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The Person Behind “Fake Chuck Westfall” is Unmasked

The Person Behind “Fake Chuck Westfall” is Unmasked

PDNOnline has posted an interview with the person behind controversial blog and personality “Fake Chuck Westfall (mature language).” The photographer behind the blog is named Karel Donk and is from Paramaribo, Suriname.

One of the biggest questions people always want to know about Fake Chuck Westfall is simple ‘why?’. Karel answers that and more during the interview.

Q:  Why did you start the Fake Chuck Westfall blog?
A: I wanted to draw attention to the issues we were having with Canon years ago around the time of the 1D Mark III debacle. I and many others around the world were not satisfied with the way Canon was handling things and with their lack of honest and open communication. So I decided to set up the blog to discuss these issues.

Read the full interview

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Canon Announces the EOS-1D W: The Professional DSLR Designed Specifically for Wildlife Photographers

Canon Announces the EOS-1D W: The Professional DSLR Designed Specifically for Wildlife Photographers

CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES THE NEW CANON EOS-1D W DIGITAL SLR CAMERA, DESIGNED FOR “WILDLIFE”

Featuring Canon’s proven 61-Point High Density Reticular AF, Extreme Fast Shooting up to 24 fps, 39.9-Megapixel Near-Full-Frame CMOS Sensor, Outstanding ISO Sensitivity up to 204800, Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, Full HD Video Recording, Extreme-Durability Camouflage Finish, Development Announcement of EF 200-600mm f/4 L W IS USM/STM Lens

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 1, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc. once again shows its leadership in digital imaging by introducing the Canon EOS-1D W “Wildlife” Digital SLR camera, the EOS-1D W is the world’s first professional DSLR designed specifically for the needs of wildlife photographers and videographers. A new addition to Canon’s arsenal of professional DSLRs, the EOS-1D W is a progressive EOS-1D series camera based on the EOS-1D X, but loaded with exciting new features.

According to Sakuichi Ishizukara, Canon’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., “Wildlife photographers make up a large percentage of DSLR camera users. These photographers have specific needs – needs that have long been overlooked.”

“That the new Canon EOS-1D W is going to revolutionize wildlife photography is unquestionable” says Martyn Culbreck after 3 months of field testing the new camera. Mr. Culbreck is the Director of Photography for BBC’s upcoming “Planet Life” series. “We spend weeks waiting for the an animal to be in the right position. When that perfect moment arrives, we cannot risk any camera-related issues causing a missed shot. The EOS-1D W is a game changer. It never misses.”

Read the rest of the press release at TDP

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This is the Way a White Camera Should be Done

Canon P Imperial Edition
Canon Rumors reader Bernard sent me a few photos of his custom Canon P rangefinder. He had it redone in Tokyo with the help of The Japan Camera Hunter.

The camera is fully customized with a new paint job and striking red grip. I personally think this is a nicer rangefinder than the one that just went for $1.8mil :)

What do you think of Bernard’s P?

Canon P Custom | Click for Larger

Canon P Custom | Click for Larger

Canon P Custom | Click for Larger

Canon P Custom | Click for Larger

Canon P Custom | Click for Larger

Canon P Custom | Click for Larger

What if this was a digital P?

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Canon EOS 7D L Announced, Shipping in May

Canon U.S.A Redefines Ease of Use for Left-Handed Digital SLR Photographers with the EOS 7D L

Lake Success, N.Y., April 1, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced a revolutionary new camera that finally addresses the needs of left-handed photographers worldwide: the Canon EOS 7D L Digital SLR camera. Based on the highly successful EOS 7D, the EOS 7D L features a reversed ergonomic design which left-handed photographers will fall in love with. Whether it’s shooting at eight frames per second (fps), focusing with Zone AF mode or recording 24p Full HD video, the EOS 7D L DSLR camera satisfies the most rigorous professional requirements with durability, flexibility, customizable controls and impressive image quality.

To support production of the EOS 7D L, state-of-the-art manufacturing lines developed for the classic EOS 7D were reproduced in mirrored orientation.
“Canon has been a world leader in innovation for over 65 years – and the EOS 7D L is another innovative product that we are proud to have associated with that heritage,” says Yuchira Izukio, executive vice president, CMOS Imaging Development, Canon U.S.A.

Canon EOS 7D L | image from the-digital-picture.com

Canon EOS 7D L | image from the-digital-picture.com

Canon EOS 7D L Features:

  • Reversed ergonomics tailored to left-handed photographers
  • 18-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor with Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging Processors
  • Advanced 19-point customizable Autofocus system
  • iFCL Metering System
  • 8 frames per second (fps) burst rate
  • Full HD video recording (24p/25p/30p)
  • Manual adjustment of audio levels
  • ISO levels 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800)

Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS 7D L Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be delivered to U.S. dealers at the end of May, and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $1,499.00*. It will also be offered in a kit version with Canon’s EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $1,769.00*.

* Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.

Source: [TDP]

Happy April Fools Day!

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Canon Rumors is Touring Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia
I’ve been busy the last few days travelling and sleeping. The 24 hour journey from Toronto to Hanoi was completed yesterday, and we spent most of the day shooting and eating in the old quarter of Hanoi.

The shooting condition in Hanoi have been less than ideal, a lot of fog and rain. We still ended up getting a few good shots on day one, and we’re hoping to do better on day two.

The Gear | Gura Gear Chobe, Gura Gear Bataflae 18L, MEC Duffle

The Gear | Gura Gear Chobe, Gura Gear Bataflae 18L, MEC Duffle

I’m going to be travelling Northern Vietnam between Hanoi, Cat Ba and Halong Bay. Then we’ll head to Luang Prabang in Laos and will spend time there, as well as Luang Namtha, Nam Ha and Vientiane. From there, we’ll be heading south to Siem Reap and visiting Angkor Wat. We have some other days we have filled yet, so I’m sure we’ll end up somewhere else that’s pretty cool.

I am going to have some help posting to Canon Rumors over the next 3 weeks, posts may not come the time of day you’re used to.

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