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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Camera Disassembled




I am currently on a Wildlife Photo Tour in East Africa. I have owned the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II for about 2 years and have taken it all over the world on photo trips. It has gone to both ends of our planet and many places in between. It has performed flawlessly and admirably.

You can follow my travels on Facebook  and Twitter , see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com. Below is a fascinating video on what the camera looks like disassembled.



Sunday, January 7, 2018

YTD CIPA Sales Figures Slightly Lower Than Previous Years





Year to date CIPA figures have been released, and there is a slight decline in shipments when compared to 2015 and 2016 for the same period.

Mirrorless cameras account for about 35% of total sales. This percentage has been hovering around the same number for the last few years, despite all the buzz and interest generated by the high end Sony mirrorless cameras like the A7 and A9 models.

Canon and Nikon are expected to announce their own high end, full frame mirrorless cameras this year. In the case of Canon, I am waiting for the high end, full frame model with the EF mount before I get interested in mirrorless cameras.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Tamron Patents - 300mm f/4, 400mm f/4, 500mm f/4 Lens



Tamron is the lesser known third party lens manufacturer in addition to Sigma. They are trying to enter the Super Telephoto lens market by coming out with their version of the big white Canon 'L' lens.

Three different optical formulas have been uncovered in the same patent application from Tamron. I have never been enamored of Tamron lenses but am willing to take a look at these glasses when they come to market.

I am waiting for the Canon EF 600mm f/4 DO BR lens to be announced this year. I own the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II lens but it is a bit short sometimes with a full frame camera like the EOS-1D X Mark II and a 600mm f/4 will fit my needs perfectly. I will be off on an East Africa wildlife photo shoot very soon. You can follow my travels on Facebook  and Twitter , see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com


Embodiment 1: 300mm f/2.8
  • Focal length: 304.799 mm
  • F No.: 2.8
  • ω: 3.997
  • Image height: 21.64 mm
  • Back focus: 70.1919 mm
  • Lens length: 298.38 mm

Embodiment 2: 400mm f/4
  • Focal length: 396.296 mm
  • F No.: 4.0
  • ω: 2.963
  • Image height: 21.64 mm
  • Back focus: 102.3549 mm
  • Lens length: 332.36 mm

Embodiment 3: 500mm f/4
  • Focal length: 485.045 mm
  • F No.: 4.001
  • ω: 2.530
  • Image height: 21.64 mm
  • Back focus: 125.2621 mm
  • Lens length: 420.001 mm

Canon Inc. CEO Aims To Make Company More Innovative


Canon Inc. Chariman and CEO Fujio Mitarai


TOKYO -- Canon aims to look beyond cameras and copiers to tap such new areas as factory equipment and health care for growth, Chairman and CEO Fujio Mitarai told The Nikkei on Friday.

Excerpts from the interview follow.

Q: How do you see earnings performing for the current fiscal year ending December 2018?

A: 2017 was a strong year for cameras, office equipment and other existing businesses. With the addition of new business segments like health care and industrial equipment, we have evidently boosted both sales and profit.

The business climate will improve further in 2018, and we aim to lift sales and profit for a second consecutive year.

Q: How far is Canon in fulfilling its medium-term plan to 2020?

A: We aim to make at least 5 trillion yen ($44.1 billion) in consolidated sales. It is definitely not impossible if we maintain the current economic situation and stable exchange rates. I see cameras contributing over 30% and office equipment another 40%, while new business segments, with health care at the center, will account for the rest.

Q: Tell us about upcoming mergers and acquisitions.

A: In particular, we will implement M&As that will further strengthen areas where we've already made acquisitions. Future purchases will supplement the health care, security camera and industrial equipment segments, with no bias toward either hardware or software.

We will set aside 300 billion yen to 400 billion yen for this purpose through 2020.

Q: What is the biggest issue currently facing Canon?

A: Our primary management goal this year is to raise our antennas high toward cutting-edge technology. It is on this point where we lag behind other companies. We will open up a research and development center in the U.S.'s Silicon Valley, where we will actively adopt new technology.

Q: What do you believe is imperative for today's corporation?

A: To read the trends of an era. Innovation is steadily advancing, and it has become difficult to put out products that are ahead of the competition, even if by just a little. This is now an era when latecomer manufacturers stand to gain. Compared with the past, even I feel mounting tensions.

To stay on top of and not lose against generational innovations, it is important to strengthen the financial structure. I believe that, as a manufacturer, it is essential to always maintain a strong financial house, creating conditions where you can invest in new things.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Canon EOS-7D Mark III Camera To Come With 4K Video




My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer. I have been using Canon equipment for almost three decades. Through the years, I have owned and used almost all of Canon professional and consumer grade gear and have tested many of them on global wildlife photo tours.

As you know, I have picked the EOS-7D as the best APS-C camera on the market for action and wildlife photography fours years in a row after it was announced in 2009. The Mark II model came out in 2014 followed by the Nikon D500 in January, 2016.

Read my comprehensive review of the Mark II model. For those interested in comparing the EOS-7D Mark II to the EOS-80D, read my earlier post. I will be off on an East Africa wildlife photo shoot very soon. You can follow my travels on Facebook  and Twitter , see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com

Although the Mark II camera is a dramatic improvement over the earlier model, the Nikon D500 gave the Canon camera a real challenge and of course, the EOS-7D Mark III is just 'around the corner'. The test cameras are already out of the labs and into the wild for beta testing.

There are crazy rumors flying around saying the new camera will have a 30MP sensor and burst rate of 12+ fps, etc. Frankly, that is a lot of photography noise so early in the guessing game. The trend in the past few years has been to speed up the replacement cycle of higher end cameras.

Since the EOS-7D has always been the leader in Canon's APS-C camera lineup, it is very logical the Mark III will again come with a new generation of APS-C sensor. Many photographers are clamoring for everything under the sun and a list price of $1,499. One has to be more realistic about the business of manufacturing photography equipment.

Canon is a conservative and deliberative company. They rarely try to be the first in new features but there are some tried and true features like illuminated buttons that have appeared on other manufacturers' cameras for years. A recent patent from Canon shows they have finally made that 'leap'. My personal opinion is the Mark II is already a very good camera but a few improvements will make it an even better prosumer DSLR body. I expect the Mark III model to arrive some time by the middle of 2018. Keep checking back for the latest information as I get them.

Possible specs of the EOS-7D Mark III :
  • A slight increase in megapixels, low to mid 20s for the sensor.
  • 10 fps (12 fps possible but unlikely)
  • 4K video @ 30fps and 1080p @ 60fps
  • GPS and WiFi will probably be included
  • 2 memory slots, one CF and one CFast likely
  • Additional AF points to below 100 with more cross-type points
  • Increase in high ISO and Dynamic Range performance
  • Addition of illuminated buttons on the back panel