CES 2014 in Las Vegas
Canon will be announcing new PowerShot cameras for CES as per usual.
Two cameras we’re told could be coming are a PowerShot SX60 HS, Canon’s big zoom range compact. We’re told the camera will take a bit of a “new direction”, though we weren’t told what. We’re also told that a redo of the PowerShot G1 X with an APS-C sensor could also be coming. Though the source says they haven’t heard much about the development for “some time now”.
I think it’s almost a guarantee we’ll see an SX50 HS replacement, I’m not sure the G1 X will get a direct replacement though.
CES could also be a good place for the new EOS M to make an appearance, but we can’t confirm that to be the case.
Remember too, that it’s the Consumer Electronics Show, we generally don’t see prosumer level gear getting announced.
2014 Winter Olympics
We’re told that the replacement to the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS will be making its way into the hands of select photographers at the Sochi games in February, 2014. It was unknown if an announcement of the lens would happen beforehand or if it would be used as the final test bed for the replacement lens.
I’m not too sure how many people would put down their 200-400′s for one of these, but the mobility factor may make it worthwhile in certain situations.
A grain of salt on this one, it’s from a new source.
From B&H Photo
B&H Photo is selling the Canon EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 for $529 (Reg $649). You must begin the checkout process to see the discounted price.
Canon EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 $529 at B&H Photo
From the interview with Mr Onda
Reading a bit between the lines during the interview with Dan Chung and Mr Onda, it appears a few new things are coming to the Cinema EOS line and probably to EOS DSLRs as well.
The first being CFast 2.0, a version of Compact Flash announced back in 2008. SanDisk currently makes CFast cards that are capable of writing at 350MB/s. These cards will be needed to record 4K RAW video. It sounds like Canon will be moving towards CFast in their next Cinema EOS cameras, and perhaps DSLRs as well.
Secondly, it seems there’s a possibility of a full frame Cinema EOS camcorder coming down the pipeline. While you can currently get full frame 4K recording (16:9 crop from the full frame sensor) with the EOS-1D C, the C100, C300 and C500 are Super35 sensor cameras.
Newsshooter talks C100 Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Canon’s Mr Onda
Dan Cheung sits down with the head of Canon’s Cinema EOS product line to talk about the C100 dual pixel CMOS AF upgrade that was recently announced.
Mr Onda clarifies that the update to the Cinema EOS C100 is firmware and a “service adjustment”, as it and the EOS C300 already have Dual Pixel CMOS AF capabilities at the hardware level.
They also talk about lenses and RAW video and why they think the “lower range” cameras don’t need the RAW video capabilities that the C500 has. It’s also fun to watch Mr Onda discuss Magic Lantern and the actual hardware capabilities of their cameras like the EOS 5D Mark III.
An interesting point is Mr Onda says they plan to introduce STM technology into “L” lenses. Although he mentions that developing an L lens takes a lot longer to do than the current STM lenses.
New EOS-1 to launch in 2014
According to NL, Canon plans to launch a new EOS-1 in 2014, around the same time as a rumored Nikon D4x. This camera will be Canon’s first foray into the high megapixel realm for a DSLR. There will also be lenses to match launching at the same time as an EOS-1D Xs (name to be decided).
Apparently Canon does not want to launch this new camera the same way they did with the EOS-1D X. If you remember, Canon announced their flagship before Nikon’s D4, only to watch the D4 get announced and begin shipping before we actually saw an EOS-1D X at retailers.
From B&H Photo
B&H Photo is selling the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body for $2999 for a very limited time. We expect the deal to end in the next 24 hours. B&H Photo includes a 32gb SD card, a monopod, a camera bag and an extra third party LP-E6 battery in the sale.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body Bundle $2999 at B&H Photo
Amazon is selling the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body for $2999 for a limited time.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2999 at Amazon
Roger at LensRentals.com has done some initial testing on the new $4000 Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 lens. When Zeiss announced the lens, they claimed it would be the best SLR lens ever made. By all accounts, it appears Zeiss has come through on that claim.
“I won’t try to say whether the Otus is worth $4,000 to you. But I can certainly say that Zeiss did what they said they had done: gave it exceptional performance even in the corners at widest aperture. From a resolution standpoint, it is, as Zeiss said it would be, “the absolute best SLR lens in the world today.”
Read the full article | Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 at B&H Photo
The year of the lens!
We’ve had a few confirmations that 2014 will be the “year of the lens” for Canon. While Nikon and Sony go into new markets such as full frame mirrorless and retro designs, Canon will apparently stay the course and concentrate on DSLRs and lenses for the EOS lineup.
What should we expect?
Firstly, a new worlds widest full frame zoom lens (nor sure what this could be), a wide angle zoom with IS (17-50 f/4L IS?), a new fast wide angle successor with “new technology” (35 f/1.4?). We can also expect two new tilt-shift lenses, a telephoto zoom successor (100-400?) as well as “budget high quality lenses”.
I’m starting to believe the hype, as the info is coming from known and new sources, and they all seem to be saying the same thing.
More to come.
To Users of the Canon EOS C300 and C300PL Cinema EOS Cameras.
We have suspended download services for Firmware Version 18.104.22.168.00 that was posted Tuesday November 12, 2013 at 8PM EST, because it has been determined that discrepancies in color balance can occur with footage captured by the EOS C300 and EOS C300PL running Firmware Version 22.214.171.124.00.
We are currently preparing new firmware with a fix for this issue and will release it as soon as it is available.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience, but we ask for your patience during this time.
We are preparing new firmware with a fix for this issue. If you have updated your EOS C300 or EOS C300PL firmware to version 126.96.36.199.00, Canon will restore the camera’s firmware version to 188.8.131.52.00 for any EOS C300 or EOS C300PL camera running firmware version 184.108.40.206.00. Please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region for further details.