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May 30, 2014
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Pic Of The Day (EOS 70D + Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art) – And Some India Travel Advice

EOS 70D + Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art

Canon EOS 70D w/ Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 – shot at 1/80, f/2, ISO 400, 29mm


Just a pic to show you what amazing things you can do with the Canon EOS 70D and the awesome Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art lens. The both together make a fantastic kit. I am still working on a review of the Sigma, so stay tuned despite my laziness.

I shot the pic using the EOS 70D’s Dual Pixel AF. I get better results when using Dual Pixel AF with apertures below f/2.8. Possibly my Sigma sample has a back- or front-focusing issue. Not a real problem since Canon’s Dual Pixel AF copes very well with such issues. In other words: you have not to worry about back-focusing as long as you use Dual Pixel AF, it always gets it right. The pic was shot at night time, no flash, just an f/2 aperture at ISO 400 – not bad, isn’t it?

If you are backpacking in India and start from Delhi I recommend the Cottage Ganga Inn (no, I am not getting money for writing this). It’s a small hotel in the Paharganj district in New Delhi (the main backpacker hub in Delhi). An inexpensive hotel, clean, safe, and with a very helpful staff. Highly recommended. I am travelling with a lot of gear and had no problems letting my stuff in the room.

Have a great day wherever you are :-)

May 30, 2014
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Canon USA Announces Canon In Action Tour 2014

The Canon In Action Tour is a brand-new educational roadshow designed to unleash your creativity. It will give you the knowledge, skills, and confidence to create the images you’ve always dreamed of. As usual there is a dedicated site.

Canon press release:

Educational Roadshow Helps Photographers and Filmmaking Enthusiasts Build Their Skills and Unleash Their Creativity

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 29, 2014 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has kicked off its Canon In Action Tour, an educational roadshow ideal for advanced amateur DSLR users and filmmaking enthusiasts. The tour includes live-learning seminars and workshops in several major U.S. cities now through November 23, 2014.

Tour attendees will have the opportunity to take part in an in-depth Imaging Essentials Saturday seminar, and/or intensive Sunday training workshops for a nominal fee. The classes are taught by renowned professional image makers Jack Reznicki, Jim DiVitale and Amina Moreau. Reznicki and DiVitale are full-time professional photographers and members of Canon’s acclaimed Explorers of Light program, and Moreau is the co-founder of the Emmy® award-winning Stillmotion production company.

Each Saturday seminar covers still-imaging topics ranging from lens selection and composition, to understanding histograms and flash photography with Canon’s versatile Speedlite system. Throughout the seminar, video recording topics and techniques will be incorporated, simultaneously introducing DSLR video to traditional still-image shooters, and providing insights for EOS photographers who have already begun to include video in their imaging.

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May 29, 2014
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Rokinon 10mm T3.1 Cine Lens In Stock And Ready To Ship (B&H)

Rokinon 10mm T3.1 Cine Lens

B&H Photo has the brand new Rokinon 10mm T3.1 Cine Lens in stock and ready to ship for $579 (click here).

Specifications and product description after the break.

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May 29, 2014
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Canon Announces Another Patent Infringement Suit In Europe (France)

This follows a patent infringement suite filed in Germany.

Canon press release:

TOKYO, May 29, 2014—Canon today announced the filing of a patent infringement suit in France before the Paris First Instance Court against Zephyr SAS, whose trade name is Green Eco, and the Hong-Kong and Chinese companies that both use the name Aster Graphics Company Limited, for infringement of Canon’s European Patent (FR) number 2 087 407 by, inter alia, the importation, offer and sale of certain toner cartridges for use in various models of Hewlett-Packard laser beam printers. Canon is seeking injunctive relief and damages.

Throughout the development, sales and marketing process, Canon respects the intellectual property rights of other companies and individuals and expects others to do the same. Canon remains committed to taking legal action against anyone who does not respect Canon’s intellectual property rights.

May 28, 2014
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No More Canon EOS M In The USA?

Canon EOS M

Canon Rumors found out that the EOS M disappeared from Canon’s USA site, while the 18-55mm IS STM and the 22mm f/2 STM lenses are still listed.

The speculation goes that Canon may no longer sell their mirrorless system in the USA. That would be a pity, then this little camera is a wonderful piece of gear, despite all the harsh (and often unfounded) critics you may have heard. I have it in my bag all the time, also while travelling thru India in this very moment.

The EOS M coupled with the amazing EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens (which was never available in the US) is a lightweight kit that shots great pictures. I never had issues with the EOS M’s AF system, so don’t believe everything that has been said about the AF of the EOS M.

CR speculates that we could see an EF-based mirrorless camera somewhere in the future. I don’t think so.

[via CR]


May 27, 2014
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Take Your Canon And “Bring It” To The World – New Canon Marketing Campaign

Canon startet a new marketing campaign, “Bring It”. They also activated a dedicated site for the project.

Bring your Canon. Bring your lenses. Bring your talent. Bring everything you’ve got. Then share your photographs and Full HD video with #bringit and show the world. Come July, your creativity can be featured here and wherever we bring it next.

Canon press release:

Canon’s New Marketing Campaign Sparks A Culture Of Striving For More – More Creative Possibilities With Photos And Video When You “Bring It”

New Campaign Includes TV, Theater and Digital Advertising as Well as New Consumer-centric “Bring It” Microsite

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 27, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce a new marketing campaign, “Bring It,” designed to enlighten consumers to a new perspective of telling better stories with higher quality images and video. The campaign, scheduled to roll out this month, features Canon’s line of EOS digital SLR cameras and lenses with a rallying cry for everyone to bring their best images and videos to be shared on the Canon “Bring It” microsite.

With a history dating as far back as the 1930s, Canon brought high-quality photography to market. Then, the heritage brand was the first to bring Hollywood caliber HD video to its digital SLR cameras. Today, Canon builds on its legacy by bringing a movement designed to show the public the value a Canon camera can bring to capture outstanding images and videos. Consumers should not settle for good enough, when they can have great. The new ‘Bring It’ campaign asks the masses to bring their talent, bring everything they have to the art of creating inspiring still and video images.

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