A Bit of Everything

Come and See. Climb to the very top of the world’s tallest hotel, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai with Vadim Makhorov & Vitaliy Raskalov of ontheroofs.com. Armed with the Canon EOS 60D & EOS 5D Mark II, these City Climbers capture amazing footage and stills (Canon Europe)

A round-up of various news…

Interviews with upcoming Canon photographers:


  • A Photographer’s Review of the Canon 11-24mm f/4L – PetaPixel
  • Canon EF 11-24mm F/4 vs. Nikon 14-24mm F/2.8 – LensRentals
  • “Photography is all about great glass”: inside the EF100-400mm – CPN Article
  • Complete Renewal of Mirrorless Model for Pro-level Users (EOS M3) – Canon Asia article
  • Ikelite Announces Housing for Canon T6i – Dive Photo Guide
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Sample Image Gallery – Amateur Photographer
  • New and Improved? Let’s compare the Canon EOS C100 Mark II vs … – Planet 5D Blog
  • Canon designs recognized with iF Design Awards for 21st consecutive year, Océ PlotWave 500 wins top honors – Canon press release
  • FOCUS ON: EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II – Canon Digital Learning Center article
  • Hands on with the Canon 100-400 IS Mark II – Living Wilderness Blog
  • Canon Powershot SX710 HS Review – ephotozine
  • Opinion: Does the arrival of the EOS M3 mean Canon is finally taking mirrorless seriously? – DPReview
  • Canon to buy video surveillance leader Axis for $2.8 billion – MSN
  • Canon PowerShot N Transformed Into a Waist-Level Rolleiflex-style Camera – PetaPixel
  • Canon 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 STM lens review: a nice, budget alternative to popular L-series version – Imaging Resource


  • Sigma 24mm f/2.8 DN Art Lens on the Way? – Sigma Rumors
  • Making ‘Art’: We go inside Sigma’s lens factory – DPReview
  • Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A review – Amateur Photographer
  • First Impressions: Sigma 24mm f1.4 Art (Canon EF Mount) – The Phoblographer
  • Kazuto Yamaki: “The Biggest Request is for a 24-70mm F2.8″ – Sigma Rumors

Various stuff

  • Turn your DSLR Camera into a Wildlife Camera Trap – Digital Photography School
  • What I learned being stuck at home: self portraits – part 1 (using an EOS 70D) – ILoveHatePhotography
  • Prediction: The Age of the Standalone Still Camera is Coming to an End for all but PROS – Vincent Laforet

The never-ending crop debate, news by Tony Northrup

Adobe Lightroom 6 Announcement expected for March 25 (another leak online)

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According to tlconline.com.au (spotted by Fuji Rumors), Lightroom 6 will be released on March 25th for $204.60 Australian Dollar. Previously, the following specs leaked:

Product Overview

Master your digital photography workflow: Ranking, optimization and sharing – Lightroom together in one fast, intuitive application all tools dedicated to digital photography.

Bring out the best of each photo: Test your ideas freely with non-destructive tools – your original pictures remain intact. Lightroom lets you optimize every pixel of your photos, they were taken with a professional digital SLR camera or mobile phone.

Key features of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6

Environment nondestructive: Unleash your creativity in a nondestructive editing environment that allows you to test your ideas freely. The originals remain intact and you can easily cancel your edits or save multiple versions of a cliché.

Advanced conversion feature black and white: Monitor closely the tonal qualities so essential to the black and white photos. Combine precisely the information of eight color layers in the grayscale conversion.

Development predefined settings: Save time by instantly applying the desired effect to your images. Just save develop settings as a preset and apply them to other photos in a click. If Lightroom includes dozens of presets, thousands more are offered by third parties.

Face Recognition: Quickly find pictures of loved ones, even without metadata tags. You select a face on the photo, Lightroom and search the person it belongs to all of your other shots. Sort and group your photos by faces.

Sophisticated Healing Brush: Get best pictures with one touch. Set the brush size and move it according to specific plots. Unwanted items and other imperfections, including irregular shapes son type, magically disappear.

Upright (Vertically): Straighten skewed images with a single click. The Upright tool (Vertically) analyzes the image and detects horizontal or vertical lines inclined. It can even recover images without horizon.

Merge to HDR: Create realistic or surreal images from high-contrast scenes. By merging HDR, you can easily combine photos with different exposures into a single HDR image.

Fusion panoramas: Import and refine your photos in record time. Lightroom leverages compatible graphics process to get you better performance, especially when you edit your images in the Develop module.

Sophisticated video slideshows: Create stunning slideshows combining still images, movies and music, and supplement them with pan and zoom effects, for example.

Optimized web galleries: Present your work in the most elegant web galleries, more attractive and interactive. The new models of HTML5 compatible galleries are supported by many browsers and mobile devices work stations.

Integration of online sharing: Easily publish images on social networks and sites for such as Facebook and Flickr. On some sites, you can even view the online comments on your images directly from Lightroom Library.

Creating photo books: Create beautiful photo books. Lightroom includes a large number of user-friendly catalog templates that you can now customize. Load them then printing a few clicks.

Deal Alert: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art – $850 (compare to $950)

sigma 50mm Authorised Sigma dealer CameraLand on eBay (99.8% positive ratings) has the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens on sale for $849.99. Free shipping in the US, limited stock. Compare to $949 on AmazonNote: this is not a grey import item. Camera Land says:

As one of the largest Sigma dealers in the USA we are happy to offer this great lens at a super price. It comes with the USA Warranty.

We had an in store demo and these were shown and put back in the box. Because of this we won’t sell them as new never opened

More Canon deals on eBay.

(CW4) Canon set to release a Panasonic GH4 Competitor (EOS-1D X Mark II with 4k)?

Panasonix Lumix GH4

In the interview with Canon’s Mr. Masaya Maeda I featured yesterday, everyone but EOSHD overlooked a statement that could point to a soon-to-come announcement for a Canon 4k-enabled camera with interchangeable lenses. A camera to compete with the Sony a7S and Panasonic GH4.

First the answer we are talking about. When asked “How are you addressing the demand for compact, 4K-capable cameras like Sony’s a7S and Panasonic’s GH4?“, Mr. Maeda said:

Naturally I can’t give you details of our future plans but we are fully aware that such requirements exist in the market. We’re currently in the process of investigating, mainly to satisfy the needs of news media, and we have every intention of addressing this need in future products.

4k is rumoured to be on a new Canon DSLR since some time. Having every intention to address the needs of those in the news media business could mean two things: i) Canon is working hard and will deliver something that addresses the needs some time in the future, or ii) Canon has something under the wrap that will address these needs and is ready to announce it to the world.

EOSHD says that Mr. Maeda’s statement almost certainly means the 1D X Mark II will have 4K. A replacement for the EOS-1D X is indeed expected during 2015. EOSHD points to a new EOS-1D X since Mr. Maeda refers to the needs of news media, and the EOS-1D X definitely is the DSLR for news media. CanonRumors suggests a Canon 4k camera announcement for NAB 2015. However, since Mr. Maeda said Canon is in the process of investigating these needs, it is also possible that there will not be any 4k-related announcement by Canon any time soon.

What do you think? If you want, let me know in the comment section. If you never heard of the incredibly popular Panasonic GH4, these are the core specs (from B&H’s product page):

  • 16.05 MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
  • DCI 4K 4096×2160 at 24p
  • UHD 4K 3840×2160 at 30p/24p
  • Full HD up to 60p
  • 3.0″ 1,036k-Dot OLED Touchscreen Monitor
  • 2,359K-Dot OLED Live View Finder
  • Support for 59.94p, 23.98p, 50p, & 24p
  • 4:2:2 8-Bit or 10-Bit HDMI Output
  • High-Speed 49-Point Autofocus
  • Magnesium Alloy, Weather-Sealed Body

For Sony a7S specs click here.

About our rumor rating:

  • CW1 – probably fake rumor, not reliable
  • CW2 – rumor from an unknown/new source, but otherwise at least a plausible rumor
  • CW3 – a 50% chance to be real, coming from a known source, or from new source with good insight in Canon’s business
  • CW4 – rumor from a known source that was right in the past, high probability to be true
  • CW5 – as good as certain to be true