November 22, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Rumor: New Canon EF 100-400mm Lens Prototypes Will be Tested at Winter Olympics


Canon EF 100-400mm

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Prototypes of the replacement for the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS are said to undergo testing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February next year. As usual in such cases, selected photographers will have the opportunity to use the lens. It is not sure if the Winter Olympics are the final testbed for the lens, and if we can expect an announcement soon after

[via CR]

November 22, 2013
Posted in News

Latest Canon Press Releases

Two of them.

  • Canon U.S.A. Showcasing Latest Large Format Printing Systems During Autodesk University 2013
    MELVILLE, N.Y., November 21, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that it will showcase its latest large format printing systems during Autodesk University 2013, December 3 – 5 in Las Vegas, NV. Attendees of the prominent software conference can expect to see first-hand the new Océ PlotWave 360 system and Océ PlotWave 750 system – designed with a series of advanced collaboration tools to meet the evolving print, copy and scan needs of technical users – read the rest here
  • Canon imagePROGRAF Printers Earn 2014 “Wide Format Graphic Arts Printer Line Of The Year” Award From Buyers Laboratory LLC
    MELVILLE, N.Y., November 21, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the company has earned the Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) “2014 Wide Format Graphic Arts Printer Line of the Year” award for the imagePROGRAF iPFx400 and iPFx400S series of large format printers (12- and 8-Color models). Additionally, Canon’s imagePROGRAF iPF6400S, iPF8400S and iPF765 MFP M40 printers have been recognized for three prestigious BLI Winter 2014 “Pick” awards in the wide-format category – read the rest here.
November 21, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon Deal: EF 24-105mm f/4L IS Lens – $720

Canon Deal 

Top Rated Plus eBay seller bigvalueinc (98.3% positive ratings) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens for $719.99 (click here). New item and free shipping. Please note what the seller states:

  • This lens is 100% brand new.
  • These are lenses that were originally packaged with Canon Camera Kits. We sold the Canon Kits in a quantity order, and we had simply removed the Lenses and placed them in their own box with all original foam packaging.These Lenses are limited quantity only.
November 21, 2013
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Canon Deal: EOS 6D w/ 24-105mm f/4L IS and Accessories – $2305 (or $2248 w/ printer after MIR)

Canon Deal

Top Rated Plus eBay seller 6ave (99.2% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 6D with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens and a bunch of accessories for $2,305.66 (click here). The accessories are: a 32GB no-name memory card (you won’t use this on a 6D), 2 spare batteries, a charger, a bag, and an UV filter.

Another good EOS 6D kit with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS and the Pixma PRO-100 printer is live at B&H for $2248 (click here) after you claimed a $400 mail-in rebate. The kit includes:

  • Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera with Canon 24-105mm f/4.0L IS USM AF Lens
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss 13 x 19″ (50 Sheets)
  • SanDisk 16GB SDHC Extreme Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
  • Aluminyze Aluminum Print Ordering Kit (8 x 10″)

Canon Deal

November 21, 2013
Posted in Tips

If You Squinch You Will Look Better in Photos

Let’s start with what “squinch” means. According to the Merriam Webster:


transitive verb 1: to screw up (the eyes or face); squint 2: to make more compact.

It’s professional portrait photographer Peter Hurley who gives this advice. Hurley is not new to this kind of hints. Back in February he published a video tutorial about how to improve portrait photographs by focusing on the jawline of your subject (video below). For Hurley squinching is [quoting PetaPixel]:

the action of squinting your eyes in such a way as to portray confidence and self-assurance as opposed to the fear and uncertainty that you project when you stare wide-eyed at the camera

Squinching is not squinting, as PetaPixel explains:

One final clarifying point, and Hurley is big on this: squinching isn’t the same as squinting! The difference is minor but important. When you squint, your top and bottom eyelids close up and your eyes end up all but disappearing — you look neither confident nor self-assured.

With ‘squinching,’ you’re lifting and tightening the lower eyelid, while only letting the top one come down a hair. It might seem like a slight difference (and it is) but it’s a big deal when you get in front of the camera.

Try it out! :-)

[via PetaPixel]

November 21, 2013
Posted in Deals

Refurbished Canon VIXIA HF R400 Full HD Camcorder – $160

Canon VIXIA HF R400

B&H has refurbished Canon VIXIA HF R400 camcorders for just $159.95 (click here). Core specs:

  • Capture Full HD 1920 x 1080p Video
  • Canon 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Sensor
  • Record Directly to SD/SDHC/SDXC Card
  • Record in AVCHD or MP4 Formats
  • Capacitive 3″ Touch Panel LCD
  • Genuine Canon HD Video Lens
  • 53x Advanced Zoom
  • SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
  • DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor
  • Baby Mode, Smart AUTO & Intelligent IS

Product derscription after the break:

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November 21, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon vs Third Party Batteries – Which Last Longer?

Dave Dugdale from Learning DSLR Video wanted to know, and put a genuine Canon LP-E6 battery vs a Watson LP-E6. He found that the Watson must have a chip built in since the 5D Mark III can register it and track the performance. Contrary to the Canon manual saying you can recharge whenever you want, the Watson manual says to recharge only when the battery is dead. This could mean that the Watson battery has less charging cycles.

In his tests a new Watson LP-E6 lasted 1 hour and 9 minutes, a one year old Canon LP-E6 lasted 1 hour and 28 minutes. Consider that the Watson is about half the price of the Canon (or even less).

What’s your experience? Are you using third party batteries (I do)? However, be aware of counterfeit batteries: Canon has a page dedicated to this issue.