By Canon DSLR News
| May 3, 2017 |
CIPA has released their sales numbers for the first quarter of 2017 and the news is better than we’ve seen over the last couple of years.
The sales if interchangeable lens cameras (Mirrorless & DSLR) saw a 6% increase over the same quarter in 2016. A big boost coming from mirrorless cameras, which according to CIPA, now account for 36% of all ILC’s shipped.
The sales of compact/fixed lens cameras have gone flat, which is good news after 21 straight quarters of decline in the segment. The focus by Canon on its G series prosumer cameras seems to have helped raise the value of compact camera shipments by 7%.
For the moment, the decline in camera sales may have reached the bottom and we may see a little bit of growth in 2017.
You can see all the CIPA data here and here.
By Canon DSLR Rumors
| May 1, 2017 |
Now that NAB is over (did anyone notice it was on?), we can get back to what’s coming next. Unfortunately we don’t really have too much new to report at this time. We know that’s going to be changing soon as this summer (northern hemisphere) should be a good one for a lot of Canon shooters.
We expect the EOS 6D Mark II, EF 85mm f/1.4L IS and EOS Rebel SL2 to be announced before September hits.
On the cinema side, we expect the Cinema EOS C200 body, a 4K little brother to the EOS C300 Mark II. We haven’t confirmed the name “EOS C200” yet, but all signs are pointing that way. We hope to confirm this soon.
We don’t know for certain what other EF lenses are coming in 2017 at this time, but we expect there will be at least one more after the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS.
We haven’t heard anything about new G series PowerShot cameras, but suspect there will be at least one coming before the end of the year.
We’re just reminding you of what’s coming as we continue to get questions from some very eager EOS 6D Mark II potential buyers.
By Canon Business General
| April 30, 2017 |
Canon USA has introduced new instant rebates on select DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, PowerShot cameras and added new lenses to the instant rebate program.
Full Frame DSLRs
This latest round of instant rebates will expire on June 3, 2017.
By Canon Lens Rumors
| April 28, 2017 |
PetaPixel has posted a nice piece about a Canon PE 300mm f/1.8 with an EF mount. We have to admit that we had no idea such a lens existed and it may be even rarer than the EF 1200mm f/5.6L. Apparently there are only 4 known copies of the Canon 300mm f/1.8 and the lens was mainly used for photo finishes in horse races according to Emil Wiik Larsen of @canongearnerd.
We have been unable to find any more information on the lens around the web and it doesn’t even appear in the Canon Museum.
Photographer Jim Anderson who has been lucky enough to use this lens tells PetaPixel:
The lens is used for “strip, or slit, photography, With this system we can record up to 10,000 ‘strips’ or lines per second. That is how I came to work with this lens. I started doing photo finishes in 1986.”
“Back then it was done with filmstrip or timing negative film,” he continues. “I would develop immediately after the race it would take about 8 seconds using dektol at 140 degrees and dip and dunk by hand. When digital took over film things became so much more advanced and so did the lenses.” Read the full story and see more images over at PetaPixel
We do love learning about new Canon gear, thanks to PetaPixel, Jim Anderson and CanonGearNerd for letting us know about it.
By Canon Firmware
| April 28, 2017 |
Canon has released new firmware for the EOS 7D Mark II.
Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following improvement and fix:
- Enhances reliability of communications when transferring images using Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 (A/B/C/D/E).
- Corrects the phenomenon of Err70 which occurs with certain combinations of settings.
- Corrects the phenomenon in which in very rare cases the shutter can no longer be released.
- Enhances reliability of operations for specific custom function settings.
- If using a Wi-Fi adapter/W-E1, the camera’s nickname will be reset to default when you perform this firmware update, so please reset the nickname before using the camera.
Download firmware v1.1.1 at Canon USA