[Rumor & Humor] Nikon camera with Canon EF mount…?

Well, this is probably more a joke than a rumor. However, since our mission here at CanonWatch is to report everything that’s in some way related to Canon, we cannot miss this one. The rumor comes from NL and it states:

Now for one from leftfield that I was told personally, yesterday. The suggestion was that Canon and Nikon are doing some patent swapping and that in return for various Nikon patent licenses, Nikon are going to produce an EF mount camera.

Sounds weird, doesn’t it? And a little bit late for an April Joke too :-) And since we are talking about “Canikon”, I think a little video that makes fun about a hypothetical merge of both brands is more than appropriate. Enjoy, it’s funny to see the “camera that combines the best of both worlds”, The Canikon 1D3s. :-)

[NL via CR, video via bloggang]

[Hands-On] EF 24-70 f/2.8L II & EF 24 f/2.8 IS Lenses

This new lenses finally got a quick hands-on review at canonrumors. First impressions are rather good. About the EF 24mm f/2.8L IS:

It’s small, light and feels well built. The AF was fast and it appeared as sharp as any other Canon non-L prime on the surface. This would be a great prime to walk around with on a small body. A mirrorless with an EF adaptor?

About the 24-70mm f/2.8L II:

The new lens feels quite solid in your hand. Though I didn’t find it felt that much lighter, even though it technically is. If I had a version 1 beside it, along with its massive hood, I think I’d probably notice the weight difference then.

The zoom ring is quite smooth, and the lens now extends in telephoto and not at 24mm like the current version.

I tried it out on the 5D Mark III and found the autofocus to be silent and nearly instant to acquire initial focus.

Both lenses are available for pre-order:

EF 24mm f/2.8 IS for $849.99:

EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II for 2,299:

[via CR_1, CR_2]

[Video] EOS 1D-X Used In Extreme Weather Conditions

This is sort of a “making of” of the movie Shattered, by Tyler Stableford. And it features the EOS-1D X, used in extreme weather conditions. The video above is part 1 (the idea is born), the video below is part 2 (putting the idea into motion), next one is part 3 (RAW footage editing). The very last video is the trailer of the movie, which was presented April 2012 at NAB Show in Las Vegas. Latest EOS 1D-X rumor here.

EOS 1D-x preporter options: Adorama (click here), B&H (click here), Amazon US (click here).

 

 

 

[Review] EOS 5D Mark III Gets a Third Degree (by DPreview)

DPreview eventually published its 30 pages review (conclusion here) of the EOS 5D Mark III. I won’t anticipate too much here, just point out that the 5D3 has a “very sophisticated AF system with lots of fine-tuning potential and you’ve […] a super-flexible photographic tool that will get the job done on a wide range of assignments“, and that:

It quickly becomes obvious that the Mark III is a totally new camera with significant improvements over its predecessor. The new model takes many user interface elements of Canon’s flagship APS-C DSLR the EOS 7D and combines them with a 22MP full-frame CMOS sensor that is capable of capturing high quality output up to very high sensitivities.

Nevertheless, at DPreview they didn’t like everything the 5D3 has to offer:

We’re disappointed by how the 5D Mark III renders detail in JPEG files, and low-contrast details […] look rather mushy […]. At higher ISOs, noise reduction is more aggressive […] than we would like, resulting in comparatively clean but disappointingly soft images […]. The 5D Mark III’s sensor is capable of excellent results but if you want to get maximum detail you’ll have to shoot and convert raw files.

Well, if you want to get maximum detail you have to shot RAW with any camera. The review has a page dedicated to the video features of the EOS 5D Mark III (made by the people of EOSHD, see video above, click here to read their opinion on the 5D3 video features). For those who are in a hurry: click here for the high ISO review, here for the HDR mode, IQ high ISO comparison here, RAW IQ comparison here. Finally, the EOS 5D Mark III got 82 points out of 100, same as the Nikon D800.


World-wide EOS 5D Mark III availability and order (or pre-order, outside the US) options:

Australia: Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay Australia, Alibaba
Austria: Amazon DE, DigitalRev, Wex Photographie, eBay Austria, Canon DE
Canada: Amazon Canada, Newegg Canada, Canon Store, DigitalRev, Adorama, B&H Photo, eBay Canada, Henry
France: Amazon FR, DigitalRev, eBay FR
Germany: Amazon DE, DigitalRev, eBay DE, Wex Photographie, Calumet DE, Canon Deutschland
Ireland: Park Cameras, Amazon UK, DigitalRev, eBay IE
Italy: Amazon IT, DigitalRev, eBay IT
Netherlands: Amazon, DigitalRev, eBay.nl
Spain: Amazon ES, DigitalRev, Redcoon.es, eBay.es
United Kingdom: Park Cameras, Amazon UK, Warehouseexpress, DigitalRev, eBay.uk, Calumet Photographic
USA: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM & EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Available for Pre-Order (Update)

Canon 500mm f/4L EF IS II USM Lens

Update: Adorama also has both lenses ready for pre-order.

Announced in February, the EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM ($10,499 click here) and the EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM ($12,999 click here) are finally ready for pre-order at B&H. See the press release, and here for more detailed specs.

In short:

  • EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM:

    • Redesigned Fluorite Optics
    • Less Chromatic Aberration
    • Magnesium/Titanium for Lighter Weight
    • 3 IS Modes for 4-Stop Advantage
    • Smooth Focus Change for Video
    • Redesigned, Intuitive Buttons/Switches
  • EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM:
    • Fluorite Optics for Sharper Images
    • Less Chromatic Aberration
    • Magnesium/Titanium for Lighter Weight
    • 3 IS Modes for 4-Stop Advantage
    • Smooth Focus Change for Video

EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Telephoto Lens