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Third Party Manufacturers / Review: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T*
« on: December 12, 2014, 10:32:41 AM »

I never really get bored of reading about this lens. I’ll never own one, but it’s sure a lot of fun to talk about it. Dustin Abbott has completed his review of the Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 for Canon, and as always, it’s quite thorough.

From Dustin

“The Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* ZE is big and heavy. It is extremely expensive. It is manual focus only. But you already knew that. Perhaps you have already written this lens off because of those facts. But shooting with this lens is a revelation. Having used it for a while leaves me feeling that the weight and price may just be justified…if one can afford it. It is good enough and versatile enough that many shooters would better off owning fewer lenses to afford this one, and has caused me to mentally catalog my own collection and wonder what I would be willing to part with to aid that acquisition. If nothing else, the Otus 85 is most definitely on my wish list.”

Below is the video review of the lens, you can also read the text review and see the sample images gallery through the links below.

Read the full review | View the sample gallery | Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 at B&H Photo



Andrew at has posted an opinion piece on the future of high spec video features in Canon DSLRs. I’ve had this conversation with people in the past, and I feel somewhat the way Andrew does, in that I don’t see Canon speccing DSLRs as well as future Cinema EOS products. While I have been told a video focused DSLR is coming for NAB 2015, it won’t be a high end professional product.

There was a year when all I saw on videographer rigs was Canon DSLR cameras, but it seems that time has passed. I now see a lot of Cinema EOS cameras as well as smaller offerings from other manufacturers, and I do believe Canon wants videographers using C100’s as opposed to 5D Mark IIIs..

I agree with some of the points at EOSHD, but disagree with others. For Canon, it’s about making money and understanding markets with growth potential and markets in decline. The professional high margin segment is probably where the best chance of growth lies. I think selling more cameras and lenses to Hollywood along with support services is a much better strategy to grow revenue, and more importantly income, than it would be to offer a $2000 4K mirrorless camera for enthusiasts.

We’ll see how the next few years shapes up, and I expect 2015 will give us lots of hints of where Canon sees the future of videography & cinematography going.


“If Canon announced that they were withdrawing from the enthusiast stills camera market, you’d be surprised. It’s a pretty big market. But withdraw from the enthusiast video market they almost certainly have at the moment, whether they meant to do or not.

Whilst we ponder Canon’s deeply uninspired 2014 in terms of technological innovation, consider this theory – Canon entered the enthusiast DSLR video market by accident and now they have pulled out of it by accident.

Whether they like it or not, Canon DSLRs are no longer 1st, 2nd, 3rd or even 4th best performing enthusiast options for video. Nikon, Sony, Panasonic and Samsung are all significantly ahead, and if we count Blackmagic (they’re actually more pro than enthusiast) Canon are down to 6th. Just 2 years ago they were 1st. What happened?”

Read the full article


Lenses / Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: December 12, 2014, 06:38:45 AM »

DPReview has completed their review of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and it’s extremely positive. They make a special effort to stress this camera is not an incremental update to the original EOS 7D.

From the review

“It would be easy to write off the EOS 7D Mark II as just an incremental upgrade to the original 7D, but that would be a serious mistake. The two cameras may share the number 7 and the letter D on their bodies, but inside they are very different machines.

With the 7D II Canon is putting a stake in the ground that it is committed to the crop sensor market. Although it will likely be seen as an aspirational camera for novices, or an upgrade path to people using more consumer oriented crop sensor bodies from Canon, the 7D II is unquestionably a pro camera. It’s built like a tank, has the control layout of a 5D Mark III and an autofocus system to compete with the 1D X.

Canon has added lots of tools to the Mark II, but one deserves special mention. Dual-Pixel autofocus may be one of the most important, and yet under-appreciated, technologies introduced to digital cameras in a long time. It’s significant that Canon now includes this technology on their Cinema EOS cameras. Canon still seems to be dialing in the optimal implementation for the technology, but it will be exciting to see how it evolves.”

Read the full review EOS 7D Mark II in stock $1799: B&H Photo | Amazon


Pricewatch Deals / Deals: Black Friday Deals Still Live
« on: December 12, 2014, 06:32:32 AM »

Below are some deals from Black Friday that are still live and in some cases are priced better than they were on Black Friday Weekend. We don’t know when the prices on these cameras will change, but they seem to be getting more aggressive as Christmas approaches. There’s also one day left on the B&H Photo deal for the EOS 5D Mark III w/printer bundle for $2449 (After MIR).


Adorama and B&H Photo are still calling them rebates to us.

EOS Bodies / More on The Coming 4K Camcorder [CR2]
« on: December 11, 2014, 07:37:51 AM »

We’ve been told the following and it looks to lineup with something we posted earlier last week about a fixed lens 4K camcorder coming from Canon.

The new 4K camcorder coming

  • Direct competition to Sony’s X-70

  • Sensor size will be about 1″

  • Form factor will resemble the Canon EOS C100 on a smaller scale

  • Priced around the Sony X-70

  • It will definitely be 4K

Photo Credit: Matt Buchanan //


Pricewatch Deals / New Canon Rebates on EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 6D & Lenses
« on: December 11, 2014, 07:31:31 AM »

There are some new instant rebates on select Canon bodies that combine with mail-in rebates for more savings. If you’re looking to buy from authorized Canon dealers, these deals may be for you.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III & Pixma Pro 100 Bundle $2449 after $650 mail-in rebate

This deal expires on December 13, 2014.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III & Printer Bundle $2449 after MIR



Canon EOS 5D Mark III Rebates & Savings

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2799 after MIR (Reg $3399): B&H Photo | Adorama

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $3399 after MIR (Reg $3999): B&H Photo | Adorama

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-70 f/4L IS $3549 after MIR (Reg $4149): B&H Photo | Adorama

Canon EOS 6D Rebates & Savings

Canon Rebel Rebates & Savings

  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i w/18-55 IS STM $699 (Reg $849): B&H Photo | Adorama

  • Canon EOS Rebel T3i w/18-55 IS II & 75-300 $599 (Reg $799): B&H Photo | Adorama

Canon Lens Rebates and Savings


Lenses / Review: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: December 10, 2014, 09:59:43 AM »

Bryan at the-digital-picture has completed his review of the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens. This lens seems to be the APS-C equivalent of the 40mm f/2.8 STM for full frame shooters and looks to be just as highly regarded.

From TDP

“At the end of the 40 STM review, I made a statement that also applies to this pancake-style lens: “Overall, I’m finding very “little” to not like about this tiny, inexpensive lens.” It is fun to joke about this little lens, but … it is the real deal. Not only will it get the job done, it will do the job as well or better than many other lenses. And for a lower price. It is not hard to justify this purchase.”

In Stock: EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM $149 at B&H Photo


EOS Bodies / Patent: EF-M 70-400 f/4.5-7.2 STM
« on: December 09, 2014, 08:39:53 PM »

A patent for a new supertelephoto zoom optical formula for the EOS M system has surfaced in the form of an EF-M 70-400 f/4.5-7.2 STM.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-228734 (Google Translated)

    • Published 2014.12.8

    • Filing date 2013.5.23

  • Example 3

    • Zoom ratio 5.58

    • The focal length f = 69.59-251.52-388.00mm

    • Fno. 4.68-6.30-7.00

    • Half angle ω = 11.11-3.11-2.02 °

    • Image height 13.66mm

    • Overall length of the lens 155.01-227.97-240.02mm

    • BF 15.81-37.15-46.87mm

    • Inner focus

Source: [EG]



The brand new and highly anticipated Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II will begin shipping on Friday, December 12, 2014 from various USA retailers. We expect to see a few start shipping a bit earlier in Asia. We’re told initial stock levels are going to be quite high to match the preorder numbers. B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon all ship preorders on a first come, first serve basis. We’ve heard reports of sites claiming their preorders get front of the line treatment from the big retailers, which simply isn’t true.

Preorder EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II $2199: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

The Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II is also scheduled to start shipping on Friday, December 12, 2014 from US retailers. We don’t know how many of these are going to be out there or how long preorder lists currently are.

Preorder Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II $6899: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon


EOS Bodies / 4K Fixed Lens Camcorder Coming? [CR2]
« on: December 04, 2014, 10:49:41 AM »

We’re told that a 4K fixed lens camcorder is coming in the early part of 2015. Such a product would probably fit in with CES as a consumer product announcement. We’re told the camera is called the XC10, and it will have similar ergonomics to the EOS C100, but it will have a fixed lens.

It’s possible this could come at NAB, but we expect the 4K Cinema EOS C300 Mark II & an new flagship Cinema EOS product to be the star of that show in April.

More to come…

Photo Credit: Matt Buchanan //


Lenses / Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II by DigitalRev
« on: December 04, 2014, 10:38:53 AM »

Kai has completed his video review of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. It appears we have another reviewer that thinks the 7D Mark II is a great APS-C camera.

EOS 7D Mark II in stock $1799: B&H Photo | Amazon


EOS Bodies / Re: Petapixel: Canon Full Frame Mirrorless
« on: December 03, 2014, 03:44:32 PM »
What is a Rangefinder Mirrorless Camera?  That sounds pretty Retro, and limited production is not Canons thing, particularly in a falling market.
I'd be very happy with a FF mirrorless body that used existing lenses, but I'd just ignore one that needed new lenses.  Using a adaptor with my EF lenses would be out of consideration.

I have to ask, what's the point of the mirrorless camera if it used EF lenses? The 6D isn't that much bigger than the A7, and they could probably shave some size off the next one if they wanted to.

Pricewatch Deals / Deal: EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $2699
« on: December 02, 2014, 09:35:17 AM »

6ave (99.2% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS for a very good $2699 (Reg $3699 after MIR).

Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $2699 (Reg $3699 after MIR)


Lenses / Review: Sensor Performance of the 7D Mark II
« on: December 01, 2014, 02:20:28 PM »

Roger Clark has done a very extensive and technical review of the sensor performance of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and how it relates to the original 7D, astrophotography and general photography needs.

This review is well worth the read.

From the review…

“The data shown here for the Canon 7D Mark II indicate that the camera is operating at near perfect levels for the sensor with lower apparent read noise and impressively low pattern noise compared to all other current Canon cameras tested and better than that in the 7D Mark I. This means that for high signals, noise is dominated by photon statistics. Sensitivity is improved 14% over the 7D Mark 1, and the sensitivity per square micron is the highest that I have measured for any Canon camera to date.

The approximately 10x lower thermal dark current is a game changing factor, making this camera the top Canon camera for long exposure low light photography that I have tested. The superb autofocus system, comparable to Canon 1D series pro cameras with 65 autofocus points is another game changing innovation, as the camera is at a price point that is affordable to more people.”

Read the full review | EOS 7D Mark II in stock $1799: B&H Photo | Amazon


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