Latest Canon EOS M rumor. It could happen that Canon announces a new EOS M system camera during summer 2013, along with some new EF-M lenses. One of the lenses should be an 18-135mm zoom lens with compact size, the other a telephoto zoom lens (but no specs here).
The bad news: the rumor suggests that Canon considers the EOS M part of an entry level segment, hence there will be no new primes for the system.
Actually there is a very good EOS M deal going on on eBay. eBay seller bigvalueinc (>57000 ratings, 98.2% positive) has the Canon EOS M with the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake lens on sale for $399 (click here). Free shipping. All four color option are available.
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Great deal by eBay seller 6ave (99.5% positive ratings): The Canon EOS 6D with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens and the accessories you see in the image above is on sale for $2,399.99 (click here). Free shipping and limited stock.
It took me some time to get aware of this: The price for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III jumped up to $3499 for the body only and up to $4099 for the kit with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens. That’s at least $200 more than the previous official price. Is this related to the fact that the latest Magic Lantern hack transforms the 5D3 in a powerful video equipment? Just kidding…
Good time to check for deals on eBay, see the list below. However, the Canon Direct Store is selling Canon EOS 5D Mark III bodies for $2799 (click here). Too see all refurbished Canon DSLR on sale at the Canon store click here, to see all refurbished lenses on sale click here. The refurbished lenses have discounts up to 50%, as the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens which is sold for ridiculous $79.99 (click here).
Yesterday I reported about the latest hack for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs) by the skilled Magic Lantern team (the forum discussion is going on here). The Magic Lantern hack is definitely going to change a few things in the videographer world: an EOS 5D Mark III becomes the most advanced 14-bit RAW recording system people can get for around $3000 (less than EUR 3000). For those who still don’t know: the Magic Lantern hack makes 14 bit RAW video output at 24fps feasible on the EOS 5D Mark III. The performance is amazing when compared to the 8-bit H.264 footage output (without the hack). Given the success of yesterday’s post I would like to post a follow-up.
Next, for all of you who are concerned that installing the Magic Lantern hack could brick their DSLR, have a look at Joe Marine’s article at nofilmschool. Hint: It will not brick your sensor. Be confident. While it is true that the hack is in its early stage, and that there will be random crashes and failures, there is no risk to ruin the sensor of the 5D Mark III (this was a concern by some users). The sensor does not have to do more work when using the hack.
A new (Mac only) software for tethered shooting was released, Kuuvik Capture. The following Canon DSLRs are supported: Canon EOS 60D, 650D, 600D, 550D, 1100D, EOS-1D X, 1D Mark IV, 1Ds Mark III, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 6D, 7D. From their homepage:
Kuuvik Capture’s advanced live view assists composition and accurate focusing with a remarkable set of tools.
Taking live view quite a few steps further than what cameras currently have to offer, the software provides parametric sharpening coupled with adjustable focus peaking overlay in three different modes (with user selected color, optionally over a black and white image; and mask only). These all work in real time, applied directly to the camera’s live view stream.
Combined with support for driving lens focusing motors manually and precisely, taking tack sharp images that are focused to exactly where you want them could not be easier.
You can also apply preset or precisely adjustable guidelines and rotate the live view image in order to set up your desired composition with minimal efforts.
You can download (scroll down to the bottom of the product page) the software and try it for free for 30 days. Pricing is as follows:
Licenses for Canon EOS 60D, 650D, 600D, 550D, 1100D: $79.99introductory price + VAT where applicable
Licenses for Canon EOS-1D X, 1D Mark IV, 1Ds Mark III, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 6D, 7D: $99.99introductory price + VAT where applicable
Apple Mac or MacBook computer with a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or better processor.
2 GB RAM (4 GB is highly recommended).
100 MB free disk space for the application, and gigabytes for your photos.
Calibrated monitor with minimum 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.
Time for a round-up of reviews about the Canon EOS C100. The Canon C100 is on sale with a $1000 discount at both Adorama and B&H. The body only option is yours for $5499 (B&H | Adorama), the kit with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens is sold for $6,099 (B&H | Adorama). Btw, if you are looking for a raincover for your precious C100, Petrol Bags has one (source: cinescopophilia):
The C100 Rain Cover’s transparent polyurethane construction provides for maximum visibility, while remaining serviceable down to -4 degrees Fahrenheit/-20 degrees Celsius. A cleaver front cover section featuring a microphone sleeve of rip-stop fabric attaches to the Rain Cover via two waterproof zippers for extra weather protection. A hot shoe connector in the cover’s rigid front hood section anchors and stabilizes the rain cover on the camera. The PR400 also includes a 6” ABS track that allows for the addition of a mini light.
Before you dive into the videos, have a look why Cinematographer Ryan E. Walters prefers the EOS C100. There are 7 reasons for this: (source: nofilmschool)
It Is The Craftsperson, Not The Tool, That Matters
I’m Not A Rental House
Some Tools Are Easier To Use Than Others
I’m Not Interested In Hype, I’m Interested In Reality
Protecting Vision Is Important
Dynamic Range In Over Exposure Latitude Is Important
Low Light Performance Is Important
First of all, learn what you need to know about the EOS C100 in the video below, made by Filmtools:
Or the next video, which gives you a good introduction to the C100, C300, C500, and the 5D Mark III (price & specs).
We had a chance to use 2 Canon C100s to mix with our C300 to shoot an all EOS Cinema wedding. We put the C100 through the paces and compare it to our current wedding workhorse the Canon 5DMKIII.
This is not a scientific test but a test to see how the feel, look and weight of the cameras compares to the 5D and C300. Both of which we already own.
Tech info -
5D profile setting was on Neutral – Contrast and sharpness all the way down. I always use this profile to get a nice flat image and the best DR. I DON’Tuse cinestyle because I find in post I get much too much noise in the image.
C100 was set to CLOG, I also had NR set to 3. Sharpness all the to -10
Next, we have a video by Italian filmmaker Aldo Ricci. Some info about the used equipment: