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Lenses / Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 01:20:44 PM »





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

Release Date: November 11, 2014

Ship Date: Unknown

  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 100-400mm 1:4.5-5.6

  • Lens Construction: 21 elements in 16 groups

  • Diagonal Angle of View: 24º-6’10’

  • Focus Adjustment: Inner focus system / USM

  • Closest Focusing Distance: 3.2 ft. / 0.98m

  • Filter Size: 77mm

  • Max Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.7 in. x 7.6 in. / 94mm x 193mm; 3.46 lbs. / 1,570g


The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM telephoto lens delivers a superb combination of cutting-edge performance, compact construction and brilliant resolving power that’s great for sports and wildlife photography.

The telephoto lens features one fluorite and one super UD element to help provide impressive contrast and resolution with reduced chromatic aberration across the entire zoom range. Canon’s new Air Sphere Coating (ASC) helps significantly reduce backlit flaring and ghosting, while fluorine coatings on the front and rear lens surfaces help lessen smears and fingerprints.A 9-blade circular aperture renders beautiful, soft backgrounds, and a 3 mode (standard, panning and exposure only) Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to 4 steps* of image correction.

The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM telephoto lens is equipped with a new inner focusing AF system to help ensure fast and accurate focus down to 3.2 ft. with a .31x maximum magnification. Usability enhancements include a rotation-type zoom ring with adjustable zoom torque for more precise, customizable zoom performance, a redesigned tripod mount that can be attached and detached without removing the lens from the EOS camera, and an all-new lens hood with a side window that makes it simple to adjust specialty filters-like polarizers-without the need to remove the hood.

Ruggedly constructed with advanced dust and water sealing for durability in a range of environments, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM telephoto lens is a stellar performer with refined controls for a wide variety of situations.

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



The Canon Experience Center in Costa Mesa, California and Canon Information Technology Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico Celebrate Grand Openings

MELVILLE, N.Y., November 7, 2014 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the grand openings of two new Customer Service and Support Operation Centers – the Canon Experience Center in Costa Mesa, California and the Western expansion of Canon Information Technologies Services, Inc. (CITS), a customer call center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The openings of these centers symbolize Canon’s commitment to providing customers with top-quality service, support and education from coast to coast.

The Canon Experience Center, a new branch of the Canon Americas Marketing Engineering Technology Center (METC), opened its doors on November 5 to celebrate the grand opening of the facility and the customer-focused features and offerings within the space. Following the opening of the Canon Experience Center, the Company celebrated the grand opening of the CITS customer call center on November 6. Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry marked the occasion, along with Canon executives and staff.

“The grand openings of the new Canon Experience Center and the additional CITS call center are a testament to Canon’s commitment to our customers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “These facilities will allow us to connect with our customers on the west coast and further support the needs of all our customers, no matter where they are located in the U.S.”

The opening of the 38,000 square-foot Canon Experience Center in Costa Mesa signifies the completion of a renovation of an existing Canon owned facility, which now offers innovative, meaningful face-to-face service and support experiences to customers, clients and partners. The new facility features comprehensive and high-quality customer experiences, including an education center and 35-seat theater where Canon Live Learning, Explorers of Light (EOL) and Canon Professional Services (CPS) events will be held throughout the year. The Canon Experience Center also has a nearly 5,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art showroom that displays Canon products ranging from the Canon PowerShot family to the Cinema EOS lineup to large format imagePROGRAF printers. A CPS members-only lounge where members can relax while their equipment is being cleaned or repaired, as well as a photo studio providing even more onsite convenience to Canon customers are housed within the building.

Throughout the facility there are a number of image galleries that feature images taken by Canon EOLs, along with several images that were captured by Canon customers, including two Canon CPS members and four participants of a Canon Live Learning Destination Workshop.

“I feel honored to have my work recognized by Canon and showcased in the gallery at the Canon Experience Center,” said Chris Martin, photographer and Canon Live Learning participant. “The resources Canon provides to me as a photographer run the full spectrum, from video tutorials to instruction manuals, covering not only the nuts and bolts of the cameras, but also how to use these features to produce optimal results. Even more invaluable, though, was the hands-on instruction during the Live Learning event that brought out a creative side of me that I never knew I had.”

The Canon Experience Center will be home to approximately 75 experienced employees when fully staffed, and will host ongoing Canon employee training. In addition, the Canon Experience Center features repair and maintenance operations for Canon’s extensive lineup of consumer and professional products, including Cinema EOS and EOS Digital SLR cameras, PowerShot Cameras, high-definition camcorders, 4K reference displays and all of Canon’s lenses, including EF series photography lenses, Cinema lenses and broadcast lenses. Repair operations at the facility include 10 state-of-the-art camera body and lens adjustment rooms, Canon’s most advanced adjustment and calibration equipment, and a spare parts inventory.

The new 33,682 square-foot CITS call center in Albuquerque, which officially began operations in June 2014, provides support to Canon’s growing professional photographic, cinema, printing and office solutions customers. By spring 2015, the center will also support customers using small office and consumer imaging products, including digital cameras, camcorders, large format printers and copiers. Canon’s customer focused investment in the new call center includes state-of-the-art data center technology that help ensure the Albuquerque, New Mexico and Chesapeake, Virginia locations are able to conduct uninterrupted operations 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The expansion of the CITS service and support footprint to the west coast demonstrates Canon’s dedication to providing high-quality customer service with 100 percent U.S.-based Canon employees. The Albuquerque location was specifically chosen because it will help better serve customers from coast to coast. The area has a stable climate, the ability to service multiple time zones and a well-educated largely bilingual workforce. It is anticipated that the support center will create at least 150 customer service, direct sales and technical support positions over a three-year period.

“We are thrilled to have Canon ITS here in Albuquerque,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “By selecting Albuquerque, Canon capitalized on a qualified and culturally diverse workforce and a location with a stable climate for business operations. They have made a strong commitment to our community and have proven to be a great fit in our growing business sector. We thank them for their many contributions to our community.”

Canon’s commitment to providing award-winning, 100 percent U.S.-based support will be highlighted in a new advertising campaign launching mid-November. This entertaining campaign, titled “Rigorous Training,” features real employees at the east coast call center in Chesapeake, Virginia. For a sneak peak at this campaign please visit

Additional camera and lens service facilities for both professional and consumer clients are located in Jamesburg, New Jersey, Itasca, Illinois, and Newport News, Virginia.

For more information about Canon’s Customer Service and Support offerings

For additional information about the Canon Experience Center visit

Canon General / Canon Cinema EOS C300 Mark II Will be 4K [CR2]
« on: November 07, 2014, 10:02:28 AM »

We’ve been told by a couple of people that the Cinema EOS C300 will be replaced in time for NAB 2015 in Las Vegas this coming April. The Mark II version of the C300 will indeed be 4K, which I think would have been assumed, though you never know with Canon. We’re told there will also be a “bunch of other improvements”, but what those additional improvements would be wasn’t specified. I suspect the C300 Mark II is going to be a bigger upgrade than the C100 Mark II was to the original C100.

We’re also told there will be some kind of an announcement for an over the shoulder style Cinema EOS camera to compete directly with Alexa. The hope is for that camera to be ready for NAB, but it could come after.


Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Canon EOS 6D $1349 & EOS 5D Mark III $2492
« on: November 07, 2014, 09:53:57 AM »

GetItDigital (99.3% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 6D body for $1349 (Reg $1699 after $200 MIR) via ebay.

Canon EOS 6D Body $1349 (Reg $1699 after $200 MIR)

AllNewShop (99.1% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body for $2492 $2529 (Reg $3199 after $200 MIR) via ebay.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2492 now $2529 (Reg $3199 after $200 MIR)

*as always with ebay, these items are likely grey market and may not be covered by a Canon USA warranty)


Lenses / First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 06, 2014, 07:51:29 AM »


Judging by the image, everything we were told recently about the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS has been correct. I’m sure we’ll see more photos of the lens shortly, as I expect it to be announced very shortly.

Source: [DCI]


EOS Bodies / The Canon EOS 7D Mark II Jumps Out of a Plane
« on: November 06, 2014, 07:47:55 AM »

The Redbull Skydive team took the Canon EOS 7D Mark II to the skies and did what anyone would do, jumped out of a perfectly good airplane to capture some fun raw and graded video that really shows off the autofocus capabilities.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon



London/Oslo, 4 November 2014 – Canon is proud to announce that it can include Walt Disney Studios Park among the prestigious users of its Cinema EOS system products. A series of videos for the new Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy attraction have been shot in 4K, using the combination of five EOS C500s and EOS-1D C SLR cameras, as well as a wide range of Canon lenses, including over 20 EF L-series and EOS Cine lenses.  The videos were shot by acclaimed French director, Sébastien Devaud, who was among those to pioneer the use of SLR cameras to shoot video.

The attraction, Ratatouille: l’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, is based on the most French of all Disney-Pixar animated films (released in 2007) and opened on July 10th 2014, after five years of construction work. Considering the challenge, Disneyland Paris immediately decided to shoot in 4K. Ultra High Definition has a resolution of at least 8 megapixels, four times higher than current High Definition (HD), providing total immersion in the action. In 2014, sales in market increased significantly and in May 2014 more Ultra High Definition TVs were sold than throughout 2013 combined.

Canon pioneered the development of 4K cameras with the release of the EOS C500 and the EOS-1D C SLR in 2012, which rapidly became popular in the broadcast market. After testing the different brands and products available, Disney finally chose both Cinema EOS cameras for the project, as they were best placed to produce a professional quality result and tackle the challenging filming environment (light, 3D projection, etc.). Thanks to its compact size, the EOS-1D C was attached to the attraction’s ratmobiles, bespoke vehicles shaped as rats, with on-board devices specially designed for this work.

Stéphane Dery, Canon France Professional Imaging Group Director comments: “We are very honoured to count Disneyland Paris as one of the brands that has decided to rely on the Canon Cinema EOS system for its new attraction. This partnership once again demonstrates the unquestioned know how of Canon in the imaging and optical industry, and particularly in 4K.”

Source: [MND]


EOS Bodies - For Stills / EOS C300 Firmware for Dual Pixel Upgraded Cameras
« on: November 06, 2014, 07:32:07 AM »

Firmware Version incorporates the following improvements and fixes

  • Supports exFAT file system of CF cards over 128 GB, which decreases the waiting time required for accessing the card before being able to record footage.

  • Simplifies the process when fine-tuning the preset White Balance values.


Firmware Version is only for EOS C300 cameras with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade applied. If the EOS C300 camera does not have Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade applied, please download Firmware Version

Download firmware | Canon EOS C300 at B&H Photo



Our friend Glenn Bartley has completed his first review of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II through the eyes of a birder. He will be doing a more intensive review once he returns from a 3 week trip to Cuba in December. Glenn is is one of the top bird photographers in North America and is a great resource if bird photography is one of your interests.

Glenn previously reviewed the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II for us.

From Glenn about the EOS 7D Mark II

“The Canon 7D mark II brings a lot to the table. Between the fantastic autofocus system, impressive build quality, video features and the improvements in image quality it is an incredible value.”

Read the full review | EOS 7D Mark II: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon


Canon EOS 7D Mark II Setup Guide for Bird Photography by Glenn

If you have purchased or will be purchasing the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Glenn’s setup guide for the EOS 7D Mark II for bird photography will be a great way to hit the ground running.

The setup guide includes

The Canon 7D mark II is a phenomenal tool for image making. To ensure that you get the most from your new camera you must be sure to first set it up correctly!

The purpose of this guide is to help you to set up and understand the features, functions and settings of your new Canon 7D mark II. I have tried my best to simplify things and make the choices clear. In some cases the best setting is an obvious one. Other times there are options based on personal preferences. In each case I have tried to make this clear and provide the information that you need in order to get the absolute most out of your new camera.

This guide is for you if you want to:

  • Quickly set up your Canon 7D Mark II exactly like mine

  • Ensure you have the correct settings

  • Learn to use your camera to its full potential

You can purchase the setup guide e-book here for $5.00


Lenses / Another EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Mention
« on: November 05, 2014, 08:39:05 AM »

The reliable Digicame-Info has given a mention to the coming announcement of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II. This backs up our recent posts (here & here) stating the lens would be coming in November.

Below is a rundown of what we’ve been told about the lens.

  • Smaller than the current EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS

  • Will retain the same aperture range of 4.5-5.6

  • Zoom ring design instead of push/pull

  • Similar design to the EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS (zoom ring at front of lens)

  • Lens hood is designed to make using polarizers easier

  • Lens hood will be ET-83D (from DCI)

  • New thumb screw design on the foot of the lens

  • Obvious optical, AF and IS improvements

We’ve had no mention of filter size, or more importantly the price of the lens. I suspect it’s going to cost a fair bit more than the EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS just to separate the two lenses in the lineup.


Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Canon EOS-1D X Body $4799
« on: November 04, 2014, 03:56:48 PM »

BigValueInc (99.3% approval) is selling a limited quantity of Canon EOS-1D X bodies for $4799. This is the least expensive I have seen it in a while. The camera costs $5999 after an $800 mail-in rebate from authorized sellers.

Canon EOS-1D X Body $4799 (Reg $5999 after $800 MIR)

*as always with ebay, these items are likely grey market and may not be covered by a Canon USA warranty)


Lenses / A Couple of Real World EOS 7D Mark II High ISO Samples
« on: November 04, 2014, 08:07:37 AM »

FroKnowsPhoto has posted their “PRE review” of the production EOS 7D Mark II that they recently got their hands on.

You can also view some full resolution ISO 12,800 and 16,000 sample images at the FroKnowsPhoto website.

“The samples images that I am sharing first show ISO 12,800 and 16,000. The 12,800 looks to be pretty solid for a cropped sensor camera. The 16,000 on the other hand is a little mushy but again it’s 16,000 on a cropped sensor it’s totally acceptable.”

Read the PRE review & see the samples | EOS 7D Mark II: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon


EOS Bodies / A Bit About the Modular DSLR Rumor
« on: November 01, 2014, 09:36:15 PM »

I have been reading the comments about the modular DSLR rumor posted here a few days ago and I wanted to clarify what I meant by “modular” a little bit.

I don’t think we’re going to get a camera that is fully modular, such as swapping out image sensors and that sort of thing. I think we’re going to see a camera that can maybe swap between an optical and electronic viewfinder,  as well as ergonomic changes depending if you’re shooting stills or video. I didn’t get the impression we’d see anything beyond those types of features and that this wasn’t going to be a “professional” level product. The information has been scattered at best so far and we’re just trying to fit it all together.

More to come…



BigValueInc (99.3% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS kit for $2949 (Reg $3799 after $200 MIR) via ebay.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $2949 (Reg $3799)

Deals-All-Year (99.9% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body for $2527 (Reg $3199 after MIR) via ebay. They’re also including a 1 year warranty on the camera, check the listing for more details.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III $2527 (Reg $3199 after MIR)

*as always with ebay, these items are likely grey market and may not be covered by a Canon USA warranty)



B&H Photo has stock of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II w/18-135 IS STM kit for $2149.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II w/18-135 IS STM at B&H Photo


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