Source Confirms Canon Rebates Will Not Be Extended
A large retailer informed us yesterday that the current Canon rebates will not be extended – they will end on Feb 2nd. While we have no other information available to substantiate this, the source is usually reliable.
If there is a lens you are interested in that has a rebate currently available, now is the time to make that purchase. Here is the list of currently available Canon rebates.
January 31, 2013 - Nikon today released its second movie, "The DAY", telling the story of the Nikon brand (http://nikonimaging.tumblr.com). This is the second series following "Tears," released on September last year, which captured the human's ultimate emotion, "Tears."
"The DAY" will be presented at the Nikon booth at the CP+ 2013 Camera & Photo Imaging Show (to be held January 31–February 3 at the Pacifico Yokohama Japan, and sponsored by the Camera & Imaging Products Association).
"The DAY" is based on the concept of capture the light of imagination. This is a story of "a day" full of discoveries and the day shows the many special moments that touch people's hearts.
It expresses the fun of manipulating light with Nikon digital cameras and NIKKOR lenses, which have always led the times. It incorporates various scenes, such as a grand landscape created by the morning sun, a vibrant flower found while out on a walk, the natural smile of a child, wonderful photographs that can be captured by simply changing composition and angle, and dreamlike expressions that can be created by utilizing diffused reflections of light and back light.
Regardless of the age, Nikon is constantly striving to use its optical technologies to expand shooting possibilities to enable capture of scenes and subjects that were previously impossible. This year, Nikon celebrates the 80th anniversary of its NIKKOR lenses, which represent the culmination of these optical technologies. The optical technologies Nikon has developed and cultivated over its long history have always formed the foundation for NIKKOR lenses. With each age, however, NIKKOR lenses are developed to maximize the innovative features and characteristics of the latest cameras, always enabling capture of scenes and subjects that could never be captured before and supporting capture of the special moments.
New and extremely useful accessories for Metz flash units are now available in stores. Amateur and professional photographers alike benefit from the extensive range of additional products offered by Metz for flash units. New products include the mecabounce diffuser attachments MBM-01, MBM-02, MBC-10 and MBC-11 for the corresponding compact flash units from Metz and Canon. The mecabounce diffuser attachment is ideal for photographers who set great store by soft and natural light, particularly for portraits.
mecabounce diffuser attachments
mecabounce diffuser attachments are ideal for challenging portrait photog-raphy. The white mecabounce diffuser attachments produce a particularly soft and natural light, which is also suitable for shots with wide-angle illumi-nation. They are easy and practical to attach to the corresponding flash re-flector head. The range comprises the mecabounce diffusor MBM-01 (for the Metz flash units 58 AF-2, -1, 50 AF-1 and 48 AF-1), the MBM-02 (for the Metz flash units 52 AF-1 and 44 AF-1), the MBC-10 (for the Canon flash units 580 EX II and 580 EX) and the MBC-11 (for the Canon flash units 430 EX II and 430 EX). As a special feature on mecabounce diffuser attachments MBM-01 and MBM-02 for Metz flash units, the integrated wide-angle diffuser can be pushed backwards using two pins mounted inside the diffuser attachments. As a result, the zoom position produces an optimum illumination for a focal length of 16mm.
Metz mecablitz – technology “made in Germany”
Metz flash units represent high performance technology and reliable quality. We have been manufacturing in Germany for over 60 years. As such we hold a unique position – Metz is the only manufacturer of camera flash devices to develop and manufacture products in Europe.
mecabounce diffuser MBM-01: For Metz flash units 58 AF-2, -1, 50 AF-1 and 48 AF-1 mecabounce diffuser MBM-02: For Metz flash units 52 AF-1 and 44 AF-1 mecabounce diffuser MBC-10: For Canon flash units 580 EX II and 580 EX mecabounce diffuser MBC-11: For Canon flash units 430 EX II and 430 EX
Canon 35mm f/2 IS Lens Compared to the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Lens
Comparing the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens with the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens - which to choose:
If you need the f/1.4 aperture, for the shallow depth of field or for the faster shutter speeds it makes available (key to stopping action in low light), your decision is made. You need the Sigma 35 f/1.4.
If you need Image Stabilization, the Canon 35 f/2 IS is of course the right choice.
If f/2 is wide enough for you and you don't need IS, the decision becomes a bit more complicated. Here are some comparisons to help with that decision process.
The Sigma of course rules all comparisons at f/1.4 - and turns in remarkable performance at f/1.4 compared to other f/1.4 lenses.
The Canon joins the comparison at f/2. At f/2, you can expect the Sigma to be noticeably sharper in the center of the image and the Canon to have a slight sharpness edge closer to the corners - where the Canon shows more vignetting. The sharpness comparison at f/2.8 has these lenses performing more similarly in the center (both excellent). The Sigma retains a slight center advantage and the Canon holds the peripheral edge. Beyond f/2.8, both lenses are razor sharp with the Canon retaining slightly better full frame corner sharpness.
The Sigma has about 1/2 as much vignetting at comparable apertures until stopped down to about f/4 where the Canon trails the Sigma by a very small amount through f/16. The Sigma has slightly less flare until the aperture narrows to f/8. The Canon then has noticeably less flare through f/16. Neither lens has significant distortion. These two lenses deliver similar (good) bokeh at comparable apertures.
The Canon weighs 1/2 as much, is smaller and focuses closer with a higher MM (0.24x vs. 0.19x). The Canon is modestly less expensive at this time.
Canon Announces Development of 25p Recording for EOS 1D C DSLR Cinema Camera
From Canon UK:
Canon develops feature upgrade for the world’s first 4K DSLR, the EOS-1D C
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 30 January 2013 – Canon today announces the development of a new feature upgrade for the ground-breaking EOS-1D C. The upgrade has been developed taking into account feedback from the European professional video community, and adds support for 25p recording at the camera’s maximum 4K resolution.
Designed for the motion picture, television and high-resolution production industries, the EOS-1D C is the world’s first DSLR to support 4K video capture. It offers a unique, highly portable package optimised for ultra-high quality recording, delivering exceptional low light performance and film-like dynamic range from a highly-compact body that can be used in a wide-range of shooting situations.
The EOS 1D-C captures 4K (4,096 x 2,160) video using 8-bit motion JPEG compression, with the ability to simultaneously output an uncompressed Full HD (1920x1080) YCbCr 4:2:2 signal to an external recorder via its HDMI terminal. Full HD video can also be recorded direct to CF cards at frame rates of up to 1080/60p, whilst Canon Log Gamma ensures video is rich in exposure latitude and dynamic range – offering outstanding freedom for video professionals during shooting, and for colourists in post-production.
The new feature upgrade will be available free of charge from April 2013.
Canon EOS 1D X firmware v1.2.1 is now available for download.
Firmware Version 1.2.1 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
The function to disable the Image size selection button has been added. * Please see the instruction manual "EOS-1D X Firmware Version 1.2.x Additional Function" (PDF file) included in the downloaded firmware 1.2.1 folder for information on how to intentionally disable this button, after the firmware update 1.2.1 has been installed in the camera.
Fixes a phenomenon in which Err 70 and Err 80 may occur during certain shooting conditions.
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