Canon Australia shares accidental ‘first look’ at EOS M6 Mark II, EOS 90D cameras

Canon Australia appears to have leaked two upcoming cameras - the EOS M6 Mark II and the EOS 90D, in a pair of videos posted on its YouTube channel (which have been taken down in the minutes since we started drafting this article). The two videos gave a 'first look' at what appear to be forthcoming mirrorless and DSLR APS-C products.

Canon Australia has since removed the videos, but Canon Rumors downloaded them before they were taken down and uploaded the videos to its YouTube channel.

Canon M6 Mark II

According to the video, the Canon EOS M6 Mark II will feature major improvements over its predecessor, the EOS M6, both in terms of ergonomics and specifications.

Most notably, it looks like the EOS M6 Mark II will feature a 32.5-megapixel CMOS sensor powered by a Digic 8 processor. It will have a continuous shooting speed up to 14 fps with autofocus, Eye Detection, Dual Pixel AF and a dedicated MF/AF Focus Mode Switch button on the rear of the camera.

A screenshot from the video showing the new Focus Switch Mode on the back of the M6 Mark II.

Canon Australia notes in the video’s description that the M6 Mark II will be able to shoot 4K/30p video and 1080p at 120 fps. Also shown in the video is a removable OLED viewfinder that works with the Touch & Drag AF on the rear camera display and a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth transfer option, although the specifics of the transfer technology remain unknown.

Canon EOS 90D

Also leaked by Canon Australia was what we presume to be the promo video for the EOS 90D, Canon’s next-generation APS-C DSLR.

According to the video, the 90D will feature a 32.5-megapixel sensor with a Digic 8 processor behind it (presumably the same combination found in the EOS M6 Mark II). IThe 90D appears to be limited to 10 fps continuous shooting, but it too has Dual Pixel AF, Eye Detection AF and a 45-point all-cross-type autofocus sensor with a joystick for navigating through the AF points.

The optical viewfinder inside the 90D features 100-percent coverage and includes a 220K-dot RGB + IR metering sensor that features Canon’s iTR AF (face-detection).

On the video front, the video doesn't share much, but notes the 90D will shoot 4K 30p video and up to 120 fps when shooting in 1080. The video also says the 90D is dust- and water-resistant and can be paired with Canon’s BG-E14 battery grip, the same one used for Canon’s 70D and 80D cameras.

No pricing information or definitive release date was mentioned in the videos, but given both were posted on an official Canon channel, and have since been removed from YouTube, we assume that the EOS M6 II and EOS 90D are real, and coming soon.

Magicbooster Pro launched for 6K Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to emulate full frame sensor

LucAdapters has launched a crowd funding campaign to develop a focal reducer for the newly announced Super 35mm 6K cinema camera from Blackmagic Design. The reducer will allow users to mount full frame lenses on the camera with only a slight crop, thus emulating the look of a camera with a full frame sensor.

The company has history with this kind of adapter and currently makes a reducer for the Ursa Mini called Magicbooster Pro, and has in the past made a full-frame adapter for the Samsung NX1. This new model will be called Magicbooster Pocket 6K and will combine the benefits of a 1 stop increase in effective aperture as well as decreasing the crop factor of the 6K area of the camera’s Super 35mm sensor from 1.5x to 1.1x. This allows full frame lenses to practically maintain their intended angle of view when recording 6K footage, with a 50mm lens acting like a 55mm with the reducer instead of like a 75mm without it.

Here's a video made with the current Magicbooster, shot on Blackmagic Ursa mini 4.6K by PILOTMOVIES.

The Magicbooster Pocket 6K will be fully compatible with all of Canon’s EF lenses according to LucAdapters, but not EF-S models. The Magicbooster fits inside the camera’s throat leaving the mount untouched, and replaces some internal parts of the camera itself in doing so. The unit comprises a small barrel with lens elements at the end. It screws into the camera with the magnifying lens sitting directly in front of the camera’s sensor and behind the IR filter.

Buyers will receive a replacement UV-IR cut filter that the company claims is better than that which is shipped with the camera. Such a degree of installation is required that it isn’t the sort of adapter that can be attached and unattached in a couple of seconds, but it also means there's no need to add and remove the adapter every time you have to change a lens.

LucAdapter says the Magicbooster Pocket 6K will ship in November this year, and will cost from €499 (approx. $550). For more information see the LucAdapters Magicbooster Pocket 6K Kickstarter campaign.

Open-source Intervalometerator helps DIYers create inexpensive remote time-lapse DSLRs

Sydney-based coder Greig Sheridan and his photographer partner Rocky have introduced Intervalometerator, an open-source intervalometer designed for deploying inexpensive remote time-lapse systems involving Canon DSLRs, Arduino and Raspberry Pi hardware. The system is ideal for DIYers seeking an inexpensive alternative to existing remote time-lapse systems.

According to the Sheridan’s ‘Intvlm8r’ website, the open-source intervalometer system can be used with a battery and solar panel remotely, in addition to ‘on-grid’ for less remote setups. The intervalometer was designed for the Canon 6D, 60D, and 600D models, Sheridan told PetaPixel, but the duo hopes ‘that over time other models and brands will be tested and found compatible too -- it relies on gPhoto to talk to the camera.’

The Intervalometerator can be set up with Web access for remote control and is fully configurable, enabling users to choose the full camera settings, select the time/day when images are captured and interval. The software’s interface, a demonstration of which is available here, includes information on battery level, captured images, remaining storage, the time and date of the last image, as well as when the next shot will be captured and the camera hardware in use.

In addition to having a low power requirement of less than 1mA, the Intervalometerator can also automatically recover in the case of a temporary power loss. Sheridan estimates the Intervalometerator’s cost, excluding the protective housing, mount, and camera, at around $242. That is substantially cheaper than competing commercially available systems; the Titan2 Remote time-lapse box with solar power for DSLRs, for example, costs $4,700 USD.

Sheridan details the project on his blog and has shared the code on Github.

Yongnuo announces updated EF-mount 35mm F1.4 lens with ultrasonic motor

Yongnuo has announced its new YN35mm F1.4C DF UWM, a second-generation full-frame lens for Canon’s EF mount.

This new lens features the same optical construction (eleven elements in nine groups with a seven-blade aperture diaphragm) and outward appearance Yongnuo’s original YN35mm F1.4 MC lens. What’s new is the addition of an Ultrasonic Wave Motor (UWM).

Below are a few sample images captured with the lens:

Yongnuo hasn’t listed the price of the lens, which is set to ship in Q4 2019, but its predecessor currently retails for $378 (Adorama, B&H). It’s likely this new lens would replace the older model for roughly the same price.


Update (August 19, 2019): Updated article to clarify the Micro USB port was present on the first version of Yongnuo's 35mm F1.4 lens as well.

Motorola One Action comes with ultra-wide action cam and affordable price tag

Ultra-wide cameras are a wide-spread feature among the current crop of Android phones but Motorola's new One Action is taking a slightly different approach to most of its competitors. The brand new device's ultra-wide camera has been designed to work predominantly as a GoPro-style action camera.

The 16MP camera has a field-of-view of 117 degrees (approximately 13mm equivalent focal length) and is installed vertically which means you can also hold the phone vertically while recording horizontal video for better control. Footage is recorded at 1080p resolution and electronic image stabilization should smooth out even bumpy sports action,

The main camera features a 12MP sensor with 1.25µm pixel size and F1.8 aperture. A PDAF system is used for focusing and in video mode 4K clips can be recorded at 30 frames per second. The triple-camera setup is completed by a 5MP depth camera for the simulated bokeh effect.

Other specs fall firmly into the mid-range category. The Android OS is powered by a Samsung Exynos 9609 processor and 4GB of RAM. 128GB of storage are quite generous for a device in this class and the battery offers a 3,500 mAh capacity. Images and videos can be viewed on a 6.3-inch FHD+ 21:9 display with a hole-punch design for the front camera.

The Motorola One Action will be available starting today in Brazil, Mexico, and some countries in the Euro zone for €259 ($287). Motorola says the device will be available in more regions across Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific, and will arrive in the US and Canada in October as an unlocked version.

ProGrade launches Refresh Pro, a program for monitoring and ‘refreshing’ your memory cards

ProGrade Digital has launched Refresh Pro, a new program designed to monitor the health of specific ProGrade Digital memory cards and refresh them to factory-original condition via a deep format.

The software, available for both macOS and Windows computers, works with all of ProGrade Digital’s memory card readers and all cards that feature the ‘R’ logo on the front, as shown in the below image.

When a compatible card reader and memory card are used with Refresh Pro, the program will use a three-color status indicator (green, yellow, red) to denote how healthy the card is: green is a healthy card while red is one more at risk for failure. ProGrade Digital clarifies within the software the Refresh Pro looks for ‘key attributes of your card’s use history to determine how much life is remaining before you reach design limits.’ It goes on to say ‘If your card has less than 10% remaining life, you should consider replacing it soon.’

On the refreshing front, ProGrade Digital says the program will ‘clean up the way data is stored to your card to ensure it’s optimized for the highest performance.’ ProGrade Digital suggests running a ‘Refresh’ regularly to keep the card operating at its best.

Refresh Pro is available to download with a perpetual license for Mac OSX 10.8 and higher and Windows 10 for $29.99. You can find out more information and download the program on ProGrade Digital’s website.

Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary gallery updated

We first got our hands on Sigma's full-frame 45mm F2.8 while covering the lens' launch in Japan back in July. We recently took delivery of a copy here in Seattle, and we've updated our initial gallery accordingly, with plentiful new samples shot on the Sony a7R III. Check out our updated sample gallery via the link below.

See our Sigma 45mm F2.8 Contemporary gallery

Is the Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90 right for you?

Is the Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90 right for you?

We recently reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DC-G95 (also known as the G90, G91 and G99) and found it to be a good all-around camera. But is it best for the kind of shooting that you do? We took a look at how the G95 performed in the following use cases:

  • Family and moments
  • Travel
  • Lifestyle and people
  • Landscape
  • Formal portraits
  • Candid and street
  • Video
  • Sports and wildlife

Family and moments

A camera well-suited for capturing family and moments needs to be responsive, relatively easy to carry around and, of course, capable of taking great photos. While it's not the smallest camera out there, the G95 can still do the job.

You don't need to be a camera expert to get great results out of the G95. If you're a beginner - or handing it off to someone who is - the G95's iAuto mode will select the right scene mode, thus applying the best settings for the situation. Users who are more familiar with smartphones will feel right at home taking pictures with the G95's touchscreen display, which is fully articulating, by the way.

The camera detects faces and eyes relatively well, though it will always choose the closest subject (and there's no way to switch between people). It doesn't have the most advanced autofocus system in its class, though it can track moving subjects reasonably well.

As mentioned above, the G95 is on the bulky side, though its build quality is robust (including claimed weather-sealing) and is covered with direct controls.

Photo courtesy of Robert Rose

Travel

A camera that's well-suited for travel is all about flexibility. You want a camera that's capable at both stills and videos, relatively portable, and offers good battery life and reliable wireless connectivity. Having a kit lens with a wide focal range doesn't hurt, either, and Panasonic includes a 24-120mm equivalent one in the box (in most regions).

First things first: the Panasonic G95 isn't a very small camera. While not gigantic, it'll be living over your shoulder or in a medium-sized camera bag. That said, it's very well-built and sealed against dust and moisture, so you need not worry if it's raining. The fully articulating display (a standard LCD in the U.S. and an OLED elsewhere) allows for overhead, waist-level and selfie shooting, and the large electronic viewfinder makes shooting in bright outdoor light easier.

A camera that's well-suited for travel is all about flexibility

Image quality is very good straight out of the camera, though photos will be a bit noisier than the G95's peers at high ISOs in low light. The G95 can convert Raw images to JPEGs in-camera, so you can fix that botched white balance and share it without a PC. Speaking of connectivity, the camera has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth that's usually reliable.

While video quality is quite good (especially in good light), there's a substantial crop when shooting 4K footage, so you'll need an expensive, specialized lens if you're going to be capturing wide-angle footage.

Battery life isn't spectacular, but the G95 does support USB charging so you can fill up via computer or portable power bank.

Photo by Jeff Keller

Lifestyle and people

The G95 makes it easy to take casual-yet-polished people photos that are ready for sharing on social media. JPEGs look great out of the camera, and with built-in Raw editing you can fix white balance or brighten shadows without having to put Lightroom onto your phone.

If you want photos with a blurred background, you'll need a fast lens, which are often expensive

The camera focuses quickly and does a good job at detecting faces, though it's not possible to switch between them. The direct controls on the camera allow you to change settings without delving into the menus.

When focusing you can sometimes see the image on the main display or EVF 'wobble' a little, which can be distracting. If you want photos with a blurred background, you'll need a fast lens, which are often expensive. But one nice thing about the Micro Four Thirds system is that there are plenty to choose from.

Photo by Carey Rose

Landscape

While it lacks the resolution and wide dynamic range of larger-sensored cameras, there's no reason why the G95 can't be used for landscape photography. Its out-of-camera JPEGs have pleasing color and a good amount of detail, though don't expect to be able to brighten shadows more than a few stops.

The G95 has a rugged, weather-sealed body that can brave the elements. Its fully-articulating display (LCD on the G95, OLED on the other models) is well-suited for tripod shooting, and changing settings is easy thanks to the G95's numerous direct controls. Battery life isn't great, but the camera can be powered by an external power bank.

Photo by Jeff Keller

Formal portraits

If you're taking more formal people-pictures, the G95 can handle the job. The camera is quick-to-focus and face and eye detection work effectively. Micro Four Thirds cameras require fast, often expensive lenses to get shallow depth-of-field, but there are some really nice ones available for the system.

There are a few downsides to mention in addition to the depth-of-field issue. Resolution is on the low side for this use case, and Panasonic doesn't have much of a flash system, though third party options are available.

Photo by Carey Rose

Candid and street

Street photographers prefer small, discreet cameras, which the G95 is not. That said, if you don't mind carrying around a larger camera, it can do a pretty good job when you want to be stealthy.

If you turn on the electronic shutter, the G95 is totally silent

The G95's out-of-camera JPEGs are nice enough for sharing online without having to edit Raws on your computer first. It's a responsive camera, with good face and eye detection. If you turn on the electronic shutter, it's totally silent, with minimal rolling shutter. If you want to quickly change settings, the direct and customizable controls will keep you out of the G95's gigantic menu system.

Aside from its bulk, the only other negative for this use case is the fully articulating display, which stands out a lot more than a simpler tilting mechanism.

Photo by Carey Rose

Video

When you think of great video/stills hybrid cameras, Panasonic may be the first brand that comes to mind. Its GH-series cameras show what Panasonic is capable of doing, which is why the G95's video abilities fall a bit flat.

The camera has plenty of useful tools, including support for V-Log L (albeit topping out at 8-bit capture), mic and headphone sockets, and a fully articulating LCD. The quality in 4K is very good given enough light, with minimum rolling shutter.

There's a substantial 1.25x crop in 4K

Where Panasonic dropped the ball is when it made the decision to not use the full sensor area for capturing video. Because of that, there's a substantial 1.25x crop in 4K, which means that if you want wide-angle footage, you're going to need a specialty lens. Video quality also takes a hit, especially when compared to cameras that oversample, such as the Sony a6400 and Fujifilm X-T30.

Photo by Jeff Keller

Sports and wildlife

While it's not a camera you'd want for heavy duty sports and wildlife photography, the G95 can do it, with some limitations. It has great out-of-camera JPEGs, fast autofocus, plenty of direct controls and a larger-than-average electronic viewfinder. The body is weather-sealed, just in case the weather is less pleasant, and an optional grip makes it easier to hold with a long lens attached.

If you need a fast burst rate, the G95 may disappoint

Speaking of lenses, Micro Four Thirds cameras have a 2X crop factor, so even modestly telephoto lenses have a long reach. Serious sports and wildlife photographers will find some impressive telephoto zooms, especially from Olympus.

If you need a fast burst rate, the G95 may disappoint, as it tops out at 6 fps with continuous AF. The camera is capable of tracking fairly well, though better options exist. Some may also find the 'wobble' when the camera is focusing to be distracting, as well.

Photo (heavily cropped) by Jeff Keller

Wrap-up

While the Panasonic Lumix DC-G95 (and G90, G91 and G99) is a good all-around camera, it doesn't stand out in any one particular area. It can handle everyday shooting and things like travel and casual photography with ease.

However, for situations where resolution and high-speed shooting are requirements, it's not the best choice. The same is true for video, due mainly to that 4K crop.

The G95 is certainly worth your consideration, but competitors like the Fujifilm X-T30 and Sony a6400 should not be overlooked.

If you're a G95 owner, we'd love to hear what you use it for in the comments below.

How to Use Vibrant Colors in Photography with Great Success

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How to Use Vibrant Colors in Photography with Great Success

Your camera is capable of capturing intense, true color that is almost everywhere you look. So how hard could it be? Answer: It is actually quite easy to capture color. However, you need to practice a little more awareness when it comes to creating images with that extra “oomph.” Here are a few tips to help you capture vibrant colors in photography.

1. Keep it simple/details

As with other types of photography, simplicity is an art on its own. While details are can be essential too, sometimes scaling back on the amount of details is required. Thus, when working with vibrant colors in photography, your story may have more impact when you include only the key elements as opposed to having too much going on.

How to Use Vibrant Colors in Photography with Great Success

You can achieve simplicity in different ways. The first is by minimizing the number of colors in the frame. Yes, there are instances when many colors work well together in an image, but at other times it gets confusing. You need to direct your viewer’s eyes. Another way to keep it simple is to avoid too many details in your composition. It has the same effect as too many colors. When working with vibrant colors, simple works better.

2. Experiment with color combinations

Starting small is usually better with bolder colors. You can focus on one main color and build from there. When you start adding other colors in, determine if they work well together. Fortunately, you do not have to reinvent the color wheel and have tried-and-true color harmonies to use to your advantage.

How to Use Vibrant Colors in Photography with Great Success

Color harmony is a combination that is visually appealing to the eyes. Some of the options include complementary colors (those directly opposite each other on the wheel) and analogous color (those next to each other).

Both of these harmonies exist in the natural world. A sunset of oranges and blues is an example of complementary colors. Whereas a green tree against the midday blue sky is more along the lines of analogous color. When you are working with color combinations, spend the time to make the final image pleasing to the eyes.

How to Use Vibrant Colors in Photography with Great Success

3. Make colors stand out/playoff

Your scene may be full of color, vibrant and busy. If this is what you want to portray, then all is well. On the other hand, what if there is a subject in that chaos that you want to isolate? You can use color to make that happen. To do so, one of your options is to desaturate/tone down the colors that are not contributing to your subject’s story.

How to Use Vibrant Colors in Photography with Great Success

Another is putting a bright color against a dull one to help it to stand out more. Also, adjusting the hue and lightness of the colors next to your main color can help it pop.

Here are a few easy ways for you to help your colors play off each other:

White Balance

Pay attention to your use of white balance when working with bold and strong colors. Your camera has several white balance options to deal with different lighting situations (Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent, etc.). Each of these affects the overall color of your image. They either move your color to the warmer side (by adding yellow) or to the cooler side (by adding blue). Thus, white balance can enhance your colors or change the hue altogether.

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Note: If you do not want your colors to end up looking too blue or yellow, you have the option of manually adjusting your white balance color temperature.

Saturation

By default, Saturation is used to enhance the color intensity of every color in an image. However, you can use editing software and use Saturation selectively. When trying to make colors play off each other, you can increase the intensity of one color while desaturating other colors in the scene.

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Vibrance vs Saturation (the same level applied)

Vibrancy

When you change the Vibrance in an image, it is a little more specific than Saturation. Vibrance only adjusts the intensity of the duller colors in your image. When playing off colors, this tool can be very effective.

How to Use Vibrant Colors in Photography with Great Success

Conclusion

When working with vibrant colors, be aware of your palette. Keep your compositions simple by minimizing the number of colors and details in your image. Work with the color wheel and learn about the various harmonies that exist. When you pay attention to all the colors in your image, you get a better sense of how they work together. You also understand the way each color affects and plays off the other. Most of all, have fun experimenting while you learn about color!

Do you have other tips for using vibrant colors in photography? Share with us in the comments section!

 

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Street Photographer Attacked on Social Media for Taking Photos in Public

The post Street Photographer Attacked on Social Media for Taking Photos in Public appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Jaymes Dempsey.

Image: Joshua Rosenthal’s Instagram feed.

Joshua Rosenthal’s Instagram feed.

Are you a street photographer?

Have you considered what might go wrong in your line of work?

Most street photographers don’t.

But maybe they should.

Joshua Rosenthal is your average street photographer. He goes out with his camera, photographs people in public places, and posts the photos on his website and Instagram. He does no harm, and nobody is bothered.

Until this past week, when Rosenthal’s actions attracted a lot of attention – and not in a good way.

Rosenthal journeyed to the Ventura County Fair in California. He walked around, taking photos of fairgoers. People noticed, became suspicious, and the police questioned Rosenthal. But doing photography in a public place is not a crime, and so nothing came of it.

According to the police department:

“The subject was contacted by police officers at the Fair on that date and has been contacted again today for questioning. No crime occurred during this incident.”

Rosenthal probably thought that being questioned at the county fair was the end of things; after all, he hadn’t broken the law.

 

So it was most likely a huge surprise when he awoke the next morning to find his name plastered all over social media alongside accusations of pedophilia and of predatory behavior.

As it turned out, a number of fairgoers took videos and photos of Rosenthal at the fair, which depicted Rosenthal snapping images of a young girl. These videos and photos were promptly distributed on social media, capturing intense attention.

One poster writes “Hey moms and dads, beware of this P.O.S. at the fair. He’s going around taking pictures of…little girls, in dresses.”

Another poster compared Rosenthal’s actions to child traffickers, while a third wondered whether he is a “perv.”

Rosenthal was questioned once again by the police but was not arrested. We can be confident that no legal action will be taken against Rosenthal.

Rosenthal has plans, however. He will be reaching out to the ACLU, which deals with civil liberty cases. He explains, “This is more about the First Amendment and doxing than it is about me.” He also apologized to the parents of the girl he was seen photographing.

For all the street photographers out there:

How would you handle this scenario? And how do you handle taking photos of children?

One way to prevent this kind of thing is to ask permission before photographing children. The parents might refuse, and that’s okay; there are plenty of people to photograph in the world!

Another way to protect yourself is to avoid photographing children entirely. As Rosenthal found out, parents are often extremely uncomfortable with their children being photographed, and for good reason. While there are plenty of harmless photographers out there, dedicated street photographers aren’t the only people taking photos of children.

What do you think? Do you have any tips for avoiding these difficult situations? Do you feel comfortable photographing children?

Leave a comment below!

The post Street Photographer Attacked on Social Media for Taking Photos in Public appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Jaymes Dempsey.

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