May 16, 2013
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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Price Jumps Up To $3499

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It took me some time to get aware of this: The price for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III jumped up to $3499 for the body only and up to $4099 for the kit with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens. That’s at least $200 more than the previous official price. Is this related to the fact that the latest Magic Lantern hack transforms the 5D3 in a powerful video equipment? Just kidding…

Good time to check for deals on eBay, see the list below. However, the Canon Direct Store is selling Canon EOS 5D Mark III bodies for $2799 (click here). Too see all refurbished Canon DSLR on sale at the Canon store click here, to see all refurbished lenses on sale click here. The refurbished lenses have discounts up to 50%, as the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens which is sold for ridiculous $79.99 (click here).

Canon EOS 5D Mark III world wide price check:

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, Digitalrev, eBay.au
Austria: PixMania AT, DigitalRev, Wex Photographie, eBay.at
Belgium: PixMania BE, DigitalRev, eBay.be
Canada: Amazon.ca, newegg, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H, eBay.ca
China: Amazon.cn, Digitalrev, eBay
Denmark: DigitalRev, eBay
Finland: DigitalRev, eBay
France: PixMania FR, DigitalRev, eBay.fr
Germany: Amazon DE, Wex Photographie, DigitalRev, eBay.de, PixMania DE
Hong Kong: Amazon, Adorama, Digitalrev, B&H, eBay
Ireland: Amazon.uk, DigitalRev, eBay.ie
Italy: DigitalRev, PixMania IT, eBay.it
Japan: Amazon.jp, Rakuten, DigitalRev, eBay
Netherlands: PixMania NL, DigitalRev, eBay.nl
Norway: DigitalRev, eBay
Poland: DigitalRev, Redcoon.pl, eBay
Singapore: B&H, Adorama, Digitalrev, eBay
Spain: PixMania ES, DigitalRev, Redcoon.es, eBay.es
Suisse: DigitalRev, Wex Photographie, eBay.ch
Sweden: DigitalRev, eBay
Thailand: Amazon, DigitalRev, B&H, Adorama, eBay
United Kingdom: Amazon UK, PixMania UK, Warehouseexpress, DigitalRev, eBay.uk
USA: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

May 16, 2013
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Simply Amazing Take 2: More About Magic Lantern Hack For EOS 5D Mark III (and comparison with Blackmagic)

Yesterday I reported about the latest hack for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs) by the skilled Magic Lantern team (the forum discussion is going on here). The Magic Lantern hack is definitely going to change a few things in the videographer world: an EOS 5D Mark III becomes the most advanced 14-bit RAW recording system people can get for around $3000 (less than EUR 3000). For those who still don’t know: the Magic Lantern hack makes 14 bit RAW video output at 24fps feasible on the EOS 5D Mark III. The performance is amazing when compared to the 8-bit H.264 footage output (without the hack). Given the success of yesterday’s post I would like to post a follow-up.

First of all, a guide on how to install the Magic Lantern hack on your EOS 5D Mark III, provided by cinema5d. Get the Magic Lantern package (File –> Download) and follow cinema5d’s instructions.

Next, for all of you who are concerned that installing the Magic Lantern hack could brick their DSLR, have a look at Joe Marine’s article at nofilmschool. Hint: It will not brick your sensor. Be confident. While it is true that the hack is in its early stage, and that there will be random crashes and failures, there is no risk to ruin the sensor of the 5D Mark III (this was a concern by some users). The sensor does not have to do more work when using the hack.

Finally, at diyphotography they posted an article about why Magic Lantern Raw video is the best thing that happened to Canon.

More and more videos that show the impressing performance of the Magic Lantern hack show up. Below you’ll find a selection. Have fun!

Canon EOS 5D Mark III price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

5D mark ii Magic Lantern RAW test (low light, high ISO) from Jon Andreas Sanne on Vimeo.

14-bit RAW on Canon 5D Mark III vs. factory default with CineStyle – Dynamic Range from Saad Rabia on Vimeo.

A RAW in the park. (Canon 5D mark III with Magic Lantern RAW module – short test) from Johnnie Behiri on Vimeo.

May 16, 2013
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Amazon Gold Box Deal: Up To 70% Off On SanDisk Memory Cards

Will not last long, so if you are looking out for a good memory card deal don’t hesitate.

Click here to see the memory card deals (choose your memory card)

May 16, 2013
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New Tethering Software For Canon EOS DSLRs (Kuuvik Capture)

A new (Mac only) software for tethered shooting was released, Kuuvik Capture. The following Canon DSLRs are supported: Canon EOS 60D, 650D, 600D, 550D, 1100D, EOS-1D X, 1D Mark IV, 1Ds Mark III, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 6D, 7D. From their homepage:

Kuuvik Capture’s advanced live view assists composition and accurate focusing with a remarkable set of tools.

Taking live view quite a few steps further than what cameras currently have to offer, the software provides parametric sharpening coupled with adjustable focus peaking overlay in three different modes (with user selected color, optionally over a black and white image; and mask only). These all work in real time, applied directly to the camera’s live view stream.

Combined with support for driving lens focusing motors manually and precisely, taking tack sharp images that are focused to exactly where you want them could not be easier.

You can also apply preset or precisely adjustable guidelines and rotate the live view image in order to set up your desired composition with minimal efforts.

You can download (scroll down to the bottom of the product page) the software and try it for free for 30 days. Pricing is as follows:

Licenses for Canon EOS 60D, 650D, 600D, 550D, 1100D: $79.99 introductory price + VAT where applicable

Licenses for Canon EOS-1D X, 1D Mark IV, 1Ds Mark III, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 6D, 7D: $99.99 introductory price + VAT where applicable

System Requirements

  • Apple Mac or MacBook computer with a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or better processor.
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB is highly recommended).
  • 100 MB free disk space for the application, and gigabytes for your photos.
  • Calibrated monitor with minimum 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.
  • OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.5, 10.8.3 or later.

Tethering Software For Canon

Tethering Software For Canon

May 15, 2013
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Canon EOS C100 Reviews Round-Up (Mostly Videos)


Time for a round-up of reviews about the Canon EOS C100. The Canon C100 is on sale with a $1000 discount at both Adorama and B&H. The body only option is yours for $5499 (B&H | Adorama), the kit with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens is sold for $6,099 (B&H | Adorama). Btw, if you are looking for a raincover for your precious C100, Petrol Bags has one (source: cinescopophilia):

EOS C100

The C100 Rain Cover’s transparent polyurethane construction provides for maximum visibility, while remaining serviceable down to -4 degrees Fahrenheit/-20 degrees Celsius. A cleaver front cover section featuring a microphone sleeve of rip-stop fabric attaches to the Rain Cover via two waterproof zippers for extra weather protection. A hot shoe connector in the cover’s rigid front hood section anchors and stabilizes the rain cover on the camera. The PR400 also includes a 6” ABS track that allows for the addition of a mini light.

Before you dive into the videos, have a look why Cinematographer Ryan E. Walters prefers the EOS C100. There are 7 reasons for this: (source: nofilmschool)

  1. It Is The Craftsperson, Not The Tool, That Matters
  2. I’m Not A Rental House
  3. Some Tools Are Easier To Use Than Others
  4. I’m Not Interested In Hype, I’m Interested In Reality
  5. Protecting Vision Is Important
  6. Dynamic Range In Over Exposure Latitude Is Important
  7. Low Light Performance Is Important

First of all, learn what you need to know about the EOS C100 in the video below, made by :

Or the next video, which gives you a good introduction to the C100, C300, C500, and the 5D Mark III (price & specs).

Let us start with a video made by . They compare the EOS C100 to the EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs). They write:

We had a chance to use 2 Canon C100s to mix with our C300 to shoot an all EOS Cinema wedding. We put the C100 through the paces and compare it to our current wedding workhorse the Canon 5DMKIII.

This is not a scientific test but a test to see how the feel, look and weight of the cameras compares to the 5D and C300. Both of which we already own.

Tech info –
5D profile setting was on Neutral – Contrast and sharpness all the way down. I always use this profile to get a nice flat image and the best DR. I DON’Tuse cinestyle because I find in post I get much too much noise in the image.

C100 was set to CLOG, I also had NR set to 3. Sharpness all the to -10

 

Next, we have a video by Italian filmmaker Aldo Ricci. Some info about the used equipment:

Canon C100 – Lens Canon 24-70 2.8 – 70-200 2.8 and 16-354 2.8
BTS: CanonmarkIII – Lens 24-70 / 70-200
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Canon EOS C100: Adorama | B&H.
Canon EOS C100 body only: B&H | Adorama
Canon EOS C100 with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS: B&H | Adorama

May 15, 2013
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Deal: Canon EOS 6D With Accessories – $1669

EOS 6D

Top rated plus eBay seller getitdigital (>41000 ratings, 99.6% positive) has another concrete deal for you: get the amazing full-frame Canon EOS 6D (body only) with two 16GB memory cards, a card reader, a spare battery, a battery charger and a travel case for just $1,669.01 (click here). Free shipping, USA warranty, and limited supply as usual.

Canon EOS 6D core specs:

  • 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
    3.0″ Clear View High Resolution LCD
    DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
    Full HD 1080p with Manual Controls
    11-Point AF with Center Cross-Type Point
    63-Zone Dual Layer Metering Sensor
    Extended ISO Range of 50-102400
    Up to 4.5 Full Resolution FPS
    Built-In HDR and Multiple Exposure Modes
May 15, 2013
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Simply Amazing: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Video Performance With Magic Lantern Hack

The latest hack for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay) by the skilled Magic Lantern team is going to change a few things. For those who still don’t know: the hack makes 14 bit RAW video output at 24fps feasible on the EOS 5D Mark III. The performance is amazing when compared to the 8-bit H.264 footage output (without the hack).

This ground-breaking Magic Lantern hack transforms the EOS 5D Mark III in a sophisticated, professional video equipment. For instance, check the low light performance with the Magic Lantern hack compared to H.265 (source: EOSHD)

Isn’t it impressing? But there is more to be happy about. Below you can see some videos made by that show the difference. Have a look how the Magic Lantern hack increases the sharpness and details of the video. Sure, the Magic Lantern hack it is not yet fully mature, but this is just a matter of time. As nofilmschool puts it:

There are a few bugs to work out at the moment, especially since this is so early in the life of the hack. Right now there is no audio in-camera and clips are limited to 4GB (which is about a minute of footage), but the focus has been on actually getting it working and stable before moving on to the other issues. The 4GB limit is not actually even a hardware limitation, it’s just the way the code is at the moment, so we will definitely see longer clip lengths. For the best quality, 1000x speed cards are recommended […]


[via nofilmschool and EOSHD]

 

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