April 11, 2013
Posted in Deals

EU Deal: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS Eur 800 (eBay Germany)

 EF 24-105mm

Very good deal by top rated seller foto-mundus (>42000 ratings, 99.8% positive) on eBay Germany: The Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM lens is on sale for Eur 799.99 (click here). Free shipping and original German Canon warranty. Very good deal considering that the EF 24-105 is usually sold for Eur 929.

photozone.de about the EF 24-105mm:

Regarding its equivalent zoom range (39-168mm) on an APS-C DSLR the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 USM L IS may not be the most sexy lens here but its performance figures are very impressive nonetheless. In fact the resolution results beat those from the EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM L and match the EF 28-70mm f/2.8 USM L with its much more conservative zoom range (but higher speed). There’s a slight decrease in performance at 105mm but even here the quality remains on a very high level. As to be expected from a modern Canon L lens the construction quality is up to pro standards matching its fasters cousins. The lower price tag plus the extra IS should compensate the slightly more moderate max. aperture for most users. Is it a perfect lens then ? Well, there’re also downsides like pronounced barrel distortions and higher than expected CAs at the wide-end of the zoom range. However, the package remains extremely attractive if you can live with the rather unattractive zoom range on an APS-C DSLR – similar to other 28-xx or 24-xx zooms this lens is really more meant for 1.3x or FF (D)SLRs.

April 11, 2013
Posted in News

Canon DSLR Simulator Teaches How To Shot

Canon DSLR Simulator

Canon Canada started a website with an interactive DSLR simulator, named Outside of Auto. The “Auto” refers to the Auto-mode on Canon DSLRs. While Canon is stating that their DSLR shot excellent pics in Auto-mode, they also suggest that the real fun starts when using the creative modes, i.e. when learning to use exposure and aperture in the right way.

The website offers three sections to play along: Learn, Play and Challenge. This is intended as a progression: You first learn the basics, then you play around with what you learned, and finally you can test yourself.

Canon DSLR Simulator

The “Learn” section has three sub-sections: Home, Photography 101, and Tips. The “Play” section offers a virtual environment where you can try out what you learned in “Learn” section. All camera settings are available. The “Challenge” section gives you the opportunity to test what you have learned against the clock. Six different shooting scenarios can be tried out.

Have fun with this Canon DSLR simulator! :-)

Canon DSLR Simulator

[via PetaPixel]

April 11, 2013
Posted in News

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Available For Pre-Order

Sigma 30mm f/1.4

Both Adorama (click here) and B&H (click here) have the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM available for pre-order at the price of $499.

  • Standard Focal Length Prime Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 – 16
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 11.8″ (30 cm)
  • Hyper Sonic Motor for Smooth Autofocus
  • Brass Bayonet Mount
  • For APS-C Format Cameras
  • Fits Canon EF-S Mount Cameras
April 10, 2013
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon PowerShot SX500 For $193

PowerShot SX500

Adorama has the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS at a special price. After entering coupon code S2299500 you pay $193.33 (click here) instead of $249. The deal expires 04/15/2013.

  • 30x optical zoom lens starts at 24mm
  • 16MP CMOS sensor
  • 720p HD Video
  • 3-inch, 461k dot LCD monitor
  • Smart Auto with 32 predefined shooting situations
  • Intelligent IS with 6 image stabilization modes
  • Zoom Framing Assist tracks and captures moving subjects
  • High-Speed AF
April 10, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon EOS M with EF-M 22mm Discounted To $549

Canon EOS M

B&H has the Canon EOS M with the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake lens for $549 (click here). That’s $50 less than usual.

  • 18.0 MP CMOS (APS-C) Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • Full HD 1080p Movie with Focus Tracking
  • 3.0″ Touch Screen LCD with 1040K-dots
  • Touch AF and Multi-touch Operation
  • Hybrid CMOS Auto-focus for Photo & Video
  • Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S Lenses
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600 (H)
  • Canon’s First Mirrorless Camera
  • Includes Canon EF-M 22mm F/2 STM Lens
April 10, 2013
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III With Spare Battery, 32GB Card, Bag, Flash, And More For $2856


eBay seller 6ave (9555 ratings, 99.2% positive) has a Canon EOS 5D Mark III bundle for $2,855.65 (click here). Free shipping. The deal is listed in eBay’s Daily Deals. The bundle includes:

  • 32GB SDHC Memory Card
  • 2x – LP-E6 Replacement Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Compact AC/DC Charger for LP-E8 Battery
  • Digital Slave Flash Speedlite Bracket for SLR and Point & Shoot Camaras
  • Deluxe Soft Medium Camera and Video Case Bag
  • USB SDHC Memory Card Reader
April 10, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Which Lenses Are Best For Your Canon EOS 5D Mark III?


Image courtesy: DxOMark.com

Very interesting test done by DxOMark. They measured and ranked 85 lenses with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs), DxOMark:

[...] measured 47 primes ranging in focal length from 14mm to 300mm. Breaking that down further, 17 are wide or ultra-wide angle including the new optically excellent Sigma 35mm f/1.4DG HSM A and Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM, the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM and the exquisite but pricey Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/15 (15mm f/2.8) ZE. Standard and short telephoto lenses account for another 25 lenses, while a further 5 are telephotos (including 3 Canon models, two of those being exotic, pro-grade f/2.8 types).

Results are surprisingly high in comparison with the Nikon D800 (price & specs), which has 36Mp compared to the 22Mp of the 5D mark III:

While the Nikon D800 is capable of getting the best from any lens that’s fitted, it is essential to select lenses specifically to maximise the potential resolution of the sensor. If you’re trading in a Nikon D3X, for example, you may want to confirm that your existing lenses are capable of meeting (or maybe even exceeding) your expectations.

While that same principle of choosing the best glass also applies to the Canon, it’s not quite as crucial. In financial terms alone, this may be an important consideration if you have already invested in a sizeable range of lenses. Lenses on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III are without doubt very efficient.

Despite the Nikon D800′s 60% extra pixels, the measures reveal that the EOS 5D Mark III is capable of similar sharpness and of achieving a close DxOMark camera/lens score when compared to the D800. In the conclusion they write:

Given the somewhat lowly-looking pixel count of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III the potential sharpness is, surprisingly, one feature where the camera exceeds expectations. Providing the camera is matched to specific lens models, sharpness can even exceed the Nikon D800 under certain circumstances (when that camera is used with lesser capable lenses). This is great news if you’re looking to invest in one or own one already. If you’re a Canon user and are looking to upgrade, or maybe even switch because of the sensor’s perceived lowly capabilities then this should put your mind at rest. Please look out for next part of this review, where we’ll look at the finer points of the results for camera and lens combinations to choose from and those lenses that you may want to avoid.

They just added the second part part of the review, which deals with standard lenses and measures these on the EOS 5D Mark III. Don’t miss this review by DxOMark.

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