[CW3] Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 Mark III in the works? Canon patent for 16-35mm f/2.8 lens spotted


embodiment: 16-35mm f/2.8

Last week I got a rumor I didn’t take seriously. The rumor suggested that Canon is working on a new version of the highly popular EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens. Well. I think I was wrong in not trusting the source. The EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM was released in 2007, so a replacement is not out of the realm of possibilities. Given the patent, I rate the rumour CW3.

Egami (translated) spotted a patent that appears to support the rumour of a EF 16-35mm f/2.8 Mark III lens.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-206674
    • Published 2014.10.30
    • Filing date 2013.4.15
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 2.06
    • Focal length f = 16.49-23.74-33.94mm
    • Fno. 2.91
    • Half angle of view ω = 52.69-42.35-32.51 °
    • BF 38.74-48.38-63.65mm

EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

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

Canon Europe Cash-Back on EOS 7D2, M3, 750D, 760D bundles (up to €300, 5DS and 5DS R listed but not yet available)

Thanks Andrea for the tip!

All (or at least most) European Canon subsidiaries started a cash-back program on select DSLR and lens bundles lasting from April 23 to July 31. Cash-back goes up to €300. Sorry for being late on this. This cash-back program appears to have little to do with Canon UK’s programEdit: Thanks lw for pointing me to Canon UK.

The listed sites offer the cash-back program for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, EOS M3, and EOS 750D and 760D. Some of the sites have the EOS 5D Mark III and the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R also listed for the program but not available for the time being. See terms and conditions in your language and for your country:

More European Canon sites are listed at Canon Europe.

[CW3] Canon Rebel SL2/EOS 150D coming in August 2015 with 24MP and 19 points AF?

Rebel SL2

Will Canon soon announce the successor of the world’s smallest DSLR, the Rebel SL1/EOS 100D? That’s what a new rumor suggests, and some specs did also appear.

Northlight Images got a tip that the Rebel SL2/EOS 150D will be announced between July and August 2015. These are the rumoured specs:

  • 24.2MP
  • 19 point AF
  • 4.5 fps
  • 1080/30p video
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III focus system
  • 7560 pixel RGB + IR metering
  • Fixed 3″ LCD touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi + NFC

Sounds good and plausible, and if true this specs will make up a pretty small yet powerful DSLR.

[via NL]

Canon’s new Nifty-Fifty, the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is in stock and ready to ship


Canon didn’t waste time to ship their new EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens (announcement). All major resellers have the lens in stock and ready to ship. The EF 50mm f/1.8 STM sells for $125 at Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama | DigitalRev (ships world-wide).

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM availability check for your country: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Henry Canada | Newegg Canada | Alibaba | Adorama | Canon USA.

EF 50mm f/1.8 STM specifications (taken from Adorama’s product page):

  • Compact, Lightweight Fixed Focal Length Lens: ideal for everyday photos, and with a large f/1.8 aperture, a perfect lens for low-light photography and creative background blur.
  • 80mm effective focal-length: when attached to an APS-C camera optimal for portraits and photos of fast moving subjects such as children and pets.
  • A stepping motor (Gear-type STM): supports the Movie Servo AF function in providing smooth and quiet continuous AF during video recording, as well as when shooting photos.
  • Improved exterior design: includes new focus ring placement making it the most compact Canon 50mm lens.
  • Metal mount: helps provide stability and ruggedness.
  • Optimized lens placement and coatings: help deliver outstanding color balance, while minimizing ghosting and flare.
  • Circular aperture (7 blades): helps deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds. h
  • Minimum focusing distance: of 14in (0.35m); maximum magnification of 0.21x

Canon EOS 5DS R pre-production model hands-on review (C|Net)


C|Net had the opportunity to test a Canon EOS 5DS R pre-production unit. This is one of the more exhaustive 5DS R reviews I saw so far. The EOS 5DS R and the EOS 5DS is that the former cancels the effect of the OLPF (optical low-pass filter) to get sharper images (at the cost of some image artefacts).

C|Net’s review comes with many sample pictures, crops for better pixel-peeping, and some comparisons with Nikon’s 36MP D810 (the EOS 5DS R has 50MP). A Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens was used on both the Canon and the Nikon, which makes comparisons more interesting as the Sigma is one of the few good cross-brand options.

The review is not without critic considerations, and looks at the EOS 5DS R from a “who needs it” perspective. About image quality the reviewer writes:

The photos from the prerelease camera are certainly sharper than any I’ve seen from a Canon, and they’re a whole new level of quality compared to the 5D Mark III. But the photos from the preproduction version aren’t as good as those from the D810. […] They’ve got more noise in the raws starting at midrange ISO sensitivities, and the D810 seems to have a broader tonal range. The camera offers a Fine Detail Picture Style that enhances sharpness and helps with photos ISO 800 and higher, but it also increases artifacts. The higher resolution does help in cases where the focus is slightly off, though, making scaled down images look a little sharper than they might have otherwise. And the video, even though it’s two-megapixel HD, looks a lot sharper than Canon’s other models.

Don’t forget that a pre-production model was tested, and that image quality will change on the production model (according to Canon). Head over to C|Net to read the full review.

The Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R manuals are available in all languages (click here). Good to have a closer look to the EOS 5DS and 5DS R’s features. Canon’s EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R are available for pre-order:

Canon EOS 5DS R specifications (from B&H’s product page):

  • 50.6MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors
  • Low-Pass Filter Effect Cancellation
  • 3.2″ 1,040K-Dot ClearView II LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
  • 150,000-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
  • Native ISO 6400; 5.0 fps Burst Shooting
  • User-Selectable Shutter Release Time Lag
  • Dual Compact Flash and SD Media Slots