August 7, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Rumor: New Tidbits About the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

7D Mark II

Another Canon EOS 7D Mark II rumor surfaced on the web. It says that the 7D II will sport a sensor that is a derivative of the sensor featured on the Canon EOS 70D. Same Dual Pixel CMOS AF but the sensor is optimized for higher signal transmission speed and video image quality. Not much has changed for the murmured specs:

  • ~20MP APS C
  • 12 FPS possible – target is 10
  • Video quality – ‘limited by marketing’
  • ISO 100-25600
  • ‘New’ AF system

The final specs will be set after Canon has seen how the EOS 70D is accepted from customers/the market. The rumor also states that the sensor of the 7D II could easily beat the C100 and C500, but will be crippled down to not do so. Announcement date is still said to be in 2014.

[via NL]

August 7, 2013
Posted in Reviews

What Are The Lenses Needing Repair Most Often, and Who is Fastest to Repair? (lensrentals stats)


LensRentals published an impressive survey on statistical data regarding the repair of lenses and gear. Canon and Rokinon lenses are the lenses that need repair most often. But then: no one beats Canon as far as it concerns how long you have to wait for your repaired gear. Recommended reading.


August 7, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Rumor: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS Replacement Set to be Announced Soon?

EF 100-400mm


It appears as if Canon might soon announce a new EF 100-400mm lens. The production of the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS may be “coming to an end soon”. The new 100-400mm should go into production at the end of 2013 or beginning of 2014. The rumor also suggests that Canon will not starting production of the new 100-400mm until the production figures for the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x (Amazon | Adorama | B&H) are not in line with demand.

[via CR]

August 7, 2013
Posted in News

Interview With Optical Engineer That Made the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 and 18-35mm f/1.8 Lenses

35mm Comparison

Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG
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Thanks Mark. lenstip published a long interview with the optical engineer that designed the outstanding Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM (price & specs) and Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM (price & specs) lenses. The interview comes with lots of b&w images that appear to represent Sigma’s laboratories. Some excerpts from the interview:

Q:What is more important today: intuition and experience or an access to new software and fast computers
A: We think that both are important. Although it is necessary to use machines perfectly, we cannot come up with creative ideas if we rely too much on technologies. Sometimes it is necessary to advance it with own judgment while considering about the purpose and results at all times.


Q:At what point do you start thinking about the usage of antireflection coatings? Does an optics specialist think of them already at the beginning of their work or do they just optimize the final product according to the elements used in the construction or their refraction coefficient?
A: We start thinking about the usage of antireflection coatings from the middle stage of the design.


Q:In the case of such a unique construction as the Sigma 18-35 mm f/1.8 which parameter was set as the first? The focal range? The aperture? Or perhaps the image quality was the main priority and you adjusted the rest of parameters accordingly?
A: The project had started with a lens incorporating a maximum aperture of F1.8 and 2x zoom-ratio lens with a focal length equivalent to 50mm in a 35mm format. After some speculation, we decided to produce the 18-35mm f/1.8 lens because it seemed to be able to achieve the highest performance with this spec.


Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
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USAdorama | B&H | DigitalRev


August 6, 2013
Posted in News

Surprise, No One Cares About Megapixel, Most Want Better Low Light Perfomance


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That’s what a poll by diyphotography has revealed, 1000 people gave their vote. More than 60% of the voters want better low light performance, approx. 20% wishes a better focusing, and just 1.42% want more Megapixels. Surprised? The poll was started in this post, check the comment section for more discussion.



August 6, 2013
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Posted in Deals

Canon Deals of the Day: Refurbished EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, EOS 5D Mark III, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS, EOS 6D

Canon EF 24-105mm
Adorama on eBay (99.8% positive ratings) has refurbished Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lenses on sale for $279.99 (click here). Refurbished by Canon, 90 days warranty, free shipping. Compare at $699.

Top rated plus eBay seller getitdigital (>43000 ratings, 99.4% positive) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $2,868 (click here). USA model & warranty, free shipping. Compare at $3499. Same seller getitdigital has the Canon EO 6D for $1,666.03 (click here). Free shipping, USA model & warranty.

Great Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS deal: get the lens on Amazon for just $719.99 (click here), compare at $1149.

eBay seller Bigvalueinc (98.2% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 6D on sale for $1,664.85 (click here). Free shipping.

eBay seller 6ave (99.5% positive ratings) has the EOS 6D for $1,702.69 (click here). The bonus items are: 2 replacement batteries, a compact charger, a case, and a pretty useless no-name 32GB memory card