October 10, 2013
Posted in News

Canon Germany Starts Premium Photo-Book Service (HD Book)

Canon Germany today starts their premium photo-book service, called Canon HD Book. The books are printed on the professional production system DreamLabo 5000 which delivers first class quality obtained using the newest print-technology. This is a 7-Inkjet technology having 2400 dpi resolution. More information at hdbook.fotobook.de.

Canon Germany press release (click here for translation):

KREFELD, 10. Oktober 2013. Bereits im vergangenen Jahr angekündigt, gibt Canon heute den Start seines neuen Premium Fotobuch-Service, gesteuert über die Fotofachhandelsverbände Ringfoto und Europafoto, bekannt. Das neue HD book wird auf dem professionellen Fotodruck-Produktionssystem DreamLabo 5000 gedruckt und bietet dem Kunden Fotobücher in erstklassiger Canon Qualität mit höchsten Standards und neuester Drucktechnologie. Dank einzigartiger 7-Inkjet-Drucktechnik und Mikrodruck mit 2.400 dpi Auflösung erstrahlen Bilder in faszinierend leuchtenden HD-Farben. Die Kombination von Mikrodruck-Technik, neuen Farben und speziell beschichtetem Druckpapier garantiert höchste Bildqualität und extreme Langlebigkeit. Read the rest of this entry →
October 10, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon EOS 70D Sample Shots with Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 (and other Canon lenses)

EOS 70D Sample Shots

dc.watch.impress (translated) posted a set of samples shot with the Canon EOS 70D and various lenses, among them the awesome Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM (price & specs). The other lenses are the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 (price & specs), the EF 8-15mm f4L Fisheye (price & specs), and the EF 70-200 f/4L IS (price & specs). I was particularly curious to see the performance of the Sigma 18-35mm with the 70D – not bad at all! :)

EOS 70D Sample ShotsEOS 70D Sample Shots


October 9, 2013
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EOS 70D w/ 18-55mm IS STM – $1150


This is the first Canon EOS 70D eBay deal I feature here. It’s a new seller, beststopdeals (43651 ratings, 98.5% positive), and they have on sale the EOS 70D kit with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens for $1149 (click here). The seller clearly states: This item is 100% brand new. USA product sealed in original box & includes full USA warranty.

October 9, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon Pixma MG2220 Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer for Just $25

Pixma MG2220

Adorama is selling the Canon Pixma MG2220 Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer for just $24.99 (click here). Features description after the break.

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October 9, 2013
Posted in News

Another Hint That the Canon EOS 7D Mark II Could Have a New Sensor

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Fake EOS 7D Mark II (mock-up)


We were first to report this possibility back in August, saying that Canon was prototyping various sensors for the EOS 7D Mark II (including a 24MP sensor), now a new rumor surfaced that has word the Canon EOS 7D Mark II could indeed have a different sensor than the 20MP sensor of the Canon EOS 70D (most speculation were suggesting Canon could reuse the same sensor). Unfortunately there is not much more new to report yet. The announcement for 2014 got another confirmation, that the EOS 7D Mark II will be more “pro-video-oriented” has also been confirmed (though no one really knows how the 7D2 will beat the excellently featured EOS 70D). According to my sources, Canon’s plans are to push a 24MP sensor into the EOS 7D Mark II, but everything depends by the noise/high ISO performance, which is top priority for Canon

As you can see, everything is still very obscure. There will be an EOS 7D Mark II, it will come in 2014, and it has to be more feature rich than the EOS 70D (but how?).

Canon EOS 7D price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay
Canon EOS 70D price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay

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October 8, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS Review (photozone)

EF 35mm f/2 IS

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS
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photozone reviewed the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS lens (price & specs). The review covers technical detail as well as posting sample pics.

In the conclusion they write:

Once more Canon delivered a a high performance lens with only a few weaknesses. The center performance is very good at max. aperture and excellent to downright superb at medium aperture settings. The borders are somewhat low in contrast at f/2 but very sharp when stopped down a bit. Lateral CAs are next to non-existent and distortions are pretty much irrelevant as well. The vignetting is nothing special though so you have to live with a high light fall-off at f/2. Canon was able to fix the bokeh issue that plagued the old EF 35mm f/2 – especially the critical background blur is very smooth now and better than most lenses in this focal length class. You will be able to spot some bokeh fringing in critical scenes when shooting fully open but that’s a typical behavior for such a fast lens anyway.

There is more to read, obviously. If you are on the fence for this high performing lens then be sure to check the review.