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*UPDATE* How to Lose $2400 in 24 Seconds

*UPDATE* B&H Replaces The Camera for free.
It turns out that B&H Photo sent Kurtis a new camera on the house.

Sorry Kurtis
I don’t like to be entertained by other peoples mishaps, however I think this is a public service announcement in some ways.

There is a nice lead up to the death of a 5D Mark II. Mother nature is fun.



Canon Rebel 1000D Lost at Sea

Canon Rebel 1000D Lost at Sea

The tale of a camera lost at sea.
The above Canon EOS 1000D was lost at the bottom of the ocean off the coast of British Columbia, Canada for over a year.

Turns out it was found by a diver named Markus Thompson, who brought it back to the top. He discovered the SD card still worked and he was able to view the photos.

What now? Well Markus took to Google+ and ended up finding the owner of the camera!

Thompson took to Google+, posting the story and a few identifying details he was able to dig up from the photos. Within a day, the hive mind was able to track down and contact the owner, a firefighter in British Columbia. We’re not saying you should be thankful for Google+, but the actual people who use it sure seem like good folks.

Source: [The Verge]




Live Coverage of the Announcement

Two Red Dot Cameras?
People are commenting on the red dot on the C300 image below, but it also appears on the EOS DSLR camera in the image. No idea what’s up with that for the moment.

ISO Performance #3
A Sam Nicholson film is showing, and the noise from the previous film isn’t showing in this one.

ISO Performance #2
The 2nd short film they’re showing is noticeably noisier.

Breathtaking ISO Performance
Filmmakers and the audience are commenting about how clean, sharp and beautiful the example short films are. The lowlight performance may be revolutionary.

Canon EOS C300
It looks like 3 new compact primes and 2 zoom lenses. Can be mounted on the new Cinema EOS camera as well as Canon EOS DSLRs. 




14:44 I’m told (@GoForJared) the new camera is called the EOS C 300, and not the previously reported EOS 300C.

Live from Hollywood
A few places on the web will be doing some live blogging of the event in Hollywood.

Mitch @ Planet5D is there.

Engadget will also be there.

I will be continually updating a post here as new information and imagery comes about.



I Talk with James Beltz About the 1D X

I’ve never talked this much in my life.
I sat down briefly with James Beltz at and talked a bit about the EOS-1D X. I learned some stuff from him about the camera and tried to sound all technical and stuff. I’l like to discuss the camera again once I’ve actually used one.



Lens Mug Winner

Lens Mug Winner

Jessie has won the Canon Lens Mug with his suggestions about the next features needed for the EOS line.

Congratulations and enjoy the mug.

If you didn’t win, you can still buy one from Photojojo, they’re reasonably priced and have a lot of other cool gizmos.

The winning list, it’s a long one!

Feature 1: Shutter correction. Let’s face the facts, when you take a picture, you’ve already missed the shot. Shutter correction adds a random timer to trigger the shutter 5-200 seconds later, ensuring your mistake can still turn into the perfect shot.

Feature 2: Auto pan. Henceforth, when shooting in “Program Auto” mode, DSLR’s will also make framing, panning and tilting decisions FOR you! No need for critical thinking. After all, technology will always be more intelligent than the artist.

Feature 3: HSL randomizer. Who said a good picture or video needs to reflect accurate hue, saturation and lightness? With HSL randomizer, your DSLR will pick random numbers for each control, so you’ll be left saying, “Wow, that’s definitely not what this looks like in real life! Oh, well!”

Feature 4: Melt-free. Ever really wanted a brilliant shot inside a volcano? With the soon-to-be-released “melt free” coating technology, the possibilities have become realities. Simply throw your new DSLR into the depths! Coupled with auto-retreival, your DSLR will self-levitate and return to you when it’s done snapping away!

Feature 5: Image replace. Sometimes the picture you take just doesn’t look quite right. Image replace scours the web to find a better image than the shot you just took, downloads it, and overwrites it on your camera’s 50TB thumbdrive for your convenience.

Feature 6: Happy sounds. Not happy with your shot? Encouraging voices and applause sound effects are now built in, so get ready to laugh and smile, you wonderful shooter, you!

Feature 7: Variable sensor size. Now, control depth of field without having to play with those annoying aperture wheels.

Feature 8: Auto delete. Did you forget to delete a shot you took earlier? Auto delete will delete shots FOR you. Plus, auto format wipes your data based on intelligent algorithms, so you can stay out of your menus and save valuable time.

Feature 9: Push-to-Facebook. Social networking has evolved, and now, camera technology has caught up. Every shot you take is now auto-posted directly to Facebook, thanks to our partnership with Verizon Wireless’ 8G Network.

Feature 10: Gum dispenser.