Canon product advisory for counterfeit 600EX-RT Speedlites

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Canon published a product advisory regarding counterfeit 600EX-RT Speedlites. [via TDP]

Canon product advisory:

We have confirmed that there are counterfeit Speedlite 600EX-RT flash products in circulation in the market. It has been reported that these products are being sold through various online marketplace websites. These counterfeit products have not been designed or manufactured by Canon, but fraudulently display the Canon logo, and may also fraudulently display other Canon and third party trademarks. Furthermore, these counterfeit products have not been manufactured or tested under the safety standards established by Canon, so we are unable to make representations concerning their safe operation, and there is a possibility that using one of these counterfeit products may cause adverse affects such as generation of fire and/or smoke.

The safety of our consumers is our utmost concern. Unlike genuine Canon products, counterfeit products may not meet government and industry safety standards. To ensure that you’re buying genuine Canon products, we recommend purchasing from a Canon Authorized Dealer or directly from Canon. Please be advised that Canon is not responsible for any malfunction, accident, or damage related to the use of any counterfeit product.

It has also been confirmed that the radio transmission wireless shooting function incorporated into genuine Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flashes is not incorporated into the counterfeit product. This missing feature will limit the performance of the counterfeit flash, as compared with a genuine Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flash.

We truly appreciate your attention to this matter and thank you for being a valued Canon customer.

The following tips may help you to identify a counterfeit Speedlite 600EX-RT flash. Please note, however, that other counterfeits may display other, or additional, differences from genuine Canon products. As such, you should contact Canon using the contact information below if you have any questions about whether you are using a genuine Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flash.

  • The counterfeit product fraudulently displays the Canon logo and may fraudulently display other Canon and third party trademarks.

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  • The position to release the mounting foot lock lever is different.
  • The position to release the mounting foot lock lever on a genuine unit is towards the left (see the green arrow), and the position to release the mounting foot lock lever on a counterfeit unit is towards the center (see the red arrow).

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  • The display on the Custom Function screen is different. Follow the steps in the Speedlite 600EX-RT Instruction Manual to access the Custom Function screen.

Thank you for using Canon products.

Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc

Canon Rebel T6i/EOS 750D review (Photography Blog)

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Photography Blog posted their Canon Rebel T6i/EOS 750D review. From the conclusion:

[…] the 750D […] is arguably the most significant generational leap forward since the 550D. Granted, on the outside it’s almost identical to its predecessor, but given the 700D’s ergonomics, control layout and touch interface are already excellent, that’s no bad thing. The big changes are under the skin, starting with the superb 24.2MP APS-C sensor. It gives the 750D the ability to generate incredibly clean images with low enough noise levels to make even ISO 12800 shots stand up to close scrutiny. Detail and colour reproduction are also first class, and the new exposure metering system delivers consistent results.

The EOS 750D/Rebel T6i gets a “Highly Recommended” and a rating of 4.5/5. Read the review at Photography Blog.

Rebel T6i/EOS 750D specifications:

  • 24.2 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 19-Pt. Cross-Type AF, Hybrid CMOS AF III
  • Expanded ISO 25600, 5 fps Shooting
  • 7560-Pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
  • EOS Scene Analysis
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • CS100 Connect Station Support

Canon EOS 750D/Rebel T6i price check: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Henry Canada | Newegg Canada | Alibaba | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II ready for production?

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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L

Is the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II ready for production? That’s what a new rumor suggests.

The rumor doesn’t come with an announcement date, but Fall 2015 is a good candidate. The rumored specifications:

  • Dust & Weather Sealing
  • All the latest coatings
  • Longer than the current version
  • Smaller diameter than the current version
  • Smaller filter thread
  • New hood design
  • Unknown weight

Apparently Canon delayed the announcement of the EF 35mm f/1.4L II because the company is still trying to produce enough units of other high demand lenses.

[via CR]

Weird rumor: Canon working on a 36MP full-frame monochrome sensor? [CW1] – Edit

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Edit: decided to downrate the rumor to CW1. The message was not clear enough and honestly I think this is just a hoax.

Original post:

I got a somewhat weird rumor today (thanks). The rumor suggests Canon is working on a 36MP full-frame monochrome sensor.

According to the source, the success of Leica’s monochrome cameras has influenced Canon and motivated the company to produce their own b&w full-frame sensor. The sensor, still according to the source, could be announced in the first week of July 2015.

The rest of the message is a bit confusing. I am not sure I’ve got everything correctly. The source names an “A7 body and FE lens mount” and that a “slimline lens mount adapter for Canon and Nikon” will be available for the rumored b&w, full-frame DSLR. The source never names a “Canon DSLR”, only a “Canon sensor”. Sounds like a Sony DSLR with a Canon sensor! Is this in the realm of possibilities? 🙂

Well, this will not be the DSLR featuring the Canon 18MP sensor that’s rumored since a while. Canon making a monochrome full-frame DSLR doesn’t sound totally absurd to me. However, new source and big amount of salt. What do you think?

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Storm chasing photographer captures “the most beautiful weather phenomenon”

Storm chaser and photographer Nicolaus Wegner made “Art of the Storm”, a jaw-dropping time-lapse movie about what Wegner calls “one of the most beautiful weather phenomenon” he has ever seen. Wegner’s description:

An amazing stationary supercell was produced over the Black Hills of South Dakota near Rapid City on June 1, 2015. I was fortunate enough to have the entire event unfold right in front of me over the course of several hours. Truly one of the most beautiful natural weather phenomenon I have ever witnessed.

The time-lapse was shot with 1 second intervals using a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and a wide angle lens.

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Screenshot from the video

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens deal – $740 (compare at $850)

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Top Rated Plus eBay seller and authorised Sigma dealer CameraLand (99.8% positive ratings) has the awesome Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens on sale for $739.99. Compare at $849. Free shipping in the US. This is not a grey import, CameraLand says:

As one of the largest Sigma dealers in the USA we are happy to offer this great lens at a super price. It comes with the USA Warranty.

We had an in store demo and these were shown and put back in the box. Because of this we won’t sell them as new never opened