"Mars has monopolized the media as of late – and for good reason. 20th Century Fox’s new epic sci-fi film “The Martian” will be released October 2nd, perfectly aligned with NASA’s announcement this week of the possibility of life-giving water on the arid planet’s surface.
Add these recent headlines together and suddenly the fourth planet from the sun is feeling a little closer to home. But long before Mars was a big deal in the news, French photographer Julien Mauve created “Greetings from Mars”– a photo series that captures the red planet through the eyes of a few space-tourists. We caught up with Julien to get the behind the scenes details of the photo shoot, learn more about why he created the series, and see why sometimes the best ideas are a little out of this world."
Canon Japan has released a series of [rather wacky by American standards] marketing videos called "Alice in Tokyo." The most amusing video for me was "Alice in Tokyo #5." If you only have the chance to see one, I'd suggest watching that one. [Sean]
"Top sports photographer Al Bello (Getty Images) has been working in the photographic industry since 1990 and has thus far won four World Press Photo Awards for his work. In an exclusive interview he spoke to CPN writer Steve Fairclough about his career, his inspirations and how he shot some of his most famous pictures."
Even if the name looks unfamiliar to you, you're probably familiar with some of Bello's work. His most famous image – that of New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham's three-fingered catch – is one almost any NFL football fan will recognize. [Sean]
The current round of Canon instant and mail-in rebates are set to expire Saturday, October 3.
The best time to buy new gear is during a rebate period. While rebates are sometimes extended, there's no guarentee that they will be. Don't miss the opportunity to save some hard earned cash while picking up your new gear; act now.
Here's a refresher of Canon's current rebates:
Canon is currently offering up to $350.00 in mail-in rebates for PIXMA PRO-100, PRO-10 and PRO-1 printer bundles. Cameras that qualify for printer bundle rebates include:
EOS 5DS R
EOS 5D MK III
EOS 7D MK II
EOS Rebel T6s
EOS Rebel T6i
EOS Rebel T5i
EOS Rebel SL1
EOS Rebel T5
PowerShot G1 X MK II
PowerShot G1 X
PowerShot G7 X
PowerShot G3 X
One particular standout deal is the Canon EOS 7D Mark II Bundle at only $1,249.00 after $350.00 mail-in rebate. (thanks for the reminder, Matt!)
DSLR Instant Rebate Breakdown
As usual, some of the DSLR rebates vary depending on whether you purchase the body only or whether you purchase a lens with the body. In a new twist, the EOS Rebel T6i qualifies for a rebate when purchased with the EF-S 18-55 IS STM and Connect Station C100. Unfortunately, the C100 isn't scheduled to be available in the US until after this particular rebate period ends, so that doesn't seem terribly useful.
The EOS 1D X qualifies for a $700.00 rebate.
The EOS 5D III qualifies for a $300.00 rebate when purchased as a body-only or with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM or EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM.
The EOS 6D qualifies for a $300.00 rebate when purchased as a body-only or with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM or EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. The EOS 6D qualifies for a $550.00 rebate if purchased with an EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS USM.
The EOS 7D Mark II qualifies for a $300.00 rebate when purchased as a body-only or with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. The EOS 7D Mark II qualifies for a $550.00 rebate if purchased with an EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS USM.
The EOS 70D qualifies for a $200.00 rebate when purchased as a body-only. The rebate increases to $250.00 if purchased with the EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM or EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. The EOS 70D rebate varies from $400.00 - $550.00 when purchased as a lens (or Video Creator) kit in addition to the EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM or EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS USM.
The EOS Rebel T6s qualifies for a $100.00 rebate when purchased with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, with an additional $150.00 rebate ($250.00 total) when purchased with the EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM.
The EOS Rebel T6i qualifies for a $100.00 rebate when purchased with a standard kit lens and $150.00 rebate when the Video Creator kit is purchased. Rebates go on to vary from $200.00 - $300.00 depending on the purchase of the EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM, Video Creator Kit and/or Connect Station C100.
The EOS Rebel T5i qualifies for a $150.00 rebate when purchased with a standard kit lens and $200.00 rebate when the Video Creator kit is purchased. Grabbing an EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM with a lens kit will earn a $300.00 rebate or $350.00 rebate when combined with a Video Creator kit.
The EOS Rebel SL1 qualifies for a $150.00 body-only rebate and a $200.00 rebate when purchased with a standard kit lens. The rebate jumps to$300.00 when the EF 75–300mm f/4–5.6 III is bundled with a lens kit and purchasing a kit including the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM will qualify for a $350.00 rebate.
The EOS Rebel T5 qualifies for a $150.00 rebate when purchased with the standard EF-S 18-55mm kit lens. Adding the EF 75–300mm f/4–5.6 III increases the rebate to $250.00 while the bundling the EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM with the kit lens will qualify for a $300.00 rebate.
The Nikon European Film Festival is back! We're delighted to have Asif Kapadia, writer/director of AMY, as Chair of the Jury, along with fellow #NikonFF jury members Raindance founder Elliot Grove and Emmy-nominated photographer/filmmaker Pieter ten Hoopen.
This year's theme for short films of up to 140 seconds is 'Everyday Moments' and the Grand Prix is a Nikon D810 plus a networking trip to Cannes. The four other prize categories are Best Narrative, Technical Excellence, Best Student Entry and People's Choice.
Watch as Asif introduces the new competition and find out full entry details at www.nikonfilmfestival.com. Submissions open on 13 October, so start shooting now.
You may also qualify for $24.00 in eBay Bucks with this purchase.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty. However, the auction advertises that the item comes with a 1-year warranty provided by the seller.
Profoto releases a new firmware upgrade for the B1 and the B2 Off-Camera Flashes, adding workflow improvements and enabling TTL metering with the new Canon EOS 5DS.
September 30, 2015 – When launched in November 2013, the Profoto B1 was the world’s first off-camera flash to do TTL with both Canon and Nikon cameras. Earlier this year, the B1 was followed by the B2. The B2 is smaller and more portable than the B1, but offers the same TTL functionality as the B1.
The B1 and the B2, as well as the Air Remote TTL-C (for Canon) and the Air Remote TTL-N (for Nikon) that are needed to use the flashes in TTL Mode, operates on software that can be upgraded by the photographer themselves.
On September 30, Profoto will release the latest version of the firmware. The new upgrade brings a series of improvements, most noticeable is the one that enables TTL metering with the new Canon EOS 5DS and Canon EOS 5DS R.
Below is a list of all the improvements. The upgrade and the full release notes will be available from that day for registered users at www.profoto.com/myprofoto as of September 30.
Note that flashes as well as Air Remotes have to be upgraded for these new improvements to work.
Added AirTTL Compatibility With Canon EOS 5DS And EOS 5DS R The problem with over-exposure that many experienced when using the new Canon models in TTL Mode is corrected with this new upgrade.
Improved Canon Integration for Faster Shooting in Manual Mode The improvement is especially noticeable with fast cameras such as Canon EOS 1D-X. The improved integration also makes it possible to select TTL or Manual Mode in the camera menu. (This was previously only possible to do on the Profoto Air Remote itself.)
Option To Deactivate Auto Power-Off On All Units Normally the B1 and the B2 shut down after 60 minutes of inactivity to save battery life. This automatic function can now be deactivated from the Air Remote, making it easy to set up the lights well before for a shoot and activate them later by a simple button press from the remote.
Improved Display Sleep Function On Air Remotes In previous firmware versions the Air Remote display turned black after 30 seconds of inactivity. With this new upgrade the display dims down partially after 20 seconds but stays readable for another 100 seconds before turning black.
Minor Bugfixes In addition the upgrades include over 15 minor fixes, making the system more stable and contributing to an even greater user experience.