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August 29, 2014
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Yet Another Samyang Teaser

Samyang Teaser

The picture above showed up on Samyang’s Facebook page. More lenses to come soon?

August 29, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Canon Set To Announce New Lenses Very Soon (EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM, EF 24-105mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF 400mm F4 DO IS II USM)

Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS

Digicame (translated) posted what I am not shy to define as the first reliable rumor on what Canon is going to announce at Photokina 2014. Yes, these lenses are going to be announced at Photokina 2014!

  • EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM
  • EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM

The EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM was previously rumored to be an EF lens, instead it is an EF-S lens. Not yet sure if it will be a pancake lens.

The EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is aimed at full-frame shooters, who will soon enjoy the benefits of the STM technology for their video shooting. This lens will probably be the next kit lens for the 6D. It will for sure be cheaper than an “L” grade lens. No one saw this lens come.

Finally, the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens is the successor to the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS. Several patents filed by Canon in the past pointed in this direction, the latest patent being this one.

Stay tuned, I am sure pictures will follow soon.


August 28, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Canon Set To Announce A New Speedlite Flash And The Powershot SX60 HS IS For Photokina?

Powershot SX60 HS IS

Canon Speedlite 430EX II

I have been told that Canon might announce a new Speedlite for Photokina 2014. The Speedlite that might get substituted could be the 430EX II (introduced in 2007). No more information nor specs, unfortunately.

And there were various mentions that Canon might eventually announce the Powershot SX60 HS IS for Photokina 2014, the long overdue replacement for the popular Powershot SX50 HS IS (price & specs). The SX60 HS is rumored since a while. It was rumored to be announced in Spring, then in Summer 2014, and now the rumors point to Photokina 2014. So far no rumor got it right :-) I got no specs this time. Rumors in the past suggested a 60x zoom (with some specs), then a 100x zoom (there is a patent pointing in this direction). A zoom beyond 60x seems plausible to me.

New source(s), take everything with a grain of salt, as usual.

A note to the sources: please let me know if you have interesting news and rumors. You can communicate with me anonymously via this form or write me an email. Thanks!

Canon Powershot SX50 HS IS:
Powershot SX60 HS IS

August 26, 2014
Posted in Rumors

A New EF 24mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens Coming From Canon?

EF 24mm f/2.8 Pancake
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens

Last week a rumor surfaced suggesting Canon may announce a new EF 24mm pancake lens. A possible f/2.8 aperture is murmured/assumed. Moreover, a new wide angle zoom might also be on the radar. Speculations point to the previously rumored 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Finally, a no further specified standard zoom is mentioned.

The news comes from CR, where the rumor is classified as plausible and coming from a new source.

August 25, 2014
Posted in Rumors

More On The Canon EOS 7D Replacement Specs (new tidbits, corrections, updates)


Canon EOS 7D Replacement

The glorious Canon EOS 7D – to be replaced soon – will Canon surprise us??

Time to put order in the rumors I got in the last days (1 | 2). To remind you and to have a starting point, these are the specs I got so far:

  • the EOS 7D replacement will feature a 24MP sensor (no mention if it is a new sensor tech, or not)
  • a new generation of Dual Pixel CMOS AF is implemented thru the sensor and via the increased CPU power of the EOS 7D replacement
  • auto-focus system similar to the EOS 5D Mark III’s AF will be on board
  • GPS and WiFi will be on board
  • still not sure if it will be named “EOS 7D Mark II”
  • very high build quality and weather sealing, but not EOS-1 series level

Not very much, and contrasting with another spec list that appeared on another rumor site (listed below). Before you start sending me hate-mails, please remember that our commitment at CW is to report all rumors, those coming from our own sources as well as those showing up on other sites.

Ok, I got some new tidbits. Not much, but it’s for one part clarifying some things and for the other part adding something new, and some things are starting to be similar to the other specs list that’s circulating.

Let’s start with the corrections. We wrote “auto-focus system similar to the 5D3″. The EOS 5D Mark III has a 61 point AF with up to 41 cross-type AF sensors. So, we are expecting an AF system that’s comparable to the 5D3′s AF for the points and the features/performance. Not the same AF but an AF system that comes close to the 5D3′s one. Btw, this is pretty close to what others have reported, i.e. a 65 all-cross points AF system (see below).

Next, our source told us that the EOS 7D replacement “will have 10fps”. That’s another spec that was mentioned in the other spec list I linked above and that’s listed below.

Finally, we also heard that the EOS 7D replacement will have an optical viewfinder with 100% coverage, which was also mentioned before. No more mentions of a hybrid viewfinder.

I am still trying to get information about the LCD, which is rumored to be fixed and not to be a touch-screen. Hopefully I will soon know more (and hopefully it will be tilt-able and touch-screen)

To sum up, these are the (possible) EOS 7D replacement specs I got so far:

  • 24MP sensor (no mention if it is a new sensor tech, or not)
  • New generation of Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • High performance Auto-Focus system, with similar point count and features as the 5D3
  • GPS and WiFi
  • Very high build quality and weather sealing, not EOS-1 series level (but new materials used for weather sealing)
  • 10 fps
  • 100% OVF
  • Still not sure if it will be named “EOS 7D Mark II”

For the sake of clarity, this is the other rumored spec list (coming via CR):

  • Kit lenses: 18-135 IS STM and a supposed new 15-85 IS STM
  • CF, UDMA mode 7 + SD, UHS-I
  • No GPS or WiFi
  • Fixed LCD, with no touch function.
  • 20.2MP “Fine Detail” CMOS  Sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Processors
  • 65 AF points “All Cross-type”. Dual cross on the center point.
  • 10fps
  • ISO 100-12800, ISO Boost mode 25600 and 51200
  • 1080p/720p both get 60fps
  • Servo AF for video shooting.
  • Anti-flicker mode, eliminates flickers under flickering lights (e.g. fluorescent lamps).
  • Spot metering size 1.8%
  • Built-in flash with radio trigger function.
  • Mic and headphones connectors
  • Can sync time between 7D II cameras.
  • Lens electronic MF
  • About 100% coverage OVF

CW’s take:

These are rumors. I want to state this since I got a lot of nasty emails in the past days, all pointing to the fact that these are just…rumors. So, take all this with a reasonable grain of salt. I mean both spec lists. And remember that Canon is very good in keeping their affairs secretive.

The “5D3-similar” AF is rather plausible. It’s a tradition by Canon to put features from higher models in a new model. For instance, the 70D got a “7d-similar” AF.

The 10 fps sound just reasonable. It’s not earth-shaking, but it is decent.

The 24MP sensor also sounds rather plausible (and not earth-shaking at all, for the time being). Still no reliable information if it will be a new sensor technology (as rumored since long) or Canon’s current sensor tech with a higher MP count.

I am pretty sure that the rumored “new generation of Dual Pixel AF” is reliable. The 70D was just the beginning. There is a lot to come from this amazing technology. See also this patent.

However, both specification lists are far from being exciting. All in all, so far these spec lists point to a very classic upgrade from the EOS 7D. I hope Canon will really surprise us. Please do!

A note to the sources: please let me know if you have additional information, or information that corrects the lists above. You can communicate with me anonymously via this form. Thanks!

August 25, 2014
Posted in Rumors

UPDATE – First Image And Specs Of Upcoming Samyang 50mm T1.5 Cine Lens Leaked

I have been requested to remove both the picture and the specifications of the upcoming Samyang lens. A request I have to honour. Apologies for the inconvenience.

I am curious to see what the other dream lenses will be :-)