December 10, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Rumor: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II Prototypes Out In The Wild?


Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L I

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L

Source: CR

A long rumored lens appears to be undergoing field tests by selected photographers, the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II. The announcement could occur in the first half of 2014. The rumor states the successor of the Canon EF 35mm f 1.4L USM (price & specs) is a bit wider and has slightly less weight. Also, at least one of the elements should have a new kind of coating. Filter thread is said to be 77mm. There have been patents in the past that are pointing to this new lens. It appears this lens will definitely be announced in 2014.

The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L is currently on sale for $1179 at B&H. The final price after having added the item to the cart and a $150 mail-in rebate.

December 10, 2013
Posted in News

Mirrorless Camera Sales Growing in Asia and EU, Not In The USA

Source: Personal-View

As you see Asian countries are rapidly switching to Mirrorless cameras. Europe’s mirrorless market is also slowly growing. But it’s in North America where MILCs still not break the DSLR sales. Hard to guess what the reasons are.

Not surprising that Canon announced their new EOS M2 only in Asia (at least for the time being).

Mirrorless Camera Sales

CIPA data of cameras shipped by Japanese companies (October 2013)

[via 43rumors]

December 10, 2013
Posted in Deals

Adobe Photoshop Photography Program at $9.99 Extended Again (until 12/31)

Adobe Photoshop Photography Program

As noted by reader Ron, the real expiration date of this special offer has always been December 31st. Now Adobe announced it officially.

The offer expires December 31Anyone now can get Photoshop and Lightroom via Creative Cloud for $9.99/month. This is your opportunity to step into Adobe’s Photoshop Photography Program for 9.99 a month (12-month commitment).

  • Photoshop CC
  • Lightroom 5
  • 20GB of online storage
  • Behance ProSite
  • Access to training resources on Creative Cloud Learn
  • Ongoing updates and upgrades
December 10, 2013
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Posted in Reviews

Canon EOS M vs 5D Mark III – Can The EOS M Hold Up?

Spoiler: it can (in good light) :-)

I like these kind of comparison, and learningcameras made one I was waiting for: Canon EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs) vs Canon EOS M (price & specs). Even better: you can download the original and full resolution RAW and JPEG files of the images shown in the video-review. The reviewer writes:

Can a $400 camera take as good a picture as a $4000 pro shooter? Do you really need to be investing in extremely high end gear to get top end image quality? And do you really need the weight, size, and risk of a pro camera to deliver uncompromising results? We answer those questions by taking the $4000 Canon 5D Mark III and the $400 Canon EOS M to shoot some $400,000 cars.

As you can see, in good light the results are much less diverging than you may think. These are obviously different pieces of gear that do not play in the same league, but in real life settings the image quality difference is a small one. It’s just about IQ in good shooting situation, not about low light performance or other features as AF. Consider also the small size of the EOS M compared to the bulky 5D Mark III.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay
Canon EOS M Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

[via LC]

December 9, 2013
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM – $749 (instead of $1049)


 Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro B&H has the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens on sale for $749. The price drops to $899 when added to the chart, add a $150 mail-in rebate


December 9, 2013
Posted in News

Discounted SanDisk Ultra microSDXC Class 10 Memory Cards


 SanDisk Ultra Amazon has good discounts on SanDisk Ultra MicroSDHC Memory Cards with Adapter:

  • 16GB – $9.99 (compared to $19.99)
  • 32GB – $16.79 (compared to $69.99)
  • 64GB – $34.99 (compared to $99.99)


December 9, 2013
Posted in News

Canon EOS M With Built-in EVF May Arrive In The Second Half of 2014

Canon EOS M

Mr. Masaya Maeda

Dcwatch (translated) interviewed the managing director and chief executive of Canon’s Image Communication Products Operations, Mr. Masaya Maeda. Google translation from Japanese is pretty poor. However, these appear to be the main points of the interview:

  • A new EOS M camera with built-in EVF could arrive in the second half of 2014 .
  • The focus on EOS M systems is to keep size down [editor’s note: the new EOS M2 is 8% smaller than the EOS M]
  • Hybrid still+video performance is a key aspect on Canon’s future mirrorless cameras development
  • There will be new lenses for the EOS M system
  • Canon is also considering the possibility to make a more semi pro if not pro mirrorless cameras
  • Canon is committed to the EOS Cinema line