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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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]

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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.

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Canon Announces Photokina Details

Canon Announces Photokina Details

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 28th August 2014 – Canon today announces details of its presence at photokina 2014, unveiling its most interactive environment ever at the world’s largest photography and imaging show. Designed around helping photographers immerse themselves in the latest technologies, Canon’s programme at the show will offer visitors a digital imaging experience that highlights its industry leading range of products and services.
 
Canon’s stand at photokina 2014 will be dedicated to the journey of capturing a moment or memory. Within an open, free-roam environment, visitors will be invited to undertake shooting challenges, with experts on-hand to guide them along the way. The experiential event will go far beyond simple touch and try demonstrations, and instead provide the opportunity to truly experience the Canon range.
 
The stand will also feature live presentation sessions with Canon’s world famous photography ambassadors. Presenters will include landscape and travel photographer David Noton, photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Ulla Lohmann, and action shooter Richard Walch, with each providing first-hand accounts of how Canon products help them to realise their individual visions. Furthermore, Canon Explorer Jörg Kyas will be taking on interactive challenges set by visitors – providing a unique way for enthusiasts to learn about new styles or techniques.
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EOS 7D Mark II & Photokina

EOS 7D Mark II & Photokina

We’re standing by the specifications we posted a few days ago for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. We and others have received suggestions that the sensor in the camera is actually going to be 24mp, which contradicts the very solid evidence we have that says it will indeed be 20.2mp. What our information doesn’t specify is whether or not it’s the identical sensor to the EOS 70D.

If what we posted turns out not to be true, it will be the greatest hoax of specs that I have seen in the 6 years we’ve been around. I will release what we have in our possession after the announcement if it turns out we were wrong.

Lenses at Photokina
We have nothing we’d call better than 50/50 on what lenses will show up for Photokina. If you know what’s coming, please let us know. You can do so anonymously here.

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Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?

Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?

Updated on August 28, 2014
Updates and clarifications on the specifications are in bold below.

We think we have the specifications for the upcoming Canon EOS 7D Mark II, we’re trying to authenticate things down to the CR3 level. We have been incorrect about previous features of the camera. For one, the top plate is not an “EOS-1 Style”, and the camera does not shoot 12fps. Previous sources have said the sensor does have new technology, but it is not multi-layer, which is what we originally reported. We have been thrown off by patents showing layered sensors. We can’t confirm at this time if there is indeed new technology in the sensor. Our source for this specification list just mentions the megapixel count.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications

  • 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

I stress I am trying to confirm everything above, and once I do I will update the rating on these specifications. I am 90% confident these are accurate EOS 7D Mark II specifications.

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