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Win a new Canon EOS 100D with the Acme Blog

We are giving away another lovely gadget. This time around we got a new Canon EOS 100D DSLR to give away.

Suitable for beginners and semi professional photographers, the EOS 100D from Canon is a DSLR camera you would love to use; not only because of its great results, but the simplicity with which it delivers them. The 18MP sensor of this black camera helps record extremely detailed and colorful shots of even the most mundane objects.

With an ISO sensitivity of 12,800 (Expandable up to 25,600), you can shoot Full HD noise free images even in difficult lighting conditions. The 3 Inch Clear View II Touch Screen LCD Monitor helps you accurately compose your shots and review the captured images. The touchscreen interface of this monitor makes it easy for you to navigate the settings menu or scroll through the list of images you recently captured.  The value of this camera is 1599AED.

And this is how you can win:

Just participate below and have the chance to win. Please note that this competition is only for UAE based readers. The device will be either shipped via Aramex or handed over in person in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
Win a new Canon EOS 100D

Canon launches the EOS 750D, 760D and M3 in the UAE

Canon Middle East has today unveils two impressive DSLRs in its EOS 750D_tcm60-1238054entry-level EOS line-up – the EOS 760D and EOS 750D – designed to help those with a creative eye reach the next level in their photography. The EOS 750D is the ideal DSLR if you’re looking to capture stunning images and Full HD movies of special memories, with the assurance of automatic shooting modes – while the EOS 760D gives enthusiast photographers more creative freedom and manual controls to instinctively create impactful photography.

As well they released the Canon EOS M3 (check out our review). A powerful Compact System Camera created for enthusiast photographers who demand premium performance. Fusing Canon’s EOS M3_tcm60-1238361unrivalled image quality and DSLR-levels of control in a compact body, the EOS M3 offers the ability to capture the world around you in exceptional detail. At the heart of the EOS M3 is Canon’s first 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and its most advanced image processor, DIGIC 6, delivering premium quality stills and Full HD Movies. Combined with super-fast AF performance, thanks to a new Hybrid CMOS AF III and 49-point AF System, this camera gives you the freedom to capture the beauty of movement. As an advanced photographer you’ll find everything you need at your fingertips, with intuitive DSLR-like dials and control, as well as the flexibility to change your lens, all shrunk down into a compact, ergonomic body to take with you wherever you go.

EOS 760D Key features:

  • Discover the next level of photography with this powerful DSLR
  • Shoot beautiful, cinematic movies as easily as stills
  • Control every aspect of the camera as you shoot
  • Connect and share your photos and movies easily via Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Express your creativity to its fullest with advanced controls and shooting modes

EOS 750D Key features:

  • Take your pictures to the next level with EOS 750D
  • Effortlessly capture stunning detail in any situation
  • Record cinematic movies as easily as you shoot stills
  • Easily connect and share your images with the world

EOS M3 Key features:

  • Performance and creativity, in an EOS you can take everywhere
  • Be spontaneous. Enjoy fast, responsive focusing
  • Take control of your photography and watch your creativity grow
  • Be as imaginative with movies as you are with photos
  • Remote camera control and image sharing via Wi-Fi

Reviewed: Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM Lens

I got my hands on the recently released Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM Lens. The 50mm f1.8 STM is a low-priced standard prime lens for the EOS range of Canon’s cameras with changeable lenses (DSLR and mirrorless like the Eos M series). The new lens got announced in May of this year only. The new 50mm f1.8 STM is the replacement for the EF 50mm f1.8 II which till date is Canon’s most successful lens ever. Is it required to say that the 50mm f1.8 II is actually 24 years old ? I guess we can agree that a change is overdue considering how technology on cameras has changed in the last 20 years.

The previous version, the EF 50mm f1.8 II , or the Thrifty Fifty, had been this successful for quite a number of reasons. It has a high flexibility, that means that if you git a full-frame camera it delivers standard coverage, but if you mount it on a APS-C like the Eos 760 for example it transforms into an 80mm equivalent that makes it perfect for portraits. The shots I did here have been done on the 760. Another good reason is the depth of field. With an f1.8 focal ratio it is very easy to blur the backgrounds, not matter if you are shooting people, details or products. The last and probably best reason is the unbeatable price coming in at just 125$ , which makes it as well the cheapest prime lens in the EF catalogue till date!


There are not too many differences between the old and the new one. Biggest one for me was the box. The new one comes despite having pretty much the same size on the lens itself in a way bigger box as you can see above. The new EF 50mm f1.8 STM keeps otherwise the same focal length, aperture and six element in five group construction. Different is that now you got seven instead of five diaphragm blades. This promises a bit smoother out-of-focus action and a closer focusing distance than before. So you can shoot now with a distance of 35cm instead of the 45cm the old lens delivers.

Biggest downturn for me on the old lens was the plastic lens mount, this finally has been replaced with a metal one. Of course this makes the new one slightly heavier by around 30 grams, which you don’t really feel. The filter thread changed as well down to 49mm, so your old filters or caps won’t work. The biggest change however is that the old micro motor AF system has been replaced with a smoother STM focusing system. albeit the gear-type which isn’t as quiet as the lead type used on the STM zooms. It is certainly more quiet but as well not as silent as Canon’s USM AF. But that is not a problem in any case. What is new for me , but typical for all STM-driven lenses, is that manual focusing works here “by-wire”. That means you are not really turning the focus ring, you are just turning a ring that triggers the AF motor. It works very well though.


The new “Thrifty Fifty” is a great prime lens and special for people who start experimenting with their equipment a great addition at this price.

Here some sample images:

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Review: Canon 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

I am playing with the Canon 10-18mm wide angle lens since some time now and thought it is time to review it.

The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ($299.99) may feel like a budget lens thanks to plastic construction (including its lens mount), but its feature set and the images it captures tell a different story than budget.  There’s some light distortion at the very wide end, but given its price tag and the general quality of photos it’s an easy lens to recommend for wide-angle Canon photographers and video takers..

Its field of view is roughly equivalent to a 16-29mm zoom on a full-frame camera, and while the 1.8x zoom ratio sounds modest, the change in angle of view is amazing when zooming over that range. It can focus as close as 8.6 inches, which can create a dramatic effect in the right settings. An ultra-wide lens like this isn’t ideal for subject isolation with a blurred out background, especially when coupled with a narrow f/4.5-5.6 variable aperture. But nevertheless this lens is working very well for what I take pictures of. lens1

The lens has two control switches, one to toggle between manual and auto focus and another to enable or disable the stabilization system. The image stabilization system, which you don’t often see on a lens with this wide of an angle, is also helpful for video; it keeps handheld footage smooth and steady.

Here a few pictures taken with this lens:

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The Bottom Line:

The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is an affordable ultra-wide lens that includes images stabilization and an STM focus motor, both useful for video.

Quality:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
"weight:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
"Value4money:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)