Op ED: The Canon EOS R5 Will Be What the 5D Series Was to DSLRs

The Canon EOS R5 is shaping up to be one of the greatest cameras Canon has released in a very long time.

The Canon EOS R5 is one of, if not the, most highly anticipated camera of 2020. We’ve been wowed with the specs Canon has disclosed so far, and drooled over the EOS R5 images Canon released. As a fan of photography, it is hard not to get excited about Canon’s new pro-body camera. Now, more images of Canon’s next big thing have hit the web, and it makes us even more excited for the camera that could shake up the Mirrorless camera market. Could the EOS R5 do for Mirrorless cameras what the 5D series done for DSLRs? Let’s talk about this after the break.

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Flickr’s Most Popular Dedicated Camera of 2015 is the Canon 5D Mk III

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Flickr released information about the site in their year in review infographic published today, and while it’s always been evident that there are loads of great photographers on there, it’s also evident that it’s just a dumping ground for the iPhone. Apple remains at the top of the most used cameras with of course the iPhone 6 taking the lead, but even beating out the Samsung Galaxy lineup are Canon DSLRs. While the Rebel series used to be the most popular, the most used dedicated camera on Flickr right now is the Canon 5D Mk III–which is also enjoying a bit of a discount for the holidays. What this means is one of two things: that many people are trying to move up to full frame or there are lots of really serious photographers on Flickr conflicting with all the iPhone folks.

Next up are the Samsung Galaxy phones and after that the Nikon D7000 takes the lead, which is an older camera but still an incredible one that everyone raved about on its release.

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Canon Said to be Blocking Magic Lantern in Latest 5D Mk III Firmware Update

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Magic Lantern: the hack that helped sell so many Canon 5D Mk III cameras to videographers, is supposedly being blocked in the company’s latest firmware. According to the Magic Lantern forums, the company blocks the initialization of Magic Lantern in firmware 1.3.3–which is very odd because according to the original poster, they can’t find any info on it. Nor can we, and nor can Canon Rumors.

Planet5D states that this isn’t the first occurrence of Canon blocking Magic Lantern. The team had to make adjustments for firmware 1.2.3 when it hit.

Deeper into the forum thread, users start to recommend that the person downgrade their firmware using EOS Utility. The users state that this works, though there is also stipulation and mentioning that Canon may block downgrading.

Magic Lantern is incredibly important to videographers because the team discovered a RAW CineDNG video output on the camera around a year ago. Then they found a way to record it, improved it, and then found a way to get it to 14 stops of dynamic range. But shortly after that, they pushed it to 15 stops. Shooting in RAW gives a cinema team a lot more versatility to create better video in the post-production phase on a budget. The only other way to do it would be to go for Black Magic cameras or snag something from the Cinema EOS line–but that is out of reach for many cinematographers.

Via EOSHD

Review: Profoto B1 500 TTL (Canon)

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When Profoto first announced the B1 500 TTL light, it rocked the industry. This light is the world’s first monolight that can shoot at full TTL exposure metering with Canon’s DSLRs. The company promises that a Nikon version is coming later on as well as further improvements to the Canon version. This light is capable of not only shooting at full TTL with Canon DSLRs and cameras, but it can also shoot in manual mode. With an interesting design incorporating the battery into the unit itself, it’s also not going to take up more room in your camera bag when you factor in dividers and the like.

Capable of shooting at 500 watt seconds of power, the monolight is pretty much around the output of six speedlights. Those tend to sell for around $500 a pop. And while Profoto’s B1 500 is around the same price (at least according to MAP) you still get the space advantage and much better color consistency. Plus, there is no need for extra batteries for each monolight because they’re integrated in.

But Profoto’s B1 500 TTL is best for wedding photographers and high end portrait/product photographers. However, it could convince others to jump on the bandwagon.

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Magic Lantern is So 2013, This Year the Cool Kids Get Hardware Hacks

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Canon Rumors reports about what could become a new trend in customizing your camera: hardware hacks. In past years, we saw a lot of third-party firmwares that promised to improve image quality and performance of your camera–most notably Magic Lantern, which greatly improved video performance in Canon DSLRs. But Canon compacts weren’t left out, either, and Nikon DSLRs had their own Magic Lantern counterpart. But let’s face it, every trend becomes a fad at some point, and in 2014, software hacks just don’t cut it anymore.

The next big thing coming to a camera near you could be hardware hacks, which, as the name suggests, involve swapping out hardware parts of the camera. It’s not uncommon that photographers tinker with their camera, for example when converting them to infrared or multi-spectrum sensitivity by adding and/or removing filters on top of the sensor. It’s another thing altogether, though to swap the camera’s entire logic bord. Which is exactly what Canon Rumors suggests will soon be offered for Canon DSLRs.

The site has received word that “a certain company” will soon come out with a hardware hack for the EOS 5D Mk III, which will replace the camera’s mainboard with a customized one. The benefit of the operation that will cost around US-$ 1000 will be increased dynamic range as well as better sharpness and performance when recording video. In that regard, the hardware hack promises roughly the same results as Magic Lantern’s custom firmware.

At this point, we have no idea who is doing this, when it’ll be available, how much of an improvement it will yield, and whether other camera models will also receive hardware hacks–though CR is positive the 5D3 won’t stay the only model that can be customized. Firmware hacking is already a risky thing to do, because it can potentially make your camera inoperative, or contain malignant code. But at least it’s free. Would you pay someone a whopping $1000 to tinker with the internals of your DSLR, though?

Magic Lantern Increases Canon 5D Mk III’s Dynamic Range by 1/2 Stop, Now 15 Stops of DR

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Magic Lantern has done some incredible things with the 5D MK III. First off, they found a CineDNG RAW video codec in the camera. Then they figured out a way to capture it and record it. Then they added other improvements. But according to the latest from Planet 5D, the team recently figured out how to increase the dynamic range of the sensor. For the moment, we only know that the Mk III is going to get the sensor upgrade–and we’re still not sure about the Mk II or any other cameras. At the moment, preliminary tests are showing 15 stops of dynamic range. Previous reports stated 14 stops.

How is this possible? Well, believe it or not, sometimes the dynamic range of a sensor can be improved via firmware. For what it’s worth, years and years ago Nikon has a camera called the D200: the predecessor to the D300 and D300s. Fujifilm basically created the same camera, but called their version the S5 Pro.

From what my old co-workers at B&H Photo used to tell me, the cameras were the exact same. But the reason why the dynamic range and sensor output of the Fujifilm version was so much better is because of the firmware. EDIT: the S5 Pro also had a Super CCD SR sensor, on top of the firmware.

Now here’s the big reminder: while this is cool, it’s not always practical. You still need to learn to meter correctly in the first place. However, it’s nice that a videographer can nerf the highlights or boost the shadows a tad more. But at the same time, it takes a skilled videographer to figure out the right exposure to begin with.

Essentials: The Environmental Headshot Photographer

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Essentials is a brand new series where we round up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could surely be substituted, but these are what we personally recommend. 

After taking a short break, we’ve decided to head right back into the Essentials for what we think an environmental headshot photographer would use. So what exactly do we mean by this? Well, here in NYC, lots of photographers like using a combination of natural/ambient light and blending it with flash. And due to the fact that they’re on location and sometimes without assistants, they tend to try to pack as lightly as possible.

While we often recommend using monolights, they aren’t as portable as a couple of hot shoe flashes placed in the absolute right positions to give the right amount of kick.

And for that, we recommend the following.


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First Video Samples of Magic Lantern’s Canon 7D Raw Video Hack Are Out

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A couple of days ago, we reported that Magic Lantern has released a fully testable version of their hack for the Canon 7D. To recap, the hacking crew found a raw video output for the camera very similar to what they’ve found in the Canon 5D Mk III and 5D Mk II. EOS HD notes that the footage isn’t as good as the Mk III’s though but it is better than the hacked Canon 50D. Apparently, the Canon 7D has faster write speeds than read speeds, and can achieve reach 91Mb/s, where 83Mb/s is required for 1080/24p raw but read speeds hover around the 60Mb/s area. It can also only shoot 1736 x 1156 pixels max.

Granted, you’re still not going to get the 70D’s autofocusing, but it is still nice for cinematographers to know that they can get more out of their investments at this point.

Demo video footage is after the jump.


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Magic Lantern Improves the Canon 5D Mk III and 7D RAW Video Functionality to 14 Stops of Dynamic Range

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According to a brand new report on Planet5D, the Magic Lantern team has improved the dynamic range of the RAW video functionality from the Canon 5D Mk III and 7D to 14 stops. To catch everyone up to speed, the team originally found a CineDNG raw video output in the Live View functions of the camera. However, their next challenge was to find a way to record it and then record it to the point of capturing something that would make sense for filmmakers. They found a way to do so, and in the process turned Canon’s DSLRs into some of the greatest video capturing devices out there for the money.

Planet 5D is stating that it gives you, “…approximately 3 additional stops of dynamic range by using a new way of taking a photo by using ISO 100 for some of the vertical lines of the shot and ISO 1600 for the rest of it. He’s (the creator of the hack) also sharing his initial thoughts on how to re-combine the lines of 100/1600 to give you the full resolution of your image back!”

This might be one of the best times to pick up a 5D Mk III or a 7D. If you combine the latter with Sigma’s new 18-35mm f1.8 lens, it’s a bang for your buck deal.

Via Planet 5D

You’ve Still Got Three More Days to Win a Canon 5D Mk III or a Nikon D800!

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In case you’ve missed it before, we’re currently running a contest together with BorrowLenses.com where we’re giving away a Canon 5D Mk III or a Nikon D800 to the lucky winner. The runner-ups will receive BorrowLenses.com gift cards or memberships. All you’ve got to do is head over to our facebook page and sign up for the contest–it’s as easy as that! The contest ends June 22nd at 12 a.m. EST, so hurry up!

All the details here.

You Can Still Win a DSLR and a Film Camera in Our Contests!

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We’re currently running two contests in conjunction with BorrowLenses.com and Lomography. In the former, you can win a full-frame DSLR body of your choice–either a Canon 5D Mk III, or a Nikon D800–, while in the latter we’re giving away a Lomography LC-A+–the modern, advanced version of the Lomo classic. All you’ve got to do to win is to head over to the posts announcing the contests and follow the simple steps to participate. The BorrowLenses contests will be running through June 22st 12AM EST, while the Lomography contest ends May 31st 12AM EST.

Win a Canon 5D Mk III or Nikon D800 from The Phoblographer and BorrowLenses.com!

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In Case You Missed It: We Have Two Awesome Contests Running Right Now

Contest-ready-For-the-Phoblographer-and-Borrow-Lenses-contestEarlier this month we teamed up with BorrowLenses and Lomography in order to give away stuff. And by stuff we mean cameras. And by cameras we mean either a Canon 5D Mk III or Nikon D800, and a Lomography LC-A+. Both contests are still running and will be for a couple more days/weeks, so you can still sign up and take your chances at winning one of these great photographic tools.

The BorrowLenses contest will be running through June 22st 12AM EST, and the Lomography contest will be running through May 31st 12AM EST. For more info and to enter the contests, please visit the respective posts:

Win a Canon 5D Mk III or Nikon D800 from The Phoblographer and BorrowLenses.com!

Win a Lomography LC-A+ From The Phoblographer and Lomography!

Magic Lantern Figures Out How to Record 24P RAW CineDNG Video on the Canon 5D Mk III

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It’s here, finally! Magic Lantern announced previously that they found a CineDNG RAW Live View output on the Canon 5D Mk II and Mk III. However, they couldn’t record it for more than 10-12 frames per second at 1080p because the buffer was too large. They recently announced though that they figured out a way to do it at 1920 x 820–which is 2.35:1 aka anamorphic native on the 5D Mk III. Of course though, it helps to have a CF card at 1000x speed. Apparently from the post, 720p HD video is no real issue at all–but 1080p is. They can achieve 1928×902 recording for up to 700 frames before it stops; which equates to around just under 30 seconds of footage.

And from the samples that they’ve shown off, they really do seem to have that RED and Black Magic look to them. Unfortunately, after reading through their forums, it doesn’t seem like there is a solution for the Mk II yet. Take a look at two comparison videos after the jump.

Via No Film School

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Mesmerizing Timelapse of Meteor Showers and More in Northern Michigan

Timelapses are some wonderful things as we discovered earlier on from Google today, but this recent one put together by Lake Superior Photo is quite a beautiful take on the sights of Michigan. We not only see the Northern Lights, but planets, stars, and meteor showers.

Photographer Shawn Malone put it together by using Canon 5D, Mk II, and Mk III bodies. Over on the Vimeo page he talks about seeing sparring moose and howling wolves while trying to document everything. More importantly though, Shawn’s galleries are breathtaking.

Take a look at this timelapse, but you may be also be interested in this one about the change of seasons.

The Canon 5D Mk III Now Can Shoot Uncompressed Video

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At long last, it is here: the long awaited Canon 5D Mk III firmware update to allow uncompressed HD video recording has been released and is available for download. But there is also more as the previous product notice that stated the the camera didn’t focus so well with Speedlites has also been fixed. Additionally, the camera will autofocus with a lens extender combo when the maximum aperture is f8.

All the details are after the jump.

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DxOMark Says That the Canon 5D Mk III and Nikon D800 Aren’t So Far Off in Sharpness

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Alright Canon fans–time to breathe…everything will be okay. Planet 5D found a report from DxOMark stating that when it comes to pure sharpness, the Canon 5D Mk III and Nikon D800 aren’t so far off from one another. To come to their findings, they test each camera with loads of lenses and when good glass was paired with the 5D Mk III, there was almost no difference between this camera and the its Nikon competitor. In fact, they go so far as to say that sometimes Canons’ 5D Mk III outdid the D800–and once again with good lenses.

But what about the D800E? That is the camera that was designed to take full advantage of the resolution. According to the report, “In future tests, it will be interesting to see if the Sony sourced sensor in the Nikon D800E variant with its altered (zero strength) OLPF (Optical Low-Pass Filter) is significantly more efficient at resolving detail or if it’s as a result of the differences in fill-factor (affected by RGB filter transmission, micro-lens design and circuitry) between the Canon and Nikon sensors.” So we’ll just have to wait and see.

What does this mean in real life? Well, it confirms that if you’re purchasing these cameras, you really should be springing for the better glass. When I first bought my Canon 5D Mk II, I purchased the nifty 50 with it–and in looking back I really shouldn’t have. Sure, it’s a nice starter lens, but in the end if you really want to take the full advantage of your camera’s capabilities you should go for higher end glass. If you’re sending your images to the web, who the heck cares? Most people can’t tell the difference. If you’re printing large or shooting for NASA though, then you might want to consider the findings.

Canon 5D Mk II and Mk III RAW DNG Video Files Have Nearly As Much Range as Black Magic and RED Epic

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We’re still following the story and it is continuing to develop. Earlier on we reported on Magic Lantern finding RAW DNG video output via Live View with the Canon 5D Mk II and Mk III. The only thing is that they can record maybe around 10-12 frames for only a very short time. But according to Planet 5D, Neumann films has been experimenting with the files in editing software and clearly shows off just how much better they are. Originally, Canon users always needed to shoot a totally flat video with the Technicolor profile and then edit from there. But there wasn’t much dynamic range or room for error so they always needed to get everything totally right in the camera. With the new DNG files though, the Neumann is saying that the dynamic range is almost like that of the RED Epic and Black Magic Cinema Camera.

This is super exciting news, and if Magic Lantern can figure out a way to make this a better option for filmmakers then it will probably rock the industry a bit more by giving more life to older cameras. We’re personally wondering how it is against a Nikon D800E still though. Check out Neumann’s findings after the jump.

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Magic Lantern Team Discovers 2K RAW DNG Video Output on the Canon 5D Mk II and Mk III

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Years ago, the Canon 5D Mk II revolutionized the cinema industry with its full frame sensor and HD video output at 30p. Then a firmware was added to allow 24p. Afterwards, the Canon 5D Mk III offerred more improvements over video and at the end of this month, an uncompressed video option will be coming via a firmware update.

But the Magic Lantern team has announced via their Facebook page today that while going through the firmwares on the cameras that they discovered a 2K RAW DNG function Live View Output that was previously not known about–but it cannot be recorded. The team is currently researching more into it, but both cameras are capable of recording a 2040 x 1428 DNG stream. And at this point, we’re really wondering why it wasn’t allowed natively on the camera.

Further, they’re saying that the image quality is very good. If the team can figure out a way for it to be recorded, this will be some extremely exciting news. As it is, DSLR footage isn’t as versatile as actual camcorders.

Via EOS HD

Canon’s 5D Mk IIIs Are Coming Back From Servicing With the Latest Firmware

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The latest Canon 5D Mk III firmware update has been announced quite a while ago. But at the start of this month, they announced that they were on target for their late April deadline. As a refresher, the latest firmware will let you tether your Canon 5D Mark III to an external recorder through the HDMI port you’ll be able to capture completely uncompressed HDMI video in all its high definition quality. Now, Canon Watch is reporting that some are saying that their camera is coming back with the new firmware already loaded on. It’s only a matter of time now until it launches.

However, Canon also made a statement that the camera doesn’t autofocus as well as it should when using speedlites. We’re not sure if this improvement has also been added, but it would be a very sweet deal if so.

Still interested in this camera? Be sure to also check out our full review.

Canon 5D Mk III Will Have Uncompressed Clean HDMI Out By the End of the Month

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Remember last year Canon stated that a major firmware update was coming for the Canon 5D Mk III? Well in a recent interview with News Shooter, Chuck Westfall stated that they’re on scheduled on it will be coming by the end of the month. Now when you tether your Canon 5D Mark III to an external recorder through the HDMI port you’ll be able to capture completely uncompressed HDMI video in all its high definition quality.

But hopefully there might be more to this firmware update that than. Canon has already stated that their speedlites aren’t performing the best with the camera when it comes to autofocusing. Maybe an Easter egg may be in there as well?

This is an extremely interesting move for Canon overall now though because it now means that all video evaluations regarding the Canon 5D Mk III vs the Nikon D800 need to be redone. It makes us wonder if Sony will do anything else with the A99 to take these cameras on at a higher level.


DxOMark: Leica M Can’t Stand Up to Nikon or Sony (Bests Canon)

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Editor’s Correction: in a previous version of this article we slipped up and compared it to the Leica M-E. We apologize for this mistake.  The new Leica M indeed bests the Canon 5D Mk III’s sensor. Edits are down below. We apologize for this mistake.

DxO Mark has just released their analysis of the new Leica M’s sensor. From what I’ve been reading from other tests around the web, people are really digging the new camera. But according to DxOMark’s lab tests, more affordable full frame cameras from Canon, Nikon and Sony are still quite far ahead of it. To be specific, theSony A99, Sony RX1 and Nikon D800 all best the new Leica M. However, the M’s sensor trumps the Canon 5D Mk III.

So what significance does this have? Despite the fact that all images are still taken by photographers and they need to have a creative vision first, consider the prices. The Leica M has a full frame CMOS sensor, weather sealing, can use an EVF, shoot video, and can also use Leica R lenses. The LCD screen also enjoyed  major upgrade from the Leica 9–the camera’s predecessor. The M is also more affordable than the M was on launch too.

But the Canon 5D Mk III, Nikon D800, and Sony A99 all can do what the Leica can, and more at a much more affordable price. Canon also has a much more complete system than Leica despite the sensor not being up to par. (The RX1 isn’t weather sealed though.) Granted they aren’t as compact or have the build quality of the Leica, but every photographer works on a budget. My buddy Jim Fisher over at PCMag.com sprung for one of these and now I’m wondering if he has buyer’s remorse.