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

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

By Canon Rumors | July 19, 2015 | Canon Reviews

One thing is certain with DxOMark reviews, they will always stir up debate. DxOMark has completed their review of the brand new Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II, which has been highly regarded since photographers got their hands on it. It fixed everything that was wrong with the previous version and performs far better in the real world.

From DxOMark:

As the replacement for the original model, Canon have improved just about everything they can from operation through to optical quality. However it’s the performance at the long-end that’s crucial and while Canon have made advances most of the gains are in the outer field where users of Canon’s crop bodies aren’t so likely to benefit. Sure the chromatic aberration is lower and sharpness at the edges is better than the old model but users aren’t going to see any improvement in the center.

The new model is also up against a capable and more accessibly priced rival in the form of the Tamron 150-600mm though it’s larger still and somewhat disappointing at 600mm. For all that, the Canon is an attractive option and a strong choice for the long term… Read the full review

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

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II Pricing Information [CR2]

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II Pricing Information [CR2]

By Canon Rumors | July 19, 2015 | Canon Lens Rumors

A retailer has written in and said they were told the lens would launch at $1699 USD. This info has apparently come from a Canon rep in a recent conversation with the retailer, and not an official price sheet.

Sometimes reps enjoy conjecture as much as the rest of us.

Original Post:

We expect to see the brand new Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II to be announced next month, with the popular date for the announcement being Friday, August 14, 2015.

Exact specifications for the lens are still unknown, but the big one a lot of people want to know is pricing.

We’re told the EF 35mm f/1.4L II will cost $1899 USD at launch, which is about $400 more than the current Canon version and more than double that of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art, which is $899.

We’re told that this pricing may not be set in stone, as it’s “older information”. Currency movement could change the launch price next month. For the record, the Nikon 35 f/1.4G is currently around $1799.

More to come…

E-TTL III a Long Way Off [CR2]

E-TTL III a Long Way Off [CR2]

By Canon Rumors | July 18, 2015 | Canon Accessories

We were told a while ago that Canon was working on a new metering system for their flagship flash, we dubbed it E-TTL III. Not much has been said since, although we’ve seen the announcement of the Speedlite 430EX III-RT.

We’re told that while the next Canon DSLRs (EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III replacements) will support the new flash metering system, the launch of the flash is actually a “long way off” and won’t arrive before late 2016 at the earliest.

It’s worth mentioning the source did say that Canon’s new system should perform better than the Nikon’s, which has long been superior.

Preorder the New Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Lens for $999

Preorder the New Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Lens for $999

By Canon Rumors | July 16, 2015 | Third Party Lenses

Sigma Corporation Announces Pricing and Availability of 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Lens

Market’s first F2 full-frame zoom available in late July for $999

RONKONKOMA, NY — July 16, 2015 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens and camera manufacturer, today announced that the new Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens will become available in late July for the street price of $999.

The 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens is the market’s first full-frame zoom that allows photographers to carry one fast aperture lens that can do the work of three popular fixed focal length lenses – the 24mm, 28mm and 35mm. It includes an optimized autofocus (AF) algorithm for smooth, fast, and accurate focusing, a manual focus (MF) override functionality, and is made of Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) reducing its size and weight.

Built upon the impressive versatility offered by Sigma’s 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens, the new 24-35mm continues the Art line tradition of top optical performance that’s comparable toSigma’s 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art and 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art. It offers optimized lens power distribution, and minimizes spherical aberration, axial chromatic aberration and field curvature. The Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens also features a video-friendly, inner focusing system that eliminates front-lens rotation, enhancing the lens’ stability as well as a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) that ensures a silent, high-speed AF function.

Preorder: Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art $999: Adorama | B&H Photo

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Review: Canon EOS 750D & EOS 760D via DXOMark

Review: Canon EOS 750D & EOS 760D via DXOMark

By Canon Rumors | July 16, 2015 | Canon Reviews

DXOMark has completed their reviews of the sensors in the EOS Rebel 750D and EOS Rebel 760D and found them to be nearly identical.

In regards to the EOS 750D (T6i)

As an entry-level model the Canon EOS 750D (T6i) makes some compromises in layout and controls — for example, there’s no top plate LCD as found on the EOS 760D(T6s), but sensor performance is on par with the camera maker’s mid- and high-end models, the EOS 70D and the recently-introduced EOS 7D Mk II. While it’s true that the Canon sensors are behind the very best APS-C models in terms of low ISO performance (particularly noticeable when comparing dynamic range), the company is making some noteworthy advances.

In regards to the EOS 760D (T6s)

While it’s not our place to discuss why Canon should choose to introduce two models that vary mostly by their controls (although the 760D’s tracking AF capability in live view is likely a worthwhile feature), the sensor performance for the EOS 760D is intriguing. Canon has made significant advances over the previous generation sensor, particularly with regard to low ISO noise levels and improved dynamic range. While sensor performance is still behind the very best APS-C models, Canon appears to be taking up the challenge set by Sony, and while it’s still got some way to go, that has to be good news for the consumer.