May 29, 2013
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EOS-1D X w/ Two 32GB Memory Cards and Case – $5940

Canon EOS-1D X

eBay seller 6ave (>10000 ratings, 99.4% positive) has the Canon EOS-1D X with two 32GB memory cards and a case on sale for $5,939.99 (click here). Compare to $6,799. Free shipping.

May 29, 2013
Posted in patents

Canon Patent: Two Superzooms For APS-C And Full-Frame Cameras (next kit lenses?)

Canon Patent

Egami (translated) spotted another Canon patent. Two superzoom lenses, one for APS-C cameras (18-200mm f/3.5-5.6), the other for full-frame (28-200mm f/3.5-5.6). Given all the patents I published in the last months, it appears that Canon is intensively working n new technology. Both lenses are image stabilized and both are most probably future kit lenses.

  • Patent Publication No. 2013-97184
    • Publication date 2013.5.20
    • Filing date 2011.11.1
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 10.39
    • Focal length f = 18.60-60.40-193.27mm
    • Fno. 3.48-4.98-5.88
    • Half angle ω = 36.27-12.74-4.04 °
    • Image height 13.65mm
    • 144.58-176.50-208.42mm overall length of the lens
    • BF 38.09-63.96-77.06mm
    • 16 pieces of 13-group lens configuration
    • Four four-sided aspherical
    • The effective diameter of the front lens 55.82mm
    • MOD 0.5m
  • Example 3
    • Zoom ratio 6.69
    • Focal length f = 28.90-76.87-193.28mm
    • Fno. 3.60-5.27-5.88
    • Half angle ω = 36.82-15.72-6.39 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • 144.56-176.58-208.59mm overall length of the lens
    • BF 38.00-66.95-76.98mm
    • 15 pieces of 11-group lens configuration
    • Four four-sided aspherical
    • The effective diameter of the front lens 62.81mm
    • MOD 0.5m
  • Canon patent
    • 5-group zoom positive and negative negative positive positive
    • Inner Focus (third group)
      • Because it is possible to reduce the beam effective diameter of the first group, can be miniaturized optical system
    • Image stabilization

Canon Patent

[via Egami]


May 29, 2013
Posted in News

Canon Celebrates Production Of 90 Million EF Lenses


Canon announced they passed the 90-million-landmark in the production of EF lenses.

Press release:

TOKYO, Japan, May 29, 2013—Canon Inc. today announced the achievement of a new lens-manufacturing milestone as production of the company’s EF-series interchangeable lenses for EOS cameras passed the 90-million-unit mark. Canon turned out its 90-millionth lens, an EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM (released in September 2012), on May 23, 2013.

Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex film cameras began in 1987 at the company’s Utsunomiya Plant and since that time, supported by a wide range of users, demand has steadily increased and production has expanded. Today, Canon produces EF lenses at four of the company’s manufacturing bases, including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in southern Japan.

EF lens production surpassed the 10-million-unit mark in 1995, doubled to 20-million lenses in 2001, and went on to reach 30 million units in 2006 and 40 million units in 2008. Afterward, owing to the rapid spread of EOS digital SLR cameras, production of EF lenses gained further momentum, crossing the 50-million-unit threshold in 2009, reaching 60 million units in January 2011, and hitting the 70-million-unit mark in October of the same year. In August 2012, lens production reached 80 million units and now, a little over nine months later, the company commemorates its latest manufacturing milestone of 90 million lenses.

Canon’s proprietary EF lenses, launched in March 1987 along with the EOS SLR camera system, have continued to evolve since their introduction, leading the industry through the incorporation of a wide range of innovative technologies, including such world’s firsts1 as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element, and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology.

With the introduction in May this year of the EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x, the world’s first2 super-telephoto zoom lens with a built-in 1.4x extender that makes possible a 200-560 mm focal length range, along with EF Cinema Lenses for digital cinematography, Canon’s extensive EF lens-series lineup now comprises a total of 84 models.3

Canon will continue refining its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technologies, striving to produce exceptional and reliable lenses and cameras that cater to the varying needs of photographers—from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals—while contributing to expanding the photographic and video imaging culture.

1 Among interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras, based on a Canon survey.
2 Among interchangeable lenses for interchangeable lens cameras (SLR cameras, compact-system cameras). As of May 1, 2013, based on a Canon survey.
3 Including two EF lens extenders and three models available outside of Japan. As of May 29, 2013.


May 29, 2013
Tags: ,
Posted in News

New Firmware For Canon EOS-1Ds III And Canon EOS-1D IV


New firmware updates for the Canon EOS-1Ds III (available on eBay) and the Canon EOS-1D IV (available on eBay).

  • For the Canon EOS-1Ds III firmware update (1.2.2) click here.
  • For the Canon EOS-1D IV firmware update (1.1.3) click here.


  • Canon EOS-1Ds III:
    • Firmware Version 1.2.2 incorporates the following functional improvement:
      1. Enables the center AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with the EF 200-400mm F4L USM Extender 1.4X lens and an Extender, whose combined maximum aperture is f/8.
  • Canon EOS-1D IV:
    • 1. Enables the center AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with the EF 200-400mm F4L USM Extender 1.4X lens and an Extender, whose combined maximum aperture is f/8.
      2. Fixes a phenomenon in which abnormal images may result when continuous shooting mode is enabled and the image size is set to “RAW” or “RAW+JPEG.
May 29, 2013
Posted in News

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x Hits First Retailers In USA

EF 200-400mm f/4L

Looks like first batches of the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x lens hit selected retailers in Canada and the USA. Best thing: the lens should ship in the next 48 hours.

For the USA: Amazon(click here) | Adorama (click here) | B&H (click here)

[via CR]

May 29, 2013
Posted in Deals

More Discounts on Canon Gear And Sigma Lenses

More rebates and discounts have gone live for Canon gear and Sigma lenses.

Adorama has the Canon EOS-7D Digital SLR Camera with EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens and SanDisk 16GB Extreme Compact Flash plus Adorama Digital Remote Release with 36″ Cable plus Canon Deluxe Photo Backpack 200EG – $200 instant rebate – on sale for $1499 (click here).

Adorama has Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM – $300 instant rebate - on sale for $2199 (click here)

Adorama has the Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS & EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lenses – $500 instant rebate - on sale for $1349 (click here).

B&H has $100 instant rebate on Sigma Normal 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens – on sale for $399 (click here). Expires June 17. For other mount types click here.

B&H has $100 instant rebate on the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS on sale for $259 (click here). For other mount type click here.

B&H has a $50 instant rebate on the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM on sale for $429 (click here). For other mount types click here rel=”norewrite”.