The Canon 1Dx Mk II Focuses on New Autofocus Enhancements

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In what’s probably Canon’s worst kept secret in years, today the company is announcing the brand new Canon 1Dx Mk II flagship DSLR. This new DSLR camera is an upgrade to the original 1Dx–and like the Nikon D5, it features no built in WiFi but there is GPS integration.

The new Canon 1Dx Mk II features a 20.2MP 35mm full frame CMOS sensor, can shoot at up to 14 fps and 16 fps in Live View, Dual DIGIC 6+ imaging processors, 61 AF points that cover more of the viewfinder area, continuous red illumination for the AF points, and the ability to process 170 raw images at 14 fps with unlimited JPEG processing depending on which card you’re using.

The camera goes from ISO 100 to 51,200 with an extension to 409,600 if you choose. Even more interesting is the addition of a touchscreen–which only works with Live View mode and shooting video. But there’s a lot more to this camera too.

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Do Cameras Need the AF Assist Lamp Anymore?

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Before you go on, no–we’re not talking about your camera from 2012, older or even a bit younger. Instead, we’re asking a question as it pertains to the state of technology in cameras as of this year.

For a while, many photographers used the AF assist lamp to improve their autofocus performance in very low light conditions. During our tests, we turn this lamp off because it alarms way too many people that we’re taking a photo, it distracts people, and it doesn’t give us the absolute performance readings from the camera.

But as of this year, we’ve found that in very low lit conditions, we didn’t really even need it.

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Fujifilm Patents Hybrid AF Pixels That Also Gather Light

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In a similar move to what Canon has done with Hybrid AF on their 70D sensors, Fujifilm has put in a patent for Hybrid AF pixels according to Fuji Rumors. Essentially, what it’s doing is embedding special pixels that offer both phase detection and light gathering abilities onto the sensor to work in conjunction with the contrast detection focusing while also not jeopardizing image quality. Of course, the light transmission won’t be at 100% according to the patent due to the pixels functioning to do two jobs.

On other systems, the sensors have pixels just for phase detection–at least that’s what Egami is hinting at. Of course, when this hits the market we only expect it to do a marginally better job in its first iteration. In future iterations, it will most likely become much better as algorithms improve.

Indeed, when this does finally come to the consumer market, it will be awesome for street photographers, wedding photographers and event shooters. And it’ll be very exciting to see what happens when this comes out.

Canon Files Patent for Automated AF Microadjustment

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Outside of Simga’s new line of USB hub connectable lenses, adjusting the autofocus on a lens has never really been an easy to access process, but now it seems Canon is also looking into improving user access with a new patent. The patent first spotted by Egami (translated) suggests the camera company could add an automated AF adjust feature to Canon cameras and lenses.

According to the patent description, researchers looked into automated AF microadjustment as a way to automatically fine tune the focus of their lenses to the DSLR body. It’s not completely uncommon that a lens will be calibrated slightly off, the focusing algorithms will have errors, or simply that two specific copies of a lens and a camera don’t go along so well out of the box.

Thus far, AF microadjustment on Canon DSLRs–and not all Canon models–and AF Tune on Nikon DLSRs requires digging into the settings to do some fine-tuning on lenses. Canon’s new patent suggests an easier auto-adjusting solution to fix lenses for users without the keenest eye or technical know how. The patent does not exactly say if the automated adjustment would come as a one-button fix on its new DSLRs or any technical information on how it would actually work.

As with most patents, we won’t hold our breath for it to actually become a real thing. That said, if anything else develops out of this automated AF microadjustment patent you can be sure we’ll report on it so stay tuned.

Via Canon Watch

Canon Offers Dual Pixel AF to C100 Users

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While we never thought anyone that uses Canon’s C-series cinema cameras would want better autofocusing (you know, because they’re cinema cameras that often work with focus pullers), the company announced recently that they’re offering a Dual Pixel AF upgrade to users of the C100. The C100 is the company’s entry-level Cinema EOS cam, and Canon’s press release sounds like they’ll offer a sensor switch of some sort. It still isn’t totally clear, though.

Dual Pixel AF first debuted in the Canon 70D to drastically improve autofocusing in video. It essentially allows for phase detection to work by placing those pixels on the sensor. In the results that we’ve seen so far, we were highly impressed.

We’re also still waiting on our Canon 70D review unit.

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Does Olympus Need to Go Full Frame?

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We’ve seen loads and loads of rumors on the web along with many clear signs of evidence pointing to something really big coming. And by really big, we mean full frame. At the time of the publishing of this piece, Olympus has just announced their OMD EM1 camera with a Four Thirds sized sensor. Besides the obvious marketing push that a full frame sensor can give a company or camera system, it only seems like a matter of time until Sony wipes the floor with the rest of the industry and releases a full frame mirrorless camera. And with that said, the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera world will experience the same shift that the DSLR world took where everyone always complained about the smaller sensors in Olympus cameras.

But in many other aspects, the company could find a home with others.

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Want to Use The 102 AF Points on The Sony A99? Well You Better Own One of These 6 Lenses!

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A couple of days ago my friend messaged me and asked when I think all of the Sony lenses will get an update to be compatible with the new A99. I replied saying what do you mean? They are all compatible! This was the start of a discovery for me that I somehow missed during my press release with Sony, my news writing and Chris missed this with his hands on impressions with the camera.

The news is / or at least my impression at the time of launch was that the 102 AF points would work alongside the 19 point AF to ensure a more precise focus. The truth is that the 102 AF points will only work in the new AF-D mode of the camera which can sense depth and continuously track objects very accurately. The big news to me and the staff was that the camera only currently supports 6 lenses at this point of time. Continue reading…

Want to AF With Your Canon EF Lenses on Your Sony NEX? Well Its Coming Soon.

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Well an adapter for controlling aperture has been around for awhile now which gave the NEX full electronic control. The video above demonstrates how the new adapter will work, it seems like it hunts quite a bit with the 50mm 1.8 shown. There isn’t much detail on the new adapter whether the adapter will work the same with EF and EFS but if its anything like the manual focus version it will support both. The video shows an older model NEX sensor so Im not sure if the new sensor with embedded AF points will improve hunting and performance.

The price in the manual focus one linked above is $250 so I expect the adapter when it is released in a few months will be a bit more than that.  Thanks to Sony Alpha Rumors for discovering the adapter.