A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]

A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]

We’ve been told that Canon has given word to various divisions around the globe that they will address the EOS M in December of this year. Apparently demo units have been recalled by Canon at customer centres in a couple of countries that aren’t in Asia, which suggests a truly global replacement of the EOS M.

December seems like an odd time for an announcement for an EOS M replacement. If it does in fact happen, I wouldn’t expect shipments to start until the new year.

More to come…

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Deal: EOS 5D Mark III Body $2499

Deal: EOS 5D Mark III Body $2499

deals-all-year (99.9% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body for $2499 (Reg $3199 after $200 MIR) via ebay.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III $2499 (Reg $3199 after $200 MIR)

*It looks like deals-all-year is offering a 1 year parts and labor warranty, as this is a grey market item. A grey market item can sometimes also be covered by a Canon USA warranty.

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EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]

EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]

We’re told that that Canon will replace their 35mm f/1.4L following the announcement and shipping of the upcoming EF 11-24mm f/4L, which has been rumoured since August. We’re told that an announcement date hasn’t been set, however the lens could appear as early as Q1 of 2015, or fall into the second quarter of next year.

This lens has been rumoured for replacement since the EF 24mm f/1.4L II was announced back in 2008. There have been a lot of patents for such a lens, but nothing has come to fruition.

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EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM & EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Have Starting Shipping

EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM & EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Have Starting Shipping

B&H Photo has informed us that preorders of the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake and EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (in stock) have started shipping.

EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM $149 at B&H Photo | EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM $599 at B&H Photo

If you haven’t yet preordered the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM, it is in stock at the Canon Store.

EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM $149 at Canon Store

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Canon Technologies Contribute to Production of Primary Mirror Used in TMT Extremely Large Telescope

TOKYO, November 13, 2014—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company has been entrusted with the responsibility of processing the 30-meter-diameter multi-segment primary mirror to be incorporated in the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) currently under construction near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

The creation of the TMT, a next-generation extremely large telescope, is being made possible through the cooperative efforts of Japan and four other countries. Construction of the telescope began in 2014 with completion scheduled for the early 2020s. Japan will handle the processing of approximately 30% of the 492 segments (574 when including replacement segments) that make up the TMT’s primary mirror. Of the processing being handled by the team from Japan, Canon is currently responsible for grinding 26 segments and has already begun work.

Conceptual image of the completed TMT (courtesy of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

Conceptual image of the completed TMT
(courtesy of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

The TMT’s primary mirror will comprise an array of 492 hexagonal segments, each of which measures 1.44 meters diagonally with a thickness of 45 millimeters. The segments will be closely arranged, separated by gaps measuring only 2.5 millimeters wide, to create the 30-meter-diameter primary mirror. The primary mirror’s construction requires the production of six each (seven when including replacement segments) of the 82 uniquely shaped segments used to create the mirror.

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