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Canon announced 50.6-megapixel EOS 5DS R and EOS 5DS

Canon recently announced the Canon EOS 5DS R and EOS 5DS, breaking new grounds with the highest resolution 50.6-megapixels 35mm full frame CMOS sensor with Dual Digic 6 image processors. The Canon EOS 5DS R and EOS 5DS possess the highest resolutions in Canon’s extensive of DSLR cameras till date. The Canon EOS 5DS R is equipped with the Optical Low-Pass Filter cancellation (LPF), allowing the camera to capture incredibly detailed and sharp images, making it very ideal for landscapes and studio photography, as well as commercial images for large format printing.

I was at the launch of Canon’s many new products for 2015. I would be sharing on the Canon EOS 5DS R and EOS 5DS, their products specifications, key features and my personal thoughts/views on the Canon EOS 5DS R and EOS 5DS.

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Here are some thoughts/views on my initial hands on with the Canon EOS 5DS R and EOS 5DS

  • Solid and sturdy feel of the 2 DSLR camera bodies.
  • 50.6-megapixels ~ highest resolution till date for Canon’s range of DSLR cameras; this would really suit photographers (commercial/landscape) who need the high resolution.
  • Optical Low-Pass Filter cancellation (LPF) inside the Canon EOS 5DS R, I think this would be highly desired/wanted by landscape photographers. One of the few cameras in the market that has this capability.
  • New Cropping function – making the 2 new Canon DSLR cameras more versatile
  • Built on a very successful and very strong base DSLR model, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Very strong combination of Canon’s full frame DSLR with wide angle lens ~ The Canon EOS 5DS R and EOS 5DS 35mm full frame 50.6-megapixels sensor equipped with Canon’s excellent wide angle lenses in their EF lenses family line up (e.g. EF 17-40mm f4 L, EF 16-35 f4 L IS USM, EF 16-35 f2.8 II L USM) and the newly launched EF 11-24mm f4 L USM lens.

The Canon EOS 5DS R, in my personal humble opinion, is going to attract landscape photographers into utilizing them for their photography needs. It would give medium format cameras a run for their money with their 35mm full frame 50.6-megapixels sensor. I would love the opportunity to have the Canon EOS 5DS R for a review with the new EF 11-24mm f4 L USM lens, bring it overseas to Hokkaido for a landscape photography shoot (Hokkaido is an awesome destination for landscape photography!). When I return back to Singapore, I can share my photos, stories, review and a mini personal photography exhibition for my landscape photographs shot with the Canon EOS 5DS R and EF 11-24mm f4 L USM lens (hope this dream can work out and come true in Q4 2015!)

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Let me share with you some key features/aspects of the Canon EOS 5DS R and EOS 5DS from the press release information –

Astounding image quality down to the minute details

With a 50.6-megapixel 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor, the EOS 5DSR and EOS 5DS have by far the highest resolution in Canon’s history of EOS cameras. At this sensor resolution, images that are dramatically trimmed or cropped will still retain optimum quality and details for print.

Both cameras incorporate technologies to enhance image resolution with minimal side-effects. To maintain excellent image quality, the EOS 5DS features a standard optical low-pass filter to resolve any unwanted visual distortion, otherwise known as moiré effect. Additionally, for utmost and uncompromised image quality and resolution, photographers may opt for the EOS 5DSR. The EOS 5DSR delivers on fine details and offers spectacular image performance, thanks to the LPF effect cancellation feature that taps on the full prowess of its 50.6 megapixel sensor.

When pixel count is increased, the effect of the camera-shake blurs risks becoming more apparent in an image. To counteract this, the EOS 5DSR and EOS 5DS feature a newly developed mirror vibration control system. Camera-shake blur will thus be reduced through the suppression of vibrations that occur during mirror motion. In addition to the former, the cameras are also built with a Release Time Lag Arbitrary setting that also mitigates camera-shake blur. This setting works to further reduce camera shake by starting exposure only after the mirror opens. Users are able to set the time lag release from 1/8th of a second up to 2 seconds.

Fine Detail is a new Picture Style preset designed to maximize the camera’s resolution to capture minute details, which are essential in professions such as architecture, landscape, fashion and commercial photography.

High performance, Unrivalled Shooting Agility and Precision

Powered by the advanced Dual DIGIC 6 image processors, both the EOS 5DSR and EOS 5DS produce a high-speed readout capability and maximum continuous shooting speed of 5 frames per second (fps), despite the large image data size that comes with 50.6-megapixel image quality.

The AF system in these cameras is a high-precision 61-point high-density reticular AF on par with that of the EOS 5D Mark III. It responds sensitively to subject distance and adjusts automatically – even with the subtlest changes in composition. With the EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) system, the cameras ensure moving subjects will be actively kept in sharp focus.

Equally nimble, the camera’s AE (automatic exposure) system uses a 150,000-pixel RGB + IR metering sensor that splits the scene into 252 areas. Each of these areas is analysed for the correct exposure settings, taking into account visible and infrared light, thus achieving far more accurate metering.

Enhanced Operability and Ease of use

To meet the varied needs of users, a unique Custom Quick Control feature has been introduced in the EOS 5DSR and EOS 5DS. The Custom Quick Control screen is an easily accessible information screen for the user to customize their preferred settings. Settings such as aperture, shutter speed, shooting mode and focus mode can be toggled on and off for the screen to display only the most important information. The layout of the screen can also be customized for users to adjust the size and placement of the items, according to their preferences.

Additionally, a time lapse movie function has been incorporated for users to capture a series of time lapse shots that will be automatically compiled into a movie. Exposure intervals can be set from 1 second to 99 hours, with the number of exposures ranging from 2 to 3,600. With this function, users can easily record plant growth, cloud patterns, crowd movement in cities and more.

Versatility beyond medium format cameras

With the ability to take photos in ultra-high resolution, the EOS 5DSR and EOS 5DS produce images at a quality close to that of medium format cameras, along with several significant advantages. Both cameras are versatile, as their relatively superior AF and continuous shooting ability makes them adept at shooting both moving objects and still landscapes. Additionally, with Canon’s wide range of EF lenses available, users of the EOS 5DSR and EOS 5DS will be able to enjoy a wide variety of shooting perspectives.

The EOS 5DSR and EOS 5DS are lighter and smaller in build as compared to medium format cameras, hence they provide more convenience and portability when shooting on-the-go. The cameras are also durable, with dust and water resistant qualities, similar to EOS 5D Mark III, especially when used in harsh terrains.

With the combination of these added advantages, both cameras provide greater value at its price point and flexibility as compared to medium format cameras.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the EOS 5DSR and EOS 5DS will be announced at a later date.

Product Specifications

EOS 5DSR / EOS 5DS

Dimensions: Approx. 152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm

Weight: Approx. 845g (body only)

Image sensor: 50.6 megapixel CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: Dual DIGIC 6

ISO speed: 100-6400 (expandable to 50 and 12 800)

Continuous shooting speed: 5 fps

Maximum video format: Full HD 30p

AF: 61-points Phase Difference AF with iTR AF

LCD: Wide 3.2-inch (1.04 million dots) 

*Information and details courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations Singapore*

Canon introduces two new ultra-wide angle lens

Canon recently introduced two new ultra-wide angles lens to their huge family of EF and EF-S lenses, they are the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM and Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5 – 5.6 IS STM.  I owned the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM lens and this is a MUST HAVE lens, it’s great for landscapes, travel, events and street photography! When I saw two new ultra-wide angle lens announced by Canon, I was very excited to see the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM lens! Therefore, I have to share with my readers on Canon’s two new ultra-wide angle lens! If you are looking for a wide angle Canon lens, look no further than these two new wide angle lens recently announced by Canon!

Canon, a world leader in digital imaging, has introduced two new additions to their range of ultra wide-angle lenses for their EOS DSLR cameras. The EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM and the EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM were created to greatly enhance the EOS experience for photographers ranging from beginners to professional. The EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM rounds off the EF-S line up of lenses for entry-level users, as it supplements the existing EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM to provide coverage from ultra wide-angle through to telephoto. The EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM is the latest entry into Canon’s professional L series of lenses, and is the first L series wide-angle lens to come with an Image Stabilizer.

“Canon prides itself in empowering photographers with the right tools, casual or professional alike, to capture nothing short of the best pictures. The EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM and the EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM completes their arsenal in capturing landscapes creatively, and in a variety of ways,” said Edwin Teoh, Assistant Director for Consumer Business Marketing, Canon Singapore.

EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

The EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is a must-have lens for entry-level users, with a range equivalent to 16-29mm zoom (35mm equivalent), the lens is capable of taking great landscape photos, and its exaggerated perspective can also be creatively used to take some highly dramatic pictures that cannot be recreated with other types of lenses. Together with the everyday EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and the telephoto EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, a casual user will be able to take photos in all kinds of situations to maximize the effectiveness of the EOS system.

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The superb image quality comes from the use of aspheric lenses and a UD lens, which provides consistently sharp details and focus from the central viewing area to the peripheral areas. These materials have also resulted in a compact lens, approximately 20 percent smaller and 38 percent lighter than the existing EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens and even shorter in length than the EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens. Casual users who do not want to carry a lot of equipment will be pleased with this lens’ compact portability.

The Stepping Motor mechanism (STM) component ensures fast and accurate focusing when taking still images and during focus shift in video mode, without any unwanted audio due to its virtually silent auto-focusing system. A built-in image stabilization mechanism keeps photos sharp, with an effect equivalent to using a shutter speed 4 steps faster*. This lens’ IS is also intelligent enough to differentiate between normal shooting and panning movements, and will switch to the most appropriate mode for a sharp photo.

EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM

For users who want the very best, the EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM provides the highest image quality amongst the class of luxury lenses, and even matches that of the EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM. The lens is constructed from 16 elements including 3 Glass-Molded aspheric lenses and two UD lenses. The aspheric lenses significantly reduce any distortion, so that details in the peripheral area look just as good as the subject in the middle. Two UD lenses also minimize chromatic difference, preserving more realistic color tones. A 9-blade circular aperture also brings up the image quality by providing almost-round shapes when shooting with a bokeh effect.ef16-35mm-f4l-is-usm-1

Fans have long been asking for a lens in this range with image stabilization, so Canon has equipped the EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM with exactly that. With IS active, the lens offers a 4-stop* light advantage for shake correction, allowing it to be used when tripods are not available, in challenging lighting situations, or shooting in locations where flash photography is forbidden.

As this lens belongs in the prestigious L series of lenses, it has been produced with extremely high durability and toughness for reliable usage. The lens mount, switch panel, zoom ring and focusing ring have all been constructed with a dust-proof and drip-proof structure, allowing it to be used in harsh conditions. The surface of the lens elements have been coated with fluorine, which easily repels water and oil so that they can be easily wiped off with a dry cloth.

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Canon Introduce EOS 1200D & Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX II)

Canon recently introduced the new EOS 1200D, targeted at amateur photographers looking to work on their photography skills with a user-friendly DSLR that produces high quality images. The 18-megapixel EOS 1200D not only provides professional imagery but also access to Canon’s rich lens heritage of more than 70 EF lenses. The entry-level EOS 1200D shares many aesthetics with higher end models in the EOS family including a textured finished coating which gives the camera a classy look and feel, a metallic mode dial and a rubber section on the grip to ensure a more secure hold.

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“With the new EOS 1200D, Canon is once again able to offer an extensive lineup of DSLR cameras to match entry-level needs, alongside the EOS 100D and EOS 700D. Depending on one’s choice of affordability, compactness or feature-set, Canon’s renowned EOS DSLRs offer great performance and image quality that is synonymous with its brand name.” said Edwin Teoh, Assistant Director for Consumer Business Marketing of Canon Singapore.

Produce High-end images with DIGIC 4

The new EOS 1200D is powered by Canon’s proprietary DIGIC 4 image processor and features a 18-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor found in Canon’s other entry-level and mid-level EOS DSLR cameras. The combination of the two provides the EOS 1200D with the ability to capture stunning photographs with sharp and intricate details. The DIGIC 4 processor also allows the EOS 1200D to shoot at a burst speed of 3 frames per second (fps).

The camera’s 9-point Auto Focus (AF) system with centre cross-type AF point enables accurate and rapid focusing on both horizontal and vertical planes. This same AF system also gives users freedom to frame shots where moving subjects are involved. This is when the Al Servo AF comes in to predict where the moving subject is going next to help the user keep the subject in focus. The EOS 1200D also features a wide ISO speed range of 100–6400 (expandable to 12800).

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Ergonomic Layout offers ease of use

Amateur DSLR users will feel at ease with the EOS 1200D. The buttons and controls of key functions are laid out in a way that ensures easy finding and optimum ergonomics. Additionally, when shooting with the viewfinder, users will be presented with information such as shutter speed and ISO the moment the subject is locked in focus. Users will be able to capture photos with perfect exposure and natural color tones at the touch of a button with the Scene Intelligent Auto mode available in the EOS 1200D. When the Scene Intelligent Auto mode is activated, the camera will be capable of recognizing the different types of scenes based on factors such as subject color, brightness, contrast and distance to automatically adjust the optimal settings to capture that perfect shot.

The EOS 1200D’s large 3-inch LCD monitor allows easy reviewing of photographs and checking of image details. This large screen also provides a good view of scenes during Live View shooting. In addition, during Live View shooting, scenes can be viewed in various aspect ratios such as 4:3, 1:1, 16:9 or the regular 3:2. Photos taken in the JPEG format can also be resized in the camera directly, reducing the hassle of having to download the photos and resizing them externally. Amateur photographers can also explore creative ways of capturing images with the EOS 1200D’s built-in Creative Filters such as Grainy Black & White and Fish-eye effects.

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Superior video capability

The EOS 1200D’s video capabilities allow users to capture Full HD of up to 30fps. Additionally, with ISO speeds of up to 6400 in video mode, capturing videos in low-light conditions will no longer be a challenge. Aside from the ability to shoot still images during video recording mode, the Video Snapshot mode also allows four-second videos to be captured to allow a more compelling story to be told when the different clips of videos are put together. With a built-in microphone, audio recording level adjustment and wind filter, the EOS 1200D doubles up as a handy video recording device within a DSLR.

 Canon Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX II)

Canon introduced the new Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX II), designed to fit all Canon EF and EF-S lenses. The MR-14EX II is an exciting addition for photographers interested in exploring macro photography.

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“Canon’s EOS eco-system enables photographers to enjoy the full range of photography as supported by the huge array of lenses and accessories. The Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX II) is one accessory that is specifically created to meet the needs of macro photography as interest in this photography genre grows.” Said Edwin Teoh, Assistant Director for Consumer Business Marketing of Canon Singapore.

Designed specifically for macro and close-up photography, the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II allows EOS DSLR users to shoot subjects at close range without any vignetting effect. For those who enjoy shooting portraiture, the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II fires a flash light that fills the entire subject to ensure that it is evenly lit with hardly any shadow. When shooting in dark environments, a focusing lamp that uses a high intensity white LED for brightness is incorporated to help the camera focus accurately on the subject.

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The new Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II features a clean interface that has minimal buttons, a user-friendly selection dial and an easy-to-read LCD panel. The connection cord is now positioned to the left side of the camera, deliberately avoiding the shutter button and other frequently-used controls on the right side of the camera. The use of smaller parts has also resulted in a more compact ring. Recycling time has also been improved  at only 5.5 seconds or less for it to be fully charged. Furthermore, users now have the option to fire the flash even before it is fully charged, to ensure they never miss a great photo opportunity.

Price and Availability

1) The Canon EOS 1200D with EF-S18-55mm IS II lens kit is now available at Canon authorised dealers at the recommended retail price of $759.

2) Pricing and availability for the Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX II) will be advised at a later date.

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Canon EOS 70D Review

The Canon EOS 70D was announced earlier on 2nd July 2013, it received rave reviews and excitement for Canon’s latest DSLR. I shared in an earlier post about the Canon EOS 70D launch announcement and shared some personal thoughts about the Canon EOS 70D based on the technical specifications and my personal user experiences with Canon DLSRs since I used the Canon EOS 30D for 4 years, the double digit Canon EOS DSLR family is a highly rated and trustworthy DSLR, the Canon EOS 30D was my “workhorse” DSLR that went through a lot of shots and adventures! Therefore, even before I was given a golden opportunity to test and review the Canon EOS 70D, I am pretty confident that it will live up to the tradition and “power” of the double digit Canon DLSR family line! The Canon EOS 70D was such highly rated that 2 of my friends bought the Canon EOS 70D within a week of its official availability in the Singapore market (My friend bought it on the day itself!). While I was still waiting for my Canon EOS 70D review unit to arrive, their thoughts/views on the Canon EOS 70D was “It is a very good camera with very fast Auto-Focus (AF) especially the Touch Screen AF!”

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Upon hearing that, I was eagerly waiting for the Canon EOS 70D review unit to arrive. Once I got hold of it, I began my fun adventure of playing a new toy, of course, I am testing and reviewing the capabilities of the Canon EOS 70D too! The Canon EOS 70D will be my 4th DSLR review write-up, I had completed, Canon EOS 1DX, Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EOS 6D. The feel and quality of the Canon EOS 70D body is good and firm, living it up to the semi-professional standards. With the latest Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology, it is also the first model in the EOS series to showcase the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, a phase-difference autofocus (AF) technology, the EOS 70D achieves  approximately 30% faster  focusing speeds and delivers improved Movie Servo AF tracking during Live View shooting.

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With a Digic 5+ sensor and 20.2 megapixels packed inside, the colours were vibrant and accurate, it was close to WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). I love the 19pt AF that is packed inside the Canon EOS 70D, with their 3 different AF Area Selection Modes – Single Point AF, Zone AF, 19 Point Auto Selection AF. These features are excellent for sports, wildlife and events photographers! I brought the Canon EOS 70D out during Singapore Night Festival 2013 and the performance under ISO 12,800 was really good. There is a bit of grain at ISO 12,800 and I personally find it acceptable for my usage. The AF Area Selection Mode Button is a good feature that is found in Canon EOS 70D, right behind the shutter button. This allows the photographer to select and change their AF area selection modes. However, that particular button is a bit small and it is not easy for inexperienced users to press and change, you really need to get the hang of it!

Inside the Canon EOS 70D kit set II is the EF-S 18-135mm IS STM lens, it is a pretty decent lens and the EF-S family of lens have greatly improved over the years since the first EF-S lens was produced. With the new Stepper Motor (STM) technology, the EF-S 18-135mm IS STM is very quiet (I can’t really hear much noise when the lens focus) and AF is fast! The focal length of 18-135mm makes it a versatile lens without being too much of a heavy lens for you to bring out and the Image Stabliser (IS) technology is useful. The picture quality from the EF-S 18-135mm lens is pretty good and if you are getting your first lens along with your Canon EOS 70D, you can definitely consider the EF-S 18-135mm IS STM lens.

The newer age DSLRs have the capability of video recording, a function that can be very powerful (just look at the Canon EOS 5D Mark III) and useful. Being a traditional still photographer, I confess that I don’t use the video recording function a lot or at all and I don’t have a DSLR that has video recording function (older generation DSLRs). When I read that the Canon EOS 70D has HD video recording capability, I decided to venture into DSLR video recording and have fun with it! After my maiden experiences with DSLR video recording, the HD video recording capability of the Canon EOS 70D is a big bonus and that is something that would make me try out more video recording if my next Canon DSLR has the HD recording capability (if I do own a DSLR like the Canon EOS 70D).

Here are some of the Pros and Cons of the Canon EOS 70D that I summarised

Pros

  • Digic 5+ sensor, close to WYSIWYG
  • LCD Monitor – Touch Screen, can zoom in, zoom out, touch and make changes
  • Fast and responsive Touch Screen AF
  • Able to make changes to the Settable Functions on the Quick Control Screen without turning the dial or Multi-Controller
  • Tap, Zoom in, Zoom out, swipe to the next photo on LCD Monitor
  • 19 Point AF
  • 7 fps
  • Able to display the electronic level in viewfinder before shooting
  • Feature Guide and Help
  • 3 different AF Area Selection Modes – Single Point AF, Zone AF, 19 Point Auto Selection AF
  • Zone AF – from Canon EOS 1DX and Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • AF selection point can be also be changed on the LCD Monitor/Touch Screen
  • Copyright Information can be set and entered
  • Multiple Exposures function
  • Live View Function – Tap and Shoot
  • Creative filters in 70D post processing capabilities
  • HDR Shooting availability
  • HD Video recording capability
  • Electronic level on viewfinder
  • Remote Shooting via Wi-Fi and EOS Remote

Cons

  • Quick Control (Wheel dial), Multi-Controller and Set buttons are a bit small
  • AF Area Selection Mode Button is small and not easy for inexperienced users to press and change.
  • At ISO 25,600 (H), noise level is visible.
  • Battery life drains faster when Wi-Fi is enabled.

EF-S 18-135mm STM lens review

  • Built quality is good
  • Quiet when focusing
  • Shots from the lens pretty good
  • No distance scale on the lens (negative point)
  • New lens cap design
  • Lens lock button

Canon EOS 70D Shooting with the Touch Shutter (One Touch AF )

 The One Touch AF on the Canon EOS 70D is amazing! It’s quick, intuitive, fast response and very useful. I produced a very amateurish video (and my very FIRST YouTube video) to demonstrate this excellent feature – Shooting with the Touch Shutter of the Canon EOS 70D!

Built-in Wi-Fi and EOS Remote

The built-in Wi-Fi is an excellent feature that the Canon EOS 70D possesses. Together with the EOS Remote app that can be downloaded into your smartphone or tablet, the combination of the built-in Wi-Fi and the EOS Remote is very useful and handy, for both photography enthusiasts and professional photographers. When you take photographs with the Canon EOS 70D, your photographs can be viewed immediately on your smartphone or tablet with the built-in Wi-Fi and EOS Remote both switched on and paired together. This wonderful combination will be very good for

–       Group Photo taking

–       Self portrait taking

–       With Live View, can check images from remote locations

–       Placing your Canon EOS 70D on a tripod to capture photography (e.g. wildlife, street, people) movements while you are at a short distance away to observe and take photographs via the EOS Remote and Live View shooting.

–       Commercial/Wedding Photographers in their studio or outdoor location shoot can view their photographs immediately and make the necessary adjustments.

The Canon EOS 70D built-in Wi-Fi feature along with the EOS Remote is excellent for viewing, downloading and sharing with friends and on social media platforms. For a social media enthusiast/blogger/reporter/writer attending events, imagine after shooting the photographs, you can choose and select which photographs to show your readers and the social media world in a relatively short time.

For a better understanding on how the EOS Remote works, do check out this link http://www.canon-asia.com/eosremote/ and they have diagrams showing how the steps on how to use EOS Remote.

Which target segment would the Canon EOS 6D be suitable for?

In my humble personal opinion, they would be suitable for the following:

–       Photographers who wish to upgrade to a DSLR at a lower cost (From a digital compact camera to a DSLR or from the entry level series DSLR to the semi-professional series DSLR)

–       Photographers who wish to own a 2nd camera as a back up DSLR.

–       Enthusiasts from the social media/blogging and Press/Writers/Reporters that would like a high quality DSLR with live coverage and updates functions to their respective distribution channels (controlled, selective and high quality photographs)

–       Wildlife and Sports Photographers, with the additional reach due to 1.6x crop factor, high 7fps and 19pt AF.

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The Canon EOS 70D body and kit sets are now available in Singapore with the following Recommended Prices:

  • Body only: S$1,499
  • Kit I (EF S18-55 IS STM): $1,699
  • Kit II (EF S18-135 IS STM): $2,049
  • Kit III (EF S18-200 IS): $2,149

For the above recommended prices and the powerful technical specifications packed inside the Canon EOS 70D, in my personal opinion, it is a very value for money DSLR that you can own. On a personal note, I have different aspirations and needs since I am looking forward to upgrade from Canon EOS 1D Mark III to Canon EOS 1DX in the future, nevertheless, the arrival of the Canon EOS 70D gives me another choice as my potential 2nd DSLR camera (if I have the additional budget!). If you are planning to buy your first DSLR, the Canon EOS 70D is definitely worth considering to buy!

* I would like to thank Canon Singapore for this wonderful opportunity to review the Canon EOS 70D and Ogilvy Public Relations for making the arrangements *


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A New Milestone : Canon EOS M

On the 23rd July 2012, I was invited by Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations to witness a new milestone in the history of Canon’s legacy of cameras. It was a great event to be there and being able to witness a new milestone, the arrival of the Canon EOS M, the smallest camera in their EOS family. The event was held at the Stellar @ 1-Altitude, with great food and hospitality, a great time to chat and catch up with fellow friends from the social media circle and friendly staff of Canon Singapore’s marketing and corporate communications department.

Before the official announcement of the Canon EOS M, Mr Andrew Koh, Senior Director and General Manager of the Consumer Imaging and Information Products Group, Canon Singapore, showed and shared the timeline of the EOS camera system from 1987 to 2012. Finally, the Canon EOS M was revealed by Mr Andrew Koh and this marked the start of a new milestone in Canon’s history.

While lunch was being served, we were given a short introduction on the technical specifications and functionalities of the Canon EOS M. During the main course, we were all eagerly waiting to grab hold of the Canon EOS M and wanting to feel, touch and play with the latest toy! When the Canon EOS M finally made its way to our table, we had a fun time photographing with the latest addition of Canon EOS family. We also had a glimpse of a new series of EF lens for the Canon EOS M, the EF-M 18-55mm f3.5/5.6 IS STM and the EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM.

The EOS M bears the EOS lineage not only by name, but also by containing the best features of its larger DSLR cousins. With the powerful combination of an 18.1-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 5 image processor packed inside the Canon EOS M, it is also able to access Canon’s entire arsenal of EF/EF-S lenses. The Canon EOS M has Phase-difference AF and Contrast AF built into a Hybrid CMOS AF system, the EOS M is able to achieve high speed and high precision focus in both still and video modes. There is also the Multi FlexiZone method where the EOS M divides the scene into 31 AF zones as well as the Single FlexiZone where users can move the AF point via the LCD touchscreen. It’s definitely a small lightweight camera with powerful features along with great support and accessories from the EOS family!

Here are some key specifications of the Canon EOS M –

  • 18.1MP APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor
  • Full EF/EF-S compatibility with the largest range of interchangeable lenses and accessories
  • Available in four stylish colours: black, white, red, silver
  • Weight: 265g
  • Dimensions: 108.6 x 66.5 x 32.3mm in size
At this current point in time as this post is being written, the EOS M, EF-M lenses, EOS-EF M mount adapter and Speedlite 90EX will be available from early October at all Canon authorized dealers. As for the pricing, it will be confirmed at a later date.
What do I think of the Canon EOS M ? Here’s my initial impressions and thoughts on the Canon EOS M from my short stint handling the Canon EOS M during the official launch –
Pros
– Lightweight and portable
– Suits existing EOS users with EF/EF-S lenses and Speedlites
– Ideal second camera for backup or daily carry around usage
Cons
– No viewfinder (photography purists especially those from the film SLR era would not like that)
There are many views, debates, enquiries and thoughts on Canon’s entry into the mirror less market with the Canon EOS M. In my personal humble opinion, I feel that the Canon EOS M can attract a new group of consumers and also from their existing pool of EOS, digital camera users. I will share more about the Canon EOS M once I have the opportunity to have a review set on loan and share my experiences here with my readers. Maybe if my budgeting and photography planning allows, who knows, I might own a Canon EOS M someday!