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EOS Bodies / Patent: Canon 55mm f/1.4 & Other Primes
« on: July 06, 2014, 11:40:17 PM »

A few more patents for various “normal” fast prime optical formulas have appeared. Among them, another 35mm f/1.4 mention, as well as a 55 f/1.4. Read the entire patent to see the various optical formula images.

Patent Description (Google Translated)

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-123018

  • Publication date 2014.7.3

  • Filing date 2012.12.21

  • Image height = 21.64mm

  • Inner focus

ExampleFocal lengthFno.Half angleThe overall length of the lensBFMOD

Source: [EG]


EOS Bodies / The Always Hidden Camera at the World Cup
« on: July 04, 2014, 01:55:09 PM »

Northlight has been sent an image showing an always covered Canon camera. Apparently this photographer is always in the exact same spot on the side of the pitch. The camera is always covered in the white tarp, while no other camera is. It’s definitely a Canon as you can easily tell it’s a Canon lens.

We have been told numerous times that the replacement to the EOS 7D would be at the World Cup going through professional testing. Maybe that’s what’s under the cover.


Source: [NL]




REDMOND, Wash., and TOKYO — July 2, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. and Canon Inc. on Wednesday broadened their strategic alliance with the announcement of a broad patent cross-licensing agreement. With this agreement, Microsoft and Canon gain licenses to each other’s highly valued and growing patent portfolios.

“This collaborative approach with Canon allows us to deliver inventive technologies that benefit consumers around the world,” said Nick Psyhogeos, general manager, associate general counsel, IP Licensing of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “Microsoft believes cooperative licensing is an effective way to accelerate innovation while reducing patent disputes.”

This agreement covers a broad range of products and services each company offers, including certain digital imaging and mobile consumer products. Microsoft and Canon have a long history of collaborating to bring high-quality, cutting-edge products to consumers, including color technology. Contents of the agreement will not be disclosed.

“This agreement is a natural extension of our longstanding relationship with Microsoft and commitment to developing innovative technologies,” said Hideki Sanatake, senior general manager, Corporate Intellectual Property & Legal Headquarters of Canon Inc.

Read the full Press Release


Pricewatch Deals / Ended: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM For Sale
« on: July 01, 2014, 12:43:48 PM »

The mythical and expensive Canon EF 1200 f/5.6L USM has appeared for sale on ebay. I’ve been told there’s about 12 of these things that exist and the last one I saw sold for about $100,000 at B&H Photo.

Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM via ebay


EOS Bodies / EOS 7D Replacement & Telephoto Lens in September [CR3]
« on: July 01, 2014, 12:39:56 PM »

We’ve been told that NDA/embargo will expire in September for the Canon EOS 7D replacement as well as a new telephoto lens.

Photokina starts on September 16, 2014. So I suspect the embargo date will either be Tuesday, September 9, 2014 or Friday, September 12, 2014. The EOS 5D Mark III was announced on a Friday.

We weren’t given any specs at the time of writing this, or what the new telephoto lens would be. I think everyone is hoping for an EF 100-400 replacement.


Lenses / Review: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS
« on: June 30, 2014, 11:37:39 AM »
Bryan over at The Digital Picture has completed his review of the brand new Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS. I think everyone is hoping Canon has finally upped the quality of their L series ultra wide angle zoom lenses.

Says Bryan about the new lens Canon’s ultra-wide angle zoom lenses have long been very good performers. I have them and use them, but I was never overly excited by them – until now. The focal length range is not new and the max aperture in this range was already covered by another high quality lens. But, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens adds one critical feature – image stabilization. That feature alone gives this lens a huge value to me. Equally or more exciting is the image quality being delivered by this lens. If prime-lens-grade corner-of-the-frame image quality is something you appreciate in your ultra-wide angle lens, you are going to love this lens. Add a state-of-the-art AF system and the 16-35 f/4 L IS becomes a must-have lens… read the rest of the review

Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS $1199: B&H Photo | Amazon


Below are some great deals on small DSLR bundles from Adorama. We believe the T3 is discontinued, but the EOS SL1 is still a current camera. Both deals would be great for kids that may be taking an interest in photography, and the EOS SL1 makes an excellent compact backup body for folks with other Canon DSLRs.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1, 16gb SD Card & PIXMA Pro-100 Deal You can get an EOS SL1, PIXMA Pro-100 and a memory card for $383 after the discounts.

Bundle Includes

  • Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Body
  • SanDisk 16GB Extreme SDHC Class 10 Memory Card
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Printer
  • Lowepro Adventura 170 camera bag
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets

How to get the discount

  1. Add the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 & memory card bundle to your cart.
  2. Add the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 to your cart and proceed to checkout.
  3. The total at checkout will be $783.00 with free USA shipping.
  4. Fill out the rebate form and claim your $400 USD.

Canon EOS Rebel T3 w/18-55 IS Lens & PIXMA Pro-100 Deal You can get an EOS T3, EF-S 18-55 IS, PIXMA Pro-100 printer and memory card for $233 after discounts.

Bundle Includes

  • Canon EOS Rebel T3
  • Canon EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS
  • Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Printer
  • SanDisk 16GB Extreme SDHC Class 10 Memory Card
  • Lowepro Adventura TLZ 25

How to get the discount

  1. Add the Canon EOS Rebel T3 w/18-55 IS to your cart
  2. Add the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 to your cart and proceed to checkout.
  3. The total at checkout will be $633 with free USA shipping.
  4. Fill out the rebate form and claim your $400 USD.

These deals expire at 11:59 PM EST tonight


EOS Bodies / Patent: 1.03x Magnification APS-C Viewfinder
« on: June 29, 2014, 11:06:58 AM »
As we get closer to the replacement of the EOS 7D, we’re starting to see some patents that will probably point to some features in the upcoming camera. The recent sensor patent is interesting, as well as this viewfinder patent. We had heard previously about the possibility of a 1.15x magnification viewfinder on the next flagship APS-C camera, which would have been equal to the size of a full frame 100% coverage viewfinder.

This viewfinder is slightly larger than the one on the EOS 7D.

A note about the sensor patent, we have heard that Canon is holding back some sensor patents until the camera is announced to the public, as all patent information is public domain. We’ll see if that turns out to be the case.


Patent Information (Google Translated)

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-115451
    • Publication date 2014.6.26
    • Filing date 2012.12.10
  • Example 9
    • -3 -1 +1 Viewfinder diopter
    • Focal length f = 46.84 48.38 49.99mm
    • Eye point 22.00mm
    • 1.03 1.03 1.02x magnification
    • Pentagonal prism
    • Condenser lens made of glass
    • Eyepiece lens system with the exception of the condenser lens, 4-group structure of the positive and negative positive negative
    • In turn, resin (single-sided aspherical surface), glass, resin (single-sided aspherical surface), the material is glass
  • Patent Publication No. 2014-115452
    • Publication date 2014.6.26
    • Filing date 2012.12.20
  • Example 1
    • -3.00 -1.00 +1.00 Diopter
    • Focal length f = 62.22 59.69 57.39mm
    • Eye Relief 19.9mm
    • Maximum image height 12.4mm
    • Pupil diameter φ15mm
    • Magnification 0.87x
    • Pentagonal mirror

Source: [EG]


Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Canon Pixma Pro-100 $34 at Adorama
« on: June 27, 2014, 12:03:18 PM »

Until June 30, 2014, you can get the Canon PIXMA Pro-1000 wireless inkjet photo printer, along with 50 sheets of Canon A3+ paper for $34 after mail-in rebate.

You must add the item to cart and proceed to checkout, where you’ll see a price of $334. Once you purchase the printer, download this rebate form and get $300 back.

Canon Pixma Pro-100 $34 (After $300 MIR) at Adorama


A Canon Rumors reader “JerseyShooter” has been working with Sigma to improve the performance with Canon’s APS-H flagship cameras, the EOS-1D Mark III & EOS-1D Mark IV.

Back in October of 2013, JerseyShooter started a blog documenting the issues he was having with the lens on a blog. He worked directly with Sigma and it looks like it has paid off with the firmware that was released yesterday to improve the performance with both of the mentioned cameras.

There have been other issues with the lens that he is documenting on the blog as well.

For the record, JerseyShooter is an employed professional photographer.

Read the blog about the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 OS Sport


EOS Bodies / Patent: Canon 5 Layer UV, IR, RGB Sensor
« on: June 27, 2014, 08:38:28 AM »
A patent showing a 5 layer image sensor from Canon has appeared. UV and IR layers help with color reproduction especially for skin tones.

Keith at Northlight has this to add about the patent: “The pixel structure above, shows a BSI design (back illumination), but obviously no pixel structure. Extending the range of light response to UV and IR would cause issues for current lens designs, but the idea of more than three colour primaries is not new, although it would require a major re-write for support from RAW converter software.”


Patent Information (Google Translated)

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-103644
    • Publication date 2014.6.5
    • Filing date 2012.11.22
  • Canon patents
    • I get the visible light
    • I get the ultraviolet light
    • I get the infrared light
    • I want to extract the skin area
    • The skin region of visible light, I will correct the image from the difference of the skin area of ​​ultraviolet light
    • Signal value of the infrared light is regarded as the skin area, the high part

Source: [EG] via [NL]



We are pleased to inform you the SIGMA 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM F/CANON Firmware Update is now available.
This firmware update allows you to use the SIGMA USB DOCK with the SIGMA 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM F/CANON. If you have the products mentioned below, please start up SIGMA Optimization Pro and then operate lens firmware update.
Applicable products: SIGMA 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM S013 F/CANON
Benefits of this firmware update:

  • It has improved the Auto Focus speed of “Standard” and “Speed-priority” modes.

  • It has improved the focus accuracy when it is mounted on Canon EOS-1D Mark III or Canon EOS-1D Mark IV.

Please update to SIGMA Optimization Pro Ver1.2 before operating firmware update of SIGMA 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM S013 F/CANON.

SIGMA Optimization Pro Download Page | Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM at B&H Photo


Pricewatch Deals / Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: June 25, 2014, 12:58:15 PM »

B&H Photo has limited stock of the new Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS and is offering free expedited shipping within the USA.

Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS $1199 at B&H Photo



Please see the changes to the “Identification Procedure” section below regarding criteria for affected serial numbers. The identification method has been enhanced to include the first digit in the identification procedure in order to more precisely identify affected products.
Thank you for using Canon products.
Concerning the EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera, when the LCD panel illuminates in extremely dark environments, the displayed exposure value may change. Canon has concluded the investigation of this phenomenon, and this announcement informs you of our findings as described below.
In extremely dark environments, if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change. However, based on the results of extensive testing this change in exposure value will not noticeably affect the captured image.
Affected Product
The phenomenon described above may occur in Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Cameras whose first and sixth digits of the serial number are as set forth below.
Identification Procedure:
Serial Number: [XnnnnNnnnnnn]
“X”=”0″ and “N”=”1″ or “2″
“n” represents any digit.
Examples of affected serial numbers are: “0nnnn1nnnnnn” or”0nnnn2nnnnnn”

Under almost all shooting conditions (including dark environments) this phenomenon will not affect your captured images. However, if you would like Canon to inspect your camera, we will provide this service free of charge upon request beginning in mid-May. Please contact Canon using the information below to request service.
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
Please register the EOS 5D Mark III. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when service updates are available. If you already registered, please ensure you are opted-in to receive the notification.


EOS Bodies / EOS-1D X & EOS 5D Mark III Replacements in 2015 [CR1]
« on: June 22, 2014, 07:19:25 PM »
Northlight has posted a bit of a roadmap for the pro level cameras from Canon. They’ve been told that the EOS-1D X Mark II would come first, with a potential announcement coming in very late 2014. The EOS 5D Mark III would follow afterwards. Both cameras will most likely benefit from the new sensor technology we’ll see in the upcoming EOS 7D replacement.

CR’s Take If the technology in the EOS 7D replacement is as great as people are claiming it to be (we don’t yet know what it is), then it would make sense to replace the other flagship models in the lineup fairly quickly. The EOS 5D Mark III was arrived in March of 2012, and the EOS-1D X soon after in June of 2012. A three year cycle for each seems doable, even if the EOS 7D will have taken nearly 5 years to replace.

Source: [NL]


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