September 4, 2014
Posted in News

Will RED Kill The Canon (and Nikon) Predominance?

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According to this fstoppers’ article RED’s next cameras might be the Canon (and Nikon) killer in the near future.

They start the article with…:

[…] After making a huge splashes in the motion-capture industry since 2005, Red has big plans to be the only camera system you use on set for both your motion AND still photography needs, and it’s closer to being a reality than you would think. Prepare to have your minds blown.

Imagine a still camera that can shoot 16.5 stops dynamic range at 19 megapixels. It’s also modular, which means it’s infinitely customizable via proprietary and third party accessories. It can also use lenses by Canon, Nikon, and an huge library of PL mount cinema lenses. In addition, it can also shoot up to 6K RAW video files at the frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 47.96, 48, 50, and 59.94. It would also have a similar form factor and size to popular digital medium format still camera systems. Sounds amazing right? When does it come out you say? It’s out NOW.

Fstoppers puts 2 basic questions:

  • Can a 5k video camera at 24fps produce an image equal to or better than [a] 22 megapixel still camera?
  • Will Video Kill The Photographer?

Curious? Head over to fstoppers and read the whole story. And if you like let me know what you think in the comments. My 2 cents: Nikon will die before Canon, if ever Canon should encounter such a inauspicious destiny ;-)

September 4, 2014
Posted in Deals

Hot Deal: Canon EOS 6D With 3 Years USA Warranty – $1,600

 $_12-8 Hot deal by Top Rated Plus seller getitdigital (99.4% positive ratings) on eBay: the Canon EOS 6D with 3 years USA warranty on sale for $1,599.99.

Free shipping in US and limited quantity.

September 4, 2014
Posted in News

Canon Announces New Firmware Upgrades For Cinema EOS Cameras And 4K Display

Cinema EOS Cameras

Canon press release:

Canon has announced details of firmware upgrades for its EOS C500 and EOS C300 Digital Cinema Cameras, DP-V3010 4K reference display and Cinema RAW Development (CRD) software. The firmware upgrades, scheduled for release as free downloads from Canon Europe in Q4 2014, have been designed to better integrate acquisition and management of 4K footage into every workflow situation.

When Canon first entered the digital cinema market, it did so with a firm commitment to fully support every aspect of filmmaking. The latest firmware upgrades provide more compelling reasons for filmmakers to enjoy the significant advantages offered by the Cinema EOS system.

SUPPORT FOR BT.2020 COLOUR SPACE

The EOS C500 will be able to, thanks to new firmware, deliver BT.2020-defined Ultra High Definition (UHD) video.

Since launch, Canon’s Cinema EOS Digital Cinema Cameras and lenses have earned widespread praise and the C500 and C500 PL, which capture 4K video in stunning detail, can now be enhanced even further with a new firmware upgrade offering support for BT.2020, the recently-defined colour space for Ultra High Definition (UHD) video, the next-generation broadcast standard.

Supporting end-to-end BT.2020 workflow, Canon’s DP-V3010 4K professional reference display will also be upgraded to support content shot in BT.2020. BT.2020 input signals will be mapped to the native colour space of the DP-V3010 for output, implementing the latest derivation of luminance and colour-difference signal specified by the International Telecommunications Union, to ensure that images are displayed with the widest possible colour gamut and the greatest possible accuracy.

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September 4, 2014
Posted in Tips

How To Use An Old Calculator As An Intervalometer (Super Easy Hack)

You can use an old Texas Instruments TI-83 or TI-84 calculator as an intervalometer using this very simple hack that was posted on Instructables. The hack is fun and easy but it has to be said that you’ll probably get a real intervalometer for less money.

What you need:

  • Texas Instruments TI-83 (eBay) or TI-84 (eBay) Graphing Calculator
  • 2.5 mm audio cable (eBay)
  • DSLR with a shutter release port – a Canon obviously :-) but it will work with other brands too

What you have to do:

  1. Turn on the calculator and press the PRGM button.
  2. Press the Right arrow 2 times to highlight the tab at the top titled “New”
  3. Press Enter and type in a name for the intervalometer program you are making
  4. Now, enter the following code:
    • : Prompt A
    • : While 1
    • : For (H,1,A,1)
    • : End
    • : Send(A)
    • : End

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Next, do this:

  1. Attach one end of the cable into the port of the calculator and the other end into the cable release port of your DSLR
  2. On the calculator, open the program you made and type in the number value of the time you want between each shot
  3. Start your time-lapse shooting session

Have fun! More information and details about the hack at Instructables.

[via DIY Photography | PetaPixel]

September 4, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Zeiss Teaser For Photokina 2014 (85mm f/1.4 Otus coming?) – UPDATE

85mm f/1.4 Otus

Update: PR just posted that they got the confirmation that one of the 2 lenses is the 85mm f/1.4 Otus (ZE, ZF.2 mounts). The other one is the Zeiss Distagon 35/1.4 ZM (Leica mount)

Zeiss is teasing the announcement of 2 new lenses for Photokina 2014.

In the image above you can see the 2 Loxia lenses that have already been announced, and 2 new lenses. One might be the rumoured 85mm f/1.4 Otus lens. A 24mm f/1.4 Otus is also possible. Maybe these are the 2 lenses Zeiss is going to announce.

[via PR]

September 4, 2014
Posted in News

Cosyspeed Announces 2 New Camslinger Bags For Photokina 2014

Cosyspeed

Cosyspeed announced new Camslinger bags for Photokina. The two new Camslinger bags for mirrorless cameras will be available from November for €99.99/$119 each. Cosyspeed is present at Photokina 2014 in Hall 4.1, Stand C026.

Press release after the break.

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