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Meet the local Canon crew

Canon meet upThis month (and next, if you’re in Hamilton) sees a number of opportunities for photographers around the country to meet their local Canon crew, play with gear and perhaps win a prize.

The friendly folk at Canon New Zealand will be doing the rounds in a series of social evenings to meet with the local photographic community and give them a chance to play with the latest Canon gear.

The events, which run from 5pm to 7pm, feature a model and full studio set up at various sites throughout New Zealand, kicking off tomorrow night in Christchurch.

Bring your own gear along or have a borrow of some of Canon’s latest and greatest, plus you’ll be in with a chance to win a Canon Pixma Pro-10 just for showing up – the full cross-country timetable follows:

October 22, Christchurch: Linton Studios, Unit 2, 16 Bernard Street, Addington

October 23, Wellington: FlashDog Studios, 10 Oxford Terrace, Mt Cook

October 30, Auckland: Kingsize Studios, 27 Sackville Street, Grey Lynn

November 19, Hamilton: Canon Branch, 404 Anglesea Street, Hamilton CBD

To RSVP for any of the events just email roadshow@canon.co.nz with the location you’ll be attending in the subject line.

Eyecon deadline extended for October

EYECON WINNERSHigh school and tertiary students have a little more time on the clock to register for this year’s round of the country’s most unique photographic contest, the Canon Eyecon competition.

Entrants now have until October 31 to register for a shot at a prize pack that includes invaluable mentoring experience with some of New Zealand’s top photographers, as well as cash prizes and Canon gear.

For the 2013 edition of the Eyecon competition Canon has opened entry up to Year 12 and 13 photography students as well as adding a filmmaking component to the previously still-based contest.

This year’s mentors – who also judge the competition entries – are Brett Phibbs, Garth Badger, Emma Bass and Lee Howell, each of whom has their own speciality and distinct style says Rochelle Mora, Canon’s manager of consumer marketing communication.

“We know they will pass on a range of priceless experience, skills and advice to this years winner, knowledge that will help guide them through the rest of their career.”

This year’s event comprises three categories – high school photography students, tertiary students and assistants, and a film category also for tertiary students and assistants.

Head to www.canon.co.nz/eyecon for more details on the prizes available, entry criteria and to register – and if you have any young photographers in your life encourage them to enter, it’s not an opportunity to be missed.

Brighten up your lighting skills

workshopWhile the Auckland Festival Photography brings to the city more exhibitions than you can shake a monopod at, it’s not all just looking – there’s plenty of opportunities for doing too, such as a series of workshops to enhance your lighting skills.

Apix Photographic Supplies and Topic Rentals are teaming up for the Festival to provide an extensive programme of lighting workshops throughout June.

Covering Canon and Nikon speedlights as well as Elinchrom studio lights on individual days, the curriculum should have something for everyone wanting to get a bit more proactive with their lighting skills.

The hands-on workshops well be held at Topic Rentals in Newton in small groups to maximise their value, and cost $50 per person per workshop – spaces are limited so email sales@apix.co.nz or call 09 307 3177 to secure a space quickly.

On the day attendees will utilise the selected lighting set-up to photograph live performances; you are advised to bring a memory stick (or buy one there) and can bring your own camera or borrow one from ‘the armory’. Read the rest of this entry »

Hähnel Tuff TTL Wireless Flash Trigger (for Canon)

Hahnel-flash-triggerThe Hähnel Tuffs are, well, tough! Made up of two complementary units: a transmitter that sits on the camera’s hot shoe and a receiver with a hot shoe for the remote flash to sit in. Plug them in, turn them on and the camera is shooting in full Canon TTL mode without even consulting the manual.

They are light but made out of a strong plastic material and covered with a protective and removable silicone rubber cover, giving them a go-anywhere take-anything-you-can-throw-at-them feel. The receiver also acts as a foot for the flash, which means you can sit on a table, shelf or any level surface without extra clamps or accessories.

The buttons and controls are oversize, easily accessed but discrete, which means they are easy to use and don’t get in the way — very well thought through design and details. Read the rest of this entry »

Eyes on Cinema EOS

Cinema-EOS_01This week Canon invited local professional filmmakers, videographers and photographers in both Auckland and Wellington to an evening showcase of the company’s rapidly growing line of Cinema EOS products – D-Photo came along to the Auckland event.

Settling in with a few drinks and nibbles at Grey Lynn’s Kingsize Studios, attendees were treated to screenings of two short films shot on different cameras in the Cinema EOS range, as well as some behind-the-scenes featurettes, before delving into product overviews.

The first short was Man & Beast, a stylish short biopic about scientist and conservation activist Dr Alan Rabinowitz, PhD. The film is a warm, fuzzy story of a young boy who turned to animals for shelter from the teasing of others due to his debilitating stutter, later growing up to become one of the world’s most effective defenders of imperilled wild cat species.

The very engaging short was shot entirely on the C500, Canon’s new headliner in the EOS Cinema range. Putting the powerful camera’s ability to shoot10-bit 4K RAW footage at up to 60fps in the hands of legendary cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth (Fight Club, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) makes for an undeniably sumptuous visual treat. Don’t take my word for it, check out the film below (be sure to switch HD on). Read the rest of this entry »

Canon Powershot SX500 IS Compact Camera – 51

Canon’s PowerShot SX500 IS joins the company’s range of cameras with a fixed zoom, sized larger than the very slim, fit-in-the-back-pocket–style compact, yet smaller and lighter than an SLR.

The SX500 IS has a 30x optical zoom lens, 24mm to 720mm range (35mm equivalent) and weighs 318 grams, the lightest in this series. Comparatively, the Canon SX50H has 50x optical zoom but weighs over 200 grams more and the SX 40HS has 35x optical zoom but is also over 200 grams heavier than the SX500.

Although it is very light the camera’s protruding lens and hand grip make it too bulky to fit in a trouser pocket, though its form is fine for a large jacket pocket.  It has five scene modes, seven autofocus options and captures 16-megapixel images and HD movies. Read the rest of this entry »

Canon EF 40MM F/2.8 STM Lens – 50

Canon’s new standard fixed 40mm lens is so slim and light (just under 3cm protruding from camera body to lens cap edge and weighing 130g) it can slip into a gear bag or pocket with little bother.

The company already has a healthy stack of 50mm lenses on their books, each with wide apertures, like f/1.8, f/1.4 and f/1.2, which might leave one wondering why introduce a 40mm f/2.8 STM lens — what’s its point of difference? The STM signifies it has ‘stepping motor’ technology, designed to smoothly and silently autofocus with cameras constructed with the Movie Servo AF feature, like Canon’s new entry-level EOS 650D, to eliminate ugly whirring sounds generated by autofocus. Canon has also recently produced another STM lens, the 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS. Read the rest of this entry »

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