Beefed up Canon EOS 6D Mark II instead of Canon EOS 5D Mark IV? [CW1]

Beefed Up Canon EOS 6D Mark II Instead Of Canon EOS 5D Mark IV? [CW1]

I got an EOS 6D Mark II rumor I want to post in its completeness. While I do not think this rumor is reliable, I decided to post it for two reasons: 1) it’s a scenario that’s at least possible, and 2) it will make the rounds sooner or later. The rumor (slightly modified from the original):

Canon is going to make some changes to its full-frame line-up. The replacement for EOS 5D Mark III is going to be the same camera which will replace the EOS 6D, and its name will be EOS 6D Mark II. That’s right, there won’t be an EOS 5D Mark IV, and the EOS 6D Mark II will be upgraded in its market position compared to the EOS 6D but at the same time downgraded compared to the EOS 5D Mark III. I personally find it odd that Canon took this decision and I haven’t been told why it did so. My guess is that this would be a reasonable decision if and only if a lower-cost model derived from the EOS 1D line hit the streets as a replacement or upgrade to the EOS 5D Mark III. I have no information regarding the EOS 6D Mark II specifications except that a dual-pixel autofocus sensor is under last-stage testing at Canon, but I’ve no idea whether it will make it in the end product, this will depend on the testers’ feedback. However, a non-DPAF sensor is also in last-stage testing, so it cannot be said at the moment whether the EOS 6D Mark II will feature DPAF or not. The engineering team had significant difficulty incorporating DPAF capability on the full-frame sensor within the cost constraints they were told to honor, so it’s not guaranteed that the result will pass the requirements if the “shortcuts” taken by the engineers to stay within the cost constraints didn’t work. I also learn through another less-trustful but still believable channel that the price point of the EOS 6D Mark II will stay at the same level as that of the EOS 6D.

No EOS 5D Mark IV (all rumors) but a beefed up EOS 6D Mark II (all rumors) instead? What do you think?

Andy Rouse’s Hands-On with the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon interview at CP+ (increasingly important that we do increase development speed)

Canon Interview At CP+ (increasingly Important That We Do Increase Development Speed)

DPReview interviewed Mr. Go Tokura, Group Executive ICP Group 2, Image Communications Products Operations, Canon Inc. Some excerpts:

Dual Pixel AF is a technology which has huge potential for mirrorless cameras. A lot of our readers are still very hopeful for future Canon enthusiast mirrorless models. Is there anything that you would like to say to them?

Obviously I can’t be particularly concrete when talking about our future product planning, but this is something that we are looking at. Something that is under consideration. There are some features, such as AF, which have not yet caught up with DSLRs, so given the current state of affairs it would be a little unrealistic to say that we will suddenly start offering a professional mirrorless camera. There’s still a performance gap that needs to be addressed.

If we assume that at some point in the future Canon will create an enthusiast or professional mirrorless camera, what are your benchmarks?

This is just my personal opinion. In my view there are two key features that have to be addressed. The first is autofocus, particularly tracking of moving subjects. The other is the viewfinder. The electronic viewfinder would have to offer a certain standard. If those two functions were to match the performance of EOS DSLR camera performance, we might make the switch. Tremendous progress has been made in electronic systems.  However in terms of AF, pro-level AF functions, and the range of shooting situations that professional photographers can respond to, there’s still a gap between DSLRs and mirrorless systems.

One of the areas where we’ve been pleased to see improvement from Canon is in sensors. What are your priorities in terms of sensor development in the future?

Increasing resolution and increasing sensitivity are ongoing objectives and that’s not going to change, but on top of that, as I’ve mentioned there’s an emphasis on merging stills and movie functions. So two priorities for future sensors are lower power consumption and increasing processing speed.

Read the interview…

There is a part in the interview where Mr. Tokura says ” […] it’s becoming increasingly important that we do increase development speed”. :-)

Canon USA Announces New Executive Appointments

Canon U.S.A. Announces New Executive Appointments

MELVILLE, N.Y. – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announces several executive appointments and promotions. Effective today, Mr. Toyo Kuwamura will become the Senior Vice President and General Manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group and Mr. Yoshinori Shimono joins the company as Senior Vice President of Finance and Accounting.

Mr. Toyo Kuwamura, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Business Imaging Solutions Group (BISG) – Mr. Kuwamura, who succeeds Mr. Junichi Yoshitake, will continue to build the BISG business into an industry leading solutions, services and support business. Mr. Kuwamura has spent over 35 years in the “Copier” business since joining Canon Inc. in 1980. He has spent his career in Japan, the United States, and Canada, focusing on all areas of the business from marketing, product planning and sales administration. In addition, Mr. Kuwamura will retain his current position and responsibilities as President and CEO of Canon Solutions America (CSA) where his strong leadership has directly contributed to CSA’s establishment and growth.

Mr. Yoshinori Shimono joins Canon U.S.A., Inc. as a Senior Vice President of Finance and Accounting, succeeding Mr. Kunihiko Tedo. Mr. Shimono joined Canon Inc. in 1985, and was assigned to Canon Europe N.V (The Netherlands) and Canon Europa Ltd. (U.K.). Most recently, he was General Manager of Finance and Accounting, Image Communications Products Operations at Canon Inc. In addition, Mr. Shimono will assume the position as President of Canon Financial Services, Inc. (CFS).

“Mr. Kuwamura brings tremendous experience in the business imaging market and through his proven leadership skills at CSA coupled with the position he is now assuming, I am confident he will continue to build a stronger position for Canon ,” said Joe Adachi, chairman and CEO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “I welcome Mr. Shimono and congratulate all these executives for their strong leadership. I look forward to their continued success as they help expand our business across our markets and position the Company for enhanced future success.”

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Canon USA Debuts New Flagship EOS-1D X Mark II At 2016 WPPI Show

Canon USA Debuts New Flagship EOS-1D X Mark II At 2016 WPPI Show

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II at a glance:

  • 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors
  • 14 fps Shooting, 16 fps in Live View
  • DCI 4K Video at 60 fps, 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF II
  • 3.2 inch (1.62m) Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • ISO 100-51200 (Expanded to 409600)
  • Built-In GPS
  • CFast & CF Card Slots

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A. Debuts New Flagship EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR Camera At 2016 WPPI Show

Attendees Will Be Treated to Demonstrations by Canon’s Prominent Explorers of Light at WPPI Booth #401

MELVILLE, N.Y. – At this year’s WPPI Wedding & Portrait Conference + Expo on March 7-9 at the MGM Convention Center in Las Vegas, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will challenge attendees with Canon See Impossible at booth #401. Show attendees can get a first look at the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera, as well as the latest lenses, the latest in Canon printers including the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 and a Canon Explorers of Light photo gallery. Those in attendance will also be invited to print up to five of their own photographs using Canon’s DreamLabo 5000 inkjet production photo printer, which produces quality prints with high image resolution and enhanced color range. Additionally, several of Canon’s renowned Explorers of Light photographers will be providing live informative demonstrations both on stage at the Canon booth and during show seminars.

“We are excited to debut our new flagship DSLR at a show like WPPI, which hosts some of the most passionate imaging enthusiasts,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “We plan to provide inspirational lectures and an assortment of innovative products for them to experience so that they have the ability to see the impossible.”

Canon EOL Speaker Schedule
The main stage in the Canon booth will feature presentations from Canon Explorers of Light (schedule subject to change), including one of Canon’s newest Explorers, Portrait Photographer Sue Bryce, who will also be delivering the Expo’s keynote speech on Tuesday, March 8th at 8pm.

  Monday, March 7 Tuesday, March 8 Wednesday, March 9
10:00 a.m.   Bob Davis

Live Shoot
Lighting on Location:
Big Light Out of a Speedlite

Lindsay Adler

Live Shoot
Creative In-Camera Techniques
with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Denis Reggie

Lecture
Flash Secrets Exposed

10:45 a.m.  Denis Reggie

Lecture
Quiet Wedding Witness

Denis Reggie

Lecture
Gear Bag Unzipped

Sue Bryce

Lecture
Canon EOS 5DS

11:30 a.m.  Lindsay Adler

Live Shoot
5 Tips for Striking
Beauty Photography

Sue Bryce

Live Shoot
Photographing Dance Style
and Fine Art Portraits

Peter Hurley

Live Shoot
The Hurley Headshot System

12:15 p.m.  Joe Bussinick

Lecture
“P” Could
Be for Professional

Joe Bussinick

Lecture
Sell Yourself, Not the Images

Bob Davis

Lecture
Event Photography with Speedlites:
The Triangle of Light

1:00 p.m. Peter Hurley

Live Shoot
Shabanging Lenses
for Headshot Portraits

Roberto Valenzuela

Live Shoot
Make It Speedy!
Speedlight Techniques on the Go

Joe Buissink

Lecture
Staying Fresh and
Keeping the Passion

1:45 p.m. Clay Blackmore

Lecture / Live Shoot
The Complete
Canon Wedding Package

Sandy Puc’

Live Shoot
Working With Children:
It’s the Little Things That Count

Roberto Valenzuela / Michele Celentano

Lecture
The Power of Perspectives
in Storytelling

Live Learning Stage
The Live Learning stage in the booth will feature live shoots by Explorers of Light and other accomplished photographers (schedule subject to change).

Monday, March 7 Tuesday, March 8 Wednesday, March 9
10:00 AM Peter Hurley

Live Shoot!

Capturing Expression in a Headshot

Laura Tillinghast

Live Shoot!

Great Portraits Every Time

Liza Gershman

Live Shoot!

Weddings: Capturing All the Important Details

11:00 AM Sandy Puc’

Live Shoot!

Pinup Portraits: A Temptation You Can’t Resist! 

Clay Blackmore

Live Shoot!

From Start to Finish Canon

Michael Ori

Live Shoot!

Stills From Motion With the New 4K EOS-1D X Mark II

12:00 PM Michele Celentano

Live Shoot!

The Magic of Speedlites and Reflectors

Sandy Puc’

Live Shoot!

Bellies to Babies: Pregnancy and Beyond

Lindsay Adler

Live Shoot!

Creativity on a Budget!

1:00 PM Laura Tillinghast

Live Shoot!

Great Portraits Every Time

Michael Ori

Live Shoot!

Stills From Motion With the New 4K EOS-1D X Mark II

Moshe Zusman

Live Shoot!

Perfect Venue Lighting

2:00 PM Michael Ori

Live Shoot!

Stills From Motion With the New 4K EOS-1D X Mark II

Moshe Zusman

Live Shoot!

Perfect Venue Lighting

Clay Blackmore

Live Shoot!

From Start to Finish Canon

3:00 PM Lindsay Adler

Live Shoot!

Creative Explorations with Macro Photography

Liza Gershman

Live Shoot!

Weddings: Capturing All the Important Details

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Canon rebates on lenses and Speedlites extended to April

Canon Rebates On Lenses And Speedlites Extended To April

Canon rebates on select Canon lenses and Canon Speedlites extended to April 2. You can access all discounted items at Adorama or B&H Photo. The instant rebates go up to $200.

  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM AutoFocus Telephoto Zoom Lens $1,949
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM AutoFocus Telephoto Zoom Lens with Case & Hood $1,249
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens $1,149
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens with Case & Hood $599
  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM UD Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens $1,249
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM (Image Stabilized) Zoom Lens $2,099
  • Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens $279
  • Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens $2,899
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens $1,449
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4.0L IS USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens $999
  • Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens with Case and Lens Hood $699
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens $1,749
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Zoom Lens $849
  • Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Wide Angle Lens $129
  • Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens $449
  • Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM AutoFocus Wide Angle Lens $999
  • Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens $149
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Ultra-Fast Standard AutoFocus Lens $1,349
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard AutoFocus Lens $349
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens $110
  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM AutoFocus Telephoto Lens $1899
  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM AutoFocus Telephoto Lens $369
  • Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Image Stabilizer AutoFocus Telephoto Lens $1,299
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM AutoFocus Telephoto Lens $1,149
  • Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Compact Macro AutoFocus Lens $419
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Auto Focus Lens $799
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Auto Focus Lens $549
  • Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT, Shoe Mount Flash $469
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT $259
  • Canon Speedlite 270EX II, Shoe Mount Flash $139
  • Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash Unit with E-TTL $769
  • Canon MR-14EX II Macro Ring Lite Flash $499