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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Possible Canon Rebel T6i and T6s Sensor Issue

Canon Rebel T6s APS-C camera

There may be an issue with some sensors in the new Canon Rebel T6i and T6s cameras. discovered a 'bad' batch with dot marks on the sensor. Imaging Resource has done some tests to measure the image quality from the 'affected' Rebel T6s and Rebel T6i cameras. A brief follow-up from states that Canon is taking the issue very seriously and we should hear some kind of an official statement from Canon soon.

As far as image quality issues with affected units, Imaging Resource had this to say :

"The good news is that (a) the actual impact on photos is pretty small, and even then is limited to shots captured with very small apertures; and (b) it’s quite easy to tell whether any given camera has flecks or not. I’d personally be comfortable buying either of these models myself, and either exchanging it with the retailer if it proved to have flecks, or waiting for what I expect will be an eventual repair program from Canon to deal with the issue. (Note that we have absolutely no direct information from Canon on this; this is just personal opinion at this point.)"

Below is the article on the subject from :

"Every once in a while we notice something, because of the large quantities of cameras and lenses we buy, that we think people should be aware of. This particular issue won't affect our renters; we've sent the affected cameras back. It may not affect very many people at all, since this is from a relatively small sample size. But I still think it worth mentioning.

The bottom line is that 4 of the Canon T6s and 2 of the T6i cameras we received had to be sent back because of a defect in the sensor stack (the layers of filter glass over the sensor). This is out about 10 copies of each; the others were absolutely perfect.

But when the techs couldn't clean the 'dust' off, they alerted us. Closer examination with a 10X microscope show the spots are inside, within the stack and under the top layer of glass. I would assume it's a defect in the adhesives used to put the layers of glass together, but I don't know for certain. One person has suggested there may have been dust on the glass when the adhesive was applied, which seems logical, but again, I have no real knowledge of how it happens.

The affected cameras all looked exactly the same, so I won't bore you with more images. It's quite easy to see, even without a sensor loupe, so don't make yourself crazy trying to find it on your camera; if it's there, you'll notice it. Actually it's easier to see without a sensor loupe. Angled light seems to show it up very clearly, lights shining directly down on the sensor not quite as much. The other cameras had no signs of this at all, so it was either a 'yes' or 'no' situation. We didn't see any cameras with just a few dots.

We took a number of images to see how much they would show up on an actual photograph. In wider aperture shots, as you'd expect, they don't show up at all. At about f/11 to f/16, taking pictures of sky, clouds, or a well-lit white wall, they do become apparent, but they aren't as bad as I would have expected.

They're also have a very different appearance than dust on the sensor does. These have have a ringed, or target appearance rather than the dark blob that sensor dust has. Below is a 100% crop from the corner of the camera with the sensor pictured above. Remember, this is an f/16 image of a clear sky. In a regular photograph at wider apertures I doubt you'd notice it.
All of the cameras we received had early SNs, and there is not going to be a direct serial number correlation with the problem. For example, we had 7 cameras in the SN 0220310007X range. Cameras with the last digit of 2 and 4 were affected, but 3 and 6 were not. That's not surprising, really, since sensors would be manufactured somewhere else and then placed into the camera during assembly.

I've talked to people at Canon about this issue and they are aggressively looking into it. It will take some time for them to figure out what the issue is, where it occurred, and what cameras might be affected. They're actively looking into the situation. They are NOT telling me, as some manufacturers do, that there is no problem.

My guess, and it's just a guess, is that a bad batch of sensors were made, quality control missed this, and they got put into cameras. How big is a batch? I have no clue. Maybe it's just a few hundred and we happened to get a lot (all of the cameras we've received have been pretty close in serial number). Maybe it's thousands. Time will tell and I'm comfortable the problem is being addressed.

Oh, and for those of you who want to bash Canon Quality Control over this, well it's appropriate, I won't stand in your way. But I can't because when I looked at these cameras myself the first time, I missed two of the ones with bad sensors. Like I mentioned earlier, direct light through a sensor loupe didn't reveal it nearly as well as an angled spot light did. (Now you know how we figured that out.) It's possible the inspection of the sensors after assembly is done using a direct light, or some other automated equipment that isn't capable of seeing this.

So I'm not throwing any stones out of my glass house. And having dealt with many manufacturers concerning many issues over the years, I'm just pleased that this issue is being taken seriously and investigated immediately. That's not always the case.

In the meantime, check your new T6 when you get it, return it if you need to."

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Canon EOS-7D Mk II for $1,200 Including Shipping

There is a top-rated merchant on eBay selling the Canon EOS-7D Mk II camera for $1,199.99 including free shipping. Hurry, it won't last. This is an excellent deal and my pick as the best APS-C camera for sports and wildlife photography. You can read my comprehensive review of this camera from numerous field testings.

You will not find a link to this eBay item because I do not accept any ad or commissioned link on my Blog or website but you can easily find the item yourself. I am completely unbiased in my recommendation and have no conflict of interest. You can see travel and wildlife photos taken with this camera on my worldwide photo shoots on

Canon Compact Camera Sales and Q1 Profit Drop

TOKYO, April 27 (Reuters) - Japan's Canon Inc reported first-quarter net profit that fell by almost a third on Monday, grossly undershooting expectations, citing a collapse in demand for compact digital cameras.

Profit at the world's largest camera maker fell to 33.93 billion yen ($285.27 million) in January-March, compared with the 53.64 billion yen average estimate of 5 analysts according to Thomson Reuters data.

The result comes as the world's No. 1 camera maker contends with a shift in consumer preference toward increasingly capable smartphone cameras. That shift has dragged Canon's compact sales down nearly 70 percent since the market's peak in 2008 - the year after Apple Inc released its game-changing iPhone.

"Sales volume for low-end (digital camera) models declined due to the ongoing contraction of the market in all regions from the previous year," said Canon in its earnings release.

It did not specify first-quarter compact sales, but lowered its 2015 forecast to 7.0 million cameras from 7.8 million, or 23 percent less than 2014. It projected sales of higher-end cameras with interchangeable lenses at 5.8 million rather than 6.4 million, representing a 9.4 percent on-year decline.

Canon also said, without elaborating, that first-quarter net profit was brought down by an increase in its effective tax rate as well as a euro which fell 11 percent against the yen.

The firm, which earns about 80 percent of revenue overseas, cut its euro-yen forecast for the second to fourth quarters to 130 from 135 previously. It kept its dollar-yen view at 120.

Shares of Canon closed 0.7 percent higher ahead of the release versus a 0.2 percent fall in the broader market.


Canon has been seeking growth opportunities to offset shrinking demand for cameras, and compacts in particular.

It plans to buy Swedish surveillance firm Axis AB for $2.7 billion - offering 340 crowns ($39.31) a share until the extended deadline of May 5 - and as of Friday owned 84 percent. It does not plan to up its offer even though hedge fund Elliott Management has since raised its ownership to 10 percent.

A Canon executive on Monday said the firm was not considering offering Elliott a higher price, and that it was in no hurry for a complete takeover.

"Of course owning it 100 percent would give us more freedom in operating it but there's not necessarily any rush," Toshizo Tanaka, executive vice president and chief financial officer, told reporters at an earnings briefing.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Super Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L Lens For Sale

There are only about 20 copies of the very rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM lens in the world. Canon made only a handful of them to test its viability. By the way, this is not the only 1200mm lens Canon had manufactured. They had also experimented with the FDn 1200mm f/5.6 lens, with a built-in extender during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. This was the ancient forerunner to their current EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X Extender USM lens that went on sale in 2013. I love this amazing Super Telephoto lens.

The people at B&H Photo in New York is selling a copy of the EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM lens for US $180,000. If you have some spare cash lying around, you may be interested in this lens. You can charge this purchase on your credit card and shipping is free.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Canon EOS-1D X Mk II Camera Talk

Canon announced the EOS-1D X camera in October 2011 but delivery did not commence until the second half of 2012. I bought one of the earliest production models and have made it my main wildlife camera body since. My readers know I have picked this to be the best full frame DSLR for wildlife and sports photography. The camera received a major firmware upgrade in January 2014. When the action is a bit further away, I use the EOS-1D Mk IV and the EOS-7D Mk II, since I am not a big fan of extenders.

As a wildlife photographer using Canon equipment for 25 years and the EOS-1D series since 1989, I have followed the line with keen interest for many years. My biggest 'complaint' about the camera is the 18MP sensor does not offer enough pixels when it comes time to crop the photos. Canon plans to introduce the EOS-1D X Mk II some time late 2015 or early 2016.

Pre-production models are already in limited circulation among photographers who signed non-disclosure agreements. The Mk II camera will employ a new, higher pixel sensor, perhaps in the low 20MP with an unparalleled AF system and improved ergonomics. Rumored to be slighter larger in size but perhaps maintaining roughly the same weight due to improvement in material and a new battery. The main processor should be the dual DIGIC 6+ with an additional processor for an advanced metering system. Keep checking back for the latest information as I receive them.     

Canon EOS-7D Mk II vs EOS-70D vs Nikon D7200

The gang at DigitalRev are at it again with a light-hearted comparison between the Canon EOS-7D Mk II, EOS-70D and Nikon D7200 cameras. I have just returned from a photo shoot in Costa Rica with the EOS-7D Mk II, putting it through another thorough field test.

For a serious analysis of the Canon EOS-7D Mk II, read my comprehensive review of the camera and there may be a new firmware coming out soon to address the AF 'problems' I have written about last November.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Canon EOS-7D Mk II New Firmware Coming?

My readers know I like the Canon EOS-7D Mk II camera a lot, especially for wildlife photography when the action is a bit further away because I am not a big fan of extenders and my Canon EOS-1D X has 'only' 18MP to work with when it comes time to crop.

However, I am not without reservation with this camera. I pointed out the problem is the AF system is not up to par at times, especially when it come to AF @ f/8. Read my review of the camera from a few months ago and get the whole story. Currently, I am on a photo shoot in Costa Rica and the AF on the EOS-7D Mk II can be slow and sometimes even cannot focus under less than ideal lighting conditions in the rain and cloud forests.

Word is Canon is aware of the situation and planning to address the AF system with a new firmware update soon. This will be most welcomed by me and many others.

Canon Explains The Science Behind 4K Optics

Real 4K technology goes far beyond the label. Canon 4K optics are born from decades of research and design, creating brilliant, vivid, rich images. And it all begins with the lens.

Magic Lantern Running On Canon EOS-70D

The people at Magic Lantern has put out a beta version of their software that runs on the Canon EOS-70D camera. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Adobe Announces Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6

SAN JOSE, California - April 21, 2015 - Adobe today announced a major update to its Creative Cloud Photography plan with the release of an all-new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC that delivers lightning-fast performance and new tools to edit, enhance, organize and showcase beautiful photos. With Lightroom CC and the legendary magic of Photoshop CC, Adobe Creative Cloud Photography empowers photographers to transform photos into amazing shots. Creative Cloud Photography also includes unique sophisticated mobile capabilities: automatically syncing photos with Lightroom CC on the desktop, Lightroom on mobile devices lets users access and edit their entire catalog of photos on iPad, iPhone as well as Android smartphones and tablets. At just $US9.99 per month, Adobe’s photography plan champions photographers of every level — bringing the tools relied on by photo pros worldwide within reach of anyone who loves photography.

“Photographers at any level are driven by their passion to capture the perfect shot and make it incredible,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of Digital Imaging Products, Adobe. “Whether you shoot with a DSLR or smartphone, the Creative Cloud Photography plan gives everything you need to organize, edit and share amazing photos on mobile, Web and desktop –- thanks to the imaging power of Lightroom and the magic of Photoshop.”

Photoshop and Lightroom have been fundamental in the evolution of digital photography. Today, Creative Cloud Photography is leading the transition from a traditional desktop-based process to a more mobile, connected workflow for digital images. Anchored by a major update to Lightroom CC, Creative Cloud Photography is the must-have solution, offering powerful editing and photo organization across multiple devices, all powered by Adobe’s industry-defining imaging technologies.

Work Seamlessly Across Desktop, Mobile and Web with New Lightroom CC

The standard for photo enthusiasts and professionals, Lightroom CC is essential for perfecting and organizing photos. New features in this release include:.

HDR Merge –- Create natural-looking or surreal images from extremely high-contrast scenes by easily combining multiple shots taken with different exposure settings into a single raw high dynamic range image.

Panorama Merge — Capture super wide fields of view and amazing detail by stitching together multiple images to create stunning raw panorama shots.

Performance Improvement & GPU Enhancements — Perfect photos up to 10 times faster than ever.

Facial Recognition — Quickly find and categorize images of family and friends.

Advanced Video Slideshows — Create beautiful, polished slideshows using still images, video and music along with professional effects like pan and zoom.

Bring Out the Best in Your Photography –- Anywhere

For anyone who loves photography, it’s essential they can organize, edit and share photos from mobile devices. Automatically synced with Lightroom CC on the desktop, Lightroom on mobile devices lets users access and edit their catalog of photos across a full range of iOS and Android devices. This release includes a major enhancement for Android with DNG raw file support on compatible Lollipop-enabled devices, providing customers the full power of raw file post-processing on their Android smartphones and tablets.

Take It to the Next Level with Photoshop CC

In addition to Lightroom CC, Creative Cloud Photography plan includes Photoshop CC, the imaging software that continues to redefine creativity in the digital age. Celebrating its 25th birthday this year, Photoshop’s legendary magic touches virtually all the inspirational imagery that surrounds us. Now, thanks to Creative Cloud Photography, photographers have a powerful round-trip editing workflow from Lightroom to Photoshop CC. Even cut out and combine photos on your iPhone and iPad with Photoshop Mix, connect to Creative Cloud, then refine your work in Photoshop CC.

Share Compelling Stories in Exciting New Ways

In addition to sharing instantly with social networks such as Facebook, Flickr and Instagram, new to Lightroom is the ability to create beautiful, polished video slideshows using still images, video and music, featuring professional effects like pan and zoom. After using Creative Cloud Photography to produce stunning images, anyone can craft amazing stories that place photos at the center of the narrative, using two groundbreaking storytelling apps from Adobe: Slate and Voice.

New Lightroom CC Available to Creative Cloud Members Worldwide
Adobe Creative Cloud has approximately 4 million paid memberships worldwide and all Photography and complete plan members are able to access the new version of Lightroom CC today –- at no extra charge –- showing, once again, the incredible ongoing value of Creative Cloud. Creative Cloud features the world’s leading creative desktop apps; a growing family of mobile apps that are seamlessly integrated with the desktop apps and creative assets; expert training; and access to a dynamic creative community, where creatives can discover inspiration and opportunity. A free 30-day trial version of Lightroom CC is also available.

Getting Started Is Easy

Creative Cloud Photography plan is designed to make onboarding easy whether you’re a beginner or pro, or have previously used Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements or Apple Aperture. Available now is an easy-to-learn library of photography tutorials aimed at all levels.

Helpful Links :

Blog post
New Lightroom CC videos with Julieanne Kost, principal digital imaging evangelist, Adobe
Google Plus

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan (US$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom CC across desktop, Web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad). All products are also available as part of Creative Cloud complete plan.  Information on Adobe Creative Cloud pricing and plans can be found at: For more detailed information about Lightroom CC product features, upgrade policies, pricing and language versions, please

Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Bundle $9.99/mth

Friday, April 17, 2015

Canon EOS-5Ds and EOS-5Ds R Manuals Available

Canon EOS-5Ds and EOS-5Ds R 50MP full frame cameras

Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R camera manuals can be downloaded from Canon Europe.


  • 50.6MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors
  • 3.2? 1,040K-Dot ClearView II LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
  • 150,000-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
  • Native ISO 6400; 5.0 fps Burst Shooting
  • User-Selectable Shutter Release Time Lag
  • Dual Compact Flash and SD Media Slots

Wildlife Photography - Costa Rica Photo Tour, Day 7

Pura Vida

A quick update on my photo tour so far. The weather is extremely humid and short showers are frequent in many parts of Costa Rica. This is very normal here and driving to national parks takes time due to some less than ideal road conditions. The wet weather exacts a toll on my energy level and finding wildlife is not an easy thing.

Red-eyed tree frog

Unfortunately, I am a bit too early for the Leatherback turtles and was not able to locate any on the beaches of the Atlantic coast. Hummingbirds and Toucan encounters are also slow going but I am working hard to get some decent photography of both. Primates and other bird encounters are a bit more frequent but I have little time to look through the photos.

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Two-toed Sloth

My Canon equipment are working quiet well. I am using the EOS-7D Mk II , EOS-1D X , EF 100-400mm IS II and EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II more often because most of the photography are done under canopy and tree cover (very low light condition)  and I have to move with the wildlife so heavier equipment like the EF 200-400mm f/4 IS 1.4x lens and tripod are more cumbersome and less useful.

Visit my website to see photos from my past shoots and if you are interested in Hummingbirds, read my post on how and where to photograph them.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Wildlife Photography - Costa Rica Photo Tour

I am off to Costa Rica for a wildlife photo shoot. Will be visiting a few reserves on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts and in between. Costa Rica is a small democracy in Central America with breath taking sceneries and abundant wildlife in the many national parks and reserves around the country.  

I will be concentrating on Hummingbirds, Toucans and Sea Turtles. Hummingbirds are found only in the Western Hemisphere, from southeastern Alaska to southern Chile. Many species live in tropical Central America. There are more than 300 species of Hummingbirds and Costa Rica has over 50 species within its borders. For those interested in Hummers, take a look at my article on how and where to photograph them.

Costa Rica hosts the largest Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) rookery in the Western Hemisphere and also has an important nesting populations of Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) and Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) Turtles. Time permitting, I will do some Humpback whale photography on the Pacific coast as well.

Bringing 3 pieces of new Canon gear and testing them extensively again - EOS-7D Mk II camera, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II and EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II lenses.  In addition, I will be bringing the old favorites - EOS-1D X , EOS-1D Mk IV and EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM 1.4x Extender lens.

It may not be easy for me to keep in touch because of my traveling schedule and sporadic Internet access but I will do my best. Have to wait till I return in late April to reconnect and write my blog again.

In the meantime, visit my website to see photos and read stories from my previous wildlife trips around the globe. Wish me luck on my trip. My Tiger and Rhino safari shoot in India last month was just average. I need a break to get some spectacular sightings and encounters this time.   

First Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm Lens Delivered

Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm Ultra Telephoto Zoom Lens

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 10, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, delivered the first Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens to Otto Nemenz International, a world-renowned rental company based in Los Angeles, CA. Otto Nemenz is the first facility in the United States to offer the Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm lens for rental.

Canon introduced the ultra-telephoto CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens in October of 2014. With the world's longest focal length (75-1500mm with its built-in 1.5x extender) and highest (20x) magnification among Super 35mm zoom lensesi, this CINE-SERVO zoom lens offers cinematographers new possibilities for shooting scenes in HD, 2K and 4K on single-sensor cameras. Available in both EF- and PL- mount versions, the lens features a removable Digital Drive unit designed to support broadcast or cinema-style production.

"We are thrilled to be the first to purchase this new lens, a historic development in engineering," said Otto Nemenz, founder and CEO of Otto Nemenz International and I.A.T.S.E. Local 600 member. "Our cinematographer clients are excited to get their hands on this lens and develop new filmmaking techniques using this product."

"Among professionals in the industry the name Otto Nemenz is synonymous with quality and reliability," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "We are honored by their selection of our CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm lens, and its inclusion into their impressive equipment portfolio will make it readily available for professionals to explore the visual potential this lens offers."

On April 23, 2015, Otto Nemenz will begin offering the Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens for rent. To inquire about reserving the lens, please contact Alex Wengert ( or Fritz Heinzle (

Friday, April 10, 2015

Apple Watch - Video and Stop-motion to Depict Passage of Time

Canon EOS-7D Mk II Camera - $1,430 Shipped

There is a top-rated merchant on eBay selling the Canon EOS-7D Mk II camera for $1,430 including free shipping. Hurry, it won't last. This is an excellent deal and my pick as the best APS-C camera for sports and wildlife photography. Read my extensive review by clicking on the link above.

You will not find a link to this item because I do not accept any ad or commissioned link on my blog or website but you can easily find it on eBay yourself. I am completely unbiased in my recommendation and have no conflict of interest. You can see travel and wildlife photos taken with this camera on my worldwide photo shoots on

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Canon Won TIPA Camera and Lens Awards

I am not big on awards. As a wildlife photographer, here is my pick. I would classify the EOS-7D Mk II as the best APS-C camera value, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II as the best 'L' zoom lens, EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II as the best, handholdable Super Telephoto lens and the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x as the best Super Telephoto zoom lens for wildlife photography. Read my comprehensive reviews by clicking on their links above.

TOKYO, April 9, 2015 - Canon camera products were honored with four “Best Photo and Imaging Product” awards by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), representing 27 photo and imaging magazines from 16 countries across five continents. The award-winning products are : the EOS 7D Mk II digital SLR camera, the IXUS 160 (PowerShot ELPH 160 in the Americas) / IXUS 1651 / IXUS 170 (PowerShot ELPH 170 IS) digital compact cameras, the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM super-telephoto zoom lens, and the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM ultra-wide-angle zoom lens. This year marks Canon’s 21st consecutive year as a TIPA award recipient.

Best DSLR Expert : EOS-7D Mk II

Selected for this year’s “Best DSLR Expert” award, Canon’s APS-C-size flagship-model EOS 7D Mark II offers impressive specifications that, according to the TIPA jury, “appeal to photographers who know what a DSLR is capable of delivering.” The camera is equipped with an approximately 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and Canon’s Dual DIGIC 6 image processors, all housed within a weather- and dust-resistant magnesium alloy body. In addition to realizing a fast continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per second, the EOS 7D Mark II employs a 65-point (all cross type) AF system and viewfinder providing an approximately 100 percent field of view. The jury highlighted such “exciting” features as HDR (High Dynamic Range)3 and Multiple Exposure4 modes, as well as an intervalometer and a bulb timer for long exposure capture. Furthermore, the camera incorporates dual card slots for both SD and CF cards, is capable of capturing smooth, highly responsive Full HD video thanks to its Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, and is equipped with a dedicated stereo microphone and built-in headphone jack ports.

Best Easy Compact Camera : IXUS 160 / IXUS 165 / IXUS 170

With the introduction of the IXUS 160, IXUS 165 and IXUS 170, the TIPA judges said, “Canon has gone against the tide that supposedly swept away the possibility of new and exciting entrants in [the compact] camera category.” Named “Best Easy Compact Camera,” the three “compact and very affordable” IXUS-series cameras provide both “long-range optical zoom and stunning image quality,” features that, according to the jury, camera phones lack. In particular, the IXUS 170 was recognized for being an “exceptionally slim camera … with a very long-range [12x] optical zoom,” and for employing an approximately 20.0-megapixel image sensor and Intelligent IS, an optical image stabilization system that analyzes camera movement and applies the optimal correction method for shake-free stills and 720p HD video. The judges noted that “users can rely on the Smart AUTO mode,” a function that automatically chooses the optimal camera settings based on the scene being captured. The IXUS 165 also comes with Intelligent IS, while both the IXUS 165 and IXUS 160 each incorporate a 20.0-megapixel image sensor and an 8x optical zoom lens.

Best Expert DSLR Zoom Lens : EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Winner of the “Best Expert DSLR Zoom Lens” award, the Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM was designed for full-frame SLR cameras, but is “equally beneficial” for APS-C digital SLR camera users who want to gain even more zoom range. In addition to 4-stop image stabilization and a USM (Ultra-Sonic Motor) delivering fast, near-silent AF performance, the lens employs 21 elements in 16 groups, including fluorite and super UD (ultra-low dispersion) lens elements, making possible “high image quality across the frame.” Furthermore, Canon’s ASC (Air Sphere Coating) technology offers advanced anti-reflective properties to achieve reduced ghosting and flares, while the lens’s nine-bladed circular aperture enables background blur that, according to the TIPA jury, is “smooth” and “impressive.” The judges also focused on the lens’s rear focusing design, with a floating element that “enhances AF speed and ensures uniformity in image quality at all focusing distances.” Other features mentioned by the TIPA jury include the EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM’s adjustment ring, which enables users to fine-tune the zoom ring’s torque based on user preferences, and an independent-construction tripod mount that can be detached even while the lens is attached to a camera.

Best Professional DSLR Lens : EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

Earning TIPA’s “Best Professional DSLR Lens” title, the EF11-24mm f/4L USM ultra-wide-angle zoom lens provides users with access to the “widest angle of view yet achieved for a rectilinear full-frame DSLR zoom lens.” In addition to boasting an impressive minimum focal length of 11 mm, the lens makes possible “minimally distorted images throughout its range.” It employs 16 lens elements in 11 groups, and incorporates four aspherical lens elements that help “minimize distortion from the center to the frame edge,” as well as an optical array that “provides straight lines with minimal curvature throughout the entire [zoom] range.” The lens also features super UD and UD lens elements that, according to the TIPA jury, “significantly reduce chromatic aberration,” as well as Canon’s SWC coating to reduce flare and ghosting. The EF11-24mm f/4L USM offers a body design that is “well sealed for dust and water resistance,” and allows for manual focusing even when in AF mode.

About the TIPA Awards

Held every year since 1991, the TIPA Awards recognize the best photo and imaging products announced during the previous 12 months based on such criteria as innovativeness, use of leading-edge technologies, design, and ease of use. In 1992, Canon took home its first TIPA accolade for the EOS 100 SLR camera and, over 23 separate occasions since then, has been honored with TIPA awards for a total of 73 products and technologies.

Canon Professional Services Hospitality Suite at 2015 NAB Show

Canon Professional Services will once again host the Canon Hospitality Suite at NAB 2015. The Canon Hospitality Suite will be open to all NAB show attendees and will feature complimentary Clean & Check service for Canon professional products. The Clean & Check service is limited to (2) Canon EOS DSLR bodies or EF/ EF-S lenses, or (1) Cinema EOS product or (1) XF professional camcorder. All items are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and same-day service is not guaranteed.

The Canon Hospitality Suite will also include an exclusive product showcase highlighting Canon’s full professional line-up and Canon professional product reps will be available to provide product demonstrations and answer questions.

The Canon Hospitality Suite is located in room C201, just a short trip from Canon’s booth (C4325) in a private CPS elevator.

Show Special Registration Promotion!

As a bonus, sign up, renew, or upgrade a Gold, Platinum, or Cinema CPS membership in the Canon Hospitality Suite at NAB 2015 and receive an additional Canon Maintenance Service (CMS) redeemable at any Factory Service Center. Registration kiosks will be available in the Canon Hospitality Suite throughout the show.

Please read! Important information about registering for CPS :

To expedite your registration process, please sign-up, renew or upgrade your CPS membership prior to the show. To enroll, renew or upgrade membership please visit our website at and click the “LOGIN/REGISTER” tab. To enroll follow the instructions for “New User” or to renew or upgrade follow the instructions for “Returning User”. Be sure to print out your confirmation page as it must be presented to a CPS representative to receive the bonus Canon Maintenance Service (CMS).

To sign up in the Canon Hospitality Suite at the show, serial numbers for all qualifying CPS products must be supplied. (See full list of applicable products at Equipment information must be entered at our registration kiosk in the Canon Hospitality Suite where a representative will be on hand to assist you.

Dates and Hours of Operation :

Monday April 13, 2015 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday April 14, 2015 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday April 15, 2015 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday April 16, 2015 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
(Gear pick up only, no new items)

(All times indicated are local time and schedule/content subject to change without prior notice)

See for full details regarding program and membership.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Canon Announced DP-V2410 24 inch 4K Monitor

Canon DP-V2410 24 inch 4K monitor

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 8 April 2015 – Canon today announces its next generation of input-to-output solutions for 4K production workflows. The range includes the DP-V2410, a robust 24-inch 4K reference display, and two new 4K camcorders – the EOS C300 Mark II, a 4K Cinema EOS camera and the XC10, a compact, lightweight 4K video and digital stills camera for aspiring filmmakers.

The DP-V2410 – 24-inch 4K Reference Display

The new DP-V2410 has been engineered for use on-set or on-location in both broadcast and cinema productions, to provide accurate and reliable output of 4K content, facilitating live shooting for quality control, focusing and exposure confirmation, as well as on-set colour management and grading.

Sitting alongside the existing DP-V3010 in Canon’s 4K reference display range, the DP-V2410 delivers stunning 4K 4096 x 2160 resolution with astounding accuracy in colour reproduction. Thanks to a new High Dynamic Range Mode, the display makes it easy to see both extreme highlights and shadow detail simultaneously, providing a more natural and realistic image. The DP-V2410 has also been optimised to support the DCI-P3 cinema standard, the ITU-R BT.2020 broadcast standard and ACES Proxy (ACES Ver. 1.0). Furthermore, a new IPS panel with RGB LED backlight system enables a 2000:1contrast ratio, whilst Canon’s automatic colour and brightness correction system ensures consistent image quality, colour and luminance, over time.

Equipped with both 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI interfaces, plus a built-in debayer, the DP-V2410 is able to show native 4K RAW footage direct from compatible Cinema EOS cameras, saving costs on an external debayer unit. In addition, an image quality link-up function automatically synchronises the colour settings from compatible Canon cameras, preventing settings errors.

A range of on-set functions enable quick and easy content review, including a 4K capable Wave Form Monitor and Vectorscope which confirm signal data. Additionally the display features multiple 1D/3D-LUTs for convenient monitoring and an audio level meter for accurate sound recording.
The DP-V2410 is encased in a sleek and robust body and incorporates a sturdy handle. Weighing just 12kg, it’s easy transport around sets, and is equipped with a 24 volt DC power unit to work throughout the day.

The DP-V2410 is expected to be available in Europe in Q4 2015.

Canon Develops Own Video Format For 4K Professional Camcorders

Canon Cinema EOS camera / camcorders

TOKYO, April 8, 2015—Canon Inc. announced today the development of XF-AVC, a new proprietary video format for the efficient recording of high-image-quality 4K, 2K and HD video footage. Mainly targeting professional-use 4K video camcorders, XF-AVC will deliver enhanced workflows across various stages of the production process, from shooting to editing.

In recent years, the widespread use of digital data in cinema and video has become commonplace throughout the entire production workflow. Accordingly, amid growing demand for high-image-quality video, there have been increasing opportunities to record in 4K resolution video, which employs more than four times the number of pixels used in HD content. In light of this trend, Canon developed its XF-AVC video format to support greater workflow efficiency and convenience during the production process for high-image-quality video.

The new Canon XF-AVC is a standard that defines each recording method for the visual and audio data components that make up individual video files. Because XF-AVC employs the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression format, which realizes a high data-compression rate without sacrificing image quality, it supports the efficient recording on memory cards of high-image-quality 4K, 2K and HD video content captured on video camcorders. As a result, not only can external storage and other equipment required during shooting be kept compact, because it enables the recording of high-image-quality video data, the format also facilitates color grading and other high-precision editing processes.

Canon will employ XF-AVC primarily in the Company’s 4K-compatible professional-use video camcorders, such as the XC10 (to go on sale in mid June 2015) and EOS C300 Mark II (to go on sale in early September 2015). Additionally, by collaborating with various industry manufacturers in connection with the new video format, Canon will deliver improved ease and convenience during cinema and video production workflows for high-image-quality video.

Canon Announced XC10 - 4K Video / Still Camera

Canon XC10 4K Camcorder

* * *  Expected shipping date, around June 2015. Price $2,499 in the USA  * * *

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 8 April 2015 – Canon today unveils the XC10 – a compact, lightweight video and digital stills camera that brings professional 4K quality to aspiring filmmakers and enthusiasts. Inheriting many of the Cinema EOS range’s features, the XC10 offers incredible recording versatility and is the ideal solution as a small, stand-alone camera for independent film makers or the perfect accompaniment as a supporting B camera in larger productions.

Unleashing 4K recording for enthusiasts

Boasting outstanding market leading image quality, traditionally associated with larger cameras, as well as the flexibility and ease of use of traditional compact camcorders, the XC10 delivers consistently breath-taking results. Its advanced imaging engine – a powerful combination of a specially developed 1” CMOS sensor and Canon’s new DIGIC DV5 image processor – gives both budding filmmakers or experienced pros the blistering speed and quality they demand to capture 4K video, at a wide range of variable bit rates.

Able to fit seamlessly into workflows, or productions with existing Cinema EOS cameras, the XC10 can record UHDTV standard (3840 x 2160) 4K footage to an internal CFast 2.0™¹ card at up to 305Mbps, or Full HD (1920 x 1080) footage to an SD card at up to 50Mbps, with pro-standard 4:2:2 colour sampling for high resolution performance.

The XC10 delivers rich colour, synonymous with Cinema EOS cameras, with a high ISO of up to 20,000, ensuring excellent results in low light conditions, and a 12-stop Wide Dynamic Range, providing vivid detail in both highlights and shadows.

Shooters have the freedom to capture a diverse range of scenes in professional 4K quality using a specially developed 10x optical zoom lens, complete with Canon’s class-leading image stabilisation technology. With a versatile 27.3-273mm focal range (35mm equivalent, in video mode) videographers can easily switch between capturing sweeping scenes, to intimate close ups with a single lens. Pros and enthusiasts alike can change between movie recording and still image shooting, capturing high quality 12.0 MP images, or extracting 8.29 MP stills from 4K video footage.
Uncompromising design, optimised for easy shooting.

The XC10 redefines the boundaries of advanced compact camcorder design, with a body that’s instantly intuitive to use. Once in your hand, you’ll find a rotating grip that supports a variety of shooting styles, as well as essential feature controls at your fingertips, including a manual zoom and focusing ring. Designed to match any shooting preference, the camcorder features a 7.66cm vari-angle touch LCD, with 100% field coverage, providing direct access to the menu system through a simple set of cross keys, while an included optical loupe viewfinder, that fits the LCD, offers a more traditional shooting experience.

Fostering creativity with expert workflows

Professional videographers can easily integrate the XC10 into existing production kits and workflows, thanks to its portfolio of professional standard codecs and recording modes. Canon’s new XF-AVC H.264 codec supports recording in both 4K and Full HD quality, enabling easy integration into industry- standard Non-Linear Edit systems. Canon Log Gamma also enables maximum freedom in post-production editing and processing and seamless quality matching with content shot on Cinema EOS cameras. Additionally, videographers can freely shoot in 4K, and later down convert to Full HD, to create a higher quality end product, and enable greater flexibility in the editing process.

A selection of slow and fast motion recording modes – including up to 1200x fast motion in 4K/Full HD, and up to1/4x slow motion in HD – as well as interval shooting provide further creative opportunities.

The XC10 is also Wi-Fi compatible; enabling remote control of key features via a browser, smartphone or tablet – securing its position as an essential part of any Cinema EOS video shooter’s toolkit.

XC10 Key benefits :

  • Stunning 4K video and 12MP stills from one compact camera
  • High bit rate XF-AVC files, great for post production
  • Seamlessly integrate with professional workflows
  • Get creative with fast and slow motion recording
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for easy browser/smart device control

Pricing and availability

  • The XC10 will be available from June 2015 with an RSP of £1599.99.

Canon Announced Cinema EOS C300 Mk II Camera

Canon Cinema EOS C300 Mk II camera

* * *  Expected shipping date, September 2015. Price $15,999 in the USA  * * *

London, UK, 8 April 2014 – Canon today unveils the EOS C300 Mark II, a new 4K video camera allowing filmmakers and broadcast producers to realise their creative vision in stunning cinematic detail. Building on the unprecedented success of the acclaimed EOS C300, the more rugged EOS C300 Mark II features an advanced imaging engine with dual DIGIC DV5 processors, new professional codecs and outstanding dynamic range, making it the most capable, flexible and accessible Cinema EOS video camera to date.

EOS C300 Mark II

With the ability to record 10-bit 4:2:2 files internally at up to 410Mbps in 4K, or 10/12-bit 4:4:4 files in 2K/Full HD, with up to 15 stops of dynamic range, the EOS C300 Mark II provides footage suitable for extensive post-production work, producing crisper images across the full colour spectrum with reduced “colour bleed”. The camera offers professional filmmakers and broadcasters alike the very best image quality, recording 4K in both broadcast (3840 x 2160) and DCI cinematic (4096 x 2160) resolutions.

The EOS C300 Mark II can record high bitrate 4K files internally to dual CFast 2.0™¹ media, while simultaneously recording 4K RAW files to an external recorder, offering the flexibility and universal appeal for production at the highest quality available today. Additionally, the ability to record 2K/Full HD Proxy files to an internal SD card, at the same time, further streamlines the production workflow process.

The new Canon-designed Super 35mm CMOS sensor and an increased ISO range up to ISO 102,400 deliver exceptional low light performance, allowing operators to capture low-noise footage across a variety of challenging environments without compromising on image quality.

To meet the requirements of a diverse range of shooting applications, the EOS C300 Mark II offers both full manual control, ideal for cinematic environments, as well as automatic modes. These include, enhanced Dual Pixel CMOS AF (now covering approx. 80% of the frame vertically and 80% horizontally), auto white balance and Face Detection AF, all making it easier for independent news gatherers and documentary filmmakers to shoot on the go.

Instant integration into professional workflows

Canon’s new range of XF-AVC H.264 codecs, designed to be compatible with industry standard Non-Linear Edit systems, makes integrating both 4K and 2K/Full HD footage into workflows effortless, while maintaining the highest image quality. The range features XF-AVC intra for 4K, and XF-AVC Long GOP and Proxy options for 2K/Full HD recording, both of which utilise H.264 codec, offering post production flexibility and ease of use. Filmmakers can select the resolution and codec type that best suits their production, with the EOS C300 Mark II capable of shooting at up to 30P in 4K or up to 120P in 2K/Full HD.

The EOS C300 Mark II offers support for a wide range of colour space options, including BT.2020, the Canon Cinema Gamut and DCI-P3. The camera is also the first Cinema EOS model to feature brand new Canon Log2 technology, which enables the 15-stops of dynamic range, significantly wider than previous Cinema EOS cameras. The camera offers new versatility for sound recording too, supporting 4-channel audio recording in 16 or 24 bit and 48 kHz.

Designed for versatility

The EOS C300 Mark II boasts the iconic Cinema EOS design DNA – a modular body that can be adapted to suit the needs of each shooter and filming situation, through the extensive range of compatible accessories. Internally, the EOS C300 Mark II also includes built-in electronically controlled glass ND (neutral density) filters, which reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor by up to 10 stops in expansion mode. Compatibility with the RC-V100 remote control and optional Wi-Fi control also enables ease of use in a wider range of locations.

The camera’s sensor read-out speed is now twice as fast as the original EOS C300, and further reduces rolling shutter distortion, allowing for crisp image capture in a moving environment, making it perfectly suited for capturing action sequences.

Leveraging Canon’s rich heritage in lens design, the EOS C300 Mark II is compatible with more than 90 current EF and EF Cinema lenses allowing operators to use their existing EF mount lenses. In addition, the EOS C300 Mark II comes equipped with Canon Cine servo zoom lens support, delivering one of the most comprehensive selections of lens possibilities for movie and broadcast production available in the market today. For further flexibility, shooters can opt to change the lens mount from the default EF Mount, to EF Mount with Cinema Lock, or to the industry standard PL mount, as a service option.

EOS C300 Mark II key benefits :

  • High bitrate internal 4K recording with external RAW
  • High dynamic range files, ideal for post production
  • Seamlessly integrate with professional workflows
  • Automatic features make independent shooting easy
  • Shoot with confidence in low light with low noise

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

LENSBABY Announced Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens

LensBaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 lens

PORTLAND, OR - Apr 7, 2015 - Lensbaby, providing creative effects lenses to photographers that ignite their creativity and expand their unique visions of the world, today announced the Velvet 56, a new high-end classic portrait lens. Velvet 56 will be on display for the first time during ShutterFest 2015, being held April 7-8 at St. Louis Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri.

Velvet 56 is a 56mm f/1.6 SLR and mirrorless camera lens with 1:2 macro capabilities. This “new classic” portrait lens delivers a velvety, glowing, ethereal look at brighter apertures, and beautifully sharp but subtly unique images as you stop down — with gorgeous, velvety tones that give digital images a film-like, organic quality. Incredibly versatile, Velvet 56 enables photographers to move seamlessly from shooting an environmental portrait, to capturing details in a subject’s clothing or jewelry. Nature and macro photographers will find its close-focus capabilities, combined with effects varying from impressionistic to just a touch of velvety smoothness, provide a set of visual tools that will expand their vision of the world.

Evoking the image style and construction quality of classic portrait lenses of the mid-20th century, Velvet 56 features the heft and smooth, dampened manual focus of these early lenses. Velvet 56, with an all metal body, will be available in two colors: traditional black, plus, Velvet SE, a special silver edition. Velvet SE will feature a beautiful clear-anodized finish, along with engraved aperture and focus markings.

Velvet 56 Specs and Features :

  • f/1.6-16
  • 1:2 Macro
  • Focal length 56mm
  • 62mm filter
  • Focuses from 5? from front element to infinity
  • Metal lens hood included with Velvet 56 lenses for mirrorless cameras only
  • Dimensions (DSLR) 86mm at infinity to 112mm at Macro, 71.96mm diameter
  • Dimensions (mirrorless without hood) 94mm Infinity to 120mm at Macro
  • Weight 400 grams


Velvet 56 retails for $499.95 (MSRP) and $599.95 (MSRP) for Velvet SE. The lenses will be available in Canon, Nikon, Sony A and Pentax mounts beginning 4/13/15 at, B&H, Adorama, and from select specialty photo stores worldwide. Mirrorless mounts including Micro 4/3rds, Sony E, Samsung NX and Fuji X will be available in early May 2015.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Overall Camera Shipment Slightly Down Year On Year

According to the latest figures available, year on year camera shipment for the entire industry is slightly down in the last twelve months. Mirrorless camera shipment is just about flat with about 70+% distribution in Asia, including Japan. 

Although a few Japanese camera manufacturers like Sony and Olympus are coming out with higher end mirrorless cameras, it does not seem to catch on with many serious photographers. As a wildlife photographer, I will not even consider a high end mirrorless camera unless it can match the versatility and image quality of an equivalent DSLR model with its full complement of lenses.

Canon is a cautious company and until they see an emerging trend with professional photographers buying higher end mirrorless models, they will not come out with competing products and the mirrorless market may remain static for a while.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Canon EOS-7D Mk II, EF 18-135mm, Pixma 100 For $2,050

Canon EOS-7D Mk II with EF 18-135mm IS STM lens

There is a top-rated merchant on eBay selling the Canon EOS-7D Mk II camera, plus the EF 18-135mm IS STM lens and a Pixma Pro 100 printer, all for $2,050 including free shipping. Hurry, it won't last. This is an excellent deal and my pick as the best APS-C camera for sports and wildlife photography.

You will not find a link to this item because I do not accept any ad or commissioned link on my blog or website but you can easily find it on eBay yourself. I am completely unbiased in my recommendation and have no conflict of interest. You can see travel and wildlife photos taken with this camera on my worldwide photo shoots on