November 21, 2013
Posted in Tips

If You Squinch You Will Look Better in Photos


Let’s start with what “squinch” means. According to the Merriam Webster:


transitive verb 1: to screw up (the eyes or face); squint 2: to make more compact.

It’s professional portrait photographer Peter Hurley who gives this advice. Hurley is not new to this kind of hints. Back in February he published a video tutorial about how to improve portrait photographs by focusing on the jawline of your subject (video below). For Hurley squinching is [quoting PetaPixel]:

the action of squinting your eyes in such a way as to portray confidence and self-assurance as opposed to the fear and uncertainty that you project when you stare wide-eyed at the camera

Squinching is not squinting, as PetaPixel explains:

One final clarifying point, and Hurley is big on this: squinching isn’t the same as squinting! The difference is minor but important. When you squint, your top and bottom eyelids close up and your eyes end up all but disappearing — you look neither confident nor self-assured.

With ‘squinching,’ you’re lifting and tightening the lower eyelid, while only letting the top one come down a hair. It might seem like a slight difference (and it is) but it’s a big deal when you get in front of the camera.

Try it out! :-)

[via PetaPixel]

November 21, 2013
Posted in Deals

Refurbished Canon VIXIA HF R400 Full HD Camcorder – $160

Canon VIXIA HF R400

B&H has refurbished Canon VIXIA HF R400 camcorders for just $159.95 (click here). Core specs:

  • Capture Full HD 1920 x 1080p Video
  • Canon 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Sensor
  • Record Directly to SD/SDHC/SDXC Card
  • Record in AVCHD or MP4 Formats
  • Capacitive 3″ Touch Panel LCD
  • Genuine Canon HD Video Lens
  • 53x Advanced Zoom
  • SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
  • DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor
  • Baby Mode, Smart AUTO & Intelligent IS

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November 21, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon vs Third Party Batteries – Which Last Longer?

Dave Dugdale from Learning DSLR Video wanted to know, and put a genuine Canon LP-E6 battery vs a Watson LP-E6. He found that the Watson must have a chip built in since the 5D Mark III can register it and track the performance. Contrary to the Canon manual saying you can recharge whenever you want, the Watson manual says to recharge only when the battery is dead. This could mean that the Watson battery has less charging cycles.

In his tests a new Watson LP-E6 lasted 1 hour and 9 minutes, a one year old Canon LP-E6 lasted 1 hour and 28 minutes. Consider that the Watson is about half the price of the Canon (or even less).

What’s your experience? Are you using third party batteries (I do)? However, be aware of counterfeit batteries: Canon has a page dedicated to this issue.

November 20, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon Deal: EF 28mm f/2.8 IS – $349 (instead of $499)

Canon Deal

Update: sorry guys, the deal appears to be over :-(

Adorama has a limited stock of Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS lenses at $349 (click here). Regular price is $499.

November 20, 2013
Posted in Deals

Vivitar 85mm f/1.4 for $125

Vivitar 85mm f/1.4

Adorama has the Vivitar 85mm f/1.4 lens on sale for $124.95 (click here). This is a pretty nice portrait lens with a great aperture. Core specs:

  • Creates outstanding sharp, defined images with high contrast at the maximum f/1.8 aperture
  • Superior peripheral brightness by using hybrid aspherical glass, correcting chromatic aberration
  • Super multi-layered coating reduces flare and ghosting
  • Highly refractive and dispersed optical elements (6 elements, 6 groups)
  • Maintains a compact size with an inner focus design
November 20, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Rumor: New Canon EOS-1 DSLR in 2014

Canon EOS-1

According to NL, Canon will announce a new EOS-1 series body in 2014. The announcement should happen at the same time when Nikon announces the (also rumored) D4x.

The camera is defined as a “high end” DSLR, and it will come with “lenses to match”. it appears that prototypes will be tested at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. No word if this will be the high megapixel DSLR Canon is supposed to announce sooner or later. Finally, the rumor states that Canon will not repeat the mistake made when they announced the EOS-1 X: the EOS -1 X was announced before the Nikon D4 but shipped much later.

November 20, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon Deals: EOS 5D Mark III – $2999 (with accessories)

Canon Deals

More deals that are still live can be seen here.

Is this a Black Friday anticipation? More and more top online seller are discounting the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, some of them bundle the 5D3 with valuable accessories. These are good EOS 5D Mark III deals, and all are limited time offers. Please note that the final price shows up after checkout.

  • Amazon US has the EOS 5D Mark III for $2999 (click here) – price shows up after having added the item to the cart.
  • B&H has the EOS 5D Mark III with a bundle of free items for $2999 (click here). The bonus items are:
    • SanDisk 32GB SDHC Extreme Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
    • Power2000 ACD-320 Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery
    • Canon 200DG Deluxe Gadget Bag
    • Oben ACM-2400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod
  • Adorama also has an EOS 5D Mark III bundle on offer for $2999 (click here). The bonus items:
    •  SanDisk 32GB Class 10, Ultra SDHC UHS-I Memory Card
    • Green Extreme LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery Pack
    • Manfrotto 394 Aluminum 4 Section Photo-Movie Monopod
    • Canon CBC-E6 Car Charger for LP-E6
    • Adorama Slinger Bag, Single Strap Backpack