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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II and EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM Lenses Coming Q3, 2018

The second half of 2018 will be a busy year for Canon's announcements. In addition to EOS-M50 announced in February , the company is expected to release a new EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM prime lens for the EOS-M mirrorless camera. Slightly shorter than a 50mm full frame equivalent.

More interestingly is the replacement to the venerable EF 70-200mm f/4L IS lens with the Series II model. This is a stable glass for many kinds of photographers, from wedding to wildlife. Too early to know what the new lens will come with but both pieces of glass are expected around the time of the Photokina Show in Germany in September. Keep checking back for the latest information. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Sony Expects Canon and Nikon To Announce Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras In One Year

I have reported about Canon Japan working on their full frame, EF mount, mirrorless camera for over a year now. There are a few working prototypes floating around in their labs. They have not finalized on a marketable model but I will not be surprised we will have an announcement at year's end or early 2019 from Canon and Nikon.  Sony's free ride with their A7 and A9 series of full frame mirrorless cameras will come to a crashing end.

In a recent speech given by Canon's CEO, Mr. Fujio Mitarai, he made the following comments :

"Within existing businesses, there are market areas that are growing, such as mirrorless in cameras,” Mitarai says. “In these segments, by launching differentiated products that only we can provide, we will stimulate the market, grow our sales, and secure additional market share.

For example, in our core camera business, in addition to our overwhelming share of the DSLR market, we will go on the offensive and work to expand our sales in the mirrorless camera market, which is exhibiting remarkable growth . . . . This will allow us to reach our goal of 50% market share of the entire interchangeable-lens camera market."

Earlier this month at the CP+ Show in Japan, Sony Camera's General Manager, Mr. Kenji Tanaka made the following comments :

"This is just my personal opinion, but I think that maybe by next year’s CP+ you’ll see full-frame mirrorless cameras from Canon and Nikon. I think by then they will be participating in this market.

Just look at our technologies, like eye focus. All of that data comes from the imaging sensor. In DSLRs, the data comes from separate sensors. The main imaging sensor is blanked out, 90% of the time by the mirror. The sensor is turned off. But the imaging sensor is very important. So if cameras are going to develop, and be more able to capture the moment, manufacturers have to develop mirrorless technologies. So within one year, I think."

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II vs Sony A7R III Camera Comparison

My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer and I have used Canon equipment for almost three decades. Throughout the years, I have embarked on many worldwide photo shoots, and have taken the Canon EOS-1D X and EOS-1D X Mark II cameras on tour, from the high Arctic to Antarctica, and many places in between. The EOS-1 series cameras have been my workhorse for decades.

The two videos below may be interesting to those who may be considering upgrading to a new high end DSLR or mirrorless camera. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Canon Firmware To Update EF-M 15-45mm, EF-M 18-150mm, EF-M 55-200mm Lens With Dual Sensing IS

Canon has released firmware updates for three EF-M lenses to support dual sensing IS. These lenses compensate for shaking with an image stabilization in both the camera body and lens.

The EOS-M50 already supports dual sensing IS. Download the following firmware from the Canon website by clicking on the following links and have three additional EF-M lenses with dual sensing IS.

EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM
EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM
EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM