April 7, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: SanDisk 32GB CF Extreme Pro 600x Memory Cards – $89 (compare to $129)

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B&H Photo has SanDisk 32GB CF Extreme Pro 600x UDMA memory cards on sale for $89 instead of $129.

April 6, 2014
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First Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Review (the Sigma beats Canon and Nikon’s competition)

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Review

SLR Gear had the chance to review the Sigma 50mm f71.4 DG HSM “Art” lens. A lens Sigma claims will compete with the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 (priced around $4000).

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art seems to hold up to the hype and the expectations. They compared the Sigma with Canon’s 50mm f/1.2L lens (price & specs), among other lenses like the Nikon 58mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor, and, when it comes to sharpness, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4

sharpness holds up very well against this competition. At f/1.4 and on a full-frame camera, it pretty well blows all of the others out of the water. The Canon 50/1.2L is pretty sharp in the center, but the corners are extremely soft.

The other lenses all improve at f/2, but so does the Sigma 50, easily bettering all the others, at every point across the frame. At f/2.8, the Sigma’s blur characteristic is almost perfectly flat, and quite sharp everywhere.

Chromatic aberrations are quite well controlled in the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 and vignetting is lower than on the Canon. And what about distortion? The Sigma has an almost immeasurable geometric distortion. The Sigma 50mm is

very well built, making use of their Thermally Stable Composite material, that despite technically being a form of polycarbonate plastic, looks and feels more like metal (and shares similar thermal properties to aluminum, as well)

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They conclude:

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art is the most exciting lens we’re likely to review this year. All competing lenses from Canon and Nikon fell short when compared to the resolving power of the 50mm Art. We haven’t (yet) tested the very best from Zeiss, but we are confident Sigma will trounce it in one key area: price. This difference is likely to be a yawning chasm. Our expectation for pricing on this lens is for something at least a bit less than Canon’s 50mm f/1.2 L, which goes for $1,700; despite a variety of rumors and no official price for the Sigma yet, we’re expecting it’ll be less than that.

I think this is the very first full review of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM “Art” lens, and it is definitely worth to be studied. Test charts and sample pics are included.

It appears Sigma is about to launch another awesome lens, one that could be more outstanding even than the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM (price & specs) and the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM (price & specs), two of Sigma’s new lenses that are highly regarded by the community. We have just to wait to know the price :-)

Have a great sunday!

[via SLR Gear]

April 5, 2014
Posted in Patents

Canon Patent To Make Display Of RAW Images Quicker

Canon Patent

Egami (translated) found a patent filed by Canon to accelerate the display of RAW files. The machine translated text says:

By using an extracted region of the focus area in focus, it is placed at the beginning of the file, the display of the file seems to be faster in practice

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-53701
    • Publication date 2014.3.20
    • Filing date 2012.9.6
  • Canon patents
    • From the in-focus position, to determine the area to be displayed in preference
    • To be recorded in the file rearranges the area
    • Face detection, or if you have focused on the focus area of ​​multiple consideration
April 4, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deals: Canon DSLR Rebates Extended And More

 

The Canon DSLR bundle rebates have been extended at both Adorama (click here) and B&H Photo (click here). You can save up to $250 on dozens of items.

Amazon also started new discounts on selected Canon DSLRs (click here). These are instant rebates and apply immediately. The Canon EOS 70D, for instance, is on sale for $1,099.

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April 4, 2014
Posted in News

Interview With Canon Master Yann Arthus-Bertrand

The Canon Professionale Network published an interview with photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s moment of truth; the defining moment that will forever be the point at which his life changed forever, came in 2000. Following a number of years criss-crossing the planet taking jaw-dropping images, he had successfully amassed a portfolio of images that would make him who he is today.

Each image was taken from a unique perspective that cleverly combined colour, form and geography wrapped up in distinctive narrative. The project had taken Bertrand to five continents and 60 countries and all of the photographs were shot from above.

The interview comes with a showcase of 6 beautiful pictures and the description of the gear Yann Arthus-Bertrand is using.

April 4, 2014
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Deal: Canon EOS 6D – $1600

 

EOS 6D Top Rated Plus eBay seller getitidigital (99.4% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 6D on sale for $1,599.99.USA model & warranty. Free shipping. Limited quantity.
April 4, 2014
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Canon Further Expands Its Ambassadors Programme (CPN)

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Canon Professional Network press release:

Canon Europe has expanded its Ambassadors Programme with the addition of a new, third tier – the ‘Masters’, who come from not just the world of photography, but a far wider visual perspective, bringing vision and experience to the already well-proven Ambassadors Programme – plus the arrival of one new ‘Ambassador’ and eight new ‘Explorers’ from the worlds of photography and filmmaking.

The Canon Masters are industry influencers and spokespeople who are not only world renowned photographers and filmmakers but also come from the wider imaging community, including sectors such as education, photography curating and commissioning. Through the expanded Ambassadors Programme Canon is now able to further inspire, educate and motivate generations of photographers and filmmakers with the Masters sharing their knowledge, skill sets and opinions, as well as giving a wider perspective to the imaging making community as a whole.

Read the rest at CPN ->

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