July 30, 2013
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Firmware Updates For Canon EOS-1D III, EOS-1D IV, and EOS-1Ds III

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New firmware releases for three of Canon top pro DSLRs.

Firmware Version 1.3.2 for the Canon EOS-1D Mark III camera incorporates the following fixes:

1. Resolves the following phenomenon: when the camera is not attached to a lens, power consumption may be higher than usual,
causing premature battery drain.
2. Resolves a phenomenon in which “Err 70” may be displayed when the shutter is released without a lens attached.

Firmware Version 1.1.4 for the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV camera incorporates the following fixes:

1. Resolves the following phenomenon: when the camera is not attached to a lens, power consumption may be higher than usual,
causing premature battery drain.
2. Resolves a phenomenon in which “Err 02” may be displayed when the shutter is released without a lens attached.

Firmware Version 1.2.3 for the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III camera incorporates the following fixes:

1. Resolves the following phenomenon: when the camera is not attached to a lens, power consumption may be higher than usual,
causing premature battery drain.
2. Resolves a phenomenon in which “Err 70” may be displayed when the shutter is released without a lens attached.

July 30, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Update – Sigma Rumor: Sigma is Soon Going to Change your Mind (and might announce a 24-70mm lens)

Sigma Rumor

Update (thanks to the reader who posted in the comments, I got confirmation also from other sources): It appears as if the service Sigma is touting will be a mount conversion service. That is, Sigma will change the mount type of your Sigma lens so you can use it on a different camera brand (if you switch from Nikon to Canon, for instance). You will have to send in the lens (at least in the first period). It is yet to see if the service will be free or not.

Change your mind? Change your [mount]?

The Korean text translates to From September 2nd, Sigma will start the world’s first special… service. So, what is Sigma going to announce on August 1st? I suppose a new mount type adapter. That could fit the rumor I reported yesterday, that Sigma could launch a sort of universal system adapter where all Sigma lenses can be used on all mirrorless systems. We’ll see soon, the announcement is expected for August 1st 6:00am Korean time. Stay tuned! [slrclub via dicahub]

There is also another rumor concerning Sigma, though I do not think it is related to the announcement above. Rumors suggest that Sigma is working on a 24-70 f/2 OS HSM lens for full-frame cameras, and that lens should be faster than f/2.8. Thus a lens that is in line with the amazing 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM for APS-C cameras. No word about the price, the lens should be announced at Photokina 2014. [via CR]

July 30, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Canon Rumor: Canon Media Event Scheduled for August 21st

Canon Rumor

Canon USA scheduled a press event for August 21st. No hints for what. There could be the announcement of the successor of the Canon EOS M, the recent fire sales appear to give some credits to that. If there will be an announcement for the a new EOS M, then it will have the sensor and the Dual Pixel CMOS AF of the Canon EOS 70D. Less probably the announcement of the EOS 7D Mark II, which is expected for next year. Finally, we had plenty of rumours concerning a high resolution DSLR Canon is supposed to work on.

More to come soon

[via PB]

July 29, 2013
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Canon Deals of the Day: Refurbished Rebel T4i with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM ($559), EF 24-105mm f/4L Lens ($709)

Rebel T4i Canon EF 24-105mm

Adorama is selling (on eBay) refurbished Canon Rebel T4i with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens for $559 (click here). The camera has been refurbished by Canon, free shipping and 90 days warranty.

eBay seller bigvalueinc (98.2% positive ratings) has the highly popular EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens on sale for just $709 (click here). A steal if compared to regular $1149. Free shipping and limited quantity. Please note what the seller writes:

  • This lens is 100% brand new.
  • These are lenses that were originally packaged with Canon Camera Kits. We sold the Canon Kits in a quantity order, and we had simply removed the Lenses and placed them in their own box with all original foam packaging.These Lenses are limited quantity only.

The same lens, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS, is on sale by Top Rated Plus eBay seller getitdigital (99.4% positive ratings) for $759.99 (click here). USA warranty, free shipping.

July 29, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Rumor: Will Sigma Soon Announce a Mirrorless System Camera (or a Super System Adapter)?

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Sigma Poland started a website named Sigma Foto Revolution. There is a running countdown (2 days 17 hours left) with a slogan that translated to Overthrow the system with Sigma – there is liberation. Although Sigma clearly stated that they will not make a mirrorless system camera, the teaser seems to suggest exactly that. I am very curious to learn what they will announce. Sigma made some outstanding gear recently, think the 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM and 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM lenses.

However, 43rumors has some good speculations about what could happen in two days:

1) Sigma could launch a new system camera with a new mount
2) Sigma could launch a system camera and join the Micro Four Thirds standard
3) Sigma could launch a sort of universal system adapter where all Sigma lenses can be used on all mirrorless systems (including MFT)

43rumors thinks that option 3 is the more plausible. We’ll see soon.

July 29, 2013
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New Canon EOS 70D Sample Pics (with EF-S 60mm) and Test Series (whole ISO range, EF-S 18-55mm IS STM)

EOS 70D Sample Pics

Canon EOS 70D,EF-S60mm f/2.8 Macro USM,0.01 sec (1/100),f/2.8,ISO3200,+2/3 EV (image credit: Digital Life Innovator)

Japanese site Digital Life Innovator (translated) posted a new set of sample pics shot with the Canon EOS 70D and an EF 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens (more sample pics by the same site can be seen here). Original files can be downloaded. Image quality is pretty amazing, especially for the high ISO shots (see pic above and below, both shot at ISO 3200). Korean site DicaHub (translated) posted test series covering the whole ISO range (100-12800), with additional crops taken from each test picture. More after the break.

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