October 15, 2013
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Inside Lightroom 5 (Pt. 2): Ranking & Selecting Images (Canon Professional Network)

Inside Lightroom 5

Screenshot from the CPN video

CPN published part 2 (part 1 here) of 5 of their ongoing series Inside Lightroom 5: Ranking and selecting images. Pretty comprehensive and quite in-depth guides to learn the best of Lightroom 5. This time in short:

[…] Richard Curtis (a Principal Solutions Consultant in Digital Imaging for Adobe UK) will examine the key features of Lightroom 5 to give you a solid grounding and a good understanding of how to get the most out of working with the software. In Part 2 of this series Richard Curtis explains the ranking and selecting of images in Lightroom and, in a special video, he reveals how to select and rank your pictures for editing later on.

There is a 15min video, and those section are discussed (also in text):

  • Your Photo Import is complete – what’s next?
  • The Lightroom Filmstrip
  • Auto Advance
  • Two methods for selecting and choosing your pictures
  • Hide the Lightroom panels and hood
  • Full Screen mode
  • The Pick and UnPick method
  • The Star Rating system
  • Change the Filmstrip view to show just the selection
  • Survey mode
October 14, 2013
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Canon Rebel T5i (700D) Body Only – $609

Interesting Canon Rebel T5i/EOS 700D deal by Top Rated Plus eBay seller qd_us (99.8% positive ratings): The Rebel T5i body only is yours for $609 (click here). That’s $90 less than on Amazon. New item, 1 year store warranty, free shipping.

October 14, 2013
Posted in News

UPDATE – The Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS Is Real (and featured on Sigma’s site)

Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS

Update: the linked page is no longer online :(

No longer a rumor. Sigma lists their latest addition to the “Art” line on their homepage. Planned date available: September 2013 for Canon. All details and product features are online. Sigma writes:

Access the full power of your camera’s image sensor. This new zoom fulfills Sigma’s uncompromising pursuit of high resolution.

The image sensors of digital SLR cameras continue to offer higher and higher resolution, and photographers are looking for high-performance lenses that leverage these sensors’ full power. In the case of zoom lenses as well, which are a dependable go-to in a wide variety of photographic conditions, photographers want convenience combined with exceptional optical performance. The new SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM zoom lens more than fulfills these requirements, offering exceptionally stable high resolution from wide-angle to medium telephoto photography.

While featuring a large-aperture 82mm filter size, this lens minimizes optical aberrations and avoids reduced peripheral brightness, an issue that tends to affect lenses with similar specifications. Each lens is checked with Sigma’s proprietary A1 MTF (modulation transfer function) measuring system to ensure it offers exceptional quality for the high-megapixel era. Try this new high-performance zoom for yourself, and experience Sigma’s uncompromising pursuit of high resolution.

The full realization of the Art product concept for you to hold in your own hands and appreciate with your own eyes.

Designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and tremendous expressive power, our new Art line of lenses delivers top-level image quality. With unsurpassed expressive performance, these lenses reach the high standards demanded by photographers with an artistic, creative inclination. Along with landscapes, portraits, still-life, close-up and casual snaps, they’re perfect for the kind of photography that unleashes the inner artist. Ideal for studio photography, they offer just as much expressive scope when capturing architecture, starry skies, underwater shots and many other scenes. The full realization of the Art concept, the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM is the perfect flagship. Hold it in your own hands and appreciate it with your own eyes.

Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS

[via PR]

October 14, 2013
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Filmmaker Alastair Lee travels to Antarctica with the EOS C300

Canon Professional Network published an article about mountaineering filmmaker Alastair Lee and about how he took two Canon EOS 300C Cinema DSLRs to Antartica, along with two EOS 5D Mark III. The results are spectacular.

In January 2013, mountaineer and filmmaker Alastair Lee joined a group on a unique mission in Antarctica to climb Ulvetanna’s north east ridge, one of the few significant rock features in the world yet to be surmounted by human beings. Shooting with a pair of Canon EOS C300s, he has produced a stunning documentary about the epic adventure called ‘The Last Great Climb’.

About the EOS C300, Lee says:

The C300 was ideal for ‘The Last Great Climb’ for a couple of reasons […] We had to do stills as well as videos because of the way these things are funded [by the sponsors]. It’s really valuable for them to have stills that they can use in marketing. It’s hard enough shooting a film in a location like the Antarctic, but having a list of still shots to get as well makes it even more complicated! This trip had the best setup we’ve had – the C300 digital cinema cameras and two EOS 5D Mark III DSLRs – because they share the same lens mount and EF lenses.”

Lee used the following lenses for his assignment:

Canon EOS C300
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EOS C300

Canon EOS C300

[via CPN]

October 14, 2013
Posted in Deals

Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye for $199

Rokinon 8mm f/3.5

Good deal for  the Rokinon (aka Samyang aka Bower) 8mm f/3.5 fisheye lens. eBay seller buydig (99.4% positive ratings) has the (manual focusing) Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 for $199 (click here), instead of the regular $289. New item, USA warranty, free shipping, and limited quantity. Product description after the break.

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October 14, 2013
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For Limited Time Only: Canon EOS 70D w/ 18-135mm IS STM – €1,274/$1,469


It will last for another 22 hours, one of the “limited time only” sales by DigitalRev. This are not earthshaking discounts but still discounts that make a difference. So, on the fence for a EOS 70D kit with the EF-S 18-135mm IS STM lens? DigitalRev has it for the next hours for €1,273.80/$1,469 (click here). Please note that the check-out price may vary depending where you are located. I computed the price for a typical country in Europe (Germany) and for the US. Moreover, be aware that, at least if you are located in Europe or Asia, there are no additional taxes or custom duties to pay – the price is comprehensive of it all. If you are located in the US please check since taxes varies by the State you are living.

Want to learn more about the amazing Dual Pixel Auto-Focus of the EOS 70D? According to photographic authority dpreview it outperforms conventional AF.

October 14, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Another Rumor Says: No New Canon Gear in 2013

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That’s not breaking new, just one more confirmation about what already has been reported: there will not be more Canon announcement this year, everything is postponed to 2014. As said, not really a surprise. There was (is) some hope that Canon would announce the successor of the Canon EOS M (price & specs) before X-Mas (we got such rumors), but for the time being it appears they will not. Makes somewhat sense, Canon has the Canon EOS 70D to exploit for the X-Mas sales. The rumor comes from a usually well informed source. That’s it. We will see.

Take it with a grain of salt (as usual). The EOS M2 has already been leaked (as a model designation) in DPP’s documentation, so we can assume it is real, and there are hints that the EOS M2 could be on its way. However, if Canon wants the EOS M2 to be ready for X-Mas the announcement should happen sooner than later.