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December 16, 2013
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Canon Deals: T3i Kit, 6D, 70D Kit, G15, 180mm Macro, Flash Kit (Limited Time Offers)

 

B&H has a bunch of Canon deals, all are limited time offers (3 days or until stock lasts):

 Canon Deals  Canon EOS Rebel T3i with 18-55mm and 75-300mm - $499 + 34.94 free accessories + 2 % reward – price shows up after having added the item to the cart
 Canon Deals Canon EOS 6D body only - $1499 (in cart) + 147.85 Free Accessories + 2 % Reward
Canon Deals  Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera Kit with 18-135mm and 70-300mm - $1548 (in cart) + 92.40 Free Accessories + 2 % Reward
 Canon Deals  Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera - $299
 Canon Deals  Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro - $1,249 (in cart and after $150 mail-in rebate) + 2 % Reward
 Canon Deals  Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Essential Two Flash Wireless Kit - $1,079.95
November 26, 2013
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Canon Daily Deals Roundup (70-200mm, EOS M, SL1, G15, 24-105mm, 10-22mm, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8)

Powershot G15

B&H still has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens on sale for $1899 (click here), after $300 instant rebate and $300 mail-in rebate. When you check out you’ll see a price of $2199, claim the mail-in rebate and you end paying $1899!

This one is hot: B&H has the Canon EOS M kit with the 18-55mm IS STM lens on sale for $299 (click here). One of the best prices I have seen for this kit.More EOS M kits at B&H (click here) and Amazon US (click here). More discounts at B&H:

eBay deals:

Top Rated Plus eBay seller peach_photo (99.6% positive ratings) has the Canon Rebel SL1/100D with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens for $480 (click here). New item, USA warranty, free shipping.

Top Rated Plus eBay seller bigvalueinc (98.8% positive ratings) has the Canon Powershot G15 on sale for $373.70 (click here). New item in original box, free shipping.

Again bigvalueinc has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens for $719.99 (click here). New item, free shipping. Please note what the sellers states:

  • This lens is 100% brand new.
  • These are lenses that were originally packaged with Canon Camera Kits. We sold the Canon Kits in a quantity order, and we had simply removed the Lenses and placed them in their own box with all original foam packaging.These Lenses are limited quantity only.

Canon EF 24-105mm

May 30, 2013
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Head To Head Review: Canon Powershot G15 vs. Nikon Coolpix 7700

Powershot G15

Interesting comparison by photographic authority dpreview.

A head to head comparison of the Canon PowerShot G15 and the Nikon Coolpix 7700, both very popular high end compact cameras for enthusiasts. While it obvious that each one has its strengths and weak points – the G15 has a faster lens (f/1.8) and the 7700 a longer zoom range, just to make an example – the Canon Powershot G15 comes out as the winner – even if with a very small advantage. Let’s see the core specs (taken from B&H‘s product pages)

 PowerShot G15  Coolpix 7700
 12.1MP CMOS Sensor  12.2MP CMOS Sensor
 3.0″ LCD Monitor  3″ Display With 921K Resolution
 5x Optical Zoom 6.1-30.5mm Lens  7.1x 28-200mm Zoom Lens (35mm Equiv.)
 28-140mm 35mm Equivalent Focal Length  f/2.0 Maximum Aperture
 DIGIC 5 Image Processor  High-Speed Shooting at Up to 8 FPS
 1080p HD Video Capture  Subject Tracking Auto Focus
 12800 ISO  19 Scene Modes
 Intelligent IS Image Stabilization  Full-Size Accessory Shoe for Accessories
 10fps Continuous Capture  In-Camera Creative Special Effects
 RAW & JPEG Capture  RAW & JPEG Capture

In the conclusion, different aspects are considered:

  • Design and Handling: While the P7700′s flip-out LCD is appealing, [dpreview thinks] that the G15′s smaller, more rugged body and optical viewfinder give it a slight edge.
  • Features: Canon Powershot G15 is winner
  • Performance: Canon Powershot G15 is winner
  • Movie mode: Coolpix P7700 (thanks to mic input and manual exposure control)
  • Image quality: Coolpix P7700 (by a hair)

The final word by dpreview:

The Canon PowerShot G15 narrowly beats the Nikon Coolpix P7700 in our competition here, but it’s a close-run thing. The G15 offers a fast lens, very good image quality, a compact yet solid body, snappy performance, and plenty of manual controls. And then there’s the optical viewfinder which, while not great, is better than nothing. About the only things on our wish list are an articulating LCD display (like on previous models), faster frame rates in movie mode, and a bit sharper images, though the latter is subjective.

The Canon Powershot G15 gets a Gold Award (76%), the Nikon Coolpix 7700 a Silver Award (75%).

Canon PowerShot G15 price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay
Nikon Coolpix 7700 price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay

[via dpreview]

 

May 2, 2013
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Save $100 On Canon PowerShot G15 (and a review of the G15)

PowerShot G15

Concrete saving offered by B&H.

Save $100 on the Canon PowerShot G15, actually on sale for $399 (click here). Please note: the final price shows up when the item is added to the cart.

Core specs:

  • 12.1MP CMOS Sensor
  • 3.0″ LCD Monitor
  • 5x Optical Zoom 6.1-30.5mm Lens
  • 28-140mm 35mm Equivalent Focal Length
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 1080p HD Video Capture
  • 12800 ISO
  • Intelligent IS Image Stabilization
  • 10fps Continuous Capture
  • RAW & JPEG Capture

A recent review of the PowerShot G15 was published by Digital Camera Review. In the conclusion hey write:

[...] the Canon G15 does not disappoint. It is an all around excellent point and shoot for anyone ranging from amateurs to seasoned professionals. The 12.1-megapixel sensor paired with the Digic 5 image processor makes for a great combination. It is able to be used in a wide variety of settings due to the vast ISO range, the great 28-140mm focal length and the fast f1.8-f2.8 lens. Add to that beautiful spec sheet the ability to shoot video at whim due to the dedicated movie button and you have a camera that will be hard to put down.

This camera has so much going for it. The body is durable and has a nice finish. It is solid while handling, quick to respond, and offers great image quality. Besides a few flaws that are pretty easy to overlook I can highly recommend this camera for a vast majority of the population. I think that professionals will respond very positively due to its nice feature set and plethora of physical buttons that negate delving into a deep in-camera menu.

February 16, 2013
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New Underwater Housing For Canon PowerShot G15 (Nauticam NA-G15 )

 

 

Underwater Housing For Canon PowerShot G15

Nauticam will soon release the NA-G15, a new underwater housing for Canon PowerShot G15 (price & specs). Estimated release to the general public on March 1st, 2013, price $1050. Made of aluminum, it weights 1.8lbs (0.82kg) and has a depth rating of 100m. Dimensions:  155mm x 110mm x 106mm.

Canon PowerShot price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay

Nauticam’s press release:

Innovation Underwater 

Nauticam NA-G15 

Nauticam is proud to introduce the NA-G15 aluminum camera housing for the latest version of Canon’s iconic G series of compact cameras: The Canon Powershot G15. Once again, Nauticam brings the power of professional quality engineering and cutting edge design to those who enjoy the attributes of compact imaging systems. The NA-G15 should prove to be the ultimate housing for fans of Canon’s compact G15 camera. Both camera and housing are loaded with heavyweight features packaged in a lightweight, rugged and easy to operate system.

Underwater Housing For Canon PowerShot G15

Canon Powershot G15

When Canon introduced the Powershot G series many years ago, it quickly established itself as one of the first compact digital cameras to allow shooting in RAW and to come equipped with fast, high quality zoom lenses. In essence, this line of cameras were designed to be a enthusiast’s camera first and a compact second. The newest G15 is designed that way today and has been greatly improved on several fronts.

The Canon G15 utilizes the same 12.1mp Canon 1/1.7” CMOS sensor and Digic 5 processor as the hugely popular Canon S110 and is a proven performer. While the zoom lens equivalent focal length of 28-140mm with Intelligent Image Stabilization is the same as on the G 12, what really impresses is the fast variable aperture of f/1.8-2.8. This is fast by any camera standard, but remarkable on a compact camera. These kind of apertures open up interesting possibilities in low light conditions and shallow depth of field close ups.

The G15 maintains a lot of direct access controls and a very useable ISO range of 80 to 12,800. A 920k dot PureColor II 3.0” G Screen provides easy viewing, while the latest Canon processor serves up impressive burst rates of 10 fps without flash. Video is a proper 1080p @ 24FPS and 720p @30FPS in H.264 format with mini HDMI out on the camera. G series shooters will be thrilled with the addition of a dedicated movie record button on the G15. Aside from the extra fast lens, the other real headline with the Powershot G15 is a substantial jump in autofocus speed and accuracy. 53% faster according to Canon – that makes the G15 the fastest focusing Canon compact ever and should give fans of this venerable model line another reason to celebrate. No wonder these cameras have had such an avid following both above and below the water.

Underwater Housing For Canon PowerShot G15

Nauticam NA-G15 for the Canon Powershot G15

Nauticam designs and builds aluminum housings for compact cameras with the same uncompromising attention to detail and ergonomics as its acclaimed DSLR housings. That dedication to excellence shows in every aspect of the NA-G15. The Canon G series represents some of the most popular underwater compact camera systems of all time. Nauticam knew it had to meet the demands of an extremely devoted market segment and is pleased to have exceeded all expectations with this new housing.

All Nauticam products are constantly evolving and improving. Many of the industry leading features found on previous Nauticam housings are clearly evident on the new NA-G15. The comfortable and secure locking rotational latch, rugged machined aluminum case and 100 meter depth rating are now the base line. The rear mounted housing o-ring adopted from recent Nauticams makes maintenance easy and the progressive shutter release provides the best “feel” in the business. Like every Nauticam, the NA G-15 has controls ergonomically placed and clearly labeled just the way Canon does. The NA-G15 takes advantage of Canon’s excellent control set on the G15 and provides an extremely easy interface – even with gloves on. Programmable front and rear command dials are readily available to forefinger and thumb while never releasing grip. The mode dial is quickly accessed at any moment. Manual aperture and shutter speed adjustment is intuitive and thanks to the G15s unique exposure compensation dial – so is EV control.

Video functions are more easily engaged than on the G12 because of the new dedicated record button. Nauticam has provided a flash deployment lever and a window to allow for monitoring Canon’s indicator LEDs showing power, ready to shoot, flash activation status and a “cannot focus” warning. This housing is designed and field-tested to capitalize on the considerable potential from both camera and photographer alike.

Nauticam includes a 67mm port thread for mounting optional wet lenses as standard and they precisely engineer the optical glass port specifications for optimal wide angle accessory lens compatibility. This critical design criterion allows the NA-G15 to be the first Canon G series housing ever to be truly wide-angle wet lens compatible. The new Inon UWL-S100 ZM80 Wide Conversion Lens Is the perfect wide angle companion for the versatile NA-G15 (Inon adapter required) and will provide approximately 100° FOV when the camera lens is zoomed to an 80mm focal length. Even more exciting is the option to add the Inon Dome Lens Unit II for UWLS100 ZM80 for a stunning 150° FOV. Finally a true fisheye option for Canon G series underwater photographers!

Of course a good close up wet lens is always popular with compact macro shooters and the use of Nauticam’s new 67mm Flip Lens Holder makes this type of macro work easier than ever on the NA-G15.

For those underwater photographers who want classic performance, outstanding image quality and world class compact durability: Your housing just arrived – The NA-G15

Nauticam Build Quality

Only the finest materials and cutting edge manufacturing processes are used to make Nauticam housings.  The housing body is machined from solid aircraft grade aluminum, then hard anodized making it impervious to salt water and provides an impressive 100 meter depth rating. The large acrylic LCD window is treated with an anti-reflective, scratch resistant coating.

Optional Rubberized Ergonomic Handles

The optional Nauticam Flexitray or Easitray provide a lightweight, compact mounting solution for strobe arms and the NA-G15 housing. Nauticam uses a sophisticated over-mold process to produce extremely comfortable rubberized ergonomic handgrips.  The soft feel and comfortable design make the housing easy to grip and minimize hand fatigue on long dives.  Both single and double handle configurations are available for complete customization, and each handle can be adjusted laterally allowing the user to dial in perfect fit. A hand strap is also available for those wishing an even smaller profile.

Optical Flash Connectors for Inon S-TTL, and Sea & Sea DS-TTL

Reliable automatic flash exposure is available with the NA-S110 and a variety of optically fired flashes. The Inon Z-240, D-2000, S-2000, Sea & Sea YS-110 Alpha, YS-01 and YS-D1strobes provide automated lighting, precisely reproducing the camera’s onboard flash at a proportionally greater intensity.  This system yields accurate automatic TTL flash performance – even in manual mode – with no electrical sync cables to flood! The NA-G15 comes fiber optic ready and accepts standard Sea & Sea style bushing connections.

Strobes can be attached to the housing via optional strobe mounting balls secured to the handles of the Nauticam accessory tray systems or a single strobe mounting ball location on the housing. The housing also features a cold-shoe mount for a focus light or other accessory mounting options.

Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Dimensions:  155mm x 110mm x 106mm
  • Weight: .82kg (1.8 lbs.)

Model Number:  17310
MSRP: US$1050
Estimated Shipping Date: 1 March 2013 

USA Dealer List:

http://www.nauticamusa.com/nauticam-dealers/

Dealer Inquiries Outside of North & South America:

enquiry@nauticam.com

International Dealer Listing:

http://nauticam.com/dealer.htm

November 22, 2012
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DPreview’s Take On The Canon Powershot G15

DPreview's Take On The Canon Powershot G15

DPreview's review of the Canon PowerShot G15 is online. Generally very positive impressions. From the conclusion:

  • Good low-ISO image detail and reliable metering
  • Versatile, sharp and fast 28-140mm F1.8-2.8 lens
  • Good balance between noise reduction and detail retention at higher ISOs
  • Fast and responsive operation
  • Very pocketable format
  • Fast and reliable AF system
  • Very effective Image Stabilization system
  • Excellent 920k dot screen
  • Optical viewfinder useful in very bright light (but is relatively inaccurate, and has no shooting info)
  • Lots of external controls including two control dials and an exposure compensation dial
  • Customizable control dials and Shortcut-button
  • Excellent build quality and body materials
  • Decent battery life

There is (obviously) also a Cons section:

  • Exposure compensation dial does not work in video mode (but you can set exposure compensation using the AEL button when the mode dial is set to movie)
  • No swivel screen (vs predecessor and some competitors)
  • No automated panorama mode (only stitch-assist)
  • HDR mode only works well with the camera on a tripod
  • Auto ISO only uses up to ISO 1600
  • Matt surface a little prone to scratches

 

If you're in hurry, jump directly to the conclusion sections, to the sample images, or see the JPG and RAW comparisons.

Canon Powershot G15 price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay

 

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