December 15, 2014
Posted in Deals

Canon Holiday Deals Round-Up (there’s a bit of everything)

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Canon Holiday DealsLast days to grab good holiday deals. Let’s start with the generic links:

Canada: Amazon Canada’s Holiday deals page, and Canon deals pageEurope: Holiday deals at Amazon UK | Amazon France | Amazon Germany | Amazon Italy | Amazon Spain

Latest deal is the Canon Powershot SX50 HS discounted to $349 ($80 instant rebate) and bundled with an 8GB memory card, Lowpro camera bag, table tripod, and a spare battery (Adorama). Same price also on Amazon US but without the accessories.

Canon EOS 6D and 5D Mark III bodies and kits saw a $300 price drop which reflects on instant rebates and mail-in rebates. These are never seen before prices by authorised US Canon dealers.

  • EOS 6D with EF 24-105 f/4L IS on sale for $2,099 after $300 mail-in rebate at B&H Photo | Adorama
  • EOS 6D now on sale for $1,499 after $300 mail-in rebate at B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
  • EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-70 f/4L IS on sale for $3,549 after $300 mail-in rebate at B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
  • EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105 f/4L IS on sale for $3,399 after $300 mail-in rebate at B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
  • EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $2,799 after $300 mail-in rebate at B&H Photo | Adorama (with accessories!) | Amazon
  • Price drop also on EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II, now on sale for $1,849 after mail-in rebate at B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
  • Price drop also on EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS $2.049 after mail-in rebate at B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Good to check the following eBay deals, all still live at the time of writing (note: prices may have varied slightly):

  • Canon EOS 6D on sale for $1.359,82 by Top Rated eBay seller 6ave (99.2% positive ratings)
  • Canon EOS 6D on sale for $1,364.99 by Top Rated eBay seller GetItDigital (99.4% positive ratings)
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $2,368 by Top Rated eBay seller GetItDigital (99.4% positive ratings)
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $2,364.99 by Top Rated eBay seller GetItDigital (99.4% positive ratings)
  • Canon Rebel SL1 with 18-55mm IS STM lens on sale for $463.82 by Top Rated eBay seller 6ave (99.2% positive ratings)
  • Canon EOS-1D X on sale for $4,664.99 by Top Rated eBay seller GetItDigital (99.4% positive ratings)
  • Canon EOS 70D on sale for $858.99 by Top Rated eBay seller AllNewShop (99.2% positive ratings)
  • Canon EOS 70D with 18-55mm IS STM lens on sale for $949.95 by Top Rated eBay seller PhotoVideo4Less (99.8% positive ratings)
December 15, 2014
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review (it’s a game changer)

Take an excursion into the EOS 7D Mark II features and strenghts with seasoned video producer Frank Rohmer, as he reveals the top features that professionals will appreciate the most. Rohmer’s review was exclusively shared with Planet5D.

For Rohmer the deal breaker is the “lightning fast” Dual Pixel Auto-Focus. Rohmer says: “[…] this camera will quickly be known – again — as a game-changer for just about everybody from wedding videographers, sports videographers, event videographers…”. It’s the DSLR to shot any setting, as unpredictable these settings may be. He sums up his findings:

The Canon 7D Mark II is a powerful photography and cinematography tool that professionals can utilize to capture incredible imagery with speed and accuracy. With it’s APS-C, 20.2 megapixel sensor and dual Digic 6 image processors there’s little this camera can’t do.

The video-review gives a good insight to what the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II means for professional photographers, especcially for those who are into sport, wildlife, and generally fast action photography. And as I said many times before: the EOS 7D Mark II is a game changer, in any sense. What Canon makes are not fancy gadgets but well-made, professional tools for those who care to have a thought-out camera for their job. And in case the 7D Mark II is too much for you, have a look at the not-less-impressing EOS 70D, Canon’s well-made allround DSLR (with a much more affordable price point). The 7D Mark II is Canon’s new APS-C flagship but the EOS 70D is no slough though, coming with many advanced features.

The EOS 7D Mark II’s AF-system is the best you can get on an APS-C camera, add 10fps, an amazing high ISO performance, and all the other professional features. Read more about the EOS 7D Mark II’s excellent weather sealing, the highly advanced AF, and the industry leading high ISO performance (have a look here too). All our coverage on the EOS 7D Mark II can be seen here.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBayEOS 7D Mark II Review

[via Planet5D]

December 14, 2014
Posted in Pics

CW Readers Most Liked Pics Round-Up


Valentin Popa‎ – Jump! 1/2000, f10, 20mm (16-35 LII lens), EOS 5D3, facebook.com/popaphoto


Here is the weekly round-up of the most liked reader pics of the week. Thanks all for your great pics. NOTE: if you posted your photo late in the week it will be evaluated next week. Nothing gets lost :-)

How it works:

1) Submit your picture with a short description on Canon Watch’s Facebook page
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers on the Photo Stream
3) A selection of the most liked pictures will be posted every Sunday here on Canon Watch

Show us what you can do with a Canon camera!


Alan McNeice‎ – This was an ice hockey accident involving two of my team mates it was taken with a 5dmk3

 


Andre Yabiku‎ – Guggenheim Museum at New York – Shot with 60D + Sigma 17-50 f2.8 — with Luana Santos Yabiku.

 


Andrei Tchernikov‎ – The Hague. Early morning. Canon EOS M + 18-55

 


Mario Hoogendoorn‎ – I only will be pictured by a Canon! (7D + 70-200 4L IS USM)

 


Daniel Haußmann – Image of the Holuhraun Eruption in Iceland, captured via Helicopter. Video here: https://vimeo.com/107963975

 


Diego Eidelman‎ – A city of srewscrapers. Bird’s eye of a group of screws, ambient light. Canon G11, f/2.8, 1/100″, ISO 400

December 13, 2014
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Canon EOS C100 Mark II Internal and External Features Overview Videos

CanonUSA posted two videos on Youtube. The video above talks the external features, the video below the internal features. The Canon EOS C100 Mark II Cinema camera was announced in October, is available for pre-order at B&H Photo and Adorama. Price is $5,499.

Specifications:

  • Super 35mm 8.3MP CMOS Sensor + EF Mount
  • 1920x1080p 59.94/50/29.97/25/23.98
  • Built-In Dual Pixel CMOS AF Hardware
  • AVCHD + MP4 Recording
  • Dual SDHC/SDXC Media Card Slots
  • HDMI Output with Timecode & Canon Log
  • ISO 320 to 102,400
  • Canon Log and Wide DR Gamma
  • Two XLR Audio Connectors
  • Built-In 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz WiFi Capability

EOS C100 Mark II

December 12, 2014
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Deal Alert: EOS 6D, 5D Mark III, SL1, EOS 70D, and more Canon Cameras

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Plenty of excellent deals on eBay today, to see them all click here. Below, a select list:

  • Canon EOS 6D on sale for $1.359,82 by Top Rated eBay seller 6ave (99.2% positive ratings)
  • Canon EOS 6D on sale for $1,364.99 by Top Rated eBay seller GetItDigital (99.4% positive ratings)
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $2,368 by Top Rated eBay seller GetItDigital (99.4% positive ratings)
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $2,364.99 by Top Rated eBay seller GetItDigital (99.4% positive ratings)
  • Canon Rebel SL1 with 18-55mm IS STM lens on sale for $463.82 by Top Rated eBay seller 6ave (99.2% positive ratings)
  • Canon EOS-1D X on sale for $4,664.99 by Top Rated eBay seller GetItDigital (99.4% positive ratings)
  • Canon EOS 70D on sale for $858.99 by Top Rated eBay seller AllNewShop (99.2% positive ratings)
  • Canon EOS 70D with 18-55mm IS STM lens on sale for $949.95 by Top Rated eBay seller PhotoVideo4Less (99.8% positive ratings)

All latest holiday deals are regularly updated on the Holiday Deals 2014 page.

EOS 70D

December 12, 2014
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review (DPReview)

EOS 7D Mark II Review

Photographic authority Digital Photography Review posted their exhaustive review and analysis of Canon’s new APS-C flagship, the EOS 7D Mark II.

Excerpts from the conclusion (emphasis added):

With 10 frames per second continuous shooting paired with a lightning fast autofocus system, featuring 65 cross-type sensors spread across the viewfinder, it’s hard to find a scenario the Mark II can’t keep up with. Add in iTR metering with face detection and tracking and the odds of nailing focus go up even more […]

The moment you pick up the 7D II you can tell it’s a solidly-built camera that that will withstand punishment. The body and control layout are virtually indistinguishable from the 5D III […]

With the 7D II Canon is putting a stake in the ground that it is committed to the crop sensor market. Although it will likely be seen as an aspirational camera for novices, or an upgrade path to people using more consumer oriented crop sensor bodies from Canon, the 7D II is unquestionably a pro camera. It’s built like a tank, […] and [has] an autofocus system to compete with the 1D X […]

[…] anyone who’s ever considered buying a 1D X should probably take a look at the 7D Mark II as well; it might actually meet your needs at a much lower price point.

The review is not without criticism:

The EOS 7 D Mark II may use an APS-C sensor, but it’s a pro-level camera in every respect. Its 10 frames per second shooting and blazing fast autofocus set it apart from most of its peers, but it also includes features such as Intelligent Tracking and Recognition (iTR) for improved focus tracking, Dual-Pixel autofocus for smooth, natural looking focus when shooting video, and well designed ergonomics that match Canon’s 5D Mark III. Its dynamic range and video quality fall behind some of its top-performing peers, but its performance is class-leading.

DPReview found the following cons:

  • Soft video lacks detail
  • iTR struggles to track fast moving subjects
  • Long screen blackout during live view shooting
  • No AF with continuous shooting in live view
  • No zebras to evaluate exposure
  • No focus peaking
  • No touch screen
  • No Wi-Fi

The 7D2 gets DPReview’s Silver Award (not the Gold Award), with an overall scoring of 84%. If you want to know everything there is to learn about the EOS 7D Mark II be sure to head over to DPReview and read the 19 pages long review.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

EOS 7D Mark II Review

December 12, 2014
Posted in News

Want the Sensor Cleaning Kit Used by NASA on International Space Station?

Sensor Cleaning Kit

You know these pesky dust spots on your sensor that show up when shooting stopped down against a bright and uniform background? Get rid of it with a cleaning kit used by NASA on their International Space Station, on sale for just $49.99 at B&H.

The Lenspen SensorKlear Loupe Kit contains three separate tools to help ensure the sensor of your DSLR camera stays clean and free of image-degrading dust. The SensorKlear Loupe provides a magnified view of your sensor and enables you to detect if and where the dust is on your sensor. The Hurricane Blower permits quick and easy removal of dry dust by simply blowing it off. The SensorKlear II pen permits more critical dust removal for sticky dust and more difficult particles.

  • Includes loupe, blower, and pen to help identify and remove all types of dust from image sensor.
  • Used by NASA for use on International Space Station.

Sensor spots can also be removed with Lightroom 5, see here for a how-to.

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