Canon patent for 12-35mm f/2-3.5 IS lens for 4/3 formats

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Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon for an image-stabilized 12-35mm f/2-3.5 lens for 4/3 sensors. Slow down before you get too excited figuring out that Canon will soon produces lenses for 4/3 systems. If this patent will ever hot the market it could also be for a compact camera, or one of the better Powershot cams.

  • Canon patent
    • Positive and negative positive and negative positive five-group zoom
    • Rear focus (fourth group)
    • Anti-vibration (part of the third group)

 

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens officially introduced (and available for pre-order)

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Canon’s new EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens is official. The new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8mm STM standard prime lens is scheduled to be available by the end of May for an estimated retail price of $125.99. Pre-orders are available: B&H Photo | Adorama.

Compact and Lightweight EF Lens Features Stepping Motor (STM) Technology and is Ideal for First time DSLR Users as well as Advanced Amateur Photographers

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 11, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce the new lightweight and compact Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM standard lens. Featuring a large maximum aperture of f/1.8, this single focal length lens (which has an effective focal length of 80mm when attached to an EOS camera with an APS-C sensor such as the EOS Rebel T6i) is ideal for creating portraits with beautiful, soft-blurred backgrounds. It’s also ideal for low-light photography and night scenes. Now incorporating Canon’s proprietary STM stepping motor technology, this new lens supports Canon’s EOS Movie Servo AF* (autofocus) function to provide smooth and quiet continuous AF during video recording, as well as when capturing still photos.

“Canon’s optical heritage of creating high-quality lenses is something we are very proud of ,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Regardless of skill level or budget, all photographers and videographers should have access to superb creative tools that enable them to capture not only beautiful images but images that tell the story of their lives. This new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens, will provide photographers and videographers with outstanding images they will want to share for years to come.”

The new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8mm STM lens is excellent for entry-level and advanced amateur photographers, as well as users looking to capture video. Featuring an improved exterior design, including a new focus ring placement, it provides photographers with the most compact Canon EF 50mm lens ever, at just 1.5 inches in length. In addition, this new lens uses a metal mount providing additional stability and ruggedness compared to its predecessor.

Composed of six elements in five groups, the new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8mm STM lens features an optimized lens placement and Super Spectra Coating (SSC), translating into less ghosting and flaring than the previous model, while at the same time helping to enhance light transmission and optimize color reproduction accuracy. The new lens features a seven blade circular aperture, improved from the predecessor’s five blade non-circular aperture, helping to deliver a more visually appealing blurring effect, and producing sharp images of subjects that truly stand out against beautiful, soft backgrounds. The minimum focusing distance for the lens has been shortened to 1.1 feet from 1.5 feet with a maximum magnification of 0.21x, allowing for more creative close-up photos and videos.

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Pricing and Availability

The new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8mm STM standard prime lens is scheduled to be available by the end of May for an estimated retail price of $125.99. For more information please visit http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_50mm_f_1_8_stm

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Standard Telephoto Prime Lens Specifications Summary: 
  • Compact, lightweight, fixed focal length standard lens for EOS cameras
  • Large f/1.8 maximum aperture
  • 80mm effective focal length when attached to EOS cameras with APS-C sensors
  • Canon STM gear type stepping motor technology provides quiet autofocusing to support Canon’s EOS Movie Servo AF function
  • Improved exterior design including new focus ring placement makes it the most compact Canon EF 50mm lens ever
  • New metal mount for stability and ruggedness
  • Super Spectra Coating for minimized ghosting and flaring
  • Circular seven blade aperture
  • 14-inch minimum focusing distance
  • 0.21x maximum magnification
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“Move”, a jaw-dropping time-lapse video about a world that never stands still

There are many time-lapse videos around, maybe too many, an inflation someone may say. But from time to time I stumble onto a time-lapse video that still manages to impress me. “Move”, by Aaron Keigher, is such a time-lapse video.

The world around us never stands still and it is this motion that gives Earth life. Without this movement, our planet could not exist. Simply put, movement breathes life into our world. Few of us have ever stopped to think about the importance of this constant motion — stop to bask in its simplicity and beauty. Far too few of us take a moment to see our universe in motion.

The time-lapse sequences have been shot in a variety of locations, among them the most famous national parks in the US. Aaron Keigher used different gear to make the video: Canon EOS 6D, EOS-1D X, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D, different lenses, and more stuff. For the complete list of locations and used gear head over to the video’s description.

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