A bit of Everything (lighting tips, Milvus 2/35 ZE, Irix 11mm f/4 & 15mm f/2.4, EOS M6, Sigma 135mm f/1.8)

Above: Lighting Tips: How to Capture that ‘National Geographic Style’ – Advancing Your Photography

In this video, National Geographic photographer Bob Holmes gives us his lighting tips and the secrets for controlling light in your photographs. You’ll learn about the 3 types of light and how to control each. Bob explains how to capture the shot using natural light without lots of equipment. He shares his decades of experience, knowledge and travels with you in this video.

Above: Spring by Jamie Scott (shot on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a 24mm prime lens)

Zeiss Milvus 2/35 ZE (Canon mount) DxOmarked (German Precision)- DxOMark

Out of the shadows: the night narratives of Richard Vantielcke – Canon Professional Network Europe

Scott Kelby tells why he switched from Nikon to CanonB&H Photo Explora

In the Field with the Canon 5D Mark IV – B&H Photo Explora

RAW vs. JPEG: An Ultimate Guide – PetaPixel

Irix 11mm f/4 Review – Photography Blog

Irix 15mm f/2.4 Review – Photography Blog

Concert Photography: The Next Stage – Canon Digital Learning Center

Canon EOS M6 Field Test: Compact mirrorless ILC shows Canon’s continued improvements to M series – Imaging Resource

Here’s how much it would actually cost a pro to switch from Canon to SonyDPReview

LensRentals Reviews the New Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art Lens – LensRentals

How I Shot the Holi Festival in India – FStoppers

Field Test: Down and Dirty Filmmaking with the Canon C700 – No Film School

Today’s Gold Box and one day only deals at Amazon USAmazon DEAmazon UKB&H Photo, eBay and Adorama

Below: Baby Photography Tips for Parents with Kelly Brown – Canon Australia

Canon Master Kelly Brown has been a professional baby photographer for the best part of a decade. Here she shares her baby photography tips to help parents capture beautiful photos of their little angels’ precious first moments.

Canon EOS M5 Firmware Version 1.0.1 released (minor fixes)

Canon EOS M5 Firmware Version 1.0.1 Released (minor Fixes)

Canon UK made Canon EOS M5 firmware 1.0.1 available for download. Firmware Version 1.0.1 incorporates the following fixes:

1. Corrects a phenomenon in which, when the playback grid is set to “6×4”, and a vertical image is displayed, or a horizontal image is rotated to be displayed vertically, the grid does not display correctly.
2. In languages other than Japanese, the phrase “no. of shots” has been corrected to “value” in the “Time-lapse movie settings > Interval/Shots” setting screen.

Firmware Version 1.0.1 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.0.0.
If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.0.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

More information and download and install instructions at Canon UK.

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New Canon Video Creator Kits released and available (Canon EOS M6 and Rebel T7i)

Canon video creator kits

New Canon Video Creator Kits are available and ready to ship. The new Canon Video Creator Kits are build around the EOS M6 and Rebel T7i.

The kits are designed to get users shooting almost right away, and include standard kit zoom lenses, an 18-55mm for the T7i and a 15-45mm for the M6, which offer coverage for some of the most commonly used focal lengths. On top of this, the kits pack in a RØDE VideoMic GO on-camera microphone for capturing cleaner audio and a 32GB SDHC memory card for storage.

The new Canon Video Creator Kits are available at Adorama | B&H Photo. The new Video Creator Kits are not yet available on Amazon US.

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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II service notice, possible AF malfunction (update)


EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II

UPDATE 2: The service notice has been removed from Canon Philippine’s site. Don’t know the reason.

UPDATE: The [Submit] button mentioned in the service note below does not appear to work. Did not work for me, got also same feedback from readers.

Canon Philippines issued a service note for the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens. The lens may have AF issues at the wide angle.

Thank you for using Canon products.

We have determined that some EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lenses exhibit an AF operation-related malfunction. The details of the phenomenon and Canon’s service policy are described below.

We would like to offer our sincere apologies to users who have been inconvenienced by this issue. Going forward, we will spare no effort in our quality management to make sure our customers can use our products with confidence.


At the wide-angle end, focus is not achieved properly when a peripheral AF points are selected, regardless of the AF area selection mode.

Affected Lenses

If the first two digits in the serial number (see the image below) of your lens are ”48”, ”49”, ”50” or ”51”, then your lens MAY POSSIBLY be affected.

How to check if your lens is affected:

  1. Click the search button below to display the serial number input screen.
  2. Input your lens’ serial number (10 digits) and then click the [Submit] button.
  3. One of the following three messages will be displayed.
    “Your lens is NOT an affected product”
    “Your lens is an affected product”
    “Invalid number”

Please head over to Canon Philippines and open the service notice text to access the [Submit] button.

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Canon Rebel T7i (EOS 800D) Review by DPReview

Canon Rebel T7i (EOS 800D) Review by DPReview

Canon Rebel T7i:  Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon Rebel T7i at a glance:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • 45-Point All Cross-Type Phase-Detect AF
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Up to 6 fps Shooting and ISO 51200
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC, Bluetooth
  • HDR Movie and Time-Lapse Movie
  • Movie Electronic IS, Feature Assistant

The Canon Rebel T7i is collecting positive reviews everywhere. It’s easy to use yet powerful enough to satisfy the absolute beginner as well as the more experienced photographer.

Photographic authority DPReview makes no exception, lauding the Rebel T7i “guide modes”, which aim at those photographers who still want to learn the basics of photography. It seems Canon made good job implementing the guide mode.

Guide modes are pretty common on cameras of this type but I’ve rarely seen one that helps with learning how the camera operates beyond guide mode, rather than leaving you stuck in a simplified mode forever. This, combined with the consistency of performance between shooting through the optical viewfinder and rear screen (in terms of both speed and effectiveness), makes the T7i one of the easiest DSLRs to use if you’re not familiar with their operation. It also means it’s one of the easiest cameras to capture video with.

Read the review at DPReview.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II not coming in 2017, maybe never?


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Recently I got hints from various sources (thanks) that Canon may not announce nor release the Canon EOS 6D Mark II in 2017.

A 2017 announcement for the EOS 6D Mark II seems indeed getting less likely. There are still no hints or serious suggestions neither about the specifications nor for the release date. There is a lot of speculation going around the web, looks mainly to be good to keep the EOS 6D Mark II buzz on.

Last year I got some weird rumors, suggesting Canon may not release an EOS 6D Mark II, but instead a mirrorless full-frame camera (see here and here). Well, doesn’t it appear more and more likely it may go this way?

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is long overdue

We now have reasons to think Canon is eventually taking mirrorless seriously. Canon has the skills and the know-how to build a truly professional mirrorless full-frame camera. Such a camera, if done seriously, may well take the place of an EOS 6D Mark II, both on the shelves and in the mind of photographers.

A list of possible specifications for the EOS 6D Mark II

Rumored for the EOS 6D Mark II, these specs may refer also to the mirrorless full-frame camera. Most of the specs were published first here on Canon Watch:

I am curious to learn what you think about the Canon EOS 6D Mark II and the possibility we may see a mirrorless full-frame instead. Sound off in the comment section.

All Canon EOS 6D Mark II rumors are listed here.