Canon Direct Store Independence Day special sale event

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The Canon Direct Store has special rebates on refurbished gear for Independence Day. Some examples:

There are many more refurbished EOS DSLR, and refurbished lenses, and refurbished PowerShot cameras. The best deals are usually sold out in short time.

There is more. The Canon Store has a special sales event for July, 4th, with instant saving up to $550 on select Canon DSLR kits and bundles.

Canon EOS 5DS and 5DS R Live View issue with some Sigma lenses

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Sigma posted a product advisory (in Japanese) concerning Live View issues on the Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R when certain Sigma lenses are used [via Sigma Rumors].

Phenomenon

When the Live View Mode button on the camera body is pressed, the operation stops without displaying images on the rear LCD monitor.

Good to know

  • If your lens was updated to be compatible with the EOS 760D / 750D, then it will also work with the 5DS / 5DS R.
  • Lenses shipped after May 11, 2015, already have the new firmware and will work in Live View with any current Canon DSLR.
  • Users of the 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports – the only Global Vision lens to be affected by this issue, see list below – can do this at home using the USB Dock and Sigma Optimization Pro.

Affected lenses

Current models Serial numbers
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM No. 12651501 or later
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM No. 13044001 or later
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM No. 12713001 or later
Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM No. 12902001 or later
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports No. 50064494 to 50347793
Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM No. 12669751 or later

 

Discontinued models Serial numbers
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM No. 12665001 or later
Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM No. 12851001 or later
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM No. 12656101 or later
Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 APO EX DC OS HSM No. 12839001 or later
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM No. 12676440 or later
Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO DG OS HSM No. 12971601 or later

Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus lens review (tested on EOS 5Ds)

 

Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4

Photography Blog posted their full review of what is thought to be the world’s sharpest lens, the Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus lens. And they tested it on a Canon EOS 5Ds[/shoplkink].

The Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* is simply a superb prime lens for portrait photographers looking for the ultimate in image quality. You’d expect sharpness to be high across both the frame and aperture range from such a premium optic, and it doesn’t disappoint. In conjunction with the new Canon EOS 5Ds test camera shooting at 50 megapixel resolution, detail is exceptionally detailed and sharp. Shooting at the maximum f/1.4 aperture does reveal a minor reduction in sharpness compared to the rest of the aperture range, but the image is already pin-sharp by f/1.8. Read the review at PB.

The Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 sells for $4,490 and can be ordered at Amazon, B&H Photo and Adorama. Sample pics can be seen on Zeiss’ Flickr album.

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Canon EOS 5DS vs EOS 5DS R hands-on review (video)

DigitalRev TV posted their Canon EOS 5DS vs EOS 5DS R review. Kai’s style included.

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