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Topics - Canon Rumors
A new zoom
A new EF 24-70 f/4L IS is on the horizon. It appears something was lost in translation in regards to yesterday’s rumor. While a prototype of the 2.8 version in IS form exists, the f/4L version is what will be coming to market.
No announcement date is known. Remember we reported on the EF 40mm f/2.8 pancake 4 months before it was announced. I do not have a solid announcement date, so it could be a while off.
Thinks that make you go…..
I have received two separate communications in regards to an EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS being in the wild in prototype form. We knew this prototype has existed for quite some time, however we figured the concept was dead with the release of the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II. Canon would bring this lens to market alongside the non-IS version. Canon already does this with the 70-200 f/2.8s & 70-200 f/4s, so it’s possible they bring it to the standard zooms as well.
It’s a bit early to talk about pricing strategy, but the new EF 24-70 f/2.8L II will drop in price over the next 12 months, as you can see by the recent big drops to the EOS 5D Mark III.
This is from a new source, take this with a grain of salt. I’m intrigued as I do know the IS version exists.
The timelines for future lenses seem to all be going into 2013, more on that later.
Profits & Revenue Down
Canon’s Q3, 2012 results have been announced and the news is horrible. Canon only had revenue of $10.3 billion and an operating profit of $908 million.
What’s at fault? Well, according to Canon: “negative impact of economic deterioration” in China and Europe. As always, the yen was blamed as well.
The fact that DSLR sales fell may have played a role, as well as the printer business and business-to-business numbers falling.
Are things going to get better in Q4? Not likely, so they may not make a billion dollars a quarter until 2013 when the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x is on the market at $10,000 a pop.
A new Supertelephoto Zoom?
This is definitely a lens that Tamron would make. If you need length and you’re on a budget, this could be a one of a kind option if and when it comes to market.
Patent Publication No. 2012-208434
- Release Date 2012.10.25
- Filing date 2011.3.30
- Focal length f = 152.3068-582.0002mm
- FNo. = 5.12-6.45
- 2ω = 16.30-4.23 ° angle of view
- 18 sheets 13 groups lens configuration
- 5-group configuration of positive and negative positive negative
- Inner Focus (the fourth group focus group)
- Stabilizer (front group of the fifth group of anti-vibration group)
- Reduce the size of the group of anti-vibration and focus group
- To shorten the focal length of the front group of the fifth group, reduce the amount of movement of the time the anti-vibration
- Joining the front group lens and the fifth group, when the spherical aberration correction of the anti-vibration, axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 23, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera that significantly improves the camera’s performance and usability. In response to requests from professionals working in the fields of cinema and television production, the firmware update enables the use of uncompressed HDMI Output support, making possible more efficient video editing and monitoring procedures. Additionally, the upgrade supports the advanced needs of photographers through improved AF performance when capturing still images.
Uncompressed HDMI Output Support
When shooting video, HDMI Output makes possible the recording of high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder via the camera’s HDMI terminal. This, in turn, facilitates the editing of video data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during motion picture and video productions. Additionally, video being captured can be displayed on an external monitor, enabling real-time, on-site monitoring of high-definition video during shooting.
Improved AF Functionality
Even when the EOS 5D Mark III is equipped with an extender and lens making possible a maximum aperture of f/8, the firmware update supports AF employing the camera’s central cross-type points (currently compatible with maximum apertures up to f/5.6). Accordingly, the update will allow users to take advantage of AF when shooting distant subjects, benefitting sports and nature photographers, particularly when using telephoto lenses.
The new firmware update will be available, at no charge, in April 2013 from the Canon U.S.A. website and can be downloaded by end users or through Canon Factory Service Centers.
What’s in the pipeline?
A few more confirmations about a new EF 800 f/5.6L IS II being in the works. It was stressed that it is no where near market ready and Canon will probably wait for Nikon to get their new 800 to the world. The EF 200 f/2L IS is also on the update radar, but is for the distant future.
Another source claims to have tested a new “Canon ultra-wide zoom on an EOS-1D Xs”.
A New 135L?
We have received lots of information over the last few years about a replacement to the EF 135 f/2L. It reminds me of the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II, which turned out to have a lot of prototypes before it was released and caused me a lot of headaches :). The current tested prototype is said to be an EF 135 f/2L IS. A replacement seems imminent, although I’m not sure if the IS version will ever make it to market.
When is the new stuff coming?
I’m told that current NDA’s expire at the “end of the month”. I hope to know more soon in regards to announcement date(s), there is definitely more coming in 2012.
Northlight has received a couple of reports about larger megapixel EOS cameras out in the wild. The first one from the USA and sporting a 39mp sensor, and a second report from Asia about a camera well over 50mp. Both test cameras are in EOS-1 style bodies.
It’s stressed that neither camera is a production model and are strictly for testing.
I have no doubt the big megapixel DSLRs are in the pipeline, but so far things are pointing to the professional market instead of the consumer market.
Lots of talk about Canon making some announcements this week for PhotoPlus in New York City. However, there is no evidence that media invites have been sent out around the globe.
Could there be an “in development” announcement that doesn’t require media invites?
It’s possible, although Canon has always tied those in with other product launches.
I’ve also heard through the grapevine that Canon USA wasn’t all too happy with the purported Photoshop’d EOS-3 with a 46.1mp sensor articles that popped up not too long ago. That in itself is quite interesting, as why would they care about something that isn’t real?
It has also been suggested Canon still has 3-4 lenses still to announce in 2012. As usual though, there is no know timeline.
I received a suggestion that Canon is currently developing a new EF 800 f/5.6L IS to take advantage of the new weight saving technologies in the newest supertelephoto lenses.
No mention of timeline, or if the EF 200 f/2L IS is also on the replacement cycle. If you remember, the 200 launched with the 800 back in January 2008.
There have been reports around the web that the upcoming Canon EOS-1D C is the exact same camera internally as the EOS-1D X (other than the PC sync port) and Canon is just charging people $7000 for different firmware.
I have spent considerable time trying to find someone at Canon to clarify the reports as well as someone to open their EOS-1D C (no one would do that for me!). The information I have received backs up what Canon said at the development announcement of the EOS-1D C, it does in fact have a different hardware configuration inside. While the DIGIC V processors, image sensor and AF module are all identical to the EOS-1D C, there is in fact “reworked circuitry and design to dissipate heat for the 4K recording”.
So is the reworking of the internals worth the additional $7K? If it’s required for the 4K resolution, and the 4K performance is top notch, then I don’t see why it’s not. This camera is targeted to professionals and priced accordingly. Volume sales of this camera will be far lower than the EOS-1D X, which probably makes the cost of production higher.
There are a few people I know that will open the EOS-1D C when they get their hands on it, I know I will be. That’s going to be the only way to 100% prove the internals are indeed different. I do wish Canon would clarify this point and put it to rest, which they may do when the camera is officially announced.