Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM deal – $110 (coupon code, compare at $125)

EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

Guess this is the first deal for the new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens. Authorised Canon dealer BeachCamera on eBay has the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM on sale for $110 using coupon code C15FATHERSDAY on checkout. Compare to $125. Inlcuded bonuses: 49mm Multicoated Protective UV Filter, Lens Cap Keeper, and Micro Fiber Cloth.

Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD teardown

What do you do if you get back a couple of Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lenses with jammed zoom rings? You disassembly them, right? At least this is what Roger Cicala of Lensrentals does.

He writes:

[…] we found that the Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 is a well built lens, but certainly not very modular in construction. Where a modular lens, such as the newer Canon lenses, separates easily into three sub-assemblies, the Tamron came apart in lots of separate pieces as shown in the picture below. And we hadn’t done anything like a complete disassembly. None of the optical elements or helicoids had been touched yet and the front barrel was still on.

Getting in and out of it is not complicated or difficult, but it’s definitely more tedious than a modular design. How does this affect you? Not at all. Tamron has a really good service department, consistently ranking high on our list. Their techs probably wish the lens was more modular (I know we do) but they’ll be able to fix it just fine.

Want to learn more? Head over to Lensrentals for pictures and description of the full disassembly process.

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Fathers Day Special Sale on refurbished gear at Canon Store


The Canon Direct Store has many discounts on refurbished DSLRsrefurbished lenses, refurbished Speedlites, and refurbished Powershot cameras. Some notable deals:

The discount program expires 6/21, but I guess the EOS 6D, 5D Mark III, and other hot deals won’t last until tomorrow.

Canon News

Video above: Mini photo projects with Canon

A round-up of assorted Canon news.

Explore the world of Canon optics – Canon USA
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Sample Image Gallery – Amateur Photographer
Master your camera: Controlling autofocus on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III – Amateur Photographer
Unleash the power of STM (Smooth Transition for Motion) – Canon USA
Canon EOS 750D Sample Image Gallery – Amateur Photographer
Fast, slick and double-quick : filming the Quant car with EOS C100 Mark II and EOS 70D – Canon Professional Network
Syncing time across multiple EOS camera bodies – Canon Digital Learning Center
Dear Canon and Nikon, I Have Some Suggestions – PetaPixel
Boniface Mwangi: activism, photography and making a difference – Canon Professional Network
Canon EOS 760D Sample Images – Photography Blog

Canon XC10 Footage – First Impressions and Review – Cinema5d


Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II out in the wild, to be announced within next 6 months [CW3]

EF 35mm f/1.4L II

The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L

New Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II rumors surfaced. The replacement for the EF 35mm f/1.4L could be announced within the next 6 months. The new EF 35mm f/1.4L II is said to feature the latest coating technologies developed by Canon. Being an “L” lens it will obviously be weather sealed.

A smaller filter thread is also rumored, and the EF 35mm f/1.4L II may be a bit longer and bigger than its predecessor. According to the rumor, first samples are undergoing testing by select photographers. No announcement date is suggested. I guess the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L Mark II will be announced in Fall 2015.

[via CR]