Waiting to get confirmation of what the drop will be, but it may get back down to the Christmas pricing of $1999.
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EF-S 18-135 II This lens will have a silent autofocus motor geared to video. It will arrive with the new Rebel T4i. This has shown up in a US retailer inventory system. No price for the kit with the T4i.
EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4X This highly anticipated lens will be officially announced shortly. The price will most likely be $10,999 USD.
EF 40 f/2.8 Pancake I think it’ll be EF, but a 40 f/2.8 Pancake lens is coming. Expect it to be announced either with the 5D or shortly after.
5D Mark III
Below are the known specs of the upcoming 5D Mark III. To see all the 5D Mark III coverage, you can click here for the category view.
So this pretty much confirms what we’ve been saying for a while now.
It will be a 5D type camera and the same specs as before keep coming up. 22mp, 61AF points, full frame, 6.9fps and all that.
If March 2, 2012 is true, we’ll get confirmation very shortly. February 28, 2012 still gets a few mentions, so perhaps something else may be announced on that date.
I don’t think anyone is too shocked by that, as I think there is a lot of software tweaking going on with the camera. I have yet to hear any issues with manufacturing.
The camera has also disappeared on some store web sites when you search for it.
Canon Mirrorless Fun
A patent showing an 18-45 f/3.5-5.6 kit lens for an APS-C sensored mirrorless camera has appeared. That would be a 29mm-70mm lens when crop is factored in.
The split in the line is still something that has come from a few places. The most common resolution numbers for each camera are 22mp and 34mp. Again, everyone is pointing to two full frame cameras under the 1D X.
New Specs? The following specs have shown up on a Chinese web store. How factual it is, I am unsure. Some of the specs I’ve seen, others I haven’t. However, if there’s a split of the 5D line, and all signs point that way, some specs may be getting mashed across each model. More about the split in a bit.
5D Mark III (source)
19 AF Points
Wireless Flash Operation 5D X (source)
61 AF points
DIGIC 5 & DIGIC 4
thanks stefan & bernd
Canon has officially announced the new Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II and Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II will become available in May 2012.
I think this is only the 4th date given for release and probably the last.
5D Mark III/X Specs
A slightly different spec list for the coming 5D3/5Dx. It mentions the camera using the 1D Mark IV AF system and not the 1D X’s 61pt AF. This is the first I’ve heard that. Definitely not a bad thing if true.
Also mentioned is an upgrade in weather sealing to match the 7D. I have heard of leaking 7D’s, so I’m not sure if that’s a good thing.
Replacement of the 580?
A new flagship flash may be coming shortly. No guide number was given, but a suggestion it will use radio to trigger flashes. It may also trigger cameras.
Things are heating up and we’re going to see an announcement soon. February 28, 2012 is still shaping up as the day of an announcement, though it could be a week later. We’ll be seeing a full frame camera announced. We’re still unsure if it’ll be a 5D Mark III or a 5D X.
The next 90 days could be pretty exciting for the Canon community. Expect a bunch of announcements. This isn’t [CR3], but it sounds like we’ll see at least 2 full frame cameras announced before NAB in April. One will probably be the 4K camera. Also expect more lens announcements.
Received some detailed information that 5D Mark III/X commercials are being shot in England and France. One film is about making a cinematic piece with the camera, the other is for Euro 2012.
Very few details were given about the camera itself.
I’m In Ecuador
My internet may be wonky for the next couple of days as I move around Ecuador, but do keep emails and whatnot coming.
I have posted a journal/article about the trip that I hope some of you find interesting. I’ll obviously be posting photographs as internet access allows. I’ll also be reviewing a couple of products from Singh-Ray Filters and Gura Gear.
Pardon any grammatical or spelling errors, I can’t proof read well when I’m tired.
Read the article (I will attempt to update it daily and it’ll be at the top of the site)
There are some images of the new primes on the Canon EOS C300 as well. Are videographers looking forward to these primes?
There is also a sample from a hand assembled EF 24-70 f/2.8L II to view.
Dan’s take on the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Mounted to my 5dMKII it felt like a perfectly balanced package. Another physical difference is the 82mm thread on the front element, up from 77mm on the previous version. I remember the change from the old 16-35 f2.8 to the 16-35 f2.8 II which went through the same increase in diameter. The end of the MKII 16-35 appeared a fair bit larger than it’s predecessor, with a bulge in the lens casing. I’m happy to say though the the 24-70 doesn’t suffer from this at all. I was worried it would seem a lot bulkier but actually it feels quite svelte and apart from the annoyance of all your 77mm filters no longer fitting, it’s a change that will go unnoticed by most.
Announcement date of February 28, 2012? I have received lots of emails saying that’ll be the announcement date. I cannot confirm it to 100% certainty, so for now it’s just a guess.
Specs? All the same specs are coming in. 22mp, 61pt af, 6.9fps. It could definitely take the spot of the 7D, if the previous rumor is true.
Shipping? Late March or early April is the mentioned ship times for the camera. If this is true, there should be real solid leaks coming soon.
Where’s my megapixels? A lot of people are wondering why 22mp is it, especially after Nikon announced their 36mp D800 last week. Canon’s Masaya Maeda had some interesting things to say about a large megapixel body.
…Regarding how Canon responds to the competition from Nikon’s D800 and the concern of the successor of 5D Mark II, Maeda indicates that although he cannot leak information about un-announced product, the way Canon develops new product is to satisfy the needs of professional photographers. For instance, the introduction of EOS-1D X is to satisfy professional photographers to photoshoot sports events like the Olympics, in terms of their requirement of high FPS and high image quality under high ISO settings. If Canon thinks the market wants the high resolution models such as the 30 MP of Nikon’s D800, they can easily develop such products…
The bolded part of the above quote basically translates to, “we have one, give us a bit to tear a D800 apart and make sure ours is better”.
I still want a 5D2! There has also been a few suggestions that the 5D Mark II could remain current, even after a perceived replacement is announced.