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Zeiss Announces Budget Friendly CP.3 XD Cine Lenses

Zeiss Announces Budget Friendly CP.3 XD Cine Lenses

By Canon Rumors | April 27, 2017 | Third Party Lenses

The ten compact prime lenses provide metadata and enable the correction of distortion and shading. For the first time, even low-budget productions can employ visual effects.

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 24/04/2017.

No matter if it is Star Wars, Harry Potter or Avatar: these days, just about every film features special effects. For many small film productions, having visual effects in their movie would be a dream come true. Unfortunately, making the image fit the look of the footage has required expensive tools – until now. At the NAB Show in Las Vegas, ZEISS presented new metadata technology that makes this possible: the company has equipped its new ZEISS CP.3 XD compact lens family with ZEISS eXtended Data.

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Canon Q1 2017 Results: Canon Raises Annual Profit Outlook

Canon Q1 2017 Results: Canon Raises Annual Profit Outlook

By Canon Rumors | April 26, 2017 | Canon Business General

From Reuters:

Japan’s Canon Inc on Wednesday lifted its full-year operating profit forecast after reporting strong first-quarter results on the back of earnings from a medical equipment unit it bought from Toshiba Corp last year.

The camera and printer maker forecast profit of 270 billion yen ($2.43 billion), up from 255 billion yen estimated in January. It reported profit of 228.9 billion in the previous twelve months.

The upbeat outlook suggests Canon’s strategy to diversify has begun to reward the company after the $5.8 billion acquisition of the Toshiba unit and the $2.8 billion takeover of Swedish video-surveillance firm Axis AB.

Canon also said the two existing businesses that have long dragged its earnings – laser printers and cameras – are also showing signs of bottoming out.

A recovery in the Chinese and other emerging economies is pushing up demand for laser printers, while continued popularity of so-called mirrorless cameras is driving camera sales, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Toshizo Tanaka said at an earnings briefing.

For the January-March quarter, Canon said operating profit jumped 88.8 percent to 75.67 billion yen from 40.09 billion yen a year earlier. Read the full story

Review: Canon EOS 77D By TDP

Review: Canon EOS 77D By TDP

By Canon Rumors | April 25, 2017 | Canon Reviews

Bryan at The-Digital-Picture has completed his review of the Canon EOS 77D. In true Canon fashion, it’s not a segment leader on the spec sheet, but it’s definitely a DSLR you should consider if your budget for a body is around $900.

From The-Digital-Picture

The 77D is positioned mid-level, as step up from the Rebel series cameras, yet remaining decidedly below the 80D in Canon’s lineup, targeting moderately serious non-professional photographers. While I’m sure that Canon is trying to better differentiate this model from the Rebels, it is still primarily a Rebel in my mind. It has the same size and shape along with nearly identical features as the announced-at-the-same-time Rebel T7i. However, the few feature differentiators are valuable, making it a better choice for most photographers – as long as the higher price tag does not trip up this decision.

From an upgrade perspective, the pair of new AF systems (45 pt traditional phase detection system and Dual Pixel AF system) alone make the 77D a great upgrade from the Rebel T6s. A faster frame rate and greatly increased RAW image buffer depth are also very-welcomed improvements. Read the full review

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Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera Now Available for Preorder

Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera Now Available for Preorder

By Canon Rumors | April 21, 2017 | Third Party Cameras

You can now preorder the brand new Sony a9 mirrorless camera. Shipping is expected to happen closer to the end of May.

Lots of Canon shooters tend to use Sony’s full frame mirrorless cameras as part of their kit and that will probably continue with the a9.

Preorder the Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera at B&H Photo