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Lenses / Review: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: December 20, 2014, 09:35:56 AM »

Photozone.de has completed their review of the brand new Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II and they like it. They like it a lot.


From Photozone.de

“The king is dead, long live the king! Seems as if Canon wanted to show the new mirrorless kids who is still the boss around. The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 USM L IS was already good but the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 USM L IS II is even better. Canon managed to improve the image sharpness substantially. The image center is now dead sharp and the borders and corners are easily very good at the mainstream settings. The very low amount of CAs (at and beyond 200mm) is highly impressive. The vignetting remains rather typical for a lens in this class, so you will be able to spot some light falloff at fully open aperture (300/400mm). Image distortions are well controlled. The quality of the bokeh is good although the best prime lenses continue to have an edge here. Bokeh fringing is not an issue due to the relatively small max. aperture.”  Read the full review


Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II $2199: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon


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Lenses / Quick Comparison: Canon's new 400mm Options
« on: December 19, 2014, 08:20:22 AM »

Roger at LensRentals.com has done a quick comparison of the EF 400 f/4 DO IS and EF 400 f/4 DO IS II as well as the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS and EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II.

From LensRentals.com on the EF 400 f/4 DO IS II

400mm DO mtf50 400mm DO II mtf50
Center 1190 1490
Weighted Avg. 970 1350
Corner Avg. 740 1100

“The difference in Canon’s computer-generated MTF charts for the 400mm DO and 400mm DO II is pretty striking, and I think our results confirm that difference shows up in actual optical testing as well as in the computer ray tracing.  Canon also says the new design has much greater contrast, and I tend to believe that too, although we’ll all want to see images in a variety of lighting conditions.”

From LensRentals.com on the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II

100-400mm mtf50 100-400 II mtf50
Center 1300 1380
Weighted Avg. 980 1020
Corner Avg. 680 760

“The Canon computer-generated MTF charts suggest that the center of the image should be similar in both the old and new versions, but that the Mk II should be noticeably better off-axis and particularly in the corners. We do see that difference in the resolution tests, but I had expected the difference to be a bit larger. It’s certainly not nearly as dramatic as the DO difference.”

Read the full comparison at LensRentals.com

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Canon General / Canon USA Warns Against Lithium Battery Use With Speedlites
« on: December 18, 2014, 09:37:30 AM »

Details

AA Lithium batteries cannot be used with any Speedlite or Macrolite products and compact battery packs including those listed below because certain AA lithium batteries, in rare cases, may become extremely hot during usage in such products.




Canon Products

Speedlite 220EX

Speedlite 270EX

Speedlite 270EX II

Speedlite 320EX

Speedlite 380EX

Speedlite 420EX

Speedlite 430EX

Speedlite 430EX II

Speedlite 540EZ

Speedlite 550EX

Speedlite 580EX

Speedlite 580EX II

Speedlite 600EX

Speedlite 600EX-RT

Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX

Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II

Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX

Compact Battery Pack CP-E2

Compact Battery Pack CP-E3

Compact Battery Pack CP-E4


Support

This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.


Thank you,

Customer Support Operations

Canon U.S.A., Inc



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Pricewatch Deals / Ended: X-Rite i1Display Pro $129 at B&H Photo
« on: December 17, 2014, 12:14:39 PM »

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: December 17, 2014, 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: December 17, 2014, 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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