Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Flash And Canon EF-M 28MM f/3.5 MACRO IS STM Lens officially announced

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Canon announced their new Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Flash and the first macro lens for the EOS M system, the Canon EF-M 28MM f/3.5 MACRO IS STM with built-in LEDs. The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June 2016 for an estimated retail price of $579.99. Canon’s EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June for an estimated retail price of $299.99.

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Canon press release:

Accessorize This Spring With The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Flash And Canon EF-M 28MM f/3.5 MACRO IS STM Lens With Built-In Macro Lites And Image Stabilizer

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 11, 2016 – Spring is all about having the right look and Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is giving photographers of all levels two new options that can improve their creativity and versatility; the Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash and the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens.

Photographers looking to take rapid-fire flash images will appreciate the improved recycling time in the new Canon Speedlite-600EX II-RT flash. Those looking to explore the world of macro photography will appreciate the stylish compact look of the new Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens, the first EF-M Macro Lens for the Canon EOS M Camera System, which features Image Stabilization and a pair of built-in miniature Macro Lites to enhance image quality during close-up photography.

The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash Offers Improved Recycling Time and More

The Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash is compatible with most EOS cameras. It replaces Canon’s top-of-the-line Speedlite 600EX-RT, and improves recycling time by approximately 1.1 to 1.5 times* during continuous flash shooting when using AA batteries and up to 2 times* when adding the new optional Compact Battery Pack CP-E4N.Additional Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash features include:

  • Zoom flash head covers wide focal length range of 20–200mm; maximum guide number is 197 ft./60m at ISO 100, making Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash the most powerful flash unit in the EOS system.
  • Wireless flash shooting support is available for both radio and optical transmission with compatible Canon Speedlites, offering users greater functional range when using flash.
  • Multiple flash system support allows control of up to five groups of compatible Canon Speedlites.
  • Dust- and water-resistant body for reliable operation in harsh environments.
  • Flash-readiness indicator on the display panel, simplified button and dial operation and variable manual flash output.
  • New, specially designed accessories supplied include a built-in bounce adapter, plus SCF-E3 hard-type color filter sets, and a soft case. The new Compact Battery Pack CP-E4N is available as an optional accessory for faster recycling time and more flashes per charge.
  • Illuminated dot matrix LCD panel for enhanced display information, including flash mode and usable distance ranges plus C.Fn (Custom Function) and P.Fn (Personal Function) settings.

First Macro Lens in the Canon EF-M lens series

Photographers looking for a compact, lightweight macro lens should look no further than the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens, the first Canon Macro Lens specifically designed for the EOS M Camera System.

The new lens features a pair of built-in miniature Macro Lite electronic flash units that illuminate close-up subjects as needed, helping to freeze movement, enhance color accuracy and provide a better sense of depth and dimension. Two curved flash units surround the front element of the lens, with the ability to illuminate both simultaneously, or one at a time. Users are also able to adjust the brightness of the Macro Lites between “bright” and “dim” settings.

The standard focusing range of the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens extends from infinity to life-size (1 time). Additionally, a Super Macro Mode allows shooting at even higher magnifications up to 1.2 times. This feature allows you to capture smaller details that really make your subjects stand out against the background.

Additional features of the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens include:

  • Hybrid IS, the same feature as found on Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens, helps reduce camera shake for enjoyable handheld photography.
  • Stepping motor (lead screw-type STM) helps provide smooth and quiet focusing operation when taking photos, and near-silence when shooting videos.
  • One UD lens and two aspherical lenses** help deliver outstanding image quality at all distance settings by reducing chromatic and spherical aberrations.
  • Angle of view similar to a 45mm standard lens (35mm equivalent) provides flexible image capture of various subjects and scenes at macro distances and beyond.
  • Tapered lens top shape makes it easy to capture high-quality images at close range without casting shadows.

The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT electronic flash unit is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June 2016 for an estimated retail price of $579.991. Canon’s EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June for an estimated retail price of $299.991.

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II now shipping in US and EU

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Now Shipping In US And EU

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II at a glance:

  • 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors
  • 14 fps Shooting, 16 fps in Live View
  • DCI 4K Video at 60 fps, 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF II
  • 3.2 inch (1.62m) Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • ISO 100-51200 (Expanded to 409600)
  • Built-In GPS
  • CFast & CF Card Slots

According to our information, Canon’s new flagship, the EOS-1D X Mark II is in stock at all major retailers, and started shipping in US and EU (and for sure in Asia too).

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon offers 13 months free CarePAK PLUS protection on select DSLRs and lenses

Canon USA offers a free 13 months CarePAK PLUS protection on select gear (see below). How it works:

  • Step 1: Purchase one of the products below between May 1, 2016 and July 30, 2016.
  • Step 2: Register your product within 30 Days of your purchase.
  • Step 3: Enjoy 13 months of free accident protection.

Click here to see all eligible gear or click the image below which lists all the Canon gear that comes with a free 13 months CarePAK PLUS protection..

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You can learn more about Canon CarePAK PLUS here. Canon CarePAK PLUS includes:

Protection from Accidental Damage
Protection from kids, pets, and life including accidental damage such as drops, spills, power surges and other unforeseen events.
Additional Hardware Coverage
No more worries! Receive additional hardware coverage from excessive wear and tear on all mechanical and electrical issues.
Priority Service and Free Returns
No additional cost, free return shipping,*** and minimal downtime with fast and reliable service direct from Canon. We’ve got you covered!
Service & Support Directly from Canon
With hassle free service and support direct from Canon, you will never deal with a 3rd party. Feel confident your product will be serviced by Canon factory trained technicians using only Genuine Canon parts.***
$0 Deductible
No Deductible for any repair or replacement, ever.
Transferable
CarePAK PLUS is transferable. Purchase a product as a gift for someone else or sell it during the covered period and transfer the benefits to someone else.
Always Genuine Canon Products
If your product cannot be fixed and needs to be replaced you will receive the exact same model, or better, always!

Shooting the Aurora Borealis handheld with a 4M ISO Canon ME20F-SH camera

Shooting The Aurora Borealis Handheld With A 4M ISO Canon ME20F-SH Camera

This is not the first Aurora Borealis video shot with the Canon ME20F-SH and posted by Aurora Skycam, though I think this one is more impressing.

The ME20F-SH was used, a special full-frame Canon camera that goes up to ISO 4M (yes ISO, 4,000,000). The camera was hand-held during a flight with Norwegian Airlines at 36000 ft and while cruising at 800 km/h. The video was shot at ISO 102.000, 50fps, 1/50 sec. There is some beautiful footage in the video below, and the best thing is: there is more to come soon (according to the makers).

The Canon ME20F-SH is a speciality camera, with a special price: it’s yours for a mere $20,000.

Canon ME20F-SH at a glance:

  • Up to 4 Million ISO & 12 Stops DR
  • Full Frame 35mm CMOS Sensor
  • Canon DIGIC DV 4
  • Full HD up to 60p
  • HD/3G-SDI & HDMI Connectors
  • Canon Locking Cinema EF Lens Mount

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Canon ME20F-SH overview after the break

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Adobe Lightroom 6.5.1 and Camera Raw 9.5.1 updates released

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Adobe released Adobe Lightroom 6.5.1/CC 2015.5.1 and Camera Raw 9.5.1 to the public. Bug fixes and new cameras added (no Canons). To update please select Help > Updates to install the update, or go for the direct download links:  Win | Mac. Adobe Camera Raw 9.5.1 can be downloaded here.

Lightroom CC 2015.5.1 and Lightroom 6.5.1 are now available.  Our focus with this release was to add support for new cameras and also fix reported customer issues.

Please note that on first launch of Lightroom CC 2015.5.1 / 6.5.1, you will need to log in to continue syncing images and metadata between desktop and your mobile devices.  To sign in, click on the Activity Center in the upper-left corner and select the “Sign In” button. For more info see these detailed instructions.

Lightroom for iOS v2.3 is now live as well. Check it out here!

Bugs Fixed in Lightroom CC 2015.5.1 / 6.5.1

New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.5.1 / 6.5.1

  • Pentax K-1
  • Sony DSC-RX10M3

Known Issue

  • Image flickers when moving an adjustment slider.  Note that this only occurs when using certain AMD graphics cards (such as 6450M and 6970M) on Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan). We are working with our partners to resolve this issue. In the meantime, you can workaround this issue by disabling “Use Graphics Processor” in Lightroom’s preferences.