Canon EOS-1D X firmware 2.0.8 spotted in the field

Canon EOS-1D X Firmware 2.0.8 Spotted In The Field

A user of the German forum DForum sent his EOS-1D X in for maintenance, and got it back with firmware version 2.0.8. The latest official firmware for the EOS-1D X is 2.0.7

This happens often. Customer sent in their cameras for various maintenance task and get it back with a newer firmware. Usually this can be interpreted that the new firmware will soon be released. At the time of writing it is not known which bug fixes or new features come with firmware 2.0.8. The user who got the EOS-1D X back with firmware 2.0.8 didn’t find any differences, so it may be safe to assume that it is mainly a bug fix, or that compatibility with new lenses is introduced.

The EOS-1D X replacement, the EOS-1D X Mark II, is rumored to be announced towards the end of 2015. However, though this has been often rumored in the last months, it is still in the realm of speculation. I give an EOS-1D Mark II announcement in 2015 a chance of 50%-60%. In Q1 2016, we expect Canon to announce the EOS 5D Mark IV and the EOS 6D Mark II.

Stay tuned…

Canon is recognised with EISA Awards for EOS 7D2, 5Ds, 5Ds R, and EF 11-24mm f/4L

Canon Is Recognised With EISA Awards For EOS 7D2, 5Ds, 5Ds R, And EF 11-24mm F/4L

The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) every year awards the most remarkable products. This year in the Photography category the awards go to:

Canon press release:

Canon is recognised with three esteemed EISA Awards for EOS and EF-lens products

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 15 August 2015 – Canon today announces it has received three prestigious awards from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). The EOS 7D Mark II has been named the ‘European Prosumer DSLR Camera 2015-2016’, both the EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R have been honoured with the title of ‘European Professional DSLR Camera 2015-2016’, while the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM has been awarded ‘European Professional DSLR Lens 2015-2016’ – highlighting the outstanding quality of Canon products throughout its DSLR and lens range.

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Canon Rebel T5 deal, bundle with 18-55mm & 75-300mm on sale at $379 (compare at $499)

Canon Rebel T5 Deal, Bundle With 18-55mm & 75-300mm On Sale At $379 (compare At $499)

Top Rated Plus seller ElectronicsValley on eBay (99% positive ratings) has the Canon Rebel T5 bundled with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II and EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III lenses on sale at $379. That’s a nice starter kit that usually sells at $499. Free shipping in the US.

More Canon deals on eBay.

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The secret life of Canon rumors (or: how rumors change ownership)

A user in the DPReview forum is posting fake EOS 5D Mark IV rumors since a while. Now he posted a new rumor.

I am particularly proud to learn that an important rumor I got back in April was considered good enough to be reposted in a forum. Unfortunately, the generous user totally forgot to credit the source of the rumor.

The rumor in the DPReview forum (posted first on CW) was about a possible model split of the EOS 5D Mark IV. The specs we got back in April have been reposted, using different monikers.

🙂

Canon EOS 5D 10 Years Anniversary Open House in San Francisco (August 22)

Canon EOS 5D 10 Years Anniversary Open House In San Francisco (August 22)

Canon Digital Learning Center will held an Open House day to celebrate the 10 years anniversary of the EOS 5D line. You have to register for the event (click here). All information about the event are summed up on this page.

  • Program: Canon Live Learning San Francisco
  • Date: August 22, 2015
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Fee: Free
  • Location: Canon Live Learning San Francisco, 201 California St., San Francisco, California 94111
  • QuestionsSanFranciscoCanon@cusa.canon.com

Press release:

Celebrate 10 years of Canon EOS 5D Cameras. 

September 2015 will be the 10th anniversary of the launch of the original EOS 5D. The EOS 5D series cameras have been landmarks in DSLR photography.

The original EOS 5D brought full frame DSLR photography to the consumer and advanced amateur market.

The EOS 5D Mark II raised the bar to 21.1 MP resolution while being the first DSLR to capture 1080P HD video. Hollywood has never been the same with TV shows and major motion pictures shot using the EOS 5D Mark II.

The EOS 5D Mark III again pushed the limits with a combination of high resolution, amazing high ISO performance and six frames per second. The EOS 5D Mark III also brought the EOS 5D series to new levels with 61 AF points (similar to the EOS-1DX).

Now we add the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R that push the envelope to 50.6 MP resolution. Join us at Canon Live Learning San Francisco to celebrate the anniversary of this amazing line of EOS cameras.

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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM ART review

Sigma 24-35mm F/2 DG HSM ART Review

Wedding photographer and CW reader Chris Giles shared another review with us (after having felt the pulse of the EOS 5Ds R). This time Chris posted his impression and thoughts on Sigma’s new 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM “Art” lens, the world’s first zoom lens for full-frame DSLRs with a constant aperture. And a lens that sells at a very competitive price ($999).

I like Chris’ reviews because they are truly “real-world”. I am much more interested to know how a given camera or lens performs for a professional photographer than to know how it scores at purely engineering-oriented benchmarks. What makes this review even more interesting is that it was done using a Canon EOS 5Ds R, Canon’s new full-frame megapixel champion.

As we all expected, the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM ART lens is another masterpiece by Sigma:

At f/2 this is a sexy lens, I am totally made up with the micro contrast, colour rendition and lens falloff I’m getting. Some of the Canon glass does suffer a little on the 50.6 mp sensor of the 5DSr. Even the 24-70mkii tends to get a kicking (albeit slight) at the outer edges of the frame but this isn’t so apparent on the Sigma 24-35 Art.

About the Canon EOS 5Ds R coupled with Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Chris says:

[the Sigma] just renders so beautifully and I love love love the colours. The Canon 5DSr has a beautiful way of representing colour but that sensor is also totally unforgiving to poor glass when you put an image under scrutiny.

Finally:

I’ve not been so impressed with a lens since the Canon 24-70 mkII and that statement alone says a lot. Even if Canon were to release something with a similar range I’d find it hard to justify the purchase because I can’t see how a lens can be better. Not right now anyway.

If you are on the fence for this lens, you’ll find a lot of helpful information. To some people the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 may look strange. It has a very reduced zoom range and might be better seen as a “bag of primes”. However, you may also say that the “bag of primes” paradigm doesn’t really work since you can get excellent primes that have f/1.4. Chris’ experience turned out to be different:

I didn’t think this lens would suit me. Yet, for medium to close combat scenarios (weddings are a battlefield, soldier), then absolutely this is a lens to use. Looking back I’ve found it hard to accept I was using it just as much as I did.

Chris made all sample pics he shot for his review available for download (64 files, 400MB, a donation is required), just scroll to the end of part 2 of the review. You’ll find many sample pics, shadow recovery examples, and more.

Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM ART is in stock in the USA at $999: Amazon | Adorama | B&H Photo

Sigma 24-35mm f/2

  • EF Mount Lens/Full Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to 16
  • FLD & Special Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Thermally Stable Composite Material
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Sigma 24-35mm DG HSM ART price check for your country: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

[via Chris Giles Photography]