July 31, 2013
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Canon Announces New VIXIA Mini Compact Personal Camcorder

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Note: this is what Canon Germany was teasing.

Canon USA press release:

The New VIXIA mini Compact Personal Camcorder Features an Ultra Wide-Angle Lens, Full HD Video, Vari-Angle LCD Monitor and Slim Ultra-Compact Body with Built-in Stand, and Allows for Convenient Hands-Free Shooting with built-in Wi-Fi
Melville, N.Y., July 31, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the new VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder. The creatively designed VIXIA mini personal camcorder allows shooters to easily record their hobbies, special interests and memorable moments hands-free, and then share those videos and images on their favorite social networking sites or their own blogs via built-in Wi-Fi or via the free Canon Movie Uploader app*.

The VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder features an ultra wide-angle Canon f/2.8 fisheye lens (160 degree movies / 170 degree photos) allowing a user to shoot from unique and creative perspectives while including their surroundings to make their videos and images more interesting. By utilizing the Wide Mode users can give the viewer a full view of their surroundings and then switch to Close-Up Mode to provide emphasis on a particular subject. While in Close-up Mode, users can record a centered 1920 x 1440 resolution image with little distortion. They can also quickly toggle from one shooting mode to the other, or switch back and forth between video and image mode, by touching the camcorder’s innovatively designed 2.7-inch capacitive-tilt touch panel LCD display. Attached to the camera by two parallel hinges, the Vari-Angle LCD monitor allows for various shooting styles, including low-angle shooting, normal and high-angle-shooting and self-shooting.

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July 31, 2013
Posted in Rumors

More on Sigma’s Lens Mount Conversion Service

Yesterday I reported that Sigma announced something revolutionary, they touted it as “change your mind? – change your [?]“. It turned out that Sigma will start a service to change the mount type of your Sigma lens so you can easily switch system (brand) of your camera without having to sell your old Sigma lenses and buy new ones. Good move by Sigma. They are making outstanding lenses since some time and it makes sense offering such a service to customers. The service is said to be free. The video above shows that it isn’t a too difficult operation to change the mount type of the lens.

Today there are new information about the lens conversion service. The information comes from a slrclub user. All Sigma lenses with 10 contacts can be easily modified to get another mount type, except for Nikon/Pentax version of Sigma lenses. For Nikon/Pentax versions, the aperture will be controlled mechanically after the conversion. There shouldn’t be such issues with Canon/Sony/Other versions of Sigma lenses. Tomorrow we will know more, since Sigma will officially announce the service on August 1st. The service will start from 9/2.

[slrclub via dicahub]

Lens Mount Conversion

July 31, 2013
Posted in News

A Bit Of Everything

 

  • Amazing Timelapse Showing The Amount Of Work Invested In Restorating A Damaged Photo – diyphotography
  • Need to Bounce Some Light? Here’s an Inexpensive DIY Reflector Solution – nofilmschool
  • Canon EF to MFT Speed Booster coming in August. – 43rumors
  • Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 (price & specs) zoom will ship in September only (in Europe) – sonyalpharumors
  • EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x Learning About the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens (Amazon | Adorama | B&H) with Internal 1.4x Extender on Tower Island/Prince Philips Steps – birdsasart-blog
  • Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 vs Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II (price & specs)ronmartblog
  • Canon Global Camera Sales Drop 19% Over Last Year, While Total Sales Revenue Rises – The Phoblographer
  • Panasonic Rumored to Work On Canon 70D-Like Sensor With Integrated Phase-Detection AF – 43rumors
  • Control Your SLR From Your Smartphone with the Weye Feye WiFi Add-On – The Phoblographer
  • Canon Can’t, Unfortunately – seekingalpha
  • Shooting Extreme Documentary Series ‘Vice’ with the Canon C300 – creativeplanetnetwork
July 30, 2013
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Lens Discounts: Tokina II 11-16mm f/2.8, Rokinon 35mm f/1.4

B&H has discounts going on for the following lenses:

Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 has a $60 instant rebate and a $40 mail-in rebate, final price is $599 (click here) – expires 8/31

Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 Wide-Angle US UMC has a $50 mail in rebate, final price is $389.95 (click here) – expires 8/1

July 30, 2013
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Firmware Updates For Canon EOS-1D III, EOS-1D IV, and EOS-1Ds III

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New firmware releases for three of Canon top pro DSLRs.

Firmware Version 1.3.2 for the Canon EOS-1D Mark III camera incorporates the following fixes:

1. Resolves the following phenomenon: when the camera is not attached to a lens, power consumption may be higher than usual,
causing premature battery drain.
2. Resolves a phenomenon in which “Err 70” may be displayed when the shutter is released without a lens attached.

Firmware Version 1.1.4 for the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV camera incorporates the following fixes:

1. Resolves the following phenomenon: when the camera is not attached to a lens, power consumption may be higher than usual,
causing premature battery drain.
2. Resolves a phenomenon in which “Err 02” may be displayed when the shutter is released without a lens attached.

Firmware Version 1.2.3 for the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III camera incorporates the following fixes:

1. Resolves the following phenomenon: when the camera is not attached to a lens, power consumption may be higher than usual,
causing premature battery drain.
2. Resolves a phenomenon in which “Err 70” may be displayed when the shutter is released without a lens attached.

July 30, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Update – Sigma Rumor: Sigma is Soon Going to Change your Mind (and might announce a 24-70mm lens)

Sigma Rumor

Update (thanks to the reader who posted in the comments, I got confirmation also from other sources): It appears as if the service Sigma is touting will be a mount conversion service. That is, Sigma will change the mount type of your Sigma lens so you can use it on a different camera brand (if you switch from Nikon to Canon, for instance). You will have to send in the lens (at least in the first period). It is yet to see if the service will be free or not.

Change your mind? Change your [mount]?

The Korean text translates to From September 2nd, Sigma will start the world’s first special… service. So, what is Sigma going to announce on August 1st? I suppose a new mount type adapter. That could fit the rumor I reported yesterday, that Sigma could launch a sort of universal system adapter where all Sigma lenses can be used on all mirrorless systems. We’ll see soon, the announcement is expected for August 1st 6:00am Korean time. Stay tuned! [slrclub via dicahub]

There is also another rumor concerning Sigma, though I do not think it is related to the announcement above. Rumors suggest that Sigma is working on a 24-70 f/2 OS HSM lens for full-frame cameras, and that lens should be faster than f/2.8. Thus a lens that is in line with the amazing 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM for APS-C cameras. No word about the price, the lens should be announced at Photokina 2014. [via CR]

July 30, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Canon Rumor: Canon Media Event Scheduled for August 21st

Canon Rumor

Canon USA scheduled a press event for August 21st. No hints for what. There could be the announcement of the successor of the Canon EOS M, the recent fire sales appear to give some credits to that. If there will be an announcement for the a new EOS M, then it will have the sensor and the Dual Pixel CMOS AF of the Canon EOS 70D. Less probably the announcement of the EOS 7D Mark II, which is expected for next year. Finally, we had plenty of rumours concerning a high resolution DSLR Canon is supposed to work on.

More to come soon

[via PB]

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