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2016.09.15

Just this morning, Canon unveiled a completely new member of their M-system of mirrorless cameras. The Canon EOS M5 takes a huge leap ahead of its predecessors with a new 24 MP APS-C (1.6X) Dual-Pixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 processor in a completely redesigned body with unprecedented level of controls among Canon interchangeable lens digital cameras!

Having a new system allows Canon to review much of its legacy and improve ergonomics and user-interface. While this did not happen when the original EOS M was launched, the M5 unleashed today wipes everything clean with a highly ergonomic design featuring ultra-efficient controls. The Canon EOS M5 is the very first Canon ILC to offer triple control-dials and we already know it makes better use of them than the very-capable Canon Powershot G5 X. The M5 is also the very first Canon ILC to be freezeproof. It can operate down to -10°C (15°F) which no Canon DSLR can handle. Huge surprise here!

Canon EOS M5

Now that we are getting over the most exciting news, let us go over the core capabilities of this mirrorless camera. Images are recorded by a 24 megapixels APS-C 1.6X-Crop CMOS sensor with Dual-Pixel AF. This sensor contains twice the number of photosites as pixels and so is able of performing Phase-Detection at every pixel. This allows the M5 to track focus and smoothly transition to follow subjects across the frame. Canon provides with M5 with a large number of focus modes, including DMF, and Touch-Focus via the rear touchscreen LCD.

The 24 MP sensor has a standard ISO 100 – 25600 sensitivity range and can capture full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS using a high-quality MPEG-4 codec. Given this is a mirrorless camera, there is no mirror mechanism but there is still a mechanical shutter which offers a standard 1/4000s to 30s shutter-speed range. Canon does not mention BULB mode for this camera, so 30 seconds is unfortunately a hard-limit.

This sensor is paired with a powerful DIGIC 7 processor that is capable of capturing full-resolution images continuously at a speedy 9 FPS. This goes slightly down to a  respectable 7 FPS when performing continuous autofocus. The M5 has a buffer deep enough for 26 JPEG, although we do not know how many RAW files can fit. Naturally, the M5 can shoot JPEG, RAW or RAW+JPEG.

Canon EOS M5

The M5 provides a high number of external controls. There is a traditional Mode dial, a direct Exposure-Compensation dial and the triple control-dials already mentioned, plus plenty of buttons and a standard 4-way controller with functions assigned to each cardinal direction. The control-dials are highly customizable and the upper-rear one can be set to directly control ISO. A dedicated Video mode should make this mirrorless ready to record action easily.

A 0.39″ EVF with 2.4 megapixels and Eye-Start sensor is built right into the Canon EOS M5. This provides a detailed heads-up-display (HUD) to frame precisely and monitor the status of the camera. A movable AF-frame shows precisely where the camera is focusing and can be moved by touching the rear LCD. Speaking of display, the one on the M5 is quite large at 3.2″ and incredibly sharp at 1.6 megapixels.

There are an unprecedented number of connectivity features on the Canon EOS M5. It offers built-in WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth, a Wired Remote terminal and a Infrared receiver. Micro USB 2.0 and HDMI out complete connectivity options.

The Canon EOS M5 is scheduled to be available this Novermber for a suggested price of $979 USD. As this is bound to be a hot item, be sure to place your preorders at Amazon, Best Buy, Adorama or B&H Photo.

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2016.09.09

Think Tank Photo just unveiled the third generation of rolling camera bags designed to satisfy the needs of photographers while also meeting common airline carry-on rules.

The new Airport International V3.0 and Airport Security V3.0 camera bags offer improved handles and greater durability compared to their predecessors. These different sized bags are designed to meat US domestic and International carry-on-size requirements, respectively. Keep in mind that these are not 100% universal, so it is advised to check with the airline before travelling.

The Airport International V3.0 holds two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached, plus two to four additional lenses, a 15” laptop, and a 10” tablet. The roller fits up to a 500mm f/4 detached or 400mm f/2.8 attached. The Airport Security V3.0 holds two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached plus four to six additional lenses, a 17” laptop, anda 10” tablet. The bag fits up to a 600mm F/4 detached or 500mm F/4 attached.

Think Tank Airport International V3.0

Key Features

  • Specially designed interior to maximize gear for carry on: the Airport International meets international carry on size requirements; the Airport Security meets U.S domestic and most international carry on size requirements.
  • Dedicated padded laptop and tablet compartments located in a lockable pocket.
  • TSA-approved zipper locks for the main compartment, and high-strength coated cable and combination lock for the laptop compartment and securing your bag to an immovable object.
  • Custom designed retractable handle with inset channel on aluminum tubing for added strength and durability.
  • Quick and easy access to the retractable handle.
  • Tripod mount pocket on side (additional straps included for larger tripods).
  • Expansive top compartment cradles large camera bodies for the perfect fit.
  • Unique serial number for Lost & Found registration.
  • Interior zippered pockets for batteries, memory cards, filters and accessories.
  • User-replaceable retractable handle, wheels, wheel housings, feet and kick plate extend product life.
  • Extra tall wheel housings protect your bag from scrapes and scratches.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included.
  • Stretchable front pocket.
  • Handles on three sides ensure rapid and easy retrieval from overhead bins, car trunks, etc.
  • Reinforced dividers support heavy gear and maintain strength over time.
  • Hypalon reinforced rear corners for increased durability.
  • Business card holder on top for easy identification.

Materials

Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water repellent (DWR) coating, plus underside of fabric has a polyurethane coating. The roller bags are also constructed with 1680D ballistic nylon, YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers,custom designed extra tall skid plates, high performance 80mm super quiet wheels with sealed bearings, Span Kodra front pocket, rubberized laminate reinforcement, nylon webbing, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane backed Velex liner and dividers, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover, closed-cell foam and reinforced.

Airport International V3.0

  • Interior Dimensions: 13” W x 18.5” H x 6.5–7.5” D (33 x 47 x 16.5–19.1 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 21” H x 8” D (35.6 x 53.3 x 20.3 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 9.4” x 10” x 0.5” (24 x 25.5 x 1.3 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 10.6” x 15” x 1.2” (27 x 38 x 3 cm)
  • Weight: 9.6–11.5 lbs. (4.4–5.2 kg)

Airport Security V3.0

  • Interior Dimensions: 13” W x 21” H x 7–8” D (33 x 53.3 x 17.8–20.3 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 22” H x 9” D (35.6 x 55.9 x 22.9 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 9.4” x 10” x 0.5” (24 x 25.5 x 1.3 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 11.4” x 16.1” x 1.2” (29 x 41 x 3 cm)
  • Weight: 11.1–12.9 lbs. (5–5.8 kg)

These professional camera bags can be ordered directly from the Think Tank Photo website.

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2016.09.09

In advance of Photokina 2016, a number of lens manufacturers have announced Cinema lenses designed for professional videography using DSLRs and mirrorless digital cameras. These lenses are characterized by externally mechanical gears to drive focus and zoom smoothly. Sony joined the party with a new Power Zoom model, allowing for smooth user-controlled change of focal-length from the lens directly.

Sony E PZ 18-110mm F/4G OSS

The new Sony E PZ 18-110mm F/4G OSS is designed for E-mount mirrorless cameras with an APS-C sensor and covers an equivalent 27-165mm focal-range. It offers a constant F/4 maximum aperture throughout the zoom range. The optical formulation of this lens features internal zoom and focus mechanisms to prevent focus-breathing and stay stable while either is being changed. The focus drive can be switch on the lens between Manual and Servo control, allowing for both automatic and manual operation.

This video lens incorporates a optical image stabilization to make videos less shaky and images sharper. An optional tripod collar allows for even greater stability, considering this lens is heavier than most mirrorless cameras. The front of the lens supports 95mm screw-on filters which are becoming a common among Cinema lenses.

The Sony E PZ 18-110mm F/4 G OSS is scheduled to ship this November for $3500 USD or $4500 CDN.

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2016.08.25

Along with the introduction of their EOS 5D Mark IV earlier today, Canon announced two new version of some of their most classic full-frame lenses.

Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L III USM

The Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L III USM replaces version II before it with a new optical design offering improved edge-to-edge sharpness and resistance to flare. Fluorine coatings on front and back elements was added to repel water and oil. Weather-resistance has also been greatly improved.

Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS II USM

The Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS II USM replaces the workhorse lens of the EF system. With an ultra-wide to telephoto coverage on a full-frame camera, this lens is extremely versatile. The new version has a new optical formula to improve sharpness and protection from water and oil one front and rear elements. The biggest improvement is a new image stabilization system which is said to be effective to 4 stops, compared to 2½ on the original version. This lens also has an upgraded weatherproof construction.

Both lenses are schedule to be available in October. The suggested price for the EF 16-35mm F/2.8L III USM is $2200 USD. The EF 24-105mm F/4L IS 2 USM has its price set for $1100 USD.

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2016.08.25

After 4½ years, the legendary Canon EOS 5D series got a successor today. The just-announced Canon EOS 5D Mark IV features a completely new imaging pipeline with the autofocus system from the flagship Canon EOS 1D X Mark II in a body nearly identical to the 5D Mark III reviewed here.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

This professional DSLR introduces a 30 megapixels Full-Frame CMOS sensor with Dual-Pixel AF that can measure phase at every pixel, allowing incredibly smooth continuous autofocus in Live-View and during video capture. For standard shooting via the large 0.71X magnification 100% coverage viewfinder, the 5D Mark IV offers the same 61-point Phase-Detect AF system as the 1D X Mark II, including 41 cross-type points. Incredibly, the new Dual-Pixel AF is even more sensitive than the traditional AF-sensor, managing to focus down to -4 EV compared to a respectable -3 EV.

One of the area where the 5D Mark III achieved the most fame is its video performance and feature set. The Mark IV version takes this up a huge notch with Cinema 4K video at 30 FPS in addition to 1080p at 60 FPS and 720p at 120 FPS. Yet another novelty is the addition of HDR video when recording 1080p video at 30 FPS. Note that Cinema 4K video is taken from a 1.6X crop area, rather than the full-sensor, and is captured at 4096×2160 rather than the usual 4K Ultra-HD.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV boasts a fast DIGIC 6+ processor which lets it capture full-resolution images at 7 FPS indefinitely or up to 17 RAW files. Speaking of RAW, a completely new Dual-Pixel RAW format makes its debut with this DSLR. This double-size file includes information at all 60 million photosites. Canon software can use that information to perform micro-focus adjustment, change bokeh and even reduce ghosting!

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

The new 30 megapixels sensor offers improved dynamic-range thanks to on-chip analog-to-digital conversion, allowing it to deliver a  ISO 100 to 32,000 standard sensitivity range, expandable to ISO 50 – 102,400. A mechanical shutter provides a 1/8000-30s shutter-speed range. The 5D Mark IV offers a built-in GPS with digital compass, allowing it to record position, elevation and orientation with great precision. There is also built-in WiFi and NFC which are new to this iteration of the 5D.

As a professional DSLR, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has a 100% coverage viewfinder and dual control-dials in a weatherproof body. Weather-sealing is said to have been improved from previous generations. There is also a joystick to control the autofocus area and a large number of external controls which are inherited from the 5D Mark III.

Canon expects to ship the Mark IV next month for a suggested price of $3500 USD. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders.

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