Archive for: EOS 7D Mark II
We’re told there are tons of new DSLR products coming for Photokina this September. The announcement for the new stuff should happen on September 4th or 5th, depending on where you are in the world. Our source has mentioned a DSLR body as well as a host of lenses for various budgets.
What will be announced?
First up, the successor to the EOS 7D will be announced. We’re told that there’s “a lot of the 1D X” in the new camera. As well as some revolutionary sensor technology.
What about lenses?
We’re getting more confirmations that the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS will be replaced by a new version with a rotating zoom instead of the push/pull design that the lens currently uses. It looks like Canon India is teasing a new “big” lens on their Facebook page.
The following lenses I’d rate as [CR1], as they’re the first time I’ve heard about them for Photokina this year.
We’re told that at least one EF-S lens is possible, most likely a replacement to the EF-S 18-200. The lens could be replaced with an 18-300 IS STM.
Another lens we’re told to expect is targeted at the EOS 6D user. It will be a “cheaper version of the 28-300L” lens. Canon is lacking a big range non L zoom for full frame cameras.
Amazon.com is listing the Canon EOS 7D as “discontinued”. You can still get the camera from other retailers through Amazon, but it looks like Amazon is done stocking and shipping it themselves.
Canon EOS 7D at Amazon (Discontinued)
The first confirmation directly from Canon about a high megapixel camera has appeared in an interview with DC Watch. The interview was about the two latest ultra wide zoom lenses, the EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM and the EF 16-35 f/4L IS and what went into designing them.
Google Translated from interview: “I to higher pixel unnecessarily is the opposite, but there is also a feeling if there is a high-performance lens that matches the number of pixels (pixel pitch), to want to take a look at the descriptive power of the true. By super-wide-angle zoom image quality is good came out to the periphery, and we look forward to the advent of high-resolution model of the EOS.”
We were told previously that there would be 3 EOS cameras in 2014, and so far we have seen just one, the Rebel T5. There was also the white Rebel SL1 (i dont count this as a new camera). The next one will be the follow-up to the EOS 7D and the third one is still a mystery. It could be something as simple as a new Rebel, or perhaps something far more interesting.
Read the entire interview
Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS: Amazon | B&H Photo | Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM: Amazon | B&H Photo
In our previous mention of a released date for the EOS 7D replacement, we speculated it would be some time during the week of September 8, 2014. However a couple of people have said the embargo will actually end at midnight on Friday, September 5, 2014 EST. Photokina begins about 10 days later in Cologne, Germany.
This sounds reasonable, as it allows the week of booth setup in Germany without trying to hide marketing material like signs and banners.
Northlight has been sent an image showing an always covered Canon camera. Apparently this photographer is always in the exact same spot on the side of the pitch. The camera is always covered in the white tarp, while no other camera is. It’s definitely a Canon as you can easily tell it’s a Canon lens.
We have been told numerous times that the replacement to the EOS 7D would be at the World Cup going through professional testing. Maybe that’s what’s under the cover.
We’ve been told that NDA/embargo will expire in September for the Canon EOS 7D replacement as well as a new telephoto lens.
Photokina starts on September 16, 2014. So I suspect the embargo date will either be Tuesday, September 9, 2014 or Friday, September 12, 2014. The EOS 5D Mark III was announced on a Friday.
We weren’t given any specs at the time of writing this, or what the new telephoto lens would be. I think everyone is hoping for an EF 100-400 replacement.
As we get closer to the replacement of the EOS 7D, we’re starting to see some patents that will probably point to some features in the upcoming camera. The recent sensor patent is interesting, as well as this viewfinder patent. We had heard previously about the possibility of a 1.15x magnification viewfinder on the next flagship APS-C camera, which would have been equal to the size of a full frame 100% coverage viewfinder.
This viewfinder is slightly larger than the one on the EOS 7D.
A note about the sensor patent, we have heard that Canon is holding back some sensor patents until the camera is announced to the public, as all patent information is public domain. We’ll see if that turns out to be the case.
Patent Information (Google Translated)
- Patent Publication No. 2014-115451
- Publication date 2014.6.26
- Filing date 2012.12.10
- Example 9
- -3 -1 +1 Viewfinder diopter
- Focal length f = 46.84 48.38 49.99mm
- Eye point 22.00mm
- 1.03 1.03 1.02x magnification
- Pentagonal prism
- Condenser lens made of glass
- Eyepiece lens system with the exception of the condenser lens, 4-group structure of the positive and negative positive negative
- In turn, resin (single-sided aspherical surface), glass, resin (single-sided aspherical surface), the material is glass
- Patent Publication No. 2014-115452
- Publication date 2014.6.26
- Filing date 2012.12.20
- Example 1
- -3.00 -1.00 +1.00 Diopter
- Focal length f = 62.22 59.69 57.39mm
- Eye Relief 19.9mm
- Maximum image height 12.4mm
- Pupil diameter φ15mm
- Magnification 0.87x
- Pentagonal mirror
We’re told to definitely expect new sensor technology to be introduced in the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. This tech will be used in all forthcoming Canon DSLRs. What is it? We’re not 100% sure yet, though we’re told it’s definitely not a foveon type technology that we’ve previously seen in patents.
This may be one of Canon’s best kept secrets as it’s apparently going to be more than an “evolutionary” technology.
We’re filtering through a lot of emails about this new sensor tech and we’re not sure what’s true and what isn’t.
More to come… We’re not putting a [CR3] on this until we know what the new tech is.
Below are some points sent to me by someone who says they have spoken to a person who has shot with the EOS 7D Mark II. Some of the points are a bit vague, but could bring about better information in the near future.
This is the first I’ve heard about a megapixel count being “quite high”, It has been expected the camera would be around 24mp.
Below is a direct quote of what we were told.
- Quite high MP count
- Vastly improved AF performance
- Greatly improved low light and ISO/noise performance
- Potentially a different sensor and/or technology than expected
- Good price point
- Very close to ‘pro’ classification, but non-compete with flagship such as 1dx
- Release by Fall season as expected
- Canon holding back 7Dmk2 for a reason. I suspect 100-400 mk2 announcement, or some other coinciding situation.
A bit more about the EOS 7D replacement made its way to us over the weekend. This time we’ve received a little bit of information about the viewfinder in the upcoming EOS 7D Mark II.
We’re told the viewfinder will have 100% coverage and a magnification of 1.15. We’re told the top plate has a noticeably bigger bump around the viewfinder than the current EOS 7D.
Everything we’re hearing about the camera is coming from new sources.
More to come…