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Friday, February 24, 2017

When Is Canon's EOS-6D Mark II Camera Coming?


Tancho (Red Crowned Crane) in flight over Hokaiddo

I am in Japan on a Wildlife Photo Tour. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Canon's EOS-6D Mark II full frame camera is expected to be announced around NAB in April, 2017 or at the latest, in late Q2 or early Q3. Keep checking back for the latest news as I receive them.


Canon EOS-6D Mark II full frame DSLR camera


Possible specs for Canon EOS-6D Mark II camera
  • All new 28MP sensor
  • 45 AF points, all cross-type
  • Dual SD slots
  • Tilting LCD with touchscreen capabilities
  • Larger and more vivid viewfinder
  • Single DIGIC 7 processor
  • Burst rate, 6 fps
  • Some 4K video capability but not full 4K performance
  • WiFi, NFC & Bluetooth
  • Built-in GPS 
  • Suggested list price of $1,999 in the U.S.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Wildlife Photography - Japan Wildlife Photo Tour, Day 10


Red Crowned Cranes in courting ritual

Dueling Canines- Ezo Red Foxes

Let there be light - Japanese lantern under shimmering ice stalactites 

Happiness is snuggling up to Mom on a snowy day

Snow-capped Mount Fuji from Haneda Airport, Tokyo

Valley of the Yokoyu River, Central Japan

Tancho (Red Crowned Crane) in flight over Hokkaido

Stellar Sea Eagle, split second before clinching a fish in its talons

California Dreaming, on such a wintry day

I am in Japan on a travel and wildlife photography tour. Weather is rather good and currently finishing up in Central Japan photographing the Snow Monkeys. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

A quick note for my readers to keep you abreast. Sigma is announcing 4 new lenses for the upcoming CP+ Show in Yokohama, Japan. Keep checking back for the latest info. They are the following :

14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art – World’s first F1.8, ultra-wide, full-frame prime lens designed for high resolution cameras; ideal for shooting architecture, astrophotography, documentary and landscapes.

135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art – Formidable telephoto prime with high-speed aperture; ideal for shooting weddings, concerts, events and studio/location portraiture.

24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM OS Art – Fast, constant-aperture zoom workhorse upgraded to the exacting standards of the high performance Sigma Art series.

100-400mm F5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary – Highly versatile, lightweight and compact super zoom touting strong IQ and image stabilization.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cameras Used By World Press Photo Winners




The 2017 World Press Photo named its winners a few days ago. The camera winner is definitely Canon, in particular the EOS-5D Mark III. Canon cameras were used in 20 winning photos, compared to 10 photos for Nikon, the nearest competitor. Canon is the preferred brand in the world of photography, be it in sports, wildlife, landscape or the press.

It is not surprising the EOS-5D Mark III was used so often. I have picked it as the best value, full frame DSLR four years in a row. You can see how it compares to the Nikon D810 and the Canon EOS-5Ds cameras. But without a doubt, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is the best camera for sports and wildlife photography.

I will be traveling to Japan on a wildlife photo tour very soon. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Canon Announced EOS-1D X Mark II Camera Firmware Version 1.1.3


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


My readers know I have picked the Canon EOS-1D X as the best DSLR for wildlife photography four years in a row. Now with the EOS-1D X Mark II camera has taken over this coveted spot.

I have owned the Mark II for about a year now and has taken it on global photo shoots from the high Arctic to the Amazon jungles and Southern Ocean. Canon just came out with the latest firmware upgrade for this incredible camera.

Firmware Version 1.1.3 incorporates the following improvements to enhance functions :

  • Corrects a phenomenon in which the drive mode icon is not correctly displayed when using custom shooting modes (C1/C2/C3).
  • Changes the maximum number of "Release cycles" displayed from 1,000,000 cycles to 9,999,000 cycles. This value can be checked under the "Camera system information" menu.
  • Improves the reliability of communication via USB cable when using the Lens Data Registration function within EOS Utility 3 software.

Download the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Firmware Version 1.1.3 here

Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF vs Hybrid CMOS AF III

Canon announced the EOS-77D and Rebel T7i DSLRs and EOS-M6 mirrorless cameras today. They are come equipped with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. The video below explains why this is a significant improvement over the Hybrid CMOS AF III.









Canon Announced EF-S f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens



Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5/6 IS STM lens


MELVILLE, N.Y., February 14, 2017 – Developed and designed to meet the varying needs of entry-level and advanced amateur photographers, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new additions to the celebrated EOS system – the EOS Rebel T7i DSLR camera, which adds to the popular Rebel series of entry-level DSLR cameras, and the EOS 77D DLSR camera, which represents a new category of cameras for advanced amateur photographers.

Canon also introduced today the new EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens and Wireless Remote Control BR-E1, as well as added functionality for the Canon Connect Station CS100. “In what marks the 30th year since the introduction of the Canon EOS System, the announcement today of these two new DSLR cameras exhibits Canon’s commitment to providing our customers with the tools they need to grow their passion for capturing the best possible pictures of the moments in time that mean the most to them, or inspire them to one day shoot professionally,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A.

Focused on Innovation

The EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D both feature an optical viewfinder with a 45-point All Cross-type AF system* to help enable more precise focusing. In live view mode, both cameras utilize Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF to deliver the world’s fastest AF focusing speed of 0.03 seconds.1 This technical achievement allows users to find their subject, focus accurately, and capture the shot more quickly than ever before. Both models also have built-in Wi-Fi®2, NFC3 and Bluetooth®4 technology for easy transfer of images.

In addition to the focusing enhancements, common features of the EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D cameras include :

  • Optical Viewfinder with a 45-point All Cross-type AF System*
  • Fast and accurate Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection
  • 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor, ISO 100–25600
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®2, NFC3 and Bluetooth®4 technology
  • Vari-angle Touch Screen, 3.0-inch LCD
  • Movie Electronic IS
  • HDR Movie & Time-Lapse Movie
  • High-speed Continuous Shooting at up to 6.0 frames per second (fps)

Canon EOS Rebel T7i Camera

The EOS Rebel T7i is the first camera in the EOS Rebel series with a 45-point, all cross-type AF system* within the Optical Viewfinder. It is also the first in the series with Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection and the first with a DIGIC 7 Image Processor. Creative filters for both still images and video will allow users to customize the look and feel of their content in new and imaginative ways.

When designing the new EOS Rebel T7i, Canon took into consideration feedback from entry-level photographers who expressed interest in learning to go beyond the program mode of a DSLR camera. Users will now be able to see on-screen how switching modes on the mode dial or tweaking settings can alter the image they are about to capture, guiding photographers on their way to capturing more compelling images, such as ones with a shallower depth-of-field or being able to give moving-subjects a frozen or flowing look.

The Canon EOS Rebel T7i is scheduled to be available in April 2017 for an estimated retail price $749.99** for the body only, $899.99** with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens and $1,299.00** with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens respectively. For more information please visit, usa.canon.com/eosrebelt7i.

Canon EOS 77D Camera

For advanced amateur photographers looking to expand their knowledge and experience with DSLR cameras, Canon’s new EOS 77D is the ideal next step camera for them. The EOS 77D represents a new category of advanced amateur EOS cameras, a step above the Rebel series. Users of the EOS 77D DSLR camera will benefit from features like the 7650-pixel RBG+IR Metering Sensor, similar to the one found in the EOS 80D camera and Anti-Flicker shooting mode to help combat the on-and-off repetitive flickering from artificial lights found in high-school gyms or auditoriums. The EOS 77D also features a top LCD panel and quick control dial for photographers who desire quicker and easier access to changing and controlling settings on the camera.

The Canon EOS 77D is scheduled to be available in April 2017 for an estimated retail price $899.99** for the body only, $1,049.00** with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens and $1,499.00** with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens respectively. For more information please visit, usa.canon.com/eos77d.

EF-S Lens and Remote Accessory Utilizing Bluetooth® Technology

The new Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens is nearly 20 percent smaller than the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, without sacrificing image quality.

Features of the lens include :

  • Compact-size, Standard Zoom Lens with High Image Quality
  • Lead Screw-type STM
  • Image Stabilization at up to 45 Stops of Shake Correction
  • Stylish Design

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens is scheduled to be available in early April 2017 for an estimated retail price of $249.99**. For more information please visit, usa.canon.com/efs1855stm.

In addition, Canon is introducing it’s first-ever remote utilizing Bluetooth® technology3, the Wireless Remote Control BR-E1. This new remote allows photographers to capture images from within a 16-foot radius of the camera. This camera accessory is useful for photographers who are looking to capture images remotely in situations where there could be issues with signal reception or line-of-sight to the camera. The Canon Wireless Remote Control BR-E1 will be compatible with both the EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D cameras. The Canon BR-E1 is schedule to be available in April 2017 for an estimated retail price of $50.00**.

CS100 Firmware Update

Both the EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D cameras are compatible with the Canon Connect Station CS100 device, a go-to-photo and video hub that allows family and friends a way to quickly and easily store, manage view and share unforgettable memorable moment’s wirelessly6. Canon is also announcing today a firmware update to the Canon Connect Station CS100 device and mobile application.

The firmware update includes the following improvements :

  • Compatibility for select Canon and non-Canon cameras, with a wider range of supported file formats7
  • Support for video playback of computer-edited movies8
  • Improved smartphone connectivity and compatibility

For more information about the Canon Connect Station firmware update, please visit usa.canon.com/cs100mobile.

Canon Announced EOS-M6 Mirrorless Camera



Canon EOS-M6 mirrorless camera











MELVILLE, N.Y., February 14, 2017 – Designed with the advanced enthusiast photographer in mind, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the latest addition to its EOS M series – the Canon EOS M6 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera; and a high performance External Electronic View Finder – the EVF-DC2, with approximately 2.36 million dots.

For photographers who demand premium performance, the new EOS M6 Camera features the company’s 24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor able to capture sharp, high-resolution images even in low-light situations, its most advanced image processor, DIGIC 7, and super-fast Dual Pixel CMOS AF speed, enabling photographers to capture clear, sharp, high-resolution images and Full HD videos.

“The new Canon EOS M6 Camera and optional EVF-DC2 are ideal for expert and advanced amateur photographers looking for an easy, take-anywhere camera as well as a great choice for passionate image creators wanting to step-up to produce high-quality images and videos that are easily shareable,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “It is with great passion that Canon continues to deliver variety to image makers across all skill levels and professional needs.”

Advanced photographers will find everything they need at their fingertips, with intuitive DSLR-like dials and control, as well as access to the entire lineup of Canon EF, EF-S and EF-M interchangeable lenses1, all in a compact, camera body to take with them wherever they go.

Additional advanced EOS camera technologies built into the EOS M6 camera include :

  • Fast & Accurate Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection
  • 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor
  • High-speed Continuous Shooting at up to 7.0 frames per second (fps) (up to 9.0 fps with AF Lock)
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor, ISO 100–25600
  • Full HD 60p
  • Combination IS with five-axis Image Stabilization*
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®2, NFC3 and Bluetooth®4 technology
  • Intuitive Touch Screen, 3.0-inch Tilt-type LCD
  • Control & Customize with Five Functional Dials
  • Compatible with EF1, EF-S1 and EF-M Lenses & select EOS System Accessories

The Canon EOS M6 features an in-camera five-axis digital image stabilization to help reduce camera shake when shooting videos. When shooting with a compatible lens featuring IS the EOS M6 will leverage both the optical IS in the lens as well as the in-camera digital IS through a Combination IS system, to help deliver tremendously smooth videos.

Usability has been improved from the previous model with separate controls on top of the camera body for mode and exposure compensation plus the controller wheel on the back to cycle through menus and additional in-camera features professional photographers are used to accessing. The three-inch touch screen tilts approximately 180 degrees up and 45 degrees down for easy use when surfing the menus, composing an image, viewing images and videos or even taking a selfie.

The new Canon EOS M6 Camera is scheduled to be available in both black and silver models through authorized Canon dealers or through the Canon Online store at http://shop.usa.canon.com/ in April 2017, for an estimated retail price of $779.99 for the body only**. It will also be sold as part of body-and-lens kits with EF-M 15-45mm/F3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom kit lens with an estimated retail price of $899.99**, and with the EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for an estimated retail price of $1,279.99**, scheduled to be available April 2017. For more information please visit, usa.canon.com/eosm6.

Optional Electronic View Finder EVF-DC2

The optional Electronic View Finder EVF-DC2 is both smaller and lighter than the previous model and provides high-performance viewing with approximately 2.36 million dots. Connectivity is very important to today’s photographers and the EOS M6 delivers built-in Wi-Fi®, NFC and Bluetooth® capability that can maintain a smooth constant connection with compatible smartphones or tablets when using the Canon Camera Connect App2,3,4.

CS100 Firmware Update

The new EOS M6 is compatible with the Canon Connect Station CS100, a go-to-photo and video hub that allows family and friends a way to quickly and easily store, manage view and share unforgettable memorable moments wirelessly5. Canon is also announcing today a firmware update to the Canon Connect Station CS100 and mobile application.

The firmware update includes the following improvements :

  • Compatibility for select Canon and non-Canon cameras, with a wider range of supported file formats6
  • Support for video playback of computer-edited movies7
  • Improved smartphone connectivity and compatibility

For more information about the Canon Connect Station firmware update, please visit usa.canon.com/cs100mobile.
To learn more about the EOS M6 visit usa.canon.com/eosm6.

Canon Announced EOS-77D & Rebel T7i DSLR Cameras



Canon EOS-77D DSLR camera














MELVILLE, N.Y., February 14, 2017 – Developed and designed to meet the varying needs of entry-level and advanced amateur photographers, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new additions to the celebrated EOS system – the EOS Rebel T7i DSLR camera, which adds to the popular Rebel series of entry-level DSLR cameras, and the EOS 77D DLSR camera, which represents a new category of cameras for advanced amateur photographers. Sample photos from the T7i (EOS-800D) and EOS-77D are available from Canon.

Canon also introduced today the new EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens and Wireless Remote Control BR-E1, as well as added functionality for the Canon Connect Station CS100. “In what marks the 30th year since the introduction of the Canon EOS System, the announcement today of these two new DSLR cameras exhibits Canon’s commitment to providing our customers with the tools they need to grow their passion for capturing the best possible pictures of the moments in time that mean the most to them, or inspire them to one day shoot professionally,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A.

Focused on Innovation

The EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D both feature an optical viewfinder with a 45-point All Cross-type AF system* to help enable more precise focusing. In live view mode, both cameras utilize Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF to deliver the world’s fastest AF focusing speed of 0.03 seconds.1 This technical achievement allows users to find their subject, focus accurately, and capture the shot more quickly than ever before. Both models also have built-in Wi-Fi®2, NFC3 and Bluetooth®4 technology for easy transfer of images.

In addition to the focusing enhancements, common features of the EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D cameras include :

  • Optical Viewfinder with a 45-point All Cross-type AF System*
  • Fast and accurate Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection
  • 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor, ISO 100–25600
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®2, NFC3 and Bluetooth®4 technology
  • Vari-angle Touch Screen, 3.0-inch LCD
  • Movie Electronic IS
  • HDR Movie & Time-Lapse Movie
  • High-speed Continuous Shooting at up to 6.0 frames per second (fps)

Canon EOS Rebel T7i Camera

The EOS Rebel T7i is the first camera in the EOS Rebel series with a 45-point, all cross-type AF system* within the Optical Viewfinder. It is also the first in the series with Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection and the first with a DIGIC 7 Image Processor. Creative filters for both still images and video will allow users to customize the look and feel of their content in new and imaginative ways.

When designing the new EOS Rebel T7i, Canon took into consideration feedback from entry-level photographers who expressed interest in learning to go beyond the program mode of a DSLR camera. Users will now be able to see on-screen how switching modes on the mode dial or tweaking settings can alter the image they are about to capture, guiding photographers on their way to capturing more compelling images, such as ones with a shallower depth-of-field or being able to give moving-subjects a frozen or flowing look.

The Canon EOS Rebel T7i is scheduled to be available in April 2017 for an estimated retail price $749.99** for the body only, $899.99** with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens and $1,299.00** with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens respectively. For more information please visit, usa.canon.com/eosrebelt7i.

Canon EOS 77D Camera

For advanced amateur photographers looking to expand their knowledge and experience with DSLR cameras, Canon’s new EOS 77D is the ideal next step camera for them. The EOS 77D represents a new category of advanced amateur EOS cameras, a step above the Rebel series. Users of the EOS 77D DSLR camera will benefit from features like the 7650-pixel RBG+IR Metering Sensor, similar to the one found in the EOS 80D camera and Anti-Flicker shooting mode to help combat the on-and-off repetitive flickering from artificial lights found in high-school gyms or auditoriums. The EOS 77D also features a top LCD panel and quick control dial for photographers who desire quicker and easier access to changing and controlling settings on the camera.

The Canon EOS 77D is scheduled to be available in April 2017 for an estimated retail price $899.99** for the body only, $1,049.00** with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens and $1,499.00** with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens respectively. For more information please visit, usa.canon.com/eos77d.

EF-S Lens and Remote Accessory Utilizing Bluetooth® Technology

The new Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens is nearly 20 percent smaller than the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, without sacrificing image quality.

Features of the lens include:

  • Compact-size, Standard Zoom Lens with High Image Quality
  • Lead Screw-type STM
  • Image Stabilization at up to 45 Stops of Shake Correction
  • Stylish Design

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens is scheduled to be available in early April 2017 for an estimated retail price of $249.99**. For more information please visit, usa.canon.com/efs1855stm.
In addition, Canon is introducing it’s first-ever remote utilizing Bluetooth® technology3, the Wireless Remote Control BR-E1. This new remote allows photographers to capture images from within a 16-foot radius of the camera.

This camera accessory is useful for photographers who are looking to capture images remotely in situations where there could be issues with signal reception or line-of-sight to the camera. The Canon Wireless Remote Control BR-E1 will be compatible with both the EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D cameras. The Canon BR-E1 is schedule to be available in April 2017 for an estimated retail price of $50.00**.

CS100 Firmware Update

Both the EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D cameras are compatible with the Canon Connect Station CS100 device, a go-to-photo and video hub that allows family and friends a way to quickly and easily store, manage view and share unforgettable memorable moment’s wirelessly6. Canon is also announcing today a firmware update to the Canon Connect Station CS100 device and mobile application.

The firmware update includes the following improvements :

  • Compatibility for select Canon and non-Canon cameras, with a wider range of supported file formats7
  • Support for video playback of computer-edited movies8
  • Improved smartphone connectivity and compatibility

For more information about the Canon Connect Station firmware update, please visit usa.canon.com/cs100mobile.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Canon Will Be Announcing The Following Cameras & Lenses Tonight



As reported in my earlier posts, Canon will announce the following cameras, lenses and accessories tonight :

Canon EOS-M6 (Little brother of EOS-M5 without built-in EVF)

Canon EVF-DC2 (Electronic viewfinder for the EOS M6)

Canon EH30-CJ (Body protection for EOS M6 camera)

Canon EOS-77D
$899 Body Only, $1049 w/18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, $1499 w/18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Canon EOS Rebel T7i

Canon EF-S 18-55 f/4-5.6 IS STM (Entry level kit lens for Rebel T7i)

Canon BR-E1 (Bluetooth remote for the new cameras)

Monday, February 13, 2017

Sigma To Announce 14mm f/1.8 & 135mm f/1.8 Art Lens


Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG APO zoom lens

Sigma has been putting out rather good lenses for the last few years. In particular, their Art line of prime and short zoom glass are very good value for the money. Later this year, Sigma may be ready to announce two more Art prime lens - 14mm f/1.8 and 135mm f/1.8

They have also gotten into Cine High Speed zoom lens and Super Zoom lens as well. As my readers know, Sigma and Tamron are third party lens manufacturers. They 'reverse engineer' Canon and Nikon cameras and manufacture after market lens that fit these models. However, sometimes there can be minor hiccups as Canon and Nikon keep trying to outsmart the 'imitators'.

For those who want to save some money and perhaps get a lens that has different focal length from what Canon and Nikon offer, Sigma and Tamron may be a good alternative. For those into wildlife photography, there was a good deal on eBay for the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 lens.

Many Sigma lenses sold in Europe have gone up in price rather substantially at the beginning of 2017. This list shows the old and new dealer prices for some lenses. below is a recent interview with Mr. Kazuto Yamaki, CEO of Sigma.


Canon CarePAK PLUS Now Includes Data Recovery




From Canon USA : 

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is excited to announce the addition of Data Recovery to Canon CarePAK PLUS! The cost-effective and easy-to-use CarePAK PLUS accidental coverage plan provides up to four years of service and support from the date of purchase for Canon products including cameras, binoculars, camcorders, printers, and projectors.

Now, with every purchase of a CarePAK PLUS plan for cameras and camcorders that utilize a removable memory card, Data Recovery is also included – designed to retrieve irreplaceable images or videos otherwise lost or corrupted. And, as always, all CarePAK PLUS plans offer protection from accidental damage as well as additional hardware coverage for excessive wear and tear.

The addition of Data Recovery to CarePAK PLUS provides Canon customers with a unique coverage plan not available from other providers. With CarePAK PLUS, Canon customers also enjoy service performed by Canon factory technicians using only genuine Canon parts, which no other service plan can offer.

The additional value of Canon CarePAK PLUS provides peace of mind, so life can go right on being picture-perfect. You can find additional details about Canon CarePAK PLUS here.

CarePAK PLUS Benefits Include 

  • Protection from Accidental Damage
  • Additional Hardware Coverage
  • Data Recovery
  • Priority Service and Free Returns
  • Service & Support Directly from Canon
  • $0 Deductible
  • Transferable

Eligible Canon Products Include :

Nikon Announced Big Loss & Cancelled DL Line Of Cameras




Today Nikon posted a big loss and cancelled their much-delayed DL line of compact cameras announced back in February of 2016. When the DL series was first revealed, it was touted as the answer to Sony and Canon's premium point-and-shoots models like the RX100, RX10 series, and PowerShot G1X Mark II.

Nikon is hardly alone in their problems. As reported earlier, industry wide DSLR sales continue to slide. Some medium format manufacturers like Hasselblad are in turmoil. Only Canon seems to be in good shape and they even projected a profit increase recently.


Notice of Recognition of Extraordinary Loss from Nikon

This is to announce the recognition of extraordinary loss for the nine months ended December 31, 2016 (from April 1 to December 31, 2016), as below.

1. Recognition of Restructuring Expenses

As announced in “Notice of Restructuring” released on November 8, 2016, Nikon Group is currently under a fundamental company-wide restructuring to improve its corporate value as shifting from a strategy pursuing revenue growth to one pursuing profit enhancement.

In accordance with this restructuring, the Group recorded extraordinary loss of 29,790 million yen, mainly incurred from inventory write-downs/write-off in Semiconductor Lithography Business, as restructuring expenses for the nine months ended December 31, 2016.

 Also, restructuring expenses in Imaging Products Business and the expenses related to “Results of Solicitation for Voluntary Retirement,” which is released today, are expected to incur in the fourth quarter of this fiscal year.

As a result, the total amount of restructuring expenses for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017 will be approximately 53,000 million yen, which is 5,000 million yen increase from the previous estimate of approximately 48,000 million yen in “Notice of Restructuring” released on November 8, 2016.

2. Impact on Consolidated Financial Forecast

The impact of the recognition of restructuring expenses has been reflected in the consolidated financial forecast for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, as announced today in “Revision of the Financial Forecast for the Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2017”.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Prime vs Zoom Lens. Is Prime Always Better?


Happiness is getting a lift from Mom


My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been using Canon cameras and lenses for over 25 years. My most recent trips are to East Africa and Maui for wildlife photography shoots. While catching up on photography posts from the past few weeks, I came across this article from a self proclaimed 'optic nerd'. The gist of the article is prime lenses are better than zooms because :

  • A great zoom is not as good as a good prime at comparable apertures, but it’s plenty good, especially in the center of the image.
  • Zooms have more variation, and most copies of a given zoom will vary at different focal lengths.

After glancing over the article, I can't help noticing the words 'sharp' and 'sharpness' appearing rather often in the verbiage. Copious amount of charts and graphs are offered to support the conclusion. Personally, as a wildlife photographer, I am not that concerned with tack sharpness in my images. My first priority is capturing the images at the right moment, angle and in focus. Anything else can be dealt with later. 

Prime and zoom lenses are really two sides of the same coin, like cell phone cameras and DSLRs. I use all of them at different times to get my desired shots, depending on availability and feasibility. For me, the discussion about prime vs zoom has ended about a decade ago. There is no perfect lens or type of lens. All lenses have advantages and disadvantages. The high end zoom lens from Canon, like the EF 200-400mm f/4L USM Extender 1.4x , EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II , EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II are excellent zooms for my work. They provide a perfect compromise between flexibility and image quality. Of course, I use prime lenses as well, like the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II, EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II, EF 500mm f/4L IS II when the situation calls for them.     

You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Saturday, February 11, 2017

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


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


My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been using Canon cameras and lenses for over 25 years. One of my favorite all around EF lens is the new EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM. 

The Mark I version of this lens accompanies me on every wildlife photography shoot anywhere on this globe because of its versatility and ideal focal lengths for close up wildlife and travel shots. The Mark II version beats the original model in every sense. It has a 4 stop compensation and comes with the latest coatings, aspherical and Ultra low dispersion elements.

The lens is slightly longer and weighs about the same as the old one plus there is a lock button now to prevent the lens from extending itself when pointed downward.  Although not the sharpest model in Canon's lineup, it is an overall top performer for me. I have taken the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II recently to Africa and Maui for photo shoots and very pleased with its performance. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com


Canon EOS-77D Camera Image and Specs Leaked


Canon EOS-77D DSLR camera

As reported earlier, the Canon EOS-77D specs have been leaked and the camera will be announced very soon, together with the EOS-M6 mirrorless camera and the Rebel T7i model.


Canon EOS-77D Specifications :

  • 24.2 MP Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Processor
  • Dual pixel CMOS AF
  • 45 AF points
  • Burst rate of up to 6 frames / second
  • ISO range of 100-25600
  • 3 inch LCD touch panel with variable angle
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Size - 131.0 × 99.9 × 76.2 mm
  • Weight - 540 grams

Canon Presents Solar Eclipse Photography 2017




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.

Friday, February 10, 2017

CIPA Published 2016 Results and 2017 Outlook For Camera and Lens Sales




CIPA published their 2016 results and 2017 outlook for camera and lens shipments. Participating companies include Canon, Nikon, Sony, Sigma, Olympus, Casio, Panasonic Fujifilm, Ricoh, Tamron, Kenko, Tokina, Zeiss and Xacti.

  • Total shipments decline 31.7% year on year; interchangeable lens camera shipments as percent of total shipments grow to 48%
  • Shipments of interchangeable lens cameras contract 11.1% year on year
  • Shipments of interchangeable lenses shrink 11.4%
  • Total shipments (the cumulative total of shipments from January to December) of digital cameras in 2017 are projected to be 21.70 million units, a year-on-year decline of 10.3%.

Below is the detailed report :

2017 Outlook on the Shipment Forecast by Product-Type Concerning Cameras and Related Goods
The Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA, President: Hiroyuki Sasa) has announced the outlook on the shipment forecast by product-type concerning cameras and related goods for the 2017 term.

1. Track record of shipments 2016

Total shipments decline 31.7% year on year; interchangeable lens camera shipments as percent of total shipments grow to 48%

Total shipments of digital cameras in 2016 (the cumulative total of shipments from January to December) fell 31.7% year on year to 24.20 million units.

Since CIPA began compiling records in 1999, digital camera shipments recorded steady growth, surpassing 100 million units for the first time in 2007. However, shipments fell for the first time in 2009 due to the global recession. Although shipments returned to growth in 2010, they fell again in 2011 because of the serious impact on production from the Great East Japan Earthquake and flooding in Thailand. Since then, shipments have continued to decline, and experienced a year on year decrease of more than 30% in 2016.

The impact of the Kumamoto Earthquake in April, 2016 was not minor, causing the big factory of major digital camera parts to shut down its operation temporarily by the direct hit. However, shipments showed a remarkable recovery trend after the autumn when supply of the parts resumed. Based on this trend, 2017 is regarded as a promising year for the rebound of the industry, and for getting off a good start with keeping the pedal to the metal from the beginning of the year.

While the total shipments continued to fall, those of digital cameras with interchangeable lenses which are high-added-value and high-price products, are accounting for a greater and greater share of total shipments–––27% in 2013, 32% in 2014, 37% in 2015, and 48% in 2016, coming close to 50%. The industrial structure has changed.

Shipments of interchangeable lens cameras contract 11.1% year on year

Shipments of digital cameras with a built-in lens (so called compact digital cameras) declined 43.7% year on year to 12.60 million units.

Although shipments ended up being extremely weak, it cannot be stated definitely that the weak shipments reflected real ability when considering the influence of the Kumamoto Earthquake. We will hope for expansion, including new products of each company after this spring.

Shipments of digital cameras with interchangeable lenses fell 11.1% year on year to 11.60 million units. Shipments remained low, at about 70% of the previous year’s, immediately after the Kumamoto Earthquake, but they recovered by around 90% in autumn, reaching double-digit growth toward the end of the year, and total annual shipments also reached nearly 90% of the previous year’s.

Broken down by regions, shipments of digital cameras with built-in lenses to Japan contracted 31.6 % year on year, while shipments to regions outside of Japan fell 45.8%. As for shipments of digital cameras with interchangeable lenses, those to Japan shrank 21.2% year on year while those to regions outside of Japan declined 9.6%. Shipments of digital cameras with interchangeable lenses to regions outside of Japan are driving the recovery.

Digital cameras with built-in lenses have faced fierce competition with the smartphone. However, digital cameras with interchangeable lenses provide picture quality that is different from that of smartphones and demonstrate unrestricted expressiveness when combined with highly individualistic interchangeable lenses, and sales of these cameras remain firm.

On the other hand, with respect to smartphones, various statistics are published concerning the aspects that are different from those at the time when the smartphone made an incredible leap forward. We would like to keep a close eye on the trend of the product-type, whether it will be a favorable wind for digital cameras with a built-in lens, which produce images worthy of authentic cameras.

Models that propose fun that surpasses that by smartphones are being put into this product-type one after another, including 360-degree panorama or VR cameras, waterproof action cams, and cameras with high-magnification zoom lenses.

Shipments of interchangeable lenses shrink 11.4%

Digital cameras with interchangeable lenses are not only high-added-value products but also system products that demonstrate their full capabilities when used with interchangeable lenses.

Shipments of lenses for these cameras totaled 19.20 million units, a year-on-year decrease of 11.4%.
Although it was impossible to avoid a link with the sluggish production of digital cameras with interchangeable lenses, the paired body for those lenses, the previous trend, shipment volume about 1.6-1.7 times that of digital cameras with an interchangeable lens, has been maintained.

2. Outlook on shipments in 2017

Total shipments (the cumulative total of shipments from January to December) of digital cameras in 2017 are projected to be 21.70 million units, a year-on-year decline of 10.3%.

Broken down by product-type, shipments of digital cameras with built-in lenses are projected to be 10.50 million units (a year-on-year fall of 16.7%). Of those, shipments to Japan and those to regions outside of Japan are projected to be 1.80 million units (a year-on-year decrease of 18.2%) and 8.70 million units (a year-on-year decline of 15.5%), respectively. Shipments of digital cameras with an interchangeable lens are projected to be 11.20 million units (a year-on-year fall of 3.4%). Of those, shipments to Japan and those to regions outside of Japan are projected to be 1.20 million units (a year-on-year decline of 7.7%) and 10.00 million units (a year-on-year decrease of 2.9%), respectively.

Shipments of lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses are projected to fall 6.2% year on year to 18.00 million units. Of those, shipments to Japan and those to regions outside of Japan are projected to decline 8.0% year on year to 2.30 million units and 6.0% year on year to 15.70 million units, respectively.

In addition to the step-up demand from users who have come to enjoy taking photos because of smartphones and want digital cameras, expectation for another step-up demand from the existing users of digital cameras who replace with or buy better digital cameras will remain high. Therefore, it is expected that demand for digital cameras with interchangeable lenses will remain firm compared to that for digital cameras with built-in lenses.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Canon EOS Rebel T7i Camera Image and Specs Leaked



As reported earlier, the Canon Rebel T7i specs have been leaked and the camera will be announced very soon, together with the EOS-M6 mirrorless camera and the EOS-77D model.


Canon EOS Rebel T7i Camera Specifications

  • 24.2 MP Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 processor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Burst rate up to 6 frames / second
  • ISO range : 100 – 25600
  • Full HD Video, 5 axis electronic image stabilization
  • 3 inch Touch Panel Bali Angle Liquid Crystal Display
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 
  • Size : 131.0 × 99.9 × 76.2 mm
  • Weight : 532 g

Canon Awarded iF Design Awards For 23rd Consecutive Year



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


TOKYO, February 9, 2017 - Canon Inc. announced today that six Canon product designs were recognized by iF International Forum Design GmbH with prestigious 2017 iF Design Awards.




Established in 1953, the iF Design Awards are recognized internationally as one of the most prestigious awards within the field of design, with outstanding industrial designs chosen from all over the world each year. This year 5,575 entries from 59 countries and regions were judged by internationally active design experts across seven disciplines: product, packaging, communication, service design, architecture, interior architecture, and professional concept.

This year marks Canon's 23rd consecutive year of winning iF Design Awards. Encouraged by the recognition of the Company's design excellence, Canon will continue striving to realize products that combine the highest levels of performance and design.

iF Design Award Winners

  • EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR Camera
  • PowerShot G5 X Digital Compact Camera
  • imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 Large-format Inkjet Printer
  • 3rd generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE Multifunction Office Systems
  • i-SENSYS LBP350/LBP710 Series Laser Printers
  • XEED 4K500ST/4K501ST Projector

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Images and Specs of Canon EOS-M6 Mirrorless Camera and EVF


Humpback whale breaching in Maui, Hawaii

Still on my Humpback whale photo shoot in Maui. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Images of the soon to be announced Canon EOS-M6 mirrorless camera and EVF have been leaked. I am waiting for their full frame, mirrorless camera with EF mount to be announced before buying a mirrorless model. 



EOS-M6 mirrorless camera specs :

  • 24.2 MP Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Processor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology
  • 49 AF points
  • Burst rate - 7 frames / sec (AF fixed: - 9 frames / sec)
  • ISO 100 to 25600
  • Shutter speed 1/4000-30
  • Sync Speed 1/200 second
  • Full HD, HD, VGA video
  • 3.0 inch LCD tilt and touch panel
  • Size - 112.0 × 68.0 × 44.5 mm
  • Weight - 390 gram (0.86 lb)
  • SD / SDHC / SDXC card slot
  • Battery - LP-E17
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Comes in Black and Silver
  • Kit Lens – EF-M 15-45mm and EF-M 18-150mm
  • List price - 729 Pound Sterling in the UK

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Canon Cameras & Lenses Dominate at Super Bowl


Humpback whale breaching in front of Lanai, Hawaii

Still on my Humpback whale photo shoot in Maui. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Sounds like a broken record, but most professional and serious sports and wildlife photographers use Canon cameras and Super Telephoto lenses for their needs.


MELVILLE, N.Y., February 7, 2017 – On February 5th, top sports photographers from across the country gathered in Houston to cover the Big Game between the teams from New England and Atlanta. With an estimated 75 percent* of the photographers in the Houston stadium using Canon EOS DSLR cameras and EF lenses, Canon’s iconic white lenses filled the sidelines from the opening kickoff to the final whistle. In addition to the EOS DSLR cameras and EF lenses on the sidelines, Canon’s line of HD broadcast lenses were also used extensively to help deliver the game to more than 110 million television viewers.




“It’s an honor to see yet another major sporting event where the country’s most talented and acclaimed sports photographers captured exciting moments with Canon equipment. These images will be seen by millions of people around the world and will forever be etched in sports history. We understand there are many equipment options for professional photographers and Canon is honored to serve these professionals and provide assurances that both our products and support live up to the requirements and expectations of our devoted customers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

A full complement of friendly and knowledgeable staff from the Canon Professional Services (CPS) team, a fixture at major sporting events throughout the year, were on site at the stadium for most of the week leading up to game day providing comprehensive equipment maintenance, extensive equipment loans and expert technical support to the major photo agencies and individual professional (or media) photographers covering the game.

For veteran sports photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Damian Strohmeyer, this was his 30th time covering the big game as a professional, and he was well stocked with Canon cameras and lenses. “Leading up to the game, I always make sure to meet with the Canon Professional Services team to run through my settings and firmware, and ensure that my gear is as ready for the big game as the players are,” Strohmeyer said. “During the game, there’s so much action that you can’t be worried about how your equipment will perform. Depending on where the play is, I need to stay prepared for anything that may happen, with no time to switch lenses.

For this reason, I used three EOS-1D X Mark II cameras, equipped with EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, and EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lenses. After the game, I switched to an EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM wide angle lens for post-game reaction shots. Everything performed fabulously, and my images came out looking great!”

Canon Professional Services will be proudly attending to professional photographers at over 30 events this year including major sporting, auto racing, Hollywood, and political events throughout the year.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Tamron Announces 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens


'Moby Dick' - Humpback whale breaching in Maui waters

I am still on my Humpback whale photo shoot in Maui. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com


February 6, 2017, Commack, NY – Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025), a new telephoto zoom lens product for full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras. Model A025 was developed by substantially enhancing the features of its predecessor.


Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens

These include a thorough review of the optical, mechanical and electronic designs to increase autofocus speed and precision, reinforce VC (Vibration Compensation) functions and to shorten the MOD. New features include eBAND Coating, Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction, Fluorine Coating and compatibility with teleconverters.

The lens design features a metal-based barrel for improved handling and ease-of-use. The result of this dramatic evolution is Model A025, a high-speed telephoto lens that widens the scope of expression for photography in a broad range of genres, such as portraits, landscapes, sports and photojournalism. The lens is expected to be available in the U.S. in March at $1299.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

Outstanding resolution and contrast reproduction performance, beautiful bokeh and full compatibility with Tamron teleconverters

Based on the current model (A009), the optical design has been revised and improved. Both the resolution and contrast reproduction performance far exceed the present levels. Bokeh has been enhanced and expanded to deliver outstanding background effects across the entire zoom range. Use of a circular diaphragm with nine blades further improves bokeh. The optical design of the new A025 consists of 23 elements in 17 groups.

Optimum deployment of XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) and LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements thoroughly eliminate chromatic aberrations, which tend to become particularly prominent in high-speed telephoto lenses, across the entire zoom range, while ensuring uniform, high-level image quality even on the periphery of the image plane.

The new lens is also fully compatible with the TELECONVERTER 1.4x (Model TC-X14) and TELECONVERTER 2.0x (Model TC-X20)1, which increase the focal length of the lens to 1.4 times and 2 times the original, respectively. Both teleconverters are carefully designed and constructed to provide outstanding high quality.

Improved VC system provides highest Vibration Compensation ability in its class3 (5 stops using CIPA standard compliant) and offers three situation-specific VC modes

Utilizing Tamron’s original VC (Vibration Compensation) system, which uses a moving coil mechanism, further reinforcement of the drive system power and control performance has now achieved the highest VC level in its class, with an image stabilization performance of 5 stops according to the CIPA standard (using VC Mode 3).

Also, the VC system of Model A025 offers three VC modes, including one mode exclusively for panning. Photographers can freely choose between the different VC modes according to their shooting conditions. Even when telephoto shooting in low light, which tends to be severely affected by camera shake, photographers can now enjoy jitter-free handheld shooting with much greater flexibility.

VC MODE 1 is the standard mode that strikes a great balance between the stability of the viewfinder image and the stabilization effects.

VC MODE 2 is exclusively used for panning.

VC MODE 3 prioritizes the stabilization of the captured images and forgoes the stabilization of the viewfinder image.

With the optional accessory TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, you can customize the configuration of VC MODE 1. Choose the viewfinder view of either standard or image priority.

Demonstratively improved autofocus speed and responsiveness

Model A025 is equipped with a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) ring-type ultrasonic motor, whose outstanding responsiveness and control ensures accurate high-speed focusing. Incorporating two advanced, high-performance microcomputers and optimizing the algorithm has improved both the focusing speed and accuracy compared with SP 70-200mm (Model A009). Additionally, thanks to the Full-time Manual Focus override mechanism, photographers shooting with AF can instantaneously make fine focusing adjustments using MF without wasting time by switching the AF-MF mode back and forth.

Focuses closer (shorter Minimum Object Distance, or MOD) for greater versatility
Improvements made to the focus cam and zoom cam inside the lens barrel have reduced the MOD from 50.7 inches in the older Model A009 to 37.4 inches for Model A025, which has a maximum magnification ratio of 1:6.1. The shorter MOD, coupled with the excellent optical performance of the SP 70-200mm (Model A025), allows photographers to further broaden their range of expression.

Optimized and exclusively designed eBAND Coating

The new A025 features Tamron’s original eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating, a technology that combines a nano-structured layer with an extremely low refractive index with the conventional multiple-layer coatings. Optimized and exclusively designed for this new zoom, the eBAND Coating provides superior anti-reflection performance, effectively reducing any flare and ghosting. Even when taking backlit portraits, the new lens delivers flawless, crystal clear images.

Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction

Ideal for use in outdoor photography, the new 70-200mm telephoto zoom has moisture-resistant construction because special sealants that are dust-resistant and moisture-resistant are used at every joint and seam. The sealant material helps to prevent the intrusion of any dirt, dust or water droplets, compared to conventional Moisture-Resistant Construction.

Fluorine Coating for greater protection

The front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that is water- and oil-repellant. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture and fingerprints.

Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses

An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now available for Nikon-mount lenses4. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by the motor through electronic pulse signals.
Lightweight and easy-to-hold tripod mount is compatible with Arca-Swiss style quick release plates
A new textured grip and Arca-Swiss style tripod interface enhances both speed and utility. Because the tripod mount is made of lightweight magnesium, it is much easier to carry.

Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory product

The optional TAP-in Console provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling users to easily update the lens firmware as well as customize features, including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.

Based on the rigorous quality standards worthy of the SP series, this new lens is manufactured with a thorough attention to details

For the SP series products in particular, Tamron has established rigorous design and quality standards. These standards apply to the optical design, mechanical design and the cosmetic appearance, as well as to such wide-ranging areas as the product’s robustness and improvements in the various individual functions. Tamron thoroughly reviews all of the design and manufacturing processes in order to offer products to customers with even-higher levels of precision and quality.

For the SP 70-200mm G2 (Model A025), the optical design was refreshed, mechanical parts were improved and a new exterior design was adopted. To maximize the optical performance intrinsic to this product, Tamron improved the accuracy of the component parts and increased the precision of the overall zooming mechanism.

  • 1. For more detailed information about teleconverters, please refer to the Tamron website.
  • 2. Subjects with low contrast and/or luminosity values can sometimes result in out-of-focus images.
  • 3. Among 70-200mm F/2.8 interchangeable lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras (as of January, 2017; Tamron)
  • 4. Available only with cameras compatible with the electromagnetic diaphragm (D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600, D7000, D7100, D7200, D300, D300s, D600, D610, D700, D750, D800, D800E, D810, D810A, D3x, D3s, D4, D4s, Df, D500, D5). (As of January, 2017; Tamron)