November 11, 2013
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Canon Patent For Next Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus (the 70D is not the end of the story)

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The Canon EOS 70D is not the end of the story.

Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon that looks to be the next step in Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus technology. The patent appears to refer to a more sensitive Dual Pixel AF.

  • Patent Publication No. 2013-228692
    • Publication date 2013.11.7
    • Filing date 2012.3.29
  • Canon patent
    • Image plane phase difference AF
    • I have a high sensitivity light-receiving unit low sensitivity and the light receiving unit
November 10, 2013
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Deal: Canon EOS 7D ($919), EOS 6D ($1649), SL1/100D ($484) – Update

EOS 7D

Update: Another very good deal showed up on eBay: Top Rated Plus seller peach_photo (99.6 % positive ratings) has the Canon Rebel SL1/EOS 100D with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens for $484 (click here). New item in original box, USA warranty. Regular price is $679!

Top Rated Plus eBay seller adoramacamera (99.8% positive ratings) has refurbished Canon EOS 7D bodies for $919 (click here). Refurbished by Canon, 1 year warranty. It is the same well known Adorama, selling on ebay.

B&H has the Canon EOS 6D discounted to $1649 (click here). Be aware that the price shows up after having added the item to the cart.

November 9, 2013
Posted in Tips

Canon Quick Tips: Learn from Canon’s Technical Advisors

Canon Quick Tips

The Canon Digital Learning Center has a set of tutorial videos for you to watch and learn.

Each video will feature a Canon Technical Advisor offering a helpful imaging tip, sharing a unique product insight, or explaining a key technology. New videos will be added regularly, so check back to keep expanding your Canon knowledge base.

These video tutorials are available:

Waveform Monitor   
Learn how to properly expose a scene with this built-in tool and how it applies to Canon Log.
Radio-Based Wireless Flash This technology uses radio signals for the camera to communicate with up to 15 Speedlites.
Double Slot and Relay Recording Cinema EOS recording methods are discussed in this video.
Radio Wireless Group Mode Learn how to control several groups of Speedlites on-camera.
Custom Pictures Use presets or customized settings to aesthetically modify your image in-camera.
Evaluative Metering See how this metering system analyzes light between picture area and subject and adjusts exposure accordingly.
Assignable Buttons Learn how to assign external menu function buttons for your Canon EOS C100, C300 or C500.
Black Balance Find out the importance of adjusting black balance and how it affects your RGB images.
Peaking See how peaking can be a useful tool when helping to adjust focus on images.
GPS with EOS Cameras Discover the features and benefits of using GPS within the EOS system.
Properly Holding a Digital SLR Camera Learn the proper techniques for holding a Digital SLR camera to create steadier and sharper pictures.
Exposure Modes and Flash Learn how the Canon EOS SLR flash works in various exposure modes for different results in the finished image.
November 8, 2013
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Canon Deals for the Weekend (60D, EOS M, 6D, 7D, T5i/700D, EF 24-105mm, S100, Sandisk Memory)

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A bunch of selected Canon deals for your weekend shopping pleasure. Be also sure to check the weekly deals at the Canon Direct Store. You get $10 off  $100, $25 off $250, $50 off $500 of your purchase. Discounts on lenses and Speedlites can be checked here. Finally, the Canon store offers $200 discount on selected DSLRs.

B&H has various discounted EOS 60D kits on sale.  You are going to save $200, get $51 worth of free accessories, and 4% reward.

Adorama has refurbished EOS 60D bodies for just $579 (click here), and refurbished Powershot S100 for $189 (click here). They also have discounted SanDisk Memory Cards starting from $29.95 (click here).

Amazon has once more a very good price for the EOS M kit with the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM lens ($319).

Digitalrev has a two week promotion, you get $20 off $500 discount for your purchases (valid for all currencies). DigitalRev prices are comprehensive of all taxes and customs for Europe and Asia customers, US visits have to check during check-out since it depends by the state. Free shipping. The offered Canon gear:

Top Rated Plus eBay seller bigvalueinc has the Canon EOS 7D body only on sale for $1048 (click here). New item, free shipping.

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November 8, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Update – Canon Teaser For New Camera To Be Announced in November (looks like a DSLR)

Canon Teaser

Update:  Dicahub made a size comparison between the EOS 100D/SL1 and the EOS 700D/T5i (with EF 40mm), and it looks the hidden camera could be an EOS 100D/Rebel SL1. But there is a big but: the mount release button appears to have a different shape compared to 100D/SL1. All following pictures are courtesy of dicahub.com.

So, this is hot. Dicahub (translated) spotted a teaser by Canon Korea that points to a camera announcement in November. The teaser says: November 2013, Canon will start from the white world. Coming Soon.

There was a recent rumour that suggested the EOS M2 could be announced in November. However, the silhouette that can be recognised in the image looks more like the shape of a DSLR. The question is what it refers to, and what the white world means. A white Rebel SL1/EOS 100D (price & specs) or maybe a Rebel SL2/EOS 110D that is coming? Rumors have word that some of the Canon Rebel SL1/EOS 100D video commercials ended with a sort of question suggesting that there was more to come (Did you know this is the end?). Couldn’t find such a commercial so far. Anyone?

It is definitely hard to guess what the hidden shape is. As far as I can say, this could also be a new high end Canon DSLR. Below is a darkened version of the teaser pic. The hidden shape is better lined out, more can be recognised.

Canon Teaser

Does definitely not look like a mirrorless camera. What is Canon going to unveil soon? Below a crop and magnification of the placement of the model plate.

Canon Teaser

Appears to be a bit to small for an EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 plate.  The guessing is started. At least we will not have to wait too long to know what surprise Canon is going to unveil. :-)

[via Dicahub]

November 7, 2013
Posted in News

New Canon Photo Software Released (DPP 3.13.45, EOS Utility 2.13.25, and 5 more)

Canon released a set of updates for their photo software. You have  first to select your operating system to download the updates, these:

  • Digital Photo Professional 3.13.45
  • EOS Utility 2.13.25
  • ImageBrowser EX 1.1.0
  • EOS Digital Solution Disk Software 28.2A
  • EOS MOVIE Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro 1.5
  • Picture Style Editor 1.12.2
  • PhotoStitch 3.2.6

DPP 3.13.45 brings these specific features:

  • Supports images taken with EOS 70D, EOS Kiss X7 / EOS Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D, PowerShot G16, PowerShot S120
  • Supports new lens (EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X, EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM)
  • The accuracy of the white balance in M-RAW and S-RAW images has been improved

[via TDP]

November 7, 2013
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Canon Professional Network Lightroom 5 Tutorial: Local Adjustements (pt. 4)

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Canon Professional Network published part 4/5 of their ongoing Lightroom 5 tutorials: Local Adjustments.

In Part 4 of this series Richard Curtis looks at all of the local adjustment options in Lightroom and, in a special video, he reveals how to edit elements of your pictures using local adjustments.

There is a video to watch, and the following topics are covered (also in text form):

  • Graduated Filter
  • Operating the Graduated Filter
  • Cloning and Healing
  • Operating the Clone/Heal Tool
  • Adjustment Brush
  • Adjustment Brush: add depth to foreground shadows
  • Adjustment Brush: change the colour of a person’s jacket
  • Adjustment Brush: change the brightness of whites in eyes
  • Crop Tool
  • Radial Filter
  • Red-Eye Reduction Tool

Lightroom 5 price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

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