The current round of Canon Rebates were scheduled to last through April 27. Although there has been no official word from Canon, B&H has indicated that the rebates will be extended. According to B&H, Canon DSLR camera rebates are now scheduled to end May 11 while the Canon lens rebates are scheduled to end June 1.
Note: The Canon PowerShot G1X rebate still shows an ending date of April 27.
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While this video was mentioned in the previous announcement by Sigma, I wanted to call special attention to it. This is the first time we've been able to see the USB Dock software in action and, in my opinion, it looks very promising. [Sean]
Global Vision products hit shelves in US early May
RONKONKOMA, N.Y., — April 24, 2013 — Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced the pricing and availability of the Sigma USB dock and the company’s newly redesigned 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM from the Global Vision Sport lens category.
The updated 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM lens will be available in early May for the street price of $3,599 in Sigma and Canon mounts. The USB dock, which is compatible with lenses from Sigma’s new Global Vision lineup, will also be available in early May for the street price of $59.
“As the first lens of our Sports lineup to become available, we’re glad to continue the next round of our Global Vision lenses with the 120-300mm F2.8,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Our USB dock is the first in the industry of its kind, and we’re confident that it will be a ground-breaking product in helping photographers as they work.”
With redesigned mechanics and performance, this Sports lens is an update from its predecessor released in February 2011. With a maximum focal length of 300mm and a wide-open aperture of F2.8, this lens eases difficult shooting conditions. It is dust and moisture resistant, and allows users to switch between two custom settings created via the USB dock. The 120-300mm lens has been redesigned and quality-control tested with Sigma’s proprietary modulation transfer function (MTF) “A1” measuring system as part of Sigma’s new Global Vision category restructuring. Under the new Sports category, the lens also has the manufacturing year stamped on the barrel.
The Sigma USB dock, an industry first, works in conjunction with Sigma Optimization Pro (SOP) software to connect a photographer’s lens to their personal computer and the internet to update firmware and other parameters. The AF speed, focus limiter and OS function are also customizable for Sports lenses, such as the 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM. Upon arrival of the products, SOP will be available via a downloadable copy online here. A video demonstration of SOP software is available here.
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Canon - B&H | Adorama Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon - B&H | Adorama
Sigma USB Dock for Canon - B&H Sigma USB Dock for Nikon - B&H
Nikon recently published a video promoting its D7100 DSLR camera. Filmed exclusively with the D7100 and Nikkor lenses, "Life in the Waves" follows photograher Chris Burkard as he shoots in his hometown of Pismo Beach, California.
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