Zeiss to Announce ZE 85 f/1.4 Otus for Photokina

Zeiss to Announce ZE 85 f/1.4 Otus for Photokina

The long rumored Zeiss Otus 85 f/1.4 will definitely be announced for Photokina. We and others hear this will be the only lens announced for Canon DSLRs.

Your move Sigma…

Source: [PR] Image source: [DCI]

cr

41 Comments

New Firmware Upgrades for Cinema EOS and 4K display

New Firmware Upgrades for Cinema EOS and 4K display

Canon has announced details of firmware upgrades for its EOS C500 and EOS C300 Digital Cinema Cameras, DP-V3010 4K reference display and Cinema RAW Development (CRD) software. The firmware upgrades, scheduled for release as free downloads from Canon Europe in Q4 2014, have been designed to better integrate acquisition and management of 4K footage into every workflow situation…

When Canon first entered the digital cinema market, it did so with a firm commitment to fully support every aspect of filmmaking. The latest firmware upgrades provide more compelling reasons for filmmakers to enjoy the significant advantages offered by the Cinema EOS system.

SUPPORT FOR BT.2020 COLOUR SPACE
The EOS C500 will be able to, thanks to new firmware, deliver BT.2020-defined Ultra High Definition (UHD) video.
Since launch, Canon’s Cinema EOS Digital Cinema Cameras and lenses have earned widespread praise and the C500 and C500 PL, which capture 4K video in stunning detail, can now be enhanced even further with a new firmware upgrade offering support for BT.2020, the recently-defined colour space for Ultra High Definition (UHD) video, the next-generation broadcast standard.

Supporting end-to-end BT.2020 workflow, Canon’s DP-V3010 4K professional reference display will also be upgraded to support content shot in BT.2020. BT.2020 input signals will be mapped to the native colour space of the DP-V3010 for output, implementing the latest derivation of luminance and colour-difference signal specified by the International Telecommunications Union, to ensure that images are displayed with the widest possible colour gamut and the greatest possible accuracy.

Canon EOS C300 at B&H Photo | Canon EOS C500 at B&H Photo

Continue Reading »

7 Comments

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art in Stock at B&H Photo

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art in Stock at B&H Photo

The Canon mount of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens is finally back in stock at B&H Photo.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art for Canon $949 at B&H Photo

cr

11 Comments

A Rundown of Canon at Photokina

A Rundown of Canon at Photokina

Photokina is only 13 days away, and a lot of companies are already announcing their goods for the show. Canon will be announcing a new DSLR, some new lenses and a few PowerShot cameras. We have conflicting reports of when these announcements are being made. We were initially told that the NDA’s expired on September 5, 2014 in Europe. However, a good source tells us they don’t expect to see the EOS 7D Mark II announced until midnight on September 15, 2014, which is a day before Photokina begins. If anyone can shed light as to when the announcements are, please let us know.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications
Below is the expected specs of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, we haven’t had anything to say that these are not the real deal. There could still be some surprises, especially around the sensor.

  • Kit lenses: 18-135 IS STM and 15-85 IS (no STM)
  • CF, UDMA mode 7 + SD, UHS-I
  • GPS is in the camera
  • No WiFi
  • Fixed LCD, with no touch function.
  • 20.2MP APS-C Sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Processors
  • 65 AF points “All Cross-type”. Dual cross on the center point.
  • f/8 on center point at least, could be on more points.
  • 10fps
  • ISO 100-12800, ISO Boost mode 25600 and 51200
  • 1080p/720p both get 60fps
  • Servo AF for video shooting.
  • Anti-flicker mode, eliminates flickers under flickering lights (e.g. fluorescent lamps).
  • Spot metering size 1.8%
  • Built-in flash
  • Mic and headphones connectors
  • Can sync time between 7D II cameras.
  • Lens electronic MF
  • About 100% coverage OVF
  • New Battery – LP-E6N
  • New Battery Grip BG-E16

New Lenses
It looks like 3 new lenses are coming. Surprisingly we will not be seeing the announcement of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS replacement, unless Canon does a “development” announcement.

  • EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
  • EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II

New PowerShot Cameras
We can only confirm the announcement of a 1″ sensor camera from Canon that will be about the size of an “S” series camera. There’s a chance we’ll finally see the SX60 HS and a replacement waterproof/shockproof camera.

cr

158 Comments

Deals: EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 6D, EOS 70D Kit & 24-105L

Deals: EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 6D, EOS 70D Kit & 24-105L

GetItDigital (99.4% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body for $2659 via ebay.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III $2659 (Reg $3199)

GetItDigital (99.4% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 6D body for $1599 (Reg $1699 after $200 MIR) via ebay.
Canon EOS 6D Body $1599 ($1699 after MIR)

BigValueInc (99.4% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 6D w/24-105 f/4L IS kit for $1899 via ebay.
Canon EOS 6D w/24-105 f/4L IS $1899 (Reg $2299)

BigValueInc (99.4% approval) is selling the Canon EOS 70D w/18-135 IS STM kit for $1099 via ebay.
Canon EOS 70D w/18-135 IS STM $1099 (Reg $1499)

deals-all-year (99.8% approval) is selling the Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS for $619 via ebay.
Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS $619 (Reg $1149)

*All of the above items are most likely grey market, and may not be covered by a Canon USA warranty.

cr

3 Comments

Canon Celebrates 80th Anniversary of Kwanon, Company’s first camera

Canon Celebrates 80th Anniversary of Kwanon, Company’s first camera

TOKYO, September 2, 2014—Canon Inc. commemorated today the 80th anniversary of the birth of Japan’s first 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera, dubbed the Kwanon, which was produced in prototype form in 1934.

The engineers who created the camera decided to name it after Kwannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, hoping the deity would share her benevolence as they pursued their dream to produce the world’s finest camera. The camera’s lens, called Kasyapa—after Mahakasyapa, a disciple of Buddha—also took its name from Buddhism. Additionally, the top portion of the camera body featured an engraving depicting the thousand-armed Kwannon.

In 1936, two years after the birth of the Kwanon and following much trial and error, Canon launched the Hansa Canon,* its first commercial 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera, thus embarking on the Company’s history as a camera manufacturer.

In 1959, Canon introduced its first single-lens reflex (SLR) camera, the Canonflex, followed in 1961 by the Canonet, an immensely popular rangefinder camera that took the market by storm, selling out an entire week’s worth of inventory in a mere two hours. Following these successes, the Company continued to lead the industry with a range of popular camera models, such as the F-1, a top-of-the-line 35mm SLR camera introduced in 1971, and the AE-1, introduced in 1976, which was the world’s first SLR camera equipped with a built-in microcomputer.

Continue Reading »

7 Comments

Canon Price Drops on L Lenses

Canon Price Drops on L Lenses

We mentioned a few weeks ago that Canon would be dropping the price on various L lenses around September 1, 2014. Both B&H Photo and Adorama have switched over to the new Canon pricing.

This looks like permanent price drops as we do not see any sort of rebate program, we’ll keep an eye out for one though.

All the price drops and links are after the break.

Continue Reading »

62 Comments

Ended: EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM $249

Ended: EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM $249

BigValueInc (99.3% approval) is selling the Canon EOS M body with the 22mm f/2 STM lens for $249. At this price, it’s one heck of a walk around point and shoot. White is the only color remaining.

Canon EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM $249

cr

40 Comments

New Lens Information for Photokina

New Lens Information for Photokina

Some new ideas as to what lenses Canon will announce for Photokina in a couple of weeks.

First up an EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM. We were told about this one a few days ago, and it may be in pancake form and an EF-S mount, which makes a bit more sense. The second lens mentioned is a 24-105 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, which we were told about at the same time as the pancake, but didn’t have the focal length. The third lens is a new EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II, which would be a great lens to see and we had no previous information that it was coming. It’s good to see the DO patents amount to a new DO product.

There is no 100-400 replacement or ultrawide f/2.8L zoom being announced for Photokina. A full frame ultrawide zoom at the same time as the EOS 7D Mark II doesn’t make a lot of sense, but I think a new 100-400 definitely would. Here’s hoping it does indeed come this year.

EOS 7D Mark II Availability
We’re told that the EOS 7D Mark II won’t be immediately available, but will most likely reach market by the end of October.

Large Sensor PowerShot
I also added a [CR3] to the 1″ sensor PowerShot camera rumor from a few days ago. This camera is indeed coming and will be about the size of the “S” series camera.

Source: [DCI]

cr

125 Comments

Shuttercount Now Available for Windows

Shuttercount Now Available for Windows

From Dire Studio:

ShutterCount displays the number of shutter actuations (the shutter count) of your Canon EOS digital camera. The shutter count is read directly from a USB-connected camera, and thus provides accurate numbers that are not attainable with simple EXIF-based methods.
 
With ShutterCount you can easily check whether a newly purchased camera is really new, or check how heavily used a pre-owned item is. And you can save a trip to a Canon Service Center by doing the reading for yourself.
 
The app provides unlimited readings for an unlimited number of cameras, so you can freely track actual camera usage. Even if you work for a rental house or just lend a camera to a friend.
 
ShutterCount only displays the shutter count for still photos – video clips recorded are not included in the number. For a separate mirror movement reading (that includes videos) you should consult an authorized Canon Service Center.
 
History logging allows you to track camera usage. Logs are stored in CSV format that can be imported into Apple’s Numbers or Microsoft Excel for further processing. History logging is not available on Windows.

Continue Reading »

17 Comments