Canon Launches Blog & Camera Bundles For First Total Solar Eclipse in 99 Years

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Set your calendars, America. For the first time in 99 years, a Total Solar Eclipse will be crossing the entire United States -- from Oregon to South Carolina -- on August 21, 2017 (it's also the first time a Total Solar Eclipse has crossed any portion of American soil in 26 years).

In honor of these historic and exciting photographic times, blogs like Steve's Digicams and camera manufacturers like our friends at Canon will be doing their darnedest to inform, educate, and prepare anyone who wants to capture the celestial festivities.

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INFORMATION & EDUCATION

While much of the United States will see a partial version of the August 21, 2017 eclipse, the best way to experience up to two full minutes of TOTAL ECLIPSE is to travel to a location where you can stand directly in the eclipse path. For more about locations, including a state-by-state breakdown of timing, check out Eclipse2017.org.

To help get you ready for the big day, Canon has launched a new blog -- A Total Guide to Totality -- as well as series of Canon Live Learning workshops.

Co-written by Canon Explorer of Light Ken Sklute and photographer Dave Henry, A Total Guide to Totality will feature a series of guides, sample images, and How To videos for Beginners, Enthusiasts, Advanced photographers, and everyone in between. The Canon Live Learning workshops will take place Canon facilities around the country, with specifics to be announced in the near future.
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PREPARATION

In addition to planning your travel, you're also going to need to make sure you have the right gear. On the top of this list is some form of EYE PROTECTION (!!!), of course, but for photographers, this means also making sure our current gear is ready to go / will be protected OR picking up some new gear.

Canon has you covered on that front as well, offering both Maintenance Service programs for EOS Digital SLRs and EF Lenses as well as Canon Solar Eclipse Bundles for anyone looking to make an upgrade. To be clear, even if you're not planning to shoot this or an eclipse, it's a good idea to get your gear serviced to ensure you're getting the most accurate imagery possible. 

If you do spring for a Solar Eclipse Bundle, or Kit, they will be available exclusively via http://shop.usa.canon.com/ on May 1st (pre-order now for a discount). Each bundle will include the Hoya PRO ND100000 67mm filter, which -- good for 16 3/5 stops of light reduction & equal to an ND density of 5.0 -- will protect your eyes (!!!) and your camera's image sensor, and many also include a camera bag.

EF 70-300mm IS II USM Solar Eclipse Kit
  • Canon EF 70-300mm IS II USM
  • HOYA PRO ND100000 67mm Filter
  • 58-67mm Stepping Ring
  • $649.99 MSRP

Double Lens Solar Eclipse Kit
  • Canon EF 70-300mm IS II USM 
  • Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM
  • HOYA PRO ND100000 67mm Filter
  • 58-67mm Stepping Ring
  • $949.99 MSRP

EOS 80D Double Lens Solar Eclipse Kit
  • Canon EOS 80D BODY KIT
  • Canon EF 70-300mm IS II USM
  • EF-S 10-18mm IS STM
  • Canon Gadget Bag
  • HOYA PRO ND100000 67mm Filter
  • 58-67mm Stepping Ring
  • $2,199.00 MSRP

EOS Rebel T7i Double Lens Solar Eclipse Kit
  • Canon EOS Rebel T7i 18-55mm IS STM Lens KIT
  • EF-S 55-250mm IS STM
  • Canon Gadget Bag
  • HOYA PRO ND100000 67mm Filter
  • 58-67mm Stepping Ring
  • $1,349.00 MSRP

EOS Rebel T6 Double Lens Solar Eclipse Kit  
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6 18-55mm IS Lens KIT
  • Canon EF 75-300mm
  • Canon Gadget Bag
  • HOYA PRO ND100000 67mm Filter
  • 58-67mm Stepping Ring
  • $899.99 MSRP

PowerShot SX60 HS Solar Eclipse Kit
  • Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
  • HOYA PRO ND100000 67mm Filter
  • Canon Filter Adapter FA-DC67
  • $649.99 MSRP