February 2, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Battle Of The Bokeh – Various 35mm Lenses Compared

35mm lenses are in everyones mind those days. There have been some interesting lenses in this range that have been released in the last times. Think Canon's EF 35mm f/2 IS USM (price & specs), the amazing Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM (price & specs) and as last entry, the manual aperture and focusing Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 (price & specs). The last one a hot one with a price tag of $479. For featured reviews of the Canon and Sigma lenses see here, here, and here. For the Rokinon see here.

DigitalRev made a video comparing the EF 35mm f 1.4L USM, Nikon 35mm G AF-S and the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM for the purpose of checking which one has the best bokeh. Check it out!

Battle Of The Bokeh

Battle Of The Bokeh

 

February 2, 2013
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Center-Point AF Not Working On f/8 On Some Canon EOS-1D X

Center-Point AF Not Working

As most of you know, Canon released a firmware update for the Canon EOS-1D X that enabled the highly sensitive auto-focus center-point to be used with apertures down to f/8. That was an important addition to the feature set of the EOS-1D X.

However, it turned out that some EOS-1D X models are not center-point focusing using f/8, despite the firmware. Apparently this happened to EOS-1D Xs that were sent in for service and returned with a firmware update.

It’s easy to find out if your EOS-1D X is affected. Check the serial number, if the sixth digit is a 4 or 5, then open the battery compartment and look out for a white dot in the position shown in the pic below. If the small white dot is there, your camera is not affected.

Center-Point AF Not Working

Image courtesy: Imaging Resource

If  your camera is affected, simply download the latest firmware update (1.2.1, click here to download) and install it on your own. Btw, the EOS-1D X is still available at the incredible price of $5,907.82 (click here) on eBay.

Canon EOS-1D X price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay

[via Imaging Resource]

 

February 2, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon EOS 6D Field Test (Video)

The Camera Store TV made 10 minutes video of a Canon EOS 6D (price & specs) field test. The setting:

In this episode The Camera Store TV’s Chris Niccolls gives the Canon 6D a test in a very demanding situation, the world of online dating. Watch as Chris and Dave Paul shoot a dating portfolio and video for our astronomy expert, Mark Langridge.

Note: B&H has a cool EOS 6D deal going on: the 6D body with a Lowepro – Adventura 170 Shoulder Bag and a Lexar – 16GB SDHC Memory Card Professional Class 10 UHS-I memory card for $1899 (click here). Or take the EOS 6D plus the EF 24-105mm f/4.0L and the memory card for $2499 (click here). This deals are part of the rebate programs that expire  Saturday, 2/2/2013.

Canon EOS 6D Field Test

Canon EOS 6D price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay

 

February 1, 2013
Posted in Deals

It’s Almost Over: Last Hours Of Canon Rebates (DSRL, Lenses, Speedlites)

Folks, last hours of Canon rebates, it lasts until tomorrow, then it is over: The Canon rebates on selected DSLRs and lens bundles, and on lenses and Speedlites, that expire tomorrow, Saturday 2/2/2013.

Last Hours Of Canon Rebates

First, there are the Lens + DSLR combos, click here to check out possible combination. In any case you'll get concrete discounts.

Then, B&H has special offers on lenses and EOS 5D Mark III kits that will also expire on 2/2/2013. So hurry up if you want to get the deals. Savings go up to $400 for some lenses!

  • to see all lenses on rebate click here
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III body only for $2,975 (click here), free: SanDisk – 16GB CompactFlash Memory Card Extreme 400x UDMA
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM for $3,499 (click here), free: SanDisk – 16GB CompactFlash Memory Card Extreme 400x UDMA

Last Hours Of Canon Rebates

Last Hours Of Canon Rebates

Last Hours Of Canon Rebates

 

February 1, 2013
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Hot Canon Deals on Ebay: EF 24-105mm f/4L $840, EOS 7D $1100, EOS 5D Mark III $2903

Hot Canon Deals on Ebay

Hot Canon Deals on Ebay. Top rated eBay seller getitdigital (99.6% positive ratings) has three deals ready for you. One is really hot: the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens for $839.99 (click here). UV filter and lens cap keeper come for free. Free shipping and USA warranty. That’s concretely less than the usual price of around $1060. The EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM core specs:

Focal Length 24 – 105 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 84° – 23°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.48′ (45 cm)
Magnification 0.23x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4.34
Groups/Elements 13/18
Diaphragm Blades 8

 

They also have the Canon EOS 7D at $1099.99 (click here). That’s roughly $100 bucks less than official price. Free shipping and USA warranty. But then: the refurbished EOS 7D is sold by B&H for $979 (click here). Canon EOS 7D core specs:

  • 18.0 Megapixels
  • 3.0″ LCD
  • HD Video Recording
  • Selectable Video Exposure + Frame Rates
  • Dust & Weather Resistant
  • 100% Viewfinder
  • Self Cleaning Sensor
  • High Sensitivity (ISO 12800)
  • 8fps Burst Mode
Hot Canon Deals on Ebay

Last but not least, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body is sold for $2,903.51 (click here). Although there is an official Canon rebate program going on (see here, expires tomorrow 2/2), this deal still around $100 less. Free shipping and USA warranty. Canon EOS 5D Mark III core specs:

  • 22.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • 3.2″ Clear View High Resolution LCD
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • 61-Point High Density AF
  • Full HD 1080/30p and 720/60p Formats
  • Built-In HDR and Multiple Exposure Modes
  • Extended ISO Range (50-102400)
  • Up to 6.0 FPS Continuous Mode
  • Dual CF and SD Memory Card Slots
  • Durable Magnesium-Alloy Construction
Hot Canon Deals on Ebay
February 1, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Metabones Speed Booster First Impressions (DPreview)

Metabones Speed Booster First Impressions

DPreview tested the Metabones Speed Booster for Canon EF lenses to Sony NEX mounts ($599, click here). They used a Sony NEX-6 (price & specs) for testing. All the marvels this adapter promises to deliver are once more confirmed. It is, definitely, a game changer. I think we will se great thing in the near future done with this adapter. In their conclusion DPreview writes:

There’s a lot to be excited about with a product that so transforms lens behavior and addresses such a long-standing issue for photographers who long for the wide-angle and light-gathering performance of their older full frame lenses on their newer APS-C body. Image quality is very impressive, with results that compare exceptionally well against a full frame sensor. You do pay a small price in terms of corner softness and CA.

The biggest remaining challenge, however, with the Canon EF to Sony NEX mount is AF speed, a direct consequence of pairing a PDAF-optimized lens on a CDAF sensor. And to their credit, Metabones makes it very clear that AF performance is going to lag far behind what you’d get by using the Sony NEX’s conventional AF system.

This does effectively make the Speed Booster an even more niche product, as it’s best suited for manual-focus shooters. We’d be keen to see a camera manufacturer license this now-proven technology and offer this optical quality and near-full-frame performance mated with an effective AF system. But for now, we tip our hats to Metabones for releasing a product that accomplishes what many had thought nearly impossible.

 The optical quality is outstanding. DPreview’s first impressions comes with samples and good technical description.
[via dpreview]

 

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