Canon’s new Nifty-Fifty, the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is in stock and ready to ship

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Canon didn’t waste time to ship their new EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens (announcement). All major resellers have the lens in stock and ready to ship. The EF 50mm f/1.8 STM sells for $125 at Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama | DigitalRev (ships world-wide).

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM availability check for your country: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA.

EF 50mm f/1.8 STM specifications (taken from Adorama’s product page):

  • Compact, Lightweight Fixed Focal Length Lens: ideal for everyday photos, and with a large f/1.8 aperture, a perfect lens for low-light photography and creative background blur.
  • 80mm effective focal-length: when attached to an APS-C camera optimal for portraits and photos of fast moving subjects such as children and pets.
  • A stepping motor (Gear-type STM): supports the Movie Servo AF function in providing smooth and quiet continuous AF during video recording, as well as when shooting photos.
  • Improved exterior design: includes new focus ring placement making it the most compact Canon 50mm lens.
  • Metal mount: helps provide stability and ruggedness.
  • Optimized lens placement and coatings: help deliver outstanding color balance, while minimizing ghosting and flare.
  • Circular aperture (7 blades): helps deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds. h
  • Minimum focusing distance: of 14in (0.35m); maximum magnification of 0.21x

Canon EOS 5DS R pre-production model hands-on review (C|Net)

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C|Net had the opportunity to test a Canon EOS 5DS R pre-production unit. This is one of the more exhaustive 5DS R reviews I saw so far. The EOS 5DS R and the EOS 5DS is that the former cancels the effect of the OLPF (optical low-pass filter) to get sharper images (at the cost of some image artefacts).

C|Net’s review comes with many sample pictures, crops for better pixel-peeping, and some comparisons with Nikon’s 36MP D810 (the EOS 5DS R has 50MP). A Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens was used on both the Canon and the Nikon, which makes comparisons more interesting as the Sigma is one of the few good cross-brand options.

The review is not without critic considerations, and looks at the EOS 5DS R from a “who needs it” perspective. About image quality the reviewer writes:

The photos from the prerelease camera are certainly sharper than any I’ve seen from a Canon, and they’re a whole new level of quality compared to the 5D Mark III. But the photos from the preproduction version aren’t as good as those from the D810. […] They’ve got more noise in the raws starting at midrange ISO sensitivities, and the D810 seems to have a broader tonal range. The camera offers a Fine Detail Picture Style that enhances sharpness and helps with photos ISO 800 and higher, but it also increases artifacts. The higher resolution does help in cases where the focus is slightly off, though, making scaled down images look a little sharper than they might have otherwise. And the video, even though it’s two-megapixel HD, looks a lot sharper than Canon’s other models.

Don’t forget that a pre-production model was tested, and that image quality will change on the production model (according to Canon). Head over to C|Net to read the full review.

The Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R manuals are available in all languages (click here). Good to have a closer look to the EOS 5DS and 5DS R’s features. Canon’s EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R are available for pre-order:

Canon EOS 5DS R specifications (from B&H’s product page):

  • 50.6MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors
  • Low-Pass Filter Effect Cancellation
  • 3.2″ 1,040K-Dot ClearView II LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
  • 150,000-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
  • Native ISO 6400; 5.0 fps Burst Shooting
  • User-Selectable Shutter Release Time Lag
  • Dual Compact Flash and SD Media Slots

Remembering Loved Ones with Canon (video)

Memorial Day is getting closer (Monday, May 25), and CanonUSA on YouTube posted a neat little video about remebering the loved ones.

Memorial Day is set aside to honor the memory of those that have passed before us. Check out Jen Hadfield’s simple idea that she and her family use to commemorate their loved ones.

More tips from the “Get Creative with Canon” series can be seen here.

Canon refreshes binocular range with the launch of image-stabilised 12×36 IS III and 10×30 IS II models

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Canon press release:

Canon refreshes binocular range with the launch of the 12×36 IS III and 10×30 IS II

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 12 May 2015 – Canon today adds two new powerful models to its long-standing binocular range – the 12×36 IS III and 10×30 IS II. Ideal if you’re looking for a stable and superb-quality view of your subject, these high-magnification binoculars – offering 12x and 10x magnification respectively – combine Canon’s optical heritage and innovative Image Stabilizer technology. Both models deliver exceptional quality and a new standard of performance, whether you’re catching the action on safari, at an air show or exploring the outdoors.

Get closer from a distance
The binoculars deliver a high quality viewing experience, thanks to a combination of Canon’s Porro II prism based optics and Super Spectra Coating. Both feature doublet field-flattener lenses, providing edge-to-edge sharpness, excellent resolution and ultra-low distortion across your entire field of view, so regardless of where the subject is, you’ll be able to see it in pin-sharp detail. The Super Spectra lens coating, also found in Canon’s EF lens range, delivers first-class colour reproduction, helping you to easily distinguish one breed of bird from another, in addition to suppressing visible flare and ghosting.

The 10×30 IS II offers 10x magnification with a 30mm diameter front optic, while the 12×36 IS III lets you get even closer with 12x magnification and 36mm front optic. Both models provide vivid detail and stunning quality for when you’re watching long distant action and movement.

View the world clearly: Image Stabilizer
Canon’s binocular range features an active optical Image Stabilizer, steadying the view when you’re walking, in the back of a bumpy safari truck or in a hot air balloon, enabling you to clearly see in front of you. The vari-angle prisms reduce handshake, steadying the subject and minimising eye-strain, great for lengthy sporting events where you don’t want to miss the action and use the binoculars over long period of time. The Image Stabilizer can be activated immediately, with the simple press of a button. Additionally, whether you’re bird watching, or trekking through a jungle wildlife spotting, it’s easy to track a bird in flight, thanks to the binoculars providing smooth panning support.

Balanced, comfortable design
The binoculars offer a lightweight design, comfortable ergonomics and ruggedness in a compact size that easily fits in your bag. Easy to hold, weighing just 660g and 600g, the 12×36 IS III and 10×30 IS II are ideal for you to take anywhere, so you’re ready for every adventure. A soft-touch silicon rubber eyecup ensures comfort and can be easily adjusted to match your eyesight, or you can use the binoculars whilst wearing glasses, without the field or view distorting or visible vignetting. Perfect for bird watching amongst flora, both models have an anti-reflective coating on the body, making the binoculars even more discreet than predecessors.

Both models are powered by AA batteries, providing approximately nine hours of operation¹, with battery consumption significantly reduced compared to predecessor models.

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Hot Deal: Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS STM – $280 (compare at $549)

Authorised Canon dealer CameraLand on Ebay (99.8% positive ratings) has the excellent EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM on sale for just $279.99. Compare at $549 on Amazon. Please note: this is a white box item, as the seller states This lens is BRAND NEW that was taken out of a Camera Kit. The customer only wanted the camera body”. 

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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports for Canon in stock at B&H Photo (but for how long?)

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If you are looking out for the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens then B&H Photo may be the place to visit. They have the lens in stock and ready to ship for $1,999. I doubt the lens will be in stock for long, so act quickly if you want it fast. B&H Photo ships internationally, and sincer short to Canada with the same conditions as for the US.

  • Canon EF Lens/Full Frame
  • Aperture Range: f/5-6.3 to 22
  • Two FLD and Three SLD Elements
  • Hyper Sonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Stabilizer with Accelerometer
  • Zoom Lock & Manual Override Switches
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 102.4″
  • Splash and Dust Proof Mount
  • Lens Hood & Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Product description after the break.

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