May 28, 2013
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Canon Rebates Extended To More DSLRs And Kits (Save Up To $500)

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Canon Rebates

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.

 

May 28, 2013
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Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS Review (The Phoblographer)

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Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
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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]

May 28, 2013
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Will The Magic Lantern RAW Hack Void Your Warranty?

Canon Rebates

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.

 

May 27, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon Lenses Rebates Will Not Expire June 1st (but June 29)

Canon Lenses Rebates

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.

I found this on dealsrunner.com, where you can also check Canon deals by clicking here.

Canon Lenses Rebates

May 27, 2013
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First Picture Of Samyang 16mm f/2 Lens Unveiled On Facebook

Samyang 16mm f/2

A picture of the upcoming Samyang 16mm f/2.0 lens has been unveiled on Facebook, along with some specs. Among other mount types there will be a version for Canon EF and M mounts.

The 16mm focus length with rectilinear imaging system ensure extra wide angle of view amounting to 83.1 degrees (for Nikon version and 79.5 for Canon). The big aperture opening of F2.0 ensure photographers able to use it for low light environment like night street shooting. The weight of the lens is just about 571g, as a result this lens will be a attractive carry on for architecture and landscape shooting.

[via Fujirumors]

 

May 27, 2013
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Transform A Canon EOS 50D In A Powerful Video Camera With Magic Lantern RAW Hack

Canon EOS 50D raw video test – ISO 12.800 (H2) from Julian Huijbregts on Vimeo.

I have extensively reported about the Magic Lantern RAW Hack for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. You should know that you can have RAW video output also on the 5 year old Canon EOS 50D. As most of you probably know, the EOS 50D was the last semiprofessional DSLR in the xxD series. The EOS 60D that followed was more “Rebel inspired” than the 50D and the 40D.

The video above is amazing. You may also want to check sample images here. Will the Canon EOS 50D get a new life with the hack? First of all, check the price here on eBay.

The Canon EOS 50D is still kicking, read here why.

[via EOSHD]

Magic Lantern RAW Hack

 

May 27, 2013
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Mitakon Lens Turbo For Canon FD Lenses And Sony NEX (Speed Booster Clone)

Mitakon Lens Turbo

It was a matter of time before someone would replicate Metabones’ idea and make it cheaper. Mitakon is now selling their first Lens Turbo Adapter with a 0.72x focal reduction (i.e. you get full-frame on a crop sensor). There is a Lens Turbo for Canon FD lenses and Sony’s NEX cameras. It works exactly like the Speed Booster adapter from Metabones at a fraction of the price. So, if you have some old glorious FD-mount lenses laying around and own a Sony NEX this is for you. There are Lens Turbo auctions here on eBay. The official press release can be read at Mitakon’s website.

If you want o automatically get notified when new Lens Turbo will be on sale on eBay just create a Slidoo account and save this search.

[via 43rumors]

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