July 25, 2013
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Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Lens Review (ephotozine)

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Sigma 30mm f/1.4

ephotozine reviewed the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM lens, a fast prime that’s interesting especially for Canon APS-C shooters. In the conclusion they write:

During this test, we did have issues with inaccurate focusing, which may be down to a flaw with the samples provided for review, and were able to resolve using the Sigma USB Dock. Presuming this problem isn’t widespread, then this lens is a great choice for owners of Canon cameras, after a high quality, standard lens with a fast maximum aperture.

The Sigma 30mm f/1.4, part of Sigma’s “Art” line-up,  retails for around $500/€490. The reviewers liked the good sharpness and build quality of the Sigma. However, they noticed that sharpness towards the edges is deteriorating, and some chromatic aberrations at maximum aperture. The review comes with test charts and sample pics.

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Lens specs after the break.

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July 24, 2013
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Silent Upgrades – Internal Changes on Gear that are not Announced

 Roger Cicala

A 6 month old Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 on the left, and an 18 month old copy on the right (image courtesy of lensrentals.com)

What are “silent upgrades”? These are internal changes that a manufacturer may apply without announcing them. The picture above shows two copies of the EF 85mm f/1.8 lens (price & specs) – the changes are immediately visible. Roger Cicala at lenrentals.com – a guy who disassembled lots of lenses – wrote a post about this issue. Often these silent upgrades are due to a change in subassembly suppliers, just to make an example. Good read if you want to know how manufacturers operate (and why).
July 24, 2013
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Canon Deals: EF-M 18-55mm IS STM, EF-M 22mm f/2 STM, EOS M Kits, Refurb Rebel T4i

B&H still has Canon EOS M kits on fire sale, plus new discounts on the lenses. Let me sum it up:

  • EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens is discounted to $199 (click here), same price also on Amazon US.
  • EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake lens discounted to $199 (click here)
  • Canon EOS M with 22mm f/2 lens and 90EX Flash (black EOS M body) on sale for $399 (click here) – expires 7/31
  • Canon EOS M with 18-55mm Lens and 90EX Flash (black, red & white EOS M bodies) on sale for $419 (click here) – expires 7/31

Needless to say that the kits are your best bet, a steal. And another thing: I got a production sample of the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens and are preparing a review. But there is one thing I want to anticipate: the EF-M 11-22mm is a tack sharp piece of lens!

Some more deals that may be of your interest, both from Adorama and both set to expire 7/29:

July 24, 2013
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Canon EOS 70D Moire Test (video, DicaHub)

Korean site DicaHub (translated), after having provided the second independent Dual Pixel CMOS AF test I know about, produced another video to show and test how the Canon EOS 70D deals with moire artifacts. A pre-production model of the EOS 70D was used, along with the EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM. Is stunning the right adjective here?

Canon EOS 70D pre-orders: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Image courtesy: dicahub.com

July 24, 2013
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Deal: SanDisk 16GB SDHC Extreme Class 10 UHS-I Memory Card (2-Pack) – $47.50

We always need fast memory cards, and we need a lot of them. B&H has the SanDisk 16GB SDHC Extreme Class 10 UHS-I memory card in stock as a double pack for $47.50 (click here).

  • 16GB Capacity
  • Class 10 – UHS-1
  • Max. Read Speed: 80MB/s
  • Max. Write Speed: 60MB/s
  • Water / Shock / X-ray Proof
  • Built-in Write-Protect Switch
  • Advanced Error Correction Code
  • Downloadable RescuePRO Recovery Software
July 24, 2013
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The Italians Are Coming – Fiat 500L Commercial Shot Using a Canon EOS 6D (and Tamron Lenses)

The Italians Are Coming is the title of a commercial for the Fiat 500L, shot with a Canon EOS 6D and a set of Tamron lenses, the SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD, the SP 70-200mm f/2.8 DI VC USD and the SP 90mm F/2.8 DI MACRO 1:1 VC. The commercial was shot at 60fps and with shutter speed 1/125. I think it is rather interesting that such professionally made commercials are shot with a relatively inexpensive DSLR as the Canon EOS 6D is. That tells a lot about the performance and image quality of this kind of gear, about the results you can obtain. Moreover, third party lenses were used. Another sign of how well third party lens producer are catching up with the brand counterparts, the best example being the innovative Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM. Btw, the Tamron SP 70-200 f/2.8 lens is on sale at B&H for $1399 (click here) after a $100 mail-in rebate.

There is also a “behind the scenes” video after the break.

[via slrlounge]

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