Sigma Opens Up About Their Roadmap

Sigma Opens Up About Their Roadmap

 

Sigma has opened up about their future plans to Focus-Numerique and what sorts of lenses and products they are, and are not developing.

  • Sigma will update their 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM (with an f/2 version?) and 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM lenses.
  • Sigma’s next DSLR will have a brand new design philosophy.
  • Sigma is not interested in developing a new mirrorless interchangeable camera for now.

Source: [PR] / [FN]

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Canon Looking Into a New Mount System

Canon Looking Into a New Mount System

According to an interview with Mr Makoto Sakaeta Masaya, the managing director of Canon Image Communication Business Division. Canon is exploring the possibility of a new lens mount. I suspect its application would be for a full frame mirrorless system of some kind.

Read the Interview (Google Translated)

Source: [NL] via [DCW]

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New PowerShot Digital Compact Camera Under Development

New PowerShot Digital Compact Camera Under Development

Featuring large image sensor, high zoom capability and compact body
Canon is developing a new premium digital compact camera that combines the merits of both large image sensor and high-magnification optical zoom lens in response to the demands from users looking for high quality high zoom performance. Offering both convenience from a compact body and excellent super telephoto performance, this camera is perfect for everyday or travel shooting in high quality.

Source: [CHK]

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Schneider-Kreuznach Announces Three New EF Lenses

Schneider-Kreuznach Announces Three New EF Lenses

NEW RANGE OF DSLR LENSES BY SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH

Schneider-Kreuznach presents newly designed lenses for full-frame single-lens reflex cameras at photokina 2014, the leading trade show for photography. They are the first in a new series of Schneider-Kreuznach DSLR lenses with an electronic connection to the camera.

The Xenon 1.6/35 mm and Xenon 1.4/50 mm lenses are equipped with an electronic interface to the camera and a mechanical automatic iris for Nikon cameras. The Macro Symmar on display with an 85 mm focal length and a maximum aperture of 2.4 has a motorized iris and an electronic interface for the Canon EOS system. The automatic aperture function is driven exclusively by the camera.

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All lenses will be available for Canon EOS and Nikon-F systems.

The lenses have been developed to meet the increasingly stringent requirements in combination with a continuous decrease in pixel size. “The lenses are produced in Bad Kreuznach for sophisticated users. They stand out in particular with their high image quality,” says Frithjof Spangenberg, product manager for photo imaging at Schneider-Kreuznach.

Visit Schneider | Seen on [PR]

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Sample Images From the EOS 7D Mark II

Imaging Resource has posted some still life image tests from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II at various ISOs. You can easily compare results with other APS-C cameras on their web site. Below is a sample from the EOS 7D Mark II against the original EOS 7D at ISO 3200. I bet you can spot the difference.

EOS 7D  on right | EOS 7D Mark II on left | Image from Imaging Resource

EOS 7D on left | EOS 7D Mark II on right| Image from Imaging Resource

You can see all the samples over at imaging-resource.com.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II $1799: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | Camera Canada

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Ended: Has the EOS 6D Body Ever Been Cheaper?

Ended: Has the EOS 6D Body Ever Been Cheaper?

GetItDigital (99.3% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 6D body for $1349 (Reg. $1699 after MIR)

Canon EOS 6D Body $1349 via ebay

*as always with ebay, this item is likely grey market and may not be covered by a Canon USA warranty.

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7D Mark II Video Tested By Gizmodo

Gizmodo has published a comparative video test against the EOS 5D Mark III & EOS 70D. It basically solidifies what cinematographers and videographers have been saying since the launch of the EOS 7D Mark II; it’s not a camera for them.

I’m starting to think that Canon is going to be expanding Cinema EOS to the prosumer level, and will not be developing the photographer DSLR for that market. That sort of approach could payoff, as they could focus ergonomics and software to the video segment. This could also lead to people buying multiple EOS mount products. If you can’t get new customers, at least sell more stuff to the people that are already your customer, I’m borrowing from Thom Hogan on that one.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II $1799: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | Camera Canada

Source: [GM]

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Canon Issues Product Advisory For the EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM, and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM Lenses

Canon Issues Product Advisory For the EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM, and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM Lenses

To the Users of the EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM, and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM Interchangeable Lenses for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

UPDATE:
Please see the changes to the “Identification Procedure” section below regarding the criteria for affected serial numbers. The identification procedure has been enhanced to include the first, second and third digits from the left in order to more precisely identify affected products.

Thank you for using Canon products.

Canon has released a firmware update for EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm F2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM lenses. This firmware update will be performed by Canon Service Centers. Please contact us using the contact information listed at the bottom of this page.

Firmware changes:
Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following enhancement:

  1. Changes the control algorithm of the focus drive, and enhances the drive’s responsiveness for more precise
focus and adjustments. In particular, the new firmware enhances the AI servo AF capability of the lenses
to track objects that move irregularly in sports events, such as soccer or rugby.

Affected Products:
Firmware Version 1.1.1 is for lenses with Firmware Version 1.0.0. If the lens’ firmware is already Version 1.1.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

Identification Procedure:
The first, second, and third digits from the left in the serial number (10 digits) for lenses equipped with Firmware Version 1.0.0 are as follows:

Lens name Serial numbers of affected products
(x presents any optional numbers)
EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM 790xxxxxxx through 913xxxxxxx
EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM 790xxxxxxx through 913xxxxxxx
EF500mm f/4L IS II USM 880xxxxxxx through 910xxxxxxx
EF600mm f/4L IS II USM 880xxxxxxx through 910xxxxxxx

Lenses with serial numbers other than those listed above are equipped with Firmware Version 1.1.1 or later.

Support
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.

Please register your EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM or EF600mm f/4L IS II USM.  By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when future firmware updates become available.

Source: [CUSA]

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Chuck Westfall Talks Canon EOS 7D Mark II

DPReview had an interview with Chuck Westfall from Canon USA and they talked about the EOS 7D Mark II. This will give you a good rundown of all the features you’ll care about when making a buying decision.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II $1799: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | Camera Canada

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A New EOS Pro Body With 46mp Next Month? [CR1]

A New EOS Pro Body With 46mp Next Month? [CR1]

thread has popped up on a forum talking about a 46mp pro Canon DSLR being launched in New York City in October for PhotoPlus. It’s also mentioned that the camera will cost in the range of $8000-$9000 USD. I have no idea if this is a troll or not, but it will surely appear other places so I might as well post it.

If the EF 11-24 f/4L is indeed real, then it makes sense to announce it with a full frame camera.

If it’s true, there will be more to come.

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