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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 |


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

Pricewatch Deals / Canon USA August Rebates
« on: August 12, 2012, 11:56:05 AM »

Lens Rebates!

Canon USA has started new rebates on lenses and Speedlites for at least the month of August. You can visit our Pricewatch pages to see the current price, rebate amount and stock status.

Prime Lenses | Zoom Lenses | Macro Lenses | Tilt Shift Lenses | Teleconverters | Speedlites


Pricewatch Deals / Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II in Stock at Amazon
« on: August 12, 2012, 11:50:37 AM »

From Amazon

It appears at the time of writing this, that the new Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II is in stock at Amazon for $10,499.

Buy the EF 500 f/4L IS II at Amazon $10499


Third Party Manufacturers / A Small Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro Issue
« on: August 10, 2012, 05:17:12 PM »
Issue with the new Sigma Macro
An issue with the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 OS Macro on the 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X has been discovered by If this has caused anyone to pull their hair out, the solution is pretty simple, just turn off illumination correction.

Below is an image taken by showing the phenomenon.

Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro Issue – Click for larger

The Findings

  1. The phenomenon shows up on Canon 5D Mk III and 1Dx cameras only. T4i and 7D bodies with firmware upgrade do NOT do this, nor do any other older cameras we could test.
  2. The Sigma 180 OS and Sigma 150 OS macro lenses both show the effect and it’s identical. No other Sigma lenses that we stock showed the effect, nor did any Tamron or Tokina lenses. Obviously I can’t test what we don’t carry.
  3. If you turn off Illumination Correction in the menu the effect goes away. To repeat, though, Illumination Correction in the 7D and T4i, on or off, doesn’t cause the effect.

The issue probably doesn’t show up on the APS_C cameras because of the image is about the same size as the circular anomaly in the center of the above image.



PowerShot Cameras / Canon PowerShot Pro1X [CR1]
« on: August 10, 2012, 10:50:27 AM »
APS-C Compact Camera?
We received a small comment that Canon will finally resurrect the “Pro” moniker for a PowerShot camera soon. The Canon PowerShot Pro1 was a very popular enthusiast compact camera that was launched in 2004.

The camera will apparently be called the Canon PowerShot Pro1X and will have the same 18mp sensor as the Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D and EOS-M.

New source, grain of salt on this one.


EOS Bodies / Cool Stuff -
« on: August 10, 2012, 10:43:07 AM »
Cool stuff Friday – Customization is fun!
I’d really like my 40mm Pancake to look like a real pancake. Maybe these folks will be able to hook us up soon. initially started a little while ago showing off some customized Nikon gear, they wanted to let us know they do Canon as well.

Photography is twice as much fun with!

Nice 70-200! – Click for larger

“The team works with selected specialist retailers where the product will be available worldwide from the end of July 2012. The customer can then order their selected design directly in the camera shop when they buy a new camera. It is also possible to add a design to existing photographic equipment.

The customer can choose the design they would like from the selection provided on the internet site. The Pimp-configurator allows a lot of different styles and colors. It is also possible to add an individual design (for example a company logo). The team will fulfill all possible camera design requests!”

Internet: [url=][/url]


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