Canon EOS 80D killer deal, bundle with PIXMA Pro-100 Printer an 64GB card – $849

eos 80d

This is a pretty great deal! Authorised Canon retailer BuyDig on eBay (98.7% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 80D bundled with PIXMA Pro-100 photo printer, photo paper, and a 64GB memory card on sale at $849. Compare at $1,199 for the EOS 80D alone, without printer etc

This works because BuyDig is an authorised Canon retailer, and hence you can claim $350 mail-in rebate (instructions). If you are comfortable with MIRs then this is a killer deal!

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Canon to Begin Accepting Entries for 2016 New Cosmos of Photography Photo Contest

New Cosmos of Photography

Canon press release:

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 19, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging, announced today that its parent company, Canon Inc., will begin accepting entries for its New Cosmos of Photography photo competition on April 20. The New Cosmos of Photography is Canon’s cultural support project to discover, nurture, and support new photographers who pursue new possibilities in creative photographic expression. Aiming to incorporate diverse perspectives, the number of judges for this year’s competition will be increased to seven to allow for an even more open photo competition.

Entries for New Cosmos of Photography 2016 will be accepted between April 20 and June 15, while the Excellence Award selection committee will meet in July to choose seven Excellence Award winners and fourteen Honorable Mention Award winners. In November, the Grand Prize selection committee is scheduled to meet to select one Grand Prize winner from among the seven Excellence Award-winning entries.

The Grand Prize winner of this year’s competition will receive not only prize money (converted from ¥ 1,000,000 JPY) and a Canon product, but as an added bonus will be granted the right to hold a solo exhibit at the showcase of winning entries for next year’s New Cosmos of Photography. Additionally, to encourage the continued pursuit of their creative activities, 2016 Excellence Award and Honorable Mention Award winners will each receive prize money and the right to display their works at this year’s exhibition of winning entries.

For additional information about this year’s New Cosmos of Photography competition, visit the New Cosmos of Photography homepage at http://www.canon.com/scsa/newcosmos/.

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Canon patent shows how to implement GPS and other radio devices in metal DSLR bodies

Canon patent

18 resin of the cover, 42 a GPS module

The more a DSLR is build to last, i.e. is made of metal instead of plastic, the more difficult it gets to add radio devices like GPS or WiFi. This is something Canon explained often.

This Canon patent appears to show a solution for the issue. The GPS module is placed on top of the camera body, where usually the pop-up flash is located. That’s where the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II has the GPS device. The patent does not explicitly mention WiFi but I think it is safe to assume the solution described in the patent would work for WiFi too.

It may be that the patent points to something that has to do with the upcoming EOS 5D Mark IV, which, as it was anticipated first on CW, will most likely have GPS and WiFi on board.

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-53665
    • Published 2016.4.14
    • Filing date 2014.9.4
  • Canon patent
    • Magnesium alloy
    • Providing a GPS module to the finder part
    • To protect the GPS module in the wireless communication lid made of a synthetic resin material
    • The GPS module and the warship portion connected by high thermal conduction efficiency copper foil tape, heat away
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Canon EOS 5D Mark super bundle deal – $2,749 ( EF 24-105mm f/4L IS, PIXMA Pro-10, Speedlite 430EX RT-III, and more)

 

eos 5d mark iii

B&H Photo has a great deal on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. The bundle on offer:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body
  • Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX RT-III
  • Canon PIXMA Pro-10
  • Sandisk 32GB memory card
  • Camera Bag
  • Canon 13×19 semi-gloss photo paper

The bundle is on sale at $2,749 after $350 mail-in rebate (instructions). The offer expires April 30.

Canon XC10 4K Camcorder real world review, is it better than a DSLR?

Canon XC10 4K Camcorder Real World Review, Is It Better Than A DSLR?

Canon XC10 at a glance:

  • 4K Wide-Angle 10x Zoom Lens with Image Stabilizer
  • 12 Megapixel One-Inch 4K-Compatible CMOS Image Sensor
  • DiG!C DV 5 Image Processor
  • XF-AVC Codec for 4K 30p and Full HD 60p
  • Multiple Recording Modes and Frame Rates
  • CFast 4K Recording Technology
  • Canon Log and Wide Dynamic Range Gamma
  • Image Settings Compatible with Cinema EOS Cameras
  • Compact and Ergonomic Design
Jared Polin (better known as FroKnowsPhoto) felt the pulse of Canon’s somewhat understated Canon XC10 camcorder. The main question for Polin is how the Canon XC10 compares to a DSLR, and if it suits better for some assignments.

It’s lightweight, has a killer IS system, and the quality is unlike any other at this price point. Not having to attempt to rack focus quickly on a moving subject (ie Jared) makes using this camera a breeze. The quality I’m getting out of this “c-type” camera could easily serve as my main camera. 4K at 305mbps at 4:2:2 in C-Log doesn’t get much better if you’re a filmmaker on a budget. Achieving that “cinematic” background blur is totally possible with this camera too, as long as you’re fully zoomed out with your subject and background having a decent amount of distance between them–I typically will stand back 25-50 feet from Jared if he’s talking to the camera. Read the review…

Jared Polin sums up his impression in the 14 minutes video below. Btw, the Canon XC10 saw a huge price drop and now is on sale at $1,999.