January 15, 2014
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Canon Releases Firmware Update For Rebel T5i/EOS 700D (ver. 1.1.3)


Firmware Update

Canon has released a firmware update for the Rebel T5i/EOS 700D.

Download the new Firmware Version 1.1.3

Firmware Version 1.1.3 incorporates the following fixes:

1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera displays Err01 or Err60, or in rare instances will lock-up when in Live View shooting mode (or Movie shooting mode) when attached to the following STM zoom lenses: EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM.

2. Corrects some Korean language misspellings displayed on the menu screen.

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January 15, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Canon Powershot G1X Mark II Specification May Have Leaked

This was posted to Chinese Xitek forum (translated) back in November 2013 by a user claiming these are the specs of the successor of the Canon PowerShot G1 X, the “G1 X Mark II” (unusual moniker for a compact camera):

  • Same design as the G1X, with a slightly longer lens
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 24 – 120mm f/2.8-5.8 lens
  • 20.2MP 1.5″ CMOS sensor
  • New optical zoom viewfinder with better image quality
  • 3.0″ LCD touch screen with 922,000 dots

The camera could indeed be announced for CP+.

Take this with a big grain of salt, although it is true that in the past there have been leaks on Xitek.

The Powershot G1 X is somewhat unique in the overall Canon line-up. The G1 X features a sensor that is 20% smaller than the sensors Canon uses in APS-C DSLRs, and it is a bit larger than the 4/3  size used by Olympus and Panasonic, and it is more than 4x the size of the Fujifilm X10‘s sensor.

Canon PowerShot G1 X price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

[via TNC]

January 14, 2014
Posted in Reviews

Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 ZE DxOMarked (ultra-high performer)


Sonnar T* 2/135

DxOMark reviewed the Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 ZE lens, a luxury, manual focus lens that sells for over $2000.

The lens was tested on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III. This is a “ultra-high performer”, the Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135

[…] achieves an excellent DxOMark score of 38 points putting in first place in our rankings of fixed focal length telephoto lenses on the Canon EOS 5D Mk III in our database.

DxOMark’s conclusion:

The Zeiss Sonnar T* 2/135 is the best corrected and sharpest lens of its type in this focal length, and it’s also one of the best performing model we’ve seen so far on the Canon EOS 5D Mk III.

But, it’s up against tough competition from the Canon EF 135mm f2L USM. Not only is that lens close in optical performance it’s lighter, smaller and has the additional flexibility of auto-focus. It’s also more accessible in terms of pricing.

Be that as it may, the Zeiss is a superb performer optically and appears good value when compared to other models from the company.

Indeed, the Zeiss score better than equivalent or similar Canon lenses.

Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 ZE: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

[via DxOMark]

January 14, 2014
Posted in Deals

Canon Deal: EOS 6D w/ 24-105mm f/4L IS – $1900


Top Rated Plus eBay seller bigvalueinc (99.3% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 6D with the 24-105mm f/4L IS $1899.99 (click here). Free shipping. New item in original box.Pretty good price for the kit.
January 14, 2014
Posted in Deals, News

How To Get The Canon EOS M2 Wherever You Are (not just in Asia)


Despite the fact that the EOS M2 has been released only for the China and Japan market you can get it shipped wherever you are located. You can via eBay.

Top rated plus eBay seller matsuiyastore (99.8% positive ratings) sells and ships the EOS M2 world-wide.

This appears to be a serious eBay seller with a very good feedback. I am listing US prices, but you have just to click on the links above to see the price for your country.

EOS M2 specs:

  • 18-Mpix APS-C format CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-12,800 (ISO 25,600 extended)
  • 4.6 fps burst mode with continuous AF
  • 3.0-inch 1.04k-Dot LCD
  • Full HD 1080 video capture at 30/25/24 fps
  • Advanced Hybrid AF System
  • Built-In WiFi

[via photoblogue]

January 14, 2014
Posted in Deals

Canon Deal: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM – $1949


Canon Deal

eBay seller rythercamera (99.5% positive ratings) has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens on sale for $1949. Free shipping. Compare at $2299

January 14, 2014
Posted in News

An Introduction To Canon Professional Services (video)

If you are making a living with photography, then a service as Canon Professional Services (CPS) can make a difference. The 3 minutes video above gives you an introduction to CPS.

Canon Professional Services (CPS) provides exceptional support for full-time imaging professionals. CPS members receive exclusive 24/7 phone and e-mail support, expedited and discounted equipment maintenance and repairs, Equipment Evaluation Loans, on-site support at select events and shows, discounts on select Canon Live Learning seminars and workshops, and more.

The basic membership (Silver Member) is free of charge (see below), while “Gold Member” and “Platinum Member” come at $100 and $300, respectively.

Canon Professional Services