New Voigtlander Color Skopar 28mm f/2.8 (Canon Mount) Starts Shipping Tomorrow (Sep. 13th)

That’s right: The new Voigtlander 28mm f/2.8 starts shipping on September 13th. Price is $625.00/€549.00 and B&H is accepting orders (click here). Nice little pancake lens with high optical quality and no Auto-Focus.

Focal Length 28mm
Aperture Ratio 1:2.8
Smallest Aperture F 22
Lens Construction 6 groups,
7 elements
Picture Angle 74.8°
Aperture Blades 9
Nearest Distance 0,22m
Macro 1:5
Diameter 63.3mm Nikon AI-S
70.0mm Canon EOS
Length 24.5mm Nikon AI-S
27.0mm Canon EOS
Weight 180g Nikon AI-S
230g Canon EOS
Filter Size 52 mm
Colour black
Mount AI-S (CPU intergrated)
Canon EOS
Item Number 19650 Nikon AI-S
19651 Canon EOS
Recommended Retail Price 529,- Euro Nikon
549,- Euro Canon
Optional, not included LH 28N Lenshood

Canon Changes Release Date Of EOS Mirrorless Camera And Of Accessories (first kits available September 29th)

DCWatch (translated) just posted some news about the release date of the Canon’s mirrorless system camera, the EOS M (click here for price and specifications). Originally expected for mid October (though most Asian sites were reporting a mid Semptember release), it looks the EOS M will be delayed, or anticipated (depending by the informations you got). At least some model and related items. The following release dates were published:

Product name Release Date
EOS M · Double Lens Kit
(Black, Silver, White, Red)
September 29
EOS M · Body (Black) Mid-October
EOS M ·EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens kit
(Black, Silver)
EOS M ·EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens Kit
(Black, Silver)
EF-M 18-55mm IS STM September 29
EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
EF-EOS M mount adapter
Lens Hood EW-54
Lens Hood EW-43
Lens dust cap EB
Lens Cap E-52
Lens Cap E-43
43mm Protection Filter
90EX Speedlight
Battery Pack LP-E12
Battery Charger LC-E12
DC Coupler DR-E12
AC Adapter Kit ACK-E12
Camera Cover RF-4
Neck Strap EM-100DB
EM-EI neck strap
ER-EI wrist strap
Body jacket EH23-CJ Early November

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.

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The Canon Logo – History and Evolution

On the Canon home page you can learn about the company’s logo. How it was born, how it looked in the past, which “intermediate” logos were used before the actual logo.

In 1933, when Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory was established, the name given to cameras manufactured on a trial basis at the time was Kwanon. This title reflected the benevolence of Kwanon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, and embodied the Company’s vision of creating the best cameras in the world. The logo included the word with an image of “Kwanon with 1,000 Arms” and flames.

1934 illustration: Canon Logo 1934 The engraved Kwanon logo was used on cameras trial-manufactured by the Company (but not actually released in the market).
1935 illustration: Canon Logo 1935 The Canon logo is registered as a trademark. Prominent features were already inherent in the refinement process.
1953 illustration: Canon Logo 1953 Unification of the logo. The image was further refined to achieve an overall balance.
1956 illustration: Canon Logo 1956 The current logo was the culmination of painstaking and meticulous design efforts.

And then…

A designer specializing in advertising created the original Canon logo in 1935. The “C” was unique in that its top end curved inward, ending in a sharp point. This style of typeface did not then exist in Europe or North America. The Canon name and logo were created to reflect the Company’s global perspectives, which it adopted right from the beginning of its history.

Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory underwent several name changes before the adoption of Canon Camera Co., Inc., in 1947. This change was significant in that Canon brand and company names were unified for the first time in its history. Several versions of the logo were also used, until a unified version was created in 1953. After further refinements, the logo used today was perfected in 1955. It has remained unchanged for nearly half a century.

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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Shipping Tomorrow

B&H will start to ship Canons new EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM by tomorrow! Click here to check price ($2,300), specs and to order the lens.

  • Large f/2.8 Aperture Through Zoom Range
  • UD Lenses Minimize Chromatic Aberrations
  • Reduced Spherical Aberrations
  • Highly Resistant to Dust and Water
  • 9-Blade Diaphragm For Beautiful Bokeh
  • Lens Coatings Minimizes Ghosting
  • Fluorine Coating Reduces Fingerprints
  • Zoom Lock Lever For Safe Transporting
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[Review] Rebel T4i/EOS 650D Is A Great Entry Level DSLR

The Phoblographer just published its review of the Rebel T4i (named EOS 650D in Europe). The review is detailed and well-reasoned, as usual. You may be surprised to learn that the Auto-Focus on the T4i/650D can easily outperform the AF of the EOS 5D Mark II (well, in certain situation):

For a wide majority of shooting situations, the Canon T4i’s phase detection focusing is extremely quick; when not in Live View Mode […] My general way of using cameras no matter what the make or model is to manually select a single focusing point when shooting. However, when the user enables all focusing points to be used, you’ll end up having little to no problem in terms of both speed and accuracy. In fact, the Canon T4i’s focusing is better than my Canon 5D Mk II’s. Now don’t take this the wrong way; they are two totally different cameras. However, it is a testament to show just how far the technology has come: an entry level Rebel can outdo a 5D Mk II in terms of focusing. That’s pretty crazy when you think about it.

Many sample images at different ISO settings are provided (btw, the T4i/650D has a rather good high ISO performance). All in all a review that’s worth to be read. From the conclusion:

The Canon T4i is a wonderful entry level camera with loads and loads of lenses available to the system. The image quality is excellent, it is easy to use, and it has a rather decent video mode. The menus can be a bit complex, but overall there really is absolutely no real problem with this camera despite what seems to be modest upgrades from its predecessor.

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