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EOS Bodies / Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: Today at 09:32:37 AM »

We’re told there are tons of new DSLR products coming for Photokina this September. The announcement for the new stuff should happen on September 4th or 5th, depending on where you are in the world. Our source has mentioned a DSLR body as well as a host of lenses for various budgets.

What will be announced?

First up, the successor to the EOS 7D will be announced. We’re told that there’s “a lot of the 1D X” in the new camera. As well as some revolutionary sensor technology.

What about lenses?

We’re getting more confirmations that the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS will be replaced by a new version with a rotating zoom instead of the push/pull design that the lens currently uses. It looks like Canon India is teasing a new “big” lens on their Facebook page.

The following lenses I’d rate as [CR1], as they’re the first time I’ve heard about them for Photokina this year.

We’re told that at least one EF-S lens is possible, most likely a replacement to the EF-S 18-200. The lens could be replaced with an 18-300 IS STM.

Another lens we’re told to expect is targeted at the EOS 6D user. It will be a “cheaper version of the 28-300L” lens. Canon is lacking a big range non L zoom for full frame cameras.


PowerShot / Canon Announces the PowerShot SX520 HS & SX400 HS
« on: July 29, 2014, 06:35:58 AM »
With an Impressive 42x and 30x Optical Zoom, respectively, Canon’s new PowerShot SX520 HS and PowerShot SX400 IS Digital Cameras Provide High-Quality Imaging Tools to Meet Varying User Needs 

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 29, 2014 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new compact, super-zoom cameras: the PowerShot SX520 HS and the PowerShot SX400 IS digital cameras. Designed to give users the versatility and telephoto reach they need to capture subjects from far distances, these new cameras are packed with impressive features. The new PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera includes a high-powered 42x Optical Zoom lens (equivalent to 24-1008mm) and the Canon HS SYSTEM for clear sharp images and Full HD Video. With a 30x Optical Zoom (equivalent to 24-720mm), the PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera allows photographers to capture the moments that mean the most to them quickly and easily, even at long range.

“Our goal is to provide people who are passionate about photography with the imaging tools they need to capture the moments that inspire them,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The PowerShot SX520 HS and PowerShot SX400 IS digital cameras offer users features that help produce high quality-images and video with ease allowing them to capture their most creative shots.”

Preorder: PowerShot SX520 HS at B&H Photo | PowerShot SX400 HS at B&H Photo

The PowerShot SX520 HS Digital Camera

Building on the features of the PowerShot SX510 HS digital camera, the PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera incorporates a 42x Optical Zoom with Canon’s Optical Image Stabilization, ideal for active families that want to take high-quality close-up shots of their children’s soccer game or dance recitals. In addition to featuring a powerful optical zoom range, the SX520 HS digital camera combines a 16 Megapixeli High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to create the Canon HS SYSTEM allowing for excellent low-light performance.

Giving users the ability to capture life in motion, the camera features a dedicated movie button so users can easily record 1080p Full HD video utilizing the camera’s full 42x optical zoom capability. The camera also features an enhanced grip for added handling comfort. Additionally, the camera’s Intelligent IS automatically chooses from one of eight modes to help optimize image stabilization for virtually shake-free images in various shooting conditions. The camera’s High Speed AF allows users to achieve fast autofocusing speeds to help capture every shot with ease. The PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera’s advanced Zoom Framing Assist feature intelligently controls the lens, making it easy to locate the main subject by zooming out, and then zooming back in quickly and automatically for dramatic close-ups with face detection where applicable.

Upgraded from its predecessor, the PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera features Canon’s Creative Shot mode that uses a combination of lighting, color and composition from the original image to create unique, artistic images. Smart AUTO technology selects 32 different pre-defined scenes for still shots and 21 scenes for video without the need to switch modes, making it possible to take beautiful images and video in a variety of situations. The Hybrid AUTO mode featured in the PowerShot SX520 HS camera creates a beautifully stabilized HD video clip (up to approximately four seconds) every time a user shoots a still image, then compiles the clips into a single movie that forms a “highlighted reel” for the day. This new camera is equipped with a built-in mini-HDMI port that makes it easy to connect to an HD TV set at home or on the road so everyone can comfortably enjoy viewing the footage.

The PowerShot SX400 IS Digital Camera

With a compact design and a powerful 30x Optical Zoom range with Optical Image Stabilizer, the PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera is a versatile camera that can be used daily anytime, anywhere. The 16 Megapixeli CCD sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor combine with Canon’s Intelligent IS system to provide users with outstanding functionality, while the updated grip design improves handling comfort. With Smart AUTO, the camera identifies an ideal image setting by intelligently selecting from one of 32 pre-defined modes for still shots and 21 scenes for video.

The PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera is always ready for action with a dedicated movie button to easily stop and start recording 720p HD video. Additionally, like the PowerShot SX520 HS camera, the PowerShot SX400 IS camera can record even far distances through the use of the camera’s full 30x zoom range. The PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera’s High Speed AF, upgraded from the previous model, helps to reduce lag time so that the perfect shot can be captured quickly and with ease.

Pricing and Availability

The PowerShot SX500 HS digital camera will be available in September 2014 for an estimated retail price of $399.99.

The PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera will be available in August 2014 in black or red for an estimated retail price of $249.99.


EOS Bodies / Patent: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 DO Macro
« on: July 28, 2014, 09:08:39 PM »
This is the first I have seen this sort of patent. Canon has filed an optical formula patent for a diffractive optic macro lens. What better lens to upgrade with a DO version than the long-in-the-tooth Canon EF 180 f/3.5L Macro?

Patent Information (Google Translated)

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-137484
    • Publication date 2014.7.28
    • Filing date 2013.1.17
  • Example 1
    • Focal length f = 180.00mm
    • Shooting magnification ∞ 0.5x 1.0x
    • Fno. 3.50-4.50-5.20
    • Half angle ω = 6.85 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 202.38mm
    • BF 52.18mm

Source: [EG]


Lenses / New Canon L Primes, but Not Until 2015 [CR2)
« on: July 28, 2014, 01:38:26 PM »

We’re told to expect new Canon L primes, but none will be announced in 2014.

The first one we can expect is a new 35L in early 2015, this has been rumored since the 24L was announced. There have been lots of patents for the optical formula, but nothing has come of it.

The second is a new 50L in late 2015. The new lens is said to be a lot smaller and lighter, perhaps a drop to f/1.4?

There may have been development delays in L lens development as Canon has been working hard building a cinema lens lineup.


Pricewatch Deals / Deal: EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $3299
« on: July 28, 2014, 01:31:53 PM »

GetItDigital (99.4% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS kit for $3299 (Reg $3799 after $200 MIR). GetItDigital is also including a 3 year USA warranty.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $3299 (Reg $3799 after $200 MIR)


Third Party Manufacturers / Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 26, 2014, 10:21:35 AM »

Dustin Abbott, a friend of Canon Rumors has completed his review of the Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* in the ZE mount for Canon. The review is pretty glowing for the Zeiss, as one would expect. Dustin directly compared it to the classic Canon EF 135 f/2L and came away with the conclusion that the Zeiss is optically better, though for twice the price it should be. However, the missing AF in the Zeiss is a big deal when comparing the two.

Says Dustin: “Will it be replacing my 135L? Probably not. Until I shot with the Zeiss I thought the performance of the 135L was fantastic, and I will still enjoying shooting with it. I knew that the Zeiss would be better before I did the review, although I was surprised by just how noticeably better it was in head to head comparison. But for many of the applications that I use the 135L in, I need the AF. But I’m also not a full time professional photographer, and frankly, there are a few higher priorities for that kind of money in my kit at the moment. I’ll keep using my trusty Canon, but I will cherish the images that I took with the Zeiss. And one day, there WILL be a Zeiss lens in my kit. They are just too good.”

Read the full review | Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* at B&H Photo



Canon Follows Up on Their Strong Showing at February’s Big Game in New Jersey With Widespread Use by Imaging Professionals at the Soccer Tournament in Brazil

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 24, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that Canon broadcast lenses were the most widely used broadcast lenses covering the matches of the recent Soccer Tournament in Brazil. Furthermore, the professional photographers tasked with capturing the riveting goals, ravenous fans, colorful scenery and nail-biting moments of the soccer matches utilized Canon DSLR cameras and lenses more than any other brand.

This outstanding show of support for Canon equipment in Brazil follows Canon broadcast lenses being used extensively to broadcast The Big Game in New Jersey on February 2, 2014, as well as being the number one camera and lens choice for imaging professionals shooting from the sidelines of the game between Denver and Seattle. In support of professionals on the ground, the Canon Professional Services (CPS) team was on location at each of these sporting events, among countless others, to provide support to photographers, broadcasters and all imaging professionals.

“Canon is honored to help broadcast companies and news services bring the action of these high-profile sporting events to devoted fans across the world. It is a testament to our products and professional service and support that so many image makers at the pinnacle of their profession rely on Canon,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Throughout the soccer matches in Brazil, Canon broadcast field lenses were utilized to deliver footage of the thrilling tournament. Canon broadcast field lenses represented approximately 90 percent share of all broadcast lenses used. Additionally, Canon broadcast lenses were used extensively to deliver The Big Game to more than 111 million television viewers.

A look to the sidelines in Brazil revealed a familiar sight to many sporting event fans — Canon EOS Digital SLR cameras, equipped with iconic white Canon telephoto EF lenses. Throughout the tournament, approximately 70 percent of imaging professionals chose Canon DSLRs and lenses to capture and share the memorable moments of these passionate and prideful soccer matches. Much like The Big Game, in which 75 percent of imaging professionals on the sideline of that gridiron matchup chose Canon equipment.

At each of the 12 stadiums that hosted Soccer matches in Brazil, CPS had teams of technical and professional representatives providing imaging professionals with convenient access to product support, equipment maintenance, and product loans.

Pricewatch Deals / Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: July 24, 2014, 12:13:13 PM »

B&H Photo has limited stock of the Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art for Canon mount. These probably won’t last long.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art at B&H Photo


EOS Bodies / High Megapixel EOS on the Way as Mentioned by Canon
« on: July 23, 2014, 08:08:24 AM »

The first confirmation directly from Canon about a high megapixel camera has appeared in an interview with DC Watch. The interview was about the two latest ultra wide zoom lenses, the EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM and the EF 16-35 f/4L IS and what went into designing them.

Google Translated from interview: “I to higher pixel unnecessarily is the opposite, but there is also a feeling if there is a high-performance lens that matches the number of pixels (pixel pitch), to want to take a look at the descriptive power of the true. By super-wide-angle zoom image quality is good came out to the periphery, and we look forward to the advent of high-resolution model of the EOS.”

We were told previously that there would be 3 EOS cameras in 2014, and so far we have seen just one, the Rebel T5. There was also the white Rebel SL1 (i dont count this as a new camera). The next one will be the follow-up to the EOS 7D and the third one is still a mystery. It could be something as simple as a new Rebel, or perhaps something far more interesting.

Read the entire interview

Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS: Amazon | B&H Photo | Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM: Amazon | B&H Photo

via [NL]


Lenses / Review: Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM
« on: July 22, 2014, 09:13:29 AM »

Bryan over at The Digital Picture has posted his review of the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM. This is the widest rectilinear lens available for full frame Canon DSLRs. If you’re looking for a lens that will give a truly unique look, this will definitely fit the bill.

Says The Digital Picture:

“This lens is not without some shortcomings, but what it offers is available in no other lens. The Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens is the widest angle rectilinear lens available in a Canon, Nikon, Sony or Sigma DSLR mount. This unique capability will allow you to capture images that would otherwise not be possible and the quality of Sigma 12-24 II images can be also-impressive.”

Read the full review | Sigma 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 DG II at Amazon


EOS Bodies / Patent: 45x Zoom for Waterproof Camera
« on: July 19, 2014, 05:40:30 PM »

This patent may show where the next PowerShot D series camera is heading. Below is a patent for a 45x zoom lens that is for a waterproof/dustproof application.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-109664 (Google Translated)

    • Publication date 2014.6.12

    • Filing date 2012.11.30

    • Related 2014-109665,2014-109666

  • Example 1

    • Zoom ratio 44.41

    • Focal length f = 4.62-13.02-205.00mm

    • Fno. 3.91-6.14-9.00

    • Half angle ω = 36.14-16.58-1.08 °

    • 99.33-103.38-113.64mm overall length of the lens

    • BF 12.11-10.81-4.28mm

Source: [EG]


Canon General / 4K Video Capture Coming to the EOS 5D Mark IV? [CR1]
« on: July 18, 2014, 06:23:23 PM »

The EOS 5D Mark IV received a mention recently as possibly being announced in early 2015. One of the features mentioned as a possibility is 4K video capture. Although, I’m pretty sure every future Canon DSLR is going to be rumored to shoot 4K video.

CR’s Take

If the EOS 5D Mark IV is coming in early 2015 as this rumor suggests, then I cannot see 4K being a part of the feature set. I don’t think we’ll see 4K video recording in a “prosumer” level DSLR from Canon until the technology moves down the Cinema EOS line.

I asked someone in the know recently if Canon had market research on who buys the EOS 5D Mark III and for what purpose. I was told that the videographer focused purchaser of the EOS 5D Mark III was less than 10% of the total sales. The camera is, and has always been, for the still photographer.

If Canon wants to grow in cinema and 4K capture, and they do, then they have a whole new line of cameras that is one generation into its existence to add these and other features to at various price points.

My 2 cents anyway…. :)

Source: [CW] via [P5D]



Is Sigma getting ready to enter the world of professional cinema lenses? It seems like a logical next step for the manufacturer, as they have become quite aggressive in the higher end DSLR space. While Sigma didn’t flat out say they were entering the market, they also didn’t deny it.

Sigma’s CEO Kazuto Yamaki left the following hint recently in an interview with Resource Magazine:

“How could one of the greatest innovators of lens technology in the world not be producing lenses for high-end digital video and motion picture cameras? With such high standards, cinematographers seem like a natural market for Sigma. When I asked Kazuto about this, he simply smiled and said the two words that make every tech writer crave more: “No comment.” It looks like Sigma may still has a few more tricks up their sleeve…”

Source: [RM] via [SR]


Pricewatch Deals / SanDisk Sale at B&H Photo
« on: July 16, 2014, 12:46:11 PM »

B&H Photo has informed us about good discounts on SanDisk memory cards. You can save up to $225 on various compact flash cards and multi card packs.

SanDisk Deals at B&H Photo


Canon General / New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2014, 12:29:42 PM »

A brief mention that we could see a new Speedlite announced with the EOS 7D replacement in September.

I do not expect an 600EX-RT replacement, but the 430EX II could be the one to get an upgrade.


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