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Rumor: Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS



We had just reported a rumor of a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L IS not too long ago. A prototype form does exist but a Canon 24-70mm f/4 is what will be coming to market. Is this a smart move? Canon already sells and includes a 24-105mm f/4 with camera bodies but do we need one that is practically the same but shorter focal length? The optics may be better on the new 24-70 but is it worth losing the extra focal length?

No word on pricing or release date but we'll keep you posted when we hear something.

Source: Canon Rumors

Rumor: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS



When rumors of Canon's latest 24-70 f/2.8 started to slowly leak, people wondered if it would have IS (Image Stabilization). Priced at over two thousand dollars, most people just assumed that this was it. When it was officially announced and released, the new $2,300 24-70 f/2.8 L II [Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama] did not have IS built-in and many Canon users were disappointed. Even if Canon had considered developing a stabilized 24-70, how much would it cost? The Tamron 24-70 2.8 which has their own VC (Vibration Control) [Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama] is just $1300. Some are saying that it is roughly as sharp as the Canon mkII. I don't own the mkII but did purchase the Tamron 24-70 and received an unsharp copy. I've also read people returning/exchanging 2-3 copies before getting a sharp copy. I ended up purchasing a used sharp copy of Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 mkI (discontinued).

Word on the street is that a stabilized 24-70 mkII in prototype form is floating around on the streets. You would think it would be dead with the release of the none IS version but I guess not. So would Canon release a mkII IS? If Canon does produce one, it should cost no more than $2,500 or it would just be ridiculous. The non-IS mkII would also need to drop in price to around $1,700. This would definitely anger those who purchased the 24-70 f/2.8 mkII.

But keep in mind, Canon has a similar lens marketing strategy with the 70-200's. There are both stabilized and non-stabilized versions, both f/2.8 and f/4. So there is definitely room for the 24-70's to adopt this lens lineup. But remember, this is all a rumor...for now.

Review: SterlingTek POWWER LP-E6 Replacement Canon EOS 5D 7D 60D Battery


Review: SterlingTek POWWER LP-E6 Replacement Canon EOS 5D 7D 60D Battery

Overview : SterlingTek's Canon LP-E6 Battery is specifically designed to work for your compatible Canon EOS cameras such as the Canon 7D, 60D, 5D Mark II and 5D Mark III. SterlingTek's Canon LP-E6 Battery (POWWER Brand) is made to exceed the OEM charging capacity. 1 Year Full Warranty: SterlingTek will replace this or any other item that you purchase from them for 1 year from the date your order is processed if it fails under normal wear or is defective.

Features :
  • SterlingTek's Canon LP-E6 Battery (POWWER Brand)
  • 100% OEM Compatible - Meets or Exceeds OEM Canon LP-E6 Battery specifications
  • Guaranteed to work with your camera
  • CE Safety Certification
  • SterlingTek batteries are guaranteed for 1 FULL Year

Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body Only for $2994



Not only has the retail price for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III dropped but deals have been steadily popping up. B&H Photo has dropped the price of the camera to $2994.00. We've seen deals cheaper on eBay but they sometimes come from unauthorized dealers. If you're looking to get the Canon 5D3 from an authorized dealer, this is definitely a great price.
  • 22.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • 3.2" Clear View High Resolution LCD
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • 61-Point High Density AF
  • Full HD 1080/30p and 720/60p Formats
  • Built-In HDR and Multiple Exposure Modes
  • Extended ISO Range (50-102400)
  • Up to 6.0 FPS Continuous Mode
  • Dual CF and SD Memory Card Slots
  • Durable Magnesium-Alloy Construction
*UPDATE*
Amazon has jumped in on the price dropping deal.

Review: GGS III DSLR Glass LCD Screen Protector


Review: GGS III DSLR Glass LCD Screen Protector

Overview : Do you worry about your camera screen being susceptible to significant scratches or breakage? The best way to shield your camera screen from scratches and breakage is to get a screen protector. Specially designed for your camera, this GGS DSLR LCD Screen Protector gives your device maximum protection and makes your camera screen clear and pristine after continuous use. It is anti-glare and anti-dust, and anti-scratch. The feel of the screen with the protector on it, is as good as the raw screen without affecting the sensitivity of your camera screen.

Features :
  • It uses a 0.5mm ultrathin optical glass with at least 90% transmittance. The image is displayed in focus when applied
  • With special treatment, its hardness and durability is close to or as high as mohs scale 8H, preventing the LCD screen from being rubbed and scraped
  • With the explosion-proof film, it will not damage the LCD screen from being impacted
  • Except the round framing eyepiece, we have added anti-fog eyepiece so that it can combine the function with anti-fog and anti-dust
  • The frame design of black ABS can match well with the camera
  • With the connection of push-pull type or bayonet fixing, it is easy to install and remove
  • It can avoid the erosion of the sweat, oil, acid and alkali element to lengthen the life of your LCD screen
  • Easy to use
  • Anti-scratch, anti-dust, anti-collision, moisture-proof, UV protection

Deal: Canon Rebel T3i 18MP DSLR, lenses, more for $599 after rebate + free shipping



B&H Photo-Video offers the Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens, model no. 5169B003, bundled with the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS Telephoto Lens, model no. 2044B002, Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Photo Inkjet Printer, model no. 3295B002, Canon Photo Paper Plus 13" x 19" Semi-Gloss, SanDisk 16GB Extreme Class 10 UHS-1 SDHC Card, model no. SDSDRX3-016G-A21, and Lowepro Rezo 170 AW Shoulder Bag for $999. This $400 mail-in rebate drops the price to $599 with free shipping.

The Rebel T3i features include a 3" vari-angle LCD, 1080p video recording, 3.7 fps continuous shooting, mini HDMI output, SD/SDHC/MMC card slot, USB connectivity, and more. The printer supports photo papers up to 13"x19", and features 4800x2400 resolution, PictBridge4, USB 2.0 connectivity, and more. Rebate ends December 31.

Review: Carry Speed DS-2 Camera Sling Strap


Review: Carry Speed DS-2 Camera Sling Strap

Overview : The new Carry Speed DS-2 Camera Sling Strap features an all grip, non-slip, and detachable neoprene shoulder pad which is a stretchy material that absorbs the weight of the camera. The DS-2 has a front slider quick adjustment and 3-button snap buckle. The strap also comes with a D-1 wide platform ballhead locknut which will not scratch any camera surface it screws onto. The ballhead is super universal and fits all cameras with standard tripod mount.

Features :
  • All grip, non-slip ULTRA WIDE neoprene shoulder pad
  • Stretchy material, absorb the weight of camera
  • Wide platform ballhead connection
  • Scratch proof, CAN NOT scratch the camera
  • Super Universal, fits all camera with standard tripod mount
  • Front metal slider quick adjustment
  • Detachable shoulder pad
  • 3-Button snap buckle
Package Includes:
  • DS-2 Strap (Include the Connector) x 1
  • Wide Platform Ball Head Locknut x 1

Press Release: GoPro Launches New HD HERO3 Camera Line Featuring Smallest 4K Camera



GoPro known for its use in action sports, has refreshed its entire range, including the addition of the 4k-capable HERO3 Black Edition. The existing HD HERO and HERO2 models have essentially been re-housed in smaller cases with updated user interfaces and will sit alongside the Black Edition as the White and Silver Editions, respectively. The Wi-Fi enabled HERO3 Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro, ever. No expense was spared during its development, resulting in a GoPro that is 30% smaller, 25% lighter & 2X more powerful than previous models. New resolutions and frame-rates include 4Kp 15, 2.7kp 30, 1080p 60, 1440p 48, 960p 100, 720p 120 and 12MP burst photo capture at 30 fps. It also features a Protune mode that offers higher bit-rates and a neutral color profile better suited to post-processing.

The HERO3 Silver edition, is essentially a HERO2 in the latest smaller body, also gains Protune mode for its HD output - a feature added via firmware to existing HERO2 models. The latest models also gain Wi-Fi control to allow remote control via the recently-announced App, while the Black Edition includes a waterproof Wi-Fi controller.

As mentioned, there is a White, Silver and Black edition. The MSRP are $199.99, $299.99 and $399.99 respectively. You can purchase the new HERO3 from B&H Photo.

For a limited time, B&H Photo is having a sale on GoPro HERO2 for $199. So if you don't need all that new fancy features, the GoPro HERO2 is still a great choice.

Continue reading for full press release.

Camera Tips: Camera and Lens Warranty Information



As I browse various photography forums and look at marketplaces whether its looking for deals or selling my own gear, potential buyers usually ask for a copy of sales receipt for warranty purposes (if there is any time remaining). There's also been online deals and people question the manufacturer warranty from a non-authorized dealer.

Some people say that warranty is not transferable, whether or not a manufacturer will repair under warranty or some just don't know if the product they purchased or about to purchase is eligible for warranty. This article will help you get a general idea and a better understanding of each manufacturer's stance on warranty and what to look for if you want full manufacturer warranty.

If you don't have any warranty and feel you can make the minor repairs, I've also included information on how and where to purchase replacement parts.

*NOTE: I am not customer support or representative for any of the manufacturers mentioned in this article. Any information in regards to warranty is information gathered from online forums, information provided on the manufacturers website or warranty cards that come with products and/or personal experience.

If you have comments, want to share your experience or have additional information that you would like to contribute, let us know and we'll update this article. I will be updating this article as more information become available.

Continue reading for detailed information from each manufacturer.

SpinLight 360: A New Unique Speedlight Flash Modifier



There hasn't been many new flash accessory products as of late. Having great new ideas can be a daunting task and getting people to accept a new concept that is different from their norms. I'm an accessories freak and love to try out new stuff and hopefully be able to share with our readers. A new company, SpinLight 360, has released a new line of products for your flash.

The SpinLight 360 is a new flash light control system that allows photographers to create and control the quality and direction of light with the use of their existing on-camera flash units including Canon's Speedlite and Nikon's SB-series flash systems. The company claims that by using the SpinLight 360™, photographers can avoid harsh lighting on subjects and easily control the light's quality and direction in almost any shooting condition. This is done through the ability to rotate the bounce cards a full 360 degrees. Photographers can easily bounce, block and eliminate direct flash on subjects while having the flexibility to create a variety of lighting techniques without large and expensive lighting systems. In addition, by using the unique Gel System, photographers can produce dramatic lighting and still have the flexibility to use and change modifiers.


If you're interested in the SpinLight, you can purchase the SpinLight 360 EXTREME from AmazonB&H Photo and Adorama.

Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM For $3749



B&H Photo has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens for $3749. This is a pretty good deal considering the kit usually goes for around $4100. Canon’s full frame, pro oriented EOS 5D Mark III has the following specs:
  • 22.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Includes Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L Lens
  • 3.2″ Clear View High Resolution LCD
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • 61-Point High Density AF
  • Full HD 1080/30p and 720/60p Formats
  • Built-In HDR and Multiple Exposure Modes
  • Extended ISO Range (50-102400)
  • Dual CF and SD Memory Card Slots
  • Durable Magnesium-Alloy Construction

Review: Carry Speed DS-PRO Camera Sling Strap with D-1 Wide Platform Ballhead


Review: Carry Speed DS-PRO Camera Sling Strap with D-1 Wide Platform Ballhead

Overview : The new DS-PRO Camera Sling Strap features an all grip, non-slip, and detachable Ultra Wide neoprene shoulder pad which is a stretchy material that absorbs the weight of the camera. The DS-Pro has a front metal slider quick adjustment and 3-button snap buckle. The strap also comes with a D-1 wide platform ballhead locknut which will not scratch any camera surface it screws onto. The ballhead is super universal and fits all cameras with standard tripod mount.

Features :
  • All grip, non-slip ULTRA WIDE neoprene shoulder pad
  • Stretchy material, absorb the weight of camera
  • Wide platform ballhead connection
  • Scratch proof, CAN NOT scratch the camera
  • Super Universal, fits all camera with standard tripod mount
  • Front metal slider quick adjustment
  • Detachable shoulder pad
  • 3-Button snap buckle
Package Includes:
  • DS-PRO Strap (Include the Connector) x 1
  • Wide Platform Ball Head Locknut x 1

Review: Carry Speed FS-SLIM Camera Sling Strap with F-1 Foldable Mounting Plate


Review: Carry Speed FS-SLIM Camera Sling Strap with F-1 Foldable Mounting Plate

Overview : The new FS-SLIM camera sling strap features an all grip, non-slip, and detachable slim neoprene shoulder pad which is a stretchy material that absorbs the weight of the camera. The FS-SLIM has an all metal front quick adjustment and 3-button snap buckle. The strap also comes with the newly designed F-1 Mounting Plate with Arca Swiss quick release ready.

Features :
  • Neoprene shoulder pad, stretchy material
  • All grip, non-slip shoulder pad
  • Detachable, replaceable shoulder pad
  • 3-button snap buckle
  • 100% metal front quick adjustment
  • F-1 foldable mounting plate with ball head connection
  • Multiple tripod mounts available
  • Arca swiss quick release compatible design
Package Includes:
  • FS-Slim Sling Strap x 1 (Includes the connector)
  • F-1 Foldable Mounting Plate x 1
  • Ball Head Locknut x 1

Deal: Canon Lens & Flash Rebates Extended & 5D Mark II $400 Rebate



Canon USA has extended the recent rebate program for Canon lenses and speedlites.
Canon has also increased the instant rebate on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, and it’s now priced at $1799 for the body only and $2499 for the kit with 24-105mm lens. If you're looking to go full frame and don't want to spend $2099 on the new Canon EOS 6D entry-level full frame camera, the 5D Mark II is a great alternative.

You can take advantage of this great deal from authorized dealers such as Amazon, B&H Photo and Adorama for body only or Amazon, B&H Photo and Adorama for kit.
  • 21.1 Megapixel Full-Frame Sensor
  • 3.0″ High Resolution LCD Display
  • Live View Mode
  • 1080p Movie Mode
  • Dust & Weather-Resistant
  • Self Cleaning Sensor
  • Broad ISO Range (50-25600)
  • 3.9 fps Burst Mode
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