Canon Rumors You gotta know Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:18:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Review: Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:46:55 +0000 [...]]]> Friend of the site Dustin Abbott has completed his review of the brand new Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC manual focus lens. Dustin came away thoroughly impressed with the optics of the $549 Samyang, and thinks it’s better than Canon’s 135mm f/2L in that regard.

As always, the review is a good one with lots of sample images, as well as a video version of the review. As always with Samyang lenses, it comes down to whether or not you’re willing to sacrifice focus aids such as autofocus and focus confirmation (for Canon) for great optics and a lower price.

I would be happy to own this lens – no question.  The question is whether or not I would choose it over a lens like the Canon 135mm f/2L despite the fact that that the Samyang beats the pants off it optically.  As an owner of the 135L, I can’t say that I am personally compelled to make that switch.  But if you are in the market for a 135mm f/2 lens and want both better optics and a cheaper price, this lens is worth a very long look.  It has the ability to produce images that are amongst the finest possible with this focal length.

Read the full reviewSamyang 135mm f/2 at B&H Photo $549

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Redrock Micro To Introduce Auto Focus Tracking System? Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:24:05 +0000 [...]]]> A new video leaked today showing prototype technology that looks to potentially solve focusing for video. A Commercial and bts from Dustin Poteet – MoVI operator – demonstrates technology from Redrock Micro on a Canon 5D MKII that continuously tracks focus on any subject and between subjects. The prototype seems to use Redrock’s existing microRemote wireless remote focus and microTape sonar rangefinder hooked together. This is billed as a “proof of concept” that is better than Canon’s own dual pixel because it works on any camera and lens, focuses on any type of subject (not just faces), works under any lighting conditions, and has a “very fluid and organic feel to it.”

There were no specifications about the technology in the video, but I suspect we’ll be hearing more about it next month at NAB.



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Exploring the EOS 5DS: Fernando Guerra on Architecture Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:48:37 +0000 [...]]]> CPN has posted another article about the Canon EOS 5DS with thoughts from a Canon Explorer of Light. This time Fernando Guerra expresses his feelings about the camera and how it does with his architectural photography workflow. I imagine the EOS 5DS will be the choice over the EOS 5DS R for this time of work. There’s a much higher chance of moire effects when shooting architecture, and a lot of photographers don’t want to add another step to their processing time.

He adds: “I don’t need a camera that weighs four or five kilos and has a lens that looks like a basket. I’m more like a photojournalist than a traditional architectural photographer, who will usually have a view camera with all the movements. That was the way, 15 years ago, but not now. I can have two Canon 5DSs on my shoulders – I always work with two cameras – for less than half the price of a medium format camera. The world’s changed and cameras are smaller, better and faster. I don’t need medium format and I’m not going to look [at using it] again.”

Read the full article at CPN | Canon EOS 5DS $3699: AdoramaB&H Photo | Amazon

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Canon Celebrates 12th Straight Year of No.1 Share of Global ILC Market Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:24:19 +0000 [...]]]> TOKYO, March 26, 2015—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras) have maintained the No.1 share worldwide in terms of volume within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market for the 12-year period spanning 2003 to 2014.1

Canon develops the key components, namely the CMOS image sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses, employed in its interchangeable-lens cameras. The most advanced of these technologies are incorporated across the Company’s entire product lineup, spanning from professional-use flagship cameras to entry-level models, enabling the Company to maintain the top global share by offering a robust product lineup that effectively responds to the needs of a wide range of users.

In 2003, the dawn of digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS Kiss Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D Digital in other regions). This groundbreaking camera, which featured a compact, lightweight design and was offered at a competitive price, set the stage for growth in the digital SLR market and enabled the Company to capture the top share of the global market. Since that time, Canon has continued to launch epoch-making new products, including the EOS-1D series of digital SLR cameras targeting professional users, and the EOS 5D series, which paved the way for digital SLR video recording thanks to its full-frame sensor employing a video-capture function.

In October 2014, targeting advanced-amateur users, Canon launched the EOS 7D Mark II, which has garnered high acclaim from the market for its fast continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per second and superior autofocus performance. It is thanks to Canon’s impressive camera lineup, including the EOS 7D Mark II, that the Company has maintained the No. 1 share in the market for 12 years running. Furthermore, in April 2014, Canon celebrated an impressive lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of its 100 millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras. The Company’s extensive EF lens-series lineup, which currently comprises a total of 97 models,2 is one of Canon’s biggest strengths, helping the EOS series to realize a wide spectrum of imaging possibilities and rich visual expression.

Aiming to further strengthen its wide product lineup, Canon introduced five new camera models in February of this year. The new lineup comprises the EOS 5DS and 5DS R, which achieve the world’s highest pixel count among 35 mm full-frame sensor digital SLR cameras,3 the EOS 8000D (EOS Rebel T6s or 760D) and EOS Kiss X8i (EOS Rebel T6i or 750D in other regions) entry-level digital SLR cameras, and the EOS M3 digital compact-system camera, which achieves greatly enhanced AF performance.

1. Based on a survey by Canon.
2. Includes EF Cinema Lenses.
3. As of February 6, 2015, based on a survey by Canon.
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Canon U.S.A. Puts Its Latest Digital Imaging Solutions On Display With Interactive Booth Demonstrations At The 2015 Nab Show Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:28:49 +0000 [...]]]> Highlights Include Shooting Galleries, Live Speaker Sessions, Extensive Lens Exhibits, Full On-Site HDR and DI Suite, and the Canon Theater

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 26, 2015 – At the 2015 NAB Show in Las Vegas, NV, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its full line of professional, high definition imaging equipment for motion picture, television production, video content creation, and still photography at booth C432. During the 2015 NAB Show, Canon will feature a live 4K Workflow Demonstration where visitors will have the opportunity to interact with industry-leading colorists and editors in a 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range) and DI (Digital Intermediate) suite. Visitors will also have the opportunity to demo the full range of Canon Cinema, HD Video and DSLR cameras, Cinema Lenses, including the Cine-Servo 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 lens and Broadcast HDTV lenses, such as the new HJ24ex7.5B HD ENG lens, through various simulated shooting situations in three different shooting galleries. Canon will also feature a 4K frame-grab demonstration where professional photographers will utilize the Canon Cinema EOS-1D C camera to deliver still images from 4K video.

Live educational sessions will demonstrate the benefits of Canon’s Dual Pixel autofocus technology for various shooting scenarios. In addition, images taken with the new EOS 5DS 50.6 megapixel high resolution Digital SLR camera will be printed on site on the imagePROGRAF iPF8400 printer, and displayed as wall wraps to highlight the detailed and high quality images that can be taken with the new DSLR.

Throughout the 2015 NAB Show, Canon will host a series of unique stage presentations with renowned cinematographers, broadcast specialists, and filmmakers on the Canon Live Stage. These industry professionals will provide insight into the ever-changing field of optical and imaging technology and showcase their projects and works that were shot using Canon equipment, as well as share best practices and real-world applications for utilizing Canon technology.

Highlighting the Company’s strength and achievements in the realm of optical technologies, Canon will exhibit all 125 of its current EF, Cinema and BCTV lenses. This dedicated optics section of the booth will include technology displays to help educate visitors on the intricate systems that help make Canon lenses such powerful tools.

Show attendees are also welcome to view stunning clips of recent award-winning content shot on Canon Cinema EOS equipment in the Company’s 90-seat Theater.

Canon 4K Reference Displays will be featured throughout the booth, including a non-linear editing system demonstrating the display’s compatibility with various digital cinema camera solutions as well as ACES color grading capabilities.

Professional cinematographers in need of a fast, easy way to print images for scene continuity or to preserve highlights of a recently completed project will appreciate learning about the convenience and versatility of Canon’s high-quality imagePROGRAF and PIXMA Pro inkjet printers.

Canon’s Education Team will be hosting in-booth guest speaker seminars and workshops throughout the 2015 NAB Show. The aforementioned guest speakers have collaborated with Canon in the past to develop educational content, and will be conducting user-focused product and workflow demonstrations, as well as question and answer sessions with attendees.

For more information and updates regarding the Canon Live Learning speaker schedule please visit:

Canon’s Professional Services (CPS) will again be hosting the Canon Hospitality Suite. Located in Room C201, the Canon Hospitality Suite is open to all NAB tradeshow attendees with priority support for CPS Gold, Platinum, Cinema, and Enterprise members. After checking in at the CPS kiosk in the Canon Booth, visitors to the suite, located just off of the tradeshow floor, can experience Canon’s commitment to service and support for the professional imaging community.

Suite visitors will also be able to chat with Canon experts about Canon’s exciting developments in cinema, video and DSLR technology and Canon technical representatives will be on-hand to provide product consultations. Gold, Platinum, Cinema, and Enterprise CPS members can take advantage of the complimentary on-site Clean & Check Service (limited to two current* Canon DSLR bodies or lenses or one current* Cinema product or XF professional video camcorder registered to a member’s CPS account). Show attendees will also have the opportunity to sign up for Canon CPS membership. Product serial numbers for qualifying CPS equipment will be needed in order to process on-site membership applications. For restrictions and additional information, please

The Canon Hospitality Suite hosted by CPS will be open April 13th from 10:00am to 6:00pm, April 14th through April 15th from 9:00am to 6:00pm and April 16th from 9:00am to 12:00pm.

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Canon 4K Camera Makes an Appearance Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:15:59 +0000 [...]]]> The long rumored small 4K camera we’ve been talking about from Canon appears to have shown up in China before its launch for NAB 2015 in Las Vegas next month. This definitely looks to be Canon’s foray into the drone market.

Jackie Chan also makes an appearance alongside the new camera.

SPECIFICATIONS (Updated in bold)

  • 1″ CMOS Sensor
  • Removable grip
  • 58mm filter
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • External Viewfinder
  • Canon 10X optical zoom 8.9-89mm f/2.8-5.6 4k video fixed lens (35mm Equi. 24-240mm)
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Source: [PhotoRumors]

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An 50.6mp EOS-1 Body Being Explored [CR2] Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:51:42 +0000 [...]]]> We’re told that Canon is exploring making an EOS-1 style body with the latest (or variation of) 50.6mp sensor by Canon. “Exploring” doesn’t mean it’s going to happen, and it won’t happen before the EOS-1D X Mark II is announced.

The sales of the EOS 5Ds & EOS 5DS R will ultimately decide if Canon makes a higher priced version of the camera. There’s been people over the years that have never felt the amalgamation of the EOS-1 line was going to last forever. There are ergonomics attached to the EOS-1 bodies that a lot of people have a hard time moving away from.

I would suspect what the pros have to say about the EOS 5Ds will have an influence on whether or not such a camera gets produced.

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Review: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:42:58 +0000 [...]]]> Bryan at The-Digital-Picture has completed his review of the brand new Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC lens.

Bryan says:

For those wanting a full frame ultra-wide angle focal length range (or any focal length under 24mm) with an f/2.8 aperture and image stabilization, there is no other option. Fortunately, that sole option is a good one. The Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Lens’ introduction raised eyebrows and, with the performance this lens is turning in, those eyebrows remain raised.

Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC in stock at B&H Photo $1199 | Read the full review

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Samyang To Announce 100mm Macro This Summer Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:59:13 +0000 It looks like Samyang will be announcing a 100mm f/2.8 macro lens this summer. The price of the lens is rumored to be in the area of $800, which is around what the equivalent Canon and Nikon lenses cost.

Source: [PhotoRumors]

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Canon Cinema EOS 700x Rumor Returns [CR0] Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:28:09 +0000 [...]]]> The Canon Cinema EOS 700x rumor has resurfaced, along with quite the press release. We said this was a nonsense rumor last month and we’re still saying that today. I’m floored at the time people spend to fabricate things.

There is no Cinema EOS 700x coming.

I don’t like posting stuff like this, but my inbox will fill up if I don’t.

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Preorder the Canon EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R Now Mon, 23 Mar 2015 04:01:30 +0000 [...]]]> You can now preorder the brand new Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R camera bodies. The cameras will begin shipping on June 29, 2015 and we suspect it’s going to be a very popular release. If you want one of the first bodies available, preordering is probably the best way to improve your chances.

Canon EOS 5DS $3699: AdoramaB&H Photo | Amazon

Canon EOS 5DS R $3899: AdoramaB&H Photo | Amazon

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Canon EOS 5DS R First Impressions Sat, 21 Mar 2015 21:42:28 +0000 [...]]]> Imaging Resource has posted sample images and first impressions of the upcoming Canon EOS 5DS R.

When compared to Nikon’s D810, the Canon shows more detail at base ISO, which is what it’s supposed to do. In the noise category, the EOS 5D Mark III has less of it, but the EOS 5DS R shames it by a fair margin in the detail department. The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R aren’t for low light hand held shooting, but it looks like they’re proving to deliver what they’re supposed to as far as detail goes.

We’re all waiting to see what the real world dynamic range of this new 50.6mp Canon sensor is going to deliver for us.

There’s also comparisons against the Pentax 645Z and Olympus EM-5 II.

See the full write up at Imaging Resource

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Canon and NAB 2015 in April [CR3] Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:45:06 +0000 [...]]]> We’re amended some information we’ve posted previously about what to expect from Canon at NAB 2015 in Las Vegas next month. Nothing below is going to change all that much, other than getting more specifications about the products.


This will be the star of Canon’s show. It will shoot 4K and you can also expect some minor ergonomic changes. We also think that it’s going to cost more than Sony’s FS7.


This is NOT going to be announced at NAB 2015. There’s always the possibility of a development announcement, but don’t expect a product you’re going to be able to purchase soon.


We’ve reported previously about a fixed lens Cinema EOS style camera, as well as Canon announcing a G4H competitor. We’re now pretty certain that these are in fact the same camera. We were wondering why we hadn’t heard anything about the lens mount for a G4H style camera. As it turns out, the lens is fixed and the camera will share the same shape as the Canon EOS C100 II, just smaller. This will be a 4K product and probably geared towards drones, though we don’t now how much “smaller” it will be compared to the EOS C100 Mark II.

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Canon Rumors Goes to Scotland Fri, 20 Mar 2015 01:33:29 +0000 [...]]]> I’m heading to Scotland Saturday to hang with Andy Biggs and a bunch of other landscape photography nuts for 10 days of shooting the Isles of Skye, Lewis & Harris as well as Cairngorms. This is almost the perfect time to go with the latest lenses Canon has released, especially the EF 11-24 f/4L and EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II. Do I wish an EOS 5DS R was coming with me? Absolutely!

What’s in my bag for this trip?

Why the Zeiss and the 11-24? I’ve shot the Zeiss plenty of times before and until proven otherwise, it’s the best ultra wide angle lens for Canon’s EF mount (apologies to the TS-E 17mm) that I’ve ever used. I will be using the 11-24 a lot as I work away on the review.

As I mentioned earlier, I would love to be taking an EOS 5DS R with me and I almost (GAH!) brought a D810, but the new 11-24 and 100-400 were too good to pass up, not to mention I don’t have a Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 for F mount.

I will also have the pleasure of shooting with a Leica S Type 006 kit on the trip, which should have no trouble fulfilling the desire for more resolution.

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