October 16, 2013
Posted in News

It’s Official (now): The New Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM


Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM

After having silently posted all specs a few days ago, Sigma put the page offline, and now online again. So, it has officially landed: the new Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM lens for full-frame DSLRs, latest addition to the “Art” line-up. Although Sigma doesn’t specify neither the price nor the date of availability, we know that the latter is November 2013. After the break all the information about Sigma’s newest.

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October 15, 2013
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Canon Discounts at B&H (5D3, 7D, T5i)

Canon Discounts

Four discounted items at B&H – final prices show up after checkout

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III body only – $3099 (click here). Plus you get $175.00 value of accessories + 4% Rewards
    • SanDisk 32GB SDHC Extreme Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
    • Watson LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh)
    • Canon 200DG Deluxe Gadget Bag
    • Oben ACM-2400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod
  • Canon EOS 7D (Body Only) – $1299 (click here). Plus $78.90 value of accessories + 4% Rewards
  • Canon EOS 7D w/ EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens  – $1599 (click here)
  • Canon EOS T5i with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens – $799 (click here). Plus $68.90 value of accessories + 4% Rewards
  • Canon EOS T5i w/ EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM   – $1019 (click here). Plus $68.90 value of accessories + 4% Rewards
October 15, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Could The Canon EOS 70D Auto-Focus Be The Best of Its Class?

More and more photography sites are testing the Canon EOS 70D, having a particularly sharp eye on its auto-focus performance. The EOS 70D’s Dual Pixel AF performance is so good that dpreview says it outperforms conventional AF.

Photography Bay tested the EOS 70D’s AF and compared it with Sony A77‘s, they are:

[...] very impressed with the 70D’s AF functionality. It may be the best AF out there among cameras with larger sensors. This includes the Sony A77 and mirrorless cameras that [they have] used to date. While the A77 is fast and accurate, the autofocus can be a little too “jumpy” at times when shooting video. The 70D moves slow and more natural (like a camcorder) so that the AF isn’t as jarring as it sometimes is with the A77

The video above was made by them. And I totally agree when they say that “the 70D is looking like it’s the best APS-C camera that Canon has released since the 7D“. Well, yes, it is. :)

For a tecnical introduction to the Dual Pixel CMOS AF have a look at this article by CPN. In the past DxOMark also compared the EOS 70D AF with the Sony A77.

Canon EOS 70D
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EOS 70D Auto-Focus

October 15, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon EOS 6D with 50mm f/1.8 and Memory Card – $1792

Although the EF 50mm f/1.8 II is most probably not the lens you want to use on an EOS 6D (let alone the no name memory card), the deal is still more than $100 below the regular price. Take also in account that the EF 50mm f/1.8 alone sells for approx. $100 (best selling lens on Amazon’s lens best sellers). Top Rated Plus eBay seller getitdigital (99.5% positive ratings) has this EOS 6D kit on sale for $1,791.99 (click here). Canon USA model, USA warranty, free shipping, and limited quantity.

October 15, 2013
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Update – Want A Customized PowerShot S120 or G16? You Can Have It Premium!

Customized PowerShot

Image courtesy: Akihabara News

UPDATE: these kits will be available only in Japan, Canon JP has a dedicated page (translated).

According to Akihabara News, the Canon Store will soon announce (starting October, 30th) the possibility to order customized Canon PowerShot S120 and PowerShot G16 cameras. Btw, the S120 is discounted for today only at DigitalRev.

You have the chance to assemble your unique and original PowerShot choosing several different parts in four different colors (red/gold/silver/black). Plus you can engrave what you like, as a name or a message. The cameras come with special accessories, think straps and cases. Orders start on October 30th at Canon Direct Store.

Akihabara News names the following unit amounts and prices (note: I report converted prices for US$ and €, doesn’t mean this is the final price in US$ or €):

PowerShot S120 PREMIUM BOX
Price: ¥54,980 (around $558/€411)
Only 3,000 units available

Price: ¥69,980 (approx. $711/€524)
Only 1,000 units available

October 15, 2013
Posted in News

Inside Lightroom 5 (Pt. 2): Ranking & Selecting Images (Canon Professional Network)

Inside Lightroom 5

Screenshot from the CPN video

CPN published part 2 (part 1 here) of 5 of their ongoing series Inside Lightroom 5: Ranking and selecting images. Pretty comprehensive and quite in-depth guides to learn the best of Lightroom 5. This time in short:

[...] Richard Curtis (a Principal Solutions Consultant in Digital Imaging for Adobe UK) will examine the key features of Lightroom 5 to give you a solid grounding and a good understanding of how to get the most out of working with the software. In Part 2 of this series Richard Curtis explains the ranking and selecting of images in Lightroom and, in a special video, he reveals how to select and rank your pictures for editing later on.

There is a 15min video, and those section are discussed (also in text):

  • Your Photo Import is complete – what’s next?
  • The Lightroom Filmstrip
  • Auto Advance
  • Two methods for selecting and choosing your pictures
  • Hide the Lightroom panels and hood
  • Full Screen mode
  • The Pick and UnPick method
  • The Star Rating system
  • Change the Filmstrip view to show just the selection
  • Survey mode
October 14, 2013
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Canon Rebel T5i (700D) Body Only – $609

Interesting Canon Rebel T5i/EOS 700D deal by Top Rated Plus eBay seller qd_us (99.8% positive ratings): The Rebel T5i body only is yours for $609 (click here). That’s $90 less than on Amazon. New item, 1 year store warranty, free shipping.