Canon Rebel SL2 to be announced January 2016? [CW3]

Canon Rebel SL2 To Be Announced January 2016? [CW3]

I got a hint (thanks) that the Canon Rebel SL2 may be announced in January 2016. CES 2016 is happening in January 2016, so it makes some sense.

Most of us were expecting the Rebel SL2 to be announced in Fall 2015, But it didn’t happen. The replacement for the Rebel SL1 is long overdue, a January 2016 announcement is likely.

No specs so far, at least not from sources I can really trust. However, sorting out all the hints, I put together a list of specs that are at least plausible.

  • 24MP, same sensor as T6i/T6s
  • Smaller than SL1
  • Wireless battery charging, old charger still supplied and works as before
  • 19 point AF system
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III
  • Digic 6
  • New battery type

There will be more soon, stay tuned…

Cyber Monday in November by Canon Store, take 3 (SL1 at $280, 7D2 at $999, more good deals)

Cyber Monday In November By Canon Store, Take 3 (SL1 At $280, 7D2 At $999, More Good Deals)

The Canon Direct Store put online their third Cyber Monday in November deals on refurbished gear.

There are some excellent deals you may want not to miss. Refurbioshed Canon EOS 7D Mark II at $999, Canon Rebel Sl1 with 18-55mm IS STM lens at $279.99, refurbished Rebel SL1 with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM & EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 lenses on sale on sale at $299.98. Use promo code HUSH3-0QO2C05 at checkout.

It’s always a good idea to have a look at Canon Store’s listings on refurbished gear. There are some outstanding deals waiting to be found.

Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM review (photozone)

Canon EF-M 11-22mm F/4-5.6 IS STM Review (photozone)

Photozone reviewed the Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, one of the five lenses for Canon’s EOS M system. From the conclusion:

Canon has a quite consistent record when it comes to lens quality and this is reconfirmed with the Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 STM IS once again. The resolution characteristic is generally very good except in the extreme corners at 11mm. Image distortions as well as lateral CAs are about average (in the true sense) for a lens in this class. If there’s one substantial weakness, it’s the amount of vignetting. We can’t really tell whether it’s just the lens or the combination with the sensor but the system performance is poor at fully open aperture. However, the transition of the vignetting is fairly smooth – thus less disturbing – and it’s much better at f/8. Read the review…

There is an interesting point discussed in Photozone’s review. The reviewer hypothises that the stron vignetting on the EF-M 11-22mm may be in part also due to the sensor. They suggest the EOS M3 sensor is not optimised for lenses made for mirrorless systems. You can read about this issue here.

Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

[UPDATE] Canon EOS 80D gets another mention, still rumored to have 28MP, beta units undergoing tests? [CW3]

[UPDATE] Canon EOS 80D Gets Another Mention, Still Rumored To Have 28MP, Beta Units Undergoing Tests? [CW3]

Update (11/16/15): Some rumor sites are claiming the Canon EOS 80D may be announced in January 2016. This is bs, a fake rumor! There will be no EOS 80D announcement in January. The EOS 80D will most likely be announced in Summer 2016.

I got a new hint for the upcoming EOS 80D (expected Summer 2016). The EOS 80D’s shape will be barely indistinguishable from the EOS 70D. The previously rumored 28MP sensor was mentioned again. Needless to say, Dual Pixel AF will be on board. I also got hints about new video modes. I am investigating (no 4K to expect).

The source also stated that early beta units of the EOS 80D are undergoing first tests. If the the supposed announcement date of Summer 2016 is to believe, then it’s plausible Canon may start beta-testing the EOS 80D now.

I am trying to get a picture of the EOS 80D AF system but will retain the suggestions I got until I get a better picture. The 80D’s AF  will likely be more evolved than the AF on the 70D but for sure not the  same as on the upcoming EOS-1D X Mark II. I am working to sort out rumors sent by people trying to give a hint from those coming from people trying to spam my inbox.

Stay tuned.

Canon Powershot S120 deal, bundle with PIXMA PRO-100, paper – $249 (reg. $699)

Canon Powershot S120 Deal, Bundle With PIXMA PRO-100, Paper – $249 (reg. $699)

Adorama has a good deal on the Canon Powershot S120 camera. Get it bundled with the Canon PIXMA Pro-100 photo printer and photo paper for just $249 after $100 instant rebate and $350 mail-in rebate (info).

  • Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to wirelessly transfer your images with ease to social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY#, to a PC, or upload virtually anywhere on your iOS or Android device with the free download of the Canon CameraWindow app.
  • 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with a DIGIC 6 Image Processor creates the Canon HS SYSTEM for exceptional low-light performance with an ISO range of ISO 80-12800 for enhanced image quality in extreme lighting conditions.
  • Capture stunning 1080p/60p Full HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; video functions include Touch AF while recording, zoom while shooting, and convenient playback on an HDTV via the HDMI output.
  • A bright f/1.8 lens allows for capturing low-light conditions or using shallow depth-of-field for dramatic, soft backgrounds, along with 5x Optical Zoom and a 24mm Wide-Angle lens that helps ensure you capture everything in your frame.
  • High Speed AF greatly improves focus speed. Paired with continuous shooting speeds of up to 9.4 fps and the removal of buffer time, you can get your best shot in full resolution.
  • Capacitive 3.0″ touch panel LCD with a screen resolution of 922,000 dots for asharp, clear display and easy operation helps make shooting and sharing easy andintuitive.
  • Shoot breathtaking images and video of the stars with new star shooting modes designed to better capture the brilliance and wonder of the night sky.
  • New Background Defocus mode adds a blurred background while keeping the subject in focus.
  • Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for shake-free images in a wide variety of conditions.
  • HDR scene mode combines multiple shots into one picture, capturing a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image to provide greater detail. New artistic sub-modes such as Art Bold and Art Vivid unlock new opportunities for creativity.

Canon Speedlite 430 EX II flash price drop, now at $199 (was $299)

Canon Speedlite 430 EX II Flash Price Drop, Now At $199 (was $299)

The Canon Speedlite 430 EX II flash is now on sale at $199 at major resellers: Amazon | B&H Photo.

Canon Speedlite 430EX II key features:

  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
  • Guide Number: 141′ at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-105mm (14mm with Panel)
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • Rotates 90° Right & 180° Left
  • Wireless Slave TTL Functionality
  • AF Assist Beam and Modeling Flash
  • Recycle Time: 0.1-3.7 Seconds
  • High-Speed, 1st & 2nd Curtain
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries