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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon EOS-1D X Hitting Retailers
« on: June 21, 2012, 10:07:45 AM »
Looking good!
The EOS-1D X is showing up in small numbers in Singapore. I have also heard it will appear in more stores in Asia this week. I have yet to hear anything about USA, Europe or Canada stock allocation.

Below are a couple of shots from a some lucky person.

Preorder the Canon EOS-1D X at B&H | Adorama | Amazon

Source: Images from ClubSNAP thanks Adam


Pricewatch Deals / Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM in Stock at Norman Camera
« on: June 20, 2012, 11:05:16 AM »
Pancake fun
Canon’s little EF  40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens is now showing in stock in North America. Norman Camera has lots in stock and ready to ship today.

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM at Norman Camera for $199


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon EOS 60D & 60Da Firmware Updates
« on: June 20, 2012, 10:03:29 AM »
For the Canon EOS 60D & 60Da

Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following fixes.

  1. Fixes a phenomenon where the camera’s serial number that is displayed in the shooting information of the image does not display the correct serial number. *1)
  2. Corrects errors in the Greek, Italian, and Portuguese menu screens.

*1) If the camera’s serial number is 2147483648 or higher and the camera firmware is Version 1.1.0 or earlier, the images captured with the camera will be affected by the phenomenon listed in 1. above.

This phenomenon only affects the EOS 60D, and does not affect the EOS 60Da. Both of these cameras are equipped with the same firmware.

To obtain the serial number correctly in the shooting information of images that are already captured using the old firmware, we are preparing updates for Digital Photo Professional and ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser applications.

Once the software updates are ready, we will make an announcement on our Web site.

Canon EOS 60D Download at Canon USA | Canon EOS 60Da Download at Canon USA 


Pricewatch Deals / Sandisk Memory Card Sale - Today Only at B&H
« on: June 19, 2012, 04:03:17 PM »
Sandisk Sale at B&H
B&H Photo is having another one day SanDisk memory card sale. It ends tonight at 11:59PM EST (GMT -5).

Visit B&H for SanDisk Specials


EOS Bodies / Canon's Mirrorless Entry
« on: June 19, 2012, 03:45:33 PM »
Just a little bit of information out there
There isn’t a lot of technical information floating around about Canon’s mirrorless entry.

We’re getting more and more information that the announcement will be coming sometime in the next 30 days, but no solid date has been nailed down. Original estimates pegged an announcement in June, however Canon announcements move around pretty frequently.

Some technical stuff
We’ve heard only little bits of info about the mirrorless camera. The most notable is mentions that it will use the same sized sensor as the G1 X, and maybe even the exact same sensor. There has been no mention of the mount for the camera, that’s probably the biggest question surrounding it.

We’ve been told it will be launched with 3 lenses, which tells me we’re looking at a new mount. I don’t doubt there will be some way to make the camera compatible with at least EF lenses, and maybe EF-S as well.

It’s also been mentioned on more than one occassion, that this initial mirrorless announcement will be the “consumer” level camera and there are plans for “prosumer” and “professional” models.

I do expect  more to come out in the coming weeks.


Pricewatch Deals / 5D Mark III & BG-E11 Stock Update
« on: June 19, 2012, 03:26:21 PM »

Lots of 5D Mark III’s out there

B&H has notified us that they have the 5D Mark III back in stock.

From B&H

5D Mark III Body $3499 | 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $4299 | BG-E11 Battery Grip $349

From Norman Camera

Norman camera has the Canon BG-E11 battery grip for the 5D Mark III in stock, as well as the camera.

5D Mark III Body $3499 | 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $4299 | BG-E11 Battery Grip $349


Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Rebel T4i w/18-135 IS STM Availability
« on: June 19, 2012, 11:45:34 AM »
You're right, I'm a bit taken back by myself and a few others being told that they would have them in stock from Adorama themselves.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware 1.1.3
« on: June 18, 2012, 09:59:27 PM »
New Firmware
Canon is issuing new firmware for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on June 19, 2012. No new features have been added to the camera. I’m told that is is coming at a later date.

Firmware Version 1.1.3 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

  1. Supports the single focal length EF40mm f/2.8 STM lens that is to be released at the end of June, 2012.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which an image may become underexposed when using the Auto Lighting Optimizer for continuous Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) shooting.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the backlight of the LCD monitor may not turn off depending on the camera settings and timing.
  4. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera’s power may not turn on when a super-telephoto lens*1) is mounted to the camera with an extender*2).
  5. - EF 300mm F2.8L IS II USM / EF 400mm F2.8L IS II USM
  6. - Extender EF 1.4X III / Extender EF 2X III
  7. Corrects mistakes in the Dutch, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, and Swedish menu screens

Download Firmware 1.1.3 for the 5D Mark III at Canon USA

Thanks David


Pricewatch Deals / Canon Rebel T4i w/18-135 IS STM Availability
« on: June 18, 2012, 02:50:44 PM »
Lots of people wondering.
Wondering when you can get your hands on the new Rebel T4i w/18-135 IS STM?

We’re told Adorama is expecting these to be in stock today. I’ll update any other stock notices from other retailers as they roll in.

Canon EOS Rebel T4i w/18-135 IS STM $1199 at Adorama

Canon EOS Rebel T4i at Adorama in Stock

Bundle Kits


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon EOS-1D X AF Guidebook Updated
« on: June 18, 2012, 02:41:44 PM »
New Reading
While I find manuals pretty dry reading without the camera in my hand, this one is pretty interesting if you’re into the tweaking of AF systems.

Canon EOS-1D X AF Setting Guidebook (PDF)

Thanks Wes


Software & Accessories / Canon Releases DPP 3.11.31 for Windows & Mac
« on: June 18, 2012, 02:38:01 PM »
For those of us that like DPP, which is me (don’t hate me). Canon has released a new version of the software with the following new features and fixes.

  • Supports images taken with EOS Kiss X6i / EOS REBEL T4i / EOS 650D, EOS 60Da.
  • Supports new lens (EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM).
  • Fixed a phenomenon where the camera’s serial number that is displayed in the shooting information of the image is not displayed correctly for some of the EOS 60D.
  • Fixed a phenomenon where the buttons for HDR tool cannot be displayed under specific settings of the display.
  • Fixed a phenomenon where check mark or rating that is set using Quick Check Tool may not be displayed correctly.

Download from Canon USA (you know the drill, select your OS and download)

Thanks Martin


Canon General / Canon Launches Mixed Reality System
« on: June 18, 2012, 02:29:25 PM »
Hoping to get a 5D Mark IV Soon?
Canon has launched some kind of virtual/augmented reality platform for quicker and most cost effective product development. It looks like the technology allows designers to change designs on the fly. So if you wanted to move a button on a camera and figure out how it feels ergonomically, you can do it far quicker than chiseling out a new mockup.

Read more at EOSHD and press release after the break.

Canon launches new MR (Mixed Reality) System, contributing to shorter development times during product design
TOKYO, June 18, 2012—Canon Inc., Canon Marketing Japan Inc., and Canon IT Solutions Inc. announced today the introduction in Japan of the MR (Mixed Reality) System, a product design tool that merges the real and virtual worlds to contribute to reduced development times during the product design process. The new system will be available in late July of this year.

As product lifecycles grow progressively shorter, it has become increasingly necessary for the manufacturing industry to introduce products to the market in a timely manner. The new Canon MR System makes possible the viewing of full-scale three-dimensional CG (computer generated) images that instantly react to changes in a user’s direction or movements, supporting the design process by allowing users to evaluate a product’s design and operability. During the design phase, the system can help reduce the number of prototypes required and, in addition to shortening the amount of time spent on development, can contribute to minimizing costs and environmental impact. Pricing will vary depending on system configurations in accordance with usage requirements.

MR System Case Studies, Future Development
Canon’s MR System can be used not only during the design process, but also in a wide variety of applications. For example, the system can produce simulations enabling users to ascertain the optimal layout of production equipment at a manufacturing site before installation, making possible the review of work efficiency and safety by allowing users to walk through the plant and see potential equipment layouts firsthand. The system can also support sales activities by simulating actual products for customers, enabling them to handle and view the products from different angles, ensuring specifications satisfy all customer needs. Other possible applications include assessing interior layouts when renovating a home. Canon aims to expand applications for the new system into a wide range of fields in the future, such as surgical procedure simulations.

Sales Strategy
Sales activities for the new Canon MR System will initially focus on the industrial design and other design fields—areas that are progressively making use of three-dimensional data. Canon IT Solutions, a key company in the Canon Marketing Japan Group, will lead sales for the new system in the Japanese market. The company will offer customized systems based on customer needs, drawing from its rich experience cultivated in the area of solutions utilizing 3D-CAD. Canon marketing companies outside of Japan will consider future sales activities in their respective markets.

Canon will be displaying the MR System at the company’s booth during the 20th 3D & Virtual Reality Expo (IVR), one of largest 3-D technology and imaging technology exhibitions in Asia, from June 20 to 22, 2012, at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center.

About Canon MR System
MR, or mixed reality, is an image data processing technology that seamlessly integrates the real and virtual worlds in real time. By making use of the rich visual information of the real world and the flexibility offered by CG images, it offers an imaging experience that is a step ahead of existing VR (virtual reality) technology, which only makes use of CG environments.

Recently utilized in gaming, advertising and other applications, AR (augmented reality), one type of MR technology, superimposes CG images onto the real world. By contrast, Canon’s MR System allows users to experience full-scale CG images from any point of view. Furthermore, by seamlessly combining CG images with real-world environments, the system creates the illusion that the CG visuals actually exist within the real world.

MR System Concept

Two video cameras inside the head-mounted display (HMD), one each located in front of the left and right eyes, capture video from the real world, which is then sent to a computer.

Through image processing and positioning and directional sensor data, or alignment technology that combines both types of information, the CG visuals in the computer and the real-world environment are combined with high precision and displayed on the small monitors located inside of the HMD.

An optical system, comprising cutting-edge technologies, enlarges the video displayed on the small monitors to create high-impact three-dimensional images.

Main Features of the MR System
1. Newly developed video see-through HMD utilizing advanced optical technology

Even though the images are delivered through a video feed, by matching the video cameras’ optical axes with those of the light entering the eyes from the small displays, the system delivers a realistic experience, creating the impression that visuals are being seen with the naked eye.

Employing a free-form prism featuring a unique three-sided configuration, the MR System produces beautiful images with low distortion in peripheral areas caused by optical aberrations.

2. High-precision alignment technology utilizing image processing technologies

Canon specially developed registration markers for the MR System that, through image processing, enable proper CG positioning within real-world environments. Based on the markers captured by the HMD’s video cameras, the system is capable of gauging the HMD’s position and orientation in real time. The displayed CG visuals are aligned with the HMD’s position and orientation, which is estimated one frame at a time, making possible integrated video that instantaneously reacts to changes in a user’s position or movement.

The MR System also supports optical- and magnetic-type sensors based on usage needs.

Souce: [EOS] via Canon Global


You know how much I was hoping this wasn't going to appear anywhere on CR? :D

Lenses / Re: Where is the Lens EF40mm F2.8 STM made in?
« on: June 17, 2012, 09:58:07 AM »
I stand corrected. :D

Lenses / Re: Where is the Lens EF40mm F2.8 STM made in?
« on: June 17, 2012, 09:28:03 AM »
I'd say it's made in Japan, we'll find out for sure on Monday. I don't know of any optical factory for photography under the Canon banner that isn't in Japan.

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