January 10, 2014
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Posted in Rumors

Canon Powershot SX60 HS HS Due In Summer 2014?


Canon Powershot SX50 HS


A somewhat vague rumor surfaced on the web stating that the successor of the Powershot SX50 HS may be announced sometime in spring and be available for shipping in the summer 2014. The camera will most probably be named SX60 HS. No specs or other information. Speculation goes to the point that the SX60 HS could feature a 100x zoom. A pertinent patent appeared some time ago, though I do not think the SX60 HS will have such a crazy zoom range.

The Powershot SX50 HS is a popular bridge camera, and indeed it is due for replacement.

[via CR]

January 10, 2014
Posted in Tips

This Lightroom Setting May Save Your Live



As fstoppers puts it: it’s the most important setting you should care about in Lightroom, and it is turned off by default. This setting comes to help in the case your Lightroom catalog gets corrupted. The setting we are talking about is “Automatically write changes into XMP”. The XMP files are so-called “sidecar files” and they contain all settings you applied to a picture. If the setting is on, Lightroom will constantly save all the changes you made into an XMP file. Should your catalog disappear the changes you made to your precious pics are still there. Not bad, uh? There is a drawback though: this setting could slow down Lightroom a bit.

You can turn it on in the Catalog Settings of Lightroom

  • Mac OSX > Lightroom > Catalog Settings > Metadata
  • Windows > Edit > Catalog Settings > Metadata

An XMP file will be created only if you work with CR2 files. If you work with DNG, JPEG, TIFF, or PNG files all the XMP data will be written directly inside these files. Another drawback is that there is no history of your edits that will be saved with XMP data.

An alternative to this setting, if you want to stay on the safe side, is a smart backup strategy, which, among other things, means that you should backup your LR catalog to different places.

[via fstoppers]

January 9, 2014
Posted in News

So What Got Announced Today By Canon in Hong Kong?

Image credit: Canon

Source: wyswig

We reported a rumor stating that Canon will have an announcement today, January, 9, in Hong Kong, It turned out just printers where announced, these:

SELPHY CP910, CP820, PIXMA iP8770, iX6870, iX6770, MX537, MX477 and iP2870.

These printers have already been announced for CES 2014, so nothing new here. But at least we have some pics to show after the break.

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January 9, 2014
Posted in Deals

Canon Deals: EF 24-105 f/4L, 5D Mark III, EF 70-200 f/4L, T5i, 60D

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Another round of good Canon deals for you, all on eBay.

  • eBay seller rythercamera (99.5% positive ratings) has the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens on sale for $6991 year Canon USA warranty, and I think shipping is free in the US (but check this).
  • Same seller as above, eBay seller rythercamera has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $2849. 1 year Canon USA warranty.
  • Top Rated Plus eBay seller bigvalueinc (99.3% positive ratings) has he Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L on sale for $643.90. New item in original box, free shipping.
  • Top Rated Plus eBay seller qd_us (99.9% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 700D/Rebel T5i with the 18-55mm IS STM lens on sale for $709. 1 year store warranty.
  • Top Rated Plus selle bigvalueinc (99.3% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 60D on sale for $641.33. New item in original box, free shipping. Please note the sellers advice:
    • The Canon EOS 60D Body may come in a kit box. The Canon EOS 60D Body for sale is 100% Brand New, Never Used. The lens has been removed from the kit box and sold on a separate listing
January 9, 2014
Posted in Reviews

Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM Review (ephotozine)

This is pretty interesting zoom lens. Though it is not part of Sigma’s newer, high level line-up, the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM for full-frame APS-C DSLRs (75-225mm on APS-C) has a constant f/2.8 aperture over the zoom range and optical stabilization, and comes at a price that will not put a hole in your pocket (less than $1000). The Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC APO OS is comparable to Canon’s similar specced EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II. The Canon, though, has a higher price tag (around $2499). ephotozine reviewed the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 and gave the lens a rating of 4/5.

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January 9, 2014
Posted in News

New Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Released (ver. 2.0.3)

EOS-1D X Firmware

Download Firmware Version 2.0.3 for the EOS 1DX

Canon product advisory:

Firmware Version 2.0.3 incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes.

  1. Auto focusing performance under low-light conditions has been enhanced when performing focusing before shooting in AI Servo AF mode. The enhancement comes from the improvement in tracking capability for the first image in the low-light conditions.
  2. The number of release parameters settings for the “AI Servo AF 2nd image priority” AF function has been increased to enable improved AF tracking in low light or maintain consistent high frames rates during continuous shooting.
  3. The number of parameters for acceleration/deceleration tracking in the AF Configuration Tool will has been increased.
  4. Exposure compensation can be performed when using manual exposure and ISO Auto.
  5. The minimum shutter speed limit for ISO Auto has been increased with shutter speeds up to 1/8000.
  6. A new function to keep the exposure constant by altering the ISO or shutter speed in manual exposure, when the aperture value changes when zooming or changing lenses has been added.
  7. A new option has been added to orientation linked AF point to enable only the AF point to switch as you change orientation rather than both AF point/ AF area settings
  8. A new option to continue to use the previously manually selected AF point as the initial starting AF point when switching to 61-point automatic selection has been added.
  9. New customization of the Exposure metering and AF controls has been added for more flexibility.
  10. The number of possibilities for controls to switch between one-shot AF and AI Servo AF using custom controls has been increased.
  11. A function has been added to allow the playback and review of protected images only.
  12. A phenomenon has been fixed in which the white balance may be disturbed by the timing of the shutter release when the drive mode is single shooting and a flash (E-TTL)is used.

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January 9, 2014
Posted in News

CES 2014: Canon Shows Inner Working Of Its Lenses in Demos (video)

At CES 2014 Canon showed the inner working of their lenses. The video was made by Popular Photography‘s Stan Horaczek and it shows the demos that Canon is running at their booth.

You can see how the stepping motor (STM), the electromagnetic technology used to control the aperture, and the image stabilization of Canon lenses work. Quiet interesting.

[via PetaPIxel]