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Monday, August 29, 2016

Canon Cameras and Lens Dominate 2016 Olympic Events



Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens


I am off on a wildlife photo shoot in Southern Africa with the EOS-1D X Mark II camera. You can follow my travels on Twitter and Facebook.


MELVILLE, N.Y., August 29, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that from August 6 to August 20, nearly 70 percent* of professional photographers on assignment in Brazil were Canon shooters. In addition, Canon brought a team of more than 70 highly trained technicians and support staff to Brazil this month to help maximize the uptime and performance of its professional broadcast and EOS imaging equipment users. Canon HDTV field lenses were ready on the evening of August 5 bringing viewers worldwide approximately 80 percent and nationwide 100 percent of the images they saw on TV.

“It is humbling to know that such a large number of the world’s most talented sports photographers relied on Canon equipment to capture this historic sporting event. Their iconic images from so many different events have been and will be seen by millions of people around the world for years to come. To support the needs of our customers and help them accomplish their goals, Canon Professional Services is always set up and ready at major sporting events throughout the year to assist by providing comprehensive equipment maintenance and repairs, extensive equipment loans and expert technical support,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

During the events, a photographer that had equipment stolen was quickly assisted by CPS staff so he could get back on assignment. According to Brett Costello, News Corp. Australia photographer, “The CPS team in Brazil was amazing. I was very upset at having my gear stolen on August 4 at a café and thought my ability to cover the coming events were over. When I told the Canon staff there what had happened to me, they didn’t hesitate in helping with the loan gear I required. Thanks to Canon I put the event behind me and was able to complete my assignments.”

The CPS team also :

  • Averaged a 12 hour turnaround time for products needing repair
  • Loaned 8,163 products with the EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera and EF 200-400MM F/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X being the most requested product loans
  • Had in stock 950 cameras and 1,500 lenses
  • Communicated with photographers in 12 languages


Canon Professional Services proudly attends to photographers at major sporting, auto racing, Hollywood, and political events throughout each year.

For more information about CPS: http://www.cps.usa.canon.com/

For more information about the EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera : http://usa.canon.com/EOS1DXMarkII

Wildlife Photography - Photo Safari Tour in Southern Africa






I will be away on a wildlife photo shoot in Botswana and South Africa. My journey takes me to Chobe and Greater Kruger National Parks and several neighboring game reserves. Chobe and Kruger are two of the largest national parks in Africa. They are larger than a few states in the New England region of the U.S. The reserves adjacent to Kruger National Park, Timbavati and especially Sabi Sand and Mala Mala are famous for its populations of Leopards and Cheetahs.




The national parks and surrounding reserves are excellent places to capture 'Big Five' images of LionsLeopardsElephantsRhinos and Cape Buffaloes plus Giraffes, Zebras, Cheetahs,
Hippos and many more. There are also hundreds of species of birds to marvel and photograph for the ornithologist in many of us.




The critically endangered African wild dog is also a regular visitor to some areas of the parks. The larger and rarer antelopes such as Roan, Eland and Tsessebe may also be seen but their numbers are still critically low.




I will again put the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera to the test. My readers know I have taken this camera on a few global wildlife photo shoots already, from the Amazon to the high ArcticAlaska to Canada. You can read my comprehensive review of the camerasee my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com




In the last few years, I have been keeping things simple and down sizing the equipment I bring on wildlife photo shoots. In addition to the EOS-1D X Mark II, I am bringing the EOS-5Ds, EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II , EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II , EF 24-105mm f/4L IS , EF Series III Extenders and the usual accessories of filters, spare memory cards and batteries.

I will try and make a few blog posts and keep you abreast of any breaking photography news, time and energy permitting. In the meantime, you can follow my travels on Twitter and Facebook.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens Coming




I will be off to Southern Africa on a wildlife photo tour. Just a quick note to let my readers know Canon will be announcing a replacement to its non 'L' EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS lens with the Series II some time in Q4. It will be after the announcement of the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II and EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III and the Photokina Show in Cologne, Germany in September.

I expect the price of the lens to be slightly higher than the current model but comes with much better technology and optics, including a small LCD display window. The EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS and EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II are two of my favorite 'L' lens. You can see my equipment bag, works on MichaelDanielHo.com and follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Canon EOS-M5 APS-C Mirrorless Camera Coming





As reported earlier, Canon is expected to announce a new mirrorless camera some time before the end of the year. It seems the new camera may be called the EOS-M5 and comes with the APS-C sensor. This will not be the full frame mirrorless camera Canon is working on and is also expected to announce some time in 2017.

Canon's registration with Russian certification authorities seem to indicate the new camera is coming with additional EF-M lens as well. Keep checking back for the latest info as I get them.  

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Canon Announces W-E1 WiFi Adapter Card



Canon EOS-7D Mark II APS-C camera with W-E1 WiFi Adapter card




MELVILLE, N.Y., August 25, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II Kit, featuring the new SD card-sized Wi-Fi® Adapter W-E1. This new Wi-Fi adapter, when placed in one of the camera’s SD card slots, provides the EOS 7D Mark II with Wi-Fi capabilitiesi like easy transferring of images and MP4 videos as well as use of the Canon Camera Connect App for remote capture of still images via a compatible smartphone or tablet.

The Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1 will be sold with the EOS 7D Mark II body as well as sold separately, and can also be used with the EOS 5DS and 5DS R as well as previously purchased EOS 7D Mark II camerasiii. When used with EOS 5DS and 5DS R cameras, the Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1 functionality is limited to the transfer of still images only. The W-E1 will support 802.11 b, g and n using the 2.4 GHz band.

Additionally, for the first time the EOS 7D Mark II camera will be conveniently bundled with the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens. This lens has been optimized for high-speed autofocusing when shooting stills and quiet and smooth zoom when shooting video. This is the first Canon lens equipped with Nano USM technology providing high-speed autofocus for shooting stills and silent, smooth autofocus when shooting video. The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens also provides up to four stops of optical image stabilization.

The new Canon EOS 7D Mark II Lens Kit is currently scheduled to be available in October 2016 for an estimated retail price of $2,449.00*, with the body-only version also currently scheduled to be available in October 2016 for an estimated retail price of $1,849*. The Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1 is scheduled to be available in early September 2016 for an estimated retail price of $50.00*. A firmware update to enable compatibility with the W-E1 for previously purchased cameras is currently scheduled to be available in early September 2016 for the EOS 7D Mark II camera and November 2016 for the EOS 5DS and 5DS R cameras.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Camera Firmware 1.1 Coming Soon


Canon EOS-1D X Mark II top-of-the-line full frame DSLR camera
My readers know I have picked the Canon EOS-1D X as the best DSLR camera for sports and wildlife photography four years in a row. The EOS-1D X Mark II has been out for a few months now. I have tested this camera on a few global wildlife photo shoots, from the Amazon to the high ArcticAlaska to Canada. You can read my comprehensive reviewsee my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Canon is very responsive to its professional users. From the feedback of sports, wildlife photographers and news photojournalists, they will be coming out with a significant firmware upgrade for the EOS-1D X Mark II camera soon.  Firmware Version 1.1 clearly has professional photographers, photojournalists and serious users in mind.

The following excerpt from Canon Digital Learning Center tells us the upcoming new features and functions of Firmware Version 1.1


In a nutshell : what’s new and different?

This new upgrade (version 1.1) addresses specific issues that professional news and photojournalism organizations have brought to Canon’s attention — we understand that not all of these will be important in more ordinary, everyday use to individual photographers. That said, the changes and new features this firmware adds to the EOS-1D X Mark II camera are the ability to :

  • Install up to 39 items of IPTC information into the camera, and to add data (or deliberately not apply it) to images you take
  • Add set-up information for up to 40 new Wi-Fi® networks to a memory card, and load that data as a full set of possible Wi-Fi networks to select from for connection
  • Transfer only “protected” images via Wi-Fi
  • Retain GPS position data:  Continue to apply last known GPS location information to images subsequently taken, even if GPS connection is lost (photographer went inside a building, etc.)
  • Change LCD color tone (four pre-defined settings), to either approximate display from other cameras you’re working with, or to shift color tone based on ambient lighting as the LCD monitor is being used


The aim of these changes is to enhance a professional photographer’s workflow; improve on-location network and Wi-Fi operations (especially for photographers working at large events, with many Wi-Fi networks in simultaneous operation); and to smooth the process of transferring images and managing them with new embedded metadata.  We’ll take a brief look at each, to shed some light on what changes and potential applications have been implemented.

Keep in mind that the EOS-1D X Mark II differs from other Canon EOS models in that it not only permits network communication and transfer of images via Wi-Fi (using the optional WFT-E8A or WFT-E6A wireless file transmitters), but also via wired ethernet connection — there’s a dedicated ethernet port on the camera for this purpose.  This allows similar network connectivity, but without some of the variables users can encounter on-location with Wi-Fi transmission.  Firmware v. 1.1 doesn’t change this; we only want to remind users of it here.

Add IPTC Metadata

Initial versions of the EOS-1D X Mark II camera did not have this feature, often very useful to workflows in professional organizations.  IPTC (International Press Telecommunications Council) data has been used with digital photos in the news photojournalism field for many years.  It consists of text data which is pre-defined, and can apply additional, searchable information that can accompany an image file after it’s been downloaded to an organization’s storage and archiving system.  This can include captioning information and so on, so it’s potentially more expansive than simple keywording — although it can be used for that as well.

With Firmware v. 1.1 installed, the EOS-1D X Mark II will now be able to add up to 39 IPTC items of information, separately and in addition to the normal EXIF shooting information the camera normally applies for each image that’s taken.  Parenthetically, the EOS 5D Mark IV camera will have the same capability upon its release, with no firmware upgrade required.

IPTC information is pre-defined by the photographer, entered into a compatible version of Canon’s EOS Utility software, and then installed (uploaded) into the camera via USB 3.0 connection from a compatible Windows® or Macintosh® computer.  Once installed in-camera, a new menu setting allows the photographer to add this IPTC data to each shot he or she takes afterward, or to disable it and have no IPTC info added.  A few additional points about the IPTC data with the EOS-1D X Mark II :

  • IPTC data cannot be viewed or edited in-camera…once installed, to change it you must re-connect the camera to a compatible Mac or Windows computer with Canon’s EOS Utility software installed, and use EOS Utility to edit or change the IPTC information.
  • Once a set of IPTC data is entered, the same data is applied to each image.  Unlike the camera’s normal shooting data, the IPTC data does not change to reflect different camera settings and so on.
  • You can turn IPTC data on or off in-camera, using the Menu selection to enable or disable it.  Disabling it does not remove it altogether from the camera…it simply means it won’t be attached to image files until you turn it back on.
  • During image playback, you can see whether IPTC data is attached to an image, but you cannot see the actual IPTC data.  Regular EXIF shooting data (date/time, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and so on) is completely unaffected.
  • To completely remove IPTC data from the camera (for example, if you were loaning a camera to another photographer, and didn’t want to risk that he or she would accidentally have your IPTC data added to their pictures), you must re-connect to a computer, and delete it via EOS Utility.
  • Only one set of IPTC data can be registered and uploaded into the camera at a time.


Even though IPTC metadata is targeted at larger photo organizations, it has potential applications for individual photographers.  Especially interesting is that some third-party software programs, such as Adobe® Lightroom®, have the ability to read attached IPTC metadata.  Numerous possible tags and information could be used for searching, editing purposes, and so on.  It’s beyond the scope of this article for Canon staff to explain how various third-party software can use IPTC data, but there’s no doubt that intriguing options are out there for interested photographers working with the EOS-1D X Mark II, once firmware has been upgraded to version 1.1, as well as for customers buying a new EOS 5D Mark IV camera.

Another real-world application for IPTC metadata for individual users might be to add precise copyright info to each image taken with the EOS-1D X Mark II camera.  The IPTC input allows extended information, including the actual copyright symbol, to be part of the data that can accompany image files after they’re taken.

Similarly, the IPTC data could allow users to include not only their name, but contact information such as their personal or business web address (URL), which could have possible benefits not only for added copyright protection, but even encourage possible image sales to other viewers.

Increase number of network connection set-ups on memory card
With an eye toward high-end professional organizations at large sporting and news events, Firmware v. 1.1 for the EOS-1D X Mark II will now allow users to save set-up information for up to 40 different Wi-Fi set-ups, and store them on a memory card for future access.

The EOS-1D X Mark II has always allowed users to create and save (register) set-up information for up to 20 different network connections, in the camera.  The idea, of course, is to allow a photographer to quickly access and begin working with a pre-established wireless (or wired, ethernet LAN) network — as is often required by press photographers upon arrival at major venues and events.

And, users could store connection information (IP addresses, passwords, etc.) for 20 additional sites on a memory card, and access them independently.

What’s new with Firmware v. 1.1 is that the EOS-1D X Mark II expands the number of network connections that can be saved and then accessed on a memory card.  Up to 40 separate networks can now be saved to a relatively low-capacity memory card, carried with the photographer in his/her camera bag, and quickly accessed as a full set of 20 networks any time he or she needs to work with them.  This could allow a user to store personal network information (home, office, and so on) in-camera, and allow his or her organization to supply updated network information ahead of time, copied to a CF (or CFast) card, for use at an upcoming major event.

Either a CF or CFast 2.0 memory card can be used to save this information…as a practical matter, it probably makes sense for most users to use a lower-capacity, inexpensive CF card for this purpose, and rely on newer, faster and higher-capacity cards for actual image storage.

Transfer only protected images to a network
Many EOS camera models have had a “protect” feature, which allows users to mark or tag images and prevent accidental erasure during playback.

EOS-1D X Mark II cameras with Firmware v. 1.1 installed now offer a new means of selecting images for transfer to a network — select protected images for transfer.  Pressing the little back button with a key icon will apply a “protect” tag to individual image files, one at a time, as they’re being reviewed during playback.  Once desired files are marked with the “protect” icon, EOS-1D X Mark II cameras that have been updated to Firmware v. 1.1 can now select all protected images via a new menu selection, and have them transferred in one batch.

This is a quick means of editing in-camera, and getting images ready to send to a wireless or wired network via FTP transfer.  It can also function via USB connection, directly to a compatible Mac or Windows computer, for FTP transfer of image files.

Extended time for automatic re-transfer of images that failed to transfer initially
With Firmware v. 1.1 installed, EOS-1D X Mark II cameras will now continue to attempt to re-connect and transfer images for longer periods of time, if and when there’s an interruption in network connections.  Previously, unless the camera’s Auto Power Off had been pre-set to 15 minutes or longer, the camera would stop trying to re-transfer after about 6 minutes.

Now, with Firmware 1.1, it will continue to attempt to re-transfer for 10 minutes, even when Auto Power Off is set to a shorter time frame.  At Auto Power Off settings of 15 minutes, 30 minutes, and Disable (camera doesn’t go to sleep after inactivity), automatic re-transferring of images which failed to transfer will continue for the same duration as the Auto Power Off setting.

The benefit? One less thing for busy, working press photographers to concern themselves with, when transferring files while on-location.  Network interruptions, especially with Wi-Fi, are sadly a common occurrence at major events.  If they occur while a shooter is attempting to meet a deadline and transfer images, he or she can take a bit of comfort knowing that the process will continue for longer periods, once re-connected with a network.

GPS data retained, even if connection interrupted

Especially now that GPS is built into the EOS-1D X Mark II body, it’s a feature that working pros and even advanced enthusiasts may call upon frequently.  Until now, to put GPS location information onto images being taken, an active connection to GPS satellite data was required.  Unfortunately, GPS communication can be interrupted by environmental situations — primarily stepping indoors, after starting GPS up while outside.

In the past, if and when GPS was interrupted, the camera would stop putting any GPS location information with the shooting data for each image taken.  Now, Firmware v. 1.1 for the EOS-1D X Mark II changes this, and allows the last known GPS coordinates to continue to be added, even if actual GPS communication has failed.

The benefit is a shooter working at (for example) an indoor sports arena or a domed stadium can now set up his or her GPS outdoors, before entering the building.  Once indoors, they can shoot an entire event, and each image will contain the last known GPS coordinates as location data.  True, it won’t be completely precise if the photographer moves around a very large area, but at least he or she now has some record of approximate location, which can stay with their images.

And, there’s a new Menu setting, giving the shooter a choice of how long to retain previous GPS position information.

If/when GPS communication resumes, the system will begin to add that new location information to new images, as they’re taken.

LCD monitor Color Tone

Firmware v. 1.1 for the EOS-1D X Mark II adds another requested feature — the ability to make subtle changes to the LCD monitor’s color tone. Four pre-set choices allow the photographer to use the factory-default setting, warm the display’s color rendition slightly, or cool it slightly (add a bit of a bluish tint), in two stages.

Two potential applications: one would be to allow users working with EOS-1D X Mark II cameras along with other Canon EOS bodies to more closely match the “look” of playback images and video on other EOS cameras.  (Keep in mind that as of late August 2016, the only other EOS model with adjustable color tone for the LCD monitor is the new EOS 5D Mark IV camera.)

In general, to match the display of cameras like the previous EOS-1D X or EOS 5D Mark III, you may want to try the Cool Tone 1 or Cool Tone 2 settings.

And the other might be to accommodate slight viewing changes to the LCD monitor, from differing ambient light conditions.

While it probably goes without saying, we’ll reinforce it here — this adjustment to the LCD monitor’s color tone has nothing to do with the White Balance or other settings of actual image and video files, and does not in any way change any files in-camera. It simply adjusts the look of the monitor screen they’re being viewed on.

Summary

Canon’s most professional digital SLR gets a user-installable firmware upgrade that’s clearly aimed right at high-end, institutional users — especially those in sports and news journalism fields. Individual professionals working in other areas, and our high-end enthusiast customers, can be forgiven if they feel that most of the new features and capabilities added are not directly targeted at them and the types of work they do.

But even for the individual EOS-1D X Mark II owner, there are some features that they may want to leverage. In particular the ability to add IPTC data, and then use that with third-party software for in-depth captioning and keywording, may be a valuable feature.

The firmware is a free upgrade, and adds features and functionality to the EOS-1D X Mark II camera. We certainly recommend that anyone remotely involved in the photojournalism market add this firmware to his or her cameras, and it may prove beneficial even to users who work in different markets, and in different circumstances.

One last point : this firmware applies only to the EOS-1D X Mark II camera. It cannot be installed in previous versions of the EOS-1D or EOS-1Ds, nor can it add these features to other models (EOS 5D series, EOS 7D series, etc.).

Canon Announces EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II, EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L III USM Lens


Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens



Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens





The current EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens is my favorite walk around lens for travel and wildlife photography. I have placed my pre-order for the Series II lens already.

In addition to the newly announced EOS-5D Mark IV DSLR camera, Canon has also introduced two EF-Series L-series lenses as well as the W-E1 WiFi adapter card. The new EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens features a large diameter GMO dual surface aspherical lens and ground aspherical lens, f/2.8 aperture throughout the entire zoom range, fluorine coating, improved durability and is dust and water resistant.

The new EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Standard Zoom lens features an improved four-stop image stabilization as well as ghosting and flare reduction with air sphere coating. The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens is scheduled to be available late in October for an estimated retail price of $2,199.00 and the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM  Standard Zoom Lens is scheduled to be available in late October for an estimated retail price of $1,099.00.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Canon EOS-5D Mark IV Camera Announcement


Canon EOS-5D Mark IV with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II lens


* * *  DxOMark rates Canon EOS-5D Mark IV sensor  * * *


The Canon EOS-5D Mark IV camera is finally here. You can see sample photos posted by Canon Japan and download the Camera Instruction Manual. The camera's list price is $3,499 in the U.S., €4,300 in Europe, £3,630 in the U.K. There are two Canon videos on the new camera below.

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 25, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce the EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera, the next generation of the popular and versatile 5D series of Canon professional DSLR cameras. Building on this legendary legacy, the EOS 5D Mark IV propels the series forward with a fusion of features and enhancements targeted to please even the most discerning creative eyes.  The camera’s 30.4 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor offers stunning image quality while the DIGIC 6+ Image Processor delivers 4K 30P video and up to and seven frames per second (fps) continuous shooting.  To make video shooting even easier, the camera also features Canon’s propriety Dual Pixel CMOS AF, even when shooting 4K to help ensure sharp focus and subject tracking.

“Canon’s EOS 5D series of DSLR cameras has a history of being at the forefront of still and video innovation. And today, we add to this family of cameras the EOS 5D Mark IV– the first in our 5D series to offer 4K video and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “In developing this new DSLR camera, we listened to the requests of current EOS users to create for them a modern, versatile camera designed to help them create and share beautiful still and video imagery.”

“Outdoor photographers will really appreciate the new EOS 5D Mark IV, as it offers more resolution, better detail in the shadows, and improved speeds in autofocus and frame rate,” reported acclaimed nature photographer and Canon Explorer of Light George Lepp. “With the fabulous resolution of 4K video and the ability to make beautiful prints from a frame of that video as an added bonus, this camera sets a new mid-range standard for nature photography.”

In addition, Canon is also introducing two new L-series EF lenses – the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM  Standard Zoom Lens– offering fantastic edge-to-edge sharpness across the imaging plane, as well as improved durability and performance.







EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera Specifications :

  • New 30.4 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor for versatile shooting in nearly any light, with ISO range 100–32,000; expandable up to 50–102,400.
  • 4K Motion JPEG video (DCI cinema-type 4096 x 2160) at 30p or 24p; in-camera still frame grab* of 4K 8.8-Megapixel images; multiple video options include Full HD up to 60p, and HD up to 120p.
  • Superb Dual Pixel CMOS AF for responsive and smooth AF during video or Live View shooting; LCD monitor has full touch-screen interface, including selection of AF area.
  • Excellent performance — up to 7.0 fps** continuous shooting speed with high performance DIGIC 6+ Image Processor for improved speed and excellent image quality.
  • 61 AF points with expanded vertical coverage with 41 cross-points, and AF possible at all 61 AF points with many lens + extender combinations effective at f/8.
  • 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor helps provide precise exposure metering, helps detect flickering lights and allows for enhanced scene recognition and face detection capabilities.
  • Dual Pixel RAW***, in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer during JPEG shooting and Diffraction Correction technologies.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®1 and NFC2 connectivity provide easy sharing to compatible smart devices, select social media sites and the Canon Connect Station CS100 device.
  • Built-in GPS3 provides geotag information including auto time syncing with Universal Time Code (UTC) via satellites.


“I have owned every camera in the 5D line, so the new EOS 5D Mark IV feels like an old friend in my hands, only better” exclaimed renowned wedding photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Clay Blackmore. “It has everything a professional photographer needs to create outstanding, quality images every time. Between its ability with still images and video capture, it is the complete package and—in my opinion—the best wedding camera on the planet.”

“When working with macro beauty photography, I need fast and precise autofocus. With each breath of the subject I need to be able to check the exact placement of focus, whether on the tips of the eyelashes, the pupils or other detail of her face. The EOS 5D Mark IV  gave me exactly the speed and precision required to capture the detail and stunning color that is a signature of my beauty work,” remarked celebrated fashion and beauty photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Lindsay Adler. “I’m always looking for ways to create visuals that help me stand out from the competition.

Cinemagraphs, also known as ‘living images,’ allow me to combine still frames and video to create captivating images. Because of the EOS 5D Mark IV’s 4K and slow motion capabilities, I now have the ability to create high quality and visually compelling cinemagraphs without having to invest in an expensive cinema camera!”

The Next Generation of EOS 5D Cameras

In addition to the new Full Frame sensor, the new EOS 5D Mark IV includes a 61-point High-Density Reticular AF II system, similar to the one found in the flagship EOS-1D X Mark II, with all AF points selectable by the user (and up to 41 cross-type points depending on the lens in use). The AF system, improved over previous Canon 5D series models, includes expanded coverage across the frame that supports AF at maximum apertures up to f/8 with all 61 points for high-precision autofocus even when using EF super-telephoto lenses with an EF extender. Standard ISO range for the EOS 5D Mark IV is ISO 100-32,000 and is expandable to 50-102,400.

The EOS 5D Mark IV also introduces a new 150,000 pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with enhanced precision and performance compared to its predecessor, improving upon facial recognition and tracking as well as nature and sports scenes with fast-moving action. AF sensitivity in low light is EV-3 and EV-4 when in Live View mode. The EOS Scene Detection System can detect and compensate for flickering light sources that are often used in gymnasiums and swimming pools. When enabled, this anti-flicker system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and color especially during continuous burst shooting.

Following the groundbreaking video recording capabilities introduced in the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 5D Mark III, the EOS 5D Mark IV takes the next leap forward offering DCI 4K video recording.  Adding to the versatility of capturing 4K video, is Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This proven autofocus system allows for continuous focus tracking of subjects, and can be customized by the user for optimal performance. Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology not only enhances 4K video recording, but also helps create crisp focus for 4K Frame Grab extraction of 8.8 megapixel still JPEG images, all done in camera.

Mobile Connectivity

For the first time in an EOS 5D series DSLR camera, the EOS 5D Mark IV features built-in Wi-Fi®1 and Near-Field Communication (NFC)™ 1 providing for the easy transfer of images and MP4 movies to compatible mobile devices, as well remote shooting when using the Canon Camera Connect App2. The EOS 5D Mark IV also includes a built-in GPS3 receiver with compass for precise geo-tagged information of latitude, longitude, and elevation. This is especially valuable to wildlife photographers and photojournalists who need to track their locations, as well as providing sports and wedding photographers the ability to sync a multiple-camera setup with extreme accuracy and precision. The camera’s built-in GPS can also be used to sync the camera’s time to the atomic clock, an invaluable feature when multiple photographers are covering the same event.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR is currently scheduled to be available in early September 2016 for an estimated retail price of $3,499.00 for the body only††. It will also be sold as part of body-and-lens kits with the EF 24-70mm f/4L lens ($4,399.00, scheduled to be available early September) †† and the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens ($4599.00, scheduled to be available late October) ††.

For an exclusive, hands-on preview, the camera will be available at the customer support centers shown below.  Visitors can experience the camera firsthand while Canon technical experts demonstrate new product features, answer questions, and spotlight the benefits of Canon products and service.

Canon Customer Care Center, Melville, NY –
Monday, August 29, 11am - 2pm
https://www.regonline.com/CLLLI16_August29

Canon Experience Center, Costa Mesa, CA –
Tuesday, August 30, 7pm - 9pm
https://www.regonline.com/CEC16_August30

Canon Professional Service & Support Center, Itasca, IL –
Friday, September 2, 11am - 2pm
https://www.regonline.com/ItascaSeptember2016

New Canon EF Lenses and EOS Accessories

In addition to the new EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR, Canon is also introducing two EF-Series L-series lenses as well as a variety of EOS accessories. The new EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens features a large diameter GMO dual surface aspherical lens and ground aspherical lens, f/2.8 aperture throughout the entire zoom range, fluorine coating, improved durability and is dust and water resistant.

The new EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Standard Zoom lens features an improved four-stop image stabilization as well as ghosting and flare reduction with air sphere coating.

The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens is scheduled to be available late in October for an estimated retail price of $2,199.00 and the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM  Standard Zoom Lens is scheduled to be available in late October for an estimated retail price of $1,099.00.

Additional EOS accessories include the Canon Battery Grip BG-E20, Canon Rain Cover ERC-E5S/E5M/E5L and Canon Protecting Cloth PC-E1.

For more information about all these products and accessories, please visit: https://www.usa.canon.com/5D4Legend

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Canon Patent Improves Image Quality At The Edges




Most photographers know getting an uniform, super sharp image throughout the entire photo is challenging. As we know, light waves travel in a straight line. That means the light landing on the edges of the sensor is at an angle. In theory, a slightly curved, concave sensor may solve that problem but it also presents its own set of challenges.

To solve this problem, Canon engineers have designed special convex micro lenses (these are lenses on top of the sensor) at the edges to better direct light on the photodiode. Unlike conventional microlenses, these new convex microlenses can bend the light rays coming in and direct them downward, decreasing the angle at which they hit the photodiode. The object is to reduce both vignetting and color fringing, and produce a higher quality image in the sensor. As with any patent, there is no way to know whether Canon will put the new technology into production.



Canon APS-C Mirrorless Camera Announcement In 2016



The EOS-5D Mark IV is Canon's most anticipated pro camera after the EOS-1D X Mark II because it promises a continuation of the highly successful EOS-5D line into a new decade. You can see the photos, expected specs plus the two EF lens that will be announced at the same time, in my earlier posts. 

Canon's announcements for 2016 is not over yet. There may be a new EOS-M camera coming before the end of the year. Perhaps just before the CES Show in Las Vegas on January 5, 2017. This will not be the full frame mirrorless model. Instead it will have the APS-C sensor. There will be a few new EF-M lens to go with the launch and I doubt the new camera will have 4K video.

Keep checking back for the latest info. I will update my readers as soon as I receive them.

Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan For $89 Per Year




Adobe is offering an instant savings of $29.96 for a one year subscription of their Creative Cloud Photography Plan. Use promo code CCPHOTOPLAN for the discount.

This promotion can be added on to existing Creative Cloud subscriptions. Read Adobe's Q&A section for more details.

  • Subscription to Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC
  • Tools to Organize, Edit, Enhance & Share
  • Constant and Automatic Feature Updates
  • Up-to-Date Camera Support
  • Extensive Library of How-To Videos
  • Cloud-Based Storage for Multiple Devices
  • Sync to Photoshop Mix & Lightroom Mobile
  • For Mac and Windows Operating Systems

For comparison, see all available Creative Cloud plans on Adobe's website.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Apple Plans To Launch Three New iPhones in 2017





Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 6 successor on September 7, 2016. It may be called the iPhone 7 or Apple may save that name for next year's planned big celebration launch. Apparently the new phone comes in two models, the smaller one will have a 4.7 inch screen and only one camera while the larger iPhone will have dual front and rear cameras. Both models may be equipped with Image Stabilization.

The upcoming Apple operating system, iOS 10 will have RAW image data. Apple is in for some serious competition from the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. It is available the last week of August.

2017 will be the 10th birthday of the first iPhone model. Apple is apparently planning to release 3 new phones. These new phones will boast a big redesign with state-of-the-art features. There will be a 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch model, respectively. In addition, there may be a premium 5.5-inch model with a curved screen on both sides. The screen on this new phone will most probably be OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode). All phones may have DSLR grade cameras with built-in Image Stabilization and the Home button may be eliminated altogether. Read my earlier post on how smartphone cameras compare with DSLR cameras.

Currently, Apple iPhones use LTPS (Low Temperature Poly-silicon Panel) screens. The new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 uses an OLED screen. Currently, Samsung is the only supplier of OLED phone screens and they may have trouble producing enough panels for both their own phones and the new Apple line coming next year.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Camera - $5,499


Canon EOS-1D X Mark II full frame DSLR camera


There is a highly-rated merchant on eBay selling the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera for $5,499 including free shipping. The list price is $5,999. As The Wildlife Ho-tographer, my readers know I have picked its predecessor, the EOS-1D X as the best, full frame DSLR for wildlife photography four years in a row. This new camera is taking over that title for me very soon.

I have taken this camera on a few global wildlife photo shoots, from the Amazon to the high Arctic, Alaska to Canada. You can read my comprehensive review of the camerasee my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

You will not find a link to this merchant because I do not accept any advertisement, commissioned link and tracking cookies on my Blog or website. I am completely unbiased in my recommendation and have no conflict of interest. You can find the listing easily by Googling it yourself. 

Canon XC15 Consumer Grade Camcorder Coming Soon




The Canon XC10 4K camcorder was announced in April 2015. Designed for the consumer market, the camera did not garner many favorable reviews. Now Canon is expecting to give it another try soon.

The new model will be called XC15 and may be announced at the same time with the C700 camcorder, ahead of the big IBC on September 1, 2016. The professional grade C700 may be equipped with a Super 35mm sensor capable of shooting videos exceeding 4K with dynamic range of about 15 stops. It will support anamorphic lens and the price will be quite high, perhaps in the $30,000 range.  

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Canon and Associated Press Collaborated at 2016 Olympics


Canon and Associated Press were well prepared to cover the 2016 Olympics in Rio. They spent a month before the Games to install almost 35 miles of cables, remote camera and robotic systems to photograph all the sporting events. The remote and robotic cameras are strategically located to cover all angles : above in the rafters, below in the water, and closeup at the side of the tracks.

Photographs collected from these systems and sports photographers are beamed to a team of sixteen photo editors. They process something like 3,500 photos a day and select a few for distribution.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Apple iPhone 7 May Have Camera Image Stabilization





Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 7 on September 7, 2016. Apparently the phone comes in two models, the smaller one will have a 4.7 inch screen and only one camera while the larger iPhone will have dual front and rear cameras. Both models will be equipped with Image Stabilization, apparently.

The upcoming Apple operating system, iOS 10 will have RAW image data. Read my earlier post on how smartphone cameras compare with DSLR cameras. Apple is in for some serious competition from the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. It is available the last week of August.

Updated Specs - Canon EOS-5D Mark IV Camera


Canon EOS-5D Mark IV camera front view

Canon EOS-5D Mark IV camera rear view
The EOS-5D Mark IV is Canon's most anticipated pro camera after the EOS-1D X Mark II because it promises a continuation of the highly successful EOS-5D line into a new decade. Canon is trying to keep the Mark IV's list price as close to the Mark III ($3,499) as possible but the appreciation of the Yen is making it very difficult for them. The EOS-5D Mark IV will be announced on August 25, in time for the Photokina Show in Cologne, Germany on September 20.

Below are the latest specs I have on the upcoming camera. I place a 80+% chance the sensor and processor will be 30.4MP and DIGIC 6+. Keep checking back. I am trying to confirm the specs below and add additional ones as the announcement date approaches.


Latest camera specs for the Canon EOS-5D Mark IV :
  • New 30.4 MP sensor
  • DIGIC 6+ processor
  • Burst rate - 7 fps
  • Shutter rated for 150,000 actuation 
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • 61 point AF (same as EOS-1D X Mark II)
  • 100% viewfinder
  • Magnification : 0.71
  • 150,000-pixel RGB + IR  sensor
  • EOS iSA and EOS iTR system
  • Anti-flicker
  • -3 EV (-4 EV in Live Veiw)
  • ISO 100-102400 (expanded to 204800)
  • Built-in Wifi, GPS and NFC
  • FTP - FTPS wirelessly and also in camera
  • 3.2 inch, 1.62 million dot, touchscreen LCD
  • LCD tone adjustment (warm/standard/cool1/cool2)
  • Dust and weather sealed
  • One SDXC UHS-II and One CF Type II memory slot
  • USB 3.0, HDMI terminal and microphone
  • 24/30 fps @ 4K
  • 60 fps @ 1080p
  • 120 fps @ 720p
  • 4 : 2 : 2
  • 8bit 500mbps MJPEG
  • 8MP still frame grab from 4K video
  • Time-lapse movie
  • Electronic level, 2 axis
  • Mirror Vibration Control System (MVCS)
  • Built in interval and value timer
  • New Battery Grip - BG-E20 (about $130)
  • Battery - LP-E6N
  • Rated for 900 shots per charge
  • EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II offered as a kit with camera  
  • Size : 116.4mm X 150.7mm 75.9mm
  • Weight : 890g (1.96lbs)
  • Announcement date - August 25, 2016
  • List price - $3,499 U.S. / € 4,300 Europe / $4,299 Canada
  • Ship date - mid September

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II Lens Photos Leaked


Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II lens

The replacement to two of my favorite Canon short zoom lens will be announced next week. The EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II. In addition, the long awaited, EOS-5D Mark IV will also be introduced. This camera is in effect a little brother to the flag ship EOS-1D X Mark II.


EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
  • Lens construction : 11 group 16 sheets (two UD lens, three aspherical lens)
  • Coating : SWC, ASC, fluorine coating
  • Aperture number of blades : 9 sheets (circular aperture)
  • Minimum focusing distance : 0.28m
  • Maximum magnification : 0.25 times (35mm), 0.12 times (16mm)
  • Filter diameter : 82mm
  • Maximum diameter x length : 88.5mm x 127.5 mm
  • Weight : 790g
  • Lens Hood : EW-88D
  • Ring type USM
  • Full-time manual focus
  • Full weather sealing
  • List price : $2,199 in the U.S.
  • Ship date : mid October

EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM

  • Lens construction : 12 group 17 sheets (4 aspherical lens)
  • Coating : ASC, fluorine coating
  • Aperture number of blades : 10 sheets (circular aperture)
  • Minimum focusing distance : 0.45m
  • Maximum magnification : 0.24 times
  • Filter diameter : 77mm
  • Maximum diameter x length : 83.5mm x 118 mm
  • Weight : about 795g
  • Lens Hood : EW-83M
  • 4 stop Image Stabilization
  • Ring type USM
  • Full-time manual focus
  • Full weather sealing
  • List price : $1,099 in the U.S.
  • Ship date : mid September

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud Useful Shortcuts


Many photographers use some derivative of Adobe's Photoshop software to post process their digital photos. The products many include the Creative Cloud suite, stand alone Photoshop, Lightroom, Elements, etc.

Below are some handy shortcuts for Photoshop CC. Adobe has announced their latest Photoshop CC version in early August. Take a look at my earlier post for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom shorcuts as well.




1. Precise Brushing Mode – Caps Lock
2. Add a Clipping Mask – Alt/Opt + G
3. Fill and Preserve Transparency – Shift + Alt/Opt + Backspace/Delete
4. Camera RAW Switching Panels – Cmd/Ctrl + Alt/Opt + 1.9
5. Create Filled Layer Mask – Alt/Opt + Click
6. Copy from Multiple Layers – Shift+Cmd+C
7. Load Channel as a Selection – Cmd/Ctrl + Alt/Opt + Shift + 2.5
8. Hide/Show Layer(s) – Cmd/Ctrl + ,
9. Cycle through Brushes – (<) or (>)
10. Open Adjustment w/ Previous Settings – Add Alt/Opt to Adjustment Hotkey
11. Last Filter w/ Dialog Box to Adjust – Cmd/Ctrl + Alt/Opt + F
12. Choose Different Layer Styles – Cmd/Ctrl + 0.9
13. Drag in and Center image – Hold Shift Key
14. Create New Layer Behind – Cmd/Ctrl + Click
15. Load Path as a Selection – Cmd/Ctrl + Enter/Return
16. Find Free Transform Handles – Cmd+T and then Cmd+0
17. Bird’s Eye View – Hold “H” and drag
18. Flip Tool Usage – Alt/Opt
19. Show/Hide Marching Ants – Cmd/Ctrl + H
20. Align Text Left, Center, Right – Cmd.Shift.L/C/R
21. Show/Hide Guides – Cmd/Ctrl + ;
22. Show/Hide Rulers – Cmd/Ctrl + R
23. Temporarily Disable Snapping – Ctrl key
24. Hotkey Select “Deep” Tools in Toolbar – Shift + Hotkey
25. Panel Control in UI – Tab & Shift + Tab
26. Nudge Points on Curves Line – Arrow Keys & Ctrl/Tab to go to next point
27. Cycle Through Tools in Toolbar – Alt/Opt + Click Icons
28. Navigate Document – Mouse Wheel + Cmd/Ctrl & Mouse Wheel
29. Mouse Wheel to Zoom – Cmd/Ctrl + Alt/Opt + Mouse Wheel
30. Select Layer Contents in Layers Panel – Cmd/Ctrl + Click w/ Move Tool
31. Duplicate and Nudge Graphic – Alt/Opt + Arrow (add shift to nudge 10px)

Canon EOS-5D Mark IV Camera Photo and Specs Leaked


Canon EOS-5D Mark IV camera front view


Canon EOS-5D Mark IV camera rear view


* * *  Canon announces the EOS-5D Mark IV camera  * * *


The EOS-5D Mark IV is Canon's most anticipated pro camera after the EOS-1D X Mark II because it promises a continuation of the highly successful EOS-5D line into a new decade. Canon is trying to keep the Mark IV's list price as close to the Mark III ($3,499) as possible but the appreciation of the Yen is making it very difficult for them. The EOS-5D Mark IV will be announced on August 25, in time for the Photokina Show in Cologne, Germany on September 20.

Below are the latest specs I have on the upcoming camera. I place a 80+% chance the sensor and processor will be 30.4MP and DIGIC 7. Keep checking back. I am trying to confirm the specs below and add additional ones as the announcement date approaches.


Latest camera specs for the Canon EOS-5D Mark IV :
  • New 30.4 MP sensor
  • DIGIC 7 processor (Possible Dual DIGIC 6)
  • Burst rate - 7 fps
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • 61 point AF (same as EOS-1D X Mark II)
  • 150,000-pixel RGB + IR  sensor
  • Anti-flicker
  • ISO 100-102400 (expanded to 204800)
  • Built-in Wifi, GPS and NFC
  • Touchscreen LCD
  • Dust and weather sealed
  • One SDXC UHS-II and One CF Type II memory slot
  • USB 3.0 and HDMI terminal
  • 24/30 fps @ 4K
  • 60 fps @ 1080p
  • 120 fps @ 720p
  • 4 : 2 : 2
  • 8bit 500mbps MJPEG
  • 8MP still frame grab from 4K video
  • Time-lapse movie
  • New Battery Grip - BG-E20 (about $130)
  • New Battery - LP-E20
  • EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II offered as a kit with camera  
  • Size : 116.4mm X 150.7mm 75.9mm
  • Weight : 890g (1.96lbs)
  • Announcement date - August 25, 2016
  • List price - $3,299 to $3,499 U.S. / € 3,799 Europe / $4,299 Canada
  • Ship date - mid September

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Canon EOS-7D Mark II vs EOS-80D Camera Comparison




My readers know the Canon EOS-7D and now the Mark II has been my favorite APS-C cameras for wildlife photography for quite a few years, when I want that extra reach. The EOS-7D Mark II won the EISA award two years ago and now the EOS-80D won the same award for 2016.

For sports and wildlife photography, one can hardly go wrong with the EOS-7D Mark II, especially when paired with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II zoom lens. For those who want an all round camera and don't need the burst rate and AF sophistication of the Mark II, the EOS-80D is an excellent choice. You can read my real world review on the EOS-7D Mark II, see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com. Below is a video from DigitalRev comparing the tow cameras.

The big differences between the EOS-7D Mark II and EOS-80D are the following :

  • Dual vs. Single DIGIC 6 processor
  • 65 vs. 45 cross-type AF points
  • None vs. Touchscreen AF in Live View
  • 10 vs. 7 fps burst rate
  • 1090 JPEG, 31 RAW vs. 110 JPEG, 25 RAW  
  • 200,000 vs. 100,000 cycle shutter rating
  • 960 vs. 670 shots rated on LP-E6N battery
  • Dual (CF + SD) vs. Single (SD) card slot
  • USB 3.0 vs. USB 2.0
  • Built-in GPS + Compass vs. None


Recap of Canon Camera and Lens Announcements Next Week




In June, I reported on what announcements to expect from Canon for the rest of the year. Below is a recap of upcoming products. Most, if not all, will be announced next week, in time for Photokina 2016. There is still a chance for a new mirrorless camera and a couple of Powershots to come after Photokina. Keep checking back for the latest information.

EOS cameras and EF lens announcement next week

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS-80D Cameras Win EISA Awards


Canon has been awarded four honors from EISA for 2016. My readers know I have picked the Canon EOS-1D X as the best camera for sports and wildlife photography four years in a row. The Mark II model is proving to be a worthy successor to the original camera and you can read my real world review here, see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

United Kingdom, 15 August 2016 – Canon today announces it has been honoured with four product awards from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). The EOS 80D has been named the ‘European DSLR Camera 2016-2017’, while the EOS-1D X Mark II took the title of ‘European Professional DSLR Camera 2016-2017’ and the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM and the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 received awards for ‘European Professional DSLR Lens 2016-2017’ and ‘European Photo Printer 2016-2017’ respectively. With recognition for products that span both capture and print, the wins in 2016 reflect the outstanding, market-leading quality of Canon products across the imaging eco-system.

Voted for by panels of editors representing nearly 50 prominent magazines from across 20 European countries, the EISA Awards celebrate products which combine the most advanced technology, distinctive design and desirable features, with genuine value for end users. Each of the winning products has been enthusiastically received since launch, and the EISA award recognition is further testament to their outstanding quality and performance.

“At Canon, we understand photography doesn’t end with the press of a shutter, and are consistently striving to produce high-quality products that help novices and professionals alike to get the best from their photographs,” said Steve Marshall, Product Marketing Director, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon Europe. “Be it capture, print, store or share, every element matters, and we’re committed to ensuring Canon quality comes through at every step. Each of the awards we’ve received demonstrate our dedication and commitment to creating pioneering products and once again we’re extremely proud to have been recognised by the esteemed EISA panel.”




The Canon EOS-80D is more than just another SLR. Canon has brought a camera to the market that incorporates many innovative functions for photo and video. The key feature is Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF which enables fast focussing during live view and video, which is also supported by the new Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 which works together with the new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM kit lens. The AF is also greatly improved and now sports 45 cross-type sensors, while the high resolution vari-angle LCD allows touchscreen operation. Last but not least, the EOS 80D has class leading image quality.

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is the fastest DSLR ever, making it the best tool for the professional sports photographer. It can take 14 images per second of moving subjects, an impressive achievement that’s particularly useful for action photography. Compared to the previous model Canon has increased the still image quality significantly, and improved the autofocus particularly when using lenses with extenders. The video function is also much more advanced with high quality 4K recording and fast autofocus in live view mode. All the improvements together with the rugged body make the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II an even better all-round camera than its predecessor.

The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM gives exciting performance: it is the best 35mm lens on the market. Image sharpness is unbelievably high, both at the centre and at the edges, even at f/1.4. Canon uses key technologies as Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) to increase light transmission, reducing both flare and ghost images. In addition a Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) lens, made of organic material, enables very efficient correction of axial chromatic aberration that’s impossible to correct by software. The 9-bladed aperture diaphragm creates very attractive bokeh and a seal on the mount protects the camera from dust and moisture.

Canon’s imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 is a dedicated A2 photo printer that uses pigment inks for the best possible print quality, including great light fastness [the resistance to colours fading] and print longevity. With a maximum print resolution of 2400x1200dpi, it uses 12 ink cartridges including separate matte black and photo black to prevent wastage of ink, money and time. It supports printing from a wide range of devices, with connection options including Hi Speed USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Pictbridge and Ethernet. The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000’s external design is reminiscent of Canon lenses.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Canon Patent - EF 28-560mm f/2.8-5.6L IS Super Zoom Lens




Egami has uncovered a Canon patent for a super zoom lens, the EF 28-560mm f/2.8-5.6. I have reported earlier about Canon's plan on releasing the EF 200-600mm lens some time in 2017. This new glass will be a nice addition or replacement to the current EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS super zoom, which is one of my favorite glass for wildlife photography. If Canon does decided to release this lens, it will be rather large and heavy because the current EF 28-300mm glass already weighs almost 3.7 pounds. You can see my equipment bag and see my works on MichaelDanielHo.com

In July, I reported Canon filed a 'crazy' patent for a EF 40-800mm f/4.5-5.6 lens. A patent is just that, a claim on some intellectual property. It is a long way from being a prototype, let alone a marketable product.

Patent Publication No. 2016-142795

  • Published 2016.8.8
  • Filing date 2015.1.30


Example 1

  • Zoom ratio 18.86
  • Focal length 28.80 119.57 543.20
  • F-number 2.88 4.56 5.88
  • Half angle of view (degrees) 36.91 10.26 2.28
  • Image height 21.64 21.64 21.64
  • The total lens length 281.07 331.07 385.01
  • BF 53.05 61.31 40.00
  • The effective diameter of the front lens 120.00

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Top Ten Camera and Lens on Loan by Canon Professional Services at Olympics 2016




Last week, I reported Canon Professional Services was gearing up to support pro sports photographers at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Now Canon has released a list of the most requested camera and lens equipment they are loaning out at the Games. I have used and own many of the gear on the list and have taken them on worldwide wildlife photo shoots. You can read my reviews on them below.

My readers know I am The Wildlife Ho-tographer. Through the decades, I have used almost all of Canon film and digital cameras plus their entire line of EF lens. You can read my camera and lens recommendation, view my equipment bag and see my works on MichaelDanielHo.com


Most requested camera and lens from sports photographers :

  • EOS-1D X Mark II - Loaned 285 Times
  • EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X - Loaned 231 Times
  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM - Loaned 211 Times
  • EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM - Loaned 131 Times
  • EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM - Loaned 130 Times
  • EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM - Loaned 126 Times
  • EOS-1D X - Loaned 123 Times
  • EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM - Loaned 105 Times
  • EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM - Loaned 84 Times
  • EOS-1D X Mark II VIP and EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM - Both Loaned 77 Times