Canon EF-M 85mm f/1.8 IS STM around the corner? [CW1]

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Canon EOS M3

A lot of us think that Canon will push the EOS M system after the announcement of the Canon EOS M3. What to some degree is missing are native lenses for the system (though you can use any Canon EF and EF-S lens thru the adapter).

That’s where this rumor perfectly fits. The rumor suggest that a Canon EF-M 85mm f/1.8 IS STM lens may be around the the corner. I am just wondering if a 85mm lens is the most urgent thing to release to push the EOS M system. Other focal lengths would be more appreciated, and also more useful for the EOS M system.

What we heard (here at CW) is that Canon will announce a new EF-M 18-55mm IS STM kit lens, to pair with the new EOS M3. I have no candidate announcement date for the new EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens, but if the rumor is reliable then an announcement in Q4 2015 could be plausible. Canon would be in time to bundle the new kit lens with the EOS M3, ready for X-Mas sales.

Canon EOS M3 now shipping!

Canon EOS M3: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

The Canon EOS M3 is not on sale in the USA. You can order it at DigitalRev (ships internationally).

EOS M3 specifications:

  • 24.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III
  • Powerful DIGIC 6 processing
  • 3.0 inch (1040k) ClearView II Tilt Touchscreen
  • 49 Point AF
  • 4.2 fps continuous shooting
  • Scene Intelligent Auto
  • Stunning 1080p movies at 24, 25 and 30 fps
  • Creative Assist
  • Wi-Fi, Dynamic NFC, remote control and sharing
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Canon EOS M3

About our rumour rating:

  • CW1 – probably fake rumor, not reliable (less than 15% chance to be real)
  • CW2 – rumor from an unknown/new source, but otherwise at least a plausible rumor (15%-40% chance to be real)
  • CW3 – around 50% chance to be real, coming from a known source, or from new source with good insight in Canon’s business
  • CW4 – rumor from a known source that was right in the past, high probability to be true (60%-80% chance to be real)
  • CW5 – as good as certain to be true
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Big Photo Software Education & Membership Bundle Deal for $99 (worth over $4,000, download)

B&H Photo has a big Foto Promos photo software education and membership bundle on sale for just $99. It’s normally worth over $4,000 and you get a ton of stuff: 100 hours of training videos, 836 presets and actions, 12 e-books and training materials, 6 full 1-year memberships, 33 industry leading photo contributors. Expires June 25th.

An overview of the bundle after the break.

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Canon EOS 5DS review (jaw-dropping image quality, Photography Blog)

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Photography Blog got their Canon EOS 5DS and they are testing it without a break. Now they posted the full review. The EOS 5DS gets a “Highly Recommended” and a rating of 4.5/5.

Excerpts from the conclusion:

The Canon EOS 5Ds combines the proven design of the popular 5D Mark III with jaw-dropping image quality from the new 50.6 megapixel sensor.

The sheer level of detail that can obtained from the 5Ds and a high-quality lens like the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is difficult to ignore once you’ve experienced it, though, so if you can commit both financially and in terms of time to the Canon EOS 5Ds, we’d whole-heartedly recommend it.

The Canon EOS 5Ds has inherited some extra design features from the EOS 7D Mk II which make it the best designed 5-series camera to date.

[…] as we’ve discovered after shooting thousands of images with the 5Ds and a variety of older and newer lenses, only the latest and greatest lenses together with careful technique are good enough to get the absolute best out of that 50 megapixel sensor.

Read the full review at Photography Blog.

Limited batches of the Canon EOS 5DS are already shipping!

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Adobe Lightroom CC updated (gets “Dehaze” feature, LR 6 not)

Adobe today updated Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC, calling it a “milestone release” (see press release below).

The most notable feature is the “Dehaze” tool for Lightroom CC (video above). And the bad news is that Lightroom 6 will not get it. Adobe has different update paths for LR 6 and LR CC, and that’s not good in my opinion.

You can get an overview of the new features at Lightroom Killer Tips.

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Adobe’s press release:

SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 16, 2015  Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today launched a milestone release of its flagship Adobe Creative Cloud tools and services. The 2015 release of Creative Cloud includes major updates to Adobe’s industry-defining desktop tools, including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Premiere Pro CC and InDesign CC; as well as new connected mobile apps for iOS and Android. The company also shipped Adobe Stock, the industry’s first stock content service to be integrated directly into the creative process and the tools creatives use every day (see separate press release). In addition, Adobe announced an expanded Creative Cloud enterprise offering that includes enterprise-grade administration, security, collaboration and publishing services for design-driven brands, businesses and large organizations.

“The 2015 release of Creative Cloud is packed with innovation. Adobe Stock, our brand new stock service, makes 40 million photos, vector graphics and illustrations accessible directly within your favorite CC desktop apps. Our CreativeSync technology deepens the connections between desktop apps and mobile apps on iOS and Android; and major updates to Creative Cloud’s infrastructure and administrative capabilities makes this an essential upgrade for enterprise customers,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media, Adobe. “Creative Cloud 2015 is our most powerful and comprehensive release to date.”

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Canon EOS 5DS R review (image quality superb, Amateur Photographer)

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Amateur Photographer reviewed the Canon EOS 5DS R. From the conclusion:

There’s little doubt that the Canon EOS 5DS R is one of the most impressive cameras we’ve ever seen. With its 50.6MP sensor, robust build, and reliable metering and autofocus, it’s sure to become a favourite with working photographers for whom ultimate resolution really matters. Indeed, with 20% higher linear resolution than 36MP cameras, it lays down the gauntlet to Sony and Nikon to play catch-up again, although it would be naive to expect this to take long.
[…] Image quality is superb, and the ‘fine detail’ picture style is capable of packing practically all the captured detail into the camera’s JPEGs. I’d still expect most users to shoot raw, but it’s great that JPEGs are much more usable than on recent Canon DSLRs. The only caveat is that low ISO dynamic range still doesn’t quite match its peers, so you can’t dig as much detail out of deep shadows as you can from cameras such as the Nikon D810.

Read the full review at Amateur Photographer

The Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R are shipping!

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Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R resolution tests published

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LensRentals posted the results of their initial testing of the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R. They used the following lenses to test the sensor: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4, Zeiss 21mm f/2.8, , Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus, and Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II.

In the conclusion they write:

Just as it was the Nikon high resolution cameras were released, it will take months of testing and photographer experience to determine which lenses do exactly what with the new cameras. But it’s not a critical thing to know at first. Every lens will provide better on the new cameras, at least in the center of the image. How much of a difference will range from noticeably better, to “wow” depending upon the lens, type of photography, and subject matter.

Read the article at LensRentals.

Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R are shipping in the US!

Canon EOS 5DS: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA | Canon EOS 5DS R: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

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