August 7, 2014
Posted in News

Consumers Switching To Smartphones Cut Canon’s Sale Forecast By 2.1 Percent

Image © Bloomberg
Bloomberg reports that Canon lowered its full-year sales forecast because of low demand by consumers, caused by users switching to smartphones for their photographic needs. Sales are a projected 3.78 trillion yen ($37 billion) for the current fiscal year, that’s 2.1% less than the the previous forecast.

Says Makoto Kikuchi, chief executive officer at Myojo Asset Management Co.:

“Demand for compact cameras declined sharply because of smartphones [...] Canon was too aggressive with their SLR sales forecast. People who want them have already bought them.”

Canon sales of SLR cameras dropped from 2.1 million units to 1.7 million units in the 2nd quarter 2014, the sale of compact cameras decreased by 36%.

[Bloomberg via The New Camera]

August 6, 2014
Posted in Rumors

Canon Medium Format Gossip, Again (but it’s just gossip)

Canon Medium Format

Again some gossip surfaced suggesting Canon might step into the medium format realm. It’s now years that such rumors surface, more or less at regular intervals.

The rumor says that Canon is sending questionnaires to selected users, asking them their thoughts about medium format sensors, and all the consequences it implies (lenses etc). In the last months there were similar rumors that Nikon (also considered unreliable) and Sony might develop a 50MP, medium format sensor, and my first thought was: there will soon be a similar rumor about Canon. Since this will start making the rounds soon I don’t want you to miss my point of view.

I consider this rumor as absolutely unreliable (I would like to use another term but I am too polite :-). I got the same rumor but didn’t publish it due to my strict policy about rumors. I only post rumors that are double (if not triple) checked and/or come from sources I know to be reliable. Other sites have a 4-tier system for rumors, where level 1 is the least reliable and level 4 can be considered as good as granted. Rumors published here on Canon Watch have to be at least at tier 2.

This rumor is more on the side of “wishful thinking” or “let’s make some buzz”. As far as my knowledge goes, there are no such plans in Canon’s hidden files. I may be wrong, obviously.

[CR and others]

August 6, 2014
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Posted in Deals

Deal Alert: Canon EOS 70D w/ 18-135mm IS STM – $1,100

  Pretty good deal by Top Rated Plus seller bigvalueinc (99.3% positive ratings) on eBay: the Canon EOS 70D with the excellent EF-S 18-135mm lens on sale for $1,099.99.Free shipping in US and limited quantity.
August 6, 2014
Posted in Deals

Hot Deal: Canon EOS 6D w/ 24-105mm f/4L IS & 3 Years USA Warranty – $1,930

 Canon EOS 6D Super hot deal by Top Rated Plus seller getitdigital (99.4% positive ratings) on eBay: the Canon EOS 6D with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens and 3 years USA warranty on sale for $1,929.99.Free shipping in US and limited quantity.
August 6, 2014
Posted in News

PocketWizard Expands TTL Compatibility To Canon EOS 70D, EOS-1Dm X And EOS 6D


PocketWizard MiniTT1 for Canon

PocketWizard’s MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios are now compatible with the Canon EOS 70D, EOS-1D X, and EOS 6D.  You have to update the firmware in order to get the compatibility of the radio triggers.

[via fstoppers]


August 6, 2014
Posted in News

Canon’s DreamLabo Album Services (Video)

By CanonUSA on Youtube:

Let your pictures come alive with DreamLabo Albums. Every DreamLabo Album exemplifies excellence in photo album workmanship. Made with high-quality materials, each unique, custom-designed piece is handcrafted with great care, one album at a time.

August 5, 2014
Posted in Reviews

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Review (Photozone) reviewed the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, a budget-friendly tele lens. I like the first sentence in the review:

If you are looking for the best tele lenses around, you don’t really need to look further than Canon

Build quality is “fine for a lens in this class thanks to decent quality plastics“. In the conclusion they write:

The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM gives you lots of bangs for your bucks. The biggest strength remains to surprisingly high level of resolution across the range. The low level of chromatic aberrations (CAs) are also contributing to the subjective quality perception. Image distortions remain moderate at all settings whereas vignetting is a bit on the high side at max. aperture. A more significant weakness is the rather mediocre bokeh (quality of the out-of-focus blur).

I also like the last sentence of the review:

Well done Canon … again!

The Canon  EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM sells for $349, an excellent choice for the budget-oriented photographer.

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

Specs (taken from B&H’s product page):

Long-reaching zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 88-400mm, covering portrait-length to telephoto perspectives.
Optical image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 3.5 shutter speed steps to benefit shooting handheld in dim lighting and with greater zoom magnifications.
The STM stepping focus motor produces near-silent, smooth, and quick autofocus performance that is well-suited to video applications.
One ultra-low dispersion element helps to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortion while also contributing to greater image sharpness, contrast, and clarity.
Enhanced lens coatings minimize flare and ghosting in order to produce true colors with maintained contrast.
A minimum focusing distance of 2.8′ throughout the zoom range and a maximum magnification of 0.29x at the telephoto end enables working with close-up subject matter.
A seven blade circular aperture helps to produce an aesthetic out-of-focus quality to benefit selective focus and shallow depth of field imagery.

[via photozone]