Canon has just announced some new lenses to go with the 7D Mark II announcement.
First up is a Canon 24-105mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. This will bring the STM (Silent AF & Aperture adjustments) to full frame cameras as well as APS-C cameras. The f3.5-f5.6 aperture though may discourage use of this lens for video (Canon should make a constant aperture STM lens) but it for now is the only STM lens available for full frame cameras. If you can live without the silent AF though, you may want to look at the Canon 24-105mm f4 IS or Sigma 24-105mm f4 OS.
The Canon 24-105mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM lens is available for $599
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Next is the Canon 24mm f2.8 STM Pancake lens for APS-C cameras. This lens is similar to the 40mm f2.8 STM lens that Canon has had out for some time. With an equivalent focal length of 38mm on an APS-C camera, this lens is a great general purpose prime for the Canon SL1, T5i, and Canon 70D.
The Canon 24mm f2.8 lens is available for $149
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The long awaited refresh to the popular Canon 7D is here and the 7D Mark II brings quite a long spec sheet to accompany some new technology. Featuring a new 20.2MP APS-C Dual Pixel Image Sensor, the 7D Mark II aims to bring better low light performance along with the fast Autofocus we have seen in live view and video modes on the Canon 70D. If that isn't enough, the 65pt All Cross Type focus system (the best I have seen) should make wildlife and sports photographers jump for joy. Paired with the dual Digic 6 processors that allow 10fps, 1080p video at 60fps, and a native ISO of up to 16,000, the new Canon 7D Mark II should turn some heads. The price is also way less than expected at $1,799
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You can now get your Sandisk ExtremePRO cards in flavors from 128GB to 512GB! These cards offer high speeds and I am currently using one without issue for recording 4k video in my Panasonic GH4. You can pick up these high capacity cards today:
Sandisk ExtremePRO 128GB
Sandisk ExtremePRO 256GB
Sandisk ExtremePRO 512GB
-4K DCI & UHD Video/ 8.8MP Stills
-1/2.3" MOS Sensor
-2 x Venus Image Processing Engines
-Leica Dicomar 20x Optical Zoom Lens
-Individual Focus, Zoom & Iris Lens Rings
-Power O.I.S, & Hybrid O.I.S.
-0.45" EVF / 3.5" LCD Touch Screen
-Records MP4, MOV, AVCHD to SDXC Cards
-Wi-Fi / NFC Connectivity
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At long last the Canon EF to Micro 43 speedbooster has been announced. While it has been available in a Nikon lens version for some time, the Canon version has electronic pass-through which will allow aperture & IS to be used with this speedbooster. The adapter will yield a .71x crop factor and give you a 1 stop advantage for mirrorless cameras such as the Panasonic GH4. This is a welcome addition and will make many GH4 owners (like myself) very happy.
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Rokinon has announced what is bound to be another awesome wide aperture cine lens for those video shooters on a budget. This lens is available in mounts for Canon, Nikon, Sony (No Sony FE mount so Sony A7s owners will need an adapter), and Micro 4/3. This lens should be available November 5th for $549. Panasonic GH4 owners might be better served with the Nikon version and Metabones Speedbooster adapter.
Fuji has at long last introduced an upgrade to the excellent Fuji X20 which was one of my favorite cameras. The new Fuji X30 swaps out the optical viewfinder for a new 2.3m dot OLED EVF and also adds a tilting 3.0" main display to the back. Most of the internals remain the same with a 12MP sensor, ISO 100-12,800 range, and 1080p movie recording at 60fps. The fast 28-112mm f2-f2.8 offers great quality though the smaller 2/3" sensor might be a some.
I was a big fan of the sensor on the original x20 (check out the review) though I did hope for some improvements. Overall, this is a great camera with solid build quality, great look, and unbelievable image quality.
It is available for purchase for $599:
Ok, so I've owned my share of sling straps and while I definitely have my favorites, there have been quite a few issues that none of these straps solve. My personal biggest issues have been ability (or lack of) to attach a tripod mount, lack of 1/4 20 thread mount, and the ergonomics issue when using a grip in portrait.
The CAMS Pro Sling Strap aims to fix all of these issues and more. Check them out right now.
Sony has just announced the new Sony Alpha A5100 for $549 (body only) and $699 with the 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 lens. This camera brings the awesome Sony 24mp sensor with an APS-C e mount which is sure to yield some of the best quality available of any camera in this category. With an even smaller body (due to no EVF) and faster AF, the Sony is definitely a camera that should be on your want list.
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