July 17, 2013
Posted in Deals

Deal: Refurbished Canon EOS 7D Body Only – $875

Good deal by adoramacamera (top rated plus, 99.8% positive ratings) on eBay: the Canon EOS 7D body only on sale for $875 (click here). The camera is refurbished by Canon. Free shipping.

July 17, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon EOS M Ranked First and Second on Amazon US Bestseller List

Canon EOS M

Not really a surprise given the top notch deals that are going on: two EOS M kits rank first and second on Amazon US bestseller list. The EOS M kit with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM is on sale for $299 (click here), the EOS M kit with the EF-M 18-55mm IS STM is on sale for $349 (click here). B&H has another EOS M kit on sale: EOS M with EF-M 18-55mm IS STM and SpeedLite 90EX for $419 (click here).

Amazon France has the Canon EOS M kit with the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens and the SpeedLite 90EX on sale for €384 (click here). Same kit discounted also on Amazon Germany, on sale for €399 (click here).

Canon EOS M

July 17, 2013
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Latest Magic Lantern Hack Uses Dual ISO to Obtain 14 Stops of Dynamic Range

Magic Lantern

Video frame from 5D Mark III – Bottom-left: ISO 100. Top-right: ISO 100/1600.

The Magic Lantern team delivers the next big gift to all Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EOS 7D owners. The latest hack uses a trick to obtain 14 stops of Dynamic Range. The hack samples half of the sensor lines at ISO 100, and the other half at ISO 1600. The signals are then mixed and the result is an image that can reproduce 14 stops of DR, 3 stops more than you would get without the hack. According to ML hacker a1ex there are no motion artifacts and no difference in motion blur. More after the break.

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July 17, 2013
Posted in Rumors

The Canon EOS 8D, Again (with some specs)


After Russian online seller fotoplus, another online shop posted a placeholder for the mighty Canon EOS 8D. Chinese site zol.com (translated) has a page for the EOS 8D, and they have some rather weird specs too:

  • Body features: APS-C size digital SLR
  • Effective pixels: 16.2 million
  • Mode of operation: full manual operation
  • Video Interface: AV Interface
  • Flash Type: External
  • External flash (hot shoe): Yes
  • Focus Points: 45 points

So, we can conclude that the EOS 8D has an APS-C sized sensor that has a resolution of just 16MP. Not very much. The auto-focus, on the other hand, appears to be something new, with 45 points. And no built-in flash.

Hard to say if this specs have something to do with the real EOS 8D, or if they are just something they put on the site to fill it. However, besides the 16MP sensor, the other (few) specs might make some sense. The big question is if the EOS 8D will be the successor of the Canon EOS 7D, or a brand new type of camera. But then there are the 16MP (granted this has something to do with reality). If the 16MP are true specs, then the EOS 8D could be thought as a low light/high ISO beast. Interesting, indeed.

What do you think?


July 17, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Review (a killer optic, The Phoblographer)

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8

Image courtesy: The Phoblographer

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
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The Phoblographer reviewed the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens, the first lens for APS-C DSLRs that has constant f/1.8 over the zoom range. All other reviews I featured here on Canon Watch are in line with this one: all praise the excellent build quality, the great sharpness, the fact that this is an outstanding lens. The Phoblographer’s findings weren’t different. Read more after the break.

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July 16, 2013
Posted in News

A Bit Of Everything


  • Process – Canon EOS C100 (Adorama | B&H) first test video

Canon press releases:

  • Canon U.S.A. Announces New Sponsorship With Friends Of Acadia – Canon USA
  • Select Canon imageCLASS, imageRUNNER and imageRUNNER ADVANCE LBPs and MFPs Now Support On-the-Go Printing for Certain File Formats for Android Devices – Canon USA
  • Canon’s Customers Are Protected From Patent Infringement Claims Related To Systems Using Network Addressable Document Scanning Equipment And Software – Canon USA