Category: Announcements and Info

Panasonic S1 and S1R Now in Rentals!

 By Kaitlyn Kerr

 

We are excited to announce that the new Panasonic S1 and S1R full-frame mirrorless cameras are now in The Camera Store Rental pool as part of our Try-Before-You-Buy Program!

You can rent either camera and a 24-105mm lens for three days, free of charge. (Yes, free!) This is a great opportunity to use the camera in a real-world situation, exactly as you would shoot it, and see whether or not it will work for the kind of shooting you like to do. All we need is photo ID and a pre-authorized hold on a credit card, and it’s yours to shoot. (See our rentals policy for more details.)

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Nikon Z Series Firmware Update Has Arrived

 By Evelyn Drake

Nikon Canada is excited to announce the release of Version 2.0 for the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 cameras.

The firmware update includes the following main features:

1) Eye detection AF for still image shooting in AF-S or AF-C. When multiple eyes are detected the user can switch eye the camera can focus, even with multiple human users in the shot. Eye detection AF is added by activating via function A4 once the firmware update is completed.

2) Extension of the low-light AF detection range. The Z 7 will extend the AF detection range from -1 EV down to – 2 EV; the Z6 will go from -2 EV to -3.5EV. In addition, the Z 6 can employee the low-light AF detection range will be extended from -4EV to -6EV.

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Robbery at The Camera Store – staff attacked with bear spray

 By Evelyn Drake

 

This one hurts. A few of our staff were attacked when they tried to recover a camera as it dashed out the door in the hands of a thief.

On Thursday, May 16th, 2019 at approximately 5PM, a Sony A7R III and Sony 16-35mm F2.8 G Master lens was stolen from The Camera Store in Calgary, Alberta. A middle-aged man in a grey jacket, dark pants, light runners, and sunglasses perched on his head. We knew there was something “off” about him since the moment he walked in, and our team was on high-alert.

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Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Announced

 By Kaitlyn Kerr

Canon has announced a brand new RF 85mm F1.2 L USM lens for their full frame mirrorless lineup. The lens is the second lens ever from Canon to use Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) Optics, which minimizes chromatic aberrations in large aperture lenses. This was first used in the EF 35mm F1.4L II lens.

Like the other four lenses of Canon’s RF lineup, the lens has a custom control ring (commonly used to control aperture). The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 0.85m, and is weather and dust resistant, in line with the L-series standard. The lens also uses an Air Sphere Coating (ASC) to reduce lens flare and ghosting issues. It is larger and heavier than its EF counterpart, but we expect to see better image quality and faster autofocus.

The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM is expected to be available in June at a price of $3499.99.

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