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Lenses / Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Delayed Again
« on: July 05, 2012, 09:34:48 AM »
Not good news
Contrary to what I was told recently by a few retailers, Canon has delayed the release of the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II again. This time until mid September 2012. The reason for the delay is said to be for “final  adjustments in production”.

CR’s Take
This is tough news for a lot of people. I own a lens rental business and not being able to find more new 24-70′s in Canada to add to stock has caused a few moments of stress. We were really hoping for a smooth switchover from version 1 to version 2.

However, if this is for quality control reasons, then the delay is worth it. No matter how much it drives us bonkers.


Pricewatch Deals / Canon EOS 7D Body Package Deal from B&H $1349
« on: July 04, 2012, 03:44:54 PM »
Canon EOS 7D Deal
B&H has launched a deal on the Canon EOS 7D for the July 4 holiday in the United States.

You can choose between one of three accessories. A Pearstone LP-E6 battery, SanDisk 16gb 200x CF card or a LowePro Adventure 170.

The deal is good for 36 hours.

Canon EOS 7D Bundle $1349 at B&H


Limited Quantity
B&H has limited initial stock of the two new Canon IS primes. I haven’t had a chance to use either all that seriously, however they are pretty sharp and quite light.

Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS $849.95

Canon EF 28 f/2.8 IS $799.95


EOS Bodies - For Stills / My Canon EOS-1D X Has Arrived!
« on: July 04, 2012, 09:39:13 AM »
Finally eh?
My Canon EOS-1D X has finally arrived! I think I actually preordered it before it was announced.

First Impressions?
Not many yet. I have touched this camera countless times at various photography trade shows, so nothing is really new. It is really nice to actually be able to put a card into one of the slots and save some images.

I will be using this camera pretty hard for the next little while and will let you know what I think.

Availability in the United States should come on Thursday or Friday, I’ve confirmed this with B&H.

A Production Canon EOS-1D X & EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake :)

Preorder the Canon EOS-1D X at B&H | Adorama | Amazon


EOS Bodies / Canon EOS-1D X Availability in North America
« on: July 02, 2012, 02:51:39 PM »
They’re coming!
We have unconfirmed reports that a few retailers in the US and Canada will be receiving their initial Canon EOS-1D X shipments this week.

We have reports they’ve shown up already in Montreal, Canada. I expect to get mine some time this week.

B&H Photo
We can’t confirm, but we’ve heard B&H Photo has told preorder customers that they expect a shipment this week. The July 4, 2012 holiday may disrupt some shipping though.

Preorder the Canon EOS-1D X at B&H | Adorama | Amazon


EOS Bodies / Canon Mirrorless Information [CR1]
« on: July 02, 2012, 10:59:42 AM »
A bit of information
With Canon’s expected foray into the mirrorless segment just around the corner, a bit more information has started to flow.

We’re told the new camera is in fact a new mount, I think most expected this. The camera will launch with at least 2 lenses and an EF adaptor. One lens will be a wide angle “kit” lens as well as a telephoto lens.

No word on whether or not the EF adaptor would also adapt EF-S lenses, though I would hope it did.

It is also suggested that the new primes that Canon has announced and released (24, 28, & 40mm) are the first in a series of small prime lenses meant to work well with EOS EF and the mirrorless camera.

Information about the body itself is pretty vague. It’s still suggested the camera will use the 14mp CMOS G1 X sensor. A “good” ISO range and “average” video performance. A video focused camera could be “in the future”.

EF Lens Adaptor
We have posted a couple of patents in the past about such an adaptor. You can view them here and here.

Northlight has posted a cool little diagram showing the size of the EF adaptor in comparison to the new EF 40 f/2.8 pancake.


Lenses / Patent: Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II
« on: July 02, 2012, 10:44:45 AM »
Canon EF 35 f/1.4L Patent
A new patent for a 35mm f/1.4 optical formula has appeared. This is the first to appear since 2011 in regards to an updated 35 f/1.4L. View the previous patent here.

Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II?

Patent Publication No. 2012-123155

  • 2012.6.28 Release Date
  • 2010.12.8 filing date

Example 1

  • Focal length f = 34.73mm
  • Fno. 1.45
  • Half angle of 31.92 deg.
  • Image height 21.64mm
  • Length 128.11mm lens
  • 38.48mm back focus
  • An effective diameter of 52.03mm lens
  • Effective diameter aperture 25.52mm
  • Lens Construction 12 elements in 9 groups sheet
  • 2 2 aspherical surface
  • 2 UD glass sheet


  • And retro focus lens optical system focal length is shorter than the length of the optical system
  • Increasingly asymmetric refractive power arrangement must be strengthened a negative refractive power of the front group in particular
  • Coma aberration, astigmatism, spherical aberration occurs
  • Order to secure a back focus must be to increase the ratio retro

Source: [EG]



Lenses / Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Availability
« on: July 02, 2012, 10:17:30 AM »
July/August 2012
I am still being told by a couple of retailers that we’ll see the new EF 24-70 f/2.8L II in late July or early August. Initial stock will be pretty good, though I do expect that all initial preorders won’t be fulfilled with the first batch.

There is a bit of a shortage here in Canada on Canon lenses, there are lots of long running backorders. It does feel like Canon has allocated some manufacturing to the new lens(es) over the older stuff.

Preorder EF 24-70 f/2.8L II B&H | Adorama



EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon Updates The EOS 7D Manual
« on: July 02, 2012, 10:04:48 AM »
New features added to the manual
Canon has updated the Canon EOS 7D manual and made it available for download. The updated manual includes the new features that will be coming to the camera in August via a massive firmware update.

Download The Canon EOS 7D Manual

Thanks Doug

Canon EOS 7D Body B&H | Adorama | Amazon


PowerShot / Canon PowerShot S100 Product Advisory
« on: July 02, 2012, 09:52:33 AM »
Canon has issued a product advisory on the Canon PowerShot S100
It has been confirmed that some PowerShot S100 digital cameras encounter a lens error caused by a disconnected part inside the camera. This announcement conveys the details of the issue and Canon’s service policy for affected cameras.

Canon continuously strives to provide our customers with high quality, reliable products that can be used with confidence. We offer our sincerest apologies to any customers who have been inconvenienced.

Some PowerShot S100 units (with the serial numbers listed below) may encounter a lens error due to a part becoming disconnected inside the lens. In particular, this lens error may occur when the camera is used in certain environmental conditions such as high temperature and/or humidity.

Affected Product
Some PowerShot S100 Digital Cameras within the following serial number range:

The first and second digits of the camera’s serial number are any number from”29″ through”41.”

For example: ”29xxxxxxxxxx”,  “30xxxxxxxxxx”………”41xxxxxxxxxx”

(The [x] characters shown above represent the remaining characters of the product’s serial number.)

Official Release


Pricewatch Deals / Canon Rebates Extended
« on: July 02, 2012, 09:46:11 AM »
Extended until July 28, 2012
Canon has again extended the current rebate programs in the USA. The rebates will run through to July 28, 2012.

The rebate programs include the lens and Speedlite program, which includes the doubling of rebate amounts when purchased with a qualifying Canon DSLR.

The other program is more the entry level Canon products and bundle rebates with multiple lenses.

Click to go

Canon Lens & Speedlite Rebates | Canon Bundle Rebates


Lenses / Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review
« on: June 29, 2012, 12:29:40 PM »
From LensRentals.com
Roger Cicala at LensRentals.com has put the two new Canon primes through a resolution test and compared them to other lenses in the Canon lineup.

A lot of people are still a bit confused by these two lenses, however their size and decent performance may find a place in the market.

MTF 50 Resolution Test


The bottom line is these are both nice, sharp lenses. Certainly sharper than the current 24-70 f/2.8 L zoom (we’ll have to see if they’re sharper than the 24-70 Mk II) and better than the 24mm and 28mm lenses that they – well, I guess replace. Although I have trouble considering a lens a replacement when the price has jumped 200% to 300%.

Read the full review

Preorder from B&H: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS $849.95 | Canon EF 28 f/2.8 IS $799.95


EOS Bodies / Canon EOS 7D Successors [CR1]
« on: June 28, 2012, 06:28:22 PM »
The prosumer market up next?
Now that Canon has addressed the “professional” space with the 5D Mark III, 1D X & 1D C (Yes, I know some want the big megapixel camera), it could be time to turn our attention to the “prosumer” space. We keep hearing bits of information about what’s planned for the segment in the coming months.

The 70D
The latest I have heard, and spoken about before, is that we’ll see the 70D move up the line. It’ll be specced close to the current 7D, however with a new higher megapixel APS-C sensor.

The 7D X
The rumor that won’t go away is that the APS-H sensor will return to the Canon lineup and fit between the 70D and 5D Mark III. Is it really possible? Maybe. I don’t think Canon needs more APS-C cameras beyond the Rebel, a 70D and possibly a mirrorless entry.


Pricewatch Deals / 5D Mark III Special Kit from Adorama
« on: June 28, 2012, 06:16:30 PM »

Crazy Kit Deal from Adorama

Adorama has pieced together a crazy 5D Mark III starter kit. All the items are regularly $8450, but can be had for $6699.95 after discounts and rebates. Add it to cart to see all the savings.

  • Canon EOS-5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Body

  • Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM AF Lens

  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens

  • Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT

  • Canon Backpack 200EG

  • Mini SoftBox Diffuser

  • 4 AA NiMH Batteries/Charger

  • Tiffen 77mm Filter Kit

  • Canon Pixma Pro9000 MII Printer

5D Mark III Kit at Adorama $6699.95


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon EOS-1D X Review
« on: June 27, 2012, 08:40:05 AM »
A first review
Martin Bailey, a Tokyo based photographer has posted a pretty extensive review of the Canon EOS-1D X. You can read or listen to his podcast as he talks about his initial impressions of Canon’s new flagship.

From the review

OK, so these are the main points that I’ve come across so far. I can live with the resolution for the frame-rate and high ISO performance trade-off . I was expecting a larger leap forward in the AI Servo tracking performance, but I’m very happy with the accuracy of the AI Servo focusing when it locks on. For my cormorant tests I was working in very high contrast conditions, and with flowing water in the background, which has always been very tricky. Considering this, it performed OK, though I had hoped for a little more.

Read The Full Review


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