By Ad Post
| July 15, 2015 |
Today is the first (of many?) Amazon Prime Day, which Amazon promises will have more deals than Black Friday. The only catch is that you need an Amazon Prime membership, which is free for the first 30 days.
There’s little chance of any Canon branded items being featured, due to MAP regulations, but there should be a lot of electronics and and other photographic items on sale.
The deals today are global and if you go to your regional Amazon site, you should see some unique deals.
Amazon.com | Amazon Canada | Amazon UK
By Canon Videography
| July 14, 2015 |
LensRentals.com has posted their first impressions of Canon’s polarizing fixed lens XC10 camcorder. They’ve also posted some test video they shot during the July 4 long weekend.
One last note regarding the focus abilities. I don’t feel like the focusing speed matches the shooting style that this camera would work best for. With its small form factor, fixed lens, decent dynamic range, and ISO performance, it would work really well as a “run ’n gun” style camera. Some people need to travel light, get in, get the shot, and get out. Everything about the focusing system in the XC10 seemed slow. Not inaccurate, just slow. Read the full review…
Canon XC10 Camcorder $2499: B&H Photo | Adorama
By Third Party Lenses
| July 14, 2015 |
SLRGear has completed their review of the recently announced Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art series lens, the first f/2 zoom for full frame DSLRs. As we’ve seen from previous ART lens reviews, the optical performance appears to be terrific.
We think Sigma has done it again! Sigma once again dares to be different and builds a unique lens not offered by the major manufacturers. In what is essentially a range of fast prime lenses built into a single zoom lens, the new Sigma 24-35mm is stunning with super-sharp images, even when shot wide open. Read the full review
This lens is not yet available for preorder from the major retailers.
By Canon Reviews
| July 13, 2015 |
Bryan at The-Digital-Picture has completed his review of the inexpensive and overachieving EF 50mm f/1.8 STM.
It is easy to love a lens with perfect optical quality, best-available AF and first-class build quality. Start dropping any of those attributes and size, weight and price concessions are expected with the amount of the price concession being the all-important factor for many. In this case, the price concession is very substantial, easily making the 50 STM Canon’s lowest priced lens. This ultra-low price, combined with an extremely light weight (only Canon’s pancake lenses and the 50mm f/1.8 II are lighter), very small size (only Canon’s pancake lenses are shorter) and impressive stopped down image sharpness, immediately (and unsurprisingly) launched the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens to the pinnacle of Canon’s best seller list. Read the full review
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM $125: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
By Canon Patents
| July 13, 2015 |
A patent showing advancements in CMOS based autofocus from Canon has appeared. This patent seems to address an advanced pixel based contrast and phase AF, and even using the two together for focus adjustment. This could also be an advancement to Dual Pixel AF that Canon currently uses in various cameras across their lineup.
Patent Publication No. 2015-121778 (Google Translated)
- Published 2015.7.2
- Filing date 2013.11.21
- Image plane phase difference AF using 16 sub-pixels
- Light field contrast AF that uses a
- It does focus adjustment (Microadjustment) from the difference between the image plane phase difference AF and contrast AF