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Could be something else, but we're in the right timeframe for the 5D mk4
11th An interesting Canon patent puts polarising elements in front of some groups of pixels on a sensor, with the aim of improving sensor based AF with no movement of the lens focus elements. [EG via Google xlt]
The polarising elements alternate the plane of polarisation.
Whilst final focus might require some back and forth focus movement, the better estimate for initial movement you can get, the faster and smoother the focus action is.
The patent used a full frame 300/2.8 lens as an example - note no mirror ;-)
In a patent from Samsung [ISW], the colour filter array is replaced with beam splitters.
This means that some of the coloured light normally lost in filtering is pushed into adjacent pixels for that colour
Samsung have related patents in October and February of last year (2015 rumours/news)
3rd Add the earthquake hitting sensor supplies (for everyone but Canon) to the ongoing slide in camera sales and you get the worst figures yet for shipments from CIPA.
For some analysis of the figures see Thom Hogan's comments [TH]
Rumours have gone fairly quiet of late, but I'm hoping for a pickup this month, as we get closer to Photokina camera releases.
I'm looking for a distinct sea-change in rumour quality as wish lists and guesses drop out of the way for 'real' stuff, and the rumour sites are not just lists of 'deals' ;-)
BTW I've still got a 24" Canon PRO-2000 printer here for review - if anyone has any questions, please do let me know. It has a few distinct differences to the PRO-1000 I reviewed, but print quality is similar (i.e. excellent).
28th Canon have acknowledged a problem with the 1DX2 and some SanDisk CF cards, leading to image corruption.
24th A 'no 6D2 until 2017' comment [CR] includes a suggestion that there will be a new model designation in the EOS range.
Surely not the long expected 3D or 9D or 8D or 4D or 2D or something entirely new...
The Hasselblad mirrorless reminded me just how little real pushing the boundaries we've seen from Canikon - have a read of Thom Hogan's interesting take [TH]
16th I was recently interviewed for Episode 42 of the Breathing Color Podcast.
Karen recommends my 20+ minutes spot, talking about how to make a living in photography, as an excellent counter to insomnia. There is even a transcript, for those having difficulty with my Suffolk accent ;-)
15th Selling cameras in small quantities is a tough business - have a read of Thom Hogan's comments about why small camera shops find it so hard, and why the camera companies will push many out of business (and then wonder why)[TH]
Meanwhile - here's something for all those 5x4 sheets some of you have laying around. Pentax (Ricoh) announce a 5x4 duplicator. [PxR]
...available in 4x5 for those of you in the US ;-)
3rd The April CIPA figures are out and the bump in March this year, that led some to dream that the decline was over, reverts to form. There are more details available [PR] but Thom Hogan usually posts the best thought out observations on these figures in due course.
I'm inclined to wonder if the bump (shipments not sales) was more the result of companies wanting to shore up figures for their annual reports or trying to meet other forecasts.
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25th In a Sony financial announcement it includes this: "...terminate the development and manufacturing of high-functionality camera modules for external sale." [ISW]
Does this mean advanced sensors (MF 100MP for example) or does it refer to complete camera units, such as might be found in phones or the innards of the old Hasselbling range?
A Canon PRO-2000 printer turns up for me to review - then leaves again, since when loaded with ink it can't be tilted and is too big to get into our house :-(
22nd Even if I use Canon equipment, I want Nikon to push Canon and the photography business forward - Not so good signs though in a deeper look at Nikon figures by Thom Hogan [TH]
20th Sorry for the paucity of rumours this week - Keith's on holiday
A 5Ds body with a 120MP sensor appears in China [DCF - xlt]
That's RAW files around 210+MB a nifty 13,248 x 8,832 resolution. Having seen the improved quality of 50MP 5Ds files over my 1Ds3, I'd have no difficulty with 120MP. Let the 'files too big 'whinging start :-)
The DLO feature of the 1DX 2 causes problems with some Sigma lenses - problem? -- Turn Peripheral illum. corr. to OFF for that lens [SLRL]
6th Looks as if the Speedlite 600EX-RT may well get an update shortly [CR]
4th Thom Hogan gives his usual succinct overview of camera sales figures [TH] As ever, compact cameras continue their slide, but mirrorless figures? well, 'it depends'...
Still no sign of organic based sensors, but a Toshiba patent (and hence likely available to Sony) covers a different molecule with a different spectral sensitivity [EG via Google xlt]
29th A Canon patent uses a variable light transmittance element to enable aperture to be altered without adjusting shutter speed [EG via Google xlt]
It's it's like having a variable ND filter in place that's coupled to the aperture setting (or T stop for video)
As you open up the lens, the exposure is maintained by reducing the amount of light let through, so that you don't need to change ISO or shutter speed, just pick your required DOF
One for the video crowd - I rarely ever use filters, so no obvious use springs to mind. I guess it might be easier to use flash outdoors in bright sun so YMMV ;-)
25th A new Canon patent looks at offset microlenses. [EG via Google xlt] above the colour filter (F).
Towards the edge of a sensor, obliquely angled light from a wide angle lens can partly miss the underlying sensor part of a pixel (PD).
This can be mitigated by offsetting the microlenses (ML).
The degree of offset increases away from the centre of the sensor.
Unfortunately if you want to use different types of lens, such as telecentric designs or even just a long focus lens, the rays now hit the sensor at less of an angle, and the offset lens causes some light to be lost (L1), leading to vignetting.
Canon's patent uses lenses of a more complex shape that are not offset.
The shape of the lens 'leans' towards the centre of the sensor (although not clear in the limited detail of the translated patent, this would mean the lenses would lean in different directions and amounts across the sensor).
These leaning lenses work with a wide range of incident light angles.
A further refinement uses dual lenses so that the light does not need to be internally reflected from the surface of the lightguide (LG) - think of the lightguide as a sort of funnel for photons, part of the chip's structure - not a lens
This second lens (IL) may also ease the need to vary the lens shape by quite as much across the sensor.
As an aside, I'd note that this whole problem becomes more serious as you reduce back focus distance for a camera system. It would be much more important if you wanted to put a full frame sensor in an EF-M body...
22nd Sony make sensors for a lot of companies. Damage from a recent earthquake may shut down manufacturing for a while [Sony] Canon use their sensors for several smaller cameras, but APS-C and FF sensors are their own. Hardest hit will be companies like Nikon and obviously Sony themselves, but many other companies rely heavily on Sony.
20th A Canon patent covers the addition of WiFi/GPS to cameras with metal bodies [EG via Google xlt]
16th The runes are cast [CR] with guestimates of...
5D4 Aug 16 | High End M Oct 16 | 6D2 Feb 17 | M4 Feb 17
Time to wheel out the timeline again...
The 750/760 should last into next year too, and the still excellent 100D could linger on with a Digic 6 version next year. (I'm currently testing the Venus 60mm macro and 15mm shift macro lenses with ours)
1Ds Mk II
1Ds Mk III
1D Mk II
1D Mk IIn
1D Mk III
1D Mk IV
5D Mk II
5D Mk III
7D Mk II
100D SL1 X7
1000D Rbl XS Kiss F
1100D Rebel T3 X50
1200D T5 X70
Note: dates start in announcement quarter, not shipping dates.
12th In the UK, there are a whole range of Canon lens/camera rebates currently running - there is a page with all the various combinations and deals at Park Cameras
7th A Canon PRO-1000 printer has just turned up for a review - questions? feel free to email me...
6th For a detailed and interesting view of the CIPA figures (graph below), see Thom Hogan's remarks [TH]
4th I was updating the Canon s/w page and noticed that the latest version of DPP (4.4.30) adds support for quite a few older cameras.
"Newly supported PowerShot G7 X Mark II, EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS Kiss X80 / EOS REBEL T6 / EOS 1300D, EOS 80D, EOS Kiss X4 / EOS REBEL T2i / EOS 550D, EOS Kiss X3 / EOS REBEL T1i / EOS 500D, EOS Kiss X2 / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi / EOS 450D, EOS Kiss F / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS / EOS 1000D, EOS 50D, EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS-1D Mark III, PowerShot G16, PowerShot S120, PowerShot G1 X"
2nd A few bits of info about the new K1 FF Pentax in a trade show interview [IR] see also the Pentax K1 site [Px]
29th The CIPA camera shipment figures for January are out - only one data point for this year, but I don't see this years curve being much more than a lower version of the two previous years above it.
23rd A Canon patent for a hybrid viewfinder. The light from the EVF (top centre) is reflected left and then right to the eye. The split prism below the EVF combines this info with the normal view [EG via Google xlt]
14th Several years ago (2005) I was talking to some people at Canon about developments in the camera market and how they regarded the competition. Nikon, was well ... they were Nikon and would develop cameras for pro photographers and support them. Sony was the bigger 'threat' from a technology POV, but would never gain traction in the 'Pro' market without a significant investment in the support services that are vital to many working pro photographers.
What reminded me of this?
A short article by a pro photographer in Australia [PP] explains why he's given up on Sony kit for his work.
Note - I have absolutely no problem with considering Sony kit for my work from a technical view, but I want to know that if it goes wrong, I'm going to get the same sort of service that I've come to expect from Canon. When your living depends on having kit available when you need it, things like this are something you take notice of.
10th After some pretty solid leaks, the Canon 1300D/T6 is announced [1300D page]
Not available until mid-year, I should have a full review when one is available to look at.
3rd Radar for your DSLR? A Ricoh patent uses radar to estimate distances to make it easier to remove the effects of mist and fog...[EG via Google xlt]
A Canon patent uses a fibre plate (3) to couple a curved plane of focus to a flat sensor (4). Very wide angle in this example. The bottom diagram shows how total internal reflection takes light through the plate. [EG via Google xlt]
Such plates of fibres have been round a while, such as in an image intensifier tube assembly I've got in my 'junk box'. They have never been cheap, so this patent is likely for a quite specialised use
1st Interesting Canon interview - Canon are still waiting for better AF and VF for mirrorless [DPR]
We were just sent a new video about the 1Dx2, including 1Dx 2 video footage - see the 1Dx2 page.
A Canon US patent shows a deformation of pixel microlenses towards the edge of a sensor, so as to improve responses for off axis rays. [USPTO]
26th -- Reviews info: I've just had an Epson SC-P7000 turn up for review. If anyone has any specific questions, please email me?
Version 1.1.0 is of the ColorChecker passport software is available from X-Rite - it fixes the 40MP limit for DNG files from earlier versions, and works for Lightroom 6.1
25th A Canon patent [EG via Google xlt] adds sensor movement (back and forward) to improve contrast AF
Here's an animated version of the diagrams from the patent
Note the flexing element (blue) below the sensor (red), which bends to move the sensor part back and forth
23rd APS-H is back!
Well, more to the point, Sigma announced two upcoming Foveon based bodies one with an APS-C sensor and one with a larger APS-H version
- 36.4MP CMOS sensor. A low-pass-less
- Realistic resolution (pixel shift)
- Image processing engine PRIME IV
- Sensor Size: 35.9 x 24.0mm
- Video is full HD 60p
- 4K interval movie
- 14-bit RAW
- DR II
- KAF2 mount (KAF3, KAF2, KAF, KA, there is compatible with power zoom lens)
- AF sensor SAFOX12. AF point is 33 points (25 points are cross-type). -3EV Correspondence
- AF assist light
- Viewfinder magnification 0.70 times. 100% field of view
- Focusing screen Natural-Bright-Matte III
- LCD monitor 3.2 inches 1,037,000 dot. Flexible tilting
- GPS built-in. Wi-Fi built-in
- Shutter unit of the compact new design. Durability is 300,000 times
- Shutter speed is 30 seconds -1/8000 seconds. Synchro speed is 1/200 sec
- Media SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I). Dual card slot
- USB terminal (USB2.0, micro B), HDMI terminal (type D)
- Microphone jack, a headphone jack, X contact
- 5-axis camera shake correction. Shutter five stages of effect
- Electronic Level
- Photometry sensor 86000 pixel RGB sensor
- ISO range is 100-204800
- Continuous shooting 4.4 frames / sec (full size). 6.5 frames / sec. (APS-C)
- The number of pictures 70 sheets in the JPEG, 17 shots at the RAW (when full-size 4.4 frames / sec.)
- The battery is D-LI90
- Battery life is 760 sheets
- The body is magnesium alloy and stainless steel. Dust and water. -10 Degrees of resistance to low temperature
- Size: 136.5 x110 x 85.5mm
- Weight: 925g
12th At the ISSCC conference ('all about sensors') Canon presented a paper on their 250MP APS-H sensor.
There is info about this by Albert Theuwissen [HI] along with other papers presented.
There are also useful notes on the Panasonic organic sensors covered below a few days ago [HI]
One of the problems you get with a pellicle mirror system is that the tilted mirror that light from the lens travels through to the sensor produces a tilt in the focal plane.
Due to ship April 15th in the US and May in the UK.
In the UK there's a Canon offer, where if you order and register your Camera by the first of October, they will send you a free 64GB CFast card and reader (see 1DX2 page)
1st The details for the 1D X mark 2 are published early by a US dealer - no doubt getting an interesting phone call from Canon on Monday morning.
So, from a rumours POV, what are we going to get for the 1D X mark 3?
The 3/4 year life of the 1D X makes for an announcement in 2019/2020.
Extend the specs and you get 8k video and 25+MP (OK, lots more for proper 8k)
Looking at the patent below does make me wonder if we are finally going to see a raft of new sensor designs appearing, or whether there has been so much development of Bayer style sensors that it makes the barrier to their wider introduction a bit steep? Canon have dropped some pretty strong hints that much higher MP counts are on the way and their marketing department would love a 225MP (75MPx3) full RGB sensor. The only problem is whether such stacked pixel designs are really good enough (Sigma still keeps saying so)
There is also the matter of how you combine this with split pixel AF - something not directly covered in any of the recent patents, but a ~20MP APS-C split pixel full RGB sensor would make for high quality video too.
Once such a sensor is available, where do you slot it into the Canon range?
27th Time for a three layer stacked non bayer sensor from Canon?
A Canon patent [USPTO] showns a three level sensor (back illuminated unlike some previous patents)
The multi layer sensor has been around for a while in patent land (see below on this page and earlier archive pages)
The patent covers a lot of different aspects of how the different layers could be laid out in a practical sensor
Calibrate your own AF?
A Canon patent [USPTO] covers AF calibration for individual focus points and lenses
It includes this screen interface example
Something for the 1D X mk2 and 5D4?
A Canon patent [USPTO] covers the design of phase detection sensors (such as we may get to see in the 1DXmk2)
A Canon patent [USPTO] covers on chip A->D conversion.
When you have lots of split pixels for AF, then reading them out quickly can be an issue - discussed in US Canon patent [USPTO]
Canon's 'light field camera'...
More ways of splitting up light into different areas under a pixel microlens - so called 'light field' sensors [USPTO]
Note that the patent doesn't really discuss what you do with all the information from the pixels, although one part mentions an example of an 8MP sensor, composed of 128 million sub-pixels
24th Canon's involvement in the 'mirrorless' market has definitely been a bit hit and miss. Is it time for something 'different' in the mirrorless line on its way from Canon? [CR]
22nd Tiime for a hefty rise in the price of film [PR]
"FUJIFILM Corporation has announced that it will implement a worldwide price increase for its photographic films. The price increases are substantial and it would be an increase of at least double digit, but will vary depending on products, markets and regions."
A good interview at [DPR] includes this (and much more) from Fuji, putting the rise in perspective
dpr: Do you think film in general will have a resurgence?
TT: No, I don’t think so. The infrastructure [is no longer in place]. We have to continue to supply film and maintain our labs for another 10-20 years, maybe but I don’t think we can change the [downward] trend.
dpr: You mentioned in your presentation that demand for film peaked in 2000. Can you give me a current idea of how that compares to demand today?
TT: We sell less than 1% of that amount now. Across all formats. But we have to supply film to photo enthusiasts. They demand it of us, so we do.
If your serial number starts AEGL, then it's possible there will be an ink leak.
"We have determined that some imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printers may experience ink leakage.
This announcement conveys Canon’s service policy for affected printers. We offer our sincerest apologies to any customers who have been inconvenienced.
In rare instances, ink may leak from inside the printer to the outside of the printer through an opening on the bottom.
imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 units starting with serial number prefix AEGL. Example: AEGL01234
The serial number can be found on the back of printer."
11th Samsung may have got out of the camera business, but the have a stand at photokina in September.[PR]
6th An interesting patent from Canon seems to show a moving sensor to switch between mirrorless and SLR modes of working [EG via Google xlt]
Of course, photokina isn't just cameras - Samsung have some interesting monitor developments to show too, that and phones these days seem capable of rudimentary photography too...
Short back focus lenses such as EF-M allow you to put the sensor much closer to the lens, reducing body depth. However, unless you choose an EVF, there is no way to get a good optical reflex viewfinder. The patent allows you to swap between a focus screen or sensor close up to the lens.
Perhaps a bit clearer to see in this animation of the short backfocus reflex viewfinder design.
The sensor is red and the focus screen green (other moving part is a mirror)
This allows a reflex optical viewfinder to be used with any short backfocus lens.
5th It's the CES show, so Canon have announced a heap of consumer kit. The compact camera isn't quite dead yet [DPR]
27th Time for on-chip A/D conversion for Canon sensors? A Canon image sensor patent [USPTO]