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 Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Dear Canon Logo
Following Bryan's "What I Want for Christmas from Canon" post, we posed the question – "What do YOU want from Canon for Christmas?"
 
Here were some of the responses we received:

  • An open SDK for developing in-camera applications (Pavel)
  • A 7D Mark II (Spencer, Nguyen, Jim)
  • An updated TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift lens (Don)
  • An EOS M with Dual-Pixel sensor (Richard)
  • A higher resolution 6D Mark II (Jiri)
  • A Canon retro-styled body (Joe)
  • Raw video for 5D Mark III through official firmware (Brandon)

Thanks to everyone for your responses! Hopefully some of these wishes will be filled by Canon in the not-so-distant future. ;-)

Post Date: 12/4/2013 8:01:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot N Facebook Ready Digital Camera
Use promo code HHPSN13 ($50.00 off) at the Canon Store to get the Canon PowerShot N Facebook Ready Digital Camera for $249.99 with free shipping, 8GB microSD card & braided leather neck strap.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/4/2013 7:15:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Creative Cloud Logo
Adobe has extended their Photoshop Photography Program deal – that's Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5 for $9.99/month with no prior ownership of Photoshop required.
 
Don't hesitate to take advantage of this deal! I've been a Photoshop Photography Program member for a couple of months now and couldn't be happier. Having a constantly updated Photoshop for $9.99 per month represents an excellent value, in my opinion. The extended offer ends December 8. [Sean]
Post Date: 12/4/2013 7:03:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Nikon Df DSLR Camera with 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition Lens
The Nikon Df User Manual is now available for download (English / Spanish).
 
Adorama has the Nikon Df available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/3/2013 5:17:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens
Amazon has the Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens (review) available for $1,249.00 with 2% Rewards. Compare at $1,449.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/3/2013 1:37:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Logo
We just received word from our contact at Canon USA. When we asked if Canon USA would be announcing the EOS M2, we received this response:

"At this time we have no plans to announce in the U.S."

So it seems like the EOS M2 – just like the EF-M 11-22mm IS STM lens – will not be available in the USA.

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 12/3/2013 12:21:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D5100 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens
Amazon has the Nikon D5100 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens available for $429.00. Compare at $649.95.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/3/2013 11:22:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma Logo
From Sigma:
 
Thank you very much for purchasing and using Sigma products.
 
We have found that the current firmware of our Nikon fitting interchangeable lenses may not work properly with the Nikon Df camera's OS and Auto Focus functions. This is similar to the phenomena described in "Information Regarding the Nikon D5300 Cameras" that we have announced on November 19th.
 
However, for the Nikon Df cameras, it includes those lenses that do not have an internal AF motor, and the following products will require a firmware update.
 
For those customers who use Sigma lenses in Nikon mount with the Nikon Df camera, we are going to provide a free firmware update. Please note that all the products we dispatch from the factory will have the latest firmware.
 
Phenomenon
Without the latest firmware, the OS and Auto Focus functions do not work properly when it is used with the Nikon Df cameras.
 
Concerned Products
Nikon fitting interchangeable lenses not yet updated for the Nikon D5300 camera. It includes the following lenses that do not have an internal AF motor:

  • 8mm F3.5 EX DG CIRCULAR FISHEYE
  • 15mm F2.8 EX DG DIAGONAL FISHEYE
  • 20mm F1.8 EX DG ASPHERICAL RF
  • 24mm F1.8 EX DG ASPHERICAL MACRO
  • 28mm F1.8 EX DG ASPHERICAL MACRO
  • MACRO 50mm F2.8 EX DG
  • MACRO 70mm F2.8 EX DG

* For some discontinued products, we may not be able to offer the firmware update due to the discontinuation of related repair parts. Please contact your nearest authorized Sigma distributor for further details.
* Please refer to the link below for further information on the firmware update for the Nikon D5300
http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/english/new/new_topic.php?id=402
 
Support
For those customers in need of the latest firmware, we are going to provide a free firmware update from December 4th. For discontinued products, please contact your nearest authorized Sigma distributor for further details. Also, for lenses that are compatible with the SIGMA USB DOCK, it is possible to update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
Local Service Center
You can contact your nearest authorized Sigma distributor for the firmware update. Details of your nearest authorized Sigma distributor can be found on the following web page.
http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/english/network/index.html

Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 12/3/2013 10:05:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS M2 with EF-M 18-55mm IS STM Lens
Below are the specs for the newly announced EOS M2. The big question remains, though – will this camera be released in the North American market?

Type
TypeSingle-lens mirrorless AF / AE camera
Recording mediaSD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Image Sensor SizeApproximately 22.3x14.9 mm
Compatible lensesCanon EF-M, EF and EF-S lens (with adapter)
Lens mountCanon EF-M mount
Image Sensor
TypeCMOS image sensor
Effective PixelsApproximately 18 million pixels
Aspect Ratio3:02
Dust removal functionAuto, Manual
Recording system 
Record FormatDesign rule for Camera File System 2.0
Image TypeJPEG, RAW (14 bit Canon original)
RAW + JPEG can be recorded simultaneously
Recording PixelsL (large): approximately 17.9 million pixels (5184 x 3456)
M (medium): about 8.0 million pixels (3456 x 2304)
S1 (the small one): about 4.5 million pixels (2592 x 1728)
S2 (Little 2): Approximately 2.5 million pixels (1920 x 1280)
S3 (small 3): Approximately 350,000 pixels (720 x 480)
RAW: approximately 17.9 million pixels (5184 x 3456)
Image processing during shooting 
Picture StyleAuto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3
Basic +Shot by ambience selection, Shoot by lighting or scene type
Additional effects shootingWith (Creative Auto mode)
White BalanceAuto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent, Flash), user-defined
Creative FiltersBlack and white particles, soft focus, fish-eye effect, painting effect, watercolor effect, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Effect
Noise ReductionCan be applied to long exposures and high ISO sensitivity shooting
Automatic image brightness correctionAuto Lighting Optimizer
Highlight tone priorityYes
Lens aberration correctionPeripheral illumination correction, color correction
AF 
TypeHybrid CMOS AF II
(Face + tracking, multi-point freedom of movement, freedom of movement 1:00)
Focus31 points (maximum)
Focus modeSingle AF, servo AF, manual focus
Focus brightness rangeEV 1 ~ 18 (23 C, ISO 100)
AF-assist beamBuilt-in (LED lights)
Exposure Control 
Metering ModeUsing real-time image sensor metering
• Evaluative metering (315 zones)
• Partial metering (approximately 11%)
* Spot metering (approx. 2.8%)
* Center-weighted average metering
Metering RangeEV 1 ~ 20 (23 C, ISO 100)
Exposure ControlProgram AE (Scene Intelligent Auto, Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Children, Food, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control, Program), shutter-priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual Exposure
ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)
Basic Zone modes: at ISO 100 - 6400 set automatically
Hand-held Twilight: The ISO 100 - 12800 set automatically
Landscape: 100 - 1600 set automatically
Creative Zone modes: in ISO 100 - 12800
Manual at ISO 100 - 6400, Auto ISO can set the maximum ISO sensitivity or ISO expansion to H (equivalent to ISO 25600)
Exposure CompensationManual: ± 3 to 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
AEB: ± 2 in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
(can be used in combination with manual exposure compensation)
AE LockAutomatic: When focus is in the application of evaluative metering single AF mode
Manual: By AE lock button
Shutter 
TypeElectronically controlled focal plane shutter
Shutter speed1/4000 to 30 seconds, B [Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.]
Flash sync speed of 1/200 sec.
External flash 
Compatible flashEX-series Speedlites
Flash meteringE-TTL II automatic flash
Flash exposure compensationInterstage ± 2 in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
Flash Exposure LockYes
PC terminalNo
Drive System 
Drive ModeSingle, Continuous, 10 seconds self-timer / remote control, two seconds and 10 seconds delay self-timer delay Continuous
Continuous shooting speedSingle-shot AF / MF: up to about 4.6 / sec.
Maximum BurstJPEG Large / Fine: Approx 13 (about 17)
RAW: about 5 (about 5)
RAW + JPEG Large / Fine: Approx 3 (about 3)
Still image shooting 
Aspect Ratio Settings3:2,4:3,16:9,1:1
Focus modeAF, Manual Focus (available for about 5 times, 10 times magnification confirmation), Automatic + Manual Focus
Continuous AFYes
Touch ShutterYes
Show gridlines2 types
Depth of Field PreviewYes
Movie Shooting 
Video compressionMPEG-4 AVC/H.264 [variable (average) bit rate]
Audio recording formatLinear PCM
Record FormatMOV
Recording size and frame rate1920x1080 (Full HD): 30p/25p/24p
1280x720 (HD): 60p/50p
640x480 (SD): 30p/25p
File Size1920x1080 (30p/25p/24p): about 330MB / min
1280x720 (60p/50p): about 330MB / min
640x480 (30p/25p): about 82.5MB / min
Focus modeHybrid CMOS AF II (Face + tracking, multi-point freedom of movement, freedom of movement 1:00)
Manual focus (can be about five times, 10 times magnification confirmation)
Focus brightness rangeEV 1 ~ 18 (23 C, ISO 100)
Focus modeAF, Manual Focus (available for about 5 times, 10 times magnification confirmation), Automatic + Manual Focus
Servo AFYes
Metering ModeUse the image sensor Center-weighted average metering and evaluation
Metering RangeEV 1 ~ 20 (23 C, ISO 100)
Exposure ControlShort Program AE and manual exposure
Exposure CompensationBetween ± 3 in 1/3 increments
ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)
When using manual exposure shooting: Auto / Manual ISO 100 - 6400 set, can be extended to H (equivalent to ISO 12800)
Digital zoom3-10x
Video Snapshot2 seconds / 4 seconds / 8 seconds
Miniature Effect movieYes
RecordingBuilt-in stereo microphone
External stereo microphone terminal
Can adjust the recording level, with wind suppression function (when using the built-in microphone), with the attenuator function
Show gridlinesYes; Two Types
LCD Monitor 
TypeTFT color LCD monitor
Monitor size and dotsWidescreen, 3.0 (3:2), about 104 million points
Brightness adjustmentManual (7)
Interface Language25 kinds (including Simplified Chinese)
Touch screen technologyElectrostatic capacity mode
FeaturesCan be displayed
Playback 
Image Display FormatSingle image display, single image + information display (basic information, shooting information, histogram), 4/ 9/36/100 image index
Enlarge Display1.5 - 10x
Image browsing methodsSingle image, jump (by 10 or 100 images, shooting date, folders, video clips, still images, score)
Image RotationYes
Highlight alertOverexposed highlights blink
RatingYes
Movie playbackYes (LCD monitor, video / audio output, HDMI output) with built-in speaker
Image ProtectionYes
SlideshowAll images, by date, folder, video clips, still images or scoring (can choose five kinds of transition effects)
Background musicYou can choose to play as a slide show and video playback
Image post-processing 
Creative FiltersBlack and white particles, soft focus, fish-eye effect, painting effect, watercolor effect, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Effect
ResizeYes
CroppingCan crop, change orientation and aspect ratio
Direct PrintYes, with PictBridge-compatible printer
Image Print CompatibilityJPEG and RAW images
Custom Functions 
Custom Functions7
My Menu registrationYes
Copyright InformationCan be entered
Interface 
Audio / Video Output / Digital TerminalAnalog video (with NTSC / PAL compatible) / stereo audio output for computer communication and direct printing (equivalent to Hi-Speed USB)
HDMI mini output terminalC-type (automatic switching resolution), CEC-compatible
External microphone input terminal3.5 mm diameter stereo mini-jack
Wireless RemoteRemote control RC-6
Power supply 
BatteryBattery LP-E12
Battery Life
(Based on CIPA testing standards)
Approx. 230 at 23 C, 200 at 0 C
Video recording timeAbout 1 hour 30 minutes at 23 C, 1 hour 20 minutes at C
Size and Weight 
Dimensions (W × H × D)Approximately 104.9 × 65.2 × 31.6 mm
WeightApprox. 274 grams (CIPA guidelines), approx. 238 g (body only)
Operating environment 
Operating Temperature Range0 C ~ 40 C
Operating humidity range85% or less
Battery LP-E12 
TypeRechargeable lithium batteries
Rated voltage7.2 V DC
Battery capacity875 mA when
Operating Temperature RangeDuring charging: 5 C ~ 40 C
During filming: 0 C ~ 40 C
Operating humidity range85% or less
Dimensions (W × H × D)Approximately 32.5 × 12.5 × 48.5mm
WeightApproximately 35 g
Battery Charger LC-E12C 
Compatible BatteryBattery LP-E12
Charging timeAbout 2 hours (23 C pm)
Input Voltage100 - 240 V AC (50/60 Hz)
The output voltage8.4 V DC/540 mA
Operating Temperature Range5 C ~ 40 C
Operating humidity range85% or less
Dimensions (W × H × D)Approximately 65 × 25.5 × 90mm
WeightApproximately 76 g (without power cord)

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/3/2013 8:36:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The-Digital-Picture.com Facebook Discussion Logo
Yesterday Bryan posted his "What I Want for Christmas from Canon." So today we ask...
 
What do YOU want from Canon for Christmas?
 
Let us know on The-Digital-Picture.com Facebook Page!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/3/2013 7:33:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D800 DSLR Camera
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Nikon D800 DSLR Camera available for $2,199.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,796.95.
 
Caveat Emptor: BigValueInc's positive feedback rating has risen recently to 99%. Be sure to keep all supporting documents if taking advantage of this offer. eBay trusts "BigValueInc" enough to continue listing their auctions as "Daily Deals" and we had a good first-hand experience with them.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/3/2013 7:23:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
BuyDig.com has a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with PIXMA PRO-100 Bundle (review) available for $2,698.00 after $400.00 mail-in rebate. Compare at $3,017.95 body-only.
 
Note: You must go through checkout to see reduced pricing.
 
Bundle Includes:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Photo Printer
  • Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss SG201 13" x 19" (50 Pc.)
  • 16GB Secure Digital SDHC Class 10 Memory Card
  • Compact Deluxe Gadget Bag

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/3/2013 6:50:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS M2 with EF-M 18-55mm IS STM Lens
Instead of trying to clean up the Google Translated announcement from Canon Japan, I'll simply post the new feature set until Canon USA/UK/Australia publishes their press release.
 
From Canon Japan (Google Translated):
 
Key Features:

  • Hybrid CMOS AF II
  • 8% Size Reduction
  • 4.6 FPS Burst Rate
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Release Date: Mid-December

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/3/2013 5:50:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 02, 2013
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Lens for Canon available for $279.99 with free shipping. Compare at $339.00.
 
Note: I picked up this lens about a month ago. I've been having a blast with it when paired with a panoramic head (though you need a good software solution to remove the tricky distortion). [Sean]

Rokinon 14mm Panoramic Image

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/2/2013 10:42:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera available for $559.00 with free shipping.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/2/2013 4:35:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
Hot Deal: Amazon has joined the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 sale bandwagon - now just $69.99. (thanks Mark)
Post Date: 12/2/2013 4:26:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
Hot Deal: Adorama has Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 available for only $72.99 with free shipping and 5% Rewards. This is a limited time offer (a few hours), so don't wait to take advantage of this savings opportunity.
 
Update: This deal has expired. However, Amazon now has Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 for $69.99.
Post Date: 12/2/2013 12:23:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
"This 3-part video series will walk you through major tips and tricks, as well as important settings, so that you can turn your Canon EOS Rebel camera into a powerful HD video recording device. In this 1st video, you'll learn what you need to get started with some basic filming and gear tips, including an overview of Canon STM lenses that are optimized for smooth, quiet focus during video recording."
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 12/2/2013 11:25:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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