March 19, 2014
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New Canon EF Lenses 101 Video – STM Lenses

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CanonUSA on YouTube posted part 3 of the 9 parts series about Canon EF lenses, this video is about STM lenses:

Canon STM lenses have stepping motors that allow you to focus quietly and follow your subject smoothly. Photographer and educator Matt Kloskowski demonstrates the quiet smoothness of Canon’s STM technology.

See the first 2 videos here.

March 19, 2014
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Canon Releases New Firmware For EOS 6D (ver. 1.1.4)

Canon released a new firmware version for the Canon EOS 6D (price & specs). The update fixes a problem with the EOS Utility and some errors with German and Korean language. The firmware update can be downloaded here.

Affected Product
EOS 6D Digital SLR Cameras

Details
Firmware Version 1.1.4 incorporates the following fixes:

1. Fixes a phenomenon in which some images cannot be transferred to mobile devices running the EOS Remote app.
2. Corrects an error in the German language Feature Guide.
3. Corrects an error in the Korean language Feature Guide.

Firmware Version 1.1.4 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.1.3. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.1.4, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

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March 19, 2014
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Canon Deals: Rebel SL1 ($470), EOS 6D ($1560), Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 ($270)

Canon Deals

A bunch of good deals on eBay.

  • Top Rated Plus seller getitdigital (99.4% positive ratings) has the Rebel SL1/EOS 100D on sale for $469.99USA model and warranty, free shipping in the US.
  • Top Rated Plus and Canon USA authorized seller pmidigital (100% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 6D on sale for $1559.75USA model and warranty, free shipping in the US.
  • Top Rated Plus seller bestpriceoptices (99.8% positive ratings) has the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Lens on sale for 269.99. Free shipping in the US.
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March 18, 2014
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Is This The Price For The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG “Art” Lens ($790)?

Sigma 50mm f/1.4

This comes directly from Sigma Bielorussia (translated), so we can assume they know what they are talking about. If true this would be a killer price, especially if you consider that Sigma aims no less than at the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 with their lens, and the Zeiss is a $3990 lens!

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG “Art” lens is expected to ship in May 2014.

[via sonyalpharumors]

Sigma 50mm f/1.4

March 18, 2014
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Warning: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM – $1799 (B&H Photo)

Exceptionally good deal for the amazing Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens: B&H has it on sale for just $1799 after a $200 mail-in rebate. Please note: the price first goes down to $1999 when the lens is added to the cart, and then you claim the $200 MIR. Free shipping and 2% rewards.

This lens is usually priced $2299, that means you get a $500 discount on one of Canon’s best regarded full-frame lenses! If you are on the fence for the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II then this may be your chance.

Specifications and description after the break.

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March 18, 2014
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Deal: Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT – $464/€403

Speedlite 600EX-RT For a limited time DigitalRev has the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT on sale for $464/€403. Compare to $550.

Please note that the price above is computed for Germany and the USA. The price for other EU countries may be slightly different. In any case all custom taxes and shipping costs are inclusive for EU and Asia customers. US customers have to check it for their state.


Specs and product description after the break.

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March 18, 2014
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Samyang To Announce A 35mm Auto-Focus Lens For Canon On March 21st?

Samyang

source: DicaHub (translated)

After having teased new lenses set to be announced on March 21st on their European Facebok page, it seems that the lens (or lenses) Samyang is going to announce on 21st have electronic auto-focus built in. That Samyang could announce such a lens was rumored some time ago.

SLRclub reader Komabea spotted another bit of information on Samyang’s South Korea Facebook page, where a 35mm auto-focus lens is teased. The picture above says:

  • [Samyang is] studying cine zoom lens. There are no exact launching plan.
  • A Canon mount 35mm auto-focus lens is scheduled to be launched 1st half of 2014.
  • Mirror lens for DSLR is also scheduled to be launched 1st half~2nd half of 2014.

So, we learn that Samyang is working on Cine lenses, mirror lenses, and on a 35mm auto-focusing lens for Canon mount. Everything points to an announcement of a 35mm AF lens on March 21st, that’s my speculation. In any case there should be new Samyang lenses coming in Q1-Q2 2014. Stay tuned for more.

Samyang (or Bower or Rokinon or Walimex) lenses are well known for their excellent optical properties, but are all manual lenses. The same built quality and optical performance with AF would be welcome by a lot of people, especially if Samyang can mantain their competitive pricing.

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