[In-Stock] Ef 24mm f/2.8 IS USM And EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Ready To Ship (Limited Quantity)

Both the EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM ($850, click here) and the EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM ($800, click here) are in stock at B&H. They just arrived and there is only a limited quantity available (for the time being).

EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM core specifications:

  • Image Stabilization Prevents Shaky Pix
  • Fast, Silent Autofocus Operation
  • 7 Diaphragm Blades for Beautiful Bokeh
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 7.87″
  • Lens Coatings Minimize Ghosting & Flare
  • Manual Focusing Available At All Times

EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM core specifications:

  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Fast Autofocusing
  • Manual Focus Available Full-Time
  • Improved Peripheral Image Quality.
  • 7 Diaphragm Blades for Beautiful Bokeh
  • Silent, Smooth Operation Ideal for Video
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 9″

[Deal] EOS 7D Discounted At $1,349.00 With Free Accessories ($200 off, Limited Time)

The amazing EOS 7D (body only) is on sale at B&H for $1,349.00 (click here, regular price is $1,549.00) – but it is just for today, July 5th. The discounted price is lower than the price you would pay for a refurbished 7D. It’s a great deal. Moreover, you can get the the following accessories for free:

  • Pearstone LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1450mAh)- worth $34.99
  • SanDisk 16GB CompactFlash Memory Card Ultra 200x- worth $29.95
  • Lowepro Adventura 170 Shoulder Bag- worth $39.95

And there is more: the EOS 7D will soon get a massive firmware update that will introduce new features and updates other characteristics of the camera. So, hurry up before the deal is over. EOS 7D core specifications:

  • 18.0 Megapixels
  • 3.0″ LCD
  • HD Video Recording
  • Selectable Video Exposure + Frame Rates
  • Dust & Weather Resistant
  • 100% Viewfinder
  • Self Cleaning Sensor
  • High Sensitivity (ISO 12800)
  • 8fps Burst Mode
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[In-Stock] EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM In Stock At Canon Store

The Canon Direct Store has the brand new EF-S 18-135mm STM IS lens in stock and ready to ship for $549.99 (click here). As far as I know, this is the first shop having the 18-135mm STM IS in stock. Core specifications:

  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 18 – 135mm 1:3.5-5.6
  • Lens Construction: 16 elements in 12 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 11° 30′ – 74° 20′
  • Focus Adjustment: Inner focusing system
  • Zoom System: Rotating Type
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 1.3 ft./0.39m
  • Filter Size: 67mm
  • Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.1 x 3.8 inch, 16.9 oz. / 76.6 x 96.0mm, 480g
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[Review] EF 24mm f/2.8 USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 USM Shipping And Reviewed

While everyone is talking about the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM ($199, click here), there are two more new prime lens that Canon released this year, the EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM ($850, click here) and the EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM ($800, click here). Both lenses are the second iteration, adding Image Stabilization and USM to its features. They replace some rather old, and affordable, lenses, the EF 24mm f/2.8 ($374, click here) and the EF 28mm f/2.8 ($259, click here). These were solid performing, light-weighted and small consumer-grade lenses. The new iterations are considerably more expensive, having a price tag of approximately $850 (24mm) and $800 (28mm). Besides having IS and USM, the new lenses have seven curved aperture blades (compared to five in the previous 28mm and six in the 24mm). So, how do this two, little commented (why?) lens perform? Roger Cicala at lensrentals.com wanted to find it out. Imatest was used. The results are not earth-shattering (these are not L lenses). Nevertheless, the primes have a good performance, proving that they are well suited for different uses. The IS works fine, and optical performance is good. The downside is probably the fact that the price raised by 200-300%, if compared to their predecessors. While the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM is a no-brainer, you will probably carefully think for what you will need the new 24mm and 28mm. Given the price, these are not lenses most of us will buy just to have them. However, there are various settings where these primes might be the right choice, e.g. night photography (f/2.8 and IS). And don’t forget that on an APS-C body, the 28mm has a normal focus length, becoming a ~44mm.

[Review] EOS 650D/Rebel T4i Real World And Studio Sampe Images

Still unsure if Canon’s new Rebel T4i (EOS 650D in EU, Kiss X6i in JP) is the right camera for you? Maybe some sample pictures might help. DPreview updated its preview of the T4i/650D with studio and real world sample images (click here). The camera’s core specifications:

  • 18MP APS-C ‘Hybrid CMOS’ sensor
  • Phase detection AF from imaging sensor for Live View and Video
  • Continuous autofocus in movie mode with subject tracking
  • 14-bit DIGIC 5 processor
  • ISO 100-12800 standard, 25600 expanded
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • 9 point AF system, all sensors cross type, central sensor F2.8 (from 60D)
  • 63 zone iFCL metering
  • 1080p30 video recording, stereo sound with internal or external mics
  • 1.04m dot 3:2 touch-sensitive vari-angle ClearView II LCD (capacitative type, multi-touch support)

Btw, Adorama has various Rebel T4i/650D bundles in offer, click here to see them all.

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

[Rumor] EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens To Be Released Soon?

Image courtesy of Northlight Images (northlight-images.co.uk)

According to Northlight Images the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens has been spotted out in the wild, shooting a tennis match in Wimbledon. There are no exact specifications for this lens. We know that the extender is build-in and switchable, meaning it becomes a 280-560mm F5.6 lens. The price is also unknown, a tag of $11,000-12,000 is rumored. This is a long awaited lens, and an imminent release now sounds plausible. The lens was announced by Canon last year:

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 7, 2011 – Canon Inc. today announced the development of a new super-telephoto lens, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER l.4x, for use with all EOS SLR cameras. A prototype of the new lens will be exhibited at the CP+ tradeshow, held in Pacifico Yokohama, from February 9 – 12, 2011.

The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER l.4x is being developed as an L-series super-telephoto lens with an integrated 1.4x extender and high-performance Image Stabilizer technology. The new lens will offer exceptional flexibility by incorporating a built-in 1.4x extender that increases the maximum focal length to 560mm for sports and wildlife photography. High-quality images with high levels of resolution and contrast will be possible through the use of advanced optical materials such as fluorite crystal. The new lens will also include dust- and water-resistant construction designed for extended usage under harsh conditions.

[via NL]