Flash Deal: Canon VIXIA Mini Camcorder – $129 (that’s $170 off, B&H )

Canon VIXIAvix2

B&H Photo has a killer deal going on: the Canon Vixia Mini camcorder for ridiculous $129 instead of $299. Limited time offer.

  • Supports Full HD 1920 x 1080p Video
  • Capture Up to 12MP Still Images
  • High-Sensitivity 12.8MP CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC DV 4 Processor & Canon HS SYSTEM
  • Built-In Wi-Fi & Live Streaming Function
  • Canon Movie Uploader & CameraAccess2 App
  • Supports Web-Friendly MP4 Video Format
  • Canon f/2.8 Wide-Angle Fisheye Lens
  • Capacitive 2.7″ Tilting Touch Panel LCD
  • Supports Wide & Close-Up Shooting Modes

Which One Do You Need, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 6D, 1D-X, or 7D Mark II?

Nice 10 minutes video by Jared Polin of FroKnowsPhoto comparing Canon’s high-end DSLRs. It’s a fast paced comparison of features and strengths of the EOS 5D Mark IIIEOS 6DEOS-1D X, and the brand new EOS 7D Mark II. A guide to make the right choice in case you’re on the fence for one of these cameras.

And yes, it’s true what the reviewer says: all the full-frame DSLRs we mentioned will get replaced in 2015 😉

7d2

[via FroKnowsPhoto]

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM in Stock at B&H Photo ($149)

EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM

B&H Photo notified me that they have a limited stock of the new Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake, the lens selling for $149. This EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM offers a lot of bang for the bucks.

  • EF-S Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 38mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Optimized Lens Coatings
  • STM AF Motor Supports Movie Servo AF
  • Micro-Stepping Drive Aperture Mechanism
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Override
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Slim Design Measures Less Than 1″-Thick

Canon Patent For 70-400mm f/4.5-7.2 STM Lens For EOS M System

EOS M

Another patent for an EF-M lens that could go to market sooner or later. The fact that Canon is filing patents for EF-M lenses is a sign they are still committed to the system.

Egami (translated) spotted the patent. It’s a 70-400mm f/4.5-7.2 STM telephoto lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras, in the Canon world that’s the EOS M system (rumored to see a new entry soon).

Such a telephoto lens would allow Canon to catch up with the competition. All major mirrorless system manufacturer have telephoto lenses with similar range in offering. However, note that the patent does not refer to image stabilisation on the lens. Could be pretty difficult to shot shake-free at full extension and while hand-holding the camera.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-228734
    • Published 2014.12.8
    • Filing date 2013.5.23
  • Example 3
    • Zoom ratio 5.58
    • The focal length f = 69.59-251.52-388.00mm
    • Fno. 4.68-6.30-7.00
    • Half angle ω = 11.11-3.11-2.02 °
    • Image height 13.66mm
    • Overall length of the lens 155.01-227.97-240.02mm
    • BF 15.81-37.15-46.87mm
    • Inner focus
[via Egami]