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March 14, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Canon Powershot SX60 HS To Be Released Soon (and some specs)

Canon Powershot SX60

Canon Powershot SX50 HS

From a new source (thanks) comes the rumor that Canon will soon release the successor of the popular Powershot SX50 HS IS (price & specs), the Canon Powershot SX60 HS IS. The announcement is expected before summer 2014, possibly in the next two months .

There are some new tidbits on the specification front. The Canon Powershot SX60 HS is said to have a 15MP sensor, and to get faster on the wide end. While the SX50 has a maximum aperture of f/3.4, the Sx60 HS is rumored to have f/2.8. The SX60 HS is also said to be wider, 20-1200 in 35mm equivalent instead of the current 24-1200. That would be a 60x zoom, and it fits with the naming scheme: the SX50 had a 50x zoom, so it sounds plausible the SX60 might have a 60x zoom. Finally, there should be improvements for the auto-focus (which is already pretty quick on the SX50).

That’s all I have for the time being. Stay tuned for more.

March 13, 2014
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Deal: Canon Powershot G16 – €415/$470

Canon PowerShot G16 Sample Pics

For a limited time DigitalRev has the Canon Powershot G16 on sale for €415/$470. Please note that the price in Euro is computed for Germany, other EU countries may vary but in any case the price is comprehensive of customs and shipment for all EU and Asia customers, US customers have to check customs during check-out (depends by the state).

[via dealsrunner]

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March 13, 2014
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Samyang 24mm f/1.4 Gets Same DxOMark As Canon 24mm f/1.4L II

DxOMark felt the pulse of the manual focus Samyang/Bower/Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 (price & specs), and it turned out the Samyang got the same DxOMark score (31) as Canon’s Ef 24mm f/4L II lens (price & specs). The Canon is sharper and has less distortion but the Samyang produces less vignetting and chromatic aberration are better controlled at all apertures.

From the conclusion:

Although the Samyang is a phenomenal performer, when stopped its sharpness wide open doesn’t match that of rival high-speed designs. Given the modest pricing [$669] it will no doubt continue to be a popular model but it would be all the more attractive with the addition of automatic aperture control and perhaps AF-assist (though it’s often unreliable without experience). There’s another, often overlooked benefit from the inclusion of data transmission – EXIF data stored in Raw files could be used by third-party software suppliers to apply lens corrections. Future updates such as these would seem likely but for now the Canon mount version is overshadowed by the better performing rivals.

It is up to anyone to know if a manually operated lens like the Samyang is ok for their needs. The optical performance is very good and if you have at last a minimum of photographic experience, then this lens shouldn’t be a problem at all.

Samyang/Bower/Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay
Canon’s Ef 24mm f/4L II price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay

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March 12, 2014
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Deal: Canon EOS 6D w/ 24-105mm f/4L IS – $1999 (B&H and Adorama)

Canon EOS 6D

Both authorised Canon resellers B&H Photo and Adorama again have the Canon EOS 6D kit with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens on sale for just $1999 (B&H or Adorama). This is an exceptionally good price for this kit. Compare to regular $2399 on Amazon. Be also sure not to miss these phenomenal EOS 70D deals.

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March 12, 2014
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Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM “Art” Review (Photography Blog)

Sigma 30mm f/1.4

Photography Blog reviewed the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM “Art” lens (price & specs) for full-frame APS-C DSLRs (45mm on APS-C). While this is one of Sigma’s recent lenses that get one good review after the other, the 30mm doesn’t convince on all fronts. Build quality is au pair with the Sigma 35mm (price & specs) and 18-35mm f/1.8 (price & specs) lenses. The Sigma 30mm appears to suffer from chromatic aberrations and is not fully sharp in the edges (you have to stop down to f/4 for good results). However, still a great lens at a competing price ($499).

From the conclusion:

The Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC A lens [...] offers acceptable sharpness wide-open at f/1.4 [...], excellent build quality, lovely bokeh and fast and quiet auto-focusing, all at a surprisingly affordable price.

The Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC A is tack-sharp in the centre from f/1.8 onwards, although you need to stop down to f/4 to get acceptable results at the edges of the frame. Disappointingly the lens does suffer from serious chromatic aberrations when shooting wide-open, along with obvious vignetting and some barrel distortion too.

There is also a set of sample pics shot with the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 and a Canon EOS 70D (price & specs).

[via PB]

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March 12, 2014
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Canon Deals: EOS 6D, EOS 60D, EOS 5D Mark III, Speedlite 90EX

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A bunch of good deals on eBay.

  • Top Rated Plus seller pmidigital (100% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 6D on sale for $1,598.75. Authorized Canon reseller, free shipping in the US.
  • seller focuscamera (99.1% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 60D on sale for $579.99. This in an authorised reseller
  • Top Rated Plus seller getitdigital (99.4% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $2,819.94USA model & warranty, free shipping in the US
  • Top Rated Plus seller 6ave (99.3% positive ratings) has Canon Speedlite 90EX on sale for $49.99. Free shipping in the US.
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