Some fun to start the week with: Canon set to acquire Sigma? [CW1]

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Let’s start the week with another wishmor (wishful rumor), or whatever you want to name it. Just got this in my inbox:

Canon is interested in acquiring Sigma and has made two offers. Its first offer at 7x Sigma’s net value was rejected by Sigma but Canon quickly hit again with a 2nd offer of unknown valuation. There are long talks between the two companies. No idea what will happen with Sigma’s products if the buyout goes forward.

No comment :-)

I told you: Canon’s 120MP DSLR could be announced before 2018

I Told You: Canon’s 120MP DSLR Could Be Announced Before 2018

A few days ago I was speculating when we might see Canon’s 120MP sensor go into production. My bet was 2017, more likely 2018.

It appears my thoughts are backed up by Canon itself. A recent rumor, quoting “a couple of people at Canon“, suggests that “the 120mp DSLR concept that was shown this week at Canon EXPO is at least 2 years away“.

Even without having a couple of people at Canon, it is pretty safe to assume that Canon will release a production model with the new full-frame 120MP sensor very soon, i.e. in the next 2-3 years. The prototype shown at Canon Expo 2015 in NYC is in a very advanced stadium of development.

[via CR]

SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD first impression and samples

SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD And SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD First Impression And Samples

Thanks Albert. Popular Photography posted their impression about the new Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lenses. A set of 38 sample pictures is also provided. A Canon EOS 6D was used. They say:

Focusing is generally quick, but when the lens has to cover a wide range, it can be a bit sluggish. For instance, if you’re focusing out at the horizon for a landscape and then try to quickly switch and capture something close to you, the lag might be noticeable. Overall, though, the focusing movements are very smooth.

The reviewer also noticed some chromatic aberrations. Read the review at Popular Photography.

The new Tamron primes can be pre-ordered at $599, a pretty good price if you consider that the Tamrons are weather-sealed and image-stabilised.

Specs after the break.

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New lens mount options for EOS C300 Mark II (and links to C300 Mk2 white papers)

New Lens Mount Options For EOS C300 Mark II (and Links To C300 Mk2 White Papers)

Canon Professional Network posted a short article about the recently announced option to change the mount type of the Canon EOS C300 Mark II (B&H Photo | Adorama) from the native EF mount to EF with Cinema Lock or to a PL mount. Even better: you can switch back.

For the more technical oriented, the Canon Digital Learning Center published three downloadable white papers written by Larry Thorpe (Senior Fellow, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Professional Engineering & Solutions Division, Canon USA). The white papers are titled ‘Image Performance Enhancements in the EOS C300 Mark II’, ‘Extended Recording Capabilities in the EOS C300 Mark II’ and ‘Ergonomic and Operational Enhancements to the EOS C300 Mark II’.

CPS advisory:

Owners and purchasers of the Canon EOS C300 Mark II will soon be able to benefit from a new lens mount service option which offers the capability to change the 4K Digital Cinema Camera’s original EF mount to EF with Cinema Lock or to a PL mount and back again. 

After purchasing the C300 Mark II, service mount options will soon be available from Canon Regional Competence Centres (RCC) in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden or the UK. These services are expected to be available in October 2015; further details of how you can purchase the lens mount options will be communicated shortly.

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