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B&H Photo has a 12 hour deal (or while supply lasts) on the X-Rite i1Display Pro. They’re selling it for $129.00 (Save $95 instantly and $25 via mail-in rebate).


Every photo enthusiast should have a color calibrated desktop and/or laptop screen.


X-Rite i1Display Pro $129 at B&H Photo (Save $95 instantly & $25 via Mail-In Rebate)


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Canon has released an updated version of its Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software, which now supports – in addition to its current range of full-frame DSLRs – the EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 70D, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 7D, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 700D and EOS 100D…


Launched in September 2014, Digital Photo Professional 4 was Canon’s first sweeping change to its popular RAW processing software since its original launch. The latest version of DPP – version 4.1.50 – is a response to feedback from owners of older full-frame and APS-C cameras who are looking for the very latest RAW workflow solution.


Additionally, DPP 4.1.50 supports the recently launched EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM and EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lenses, the profiles for which are now available for use with the Lens Correction function.


Commenting on the update, Mike Owen, European Professional Imaging Communications Manager, Professional Imaging Department, Canon Europe, said: “DPP 4.0 has proved incredibly popular with our customers and this latest update further extends its appeal to a wider range of users, such as those using the highly successful EOS 5D Mark II. Canon remains firmly committed to offering a complete range of products to photographers and increasingly its software solutions are playing a vital role in delivering the ultimate in image quality from capture to output.”


DPP 4.1.50: KEY FEATURES



  • Faster, real-time adjustments.

  • Improved RAW file workflow.

  • Better, more approachable user interfaces.

  • Compatible with 64-bit native environments.

  • Colour adjustments for specific colour gamuts.

  • Improved highlight recovery provides expanded tonality.

  • Improved shadow recovery function.

  • Support for movie playback.

  • Auto Lighting Optimizer can be applied to JPEG images.

  • Better integration with EOS Utility.


You can download DPP 4.1.50 now, free of charge, from Canon Europe’s support site here. Just click on your camera – EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 6D, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 70D, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 7D, EOS 700D and EOS 100D – and select DPP 4.1.50 from the software options to download.


Source: [CPN]


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Lenses / Review: Canon EF 24-105 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: Today at 10:26:14 AM »

Bryan at the-digital-picture has completed his review of the brand new Canon EF 24-105 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.


From TDP

“As it stands, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens is a nice lens overall. The size and weight of this lens are easy to handle for long periods of time and the lens shape is comfortable to use. For a moderate price, the 24-105 STM covers the full frame image circle with very good image quality. The modern STM AF system gets the job done nicely and the image stabilization system makes sure that camera motion blur is not detracting from that image quality. This is a good value lens.” …. Read the full review


Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM $599: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon


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EOS Bodies / High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: Today at 07:54:51 AM »

We have confirmed that a high megapixel camera is coming from Canon in 2015 and it will be around 50mp. The camera will not be an EOS-1 style body, so don’t expect the price to be above $4000.


We have yet to confirm when in 2015 the camera is coming, as the exact date may be unknown to Canon at the time of writing this.


More to come once more is confirmed.


Some of what was in this previous post has been confirmed as far as resolution and body style.


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Canon General / Canon USA Addresses the Gray Market
« on: December 16, 2014, 08:07:58 PM »

What is Gray Market?


Information on Parallel or “Gray Market” Products


Canon sells and supports Canon-brand consumer and professional products in the U.S. through Canon U.S.A., which distributes these products through its authorized dealers and distributors. Canon U.S.A. is the only authorized importer of these products in the U.S., and provides industry-leading customer service and support for them. Products distributed by Canon U.S.A. are “localized” to meet the needs of customers in the U.S. market and are engineered to comply with local safety regulations and governmental requirements. As such, these products come with different accessories, manuals, and warranties than the versions intended for sale in other global regions such as Asia. Any Canon-brand products which are imported and sold other than by this method are referred to as “parallel,” or “Gray Market,” products (collectively, “Gray Market Products”).


Hazards and Difficulties Associated with “Gray Market” Products


Customers in the U.S. may find that Gray Market Products do not meet their expectations because they were not intended by Canon for sale in the U.S. In some cases, sellers of Gray Market Products may attempt to localize the products themselves by adding, changing or removing certain accessories from the products, which may result in the following:


• including in product packaging illegal or counterfeit accessories, such as batteries, chargers, and ink tanks, which can cause injury and seriously damage your Canon product;

• An incorrect power cord or adapter which was not provided, or quality checked, by Canon;

• Incorrect software or illegal copies of software which may not function;

• Poor photocopies of the original manual;

• A fake Canon U.S. warranty, a warranty provided by a third party, or no warranty at all; and

• A device with a serial number which cannot be registered with Canon in the U.S.


Customers should also be aware that Gray Market Products may not be eligible for:

• Coverage under a U.S. warranty;

• U.S. promotions, including mail-in and instant rebates; and

• Technical support


If you are in doubt about a seller, or whether the products it sells are intended for the U.S., please http://usa.canon.com/authorizeddealers for a list of Canon U.S.A.’s Authorized Dealers. New and genuine Canon products intended for sale in the U.S. can only be purchased from Canon Authorized Dealers in the U.S. or from Canon U.S.A. directly.


To learn more about counterfeit products, please visit http://usa.canon.com/aboutcounterfeits to view important information.


Source: [CUSA] via [TH]


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Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Canon EOS Rebel SL1 w/18-55 IS STM $323
« on: December 16, 2014, 07:43:12 AM »

The Canon eStore in the USA is selling refurbished Canon EOS Rebel SL1 w/18-55 IS STM kits for just $323! This is the perfect entry level DSLR and it comes with a free PowerShot to boot.


Included in sale



  • FREE Refurbished PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera



Canon EOS Rebel SL1 w/18-55 IS STM Kit $323


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon EOS 6D Firmware 1.1.6 Released
« on: December 16, 2014, 06:31:52 AM »

Firmware Version 1.1.6 incorporates the following fixes:



  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera may not first use the center AF point to focus, when the AF point selection is set to automatic in AI Servo AF mode.

  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which focus cannot be finely adjusted with specific lenses when shooting remotely with EOS Utility software.

  3. Corrects some Ukrainian language displayed on the menu for ISO Setting.


Firmware Version 1.1.6 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.1.4. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.1.6, it is not necessary to update the firmware.


Please note:

If the firmware is updated from version 1.1.3 or before, the following setting will be reset to default. Menu > Custom Function> C.Fn II: Autofocus > AF Microadjustment> 1: All by same amount


Download firmware 1.1.6Canon EOS 6D at B&H Photo


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EOS Bodies / Sony Sensors Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: December 15, 2014, 04:08:29 PM »

Canon has long used Sony sensors in a lot of PowerShot cameras over the years, but never has Canon used a Sony sensor in a DSLR.


“Canon will use Sony’s new 46mp sensor as the 3rd party launch partner, maybe a little after Sony releases it in a camera of their own. Sony and Canon are partnering on many upcoming products – most recently the G7X being a prime example. Canon will use their own CFA / processing and will make a big point of colour accuracy.”


I have received this information a few times over the years, but nothing has never come to fruition, so I’ve never lent much credence to it. I would imagine joint ventures on something as expensive as sensor manufacturing would help lower costs for companies and perhaps customers as well. It’s definitely possible, but I wouldn’t write it in stone yet.  If Canon does the manufacturing of the sensor can they put their own technology into a Sony sensor, such as Dual Pixel AF?


Remember the recent Canon interview with DPR.

Q: Canon released two cameras at Photokina – the EOS 7D Mark II and PowerShot G7X. One thing we’ve learned is that the sensor in the G7X is not made by Canon. Does this represent a new philosophy at Canon?

A: We select the best sensor, whoever the manufacturer is. That’s our policy.


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Software & Accessories / Adobe Lightroom 5.7.1 Available
« on: December 15, 2014, 01:18:43 PM »

Lightroom 5.7.1 is now available as a final release on Adobe.com.  The goal of this release is to provide support for additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.


Release Notes


New Camera Support in Lightroom 5.7.1



  • Sony ILCE-A7M2


New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom 5.7.1





































MountName
Canon EFCanon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Canon EFCanon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM
Canon EFTokina AT-X 12-28 F4 PRO DX
Leica MZeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM
Nikon FTokina AT-X 12-28 F4 PRO DX
Nikon FTokina AT-X 70-200mm F4 PRO FX VCM-S
Sony AlphaTokina AT-X 166 PRO DX II 11-16 F2.8

Bug Fixes:



  • Fixed issues with chromatic aberration specific to the Samsung NX1.


Download Links


Lightroom 5.7.1


Mac – http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5856


Win – http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5857


 



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PowerShot Cameras / Canon to Target The GH4 With New DSLR Type? [CR2]
« on: December 15, 2014, 09:22:26 AM »

We’re told that Canon will be directly targeting the Panansonic GH4 at NAB 2015 in Las Vegas this spring. The new camera will  have a 1″ sensor, shoot 4K and will be very portable, which sounds like similar specs to an upcoming camcorder. This little camera will have a removable viewfinder and grip and will most likely be small enough to be mounted to drones and other like devices.


The term “a different style DSLR” was used when describing this camera, but I’m not sure what sort of lens mount the camera would have, EF? EF-S? EF-M? Something new? A DSLR with a 1″ sensor? I wrote a few days ago that I didn’t think Canon would care much about this market, which I guess was wrong, as this comes from a solid source. I do hold on to the idea that the professional cinema market being where growth is going to come from. We’re hoping for more information in the coming weeks.


More to come…


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Adorama has the brand new Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II listed as in stock.


Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II $2199 at Adorama


thanks Mads


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Software & Accessories / An Easy Magic Lantern How-To from CNET
« on: December 12, 2014, 10:51:34 AM »

CNET has posted a video and article about the Magic Lantern software for your Canon DSLR. This software helps to unlock a lot of features not available otherwise in various Canon DSLR cameras.


From CNET

Magic Lantern is one of the most popular firmware add-ons available, opening up many possibilities for photography and video. It’s free, runs alongside the stock Canon firmware and new features are constantly being added.


Once installed, your dSLR gets useful tools such as:



  • Focus peaking: highlights the area of the image that are in focus

  • Zebras: flashes to indicate areas of the image that are under or over-exposed

  • HDR video: boosts the dynamic range of recorded video by alternating the ISO

  • In-camera intervalometer: useful for time-lapse photography, with no extra remote required

  • Motion detection: take an image when the camera senses motion


These features are just the tip of the iceberg. A full functionality list can be found in the userguide.


Read the full article at CNET | Visit Magic Lantern


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Third Party Manufacturers / Review: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T*
« on: December 12, 2014, 10:32:41 AM »

I never really get bored of reading about this lens. I’ll never own one, but it’s sure a lot of fun to talk about it. Dustin Abbott has completed his review of the Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 for Canon, and as always, it’s quite thorough.


From Dustin

“The Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* ZE is big and heavy. It is extremely expensive. It is manual focus only. But you already knew that. Perhaps you have already written this lens off because of those facts. But shooting with this lens is a revelation. Having used it for a while leaves me feeling that the weight and price may just be justified…if one can afford it. It is good enough and versatile enough that many shooters would better off owning fewer lenses to afford this one, and has caused me to mentally catalog my own collection and wonder what I would be willing to part with to aid that acquisition. If nothing else, the Otus 85 is most definitely on my wish list.”


Below is the video review of the lens, you can also read the text review and see the sample images gallery through the links below.



Read the full review | View the sample gallery | Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 at B&H Photo


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Andrew at EOSHD.com has posted an opinion piece on the future of high spec video features in Canon DSLRs. I’ve had this conversation with people in the past, and I feel somewhat the way Andrew does, in that I don’t see Canon speccing DSLRs as well as future Cinema EOS products. While I have been told a video focused DSLR is coming for NAB 2015, it won’t be a high end professional product.


There was a year when all I saw on videographer rigs was Canon DSLR cameras, but it seems that time has passed. I now see a lot of Cinema EOS cameras as well as smaller offerings from other manufacturers, and I do believe Canon wants videographers using C100’s as opposed to 5D Mark IIIs..


I agree with some of the points at EOSHD, but disagree with others. For Canon, it’s about making money and understanding markets with growth potential and markets in decline. The professional high margin segment is probably where the best chance of growth lies. I think selling more cameras and lenses to Hollywood along with support services is a much better strategy to grow revenue, and more importantly income, than it would be to offer a $2000 4K mirrorless camera for enthusiasts.


We’ll see how the next few years shapes up, and I expect 2015 will give us lots of hints of where Canon sees the future of videography & cinematography going.


From EOSHD

“If Canon announced that they were withdrawing from the enthusiast stills camera market, you’d be surprised. It’s a pretty big market. But withdraw from the enthusiast video market they almost certainly have at the moment, whether they meant to do or not.


Whilst we ponder Canon’s deeply uninspired 2014 in terms of technological innovation, consider this theory – Canon entered the enthusiast DSLR video market by accident and now they have pulled out of it by accident.


Whether they like it or not, Canon DSLRs are no longer 1st, 2nd, 3rd or even 4th best performing enthusiast options for video. Nikon, Sony, Panasonic and Samsung are all significantly ahead, and if we count Blackmagic (they’re actually more pro than enthusiast) Canon are down to 6th. Just 2 years ago they were 1st. What happened?”


Read the full article


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Lenses / Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: December 12, 2014, 06:38:45 AM »

DPReview has completed their review of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and it’s extremely positive. They make a special effort to stress this camera is not an incremental update to the original EOS 7D.


From the review

“It would be easy to write off the EOS 7D Mark II as just an incremental upgrade to the original 7D, but that would be a serious mistake. The two cameras may share the number 7 and the letter D on their bodies, but inside they are very different machines.


With the 7D II Canon is putting a stake in the ground that it is committed to the crop sensor market. Although it will likely be seen as an aspirational camera for novices, or an upgrade path to people using more consumer oriented crop sensor bodies from Canon, the 7D II is unquestionably a pro camera. It’s built like a tank, has the control layout of a 5D Mark III and an autofocus system to compete with the 1D X.


Canon has added lots of tools to the Mark II, but one deserves special mention. Dual-Pixel autofocus may be one of the most important, and yet under-appreciated, technologies introduced to digital cameras in a long time. It’s significant that Canon now includes this technology on their Cinema EOS cameras. Canon still seems to be dialing in the optimal implementation for the technology, but it will be exciting to see how it evolves.”


Read the full review EOS 7D Mark II in stock $1799: B&H Photo | Amazon


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