September 2, 2014
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Canon Celebrates 80th Anniversary Of Kwanon (Canon’s first camera)

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Canon press release:

Canon celebrates 80th anniversary of Kwanon, Company’s first camera

TOKYO, September 2, 2014—Canon Inc. commemorated today the 80th anniversary of the birth of Japan’s first 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera, dubbed the Kwanon, which was produced in prototype form in 1934.

The engineers who created the camera decided to name it after Kwannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, hoping the deity would share her benevolence as they pursued their dream to produce the world’s finest camera. The camera’s lens, called Kasyapa—after Mahakasyapa, a disciple of Buddha—also took its name from Buddhism. Additionally, the top portion of the camera body featured an engraving depicting the thousand-armed Kwannon.

In 1936, two years after the birth of the Kwanon and following much trial and error, Canon launched the Hansa Canon,* its first commercial 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera, thus embarking on the Company’s history as a camera manufacturer.

In 1959, Canon introduced its first single-lens reflex (SLR) camera, the Canonflex, followed in 1961 by the Canonet, an immensely popular rangefinder camera that took the market by storm, selling out an entire week’s worth of inventory in a mere two hours. Following these successes, the Company continued to lead the industry with a range of popular camera models, such as the F-1, a top-of-the-line 35mm SLR camera introduced in 1971, and the AE-1, introduced in 1976, which was the world’s first SLR camera equipped with a built-in microcomputer.

In 1987, following continued technological innovation, Canon launched EOS, the world’s first AF (autofocus) SLR camera to employ a fully electronic mount system. In 1995, EOS marked its entry into the digital era and the lineup continues evolving today. In 2012, the Company released the Cinema EOS System, a lineup of professional digital cinematography cameras and lenses realized through the culmination of various technological innovations centered on optical technologies developed since the Company’s founding. Since its introduction, the Cinema EOS System has contributed to expanding the horizons of visual expression.

Over the 80 years since the birth of the Kwanon camera prototype, Canon, supported by its wide user base, has continuously striven to realize camera and lens technologies to fulfill the Company’s never-ending ambition to create the world’s finest cameras. Leveraging the technologies and know-how it has acquired over its history, Canon will continue contributing to the development of the photographic and video imaging culture through its technologies and products designed to satisfy the expectations of a wide range of users.

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September 1, 2014
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Metabones Announces Canon EF Lens to Sony NEX Speed Booster ULTRA

Speed Booster ULTRA

Metabones announced their new Canon EF Lens to Sony NEX Speed Booster ULTRA adapter. The Speed Booster ULTRA sells for $649 and van be purchased at Metabones, where you’ll also find more information and details about the adapter.

Press release:

Sharper corners, less distortion, reduced vignetting 

New optical design:  advanced 5-element/4-group optical design incorporating ultra-high index tanatalum-based optical glass to achieve extraordinary optical performance with improved corner sharpness, distortion and reduced vignetting.

Like the revolutionary original Metabones Speed Booster announced in January 2013, the Speed Booster ULTRA has a magnification of 0.71x, and so it effectively reduces the crop factor of mirrorless cameras with DX-sized sensors, such as Sony E-mount and Fuji X-mount cameras, from 1.5x to 1.07x.  However, the new ULTRA design makes very effective use of exotic materials at the furthest limit of glassmaking technology, and as a result is well corrected for use with virtually all fullframe SLR lenses regardless of exit pupil distance. Thus, the Speed Booster ULTRA performs extremely well with professional-grade f/2.8 zoom lenses such as the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 zooms by Canon and Nikon to produce 17-50mm f/2.0 and 50-142mm f/2.0 high-speed zooms, respectively.  Similarly, high-speed fixed focal length lenses such as a 50mm f/1.2 will be transformed into a 35.5mm f/0.9 lens with excellent contrast and resolution from the center all the way to the edges of the image. (More information can be found in the press release here)

Key Features
  • Increase maximum aperture by 1 stop.
  • Increase MTF.
  • Makes lens 0.71x wider.
  •  Advanced 5-element/4-group optical design incorporating ultra-high index tanatalum-based optical glass by Caldwell Photographic in the USA (patent pending).
  • Electronic integration of aperture diaphragm, controlled by or from the camera body.
  • Partial autofocus support for late-model (post-2006) Canon-brand lenses.
  • Powered by camera body. No external power source required.
  • High performance 32-bit processor and efficient switched-mode power supply.
  • The tripod foot is detachable and compatible with Arca Swiss, Markins, Photo Clam ball heads.

All available versions:

  • Metabones Canon EF-Emount Speed Booster Ultra – (Click here)
  • Metabones QBM-Emount Speed Booster Ultra – (Click here)
  • Metabones Contarex-Emount Speed Booster Ultra – (Click here)
  • Metabones OM-Emount Speed Booster Ultra – (Click here)
  • Metabones MD-Emount Speed Booster Ultra – (Click here)
  • Metabones FD-Emount Speed Booster Ultra – (Click here)
  • Metabones Alpha-Emount Speed Booster Ultra – (Click here)
  • Metabones Alpa-Emount Speed Booster Ultra – (Click here)
  • Metabones Nikon G-Emount Speed Booster Ultra – (Click here)
  • Metabones Leica R-Emount Speed Booster Ultra – (Click here)

Speed Booster ULTRA

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September 1, 2014
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Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III – $2,757

 EOS 5D Mark III  

Top Rated Plus seller getitdigital (99.4% positive ratings) on eBay has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $2,757USA model & warranty.

Free shipping in US and limited quantity.

September 1, 2014
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Super Deal: Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS – $749 (Adorama)

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS

Among the price drops on Canon lenses that went live yesterday, the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS was the lens with the biggest discount (percent-wise). But it gets even better: Authorized Canon dealer Adorama has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS for just $749 after a $250 mail-in rebate (info here).

$749 for this popular and well regarded L-lens, that was officially around $1500 just a few days ago!

September 1, 2014
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New Samyang 50mm T1.5 AS UMC In Action (w/ EOS 5D Mark III)

The video above (by  on Vimeo) shows footage shot with Samyang’s new 50mm T1.5 AS UMC Cine lens mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III. The Samyang can be pre-ordered at Adorama and B&H Photo, the lens sells for $549.

Samyang 50mm T1.5 VDSLR ensures exceptionally smooth and aesthetic mapping for out of focus areas beyond the focal plain, producing the so called bokeh effect. Thanks to the eight-bladed aperture, the subjects located outside the depth of field are shown with extremely smooth features. This feature will be appreciated by professional filmmakers and photographers taking portrait photos.

Samyang 50mm T1.5 AS UMC

 

  • EF Mount Lens/Full Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: T1.5 – T22
  • One Aspherical, One Hybrid Asph. Element
  • Manual Focus and Aperture
  • Geared Focus and Aperture Control Rings
  • De-Clicked Aperture Control Ring
  • UMC Lens Multi-Coating
  • Minimum Focus Distance of 1.5′
  • Lateral Aperture and Distance Markings

 

August 31, 2014
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Permanent Price Drops On Many Canon Lenses (up to $1000!!)

Canon Lenses

Consistent and permanent price drops on many Canon lenses (“L” and non “L”). For some lenses the price drop goes up to $1000. Adorama has a landing page, and most lenses are already discounted on Amazon too.

Below a list with the lenses that got the price drop. Have a look, your next lens may be there:

Prime lenses

  • $40 price drop on EF 135mm f/2.0L USM  – drops from $1089 to $1049 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • $40 price drop on EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM  – drops from $819 to $779 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • $70 price drop on EF 50mm f/1.2L USM  – drops from $1619 to $1549 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • $80 price drop on EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM  – drops from $1579 to $1499 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • $100 price drop on EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM  – drops from $2199 to $2099 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • $100 price drop on EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM  – drops from $1049 to $949 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • $100 price drop on EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM  – drops from $1749 to $1649 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • $110 price drop on EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM  – drops from $2359 to $2249 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • $500 price drop on EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM  – drops from $13999 to $13499 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • $700 price drop on EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM  – drops from $7299 to $6599 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • $1000 price drop on EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM  – drops from $11499 to $10499 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • $1000 price drop on EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM  – drops from $10499 to $9499 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • $1000 price drop on EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM  – drops from $12999 to $11999 - B&H Photo | Adorama

 

Zoom lenses

  • $50 price drop on EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM  – drops from $1349 to $1299 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • $50 price drop on EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II  – drops from $299 to $249 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • $50 price drop on EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM  – drops from $349 to $299 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • $140 price drop on EF 28-300 f/3.5-5.6L IS USM  – drops from $2689 to $2549 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • $150 price drop on EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM  – drops from $1499 to $1349 – B&H Photo
  • $150 price drop on EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM  – drops from $1599 to $1449 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • $200 price drop on EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM  – drops from $2299 to $2099 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • $200 price drop on EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II  – drops from $2499 to $2299 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • –>> $500 price drop on EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM  – drops from $1499 to $999 – B&H Photo | Adorama 

 

Special lenses and accessories

  • $50 price drop on Extender EF 1.4x III  – drops from $499 to $449 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • $50 price drop on Extender EF 2x III  – drops from $499 to $449 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • $200 price drop on TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II  – drops from $2199 to $1999 – B&H Photo | Adorama
  • $250 price drop on TS-E 17mm f/4L  – drops from $2499 to $2249 – B&H Photo | Adorama

 

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August 30, 2014
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Still Live: Canon EOS M & 22mm f/2 STM – $250

This ridiculously good deal is still online!

 EOS M & 22mm f/2 STM Top Rated Plus seller bigvalueinc (99.3% positive ratings) on eBay has the Canon EOS M with the fabulous 22mm f/2 STM lens on sale for $249.99. All color options available.

Free shipping in US and limited quantity.

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