August 2, 2013
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A Bit Of Everything

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Various:

  • Camera shipments continue to fall – dpreview
  • Adobe announces ACR 8.2 and Lightroom 5.2 release candidates – dpreview
  • Load Your Canon with Presets and Nail Your Favorite Settings in Seconds – photo.tutsplus
  • Canon Live Learning: It’s an Oregon Workshop Thing – Canon Digital Learning Center
  • Canon PowerShot N is a pint-size powerhouse – macworld
  • The Chinese Have Come Up With a Combined Wireless Flash Trigger and IR Camera Remote – The Phoblographer
  • Light that Fire: A Guide to Finding Photo Inspiration at the Library – photojojo
  • Why I Couldn’t Care Less What DxoMark Says About My Lens Or Yours – photofocus

Videos:

  • Rescuing a Photo with Lightroom – photofocus
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens II. Quick Video Test – 

  • Settimio + Sarah’s Wedding Trailer – Luxembourg. Filmed on canon C100 + 1dc, director Aldo Ricci –
August 2, 2013
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Magic Lantern’s Progress and How It Works – Video

This is 42 minutes video that introduces you to how Magic Lantern works, what it does on your camera, what the origins of the project are, and how the ML team progresses with new innovations (think RAW hack). The presentation was given by Georg Hofstetter and Michael Zöller back in May at the Open Source 2013 LinuxTag event. The The video is presented as follows:

Magic Lantern is a Free Software add-on for Canon EOS DSLR cameras, that offers increased functionality aimed mainly at DSLR enthusiasts and power users. It is very similar to CHDK for Canon compact cameras and it runs alongside Canon’s own firmware, by hooking into the startup process.

This talk presents a live demonstration of Magic Lantern, showing some of its unique unctionalities and covers the hardware and software internals of Canon’s camera operating system DryOS. It also shows that programming your DSLR is quite similar to programming any embedded ARM device in plain C. Finally, since Magic Lantern is not endorsed by Canon in any way, we also present some legal aspects that every firmware modder should be aware of.

[via nofilmschool]

August 1, 2013
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New Arrival & In Stock: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM – $499

Sigma 30mm f/1.4

B&H has the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM lens in stock for $499 (click here).

  • Standard Focal Length Prime Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 – 16
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 11.8″ (30 cm)
  • Hyper Sonic Motor for Smooth Autofocus
  • Brass Bayonet Mount
  • For APS-C Format Cameras
  • Fits Canon EF-S Mount Cameras

More product description after the break.

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August 1, 2013
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New Canon VIXIA Mini Camcorder Available for Pre-Order

Above: Canon Europe Vixia/Legria commercial.

Canon’s new diminutive camcorder, the Vixia Mini Camcorder is available for pre-order at B&H for $299 (click here). Black and white color options. The Vixia Mini was announced yesterday. Specs after the break.

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August 1, 2013
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Canon Deals of the Day: EOS M Kit, Rebel T4i (650D), EF 16-35mm F/2.8L II, Pixma MG2220 Photo Printer, Rebel T3i (600D), EF 24-105mm f/4L IS

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Amazon US still has the Canon EOS M kit with the EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens on sale for $349 (click here). The kit is ranked first on Amazon US Compact System Camera best sellers. Not surprising given this price.

Top Rated Plus eBay seller 6ave (99.4% positive ratings) has the EF 24-105 f/4L IS lens on sale for $714.99 (click here). Bonus items: UV filter and camera and lens cleaning kit. Free shipping, limited quantity at this price.

Same seller 6ave also has the Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8 L II $1556.59 (click here)

Top Rated Plus eBay seller getitdigital (99.4% positive ratings) has the Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) body only on sale for $411.12 (click here). Free shipping, USA model and warranty.

Same seller getitidigital has a great Rebel T4i with EF-S 18-55mm IS II lens deal, on sale for just $659.99 (click here). Free shipping, imported item, 1 year warranty.

eBay seller tigerdirect (98.5% positive ratings) has the Canon PIXMA MG2220 Photo All-In-One Printer $39.99 (click here).

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August 1, 2013
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Rumor: First Picture Of Sigma 24-70mm f/2 Lens Leaked

Sigma 24-70mm f/2

Take it with a grain of salt: I can’t say if this pic is authentic. It appears that the first picture of Sigma’s rumored 24-70mm f/2 DG OS HSM lens for full-frame DSLRs may have leaked on the web. I reported yesterday that Sigma is supposed to make a full-frame lens that is as innovative as the company’s 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens for APS-C sensors, that’ s a lens with constant f/2 and a zoom range 24-70mm. If the picture above is real, then the announcement shouldn’t be too far away. Kudos Sigma for another revolutionary lens!

[fotospekter via megapixel]

August 1, 2013
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More Canon EOS 70D Test Footage (AF test, video quality test, sample pics)

BBC’s Johnnie Behiri (source: lensvid) had a chance to play around with a pre-production model of the Canon EOS 70D. While he was pretty impressed with the innovative Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus of the 70D, he was less impressed with its image quality. According to Behiri the image seems to be on the soft side, noisy with moire and aliasing artifacts. However, he also stresses that used a pre-production model of the 70d, things can (and hopefully) will change when the 70D goes into production and will (presumably) have another firmware on board. The video below is the image quality test.

Canon EOS 70D
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Canon EOS 70D

Next, we have two videos (source: imaging-resource) that definitely show how well Canon’s new Dual Pixel CMOS AF performs in real life (spoiler: very impressing). The videos come from the Japanese site Nikkei Trendy, and show the performance of the EOS 70D’s AF combined with face recognition: the child in the video is tracked while he is running.

More AF test, this time for stills, come from Japanese site Kakaku Magazine.

Finally, for another round of test sample pics, check optyczne.pl.

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