I was curious to see how different the results would be between Canon’s 85mm F1.2 and the Fuji 56mm F1.2. Both are considered to be top in quality for both companies and are meant to be a top notch portrait lens. In the case of the 85mm, we get a true 85mm F1.2 on a full frame camera while with the 56 F1.2, we get an 84mm F1.8 equivalent on a 1.5x APS-C cropped sensor. I tested the 85mm using the Canon 5D Mark III and the 56mm F1.2 using the Fuji XT-1.

On paper, this should mean that the images from the full frame sensor should look more rich, have more detail and should have shallower depth of field. At least this is what one who knows camera gear would guess. The one thing that holds true is that the 85mm does indeed have the ability to have a more shallow depth of field. Other than that…

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  • April 17, 2014 05:09, bousozoku said:

    It's shocking that the Canon exposures all seem to be off. The one thing I expect with the 5DMkIII is that it's incredibly accurate. Could it just be an Adobe problem?

  • April 17, 2014 03:32, Andrew Van Beek said:

    We're talking about a portrait shoot, not the Olympics.

  • April 17, 2014 02:59, yofred said:

    85L has "very fast focus"... wow. cant take this review seriously at all.

In an interview with the Dpreview team Canon explained why they don't bet high on mirrorless:

DSLRs can capture the moment better than mirrorless, because you're viewing directly, not through an LCD.

Another reason is:

In the US, in terms of total number of cameras sold, mirrorless cameras account for less than 20%.

But Canon "will continue to produce new mirrorless cameras and although our competitors in this field are very strong, we hope we won't be beaten by them."

Well these are the official answers from Canon. But I do believe they know that if they would go serious with Mirrorless they would have two negative side-effect:

1) They would compete against their own DSLR cameras. Not a smart move seen that they are the king of the market.

2) They would have to publicly the Mirrorless cameras and this would bring attention to a market segment where the competition is very strong.

My two cent: Canon (and Nikon) will only make a serious mirrorless system camera if Sony-Fuji-MFT will start to erode their DSLR market. That's it.


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  • March 06, 2014 08:24, tecnoworld said:

    Ppl voting the 'unlike' to me should say why they don't like my posts. They are just ridicolous, otherwise. :-)

  • March 06, 2014 04:05, J Shin said:


  • March 06, 2014 01:30, Sil said:

    Exactly right.... Does anyone remember Kodak?!?!

Well, the big players Canon and Nikon keep showing their back to the mirrorless world. Imaging Resource received a message from Canon USA confirming that they do "not have plans to sell the EOS M2 (in US) at this time".

I believe Canon and Nikon will bring serious mirrorless cameras only if Sony and Fuji will manage to erode some of their DSLR market shares. And this is not happening yet.



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  • March 05, 2014 23:44, Rick Cox said:

    I'm curious what language on this planet can equate the quote:

    "not have plans to sell the EOS M2 (in US) at this time".

    and come up with a statement of:

    "Canon EOS M-2 will never be sold in USA!"

  • March 03, 2014 17:47, Lou Dallara said:

    Really interesting article and think it's right on.

  • March 03, 2014 16:31, JohnHoppy said:

    Apologies - Reichmann's article is entitled "Nobody knows anything".......!

Our reader "Zetton" sent us this pictures of the new Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 and Ibegon 12mm f/2.8 lenses. The Ibelux is the fastest native  mirrorless system camera lens to date and will ship for $2,000 in March. The Ibegon will cost a bot over $600 but launch date is unknown yet.


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  • February 18, 2014 12:28, Zetton said:

    thank you for picking up my photos!
    They were taken at CP+ 2014.

  • February 18, 2014 09:36, madmax said:

    He just said a "vast majority of people willing to buy this" and I agree. Maybe some pros really need to buy this. Anyway, probably better option than a Leica Noctilux for $11.000

  • February 18, 2014 09:04, Ulli Burer said:

    Just that people buying such lens doesn't mean you can predict how they are or what they will do with it. I could also say that I predict a sense of frustration in your words, but prob you are a capable photographer anyway?

The new Canon G1X mark II can be preordered at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.

And here are some links to early tests and hands-on to learn more about the new camera:

Ziv Koren shared his G1X mark II impressions on a Youtube video. Hands-on at Pocket-Lint. First Look at WhatDigitalCamera. Spanish first look at DSLRmagazine. Preview at Imaging Resource. Preview at CameraLabs.


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  • February 14, 2014 17:38, Michael Hunt said:

    Looks like a nice camera, fast zoom lens and nice features, but I don't see what pushes this above other cameras. It's pricey, priced above the RX100 and just below the RX10 with EVF, the video just looks okay, and while the images look very nic...

  • February 14, 2014 06:04, angus chan said:

    well..... what i think is.... if you can use US$1100 buy a M43 camera & lens..... with lens of equf. 24-120 F2-3.9.... then please go head....

    P.S.: the lens of 12-40 (i.e. 24-80) F2.8 is cost US$ 910 at amazon..... and lot bigger.

  • February 14, 2014 05:16, Rico said:

    Thank you angus, that seems promising!

    @madmax: I totally agree with you but the alternates I was thinking about would be a Panasonic GX7 (smaller sensor) or the new, yet to be released OMD-EM10 (again m43 sensor) or the new Sony a6000.

Bestbuy (Click here) already listed the Canon G1X mark II preorder site! And you can read the full specs too:


12.8-megapixel, 1.5" CMOS sensor

Captures high-resolution images up to 4160 x 3120 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio (13.1 effective megapixels at 4:3 aspect ratio).

5x optical/4x digital/20x total zoom

Through a wide-angle lens for precise zooming and accuracy. The lens features dual control rings for customized functions similar to SLR lenses and a 9-blade aperture for beautiful, blurred backgrounds.

3" capacitive touch-panel LCD

Makes it easy to navigate features and displays images in crisp, bright detail. The tilting design lets you achieve an ideal view of the screen from multiple angles.

High-definition movie mode

Enables one-touch recording of stunning videos in 1080p resolution via the dedicated movie button.

DIGIC 6 image processor

Combines with the CMOS sensor to create the Canon HS SYSTEM, which optimizes low-light performance.

Optical image stabilizer

Reduces image blur caused by camera shake and vibration. ISO up to 12,800 ensures images are clearly captured, even in dimly lit environments.

Scene modes

Include creative shot, portrait, star, handheld night scene, snow, fireworks, nostalgic, fish-eye effect, background defocus, super vivid and more, so you can add a variety of artistic, complementary effects to your shots.

Burst mode

Allows you to capture dynamic, fast-motion events at up to 5.2 fps. Face detection isolates subjects in-frame and optimizes conditions, letting you take high-quality pictures of friends and family members.

White balance modes

Include auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, fluorescent H, flash, underwater and custom, helping you achieve natural tones in a wide range of lighting conditions.

Built-in flash

With auto, on, slow synchro and off modes provides efficient illumination, so you can capture clear, properly lit images.

High-speed autofocus

Improves focusing speed, letting you quickly hone in on subjects from as close as 2".

Built-in Wi-Fi

Enables the wireless transfer of photos and videos to compatible mobile devices, select social networking sites and Wi-Fi-enabled computers and lets you remotely operate the camera using an enabled cell phone or tablet.

Built-in NFC (near-field communication)

Allows you to pair the camera and your compatible Android device with just 1 touch.

Multicard slot

Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity and SDXC memory cards (not included), so you can store plenty of photos and videos.


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  • February 12, 2014 01:44, madmax said:

    Dual control rings in the lens, of course. For me , better than in body dials.

These are two images of the Canon G1X MarkII camera that will be announced tomorrow morning (Wednesday 5-6am London time). And tomorrow also the Sony A6000 and Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 for MFT will be announced too!

via Digicameinfo.


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  • February 11, 2014 16:20, iudex said:

    I know, that´s why I wrote "almost-APSC". But the difference is not big, see here:

  • February 11, 2014 14:59, Zendimz said:

    It's not APS-C, It's a 1,5'' sensor just like the previous generation

  • February 11, 2014 12:35, iudex said:

    First I doubt what we see is real (f2 lens for almost-APSC sensor would be much bigger). But even if it was, the handling and ergonomics will be terrible: just one mode dial and this is it. No front or rear control dial, no exposure comp., nothing...