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Lenses / Re: Opinion: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 05, 2012, 06:37:58 AM »
Worth noting - the 24-70/4 IS is almost a true macro lens.

If those specs are true, a 0.7x max mag of the 24-70/4 is pretty darn close to a true 1:1 macro, and much higher than any other non-macro lens in the lineup (the 24-105 is 0.3x, 24-70 is 0.29x, 24-70 II is 0.21x).  It's even higher than the 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro.  The use of H-IS would be consistent with that high max mag (the only other lens that has it is the 100L Macro, but PowerShots also have H-IS since they have very close MFDs).

So, this lens is a combination general purpose zoom and near-macro lens, something nonexistent in the current lineup. For people who like to shoot close ups (flowers, jewelry, etc.) this is like getting two lenses in one.

I just updated the post to include the 0.2m MFD, that's a pretty big deal.

Lenses / Opinion: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 05, 2012, 06:32:02 AM »
What do I think?
Since we gave a [CR3] to the EF 24-70 f/4L IS rumor, there have been a lot of questions, confusion and opinions about why Canon would make such a lens. Especially since the very good EF 24-105 f/4L IS is already in the lineup. I just wanted to give my opinion about this upcoming lens, one that I think makes  a lot of sense. I’ll do this in FAQ format from emails I have received over the last week or so.

This is from the opinion of  a photographer, I can’t touch on the video angle. As Dan Chung suggested, videographers do prefer the additional reach of the 24-105.

Will the EF 24-105 f/4L IS remain current?
I do not know if the EF 24-105 f/4L IS will remain current in the Canon lineup. My gut tells me it will slowly disappear into the sunset until it’s gone, so it could last another 6 months or so. We’ll have to wait and see the official word from Canon.

Why does the f/4 version get IS and the f/2.8 version does not?
I think the biggest reason it’s omitted in the f/2.8 version is size/bulk. Canon’s goal was to make the version II of the lens a lot lighter than the predecessor, and they accomplished that. I also don’t believe EOS 5D Mark III & EOS-1D X shooters need a stabilized lens for event or portrait work. It’s not genrally considered a “walk-around” lens. The f/4 version is going to be mated to a lot of EOS 6D’s, and may be the only lens people have on the camera at the beginning. IS is a nice feature if you’re travelling and shooting still things in low light.

There will always be some controversy on this one.

Why would I buy the EF 24-70 f/4L IS over the EF 24-105 f/4L IS, when I get 35mm more reach with the latter?
First, I’d like to mention that the new EF 24-70 f/4L IS may be longer at the 70mm end then the model suggests. Lets wait and see if it’s actually 70mm, as it could be significantly longer. “24-70″ has appeal from a marketing standpoint, as it’s a highly desired focal range. If you look at the EF 70-200 f/4L IS, it’s actually quite a bit longer at the “70mm” end.

Second, I have worked in photo retail and own a lens rental company and I can honestly say that no one ever bought or rented an 24-105 f/4L IS over a 24-70 f/2.8L because of the additional 35mm of range. People were into the 24-105 because of price, size and IS. Now compared to an f/4 version of the 24-70, would people choose the 24-105 over it for the 35mm? I think very few would given the new lenses attributes. The reduced weight, better hybrid IS system, and most likely better optics will be big selling points. The much improved minimum focusing distance of 0.2m will also be a big deal as you’re getting a near macro lens as well. I also think that people will like not having overlap if they have a wonderful EF 70-200 f/4L IS, or 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS. Put a 17-40 f/4L in your kit and you have 3 lightweight lenses that would make a terrific kit for the amateur and professional that doesn’t need light gathering ability.

Now, there are definitely people out there that will disagree and prefer the 105mm on the long end, I can only tell you what I have experienced. Maybe Canadians are weird? :)

Thirdly, there may even people that own both of the new 24-70s. f/2.8 for your event photography and the f/4L IS when you’re out and about.

What about the new EF 35 f/2 IS?
Great, if it performs like the new EF 24 f/2.8 IS and EF 28 f/2.8 IS lenses, it will be a keeper. This lens will probably become Canon’s most popular non L prime pretty quickly as it will make a nice pairing with the lightweight EOS 6D, I am really looking forward to trying one out. I also think if it’s priced liked the other new non L primes, people won’t mind as much due to the f/2.


Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 05, 2012, 05:37:21 AM »
Thanks CR guy for the info!
What does 'Hybrid IS' mean? How many stops does it translate to and how is it different than regular IS?

Hybrid Image Stabilizer (IS), the world's first* optical image stabilization technology that compensates for both angle camera shake and shift camera shake.

Lenses / EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 05, 2012, 05:26:56 AM »

New Lenses

As suspected the new Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS will be announced. This lens should appears as a kit lens with the upcoming EOS 6D. The other lens isn’t a new 50mm at this time, it’s actually going to be a new EF 35 f/2 IS. Pricing will also be higher than the previously unconfirmed suggestions.

EF24-70mm F4L IS USM

EF 24-70 f/4L IS

  • 15 elements in 12 groups, two aspherical lens, lens configuration sheet 2 UD lens

  • 9-blade circular aperture

  • Weatherproof

  • Full-time manual focus

  • Can switch to macro mode at the telephoto end

  • 0.2m minimum focusing distance, 0.7 times the maximum magnification

  • Hybrid IS Image Stabilizer

  • 77mm filter size

  • 600g weight, 93mm length, 83.4mm in diameter

  • Released in mid-December

EF 35mm f/2 IS

EF 35 f/2 IS

  • 10 elements in 8 groups, the lens structure is glass-molded aspherical lens

  • 8-blade circular aperture

  • 4 stop IS

  • AF motor ring USM, full-time manual focus

  • 67mm filter size

  • 335g  weight, 62.6mm length, 77.9mm in diameter

  • Released in early December 2012

Source: [DI]


Lenses / Two Lenses to be Announced Shortly.....
« on: November 04, 2012, 05:21:14 PM »
A new 50mm will be coming in 2013, as the 35 f/2 gets replaced with a new IS version. The EF 24-70 f/4L IS definitely coming, which we knew for sure. I’m willing to wager the pricing below is also not accurate. I probably shouldn’t have posted unconfirmed information about these 2 lenses so quickly.  

Below is some unconfirmed information in regards to price and weight of the new EF 24-70 f/4L IS, rate it as [CR1] for now.

  • EF 24-70 f/4L IS $849 and weighing 545g
  • EF 50 f/1.4 IS $799

As mentioned earlier, I’m confident about the new 24-70, but the 2nd lens, I’m not 100% sure on. There are so many coming down the pipeline.

Two New Lenses
We hear that Canon will announce two new lenses very shortly.

We’re pretty sure one of them will be the EF 24-70 f/4L IS, still working out the second one. There are lots of candidates including the 14-24 f/2.8L, 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS, 50 f/1.4, 50 f/2 IS, 135 f/2L IS and the 35 f/1.4L II.

More to come…..


Lenses / New 50 Finally on the Way? [CR1]
« on: November 04, 2012, 07:21:41 AM »

New 50mm

I’ve received word from two different sources that a new 50mm lens would be on the way “soon”. One person suggested it would “probably” have IS. No mention of aperture, but judging by past mentions of a new 50mm, it would be a replacement for the near ancient 50mm f/1.4.

Outside of the 50 and 24-70 f/4, the rest of Q4′s announcements are said to be cinema related.

More soon…


Canon General / Canon USA Repair Service Update
« on: November 02, 2012, 12:34:18 PM »
Hurricane Sandy Update for Jamesburg, New Jersey Repair Facility
Thank you for being a valued Canon Professional Services member. Due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the Canon USA repair facility in Jamesburg, New Jersey is currently without power and is closed.

If you recently sent a product to the Jamesburg facility and wish to check on the repair status, please enter your Canon Repair Number and ZIP Code into the designated fields at the following Canon USA web site address:

Recovery operations are underway and we have been informed by the local utility servicing the Jamesburg facility that power should be restored by November 7. However, due to storm-related delays, normal operations and repair turnaround are not expected to resume until November 16. Until that time, please direct any new repair requests to one of the Canon Repair Facilities below:

1. Newport News, Virginia Canon Factory Service Center 12022 Canon Blvd. Newport News, VA 23606 (Mail-In Service Only)

2. Irvine, California Canon Factory Service Center 15955 Alton Parkway Irvine, CA 92618 (Mail-In and Walk-In Service)

When sending in your equipment for repair please ensure the box is marked as CPS Pro Rush Repair to expedite the request.

Assistance is also available to CPS members 24×7 via the CPS Member Hot Line at 1-877-CPS-8122 (1-877-277-8122).

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work to return to normal operations in New Jersey as soon as possible.

Thank you, Canon Professional Services (CPS) Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Contact Information for Inquiries CPS Toll free; 1-877-CPS-8122 24 hours 7 days/per week


Canon General / Canon's MAP Pricing Goes Into Full Effect Today
« on: November 01, 2012, 07:11:11 AM »
Things just got a bit more pricey
Canon is starting the enforcement of their MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) pricing rules today. Some camera bodies and lenses will see an immediate increase in their base price. Below are a few examples of the price increases, not including the current rebate program that expires on November 24, 2012.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III $3,499.00 from $3,149.00 Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/ EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS $4299.00 from $3949.00

Canon EOS 5D Mark II $2,199.00 from $2,099.00 Canon EOS 5D Mark II w/ EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS  $2,999 from $2,899.00

Canon EOS 7D $1,499.00 from $1,457.00 Canon EOS 7D w/ EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Kit $1,899.00 from $1,699.00

There are a lot more examples through the Canon lineup. It’s going to be quite important to take advantage of rebate programs, as retailers are going to be unable to give their own deals via web sites. We may also see a lot more bundle deals coming down the pipe to add value to a purchase. Use our Pricewatch pages, and if you see a lower price somewhere, you should probably jump on it immediately, as it may not last long.


Lenses / EF-M 55mm f/1.3 Coming in 2013? [CR1]
« on: October 31, 2012, 02:42:41 PM »

Announcement on March 26, 2013?

I was recently told that a new 55mm f/1.3 lens would be announced on March 26, 2013. This is the first time I have ever seen an announcement date called this far off. Although, I tend to believe something is probably going to happen in March of 2013. I find it odd that Canon won’t be doing the announced firmware for the 5D Mark III until April 2013, I’m not sure if that’s tied to other new products coming.

As for the lens, it wasn’t specified if it was EF or EF-M mount, I have just assumed it would be EF-M. For arguments sake, that would give an approximate field of view of 90mm f/1.3. A nice portrait lens for the new system.


EOS-M / Canon EOS-M First Impression Review
« on: October 31, 2012, 12:52:00 PM »


Roger at did what Roger always does. Tells you like it is without the nonsense. For the most part the review is pretty positive about Canon’s first foray in the mirrorless segment, especially when it comes to image quality. All is not rosey though, as the autofocus appears to be the achilles heel of this camera. Everyone seems to be hoping Canon can improve it with firmware updates, which I imagine they are focusing on.

They did throw in an EOS-M paired with SigZilla for good measure.

Roger’s Conclusion…… So Who is Going to Like It?

Oddly enough, I do. I’m all about image quality above all other things. This camera gives me great, great image quality in an amazingly small package. It had me at 870 line pairs / image height.

Will it replace an OM-D or SLR for my everyday shooting? Absolutly not; its AF is too slow and there aren’t many native lenses yet. But will I tuck it in my wife’s purse when we go to holiday parties, and take it on trips for snapshots? Sure. Sometimes those kind of shots are great and with this image quality I could easily make a large print if I wanted to………

Read the full article at

image of Kenny & SigZilla from


Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III $2928
« on: October 31, 2012, 11:38:33 AM »

From eBay

GetItDigital has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body for $2928 via eBay, they will ship worldwide.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2928


EOS Bodies / Official DXOMark Sensor Score for the EOS-1D X
« on: October 31, 2012, 10:14:24 AM »
Official Numbers are in
For the people that like the numbers game, DXOMark has released their official score for the Canon EOS-1D X.

The numbers don’t look too bad, though they don’t tell the whole story about the EOS-1D X. I think it’s currently the best DSLR as a whole currently on the market, unless you want the big resolution of the D800.

Read the complete review at DXOMark

Canon EOS-1D X at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Norman Camera



From Norman Camera

The fine folks at Norman Camera have a small quantity of the Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II & Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II in stock and ready to ship.

Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II at Norman Camera $10,499

Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II at Norman Camera $12,999


Lenses / Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS Coming [CR3]
« on: October 30, 2012, 03:18:01 PM »

A new zoom

A new EF 24-70 f/4L IS is on the horizon. It appears something was lost in translation in regards to yesterday’s rumor.  While a prototype of the 2.8 version in IS form exists, the f/4L version is what will be coming to market.

No announcement date is known. Remember we reported on the EF 40mm f/2.8 pancake 4 months before it was announced. I do not have a solid announcement date, so it could be a while off.


Pricewatch Deals / Canon EOS-M in Stock at Norman Camera
« on: October 29, 2012, 04:41:28 PM »

From Norman Camera

Norman Camera has the Canon EOS-M w/EF-M 22mm kit in stock and ready to ship.The quantities are limited, so act fast.

Canon EOS-M w/22mm STM for $799


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