Another Canon Cinema EOS related rumor. Canon Rumors writes that
[t]here have been numerous mentions of a camera coming in under the Canon EOS C100, an EOS C50 if you will. What could be removed from the EOS C100 to make another cinema EOS camera a lot cheaper? Currently a C100 costs about $6500, and we’ve been told numerous times that Canon thinks they’ll need a cheaper camera to get more people into the system and in turn, the upgrade path.
Apparently there are some prototypes out in the wild. We will see. Such a camera would be situated below the C100. But since the C100 is already heavily criticized for being too much crippled down, the question is what Canon could feature on a possible C50. Actually, the C100 is the cheapest in the line-up.
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It is online. DPreview’s in-depth review of Canon’s entry level full-frame DSLR, the Canon EOS 6D (price & specs). We know that the 6D is becoming highly popular and selling very good. Customers have embraced the possibility to get full-frame without having to pay the price for a Canon EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs). Obviously, the 6D comes with compromises, first of all a much less advanced AF system than its bigger sibling and the competitors. But then, the 6D delivers outstanding low light/high ISO performance, noise is even less than the 5D Mark III, and more (as dpreview states “features that even [...] higher-end models cannot match”). To check DPreviews high ISO comparison click here, for the image quality tests here. Moreover, it is the only full-frame DSLR to feature built-in WiFi and GPS, and these are very important features for a lot of photographers. Btw, the EOS 6D is actually down to $1899, see below for the links.
DPreview writes in the conclusion:
Let’s be clear, the EOS 6D has a lot more going for it than just its comparatively low price tag. Based largely on the well thought-out ergonomics and operational handling of the popular EOS 60D, this newest full frame EOS provides solid build quality and light weight in a snappy, responsive camera powered by the same DIGIC 5+ image processor found in the 5D Mark III and the dual-chipped EOS 1D X.
The 6D also sports features that even those higher-end models cannot match. You get class-leading low-light autofocusing capability with a very impressive -3 EV sensitivity (from the central AF point). The 6D also becomes the first full frame DSLR from any manufacturer with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, a feature that is put to excellent use with a free Canon app – for Android and iOS devices – that provides live view-enabled remote camera control, exposure control and AF lock. Throw in an internal GPS unit and you’ve got a camera that provides features that are of real, practical use to a wide range of photographers.
The 6D inherits a number of features from the EOS 5D Mark III as well. Yet it is with several of these features that compromises will have to be made for those looking for a budget-conscious option to that higher-priced camera. The 6D offers identical video specifications, including an ‘All-I’ compression option [...]
Measured noise levels from the 6D are similar to the older 5D Mark III at low to medium ISO settings but consistently lower above ISO 3200, which does make a difference in real-world use when it comes to high ISO shooting in marginal light [...]
They list the pros of the EOS 6D as follows:
- Excellent detail in raw file output across ISO range
- Class-leading low light focus sensitivity (from central AF point)
- Very effective JPEG noise reduction at highest ISO sensitivities
- Impressively quiet ‘silent’ shutter drive mode
- Quick Control menu provides easy access to shooting settings
- Wi-Fi-enabled remote camera control via smartphone or tablet
- Effective and easy to use multi-exposure HDR mode
- Built-in GPS with text log capability
- Exposure simulation in live view can be toggled on and off
- Full manual control in video mode
- Choice of IPB and All-I video compression modes
- In-camera Raw conversion
- Good battery life (except when GPS and Wi-Fi are turned on)
- High quality bundled raw converter (Digital Photo Professional)
Don’t miss DPreview’s comprehensive analysis of the EOS 6D.
Some more information bits. Just recently, Mosaic Engineering released an anti-aliasing filter for the EOS 6D. The filter eliminates one of the shortcomings of the EOS 6D, that’s moiré and aliasing artifacts, and is a welcome tweak especially for videographers.
The price of the EOS 6D has gone down to $1899 (Amazon | B&H | Adorama) for the body only, and to $2499 (Amazon | B&H | Adorama) for the 6D with the EF 24-105 f/4L IS lens. There is also a deal by Top Rated Plus seller photovideo4less (99.6% positive ratings) on eBay: Brand new Canon EOS 6D with EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens and more accessories sold for $2099 (click here).
Canon EOS 5D Mark III price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay
Canon EOS 6D price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, J&R, Digitalrev, Borrow Lenses, eBay
Concrete deal by Top Rated Plus seller photovideo4less (99.6% positive ratings) on eBay: Brand new Canon EOS 6D with EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens and more accessories sold for $2099 (click here). Free shipping and USA warranty The bonus items are
- Zeikos 72mm Multi-Coated UV Filter
- Vivitar Heavy Duty Lens Cap Holder for Nikon Canon Fuji Panasonic & Sony DSLR cameras
- Zeikos Flexible Leg Table top Tripod ZE-TR5A
- Zeikos ZE-CL3A 3 Piece Cleaning Kit
- Zeikos Screen Protectors (Clear) SG26
- Zeikos ZE-MC3A 3 Memory Card Wallet
The new Cinema camera is a model that will fit between the Canon C100 (B&H | Adorama) and Canon C300 (B&H | Adorama), and is not thought to replace one of these cameras. The new camera will come with EF and PL mount. Moreover, a more professional Cinema camera, a model above the C500 (B&H | Adorama), may already exist as prototype and could also be shown at NAB 2013.
The rumored lenses are said to be a zoom and a prime lens, no specifications for the lenses but they could be less expensive versions of the actual Canon Cinema lenses.
April is the month when we expect Canon to release a much awaited firmware upgrade for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs), and another firmware update for the EOS-1D C (B&H | Adorama) that will bring 25fps at 4k recording.
Samyang working on a 50mm f/1.2 Lens? The question above has been posted on Samyang Asia’s Facebook page.
And the answer was, yes, Samyang (aka Rokinon) is working on a new 50mm f/1.2 lens, Canon mount among other mount types. This fits with a rumor I reported in the past (click here), but then the talk was about a 50mm f/1.4. It will not be an imminent release: As Samyang Asia writes on Facebook, the lens will be here “perhaps 2014″.