Here is why the pros ditch (or avoid) Sony gear

In the 16 minutes video above, photographer Matt Granger explains why he decided to ditch Sony and to switch back to Nikon. It’s not about the quality of the gear, it is about the lack of quality when it comes to service and assistance – two factors that are critical to pros. And at least Sony’s service in Australia isn’t what a pro might expect.

It all comes down to SERVICE. For many types of my work the gear itself is suitable for me – The sensors are quality. The images and video are outstanding. For other work I have never used them (rough conditions, tricky focus). But with service like this – I just can’t use them at all.

As I said, this is my personal experience in Australia and is based on MY needs. The details of all the ‘pro support’ programs shown are the Australian offerings.

Stick with Canon if you want to avoid nasty experiences 😉 Canon’s CPS (Canon Professional Services) will not let you in the rain. See also my article about the Sony a7RII.

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New firmware for Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM makes Auto-Focus up to 50% faster

New Firmware For Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Makes Auto-Focus Up To 50% Faster

Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM (Amazon, B&H Photo, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay, Henry Canada, Newegg Canada, Alibaba) at a glance:

  • Canon EF Lens/Full Frame
  • Aperture Range: f/5-6.3 to 22
  • Two FLD and Three SLD Elements
  • Hyper Sonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Stabilizer with Accelerometer
  • Zoom Lock & Manual Override Switches
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 102.4″
  • Splash and Dust Proof Mount
  • Lens Hood & Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Sigma released a new firmware for their Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens (both Sports and Contemporary versions). Sigma claims the new firmware makes AF on the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM up to 50% faster. The firmware can be downloaded here.

Sigma press release (via DPReview):

SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports / Contemporary
Firmware update for Canon and Nikon mount

We would like to announce the availability of a new firmware update for the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports in Canon and Nikon mount, and the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary in Canon and Nikon mount. This firmware update can be installed using SIGMA Optimization Pro, the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK.

Benefit of this firmware update
The latest firmware update improves the AF algorithm of 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM lenses and further enhances AF speed by optimizing HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) drive control. Depending on shooting conditions, it is expected to increase autofocus speed by approximately 20%, to a maximum of 50%, during normal shooting as well as when using “Speed Priority” set through SIGMA Optimization Pro.

For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable products listed below, please update the firmware using SIGMA Optimization Pro. Please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro is updated to Version 1.2 before updating the lens firmware.

For customers who do not own a SIGMA USB DOCK, please contact Sigma Imaging (UK) Ltd for details about updating the firmware free of charge.

SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
http://www.sigma-global.com/download/en

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II user manual available for download

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II User Manual Available For Download

If you want a closer look at the features of Canon’s new full-frame flagship, the EOS-1D X Mark II, then it might be a good idea to get the user manual. The EOS-1D X Mark II user manual can be downloaded from Canon Europe. Thanks for the tip!

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: Amazon, B&H Photo, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay, Henry Canada, Newegg Canada, Alibaba

Canon EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS “Actuator Nano USM” technology explained (video)

Canon EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS “Actuator Nano USM” Technology Explained (video)

Canon’s new EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM lens features a new AF motor technology, named Actuator Nano USM. The neat video below by Canon Imaging Plaza gives a 1 minute overview on this new tech. The previous version of this lens, the EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM, featured Canon’s STM technology.

The EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM is also made to work with Canon’s Power Zoom adapter (shown below).

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Canon EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM with Power Zoom adapter

Canon EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM: Amazon, B&H Photo, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay, Henry Canada, Newegg Canada, Alibaba

The video below shows how the EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM works together with the Power Adater.

Canon EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM overview after the break.

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Canon’s Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics technology explained (video)

Interesting short clip by Canon Imaging Plaza on YouTube about how Canon’s new Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics (BR) technology works. Pretty interesting.

The Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics (BR) lens is a compound lens that uses Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) optics. BR optics are made from an organic optical material developed by Canon, and have anomalous dispersion properties equal to or greater than fluorite. When combined with concave and convex lenses, they can correct chromatic aberration to a degree greater than previously achievable.

BR technology is featured on Canon’s new, and highly regarded, EF 35mm f/1.4L II lens. More insights and information about Canon Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics at Canon Asia.

EF 35mm f/1.4L II

Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6) officially announced

Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6) Officially Announced

Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6) at a glance:

  • 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and high-performance DIGIC 4+ Image Processor for excellent speed and quality.
  • ISO 100–6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for shooting from bright light to low light.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®* and NFC** connectivity provide easy sharing to compatible smart devices, select social media sitesand the Canon Connect Station CS100 device.
  • 9-point AF system (including one center cross-type AF point) and AI Servo AF provide impressive autofocus performance with accurate results.
  • High-performance Optical Viewfinder helps facilitate quick and accurate focusing by firmly framing and capturing the subject at hand.
  • Large, 3.0-inch LCD monitor with 920,000 dots shows fine details and provides easy viewing.
  • Scene Intelligent Auto mode simplifies settings for users without extensive photography experience.
  • Feature Guide offers short descriptions of shooting modes, settings and effects for easy operation.
  • EOS Full HD Movie mode for easy-to-use video capture.
  • Continuous shooting up to 3.0 fps to capture action shots.
  • Creative options made easy with imaging features like Basic+ and Creative Auto.
  • Creative Filters including Toy Camera, Fisheye and Miniature Effect help you capture everything with a new perspective.
  • Auto White Balance provides “white priority,” adjusting for the warmer tones under tungsten lighting.
  • Compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses.* Compatible with iOS® and Android™smartphone and tablets

Now it’s official. The replacement for the Canon EOS 1200D, the EOS 1300D (Rebel T6) is here. The EOS 1300D is available from early April with the following RRPs:

  • EOS 1300D body only – £289.99/€ 399.99
  • EOS 1300D + EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DCIII kit – £329.99/€459.99
  • EOS 1300D + EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II kit – £369.99/ €519.99

Pre-orders are possible allover the globe: Amazon, B&H Photo, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay, Henry Canada, Newegg Canada, Alibaba, for the USA we recommend: Adorama | B&H Photo

Canon UK press release:

Distinctive photography, shared in an instant: the EOS 1300D

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 10 March 2016 – Canon today unveils a new entry-level EOS DSLR – the EOS 1300D. An ideal introduction to DSLR photography, the EOS 1300D includes Wi-Fi and Dynamic NFC to make sharing simpler than ever, alongside a range of improved features to help you take impressive, creative photos and movies. With an 18 megapixel sensor and responsive handling, the EOS 1300D is the perfect camera for capturing images with a distinct look and feel that are immediately shareable.

Capture quality in every shot

For photographs that stand out from the crowd, the EOS 1300D includes Canon’s DIGIC 4+ processor and a large APS-C sized, 18 megapixel sensor, letting you capture intricate detail and the diversity of colour in every scene. If you want to shoot scenes where people and items pop from blurred background, the EOS 1300D’s shallow depth of field capabilities deliver just that. From close up nature shots, portraits and full cityscapes, the camera helps you create original photographs you’ll want to share, wherever you find yourself. With more than 80 EF lenses and a range of other accessories to choose from, the EOS 1300D is a versatile DSLR that delivers the results you want today and flexibility for the future.

Rebel T6

Learn, grow and take control

DSLR photography can be daunting for beginners, but with the EOS 1300D even first timers can take stunning quality photos straight out of the box. Scene Intelligent Mode puts the camera in full control and chooses the right setting for you – or with a twist of the mode dial you can opt for a shooting mode designed for specific subjects, such as the new Food mode. Responsive Auto Focus through the viewfinder ensures even moving subjects remain in focus, helping you shoot action scenes at three frames per second. For fun, unique creations you can also apply a series of Creative filters, such as Toy camera and Fish-eye.

EOS 1300d

As your photography skills progress you can take advantage of semi-automatic or full manual control modes. With the ability to choose your own creative settings, from aperture, shutter speed and ISO between 100 and 6,400 – which is expandable to ISO 12,800, the camera gives you the freedom to learn and shoot your favourite moments even as the light fades.

For professional-looking footage, you can capture every detail in Full HD quality, thanks to the large sensor, and shoot with a shallow depth of field to add a cinematic flare to your home and holiday movies. The camera offers the same manual control in movie mode as in stills. Using Video Snapshot mode you can also record a series of short clips, which can be automatically joined together in a slick video sequence that shows a summary of your day.

Share, store and rediscover

The EOS 1300D includes NFC and a host of new Wi-Fi connectivity features to help you store and share your photos on the go. Using NFC you can simply tap to connect to compatible Android smart devices and transfer your photos, or shoot remotely using Canon’s Camera Connect App. Ensuring all of your precious memories are stored safely is a must – with built-in Wi-Fi you can upload directly from your camera¹ to a range of cloud services, including irista from Canon, and create online galleries ready for sharing with loved ones. You can also connect the EOS 1300D to a Canon Connect Station CS100 for simple photo storage and sharing options.

EOS 1300D key features:

  • Take distinctive photos that set you apart
  • Easily connect and share your images with the world
  • Explore your creativity in photos and movies
  • Capture stunning detail with confidence
  • Start you photographic journey with Canon
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