February 11, 2014
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Canon Provides HDTV Portable, Field, and Studio Lenses For NBC Olympics

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Canon press release:

NBC Olympics’ Production of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi to Utilize More Than 70 HDTV Field, Portable, and Studio Lenses from Canon

Canon Lenses to Help Enable NBC Olympics to Provide Viewers with Outstanding HDTV Picture Quality and Long-Zoom Image Detail During its Coverage of 2014 Sochi Winter Games

 

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MELVILLE, N.Y., February 10, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., has been selected to provide HDTV portable, field, and studio lenses to NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, during its presentation of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, from February 6-23. The announcement was made today by David Mazza, Senior Vice President, Engineering, NBC Olympics, and Larry Thorpe, Senior Fellow, Professional Engineering & Solutions division of Canon U.S.A., Inc.

More than 70 Canon HDTV lenses in total are involved in the production. Models include the XJ100X9.3B AF long-zoom field lens and the XJ27X6.5B AF studio zoom lens, both of which feature sophisticated Canon auto-focus capabilities based on a proprietary HD implementation of Through-the-Lens Secondary Image Registration Phase Detection Method technology. Also helping to provide steady images from telephoto distances will be the portable HJ40X10B super telephoto HD lens featuring Canon Shift-IS internal Optical Shift Image Stabilization, and the compact HJ15EX8.5B image-stabilized HD lens with Canon’s patented Vari-Angle Prism image-stabilizer (VAP-IS) technology.

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February 10, 2014
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Canon Powershot G1 X II Specs Leaked

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We are getting closer to Wednesday, February 12th, when Canon will announce new gear.

A list of possible specs of the Canon Powershot G1 X II has surfaced on the web:

  • 30 AF Points
  • 3fps with AF, 5fps with focus locked
  • Macro Mode: 5cm
  • Wifi
  • NFC
  • Tilt Screen
  • Touch Screen
  • EVF is optional

Sounds promising, really promising.

[via CR]

February 10, 2014
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Deal: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II – $99 (Adorama)

 

EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Adorama has Canon’s Nifty-Fifty, the EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens on sale for $99 (compare to $125). Price shows up in cart, free shipping and 4% rewards.This is an amazing little gem.

Though is entirely made of plastic, this lens delivers very good optical performance, not to mention that it is an f/1.8. This is the lens every Canon shooter should have.

February 10, 2014
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Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III – $2795

 EOS 5D Mark III Top Rated Plus seller 6ave (99.2% positive ratings) on eBay has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $2,795. Free shipping and limited quantity.
February 10, 2014
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More Tidbits About What Canon Might Announce In The Next Days

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This could be the upcoming Powershot G1 X II (but it possibly is a fake)

There has been some anticipation about what Canon is going to announce on Wednesday, February 12th, ready for CP+ (see list below). Now, some more information leaked, and there are interesting things that may come in the next days. Btw, the image above (showing the G1 X II) may be a fake (and most probably is).

In addition to the previously rumored stuff, these gear may be announced:

  • EVF-DC1 (External Viewfinder)
  • WP-DC53 (Water Proof Housing)
  • PowerShot D30
  • PowerShot SX700 HS

More gear to expect (previously leaked):

  • new DSLR below the Rebel SL1
  • PowerShot G1 X II
  • Canon PowerShot S200
  • Canon PowerShot SX280 IS, a new super-zoom compact camera
  • Possibly more PowerShot cameras

I am particularly thrilled by the electronic view-finder. It would be great if this EVF was not only meant for the G1 X II. In other words: will this EVF also work on the Canon EOS M and EOS M2?

Stay tuned.

[via CR]

 

February 10, 2014
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Canon Patent for 24-85mm and 24-70mm Lenses (with Macro)

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Lots of Canon patents surfaced in the last weeks. Here is another one spotted by Egami (translated). If I got the (machine-) translated text right, both lenses should also feature macro capabilities.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-16464,2014-16465
    • Publication date 2014.1.30
    • Filing date 2012.7.9
  • Example 3
    • Macro when in parentheses
    • Zoom ratio 2.84 (2.87)
    • Focal length f = 24.30-35.10-69.00mm (67.23-60.62)
    • Fno. 4.10 (5.28-5.56)
    • Half angle ω = 41.68-31.65-17.41 ° (17.84-19.64)
    • Image height Y = 21.64mm
    • 134.65-141.04-164.94mm overall length of the lens (162.09-152.75)
    • BF 39.15-46.02-59.68mm (64.95-67.73)
    • β = -0.17 (-0.7)
  • Example 4
    • Macro when in parentheses
    • Zoom ratio 3.42 (2.84)
    • Focal length f = 24.30-35.10-82.99mm (68.22-64.03)
    • Fno. 3.58-4.42-5.89 (5.92-5.87)
    • Half angle ω = 41.68-31.65-14.61 ° (17.60-18.67)
    • Image height Y = 21.64mm
    • 126.64-128.32-155.92mm overall length of the lens (149.57-148.58)
    • BF 39.39-49.31-64.14mm (65.59-65.96)
    • β = -0.17 (-0.6)
  • Canon patents
    • (4, etc. as in Example 3) seven-group zoom of positive and negative positive and negative positive positive and negative
    • (4, etc. the second group, as in Example 3) inner focus
    • implement the macro function by the first group fed out to the object side
February 8, 2014
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Canon Powershot G1 X II Picture Leaked (Update: Image Faked?)

Powershot G1 X II

Update: is the image of the G1 X II faked? That’s what Northlight Images states after having examined the picture. The say the end of the zoom ring is too abrupt. Moreover, the camera body appears to less sharp than the lens. See the (edited) pic below. What do you think, fake or real?

Fake or not? (Image courtesy: Northlight Images)

Canon Rumors spotted the first leaked picture of the Canon Powershot G1 X II, the replacement for the PowerShot G1 X. As you can see the G1 X II has an EVF instead of an optical view-finder. The preliminary specs are:

  • Slimmer body, lighter weight
  • External EVF
  • 24-120 f/2-3.9 Lens.
  • DIGIC 6
  • Around $700 USD

[via CR]

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