Canon Deals Of The Day: EOS 6D, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L, EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro, Rebel T3i

Top Rated Plus eBay seller 6ave (99.4% positive ratings) has the EF 24-105 f/4L IS lens on sale for . Bonus items: UV filter and camera and lens cleaning kit. Free shipping, limited quantity at this price.

The same seller 6ave has the Canon EOS 6D body only on sale for . Bonus items: two spare batteries, charger, case, and a no-name 32GB memory card. Free shipping, limited stock.

eBay seller blinq (99.5% positive feedbacks) has the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens on sale for . New item in original packaging. Free shipping, full warranty.

Top Rated Plus eBay seller getitdigital (99.4% positive ratings) has the Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) body only on sale for . Free shipping, USA model and warranty.

Finally, 6ave has the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens on sale for . Bonus items: UV filter and camera and lens cleaning kit. Free shipping, limited quantity at this price.

Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Review (The Phoblographer)

Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Review
Image: The Phoblographer

The Phoblographer reviewed the Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM. It’s nice to see that Sigma is delivering this lens with a padded lens case (a good one, with shoulder strap). From the review:

The Sigma 180mm is a highly impressive lens. Not only has Sigma added their 4-stop OS (Optical Stabilization) system to their existing 180mm macro, they managed to pry open to aperture to f/2.8 up from f/3.5 (where most 180mm macro lenses fall). They have also added 3 FLD elements (similar to Fluorite) to the lens to help combat Chromatic Aberrations (commonly referred to as: CA). All of this results in a lens that is exceptionally sharp, capable of true 1:1 macro magnification and able to be hand-held at speeds well below 1/200 (where one would normally have to shoot this focal length for an acceptably sharp exposure).

Pluses

  • Impressive sharpness
  • Accurate AF
  • Excellent macro capabilities
  • Accurate AF (wait didn’t I already say that? Yeah, it’s that important)
  • Very usable stabilization system

Minuses

  • Somewhat heavy
  • Somewhat specialized (potentially limited uses)
  • Quite expensive at $1699 (at time of this writing)

The Phoblographer’s review has sample images and more information about the Sigma Macro 180mm.

Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM price check: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA

Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Review

Product description (B&H):

The Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM Lens (for Canon) is a high-speed macro lens offering a magnification ratio of 1:1 and a focal length of 180mm. This lens is compatible with the Canon EF mount for use on full-frame and APS-C DSLRs.

This lens incorporates 3 FLD glass elements for color aberration corrections, as well as a floating inner focusing system to reduce other aberrations such as field curvature and distortion, resulting in accurate scene rendition from 1:1 magnification to infinity. A Super Multi-Layer coating helps to eliminate ghosting and flare as well as produce images with more contrast and sharpness. The rounded 9 blade diaphragm also provides an appealing bokeh, especially when photographing at the maximum aperture or at 1:1 magnification.

The integrated OS (Optical Stabilizer) system permits users to photograph handheld with shutter speeds up to 4 stops lower than usually possible. An HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) is also incorporated into the design, ensuring quiet and quick auto focusing and manual focus capabilities.

High-speed f/2.8 180mm macro lens provides 1:1 magnification ratio.

FLD glass elements and a floating inner focusing system help to correct for color aberration, field curvature, and image distortion.

Multi-layer coating reduces ghosting and flare and provides greater contrast and color fidelity.

Rounded 9 blade diaphragm produces an attractive out of focus quality.

Integrated Optical Stabilizer system permits users to photograph handheld with shutter speeds up to 4 stops lower than usually possible.

A Hyper Sonic Motor is incorporated into the lens design, ensuring quiet and quick auto focusing and manual focus capabilities.

 

[Pre-Order] New Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS Available For Pre-Order

Both Adorama (click here) and B&H (click here) have the brand new Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS ready for your pre-ordering pleasure. Price tag is $499. The lens has a wide zoom range and covers wide angle, telephoto and macro photography. One size fits all! Moreover: minimum focusing distance is 35cm. The lens is made of Thermally Stable Composite (TSC), a material that has characteristics similar to metal (and thus avoids problems with thermal contraction). The OS (Optical Stabilizer) is said (by Sigma) to give you 4 stops. What else? The lens has a Hyper Sonic Motor for fast and silent focusing, maximum magnification ratio is 1:2.9. For a hands-on by ephotozine click here.

Focal Length 18mm – 250mm
Angle of View 6.5° – 76.5°
Max Aperture f/3.5 – f/6.3
Min Aperture f/22
Filter Size 62mm
Min Focus
35cm
Elements 16
Groups 13

Press Release

Sigma Corporation of America announces new 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens

Sigma Corporation of America announces new 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens
New Thermally Stable Composite material offers wide range of photography in compact, stabilized, macro lens

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[Deal] Discounted Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Bundle & Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Bundle

Adorama has the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Lens discounted at $199 (click here), and even better: the lens comes with some useful accessories, such as a Tiffen 58mm UV Filter, a Lens Cap Leash, and a Professional Lens Cleaning Kit. Hurry up ’cause such deals usually won’t last long (click here to see al Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG deals). Technical specifications:

Construction 10 Groups /14 Elements
Angle of view 34.3°-8.2°
F stop range 22-32
Closest Focusing Distance 150 macro (95)cm/59.1 macro (37.4)”
Maximum Magnification Macro (1:2)
Filter Size 58mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter) 4.7″ x 2.9″
Weight 545g / 19.2oz.

Cool travel lens IMO. Free shipping in the US.

There is more. Adorama also has a nice EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM kit available (see pic below). The kit includes a Tiffen 77mm Wide Angle Filter Kit, a Lens Cap Leash and a Professional Lens Cleaning Kit. The whole bundle is yours for $1,099 (click here)

48 Led Ring Flash for Macro-Photography for just $30 (€22)

Want a cool accessory for your macro-photography adventures? Then this may be for you. The Neewer LED Macro Ring Light with 48 leds to enlighten your creativity. A ring flash that can be mounted directly on the lens, with three lighting options: full, left side only, right side only, powered by two AA batteries. Output is around 15GN, enough for good macros. Sounds cool, doesn’t it? The flash can also be used for normal shots and comes with different adapters: 49mm, 52mm, 55mm, 58mm, 62mm, and 67mm. At this price you can’t expect to get a piece of photo-tech that is unbreakable, but for $30 this might be your next übercool accessory, and a bargain too.

I found it in stock and ready to ship in the following shops:

Specifications:

Weight of Ring Flash Body: 125g
Weight of Control Unit: 60g
Weight of Electricity Charger: 115g
Weight of Step Ring: 100g
Size of Step Rings: 49mm/52mm/55mm/58mm/62mm/67mm
LED Index: Approx. 15GN (all light on)
Coiled Cord Length: Approx. 100cm
Voltage Range: 100-240V/50-60Hz
Electric Power Consumption: Approx. 5w (all light on)
Power Source: AA batteries×2, or DC3V
Working Hours: 1.5 hours with 1.5V alkaline batteries , 1.0 hour with 1.2V rechargeable batteries

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