April 29, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Canon Working On A New Generation Of Full-Frame Sensors?


Full-Frame Sensors

A new rumor surfaced on the web. CR reports that Canon is working on a new full-frame sensor generation planned for mirrorless and DSLR cameras.

This new sensor generation is said to have lower production costs, and to be easier to produce too. It was also suggested this sensors could  be based on a technology similar to Foveon.

I have no information about this new sensor technology, but in December 2013 I got a rumor that Canon is working on the “biggest change” in their history. Can’t say if it has to do with the rumor reported here. As usual, keep the salt ready.

However, we saw a patent in the past that suggest Canon may working on such a sensor technology.

[via CR]

April 28, 2014
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Hot Deal: Canon Rebel SL1 w/ 18-55mm IS STM – $480

Canon Rebel SL1 Top Rated Plus eBay seller 6ave (99.4% positive ratings) has a super deal going on: the Canon Rebel SL1 (EOS 100D) with the EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens is on sale for just $479.99.Free shipping in the USA. Compare to $599.99 on Amazon.
April 28, 2014
Posted in News

Here Are All The New Samyang Lenses (35mm f/1.4 AE for Canon inclusive)

Here are all the lenses Samyang officially announced today. And yes, they released the 35mm f/1.4 AE lens for Canon mount (spec sheet here) – Samyang’s first lens with electronic contacts for Canon (if I am not wrong).

Samyang press release:

Samyang company announces expansion of its sales portfolio and market release of new photographic and cine lenses. New Samyang 35mm f/1.4 Canon AE, 300mm f/6.3 Mirror DSLR photo lenses and VDSLR series is to be released on April 29th 2014. Samyang 10mm T3.1, 12mm T2.2 and 7.5mm T3.8.

New products branded with Samyang logotype include an interesting 35mm f/1.4 lens with Canon EF mount, the latest version will feature AE (Auto Exposure) function, which was fitted only in lenses with Nikon F mount before. The newest version of the lens that is marked with AE symbol comes with a microprocessor which can electronically confirm the focus value from the body level. The lens’s construction remained unchanged and still ensures a perfect optical and mechanical quality. Samyang 35mm f/1.4 has been designed to work with Canon digital reflex cameras equipped with full-frame and APS-C sensors.

Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AE

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April 28, 2014
Posted in News

Tamron SP 150-600mm Awarded As “Best Expert DSLR Lens” (TIPA)

Tamron SP 150-600mm

The Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens was awarded by TIPA as Best Expert DSLR Lens. TIPA’s motivation:

The Tamron 150-600 mm lens, for full-frame and APS-C DSLRS (with 1.5X magnification factor) incorporates VC (Vibration Compensation, Tamron’s image stabilization technology), a fast USD (ultrasonic silent drive), and eBAND (extended bandwidth and angular dependency) coating, for flare and ghosting reduction. The lens employs 20 elements in 13 groups, with the front group containing 3 ED glass elements. The circular, 9-bladed diaphragm provides exciting bokeh effects and maintains the circular shape even at 2 stops down from maximum aperture. The included SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron uses optical data to correct any distortion, light falloff and chromatic aberrations.

The Tamron sells for $1069 (pre-order for now) and offers a lot of bang for the money. Good sharpness, a great telephoto range, and accurate and quick auto-focus are among the highlights of this lens.

April 28, 2014
Posted in News

Two Videos To Show What You Can Do With A Canon DSLR (EOS 6D and 5D Mark II)

Two videos for you to show what you can do with older gear (5D Mark II) and gear that’s said to be not very suited for video work (6D)

Who said that the Canon EOS 6D is not suited for video work? While it is true that Canon skimped on the Canon EOS 6D (price & specs), their entry-level full-frame DSLR, and that Canon did not push video features in the EOS 6D, there is still people able to show where you can reach with an EOS 6D when it comes to video.

The video above is titled “Happy in La Spezia” (La Spezia is a city in northern Italy). The video was shot by filmmaker Damiano Martino using an Canon EOS 6D and the following lenses: EF 35 f/1.4L, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS, and EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro.

The video below was shot using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (price & specs), the Canon DSLR that changed the game for videographers. The video, shot by filmmaker Xavier Zimbardo, shows a colourful view of the Holi festival in India (also known as Colours Festival). I feature the video not just because it is beautiful, but also because I’ll soon leave for a 3-months trip thru Asia, starting in India, and to show that you can shot amazing videos also when using older gear. The EF 70-200mm f/2,8L IS and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lenses were used.

April 27, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EOS 6D – $1,609


 Canon EOS 6D Top Rated Plus eBay seller 6ave (99.3% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 6D on sale for $1,608.77.Free shipping. Limited quantity.
April 27, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Adobe Lightroom 5 – $110 (B&H Photo)

Adobe Lightroom 5 B&H Photo has Adobe Lightroom 5 (boxed version) on sale for 109.95 instead of $144.95. Both Mac and Windows versions available