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Friday, 30 March 2012

Lightroom 4.1 supports EOS 5D Mark III

An update to the recently release Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 includes support for the EOS 5D Mark III. Version 4.1 is a release candidate. This indicates that this update is well tested, but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to customers.

You can download the update at:
http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom4-1/


Thursday, 29 March 2012

Canon cashback promotion

Canon has launched their latest Cashback with offers on selected DSLRs, lenses, accessories, compact cameras and inkjet printers. The Cashback will run from Thursday 29th March until Tuesday 5th June 2012. The last claim date for the promotion will be 31st July 2012.

Full details are at:
http://www.canon.co.uk/euro2012cashback/


Thursday, 22 March 2012

Firmware update for EOS 1D Mark IV

Firmware Version 1.1.1 for the EOS 1D Mark IV incorporates the following change.
• Optimizes the camera's exposure accuracy when using EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM lenses, which are scheduled for release in June 2012. If these lenses are used with an EOS-1D Mark IV camera that has not been updated with the new firmware, the image may be overexposed depending on the subject and shooting scene.

The firmware upgrade can be installed by the user. Full instructions and downloads are available at the
>>Canon Download Centre


Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Camera Raw 6.7 adds new EOS cameras

Adobe Labs has made available Photoshop Camera Raw 6.7 as a 'release candidate'. This label indicates that the update is well tested, but would benefit from additional community testing.

Version 6.7 includes support for the EOS 1D X and 5D Mark III cameras.

It can be downloaded at:
http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/cameraraw6-7.html



Friday, 2 March 2012

EOS 5D Mark III

Canon has announced the latest addition to its EOS range with the launch of the new EOS 5D Mark III. The new camera builds on the performance of the EOS 5D Mark II offering improved speed, greater resolution, enhanced processing power and extended creative options for both stills and Full HD movies.

Key features
22.3 Megapixel full-frame sensor
61-point autofocus
Up to 6fps continuous shooting
Native ISO 100-25,600 sensitivity
Full HD video with manual control
14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor
Enhanced Weather sealing
3.2 inch 1,040,000-dot screen
HDR mode with presets

The EOS 5D Mark III utilises the same 61-point wide-area AF system as the EOS-1D X. It features an impressive 41 cross-type points and five dual cross-type points, providing unsurpassed accuracy across the frame. The customisable AF pre-sets introduced in the EOS-1D X are also available, helping the capture of traditionally challenging subjects and providing additional reliability in situations where subject movement can be unpredictable.

Highly accurate exposures are provided by Canon’s iFCL metering system, which incorporates a 63-zone Dual-Layer sensor linked to each point of the AF system.

The EOS 5D Mark III features Canon’s latest DIGIC 5+ image processor, which powers a range of new functions without affecting the camera’s performance. 14-bit A/D conversion provides smoother tonal gradation and transitions between colours, while in-camera HDR shooting combines three different exposures and allows one of five preset tone maps to be applied, enabling photographers to capture all the detail in high contrast scenes. With in-camera RAW processing and editing capability, photographers also have the option to immediately begin post-processing their images while still on a shoot.

The increased power of DIGIC 5+ also enables a range of tools which contribute to higher image quality. Lens peripheral illumination correction, Lens chromatic aberration correction (lateral and axial) and high ISO noise reduction are all performed in-camera without affecting performance, allowing photographers to continue shooting without any camera lag. Additionally, in-camera image rating via a dedicated button makes it easy for photographers to organise images ahead of post-production.

The EOS 5D Mark III features a new Creative Photo button, which enables users to quickly select Picture Styles and capture multiple exposures, as well as offering direct access to the HDR shooting mode. In playback, pressing the Creative Photo button displays a new comparative playback function, displaying two images side-by-side to allow photographers to view, magnify and compare the quality of different exposures mid-shoot.
 
Next generation EOS Movies
As well as offering the depth-of-field control loved by video professionals, the new full-frame sensor combines with the vast processing power of DIGIC 5+ to improve image quality by virtually eradicating the presence of moiré, false colour and other artefacts. The addition of a movie mode switch and a recording button also offers greater usability, enabling videographers to begin shooting immediately when movie mode is engaged.
 
Additional movie functions include manual exposure control and an enhanced range of high bit-rate video compression options, with intraframe (ALL-I) and interframe (IPB) methods both supported. Variable frame rates range from 24fps to 60fps, and the addition of SMPTE timecode support provides greater editing flexibility and easier integration into multi-camera shoots. Users can also check and adjust audio during recording via the camera’s Quick Control screen and a headphone socket enables sound level monitoring both during and after shooting. Enhanced processing power provided by DIGIC 5+ also makes it possible to conveniently trim the length of recorded movies in-camera.

Digital Lens Optimizer
The EOS 5D Mark III comes complete with the most advanced version of Digital Photo Professional (DPP) yet – Canon’s free, in-box software enabling high-speed, high quality processing of RAW images. New in DPP v3.11 is Digital Lens Optimizer – a revolutionary new tool designed to drastically improve image resolution.

Digital Lens Optimizer (DLO) precisely imitates lens performance, with a series of complex mathematical functions replicating each stage of the journey of light through the optical path. Using this information DLO can correct a range of typical optical aberrations and loss of resolution caused by a camera’s low pass filter, by applying an inverse function to each shot to take the image nearer to how the scene appears to the naked eye. This creates exceptionally detailed, high-quality images with highly manageable file sizes, providing photographers with maximum image quality and greater flexibility.

EOS System compatibility
As part of the EOS System, the EOS 5D Mark III is immediately compatible with over 60 EF Lenses, including the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM – the new, essential wide-angle zoom lens from Canon’s  L-series. The camera is also compatible with a newly-announced range of accessories designed to offer extended creativity, including the Speedlite 600EX-RT – a high performance TTL flash with wireless radio connectivity. Additionally, the new Battery Grip BG-E11 offers greater handling flexibility alongside the ability to double the camera’s battery life.

Pricing and Availability
The EOS 5D Mark III will be available from end of March 2012, priced at £2999.99 / €3569.99 RRP including VAT.

EOS 5D Mark III first look
The EOS 5D Mark III will be available to touch and try on the Canon stand at the Focus on Imaging Show, 4th March to 7th March 2012, NEC Birmingham.

>> photos, more information and detailed specification


New range of professional accessories

Canon has extended its range of EOS accessories, unveiling a number of new items for its professional and mid-range EOS Digital SLRs.

The Speedlite 600EX-RT is Canon’s first flash unit to feature inbuilt wireless radio connectivity. It replaces the Speedlite 580EX II (which uses infrared wireless control). Also new is Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT, a slave unit which can sit in the camera hot-shoe to control the off-camera 600RX-RT.

Speedlite 600EX-RT Key features
Guide number 60 (m, ISO 100, at 200mm)
Radio triggering with 30m range
Use up to 15 units together
Infra-red wireless functionality
Remote camera triggering
Bounce-and-swivel head with zoom control
White-balance correction filters
Fast, quiet recycling

Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Key features

Radio frequency remote flash trigger.
Fire selected Speedlites from 30m away.
Controls up to 15 flashguns.
Remote camera triggering.
Weather sealed against dust and moisture. 

Integrated radio frequency triggering, in addition to standard infra-red wireless flash control, allows photographers to achieve exciting results with complex on-and-off-camera lighting set-ups. Using one master 600EX-RT or the new ST-E3-RT radio-frequency wireless Speedlite transmitter, up to 15 600EX-RT flash units, positioned up to 30m away, can be remotely triggered – offering great potential to experiment with more creative lighting techniques and effects. EOS cameras with a connected Speedlite 600EX-RT can also be triggered remotely by either unit.

Like its predecessor, the Speedlite 600EX-RT communicates white balance settings to the camera through the hot shoe connection. However, to further balance flash and ambient light, a new colour filter adapter and two supplied colour gels can be fitted to balance the temperature of the flash and create a more natural effect when shooting around tungsten or mercury lighting. When shooting in dark conditions, photographers can also employ the AF-assist beam for accurate autofocus with lenses of 28mm or longer, ensuring the subject remains in focus when the flash fires.

The Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT feature a robust, weatherproof design matching that of the EOS-1D X, with a clear LCD display making it easy to select settings and switch between normal flash mode and wireless modes.

WFT-E7 – High-speed wireless control
The WFT-E7 is a new wireless file transmitter for a wide range of EOS models. For those who need to transfer their images quickly and easily (photojournalists or sports photographers, for example), the new WFT-E7 provides enhanced versatility through high-speed Wi-Fi and support for wired connectivity over Gigabit Ethernet. Featuring 802.11a/b/g/n support for file transfer speeds of up to 150mbps, and Bluetooth for linking to external GPS units, the WFT-E7 offers super-fast image transfer direct to an FTP server or even to a DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance ) -enabled HDTV.

When creative shoots or harsh conditions require the photographer to control the camera from a distance, the WFT Server function of the WFT-E7 allows the camera settings and the scene framed in the viewfinder to be accessed and controlled through a web page on any internet-enabled device, such as smartphones, tablets or laptops. Camera settings can also be changed remotely via EOS Utility, allowing photographers to control and trigger the camera over a wired or wireless LAN connection.

The WFT-E7 has a lightweight design and can be attached to the bottom of the camera, to the new bracket AB-E1 or even to the strap. For added versatility, it also supports Linked shooting with up to ten other cameras, with Wireless Time syncing ensuring that the time across all slave devices is aligned with the master camera in order to maintain consistency across multiple units. During Linked shooting, the WFT server function can also be activated to allow easy remote access to the master and slave cameras for even greater creative control of lighting effects during multi-camera shoots.

Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 Key features
Supports IEEE 802.11n
Built in Bluetooth
Versatile design
Easy Wi-Fi protected Setup
FTP server transfer
Remote control functions
DLNA media server compatible
Linked shooting

GP-E2 – Geo-tag your images with compact, lightweight GPS
Also announced is the GPS receiver GP-E2 – a new compact, lightweight, high-performance hot shoe GPS unit which makes it easy for photographers to geo-tag their images.  Compatible with the EOS-1D X, EOS 7D (via firmware update – connection via cable only)  and new EOS 5D Mark III, the GP-E2 tags photos with longitude, latitude and altitude data as well as the direction in which the shot was taken, adding information to the EXIF file of the image.

A GPS Logger function also allows photographers to track their route by downloading GPS data at regular intervals, whether the unit is attached to the camera body or stored in its case. Once back in the studio, photographers can tag their images with the GPS data stored in the log files and their route can be displayed using Google Maps or the bundled Map Utility software.

For improved accuracy and precision when recording the time of image capture, photographers can also synchronise the clocks of their cameras with the global atomic clock via UTC information downloaded from the satellite.

GPS Receiver GP-E2 Key features
Hotshoe-mounted GPS unit for compatible EOS cameras.
Embeds location and altitude data into each file’s metadata.
Digital compass records heading information.
Data logging mode.
Portable design, powered by 1xAA battery.
Accurately set camera’s time using UTC time.

BG-E11 – Improved handling for the EOS 5D Mark III
For photographers who want to shoot for longer with the EOS 5D Mark III, the new ergonomic battery grip BG-E11, doubles the battery life with two LP-E6 batteries, with the added flexibility of using AA batteries as an emergency back-up. For those who frequently shoot vertically, such as sports or portrait photographers, duplicate AF start, Focus point and AE-lock controls in addition to a second Multi Controller and Control Dial make shooting vertically more comfortable and intuitive.

Battery Grip BG-E11 Key features
Improved handling for EOS 5D Mark III
Duplicate controls for vertical shooting.
Larger grip for bigger hands.
Use two LP-E6 batteries, or four AA/LR6 cells as an alternative.

Pricing and Availability

The SpeedLite 600EX-RT is priced at £679.99 / €809.99 RRP incl. VAT.
The SpeedLite 600EX is priced at £639.99/€761.99 RRP incl. VAT.
The SpeedLite Transmitter ST-E3-RT is priced at £309.99/€369.99 RRP incl. VAT.
All available from the end of March 2012.

The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7B is priced at £789.99/€939.99 RRP incl. VAT.
The Battery Grip BG-E11 is priced at £329.99/€389.99 RRP incl. VAT.
The GPS Receiver GP-E2 is priced at £299.99/€356.99 RRP incl. VAT.
All available from the end of April 2012.


Canon EOS system celebrates 25th anniversary

Canon celebrates 25 years of photography expertise with the anniversary of the iconic EOS System.  Since its birth in 1987, the EOS System has grown to become the world’s most comprehensive range of digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, interchangeable lenses and accessories, favoured by photographers the world over.

Canon’s EOS system made its debut in March 1987 with the launch of the EOS 650 SLR camera and three interchangeable EF lenses, including the EF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5. This month, the system will commemorate its long, rich history with the celebration of its 25th anniversary.

Standing for “Electro Optical System” while also carrying the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn, the EOS series was the world’s first fully electronic mount system, representing a new generation of AF SLR cameras. During the film camera era, EOS SLR cameras introduced innovative technologies and designs. During this period, Canon pioneered new advances in technology launching the top-of-the-line professional-model EOS-1 in 1989.

Following the introduction of the EOS D30 in 2000, when the popularisation of digital SLR cameras was in full swing, Canon developed such advanced technologies as its proprietary CMOS sensors and high-performance DIGIC digital image processors.

With the flagship EOS-1D X at the apex and the newly introduced EOS 5D Mark III boasting excellent image quality and video functionality, Canon’s  digital SLR camera line-up serves the needs of all levels of users, from professional photographers to entry-level photo enthusiasts.

Additionally, Canon’s interchangeable EF lens series, introduced together with the EOS SLR camera system, has come to lead the industry. With Canon’s optical technologies at its core, EF lenses incorporate such innovative technologies as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS), Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC), anti-reflection technology, and multi-layered Diffractive Optical (DO) elements. The current EF-lens line-up comprises over 60 models.

Furthermore, with the recent launch of the Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography products, Canon’s EOS system now supports motion picture production and other high-end video capture applications.


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