January 9, 2014
Posted in News

So What Got Announced Today By Canon in Hong Kong?


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Source: wyswig

We reported a rumor stating that Canon will have an announcement today, January, 9, in Hong Kong, It turned out just printers where announced, these:

SELPHY CP910, CP820, PIXMA iP8770, iX6870, iX6770, MX537, MX477 and iP2870.

These printers have already been announced for CES 2014, so nothing new here. But at least we have some pics to show after the break.

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January 9, 2014
Posted in Deals

Canon Deals: EF 24-105 f/4L, 5D Mark III, EF 70-200 f/4L, T5i, 60D

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Another round of good Canon deals for you, all on eBay.

  • eBay seller rythercamera (99.5% positive ratings) has the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens on sale for $6991 year Canon USA warranty, and I think shipping is free in the US (but check this).
  • Same seller as above, eBay seller rythercamera has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $2849. 1 year Canon USA warranty.
  • Top Rated Plus eBay seller bigvalueinc (99.3% positive ratings) has he Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L on sale for $643.90. New item in original box, free shipping.
  • Top Rated Plus eBay seller qd_us (99.9% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 700D/Rebel T5i with the 18-55mm IS STM lens on sale for $709. 1 year store warranty.
  • Top Rated Plus selle bigvalueinc (99.3% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 60D on sale for $641.33. New item in original box, free shipping. Please note the sellers advice:
    • The Canon EOS 60D Body may come in a kit box. The Canon EOS 60D Body for sale is 100% Brand New, Never Used. The lens has been removed from the kit box and sold on a separate listing
January 9, 2014
Posted in Reviews

Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM Review (ephotozine)

This is pretty interesting zoom lens. Though it is not part of Sigma’s newer, high level line-up, the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM for full-frame APS-C DSLRs (75-225mm on APS-C) has a constant f/2.8 aperture over the zoom range and optical stabilization, and comes at a price that will not put a hole in your pocket (less than $1000). The Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC APO OS is comparable to Canon’s similar specced EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II. The Canon, though, has a higher price tag (around $2499). ephotozine reviewed the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 and gave the lens a rating of 4/5.

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January 9, 2014
Posted in News

New Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Released (ver. 2.0.3)

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Download Firmware Version 2.0.3 for the EOS 1DX

Canon product advisory:

Firmware Version 2.0.3 incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes.

  1. Auto focusing performance under low-light conditions has been enhanced when performing focusing before shooting in AI Servo AF mode. The enhancement comes from the improvement in tracking capability for the first image in the low-light conditions.
  2. The number of release parameters settings for the “AI Servo AF 2nd image priority” AF function has been increased to enable improved AF tracking in low light or maintain consistent high frames rates during continuous shooting.
  3. The number of parameters for acceleration/deceleration tracking in the AF Configuration Tool will has been increased.
  4. Exposure compensation can be performed when using manual exposure and ISO Auto.
  5. The minimum shutter speed limit for ISO Auto has been increased with shutter speeds up to 1/8000.
  6. A new function to keep the exposure constant by altering the ISO or shutter speed in manual exposure, when the aperture value changes when zooming or changing lenses has been added.
  7. A new option has been added to orientation linked AF point to enable only the AF point to switch as you change orientation rather than both AF point/ AF area settings
  8. A new option to continue to use the previously manually selected AF point as the initial starting AF point when switching to 61-point automatic selection has been added.
  9. New customization of the Exposure metering and AF controls has been added for more flexibility.
  10. The number of possibilities for controls to switch between one-shot AF and AI Servo AF using custom controls has been increased.
  11. A function has been added to allow the playback and review of protected images only.
  12. A phenomenon has been fixed in which the white balance may be disturbed by the timing of the shutter release when the drive mode is single shooting and a flash (E-TTL)is used.

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January 9, 2014
Posted in News

CES 2014: Canon Shows Inner Working Of Its Lenses in Demos (video)

At CES 2014 Canon showed the inner working of their lenses. The video was made by Popular Photography‘s Stan Horaczek and it shows the demos that Canon is running at their booth.

You can see how the stepping motor (STM), the electromagnetic technology used to control the aperture, and the image stabilization of Canon lenses work. Quiet interesting.

[via PetaPIxel]

January 9, 2014
Posted in Reviews

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Review (ephotozine)

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 55-250mm 1:4-5.6
Lens Construction 15 elements in 12 groups
Diagonal Angle of View 27°50′ – 6°15′
Focus Adjustment Rear focus system
Closest Focusing Distance 2.79 ft. / 0.85m
Filter Size 58mm diameter
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.8 x 4.4 x 2.8″ (71 x 112 x 71mm)
Weight 13.23 oz (375g)

ephotozine reviewed the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM. The lens is made of high quality plastics (the lens mount is also made of plastic, but do not let this fool you). Some excerpts from the review:

  • Autofocus is silent, swift and precise (but no manual override)
  • [...] sharp hand-held images are possible around half the time at an impressive 1/25sec (four stops slower than the usual rule of thumb)
  • At maximum aperture and 55mm sharpness is already outstanding in the centre of the frame
  • [...] zoomed to 135mm, sharpness at maximum aperture remains very high in the centre of the frame and good sharpness towards the edges
  • Peak sharpness across the frame at f/8
  • Distortion is well controlled

From the conclusion:

As this lens is intended as a budget option, it is quite surprising to see just how well it performs. Sharpness is outstanding in the centre of the frame for much of the zoom range, which is how you might expect much more expensive lenses to perform.

However, as this predecessor of this lens is still available, and as the STM focusing motor isn’t quite a revelation in terms of performance or usability, one may do well to look at snapping up the older version for now, while the price gap is so large.

The lens got a rating of 5 stars with the motivation: “The Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS STM lens delivers outstanding sharpness in the centre delivering better than expected performance at this price“. If you do not need the stepping motor (STM, good for videography) you may prefer the predecessor, the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II which comes at a lower price: $267 vs the $335 of the newer version.

The review comes with charts and sample pics (original size), have a look if you are interested in this lens.

[via ephotozine]