New Canon Mirrorless Announced

Canon has announced the EOS M featuring a mirrorless, 18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor in a compact, magnesium-alloy body.  The EOS M will be available in four colors – black, white, silver and red. It has no built-in flash, but instead a hot shoe on the top plate, to take the new AAA-powered Speedlite 90EX. There is no built-in viewfinder, or connector for an external unit, so composition is solely on the camera’s LCD (which is fixed, rather than articulated).

Specifications and Features:

  • EOS Full HD Movie mode with Movie Servo AF for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects also includes:
  • Manual exposure control
  • Multiple resolution frame rates
  • Built-in stereo microphone
  • Manual audio level adjustment
  • Video Snapshot mode with touch-screen editing
  • 18.0-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12800 in H mode) for video recording, ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode) for still image shooting from bright to dim light and high performance Powerful DIGIC 5 Image Processor for exceptional image quality video and photos
  • Hybrid CMOS AF delivers fast autofocus speed for video and photos
  • Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II (approximately 1,040,000 dots) with smudge-resistant coating features multi-touch operation allowing photographers to use familiar gestures such as “pinch-to-zoom” and “swiping” to scroll between pictures and Touch AF for an easy and intuitive video capture experience
  • Scene Intelligent Auto mode delivers expertly optimized photos and scene detection for amazing results even when shooting at night
  • Advanced imaging features like Handheld Night Scene mode, HDR Backlight Control mode, and seven Creative Filters provide added versatility
  • Multi-shot Noise Reduction helps preserve precious detail in photos at high ISO speeds
  • Compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, including new Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) cards
  • Compatible with all Canon Speedlite accessories including the new Speedlite 600EX and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
  • Compatible with Canon’s GPS Receiver GP-E2
New Lenses, EF-EOS M Mount Adapter and Speedlite


Canon has announced two lenses for the EF-M mount used for the first time by its EOS-M mirrorless camera. The first lenses will be a EF-M 22mm F2.0 STM ‘pancake’ prime and an EF-M 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM stabilized standard zoom lens. Both are built around a STM linear stepping motors to drive focus. The EF-M 22mm F2.0 offers a field-of-view equivalent to a 35mm lens on a 35 film camera, while the 18-55mm offers around 29-88mm equivalent coverage.


In addition to the two lenses, any of Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses can be used with the EOS M with the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M. Using the adapter allows the camera to be fully integrated into the EOS system of lenses, adding creative options and versatility to this new camera.


Ideal for use with the EOS Mi, Canon is also announcing a new compact and lightweight flash unit, the Speedlite 90EX. The flash unit can be controlled wirelessly and is compatible with all EOS DSLR cameras and PowerShot digital cameras that include a hot shoe.


The EOS M Digital Camera bundled with the new EF-M 22mm f/2 STM kit lens will be available in October for an estimated retail price of $799.99. The new EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, Mount Adapter EF-EOS M and Speedlite 90EX will also be available in October at an estimated retail price of $299.99, $199.99 and $149.99 respectively.


Another Film Bites the Dust

Fujifilm Professional is ending production of its Fujichrome Velvia 100F in 35mm, 120 and 4×5 formats, and Velvia 50 in 4×5 and 8×10. Fujifilm will however continue distributing Velvia 50 in 35mm and 120 formats.

“Due to decreasing demand globally we have to announce the withdrawal of some formats of Velvia 100F and Velvia 50,” says Gabriel Da Costa, product manager for Fujifilm professional film. “It is an unfortunate consequence of digital capture that some of the slower selling silver-halide lines will drop off the radar. Fujifilm will continue to manufacture a wide range of film, and the increasing support for our Choose Film group illustrates there is still a passion for film photography throughout the world.”

In 2010, Fujifilm had already put an end to three professional films – the Neopan 400 120, Superia Reala 35mm and Pro 160S 35mm. A few months later, it also discontinued the full range of Fujichrome Sensia slide films.

Earlier this year, Fujifilm raised its prices across the entire range of consumer and professional films, blaming the decision on the yen’s appreciation and the cost of production of raw materials, oil and energy, which continue to rise or stay at high levels.

Kodak has also, in recent years, put an end to the production of some of its most iconic films, including Kodachrome, as well as its range of Ektachrome reversal films. In March, it also raised the prices on all its consumer and professional films.

New Firmware for All Leica M9 Models

Leica has announced a new firmware version, 1.196 for all the Leica
M9 models (i.e. M9 / M9-P / M9 Titanium, M9-P Hermes edition, etc.)

The new firmware offers the following enhancements:

  • Further improvements of SD-Card compatibility
  • Implementation of lens detection of the new APO-Summicron-M 50mm / f2 ASPH
  • Improved power management

The new firmware can be downloaded soon from Leica’s website.

Cool Time-lapse Helper

Oscar Ramirez, an innovative designer has come up with an interesting, inexpensive device for all you time-lapse shooters. The Astro adds panning movement to your camera, allowing you to set up time-lapse programs by defining the duration, the range of movement; which goes from 0 to 360°, and the interval in degrees or seconds in which you want the photos to be taken. All this in a neatly designed 3 x 1 inch device run by 2 AA batteries.

The Astro will be compatible with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Pentax, Minolta and basically any camera with a remote input.

Ramirez and his team is also developing a smartphone app (iPhone and Android) for Astro to run more advanced programs. Features like ramping, continuous movement, presets and HDR will be possible through this App. You will be able to send the complete program to Astro so you don’t have to keep your smartphone next to your camera.

Technical details :

  • Measurements:  3.15 x 1.18”
  • Weight: 0.55 lb
  • Load: The motor can hold up to 11.02 lb
  • Maximum Speed: 30° per second
  • Power source: 2 AA batteries

More info on the Ramirez’ Kickstarter website. Ramirez needs $50,000. by Aug 25 to get this project funded. Looks like he is close to reaching his goal in less than 24 hours!