October 22, 2013
Posted in News

New Canon EOS-1D X and EOS-1D C Firmware Brings Improved Controls and Creative Freedom


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Update: more information in this CPN article.

Canon announced the scheduled availability for firmware updates for both the EOS-1D C and EOS-1D X. It appears Canon is actively listening to their customers, at least to the pros. There are huge improvements set to come.

The EOS-1D C firmware is scheduled to be available in November 2013, the EOS-1D X firmware in January 2014. There are huge improvements and fixes especially for the EOS-1D X (more details in the press release text), such as:

  • AF Performance with Moving Subjects
  • Enhanced AI Servo AF Performance in Low Light Conditions
  • Improved Acceleration/Deceleration Tracking Parameters
  • Selection of Initial AF Point While Shooting in 61-Point Auto Selection AF
  • AF Point Switching According to Camera Orientation
  • Expanded Minimum Shutter Speed in Auto ISO
  • Exposure Compensation in Auto ISO with Manual Mode Set
  • Toggling Between Alternate Camera Settings
  • Same Exposure for New Aperture in Manual Mod
  • Display Protected Images Only

Changes in the EOS-1D C firmware update:

  • EF Lens Communication
  • Audio Recording (line input!!)

Canon USA press release:

Canon Firmware Upgrades For The EOS-1D X And EOS-1D C Digital SLR Cameras Deliver Improved Creative Control And Convenience

Firmware Version 2 for the EOS-1D X is Based on Extensive User Input and Provides More Efficient Autofocus Performance in Low Light, Custom Controls, and Improved User-Programmed Functionality

MELVILLE, N.Y., October 22, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announces improvements in the functionality and convenient operation of the EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera and the EOS-1D C Digital SLR Cinema camera through new firmware scheduled to be available starting in January 2014 and November 2013, respectively. Firmware enhancements for the EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera are designed to provide photographers with greater creative freedom and speed, especially in sectors such as sports, wedding, nature/wildlife, and journalism, which often contain rapidly changing action, sometimes in low-light environments. Service enhancements for the EOS-1D C Digital SLR Cinema camera improve lens performance, lens status display, metadata storage, and audio recording.

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October 22, 2013
Posted in News

Sigma Safari Experience at Photo Plus Expo in NYC

Sigma Safari Experience

Sigma presents the event as follows:

Join us in person or via live webcast for #SigmaSafari, a hands-on shooting experience starring professional models dramatically transformed into safari animals. Photograph these captivating models, test driving some of our newest Sigma Global Vision products.

Sigma press release:

Sigma Corporation of America Brings Sigma Safari Experience to PhotoPlus Expo 2013

Manufacturer offers hands-on photography demos, streams live video tutorials from show floor

RONKONKOMA, N.Y., Oct. 21, 2013 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, will kick off the Sigma Safari Experience on Thursday, October 24, the first day of PhotoPlus Expo (PPE) at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.

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October 21, 2013
Posted in Tips

How You Find Out The Shutter Count of Your Canon Camera (video)

Another helpful video by Dave Dugdale of Learning DSLR Video. There is an application (only for Windows) you can download for free at ShutterActuations.com. These Canon DSLRs are supported: 1000D,1100D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 7D ,5DMKII, 5DMKIII, 1DMKIV, 1DX


October 21, 2013
Posted in Deals

Warning: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS For Just $640 (instead of $1150, free shipping)

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Another super hot deal by Top Rated Plus eBay seller Bigvalueinc (98.3% positive ratings): the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS for $640. USA model ad free shipping. The sellers notes:

  •  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.


October 21, 2013
Posted in Deals

Super Low Price For Canon’s Full-Frame EOS 5D Mark III ($2550)


Super low price for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Top Rated Plus eBay seller Bigvalueinc (98.3% positive ratings) has the EOS 5D Mark III for $2550. USA model in original box. That’s at least $550 off compared to other sellers. bigvalueinc’s note: The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body may come in a kit box. The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for sale is 100% Brand New, Never Used. Lens has been removed from Kit box and sold on a separate auction.

The seller doesn’t have a stellar rating but eBay regulary feature them in the Daily Deals section.

October 21, 2013
Posted in Reviews

How To Get More With Less Using Magic Lantern

This is the third part of a series of articles by David Kong. In part three he shows how you can get more without having to get expensive high end equipment – thanks to Magic Lantern. What he is doing, basically, is showing how you can get high-end cinematic images on low-end DSLRs (David used a Canon T2i/550D).

The article covers also the installation of ML.

[via philipbloom.net]

P.S. is it evident that I am a big Magic Lantern fan…? :)

October 21, 2013
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Canon Deals: EOS 6D ($1629/€1439), EF 24-105mm f/4L IS ($769/€676)

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Authorized Canon dealer DigitalRev started an Autumn Sale (30% off).

There are two interesting items on offer:

Please note that for EU countries the price is comprehensive of all customs and taxes, for US it depends by the state. The posted Euro-price is computed for Germany, it may slightly vary for other EU countries. Free shipping.