December 17, 2013
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Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS – A new reference standard for professionals (DxOMark)

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Sigma 24-105mm f/4

Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM
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DxOmark tested and measured Sigma’s latest addition to their “Art” line-up, the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS. As you can see in the pic below the Sigma performs better than both the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS lenses.

Sigma 24-105mm f/4

However, while the Sigma can hold up against the Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II and the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC, its figures are slightly lower:

[the Sigma] can match both in peak sharpness but not quite in terms of uniformity. Although only slightly lower, the Sigma’s peripheral sharpness isn’t quite a match for either model at f4 to f8 throughout the zoom range.

The Sigma also has higher barrel distortion than the Canon at 24mm and has more noticeable pincushion than either model, which develops quite early on in the zoom range and is evident at 35mm. On the plus side the challenger has better control of CA than the Canon at all focal lengths and it’s lower than the Tamron in the corners at its widest focal length (where it’s quite noticeable with that model).

Sigma 24-105mm f/4

In any case, this appears to be an amazing lens.

[via DxOmark]

December 17, 2013
Posted in News

Lomography X Zenit New Petzval 85mm f/2.2 Lens Available For Pre-Order

It started as a Kickstarter project last summer, now the Lomography x Zenit New Petzval 85mm f/2.2 Lens is available for pre-order for at the Lomography Shop. Orders are delivered on a first come, first served basis, and will be shipped around May 2014. More information, product and sample pics after the break. Read the rest of this entry →

December 16, 2013
Posted in Deals

Deal: The Waterproof Canon PowerShot D20 for $199 (instead of $299)

PowerShot D20

Today only: The Canon Direct Store has the Waterproof/Freezeproof/Shockproof and GPS enabled PowerShot D20 0n sale for $199 instead of $299. Product description after the break.

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December 16, 2013
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Canon Deals: T3i Kit, 6D, 70D Kit, G15, 180mm Macro, Flash Kit (Limited Time Offers)

 

B&H has a bunch of Canon deals, all are limited time offers (3 days or until stock lasts):

 Canon Deals  Canon EOS Rebel T3i with 18-55mm and 75-300mm – $499 + 34.94 free accessories + 2 % reward – price shows up after having added the item to the cart
 Canon Deals Canon EOS 6D body only – $1499 (in cart) + 147.85 Free Accessories + 2 % Reward
Canon Deals  Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera Kit with 18-135mm and 70-300mm – $1548 (in cart) + 92.40 Free Accessories + 2 % Reward
 Canon Deals  Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera – $299
 Canon Deals  Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro – $1,249 (in cart and after $150 mail-in rebate) + 2 % Reward
 Canon Deals  Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Essential Two Flash Wireless Kit – $1,079.95
December 16, 2013
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Amazon US Deal of the Day: Canon ELPH 115 – $69 (45% off, and more Canon Deals)

That’s Amazon US’s deal of the day for today: the Canon ELPH 115 (16MP) compact camera discounted to $69 (that’s 45% off the list price).

More deals that are still live:

  • EOS M with 18-55mm IS STM on sale at newegg for $279
  • Canon EOS 6D $1499 on all major retailers, final price after having added to cart: Amazon  | B&H | Adorama
  • Top Rated Plus eBay seller getitdigital has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $2852.99 (click here). Free shipping.
  • You can also get the 5D Mark III for $2899 with accessories at B&H. The accessories are: SanDisk 32GB SDHC Extreme Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card, Watson LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh), Canon 200DG Deluxe Gadget Bag, and a Oben ACM-2400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod. Same price on Amazon US but without the accessories.
  • Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II lens for $1699 on Amazon US, price after added to cart and $300 mail-in rebate.
December 16, 2013
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Another Tidbit On The “no EOS 7D Mark II” Rumor (APS-C flagship set to come)

EOS 7D Mark II

Fake EOS 7D Mark II (mock-up)

On Saturday I posted a rather weird rumor saying that Canon will not release a replacement for the Canon EOS 7D, that’s the long rumored EOS 7D Mark II (all 7D2 rumors here). The rumor goes against all previously reported 7D2 rumors. It definitely came as a surprise for us all.

During the weekend I have been contacted again by the source that told me the rumor. The source confirmed that there is no Canon EOS 7D Mark II on the horizon, but also stated that this does not mean Canon isn’t actively working on a new APS-C flagship. According to the source there will be an APS-C DSLR positioned above the EOS 70D (feature-wise) but it will not be a “7D” model. That’s to say that Canon’s next APS-C flagship will have (could have) a new naming scheme. That fits in the second part of last week’s rumor, the part saying that Canon is working on a revamping of their DSLR line-up, the source stated it is “the biggest change in Canon’s history“. The source also said that the release of the EOS 70D allows Canon to work on the next APS-C flagship without pressure (they do not feel they have to release it as soon as possible), and that they still have to see how well the Dual Pixel AF technology will do.


Whatever this means, I am starting to believe that there is a concrete chance we will never see a DSLR named “EOS 7D Mark II”. So now I am wondering a) what name the new APS-C flagship will have and b) what features this DSLR will have to stand out compared to the EOS 70D. The source stated that the 7D2 feature set I posted in the past is “close to what we will see”, but couldn’t tell any new feature and confirmed that the sensor should have 24MP and feature Canon’s Dual Pixel AF technology. To remember, the feature set I posted back in October was:

  • ~20MP or ~24MP sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Auto-Focus system similar to the EOS 5D Mark III (61 points), possibly the same as 5D3
  • High frame rate, 10-12 fps
  • “high grade” weather sealing, like Canon’s professional DSLRs
  • Dual Digic V+ processor
  • Single card slot
  • WiFi & GPS
  • Innovative video features
  • Price around $2000
  • Very good ISO performance

I am wondering what the “innovative video features” will be. I mean, we know that Canon is strongly committed to the EOS Cinema line and it would be more than natural if they extend this commitment also to the APS-C line-up. But will that be enough to sit above the 70D? I guess there must be more, as the list above suggests. An APS-C DSLR with the AF of the 5D Mark III, with at least 10fps, dual card slots (not listed above), a high level weather sealing, and with amenities as WiFi and GPS would for sure make sense and be on the wish-list of many professional photographer that for a reason or another prefer or have to use APS-C sensors (sport, wildlife).

So, what is backing up the possibility that there will not be an EOS 7D Mark II? First of all, as many readers pointed out in the comment section of the previous post, the successor of the EOS 7D appears to be delayed since too long. Then there is this “innovative video features” thing. If Canon is planing a sort of cropped EOS -1D C, then it would make sense to change the naming scheme. This would also fit into the suggested revamping of the DSLR line-up.

Any ideas…?

December 16, 2013
Posted in News

Amazon EU Gold Box Deals (EOS 100D, EF 75-300mm, EF 14MM f/2.8L, EF 100mm f/2.8)

 

4 good deals by Amazon EU sites, all are Gold Box deals:

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