July 30, 2014
Posted in News, Rumors

Canon India Teaser For “Something Big” That’s Coming

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Thanks Karol

This teaser just showed up on Canon India’s Facebook page: “Get your camera ready, something BIG is coming”.

Maybe a lens? If we should “get our camera ready” then a lens is a possible candidate. Maybe the long rumored EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens?

What do you think?

July 29, 2014
Posted in Tips

Canon EOS HD Video How To: Single System Sound & Handheld Operation and Shoulder Rigs

2 new EOS HD Video tutorials by CanonUSA on YouTube.

In the video above you learn about external audio recorders and on-camera ‘reference audio’ in video production. The video below is about handheld operation and shoulder rigs that are well suited for use with EOS HD SLR cameras. Enjoy!

July 29, 2014
Posted in News

Canon’s New PowerShot SX520 HS And PowerShot SX400 IS Available For Pre-Order

PowerShot SX520

The Canon PowerShot SX520

Canon today announced 2 new, budget-friendly super-zoom cameras, the PowerShot SX520 HS and the PowerShot SX400 IS. Both cameras can be pre-ordered at Adorama.

Adorama’s Learning Center has an article about the new Powershot cameras.

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS specs ($399.99 + free US shipping):

  • Canon’s powerful 42x Optical Zoom (24 1008mm) and 24mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilizer help ensure outstanding optical performance and versatility.
  • 16.0 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with the Canon DIGIC 4+ Image Processor creates the Canon HS SYSTEM, which helps to provide excellent low-light performance.
  • Capture stunning 1080p Full HD video with a dedicated movie button and zoom while shooting.
  • Intelligent IS automatically chooses from eight different modes to optimize image stabilization for virtually shake-free images in a wide variety of conditions.
  • Zoom Framing Assist makes it easy to track and capture subjects while using the extreme telephoto. With this advanced feature your camera will automaticallyzoom in or out while following the movement of your subject and help ensure it remains in focus.
  • High Speed AF greatly helps improve focus speed so you can capture every shot with ease.
  • Creative Shot mode uses composition, color and lighting from your original imageto create unique images with an artistic flair.
  • Hybrid Auto records quick video clips before each still and compiles them together to make a short highlight reel.
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations to help ensure the best possible image capture for stills or video.

 

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS specs ($249.99 + free US shipping):

  • Canon’s powerful 30x Optical Zoom (24-720mm) and 24mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilizer help ensure outstanding optical performance and versatility.
  • 16.0 Megapixel sensor combined with the Canon DIGIC 4+ Image Processor deliver brilliant image quality.
  • Capture impressive 720p HD video with a dedicated movie button and zoom while shooting.
  • Intelligent IS automatically chooses from eight different modes to optimize image stabilization for virtually shake-free images in a wide variety of conditions.
  • High Speed AF greatly helps improves focus speed so you can capture every shot with ease.
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations for still images (and 21 predefined shooting situations for video) to help ensure the best (ossible image capture for stills or video.

July 29, 2014
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Hot Deal: Canon EOS M w/ 22mm f/2 STM – $250

Canon EOS M

 

Hot deal by Top Rated Plus seller 6ave (99.3% positive ratings) on eBay: the Canon EOS M with the super-sharp EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake lens is on sale for just $249.99. Black, red, silver and white color options available.

Free shipping in the US and limited quantity.

July 29, 2014
Posted in News

Canon Announces 2 Budget-Friendly Super-Zoom Powershot Cameras (PowerShot SX520 HS & SX400 IS)

PowerShot SX520

The Canon PowerShot SX520

Without any anticipating leak, Canon today announced 2 new and inexpensive bridge cameras, the PowerShot SX520 HS and the PowerShot SX400 IS, having respectively a 42x (24-1008mm equivalent) and 30x (24-720mm equivalent) optical zoom. The PowerShot SX400 IS will be available in August 2014 in black or red for an estimated retail price of $249.99, the PowerShot SX500 HS digital camera will be available in September 2014 for an estimated retail price of $399.99

Canon press release:

Latest PowerShot Cameras Deliver Super-Zoom Reach And Creative Imaging Features To Inspire Endless Photographs And Videos

With an Impressive 42x and 30x Optical Zoom, respectively, Canon’s new PowerShot SX520 HS and PowerShot SX400 IS Digital Cameras Provide High-Quality Imaging Tools to Meet Varying User Needs

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 29, 2014 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new compact, super-zoom cameras: the PowerShot SX520 HS and the PowerShot SX400 IS digital cameras. Designed to give users the versatility and telephoto reach they need to capture subjects from far distances, these new cameras are packed with impressive features. The new PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera includes a high-powered 42x Optical Zoom lens (equivalent to 24-1008mm) and the Canon HS SYSTEM for clear sharp images and Full HD Video. With a 30x Optical Zoom (equivalent to 24-720mm), the PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera allows photographers to capture the moments that mean the most to them quickly and easily, even at long range.

“Our goal is to provide people who are passionate about photography with the imaging tools they need to capture the moments that inspire them,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The PowerShot SX520 HS and PowerShot SX400 IS digital cameras offer users features that help produce high quality-images and video with ease allowing them to capture their most creative shots.”

The PowerShot SX520 HS Digital Camera

Building on the features of the PowerShot SX510 HS digital camera, the PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera incorporates a 42x Optical Zoom with Canon’s Optical Image Stabilization, ideal for active families that want to take high-quality close-up shots of their children’s soccer game or dance recitals. In addition to featuring a powerful optical zoom range, the SX520 HS digital camera combines a 16 MegapixeliHigh-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to create the Canon HS SYSTEM allowing for excellent low-light performance.

Giving users the ability to capture life in motion, the camera features a dedicated movie button so users can easily record 1080p Full HD video utilizing the camera’s full 42x optical zoom capability. The camera also features an enhanced grip for added handling comfort. Additionally, the camera’s Intelligent IS automatically chooses from one of eight modes to help optimize image stabilization for virtually shake-free images in various shooting conditions. The camera’s High Speed AF allows users to achieve fast autofocusing speeds to help capture every shot with ease. The PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera’s advanced Zoom Framing Assist feature intelligently controls the lens, making it easy to locate the main subject by zooming out, and then zooming back in quickly and automatically for dramatic close-ups with face detection where applicable.

Upgraded from its predecessor, the PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera features Canon’s Creative Shot mode that uses a combination of lighting, color and composition from the original image to create unique, artistic images. Smart AUTO technology selects 32 different pre-defined scenes for still shots and 21 scenes for video without the need to switch modes, making it possible to take beautiful images and video in a variety of situations. The Hybrid AUTO mode featured in the PowerShot SX520 HS camera creates a beautifully stabilized HD video clip (up to approximately four seconds) every time a user shoots a still image, then compiles the clips into a single movie that forms a “highlighted reel” for the day. This new camera is equipped with a built-in mini-HDMI port that makes it easy to connect to an HD TV set at home or on the road so everyone can comfortably enjoy viewing the footage.

The PowerShot SX400 IS Digital Camera

With a compact design and a powerful 30x Optical Zoom range with Optical Image Stabilizer, the PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera is a versatile camera that can be used daily anytime, anywhere. The 16 Megapixeli CCD sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor combine with Canon’s Intelligent IS system to provide users with outstanding functionality, while the updated grip design improves handling comfort. With Smart AUTO, the camera identifies an ideal image setting by intelligently selecting from one of 32 pre-defined modes for still shots and 21 scenes for video.

The PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera is always ready for action with a dedicated movie button to easily stop and start recording 720p HD video. Additionally, like the PowerShot SX520 HS camera, the PowerShot SX400 IS camera can record even far distances through the use of the camera’s full 30x zoom range. The PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera’s High Speed AF, upgraded from the previous model, helps to reduce lag time so that the perfect shot can be captured quickly and with ease.

Pricing and Availability

The PowerShot SX500 HS digital camera will be available in September 2014 for an estimated retail price of $399.99.

The PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera will be available in August 2014 in black or red for an estimated retail price of $249.99.

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July 29, 2014
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Canon Patent For 180mm f/3.5 DO Macro Lens

The EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro

Egami (translated) spotted a new patent filed by Canon for a 180mm f/3.5 diffractive optic macro lens.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-137484
    • Published Date 2014.7.28
    • Filing date 2013.1.17
  • Example 1
    • Focal length f = 180.00mm
    • Shooting magnification ∞ 0.5x 1.0x
    • Fno. 3.50-4.50-5.20
    • Half angle ω = 6.85 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 202.38mm
    • BF 52.18mm
    • Effective diameter of the front lens 58.18mm
    • 12 sheets 8 groups lens configuration
July 28, 2014
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Hot Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/ EF 24-105mm f/4L IS & 3 Years USA Warranty – $3,300

 $_12-3 Very good deal by Top Rated Plus seller getitdigital (99.4% positive ratings) on eBay: the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens and 3 years USA warranty on sale for $3,299.99.

Free shipping in US and limited quantity.

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