September 24, 2013
Posted in Rumors

New Canon Big Megapixel and Medium Format Rumors

Canon Big Megapixel

After a while a new rumor about the mighty Canon big megapixel camera. Rumors say that the 44.7MP camera is undergoing field testing. However, it appears that when used in 4k mode the batteries are draining way to fast. Canon is therefore still working on the sensor development and the software of the camera. The big MP camera could be announced (development announcement) late 2013 or beginning of 2014.

Another rumor concerns Canon’s plans to step into the medium format segment, and it appears Canon is serious about that. Canon could announce a medium format camera at next Photokina, availability will hardly be before 2015. Canon’s medium format strategy could imply an alliance with an already consolidated manufacturer, a joint venture so to speak.

Take all this with a grain of salt. There have been other big megapixel rumors in the past and so far they were either wrong (concerning the announcement) or very vague (concerning features). The MF rumor is pretty recent, and it sounds plausible that Canon would like to step into this market.

[via CR]

September 24, 2013
Posted in News

Tokina Joins the Cine Lens Party with a 16-28 T3.0 lens

16-28 T3.0

DSLRs are becoming increasingly more important for video productions. No surprise that lens manufacturers want to join the market. The latest entry comes from Tokina, with their 16-28 T3.0 Cinema lens. The lens appears to be an adaption from the Tokina AT-X 16-28 f/2.8 PRO FX lens. The Cine lens will be available for EF and PL mounts. The price published on Tokina’s site (translated) is somewhat puzzling: 580.000 Yen, which roughly gives 4350 Euro or $5437. That’s a high price tag, especially if you consider that the AT-X 16-28 F2.8 PRO FX goes over the counter for 900 Euro/$699. The PL version is set to be released end of September, the EF version for end of November.

The specs:

Focal length 16-28mm Filter Size 112mm
Brightness T3.0 (F2.8) Number of blades diaphragm Nine
Minimum aperture T22 (F22) Greatest dimension 123mm
Lens constitution 15 pieces of 13 group Total length 144mm
(127mm from head mount)
Coating Multilayer coating Weight 1,500 g
Minimum focusing distance 0.28m Macro maximum magnification 1:5.26
Support mount PL mount :4968808 -220 067Canon EF mount :4968808 -220 043

16-28 T3.0


September 23, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon Deals of the Day: Canon EOS 5D Mark III – $2550, with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS – $3649

Canon Deals

Two Canon deals for you. Top Rated Plus eBay seller bigvalueinc (98.2% positive ratings) has a superdeal: the Canon EOS 5D Mark III for $2,549.99 (click here). New item in original box, free shipping. Regular price is $3499!

The same seller also has the EOS 5D Mark III kit with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS for $3,648.82 (click here). Same condition as above. The body only deal is definitely the better one.

Product description after the break.

Canon Deals

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September 23, 2013
Posted in News

Canon and its Role at London Fashion Week (Expert’s Interviews)

This is a press release from Canon Europe. 40 Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 will be used to capture visitor’s best poses (see below to learn more). Videos can be watched at

LONDON, 12 September 2013 – Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, is once again supporting the British Fashion Council at the September 2013 London Fashion Week and Vodafone London Fashion Weekend events. As Official Imaging Partner to the British Fashion Council, Canon has a number of exciting initiatives underway to demonstrate the role of imaging in the fashion industry.

James Leipnik, Chief of Communication, Canon Europe, Middle East and Africa, commented: “Canon’s link with fashion is strong and enduring. During London Fashion Week and Vodafone London Fashion Weekend, our passion for the power of image will align closely with the creative skills of the world leading British fashion industry. Across a range of exciting activities that include printing an entire catwalk stage and working with an innovative fashion blogger, Canon will help ensure that great images from new collections shown in London are shared via social media to showcase design excellence around the world.”

Canon Professional Services (CPS) has been sharing its imaging expertise and helping professional photographers get the perfect shot at London Fashion Week events for the last eight years. The dedicated team of CPS technicians at the CPS centre at Somerset House will once again provide accredited professional photographers with advice, essential maintenance services, equipment loans and help with minor repairs.

As part of its initiative to support fashion designers, Canon has been working with Henry Holland to bring unique imagery to his House of Holland show and print his actual catwalk stage using an Océ Arizona flatbed printer. Canon will also collaborate with Ashish to create an instant Look Book about his eccentric and unique collection mixing Western and Eastern cultures, using Canon’s printing facilities.

During Vodafone London Fashion Weekend, Canon Fashion 360˚ Studio will provide an engaging, eye-catching and fun demonstration of the power of the image by encouraging attendees to look at an image from different angles. Visitors’ best poses will be captured by 40 Canon EOS 100D cameras in a purpose built studio and resulting images will be integrated into a four-second 360-degree film clip that can be immediately shared via the individual’s social media profiles.

Further highlights Canon’s sponsorship activities in London include:

  • Blogger Andy Torres from will be back to tell a story of fashion, from creation to catwalk, through a series of interviews with leaders from the fashion industry, including Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council, and professional photographer Clive Booth.
  • Visitors to Vodafone London Fashion Weekend can try out Canon’s latest products in the touch and try zone of the Canon Fashion 360˚ Studio, Experts will be on hand to offer advice and direction on how to use the cameras to capture the best fashion moments.
  • Canon is inviting accredited professional photographers to participate in the Canon Professional Network (CPN) ‘Best Shot’ competition to find that perfect fashion image.
  • As part of the ‘Shoot like a Pro’ initiative, students from the CPN programme will also have the opportunity to shoot the catwalk at London Fashion Weekend and enter their images into the student version of the ‘Best Shot’ competition to win Canon kit.
  • As the Digital Showcasing Partner at London Fashion Week, Canon will be providing live screenings of the latest in high street chic and haute couture, fashion shows, and designer presentations, in the Canon Cinema & Presentation Space within the BFC Courtyard Show Space at Somerset House.
  • Canon-branded buses will transport professional photographers to and from various locations around London for catwalk shows.

London Fashion Week (13-17 September) is the biggest event on the British fashion calendar, with over 5,000 visitors at this year’s event. It is followed by Vodafone London Fashion Weekend (19-22 September), London’s largest and most exclusive designer shopping event open to the public biannually. Canon is also a Principal Sponsor of Milan Fashion Week and a Key Sponsor of Paris Fashion Week, and Professional Photo Partner of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Russia.

For the latest information about Canon and fashion, please see Canon’s Facebook and Twitter pages #canonfashion.

September 22, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Canon EOS M2 Leaks in DPP Documentation

The Canon EOS M

Could this mean we will soon see an announcement? Hopefully. A user of the dpreview forum downloaded the latest version of DPP and found what follows:

Checking under the help section on Lighting Optimizer and look what is found:

If the shooting result is dark or the contrast is low, you can use the Auto Lighting Optimizer function to auto-correct the brightness and contrast, and obtain a more pleasant image. You can also change the settings of the image shot with the camera’s Auto Lighting Optimizer function. This function is compatible only with RAW images shot with EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 6D, EOS 7D, EOS 70D, EOS 60D, EOS 50D, EOS REBEL T5i/700D, EOS REBEL SL1/100D, EOS REBEL T4i/650D, EOS REBEL T3i/600D, EOS REBEL T2i/550D, EOS REBEL T1i/500D, EOS REBEL T3/1100D, EOS M2 and EOS M.

Not much fantasy with the naming but definitely a new EOS M on the way. :)

[via CR]

September 22, 2013
Posted in News

Firmware Update for Canon EOS-1D C Will be Released in October


Canon will release a firmware update for their Canon EOS-1D C camera by mid october. The update brings lens aberration correction and audio recording with line input.

A new firmware update is available for the EOS-1D C. Firmware Version 1.3.x adds new functionality incorporating the following features and modifications:

Lens aberration correction with EF Cinema Lenses: Communication between Canon EF Cinema lenses and Canon cameras has had a few effects on the operation of the EOS-1D C. The following features are now available as menu options:

  • Peripheral Illumination Correction: This feature maintains even brightness from corner to corner of an image. This will virtually eliminate vignetting and any other unevenness of light across the image.
  • Chromatic Aberration Correction: This feature reduces color fringing in areas of an image with high contrast color. It reduces color bleeding, which is easily noticeable at edges and degrades perceived image quality.
  • In addition, communication between the lens and camera body will allow the F-stop to now be seen on the viewfinder. Focus position and F-stop will also now be recorded by the camera.
  • Flicker caused by manual aperture adjustment has been reduced with this update, this could cause slight underexposure which may result in exposure compensation in some cases.

Sound recording with Line input:

  • After requests from users in the field, audio recording through a mini plug (3.5mm) connected to the external microphone terminal is now supported. This will allow for the recording of audio sources other than microphones, such as mobile devices or audio players. The standard input level is -8 dBV and can reach an input signal of up to +6 dBV. Sound recording levels are adjustable at 64 sound-recording levels.

Service support start date is anticipated mid-October 2013. For information regarding the EOS-1D C firmware update (which must be performed by a Canon Factory Service center) please contact Canon Cinema EOS Support at 1-855-CINE-EOS (246-3367).

September 21, 2013
Posted in patents

Canon Patent: 24-70mm f/2.8 Image Stabilized Lens

There has been a rumor about a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 IS lens surfacing last year, now Egami (translated) spotted a related patent (referring also to a 28-80 f/2.8 IS lens). This could be a very exciting lens!

  • Patent Publication No. 2013-182246
    • Publication date 2013.9.12
    • Filing date 2012.3.5
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 2.75
    • Focal length f = 24.70-36.42-67.88mm
    • Fno. 2.91
    • Half angle ω = 41.22-30.71-17.68 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • 164.87-172.85-196.79mm overall length of the lens
    • BF 39.07-44.44-54.56mm
    • 20 pieces of 13-group lens configuration
    • Four four-sided aspherical
  • Example 2
    • Zoom ratio 2.76
    • Focal length f = 24.70-34.88-68.18mm
    • Fno. 2.91
    • Half angle ω = 41.22-31.81-17.61 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • 165.79-174.26-199.67mm overall length of the lens
    • BF 38.47-42.81-58.00mm
    • 20 pieces of 15-group lens configuration
    • Three 3 aspherical surface
  • Example 3
    • Zoom ratio 3.22
    • Focal length f = 24.70-39.67-79.43mm
    • Fno. 2.91
    • 41.22-28.61-15.24 ° angle of view
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • 161.98-171.74-200.99mm overall length of the lens
    • BF 38.35-46.17-57.64mm
    • 20 pieces of 13-group lens configuration
    • Four four-sided aspherical
  • Canon patent
    • 5-group zoom of positive and negative positive positive and negative
    • Antivibration (fourth lens group)