Canon sees opportunities in Asian soccer

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Nikkei Asian Review reports:

TOKYO — Canon Marketing Japan hopes to parlay its sponsorship of the J. League, the country’s professional soccer circuit, into a full-fledged business.

It plans to offer services such as brokering sponsorship deals between Japanese companies and foreign soccer clubs, or setting up joint events with foreign teams.

Japanese companies that buy these services would first have to be a sponsor of a J. League team.

Canon Marketing will help make introductions between Japanese companies and soccer clubs in other Asian countries. Sponsorship arrangements could help Japanese companies raise their profiles in specific countries.

Read the report…

Price drops for refurbished gear at Canon Store (EOS 80D at $799)

Price Drops For Refurbished Gear At Canon Store (EOS 80D At $799)

Some of the refurbished gear at the Canon Store got additional discounts. All refurbished items from the Canon Store come with 1 year Canon US warranty.

More interesting deals on refurbished cameras:

All refurbished listings:

New instant rebates on several Canon lenses (Adorama)

New Instant Rebates On Several Canon Lenses (Adorama)

Adorama has new instant rebates on many Canon lenses (link to all listings). All below ship free and include free accessories, a few of the deals include free tripods as noted below.

Have a look:

  • Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens on sale at $129
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM AF Lens on sale at $299
  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens on sale at $319
  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens on sale at $399
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens on sale at $1,399 (Includes Free Vanguard 263AB-100 3-section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 QR Bullhead)
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens on sale at $1,699 (Includes Free Vanguard 263AB-100 3-section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 QR Bullhead)
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens on sale at $1,899 (Includes free Vanguard 264AB-100 4-section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 QR BallHead)
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Zoom Lens on sale at $1,899 (Includes free Vanguard 264AB-100 4-section Aluminum Tripod with SBH-100 QR BallHead)
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero D Lens Review (D. Abbott)

Venus Optics Laowa 12mm F/2.8 Zero D Lens Review (D. Abbott)

Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero D: B&H Photo | Adorama

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Rectilinear Design, Low Distortion
  • Frog Eye Dust & Water-Repellent Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Floating Optical Design
  • Built-In Petal-Shape Lens Hood

Reviewer and photographer Dustin Abbott posted his final review of the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero D lens. The “zero D” stays for “zero distortion”. Can he Laowa hold up to the promises?

Dustin calls the fully manual Laowa a “classic, extraordinarily well-made lens” that feels a lot like a classic Zeiss lens. Dustin’s reviews always come in two versions, you can enjoy the videos below (the first one is the full review), or you can head over to Dustin’s site and go for the written review with many sample pictures. In the conclusion he writes:

This is a very intriguing lens.  That extremely wide focal length is both challenging and yet inspiring.  Laowa has been able to engineer a lens with a fabulous build quality and compact size that I find personally very appealing.  They’ve also managed to minimize the potential optical shortcomings of such a lens and produce a very well rounded result.  The Zero D isn’t necessarily exceptional at any one thing save the incredibly low distortion, but neither is it bad in any area.

Dustin says that “the zero distortion claim pretty much holds up in real world shooting” and that the Laowa has a “good flare resistance, chromatic aberration control, and resolution”. At $949, the Laowa sounds like a winner.

Laowa 12mm f/2.8

Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero D: B&H Photo | Adorama

Canon Rebel T5i with 2 lenses & PIXMA PRO-100 bundle deals going on, starting $429 (after $350 MIR, Adorama)

Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

These two bundle deals deserve your attention, if in any case you are looking on the market to get a good Canon DSLR entry level deal. Both deals get $350 mail-in rebate (instructions).

Canon EOS Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Bundle on sale at $429 after $350 MIR, the bundle comes with:

  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens – USA
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  • Canon LU-101 Photo Paper Pro Luster, 13×19″, 50 Sheets
  • Canon EOS Shoulder Bag (Black)

Next, there is this bundle:

Canon Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Bundle on sale at $529 after $350 MIR, the bundle comes with:

  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens – USA
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets
  • Canon EOS Shoulder Bag (Black)

If you’re comfortable with mail-in rebates, then these two deals are for you

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II review (Photozone)

Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS II Review (Photozone)

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount L-Series Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to 22
  • Four GMo Aspherical Elements
  • Air Sphere Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus; Full-Time MF Override
  • Zoom Lock Switch; Fluorine Coating
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant Construction
  • Rounded 10-Blade Diaphragm

After LensRentals’ not so exciting MTF figures on the new Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II, we have another review by lens reviewing authority Photozone, which also doesn’t really praise this lens.

While Photozone confirms the good build quality of this “L” grade lens, they are pretty disappointed by the overall performance. From the conclusion:

Let’s be honest – the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 USM L IS (mk I) was not the greatest lens Canon ever produced. Unfortunately neither is the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 USM L IS II. While there are differences on detail level, the performance is roughly similar which is a little depressing given all the years that passed by since the mk I was designed. 50 megapixels are a torture ground for all lenses but it’s too much for the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 USM L IS II really. The center quality is sufficient but the corner quality just isn’t there at the extreme ends. The amount of CAs is acceptable. The lens performs, of course, much better on 21 megapixel cameras with very decent results from f/5.6 at least. However, you have to live with the outlook that the glory ends once you decide to upgrade you camera. […] The quality of the bokeh is comparatively decent for a standard zoom lens at least. Read the review…

In other words: there are no improvements over the predecessor, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS, which at least has a street price of $623, compared to the $1,099 of the new EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II (the price is likely to go down in the next months). Photozone clearly states they “would recommend to skip this lens”.

Price check:

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA