Canon patent for Electronic Tilt-Shift Adapter for EOS M system?

Canon Patent For Electronic Tilt-Shift Adapter For EOS M System?

Photography Bay spotted a Canon patent that refers to an electronic Tilt-Shift adapter. While Photography Bay suggests the adapter will work with any EF lens, a lot in the patent description appears to point to a mirrorless camera instead.

The adapter in the patent has no optics, but its own CPU and electronics to help the purpose:

[…] it works hand-in-hand with the Canon EOS body and EF lenses to not only serve as a pass-through for communication but to also take on some processing burdens to make tilt-shift work on different cameras and lenses. Additionally, there are motorized drivers inside of the adapter that can drive the shift and tilt axes using controls on the camera (or the adapter itself)

Photography Bay did a great job in breaking down the complex patent literature. However, I think they missed something. As another site, Every Other Shot, points out, the images in the patent all depict a small camera body, very similar to a mirrorless camera. Moreover, it is claimed, the electronics described in the patent seem to allow to drive the tilt and the shift via a touch screen. Finally, there is a tripod mount on the adapter. This makes sense if the adapter is mounted on a small and light camera body, like a mirrorless camera.

Such adaptors already exist. Kipon, for instance, makes adapters to convert manual lensed to work as tilt-shift lenses on the EOS M. You can download the patent description here. What do you think, is this adapter exclusively for EOS M systems, or will it work with every EF lens and on a DSLR?

[via Photography Bay | Every Other Shot)

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II image and specs leaked, announcement soon [CW5]

Canon EF 35mm F/1.4L II Image And Specs Leaked, Announcement Soon [CW5]

Specifications and the first image of the upcoming Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II lens have leaked at Digicame-Info.

  • Lens construction: 14 elements and 11 groups
  • 2 aspherical lenses, one ground aspherical and one large diameter glass molded aspherical
  • 1 UD lens
  • 1 BR lens (to reduce chromatic aberrations)
  • SWC coating
  • Fluorine coating
  • 9 blade circular aperture diaphragm
  • Minimum focusing distance of 0.28m
  • Maximum magnification is 0.21x
  • Dust and water resistant
  • Filter diameter: 72mm
  • Total length: 105.5mm
  • Maximum diameter: 80.4mm
  • Weight 760g
  • Hood: EW-77B

How much will it cost? So far no indication. The EF 35mm f 1.4L USM sells around $1,500, guess the new one will be around $2,000. The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II will be announced before the end of August, most likely along with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3-5-6.3 IS STM lens and the Rebel SL2. Stay tuned on Canon Watch!

[via Digicame-Info]

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II almost ready? [CW3]

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Almost Ready? [CW3]

A new rumor suggests the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II has come out of pre-production. It’s said that the EOS-1D X Mark II is already actively used by photographers around the world, for the latest tests and to produce marketing material.

No specs have been leaked so far. A 24MP sensor is rumored, and a burst rate of 14 fps. Moreover, some bits emerged about a new AF system (every new camera is always rumored to have a new AF system) and some vague new viewfinder technology.

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is expected to be announced in 2015, the question is when. Stay tuned for more.

For comparison, the EOS-1D X specs:

  • 18.1 MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors
  • 3.2″ 1.04m-Dot ClearView II LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
  • Native ISO 51200, Extended to ISO 204800
  • 12 fps RAW+JPEG Shooting, 14 fps in JPEG
  • 100k-Pixel RGB Metering Sensor & EOS iSA
  • Magnesium Alloy Body, Dual CF Card Slots
  • 1000BASE-TX Gigabit Ethernet Terminal

All Canon EOS-1D X Mark II rumors.

[via CR]

Gold Box Deal for Europe: SanDisk 16GB and 64GB Extreme Pro memory cards (starting 10am & 11am Berlin time)

Gold Box Deal For Europe: SanDisk 16GB And 64GB Extreme Pro Memory Cards (starting 10am & 11am Berlin Time)

Amazon Germany has a Blitzangebot (Gold Box Deal) on SanDisk Extreme Pro Class 10 (95MB/s) memory cards:

The deal is offered by Amazon Germany but can be purchased from all around Europe. To see all upcoming Blitzdeals at Amazon Germany click here (check horizontal bar).

sandisk extreme pro

[via Fuji Rumors]

Canon developing portable zoom lens for 4K broadcast cameras

Canon Developing Portable Zoom Lens For 4K Broadcast Cameras

More (technical) information here.

TOKYO, August 25, 2015—Canon Inc. today announced that the Company is currently developing a portable-type zoom lens that realizes exceptional optical performance to support use with 4K broadcast cameras employing 2/3-inch sensors. Canon will exhibit the lens for reference at the 2015 Beijing International Radio, TV & Film Exhibition (BIRTV), to be held from August 26 to 29 in Beijing, China.

As 4K-resolution content, which traces its beginnings to the movie-production industry, continues to gain ground in the broadcasting industry, initiatives are currently underway to implement 4K broadcasting in countries around the world with an increasing number of professionals making use of equipment supporting 4K production.

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