BEST $500 Camera - DSLR vs Mirrorless vs SuperZoom in 2019

The Best $500 Camera in 2019

Table of Contents
DSLRS - Nikon D5300 vs Canon T6 01:30
Why buy a DSLR 02:15
Mirrorless Cameras - Canon M100 vs Panasonic G7 8:20
Point & Shoot Canon SX70HS vs Fuji XF10 21:25
Conclusions 33:18

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Canon Announces the EOS RP

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZP5-V64vJwgBrand New Full Frame Mirrorless at an Extremely Reasonable PriceCanon has just announced the EOS RP - the second camera in their new, full frame, mirrorless line.  Two impressive facts about this camera  - A new full frame camera being offered at $1299* and the body size and weight is smaller/less than the Canon Rebel DSLR line.*And that $1299 price includes EOS R adapter to fit EF lenses and a small colored grip too.Full Spec List

  • 26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor

  • 4K at 25fps at 120Mb/s 8-bit internal

  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor

  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF

  • 2.36m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder

  • 3" Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity

I liked the Canon EOS R but felt that at $2399 it wasn't a great value - mostly an AF system that just wasn't as fast as I would like and beaten solidly by the Sony a7iii in AF performance and 4K video. But this RP at $1000 less in a smaller lighter package becomes very compelling. The RP is still going to have the those Continuous AF issues and the crop when shooting 4k is annoying but again, at this price point I can forgive those issues - no other full frame camera is offered at this price point.Canon EOS RP Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only) $1299- includes EOS R Adapter- Includes EG-E1 Extension GripCanon EOS RP with 24-105 RF $2199 (Excellent Value)- includes EOS R Adapter- Includes EG-E1 Extension Grip

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It’s official and I am impressed - The CANON EOS RP - A tiny full frame mirrorless camera from Canon. The headline here is the price (which includes an EF Adapter and colored grip) and the small lightweight size. Just $1299 for a new Full Frame Mirrorless Camera with Canon’s user friendly menu system and full articulated touch screen Just $2199 with the excellent 24-105 RF Lens - a great combination. Preorder now - Shipping near the end of the month. Learn more including my concerns at the link in my bio. Or visit photorec.tv/EOSRP #canon #EOSGear #CanonUSA #canongear #EOSR #ESORP

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We also have word that by the end of 2019 Canon will release 6 more RF lensesThe details of the new Canon RF lenses under development are as follows:The RF 85mm F1.2 L USM is a large aperture mid-telephoto prime lens. It offers excellent performance for advanced and professional portrait photographers and is a widely popular focal length and aperture speed combination for users.The RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS, with Defocus Smoothing lens technology, is a uniquely designed lens that offers a combination of beautifully smooth defocused bokeh. Featuring a super-fast F1.2 aperture, the lens will help produce breathtaking portraits that will surely stand out from the crowd.The RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM is a high-performance, standard zoom lens for professionals and photo enthusiasts alike – ideal for shooting portraits, landscapes, documentaries or weddings.The RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM, offering a wide angle and fast aperture in a single package is ideal for a variety of shooting applications including architecture, interiors or landscapes.The RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM is a must-have for any professional photographer, especially for those shooting weddings, sports or wildlife. This lens is a great all-around, high-speed, medium telephoto zoom lens and does well to round out any camera bag.The RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM is the ideal lens for amateurs and advanced amateurs who love to travel, no matter the destination. The versatile, all-purpose lens offers a range of focal lengths for capturing extraordinary shots in a form factor that is both compact and lightweight.

Canon EOS R - Announced

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The Canon EOS R  - Canon Reimagining the Future! Be the RevolutionStressing that you should ADD this to your kit. It is NOT replacing the current EOS system.

  • FULLY COMPATIBLE with CURRENT EF and EF-S lenses! No compromising when you use adapters. (my experience is a slight, very slight compromise)

    • Three adapters maintaining all current lens systems

      • Standard (small compact adapter)

      • Standard with customizable control ring (also found on the new RF mount lenses) - Control ring can be assigned a variety of functions from ISO to Exposure Compensation

      • Adapter with drop-in CPL or ND filter lens. This lets you use small rear filters with ANY lens.

      • Same diameter lens mounts with a decreased distance to the sensor.

      • Decreased distance means the front element can be smaller and more compact.

      • Enhanced overall optical performance. Easier to offer f/1.2 lenses

      • 12 electronics contacts offer the fastest communication of any Canon mount system and enhanced IS in future

New Multifunction slide control - Customizable with swipe and left or right tap actions. After using this feature for a few days I am not a fan. Learn more in this video.Very customizable in general - even the mode dial can be assigned a different function and customizability extend to different functions for buttons when you are in photo andvideo modes.New Flexible Priority(FV) AE mode - A slightly more automatic manual mode - You choose what to adjust and rest of settings will follow suit. A faster way to switch which setting you want.That fully articulating touchscreen experience that so many love that Canon provides very well. The touchscreen can also function as a touchpad (when you are using the EVF)EVF is big, bright and beautiful. Good display of info inside that is customizable with the level of info.Low light focusing capable to -6 EV with a f/1.2 lens VERY IMPRESSIVE. Also offers Eye AF or Face detect but I found Eye AF to be finicky and Eye AF does not work in Continuous AF mode.The BadOne Card Slot (this make the camera less exciting for many professionals)Eye AF does not work but face detection works very well.AF is good but not fast and burst rate with continuous AF falls to just 3 fps.No built-in intervalometer but there is time-lapse movie mode.Strength - Canon shooter with existing lenses looking for the future of the Canon system - this is a solid start. I think we will see a more pro level version within the next year if not sooner.The Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera is scheduled to be available in October 2018 for an estimated retail price of $2299  for the body only. It will also be sold as a body-and-lens kit with the new RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens for $3399.SPECS - 

  • MP: 30MP Full Frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8

  • File Format: JPEG, RAW (14 bit), C-RAW w/ Dual pixel RAW support

  • EVF: OLED 0.71x Magnification

  • Low Light Focusing: EV –6

  • AF - Dual Pixel CMOS AF wurg 565 manually selectable AF points

  • ISO sensitivity: 100 to 40000 (extended ISO: 50, 51200, 102400)

  • Shutter speed: 1/8000 to 30 seconds (Bulb)

  • Flash Sync: 1/200 second

  • Continuous shooting performance: 8 fps w/ servo AF 5 fps

  • Video: 4K at 30p, 1080p FullHD at 60p, 720p at 120p Canon Log and 10bit 4:2:2 HDMI output

  • LCD Screen: 3.15" 3.69M dots full touchscreen

  • Recording Media: 1 SD / SDHC / SDXC card slot

  • Battery: LP-E6N / LP-E6 battery ~ 450 shots per charge - USB charging inside the camera with LP-E6N

  • Advanced Control (swipe bar)

  • Advanced Durability

  • Size: 135.8 x 98.3 x 84.4 mm

  • Weight: 660 g (including battery / memory card) · 580 g (body only)

Availability and Pricing

The Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera is scheduled to be available in October 2018 for an estimated retail price of $2299  for the body only. It will also be sold as a body-and-lens kit with the new RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens for $3399.

Four new R-mount lenses

  • RF 24-105 f/4 Canon Nano USM focus motor (evolution)

  • RF 28-70 f/2 Zoom (world's first zoom lens at f/2 for full frame) Expected to be sharper //Revolution than most primes

  • RF 50mm f/1.2 L

  • RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro - Street shooting and 1/2 macro size lens

13 Years Ago!

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August 2005, I had come out from the east coast on a family vacation. I brought along my trusty Canon G5 P&S and while I was mostly still shooting JPEG I was excited that the camera allowed RAW and full manual control. One morning, before the family woke up, I drove into Mt Rainier NP and found a beautiful little waterfall to photograph. Last week, as I was scouting for an upcoming photography workshop with McKay Photography Academy, I realized I was standing in the same spot, looking at the same waterfall. Almost exactly thirteen years to the date! And a few days later, as we returned as a group I had a few moments to contemplate this wild ride of life and how in no way could I have imagined this life today. I have no deep statement about this other than to say - you are probably reading this because you are at least a little passionate about photography and who knows where life will take you but bring your camera along for the ride! That morning I also captured this shot of Mt. Rainier in Reflection Lake When I returned home I printed these images along with one more of my daughter from the vacation. I matted and entered three photos into our local town fair where they all received a bit of recognition - Honorable mentions and 2nd place in a landscape category!  When I went to pick up my photos someone had left a note that they wanted to buy the photo of Mt Rainier. To say I was excited is a bit of an understatement. You see before I had submitted these photos I told myself that if they received any type of recognition I should take that as a sign to get more serious about photography. And not only did I have three ribbons someone actually wanted to pay me money for my photo! Now - I look back at these photos and see quite a few things wrong but there is enough that was right that got me where I am today.

Canon M50 at WPPI - Baby Steps?

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP7IUwRAxfE[/embed]Canon has released a mirrorless 4k camera and Toby spends a few minutes at WPPI sharing his thoughts on the M50. This is Canon's vlogging camera, at a low price point it's touted with 4K while keeping a small size and being budget friendly. As their first strong go into the mirrorless market does it work? Watch Toby's video to find out.Preorder/Buy the Canon M50: https://bhpho.to/2FPrsdz 

Finally: M50 Canon Camera Offers 4K Video & Several Other Sweet Features

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Canon has just announced the M50 - their newest mirrorless camera. I have not been impressed with previous mirrorless models from Canon but with the M50 Canon is finally offering a truly competitive camera with a few caveats.What the M50 Offers -

  • Improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Eye Detection AF

  • 24p UHD 4K and 120p HD for slow motion

  • Built-in OLED EVF with Touch and Drag AF

  • Vari-angle Touchscreen LCD

  • Automatic image transfer to compatible devices while shooting

  • Automatic backup on home WIFI

  • New DIGIC 8 Image Processor with Improved Auto Lighting Optimizer

  • Silent Mode for Quiet Operation.

For $899 you get the M50 and the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIH6OoFetLAWhat I like about the M50A redesigned body that feels nicer in hand than previous models and offers a fully articulating touch screen! Canon continues to offer one of the best touchscreen systems in any camera and switching the M50 design to a fully articulating screen really makes this appealing for anyone shooting video, especially vlog/selfie style. Earlier models were limited to a vertical articulating only, they did not flip out to the side.4k video - it is 2018 and Canon's lack of serious 4k offerings up to this point has been embarrassing. Many of you might say you have no interest in creating 4K video but having the option to shoot 4K gives you more flexibility to work with the content in post - you can stabilize the footage or crop in for more zoom.While the sensor is not stabilized canon offers a decent electronic stabilization system that will work together with the lens IS to provide smooth footage.  It does work in 4k too!Automatic in-home backup. Through an update to Canon's desktop software - when you enter your home, the camera will automatically connect to your WIFI and begin to backup/transfer your images. Anything that makes it easier to get the photos from camera to computer - I am a fan. I reserve full judgment until I get to try this out.What I don't like about the M50Dual pixel AF is some of the most accurate and cinematographic looking autofocus in any camera but for faster action, it just doesn't keep up with something like the Sony a6300. I hope the redesign to the chip and dual-pixel AF has increased the speed. It is important to not you do lose this feature when shooting 4K.Despite being a Canon camera the M50 uses canon's newer EF-M mount. While Canon and third-party manufacturers have been releasing EF-M lenses, the system isn't quite as mature as others and you may find that you need to use an adapter. The use of an adapter isn't terrible but it is rarely ideal.When shooting 4k you suffer an additional crop factor of 1.6x. That is on top of the standard APS-C crop that is 1.6x- this ends up above 2.5x crop which significantly changes the focal length of the lens you are working with. Often a drawback but a benefit if trying to use telephoto lenses and getting close to wildlife.Final Thoughts on the Canon M50This is a smart design and a smart release from Canon - it makes me hopeful and excited that we will see additional serious mirrorless offerings from them in the future - I just wonder how long we will have to wait to get a truly professional mirrorless?Are you interested? Let me know in the comments!For $899 you get the M50 and the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens

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IRIX 11mm f/4 - Affordable Ultra Wide & Rear Filters Suck

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A review of the ultra wide-angle 11mm f/4 lens from Irix. This fully manual lens delivers impressive results for the cost but those rear filters SUCK.

The IRIX 11mm f/4 Blackstone lens is a great deal for those wanting to shoot wide angle. As with the 15mm IRIX we reviewed last year it comes in the metal built Blackstone version and plastic Firefly. Optically they are the same lens, you'll just get a better build quality with Blackstone. For the price point, it's a great lens, the corners look great wide open at F/4 for distortion and there's very little chromatic aberration. It's nice to use with a handy stop for infinity built into the focus ring, which you'll be using frequently with a lens this wide. The only complaint so far is the rear filters, which we recommend you picking up a set of Nisi filters instead. The IRIX 11mm f/4 Blackstone is a manual focus lens, but for the price, it's the best option at the moment.Irix 11mm f/4.0Buy the IRIX 11mm f/4: https://bhpho.to/2ojJbSV  IRIX 15mm f/2.4Buy the IRIX 15mm f/2.4: https://bhpho.to/2occZkZWatch the Irix 15mm f/2.4 ReviewIrix Edge Gelatin Filter SetRear Filters from IRIX: https://storeeu.irixlens.com 

2018 Olympics Cameras

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The 2018 Olympics camera stash photos are out for Nikon and Canon from the PyeongChang winter games. At big events such as the Olympics, Canon Professional Services (CPS) and Nikon Professional Services (NPS) both show up to offer support. For professionals that means cleaning, maintenance, and loaner gear for shooting the event. Which can be helpful for things such as a camera that won't fire and needs to be fixed immediately to some water in a lens from condensation between indoor and outdoor shooting. For something the size of the Olympics that means years of planning this out with each having 60 people on staff at the event speaking 10 languages. They are staying mum about the exact total of loaner gear here but it's close to 'several hundred luxury cars' for Nikon alone. That said, go check out your camera porn for the week.

Canon (Via Shutterbug)

 

Canon SL2 200D Review vs Sony a6000/6300

The Canon Sl2 - a camera I didn't think Canon was going to make…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov7vnZ7ijoM [gallery td_select_gallery_slide="slide" size="medium" td_gallery_title_input="Canon SL2 (200D) Sample Images" ids="17148,17149,17150,17151,17152,17153,17154"]RAW FILES FOR DOWNLOAD AND PERSONAL USE ONLY

Canon vs Sony Recommendations

For easy photo and video with huge & affordable lens selectionBuy Canon SL2  with the kit lensAdd on the Canon 40mm f/2.8 lensFor better quality images and video in a smaller, but less friendly packageBuy Sony a6000  (Cheaper with a two lens package!)Buy Sony a6300 for 4k and better viewfinder Buy Sigma 30mm For small lightweight prime

Why you should have a prime lens

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Best Canon Lenses on SALE!

Canon RebatesCanon has a new batch of rebates including their top L grade lenses you can buy. The Canon 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses are excellent and versatile pieces of glass - sharp, excellent in low light and a pair of lenses coveted by wedding, event and portrait photographers. The Canon 100mm Macro is a close-up dream lens for macro shots such as rings, product photography, and can still do portraits if you're in a pinch. Check the B&H rebates page out, Canon has deals on these lenses and more!

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM LensCanon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM LensInstant Savings: $200.00

Hands-on Review Canon T7i (800D) vs Nikon D5600

Canon T7i (800D) vs Nikon D5600 https://youtu.be/RgMMO1jCCz8The Nikon D5600 and Canon T7i (800D) share several specs

  • 24-MP (APS-C) Sensors
  • ISO range 100-25,600
  • 3 inch LCD Touchscreen though the D5600 is a little bigger (3.2") and offers the touchpad function when it is up to your eye.
  • 1080 at 60 fps
  • Bluetooth, WiFi and NFC connectivity - Though the D5600s snapbridge is a little more automated, automatically sending files across - with the Canon it is more of a conscious choice. I have been very frustrated with Nikon Snapbridge in the past - finding it flaky, confusing and downright broken, with the D5600 I have had a very smooth experience and prefer it to the Canon - But the Canon app provides a better experience for controlling the camera.

A few important differences - Nikon offers 39 AF points, 9 cross type, Canon offers 45 AF points all cross type - cross type offer a  higher accuracy and when you have more higher accuracy points the more likely you are to get moving subjects in accurate focus. Canon also offers dual pixel AF in live view - this is the very smooth and capable video focus, also useful for still photos in live view - Nikon’s video focusing is still distracting (it hunts more and is very noticeable when it refocuses) and while it’s a little quieter and smoother with their new AF-P lenses you still don’t want the lens to refocus during video, canon, however, is smooth and SILENT when paired with STM lensesThe Canon is faster offering 6fps, vs 5 in the Nikon and more importantly, the Canon offers a deeper buffer - up to 148 jpegs and 24 raw images before slowing down. Nikon slows down at 100 JPEGS and just 8 raw.  The buffer and the additional higher accuracy AF points make the Canon T7i my choice for any type of action, like sports or birds in flight, over the Nikon.  The Nikon is capable of fast focus and operation but you will find yourself limited to very short bursts if shooting RAW. The Nikon D5600, however, has an edge in image quality, especially as the light levels drop. I see a clear difference, the Nikon has no AA filter and provides more detailed images and as you raise the ISO less noise (you can also pick 1/3 stops of ISO - canon limited to full stops) Nikon D5600 on the left | Canon T7i on the rightNikon D5600 Frustrations (Especially for beginners)I find myself spending more time in live view - especially when I have a nice articulating screen that lets me set up for different angles and if you happen to have manual video mode on you are blocked from changing the aperture in manual mode in live view and you can’t select shutter speeds below 1/30 of a second.  There are workarounds, the easiest is to switch to aperture priority or shutter speed priority OR turn off manual movie mode but then frustratingly when you go to shoot a movie you have no idea what settings and no control no matter which mode you use. AND I really miss exposure simultaion when using the Nikon D5600 the T7i does and actually every other camera besides Nikon offers exposure simulation in Live view. When inn manual mode I would like to see the screen change to reflect my exposure and the Nikon only does that if you are in manual movie mode and once again we are back to being blocked from changing the aperture and from setting shutter speed below 1/30 of a second. These two issues are in no way deal breakers but they certainly make the camera more frustrating for me and when I work with beginners, teaching photography all over the world - being able to switch to live view and get that easy feedback of your exposure before you take a photo is a really useful tool.Summary and Conclusion - Nikon D5600 vs Canon T7i (800D)Reasons you might want to pick the Nikon D5600 - you value the smaller size, the better image quality (especially in lower light), The additional features like time lapse (Canon only offers movie lapse) and the exceptionally easy and automated Ssnapbridge image sharing. Reasons you might choose the Canon - Video is important to you, the Dual Pixel AF is smooth and sneaky good, you plan to photograph action and or you want a straightforward manual control experience.Other Options -The Panasonic G85 is even smaller, especially when you start comparing lenses - the micro 4/3rd system stays small even when you have a few primes in your bag AND shoots beautifully stabilized 4k video.  The Sony a6300 also shoots 4k and does very well in low light though it isn’t as user friendly as either of these cameras.   Which would you choose - I’d love to know your opinion?   And don't forget to pick up a prime lens or twoCanon T7i Strengths
 

Preview - Canon 6D Mark II

https://youtu.be/gaSmBmCgV3gPreorder Canon 6D Mark IIPreorder Canon 6D Mark II (Body only $1999 | with 24-105 f/4 II | with 24-105 STM)Best Place to buy used gear"EOS 6D Mark II and EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR Cameras Provide Photographers with Improved Features over Predecessors".Canon’s own marketers couldn’t come up with a more exciting opening statement than - we made them better than the old ones?!?!I have some thoughts to share on the newly announced Canon 6D Mark II.Let’s run through those improved features -

  • 26 Megapixel Full-frame Sensor up from 20MP of the 6D
  • 45-point All Cross-type AF System, serious upgrade from the 11 points with ONE cross type and this AF system is identical to what’s in the 80D
  • Dual Pixel AF for smooth and capable focus in live view - stills or movies
  • 1080 at 60fps but you do have electronic IS - NOTE this is JUST for movies - and identical to what is offered in the 77D.
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor supporting an ISO range from 100-40000
  • High-speed Continuous Shooting at up to 6.5 fps
  • And YES, YES YES - we have a Vari-angle Touch Screen, 3 inch LCD - do you know how many times I have heard you ask for an articulating screen on a full frame Canon
  • Updated connectivity we see on all the recent Canon releases with Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and GPS technology

I have seen this described as a full frame version of the 80D and that is fairly accurate - You do lose the pop-up flash and your top shutter speed decreases to 1/4000 vs 1/8000 in the 80D, disappointing but otherwise this should perform very similarly to the 80D - same focus system, almost the same burst rate - so if you are an existing Canon shooter and you have been waiting for a full frame option with articulating screen - here you go. But is that enough?What may be deal breakers for some -Single Card SD slot - you need to go with a 5D Mark III or 5D Mark IV if you want the peace of mind of two card slots - Wedding and portrait photographers capturing can’t miss moments like the insurance of having these photos saved to two cards simultaneouslyTop Shutter speed of 1/4000 of a second - this isn’t about capturing fast action- this is about being able to use fast prime lenses outside in bright light and a flash sync speed on the low side at 1/180 of a second.No 4K video recording - you know - I work with photographers of all abilities - either through my support group or when teaching with Mckay photography academy and 95% of them are photographers and don’t really care about 4K video or care about video at all BUT as I said in my 5D Mark IV video - Canon at one time was groundbreaking in offering cameras that were great hybrids and competitive in both photos and videos and when you have headlines and youtube reviewers left and right saying No 4k it makes you consumers stop and wonder if this is a good value and while today video features might not matter to you - when you spend two grand on a camera I expect you expect to be using it for awhile and it’s a bit of a joke to not include 4k now and in just a few short months it’s going to feel quite dated.  And as I said many of you don’t care about 4K but can you be sure you won’t care about it next year or the year after? Between the headlines, the tweets the Youtubers - the lack of 4k on this camera will hurt its sales. And no headphone jack makes this a less desirable hybrid shooting tool too. In short - no one and I mean no one should be buying this for video.Let’s wrap this up -Photographers with Canon lenses dying for an articulating screen on a full frame camera- this looks very nice and seriously, I don’t mean to make light of how useful an articulating screen is for landscape and general photography and that is who this camera is targeted at and does represent a decent offering. However, For professionals wedding - family portrait etc - I would consider a used 5D Mark III that can be bought for cheaper and gives you the dual card slots plus the better shutter speed and flash sync speed.Once the 6D ships, I will do a hands-on review. Make sure to subscribe to be notified.I’d love to know your thoughts - is this the camera you have been waiting for. Did they offer enough improved features over the predecessors? What is the next most exciting camera to anticipate - Nikon D760, Sony a7III? Or something else? Leave those thoughts in the comments below. 

Canon SL2/200D Leaked Photos and Specs | Updated

While Sony may be a great mirrorless system we all like Canon's SL1/100D/Kiss X7 (Toby's SL1 review) as it was a solid performer for an entry level camera and quite small. Thanks to Nokishita Camera we've got a few photos and specs of the SL2 to pass along after their 6D MII leak last week. Interesting to note, like the 6D MII coming down the line, the SL2 will also get an articulating LCD. If the given rumor holds true we'll have the official announcement later next week with the full specs of this tiny camera and the new 6D MII.Specs

  • Will ship in black, white, and silver designs
  • 24.2MP Sensor (same as the T7i)
  • DIGIC 7
  • Dual Pixel AF
  • 9 Focus point's with one cross-type
  • 95% viewfinder coverage with .87 magnification
  • ISO 100-25600 (extended 51200)
  • 5 frames/sec continuous shooting, 3.5 if Servo AF in live view
  • Shutter speed 1/4000 to 30 seconds, max flash sync speed 1/200
  • 5 axis electronic image stabilization for video
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • Articulating LCD screen, 3"
  • SD / SDHC / SDXC card (UHS-I card compatible)
  • LP-E 17 Battery (same as T7i)
  • Size: 122.4 x 92.6 x 69.8mm
    • In comparison, the T7i is 131 x 99.9 x 76.2
  • Weight: 453g
    • In comparison, the T7i is 532g
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Canon 6D Mark II Leaked Specs Include an Articulating LCD | Updated

For those wanting to make the jump to a Canon full frame but disappointed in the lack of an articulating LCD (swivel screen), Canon may have just fixed that with the Canon 6D Mark II LCD. Via NokishitaCamera, with the Canon Bodies going through certification at the moment a few specs have been leaked. If rumors hold true we'll be seeing the 6DMII announced in July with the SL2 and shipping shortly thereafter.Canon 6D Mark II Articulating Screen Composite - Photoshopped ImageAs Toby has said before having an articulating LCD is a must with today's cameras. Beyond just selfies the variable angles allow you to get shots that otherwise would be more than a bit difficult. Out of all the things for the 6DMII this was the one make it or break it item for many photographers I've talked to recently. Unfortunately playing devil's advocate though this does have its drawbacks. It's yet to be known how this affects the standard waterproofing found in Canon's higher end cameras. For those looking for a rugged full-frame camera, this might be an issue as well as adding another breaking point for their gear.With this leak is somewhat confirmed it's an interesting development and we'll find out shortly in the official announcements. As of this point with the SKU number's we should be seeing three different kit options and the 6DMII available as body only as well.Overall it's an exciting change as I expected it to go without the articulating LCD, we'll have more information out come July.Updated additional specs leaked (Via Nokishita Camera) :Following the updated specs of the t7i/77D the 6DMII looks like it's specs are roughly the same coming out as the recently released rebels. For current 6D owners getting 45 cross-type AF points using dual pixel autofocus should be a welcome upgrade. Missing unfortunately, is no 4K video, being a dealbreaker for some I'll bet.New specs coming out this week

  • 26.2 MP
  • 45 cross-type AF points
  • Dual-Pixel AF
  • DIGIC 7
  • 98% viewfinder coverage, .71 magnification
  • 6.5 frames/sec, 4 when using servo AF in live view
  • ISO 100-40,000 (extended ISO 50, 51200, and 102400)
  • Shutter speed 1/4000 to 30 seconds, 1/180 flash sync speed
  • Single SD card slot
  • Media: SD / SDHC / SDXC card (UHS-I card compatible)
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and GPS
  • Electronic level
  • 100% Viewfinder
  • Video Full HD 1080P at 60fps
  • 5 Axis electronic image stabilization for video
  • HDR movie mode, 4K timelapse movie mode
  • Battery: LP-E6N / LP-E6
  • New BG-E21 battery grip
  • Package kits include Canon EF 24-70mm f/4.0L IS USM, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, and EF 24–105mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM options.
  • Announcement due June 29, 2017
  • $1999 price
Updated images leaked (via Nokishita)

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NEW - Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM

built-in Macro Lites that allow photographers to carefully arrange macro lighting without using special equipment.

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PREORDER FROM B&H PHOTO  $349.99- available June, 2017

New Compact and Lightweight EF-S Macro Lens Opens Up a World of Photographic Possibilities and Helps Capture Close Subjects with Incredible DetailMELVILLE, N.Y., April 6, 2017 – Compact and lightweight, the new Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM, announced today by Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is the widest-angle Macro offering in Canon’s popular EF-S lens series. The new lens is designed to help both entry-level and advanced amateur DSLR photographers discover the incredible possibilities of macro photography. Capable of capturing close-up subjects with incredible detail, Canon’s new EF-S macro lens is also the first in the series to feature built-in Macro Lites that allow users to control lighting with ease.“Macro lenses are an amazing way to explore the worlds that exist all around us, and the new Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM lens is the ideal starting point for amateur photographers eager to capture incredible, up-close details on the go,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Whether capturing a delectable dessert or the subtleties of a backyard flower, users will be challenged to find new colors and shapes that turn everyday moments into art.”The new Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM captures stunning images and is a terrific companion lens for entry-level users eager to expand beyond their existing Canon EOS DSLR kit lens. Capable of shooting as close as 30mm from the end of the lens to the subject, aspiring photographers can get up close to a fruit or flower for an entirely new perspective, while capturing high-quality images with beautiful background blur. Additional technologies built into the new Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM lens include:

  • Popular 35mm focal length (56mm equivalent) and wide f/2.8 aperture
  • Hybrid IS system offers up to four stops* of shake correction
  • Smooth Movie Servo AF with Lead Screw-type STM ensures quiet AF operation
  • Full-time Manual Focus

https://youtu.be/k9-9TQBW57sIn a first for the EF-S lens series, the new Canon EF-S 35mm lens sports built-in Macro Lites that allow photographers to carefully arrange macro lighting without using special equipment. With built-in LED lights on each side of the lens, users can create compelling shadows on either side of a subject or adjust the intensity to give images a sense of dimension. Once the scene is set, the lens uses superb rendering performance to capture high contrast, sharp images.While specialized for high magnification photography, the Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM is still a versatile option for day-to-day use, easily capable of capturing portraits, landscapes or snapshots. As the latest addition to the lineup of EF-S lenses, Canon continues its commitment to providing a wide-range of affordable lens options for photographers of all levels.The Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM lens is scheduled to be available in June 2017 for an estimated retail price of $349.99.

PREORDER FROM B&H PHOTO  - available end of June, 2017

Sample Images

Specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size APS-C / DX
Focal length 35 mm
Image stabilization Yes (4 stops)
Lens mount Canon EF-S
Aperture
Maximum aperture F2.8
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Optics
Elements 10
Groups 6
Special elements / coatings Glass-molded aspheric element
Focus
Minimum focus 0.03 m (1.18)
Maximum magnification 1×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Stepper motor
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Focus distance limiter No
Physical
Weight 190 g (0.42 lb)
Diameter 69 mm (2.72)
Length 56 mm (2.2)
Sealing No
Colour Black
Filter thread 49.0 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar No