Yes, the rumours are correct. The new Canon Digital SLR camera, the EOS 5D Mk II, has begun shipping to dealers. Here at Roberts we are going to move through our list as best we can. Please be patient in that quantities are small and demand is high. Keep in mind that there is also a rebate program on Canon lenses and two other Canon digital slr cameras. Roberts also stocks the complete line of Canon digital camera accessories.
› archive for November 26th, 2008
Wired has this. It’s from Rob Galbraith’s site. And, darn it, we’re not going to miss out on talking about it, either. It seems there’ll be some software coming out next month that’ll let you Windows shooters using Canon’s software for tethered shooting to work it by imitating Star Trek captains. No, really. It uses WIndows voice recognition system built-into Windows, and then it uses that to operate the Canon software. The catch? You have to preface all commands with “Computer.” I mean, check out the video:
One of the people here in the office asked us why this’d be useful. Well, other than the ‘awesome’ factor of telling your camera what to do in the most literal way to date, how about the following:
You’re in your studio, your professional studio lighting glaring away like an artifical sun (assuming artificial suns have modeling lamps, that is). Your EOS is on your camera tripod (perhaps one of those Bogen Manfrotto tripods). You’ve got it pointed where you need it, but you’re not sure where you want your lights pointed and your model is getting impatient. Then, in a burse of inspiration, you run your video out to a TV so you can monitor shots in real time and you run over to your lights. You move one and shout for the computer to fire, which it does. You check. Too dark. You tell it to change your aperture and fire again. Perfect. Instant feedback with hands-free operation? Put me down for that.
Alright, I’ve been sitting on this all week while we got our I’s dotted and T’s crossed and now here it is: our Roberts Raw Footage installment about the 5D Mk II. That’s right, we’ve got hands-on footage of the hottest new Canon digital SLR camera’s video mode being shown off. I think at this point there’s nothing else I need to tell you all about this piece of equipment, so I’ll leave it to the video. Embedded below, on our Podcasts page too (though we had to drop the resolution a bit for this one as the original encoding weighed in at 17 MB and took forever to load).
Note: This was shot on a limited time schedule at the end of a very good and busy Canon Day demo, so our presenters didn’t have time for a rehearsal take and everything is on-the-fly. Also, Amanda is a very soft-spoken girl so after our initial introduction you may find it worthwhile to turn the sound up a bit.
We’re still running our list on this. Not on it? Call us at 1-800-726-5544.