Campaign for Canon built-in iPad DSLR Follow Focus!


Above: who needs this rig when you have all the manual controls on your iPad?

At some point in the midst of the early DSLR revolution I had an idea about a wireless follow focus which controlled the AF servo motors of a lens in a slow and steady way. Since then a couple of iPad / iPhone apps have been developed which do just this, but they require the purchase of an expensive and bulky mechanical follow focus device anyway – and wireless receiver hardware – instead of communicating directly with the camera and lens.

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Canon EF USM 85MM F1.8 lens tops new DXOMark lens rankings

Above: a Canon 85MM F1.8 sample on Flickr: [url]http://www.flickr.com/photos/gerbren/3764379755/

DXOMark have begun doing for lenses the great work they did with camera sensors. That is to say comprehensive scientific rankings of outright performance plus (deep breath!) a break-down of results into more detailed areas, and that, erm, makes for some fascinating discoveries.

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New Panasonic lens adapter in development

Every wondered how the Sony Alpha series delivers a live view image from a very small sensor in the viewfinder housing without cropping, mimicking the field of view of the main CMOS, while enabling super fast phase detect AF at the same time? (Deep breath). Well, it seems Panasonic did wonder this, and plan to bring such innovations to a range of lenses previously not fully compatible with mirror-less bodies.

The adapter features electronics, a mirror system and phase detect AF chip. This allows auto-focus as well as full frame focal lengths with standard DSLR lenses on the Lumix G range.

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