January 31, 2014
Posted in Reviews

Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS DxOMarked (a good all-round choice)


EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS

DxOMark felt the pulse of another well known Canon work-horse lens, the Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS (price & specs). They say it is “still a good all-round choice”.

  • Comparison Canon EF 100-400mm f4-5.6L IS vs. EF 70-300mm f4-5.6L IS (click here)
  • Comparison Canon EF 100-400mm f4-5.6L IS vs. Sigma 50-500mm f4-6.3 APO EX DG HSM vs. Sigma 50-500mm f4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM (click here)
  • Comparison Canon EF 100-400mm f4-5.6L IS vs. Canon EF 200-400mm f4L IS Extender 1.4x (click here)

In the conclusion they write:

Without doubt this lens is a popular model and it’s not difficult to see why. It has pretty good image quality throughout the range – though sharpness is confined to a relatively small area centrally at the initial aperture. Edge performance improves when stopped down but it’s not ideal where shooting in available light is usually the only option.

A new updated version is long overdue but when it arrives will likely have improved full aperture performance and a ticket to match, but for the time being this lens is competitively priced and remains a solid choice.

The Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS is on sale for $1559 at major US resellers (price shows up after added to cart): Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay.

January 30, 2014
Posted in News

Canon Ranks First Among Japanese Companies For Corporate Emission Performance


Canon press release:

Canon earns highest ranking among Japanese companies in 2013 Climate Counts science-based corporate emissions performance study

TOKYO, January 30, 2014—Canon Inc. announced today that, in a collaborative study on corporate emissions performance conducted by Climate Counts1 and the Center for Sustainable Organizations,2 Canon earned a fourth-place ranking, the highest of any Japanese company included in the survey.

The 2013 Climate Counts Science-Based Carbon Study analyzes the operational emissions of 100 global corporations between 2005 and 2012 to determine their performance against science-based targets. The companies included in the study spanned 10 industries, including technology, healthcare, oil & gas, and consumer goods. The study relies on a metric developed by the Center for Sustainable Organizations (CSO) called the Context-Based Carbon Metric.3 Embedded in CSO’s metric for purposes of the Climate Counts study were science-based emissions targets developed by Tellus Institute, an interdisciplinary not-for-profit research and policy organization.

The study evaluates sustainability performance not only in terms of the environment, but also from social and economic perspectives, assessing and ranking each company’s performance based on emissions per dollar of contribution to gross domestic product, as well as the amount that the company contributes to GDP.

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January 30, 2014
Posted in Rumors

New Tidbits About the EOS 7D Replacement – Eventually A 7D Mark II In Q3 2014

7d mark ii

A new rumor concerning the EOS 7D replacement surfaced. The rumor states that the replacement for the Canon EOS 7D (price & specs) will be announced in Q2 and released to the pubic in Q3 2014. And: The moniker EOS 7D Mark II appears to be back into the game.

It is suggested that a “lot of upcoming Canon camera kit (lenses, cameras and video) has been sent to Sochi” to be tested (as prototypes) during the Winter Olympics. Demo events for selected top customers should also be on the plan. And finally: “It was also mentioned that quite a few aspects of functionality were still ‘up for grabs’ and that any specs leaked out over the next month or two would still be very provisional“.

We heard contrasting rumors in the last month about the 7D replacement. I have been told that there will is no EOS 7D Mark II on the horizon, though a 7D replacement (read: a new APS-C flagship) is in the works but will come with a new name. I think that it can be taken for granted that there will be a new APS-C flagship. But for the time being we know very little. It could be rumored EOS-A1 with hybrid viewfinder.

Say tuned for more.

[via NL]

January 30, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon Rebel T5i w/ 18-55mm & 75-300mm lens & Filter Kit – $708

Rebel T5i

Adorama has the Canon Rebel T5i/EOS 700D with the EF-S 18-55mm and EF 75-300mm lens plus a Pro Optic 58mm Filter Kit on sale for $707.59. Free shipping + 2% rewards. Please note: You have to click the “Buy Together and Save” option and add the EF 75-300mm lens, the price changes in cart.

Product description after the break.

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January 30, 2014
Posted in News

Canon Supports Young Filmmakers at Berlinale Talents 2014


Canon Europe press release:

Canon supports the next generation of filmmakers at Berlinale Talents 2014
London, UK, 29 January 2014 – Canon is continuing its support for budding filmmakers with the second year of its partnership with Berlinale Talents – a creative networking event for emerging film industry talent that is part of the Berlin International Film Festival. As Principal Partner of Berlinale Talents, Canon will present a number of master classes for over 300 promising talents in the film industry, featuring world-class workshops with cinematographers and the latest Canon equipment.
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The main venue of Berlinale Talents – HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)
© Berlinale 2013, photo Peter Himsel

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January 30, 2014
Posted in News

Canon Releases Financial Results For 2013


Canon published their financial results for the year 2013. There is a lot of material to read and dive into. I suggest you go for the presentation material, since it is a summary of the much more comprehensive Financial Results. All files are PDFs.

From the incipit of the  Financial Results document:

Looking back at the global economy in 2013, although the U.S. and Japanese economies began heading toward moderate recoveries during the latter half of the year, the economic downturn in Europe continued to drag on while the economies of emerging countries such as China faced slowdowns. As such, contrary to expectations at the beginning of the year, the global economy remained stagnant. As for exchange rates, the correction of the historic high value of the yen continued, with a trend toward a weaker yen growing increasingly clear.

As for the markets in which Canon operates amid these conditions, owing to the economic slowdown, flat demand led to a continuation of the harsh business environment especially for consumer products. Among office multifunction devices (MFDs), color models continued to drive growth while demand for laser printers realized a turnaround toward recovery. Although demand for interchangeable-lens digital cameras continued to show strong growth in Japan, demand overseas fell short of the previous year’s level as the economic rebound in such markets as Europe and China takes longer than expected. As for digital compact cameras, demand continued to shrink in both developed countries as well as emerging markets. Overall market demand for inkjet printers, hit by the prolonged economic downturn, also declined in all major markets. In the industry and others sector, a rebound in capital investment for memory devices led to a pickup in demand for semiconductor lithography equipment in the latter half of the year, while demand for lithography equipment used in the production of flat panel displays (FPD) showed healthy market growth for mid- and small-size panels used mainly in smartphones and tablet PCs, and a modest recovery for large-size panels.

[via CR]