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July 27, 2014
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Canon NEVER Mentioned A High-Res Camera In Interview

High-Resolution Sensor

A few days ago I featured a news originally reported by Canon Rumors. It was about an interview that DC.Watch (translated) had with some Canon representatives. Well, there was an error in the interpretation of the machine translated text.

The Canon reps never mentioned the possibility of a high-resolution camera. The error originated from the fact that the colors assigned to question and answer were not correct. In other words, the Google translator marked the question with the color of the answer. In reporting the interview, the question and the answer were confused, and the question was erroneously reported as the answer.

Thanks to DicaHub, I can clarify this. Dicahub was so kind to make his own translation of the interview and to send it to me:

Q: And this is only my personal impression, but after releasing of EF 100mm F2.8L IS USM Macro, I feel the resolution performance of EF lenses has been level-up remarkably, are there any differences compared before, about such the design level to the target (but not consider to view the pixel size based on print result), the design concept and so on?

Iwamoto: I can’t answer detailed, but as the pixel-count of the digital cameras are becoming more and more, the target level of the lens performace are definitely coming up gradually.

Q: How many pixel-count (or how small pixel pitch) to be resolved sufficiently are recent L lenses designed to be performed?

Shimada: The lenses are products with very long life after launching, so we are considering and developing with the target level that they can be performed with the future cameras.

Q: We can get really high definition detail if we take pictures with Sony A7R mounted recent L lenses via mount adapter. At this time the model with highest pixel count is 22MP EOS 5D Mark III, but regrettable, EOS 5D Mark III can’t get the greatness from L lenses.

(Following paragraph is green color, but black in Google translation. The mistake originated from here.)

I opposite to increase pixel count to higher, but if there are high performance lenses matched to such pixel count (or pixel pitch), I also have some hope to see the true power of the resolution. There are launching of lenses with good image quality at the edges, so I expect the launching of higher pixel model of EOS.

But in that cases are there something to be missed by increasing resolution power of the lenses? I’ve heard it is difficult to get proper tones when resolution is increased…

Iwamoto: High quality lenses what we target are aimed to get high resolution and high contrast both. But if too focus to high resolution, the lenses will be larger and expensive, so considering such balance, we design to target such resolution performance matched to the era.

So, there is no official mention of a high-resolution camera by Canon.

Thanks again to DicaHub for helping clarify this.

July 27, 2014
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Canon EOS 7D Discontinued On Amazon US


Another sign that something new is coming from Canon, and hopefully soon.

Amazon US lists the Canon EOS 7D as discontinued. The EOS 7D is still available from third party sellers.

The replacement for the 7D is expected to be announced shortly before Photokina 2014.

[via Photorumors]

July 25, 2014
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Canon Presents Results For 2Q 2014

Canon presented the results for 2Q 2014. As you can see there is a -4.1% in sales compared to the 2Q 2013.



July 24, 2014
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Canon Gear Was Top Choice Among Professionals At FIFA 2014

Canon Gear

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Canon press release:

Canon Broadcast Lenses, Digital SLR Cameras and Lenses Are Top Choice Among Imaging Professionals Covering the Soccer Tournament in Brazil

Canon Follows Up on Their Strong Showing at February’s Big Game in New Jersey With Widespread Use by Imaging Professionals at the Soccer Tournament in Brazil

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 24, 2014 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that Canon broadcast lenses were the most widely used broadcast lenses covering the matches of the recent Soccer Tournament in Brazil. Furthermore, the professional photographers tasked with capturing the riveting goals, ravenous fans, colorful scenery and nail-biting moments of the soccer matches utilized Canon DSLR cameras and lenses more than any other brand*.

This outstanding show of support for Canon equipment in Brazil follows Canon broadcast lenses being used extensively to broadcast The Big Game in New Jersey on February 2, 2014, as well as being the number one camera and lens choice for imaging professionals shooting from the sidelines of the game between Denver and Seattle. In support of professionals on the ground, the Canon Professional Services (CPS) team was on location at each of these sporting events, among countless others, to provide support to photographers, broadcasters and all imaging professionals.

“Canon is honored to help broadcast companies and news services bring the action of these high-profile sporting events to devoted fans across the world. It is a testament to our products and professional service and support that so many image makers at the pinnacle of their profession rely on Canon,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Throughout the soccer matches in Brazil, Canon broadcast field lenses were utilized to deliver footage of the thrilling tournament. Canon broadcast field lenses represented approximately 90 percent* share of all broadcast lenses used. Additionally, Canon broadcast lenses were used extensively to deliver The Big Game to more than 111 million television viewers.

A look to the sidelines in Brazil revealed a familiar sight to many sporting event fans — Canon EOS Digital SLR cameras, equipped with iconic white Canon telephoto EF lenses. Throughout the tournament, approximately 70 percent* of imaging professionals chose Canon DSLRs and lenses to capture and share the memorable moments of these passionate and prideful soccer matches. Much like The Big Game, in which 75 percent** of imaging professionals on the sideline of that gridiron matchup chose Canon equipment.

At each of the 12 stadiums that hosted Soccer matches in Brazil, CPS had teams of technical and professional representatives providing imaging professionals with convenient access to product support, equipment maintenance, and product loans.

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July 24, 2014
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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Limited Stock Available

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM

B&H Photo has a limited set of  Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM lenses in stock and ready to ship for $949.

  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One Molded Glass Aspherical Element
  • Three Special Low Dispersion Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Floating System & Large Diameter Design
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Rounded Nine-Blade Diaphragm
  • Thermally Stable Composite Material
  • Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
July 24, 2014
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Canon Mentions The Possibility Of A High-Resolution Sensor In Interview

 High-Resolution Sensor

The interview was conducted by DC.Watch (translated), and the topic are Canon’s new EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USMS lenses.

When pointed to the fact that the resolution figures of Canon’s “L” lenses are much higher than the EOS 5D Mark III’s 22MP sensor needs, the Canon executive said (machine translated):

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), and wanting to take a look at the descriptive power of its true. By ultra-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.

Sounds like Canon is realising that customers want higher sensor resolutions on their professional bodies.

[DC.Watch via CR]