No Canon EOS 6D Mark II because a full-frame mirrorless camera is coming instead? [CW3]

Canon FF mirrorless camera mock-up by David Riesenberg

Canon FF mirrorless camera mock-up by David Riesenberg

Weird rumor I got (thanks). It’s suggested there will be no Canon EOS 6D Mark II because Canon will launch a mirrorless camera with a full-frame sensor instead.

As weird as this rumor might appear, it’s not entirely impossible. The EOS 6D was (and still is) Canon’s entry-level DSLR to the world of full-frame cameras. Since it seems Canon started to take mirrorless seriously with the EOS M5, why should they not work on a full-featured mirrorless full-frame camera?

Moreover, rumor has it that this full-frame mirrorless camera might come with an EF mount, which would mean all Canon EF lenses can be used without adapter. If the rumor about the EF mount is reliable, it might not be worth for Canon to sell an entry-level full-frame DSLR along with a full-featured full-frame mirrorless camera.

I am pretty sure there are prototypes of a Canon full-frame mirrorless camera undergoing first tests, not necessarily on the field, more likely in a lab setting. We also know that Canon filed various patents referring to lenses for a full-frame mirrorless camera (1 | 2). On the other hand, we also spotted a patent for an EF/EF-S adapter for a full-frame mirrorless camera. That Canon is working on such a camera is almost a sure thing, we got the rumor and reported it as first site in December 2014.

So far, anything about the EOS 6D Mark II is uncertain, the few specs we got look more like speculations than real leaks, and could also well apply to a mirrorless full-frame camera (especially the suggestion about Dual Pixel AF). The possible announcement date of the EOS 6D Mark II changed almost a half dozen times, it’s now pointing to summer 2017. Put straight: no one knows a thing for sure about the EOS 6D Mark II so far.

What do you think, might Canon replace the EOS 6D with a mirrorless camera? Let’s me know what you think in the poll and the comment section.

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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II bundle deal, PIXMA PRO-100, filters, cleaning kit & 50 sheet photo paper – $1,649 (reg. $2,199)

Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II Bundle Deal, PIXMA PRO-100, Filters, Cleaning Kit & 50 Sheet Photo Paper – $1,649 (reg. $2,199)

At a glance:

  • One fluorite and one super UD lens element provides excellent correction of chromatic aberration throughout the entire zoom range, helping to deliver high-quality images with high resolution and contrast.
  • Rotation-type zoom ring allows for more precise composition and excellent balance when handholding.
  • Inner focusing, ring USM, a high-speed CPU and optimized AF algorithms for fast and accurate autofocusing.
  • Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to four shutter speed steps of correction.
  • Three image stabilization modes (standard, panning, and during exposure only) provide outstanding results for a wide range of shooting situations.
  • Improved zoom torque adjustment ring allows easy setting of zoom tension.
  • New Air Sphere Coating (ASC) helps to significantly reduce backlit flaring and ghosting.
  • Highly resistant to dust and water, and amazing durability enabling shooting even in harsh conditions.
  • Circular aperture (9 blades) helps deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Fluorine coating on front and rear lens surfaces helps reduce smears and fingerprints
  • Lens hood with side window permits specialty filters to be adjusted with hood in place.
  • Newly designed tripod mount can be attached or detached without removing the lens from the camera
  • Minimum focusing distance of 3.2 ft./0.98 m with 0.31x maximum magnification

Another hot bundle deal by authorised Canon retailer Adorama. You can get the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II as bundle deal with accessories. The bundle includes:

  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  • Pro Optic 77mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit
  • Pro Optic Complete Optics Care and Cleaning Kit
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets

The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II bundle is on sale at $1,649 after $300 instant rebate and $250 mail-in rebate (for printer and photo paper, instructions). Expires Sunday, 12/18. Free shipping. It’s a very good deal if you are comfortable with mail-in rebates. Regular price for this bundle is $2,199.

Another notable bundle deal at Adorama. EOS-6D Digital SLR Body Bundle is on sale at $1,149 after $350 mail-in rebate (instructions), includes:

  • Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera Body
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets
  • Adorama Slinger Bag, Single Strap, Black

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART Review

Sigma 85mm F/1.4 DG HSM ART Review

The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to 16
  • Two Low Dispersion Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • TSC Material, Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Photographer and reviewer Dustin Abbott concluded his exhaustive review of the new Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART lens. The new Sigma 85mm gets a lot of attention and talk, and Dustin Abbott’s real-world review highlights what makes this lens so interesting.

While not being without flaws, having a “fairly strong amount of chromatic aberration“, the overall impression of the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM is very good. From the conclusion:

[…] the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 ART is pretty fabulous.  It is impressively sharp at all apertures, has the lowest vignette I’ve yet seen from an 85mm lens, and has fantastic light transmission.  The lens is beautifully built, has an exceptional nice manual focus ring, and focuses extremely quickly and quietly.  It is also the best focusing ART series lens that I’ve used, with much more consistent, reliable results (though focus accuracy drops when using outer focus points).  The bokeh is quite smooth, the transition and fall off from the lens is good, and images look great.  It is a great performer in the studio, and should be a serious consideration for portrait shooters.

The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM sells for $1,199, a more than fair price for the optical performance this lens delivers. Dustin’s review comes with many sample pics and discusses all aspects the lens.

A closer look to the bokeh quality of the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM:

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II with PIXMA PRO-100, filter kit, cleaning kit and photo paper – $1,649

Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II With PIXMA PRO-100, Filter Kit, Cleaning Kit And Photo Paper – $1,649

At a glance:

  • Outstanding optics: The lens is constructed of a combination of fluorite and ultra low dispersion lens elements, which reduce aberrations and result in high-contrast, sharp images.
  • 2 Image Stabilization modes: Mode 1 is a general mode for still photography, and Mode 2 smoothes up and down movements when panning with a moving subject.
  • Fast focus: USM ultrasonic autofocus motor is fast, smooth and quiet; manual focus override is available even in AF mode.
  • Focus range limiter: You can set the range of focus distances, to either 3.9′ to infinity or 8.2′ to infinity; both shorten focus times. These are great tools especially for sports photography.
  • Great bokeh: The curved aperture blades create a perfectly round aperture at all settings, promoting pleasing out-of-focus areas and round specular highlights.
  • Rugged build: The lens is sealed against dust and moisture.

Authorised Canon retailer Adorama has a very good bundle deal with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. The bundle includes:

  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens, USA
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  • Pro Optic 77mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit
  • Pro Optic Complete Optics Care and Cleaning Kit
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets

The bundle is on sale at $1,649 after $250 instant rebate and $250 mail-in rebate (instructions). Free shipping. Will not last long. Compare to regular $2,099 for this kit.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III DxOMarked (sharpest EF 16-35mm f/2.8L to date)

EF 16-35mm f/2.8L

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • Three Aspherical & Two UD Elements
  • Subwavelength & Air Sphere Coatings
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Internal Focus; Full-Time MF Override
  • Fluorine Coating on Exposed Elements
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III, a professional lens for news and event photographers, has been put on DxOMark’s benchmarks. It’s best iteration of the series so far. It’s an expensive lens, selling at $2,199, but its performance is top notch.

An important lens for many news, sports and event photographers who need speed and top performance at f/2.8, the improvements to edge sharpness on the new EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III will be appreciated. If it’s a lens you’re using on a daily basis, the improved resolution together with enhanced durability, including dust and water resistance, are probably enough to justify an upgrade from the ageing Mark I and II iterations. At $2199 it’s an expensive proposition though, not to mention big and heavy and, if you can live without its ‘fast’ f/2.8 maximum aperture, the cheaper, smaller and lighter 16-35mm f/4L version offers very similar image quality and sharpness as well as image stabilization. Cost aside however, the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III is the best performing version of this lens Canon has produced and delivers excellent results. Read the review…

EF 16-35mm f/2.8L

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon Patent for RGWB 12 image sensor array

canon patentCanon patent for an RGWB image sensor.

  • Patent publication number 2016-208093
    • Release date 2016.12.8
    • Application date 2015.4.15
  • Canon patent
    • RGBW 12 array
    • Generate resolution data and color data, synthesize resolution data and color data, upconvert, process with mosaic processing (Bayer conversion), demosaic order

An excerpt from the patent literature after the break.

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