February 5, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM – $301 (Adorama)


Adorama has a special bundle on sale for a limited time. You can get the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM for $301.11 (click here). All you have to do is to click on “buy together and save” and add the Calculator, the final price shows up in cart. Compare to $649.

February 5, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EOS 6D – $1575

  Top Rated Plus eBay seller getitidigital (99.4% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 6D on sale for $1,574.67. USA model and warranty, free shipping. Limited quantity.
February 5, 2014
Posted in Reviews

Understanding How Canon Cinema RAW Works

The Canon Digital Learning Center published a in-depth article (updated) about how Canon’s Cinema RAW works. From the introduction:

As digital cinema camera technologies continue to evolve, one pattern has clearly emerged as the new flavor of our time: recording RAW camera sensor data. With the emergence of powerful post-production workstations, it makes theoretical sense that one would want to record all the unprocessed data the camera sensor has to offer and deliver it to post-production to process that data and create the final images we seek. Yet, in reality, the methodologies of implementing these steps seem as varied as the cameras themselves, suggesting that there are other factors at play that influence this seemingly straightforward concept.

February 5, 2014
Posted in patents

Canon Patent for 17-55mm and 18-55mm STM Lenses (new kit lenses?)


Egami (translated) found a patent filed by Canon that appears to refer to new kit lenses: 17-55mm f/3.5-5.6 STM and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 STM. s you can see both lenses feature Canon’s newer STM (stepping motor) technology to drive the lens. STM is almost silent when operating, hence useful for videography.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-21258
    • Publication date 2014.2.3
    • Filing date 2012.7.18
  • Example 2
    • Zoom ratio 2.92
    • Focal length f = 18.50-32.89-54.00mm
    • Fno. 3.49-4.39-5.80
    • Half angle ω = 36.44-22.55-14.20 °
    • Image height Y = 13.66mm
    • 119.77-110.06-120.23mm overall length of the lens
    • BF 37.98-52.51-74.3mm
  • Example 3
    • Zoom ratio 3.09
    • Focal length f = 17.50-32.05-54.00mm
    • Fno. 3.47-4.38-5.80
    • Half angle ω = 37.97-23.08-14.20 °
    • Image height Y = 13.66mm
    • 119.55-108.81-118.68mm overall length of the lens
    • BF 36.59-51.53-73.93mm
  • Canon patents
    • 4-group zoom of positive and negative positive negative
    • Inner folder – Kas (Group 3)
    • The fourth lens unit can also be used for anti-vibration
February 5, 2014
Posted in News, Reviews

Canon Cinema Lenses On Set and Behind the Scenes

Interesting video from Canon Pro’s Vimeo Channel. Description:

Around the world, noted filmmakers choose Canon Cine and EF lenses to bring their work to light. In this compilation of interviews and behind the scenes footage, these directors, cinematographers, documentary and commercial shooters share their experiences with Canon glass, from EFs, high-end zooms, zooms, compact zooms, and now the complete family of prime lenses.

Canon’s Cinema lenses are expensive toys, but deliver outstanding performance.

[via TDP]

February 4, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EOS 6D w/ 24-105mm f/4L IS – $2100 (refurbished, B&H)

EOS 6D Another good deal by B&H Photo.

Refurbished Canon EOS 6D with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens on sale for $2099.95. The gear is refurbished by Canon. Free shipping.

Product description after the break.

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