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January 2, 2015
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Canon EOS C100 Mark II Kits Ready for Pre-Order

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EOS C100 Mark II

B&H Photo has four Canon EOS C100 Mark II kits available for pre-order. Shipping is expected for the end of January.

December 30, 2014
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The Timefreezers – Bullet Time Shot Using 140 Canon Rebel T3 Cameras

The Pixelist‘s Simon Byrnes is the operator of a camera rig consisting of 140 Canon Rebel T3/EOS 1100D cameras. Usually he works for some UK dance show and captures bullet-time sequences of dancers. In his spare time he decided, just of fun, to make the video above, called The Timefreezers.

Do you think you need high megapixel cams for such jobs? Think again, the Rebel T3/EOS 1100D has a 12MP sensor. I like projects and ideas like this one, especially when inexpensive gear is used. Though, buying 140 Rebel T3s would probably break most peoples bank.

There are just a few sequences where you can spot the cameras, lined up along the stage.

[via PetaPixel]

Canon Rebel T3/EOS 1100D price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

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December 25, 2014
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Do You Love Photography? Then You Are Right for Canon’s #LoveDSLR

#LoveDSLR

Canon launched a new website designed to put your love of photography into practice, helping you to learn how to take better images and to get inspired by others. The site is LoveDSLR.com, the hashtag is #LoveDSLR.

Canon press release:

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 19th December 2014 – Today LoveDSLR.com launches, a new website designed to put your love of photography into practice, learn how to take great images and be inspired by others.

Whether you’re looking to take pictures of family & friends, travel & landscapes, special occasions or animals & wildlife, photographers who are new to the world of DSLR will find everything they need to know with loveDSLR.com.

Share your favorite shots with the community on Twitter with #loveDSLR for the opportunity to be featured on the site.*

To see what other DSLR users are snapping and gain photography knowledge, simply visit loveDSLR.com or join the conversation on Twitter using #loveDSLR.

#loveDSLR is supported by Canon to inspire a love of DSLR photography.
*If your image is selected loveDSLR.com will be in touch to gain consent

December 24, 2014
Posted in News, Rumors

Canon Officially Confirms the High Megapixel Camera and Commitment to Mirrorless (UPDATE)

High Megapixel Camera

In an interview with DC.Watch, Canon’s Masaya Maeda confirmed that Canon is working on a high megapixel camera, and that the company is still interested in developing mirrorless systems. If I got the machine translated text right, the talk is also about new lenses.

That’s what I got from the interview:

  • Lenses are important and Canon will continue to develop new and better lenses. Outstanding EF lenses make users want to have an EOS system.
  • Canon is researching how to get even higher/better optical performance
  • Canon is investigating if mirrorless cameras should have interchangeable lenses (this could point to large sensor compact cameras with fixed lenses). However, Canon is exploring both scenarios, mirrorless cameras with fixed and with interchangeable lenses
  • Canon takes mirrorless technology seriously and is committed to further develop mirrorless systems
  • Mr. Maeda did not want to confirm or deny the possibility of a full-frame mirrorless camera
  • Canon is actively researching a new kind of camera
  • Canon realizes that there are users that need higher resolution, and thus will develop such a camera. To me it sounds as if Canon may announce a high megapixel camera soon
  • Canon is working on algorithms for better in camera processing of images
  • Shutter technology may change from mechanical to electronic sometimes in the future
  • There is a possibility Canon may develop a medium format camera on the long term

UPDATE: Someone in the dpreview forum made a quick translation/sum-up of the review:

  • The decline in DSLR sales is coming mainly from the entry level, as the evolution in that segment has slowed. He admits that they have not been able to introduce new entry class products that would spur people to change models (the original statement can be seen as an indictment of either Canon, or the entire DSLR industry). However, he does note that developing countries like Brazil and India are still seeing double digit growths.
  • He speculates that maybe part of the mirrorless needs can be met by high end compact cameras, as the latter type gets more and more zoom range. Canon is trying both options.
  • On the other hand, he also speculates that mirrorless may replace the Rebel line in the future.
  • Annual updates of entry class models are no longer likely. (Canon never did annual updates of mid- and high-end models anyway.)
  • He sees electronic shutter as the future, saying “global shutter makes more sense.”
  • Canon will apparently stick with “glass” based IS for the time being, and believes it still has room for improvement. (Curiously, the other alternative the interviewer suggested was electronic IS, and neither side seems to talk about IBIS.)
  • Durability against e.g. shock and drop, in addition to “uncompromising optics,” is a focus point in developing new EF lenses these days.
  • Full size mirrorless? “Uh, I can’t answer that now.”
  • Medium format? “The 35mm format has so much potential left. Although I don’t deny the merits of a larger sensor, there are many other things we need to be doing right now.”

All that sounds very interesting, and confirms some of the rumors that surfaced recently. What do you think?

[via digicame-info]

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.

Adorama offers free overnight shipping, click the banner below.

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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
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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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