Canon publishes Q3 results – smartphones lower camera profits, but full-year forecast lifted

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Canon published the financial results for Q3 2015.

* Q3 operating profit falls 21% to 71.8 bln yen

* Steep fall had been flagged by Nikkei business daily

* Investments in new businesses also weighed on profit

* Full-year earnings forecast lifted on weaker yen

By Sophie Knight

TOKYO, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Japan’s Canon Inc said quarterly operating profit fell by a fifth as demand for digital cameras slumped and it spent more on developing new businesses, but it nudged up its full-year earnings estimates on a sharply weaker yen.

The consumer shift to smartphones for casual photo taking has pummelled demand for compact cameras, while the growing popularity of lighter mirrorless cameras has taken away market share from higher margin single-lens reflex cameras.

More at Reuters…

 

Is the Sony A7RII ready for the pros? Matt Granger tries to answer

Matt Granger on YouTube posted a video where he tries to answer the question if the Sony Alpha a7RII is made for professional photographers. The answer is long, is of the kind “it depends”, and tends toward a “not really”. Matt Granger is definitely a pro-Sony reviewer.

Can we say that Canon/Nikon make cameras for photographers, and that Sony makes cameras for engineers? As much as I like the innovative technology featured on Sony’s a7-series full-frame mirrorless cameras, I still have a hard time to see the Sony a7RII as a “real camera”. I can not see the strong commitment to photograhy I feel with other brands. Fuji for instance, with their excellent X-T10 and X-T1, made (mirrorless) gear really aimed at photographers. Just my 2 cents.

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Sigma 35mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.4 Art lenses are $100 off

35mm Comparison

I can’t say if this is a permanent price drop or just some time-limited instant saving. However, both the Sigma 35mm DG HSM and 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM “ART” lenses are currently $100 off the list price.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art now at $799: B&H PhotoAdorama | Amazon

  • Aperture Range: f/1.4-16
  • Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM)
  • Floating Internal Focus System
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 11.8″
  • Anti-Flare Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Special & “F” Low Dispersion Elements
  • Front Filter Thread Diameter: 67mm
  • 9x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art now at $849: B&H PhotoAmazon | Adorama

  • 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

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM

 

Sony Alpha a7RII vs Canon EOS 5Ds R shootout video

MichaelTheMentor on YouTube posted a 40 minutes shootout video, Alpha a7RII vs EOS 5Ds R. Table of contents:

02:29 – Lenses Used in Tests
02:59 – Metabones IV Adapter with Canon Lenses
05:05 – Rack Focus Test
06:47 – Side-To-Side Action Servo Test
07:07 – Forward Action Servo Test
07:19 – Backlight Servo Test
08:23 – Buffer Performance
11:06 – Low Light Focusing
12:53 – Face Detection
15:52 – Eye Detection
17:03 – High ISO Stills
18:15 – High ISO Video
20:31 – Moire
20:57 – Rolling Shutter
21:27 – Heat Signature Tests
23:37 – Dynamic Range
23:52 – Portrait Test
26:34 – High ISO Sharpness Test
32:10 – Things I didn’t like about the Sony A7Rii
35:17 – Conclusion

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Sony Alpha a7RII: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA, Canon EOS 5Ds R: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

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Canon Store Halloween Deals give you 15% off on refurbished gear

Canon Store Halloween Deals Give You 15% Off On Refurbished Gear

Going on through October 31, the Canon Direct Store offers 15% off on all their refurbished gear. To get the discount use code JACKOLANTERN at checkout.

To make an example, the Canon EOS 6D will go down to $1,049 at checkout. The EOS 5D Mark III is on sale at $1,903, the EOS 70D at $696, after 15% instant discount. Act fast, the best deals will soon be sold out.

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