April 23, 2014
Posted in Deals

Canon Deals: EF 24-70mm f/4L IS ($920), EF 24-105mm f/4L IS ($659), EOS-1D X ($5600))


Canon Deals

3 good deals by Top Rated Plus eBay seller getitdigital (99.3% positive ratings).

Canon DealsEOS-1D X

April 23, 2014
Posted in News

Canon Earns 4 TIPA Awards For EOS 70D, Powershot G1 X Mark II, EF 200-400mm 1.4x, and Dual Pixel AF

Dual Pixel AF

Canon won 4 TIPA awards for the Canon EOS 70D (price & specs), the Powershot G1 X Mark II (price & specs), the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens (price & specs), and for the Dual Pixel CMSOS AF technology that’s featured on the 70D and the EOS C100.

Canon press release:

Canon celebrates 20th straight year of Technical Image Press Association awards with wins for camera products and technology

TOKYO, April 23, 2014—Three Canon camera products and one Canon technology were recognized with “Best Photo and Imaging Product” awards by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), representing 29 photo and imaging magazines from 16 countries across five continents. The four award-winners are: the EOS 70D digital SLR (DSLR) camera, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II digital compact camera, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x super-telephoto zoom lens, and Dual Pixel CMOS autofocusing technology.

Best DSLR Advanced: EOS 70D

Named “Best DSLR Advanced” by the TIPA jury, the Canon EOS 70D features an APS-C-size approximately 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 5+ image processor, making possible a fast continuous shooting speed of up to approximately 7 frames per second and a maximum standard ISO of 12800,1 which can be extended up to ISO 25600. The camera is also equipped with a 19-point all cross-type AF system. Earning special praise, however, was the EOS 70D’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which the judges called a “breakthrough.” The innovative autofocusing technology makes possible improved tracking capabilities when shooting video to ensure smooth focusing performance similar to that achieved by video camcorders, and fast autofocusing performance when capturing stills during Live View shooting. Other features mentioned by the TIPA jury were the camera’s Vari-angle touch-screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II, which offers approximately 1.04-million-dot resolution, and built-in Wi-Fi, which allows image-sharing via CANON iMAGE GATEWAY as well as the transfer and saving of images to a smartphone using the EOS Remote application.2

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April 23, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Sigma Working On 24mm f/1.4 Art Lens To Announce At Photokina?

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4

Photo Rumors had word that Sigma is working on a 24mm f/1.4 Art lens.

The Sigma 24mm f/1.4 is expected to be announced for Photokina 2014 and to be available in October 2014. The price of the 24mm is said to be higher than Sigma’s latest amazing lens, the 50mm f/1.4 Art.

[via PR]

April 22, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon Rebel SL1 w/ Refurbished 18-55mm IS STM & 55-250mm Lenses – $600


8575B042AA_1_l The Canon Direct Store has a good deal going on: The Canon Rebel SL1 with refurbished 18-55mm IS STM and refurbished 55-250mm lenses is on sale for $599.99.

Compare to $840. 1year warranty.

April 22, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Refurbished Canon EOS 6D w/ 24-105mm IS – $2100 (B&H)


B&H Photo has refurbished Canon EOS 6D kits with EF 24-105mm f/4 IS lens on sale for $2,099.95.

1 year warranty (please check this) and free shipping in the US.

April 22, 2014
Posted in Rumors

New Canon Tilt-Shift “L” Lenses Coming At Photokina?

Canon Tilt-Shift

The Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 ($1,400).

Canon Rumors got word that Canon will announce two new TS-E lenses for Photokina 2014.

One of the new tilt-shift lenses is said to be the replacement of the Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8, the other is rumored to have a longer focal length (but is not supposed to replace the TS-E 90mm f/2.8). Both lenses will be “L”-grade lenses.

[via CR]

April 22, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Mysterious Canon Hong Kong Teaser For Announcement On April 24th (updated)

Announcement On April 24th

thanks to the user who sent in the link

update #3: It’s the Powershot G1X Mark II :-)

update #2: the discussion about what the teaser means is going wild on Canon Hong Kong’s Facebook page. Suggestions go from a b&w DSLR to all sort of lenses. Keep in mind that this is a regional announcement and I don’t think Canon will announce something very important. Although, the teaser seems to point to a lens.

update: The teaser text is quoting Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, an important author of modern Japanese literature. Tanizaki wrote an essay about aesthetics titled In Praise of ShadowsThe exact quote, found in the book, is

Beauty lies not in objects, but in the interaction between the shadow and light created by objects.


[original post:]

Very weird and unintelligible (for me) teaser posted by Canon Hong Kong on their Facebook page.

Something is going to happen on April 24th, but I couldn’t find any hint helpful enough to understand what the teaser is suggesting. I tried the automatic translation of the text coming with the teaser, but couldn’t really understand anything. See for yourself (Bing translated):

The Dhamma (Cantonese tone ngai3, formed by the homonym), to be obscure; representative of praise, adoration praise with a heart of praise; “Yin Dhamma celebration” on behalf of tribute to dark, dark. As author tanizaki’s comment, the beauty does not exist on the object, while in between the object and object of no deep shadow and light and shade

The last phrase about beauty could be interpreted as “the beauty does not exist in the object, but between the object and the shadow of the object, and between light and dark“.

[via Canon Hong Kong on Facebook]