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It’s time for our 4th Annual Black Friday Sale. This year, we are getting the party started early, 10 AM CT on Wednesday. You can get 25% off any rental placed at Lensrentals.com during the sale.
At our sister site, LensAuthority.com, we’ll be giving you 10% off all used equipment. We also have some great doorbusters. And this year, we listened to you, and will be offering at least 6 copies of each doorbuster for sale, increasing your chances of being able to snag one.
To get your 25% off rentals at Lensrentals.com or to get 10% off your used gear purchases at LensAuthority.com, simply use the promo code: BLACKFRIDAY
Used Gear Sale Details
- All used gear purchases take place on our sister site, LensAuthority.com
- Sale begins at 10:00 AM CT on Wednesday, November 27th and ends at 11:59 PM CT on December 2nd.
- New items will be added during the sale, so if you don’t see what you want, check back. Even better, send us an email about what you are looking for and we may be able to post a copy just for you.
- Must use promo code BLACKFRIDAY to receive the 10% discount
- Doorbusters are priced as listed, and not eligible for the 10% discount
- Doorbusters will be posted at 10:00 AM CT on Wednesday. At least 6 copies of each doorbuster will be available
Rental Discount Details
- Discount begins at 10:00 AM CT on Wednesday, November 27th and ends at 11:59 PM CT on December 2nd.
- Orders must be placed during the sale period to be eligible to receive the discount
- Orders can be placed for any arrival date, as long as you actually place the order during the sale. Feel free to reserve the gear you’ll need in 2014 now, and take advantage of this deal.
- Must use promo code BLACKFRIDAY to receive the 25% discount
- Limit – 2 unique rentals per person
I've read a bunch of reviews of the 200-400 and I think they're all pretty basic. 5 pictures of some birds and a long writeup about how great it is. This sort of lens takes a year of use before you really get what it's capable of.
Yes, you can shoot birds with it. Why would you? The 500, 600 and 800 are far better for that. Not everyone has a bevy of mammals hanging around to shoot, and zoo shooting isn't too exciting. At the time of the review, field sports were winding down in Canada. The review was a "what else can you do with a lens that costs $12,000?"
I'll be taking one to Costa Rica, Florida, Suriname and Namibia this winter. I hope that's enough time to really put it through its paces.
….. The Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 is the best lens ever mounted to a Canon DSLR! DXOMark has completed their testing of the new king of the primes.
Says DXOMark “Without doubt Zeiss has achieved their goal of producing the finest fast standard prime available on the market today for full-frame DSLRs, but at a shade under $4000, image quality like that doesn’t come cheap.
There are a couple of other concessions to consider as well. The Zeiss lacks autofocus and being slightly larger and heavier than the firm’s Apo Sonnar T* 2,0/135 it’s not particularly discrete.
Despite that the Zeiss Otus T* 1,4/55 is a breathtaking example of what’s possible, and will likely go down in history as one of the classic fast standard designs of our time.”
Canon P Imperial Edition
Canon Rumors reader Bernard sent me a few photos of his custom Canon P rangefinder. He had it redone in Tokyo with the help of The Japan Camera Hunter.
The camera is fully customized with a new paint job and striking red grip. I personally think this is a nicer rangefinder than the one that just went for $1.8mil :)
What do you think of Bernard’s P?
What if this was a digital P?
Link: Contrast in Black & White Photo Contest
Photographer: John Covin
Photo title: Red Cliff Lodge Horses
Judge selecting winner: Richard Brown
Words on photo by judge: “I usually don’t go for these type images however the composition here is stunning and well executed, great capture of the action.”
The winning image, and a very good one.
From B&H Photo
Below are a few deals from B&H Photo that are currently active.
First up is the Canon EOS M w/18-55 IS bundle. Currently you can save $300 on the kit and get into the system for $299.
Canon EOS M w/18-55 IS $299 (Reg. $599)
Secondly, we have a couple of prime lenses from B&H Photo that are on sale. The lens deals won’t show up until after the checkout process has begun.
B&H has also continued to the sale on the Canon ultra wide for APS-C cameras.
Canon EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 $529 (Reg. $649)
Dual Pixel technology more than just AF?
NL reports that they’ve been told to expect even more new features from Canon’s Dual Pixel technology other than autofocus. Currently the tech appears in the EOS 70D and will also appear in an upgraded EOS C100. Will the C300 get a similar upgrade?
Apparently dual pixel design will need the latest generation of processing (DIGIC 6/7?) technology to realize its full potential. The benefits of this alongside new CODECS will be seen in the next Cinema EOS cameras and possibly in new high end DSLRs.
The video and stills segments of the professional lineup will get upgrades in 2014. Cinema EOS will get it first, and possibly be shown in April at NAB 2014 in Las Vegas. DSLRs will get it in the second half of the year and will most likely be shown at Photokina 2014 in Cologne, Germany.
Canon Canada has launched a new CPS program aimed at students.
Canon’s Student CPS Program is designed to offer an unrivalled level of sales and service support for studying Photographers, Videographers, and New Media Artists. By becoming a member of Student CPS, you will be eligible for a host of real world benefits designed to help and assist post-secondary Visual Arts, Fine Arts, and Applied Arts students in mastering their craft and achieving their career aspirations.
Some of the benefits include
- Access to student-specific pricing discounts on a selection of professional products – view list in Program Details
- Membership-exclusive promotions, discounts and contests
- Subsidized incoming overnight shipping charges ($10) on eligible product. These charges will be added to the repair service charge. Return shipping is free for warranty repairs and a flat $10 fee will be charged for return shipping of out of warranty service.
- Expedited service turnaround target of 6 days
- 20% discount for repair parts and labour for eligible products
CES 2014 in Las Vegas
Canon will be announcing new PowerShot cameras for CES as per usual.
Two cameras we’re told could be coming are a PowerShot SX60 HS, Canon’s big zoom range compact. We’re told the camera will take a bit of a “new direction”, though we weren’t told what. We’re also told that a redo of the PowerShot G1 X with an APS-C sensor could also be coming. Though the source says they haven’t heard much about the development for “some time now”.
I think it’s almost a guarantee we’ll see an SX50 HS replacement, I’m not sure the G1 X will get a direct replacement though.
CES could also be a good place for the new EOS M to make an appearance, but we can’t confirm that to be the case.
Remember too, that it’s the Consumer Electronics Show, we generally don’t see prosumer level gear getting announced.
2014 Winter Olympics
We’re told that the replacement to the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS will be making its way into the hands of select photographers at the Sochi games in February, 2014. It was unknown if an announcement of the lens would happen beforehand or if it would be used as the final test bed for the replacement lens.
I’m not too sure how many people would put down their 200-400′s for one of these, but the mobility factor may make it worthwhile in certain situations.
A grain of salt on this one, it’s from a new source.