February 26, 2014
Posted in Tips

How To Take Care Of Your Photo Equipment In The Cold

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Photo Equipment In The Cold

Canon EOS 70D & EF-S 18-135mm IS STM – Shot at 18mm (ISO 200, 1/1000, f/11) during a hiking trip in the Alps (out of the camera, no post-processing)

The Canon Digital Learning Center published an article about how to take care of your photo gear when it is cold.

If you take a camera into a cold environment, the first thing you might notice is that battery life begins to drop. By 32 ˚F (0 ˚C), you might only lose 10% of the battery’s potential, but if it grows colder then it starts to become more noticeable. The first step to combat this is to keep your spare batteries inside your clothing, as close to your body as possible. In moderately cold conditions, this will be more than enough to keep the batteries within a normal operating range. It might be tempting to keep smaller point-and-shoot cameras inside your layers as well, but even in cold temperatures, we sweat when exerting energy like when you’re walking through deep snow or skiing. This sweating will cause condensation on your lens and potentially inside your camera, so it’s best to keep smaller cameras in a backpack or outer pocket.

You may also be interested in this CDLC article about how to set white balance to photograph snow.

[via CDLC]

February 25, 2014
Posted in News

Nikon Released The D4S, What Is Canon Doing?

As anticipated, Nikon today released their new flagship, the Nikon D4S.  The D4S has a new sensor (16.2MP), a new CPU (EXPEED), and can be pushed up to a mind-boggling ISO 409,600.

And Canon? Rumor has it that Canon may announce a new DSLR in March 2014, but it could either be the EOS 7D replacement, or something bigger. I was told that Canon will announce a new high-end DSLR in 2014, and that this camera will not replace the EOS-1D X (price & specs) or the EOS-1D C (B&H | Adorama) but rather be a new DSLR in the line-up.

Stay tuned.

 

February 25, 2014
Posted in News

Why Do DSLRs Still Sell Better Than Mirrorless Systems?

Amateur Photographer investigated the reasons why DSLRs are still more popular than mirrorless cameras. They found the following reasons:

  • Smaller cameras are fiddly to use compared to DSLR
  • Confusing category names
  • Consumer are still hanging on to the glory days of Canon and Nikon (in the USA and also in Europe)
  • DSLR has wider range of accessories.
  • Low bugdget DSLR compete against system cameras

[found at mirrorlessrumors]

February 25, 2014
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Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Review (Photography Bay)

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Photography Bay reviewed the awesome Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens for APS-C DSLRs, one of Sigma’s recent gems. This lens gets one positive review after the other, and that’s not surprising: Sigma made an outstanding lens, and it has a constant f/1.8 over the zoom range. Considering the price of the Sigma ($799) this is for sure one of the most interesting lenses you can get for your Canon APS-C DSLR.

Sample pics and more after the break.

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February 24, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon Powershot S110 w/ 8GB Memory Card and Leather Case – $159 (Adorama)

Authorised Canon dealer Adorama on eBay (99.7% positive ratings) is selling Canon Powershot S110 cameras bundled with a leather case and an 8GB memory card, .Free shipping in the US.
February 24, 2014
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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]

 

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