Black Friday is coming folks!
B&H has a Canon EOS 70D bundle with the very good 18-135mm IS STM lens, and the 70-300mm IS lens, plus a Ruggard Commando 36 DSLR Shoulder Bag, a Watson LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh), and a SanDisk 16GB SDHC Extreme Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card – final price is $1798 (click here) after a $400 instant rebate. Free shipping and 4% rewards. The offer expires November 23.
Dual Pixel AF, a very good kit lens (the 18-135mm), a telephoto, memory card – all you need to start
New Canon Powershots could be announced at CES in 2014. One being almost sure the replacement for the superzoom PowerShot SX50 HS (hence, an SX60). This Powershot is said to take a “new direction”.
The more interesting part of the rumour: Canon could announce a successor of the PowerShot G1 X, but this time featuring a bigger APS-C sensor instead.
Finally, there is a small possibility that Canon may also announce the EOS M2 at CES, but this is really just speculation.
Top Rated Plus eBay seller has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS for $3604.82 (click here). New item in original box, free shipping and limited stock at this price. Please note what the seller states:
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Another good deal by Top Rated Plus eBay seller 6ave (99.2 positive ratings): the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens for $701.70 (click here). New item, free shipping. Bonus items: UV filter and lens cleaning kit.
The EF 50mm f/1L can be found on eBay for around $4000 (click here) – which is much more than the original retail price
Ken Rockwell posted a review of the Canon EF 50mm f/1L lens. The lens was discontinued by Canon in 2000. This lens is considered “rare” by someone, and it has a hell of a bokeh. First a short description of the lens taken from Wikipedia (see also the short video below for an overview):
The [...] EF 50mm f/1.0L USM is a professional L series autofocus lens. On the used market sells for as much as double the original retail value. It was the fastest SLR lens in production during its lifetime. This lens has a metal body and mount, and plastic extremities. It also features a wide rubber focus ring that is damped, a distance window with infrared index, and the ability to set the focus range from 0.6m to infinity, or 1m to infinity. In common with the EF 85mm f/1.2L USM it uses an electronic “focus by wire” system and requires power from the camera in order to manual focus. The 8-blade diaphragm and maximum aperture of f/1.0 give this lens the ability to create extremely shallow depth of field effects and to support low light situations. The optical construction of this lens contains 11 lens elements, including two ground and polished aspherical lens elements. This lens uses a floating front extension focusing system, powered by a ring-type USM motor. The front of the lens does not rotate, but does extend when focusing.
Some excerpts taken from Rockwell’s review:
This highly advanced 50mm f/1.0 is a thoroughly relevant and modern lens for all kinds of shooting. It’s the one Super-Lens you can use for photographing anything and everything in any light. Technically it performs far better than it should, and used at its limits, which are the very limits of photography itself, it can help give unique renditions that other photographers with more limited tools will not be able to duplicate.
About the reason to get “this masterpiece”:
- Used at larger apertures, gives a unique look which cannot be duplicated any other way [...]
- For ultra-low light, f/1.0 is 1/2 to 2/3 stops faster than common f/1.2 lenses. In fact, this f/1.0 lens as about as much faster than an f/1.2 lens as an f/1.4 lens is faster than an f/1.8 lens [...]
- Subject Isolation: no other 50mm lens can isolate a subject from its surroundings as strongly as can this lens [...]
The video below (by YouTube user peachy dismay) is recommended if you want to see how shallow the depth of field of this lens is, and to have a comprehensive overview.
Prototypes of the replacement for the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS are said to undergo testing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February next year. As usual in such cases, selected photographers will have the opportunity to use the lens. It is not sure if the Winter Olympics are the final testbed for the lens, and if we can expect an announcement soon after
Two of them.
- Canon U.S.A. Showcasing Latest Large Format Printing Systems During Autodesk University 2013
MELVILLE, N.Y., November 21, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that it will showcase its latest large format printing systems during Autodesk University 2013, December 3 – 5 in Las Vegas, NV. Attendees of the prominent software conference can expect to see first-hand the new Océ PlotWave 360 system and Océ PlotWave 750 system – designed with a series of advanced collaboration tools to meet the evolving print, copy and scan needs of technical users – read the rest here
- Canon imagePROGRAF Printers Earn 2014 “Wide Format Graphic Arts Printer Line Of The Year” Award From Buyers Laboratory LLC
MELVILLE, N.Y., November 21, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the company has earned the Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) “2014 Wide Format Graphic Arts Printer Line of the Year” award for the imagePROGRAF iPFx400 and iPFx400S series of large format printers (12- and 8-Color models). Additionally, Canon’s imagePROGRAF iPF6400S, iPF8400S and iPF765 MFP M40 printers have been recognized for three prestigious BLI Winter 2014 “Pick” awards in the wide-format category – read the rest here.