The Agony Of Choice – Vintage/Modern Lens Shootout


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Daniel Bichler and I created a unique lens shootout between modern glass and famous vintage lenses, shot on our RED DSMC2 MONSTRO 8K VV camera. As a cinematographer nowadays you have hundreds of lens options when creating your work, it’s hard to choose the “right“ one. We have made a lot of films on Zeiss … Continued

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Is Sony’s Pace of Innovation Actually Hurting the Photo Industry?


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Over the past five years, Sony has done more to push digital imaging forward than just about anybody else. But their incredible pace of innovation is straining an industry that just can’t keep up, and the cracks are starting to show.

Earlier this week, Sony released yet another a7 camera. It’s the fourth a7R Sony has made in less than 6 years, and the 10th full-frame mirrorless camera its released over the same period—all while adding 7 more cameras to its APS-C E-Mount system, debuting the G Master line of high-end lenses, and dominating the compact camera space with the

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Canon Will ‘Definitely’ Add IBIS to ‘Select’ DSLRs Soon: Report


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We’ve known for several months now that Canon was working on IBIS for its full-frame mirrorless EOS-R system, but a recent patent and a new rumor indicates that this tech might make its way into Canon’s DSLRs as well… and soon.

The first indication of this possibility was a patent spotted by Northlight Images last week, but since a patent only rarely indicates a soon-to-be-released technology we decided to hold off on reporting about it. But now, Canon Rumors is reporting that Canon will “‘definitely’ bring IBIS to ‘select’ DSLRs in the near future.”

How near? According to the

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70-200mm Shootout: Nikon Takes the Crown, Sony G Master Needs Work


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Roger Cicala at LensRentals is on a quest. A quest to MTF everything that moves… or in this case zooms. After putting off zoom lens comparisons as long as possible, Roger finally bit the bullet and published his 70-200mm f/2.8 MTF chart comparison.

What’s an MTF Chart?

For those of you who need a refresher, MTF charts measure a lens’ contrast and resolution from the center all the way out to the corners, putting hard numbers to a lens’ overall sharpness. Additionally, this sharpness is measured at various “lines per millimeter” so that you can see how well the

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Venus Optics Brings 15mm f/2 and 10-18mm Lenses to Canon RF and Nikon Z


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Chinese lens maker Venus Optics is bringing two of its ultra-wide angle lenses to Canon and Nikon’s full-frame mirrorless systems. The Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D, which is now available for both the Canon RF and Nikon Z mounts, and the Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom, which will only be released for the Nikon Z system.

Venus Optics made a name for itself with its “Zero-D” line of ultra-wide lenses with minimal distortion, and now the brand is trying to expand its influence to Nikon and Canon’s full-frame mirrorless mounts by porting over two manual focus lenses that were previously

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PowerShot G5 X Mark II & G7 X Mark III: would Ansel Adams use these cameras?


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The new  Canon PowerShot G cameras bring some changes to the popular G5 and G7 models, from a pop-up electronic viewfinder on the G5 X Mark II, to a first for the whole family: 4K video shooting.

The two new members of Canon’s PowerShot G family are officially announced and Canon refers to them as “new large sensor compact cameras that deliver a harmonious blend of performance and portability”. The company also takes the opportunity to mention Ansel Adams, one of the greatest landscape photographers, who once said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”, and then adds

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Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.4 IS is First Full Frame Lens with Dynamic IS


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Canon has officially announced the new RF 24-240mm f/4-6.4 IS lens, a new 10x all-in-one lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras with an “entry-level price tag.”

The new lens is the 6th in the RF lineup and the first telephoto zoom lens.

Nano USM in the lens provides users with fast and precise autofocusing when shooting both still photos and videos. It provides full-time manual focusing, allowing photographers to make adjustments while in AF mode.

A pioneering feature of the lens is the Dynamic IS — it’s the first full-frame Canon lens to offer it, and it allows for

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Canon Unveils the PowerShot G7 X III and G5 X Mark II


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Canon has announced two new PowerShot G-Series point-and-shoot cameras, the G7 X III and G5 X Mark II. The cameras are successors to the PowerShot G7 X II and PowerShot G5 X, respectively.

Both cameras feature 20-megapixel 1-inch stacked CMOS sensors backed by DIGIC 8 image processors. They can shoot at up to 20fps with a maximum ISO of 12,800.

For video recording, both cameras can capture 4K/30p, 1080/60p (and 120p), HDR, and high frame rate movie with no crop. Both cameras have 180-degree tilting screens that are designed for selfies.

Other shared features include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, pop-up

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Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM


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Canon has expanded its RF lens range with the launch of the full frame RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM. This all-in-one compact travel lens offers a 24-240mm 10x zoom range that gives users the ability to capture anything from wide-angle shots to telephoto close-ups. Following the development announcement of six RF lenses in February and … Continued

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Mirrorless vs DSLR: Is Canon’s New RF 85mm f/1.2L Lens Worth It?


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Ever since Canon and Nikon debuted their latest lens mounts, there’s been a lot of talk about the “optical advantages” of the shallower, wider Z and RF-mounts. Canon even released a video more-or-less shaming their own EF lenses by comparison. But does this translate into meaningful real-world results?

Photographer Matt Granger recently set out to answer this question by comparing the tried and true Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II on the Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR against the brand new Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L on the Canon EOS R.

Matt tested both setups using identical settings both in

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Canon Increased Market Share in 2018 But Camera Market Continues to Bleed


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Nikkei published its 2018 digital camera market trends report yesterday, and the news is grim. While Canon, Fuji and Olympus all saw their global market share increase last year, total sales volume for digital cameras dropped by a whopping 22%.

The story is perhaps rosiest for Canon, whose 40.5% market share represents an increase of 3.9% over 2017. Meanwhile, its closest competitors both saw market share drop, with Nikon logging 19.1% (a decrease of 2.7%) and Sony at 17.7% (a drop of 0.7%). Fujifilm, meanwhile, increased its market share by 1.3% to a

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How to Do Back Button Focusing on Your Canon DSLR or Mirrorless


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Back button focusing involves decoupling a camera’s autofocus from the shutter button and moving it to a button under the right thumb on the back. Here’s a helpful 4.5-minute video by Canon Australia showing how you can get started with this next-level focusing technique on your Canon DSLR or mirrorless camera.

Canon Collective Ambassador Kass Brumley starts out by explaining what back button focus is and what its advantages are (e.g. being able to easily lock focus when needed through multiple shots), and then she walks through the steps involved in getting it set up.

The four basic

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More Companies Like Canon Should Use Crowdfunding Websites


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When I first learned that Canon was planning on using a crowdfunding website to launch a new product, I thought to myself “this is going to be a PR disaster.” My knee jerk reaction was to think that it’s unacceptable for a company like Canon to use websites like Indiegogo in order to launch a product. Surely it has more than enough money available to develop products without asking for it from the public.

Now that I’ve had a little time to think on the matter, I realize now that this is probably the best thing to happen to

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Canon is Crowdfunding a ‘Clippable’ Camera Through Indiegogo


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Canon took the photography world by surprise this week when the imaging giant announced that it would try to fund one of its upcoming cameras through the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. The mysterious IVY REC will be a “clippable, go anywhere camera” that Canon has deemed interesting enough to try, but not necessarily promising enough to pay for ahead of time.

Details about the upcoming campaign are sparse. For now, the only info available on the IVY REC exists on an Indiegogo landing page where you can sign up to receive a notification when the campaign launches. What we do know

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Canon C200 price drop


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Canon has dropped the prices on their C200 and C200B digital cinema cameras by $1000 USD. Here are the new prices: Canon EOS C200 Cinema Camera (EF-Mount) $6499 USD Canon EOS C200B Cinema Camera with Accessory Kit (EF-Mount) $6499 USD Canon EOS C200B Cinema Camera (Body Only) (EF-Mount) $4999 USD Canon Cinema EOS C200 with … Continued

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I Switched from Canon to Sony 4 Years Ago. Here Are 8 Things I’ve Learned.


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I switched to Sony from Canon on December 31, 2014. Since then, I’ve cranked through over 50,000 frames on my Sony cameras in the past 4+ years of shooting.

I upgraded to the Sony a7 III in October 2018, following a brief stint where I considered a switch to Fujifilm or Olympus.

So now’s a good time to take a look back at the pluses — and minuses — of my switch to Sony from Canon.

Let’s start with something you need to hear if you are thinking of switching camera system:

1. Reality Check: There Is No Perfect System

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Did Canon just say that DSLRs are dead?


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Canon may have just announced that the modern DSLR is dead. In a recent video explaining the technology behind the new RF lens, the company talks about a new age and mirrorless is the keyword used.

Which system is better: reflex or mirroless? The question has divided opinions and no one has, yet, found the right answer. The problem, though, may be that those discussing the advantages and disadvantages of both systems looked at the cameras, when they should look at lenses. Yes, cameras are important, and those who have opted for mirrorless say their system is better, while those

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Canon: Here’s Why RF Lenses Can Be Better Than EF Lenses


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Canon made this 4.5-minute video explaining the technology of its new RF lens mount for full-frame mirrorless cameras and its strengths over conventional (e.g. EF) lens mounts.

“[W]hat makes these lenses so outstanding?” Canon writes. “This video introduces the innovative features of RF lenses that open up new possibilities in photographic expression.”

Canon says that RF lenses are superior to conventional lenses when it comes to minimizing aberrations caused by refraction, especially at the outer edges of photos.

If the “back focus” distance between a lens’ rear element and the camera’s sensor is too far, the

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Canon Was Blinded by Sony and the ‘Mirrorless Revolution’


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Based on a number of conversations I’ve had and a few minor polls I’ve conducted, most people seem to believe that Canon made the right decision by producing a mirrorless system. Now my sample size is quite small so this may or may not be a true reflection, but I have an opposing view to this. I firmly believe that Canon made the wrong choice by developing a new mirrorless system with a new mount.

I’ve long believed that Canon should have continued with the EF mount. I get the feeling that Canon panicked a little and decided to rush into mirrorless to chase after Sony. In

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Cine Gear: Canon Shows Off Sumire Prime Lenses


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Sporting t-shirts showing the Cine Gear 2019 attendees how exactly to pronounce Sumire, Canon’s new PL Prime Lens line up, Canon also set up an example shoot to show off the beautiful lenses. Seeing is believing. Pronounced “Soo-mee-ray,” these new Canon prime lenses deliver a creamy interesting image when the aperture is wide open.

Covering the core range of focal lengths that cinema professionals desire, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the company’s first set of seven cinema prime PL-Mount lenses, aptly named Sumire Prime. Pronounced “Soo-mee-ray,” the word

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