The History of Canon, the FD Mount and the EF Mount

  The origins of global electronics and precision optical giant Canon Inc. can be traced back to humble beginnings in the town of Roppongi, in Minato-Ku,Tokyo 1933. Takeshi Mitarai and three friends, Goro yoshida, Saburo Uchida, and Takeo Maeda founded the ‘Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory’ in a small street-side workshop, and set to work dismantling and examining cameras built by industry leading European manufacturers. Traditionally fetching a high premium in the Japanese market, Precision Optical Instruments dreamt of producing cheaper, Japanese made alternatives. In 1934, having conducted their research, Precision Optics prototyped Japan’s first domestically designed and manufactured 35mm focal-plane …

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Canon Vs. Kenko Extension Tubes

Extension tubes are a useful accessory that allows you to shorten the minimum focus distance of a lens by moving it further away from your camera’s sensor. In other words, it allows you to get closer to your subject and often create macro-like images without the need for a dedicated macro lens. If you aren’t yet familiar with extension tubes, I would first encourage you to read my guide: The Ultimate Guide to Extension Tubes. Having read the guide, or perhaps you already know all about the tubes already, you’ve obviously come to the conclusion that you’d like to buy some …

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Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS Review – Bangkok Weekend

Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS review

Having finished up in Hong Kong with the Red Bull Illume event last year, I set off for a couple of weeks in Cambodia.  It turns out that the easiest way to get into Cambodia from Hong Kong is to fly to Bangkok first and then take a train to the Cambodian border from there.  On that trip I had the opportunity to take a few pieces of equipment with me for testing and review purposes, one of which was the Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS USM. This lens’ do-it-all focal range makes it a popular choice for travel photography where you want a simple one lens, one body kit.  I’ve actually owned the lens myself in the past, but I didn’t use it specifically for travel photography so I though on this trip I’d spend a couple of days in Bangkok and see how it worked in that scenario.

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