This month's technical report brings you technical information about the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II. The MR-14EX II is the follow-up model to the MR-14EX. It provides more effective lighting for macro photography of flowers and insects as well as for shooting photos of products and people. The MR-14EX II offers a remarkable improvement in operability over its predecessor. The "NEW" beside headings indicates a functional improvement over the MR-14EX.
EOS C300 Feature Upgrade offering enhanced autofocusing capability is now available.
Details Now available from Canon is a feature upgrade for the EOS C300 Digital Video Camera that will offer an autofocus mode to help ensure sharp focus and smooth focus transitions. The upgrade provides a new Continuous AF (Autofocus) Function for all Canon EF autofocus Lenses, using Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. A new AF Lock setting also lets you change the image framing while holding the desired focus. These critical focusing capabilities are designed to help reduce out of focus video while providing for smooth focus transitions and assist users when operating with small crews.
Learn more about the EOS C300 Feature Upgrade by visiting the dedicated webpage on the Canon USA website.
Support Canon USA will perform Feature Upgrade on the EOS C300 at a cost of $500*, and will require that the EOS C300 cameras be sent to an official Canon Service Center. Please contact the Canon Customer Support Center for details. This Feature upgrade is only available for the EF mount EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera.
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region. Please register your EOS C300. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when future firmware updates become available for download.
*Does not include Shipping and Handling charges or applicable Sales Tax.
Thank you, Customer Support Operations Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Contact Information for Inquiries Phone: 1-855-CINE-EOS (toll free) Email: CinemaEOS@cits.canon.com
According to PopPhoto, Adobe demonstrated a touch-enabled version of Photoshop CC at a recent Microsoft Surface press event. According to sources, the user interface buttons and tools have been doubled in size to accomodate touch functionality.
Note: Don't miss Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program deal expiring soon. That's Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for only $9.99 per month with no previous ownership requirements (offer valid through May 31).
For the first time ever, Canon Australia is a major supporter at Vivid Sydney 2014. Present throughout the event, 23 May – 9 June 2014, Canon will be helping visitors get the most out of their Vivid Sydney experience and capture images worth treasuring.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Vivid Sydney and the Festival’s owner and manager, Destination NSW, for this amazing visual spectacle,” said Jason McLean, Director – Canon Consumer Imaging, Canon Australia. “We’re looking forward to helping thousands of people make the most of the event and see just how easy it is to capture and create beautiful photos they only dreamed of until now.”
Learn at Canon Photo Spots and Photo Hubs
Canon Photo Stops and Photo Hubs will be located at iconic photography vantage points distilling the city’s reflections. Each Canon spot will provide tips and tricks on taking the best photo possible. Roaming Canon Ambassadors will be located around the Photo Hubs sharing their photography knowledge and expertise to help visitors perfect their technique. Visitors can also sign up for a walking tour with the Canon Collective team and be guided through the city by photography experts, while shooting the stunning Festival with an EOS 70D digital SLR camera.
Challenge yourself with Photo5LIVE
Throughout Vivid Sydney, Canon will be hosting a series of photography challenges, as part of Photo5LIVE, giving visitors the chance to win some great Canon prizes. Photo5LIVE is a competition where one everyday item is used to inspire an imaginative image. Photo briefs and competition information will be announced via www.canon.com.au/photo5live.
The full Canon experience at Canon HQ
Canon HQ – located in the heart of The Rocks – will allow people to touch and try all things Canon, from cameras and printers to photobooks and wall art. There will even be a Canon shop for those wanting to buy on the spot. Visitors can also enjoy transient art installations, projections and moving photography.
“Immerse yourself in the full Canon experience at Vivid Sydney 2014. Be inspired, challenge yourself, improve your skills and do more with your images than you ever thought possible,” Mr McLean said.
DxO Optics Pro v9.5 offers a new image transfer feature that lets users process their RAW photos from Lightroom. Used in tandem with the Adobe software, DxO Optics Pro has definitively become the ideal solution when it comes to image quality.
This upgrade also adds support for 4 new cameras and 165 new DxO Optics Modules. Also available is DxO ViewPoint v2.1.6, which benefits from the addition of new DxO Optics Modules.
The first workflow completely integrated with Lightroom
Up until now, exporting a RAW image from Lightroom to another software application required first converting it to JPEG or TIFF format, which can reduce image quality. DxO Optics Pro v9.5 offers the first non-destructive workflow that is completely integrated with Lightroom.
This very simple process lets users transfer their RAW images in one click from the Lightroom cataloguer to DxO Optics Pro, process them, and then return them to Lightroom in DNG format, which retains the qualities of a RAW file so as to facilitate additional processing.
The dual non-destructive flow gives users optimal flexibility right through to the final adjustments to their photos.
To learn more about the interaction between DxO Optics Pro and Lightroom, go to our dedicated web page.
The power of DxO processing accessible in just one click
Accessible directly from Lightroom, this workflow puts all of DxO’s image quality know-how into the hands of Adobe software users:
The quality of its RAW conversion based on prior calibration of each sensor;
The efficiency of its exclusive PRIME technology in eliminating noise, even under the most extreme shooting conditions;
The power and precision of its optical corrections which, based on the calibration of each camera/lens combination, eliminates distortion, chromatic aberrations, and vignetting, as well as restores image sharpness;
The intelligent exposure optimization of its DxO Smart Lighting feature, which among other things allows for perfect recovery of highlights.
DxO Optics Pro automatically adjusts all of these parameters to produce an optimized rendering during batch processing, thus saving users a significant amount of time.
Increased compatibility with XMP standard
With the aim of facilitating its workflow with Lightroom, DxO Optics Pro v9.5 offers greater compatibility with the XMP standard: star or color rankings stored in image metadata are now perfectly preserved during transfer.
More than 18,000 available Optics Modules
DxO Optics Pro supports most current camera models on the market. DxO Optics Pro v9.5 now handles RAW files from 5 additional cameras: the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II, the Nikon 1 V3, the Panasonic Lumix GH-4, and the Sony A6000.
Finally, 165 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the library, which today counts more than 18,000 available DxO Optics Modules.
DxO ViewPoint v2.1.6 now available
DxO ViewPoint v2.1.6 also benefits from the addition of new camera/lens combinations for automatic correction of distortion in JPEG and TIFF images.
Both DxO Optics Pro v9.5 and DxO ViewPoint v2.1.6 are now available at authorized photo resellers.