Photo Geek Weekly Episode 114 – Canon’s Revolution

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Photo Geek Weekly Episode 114 - Canon's Revolution

On this episode of Photo Geek Weekly, Steve Brazill joins Don Komarechka to discuss the tidal wave of announcements from Canon including new cameras, lenses and sensor technology. We get into the weeds about video encoding technologies and the ethics of admitting your edits and composites. All this and more! Thanks for listening.

Story 1: Canon releases EOS R5 with 45MP sensor, 8K video capture and next-gen Dual Pixel AF (via DPReview)
Related: The Canon EOS R6 is the R5 for the masses (via DPReview)

Story 2: Canon introduces RF 600mm and 800mm F11 IS STM lenses, 1.4x and 2x teleconverters (via DPReview)
Related: Canon’s RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM is ideal for close-ups and portraits (via DPReview)

Story 3: Canon Unveils First SPAD Image Sensor with 1-Megapixel Resolution (via PetaPixel)

Story 4: New H.266/VVC video compression standard will reduce video sizes by up to 50% (via DPReview)

Story 5: Photographer bashed after sharing an “obvious composite” image of a tornado (via DIY Photography)

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Don Komarechka is the host of Photo Geek Weekly and Inside the Lens. From auroras to pollen, insects to infrared, much of Don’s photographic adventures reveal a deeper understanding of how the universe works. Exploring the world that we cannot see with our own eyes has been a common thread in Don’s career as a professional photographer.


    • Yes. I don’t know how many times have I heard on this show that Canon cameras don’t have interval timer built in. If that is not a lie, it as a falsehood. And I think it’s a shame that it has been repeated so many times on this show.

  1. I had Canon 77D, 200D, 6DmkII and now RP. Every one of those cameras HAS intervalometer build in.

    Also STM has nothing to do with fulltime manual focus override. I have 2 lenses with STM and the cameras can be configured that you can override the autofocus any time with the focus ring even when the AF is turned ON.

    But the focus ring is not directly connected to focus mechanism. So when turned off, you can not focus manually.

    And I don´t think that single photon can hold enough energy to generate multiple electrons. I think the energy must come from somewhere else.

  2. Hi Don. First of all, thank you very much for your podcast. I work outside, so i download and listen to your podcast every time it comes on. thank you. I love your geekiness. I don’t know why since episode#108 I cannot download anymore. I use android phone and try it on Mac safari. both just load a 143bytes files mp3. that cannot open. just wanted to let you know. and see if you can fix it. thanks be safe.

  3. There were 2 discussion items that struck special chords with me last week when I listened to episode 114.

    Steve commented on the Sony Alpha camera and how the lens flares out. Not that I’m in the market for a new camera, that knuckle-pinch area really bothered me when I held a friend’s Sony a7. Everything else may be 100%, but I agree with Steve that I would have trouble getting over the “knuckle-pinch” for any period of time.

    Don, you brought back memories of watching my dad punch out stereo slides from vacations. I have acquired his View Master equipment when we cleared out the house a few years ago. I still have the camera and special die cutting tool that (after aligning the film & with the press of a lever) would perfectly punch out the pair of frames. He would then use a special pair of tweezers to insert them into a View Master reel. The items are in storage; waiting for me to have the time to evaluate the functionality of it all.

    Dad would always shoot Kodachrome (probably 25). I remember that half way through the roll he would have to set a lever and shoot the second half winding the film back into the cartridge. Most of his pictures were underexposed.

    He also had the 3-D projector that required us to put on the polarized glasses. The kids hated having to sit around for this.

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