November 1, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sample Images


lenstip posted a set of sample pics shot using the new Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM lens.

The lens has a price tag of $899 and is already available for pre-order: Adorama or B&H.

Sigma 24-105mm f/4

October 31, 2013
Posted in Deals

Bower 8mm f/3.5 Fish-Eye Discounted to $209

B&H has the Bower 8mm f/3.5 fish-eye lens discounted to $209 (click here). Specs and product description after the break.

Read the rest of this entry →

October 31, 2013
Tags: ,
Posted in News

Canon Ships New EOS 5D Mark III Kit Starting November 2013

EOS 5D Mark III Kit

It was rumored, now it is official. Starting November 2013 the basic EOS 5D Mark III kit will be shipped with the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS lens and no longer with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. There are (unconfirmed) rumors that Canon may discontinue the 24-105mm , which also gives a meaning to the recently announced Sigma 24-105mm DG OS lens. I am curious to learn if the old 5D3 kits (with the 24-105mm) will see consistent discounts.

October 31, 2013
Posted in Deals

Hot Freebie: DxO Perspective Is A Free Download For The Next 3 Days (instead of $20)

DxO Perspective can be downloaded for free from the Apple Mac App Store (Available in English, French, German and Japanese). Normal retail price is $19.99. The free download expires November 3th. Hurry up and get it!

With DxO Perspective, you can correct any perspective issues in your images in just a few clicks. A skewed building? A tilted horizon? Simply place the anchor points along the lines you want to fix, and your image instantly achieves a more natural look. Product description after the break.

[via photoblogue]

Read the rest of this entry →

October 31, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon EOS 70D Reviewed by dpreview

Dual Pixel AF

Canon EOS 70D
Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

It took some time but now dpreview’s review of the EOS 70D is online. The review goes over 19 pages, and covers anything you may want to know about the 70D. Some excerpts from the conclusion:

  • High ISO shots are quite usable, even above ISO 6400
  • [...] the 70D’s Dual Pixel AF offers the most impressive Movie and Live View autofocus we’ve seen from a true SLR.
  • With a solid build, good grip, and balanced feel, the 70D has controls well-arrayed for quick access
  • [...] it appears [image quality has] improved, with a lower noise floor and lower noise overall than the 60D, and good image quality in both bright and low light.
  • Video quality is very good, made better primarily by the 70D’s Dual Pixel AF. Combined with either of the new STM kit lenses, autofocus is smooth, quiet and accurate most of the time.
  • [...] crafted for the enthusiast photographer than its predecessor, the Canon EOS 70D is an excellent blend of control and quality in a tight, reasonably affordable package. Anyone looking for better autofocus in video mode need look no further, as the 70D’s Dual Pixel AF offers the most advanced phase-detect autofocus on the market
  • Overall, the Canon EOS 70D exceeded our expectations in the autofocus department, and satisfied our needs as a quality enthusiast camera for a wide variety of shooting situations.

The game changing feature of the 70D is the Dual Pixel AF, dpreview has two pages dedicated to this feature. dpreview gave the 70D an overall score of 83% and their Gold Award.


October 30, 2013
Tags: , ,
Posted in News

Canon Deals: Refurbished EOS 7D ($920), EOS 6D w/ Accessories ($1573), and Rebates for the EOS 70D

B&H has refurbished Canon EOS 7D on sale for $919.95. Not bad for a still outstanding DSLR.

Adorama, on  the other hand, offers instant rebates and/or mail-in rebates on various EOS 70D kits – click here to see them all. Instant rebates go up to $300, mail-in rebates up to $400. These rebates expire October 31st at midnight.

And it is still Adorama that has a cool EOS 6D bundle for $1573. The bundle includes: SanDisk 16GB Class 10 memory card, a spare battery, Manfrotto 394 Aluminum 4 Section Photo-Movie Monopod, and a camera bag – all for $1573. Please note that the price shows up after checkout.