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Canon Looking to Acquire Imaging Companies for Growth? [CR2]

Canon Looking to Acquire Imaging Companies for Growth? [CR2]

By Canon Rumors | November 25, 2015 | Canon Business General

We’re told that Canon is actively looking at acquiring imaging companies for growth. Canon did indeed attempt to acquire Sigma (something we didn’t believe until recently), but was rejected by Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki as he attempts to make Sigma the best lens manufacturer in the world. Most people suspected the acquisition was for foveon patents, as Canon is actively developing layered sensors, but that acquisition may have also been for Sigma’s expertise in adapting lenses for multiple mounts. There are a ton of EF lenses out there, and Canon wants to keep them relevant moving forward, even into the mirrorless space.

Canon had also looked at the books of Swedish camera company Hasselblad many years ago, but that was probably never a serious interest. There just isn’t enough potential volume in medium format for any significant growth. I was told that the global market for medium format digital back is about 5000 units per year.

While Canon is moving slowly into the security business, they believe growth for imaging will come from two places, the professional video market and acquisition of an imaging company. While they’re well on their way in developing Cinema EOS, and we can expect an “A” camera from Canon at NAB in April, the photography market remains stagnant.

We weren’t told what companies Canon may be targeting, only that things are actively moving in that direction.

More to come…

Patent: Coating for ND Filter from Canon

Patent: Coating for ND Filter from Canon

By Canon Rumors | November 25, 2015 | Canon Patents

Is Canon getting further into the filter business? A patent for a new coating on an ND filter has been published. The coating is to help minimize ghosting.

Patent Publication No. 2015-200805 (Google Translated)

  • Published 2015.11.12
  • Filing date 2014.4.9
  • On the surface of the transparent substrate made of synthetic resin, deposited the inorganic hard film of fine uneven periodic structure
  • The refractive index changes toward the surface layer side from the transparent substrate side

Canon could potentially find some value getting into the filter business, they probably have a good margin and Canon knows a things or two about optics.

As noted in the forum, this could also be for internal ND filters that are in some video cameras and point & shoots.

Another EOS-1D X Mark II Spec List [CR2]

Another EOS-1D X Mark II Spec List [CR2]

By Canon Rumors | November 24, 2015 | Canon DSLR Rumors

We have been sent a specifications list for the upcoming Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. This one is more in line with what we’ve been getting in pieces over the last 6 weeks or so.


  • 24mp full frame Canon sensor
  • 80+ AF Points
  • New processor technology
  • 14+ stops of dynamic range
  • Nearly 15fps
  • 4K video (max frame rate unknown)
  • Dual CFast
  • Slightly larger LCD

It’s possible there is marketing material being made for the upcoming camera, and we may start seeing some of those leaks.

More to come…

Patent: 25-125mm T/2.8 Cinema Lens

Patent: 25-125mm T/2.8 Cinema Lens

By Canon Rumors | November 23, 2015 | Canon Patents

A patent for a new cinema lens optical formula has appeared. It’s for a 25-125mm t/2.8.

Patent Publication No. 2015-176118 (Google Translated)

  • Published 2015.10.5
  • Filing date 2014.3.18
  • Zoom ratio 5.00
  • Focal length 25.00 125.00
  • F-number 2.90
  • Half angle (in degrees) 29.42 6.44
  • Image height 14.10
  • Overall length of the lens 446.92
  • BF 50.00

Expect to see more Cinema EOS news as we get closer to NAB 2016 in April.

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