Yesterday, we kicked off our 2019 gift guide with cameras. Today it’s time for the lenses. We had a think about some of our new favourites we’ve tried this year, some of the very cool new ones that have been released as well as a couple of classics that just always remain popular and useful.
Black Friday may be well and truly over, but there are still a lot of sales going on and we’re well into the Holiday Season now. Have you already got your loved one (or yourself) that perfect gift? If not, here are some options for you. This is the first of our 2019 gift guides, and we’re going to start with cameras. These are some of the new cameras that have come out over the last year as well as some of the steadfast favourites that we’ve used throughout the year.
Canon’s EOS 5DS and 5DSR have proven quite popular amongst landscape, architecture, product, macro and other photographers who demand high resolutions over speed. But they were released in 2015 and Canon has shown no indication that they’ll be replaced by an upcoming DSLR. A high-resolution EOS R mirrorless model, however, has been rumoured for a while now.
Now it looks like the folks at Canon Rumors have managed to get their hands on some possible specs for the new high-res mirrorless, which they’re dubbing the “EOS Rs”. Their source also claims to have shot with a prototype of the new model, and that we can expect an announcement possibly as soon as February.
Well, it was bound to happen, wasn’t it? Nikon has been slacking on the mirrorless front and Nikkei now reports that they are projected to take 3rd place behind Sony in camera sales for this fiscal year. In a year where Nikon is set to record their first loss, at around $92 million (way down from their initial projections of $110 million profit), this isn’t good news for the company.
Earlier this year, firmware update brought Sony-like Eye AF to Canon EOS R. But is it really harder, better, faster, stronger than before? Well, Manny Ortiz got to test it out in some tricky lighting conditions, and it turns out Canon nailed it! In the fun video below, Manny demonstrates Canon R’s improved Eye AF in action and shares some of his impressions.
Here’s a fun patent from Canon – a lens that sucks. And I mean this quite literally. This lens incorporates a mini vacuum cleaner that cleans your camera sensor from dust.
Canon recently released its Q3/2019 financial report and the results are once again pretty bad in the imaging division. The trend of declining sales and profits continues, with a 13.9% decrease in sales and a 56.8% decrease in profits compared to the Q3/2018.
Canon Irista, the company’s photo storage and sharing website, is shutting down. If you have been using it to store and share your images, you may want to download them if you don’t have them stored elsewhere. Because in January 2020, all content is going to be deleted from Canon’s servers forever.
A Canon patent has been discovered by the folks at Canon News showing what appears to be a camera with a “translucent mirror” reminiscent of Sony’s SLT cameras. But that appears to be where the similarity ends, as the Canon implements a whole second image sensor, which appears to help overcome dynamic range issues with existing cameras.