July 30, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Update – Sigma Rumor: Sigma is Soon Going to Change your Mind (and might announce a 24-70mm lens)

Sigma Rumor

Update (thanks to the reader who posted in the comments, I got confirmation also from other sources): It appears as if the service Sigma is touting will be a mount conversion service. That is, Sigma will change the mount type of your Sigma lens so you can use it on a different camera brand (if you switch from Nikon to Canon, for instance). You will have to send in the lens (at least in the first period). It is yet to see if the service will be free or not.

Change your mind? Change your [mount]?

The Korean text translates to From September 2nd, Sigma will start the world’s first special… service. So, what is Sigma going to announce on August 1st? I suppose a new mount type adapter. That could fit the rumor I reported yesterday, that Sigma could launch a sort of universal system adapter where all Sigma lenses can be used on all mirrorless systems. We’ll see soon, the announcement is expected for August 1st 6:00am Korean time. Stay tuned! [slrclub via dicahub]

There is also another rumor concerning Sigma, though I do not think it is related to the announcement above. Rumors suggest that Sigma is working on a 24-70 f/2 OS HSM lens for full-frame cameras, and that lens should be faster than f/2.8. Thus a lens that is in line with the amazing 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM for APS-C cameras. No word about the price, the lens should be announced at Photokina 2014. [via CR]

July 30, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Canon Rumor: Canon Media Event Scheduled for August 21st

Canon Rumor

Canon USA scheduled a press event for August 21st. No hints for what. There could be the announcement of the successor of the Canon EOS M, the recent fire sales appear to give some credits to that. If there will be an announcement for the a new EOS M, then it will have the sensor and the Dual Pixel CMOS AF of the Canon EOS 70D. Less probably the announcement of the EOS 7D Mark II, which is expected for next year. Finally, we had plenty of rumours concerning a high resolution DSLR Canon is supposed to work on.

More to come soon

[via PB]

July 29, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon Deals of the Day: Refurbished Rebel T4i with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM ($559), EF 24-105mm f/4L Lens ($709)

Rebel T4i Canon EF 24-105mm

Adorama is selling (on eBay) refurbished Canon Rebel T4i with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens for $559 (click here). The camera has been refurbished by Canon, free shipping and 90 days warranty.

eBay seller bigvalueinc (98.2% positive ratings) has the highly popular EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens on sale for just $709 (click here). A steal if compared to regular $1149. Free shipping and limited quantity. Please note what the seller writes:

  • This lens is 100% brand new.
  • These are lenses that were originally packaged with Canon Camera Kits. We sold the Canon Kits in a quantity order, and we had simply removed the Lenses and placed them in their own box with all original foam packaging.These Lenses are limited quantity only.

The same lens, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS, is on sale by Top Rated Plus eBay seller getitdigital (99.4% positive ratings) for $759.99 (click here). USA warranty, free shipping.

July 29, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Rumor: Will Sigma Soon Announce a Mirrorless System Camera (or a Super System Adapter)?


Sigma Poland started a website named Sigma Foto Revolution. There is a running countdown (2 days 17 hours left) with a slogan that translated to Overthrow the system with Sigma – there is liberation. Although Sigma clearly stated that they will not make a mirrorless system camera, the teaser seems to suggest exactly that. I am very curious to learn what they will announce. Sigma made some outstanding gear recently, think the 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM and 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM lenses.

However, 43rumors has some good speculations about what could happen in two days:

1) Sigma could launch a new system camera with a new mount
2) Sigma could launch a system camera and join the Micro Four Thirds standard
3) Sigma could launch a sort of universal system adapter where all Sigma lenses can be used on all mirrorless systems (including MFT)

43rumors thinks that option 3 is the more plausible. We’ll see soon.

July 29, 2013
Posted in Reviews

New Canon EOS 70D Sample Pics (with EF-S 60mm) and Test Series (whole ISO range, EF-S 18-55mm IS STM)

EOS 70D Sample Pics

Canon EOS 70D,EF-S60mm f/2.8 Macro USM,0.01 sec (1/100),f/2.8,ISO3200,+2/3 EV (image credit: Digital Life Innovator)

Japanese site Digital Life Innovator (translated) posted a new set of sample pics shot with the Canon EOS 70D and an EF 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens (more sample pics by the same site can be seen here). Original files can be downloaded. Image quality is pretty amazing, especially for the high ISO shots (see pic above and below, both shot at ISO 3200). Korean site DicaHub (translated) posted test series covering the whole ISO range (100-12800), with additional crops taken from each test picture. More after the break.

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July 29, 2013
Posted in News

Canon EOS 5D Mark III in Iceland (Video)

Beautiful video by  shot in Iceland using a Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Eric writes:

Expedition Iceland is a collection of some of my favorite shots I did around Iceland during my 17 day, 4000 mile adventure around the country during the midnight sun in June 2013. This personal piece was shot entirely using the Canon 5D Mark III and only a few different Canon lenses.

I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland, and I had to take the opportunity when it came up. Sleeping in the passenger seat of a small SUV and living off mostly gas station food, it was all worth it. The country was absolutely stunning and I certainly hope to spend more time there again.

[via photographyblog]

July 28, 2013
Posted in News

Lomography Brings Back the 19th Century Petzval Lens

Lomography is crowdsourcing the funding for this lens project. The lens will be available for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. The Phoblographer has a good article to learn more about the Petzval lens. For sample pics check the Kickstarter page.

Quoting the project:

In the 19th Century, the vast majority of photos were shot with the extremely popular Petzval lens. The lens was invented by Joseph Petzval in Vienna in 1840 and had a huge impact on the development of photography. Photos shot with a Petzval lens are immediately recognizable for their sharpness and crispness, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field. The totally distinctive look of Petzval photos is all about the fantastic lens design that gives you the satisfaction of the instant optic experience that goes far beyond using photo editing software and filters.

For this Kickstarter project, we are reinventing the Petzval Lens for 21st century photographers and videographers. It doesn’t matter whether you shoot analog or digital; the brand new Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens is designed to work withCanon EF and Nikon F mount cameras. So, for the first time, you can easily get the fantastic Petzval photographic look with 35mm analog cameras and DSLR cameras too. This will bring with it a whole new world of possibilities; from shooting Petzval photos with your 35mm SLR or DSLR, to creating amazing DSLR movies with the lens!

The specs:

  • Focal Length: 85mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.2
  • Apertures: Waterhouse aperture set, up to f/16
  • Image Circle: 44mm
  • Field of View: 30 degrees
  • Lens Mounting Profile: Canon EF and Nikon F
  • Electronic contacts: No
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 1m
  • Focusing Mechanism: Gear Rack Focusing
  • Lens Construction: 4 Elements in 3 Groups
  • Filter Thread: 67mm
  • Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 120mm x 85mm x 80mm (Please note: This is an estimate based on the first working sample)
  • Weight: 500g (Please note: This is an estimate based on the first working sample)

Petzval Lens