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Pricewatch Deals / In Stock: Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 at B&H Photo
« on: February 16, 2015, 02:12:13 PM »
B&H Photo has stock of the brand new Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 lens

Product Highlights

  • Canon EF Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to 22
  • One Hybrid and One Aspherical Element
  • Ultra Multi-Coating Lens Coat
  • Manual Focus & Aperture Lens
  • Internal Focus Design
  • Bright Distance & Depth of Field Scales
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 17.7″
  • Filter Thread Diameter: 77mm
  • Removable Petal Style Lens Hood

Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC at B&H Photo $399

B&H also has a “Deal Zone” deal on a Lowepro Rover 35L AW Backpack at $79 (Reg $299), it’s only available in blue.

Lowepro Rover 35L AW Backpack $79 (Reg $299) this deal ends soon


Third Party Manufacturers / Tokina Announces Cinema AT-X 50-135mm T3.0 Lens
« on: February 16, 2015, 08:13:08 AM »

February 11, 2015 – Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. is pleased to announce the Tokina Cinema AT-X 50-135mm T3.0 lens. Tokina engineers created a lens of this focal length that is Parfocal, has dramatically reduced breathing and image shift, and has a de-clicked, 9-bladed, curved iris for beautiful bokeh and precise exposure control. With its 1M close-focus capability, the lens allows you the freedom to capture tight close-ups while maintaining a comfortable distance from your subject.

The Tokina Cinema 50-135mm T3.0 optic is 4K ready and beyond and delivers a highly versatile zoom range in a compact design. The lens has an industry standard 114mm outer front barrel for matt boxes and a 112mm filter threat for mounting filters or other accessories.


  • Parfocal lens design allows you to maintain precise focus while using the zoom control.

  • Constant T3.0 throughout the 50mm to 135mm zoom range

  • Reduced breathing so you can focus on the scene and not the lens

  • Smooth, de-clicked, 9-bladed, curved iris for beautiful out-of-focus areas.

  • Virtually no image shift when using the zoom control during filming

  • Aspherical elements and Super-Low Dispersion glass reduce distortion and increase optical performance

  • 4K Image ready

  • Durable, all-metal cine-style housing with geared manual zoom, focus, and aperture rings for use in follow-focus systems.

  • Common 114mm front diameter for use with a wide variety of matte boxes and accessories.

  • Zoom, focus, and iris markings are on both sides of the lens for easy viewing and more mounting/follow-focus options.

  • LDS (Lens Data System) support is possible

  • Available Mounts: PL and EF

Preorder the Tokina 50-135mm t/3.0 at B&H Photo $4499

Source: [TDP]



Lenses / Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Already Shipping in Asia
« on: February 16, 2015, 08:00:04 AM »
It appears the brand new Canon EF 11-24 f/4L USM is already shipping in parts of Asia. The lens is scheduled to begin shipping in North America on February 26.

etphotos has posted some unboxing photos of the lens and mounted it to an EOS-1 as well as a Sony A7 series camera. Check out the unboxing here.

Preorder the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM: Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon

Source: [etphotos] via [PhotoRumors]


EOS Bodies / Patent: Optional Image Stabilization Unit
« on: February 16, 2015, 07:52:59 AM »
A patent showing an optional image stabilization unit that can be put into a lens without changing its focal length has been filed.

Patent Publication No. 2015-28555 (Google Translated)

  • Published 2015.2.12
  • Filing date 2013.7.30

Example 1a (master lens only)

  • Focal length 392.50
  • F-number 2.92
  • Half angle of 3.16
  • Image height 21.64
  • Overall length of the lens 379.64
  • BF 41.57
  • Effective diameter of the front lens 135.72mm
  • Lens configuration 8 groups nine

Example 1b (anti-vibration converter mounted state)

  • Focal length 392.50
  • F-number 2.92
  • Half angle of 3.16
  • Image height 21.64
  • Overall length of the lens 379.64
  • BF 41.56
  • Effective diameter of the front lens 135.72mm
  • Lens construction 12 groups 15 sheets

Canon patent

  • 3-group configuration of positive and negative positive
  • Inner focus (the second group)
  • The anti-vibration converter can be inserted on the object side of the third group

Source: [EG] via [NL]

Lenses / Review: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: February 13, 2015, 10:31:45 AM »

Friend of the site Dustin Abbott has completed a comprehensive review of Canon’s brand new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II. If you head over to his review, there’s also a full video review if you prefer to watch instead of read.

From Dustin

I’m not finding much to criticize with this lens. It isn’t cheap, but it is a pretty killer optic with a pro grade build quality. It’s expensive ($2199), but no more so than Canon’s 70-200 f/2.8L or 24-70 f/2.8L variants. When compared with the higher end telephotos, however, it is a great bargain. It offers great reach in a compact package that most users should be able to handhold due to its manageable weight and excellent image stabilizer. It has amazing image quality with next to no real shortcomings. I love my Canon 70-300L and have enjoyed my Tamron 150-600 VC, but this lens has left me in a conundrum. I am strongly considering selling both of these lens in exchange for the new Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM II. I like it that much.

Read the full review

Stock of this lens is extremely scarce and I suggest pre-ordering it as soon as you’re able if you want to be able to have one for the spring.

Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II $2199: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon


Lenses / Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Teardown
« on: February 13, 2015, 08:01:36 AM »

Roger at has done a teardown of the brand new Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II and has come away very impressed.

I know I can’t really, without showing you dozens of other lenses, do a good job of impressing you with just how robustly engineered this lens is. I will say that the insides look more like what we’d expect to see in a 500mm f/4 or 600mm f/4 lens, rather than a telezoom. It’s by far the most heavily engineered zoom lens Aaron and I have ever seen; and we’ve seen the insides of dozens of lenses in this range.

Well done, Canon engineers, well done!

Read and see the teardown at

Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II $2199: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon


EOS Bodies / EOS-1D X Replacement in 2016 [CR1]
« on: February 13, 2015, 07:18:12 AM »

We’re told that we shouldn’t expect an EOS-1D X replacement until early 2016. While the announcement could come this year. The source said it may depend on what Nikon does in regards to a D5 announcement as well as getting the new sensor and DIGIC 7 ready.

2016 is an Olympic year, so we definitely expect a new flagship DSLR by then.

As Canon has said, they won’t be replacing cameras until there is enough technology improvements to warrant a new product.


Canon General / Canon to Buy Video Surveillance Leader Axis for $2.8b
« on: February 11, 2015, 08:28:39 PM »

Canon appears to be going forward with their security camera business. With the shrinking consumer camera market, Canon is being aggressive in a space that is projected to see a lot of growth.

TOKYO/STOCKHOLM, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Canon Inc made a 23.6 billion-Swedish-crown ($2.83 billion) offer for network video surveillance leader Axis AB on Tuesday — the biggest purchase ever for the Japanese firm trying to expand beyond a shrinking camera market.

Canon said it had launched a bid to buy all the Swedish company’s shares at 340 crowns apiece, a premium of nearly 50 percent to their closing price of 226.90 on Monday. At 1126 GMT, shares of Axis were up 48 percent at 336.50 crowns.

Axis said its board of directors unanimously supported the offer, and that three of its top shareholders representing around 40 percent of total shares will accept it.

Canon already sells surveillance cameras and sees the sector as a growing market, although it has not disclosed how much it earns from such products.

The deal will make Canon a top player in the video surveillance market, which was worth an estimated $15 billion at the end of last year, according to researcher IHS.

Within that market, there is a $3.86 billion segment for network-connected security cameras which is led by Axis with a 17.5 percent share as of 2013.

Greger Johansson, analyst at research firm Redeye who had a bull case scenario of 250 crowns per share, said he thought the main owners had been unwilling to sell below 300 crowns as Axis had high revenue growth and was the No. 1 player in its market.

“We think some of the bigger players like Panasonic, Sony and Pelco could be interested… although the likelihood is relatively low considering the high bid.”

The deal comes after Canon late last month reported a slight increase in fourth-quarter profit, as a weaker yen and rising sales of office equipment offset weakness in a camera division competing with smartphones capable of high-quality imaging.

The company, which earned over 80 percent of its revenue overseas in 2014, said it would pay in cash.

Axis’ is targeting average annual growth of at least 20 percent and a profit margin of at least 10 percent. The company reported a fourth-quarter operating profit of 199 million crowns, slightly below analyst forecasts but up from 166 million a year earlier.

Around half of its sales come from the Americas, 40 percent from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the rest from Asia.

Axis said it will remain as a separate legal entity within Canon, and that its current management team will stay. ($1 = 8.3486 Swedish crowns) (Reporting by Ritsuko Ando,Chris Gallagher and Olof Swahnberg; Editing by Miral Fahmy, Christopher Cushing and Crispian Balmer)

Source: [Reuters]

EOS Bodies / Interview With Head of EOS 5Ds & EOS 5Ds R Development
« on: February 11, 2015, 06:01:56 PM »

CPN has posted an interview with Tsunemasa Ohara, the Senior General Manager of Camera Research and Development at Canon Inc. He’s the man behind the development of this high resolution DSLR.

CPN: What do you see as the potential future for Canon high-resolution cameras? Where might the technology be in five years time?

TO: “There is a demand for high-megapixel (cameras) and high-resolution and, of course, we will continue on this quest in the future and to try to satisfy this demand. As you know, in August 2010, we announced a 120-million pixel APS-H CMOS sensor… so we have shown that we have the technology to produce even higher resolution sensors, but we must also focus on high image quality, too. So DIGIC processing, and all the other algorithms that contribute to high image quality, we need to work on too. It is the overall package that makes Canon EOS digital cameras so successful.”

Read the full interview


Site Information / Canon Rumors in Costa Rica
« on: February 11, 2015, 03:44:15 PM »

Anyone that knows me, knows I dislike everything about snow and cold. Unfortunately, I live in the 7th (give or take) snowiest city in Canada. I’m not sure how that happened, but it’s the reality of my life.

I have escaped to the beautiful country of Costa Rica to photograph, surf, soak up some vitamin D and enjoy a mojito or two.

Updates may not be as frequent while I’m away.

Pura Vida!


EOS Bodies / Phase Difference AF Patents for Mirrorless
« on: February 11, 2015, 03:28:28 PM »

A bunch of new patents for phase-difference AF have appeared. They look to be related to mirrorless and EVF applications.

Patent Publication No. 2015-22264 (Google Translated)

  • Published 2015.2.2

  • Filing date 2013.7.23

Canon patent

  • Phase difference detection method to be received by the AF sensor can be reflected incident light from the imaging lens

  • The phase difference detection by the image plane phase difference AF

  • The phase difference detection by external light AF sensor

Source: [EG] via [NL]



B&H Photo has the yet-to-be-released Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Contemporary finally available for preorder. This lens will retail for $1089 USD.


  • Canon EF Lens/Full Frame

  • Aperture Range: f/5-6.3 to 22

  • One FLD and Three SLD Elements

  • Hyper Sonic Motor AF System

  • Optical Stabilizer with Accelerometer

  • Zoom Lock & Manual Override Switches

  • Minimum Focus Distance: 110.2″

  • Splash and Dust Proof Mount

  • Lens Hood & Tripod Collar

  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Preorder Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS HSM Contemporary lens at B&H Photo $1089

The Sports version of this lens has been hard to get and you can still preorder that, the Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 OS Sport lens retails for $1999.

Preorder Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS HSM Sports lens at B&H Phot0 $1999

Seen at: [The-Digital-Picture]


EOS Bodies / More Confirmation EOS C300 Mark II Will be 4K
« on: February 09, 2015, 12:16:43 PM »

We’re told again that the upcoming Canon EOS C300 Mark II will be 4K along with a host of other upgrades. You can expect the C300 Mark II to be a bigger update than the EOS C100 Mark II was to its predecessor. We’re also told it’s going to be priced very aggressively, to better compete with Sony’s FS7 which is $7999 USD.

Expect the Canon EOS C300 Mark II to be announced before NAB 2015 in April.


Lenses / New Unique Macro Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 08, 2015, 12:31:08 PM »

We’re told that a “world’s first” macro is coming from Canon some time in the next year. This is all we were told and can’t even begin to guess what the “world’s first” would mean.

Canon has been pretty innovative in lens design, from the EF 8-15 f/4 zoom fisheye, the 1.4x built-in teleconverter in the EF 200-400 f/4L IS, and the latest EF 11-24 f/4L ultra wide. All 3 of those lenses are pretty creative.

We hope to hear more soon.


Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Canon EOS Deals on ebay
« on: February 08, 2015, 12:25:28 PM »

AllNewShop (99.6 approval) has a few deals on Canon EOS camera bodies. Keep in mind these are likely grey market and may not be covered by a Canon USA warranty.


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