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Canon celebrates 14th consecutive year of No. 1 share

Canon Inc recently announced that their company’s interchangeable lens digital cameras have maintained the number 1 share of the global market for 14 consecutive years from 2003 to 2016.

I was one of those that used the Canon EOS 300D, the DSLR camera that made the breakthrough and changes to the DSLR market in 2003. This particular DSLR camera was the start of a very eventful and exciting photography journey for me, starting from 2004 (and still ongoing) when I started using my first DSLR, the Canon EOS 300D for taking photographs and also for my holiday trips to Tokyo, Japan and Penang, Malaysia in 2004.

While I started entering into the world of photography way back in the analogue film SLR days, starting from my primary school days when I played and damaged my father’s SLR camera. I only got into more serious photography starting from 2004. From then on, I never look back, my relationship with Canon DSLRs blossomed with the upgrades from the maiden DSLR, the EOS 300D, followed by -> EOS 30D -> EOS 1D Mark III -> EOS 70D -> EOS 1DX, over the years from 2004 to 2017 (and still counting).

Beside owning the various Canon DSLRs that I wrote down, I also had the honour to be given many opportunities to test and review other Canon DSLR models, sharing the photographs, my reviews, thoughts, views and experiences with them right here on my photography and travel site. There is a particular Canon DSLR model that I really like, yet I didn’t own it, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. This Canon EOS 5D Mark III allowed me to produce some photography works that were instrumental and significant during my photography adventures.

Over all these years for me, partnering with the various Canon DSLR models, I had learned a lot, grown and improved my photography together with them. At this stage in time, I am now in a new phase of my photography adventure, the start of a new era, striving even higher benchmarks, goals and objectives for myself, in both a personal and professional capacity in my photography.

This is my personal (rather lengthy) Canon DSLRs story, now let me share with you, the Canon Inc story –

Canon Inc. announced that the Company’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras) have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 14 consecutive years from 2003 to 2016*.

Canon develops the key components featured in its interchangeable-lens cameras— CMOS image sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses— in the pursuit of “Speed, Comfort and High Image Quality, the core concept of the EOS series.” The Company employs these cutting-edge technologies across its entire lineup, from entry-level models that achieve high image quality with easy operation to flagship cameras trusted by professionals, effectively responding to the needs of a wide range of users.

In 2003, the dawn of digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS 300D Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS Kiss Digital in other regions). This groundbreaking camera, which was competitively priced and featured a compact, lightweight design, captured the top share of the global market and set the stage for growth in the digital SLR market.

Since that time, Canon has continued to launch a range of epoch-making products, including the professional-model EOS-1D series and the EOS 5D series which paved the way for digital SLR video recording.

In 2016, Canon introduced an impressive lineup of interchangeable-lens camera products that supported the Company’s achievement of a 14th consecutive year at the top of the global market. In the first quarter of 2016, the Company unveiled the flagship model, the EOS-1D X Mark II, which wields significant clout in the sports photography world thanks to its 14 frame-per-second continuous shooting. This was followed by the EOS 80D for advanced-amateur users, which features excellent still image quality and superb operability when shooting videos. The EOS 5D Mark IV, capable of 4K video, was released in second half of the year. Additionally, the Company’s interchangeable-lens camera lineup was further expanded with the introduction of the high-end EOS M5 compact-system camera in September.

Canon will continue to respond to the needs of its wide range of customers by further bolstering its lineup in 2017. Earlier this February, Canon announced the introduction of n three cameras equipped with the cutting-edge and highly accurate autofocus technology, Dual Pixel CMOS AF: the EOS M6 compact-system camera and the EOS 77D (EOS 9000D in other regions) and EOS 800D (EOS Rebel T7i or EOS Kiss X9i in other regions) digital SLR cameras.

Through the further refining of its diverse imaging technologies based on the Company’s core optical technologies, Canon will further strengthen and expand the EOS lineup through the integration of still image, video and network functionality. Canon will continue striving to create attractive and reliable products aimed at contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.

*Based on a Canon survey

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

Aiming for Canon EOS 7D

I am currently a Canon EOS 30D user, it had been my workhorse DSLR for my travel, events, wedding and sports photography. Even going through 3 rounds of servicing at the Canon Service Centre, there wasn’t a time whereby I thought of selling it off. Nevertheless, as my level of photography advances and greater demands, I was always looking at the Canon EOS 1D Mk 2 or Mk 3 as my next DSLR, due to my preference for sports and events photography.

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The price of the Canon EOS 1D Mk 3 cost quite a lot and when Canon announce a new DSLR known as the Canon EOS 7D, it got me interested and I researched more deeply into it. In my personal opinion, the Canon EOS 7D is a value for money DSLR with the specs (almost all) of Canon EOS 1D Mk 3 and ONE-THIRD of the price, a hybrid between Canon EOS 50D & EOS 5D Mk 2. Fellow Canon photoblogger Tetanus summed it very well in his blog post, do check it too !

DPReview wrote a preview of the Canon EOS 7D and it was an excellent analysis and write up, do check out their post here ! Canon Singapore also allows us to do a comparison of various Canon DSLRs and I used it to compare between Canon EOS 7D, 5D Mk 2 and 50D, even though it might not be a fair comparison between these 3 models, the Canon EOS 7D is by itself a hybrid and new range of DSLR series (in my humble opinion).

Table of Comparisons of Canon DSLRs via Canon Singapore

Specification
Model EOS 7D EOS 5D Mark II EOS 50D
Recommended Retail Price
* Street price varies
SGD 2,699.00 Promo SGD 4,299.00 SGD 1,899.00 Promo
Effective Pixels Approx. 18.00 megapixels Approx. 21.10 megapixels Approx. 15.10M
Total Pixels Approx. 19.00 megapixels Approx. 15.5M
Startup Time Approx. 0.1sec. (Based on CIPA testing standards) Approx. 0.1 sec. (Based on CIPA testing standards)
Max. Resolution (still images) 5184 x 3456 5616 x 3744 4752 x 3168
Effective ISO Automatically set: ISO 100 – 6400; High Tone Priority settable: ISO 200 – 6400 Full Auto, Creative Auto: ISO 100 – 3200 set automatically P, Tv, Av, M, B:ISO 100 – 6400 (in 1/3-stop increments) settable, Auto, or expandable to ISO 50(L), ISO 12800(H1), or ISO 25600(H2) Automatically set, ISO 100 – 3200 (in 1/3-stop or 1-stop increments), Basic Zone modes: ISO 100 – 1600 set automatically, Extension settable (with C.Fn.I-3-1): ISO 6400, ISO 12800, High Tone Priority settable: ISO 200 – 3200
JPEG Compression Mode (Still Image)
Movie Mode MOV, Recording size: 1920×1080 (Full HD), 640×480 (SD) MOV (Video: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM), Recording size: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 640 x 480 (SD), Continuous movie shooting time: Full HD approx. 12 min.
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)
Optical Zoom / Digital Zoom
Closest Focus Distance
Recording Capacity (no. of images)

The data is measured under Canon’s testing standard AND may vary depending ON the scene, subjects OR camera settings
Memory Card TYPE CF Card Type I and II Type I or II CF card, UDMA-compatible CF Card Type I and II, UDMA-compliant CF cards, Recording to USB external media via Wireless File Transmitter (WFT-E3)
Shooting Modes Live View shooting, Remote Live View shooting (with a personal computer installed with EOS Utility) Still photo shooting and movie shooting Live View shooting, Remote Live View shooting (with a personal computer installed with EOS Utility)
Photo Effects
Shutter Speed Range 1/8000 to 1/60sec., X-sync at 1/250sec. 1/8000 to 30sec., bulb 1/8000 sec. to 30 sec., bulb(Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.), X-sync at 1/200 sec. 1/8000 to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/250 sec., 1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
Metering 63-zone TTL full-aperture metering – Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point), Partial metering (approx. 9.4% of viewfinder at center), Spot metering (approx. 2.3% of viewfinder at center), Center-weighted average metering 35-zone TTL full-apperture metering, Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point), Partial metering (approx. 8% of viewfinder at center), Spot metering (approx. 3.5% of viewfinder at center), Center-weighted average metering 35-zone TTL full-aperture metering, Evaluative metering (linkable to all AF point), Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder at center), Spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder at center), Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 1 – 20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100) EV 1-20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100) EV -0.5 – 18 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100)
Continuous Shooting Speed High-speed: Max: 8 shots/sec; Low-speed: Max: 3 shots/sec Max. approx. 3.9 shots/sec. High-speed: Max. 6.3 shots/sec., Low-speed: Max. 3 shots/sec.
Viewfinder TYPE Eye-level pentaprism Eye-level pentaprism Eye-level pentaprism
LCD Monitor 3.0in. TFT colour, liquid-crystal monitor 3 inch. TFT color liquid-crystal monitor 3.0 inch., TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Coverage Vertical/ Horizontal approx. 100% approx. 98% approx. 95%
Eyepoint Approx. 22mm (from eyepiece lens center) Approx. 21mm (From eyepiece lens center at -1m-1) Approx. 22mm (from eyepiece lens center)
Dioptre Correction -3.0 to +1.0m-1 -3.0 – +1.0 m-1dpt -3.0 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflectance ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4L IS USM or shorter lenses) Quick-return type Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflectance ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4L IS USM or shorter lenses)
Viewfinder Information AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), Exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed, AE lock, exposure level, spot metering circle, exposure warning), Flash information (flash ready, flash exposure compensation, High-speed sync, FE lock, Red-eye reduction light), Image information (Highlight tone priority, monochrome shooting, maximum burst, white balance correction, CF card information) AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), Exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed, AE lock, exposure level, spot metering circle), Flash information (flash ready, flash exposure compensation, High-speed sync, FE lock, Red-eye reduction light), Image information (Highlight tone priority, monochrome shooting, maximum burst, white balance correction, CF card information)
Coverage approx. 100% Approx. 100% Approx.100% (viewing angle: approx. 160°)
Brightness Auto: Brightness adjusted automatically by light sensor; Manual: 7 levels provided Auto (Darker/Standard/Brighter), Manual (7 levels) 7 levels provided
Flash Modes Retractable, auto pop-up flash E-TTL II autoflash E-TTL II autoflash
Hotshoe PC Terminal Provided
X-sync 1/250sec. 1/200 sec 1/250 sec.
Playback Zoom approx.1.5x-10x Approx. 1.5x – 10x approx.1.5x-10x
CONNECTION TO Computer USB 2.0 Hi-Speed For personal computer communication and direct printing (Hi-Speed USB) For personal computer communication and direct printing (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)
Direct printing without a computer Yes (PictBridge-compatible printers) Yes (PictBridge-compatible printers) Yes (PictBridge-compatible printers)
Optional CASE
Dimensions (W x H x D) Excl. Protrusions Approx. 5.8 x 4.3 x 2.9in./148.2 x 110.7 x 73.5mm 152 x 113.5 x 75 mm / 6.0 x 4.5 x 3.0 in. 145.5 x 107.8 x 73.5mm
Weight (Body ONLY) Approx. 28.9 oz./820g (body only) Approx. 810g / 28.6oz. (body only) Approx. 730g
Standard Power Supply One Battery Pack LP-E6 Battery Pack LP-E6 One Battery Pack BP-511A
Optional Power AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6 (with optional Battery Grip BG-E7N or BGM-E6 attached, AA-size batteries can be used) AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6, with Battery Grip BG-E6 attached, size-AA/LR6 batteries can be used AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2, AA-size batteries with Battery Grip BG-E2N or BG-E2 attached
Cartridges
Low pass filter Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Colour filter TYPE RGB primary colour filter RGB primary color filter
Processor TYPE DIGIC 4 Digic 4
AF System Points 19 (Cross-type) f/2.8 at centre: Dual Cross Sensor 9 plus 6 Assist AF points 9 (Cross-type)
AF modes Auto, One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF) One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing Auto, One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF point selection Automatic selection, manual selection (single point AF, Spot AF, Zone AF, AF point expansion, Zone AF) Automatic selection, manual selection
Selected AF point Display Indicated by transmissive LCD display in the viewfinder and on the LCD panel Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD panel
Predictive AF
AF lock
AF assist beam Small series of flashes fired by built-in flash Emitted by the EOS-dedicated external Speedlite Small series of flashes fired by built-in flash
Manual Focus Yes Yes
AE Lock Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button
Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button
Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved, Manual: By AE lock button
Exposure Compensation Manual: ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments Manual and AEB (Settable in combination with manual exposure compensation) Manual: +/-3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
AEB ±3 stops
Shutter Vertical-travel, mechanical, electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter Vertical-travel, mechanical, electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Speed 1/8000 to 1/60sec., X-sync at 1/250sec. 1/8000 to 30sec., bulb 1/8000 sec. to 30 sec., bulb(Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.), X-sync at 1/200 sec. 1/8000 to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/250 sec., 1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
Shutter Release Soft-touch electromagnetic release Soft-touch electromagnetic release
White Balance TYPE Auto white balance with the image sensor Auto white balance with the image sensor
White Balance Settings Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature setting Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White fluorescent light, Flash), Custom, Color temperature setting (2500-10000K) White balance correction and white balance bracketing features provided Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature setting
WB Bracketing ±3 stops in full-stop increments (Blue/amber direction or magenta/green direction possible) ±3 stops in full-stop increments
Red Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments +12 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments Up to ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
Flash Exposure Bracketing
SECOND Curtain Synchronisation
Built IN flash range
Guide NUMBER ISO 100 metres 12/39 (ISO 100, in meters/feet) 13/43
Continuous Shooting High-speed: Max: 8 shots/sec Low-speed: Max: 3 shots/sec Max. approx. 3.9 shots/sec. High-speed: Max. 6.3 shots/sec.
Low-speed: Max. 3 shots/sec.
Intervalometer
Image SIZE Large/Fine: Approx. 6.6MB (5184 x 3456 pixels); Large/Normal: Approx. 3.3MB (5184 x 3456 pixels); Medium/Fine: Approx. 3.5MB (3456 x 2304 pixels); Medium/Normal: Approx. 1.8MB (3456 x 2304 pixels); Small/Fine: Approx. 2.2MB (2592 x 1728 pixels); Small/Normal: Approx. 1.1MB (2592 x 1728 pixels); RAW: Approx. 25.1MB (5184 x 3456 pixels); RAW+Large/Fine: Approx. 25.1+6.6MB (5184 x 3456 pixels); M RAW: Approx. 17.1MB (3888 x 2592 pixels); M RAW 1+Large/Fine: Approx. 17.1+6.6MB (3888 x 2592 pixels); S RAW: Approx. 11.4MB (2592 x 1728 pixels); S RAW +Large/Fine: Approx. 11.4+6.6MB (2592 x 1728 pixels) (L) 5616 x 3744, (M) 4080 x 2720, (S) 2784 x 1856, RAW (5616 x 3744), sRAW1 (3861 x 2574), sRAW2 (2784 x 1856) Large/Fine: Approx. 5.0MB (4752 x 3168 pixels), Large/Nomal: Approx. 2.5MB (4752 x 3168 pixels), Medium/Fine: Approx. 3.0MB (3456 x 2304 pixels), Medium/Normal: Approx. 1.6MB (3456 x 2304 pixels), Small/Fine: Approx. 1.7MB (2352 x 1568 pixels), Small/Normal: Approx. 0.9MB (2352 x 1568 pixels), RAW: Approx. 20.2MB (4752 x 3168 pixels), RAW+Large/Fine: Approx. 20.2+5.0MB (4752 x 3168 pixels), sRAW 1: Approx. 12.6MB (3267 x 2178 pixels), sRAW 1+Large/Fine: Approx. 12.6+5.0MB (3267 x 2178 pixels), sRAW 2: Approx. 9.2MB (2376 x 1584 pixels), sRAW 2+Large/Fine: Approx. 9.2+5.0MB (2376 x 1584 pixels)
Movies Yes Yes
Movie LENGTH Full HD approx. 12 min., SD approx. 24 min.
Still Image Format JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), M RAW, S RAW, RAW+JPEG JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon original), JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), sRAW, RAW+JPEG
RAW compression/ JPEG compression simultaneous recording Provided Yes Provided
File Numbering Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset. Possible to create new folders and select folders in the CF card to store captured images.
Processing Parameters
Sound Files
Custom Functions Total 27 Total 25 Total 25
Personal Functions

Source: Canon Singapore

The Canon EOS 7D is probably a hot topic in the current Canon DSLR users, with the various forum discussions and photographers upgrading or changing to the new Canon EOS 7D. I am also busy researching into it, deciding whether to purchase the Canon EOS 7D eventually, with its specs close to the EOS 1D Mk 3 that is excellent for sports and event usage at an affordable cost.

Whether I am getting the Canon EOS 7D, I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Ben & Jerry Chunk Fest 2009 @ Marina Barrage

IMG_4563Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl – Milk Chocolate Ice Cream with a Thick Peanut Butter Swirl – Love chocolate? Love peanut butter? Then this must be the perfect concoction for you. Smooth, velvety milk chocolate ice-cream with thick, gooey swirls of peanut butter – nothing can be better than that!”

Mention the word Ben & Jerry ice cream and you would send many people from young to old, craving and eating them with great enthusiasm and delight. I am a fan of their ice cream and when Ben & Jerry’s in Singapore announced Chunk Fest 2009 to be held at the Marina Barrage, it attracted quite a lot of their fans coming to down for the “Exclusive” Ben & Jerry ice cream, that are not available in Singapore, imported from the U.S.A.

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The event was held at the roof terrace of the Marina Barrage and it was a great ground for picnics, gatherings, kite flying, enjoying Ben & Jerry ice cream and a live music carnival with 5 other local bands coming together and performing at Chunk Fest 2009. Weather was good, it was hot and hazy, you could feel, sense and see the haze covering the Marina Bay and its surroundings. Nevertheless, it didn’t deter the fun from going on.

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Walked around, enjoyed the atmosphere and carnival, selected 1 of the 12 Ben & Jerry ice cream, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl …… What can I say ….. It’s really delicious and lovely !! There were more activities ongoing during the entire event, didn’t get to catch all of them as I went around in the late afternoon, after 4pm.

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I was having fun, relaxing and enjoying myself before something happened to Canon EOS 30D, suffered with an Error 99 code, all possible attempts were used to revive my workhorse Canon EOS 30D and it was to no avail, I am going to send it in to Canon Singapore Service Centre (AGAIN) for my 2nd Error 99 issue on the coming Monday morning. With that, my adventure at Ben & Jerry Chunk Fest 2009 was brought to an abrupt end.