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Buy a Pancake, Save an Elephant!

I have wanted to do some kind of fundraising for a cause we all believe in here at Canon Rumors, and one of those causes is Nick Brandt’s Big Life Foundation.

How it will work

For every Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens pre-ordered and shipped from B&H Photo between Friday, June 8, 2012 @ 12:01AM EST (GMT -5) and Sunday, June 10, 2012 @ 11:59PM EST (GMT -5), I will donate the Canon Rumors affiliate commission (the small percentage I make on a sale) to the Big Life Foundation. Keep in mind, the lenses won’t be shipping this weekend, but we will count them when they do ship.

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM $199 (Preorder to benefit the Big Life Foundation)

What’s The Big Life Foundation?

Founded in September 2010 by photographer Nick Brandt in urgent response to the recent dramatic escalation in poaching across much of Africa, Big Life Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Africa’s wildlife and ecosystems.

With one of the most spectacular elephant populations in Africa being rapidly diminished by poachers and increasing human/wildlife conflict, the Amboseli ecosystem that straddles Kenya and Tanzania is the Foundation’s large-scale pilot project.

Why Does Canon Rumors Care?

I’ve been to Amboseli and photographed the elephants there. It was my first experience in Africa, and one that will be with me forever. The thought of protected animals being killed just because of financial constraints just doesn’t seem right to me. I don’t want to sound over-dramatic, but the thought of not being able to take my family to Kenya to see the elephants of Amboseli is troubling.

Links: The Big Life Foundation | Nick Brandt | Donate Directly


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D Full Specifications
« on: June 07, 2012, 01:01:45 PM »
It's DIGIC 5+

From B&H
The new Rokinon 8mm f/3.8 Fisheye Cine lens for Canon is now in stock at B&H.

Product Highlights

  • Designed for DSLR Video Shooting
  • Ideal with APS-C Sensors
  • De-clicked Aperture
  • 180º Angle of View
  • Built-In Petal Type Lens Hood
  • Toothed Aperture and Focus Rings
  • For Canon DSLR Cameras

Rokinon 8mm f/3.8 Fisheye Cine Lens for Canon @ B&H $349


EOS Bodies / Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D Touchscreen Example Videos
« on: June 07, 2012, 11:32:02 AM »
Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D Touchscreen Example Videos
Below are a couple of vidoes showing the functions of the new touchscreen feature on the T4i.

Playing with the functions

Playing with the playback features.


Lenses / Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Information.
« on: June 07, 2012, 10:56:29 AM »

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

Just discovered the new pancake is also part of the new “STM” family of lenses from Canon.  The lens is also extremely small with a thickness of 22.8mm and weighing in at 130 grams.

Below are a few more images of the lens in comparison to the EF 50 f/1.8 II.


  • Focal length / Aperture: 40mm / 1:2.8

  • Lens Construction: 4 group 6 pieces

  • Closest focusing distance: 0.3m

  • The maximum magnification ratio: 0.18-fold

  • Filter diameter: 52mm

  • The maximum diameter: 68.2mm

  • Length: 22.8mm

  • Weight: About 130g

  • Lens Hood: ES-52 (Not Included)


Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

Canon EF 50 f/1.8 II compared to the Canon EF 40 f/2.8 STM

Lens Design of the Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM

EOS Bodies / Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650 Touchscreen Information
« on: June 07, 2012, 10:32:14 AM »

Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D Touchscreen Information

  • With a simple touch menu selection and auto-focus area selection, zoom in and out of the picture can be more convenient and can be used.

  • By adopting Clearview LCD on the LCD even in bright outdoor viewing pictures is easy.

  • Swivel LCD for self portraits, as well as using high-angle, low angle can be used to express a more diverse picture can be

  • Touch-button operation and the operation can be used simultaneously, depending on the preference of the user can use conveniently.


Example of touchscreen function. Click for larger.

Lenses / Canon EF-S 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Information
« on: June 07, 2012, 10:27:02 AM »

The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (Translation)

Here is some addition information about the new EF-S 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM.

  • Reduced to a minimum focusing distance 0.39m is easy to shoot their proximity to the subject.

  • IS features enhanced photography degree at the hands of about four stops to give effective stabilizer for video recording and dynamic IS is equipped with a variety of new features in the environment can take sharp pictures can not be shaken.

  • Employing circular aperture EMD (Electronic drive aperture) mounted close to the original than by the light of the background

  • STM (Stepping Motor) AF operation of the motor is equipped with dramatically reduced noise and smooth movement of the AF drive control is possible.

  • CMOS AF camera equipped with a hybrid approach when using *, quiet and tender while shooting video movies implement Servo AF. (* June 2012 currently compatible devices EOS 650D)..


EOS Bodies / Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D Full Specifications
« on: June 07, 2012, 10:17:41 AM »

The Key Quick Specs (thanks neuro)

  • 18 MP APS-C

  • DIGIC 5+

  • SDHC slot, USH-1 complaint

  • Current xxD’s AF system (9 cross-type points, found in 40D, 50D, 60D)

  • T3i metering system (63 zones like 7D and 5DIII)

  • 5 fps

  • Pentamirror Viewfinder

  • ISO 100-12,800 expandable to 25,600

  • Articulated touchscreen LCD

  • Hybrid AF during video shooting

Canon Rebel T4i Front

Canon Rebel T4i Back

Canon Rebel T4i Top

Canon Rebel T4i Side


Canon Rebel T4i Side


Canon Rebel T4i Bottom

To read the full spec list, click below.

Canon EOS Rebel T4i Specs

  • The form of digital single-lens reflex, AF / AE camera (flash included)

  • Recording media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC memory card

  • * UHS-I compliant

  • Image sensor size 22.3 x 14.9 mm approx.

  • Canon EF lenses, the lens (EF-S Lens)

(35mm equivalent focal length marked on the lens focal length of approximately 1.6-fold).

  • Lens Mount Canon EF mount

  • Image Sensor

  • Type CMOS sensors

  • Approximately 18 million pixels Effective Pixels

  • Aspect Ratio 3:02

  • Dust features: automatic, manual, dust delete data attached

Recording System

  • Recording Format Design rule for Camera File system (DCF) 2.0

  • Image format JPEG, RAW (14bit Canon proprietary method)

  • Can simultaneously record RAW + JPEG Large

  • Number of recorded pixels L (Large): Approximately 17.90 megapixels (5184 x 3456)

  • M (Medium): approx. 8.00-megapixel (3456 x 2304)

  • S1 (Small 1): Approx 4.50 megapixels (2592 x 1728)

  • S2 (Small 2): ​​Approx 2.50 megapixels (1920 x 1280)

  • S3 (Small 3): Approximately 350,000 pixels (720 x 480)

  • RAW: Approximately 17.90 megapixels (5184 x 3456)

Shooting image processing

  • Picture Style Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1-3

  • Select expression functions: shooting environment by choosing, depending on lighting and shooting scene

  • White Balance Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White fluorescent light, Flash), Custom

  • White balance correction and white balance bracketing features

  • * Flash color temperature information for communication

  • Prolonged exposure and ISO noise reduction can be applied to shooting with high sensitivity

  • Auto Lighting Optimizer automatically calibrate the brightness of the image

  • Highlight tone Priority

  • Ambient light correction lens aberration correction, chromatic aberration correction


  • Type Eye-level pentaprism

  • Coverage Vertical / Horizontal approx 95% (approximately eyepoint 19mm)

  • Magnification approximately 0.85x (with 50mm lens at infinity -1 m-1)

  • Eyepoint approximately 19 mm (-1 m-1 from eyepiece lens center at)

  • Built-in diopter adjustment of about -3.0 – +1.0 m-1 (dpt)

  • Focusing Screen Fixed, Precision Matte

  • Mirror Quick-return type

  • Provide depth of field preview


  • Type of image-registration, phase detection TTL 2

  • Nine cross-type AF points AF points (f/2.8 at the center AF point detects cross-type AF)

  • Focusing brightness range EV-0.5-18 (23 ° C in, ISO 100)

  • AF operates One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF

  • Continuous built-in flash AF assist lamp flashes by

Exposure Control

  • Metering modes 63-zone TTL full aperture metering

  • Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)

  • Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder at center)

  • Spot metering (approximately 4% of viewfinder at center)

  • Center-weighted average metering

  • Metering range EV 1 – 20 (23 ℃, ISO 100)

  • Exposure Control Program AE (Auto Intelligent Scene, Flash Off, Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait,

  • Night shooting without a tripod, HDR backlight compensation, Program), shutter-priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual Exposure

  • ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) Basic Zone modes: ISO 100 – 3200 range is assigned automatically by

  • * Portrait: ISO 100, shooting without a tripod at night: ISO 100 – 12800 automatically sets the

  • Creative Zone modes: ISO 100 – 12800 in the range specified in the manual (1 stop increments), ISO 100 – 6400 range, automatically assigned,

  • ISO sensitivity up to ISO can be set automatically or ‘H’ (ISO 25600 equivalent) to the ISO extension

  • Manual Exposure Compensation 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments ± 5 stops

  • AEB: 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments ± 2 stops (in conjunction with manual exposure compensation possible)

  • AE Lock Automatic: When focus is achieved with evaluative metering applies in One-Shot AF mode

  • Manual: AE lock button and use the


  • Format electronically controlled focal-plane shutter

  • Shutter Speed ​​1/4000 seconds to 1/60 sec (Scene Intelligent Auto mode), 1/200 sec X – Sync.

  • * If you use wide-angle lens, a shutter speed of 1/60 sec or less can be. 1/4000 to 30 seconds, bulb

  • (Total shutter speed range. Shutter speed range varies by shooting mode.)


  • Built-in Flash Auto pop-up flash

  • Guide No.: About 13/43 (ISO 100, m / ft)

  • Flash Range: 17mm lens angle of about

  • Charging time about 3 seconds.

  • Provides wireless master unit

  • EX-series Speedlite external flash (the camera flash functions can be set in).

  • Flash metering E-TTL II auto flash

  • Flash Exposure 1.3 or 1.2 stop increments ± 2 stops in

  • FE lock available

  • No PC terminal

Drive System

  • Drive mode, every shot, continuous shooting, 10 seconds or 2-second delay self-timer, continuous shooting 10-second delay

  • Continuous shooting speed up to about 5 frames / sec.

  • Continuous shooting JPEG Large / Fine: Approx 22 (30) each

  • RAW: approximately six (6) every

  • RAW + JPEG Large / Fine: Approx 3 (3) every

  • * Figures with 8GB card Canon testing standards (ISO 100, ‘Standard’ Picture Style) is based.

  • * The figures in parentheses UHS-I compatible with the 8GB card is based on Canon testing standards.

LCD Monitor

  • Type TFT color LCD monitor

  • Monitor size and dots wide, 7.7cm (3.0 inch) (3:02), approximately 1.04 million dots

  • Angle can be adjusted

  • Adjust the brightness manually (step 7)

  • 25 language interface languages

  • Capacitive sensing touch screen technology

  • Feature can be displayed


  • Image Display Format Single, Single image + information (basic information, the shooting information, histogram), four each index, every index of 9, the image can be rotated

  • Approximately zoom 1.5x – 10x

Live View shooting

  • Set Aspect Ratio 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 1:1

  • Hybrid CMOS AF focusing system * (+ tracking, FlexiZone-Multi, FlexiZone-Single), phase difference detection method (quick mode)

  • Manual focus (approximately 5x / 10x magnification possible)

  • * Focusing brightness range: EV 1-18 (23 ℃ in, ISO 100)

  • Continuous AF can

  • Can touch the shutter

  • Real-time image sensor Metering mode Metering

  • Evaluative metering (315 segments), partial metering (approximately 8.8% of the Live View screen), spot metering (approximately 2.8% of the Live View screen), Center-weighted average

  • Metering range EV 0 – 20 (23 ℃, ISO 100)

  • Display two kinds of lattice

Video recording

  • MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression

  • Variable (average) bitrate

  • Linear PCM audio recording format

  • MOV video recording format

  • Record the size and

  • Frame Rate 1920×1080 (Full HD): 30p/25p/24p

  • 1280×720 (HD): 60p/50p

  • 640×480 (SD): 30p/25p

  • * 30p: 29.97 fps, 25p: 25.00 fps, 24p: 23.976 fps, 60p: 59.94 fps, 50p: 50.00 fps

  • File size 1920×1080 (30p/25p/24p): approximately 330 MB / minute

  • 1280×720 (60p/50p): approximately 330 MB / minute

  • 640×480 (30p/25p): Approximately 82.5 MB / minute

  • Hybrid CMOS AF focusing system * (+ tracking, FlexiZone-Multi, FlexiZone-Single)

  • Manual focus (approximately 5x / 10x magnification possible)

  • * Focusing brightness range: EV 1-18 (23 ℃ in, ISO 100)

  • Evaluative metering with image sensor Metering mode and center-weighted pyeonggyuncheukgwang

  • * Set the focusing mode automatically, depending on

  • Is Servo AF

  • Metering range EV 0 – 20 (23 ℃, ISO 100)

  • Exposure Control Program AE and Manual Exposure for Video

  • Exposure Compensation 1.3 stop increments ± 3 stops (stop pictures: ± 5 stops).

  • ISO sensitivity

  • (Recommended Exposure Index) Auto exposure shot: ISO 100 – 6400 within the scope of the automatic setting manual exposure, ISO 100 – 6400 within the auto / manual settings,

  • H (ISO 12800 equivalent), expandable to

  • Video Snapshot 2 seconds / 4 seconds / 8 seconds can be set

  • Built-in Stereo Microphone Recording

  • Provides an external stereo microphone jack

  • Adjustable recording level, wind filter, providing

  • Attenuator provides

  • Display two kinds of lattice

  • Flashing warning highlights overexposed highlight areas

  • How a single image, image display, image 100 sheets of 10 hawk jump, jump a CAT scan, folder, jump, jump video, still images, jump, jump grade

  • Images can be rotated

  • Provided ratings

  • Videos can be played (LCD monitors, video / audio output, HDMI OUT)

  • Built-in Speaker

  • Images can be protected

  • All images slide show, date, folder-, video, still images or five kinds of transitions can be selected rating

  • Background music for slideshows and video playback can be selected

  • Image processing

  • Coarse filter effects, monochrome, soft focus, fisheye lens effect, painting effects, color effects, and toy camera effects and miniature effects

  • Can be resized

Direct Printing

  • Compatible with PictBridge-compatible printer, the printer

  • Printable images JPEG and RAW images

  • Compatible with DPOF version 1.1 of the print command

User Settings

  • 8 kinds of user-defined functions

  • My menu can be registered

  • Copyright information can be entered and stored


  • Audio / Video output /

  • Digital terminal analog video (NTSC / PAL selectable) / stereo audio output

  • PC communication and direct printing (Hi-Speed ​​USB), GPS Receiver GP-E2 connection

  • HDMI mini OUT terminal C-type (resolution, auto-switching), CEC-compatible

  • The external microphone input terminal

  • 3.5mm diameter stereo mini-jack

  • Remote Switch RS-60E3 Remote Control for Terminals

  • Remote Controller RC-6 Wireless Remote Control compatible

  • Eye-Fi card can be used


  • Battery Battery Pack LP-E8 (1 reviews)

  • * AC power via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E8 can be used.

  • * With Battery Grip BG-E8 AA-size when attaching / LR6 batteries can be used.

Battery Life

  • (CIPA test standards basis)

  • Viewfinder when shooting: 23 ℃ approximately 440 sheets, 0 ℃ approximately 400 sheets

  • Live View shooting: 23 ℃ approximately 180 shots, 0 ℃ approximately 150 sheets

  • Video recording time approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes at 23 ℃

  • About 1 hour and 20 minutes at 0 ℃

  • (Fully charged Battery Pack LP-E8 is used)


Size and Weight


  • Dimensions (W x H x D) 133.1 x 99.8 x 78.8 mm approx.

  • Weighs about 575 g (CIPA guidelines), approximately 520 g (body only)

  • Operating Environment

  • Operating temperature range 0 ℃ ~ 40 ℃

  • Operating Humidity 85% or less

  • Battery Pack LP-E8

  • Type of rechargeable lithium-ion battery

  • Rated voltage 7.2 V DC

  • 1120 mAh battery capacity

  • Operating temperature range when charging: 6 ℃ ~ 40 ℃

  • Shooting: 0 ℃ ~ 40 ℃

  • Operating Humidity 85% or less

  • Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx 37.1 x 15.4 x 55.2mm

  • Weight about 52g

  • Battery Charger LC-E8

  • Compatible Battery Battery Pack LP-E8

  • Charging time Approximately 2 hours (23 ° C in a)

  • Rated input / output rated input: 100 – 240 V AC (50/60 Hz)

  • Rated output: 8.4 V DC / 720mA

  • Operating temperature range 6 ° C ~ 40 ° C

  • Operating Humidity 85% or less

  • Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx 69 x 28 x 87.5mm


  • Weight about 82

  • Battery Charger LC-E8E

  • Compatible Battery Battery Pack LP-E8

  • Charging time Approximately 2 hours (23 ℃ in a)

  • Rated input / output rated input: 100 – 240 V AC (50/60 Hz)

  • Rated output: 8.4 V DC / 720mA

  • Operating Temperature Range 6 ℃ – 40 ℃

  • Operating Humidity 85% or less

  • Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx 69 x 28 x 87.5mm

  • Weight about 82g

* All data above Canon’s testing standards and CIPA (Camera Imaging Products Association) testing standards and guidelines is based on.

* Size listed above, the maximum diameter, length and weight guidelines is based on the CIPA (Camera Body Weight excluded).

* Product specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.

* From the lens of the camera attached to a third party if a problem occurs, please contact the appropriate lens manufacturer.


Canon’s Photography in the Parks Program Equips Visitors with Free Camera and Camcorder Loans, Professional Photography Lessons and a Unique, Hands-On Experience to Create Lasting Memories

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 4, 2012 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is once again joining forces with several of the country’s acclaimed national parks to offer free photography workshops to visitors this summer. The Canon Photography in the Parks Program provides participants with free equipment loans and professional photography instruction as they take part in a guided walking photo tour. Following the tour, participants have the opportunity to print images for free and take home a CD of their image files. Visitors of all ages and experience levels are welcome to participate.

New to this year’s program are Canon video workshop sessions.  Visitors can experience and learn about shooting video by using a Canon VIXIA camcorder or EOS digital SLR camera and participating in a hands-on videography demonstration with experts.

“Canon is incredibly excited to help people improve their photography skills and capture the beauty of our national parks through our Photography in the Parks Program,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Our nation’s magnificent and pristine national parks offer the quintessential location to help people improve their photography skills and inspire creativity. In doing so, Canon hopes to also help those who visit parks this summer create and preserve lasting memories and leverage their newfound skills throughout their lives, for all of their important moments.”

In addition, Canon is sponsoring the new National Geographic iPhone application, National Parks by National Geographic. Available as a free download from Apple’s App Store, the app provides users with park information and photo galleries, travel tips from National Geographic editors, and information about park events – including the Canon Photography in the Parks Program. The app also features photo tips to help users capture beautiful photography throughout their summer travels.

The Canon Photography in the Parks Program will take place at various dates through the summer at the following national parks:

Grand Canyon: May 31 – June 20 Zion: June 24 – July 9 Yosemite: July 13 – July 17 Yellowstone: July 23 – July 31 Grand Teton: August 1 – August 2 Rocky Mountain: August 5 – August 11 Acadia: August 18 – August 29

For more information on the Canon Photography in the Parks program, visit Canon U.S.A. on Facebook at


EOS Bodies / Here's the Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D & EF-S 18-135 IS STM
« on: June 06, 2012, 03:42:54 PM »

The New Rebel

Here’s a picture of the new Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D.

The lens on the camera is not the new rumoured 18-135 IS with a silent AF motor. Below that is a picture with the new EF-S 18-135 IS STM (silent motor).

There are no confirmed specs at this time, we expect those soon.

Canon Rebel T4i & EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS II

Canon Rebel T4i & EF-S 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM


Pricewatch Deals / 5D Mark III in Stock at B&H & Amazon
« on: June 06, 2012, 03:27:35 PM »
Amazon has stock of the 5D Mark III body only.

5D Mark III Body @ Amazon $3499 

From B&H B&H has available stock of the 5D Mark III. It’s available in body only, as well as in the 24-105 f/4L IS kit.

5D Mark III Body Only $3499 | 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS Kit $4299


Lenses / Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake
« on: June 06, 2012, 03:19:39 PM »

Here it is

Here’s a photo of the upcoming Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake lens. It looks like it has a 52mm filter thread, so this thing really is tiny!


I’ve heard that pricing will be sub $200, waiting on confirmation of that.

What’s a pancake lens?

I still get this question a bunch, so here’s a great article from B&H about the little lenses.



EOS Bodies / New Full Frame Camera in Testing [CR1]
« on: June 06, 2012, 11:34:53 AM »
The Big Megapixel Camera
According to Northlight, they’ve been told a new full frame camera in a “1D” form factor is being tested in Asia.

We have heard similar things in the last few weeks, unfortunately without any sort of specifications or features of the camera(s). I am told, that they are not the 1D X or the 1D C.

We’ve had from two separate places that a large megapixel camera is on the horizon. It was said that such a product could come “sooner than you’d think”.


Pricewatch Deals / BG-E11 in Stock Again at Norman Camera
« on: June 06, 2012, 11:13:20 AM »

Canon BG-E11

A new shipment of the BG-E11 battery grip for the 5D Mark III has arrived at Norman Camera. All preorders have been filled and they’re ready to ship.

Canon BG-E11 at Norman Camera $349


Lenses / Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4X [CR2]
« on: June 06, 2012, 10:46:37 AM »
When’s it coming?
The Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x was mentioned as an in development product by Canon back in February, 2011. A lot of us expected an official product announcement sometime in the following 6 months, however that hasn’t happened. The perceived delay is probably due to Canon wanting to get the new 500 & 600 super telephotos into the hands of photographers first. Shipments have started in small numbers, and stock levels should improve in the coming months.

I have been told that an official announcement has been delayed a few times, however we may see it finally announced in June, 2012. There is also a possibility of it not being announced until the pre-Photokina announcements in August or September. You can “almost guarantee” it won’t be announced after Photokina I’m told.

Availability? I would expect late 2012 or early 2013. The price I have heard for this lens will be in the are of $10,999 USD.


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