We’re told a new 440EX-RT flash will be announced in the fall. With “RT” in the name it would be compatible with the new radio system for EOS. Obviously it’ll be smaller than 600EX-RT and have a bit less power.
No word on price point, but somewhere around $400 would be a safe bet.
Lens & Flash Instant Rebates
The following rebates are running from August 7, 2011 until September 3, 2011. All of them are instant rebates through Canon USA.
Rebate amount listed below.
The new feature?
I’m told Canon has prototype flashes with radio receivers built in. They’ll be triggered by an updated ST-E2. Yes, wireless radio Canon flashes, by Canon.
I had been told previously that Canon’s next flagship flash would have new and innovative technology built in, this could be that.
No ETA on an announcement.
5D Mark II/III
Lots of stock shortage reports of the 5D Mark II. No, it’s not being replaced anytime soon. Canon cannot provide enough stock at the current moment. Adorama does have 5D Mark II’s in stock for $2699.
There were some rumors floating around about a May announcement of a 5D Mark III. I’ll say “not likely”.
1D Mark IV stock.
1D Mark IV’s, don’t expect to see many of them well into the summer.
I’ve been busy
I’ve been busy with other ventures recently. Mainly moving Lens Rentals Canada to new digs and ramping up for the wedding season rentals.
Most of what is coming my way is about stock levels.
I’m told from a good source that Canon is discussing the delaying of new product announcements until they can at least deliver what was announced last year. Everything is still up in the air as companies still don’t have a firm grasp on what will happen with their ability to manufacture in the coming months.
London, UK, 7th February 2011 – Canon today announces the launch of the new Speedlite 320EX and Speedlite 270EX II – a duo of new additions to its leading EX Speedlite range. Designed for EOS Digital SLR (DSLR) owners who want to use creative lighting techniques to make their photography more engaging, each new model is ideal for experimenting with different lighting set-ups with off-camera support, allowing users to alter subject lighting and add ambiance to a scene.
Ideal for users of the newly-launched EOS 600D and EOS 1100D DSLRs, the Speedlite 270EX II replaces the Speedlite 270EX at the entry level of Canon’s Speedlite range, whilst the Speedlite 320EX is a compact, powerful and versatile flash for users of mid-level cameras who want to take more control over lighting. Both new models are compatible with Canon’s distance-linked E-TTL II system, and can be used on-camera or as slave units controlled by a separate master unit or the Integrated Speedlite Transmitter of the EOS 600D, EOS 60D and EOS 7D. Ideal for more creative home studio shooting or general use, each model adds a new dimension to portraits or still life shots.
Radio Ga Ga
See USPTO Appl. No. 12/700,098
Photography Bay has uncovered a patent for what appears to be radio based flash triggers from Canon.
It’s an obvious evolution and much needed feature in todays DSLRs.
The patent application tells us that Canon’s proposed wireless flash system is based off of the IEEE 802.15.4 standard, which is more commonly known as a wireless standard applied for low-rate wireless personal area networks operating at 2.4GHz, 915MHz and 868MHz. The 802.15.4 standard is the basis for the likes of the ZigBee specification, which these little chip antennas use to garner an impressive range of 300 feet (using the 2.4GHz band).
This is not a whole lot different in concept from the good ole 802.11 WiFi; however, power management, critical latency and cost are key concerns in the 802.15.4 standard, which makes it a seemingly ideal fit for something like TTL flash radio communication.
Read More: http://www.photographybay.com/2010/08/16/canon-working-on-built-in-radio-triggers-for-wireless-flash/