August 21, 2013
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Magic Lantern Raw Enabled Canon EOS 5D Mark IIIs Can Now Be Rented

Magic Lantern

If you still were skeptical about the Magic Lantern RAW hack, or were thinking it was not delivering cool and professional features, then think again. Lens Rentals is renting magic-lanternized Canon EOS 5D Mark III bodies. They write:

This camera’s firmware has been altered to shoot RAW video. It will still function normally otherwise, but we’re renting it as a RAW-hacked camera.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Magic Lantern RAW Hack Kit includes everything you’ll need to get started shooting RAW video with the Canon 5D III. Key features include:

  • RAW Hack Firmware (08/06/13)
  • Expanded Video Features: Magic Lantern gets you the most out of your camera by unlocking professional features like peaking / zebra filters, superb audio controls, and even a built-in intervalometer for making time lapses.
  • Requirements: Recording RAW video requires incredibly fast CompactFlash cards. Lexar 128GB 1000x cards are currently the only cards we carry fast enough for RAW recording. This kit includes one of the Lexar cards, but more can be rented here.

August 21, 2013
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Canon U.S.A. Gives Up-and-Coming Filmmakers a Chance at Stardom

Canon USA press release:

Canon U.S.A. Gives Up-and-Coming Filmmakers a Chance at Stardom-Revealing Twenty Finalists in the Canon “Project Imaginat10n” Film Contest

Ron Howard And Bryce Dallas Howard To Select Five Winning Films To Be Showcased At The Canon “Project Imaginat10n” Film Festival This Fall

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 19, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced twenty finalists from the “Project Imaginat10n” Film Contest where amateurs and hobbyists were invited to sit in the director’s chair, showcasing their storytelling abilities by creating a short film inspired by a series of crowdsourced photographs. The project, helmed by two-time Academy Award®winner Ron Howard is the next phase in the “Project Imaginat10n”creative exercise proving Ron’s very own words that “we’re all creative.” Eva Longoria (film and TV actress), Jamie Foxx (Academy Award® winner), Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter), Georgina Chapman (designer and co-founder of Marchesa) and James Murphy (founder of LCD SOUNDSYSTEM) all directed short films inspired by 10 consumer photographs earlier this year.

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August 21, 2013
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Canon EOS 70D Available by the End of August (Pre-Order Links)

Canon EOS 70D

The Canon EOS 70D (and the BG-E14 battery grip) can be pre-ordered at B&H and will be available by the end of August. Click here to see all kits.

August 20, 2013
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Canon Watch on the Road Picture #2

Downtown Manhattan shot from Top of the Rock

Travelling through the US for the next month. The pic above was shot in NYC from Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center using a Canon EOS M and a shoplink 14076]EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM[/shoplink] lens. Unfortunately the 11-22mm lens is not sold in the US, you should be able to get it from Canada or via DigitalRev.

August 20, 2013
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Canon EOS 70D Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus Test Videos and Samples (dpreview and others)

A short video by dpreview where they test and show the Dual Pixel CMOS AF of Canon’s new EOS 70D. About the Canon EOS 70D they say:

It’s become increasingly rare for any manufacturer to show us technology that’s genuinely innovative and unique, but that’s exactly what Canon has done with the EOS 70D and its ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’ sensor.

dpreview added a “user experience” section to their preview, be sure to check it out: there are more videos and impressions. Original video files can be downloaded.

More AF test videos at salon.web, sample shots (also high ISO) at Digital Life Innovator # and Digital Life Innovator #2 and Digital Life Innovator #3 and more samples and videos.

August 20, 2013
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Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x Review (camerastuffreview)

Canerastuffreview reviewed the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L  IS 1.4x lens and once more the outstanding properties of this not so cheap lens are confirmed. They conclude:

The Canon 200-400 mm performed in our test with the highest image quality we have come across for a Canon zoom lens, with and without the 1.4x converter. Flare and ghosts are incredibly well suppressed and in terms of resolution, the camera is likely to be the limiting factor. Professional sports, action, or nature photographers will quickly be convinced of the qualities of the Canon 200-400 mm f/4 with built-in 1.4x converter. Compared to lenses with a fixed focal length, the zoom range of 200 mm to 400 mm zoom delivers an excellent opportunity to frame precisely, while the picture quality remains high.
The sensational built-in converter prevents the laborious procedure of inserting a converter between a camera more than a kilo and a lens of more than 3 kilos. It prevents the frustration of missing just the right shot, because you were inserting a converter between the lens and the camera. The fact that under damp and dusty conditions you need to change the lens as little as possible is also important in order to maintain the highest image quality.

There is much more in the review, as sharpness comparison at different focal lengths, analysis of distortion, vignetting, resolution, center sharpness vs corner sharpness etc.

Lens specs:

  • High-Performance Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Canon EF Mount
  • Aperture Range f/4-32
  • Built-in 1.4x Extender
  • Three-Mode Optical Image Stabilization
  • Ring USM Autofocus & Internal Focusing System
  • Power Focus Mode for Smooth Focus Shift
  • One Fluorite and Four UD Lens Elements
  • Fluorine Front & Rear Lens Coating
  • Highly Resistant to Dust and Water

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Extender 1.4x
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