Today Only: Zoner Photo Studio 16 PRO for Free (compare to $89)

Zoner Photo Studio 16 PRO, an alternative to Adobe Lightroom, is free for today January 28. The software normally retails for $89. You can download free-for-limited time Zoner Photo Studio 16 PRO here. Please note: the link points to the daily giveaway, if Zoner Photo Studio is no longer the giveaway of the day you may be too late). Windows only.

Key features:

  • Importing: Right as you’re downloading your pictures to your PC, you can tag them, rotate them to match camera rotation (EXIF), back them up, and more.
  • Managing: Give photographs a rating from 1-5, colored labels, descriptions, and more. Drag-and-drop them onto an integrated Google Map to GPS-tag them, so you’ll know exactly where your photos were taken even years from now. Then find any photo you need in seconds, even among thousands of others.
  • Editing: Dozens of photo editing and retouching features – cropping, resizing, straightening, local edits, exposure and color fixes and more. A Quick Edits panel helps you fix a picture in moments using just a few sliders. The Editor also offers dozens of creative Quick Filters and other creative tools like HDR, Tone Mapping, 3D, panoramas, etc.

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(CW2) Canon/Sony Patent Exchange to Produce Canon’s High Resolution Sensor?

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I have been told (thanks) that Sony will indeed produce Canon’s upcoming high resolution sensor. The source presents this as a joint venture and patent exchange between Canon and Sony.

In other words, and according to the source, Canon and Sony will agree on a patent exchange to produce a 53MP sensor for Canon’s upcoming high resolution DSLRs. This sensor would keep the Exmor technology, and feature Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The best of both worlds someone may say. Sony would still sell sensors to Nikon, but without the Dual Pixel AF (it is for sure not a problem for Sony to mass-produce slightly different lines of sensors).

Interesting rumor. All in all such a scenario is possible, since it would be of advantage for both companies. Canon already used a Sony sensor on the Powershot G7 X. And there have been rumors that Canon may sport a Sony sensor in future high-end DSLRs. Finally, Canon themselves stated in an interview that they will “select the best sensor, whoever the manufacturer is” (see the interview here).

What do you think? Let me know in the comment section…

About our rumor rating:

  • CW1 – probably fake rumor, not reliable
  • CW2 – rumor from an unknown/new source, but otherwise at least a plausible rumor
  • CW3 – a 50% chance to be real, coming from a known source, or from new source with good insight in Canon’s business
  • CW4 – rumor from a known source that was right in the past
  • CW5 – as good as certain to be true

(CW2) Canon EOS M3 Coming With 24MP Sensor?

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I have been told (thanks) that the Canon EOS M3, rumored to be announced Friday 6th, may come with a 24MP sensor.

This rumor puzzles me a bit. I give it only a CW2 rating because the specs look pretty much like the supposed specs for one of the (also rumored) two models of the Rebel T5i replacement.

  • 24.2MP sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF III
  • Automatic shooting modes
  • ISO 100-12,800 range
  • 7 fps
  • NFC
  • Optional EVF

Not very much, specs-wise. I am wondering and skeptical, especially because of the 24MP sensor. To me it seems strange that Canon may introduce a new APS-C sensor (at least resolution-wise a new sensor) in an entry-level DSLR (the next Rebel), or in a mirrorless camera. One thing is sure: the optional EVF is on a lot of people’s wishlist. On the other hand, who knows what Canon is planing? :-) I also got rumors saying Canon will go serious with mirrorless (1 | 2) in 2015. Only time will tell.

I am also wondering how much Canon’s Connect Station CS100 plays a role in the company’s strategic plans. If it does, Canon may feel some urge to release more NFC-enabled DSLRs. I got some rumors saying the CS100 is an integral part in Canon’s future plans. Did not publish so far because they didn’t look reliable to me. I am sorting this out.

I hope Canon will put some efforts in their next mirrorless camera. The EOS M system is a good system with plenty of potential, and it would be a pity if Canon decides to let it down. Since Canon is still offering the EF-M lenses in the EU and USA market, there is some founded hope the EOS M3 will be available in the US and EU (the EOS M2 is not).

Stay tuned, and if you want, let me know what you think in the comment section.

About our rumor rating:

  • CW1 – probably fake rumor, not reliable
  • CW2 – rumor from an unknown/new source, but otherwise at least a plausible rumor
  • CW3 – a 50% chance to be real, coming from a known source, or from new source with good insight in Canon’s business
  • CW4 – rumor from a known source that was right in the past
  • CW5 – as good as certain to be true

The “Amazing Worlds Within Our World” – Jaw Dropping Macro Photography Using a Rebel T3i and Reversed Kit Lens

Do you need expensive gear to make astonishing photos? As artist Pyanek shows, you do not.

To create the impressing macro shots of everyday objects you see in the video above, he used a Canon Rebel T3i/EOS 600D with reverse mounted kit lens, a kit that sells for around $500. Using an adapter you can mount a lens “the wrong way”, i.e. flip it around backwards. An inexpensive way to shot extreme macro photography. Such an adapter sells for less than $10 on eBay. You have to make all settings by yourself since there is no connection with the camera. Not the usual way to use your lens but one that delivers fun and awesome photos.

Pyanek used Helicon Focus for focus stacking, and Lightroom 5 for editing. He also composed the music in the video. You can follow him on Facebook and YouTube.

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Canon Deals on eBay (5D3, 6D, 70D, T5i more…)

Some good deals by a reputable, Top Rated Plus seller on eBay, getitdigital (99.5% positive ratings):

Note: These are likely grey market items.

More select Canon deals on eBay are listed here.

Refurbished Canon DSLRs Discounted at Canon Direct Store

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The Canon Direct Store has filled up their inventory. To see all refurbished DSLRs click here, a selection:

Be also sure to check the refurbished lens listing, and the refurbished Powershot cameras. The PowerShot SX50 HS is on sale for $199.99 (compare to $386.99)