No Viewfinder For Canon’s EOS M, Nor Any Lens Roadmap

What about a viewfinder for the EOS M, or for the more pro-oriented model we are expecting Canon to announce (and we are sure Canon is working on)? Responding to an Amateur Photographer (AP) reader who asked for it, Richard Shepherd, senior product specialist for Consumer EOS at Canon Europe said that (emphasis mine):

Customers are used to using smartphones and compacts. We are not seeing a requirement for EVFs in that area.

That’s not something that makes me happy! Myself and others were strongly hoping that the more pro-oriented mirrorless system camera that Canon is said to be working on would have some sort of viewfinder. Nope! About dedicated lenses for the EOS M system, Mr. Shepherd said:

Asked why Canon has not published a roadmap to give EOS M consumers confidence that future lenses will become available to develop their system, Shepherd replied that Canon’s extensive lens history suggests the company will bring out further lenses. But, he explained that the type of lenses launched will be determined by consumer demand.

So, I hope consumers will claim for good lenses! :-)

EOS M pre-order links:

USA & world-wide:
EOS M page on Amazon (click here), Adorama (click here), B&H (click here)
EOS M Black at Amazon (click here), Amazon UK (click here), Adorama (click here) and BHphoto (click here).
EOS M White at BHphoto (click here).
EOS M 22mm pancake at Amazon (click here), Adorama (click here) and BHphoto (click here).
EOS M 18-55mm kit lens at Amazon (click here), Adorama (click here) and BHphoto (click here).
EOS M adapter at Amazon (click here) and BHphoto (click here).
EOS M Flash at Amazon (click here), Adorama (click here) and BHphoto (click here).

Germany (Amazon DE):
EOS M black with EF-M 18-55mm 1:3,5-5,6 IS STM lens and Speedlite 90EX for €849 (click here)
EOS M white with EF-M 18-55mm 1:3,5-5,6 IS STM lens and Speedlite 90EX for €849 (click here)
EOS M red with EF-M 18-55mm 1:3,5-5,6 IS STM lens and Speedlite 90EX for €849 (click here)
EF-M 22mm 1:2 STM Pancake lens for €249 (click here)
EF-EOS M Adapter for €129 (click here) (click here)

Italy: Amazon IT (click here)

UK: Amazon UK (click here)

More pre-order options here.

The Most Iconic Photo Of The Last Century May Be A Publicity Stunt

Copyright: Corbis Images

Who hasn’t seen the pic above! Now The Indipendent came out with an article that suggests the image could have been a perfectly organized photo stunt:

This photograph of construction workers casually eating their lunch on a skyscraper beam suspended high about Manhattan can lay claim to being one of the 20th century’s most recognisable images.

Yet, in the run up to its 80th anniversary today it has emerged that, far from catching the subjects unaware, the image was set up as a publicity shot for the Rockefeller Center.

[…] Ken Johnston, chief historian and archivist for Corbis Images, which owns the rights to the photo, said: “The image was a publicity effort by the Rockefeller Center. It seems pretty clear they were real workers, but the event was organised with a number of photographers.”

Btw, the same seems to apply also for the less known picture below.

What Firmware Can Do For You: That’s The Difference Between The EOS 1D C and EOS 1D X

Want this camera for half the price? It may be possible…

This will not make happy many people, and for some it will be utterly irritating. In an interview with EOSHD a Canon Europe product manager said that the main difference between the EOS-1D X ($6,799 – click here for specs) and the EOS 1D C ($12,999 – click here for specs) is…a piece of software.

Canon confirmed me today the 1D C 4K DSLR is a 1D X with a firmware update. Identical hardware. […] I also had a impromptu talk to a Canon Europe product manager who was very open and honest about Canon’s approach with this camera.

The 1D C is a 1D X with a 4K firmware update. Canon’s man told me that the only hardware change was to do with the flash sync jack (or one of the other jacks if my exact memory fails me). So essentially the 1D X hardware – sensor, processor, everything – is capable of 4K video, 100%, no heat or bandwidth issues either.

The first thing that jumps into mind is if it is possible to upgrade the EOS 1D X to a 4K cam through a firmware update. Nope!

Although technically possible, not surprisingly Canon replied that this wouldn’t be happening

There is an issue with European tax laws:

The tax issue is that the 1D C is classed as a video camera, at a much higher import tax tarrif to the 1D X. Any firmware update that would turn a 1D X into a 1D C would not go down well with the tax people.

So, if I got it right…: The EOS 1D C is the same hardware as the EOS 1D X for twice the price. I wonder how long it will take for some skilled hacker to bring all the EOS 1D C features on the EOS 1D X. :-)

[via EOSHD] [shariff]

Project 1709 – Canon Starts Cloud Storage (and sharing) Service For Your Photos

On September 17th Canon announced it will start a cloud storage solution that let you upload, organize and share your precious pics. It’s beta for the time being, and only on invite. Strong integration with Facebook. Consumers interested in the beta can register at

Project 1709 – key features

  • Store a lifetime of your images
  • Find any image when you need it
  • Access all your photos anytime, everywhere
  • Enjoy and make the most of your photos
  • Improve your photos to make them the best they can be

Press release:

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[Photokina] Zeiss Announces Deveopment Of Three Primes For Full Frame DSLRs

The new Distagon T* 1,4/55.

Zeiss announced it will develop a new lenses family aimed at high resolution full frame DSLRs.

Carl Zeiss is heralding a particularly powerful new full-frame SLR lens at photokina 2012.  Dr. Michael Pollmann, Consumer Lenses Product and Program Manager in the Carl Zeiss Camera Lenses Division, is addressing strengths and technical details of the new high-end SLR lens family in a Q&A.

The lenses are expected for Autumn 2013 (sigh) and will cost around $3000 since “the lenses are more demanding in terms of material selection and construction than our previous ZE and ZF.2 lenses“. The lenses will be available also for the EF bayonet (ZE).

What does “uncompromising image quality” mean?

The new lenses will achieve extremely high image quality throughout the entire picture including edges even at maximum aperture. At the same time, chromatic aberration is extremely low.

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