28 February 2014

Understanding Canon EOS Photography: How To Videos

Understanding Canon EOS PhotographyUnderstanding Canon EOS Photography
A selection of YouTube videos from CANON USA explaining and demonstrating the following Canon EOS related concepts and fundamentals:

  • Photography overview
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Shutter speeds
Canon EOS How To Video: Photography Overview


Canon EOS How To Video: Understanding ISO

Canon EOS How To Video: Understanding Aperture

Canon EOS How To Video: Understanding Shutter Speeds

Source:  Canaon USA - YouTube

Photo: Vernon Chalmers  Canon 700D EF-S 55-250mm IS Lens
Photo: Vernon Chalmers  Canon EOS 700D  EF-S 55-250mm IS II Lens

18 February 2014

Canon EOS M Digital Camera Review - YouTube Video

Canon EOS M Review - YouTube Video

Canon EOS M Digital Camera

Canon EOS M Resolution & Recording Sizes
Canon EOS M Resolution & Recording sizes
Image Source: EOS M Resolution & Recording Canon USA 

Canon EOS M SLR digital camera

Canon EOS M SLR digital camera
An 18-megapixel interchangeable-lens compact system camera small enough to take anywhere. Enjoy simple creative controls and superb low-light performance for stunning images.

Canon EOS M Lenses
  • EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • EF-M 22mm f/2 STM

Canon EOS M Instruction Manuals (PDF)

Canon EOS M Benefits

  • The quality of a digital SLR in a compact body
  • Scene Intelligent Auto
  • Be versatile with interchangeable lenses
  • Create out-of-focus backgrounds for high impact
  • Easy-to-use touch-screen
  • Atmospheric photos in low light
  • Full-HD video with Video Snapshot Mode
Canon Europe / Canon USA

Canon EOS M Features

Canon EOS M SLR digital camera feautures
Image Source: Canon USA

Canon EOS 100D and EOS 700D DSLR Cameras - YouTube Overview

Canon EOS 100D and EOS700D - First Look

16 February 2014

Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash - with YouTube Video

Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash
Canon's new Speedlite 600EX-RT is engineered to provide a new level of performance and reliability for professional flash photography with today's most advanced DSLRs. With wireless two-way radio communication, the Speedlite 600 EX-RT allows photographers to expand their creativity using wireless speedlites with the reliability of radio triggering.

The Speedlite 600EX-RT offers an expanded zoom range and a higher guide number, plus a number of improvements over its predecessor in both operation and feel. It features a new dot-matrix LCD panel for display of all pertinent shooting information, backlit controls plus an internal sound generator. Reliability is ensured with improved hot shoe contacts, improved flash head durability and the most comprehensive dust and water sealing system ever on a Canon Speedlite flash. A new color filter holder helps maintain accurate color in a variety of ambient light conditions.

Main Features
  • New wireless multiple flash system using radio wave communication for enhanced control of up to five groups of flashes.
  • Zoom flash head covers wide range of 20-200mm; maximum Guide Number (197 ft./60m at ISO 100).
  • Redesigned contact construction, improved flash head durability, and exceptional dust and weather resistance for reliable operation.
  • AF Assist Beam compatible with Canon's new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF.
  • Dot matrix LCD panel and backlit button provide easy visibility.
  • Color filter holder for attaching Canon and third-party color gelatin filters.
  • 18 Custom Functions and 7 Personal Functions for creative flexibility.
  • Full swivel, 180° in either direction.
Source: Canon USA 

Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT - YouTube Video Overview

15 February 2014

Recommended YouTube Video: Getting The Most Out Of Canon Speedlites

Getting The Most Out Of Canon Speedlites - Syl Arena (YouTube Video)

Recommended Reading
Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light With Canon Speedlites - by Syl Arena

New Canon EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 Digital SLR Commercial

Canon EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 Digital SLR Commercial - YouTube Video

EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 – key features:
  • Great quality from a large sensor
  • Detailed images you can crop and print at large sizes
  • Clear pictures even in low-light
  • Easy-to-use Scene Intelligent Auto mode
  • Built-in Feature Guide and Companion smartphone app
  • Full HD movies with Video Snapshot
  • Bright 7.5cm (3.0”) LCD screen
  • Be artistic using Creative filters

Canon Europe Press Release

Canon DSLR Camera Focus Tips - YouTube Video

Canon DSLR Camera Focus Tips with Phil Steele

12 February 2014

New Canon PowerShot D30 / PowerShot S200 Digital Cameras

Canon PowerShot D30 digital camera
Canon PowerShot S200 digital cameraLondon, UK, 12 February 2014 – Canon today adds to its PowerShot range with two new compact cameras – the rugged and waterproof PowerShot D30, and the PowerShot S200, an addition to the acclaimed PowerShot S-series line. Designed for adventure, the PowerShot D30 is ideal for daring adrenaline seekers – capable of shooting underwater action at unrivalled depths as low as 25m¹ – with superior image quality, giving striking natural colours even in low-light conditions. The PowerShot S200 is true to the PowerShot S-series’ heritage, delivering stunning image quality and easy access to manual settings in a modern, pocketable design – with a host of creative features for those seeking their next step in photography.

Stunning results with Canon image quality
At the heart of both cameras lies Canon’s HS System, a strong core which combines a high-sensitivity sensor and DIGIC image processor for high-quality performance, providing excellent images in low-light situations. The PowerShot D30 utilises a 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor and a 28mm wide-angle, 5x zoom Canon lens, helping you capture the beauty of the sea in amazing detail. The PowerShot S200’s ultra-wide angle bright f/2.0 lens, combined with a higher sensitivity 10.1 Megapixel CCD sensor, provides great flexibility to capture creatively in challenging situations.

Both cameras use an optical Image Stabilizer to deliver crisp and clear shots and include Intelligent IS technology to automatically apply the most suitable form of stabilisation for a range of scenes and settings.

Ready for your next adventure: PowerShot D30
Built to brave the depths, the rugged PowerShot D30 is the world’s deepest waterproof compact camera², delivering Canon image quality at depths as low as 25 metres. Always ready for adventure, it’s shockproof for drops of up to 2.0m, freeze proof to -10 °C and dustproof – making it equally ideal for a snow trek, rock-climbing, or underwater explorations. With a durable body that’s both slim and lightweight, you can throw the PowerShot D30 into a rucksack full of gear with confidence, knowing you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time.

Ideal for life at sea, the versatile PowerShot D30 also gives outstanding realism during subaquatic shooting. Both the special underwater shooting mode and the easily accessible Custom White Balance function allow you to quickly adjust settings for natural colours when submerged, whether you’re exploring an undiscovered cave or the bright and vibrant life of a coral reef.

Movies of unmissable moments
Both the PowerShot D30 and PowerShot S200 feature a dedicated Movie Record button – perfect for when you’re completely absorbed in the moment and you don’t want to miss anything. Highly effective image stabilisation provided by Intelligent IS in movie recording lets you capture high octane action of your adventures with sharper and steadier footage – ideal for mountain biking or skiing.

Creative control at your fingertips
To make shooting as simple as it can be, both cameras feature Canon’s Smart Auto technology, which detects a minimum of 32 different scenes and applies the best combination of camera settings so you don’t have to. Experiment with your photos and establish your own style with the ISO range adjustment via the PowerShot S-series’ iconic Lens Control Ring, while Full Manual control lets you capture your own unique images in practically any situation.

Even when you’re in the middle of the action, you can frame the scene perfectly with the cameras’ rear display. A glance at the PowerShot D30’s bright and vibrant 7.5 cm (3.0”) 460,000 dot PureColor II LCD screen, with Sunlight LCD mode, helps you to shoot and review your shots - even in the glare of bright sunshine. The PowerShot S200’s PureColor II G screen features a tempered glass layer, ensuring enhanced durability and clarity when shooting and reviewing your images and movies.

Built to track and share your stories
Your memories and adventures are easy to track and share with the new PowerShot models. The PowerShot S200’s integrated Wi-Fi gives you the opportunity to not only share your favourite shots on social networks, but also to conveniently back up your images to cloud services, including Flickr and Google Drive™.

Both cameras can also log and tag the location where you captured each image or movie using GPS. The PowerShot D30 has a dedicated GPS unit, and the PowerShot S200 GPS via Mobile mode works with your smartphone to tag locations. You can then quickly and easily share your new location discoveries with friends and family using the supplied Map Utility software as well as via Google Earth. The PowerShot D30’s low energy consumption GPS logger can also track your path as you shoot every new discovery.

PowerShot D30 Key features:

  • Rugged compact camera
  • Waterproof down to 25 m
  • 12.1 MP HS System, underwater functions
  • 28mm, 5x optical zoom; Intelligent IS
  • GPS
  • 7.5 cm (3.0") LCD with Sunlight mode
  • Full HD movies
  • Smart Auto (32 scenes)
  • Movie Digest, Super Slow Motion Movie

PowerShot S200 Key features:

  • Bright f/2 lens and HS System with DIGIC 5
  • 24mm ultra-wide 5x zoom lens & Intelligent IS
  • High-quality 10.1 Megapixel images
  • Lens Control Ring and manual modes
  • Connect and share with Wi-Fi
  • Large 7.5cm (3.0”) PureColor II G LCD
  • Smart Auto and HD movies
  • Live View Control and Creative Filters

Source: Canon Europe Press Release

11 February 2014

Three New Super Sleek And Compact Canon PowerShot ELPH Digital Cameras

PowerShot ELPH 135
New Pocket-size PowerShot ELPH 150 IS, PowerShot ELPH 140 IS and PowerShot ELPH 135 Digital Cameras Feature High-Quality Optics, Outstanding Performance and HD Video Capabilities

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 11, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announces the addition of three new versatile and high-performance PowerShot digital cameras to its ELPH lineup. The ultra-compact PowerShot ELPH 150 IS, PowerShot ELPH 140 IS and PowerShot ELPH 135 digital cameras are ideal for capturing sharp, high-quality images and video.

Each new PowerShot ELPH digital camera features a powerful zoom lens and image sensor combined with the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor providing clear, crisp and vivid images. In addition, all three cameras are equipped with a dedicated movie button, allowing users to quickly capture meaningful memories in 720p HD video.

Canon's new PowerShot ELPH digital cameras are designed with ease-of-use in mind, enabling users to enhance their photography through a series of intuitive features. In Smart AUTO mode, each camera will analyze the scene at-hand and select the optimal camera setting. ECO mode can reduce battery consumption by dimming and eventually turning off the LCD screen when not in use, helping to increase the number of shots and time capturing video in-between charging cycles. In addition, the convenient Help Button offers a quick and easy way to uncover the potential of each camera by explaining the functionality of various settings and features.

"These new PowerShot ELPH cameras are ideal for those individuals who realize that their everyday moments are worth capturing on a dedicated digital camera that delivers stunning image quality," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS digital camera
The PowerShot ELPH 150 IS digital camera is equipped with an impressive 10x optical zoom lens and 20.0 megapixel sensor, enabling users to capture photos with outstanding image quality. In addition, this digital camera features Intelligent IS - a setting that automatically chooses from eight different modes to help optimize image stabilization based on various shooting conditions.

The PowerShot ELPH 150 IS digital camera will be available starting in February for a retail price of $149.99 in a variety of colors - blue, red, silver and black.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS digital camera
The PowerShot ELPH 140 IS digital camera also delivers high-quality imaging capabilities with a powerful 8x optical zoom lens and 16.0 megapixel sensor. Like the PowerShot ELPH 150 IS, the PowerShot ELPH 140 IS digital camera features Intelligent IS mode helping to make shooting both simple and intuitive.

The PowerShot ELPH 140 IS digital camera will be available starting in February for a retail price of $129.99 in two colors - gray and red.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 135 digital camera
Also featuring an 8x optical zoom lens and 16.0 megapixel sensor, the PowerShot ELPH 135 digital camera offers stunning imaging capabilities at a budget-friendly price.

The PowerShot ELPH 135 digital camera will be available starting February for a retail price of $119.99 in black, silver, red and purple.

Source: Canon USA

Magazine Recommendation: PIX 'Photography and Imaging Magazine'

Magazine Recommendation: PIX Photography and Imaging Magazine
Magazine Cover: PIX
PIX: 'Africa's Leading Photographic and Imaging Magazine' 

This is great magazine for compact and DSLR camera enthusiasts wanting to learn more about different photography genres, the latest camera equipment and expert advice / techniques.

In the latest issue there are a variety of up-to-date topics:
  • African wildlife photography
  • Astrophotography
  • Camera / lens reviews
  • Photo showcase
  • Photography techniques
After purchasing my third copy of PIX magazine in 2013 I took out a 12-month subscription (6 copies) - and am really looking forward to the next issue.

At the current R54-00 cover price this is less than a small price to pay should you want to know more about:
  • African and global photo shoots
  • Expert photographer advice / opinions
  • Creative photography
  • Camera / lens accessories
  • Latest camera / lens models / accessories
  • Latest local / global photography news
  • Photography techniques
  • Travel photography
  • Wildlife photography
Visit / subscribe to PIX Magazine online

05 February 2014

Canon celebrates production of 70 million EOS cameras

Canon EOS 70D SLR Camera
February 5, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced its parent company, Canon Inc., has reached a new camera-manufacturing milestone as combined production of the company's film and digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras surpassed the 70-million mark on February 5th.

Production of Canon EOS SLR cameras began in 1987 with the EOS 650 35mm SLR Camera, at Canon Inc.'s Fukushima Plant (now Fukushima Canon Inc.), and later moving to such production bases as Oita Canon Inc. and Canon Inc., Taiwan. Following the introduction of digital SLR cameras in the early 2000s, production of the EOS-series cameras rapidly increased, surpassing the 60-million-unit mark in October 2012 and now, approximately one year and four months later, reaching the 70-million-unit threshold.

EOS, which stands for "Electro Optical System," also carries the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn. Introduced in March 1987 as a new generation of AF SLR cameras, EOS cameras were the world's first to incorporate an electronic mount system enabling complete electronic control not only between the lens and body, but throughout the entire camera system.

Based on the key concepts of high-speed and ease of use the EOS-series 35mm SLR cameras, including the top-of-the-line professional-model EOS-1 camera released in 1989 and the popular compact, lightweight EOS Rebel introduced in 1990, continued to incorporate innovative technologies and gained acceptance from a wide range of users. As digital SLR cameras gained increasing popularity starting in 2000, Canon developed advanced technologies such as its proprietary CMOS sensors and high-performance DIGIC digital image processors, as well as an extensive lineup of EF lenses, in an effort to fulfill the company's key concepts of high-speed, ease of use, and high image quality. Currently, Canon offers a broad product lineup that helps serve the needs of users of all skill levels.

Among the new Canon cameras that contributed to the realization of the 70-million-unit production milestone are the EOS 70D, featuring innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, and the EOS Rebel SL1, the world's smallest and lightest digital SLR camera*, which combines a ground-breaking compact, lightweight body design with advanced basic performance.

EF lenses for Canon EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras are also on track to realize a major milestone as cumulative production is scheduled to pass the 100-million-unit mark in 2014.

Based on its core optical technologies, Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies while striving to produce superb and reliable lenses and cameras that cater to the varying needs of photographers - from first time users to advanced amateurs and professionals - while contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.

Source: Canon USA

Canon celebrates production of 70 million EOS cameras

01 February 2014

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens Review - YouTube Video

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (For Canon EOS APS-C Cameras Only)
Versatile, long-range zoom in compact form

Compact proportions with a powerful zoom range of 11x – make an ideal general-purpose zoom for photographers on the go. Great low-light performance is assured by a 4-stop Image Stabilizer.

Photography / Lens Benefits

  • 11x zoom lens – 18-200mm
  • 4 stop Image Stabilizer
  • Automatic panning and tripod detection
  • Close focusing distance of 0.45m
  • Aspherical and UD lens elements
  • Super-Spectra lens coatings combat ghosting and flare
  • Zoom lock maintains minimum size
  • Circular aperture for pleasing background blur
Source: Canon Europe

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM vs EF 50mm f/1.8: Value Lens Comparison

Canon 40mm STM 'pancake'Lens  vs Canon 50mm f/1.8 Lens

For Canon EOS APS-C / Full-Frame Cameras

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM 'Pancake' lens review - YouTube Video

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM 'Pancake' lens review

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens (For Canon EOS APS-C / Full-Frame Cameras)
A portable, versatile lens with STM for photographers travelling with their EOS.

A versatile, compact pancake lens. A fast maximum aperture enables low-light shooting and depth-of-field control. STM provides smooth quiet autofocus when shooting video with compatible cameras.

Photography / Lens Benefits

  • Portable pancake design
  • Smooth, quiet STM focusing when shooting movies on compatible cameras
  • Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture for low-light shooting
  • Close focus to 0.3m
  • Fast, quiet AF for pin-sharp results
  • Great image quality right across the frame
Source: Canon Europe

Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens review - YouTube Video

Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens review

Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens (For Canon EOS APS-C Cameras Only)
The high performance, all-round standard zoom lens.

Combining a extensive zoom range featuring wide angle and telephoto plus a 4-stop Image Stabilizer, the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM provides outstanding performance and flexibility.

Photography / Lens Benefits

  • High performance all-purpose 5.6x 24-136mm equivalent EF-S standard zoom
  • 4 stop Image Stabilizer
  • Automatic panning and tripod detection
  • 0.35m close focusing
  • UD and aspherical lenses
  • Super Spectra coatings
  • 7-blade aperture
  • Optional lens hood
Source: Canon Europe

Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens review - YouTube Video

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Review - YouTube Video

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Review

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens (For Canon EOS APS-C Cameras Only)
An ultra wide-angle zoom lens with dynamic expressive capability for all EF-S mount EOS cameras; exceptionally small and lightweight for maximum mobility.

Photography / Lens Benefits

  • Super wide angle zoom for all EF-S mount bodies
  • Superb image quality
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Focusing distance of just 24cm.
  • Fast near-silent USM AF
  • Super Spectra coatings
  • Circular aperture
  • Optional exclusive lens hood
Source: Canon Europe

PHOTO & FILM EXPO - Coca-Cola Dome Johannesburg 30 Oct - 2 Nov 2014

PHOTO & FILM EXPO - Coca-Cola Dome Johannesburg 30 Oct - 2 Nov 2014
THE PHOTO & FILM EXPO is the largest PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPO on the continent. Nowhere in Africa can you see all your favourite photographic brands under one roof... last years' fifth annual event was the largest ever and feedback from visitors and exhibitors has been exceptional.

Having thrived in 2013 despite a general industry slump the event is set to soar in 2014 - the event is booked from the 30th October till the 2nd November 2014 at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg.

The PHOTO & FILM EXPO is extremely focused and serves a platform where photographers can NETWORK and LEARN. With well over a 100 WORKSHOPS running during the 4 day event the PHOTO & FILM EXPO is time well invested.read more....

Source: www.photofilmexpo.com

PHOTO & FILM EXPO - Coca-Cola Dome Johannesburg 30 Oct - 2 Nov 2014

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