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This & That – What Others are Saying

This & That – What Others are Saying

Rumor Roundup ala Planet5D
@PlanetMitch over at Planet5D has posted a rumor roundup that touches on Canons events in the next month or so.

He’s also invited me to talk live on his site on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 3PM EST.

Read the roundup

Patent – The return of the aperture ring.
@Photography Bay has posted a patent pertaining to aperture rings returning to lenses. The ring would be for video capture on DSLRs.

Read all about it 

PRO-1 Printer
Apparently the PRO-1 moniker is for a “series” of printers. I’m not sure if we’ll see more than one. I know printers aren’t all that exciting, we’re waiting for the juicy EOS stuff.

Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Availability?
The most recent information I have is it will be officially announced this fall, with a Q2 2012 availability.

Canon still has to start churning out the new 500 and 600.


EF 300 & 400 f/2.8L IS II Shipping to Selected Dealers

EF 300 & 400 f/2.8L IS II Shipping to Selected Dealers

Canon has announced that its EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM and EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM telephoto lenses – which feature completely redesigned optical systems, the latest Canon Image Stabilization (IS) technology, new IS and AF Modes and improved build quality – are now shipping to selected dealers.

Canon EF 300 f/2.8L IS II $7299 @ B&H

Canon EF 400 f/2.8L IS II $11499 @ B&H

thanks Guillermo


*BUSTED* 1D Mark V Spec List [CR1]

*BUSTED* 1D Mark V Spec List [CR1]

Another spec list torn apart by the community. The crop factors are off to a lot of people. APS-C isn’t 1/1.6.

Received 8 spec lists today! I expect 1.6x more tomorrow.

1D Mark V
A new claimed spec list of the upcoming 1D Mark 5.

We’re still getting conflicting 1Ds Mark IV & 1D Mark V model names. I’m still not sure what the new flagship will be called.

  • Sensor: 36 x 24mm CMOS sensor
  • Processor: Dual DIGIC 5
  • A/D conversion: 14 bit
  • Image sizes: 32.4 mp, 16.2 mp, 8.1 mp @ 5, 3 fps
  • APS-H mode (1.3x) – 24.9 mp, 12.5 mp, 6.2 mp @ 8, 3 fps
  • APS-C mode (1.6x) – 20.3 mp, 10.1 mp, 5.1 mp @ 10, 3 fps
  • Movie Mode: 1920 x 1080 @ 29.97, 25, 23.976 fps
  • 1280 x 720 @ 59.94, 50 fps
  • 640 x 480 @ 59.94, 50 fps
  • APS-H mode (1.3x) – 1920 x 1080 @ 59.94, 50 fps
  • APS-C mode (1.6x) – 1280 x 720 @ 119,88, 100 fps
  • Viewfinder: Magnification: 0.76x, 100% frame coverage
  • APS-H viewfinder magnification zoom: 0.87x – 89% viewfinder crop
  • APS-C viewfinder magnification zoom: 1.0x – 82% viewfinder crop

Go on and discuss what you think. This is fairly inline with what we’ve heard previously.


No Finalized 5D Mark III Yet [CR2]

No Finalized 5D Mark III Yet [CR2]

A camera for 2012?
Apparently the 5D Mark III is not yet a finalized product and there are still 2 decisions to be made before the product is ready for consumption.

  1. Split the 5D line into a still camera and an advanced video feature camera.
  2. A camera between the 5D Mark III and 1D

It was also mentioned the still and video teams within Canon is very much separate and there is no overlap between the two departments. There could be some internal shakeup soon in that regard.

Do not expect a new 1D/1Ds camera to advance video functionality all that much.

February 2012 would be the earliest for an announcement that will address the 5D line.


5D Mark II for $2499 at B&H

*CLOSED* Lomography Giveaway

Contest Closed
The contest is now closed to new entries, good luck to the folks that did get a chance to enter!

Lomography Giveaway
The folks at Lomography are giving away a set of their EF Diana lenses.

See the prize here.

Shop Lomography

Lomography is also offering Canon Rumors readers 10% off any of their products. Simply enter the coupon code “canonrumors” without the quotes during checkout.


Camera Body Breakdown [CR1]

Not unexpected, but a new Rebel will arrive in 2011.

I’m told it will be announced in the April timeframe.

There will be no Rebel XS successor. Expect the T2i to become the entry level Rebel.

5D Mark III
Nothing of note. I do expect it to arrive in 2011 in some form.

7D Mark II
There won’t be a 7D replacement until at least 2012.

1Ds Mark IV
Something is coming at the end of 2011, I’ve had a few more assurances that the camera will be a departure from the current 1Ds family.

1D Mark V
Nothing I’m told about the Mark V I put much stock in. Full frame comes up as expected. This camera is probably still in very early testing and development.

The merging of the 1D/1Ds may occur in 2012. There are some signs to suggest the possibility, the biggest one being the departure the next 1Ds will take (maybe even the name of the camera).

Nothing of note has been mentioned lately.

The usual upgrades can be expected to start in late January. I’ve received nothing out of the ordinary.

The megapixel war is not over, even if Canon is the only one fighting it. Expect large increases in the next 12 months.

cr Used Gear Sale

Black Friday deals too
I am making no money on this, the folks at have been great to me and thousands of others.

They’ve started a huge sell-off of used rental gear. Lots of 7D’s and 5D Mark II’s have been added. They’re going to go fast.

Their “Black Friday Deal” is 10% of ALL used gear from 6:00 AM CST Thursday and through until 11:59PM CST Friday.


It looks like the 5D Mark II’s are all gone now.

The 7D’s are gone now.  Still a lot of great lenses to choose from.

I think that 1D Mark III will be gone as soon as 6:01AM CST hits.


Odds & Ends

Photo Contest
Some CR facebook readers probably read about a Christmas photo contest I had planned. That’s been delayed until I can actually buy what I wanted to give away. Thanks Canon. I’ll have something up near the end of January.

70-300 f/4-5.6L IS
I haven’t received one yet, but I hope to have one before I head to Kenya. I’d like to do a review with it there.

A G12 and 60D review will also be completed sometime around Christmas. Like the Leica M9 review, they’re going to be real world photograph making reviews and nothing overly technical.

Year end awards and 2011 predictions!
I’ll be in the air for 16 or so hours on the way to Nairobi, I’ll be doing my year end awards and 2011 predictions! I love writing them and reading the reactions.

It’s coming up
The “black Friday” shopping day in the United States is something I have never experienced. I probably never will either since I’m allergic to malls. There could be some online deals though!

B&H Photo is gearing up for Black Friday and holiday deals in general. Visit B&H Photo

Adorama also has their crazy and zany deals. Visit Adorama


B&H Photo Makes Shipping to Canada Cheaper

B&H has made shipping to Canada cheaper!
B&H offers ground service into Canada via Purolator. This service requires that you prepay all necessary VAT and HST / PST / GST fees at checkout. Doing so allows Purolator to expedite your package and offer an economical solution to Canadian customers.

Some of the items we sell cannot be exported to Canada due to manufacturer or government restrictions. You will receive an on-screen notice if you attempt put an item in your shopping cart or attempt to check out with items that are restricted.

Shipping to &  Estimated Delivery

  • Calgary 4-5 Business Days
  • Edmonton 4-5 Business Days
  • Halifax 3-4 Business Days
  • Moncton 3-4 Business Days
  • Montreal 2-3 Business Days
  • Ottawa 2-3 Business Days
  • Quebec 2-3 Business Days
  • Regina 4-5 Business Days
  • Saskatoon 4-5 Business Days
  • St. John’s 5-6 Business Days
  • Toronto 2-3 Business Days
  • Vancouver 5-6 Business Days
  • Winnipeg 3-4 Business Days

Visit B&H Photo & Video


Canon Doing Away With Date Codes?

Where have they gone?
There have been reports from folks that Canon has removed standard date codes from their lenses. Chuck Westfall, Canon USA’s tech guru confirms the reports.

The new 70-200 f/2.8L IS II is reported to have a 10 digit serial number for some people. All of my stock at Lens Rentals Canada has a 6 digit serial number. Would the 10 digit number have a date code system? We’re still waiting to hear.

Source [TDP]