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 Friday, November 07, 2014
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera available for $1,349.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,699.00 after $200.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/7/2014 7:25:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"Canon Ambassador Thorsten Milse may be renowned for his bold expeditions to photograph endangered animals in the wild, but a recent trip to his local zoo tested him to his limits. Fortunately he had the new EOS 7D Mark II APS-C DSLR around his neck, as CPN writer Mark Alexander finds out..."
See the entire article and [really cute white lion cub] images on the Canon Professional Network.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/7/2014 7:23:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, November 06, 2014
Canon EOS 7D Mark II High ISO Noise and Image Quality
Turn off all of the settings that hide a camera's base image quality (and potentially destroy image details) and you get a better idea of the image quality a camera is natively capable of. Direct comparisons between DSLR models are also better made under these conditions.
 
I have added an in-depth look at high ISO noise and related image quality to the Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review. Scroll down and click on the color block image to see the complete set of test results – or go directly comparison page:
 
Canon EOS 7D Mark II ISO Noise and Image Quality Comparisons
 
I don't know if I can stake the claim that these comparisons are exhaustive, but I can definitely say that they have been exhausting to create and analyze. The good news is that the 7D Mark II's image quality is exceeding my expectations. I don't think that anyone will argue with me if I declare the 7D Mark II to have the best Canon APS-C image quality ever seen. And that of course says a lot.
 
At this moment, B&H has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens available in stock and I expect the body-only version to be available soon though it is under solid demand (preorder for earliest delivery).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/6/2014 12:46:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Through 11/9, AdoramaPix is offering reduced, Autumn pricing on 8x10s and 11x14s. See below for details.
 
SizeGlossy/LustreMetallic
8x10$1.00$1.25
11x14$2.00$2.50
Post Date: 11/6/2014 8:11:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Ok, technically it wasn't a "brand new" Canon 7D Mark II – a pre-production loaner was used for this skydiving adventure. But still, who would have thought?!
 
From Christian Anderl's YouTube Channel:
"I had the 7DmkII (pre production sample) for some days before it will be delivered in November and wanted to really put it through its paces. So i visited fellow photographer Wolfang Lienbacher (lienbacher.com) who is jumping with the Red Bull Skydive Team and already tried a lot of different cameras on his helmet. Read the full post on my blog: http://andrl.co/1zQGZoe"
B&H has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/6/2014 7:11:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS C500 Cinema Camera
London, UK, 4 November 2014 – Canon is proud to announce that it can include Walt Disney Studios Park among the prestigious users of its Cinema EOS system products. A series of videos for the new Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy attraction have been shot in 4K, using the combination of five EOS C500s and EOS-1D C SLR cameras, as well as a wide range of Canon lenses, including over 20 EF L-series and EOS Cine lenses. The videos were shot by acclaimed French director, Sébastien Devaud, who was among those to pioneer the use of SLR cameras to shoot video.
 
The attraction, Ratatouille: l’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, is based on the most French of all Disney-Pixar animated films (released in 2007) and opened on July 10th 2014, after five years of construction work. Considering the challenge, Disneyland Paris immediately decided to shoot in 4K. Ultra High Definition has a resolution of at least 8 megapixels, four times higher than current High Definition (HD), providing total immersion in the action. In 2014, sales in market increased significantly and in May 2014 more Ultra High Definition TVs were sold than throughout 2013 combined.
 
Canon pioneered the development of 4K cameras with the release of the EOS C500 and the EOS-1D C SLR in 2012, which rapidly became popular in the broadcast market. After testing the different brands and products available, Disney finally chose both Cinema EOS cameras for the project, as they were best placed to produce a professional quality result and tackle the challenging filming environment (light, 3D projection, etc.). Thanks to its compact size, the EOS-1D C was attached to the attraction’s ratmobiles, bespoke vehicles shaped as rats, with on-board devices specially designed for this work.
 
Stéphane Dery, Canon France Professional Imaging Group Director comments: “We are very honoured to count Disneyland Paris as one of the brands that has decided to rely on the Canon Cinema EOS system for its new attraction. This partnership once again demonstrates the unquestioned know how of Canon in the imaging and optical industry, and particularly in 4K.”
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS C500 and EOS 1D C Cinema cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/6/2014 6:12:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Canon EOS C300 Cinema Camera
From Canon:
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
Firmware Version 2.1.3.1.00 incorporates the following improvements and fixes:
 
  1. Supports exFAT file system of CF cards over 128 GB, which decreases the waiting time required for accessing the card before being able to record footage.
  2. Simplifies the process when fine-tuning the preset White Balance values.
Note: Firmware Version 2.1.3.1.00 is only for EOS C300 cameras with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade (DAF) applied. If the EOS C300 camera does not have DAF Feature Upgrade applied, please download Firmware Version 1.1.3.1.00
 
Firmware Version 2.1.3.1.00 is for EOS C300 cameras with Firmware Version 2.1.2.1.00. If your camera’s firmware is already version 2.1.3.1.00, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to the latest firmware version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.
 
Support
Download Firmware Version 2.1.3.1.00 for the EOS C300.
 
For further details, please refer to the latest version of the instruction manual for this product, which will be released at the same time as this firmware update.
Download the new version of the Instruction Manual for the EOS C300 Cinema EOS 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.
 
If you have not already done so, please register your Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS camera. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future service upgrades.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS C300 Cinema camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/5/2014 10:11:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Nikon Europe:
 
Integrated marketing campaign to inspire a new generation of photographers
 
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 3rd November 2014 – Nikon today announces the launch of I AM DIFFERENT, a major new integrated marketing campaign designed to inspire photographers to explore the world of photography through their own individual perspective.
 
Understanding that photographers strive to be different through the images that they capture, Nikon will inspire and enable those at every level to achieve their ambitions and develop their skills using featured photographers.
 
The first phase of the campaign will launch on 3rd November 2014 across Europe with a TV commercial featuring Clark Little, the Hawaii-based photographer whose images captured from the middle of breaking waves are already causing a stir across the world. A second phase will roll out later in the year with up-and-coming photographer, Andrius Alexsandravicius.
 
For those motivated by the stories of Clark and Andrius, the campaign will be supported by a digital hub - www.europe-nikon.com/iamdifferent - on Nikon websites, where consumers can discover the photographers’ journey and the inspiration behind the emblematic images used in the advertising. In Clark’s case, visitors will find also find a mini documentary, behind the scenes footage and an interactive interview with the man himself.
 
The campaign is fully integrated, with a 20 and 30 second TV commercial, print, out of home, cinema and online advertising. Its core creative was devised by advertising agency Jung von Matt, with digital support provided by strategic digital agency, Blast Radius, and PR and social media from London-based integrated communications agency, Brands2Life.
 
“From teenagers getting to grips with Instagram right through to professional D-SLR users, photographers of all levels have aspirations of standing out from the crowd with their unique work. With this new campaign, we are guiding these individuals into quality photography by helping them take that next step and discovering their unique photography niche. This integrated marketing campaign will achieve this by tapping into the huge cross-media following that distinct and inspirational photographers have gathered across the world,” said Yasmin Hartson, Advertising and Media Manager, Nikon Europe. “This is an incredibly exciting time for photographers. We love the fact that so many people are enjoying taking so many pictures – whether on their smartphone or on a camera – and we’re there for them when they are ready to take the next step into quality photography. Our vision is to keep Nikon imaging technology at the heart of the image, and that means engaging more photographers at all levels more effectively and with more passion than ever before.”
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/5/2014 3:16:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron SP 60mm f/2.0 Di II LD Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Tamron SP 60mm f/2.0 Di II LD Lens available for $374.00. Compare at $524.00.
Post Date: 11/5/2014 12:17:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D610 DSLR Camera
eBay (via BestStopDeals) has the Nikon D610 DSLR Camera available for $1,459.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,696.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/5/2014 11:37:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera available for $1,449.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,699.00 after $200.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/5/2014 10:30:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
My Canon EOS 7D Mark II arrived this week – WOO HOO! I will have lots of information to share about this camera in the very near future, but I kept notes as I unpacked and configured the "Baby 1D X" to the perfect (for me) setup. Following are the 30 (OK, there were initially 30, but I've tweaked the list slightly) steps I take to make an out-of-the-box 7D II ready for use.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. If you have another charged battery available, you can continue to the battery-required steps without a wait.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. For me, this is primarily the camera, the neck strap and the Canon Solution Disk.
  3. Install Canon Solution Disk software to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, Photostitch and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap.
  5. Insert the battery (after charging completes).
  6. Power the camera on.
  7. The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information. The GPS feature, if enabled, should take care of precise date/time maintenance going forward.
  8. Insert one (or two) memory card(s) (format them via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  9. Set the camera's mode to one other than fully auto (the GreenSquare+ mode only provides a small subset of available menu options), C1, C2 or C3 (Custom modes do not retain settings for use in other modes).
  10. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the cameras as follows:
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "–"
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec.
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Beep: Disable
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Release without card: Disable/off
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: All disabled (though I suggest leaving CA correction enabled for most uses – all can be applied in DPP)
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: ISO Speed range: 100-H2(51200)
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Off
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Picture Style: Neutral with sharpness set to "1" (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Long exposure noise reduction: I usually have this option set to "Auto", but my choice varies for the situation.
  20. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: High ISO speed noise reduction: Off (noise reduction is destructive to images details – I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  21. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Anti-flicker shoot: Enable
  22. AF Menu, Tab 2: AI Servo 1st image priority: Focus (I want the images in focus more than I want the time-priority capture)
  23. AF Menu, Tab 2: AI Servo 2nd image priority: Focus (same reason)
  24. AF Menu, Tab 4: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Area + pt
  25. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Highlight alert: Enable (flash portions of images that are overexposed)
  26. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Playback grid: 3x3
  27. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Histogram disp: RGB (I want to monitor all three color channels for blown or blocked pixels)
  28. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Magnification (apx): 1X
  29. Tools Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  30. Tools Menu, Tab 2: Viewfinder display: Viewfinder level: Show, VF grid display: Enable
  31. Custom Functions, Tab 3: Custom Controls: Set: Playback; Multicontroller: Direct AF point selection; AF area select lever: Direct AF area selection
  32. Custom Functions, Tab 4: Default erase option: [Erase] selected
  33. My Menu: Add tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Long exposure noise reduction, Mirror lockup, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for determining what time it is), Sensor cleaning
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot – including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me (and Sean's setup is nearly identical), your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an update-to-date list such as this is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state. Your list will insure that you do not miss an important setting while putting the camera back into service.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens in stock and I expect the body-only version to be available soon (preorder for earliest delivery).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/5/2014 8:51:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera available for $109.99 with free shipping. Regularly $229.99.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/5/2014 7:17:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot G7 X Digital Camera
B&H has the Canon PowerShot G7 X in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/5/2014 6:33:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, November 04, 2014
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Thank you for using Canon products.
 
Canon has released a firmware update for the WFT-E7A Wireless File Transmitter.
 
Details
Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following improvement:
Support has been added for the EOS 7D Mark II. Please note interface cable is required in order to update the WFT-E7A to firmware Version 1.1.0.
 
Eligible Models:
Only WFT-E7A models running firmware 1.0.4. Not applicable for WFT-E7A (Ver.2) models (which began selling in November 2014).
 
Connection Requirements:
In order to connect the Canon WFT-E7A with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II the following items are needed:
 
ItemsWFT-E7A
Firmware Version installed1.1.0 or later
Interface CableIFC-150AB II or IFC-40AB II

 
Support
If your Wireless File Transmitter’s firmware is already version 1.1.0 or later, it is not necessary to update the firmware. When updating your Wireless Transmitter’s firmware, please review the instructions thoroughly before you update the firmware.
 
Download Firmware Version 1.1.0 for the WFT-E7A Wireless File Transmitter.
 
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 the WFT-E7A Wireless File Transmitter.
By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when future firmware updates become available for download.
 
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/4/2014 9:08:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Digital Learning Center
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
"As a commercial photographer for over 30+ years, my thought process has leaned towards using large strobe light systems in my studio and location photography and to keep the Speedlites for on-camera projects and mostly people subjects. Working with the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT along with the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT over the last year has really opened up my mind into a different way of thinking about exposure control and lighting.
 
Coming from being trained as a film photographer, lighting is something that I have tried to keep as constant like shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Digital was no different – you still need to get it correct in the camera. When working with strobe lighting, if I was happy with the composition, shutter and F-stop settings and I needed to change the overall exposure of an image, it was time to manually adjust the lighting. If the light were exactly in the right position already, I manually raise or lower the power output until I get exactly what I’m looking for. Now at this point, if lighting or camera settings change, everything would need to be reconfigured. For example, if you wanted to change the F-Stop setting from f/22 to f/2.8 for a selective focus effect, you would now have to manually dial down the lighting with some trial exposures to see if you got the exposure correct for the new settings. If you moved the lights in closer for a different lighting effect, it’s time to reconfigure the exposure again. The lighting and exposure changes can go on and on."
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/4/2014 2:46:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens
Adorama has a very enticing deal right now. If you buy a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens Kit, they're throwing in a free Cam Ranger ($299.99 value) along with free shipping.
 
About the Cam Ranger:
 
The CamRanger device and associated free iOS and Android apps and Mac and Windows programs enables wireless tethering control of supported Canon or Nikon DSLRs from an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android device, Mac or Windows computer.
 
CamRanger creates its own WiFi network so there is no need for additional computers or existing Internet. CamRanger provides near complete control of a camera from up to 150 feet away, including the following features:
 
  • Live View
  • Live View touch focusing and focus adjustments
  • View and set parameters (ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, White Balance, Focus Mode, Capture Mode, image format, etc)
  • Remote Capture
  • View 100% resolution images with meta data including histogram (supports JPG and Canon RAW)
  • Import all image formats (including RAW) to iOS Photo Library
  • Movie Recording and Focusing (select cameras)
  • Focus Stacking
  • Intervalometer/ Time Lapse
  • Bulb Mode
  • Advanced Bracketing/HDR
  • Grid lines and aspect ratio support
  • GPS tagging of imported images
Note: iOS compatibility for Canon 7D Mark II requires (free) app update available from CamRanger Nov 14th 2014.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/4/2014 12:58:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon Prime Photos with Unlimited Storage
I [Sean] have been an Amazon Prime member for a couple of years now. Why?
 
  • Free two-day shipping on most of the items I buy
  • Prime Instant Video offers a few entertaining selections that Netflix doesn't have (including original programming)
There are certainly other benefits, but those are the two I take advantage of most often. However, Amazon just added a new benefit that's perfect for us photographers:
 
  • Prime Photos: Secure unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive.
Yes, you read that correctly – unlimited photo storage. *yay!*
 
From Amazon:
"Store your photos safely in Cloud Drive and you can access them anywhere, from almost any device by signing in with your Amazon account. Cloud Drive offers free mobile apps, secure access from any computer, and it's built in to all Fire devices.
 
With Prime Photos, the photos you've previously uploaded to Cloud Drive and photos you upload in the future will not count against your Cloud Drive storage limit."
If you're not already a member of Amazon Prime, now would be a great time to sign up. If you are already a member, you can start uploading photos to your Amazon Cloud Drive Account.
 
Mobile Access Apps
 
Category: Amazon News
Post Date: 11/4/2014 12:38:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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