Posts Tagged ‘autofocus’

9 Features Every DSLR Should Have Now

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They say that the DSLR’s better days are behind it, but it’s still the choice for most working pros. Rapid advances on point and shoots, ILCs (mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras) and smart phones have left the DSLR looking like the camera of yesteryear, so here are a few features we think every DSLR should have now. 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…

Fuji Officially Debuts the Weather-Resistant X-T1, Boasts Fastest AutoFocus in Its Class

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It’s finally here! About one bazillion (official statistic) leaks and one teaser later, Fujifilm has finally announced the much-longed-for X-T1. With a weather-resistant body, a large and powerful OLED EVF and the fastest autofocus in its class, Fuji promises that this camera will make for a “truly remarkable photographic experience.” Read more…

AF-ON & Back Button Autofocus: This May Just Change the Way You Shoot Forever

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Still autofocusing by pressing halfway down on your shutter release? Well, suppose I told you there’s another way that you might even like better? Sound interesting? Read on.

The technique is called Back Button Autofocus and it can really change the way you use your camera. Rather than autofocusing with your shutter release, you move the autofocus function exclusively to a button on the back of the camera. When you first hear about this technique, it’s natural to greet the idea with a bit of uncertainty, but once you get used to focusing with this method, you may never go back. Read more…

Lions, Eagles and Snow: The Hardest, Most Fun NFL Game I’ve Ever Shot

My experience shooting an NFL game in a blizzard without AF

Dec 11, 2013 · Kyle Grantham

Canon Unveils the EOS M2 with Twice the Focusing Speed, May Not Come to the US

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Canon’s first mirrorless camera, the EOS M, received mixed reviews when it first hit the market, mainly because of its slow autofocus. Canon is hoping to address those concerns with the newly-announced EOS M2, but it looks like this one might not even make it to the US or Europe. 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…

Video: Comparing Canon’s USM and STM Lenses Using the 70D’s Dual Pixel AF

As Canon has begun focusing more adamantly on making its DSLRs capable video capture machines, the company has had to adjust its glass to match. The new Dual Pixel AF on the 70D is a great improvement (check out these videos if you doubt that) but if you’re planning on shooting video using the autofocus, you’ll probably get to the point where you have to choose between buying a USM lens and an STM lens.

When that time comes, the video above by YouTube user marconilanna should make that choice a little easier by showing you the differences — in both noise and speed — between one of Canon’s STM lenses and a few older USMs. Read more…

Video Clips Highlight the Tracking Speed of the Canon 70D’s Dual Pixel AF

Canon made a bit of a splash when it released the 70D, touting lightning fast live view and movie mode auto focus that would put the previous system to shame. The tech is called “Dual Pixel,” and now we have a few clips that show you just how fast the system works while filming in movie mode. 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…