[In-Stock] Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM And BG-E11 (5D3 Battery Grip) Ready To Ship

Both the brand new EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens and the BG-E11 (the battery grip for the EOS 5d Mark III) are available for order and ready to ship. The BG-E11 is already in stock at B&H ($349, click here) and at DigitalRev ($365/£249.99, click here). The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake is expected to arrive in stock tomorrow, Friday June 22. You can order it at B&H ($199, click here) and at Adorama ($199, click here).

[Review] Rebel T4i/650D/X6i Studio Test Shots

imaging-resource published test shots made with a production Rebel T4i/650D/X6i. The whole ISO range is covered (up to 25.600), RAW files are also available, all samples can be downloaded in original resolution. These are studio test shots, i.e. test shots made in a laboratory setting. Btw, it seems that Canon was really fast to make the Rebel T4i/650D/X6i available: most shops are reporting that they have the camera in stock and ready to ship.

Rebel T4i/650D/X6i price and availability check: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

[Review] Tamron AF 24-70mm f/2.8 SP Di USD VC Getting More Positive Reviews

Chris over at thephoblographer.com just reviewed Tamron’s new zoom lens, the AF 24-70mm f/2.8 SP Di USD VC (click here) for Canon mount. As with the other reviews I featured (here, here, and here) this one too confirms the absolutely positive impression people has with this lens. The review is detailed and comprehensive, and comes with lot of sample images. From the conclusion:

The Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 VC SP USD wins nothing less than my highest recommendations. Sure, it is expensive, but when you really weigh what you’re getting, it is quite worth its weight in gold. You’re getting excellent image stabilization, great build quality […] excellent sharpness, accurate focusing that doesn’t need microadjusting, and versatile color rendition.

Tamron AF 24-70mm f/2.8 SP Di USD VC availability and price check: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Image courtesy of thephoblographer.com

[ebook] Free (e)Book About Street Photography

Image courtesy of erickimphotography.com

Well known photographer Eric Kim wrote a book about street photography. To download the ebook (PDF and MS Word formats available) click here and scroll down a little bit. From the introduction:

So why did I decide to write this book? Well one quote that I love is from famous hockey player Wayne Gretsky who said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. In street photography, one of the biggest problems that most aspiring street photographers is getting over their initial fear of taking photos of strangers in public (without permission).

To photograph strangers without their permission is strange. Most societies in the world teach that it is wrong to take a photo of a stranger without their permission. In-fact, we are so socialized against doing this that we are worried what repercussions may happen to us if we do so. We are worried that the photos of others we shoot may become belligerent, yell at us, or even call the police on us. Therefore “normal” people don’t take photographs of strangers without their permission—but who ever said that street photographers were “normal” people?

If I could estimate, I have probably shot over 300,000 street photographs in my last five years in the streets. Out of all of these shots, I have only gotten around 3 really negative responses. The first encounter involves an old man grabbing my arm and asking me what I was doing, the second a man in Downtown LA trying to grab my camera from me, and the third being an old Chinese man karate-chopping me in the back of the neck (from a bike) when I took a photograph of him during the night with my flash. Needles to say I am still alive (and in great health) and haven’t ever gotten punched, stabbed, or killed (yet). Also if you do the math, 3 really negative experiences out of 300,000 is only .001%– which is statistically insignificant. You are probably more likely to get run over by a car, die in a plane crash, or win the lottery.

[Humor] EXCLUSIVE: First Image Of Canon’s Mirorrless System Camera!!

I usually post pictures at the beginning of an article. Not this time. I am so excited about what I can show you today that I have to create some thrill before revealing the image. Ladies and Gentlemen, CanonWatch is proud to present the very first image of Canon’s upcoming mirrorless camera. No detailed specs, except that it looks like the camera has an FD mount, an APS-C sensor with 36MP and a big big touchscreen (really a big one, I have been told that the back of the cam is just a 4″ touchscreen). Moreover, I have been told that the camera has voice control (something like Apple’s Siri). You can talk to your camera! Isn’t that amazing? Nikon won’t have this for the next 10 years! And when they finally have it, it will probably be the camera that is insulting you.

What you are going to see, is an awesome and beautiful piece of timeless post-modern industrial design, something that puts Nikon’s V1 and J1 to shame (regarding aesthetics and performance). It is neither the retro look Olympus and Panasonic embraced, nor the cheesy wanna-be-high-tech look of Nikon’s kindergarten tools. And I won’t even mention Sony, since a company making walkmans and play-stations can’t really be serious about photography. I mean, Sony go on making video-games and let us serious people alone with your boring NEXt stuff! Who wants to shot a Sony (or a Nikon for that matter)!? So, enough words have been spoken, now you have to see it to believe it (after the jump).

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