February 23, 2014
Posted in Tips

How To Set White Balance To Photograph Snow (Canon DLC)


How To Set White Balance

[shoplink 14246]Canon EOS 70D[/shoplink] & EF-S 18-135mm IS STM – (ISO 200, 1/1000, f/8, shot at 18mm at a hiking trip in the Alps)

The Canon Digital Learning Center posted an article with useful tips on how to set white balance to photograph snow.

An excerpt:

If you’ve ever looked at one of your winter images and thought that things look a little blue, then you’ve discovered one of the challenges of photographing snow: getting the right white balance or color temperature. White balance is a fundamental camera setting that adjusts color rendition to give a neutral appearance, without any obvious overall color tints or shifts. Cameras come with several White Balance presets (Daylight, Tungsten, Flash, etc.), but difficulties can arise when there are mixed light sources all adding their own color cast. In fact, it doesn’t even need to be a direct source either because all reflected light will have a color cast that’s dependent on the color of the object the light just bounced off of. If there are objects in your image (quite likely!) then you’ve got multiple color casts, in some way.

[via CDLC]

February 22, 2014
Posted in News

Adobe Camera RAW 8.4 Release Candidate Available For Download

 Camera RAW 8.4

Adobe posted the release candidate for Camera RAW 8.4 to the public, download it here.

The new version supports the following Canon gear, or lenses for Canon mount:

  • Canon EOS 1200D (REBEL T5, KISS X70)
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
  • SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM
  • Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZE
February 21, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon Rebel T5i Bundles On Sale At B&H Photo (and other bargains)

B&H Photo has a bunch of Canon Rebel T5i (EOS 700D) kits on sale. Savings go up to $150, all items ship free in the US and get 2% rewards.

They also have the excellent EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens (with a $151 savings) on sale for $1548, again free shipping and 2% rewards.

B&H Photo also has a set of Canon DSLR & lens bundles that come at a discounted price, check them out here.

February 21, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Another Canon EOS 7D Replacement Rumor

EOS 7D Replacement

I think the Canon EOS 7D (price & specs) replacement is one of Canon’s the best kept secret ever. After a lot of contradicting rumors (here & here, not to mention Panasonic’s underspeced leak), a new rumor surfaced, again suggesting a possible announcement in March (as reported before).

EOS 7D successor in March 2014? Could be, but also not. Truth is that no one really knows what is going to happen. There will be a new APS-C flagship, sure thing, but so far no really reliable specs or features have leaked. Rumor has it that it could be a high-end DSLR with a hybrid viewfinder.

Stay tuned.

[via CR]

February 21, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III – $2829


EOS 5D Mark III Top Rated Plus seller getitdigital (99.4% positive ratings) on eBay has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $2,828.99.USA model and warranty. Free shipping and limited quantity.
February 21, 2014
Posted in News, Reviews

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART Lens Hands-On At CP+ (and some new tidbits)

The video by YouTube user PhotoNewsReviews shows a brief hands-on with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens at CP+.

You probably know that Sigma aims at the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 with the with the 50mm f/1.4 Art lens, no less. Certainly a bold claim, but given Sigma’s recently released, awesome lenses, this is a claim we should take seriously. The Sigma 18-35m f/1.8 Art (see coverage here) and the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM (see coverage here) are good examples of recent, excellent lenses made by Sigma.

The new tidbit we have is the weight of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4: 815 g/28.7 oz. That’s a bit less than the Zeiss 55mm (Canon mount: 1,030 g/36.3 oz) and way heavier than other 50mm f/1.4 lenses. Not a light-weighted lens, but also a sophisticated lens form an optical point of view.

A few weeks ago there was a leak on an Australian retailer, showing the (suggested) price for the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens: AU$ 1,499, about US$ 1,345.

[via Sigma Rumors]

Sigma 50mm f/1.4