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Between my Canon 60D and now the 5D Mark III, I’ve made a variety of investments in lenses. I’ve often been asked about why I bought what I did at the time. So, I thought this might be an opportunity to share my thinking when I invested in each lens. Keep in mind though that this setup is just my personal own–and it may not work for you.

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According to the latest readings over at DxOMark, the website’s exhaustive lab tests are stating that Canon’s new 70D is just a tad better than the previous 60D and the flagship 7D in terms of sensor performance. And where this all seems to really count is in the high ISO performance with some variance in the dynamic range. A post on Reddit showcases a Canon user who is angry about this as Nikon’s newer cameras always outperform its predecessors by far.

So what does this actually mean in real life? Well, if you’re not going to use Canon’s new Dual Pixel AF for video recording and instead just going to take still images, you’re probably just going to get better high ISO performance over any of the other options. The 7D is still better for mostly everything else, though the 70D does have the 7D’s autofocusing.

After the jump, check out the comparison against the aging 5D Mk II and the 100D, otherwise known as the SL1.

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Pentax K-5

Adorama and B&H both have some amazing deals going on at the moment, and we took the liberty of compiling them into one post for your convenience.

Not sure which one is for you? Click each camera’s name to read our respective review.

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Here’s some cool product savings available at B&H:

Canon 60D Bundles and Rebates

Canon DSLR and Lens Bundles

Canon Lens and Speedlite Bundles

Buy Together and Save for Nikon

Go humans! Go! Add it to cart to see the special come up! But there’s more where that came from.

– Sony Class 10 SDHC 32GB card for $14.95

SanDisk SD card specials

– Used Canon 60D (Body only) $599.95

– 60D Bundle for $1,299

– Nikon V1 with 10-30mm lens for $299.00

Appealing to all those in search of Darth Vader’s Death Star, Canon has announced their new 60Da designed for astrophotography and as an update to the much older 20Da. So what are the important modifications (this isn’t really an upgrade.):

– A modified sensors that allows the camera to capture magnificent photographs of “red hydrogen emission” nebulae and other cosmic phenomena. This produces a 20-percent higher transmittance of Hydrogen Alpha line, or Hα wavelength, allowing astronomers to capture crisp, clear images of reddish, diffuse nebulae.

– The sensor itself has a modified infrared filter and is a low-noise sensor with heightened hydrogen-alpha sensitivity.

Those really seem to be the jist of it. Otherwise, the screen seems to be the same resolution but will work well with T ring adapters for telescopes. As a specialized product, the EOS 60Da is only available to order from select authorized dealers. The estimated retail price is $1,499.00 and it is expected to be available this month.