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

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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).

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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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March 12, 2014
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Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Video Review

Tony Northrup reviewed the awesome Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens (using a Canon EOS 70D). The video review lasts 23 minutes and comes with lots of comparisons with other lens, sharpness tests and more. If you are on the fence for this phenomenal lens, then the video may deliver the answers you are looking for.

If you want to get an idea how well the Sigma performs, have a look at our coverage of the lens.

The Canon EOS 70D is currently discounted at B&H (up to $200 for the kits). Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Pics and specs after the break.

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March 12, 2014
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Amazon Says The Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II Ships May 9th

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Amazon’s pre-order page for the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II says shipping will start May 9th. That’s a bit later than the “end of April” stated by Canon.

The Canon Powershot G1 X II has been officially announced February 12th, and can be pre-ordered for $799 at Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama.

Specs, description and more after the break.

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March 12, 2014
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Canon Patent For New Macro Lenses With Hybrid IS (180mm, 200mm, 300mm)

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180mm f/3.5 Macro IS

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200mm f/3.5 Macro IS

 

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300mm f/3.5 Macro IS

Egami (translated) spotted another patent filed by Canon, this time for new macro lenses with hybrid image stabilization: 180mm f/3.5 IS, 200mm f/3.5 IS, and 300mm f/3.5 IS.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-41224
    • Publication date 2014.3.6
    • Filing date 2012.8.22
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 1.37
    • Focal length f = 180.03-167.06-131.08mm
    • Fno (3.6-4.8-5.8 actual aperture). 3.6-3.3-2.59
    • Half angle ω = 6.85-7.38-9.37 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 228.39mm
    • BF 68.14mm
  • Example 2
    • Zoom ratio 1.58
    • Focal length f = 198.49-164.7-125.48mm
    • Fno (3.6-4.8-5.8 actual aperture). 3.6-2.99-2.28
    • Half angle ω = 6.22-7.48-9.78 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 231.65mm
    • BF 71.4mm
  • Example 3
    • Zoom ratio 1.92
    • Focal length f = 289.97-213.39-151.33mm
    • Fno (3.6-4.8-5.8 actual aperture). 3.6-2.65-2.21
    • Half angle ω = 4.27-5.79-8.14 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 294.36mm
    • BF 68.05mm
  • Canon patents
    • Inner focus
    • (Part of the fourth lens group) antivibration
    • Supports Shifutobure
    • Floating

 

March 11, 2014
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Canon EOS 70D Deals At B&H Photo

EOS 70D Deals

B&H Photo has Canon EOS 70D bodies and kits discounted at a very good price. All items ship free in the US and get you 2% rewards. Note that the final price shows up when the item is added to the cart:

  • Canon EOS 70D body – $1049 (click here) – compare to $1199
  • Canon EOS 70D + 18-55mm IS STM lens – $1149 (click here) – compare to $1349
  • Canon EOS 70D + 18-135mm IS STM lens – $1249 (click here) – compare to $1549. This kit comes with free accessories:
    • Ruggard Commando 36 DSLR Shoulder bag
    • Watson LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    • SanDisk 16GB SDHC Extreme Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
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