August 26, 2014
Posted in News

Most Canon EOS 7D Underwater Housing Are Discontinued

Canon EOS 7D

I always love to hear from the underwater photography community (thanks SevetS). I was myself a scuba diver a long time ago (when it was very expensive to shot underwater)

One more sign that the EOS 7D replacement is coming very soon. Several retailers have discontinued EOS 7D underwater housings. Check it for yourself:

Aquatica housings:

Sea & Sea housings:

Subal housings:

August 25, 2014
Posted in News

Samyang Announces 50mm T1.5 and 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC Lenses


Now it’s official. Samyang (aka Rokinon and more brands) announced 2 new 50mm lenses, a VDSLR lens – the 50mm T1.5 AS UMC Cine lens – and a conventional lens, the 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC.

Samyang press release:

Samyang announces the release of a new cine lens V-DSLR 50mm T1.5 AS UMC. The product will be officially introduced during upcoming Photokina 2014 photographic fairs in Cologne.

The presented lens with the focal length of 50mm is yet another product released by the Korean manufacturer. And it will perfectly fill the gap between Samyang 35mm and 85mm models. Cine version will be introduced along with the photographic version of the lens. As a result, Samyang brand will now be selling a complete set of bright lenses with exceptionally wide and useful focus ranges to meet expectation of both filmmakers and photographers.

Samyang 50 mm T1.5 AS UMC has been designed for cameras and camcorders fitted with photosensitive 24x36mm or smaller sensor. It gives 46.2 degrees field of view, and thanks to high brightness value of T1.5 (f/1.4) it comes as a great tool in poor lighting conditions, ensuring splendid image quality and small depth of field. Optics of the lens consists of nine lens elements arranged in six groups (including one aspherical and one hybrid aspherical lens element). To ensure high contrast and faithful colour reproduction, all lens elements have been covered with multi-layered UMC anti-reflective coatings.

Samyang 50mm T1.5 VDSLR ensures exceptionally smooth and aesthetic mapping for out of focus areas beyond the focal plain, producing the so called bokeh effect. Thanks to the eight-bladed aperture, the subjects located outside the depth of field are shown with extremely smooth features. This feature will be appreciated by professional filmmakers and photographers taking portrait photos.

New Samyang 50mm T1.5 VDSLR will be first presented at Photokina 2014 photographic fairs. Samyang company invites all guests to visit the company’s stand (No. A-025, hall 2.1) during the fairs which are to be held in Cologne from 16th to 21st of September 2014. For all those who want to visit Photokina 2014 fairs, Samyang has prepared free guest passes. Please, visit our official website or the company’s fanpages in socialnetworking services to view the upcoming information about our free guest passes:

Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC core specs:

  •  Hybrid aspherical lens (H-ASP) and glass aspherical lens (ASP)
  • UMC technology of Samyang Optics
  • Wide and soft focus gear ring
  • Circular aperture with 8 blades


Samyang 50mm T1.5 AS UMC core specs:

  • Hybrid aspherical lens (H-ASP) and glass aspherical lens (ASP)
  • Uncoupled aperture and focus gear ring
  • Samyang Optics VDSLR lens kit
  • Circular aperture with 8 blades

Sample pics are posted here (scroll down). More product pics after the break.

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August 25, 2014
Posted in Deals

Hot Deal: Canon EOS-1D X & 3 Years USA Warranty – $5,420

 Untitled Top Rated Plus seller allnewshop (99.4% positive ratings) on eBay has the Canon EOS-1D X on sale for $5,419.99. 3 years USA warranty. Free shipping in US and limited quantity.
August 25, 2014
Posted in apps

How To Know The Shutter Count of Your Canon DSLR (Mac and Windows)

Shutter Count of Your Canon DSLR

Direstudio released a Windows version of their popular shutter count app. Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are supported. Direstudio Shuttercount for Mac is also available. The app sells for €2.69/$2.99/£1.99

The following Canon DSLRs are supported:

  • Canon EOS-1D C (requires firmware 1.1.3 or later for correct serial number display)
  • Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS-1D X
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III (requires firmware 1.2.1 or later for correct serial number display)
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon EOS 50D
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 / Kiss X7
  • Canon EOS 500D / Rebel T1i / Kiss X3
  • Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i / Kiss X4
  • Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i / Kiss X5
  • Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i / Kiss X6i
  • Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i / Kiss X7i
  • Canon EOS 1000D / Rebel XS / Kiss F
  • Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3 / Kiss X50
  • Canon EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 / Kiss X70
August 25, 2014
Posted in News, Tips

Adobe Is Developing A Tools To Migrate From Aperture To Lightroom (and has a how to for the impatient)

Migrate From Aperture To Lightroom

Adobe is working on a tool to make the transition from the soon to be no longer supported Apple Aperture to Adobe Lightroom 5 smooth and hazzle-free. In the meantime they published a step by step guide on how to manually migrate your precious photo catalog and pics from Aperture to Lightroom.

Adobe is developing a migration tool to bring your photos into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom from Aperture, but if you’re eager to switch before the tool is ready, this guide helps ease your transition. We recognize that this migration can be a challenging process. The following resources and methodology to help get you up to speed with Lightroom and provide a roadmap for successfully migrating your photos.

Adobe is pushing their cloud service, the Creative Cloud Photography plan (again available for $9.99/month), to attract new customers. The plan comes with Photoshop and Lightroom. However, the upcoming tools as well as the how-to apply also to the stand-alone Lightroom 5 version.


August 25, 2014
Posted in Rumors

More On The Canon EOS 7D Replacement Specs (new tidbits, corrections, updates)


Canon EOS 7D Replacement

The glorious Canon EOS 7D – to be replaced soon – will Canon surprise us??

Time to put order in the rumors I got in the last days (1 | 2). To remind you and to have a starting point, these are the specs I got so far:

  • the EOS 7D replacement will feature a 24MP sensor (no mention if it is a new sensor tech, or not)
  • a new generation of Dual Pixel CMOS AF is implemented thru the sensor and via the increased CPU power of the EOS 7D replacement
  • auto-focus system similar to the EOS 5D Mark III’s AF will be on board
  • GPS and WiFi will be on board
  • still not sure if it will be named “EOS 7D Mark II”
  • very high build quality and weather sealing, but not EOS-1 series level

Not very much, and contrasting with another spec list that appeared on another rumor site (listed below). Before you start sending me hate-mails, please remember that our commitment at CW is to report all rumors, those coming from our own sources as well as those showing up on other sites.

Ok, I got some new tidbits. Not much, but it’s for one part clarifying some things and for the other part adding something new, and some things are starting to be similar to the other specs list that’s circulating.

Let’s start with the corrections. We wrote “auto-focus system similar to the 5D3″. The EOS 5D Mark III has a 61 point AF with up to 41 cross-type AF sensors. So, we are expecting an AF system that’s comparable to the 5D3′s AF for the points and the features/performance. Not the same AF but an AF system that comes close to the 5D3′s one. Btw, this is pretty close to what others have reported, i.e. a 65 all-cross points AF system (see below).

Next, our source told us that the EOS 7D replacement “will have 10fps”. That’s another spec that was mentioned in the other spec list I linked above and that’s listed below.

Finally, we also heard that the EOS 7D replacement will have an optical viewfinder with 100% coverage, which was also mentioned before. No more mentions of a hybrid viewfinder.

I am still trying to get information about the LCD, which is rumored to be fixed and not to be a touch-screen. Hopefully I will soon know more (and hopefully it will be tilt-able and touch-screen)

To sum up, these are the (possible) EOS 7D replacement specs I got so far:

  • 24MP sensor (no mention if it is a new sensor tech, or not)
  • New generation of Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • High performance Auto-Focus system, with similar point count and features as the 5D3
  • GPS and WiFi
  • Very high build quality and weather sealing, not EOS-1 series level (but new materials used for weather sealing)
  • 10 fps
  • 100% OVF
  • Still not sure if it will be named “EOS 7D Mark II”

For the sake of clarity, this is the other rumored spec list (coming via CR):

  • Kit lenses: 18-135 IS STM and a supposed new 15-85 IS STM
  • CF, UDMA mode 7 + SD, UHS-I
  • No GPS or WiFi
  • Fixed LCD, with no touch function.
  • 20.2MP “Fine Detail” CMOS  Sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Processors
  • 65 AF points “All Cross-type”. Dual cross on the center point.
  • 10fps
  • ISO 100-12800, ISO Boost mode 25600 and 51200
  • 1080p/720p both get 60fps
  • Servo AF for video shooting.
  • Anti-flicker mode, eliminates flickers under flickering lights (e.g. fluorescent lamps).
  • Spot metering size 1.8%
  • Built-in flash with radio trigger function.
  • Mic and headphones connectors
  • Can sync time between 7D II cameras.
  • Lens electronic MF
  • About 100% coverage OVF

CW’s take:

These are rumors. I want to state this since I got a lot of nasty emails in the past days, all pointing to the fact that these are just…rumors. So, take all this with a reasonable grain of salt. I mean both spec lists. And remember that Canon is very good in keeping their affairs secretive.

The “5D3-similar” AF is rather plausible. It’s a tradition by Canon to put features from higher models in a new model. For instance, the 70D got a “7d-similar” AF.

The 10 fps sound just reasonable. It’s not earth-shaking, but it is decent.

The 24MP sensor also sounds rather plausible (and not earth-shaking at all, for the time being). Still no reliable information if it will be a new sensor technology (as rumored since long) or Canon’s current sensor tech with a higher MP count.

I am pretty sure that the rumored “new generation of Dual Pixel AF” is reliable. The 70D was just the beginning. There is a lot to come from this amazing technology. See also this patent.

However, both specification lists are far from being exciting. All in all, so far these spec lists point to a very classic upgrade from the EOS 7D. I hope Canon will really surprise us. Please do!

A note to the sources: please let me know if you have additional information, or information that corrects the lists above. You can communicate with me anonymously via this form. Thanks!