May 6, 2013
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The Canon C100 In Myanmar/Burma – Why It Suits Well For (Investigative) Journalism

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Canon C100

Jonah Kessel went to Myanmar/Burma with an EOS C100 for the following purpose:

I went to Burma with a simple task: to investigate challenges to Myanmar’s nascent model of democracy using the mining industry as a device to talk about bigger issues. Wait, that wasn’t simple at all. In fact, that was very complicated. However, my second goal of the trip was simple: to field test the Canon C100 in a large variety of environments in a real world context.

He divides his review in four main points: 1) price, 2) functionality, 3) image and 4) complaints. 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).

About functionality:

Simply put, there’s just less things that can go wrong using the C100 than with a DSLR setup. Having a single unit feels much more solid than a camera with lots of different devices attached to it. In the event I have to run or move quickly, this is a very desirable. In trying to keep a low profile, a C100 is simply less intimidating than a loaded 5D (to both police and subjects).

About image quality:

There’s something about the image from Canon’s C series cameras that simply looks “less digital.” Perhaps its the fact that they let you perform better, easily maintaining a 180 degree shutter rule in difficult environments. Or perhaps its the wider dynamic range the sensor lets you achieve — but the image does looks different.

[…] Beyond its ability to hold image quality with poor light, the areas where I find the picture to be much better than a DSLR come in noise and sharpness. Images come out of the C100 strikingly sharper than that of a 5D Mark III or D800.

The complaints:

The EVF is small. You might call it very small.

[…] Another item of contention is the output format. The C100 outputs AVCHD, which is a bit clunky and, quite simply, not that great. While you can get an external recorder and output ProRes 4:2:2

The conclusion:

I won’t be the first to say it but, at this price point, the C100 certainly makes me question the future of DSLRs for people whose primary use is video. It does have things that aren’t perfect about it but, for me, the benefits far outweigh the negatives by an enormous margin. While the C300 is without doubt a better camera, I’m not convinced its the best camera for people like me. For people who shoot for the web, for people who deal with real world shooting environments or for people who are trying to keep their profile low and gear size down — this camera is not only priced right, but it functions right

The review comes with a lot of videos made in beautiful Myanmar/Burma (a country I visited last year, see here for my pics).

Myanmar Emerges: Poisoned Hope from GlobalPost on Vimeo.

EOS C100 core specs:

  • Super 35mm 8.3MP CMOS Sensor
  • EF Lens Mount with EF Contacts
  • HDMI Outputs a Non-Compression Signal
  • Dual SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slots
  • ISO 320 and up to ISO 20000
  • Wide DR and Canon Log Gamma
  • Reduced Rolling Shutter Skews
  • Built-in ND Filters with Manual Controls
  • Two XLR Audio Connectors
  • Peripheral Illumination Correction

Myanmar Emerges: Dreams to Dust from GlobalPost on Vimeo.

Myanmar Emerges: We Never Agree from GlobalPost on Vimeo.

 

May 6, 2013
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Only High-End Camera Gear Sales Did Not Fall Down In Japan Last Year

Japanese agency Cipa published the digital camera market sales analysis for 2012. The report is available in Japanese only but here is some key information:

  • Japanese companies produced 44% less cameras (14,4 Million cameras).
  • The compact camera production declined by 50% (11,2 Million cameras produced).
  • The DSLR and the mirrorless production declined by 25% (3,1 Million cameras produced).
  • Only high-end camera and lens sales had a little growth. There is a growth of 14,1% in the full-frame lens production while APS-C lens production felt by 21%.
  • In the Japanese DSLR segment Sony has a 6,1% share. In 2010 Sony had 7,8%. Canon (52,2%) and Nikon (33,6%) are the leaders.

Click on these two thumbnails to see the most sold Mirrorless and DSLR cameras:

[Photoscala via Sonyalpharumors]

May 5, 2013
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Save Up To $50 On Selected Tamron Lenses, And A Canon EOS 7D Deal

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Adorama has a mail-in rebate program going on selected Tamron Lenses. Click here to see all Tamron lenses and lens kits on offer. For Canon mount the following are available:

  • Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC PZD Piezo Drive Ultrasonic Motor Aspherical (IF) AF Zoom with Macro on sale for $399 (click here)

  • Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR DI-II LD Aspherical (IF) AF Zoom Lens with Macro on sale for $169 (click here)

Both lenses are also available as kit with UV filter, lens cleaning kit and a lens cap leash.
Adorama also has a good Canon EOS 7D deal going on. Get the EOS 7D with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS  and the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lenses for $1,949 (click here).
May 5, 2013
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Canon EOS 6D Review (Imaging Resource) and Deal

EOS 6D

Imaging Resource posted their review of Canon's entry-level fullframe DSLR, the Canon EOS 6D (price & specs). Another review that confirms the EOS 6D's excellent qualities, especially when it concerns image quality, which, as stated in other reviews, is on par or even superior to its bigger sibling, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs).

A good EOS 6D deal is offered by top rated plus eBay seller getitdigital (>41900 ratings, 99.6% positive): the EOS 6D is on sale for $1629.99 (click here).

In the conclusion they write:

With the 20.2-megapixel EOS 6D, Canon has created a smaller, lighter and less expensive full-frame digital SLR for prosumer photographers. In many ways, the well-designed 6D is a mini 5D Mark III for the rest of us. While it doesn't feature as robust a camera build as that step-up model, and its autofocus system is decidedly basic, the Canon 6D is otherwise a fantastic, responsive DSLR that offers the glories of full-frame in a trim but comfy camera body. Plus, you get full-featured, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS to boot.

Pros: Excellent image quality on par to more expensive full-frame DSLRs (including the 5D Mark III); Responsive all-around performer; Superior HD video-shooting chops; Built-in Wi-Fi with remote control and sharing features, Built-in GPS and geotagging.

Cons: Lacks a built-in, pop-up flash; No external headphone jack; Rather basic 11-point autofocus system; Mediocre burst speed.

Canon EOS 6D price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

[via Imaging Resource]

 

May 4, 2013
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A Bit Of Everything

May 3, 2013
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Canon Rebel SL1 In Stock and Ready To Ship (plus a hands-on review)

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B&H has Canon’s new Rebel, the world’s smallest DSLR, in stock and ready to ship. The Canon Rebel SL1/EOS 100D with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is on sale for $799 (click here).

They also posted a hands-on review about the Rebel SL1. Core specs:

  • 18.0MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ Clear View II Touchscreen LCD
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
  • Full HD 1080 Video with Continuous AF
  • 4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • 9-Point AF System
  • Scene Intelligent Auto Mode
  • Compact and Lightweight; Weighs 0.8 lb
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
May 3, 2013
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Humor: Canon vs. Nikon – The Battle

The Battle from JVWPhoto.com is a minimalistic video that gets the point of the Canon vs Nikon wars in a funny and clever way. It is an animation and you have to be a little patient to get to the really funny stuff. It is worth to be seen. :-)

[ISO 1200 via Imaging Resource]

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