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Lenses / Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Teardown
« on: February 13, 2015, 08:01:36 AM »

Roger at LensRentals.com has done a teardown of the brand new Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II and has come away very impressed.

I know I can’t really, without showing you dozens of other lenses, do a good job of impressing you with just how robustly engineered this lens is. I will say that the insides look more like what we’d expect to see in a 500mm f/4 or 600mm f/4 lens, rather than a telezoom. It’s by far the most heavily engineered zoom lens Aaron and I have ever seen; and we’ve seen the insides of dozens of lenses in this range.

Well done, Canon engineers, well done!

Read and see the teardown at LensRentals.com

Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II $2199: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon


EOS Bodies / EOS-1D X Replacement in 2016 [CR1]
« on: February 13, 2015, 07:18:12 AM »

We’re told that we shouldn’t expect an EOS-1D X replacement until early 2016. While the announcement could come this year. The source said it may depend on what Nikon does in regards to a D5 announcement as well as getting the new sensor and DIGIC 7 ready.

2016 is an Olympic year, so we definitely expect a new flagship DSLR by then.

As Canon has said, they won’t be replacing cameras until there is enough technology improvements to warrant a new product.


Canon General / Canon to Buy Video Surveillance Leader Axis for $2.8b
« on: February 11, 2015, 08:28:39 PM »

Canon appears to be going forward with their security camera business. With the shrinking consumer camera market, Canon is being aggressive in a space that is projected to see a lot of growth.

TOKYO/STOCKHOLM, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Canon Inc made a 23.6 billion-Swedish-crown ($2.83 billion) offer for network video surveillance leader Axis AB on Tuesday — the biggest purchase ever for the Japanese firm trying to expand beyond a shrinking camera market.

Canon said it had launched a bid to buy all the Swedish company’s shares at 340 crowns apiece, a premium of nearly 50 percent to their closing price of 226.90 on Monday. At 1126 GMT, shares of Axis were up 48 percent at 336.50 crowns.

Axis said its board of directors unanimously supported the offer, and that three of its top shareholders representing around 40 percent of total shares will accept it.

Canon already sells surveillance cameras and sees the sector as a growing market, although it has not disclosed how much it earns from such products.

The deal will make Canon a top player in the video surveillance market, which was worth an estimated $15 billion at the end of last year, according to researcher IHS.

Within that market, there is a $3.86 billion segment for network-connected security cameras which is led by Axis with a 17.5 percent share as of 2013.

Greger Johansson, analyst at research firm Redeye who had a bull case scenario of 250 crowns per share, said he thought the main owners had been unwilling to sell below 300 crowns as Axis had high revenue growth and was the No. 1 player in its market.

“We think some of the bigger players like Panasonic, Sony and Pelco could be interested… although the likelihood is relatively low considering the high bid.”

The deal comes after Canon late last month reported a slight increase in fourth-quarter profit, as a weaker yen and rising sales of office equipment offset weakness in a camera division competing with smartphones capable of high-quality imaging.

The company, which earned over 80 percent of its revenue overseas in 2014, said it would pay in cash.

Axis’ is targeting average annual growth of at least 20 percent and a profit margin of at least 10 percent. The company reported a fourth-quarter operating profit of 199 million crowns, slightly below analyst forecasts but up from 166 million a year earlier.

Around half of its sales come from the Americas, 40 percent from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the rest from Asia.

Axis said it will remain as a separate legal entity within Canon, and that its current management team will stay. ($1 = 8.3486 Swedish crowns) (Reporting by Ritsuko Ando,Chris Gallagher and Olof Swahnberg; Editing by Miral Fahmy, Christopher Cushing and Crispian Balmer)

Source: [Reuters]

EOS Bodies / Interview With Head of EOS 5Ds & EOS 5Ds R Development
« on: February 11, 2015, 06:01:56 PM »

CPN has posted an interview with Tsunemasa Ohara, the Senior General Manager of Camera Research and Development at Canon Inc. He’s the man behind the development of this high resolution DSLR.

CPN: What do you see as the potential future for Canon high-resolution cameras? Where might the technology be in five years time?

TO: “There is a demand for high-megapixel (cameras) and high-resolution and, of course, we will continue on this quest in the future and to try to satisfy this demand. As you know, in August 2010, we announced a 120-million pixel APS-H CMOS sensor… so we have shown that we have the technology to produce even higher resolution sensors, but we must also focus on high image quality, too. So DIGIC processing, and all the other algorithms that contribute to high image quality, we need to work on too. It is the overall package that makes Canon EOS digital cameras so successful.”

Read the full interview


Site Information / Canon Rumors in Costa Rica
« on: February 11, 2015, 03:44:15 PM »

Anyone that knows me, knows I dislike everything about snow and cold. Unfortunately, I live in the 7th (give or take) snowiest city in Canada. I’m not sure how that happened, but it’s the reality of my life.

I have escaped to the beautiful country of Costa Rica to photograph, surf, soak up some vitamin D and enjoy a mojito or two.

Updates may not be as frequent while I’m away.

Pura Vida!


EOS Bodies / Phase Difference AF Patents for Mirrorless
« on: February 11, 2015, 03:28:28 PM »

A bunch of new patents for phase-difference AF have appeared. They look to be related to mirrorless and EVF applications.

Patent Publication No. 2015-22264 (Google Translated)

  • Published 2015.2.2

  • Filing date 2013.7.23

Canon patent

  • Phase difference detection method to be received by the AF sensor can be reflected incident light from the imaging lens

  • The phase difference detection by the image plane phase difference AF

  • The phase difference detection by external light AF sensor

Source: [EG] via [NL]



B&H Photo has the yet-to-be-released Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS Contemporary finally available for preorder. This lens will retail for $1089 USD.


  • Canon EF Lens/Full Frame

  • Aperture Range: f/5-6.3 to 22

  • One FLD and Three SLD Elements

  • Hyper Sonic Motor AF System

  • Optical Stabilizer with Accelerometer

  • Zoom Lock & Manual Override Switches

  • Minimum Focus Distance: 110.2″

  • Splash and Dust Proof Mount

  • Lens Hood & Tripod Collar

  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Preorder Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS HSM Contemporary lens at B&H Photo $1089

The Sports version of this lens has been hard to get and you can still preorder that, the Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 OS Sport lens retails for $1999.

Preorder Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 OS HSM Sports lens at B&H Phot0 $1999

Seen at: [The-Digital-Picture]


EOS Bodies / More Confirmation EOS C300 Mark II Will be 4K
« on: February 09, 2015, 12:16:43 PM »

We’re told again that the upcoming Canon EOS C300 Mark II will be 4K along with a host of other upgrades. You can expect the C300 Mark II to be a bigger update than the EOS C100 Mark II was to its predecessor. We’re also told it’s going to be priced very aggressively, to better compete with Sony’s FS7 which is $7999 USD.

Expect the Canon EOS C300 Mark II to be announced before NAB 2015 in April.


Lenses / New Unique Macro Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 08, 2015, 12:31:08 PM »

We’re told that a “world’s first” macro is coming from Canon some time in the next year. This is all we were told and can’t even begin to guess what the “world’s first” would mean.

Canon has been pretty innovative in lens design, from the EF 8-15 f/4 zoom fisheye, the 1.4x built-in teleconverter in the EF 200-400 f/4L IS, and the latest EF 11-24 f/4L ultra wide. All 3 of those lenses are pretty creative.

We hope to hear more soon.


Pricewatch Deals / Deal: Canon EOS Deals on ebay
« on: February 08, 2015, 12:25:28 PM »

AllNewShop (99.6 approval) has a few deals on Canon EOS camera bodies. Keep in mind these are likely grey market and may not be covered by a Canon USA warranty.


Lenses / An EF-M f/1.2 Lens?
« on: February 07, 2015, 07:49:51 PM »


It looks like it was the EF 50mm f/1.2L used to film in the video if you go with what On a Hazy Morning posted on their blog. It was fun to dream wasn’t it?

…we’ve tried the 50mm f/1.2 lens on the EOS M3 camera while filming and we were so impressed with the results; super crisp quality with a beautiful and dreamy depth of field. We like that!

In the above promotional video for the Canon EOS M3, we see what appears to be an EOS M3 shooting a lens that is set at f/1.2. During the entire promotional video, there’s no real mention of shooting with the EF to EF-M adaptor. Are we going to see a fast aperture EF-M lens coming soon?

You can see the f/1.2 setting at 2:21 of the video.

The video is worth a watch, as it shows a lot of the improvements in the EOS M3.

thanks X


EOS Bodies / What's Next From Canon, NAB and Beyond
« on: February 06, 2015, 03:52:46 PM »
While the announcements today had some positives and a big glaring negative (someone please explain their mirrorless strategy to me), Canon is far from done in 2015 and we’ll see a host of new products in the coming months.

EF Lenses We’re going to see a new 50 f/1.8 STM soon, as well as a new 70-300 non-L, non-DO lens. We don’t know exactly when they’re coming, but we’re told they definitely are. There are no other lenses we’ve been told about that are imminent. I wish someone would say 35L :)

EOS Cameras We haven’t heard anything definitive about what EOS camera would be coming next. The obvious choices are an EOS-1D X Mark II and an EOS 5D Mark IV. In case you were wondering, we haven’t heard anything about a replacement for the EOS-1D C.

Cinema EOS NAB is in April, and we’re told Canon will be making it a major announcement show this year. We’re told the Cinema EOS C300 will get a replacement and that it will shoot 4K. We haven’t received the same confirmation about an EOS C500 replacement. We’re also told there’s a chance Canon shows a new style of Cinema EOS camera, which would become the flagship and compete directly with the Arri Alexa.

I suspect there will be a lens or two announced, though we haven’t heard anything.

Other Video Products at NAB We’re told that Canon will announce a GH4 competitor for NAB. It will be some kind of 4K ILC camera, we’ve heard the camera will have swappable parts, such as the grip and the viewfinder. We have no information on what lens mount it would be. We are told that it’s an “entry level” cinema product.

We’re also told a fixed lens Cinema EOS C100 style camera is coming and could be called the XC-10 (this could change), and that it will shoot 4K. Since it will have a fixed lens, I doubt it’s part of the Cinema EOS family.

We will be at NAB this year and hope to bring some fresh content with a few partners.


EOS Bodies / DPReview Interview with Chuck Westfall of Canon USA
« on: February 06, 2015, 02:03:30 PM »

DPReview sat down with Canon USA’s Chuck Westfall to talk about the Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R. The interview touches on dynamic range, and how it’s about the same as the EOS 5D Mark III. Chuck also says the noise performance of these cameras will be on par with the EOS 7D Mark II. The mirror mechanism in the 5Ds & 5Ds R is upgraded from the spring mechanism inside the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, this will help in reducing camera vibration while on a tripod.

Chuck also answers the question about who manufactures the sensor over at Shutterbug, and it is indeed made by Canon. Contrary to some nagging rumors over the past few months.

“Despite some rumors to the contrary, Westfall said the 50.6MP CMOS sensors in the 5DS and 5DS R are developed and produced by Canon. When asked whether they were created in collaboration with Sony as some rumors indicated, Westfall responded by saying: “Absolutely not. The sensors were developed completely in-house, by Canon.”

Sources [DPR] [ShutterBug] via [CanonWatch]


Canon General / Interview About the EOS 5Ds & EOS 5Ds R with Mike Burnhill
« on: February 06, 2015, 10:10:59 AM »


Mike Burnhill is with CPS for Canon Europe and did an interview with Fotosidan about the EOS 5Ds, EOS 5Ds R and how the product came to be, and what the design philosophies were for the camera.

Mike touches on why a large megapixel sensor isn’t ideal for 4K, or even 6K video, which sounds like we’ll see that addressed in an upcoming full frame EOS camera. It’s also interesting to note that Canon L lens design since 2010’s Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II has had high resolution image sensors in mind, and that every L lens since has been designed for use with these cameras.

You’ll get a pretty simple answer about whether or not shooting with the “R” version of the camera is for you. As well as why Canon decided to stick with Compact Flash over new technology such as CFast 2.0.

See the entire interview at Fotosidan


EOS Bodies / Canon Promotional Videos for the EOS 5Ds & EOS 5Ds R
« on: February 06, 2015, 09:54:16 AM »

Setting a new benchmark for full-frame cameras, the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R combine fast, instinctive DSLR handling with the newly-developed 50.6MP CMOS sensor – for the ultimate DSLR image quality.


Five Canon Explorers share their first impressions of the new Canon EOS 5DS – our ultra high resolution full frame DSLR.


Eberhard Schuy, Canon Explorer, specialises in advertising and industrial photography and shares his experience of working with the new Canon EOS 5DS – an ultra high resolution full frame DSLR.

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