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EOS Bodies - For Video / Inside the Canon EOS-1D C
« on: January 08, 2013, 03:57:07 PM »

Is it different from the EOS-1D X?

We had a chance to peer inside the EOS-1D C (No photos allowed) to find out how much it differed from the EOS-1D X. The differences are minimal, the biggest change is the heat sink inside the camera to keep the sensor circuitry cool during 4K video operation.


Firmware

The EOS-1D X has some traces of the EOS-1D C firmware code and the features are locked. We don’t know how much of the firmware is the same.


Third Party Firmware?

I was told by someone at Canon that they would “bring the might of its legal team” to anyone that attempts to modify at the software level, the features of an EOS-1 camera body. So I think the firmware community out there today will probably leave the EOS-1D X alone.


More to come on this topic I’m sure. I am hopeful that someone provides pictures of the inside of the EOS-1D C in direct comparison to the EOS-1D X.


Why does it cost so much more?

Production of the EOS-1D C is going to be a lot less than even the limited production EOS-1D X. Especially when you compare the numbers to the 5D Mark III or a Rebel. The software development will also add a lot of cost to the camera. How much bigger their margin is on the EOS-1D C over the EOS-1D X? I have no official word on that, but I’d love to hear about it.


Canon EOS-1D C at B&H Photo for $11,999


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Pricewatch Deals / EOS-1D C in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: January 08, 2013, 11:34:12 AM »

The 4K DSLR is here

B&H Photo has stock of the Canon EOS-1D C 4K DSLR. Stock is limited.


Canon EOS-1D C at B&H Photo for $11,999


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Third Party Manufacturers / Sigma Launches the Sigma USB DOCK
« on: January 08, 2013, 07:15:23 AM »
Sigma USB Dock
By connecting the USB cable to a computer, SIGMA USB DOCK enables photographers to update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus. The adjustment is processed with special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro). The AF speed, focus limiter and OS function are also customizable for Sports lenses.

Sigma USB Dock

Sigma USB Dock

Release: Early 2013. Compatible lens Art | 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Contemporary | 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM / 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO HSM Sports | 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM * The Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice


Special Software “SIGMA Optimization Pro” will offer the following customization.

Focus setting

Contemporary, Art and Sports • Updating Lens Firmware It is possible to update the lens firmware via the internet. • Focus Setting Multiple focus setting options are available: 4 categories for fixed focal length lenses, and 16 categories (4 options for focal length) x (4 options for shooting distance) for zoom lenses.

For Sports line • AF Speed Adjustment There are 3 AF speed modes. • Focus Limiter Adjustment Offering customization for the driving range of auto focus enables a photographer to exactly reflect the personal preference. • OS Setting There are 3 OS (Optical Stabilizer) adjustment modes.

You can download “SIGMA Optimization Pro for Windows” and “SIGMA Optimization Pro for Macintosh” from the link below.

http://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/cas/

Condition of Operation Windows This software operates in the condition that meets with the following criteria; • Pentium 4 processor or higher • Windows 7 or Windows 8 is pre-installed. • 1GB of RAM or higher • 1 GB of available hard drive space. • 24-bit graphics card (approx. 16.7 million colors). • 1024×768 or higher screen resolution. • USB 1.1 as standard

Mac OS This software operates in the condition that meets with the following criteria; • Intel processor that either Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 is pre-installed • 1GB of RAM or higher • 1 GB of available hard drive space. • 24-bit graphics card (approx. 16.7 million colors). • 1024×768 or higher screen resolution. • USB 1.1 as standard.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Sigma Launches the 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM
« on: January 08, 2013, 07:13:30 AM »

SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM

Conventionally, large aperture lenses for 300mm F2.8 have been loved by professional users due to their brilliant capability of depiction and bright aperture value. It has established a solid standpoint in the world of photography. Based on the concept that turning a 300mm F2.8 lens into zoom lens would enable photographers to expand the scope of shooting, we have developed 120-300mm F2.8 lenses and released them into the market. It is not simple to decide on a composition with a 300mm lens. Especially for sports and theatrical shows, shooting positions are almost always fixed and changing lenses could lead to missed photographs. By adding a zoom function with the large aperture 300mm F2.8 lens, it no longer requires other interchangeable lenses and rotation of the zoom ring will offer excellent framing. In other words, when conditions are difficult, this high-performance lens gives you more scope to express yourself in the shots you take.


SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM

SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM


Corresponding AF Mounts: SIGMA, Nikon (D), Canon

Accessories: Lens case, lens hood (LH1220-01), shoulder strap and tripod socket (TS-51) supplied.

* The Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.


Preorder the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM for $3599





[Special Features]

1. Sports line lenses deliver high action-capture performance

Sigma is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines; Contemporary, Art and Sports. While offering sophisticated optical performance and expressiveness, our Sports line lenses deliver high action-capture performance, enabling photographers to get exactly the shots they want. With their high-level optical performance and expressive power, these lenses can capture fast-moving subjects, even at distance. This high-performance line also offers a variety of functions to aid the photographer in challenging conditions and scenarios. The SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM is the first product from the “Sports” line. Besides sports photography, the lenses are also perfect for nature shots featuring birds, wild animals and other wildlife, and for capture of aircraft, trains, racing cars and more. Another major feature of our Sports line lenses is their wide range of customization functions: using the software provided, all sorts of settings can be tailored to the personal preferences of the photographer.


2. Dust-proof and splash-proof construction

For professional purposes, we have achieved excellent durability by incorporating dust-proof and splash-proof parts for joint parts, such as mount attachment, manual ring, zoom-ring, switches for customization and external switch panels. It prevents dust and dirt from entering the lens. Also, the usage of the zoom ring and focus ring is well positioned for shooting situations.


3. High image quality close to fixed focal length lens.

This lens incorporates 2 FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite, 1 SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element, and compensate for the color aberration at the utmost. The design also compensates for sagittal coma flare and minimizes the blurring of a point light source in peripheral areas. It offers very high image quality, close to fixed focal length lens.


4. Incorporation of focus limiter

Excellent usability is achieved by incorporating inner focusing and zooming that requires no change in the length of the lens for focus and zoom. It is possible to use with a rounded filter, such as a Circular Polarizer, as the front part of the lens is fixed. Due to the focus limiter offering adjustable range of auto focusing, this lens can provide fast focus setting. The USB dock enables users to change the range of the auto focusing at the discretion of users’ creativity.


5. Newly developed “USB DOCK” exclusively for new product lines

Based on these new lines, we have developed special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro) that can update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus. In addition, the lenses from our Sports line have customizable AF speed, focus limiter and OS function. The “Custom Mode Switch” is the device for further customization on the dedicated lenses.


6. Ease of use

Many parts of this lens have been designed for comfortable usage. For example, the design of the zoom ring is concerned with a texture when you hold it, the position of printed letters and the 4 control switches with integration-considered shape of the screws. Included accessories such as the removable lens hood and the newly designed tripod collar with strap ensure added ease of use.




[Other Features]

•  Flare and ghosting conscious design

SIGMA’s Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting. It provides sharp and high contrast images throughout the entire zoom range.


• Excellent in handheld photography for telephoto shooting

This lens incorporates the OS system which offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible, ensuring the excellent use in handheld photography for telephoto shooting. The OS system has two modes – OS mode 1 is suitable for general photography, and OS mode 2 is best for panning shots of subjects such as planes or racing cars. It is possible to adjust the OS using the optional USB DOCK.

* This lens cannot be used with film SLR cameras with the exception of the Nikon F6, Canon EOS-1v.


• Quiet and Fast AF

The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures high speed and quiet AF as well as full-time manual focus override by rotation of the focus ring. With the enhanced AF algorithm, smoother AF is achieved. The full time manual, which offers further adjustment after focusing with AF mode, is possible. By using USB Dock, you can change and adjust the AF speed at your convenience.


• Incorporating Rounded Diaphragm

The 9 blade-rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image.


• APO Tele-Converter (Optional)

The addition of Sigma’s 1.4x EX DG APO or 2x EX DG APO TELE CONVERTER produces a 168-420mm F4 AF telephoto zoom lens or a 240-600mm F5.6 AF telephoto zoom lens respectively.


• Brass made bayonet mount

This lens incorporates a brass made bayonet mount which has both high accuracy and durability. A special treatment to reinforce its strength is applied to the surface giving it greater strength and making it highly resistant to long-term use.


• Evaluation with Sigma’s own MTF measuring system “A1”

We used to measure lens performance with an MTF measuring system using conventional sensors. However, we’ve now developed our own proprietary MTF (modulation transfer function) measuring system (A1) using 46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensors. Even previously undetectable high-frequency details are now within the scope of our quality control inspections. The SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM will all be checked using this “A1” before they are shipped.


• “Made in Japan”

All Sigma’s manufacturing – right down to the molds and parts – is carried out under an integrated production system, entirely in Japan. We are now one of the very few manufacturers whose products are solely “made in Japan”. We like to think our products are somehow imbued with the essence of our homeland, blessed as it is with clean air and water, and focused, hard-working people. We pride ourselves on the authentic quality of Sigma products, born of a marriage between highly attuned expertise and intelligent, advanced technology. Our sophisticated products have satisfied professionals and lovers of photography all over the world, because our manufacturing is based on genuine craftsmanship, underpinned by the passion and pride of our experts.




[Specification] For Sigma

Lens Construction: 23 elements in 18 groups | Minimum aperture: F22 | Filter size: ø105mm | Angle of view (35mm format): 20.4°-8.2° | Minimum focusing distance: 150cm-250cm/59.1in.-98.4in. | Dimensions (Diameter x Length): ø121.4mm x 291mm/4.8in. x 11.5in. | Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (Rounded diaphragm) | Maximum magnification ratio: 1:8.1 (f=200mm) | Weight: TBD


[Accessories]

Lens Hood LH1220-01 (supplied) : 0085126-929657

FRONT CAP LCF-105 III (supplied) : 0085126-929640

REAR CAP LCR II (supplied)

SIGMA : 0085126-929497 Nikon : 0085126-929503 Canon : 0085126-929510

TRIPOD SOCKET TS-51(supplied) : 0085126-929664

SIGMA DG UV 105mm : 0085126-923792

SIGMA DG CIRCULAR PL 105mm : 0085126-923907

APO TELE CONVERTER 1.4x EX DG

SIGMA : 0085126-824402 Nikon : 0085126-824556 Canon : 0085126-824273

APO TELE CONVERTER 2x EX DG

SIGMA : 0085126-876401 Nikon : 0085126-876555 Canon : 0085126-876272


Preorder the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM for $3599




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Sigma Launches the 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM

The most important features for a standard zoom lens for digital single lens reflex camera is to achieve high image quality, to meet the needs in various occasions and to be handy and compact.


The SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM will clear away all the general concerns, such as a short minimum focusing distance, not a long enough focal length for telephoto shooting and a small aperture value. Mainly used for general-purpose photography, this everyday lens covers a range equivalent to 25.5-105mm on a 35mm camera. It’s surprisingly compact in size for a large-aperture lens that opens up to F2.8. Great for treasured snapshots of travel or family occasions, it also handles shots that are a little bit more creative. Designed to be the kind of lens you carry around with you all the time, it delivers simplicity and is so user-friendly it’s sure to satisfy even the most demanding of users.


Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM


Corresponding AF Mounts: SIGMA, Sony (D), Nikon (D), Pentax, Canon


Accessories: Petal type Lens hood (LH780-03) supplied.


Preorder the Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.0 DC Macro OS HSM for $499



* The Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.


Special Features


1. Contemporary line can handle all sorts of photo opportunities


Sigma is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines; Contemporary, Art and Sports. Featuring the very latest technology, and combining optical performance with compactness, the Contemporary line covers a wide range of needs. Incorporating the very latest technology in these lenses, Sigma has solved the difficult problem of keeping size and weight low without compromising optical performance.The SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM is the first product from the Contemporary line. Featuring a wide zoom range, the lens has a focal range equivalent to 25.5-105mm on a 35mm lens.


2. Excellent for macro photography


This lens’ minimum focusing distance is 22cm and the maximum magnification ratio is 1:2.8. At 70mm, the working distance becomes 5.52cm. When it comes to telephoto, it can shoot pictures with a similar sensation to a macro lens. Also, without the need to change the lens, it enables photographers to take a close up pictures of subjects such as jewelry and flowers. In order to secure a clear field of view, the design of this lens is very thorough, even down to the precise position of the engraved letters on the lens.


3. 30% Smaller Than Conventional Models


For a which is used lens used in everyday situations, the small size makes a big difference. By incorporating a smaller OS unit and optimizing the structure and power distribution of optical elements, the lens barrel has now become more compact. In order to ensure high accuracy of the product, the new compound material TSC (Thermally Stable Composite), which has high affinity to metal parts, is introduced for the lens barrel. It results in better durability of the parts and smaller zoom rings and scale rings. The dimension of this lens is 30% smaller than our conventional models.


4. Superior Image Quality Throughout The Entire Zoom Range


This lens incorporates 2 FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite, 1 SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element and 3 aspherical glass lenses including double sided aspherical lens. By optimizing the power alignment of the lens, both chromatic aberration of magnification and axial chromatic aberration have been corrected. From infinity to macro, it achieves superior image quality through entire zoom range. This lens offers extraordinary expressive power and is capable of surpassing the requirement of the rigorous checking process of our new MTF measuring system “A1”.


5. Large maximum aperture of F2.8


The aperture value is F2.8 at the wide end (17mm), and is F4 at the telephoto end (70mm). The bright viewfinder aids focusing and composition of images. The fast apertures also offer useful functions such as fast shutter speeds to prevent an object from being blurred and ensuring a smooth bokeh in the background.


Other Features


• Optical Stabilizer


Sigma’s own unique OS (Optical Stabilizer) function is incorporated. It offers effective correction of approximately 4 stops, which makes it possible to compensate for camera shake even in macro range photography where a small blur can be easily identified.


*1. The closer the lens is to the object, the less effective the OS function is.


*2. For Sony and Pentax, OS function is not incorporated.


• Flare and ghosting conscious design


In order to achieve high rendering on this flagship lens, flare and ghosting were thoroughly measured from an early stage to establish an optical design which is resistant to strong incident light such as backlight. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides sharp and high contrast images even in backlit conditions.


• Incorporating Rounded Diaphragm


The 7 blade-rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image.


• Hyper Sonic Motor


The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures high speed and quiet AF as well as full-time manual focus override by rotation of the focus ring. With the enhanced AF algorithm, smoother AF is achieved.


• Brass made bayonet mount


This lens incorporates a brass made bayonet mount which has both high accuracy and durability. A special treatment to reinforce its strength is applied to the surface giving it greater strength and making it highly resistant to long-term use.


• Ease of use


The new product lines incorporate rubber for the attachment part of the provided lens hood. For better usability, the design of the lens cap and AF / MF changeover switch has been improved.


• Newly developed “USB DOCK” exclusively for new product lines


Based on these new lines, we have developed special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro) that can update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus.


• Evaluation with Sigma’s own MTF measuring system “A1”


We used to measure lens performance with MTF measuring system using conventional sensors. However, we’ve now developed our own proprietary MTF (modulation transfer function) measuring system (A1) using 46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensors. Even previously undetectable high-frequency details are now within the scope of our quality control inspections. The SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM will all be checked using this “A1” before they are shipped.


• “Made in Japan”


All Sigma’s manufacturing – right down to molds and parts – is carried out under an integrated production system, entirely in Japan. We are now one of the very few manufacturers whose products are solely “made in Japan”. We like to think our products are somehow imbued with the essence of our homeland, blessed as it is with clean air and water, and focused, hard-working people. We pride ourselves on the authentic quality of Sigma products, born of a marriage between highly attuned expertise and intelligent, advanced technology. Our sophisticated products have satisfied professionals and lovers of photography all over the world, because our manufacturing is based on genuine craftsmanship, underpinned by the passion and pride of our experts.


Specification For Sigma


Lens Construction: 16 elements in 14 groups | Minimum aperture: F22 | Filter size: ø72mm | Angle of view (SD1): 79.7°-22.9° | Minimum focusing distance: 22cm/8.7in. | Dimensions (Diameter x Length): ø79mm x 82.0mm/3.1in. x 3.2in. | Number of diaphragm blades: 7 (Rounded diaphragm) | Maximum magnification ratio: 1:2.8 | Weight: 465g/16.4oz.


Accessories


Petal type Lens Hood LH780-03 (supplied) : 0085126-929602


FRONT CAP LCF-72 III (supplied) : 0085126-929633


REAR CAP LCR II (supplied)


SIGMA : 0085126-929497 Sony : 0085126-929527


Nikon : 0085126-929503 Pentax : 0085126-929534


Canon : 0085126-929510


SIGMA DG UV 72mm : 0085126-923747


SIGMA DG WIDE CIRCULAR PL 72mm : 0085126-923853


Preorder the Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.0 DC Macro OS HSM for $499




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PowerShot / New PowerShots, the A3500 IS, A2600, A1400 & Elph 130 IS
« on: January 07, 2013, 09:13:01 AM »

London, UK, 7 January 2013– Canon today adds four new stylish and easy-to-use models to its compact camera range – the new IXUS 140 launches alongside the PowerShot A3500 IS, PowerShot A2600 and PowerShot A1400. Designed to make it simple to capture stills and HD movies, each new model offers its own unique range of fun and automatic features, while the new IXUS 140 merges easy operation with outstanding style.


Canon image quality for stunning results

All new models are powered by Canon imaging technologies that offer outstanding quality. Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor technology combines with high resolution 16.0 Megapixel sensors to deliver detailed and colour rich images in an instant, ensuring that every moment is captured as you remember it.


28mm wide-angle genuine Canon lenses allow users to capture more of a scene, providing a perfect option for family shots, birthday parties, or holiday landscapes. The new PowerShot models offer a 5x optical zoom, while the new IXUS 140′s powerful 8x optical zoom gets even closer to the subject. Canon’s ZoomPlus technology also digitally extends each zoom’s reach to up to double that of the optical zoom, with high quality results – perfect for getting closer to subjects during a city break or at a family party.


The IXUS 140 and PowerShot A3500 IS include Canon’s optical Image Stabilizer technology featuring Intelligent IS, which detects the style of camera shake and automatically selects the most suitable camera settings from six different modes to combat it. Digital IS mode, featured on the PowerShot A2600 and PowerShot A1400, automatically detects any camera or subject motion, and when required adjusts the camera’s ISO, shutter speed, or even shoots multiple images, to capture crisp and clear images.



Instantly shoot and share

The new IXUS 140 and the PowerShot A3500 IS are part of Canon’s expanded range of Wi-Fi enabled cameras, ideal for anyone who can’t wait to share their images. Using Canon’s free CameraWindow application, users can wirelessly connect and transfer images or movies to both iOS and Android™ smartphones or tablets for enjoying on the move, or upload directly to social networks such as Facebook® . Additionally, Wi-Fi connectivity1 , combined with CANON iMAGE GATEWAY,offers the freedom to share or backup images directly from the camera to the cloud. Offering 10 GB of personal storage capacity, CANON iMAGE GATEWAY is an online facility for storing and sharing photos and video. Users can also automatically transfer their shots to a computer, as well as wirelessly print images2 from the camera on compatible printers including Canon SELPHY and PIXMA models, so photos can be printed and displayed almost immediately after capture.


Holiday memories and photo locations can also be recorded and tagged on the IXUS 140 and PowerShot A3500 IS using the GPS via mobile function. Using the Canon CameraWindow app, users can wirelessly sync the camera to their smartphone’s GPS. At the end of each day, Wi-Fi can be activated to pair the captured images on the camera with the location data recorded from the smartphone.


Canon PowerShot IXUS 140 IS

Canon PowerShot IXUS 140 IS


Shoot effortlessly, explore creativity

Packed with fun and easy-to-use modes, all the new models make it super-easy to capture memories or unleash creativity. As well as stunning quality stills, the cameras can instantly switch to capturing HD movies in 720p quality – perfect for enjoying on larger screen HD devices – with a press of the dedicated Movie Record Button. In addition, users can enjoy point-and-shoot simplicity with Smart Auto, or add a unique twist to shots with Creative Filters.


IXUS 140 – shoot with style

The IXUS 140 is the ideal camera for style-conscious users looking for the perfect pocketable camera to capture their adventures. Its powerful technologies are packed into a super-slim and sleek body, available ina choice of four impactful colours – Grey, Silver, Red and Pink. A large 7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G LCD screen also provides the perfect way to frame and review shots on nights out and at parties.


A PowerShot for everyone

The new collection of PowerShot A-series cameras offers the perfect model for every budget. Ideal for users looking for point-and-shoot simplicity, each model provides ease of use and stylish designs. The PowerShot A3500 IS and PowerShot A2600 boast eye-catching aluminium front finishes available in a choice of four vibrant colours3. The PowerShot A3500 IS and PowerShot A2600 feature a bright 7.5 cm (3.0”) LCD display, while the PowerShot A1400 features a 6.7 cm (2.7”) screen, making it easy to review images and view on-screen hints and tips. The PowerShot A1400 also features an optical viewfinder, ideal for users who prefer a more traditional shooting experience.


All new models feature a new Eco mode, which is designed to conserve battery life. Eco mode automatically shuts off some of the camera’s features, including the LCD display when in standby– allowing users to keep shooting for longer.


IXUS 140 key features:



  • Stylish Wi-Fi IXUS in four colours

  • 8x zoom lens, 28mm wide-angle

  • 16 Megapixels

  • Intelligent IS

  • Wi-Fi for easy sharing and GPS via Mobile

  • 7.5cm (3.0″) PureColor II G LCD

  • HD movies (720p) with movie button

  • Smart Auto (32 scenes)

  • Fun and creative modes

  • Eco mode


PowerShot A3500 IS key features:



  •  16.0 Megapixels

  • 28mm wide, 5x zoom lens; 10x ZoomPlus

  • Intelligent IS

  • Wi-Fi; GPS via mobile

  • Slim body with metal exterior

  • 7.5 cm (3.0″) LCD

  • HD movies (720p) with movie button

  • Smart Auto (32 scenes); Help button

  • Eco mode

  • Creative modes. Live View Control


PowerShot A2600 key features:



  • 16.0 Megapixels

  • 28mm wide, 5x zoom lens; 10x ZoomPlus

  • 7.5 cm (3.0″) LCD

  • Slim body with metal exterior

  • HD movies (720p) with movie button

  • Smart Auto plus Help button

  • Digital IS

  • Face Detection, Live View Control

  • Eco mode

  • Fun and creative effects


PowerShot A1400 key features:



  • 16.0 Megapixels

  • 28mm wide, 5x zoom lens; 10x ZoomPlus

  • 6.8 cm (2.7″) LCD and optical viewfinder

  • Smart Auto (32 scenes); Help button

  • HD movies (720p) with movie button

  • Digital IS

  • Eco mode

  • Face Detection

  • Creative modes; Live View Control



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PowerShot / Canon Announces The PowerShot N
« on: January 07, 2013, 09:07:40 AM »

London, UK, 7 January 2013– Canon today unveils the PowerShot N- a totally new type of camera that offers a different approach to capturing creative, spontaneous photos and sharing them instantly with social networks. The unconventional square design, innovative zoom and shoot operation lens rings and tilting touch screen encourage people to capture their world from a fresh angle, whilst the new Creative Shot mode automatically generates a selection of unexpected creative treatments with every shot taken. The perfect smartphone companion, the PowerShot N has been designed to simplify image sharing with intuitive Wi-Fi connectivity allowing a new generation of high-quality, artistic images and Full HD videos to be shared in near real-time1.


Inject every shot with artistic flair

Thanks to the new Creative Shot mode, anyone can impress their friends and followers with unique, creative images that offer a different perspective on a typical scene or subject. When an image is captured in Creative Shot mode, the PowerShot N intelligently analyses the scene and determines which of a host of creative elements could enhance the scene or offer a different creative angle. Multiple variables including composition, exposure, point of focus, white balance, gradation and contrast are considered before five alternative versions of the original shot are automatically generated, which can then be shared at the touch of a button.


Alternatively, a creative edge can be added to a single shot with Canon’s creative modes, including Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome. Users can also add drama to a movie clip with Super Slow Motion Movie mode.


Combining creative flexibility with point-and-shoot ease of use, the PowerShot N features new Hybrid Auto mode which records the four seconds before every shot in 720p resolution, before using Canon’s acclaimed Smart Auto technology to determine the best settings to capture the perfect shot. At the end of each day, the four-second clips are merged into one to tell the “behind-the-scenes” story of the day’s images – perfect for adding new context to an online album.


Shoot and share in an instant

Making it the ultimate mobile companion, the PowerShot N features integrated Wi-Fi and one-touch connectivity to smartphones or tablets, thanks to the Mobile Device Connect Button. Users can upload images or movies to social networks such as Facebook ® and YouTube™ just moments after they’ve been captured, no matter where they may be. Once home, the best shots can be printed wirelessly or transferred to a PC thanks to the swift, reliable connection. The GPS via mobile feature, using the free Canon smartphone app, can also add location information from a GPS-enabled smartphone or tablet to an image, allowing users to share the exact location of their fun with friends.


Canon PowerShot N

Canon PowerShot N


Revolutionary design, ‘Any Way Up’ operation

The unusual, eye-catching design of the PowerShot N sets this model apart from every other – just like the images it captures. The compact, symmetrical design, tilting touch screen and an innovative system of lens rings – the twist lens ring can be turned in either direction to operate the zoom function, while a second ring is used as the shutter release – allow the camera to be used any way up, even upside-down, unleashing the ability to view the world from a completely different perspective.


The advanced capacitive 7.1 cm (2.8″) touch screen also allows users to control essential functions, such as focus or the shutter, with a simple touch, and review their images with familiar, intuitive gestures. Available in white or black, the square, metal body is dominated by a 28mm, 8x optical zoom lens, making it easy to shoot groups and landscapes. Thanks to Canon’s advanced ZoomPlus technology, which provides detailed, full-resolution shooting with up to 16x zoom, users can also get even closer to the action or frame a subject tightly for compositions with impact.


Measuring just 78.6 x 60.2 x 29.3 mm when the screen and lens are closed, the PowerShot N’s extremely compact dimensions allow it to be slipped into any pocket and carried anywhere, so scenes, subjects and situations that might usually be missed can now be immortalised in the superb quality offered by Canon’s advanced compact imaging technology. USB charging also provides added convenience, allowing the camera to be charged quickly and easily on the move.


Canon signature image quality

Despite its compact size, the PowerShot N inherits much of Canon’s latest imaging technology to deliver superior, Canon-quality images and movies. Combining a high-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor and an advanced DIGIC 5 image processor, the HS System featured in this camera supports a maximum ISO of 6400 to produce sharp and clear images in challenging low-light conditions.


The powerful 8x optical zoom lens is supported by Intelligent IS, which automatically applies the most appropriate image stabilisation for smooth video and crisp stills. Complementing the artistic still images, Full HD video (1080p) can also be recorded.


PowerShot N key features:



  • Creative Shot

  • Unique design

  • 8x zoom, 28mm lens; Intelligent IS

  • HS System: 12.1 MP CMOS sensor,DIGIC 5Wi-Fi;

  • GPS via mobile

  • Mobile Device Connect Button

  • Any Way Up operation; Tilt-up touchscreen

  • Full HD video capture

  • Hybrid Auto; Smart Auto (58 scenes)



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Lenses / EF 24-70 f/4L IS Resolution Tests
« on: January 04, 2013, 02:15:28 PM »
Via Lens Rentals
Roger Cicala from LensRentals.com has posted his first resolution tests of the Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS.

He has compared it with the EF 24-70 f/2.8L version 1 and 2, the EF 24-105 f/4L IS as well as the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8VC. All of which will probably get your consideration in a very crowded focal range.

At 24mm, the EF 24-70 f/4L IS is the second best performing lens behind the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II. Mind you, the results are all pretty close. It does look like Canon’s MTF chart of the lens holds up against the others.

EF 24-70 f/4L IS at 24mm Resolution Comparison Chart

EF 24-70 f/4L IS at 24mm Resolution Comparison Chart

At 70mm, none of the lenses are as sharp as they are at 24mm. However, the EF 24-70 f/4L IS is again the 2nd best performing lens by a small amount.

EF 24-70 f/4L IS at 70mm Resolution Comparison Chart

EF 24-70 f/4L IS at 70mm Resolution Comparison Chart

Part of Roger’s Conclusion
Obviously this hasn’t told us a thing about autofocus accuracy, bokeh, or a dozen other things that have to be considered when choosing a lens. Just like you, I’ll be waiting for more complete reviews to tell us about that.

On the basis of this information, though, I’m . . . well, I don’t know what I am. This is a good lens, but I at the price point I’d probably prefer the f/2.8 of the Tamron VC to the new Canon’s f/4. The macro feature is nice and will certainly pull some people towards the Canon.”

Roger also notes that there was quite a bit of variation at 70mm between the 22 copies they tested.

Read the entire articleCanon EF 24-70 f/4L IS at B&H Photo $1499

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Company Brings to Life “Image Incredible” through Interactive Experiences and Inspired End-User Photographs


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 4, 2013 - At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 8th, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, unveils the vision behind its 2013 lineup of connected digital cameras, camcorders and printers. Visitors to Canon’s booth (#13304) will be invited to explore “Image Incredible” with product demonstrations and on-site experiences designed to unlock creative potential and inspire users to express their individuality using the Company’s exceptional imaging technology products.

 Upon entering the Canon booth, attendees will experience “Image Incredible” through inspiring visual displays, celebrity photographer guest speakers, staged performance showcases, interactive product demonstrations and social media activities. Canon’s mission to inspire creativity in customers of all levels will be seen throughout the show as end-user inspired images submitted to the “Project Imaginat10n” program will decorate the Company’s booth as well as adorn on-site advertising and signage as examples of how imaging inspires creativity in us all.


“Consumers are looking for higher performing and functioning products that work exceptionally on their own, as well as together, to push the boundaries of imagination and creativity,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., “This year, we have created a space where this truly comes to life in unique and exciting ways, just like our products.”


Through interactive on-stage presentations, attendees will be immersed in the true meaning of “Image Incredible” as a series of end-user scenarios play out illustrating the various creative possibilities and wireless connectivity of Canon EOS cameras, PowerShot digital cameras, VIXIA camcorders and PIXMA printer products. Also on the Canon stage will be industry renowned photographers and cinematographers. Canon Explorers of Light (EOL) members, Jack Reznicki, Bruce Dorn, Vincent Laforet and Rick Sammon will be conducting presentations on various filmmaking and photographic techniques throughout the week. To further showcase the Canon booth theme, there will be a special gallery showcasing the works of various members of the EOL program.


Adding to the overall booth experience, attendees can touch-and-try a range of Canon high-performance optics and cameras by entering an in-booth tower that features 15 different EF lenses and DSLR cameras. Throughout the show, the Canon HD Theater will be showing a highlight reel of spectacular footage shot and captured on EOS and Cinema EOS equipment as the Company looks to enable both consumers and professionals to tell their story through video as well as still images.


To help bring the show experience to Canon fans, there will be a dedicated social media counter that will display Canon-related social media engagement through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the Canon Forum. Please visit the following Canon U.S.A. social media sites:


Facebook: facebook.com/CanonUSA

Twitter: @CanonUSAimaging #CanonCES

YouTube: youtube.com/CanonUSA

Canon Forum: forums.usa.canon.com


For more information on all of Canon’s products, please visit: www.usa.canon.com.



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Lenses / January 8, 2013 Announcements?
« on: January 04, 2013, 08:51:27 AM »

Not hearing much…

CES starts next week and with it a lot of camera companies will be launching consumer level products. Last year Canon launched the PowerShot G1 X for CES and that was about it.


No media events have been planned by Canon for next week. 99% of the time if Canon is launching a significant camera, there is some kind of media invite to showcase the new cameras.


However, when lenses are announced, that is not always the case. There was no media invites when the EF 24-70 f/4L IS and EF 35 f/2 IS were announced.


We’ve heard that two, possibly 3 lenses could be announced on January 8, 2013, but we have not received any confirmations from known sources yet.


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Pricewatch Deals / Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II back in Stock
« on: January 03, 2013, 02:58:11 PM »

From B&H Photo

The Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II is back in stock at B&H Photo for $12,799.


Canon 600 f/4L IS II for $12,999 at B&H Photo


From Norman Camera

Our friend Norman Camera is also selling the Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II via their Amazon store for $200 off.


Canon 600 f/4L IS II for $12,799 at Norman Camera (Via Amazon)


 



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Pricewatch Deals / Sigma 35 f/1.4 in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: January 03, 2013, 02:48:50 PM »

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Pricewatch Deals / EF 24-70 f/4L IS in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: January 03, 2013, 02:16:33 PM »

Preorder at B&H Photo

The Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS is in stock at B&H Photo.


Buy the Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS for $1499 at B&H Photo


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Review - EOS 6D By Gizmodo
« on: January 03, 2013, 08:21:57 AM »
Great stills, not so great video
Gizmodo has reviewed the EOS 6D and found it to be a great still camera. However, they did notice the video produced by the EOS 6D is prone to pretty bad moire, something that doesn’t affect the EOS 5D Mark III.

As I’ve told most people, if serious video is your thing, get a 5D Mark III. We are hoping the moire issue can be resolved somewhat with a future firmware update.

Gizmodo Conclusion If you are most interested in stills and don’t care that much about video quality, the 6D is a great value—it produces top-notch pictures, with very few compromises, at a lower price than we’ve ever seen. But if you are looking for the video prowess of the 5D Mark III, plan to pony up that extra $900.”

Read the full review

Canon EOS 6D for $1999 at B&H Photo | Amazon | Norman | Adorama

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