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Sigma 85mm F/1.4 on a Canon Rebel XT

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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Canon EF Lens Lineup

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

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon Rebel T5i product images (1 of 9)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 2.8

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.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon Rebel T5i product images (1 of 9)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 2.8

There is a video that will probably go slightly viral and is currently on the top of Reddit’s Photography section, with a rant from a man that is clearly saying there are too many cameras on the market. Amongst the complaints are the fact that both Canon and Nikon have updated last year with lots of new cameras and the fact that him and other people are confused about the new features and which one they should get. We’ve debated the video back and forth in staff emails and while some of us see this as just a troll, there is a lot more behind it than the man’s demeanor.

I’m a former employee of B&H Photo Video Pro Audio and not only did I have to deal with consumers, but other co-workers who had no idea what they should get. People that should have a Rebel instead go for a 5D Mk III for example and people that should be purchasing a mirrorless camera are instead getting a DSLR simply for the Canon or Nikon name. And the major problem is that there isn’t enough clear education on what someone should get or how the features can be used to make one a better photo snapper or a photographer. And to add to this problem, last year we saw a major flood of new products for the simple reason that no one released anything major the year prior due to the natural distasters that took place in Japan and Taiwan.

Many photographers have trouble focusing on shooting when new gear is constantly being released. With today’s tech, we are conditioned/pressured to thinking that we need the newest gear to get the best photos possible. While many of us know this is not true (coming from a guy that just sold his original 5D), there are people out there that are more interested in the gear than the process of creating photographs.

Either way, check out the video below–it’s surely a source of some good conversation. For the record, to this day I still receive loads of emails and Facebook messages asking similar questions that this video incites.

Mike Pouliot contributed to the creation of this post

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon SL1 product images (6 of 9)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 2.8

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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