February 24, 2014
Posted in News

Canon Announces New Firmware for Cinema Cameras and Camcorders (and C300 gets Dual Pixel AF)

Firmware for Cinema Cameras

Canon EOS C300

Canon press release:

Canon Announces New Firmware Updates for Cinema Cameras and Camcorders Along with Optional Cinema EOS C300 Camera Dual Pixel AF Upgrade

Announcements Include a New Canon RC-V100 Remote Control and Firmware Updates for Peripheral Illumination Correction Support and Continuous Recording for EOS C100 Video Camera

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 24, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced a variety of performance updates for cameras in its Cinema EOS and XF professional camcorder line. Announced today is a new optional feature upgrade for the EOS C300 Cinema camera which will support Canon’s innovative Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus (AF) technology and enable continuous autofocusing with the entire line of Canon EF lenses and optimized for Canon’s stepping motor (STM) line of lenses when used with the EOS C300 camera. This optional feature upgrade is expected to be available in May 2014 for a cost of $500.00 and will require the EOS C300 camera body to be shipped to an authorized Canon service center for installation.

In addition to the optional feature upgrade for the EOS C300 camera, Canon has also announced the new RC-V100 remote control for Cinema EOS cameras and the XF Series professional HD camcorders; a firmware update that allows for Peripheral Illumination Correction when using the Canon CN-E35mm T1.5 L F Cinema prime lens or the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens with the EOS C500, EOS C300, or EOS C100 cameras and a Continuous Recording function for the EOS C100 Digital Video Camera to help ensure capture of crucial shots in unpredictable situations, such as wedding/event videography, documentary, news, or wildlife production.

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February 24, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Canon Lets Go Off The Low-Priced Compact Camera Market

Canon Announcement

According to the Nikkan Kogyo (translated), Canon is considering to abandon the production of low-priced compact cameras, i.e. cameras below $200.

An understandable move, since camera manufacturers are getting increasingly pressure from smartphones. If you consider how good an iPhone is in taking pictures, and that most high-end smartphones feature sensors that get always better, not to mention that these smartphones get equipped with good lenses, then it makes sense.

The occasional shooter is better served with a smartphone that does everything good enough, than carrying around a mobile and a small compact camera. People who is more serious about photography will in any case get a better camera, which most of the time is a DSLR or a good mirrorless camera.

[via slashgear]


February 23, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon Rebel T3i w/ 18-55mm IS II – $420


Top Rated Plus seller 6ave (99.3% positive ratings) on eBay has the Canon Rebel T3i with the 18-55mm IS II lens on sale for $419.99.

Free shipping in the US.

February 23, 2014
Posted in Deals

Save Big On Canon DSLR and Lens Bundled (B&H Photo)

B&H Photo has selected Canon EOS DSLR and lens bundles on sale, savings go up to $400. The program expires 3/1/14.

They have also other deals that are still live. B&H Photo has a bunch of Canon Rebel T5i (EOS 700D) kits on sale. Savings go up to $150, all items ship free in the US and get 2% rewards.

They also have the excellent EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens (with a $151 savings) on sale for $1548, again free shipping and 2% rewards.

February 23, 2014
Posted in Tips

How To Set White Balance To Photograph Snow (Canon DLC)

How To Set White Balance

Canon EOS 70D & EF-S 18-135mm IS STM – (ISO 200, 1/1000, f/8, shot at 18mm at a hiking trip in the Alps)

The Canon Digital Learning Center posted an article with useful tips on how to set white balance to photograph snow.

An excerpt:

If you’ve ever looked at one of your winter images and thought that things look a little blue, then you’ve discovered one of the challenges of photographing snow: getting the right white balance or color temperature. White balance is a fundamental camera setting that adjusts color rendition to give a neutral appearance, without any obvious overall color tints or shifts. Cameras come with several White Balance presets (Daylight, Tungsten, Flash, etc.), but difficulties can arise when there are mixed light sources all adding their own color cast. In fact, it doesn’t even need to be a direct source either because all reflected light will have a color cast that’s dependent on the color of the object the light just bounced off of. If there are objects in your image (quite likely!) then you’ve got multiple color casts, in some way.

[via CDLC]

February 22, 2014
Posted in News

Adobe Camera RAW 8.4 Release Candidate Available For Download

 Camera RAW 8.4

Adobe posted the release candidate for Camera RAW 8.4 to the public, download it here.

The new version supports the following Canon gear, or lenses for Canon mount:

  • Canon EOS 1200D (REBEL T5, KISS X70)
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
  • SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM
  • Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZE
February 21, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon Rebel T5i Bundles On Sale At B&H Photo (and other bargains)

B&H Photo has a bunch of Canon Rebel T5i (EOS 700D) kits on sale. Savings go up to $150, all items ship free in the US and get 2% rewards.

They also have the excellent EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens (with a $151 savings) on sale for $1548, again free shipping and 2% rewards.

B&H Photo also has a set of Canon DSLR & lens bundles that come at a discounted price, check them out here.