Attention please! The Canon EOS Technoclopedia needs picture material! Check out the support page!
Further, this page uses a Dropbox for backup and synchronization purposes. You can help me to get some extra space by setting up a free Dropbox account for yourself. A free account includes 2GB of cloud storage plus 500MB bonus for you as well as for me, if you use my link. Dropbox offers very good performance, excellent software, can refer to a long history on the market and last but not least offers secure and easy to use technology. You can also use Dropbox to share your stuff with your friends much easier than using FTP or one-click filehosters. Be it pictures, text documents or anything else. Go ahead and give it a try.
Photoscala just published an obituary for their founder, Thomas Maschke a.k.a. thoMas, who died on November 21st, 2015, after struggling with health issues for some time. My condolence to his family and friends. Most people will know him from following his news and articles. Although not being my primary source of information for the main stream market, thoMas always held an eye open for rather uncommon products, in some cases being the only one among the common photography news pages reporting about them at all - a main matter for me to keep following his output as well ever since I started the Technoclopedia. R.I.P.!
More high-speed cams. I came across Photron's Fastcam portfolio primarily targeted at scientific research. They don't have a single model providing resolutions seriously larger than HD, but they are fast as hell and offer electronic Canon EF mounts as options (similar to Vision Research their mounts are controlled with the camera control software). Check them out.
Still in the mood for more exotic equipment? Sure you are - and there you go. Totally unrecognized by my 0-8-15 set of followed cam tech news pages Sensors Unlimited, a daughter company of UTC Aerospace Systems, released the Warrior C2S back in 2014. The Warrior C2S is a unit quite similar to the Electrophysics AstroScope - it's mounted between camera and lens and turns the whole thing into a SWIR-capable system. Listing is here. I was actually waiting for more stuff like that to be released for a long time. Now anyone wants to heave the Desert Star UW into the 21st century as well?
Aaaand ... I got one more. New to me - you can actually vacuum-clean your sensors! IPP, a daughter company of Nissin, released the Fujin Mark II, a lens shaped vacuum cleaner available for Canon EF mount (announced back in 06.2015). Thinking about how sticky sensor grime usually is, I'll consider this a short-time entertaining toy gem rather than a useful tool. It does however work well with Styrofoam balls.
Roll Back (rest of it):
The European Imaging And Sound Association just published the awards for 2015-2016:
Vision Research just introduced a new bread of their Phantom Miro line - the LAB models, which caught my attention. I never heard of this company and their Phantom cameras before. They exist since quite some time and an (electronic) Canon EF mount for these cameras was first introduced back in 2010 already. The Phantom cameras are built for high-speed - Vision Research were once the first to release a camera capable to record 1 million frames per second - and thus complement the possibilities of the system growing around the Canon EF mount in their very own way. Accordingly I added a new list for them. Check it out.
Ordinary News (a selection only):
Roll Back (a selection only):
Summerbreak! Author's gone windsurfing. Updating the site has temporarily lost some/lotsa priority. News continue to come in though and I'll try to add some chronologically from time to time.
Current state of the mobile version:
Ordinary News from June-July 2015 (a selection only):
I just started to design a site version for mobiles. Current state is as follows:
Sigma released a service advisory for several lenses causing Live View issues with the EOS 750D and 760D:
When the Live View Mode button on the camera body is pressed, the operation stops without displaying images on the rear LCD monitor.
[Products and Serial Numbers requiring the firmware update]Current models
Documentation Index updated - 4238 files archived in total (some parted documents were also merged into single files (i.e. Butkus scans))
For all you Sigmausers who are into collecting information about old Sigma lenses I've got a little present this month. I went mad on the Internet Archive once again and compiled an overview of news releases and product portfolio entries from sigmaphoto.com, all documented including their respective changes during the period of 2000 until 2003. You can download this document from my Google Drive. Enjoy!
Hard to believe, I found another rebadge of the Sigma T-mount 12mm F8 Fish-Eye (the big type) branded Regnon. Currently offered on Ebay (#191522719944).
I got my hands on a whole lot of Popular Photography editions and added the measurements from their lens tests to the printable lens pages. Among the updated entries are:
Remember the 2013's April Fools Day news about a Canon EOS 7D L to be announced, where L abbreviated "for left-handers"?
Sylvia Cacciatore, a photographer from Florida (USA) suffering from a completely paralyzed right arm just seriously came up with a petition addressed to Canon to develop a camera for left handed people.
Although the world can't be home to too many people thinking in opposite directions to the mainstream, I actually find it kinda ridiculous from an economical point of view to be serious about such an attempt, especially considering Canon instead of some small-scale manufacturer known for custom handmade product series. My advice to her would actually be to try a remote controlled, tripod mounted setup, probably using a video tripod head. There are even motorized tripod heads and stuff like the JTW Canon mods completely controllable via PC software ... lots of alternatives to play around with. Depending on her favorite subjects, in her case I'd even think about hat mounted camera heads.
And after all, to me such a petition doesn't seem to be the right tool to have Canon reconsider their decision not to make an L camera. They are interested in $$$, but all the petition will prove is how Canon's reputation will benefit from such a product: To present a thousand subscribers doesn't mean a thousand preordered and payed L type cameras. And btw., during the past years Canon did not show any huge interest in building up a reputation to be an inventor or listening a lot to their users, when it comes to product designs (of course their marketing tells a different story there ...).
However, if you like her attempt, go ahead and support her!