May 7, 2014
Posted in Tips

How To Power Your Canon DSLR All Day For Less Than $150 (DIY)

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If you always have to carry lots of spare batteries with you then Caleb Pike’s inexpensive and simple do-it-yourself power solution is for you. If you want to get 12 hours of battery life then read on.

Says Caleb:

I recently purchased this NP-F970 Battery Adapter that is compatible with Canon DSLRs. I was a little worried about the quality from the pictures online but I thought I’d take the plunge and share my findings with you guys. After receiving the unit, I hooked it up with 2 Sony NP-F970 batteries and let if run all day with the camera recording AND powering my monitor… 8 Hours later, I called it a day and decided I like this thing. I still haven’t fully tested the unit to see how long it would power the camera and accessories but it’ll give you a full day at least.

As Caleb Pike said, the solution isn’t perfect so far. Room for your improvements :-)

[dslrvideoshooter via nofilmschool]

May 7, 2014
Posted in News

Is It True? New Algorithm To Detect Processed Photos

Fourandsix Technologies launched izitru.com (= “is it true”), a free service that claims to be able to spot whether an image has been post-processed or not.

You can upload an JPEG image file and let the algorithm run various analysis tasks to decide if the picture has been manipulated. If the image was not processed, Izitru gives the image a “trust” rating. Can be useful on social media, for business etc. About how the algorithm spots processed images:

There are a variety of ways in which an original JPEG file, as first saved by a digital camera, may be different from subsequent versions of the file. Some of these differences reflect the fact that each digital camera has distinct ways of applying JPEG settings when saving a file. Other differences result from artifacts that are introduced when images are saved multiple times. We use a combination of six distinct forensic tests to look for these differences.

There is a FAQ, some tips, and to try it out head here.

Recently I found a paper about another algorithm, this time to measure the popularity of a photo (you can try it out).

[via DPreview]

May 7, 2014
Posted in Rumors

New Canon Ultra Wide Lenses To Be Announced Very Soon (EF-S 10-18mm and EF 16-35mm f/4L IS)

 

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The Canon EF-S 10-22mm (left) and EF 16-35mm (right)

Digicame-info (translated) reports that they got word from a trusted source that Canon will announce 2 new ultra wide angle lenses in the next days. The rumored lenses are the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM and the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM.

So it seems Canon is going to replace two popular lenses: the excellent EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 and the highly regarded EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, although in the latter case it is less a replacement and more an addition of a new lens to the line-up.

Both lenses will get image stabilisation, the EF-S 10-18mm gets a bit slower than the EF-S 10-22mm (will it be lighter because of the smaller aperture?), the EF 16-35mm also gets slower and gains IS. The big question here is the pricing. At least for the 16-35mm I expect a price tag somewhat shy of $2,000 (the current 16-35mm is $1700). The EF-S 10-18mm will most probably also be pricier than the current EF-S 10-22mm ($650), since it comes with IS.

If you have a Canon APS-C DSLR and the EF 16-35mm is on your radar, think again and get the amazing Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art, a lens  with constant f/1.8 over the zoom range and that sells for $799, and a lens that puts the competitors to shame (Zeiss included).

Stay tuned, more to come soon…

[via DCI]

May 7, 2014
Posted in News

Registrations For Canon EYECON Photography And Film Competition 2014 Are Open (New Zealand only)

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Canon New Zealand is accepting registrations for the EYECON Photography and Film Competition 2014. Registrations are accepted until 10/1/2014

Canon EYEcon is a competition created especially for New Zealand’s emerging photographers and filmmakers. It’s the ultimate opportunity to showcase your talent, gain valuable experience and pitch yourself against the best in your field.

There are some truly incredible prizes to be won too, including a range of ‘money can’t buy experience days’ with some of New Zealand’s most prominent photographers.

The EYEcon 2014 competition is open to New Zealand students or assistants studying photography or film and is split into three categories for you to submit an entry too. Each category is judged individually and has separate prize packages to be won:

  • PHOTOGRAPHY: Tertiary students and assistant photographers currently studying photography.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY:Year 12 & 13 High School students currently studying photography.
  • FILM: Tertiary students and assistant film makers currently studying film.

Canon EYEcon is a truly fantastic opportunity for all budding photographers and filmmakers – so don’t miss out.  To enter Canon EYEcon, please click on the links below:

– EYEcon Registration Form (must be submitted by October 1, 2014)

– EYEcon Competition Guidelines

– EYEcon Terms and Conditions

– EYEcon FAQ’s

More information at Canon NZ –>

May 6, 2014
Posted in News

New Canon EF Lenses 101 Video: Wide-Angle Lenses

CanonUSA on YouTube posted the next video of their ongoing series Canon EF Lenses 101.

A wide-angle lens lets you capture a broader field of view than most lenses and brings in everything around you. Photographer and educator Matt Kloskowski takes you through the best uses of wide-angle lenses and gives some tips on getting great photos with them.

May 6, 2014
Posted in Deals

Hot Deal: Canon EOS 70D w/ 18-135mm IS STM + PIXMA Pro-100, And More Accessories – $1,247 (after MIR)

Canon EOS 70D

Still on the fence for the excellent Canon EOS 70D? Then check this deal by Adorama.

The kit on sale includes the EOS 70D, EF-S 18-135mm IS STM lens, PIXMA Pro-100 photo printer (+ paper), SanDisk 16GB Class 10 memory card, a spare Green Extreme LP-E6 Lithium-Ion battery, and a bag for your gear – all for $1,247 after a $400 mail-in rebate.

Instructions:

Click on Buy Together and Save –> “Save up to $229.28 with bundle” –> Select Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer bundle from pop-up window –> Add to cart. Note that when you select the printer the memory card and the rest of the accessories are part of the selection.

You’ll see a check-out price of $1,647, subtract the $400 MIR = $1,247

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