B&H double rebates ending in 3 days, Powershot G1 X in stock

Just a reminder that the rebates B&H is offering on various body and lens combinations is ending March 31. Click here to see the offered rebates and how to access them. Savings go from $100 to $350, depending by the chosen kit combination.

Also, B&H now has the Powershot G1 X in stock (click here).

Finally, take note that B&H will close for passover from April 6 to April 15. If you want your order shipped before the holidays be sure to place it before 4:00 pm EDT April 15.

Powershot G1 X sample pics and information (click here)

 

Rolling shutter jello comparison: 5D Mark III vs Sony Nex 7

Photographer Mike Kobal did an interesting test using a EOS 5D Mark III and Sony’s NEX 7 to demonstrate the rolling shutter effect. Mike’s premise:

Keep in mind this is an extreme test to demonstrate the rolling shutter effect, no one in their right mind would pan like this. However, there are plenty of real life situations when the jello effect suddenly becomes a problem, a fast train or car passing will have leaning windows and elliptical wheels, or watching a chase scene with moving camera and subjects will make you dizzy. Until we get global shutters, the jello effect is CMOS sensor’s biggest Achilles Heel.

If you never heard about the rolling shutter effect, the short video that follows will give you an idea. Otherwise jump over and read on.

You may wonder why two cameras not in the same league are compared. It makes sense, since theoretically the Nex 7 should perform better because of its smaller APSC sensor (the rolling shutter effect increases with sensor size).  The EOS 5D Mark III was set to 1080/24P, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 1/50th, F/8, white balance 5600K, Picture Style Neutral. The NEX 7 to  1080/24P, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 1/50, F/8, Picture style Portrait. Sharpening, contrast, saturation have been turned down to zero on both cameras.

Let us first have a look at Mike’s video:

The weird thing is that the EOS 5D Mark III performs better that the Sony NEX 7, which is surprising to some degree. Mike writes:

Surprise, the 5D3 kicks Nex 7′s gluteus maximus, I sure didn’t expect that from the FF sensor, either the Canon is very good or the Sony just terrible, your pick :) !

If you have a look at the crops below you can clearly see that the NEX 7 produces more moire than the EOS 5D Mark III

Credits: Mike Kobal

Yeah, what shall I say? Maybe that the EOS 5D Mark III is a great great camera? :-)

There are much more test pictures and crops you can analyze in Mike’s post (which is absolutely worth to be read: click here).

BTW, Mike has also a post about his brand new EOS 5D Mark III (click here) and provided us a nice unpacking video:

For EOS 5D Mark III sample pics and information click here.
For order and pre-order option, and lot more about the EOS 5D Mark III click here.
EOS 5D Mark III price check (click on the shop name): B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA

Have a nice day (or night)… :-)

Canon 85mm f1.8 vs Nikon 85mm f1.8: A lens-battle

Image credits: Chris Gampat

This is from a post by our friend Chris Gampat over at thephoblographer.

He used a Nikon D700 with the new Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G and a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with the EF 85mm f/1.8 USM. It’s not a comparison between cameras but among lenses. As Chris writes:

[…] I decided to put the two lenses in a non-scientific and totally practical test using all available light at around 7pm in NYC and only shooting at f4 and wider for a portrait.

Regarding ergonomics, Chris says that

Both lenses focus extremely fast, though in real life practice I felt that Canon’s 85mm f1.8 is still the current champ. Indeed, it has often been touted as the company’s fastest focusing lens. A known problem with it though is the color fringing wide open; but this is also a problem that plague’s Nikon’s optics […]

Note that Canon’s EF 85mm f/1.8 dates back to the times when we were using film-cameras, and that Nikon’s 85mm f/1.8 is a rather new lens.

The test-shots where made during the golden hour, using ISO 800 on both cameras:

I set both cameras to aperture priority and focused on the same spot of Dennis’s eye. Though their meter readings were very slightly off in aperture priority, it should be noted that in general, Canon and Nikon do have slightly different metering algorithms and this is just part of how they work.

He shot using the aperture range from f/1.8 to f/4. I post some of the test pics shot by Chris. Please visit his site and read the post to get the whole picture (and to see the test images at higher resolution).

First two shots at f/1.8, Nikon’s 85mm on the left and Canon’s 85mm on the right side (image credits: C. Gampat)

 

 

Next two shots, at f/4, Nikon on the left, Canon on the right side

  

 

All pics were shot in aperture priority mode. You can see that the images shot with the 5D Mark II are little bit darker (it is known that Canon cameras tend to underexposure). Also, to me the bokeh obtained from the Nikon lens looks better (but I probably shouldn’t say that :-) )

The discussion is going on. Join it in the comment section of Chris’ post (where you will find more information by Chris itself).

EOS 5D Mark II price check: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA EF 85mm f/1.8 USM price check B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA

For more 5D Mark II sample pics and information click here. You may also want to have a look at our eBay live-ticker below for possible 5D Mark II deals.

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B&H deals and EOS 5D Mark III in stock

B&H has the EOS 5D Mark III with 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens in stock now for $4,299.00, ships for free in the US (click here).

Next, there are a two good deals that expire by the end of the week (and will not be extended).

First, the instant double rebates on Canon lenses and speedlites (click here). The deal is offered for EOS 60D, 7D and 5D Mark II bodies with a lens of your choice. You choose a body, you associate a lens, and when you check out you get the double savings. Try it out clicking here or on the image above.

Next deal…

B&H is offering Canon a Rebel, 60D, 7D + Tele-Zoom/Dslr lens bundle rebate (click here). You choose a lens, then a body, and then you check out saving money. Try it out clicking here or on the image above.

The offerings are a real money-saver, but they all expire in a few days (end of week) and will not be extended.

More information about the cameras cited in this post:

EOS 7D sample pics & information: click here
EOS 5D Mark II sample pics & information: click here
EOS 5D Mark III sample pics & information: click here

Have nice day….

:-)

Hot Deals! Coupon discounts on refurbished gear at Canon Store

Hurry up! These deals last until March 27.

You can get an additional 15% discount for Canon DSLR cameras using the coupon code SLRF15 at the Canon Store. That means an EOS 7 D (click here) will cost $1,155, the EOS 5D Mark II (click here) is $1,495, the EOS 60D with EF-S 18-135mm IS Lens  (click here) is $883, and so on and so forth (click here to see all refurbished DSLR cameras).

Use coupon code LNSF15 to save 15% on refurbished lenses (click here to see all Canon refurbished lenses).

Use coupon code PSF20 to get 20% off on Canon Powershot cameras (click here to see all Canon refurbished Powershot cams).

Use the coupon codes at check-out.

These are super deals, but wont last long in inventory. So don’t waste time! :-)

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EOS 7D incredible great deals (-$300)!

  • 18.0-megapixel CMOS Sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors for high image quality and speed
  • Body only; lenses sold separately
  • Advanced HD movie mode with manual exposure control and selectable frame rates
  • Intelligent Viewfinder with 100 percent field of view; 19-point, all cross-type AF system equipped with dual diagonal cross-type sensors
  • Capture images to CF Card Type I and II, UDMA-compliant CF cards (not included)

UPDATE: prices are slightly higher now, around $1,324.

These are incredibly cool deals on eBay for the Canon EOS 7D body, and they come with free shipping if you live in the USA. The items are all brand new (not refurbished), boxed ecc, and are below $1,300, that’s around $300 less than normal price. Needless to say that I am only listing top rated, serious sellers. I found three that are really worth a look at. All have approx. 100 items in stock (even if they state “more than 10” – I checked it with the sellers), all are US based. And here are the great EOS 7D deals:

  • electronicsvalley for $1,293.82 ()
  • 800photovideo for $1,293.86 (
  • bigvalueinc for $1,293.93 (

For sample pics, technical specifications and product description click here.

EOS 7D price check: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA