Reminder: We have a Big Giveaway Going On (COSYSPEED Camslinger bags and more)

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You can enter our giveaway and win simply by visiting and liking any of the participating sites on Facebook and/or following them on Twitter. To win one of the prizes use the dedicated giveaway box above.

Courtesy of COSYSPEED, we are giving away a  CAMSLINGER 160 Street Edition bag, and two PHONEBAG 135, and we are doing it on five sitesThe giveaway is live for Canon Watch, Sony Alpha Rumors, 43 Rumors, Fuji Rumors, and for Cosyspeed. Makes 15 prizes in total. Like and follow!

The more sites you like on Facebook and follow on Twitter (using the giveaway box), the more entries you’ll gain and hence increase your chances to win one of the prizes. If you instead visit and like just the Canon Watch Facebook page, then you’ll enter Canon Watch’s giveaway, but you are missing  the chance to win anything on the other sites. So, like and follow to increase your chance to win! The more social you are, the more chances you have to win.

Just to remind: each site is giving away 1 CAMSLINGER 160 Street Edition bag and 2 PHONEBAG 135 – makes 15 prizes in total. The contest ends 11/26/2014 at 12:00 AM. Good luck to anyone!

The CAMSLINGER 160 Street Edition bag introduces a new concept of carrying a mirrorless camera on the hip or as a sling bag (works also for a superzooms or a smaller DSLR). It’s not a solution to transport large amounts of gear as the bags are on the smaller side, but for daily live when out shooting with smaller gear it will be a very quick and good solution. I have one and I love it. The prizes: Cosyspeed CAMSLINGER 160 Street Edition bag Cosyspeed

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Canon Getting Serious with EOS M System (and CPS roadshow in May 2015)?

Canon EOS M

A few days ago an EOS M rumor surfaced, today we have some more bits about.

I have been told (thanks) that Canon Professional Services and Canon sale forces in Germany have informed various big German dealers that Canon HQs are recalling all EOS M models, but are letting all EF-M lenses in stores and branches. Dealers were told that Canon will address the EOS M in December. For the time being it looks as if it will be a development announcement rather than a last minute X-Mas surprise. If the rumor is reliable then Canon might getting serious about the EOS M system.

I’ve also been told that a CPS roadshow is scheduled for May 2015 to showcase new and important products Canon is going to announce in 2015, which possibly could be the rumoured professional cameras Canon may announce.

Stay tuned…

Blood Brother – A Hearth-Warming Movie Shot with Canon EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D


John Pope talks about “Blood Brother,” and how the small form factor of the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D helped him capture some of the most moving scenes without being intrusive

Blood Brother is a feature documentary about a young man with a strong desire for a family he’ll find at an AIDS hostel in a small village outside the city of Chennai, India. The movie got the Grand Jury Prize for documentaries at the Sundance Festival 2013.

The movie is the product of cinematographer John Pope and his good friend Steve Hoover, the director of the movie. A short description of what Blood Brother is about:

Rocky Braat, a young man from a fractured family and a troubled past, went traveling through India without a plan. Then he met a group of HIV positive children living in an orphanage — a meeting that changed everything for him.

Rocky left his life, friends, and career in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to live with the kids. Steve Hoover, his best friend and filmmaker, was unsettled and intrigued by this drastic action. In an effort to find out what compelled Rocky to give up every source of stability in his life, Hoover decided to trace Rocky’s story, following him to India.

He witnessed Rocky and the kids endure disease, abject poverty, and death. But, strangest of all, in the midst of these troubles, he also saw their deep joy.  And he came to understand why Rocky had given up everything he had to experience it.

‘Blood Brother’ is a story of friendship. It’s a story of a life, stripped down to its essence. Most of all, it is a story about love, enduring in the face of death.

Blood Brother was shot starting 2011 over a two-year period using various gear: a venerable Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D, Vixia camcorders, and a random use of smartphone video. About the full-frame Canon EOS 5D Mark II John Pope says:

At the time in 2011 […] there weren’t many cameras on the market that were as good in low light as the EOS 5D Mark II. Being able to shoot in low light is always important especially if you’re going for a natural look of existing practicals in a location that you don’t have control over. […]  Although it’s not always easy to articulate the look of a larger sensor, I think that it lends itself to a different feel of the space within the image.”

More about the technical background can be read at Canon DLC. The movie caused some controversy you can read about here while director Steve Hoover’s response can be read here. All filmmaker proceeds are donated to the children seen in the film and to HIV/AIDS initiatives.

Blood Brother:

  • Director: Steve Hoover
  • Writers: Steve Hoover, Phinehas Hodges, Tyson VanSkiver
  • Producers: Danny Yourd, Leigh Blake, John Carlin, Steve Hoover
  • Editor: Steve Hoover
  • Additional Cinematography: Tyson VanSkiver, Phinehas Hodges, Steve Hoover, Danny Yourd
  • Colorist: Allan Stallard

Video below: Blood Brother trailer

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Deal Alert: Canon Rebel SL1 with 18-55mm IS STM – $430

Rebel SL1 Very good deal by Top Rated Plus eBay seller bigvalueinc (99.4% positive ratings): the Canon Rebel SL1 (EOS 100D) with the EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens is on sale for just $429.99. Free shipping in the USA. Compare to $599.99 on Amazon.

All major online sellers have dedicated pages for upcoming Black Friday and the holidays. All pages are constantly updated and have deals of all sort electronics

The Canon Direct Store’s has refurbished Canon DSLRsPowershot cameras, and lenses, as well as Canon’s special deals page. And they have a special sale: $100 of on select Powershot cameras.

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II Shooting Experience (DPReview)

EOS 7D Mark II

Digital Photography Review added a section “Shooting Experience” to their upcoming Canon EOS 7D Mark II review. An excerpt:

Canon has clearly put an emphasis on consistency of controls across the 5D and 7D lines, suggesting that it sees this camera as one that a 5D III user might add to their kit for situations where fast action shooting or telephoto reach are of prime importance […] To Canon’s credit, this consistency of design works really well. After using the 7D II for a while I picked up a 5D III and the transition was virtually seamless.

The EOS 7D Mark II is the unbeaten champion in the APS-C world. Read more about the EOS 7D Mark II‘s rugged weather sealing, the highly advanced AF, and the industry leading high ISO performance (have a look here too). More coverage on the EOS 7D Mark II can be seen here.

7D Mark II

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

EOS 7D Mark II price check for your country: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

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