December 1, 2013
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Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Review (ephotozine)

Sigma 24-105mm

Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM
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ephotozine reviewed Sigma’s latest addition to their “Art” line-up, the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM (in stock since a few days at B&H for $899). They highlight the pros of the lens:

  • Excellent sharpness throughout the zoom range
  • Good build quality
  • Constant f/4 maximum aperture
  • Effective optical stabilisation

The Canon equivalent, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM costs a bit less (actually: $635 on eBay). We have to wait for a direct comparison to see which one is better. In their conclusion ephotozine writes:

With their latest lens releases, Sigma appear to be changing their past image of a manufacturer of lenses that are less expensive than the major camera manufacturers, instead concentrating on lenses that deliver performance to rival the best available.

This lens certainly is capable of producing outstanding clarity, at a price that is comparable to those of camera manufacturers own lenses. It should certainly be considered as a viable alternative if you’re in the market for a lens of this specification.

The review comes with test charts and sample pics.

November 30, 2013
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Update ($1799) – Black Friday: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II – $1899 (after MIR)

Update: Amazon has the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II for $1799 (click here). After having added the item to the cart the price is $2099, after a $300 mail-in rebate it is $1799. Unbeatable.

Adorama has the excellent Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II for $1899 (click here) after $300 mail-in rebate.

Check all Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals at
Amazon | Canon Direct Store | Best Buy | eBay | Adorama | DigitalRev | B&H

 

November 30, 2013
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Canon EOS 6D – The King of Low Light Photography

Low Light Photography
Canon EOS 6D
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Photographer David Kingham, specialised in night and astronomy photography, made a comparison between the Canon EOS 6D and the Nikon D600. The comparison aims to see which DSLR is performing better in low light photography (read: night photography), and that means to see which one produces less noise when ISO settings are pushed up. The EOS 6D is known to be a low light champion, and to have a remarkable low noise production (less than the EOS 5D Mark III) even with high ISO settings. David Kingham’s review confirms that. A Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 was used for the tests.

The comparison starts with ISO 6400, and the EOS 6D already is superior to the Nikon (which also produces some weird colour casts).

Low Light Photography

But it is with the high ISO settings that the EOS 6D shows all of its magic. The following pic (ISO 25600) has the shadow areas pushed to +100 in Lightroom, to see how much detail can be pulled from the shadows (and with how much noise).

Low Light Photography

Again, the EOS 6D has a “significant advantage”. There is an important consideration about dynamic range to keep in mind, and I think David Kingham got the point:

[...] the dynamic range on the D600 is supposed to be light years ahead of the 6D? An important thing to keep in mind when looking at dynamic range numbers is that they test at ISO 100, this has no translation to ISO 6400. So yes, the D600 will be better at ISO’s up to 400 or so, but after that the 6D is king.

Period. Unfortunately this is so often forgotten. Be sure to head over to David Kingham posts to see all pictures in original size, so you can see and judge on your self. But let me state it clearly: the Canon EOS 6D is the undiscussed low light king among full-frame DSLRs. Period again. :-) David’s conclusion:

The high ISO capabilities of the Canon 6D are remarkable. I can see myself regularly shooting at ISO 12,800 when needed. With this body it is plausible to shoot with an f/4 lens! I wouldn’t recommend that necessarily, but if you already have f/4 lenses and are looking to get into night photography for a very affordable price…this is your answer. The colors produced by the 6D are consistently better to my eye.

Some good EOS 6D Black Friday deals can be checked here.

[via David Kingham Photography]

 

November 29, 2013
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Big Black Friday Canon Deals Round-Up (continuously updated)

Black Friday Canon Deals

Check all Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals at
Amazon | Canon Direct Store | Best Buy | eBay | AdoramaDigitalRev | B&H

The post is updated with new deals when they go live, the latest Black Friday Canon deals (updated as soon as the deals are available, latest deals on top):

Please note: most of the shown prices will show up either after having added the item to the cart or after checkout.

It’s Black Friday folks, and I have all the links to the cool Canon discounts you are looking for. Below you find a selection of the most interesting deals, but you can check all the items that are on offer clicking the following shop names:

Amazon | Canon Direct Store | Best BuyeBay | Adorama | DigitalRev | B&H

In particular you may be interested in…:

Canon Direct Store (all deals)

 

Amazon (all BF deals)

  • Sandisk memory cards on sale – click here
  • Canon PowerShot A1400, 16.0 MP, 5x Digital Image Stabilized Zoom, 28mm Wide-Angle Lens and 720p HD Video Recording - $69.99 (click here).
  • Canon PIXMA MG5420 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier - $49.99 (click here)

 

eBay (all BF deals)

  • getitidigital has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III for $2,870.48 (click here)USA model & warranty, free shipping.
  • bigvalueinc (98.8% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 6D for $1400 (click here). New item, original box, free shipping.
  • bigvalueinc (98.8% positive ratings) has the Canon Rebel T3i w/ 18-55mm IS II lens for $399.99 (click here). New item in original box, free shipping.
  • Again bigvaluinc has the Rebel T3 with 18-55mm IS II lens for $299.99 (click here). New item in original box, free shipping.
  • Adoramacamera on eBay (99.8% positice ratings) has refurbished Canon EOS 7D for $799.99 (click here)Refurbished by Canon, 1 year warranty. Free shipping.
  • Adoramacamera again: refurbished Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS for $689 (click here). Same conditions as above.
  • blutekusa (99.4% positive ratings) has the Canon Rebel SL1/EOS 100D with 18-55mm IS STM lens for ridicolous $399.99 (click here). New item, free shipping.

 

Adorama (all BF deals) – they have a lot of Canon deals, bundles with accessories

  • Canon PowerShot G15 on sale – click here
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm F/4L IS Lens, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens, and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake lens , and Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash, 32GB Class 10 SDHC Card, Camera Bag – $4399 (click here) instead of $5396, plus 2% reward.
  • Canon EOS 6D with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens, and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens, and Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash, 32GB Class 10 SDHC Card, and Camera Bag – $2949 (click here) instead of  $3896,  plus 2% reward.
  • Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens, and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens, and Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash, 32GB Class 10 SDHC Card, and Camera Bag – $2149 (click here) instead of $2992.42, plus 2% reward.
  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens, EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III Lens, and EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens, and a Camera Bag, 16GB SDHC Card, USB Card Reader, Tripod, and Adorama Memory Card Case – $859 (click here) instead of $1266.75, plus 2% reward.
  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lns, EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III Lens, and EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens, and a Camera Bag, 16GB SDHC Card, USB Card Reader, Tripod, and Adorama Memory Card Case – $999 (click here) instead of $1466.75, plus 2% reward.
  • Canon EOS Rebel T3, with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens, EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III Lens, and EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens, and a Camera Bag, 16GB SDHC Card, USB Card Reader, Tripod, and Adorama Memory Card Case – $649 (click here) instead of $923, plus 2% reward.
  • Canon EOS Rebel SL1, with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens, EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III Lens, and EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens, and a Adorama Flash, Camera Bag, 16GB SDHC Card, USB Card Reader, Tripod, and Adorama Memory Card Case – $699 (click here) instead of   $1149, plus 2% reward.
  • Canon EOS Rebel T3, with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens, EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III Lens, and EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens, and a Camera Bag, 16GB SDHC Card, USB Card Reader, 69″ Tripod, and Adorama Memory Card Case – $529 (click here) instead of $764, plus 2% reward.
  • Canon EOS 6D with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS, and bonus items: 32GB Card, Camera Bag, Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Inkjet Printer, 50 Sheets Canon 8.5×11″ Photo Paper Pro - $2099 (click here) after $100 instant rebate and $400 mail-in rebate.
  • Canon PowerShot G15 - $299.00 (click here), valid  thru 12/02/2013, regular price is $449
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II - $1799 (click here) after mail-in rebate, valid 11/27/2013-12/03/2013

 

B&H (all BF deals)

  • Canon PowerShot G15 for $299 (click here) instead of $449
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens on sale for $1899 (click here), after $300 instant rebate and $300 mail-in rebate
  • Canon Rebel T3 with 18-55mm IS II and a Holster Bag and a SanDisk 16GB memory card – $399 (click here)
  • Canon Rebel T3 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses, and a Canon bag and a Sandisk 16GB memory card – $449 (click here)
  • Canon EOS 60D with 18-135mm IS STM- $899 (click here) + $49 of free accessories
  • Canon EOS 60D with 18-135mm IS STM and PIXMA Pro-100 printer – $799 (click here), after instant and mail-in rebates.
  • Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS - $1099 (click here) instead of $1399
  • Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM for $749 (click here).

 

November 29, 2013
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Custom Grip For Canon EOS M

EOS M

Want an aluminium made and black finished custom grip for the Canon EOS M? This grip is more pronounced than the original one and should give a better hold with bigger lenses. The grip is sold for $53.51 at Rakuten (check shipping conditions). Mount instructions are provided. Your next weekend DIY project? :-)

[via dc.watch.impress]

EOS M

EOS M

November 28, 2013
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New Firmware Update For EOS C300


Canon EOS C300 (alongside EF Cinema Lenses)

The previous firmware update was discontinued short after release because of a bug that caused colour discrepancies. After having fixed the glitches the firmware update for the Canon EOS C300 is online again with a new release (1.1.1.1.00):

Download Firmware Version 1.1.1.1.00 for the EOS C300
Download Firmware Version 1.1.1.1.00 for the EOS C300 PL

Download the new version of the Instruction Manual for the EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camera
Download the new version of the Instruction Manual for the EOS C300 PL Cinema EOS Camera

The Instruction Manual provides more information on the new features and benefits available in this firmware update.

Please note that we suspended download services for Firmware Version 1.1.0.1.00 that was posted Tuesday November 12, 2013 due to a discrepancy in color balance. We would like to apologize for the inconvenience. Firmware Version 1.1.1.1.00 corrects this color balance discrepancy. Any cameras that are running firmware version 1.1.0.1.00 should be updated to firmware version 1.1.1.1.00.

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