January 3, 2014
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Warning: Canon EOS 5D Mark III – $2549 (eBay)

Wow, that’s a killer price: Top Rated Plus eBay seller bigvalueinc (99.2% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on fire sale for $2549 (click here). New item in original box, please note the seller’s advice:

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body may come in a kit box. The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for sale is 100% Brand New, Never Used. The lens has been removed from the kit box and sold on a separate listing.

January 3, 2014
Posted in Deals

Last Year’s Holiday Deals Ending Tomorrow (1/4, B&H)

This may be your last chance to get photographic gear at the discounted prices seen during the last holiday sales. B&H Photo will end their discount priogram tomorrow, 1/4/14. You can see all DSLR bundles here, all lens rebates here. Some selected deals:

  • HOT: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II on sale for $1799 after mail-in rebate (compare to $2499) – this might be the last opportunity to get this outstanding zoom at such a bargain price (at least for a while).
  • HOT: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II on sale for $1699 after mail-in rebate (compare to $2299)
  • Canon EF 85 f/1.8 on sale for $319 (compare to $399)
  • Canon EF 50 f/1.4 on sale for $299 (compare to $399)
  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i w/18-55 IS STM on sale for $699 (compare to $899)
  • Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS on sale for $99 (compare to $319)
  • Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM on sale for $149 (compare to $199)
  • Canon PIXMA MX922 Wireless Color All-in-One Inkjet Office Printer on sale for $123 (compare to $173)

January 3, 2014
Posted in Deals

Amazon Germany Blitzangebot: Transcend SDHC 16GB (double pack)

 

51fXTzC1WrL._SY300_ Amazon Germany has Transcend SDHC 16GB memory cards on sale as double package.The offer starts at 2pm German time.

 

January 3, 2014
Posted in News

Best Gear of 2013 (according to dpreview reader poll)

 EOS 70D Review

Canon EOS 70D: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay

Photographic authority dpreview posted the results of their annual “best gear” reader poll. Five categories had to be voted: best lens, best DSLR/SLT, best fixed-lens compact camera, best mirrorless interchangeable lens camera and best enthusiast zoom compact.

The awesome Canon EOS 70D was voted as runner-up in the category “best DSLR / SLT”. Winner is the Pentax K-3. While I am personally convinced that the EOS 70D is the better and more advanced DSLR, the 70D didn’t make it on the first place. However, keep in mind that the 70D was announced last summer. About the 70D dpreview writes:

Canon’s EOS 70D was one of the most technologically interesting DSLRs that we saw last year, thanks to its Dual Pixel AF system, where almost all of the pixels on its APS-C CMOS sensor are used for phase-detection autofocus in live view and movie modes. The results is swift, highly accurate focus in situations where most DSLRs fail to deliver good performance. You clearly have a lot of time for the 70D too, giving it 16.3% of the final vote, just edging ahead of the Nikon D7100 and Df.

The undisputed winner in the category “best lens” is the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM, an amazing lens with a constant f/1.8 over the zoom range:

Garnering more than a quarter of the total votes cast, the Sigma 18-35mm is a convincing winner in this category, and one that attracted a lot of praise in your comments on the poll. A technical tour-de-force, the 18-35mm F1.8 is fast, sharp and affordable, offering APS-C photographers a viable alternative to the kind of bright-aperture standard zooms that have been available to full-frame shooters for a while.

The other results:

See all results here.

January 3, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Canon Announcement on January 9, 2014 – What is Coming?

Canon Announcement

According to DCfever’s facebook page (thanks Frank) Canon will hold an announcement event in Hong Kong on January 9th, 2014, two days after Nikon is also set to make an announcement. The text says (slightly corrected by myself):

Following the earlier news conference in Hong Kong [we] received an invitation [from] Nikon, [and] Canon also immediately [followed with an invitation] thereafter, on January 9 [a] press conference [will be] held [by Canon ...]

We can only speculate what will be announced on 1/9. As you can see in the comments for the Facebook post, speculations are going wild, considering anything from the EOS 7D Mark II to the EOS-1D X Mark II, not to forget a set of lenses.

Actually, no one knows what is coming. After the rumors stating that there will be no EOS 7D Mark II, but, instead, a new APS-C flagship with another name, I do not really expect this DSLR to be announced next week. Same for the lenses, which should be announced later. The latest rumor was about a high end, high resolution DSLR with a hybrid viewfinder, and this one too is set (if the rumor is reliable) to be announced later this year.

The interesting fact is that Nikon will held an announcement two days before Canon. That, indeed, could be a sign of something important coming. Stay tuned.

January 2, 2014
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Canon EOS M is the Second Most Sold Mirrorless Camera in Japan (2013)

Canon EOS M

Source: sonyalpharumors

BCnranking published sales figures for mirrorless cameras and DSLRs in Japan. As you can see in the picture above, the EOS M is the second most sold MILC in Japan with a market share of 9.2%, topped only by the Sony NEX 5R. After all the bad press (not always justified) the EOS M got in the US (mainly) and in Europe, I am happy to see that this little, amazing camera is selling pretty good in Asia. I own an EOS M and I am more than happy with it.

If you look at the DSLR sales figures below, you can see the chart is dominated by Canon (10 DSLRs) and Nikon (8 DSLRs).

Canon EOS M

 

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