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Lenses / New Wide Angle Zoom Discussion & Opinion
« on: August 15, 2012, 10:30:41 AM »
A forum thread on POTN talks about a replacement for the EF 16-35 f/2.8L II being due based on past history..

Quote from the thread

  • FD -> new FD = 6.2 years
  • new FD -> EF = 5.5 years
  • EF -> EF USM = 6.5 years
  • 17-35 -> 16-35 = 5.7 years
  • 16-35 -> 16-35 II = 5.3 years
  • As of today (August 2012) we are 5.4 years from the release of the 16-35L II

There has been lots of talk about an EF 14-24 f/2.8L since Nikon launched such a lens. I wouldn’t think this would be a replacement for the 16-35 f/2.8L II, as I can’t see how it can be easily filterable (without large and expensive third party solutions).

If a 14-24 does indeed become the new f/2.8 ultrawide zoom in the Canon lineup, then I expect a 16-40 f/4L IS type of lens to come quickly for the landscape world and for people that need an easy filterable ultrawide. However, the Nikon 14-24 is a monster of a lens, and would be an awkward replacement for a 16-35 at weddings if you currently shoot with one (just my opinion). The widest screw-on filter lens I have seen is the still to be released Carl Zeiss Distagon T* ZE 15mm f/2.8, which has a 95mm filter thread.

There’s enough chatter about a new wide angle zoom, I think we can start to expect one sooner than later.

Source: [POTN] via [NL]


EOS Bodies / Canon Rebel T4i/650 Recall (Again)
« on: August 14, 2012, 04:41:40 PM »
From Canon USA
Thank you for using Canon products.

The front rubber grips of some units of the Canon EOS REBEL T4i Digital SLR camera (EOS 650D/EOS Kiss X6i overseas models) may change color (turn white) after a short period of time. Customer support for this phenomenon is described below.

Canon continuously strives to provide our customers with high quality, reliable products that can be used with confidence. We offer our sincerest apologies to any customers who may be inconvenienced.

The front rubber grips of some EOS REBEL T4i units produced in certain lots between May 31st through June 27th, 2012 may turn white after a short period of time. We have determined after inquiry with the rubber manufacturer and analysis, that the white substance is zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate).

Zinc bis is not used in the production of this product. However, the quantity of rubber accelerator used in the affected production lots was slightly higher than usual. As a result the rubber grips may turn white due to a chemical reaction with the rubber accelerator and other substances. High temperature and high humidity may contribute to this condition. Zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate), which becomes deposited on the rubber surface, is created as a result of this chemical reaction.

Affected Product
Some EOS Rebel T4i digital SLR cameras produced from May 31 through June 27, 2012 may be affected.

You can use the serial number to check whether your camera is affected by this phenomenon. If the sixth digit of the serial number is “1″ please follow the procedure below. If the sixth digit of the serial number is “2″ or higher, your camera is not affected.

Important Notice:
We have added new serial numbers to our system since this Product Advisory was first posted on July 13, 2012. Please enter the serial number of your camera on our website, following the directions below, to determine if your camera needs to be returned to Canon USA for repair. Because the website has been updated, even if you checked your serial number on our website prior to August 1st, please check it again.

Go here to see if you’re affected by this recall.

Source: [CUSA]


PowerShot / PowerShot SX160 IS & PowerShot SX500 IS
« on: August 13, 2012, 09:56:46 PM »

Two New PowerShot Cameras

Below are a couple of images of upcoming PowerShot superzooms. We have the 16x zoom PowerShot SX160 IS and the 30x zoom PowerShot SX500 IS. Both cameras  will be arriving soon.

Canon SX160 IS in Red

Canon SX160 IS


Canon SX500 IS

Pricewatch Deals / Canon USA August Rebates
« on: August 12, 2012, 11:56:05 AM »

Lens Rebates!

Canon USA has started new rebates on lenses and Speedlites for at least the month of August. You can visit our Pricewatch pages to see the current price, rebate amount and stock status.

Prime Lenses | Zoom Lenses | Macro Lenses | Tilt Shift Lenses | Teleconverters | Speedlites


Pricewatch Deals / Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II in Stock at Amazon
« on: August 12, 2012, 11:50:37 AM »

From Amazon

It appears at the time of writing this, that the new Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II is in stock at Amazon for $10,499.

Buy the EF 500 f/4L IS II at Amazon $10499


Third Party Manufacturers / A Small Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro Issue
« on: August 10, 2012, 05:17:12 PM »
Issue with the new Sigma Macro
An issue with the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 OS Macro on the 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X has been discovered by If this has caused anyone to pull their hair out, the solution is pretty simple, just turn off illumination correction.

Below is an image taken by showing the phenomenon.

Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro Issue – Click for larger

The Findings

  1. The phenomenon shows up on Canon 5D Mk III and 1Dx cameras only. T4i and 7D bodies with firmware upgrade do NOT do this, nor do any other older cameras we could test.
  2. The Sigma 180 OS and Sigma 150 OS macro lenses both show the effect and it’s identical. No other Sigma lenses that we stock showed the effect, nor did any Tamron or Tokina lenses. Obviously I can’t test what we don’t carry.
  3. If you turn off Illumination Correction in the menu the effect goes away. To repeat, though, Illumination Correction in the 7D and T4i, on or off, doesn’t cause the effect.

The issue probably doesn’t show up on the APS_C cameras because of the image is about the same size as the circular anomaly in the center of the above image.



PowerShot Cameras / Canon PowerShot Pro1X [CR1]
« on: August 10, 2012, 10:50:27 AM »
APS-C Compact Camera?
We received a small comment that Canon will finally resurrect the “Pro” moniker for a PowerShot camera soon. The Canon PowerShot Pro1 was a very popular enthusiast compact camera that was launched in 2004.

The camera will apparently be called the Canon PowerShot Pro1X and will have the same 18mp sensor as the Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D and EOS-M.

New source, grain of salt on this one.


EOS Bodies / Cool Stuff -
« on: August 10, 2012, 10:43:07 AM »
Cool stuff Friday – Customization is fun!
I’d really like my 40mm Pancake to look like a real pancake. Maybe these folks will be able to hook us up soon. initially started a little while ago showing off some customized Nikon gear, they wanted to let us know they do Canon as well.

Photography is twice as much fun with!

Nice 70-200! – Click for larger

“The team works with selected specialist retailers where the product will be available worldwide from the end of July 2012. The customer can then order their selected design directly in the camera shop when they buy a new camera. It is also possible to add a design to existing photographic equipment.

The customer can choose the design they would like from the selection provided on the internet site. The Pimp-configurator allows a lot of different styles and colors. It is also possible to add an individual design (for example a company logo). The team will fulfill all possible camera design requests!”

Internet: [url=][/url]


EOS Bodies / Canon EOS 6D in October? [CR1]
« on: August 09, 2012, 07:37:55 AM »
Not for Photokina?
Over at [NL], they mention that the next full frame DSLR from Canon won’t come until October. That camera will be the EOS 6D, a smaller full frame camera that looks like the 7D at first glance. The camera is reported to come in at 22mp, the same as the current 5D Mark III.

As we’ve mentioned before, with the brisk sales of the 5D Mark II, Canon is already the number 1 seller in the $2000 full frame camera market.

No DSLR for Photokina? It’s possible. The last time I was there, Canon was only showing off the 60D. A solid camera, but hardly a show stopper.

Source: [NL]


Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II [CR2]
« on: August 08, 2012, 12:25:37 PM »
It could use improvements at 1.4. It CA's pretty badly. Updating coatings and that sort of thing too.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon EOS-1D X Availability
« on: August 08, 2012, 12:24:04 PM »
We need more!
Amazon has begun shipping the Canon EOS-1D X I’m being told by a lot of people. Another big shipment to Amazon is expected in the near future. As far as I know, they haven’t yet reached the end of their preorder list.

The best retailer to keep an eye on if you haven’t preordered yet, is probably Norman Camera. They have twice had the camera available and in stock. A new shipment is expected soon. Camera Canada may also be at or near the end of their preorder list.

Niether B&H Photo or Adorama has updated me about the length of their preorder lists or when they expect their next shipment.

Both and have the EOS-1D X in stock and available for rent.


Lenses / Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II [CR2]
« on: August 08, 2012, 12:07:42 PM »
The next 35mm…
The oft rumored EF 35 f/1.4L II is being talked about again. We’re told an announcement for the new “L” prime will only happen once the new EF 24-70 f/2.8L II begun shipping in decent quantity.

That would put the announcement sometime in 2012 with availability probably being in early 2013. One patent for the optical forumla has been around for a while.

I’m told as many as 3 prototypes exist, though they have only made it to a very select few photographers.

CRs Take
I’m pretty confident this lens will be announced sooner than later, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it paired with a new high megapixel camera.


Lenses / Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Product Advisory
« on: August 08, 2012, 11:58:17 AM »
To Users of the EF40mm f/2.8 STM Interchangeable Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
Thank you for using Canon products.

It has been confirmed that the autofocusing function of the EF40mm f/2.8 STM lens, which was released in June 2012, may not operate correctly.

The details of this phenomenon are described below.

Affected Product
EF40mm f/2.8 STM

If pressure is applied to the lens barrel while the lens is mounted to the camera (pressure can be applied even while attaching the lens cap or while carrying the camera with the lens attached in a bag), the autofocusing function of the lens may stop working.

*This phenomenon does not occur during normal shooting.

*This phenomenon does not result in a malfunction of the lens.

When the above phenomenon occurs, detach and reattach the lens, or remove and reinsert the camera battery to restore the operations.

Market Support
The firmware to address this phenomenon will be available for download in late August, 2012.

Once this firmware is ready, we will make an announcement on our Web site.


Lenses / EF 500 f/4L IS II & EF 600 f/4L IS II Stock News
« on: August 08, 2012, 11:54:44 AM »
More are coming!
We knew more would come eventually, but when?

I’m told new stock should start hitting retailers sometime this month and next month, it may not be enough to clear the preorder backlog though.

Preorder at B&H: EF 500 f/4L IS II | EF 600 f/4L IS II

Big white firmware 1.1.1 update
I have sent our 300, 400 and 600 in to Canon Canada today for the firmware update, I’ll update you on how long the process takes.


Pricewatch Deals / 5D Mark III Bundle Deal at Adorama
« on: August 07, 2012, 05:36:04 PM »

From Adorama

The 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS kit for $4299 and comes with the Canon BG-E11 battery grip for free. That’s a savings of about $309.

5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS & BG-E11 for $4299 at Adorama


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