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EOS 60D – 5 Tests in 1

CANON EOS 60D – 5 TESTS IN 1

Amila C. Kumarasinghe from Sri Lanka has recently posted a very nice and interesting video test made with the new Canon EOS 60D.

In fact, it’s not only 1 test, but 5! It includes: White Balance, Picture Styles, Noise test at different ISO levels, on board Audio and Low Light performance at all ISOs.

This can be of great help for those who may want to compare the performance of this new HDSLR with other models.

Full details of the camera settings and lens used are embedded in the video. You can download the HD version as well.

Thanks a lot to Amila C. Kumarasinghe for making this great test. Please check his video clicking on the above image or here and also visit his website: www.lsmworks.com.

October 30, 2010 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, CANON, EOS 60D, REVIEWS | , , , | Leave a comment

Canon Double Rebates

CANON DOUBLE INSTANT REBATES

Canon has launched a new additional promotion few days ago. We love promotions, and even more if they are “double”.

“Instant rebates” are great, the best way to get a lower price because you don’t need to send anything by mail and then wait for a check or prepaid card to take real advantage of the discount like in the “mail-in rebates”.

With “instant rebates” you pay less, it’s that simple. So we think this is well worth sharing with all people.

Don’t miss the chance if you are planning to buy a new camera, lens or flash!

Click here to see the list of all qualifying items for Double Rebates.

LIST OF QUALIFYING CAMERAS
FOR DOUBLE REBATE

Important:
– Any Body/Kit configurations are eligible
– The final double discounted price will only be reflected in the cart. Please check it and you will see the double saving!

IMPORTANT NOTE

Even if you don’t buy a second or third item, there is already an instant rebate available on lot of Canon lenses and flashes!

For instance the Canon 70-200mm 2.8L IS II USM has a $200 instant rebate, but if you buy it with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (or any other DSLR that qualifies) at the same time, then you will get a $400 instant rebate on the lens.

Great moment to buy photo gear indeed!

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October 27, 2010 Posted by | PROMOS | , , | Leave a comment

Color Correction – Adobe

COLOR CORRECTION

Color correction is one of the first things everyone needs to know how to do well. It is an essential step, for both stills and video, to achieve good final results.

Below you will find a link to a list of some free available and helpful video tutorials that explain the basic use of the 3-way color correction in Adobe Premiere Pro and some other color correction methods in After Effects and Photoshop as well.

We hope you enjoy them (the link is dynamic, so the content may change over time).

Check the list of video tutorials by clicking here.

Note: If you are new to this kind of software, be aware that these products are available for Mac or PC in different versions (some products have more than one version or package), and they are also sold as separate products or in different suites like Adobe CS5 Production Premium or Adobe CS5 Master Collection (for Mac or PC).

If you plan to buy any of them, we suggest to carefully check the content of each package or production suite to know if it fits your needs, and also the system requirements for each product.

Thanks to Esteban Aguilera.

Esteban Aguilera

October 25, 2010 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, Tutorials | , , , , | 1 Comment

Firmware Update 2.0.8 & Special Info

Contents:

  • EOS 5D Mark II – Firmware Update 2.0.8
  • Comments & Requests
  • Special Info: High level Canon email addresses

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FIRMWARE UPDATE 2.0.8

Canon has released a new firmware update for Canon EOS 5D Mark II today:

EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Update Version 2.0.8

Firmware changes

This firmware update (Version 2.0.8) incorporates the following changes and fixes.

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which movies are not taken at the shooting mode registered in the user’s settings if a shooting mode Aperture priority (or Shutter priority) is registered in any of the camera’s user settings (C1, C2, C3) and the user attempts to shoot a movie.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which the shutter will not release when pressing the shutter button when the auto power off function is set to “on”.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which overexposure occurs when shooting a Live View shooting simulation with the ISO speed set to L.
  4. Fixes a phenomenon in which the settings of the Speedlite transmitter ST-E2 revert to the default settings when both the camera and the ST-E2 are set to auto power off.
  5. Fixes a phenomenon in which the Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX, MT-24EX) and slave flash do not sync while shooting wirelessly.

The Version 2.0.8 firmware being released this time is for cameras with firmware up to Version 2.0.7. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 2.0.8, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

Download it from here:

http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos5dmk2/firmware.html

COMMENTS & REQUESTS

It is always great that the manufacturer releases firmware updates to fix every problem that users report and/or the manufacturer finds. We do thank Canon for doing that.

BUT, once again, and even after suggesting and requesting so many times for some very easy improvements to the firmware that would enhance the user experience a lot and would make the camera much more versatile, WHY does Canon seem reluctant to implement many of those requests to the Canon EOS 5D Mark II?

This also applies to Canon EOS 7D and even the more expensive Canon 1D Mark IV. We have been asked MANY times about improvements for those cameras too. Most Canon users who use Canon DSLRs for movie/video purpose are expecting such very possible improvements.

The feature called “Auto ISO limiter” (when using “Auto ISO” for stills and video) is one clear example of that.

Cameras much cheaper like EOS T2i/550D and the new EOS 60D already have this requested function, while the 2 or 3 times more expensive Canon EOS 5D Mark II still does not. It is ridiculous.

Improvements like this one does not require any hardware change, it is only related to software (firmware).

Please don’t misunderstand what we say; the 5D Mark II is an amazing camera with full frame sensor and lof of great features. But some improvements that can be implemented via Firmware updates would require small and sometimes VERY small efforts (like the request to enable/disable the “White square” on Live View to get a “clean HDMI output”…), and would exploit much better the huge potential these cameras have inside.

Check the full List of Fixes & Improvements we have collected from thousands of users around the world. Many of those improvements are even requested in the original Petition to Canon Inc. that was signed by more than 3,000 people around the world.

Feel free to send this information to Canon by e-mail, send Canon your own requests too, or even better: Call Canon asking to “enter a feature request for the 5D Mark II” or the camera you own (not for future models, but for these current cameras because it is still possible to improve them a lot).

We (a group of Canon users) have already done that but what can make a change is a community action (as in past campaigns like “I Called Canon“, please check it).

Canon does keep working on firmware for their current cameras; this latest update, despite it is released to fix some issues, is a demonstration of it.

SPECIAL INFO:
HIGH LEVEL CANON EMAIL ADDRESSES

We strongly encourage you to call Canon. You can find the telephone contact information at the main page.

But if you want to write to Canon CEOs, Managers and Representatives, below there are some of their email addresses.

This is something we never did before, but since Canon seems not to pay much attention to the requests we directly sent to them, and since we do know for a fact that community actions CAN make a difference, then we decided to publish this information for the benefit of all Canon users who want to participate and make their voice heard.

If you contact Canon by phone or e-mail, please do it politely, be smart handling solid arguments, and do not abuse.

CANON USA:

Yoroku Adachi
President and CEO

Yuichi Ishizuka
Senior Vice President and General Manager
Consumer Imaging Group

Chuck Westfall
Advisor, Technical Information
CIG Professional Products Marketing Division

Few others:

CANON EUROPE:

More here: European Professional Representatives

Remember: community actions do bring results, but be polite and handle solid arguments when you contact Canon by phone or e-mail.

Feel free to post here the responses you receive from them.

October 19, 2010 Posted by | Campaigns, CANON, EOS 5D Mk II, Firmware Updates, News & Info, Special Info | , , , , , | 5 Comments

Picture Style Test

Contents:

  • 5D Mark II Picture Style Test
  • The Importance of Picture Styles

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5D Mark II PICTURE STYLES TEST

We found this very interesting test and decided it is well worth sharing it with all HDSLR users, for better understanding of the importance of selecting a proper “Picture Style” when filming.

Full credits of test and quoted comments below: Tyler J. Clements

From the author:

This is simply a test showing the default Picture Styles along with additional styles created by others.

Picture styles are all based on preference but there are factors contributing to the quality of each style; they all have advantages or disadvantages.

In this example you can see that in some styles the orange WWII book seems almost the same color as the red Cinematic Motion book. Also, the blue on the bottom of the Pepsi logo appears to be black. Some styles are better at representing the true colors. Also note how the red book can sometimes bleed a little more with different styles.

The “latitude” seems greater in some styles such as the AdvancedFlat or the SuperFlat. These styles will give you more flexibility in post because you have more information or data that is there. For instance, at the edge of the newspaper you can see the thin lines of the crossword squares on some styles very clearly, while on others the edge is completely blown out. In the shadows there is also more information. Look at the table right below the table top and you can see how worn the paint is, you will never see that on the Standard picture style. However, if you don’t plan on doing any work in post then you might not want to shoot so flat and shoot something that looks good right off the bat.

My favorite style is setting the camera to 3,-4,-4,0. It seemed to give the most accurate colors, while sharp enough to read the words clearly on the books, and also give a decent amount of “latitude” in the shadows and highlights. However, if I want to shoot something where I plan on doing a lot of post work then I might choose AdvancedFlat or SuperFlat. But that’s just me.

THE IMPORTANCE OF PICTURE STYLES

Picture Styles are extremely important when recording video with any current Canon EOS HDSLR.

They will make a very big impact on your footage, giving you either more flexibility in post production or preventing you from lot of possible corrections, color gradings and thus the results you may want.

One of the main reasons of this is because the selected picture style is applied before the camera encodes and compress the data from the sensor to deliver the final .MOV file.

Since we can’t get RAW video files from current Canon EOS DSLRs, the importance of choosing the right picture style becomes obviously even higher.

As previously thoroughly discussed at Cinema5D, and after many long tests, lot of users have found that the following settings seem to be a very good picture style that extends a bit the dynamic range when compared to other picture styles, giving you more flexibility in post production:

  • Select “Neutral” picture style and set Sharpness and Contrast to the lowest value, Saturation to -2 (or to the lowest value too) and Tone to default. The picture style in this case would be: “Neutral 0,-4,-2,0” or “Neutral 0,-4,-4,0” if you set Saturation to the lowest.

Remember that you can save this as a Custom Picture Style, and also under any Custom Mode (C1/C2/C3) for handy use whenever you need it.

Note that this picture style delivers similar results to the “AdvancedFlat” or the “SuperFlat”.

Regarding the importance of proper contrast setting, an experienced editor has already mentioned: “Contrast is the biggest determinant of dynamic range – turn it up and the blacks and whites get pushed off the ends of the histogram.”

So keep all these factors in mind when you shoot video! If you still didn’t, you will find very useful to test them before shooting.

Since we don’t get a RAW video file from the camera, after shooting the possibilities of color grading and all corrections in post production are limited.

The final tip is: If you are not completely sure about the final “look” that you want for your footage, then a “flat” picture style (like the mentioned above) will give you more freedom in the post production process.

October 17, 2010 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, Tutorials | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Canon & Nikon Rebates

This article is all about promotions, rebates and good deals. Take a look, you may find it helpful to save lot of money!

Contents:

  • Canon Instant Rebates – Save up to $250
  • Extended Canon Mail-in-Rebates – Save up to $700
  • Canon 60D – In Stock!
  • Nikon Instant Rebates – Ending Soon

CANON INSTANT REBATES
SAVE UP TO $250

It’s always great to know when rebates and promotions are available, to take advantage of them and save lot of money.

There is currently an “Instant Rebate” promotion on lot of Canon gear. Click on the above banner and check it! This might be the right time for your purchase.

Additionally, you can check our GEAR section to see more available promotions on accessories, supports, P&S cameras, camcorders, digital audio devices, etc.

EXTENDED CANON MAIL-IN-REBATES
SAVE UP TO $700

B&H Photo-Video is offering an exclusive extension of the great promotion “EOS and Pixma”.

Rebates of $400, $500 and $700 are available when purchasing one of the following cameras with a PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Printer or PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II Printer (both great for Professional Lab Quality Prints):

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October 8, 2010 Posted by | News & Info, PROMOS | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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