Canon announces entry acceptance schedule for New Cosmos of Photography 2016

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Canon press release:

Canon announces entry acceptance schedule for New Cosmos of Photography 2016

TOKYO, March 28, 2016—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company will begin accepting entries for its New Cosmos of Photography 2016 (39th edition) photo competition on April 20. The New Cosmos of Photography is Canon’s cultural support project to discover, nurture, and support new photographers who pursue new possibilities in creative photographic expression. Aiming to incorporate diverse perspectives, the number of judges for this year’s competition will be increased to seven toward the realization of an even more open photo exhibition.

Entries for New Cosmos of Photography 2016 will be accepted between April 20 and June 15, 2016, while the Excellence Award selection committee is to meet in July to choose seven Excellence Award winners and fourteen Honorable Mention Award winners. Later, in November, the Grand Prize selection committee is scheduled to meet to select one Grand Prize winner from among the seven Excellence Award-winning entries.

The Grand Prize winner of this year’s competition will receive not only JPY 1 million in prize money and a Canon product, but as an added bonus will be granted the right to hold a solo exhibit at the exhibition of winning entries for next year’s New Cosmos of Photography. Additionally, to encourage the continued pursuit of their creative activities, 2016 Excellence Award and Honorable Mention Award winners will each receive prize money and the right to display their works at this year’s exhibition of winning entries.

For additional information about this year’s New Cosmos of Photography competition, visit the New Cosmos of Photography homepage at: www.canon.com/scsa/newcosmos/

Rokinon 12mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Fisheye Lens deal (Amazon Gold Box)

Rokinon 12mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Fisheye Lens Deal (Amazon Gold Box)

Amazon has the Rokinon 12mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Fisheye Lens as Amazon Gold Box deal, starting at 1pm EST.

  • Full frame sensor coverage with extreme ultra-wide 180 degrees angle of view on full frame cameras
  • Nano Crystal Coating System (NCS) + Ultra Multi Coating  (UMC) Maximizes Transmission and Reduces Internal Reflections
  • Constructed of 12 glass elements in 8 groups with aperture range of f2.8 – f22
  • Includes removable petal shaped lens hood, lens caps, lens pouch, instruction manual and 1 year Rokinon warranty
  • Minimum focusing distance of only 7.9 inches

Nik Collection photo processing software now free

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Another nice surprise for Easter, after Perfect Exposure went free. Google made the powerful Nik Collection available for free. Just download it (Mac and Win). The software suite contains the packages Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. These can be used as standalone apps, or from Lightroom or Photoshop.

Google press release:

Today we’re making the Nik Collection available to everyone, for free.

Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.

The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities — from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.

Starting March 24, 2016, the latest Nik Collection will be freely available to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. If you purchased the Nik Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund, which we’ll automatically issue back to you in the coming days.

We’re excited to bring the powerful photo editing tools once only used by professionals to even more people now.

Last Days to save big on our software specials (Denoise Projects and Black & White Projects 4, both $35)

Last Days To Save Big On Our Software Specials (Denoise Projects And Black & White Projects 4, Both $35)

I have two exclusive deals for Canon Watch readers, and both expire on March 31.

We are offering the BLACK & WHITE projects 4 software at just $35 instead of $99 (learn more about the software here)

The other promotion is for DENOISE projects professional software, on sale at $35 instead of $129 (learn more about the software here).

An overview about both software products after the break.

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Perfect Exposure for Photoshop and Lightroom is free to download

Perfect Exposure For Photoshop And Lightroom Is Free To Download

I do not know if it is for limited time or if they made it free for ever. Perfectly Clear is offering their Perfect Exposure software for free. Download it here. This is a powerful plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom 6.

Perfect Exposure for Photoshop and Lightroom is the perfect tool for any photographer or designer. With eight great presets to solve the most common exposure problems, this fast, easy-to-use plug-in can bring out the details in any image, even dark photos.  Spend less time editing and have more time behind your camera.

Canon EOS 80D now shipping in the US, starts shipping in EU next week

Canon EOS 80D Now Shipping In The US, Starts Shipping In EU Next Week

Canon EOS 80D at a glance:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • 45-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Expanded ISO 25600, Up to 7 fps Shooting
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
  • RGB+IR 7560-Pixel Metering Sensor

From readers in the US I got word that their Canon EOS 80D shipped. According to my information, the EOS 80D will start ship in Europe by next week. Just a few days ago DPReview posted their lab tests about the EOS 80D’s dynamic range, and the results are spectacular.

Enjoy your new camera, or go for a great deal on the EOS 70D!

Want the EOS 80D user manual? See here how to download it.


Canon EOS 80D: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA


World-wide Canon EOS 80D pre-order links after the break.

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