December 30, 2013
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Sensor Performance Comparison of 22 Canon DSLRs (updated)

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Crop taken from ISO 1600 comparison – Image credit: Zol.com.cn

Update: as reader Eyal (thanks) correctly pointed out in the comment section, the credit for the images used in the comparison goes to imaging-resource.com. Apologies for not having seen it.

Chinese site ZOL (translated) compared the sensor performance of 22 different Canon DSLRs, APS-C and full-frame, to see how much sensor performance improved over the years.

It is interesting to see how much sensor performance went to the better for APS-C sensors, especially for higher ISO settings. If you compare the crops shot at ISO 6400 you can clearly see how much better the EOS 70D performs if compared to older models, the 70D outperforms even the 7D. Differences appear to be less obvious for the full-frame DSLRs, though the improvement is visible.

Although you have to deal with automatic translation the post is definitely worth to have a look.

Comparative Sample 1
Comparative Sample 2
Comparative Sample 3

[via dslcamera]

 

December 30, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon Deals: Get The Year Ends Rebates (6D, T5i, T3i, SL1, 70-200, 24-70 f/2.8, 60D, and more)

 canon deals

Both Adorama (click here) and B&H Photo (click here) have Year End rebates going on. Please note: be always sure to check the price at checkout since the final price of many items can only be seen there. The mail-in rebates apply to this price. Most of the items are eligible for rewards, and for next day free delivery (if you put your order in time (Monday, 12/30 4pm EST for B&H).

There are some excellent deals among others:

  • eBay seller bestopsteals (98.3% positive ratings) has the EOS 6D with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens for ridiculous $1849.99 (click here). The seller does not have a stellar rating but the price is a steal!
  • Amazon has the Canon EOS 6D with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens discounted to $2048. Pretty good price for this kit. The EOS 6D body only goes for $1499. Still a good price, but the kit is the better bargain.
  • Sigma lenses are discounted up to $200 at B&H Photo. Expires 12/31.
  • Tamron lenses are discounted up to $100 at B&H. Expires 12/31.
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II is still on sale for $1799 at Adorama (click here) and B&H (click here) after $300 mail-in rebate. The price goes down to $2099 during the checkout process.
  • Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II on sale for $1699 at B&H Photo and Adorama (click here).
  • Canon EOS 60D with 18-135mm IS – $899 (click here) at B&H + $49.90 of included accessories.
  • Canon Rebel T3 with 18-55mm and 75-300mm Lens Kit on sale for $399 at B&H + %64.95 of included accessories. Compare to $649.

  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera body only on sale for $599 at B&H + 62.40 of included accessories. Compare to $699
  • Canon Rebel T3i with 18-55mm IS STM and 75-300mm on sale for $499 at B&H+ $49.95 of included accessories. Compare to $799.
  • Canon Rebel SL1 with 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses on sale for $578 at B&H+ $42.45 of included accessories. Compare to $949
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens on sale for $999 at B&H after $200 mail-in rebate. Compare to $1349.
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens on sale for $739 at B&H after $150 mail-in rebate. Compare to $1049.
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens on sale for $299 at B&H. Compare to $399.
  • Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT on sale for $449. Compare to $549
December 30, 2013
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Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD First Impression

Tamron SP 150-600mm

Image credit: Sun Photo

Source: DicaHub

Sun Photo published a sort of first impression (translated) of the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Tamron’s recently announced super zoom (see all Tamron 150-600 posts here).

According to Sun Photo they reviewed a pre-production model but I think it shouldn’t be to much different from the final model. A bayonet mount was used for tripod. You have to deal with automatic translation so use all your interpretation skills. :-)

Previously Sun Photo published sample pics shot with the Tamron SP 150-600mm.

B&H has the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD available for pre-order for $1069. The lens is set to ship January 17, 2014.

  • Canon EF Lens Mount
  • Aperture Range: f/5 to f/40
  • Three Low Dispersion Glass Elements
  • eBAND and BBAR Coatings
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic Silent Drive Autofocus Motor
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Mechanism
  • Nine-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  • Removable Tripod Mount
  • Includes SILKYPIX Developer Studio

Tamron SP 150-600mm

December 30, 2013
Posted in News

Canon Patents for New EF-M Lenses (16-120, 18-55, 18-200)

Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon that appears to refer to new lenses for the EOS M system: 16-120mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. All lenses are image stabilised and have stepping motors.

  • Patent Publication No. 2013-257507
    • Publication date 2013.12.26
    • Filing date 2012.6.14
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 2.87
    • Focal length f = 18.58 – 27.82 – 53.36mm
    • Fno 3.60 -. 4.27 – 5.69
    • Half angle ω = 36.33 – 26.15 – 14.36 °
    • Image height Y = 13.66mm
    • 86.23 – – 104.79mm 78.22 overall length of the lens
    • BF 0.50mm
    • 13 pieces of 11-group lens configuration
    • Three four-sided aspherical
  • Example 3
    • Zoom ratio 10.39
    • Focal length f = 18.60 – 60.12 – 193.23mm
    • Fno 3.55 -. 5.59 – 6.60
    • Half angle ω = 36.29 – 12.80 – 4.04 °
    • Image height Y = 13.66mm
    • 151.48 – – 184.39mm 118.58 overall length of the lens
    • BF 0.50mm
    • 18 pieces of 14-group lens configuration
    • Three three-sided aspherical
    • One UD glass
  • Example 4
    • Zoom ratio 7.14
    • 51.87 – – 117.70mm 16.48 focal length
    • Fno 3.60 -. 5.30 – 5.88
    • Half angle ω = 39.65 – 14.75 – 6.62 °
    • Image height Y = 13.66mm
    • 138.55 – – 162.35mm 114.75 overall length of the lens
    • BF 0.50mm
    • 17 pieces of 13-group lens configuration
    • Two two-sided aspherical
    • One UD glass
  • Canon patents
    • Vibration control
    • Inner focus

December 29, 2013
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Warning: Canon EOS 6D w/ 24-105mm f/4L IS – $1850

 EOS 6D

A steal! eBay seller bestopsteals (98.3% positive ratings) has the EOS 6D with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens for ridiculous $1849.99 (click here). Bargain price for Canon’s entry-level full-frame DSLR. New USA model, free shipping in the US.

December 28, 2013
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Amazon UK and DE Gold Box Deals: EOS M Kits and 18-85mm IS Lens

There are two good deals for EU visitors that are live, both are Gold Box deals:

December 28, 2013
Posted in News

Canon Print Plugin App For New Kindle Fire HD and HDX

Canon Print Plugin

Canon released a free print app for Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX to wirelessly print documents, photos, emails and calendar events from the devices. More information, list of supported printers and download link here.

Canon USA press release:

Canon U.S.A. Announces Availability Of Print Plugin App For New Kindle Fire Devices

MELVILLE, N.Y., December 26, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced availability of a print plugin app for Amazon’s all new Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX, expanding Canon’s already extensive mobile printing capabilities. Customers can now easily integrate the new Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets into their daily printing activities with the ability to wirelessly print documents, photos, emails and calendar events from their device, allowing for convenient printing in the home or office.

The Canon Print Plugin app is compatible with select imageCLASS laser printers and multifunction printers, imageRUNNER and imageRUNNER ADVANCE devices and select PIXMA inkjet printers. The Canon Print Plugin app is available for download in the Amazon Appstore.

For more information on the support models and other details, please visit
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/standard_display/mobile_printer_plugin_am

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