After The Kit: 5 Killer Lens Upgrades for Canon

Canon is still the top dog in this industry and no doubt many of you received a new camera over the recent holiday season, quite possibly a Canon camera. Today, just as we have done with Fujifilm previously, we will be taking a look at some of our picks as the top lens upgrades to grow your Canon kit following whatever kit lens you got with your camera (likely the 18-55mm).

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First Impressions: Canon M5

The Canon M5 is the company’s first truly serious attempt at a mirrorless cameras, and they’ve had a number of years to think about just how they were going to approach the market. Targeted at the advanced amateur the Canon M5 is an amazingly small camera with a quite a bit of power inside. With a 24MP Canon developed APS-C sensor at the heart, this camera honestly should have been announced two years ago.

But as a camera itself: it really isn’t quite that bad.

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To Honor the 100 Millionth EF Lens, Canon Ambassadors Talk About Their Favorite Lenses

Canon 100 Million EF Lenses

Back in April this year, Canon announced that it had manufactured the 100 millionth EF lens since the inception of its EOS SLR camera system back in 1987. In honor to celebrate that landmark, the company has talked to its ambassadors and asked them which of the over a hundred EF lenses that Canon has made since then are their respective favorites.

By far the most popular lenses with Canon’s ambassadors are the various 200-400mm f/4 telezoom models, which three of the eight photographers name as their personal favorites. Almost equally as high in regard is the 24-70mm f2.8L, which is the favorite of two of Canon’s ambassadors. The remaining three all voted for a prime lens, with one vote each going to the 50mm f1.2L, the 35mm f1.4L and the 500mm f4L.

That’s quite an interesting selection, and it reflects the different types of photography that Canon’s ambassadors profess in. Those who are into motorsports or wildlife photography mostly named the telephoto (zooms or primes) as their favorites, while those who do photojournalism or wedding photography prefer the shorter focal ranges.

We won’t foreclose too much at this point, because there’s a lot more to read over at Canon’s website. Beside a description of their favorite photographs that they have taken with Canon gear, the ambassadors also give some lens recommendations. So if you’re in for buying a new lens for your Canon camera but haven’t decided yet, maybe take a look at what these professional photographers recommend.

Nokia ‘EOS’ Phone Leak: Is This Going to Be the Best Camera Phone Ever?

Nokia EOS Phone | Picture by ViziLeaks

We recently reported about the upcoming Nokia cellphone allegedly bearing the name ‘EOS’, which is rumored to be equipped with what may just be the best phone camera ever. Back then, we pondered whether the designation ‘EOS’ might somehow relate to Canon’s long-lived SLR system. Newly-leaked images seem to contradict this assumption, though. In addition to that, the blog ViziLeaks has just posted a “mini-review” of the EOS phone, together with a video showing off its amazing camera. Head past the break for the good stuff.

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Canon Announces EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM Lens and Firmware 2.0 for EOS M

Canon EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM

Canon today announces a new lens for its EOS M mirrorless system, the 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM wide-angle zoom. Together with the 11-22mm, which is equivalent to an 18-35mm lens on 35mm full-frame, Canon also announces firmware 2.0 for its (currently only) EOS M mirrorless camera. The firmware promises to boost AF speed, and fixes a bug that causes the EOS M to freeze when the new 11-22mm lens is used. Details after the break.

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New Firmware for Canon EOS 1D Models Adds Compatibility with New 200-400mm Lens

Canon EF 200-400mm f4 L IS USM 1.4x

Via Canon Rumors.

Canon has released two new firmware versions for their EOS 1D Mk IV and 1Ds Mk III models, adding compatibility with their new EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x lens. The lens has a built-in 1.4x extender, which makes it a 280–560mm f/5.6 lens. In order to correctly operate when the new lens is attached, the two cameras need the latest firmware installed. In addition, Canon adds a bugfix to the 1D Mk IV firmware correcting an issue with RAW files in continuous shooting mode.

The firmwares can be downloaded here (1D Mk IV) and here (1Ds Mk III).

Nokia Lumia EOS Codename Hints at a Canon Partnership


Digital Trends has a piece on the codenamed Nokia Lumia EOS cameraphone. EOS is quite a known name in the camera industry as it is for the DSLR lineup of Canon’s cameras. The codename of the new Lumia has us extremely curious right now. The phone is supposed to have a 41MP camera, 4.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen with 1280 x 768 resolution, and could have a polycarbonate plastic chassis. But beyond this, there may be a Xenon flash and a new Nokia Pro Camera app. If so, hopefully it will allow full manual control over the exposure–which is something many photographers have wanted for a while.

With all of this said though, Nokia’s camera technology may be wonderful but many users still complain about the overall quality of their phones. Windows Mobile (which operates the Lumia phones) is also an excellent platform but the apps that photographers want and need these days just aren’t on the OS yet.

As it is though, Canon already has the Powershot N which is meant to be an answer to smartphones.

Weekend Humor: Canon Releases DSLR Shell for Point & Shoot Cameras to Help Users Feel Less Insecure

Photo courtesy of AP and Microsoft Paint

Photo courtesy of AP and Microsoft Paint

Weekend Humor isn’t meant to be taken seriously. So don’t, ya rube.

Size does matter, it seems, at least when it comes to a would-be photographer’s insecurity about the $200 point & shoot (s)he purchased on Amazon. Recently, there has been a clamor for Canon to do something to help lift the spirits of its point & shoot consumer base. A quick peek in the Amazon reviews of such cameras or the comments section of Photobucket will tell anyone that the owners of these cameras feel lacking when they put their work on the web for the world to see. Heeding the call of its flock, Canon ramped up production of the EOShell, a DSLR-sized case into which folks can pop their PowerShots. Continue reading…