Thursday, 21 March 2013

Canon 100D/SL1 Vs. 700D/T5i Vs. EOS M Specs, Size Comparison


Here is a specs comparison on Canon EOS 100D/SL1, 700D/T5i, EOS M.
Take a look below:
Feature700D100DEOS M
Sensor Resolution18.0 Million18.0 Million18.0 Million
Sensor Size22.3 x 14.9 mm22.3 x 14.9 mm22.3 x 14.9 mm
Image Size5184 x 34565184 x 34565184 x 3456
Image ProcessorDigic 5Digic 5Digic 5
Viewfinder TypePentaprismPentaprism-
Viewfinder Coverage95%95%-
Viewfinder Magnification0.85x0.87x-
Continuous Shooting Speed5 FPS4 FPS4.3 FPS
Max Shutter Speed1/4000 to 30 sec1/4000 to 30 sec1/4000 to 60 sec
Native ISO SensitivityISO 100-12,800ISO 100-12,800ISO 100-12,800
Boosted ISO SensitivityISO 25,600ISO 25,600ISO 25,600
Autofocus System9 points9 points31 points
Video OutputH.264, Motion JPEGH.264, Motion JPEGH.264, MPEG-4
Video Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps)1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps)1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps)
LCD Size3″ Fully articulated TFT-LCD3″ Fixed TFT-LCD3″ Fixed TFT-LCD
LCD Resolution1,040,000 dots1,040,000 dots1,040,000 dots
Exposure Compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Battery Life440 shots (CIPA)380 shots (CIPA)230 shots (CIPA)
USB Version2.02.02.0
Dimensions133 x 100 x 79 mm117 x 91 x 69 mm109 x 66 x 32 mm
MSRP Price$749$649$589

Canon Announces the EOS T5i /700D


Canon Announces the EOS T5i
New Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera Packs Performance With New Creative ControlsCanon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce a new flagship model to its popular EOS Rebel line, the EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera. The incredible image quality and performance starts with an 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and Canon’s superb DIGIC 5 Image Processor. Combined with an extensive ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode), the EOS Rebel T5i boasts crisp, detailed images, even in low-light conditions. With a continuous shooting speed of up to 5.0 frames per second (fps) united with 9 all cross-type AF focus points, the new EOS Rebel T5i allows photographers the opportunity to shoot with ease, even in challenging shooting situations.

Product Highlights
  • STM Lens Support for Quiet AF in Movies
  • 18.0MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touch Screen LCD
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
  • Full HD 1080 Video with Continuous AF
  • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • 9-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Multi Shot Noise Reduction
  • Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S Lenses

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 21, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce a new flagship model to its popular EOS Rebel line, the EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera. The incredible image quality and performance starts with an 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and Canon’s superb DIGIC 5 Image Processor. Combined with an extensive ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode), the EOS Rebel T5i boasts crisp, detailed images, even in low-light conditions. With a continuous shooting speed of up to 5.0 frames per second (fps) united with 9 all cross-type AF focus points, the new EOS Rebel T5i allows photographers the opportunity to shoot with ease, even in challenging shooting situations.
When shooting in Live View mode, the Hybrid CMOS AF system enables speedy and accurate autofocus for photos and video. Coupled with Canon’s new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, available in the standard kit lens bundle, the EOS Rebel T5i takes full advantage of the Stepping Motor (STM) technology, which allows the lens to smoothly and silently focus on the subject whether it is moving or standing still. When combined with the camera’s high-resolution Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II and intuitive touch controls, the EOS Rebel T5i stands as Canon’s most “consumer-friendly” DSLR.
“Built to make advanced photography creative and fun, the EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera gives users exceptional image quality and fast, intuitive operation along with creative functions to help advance photographic expression,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
Expand Your Creativity with New Advanced Features
The EOS Rebel T5i provides amateur and advanced photographers looking to hone their creative and technical skills with a range of features that allow for crisp, clear images.
Whether it is adding saturation to a vivid landscape or applying a unique, vintage touch to a portrait, users who want to express their creativity can experiment with different effects and settings, composing a shot, by using one of Canon’s seven Creative Filters. When the Creative Filters are applied in Live View, users can preview the filter on the vari-angle three inch LCD touch screen without having to shoot the image first. Effects such as ArtBold, Water Painting, Grainy Black and White, Soft Focus, Toy Camera, Fish-Eye and Miniature let users pick and choose how to best express their creative vision before or after the image is captured.
The EOS Rebel T5i features advanced shooting modes to take creative imaging even further. When using one of the advanced shooting modes such as Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control or Multi-Shot Noise Reduction, multiple images are taken and combined within the camera to help create the best quality image based off of the shots taken. Providing quick and easy accessibility, a new mode dial with Scene modes has been included, allowing users the flexibility to select the subject matter while the camera determines the optimal settings.
Enhanced EOS Full HD Movie Mode
The EOS Rebel T5i offers easy-to-use professional video capture. When users switch to EOS Full HD Movie mode, the EOS Rebel T5i offers the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD video in a number of recording sizes and frame rates. With Canon’s Hybrid CMOS AF System and Movie Servo AF, the camera provides continuous AF for focus tracking of moving subjects by helping to reduce the camera’s need to “hunt”, resulting in a quick and smooth continuous AF. While shooting with one of Canon’s Stepping Motor (STM) lenses, such as the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, the camera will only capture the stereo sound of the scene being recorded. For added flexibility, the EOS Rebel T5i also features a built-in stereo microphone with manual audio level adjustment to enhance sound quality.
Expanded Lineup of STM Lenses
Canon is expanding the lineup of STM lenses by adding one new lens, which now gives users three choices that will allow for the capture of stunning images and video with the EOS Rebel T5i – the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM and the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens offers high magnification in a compact and lightweight EF-S standard zoom lens with an optical image stabilizer for up to four equivalent stops for shake correction. When paired with the Hybrid CMOS AF, it allows for smooth and quiet, continuous AF for photo and video capturing – making it the perfect combination for preserving those once in a lifetime moments.
The EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $749.99 for the body alone; $899.99 bundled with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens kit, and $1,099.00 with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens kit.
The new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens also is also scheduled to be available separately in April at an estimated retail price of $249.9

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Canon EOS-b Image, Price Leaked


Canon EOS Kiss X7
Canon EOS-b / Kiss X7 image now leaked on the web. Canon EOS-b is an entry-level DSLR        to be announced on March 22. Best Buy also leaked the specs of Canon EOS-b before.
Here is a detail specs below:
  • 18 mp sensor
  • DIGIC 5 image processor
  • 1.04 million dot 3-inch LCD monitor
  • 4 fps
  • Full HD
  • Shutter speed: 30 -1/4000 s
  • synchronous second 1/200
  • ISO range is 100-25600
  • 9 AF points
  • Special scenes can switch the shooting mode six set blur background – effects shots
  • hybrid CMOS AF II was a wider area
  • Media SD / SDHC / SDXC
  • Battery LP-E12
  • (body only) 370g, weighs 407g (battery, memory card included)
  • To be released on May 4, 2013.
  • Price: $799
  • EF -S 18-55mm lens kit is available with the IS STM, the double zoom kit.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Leaked: Canon EOS 100D / EOS-B 18MP DSLR Specifications

Canon EOS 100D Detailed Specs Appear
'Canon EOS-B Features:
18.0-megapixel CMOS APS-C sensor
Along with a DIGIC 5 image processor captures vibrant high-resolution images up to 5184 x 3456 pixels.
18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 EF-S zoom lens
For intricate picture detail.
3″ color TFT-LCD touch-screen display
With approximately 1,040,000 dots offers a clear view and easy navigation.
HD movie mode
Along with Movie Servo AF, a built-in monaural microphone and Video Snapshot with editing capabilities lets you shoot detailed video clips.
Burst shooting mode
Captures up to 4 fps for fast-action shots.
ISO 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600)
Enables shooting in a variety of lighting conditions.
9-point AF system
Features a high-precision, dual-cross f/2.8 center point that ensures ideal image capture when shooting through the viewfinder. Hybrid CMOS AF II offers a widened focusing area for enhanced speed and accuracy.
Optical viewfinder
With 95% coverage and approximately 0.87x magnification helps you frame your shot.
Built-in flash
With auto, flash on, flash off and slow sync modes helps create optimal lighting conditions. Red-eye reduction ensures natural-looking eyes in portraits.
Optical image stabilizer
With the included lens reduces image blur caused by camera shake for crisp pictures.
White balance controls
Include auto, preset (daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten light, white fluorescent light, flash) and custom white balance correction and bracketing, so you can achieve natural tones under different lighting conditions.
Scene modes
Include special scene modes (kids, food, candlelight, night portrait, handheld night scene, HDR backlight control) and more. Scene Intelligent Auto mode optimizes photos and provides enhanced scene detection when shooting at night.
Advanced imaging features
Include Effect Shot mode, background simulation and advanced creative filters, which can be displayed in real time during Live View shooting.
Face detection technology
Allows you to take high-quality pictures of family and friends.
Canon EOS-B Specifications
Warranty Terms – Parts1 year limited
Height3.6 inches
Width4.6 inches
Depth2.7 inches
Weight13.1 ounce
Megapixels (Effective)18.0A camera’s image sensor resolution measured in millions of tiny dots (pixels). Effective megapixels — the number of megapixels actually used to capture the image — is typically slightly lower than the number of total available megapixels.
Image ResolutionUp to 5184 x 3456The clarity of a digital image, determined by multiplying the number of pixels wide by the number of pixels high (e.g., 640 x 480).
Digital ZoomNoneThis is not true zoom, it is merely simulating zoom by enlarging the existing image’s pixels by cropping. The actual length of the lens does not change. Digital zooming results in reduced image quality, and should generally be avoided or turned off on your camera altogether. Optical zoom is recommended to ensure crisp, detailed photos.
Lens FeaturesEF-S 18 – 55mm f/3.5 – 5.6 IS zoom lens
Lens Focal Length(s)35mm equivalent 18 – 55mm (with included lens)The distance (in millimeters) from a camera’s image sensor to its lens, usually given in terms of the 35mm (film camera) equivalent. Cameras with optical zoom have a range of focal lengths, while cameras without optical zoom have a fixed focal length.
LCD Screen Size3″Size of the LCD screen, in inches, measured diagonally from corner to corner.
LCD Screen FeaturesColor TFT-LCD touch screen
ViewfinderOptical with 95% coverage and approximately 0.87x magnificationProvides the photographer with an approximation of what the lens is seeing. In addition to a conventional optical viewfinder, most digital cameras also provide a color LCD panel.
Image StabilizationYes, opticalDigitally compensates for camcorder shake so videos appear steady.
Face DetectionYes
Burst ModeYesAlso referred to as continuous shooting, burst mode captures multiple shots in rapid succession with a single click of the shutter. This is a useful feature when shooting subjects in motion.
Panorama ModeNo
Image StitchingNo
Internal MemoryNoneMemory that is built into a digital camera for storing images.
Compatible Memory FormatsSecure Digital (SD)|Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)|Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)Number of images that can be stored on a digital camera’s built-in memory and/or included removable memory cards. This number varies depending on the resolution of each image. The higher the resolution of the image, the more storage space it takes up.
Shutter Speeds30 – 1/4000 sec.The rate (typically measured in fractions of a second) at which a camera shutter opens and closes to capture an image. Slow shutter speeds are used for low-light conditions, while faster speeds are best for action shots.
Aperture Rangef/3.5 – 5.6 (with included lens)The range, expressed in f-stop numbers, from a camera’s largest lens opening setting to its smallest. The greater this range, the more manual control and creative license available to the photographer in regard to light and focus.
White BalanceAuto, preset (daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten light, white fluorescent light, flash), custom white balance correction, white balance bracketingSettings that assess and compensate for color conditions in any given lighting to ensure true-to-life color. Most digital cameras feature automatic white balance settings as well as the option to manually override such settings.
Flash ModesAuto, flash on, flash off, red-eye reduction on/off, slow syncFlash settings. Common modes include Auto (camera decides when the flash is needed), Red-Eye Reduction (minimizes eye reflections) and Fill (reduces deep shadows in bright sunlight).
External Flash MountYes(Also referred to as a hot shoe.) Available on some higher-end digital cameras (usually SLR digital cameras) to allow the addition of an external flash for extra light.
Focus Range9.8′ – infinityDistance over which the camera is capable of focusing on the subject.
Movie ModeYesCaptures short, low-resolution video clips, sometimes with sound.
ISO EquivalentAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12,800, 25,600Measurement of a digital camera’s light sensitivity, which is equivalent to a conventional camera’s film speed. The higher the ISO, the clearer the image in low-light conditions.
Camera DockNot included
Image Storage CapacityVariesNumber of images that can be stored on a digital camera’s built-in memory and/or included removable memory cards. This number varies depending on the resolution of each image. The higher the resolution of the image, the more storage space it takes up.
Batteries1 battery pack LP-E12 (included)
Imaging Sensor TypeCMOSType of element used to convert light into a digital image. The most common types are CCD (charge-coupled device) and CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor).
Imaging Sensor Size22.3mm x 14.9mmSize of the CCD or CMOS image sensor, usually measured in fractions of an inch (e.g., 1/1.8″ or 2/3″). In general, the larger the sensor, the better the picture quality.
Color CategoryBlack
HD Movie ModeYes
Smile ModeNo
Product Depth2.7″
Low-Light/High SensitivityYes
Max ISO12801 and higher
Frames Per Second1 – 4

Thursday, 14 March 2013

The AI Zoom-Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8P IF-ED lens to capture the new pope

AI Zoom-Nikkor 1200-1700mm f5.6-8P IF-ED lens

From Italian website La Stampa, posted two images of the Nikon’s “mother of all zoom lenses” - AI Zoom-Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8P IF-ED. The photographer uses this super lens to capture the new pope at Saint Peter’s Square.
This lens was also shown up at CP+ Show 2013 at Japan.
See more detail about this lens - AI Zoom-Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8P IF-ED
AI Zoom-Nikkor 1200-1700mm f5.6-8P IF-ED lens 1
 Photo taken with 1200-1700mm lens
Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica after being elected by the conclave of cardinals, at the Vatican, March 13, 2013. REUTERS-Dylan Martinez
Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica after being elected by the conclave of cardinals, at the Vatican, March 13, 2013.
REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Hasselblad Lunar mirrorless camera to be released in April

Hasselblad Lunar Mirrorless Camera
The Hasselblad Lunar mirrorless camera is to be release next month in April, source from AP.
Hasselblad Lunar was first introduced on Photokina last year. Here are the price and specs about this mirrorless camera.
  • 24.3MP APS-C sensor inside
  • 25 AF points
  • ISO range: 100 to 16000
  • 10 fps
  • Shutter release time lag: 0.02 second
  • 3 in. LCD
  • OLED viewfinder
  • The grip is made out of real wood. The company used carbon fiber, titanium, leather and gold to build this camera.
  • Italian design
  • Sony E and A mounts compatible
  • Price : around EUR 5,000 (around $6,500)

AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G vs. AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D Specs Comparison


Here is a specification comparison between the new AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR and old AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR lenses, just take a look below see what is difference between these two lenses:

 Nikkor lens AF-S 80-400mm
f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
 AF 80-400mm
f/4.5-5.6D ED VR
Focal Length Range80-400mm80-400mm
Zoom Ratio5x5x
Max Aperturef/4.5-5.6f/4.5-5.6
Min Aperturef/32-40f/32
Max Angle of View (DX)20°20°
Min Angle of View (DX
Max Angle of View (FX)30°10′30°10′
Min Angle of View (FX)6°10′6°10′
Max Reproduction Ratio0.2x0.42x
Lens Elements2017
Lens Groups1211
Compatible Format(s)FX
FX in DX Crop Mode
35mm Film
FX in DX Crop Mode
35mm Film
Vibration ReductionYesYes
Diaphragm Blades99
Nano Crystal CoatYes-
ED Glass Elements43
Aspherical Elements--
Super Integrated CoatingYesYes
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)Yes-
Internal FocusingYes-
Minimum Focus Distance5.74ft.(1.75m)7.5ft.(2.3m)
Close Range Correction
Focus ModeAuto
Rear Focusing
Filter Size77mm77mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-onScrew-on
Teleconverter UseYes-
Dimensions3.8×8.0in. (Diameter x Length)
95.5x203mm (Diameter x Length)
3.6×6.7in. (Diameter x Length)
91x171mm (Diameter x Length)
Weight56oz.(1570g) incl. tripod collar47oz.(1360g)
Lens Construction Comparison
MTF Chart Comparison

New Canon low-light sensor

New Canon low-light sensor can record images in pitch dark

A new Canon full frame sensor is capable of recording faint stars and capturing images in extreme low light.
New Canon low light sensor can record images in pitch dark
Canon has announced it has developed a new high-sensitivity 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor designed for video recording, which can capture Full HD video with low noise in the darkest of environments, according to the company.
The newly developed CMOS sensor features pixels measuring 19 microns square in size – which is more than 7.5 times the surface area of the pixels on the sensor in Canon’s flagship full-frame DSLR the Canon EOS-1DX.
“Thanks to these technologies, the sensor facilitates the shooting of clearly visible video images even in dimly lit environments with as little as 0.03 lux of illumination, or approximately the brightness of a crescent moon—a level of brightness in which it is difficult for the naked eye to perceive objects,” according to the Canon announcement.
“When recording video of astral bodies, while an electron-multiplying CCD,*2 which realizes approximately the same level of perception as the naked eye, can capture magnitude-6 stars, Canon’s newly developed CMOS sensor is capable of recording faint stars with a magnitude of 8.5 and above.”
The new Canon low-light sensor recording the night sky
Using a prototype camera which housed the new Canon full frame sensor, the company recorded footage of a dark room being illuminated only by burning incense sticks (approximately 0.05–0.01 lux) and video footage of the Geminid meteor shower.
The image below shows a moonlight scene recorded before and after increasing sensitivity using the new Canon full frame sensor.
The new Canon low light sensor can record in extreme dark
The company says it his aiming the new Canon full frame sensor at astronomical and natural observation, as well as medical support and the surveillance and security industries.
However, the announcement suggests that through further innovation the sensor could “expand the world of new imaging expression.”

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens Review

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens Review

A Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Lens has long been on my most-wanted Canon lens list, so I am excited to see this lens announced for delivery later in 2011 (Update: On Nov 15, 2011, Canon announced that this lens has been delayed until an unknown future date).
While many are asking me if the 200-400 is the upgrade for the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens, and while I expect that the 200-400 L will be a significant upgrade from the 100-400 L in all ways, I do not see these two lenses being in the same class - in size, weight, image quality - or price.
Price first. Being a super-telephoto lens with high-grade specs, I fully expect the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens to wear a super-high price tag. Hitting the buy button on the similarly-spec'd Nikon 200-400mm f/4G AF-S VR II Lens reveals the USA version currently selling for $6,800. With the built-in extender and more modern design, I would not be surprised to see the Canon 200-400 L selling for $11,000 - $13,000. And with the announced-at-the-same-time Canon EF 500mm f/4 IS L USM Lens arriving with a $9,500 price tag, I am perhaps being conservative with that estimate.
Size and weight next. With the built-in extender, I fully expect this lens to be at least as large as and even heavier than the Nikon 200-400. The Nikon lens is 4.88 x 14.37” (124 x 365mm) and weighs 7.4 lbs (3360g). While handholdable for very short periods of time, the Nikon 200-400 is more fun to use from a monopod or a tripod.
It is a super-telephoto Canon L Lens, so I fully expect extremely high image quality from this lens. The 100-400 has been quite good in this regard, but Canon's super-telephoto lenses have always been a class above even the other L lenses, so I expect we are going to see very impressive optical performance from this lens. Including impressive quality with the built-in 1.4x extender in use.
Let's take a closer look at the built-in extender. Since this lens is only a prototype as I write this, "look" is all we can do. And for now, looking is fun ...
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens
The Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens has inherited the built-in 1.4x extender (in concept at least) from the rare Canon FD 1200mm f/5.6 L Lens (picture on The 200-400 L is the first EF lens to receive built-in, switch on/off extender.
I love the concept. A lockable lever is used to move lens elements into or out of the optical path. A unique bulge is present near the lens mount to house the extender when not being used.
The huge advantages of a built-in extender over a conventional 1.4x extender are improved image quality and convenience. A built-in extender will be tuned to the lens it resides in, and it should therefore deliver better image quality.
Swapping a conventional extender in and out of use on a super-telephoto lens takes far more time than throwing a switch. A subject can easily be gone in that time. Extender installing/removing can also allow dust and moisture into the camera and lens - and gives to opportunity for the lens or extender to be dropped.
With the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens, the throw of a switch/lever instantly adds the 401-560mm f/5.6 range to the 200-400mm f/4 lens. The resulting 280-560mm f/5.6 IS Lens has a very useful focal range as well.
Hopefully Canon provides images of this lens with the bulge cover removed, because those cover screws are going to be very tempting to remove.
I was asked about the zoom ring being positioned in front of the ring as I've stated that I prefer rear-positioned zoom rings. I'm still trying to decide if the 200-400 L zoom ring positioning is going to be good or not. Since I don't expect to be handholding this lens a lot of the time, my left hand will often rest above the tripod ring area of the lens - and the 200-400 L design might work very well for this. When handholding the lens, my left hand is going to be directly under the lens far enough out to balance the setup. And I probably will not be rotating my support hand around the lens in this position as I will not have a solid-enough grip when doing so. So I guess I'm going to wait to form an opinion on this issue.
I was also asked if water and dirt were going to funnel into and pool in the extender switch area. My expectation is that the Canon engineers have thought of this issue and that we will not have problems in this regard.
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens
Sports and wildlife photographers are going to represent the largest market for this lens. Having a zoom range to work with in a long focal length lens of this class will increase the variety of images able to be captured without a lens change - and without cropping.
My (complete) guess is that we will see this amazing lens formally announced (including a price) in August and available around the end of the year.
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens

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Saturday, 9 March 2013

Nikon Coolpix A Hands-on Preview

Preview based on a pre-production Coolpix A

A number of factors have helped spur a great increase in the diversity of camera types now available. The Nikon Coolpix A - an APS-C compact with a fixed 28mm equivalent F2.8 lens - is the latest example and is something that would have seemed incredibly unlikely just a few years ago.
The ongoing competition from smartphones has prompted manufacturers to look for ways to offer higher image quality from compact cameras (and carve out the kinds of profit margins that no longer exist in the compact market). Meanwhile, the advent of the mirrorless camera has helped demonstrate that there's an enthusiast market that wants something other than a DSLR. And, in a quirk of fate, the popularity of smartphone shooting has helped introduce a new generation of photographers to the experience of shooting with prime lenses.
The large sensor, fixed-lens camera is a prime example of this new diversity, and the Coolpix A is just the latest offering. The 28mm-equivalent Nikon joins models from brands including Fujifilm, Sony and Sigma in offering small cameras with prime lenses.
The Nikon Coolpix A is built around a 16MP CMOS sensor - the same one that performed so spectacularly well in cameras such as the D7000. The sensor's microlenses have been designed to work with the camera's wide-angle lens, to reduce corner shading, despite the wide-angle lens mounting fairly close to the sensor. It doesn't gain the on-sensor phase detection elements that have started appearing on some of its contemporaries, however.
The Coolpix A follows the lead of the Pentax K-5 IIs and Nikon's own D7100 in doing away with the optical low-pass filter. We can only assume that Nikon's engineers have concluded that attempting to process out any additional moiré was the lesser evil, compared with the sharpness usually sapped by the filter.

Nikon Coolpix A key specifications

  • 16.2MP 'DX' format CMOS sensor
  • 18.5mm (28mm equivalent) F2.8 lens
  • ISO 100-6400 (with 12,800 and 25,600 equivalent extension settings)
  • 3.0" 920k dot LCD
  • 14-bit uncompressed NEF Raw shooting capability
  • Up to 4fps continuous shooting
  • 1080p movies at 24, 25 or 30fps
  • i-TTL compatible hotshoe
As with those other brands, this is an unashamedly enthusiast-targeted product. Nikon makes clear that the camera is primarily intended as a second camera for DSLR users, with PASM exposure modes brought to the fore, and a menu system that's 'much more DSLR familiar than Coolpix familiar.' So, while the Coolpix A does offer nineteen scene modes, including 'Pet Portrait,' they are all clustered together under a single option on the mode dial, leaving room for two user-definable positions.
The Coolpix A will be available in a choice of two colors - DSLR-style black and a 'titanium' colorscheme that brings to mind the elegant Contax G-series rangefinders.
In addition to its external controls and interface being consistent with Nikon's DSLRs, the camera is also compatible with Nikon DSLR accessories. It uses the same 7.4Wh battery as the 1 System J-series cameras and has an i-TTL compliant flash hotshoe. Sadly, though, while it does include a built-in flash, it isn't able to operate as a remote flash commander, so you'll have to attach at least an SB700 to the body to gain the ability to control flashguns remotely.

28mm equivalent Nikkor lens

The Coolpix A has a lens with 7 elements arranged in 5 groups, with one of those being an aspherical element. Nikon promises 'professional quality' in terms of sharpness and corner consistency. Mounting a wide-angle lens so close to the sensor poses a problem, one that Nikon says they've overcome in two ways, first by applying an anti-reflective coating to the sensor. Then they designed the microlenses to cope with the sharp angles from which light will approach the sensor.
The Coolpix A has a dedicated manual focus ring, which can be used to override autofocus at any time.

In front of it is a slim screw-off ring that covers a thread which can be used to mount an (optional) adaptor, to allow the use of 46mm filters or the HN-CP18 hood.

The lens extends when you power up the camera, so startup isn't immediate (although it's still pretty quick). It has a 7-bladed diaphragm and a lens shutter that work together for essentially silent operation. We do not yet know the how fast the flash sync speed is, though.

Movie shooting

The Coolpix A can capture 1080p movies at 24, 25 or 30 frames per second and save them in the MPEG4 format with H.264 compression. The camera provides full manual exposure control, but it doesn't include an external mic socket, limiting audio quality. The Coolpix A does offer the ability to trim the videos it's shot in-camera, if you simply want to edit a single clip for upload to the web, though. You can also extract a single fame as a still image.

Optional accessories

The Coolpix A has been designed to share a range of Nikon's DSLR accessories, including flashguns, IR remotes, GPS and Wi-Fi modules - clearly in the hope that existing Nikon users will add the camera to their kit bags. The only unique accessories are a hot shoe mounting optical viewfinder (which will costs around $450) and an UR-E24 adaptor/lens hood pack that allows the use of 46mm filters (recommended price around $130).
The DF-CP1 optical viewfinder includes brightlines that mark 90% scene coverage.

sourse :

7D Mark II will have a 32MP sensor ?

 (new specs list)

Canon EOS 7d Mark II
Photoshopped 7D Mark II
And the specs list for this new camera:
  • APS-C
  • 32MP sensor
  • 8 fps
  • 1920 / 60fps
  • 45 AutoFocus points
  • 1 CF cards slot
  • ISO / back screen / view finder / dof button same as 5D Mark III
  • GPS ( no wifi )
  • integrated Flash
  • heavy as 5D Mark III

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

MELVILLE, N.Y. (March 4, 2013) – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, a versatile FX-format telephoto zoom lens designed to provide top-class performance and a long reach for a variety of shooting scenarios. Sporting a long 5x zoom range, the 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G is capable of capturing vivid colors with exquisite sharpness, whether shooting stills or HD video. Ideal for sports and nature photography, the addition of the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR reaffirms Nikon’s commitment to providing a stable of lensing options for all types of photographers.

"Nikon’s next generation of the 80-400mm lens gives advanced photographers yet another top-quality NIKKOR lens to help capture every precise moment with intense detail and exceptional clarity," said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. "It’s a one lens solution that combines a versatile 5x zoom range, long focal length and core Nikon technologies to help create beautiful stills and HD video."

High-Performance, High-Power Zoom Nikon’s newest telephoto zoom lens features a versatile 80-400mm focal length (5x zoom equivalent) that offers photographers a high-power FX-format lensing option to help capture stunning stills and HD video. Whether birding or shooting from the stands, the lens is also compatible with DX-format bodies to extend the maximum reach to 120-600mm (35mm equivalent). Additionally, alongside a 1.4x teleconverter, the lens can be expanded to an f/8 aperture to retain compatibility with the AF system on the most recent Nikon D-SLR cameras.

The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is loaded with essential NIKKOR technologies to help ensure top performance for the advanced photographer, including Vibration Reduction (VR) allowing for up to four stops of image stabilization while Auto tripod detection VR allows for effortless stabilization when mounted on a tripod. The lens sports Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to prevent ghost and flare, a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) to ensure fast and quiet AF operation, and two focusing modes including M/A (AF with manual override) and M (manual). A new optical formula features 20 elements in 12 groups and includes one Super ED Glass Element and four ED glass elements for maximum clarity in a wide variety of shooting environments.

Price and Availability

The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR will be available in early April 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,699.95.*1 For more information on these and other NIKKOR lenses as well as other Nikon products,