Clues about Canon’s Plan?
As we know, a lot is being said about the demise of the 1Ds Mark III. It’s disappearing from stock at stores, from Canon’s own web store and anywhere else you can think of.
So what gives?
I’m told Canon may be quietly letting the 1Ds Mark III sail away into the sunset without a replacement right away. The 5D Mark II cannibalized a lot of the 1Ds3′s sales since it hit the market and became one of the best selling dslrs ever. The people that wanted a 1Ds3 for it’s full frame and build quality have probably already ponied up and bought the thing.
Canon will put larger differences in resolution between the 5D Mark III and 1Ds Mark IV.
I’m told the 5D Mark III will be first and be a slight upgrade in megapixels. 28 seems to be the number I keep hearing.
The big megapixel cameras from Canon or Nikon won’t be until the end of 2011 and into early 2012. Expect a big jump in megapixels above whatever the 5D Mark III turns out to be. 42mp from Nikon, around the same for Canon. None of this is written in stone yet I’m told, Q2 2012 is also a possibility.
As I said yesterday, I’m cautious about anything 1Ds Mark IV related. This information seems completely plausible to me. Eventually Canon has to unleash a camera that shows their financial muscle in R&D and manufacturing. A 5D Mark III will bring in a boatload of revenue, more than a 1Ds camera ever would. I think we’ll see it first. I have been wrong before though.
I have posted that a new 1D would come in 2011 before a new 1Ds, that could definitely be a stop gap for a full frame pro body. I’m not sure if they solved the issue of not being able to do 10fps with a full frame sensor, 9fps was possible when the 1D Mark IV launched.
However, there is a part of me thinks Canon is still behind the APS-H sensor and thinks there is a market for it.
16-35 f/2-2.8 Patent
PR via egami posted a patent to a lens that I think already exists. It’s exactly the same as the 16-35 f/2.8L II.
This f/2 zoom patent looks different.
1Ds Mark III on Canon USA
The 1Ds Mark III has disappeared from the Canon USA eStore. It doesn’t necessarily mean anything, as they dont always sell all products there.
The 1Ds Mark III is listed as “not available“ on the Canon USA site as well as NL found out.
I havent received any new information about a 1Ds3 replacement sooner rather than later. What I have heard more often lately is a new 1D camera. I wouldn’t read too much into the above yet.
*UPDATE* No IS in a new 24-70L ?
A couple of folks have come forward and said we won’t see IS in a new 24-70L.
Remember this patent? There’s no IS.
5D Mark III
Some more clarification about the upcoming 5D Mark III. It will be moving a bit more high end with an improved 7D AF system. Expect it November/December 2011.
1D Mark V
The next version will be moving into the 1Ds territory as the new high end digital SLR. Expect it to be fullframe by the sounds of it. Late 2011/early 2012. No specs finalized yet.
24-70 f/2.8L IS
It’s coming and will be announced with a camera body at the end of 2011. I haven’t heard a peep about the lens in a while.
An interesting tale about this lens. Apparently the replacement has been canned and is being redesigned.
5D Mark III
Reports that a few select photographers in Australia have been testing prototypes of the replacement to the 5D Mark II. Australia is used a lot as a testing ground by the sounds of it. Any replacement that comes will definitely arrive in Q4 of 2011 at the earliest.
A couple of folks have mentioned that Canon’s recent manufacturing woes could delay some products in 2011.
1D Mark IVn
I received another interesting “rumor” that a replacement to the 1D Mark IV may in fact be a model without video and introduced in 2011. There have been a lot off issues in regards to the rights of still photographers being able to shoot video at stadium events. This is the first time I’ve heard such a thing.
This is the second time I’ve heard of a 1D Mark IV replacement coming in 2011.
1Ds Mark IV
Nothing worth writing about has been brought to my attention. The last I had heard, their was going to be a big departure in the model and we may not see it until 2012.
8-15 f/4L Fisheye, 300 f/2.8L IS II, 400 f/2.8L IS II
All three of these lenses are still scheduled to hit the retail market in March.
1D Mark IV Replacement?
A known source that has been right in the past sent me some info that is nothing like anything I’ve been told before.
It’s claimed the new “1″ series camera in 2011 will be a 1D4 replacement and not a new 1Ds. Full frame and slightly lower megapixels (15). Obvious improvements in ISO performance and other minor tweaks.
A short lived “1″ series camera has only happened once in the past with the 1D Mark IIn.
This also goes along with the notion that the next 1Ds would be a massive departure from what we have now.
5D Mark III
The same person also touched on the 5D Mark III saying it would be slightly higher megapixel than the current 21mp, and offer an AF system in line with the 7D.
I’ve been told a couple of times all SLR announcements from Canon will be in the second half of 2011.
I’m posting this because it’s from someone that’s been on the ball in the past. However, I’m skeptical about a 1D Mark IV replacement coming that quickly. Hopefully I get more information.
The 5D Mark III is probably easier to predict, I expect better AF, more megapixels and some new features.