October 28, 2013
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New Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware by the End of the Week?

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EOS 5D Mark III

We got word (thanks) that Canon could soon (by October 31st) release a new firmware update for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. The update should mainly address an issue with the SpeedLite 600EX-RT not firing several times when you use manual setings and IR on. The update will be available here.

Stay tuned.

October 26, 2013
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October 25, 2013
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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II May Be Announced in March 2014

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Fake EOS 7D Mark II (mock-up)

We got a first candidate date (thanks) for the announcement of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, and some specs confirmation too. According to our source Canon is set to announce the successor of the EOS 7D in March 2014. We didn’t get an exact date, but according to our source it should happen somewhen in the mid of March.

No concrete news about the specs. Rumors still suggest Canon is prototyping two different sensor (though both will have Dual Pixel AF), a 20MP and a 24MP sensor. Which one will do it into the 7D Mark II is still uncertain. However, all rumours suggest the 7D Mark II will not have the same sensor as the Canon EOS 70D. That looks a bit weird to me. If the 7D Mark II gets a 20MP sensor I can hardly figure out why and how it should be a different sensor than the one featured on the 70D. Maybe different aliasing filters or other very small differences in the engineering of the sensor.

For the time being the following sill is the most credited specification list:

  • ~20MP or ~24MP sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Auto-Focus system similar to the EOS 5D Mark III (61 points), possibly the same as 5D3
  • High frame rate, 10-12 fps
  • “high grade” weather sealing, like Canon’s professional DSLRs
  • Dual Digic V+ processor
  • Single card slot
  • WiFi & GPS
  • Innovative video features
  • Price around $2000
  • Very good ISO performance

That’s all for now. Have a great day.

October 25, 2013
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How To Get Accurate Colors in Difficult Light Using a Filter (White Balance)

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You all know the following situation: difficult light settings confuse the white-balance of your camera and you’ve to use a grey card to calibrate the WB. Not a big issue but prone to errors and sometimes uncomfortable (think rain). Another way to get the WB right in such settings is to use a filter on top of your lens that acts as a neutral diffusion filter that passes 18% of the ambient light to the cameras light meter. What you have is a grey frame you can comfortably use to calibrate the WB.

Adorama has the ExpoImaging ExpoDisc Digital White Balance filters all 50% off the regular price, starting from $34.99 for the 52mm filter up to 52.49 for the 82mm filter.

Product description after the break.

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October 25, 2013
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Another Great Lens for an Affordable Price – Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS Price Unveiled ($899)

Sigma 24-105mm f/4

 

Eventually Sigma announced the price of its recently announced 24-105mm f/4 DG OS lens (“Art” line-up) to the world: $899. And it is once more (after the 18-35mm f/1.8) a price for the masses, for a lens that hopefully will deliver the same awesome properties of the 18-35mm f/1.8 (price & specs). The 24-105mm is interesting also because there are (non confirmed) rumours floating around saying that Canon may discontinue the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM (price & specs). The Sigma has image stabilisation, the Canon not.

More information, details, pics and specs after the break.

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October 25, 2013
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Are These Canon Lens Patents For The EOS M System?

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50mm f/1.8

Egami (translated) spotted Canon patents for three lenses that could been thought for the EOS M mirrorless system, a 5omm f/1.8, 50mm f/1.4 and 35mm f/1.4. Egami’s analysis of the patents suggests this interpretation, i.e. that these lenses are made for an APS-C mirrorless system. Sound exciting, having such primes for the EOS M would at least allow us to think that Canon is committed to their mirrorless system. More details and specs after the break.

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