Will Burrard-Lucas Went on a Quest to Find a Rare Black Leopard in Africa

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“At night, it was always the black leopard’s eyes that struck me,” Will Burrard-Lucas remembers. “In fact, he was usually completely invisible in the black of night, except for his eyes reflecting brightly in my torch beam.” The wildlife photographer saw his first spotty leopard in Tanzania at the tender age of five. Just over thirty years later, he stood face-to-face with a rare black leopard in Laikipia, Kenya. With the thrum of crickets and the occasional call of a rock hyrax filling the air, their eyes met for just an instant before the panther slinked away in the dark. 

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Canon Reportedly Charges Customers for Repair of Flawed Lenses With Known Issues

Canon Lens Upgrade Path

Canon Lens Upgrade Path

Last week we found out the Canon 1D X and 1D C were having autofocusing issues in subfreezing temperatures. Now Canon Rumors has uncovered another set of internal documents that claim Canon is charging customers for repairs on lenses and camera bodies with known issues. The same source that tipped off Canon’s freezing camera problems alleges that the Japanese camera company is charging customers $250-$450 for these repairs out of warranty.

Canon Rumors received several documents that cover various Canon lenses and camera bodies. Supposedly there’s even a glut of documentation on the EOS-1D X mirrorbox alone. The most damning thing about this whole situation is Canon, allegedly, is not fully disclosing the design flaw to the customer and simply passing the bill to them.

While this all sounds really weird, it is also quite unnerving.

Via Canon Rumors

The RadioPopper PX System is Now Compatible with the Canon 1D X

RadioPopper TX Transmitter

RadioPopper has just released a firmware update for their PX system, making it compatible not only to Canon’s flagship DSLR, the 1D X, but also to the Nissin Di866 Mark II speedlight in both the Canon and Nikon version. Only the Canon version of the Di866 II can be used with both transmitters and receivers, though, and can act as both master or remote device. The Nikon version of the Di866 II can only be used as a remote device with the RadioPopper PX system. Continue reading…

Quick Look: Canon 1D X

I want to take a different approach to playing with the Canon 1D X in this First Impressions and in the final review to follow. You see, I did not have any professional shoots planned while I was loaned the camera and I’m not the type of guy to go take pictures of city streets just to test a camera. That works for some people, not for me.

What I want to do is talk about adapting to, and getting the most out of, the Canon 1D X if you are upgrading from a lesser model. Let’s face it, this First Impression is not going to give new info to the seasoned wedding or sports photographer. They already know what gear they will buy (or have their company buy for them). I want to answer the question, “Is it really worth the cash, if I were to stretch my budget and buy one?”

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Editing Video in Adobe Lightroom 4 Beta: Canon’s Cinestyle Color Profile

Various rundowns and impressions have been posted over the internet on the impressions of Adobe Lightroom 4 Beta so far. For me, I wanted to see how the new video editing interface worked. This came after downloading the Technicolor Cinestyle Color Profile for my Canon 5D Mk II. To be quite honest with you, I don’t see why I couldn’t have just manually set the color, saturation, contrast, and sharpness settings myself. However, I do see how it allows the user to have more latitude with their editing providing you’ve got a working knowledge of color theory.

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Hands On: Canon 1D X

Tonight, I was able to receive hands on time with the newly announced Canon 1D X DSLR camera. This is Canon’s top notch professional level DSLR. We previously wrote about all you really need to know about the camera. So is it worth trading in your Canon 5D Mk II for?

Note: I was dealing with a pre-production unit. Also, thanks to Eric Reagan at Photography Bay for holding the camera in front of his face for me. I used to work for Eric, so you should check his site out as well.

Be sure to also check out the rest of our upcoming Photo Plus 2011 Coverage here and on our Facebook.

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