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Sennheiser releases HD 800S Anniversary Edition (Limited Edition Gold Color)

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This year 2020 will mark  75 years of Sennheiser providing quality audio technology to customers around the world, to celebrate, they are releasing this special update of the much loved HD 800S.

One quick scour of the internet can tell you that the HD 800 S is one of the most well-reviewed and highly sought after headphones on the planet. The biggest reason for this here is – no surprise – the utterly unique sonic experience that they can offer.  The HD 800 S is in the absolute top class when it comes to headphones that can provide high levels of clarity, fidelity, and spacious sound staging for even the most complex multi-texture and polyphonic mixes. In fact, they boast right on the box that you very well may hear new and illuminating details, even in your favorite song you’ve listened to thousands of times.

This new anniversary edition isn’t going to fix anything that isn’t broken, but it will deliver the outstanding listening experience that Sennheiser users – and specifically HD 800S users, have come to know and love. 

Inside is the storage box, which is hinged on the backside and opens upward  The box itself is a sleek and classy looking black material with a minimalist design, featuring only a small Sennheiser logo on the front side.

The material on the inside of the box is a fairly rigid foam with cutouts to keep everything packed in tight during any kind of shipping or handling. This interior is a change from the original packaging of the HD 800S, which featured a more padded leathery type fabric on the interior of the box. This foam works just as well to keeping everything secure, and it even has some sparkly detail marbled throughout to retain that shimmery wow effect every time you open the box back up.

The box here looks nearly identical to the standard HD 800 S, with the name of the brand, the model, and the logo on the front – the exception being that the picture here demonstrates the new gold finish on and around the open-back ear cups. There’s also a commemorative 75th-anniversary blurb on the reverse side with a bit of history, and a guarantee of an exceptional audio experience. 

Inside the center of the box are the headphones themselves, already attached with the unique dual pin connectors on either side of the headphone. This terminates in a quarter inch connection on the end. These also come with a user USB flash drive.

Also inside the box is a black fabric drawstring pouch which features a 4.4mm balanced connection. It’s worth noting that earlier versions of the HD 800 S came with a balanced XLR 4 pin cable as another connection option (available as an option), but this has since been discontinued in favor of the 4.4mm balanced cable.

Now, on to the centerpiece of this limited edition: the headphones themselves. 

The brand new gold finish provides a  smooth and sleek color contrast that pops nicely against the silvery mesh of the housing and the rich black color of the headband. It’s not the shinier more gaudy gold that you might first think  would come with a limited edition release, and I actually think that the smoother, mellow, more subtle gold color suits the aesthetic better. However, these can tend to look more off white or silver depending on your lighting, just due to how subtle the color is. 

The materials here are predominantly a mix of metal components and high end plastics developed in the aerospace industry for an optimal mix of high strength and durability with light weight and comfort. 

Many users of the HD 800 S will tell you it’s just about one of the most comfortable over-ear headphones that you are ever likely to wear. they are extremely light, and the open back design is spacious and breathable, so it will never lead to overheating. This makes these cans  ideal for classical music, intensive  gaming, binge-watching, or just long durational listening sessions, as after a while you forget you’re even wearing them,  

The earpads are handcrafted and made from the super soft microfiber cloth. They tailor to the slight angle of the earcup, a design which aims to alter the direction at which the soundwaves hit the ear, so as to provide for the most realistic and natural imaging possible. The headband is outfitted with the same microfiber cloth material and features a nice fluid adjustment mechanic for a satisfying feel and a perfect fit.   

The Sennheiser HD 800 S is one of the best high-end headphones available on the market PERIOD. If you’ve always wanted to upgrade to the next level in terms of sound detail and purity, or are even on the fence, then there’s no better time to make the leap.

This new gold color HD 800 S is only available for a limited time, with only 750 units on the market worldwide. 

Canon EF 16-35mm F4 L IS USM Review and Samples

Brand new to Canon’s L lineup, the EF 16-35mm F4 L IS USM is a stocky addition promising improved sharpness in a slightly-weighty package.

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This lens is designed for Canon’s full-frame DSLRs.  If it’s unparalleled image quality you’re after, and not necessarily a super wide lens, it could still make an excellent companion to any Canon DSLR with a cropped sensor.  For the sake of this review, though, I matched it up with a Canon 5D Mark III and took to the streets of Midtown, heading over to Times Square to see this sharpness for myself.

The first thing that strikes me about this lens is the weight – it’s lighter than the 16-35mm F2.8 L, but heavier than the 17-40mm F4 L.  It feels like a lens should, but may not be portable enough for everyone.

The IS

One of the biggest features on this lens is the Image Stabilization, making it the first of Canon’s wide-angle zoom lenses to sport such a feature.  Obviously, this makes a difference for handheld, low-light shooting.  If you plan on slapping this puppy on a tripod (which would not be such a horrible idea, given the weight), the IS seems a little superfluous.

Sharpness

Holy F Stops, Batman!  Starting at F4 and working my way up to F8, I was flabbergasted at how sharp my images are.  While the bulk of my samples were street work, it was nice to see detail close in, across the frame and well into the corners.  For daylight shooting, F8 is the perfect aperture.  For less light, F4 is still workable, but a little hectic.  Aperture performance is going to hinge on the intended use of the EF 16-35mm F4 L IS USM, which brings us to our next point…

Who It’s For

Not everyone is going to love this lens.  Ain’t that always the case?  Canon is essentially courting two groups of photographers with this lens – architecture or landscape junkies, and  street photographers.

Those shooting architecture and landscapes will love the lens, and will find it most useful at F8 smack-dab on a tripod mount.  IS won’t need to be there, but it will probably be a welcome feature.

Street photographers, on the other hand, will find themselves shuffling between F4 and F8 depending on the aperture needed, and for night shooters, that IS is going to make a world of difference.  The convenience of having your standard focal lengths right there at your fingertips only sweetens the deal.

Who Should Buy It

Not sport photographers.  Sorry dudes, but you guys already have the 16-35mm f/2.8 L, and it gives you faster performance when you use that wide, wide aperture.  Instead, this lens is ideal for street work, architecture, and landscapes, and might be of interest to anyone already invested in the 16-35mm f/2.8 L, but who also might want sharper results.

Panasonic launches AK-UC3300 4K HDR Studio broadcast Camera System

Product details

The AK-UC3300 4K studio camera system is designed for professional broadcast use. Equipped with a 11-megapixel sensor, it is ideal for high-resolution 4K video shooting. A 2x HD high-speed video shooting function provides excellent operability when shooting rapid movements such as during sports and live events.

4K Studio Camera that realizes excellent color reproduction with high sensitivity and low noise

The AK-UC3300GJ/UC3300GSJ 4K Studio Camera is designed for use by broadcasting services and is equipped with a large 11-megapixel sensor. Oversampling obtains high-resolution 4K video shooting with a horizontal resolution of 2,000 TV lines while an S/N ratio of 62 dB or more is maintained at high sensitivities. In addition to the 2x speed HD high-speed shooting function, the skew reduction function realized through the high reading speed (1/100 of a second) provides excellent operability when shooting rapid movements such as during sports and live events.

4K and HD multiformat support is provided and simultaneous UHD and HD output are possible. A flexible operation adapted to the application can also be achieved. By combining with AK-UCU600PJ / UCU600EJ / UCU600PSJ / UCU600ESJ Camera Control Units (CCU), 12G-SDI output, TICO*1 over SDI output and SMPTE ST2110*2 output can be supported. A system that supports various next-generation production environments can be created.

Supported Formats

UHD2160/59.94p, 2160/50p, 2160/29.97p, 2160/25p, 2160/23.98p, 2160/29.97PsF, 2160/25PsF, 2160/23.98PsF, 2160/23.98PsF & over 59.94i
HD1080/59.94p, 1080/50p, 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 1080/29.97PsF, 1080/25PsF, 1080/23.98PsF
720/59.94p, 720/50p
HD (High Speed)1080/59.94p-120fps, 1080/50p-100fps, 1080/59.94i-120fps, 1080/50i-100fps, 720/59.94p-120fps, 720/50p-100fps

Olympus announces the new OM-D E-M10 Mark IV and M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS new lens.

The new OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is the perfect camera for growing your photography skills. With in-body 5-axis image stabilization, you can take sharp photos and video even in low light. The flip-down touch screen makes navigating the menus easy. Weighing less than a pound, you’ll carry this camera on all of your adventures. Shoot. Share. Inspire.

You’ve started to enjoy photography. Shots from your cell phone aren’t enough anymore, and you’re looking to
get to the next level. The OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is for you. This easy-to-use camera is perfect for developing your
talent and skills. You’ll find features for taking one amazing shot after another. Foolproof technology eliminates
motion blur for super sharp, stunningly bright stills and video — even in dark locations. Take a self-portrait
instantly and share it in seconds. Best of all, it weighs only a pound with the lens. You won’t find a lighter, more
portable camera. The E-M10 Mark IV. Take your photography further.

OM-D E-M10 MARK IV
SHOOT. SHARE. INSPIRE.

Features:
• 20 MP Image Sensor
• Shake-Free 5-Axis Image Stabilization
• 16 Art Filters
• 180° Flip Touch Screen
• Ultra HD 4K Video
• Built-In Wi-Fi
• Built-In Flash

Available Colors: Silver & Black

The body price is $699 available in silver or black, also available as a kit with 14-42 EZ lens is $799.00

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS boasts in-lens image stabilization and weather sealing in a compact and lightweight form. This lens is ideal for wildlife, motorsports, and telephoto macro shooting. Optional teleconverter boosts range to an astounding 1600mm, allowing you to capture details on a bird’s wing from far away!

M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS
THE COMPACT EXTREME ZOOM
A lens with so much telephoto power that’s so compact and lightweight shouldn’t exist.
But it does with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS, and you’ll love the
freedom that comes with it. It packs a full-frame equivalent focusing range of 200mm
to 800mm. An optional teleconverter boosts it to an astounding 1600mm. That’s strong
enough to sharply capture details on a bird’s wing from 100 yards away. It’s an ideal lens
for wildlife, motorsports, and telephoto macro shooting. Don’t worry about the weather; it’s
weather sealed. At just 39.5 ounces, it’s no sweat to carry, hold, and shoot for hours.

M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS Specifications
Focal Length
35mm Equivalent Focal Length

100-400mm
200-800mm

Primary Genres:

Telephoto Macro
Bird Wildlife

Motor Sports Insect Flower

Lens Construction 21 elements in 15 groups (4 ED lenses, 2 Super HR lenses, 2 HR lenses)
Weatherproofing IEC Standard publication 60529 IPX1

(applies when the lens is used with Olympus splashproof Body) / Dustproof construction

Focusing System High-speed Imager AF (MSC)
Angle of View 12 degrees (Wide) – 3.1 degrees (Tele)
Closest Focusing Distance 1.3m (at all focal lengths)
Maximum Image Magnification
35mm Equivalent Max. Image Magnification

0.09x (wide) / 0.29x (tele)
0.17x (wide) / 0.57x (tele)

Minimum Field Size 202.4 × 152.1mm (wide) / 60.3×45.3mm (tele)
Number of Blades 9 (circular aperture diaphragm)
Maximum Aperture F5.0 (100mm) to F6.3 (400mm)
Minimum Aperture F22
Lens IS Mechanism VCM (voice coil motor)

IS Performance

Lens IS 3 steps*

  • According to CIPA standards. With yaw and pitch applied and focal length set to 400mm.
    Non supported 5-axis Sync IS*
  • IS switch
    ON: The stabilizing function of the lens operates.
    OFF: The stabilizing function of the lens is off. The stabilizing function of the camera operates
    according to the setting on the camera. If you do not want to use the stabilizing function,
    disable the function on both the camera and the lens.

Filter Size Diameter 72mm
Dimensions φ86.4 × 205.7mm
Weight 1,120g (without Tripod Adapter, Lens Cap, Lens Rear Cap, and Lens Hood)
Box Contents LH-76D Lens Hood, LC-72D Lens Cap, LR-2 Lens Rear

New Canon Sensor Boasts 120 MP, Equivalent to Human Eye

Coming out of CP+ today, and apparently big enough of a story to find it’s way to my desk, a new Canon sensor prototype sports a wopping 120 megapixels, with a pixel count equivalent to the amount of photoreceptors in the human eye.

New Canon Sensor Boasts 120 MP, Equivalent to Human Eye

 

What does it mean?  Either this sensor takes incredibly detailed, high-resolution and space-hogging images, or it’s another one of those clever sensor-marketing ploys about how “natural” the images look.

In support of the pixel-count-equivalency claim, there is the whopping resolution of this sensor – a not-too-shabby 13280 x 9184 pixels.

So, um, yeah…

Any chance that this new Canon sensor is going to make it to a camera soon?  No.  Ever?  Probably not.  Canon has a reputation for cranking out prototypes that don’t go anywhere (the Canon Wonder Camera, the Colani designs, etc.).  That and the simple fact that overall, the physical size of the sensor is APS-H, and not Full Frame (and therefore not “professional”).

Applications – at some point down the road, Canon posit – may include videography or astrophotography.  Which seems kind of mean when you consider that the Nikon D810A just came out and now there’s this 120 MP sensor hanging over it.

Of course, Nikon might be trying to crank out one of these suckers too, but the Nikon sensor is going to be a dust magnet with a band at the top of every image, soooo…maybe you should just get the D810 and accept

Introducing Sennheiser URBANITE Headphones

While XYZ is primarily photography, every now and then we’ll talk about a product we find particularly interesting. Today we will take a look at a new Sennheiser headphone that just hit the market this month.

Sennheiser URABNITE is geared toward the average listener, a crowd sennheiser isn’t exactly known by. Typically Sennheiser is known for their extremely balanced headphones that generally take root in more “industry” communities such as musicians, DJ’s, A/V people, pilots, and travelers and more. However in a departure form their norm Sennheiser has opted to create a headphone that goes after today’s Beats By Dre obsessed youth.

With a cheeky & bizarre ad campaign Sennheiser looks to capture today’s youth by making them laugh and simultaneously learn about why the headphone they have been listening to stink. Playing on Sennheisers German hermitage the new ads feature a life sized version of the headphone as a hopeless romantic with a heavy Germanic accent.

How to The Sennheiser URBANITE Stack Up To Beats By Dre?

Beats by dre feature what is known as a “smiley face EQ” what this means is that the lows and highs are deliberately tuned way higher than they should be to give the effect of really hard and intense bass. While this can be great at times, the life sized Urbanite reminds us that “harder isn’t always better”. Sennheiser Urbanite offer a great low end, on with much more bass than the average sennheiser headphones but without being over exaggerated or too fluffed up. The thing about having tons of bass in the EQ of a pair of headphones is that you end up missing a lot of the frequencies in between the lows and highs that often make up the melodies of the song. What you are left with is a really muddy sound.

Sennheiser on the other hand has figured out how to add just enough bass to the headphones that the average listener loves the sound. Previously many people who like genres of music that rely heavily on the lower frequencies for their “driving force” felt that Sennheiser headphones were too “tinny” for their liking. Not the Sennheiser Urbanite, music lovers of all genres love the Urbanite and it’s clarity and booming lows.

The Urabnite is built for life on the go. One of the fist full sized fully collapsible headphones from Sennheiser, the Urbanite is ready to fold up and go anywhere, unlike the momentum, Sennheiser’s last take at a life-style headphone.

If you’re looking for an affordable headphone that’s going to last for years to come, the Urbanite might be the choice for you, with its replaceable cable, folding design, and its nearly unbreakable headband. With a price tag of only $199.95 the Urabnite is considerably more affordable than most beats by dre headphones being sold. While the price may be less, these headphones truly deliver more with their great sound and awesome design. With unbeatable comfort these headphones will allow you to enjoy your music anywhere with stunning clarity and presence.

Auctionata is Selling Rare Prints for the Next 24 Hours

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If you’ve been longing to get your hands on a Henri Cartier-Bresson, or one of Weegee’s photos, head on over to Auctionata, where (for the next 24 hours, at least) they are conducting an online auction to sell off some rare prints from masterful photographers.

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Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), Ahmedabad, India, 1966

The digital auction is being held today, June 12, at 6 pm Central European Time.  If you want to get your mitts on some of these opuses, be prepared to shell out massive amounts of cash.  The solitary Cartier-Bresson starts at 2800 Euro.  The estimated value is at 5,000 Euro.  But honestly, it’s probably going to sell for twice that.  Other photographs that jumped out at me as I perused the catalog included several from Nan Goldin and several from Alfred Eisenstaedt.  Weegee is in there too, at an affordable price, I would say.  Even Terry freaking Richardson shows up with a picture of a woman on a bed, legs spread.  The rest of the catalog is breathtaking as well, from landscapes and nudes to street and celebrity photography (including Sharon Tate, Briggite Bardot, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Marilyn Monroe).

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Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898-1995), American Ballet, 1937

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Peter Brüchmann (b. 1932), Sharon Tate, 1960s

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Weegee – Arthur Fellig (1899-1968), Bowery Bum, New York, 1940.  (Dear God, if only I could afford to buy this.)

The whole gamut is astounding, and includes prime examples of classic photography and its more modern counterpart.  If you have the funds, you should probably jump at this chance to own a little bit of photographic (and art) history.

Snypex Optics Releases Knight ED Binoculars

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SNYPEX, LLC, a company based in Long Island, New York, specializing in the production of premium grade performance sports optics products for the industrial, military and consumer markets, is pleased to announce the release of its Knight ED (extra-low dispersion glass) binocular series, designed for all outdoor activities: from birding to biking, hunting to safaris, and a multitude of activities in virtually any environment. The Knight ED binocular series feature six models of the full-mid to compact prism sizes.

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SNYPEX Knight ED Series Binoculars are offered at an average price point of $439.00. Its products include the compact Knight ED 8×32 and 10×32 binoculars, as well as the larger 10×42, 10×50, 8×42 and 8×50

SNYPEX Knight Optics Bak-4 prisms use precision-crafted ED glass with a higher degree of color correcting and image-lacking chromatic aberration, resulting in true-to-life images with startling clarity and color accuracy. Fully multi-coated optics and phase correction coatings enable a wide field of view, unusually close focus distance varying from 6.56 to 4.92 ft., generous eye relief, and a comfortable, functional open bridge body design that is both fog and waterproof, nitrogen-filled, lightweight, and strong because of its magnesium/alloy body.

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All SNYPEX LLC Knight ED Binoculars are protected with a durable rubber housing to absorb shocks and are backed by a five year warranty.

“It is our pleasure to bring high definition precision ED binoculars with competitive pricing to sportsmen, distributors, and dealers worldwide,” says Sam Shaheen, founder and president of SNYPEX, LLC.

Specifications:

  • Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass produces outstanding color fidelity and high quality images
  • Bak-4, Phase Coated Roof Prisms
  • 100% fully multi-coated optics, green-coated on four sides of the prism
  • Large aperture apochromatic lens with water-repellant coatings
  • Exceptional image quality in all lighting environments
  • Rubber-armored, shockproof, anti-slip body
  • Long eye relief and twist up eye-cups, compatible for eyeglass wearers
  • Minimum focus distance of 4.92 f on 50mm and 40mm models, 6.56 ft on 42mm model
  • Magnesium alloy for maximum durability and lightweight body
  • Fully waterproof, fogproof, nitrogen-filled allowing submersion to 1 meter for 15 minutes
  • Wide field of view
  • Ergonomic open hinge design
  • Extra-low image aberration even at the edge of the field of view

http://www.snypex.com/collections/knight-ed-binoculars

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About SNYPEX, LLC

SNYPEX, LLC is a sports optics company based in Long Island, New York, offering an extensive line of products, including ED binoculars, ED spotting scopes, ED digiscopes, military laser range finders, and more. The powerful instruments are ideal for all outdoor activities, from birding to biking, hunting to safaris, and a multitude of other activities in any environment.

SNYPEX has set a new standard for high-performance optics, raising the bar to a level of quality rarely achieved in the field.

Contact Us
http://www.snypex.com
Email: marketing(at)snypex(dot)com
Tel: 1 855 276 9739
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Canon Instant Rebates for February!

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These Canon Instant Rebates are in effect now until March 1st.  So if you’re looking for savings from one of the leading names in the business, take advantage of the savings.  Here are setups eligible for the Canon Instant Rebates.

Canon Instant Rebates

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Canon EOS 6D

Like the 5D, this camera offers extreme potential for its price point, with 20 megapixels, a full frame, and everything else you’ve come to expect from Canon.

EOS 6D Body Kit + EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Reg. Price:  $1,899.00 + $649.99 – $250 Instant Rebate = $2,298.99 Final Price

EOS 6D EF 24-105mm IS USM Lens Kit + EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Reg. Price:  $2,499.00 + $649.99 – $250 Instant Rebate = $2,898.99 Final Price

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Canon EOS 7D

Like that professional performance, but don’t want to break your bank?  Snag the EOS 7D and get HD Video, an 18 megapixel full-frame sensor, and improved auto focus.

EOS 7D Body Kit + EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Reg. Price:  $1,499.00 + $649.99 – $250 Instant Rebate = $1,898.99 Final Price

EOS 7D EF 28-135mm IS USM Lens Kit + EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Reg. Price:  $1,699.00 + $649.99 – $250 Instant Rebate = $2,098.99 Final Price

EOS 7D EF-S 18-135mm IS Lens Kit + EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Reg. Price:  $1,799.00 + $649.99 – $250 Instant Rebate = $2,198.99 Final Price

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Canon EOS 70D

The prosumer-turned-pro camera that offers stunning HD Video and versatile performance in a compact design.  Canon Instant Rebates abound on this model, offering you the chance to save big on your perfect setup.

EOS 70D Body Kit + EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Reg. Price:  $1,199.00 + $649.99 – $250 Instant Rebate = $1,598.99 Final Price

EOS 70D EF 18-55mm IS STM Lens Kit + EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Reg. Price:  $1,349.00 + $649.99 = $250 Instant Rebate = $1,748.99 Final Price

EOS 70D EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens Kit + EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Reg. Price:  $1,549.00 + $649.99 – $250 Instant Rebate = $1,948.99 Final Price

EOS 70D EF 18-55mm IS STM Lens Kit + EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
Reg. Price:  $1,349.00 + $349.99 – $150 Instant Rebate = $1,548.99 Final Price

EOS 70D EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens Kit + EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
Reg. Price:  $1,549.00 + $349.99 – $150 Instant Rebate = $1,748.99 Final Price

EOS 70D EF 18-55mm IS STM Lens Kit + EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
Reg. Price:  $1,349.00 + $299.99 – $150 Instant Rebate = $1,498.99 Final Price

EOS 70D EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens Kit + EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
Reg. Price:  $1,549.00 + $299.99 – $150 Instant Rebate = $1,698.99 Final Price

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Canon EOS 60D

A mid-range shooter that shows promise in an enthusiasts hands, the 60D is the perfect next-step-up for any evolving photographer.

EOS 60D Body Kit
Reg. Price:  $899.99 – $200 Instant Rebate = $699.99 Final Price

EOS 60D EF-S 18-135mm IS Lens Kit
Reg. Price:  $1,199.00 – $200 Instant Rebate = $999.00 Final Price

EOS 60D EF-S 18-200mm IS Lens Kit
Reg. Price:  $1,299.00 – $200 Instant Rebate = $1,099.00 Final Price

EOS 60D Body Kit + EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Reg. Price:  $899.99 + $649.99 – $450 Instant Rebate = $1,099.98 Final Price

EOS 60D EF-S 18-135mm IS Lens Kit + EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Reg. Price:  $1,199.00 + $649.99 – $450 Instant Rebate = $1,398.99 Final Price

EOS 60D EF-S 18-200mm IS Lens Kit + EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Reg. Price:  $1,299.00 + $649.99 – $450 Instant Rebate = $1,498.99 Final Price

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Canon EOS Rebel T5i

The newest addition to the Rebel Line, the T5i offers an entry-level experience with an 18 megapixel APS-C sensor, as well as an improved ISO and auto focus.

EOS Rebel T5i Body Kit
Reg. Price:  $699.99 – $50 Instant Rebate = $649.99 Final Price

EOS Rebel T5i EF-S 18-55 IS STM Lens Kit
Reg. Price:  $849.99 – $50 Instant Rebate = $799.99 Final Price

EOS Rebel T5i EF-S 18-135 IS STM Lens Kit
Reg. Price:  $1,049.00 – $50 Instant Rebate = $999.00 Final Price

EOS Rebel T5i EF-S 18-55 IS STM Lens Kit + EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
Reg. Price:  $849.99 + $349.99 – $200 Instant Rebate = $999.98 Final Price

EOS Rebel T5i EF-S 18-135 IS STM Lens Kit + EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
Reg. Price:  $1,049.00 + $349.99 – $200 Instant Rebate = $1,198.99 Final Price

EOS Rebel T5i EF-S 18-55 IS STM Lens Kit + EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
Reg. Price:  $849.99 + $299.99 – $200 Instant Rebate = $949.98 Final Price

EOS Rebel T5i EF-S 18-135 IS STM Lens Kit + EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
Reg. Price:  $1,049.00 + $299.99 – $200 Instant Rebate = $1,148.99 Final Price

EOS Rebel T5i EF-S 18-55 IS STM Lens Kit + EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III
Reg. Price:  $849.99 + $199.99 – $150 Instant Rebate = $899.98 Final Price

EOS Rebel T5i EF-S 18-135 IS STM Lens Kit + EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III
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Canon EOS Rebel SL1

A newcomer that boasts the title of most lightweight DSLR ever made, this camera offers excellent creative control in an ultra-portable package.  Get great savings with extra Canon Instant Rebates when you pair it with qualifying lenses!

EOS Rebel SL1 Body Kit
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EOS Rebel SL1 EF-S 18-55 IS STM Lens Kit
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EOS Rebel SL1 EF-S 18-55 IS STM Lens Kit + EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III
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Canon EOS Rebel T3i

The T5i boiled down to a bare-bones shooter with video capabilities, the T3i is great place to start with Canon DSLRs and your wallet.

EOS Rebel T3i EF-S 18-55 IS II Lens Kit + EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
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Canon EOS Rebel T3

The most basic of Canon’s DSLRs, the T3 has been around for a while now, and for good reason.  Offering a no-nonsense experience perfect for still shooters who don’t care for extra bells and whistles, it is also a great gift for those who have outgrown more compact cameras.

EOS Rebel T3 EF-S 18-55 IS II Lens Kit + EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
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E-M5 Test: Digital for the Film Photog

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This year, a lot of folks are buying the E-M1, but I’ve encountered even more people asking about the E-M5.  And even though it’s already over a year old, the camera is still a worthwhile investment for many photographers.  But why?  To be sure, I too was somewhat skeptical when I first picked up the E-M5.  Soon, though, I realized that what so many reviewers had pointed out as shortcomings or deficiencies are in fact selling points for this robust and versatile camera system.

Testing the E-M5

Ergonomics/User interface

The E-M5 is incredibly light.  With no grip, there’s room to spare for those with big hands.  The slim body is more reminiscent of film cameras than any other retro-looking digital bodies, and this really improves the portability.  Even without a pronounced grip, a rubber thumb pad on the back of the camera offers enough control to avoid dropping it.  The EVF is excellent as well, offering 100% coverage and a slight magnification of 1.15x.

e-m5 review sample imageThe user interface works for beginners and pros alike.  A touch screen LCD and intuitive menu lend themselves to novices, while two control dials and three customizable function buttons reel in the pros.  Shooting with the E-M5 was more fun that any of the Pens or even the E-M1.  While having to delve into the menus to change white balance and ISO, there’s no confusing switches that change the function of the dials, like the haphazard “2×2” setup on the E-M1.

e-m5 review sample imageThe only drawback I could find in the design of this camera was the position of the tripod mount, which was just a little off-center, and could prove bothersome to panoramic shooters.  Otherwise, I was generally impressed with the layout and construction of the camera.

e-m5 review sample imageImage Quality

Another high point for this camera is the image quality, no doubt stemming from the pairing of its 16 megapixel sensor  with the TruePic IV processor.  The max resolution one gets from this combo is 4608×3456.  Image quality is further secured with 12 white balance presets, 5-axis  image stabilization, and an ISO range of 200-25600.  I have yet to print anything shot by the E-M5, but even at larger magnification the image quality holds up.  Finally, the ISO range is excellent, only showing true noise around ISO 1600.  I found I could live with it, as I could with most of the images shot at higher ISO settings (the only exception here being 25600, which reminds me of grainy film).

Should you still desire it, you can use one of the art filters to give your photos a certain look, like this black and white shot of pigeons.

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Here we have perhaps the most pronounced shortcoming for pros and serious amateurs – the lack of focus peaking, which is available in both the E-P5 and the E-M1.  Although I found manual focus easy enough, I can see where some users would have difficulties.  With 37 points of focus, though, relying on the camera’s contrast-detect auto focus isn’t necessarily a bad idea.

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e-m5 review sample imageOptics

The E-M5 kit includes the 12-50mm f/3.5-5.6.  And while I generally poke fun at most kit lenses, I strongly urge the use of the 12-50.  Besides having the focal length equivalency of a 24-100mm lens on a full frame or 35mm camera  (a range that covers wide angle to medium-length telephoto ), the lens is weather resistant, and offers the photographer a third customizable function button.  The lens mode ring is another key factor in why I suggest it – featuring both manual and electric-assisted zoom, the whole setup is richly rewarded by a third, close-focusing macro mode at 43mm.

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Video recording is easy and straightforward  – exactly what you’ve come to expect in most top-shelf cameras.  While resolution probably suffers from the Micro Four Thirds Sensor, there’s no difficulty in shooting video with the OM-D E-M5, since it has a dedicated button allowing near-instant video capture, regardless of current camera settings or scene modes.

Verdict

In conclusion, the E-M5 is a well-rounded camera offering a cost-effective alternative to the pricier E-M1.  Additionally, analog photographers desiring to make the move to digital may find the shape and size of the E-M5 to be more comfortable than other models.  Finally, I recommend getting your hands on one of these so you can try it out yourself, considering its merits with your own needs in mind. 

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