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April 20, 2014
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You Will Newer Gate-Check Your Gear Again After Having Seen This Video

This is going viral. The video shows how a couple of Air Canada baggage handlers were moving the passenger’s luggage that had to be gate-checked because oversized for the plane cabin’s overhead bin. Filmed last Thursday by a passenger on the plane.

The advice is: take your gear out if you have to handle your luggage over for gate-checking! Air Canada is investigating the incident, and most probably will find who is responsible. But still: gate-checked luggage is not where you should keep your precious gear, so is not checked-in luggage in general.

When I travel by plane my gear is always with me in the cabin. It helps to be among the first in the boarding queue, as sometimes they discover at the end that there is not enough space left over in the overhead bins, and you are asked to gate-check your luggage even if it is not oversized. In this case I would politely tell them that I have some $$$ of photographic equipment that has to board with me.

Happy Easter! :-)

[CBC News via PetaPixel]

April 19, 2014
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The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens Can Be Pre-ordered At Amazon US

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art

Also Amazon now has the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens available for pre-order at $949. To see all my coverage of this killer lens that sells at a killer price click here. The Sigma costs a fourth of the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 ($4000) and has a performance that comes seriously close to the Zeiss.

April 18, 2014
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Remote Tethering Software Kuuvik Capture Version 1.3 Released

Kuuvik Digital released version 1.3 of Kuuvik Capture, an advanced Canon EOS remote control application for Apple MAC OS X computers. This version extends camera support and introduces a more economical licensing scheme. New cameras are also supported:

  • Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1/Kiss X7
  • Canon EOS 700D/Rebel T5i/Kiss X7i
  • Rebel and Kiss variants of all previously supported xxxD/xxxxD models

A 15-day free trail version of Kuuvik Capture can be downloaded here. For the complete list of new features and changes consult the release notes. You can learn more about Kuuvik Capture here, or watch a series of video.

Supported cameras, system requirements, pricing and more after the break.

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April 17, 2014
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Alternative Tripod Mount Socket For Canon Tele-Zooms (200-400mm, 400mm, 500mm, 600mm)

Tripod Mount

Above: Canon original tripod mount – Below: Berlebach’s tripod mount (image courtesy of photoscala.de)

German manufacturer Berlebach offers an alternative tripod mount socket for Canon’s EF 200-400 f/4 (price & specs), EF 400mm f/2.8 (price & specs), EF 500mm f/4 (price & specs), and EF 600mm f/4 (price & specs) lenses.

Berlebach’s tripod mount is more compact than the original one and should also reduce vibrations.

Press release (machine translated):

Canon Telephoto Adapter Berlebach

Berlebach ® Stativtechnik in Mulda has developed a compact foot for tripod mounting of telephoto lenses from Canon, on the one hand have been much smaller than the original foot and on the other hand, allows the use of UniQ / C and Arca Swiss-compatible quick-change systems. The price of the Tele-adapter is (RRP including VAT) EUR 49.

With the telephoto adapters for Canon 400/600 mm ( http://www.berlebach.de/?bereich=details&id=514 ) and the original Berlebach-release plates are the Canon telephoto lenses 4,0 / 200-400; 2,8 / 400; 4,0 / 500 4,0 / 600 on all UniQ/C- and Arca Swiss-compatible quick-change systems usable. The replacement of the original foot-flung through the telephoto adapters Berlebach with its considerably thinner design reduces space requirements, which can be the Canon telephoto lenses pack much easier for transport. In addition, possible oscillations are determined by the compactly built Adapter Berlebach significantly reduced and improved handling achieved by an optimized center of gravity.

To use the adapter, the four screws securing the original Canon-foot must be solved with an M3 hex wrench. With the same screws Berlebach adapter is then fastened to the lens. After the release plate with two 1/4 “or a central 3/8″ Münzschlitzschraube (s) is fastened to the adapter. When using an original Berlebach-release plate adapter accesses as in the profile of the plate so that the combination can be completely rotationally fixed to the axis of the lens on a tripod head. Depending on the length of the release plate, this is for balancing both when mounted on the adapter, as well as the respective position in the quick-change system according to forward and backward movable. When using AC drives from other manufacturers may result in restrictions on the twisting safety.

[via photoscala.de]

April 16, 2014
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A Cosmic Odyssey – An Astrophotographer’s Journey

This amazing time-lapse video was made by Korean astro-photographer Kwon, O Chul. The video was made using Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Mark III (price & specs). The video was posted in the slrclub forums and was spotted by DicaHub.

The video was shot in these locations:

  • Dokdo island. 2013 : the eastern end of Korea
  • Baengnyeongdo island. 2011 : the western end of Korea. border between North and South Korea
  • Mount Halla. 2011 : the southen end of Korea
  • Mount Baekdu. 2010 : the north of Korea. border between China and North Korea
  • Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. 2010 : near equator
  • Uluru, Australia. 2010 : the southern hemisphere
  • Pilbara, Australia. 2012 : the southern hemisphere
  • Yellowknife, Canada. 2009-2013 : near polar regions

It lasts 4:35 minutes and it is definitely worth to be seen.

[via DicaHub]

April 16, 2014
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Canon Announces White EOS 100D (Rebel SL1) and EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens For the UK

White EOS 100D

Canon released the white Rebel SL1/EOS 100D with white 18-55mm IS STM lens for the European market. Availability from May 2014 and a price around £499/€599.

Canon press release:

Canon unveils white editions of EOS 100D and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens

United Kingdom, 16 April 2014 – Canon today introduces a new white edition of the world’s smallest and lightest APS-C DSLR , the EOS 100D, as well as a new white version of its EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens. Ideal for first time users looking to explore the world of DSLR photography, the new editions to the EOS range make it easy for anyone, whatever their skill level, to capture and relive special moments in stunning detail.

Measuring just 116.8 x 90.7 x 69.4mm, the EOS 100D is compact enough to always carry with you and features an 18 MP APS-C Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor and a range of simple controls and automatic shooting modes, making capturing stunning images and Full HD movies effortless. The incredibly lightweight and compact body provides a traditional DSLR shooting experience while the large 7.7cm (3.0”) ClearView II touch screen, makes it easy to adjust settings and review images straight after capture.

The white EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens is the perfect partner for the new EOS 100D, providing the flexibility to capture everyday subjects from sweeping landscapes to close-up portraits. An Optical Image Stabilizer ensures images are captured with impressive detail and clarity, while the near-silent STM technology also ensures noise is kept to a minimum whilst focusing in movies.

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