August 18, 2013
Posted in News

Canon Watch on the Road


Manhattan skyline. Shot using a Canon EOS M with the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens

I am currently on travel in the USA. Currently I am in New York City. Posts may slow down a bit in the next weeks. Thanks for your understanding :)

August 17, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens for $1299 (instead of $1499, coupon code)

Adorama has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens for $1299 (click here) using coupon code S123456789, compare to regular $1499. Product description after the break.

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August 16, 2013
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Deals: Canon EOS 60D with Accessories ($599), Refurbished EF 24-105mm f/4L IS ($829), EOS 6D ($1500)

Deals at B&H. They have the Canon EOS 60D body only with $85 worth of accessories for $599 (click here) – you get a $200 instant rebate. The included accessories are: a 16GB Sandisk memory card, a Canon bag, a spare battery.

B&H also has refurbished EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lenses for $829 (click here). Refurbished by Canon.

Finally, great deal by Top Rated Plus eBay seller bigvalueinc (98.2% positive ratings): Canon EOS 6D for $1499.99 (click here). Free shipping. New item in original box.

August 16, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Rumor: Canon Prototyping Different Sensors for the EOS 7D Mark II (24MP, 61 points AF)

EOS 7D Mark II

Fake EOS 7D Mark II (mock-up)


I got word that Canon is testing two different sensor configurations for the upcoming EOS 7D Mark II. As previously murmured there is a 20MP sensor as a possible candidate, and also a 24MP sensor that is undergoing field testing. Both sensors have the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology Canon introduced with the Canon EOS 70D. The source said that Canon wants to step up resolution for the 7D Mark II to distinguish it from the feature-rich EOS 70D, but that low light/high ISO performance is a priority. This spec list was given to me:

  • ~24MP sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Auto-Focus system similar to the EOS 5D Mark III (61 points), possibly the same as 5D3
  • High frame rate, 10-12 fps
  • “high grade” weather sealing, like Canon’s professional DSLRs
  • Dual Digic V+ processor
  • Single card slot
  • WiFi & GPS
  • Innovative video features
  • Price around $2000
  • Very good ISO performance

As for the last point of the list above, the ISO performance: I heard from different sources that ISO performance is a priority issue for Canon, and that they aim to make an APS-C DSLR that sets a new quality standard in the industry. ISO performance on the 7D Mark II could thus be on the same level as Canon’s full-frame DSLRs. And it is not the first time that a 24MP sensor is rumored. As mentioned earlier, the EOS 7D Mark II will not be released in 2013, one of the reasons being that Canon wants to see how well the EOS 70D will get accepted by the market.

All this is very interesting. The EOS 70D is Canon’s new APS-C flagship, a camera with features that easily surpass the previous flagship, the EOS 7D. If Canon aims to establish the EOS 7D Mark II as the new APC-S flagship, then they will have to pack features in it, features that change things in real world. As much as we always have to take rumors with a grain of salt, the spec list above makes sense to me. I think Canon can not avoid to pack a higher resolution sensor in the EOS 7D Mark II if they want to establish it in its own category. A more sophisticated AF system, weather sealing, high fps, and WiFi and/or GPS functionality are all more than welcome, but without a new sensor a lot of people might question if they should go for a 7D2 instead of the 70D.


August 15, 2013
Posted in News

Refurbished Canon Rebel T3 with 18-55mm IS Lens – $299

Rebel T3

Adorama on eBay (Top Rated Seller, 99.8% positive ratings) has refurbished Canon Rebel T3 kits with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens for just $299 (click here). Free shipping. Camera refurbished by Canon

August 15, 2013
Posted in Deals

Sigma Discounts: Save Up To $200 on Selected Lenses

Sigma Discounts

Sigma discounts: B&H’s special discount program for Sigma lenses is still going on. Until 9/25 you can save up to $200 on selected Sigma lenses – click here to see what is on offer.

August 15, 2013
Posted in News

Wanna Play Arkanoid on Your Canon EOS 7D?

Among all the cool stuff the Magic Lantern developer are creating for Canon DSLR, now there is also a video game. Sort of, and for the Canon EOS 7D. If you remember Arkanoid, a game where you shot a ball against bricks with the aim to destroy a wall, then you know what this game is about is and how to play it. The game is operated via the EOS 7D’s joystick. Unfortunately it appears that Magic Lantern developer pravdomil removed the files for the game. But you can still have a look at the original post at EOSHD to learn the whole story and get more details.