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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Canon Ultra-High-Sensitivity ME20F-SH Camera

Canon ME20F-SH ultra-high-sensitivity camera

MELVILLE N.Y., July 30, 2015 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today has introduced the Company’s first multi-purpose camera, the new ME20F-SH, which delivers exceptionally high sensitivity to capture Full HD video with a minimum subject illumination of less than 0.0005 lux1 (at maximum 75 dB gain setting, equivalent to an ISO sensitivity of over 4,000,000). Nighttime surveillance and security, cinematic production, reality television, and nature/wildlife documentaries are just some of the ME20F-SH’s many possible usage applications.

With the ability to capture color video in extreme low-light conditions and its simplistic and versatile design, the ME-20F-SH Multi-purpose Camera can be easily incorporated into existing infrastructures and systems to provide high-quality video capture even where subjects might not be seen with the naked eye.

Canon’s new multi-purpose camera employs an enhanced version of the 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor for Full HD video use that was originally developed by the Company in 2013. Its compact, modular body design allows easy custom configurations for diverse usage scenarios. While capturing video in extreme low-light conditions often requires the use of infrared illumination (a technique that only yields video in black and white), the ME20F-SH camera achieves impressive high-sensitivity performance enabling the capture of color Full HD video with reduced noise in low-light conditions without the need for infrared illumination.

Ultra-High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor Enables Color Video Capture in Extreme Low-Light Conditions

The ME20F-SH camera’s CMOS sensor has pixels measuring 19 ?m square3, which is more than 5.5 times the surface area of the pixels on the CMOS sensor featured in select top-of-the-line interchangeable lens cameras4. Furthermore, the sensor’s pixels and readout circuitry make use of Canon proprietary technologies to achieve both reduced noise and exceptionally high sensitivity on subjects with a minimum illumination of less than 0.0005 lux. This multi-purpose camera allows users to discern subjects under even some of the dimmest lighting conditions, such as environments lit by artificial illumination or under a moonless night sky. Furthermore, similar to Canon’s Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography cameras, the ME20F-SH camera includes Canon Log and Wide DR, which make possible a wide dynamic range, delivering high-image-quality video results across a range of illumination environments, from low- to brightly lit conditions.

Wildlife Photography - Alaskan Photo Tour, Day 8

I am on a wildlife photo tour of Alaska. Just made it out of the Katmai side of the Cook Inlet after 6 days and arrived in south east Alaska for more wildlife photography. While I was on the Katmai side, there was a 6.2 magnitude earthquake one day but the shaking was not as bad as I feared. The Brown bear encounters were quite good and I have taken quite a few photos.

Those who are familiar with SE Alaska will know the weather is, as usual, gray and wet. This is the first time I have Internet access and am looking through a few of the images. Going through my emails, I have received an invitation to attend the Canon Expo 2015 in New York City in early September. This exclusive event is held once every 5 years to highlight the latest innovation and products from Canon and for attendees to meet the 'movers and shakers' of the company. Unfortunately, I will be out of the country on another photo shoot at that time. If anyone is interested in attending this event as my 'representative', contact me via my website and I will see if Canon will permit a substitute in my place.

I am enclosing a few photos (cell phone and camera) from my trip so far, as I am going through the lot at a quick glance. Too tired to really look closely at all those unprocessed images. The processed photos will have to wait till I return home.    

Flying into Alaska

Flying into Katmai side of Cook Inlet

Walk, don't run

Dueling (baby) Canines

Please don't eat my flowers

Friday, July 24, 2015

Canon Powershot G3X Camera Shipping Now

Canon Powershot G3X camera

The recently announced Canon Powershot G3X camera is shipping now. Click here to see a comprehensive review of the camera. I have just arrived in Alaska, starting my wildlife photo tour. It was quite a hassle getting here. More later when I have the time.


  • 20.2 MP 1 inch High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 25x Optical Zoom f/2.8-5.6 IS Lens
  • 24-600mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3.2? 1.62M-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • High-Speed AF with 31 Focus Points
  • Full HD Video at 60p; HDMI Output
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • ISO 12,800 & 5.9 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Control Ring, Wheel, and Physical Dials

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wildlife Photography - Photo Tour in Alaska

I am off to Alaska for another wildlife photography shoot. Within the State of Alaska, one can see all three species of Ursus, namely Black, Brown and Polar Bears, majestic Golden and Bald Eagles, many different species of birds (including hummingbirds) and exciting whale species, like the Blue, Humpback, Bowhead, Killer whale, Beluga, other cetaceans, pinnipeds and many other mammal species.

Alaska has been one of my favorite wildlife shoots for many years and I have met many visitors from all over the world, especially Europe and the United Kingdom. My recommendation for them is to prioritize the species they would like to see before focusing on where to capture their images.

Black and Brown bears can be found from Ketchikan in the south, all the way up to the Brooks Range and other mountains in the southern Arctic region. Some great spots to see and photograph them are in the Tongass National Forest, near towns like Ketchikan, Wrangell, Hoonah and Haines. Kodiak Island and the Katmai National Park are prime locations to see the Kodiak Brown bears. Polar bears can be found near towns like Barrow, Wainwright and Kaktovik, deep in the Arctic Circle.

The Alaskan coastline offers many opportunities for whale watching, especially the waters around Juneau, Seward, Kodiak, the Inside Passage and Icy Straits. Bald and Golden eagles are quite prevalent with the former rather ubiquitous around towns close to the water.

The state of Alaska is big - over 663,000 square miles. It is about twice the size of Texas, over three times the size of California and about seven times the size of the United Kingdom. Although Alaska is home to lots of glaciers and snow, the summer months can be pleasantly warm, by Alaskan standards, of course. Protected by the Chugach mountains, the Alaska Range, and warmed by Pacific Ocean currents, Anchorage, the largest city in the state, has a temperate maritime climate. Summer temperatures can reach into the high 70s. Low humidity also contributes to Anchorage's comfortable climate. However, temperatures can vary greatly depending on the region one may visit. Therefore, careful clothing selection is important to anticipate the unexpected.

Will try and stay in touch and update this blog, if possible while I am on the road. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter and see my works on

Canon - How To Film Films with Filmmaking

Canon USA put out a video series named “How to Film Films with Filmmaking with Ryan Connolly”. The first episode illustrates how to choose the right camera for your job. Episodes two, three and four deal with Pre-production and Shot Composition, Lighting and Sound, respectively.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Action Cameras GoPro 4 vs XiaoYi Durability Test

Action cameras are used by many sporting enthusiasts who like to film themselves in extreme sports or just having a good time. These self contained units are supposed to be tough and can withstand the rigors of outdoor use and abuse. 

The team at DigitalRev has put some of these cameras to the ultimate 'stress' test and managed to have some fun doing it as well.

Adobe Lightroom Mobile for Android 1.2 Available

Lightroom version 1.2 for Android phones and tablets

  • Edit images faster by copying image adjustments and pasting them onto another photo
  • Crop the perfect photo with a re-designed experience on your Android device that enables you to quickly adjust, align and auto-straighten.
  • Easily find your favorite images! The new Segmented view in Collections give you a different way to view and engage with your photos.
  • Raw file support for the Panasonic Lumix CM1 Communication Camera

Version 1.2 also includes fixes for bugs and other issues identified by customers, including :

  • Screen occasionally went blank after changing the orientation from landscape to portrait.
  • Lightroom could crash when customers tap the sign-in button.
  • Fixed issue that could cause crashes when scrolling through a large collection and changing the device orientation from portrait to landscape (or vice versa).
  • Hardware back button was not closing any contextual menus.
  • Slow performance when swiping from image to image.
  • Copying or moving an image into a different collection was not working correctly. Please note that this issue only occurred on certain Samsung tablets.
  • Lightroom sometimes caused automated logouts.
  • Edits not visible when sharing photos to certain 3rd party apps and services.
  • Crash occurred when occasionally navigating from grid view to collections view.

Visit the Google Play store and download Lightroom mobile. Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan (USD$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad).

Monday, July 20, 2015

Canon EF 600mm f/4 DO IS Lens Patent

Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II lens

Canon's announced their first Diffractive Optices lens, the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS in 2001. It was a revolutionary lens with a dramatic weight reduction for that speed and focal length lens. I bought the glass a few years later and it quickly found a place in my equipment bag. The only slight drawback of the lens was it's not one of Canon's sharpest.

The EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II was announced late last year and this time I immediately placed my pre-order and have subsequently taken the lens on wildlife photography shoots around the globe. This second generation lens is a big improvement and definitely produces sharp images. Nikon has finally seen the light and is trying to catch up with their own version of DO lens, called Phase Fresnel.

Below is another new Canon patent discovered by Egami, the Japanese blog, for the EF 600mm f/4 DO lens. I will be most interested in acquiring this piece of glass if Canon decides to put it into production. You can see my works taken with the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II on

Patent Publication No. 2015-11171 (Google Translated)

  •     Published 2015.1.19
  •     Filing date 2013.6.28

Example 2

  •     Focal length 588.30mm
  •     Fno. 4.12
  •     Angle of view 2.11 °
  •     Image height 21.64mm
  •     Lens length 397.80mm
  •     BF 2.02mm
  •     Positive ShiboTadashi
  •     Inner focus
  •     Vibration control

Friday, July 17, 2015

Canon EOS-5D Mk IIII replaced by EOS-5D X?

There are rumors suggesting the replacement to the EOS-5D Mk III will not be called the EOS-5D Mk IV. Instead it may split into 2 branches, EOS-5D X and EOS-5D Xs. The former designation will be the straight forward successor to the Mk III while the latter may be a version geared towards video users, replete with 4K.

This rumor is not new and the move is not unprecedented. Canon already split the EOS-1D model into the EOS-1D X and EOS-1D C. Frankly, I don't see the need for such a move. The splitting done on the EOS-1D model is not exactly a ringing success. In fact, the EOS-1D C had been heavily discounted and will be subsequently discontinued before long. I rate this rumor with about 30% chance of probability at this time. You can read my post on the upcoming EOS-5D Mk IV here.

DxOMark Reviews Canon Rebel T6i and T6s Cameras

Read my guide for Canon cameras here. DxOMark tested the Canon EOS Rebel T6i and T6s DSLRs and found their sensor score practically identical. Below is an excerpt of their findings :

Rebel T6i (EOS-750D)

'As an entry-level model the Canon EOS 750D (T6i) makes some compromises in layout and controls — for example, there’s no top plate LCD as found on the EOS 760D(T6s), but sensor performance is on par with the camera maker’s mid- and high-end models, the EOS 70D and the recently-introduced EOS 7D Mk II. While it’s true that the Canon sensors are behind the very best APS-C models in terms of low ISO performance (particularly noticeable when comparing dynamic range), the company is making some noteworthy advances.'

Rebel T6s (EOS-760D)

'While it’s not our place to discuss why Canon should choose to introduce two models that vary mostly by their controls (although the 760D’s tracking AF capability in live view is likely a worthwhile feature), the sensor performance for the EOS 760D is intriguing. Canon has made significant advances over the previous generation sensor, particularly with regard to low ISO noise levels and improved dynamic range. While sensor performance is still behind the very best APS-C models, Canon appears to be taking up the challenge set by Sony, and while it’s still got some way to go, that has to be good news for the consumer.'

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Canon Digital Photo Professional Version 4.3 Updated

Canon has released an updated version of its popular Digital Photo Professional 4 (DPP 4) RAW processing software, which expands the support of its DSLRs to include EOS-1200D, EOS-60Da and EOS-60D as well as its PowerShot G7 X and PowerShot G1 X Mark II premium expert compacts and EOS-M2 and EOS-M Compact System Cameras...

The new update – version 4.3.0 – also incorporates two critical fixes, including a phenomenon in which the picture style set on the camera is not transferred to Digital Photo Professional properly and a phenomenon in which the copy and paste command using keyboard shortcuts cannot be used for the folder name.

“As part of Canon’s ongoing development of its Digital Photo Professional software, regular updates and fixes keep it up to date with our end users. Canon always listens carefully to customer feedback and this latest update is an example of that,” commented Mike Burnhill, Canon Europe’s Professional Imaging Technical Support Program manager. To learn more about the technical details of the most recent updates, visit the Canon Europe website.

Key Features of DPP Version 4.3.0

  •     Faster, real-time adjustments
  •     Improved RAW file workflow
  •     Better, more approachable user interfaces
  •     Compatible with 64-bit native environments
  •     Colour adjustments for specific colour gamuts
  •     Improved highlight recovery provides expanded tonality
  •     Improved shadow recovery function
  •     Support for movie playback
  •     Auto Lighting Optimizer can be applied to JPEG images
  •     Better integration with EOS Utility 3 software

You can download DPP 4.3.0 now, free of charge, from Canon Europe’s support site. Just click on your camera – EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C, EOS 5DS, EOS 5DS R, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 6D, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 7D, EOS 60Da, EOS 60D, EOS 70D, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 760D, EOS 750D, EOS 700D, EOS 100D, EOS 1200D, EOS M3, EOS M2, EOS M, PowerShot G7 X and PowerShot G1 X Mark II – and select DPP 4.3.0 from the software options to download.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II and EF-M 15-45mm IS STM Coming

Canon is expected to announce the Rebel SL2 camera and two lenses on August 14, 2015. Canon is also expected to announce the EOS-5D Mk IV and EOS-1D X Mk II cameras later this year or early 2016, but most probably after Nikon announces their D5 camera first.

The EF-35mm f/1.4L II seems to be the most likely candidate with a possible list price of $1,699. The other lens may be the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM. Keep checking back for the latest news and development.

Canon EOS-5Ds Camera For $3200 With Free Shipping

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

The Canon EOS-5Ds and EOS-5DsR cameras are available everywhere now. DxOMark recently came out with their sensor score on the camera and compared it to the Nikon D810 and Sony a7R.
I have compared the EOS-5D Mk III to the EOS-5Ds for those who are contemplating buying either camera or upgrading to one.

There is a top-rated merchant on eBay selling the Canon EOS-5Ds camera for $3,200 including free shipping. The list price is $3,699 so if you are interested in buying one, don't delay too much longer. Canon recently put out a list of recommended lens with this camera and there is also a Canon rebate program going on right now if you buy the camera with specify lens.

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. I am completely unbiased in my recommendation and have no conflict of interest. You can see my wildlife photography on

Canon Japan Announced C5 Mini Projector

Canon C5 Mini Projector

Canon Japan announced the Mini Projector C-5 in Japan, a pocket-sized mobile projector . Shipment is expected early August 2015 but there is no indication of price or whether it is available outside of Japan at this time. Silver and Blue are the color options. A tripod is included with the price.

The Canon C-5 is a small and lightweight projector, it measures 124×71×20mm and weights 169g. The C-5 features a miniHDM terminal, MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) standard is supported. MHL allows you to feed the projector with data from your PC, smartphone, or tablet. The LED light sources are stated to last 10,000 hours. The C-5 has a resolution of 640×480 pixels, a brightness of 50 Lumen, and a contrast rate of 800:1.

Specifications (machine translated) :

  • Product name                         C-5 (Deep Blue / Silver of 2 models)
  • Image element (number) One DLP ×
  • Number of pixels                 640 × 480 (VGA)
  • Real input resolution/aspect VGA / 4: 3
  • Zoom                                 Fixation
  • Focus                                 Manual
  • Light source                         LED light source (life guideline 10,000 hours)
  • Brightness                              50lm
  • Contrast ratio                        800: 1
  • Keystone correction         None
  • Video input                        Mini HDMI × 1 (MHL compatible)
  • Audio output                         Stereo mini Jack × 1
  • Built-in speaker                  1W (monaural)
  • Battery drive                       Up to three hours
  • Dimensions                         124 (width) × 71 (depth) × 20 (height) mm
  • Weight                                169g

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Canon EOS-5DsR 50MP Camera In Africa

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

The Canon EOS-5Ds and EOS-5DsR cameras are available everywhere now. DxOMark recently came out with their sensor score on the camera and compared it to the Nikon D810 and Sony a7R.
I have compared the EOS-5D Mk III to the EOS-5Ds for those who are contemplating buying either camera or upgrading to one. The current 5D3 is an excellent camera and my pick as the best value in full frame photography.

I am not buying the new 5D. My attention is focused on later this year when Canon plans a second round of upgrade to their full frame camera lineup by announcing the EOS-1D X Mk II and EOS-5D Mk IV. Both cameras are expected to have new sensors and processors with unmatched dynamic range and high ISO performance. The EOS-1D X Mk II is expected to be announced first, perhaps in Q4 with an end of year to Q1 2016 delivery date.

The video below from Abraham Joffe was shot in Botswana. He uses his new camera for still wildlife shots but I feel the EOS-5D Mk III is sufficient for that purpose. My main camera for wildlife photography are the EOS-1D X and EOS-7D Mk II.

NASA photos of Pluto from New Horizons Spacecraft

Pluto - Photo courtesy of NASA

Closeup of Pluto - Photo courtesy of NASA

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto. After a decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto Tuesday, about 7,750 miles above the surface -- roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India - making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth.

"I'm delighted at this latest accomplishment by NASA, another first that demonstrates once again how the United States leads the world in space," said John Holdren, assistant to the President for Science and Technology and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. "New Horizons is the latest in a long line of scientific accomplishments at NASA, including multiple missions orbiting and exploring the surface of Mars in advance of human visits still to come; the remarkable Kepler mission to identify Earth-like planets around stars other than our own; and the DSCOVR satellite that soon will be beaming back images of the whole Earth in near real-time from a vantage point a million miles away. As New Horizons completes its flyby of Pluto and continues deeper into the Kuiper Belt, NASA's multifaceted journey of discovery continues."

"The exploration of Pluto and its moons by New Horizons represents the capstone event to 50 years of planetary exploration by NASA and the United States," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "Once again we have achieved a historic first. The United States is the first nation to reach Pluto, and with this mission has completed the initial survey of our solar system, a remarkable accomplishment that no other nation can match."

Per the plan, the spacecraft currently is in data-gathering mode and not in contact with flight controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physical Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. Scientists are waiting to find out whether New Horizons "phones home," transmitting to Earth a series of status updates that indicate the spacecraft survived the flyby and is in good health. The "call" is expected shortly after 9 p.m. tonight.

The Pluto story began only a generation ago when young Clyde Tombaugh was tasked to look for Planet X, theorized to exist beyond the orbit of Neptune. He discovered a faint point of light that we now see as a complex and fascinating world.

"Pluto was discovered just 85 years ago by a farmer's son from Kansas, inspired by a visionary from Boston, using a telescope in Flagstaff, Arizona," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. "Today, science takes a great leap observing the Pluto system up close and flying into a new frontier that will help us better understand the origins of the solar system."

New Horizons' flyby of the dwarf planet and its five known moons is providing an up-close introduction to the solar system's Kuiper Belt, an outer region populated by icy objects ranging in size from boulders to dwarf planets. Kuiper Belt objects, such as Pluto, preserve evidence about the early formation of the solar system.

New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado, says the mission now is writing the textbook on Pluto.

"The New Horizons team is proud to have accomplished the first exploration of the Pluto system," Stern said. "This mission has inspired people across the world with the excitement of exploration and what humankind can achieve."

New Horizons' almost 10-year, three-billion-mile journey to closest approach at Pluto took about one minute less than predicted when the craft was launched in January 2006. The spacecraft threaded the needle through a 36-by-57 mile (60 by 90 kilometers) window in space -- the equivalent of a commercial airliner arriving no more off target than the width of a tennis ball.

Because New Horizons is the fastest spacecraft ever launched - hurtling through the Pluto system at more than 30,000 mph, a collision with a particle as small as a grain of rice could incapacitate the spacecraft. Once it reestablishes contact Tuesday night, it will take 16 months for New Horizons to send its cache of data - 10 years' worth -- back to Earth.

New Horizons is the latest in a long line of scientific accomplishments at NASA, including multiple rovers exploring the surface of Mars, the Cassini spacecraft that has revolutionized our understanding of Saturn and the Hubble Space Telescope, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. All of this scientific research and discovery is helping to inform the agency's plan to send American astronauts to Mars in the 2030's.

"After nearly 15 years of planning, building, and flying the New Horizons spacecraft across the solar system, we've reached our goal," said project manager Glen Fountain at APL "The bounty of what we've collected is about to unfold."

APL designed, built and operates the New Horizons spacecraft and manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. SwRI leads the mission, science team, payload operations and encounter science planning. New Horizons is part of NASA's New Frontiers Program, managed by the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Follow the New Horizons mission on Twitter and use the hashtag #PlutoFlyby to join the conversation. Live updates also will be available on the mission Facebook page.

For more information on the New Horizons mission, including fact sheets, schedules, video and images, visit :

Free Adobe Photography Plan with Canon EOS-5D3, EOS-6D, EOS-7D2

Canon USA is offering one year free subscription to Adobe Photography Plan and Kelby One training videos with the purchase of a EOS-5D Mk III, EOS-6D or EOS-7D Mk II camera. The offer expires October 3, 2015. Claims must be submitted between July 5 and November 7, 2015. 

The offer includes a 12 month subscription to the full version of Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan software, including the mobile version of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom plus 12 months access to KelbyOne Online Training in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

My readers know I have picked the EOS-7D Mk II as the best APS-C camera in sports and wildlife photography and the EOS-5D Mk III as the best value in full frame photography. For those willing to wait, the EOS-5D Mk IV may be announced later 2015 or early 2016.

Monday, July 13, 2015

More Canon EOS-5D Mk IV Camera Talk

Canon EOS-5D Mk IV camera

The Canon EOS-5Ds and EOS-5DsR cameras are available everywhere now. DxOMark recently came out with their sensor score on the camera and compared it to the Nikon D810 and Sony a7R.
I have a post comparing the EOS-5D Mk III to the EOS-5Ds for those who are contemplating buying either camera or upgrading to one. The current 5D3 is an excellent camera and my pick as the best value in full frame photography.

My attention is focused on later this year when Canon plans a second round of upgrade to their full frame camera lineup by announcing the EOS-1D X Mk II and EOS-5D Mk IV. Both cameras are expected to have new sensors and processors with unmatched dynamic range and high ISO performance. The EOS-1D X Mk II is expected to be announced first, perhaps in Q4 with an end of year to Q1 2016 delivery date.

The EOS-5D Mk IV may be announced Q1 to Q2 of 2016, with delivery in the following quarter. Canon has invested a lot of time and money into these two cameras. They are putting on an invitation only Exposition (once every 5 years) in New York City and Paris in September, 2015. There may be some development coming out of these two events. Keep checking back for the latest development.

Possible specs for EOS-5D Mk IV :

  • Burst rate 8 to 10 fps
  • Camera may have 4K video
  • Comes with new sensor and processor
  • DIGIC 7 processor (unlikely)  DIGIC 6+ (most likely)
  • Current test cameras have mid 20 to 30 MP sensors (24MP most likely)
  • May share the same AF system as EOS-1D X Mk II
  • Improved material and egornomics
  • Possible announcement date - Q1 - Q2, 2016, after C300 Mk II and EOS-1D X Mk II

Canon Demonstrates 4K Workflow At IBC 2015

LONDON, 13 July 2015 – Canon Europe will be demonstrating its end-to-end professional 4K workflow at IBC2015, the leading global tradeshow for media and broadcast professionals in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Canon, having exhibited at IBC for more than three decades, will showcase its first-class 4K range in its entirety for the first time in Europe – with 4K lenses, sensors and reference displays, all on show to demonstrate the company’s advanced glass-to-glass 4K workflow.

The Canon stand will include dedicated areas for live capture, providing visitors with the opportunity to get hands on with Canon’s 4K and Full HD product range through a series of shooting scenarios, review and editing processes. A variety of live demonstrations including cinema shooting and documentary shooting will also be available to visitors.

Canon’s Cinema EOS range has transformed the professional video industry since its introduction in 2011, with leading sensor technology, lens heritage and innovative product updates. In April 2015, the range expanded with the introduction of the next generation of 4K imaging devices, including the EOS C300 Mark II, a 4K video camera, and the DP-V2410, a lightweight and robust 24” 4K reference display. Both will be on display in Europe for the first time at IBC.

“As the industry realises the benefits of 4K within a professional workflow, Canon has been developing our product range to meet the needs of our professional imaging customers,” said Kieran Magee, Marketing Director, Canon Europe. “Canon recognises that demand for higher quality production is going to grow. This year at IBC Canon will be displaying the full set of tools needed for this next step forward in versatile 4K content production.”

At the show, broadcast and cinematography professionals will be able to get hands-on with Canon’s full range of 4K and Full HD products including the recently launched XC10 and the EOS C300 Mark II cameras, as well as having the opportunity to experience the full power of its optics portfolio. Industry professionals will also be able to experience the full power of the company’s optics portfolio with the opportunity to touch and try Canon’s extensive range of lenses, from broadcast to cinema and EF lenses.

Canon’s IBC stand can be found at Hall 11, stand E50.

For more information regarding Canon’s professional products and services please visit,

Sunday, July 12, 2015

More Talk About Canon EOS-1D X Mk II Camera

Canon EOS-1D X Mk II full frame camera

The Canon EOS-1D X camera was announced in October 2011 and delivery started in the second half of 2012. I have owned this DSLR from day one for about 3 years now and made it my main wildlife camera body since. My readers know I have picked this to be the best full frame DSLR for sports and wildlife 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. Since the EOS-1D X camera went into production, a few technological advancement have been introduced, including new processors, sensors and Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, etc. 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 to mid 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 may be either the souped-up, dual DIGIC 6+ or even the DIGIC 7 with additional processor(s) for an advanced metering system. Dynamic range is rumored to surpass any DSLR on the market since Canon still has to 'catch up' with the dynamic range of Sony's best sensor, for those who chase the numbers.

An unparalleled high ISO performance and new AF system will be most welcomed. The upcoming Nikon D5 is rumored to have 173 AF points. Canon will offer a brand new AF system on the new camera, with many additional AF points and more importantly, unmatched number of double cross type points. A new viewfinder may accompany the new AF system. Canon has experimented with OLED displays on their test cameras and it may be considered for the Mk II as well. The new camera will be an evolutionary step up from the Series I model. Canon is known as a conservative company and occasionally breaks their mold but I am always prepared to be surprised. Keep checking back for the latest information as I receive them.     

Canon May Announce Rebel SL2 Camera On August 14, 2015

Canon is expected to announce the Rebel SL2 camera and two lenses on August 14, 2015. Although they are expected to announce the EOS-5D Mk IV and EOS-1D X Mk II cameras later this year or early 2016, I would be 'shocked' if it turns out to be either one. My feeling is Canon will wait till Nikon announces their D5 camera first before making a move.

The EF-35mm f/1.4L II plus a EF or EF-M lens may accompany the announcement. Keep checking back for the latest news and development.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Prince Philip 'Instructing' Photographer To Take Picture

Have you been in a situation when someone is 'a royal pain in the ass?' It seems Queen Elizabeth's husband, the Duke of Edinburgh was in such a predicament when he posed for a photo at the RAF Club, with surviving, former pilots of the Royal Air Force, who participated in the Battle of Britain in 1940. 

The 75th anniversary event was livened up with some fiery language, when the Duke instructed the photographer to "just take the f**king picture", after feeling impatient, waiting for their photo to be taken. 

Canon Guide To EOS Speedlite Custom Functions

Canon announced the EOS Speedlite 430EX-III RT flash a few days ago. Now the Canon Digital Learning Center posted a Mobile Guide to EOS Speedlites Custom and Personal Functions.

One can refer to this cheat sheet without consulting or carrying a full manual. Click here to download your copy and carry it in your camera bag for quick reference. It offers step-by-step guidance on specific features and techniques for numerous Speedlite models.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Canon EOS-5Ds vs EOS-5D Mk III Camera Comparison

My readers know, I have been a Canon user for about 25 years. Through the decades, I have used almost all of Canon's cropped and full frame, film and digital cameras, plus the EF and EF-S lenses. You can see my works on

The recently released Canon EOS-5Ds and the EOS-5D Mk III are descendants of the original EOS-5D, released in 2005. It was the first 'affordable' full frame digital camera and the official list price was roughly the same as the current list price of the EOS-5Ds. Considering inflation and the monumental advancement in technology packed into the new camera, I must say it is a very good deal, indeed.

The following comparison covers the two cameras' major features, and assumes the reader is already familiar with the functionality and capabilities of Canon cameras. It is intended to help those trying to decide whether to buy or keep their present EOS-5D Mk III or upgrade to the new EOS-5Ds or EOS-5DsR.

EOS-5Ds and EOS-5DsR full frame cameras :

  • 50.6 MP sensor powered by dual DIGIC 6 processors
  • Optical low pass filter on EOS-5Ds. Self cancelling on EOS-5DsR
  • 1.3x (30.5MP) plus 1.6x (19.6MP) with 1:1 ratio crop mode 
  • 3.2 inch, 1040K dot LCD screen.
  • Dual card slots, one CF, one SD
  • Burst rate 5 fps. Burst depth, up to 510 JPEG and 14 RAW files
  • ISO range from 100 - 6400, 50 - 12800 with expansion
  • 61-point High Density Reticular AF, 41 cross type points, 5 double cross type 
  • 150,000 pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, 252 zone
  • Custom Functions - 16, USB 3.0
  • Number of cross-points depends on the speed of the lens used.
  • 59 ms. shutter lag, 150,000 cycle shutter and .71x viewfinder.
  • DxOMark overall sensor score - 87
  • Low light ISO - 2381 ISO

EOS-5D Mk III full frame camera : 

  • 22.3 MP sensor powered by dual DIGIC 5+ processors
  • Optical low pass filter
  • 3.2 inch, 1040K dot LCD screen
  • Dual card slots, one CF and one SD
  • Burst rate 6 fps. Burst depth, up to 16270 JPEG and 18 RAW files
  • ISO range from 100 - 12800, 50 - 102400 with expansion.
  • 61-point High Density Reticular AF, 41 cross type points, 5 double cross type 
  • iFCL metering sensor, 63 zone
  • Custom Functions 13, USB 2.0
  • Number of cross-points depends on the speed of the lens used
  • 59 ms. shutter lag, 150,000 cycle shutter and .71x viewfinder
  • DxOMark overall sensor score - 81
  • Low Light ISO - 2293 ISO

Those who presently own the EOS-5D Mk III will find the two cameras surprising similar in looks, feel, functionality and ergonomics. This is by design because Canon is looking for a 'seamless' transformation and upgrade for users as much as possible. Of course, the big difference is the massive increase in pixel density of the EOS-5Ds, accompanied by a slower burst and depth rate.

The most puzzling and unnecessary feature to me on the EOS-5Ds is the 1.3x and 1.6x crop mode. With a 50MP sensor, there is plenty of pixels available for cropping during post processing. I do not own either camera because as a wildlife photographer, neither camera fits my needs plus I already have a few full frame bodies - EOS-1V, EOS-1Ds Mk III, EOS-5D and EOS-1D X.

For those who are into wedding, portrait and landscape/architectural photography, require massive amount of pixels for large photos and shoot in generally good to medium light conditions, the EOS-5Ds is a good choice. Its megapixel sensor offers resolution approaching those of medium format cameras and the camera is packed with unmatched functions and features.

Photographers who want a full frame camera with a 20+MP sensor, an advance AF system and superior high ISO performance for travel or occasional wildlife photography should consider the EOS-5D Mk III. I am waiting for the EOS-5D Mk IV and the EOS-1D X Mk II, coming out later this year.

DigitalRev Reviews Canon XC-10 4K Camcorder

Canon XC-10 4K camcorder camera

Canon announced the XC-10 camcorder with 4K capability in April 2015. The video review below from DigitalRev paints a mixed picture of this unusual 'hybrid' camera. Watch another review here before you decide. I find this camera interesting but video is not my thing.  

Canon Overwhelming Choice At COPA America Tournament

The Canon EOS-7D Mk II and EOS-1DX are my picks as the best APS-C and full frame cameras for sports and wildlife photography. Their replacement, EOS-5D Mk IV and EOS-1DX Mk II will be announced later this year or early 2016. You can see what's in my equipment bag and my works on

From Canon:

“We’re proud to know that nearly 90 percent of professional photographers chose Canon equipment to capture exciting moments during Copa America,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “And we were happy to be on site providing service and support to these professionals if and when they needed it.”

Canon knew our professional camera users would be out in force, and so we committed to supporting the pro shooters who use our products, by providing onsite service and support to the photographers and broadcasters using our cameras and lenses to capture the iconic moments of Copa America.

Canon's professional onsite service and support included simple equipment repair, clean and check service and equipment loans to outfit professionals with the proper gear to capture the drama on and off the field. Service and support was available in the media centers in each of the nine stadiums hosting matches in the tournament.

The international soccer tournament took place in Chile from June 11- July 4, 2015 in eight cities, with 12 countries participating, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Stats from Copa America 

  • More than 89 percent of the professional photographers covering the most dramatic moments of each game from the sidelines of the soccer fields and throughout each stadium were using Canon DSLR cameras and lenses.
  • Out of 1,245 professional photographers covering Copa America, more than 1,111 were shooting with Canon equipment
  • During the June 15th Chile vs. Mexico match, out of 85 pro photographers covering the game, more than 77 were using Canon (that’s a whopping 91 percent)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

DxOMark Scores Canon EOS-5Ds and EOS-5DsR Sensors

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

I pay little attention to lab results and analysis of cameras. Rather, I let the real world performance of the equipment be my guide. The EOS-5Ds and EOS-5DsR cameras are not suitable for my needs in wildlife photography. I am waiting for the EOS-5D Mk IV and EOS-1D X Mk II coming out later this year.

For those interested in learning more about the cameras, Canon CPN Europe has put out an extensive technical introduction of the pair of 50MP, full frame DSLRs.

Recently, DxOMark completed their sensor analysis of the new cameras. Below is an except from their findings :

"Boasting an unprecedented 50.6Mp resolution, the EOS 5Ds and 5DsR offer a unique DSLR shooting solution. What’s more, our industry standard tests have shown these are the best sensor results yet for a Canon chip, with the 5Ds cameras offering a small step up for image quality against other full-frame semi-pro models such as the EOS-6D and EOS-5D Mk III. Our measurements show that there’s very little difference between the 5Ds and 5DsR sensors, but we’ve seen both models post better scores in print results compared to those on screen.

As usual, the best scores are recorded at each sensor’s base ISO setting, and here the 5Ds sensors are a little off the pace against the best chips we’ve analyzed (in the Nikon D810 and the Sony A7R). This is particularly true for Dynamic Range, where the Nikon and Sony models boast around a two-stop advantage at base ISO, although the gaps narrows as sensitivity is increased.

With its massive resolution and best results in print, the EOS-5Ds and EOS-5DsR are great solutions for photographers shooting at low ISO sensitivities for large scale prints."

Canon Reached 110 Million EF Lens Production Milestone

Canon has reached a milestone of production, with 110 million lens manufactured and counting. You can read my Canon lens recommendation, see what's in my equipment bag and my works on

MELVILLE N.Y., July 8, 2015 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., will celebrate the achievement of a new lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of the Company's 110-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for Canon EOS cameras on June 22, 2015 -an EF 11-24mm f/4L USM ultra-wide-angle interchangeable zoom lens.

Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex film cameras began in 1987 at the Company's Utsunomiya Plant. Over the years, EF lenses have garnered support from a wide range of users and production has since expanded to a total of four manufacturing bases, including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in southern Japan.

EF lens production surpassed the 10-million-unit mark in 1995 and crossed the 50-million-unit threshold in 2009. In April 2014, the Company celebrated its first-in-the-world achievement of having manufactured 100 million EF lenses, and now, will set a new world record for the most interchangeable lenses produced.

Canon's proprietary EF lenses, launched in March 1987 along with the EOS SLR camera system, have continued to evolve since their introduction, leading the industry through the incorporation of a wide range of innovative technologies, including such world's firsts as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element, and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology.

The 110-millionth EF lens, an EF 11-24mm f/4L USM (launched in February 2015), features a minimum focal length of 11mm to achieve the world's widest angle of view.1 Furthermore, winner of the prestigious Camera Grand Prix Japan 2015 Lens of the Year award,2 the model was recognized for its use of Canon proprietary optical technologies, making possible superb image quality while effectively correcting for aberrations that commonly occur when shooting at the ultra-wide-angle end.

For more information and full list of Canon EF lenses, visit :