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December 21, 2014
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End of Year Clearance Sale at Canon Direct Store (up to 66% off)

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You are still in time to get the perfect gift for X-Mas.

The Canon Direct Store has 66% off on select products (click here). You get a $9 flat rate on overnight shipping and handling when entering code RUDOLPH at checkout.

Be sure to check also the Canon Direct Store‘s refurbished DSLRsPowershot cameras, and lenses.

More links to holiday deals. Note: most retailers offer free overnight or expedited shipping.

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December 19, 2014
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Canon Masters, Ambassadors and Explorers: Their Favourite Images of 2014

Canon Masters

From Canon Pro Network:

At CPN we asked the Canon Masters, Ambassadors and Explorers if they would share their favourite image of 2014 with us. Some were travelling and never got the chance to send their work to meet our deadline. But many others did and we have great pleasure in presenting their favourite images of 2014.

See all photos at Canon Professional Network.

December 19, 2014
Posted in News, Tips

How To Detect an Exoplanet Using Just a Canon Rebel XS

To detect planets orbiting around other stars you do not need an enormous telescope or equipment that will break your bank. You can do it using a Canon Rebel XS, a cheap telephoto lens, and a barn door tracker, i.e. something that helps with the tracking of the stars.

On IEEE Spectrum, David Schneider describes how he did it. The grounding idea is to apply the transit detection technique. In other words: you can use an ordinary DSLR to detect stars that become less bright during the time their planets are passing between the star and the point of observation (that’s you and your camera).

What’s the barn door tracker? To do what David Schneider did, you need a device (where you’ll mount the camera on) that can compensate for the rotation of the earth. Without this device, you would picture star trails instead of a sharp snapshot.

Using a Canon Rebel XS (around $200 on Amazon or eBay, a manual-focus Nikon 300mm telephoto lens (around $100 on eBay), a Nikon to Canon adapter (around $15 on Amazon), and the mentioned self-made tracking device, Schneider framed HD 189733, a star with known exoplanets that orbit the star every 2.2 days. In order to detect the transit of the planet, Schneider shot 50 seconds exposures for 3 hours. The transit of the planet lasted 108 minutes.

Says Schneider:

The hardest part of the whole project proved to be waiting for an opportunity to observe the transit of HD 189733’s exoplanet, which takes place once every 2.2 days. That sounds frequent, but transits that occur during daytime or are too close to the horizon are impossible to observe. […]  And of course, I needed clear skies.

Finally, after weeks of waiting, an opportunity came in mid-October. I recorded images for almost 3 hours, beginning about a half-hour before the start of the 108-minute transit. That, I figured, would capture the transition from normal brightness to ever-so-slightly dimmed and back to normal again.

Obviously you can’t see the transit just by looking at the pictures. You have to do some computing stuff. Using the free astronomical image processing software Iris and then MS Excel, Schneider made

[…] differential-photometry calculations—that is, comparing HD 189733 with one of […] four reference stars to compensate for changes in atmospheric conditions. The scatter in the final results was about the same size as the signal I was attempting to measure, but the general dip in brightness was easy enough to discern nevertheless. The average magnitude of the target star diminished and recovered just as the exoplanet’s transit began and ended.

The video on top is where David Schneider explains the process, and shows how he did it. definitely impressive and cool stuff! You can read more about it here at IEEE Spectrum, where Schneider details all aspects of the process.

[via PetaPixel]

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December 18, 2014
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Canon Publishes Advisory Regarding Lithium Batteries Used With Speedlites

Speedlites

Canon press release:

Details

AA Lithium batteries cannot be used with any Speedlite or Macrolite products and compact battery packs including those listed below because certain AA lithium batteries, in rare cases, may become extremely hot during usage in such products.

Canon Products

Speedlite 220EX
Speedlite 270EX
Speedlite 270EX II
Speedlite 320EX
Speedlite 380EX
Speedlite 420EX
Speedlite 430EX
Speedlite 430EX II
Speedlite 540EZ
Speedlite 550EX
Speedlite 580EX
Speedlite 580EX II
Speedlite 600EX
Speedlite 600EX-RT
Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX
Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II
Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX
Compact Battery Pack CP-E2
Compact Battery Pack CP-E3
Compact Battery Pack CP-E4

Support

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.

December 18, 2014
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Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC Lens Officialy Announced

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Tamron officially announced specs and release date of the SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens (model A012).

The lens will be released December 25, suggested price is ¥140,000 (approx. $1,200). You can read the machine translated press release here. Just a few days ago a dutch site leaked a price of $1,499.

[via Digicame-Info]

Model name A012
Focal distance

15-30mm

Brightness F / 2.8
Angle of view (diagonal angle of view) 110 degrees 32 minutes to 71 degrees 35 minutes <35mm-format full-size single-lens reflex camera when using>
85 degrees 52 minutes to 49 degrees 54 minutes equivalent digital single-lens reflex camera when using>
Lens constitution

13 group 18 sheets

Shortest shooting distance

0.28m (entire zoom range)

Maximum magnification

1: 5 (f = 30mm when: minimum focusing distance 0.28m)

Filter Not wearing
Greatest dimension Φ98.4mm
Length
145mm (for Canon), 142.5mm (for Nikon)
Mass 1,100g (for Canon, for Nikon)
Aperture blades Nine (circular aperture ※ 6))
Minimum aperture F / 22
Standard accessory Cover type lens cap, rear cap
Hood Integrated hood (flower type, zoom interlocked)
Corresponding mount Canon for / for Nikon / for Sony
December 18, 2014
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Yongnuo Cloned Another Canon 50mm Lens (the Nifty-Fifty)

Yongnuo

After having cloned the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 lens, Yongnuo did the same game with the EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens (the Nifty-Fifty), one of Canon’s best selling budget lenses.

The Yongnuo YN50mm F1.8 lens looks very similar to Canon’s EF 50mm f/1.8 II. It’s already available on Amazon and eBay for less than half the original’s price, which is $125 on Amazon. You can get the EF 50mm f/1.8 II replica for around $50. Too early to say if the Yongnuo can hold up to the original.

  • Angle Range: Diagonal 46° /Vertical 27° /Level 40°
  • Lens structure:5 groups 6 slices
  • Minimum aperture: f/22 /Filter diameter/Number of available:52mm/1
  • Closest focusing distance: 0.45 meter
  • Maximum magnification and field of view:0.15×160×240mm (when located to 0.45 meter)

The Yongnuo YN50mm F1.8 lens

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Canon’s EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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[via Photo Rumors via PetaPixel]

December 17, 2014
Posted in Apps, News

New Digital Photo Professional (DPP 4.1.50) Adds Support For More Canon DSLRs

Digital Photo Professional

Canon DPP 4.x

Canon released Digital Photo Professional 4.1.50. The software now officially supports also the following Canon DSLRs

  • EOS-1D Mark IV
  • EOS 70D
  • EOS 7D Mark II
  • EOS 7D
  • EOS 5D Mark II
  • EOS 700D
  • EOS 100D

You can download DPP 4.1.50 for free here. Just click on your camera – EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 6D, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 70D, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 7D, EOS 700D and EOS 100D – and select DPP 4.1.50 from the software options to download.

Canon Pro Network press release:

Canon has released an updated version of its Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software, which now supports – in addition to its current range of full-frame DSLRs – the EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 70D, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 7D, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 700D and EOS 100D…

Launched in September 2014, Digital Photo Professional 4 was Canon’s first sweeping change to its popular RAW processing software since its original launch. The latest version of DPP – version 4.1.50 – is a response to feedback from owners of older full-frame and APS-C cameras who are looking for the very latest RAW workflow solution.

Additionally, DPP 4.1.50 supports the recently launched EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM and EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lenses, the profiles for which are now available for use with the Lens Correction function.

Commenting on the update, Mike Owen, European Professional Imaging Communications Manager, Professional Imaging Department, Canon Europe, said: “DPP 4.0 has proved incredibly popular with our customers and this latest update further extends its appeal to a wider range of users, such as those using the highly successful EOS 5D Mark II. Canon remains firmly committed to offering a complete range of products to photographers and increasingly its software solutions are playing a vital role in delivering the ultimate in image quality from capture to output.”

DPP 4.1.50: KEY FEATURES

  • Faster, real-time adjustments.
  • Improved RAW file workflow.
  • Better, more approachable user interfaces.
  • Compatible with 64-bit native environments.
  • Colour adjustments for specific colour gamuts.
  • Improved highlight recovery provides expanded tonality.
  • Improved shadow recovery function.
  • Support for movie playback.
  • Auto Lighting Optimizer can be applied to JPEG images.
  • Better integration with EOS Utility.
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