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DPReview Tours Canon’s Utsunomiya Factory, Where the L is Made

DPReview Tours Canon’s Utsunomiya Factory, Where the L is Made

By Canon Rumors | March 20, 2017 | Canon Business General

DPReview had the priviledge of touring Canon’s Utsunomiya factory during their time at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan.

From DPReview:

Recently, following the CP+ 2017 show in Yokohama, we were granted the enormous honor of a guided tour through Canon’s Utsunomiya lens factory. Canon has been making lenses in Utsunomiya since 1977, and we were the first journalists ever to be allowed to see the L-series assembly line. View the full tour

The best part? Robots that deliver various components around the factory on pre-programmed routes.

image credit // DPReview

Canon UK Launches New Merchandise Collection

Canon UK Launches New Merchandise Collection

By Canon Rumors | March 20, 2017 | Canon Business General

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 17th March 2017 – For the first time ever, Canon UK is launching a range of branded clothing and accessories. From vintage camera t-shirts to umbrellas and bibs, you can get fully kitted out this spring.

A selection of the new merchandise has been designed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the EOS system and features cameras from the EOS archive. Plus, the vintage series includes designs from the original Canon camera “Kwanon” logo, first introduced in 1934.

The new collection includes clothing such as t-shirts, jackets, sweaters and hoodies, as well as accessories like umbrellas, baby bibs, hats and limited edition camera bags.  Camera fans will also be able to get their hands on a miniature Hansa Canon camera model, replicated on Canon’s first production model and Japan’s first high-quality 35mm camera launched in 1936.

The exciting new range will be available from 18th March from Canon’s online store and on display on the Canon stand at The Photography Show (NEC, Birmingham, 18th – 22nd March) for visitors to experience first-hand.

Read more…

Preorder: Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art

Preorder: Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art

By Canon Rumors | March 16, 2017 | Third Party Lenses

Tonight the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art series lens is available for preorder and will begin shipping in early April.

The three remaining Sigma lenses are still not available for preorder, but we will update you as soon as we know when they will be.

*Note: Not all preorder links may be live right away.

Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 M IS STM Coming April 5, 2017 [CR3]

Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 M IS STM Coming April 5, 2017 [CR3]

By Canon Rumors | March 14, 2017 | Canon Lens Rumors

Canon will announce an EF-S 35mm f/2.8 M IS STM on April 5, 2017. What we find unique about this announcement is the “M” in the lens description. We’re not sure what that means…

Here are a couple of ideas off the top of my head:

  • Macro mode?
  • EOS M compatible?
  • Leica made it?

Here are the best reader ideas:

  • From GHPhotographyPerhaps M is a designator for macro mode with the integrated LED lights from the EF-M 28mm f/3.5 IS

What do you think?

Availability and pricing are not known at this time, but we don’t have long to wait.

Review: Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sport Lens

Review: Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sport Lens

By Canon Rumors | March 14, 2017 | Third Party Lenses

The-Digital-Picture has completed their review of the Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Lens. At $5999 the new Sigma seems like a good deal, until you consider that you can buy a Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II refurbished from Canon for under $7000 on occasion. I think that alone makes this lens a hard sell to its target audience.

From TDP

The Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Lens takes one into the big leagues of sports and wildlife photography at a fraction of the price of the previous options, those by Canon and Nikon.

Overall, this lens is a really nice one. The build quality appears military-grade, ready for heavy duty outdoor use. The features list is about as long as they get and adequate accessories are included. Though some focus shift is present, the image quality coming from this lens – especially when used wide open at f/4 – is ready for a 2-page spread or a wall-sized cutout and the background blur that 500mm f/4 can produce practically cuts out the subject in-camera. Read the full review

We’re looking forward to seeing more reviews of the latest Sigma supertelephoto lens.

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