Canon 70D Video AF Sample and Thoughts

Canon 70D Hands-On

The more I use the Canon 70D to shoot video with full-time AF, the more impressed I am with what Canon has done with its Dual Pixel AF technology. I recently took the 70D in to my CrossFit box for an evening to capture some photos and decided to try some video with it as well.

I basically treated the 70D more like a camcorder instead of how I would normally handle a HDSLR. As it turns out, the 70D does quite well and holds focus about like you would expect a camcorder to. I used the 70D paired with the 18-135mm STM kit lens (the STM focus is for real). Shot with manual exposure and full-time AF.

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DxO Optics Pro v8.3.2 Adds Support for Canon 70D and Sony RX1R

DxO Optics Pro 8

DxO Labs has updated DxO Optics Pro 8 to version 8.3.2, which adds support for Canon 70D and Sony RX1R files. Additionally, DxO Optics Pro 8.3.2 adds several new DxO Optics Modules for 445 new camera/lens combinations in its library.

This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 8, as well as for all photographers who acquired a DxO Optics Pro 7 license on or after September 1, 2012.

Find out more about DxO Optics Pro 8 on the DxO Labs website.

Lightroom 5.2 and Canon 70D Support . . . Any Day Now, Adobe…

Lightroom 5

I expect Adobe to drop the full version of Lightroom 5.2 any day now. It’s been a full month since the Lightroom 5.2 release candidate was made available and preliminary support for the 70D was included.

Those of you looking to work on your Canon 70D raw files can do so with the release candidate. Or, if you have Aperture 3, Apple has already made full support for the 70D available in it.

Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.08 Adds Support for Canon 70D & More

Aperture 3

Apple has issued an update to Digital Camera RAW 4.08, which adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11:

You can download the update from Apple’s website.

Canon 70D Technical Report

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Shipping notices are starting to go out for the Canon 70D from B&H Photo, which means they should start showing up on customers’ doorsteps early next week.

If you haven’t read up on the 70D technical specs and features, you can check out the Canon Camera Museum’s Technical Report that’s now online. Of particular interest is the section on the new Dual Pixel AF system, which I’m looking very forward to trying out.

You can find the 70D Technical Report here on Canon’s website.