Invites have gone out to Canon Platinum CPS members to prioritize purchases of the new EOS-1D X. This is most likely the CPS event we’ve been told about.
For the launch of the Canon EOS-1D X, Canon would like to offer priority purchase for CPS Platinum members, as our most valued customers, we want to ensure we continue to add value to the CPS program where we can.
Not on February 7 [CR3]
There will not be a 5D Mark III or similar announced on February 7, 2012. It is suggested the “embargo” lift on the 7th may be for samples from the EOS-1D X.
Another 24-70 f/2.8L II mention came my way. It will be announced with a DSLR.
More to come.
Another source highly doubts February 7, 2012 is the date for an announcement. All the little bits of information that are leaking say it’s close, but it may not be that close. Please do not treat February 7, 2012 as fact until I can [CR3] it.
Another source says it’s odd that Canon & Nikon would announce on the same day. I have yet to see an actual invite to a press event for February 7, 2012. Good people are saying it’s coming that day, my gut is telling me otherwise. I do think the camera will be announced well before the 1D X ships.
A few more people have mentioned February 7, 2012 as the announcement date for the 5D Mark III. The sources are good, though I am waiting for the definitive word on the matter.
It’s mentioned that Canon will also announce new PowerShot cameras, a new Legria camcorder and Selphy printer(s).
Kevin Wang, based in Taiwan, posted on his Facebook wall that he will be an official photographer for the 5D Mark III. (thanks Hansen)
5D Mark III Specs
If I put together everything I have heard, these are the specs of the 5D Mark III.
- 61pt AF
- 7.5fps (this I’ve only seen once)
- DIGIC 5+
- New Battery Grip with Joystick
- GPS Ready
No lenses were mentioned for the announcement date of the 5D Mark III. However, a solid source that reported the 24-70 f/2.8L II and 35 f/1.4L II a month or so ago, says both lenses will be shipping sometime in April. Lenses have always been the toughest to nail down.
With all the additional 5D Mark III conversation coming about, I’ve also experienced an increase in EF 24-70 f/2.8L II talk.
The latest I have heard is the suspected final prototype is in the hands of the select few for testing. It has the same external zoom and is slightly shorter than the current model. It is also lighter.
There has been an IS version that was bigger and a lot heavier, as well as an internal zoom model, both of which were deemed too big and/or heavy.
There is also a suggestion that the 24-70 f/2.8L II could end up a kit lens for the next 5D camera.
“Heard from a…..”
A person in Europe has said a retailer in their home country has said Canon will announce new lenses next week at CES. The retailer wouldn’t say what.
It’s possible at this time that reps have started to hint to stores on how to order product that is about to be discontinued.
The 24-70 f/2.8L II is again the most talked about lens in emails I am receiving.
We have yet to see an official PowerShot G1X announcement, so that will probably come Monday or Tuesday of next week. I stress again that CES is looked at like a “consumer” show by Canon, and “L” lenses generally aren’t considered as such. However, Nikon is carrying a lot of hype into the CES show.
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We were told that we’d see a 24-70 f/2.8L II and 35 f/1.4L II announced on January 3, 2012. That date has come and gone with no announcement of such products.
The same source says they are still coming, and was surprised that they weren’t announced. Sometime after CES is the latest information I have.
Don’t forget we were also told about a 70-200 f/4L IS II being announced in the mid January.
There have been a few things coming in about a possible DSLR announcement in January 2012. Canon has no real interest in CES/PMA as far as EOS goes, since in their own words; it’s a “consumer” show. “L” lenses and high end DSLRs don’t fit that category.
What DSLR? I can’t say at the moment, all I can gather is it won’t be a large megapixel camera, i.e. 30+ mp.
I guess Nikon will have the DSLR spotlight during CES.
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