A 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.
Sigma announced 3 lenses, 2 teleconverters, filters and a new Quattro camera, unfortunately they didn’t make any of these products available for anyone to touch*UPDATE: apparently someone on our forum was able to touch the lens, we’ll go back tomorrow and ask again. I guess we asked the wrong person twice :)I was looking forward to seeing the new 150-600 contemporary and sport lenses.
Sigma at Photokina 2014 | 150-600 Contemporary is on the left | Click for Larger
As you can see from the image above, the Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 OS Sports series lens is bulkier and longer. Sigma told us that the lens is better built for the elements, autofocus performance and optical quality. At the $1999 price tag for the sports version of the lens, Sigma should be very competitive once again from a price standpoint.
*UPDATE* I have been put into a difficult position by Peak Design in regards to the Slide and Clutch products that I purchased from them at Photokina. It appears that both products could possibly fail during use, causing your camera to hit the ground.
If Peak Design sold me products they know to possibly be faulty, then that’s a pretty big deal. All of their affected products should have been moved to a “stop sale” status. They’ve stopped shipments for over 350 orders, but could be selling the affected products at Photokina? This is definitely something that should have been disclosed to me when I was at their booth. It’s possible the issues have been fixed in the products that are on sale at Photokina, but since there was no disclosure, I can’t say one way or the other.
I’ve never been in such a position, so I’m not sure how to proceed, but I will be speaking with them tomorrow to get clarification.
The Peak Design Leash product I have been using and love is not affected by the issues of the Slide and Clutch.
I’ll post a few of these over the next couple of days as I find vendors of products I actually love and use. First up is Peak Design, who manufactures some of the most useful and well design camera strap on the market. Their designs are simplistic and usable, I have found other manufacturers tend to make something as simple as a camera strap, extremely complex to use.
I first heard of Peak Design about a month ago when I was looking for a long, comfortable, quick release camera strap for my Sony A7S. I’m a tall person and I like the camera to hang down just below my waste level to the side. It became apparent that people were really in love with the Peak Design Leash. I ordered it and it turned out to be the perfect camera strap for the application I was looking for. The Leash is probably best on cameras like the 60D and smaller. I wouldn’t use this type of strap with the EOS-1D X or a battery gripped metal DSLR. It’s probably too thin of a strap to be comfortable. They have a solution for those cameras though…
While I was at the Peak Design booth, I was given a demo of their new Peak Design Slide camera strap for larger DSLRs. It’s a very thin, yet well padded strap. It’s best feature is a very nifty quick adjust handle on the strap to quickly shorten and lengthen the strap as needed. I ended up buying one.
The second product I bought yesterday was the Peak Design Clutch hand strap. This is another quick release and quick adjust product. For anyone that has used the Canon hand strap, you know that is anything but quick and easy to use. The one caveat for this product is the need of a camera plate in the tripod hole. Peak design does sell an Arca compatible universal plate, but they do not sell L brackets. There are probably L brackets out there that the strap could mount to, but you’ll have to find a bracket with a hole that you can feed the mounting hardware to. It might be worth it to the various bracket makers out there to be “Peak Compatible”.
All-in-all, their products are wonderfully designed and executed and I highly recommend their straps.
Matt Granger has posted a short hands-on video and samples gallery for the new Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II. Keep in mind the lighting conditions around the Canon booth are less than stellar and all the sample images were shot at high ISO.
I had a chance to hold the lens and it feels exactly like the previous version, solid, light and well balanced. I am looking forward to shooting with the new 400 DO, as the first version is one of my favourite Canon lenses.
Canon’s Chuck Westfall has confirmed to CNET that Canon is indeed working on a replacement to the long-in-the-tooth EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L, though no timeline was given as to when we would see it.
Canon also plans to introduce more DO (diffractive optics lenses), though manufacturing costs have to come down before we see more “popular” type lenses. It’s interesting to note that Canon has patented an EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 DO IS lens formula in the past.
EF-M isn’t dead yet according to Canon, as they promise to introduce more lenses for the system in the coming months and years.
This one was lost in yesterdays camera and lens launches.
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 15 September 2014 – Canon today announced that it is developing a new-concept photo-storage device, tentatively called the Cross Media Station, which will enable users to easily enjoy high-image-quality photos and movies captured by digital cameras.
In addition to offering the same key concepts as Canon’s digital cameras—high speed, comfortable operation and high image quality—the Cross Media Station will enable users to save and make use of their photos and movies with ease and peace of mind, allowing them to thoroughly and effortlessly enjoy their high-image-quality photo and movie libraries.
Through NFC technology, images and movies can be easily transferred from a camera and saved to the Cross Media Station, after which they can be viewed in high quality on a television. In addition, when connected to a network, the Cross Media Station will allow users to easily share photos and movies as well as output images from a printer, along with other various functions. At this time, specifications, pricing, launch date and other details are yet to be announced.
Canon will continue to contribute to expanding the photographic and video imaging culture through new technologies and products that meet the expectations of a wide range of users.