February 12, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Rumor: Samyang Working On A 50mm f/1.2 Lens (To Be Released In 2014)

Samyang Working On A 50mm f/1.2 Lens

Samyang working on a 50mm f/1.2 Lens? The question above has been posted on Samyang Asia’s Facebook page.

And the answer was, yes, Samyang (aka Rokinon) is working on a new 50mm f/1.2 lens, Canon mount among other mount types. This fits with a rumor I reported in the past (click here), but then the talk was about a 50mm f/1.4. It will not be an imminent release: As Samyang Asia writes on Facebook, the lens will be here “perhaps 2014″.

Samyang/Rokinon is known to build lenses with high optical performance, and that have to be manually operated. Their latest product is the brand new 35mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens ($479) pictured below.

Samyang Working On A 50mm f/1.2 Lens

Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay



February 11, 2013
Posted in News

Discounts Available: Bower 24mm f/1.4 $200 Less, And Refurbished Canon EOS 5D Mark II For $1590

Discounts Available

For your attention. B&H has some instant rebates going on. First is the manually operated Bower 24mm f/1.4 Wide-Angle lens, sold for $499 (click here) instead of $699, 30% less. The lens’ core specs:

  • Extremely Fast f/1.4 Wide-Angle Lens
  • Manual Exposure, Manual Focus Lens
  • Multi-Coating Reduces Flare/Distortion
  • Focuses to 9.8″
  • Superb for Low-Light Shooting Situations
  • Canon EF Mount
  • For Full-Frame and APS-C Size Sensors

Click here to see the full product description.

Discounts Available

They also have refurbished Canon EOS 5D Mark II in stock, for $1589 (click here). And other refurbished Canon gear too, click here to see it all (15 items), for instance the Canon EOS 5D Mark III for $2840 (click here).

Discounts Available


February 11, 2013
Posted in Deals

US Deal: Canon EOS Rebel T3i w/EF-S 18-55mm & 55-250mm For $699.99

Canon EOS Rebel T3i

The Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital SLR Camera w/EF-S 18-55mm IS & 55-250mm IS for $699.99

Super deal by Adorama on eBay: The Canon EOS Rebel T3i /EOS 650D w/EF-S 18-55mm IS & 55-250mm IS Lenses for just $699.99 (click here). It is the same well known Adorama we are talking here, just selling on eBay. It is eBay’s Daily Deal and there is limited quantity available.

Btw, Adorama has some more items that are sold-out:

  • Flashpoint Air Case for for $99.95 (click here) instead of 149.99.
  • Flashpoint Gimbal Head 2 with Quick Release Plate, Supports upto 7.5 lbs for $99.95 (click here), instead of $105.05
  • Adorama White 20″ Umbrella with Universal Swivel Holder for  $12.99 (click here), instead of $19.95



February 11, 2013
Posted in News

Rumor: New Canon EOS-M Firmware Set For Possible Imminent Release (and some thoughts about the EOS M)

Canon EOS-M Firmware 

The little, so much blamed, so much criticized Canon EOS M! It took Canon a long time to enter the mirrorless market. Indeed, Canon was the last big camera gear maker that released a MILC (Mirrorless Interchangable Lens Camera). You may think that being the last one has given Canon the opportunity to beat all the competitors, to build an amazing MILC. Nope. Canon made a halfhearted effort when designing and building the EOS M. Don’t get me wrong, the Canon EOS M (price & specs) has a lot of good points, its performance is solid, the high ISO/low light performance is among the best in its category, image quality is amazing, the small body is rugged and solid, and there is more (see below for my impressions). But it has one big shortcoming: The Auto-Focus. You can live with it (if you have to), even more if you have some experience with photography. But most of the competitor’s AF system easily outperforms the EOS M’s AF.

But there may be hope for a better AF raising on the horizon. Here comes the rumor, just posted on Canon Rumors. There may be an imminent release of a Canon EOS-M firmware update. And, yes!, it should improve auto-focus, the main failure in the EOS M design. CR writes:

We’re told new firmware for the EOS M will be coming “soon”. Possibly in the next two weeks. The firmware will address various things in the camera, the biggest being improving AF performance.

How much improvement can be expected regarding the much criticized AF? It depends by what is really responsible for the sluggish performance. If it is a hardware design failure, then there will be little improvement. If, on the other hand, it was just poor software engineering (for the firmware), then there could be a dramatic improvement, something that puts the EOS M back in the same league o its competitors. The most plausible improvements the new Canon EOS-M firmware will deliver are: better hunting in low light, better tracking, and generically faster AF.

As I said before, you can live with the EOS M’s AF. I do. It won’t make you happy, but it isn’t as terrible as some reviews suggest. In may very own experience the EOS M didn’t “taking the fun out of photography“, as Ron Martinsen writes in his review. Sure it needs some tweaking, experimenting, and the right lens. AF is fastest with the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (sometimes almost acceptable), particularly in Flexizone Single mode, then comes the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM, a lens with very good optical perfomance. When using EF and EF-S lenses with the adapter the AF becomes almost unusable (surprisingly I had some fast focusing with the EF 50mm f/1.8). To get the point: AF sucks when the subject is even slowly moving or when there is low light, the worst case being both conditions given.

A comprehensive review by ephotozine gets the point about the EOS M. It’s the review I agree most so far:

The Canon EOS M has a small well designed body with an easy to use 3 inch touch screen, however the limited number of lenses, as well as the extremely slow focus and short battery life are rather frustrating limitations holding the camera system back. It would be nice to see some of these issues resolved either with a firmware update or a following model and releases, however, until then, other mirrorless cameras offer a much better range of lenses, focus speeds, as well as generally better battery life. However, if you can bear with some of these weaknesses, then the camera has good noise performance, and is cable of taking excellent photos.

Canon EOS M Pros

  • Excellent noise performance up to ISO3200+
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent colour reproduction
  • Excellent touch screen
  • Solid body with good handling, despite size
  • Mic socket

Canon EOS M Cons

  • Little warning that the battery is going flat
  • Struggles to focus in low light
  • Extremely Slow focus
  • No built in Panoramic mode
  • Limited number of lenses
  • Short battery life
At least now we know that there will be more EF-M lenses, as stated by a Canon Executive.

As some of you probably know, the EOS M was with me when I travelled Myanmar last year. It was a good travel companion and allowed me to shot some pictures I am happy with (still hosted by a friend on Flickr due to Internet issues while there). I was happy to have a light-weighted camera that delivers APS-C sensor image quality and the creative possibilities of a DSLR. And beside the poor AF, the rest of the experience was positive. I particularly liked the combined use of the control wheel and the touchscreen. Canon made it right here: settings can be changed easy and fast, most settings are just a few touches away. Unfortunately the battery lasts for around 230-250 shots only, and the indicator doesn’t give you a real idea about how close you are to a drained battery. Better to have one or two spare batteries. One last thing: the EOS M made it through extreme hot temperatures with humidity often around 95%, sandy and dusty places, roads, and street parties. It saw rain, I didn’t have a real camera bag, it was simply in my day-pack. I didn’t handle it with to much care, it was the tool I needed while there (a camera is here to be used), and everything always worked, nothing broke, the sensor is still ok (no dust spots). A solidly built camera. The EOS M always worked and did what I wanted. Well, except for some AF issues :-)

Canon EOS M price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay
Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay
Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

February 11, 2013
Posted in Deals

Sandisk Memory Card 24h Flash Discounts (only today, 2/11/13)

Adorama has a 24h flash sale on selected memory cards. It will last just 24h, and it is just for today. Saving go from 8% to 33%. The cards in offer:

February 10, 2013
Posted in News

A Little Bit Of Everything

February 9, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Video Review (DigitalRev)

DigitalRev’s Kai has a look on Canon’s new EF 35mm f/2 IS lens. This lens has rather high price tag, $849, and  people is questioning if it is worth the money. Have a look at the video above to learn what Kai thinks about.

There are alternatives to the Canon’s EF 35mm f/2 IS USM (price & specs) to choose from if you are looking for a 35mm lens, as the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM which comes with f/1.4 and is getting very good reviews, or the manual aperture and focusing Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 (price & specs). The Rokinon is a very interesting lens, with a price tag of $479. For featured reviews of the Canon and Sigma lenses see herehere, and here. For the Rokinon see here.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay
Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

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Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG