January 16, 2014
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Deal: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro – $669 (B&H)

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Sigma 105mm f/2.8

B&H Photo has the well-regarded Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro lens on sale for $669 after $300 instant rebate, plus 4% rewards and free shipping, no sales tax in US – Except NY. Pretty good deal!

  • Life-Size (1:1) Magnification
  • “Focus-Free” Mechanical Design
  • 12.3″ (31 cm) Close Focusing Distance
  • Non-Rotating Front Lens
  • Optical Stabilizer (OS)

Full Specs and product description after the break.

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January 16, 2014
Posted in Deals

Adobe Extends Photoshop Photography Program Again (exp. 2/28)

Photoshop Photography Program

So this is the third (or fourth) time Adobe extends the special introductory price for their Photoshop Photography Program. Once more you can get Photoshop and Lightroom via Creative Cloud for $9.99/month (everyone). However, this time the offer is only available for those who own CS3 or later products.

This is your opportunity to step into Adobe’s Photoshop Photography Program for 9.99 a month (12-month commitment).

  • Photoshop CC
  • Lightroom 5
  • 20GB of online storage
  • Behance ProSite
  • Access to training resources on Creative Cloud Learn
  • Ongoing updates and upgrades

[via Photography Bay]

January 16, 2014
Posted in News

Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Is Printer of the Year (Photography Blog)

PIXMA Pro-100

Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Specs:

  • 4800 x 2400 dpi
  • Print 8 x 10″ in 51 Seconds
  • Wi-Fi, Ethernet, AirPrint, PictBridge
  • Print Sizes up to 13 x 19″
  • 8 Ink Cartridges Including 3 Monochrome
  • CD, DVD, Blu-ray Printing
  • Print Studio Pro for Photoshop, DPP

The Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Photo Printer got the “printer of the year” award by Photography Blog, with a rating of 4.5/5.

In all cases, prints on luster and gloss papers looked beautiful. Colors just pop off the paper, with cleaner color in saturated areas than I was able to get from the Pro-1.

If you do most of your printing on photo papers, particularly luster and gloss, and you shoot a lot of landscape/flower type photos, the Pro-100 is a clear winner.

The PIXMA Pro-100 retails for $398, but often comes bundled with Canon gear, as in this EOS 5D Mark III bundle where you get the 5D3 and the PIXMA Pro-100 for $2999 after a $400 mail-in rebate.

January 15, 2014
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Deal: Canon EOS 7D – $995

 

Abe’s of Maine has the Canon EOS 7D on sale for $995.

 

January 15, 2014
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Sigma Aims At Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 With Their 50mm f/1.4

 

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Imaging-Resource had a chance to have a talk about the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens with Sigma at CES 2014.

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art is more than a simple refresh of the previous version of the lens. It is a completely new designed lens, with a performance that Sigma claims is on the same level as the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4. A bold claim, but given Sigma’s recently released, awesome lenses, this is a claim we should take seriously.

Quoting Imaging-Resource:

[...] the most impressive information we gleaned? When discussing their goals of image quality and sharpness for the lens, Sigma mentioned they’re confident they’ll surpass competitive products from Canon and Nikon and are instead gunning for Zeiss’s new 55mm Otus lens. It’s a serious claim. The Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus lens — with its $4000 price tag — is squarely aimed at high-end professional shooting such as fashion, advertising and editorial work.

We have to wait for the first reviews to see if the Sigma can hold up to the Zeiss. For the time being neither the price nor the release date of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art are known. The Zeiss’ optical performance is outstanding, it won’t be easy for the Sigma.
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January 15, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Rumor: No Canon EOS 7D Replacement at CP+ (and new tidbits about high end DSLR with hybrid viewfinder)

EOS 7D Replacement EOS 7D Replacement

We are getting closer to CP+ (2/13-16), and rumors start coming in again.

We have been told (thanks) that Canon will neither announce the replacement for the EOS 7D, nor their new, rumored APS-C flagship at CP+.

We have also been told (thanks #2) that the new, high-end DSLR with hybrid viewfinder Canon is rumored to work on will have an APS-C sensor. When previously reporting about this I couldn’t be sure about the sensor size. So, this DSLR could be sort of a replacement for the EOS 7D. I write “sort of” because I have been told that this camera shouldn’t be seen as the successor of the 7D, instead it is a completely new entry in Canon’s APS-C line-up. The name that was suggested is EOS-A1.

The high-end DSLR is said to have a megapixel count that matches the highest resolution sensors out there (but no word about the real resolution). The DSLR is optimized for the best possible still and video performance, video is said to be the best ever seen on a DSLR. But this is the most important information: the camera is said to have a hybrid viewfinder, i.e. it combines optical viewfinder and electronic viewfinder. The electronic viewfinder would be for video (according to the sources). If the suggestion about the sensor size is reliable, then the hybrid viewfinder enabled DSLR most probably is Canon’s new APS-C flagship.

What to expect for CP+, if something at all? A replacement for the Powershot G1 X is murmured, or there could be new Rebels/EOS xxxD cameras, i.e. replacements for the Rebel T5i/EOS 700D and/or the Rebel SL1/EOS 100D.

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