Black Friday Deals in July, by Canon Direct Store (refurbished gear)

Black Friday Deals In July, By Canon Direct Store (refurbished Gear)

The Canon Direct Store started a 3 days sale event, Black Friday Deals in July. The deals are on refurbished gear, and some are pretty good:

All deals on offer can be accessed from this landing page. Remember: the sale event lasts 3 days.

“The Chase” is a time-lapse showing in 6 minutes the results of 14 days of storm chasing in 10 States

“The Chase” Is A Time-lapse Showing In 6 Minutes The Results Of 14 Days Of Storm Chasing In 10 States

I know, there are tons of time-lapse videos out there and you are likely sick of seeing them. However, from time to time I spot a time-lapse video I think deserves to get featured.

The Chase is the work of Mike Olbinski, and the result of 14 days spent chasing storms in ten States. Says Mike:

I turned 40 years old this year and I told my wife all I wanted was 10 days chasing on the plains. She loves me though and it ended up being 14! Two days in April and then 12 straight days from May 23rd – June 3rd. Those 12 days were absolutely incredible. I’m friends with other chasers via social media, met them on the side of roads while chasing, even grabbed dinner together…but never have I felt more of a part of the chaser community than being out there for almost two weeks. Living the life…seeing the same amazing chasers over and over…it was overwhelming to me. I missed my family, it was hard at times, but it was one of the best experiences of my life.

The movie was shot in New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota. Over 45,000 frames of footage were shot for the film. Mike Olbinski used a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a bunch of Rokinon lenses. Kudos Mike!

Still Live: Canon EOS 70D at $689, EOS 7D Mark II at $1,150

Still Live: Canon EOS 70D At $689, EOS 7D Mark II At $1,150

Two very good deals are still live.

  • Top Rated Plus seller ElectronicsValley (99% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 70D on sale for just $689. Compare at $999. Free shipping in the USA.
  • Top Rated Plus seller GetItDigital on eBay (99.6% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II on sale for $1,149.99. Compare at $1,499. Free shipping in USA.

Please note: both items are likely import items, seller warranty applies. More Canon deals on eBay.

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Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L DxOMarked (the lens is a champ)

Canon EF 11-24mm F/4L DxOMarked (the Lens Is A Champ)

DxOMark tested the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L, the company’s latest ultra-wide angle lens, and a lens that only gets highest regards. Not a budget lens, the EF 11-24mm f/4L sells at $3,000.

In the conclusion:

While traditionally strong in its telephoto lineup, Canon has always been rather weak in offering a range of ultra-wide-angle lenses. When introduced a few years ago, the EF 8-15mm f4L USM Fisheye zoom helped redress the balance, but it didn’t go far enough. Now with this new lens, Canon has proved it can compete with its long-term rival Nikon as well as with new challengers, such as Sigma, who offer some very specialized models at accessible prices. Sure, the EF 11-24mm f4L USM lacks the fast f2.8 aperture of the Nikon, but Canon traded that for wider coverage and didn’t make any concessions with image quality. Even the price is relatively accessible. Read the test report at DxOMark.

EF 11-24mm f/4L

  • EF Mount L-Series Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Constant f/4 Maximum Aperture
  • Super UD, UD, and 4 Aspherical Elements
  • SWC, Air Sphere, and Fluorine Coatings
  • Ring-Type USM Autofocus Motor
  • Internal Focus; Full-Time Manual Focus
  • Weather-Resistant Design
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L price check for your country: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay. An overview can be read after the break.

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Canon Powershot G3 X is shipping (and sample pics round-up)

Canon Powershot G3 X Is Shipping (and Sample Pics Round-up)

Canon’s new large sensor compact camera, the Powershot G3 X, is shipping at $999: Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon.

First Powershot G3 X sample pics and image quality comparison:

  • Canon PowerShot G3 X added to studio test scene comparison – DPReview
  • Canon PowerShot G3 X real-world samples posted – DPReview
  • Canon G3X First Shots posted: How does Canon’s big lens, big sensor PowerShot stack up against the FZ1000 and RX10? – Imaging Resource
  • 20.2 MP 1″ High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 25x Optical Zoom f/2.8-5.6 IS Lens
  • 24-600mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3.2″ 1.62M-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • High-Speed AF with 31 Focus Points
  • Full HD Video at 60p; HDMI Output
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • ISO 12,800 & 5.9 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Control Ring, Wheel, and Physical Dials

Canon PowerShot G3 X price check for your country: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay. Powershot G3 X overview after the break.

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Canon Announces Video Creator Kits And Its Lineup At Vidcon 2015 Featuring iJustine And DevinSuperTramp

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The kits are available for pre-order, all kits come with a Rode VIDEOMIC GO Mic, and a Sandisk 32G SD Card Class 10 memory card:

  • Canon Rebel T5i with 18-55mm Lens Video Creator Kit – $899.99 – Adorama | B&H Photo
  • Canon Rebel T6i with 18-55mm Lens Video Creator Kit – $999.99 –  Adorama | B&H Photo
  • Canon EOS 70D with 18-135mm Lens Video Creator Kit – $1,649 –  Adorama | B&H Photo

Press release:

Canon U.S.A. Announces Video Creator Kits And Its Lineup At Vidcon 2015 Featuring iJustine And DevinSuperTramp

Video Creator Kits Introduced to Help Vloggers Jumpstart Great Online Video Shooting Right Out of the Box

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 23, 2015 – Two stars in a universe of online talent, YouTube® content creators iJustine (www.youtube.com/iJustine) and DevinSuperTramp, have helped define a new method of storytelling through online video. With so many young vloggers following their example and creating their own innovative content, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, unveils new, specialized Video Creator Kits including a Canon DSLR camera and lens, an external microphone, and a 32GB SD card. These specially-packaged Video Creator Kits provide the vlogging superstars of tomorrow with the tools they need to shoot and share high-quality, compelling stories.

Special guest appearances by iJustine and DevinSuperTramp will take place during VidCon 2015 in booth #1311 on the Main floor of Hall B at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, July 23-25, 2015.

The Video Creator Kits are available for pre-order at the Canon Online Store (shop.usa.canon.com) and are currently scheduled to start shipping in early August in three options:

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