October 31, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon EOS 70D Reviewed by dpreview

Dual Pixel AF

Canon EOS 70D
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It took some time but now dpreview’s review of the EOS 70D is online. The review goes over 19 pages, and covers anything you may want to know about the 70D. Some excerpts from the conclusion:

  • High ISO shots are quite usable, even above ISO 6400
  • [...] the 70D’s Dual Pixel AF offers the most impressive Movie and Live View autofocus we’ve seen from a true SLR.
  • With a solid build, good grip, and balanced feel, the 70D has controls well-arrayed for quick access
  • [...] it appears [image quality has] improved, with a lower noise floor and lower noise overall than the 60D, and good image quality in both bright and low light.
  • Video quality is very good, made better primarily by the 70D’s Dual Pixel AF. Combined with either of the new STM kit lenses, autofocus is smooth, quiet and accurate most of the time.
  • [...] crafted for the enthusiast photographer than its predecessor, the Canon EOS 70D is an excellent blend of control and quality in a tight, reasonably affordable package. Anyone looking for better autofocus in video mode need look no further, as the 70D’s Dual Pixel AF offers the most advanced phase-detect autofocus on the market
  • Overall, the Canon EOS 70D exceeded our expectations in the autofocus department, and satisfied our needs as a quality enthusiast camera for a wide variety of shooting situations.

The game changing feature of the 70D is the Dual Pixel AF, dpreview has two pages dedicated to this feature. dpreview gave the 70D an overall score of 83% and their Gold Award.


October 30, 2013
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Canon Deals: Refurbished EOS 7D ($920), EOS 6D w/ Accessories ($1573), and Rebates for the EOS 70D

B&H has refurbished Canon EOS 7D on sale for $919.95. Not bad for a still outstanding DSLR.

Adorama, on  the other hand, offers instant rebates and/or mail-in rebates on various EOS 70D kits – click here to see them all. Instant rebates go up to $300, mail-in rebates up to $400. These rebates expire October 31st at midnight.

And it is still Adorama that has a cool EOS 6D bundle for $1573. The bundle includes: SanDisk 16GB Class 10 memory card, a spare battery, Manfrotto 394 Aluminum 4 Section Photo-Movie Monopod, and a camera bag – all for $1573. Please note that the price shows up after checkout.

October 30, 2013
Posted in Rumors

More Sigma “Sport” Lenses Coming in 2014

Sigma "Sport" Lenses

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
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It appears that Sigma will enjoy us with more lenses based on their new technology. Various lenses that will be part of the “Sport” line-up may be announced. The rumor fits with the rumored list of next Sigma lenses we posted aome time ago.

The rumor has word that Sigma will announce first a 300mm f/2.8 OS and a 400mm f/2.8 OS lens. These lenses may be undergone field-testing during the Winter Olympic Games. The other lenses Sigma is said to work on are a 500mm and a 800mm lens.

I can just hope Sigma will again be able to pack all the engineering wizardry they put into the awesome 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM and 35mm f1.4 DG lenses.

[via CR]

October 30, 2013
Posted in Deals

EU Deals: Canon EF-M 18-55mm IS STM

A deal for EU visitors spotted by dealsrunner: Canon EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens is Amazon UK’s today Gold Box Deal – see it on dealsrunner. Should go live soon.

October 30, 2013
Posted in patents

Canon Patent for Transparent Mirror

Egami (translated) spotted a pretty interesting patent filed by Canon. The patent refers to a transparent mirror technology (aka pellicle mirror), the technology Sony employes on their SLT cameras. This could be a hint about what Canon’s engineers are working on.

  • Patent Publication No. 2013-218241
    • Publication date 2013.10.24
    • Filing date 2012.4.12
  • Canon patent
    • Pellicle mirror
    • The transmitted light image sensor in, I lead the OVF the reflected light
    • Reflectance (transmittance) variable
    • (Low transmittance) high set the reflectance OVF when, at the time of imaging is set (high transmittance) low reflectance


October 30, 2013
Posted in News

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Update Released (ver. 1.2.3)

Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III.

Firmware Version 1.2.3 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the flash may not fire depending on the timing of when the shutter button is pressed.
2. Fixes a phenomenon in which the AF microadjustment value may change.*
3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the LCD monitor may show a line of false color along boundaries of high contrast.
4. Fixes a phenomenon in which the histogram of a LiveView image is incorrectly displayed when an HDMI cable is connected.
5. Enables the brightness of the camera’s LCD monitor to be adjusted even when an HDMI cable is connected.

* The phenomenon listed in 2 was addressed with Firmware Version 1.2.1, and has been further improved with Firmware Version 1.2.3.

Firmware Version 1.2.3 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.2.1. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.2.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

When updating the firmware of your camera, please first review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.

The new Firmware Version 1.2.3 can be downloaded by clicking here.

This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.

Please register the EOS 5D Mark III. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when future firmware updates become available for download. If you already registered, please ensure you are opted-in to receive the notification.

Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc

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