New Rebates On Selected Canon “L” Lenses (and DSLR bundles discounts extended)

Canon started a new discount program on selected Canon “L” lenses and Speedlites. Savings go up to $200 via mail-in rebates. See below the eligible lenses and the offered discount:

Moreover, the discounts on selected Canon DSLR and lens bundles has been extended to 3/15/14.

Canon Patent For 600mm f/4 Lens

Canon Patent

Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon for a new 600mm f/4 lens. Egami suggests the lens will be ready for Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020 and the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-26210
    • Publication date 2014.2.6
    • Filing date 2012.7.30
  • Example 1
    • Focal length f = 588mm
    • Fno. 4.12
    • Angle of view 2ω = 4.22 °
    • BF 56.0mm
    • Total lens length 374.7mm
    • Inner focus
  • Example 5
    • Focal length f = 588mm
    • Fno. 4.12
    • Angle of view 2ω = 4.22 °
    • BF 55.0mm
    • Total lens length 343.5mm
    • Inner focus
    • Diffraction optical element
  • Effect of the glass material
    • Fluorite (Fluorite)
      • In the long lens fluorite + total length, correction of chromatic aberration is easy
      • In short lens fluorite + total length, correction of chromatic aberration is difficult
    • Diffractive optical element (DOE)
      • Diffractive optical element can be corrected if the chromatic aberration
      • Flare caused by light diffraction

Rumor Suggests Implausible Hardware Hack For Canon EOS DSLRs

Canon EOS

I am reporting this since it is making the rounds, but there is more than a high amount of salt needed here.

Rumor has it that there is a “certain company […] getting ready to announce a hardware hack for Canon EOS cameras”. The EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs) is named, but other EOS DSLRs could also be part of the game. In other words, the rumored hardware hack is presented to be the next step beyond Magic Lantern‘s amazing firmware hacks.

I don’t believe this will ever happen. The rumor suggests that you may soon be able to replace the integrated main-board of your 5D Mark III with a custom board. If you follow the intrinsic logic of this rumor, you realise it means disassembling your Canon DSLR, removing the main-board (with integrated CPU), and replacing it with another, third-party made integrated circuitry that is supposed to deliver “greatly improve dynamic range, video sharpness and performance” compared to the EOS 5D Mark III. The hack is said to cost $1000.

Tinkering with camera hardware is not new, people modified their Canon DSLRs to remove anti-aliasing filters. But it is another thing to swap the logic circuitry.

The rumor is wishful thinking, in my opinion. With Magic Lantern already delivering all sort of improvements, who would ever want to let someone disassemble a 5D Mark III to get the main circuitry replaced with custom made electronics?  Not to mention the easiness of the straightforward installation of Magic Lantern. Not to mention all the precision and the engineering skills required to make a high tech sensor work smoothly with all the involved electronics and firmware snippets. Consider that Canon is very secretive about their technologies, and that to replace a DSLR’s main-board you need to have a very deep understanding of the whole design (from all points of view).

Finally, the EOS 5D Mark III is not the new kid on the block. It was announced March 2nd 2012. That’s two years ago. Would you start a company just to mess around with the internals of a $3000 DSLR that’s 2 years old?

[via CR]

9 Canon Design Concepts Recognised With iF Design Award

Canon press release:

TOKYO, February 28, 2014—Canon Inc. announced today that nine Canon designs were recognized by iF International Forum Design GmbH with prestigious 2014 iF Design Awards in the product design and communication design categories.

iF Product Design Awards went to the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 100D (EOS Rebel SL1 or EOS Kiss X7 in other regions) digital SLR cameras, the PowerShot N compact digital camera, the LEGRIA mini (VIXIA mini or IVIS mini) camcorder, the PIXMA MG7150 / MG6450 / MG5550 (PIXUS MG7130 / N/A / MG5530 in Japan) inkjet printers, the i-SENSYS LBP7680Cx / 7110Cw (N/A / imageCLASS LBP7001Cw or N/A / Satera LBP7110C) color laser beam printers, the WUX450 multimedia projector, and the LE-5W LED projector. The iF Communication Design Award went to the user interface for the EOS M compact-system camera.