July 25, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon Deals of the Day: EOS 5D Mark III, EF 24-105mm, EOS 6D


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eBay seller bigvalueinc (98.2% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body only on sale for $2,866.82 (click here). Free shipping. Not the 5D3 killer deal we had last week but still a good price.

Same seller bigvalueinc has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens on sale for $733.79 (click here). UV filter as bonus and free shipping. The lens is available also on Amazon by a third party seller for even less, $724.82 (click here). Top Rated Plus eBay seller getitdigital (99.4% positive ratings) has the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens at a very good price, $759.99 (click here); USA warranty and free shipping. Usually the 24-105mm sells for $1149.

Finally, two Canon EOS 6D deals that are not new but still live. Bigvalueinc has the Canon EOS 6D on sale for $1,581.81 (click here). Same conditions as above.

The EOS 6D is on sale for less and with some bonus accessories by eBay seller 6ave (99.5% positive ratings) for $1,572.61 (click here). The bonus items are: 2 replacement batteries, a compact charger, a case, and a pretty useless no-name 32GB memory card (see picture after the break). Want to know what Canon’s “entry-level” full-frame can do? Check this commercial shot entirely with a 6D.

All these deals can be found on dealsrunner.com.

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July 25, 2013
Posted in Reviews

(Update) More Canon EOS 70D Test Videos and Sample Pics

Thanks John (2 times) for pointing me to this!

Update: Polish site optyczne posted sets of sample pics taken with the EOS 70D at all ISO speeds. Some of the test scenes (bottles and pencils) have been used to test the EOS 650D, so you can compare them (scroll down to the sample pics).

Japanese site Digitial Life Innovator (translated) posted another video testing the Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus of the Canon EOS 70D. There are also sample pics (original files available for download). I wasn’t able to understand (from the machine translated Japanese text) if they had a pre-production model of the EOS 70D (think so). However, the pics are all “out of the box” JPGs, and I think the image quality is impressive. They extracted frames from the video and made them available in a Flickr set.

It appears as if Canon made everything right with the EOS 70D. After long a true innovation by Canon. I bet the EOS 70D will sell very well, there is too much to love in this camera.

Canon EOS 70D pre-order and price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay


Canon EOS 70D, EF-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, 1/160, f/5.6, ISO5000, +1 EV (image credit: Digital Life Innovator)


July 25, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon Germany Cashback Action: Last Days to Save up to Euro 300

Canon Germany Cashback

Until July 31, then it is over. Canon Germany has a cashback program going on (only for customers located in Germany). Depending by the item you purchase the cashback goes up to Euro 300. Too see how it works click here (German). On Amazon Germany, these are the items on offer (list is not complete since there are too much items):

  • €50 cashback for the EOS 700D, EF 40mm pancake, Speedlite 430EX – click here
  • €70 cashback for the EF 70-300, EF-S 18-200, EF-S 60mm macro – click here
  • €80 cashback for the EOS 60D and various 60D kits – click here
  • €100 cashback for the EOS 7D, 7D kits, EF-17-40, EF 100mm f/2.8, and more lenses – click here
  • €200 cashback for the EF 16-35mm, EF 8-15mm fisheye – click here
  • €300 cashback for the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II and the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II – click here
July 25, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Canon Rumor: Canon’s Big Megapixel DSLR Set To Be Announced in August?

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Lots of rumors regarding the fabled high resolution DSLR Canon is supposed to release sooner or later. The latest rumor again comes from Photography Bay, and suggests that Canon’s big megapixel DSLR will have 44.7MP and could be announced by the end of August. Again, it is said the camera will have an EOS-1 form factor (see pics above).

Previous rumor had word about a 75MP and a non-Bayer sensor. The 44MP DSLR should output 4K and be able to do UHDTV. It appears Canon is challenged to engineer a camera that has high processing speed (to stream video at full bandwidth) without draining batteries too fast. The source of the rumor also suggests that Canon will favour dynamic range and image quality over high resolution. This is perfectly in line with Canon’s conservative approach to sensor tech. The camera is also supposed to have a port for an external, electronic viewfinder. The rumor I am reporting here does not exclude Canon is indeed field-testing a 75MP camera.


July 25, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Lens Review (ephotozine)

Sigma 30mm f/1.4

ephotozine reviewed the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM lens, a fast prime that’s interesting especially for Canon APS-C shooters. In the conclusion they write:

During this test, we did have issues with inaccurate focusing, which may be down to a flaw with the samples provided for review, and were able to resolve using the Sigma USB Dock. Presuming this problem isn’t widespread, then this lens is a great choice for owners of Canon cameras, after a high quality, standard lens with a fast maximum aperture.

The Sigma 30mm f/1.4, part of Sigma’s “Art” line-up,  retails for around $500/€490. The reviewers liked the good sharpness and build quality of the Sigma. However, they noticed that sharpness towards the edges is deteriorating, and some chromatic aberrations at maximum aperture. The review comes with test charts and sample pics.

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Lens specs after the break.

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July 24, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Silent Upgrades – Internal Changes on Gear that are not Announced

 Roger Cicala

A 6 month old Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 on the left, and an 18 month old copy on the right (image courtesy of lensrentals.com)

What are “silent upgrades”? These are internal changes that a manufacturer may apply without announcing them. The picture above shows two copies of the EF 85mm f/1.8 lens (price & specs) – the changes are immediately visible. Roger Cicala at lenrentals.com – a guy who disassembled lots of lenses – wrote a post about this issue. Often these silent upgrades are due to a change in subassembly suppliers, just to make an example. Good read if you want to know how manufacturers operate (and why).
July 24, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon Deals: EF-M 18-55mm IS STM, EF-M 22mm f/2 STM, EOS M Kits, Refurb Rebel T4i

B&H still has Canon EOS M kits on fire sale, plus new discounts on the lenses. Let me sum it up:

  • EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens is discounted to $199 (click here), same price also on Amazon US.
  • EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake lens discounted to $199 (click here)
  • Canon EOS M with 22mm f/2 lens and 90EX Flash (black EOS M body) on sale for $399 (click here) – expires 7/31
  • Canon EOS M with 18-55mm Lens and 90EX Flash (black, red & white EOS M bodies) on sale for $419 (click here) – expires 7/31

Needless to say that the kits are your best bet, a steal. And another thing: I got a production sample of the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens and are preparing a review. But there is one thing I want to anticipate: the EF-M 11-22mm is a tack sharp piece of lens!

Some more deals that may be of your interest, both from Adorama and both set to expire 7/29: