December 20, 2013
Posted in patents

Canon Patent for PowerShot with 100x Zoom


Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon that appears to be for a PowerShot with a 100x zoom. 18mm-1768mm equivalent.

  • Patent Publication No. 2013-242430,2013-242431
    • Publication date 2013.12.5
    • Filing date 2012.5.21
  • Example 2
    • Zoom ratio 48.37
    • Focal length f = 4.30-13.30-208.00mm
    • Fno. 2.87-5.00-7.07
    • Half angle ω = 37.77-16.25-1.07 °
    • 94.75-94.56-138.99mm overall length of the lens
    • BF 10.40-19.43-10.43mm
    • 13 pieces of 10-group lens configuration
    • Two four-sided aspherical
  • Example 5
    • Zoom ratio 94.44
    • Focal length f = 3.60-14.51-340.00mm
    • Fno. 3.50-5.00-9.00
    • Half angle ω = 42.12-14.95-0.65 °
    • 95.91-97.40-165.41mm overall length of the lens
    • BF 10.48-21.86-2.28mm
    • 13 pieces of 10-group lens configuration
    • Three 5-sided aspherical

December 20, 2013
Posted in News

New Firmware for Canon EOS C500/C500 PL Cinema EOS Cameras (ver.

Canon EOS C500

Canon released a new firmware for the EOS C500/C500 PL Cinema EOS Cameras, version Hey, it’s the camera used to capture comet ISON. The links:

Download Firmware Version for EOS C500.
Download Firmware Version for EOS C500 PL

Download the new version of the Instruction Manual for the EOS C500.
Download the new version of the Instruction Manual for the EOS C500 PL.

Canon product advisory:

Thank you for using Canon products.

Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS C500/C500 PL Cinema EOS Cameras.

EOS C500 Cinema EOS Camera & EOS C500PL Cinema EOS Camera
1. When using the Magnify focus assist function, the ability to move the magnified viewing area around the LCD has been added.
2. Maximum ISO setting has been increased to ISO 80,000.
3. Cinema Gamut mode and DCI-P3+ mode have been added to provide expanded color gamut options in RAW capture.
4. 4096×1080-pixel RAW format resolution has been added.
5. A Key Lock menu setting has been added which now makes it possible to lock all operations, including the START/STOP button.
6. Using the optional Canon WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter, the camera’s remote-control application allows up to two users to access the same unit via a Wi-Fi® link providing simultaneous and independent control of camera operation and metadata input.
7. Canon Log LUT support has been made possible for HD/SD SDI terminal output.
8. ACESproxy output from monitor terminal has been added.
9. [ND]/[ND-] have been added as functions that can be allocated to any assignable button.

EOS C500 Digital Cinema Camera only
10. Ability to assign the two control dials (body and grip) to operate either Iris or ISO sensitivity independently has been added.
11. Peripheral Illumination Correction Data has been added for seven (7) Canon Cinema lenses (EF mount) and eleven (11) Canon EF Lenses.

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December 19, 2013
Posted in News

Off Brand: New Apple MacPro Available for Pre-Order (B&H)

Apple MacPro

It is the computer professional photographer have and use (or would like to have and use). After many years Apple finally released a new MacPro. It starts at $2999 and can be pre-ordered at B&H. They have only limited quantity in stock.

December 19, 2013
Posted in Deals

Warning: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Bundle for $2699, and More Hot Canon Deals (100mm, 70-200mm, 40mm, T5i, T3i,…)

That’s a killer deal! Adorama has a Canon EOS 5D Mark III bundle on sale for just $2699 (after checkout + Free Shipping and 2% Adorama Rewards). If you were on the fence for the 5D Mark III this is your chance to get it. This is a limited time offer.

There’s more that’s hot at Adorama:

December 19, 2013
Posted in Deals

Last Days To Get a Canon EOS M Kit at The Best Price Ever Seen (w/ 18-55mm IS STM, $279)


EOS M Kit Two Days left to get the EOS M with EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens for the most bargain price I’ve seen so far: $279 at newegg. Expires 12/21.Another good idea for an X-Mas gift.


December 19, 2013
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Canon Deal: Rebel SL1 – $369 (Amazon US)

Canon Deal Amazon US has the Canon Rebel SL1 (body only) on sale for $369 (added to cart). That’s a concrete price drop. Good idea for an X-Mas gift. Free 1-day shipping. Limited time offer.


December 19, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Sigma Rumor: 16-20mm f/2 DG Lens Set To Come Soon?

Sigma Rumor

Sigma’s latest lens, the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM

We have been told (thanks) that Sigma will announce a 16-20mm f/2 DG lens for full-frame DSLRs in 2014, most probably before Summer 2014. The lens will be part of the “Art” line-up. For the time being I do not know if the lens will have image stabilization (optical stabilization, OS, in the Sigma world), but I guess it will not. The source that told me about the lens is known to me and I give this rumor a 50-60% chance (at least) to be true.

There have been rumors about Sigma lenses in the past, but a 16-20mm f/2 was never mentioned. Exiting news, I think, and I really hope Sigma will continue to deliver the outstanding optical performance seen on the 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM , 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM and 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM lenses.

Go on Sigma!