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Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]

Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]

Lots of manufacturing delays
We’re told that Canon will be releasing a “flurry of new lenses in 2014″. There have been manufacturing delays as well as economic issues that have curtailed announcements of new higher end glass. There are “as many as 8 lenses” slated for release sometime in 2014.

We will see new lenses, as well as replacements to older lenses. What gets announced and when is unknown, as some lenses have been “delayed for more than a year”.

It’s vague, but at least it’s something. 2013 has been a very quiet year for Canon.

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Canon UK Cashbacks Coming?

Canon UK Cashbacks Coming?

New cashback program with Canon UK?
We’re told a cashback program will start in the UK tomorrow and run until March 31, 2013.

Some of the cashback deals may include:

  • 5D Mark III £160
  • 6D £100
  • 7D £80
  • 60D £65
  • 100 f/2.8L IS Macro £80
  • 16-35 f/2.8L II £160
  • 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 £80
  • 17-40 f/4L £80
  • 24-70 f/2.8L II £235
  • 8-15 f/4L Fisheye £155
  • 70-200 f/2.8L IS II £235
  • Speedlite 600EX-RT £80
  • G1X £30
  • G15 £30
  • S110 £20
  • SX50 £50

Any purchases made at Focus on imaging may also qualify for the cashbacks, we haven’t confirmed that though.

Source: [HU]

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New Canon USA Lens & Speedlite Rebates

New Canon USA Lens & Speedlite Rebates

Canon USA Rebates
An instant rebate on Canon lenses and speedlites begins February 17, and runs until March 30th, 2013.

See all rebates at B&H Photo

Below are the most notable lenses with rebates. Rebate amount in brackets

See all rebates at B&H Photo

Browse our price watch pages:
Primes Lenses | Zoom Lenses | Macro Lenses | Tilt-Shift Lenses | Speedlites

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PhotoPlus Announcements?

PhotoPlus Announcements?

PhotoPlus 2012
Lots of talk about Canon making some announcements this week for PhotoPlus in New York City. However, there is no evidence that media invites have been sent out around the globe.

Could there be an “in development” announcement that doesn’t require media invites?

It’s possible, although Canon has always tied those in with other product launches.

I’ve also heard through the grapevine that Canon USA wasn’t all too happy with the purported Photoshop’d EOS-3 with a 46.1mp sensor articles that popped up not too long ago. That in itself is quite interesting, as why would they care about something that isn’t real?

It has also been suggested Canon still has 3-4 lenses still to announce in 2012. As usual though, there is no know timeline.

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The First Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Review

From ThatNikonGuy
ThatNikonGuy has completed what appears to be the first review of the new Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II lens. It’s a pretty good review as he puts them both through the paces. Lots of sharpness, bokeh and autofocus tests were completed at various focal lengths in the review.

He did notice the lenses differ in focal length at 70mm, this is pretty normal. For example, the EF 70-200 f/4L IS is not as wide at 70mm as the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II, it’s more like 85mm in examples I have seen.

His biggest point at the end of the review is how good do you want your 24-70 to be? For an extra $1000 (compared to buying a used 24-70 version 1), is it worth getting the version 2 when version 1 is so great? I can’t help with that yet, as I have not seen one land in Canada yet. It is good to know that when you have to make this decision, there really is no wrong choice.

Version 2 looks to be a little bit better at everything, autofocus, bokeh, sharpness, a more pleasing warmer image, lighter weight. The big downside is you’ll have to go buy 82mm filters, hopefully you have some already.

The Review

Preorder the Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II at: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

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New Tilt-Shifts in 2013? [CR1]

New Tilt-Shifts in 2013? [CR1]

New Tilt-Shift lenses in 2013?
The 45mm and 90mm tilt-shifts have been on the replacement cycle for a while now, probably since the day after the 17mm and latest 24mm tilt-shifts were announced a few years ago.

Apparently we’re going to see a new 45mm and 90mm tilt-shift announced in 2013. Both of the lenses will receive the “L” treatment and the updated movement mechanisms. I would like to see the lock knobs built a bit better, I found them to be unreliable in the rental world and they are quite an expensive repair.

Also coming in 2013?  A new “specialist lens”. I’m not completely sure what would be considered a specialist lens, although a new macro would probably fit the bill.

Source: [NL]

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A New 100-400 & Coming Announcements [CR2]

A New 100-400 & Coming Announcements [CR2]

More announcements coming
I’ve been told to expect two more announcements before Photokina begins in September. It’ll be a nice mix of DSLRs and lenses, as well as the usual PowerShot upgrades.

Bodies
We expect 3 more DSLR announcements before the end of 2012, however only two of the three may come before Photokina. One of the cameras will be the full frame camera we’ve talked about before.

Lenses
We still think a bunch of new lenses are coming down the pipeline from Canon. How many? By our count we hear at least 6 new lenses for the EF & EF-M mount before the end of  2012. Right now, we’re not sure how many before Photokina.

We were recently told that a new EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS was coming sooner than we originally thought.

All of this would leave us with a record year at Canon, with 6 new DSLRs and 13 new lenses.

EOS M
We do not expect any other EOS M bodies before the end of 2012. I do expect a lens announcement or two to rekindle the hype around the system when it hits the streets in October. 

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Patents – EF 600 f/5.6 DO & 800 f/5.6 DO

More diffractive optics
Canon seems to still invest significant money into developing their diffractive optics technology. Currently Canon has 2 DO lenses, the very good 400 f/4 DO IS and the decent 70-300 DO IS.

EF 600mm f/5.6 DO

Making long lenses that are smaller and lighter will always be desired, especially with the boom in digital cinema cameras and wildlife photography.

More patents have appeared, one for a 600 f/5.6 DO  and another for an 800 f/5.6 DO. The 800 would measure a miniscule 46cm in length.

EF 800mm f/5.6 DO

Chances of coming to market? I think it’s a pretty solid bet we’re going to see new DO lenses announced sometime. When? Your guess is as good as mine.

Source: [EG]

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Canon Mirrorless Information [CR1]

Canon Mirrorless Information [CR1]

A bit of information
With Canon’s expected foray into the mirrorless segment just around the corner, a bit more information has started to flow.

Lenses
We’re told the new camera is in fact a new mount, I think most expected this. The camera will launch with at least 2 lenses and an EF adaptor. One lens will be a wide angle “kit” lens as well as a telephoto lens.

No word on whether or not the EF adaptor would also adapt EF-S lenses, though I would hope it did.

It is also suggested that the new primes that Canon has announced and released (24, 28, & 40mm) are the first in a series of small prime lenses meant to work well with EOS EF and the mirrorless camera.

Body
Information about the body itself is pretty vague. It’s still suggested the camera will use the 14mp CMOS G1 X sensor. A “good” ISO range and “average” video performance. A video focused camera could be “in the future”.

EF Lens Adaptor
We have posted a couple of patents in the past about such an adaptor. You can view them here and here.

Northlight has posted a cool little diagram showing the size of the EF adaptor in comparison to the new EF 40 f/2.8 pancake.

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Patent: Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II

Canon EF 35 f/1.4L Patent
A new patent for a 35mm f/1.4 optical formula has appeared. This is the first to appear since 2011 in regards to an updated 35 f/1.4L. View the previous patent here.

Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II?

Patent Publication No. 2012-123155

  • 2012.6.28 Release Date
  • 2010.12.8 filing date

Example 1

  • Focal length f = 34.73mm
  • Fno. 1.45
  • Half angle of 31.92 deg.
  • Image height 21.64mm
  • Length 128.11mm lens
  • 38.48mm back focus
  • An effective diameter of 52.03mm lens
  • Effective diameter aperture 25.52mm
  • Lens Construction 12 elements in 9 groups sheet
  • 2 2 aspherical surface
  • 2 UD glass sheet

Retrofocus

  • And retro focus lens optical system focal length is shorter than the length of the optical system
  • Increasingly asymmetric refractive power arrangement must be strengthened a negative refractive power of the front group in particular
  • Coma aberration, astigmatism, spherical aberration occurs
  • Order to secure a back focus must be to increase the ratio retro

Source: [EG]

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