More rebates and discounts have gone live for Canon gear and Sigma lenses.
Adorama has the Canon EOS-7D Digital SLR Camera with EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens and SanDisk 16GB Extreme Compact Flash plus Adorama Digital Remote Release with 36″ Cable plus Canon Deluxe Photo Backpack 200EG – $200 instant rebate – on sale for $1499 (click here).
Adorama has Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM – $300 instant rebate - on sale for $2199 (click here)
Adorama has the Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS & EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lenses – $500 instant rebate - on sale for $1349 (click here).
B&H extended the Canon Rebates to more gear, and the well known DSLR + Lens bundle rebates are back! Savings can go up to $500 for some bundles. Moreover, some bundles have free accessories with a value up to $100, 2% reward. Shipping in US is free and you can save even more with the “buy together and save” option. Click here to check all the offered bundles.
The Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM lens wasn’t highly regarded when it was announced. The price tag and questioning about the need of IS for a wide angle lens were the main critics. However, things changed. First of all, the lenses price dropped in the months after its announcement, and for the time being the EF 28mm f/2.8 IS is on sale with a $150 discount (in the US) and has a price tag of $649. That’s rather ok for a lens with such good characteristics. Let’s see the specs (taken from Adorama’s product page):
- Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to 4 shutter speed stops ofcorrection.
- Ring USM, high-speed CPU, and optimized AF algorithms for fast autofocusing.
- Full-time manual focus for manual adjustment while in AF mode.
- Aspherical lens elements improve peripheral image quality.
- Circular diaphragm (7 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds.
- Silent and smooth operation makes it suitable for video shooting.
- Minimum focusing distance: 0.23m.
- Compact design
The Phoblographer had his hands on the EF 28mm, and they were fairly impressed by the super fast AF, the brilliant colors, the build quality and the small size. The lens was tested using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. In the conclusion they write:
We really have to admit: we’re extremely pleased with what Canon is doing with this lens so far. The colors are awesome, the blur free possibilities is an excellent bonus, the sharpness is brilliant, and focusing is like I gave my 5D Mk II steroids. When you consider the fairly affordable price too, you’ll realize that you’re getting quite a sweet deal.
The review comes with plenty of sample images. IQ is really good, though there is some vignetting. I own the previous iteration (without IS) and it always was a lens that I loved to use. On an APS-C sensor the Ef 28mm becomes a (more or less) normal lens.
[via The Phoblographer]
The Magic Lantern hack is a hot topic those days. Not just delivering amazing video quality on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs), but going so far to transform a 5 year old DSLR, the EOS 50D (here on eBay), in a powerful videocamera – a camera that was never thought to be a videocamera.
But there is (obviously) one main question everyone is asking when thinking to hack their DSLR: will it void the warranty? Udi over at DIY Photography wanted to find out and wrote to Canon (and to Nikon and Panasonic). In the case of Canon, he asked if installing ML would void the warranty. Canon answered:
There is no such thing as “voiding” the Canon warranty, there are simply repairs that are covered, and those that are not.
For instance, the repairs for a failure of the buttons on the back of the camera within the warranty period, on a camera that does not show any evidence of mishandling or misuse, would likely be covered. Repairs for a camera that is “bricked” or otherwise having issues directly related to using a third party firmware would not be covered.
Even if a camera had to have the main board replaced due to it being “bricked” by a third party firmware, and then at some point later (but still within the warranty period) the buttons malfunctioned, the same rules still apply.
The Canon Lens rebates were set to expire on June 1. But now the rebates program has been extended to run through June 29. Click here to see all lenses offered by Amazon. There is also a new rebates program on selected Canon DSLRs and kits, see it here on Amazon. Time to grab for your preferred DSLR and lens.