Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Gets Reviewed

SLRGear has completed their review of the highly anticipated Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art series lens. We’re very happy to read that the lens just may live up to the hype created by Sigma themselves.

Says SLRGear
“The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art is the most exciting lens we’re likely to review this year. All competing lenses from Canon and Nikon fell short when compared to the resolving power of the 50mm Art. We haven’t (yet) tested the very best from Zeiss, but we are confident Sigma will trounce it in one key area: price. This difference is likely to be a yawning chasm. Our expectation for pricing on this lens is for something at least a bit less than Canon’s 50mm f/1.2 L, which goes for $1,700; despite a variety of rumors and no official price for the Sigma yet, we’re expecting it’ll be less than that.”

Pricing for the lens is expected to be announced on or around April 11, 2014.

Read the full review at SLRGear

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Deals: Amazon Has Instant Discounts on Select Canon DSLRs

Deals: Amazon Has Instant Discounts on Select Canon DSLRs

Amazon is currently offering instant discounts on select Canon APS-C DSLRs. Some of the savings are as much as $200.

See Canon DSLR deals at Amazon

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Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II USM Noisy Focus Ring Issue Revealed

If you have a noisy focus ring on your Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II, below is the reason why. The report is dated February 2014, so all lenses manufactured prior to August 2013 are are potentially affected. I’ve had first hand experience with this issue from our rental inventory. I have no idea if Canon will charge you for this repair if the lens is out of warranty. We haven’t bothered to fix our inventory, as a few lenses have exhibited the issue, but functionality doesn’t seem to be affected.

Repair Information
It has been confirmed at the factory that when turning the focus ring, in rare cases, an abnormal noise can be heard. If units are brought in due to complaints of this nature, please replace the part with the new part.

Compatibility
Old and new types are compatible.

Reason & remedy for a noisy focus ring on a Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II

Reason & remedy for a noisy focus ring on a Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II

Time of Change
The new type has been incorporated into products from the August 2013 production.

When mounting the new SPRING, COIL (CB3-3809-010), there is no need to mount PLATE, SPRING HOLD. (There will not be problems even if the PLATE, SPRING HOLD is mounted.)

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We Have More Internal Canon Service Information on Lenses & Cameras

We Have More Internal Canon Service Information on Lenses & Cameras

Yesterday we posted an internal service advisory for the Canon EOS-1D X and EOS-1D C. These are advisories that are only known to a select few within Canon and not told to the consumers.

We have a lot of more of these documents that cover various Canon lenses and camera bodies, there’s even more on the EOS-1D X mirrorbox.

The person that sent them to us didn’t have an issue with Canon keeping this stuff internal. However, they were upset that a lot of the issues are known to Canon and they’re still charging customers for the repairs out of warranty. There are a couple of lenses with design flaws and Canon is charging $250-$450 for these repairs out of warranty and not fully disclosing the design flaw to the customer.

We’re not sure whether or not we’ll post the rest of the internal documents we have in our possession. If you think there’s value in us doing so, please sound off in our forum.

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Canon Europe Expands Ambassadors Programme with ‘Masters’ Tier

Canon Europe Expands Ambassadors Programme with ‘Masters’ Tier

Canon Europe has expanded its Ambassadors Programme with the addition of a new, third tier – the ‘Masters’. Launching with four world-renowned experts, including photographer and conservationist Yann Arthus-Bertrand and the Imperial War Museum’s Curator of Photography, Hilary Roberts, the Masters come from not just the world of photography, but a far wider visual perspective, bringing vision and experience to the already well-proven Ambassadors Programme.

Joining the new Masters are photographers Gary Knight and Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols who move up from their previous roles as Canon Ambassadors. With their new appointments come the arrival of one new ‘Ambassador’ and eight new ‘Explorers’ from the worlds of photography and filmmaking. These new additional members now bring Canon Europe’s tally of experts to an impressive 61 imaging professionals.

Joining as a new Canon Ambassador is award-winning photojournalist Pascal Maitre (France). He joins the programme along with new Canon Explorers, comprising cameraman, director and filmmaker Phil Coates (UK), film director and producer Sébastien Devaud (France), freelance sports photographer Kuba Atys (Poland), award-winning photojournalist Niklas Meltio (Finland), top sports photographer Giancarlo Colombo (Italy), renowned wildlife photographer Andy Rouse (UK), top sports photographer Alessandro Trovati (Italy) and award-winning photojournalist Zalmaï (Switzerland).

Discover the Canon Ambassadors Programme
To learn more about the Ambassadors programme and to find out more on the addition of the new Canon Masters please click here. To catch up on all the latest Ambassadors blogs, featuring all the latest projects from Canon Ambassadors and Explorers around the world, please click here.

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EOS-1D X & EOS-1D C Cold Weather Autofocus Issues

EOS-1D X & EOS-1D C Cold Weather Autofocus Issues

We have been notified about a known issue within Canon on the Canon EOS-1D X and Canon EOS-1D C camera bodies and sometimes not autofocusing in cold weather situations. I have read about the issues on our own forum as well as on others.

Below is an explanation of the issue we’ve received from an anonymous source, though no official service advisory has been issued by Canon.

Symptom:
Camera “does not autofocus”, “does not search in AF”, or “does not focus in AF search” depending on the reporter or the camera settings; specifically, the focus cannot be achieved in low temperatures (under 0 degree Celsius).

* Although there has been no reported occurrence on the EOS-1D C, the mechanical structure of the Mirror Box Ass’y is the same as the EOS-1DX, so the EOS-1D C is included in the affected product.

Cause:
This phenomenon is due to the Locking Claw of the Sub Mirror (mirror for AF) going over the Locking Pin. The Sub Mirror’s angle becomes deviated and the light rays for AF does not fall on the AF sensors, causing the “does not autofocus” phenomenon.

EOS-1D X Mirrorbox Phenomenon in Cold Weather | Pre January 2013

EOS-1D X Mirrorbox Phenomenon in Cold Weather | Pre January 2013

Service of Affected Product:
To control the torque, the process to check the Locking Claw’s going over torque of Locking Pin has been newly incorporated. (From production on January 24)

Repair Procedure:
Handling of units in question: If the user complains about this specific phenomenon (does not autofocus in low temperature), replace the Mirror Box Ass’y with the ones to be shipped in the future (CY3-1661-010 or CY3-1687-010).

Handling of general repairs: If the user does not mention this phenomenon, please handle as normal repair.

The line directly above is of great concern to me. If you bought one of the earlier EOS-1D X cameras and live in a warm climate, you may never know the issues existed until you went to shoot in a cold climate.

The notice is dated January 2013, so I assume all cameras manufactured after that date would be unaffected. There is no serial number range that I can see, nor do we know how widespread the issue is. However, if you have experienced this phenomenon, you now know what it is.

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DXOMark: The Latest Sigma 18-200 OS is the Best Superzoom for Canon APS-C

DXOMark: The Latest Sigma 18-200 OS is the Best Superzoom for Canon APS-C

DXOMark has completed their review of the Sigma 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens for Canon. They’ve compared it to other superzooms from Canon itself as well as Tamron and found the Sigma to be the best performer. On top of it being the leader in its class, this new lens actually costs less than the lens it replaced.

From DXOMark:
“Sigma’s cosmetic revamp of the exterior and revision of the optical construction has resulted in a lens that not only looks classy but also produces results superior to rivals including those from Canon.

A reduction in weight and size, albeit only slight makes this all the more tempting for travel, while the enhancement in sharpness and optical performance generally at the longer focal lengths is particularly valued in zoom like this. Although this has led to a certain amount of compromise with the performance at the wide-end, retaining the modest price of its predecessor the Sigma easily impresses.”

Read the full reviewSigma 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 DC OS $399

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Canon EOS-1D C Price Reduced by $2000 at B&H Photo

Canon EOS-1D C Price Reduced by $2000 at B&H Photo

B&H Photo has the Canon EOS-1D C at $9999, which is a $2000 instant savings.

Canon EOS-1D C at B&H Photo $9,999 (Reg $11,999) Includes Sony Vegas Pro 12

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Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2819

Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2819

RedTagCamera (100% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body for $2819 (Reg $3399) via ebay.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2819 (Reg $3399)

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Canon U.S.A. Introduces The HJ18ex7.6B Portable HD Eng Lens, Delivering Outstanding Optical Performance And Operability, And Affordability For HDTV News Gathering

New Compact Portable HD Lens for 2/3-Inch Imager Cameras Features High Peripheral Resolution, First-Class Magnification, Focal Length, MOD, and a New Drive Unit

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 2, 2014 – With an impressive design and competitive price, the new HJ18ex7.6B portable HD zoom lens from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, delivers superb optical quality and versatile operability, improving on the performance of its widely used predecessor, the HJ17ex7.6B lens. Utilizing a generous focal length range of 7.6mm to 137mm (15.2mm to 274mm with its built-in 2X extender) and a Minimum Object Distance (MOD) of 0.56m (10mm with Macro), this new member of Canon’s family of HD portable lenses enables shots to be taken four centimeters closer than with rival lens models, an advantage for camera operators working in tight locations such as studio spaces or on-site home-improvement reality television locations.

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Designed with broadcast news gathering in mind, the HJ18ex7.6B portable HD zoom lens features an advanced new optical design that helps ensure high-peripheral resolution and contrast from its closest subject-focusing distance out to over 19 feet. This enables news shooters to capture “head and shoulders” shots from distances further away than previously possible with comparable ENG lenses. A new design for the Digital Drive Unit provides additional advantages including a more comfortable hand grip, simple display-based operations for improved operability, greater digital precision for integration with virtual studio systems, and reduced power consumption compared to predecessor Canon models.

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