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Thursday, 27 September 2012

'Understanding lenses' eBooks

Andrew Gibson, former Technical Editor of EOS magazine, has published part II of his 'Understanding Lenses' eBook.

Part I covered Canon wide-angle and kit lenses for EOS cameras. Part II looks at standard and telephoto lenses.

Details of these and other eBooks by Andrew are available at:
http://www.eos-magazine.com/ebooks/




Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Calumet autumn open days

Calumet’s Open Day events are back at stores from Edinburgh to Bristol and Belfast to London.
Expert representatives from leading brands, including Canon, will be on hand to demonstrate latest products and help with photographers’ workflow challenges.

There will be a variety of special ‘on the day’ offers at each venue and FREE sensor cleaning Canon bodies (photographers must have cameras with fully charged batteries).

Event calendar at Calumet stores:
Wednesday 3 October - Bristol (10am to 4pm)
Wednesday 10 October - Birmingham (10am to 4pm)
Wednesday 17 October - Belfast (10am to 4pm)
Tuesday 23 October - Edinburgh (10am to 4pm)
Wednesday 24 October - Glasgow (10am to 4pm)
Wednesday 31 October - London, Drummond St. (10am to 6pm)
Wednesday 7 November - Manchester (10am to 5pm)

*Not all brands will be present at all venues. Photographers should check with their local Calumet store. For more information visit: 

Monday, 17 September 2012

Canon unveils its smallest and lightest full-frame DSLR

EOS 6D - key features
•  Full-frame 20.2 Megapixel sensor
•  Tough, lightweight construction
•  Maximum ISO 25,600 (expandable to ISO 102,400)
•  11-point AF sensitive down to -3EV
•  GPS records your location
•  Wi-Fi file transfer and remote control
•  Full-HD video

Canon has unveiled its latest EOS DSLR for serious photography enthusiasts. A similar size and weight to the EOS 60D, the EOS 6D is the world’s lightest DSLR (at 17 September 2012) to feature a full-frame CMOS sensor. The model creates a new entry point into Canon’s full-frame line-up.

The EOS 6D combines full-frame imaging and low-light performance with a compact, robust and lightweight design. For the first time in any EOS model, Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity are included, empowering photographers to capture images on the move, tag them with location information and wirelessly transfer them to a computer, the cloud, or smartphones.

Full frame sensor
The EOS 6D features a newly-designed 20.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. A native ISO range of 100 to 25,600 is extendable to 50 and 102,400.

A new 11-point AF system offers the strongest low-light performance of any Canon AF system to date. With focusing down to EV -3, the equivalent of moonlight, subjects remain in-focus in even the most challenging lighting conditions.

Powerful DIGIC 5+ image processing offers a host of automatic modes and creative shooting features, complementing full manual controls to offer total flexibility to a wide range of users.

The EOS 6D is full of advanced features to assist photographers in capturing landscapes and portraits. HDR mode enables the capture of both highlights and low lights in tricky lighting conditions, while Multiple Exposures allow photographers to combine up to nine separate exposures into a single image in-camera, creating a dramatic effect in the final picture.

A silent drive mode offers a more subtle option for shooting candid portraits or weddings, and a single-axis electronic level accessed through the viewfinder or via the LCD screen helps to ensure that horizons are level during image composition.

Built for sharing
The first EOS to feature integrated Wi-Fi connectivity, the EOS 6D enables photographers to share their work immediately after shooting. Images can be wirelessly transferred to external storage devices, uploaded to Facebook and YouTube, or printed wirelessly using a Canon Wi-Fi enabled printer. Alternatively, movies and images can be viewed on DLNA-enabled HDTVs – enabling high-quality, big-screen viewing. By wirelessly connecting to a smartphone, photographers can also remotely control the camera, adjusting shooting settings and focus before remotely triggering the shutter and viewing the captured image.

Using the integrated GPS, images can be tagged with location data as they are shot. Travellers can also build a more complete record of their trip by using the GPS logger function to track their route, which can be displayed using the supplied Map Utility software.

Robust, intuitive design
Measuring just 144.5 x 110.5 x 71.2mm and weighing 770g (with battery and card), the EOS 6D is the most compact full-frame EOS DSLR ever manufactured. Its dust and drip-proof, part-magnesium body offers robust protection and an intuitive button layout for easy control. Photographers can view their shots on the high-resolution 3-inch Clear View LCD screen – this features an enhanced anti-glare design to permit viewing in bright sunlight and at extreme angles.

A new Battery Grip BG-E13 provides additional power for extended shooting, while also making it easy to shoot both vertically and horizontally. When used with two LP-E6 batteries, the battery grip offers double the number of shots, and it can also be used with AA batteries for added convenience and flexibility.

Pricing and availability
Available in December.
EOS 6D (body only) – £1,799.99
EOS 6D plus EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM – £ 2,519.99
BG-E13 battery grip – £249.99

>>more information, photos and video



Monday, 10 September 2012

EOS 7D firmware updated to version 2.0.3

Hot on the heels of firmware version 2 for the EOS 7D comes version 2.0.3. This incorporates the following fixes.
1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera stops working when the auto power off setting takes effect.
2. Fixes a phenomenon in which the maximum number of images that can be captured in a burst may be less than the actual number displayed in the viewfinder.
3. Corrects some errors in the message displayed on the LCD screen when saving RAW images developed in the camera (these errors do not appear in the Japanese and Korean language displays).

The fixes listed above are corrections for the phenomena experienced with firmware version 2.0.0. These phenomena will not occur in firmware version 1.2.5 or before.

Updating the camera’s firmware to version 2.0.0 / 2.0.3 from version 1.2.5 or before will incorporate many new functions into the camera. For the details of these new functions, see: firmware version 2 features.

>> more information and download for firmware version 2.0.3



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