Canon Price Drops on L Lenses

Canon Price Drops on L Lenses

We mentioned a few weeks ago that Canon would be dropping the price on various L lenses around September 1, 2014. Both B&H Photo and Adorama have switched over to the new Canon pricing.

This looks like permanent price drops as we do not see any sort of rebate program, we’ll keep an eye out for one though.

Lens Reduction New Price Buy
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM $150 $1,349 B&H Photo | Adorama
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM $200 $2,099 B&H Photo | Adorama
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM $500 $999 B&H Photo | Adorama
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS USM $140 $2,549 B&H Photo | Adorama 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM $200 $2,299 B&H Photo | Adorama 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM $50 $1,299 B&H Photo | Adorama 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM $150 $1,449 B&H Photo | Adorama
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 L II USM $110 $2,249 B&H Photo | Adorama
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L $250 $2,249 B&H Photo | Adorama 
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM $100 $1,649 B&H Photo | Adorama 
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II $200 $1,999 B&H Photo Adorama 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM $70 $1,549 B&H Photo | Adorama
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM $100 $2,099 B&H Photo | Adorama 
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro $100 $949 B&H Photo | Adorama 
Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM $40 $1,049 B&H Photo | Adorama
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 L USM Macro $80 $1,499 B&H Photo | Adorama 
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM $700 $6,599 B&H Photo | Adorama 
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L II USM $1,000 $10,499 B&H Photo Adorama
Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS II USM $1,000 $9,499 B&H Photo | Adorama
Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS II USM $1,000 $11,999 B&H Photo | Adorama
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM $500 $13,499 B&H Photo | Adorama
Canon 1.4x III Teleconverter $50 $449 B&H Photo | Adorama
Canon 2.0x III Teleconverter $50 $449 B&H Photo | Adorama

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Recent Rumors

Deal: EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM $249

Deal: EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM $249

BigValueInc (99.3% approval) is selling the Canon EOS M body with the 22mm f/2 STM lens for $249. At this price, it’s one heck of a walk around point and shoot. All the colors are available for purchase.

Canon EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM $249

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New Lens Information for Photokina

New Lens Information for Photokina

Some new ideas as to what lenses Canon will announce for Photokina in a couple of weeks.

First up an EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM. We were told about this one a few days ago, and it may be in pancake form and an EF-S mount, which makes a bit more sense. The second lens mentioned is a 24-105 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, which we were told about at the same time as the pancake, but didn’t have the focal length. The third lens is a new EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II, which would be a great lens to see and we had no previous information that it was coming. It’s good to see the DO patents amount to a new DO product.

There is no 100-400 replacement or ultrawide f/2.8L zoom being announced for Photokina. A full frame ultrawide zoom at the same time as the EOS 7D Mark II doesn’t make a lot of sense, but I think a new 100-400 definitely would. Here’s hoping it does indeed come this year.

EOS 7D Mark II Availability
We’re told that the EOS 7D Mark II won’t be immediately available, but will most likely reach market by the end of October.

Large Sensor PowerShot
I also added a [CR3] to the 1″ sensor PowerShot camera rumor from a few days ago. This camera is indeed coming and will be about the size of the “S” series camera.

Source: [DCI]

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Shuttercount Now Available for Windows

Shuttercount Now Available for Windows

From Dire Studio:

ShutterCount displays the number of shutter actuations (the shutter count) of your Canon EOS digital camera. The shutter count is read directly from a USB-connected camera, and thus provides accurate numbers that are not attainable with simple EXIF-based methods.
 
With ShutterCount you can easily check whether a newly purchased camera is really new, or check how heavily used a pre-owned item is. And you can save a trip to a Canon Service Center by doing the reading for yourself.
 
The app provides unlimited readings for an unlimited number of cameras, so you can freely track actual camera usage. Even if you work for a rental house or just lend a camera to a friend.
 
ShutterCount only displays the shutter count for still photos – video clips recorded are not included in the number. For a separate mirror movement reading (that includes videos) you should consult an authorized Canon Service Center.
 
History logging allows you to track camera usage. Logs are stored in CSV format that can be imported into Apple’s Numbers or Microsoft Excel for further processing. History logging is not available on Windows.

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Canon Announces Photokina Details

Canon Announces Photokina Details

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 28th August 2014 – Canon today announces details of its presence at photokina 2014, unveiling its most interactive environment ever at the world’s largest photography and imaging show. Designed around helping photographers immerse themselves in the latest technologies, Canon’s programme at the show will offer visitors a digital imaging experience that highlights its industry leading range of products and services.
 
Canon’s stand at photokina 2014 will be dedicated to the journey of capturing a moment or memory. Within an open, free-roam environment, visitors will be invited to undertake shooting challenges, with experts on-hand to guide them along the way. The experiential event will go far beyond simple touch and try demonstrations, and instead provide the opportunity to truly experience the Canon range.
 
The stand will also feature live presentation sessions with Canon’s world famous photography ambassadors. Presenters will include landscape and travel photographer David Noton, photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Ulla Lohmann, and action shooter Richard Walch, with each providing first-hand accounts of how Canon products help them to realise their individual visions. Furthermore, Canon Explorer Jörg Kyas will be taking on interactive challenges set by visitors – providing a unique way for enthusiasts to learn about new styles or techniques.
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EOS 7D Mark II & Photokina

EOS 7D Mark II & Photokina

We’re standing by the specifications we posted a few days ago for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. We and others have received suggestions that the sensor in the camera is actually going to be 24mp, which contradicts the very solid evidence we have that says it will indeed be 20.2mp. What our information doesn’t specify is whether or not it’s the identical sensor to the EOS 70D.

If what we posted turns out not to be true, it will be the greatest hoax of specs that I have seen in the 6 years we’ve been around. I will release what we have in our possession after the announcement if it turns out we were wrong.

Lenses at Photokina
We have nothing we’d call better than 50/50 on what lenses will show up for Photokina. If you know what’s coming, please let us know. You can do so anonymously here.

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Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?

Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?

Updated on August 28, 2014
Updates and clarifications on the specifications are in bold below.

We think we have the specifications for the upcoming Canon EOS 7D Mark II, we’re trying to authenticate things down to the CR3 level. We have been incorrect about previous features of the camera. For one, the top plate is not an “EOS-1 Style”, and the camera does not shoot 12fps. Previous sources have said the sensor does have new technology, but it is not multi-layer, which is what we originally reported. We have been thrown off by patents showing layered sensors. We can’t confirm at this time if there is indeed new technology in the sensor. Our source for this specification list just mentions the megapixel count.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications

  • Kit lenses: 18-135 IS STM and 15-85 IS (no STM)
  • CF, UDMA mode 7 + SD, UHS-I
  • GPS is in the camera
  • No WiFi
  • Fixed LCD, with no touch function.
  • 20.2MP APS-C Sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Processors
  • 65 AF points “All Cross-type”. Dual cross on the center point.
  • f/8 on center point at least, could be on more points.
  • 10fps
  • ISO 100-12800, ISO Boost mode 25600 and 51200
  • 1080p/720p both get 60fps
  • Servo AF for video shooting.
  • Anti-flicker mode, eliminates flickers under flickering lights (e.g. fluorescent lamps).
  • Spot metering size 1.8%
  • Built-in flash
  • Mic and headphones connectors
  • Can sync time between 7D II cameras.
  • Lens electronic MF
  • About 100% coverage OVF
  • New Battery – LP-E6N
  • New Battery Grip BG-E16

I stress I am trying to confirm everything above, and once I do I will update the rating on these specifications. I am 90% confident these are accurate EOS 7D Mark II specifications.

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A New Pancake Lens? [CR1]

A New Pancake Lens? [CR1]

We’ve been told to get the maple syrup ready, as a new 24mm pancake lens will arrive with the EOS 7D Mark II. No aperture was given, though f/2.8 would be assumed.

The same source also said a wide angle zoom was coming. This may be the previously mentioned 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. The third mentioned lens was a standard zoom, though no focal length was given for this. Perhaps this could be a non-L full frame zoom?

What isn’t getting mentioned anymore is the thorn-in-my-side Canon EF 100-400 replacement.

The same source also said that the previously mentioned EF 11-24 f/2.8L hasn’t been spoken about in their circles, so it could be a post Photokina thing or nothing at all.

More to come…

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Update on the EOS 7D Mark II Spec List

Update on the EOS 7D Mark II Spec List

We’re going over the information we have and have noticed a few inconsistencies that we’d like to mention. We have a bit of doubt about the sensor spec we’ve listed for the camera and will work to confirm that. There is a possibility that it’s an all new 20.2MP sensor and not the same one as the EOS 70D.

  • We’re not 100% sure about GPS, we think the camera may actually have it.
  • We mentioned radio triggering with the popup flash, but that may have been a mistake.
  • “Fine Detail CMOS Sensor” is standard Canon language for Canon sensors.
  • The camera has iTR (metering sensor-assisted servo tracking) just like the EOS-1D X
  • The camera should be compatible with f/8 lenses at the center, and maybe more points.

Lots more to come….

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New Large Sensor PowerShot Rumor [CR3]

New Large Sensor PowerShot Rumor [CR3]

We’re told by a very good source that Canon will announce a new PowerShot camera with a 1″ sensor. The camera will be nearly as compact as the S series camera and is intended to compete with Sony’s RX100.

No specs were given.

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