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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Adds Uncompressed HD Out

Canon has a firmware upgrade which will give the 5D Mark III uncompressed HD output along with some fixes for focus issues. The kicker is the upgrade won't be out until April 2013. We're no sure why the wait but it could be a PR move. First, it generates some buzz about the 5D which is now months old. In the interim, it won't cannibalize any sales from any products introduced in the next 6 months (maybe the 46MP body that has been in the rumor mill for some time is coming this fall/winter). And then it will generate 5D buzz again when they release the upgrade in April. Here is the official release: LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 23, 2012—Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera that significantly improves the camera’s performance and usability. In response to requests from professionals working in the fields of cinema and television production, the firmware update enables the use of uncompressed HDMI Output support, making possible more efficient video editing and monitoring procedures. Additionally, the upgrade supports the advanced needs of photographers through improved AF performance when capturing still images. Uncompressed HDMI Output Support When shooting video, HDMI Output makes possible the recording of high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder via the camera’s HDMI terminal. This, in turn, facilitates the editing of video data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during motion picture and video productions. Additionally, video being captured can be displayed on an external monitor, enabling real-time, on-site monitoring of high-definition video during shooting. Improved AF Functionality Even when the EOS 5D Mark III is equipped with an extender and lens making possible a maximum aperture of f/8, the firmware update supports AF employing the camera’s central cross-type points (currently compatible with maximum apertures up to f/5.6). Accordingly, the update will allow users to take advantage of AF when shooting distant subjects, benefitting sports and nature photographers, particularly when using telephoto lenses. The new firmware update will be available, at no charge, in April 2013 from the Canon U.S.A. website and can be downloaded by end users or through Canon Factory Service Centers.

Where the Internet Lives

Cool photo tour of Google's data centers. Nicely done images. Cool stuff to geek out on:

Camera and Dark Room All in One Box

Here's a short film showing how Kabuli street-photographer Qalam Nabi takes a photograph with a kamra-e-faoree. Those of you who who used to shoot film and have dark room experience will appreciate this little marvel:

Epic Time Lapse of Shuttle Endeavor’s Trip Through LA

Yup, another time lapse. This one is actually a bunch of time lapses put together but it's still pretty cool. Click the image to link the LA Times web site where the video is hosted: photo: Bryan Chan, LA Times

Time-lapse of a Glacier Moving

Yeah, yeah, yeah... another time-lapse find. This one is pretty simple but amazing:

Watch this Photo Crew Silk the Entire Front of a Yacht and Take it Out to Sea

Pretty cool time lapse of a photo crew silking the entire front of a yacht with a 20x20 silk and then taking it out to sea to shoot with. See video here.

An Ingenious Solution to Balancing Indoor and Outdoor Light

Rosco View is a system that can balance just about any indoor and outdoor light together. Shane Hurlbut has an awesome write up of how it works here. Pretty much works like a variable ND filter but on a larger scale. One of those "wish we thought of it first" things.

Canon Lens Plant Tour

Kind of cool if you're into nerdy geeky stuff like us:

B&H Photo Lets the Canon 3D Cat Out of the Bag

Last night, in inadvertent search for a Canon 3D on B&H's web site gave the below result. Clicking on the link gave an error page. This morning the search no longer produces the same result. Does B&H know something in advance about the 3D? Maybe an October announcement is really coming.

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