January 22, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EOS 6D Price Drop – $1749


The Canon EOS 6D saw a price drop on major retailers. It’s sold for $1749 at Amazon and Adorama, and B&H Photo (where it comes with valuable accessories). Compare to $1899.

The accessories B&H includes are: SanDisk 16GB SDHC Extreme Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card, Canon 200DG Deluxe Gadget Bag, Watson LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh), Oben ACM-2400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod.

January 22, 2014
Posted in Patents

Canon Patent for Image Stabilized 85mm, 100mm, and 135mm Lenses

Egami (translated) spotted more patents filed by Canon. This time for image stabilized 85mm f/1.8, 100mm f/2, and 135mm f/2.8 lenses.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-10283
    • Publication date 2014.1.20
    • Filing date 2012.6.29
  • Example 1
    • Focal length f = 85.56mm
    • Fno. 1.86
    • Angle of view 2ω = 28.4 °
    • Image height Y = 21.635mm
  • Example 2
    • Focal length f = 102.06mm
    • Fno. 2.00
    • Angle of view 2ω = 23.9 °
    • Image height Y = 21.635mm
  • Example 3
    • Focal length f = 131.00mm
    • Fno. 2.80
    • Angle of view 2ω = 18.8 °
    • Image height Y = 21.635mm
  • Canon patents
    • Positive and negative positive
    • Inner Focus (group 2)
    • (Part of the third group) anti vibration

January 21, 2014
Posted in News

Canon Announces 5 New PIXMA Printers (up to A3 format)

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Today Canon announced 5 new PIXMA printers, the most interesting (imo) being the WiFi-enabled PIXMA ip8750 photo printer, which handles formats up to A3, uses a six-ink system and produces an A3 print in approximately two minutes.

Enjoy stunning quality photos up to A3+ with this premium 6 single ink printer. Print wirelessly around the home including from smartphones, tablets and Wi-Fi cameras. Ideal for photo enthusiasts.

  • Premium A3+ printer with wireless connectivity for photo enthusiasts
  • 6-colour system includes grey ink for exceptional colour and mono prints
  • Efficient individually replaceable single ink tanks and optional XL inks
  • Printing from smartphones and tablets with PIXMA Printing Solutions app
  • Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and Wireless PictBridge support

Canon UK press release:

Canon enhances home and office PIXMA ranges with five new models

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 21 January 2014 – Canon today bolsters its range of PIXMA single and multifunction printers with the launch of five new models – PIXMA iP8750, iX6850, MX475, MX535, and iP2850. The devices update Canon’s home and office line-up, as well as introduce two new A3+ single-function printers for those with more advanced printing needs. Stylish and easy-to-use, Canon’s range of PIXMA printers has been designed to support users seeking a range of printing options, including photolab quality prints and business documents.
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January 21, 2014
Posted in Reviews, Tips

How To Fix An Annoying Design Flaw (Canon Powershot S120)

This happens to all of us, sooner or later: we bought new gear and there is something that’s totally wrong placed, or doesn’t really make sense, or can’t be used as supposed.

In this case the camera is the Canon Powershot S120, a well-performing, WiFi-enabled compact camera with good video capabilities. But there is a problem Casey Neistat couldn’t live with, and for a good reason: the microphones of the S120 are placed on top of the camera, where you spontaneously and normally place your fingers when holding the camera (see pic below). Result: bad sound quality since the mics are covered.

Watch Casey Neistat‘s ingenious solution to tackle the issue in the video above.

[via gizmodo]

January 21, 2014
Posted in Reviews

Tamron 150-600mm Shootout (and comparison with other telezooms)

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Left to right: Canon 100-400mm IS, Tamron 200-500mm, Sigma 50-500 OS, Tamron 150-600mm VC (image courtesy: lensrentals.com)

Lensental’s Roger Cicala and Aaron Closz felt the pulse of the new Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD super zoom ($1069, Adorama | B&H Photo), and compared it to the  Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di, the Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS, and to the Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS lenses. A super-zoom shootout, and the Tamron 150-600 is “the best bang for the buck”.

The shootout comes with lots of technical data and measurement charts, in the conclusion they write:

My summary would be that the selection between a Tamron 150-600, Canon 100-400 IS, and Sigma 50-500 OS should be made on criteria other than MTF 50. There are some minor differences in resolution, but nothing that makes one clearly better than another. Price, weight, autofocus accuracy, effectiveness of vibration control, and a number of other factors (did I mention price?) are more important considerations when choosing among these lenses.

It’s pretty obvious that the Tamron has both 600mm range and the lowest price. These tests, and everything I see from photographers using the lens in the field, support that it’s of at least equal image quality. Some people will prefer the extra wide range of the Sigma, others the lighter weight of the Canon. But for a lot of people, the Tamron is going to be the best bang for the buck.

[via lensrentals]

Tamron SP 150-600mm

January 20, 2014
Posted in Reviews

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Review (a game changer)

Tamron SP 150-600mm

Dustin Abbott wrote an exhaustive review about the image stabilized Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD super zoom ($1069, Adorama | B&H Photo). He defines the Tamron as a “game changer” and compares the lens to the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS.

He breaks down pros and cons of his long review (with lots of sample images taken at different focal lengths).


  • A truly fantastic price/value
  • Optical excellence throughout almost all the focal range
  • Versatility of a 4x zoom range
  • Reaches 600mm (900mm+ equiv on crop sensors)
  • Sturdy, weather sealed construction
  • Excellent VC
  • Better than expected focus speed and accuracy
  • 6 year standard warranty in North America
  • Low CA and strong resistance to flare
  • Excellent color rendition
  • Smooth bokeh transition and highlights
  • Good minimum focus distance = good maximum magnification
  • Did I mention the price?


  • Slight sharpness falloff at 600mm
  • Focus speed slightly slower towards longer end of zoom range
  • Exhibits zoom creep
  • No internal zooming means that overall length grows significantly
  • Case not included
  • 95mm filters will be expensive
  • Maximum aperture of f/6.3 on the long end
  • Fairly big and heavy

Flare resistance is very good thanks to Tamron’s new eBand coating of the lens. Color rendition is also excellent.

Be sure to check the comparison with the Canon lens. The difference in sharpness is minimal, though in favour of Canon.

The video below shows the auto-focus test of the Tamron 150-600mm.

[via CR]