Posts Tagged ‘af’

Rumor: The Next Evolution of Dual Pixel AF to Make Its Debut in the 7D Mark II

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If you’ve been following the torrent of rumors surrounding the upcoming Canon 7D replacement, you know that one of the major pieces of info floating around is that the Mark II will sport ‘revolutionary’ sensor technology.

What that is, however, is still a mystery — for most of us, anyway. Read more…

Sony’s a77 II Has Arrived, and It’s Packing an AF Sensor Worth Drooling Over

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Since the last A-Mount Sony came out with, we’ve seen the a7, the a7R, the a7S, the a3000, the a5000, the a6000 and the a3500. But don’t let the names fool you, not a single one of those was actually an A-Mount. This has led many to wonder if Sony had given up on the A-Mount.

Well, today those people have their answer in the form of the a77 II — in other words, a resounding “No.” Read more…

Second Samyang Teaser Features the New Logo, Expect Three New Lenses this Friday

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Yesterday, Samyang told us to stay tuned for an announcement on March 21st (this Friday) that many expect will introduce a line of AF lenses. Today, the company’s Korea branch has released yet another teaser, this one featuring the silhouettes of three new lenses. Read more…

Rumor: Samyang to Start Making AF Glass Under a New Logo Very Soon

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Third-party lenses are on the rise, there’s no denying that. Between Sigma kicking large amounts of booty with its impressive lineup and Tamron looking serious with the new 150-600mm lens it recently announced, competition for space in your camera bag is getting fierce.

And apparently it’s about to get even fiercer, because rumor has it Samyang intends to step its game up as well. Read more…

New Tech Totally Eliminates Zoom and AF Noise from Video Soundtracks on the Fly

DSLRs and Compact System Cameras are becoming increasingly capable video capture devices in addition to being solid still shooters. But when it comes time to focus or zoom using the lens’ or camera’s built-in motor, you’re often left with glaringly obvious noise on your soundtrack.

So far manufacturers have tackled this problem by introducing silent focusing motor lenses, but one group of engineers is taking a firmware-based approach that seems to work just as well (if not better) and might someday soon do away with zoom and AF noise entirely. Read more…

Check Out the Canon 70D’s Dual Pixel AF Technology In Action

At the beginning of the week, Canon introduced the latest and greatest addition to its APS-C lineup of DSLRs when it debuted the Canon EOS 70D. In addition to the standard specs you would expect to find in any of Canon’s APS-C cameras (the company has gotten some grief lately regarding its lack of innovation) the 70D packed one very impressive improvement.

The 20.2-megapixel Canon-designed sensor inside features something called “Dual Pixel CMOS AF”: a new autofocus system that promises to vastly improve the speed of Canon’s live view and video AF capabilities. And now, we get to see it in action. Read more…

Sluggish Canon EOS M Autofocus Will Be Up to 2.3x Faster with Firmware Update

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There was a great deal of excitement when Canon entered the mirrorless camera market with the EOS M last year, but much of the buzz evaporated when people began putting the camera through its paces. Although the camera features impressive image quality, one of the biggest issues is the sluggish autofocus that often gets in the way of capturing “decisive moments.”

If you’re the not-so-proud owner of a EOS M who constantly grumbles about the AF, here’s some news that’ll be music to your ears: your camera is set to receive a major AF speed boost by way of a firmware update.
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Canon 5D Mark III Firmware Update Out: Clean HDMI Output and AF Upgrade

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Canon today officially launched a new firmware update (version 1.2.1) for the 5D Mark III that brings two notable improvements to the camera: uncompressed HDMI output and the ability to use cross-type autofocus at f/8.
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GhettoCAL: A DIY Lens Calibration Tool for Microadjustment-Enabled DSLRs

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It’s fairly well known that not all lenses are created equal. Put that in combination with manufacturing variables and lenses don’t always perfectly align with the camera mount. Generally the differences are minor and for the most part negligible, but I buy old Minolta lenses from eBay and I want to get the best bang for buck out of them.

I started making micro adjustments to my lens/camera combinations when I first got Sony’s a77, and have now micro adjusted all my lenses for the a99 and D3. After reading what the Internet had to offer regarding “micro adjustment” or the “fine tune” functions higher level DSLRs offer, I quickly printed off some charts similar to rulers and taped them to my wall to start making adjustments.
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Rumor: Sony May Introduce Eye-Tracking Autofocus Next Year

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Want to focus your camera simply by looking at a particular area of the viewfinder? If you’re a Sony shooter, you might be enjoying that feature as early as next year. The company is reportedly working on building Eye Tracking autofocus into its cameras, with the initial version arriving in a flagship camera sometime in 2014.
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