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 Thursday, July 18, 2013
First, Canon USA did not announce the EF-M 11-22mm lens. Canon USA later stated that this lens is not going to be imported to the USA: "Thank you for your inquiry regarding the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. We can certainly understand the confusion surrounding this release! Unfortunately, this specific lens will not be sold or serviced by Canon USA."
 
Then the big retailers dropped the EOS M price to an insane level.
 
Then the EOS M was marked as discontinued at Adorama. Adorama confirmed to me that their buyer's understanding is that EOS M has indeed been discontinued.
 
This, however, is in contrast to what my Canon USA PR rep is telling me: "The EOS M is not a discontinued product and this is also true for the lenses associated with this product." Canon USA will of course not disclose any future plans.
 
We are left to speculate the future of the M.
 
If Adorama's buyers are right, it seems strange to have two EF-M lenses available without a camera to sell them with. Is a new EOS M coming soon? Next week will mark the 1 year announcement anniversary of the EOS M, but I've only had my first-available "M" since November. This camera is not very old.
 
But, what the EOS M cameras need is the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF Canon has recently announced as coming in the Canon EOS 70D. Although the EOS M's AF performance is much improved with the recent firmware update, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF would make it an even better camera. So, introducing a new M model makes a lot of sense.
 
Introducing a "new" lens along with a new camera also makes sense – this happens frequently. Also having precedent is bringing a "new" lens to the USA after it has been available elsewhere in the world. I'm of course referring to the EF-M 11-22.
 
What makes sense to me is the introduction of an EOS M II featuring Dual Pixel CMOS AF and at the same time, announcing the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens in the USA.
 
Amazingly still in stock is the Canon EOS M with EF-M 18-55mm Lens at Amazon – for $349.00 shipped. And the Canon EOS M with EF-M 22mm Lens for $299.00 shipped is available for backorder. Jump on this awesome deal if you have not already done so. Start your Christmas shopping early.
 
Read the Canon EOS M review for more information on this extremely good camera value.
 
Just because Canon USA is not importing the EF-M 11-22mm lens to the USA doesn't mean USA residents cannot get this lens. DigitalRev will be happy to send you one.
 
Side note: Your browser zoom setting has probably not changed. I increased the font size of much of the text on the site, including the Site Index page, to make reading easier. Spacing between lines of text is also slightly increased. Most in-text links now have a blue color to make them easier to identify. Hopefully you find the changes to be improvements. Thanks for your support!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/18/2013 10:33:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
Distortion control data are used to correct barrel and pincushion distortion during shooting and editing. They can be loaded into cameras that support distortion control.
 
Supported Cameras: D4 / D90 / D600 / D800 / D800E /D3100 / D3200 / D5000 / D5100 / D5200 / D7000 / D7100
 
Download: Windows | Macintosh
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/18/2013 6:52:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 17, 2013
From Think Tank Photo:
 
One of the most common questions we receive from experienced and new photographers alike is "How do I most effectively pack my camera equipment, travel with it and then arrive at my destination with my gear intact and ready to shoot?" Over the years our Customer Service team has gathered the very best advice, which they now present in a free report, "PACK TRAVEL SHOOT," available for download here.
 
For example, did you know:

  • You can configure the dividers in your shoulder bag so that your camera is better protected, lessening the chances of it being damaged?
  • With airlines, the weight of carry-on bags is becoming as much of an issue as their size?
  • Because of weight/size restrictions and the lack of airline insurance, many photographers now ship their gear in advance using services such as FedEx?

This guide is filled with insights that, we hope, keep your gear safer and increase your enjoyment of finally getting to your destination and shooting.
 
Note: Use the links from this site to get a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more at Think Tank Photo!

Post Date: 7/17/2013 3:09:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Think Tank Photo:
 
The third in our "About A Photograph" video series has just been released. In it, National Geographic staff photographer Steve Winter narrates the events behind his gripping remote camera shot of two tigers located deep in a national park in India's interior.
 
Said Winter, "We got this picture the first day. I wanted to change the lighting when we came the day after, but I looked at my assistant and said, 'We can change the lighting, but we're never going to get anything better than this.'"
 
Winter has been attacked by rhinos in India, stalked by jaguars in Brazil, charged by a 11-foot grizzly in Siberia, and trapped in quicksand in the world's largest tiger reserve in Myanmar. He started at National Geographic in 1991, which he calls "the best job in the world." He is also Director of Media for Panthera, www.panthera.org, an organization whose mission it is to save the world's 36 unique cat species.
 
Note: Use the links from this site to get a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more at Think Tank Photo!
Post Date: 7/17/2013 2:47:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Datacolor:
 
For anyone who views images via tablets or smartphones – and for on-the-go photographers in particular – they should think about color calibration. Tablet and phone displays are amazing, but are they always accurate?
 
The Android version joins the previously available iOS SpyderGALLERY app. Using a Spyder4 calibration device, Android users can now enjoy color-managed image viewing in the SpyderGALLERY app, which accesses existing photo albums to display accurately calibrated, vibrant images. Viewing images through the color-managed viewer will allow for more accurate color and provide users with a closer match to desktop monitors and other color-managed displays.
 
You can get the SpyderGALLERY app for Android in the Google Play store. The iOS application is available in the Apple Store.
 
Adorama carries the Datacolor Spyder4 Colorimeters.
Category: Datacolor News
Post Date: 7/17/2013 10:32:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
* Not my normal review
 
Perhaps the biggest Rebel T5i/700D upgrade from the T4i/650D is the name. The Canon Rebel T5i is practically identical to the Canon Rebel T4i, so I borrowed the T4i review to create the T5i review. I outline the differences between these two camera models at the top of the review. If you are familiar with the T4i review, you probably only need to read through the first bullet list.
 
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D Review
 
Do I recommend buying the T5i over the T4i? Yes, definitely. But the biggest reason is price. The T5i body is priced $50.00 USD lower than the T4i body right now.
 
With a $50.00 - $200.00 instant rebate available, check out the Rebel T5i combo specials currently available at Adorama.
 
Worth noting is that the Canon EOS 60D body is currently $50.00 less than the Rebel T5i. And the refurbished 60D is a great deal at $170.00 USD less.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/17/2013 8:57:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Canon EOS Utility 2.13.21 is now avilable for download.
 
Changes to the EOS Utility 2.13.21

  • Supports EOS 70D, EOS Kiss X7 / EOS Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D.
  • Support for EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM with lens optical correction.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/16/2013 11:28:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Camera Museum has published a technical report on the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver.
 
Adorama carries the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/16/2013 10:57:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lenstag (https://www.lenstag.com/) is a new site aimed at discouraging the sale of stolen camera gear and helping the original owner locate the gear through tips. And another great thing about it - it's free!
 
From Lenstag's FAQ:
 
How does it work?
 
Lenstag works like this:

  • Sign up & add your cameras, lenses & video equipment to your account. It's totally free.
  • Verify that you're in possession of each item by uploading a picture from your phone or computer of each item's serial number or something else that shows you own each item (warranty card, etc.).
  • If an item gets stolen, immediately flag it as such and we'll create a public page to help you get it back.

Bonus feature: if you sell or give an item to someone else, you can transfer the record to them using Lenstag and save the next person from having to re-verify.
 
How can I tell if a camera or lens is stolen?
 
Do a web search for 'stolen', the serial number of the item and 'lenstag' for good measure. If the item's page shows up, there's a good chance it's stolen. If you know something about the item (location, craigslist post, etc.) please type it into the box and leave your email address (optional) so we can follow up.
 
Check out the Lenstag website for more information.

Post Date: 7/16/2013 7:56:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 15, 2013
Do you have or are you planning to get one or more of the new Sigma Global Vision lenses? Such as the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens or the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens?
 
If so, you need to know what the Sigma USB Dock can do for you.
Post Date: 7/15/2013 8:41:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
The team over at Camera Technica posted a video showing Canon's image stabilization in action. Granted, the video was posted two years ago - but "IS" systems still work the same way today (and the video is rather mesmerizing to watch).
 
See Camera Technica's full article on image stabilization.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/15/2013 8:31:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, July 14, 2013

 

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending July 13th, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Thursday, Nikon introduced its interactive Facebook experience called “My Nikon World,” a photographic community with features such as photo challenges, leader boards, and competition badges. Check out Nikon’s Facebook page for more information.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Monday, Bryan posted the image quality comparison tests for the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM “Sports” Lens. In short, the new lens is proving to be a little bit better than its predecessor. Check the image quality tests for more comparisons.
 
On Thursday, Bryan posted his full review for the Canon EOS Rebel SL1. The tiny camera (in DSLR terms, at least), provides pro-grade image quality that stacks up well against all of Canon’s recent APS-C sensor cameras. Its small size and intuitive controls make it an excellent travel camera. Check out Bryan’s full-review for more details.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Monday, we posted a deal from BuyDig.com where you could get a Canon Rebel T5i with 18-55mm IS STM lens, Adobe Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 11, 32GB SD card, Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer, a pack of Canon photo paper, and two 4GB flash drives for $749.00 with free shipping (after $400.00 mail-in rebate). When you consider that the body alone retails for the same price, the package provides one heck of a deal.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 7/14/2013 5:49:55 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 12, 2013
From Canon Professional Network:

"The EOS 70D has been designed for photographers who are keen to explore and expand their shooting possibilities. It is equipped with a range of Canon technologies that make it possible to capture a wide variety of scenes and subjects in outstanding quality. Central to this ability is world-first, Canon-engineered Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology."

See the full CPN Article with video.
 
Adorama has the Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera available for preorder.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/12/2013 7:09:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 11, 2013
From Nikon USA:
 
Get In The Game: My Nikon World Is A New Facebook Experience That Will Challenge Photographers To Shoot, Share And Learn
 
Nikon Gives Users a Chance to Capture Images and Interact to Earn Badges, Compete with Photographer Friends and Climb the Leader Board
 
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon announced the launch of the exciting new interactive experience My Nikon World, a Facebook application that awards users for doing what they love: taking great photos. User participation will be rewarded with community points and digital badges for uploading photos and participating within the community. The experience will include contributions from Nikon professional photographers who will issue challenges for users to earn points, badges and bragging rights.
 
In addition to sharing photos and participating in photo challenges, users will also be able to create an online photographer profile and personal gallery where they can track their participation, feature their favorite photos and share their visual victories. The photo gallery on My Nikon World will be able to be sorted and viewed through filters including category, subject matter and Nikon equipment used.
 
“Photography is now a social experience, people want to share their stories, creativity and accomplishments through imagery online,” said Lisa Baxt, Associate General Manager, Communications, Nikon Inc. “My Nikon World gives photographers a chance to join a like-minded community of photo enthusiasts to be inspired to get out and shoot, while learning exciting new photo techniques through the pro issued challenges.”
 
Users who participate in challenges, upload photos and engage with other photos posted by their peers will be rewarded with points and digital badges in a variety of categories. The more a user participates, the higher the level they can attain within the community. With a strong focus on social sharing and engagement, participants will also have the option to include links to their personal social profiles on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks so they can interact with photographers both within the community and outside of My Nikon World. Digital badges will be awarded for a vast array of photography techniques and subject matter, from black and white photography to using HDR. Adding to the fun, users will also have the opportunity to unlock surprise badges and other content.
 
Nikon will continue to issue weekly challenges to the Facebook community. Additionally, notable fashion Photographer Rob Van Petten and documentary photographer/author Steve Simon will offer up “Pro Challenges,” providing members the opportunity to further hone their skills. Van Petten and Simon will also answer questions, give photo tips and share their own images as part of the community.
 
The My Nikon World interactive Facebook photo experience is now available. To visit the site and become a fan of Nikon, visit the official Nikon Facebook page at facebook.com/nikon.
 
Adorama is an authorized dealer of Nikon products.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/11/2013 1:55:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The full Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D Review is now available in the Canon DSLR Camera Reviews section.
 
The SL1 is an impressive little camera. I really like it.
 
Adorama has a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 2-Lens kit for $899.00 shipped after $200.00 instant rebate. Here is what is included in the kit:

  • Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens
  • SanDisk Extreme 16GB Class 10 SDHC Memory Card
  • Canon 2400 Camera Gadget Bag, Black

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/11/2013 11:20:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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