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Lenses / New Lens Information for Photokina
« on: Today at 07:42:35 AM »

Some new ideas as to what lenses Canon will announce for Photokina in a couple of weeks.

First up an EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM. We were told about this one a few days ago, and it may be in pancake form and an EF-S mount, which makes a bit more sense. The second lens mentioned is a 24-105 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, which we were told about at the same time as the pancake, but didn’t have the focal length. The third lens is a new EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II, which would be a great lens to see and we had no previous information that it was coming. It’s good to see the DO patents amount to a new DO product.

There is no 100-400 replacement or ultrawide f/2.8L zoom being announced for Photokina. A full frame ultrawide zoom at the same time as the EOS 7D Mark II doesn’t make a lot of sense, but I think a new 100-400 definitely would. Here’s hoping it does indeed come this year.

EOS 7D Mark II Availability

We’re told that the EOS 7D Mark II won’t be immediately available, but will most likely reach market by the end of October.

Large Sensor PowerShot

I also added a [CR3] to the 1″ sensor PowerShot camera rumor from a few days ago. This camera is indeed coming and will be about the size of the “S” series camera.

Source: [DCI]


Software & Accessories / Shuttercount Now Available for Windows
« on: August 28, 2014, 03:32:42 PM »

From Dire Studio:

ShutterCount displays the number of shutter actuations (the shutter count) of your Canon EOS digital camera. The shutter count is read directly from a USB-connected camera, and thus provides accurate numbers that are not attainable with simple EXIF-based methods.
With ShutterCount you can easily check whether a newly purchased camera is really new, or check how heavily used a pre-owned item is. And you can save a trip to a Canon Service Center by doing the reading for yourself.
The app provides unlimited readings for an unlimited number of cameras, so you can freely track actual camera usage. Even if you work for a rental house or just lend a camera to a friend.
ShutterCount only displays the shutter count for still photos – video clips recorded are not included in the number. For a separate mirror movement reading (that includes videos) you should consult an authorized Canon Service Center.
History logging allows you to track camera usage. Logs are stored in CSV format that can be imported into Apple’s Numbers or Microsoft Excel for further processing. History logging is not available on Windows.

Note: for the best compatibility with your camera it is recommended to upgrade the camera’s firmware to the latest available version.
WiFi on the EOS 6D and 70D must be turned off as it blocks the USB port when turned on!
Supported cameras:

  • Canon EOS-1D C (requires firmware 1.1.3 or later for correct serial number display)

  • Canon EOS-1D Mark IV

  • Canon EOS-1D X

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III (requires firmware 1.2.1 or later for correct serial number display)

  • Canon EOS 6D

  • Canon EOS 7D

  • Canon EOS 50D

  • Canon EOS 60D

  • Canon EOS 70D

  • Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 / Kiss X7

  • Canon EOS 500D / Rebel T1i / Kiss X3

  • Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i / Kiss X4

  • Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i / Kiss X5

  • Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i / Kiss X6i

  • Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i / Kiss X7i

  • Canon EOS 1000D / Rebel XS / Kiss F

  • Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3 / Kiss X50

  • Canon EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 / Kiss X70

ShutterCount is certified to work with all of the cameras listed above, using their latest firmware revision.
Please quit all applications that might connect to your camera (e.g. Canon EOS Utility, Capture One, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom) before launching ShutterCount.
Questions? Problems? Check out the ShutterCount FAQ or contact our support!
Mac OS X ($2.99) – Current version is 1.2, Requires OS X 10.6.8 or later, 64-bit processor 
Windows ($2.99) – Current version is 1.0, Requires Windows 7 SP1 or later, 32-bit or 64-bit processor

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II & Photokina
« on: August 28, 2014, 09:30:32 AM »
What our information doesn’t specify is whether or not it’s the identical sensor to the EOS 70D.

From the other post, "The sensor does have new technology".

How can you stand by what you said and contradict it at the same time?

I see what you're saying.

The new technology claim was because of the wording "fine detail" when describing the CMOS sensor. We then quickly learned that Canon has used that language with previous sensors such as the 5D Mark III and 70D. When we removed the "fine detail" point, I didn't update the rest of the post to reflect that.

I'm sorry for the confusion.

Canon General / Canon Announces Photokina Details
« on: August 28, 2014, 09:27:38 AM »

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 28th August 2014 – Canon today announces details of its presence at photokina 2014, unveiling its most interactive environment ever at the world’s largest photography and imaging show. Designed around helping photographers immerse themselves in the latest technologies, Canon’s programme at the show will offer visitors a digital imaging experience that highlights its industry leading range of products and services.
Canon’s stand at photokina 2014 will be dedicated to the journey of capturing a moment or memory. Within an open, free-roam environment, visitors will be invited to undertake shooting challenges, with experts on-hand to guide them along the way. The experiential event will go far beyond simple touch and try demonstrations, and instead provide the opportunity to truly experience the Canon range.
The stand will also feature live presentation sessions with Canon’s world famous photography ambassadors. Presenters will include landscape and travel photographer David Noton, photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Ulla Lohmann, and action shooter Richard Walch, with each providing first-hand accounts of how Canon products help them to realise their individual visions. Furthermore, Canon Explorer Jörg Kyas will be taking on interactive challenges set by visitors – providing a unique way for enthusiasts to learn about new styles or techniques.

In addition, Canon’s custom-designed platform for managing and sharing a world of images, irista, will be demonstrated, highlighting Canon’s dedication to furthering the capabilities of digital services. Visitors will also be able to browse Canon equipment and piece together their own ‘virtual kitbag’ using touchscreen tables placed around the stand.
“photokina 2014 for us is about immersing customers in a world of exciting imaging possibilities,” said Alessandro Stanzani, Head of Consumer Imaging, Canon Europe. “We’re creating an experiential environment that will challenge visitors to think much more deeply about their photography. Our photokina presence will demonstrate the very best in product and service innovation as we encourage photography explorers to truly engage with the Canon brand.”
To allow attendees the opportunity to retain their experience, Canon Live Pass RFID cards will be supplied to allow visitors to scan in at key points around the stand in order to create a souvenir site which is tailored to their interest areas, and to which they can refer after the show. Those not attending can keep up to speed via the official Canon Europe YouTube channel, where videos will provide a summary of each day’s events. Alternatively, the action can be followed live on Facebook or on Twitter / #CanonPhotokina. A virtual tour of the Canon experience and other Canon photokina content will be available on the dedicated photokina website.


EOS Bodies / EOS 7D Mark II & Photokina
« on: August 28, 2014, 07:47:19 AM »

We’re standing by the specifications we posted a few days ago for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. We and others have received suggestions that the sensor in the camera is actually going to be 24mp, which contradicts the very solid evidence we have that says it will indeed be 20.2mp. What our information doesn’t specify is whether or not it’s the identical sensor to the EOS 70D.

If what we posted turns out not to be true, it will be the greatest hoax of specs that I have seen in the 6 years we’ve been around. I will release what we have in our possession after the announcement if it turns out we were wrong.

Lenses at Photokina

We have nothing we’d call better than 50/50 on what lenses will show up for Photokina. If you know what’s coming, please let us know. You can do so anonymously here.


Lenses / A New Pancake Lens? [CR1]
« on: August 23, 2014, 07:25:43 AM »

We’ve been told to get the maple syrup ready, as a new 24mm pancake lens will arrive with the EOS 7D Mark II. No aperture was given, though f/2.8 would be assumed.

The same source also said a wide angle zoom was coming. This may be the previously mentioned 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. The third mentioned lens was a standard zoom, though no focal length was given for this. Perhaps this could be a non-L full frame zoom?

What isn’t getting mentioned anymore is the thorn-in-my-side Canon EF 100-400 replacement.

The same source also said that the previously mentioned EF 11-24 f/2.8L hasn’t been spoken about in their circles, so it could be a post Photokina thing or nothing at all.

More to come…


EOS Bodies / Re: Update on the EOS 7D Mark II Spec List
« on: August 23, 2014, 07:12:46 AM »
Makes sense.
I am pretty sure the camera will have Wifi and GPS.

I'm 99% sure the camera will not have wifi built-in.

EOS Bodies / Update on the EOS 7D Mark II Spec List
« on: August 23, 2014, 07:05:47 AM »

We’re going over the information we have and have noticed a few inconsistencies that we’d like to mention. We have a bit of doubt about the sensor spec we’ve listed for the camera and will work to confirm that. There is a possibility that it’s an all new 20.2MP sensor and not the same one as the EOS 70D.

  • We’re not 100% sure about GPS, we think the camera may actually have it.

  • We mentioned radio triggering with the popup flash, but that may have been a mistake.

  • “Fine Detail CMOS Sensor” is standard Canon language for Canon sensors.

  • The camera has iTR (metering sensor-assisted servo tracking) just like the EOS-1D X

  • The camera should be compatible with f/8 lenses at the center, and maybe more points.

Lots more to come….


PowerShot / New Large Sensor PowerShot Rumor [CR3]
« on: August 23, 2014, 06:54:33 AM »

We’re told by a very good source that Canon will announce a new PowerShot camera with a 1″ sensor. The camera will be nearly as compact as the S series camera and is intended to compete with Sony’s RX100.

No specs were given.


EOS Bodies / Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 22, 2014, 02:40:34 PM »

Updated on August 28, 2014

Updates and clarifications on the specifications are in bold below.

We think we have the specifications for the upcoming Canon EOS 7D Mark II, we’re trying to authenticate things down to the CR3 level. We have been incorrect about previous features of the camera. For one, the top plate is not an “EOS-1 Style”, and the camera does not shoot 12fps. Previous sources have said the sensor does have new technology, but it is not multi-layer, which is what we originally reported. We have been thrown off by patents showing layered sensors. We can’t confirm at this time if there is indeed new technology in the sensor. Our source for this specification list just mentions the megapixel count.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications

  • Kit lenses: 18-135 IS STM and 15-85 IS (no STM)

  • CF, UDMA mode 7 + SD, UHS-I

  • GPS is in the camera

  • No WiFi

  • Fixed LCD, with no touch function.

  • 20.2MP APS-C Sensor

  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF

  • Dual DIGIC 6 Processors

  • 65 AF points “All Cross-type”. Dual cross on the center point.

  • f/8 on center point at least, could be on more points.

  • 10fps

  • ISO 100-12800, ISO Boost mode 25600 and 51200

  • 1080p/720p both get 60fps

  • Servo AF for video shooting.

  • Anti-flicker mode, eliminates flickers under flickering lights (e.g. fluorescent lamps).

  • Spot metering size 1.8%

  • Built-in flash

  • Mic and headphones connectors

  • Can sync time between 7D II cameras.

  • Lens electronic MF

  • About 100% coverage OVF

  • New Battery – LP-E6N

  • New Battery Grip BG-E16

I stress I am trying to confirm everything above, and once I do I will update the rating on these specifications. I am 90% confident these are accurate EOS 7D Mark II specifications.



Sigma has released Firmware v 1.02 for the 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM

Autofocus is supported at any aperture value when used with the Canon Digital Cinema Camera EOS C100.
Please Note: Before upgrading the firmware of 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A013, please first update your SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver1.2.0.
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Firmware v1.02 | Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 DC HSM Art at B&H Photo


Canon General / CPN Interviews the Men Behind the EOS-1 Series SLRs
« on: August 21, 2014, 03:35:52 PM »

Canon is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the EOS-1 series, the company’s flagship range of SLR cameras, which began with the launch of the EOS-1 film SLR in 1989. CPN recently got the unique opportunity to talk to two of the key men behind the development of the EOS-1 series and EOS System – Tsunemasa Ohara and Yoshiaki Sugiyama of Canon Inc. in Tokyo. In two exclusive interviews they reveal the secrets behind the historical development of the EOS-1 SLRs

Yoshiaki Sugiyama has worked on the design of Canon SLR systems since 1978, including the T90 (1986), the EOS 650/620 (1987) and the EOS-1 (1989) cameras. CPN spoke to him about the history and development of EOS-1 series SLR designs.

Read the full interview here

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Site Information / Re: Smartphone Blunders
« on: August 20, 2014, 05:04:46 PM »
Was it not legit then?

No, it looks like the original EOS M, which a few people pointed out and alerted me to my error.

Site Information / Smartphone Blunders
« on: August 20, 2014, 04:59:23 PM »

The previous post about the EOS M3 was not supposed to go live, something went wrong with the WordPress app with my phone. Whenever I receive an email, I automatically make a post and save it. If it’s publishable, I do so. This time, it published and I didn’t want it to.

Sorry about that, the embarrassment is the punishment.


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