March 1, 2013
Posted in Deals

Sigma Lens Promotion Program (Save Up To $200!)

Sigma Lens Promotion

B&H started Sigma lens promotion program. Savings go up to $200. Click here to see all lenses on sale.

Some lenses are of particular interest:

  • Sigma Lens Promotion
    Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG ASP HSM II Wide-Angle Zoom Lens – has a $100 discount, on sale for $849 (click here).

    • Wide-Angle 12-24mm Zoom Lens
    • For Full-Frame/35mm Cameras
    • Compatible with APS-C Cameras
    • Focuses to 11″
    • One Special Low Dispersion Element
    • Four Low Dispersion FLD Elements
    • Multi-Layer Coating Reduces Flare
    • Splash-Proof Design



  • Sigma Lens Promotion
    Sigma 70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro AF Lens – has  $50 discount, on sale for $449 (click here)
    The design of this lens makes it suitable for taking pictures in all situations, from infinity to 1:1 macro, both with natural light conditions or flash.

    A Special Low Dispersion (SLD) lens and two high refractive index SLD lenses provide correction for all types of aberrations and produce an exceptional level of optical performance.
    Sigma’s super multi-layer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting, and helps create a natural color balance.
    The floating focus system provides extremely high optical performance from infinity to 1:1 Macro.
    A Focus Limiter Switch in incorporated on the lens, improving the speed and accuracy of autofocus by limiting the focus range.
  • Sigma Lens Promotion
    Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM Lens – has a $100 discount, on sale for $1,599 (click here)

    • 180mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
    • Canon EF Mount
    • 1:1 Magnification
    • Optical Stabilizer Function
    • FLD Glass Elements Reduce Aberration
    • Floating Inner Focusing System
    • Multi-Coating Reduces Ghosting and Flare
    • Hyper Sonic Motor for Quiet Focusing
    • Focus Distance of 18.5″ / 47cm
March 1, 2013
Posted in patents

Canon Patent For New Mount Type (non rotating elements when lens is not mounted)

Canon Patent For New Mount Type

Courtesy: Egami

Egami (translated) spotted an interesting patent filed by Canon. When mounting a lens on a camera body, and holding the lens, the rotating focus or zoom ring can make the operation more difficult. Imagine you have to switch lenses fast, the rotating elements of the lens can slow down the mounting of the lens. The Canon patent is for a new lens mount type that blocks all rotating elements of a lens when the lens is not mounted on a body, hence making mounting the lens easier (and faster). This is achieved by pins on the lens mount that block the rotating members inside the lens barrel. The new mount type is compatible with existing EOS mounts. That means lenses that will feature this new kind of mount can be used with existing EOS bodies.

Patent description (machine translated)

  • Patent Publication No. 2013-37090
    • 2013.2.21 Release Date
    • 2011.8.5 filing date
  • Rotatable operation unit: a rotating member
    • Ring, other zoom ring, focus ring, aperture
  • Canon patent
    • If you remove the lens from the camera, the rotation is restricted
      • Pins are provided on the surface of the lens mount
      • The boss is attached to (inside the lens barrel) end of the pin
      • Inside the lens barrel, the boss is brought into contact with the rotating member
      • Because of the boss, the rotating member is rotated never
    • When mounted on the camera lens, rotatable
      • Pin is provided on the mounting side of the body
        • Etc. F or mount EOS mount, mount a lot of this method
      • Body side pin, and push the pin on the lens, the position of boss will move
      • To the rotating member does not contact the boss, can be rotated
February 28, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS For $599.99 (and 5D3 for $3080)

EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6

Top rated plus eBay seller getitdigital (>39200 ratings, 99.6% positive) has the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens for $599.99 (click here). UV Filter & lens cap holder come as bonus items. Free shipping and USA warranty.

They also have brand new Canon EOS 5D Mark IIIs for $3079.99 (click here). Free shipping and USA warranty.

February 28, 2013
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Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon Rebel T4i/EOS 650D Video Kit (and center pinch caps pre-order)

Rebel T4i


Rich Rebel T4i/EOS 650D video starter kit on sale at B&H for $999 (click here). Included are:

  • Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital Camera (Body Only)
  • Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 EF-S IS STM Lens
  • SanDisk 32GB SDHC Memory Card Extreme Class 10 UHS-I
  • Pearstone LP-E8 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1100mAh)
  • Pearstone Compact AC/DC Charger for LP-E8 Battery
  • Delkin Devices Universal Card Reader – Pro Edition
  • Rode VideoMic – Camera Mounted Shotgun Microphone
  • Auray Fuzzy Windbuster for Shotgun Microphones (7″)
  • Duracell 9V Alkaline Battery (Coppertop)

Canon’s new center pinch lens caps are available for pre-order.

Rebel T4i


February 28, 2013
Posted in News

Canon EOS 70D By The End Of March?


On of the prediction made by Nippon Magazine we reported first here at Canon Watch got a confirmation. Possible announcement dates for the EOS 70D that are rumored are 19th or 26th of March 2013. Nippon Magazine predicted an EOS 70D announcement for March. There are no specifications for the upcoming successor of the Canon EOS 60D (refurbished with the EF-S 18-135mm IS lens for $829 at B&H and Adorama), except that it should bring the xxD line-up to a more pro level, as the EOS 50D still was. In other words: compared to the EOS 60D the EOS 70D will push specification to a higher level.

Canon EOS 60D price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay

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February 28, 2013
Posted in Tips

DIY: Make A Canon Video Remote For Less Than $10

Easy to follow how to for a DIY video remote for Canon DSLR cameras for under 10 bucks. If you have a Canon digital camera and plan to shot video using a camera rig, then you’ll want a good way to control your recordings with a start/stop button. A remote control is the way to go, but you can save a lot of money if you make your own! The remote in the video is hardwired into the camera and onto the rig for easy handling. You need: a Canon RC-6 remote control (click here) or a generic brand (click here), a fiber optics cable (click here), a wire hanger, some gaffers tape, and a Leatherman multi-tool (click here). Everything is exemplified on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (price & specs) but it works with other Canon DSLRs too. You may want to jumo over the first minutes of the video.

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