June 12, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Review (dpreview)

EF 40mm

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
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dpreview posted the review of Canon’s little pancake lens, the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, a lens with a low price tag that delivers surprising good image quality. dpreview says:

The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM is a fairly unprepossessing little lens, and its tiny size and relatively low price might make you wonder whether significant compromises have been made in its design and construction. But the moment you start shooting with it and looking at the images it produces, any such thoughts rapidly disappear – it’s actually a very fine lens.

So, the optics are good, the AF is quiet and fast, and it has a decent build. Actuall in the US the lens has a $50 discount and is sold for $149. dpreview also posted a sample image gallery. The lens got an overall score of 84% and hence dpreview’s Gold Award.

ef 40mm

Click the image to see dpreview’s EF 40mm sample pic gallery

June 12, 2013
Posted in Deals

UK Deal: Canon EOS 550D Body Only – £380

EOS 550D

Top rated eBay seller littlewoods-clearance (348686 ratings, 99.7% positive) has the Canon EOS 550D body only for £379.99 (click here). Free shipping.

Found via dealsrunner.com



June 12, 2013
Posted in Deals

Last Day To Get 20% Discount On Kuuvik Capture Tethering Software

Today (June 12) is the last chance to get 20% discount on the retail price of Kuuvik Capture, a newly released tethering software for the Mac. All you have to do is enter the coupon code canonwatch.com when checking out in the webshop. I covered this feature-rich tethering software here.

Currently, Kuuvik Capture is available at an introductory price, so you get an even better bargain when applying the coupon code (see below how to).

  • Licenses for Canon EOS 60D, 650D, 600D, 550D, 1100D: $79.99 – with coupon code: $63.99
  • Licenses for Canon EOS-1D X, 1D Mark IV, 1Ds Mark III, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 6D, 7D: $99.99 – with coupon code $79.99

How to get the 20% discount. First, download the 30 day trial version of Kuuvik Capture here (scroll down to the bottom of the page). Next, you buy the license from within the application following the Kuuvik Capture->License path. After that you click on the “Buy” button. The coupon code (canonwatch.com) needs to be entered right before checkout in the webshop. The discount will be applied against the purchase price. Happy tethering! :-)

June 12, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Canon Rumor: New Tidbits About Canon’s Big Megapixel DSLR (over 35MP, announcement end 2014?)

Canon Rumor

It was a while we didn’t here about the murmured high res DSLR Canon is supposed to work on. New rumors surfaced.

Canon’s big megapixel camera could be announced before the end of 2014. It seems that Canon is not sure yet which form factor the cam should have, discussion is about a EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs) or EOS-1D X (price & specs) styled body. Or maybe a new form factor that’s somewhere in between? It’s said that Canon is testing three different sensors for the final model, all above the 35 MegaPixel mark.

[via CR]

June 12, 2013
Posted in News, Reviews

Pre-Order and Preview: Rokinon 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS for Canon EF-S and EF-M Mounts (ships in August)

rokinon 16mm f/2

B&H has the Rokinon 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS for both the Canon EF-S (click here) and EF-M (click here) mount available for pre-order. The expected shipping date is August 8 for the EF-S version and July 30 for the EF-M version. Price for both lenses is $479. Other brand names for the lens are Samyang/Bower.

  • Aperture Range: f/2.0-22
  • 25.6mm Equivalency in 35mm Format
  • Two Aspherical Lens Elements
  • One Extra-low Dispersion Element
  • UMC Lens Coating
  • Manual Focus

B&H posted a short preview of the lens with some sample images.

rokinon 16mm f/2

June 11, 2013
Posted in Deals

Crazy Memory Card Deal (just today), 4% Rewards on Canon DSLRs, and New MacBooks

Crazy one day only Sony memory card deal at B&H: Sony 16GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card on sale for just $9.95 (click here).

There is also a 4% rewards program on most Canon DSLRs going on – check it here.

Finally, best post-processing and editing gear for those on the road: Apple’s MacBook Air, all new models here ready to ship.