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One of Canon’s most popular sports zoom lenses is getting a refresh today. The 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L IS II USM is the successor to its predecessor that came out back in the late 1990’s. In our meeting with Canon’s Chuck Westfall, he states that Canon Japan assures that this lens will be every bit as sharp as the company’s 70-200mm f2.8 II L IS–which is also one of the company’s most popular lenses after being released a couple of years ago. The new lens features two new big features: tripod detection in the image stabilization and a new lens coating called the Air Sphere Coating. The tripod detection is built in and that means that you won’t necessarily need to turn off the IS when using a tripod or a monopod. The IS otherwise has the standard three modes, normal, panning, and shooting only.

The new Air Sphere coating is designed to prevent backlight flaring and ghosting. But for what it’s worth, many portrait photographers that tend to backlight a subject using natural light love the look of lens flare. We have yet to see examples of this in action though.

The new 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L IS II USM features weather resistance and a magnesium exterior. The elements inside feature one fluorite element and one super UD element; but the cooler thing is that they’ve been arranged to allow the lens to focus as closely as 3.2 feet. While that doesn’t sound like such a large accomplishment, it really is quite considerable if you factor in the focal length range. Canon also promises up to four steps of image stabilization.

Another key feature of the lens is the nine aperture blades; which will help deliver some beautiful bokeh. It comes with a brand new lens hood that allows photographers to to remove a lens filter even while the hood is still attached.

Come this December, you’ll be able to get yours for $2,199.00. More images of the new Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM are after the jump.

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Instant film pinhole photos are really, really cool and incredibly fun to shoot. That’s partially why we’re so excited about the new Supersense 66/6 Pinhole Polaroid Camera that uses IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT square instant film (600 and SX-70 Type).That means that it’s shooting medium format to large format images. It’s a limited edition camera that is handcrafted and only 500 will be made.

The concept and design of the camera was brought to life by the Impossible Project’s founder, Fabian Kapa and Achim Heine. And the overall design is quite unique. To start, it’s a folding camera that closes up for easier portability.

It features an extending lens bellows that gives the user a bunch of setting to work with. The choice between a 0,12 mm pinhole and a 0,24 mm pinhole is one of them, but the bellows allows the camera to shoot in five different positions and alters the focal length (which means that it isn’t a constant zoom “lens”).  It’s a first of any sort with a pinhole camera that has a type of zoom (or multiple focal lengths) and that is collapsible.

More images and details are after the jump. If you want one, get ready to hand over a couple of your pretty pennies.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Breakthrough Photography X-Series Filters Product Images-09

Breakthrough Photography just announced its new X-Series lens filter lineup. There are three new types of filters in the line, but they are all ultra-slim measuring between 3.5 and 3.2mm. The filters are also made with glass from Germany and Japan with advanced coatings and a weather-sealed construction.

Firstly the X1 is your standard UV filter except with a much thinner profile compared to most filters. The X2 filters, meanwhile, come as a three or six stop neutral density with UV reduction all wrapped with an aluminum frame. Lastly, the X3 Traction filters are made with CNC cut brass frames and SCHOTT B270 glass from Germany. The X3 filters also are available as 3-stop and 6-stop neutral density and UV filters.

All the X-Series lens filters are also double-threaded, weather-sealed, and backed with a 25 Year Ironclad Guarantee. The new X-Series filters just became available for pre-order on Kickstarter and are expected to ship out this December or later.

Check past the break for pricing and more product images.

Olympus Lens Camera

The Olympus lens camera is on step closer to becoming a reality as Egami reports the Japanese camera company has filed a patent for the technology. The new patent reveals the Olympus’ lens camera will work just like the Sony QX1, allowing users mount their lenses onto a standalone camera sensor and pair it to their smartphones.

What’s more the patent describes the device as being able to switch modes of operation “in response to physical contact” likely with a smartphone. Supposedly when your phone makes contact the device it will switch between shooting mode and wireless communication. One theory is the lens camera will utilize NFC to identify when it is connected to make the switch, whereas Olympus cameras have used QR codes to simplify the first time smartphone pairing.

Revealed earlier this year at Photokina, Olympus initially introduced its lens camera concept as an Open Platform camera with the goal to partner up with developers around the world. The company originally stated it wanted to “pioneer a new world of experiences that will change the world of cameras and photography.” Now it seems Olympus is moving forward with turning it into a commercial device.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 7D Mk II first impressions images (1 of 7)ISO 2001-160 sec at f - 3.2

Today is a sad, sad day for many Canon users. Photo Rumors is reporting that the 7D Mk II’s sensor seems very subpar in comparison to many of the latest DSLRs and APS-C sensors. According to DxOMark the 7D Mk II, which received a modest megapixel bump from the earlier version should have performed amazingly given Canon’s history of innovation. Unfortunately, the sensor here is on par with that of much older cameras. In fact, the sensor from the Nikon D300s outperforms it in some ways.

To put this in perspective, the D300s was one of the first cameras that we reviewed on the site. That was almost five years ago.

More after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM10 product photos (2 of 7)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

A brand new Olympus OMD camera may well be on its way according to 43 Rumors. One of the site’s highly trusted sources claims Olympus will launch an “exciting new OMD camera in January,” after which the camera will be displayed at CP+ show in Japan in February.

One would theorize Olympus would simply bring a big update to its aging OMD EM5. However, the same source says the new camera won’t just be an evolution but rather something very different. Otherwise there are very few details, but the possibility of a new camera is very likely as it’s been a very long since we’ve seen a truly new  Olympus camera equipped with a new sensor.

There have also been early reports that Olympus is planning to release a digital version of the Trip 35. If the rumors are true, this would be Olympus first premium compact to go up against the Fujifilm X100 family and Panasonic LX100.