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It’s coming, just not as soon as you’d like
A couple of known sources have finally popped up to talk about all the high megapixel rumors floating around this site and others. While most of what we’ve posted has been [CR1], there still seems to be a level of truth to it. However, I’m told that IF there is an announcement in 2012 for a high megapixel camera, it would only be a development announcement. There is nothing in the way of marketing or production for the rumoured camera.
Canon has done a very good job in recent months locking down the rumor mill, even going as far as giving far less NDA’s to media types.
I am confident the prototypes are out there, we just may not get our hands on one for a long while yet.
A new EOS 7D Mark II is rumored to be announced some time in January, 2013. The camera would take the place of the 7D and 60D.
Specs are minimal, as should be expected. However, it should have a 20+ megapixel sensor and the ability to shoot 10fps. The frame rate is a “targeted spec” for the camera.
I think we’ll see the APS-C market slow down a bit, now that the D600 and EOS 6D are changing the pricing structure for consumer camera bodies.
Robert Benson wanted to use a Noctilux 50 f/1.0 on a digital camera, and couldn’t afford a Leica M9 at the time. He decided to figure out a way to make an EOS 5D Mark II take M lenses, which requires a lot of modification to the 5D Mark II.
This is a pretty astonishing accomplishment, and I love when people follow through on an “impossible” idea.
Robert also offers a HDMI wireless video monitor kit for your DSLR.
Lots of Megapixels
Received a suggestion today that the new big megapixel camera from Canon would be the Canon EOS-1S. There wasn’t much given in the way of specs, but it’s said to cost in the area of $9000 USD. This is definitely not sounding like a Nikon D800 competitor.
There was also another mention of superior low ISO performance from the sensor. New technology will be introduced in this camera and will set the stage for sensor development over the next 2-3 years.
Everything coming in about the big megapixel camera is from new people, so pay attention to the [CR1] rating.
Canon Rumors is finally going to be doing lens reviews as a feature of the site. I’ve done a few in the past, but never really been consistent with it.
I went out and teamed up with a talented guy, Justin VanLeeuwen. He has decided to write the reviews for us. I send him a lens, he plays with and tries to make some good images with it and lets us know what he thinks.
Will our reviews differ from others?
We think so, our reviews are going to be short, to the point and show the performance of the lens. Justin will write the main article and I will add a “CR’s Take” to the end of the review. Sometimes Justin and I will agree, sometimes we won’t and sometimes I will just add some unique knowledge I have of a lens from the world of rentals. Just like I have done with our first review for the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II.
I am asked constantly what I think about a certain lens, so it seems like the right time to get it going. There are wonderful sites that do in-depth reviews and they’ve done them for a long time, please keep reading them and don’t compare what we’re doing. We just hope to add a bit more information to help you select which lenses to buy, rent or avoid.
I’ll be adding a review a day for the next little while, we have a stockpile of reviews ready to go. You’ll see them appear across the top of the site. I will be adding a new landing page for reviews on Canon Rumors once we have a few more up.
We hope you like them, and we expect to get better at them as time goes on.
There will be a forum discussion link at the bottom of all reviews. Feel free to add your feelings about the lens there.
I received a screenshot that showed an EOS 3D being outed by B&H Photo. It seems to be making the rounds around the web and at the 30th email about it, I have decided to post it.
I am 99.9% sure this is a hoax, as B&H Photo is on holiday and I doubt they’d be adding and removing products that haven’t been announced. Even if a new camera is coming for PhotoPlus, this is way too soon for B&H Photo to be notified of new products. Not to mention the fact that the manufacturer number 5266B002 is for the PowerShot Elph 510HS. Most of the specs here have been taken from the Canon EOS-1D X, as you can see from the lowercase “p” in MP. If you search the 5D Mark III or 7D, you get a different way to show megapixels. The kerning of the 46.1mp also seems to be off. Hoax, hoax, hoax!
Here’s the screenshot making the rounds, make of it what you will. Notice the [CR0] rating… :)
There is really only one lens in Canon lineup that I can’t think of a nice thing to say about it, and that is the EF-S 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 IS. From the subpar optics, no USM, terrible build quality, high price and the industry worst “lens creep”. What can I say that’s positive?
I have been told that a new superzoom with STM should be expected in 2013. There will be a superzoom for EF-S and and and affordable non-L one for EF, apologies to the 28-300L, but you’re too big and expensive for most people to carry around. No mention on the focal length for the EF lens, but a 24-300 would be nice. The EF-S version will get the new STM motor found in the recent EF 40 f/2.8 STM and 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. Both could possibly be available in the 3rd or 4th quarter of 2013.
I definitely welcome an upgrade to the 18-200, and a nice long walk-around for full frame would be nice too.
We have various reports in Asia that the Canon EOS-M has begun shipping. This is good news, as the North America release for the EOS-M of October 15, 2012 should come to fruition.
We’re still waiting to see some good and thorough reviews of the new camera system, but they should be coming sometime in the next couple of weeks.
Rebates run until October 27, 2012
Canon USA has extended the recent rebate program for Canon lenses and speedlites. The dollar amounts look about the same.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon has also increased the instant rebate on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, and it’s now priced at $1799 ($100 more than we were told yesterday). That’s still a great price for a great camera. This rebate also runs until October 27, 2012.
All of our pricewatch pages will show the rebates and prices in real time.
Save a lot
I’ve been told by a couple of people that the Canon EOS 5D Mark II will see a big price drop this coming week in the USA, we should see it in other countries as well. We’re told the new price will be $1699 USD for the body until they’re all gone, which won’t take too long I don’t think.
Keep an eye here and we’ll post when the new price takes effect.
A good partner of ours, LensRentals.com is running a contest to win a MacBook Pro w/Retina Display. Apparently people like the laptop and think the screen is pretty good. I might be one of those people.
I’ll say it right off the bat, the contest is for US residents only. It’s not because LensRentals.com dislikes the rest of the planet, it’s just about laws, borders and that sort of thing.
The contest info is in the graphic below (Click for larger).