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A quick recap:
Nikon - 30 million in Nov 2001, 40 million in July 2007, 50 million in Sep 2009, 60 million in Apr 2011, 70 million in May 2012, 80 million in Jun 2013

Canon - 30 million in Jan 2006, 40 million in Apr 2008, 50 million in Jan 2010, 60 million in Jan 2011, 70 million in Oct 2011, 80 million in Aug 2012, 90 million in May 2013, 100 million in Apr 2014

I was hoping Canon would take this opportunity to announce a bunch of new lenses. Doesn't look like it's happening. I am beginning to doubt 2014 is going to be the Year of the Lens for Canon...

2014 is turning to be the Year of the Lens...

...for SIGMA.  ;D

Canon General / Re: Canon Hong Kong Announcement April 24, 2014
« on: April 22, 2014, 06:44:09 AM »
or you could say it will not be earth shattering because canonrumors had no clue about an "annoucement" prior to the teaser... but then.... that´s always the case isn´t it?   8)


Lenses / Re: New TS-E Lenses for Photokina [CR2]
« on: April 21, 2014, 08:21:52 PM »
Is this the so-called Year of the Lens?  :P

It is April Fools Day....

That came to mind... but it's no secret that some companies will retreat from the camera market. From Thom Hogan (http://www.sansmirror.com/newsviews/panasonics-restructuring.html):

"Panasonic's CEO seems dead set on sticking by his "5% profitability" line in the sand. He's already begun closing down businesses that don't meet that goal and have no possibility of doing so any time soon. It seems clear that more businesses will be shut down at Panasonic if they can't get to that 5% number within the next 12-18 months. More so than any other camera company, I worry about Panasonic's ability to come out of the camera sales slump intact...

Bottom line is this: Panasonic is the company to watch carefully, as they're the canary in the coal mine. They're the only one of the Japanese camera companies that currently appears to be trying to fully address years of slothful organizational bloat and are actively closing down businesses that underperform. If they keep their still camera group going, all the Japanese companies will, I think. If Panasonic takes an ax to that group (or even just the compact camera part), others may follow."

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G17 Coming in May? [CR1]
« on: March 30, 2014, 09:38:18 PM »
Someone in Canon once said in a DPReview interview that Canon has no plans to use 1" sensors.

Lenses / Re: sorry i have to ask....
« on: March 24, 2014, 08:44:20 PM »
One possible reason is that Canon is waiting to reach their 100 millionth lens milestone. They reached their 90 millionth lens milestone on May 2013. Going by their previous records, they should be able to sell 10 million lenses in less than a year. I guess sales deterioration must have led to a delay here.

It's also possible that after seeing the decline in their sales results, Canon has decided to cancel all their plans concerning the so-called Year of the Lens.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 6D Firmware 1.1.4 Available
« on: March 19, 2014, 10:37:24 AM »
Just updated my 6D. No change to my AF microadjustment setting.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L IS
« on: March 12, 2014, 07:52:17 AM »
So many patents, so few releases.

Perhaps, it'll be more appropriate to call this the Year of Lens Patents.  ;D

So much for the type surrounding the Sigma 24-105 lens.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF 16-35 f/4L, 17-40 f/4L and Others
« on: March 10, 2014, 11:01:44 AM »
I'd really hoped for the 16-50/4 IS ...  :(

I will love to have a 16-50 f/4 IS too. But I don't think that's coming. It is probably a figment of someone's imagination. Sigh

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF 16-35 f/4L, 17-40 f/4L and Others
« on: March 10, 2014, 09:01:56 AM »
I like the idea of having a 17-40 f/2.8-4 as long as it's sharp from corner to corner and maintains the current lens weight. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D 1.1.4 Firmware upgrade sighted!
« on: March 10, 2014, 08:44:54 AM »
I do believe it is nothing exciting. Maybe language translation fix or some rare bug.. ::)

I concur. If new new functionalities are added, the firmware version will be 2.x.

EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: March 05, 2014, 06:58:05 AM »
My opening line was "for clarity, I will ignore Rebels, EOS-M, and SL-1 and concentrate on the higher end cameras" :)
Sorry I missed that. :)

Weatherproofing of a touchscreen is the same as for a "normal" screen. Even articulated screens can be easily weathersealed.

It's understandable that entry level cameras do not have articulate screens for pricing reasons. However, none of Canon or Nikon's high end, weather sealed cameras has articulate screens. Only the enthusiast cameras get them: 650D/700D/60D/70D/5100/5200/5300.

EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: March 04, 2014, 10:09:55 PM »
Touchscreens came out on the 70D and you can bet that the 6D2, 7D2, 5D4, and 1DX2 will have it.

Minor correction. The 650D/T4i was Canon's first DSLR with touchscreen. Whether the 5D4 and 1DX2 will be equipped with touchscreens depends on performance of those screens under weather testing. :)

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