Product Advisory Update For Canon EOS 5D Mark III LCD Illumination Exposure Issue

Canon EOS 5D Mark III LCD Illumination Exposure Issue

Canon updated the product advisory for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III concerning the LCD illumination exposure issue: In extremely dark environments, if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change. However, based on the results of extensive testing this change in exposure value will not noticeably affect the captured image.

Canon product advisory:

UPDATE:
Please see the changes to the “Identification Procedure” section below regarding criteria for affected serial numbers. The identification method has been enhanced to include the first digit in the identification procedure in order to more precisely identify affected products.

Thank you for using Canon products.

Concerning the EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera, when the LCD panel illuminates in extremely dark environments, the displayed exposure value may change. Canon has concluded the investigation of this phenomenon, and this announcement informs you of our findings as described below.

Phenomenon
In extremely dark environments, if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change. However, based on the results of extensive testing this change in exposure value will not noticeably affect the captured image.

Affected Product
The phenomenon described above may occur in Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Cameras whose first and sixth digits of the serial number are as set forth below.

Identification Procedure:
Serial Number: [XnnnnNnnnnnn] “X”=”0” and “N”=”1” or “2”
“n” represents any digit.
Examples of affected serial numbers are: “0nnnn1nnnnnn” or”0nnnn2nnnnnn”

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS-1D X Mark II To Be Announced In 2015?

EOS 5D Mark IV

A new rumor surfaced on the web.

NL got some bits about Canon’s roadmap for their flagship models. The rumor claims that Canon will announce the EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS-1D X Mark II at the beginning of 2015. Both cameras are said to “incorporate significant advances in sensor design“. The buzz is that both DSLRs will feature the new sensor technology that Canon is most likely to announce with the replacement of the EOS 7D.

A replacement of the EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs) and EOS-1D X (price & specs) is at least plausible, both DSLRs were announced in 2012, in March and June, respectively. On the other hand, the EOS 7D (price & specs) was announced 5 years ago and we have yet to see a replacement (though is seems very probable that Canon will announce it towards the end of August.

Take this with the usual pinch of salt, and stay tuned for more news.

[via NL]

Something Big Is Coming From Canon (And It Will Ship in October)

EOS 7D Mark IIEOS 7D Mark II

Think it is time to sum up some of the rumors I am getting.

I’ve been told (thanks) that whatever Canon is going to announce the third week of August 2014 (18th is the buzz) will be “something really big” that will reaffirm Canon’s role as a leading imaging company.

This is the same source that contacted me time ago, saying that Canon will not replace the EOS 7D, which is part of a plan targeting a general revamping of Canon’s higher end DSLR lineup. The source repeated that what is coming is “the biggest change in Canon’s history“.

The same source said that the camera Canon is going to announce will feature a new sensor technology. There is a lot of buzz on the web talking about a possible Foveon sensor (it surfaced previously). I got notified that a new sensor technology will come indeed, without a Foveon-like sensor being explicitly mentioned. The rumors about a new sensor technology seem to be the most reliable so far.

And then there is the viewfinder. Back in December 2013 I had some rumors about a hybrid viewfinder. Well, this is surfacing again too.  It also seems that Canon is working on a camera that is oriented to new levels of videography.

Finally, Canon’s big shot that’s going to be announced at the end of August, will be ready to ship in October (so I have been told). It will be showcased at Photokina 2014 with big fanfare, and start to ship the weeks after.

Some considerations. Canon has the research facilities and the engineering know-how to produce something totally new and innovative. A new sensor technology by Canon is at least possible given the fact that Canon’s scientific and technological resources go far beyond their conservative reputation and equally conservative approach to sensor technology of the last years. However, at this stage it is difficult to distinguish the wishful thinking from the reliable rumors.

Take everything with a reasonable pinch of salt. There will be more in the next weeks.

Stay tuned…

Canon Patent For 400mm f/4 IS DO Lens

Canon Patent

Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon for a 400mm f/4 IS DO (diffractive optics) lens.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-109700
    • Publication date 2014.6.12
    • Filing date 2012.12.3
  • Example 1
    • Focal length f = 392.00-381.59-332.99mm
    • Fno.
    • Half angle ω = 3.16-3.10-2.81 °
    • Image height Y = 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 292.02mm
    • BF 105.64mm