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Software & Accessories / New Printers on September 12, 2012 [CR3]
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:15:45 PM »

New Printers

I’m told that ahead of Photokina, Canon will be announcing new printers on September 12, 2012. Expect new semi-pro PIXMA printers.


Pricewatch Deals / Canon USA Rebates Expiring Soon
« on: August 23, 2012, 04:10:04 PM »

From Canon USA

The current Canon USA rebate program ends on September 1, 2012 (Unless extended). That gives you about 9 more days of savings.

Head over to B&H Photo for all the rebates on one easy page.

Visit B&H Photo


Lenses / Canon Celebrates the Production of 80 Million EF Lenses
« on: August 22, 2012, 07:10:11 AM »
Canon produces 10 million EF lenses in 10 months
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 21, 2012 – Canon Inc. today announced the achievement of a new EF lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of the company’s 80-millionth EF lens on August 3, 2012. Production of EF lenses surpassed the 10-million mark in 1995, doubling to 20 million units in 2001. After reaching the 30 million unit milestone in 2006, Canon celebrated the production of its 40-millionth lens in 2008. Owing to the rapid spread of the EOS Digital series of SLR cameras, production for Canon’s EF lenses then gained momentum to reach the 50 million unit milestone in 2009, followed by the 60 million mark in January 2011 and the 70 million mark in October of the same year. Now, just over nine months later, the EF lens series has reached the 80 million mark on August 3, 2012, adding a distinguished achievement to the 25th anniversary of the launch of Canon’s EOS system.

Canon’s EF lens series was first introduced together with the EOS SLR camera system in March 1987, and over the years has led the industry through the incorporation of a number of innovative technologies, including a number of world’s first such as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for use in lenses, Image Stabilizer (IS), a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element, and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology. Also, since last year, the EF series newly added the EF Cinema Lens series for digital cinematography and the EF-M series for interchangeable lens cameras. As a result, Canon’s current EF lens lineup is comprised of 76 modelsii. In 1987, production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex cameras began at the company’s Utsunomiya Plant. Since then, it has expanded to a total of four production facilities including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in Japan.

Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technologies. The Company strives to produce exceptional and reliable lenses and cameras that cater to the varying needs of photographers-from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals-while also contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.


Lenses / Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Firmware Available
« on: August 21, 2012, 02:18:21 PM »

Firmware Version 1.2.0 addresses the following phenomenon

1. 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.

A Canon EOS 1D X, 5D III (at v1.1.3 or later) or a Rebel T4i/650D is needed to install the upgrade. Alternatively, the lens can be sent to Canon Service to have the firmware upgrade installed.

Download Firmware 1.2.0


PowerShot / Canon Officially Announces the PowerShot SX160 IS & SX500 IS
« on: August 21, 2012, 09:15:50 AM »

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 21, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new additions to the Canon PowerShot digital camera lineup designed for the on-the-go photographer looking for large extended zoom in compact easy-to-use cameras. For all those times when the action is just out of reach, Canon offers two new super-zoom solutions, the new PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS digital cameras featuring an impressive 30x and 16x optical zoom, respectively. Both cameras are equipped with Canon’s latest advancements in auto focus (AF) technology enhancing AF speeds over previous SX-series cameras to capture the excitement in brilliant clarity and quality. The extremely responsive high-speed AF lets you capture great shots as they happen, with significantly reduced lag time. With incredible zoom capabilities, fast responsive AF, stunning resolution and easy-to-use features, both cameras are stylish and compact to take along for any occasion to help you get a good shot from the back of a school theatre or the sidelines of a game.

Borrowing from Canon’s optics expertise, these new models include long-reaching zoom and Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabilization technology which analyzes the scene being shot and compensates for camera movement for steady images and video even while panning or walking. In addition to the great optical features, both of these new cameras are also equipped with Canon’s Smart AUTO mode – which will automatically apply optimum image settings for 32 different shooting scenarios. In this mode, the camera automatically identifies the ideal setting, making high-quality images easy for anyone to capture.

“In photography, there is no substitution for great optical zoom and while our customers may not always be close to the action, these cameras are designed to help bring their photos and videos in close, with great image resolution and quality as if they were standing right there,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

PowerShot SX500 IS
With a 24mm wide angle lens and an incredible 30x optical zoom (up to 720mm) packed into a compact design, the PowerShot SX500 IS enables users to pull subjects in close and capture stunning, high-quality images with a 16.0 megapixel sensor and powerful DIGIC 4 image processer. With such incredible zoom capabilities, the camera is also equipped with Canon’s Intelligent IS system for rock-steady images and HD video even at full-telephoto zoom. A 3.0-inch LCD screen makes operation easy and intuitive, and displays the scene with brilliant clarity. In addition, the camera is equipped with a Zoom Framing Assist feature – a Canon technology that makes zooming-in and framing subjects quick and effortless. This feature is a tremendous benefit for those times when you lose sight of your subject after zooming in. By simply pressing the Zoom Framing Assist button located on the lower front left of the camera, the lens will quickly zoom out to help you re-locate and frame your subject. A frame box appears on the LCD as a guide to place your subject in and releasing the button quickly brings the camera back to the initial “zoomed-in” range. The lens retraction and extension is faster using the Zoom Framing Assist button than the zoom lever, and allows the photographer to keep the camera more stable for the shot, this is particularly helpful for those trying to zoom in and shoot pictures of animals or moving subjects.

PowerShot SX160 IS
With its compact design and powerful 16x optical zoom, the PowerShot SX160 IS is a versatile camera with a dynamic optical zoom range from 28mm wide up to 448mm, perfect for everyday use. This model also features a 16.0-megapixel sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor and Canon’s Intelligent IS system – providing ultimate functionality in a compact, easy-to-carry design. The camera is always ready to shoot video with its dedicated movie button to start and stop recording HD video instantly and uses the full range of optical zoom when recording, without sacrificing HD resolution. The camera’s large 3.0-inch LCD provides a beautiful display when shooing and recording video or simply scrolling through menu options. Powered by AA batteries, the PowerShot SX160 IS is ideal for easy and convenient shooting on-the-go even when charging a battery may not be an option. The PowerShot SX160 IS digital camera will be available in red or black.

Both the new PowerShot SX500 IS and PowerShot SX160 IS digital cameras are expected to be available in September 2012 for an estimated retail price of $329.99, and $229.99, respectively.


EOS Bodies / Canon EOS 3D X [CR1]
« on: August 21, 2012, 07:25:43 AM »
The Big Megapixel
The rumours are starting to fly with Photokina around the corner. Below is the first spec list of a camera said to be Canon’s big megapixel entry.

Please remember, the “EOS-3D” name has been rumoured about since about 2005. With every major photo show, we get lots of mentions of its existence. What I do think is different now, is the “3D” name makes a bit more sense. I think this because the “5D” name is no longer the automatic “big megapixel” camera in the Canon lineup. There is room and separation between a 22mp 5D and a 40mp 3D. My other issue with the “3D” name, is the camera wouldn’t be 3D. However, add the “X” at the end and that should help alleviate any confusion with consumers (believe me, there would be).

Below is a spec list I received today, take it with a large grain of salt as it is a new contact. I’m still on the fence as to whether or not we’ll see another DSLR for Photokina, lots of conflicting information (Thanks Canon).

Canon EOS-3D X Specifications

  • 46 MP
  • 3.7 frame per second
  • Dual DIGIC 5+
  • ISO: (25) 50-6400 (12800)
  • AF: Same as 1DX
  • USB 3
  • CF+SD

Another feature mentioned about the camera is better heat dissipation of the sensor compared to other EOS cameras. Apparently, this results in industry leading low ISO performance.


Software & Accessories / Magic Lantern 2.3 Available as Free Download
« on: August 20, 2012, 04:54:41 PM »
From Magic Lantern
The Magic Lantern project continues to release new versions of their popular modification package for various Canon EOS cameras.

The Magic Lantern Features 

  • Customizable menu and shortcut keys
  • Fast zebras
  • Automatic HDR bracketing
  • A powerful timelapse tool
  • Contrast and saturation adjustments for LiveView
  • Image analysis tools in photo mode
  • Very fast playback zoom
  • Advanced FPS control
  • Advanced ISO control

Magic Lantern 2.3 works with the Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 60D, Canon Rebel T3i and a few other EOS models.

Download Magic Lantern 2.3 (Free/Donation) 


EOS Bodies / Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specs? [CR1]
« on: August 19, 2012, 10:18:41 PM »
The 7D Mark II a go?
Below is a purported spec list for an upcoming EOS 7D Mark II.


  • 24MP – an all new sensor with phase AF on chip and noticeably lower noise than the current 18MP.
  • 1Dx/5D3 based AF system.
  • 10 FPS.
  • ISO 100-25600.
  • High speed video, with still capture.
  • Improved durability and sealing.
  • Available this year.

I tend to agree with the source, I am not convinced such a camera is on the horizon. We’ve heard for a while that the 70D would move up a level and the 7D would be left alone. With the recent major firmware update for the 7D, replacing the camera directly this soon seems like a stretch.

Source: [NL]


EOS Bodies / More Big Megapixel Talk
« on: August 19, 2012, 08:35:11 AM »
The next EOS-1
While Canon called the EOS-1D X an amalgamation of the EOS-1 line, I don’t think everyone truly believed that the 1D-X was going to be the only flagship level camera in the lineup forever. It may have bought them some time while they got the EOS-1D X to market and worked on getting the EOS-1D C to market as well.

New Camera at the Olympics
I received two reports from the London Olympics that a 40mp+ camera was being tested by a couple of select photographers. The cameras housing was that of the EOS-1D X. It was also mentioned the camera had a significant framerate  for a resolution that high, one mentioned it at 8fps in RAW. There were other unspecified “new features and technology” in the camera body.

A seperate source has said it is possible that Canon will announce a big megapixel camera in 2012 for release sometime in 2013, however that has yet to be decided within Canon.

Just for the fun of it
Below is an image received by Northlight Images showing the Canon EOS lineup, Keith put some markers on it showing some interesting spaces and flow of the chart. Use it for entertainment purposes only.

Image from Northlight Images | http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/cameras/Canon_rumours.html


Pricewatch Deals / Canon ST-E3-RT in Stock at B&H (Limited Quantity)
« on: August 17, 2012, 10:52:21 AM »


Lots of people keep asking where they are, here’s where they are for now!

Canon ST-E3-RT at B&H for $319


Lenses / Re: 24-105 damaged. Advice needed
« on: August 15, 2012, 05:14:57 PM »

It sounds like it has the obvious electrical issues from a short. A new IS motor, AF motor and tear down to clean out the glass would be $500+ as far as I know. You may find other issues when you do tear it down.

I've seen these appear for $800 brand new out of 5D kits.... that's probably the way I'd go.


Pricewatch Deals / Canon EOS-1D X Stock Notice from Amazon
« on: August 15, 2012, 10:36:01 AM »


The Canon EOS-1D X appears to be in stock again.


The camera is now listed as out of stock with no date of arrival. That didn’t last long.

From Amazon

Amazon is now listing the Canon EOS-1D X as being in stock starting August 18, 2012. It looks like all the preorders have been filled!

Canon EOS-1D X at Amazon $6799


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

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