10 Greatly Useful Ebooks About Street Photography (and they are free)

Street PhotographyShot in Dharamsala, India, by the humble editor of this blog (70D & Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 )

Books about photography are expensive, usually. The Huffington Post put together a select list of 10 free ebooks about street photography.

[via The Huffington Post]

Canon C300 Firmware Update Released (ver. 2.1.3.1.00)

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Canon EOS C300 (alongside EF Cinema Lenses)

Canon released a new firmware for the C300:

Firmware Version 2.1.3.1.00 incorporates the following improvements and fixes:
1. Supports exFAT file system of CF cards over 128 GB, which decreases the waiting time required for accessing the card before being able to record footage.
2. Simplifies the process when fine-tuning the preset White Balance values.

Note:
Firmware Version 2.1.3.1.00 is only for EOS C300 cameras with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade applied. If the EOS C300 camera does not have Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade applied, please download Firmware Version 1.1.3.1.00.

Firmware Version 2.1.3.1.00 is for Cinema EOS C300 cameras running firmware version 2.1.2.1.00. If the camera’s firmware is already version 2.1.3.1.00, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to the latest firmware version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.

Download the firmware here.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II DxOMarked

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

DxOMark tested the sensor performance of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

In the conclusion they write:

On paper, the Canon EOS 7D Mk II looks to be a solid choice for sports and action photographers, but its sensor performance is somewhat behind the best in class, at least at low ISOs. Relatively high noise, less discriminating color, and below-average DR at base ISO all continue to hold back Canon sensors against rivals, but that’s not the case at higher sensitivities. In fact, when light levels fall, the Canon EOS 7D Mk II performs competitively, even surpassing rivals slightly. If Canon could only address performance at base and low ISO, the EOS 7D Mk II would make a thoroughly convincing all-round choice, but in this category the Sony A77 II looks to be the more compelling option.

Well, we had more enthusiastic reviews about Canon’s new APS-C flagship (1 | 2 | 3). As often, real life performance and experiences differ from lab figures. For the DxOMark’s findings have a look at the review.

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is shipping in the US:

The video below by CanonAsia is not related to DxOMark.

It’s Coming: Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM (after almost 10 years of rumours, edited)

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The EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS

It’s the lens Canon makes out of sympathy after almost 10 years of rumoring. Just kidding :-)

Digicame-Info (translated) reports that the EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II lens will soon be announced. No specs so far (but I am sure they will surface soon). For the time being all we know is that the hood will have model number ET-83D, and that it doesn’t appear to be a big evolution from the 16 year old predecessor.

Edit: I got the last point wrong from the machine translated text. In the meantime I have been told that you can expected a substantial evolution from the previous model.

More to come…