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EOS Bodies / Canon Rumors is Touring Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
« on: January 15, 2013, 06:33:24 PM »

Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia

I’ve been busy the last few days travelling and sleeping. The 24 hour journey from Toronto to Hanoi was completed yesterday, and we spent most of the day shooting and eating in the old quarter of Hanoi.

The shooting condition in Hanoi have been less than ideal, a lot of fog and rain. We still ended up getting a few good shots on day one, and we’re hoping to do better on day two.

The Gear | Gura Gear Chobe, Gura Gear Bataflae 18L, MEC Duffle

The Gear | Gura Gear Chobe, Gura Gear Bataflae 18L, MEC Duffle

I’m going to be travelling Northern Vietnam between Hanoi, Cat Ba and Halong Bay. Then we’ll head to Luang Prabang in Laos and will spend time there, as well as Luang Namtha, Nam Ha and Vientiane. From there, we’ll be heading south to Siem Reap and visiting Angkor Wat. We have some other days we have filled yet, so I’m sure we’ll end up somewhere else that’s pretty cool.

I am going to have some help posting to Canon Rumors over the next 3 weeks, posts may not come the time of day you’re used to.


Reviews / Review - Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
« on: January 15, 2013, 06:10:11 PM »


First centre of its kind showcases the best of Canon photography and print imaging technology in a hands-on, experiential environment.

CALGARY, Alberta, January 15, 2013 – Canon Canada Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions celebrating its 40th Anniversary, today announced the opening of Image Square, the Canon Experience Centre – a unique destination where visitors can interact with the latest Canon technology and benefit from the expertise of photography and business consultants.

Located at Eighth Avenue Place in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canon Image Square is a ground-breaking, innovative and technologically-advanced space specifically designed to encourage exploration and discovery. Visitors will learn how Canon products and solutions can help them capture their experiences, enhance their memories, and increase their productivity, at home, at work, and at play.

Canon Image Square is open to the public beginning today at 12:00pm.

“Canon Image Square represents a true first for Canada, and it sets the standard for how our industry interacts with customers by offering an opportunity to experience first-hand our state-of-the-art products and technology,” said Kevin Ogawa, President and CEO of Canon Canada. “We are committed to providing our customers and prospective customers with the best experience with our products, and that includes allowing them to touch and try our products before they purchase.”

As part of the Canon Image Square vision, expert staff will direct visitors to purchase through authorized local dealers or direct from Canon.

Canon Image Square features dynamic displays and demonstrations that give visitors a true look at how Canon products work. This innovative approach to the consumer experience includes:

  • Expert staff dedicated to answering questions, sharing tips, and finding information for visitors.

  • Full-motion thematic settings and sculptural exhibits where visitors can test point-and-shoot and digital SLR cameras, a range of lenses and accessories, and a selection of printers.

  • A touch screen media wall where visitors can post and interact with their own images.

  • Interactive discovery tables where visitors can select an image, learn about its features, and find directions to the related product station.

  • A fully-operational showroom exhibiting a range of Canon print production devices and solutions for business needs.

  • A photo studio outfitted with professional Canon digital SLR cameras, Speedlight flashes, and photo production software.

  • A classroom-style learning space where expert staff will conduct seminars, projector demos, presentations, and Canon College photography classes.

  • Photo gallery curated by 500px, featuring the works of Alberta-based photographers who use Canon equipment to bring remarkable images to life.

Canon Image Square occupies approximately 6,600 square feet on the ground floor of Eighth Avenue Place, a pre-certified LEED Platinum building. Canon Image Square is accessible off 8th Avenue as well as through the building’s main concourse.

For more information, visit

Canon General / More Canon Store Information
« on: January 13, 2013, 10:57:00 PM »

Canon stores to be announced next week

We’ve received some more information about the upcoming Canon stores. The announcement should come on Tuesday, January 15, 2013.

We’re told that the stores will be called “Canon Imaging Square” in the Asian market.

More than the Calgary, Canada store coming next week? We’re hearing a store will appear in Sao Paulo, Brazil as well as Sydney, Australia. We haven’t heard of any stores in Europe or the United States as of yet.

New camera & lens?

We do not have a [CR3] confirmation for more than the stores being announced on Tuesday.


EOS Bodies / DSLR & Lens Coming on January 15, 2013? [CR1]
« on: January 12, 2013, 04:48:11 PM »

More announcements next week?

Beyond the announcement of the “Canon Experience Stores“, I am being told a DSLR and lens is coming next week as well.  It’s “probably” going to be the EOS 70D and not the EOS 7D Mark II, it wasn’t mentioned which lens was coming.

I think the 70D is going to be an incremental update to the 60D when it is announced. Whereas the 7D Mark II will likely see more of an upgrade in feature set.

No confirmation from known sources on these announcements, beyond the Canon Store being unveiled.


Pricewatch Deals / Deal: EOS-1D X for $5936 via eBay
« on: January 12, 2013, 11:28:25 AM »

From BigValueInc

BigValueInc has the EOS-1D X body for $5936 via eBay. That’s about a $700 savings.

Canon EOS-1D X for $5936 via eBay (BigValueInc) Including shipping in the USA


Reviews / Review - Canon EF 50 f/1.2L
« on: January 12, 2013, 09:57:48 AM »

Canon General / Canon Experience Stores Coming Soon [CR3]
« on: January 11, 2013, 06:27:31 AM »
Following Apple & Leica….
Canon will be launching their first “Canon Experience Store” in the coming days. They will start with at least one store in Calgary, Canada and slowly open more stores around the globe. I’m told Canon is buying “heritage” type buildings around Australia for the stores.

Features of the store (Unconfirmed)

  • They will be similar to apple stores, all white, simplistic and will allow hands-on use of canon equipment.
  • These stores will feature camera and lens trial areas, 8 to 10 iMac computers for education courses and a learning area.
  • The audiovisual systems in the store will feature multiple large-format LED and LCD displays.
  • The customers will walk through a “LED Tunnel” when entering the store to immerse the customer in sights and sounds.

The announcement for this project should come early next week.


Designed for Film-Style Operation, Canon Cinema Prime Lenses Deliver Exceptional 4K Performance

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 10, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announces the new CN-E14mm T3.1 L F and CN-E135mm T2.2 L F single-focal-length lenses for large-format single-sensor cameras employing Super 35mm or full frame 35mm imagers. These two new lenses join with Canon’s CN-E24mm T1.5 L F, CN-E50mm T1.3 L F, and CN-E85mm T1.3 L F primes to provide a broad line of five precision-matched, competitively priced EF-mount Cinema prime lenses that provide high optical performance levels and a choice of versatile focal lengths for a wide range of creative shooting choices. All five Canon Cinema prime lenses are part of the Canon Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography products, which include the EOS C500 4K/2K Digital Cinema Camera, EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera, EOS C100 Digital Video Camera and EOS-1D C 4K DSLR Cinema Camera, and four Canon Cinema zoom lenses.

CN-E14mm T3.1 L F and CN-E135mm T2.2 L F

CN-E14mm T3.1 L F and CN-E135mm T2.2 L F

“Since our introduction to the film and television production industry back in November 2011, we have brought to market five Cinema prime lenses, two top-end Cinema zoom lenses, two compact Cinema zoom lenses, and four professional digital cinematography cameras all within 18 months,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “This is a testament to the Company’s dedication to the needs of the growing and diverse universe of professionals creating 4K, 2K, and HD moving-image content for theatrical, television, and other high-resolution digital production markets. We look forward to continuing to serve these professionals with Canon Cinema EOS products designed to help them achieve their creative imperatives and commercial aspirations.”

All Canon Cinema EOS lenses integrate advanced materials and coatings to meet high optical performance levels, including 4K (4096 x 2160) production standards. Each Canon Cinema lens is equipped with an odd-numbered 11-blade aperture diaphragm, which is ideally suited to achieve creative depth-of-field manipulation and pleasing “bokeh” effects of cinematographic quality. The Canon line of five Cinema prime lenses is precision-matched for consistent and solid optical performance that minimizes focus-induced changes in the angle of view. All feature a full-frame image circle in a lightweight, compact design, and they incorporate proven Canon lens elements designed to fulfill contemporary 4K production standards. All five primes also deliver color tone and balance that matches Canon’s top-end Cinema zooms and compact Cinema zooms. Canon Cinema prime lenses are also water-resistant for severe shooting conditions and deliver the operation and reliability required in professional film-style shooting environments.

All five Canon Cinema primes feature mechanical attributes specifically designed for motion-picture production, as opposed to still photography. These strategically integrated film-style characteristics include 300 degree rotation on the focus ring for precision focus control as well as large, highly visible engraved focus scales for convenient operation. These markings appear on the angled surfaces on both sides of the barrel, making them easy to both read and to adjust the stepless focus and/or aperture settings of the lenses from behind – or from either side – of the camera. Focus markings can be switched from standard labeling to metric, and control rings are engineered to maintain the proper amount of resistance with consistent operating torque and familiar tactile “feedback” for satisfying manual control. All Canon Cinema prime lenses also share the same uniform gear positions, diameters, and rotation angles, as well as front-lens diameters, making them compatible with matte boxes, follow focus gear, marking disks, and other third-party film-industry-standard accessories. Film crews can quickly change lenses without the need for accessory gear-position adjustments or other changes to the rig setup.

The new Canon CN-E14mm T3.1 and CN-E135mm T2.2 Cinema prime lenses – as well as the Canon CN-E24mm T1.5, CN-E50mm T1.3, and CN-E85mm T1.3 primes – are fully compatible with the Canon EOS C500, EOS C300, EOS C100 and EOS-1D C digital cinema cameras. The EF-mount design of all five Canon Cinema prime lenses provides communication with these cameras for such handy features as display of the ƒ number in the electronic viewfinder, recording of focus/zoom position and ƒ number, and Peripheral Light Compensationi for more pleasing effects shots.

The versatility of image-capture options using Canon EOS digital cinema cameras can be further extended with Canon’s Super35mm top-end Cinema zoom lenses (the CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 wide-angle and the CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 telephoto) and compact Cinema zooms (the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 wide-angle and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 telephoto). All four are available in both EF- and PL-mount versions, as are the EOS C500 and EOS C300 cameras. Almost all of Canon’s EF Series photographic lenses can also be used with these Cinema EOS cameras, including Image Stabilized zooms, tilt-shift models, and macro lenses. All of these products are designed to contribute to the continued advancement of tools for visual storytelling and all express Canon’s continuing commitment to cinematic culture.

Pricing and Availability

The CN-E14mm T3.1 L F single-focal-length lens is expected to be available in April 2013 for an estimated retail price of $5,500. The CN-E135mm T2.2 L F single-focal-length lens is expected to be available in May 2013 for an estimated retail price of $5,200.

Source: [CUSA]

Lenses / EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Production to Begin in Q2
« on: January 10, 2013, 07:13:24 AM »

From Singapore

A member on the clubsnap forum was at an event in Singapore this week and was told by a Canon guy at the event, that the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x wouldn’t start production until Q2 of 2013. Pricing was estimated at $16,000 (Singapore dollars), that converts out to about $13,000 USD and goes along with the $11,000 pricetag we’ve heard for a while now.

We don’t even have an official announcement yet, so this could be possible. I am hoping once they do announce it, that stock will be available immediately.

Source: [CS]

thanks dolina


EOS Bodies - For Video / Inside the Canon EOS-1D C
« on: January 08, 2013, 03:57:07 PM »

Is it different from the EOS-1D X?

We had a chance to peer inside the EOS-1D C (No photos allowed) to find out how much it differed from the EOS-1D X. The differences are minimal, the biggest change is the heat sink inside the camera to keep the sensor circuitry cool during 4K video operation.


The EOS-1D X has some traces of the EOS-1D C firmware code and the features are locked. We don’t know how much of the firmware is the same.

Third Party Firmware?

I was told by someone at Canon that they would “bring the might of its legal team” to anyone that attempts to modify at the software level, the features of an EOS-1 camera body. So I think the firmware community out there today will probably leave the EOS-1D X alone.

More to come on this topic I’m sure. I am hopeful that someone provides pictures of the inside of the EOS-1D C in direct comparison to the EOS-1D X.

Why does it cost so much more?

Production of the EOS-1D C is going to be a lot less than even the limited production EOS-1D X. Especially when you compare the numbers to the 5D Mark III or a Rebel. The software development will also add a lot of cost to the camera. How much bigger their margin is on the EOS-1D C over the EOS-1D X? I have no official word on that, but I’d love to hear about it.

Canon EOS-1D C at B&H Photo for $11,999


Pricewatch Deals / EOS-1D C in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: January 08, 2013, 11:34:12 AM »

The 4K DSLR is here

B&H Photo has stock of the Canon EOS-1D C 4K DSLR. Stock is limited.

Canon EOS-1D C at B&H Photo for $11,999


Lenses / Re: Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II travel bag for Alaska
« on: January 08, 2013, 09:56:09 AM »
My plan is a trip to Alaska (bears and scenery), first time since I visited nearly 40 years ago. Any tips on a decent travel bag for a Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II that will be allowed in an aircraft cabin. Also any advice on the best local travel agents for a trip of this type, best choice of lenses to take, best hotels in Anchorage and any other advice or suggestions that will make the trip easy and enjoyable. I am not looking at a budget trip nor a super expensive one, but I can afford to pay for decent comfort.

Dave T-W

The Gura Gear Kiboko 22L fits the 500 and weighs 3lbs or so. If you go to the Gura Kiboko 30L or Gura Bataflae 32L they'll fit the 500 with a body attached. All of which are the lightest bags in their segment.

I had 48lbs of camera gear (including the 800) in the Kiboko 30L, it fit on every plane.... including a regional.

If you plan to travel a lot with your gear, the Gura Gear stuff is far and away the best made products on the market. However, if it's a one off, something cheaper would probably be fine.

Third Party Manufacturers / Sigma Launches the Sigma USB DOCK
« on: January 08, 2013, 07:15:23 AM »
Sigma USB Dock
By connecting the USB cable to a computer, SIGMA USB DOCK enables photographers to update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus. The adjustment is processed with special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro). The AF speed, focus limiter and OS function are also customizable for Sports lenses.

Sigma USB Dock

Sigma USB Dock

Release: Early 2013. Compatible lens Art | 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Contemporary | 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM / 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO HSM Sports | 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM * The Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice

Special Software “SIGMA Optimization Pro” will offer the following customization.

Focus setting

Contemporary, Art and Sports • Updating Lens Firmware It is possible to update the lens firmware via the internet. • Focus Setting Multiple focus setting options are available: 4 categories for fixed focal length lenses, and 16 categories (4 options for focal length) x (4 options for shooting distance) for zoom lenses.

For Sports line • AF Speed Adjustment There are 3 AF speed modes. • Focus Limiter Adjustment Offering customization for the driving range of auto focus enables a photographer to exactly reflect the personal preference. • OS Setting There are 3 OS (Optical Stabilizer) adjustment modes.

You can download “SIGMA Optimization Pro for Windows” and “SIGMA Optimization Pro for Macintosh” from the link below.

Condition of Operation Windows This software operates in the condition that meets with the following criteria; • Pentium 4 processor or higher • Windows 7 or Windows 8 is pre-installed. • 1GB of RAM or higher • 1 GB of available hard drive space. • 24-bit graphics card (approx. 16.7 million colors). • 1024×768 or higher screen resolution. • USB 1.1 as standard

Mac OS This software operates in the condition that meets with the following criteria; • Intel processor that either Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 is pre-installed • 1GB of RAM or higher • 1 GB of available hard drive space. • 24-bit graphics card (approx. 16.7 million colors). • 1024×768 or higher screen resolution. • USB 1.1 as standard.

Third Party Manufacturers / Sigma Launches the 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM
« on: January 08, 2013, 07:13:30 AM »

SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM

Conventionally, large aperture lenses for 300mm F2.8 have been loved by professional users due to their brilliant capability of depiction and bright aperture value. It has established a solid standpoint in the world of photography. Based on the concept that turning a 300mm F2.8 lens into zoom lens would enable photographers to expand the scope of shooting, we have developed 120-300mm F2.8 lenses and released them into the market. It is not simple to decide on a composition with a 300mm lens. Especially for sports and theatrical shows, shooting positions are almost always fixed and changing lenses could lead to missed photographs. By adding a zoom function with the large aperture 300mm F2.8 lens, it no longer requires other interchangeable lenses and rotation of the zoom ring will offer excellent framing. In other words, when conditions are difficult, this high-performance lens gives you more scope to express yourself in the shots you take.

SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM

SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM

Corresponding AF Mounts: SIGMA, Nikon (D), Canon

Accessories: Lens case, lens hood (LH1220-01), shoulder strap and tripod socket (TS-51) supplied.

* The Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Preorder the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM for $3599

[Special Features]

1. Sports line lenses deliver high action-capture performance

Sigma is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines; Contemporary, Art and Sports. While offering sophisticated optical performance and expressiveness, our Sports line lenses deliver high action-capture performance, enabling photographers to get exactly the shots they want. With their high-level optical performance and expressive power, these lenses can capture fast-moving subjects, even at distance. This high-performance line also offers a variety of functions to aid the photographer in challenging conditions and scenarios. The SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM is the first product from the “Sports” line. Besides sports photography, the lenses are also perfect for nature shots featuring birds, wild animals and other wildlife, and for capture of aircraft, trains, racing cars and more. Another major feature of our Sports line lenses is their wide range of customization functions: using the software provided, all sorts of settings can be tailored to the personal preferences of the photographer.

2. Dust-proof and splash-proof construction

For professional purposes, we have achieved excellent durability by incorporating dust-proof and splash-proof parts for joint parts, such as mount attachment, manual ring, zoom-ring, switches for customization and external switch panels. It prevents dust and dirt from entering the lens. Also, the usage of the zoom ring and focus ring is well positioned for shooting situations.

3. High image quality close to fixed focal length lens.

This lens incorporates 2 FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite, 1 SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element, and compensate for the color aberration at the utmost. The design also compensates for sagittal coma flare and minimizes the blurring of a point light source in peripheral areas. It offers very high image quality, close to fixed focal length lens.

4. Incorporation of focus limiter

Excellent usability is achieved by incorporating inner focusing and zooming that requires no change in the length of the lens for focus and zoom. It is possible to use with a rounded filter, such as a Circular Polarizer, as the front part of the lens is fixed. Due to the focus limiter offering adjustable range of auto focusing, this lens can provide fast focus setting. The USB dock enables users to change the range of the auto focusing at the discretion of users’ creativity.

5. Newly developed “USB DOCK” exclusively for new product lines

Based on these new lines, we have developed special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro) that can update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus. In addition, the lenses from our Sports line have customizable AF speed, focus limiter and OS function. The “Custom Mode Switch” is the device for further customization on the dedicated lenses.

6. Ease of use

Many parts of this lens have been designed for comfortable usage. For example, the design of the zoom ring is concerned with a texture when you hold it, the position of printed letters and the 4 control switches with integration-considered shape of the screws. Included accessories such as the removable lens hood and the newly designed tripod collar with strap ensure added ease of use.

[Other Features]

•  Flare and ghosting conscious design

SIGMA’s Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting. It provides sharp and high contrast images throughout the entire zoom range.

• Excellent in handheld photography for telephoto shooting

This lens incorporates the OS system which offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible, ensuring the excellent use in handheld photography for telephoto shooting. The OS system has two modes – OS mode 1 is suitable for general photography, and OS mode 2 is best for panning shots of subjects such as planes or racing cars. It is possible to adjust the OS using the optional USB DOCK.

* This lens cannot be used with film SLR cameras with the exception of the Nikon F6, Canon EOS-1v.

• Quiet and Fast AF

The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures high speed and quiet AF as well as full-time manual focus override by rotation of the focus ring. With the enhanced AF algorithm, smoother AF is achieved. The full time manual, which offers further adjustment after focusing with AF mode, is possible. By using USB Dock, you can change and adjust the AF speed at your convenience.

• Incorporating Rounded Diaphragm

The 9 blade-rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image.

• APO Tele-Converter (Optional)

The addition of Sigma’s 1.4x EX DG APO or 2x EX DG APO TELE CONVERTER produces a 168-420mm F4 AF telephoto zoom lens or a 240-600mm F5.6 AF telephoto zoom lens respectively.

• Brass made bayonet mount

This lens incorporates a brass made bayonet mount which has both high accuracy and durability. A special treatment to reinforce its strength is applied to the surface giving it greater strength and making it highly resistant to long-term use.

• Evaluation with Sigma’s own MTF measuring system “A1”

We used to measure lens performance with an MTF measuring system using conventional sensors. However, we’ve now developed our own proprietary MTF (modulation transfer function) measuring system (A1) using 46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensors. Even previously undetectable high-frequency details are now within the scope of our quality control inspections. The SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM will all be checked using this “A1” before they are shipped.

• “Made in Japan”

All Sigma’s manufacturing – right down to the molds and parts – is carried out under an integrated production system, entirely in Japan. We are now one of the very few manufacturers whose products are solely “made in Japan”. We like to think our products are somehow imbued with the essence of our homeland, blessed as it is with clean air and water, and focused, hard-working people. We pride ourselves on the authentic quality of Sigma products, born of a marriage between highly attuned expertise and intelligent, advanced technology. Our sophisticated products have satisfied professionals and lovers of photography all over the world, because our manufacturing is based on genuine craftsmanship, underpinned by the passion and pride of our experts.

[Specification] For Sigma

Lens Construction: 23 elements in 18 groups | Minimum aperture: F22 | Filter size: ø105mm | Angle of view (35mm format): 20.4°-8.2° | Minimum focusing distance: 150cm-250cm/59.1in.-98.4in. | Dimensions (Diameter x Length): ø121.4mm x 291mm/4.8in. x 11.5in. | Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (Rounded diaphragm) | Maximum magnification ratio: 1:8.1 (f=200mm) | Weight: TBD


Lens Hood LH1220-01 (supplied) : 0085126-929657

FRONT CAP LCF-105 III (supplied) : 0085126-929640

REAR CAP LCR II (supplied)

SIGMA : 0085126-929497 Nikon : 0085126-929503 Canon : 0085126-929510

TRIPOD SOCKET TS-51(supplied) : 0085126-929664

SIGMA DG UV 105mm : 0085126-923792

SIGMA DG CIRCULAR PL 105mm : 0085126-923907


SIGMA : 0085126-824402 Nikon : 0085126-824556 Canon : 0085126-824273


SIGMA : 0085126-876401 Nikon : 0085126-876555 Canon : 0085126-876272

Preorder the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM for $3599

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