Reminder: Take Part in our Readers Photo Contest and Show Us What you can do with a Canon

 Readers Photo Contest
Last week’s most liked pic: Mike Darter –  large male polar bear rests before heading out onto the icy Hudson Bay for hunting season. (Manitoba, Canada)


How it works:

1) Submit your picture with a short description on Canon Watch’s Facebook page
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers on the Photo Stream
3) A selection of the most liked pictures will be posted every Sunday here on Canon Watch


NOTE: if you posted your photo late in the week it will be evaluated next week. Nothing gets lost :-). Show us what you can do with a Canon camera!

Next Large Sensor Canon Powershot Camera Coming for CES 2015?

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That’s what Canon Rumors suggests in their latest post.

We’re told that the previously mentioned large sensor PowerShot camera to complete the lineup of higher end compact cameras will be announced at CES 2015 in Las Vegas.

No pricing nor specs so far.

CW’s take: the rumor is plausible, if not plain logic. We know Canon is working on a third large sensor Powershot camera after the Powersot G1 X Mark II and the Powershot G7 X. There were a lot of signs pointing in this direction, not last the inadvertend leak on Canon Netherland’s site and an development announcement on Canon Hong Kong’s page. So, yes it’s coming and CES may be the right stage for the announcement.

Stay tuned…

Below: the Canon Netherlnd’s video where they leak the next large sensor Powershot camera (thanks Rob C)

2015 World Press Photo Contests are now Open for Participants to Enter their Work

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Canon press release:

The 2015 World Press Photo Contests are now open for participants to enter their work. The annual contest is the world’s largest for professional press photographers and photojournalists and this year features important new changes.

Now in its 58th year, the 2015 World Press Photo contests feature a new category for long-term projects and new entry requirements that reflect recent research on the procedure for assessing the post-processing of files. See here for a detailed overview.

2015 WORLD PRESS PHOTO CONTEST

To enter the 2015 Photo contest, entries may only be submitted online via the World Press Photo entry website here. A username and password are required to enter and can be requested from today onwards until 8 January 2015, 23.59 CET. The final deadline for submissions is 14 January 2015, 23.59 CET.

Among the several new features of the 2015 Photo Contest, there is the launch of a new category called ‘Long-Term Projects’, as well as the requirement to provide files as recorded by the camera for all images that proceed to the final stages of the contest.

Read more

Canon EOS 7D Mark II is a Game Changing Camera for Low Light & Long Exposure Photography

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This is a very geek review/sensor analysis of the EOS 7D Mark II by Roger Clark of ClarkVision. He measured various figures of sensor noise, with an eye on long exposure settings and astrophotography. Well, it seems the 7D Mark II found another spot where it is a game changer.

The EOS 7D Mark II is a “stellar performer in low light situations, especially in the lowest light situations commonly found in astrophotography“. In the conclusion R. Clark writes:

The approximately 10x lower thermal dark current is a game changing factor, making this camera the top Canon camera for long exposure low light photography that I have tested. The superb autofocus system, comparable to Canon 1D series pro cameras with 65 autofocus points is another game changing innovation, as the camera is at a price point that is affordable to more people.

Thermal dark current influences noise because of electrons that collect in the sensor due to thermal processes, a phenomenon that occurs during long exposures. According to Clark’s measures, the 7D Mark II is the top performer when it comes to low thermal dark current. 10% lower than other Canon cameras. The EOS 6D is the next best low light camera in the Canon line-up.

Clark’s detailed examination of the 7D Mark II’s sensor properties is very technical and may not be anyone’s favourite read but it is definitely an insight into sensor analytics beyond DxOMark. Charts and test shots are provided.

The EOS 7D Mark II is on the way to become the industry leading APS-C DSLR. The AF-system of the EOS-1D X10fps, and amazing high ISO. Read more about the EOS 7D Mark II’s excellent weather sealing, the highly advanced AF, and the industry leading high ISO performance (have a look here too). All our coverage on the EOS 7D Mark II can be seen here.

[ClarkVision via Canon Rumors]

Canon EOS 7D Mark II price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBayEOS 7D Mark II

Cyber Monday Canon Deals Round-Up (6D, 5D3, S110, and more, continuously updated)

Cyber Monday Canon Deals

Here are the hottest and latest Cyber Monday Canon deals. Come back as I will update the post with new deals when they go online.

You may start with Amazon’s Cyber Monday page and Cyber Monday camera page, then there are Adorama’s Cyber Monday page, B&H Photo’s Cyber Monday page, not to forget the Canon Direct Store’s Cyber Monday deals. Have also a look at my Black Friday deals post, since many deals are still live!

  • Canon PowerShot SX170 IS Digital Camera, Red, with New Leaf PLUS – 1 Year Digital Camera Service Plan with Accidental Damage Coverage (for Drops & Spills) on sale for $99 (compare to $149 on Amazon).
  • Canon PIXMA MG7120 Wireless Color All-in-One Inkjet Printer (White) on sale for $59.99 at B&H Photo.
  • Canon Rebel T5 with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II and EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III lenses, PIXMA Pro-100 photo printer, 50 sheets photo paper, Lexar 32GB memory card, camera bag, New Leaf PLUS – 1 Year Digital Camera Service Plan with Accidental Damage Coverage (for Drops & Spills) – on sale for just $349 after $300 mail-in rebate (Adorama)
  • Canon Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and  EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III lenses, PIXMA Pro-100 photo printer, 50 sheets photo paper, Lexar 32GB memory card, camera bag, New Leaf PLUS – 1 Year Digital Camera Service Plan with Accidental Damage Coverage (for Drops & Spills) – on sale for just $599 after $350 mail-in rebate (Adorama)
  • Canon PowerShot SX520 Holiday Bundle + $10 Amazon.com Gift Card on sale at Amazon for $249
  • The Canon Direct Store still has discounts on refurbished gear, but items are going out of stockCanon DSLRsPowershot cameras, and lenses, as well as Canon’s special deals page
  • Canon EOS 6D with EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS lens on sale for $1,799.99 by eBay seller 6ave (99.2% positive ratings)
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS lens on sale for $1,799.99 by eBay seller 6ave (99.2% positive ratings)
  • Amazon Gold Box deal: Canon Powershot S110 on sale for $149 (compare to $299, ends tomorrow)

Adorama has EOS 6D and 5D Mark III kits on sale. All kits come bundled with the PIXMA PRO-10 photo printer (not the usual PIXMA PRO-100!), Canon SG-201 photo paper, New Leaf PLUS – 1 Year Digital Camera Service Plan with Accidental Damage Coverage (for Drops & Spills), FXHOME Ltd Photokey 6 Lite: Creative Green Screen Photography Software for Windows & Mac.

  • Canon EOS 6D with bundle described above – on sale for $1,249 at Adorama after $350 mail-in rebate (instructions) for the printer/paper/camera bundle – $300 camera rebate (in cart price $1,899)
  • Canon EOS 6D with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens and the bundle described above  – on sale for $1849 after $350 mail-in rebate (instructions) for the printer/paper/camera bundle – $300 camera rebate (in cart price $2,499)

Adorama also has EOS 5D Mark III kits bundled with Canon PIXMA PRO-10 photo printer, Canon SG-201 Photo Paper, New Leaf PLUS – 1 Year Digital Camera Service Plan with Accidental Damage Coverage (for Drops & Spills), FXHOME Ltd Photokey 6 Lite: Creative Green Screen Photography Software for Windows & Mac, Slinger Bag, Lexar 32GB memory card.

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III with the bundle described above – on sale for $2,749 after $300 mail-in rebate on the camera plus a $350 rebate for the printer+Paper+Camera bundle (MIR instructions)
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens and the bundle described above – on sale for $3,349 after $300 mail-in rebate on the camera plus a $350 rebate for the printer+Paper+Camera bundle (MIR instructions)
  • Canon EOS-5D Mark III with EF 24-70mm f/4L IS Lens and the bundle described above – on sale for $3,499 after $300 mail-in rebate on the camera plus a $350 rebate for the printer+Paper+Camera bundle (MIR instructions)

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II in Stock at Best Buy (only store pickup, no shipping – update)

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Update: think I got it wrong. Does not appear Best Buy has the lens in stock at the stores. Sorry!

Canon’s new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II lens is in stock at Best Buy for $2,199.99. But there is a caveat: it’s only store pickup, no shipping or delivering to your home. Product description:

  • EF Mount L-Series Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • One Fluorite and One Super UD Element
  • Air Sphere and Fluorine Lens Coatings
  • Ring-Type USM AF Motor, Internal Focus
  • Optical Image Stabilizer with 3 Modes
  • Rotating Zoom Ring & Torque Adjustment
  • Weather-Sealed Design
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

The EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II can be pre-ordered at Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama