May 6, 2013
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM – $599

 EF 70-200mm

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM lens is on sale for $599 at both Adorama (click here) and B&H (click here). Regular price is $709.

  • Professional Quality Zoom Telephoto
  • For Film or Digital SLR Cameras
  • Fast Ring-Type USM Autofocus
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Override
  • Internal Zooming and Focusing
  • 1 Fluorite Lens Element
  • 2 UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) Elements
  • Accepts 67mm Filters
May 6, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Rumor: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Release Postponed To 2014?

7D Mark II

A new, not-so-funny rumor concerning the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, the anticipated successor of the Canon EOS 7D (price & specs), surfaced on the web. It is now murmured that Canon will not release the EOS 7D Mark II during 2013. There could be an announcement, but 7D Mark II will be released no earlier than 2014. If true, it means that we will see only the announcement (and hopefully) release of the Canon EOS 70D this year. Not good news for all those who are looking forward to replace the 3 year old EOS 7D, or are waiting to get the new iteration of the 7D.

However, there could be several lenses that will get announced during 2013.

Canon EOS 7D price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay

[via CR]
May 6, 2013
Posted in News

Canon Canada Officially Launches the Northern Explorers of Light

Northern Explorers of Light

PRESS RELEASE: MISSISSAUGA, ON, 17 April 2013 – Canon Canada Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions celebrating its 40th anniversary, announced today the launch of the Northern Explorers of Light program and its accompanying website The Northern Explorers of Light are a prestigious group of seven Canadian imaging professionals who serve as ambassadors for the Canon brand and share their photographic passions and technical expertise with aspiring photographers.

The Northern Explorers of Light program is an extension of Canon USA’s popular Explorers of Light program, created in the mid-1990s. The new Northern members join the ranks of more than 50 Explorers whose specialties and styles span a wide range of photographic disciplines including photojournalism, travel and wildlife photography, portraiture, and television and film production. The Explorers’ use of Canon EOS photographic equipment allows them to capture stunning images in unrivalled clarity and detail. Many Explorers also use Canon’s large format printers and high-resolution REALiS projectors to produce and display their art. The Northern Explorers of Light will share their knowledge and enthusiasm with Canadians through workshops, speaking engagements, appearances at industry events, and social media outreach.

The Northern Explorers of Light are some of the most gifted and influential imaging professionals in Canada,” said Ian Macfarlane, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group and Market Development Group, Canon Canada. “This program provides a unique resource for creativity and inspiration among photo enthusiasts, giving them access to the unsurpassed talent and skill of Canada’s elite photographers, and allowing them to improve their own techniques.”

The seven Northern Explorers of Light are:

Todd Korol Calgary, AB
John Lehmann  Vancouver, British Columbia.
Patrick Nichols – Toronto, ON
• Camille Fortin Bensler and Chadwick Bensler (JONETSU STUDIOS) – Vancouver, BC
Ed O’Neil – Toronto, ON
Christopher Dodds – Huntingdon, Quebec.

To support the program, Canon Canada is also launching, the online home of the Northern Explorers of Light and a forum for interactive discovery and discussion about photography. Targeted to curious and aspiring photographers and cinematographers, the site showcases the Northern Explorers and the tools they use to produce their work. Visitors can browse photo galleries and read articles written by the Northern Explorers about the stories behind some of their most iconic images. The site also features technical information about the professional Canon EOS equipment used to capture and display the photos and videos.

For more information on the Northern Explorers of Light, please visit

[via naturephotographyblog]

May 6, 2013
Posted in Reviews

The Canon C100 In Myanmar/Burma – Why It Suits Well For (Investigative) Journalism

Canon C100

Jonah Kessel went to Myanmar/Burma with an EOS C100 for the following purpose:

I went to Burma with a simple task: to investigate challenges to Myanmar’s nascent model of democracy using the mining industry as a device to talk about bigger issues. Wait, that wasn’t simple at all. In fact, that was very complicated. However, my second goal of the trip was simple: to field test the Canon C100 in a large variety of environments in a real world context.

He divides his review in four main points: 1) price, 2) functionality, 3) image and 4) complaints. The Canon C100 is on sale with a $1000 discount at both Adorama and B&H. The body only option is yours for $5499 (B&H | Adorama), the kit with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens is sold for $6,099 (B&H | Adorama).

About functionality:

Simply put, there’s just less things that can go wrong using the C100 than with a DSLR setup. Having a single unit feels much more solid than a camera with lots of different devices attached to it. In the event I have to run or move quickly, this is a very desirable. In trying to keep a low profile, a C100 is simply less intimidating than a loaded 5D (to both police and subjects).

About image quality:

There’s something about the image from Canon’s C series cameras that simply looks “less digital.” Perhaps its the fact that they let you perform better, easily maintaining a 180 degree shutter rule in difficult environments. Or perhaps its the wider dynamic range the sensor lets you achieve — but the image does looks different.

[...] Beyond its ability to hold image quality with poor light, the areas where I find the picture to be much better than a DSLR come in noise and sharpness. Images come out of the C100 strikingly sharper than that of a 5D Mark III or D800.

The complaints:

The EVF is small. You might call it very small.

[…] Another item of contention is the output format. The C100 outputs AVCHD, which is a bit clunky and, quite simply, not that great. While you can get an external recorder and output ProRes 4:2:2

The conclusion:

I won’t be the first to say it but, at this price point, the C100 certainly makes me question the future of DSLRs for people whose primary use is video. It does have things that aren’t perfect about it but, for me, the benefits far outweigh the negatives by an enormous margin. While the C300 is without doubt a better camera, I’m not convinced its the best camera for people like me. For people who shoot for the web, for people who deal with real world shooting environments or for people who are trying to keep their profile low and gear size down — this camera is not only priced right, but it functions right

The review comes with a lot of videos made in beautiful Myanmar/Burma (a country I visited last year, see here for my pics).

Myanmar Emerges: Poisoned Hope from GlobalPost on Vimeo.

EOS C100 core specs:

  • Super 35mm 8.3MP CMOS Sensor
  • EF Lens Mount with EF Contacts
  • HDMI Outputs a Non-Compression Signal
  • Dual SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slots
  • ISO 320 and up to ISO 20000
  • Wide DR and Canon Log Gamma
  • Reduced Rolling Shutter Skews
  • Built-in ND Filters with Manual Controls
  • Two XLR Audio Connectors
  • Peripheral Illumination Correction

Myanmar Emerges: Dreams to Dust from GlobalPost on Vimeo.

Myanmar Emerges: We Never Agree from GlobalPost on Vimeo.


May 6, 2013
Posted in News

Only High-End Camera Gear Sales Did Not Fall Down In Japan Last Year

Japanese agency Cipa published the digital camera market sales analysis for 2012. The report is available in Japanese only but here is some key information:

  • Japanese companies produced 44% less cameras (14,4 Million cameras).
  • The compact camera production declined by 50% (11,2 Million cameras produced).
  • The DSLR and the mirrorless production declined by 25% (3,1 Million cameras produced).
  • Only high-end camera and lens sales had a little growth. There is a growth of 14,1% in the full-frame lens production while APS-C lens production felt by 21%.
  • In the Japanese DSLR segment Sony has a 6,1% share. In 2010 Sony had 7,8%. Canon (52,2%) and Nikon (33,6%) are the leaders.

Click on these two thumbnails to see the most sold Mirrorless and DSLR cameras:

[Photoscala via Sonyalpharumors]

May 5, 2013
Posted in Deals

Save Up To $50 On Selected Tamron Lenses, And A Canon EOS 7D Deal


Adorama has a mail-in rebate program going on selected Tamron Lenses. Click here to see all Tamron lenses and lens kits on offer. For Canon mount the following are available:

  • Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 DI-II VC PZD Piezo Drive Ultrasonic Motor Aspherical (IF) AF Zoom with Macro on sale for $399 (click here)

  • Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR DI-II LD Aspherical (IF) AF Zoom Lens with Macro on sale for $169 (click here)

Both lenses are also available as kit with UV filter, lens cleaning kit and a lens cap leash.
Adorama also has a good Canon EOS 7D deal going on. Get the EOS 7D with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS  and the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lenses for $1,949 (click here).