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LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 3, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the EOS 60Da Digital SLR Camera, a long-awaited successor to the EOS 20Da that is optimized for astrophotography. This DSLR caters to astronomers and hobbyists who enjoy capturing the beauty of the night sky by offering a modified infrared filter and a low-noise sensor with heightened hydrogen-alpha sensitivity. These modifications allow the camera to capture magnificent photographs of “red hydrogen emission” nebulae and other cosmic phenomena.

“The EOS 60Da is a testament to the constant desire to meet the needs of every customer, including those in specialized fields,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., “This new camera enables an accurate depiction of a part of our solar system which is hard to achieve with conventional cameras but should be enjoyed and celebrated.”

The Canon EOS 60Da camera packs a powerful 18-megapixel CMOS sensor (APS-C) that produces sharp and high-contrast images of astronomical objects, a major enhancement over the EOS 20Da model’s 8.2-megapixel sensor. The improved infrared-blocking filter is a modification suited specifically toward astronomy enthusiasts to achieve a hydrogen-alpha light sensitivity that is approximately three times higher than that of a normal Canon DSLR camera. This produces a 20-percent higher transmittance of Hydrogen Alpha line, or Hα wavelength, allowing astronomers to capture crisp, clear images of reddish, diffuse nebulae.

Enhanced Features

Crisp images of the stars and planets can be viewed on the EOS 60Da’s improved 3.0-inch Clear View LCD screen with 1,040,000 dots for detailed focusing. The flip-out Vari-angle screen allows photographers to adjust the screen for easy viewing without straining even while the camera is mounted to a telescope via a third-party T-ring adapter. Optimized for stargazing with friends or in an educational setting, astronomy enthusiasts can connect the camera to a TV with the provided AVC-DC400ST Stereo AV Video Cable and display the night sky on a TV monitor using the camera’s Live View mode. Moreover, the EOS 60Da’s Live View mode is equipped with a Silent Shooting feature that eliminates shutter-induced vibration for maximum camera stability when the camera is mounted to a telescope or super-telephoto EF lens.

Enhanced noise reduction on the EOS 60Da sensor offers photographers the ability to experiment with the wide array of ISO settings and increased ISO speeds up to 6400 expandable to 12800. Other features include an intelligent nine-point autofocus system, full manual controls, and RAW, JPEG, and RAW+JPEG image recording capabilities.


The EOS 60Da helps capture the wonders of the night sky with its use of Canon’s award-winning EF and EF-S lenses along with other EOS accessories. Additionally, the EOS 60Da is packaged with Canon’s RA-E3 Remote Controller Adapter, providing the ability to connect a Canon Timer Remote Control such as the TC-80N3 (optional accessory). The TC-80N3 is ideal for controlling time exposures longer than 30 seconds as well as capturing a series of consecutive time exposures that can be composited during post-processing for improved image quality. This is especially useful when the camera body is connected to a telescope[i] or an EF super telephoto lens.

Canon has also included an AC adapter kit with the EOS 60Da, allowing the camera to be powered through an AC wall outlet or a battery-powered inverter, ideal for long exposure image or video capture at home or in the field.


As a specialized product, the EOS 60Da is only available to order from select authorized dealers. The estimated retail price is $1,499.00 and it is expected to be available this month.

Preorder from B&H & Adorama for $1499


Lenses / Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Delayed? [CR2]
« on: April 02, 2012, 12:38:18 PM »
Oh no :(
I’ve heard from multiple places that the upcoming Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II will not reach market by April 17, 2012 as originally stated by Canon. There is no official new date, but we’ve been told and seen elsewhere that it could be delayed until July 2012.

The 5D Mark III has been a relatively successful launch, I am disappointed to see that has turned out to be an exception instead of a new rule.

None of this has been confirmed by Canon yet.

Speaking of 1D X
I posted earlier about the 1D X being allocated to CPS members first in some countries. That does NOT include the USA.. I know it’s true in this one (Canada) as I had to provide a CPS number for preorder.

Source: [DC]


Site Information / Re: Canon Rumors Site Information
« on: April 01, 2012, 10:13:35 PM »
Will you be upgrading to vBulletin 4.x forum or 4.x publishing suite?

4.x Forum

Site Information / Re: Canon Rumors Site Information
« on: April 01, 2012, 10:01:48 PM »

There will be an install done that will probably be available to moderators, working to make sure the feature sets work and we know how to use it.

The plan should be sorted out by midweek.

Site Information / Re: Canon Rumors Site Information
« on: April 01, 2012, 07:51:37 PM »
We'll be moving to vBulletin soon, we'll probably do a 14 day countdown, as you're going to have to reset your password. It'll be super easy though.

vBulletin will run faster and have post ratings. As well as other features that will be make the board a bit more enjoyable.

I appreciate the patience, critiques and kudos...

More soon


Site Information / Re: Canon Rumors Site Information
« on: April 01, 2012, 02:04:04 PM »
The solution will be sooner than later... I promise.


Site Information / Re: Canon Rumors Site Information
« on: April 01, 2012, 01:22:15 PM »
And how does "reputation" implementation correct any of the problems of the "Karma" implementation? The plain answer is that it doesn't. The issue, simply stated, is that, if the goal is to "fix" the poster's behavior, neither implementation provides enough information to give useful feedback. Instead it allows, even invites, sociopaths to anonymously attack posters without actually telling the posters what they are being attacked for. The ONLY implementation that makes sense is on a per-posting basis. It would also be really nice if the attackers couldn't remain anonymous. There is too much anonymity in sites like this and it is insanely stupid to add more.

As I said, that is ideal. We're working towards that but it can't happen overnight.

However, things have gotten worse, not better; since the Karma system was removed. Moderation reports are up, email complaints are way up and threads about "this forum is getting bad" are up.

No action is not the right choice, the karma/reputation system is not ideal but it's something while we work on the ideal solution.

Site Information / Re: Canon Rumors Site Information
« on: April 01, 2012, 01:07:05 PM »
The ratings for forum posts has been a difficult one to figure out, so we're trying out some new things. For now, only a total karma score will show, so you won't see the likes and dislikes broken down. We'll see if that helps keep things honest.

I'm rather disappointed by the re-introduction of the karma system - it still gives a global evaluation and not a per-post one, and people who have a non-compliant opinion are still bound to end up down on the scale. This is because the main shortcomings aren't fixed:

* People will still click "dislike" if they do not agree with a post, i.e. dislike the argument
* You still don't know why you've got bad karma, making it impossible to adjust (or even to think about it)

It seemed more mature without karma in the short meantime because I don't need a rating to ignore troll comments and it doesn't replace a moderation of a forum.

We may be moving to new forum software, and will have the ability to do "post ratings" right off the bat. Currently there is nothing available for our forum solution. That IS an ideal solution and one we hope to have sorted one way or another.


Site Information / Canon Rumors Site Information
« on: April 01, 2012, 09:27:09 AM »
Hey, there are a few changes taking place at canonrumors.com that I thought I'd tell you about.

1) New server/host

Canon Rumors was moved to a new host last night and I don't think anyone really noticed. What you will notice is an increase in site speed, all measurements taken show a dramatic improvement. We're on better hardware and are running a better optimized setup. This will continue to be tweaked over the next couple of days.

2) Return of Karma

The ratings for forum posts has been a difficult one to figure out, so we're trying out some new things. For now, only a total karma score will show, so you won't see the likes and dislikes broken down. We'll see if that helps keep things honest.

It's now called "Reputation" until I figure out a better name.

It's going to get abused by some people, there's not much we can do about that. We just ask that you don't. :)

3) New site design

It's coming, looking to clean things up and make them a bit more uniformed between the site and the forum. This isn't in the immediate future, but it will be in the next 60 to 90 days.


Canon Rumors

Macro / Re: 9:1 macro
« on: March 31, 2012, 08:11:01 AM »
Very cool

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon EOS-1D X Delayed Again? [CR2]
« on: March 30, 2012, 12:31:35 PM »
From around the watercooler
I have heard from a couple of places that the Canon EOS-1D X may be delayed, yet again. The latest we’re hearing is that arrival of the camera body won’t be until June, 2012.

We’ve also heard allocation to stores is based on preorders from CPS members. In other words, CPS members will get to the front of the line for 1D X preorders. This may not be true in all countries, but it is in a couple I have confirmed.

This isn’t confirmed by Canon yet.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Firmware 1.1.1
« on: March 30, 2012, 10:09:10 AM »
Most won’t need this one.
Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS-1D Mark IV.

Affected Product

  • EOS 1D Mark IV

Firmware Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following change.

  1. Optimizes the camera’s exposure accuracy when using EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM lenses, which are scheduled for release in June 2012. If these lenses are used with an EOS-1D Mark IV camera that has not been updated with the new firmware, the image may be overexposed depending on the subject and shooting scene.

The new Firmware Version 1.1.1 can be downloaded by clicking here.



Lenses / Patent: A new 16-35 f/2.8 or Faster Concept?
« on: March 30, 2012, 12:16:43 AM »
Improved Canon ultrawide for full frame?
The world is waiting for Canon to release a top end performing ultra wide lens for full frame cameras. While I think the 17-40 f/4L is a bargain of a workhorse and the 16-35 f/2.8L II is a very solid performer, I think the line is still lacking that standout ultra wide zoom lens. I have heard numerous photographers say they’d pay “anything” for a top notch lens in that segment.

Below are 3 patented optical formulas for new ultrawide angle lenses for Canon.

A 16-35 f/2.8, a 17-35 f/2.8-4 and a 16-35 f/2-2.8. There seems to be a decent amount of f/2 patents appearing on zoom lenses from Canon, it could be time for such a lens to make it to market.

Patent Publication No. 2012-63568

  • 2012.3.29 Release Date
  • 2010.9.16 filing date

Example 2

  • Zoom ratio 2.06
  • 24.00 – - 33.95mm f = 16.48 focal length
  • Fno 2.90 – 2.90 – 2.91
  • 42.03 – - 32.51deg 52.70 angle of view.
  • Image height 21.64mm
  • 170.87 – - 172.62mm 178.10 full-length lens
  • BF 40.00 – 48.45 – 61.71mm
  • Lens Construction 12 group 17 sheets
  • Three three aspherical surface
  • 2 UD lens sheet

Example 4

  • Zoom ratio 1.94
  • 24.01 – - 33.98mm f = 17.51 ​​focal length
  • Fno 2.91 – 3.21 – 3.86
  • Image height 21.64mm
  • 174.18 – - 175.92mm 178.81 full-length lens
  • BF 41.60 – 48.49 – 60.70mm
  • Lens Construction 12 group 17 sheets
  • Three three aspherical surface
  • 2 UD lens sheet

Example 6

  1. Zoom ratio 2.06
  2. 24.02 – - 33.99mm f = 16.49 focal length
  3. Fno 2.15 – 2.46 – 2.94
  4. 42.02 – - 32.48deg 52.69 angle of view.
  5. Image height 21.64mm
  6. 171.08 – - 172.88mm 176.23 full-length lens
  7. BF 39.26 – 46.99 58.75mm
  8. 18 sheets 13 group lens configuration
  9. Three three aspherical surface
  10. 2 UD lens sheet

Canon’s patent

  • 4-group zoom lens of a positive negative positive and negative
  • Inner Focus
  • Optimized so as to reduce the field curvature of the wide-angle side

Source: [EG]


EOS Bodies - For Stills / A Nikonian Reviews the Canon 5D Mark III
« on: March 29, 2012, 06:04:26 PM »
A Nikonian loves the 5D Mark III
Nikon wedding photographer Ryan Brenizer took the 5D Mark III to a wedding to discover it’s a pretty good camera. It’s a good review, as he does point out a few weaknesses.

Ryan’s conclusion

Right now, Canon is primarily competing with the Nikon D800. At $500 cheaper and with a high-resolution, high dynamic range sensor, the D800 will be a tempting option for most users. For someone like me who takes more than a quarter million photos a year, the idea of a sensor that only shoots 36MP is a non-starter.

More importantly, Canon has built a near-perfect wedding camera. Great at high ISOs, accurate and customizable autofocus, speedy and quiet operation and with versatile RAW resolution, this camera is finally a worthy companion to Canon’s huge array of lenses. On either the Nikon or Canon side, you can’t use the camera as an excuse anymore.

Read the entire review and check out his great photography here.

Thank Sara


Buy the 5D Mark III at B&HAdorama and Amazon

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