February 10, 2014
Posted in Patents

Canon Patent for 24-85mm and 24-70mm Lenses (with Macro)



Lots of Canon patents surfaced in the last weeks. Here is another one spotted by Egami (translated). If I got the (machine-) translated text right, both lenses should also feature macro capabilities.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-16464,2014-16465
    • Publication date 2014.1.30
    • Filing date 2012.7.9
  • Example 3
    • Macro when in parentheses
    • Zoom ratio 2.84 (2.87)
    • Focal length f = 24.30-35.10-69.00mm (67.23-60.62)
    • Fno. 4.10 (5.28-5.56)
    • Half angle ω = 41.68-31.65-17.41 ° (17.84-19.64)
    • Image height Y = 21.64mm
    • 134.65-141.04-164.94mm overall length of the lens (162.09-152.75)
    • BF 39.15-46.02-59.68mm (64.95-67.73)
    • β = -0.17 (-0.7)
  • Example 4
    • Macro when in parentheses
    • Zoom ratio 3.42 (2.84)
    • Focal length f = 24.30-35.10-82.99mm (68.22-64.03)
    • Fno. 3.58-4.42-5.89 (5.92-5.87)
    • Half angle ω = 41.68-31.65-14.61 ° (17.60-18.67)
    • Image height Y = 21.64mm
    • 126.64-128.32-155.92mm overall length of the lens (149.57-148.58)
    • BF 39.39-49.31-64.14mm (65.59-65.96)
    • β = -0.17 (-0.6)
  • Canon patents
    • (4, etc. as in Example 3) seven-group zoom of positive and negative positive and negative positive positive and negative
    • (4, etc. the second group, as in Example 3) inner focus
    • implement the macro function by the first group fed out to the object side
February 8, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Canon Powershot G1 X II Picture Leaked (Update: Image Faked?)

Powershot G1 X II

Update: is the image of the G1 X II faked? That’s what Northlight Images states after having examined the picture. The say the end of the zoom ring is too abrupt. Moreover, the camera body appears to less sharp than the lens. See the (edited) pic below. What do you think, fake or real?

Fake or not? (Image courtesy: Northlight Images)

Canon Rumors spotted the first leaked picture of the Canon Powershot G1 X II, the replacement for the PowerShot G1 X. As you can see the G1 X II has an EVF instead of an optical view-finder. The preliminary specs are:

  • Slimmer body, lighter weight
  • External EVF
  • 24-120 f/2-3.9 Lens.
  • DIGIC 6
  • Around $700 USD

[via CR]

February 7, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Canon Announcements To Expect For CP+ Next Week

Canon Announcements

It appears Wednesday, February 12th will be the day Canon is set to announce new gear. The following is rumored to be announced:

  • A new DSLR below the Rebel SL1
  • Canon G1 X Replacement
  • Canon PowerShot S200
  • Canon PowerShot SX280 IS, a new super-zoom compact camera
  • Possibly more PowerShot cameras

The only PowerShot G1 X replacement specs that have been leaked so far, are those leaked some time go on the Chinese Xitek forum:

  • Same design as the G1X, with a slightly longer lens
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 24 – 120mm f/2.8-5.8 lens
  • 20.2MP 1.5″ CMOS sensor
  • New optical zoom viewfinder with better image quality
  • 3.0″ LCD touch screen with 922,000 dots

Additionaly, the G1 X successor could also have WiFi and GPS on board.

[via CR]

February 7, 2014
Posted in Deals

Canon Lens Specials at Adorama

Adorama has special discounts for selected Canon lenses, all lenses ship free in the US and get 2% rewards:

February 7, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III – $2845 (with accessories)

  Top Rated Plus seller getitdigital (99.4% positive ratings) on eBay has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $2,844.99. Free shipping and limited quantity. 
February 7, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EOS 6D – $1577

  Top Rated Plus eBay seller getitidigital (99.4% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 6D on sale for $1,576.68. USA model and warranty, free shipping. Limited quantity.
February 7, 2014
Posted in News, Rumors

Is This The Price Of The Upcoming Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens ($1345)?

Sigma 50mm f/1.4

I appears the price for the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, the lens Sigma wants to compete with the Zeiss Otus 55mm, may have been leaked.

Australian photo retailer CameraPro has the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art available for pre-order at AU$ 1,499, about US$ 1,345. Note that CameraPro states that the “pricing listed is anticipation only, where final price and ETA are to be announced”.

If this price tag is reliable, then the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 will have a higher price tag than expected by most. However, a price tag that is still affordable, especially if you consider who Sigma wants to compete with.

[via SR]