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Patent: The Next Prosumer DSLR to Get Illuminated Buttons?

Patent: The Next Prosumer DSLR to Get Illuminated Buttons?

By Canon Rumors | November 18, 2017

Will Canon finally add illuminated buttons to the back of their prosumer DSLRs? This latest patent seems to show that they just might. Nikon and Pentax have had illuminated rear buttons for quite some time. Could the EOS 7D Mark III be the first Canon DSLR to get this feature? Japan Patent Application JP2017-147019A

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Patent: Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/1.8-3.5

Patent: Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/1.8-3.5

By Canon Rumors | November 18, 2017 | Canon Patents

A patent showing a faster version of the EF-M 15-45mm has appeared in the form of three separate optical formulas.

  • EF-M 15-45mm f/1.8-3.5
  • EF-M 15-45mm f/2.0-4.0
  • EF-M 15-45mm f/2.8-5.0

Canon News Summarizes:

It also looks like it may be the first canon lens patent application that I’ve seen that specifically mentions that distortion abberation control happens in camera versus being controlled by the lens.

This would tend to make more of a compact camera approach as the powershots do this already, however Canon M’s do not.

As with all patent applications that we show, this is a patent application.  This illustrates to us what Canon is looking at in their research labs.  It may or may not become a patent, and may or may not even after that be used in a camera system.

Patent: EF-S 15-300mm & EF 28-550mm Optical Formulas

Patent: EF-S 15-300mm & EF 28-550mm Optical Formulas

By Canon Rumors | November 18, 2017 | Canon Patents

A patent application covering two optical formulas for both a full frame and APS-C superzoom have surfaced in Japan.

  • Full Frame: 28-550mm f/3.5-6.3
  • APS-C: 15-300 f/3.5-6.3

I think it’s more likely that we see a replacement for the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS than a superzoom like this for a full frame DSLR. Though these formulas could be related to a completely different lens.

Patent: Canon Application for a Hybrid Viewfinder

Patent: Canon Application for a Hybrid Viewfinder

By Canon Rumors | November 18, 2017 | Canon Patents

It appears that Canon is continuing R&D into some kind of hybrid viewfinder for DSLRs. Canon News has uncovered a recent Japanese patent application from Canon for a hybrid viewfinder.

Patent Summary:

This one is a clever application where the EVF moves up with the mirror, to show the EVF image through the viewfinder.

This one has some real potential for implementation; as the entire optical path for the viewfinder remains the same for EVF and OVF operation, eliminating what would be a far more complex bulk on top of the camera as the last hybrid viewfinder patent demonstrated.

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Canon Japan Announces New Official Fan Goods

Canon Japan Announces New Official Fan Goods

By Canon Rumors | November 16, 2017 | Canon Business General

Canon Japan has announced new official swag just in time for Christmas. All of these items are scheduled to be released on December 14, 2017, and if you’re like me, you’ll be on ebay December 15, 2017 looking to pick up one or two of these items.

The new goodies being released:

  • Premium Gift Box MC-MUG SET
  • Lens Mug MC-MG001
  • Lens Mug MC-MG002
  • Miniature USB F-1 16GB
  • Thermal Bottle MC-TB001
  • Lunch Bag MC-LB001
  • Picnic Mat MC-PM 001 (My wife would love a picnic with a mat like this)

You can check out more over at the Official Canon Fan Goods store.

New Flash Coming in Early 2018, Aimed at Mirrorless Shooters [CR2]

New Flash Coming in Early 2018, Aimed at Mirrorless Shooters [CR2]

By Canon Rumors | November 15, 2017 | Canon Accessories

We’re told that the new flash that recently showed up for certification will be geared towards smaller cameras and mirrorless shooters, but give prosumer level features.

The flash was supposed to be announced in the summer of 2017, but has been delayed for unknown reasons. We would expect it is going to be announced alongside the Canon EOS M50 in January or February of 2018.

The Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT is quite small, but it may not be small enough for some EOS M shooters.

More to come…