Have you ever wondered which cameras are used the most by the press? The graphic below sheds some light on which cameras are used the most by press photographers for the World Press Photo 2014 awards.
Canon is the dominant manufacturer, with the EOS-1D X, EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 5D Mark II leading the way for Canon.
Overall, Canon cameras are used for 58% of the images, with Nikon trailing at 28%.
Cameras used for the World Press 2014 Awards | Click for Larger
via [Hasta] & [TPB]
From Magic Lantern
The folks at Magic Lantern have no cracked the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 6D and made the cameras capable of shooting in “dual ISO mode” which increases dynamic range to 14 stops. We’ve seen this previously for the EOS 5D Mark III.
Read more at Planet5D
Good-bye old friend
Canon has officially discontinued the EOS 5D Mark II. Quite possibly the most popular and influential DSLR in history.
Some stock is still out there, but it won’t last for long.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II at B&H Photo | Amazon
From B&H Photo
B&H Photo is selling the Canon EOS 5D Mark II body plus accessories for $1599 when you add to cart.
Included in the sale price of $1599
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body
- Canon 200DG Deluxe Gadget Bag
- SanDisk 16GB CompactFlash Memory Card Extreme 400x UDMA
- Free Two Day Shipping (USA)
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body & Accessories for $1599 at B&H Photo
From Norman Camera
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body
- Canon Pixma Pro-100 Printer
- 50 sheet box of 13×19 Canon Photo Paper Pro Luster.
The price after $300 mail in rebate is $1799. You have to add to cart to see the sale price.
EOS 5D Mark II & Pixma Pro-100 Bundle at Norman Camera
When I was in Kenya, we had an incident at Lake Nakuru with a baboon entering our vehicle and scaring the you-know-what out of me. He was sitting on my 5D Mark II, but he didn’t eat it. Instead, he stole our cookies and snacks and bolted. If you know my friend and travel companion Ethan Meleg, you’d know taking his cookies is about the worst thing you can do to him.
FYI: Don’t leave car doors open at Lake Nakuru.
The brave Baboon that stole our cookies – Lake Nakuru, Kenya | Click for Larger
Lion eating a 5D Mark II & 16-35 f/2.8L II
It turns out Ed Hetherington had the same sort of thing happen and sacrificed his Canon EOS 5D Mark II and EF 16-35 f/2.8L II for some fun photographs. The good and bad news? The lens lived, but the camera is touch and go.
I brought a remote control and a small stand to Zimbabwe so that I could capture some animal images from a unique “on the ground perspective”. I used the setup for some images of elephants and African wild dogs and most animals ignored the camera after or at most gave it a quick glance.
Photo by Ed Hetherington – Lion eating 5D Mark II & 16-35 – Click for Larger
Then the fun begins for Ed, check out the rest of the images and full story below.
Read the entire story on Ed’s Facebook page
Via [PP] from [EH]
Things just got a bit more pricey
Canon is starting the enforcement of their MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) pricing rules today. Some camera bodies and lenses will see an immediate increase in their base price. Below are a few examples of the price increases, not including the current rebate program that expires on November 24, 2012.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III $3,499.00 from $3,149.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/ EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS $4299.00 from $3949.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark II $2,199.00 from $2,099.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark II w/ EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS $2,999 from $2,899.00
Canon EOS 7D $1,499.00 from $1,457.00
Canon EOS 7D w/ EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Kit $1,899.00 from $1,699.00
There are a lot more examples through the Canon lineup. It’s going to be quite important to take advantage of rebate programs, as retailers are going to be unable to give their own deals via web sites. We may also see a lot more bundle deals coming down the pipe to add value to a purchase. Use our Pricewatch pages, and if you see a lower price somewhere, you should probably jump on it immediately, as it may not last long.
B&H has dropped the price on the EOS 5D Mark II and the EOS 5D Mark III.
EOS 5D Mark II Body – $1699 (Down from $1799) at B&H
EOS 5D Mark III Body – $2994 (Down from $3459) at B&H
Robert Benson wanted to use a Noctilux 50 f/1.0 on a digital camera, and couldn’t afford a Leica M9 at the time. He decided to figure out a way to make an EOS 5D Mark II take M lenses, which requires a lot of modification to the 5D Mark II.
This is a pretty astonishing accomplishment, and I love when people follow through on an “impossible” idea.
The Other Canon EOS “M” – Click for Larger
Robert also offers a HDMI wireless video monitor kit for your DSLR.
Read More about the 5D Mark II “M” Camera