canon May Announce EOS-M Camera and EF-M Lens at CP+ Show




There is a chance Canon may announce a prosumer EOS-M camera and a few EF-M lens during the 2016 CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show in February in Japan. There is no secret Canon is not leading the mirrorless camera race at this time. They have concluded the mirrorless camera space is an area Canon will devote more resources to in 2016.

In addition, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera may make an appearance at the CP+ Show as well but I suspect the long awaited camera may be introduced at a stand alone event. Keep checking back. More to come . . . . . 

Canon Offers CarePAK Plus Coverage For Your Purchase, Free

Buy a Canon product and get 13 months of coverage from CarePAK Plus. Buy select products between October 11, 2015 and February 27, 2016 from an Authorized Dealer and your purchase will be covered for damage protection and priority service from Canon.

If you have already purchased an eligible product, be sure to complete your CarePAK PLUS activation by using your product’s serial number.




Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Nikon D5 Camera Shoots at ISO 3280000. Really?


Nikon announced their top-of-the-line DSLR recently. The 4K video equipped D5 camera claimed it can shoot at ISO 3.28 million. Of course, this is to chase (at least on paper) the remarkable Canon ME20F-SH camera that can see in the dark and shoot at over ISO 4 million plus. By the way, if you want to see how good the Nikon D5 shoots in 4K video, click on this post.

Canon is expected to announce their EOS-1D X Mark II camera next month. You can see a comparison between the Nikon and the highly anticipated Canon camera here.

See what shooting with the Nikon D5 at ISO 409600 and 3280000 look like in the photos below. Frankly, I am embarrassed to even show the images. Both photos are grainier than looking into a salt shaker. No one single number can make one piece of equipment superior to all the rest.

In my opinion, in wildlife photography, a weather sealed camera with a full frame, mid 20MP sensor that can shoot in native ISO 12800 with little noise, an advanced AF system with all cross-type 75 focus points and 12 AF points @ f/8, plus a burst rate of 12 fps is adequate. Anything more than that is expensive hype. After all, the most important criterion for a successful shoot is - luck, skill and equipment, in that order. You can see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com





Monday, January 11, 2016

Canon EOS-1D C vs Nikon D5 4K Video Comparison


Canon EOS-1D C 4K video and still camera

Nikon announced their long awaited D5 and D500 cameras last week. They both shoot 4K videos but are they any good in producing super high quality videos?

Canon announced the EOS-1D C camera back in 2012. It is a dedicated 4K video camera packed into a EOS-1D body. It is designed for videographers who want a professional body that can also shoot still photos. EOSHD did a review comparing the EOS-1D C and Nikon D5 4K video performance and concluded the Canon is the superior camera for shooting cinematic videos.

In addition, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera will be announced some time in Q1, 2016. You can see the comparison of the two top-of-the-line DSLR cameras from Nikon and Canon by clicking on the link above.

Sigma Patent - 120-600mm f/5-6.3 Super Zoom Lens


Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG APO lens 

It appears Super Zoom is the new rage for zoom lens going into 2016. Egami, the Japanese photography blog has uncovered a Sigma patent for a 120-600mm f/5-6.3 lens.

Sigma and Tamron already has a 150-600mm f/5-6.3 and shorter super zoom lenses on the market and Nikon has their 200-500mm f/5.6 ED VR lens. Canon has recently patented the EF 200-600mm f/4.5-5.6L IS and EF 24-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.

It all started with the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS Super Zoom lens back in 2004. This is my favorite professional grade 'L' super zoom lens for wildlife photography when it is not practical to change lens in the middle of a photo shoot. However, the lens is aging and can benefit from an upgrade. Since the introduction of the unrivaled EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens back in 2013, there is room for a longer focal length Super Zoom lens in the EF lineup. You can see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com


Patent Publication No. 2015-203827
  •     Published 2015.11.16
  •     Filing date 2014.4.16

Example :
  •     Zoom ratio 4.66
  •     Focal length 125.15 250.18 583.80
  •     F number 4.86 5.84 6.50
  •     Total angle of view 2? 19.47 9.76 4.18
  •     The image height Y 21.63
  •     Overall length of the lens 314.20 371.31 424.96

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Muppets Perform Kodachrome on Stage


Watch the world's favorite puppets - The Muppets perform Paul Simon's all time favorite song, Kodachrome. The Muppets are currently starring in a new TV series. For a tour of Kodak's private technology vault and see an interesting history of photography, click here.


Canon Patent - EF-M 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS Lens


Canon EF 600mm f/4 DO BR lens

Canon has a strong lead in Diffractive Optics lens technology. They first introduced the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS back in 2001. I bought the lens in mid 2000s and made it my favorite wildlife photography glass for handheld shots. It was not the sharpest lens in Canon's lineup but I was willing to trade that for the unmatched mobility and flexibility the lens offered.

In September 2014, Canon released the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II and the compromise was gone. The lens has 4 stops IS compensation, is tack sharp and still offers superb mobility. Canon demonstrated the EF 600mm f/4 DO BR lens recently at the Canon Expo in September, 2015.

Last month, Canon filed for a EF-M 600mm f/5.6 DO IS patent. Now, Egami has discovered another new Canon patent. This time it is for a EF-M 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS lens. I am a bit puzzled how the DO version of these lenses would work in a mirrorless camera design that is already small, lightweight and consumer grade, unless Canon is planning to announce a professional grade, full frame mirrorless camera some time in the future.

Patent Publication No. 2015-232674 (Google Translated)

  •     Published 2015.12.24
  •     Filing date 2014.6.11
  •     Zoom ratio 5.27
  •     Focal length 55.04 135.00 290.01
  •     F-number 4.60 5.18 6.30
  •     Angle of view 13.94 5.78 2.70
  •     Image height 13.66 13.66 13.66
  •     Overall length of the lens 136.00 175.46 192.00
  •     BF 35.50 35.50 35.50

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Canon Patent - DSLR and Mirrorless in One Camera?




Egami, the Japanese photography blog discovered a most interesting Canon patent that seems to enable a camera to use both the optical reflex and mirrorless systems in the same body. Interesting concept but I can't think of any practical use for it in the real world. Compromises will have to be made to both systems and the result may end up not doing the best job on either. A hybrid car is one thing. A hybrid camera? 

Northlight Images provided the animation above and illustration below on how it might work.

"Short back focus lenses such as EF-M allow you to put the sensor much closer to the lens, reducing body depth. However, unless you choose an EVF, there is no way to get a good optical reflex viewfinder. The patent allows you to swap between a focus screen or sensor close up to the lens.

Perhaps a bit clearer to see in this animation of the short backfocus reflex viewfinder design.
The sensor is red and the focus screen green (other moving part is a mirror)
This allows a reflex optical viewfinder to be used with any short backfocus lens."

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II vs Nikon D5 Camera Comparison


Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and Nikon D5 cameras 
Nikon announced their long awaited D5 camera just in time for the CES 2016. Almost 4 years to the day when they announced the D4 back in CES 2012. Canon released their EOS-1D X Mark II camera on February 1, 2016. Below is a brief comparison of the main specs between the two cameras. The EOS-1D X camera was announced back in October 2011 and my readers know I have picked it as the best DSLR for sports and wildlife photography four years in a row.


Nikon D5 main specifications :
  • Two D5 bodies - D5 XQD and D5 CF
  • New 20.82 MP CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 5.4K processing engine
  • 153 AF points, 99-point cross sensor, f/8 corresponding 15 points
  • Continuous shooting (continuous shooting up to 200 frames in 14bit lossless compression RAW) -12 fps in the AF / AE tracking
  • Continuous shooting speed with mirror lockup, 14 fps (AE / AF fixed)
  • 4K UHD video at 30fps
  • ISO 100-102400. Extended to 3280000
  • 3.2-inch 2.36 million dots LCD touchscreen
  • Memory card slots - dual XQD or CF slots
  • Shutter speed - 30 seconds to 1/8,000 sec
  • Finder coverage - 100% (FX), magnification: 0.72x
  • SuperSpeed - (USB 3.0 Micro-B terminal)
  • Battery - EN-EL18a
  • Weight (battery and cards) - XQD : 1405g. CF : 1415g
  • List price - $6,500 in the U.S.A.
  • Shipping starts in March, 2016




Canon EOS-1D X Mark II specifications :
  • New 20.2 MP Canon sensor 
  • ISO 100-51200. Expanded to 409600 
  • New sensor technology subdividing high and low sensitivity pixels
  • One slot for each card - CFast and CF memory slots 
  • New, 61 point AF system 
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ processors
  • 15 stops of dynamic range
  • Maximum burst rate 16 fps (14 fps w/o mirror lockup)
  • 4K UHD video at 60fps
  • 3.3 inch Super high resolution LCD
  • USB 3.0 Micro-B terminal
  • Finder coverage - 100%, magnification : 0.72x
  • GPS and Intervalometer
  • New LP-E19 battery
  • Unmatched weather sealing and ergonomics
  • List price - $5999
  • Announcement date : February 2016
  • Shipping date : April 2016 





The Nikon D5 camera specs look good at first glance. The burst rate of 12 fps and 14 fps with mirror lockup and matches the Canon EOS-1D X but the Mark II exceeds with 14 fps and 16 fps respectively. 

Shooting at ISO 3280000 is playing the marketing numbers game but suffice to say the camera should have excellent ISO performance and both cameras are evenly matched at high ISO. Being a wildlife photographer, I hardly ever use ISO higher than 6400 out in the field. The noise level is simply unacceptable beyond that. Check out the the two cameras' ISO performance comparison.  




The Nikon D5's 153 AF points is just another big number designed to grab attention. The dedicated processor for AF is good and the 15 AF points usable @ f/8 is a more meaningful number. All of the EOS-1D X Mark II's 61 AF points are accessible @ f/8.  

Offering a QXD or CF memory card version is a good idea because not many photographers shoot enough 4K video to justify buying a collection of new and expensive memory cards, but the downside is having two separate cameras. Sadly, the Nikon D5's 4K video capability is another marketing also-ran. Canon offers one slot each for CFast and CF memory card in the same camera and its 4K video capabilities are at least worth having.




The Nikon D5's list price of $6,500 is slightly over-priced. I still remember paying $8,000 for the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III back in 2008 and now the EOS-5D Mark III, with a list price of $2,499, beats the old champ's performance in so many ways. The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II's list price of $5,999 is simply a 'bargain'.

You can see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com. I will be getting my EOS-1D X Mark II very soon and taking it around the globe for real world wildlife photo shoots to test the camera. Keep checking back for the latest photos and review of the new body. More to come . . . . . .



Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Nikon Officially Announced the D500 Camera


Nikon D500 DX camera








My favorite APS-C camera, the Canon EOS-7D may have finally met its match after 5 years. The Nikon D500 looks like an impressive camera on paper. I have no interest in the 4K video or the SnapBridge features. They do little for a wildlife photographer like myself but the new AF system on the D500 looks interesting.

My readers know I have picked the EOS-7D as the best value camera in wildlife photography four years in a row. The EOS-7D Mark II was announced over one and a half years ago and I expect Canon to release a major firmware upgrade to the Mark II some time in the second half of 2016 or early 2017 to extend the life of the camera and tuneup the AF system a bit until the Mark III appears some time in 2018.




TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the D500, a DX-format digital SLR camera that packs the incredible performance of the D5, Nikon's flagship FX-format model, into an agile body. The camera has a list price of $2,000 and is available in March 2016.

The D500 incorporates the same powerful 153-point AF system as the D5, ensuring precise subject acquisition even during high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 10 fps. It supports 4K UHD movies, meeting the demands of multimedia professionals, while the new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine enables it to deliver high-quality images and movies and realizes a wide sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 51200, expandable to Hi 5 (ISO 1640000 equivalent).

The D500 combines the agility of the DX system with superior usability. It employs a touch-screen, tilting monitor, and features SnapBridge support, which enhances the value of your images via constant wireless connection with a smart device. The camera is compatible with the newly released MB-D17 Multi-Power Battery Pack (optional), which can be used with various types of battery.

D500 Primary features

Powerful 153-point AF achieves superior subject acquisition performance across a wide range of situations

The D500's Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module offers a dense configuration of 153 focus points (99 cross sensors) that covers an extremely wide portion of the image area, meaning that even fast-moving subjects can be acquired precisely. AF capability is extended down to -4 EV with the central point and -3 EV with all other points, making AF usable even in extremely low light or when shooting low-contrast subjects. A newly employed AF engine and 180K-pixel RGB sensor also contribute to achieving exceptional AF performance in a variety of scenes.

High-speed continuous shooting at approx. 10 fps for up to 200 shots (14-bit lossless compressed RAW)

The D500 delivers high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 10 fps for up to 200 shots in JPEG and in 14-bit lossless compressed RAW, without any drop in shooting speed. Even moving subjects can be tracked accurately across a wide field of view at this rapid rate, taking advantage of the camera's stable viewfinder image and a widest-ever diagonal viewing angle of approx. 30.8°.

Unique benefits of a compact DX system — added agility in telephoto shooting

Nikon's DX-format D500 provides an angle of view equivalent to that of a lens with an approx. 1.5x longer focal length. This permits telephoto shooting using smaller, lighter lenses with a shorter focal length, while taking advantage of performance that rivals the D5 FX-format flagship model. The camera's agility is also enhanced by the kit lens, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR, the lightweight 5x normal zoom lens, which weighs only approx. 1340 g/2 lb 15.3 oz when attached to the D500.

4K UHD video, suitable for professional productions
The D500 can record 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30p/25p/24p as well as 1080/60p video for up to 29 min. 59 s, with simultaneous output via HDMI available. It is also possible to generate 4K UHD time-lapse movies within the camera. In Full HD or HD mode, the D500's electronic Vibration Reduction function reduces the effects of camera shake in the horizontal, vertical and rotational directions during hand-held movie recording, while Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights and shadows to capture footage with natural brightness.

New EXPEED 5 image-processing engine achieves sensitivity up to ISO 51200, expandable to Hi 5 (equivalent to ISO 1640000)

The D500's new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine, as used in the D5, delivers standard ISO sensitivity from 100 to 51200, expandable down to Lo 1 (ISO 50 equivalent) and up to Hi 5 (ISO 1640000 equivalent). It can capture exceptionally high-definition images, while effectively reducing noise even at high ISO settings. The new 180K-pixel RGB sensor (approx. 180,000 pixels) further improves the performance of the camera's Advanced Scene Recognition System, and its flicker reduction for still images reduces exposure variations even under flickering light sources.

Touch-screen, tilting 8-cm/3.2-in. high-resolution monitor ensures more comfortable shooting for professionals and advanced amateurs

The D500's touch-panel monitor enables a variety of functions, including instant switching of images using the frame advance bar and text input — shared with the D5 — as well as touch AF and touch shutter (in still shooting). The tilting monitor with 3-axis hinge structure allows you to shoot from more flexible angles for stills and movies. And its large 8-cm/3.2-in. screen with significantly enhanced 2359k-dot resolution lets you confirm focus in amazingly precise detail.

SnapBridge support lets you link with a smart device via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

The D500 can be constantly connected to a smart device with the SnapBridge application installed (to be available as a free download), via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. This enables a variety of features: you can automatically transfer images taken with the D500 to your smart device, as well as upload them automatically to NIKON IMAGE SPACE. You can also use the smart device to browse images stored in the camera, as well as embed images with its location and date/time information. SnapBridge dramatically enhances the value and convenience of images taken with the D500.

WT-7/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter (optional) enables high-speed wired/wireless LAN communication

Nikon's WT-7/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter is aimed at professionals who need to transfer images more quickly than they can with built-in wireless LAN. When attached to the D500, it allows images and movie files to be transferred to computers or FTP server via both wired and wireless LAN. The D500 with WT-7/A/B/C can be used as a wireless LAN access point, permitting easy connections with computers and smart devices.

Download User Manual of the D500 camera from Nikon here.

Nikon Officially Announced the D5 Camera


Nikon D5 20MP full frame camera
Nikon finally announced the D5 camera, almost 4 years to the day the D4 was announced. The list price is $6,500. They have also announced the D500 DX camera. Now I am waiting for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera. It should be announced next month. See how the two cameras stack up against each other. Ready for my pre-order. More to come . . . . .
















TOKYO - Nikon Corporation today announces the new D5, a FX-format flagship digital SLR camera that challenges photographers to outperform their highest standards, and set new benchmarks for speed, accuracy and image quality. Expanding the possibilities of image capture for professional photographers, the new D5 places the needs of the professional at the centre of innovation with features that enable smooth and reliable responsiveness to a wide variety of scenes and subjects.

From the refined acquisition of subjects in motion, to 4K video in UHD, the D5 creates opportunities for dauntless photographers working in demanding shooting environments to push their gear to new limits. With a next generation AF system the intelligent and versatile tracking of moving subjects enables the richness and realism of every split-second moment to be captured. The D5 boasts a wide range of ISO sensitivity up to 102400, expandable to Hi 5 (ISO 3280000 equivalent) — the most expanded sensitivity range in Nikon history — for astronomical twilight with minimum illumination, capturing details and colors beyond the limits of the human eye.

"The Nikon D5 is not just about technical excellence, but the marriage of elegant technologies. Speed and refined image quality have never converged so extensively, making it truly the camera that the industry has been waiting for," said Tadashi Nakayama, Corporate Vice President, Sector Manager of Marketing Sector, Imaging Business Unit. "The D5 represents what we are trying to do for the entire digital SLR category: Bringing technologies together to meet and anticipate the demands of professional photographers, empowering them to push the boundaries of their craft," he continues.

Outperform, Outdo, Outlast: The Pinnacle of Digital SLR Engineering for Professionals

The D5 enables the precise capture of subjects under the most demanding conditions with a new-generation 153-point AF system and a stable viewfinder image that makes tracking moving subjects easy, even during high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 12 fps*1, making the camera ideal for photojournalists capturing heart-racing sporting action and majestic animal migrations. Image quality is further enhanced by the pairing of the new Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor and the brand new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine, for the most vibrant, true-to-life colors and sumptuous details. Together with the highest standard ISO sensitivity in Nikon history, up to102400, photographers are liberated from the challenges of shooting in low-light environments whether covering evening events or shooting indoors. In another first for the FX-format range, the D5 takes movie-making to new cinematic heights with the ability to shoot in 4K UHD 2160/30p format, in-line with the increasing appetite from professionals for the production of high quality video content.

Convenient Connectivity, Simplified Workflows

In addition, new and improved features and functions, such as a high-resolution touch screen LCD monitor, faster wired networks (via built-in Ethernet connector) and wireless networks*2, and double memory card slots*3 that use the same type of media, to simplify and speed up the professional photographer's workflow, while placing the D5 in the center of the connected ecosystem for visual communication.

Designed for the Field and the Studio

The camera's Advanced Scene Recognition System, which has adopted a new 180k-pixel RGB sensor, contributes to greater AF, AE, and AWB performance. This, along with a design that consumes less power and adoption of a highly precise and durable shutter, ensures durability, and gives photographers greater control over their gear as well as image quality. The D5 also completely integrates into any professional photographer's comprehensive ecosystem of Nikon accessories. Compatibility with the new Nikon Creative Lighting System functions, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting (AWL) and unified flash control, all work to ensure the production of superlative image quality and a seamless studio workflow*4

    *1Possible in Continuous high speed (CH) release mode with shutter speeds of 1/250 s or faster
    *2When used with WT-6/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter (available separately)
    *3The camera is available in two versions, two XQD cards or two CompactFlash cards
    *4When used with Speedlight SB-5000 (available separately)

Primary features

Next-generation Intelligent AF System

The entire AF system has been completely re-vamped with adoption of the Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module. This sensor module offers 153 focus points (99 of which are cross-type sensors) for broad and dense coverage of the entire image area. The center focus point has a detection range beginning at an incredible -4 EV, and detection with other focus points begins at -3 EV*, enabling autofocusing even under extremely dim lighting, and with subjects exhibiting very low contrast. In addition, equipping the camera with a dedicated AF engine capable of high-speed calculation and collaboration with the 180K-pixel RGB sensor have ensured that extremely reliable AF performance is demonstrated with a variety of scenes.

        *At ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F

High-speed continuous shooting at approx. 12 fps with swift subject tracking

The D5 is capable of high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 12 fps*1 (w/ AF and AE tracking) in all image quality modes and at all ISO sensitivity settings. What's more, adoption of a new mirror drive mechanism achieves a more stable viewfinder image that makes continuous tracking of rapidly moving subjects easy, even with high-speed continuous shooting. Further, up to 200*2 12-bit lossless compressed RAW images can be captured with a single burst of continuous shooting.

        *1Possible in Continuous high speed (CH) release mode with shutter speeds of 1/250 s or faster
        *2When Lexar Professional 2933x XQD 2.0 memory cards are used

Exceptional ISO sensitivity

Collaboration between the new Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor and the new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine, both developed by Nikon, have enabled the highest standard ISO sensitivity in Nikon history, that of ISO 102400. High-sensitivity image quality at these never-before-seen levels achieves superior imaging quality, even within the high ISO 3200 to 12800 range often used with sports photography and the like. In addition, the image sensor's broad dynamic range enables rich and natural expression of tones for accurate reproduction of the finest details, even with extremely vivid subjects with which the expression of textures is especially difficult.

Cinematic brilliance with 4K UHD (30p) movie capability

The D5 supports movie creation in 4K, which offers a resolution higher than HD or full-HD movies, an indispensable feature for professionals involved in film-making and video content creation. High-resolution 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30p, 25p, 24p movies can be recorded to a memory card inserted in the camera, or, with simultaneous HDMI output, they can be displayed on an external monitor or recorded as uncompressed video to an external recorder. With support for the maximum standard sensitivity of ISO 102400, as well as even higher sensitivity settings up to Hi 5 (equivalent to ISO 3280000), even movies recorded at these high sensitivities will exhibit superior picture quality. 4K UHD time-lapse movies can also be generated in-camera.

Improved functionality and streamlined workflows

A high-resolution 3.2-in., approx. 2,359k-dot touch screen LCD monitor

Adoption of a touch screen for the display monitor enables nimble confirmation and high-speed navigation of a large number of images using a frame advance bar, and supports an efficient workflow with text input and the like. The large 3.2-inch, approximately 2,359k-dot high-resolution monitor enables extremely clear display with live view photography, even when the display is enlarged, for fast focus confirmation.

Connect through wired and wireless networks

The communications system has been significantly improved to support communications twice as fast as with the D4S, with both wired networks using the Ethernet connector built into the D5, and wireless networks when the new Wireless Transmitter WT-6/A/B/C (available separately) is used with the D5.

Versatile image storage options

Two versions of the D5 are available. Both are equipped with double memory card slots supporting a single media type; one XQD cards and one CompactFlash cards.
Accessories for high-speed connected convenience: WT-6/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter(available separately)

When connected to the D5, the high-speed transfer of image data to a computer*1 or an FTP server over a wireless network is possible. The maximum range is approximately 200 m*2. Communications are significantly faster with support for the new IEEE 802.11ac (2x2 VHT80) standard. Wireless control over the camera from a computer is also possible using Camera Control Pro 2 (available separately). A D5 to which a WT-6/A/B/C is connected may be used as a wireless LAN access point, and a direct connection to a computer or smartphone is also achievable.

Canon Announced Five New PowerShot Cameras


Canon PowerShot SX540, SX420, ELPH 360, ELPH 190 and ELPH 180 cameras

MELVILLE, N.Y. - January 5, 2016 - Built to deliver high-quality images and HD video and featuring built-in Wi-Fi and NFCTM connectivity for easy sharing, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of two new cameras to its super-zoom PowerShot SX lineup - the PowerShot SX540 HS and PowerShot SX420 IS digital cameras. Also announced are three new stylish and compact additions to the Company’s PowerShot ELPH series, the PowerShot ELPH 360 HS, PowerShot ELPH 190 IS digital cameras as well as PowerShot ELPH 180, all housed within slim bodies that can easily fit in a pocket or purse.Experiencing the power of a printed image is also easy when users connect and print to a Canon wirelessii printer, like the Canon PIXMA MG7720. And for even more convenience, the cameras are compatible with the new Canon Connect Station CS100 – a dedicated device for easy image and video viewing, sharing and storage.

PowerShot SX540 HS Camera

The PowerShot SX540 HS digital camera builds on the features included in the PowerShot SX530 HS digital camera. The PowerShot SX540 HS has a powerful 50x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 24-1200mm) with Optical Image Stabilizer for outstanding optical performance. It features a new 20.3-Megapixeliii High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor with DIGIC 6 Image Processor that helps deliver high resolution combined with stunning low-light performance. A dedicated Wi-Fi button allows for easy sharing and transferring of images over Wi-Fi and NFCTM technology. The new camera features a dedicated movie button so users can easily record 1080p Full HD video at an improved rate of up to 60 frames-per-second in MP4 format with stereo sound. The PowerShot SX540 HS digital camera has an improved advanced Zoom Framing Assist feature that intelligently controls the lens, making it easy to identify the main subject of the shot, even when the subject is moving. It also features a lock button option for quick and accurate subject tracking. Additionally, its new Story Highlights feature automatically selects and compiles images into an exciting highlight reel within the camera without the use of extra software.

The PowerShot SX540 HS digital camera’s large 3.0-inch LCD screen (approx. 461,000 dots) allows easy viewing even from a wide angle. Its Hybrid Auto mode records quick video clips before each still and compiles them together to make a short highlight reel. The PowerShot SX540 HS digital camera is scheduled to be available in March 2016 for an estimated retail price of $399.99.

PowerShot SX420 IS

Based on the successful PowerShot SX410 IS model, the PowerShot SX420 IS digital camera features an improved powerful 42x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 24-1008mm) and Optical Image Stabilizer for outstanding optical performance. A dedicated Wi-Fi button allows for easy sharing and transferring of images over Wi-Fi and NFCTM technology. The 20.0- Megapixeliii sensor with DIGIC 4+ Image Processor helps deliver stunning image quality. Smart Auto intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on predefined shooting situations, and 720p HD video capture in MP4 format.

The PowerShot SX420 IS digital camera also features Scene modes such as Fisheye effect, Toy Camera effect and Monochrome, which provide creative freedom to capture your photos. While taking these creative photos, Eco mode helps reduce power consumption for longer battery life.

The camera’s large 3.0-inch LCD screen (approx. 230,000 dots) allows for easy operation and sharing. The PowerShot SX420 IS digital camera is scheduled to be available in February 2016 for an estimated retail price of $299.99.

PowerShot ELPH 360HS

The PowerShot ELPH 360HS is slim and stylish, boasting a 12x optical zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer that helps capture images with flexibility and ease. A dedicated Wi-Fi button allows for easy sharing and transferring of images over Wi-Fi and NFCTM . The 20.2-Megapixelii CMOS sensor combines with the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to help deliver stunning image quality even in low light. The PowerShot ELPH 360HS digital camera also captures spectacular 1080p Full HD video.

The camera’s large 3.0-inch LCD screen allows for easy viewing and the Hybrid Auto feature records quick video clips before each still and compiles them together to make a short highlight reel. Story Highlights mode automatically selects and compiles images into an exciting highlight reel within the camera without the use of extra software.

The PowerShot ELPH 360HS digital camera is scheduled to be available in February for an estimated retail price of $209.99 and will be available in silver and purple.

PowerShot ELPH 190 IS

The PowerShot ELPH 190 IS digital camera delivers high-quality imaging capabilities with a 10x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilizer and 20-Megapixeliii CCD sensor. A dedicated Wi-Fi button allows for easy sharing and transferring of images over Wi-Fi and NFCTM technology. The PowerShot ELPH 190 IS digital camera features smooth 720p HD video capabilities with Smart Auto mode, Scene modes and Eco mode to preserve battery life.

The PowerShot ELPH 190 IS digital camera is scheduled to be available in February 2016 for an estimated retail price of $159.99 and will be available in black, red and blue.

PowerShot ELPH 180

The PowerShot ELPH 180 digital camera delivers high-quality imaging capabilities with an 8x optical zoom lens and 20-Megapixeliii CCD sensor. The PowerShot ELPH 180 digital camera features smooth 720p HD video capabilities with Smart Auto mode, Scene modes and Eco mode to preserve battery life. It also includes the Auto Zoom feature that automatically zooms in to frame subjects and keep them in focus.

The PowerShot ELPH 180 digital camera is scheduled to be available in February 2016 for an estimated retail price of $119.99 and will be available in silver and red.

Canon Announced VIXIA HF G40 and Other Camcorders


Canon VIXIA HF camcorder

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Canon U.S.A., Inc. a leader in digital imaging solutions, has updated the VIXIA HF G and R-Series lineup of camcorders with four new models announced today, the VIXIA HF G40, VIXIA HF R72, VIXIA HF R70, and the VIXIA HF R700 camcorders.

Featuring more evolved professional-level features than its predecessor, the new VIXIA HF G40 records 1080/60p Full HD in MP4 and AVCHD and features a Canon Full HD System including a genuine Canon 20x High Definition Optical Zoom Lens to cover a broad range of shooting opportunities, a new advanced HD CMOS PRO Image Sensor for improved low-light performance, and DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor for superb imaging performance.

The new VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders feature a 57x Advanced Zoom Lens and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer, 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, and record 1080/60p Full HD video in MP4 (35 Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps). In addition, the VIXIA HF R72 and R70 camcorders feature Near Field Communication (NFC™) connectivity allowing users to easily share beautiful images online with family and friends by connecting easily to a compatible smartphone, tablet1 or NFC enabled computer.

Canon VIXIA HF G40 Camcorder 

The new VIXIA HF G40 camcorder is the ideal tool for advanced amateur filmmakers, wedding videographers and student reporters. Featuring a genuine wide-angle Canon 20x High Definition Optical Zoom Lens and advanced HD CMOS PRO Image Sensor, identical to the one found in Canon’s XA35 and XA30 professional camcorders, this new camcorder provides excellent image quality especially in low-light situations.

The VIXIA G40 camcorder’s Intelligent Optical Image Stabilization five-axis system provides users with powerful image stabilization via a Dynamic mode to help reduce image distortion even when shooting while walking, as well as a convenient auto on/off feature. The ergonomically designed and highly portable VIXIA HF G40 features a 3.5–inch OLED touch panel screen with 10,000:1 contrast ratio and tilting, user-friendly, high resolution color Electronic View Finder (EVF). Advanced display features include Zebra, Color Bars and Test Tone. The VIXIA HF G40 camcorder records 1080/60p Full HD video in MP4 to dual card SD card slots with dual and relay recording and can record in slow and fast motion interval from 2x to 1200x.  The VIXIA HF G40 is also equipped with Linear PCM audio recording2 and Audio Scene Select.

A new “Looks” setting has been added for easy access to creative imaging effects such as Highlight Priority Gamma and Wide Dynamic Range Gamma. Highlight Priority video-recording mode helps users achieve the same effects as HDR making it possible to capture visual characteristics that might otherwise be lost due to video compression. This allows for the creation of video that can realistically convey the three-dimensional feel of blue skies and clouds, the translucence of water and the luster of metals. Drawing from technologies employed in Canon’s Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography products, the camcorder’s new Wide DR Gamma mode achieves a dynamic range that has been expanded to 600 percent compared to the 300 percent on the predecessor Canon VIXIA HF G30 model. This mode helps minimize the occurrence of under- and over-exposed areas to help create smooth color gradations, even when shooting in environments that tend to produce under- and over-exposed regions, such as those with drastic differences in lighting conditions. To help facilitate better focus ability and clearer, more pristine images, the camcorder features High Definition Peaking for Focus Assist.

The VIXIA HF G40 camcorder features full manual control and provides shooters with the ability to assign buttons on the camcorder for a custom shooting experience. The camcorder also includes a high-capacity battery, connectivity to various inputs and outputs and a mini advanced accessory shoe allowing users to easily attach accessories. In addition, the camcorder is compatible with the optional WM-V1 wireless microphone.

Canon VIXIA HF R-Series Camcorders—feature improved battery life. 

Updated for 2016, the new line of VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders is ideal for families who want to capture life’s precious moments. Each model is equipped with a 57x Advanced Zoom, SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer, a 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Canon Image Sensor, DIGIC DV4 Image Processor, and a 3.0-inch capacitive touch panel LCD with increased brightness and new user interface for easy menu navigation and simple viewing of videos. The VIXIA HF R-Series line of camcorders is the ideal mix of high image quality, value and convenience.

The VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders feature an improved Zoom Framing Assist setting that is available in both auto and manual mode, making it easier to accurately track and capture subjects, even while they are moving. Shooters can record 1080/60p FULL HD video to both MP4 (35 Mbps) and AVCHD Progressive (28Mbps) and dual recording allows for saving to both formats simultaneously. Slow and Fast motion recording is available allowing shooters to record fast motion at up to 1200x and slow motion at 0.5x.

The VIXIA HF R-series camcorders provide users with a variety of internal memory options. The VIXIA R72 allows users to record up to 12 hours of video to a 32GB internal flash drive, while the VIXIA R70 allows users to record up to six hours of video to a 16BG internal flash drive, increased from three hours and 8GB of internal memory of its predecessor. All of the VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders allow for recording to a removable SD card and feature dual card slots for relay recording.

Featuring built-in Wi-Fi® and NFC™ capabilities, the VIXIA HF R72 and VIXIA HF R70 camcorders expand shooting options for filming important moments while simultaneously providing remote monitoring capabilities. Utilizing Wi-Fi and the free Canon CameraAccess Plus App1, users can easily share recorded video or live stream remotely from a compatible Android or iOS device that allows the user to control certain camera functions like record and zooming. The optional Camera Pan Table CT-V1 base accessory can be attached to the bottom of both the VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders, which enables users to remotely pan the camcorder up to 200 degrees to the left or right, allowing them to act as baby monitors or security cameras.

With the free Canon Movie Uploader App2 sharing videos with family and friends is easy. Available on the iOS platform, this app allows users to send video directly to a compatible smartphone or tablet for online sharing. For Android devices, the free Remote Browse App allows users to preview or download files to a compatible smartphone, tablet, or PC when using a web browser. Once both devices are wirelessly connected, users can download or instantly playback their videos without the need for an application or other software. In addition, built-in down conversion creates MP4 files for even easier sharing on the web. The new Canon VIXIA HF R72 and R70 camcorders are compatible with the Canon Connect Station CS100 device which provides users with the ability to wirelessly transfer videos for storage via Wi-Fi® or NFC™.

For more creative videos, these camcorders allow users to customize a video by selecting from five Cinema Look filter effects which can be applied during or after filming. While in Audio Scene Select mode, users can select from eight predetermined audio modes that adjust and optimize audio settings based on the shooting conditions. Additionally, Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) allows shooters to choose from four different modes to help optimize IS for that particular shooting condition. The built-in microphone/headphone terminal provides users with the flexibility to record using an auxiliary microphone or listen to what they’re recording with headphones. All of the new Canon VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders feature the new high-capacity BP-727 battery for up to 180 minutes of recording time on a single charge and a file lock function that helps to safeguard against mistakenly deleting files from the camcorder.

The Canon VIXIA HF G40 camcorder is scheduled to be available February 2016 for an estimated retail price of $1,299.993. The VIXIA HF R72, VIXIA HF R70, and VIXIA HF R700 camcorders will be available in February 2016 for estimated retail prices of $449.99, $399.99, and $299.99, respectively.

For more information, visit : https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/products/list/camcorders/consumer/vixia

Nikon Will Announce D5 Camera At CES 2016


Nikon D5 20MP DSLR camera


The top-of-the-line Nikon D5 camera will be announced at the CES 2016 starting tomorrow in Las Vegas. The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera should follow soon, possibly in February or at the latest early March. More to come. Keep checking back.

Nikon D5 expected specifications :

  • Two D5 body types - D5 XQD-type and D5 CF-Type
  • New 20.82 MP CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 5.4K processing engine
  • 153 AF points, 99-point cross sensor, F8 corresponding 15 points
  • Continuous shooting (continuous shooting up to 200 frames in 14bit lossless compression RAW) -12 fps in the AF / AE tracking
  • Continuous shooting speed with mirror lockup, 14 fps (AE / AF fixed)
  • Highest ISO - 102,400
  • Extended sensitivity - Hi5 - ISO 3,280,000
  • 3.2-inch 2.36 million dots LCD touchscreen
  • Memory card slots - D5 (XQD-Type) is double XQD, D5 (CF-Type): double CF
  • Shutter speed - 30 seconds to 1/8,000 sec
  • Finder coverage - 100% (FX), magnification: 0.72x
  • SuperSpeed - (USB 3.0 Micro-B terminal)
  • Battery - EN-EL18a
  • Weight (battery and cards) D5 (XQD-Type) : 1405g. D5 (CF-Type) : 1415g
  • Shipping starts in March, 2016

Canon Cinema EOS C500 Mark II 8K Camera Coming






Canon showcased their 8K camera and display at the Canon Expo in September, 2015. The test camera is already out in the wild and the Cinema C500 Mark II camera will feature this new 8K technology. It may be released some time in the second half of 2016.

Frankly, I think this one-upmanship, number chasing game should stop. Nikon announced their D800 36MP camera in 2012. It was the megapixel champ at the time. Then Canon came out with the 50MP EOS-5Ds and EOS-5Ds R cameras to retake the crown. Then a few days ago, Phase One announced a 100MP Medium Format camera. But Canon already has 120MP and 250MP sensors ready for the next round.

Sony started announcing 4K video and a7 mirrorless cameras back in 2013 and 2014. Now Nikon announced their top-of-the-line DSLRs, the 4K equipped D5 with a claimed ISO of 3.28 million. Of course, this is to chase (at least on paper) the remarkable Canon ME20F-SH camera that can see in the dark and shoot at over ISO 4 million plus.

Canon will respond with their EOS-1D X Mark II soon, perhaps in February. This silly game reminds me of the car manufacturers. One boasts their top-of-the-line sports car has 500 horsepower and does 0 to 60mph in 4.0 seconds, only to be 'eclipsed' by the next company's claim of a 525 horsepower car doing 0 to 60 in 3.89 seconds. The silly season of playing the numbers game by the marketing departments must end. Most photographers don't care, let alone need features like a 75MP sensor, ISO 3280000, 8K video, etc.

No one single number can make one piece of equipment superior to all the rest. In my opinion, in wildlife photography, a weather sealed camera with a full frame, mid 20MP sensor that can shoot in native ISO 12800 with little noise, an advanced AF system with all cross-type 75 focus points and 12 AF points @ f/8, plus a burst rate of 12 fps is adequate. Anything more than that is expensive hype. After all, the most important criterion for a successful shoot is - luck, skill and equipment, in that order.  

Monday, January 4, 2016

Does Size Matter? In Disk Drive, That Is


Samsung SSD T3 external solid state drive

Samsung has introduced a 2TB external disk drive that is small enough to put in your shirt pocket. 
The ultra portable SSD T3 is an external solid state drive that can store thousands of photos and files. The drive weighs about 2 ounces (50 grams) and features read and write speeds of up to 450 MB per second via a USB 3.1 cable.

The SSD T3 drive is designed with durability and security in mind. It is protected by a user password with AES 256-bit hardware encryption and comes with a shock-resistant metal case that can withstand 1500G of force and a drop of up to about 6 feet (2 meters). Unfortunately, the price will be high, due to its desirable size and features. Samsung has not announced the list price but it will be probably between $700 to $800. Shipping is expected in February, 2016.


Does Size Matter? In Photography, That Is


A humorous video by Serge Ramelli on whether Size Matters. In photography, that is. All levity aside, if one is into wildlife photography, then the length and diameter of one's lens matters greatly. You can see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com


Canon Patent - 24-300mm f/3.5-5.6 Super Zoom Lens


Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS Super zoom lens

The Japanese Photography blog, Egami has uncovered a new Canon patent for a full frame, 24-300mm f/3.5-5.6 superzoom lens. In December of 2015, another Canon patent for the EF 200-600mm f/4.5-5.6 IS zoom lens was discovered.

There are other Super zoom lens from Sigma and Tamron but they are quite professional grade. The current Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS is my favorite all-in-one zoom for wildlife photography when it is not feasible to change lens in the middle of a shoot. However, it was released in 2004 and has an older version of IS.

A new Canon Super zoom lens can certainly benefit from advancement in coatings, optics and Image Stabilization. I will be interested in acquiring both the 24-300mm and 200-600mm zoom lens if they come out in the 'L' model. There is a better than even chance Canon will announce another Super zoom some time in 2016.

Patent Publication No. 2015-215438 (Machine Translated)

  •     Published 2015.12.3
  •     Filing date 2014.5.9
  •     Focal length 24.70 101.33 292.01
  •     Fno 3.50 4.59 5.87
  •     ? (degrees) 41.22 12.05 4.24
  •     Image height 21.64 21.64 21.64
  •     Overall length of the lens 202.71 232.50 288.71
  •     BF 38.78 43.69 75.66