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Reviews / Review - Canon EF 135mm f/2L
« on: July 15, 2014, 02:06:02 PM »
Discuss our review of the Canon EF 135mm f/2L here.

Canon General / Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Update [CR2]
« on: July 14, 2014, 04:45:25 PM »

We were told a while back by a great source that a replacement to the PowerShot SX50IS would be coming in the spring, obviously that didn’t occur. We have been told there have been some production issues with the camera and it will be announced for Photokina 2014 in September. The PowerShot lineup will probably get a separate announcement date than that of the EOS 7D replacement.

We’ve been told it will indeed have the biggest zoom range on the planet when it does surface.

More to come…


Pricewatch Deals / Deal: EOS Camera Body Deals
« on: July 14, 2014, 03:22:49 PM »

A bunch of deals have shown up on ebay from various retailers. The savings are very good, especially on the EOS 5D Mark III & EOS-1D X.

Note: The item in this sale is brand new and likely grey market, therefore not technically covered under a Canon USA warranty. Although, there are reports of warranty service being performed on these items. If you have any issues with purchasing the items below, please contact us, as we can help remedy any issues.

6ave (99.3% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 6D for $1498 via ebay (Reg $1699 after mail-in rebate)

6ave (99.3% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 6D w/24-105 f/4L IS kit for $1949 via ebay (Reg $2299)

6ave (99.3% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body for $2559 via ebay (Reg $3399)

AllNewShop (99.5% approval) is once again selling the Canon EOS-1D X for $4999 via ebay (Reg $6799)


Below is another patent for a multi-layer related sensor patent from Canon has come to light. This is the third one that has appeared in the last month or so.

Keith over at Northlight breaks it down in a way that’s easy to understand. “The issue addressed, is light of the ‘wrong’ colour being reflected from one layer into another, which reduces the ability of different layers to respond to photons of only a particular range of colours. This has the potential to greatly improve the colour accuracy and fidelity of such stacked sensor designs.

Patent Publication No. 2014-130890 (Google Translated)

  • Publication date 2014.7.10
  • Filing date 2012.12.28
  • Multilayer sensor drawback of
  • G is light, the image quality is degraded and reflected by the surface of the layer between the G and B layer, re-enters the B layer
  • Canon patents
  • The provision of the dielectric film and the insulating film as an anti-reflection film
  • First insulating layer, B layer, a dielectric film, insulating film, dielectric film, G layer, a dielectric film, insulating film, insulating film, dielectric film, the R layer
  • By increasing the thickness of the dielectric film, to suppress the multiple reflection
  • The dielectric film is between the G layer and B layer, the reflectance with respect to G is lower than B

Source: [EG] via [NL]


Lenses / Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II [CR1]
« on: July 12, 2014, 03:43:04 PM »

We’ve had more mentions of the telephoto lens to be announced with the EOS 7D Mark II on September 5, 2014. We’re told it is indeed the replacement to the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS. This is something we’ve heard a lot about over the years, but it has to come true some day, right? (memories of the 24-70 f/2.8 replacement)

EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Specs

  • Rotating zoom ring

  • New IS system

  • Lighter weight than predecessor

  • 82mm filter thread

  • New coating

  • $2399 USD

This comes from what appears to be a new source, we should know more soon.


Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Canon EOS 7D Body $794
« on: July 12, 2014, 03:32:46 PM »

6ave (99.2% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 7D body for $794 via ebay (Reg $999).

There are currently deals on the Canon EOS 7D at all the authorized retailers in the USA.

It does look like inventory clearance for the upcoming replacement.


Canon General / Dragonfly, Powered by Canon Lenses
« on: July 12, 2014, 08:54:58 AM »

Dragonfly is an innovative, multi-lens array designed for ultra-low surface brightness astronomy at visible wavelengths. Commissioned in 2013, the array is proving capable of detecting extremely faint, complex structure around galaxies.

According to Cold Dark Matter (CDM) cosmology, structure in the Universe grows from the “bottom up”, with small galaxies merging to form larger ones. Evidence of such mergers can be seen in faint streams and filaments visible around the Milky Way Galaxy and the nearby M31 galaxy.

Image Copyright University of Toronto

Image Copyright University of Toronto

But the CDM model predicts that we should see more of this structure than is currently observed. However, images obtained using even the largest, most advanced telescopes today contain scattered light that may be hiding this faint structure.

Dragonfly is designed to reveal the faint structure by greatly reducing scattered light and internal reflections within its optics. It achieves this using ten, commercially available Canon 400mm lenses with unprecedented nano-fabricated coatings with sub-wavelength structure on optical glasses.

Read More at the University of Toronto



Asana, Canon, Dropbox, Google, Newegg and SAP Announce Formation of New Cooperative Patent-Licensing Agreement
TOKYO, July 10, 2014—Asana, Canon Inc., Dropbox, Google, Newegg and SAP today announced the formation of the License on Transfer (LOT) Network, a cooperative patent-licensing agreement that will cut down on patent troll litigation and the growing practice of patent privateering.
Patent litigation reached an all-time peak last year, with more than 6,000 lawsuits filed. Most of those suits came from non-practicing entities, also known as patent trolls—companies that don’t have a business outside of licensing and litigating patents.
More than 70 percent of the patents used by trolls come from still-operating companies. Indeed, in a growing trend called privateering, companies are selling patents to trolls that then use those patents to attack other companies. In some cases, those companies arrange to get a cut of revenue generated from the trolls’ suits.
The LOT agreement is a new kind of royalty-free cross-license meant to address these growing systemic problems. Member companies receive a license when the patents are transferred out of the LOT group. That means that companies retain their right to enforce a patent so long as they retain ownership of it. However, as soon as it is sold, a license to the other members becomes effective, protecting them from attacks by the troll to which the patent was sold.

 The agreement includes several other provisions that preserve a patent portfolio’s value, including carve-outs for certain M&A transactions and change of control.
The initial members of the LOT Network range from early-stage startups to established technology companies. Together they own almost 300,000 patent assets, generate more than $117 billion in revenue and employ more than 310,000 people.
“The LOT Network is a sort of arms control for the patent world,” said Allen Lo, deputy general counsel for patents at Google. “By working together, we can cut down on patent litigation, allowing us to focus instead on building great products.”
“Startups need to overcome many risks before they can become mature, thriving companies. The LOT Network is a powerful and creative new idea that will help ensure that patent abuse need not be one of them,” said Dustin Moskovitz, cofounder of teamwork software provider Asana.
“The LOT Network provides a unique mechanism for reducing patent troll threats while maintaining a portfolio’s primary significance and value,” said Kenichi Nagasawa, director and group executive of Canon Inc.’s Corporate Intellectual Property & Legal Headquarters. “Through the further expansion of the LOT Network, I look forward to the patent system restoring its sound functionality.”
“We believe that patents should never be used to stifle innovation,” said Brett Alten, IP counsel at Dropbox, “The LOT network is a creative solution to fight patent abuse that becomes more effective with each company that joins. The more participants there are, the better off we’ll all be.”
“Newegg has a very strong history of successfully battling patent trolls, and the License on Transfer Network is another valuable tool that helps protect participants from frivolous patent litigation,” said Soren Mills, chief marketing officer of Newegg North America. “We’re very happy to join forces with Google and other leading technology companies to preserve the spirit of innovation that’s so vital to our collective well-being.”
“The structure of the LOT Network helps protect innovative patent owners from unwarranted litigation, without stifling valid, beneficial uses of patents, such as cross-licensing,” said Anthony DiBartolomeo, senior vice president and chief IP counsel at SAP. “As long as a company owns their patent they retain all their rights to it.”
Read more at http://www.lotnet.com.

Third Party Manufacturers / A Summary of Sigma Lens Rumors
« on: July 08, 2014, 02:25:02 PM »

A summary with the probability of upcoming Sigma lenses has appeared on sigma-rumors.com. Most of the lenses mentioned have been written about here in the past. Sigma’s focus over the last 2 years has been on high quality and affordable offerings, there’s no reason to think that won’t continue.

The most likely lenses to appear next would be:

  • 24mm f/1.4 DG ART

  • 85mm f/1.4 DG ART

Both of these lenses have a chance to appear at Photokina in a couple of months. I’d say the 85mm f/1.4 is a given, but the 24mm f/1.4 could fall to later this year or early 2015. With Zeiss expected to announce their Otus 85mm f/1.4 in September, Sigma could play spoiler with an optically great lens with autofocus at a much cheaper price.

The other lenses according to the site with the highest probability of happening are:

  • 24-70mm f/2 DG ART

  • 300-600mm f/? OS Sport

We’ve heard about both of these in the past, and I’m inclined to believe the supertelephoto zoom is definitely something Sigma is developing. The 24-70mm f/2, I’m not 100% sure on. If Sigma wants to differentiate themselves from the Canon and Nikon offerings, then such a lens would do the trick.

Read more at the Sigma Rumors roundup


Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Canon EOS 6D $1399
« on: July 08, 2014, 01:49:22 PM »

6ave (99.2% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 6D body for $1399 (Reg $1699 after $200 mail-in rebate) via ebay.

Canon EOS 6D Body $1399


6ave (99.2% approval) is selling the “white box” Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS for $639 (Retail reg $1199) via ebay.

Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS $639

*This item is probably grey market and is not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty. Although there have been reports of warranty repairs being done anyway.


Lenses / Video Review: Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: July 08, 2014, 10:41:08 AM »
Kai from DigitalRev has completed his video review of the brand new Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens. This $299 lens for APS-C shooters seems to be getting a lot of praise, most of which is based around its extremely affordable price.

I have used the lens a couple of times and find it to be nearly as good as the EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5, especially as an ultra wide angle walk around lens in cities. Pair it with an EOS Rebel SL1, and you have a pretty good light weight hiking setup as well.

Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM $299: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama


EOS Bodies / EOS 7D Mark II Announcement September 5, 2014?
« on: July 07, 2014, 08:55:25 AM »

In our previous mention of a released date for the EOS 7D replacement, we speculated it would be some time during the week of September 8, 2014. However a couple of people have said the embargo will actually end at midnight on Friday, September 5, 2014 EST. Photokina begins about 10 days later in Cologne, Germany.

This sounds reasonable, as it allows the week of booth setup in Germany without trying to hide marketing material like signs and banners.


Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Canon EOS 7D Body $999, Kits From $1099
« on: July 07, 2014, 08:48:36 AM »

The big instant discounts of up to $600 on the Canon EOS 7D body and lens kits have begun. You can now get brand new EOS 7D bodies for $999, and lens kits starting at $1099.


Canon EOS 7D Body $999 (Reg $1499): Adorama | Amazon | B&H Photo

Canon EOS 7D w/28-135 $1099 (Reg $1699): Adorama | Amazon | B&H Photo

Canon EOS 7D w/18-135 $1299 (Reg $1799): Adorama | Amazon | B&H Photo


EOS Bodies / Patent: Canon 55mm f/1.4 & Other Primes
« on: July 06, 2014, 11:40:17 PM »

A few more patents for various “normal” fast prime optical formulas have appeared. Among them, another 35mm f/1.4 mention, as well as a 55 f/1.4. Read the entire patent to see the various optical formula images.

Patent Description (Google Translated)

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-123018

  • Publication date 2014.7.3

  • Filing date 2012.12.21

  • Image height = 21.64mm

  • Inner focus

ExampleFocal lengthFno.Half angleThe overall length of the lensBFMOD

Source: [EG]


EOS Bodies / The Always Hidden Camera at the World Cup
« on: July 04, 2014, 01:55:09 PM »

Northlight has been sent an image showing an always covered Canon camera. Apparently this photographer is always in the exact same spot on the side of the pitch. The camera is always covered in the white tarp, while no other camera is. It’s definitely a Canon as you can easily tell it’s a Canon lens.

We have been told numerous times that the replacement to the EOS 7D would be at the World Cup going through professional testing. Maybe that’s what’s under the cover.


Source: [NL]



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