September 30, 2013
Posted in Deals

Canon Mail-In Rebates on Selected L Lenses

Canon Mail-In Rebates Canon Mail-In Rebates

Canon announced a mail-in rebate program for a big bunch of their “L” lenses. The mail-in rebates (up to $300) end January, 14, 2014. Things appear a little bit confusing to me, since not all lenses seem to have the same kind of mail-in rebate (Amazon appears to differ from Adorama and B&H). After clicking the links check how much mail-in rebate you will get.

To see all lenses with mail-in rebate at Adorama click here, to see all discounted lenses at B&H click here.

A sample selection for you:

This is just a selection, check all lenses at Adorama or at B&H.

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September 30, 2013
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Posted in Deals

Amazon Offers Instant Savings on Selected Canon Cameras and Lenses

Amazon is offering instant savings up to $100 on selected Canon Lenses and SpeedLites (click here) and up to $200 on selected Canon cameras (click here). Among the selected cameras there are the following kits

  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i 18.0 MP with 18-55mm EF-S IS STM Lens – save $50 – pay $849 (click here)
  • Canon EOS 60D 18 MP with 3.0-Inch LCD and 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS UD Standard Zoom Lens – save $200 – pay $999 (click here)
  • Canon EOS 60D 18 MP with 3.0-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens – save $200 – pay $1099 (click here)
  • Canon EOS 60D 18 MP with 3.0-Inch LCD (Body Only) – save $200 – pay $699 (click here)

Among the lenses, there are:

  • Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM UD Standard Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras – save $100 – pay $699 (click here)
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras – save $60 – pay $339 (click here)
  • Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro Lens for Canon SLR Cameras – save $100 – pay $949 (click here)
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras – save $50 – pay $549 (click here)
September 30, 2013
Posted in News

Canon Ranks 35th on Interbrand’s Best Global Brands Ranking 2013

Interbrand's Best Global Brand

Every year Interbrand ranks what they think are the 100 most important global brands. Well, Canon ranks 35th (last year: 30th), Nikon doesn’t even show up. Canon’s brand value is estimated in 10,989 million dollars. Although there are other brands in the list that are involved in the photographic business, Canon is the only major photo-gear manufacturer in the list. Others brands in some way involved in the photo business are: Samsung (rank 8), Sony (rank 46), Panasonic (rank 68), Adobe (rank 79). And the leader of the list? Well, it’s a manufacturer that builds one of the most popular cameras out there: Apple.

Interbrand also ranked the best “green brands”. Canon ranks on position 30. If you want to learn about their methodology click here.

About Canon they write:

Despite the yen’s volatility, the leadership of returning President Fujio Mitarai helped keep Canon steady through challenging times. This past year has seen a heady schedule of product launches, entry into new markets, and expansion of sales and manufacturing bases outside Japan. Since launching an entry-level digital SLR in 2003, Canon has become synonymous with the camera category. The high-end market continues growing, but the global market for compact digital cameras has collapsed as smartphones have become commonplace. Canon continues to innovate with products like the EOS M, employing a non-reflex operating system, as well as new additions to the PowerShot lineup and high-end, high-definition video cameras. The brand is also advancing into online photo management with Project 1709, a cloud-based service that promises deep social and product integration. To expand the imaging systems business domain, Canon also recently entered the growing retail photo printing business with DreamLabo 5000. In its core office business, Canon sees significant potential from the integration of Océ, made a wholly owned subsidiary this year, helping it become a leader in the printing industry. High-profile marketing campaigns and sports sponsorships, such as becoming the official partner of the IAAF World Athletics Series, help keep the brand top of mind with consumers. Still, with its core markets changing fast as technology advances and consumer behaviors evolve, Canon will need to increase its pace of innovation even more.

[Interbrand via photoscala]

September 30, 2013
Posted in Rumors

More Canon Medium Format Tidbits

Canon Medium Format

Canon Medium Format Mock-Up

Another rumor concerning Canon’s supposedly upcoming MF system surfaced. The MF system will be part of the EOS family, Canon wants to do that because they want to be recognized as a brand that covers the broad market. How to position Canon in the global market thru the MF system is considered a “key aspect”.

Moreover, the medium format EF lenses are supposed to work on other EOS systems (full-frame) by the means of an adapter (same as happens with the EF-M adapter for the EOS M system (price & specs)). Development announcement is expected for Photokina 2014.

I am still rather sceptical about this rumor. How many medium format cameras are sold around the world? Is it really worth to make such a (strategic) investment for what at the end is a niche market? Will this really be profitable? What do you think?

[via NL]

September 30, 2013
Posted in patents

Canon Patent: 18-270mm , 18-300mm , 18-200mm , 16-240mm , 16-200mm f/3.5-5.6 Lenses

Canon Patent

New APS-C superzooms coming?

Egami (translated) spotted a new Canon patent. The patent refers to 18-270mm , 18-300mm , 18-200mm , 16-240mm , 16-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lenses.

Description and self-interpretation of the patent literature

  • Patent Publication No. 2013-190453
    • Publication date 2013.9.26
    • Filing date 2012.3.12
  • Example
    No. Focal length Fno. Half angle Lens constitution Aspheric surface UD glass
    One 18.75 – 59.52 – 270.67 3.18 – 4.69 – 5.88 36.08 – 12.93 – 2.89 19 pieces of 14 group Three 3 surface Three
    Three 18.67 – 54.99 – 299.50 3.39 – 4.79 – 5.88 36.18 – 13.95 – 2.61 21 pieces of 16 group Four 4 surface Three
    Four 18.54 – 49.15 – 194.16 3.22 – 4.22 – 5.66 36.36 – 15.52 – 4.02 18 pieces in 11 groups Two 2 surface Three
    Six 16.53 – 54.38 – 237.95 3.42 – 4.72 – 5.88 39.56 – 14.10 – 3.29 18 sheets 13 group Four 4 surface Two
    Seven 16.81 – 47.39 – 194.13 3.32 – 4.46 – 5.66 39.07 – 16.07 – 4.02 17 pieces of 12 group Two 2 surface Two
  • Canon patent
    • 6-group zoom of positive and negative positive and negative positive and negative
    • Rear focus
Canon Patent

From left to right: spherical aberration, astigmatism, distortion, lateral chromatic aberration.

[via Egami]

September 28, 2013
Posted in News

Nauticam Announces Underwater Housing for Canon EOS 70D

Underwater Housing for Canon EOS 70D

Nauticam announced an underwater housing for the fabulous Canon EOS 70D, the NA-70D. Price will be $3300, estimated shipping: October 1, 2013. Features of the underwater housing:

Feature Advantage
Rugged housing body milled from solid aluminum 100m depth rating and built to last
Patented port locking lever Easy and safe port mounting, solidly locks port in place
Knobby command dials Can be operated even with thick gloves on
Patented housing locking latches Secure but easy to use
Rubberized handle grips Comfortable and placed for optimum access to controls
Lens release button Easy changeout of lenses without removing camera from housing
Drop in camera tray No need to preset controls, just drop in and it is ready to go
Fiber optic ports Optical TTL with Inon and Sea&Sea strobes
3 Bulkhead ports For optional HDMI or sync cable bulkheads
Viewfinder, 0.66x Enhanced 180º and 45º viewfinders optional
Laser cut stainless steel handle brackets For extra stability when using heavy lighting. Now even lighter weight!
Light mounting balls 2 handle mounted balls standard, mounting balls for housing optional
Tripod mounting points Important for macro video shooters
Control labeling Easy to find and understand control functions
Integrated Electronic Vacuum/Leak Detection System Status of the watertight security of the housing at a glance

NA-70D Controls (advantages/usage underwater):

  • Sensitive two stage shutter release (easy to gauge half press; gives fine control over the shutter release)
  • AF-ON Lever (strategically placed for easy thumb focus or thumb focus lock)
  • Front Command Dial directly under shutter release (change aperture effortlessly)
  • Rear Command Dial at left side next to thumb (change shutter speed without removing hand from grips)
  • Multi Controller Pad controls the 8 way selector (easily change focus area, even diagonally)
  • Manual Zoom/Focus Knob (zoom/focus the lens without a reach)
  • ISO Paddle at right thumb (very quick ISO changes; ISO has become a key control, especially for video)
  • Info Button brought out to left thumb (calls up the important info screen, in playback mode toggles histogram)
  • Playback button paddle at left thumb (makes reviewing images easy)
  • Q button paddle at left thumb (zoom, check critical focus, pan without removing hand from grip)
  • Mode dial (switch from P to Av to M modes easily)
  • AF Mode, Drive Mode and Metering Mode push buttons (easy to change with Canon’s push-turn style)
  • Focus Expansion Button (change focus area style quickly)
  • *, and Focus Points button accessible with right thumb (change focus points, lock exposure, plus zoom during live view)
  • Depth of Field Preview accessible with right thumb (programmable to several different functions)
  • Menu button near left thumb (access to all camera options)
  • Movie/Still mode lever (effortless switch from still to movie shooting)
  • Start/stop video on right thumb paddle (start video without inducing camera shake)
  • On/off  switch automatically aligns (no need to preset camera)

The following lenses are supported by the housing (not the complete list):

  • Tokina AF 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 AT-X 107 DX
  • Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
  • Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX
  • Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM | C
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
  • Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
  • Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
  • Canon EF 8-15mm /4L Fisheye USM
  • Canon EF 8-15mm /4L Fisheye USM & Kenko 1.4X Pro DGX
  • Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
  • Canon EF 17-40mm /4L USM
  • Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye
  • and more….

Underwater Housing for Canon EOS 70D

Read the whole press release after the break.

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September 26, 2013
Posted in News

From 4K to Photo: Adorama Pro Event Featuring the Canon EOS-1D C

From Adorama, click here for more details:

Adorama will be hosting a FREE event with world-renowned photographer and filmmaker John Huba on Thursday, October 10th at 55 West 17th Street, NYC.

Doors open at 430pm, and sessions are scheduled for 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm.

Light refreshments will be served.

Huba will demonstrate the revolutionary hybrid method of combining photo and video at this exclusive event featuring the Canon EOS-1D C. The only DSLR of its kind that can shoot in 4K, Huba will film a live fashion shoot with the EOS-1D C, then import the footage into Adobe Premiere Pro.  He will then extract still frames in 4K, putting the entire hybrid workflow on display from start to finish.

See the Canon EOS-1D C in Action! Footage from Nolcha Fashion Week!

About John Huba:

John Huba has been a sought after New York photographer and filmmaker for over two decades. His advertising client list includes campaigns for Ralph Lauren, J.Crew, Neiman Marcus and DKNY. Huba’s celebrity portraits of people like Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek and Anne Hathaway have graced the pages of such esteemed publications as Vanity Fair, InStyle, Men’s Journal, Town & Country and Rolling Stone.

Huba’s ability to reveal the universal humanness in foreign cultures makes his travel images instantly identifiable. His shoots for publications like Condé Nast Traveler and Travel and Leisure have brought him on location to Morocco, Vietnam, Peru and Africa to name a few. His Emmy-nominated documentary, “Hey Vinny,” tells the story of quintessential New Yorker Vinny Vella. Recently, Huba’s film “Seamus” premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival to glowing reviews. John Huba continues to travel and shoot all over the world, combining his photography and filmmaking skills and perfecting this hybrid method of shooting.

You can register here.

The EOS-1D C on sale at B&H and Adorama, and you can rent it at Borrow Lenses.