June 11, 2013
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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.

June 11, 2013
Posted in News

Canon Direct Print and Scan For Mobile V2.0 (for Android Devices) Announced

Canon announced Canon Direct Print and Scan For Mobile V2.0 app for Android devices (Google Play | Amazon Appstore).

Canon USA press release:

Canon Direct Print and Scan For Mobile V2.0 Now Available For Android Devices

Mobile App Enables Direct Access to Print and Scan Capabilities of Compatible MEAP-enabled Canon MFPs1
MELVILLE, N.Y., June 10, 2013 – In response to the increase of mobile devices in the workforce and the demand for print and scan capability from device users, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the availability of the Canon Direct Print and Scan for Mobile V2.0 mobile client app for Android devices on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. The app provides Android users with a mobile print and scan solution that easily integrates their Android devices with MEAP (multifunction embedded application platform) -enabled Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE and imageRUNNER multifunction products (MFP).

In addition to providing the ability to print from and scan to Android devices, the Canon Direct Print and Scan for Mobile V2.0 application incorporates a variety of new features including:

  • Authentication and tracking – by integrating with Canon MFP authentication methods, the app allows tracking and monitoring of users’ mobile printing activity.
  • Web page printing – provides users the ability to print directly from a website to a compatible MEAP-enabled Canon MFP. (The app utilizes a built-in web browser that is able to render a web page within the app and output the previewed page to the MFP.)
  • Wireless Network Connection Automation – allows automated connectivity to wireless local area networks directly from the user’s mobile device. (System owners can permit users to seamlessly transition from the network currently activated on the user’s device to the network on which a nearby Canon MFP resides. For added security, an automated password can be configured and embedded into the application eliminating the need for users to individually enter a confidential company code in order to access the network supporting the MFP.)2

Canon Direct Print and Scan for Mobile V2.0, coupled with a compatible Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE or imageRUNNER MFP, expands printing and scanning opportunities for mobile users. Customers will now be able to easily print from and scan to Android devices, and remotely manage Canon MFP print finishing features and scan options (e.g., select paper sizes, select scan resolution, enable duplex printing, choose color or black-and-white output, select number of prints, collate and more).

The Canon Direct Print and Scan for Mobile V2.0 application is supported by the combined functionality of two separate applications: 1) a MEAP application that runs on a compatible Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE or imageRUNNER MFP and 2) a mobile client app that resides on Android devices.

The mobile client app is available as a free download on:

For more information about the DPSM V2.0 MEAP application, please contact an Authorized Canon Dealer.

June 11, 2013
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US Deal: Canon Rebel T4i (EOS 650D) w/ Accessories – $555

Rebel T4i

It has been discontinued by Canon since the Rebel T5i (EOS 700D) (price & specs) was announced, but Top rated plus eBay seller getitdigital (>42000 ratings, 99.6% positive) has the still excellent Rebel T4i (EOS 650D) body only on sale for $555 (click here). Bonus items: a 16GB memory card and a spare battery. Deal found via dealsrunner.com.

June 11, 2013
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Canon Patent: 85mm f/1.2, 85mm f/1.8, 135mm f/2, 50mm f/1.4

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50mm f/1.4

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85mm f/1.8

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85mm f/1.2

Egami (translated) spotted new patents for lenses filed by Canon: 85mm f/1.2, 85mm f/1.8, 135mm f/2 and 50mm f/1.4.

  • Patent Publication No. 2013-114133
    • Publication date 2013.6.10
    • Filing date 2011.11.30
  • Example
    embodiment
    Focal length Fno. The overall length of the lens BF Lens constitution
    One 85.00 1.24 122.56 38.35 10 pieces of six groups
    Two 83.30 1.80 116.11 39.11 10 sheets in 7 groups
    Three 132.30 2.06 162.67 43.23 10 sheets in 7 groups
    Four 51.70 1.41 87.84 38.94 7 group nine

    Image height Y = 21.64mm

  • Factors that chromatic aberration of magnification chromatic aberration or axial chromatic aberration occurs
    • Reducing the total length
    • Focal length for a long time
  • Glass material Abbe number 70-90, of 1.4-1.5 refractive index
    • Possible correction of axial chromatic aberration
    • Must increase a curvature, spherical aberration and curvature of field is generated
  • Canon patent
    • I use a glass material having an anomalous partial dispersion of the predetermined
    • Consisting of organic and inorganic compound

Performance

[via Egami]

June 11, 2013
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Tilt-Shift Lens Comparison: Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 vs Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II

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Ron Martinsen compared the Rokinon/Samyang/Bower Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC vs the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, two tilt-shift lenses with a huge price difference: around $989 for the Rokinon, $2000 for the Canon. About the Rokinon’s build quality he says: the Rokinon didn’t feel like a cheap lens. It has more substance and quality feel than a typical Canon EF-S lens.

In the conclusion Ron writes:

My overall conclusion was that you have to look pretty hard to see the differences, so the Rokinon impressed me quite a bit. Really all that I could fault the Rokinon for was a seemingly inferior bokeh and the fact that it was a little darker.  Sure, the Rokinon controls are garbage but they work so if you are gentle on your gear it should probably be fine. Image quality wise I’d call it “as good as” Canon.

Be sure to check out Ron’s blog for more samples.

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Rokinon – Practical Shift Test (image courtesy: Ron Martinsen)

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Canon – Practical Shift Test (image courtesy: Ron Martinsen)

Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay

Product descriptions after the jump.

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June 11, 2013
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Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS and EF 35mm f/2 IS Reviews (The Phoblographer)

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Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
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The Phoblographer reviewed both the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS lens (review) and the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS lens (review). Both reviews come with plenty of sample images.

About the EF 28mm f/2.8 IS:

Canon 28mm f2.8 IS is a stunning lens. It has an excellent build quality, can deliver wonderful images, focuses fast, and is nice and small

About the EF 35mm f/2 IS:

[...] delivers some wonderful image quality, has a solid construction to it, focuses quickly, and is extremely portable.

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS
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35mm Comparison

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