April 22, 2013
Posted in News

Canon holds No. 1 share of global interchangeable-lens digital camera market for 10 years

Canon Europe press release:

TOKYO, Japan, April 22, 2013—Canon Inc. today announced that the company’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras) have consistently maintained the No. 1 share worldwide in terms of volume within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market for the 10-year period from 2003 to 2012.*¹
In addition to the interchangeable lenses, Canon also develops its own key components—the CMOS image sensors and image processors—employed in the company’s interchangeable-lens cameras, incorporating the most advanced of these technologies in its flagship EOS-1D series. By applying these technologies to other models as well, Canon has successfully created a powerful product lineup that effectively responds to the needs of a wide range of users, from professionals to entry-level users, which has enabled the company to maintain the top global share.In 2003, the dawn of digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS 300D Digital, a compact and lightweight user-friendly camera that set the stage for growth in the digital SLR market while, at the same time, captured the top share of the global market. Since that time, Canon, in the company’s ongoing pursuit of high image quality, has launched a number of models targeting advanced-amateur users that offer among the highest levels of performance for their class, including the EOS 5D series, which paved the way for digital SLR video recording.

In 2012, Canon celebrated the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the EOS system and marked its 10th consecutive year as the market’s world leader. During the year, Canon launched the compact-system EOS M, aimed at expanding the company’s entry-level user base, along with the EOS 6D, the world’s smallest and lightest*2 digital SLR camera equipped with a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor, which contributed to the growth of the advanced-amateur user segment.

This year, Canon introduced the EOS 100D, the world’s smallest and lightest*² digital SLR camera, bolstering its product lineup with a model befitting the industry’s top brand while targeting its 11th straight year as the world’s market leader.

With a history of producing cameras that dates back to the company’s founding in 1937, 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 Based on a survey by Canon.
*² As of March 1, 2013, based on a Canon survey.

April 22, 2013
Posted in Deals

Amazon Deal: Up To 60% Off On Selected Sandisk Memory Cards

It’s an Amazon Gold Box Deal: Get 60% discount on selected Sandisk memory cards. Click here to see all memory cards on sale.

April 22, 2013
Posted in Deals

Once More A Canon EOS 5D Mark III Deal – $2813

EOS 5D Mark III Deal

Top rated plus eBay seller getitdigital (>41000 ratings, 99.5% positive) has another Canon EOS 5D Mark III deal going on: the EOS 5D Mark III is on sale for $2812.19 (click here). Free shipping and USA warranty. Limited stock.

April 22, 2013
Posted in Rumors

Rumor: Four New Sigma Lenses To Be Announced In 2013?

New Sigma Lenses

Sigma appears to be very actively working on new lenses. We just had the announcement of very innovative lens, the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC (sample pics here) with a constant f/1.8.  New Sigma rumors surfaced on the web. It looks as if there will be four new Sigma lenses in 2013:

  • a 135mm f/1.8 DG OS lens (“ART” line-up)
  • a 24mm f/1.4 DG lens (“ART” line-up)
  • an updated 50mm f/1.4
  • one more lens (but no hints here)

[via CR]


April 22, 2013
Posted in News

Canon EOS 5D Mark IIIs Returning From Service With New Firmware

5D Mark III Firmware

There are various reports in the dpreview forum from users who got their Canon EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs) back from service with the upcoming firmware release 1.2.1 installed. This most probably means that the 5D Mark III firmware is ready to get released to the public. We expect Canon to release the firmware on April 30.

The 5D Mark III firmware update will provide clean HDMI output and center focusing up to f/8.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

[via CR]

April 21, 2013
Posted in News

A Bit Of Everything

April 20, 2013
Posted in Uncategorized

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC Sample Pics (Unbelievable F-stop Object)

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC

Gear for Image posted a big bunch of sample pics of the Sigma’s new UFO (Unbelievable F-stop Object), their brand new Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC, and pics shot with the lens. You have to scroll down below the pics of the Sigma for the sample pics. The page will probably take some tine to load. Some more sample pics are here. We covered the announcement here.

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC

Image credit: Gear for Image

Sigma’s press release can be seen here:

To develop a large aperture zoom lens with a maximum aperture of F1.8, it was necessary to solve a variety of technical challenges. As the f-number decreases, so does the depth of focus, making it extremely difficult to minimize spherical aberration, axial chromatic aberration, astigmatism and field curvature. To minimize astigmatism across the zoom range, Sigma leveraged its extensive experience in reducing optical aberrations and designing advanced structural elements. Sigma gained this know-how when it developed such super wide angle zoom lenses as the SIGMA12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM and SIGMA 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM. Ongoing technological innovation at Sigma’s Aizu Factory has also contributed to further enhancements in lens production. Advanced production technologies have made possible a large-diameter molded glass aspheric lens, which teams up with SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements to optimize power distribution and minimize axial chromatic and spherical aberration and field curvature. Thanks to its hard-earned knowledge of lens design and advanced lens manufacturing techniques, Sigma has succeeded in creating a lens that offers F1.8 throughout the zoom range, as well as exceptional image quality at wide open aperture.

[via photorumors]