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Hey, Canon! What kind of exchange rate is that???  >:( >:( >:(
Or did I get something wrong and the $2199,- are ex. VAT?  ???

Yes. US price includes no VAT/sales taxes.

Nevertheless, if we take USD 2199 * 1,19 [19% VAT in Germany] * 0.77820 [USD -> € @ 3% interbank rate] we would be at € 2.036,40 rather than at 2.499,-   :o

First shop in Switzerland already lists it as on stock:
Price 2'368.00 CHF, including 3 years of warranty (if bought till 31.01.2015).

it might be worthwhile to call 'em to confirm "immediate availability".  ;D

Lenses / Re: Did Canon Leak the EF 11-24mm f/4L?
« on: November 11, 2014, 08:02:16 AM »
YES ... come on Canon ... announce it!  ;D

Canon General / Re: Hello everyone!
« on: November 11, 2014, 06:01:33 AM »
I have a T3 at the moment with a kit lens and a 70-300 Sigma.  I'd like to get a prime and wide angle for landscapes.

Hello & welcome here.   

* EF-S 24/2.8 STM - brand new, very small, very light, dirt cheap, optically probably good but pending reviews, thanks to STM AF drive especially well suited for liveview and video operation; but serves APS-C sensors only, not suitable for "full frame" ... so in Nikon lingo it's a DX lens. :-)

* EF 24/2.8 IS - excellent image quality, Image stabilizrer (IS = VR), reasonable price, compact, more than "good enough" build quality, lens hood needs to be paid extra; suitable for APS-C and full frame  ["FX" lens]

if you want "real wide angle" on APS-C sensored DSLRs, there are basically 3 zooms to consider at reasonable price/performance levels
* EF-S 10-18 IS STM - compact and light, decent IQ, Image stabilizer, STM AF drive, very good price/performance, APS-C only ["DX"]
* EF-S 10-22 - very good IQ (slightly better than 10-18), better build, decent price, APS-C only ["DX"]
* EF 16-35 / 4.0 L IS - fairly new L-Zoom, Luxury price, but excellent IQ, very good "pro" build quality, Image stabilizer, suitable also for full frame ["FX"]   

All other Canon (ultra)wide-angle lenses 28mm and shorter either have poor image quality [especially all EF prime lenses other than 24/2.8 IS and 28/2.8 IS but also EF 17-40/4.0 L  ... or are more expensive than optical quality warrants [namely EF 14/2.8 L] or are very large and without AF [namely tilt shift lenses, TSE-E 17/4, 24/3.5]

Welcome to Canon! :)

I've been looking at those MTF charts. Have I misunderstood them, or do they indicate much better resolution WITH extenders than naked WITHOUT? How can that be? Anyone put me right?

I have noticed the same thing. There must be a (labeling?) error of some sort.
The 2 charts showing naked lens seem to be correct, though.

Here is a comparison of "old" push-pull 100-400 [top] and new Mk. II [bottom], without extenders:

found at:


with today's technology - hardware, on-board processing power, advanced algorithms and software to track eyeballs [think of Google Glass etc.] - it should be no problem whatsoever to accurately select from any number of AF fields in a viewfinder ... without fail and without any noticeable lag. It is absolutely beyond me why Canon is not bringing back that HUGE USP to their cameras.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS - Discontinued?
« on: November 10, 2014, 03:17:37 PM »
certainly Canon got their a** handed to them for the outrageuosly high launch price of the 24-70 L IS. :-)

At least in central Europe this lens seems to not move at all. Canon is definitely desparately "cashbacking" it ... I've not seen such rapidly falling prices with any other new L lens before.
It may well fall another 150 - 200 € ... down to current 24-105 L price levels quite soon.

But I do not expect them to discontinue the lens or replace it soon. Depending on how well the 24-105 STM (non L) does, Canon may have to bring a 24-105 L Mk. II.

hehe. I just picked up a Canon EOS 30 [Elan 7E] in optically very good condition for € 39,-

Other than film I also need to get 2 CR123A batteries first to confirm it's fully functional. Am really looking forward also to play around with that Eye Control Focus feature to see, whether I should clamour more often for it on future Canon DSLRs and MILCs. :-)

AvTvM, thanks again for the update and also for your effords.

you're welcome. To me, it is a matter of principle. Don't want to get too political ... but don't see why multinational corporations should reap all benefits of globalization for themselves while denying them to their paying customers. :-)

If I hear more from Canon on this subject, I'll post it.

Canon has just informed me they "unlocked" the country field on the German registration form:

UK and other EU country registration forms for Winter/Christmas Cashback 2014 are still locked to the repective country however.

I'll get back to them and suggest, they unlock ALL of their EU country registration forms. So we get what is our right as consumers: non discriminatory access to goods and prices across the entire common market = in all EU countries. As resident in any Eu country you may then purchase items wherever you get the best price for them - after cash-back is applied. Obviously you'll have to look at the whole picture: price in (online) shop, cash-back  conditions for the repsective country and product, shipping cost, taxation differences [VAT].

Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 07, 2014, 03:40:47 AM »
I quickly did a superimpose of the 70-300L over the 100-400LII. Size comparison is based on the size of the sealing gasket on the lens mount.

Looks like it won't fit 'standing up' in most lens bags, so the 70-300L still holds its value as a travel lens for that purpose.

I've attached the psd too if you'd like to play around some more with the image.

hmmm ... this way it definitely looks like an 82mm filter thread.

re. "length" ... my bag (thinktank retrospective 20) is limited to Camera body with attached 70-200 II. So 100-400 II might still fit. 

Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 07, 2014, 12:03:07 AM »
Yep, could be. Most canon lenshoods for tele/zooms are non-petal shaped (exception 70-200ii) ... 100-400 (old) and 70-300 l are non-petal.
See pic some way down the page:

If lens filter thread and hood both turn ... not sure, what/how canon is going to implement it without risking any (long-term) stability issues on the front of the lens ...

Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 06, 2014, 11:15:38 PM »
If the new pic is real i'd guess the filter to be 77mm not 82mm ...

Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 06, 2014, 11:07:51 PM »
Don't think so ... it is probably just the new feature on the lens hood giving easier access to mounted (polarizer) filters. As mentioned in the earlier cr "specs rumor".

"Lens hood is designed to make using polarizers easier"

I guess the guy is just turning the polarizer filter.

Btw there don't seem to be focal length or distance markings on the right side of the lens either... Maybe a prototype?

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