March 23, 2014
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Deals: Canon Rebel T3 w/ 18-55mm IS II and 75-300mm III Lenses – $420

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eBay seller beststopdeals (98.5% positive ratings) has the Canon Rebel T3/EOS 1100D with the 18-55mm IS II and 75-300mm III lenses on sale for $419.99. Free shipping in the US.


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March 23, 2014
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Deal: Refurbished Canon Gear Discounted Up To 20 Percent

Refurbished Canon Gear

The Canon Direct Store has stocked up their inventory of refurbished gear, and a lot of the items are 20% off their regular price. Good deals on a large stock of gear. Refurbished Canon gear purchased in the Canon store has a warranty of 1 year.

March 23, 2014
Posted in Reviews

Canon Publishes Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Guidebook

Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II

The Canon Digital Learning Center published the Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Guidebook (download here):

Have you been intrigued by the possibilities of close-up and macro shooting, but felt limited by your understanding of lighting? Canon has long provided the EOS photographer with two specialized flashes for close-up shooting, but their operation and possibilities have been a bit of a mystery to users who haven’t experienced them first-hand.

With the launch of Canon’s latest macro flash — the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II — Canon, Inc. has developed a guide that explains the unit’s operation and how it can be realistically applied in different situations. Whether you simply want to document a hobby, photograph small objects to display or sell on-line, or even shoot portraits, the combination of this new Macro Ring Lite and a Canon macro lens may be all you need to get creative results.

Written for the photographer who is new to macro shooting, this opens the door to how macro flash may be a lot easier to use than he or she may have previously thought. Examples are as easy to understand as the manner in which the guide is written. Canon’s hope is that with this guidebook, the possibilities and fun of macro shooting with flash will be even more within reach of the casual EOS photographer, as well as the dedicated macro enthusiast.

The Canon MR-14EX II Macro Ring Light can be purchased for $549 at B&H Photo and Adorama.

March 23, 2014
Posted in News, Reviews

Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II Technical Article (Canon Camera Museum)

Powershot G1 X Mark II

The Canon Camera Museum published a technical article about the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II (price & specs).

Developed as the successor to the PowerShot G1 X, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II (Photo 1) is a new model that delivers a higher level of image quality and functionality thanks to the synergy of the DIGIC 6 imaging processor and the 1.5-type CMOS sensor with approximately 12.80 effective megapixels (maximum image size).

The development aim of this new model is stated as:

• Realize a flagship compact camera packaged with uncompromising image quality and functionality

The article’s index:

The Canon Powershot G1 X II has been officially announced February 12th, and can be pre-ordered for $799 at Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama.

March 22, 2014
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Deal: Canon PIXMA PRO-100 – $40 (Adorama)

Canon PIXMA PRO-100

Adorama has the Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Photo Printer on sale for just $40 after a $300 mail-in rebate.

Please note: the price goes down from $388 to $340 when the printer is added to the cart, then you apply the $300 MIR. As a bonus you get 50 sheets Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19.

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March 22, 2014
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Deal: Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS II – $125

Canon EF-S 55-250mm eBay seller beststopdeals (98.5% positive ratings) has the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II on sale for $124.99 (white box). Free shipping in the US.
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March 22, 2014
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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens: Price Shows Up At Australian Retailer ($999, says first batch ships in June)

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art

Are $999 the price for the upcoming Sigma 50mm f/1.4  DG HSM “Art” lens?

The price for the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art showed up at Australian retailer DigiDIRECT, where the lens can be pre-ordered. But there is more. On DigiDIRECT’s Facebook page there are some interesting statements:

You’ve waited patiently and now it’s almost here! We’re super stoked to announce that we are taking pre-orders for the incredible new Sigma 50mm f1.4 ART series lens. The very first batch is expected to arrive in small quantities in June this year.

and:

Final RRP in Australia is $1099. We are currently offering our advertised price on all preorders that we receive.

There has been another “price leak” before, but this one could be the real thing. 1099 AUD are roughly $999. If this is the price of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4  DG HSM “Art” then it would be an extremely competitive price for a lens that aims to play in the same league as the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4, which is a $4000 lens.

As much as this appears to be a serious product page and not a mistake or else, there is one small thing that puzzles me a bit. If you look at the pic on top you see that it shows $999 (AUD) as the price, and on the right of it the strikethrough price of $1099. So, a lens that has yet to ship is already discounted? Note also that on the FB page it’s AUD 1099 that are mentioned.

A few days ago also Sigma Bielorussia posted a price suggestion ($790) for the Sigma 50mm f/1.4, but soon replaced it saying that the price will be known after the 11th of April (see pic below).

Sigma Bielorussia says the price will be known after April 11

US$ 999 for the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens, what do you think?

All post about the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art here.

[via Sigma Rumors]

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