Fall is coming

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Rotterdam by night

Here are my photo’s taken yesterday in Rotterdam.

If you click the photo you get the full resolution version 😉 Maybe nice for a wallpaper….

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Morning at the Veluwe Park

Last weekend I set my alarm clock to wake me at 04.30h so I could watch the sun set at the Veluwe park where, around this time of year, the fields are blooming. Packed my stuff; tripod, 17-35mm F/2.8 L, 100mm F/2.8 L and the 6D FF camera. I arrived at 6.00h and started to look for just the right spot. Too bad that there are woods blocking the rising sun on the east side. From the top of the hill, about 110m above sea level (for Dutch standards this is a huge mountain ;-)) the view was the best and the fields looks awesome. The sound of  dears roaring was echoing through the valley as the sun started to appear. The light turned out to be very, very nice. Below are some pictures taken during the “golden hour”.

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I anyone wants to visit this place, you can find it here;


But remember, it only blossoms around the end of august.

Happy shooting 😉


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Canon’s Full Frame Future

Canon’s Full Frame Future [CR2]

By Canon Rumors | June 24, 2015 | Canon DSLR Rumors

There’s a lot of random information out there about what Canon is going to do with it’s three long-in-the-tooth full frame cameras, the EOS 6D, EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X. One of our sources wants to shed a little bit of light on things, but even admits things are very “muddy” at the moment.

EOS 5D Mark IV
This camera’s focus will be high ISO performance over resolution. The camera will use a new DIGIC processor and will share a version of a new flagship AF system. We had heard back in February that an 18mp sensor was in testing in a camera body and that’s what could appear here. Are consumers willing to sacrifice 4mp for a few stops of ISO performance boost? I’m pretty sure they would be. I don’t believe the resolution of the APS-C offerings has any bearing on how the full frame sensor development will play out in the prosumer & professional markets.

4K? It depends on the day and who’s talking. I think it’s safe to say that 4K video recording appearing in the EOS 5D Mark IV is 50/50 at the moment. 🙂

EOS 6D Mark II
This camera is said to be moving slightly “upmarket”, as it will get a better AF system and a few other consumer features like NFC. We’re also told this camera could have a higher resolution sensor than the EOS 5D Mark IV. The source couldn’t confirm this, but said all signs seemed to point that way. It was suggested that the “consumer” market still cares about resolution and that the EOS 6D Mark II could become the “do everything pretty well” DSLR in the lineup. No resolution number was given, but I can see a 24mp-28mp sensor.

EOS-1D X Mark II
This camera is on its own and the goal is to improve ISO performance as well as “industry leading” dynamic range, we’re apparently going to see some C300 Mark II technology in this camera. It will have a brand new flagship AF system and an increased framerate. 4K video is still a possibility, as no one expects to see a follow-up to the EOS-1D C.

We’re not very close to an announcement for any of these cameras, so it’s very possible there’s a lot of misdirection and false information being floated around internally at Canon. I expect things to start getting a bit clearer towards the end of the summer and into early fall.

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Reports of EOS 7D Mark II Firmware 1.04 Locking Up Camera

By Canon Rumors | May 15, 2015 | Canon Firmware

There’s a thread on the FredMiranda.com forum that says a few users have experienced lockups of their 7D Mark II after upgrading to firmware 1.04.

From FredMiranda

I decided to update the firmware since I do have the 70-200II ( even though my 300 2.8 is usually on there )….Camera locked up twice shooting one game, I was looking through view finder turned away looked back through and had no info like it was shut off…the second time it was resuming from sleep….

One of our forum moderators recommends the following procedure after updating firmware. It can solve some issues, but not all.

My recommendation with any new firmware is to recordthe camera settings, and after installing the firmware,  do a camera reset, remove the battery for a few minutes, then restart the camera and restore the settings.  That will eliminate some issues, but not if there is actually a firmware issue.

Please report on our forum or the FM forum if you’re experiencing lockups after updating to firmware 1.04 on your EOS 7D Mark II.

Read the thread at FredMiranda

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Animals large and small

Spring is in the air, finally we could enjoy a nice warm day…….So I grabbed my 7D, the 100-400mm and a bicycle. Here are the results;

Run caterpillar,....Run

Run caterpillar,….Run

Little dragonfly

Little dragonfly




An unknown bird to me 😉

A small bug, yellow flower

A small bug, yellow flower

A nice couple of grebes (futen in Dutch)

A nice couple of grebes (futen in Dutch)



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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

By Canon Rumors | May 6, 2015

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

The long rumored Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM has finally made an appearance and will be announced very soon.

SPECIFICATIONS (Google Translated)

  • Lens arrangement 5-group, six (Construction: 6 elements in 5 groups)
  • Full-frame compatible
  • Digital optimized coating
  • STM/Stepping motor
  • Full-time manual focus
  • Length: 39.3mm
  • Weight: 160g (1.55″)
  • 49mm filter thread

Source: [DCI]

Below are more images that appeared on our forum yesterday showing the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM.

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Canon 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Mark II lens test

Testing the new Canon 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6 L mk II was great. I took it to a little park at shoot some animals with it handheld. Thanks to the Image stabilizer the pictures were great. Very sharp en crisp even at lower speeds. The IS does compensate about 4 stops and it took me a little getting used to as the image is stabilized in the viewfinder and make it a little strange at first.

I also used it to take a photo of the moon. The thing i noticed was that i had to use mirror lockup to get a stable image of the moon when using the lens at 400mm on a Canon 7D mark II.

But the result was the picture you see below

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1:1 crop at 400mm F/5.6 1/50s ISO 100

Overall a great lens for all kinds of photo’s. For portrets the background can be made very blurry. For outdoor sports the range of the lens on an APS-C body gives you the reach you need and when using a 1.4x extender you can even use auto-focus on a 7D mark II an 5D mark III. I think I will be using it more often 😉



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Canon Products Selected for Esteemed Technical Image Press Association Awards for 21st Consecutive Year

By Canon Rumors

Canon Products Selected for Esteemed Technical Image Press Association Awards for 21st Consecutive Year

TOKYO, April 9, 2015—Canon camera products were honored with four “Best Photo and Imaging Product” awards by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), representing 27 photo and imaging magazines from 16 countries across five continents. The award-winning products are: the EOS 7D Mark II digital SLR camera, the IXUS 160 (PowerShot ELPH 160 in the Americas) / IXUS 1651 / IXUS 170 (PowerShot ELPH 170 IS) digital compact cameras, the EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM super-telephoto zoom lens, and the EF11-24mm f/4L USM ultra-wide-angle zoom lens. This year marks Canon’s 21st consecutive year as a TIPA award recipient.2

Best DSLR Expert: EOS 7D Mark II
Selected for this year’s “Best DSLR Expert” award, Canon’s APS-C-size flagship-model EOS 7D Mark II offers impressive specifications that, according to the TIPA jury, “appeal to photographers who know what a DSLR is capable of delivering.” The camera is equipped with an approximately 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and Canon’s Dual DIGIC 6 image processors, all housed within a weather- and dust-resistant magnesium alloy body. In addition to realizing a fast continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per second, the EOS 7D Mark II employs a 65-point (all cross type) AF system and viewfinder providing an approximately 100 percent field of view. The jury highlighted such “exciting” features as HDR (High Dynamic Range)3 and Multiple Exposure4 modes, as well as an intervalometer and a bulb timer for long exposure capture. Furthermore, the camera incorporates dual card slots for both SD and CF cards, is capable of capturing smooth, highly responsive Full HD video thanks to its Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, and is equipped with a dedicated stereo microphone and built-in headphone jack ports.

Best Easy Compact Camera: IXUS 160 / IXUS 165 / IXUS 170
With the introduction of the IXUS 160, IXUS 165 and IXUS 170, the TIPA judges said, “Canon has gone against the tide that supposedly swept away the possibility of new and exciting entrants in [the compact] camera category.” Named “Best Easy Compact Camera,” the three “compact and very affordable” IXUS-series cameras provide both “long-range optical zoom and stunning image quality,” features that, according to the jury, camera phones lack. In particular, the IXUS 170 was recognized for being an “exceptionally slim camera … with a very long-range [12x] optical zoom,” and for employing an approximately 20.0-megapixel image sensor and Intelligent IS, an optical image stabilization system that analyzes camera movement and applies the optimal correction method for shake-free stills and 720p HD video. The judges noted that “users can rely on the Smart AUTO mode,” a function that automatically chooses the optimal camera settings based on the scene being captured. The IXUS 165 also comes with Intelligent IS, while both the IXUS 165 and IXUS 160 each incorporate a 20.0-megapixel image sensor and an 8x optical zoom lens.

Best Expert DSLR Zoom Lens: EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
Winner of the “Best Expert DSLR Zoom Lens” award, the Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM was designed for full-frame SLR cameras, but is “equally beneficial” for APS-C digital SLR camera users who want to gain even more zoom range. In addition to 4-stop image stabilization and a USM (Ultra-Sonic Motor) delivering fast, near-silent AF performance, the lens employs 21 elements in 16 groups, including fluorite and super UD (ultra-low dispersion) lens elements, making possible “high image quality across the frame.” Furthermore, Canon’s ASC (Air Sphere Coating) technology offers advanced anti-reflective properties to achieve reduced ghosting and flares, while the lens’s nine-bladed circular aperture enables background blur that, according to the TIPA jury, is “smooth” and “impressive.” The judges also focused on the lens’s rear focusing design, with a floating element that “enhances AF speed and ensures uniformity in image quality at all focusing distances.” Other features mentioned by the TIPA jury include the EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM’s adjustment ring, which enables users to fine-tune the zoom ring’s torque based on user preferences, and an independent-construction tripod mount that can be detached even while the lens is attached to a camera.

Best Professional DSLR Lens: EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
Earning TIPA’s “Best Professional DSLR Lens” title, the EF11-24mm f/4L USM ultra-wide-angle zoom lens provides users with access to the “widest angle of view5 yet achieved for a rectilinear full-frame DSLR zoom lens.” In addition to boasting an impressive minimum focal length of 11 mm, the lens makes possible “minimally distorted images throughout its range.” It employs 16 lens elements in 11 groups, and incorporates four aspherical lens elements that help “minimize distortion from the center to the frame edge,” as well as an optical array that “provides straight lines with minimal curvature throughout the entire [zoom] range.” The lens also features super UD and UD lens elements that, according to the TIPA jury, “significantly reduce chromatic aberration,” as well as Canon’s SWC coating to reduce flare and ghosting. The EF11-24mm f/4L USM offers a body design that is “well sealed for dust and water resistance,” and allows for manual focusing even when in AF mode.

About the TIPA Awards
Held every year since 1991, the TIPA Awards recognize the best photo and imaging products announced during the previous 12 months based on such criteria as innovativeness, use of leading-edge technologies, design, and ease of use. In 1992, Canon took home its first TIPA accolade for the EOS 100 SLR camera and, over 23 separate occasions since then, has been honored with TIPA awards for a total of 73 products and technologies.2

  1. The IXUS 165 is not available in Japan and the Americas.
  2. Includes the EOS D2000, jointly developed with Eastman Kodak, winner of the 1998-1999 TIPA Best Pro Digital Camera award.
  3. The EOS 7D Mark II’s HDR mode includes five HDR shooting functions.
  4. The EOS 7D Mark II’s Multiple Exposure function allows users to select between two modes—Function and Control Priority, and Continuous Shooting Priority—as well as from four image compositing methods.
  5. Among lenses for interchangeable-lens cameras (SLR and compact system cameras). As of February 6, 2015, based on a Canon survey. Excludes fisheye lenses.
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Magic Lantern Boots Linux on Canon DSLR

By Canon Rumors | April 2, 2015 | Third Party Software

The folks at Magic Lantern have booted the Linux kernel on a Canon DSLR.FROM MAGIC LANTERN:We took the latest Linux kernel (3.19) and did the first steps to port it. As we have nearly zero experience with kernel development, we didn’t get too far, but we can present a proof of concept implementation that boots the Linux kernel 3.19 on Canon EOS DSLR cameras!

  • It is portable, the same binary runs on all ML-enabled cameras (confirmed for 60D, 600D, 7D, 5D2 and 5D3)
  • Allocates all available RAM
  • Prints debug messages on the camera screen
  • Sets up timer interrupts for scheduling
  • Mounts a 8 MiB ext2fs initial ramdisk
  • Starts /bin/init from the initrd
  • Shis init process is a selfcontained, libc-less hello world
  • Next step: build userspace binaries (GUI, etc)

Read more at Magic Lantern

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