Want to try out Canon’s new super-telephoto-zoom but can’t afford to pay the price of a small car (>$11.000)? You can rent the lens at Borrow Lenses (click here). Better to hurry up since you have to reserve the lens.
I featured a couple of reviews of the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x:
- PetaPixel’s review
- More reviews and the Canon Digital Learning Center Article here
- A review by British photographer Andy Rouse
So, how does the lens perform? The copy I had was fantastic. I’m not an empirical tester—I just shot the lens daily at the London Olympics for 16 days on my EOS-1D X bodies, almost always wide open and usually under challenging lighting conditions. I think without the extender the sharpness is a match for any Canon prime telephoto and with the extender the performance is as good or better than any prime lens plus extender combination I have ever used. The auto-focus speed on the 1D X body is on a par with the latest Series II lenses. The image-stabilization allowed me to make a sharp photo of the Queen during the opening ceremonies at a shutter speed of 1/100 of a second at 560mm on a monopod.
- 18.0MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
- DIGIC 5 Image Processor
- 3.0″ Clear View II Touchscreen LCD
- ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
- Full HD 1080 Video with Continuous AF
- 4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
- 9-Point AF System
- Scene Intelligent Auto Mode
- Compact and Lightweight; Weighs 0.8 lb
- EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
ephotozine reviewed the Canon Rebel SL1 (EOS 100D in EU), the world’s smallest DSLR. They liked:
- Excellent image quality
- Excellent colour
- Excellent noise performance
- Very good build quality and design
- Optical viewfinder
- Q-button gives quick access
- Smallest DSLR available
- Great touchscreen
- Improved live view focus speeds
The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 kit with 18-55mm EF-S IS STM and EF-S 55-250mm IS II lenses is $950 (click here) on Amazon ($148 off) for a limited time.
Imaging resource reviewed the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. The cam features a whooping 50x zoom, equivalent to 24-1200mm, and Canon’s Intelligent IS optical image stabilization technology. The reviewer
was extremely happy with the quality of the 12-megapixel images I took with the Canon SX50 HS, especially those I captured at ISO 400 and below. For the most part, the photos — even at full 50x zoom — were pretty sharp and dynamic.
In the conclusion they write:
In most ways the Canon SX50 HS proved to be the long-reaching camera I had longed to use for capturing images of Spring Training baseball. And I strongly suspect it would be as perfect for shooting daytime travel, street, architecture, landscape and wildlife photography as it was for capturing the sights and action of a sunny ballgame.
It was also an equally impressive travel companion in terms of its size, simplicity to use and shooting flexibility. [...] The Canon SX50 HS proved to have ample image quality and advanced features to make it a great second or travel camera for serious shooters, and plenty of flexibility to make it a great primary camera for beginning and casual photographers.
The review comes with many sample shots, test charts etc. Specifications (taken from Adorama’s product page):
- World’s first 50x Optical Zoom (24-1200mm) and 24mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilizer delivers magnificent images whether you are up close or far away
- 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with a DIGIC 5 Image Processor creates the Canon HS SYSTEM for improved low-light performance up to ISO 6400 and enhanced image quality
- Capture stunning 1080p Full HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; zoom while shooting and play back videos on an HDTV via the HDMI output
- High Speed AF greatly improves focus speed and High-Speed Burst HQ allows for continuous capture at a maximum of 10 frames while maintaining superb image quality
- Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition
- Bright 2.8-inch Vari-angle LCD with 461,000 dots for shooting at a variety of angles, plus an Electronic Viewfinder
- Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on 58 predefined shooting situations and the Face ID function adjusts focus and exposure priority based on pre-registered faces
- Full range of shooting and recording modes including RAW+JPEG for the ultimate creative control
- Built-in hot shoe allows compatibility with optional Speedlite flashes for additional lighting options
New arrivals and discounts at B&H
Sigma USB dock for Canon is stock – $59 (click here)
Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens $40 off – $229 (click here)
- Ultra Wide-Angle 8mm Fisheye Lens
- For APS-C Size Image Formats
- Rounded Image When Used With Full Frame
- Hybrid Aspherical Lenses — Sharp Images
- Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
- Manual Focus Lens
- Minimum Focusing Distance of 12″
- Built-In Petal-Type Lens Hood
Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM was $249, now it is $216.64 (click here)
- Compatible with EOS M Mirrorless Camera
- Moderate Wide-Angle Lens
- Bright f/2 Lens Aperture
- Exceptional Low-Light Performance
- One Aspheric Lens Element
- Built-In Stepping Motor
- Smooth & Continuous AF
- Seven Blade Circular Aperture
- Short Minimum Focusing Distance of 5.9″
dpreview reviewed Canon’s PIXMA PRO-10 printer and gave it a Gold Award. They liked:
- Excellent print quality, both in color and B&W
- Chroma optimizer reduces gloss differential, bronzing
- Metamerism is minimal
- Solid feel and high quality construction
- Strong support from Canon for third party papers
- Profiling software included
- Wi-fi connectivity in addition to USB & Ethernet
Super deal at Adorama: The WiFi-enabled Canon PIXMA PRO-10 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer is on sale just $299 (click here) after $200 instant rebate and $200 mail-in rebate. Limited stock so hurry up! Free shipping and free photo paper.
And there is more!!
Top rated eBay seller getitdigital (42127, 99.6% positive) has the Canon EOS 6D body only on sale for $1,637.99 (click here) and they have the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens for $724.99 (click here).; That’s more than $420 off the regular price.
Even more deals. On Amazon, for limited time only, save $148 on select Canon EOS Rebel T5i and SL1 SLR Camera bundles on Amazon.com.
- Canon EOS Rebel T5i (EOS 700D) with 18-55mm EF-S IS STM Lens and EF-S 55-250mm IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens – $1,050 (click here)
- Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (EOS 100D) with 18-55mm EF-S IS STM Lens and EF-S 55-250mm IS II – $950 (click here)
- Canon EOS Rebel T51 (EOS 700D) with 18-135mm EF-S IS STM Lens and EF-S 55-250mm IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens – $1,249 (click here)
Top rated eBay seller vstarsales (13721 ratings, 99.7% positive) has the Rokinon/Samyang/Bower 35mm T1.5 Wide Angle Cine Lens with de-clicked aperture for $479.95 (click here). Compare at $549. A lens cleaning pen and kit are included.