Canon acknowledges Rebel T6 sensor issue and release product advisory

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Update: see also Roger Cicala’s comment on Canon’s definitely quick reaction to the issue. R. Cicala of Lenrentals was the first to observe the issue and post about it. Regarding Canon, Cicala says:

I can’t say enough about how impressed I am with the speed with which Canon has addressed the issue. We’ve seen problems like this ignored for months, or denied until the next version of the camera is released. Mistakes in manufacturing complex devices are inevitable. How the manufacturer handles them is the variable.

Original post:

Canon released a product advisory for the Rebel T6 sensor flecks issue.

Thank you for using Canon products.

This notice is to proactively inform our customers of the phenomenon described below along with Canon’s support actions. We value the trust our customers have placed in us, and we are dedicated to continuously improving product quality as well as delivering industry-leading service and support. We offer our sincerest apologies to any customer who may be inconvenienced.

Phenomenon
In some units of the models listed below, the following phenomenon may occur due to irregularities on an optical layer located in front of the image sensor:

White spots may exist on the optical layer which may result in the appearance of dark circular patterns on the captured image under certain shooting conditions.

Affected Products
The phenomenon described above may occur in cameras whose first and second digits of the serial number are as set forth below.

Identification Procedure:
Serial Number: [XXnnnnnnnnnn] EOS Rebel T6s: If “XX” is “01” or “02”, the phenomenon described above may occur.
EOS Rebel T6i: If “XX” is “01” or “02”, the phenomenon described above may occur.
“n” represents any digit.

NOTE: If the battery cover contains the marking illustrated below, the camera is NOT affected by the phenomenon described above even if the first and second digits of the serial number are of the numbers mentioned above.

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Support
Potentially affected cameras will be inspected and affected units will be repaired free of charge.
We are developing a solution and will inform you as soon as it is available.

Canon EOS Rebel T6s: tbd
Canon EOS Rebel T6i: tbd

This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
If you have not already done so, please register your Canon EOS Rebel T6s or your Canon EOS Rebel T6i. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future announcements.

Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc

Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON
1-800-652-2666
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com
For additional support options: usa.canon.com/support

[CW2] Canon Rebel SL2 coming Fall 2015 (24MP, smaller than SL1)?

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Some rumours about the Canon Rebel SL2 surfaced. Canon Rumors reports:

We’re told that an SL2 is definitely on the way and may be shrunk even further. While the thickness of the camera can’t change all that much because of the EF mount, the length, height and weight could be further reduced. One of the ways to reduce the size is implementing an EVF instead of an optical viewfinder. Sony has done this with the A77 DSLR, and Canon has said when the technology is good enough, they may also introduce it into the EOS lineup.

Except for the EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) I think these are plausible generic specs, though it is not clear if the EVF is part of the rumor or just a speculation by CR. I can’t see the point in featuring an EVF on a DSLR, I think it is better suited and makes more sense on a mirrorless camera. The Rebel SL1/100D is (or was) the world’s smallest DSLR and it is nothing but a logic evolution if Canon shrinks the SL2 even further.

It is safe to assume that the Rebel SL2 will have the same 24MP sensor featured on Canon’s recent Rebels, the EOS 760D/Rebel T6i and EOS 750D/Rebel T6s (read about the sensor issue).

What about the name? While it is pretty sure that the SL1 replacement will be named SL2 in the US, there are still no reliable rumours about the EU and Asia names. In EU it could be EOS 150D.

[via CR]

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 Store deals on refurbished gear (50mm f/1.8 for $79, and more)

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The Canon Direct Store stocked up their refurbished inventory. For all refurbished lenses on sale click here, for refurbished DSLRs click here.

A few examples: refurbished Nifty-Fiftys for a no brainer price: EF 50mm f/1.8 II on sale for $79.99, or the EOS 70D with 18-55mm IS STM lens on sale for $799.99, 70D with 18-135mm on sale for $899.99.

Canon EOS 5DS & Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art sample pics (results are spectacular)

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The folks at Reviewed.com got a beta sample of Canon’s EOS 5DS, the 50MP DSLR that competes with medium format sensors.

Having such a resolution monster asks for a super sharp lens. What better choice as the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens, one of the sharpest lenses out there and a pixel peeper’s delight. All sample pics were shot with a beta unit, in RAW, and later converted to JPG using Photoshop CC with minimal sharpness enhancement. All pictures can be downloaded full size. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art is the lens PetaPixel called “stroke of genius“. Pixel peepers enjoy!

See all sample pictures at Reviewed.com. Spoiler: the results are spectacular! The EOS 5DS delivers, and Canon is now leading the megapixel race.

Want to have a look at the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R features? The user manuals for the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R can be downloaded at Canon Europe.

Canon’s new EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R are available for pre-order:

[via Reviewed.com]

Canon Europe launches city guide series inviting consumers to discover their world from a unique perspective

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Canon press release:

Canon Europe launches city guide series inviting consumers to discover their world from a unique perspective

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 6th May 2015 – Today Canon announces the launch of a series of downloadable and app based city guides that offer fresh and unique perspectives of six cities across Europe – London, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Milan and Amsterdam. The curated guides invite consumers to explore the world around, look deeper and seek out the fascinating and beautiful stories that unfold everyday.

The introduction of the city guides is part of Canon’s continuing ‘Come and See’ brand campaign, the latest iteration of which features two freeclimbers who explore cities around the world from unique perspectives and breathtaking vantage points. The city guide series offer a more everyday look at cities, inviting people to take a fresh look at familiar landscapes and encouraging the discovery of hidden locations from unexpected angles.

To curate each exclusive guide, Canon has collaborated with six sets of influencers, local to each selected city. Each personality brings their passion, creative flair and area of expertise to offer their unique perspective on the tour stops mapped out:

  • UK: London – Professional parkour athlete and photographer, Scott Bass
  • Spain: Madrid – Fashion and street style blogging duo, Mike & Gabriel of Cup of Couple
  • Netherlands: Amsterdam – Professional photography duo, Andres & Joyce of On a Hazy Morning
  • Germany: Berlin – Graphic desiger and blogger, Nina of Smaracuja
  • Italy: Milan – Visual street artist, Alice Pasquini
  • France: Paris – Photographer, Saúl Aguilar

Nigel Taylor, Consumer Imaging Marketing Communications Director, Canon Europe, commented, “In a world full of fascinating stories, breath-taking views and hidden gems, it’s natural that in the hustle and bustle of life we overlook and at times take our surroundings for granted. At Canon, we want to help consumers enjoy cities across Europe in all their unique glory. We hope that people will relish the opportunity to seek out new perspectives and in turn capture that beauty on camera or video to cherish forever”.

Downloadable City Guides
All six city guides will be available for download via Canon’s dedicated ‘Come and See’ website from May 1st 2015, inviting consumers to discover European cities as they’ve never experienced them before. In addition, the website provides consumers with insight into the ‘Come and See’ campaign, including videos featuring the influencers, as well as technology stories and product information.

City Guides via Canon Companion Apps
Each city guide will also be featured as part of Canon’s new EOS 760D & EOS 750D, and EOS M3 Companion apps, compatible with iOS and Android, consumers can download and use the app regardless of whether they own the product or not. Users will be able to navigate their way through guides and city maps and gain handy photography tips and advice to inspire and support them in their journey of exploration around each city¹.

Share your travel story with us!
City guide users are encouraged to share their favourite travel photos and experiences with the hashtag #comeandsee.


¹The Madrid, Amsterdam, London, Berlin and Milan guides are available within the app from today, with Paris to follow in June