Deal Alert: Canon 7D at Buy.com for $1428

Canon 7D Sale

Buy.com has got the Canon 7D for a good $100 to $175 less than any other legitimate sites have right now. Its around $1600 at B&H, Adorama and Amazon.com currently.

At $1428, this is a heck of a deal on the Canon 7D right now.  Free shipping is included.  The deal lasts through August 21 . . . or whenever it sells out.

You can find the 7D here on Buy.com.

Canon 7D: From Snapshots to Great Shots – New Book

Nicole Young‘s new book just launched -  Canon 7D: From Snapshots to Great Shots.

This book has one goal: to teach Canon 7D owners how to make great shots using your camera. Starting with the top ten things you need to know about the 7D — charging your battery, setting your ISO, reviewing your photos, and more — professional photographer Nicole S. Young then carefully guides you through the modes of the camera, offering practical advice on choosing your settings, expert shooting tips, and end-of-chapter “challenges” to get you up and running with your 7D. This book is for anyone who has upgraded from a point-and-shoot, or who wants to jump right into photography with the control and capabilities of a powerful DSLR. - Peachpit

Canon 7D: From Snapshots to Great Shots is available for $24.99 retail; however, you can find it at Amazon for $16.49 at the time of this post.

Congrats on the new book Nicole!

HeliVideo Provides Unique Aerial Video With a Canon 7D

Eric Austin has cooked up the above contraption, which is an electric, radio-controlled helicopter with a Canon 7D mounted on it.  With his HeliVideo he’s providing his commercial clients with unique still and video shots.

DIY Photography has a nice little Q&A session with Eric if you want to read more about it.

TIPA Awards 2010 Roundup

TIPA Awards

The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), which is made up of an international consortium of photo magazine editors, recently voted on the best imaging products of 2010.  Below, you’ll find the categories and picks for the 2010 TIPA Awards. [Read more...]

Switronix Powerbase 70

Switronix Powerbase 70

Switronix, maker of a variety of video accessories for HDDSLRs, has introduced the Powerbase 70, which will be on display at NAB 2010.  The Powerbase 70 is a dedicated accessory for the Canon 5D Mark II and 7D and provides up to 6x runtime thanks to its 14.8v battery pack.

More details in the press release below.

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Canon EOS MOVIE Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro

Canon 1D Mark IV

The Canon EOS MOVIE Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro is a plug-in currently in development that is intended to allow footage from EOS DSLRs to be edited more quickly and easily in Final Cut Pro.  The plug-in will be introduced in a free Beta release in March 2010.

Key features of the plug-in includes the enabling of the “log and transfer” of footage from the 5D Mark II, 7D and 1D Mark IV.  Moreover, the plug-in converts Canon EOS DSLR footage to Apple’s ProRes 4:2:2 at twice the speed of what you get out of the box with Final Cut Pro.  Adding timecode, reel names and metadata to footage will also be a faster and smoother task.

Stay tuned for updates on the availability of the EOS Movie Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro.

Canon EOS 7D Review

Canon 7D

The Canon EOS 7D is a 18-megapixel DSLR featuring an APS-C format CMOS sensor.  At the time of its release, the 7D is situated in the EOS lineup between the 50D and the 5D Mark II.

The Canon 7D brings a number of improvements and new features to the Canon prosumer lineup.  Taking these advancements into account, Canon has finally produced a DSLR whose specs outshine its Nikon counterpart – in this case the Nikon D300s. [Read more...]

Canon 7D as a Video Camera

You knew the Canon 7D could capture video, right?  The better question is whether you know how to take advantage of this capability.

In case you missed it, Chad Mumm of Engadget posted a nice little piece on his impressions of the Canon 7D as a filmmaking tool.  Chad’s the video producer over at Engadget and he clearly knows a little more than the average bear when it comes to shooting video.  He’s also got some great advice about working with mics and sound.

His points will largely apply to the Canon 5D Mark II as well.

So, if video DSLRs are your thing, you might want to check out Mumm’s word on the 7D.

Sony A850, A900 & Canon 5D Mark II ISO Comparisons

Sony A850, Sony A900, Canon 5D Mark II

The Sony A850 is the newest full frame DSLR from Sony.  It’s based largely on the Sony A900; however, its a couple of notches below on feature sets.  Since the A850 uses the same 24.6-megapixel sensor as found in the A900, we shouldn’t expect any real difference in image quality between the two.

Although, comparing these two cameras to the Canon 5D Mark II, which is the current prosumer state of the art for low-light performance, is another story.  You’ll also see some Canon 7D samples at higher ISOs for the sake of comparing a crop-sensor camera to these full framers.  To see how the Sony A850 and A900 stack up, read on. [Read more...]