Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS vs EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II (with 2x converter), which one is better?

Tony Northrup on YouTube compares the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM (mounted on a Canon 2x teleconverter).

Which is better? If you get the Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II lens and add the Canon 2X III teleconverter, you’ll be able to use the 70-200 at f/2.8 when you need to and two stops more light (and background blur) in that range than you can with the 100-400 II. When you need the extra reach, you can add the teleconverter and jump to 140-400mm f/5.6. The total cost is pretty similar, so which is better? Will the teleconverter make the 70-200 noticeably less sharp at 400mm?

Watch the video review to learn how the two lenses compare.

EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II

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Canon EOS 5Ds R review (jaw-dropping image quality, Photography Blog)

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Photography Blog posted their full review of Canon ‘s new, 50MP EOS 5Ds R. The “R” version of the 5Ds is the model featuring an optical low pass cancellation filter. From the conclusion:

The Canon EOS 5DS R combines the proven design of the popular 5D Mark III with jaw-dropping image quality from the new 50.6 megapixel sensor. Slow continuous shooting speeds and a limited ISO range by modern standards means that the 5DS R certainly isn’t suited to every photographic situation, with the venerable 5D Mark III and the EOS 7D Mk II being better all-rounders, while the huge file sizes and sheer level of detail demand that you use the best post-processing setup and the latest “L-series” lenses to do justice to the camera. The sheer level of detail that can obtained from the 5DS R and a high-quality lens like the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is difficult to ignore once you’ve experienced it, though, so if you can commit both financially and in terms of time to the Canon EOS 5DS R, we’d whole-heartedly recommend it. Read the review at Photography Blog.

Forget all the DxOMark discussion, and don’t be worried by the EOS 5Ds/5Ds R scores, since they mean very little at the end of the day. The image quality of the 5Ds and 5Ds R beats anything else out there.

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Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R promo video:

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Canon published Sustainability Report 2015

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Canon posted their Sustainability Report 2015, available for download from the Canon CSR website.

Press release:

TOKYO, July 22, 2015—Canon Inc. is pleased to announce that it has published Canon Sustainability Report 2015.

The Canon Group promotes its CSR activities in line with the basic policy of contributing to the realization of a better society as a good corporate citizen, effectively leveraging the Company’s advanced technological strengths, global business deployment and diverse, specialized human resources.

This year’s Sustainability Report presents various CSR activities carried out in 2014 in an easy-to-understand manner through a combination of data and specific examples. The first half of the Report includes an overview of Canon’s CSR initiatives during the year, highlighting the following five CSR activities.

CSR Activity Highlights:

  1. The 3E’s Project in India—Contributing to local communities in the three key fields of eye care, education and the environment
  2. The TMT (Thirty Meter Telescope) Project—Utilizing Canon’s world-leading optics technologies in the field of astronomy
  3. Canon’s Toner Cartridge Recycling Program—Celebrating 25 years of success
  4. The Tsuzuri Project—Creating high-quality reproductions of cultural assets with advanced Canon technologies
  5. The Canon Segametsi Solar Light Project—Donating solar-powered LED lighting to South African communities that lack electricity
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Canon EOS 5D Mark III killer deal – $1,999.99 (compare at $2,499

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Top Rated Plus seller Electronicsvalley on eBay (99% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $1,999.99. A killer price, compared to regular $2,499. Please note: this is an import item, comes with 1-Year Warranty by the seller. Free shipping in the US. More Canon deals on eBay.

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Canon EOS 6D deal – $1,194 (or big 6D bundle for $1,399)

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Top Rated Plus eBay seller GetItDigital has the Canon EOS 6D on sale for $1,194.20. Free shipping in the US. Please note: this is likely a grey import item. More Canon deals on eBay.

This is a pretty good price for the EOS 6D. However, you can take advantage of a recent Canon promotion and recent instant rebates, and get the EOS 6D for $1,399 bundled with 1-Year memberships to Adobe Creative Cloud and Kelby Online Training (expires 10/3/15), plus

  • SanDisk 16GB Ultra UHS-I SDHC Memory Card (Class 10)
  • Ruggard Commando 36 DSLR Shoulder Bag
  • Oben ACM-2400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod
  • Watson LP-E6N Lithium-Ion Battery Pack

For more details about this bundle head over to B&H Photo.

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How to Film Films with Filmmaking with Ryan Connolly (and Canon, 4 videos)

CanonUSA on YouTube posted a four episodes series titled “How to Film Films with Filmmaking with Ryan Connolly”. The first episode (video above) is about choosing the right camera for your job.

The other three episodes are about Pre-production & Shot Composition (episode 2), Lighting (ep. 3), and Sound (ep. 4), all on show below. Enjoy!