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Sigma 18-35mm

I received the new Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens this week for testing. I pulled it out of the box a couple days ago and was immediately disappointed with the front focusing. It was way off at 18mm and a little off at 24mm and 35mm. [click to continue…]

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Canon has released new firmware for the EOS M. Firmware version 2.0.2 is supposed to address the AF speed issues that are so detrimental to the enjoyment of an otherwise good camera (read my EOS M Review). Additionally, it adds support for the new EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens.

Specifically,¬†firmware¬†version 2.0.2 adresses the following issues: [click to continue…]

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The Canon EOS M had all the potential in the world to be a market leader; however, Canon utterly failed in producing a competent AF system. Accordingly, the EOS M has been highly criticized for its sluggish performance and sales appear to have been equally sluggish.

While Canon has blamed the poor lens selection for the EOS M’s failure to fly off store shelves, the rest of the photographic community knows that it’s the slow AF system that keeps people from buying in. I love the EF-M 22mm f/2 lens that Canon includes as a kit lens for the EOS M – it’s compact, a great focal length as a walkaround lens and it has a nice, fast aperture. But, again, the AF speed is unacceptable.

When Canon announced the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens earlier this month, the company also revealed that a firmware update would be forthcoming for the EOS M and will improve the system’s AF performance. Now, it appears we have video proof of just what firmware version 2.0.2 for the EOS M will do. [click to continue…]

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Canon 5D Mark III

Canon has dated the new firmware for the Canon 5D Mark III that will provide uncompressed HDMI output at 4:2:2 8-bit and autofocus at f/8. The firmware update should be available later this month on April 30.

More details on the update from the initial announcement last October.

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Canon 6D

Recent rumors point to the possibility of a firmware update for the full frame Canon 6D. As the junior full frame shooter in Canon’s line-up, the 6D offers a lot of camera for a relatively affordable price point (it’s under $1800 at the moment).

However, there are plenty of things that users looking to move up to full frame are missing – such as the headphone jack found in the 5D Mark III and the ability to autofocus at f/8. [click to continue…]

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Following the recent forum posting by a moderator in Canon’s official forums, Canon has issued a product advisory concerning the slow AF speed for the 5D Mark III and 1D X when using a Speedlite AF assist beam.

Firmware updates to address this issue are expected for the 5D Mark III and 1D X in April 2013 and May 2013, respectively.

The full product advisory from Canon is reproduced below. [click to continue…]

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