Sigma 85mm F/1.4 on a Canon Rebel XT
While DSLR battery is overall still ahead of mirrorless camera battery life, there are tweaks that you can do to make it last even longer. But this time around, we’re not talking about tweaking the LCD screen settings or anything like that. Photographer Chris Winter came up with a cool hack involving an external battery that mounts into the hot shoe and fools the camera completely.
In the video below, he explains how he used a DC coupler to trick the camera into thinking that it was plugged into a battery or power source of some sort. With that in mind, he hooked the camera up to an external battery that provided power via that type of terminal. What he found in real life use is significantly extended battery life.
Granted, at the same time he put a giant battery around the size of a portable hard drive on top of the camera. Another option would be to get a battery grip (many third parties make them) that stores two batteries. If you don’t mind having a giant battery on top of your camera though, then this shouldn’t be a major problem at all. Just remember to get arms for the camera to allow you to mount other accessories.
A solution like this is best for DSLR videographers over photographers unless you’re using the Live View LCD screen. Overall, it’s an excellent solution for photographers shooting a timelapse.
Chris’s video on How to Increase Your DSLR Battery Life is after the jump.
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Canon has been unusually quiet so far for the year, but today they’ve announced two new lenses. The first is an alternative to their 16-35mm f2.8 L–which is first and foremost an f4 lens. Canon has also added in image stabilization of up to four stops. Plus there is weather resistance in the design. Additionally, the new 16-35mm f4 L IS boasts a nine blade aperture, three aspherical elements, two UD elements, and was designed to have an emphasis on creating high contrast images. That’s perfect for architectural shooters.
The closest it can focus is 11 inches away. Being an L lens, it is also obviously a full frame option.
But that’s not all Canon announced today.
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It’s not a secret that digital camera sales are nowhere as high in 2013 as they were in the years before. With the market being pretty much saturated, fewer consumers opt to buy new products, especially as the speed of technological progress appears to be slowing down. International Data Corp had to correct a positive two-digit growth prognosis for the interchangeable lens camera market in the year 2013 to a negative two-digit decline prognosis.
In the face of these developments, Canon decided to focus more on the surveillance tech market, in which they aim to achieve sales of $1bn by 2016. With its lens and sensor technology, the company thinks it is well suited to become a major player on that market. Canon’s CEO Mitarai claims that, “security cameras are going to become an important pillar for us. We’ve already made it a separate division, and think that the global market has limitless possibilities for growth.”
So what are we going to see next? Surveillance cameras sporting huge, white L lenses at every street corner? Hopefully not. We’d rather have this rumored Medium Format camera instead.
Via Reuters via Canon Rumors
Canon’s latest APS-C sensored SLR cameras, the mid-level T5i and the entry-level SL1, are already supported by Magic Lantern, the firmware that vastly extends your EOS camera’s capabilities. Magic Lantern just announced compatibility with these two cameras on their facebook page. Some of the enhancements you’ll get are easy import of your video into Premiere Pro and After Effects, and an ETTR recording mode that protects the highlights from getting clipped. At the moment, the ML release for the T5i and SL1 is not stable yet, but they’re working on it. In the meantime, you can head over to Magic Lantern’s website and take a look at what else they have to offer, or read into Magic Lantern in case you’re unfamiliar with the product.
Via Canon Watch.
Earlier this month, we were able to spend some personal fondling time with the highly rumored Canon Rebel SL1. Yes, it’s true. It’s tiny–it’s really tiny. Canon specifically stated in our meeting that they’re targeting this camera towards women and it will be available at retailers everywhere–even Walmart.
As far as specs go, this lil’ DSLR seems to be even better spec’d than its bigger brother–the Canon T5i (also announced today.)
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