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Canon 5D Mark IV Now To Come With Canon Log Pre-Installed

Canon finally seems to be hearing the voice of its consumers and making amends in the process. Recently, Canon announced that the Canon 5D Mark IV will now come with Canon Log pre-installed. This goes without saying that this step from Canon will help many Canon users and filmmakers to be more capable of advanced editing and have professional-level video recording options to achieve the perfect look that they are looking for. The 5D Mark IV with all its 4K capabilities would have been really deprived of a lot, had Canon not decided to include Canon Log in the package.

The Canon Log Gamma would not only maximize the dynamic range of the footage up to 800% or 12 stops; it would also allow video editors to color grade their footage even better so that the final film looks seamless when shot on many cameras at once.

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Keeping in mind that the footage appears very flat when capturing this dynamic range; Canon has even offered a ‘View Assist’ function to make monitoring footage during shooting easy and painless. The camera now uses one of the two installed LUTs (look up tables); which would help recreate the footage on the rear screen or on an external display as accurately as possible.

The two options include Canon Log 10 to Wide DR and Canon Log 10 to ITU-R BT .709; these convert the footage to the Wide Dynamic Range Gamma or a more conventional Rec. 709 color space, respectively.

What do you think about this step from Canon?

Canon EOS 7D Mark III Coming Soon Sometime Next Year.

Canon is lately all buzzing with new news everyday. After the major $ 2.9 billion fine by the EU two days ago, Canon has some better news now. The latest news is that Canon is planning to launch the EOS 7D Mark III sometime early next year (2018). People disappointed with the EOS 6D Mark II because of the lack of 4K may now have a genuine chance of redressal with this crop sensor camera nevertheless.

We do not know anything about the other specifications of this camera as of now, but if it ends up having 4K video recording it would be the first APS-C Canon camera to have this feature.

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The EOS 7D Mark II was first announced ahead of Photokina in 2014, and this may also be the case with this camera in 2018.

“My gut says we’ll see an EOS 90D announced before the EOS 7D Mark III, so the ‘first half of 2018’ could mean late Q2.”- reported Canon rumours.

We will let you know as the story unfolds.

Resource Credit: Canonrumours. 

 

Canon May Face $2.9 Billion Fine Over Toshiba Merger Violation.

Canon has landed in murky waters and is now facing a fine of up to 10% of annual revenue from the European Commission over a Toshiba medical imaging business deal. If you are wondering how much is 10% of the annual revenue of a giant company like Canon….it is a lot. Canon reported $29.3 billion in sales during the fiscal year 2016, therefore the company is looking at a fine of about $2.9 billion.

According to the EC, Canon used what is known as “warehousing“, a two-step deal process to take over Toshiba Medical Systems before securing approval for the merger. The total value of transaction of this deal was somewhere around the ball-park of $6 billion.

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“In the first step, the EC said, an interim buyer picked up 95% of Toshiba Medical Systems shares, while Canon bought the remaining 5%. Canon also paid for options over the interim buyer’s stake. In the second step, Canon exercised its share options, thereby acquiring 100% of the shares.” – reported Fierce Biotech.

The European Commission has issued complaints to three other companies, namely Merck, KGaA and GE. These companies maybe fined up to 1% of global sales for failing to provide information or giving misleading information according to Bloomberg.

“We need companies to work with us to ensure fast and predictable merger control, to the benefit of both companies and consumers,” said Commissioner Margrethe Vestager in the statement. “But we can only do our job well if we can rely on cooperation from the companies concerned—they must obtain our approval before they implement their transactions and the information they supply us must be correct and complete.”

Source: FierceBiotech.

 

Shutter Count Version III | Now Keep Track Of Live View And Video Instances Too.

Buying an old Canon camera? Or simply interested in knowing your camera’s shutter actuations? Then ShutterCount Version 3.0 is just the product for you. ShutterCount has just revamped its software. It is now capable of reading not only the shutter actuations on all the recent Canon cameras but also keep track of the number of times live view and video instances take place.

We believe this is an absolute game changer as previously if the camera was used for mostly video purposes and not for taking photographs, it would be nearly impossible to tell how much the camera had been used and hence how much the resale value should be. This little extra information will change all of that.

 

 

Dire Studios who made this product says:

“Live view and videos.

The app displays the count for still photos by default — purchase the optional Live View Pack to get additional counters (and the Distribution Chart) that also cover videos. The Live View Pack is available as an in-app purchase on macOS and iOS for select Canon models.”

Dire Studios advised camera owners to update their camera’s firmware to the latest version before they start using ShutterCount. The following cameras are supported on macOS and Windows via USB connection.

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Here is the list, hope you find your camera here:

  •  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV*
  • Canon EOS-1D C*
  • Canon EOS-1D X*
  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II (macOS only)
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (macOS only)
  • Canon EOS 5DS (macOS only)
  • Canon EOS 5DS R (macOS only)
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon EOS 7D*
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 40D*
  • Canon EOS 50D*
  • Canon EOS 60D*
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 77D / 9000D (macOS only)
  • Canon EOS 80D (macOS only)
  • Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 / Kiss X7
  • Canon EOS 450D / Rebel XSi / Kiss X2*
  • Canon EOS 500D / Rebel T1i / Kiss X3*
  • Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i / Kiss X4*

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  • Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i / Kiss X5*
  • Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i / Kiss X6i*
  • Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i / Kiss X7i*
  • Canon EOS 750D / Rebel T6i / Kiss X8i (macOS only)
  • Canon EOS 760D / Rebel T6s / 8000D (macOS only)
  • Canon EOS 800D / Rebel T7i / Kiss X9i (macOS only)
  • Canon EOS 1000D / Rebel XS / Kiss F*
  • Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3 / Kiss X50*
  • Canon EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 / Kiss X70
  • Canon EOS 1300D / Rebel T6 / Kiss X80*

Note: Asterisk * Live view actuation counters are NOT available in the Live View Pack for this camera.

Resource Credit : CanonRumours, Giphy.

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 In White And Silver | First Images

The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is is all ready to be launched on June 29 alongside Canon 6D Mark II. Today Nokishita released a few more images of the SL2 in white and silver. The colors look quite good on the camera.

Have a look for yourself.

Here are a few specifications of the SL2 camera:

  • Color: Black · White · Silver
  • Number of pixels: 24.2 million pixels
  • Dual pixel CMOS AF
  • Continuous shooting performance: 5 frames / sec
  • Rear liquid crystal: 3.0 type Bali angle angle liquid crystal, touch panel
  • Battery: LP-E 17
  • Size: 122.4 x 92.6 x 69.8 mm
  • Weight: 453 g

Canon SL2 Camera

 

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Canon SL2 Camera

Canon SL2 Camera

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Canon SL2 Camera

Resource Credit: Nokishita

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Canon 6D Mark II | The First Images And Specification Leaks

Canon is all set to announce the new 6D Mark II camera on June 29. The camera has had its own share of leaked photos and here are some of them specially for you. All you Canon crazy fan boys, here is the first look:

Canon 6D Mark II

 

Canon 6D Mark II

The 6D Mark II has had a few hardware and cosmetic changes but overall, the camera seems to have a similar look to the previous 6D Mark I. The new camera is rumored to be a little larger but slightly lighter than its predecessor.

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Here are the dimensions for you to compare:

  • Canon 6D Mark I : 145 x 112 x 71 mm  Weight: 769.99g
  • Canon 6D Mark II : 145 x 110.5 x 74.8 mm  Weight: 765g

Canon 6D Mark II

 

Canon 6D Mark II

The specifications of the new camera are said to be something like these:

  • A new 26.2 MP CMOS sensor
  • 3 inches (probably) Canon’s first fully articulated screen on a full-frame DSLR.
  • 6.5 fps continuous shooting
  • Full HD video recording with 5-axis electronic image stabilization.
  • 45 cross-type AF points
  • Dual Pixel Technology
  • Maximum ISO of 40,000 (expandable to 102400)
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • GPS (built-in)

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The Japanese website Nokishita Camera is where all the information about the camera was first published.

Images and resources from Nokishita and Canon Watch.

 

Canon To Launch EOS 6D Mark II & EOS Rebel SL2 In July [Confirmed].

Canon may just launch the much awaited EOS 6D Mark II and EOS Rebel SL2 in July. Nokishita has confirmed the news now. This may be huge for Canon fan boys.

Here are the specifications of the kits that the cameras would be available with. However Nokishita has reported that some kits may be for some local markets and not global.

Nevertheless here they are:

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Body Only, EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM , EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II

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Canon EOS Rebel SL2:

Body Only , EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM (Black) , EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM (White).

Canon To Introduce New Technology That Would Enable Us To Take “New Type Of Photo”

What is this “new technology”?

Canon is really focusing hard to up the ante. Recently in an interview with Focus Numerique in Japan, Canon confessed that it is working on a “new lens technology”. Apparently this would be the next best thing from the Japanese imaging giant. What is this Canon New Technology, we are not quite sure.

 

 

Canon New technology

 

Canon did not specify anything further than that. What is the technology behind it? How is this different from the earlier lens technologies, Canon wouldn’t answer. Here is the actual sentence. Judge for yourself.

“Without being permitted to tell you more, we are developing a new technology that will bring real added value and will allow to take a new type of photo.”

Make your own guesses and place your bets this might just be big. I hope it is.

Dual Focus Zones camera anyone?

Source: Canon Rumours.

What Is Magic Lantern? | How To Install It Properly.

All about Magic Lantern that you need to know.

Magic Lantern is a FREE firmware add-on for Canon manufactured cameras written by Trammell Hudson primarily for Canon EOS 5D Mk II in 2009. Originally the software was created for the average film makers who used DSLRs to film their projects. The features base however has fortunately expanded since then and now a large array of options are available for all kinds of stuff for still photographers too.

Canon Logo

 Magic Lantern is a very safe and secure piece of software that DOES NOT interfere with Canon’s stock settings or software at all it just runs alongside it. Have no fear installing this amazing software does not affect your warranty in any way. The software does not interfere with Canon’s stock firmware but just makes tiny little changes that are completely reversible at any given time it is indeed very safe.

Currently Magic Lantern supports all the cameras in this list below:

5D2, 5D3, 6D, 7D, 50D, 60D, 500D/T1i, 550D/T2i, 600D/T3i, 650D/T4i, 700D/T5i, 1100D/T3, EOS M.

 If you are one of the lucky ones on the list you are good to go. Keep reading and I will get you started in not time.

Fast Cyclist

Follow the steps below for a new install:

  • Before loading the software it is advisable that you update your camera to the latest Canon firmware available for your camera. You can look up this Canon USA page for more details.
  • After updating your camera make sure is the camera is cleared of all camera setting on a low level format.
  • Now head over to the Magic Lantern website and then go to downloads.
  • Next from the drop down menu select your camera model. It is very important that you select the exact same firmware that you have on your camera.
  • Perform a quick format on a SD card and copy the contents form the download earlier.

We are almost done now.

 

  • Select the ‘Manual’ mode on you camera mode dial and put in a fully recharged battery.
  • Insert the SD card now that has the contents of the Magic Lantern software you just downloaded.
  • Then turn on your camera and navigate to the update firmware option and perform the update that the camera is prompting. This is called the “boot flag”.
  • Wait for the camera to take in all the updates. DO NOT touch the camera or press any buttons at this point of time. The camera will then prompt you to restart the camera, do it.
  • Restart the camera and move over to the video mode. You are now running Magic Lantern…yippee!

 

 

Magic Lantern

You may want to have a look at the user guide for starters.

Now a few things to remember here.

Magic Lantern is a great piece of software that does bring out the best in your Canon camera but there are a few things to remember here just to be on the safe side and not damage your camera in any way.

  • Always turn OFF the camera before you take the battery or the card out. Remember the firmware is still on the card and taking it out abruptly may damage your camera.
  • Even after you have opened the battery or the card door never take the battery or the card out until the led stops flashing. This is very important since the camera writes on the card as soon as it detects opening the card or battery door. Let the LED stop blinking before you proceed to take them out.

That is all that there’s to it. Play around will all the setting and see for yourself what works best for you. You are the only person whose opinion matters here.

Best of luck then.

Mode Dial | Features Explained | Beginner’s Guide

Where Is The Camera Mode Dial?

The mode dial of your camera is the large rotatable wheel located on the top left-hand side (Canon and Nikon) of your camera with a lot of images and letters on it. If you are learning about this for the first time, pay close attention now as this could potentially change the way you know your camera forever and help you take great images overtime.

We are going to discuss here the camera mode dials of two prominent brands Nikon and Canon.

The camera mode dial of Nikon and Canon manufactured cameras looks something like this.

Camera Mode Dial

There is absolutely no need to feel baffled about this strange looking knob as this would be your best friend, believe me! The two images above look a little different from each other but, trust me, they perform the exact same function in both the cameras. Nikon and Canon just have different names for these functions. That’s all.

Below is a diagram that shows exactly what the similarities are; have a good look so that you may help your friend if he has the camera of the other manufacturer. Just help him out.

Let’s get cracking then.

Okay, largely we can categorize the functions the camera mode dial performs into two categories;

  •  Automatic:           The camera selects ALL the settings for the photograph.

                             Green ‘Auto’ mode (Nikon) or the Green Box (Canon), Scene modes.

  •  Semi-automatic:  You select a few settings for the camera and the camera selects the rest for you.

                             Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Program mode, Flexible Program mode.

  • Full Manual:         You select all the settings for the camera and tell it what to do, like a BOSS!

                        ‘M’ mode (Don’t start with this, but try to aspire for this setting for it will give you the most amazing set of photographs that you have seen countless number of times as wallpapers and on the internet. Only this time it would be with your name across it as it’s photographer, won’t that be cool?).

Let me demystify these larger categories even further and explain, so that they become absolutely clear to you.

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Automatic Modes:

Oh Lord! If you have purchased a DSLR camera and wish to take good photographs with it then come out of this ‘Automatic’ mode already. This is a mode that the manufacturer HAS TO place in the camera so that people, with absolutely no knowledge or the zeal to take a great photograph ever in their life, do not make a fool out of themselves.

Fool

Trust me if I were on the board of directors for either Nikon or Canon; I would take this mode out of every DSLR cameras first thing. There is ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE in spending so much money on a piece of such sophisticated machinery that could take incredible images and then riding it on the ‘Auto’ mode just because you have it. You might as well take images with a cell phone at least that would not be disgracing the camera. Please don’t. This should be the first thing that you do the second you buy your DSLR.

Scene modes:

Scene modes are pretty much a fancy version of the infamous ‘Auto’ mode. Here the camera has a set of internal preset that it follows as you select a specific scene mode. Basically, the camera selects a specific focus type, light metering, white balance, etc; that is likely for the type of scene that you have selected and functions accordingly. For example:

  • Sports Mode increases the ISO of your camera and bumps up the shutter speed so that you are able to capture fast moving objects like a ball or a fast moving car.

Sports

  • Night Portrait opens up the aperture as much as possible so as to allow in more light. It can also select a longer shutter speed so that the photograph is properly exposed. The pop-up flash may also ‘pop’ now so that near standing subjects are illuminated.

Night life

Scene modes are pretty much self-explanatory, let me now get into the good stuff!

By the way did you change the mode on your camera now? Please for heaven’s sake move out of ‘Auto’ and ‘Scene’ modes. If you have, continue….

Semi Automatic Modes:

Now that you have taken the first BIG step in taking great images, lets take a step further.

Step

The mode dial of your camera has many semi-automatic modes for you to choose from, depending on the subject, the available light and your level of dexterity with the camera’s settings.

In my opinion, you should start with any of these semi-automatic modes. Spend some time to get to know it better, and later change it to some other semi-automatic mode. Repeat the process until you have a firm understanding of what each mode does and more importantly when it is required.

I should start by saying that in all the semi-automatic modes you CAN select your desired ISO (don’t bother about it now, I will explain it later). Just remember for now that ISO is a measure of how sensitive your camera’s image sensor is to light. Just set it to 100 now and you are set.

‘P’ Mode:

‘P’ mode or the program mode on your camera’s mode dial lets you decide a few settings for your camera, while making sure that the images that you take a properly exposed. Think of it as a safety net that you have while trying to play a little with the settings of your camera. This mode frees you up a little so that you don’t have to worry about the proper exposure and totally dedicate your concentration on two of the most important things in photography, focus & composition.

mountains

Depending on the available light, your camera will decide what it needs to expose the shot correctly. However, you can change the shutter speed by using the master dial of your camera. The master dial is the dial at the back on the top right corner of your camera.

Press the ‘info’ button and you will see the difference yourself. As you turn the master dial to the right, the ‘P’ sign on the top left hand corner changes to P* (this is the symbol for Flexible Program Mode) and the shutter speed increases but the aperture NUMBER (note : A smaller aperture NUMBER means a larger aperture and vice versa) falls.

info button

The camera basically juggles the shutter speed and the aperture so that it can achieve the proper exposure.

In Nikon, U1 and U2 (U means user) is the same as Flexible Program Mode (P*); only here you can pre-select the exact settings that you want, so that you don’t have to fidget with the camera settings. You can then just rotate the camera mode dial in either U1 or U2 and start shooting.

C1 and C2 are the same Canon counterparts.

Shutter Priority:

Priority as you all know means preference. When you select this mode on your camera mode dial, the camera understands that you want to select the correct shutter speed for the scene. The camera would then adjust by changing the aperture. Mainly the camera selects a suitable aperture value here for a given shutter speed,and in the process attain correct exposure.

humming bird

Shutter priority is mainly used where ‘motion’ is the primary focus of your shot.  As you start to begin understanding shutter speed and the changes it brings; you will see that shutter speed is primarily used to show motion or capture motion. A humming bird flapping its wings very very fast needs a very fast shutter speed (say 1/5000 of a sec)  to capture the flapping wings with clarity and not as a blur. Similarly, you may also want to show motion by selecting a lower shutter speed so that the wings appear as a blur, if that is what you are aiming for.

Aperture Priority:

Selecting the aperture priority mode on the camera mode dial allows you to select the specific aperture for the shot, while the camera selects the shutter speed for you. You may want to use this mode when your primary focus is the depth of field (DoF) of the photograph, which in simple words means the ‘amount’ of your photograph that you want to have in focus. Generally while shooting landscape, photographers select a high depth of field so that everything is in focus in the frame. Also while shooting a portrait, they may select a shallow depth of field so that only the subject is in focus and is hence, well isolated from the background, i.e., they pop from the photograph.

depth of field

Manual Mode: (Eventually where you should land up!)

As the name explains, manual mode is MANUAL. There is NOTHING AUTOMATIC about it. It is also, by the way, the reason people buy a DSLR in the first place. You are in total control, the moment you select this on the camera mode dial. The camera simply obeys your command.

In manual mode, you can select independently – the shutter speed, the aperture, the ISO, whether or not you want a flash, EVERYTHING. It’s like magic down here.  However, since you have just started, it is best not to start using it right away as you still need a deeper and elaborate understanding of the camera and the exposure triangle.

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Just keep in mind that if you seriously and diligently practice what you have just read, you will eventually be good enough to tell the camera what it should do rather than the other way around. Till then the mantra is read ->practice->repeat! Best of luck in your new venture!

Happy ClickinG!