November 23, 2014
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Canon Store Pre Black Friday Deals (and more links to BF discounts)

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Black Friday

The Canon Direct Store has a pre Black Friday page online here.

Tomorrow we start getting serious about Black Friday deals All major online sellers have dedicated pages for upcoming Black Friday and the holidays. All pages are constantly updated and have deals of all sort electronics. Stay tuned on Canon Watch as I will post select deals as soon as they go alive. In the meantime check the following pages

Amazon UK and Amazon France also will start Balck Friday deals.

Back to the Canon Direct Store. They have refurbished Canon DSLRsPowershot cameras, and lenses, as well as Canon’s special deals page. And they have a special sale: $100 of on select Powershot cameras.

Black Friday

November 23, 2014
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II Video Review (superb AF, IQ close to 5D3)

TheCameraStoreTV on YouTube posted their video review of Canon’s EOS 7D Mark II.

TCSTV’s Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake take a look, with a little help from acclaimed photojournalist Todd Korol. It’s an introduction to features and performance. They talk about the outstanding auto-focus, one of the killer features of the EOS 7D Mark II (and explain and test it in depth). Another highlight of the 7D Mark II is the high ISO performance and overall image quality, coming very close to the EOS 5D Mark III. You get all you need to know in 17 minutes. The review is not without criticism.

The EOS 7D Mark II is the industry leading DSLR in the APS-C world, the best possible APS-C camera for professional sport and action photographers, not to forget photojournalists. And it comes with the relatively affordable price of $1799 for the body only. This will be a huge best seller, given that you get the AF-system of the EOS-1D X, 10fps, and amazing high ISO. Read more about the EOS 7D Mark II’s excellent weather sealing, the highly advanced AF, and the industry leading high ISO performance (have a look here too). All our coverage on the EOS 7D Mark II can be seen here.

7D Mark II

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is shipping in the US:

EOS 7D Mark II price check for your country: PixMania NL, DigitalRev, eBay.nl

Don’t miss our big giveaway, see here for instructions.

November 23, 2014
Posted in Pics

Readers Contest – Most Liked Photos of Last Week

Most Liked Photos of Last Week
Vikhoa Kylin‎ – Ho Chi Minh City – Bitexco Financial Tower. Taken by Canon EOS 1D Mark IV + EF24mm f/1.4L II USM. Photo by vikhoa.com


Here is the round-up of the most liked reader pics of the week. Thanks all for your great pics,we had a lot of them last week. Even a pic shot with a venerable EOS 20D (congrats Michael). NOTE: if you posted your photo late in the week it will be evaluated next week. Nothing gets lost :-)

How it works:

1) Submit your picture with a short description on Canon Watch’s Facebook page
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers on the Photo Stream
3) A selection of the most liked pictures will be posted every Sunday here on Canon Watch

Show us what you can do with a Canon camera!

Btw, we have a giveaway going on (2 days left). You can win a COSYSPEED Camslinger bag and other prizes. See here how to.



Greg Zastawny Photography. View from Brookyn – taken with Canon 5D Mark III and EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens

 


Andre Yabiku‎ – a kiss at the Duomo – shot with G1X — with Luana Santos Yabiku.

 


Michael Jardeen‎ – This was shot with an IR converted 20D and a 17-40mm f4 L — at Ecola State Park

 


Jonas Hedberg‎ – From my trip to San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge. Shoot with EOS 6D and EF 24-105/4L IS USM

 


John Starr‎ – The blue city of Chefchaouen, Morocco. Shot today (11/16) with a Canon 5D Mark III, 24-105 f4.0L. This has to be one of the most photogenic locales on earth!

 

November 22, 2014
Posted in News

Reminder: We have a Big Giveaway Going On (COSYSPEED Camslinger bags and more)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can enter our giveaway and win simply by visiting and liking any of the participating sites on Facebook and/or following them on Twitter. To win one of the prizes use the dedicated giveaway box above.

Courtesy of COSYSPEED, we are giving away a  CAMSLINGER 160 Street Edition bag, and two PHONEBAG 135, and we are doing it on five sitesThe giveaway is live for Canon Watch, Sony Alpha Rumors, 43 Rumors, Fuji Rumors, and for Cosyspeed. Makes 15 prizes in total. Like and follow!

The more sites you like on Facebook and follow on Twitter (using the giveaway box), the more entries you’ll gain and hence increase your chances to win one of the prizes. If you instead visit and like just the Canon Watch Facebook page, then you’ll enter Canon Watch’s giveaway, but you are missing  the chance to win anything on the other sites. So, like and follow to increase your chance to win! The more social you are, the more chances you have to win.

Just to remind: each site is giving away 1 CAMSLINGER 160 Street Edition bag and 2 PHONEBAG 135 – makes 15 prizes in total. The contest ends 11/26/2014 at 12:00 AM. Good luck to anyone!

The CAMSLINGER 160 Street Edition bag introduces a new concept of carrying a mirrorless camera on the hip or as a sling bag (works also for a superzooms or a smaller DSLR). It’s not a solution to transport large amounts of gear as the bags are on the smaller side, but for daily live when out shooting with smaller gear it will be a very quick and good solution. I have one and I love it. The prizes: Cosyspeed CAMSLINGER 160 Street Edition bag Cosyspeed

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November 22, 2014
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Canon Getting Serious with EOS M System (and CPS roadshow in May 2015)?

Canon EOS M

A few days ago an EOS M rumor surfaced, today we have some more bits about.

I have been told (thanks) that Canon Professional Services and Canon sale forces in Germany have informed various big German dealers that Canon HQs are recalling all EOS M models, but are letting all EF-M lenses in stores and branches. Dealers were told that Canon will address the EOS M in December. For the time being it looks as if it will be a development announcement rather than a last minute X-Mas surprise. If the rumor is reliable then Canon might getting serious about the EOS M system.

I’ve also been told that a CPS roadshow is scheduled for May 2015 to showcase new and important products Canon is going to announce in 2015, which possibly could be the rumoured professional cameras Canon may announce.

Stay tuned…

November 21, 2014
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Blood Brother – A Hearth-Warming Movie Shot with Canon EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D


John Pope talks about “Blood Brother,” and how the small form factor of the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D helped him capture some of the most moving scenes without being intrusive

Blood Brother is a feature documentary about a young man with a strong desire for a family he’ll find at an AIDS hostel in a small village outside the city of Chennai, India. The movie got the Grand Jury Prize for documentaries at the Sundance Festival 2013.

The movie is the product of cinematographer John Pope and his good friend Steve Hoover, the director of the movie. A short description of what Blood Brother is about:

Rocky Braat, a young man from a fractured family and a troubled past, went traveling through India without a plan. Then he met a group of HIV positive children living in an orphanage — a meeting that changed everything for him.

Rocky left his life, friends, and career in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to live with the kids. Steve Hoover, his best friend and filmmaker, was unsettled and intrigued by this drastic action. In an effort to find out what compelled Rocky to give up every source of stability in his life, Hoover decided to trace Rocky’s story, following him to India.

He witnessed Rocky and the kids endure disease, abject poverty, and death. But, strangest of all, in the midst of these troubles, he also saw their deep joy.  And he came to understand why Rocky had given up everything he had to experience it.

‘Blood Brother’ is a story of friendship. It’s a story of a life, stripped down to its essence. Most of all, it is a story about love, enduring in the face of death.

Blood Brother was shot starting 2011 over a two-year period using various gear: a venerable Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D, Vixia camcorders, and a random use of smartphone video. About the full-frame Canon EOS 5D Mark II John Pope says:

At the time in 2011 […] there weren’t many cameras on the market that were as good in low light as the EOS 5D Mark II. Being able to shoot in low light is always important especially if you’re going for a natural look of existing practicals in a location that you don’t have control over. […]  Although it’s not always easy to articulate the look of a larger sensor, I think that it lends itself to a different feel of the space within the image.”

More about the technical background can be read at Canon DLC. The movie caused some controversy you can read about here while director Steve Hoover’s response can be read here. All filmmaker proceeds are donated to the children seen in the film and to HIV/AIDS initiatives.

Blood Brother:

  • Director: Steve Hoover
  • Writers: Steve Hoover, Phinehas Hodges, Tyson VanSkiver
  • Producers: Danny Yourd, Leigh Blake, John Carlin, Steve Hoover
  • Editor: Steve Hoover
  • Additional Cinematography: Tyson VanSkiver, Phinehas Hodges, Steve Hoover, Danny Yourd
  • Colorist: Allan Stallard

Video below: Blood Brother trailer

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November 21, 2014
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Deal Alert: Canon Rebel SL1 with 18-55mm IS STM – $430

Rebel SL1 Very good deal by Top Rated Plus eBay seller bigvalueinc (99.4% positive ratings): the Canon Rebel SL1 (EOS 100D) with the EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens is on sale for just $429.99. Free shipping in the USA. Compare to $599.99 on Amazon.

All major online sellers have dedicated pages for upcoming Black Friday and the holidays. All pages are constantly updated and have deals of all sort electronics

The Canon Direct Store’s has refurbished Canon DSLRsPowershot cameras, and lenses, as well as Canon’s special deals page. And they have a special sale: $100 of on select Powershot cameras.

Black Friday deals

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