Around the Globe with Canon and Brian Maranan Pineda (video)

Nice little video about travel and photography by CanonUSA on YouTube:

When you travel, time seems to fly by. Don’t regret it later because your experiences are too extraordinary to remember with photos that are just “good enough.” The places you go, the people you meet and your adventures of a lifetime are worth getting the right shot with a Canon camera.

Reports about Canon XC10 lens sliding out when used on drone

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First reviews about the Canon XC10 aren’t really stellar, and now reports about the XC10’s lens “sliding out” when the camera is used on a drone appear to make the figures even worse. If true, this is particularly embarrassing since Canon touts the XC10 as made for drones.

Drone operator Scott Winn tested a Canon XC10, and says:

The lens is a high quality 4k lens that was specially built for this camera and isn’t some kit lens. But never the less it is a fixed lens. On occasion while flying this camera when we would looks straight down the lens would slide out, and we would have to land to fix it. Perhaps this was a prototype issue, but all it takes is some tape to fix that. The autofocus seemed to have a harder time than it did when shooting from the ground. On the ground it was near flawless, but in the air we couldn’t get it to keep focus.

Having to fix a sliding lens with tape isn’t what you are willing to accept on a $2,500 camera.

Canon’s new, 4k and WiFi enabled, XC10 camera (announcement) sells for $2,499 and is available for pre-order at B&H Photo | Adorama. Canon XC10 specs:

  • 4K Wide-Angle 10x Zoom Lens with Image
  • 12 Megapixel One-Inch 4K-Compatible CMOS Image Sensor
  • DiG!C DV 5 Image Processor
  • XF-AVC Codec for 4K 30p and Full HD 60p
  • Multiple Recording Modes and Frame Rates
  • Slow and Fast Motion Recording
  • Exceptional Still Capture Capability
  • High Speed Dual Pixel AF with Face Detection
  • CFast 4K Recording Technology
  • Canon Log and Wide Dynamic Range Gamma
  • Image Settings Compatible with Cinema EOS Cameras
  • Compact and Ergonomic Design
  • Wireless Operation
  • Workflow Versatility
  • Compatible with Multiple Canon Accessories
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II firmware 1.04 locking up the camera?

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A user in the Fred Miranda forum posted about an issue he or she has with the firmware update for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

[…] I decided to update the firmware since I do have the 70-200II […] Camera locked up twice shooting one game, I was looking through view finder turned away looked back through and had no info like it was shut off…the second time it was resuming from sleep….I have little doubt its the firmware…It also changed my MFA adjustments, and god help me I couldnt get it to repeat even my quick and dirty adjustments ( easy to do with a 300 2.8 and white lines on the ground at 45 degrees ) to MFA…it was perfect at +7 before ( and I routinely spot check each game )…it was closer to +4 after ( didnt realize this till I started reviewing some shots) then as I spot checked throughout the game I kept having to move it ( while not on a tripod with a release its a monopod and I use OS..I can shoot against objects to set the correct DOF vs object shot which is more important to me than sharpness on a chart..I do this all the time and its more repeatable than you think…Tomorrow I am going to do a factory reset and start over just to make sure…Proceed with caution…anyone have a link to the 1.02 firmware so I can put it back on there?

If you encounter this issue, try the following: 1) record the camera settings, 2) install the firmware update, 3) do a camera reset, 4) remove the battery for a few minutes, 5) restart the camera and 6) restore the settings. However, of the issue is in the firmware, this procedure will not help.

What about you, did you experience the issue after having installed firmware 1.04 on your EOS 7D Mark II?

Canon EOS 7D Mark II price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

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Save big on Sandisk memory cards (B&H Photo)

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B&H Photo has big savings on Sandisk memory cards. All memory cards listed below come as 2 pack (2 memory cards).

Free ebook “How to Overcome Photographer’s Block” by Eric Kim

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Well known street photographer Eric Kim made one of his ebooks available for free. Download “How to Overcome Photographer’s Block” from the links below, or head to Eric Kim’s site for more free ebooks. Enjoy.

Download free ebook “How to Overcome Photographer’s Block”:

Canon releases English-version PERSTEXT application for iOS

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Canon releases English-version PERSTEXT application for iOS

TOKYO, Japan, May 12, 2015—Canon Marketing Japan Inc. announced today that it has released its English version of PERSTEXT for the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. PERSTEXT is a free iOS application that provides users with a new way of having fun with their photos. The Japanese language version of PERSTEXT debuted on November 5, 2014, and by the 22nd of the same month, reached the number one spot in the free Photo & Video category of the Japan App Store.

Free application lets users add text with a sense of perspective to images

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