Canon USA has started a new rebate program for select “L” lenses and Speedlites. Below are the list of lenses and Speedlites that qualify for the mail-in rebate program.
This program is set to expire on March 31, 2014 and is for USA residents only.
Visit B&H Photo for all the lens rebates
Imaging Resource received information from Canon USA after the story went to press stating the following:
“We received an update after we went to press that Canon USA does not have plans to sell the EOS M2 at this time. We’ll let you guys know if this changes!”
Imaging Resource did an interview with Canon executive Mr. Go Tokura and they touched on the EOS M2 and its availability worldwide.
When asked if the EOS M2 would come to the USA, Mr Tokura stated “There are plans for the M2 to arrive in the U.S.”. We’re assuming this also means there are plans to bring it to Europe.
Canon also plans to release more lenses for the EOS M system, as Mr Tokura says “I can assure you that we do have plans to roll out some lenses in the future. As far as speaking concretely about a roadmap, I’m afraid that based on our company policy, we can’t make any concrete statements about that.”
We’d be told previously that the original EOS M’s very high stock levels at North American and European retailers played a big roll in the M2 not coming to these markets. Once those stocks are depleted, I imagine we’ll see the arrival of the M2, or possibly an M3.
Read the full interview
TOKYO, February 28, 2014—Canon Inc. announced today that nine Canon designs were recognized by iF International Forum Design GmbH with prestigious 2014 iF Design Awards in the product design and communication design categories.
iF Product Design Awards went to the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 100D (EOS Rebel SL1 or EOS Kiss X7 in other regions) digital SLR cameras, the PowerShot N compact digital camera, the LEGRIA mini (VIXIA mini or IVIS mini) camcorder, the PIXMA MG7150 / MG6450 / MG5550 (PIXUS MG7130 / N/A / MG5530 in Japan) inkjet printers, the i-SENSYS LBP7680Cx / 7110Cw (N/A / imageCLASS LBP7001Cw or N/A / Satera LBP7110C) color laser beam printers, the WUX450 multimedia projector, and the LE-5W LED projector. The iF Communication Design Award went to the user interface for the EOS M compact-system camera.
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PlanetMitch over at Planet5D speculates about the possibility of adding Dual Pixel Technology to the EOS 5D Mark III. With Canon adding it to the Cinema EOS line, can we expect the same thing for the EOS lineup as well?
Mitch asked Canon, and received the types of answers you’d expect.
This would certainly change the game for the EOS 5D Mark III and adding features to an existing Canon DSLR.
“Tho of course, we don’t know if it is going to be added to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III or even the Canon EOS C300 and who knows how long Canon has been putting Dual Pixel capable sensors out… but we do now know that they shipped cameras with capable sensors before they had the firmware necessary to make it all work.”
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GetItDigital (99.4% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 6D body for $1596 (Reg $1799), the Canon EOS 5D Mark III for $2894 (Reg $3399) and the Canon EOS-1D X for $5679 (Reg $6799) via ebay.
For lenses, GetItDigital is selling the very good and versatile Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS for the great price of $899 (Reg $1399). If that’s not the mid range zoom you want, they’re also selling the Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS for $682 (Reg $1099).
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Camera Canada is selling super telephoto lenses at a big discount over their US counterparts and ship to the USA. These items 100% qualify for USA warranty. I buy most of my gear in Canada from these guys. They’re great to deal with. The current currency difference between Canada and the USA should help offset the price of shipping. Camera Canada ships Canada Post/USPS to the USA and so far that has avoided any customs or duties for US customers.
The first image tests of the upcoming and highly anticipated Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART series lens have surfaced on Xitek.
The lenses used for comparison are:
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Sigma is boasting that their new 50mm lens will rival the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 for a fraction of the cost optically, and it’ll have autofocus to boot! Here’s hoping the claim is true. Judging by this very small sampling of image quality, it’s quite possible it will be.
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Keith Cooper over at Northlight images has written an excellent article on large format printing. From time to time, I get asked whether or not you should buy one of these printers. There are lots of things to consider if you want to produce your own large images.
The article below nails all the question I get, and may answer all your questions, Other than “Canon or Epson?” You’ll have to let the salesman make up your mind on that one.
“There is undoubtedly an attraction to seeing giant prints of your work on walls, and when you look at some of the deals available for large format printers, they look very attractive, compared to a high end DSLR and a few good lenses. I love having the ability to make my huge prints here, but you do need to think through some of the practicalities.
I’ve had a large format printer here at Northlight, since 2004. We started with an Epson 9600 (44″ width), adding a 24″ Epson 7880 [review] in 2007, and replacing both with a Canon iPF8300 [review] in November 2010. I’ve also had numerous other printers here on loan for a month or so in order to do testing and write all the reviews on this site.
With this experience I’m often asked about buying large printers. I’m not going to recommend any make or model in particular here, but I do have a number of questions that I feel should be asked, and a number of tips for ensuring that you get the best from such printers.”
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We received an email stating that a certain company is getting ready to announce a hardware hack for Canon EOS cameras. Only the EOS 5D Mark III was listed, but other EOS cameras are likely.
The hack requires the mainboard inside the camera gets replaced with the modified custom board. It was not mentioned how, or where you’d send your camera to get the modification. I’d think they’d have to give away a few modified cameras to get the trust of the consumer. The reported cost of the mod is $1000 USD.
As for the modification itself, it’s said it will “greatly improve dynamic range, video sharpness and performance of the EOS 5D Mark III.”
I’ve heard about these types of things in the past, and nothing has ever come of them. This one seems a bit different, but we’ll have to wait and see.
More to come…
We (and others) keep hearing that the EOS 7D Mark II is the next camera body to be announced and we should expect it in Q2 of 2014, which would be April, May or June.
As of yet, there has been no solid specs for the camera outside of it setting a new standard in APS-C performance along with cutting edge video features.
We’re waiting for the usual sources to speak up, which would happen soon if the Q2 announcement rumors are true.
B&H Photo has notified us that they once against have limited stock of two new highly sought after Sigma lenses.
Both lenses are still only available in limited numbers.
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 HSM $799 | Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS HSM $899