DOUBLE TAKE

Canon’s new approach to AF on the imaging chip.

When Canon recently introduced its EOS 70D to the press, what could have been simply an update to the popular but aging 60D turned into an intriguing glimpse of new sensor technology. Due in stores in September, it may not make much difference to still photographers who use the optical viewfinder (they’ll find more to love elsewhere), but video shooters—or anyone using live view—are likely to benefit.

Besides upping the 70D’s pixel count to 20.2MP from 18MP, boosting the top ISO up a stop to 25,600, and raising the burst rate

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Do I get the Canon 70D, or 7D?

Q: l’ve owned a Canon HOOD for a couple of years and feel my photography has progressed to a level where I need a camera that shoots faster and is more responsive. I was about to buy a Canon EOS 7D to use with my EF-S lenses when the Canon 70D was announced. Now I’m not sure whether the 7D or 70D is best for me?

A: The 70D shouldn’t be looked upon as a replacement to the 7D but as a strengthening of Canon’s line-up between its enthusiast DSLRs and professional models.

The areas where the 7D outshines the

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Canon EOS 6D.

Canon’s affordable full-frame ticks all the boxes on paper, we find out how it handles and where it sits in the ever-expanding market.

The affordable full-frame DSLR market is beginning to take shape now that Canon has officially entered the fray with its latest model and contender, the EOS 6D. Joining both Nikon and Sony in this new consumer market, the 6D is designed to bridge the gap between high-end DX-format DSLRs and pro-level full-frame models. With a recommended retail price of around £1,799/$2,099 (body only), it’s also Canon’s most affordable full-frame yet. It now seems that deep pockets aren’t

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CANON VS NIKON

JAMES ROUSE Photography vs. ROSS HARVEY Photography, Canon vs. Nikon: in The War of The Cameras, who will win? Boo Marshall meets the battling buddies for a series that will try to determine which brand, if either, is the Holy Grail for pro photographers.

At the beginning of the year, I interviewed James Rouse and Ross Harvey for this magazine. Two young men who in a relatively short period of time have become fully booked, highly sought-after wedding photographers. They each credit the other with their success, saying it was their friendship and collaboration over the past two years who

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Canon Rethinks D-SLR Auto focusing in Live View

Canon continues to expand its D-SLR update program with the launch of a replacement for the enthusiast-level EOS 60D. Not surprisingly, the EOS 70D boasts a number of key upgrades overs it predecessor, but far more significant is a whole new sensor design to deliver what Canon calls «Dual Pixel CMOS AF». The new sensor employs pixels comprising two independent photodiodes, one of which performs phase-difference detection auto¬focusing during this phase of the capture process, but both of them are subsequently employed to output an image signal. This arrangement enables 80 percent of the image to be used for autofocusing

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Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Professional photographer Lee Frost has been travelling the globe with anE0S5DMk III for the last few months. Having put it through its paces to find out its capabilities, here’s what he thinks of it so far…

SPECIFICATIONS

Image sensor: Full-frame CMOS Resolution: 22.3 megapixels

Maximum image resolution: 5760×3840 pixels

Number of AF points: 61

Multizone metering: TTL full aperture with 63-zone Dual Layer SPC

ISO rating: 100-12800 (expandable 50-102400)

Shutter speeds: 30-l/8000sec plus В

Built-in Hash: No

Storage: Dual slots of CF and SD (SDHC/SDXC)

Continuous frame rate: Six frames-per-second

LCD monitor: 3.2in (1,040,000 dots)

Size: 152×116.4×76.4mm

Weight: 950g (body

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Canon EOS 100D.

Currently the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR, the 100D impresses in the entry-level market

The Canon EOS 100D steps into the entry-level market as the most compact APS-C DSLR in the world. Keen to impress those looking for their first DSLR, Canon has fitted a great wealth of features aimed at aspiring enthusiasts, such as the high-resolution touch screen LCD, 4fps high-speed shooting, 1080p movie mode and a sensitivity range that extends from ISO 100 to 25600.

In terms of design, the 100D looks every inch the part, fitted with easy-to-understand and reach controls and functions. As the unit is

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CANON ANNOUNCES EOS 70D

NEW 20.2-MEGAPIXEL APS-C MODEL BOASTS REVOLUTIONARY DUAL PIXEL AUTOFOCUS

CANON HAS ANNOUNCED the highly anticipated and much-rumoured EOS 70D. Following on from the successful EOS 60D, the new model boasts a jump in resolution from the EOS 60D’s 18-megapixel to an impressive 20.2-megapixel via a new APS-CCMOS sensor. The spec list reads well, with the EOS 70D packing a DIGIC 5+ image processor, WiFi connectivity and a 19 cross-type point autofocussystem. The AF system is worthy of note — the EOS 70D is the first Canon camera to boast Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology — each pixel featuring two diodes

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Bridging the Hap

Some years ago, my daughter bought me a book called, Mind the Gap. The Gap being that between the generations — was she telling me something ? Anyway, it was an interesting read and it clarified some of the stereotypes we tend to conjure up when speaking on this subject. It helped me bridge that gap — the one between the one I had with my own parents, and now that with my children. A useful tool in life, indeedy.

Last year I was fortunate enough to spend some time on holiday overseas. Needless to say, I took many, many

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Canon EF 17-40mm f/4LUSM

HANDLING: Light.compact and with a reassuringly solid feel. Focus and zoom controls are smooth and nicely weighted -excellent.just as you would expect from a Canon L-grade lens.

FEATURES: Ultrasonic (USM) focusing, weather proofed construction, and inside 12 elements in nine groups take care of the imaging, including exotic glass and aspherical surfaces. Canon’s L-grade lenses come with particularly good lens hoods, robustly made and lined with black Hocking for the best Hare resistance. It’s unusually large, though, which is a good thing in terms of shading.but takes up more space in the bag. Filter size is 77mm, in common with

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