August 1, 2013
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More Canon EOS 70D Test Footage (AF test, video quality test, sample pics)

BBC’s Johnnie Behiri (source: lensvid) had a chance to play around with a pre-production model of the Canon EOS 70D. While he was pretty impressed with the innovative Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus of the 70D, he was less impressed with its image quality. According to Behiri the image seems to be on the soft side, noisy with moire and aliasing artifacts. However, he also stresses that used a pre-production model of the 70d, things can (and hopefully) will change when the 70D goes into production and will (presumably) have another firmware on board. The video below is the image quality test.

Canon EOS 70D
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Canon EOS 70D

Next, we have two videos (source: imaging-resource) that definitely show how well Canon’s new Dual Pixel CMOS AF performs in real life (spoiler: very impressing). The videos come from the Japanese site Nikkei Trendy, and show the performance of the EOS 70D’s AF combined with face recognition: the child in the video is tracked while he is running.

More AF test, this time for stills, come from Japanese site Kakaku Magazine.

Finally, for another round of test sample pics, check optyczne.pl.

August 1, 2013
Posted in News

Sigma Announces (Paid) Lens Conversion Service and Extends Warranty to Four Years

Lens Conversion Service

Now it is official. Sigma announced its new and revolutionary lens mount conversion service for any of their recent “Global Vision” lenses. They will charge from $80 to $250, depending by the lens. The following lenses are included in the service:

Lens Conversion Service

More information here, there is also a FAQ here, service policy details are here. At the same time Sigma announced they will give a four year warranty on all new products.

Sigma’s press release:

Sigma Corporation’s New Mount Conversion Service Enables Lens Use across Camera Systems

Manufacturer announces first-ever mount change option, as well as universal, four-year warranty for all products

RONKONKOMA, N.Y.–Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lensescameras and flashes, today announced a revolutionary new, fee-based service that will enable the company’s Global Vision lens owners to change their lens mounts for use on different camera systems.

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July 31, 2013
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Discounted Canon Kits: Rebel SL1 (EOS 100D), Rebel T5i (EOS 700D), EOS 60D, EOS 7D

Discounted Canon Kits

Adorama has a set of Canon DSLR kits with savings up to $500 for 60D kits (click here), up to $200 for Rebel T5i (EOS 700D) kits (click here), up to $300 for EOS 7D kits (click here), and up to $200 for SL1 kits (click here) . Some examples:

  • Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with EF-S 18-55mm IS and 55-250mm IS II Lens, 16GB SDHC Memory Card, Camera Bag – $200 instant rebate – final price $899 (click here)
  • Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with 18-55mm IS Lens – Bundle – with 75-300mm Lens, 16GB SDHC Memory Card, Camera Case – $150 instant rebate – final price $849 (click here)
  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i with 18-135mm IS & 55-250mm IS II Lens, 16GB SDHC Memory Card, Camera Bag – $200 instant rebate – final price $1199 (click here)
  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i  with 18-55mm IS & 55-250mm IS II Lens, 16GB SDHC Memory Card, Camera Bag – $200 instant rebate – final price $999 (click here)
  • Canon EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS & EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Autofocus Lens – $300 instant rebate – final price $2149 (click here)
  • Canon EOS 7D with EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM AF Lens – $300 instant rebate – final price $1849 (click here)
  • Canon EOS 60D body only – $200 instant rebate – final price $699 (click here)
  • Canon EOS 60D with EFS 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens – $200 instant rebate – final price $999 (click here)
  • Canon EOS 60D with EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens – $500 instant rebate – final price $1049 (click here)
  • Canon EOS 60D with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens & EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens – $500 instant rebate – final price $1349 (click here)

Discounted Canon Kits

July 31, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Rumor: Canon Going To Launch A Cloud-Based Photo Sharing Service On August 21?

Canon Rumor

Yesterday Photography Bay broke the news with an announcement Canon will make on August 21. Initial speculations considered the possible announcement of the successor of the Canon EOS M. However, I have been told that the announcement has nothing to do with new cameras. Instead, most probably Canon will announce a cloud-based photo sharing service. I have been told (thanks) that Project1709 will go out of the beta test status and will be made available to the general public (it is currently by invitation only). So folks, no new gear in August.

July 31, 2013
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Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Review – First Impression

EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Review

Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
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Please note: I am not a professional lens reviewer/tester. In this post I write about my first impressions with the lens, in the next days (I am very busy these days) I will post test series shot at all apertures, so anyone can check image quality and other issues. Stay tuned.

When Canon announced the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM last month I was surprised: rumors were suggesting primes and zooms for the EOS M, a ultra wide angle lens wasn’t expected. And I was happy since I love wide angle lenses. Luckily I was able to get a production copy of the third lens Canon made for the EOS M system. It is since then the lens I use more often on my EOS M, it is the funniest, but not the cheapest. The EF-M 11-22mm has a price tag of around €400 in Europe. If you follow Canon Watch you probably know that the EF-M 11-22mm will not be sold in the US (for the time being). If you live in the US your best bet to get this lens is DigitalRev. More after the break.

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July 31, 2013
Posted in News

Canon Announces New VIXIA Mini Compact Personal Camcorder

Note: this is what Canon Germany was teasing.

Canon USA press release:

The New VIXIA mini Compact Personal Camcorder Features an Ultra Wide-Angle Lens, Full HD Video, Vari-Angle LCD Monitor and Slim Ultra-Compact Body with Built-in Stand, and Allows for Convenient Hands-Free Shooting with built-in Wi-Fi
Melville, N.Y., July 31, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the new VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder. The creatively designed VIXIA mini personal camcorder allows shooters to easily record their hobbies, special interests and memorable moments hands-free, and then share those videos and images on their favorite social networking sites or their own blogs via built-in Wi-Fi or via the free Canon Movie Uploader app*.

The VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder features an ultra wide-angle Canon f/2.8 fisheye lens (160 degree movies / 170 degree photos) allowing a user to shoot from unique and creative perspectives while including their surroundings to make their videos and images more interesting. By utilizing the Wide Mode users can give the viewer a full view of their surroundings and then switch to Close-Up Mode to provide emphasis on a particular subject. While in Close-up Mode, users can record a centered 1920 x 1440 resolution image with little distortion. They can also quickly toggle from one shooting mode to the other, or switch back and forth between video and image mode, by touching the camcorder’s innovatively designed 2.7-inch capacitive-tilt touch panel LCD display. Attached to the camera by two parallel hinges, the Vari-Angle LCD monitor allows for various shooting styles, including low-angle shooting, normal and high-angle-shooting and self-shooting.

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