July 24, 2014
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Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III – $2,739

 5d3 Top Rated Plus seller 6ave (99.3% positive ratings) on eBay has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $2,738.81.Free shipping in US and limited quantity.
July 24, 2014
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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Limited Stock Available

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM

B&H Photo has a limited set of  Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM lenses in stock and ready to ship for $949.

  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One Molded Glass Aspherical Element
  • Three Special Low Dispersion Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Floating System & Large Diameter Design
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Rounded Nine-Blade Diaphragm
  • Thermally Stable Composite Material
  • Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
July 24, 2014
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Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Review (ephotozine)

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

I think this is the next lens I will get next. For $299 the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM offers a lot for Canon’s APS-C DSLRs.

I know this lens (and this kind of lenses) is considered “cheap” by someone, and not suited for serious photography. I do not entirely agree. Canon’s L lenses are obviously some steps above lenses like the mostly plastic-made EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM. Nevertheless, the ultra-wide angle EF-S 10-18mm weights 240g, making it a perfect travel companion. You should always resonate about how often you need a more professional (and hence expensive and heavier) lens. For most photographers, a lens like the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is perfectly suited for more than 90% of their photographic settings and needs.

ephotozine reviewed the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM. Some excerpts:

  • Autofocus is very swift and precise and virtually silent
  • The lens barrel is constructed from high quality plastics
  • At maximum aperture and 10mm sharpness is already outstanding
  • Distortion is pretty well controlled for an ultra-wide zoom lens

In the conclusion they write:

It is quite amazing that budget lenses like this are able to deliver image quality you’d expect from top of the range,professional quality glass from a few years ago. This lens delivers excellent sharpness, low CA and reasonable distortion, which is fantastic for a lens costing under £300.

ephotozine’s review has test charts, sample pics, and more information. The lens was tested on a Canon EOS 70D.

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
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Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

July 24, 2014
Posted in News, Rumors

Canon Mentions The Possibility Of A High-Resolution Sensor In Interview

 High-Resolution Sensor

The interview was conducted by DC.Watch (translated), and the topic are Canon’s new EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USMS lenses.

When pointed to the fact that the resolution figures of Canon’s “L” lenses are much higher than the EOS 5D Mark III’s 22MP sensor needs, the Canon executive said (machine translated):

I to higher pixel unnecessarily is the opposite, but there is also a feeling if there is a high-performance lens that matches the number of pixels (pixel pitch), and wanting to take a look at the descriptive power of its true. By ultra-wide-angle zoom image quality is good came out to the periphery, and we look forward to the advent of high-resolution model of the EOS.

Sounds like Canon is realising that customers want higher sensor resolutions on their professional bodies.

[DC.Watch via CR]

July 23, 2014
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How To Make The Perfect Bullet Time Shots Using Nearly $500K Of Canon Gear (EOS-1D X)

The video was made in 2013 by Swiss Radio and TV SRF with the support of Canon Switzerland. 50 Canon EOS-1D X cameras and 50 EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM were used for Bullet Time Shots (BTS) used for the programme “Sommer-Challenge”. From the article at CPN Europe:

“We approached Canon to see if 50 cameras and lenses were available to do this shoot,” explains cameraman Reischer, who didn’t specify which DSLR he required when he first enquired. It was lucky they made the request when they did, as usually Canon does not have this number of bodies and lenses available. But in this case, there were a few days of opportunity for the shoot, before Canon’s preparations began for the World Athletics Championships in Moscow. “It was like ‘wow’. This is the top model. We were going to shoot with 50 of them – it was just crazy,” Reischer recalls. The enormity of the task, and the challenge of getting to know Canon’s flagship DSLR intimately, was dawning.

A lot of high-end photography technology in use here.

[via PetaPixel]
EOS-1D X Firmware

July 23, 2014
Posted in News

Just a Reminder – Free Adobe Lightroom 5 Book “Develop Great Images in Lightroom”

Adobe Lightroom 5 Book

You can still take this opportunity and download the book for free.

The folks at Photofocus made a new book about Adobe Lightroom 5 (published 24 Jun, 2014), and are giving it away for free until August, 1st.

The new book is called “Develop Great Images in Lightroom”. It is 236 pages long and you’ll find practical advice and expert tips. The book has interactive slideshows, resizable photos, and embedded video (only the iBook version).

Are you looking to make your photos great?  Join the gurus from Photofocus as they share practical advice on how to develop fantastic images with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.  This comprehensive guide is written by five top experts (with more than 75 books between them).  They’ll help you explore the full features of Lightroom’s Develop module and show you hidden secrets and time-saving techniques.

You can download the book via iTunes store (650MB), or read it on Scribd. Head over to Photofocus for download and instructions.

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