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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Canon Announced New Line Of PIXMA Wireless All-In-One Printers




MELVILLE, N.Y., August 22, 2017 – Packing even more features in a small package, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today five new PIXMA TS-series Wireless Inkjet All-In-One (AIO) printers. The PIXMA TS9120, TS8120, TS6120, TS5120 and TS3120 Printers deliver a host of new features, while maintaining the sleek, compact body and versatile print, copy and scan functionalities of their predecessors. Each new model is equipped with a high-quality ink system, Bluetooth®2 connectivity for wireless printing and scanning, and the new, interactive Message in Print app3, soon to be available for users of compatible iOS devices in the fall of 2017. These new models are the ideal tools for tech gadget lovers, creative crafters and image makers to print and scan their creations in the most beautiful fashion.

“At Canon U.S.A. we are continuously striving to provide the highest quality and experience for our customers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Expanding on our previous PIXMA models, this new series will help make photos and at-home projects even more memorable with an advanced color ink system and the new Message in Print app.”

The new line of printers preserves popular features from the previous series of PIXMA TS All-in-One printers, including but not limited to cloud printing capabilities through a compatible smartphone or tablet device using Canon PIXMA Cloud Link5 and high-resolution scanning and support for a variety of paper sizes and types. The TS9120 and TS8120, like previous flagship models, provide easy-to-use super-sized 5-inch and 4.3-inch LCD touch panel screen to allow users to simply select copy, scan or print, as well as two-way paper feeding and an auto-duplex printing option.

New improvements to the PIXMA TS-series Wireless Inkjet All-in-One printers include : 

Bluetooth connectivity, allowing users of compatible mobile devices to print and scan wirelessly from the new printers with ease using the Canon Print App; improving the overall user experience.
The Message in Print App for compatible iOS devices, offering a new level of personalization when sharing photos – Simply embed a code onto a customized photo through the app, print and send The app allows embedded messages to appear on the screen of the recipient’s device when holding it over the printed photo received. Messages can range from videos or photos with animation and background music and may include text, dates, location information and URLs. The result combines a physical photo with an enhanced digital component such as music or video and ultimately, makes sharing memories that much more memorable.

Attractive new colors are available throughout the lineup that will further enhance the room’s interior. The PIXMA TS9120 is available in a sleek gray, gold or red. The PIXMA TS8120 is available in black, white or red. The PIXMA TS6120 and PIXMA TS5120 are available in black or white and the PIXMA TS3120 is \\$79.99 MSRP and available in white.

The TS9120 and TS8120 also feature upgrades such as : 

  • Six-way premium color system with a new Photo Blue ink to reduce graininess that can be found in bright colored prints from blues to whites, to deliver beautiful, high quality photos.
  • Direct print allows users to print photos directly from a compatible SD card or digital camera without a computer.

Disc label printing allows users to print directly to BD/DVD/CD labels.

The PIXMA TS9120 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer is $199.99 MSRP and the PIXMA TS8120 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer is $179.99 MSRP.The PIXMA TS6120 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer is $149.99 MSRP,the PIXMA TS5120 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer is $99.99 MSRP and the PIXMA TS3120 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer is $79.99 MSRP and available in white. 

Canon Powershot G1X Mark III Camera Coming Soon



The Canon Powershot G1X Mark III camera is expected to be announced soon, together with the EOS-M100 mirrorless camera, three Tilt-Shift 'L' Macro lenses and the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Canon DSLR Camera Announcement For 2018 and Beyond


Canon EOS-1D X Mark II full frame camera with EF 35mm f/1.4L II lens


As reported earlier, Canon is expected to announce three new Tilt-Shift 'L' Macro and the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS lenses in the next few weeks. In addition, the consumer grade EOS-M100 mirrorless camera will also be released.

Heading into 2018 and beyond, The EOS-80D and EOS-7D Mark II's replacement, the Mark III will certainly be announced, together with the EOS-5Ds and EOS-5Ds R successor. Canon will almost certainly do away with the two different models and consolidate it into the EOS-5Ds Mark II camera.

I believe all the replacement cameras above will come with 4K video. In addition, Canon will beta test new EOS-1 bodies next year. The EOS-1D X Mark II is not scheduled to be replaced until 2019 or early 2020 but Canon has so many exciting technology they have to field test, including 100+MP sensors and Curved Sensors.

Finally, the professional full frame, mirrorless body with EF mount will be Canon's answer to the Sony A7 and A9 cameras that have been dominating the full frame mirrorless market for too long. I expect this high end mirrorless model will be announced some time in late 2018 or early 2019.

2018 and beyond are exciting years for Japan and Canon. The Soccer World Cup is in 2018 followed by the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea. Then the Rugby World Cup and Summer Olympic Games will be held in Japan in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Canon usually makes a splash in these big world athletic events by introducing new gear for pro photographers.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. Apple iPhone 8. Who Will Take The Lead?


Samsung Galaxy Note 8 smartphone

The battle of the Titans will begin very soon, starting with the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on August 23, 2017. The Apple iPhone 8 will be announced some time in Q4, 2017.

Who will take the Lead?

With the debacle of the Galaxy Note 7 in the rear view mirror, Samsung is determined to reverse its fortune with the Galaxy Note 8. With this impressive phone shipping in days, they will have a few month's lead ahead of Apple.

The Apple iPhone 8's announcement may be delayed due to challenges around its 3-D sensing technology, difficulties with embedding the fingerprint reader on the front of the phone and shortage of OLED screens but still in time for the all important Christmas holidays. In the meantime, Apple is relying on the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus to keep customers from switching to Samsung.

Samsung is salivating about converting some of the current Apple iPhone 7 users to their new phone. Some observers say with the advent of ever smarter phones and their built-in cameras, they may even threaten the survival of point-n-shoot and DSLR cameras. Read my earlier post on this thought.


Samsung Note 8 Rumored Specs

  • 6.3in 3840x2160 Super AMOLED curved Infinity Display with 18.5:9 ratio
  • S Pen support
  • 162.5mmx74.6mmx8.5mm
  • Improved iris scanner
  • Screen embedded fingerprint scanner
  • Built-in 'Bixby' AI assistant
  • Samsung Exynos 8895 CPU (or Snapdragon 835 in the US), 6GB RAM
  • 12MP dual rear-facing camera, 8MP front-facing camera
  • USB-C connectivity, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • IP68 certification 
  • 64GB build-in storage, microSD expansion
  • 3,000mAh battery. 
  • Fast charging, wireless charging support
  • Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey and Deep Sea Blue color options. 
  • List price : Over $1,000


Apple iPhone 8 smartphone ?


Apple iPhone 8 Rumored Specs

  • Three new models including two minor "S" upgrades plus an all-new iPhone 8
  • Display : 4.7, 5.5 and 5.8in  2436x1125 Curved OLED 
  • Storage : 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB
  • CPU and RAM : A11 processor, 3-4GB RAM
  • Front Camera : 8MP
  • Rear Camera : 12MP dual-lens, dual-OIS, 4K video recording
  • Extras : Iris scanner, Wireless charging, Fingerprint reader, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Curved, edge-to-edge OLED display with True Tone technology and/or Ion-X glass
  • Virtual home button with integrated Touch ID
  • Touch ID alternative via iris scanning and/or facial recognition 
  • "Wireless" charging (inductive/magnetic charging, as with the Apple Watch)
  • Dual-lens camera, possibly in a vertical configuration
  • AR capabilities featuring rear-facing 3D laser for enhanced depth perception 
  • Support for the Apple Pencil
  • Stainless steel and glass body
  • Four or more colors including a reflective, mirror-like option
  • Upgraded storage and memory, possibly starting at 64GB and 3GB of RAM
  • Intel or Qualcomm modem
  • iOS 11 (preview)
  • Superfast charging via USB-C connection
  • Enhanced water resistance or waterproofing
  • Higher quality earpiece for louder, clearer audio
  • Apple's next-generation processor (the A10X or A11)
  • List price : around $1,000 to $1,200

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Canon Refurbished Store Celebrates World Photography Day With 10% Off Today Only


Reflections Of My Mind - World Photography Day


Today is World Photography Day. Canon USA has refurbished lenses and cameras on sale at their store with 10% off and free shipping. No coupon code is needed and this deal expires tonight at 11:59PM EST.

If you have not purchased refurbished equipment from Canon before, rest assured they are covered by a one year factory warranty and indistinguishable from new.

I have used all of these lenses below on my wildlife photo tours over the years. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Yours truly is Not endorsing the Canon Refurbished Store. You will not find a link to this merchant because I do not accept any ad or commissioned link on my blog or website from any company. You can easily find the offer with Google search yourself. I am completely unbiased in my recommendation and have no conflict of interest.

  • Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L - $1511
  • Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L - $539
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS - $791
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II - $1151
  • Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II - $1115
  • Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS - $431
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II - $1367
  • Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS - $395
  • Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS - $431
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L - $1043
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM - $79
  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II - $1439
  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 - $279
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II - $1583
  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS - $971
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro - $647
  • Canon EF 135mm f/2L - $719
  • Canon EF 2x III Teleconverter - $309

Friday, August 18, 2017

New Canon Patent : Variable Curved Image Sensor






Canon has patented a new curved image sensor design. What makes this design interesting and perhaps revolutionary is, the curvature of the sensor varies with the focal length.

Of course, this is a very early stage design concept and curved sensor is not new. Will have to wait and see if Canon can make any meaningful improvement in image quality out of this new patent.

Canon EOS-5D Mark IV, EOS-77D, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III Won EISA Awards




London, UK, 15 August 2017 – Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, is honoured to today announce it has been awarded three prestigious accolades from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). The EOS-5D Mark IV has been named ‘EISA Professional DSLR Camera 2017-2018’, the EOS 77D has been awarded ‘EISA Consumer DSLR Camera 2017-2018’ and the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM has been awarded ‘EISA Professional DSLR Lens 2017-2018’.

EISA Professional DSLR Camera 2017-2018 : Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

EISA Consumer DSLR Camera 2017-2018 : Canon EOS 77D

EISA Professional DSLR Lens 2017-2018 : Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

Voted by a panel of editors representing over 50 internationally-respected magazines from across 20 European countries, plus USA and Australia, EISA celebrates new products that combine the most advanced technology and desirable features with class-leading performance.

“Canon has a long-standing reputation within the industry for delivering high-quality products that enable users to tell the best story of their lives through unlocking their creative shooting potential with the support, reliability and consistency needed,” commented Lee Bonniface, Marketing Director, Consumer Imaging, Canon Europe. “Feedback on our products through award recognition such as EISA, is paramount as we strive to produce pioneering and class-leading solutions that enable photographers around the world to discover, capture and share their own unique stories through photography.”

In recognition of Canon’s award-winning products, the EISA judging panel commented with the following citations:

EISA Professional DSLR Camera 2017-2018 - Canon EOS-5D Mark IV

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is the tool of many professional photographers all over the world. Compared to its predecessor, Canon has increased the still image quality significantly with higher resolution and wider dynamic range, while the autofocus has become more sensitive. The video function is also much more advanced with quality 4K recording and fast autofocus in live view mode. The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV also features the innovative new Dual Pixel Raw feature, which allows sharpness and background blur to be fine-tuned later. All in all, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV will remain a class-leading camera for several years to come.

EISA Consumer DSLR Camera 2017-2018 - Canon EOS-77D

The Canon EOS 77D adopts many key features from the semi-professional EOS 80D. The 24.2 million pixel CMOS-sensor achieves a better dynamic range than its predecessor. A big advantage is that the Dual Pixel CMOS AF that enables a very fast and smooth autofocus during live view and video. Combined with STM or Nano USM lenses, the focus is very quiet. The viewfinder autofocus is also greatly improved, with 45 cross-type points. The new DIGIC 7 processor delivers enough power for fast continuous shooting (6 frames per second) and Full HD-video with high frame rates (1080/60p).

The top place LCD and the quick control dial allow fast operation. Other modern features are the articulated touchscreen and Wi-Fi, which is accompanied by Bluetooth for easy access.

EISA Professional DSLR Lens 2017-2018 : Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM -

The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM has been long awaited by many professional photographers and exceeds expectations. It’s better built than its predecessors and gives astounding sharpness over the entire image, even at its full opening of f/2.8. At 16mm it outperforms many ultra-wide-angle prime lenses. Distortion is low, while the anti-reflective coating very effectively reduces ghosting and flare. The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM is built for everyday professional use and delivers an image quality that will satisfy even the most demanding users.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tips & Tricks For Canon EOS-5D Mark IV Camera


Canon EOS-5D Mark IV camera with EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens


Canon announced the EOS-5D Mark IV camera on August 24, 2016. It won the TIPA award for the Best Full Frame DSLR camera earlier this year. Check out these tutorial videos on the features and functions of the camera. Below are tips and tricks on how to get the maximum functionality of this excellent camera.

Canon Log movies

Through a chargeable upgrade service, the EOS 5D Mark IV has the ability to shoot in Canon Log. This is a movie mode which allows wider dynamic range and an expanded exposure latitude. When mixing several cameras together in a multi-cam shoot it makes it easier to match them up. When shooting Canon Log you may find there is some noise or horizontal banding stripes. If these are present, then firstly make sure Peripheral Illumination Correction is disabled and then shoot the movie at a brighter exposure setting as the noise will be visible in shadow areas or with flat/dark scenes first. Dropping the ISO speed below 400 (the nominal Canon Log ISO speed setting) may decrease the noise, though the dynamic range captured will also be narrowed slightly.

Timelapse movies and IS

When shooting HD timelapse movies on the EOS 5D Mark IV, you may notice the Image Stabiliser, if fitted to your lens, does not appear to work. This is because in timelapse shooting the IS is disabled to avoid any shake of images which could be distracting in a timelapse sequence. Because of this, timelapse sequences are best shot on a tripod where the camera is stable and not going to move in between each frame. If you plan on shooting a timelapse and using IS would be beneficial, then switch out of the timelapse movie setting and simply record an interval sequence of still images using the interval timer.

Timelapse movies

Like several EOS cameras, the EOS 5D Mark IV features a timelapse movie shooting option to create timelapses directly in-camera without needing to stitch the images together afterwards. When you shoot a timelapse movie, you will notice that the resolution is FHD and it is recorded at either 29.97P (NTSC) or 25.00P (PAL). If you wish to record a timelapse at a higher resolution or with a different frame rate, then you should use the interval timer instead to capture still images that you can later combine on a computer. This will allow you to capture a timelapse at a much higher resolution, in RAW, or with a faster or slower frame rate as required.

HDR and Highlight Tone Priority

If you wish to shoot HD movies in HDR mode on the EOS 5D Mark IV but the option is not visible on the Quick Control screen in Live View then – assuming you have the right frame rate and CODEC selected – you should also check whether you have Highlight Tone Priority in the Red 3 camera menu. If that is enabled, it will prevent you shooting in HDR Movie mode. Turn Highlight Tone Priority off and the HDR option should then be available.

ISO Speed with HDR movies

Shooting HDR movies in Full HD on the EOS 5D Mark IV will help you avoid blown highlights in high contrast situations. When selecting the HDR mode, you may find you are unable to select an ISO speed lower than ISO 400. If this is the case and you’d like to set a lower ISO, then you will need to switch out of Tv mode to M or Av mode.

HDR movie shooting

If you’re shooting movies in HD on the EOS 5D Mark IV, you can capture them in HDR mode for expanded dynamic range to help avoid blowing out highlights. To set HDR movie shooting, the camera must be set to either FHD 29.97P IPB or FHD 25.00 IPB. If you have the camera set to ALL-I or 4K recording, then the HDR options will not be possible.

Custom Quick Control

On the EOS 5D Mark IV, the touch screen makes it very quick to change settings. If you want to speed it up further, you can modify the options that are displayed on the quick screen to just the settings you wish to select. In the Yellow 3 menu, select the Custom Quick Menu option and then you can add or remove the options, size and position so they are exactly where you would like them to be. If you want to create a clear canvas to build on, then before adding items, select ‘Clear all items”’ first.

LCD brightness

The EOS 5D Mark IV features the ability to have either an auto monitor brightness or a manual brightness. While in many situations it is preferable to manually set the LCD brightness and then adjust it to suit the conditions, sometime auto brightness works well. If you are looking at an image on the screen and the brightness seems to go up and down while looking, check where you right thumb is sitting – to the lower left of the Quick Control Dial (large dial on the back of the camera) there is a small, round light sensor. If you are covering this with your thumb, or any part of your hand, the brightness will change as you move your hand around. Either keep the sensor clear, or switch to a manual LCD brightness setting to stop this happen.

Diffraction Correction

As part of the lens correction options, the EOS 5D Mark IV features a Diffraction Correction option to remove any diffraction caused by the lens while shooting. This setting works well and helps ensure you achieve the best possible results from your lens. Under some shooting conditions though, there may be increased noise shown in the image, especially in the shadow areas. If this happens, either reduce the ISO speed where possible, or disable Diffraction Correction and instead apply it using the Canon Digital Photo Professional software on your computer.

Select and erase

If you want to quickly erase a large number of images from your memory card, you can use the select and erase option. In the Blue-1 menu, choose Erase images and then Select and erase images. Now you can move through the images on your memory card and use the SET button to give them a check mark. Pressing the erase button will then delete those images that you have check marked.

Moving files from one card to another

If you are moving (Image Copy) files from one memory card to another, you should check the size of your files. For still images you will face no issues, but if you are moving movie files, especially 4K clips, they may be larger than 4GB in size. The card you are using in the camera will have been formatted to exFAT so files can be bigger than 4GB, but if the card you are copying to is formatted as FAT32, you will be unable to copy those large files across. By formatting the card you wish to copy to in the camera, you will convert it to exFAT and then be able to copy files freely from card to card.

In-camera movie editing

After shooting movies on the EOS 5D Mark IV, you can simply edit the movie clips to trim the beginning and end of the clip and so save space on your memory card. If you find that the camera is not allowing you to edit the movie clip, check your battery level – when the battery is low, movie editing will not be possible until you switch to a fresh battery.

Free up card space

If you are running out of memory card space and need to free some up to continue shooting, you can use the protect image feature to make this easier. Instead of deleting images one by one, instead go through and Protect the images you wish to keep. Once the images are protected, you can use the Erase All images (NOT Format) to delete those images not protected. To make this process even faster, in the Yellow-3 menu tab, set the RATE button function option to ‘Protect’. Instead of having to go to the menu to protect each image, you will now be able to do it directly with the RATE button while viewing the image in playback.

Zoom review

When reviewing images in playback mode on the EOS 5D Mark IV, you can select various methods of magnification. One popular one is to zoom to ‘Actual Size’ (from selected point) which shows you a 100 percent view at your active focus point. This is a very quick way to check critical sharpness. If you set this and then zoom in, but find the camera is zooming to the centre of the image, check which AF setting you are using – in :-)+tracking or FlexiZone – Single the camera will always zoom to the middle of the frame rather than the active AF point. It is also worth checking whether you have Distortion Correction enabled as this will also cause the camera to zoom to the middle of the image.

Bulb and touch shutter

When shooting a Bulb exposure, it is advisable to use a remote release where possible. However, the touch shutter feature of the EOS 5D Mark IV makes an alternative option that is not as likely to introduce vibrations because it only requires a touch, rather than a press. To use this with Bulb mode, simply enable touch shutter, then touch the screen to begin the exposure. Touching the screen a second time will end the exposure.

Touch Shutter

With a touch screen, the EOS 5D Mark IV offers a touch shutter feature – touch the screen to focus on your subject and then automatically trigger the shutter. If you are using a tripod this can be very convenient. However, if you are shooting a moving subject and hoping to capture a burst sequence, you will find it only takes one image. This is because when using the touch shutter, the camera will only shoot in single shooting mode, regardless of the drive mode setting. To capture a burst, use the shutter button as you would in normal shooting.

AF points and Zones in Live View

When shooting in Live View on the EOS 5D Mark IV, there are a variety of aspect ratio options available for your final image. The aspect ratio you select will affect the number of AF points and zones available. In 3:2, 4:3 and 16:9 there will be 63 AF points and 9 Zones. However, if you switch to 1:1 to create a square, you will have 49 AF points and 9 Zones. If you wish to keep access to the maximum number of AF points, then use any ration other than 1:1 and then crop your image afterwards on the computer.

Face Detection AF in Live View

Face Detection AF makes it easier to find and follow a person moving around the frame. The camera will identify the face and then keep it in focus as your subject moves. If you find the camera is not detecting the face, ensure it is towards the middle of the frame – at the edge of the frame the camera may be unable to identify a face. By starting with the subject near the middle of the frame, the camera has the best chance of identifying the face and then tracking it out to the edge of the frame. Also, if the subject is very out of focus, you should manually focus closer to the required focus distance so the camera can identify the face more accurately.

Servo AF

The EOS 5D Mark IV, like most recent EOS cameras, features the ability to set the recording quality to RAW, M-RAW and S-RAW as well as a variety of JPEG options. If you plan to shoot in Servo AF (AI Servo) to track moving subjects, then no matter which RAW setting you use (RAW, M-RAW or S-RAW) your images will be recorded in full RAW. If you have AI Servo enabled, you will be unable to set M-RAW or S-RAW. To use either of the smaller RAW file options, select One Shot focus instead.

Exposure Simulation

Shooting in Live View on many EOS cameras allows you to see what the image will look like before you press the shutter button. This is very useful for situations where the camera is on a tripod, for example when shooting landscapes. If you are looking at the Live View screen and the Exp.SIM icon and the histogram are in grey, then you are not seeing the true brightness setting. This is because you are either shooting in BULB mode or with flash, or you have set Multi Shot Noise Reduction or HDR mode. In these cases, the image displayed will be at the ‘average’ brightness. In these situations you will need to rely on the exposure scale to help judge your exposure.

Live View histogram

When shooting in Live View, the live histogram is one of the most useful features, especially when shooting landscapes. It allows you to see, in real time, the exposure of the image with your current settings. To access it, press “INFO” repeatedly until it appears on the Live View display. If it doesn’t come up, then you’ll need to check the camera menu – the Live Histogram can only be displayed when “Exposure Simulation” is set to “Enable”.

Digital Lens Optimizer

The EOS 5D Mark IV features several lens correction technologies built-in to the camera to maximise the performance of your lens. These include Digital Lens Optimizer (DLO), Chromatic Aberration correction and Diffraction correction. When DLO is set to enable, you may notice that Chromatic Aberration correction and Diffraction Correction are no longer displayed in the menu. This is because they are incorporated into DLO and they will both be set to enable as soon as DLO is turned on.

Digital Lens Optimizer data

If you purchase a newly released Canon lens, you may find the lens correction data is not installed in your camera. This will be shown in the menu as “Correction data not available”. If this is the case and you would like to use Digital Lens Optimizer DATA (DLO), then data for new lenses can be added to the camera using the EOS Utility software supplied on the CD in the box. You may also find an error message saying “invalid correction data for Digital Lens Optimizer”. Again, use EOS Utility to add the correction data to your camera.

Dual Pixel RAW and DLO

The EOS 5D Mark IV features two useful image technologies – Dual Pixel RAW to give you post-shooting control of (among other things) the maximum area of sharpness and Digital Lens Optimizer to maximise the performance of your lens by correcting for lens distortion and sharpness. If you switch on DLO and then switch on DP RAW you’ll find that DLO will not function and the setting will have been turned to ‘disable’ automatically. Before shooting, you should decide whether DLO or DP RAW is going to be of most use given the subject you are shooting. If you wish to use both, then shoot with DP RAW and then use the Canon DPP software to apply DLO to the image.

Dual Pixel RAW and image noise

Dual Pixel RAW in the EOS 5D Mark IV allows you to adjust the exact point of maximum sharpness on the computer after shooting. When shooting with Dual Pixel RAW enabled, you may find there is a little more image noise than in normal shooting. If you want the cleanest possible image, with minimal noise, make sure you disable Dual Pixel RAW shooting.

Dual Pixel RAW and shooting speed

The EOS 5D Mark IV features Dual Pixel RAW technology that allows advanced post-processing of the image to adjust the point of maximum sharpness. When shooting in Dual Pixel RAW using the viewfinder to shoot, you will find that the frame rate will drop from the normal 7fps. This is because of the additional data and processing required in the camera that takes longer to complete. If you need to achieve the fastest frame rate, make sure Dual Pixel RAW is switched off.

Dual Pixel RAW

The EOS 5D Mark IV features a new technology called Dual Pixel RAW shooting. This allows you to microadjust the point of maximum resolution and sharpness when processing the file with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software. If you have mRAW or sRAW set, you will find that you cannot activate the Dual Pixel RAW setting in the menu. This is because Dual Pixel RAW is only available when shooting full RAW images. Switch your resolution to RAW and you will then be able to activate the Dual Pixel RAW.

Maximum shooting speed

The EOS 5D Mark IV can use both LP-E6 and LP-E6N batteries. Both will power the camera. However, if you wish to achieve the fastest frame rate possible, you should use an LP-E6N as this will allow the 7fps shooting speed. With the LP-E6 battery, the speed will drop to approximately 5fps.

Timelapse Movies and battery life

When shooting a timelapse, it is likely the camera will be active for a long period of time, and as such battery life becomes important. In normal shooting conditions, with a shooting interval set to 1sec, the EOS 5D Mark IV with a fully charged LP-E6N battery should last around 3h50mins. For timelapses lasting longer than this, either a battery grip with two batteries (double time) or a mains adaptor should be used. At lower temperatures, the shooting time will reduce.

Timelapse Movie frame rates

The EOS 5D Mark IV features a timelapse movie function where still images captured at fixed intervals can be automatically stitched into a movie file. When shooting a timelapse movie, they will be recorded in the ALL-I CODEC at Full HD resolution, at either 29.97 or 25fps. To change the frame rate between these two options, you need to adjust the Video System setting between PAL and NTSC depending on which frame rate you require. If you want to create a movie with a different frame rate, you will need to shoot a standard timelapse of stills and compile the movie yourself on a computer.

Auto ISO

The EOS 5D Mark IV allows you to set the ISO to Auto, while the shutter speed and aperture are set manually. This allows you to keep the particular shutter speed and aperture you require while allowing the ISO to adjust to achieve the correct exposure. In this setting, exposure compensation can also be used to adjust the standard metered exposure. If you find the exposure compensation seems to have no effect, this is likely because you are using flash. With flash, even if exposure compensation is set, it will have no effect.

Bulb and Auto ISO

When shooting with the EOS 5D Mark IV, the camera can be set to Auto ISO so the ISO speed adjusts rather than the shutter speed or aperture to achieve the correct exposure. If you are shooting in Bulb mode and have Auto ISO set, the ISO speed selected by the camera will be ISO 400. If you wish to use a different ISO speed, then you should select it manually.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Canon EOS-M100 Mirrorless Camera Will Replace EOS-M10




As reported earlier, Canon will announce the replacement to the mirrorless EOS-M10 camera very soon. The new camera will be called the EOS M100 and comes in nine different colors, including black, white and red. It will also be sold with various kits.

The photography world does not need another also-ran mirrorless camera. Canon needs to announce their high end, full frame mirrorless camera with EF mount without further delay. Both Canon and Nikon have been working on their respectively beta cameras and must announce them soon in order not to give Sony too much of a lead in the high end, full frame mirrorless camera space.

EOS-M100 Available kits :

  • Body only
  • EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit
  • Double zoom kit confirmed
  • Other kits are available depending on the country of sale

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS Lens Preliminary Specs


Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS lens

As reported earlier, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS lens is coming very soon. The specs below is what I have for now. Keep checking back for the latest info as I get them.

New Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS Specs :

  • 4 stop image stabilization
  • Flourine coating on front and rear
  • Subwavelength and Air Sphere Coatings
  • 1 moulded aspherical element
  • 9 aperture blades
  • Inner focusing, ring USM, high speed CPU, advanced AF algorithms
  • Minimum focusing distance : 85cm, 2.78 feet
  • Filter size : 77mm
  • Size : 105.4mm x 88.6mm, 4.15 x 3.48 inch
  • Weight : 950g, 33.5 oz

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III Lens for $1749




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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Canon EOS-6D Mark II Camera Review and HD Videos


Canon EOS-6D Mark II camera with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II lens


Canon announced the EOS-6D Mark II camera on June 29, 2017. It is in stock at most camera stores now. The original EOS-6D was intended as entry level full frame camera for those who cannot affordable the higher end models. The Mark II is no different except it has a few more bells and whistles. 

Key EOS-6D Mark II camera specifications

  • New 26MP CMOS full-frame sensor with Dual Pixel AF
  • 1080/60p video capture with in-lens + digital stabilization
  • 45-point all-cross-type AF system
  • Dual Pixel AF for both stills and video capture
  • ISO 100-40,000 (expandable to 102,400)
  • 6.5 fps continuous shooting (4.5 fps in Live View)
  • 3" fully articulating touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi w/NFC and Bluetooth
  • Built-in GPS

Those who expect too much from it will be disappointed. Those who are realistic and want a good value performer will be pleasantly surprised. DPReview did an extensive review of the EOS-6D Mark II and came up with a balanced view of the camera and I am in agreement with their findings.
Click here to read the full article.

Below is an excerpt from Canon Digital Learning Center on why the EOS-6D Mark II can be very helpful in taking HD videos, like in a wedding or family get together.


The new full-frame Canon EOS 6D Mark II is really a great platform for single-person video operation — whether video is a big part of what you do, or something you’d like to add to your still-image shooting.  Many of the virtues this camera delivers to the still-image shooter are equally appealing for recording HD video, as we’ll discuss in a few moments.

As we get into the EOS 6D Mark II and its particular video features, keep the following points in mind :

This camera records Full HD video (1080p, or 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution).  The only 4K capability is an option to generate in-camera Time Lapse Movies, which it can render as 4K files.
Full HD and HD (720p) video is recorded using the entire horizontal width of the full-frame sensor.  While 16:9 aspect ratio for Full HD or HD defines that some of the top and bottom of the traditional 3:2 sensor be cropped, you do get the full width of the full-frame sensor.

Exposure modes available for video recording are full manual exposure (M on the Mode Dial), or totally automatic Program exposure if the dial is set anywhere else.  Unlike some higher-end EOS models, there is no true Shutter or Aperture Priority operation during video recording.

The Full-frame Sensor

Full-frame is a great platform for DSLR video, especially since it completely opens the door to wide-angle and ultra wide-angle lens options.  As mentioned above, when recording Full HD and HD video, you lose nothing from the full horizontal width of the full-frame image sensor.  This means that lenses like a 16–35mm, a 14mm f/2.8L II, or the incredible EF 11-24mm f/4L lens, deliver the same ultra-wide character for video that they do for stills.  

And, it means excellent low-light sensitivity, with less digital noise at higher ISO settings.  EOS 6D Mark II is a very effective camera for available-light shooting.  Parenthetically, the standard range of ISOs for video recording runs from 100 thru 25,600.

Autofocus — Dual Pixel CMOS AF

This feature alone is arguably enough to make this a spectacular choice for single-operator video recording.  Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology has taken what has been the single biggest obstacle to good video recording, and transformed it into a profound strength.

AF speed deliberately slows down when switching from Live View (still images) to video recording, to give AF with smooth transitions as focus is racked from near to far.  In other words, AF is specifically tuned to the common demands of video.

Movie Servo AF (in red shooting menu, when camera is in video mode) allows continuous AF, including ability to follow-focus on moving subjects, and provides user adjustment for two important things :

Movie Servo AF speed (how quickly camera will shift focus as subject distances change)
Tracking Sensitivity (when there’s a sudden change in what camera is following, will it immediately try to re-focus on obstacle or new subject, or alternatively wait and try to hold focus on original subject?).  Turning Movie Servo AF off in the menu returns the camera to One-Shot AF operation, for locking focus on stationary subjects.

Face Detect AF, which sounds like an amateur-based feature, actually is superb for many video situations where recording human subjects — from interviews and reality-type recording to sports and action.  Combined with the responsiveness of Dual Pixel CMOS AF, you’ll likely see far less focus “drift” if and when subjects move slightly, compared to earlier AF systems.

AF Method allows users to adjust the area used for focus, again in the red shooting menu :
Face Detect + Tracking AF allows focus over 80% of the horizontal & vertical dimensions of the frame
Smooth Zone AF uses a smaller area, but still takes up a good chunk of the finder, and it can be freely moved with the touchscreen LCD monitor
Live 1-point AF gives a single, precise “box” that can be moved around most of the screen area, with the touchscreen interface
Touchscreen AF: 
A huge EOS 6D Mark II feature for video.  Simply touch the screen to change where the camera focuses (even during live recording), and likewise tap the Q-icon onscreen, and make changes to multiple camera settings on the Quick Control Menu — again, all via touching the screen.  It’s quick and silent.

The EF 24–105mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM Lens

Canon’s stepping-motor (STM) lens technology provides a focus drive that’s especially suited to the needs of video.  While several EF-S lenses (exclusively for cameras with the smaller, APS-C size image sensors) are now available with STM focus technology, the EF 24–105mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM is a lens for full-frame cameras which delivers similar benefits.  The focus is superbly smooth and responsive, without the jittery response some other lenses may deliver.  It combines beautifully with the camera’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, and is worthy of consideration as a “normal” zoom lens if you plan on recording lots of video, and don’t need extremely wide apertures for shooting in very low light levels.

Movie Digital IS

Few things are as distracting to viewers than shaky video, but many shooters want or even need to hand-hold their camera.  Built-in Movie Digital IS provides an added measure of stabilization, and is especially effective when walking, jogging, or working from a moving vehicle to follow a subject.  It combines with any optical Image Stabilization in Canon EF lenses to really make a difference in steadiness.  Since this is digital stabilization, the video imagery is slightly cropped when Movie Digital IS is active, but the LCD monitor continues to show you an accurate view of what your finished video will include.

Vari-angle LCD Monitor

Another huge asset for single-person video recording.  The monitor doesn’t just tilt.  Instead, it swivels and rotates, making it easy to find the right position to clearly view your scene — especially at high and low angles.  And, if you ever want or need to record vertical video, you’ll find this LCD monitor works well there, too.  And remember: this is a touchscreen monitor, with outstanding shooting control during video by simply touching the screen.  It even works for menu selections.

Full HD at up to 60 fps

Full HD remains the most popular video size for online content, and the 6D Mark II provides the option to shoot it at up to 60p (59.94 fps), which gives a very smooth rendering of any subject or even camera movement in a scene.  At Full HD (1080p), users also have a choice of 30p (29.97 fps) and 24p (23.98 actual fps), as well as 50.00 and 25.00 fps if the video operation has been set for the PAL system, commonly used overseas.  

Video can also be recorded at 720p, or “HD” resolution.  Both 1080p and 720p provide compression options of IPB (relatively compact file sizes) and IPB Light (extremely compact file sizes, less than half the size of a typical IPB file).

Two Specialized Video Settings

A pair of creative options broaden what the video shooter can achieve, using the EOS 6D Mark II camera :

HDR Movie 

Achieve High Dynamic Range video results, right in-camera, with no post-processing required.  The camera shoots a Full HD video, at 60 fps, recording every other frame with about 2 stops deliberate under-exposure (nothing for the user to set…this is all done when the Mode Dial is set to “SCN” position when recording video).  Then, the camera processes this recording into a finished file, with the darker frames minimizing highlight brightness.  The finished video is in Full HD size, at 30 frames per second.

Time Lapse Movie 

Create a time lapse video, again right in-camera.  There’s no need to stitch individual still images into a finished video, using computer software.  You define in the red shooting menu the interval between frames (anywhere from one second to nearly 100 hours!), and the number of total frames you want to capture.  The 6D Mark II displays both the time it’ll require to shoot this video at these settings, and how long a finished video will play for at normal playback speeds.

Especially noteworthy is the menu option for the Time Lapse Movie file to be rendered in 4K size, or Full HD.  To be 100% clear, this is the only instance where the EOS 6D Mark II can deliver a 4K-size video file; any video other than Time Lapse Movie cannot exceed 1920 x 1080 in pixel resolution.

Remote Control Options for Video

EOS 6D Mark II offers several possible options for video recording, where you may want or need to set the camera up on a tripod (or other stable platform), and remotely start and stop video recording. 

The available options are :

Remote triggering with the wired, N3-type Canon remote controllers 

Either the traditional wired remote control RC-80N3, or the Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3, can plug into the camera’s remote control socket, and be used to start and stop video recording.  One important caveat for this — you must go into the red shooting menu, with the camera set for video, and change the default shutter button operation for video to enable video start/stop at the shutter button.  With that set, the remote control socket can now start and stop video recording.

Infrared remote control, with the super-compact Canon RC-6 remote controller 

This tiny optional remote controller, when set to its 2-second delay setting, can instantly start and stop video recording.  The only disadvantage is that it needs to be positioned more or less in front of the camera to have its signals hit the camera’s IR sensor, on the front of the body.  Be aware that for technical reasons, if using this or any previous compact Canon infrared remote controller, the 6D Mark II’s built-in Bluetooth must be turned OFF.

The Bluetooth Canon BL-E1 remote controller 

Leveraging the EOS 6D Mark II’s built-in Wi-Fi® technology, this Bluetooth-enabled, optional accessory allows the camera to be remotely fired from distances up to about 50 feet (15m), and from any direction, not just facing the front of the camera.  Like the infrared remotes, the BL-E1 can control the camera from distances up to about 16.5 feet away (roughly 5m).

Wi-Fi operation, using your smartphone or tablet 

On compatible iOS and Android devices, install the free Canon Camera Connect app, pair it with the EOS 6D Mark II, and use your smartphone or other device as a wireless remote controller for video.  The beauty of this is that it works up to about 50 feet (15m) from the camera, and if you already own a compatible phone or tablet, there’s no additional cost — the Canon Camera Connect app for iOS and Android is free.

A Few Final Points

The EOS 6D Mark II continues to bring tremendous value to Canon customers, and its new video features underscore that.  It offers great “bang for the buck” to both still image and video shooters, largely because of its full-frame image quality, and the features and performance included with it. For video users, this will be a very compelling camera for single-operator video recording.

Summary

We repeat: The combination of full-frame image sensor, the wide-angle lens opportunities that opens up, the low-light performance, and the superb Dual Pixel CMOS AF, along with the fully articulated, touchscreen LCD monitor, creates a very potent multi-media tool for still and particularly video shooting.  The EOS 6D Mark II is a great entry into effective video recording with a full-frame camera, especially for single-person operators, who may need to take advantage of the camera’s relatively light weight, excellent responsiveness and focus performance, and Full HD video quality. 

Whether you’re primarily a stills or video user — or both — think about how the EOS 6D Mark II can expand your visual potential.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Canon EOS-6D Mark II Full Frame Camera Review


Canon EOS-6D Mark II camera with EF EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II lens


Canon announced the EOS-6D Mark II camera on June 29, 2017. It is in stock at most camera stores now. The original EOS-6D was intended as entry level full frame camera for those who cannot affordable the higher end models. The Mark II is no different except it has a few more bells and whistles. 

Key EOS-6D Mark II camera specifications

  • New 26MP CMOS full-frame sensor with Dual Pixel AF
  • 1080/60p video capture with in-lens + digital stabilization
  • 45-point all-cross-type AF system
  • Dual Pixel AF for both stills and video capture
  • ISO 100-40,000 (expandable to 102,400)
  • 6.5 fps continuous shooting (4.5 fps in Live View)
  • 3" fully articulating touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi w/NFC and Bluetooth
  • Built-in GPS

Those who expect too much from it will be disappointed. Those who are realistic and want a good value performer will be pleasantly surprised. DPReview did an extensive review of the EOS-6D Mark II and came up with a balanced view of the camera and I am in agreement with their findings.

Below is an excerpt from their review. Click here to read the full article.

"Canon is the world's largest camera manufacturer, and that hasn't happened by accident. Through careful research and, yes, some market segmentation, it's found a way to sell a lot of cameras that make a lot of people happy. The risk it's been running lately, though, is one of perceived stagnation; despite their continually impressive high-end offerings, many competing manufacturers are moving more quickly to bring to market products that some consumers may perceive as more 'exciting' in some form or other.

With all of that in mind, the EOS 6D Mark II is a classic Canon DSLR. Is it particularly exciting? No, but really, neither was the original 6D aside from its fairly accessible price point. What the 6D Mark II is, though, is a solid, well-built camera that is capable of producing great images while improving upon its predecessor in almost every measurable way."

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Three Canon's New Tilt-Shift Lenses Coming Soon


Canon will be announcing three new Tilt-Shift lens soon. In addition, we can expect the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS and a new, low end Mirrorless camera, the EOS-M100.

The three Tilt-Shift lens will replace the ancient TS-E 45mm f/2.8 and TS-E 90mm f/2.8 lenses. The 3 new lenses will be TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro, plus a Macro Twin Light MT-26EX. Release date is most probably mid to late August.

The test lenses are in beta test with selected photographers who have signed Non Disclosure Agreements (NDA) with Canon. Perhaps the photo below is one of those new lenses out in the wild. It clearly looks like a new Tilt-Shift 'L' lens. The lens hood appears to be a brand new design. Keep checking back for the latest development as I receive them.



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

CIPA June 2017 Sales Report - Slightly Better Than Last Year


CIPA published their Q2 2017 results for camera and lens shipments. Participating companies include Canon, Nikon, Sony, Sigma, Olympus, Casio, Panasonic Fujifilm, Ricoh, Tamron, Kenko, Tokina, Zeiss and Xacti.

As you can see, there is some improvements this year so far versus 2016 and Canon even forecasted an uptick in their 2017 profits. The industry is not out of the woods yet. Some smaller players may not survive but the bigger companies like Canon and Sony are on the mend.







National Geographic 'Earth Live' Used Canon ME20F-SH Camera To 'See In The Dark'






MELVILLE, N.Y., August 2, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to congratulate the team behind the National Geographic’s live television special “Earth Live”. The two-hour broadcast featured a live-production first, by using Canon’s ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera along with a variety of Canon lenses, including the CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 EF to show television viewers live images of illusive nocturnal wildlife from around the world at night, in color, without using artificial lighting. Hosted by award-winning actress Jane Lynch and award-winning television personality Phil Keoghan, the unprecedented two-hour event gave viewers an unfiltered, real-time broadcast feed to see Earth’s wildlife in various natural habitats with the use of 51 cameras shooting simultaneously in 25 different locations across six continents. The show premiered on National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo MUNDO on Sunday, July 9, and aired in 171 countries and 45 languages.

Working closely with National Geographic, executive producer Al Berman’s idea for “Earth Live” involved several locations that were in total darkness during the live production and those dark locations would either require lights that would disturb wildlife, or the use of infrared or thermal cameras, which didn’t suit Berman’s idea. It wasn’t until 2015 when Canon debuted the ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera that Berman saw the opportunity to broadcast undisturbed nocturnal wildlife in color. The announcement of this revolutionary four million ISO, full-frame sensor camera that can shoot full-color video in extreme low-light conditions, immediately caught the attention of Berman, who approached Canon U.S.A. with his idea. The Company’s technical support team worked closely with Berman and his crew to provide and test equipment to help bring this concept to life. 

Get Ready For 2017 Full Solar Eclipse Photography



From Canon Digital Learning Center :

North America will experience a wonderful astronomical event on August 21, 2017 - a total eclipse of the sun. This hasn’t happened in the United States in 38 years and is the first one to race across the entire country since 1918!

This will be the first total eclipse in North America in the digital photography era, and that means that everyone from novice to professional photographers will be able to photograph it.

We are embracing this rare phenomenon and will publish articles, photos and videos between now and August to give you the necessary photographic skills and background information to capture this eclipse.

Considering the path of totality and partial eclipse phases, almost a half billion people will have the opportunity to view at least a partial eclipse. Millions will undoubtedly travel to the narrow path of totality stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. It’s estimated that about 225 million people live within a day’s drive of the path of totality.

Areas north and south of the totality path will see a partial eclipse. The partial eclipse will be visible as far north as the Arctic, and to the south as far as Ecuador and Brazil.

You don’t need to be a seasoned pro. Anybody will be able to shoot this with the proper precautions but if you really want to do it up right, you’ll need to plan ahead.

Planning and Preparation

Planning is everything with a project such as this. Over the next few months, we’re going to guide you through the necessary steps and ideas to consider in order to photograph a total eclipse of the sun. We’ll cover which cameras and what lenses will be best for eclipse photography and show you what size sun disk the various focal length lenses can produce.

Please don’t think you’ll need an expensive camera to record this year’s solar eclipse. We’ll show you how to get the most out of your existing camera whether it be a PowerShot SX60 HS point-and-shoot model, or all the way up to the top pro DSLR, EOS-1D X Mark II.

If you’re considering purchasing a new camera or lens, the timing couldn’t be better. Canon’s camera/lens combinations will definitely be of interest to you.

The focal length of the lens is important if you want a large sun disk in your frame. For DSLR shooters, we’ll show you what all the big “white” longer focal length lenses will produce on each sensor size.

The most important consideration throughout this project is visual safety and that means using an accredited solar filter. Never look at the sun without an approved solar filter either in the form of solar viewer over your eyes or glasses or a solar filter placed on the front of your camera lens.

If you’re just photographing and not looking at the sun with your eyes, you’ll only need a solar filter for your camera lens. If you think you’ll be looking at the sun during the partial phases, then you will need a solar viewer with approved solar filtration for your eyes or to fit over your glasses. These are inexpensive and should be considered for children and other friends or family you might have on your solar party list.

During totality, you won’t need any solar filters for your eyes or camera lens. It will seem as though it is almost nighttime for about two and a half glorious minutes during one of the most beautiful natural scenes on earth.

Then we’ll consider the importance of “feeling” the experience. Capturing sun disks is only part of the experience. During the last stages of a partial eclipse and on through totality, a lot will be happening to the light, terrain and animals around you. You will be amazed at the effect the near darkness will have on everything.

Types of Solar Eclipses

There are three main types of solar eclipses: Partial, Annular and Total.

An eclipse of the sun happens when the moon passes between the sun and earth in perfect alignment, so as to block part or all of the sun from us on earth. Our position on the earth’s surface determines the amount of coverage of the sun. Actually, an eclipse happens during every moon cycle but the angle of the moon and sun places the eclipse in space and thus cannot be seen on the surface of the earth.

A partial eclipse occurs when the moon partially occults the sun. That may be a result of the viewer not being in the path of totality or there simply isn’t totality due to the shadow of totality going off the surface of earth into space.

An annular eclipse of the sun occurs when the moon passes exactly in front of the sun but the moon is farther away from the earth and doesn’t completely block out the sun. There is a thin “ring of fire” of the sun around the moon. You need an approved solar filter for the complete eclipse cycle since the sun’s disk is still visible and is never completely covered.

A total eclipse, like the one coming this August, occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun but is at the perfect distance from earth so the size of the moon is the same as the sun. Therefore, completely blocking the sun, leaving only the very faint corona around the sun visible. This is the rarest of all of the eclipses. What makes it especially rare to us in North America is that it usually happens over remote areas of earth or in the middle of an ocean. 90% of the 2016 total eclipse happened over the southern Pacific Ocean.

The fact that the August eclipse will completely track across the United States means that more people in North and Central America will be able to view this than just about any other eclipse in history. Additionally, since we will also be able to capture it digitally, this will be a really exciting opportunity.

Over these next few months, we’ll cover the technical aspects of exposure, consisting of optimum ISO, aperture, shutter speeds and various techniques. As well as adding a few ideas on location set-up and behind-the-scene preparation - you’ll have a complete tutorial on how to make this all happen.

If you have a question for Dave or Ken, click on this link (eclipseguys@gmail.com) and they will respond in an upcoming eclipse article.

This eclipse will prove to be the most photographed event of 2017, so get ready to join us in capturing this wonderful natural phenomenon.

It will be thrilling. It will be the greatest show on earth.

Canon Unveils New Binoculars Featuring Enhanced Image Stabilization Technologies



Canon 14 x 32 IS Binocular




MELVILLE, N.Y., August 2, 2017 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced three new additions to its portfolio of Canon Image Stabilized Binoculars with the 14×32 IS, 12×32 IS and 10×32 IS. While all current Canon binoculars are equipped with an image stabilization (IS) function, new to these binocular models is Lens Shift Image Stabilization Technology. The IS technology, found in Canon EF lenses, allows users to see an even sharper image by moving the IS lens to correct optical axis. This technology incorporates a vibration gyro mechanism that assists in canceling out the effects of user-shake or movement.

In addition, the new binoculars are the first Canon binoculars to feature Powered Image Stabilization, a feature frequently found in Canon digital cameras and camcorders. Even the slightest shake when using high- magnification binoculars could translate into a blurred or unstable image from the binocular. When a user utilizes the Powered IS user-shake and movement can be quickly corrected and image quality remains intact.

“Canon is very proud of its imaging heritage and ability to utilize technologies and solutions across a broad spectrum of products, including our line of Canon Image Stabilized Binoculars,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The technology implemented into these new models will enhance users’ experiences while offering the familiarity and quality they trust in Canon optics.”

Additional features include :

  • Microcomputer Control Technology
  • Improved Design and Comfortable Grip
  • Field Flattener Lens
  • Super Spectra Lens Coating
  • 6.6 ft. (2m) Minimum Focusing Distance

Pricing and Availability

Canon’s new 14×32 IS, 12×32 IS and 10×32 IS binocular models are scheduled to be available November 2017 for an estimated retail price of $1449.00, $1399.00 and $1349.00 respectively.* For more information, please visit :
https://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/binoculars/image_stabilizer

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Canon EOS-6D Mark II Camera Review and Upcoming High End, Full Frame Mirrorless Model


Mount Denali from Mile 9 inside Denali National Park, Alaska

I am back from my Alaskan Wildlife Photo Tour. It was a good trip but not great. I had to make it shorter this year because my traveling companions have limited time. 

On the bright side, I was able to see and photograph Mount Denali, albeit from a long distance. The Humpback whale action was fair in SE Alaska but the bear action is a bit better. You can follow my travels on Facebook , Twitter , see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com


Humpback whales bubble net feeding in Auke Bay, Alaska

Brown bear running on water in SE Alaska

Now I have to get back to the daily routine, process the photos and catch up on my blog again. Just a few quick notes on the photography news front while I was away. The TSA has issued new guidelines for travelers passing through airport security with their camera equipment.

Below is a good video review of the Canon EOS-6D Mark II camera. The results are rather predictable. Some good features accompanied by other mediocre performance. Frankly, that's to be expected from an entry level, full frame model that is a very good value in my opinion. In fact, the camera is selling so well to budding wedding, portrait and landscape photographers, Canon has announced a shortage of the EOS-6D Mark II camera kit with the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS lens until further notice. 

Even the EOS-1D X Mark II, which is my workhorse camera, is hardly perfect. I have received word the long expected high end Canon full frame mirrorless camera with EF mount should be announced by the end of 2018. Frankly, I think Canon should just get the camera out ASAP and move on to other projects. Mirrorless camera sales have picked up slightly for them recently but it is mostly the low end stuff and Canon does not need to announce another mirrorless camera but I'm afraid the public will be offered the EOS-M20 model soon anyway.