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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Firmware updates for EOS-1D Mark IV, 1D Mark III, 1Ds Mark III

Canon has released firmware upgrades for three of its professional EOS models

Firmware version 1.1.4 for the EOS-1D Mark IV
Firmware version 1.3.2 for the EOS-1D Mark III
Firmware version 1.2.3 for the EOS-1Ds Mark III
incorporate the same two fixes:

•  Resolves the following phenomenon: when the camera is not attached to a lens, power consumption may be higher than usual, causing premature battery drain.

•  Resolves a phenomenon in which 'Err 02' ('Err 70' on the EOS-1D Mark III and 1Ds Mark III) may be displayed when the shutter is released without a lens attached.

You can download the firmware upgrades by following the camera links from one of these pages:
Canon UK
Canon USA

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Shooting football with Brighton and Hove Albion

On Saturday 27 July 2013, Park Cameras will be conducting a unique photographic masterclass at the American Express Community Stadium, home to Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. Participants will have the opportunity to photograph a friendly match against Spanish team Villareal from the unique perspective of the touch line.

Prior to this, there will be a detailed tour of the stadium and a presentation given by the official Brighton & Hove Albion photographer who will share his considerable knowledge as to tips and tricks in order to ensure participants capture the best images possible during the match and beyond.

This is event aimed at Canon shooters with a decent working knowledge of photography who are looking to extend their experience.

Park Cameras will be offering the loan of Canon equipment for use on the day, including the latest EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X bodies as well as a variety of telephoto lenses. Park Cameras' own training manager Anthony Sinfield will also be on hand to offer instructions on best settings to yield the best results including the various focus case scenarios on the EOS 7D, 5D Mark III and 1D X cameras.

Places are strictly limited to a maximum of 8. If you are interested in this exclusive event and wish to book your place, call Park Cameras on 01444 237070 or visit their store at York Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9TT.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

New EF-M lens will not be sold in the USA

The EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM was announced in the UK and Ireland on 6 June 2013. It should be available in July - but not in the USA.

On 6 July 2013, a Canon moderator on the Canon USA Forum site said: "Unfortunately, this specific lens will not be sold or serviced by Canon USA."

No reason for this decision has been given.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

EOS 70D launched with new 20.2 megapixel APS-C sensor

Key features
•  20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+
•  19 point cross-type AF System and 7 fps shooting
•  Dual Pixel CMOS AF
•  Instant sharing and remote control with Wi-Fi
•  ISO 12800 (H:25600)
•  Vari-angle 7.7cm ClearView II LCD touch screen
•  Intelligent viewfinder
•  Full-HD movies

Canon has announced the EOS 70D. Designed for enthusiast photographers, the EOS 70D combines completely new Canon imaging technology with powerful, creative and wireless sharing features

The EOS 70D features a new 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, designed and manufactured by Canon. It’s the first digital SLR in the world to feature ground-breaking Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. This delivers smooth and accurate autofocus (AF) when shooting Full HD movies and fast AF acquisition when shooting in Live View mode.

Paired with the 14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor and 19-point all cross-type AF System, the EOS 70D captures full resolution images at up to 7 frames per second, with up to 65 JPEG or 16 RAW images in a single burst (a UHS-I card is required for maximum burst duration). An ISO range of 100-12800 enables photographers to shoot in lower light conditions and use faster shutter speeds whilst retaining high image quality.

Designed for professional control

The powerful features of the EOS 70D are packed into an expertly-engineered body that’s designed for comfort and swift operation. The Intelligent Viewfinder, with 98% frame coverage and 0.95x magnification, allows photographers to frame their images and visualise settings via the electronic overlay. Conveniently-placed controls provide instant access to the most frequently used settings, such as ISO, AF mode selection and metering, so users can quickly change settings and concentrate on capturing the moment.

A 7.7cm (3.0 inch) Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen with a sharp 1,040k dot resolution is ideal for video shooting, or composing images from unusual and creative angles. The screen is a capacitive type, which supports a series of multi-touch gestures including swiping and pinch-zooming – perfect for navigating menus, amending settings or flicking through images.

Clever connectivity for easy control and instant sharing

The EOS 70D is the latest EOS model to feature integrated Wi-Fi, providing the freedom to remotely control the camera, as well as share images. Using Wi-Fi connectivity, users can connect to the EOS Remote app and control a wide range of image settings, including ISO and exposure, as well as focus and release the shutter. Photographers can also remotely use Live View mode, as well as review and rate their images.

Instant creativity unleashed

The EOS 70D features a host of creative modes to make capturing unique images easy. In-camera HDR removes the challenges of shooting in tricky, high contrast situations, merging three exposures into one that captures more detail in both the shadow and highlight areas. With multiple-exposure mode, photographers can shoot and combine up to nine exposures into a single image, or use a range of Creative Filters to instantly change the style and look of their shot.

Experimenting with creative off-camera flash is easy, thanks to the Integrated Speedlite transmitter, which provides in-camera control of multiple Canon Speedlite EX flash units.

Creative Full HD Movies

Alongside beautiful stills, the EOS 70D allows photographers to create high quality movies with ease. Full HD (1920 x 1080p) resolution video can be captured with a choice of selectable frame rates, including 30, 25 or 24fps, and 60 and 50fps at 720p, and a range of compression options for post-editing and sharing. Thanks to new Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Movie Servo AF mode tracks subjects as they move, or even as shots are recomposed, ensuring they’re always in focus. Alternatively, users can select different focus areas over 80 per cent of the width and height of the Live View frame simply by tapping the touch-screen, even when recording – ensuring that movies stay sharp and clear if a subject moves or the user changes the composition of a shot.

Videographers can also enjoy stereo sound using the internal microphone, or enhance audio with the in-built external microphone input terminal. Full control over settings such as aperture and ISO is also possible within manual mode, giving users greater freedom as their skills develop.

Pricing and availability
The EOS 70D is available from late August, with an SRP of:
£1079.99 / €1399.99 – body only
£1199.99 / €1599.99 – with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
£1399.99 / €1849.99 – with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Launch promotion
Pre order or purchase a new Canon EOS 70D from 2 July to 31 August 2013 and receive a Canon 300EG Gadget Bag free of charge (selected retailers only). For more information  visit: www.canon.co.uk/EOS70Dbagpromotion
(promotional webpage  live from 3rd July 2013).

Further information about the EOS 70D, including more photographs, technical data and a full specification, is available here.

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