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Thursday, 27 June 2013

EOS M firmware update version 2.0.2

Canon has introduced firmware version 2.0.2 for the EOS M camera. The following fixes and improvements have been incorporated.

- Improves focusing speed in One-Shot AF mode.
- Now supports the EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM lens.  (When using this lens without the EOS M firmware update, there might be occasions when the EOS M will not function - however this is rare.)
- Corrects errors in the Simplified Chinese, Hungarian, Traditional Chinese and Korean language menus.

In Europe, you can download the firmware from:
http://software.canon-europe.com/ 

In the USA, you can download the firmware from:
EOS M drivers and software


Wednesday, 26 June 2013

The Photography Show

Following the news that the UK event 'Focus On Imaging' has closed (see story on 31 May), Future has stepped in to run a mainstream photography event in its place. Supported by the Royal Photographic Society, 'The Photography Show' will take place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), near Birmingham, UK, from Saturday 1 to Tuesday 4 March 2014.


 

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

EOS-1D X/1D C lubrication issue

Due to inconsistency in the amount of lubrication which has been applied to the driving mechanism of some EOS-1D X and 1D C cameras, Canon has identified a phenomenon in which a small number of the affected products may over time, develop the following symptoms:
- AF searches but does not lock in on the subject (caused by minute particles produced by wear due to the inconsistent lubrication mentioned above)
- The image shown in the viewfinder is 'blurry' or 'not steady'(occurs if wear progresses.

For details of the cameras affected and the free repair available, click here.



Thursday, 6 June 2013

Ultra-wide lens for EOS M

Key features
•  Ultra-wide 11-22mm EF-M zoom lens
•  Compact, retractable lens design
•  Smooth, quiet STM focusing in movies
•  Dynamic IS for steady movies
•  3-stop optical Image Stabilizer
•  High image quality
•  0.15m minimum focusing distance
•  Manual focus ring

Canon has introduced a third lens to its range of EF-M lenses for the EOS M camera. The EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM is Canon's first ultra wide-angle EF lens to feature an optical image stabilizer and the first EF lens with a retractable design.

The lens uses Super Spectra Coatings designed to minimise ghosting and flare, providing excellent results with every shot. Images are crisp and clear thanks to the image stabilizer, which works to keep image blur to a minimum by reducing the effects of camera shake. A 3-stop shutter speed advantage helps to ensure sharp stills, even when light levels start to fade.

Shooting smooth Full HD movies is helped by the advanced Dynamic IS mode which combats more exaggerated forms of camera shake that occur when shooting video on the move. Near-silent STM technology suppresses focus noise during movie capture, so the audience can enjoy crystal clear sound to match the visual quality of the footage captured.

Incredibly compact and lightweight, the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM has been designed to fit easily into the smallest of spaces so it can be carried everywhere. A new retractable lens design – a first for the EF lens range –  locked in place by a switch, allows users to retract the lens back into the barrel when not in use. This keeps the body slim and compact, reducing the lens length by 13mm. An integrated full-time manual focus ring also provides the freedom to make precise adjustments to focus as needed.

The EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM is available from July 2013 with an RRP price of £379.99 / €449.99.

When using the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM with the EOS M it is recommended that the camera is upgraded to firmware version 2.0.0 or later. In addition to improved compatibility with the EF-M 11-22mm lens, the firmware update, due at the end of June 2013, is claimed to improve AF performance with the EF-M 18-55mm lens by up to 2.3x



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