February 28, 2014
Posted in News

The Canon EOS M2 Will Come To The USA (and more from interview with Canon exec) – Update



Canon EOS M2

Update: After having published the interview, Imaging Resource was told by Canon USA that there are no plans to bring the EOS M2 to the US.

[Editor’s note: We received an update after we went to press that Canon USA does not have plans to sell the EOS M2 at this time. We’ll let you guys know if this changes!]

Imaging Resource’s Dave Etchells met Mr. Go Tokura, Group Executive, ICP Group 2, Image Communications Products Operations at Canon, and his colleague Mr Naoya Kaneda, Senior General Manager, ICP Development Center 1, Image Communications Products Operations at Canon. The interview was conducted with the help of a translator. Among other topics, in the interview they talked about Canon’s EOS mirrorless plans, the innovative and groundbreaking Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, and the future of video shooting with mirrorless system cameras.

When asked about Canon’s mirrorless plans, more precisely about the EOS M2, Mr Tokura said that there “are plans for the M2 to arrive in the U.S.”, and then adds that this is a “decision that is led by the sales groups in each division, so they are the ones who are holding the decision-making responsibility on that.”. At least there are plans to bring the EOS M2 to the States (and hopefully also to Europe).

And the lens roadmap for the EOS M system? Mr Tokura says he “can assure [us] that [Canon] do have plans to roll out some lenses in the future” but he can’t say anything more precise about the roadmap (because of company policy).

When asked about the reason’s of the EOS M initial AF slowness, Mr. Tokura said that is was due to a very conservative approach to AF implementation, an approach that put more emphasis on precision than on speed.

There are more gems in the interview, as Dave Etchells’ investigation about the inner working of Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus. Every pixel on the sensor “has two full readouts, so every pixel on the sensor can be read as two halves”.  Next question was “whether the signals from the two halves of each pixel are combined on the sensor chip for data image readout, or if they’re read out separately and then later combined in the processor?” – unfortunately Mr. Tokura couldn’t answer here since this information is kept under embargo by Canon. And what is the major drawback of the Dual Pixel AF technology? It is very expensive to manufacture because of the high precision required to tie the AF technology into the sensor.

There is more in the interview.

February 28, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Once More A Rumor Suggests The Canon EOS 7D Replacement Could Be Announced Soon

EOS 7D Replacement

Another rumor surfaced on the web, and suggests that the replacement for the Canon EOS 7D (price & specs) could soon be announced. Before the end of Q2 2014, say the latest murmurings.

I have previously posted (see here too) that the EOS 7D replacement could be announced in the next months, and it is nice to see that others are getting similar information from their sources.

That Canon may announce the successor of the EOS 7D before Summer 2014 is truly possible. The EOS 7D replacement is long overdue. However, there have been a lot of contradicting rumors about the EOS 7D replacement. It is not even sure this DSLR will be named “EOS 7D Mark II”.

Truth is that no one really knows what is going to happen. There will be a new APS-C flagship, sure thing, but so far no really reliable specs or features have leaked. Rumor has it that it could be a high-end DSLR with a hybrid viewfinder. The successor of the EOS 7D is a well kept secret.

So far there have been two leaks with possible specs for the EOS 7D replacement. One (apparently) spec list leaked during Panasonic’s presentation of the GH4. This spec list is nothing I would take seriously, since it definitely appears the list was put together by Panasonic’s marketing department with the clear aim to make the GH4 shine when compared to the competition. The other, not confirmed but more plausible spec list is the one below:

  • ~24MP sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Auto-Focus system similar to the EOS 5D Mark III (61 points), possibly the same as 5D3
  • High frame rate, 10-12 fps
  • “high grade” weather sealing, like Canon’s professional DSLRs
  • Dual Digic V+ processor
  • Single card slot
  • WiFi & GPS
  • Innovative video features
  • Price around $2000
  • Very good ISO performance

This is all we know so far about the EOS 7D replacement. Stay tuned!

February 27, 2014
Posted in News

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 and Sigma 24-105mm f/4 OS In Stock and Ready To Ship

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8

B&H Photo has both the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM and the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM lenses in stock right now (limited supply) and ready to ship.

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8

February 27, 2014
Posted in News

Canon Will Attend The Photography Show In UK (March 1-4)

Photography Show

Canon will attend The Photography Show in Birmigham, UK.

A brand new photography show for enthusiast photographers is launching next month (from 1-4 March) at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, UK, and Canon will feature strongly both as an exhibitor, showcasing its superb range of imaging equipment, as well as fielding four members of its Ambassadors Programme as special guest speakers.

Giving talks throughout the duration of the show will be Canon Ambassador Jeff Ascough as well as Canon Explorers Danny Green, David Noton and Clive Booth.

Adobe’s Richard Curtis (author of the recent CPN Lightroom 5 tutorials), National Geographic photojournalist Steve McCurry (Magnum Photos), fashion and celebrity photographer Rankin and legendary portrait photographer Terry O’Neill will also be there, where they will each give talks about their careers and showcase some stunning images.

[via CPN]

February 27, 2014
Posted in Reviews

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Sony A7 (Digitalrev)

DigitalRev‘s Kai is comparing the mirrorless full-frame Sony A7 (price & specs) to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs), Canon’s professional full-frame DSLR. Can the two compete? Can a mirrorless cam, even if FF, really compete with a professional grade DSLR (that has also access to Canon’s impressing line-up of lenses)?

I would always opt for the EOS 5D Mark III.

[via sonyalpharumors]


February 27, 2014
Posted in Tips

How To Shot A Unique Wedding Film With Canon Gear

The Canon Digital Learning Center published a video with wedding cinematographer Joe Simon about how to shot an unique wedding film with Canon EOS equipment.

Join wedding cinematographer, Joe Simon, as he shares his views and techniques for shooting a stylistic wedding video using Canon’s Cinema EOS and HDSLR cameras. Joe also discusses his experiences using the new Dual Pixel AF feature upgrade available for the EOS C100, and how it has improved his shots by opening up the potential for more dynamic camera movement and focus effects.

In this video you will also learn:
  • One-shot AF improvements with the Dual Pixel AF feature upgrade
  • Continuous AF improvements with the Dual Pixel AF feature upgrade
  • AF Lock and unlock functionalities, and how to take advantage of them
  • Joe’s approach to camera setup for filming the ceremony and first dance
  • Which camera support systems Joe uses for weddings, and why

[via CDLC]

February 26, 2014
Posted in Deals

Kit Deal: Canon Rebel SL1, 2 Lenses, Pro-100 Photo Printer, 32GB Memory Card, Bag, and more – $749

Canon Rebel SL1

Adorama has a Canon Rebel SL1 kit on sale for $749 after mail-in rebate and instant discount (compare to over $1350). That’s a great price for a bundle that includes:

  • Canon Rebel SL1
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens
  • Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III lens
  • Sony 32GB memory card
  • Lowepro bag
  • Canon PIXMA Pro-100 photo printer
  • 50 sheets Canon photo paper

The Canon Rebel SL1 (EOS 100D in Europe) is the world’s smallest DSLR.