Friday Deals: EOS 5D Mark III $1949, EOS 6D $1099, EOS 70D $699, EOS 7D $849, EOS 7D Mark II $1399

Friday Deals: EOS 5D Mark III $1949, EOS 6D $1099, EOS 70D $699, EOS 7D $849, EOS 7D Mark II $1399

We’re told all of these deals are likely to end by the close of business today, if we hear otherwise, we’ll update this post.

The following deals with redemption codes are from BigValueInc (99% approval) & GetItDigital (99.5% approval) via ebay.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III $1949 (Reg $2799 after $300 mail-in rebate)
Use Redemption Code: CLC10OFF to receive an additional $50 off for a final price of $1949.

Canon EOS 6D $1099 (Reg $1499 after $300 mail-in rebate)
Use Redemption Code: CLC10OFF to receive an additional $50 off for a final price of $1099.

Canon EOS 70D Body $699 (Reg $1099)
Use Redemption Code: CLC10OFF to receive an additional $50 off for a final price of $699.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II $1399 (Reg $1799) via GetItDigital (99.5% approval)
Use Redemption Code: CLC10OFF to receive an additional $50 off for a final price of $1399.

*Note These are likely grey market items and may not qualify for a Canon USA warranty. Please check with the seller to see if they offer additional warranty.

Canon USA authorized retailer B&H Photo is also clearing out the Canon EOS 7D camera bodies. Even after all these years, its still a great camera. The deal on the EOS 7D runs until February 28, 2015.

Canon EOS 7D Body $849 (Reg $1499)

Canon EOS 7D w/28-135 IS $949 (Reg $1699)

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The State of the Camera Industry in 2014

LensVid.com has posted their yearly infographic showing the state of the photographic industry last year. They use the data from the CIPA statistics that were recently released.

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Here are a few key points (from LensVid):

  • Camera manufacturing/sales (all types) went down in 2014 by 31% (in 2013 we looked at close to a 40% drop).
  • Lenses manufacturing/sales (for DSLR/mirrorless cameras) went down in 2014  by 12% (in 2013 it went down by %20).
  • Japan is still a huge photography market (13% of all cameras and 14% of all lenses sell in Japan which has less than 2% of the world’s population), however the rest of Asia is the only place which seems to gain any momentum in 2014.
  • Mirrorless cameras (despite all the hype) are still just 7% of the entire camera market (up from a mere 5% in 2013).
  • Compact cameras are a dying breed – going down from a 108 million units in 2010 to only 29 million in 2014 (and this number is likely to go down even further in 2015).
  • Predicting the future of the camera market proved challenging in the past – IDC (the American market research, analysis and advisory firm) failed to predict what will happen to the mirrorless camera market. In 2012 they concluded that in 2014 we will see no less than 13 million mirrorless cameras sold worldwide. Only 3 million mirrorless cameras were actually sold…

Read more at LensVid.com

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Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Accepts Rear Gelatin Filter

Here’s a feature I didn’t know existed on the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L, maybe I’m the only one that didn’t know, this is from the lens manual. The EF 17-40mm f/4L, EF 8-15 f/4L fisheye and a few others also have this feature, does anyone actually use it?

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thanks @KevinAndrewFaulk

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First Tests: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L a Winner

First Tests: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L a Winner

LensRentals.com has completed their initial tests of the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM. They have come away extremely impressed and they look forward to further testing and most importantly, making images with it.

From LensRentals.com

As you can see, the center t 16mm has an even higher resolution than the two extreme ends, although the edges are just a bit weaker.

But all of that is hair-splitting; this is a remarkable lens. Canon made the widest full-frame rectilinear lens available, and made it with superb image quality throughout the zoom range. Once again, hat’s off to Canon’s lens designers.

Read the full first test | Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM: Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon

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Sigma 24 f/1.4 Art & 150-600 Contemporary Lens Due to Ship in March

Sigma 24 f/1.4 Art & 150-600 Contemporary Lens Due to Ship in March

Sigma has updated their ship schedule for the the 24mm f/1.4 Art lens for Canon and the 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS contemporary lens for Canon. Both of these lenses should begin shipping some time in March.

From Sigma

SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art ($849) for Canon EF mount are scheduled to start shipping towards the middle of March.

SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary ($1089) for Canon EF mount are scheduled to start shipping towards the middle to end of March.

via: [TDP] & [Sigma]

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Review: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II

Review: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II

Professional nature photography Kevin Ebi took some time to write an interesting review of the brand new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II.

Here is a summary of some of Kevin’s thoughts.

  • The Mark II doesn’t zoom quite as far. The extreme telephoto end of the new 100-400 is a little more than 2% shorter than the Mark I.
  • There is not a huge difference in image quality at the center of the two generation of lenses, but at the corners, there is less distortion in the Mark II. Sharpness is improved, but it’s not a mind-blowing improvement. (A lot of people on your forums ask how it compares to a 70-200 Mark II with a doubler; it provides a readily visible improvement over that setup.)
  • The 100-400 II does suffer a bit from the “onion rings” phenomenon, but I don’t think it ruins any images. In fact, it’s no worse than the 600mm f/4 IS. The weather conditions that allowed me to photograph the phenomenon evaporated fast, so I couldn’t compare it to the Mark I.
  • A minimum focusing distance of 3 feet/1 meter may seem overkill for a lens primarily used for wildlife, but it has opened new creative possibilities for me. For birds that you are able to get close to — either through opportunity or through remote rigs — it lets you capture sharp subjects with stunningly beautifully backgrounds.

Read the full review | Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II $2199: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

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