July 14, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x Lens Review (superb image quality, cnet)

EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Extender 1.4x
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  • High-Performance Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Canon EF Mount
  • Aperture Range f/4-32
  • Built-in 1.4x Extender
  • Three-Mode Optical Image Stabilization
  • Ring USM Autofocus & Internal Focusing System
  • Power Focus Mode for Smooth Focus Shift
  • One Fluorite and Four UD Lens Elements
  • Fluorine Front & Rear Lens Coating
  • Highly Resistant to Dust and Water

c|net reviewed the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS with built-in 1.4x extender, a lens that retails for $11,999. They attest a “superb image quality”, and write:

The Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X combines terrific optics, autofocus, and image stabilization with standout flexibility from a built-in telephoto extender.

You get you what you pay for with the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X: superlative performance and flexibility.

The review has some samples shot with the 200-400mm.

July 13, 2013
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EOS M Kit with EF-M 18-55mm IS STM and SpeedLite 90EX – $419


Another Canon EOS M kit on sale at B&H: Get the Canon EOS M with the EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens and the SpeedLite 90EX external flash for the fire sale price of $419 (click here). Black, white and red color options for the EOS M available. The kit with the 18-55mm and no flash sells for $349 (B&H | Amazon).

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July 13, 2013
Posted in Reviews

How Does Image Stabilization Work? Article and Video

Ever wanted to know more about image stabilisation technology? cameratechnica posted an article that talks about that. They also dissected a Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS lens(price & specs) to show what the internal elements of the lens are doing to keep the image steady.

July 13, 2013
Posted in Deals

Top Canon EOS 6D Deal Still Alive ($1500)

EOS 6D Deal

The hot deal by Top Rated eBay seller bigvalueinc is still live: The Canon EOS 6D body only for just $1499.99 (click here). Free shipping, limited supply at this price.

July 13, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon EOS 70D Dual Pixel CMOS AF Explained by CPN (Video)

The Canon Professional Network has an article with video dedicated to the Canon EOS 70D‘s new Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus. They write:

The EOS 70D has been designed for photographers who are keen to explore and expand their shooting possibilities. It is equipped with a range of Canon technologies that make it possible to capture a wide variety of scenes and subjects in outstanding quality. Central to this ability is world-first, Canon-engineered Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. Please click on the image above for a short film explaining the technology and benefits and read on for a detailed account of how this system works..

The following shops accept pre-orders for the Canon EOS 70D:

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July 13, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Magic Lantern Raw on the Canon EOS 50D Review (EOSHD)

Andrew Reid from EOSHD posted a comprehensive review with lots of tech talk and details about how the Magic Lantern RAW hack performs on the since long discontinued Canon EOS 50D (here on eBay). The EOS 50D was never thought to shot video, although someone discovered it has a microphone socket.

If you are into this things, if you want to recycle your old 50D and start shot some video, then this review is for you. The hack is still under development, but it already works fine. Quoting EOSHD:


  • Best of the APS-C Canons for raw video
  • 14bit uncompressed raw video at up to 30fps
  • Good flexibility in terms of resolutions and aspect ratios
  • Useful crop mode with extremely high image quality
  • Good dynamic range and low light performance
  • Superb build quality and extensive manual control
  • Extremely cheap on the used market and relatively common
  • Well suited to anamorphic lenses
  • Bonus H.264 1920x1080p recording mode


  • 5D Mark III is superior
  • Full sensor mode resolution limited to 1584 x 1058
  • Requires anamorphic lens to get the best of the full sensor mode
  • Moire and aliasing unless using 1:1 crop mode
  • Although a cheap camera body, requires expensive CF cards
  • Poor LCD visibility in strong sunlight
  • No articulated screen as found on newer Canon DSLRs
  • Glitchy exposure in crop mode, currently
  • Currently some disturbing bugs such as incorrect black levels and magenta tints

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