September 21, 2013
Posted in News

Five Consumer Directors Premiere Their Short Films at Project Imaginat10n Film Festival

Canon USA press release:

Canon U.S.A., Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard Discover Five Consumer Directors to Premiere Their Short Films at the Project Imaginat10n Film Festival

10 Films Inspired By User Submitted Photographs Will be Packaged by Canon as “A Ron Howard Presentation” – The Winning Consumer Directors and Five Celebrity Directors: Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, James Murphy, Georgina Chapman and Biz Stone

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 19, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard, and Bryce Dallas Howard, one of Hollywood’s most versatile actresses and director of the 2011 short film “when you find me,” have announced the five winning consumer directors of the “Project Imaginat10n” film contest, which gave filmmakers of all skill levels an opportunity to showcase their creativity and storytelling abilities. Five celebrity directors also took part in the same creative exercise: Eva Longoria (film and TV actress), Jamie Foxx (Academy Award® winner), Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter), Georgina Chapman (designer and co-founder of Marchesa) and James Murphy (founder of LCD SOUNDSYSTEM).

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September 20, 2013
Posted in Rumors

No More Canon Gear in 2013?

After some rumors suggesting that there will be at least a new Canon EOS M camera this year, and another rumor that made us hope there would be an announcement for something this week, now it appears that Canon could not announce anything new in 2013. So no new EOS M, no new EF lenses, and no EOS 7D Mark II (we already knew that the 7D2 would most probably be announced next year).

September 20, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon EOS 70D Auto-Focus Test and Comparison with Sony A77


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The folks at DxOMark published a test of the Canon EOS 70D‘s auto-focus and compared it to the Sony A77‘s AF. While being interesting the comparison with the A77 was done using different lenses, the excellent EF 40mm f/2.8 STM for the Canon and the DT 16-50mm f/2.8 OSS SSM for the Sony. In the conclusion they write:

The Canon EOS 70D is an attractive proposition for both stills photographers and video users. The new Dual Pixel CMOS AF cleverly solves the problem of the redundant viewfinder based phase detection AF system when recording video and neatly avoids the patented trans-missive mirror solution adopted by Sony.

As well as retaining an optical viewfinder, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor with its total of 40 million pixels used for image capture shows a small but palpable increase in lowlight performance and higher levels of sharpness than previous APS-C cameras from the firm.


For video enthusiasts, this camera is one of the best choices available on the market currently and at least is a viable option to the entirely likeable and very capable Sony SLT models


September 20, 2013
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III – $2995

Top rated plus eBay seller getitdigital (>44500 ratings, 99.4% positive) has a pretty good deal: the Canon EOS 5D Mark III for $2,994.99 (click here). Free shipping, USA model.

September 19, 2013
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Canon EOS 70D vs EOS 7D vs EOS 5D Mark III Comparison (video)

Exhaustive Canon EOS 70D vs EOS 7D vs EOS 5D Mark III comparison by Tony Northrup. Interesting because as far as I can judge from personal experience the EOS 70D (which I am playing around since a few weeks) is the new Canon APS-C flagship and for the time being there is no reason to get an EOS 7D instead.

Table of contents:

* Frames per second: 1:33
* Buffer and memory cards: 2:46
* Focusing: 9:07
* Image quality: 11:28
* Video: 22:43
* Other opinions: 30:44
* Odds & Ends: 35:00
* Winners & Losers: 36:15

September 18, 2013
Posted in Rumors

More Sign of an Upcoming New Canon EOS M Camera

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Here at Canon Watch and on other dedicated sites we got emails confirming the upcoming announcement of new Canon EOS M cameras. As previously reported, there will be two new bodies, one entry level and another one more feature-rich or pro-oriented. A few days ago rumors surfaced suggesting that Canon could announce at least one new EOS M body (the entry level) by the end of this week, though as far as wednesday I did not get any serious confirmation for that.

What we know: One of the two new EOS M bodies will feature the same outstanding 20MP sensor of the Canon EOS 70D. But that’s all. Other report that Canon will also announce an EF-M 55-250mm IS lens when they will announce the first body. I did not get any rumor about that but such a lens makes sense and would fit well in the EF-M lens lineup.

The still excellent EOS M is available at heavily discounted prices. Look out for bargains at the following links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay