Weird Rumor: No Canon EOS 7D Mark II To Come?

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Update: More about the issue here.

This is a pretty weird rumor, but since it comes from a good source I decided to post it anyway. The source stated that Canon will not replace the EOS 7D with a new model, i.e. with the long rumored EOS 7D Mark II. This rumor goes against what we and others have posted in the past months about the 7D Mark II (all 7D2 rumors here).

Not replacing the 7D, according to the source, appears to be part of a general revamping of Canon’s DSLR line-up, the source stated it is “the biggest change in Canon’s history“. To me this rumor comes as a surprise and I can’t yet say if it is plausible or not. I do also not have any cue what the revamping of the line-up may imply. The only thing that comes to my mind is that the Canon EOS 70D is so feature-packed that it could be hard to beat it as Canon’s APS-C flagship. The 20MP sensor featured on the 70D is Canon’s most advanced APS-C sensor so far and it could be difficult for a 7D Mark II to offer something that is or has much more than the 70D’s sensor. I doubt that the rumored 4MP more resolution (24MP) would be enough to make a 7D2 attractive compared to the 70D.

As for the revamping, that’s what puzzles me most. It is true that Canon introduced the 7D as the APS-C flagship while moving the xxD line-up from the semi-pro segment to a more Rebel-like marketing segment (when they introduced the EOS 60D, which lacked the build quality and advanced feature set of the predecessors). With the 70D Canon moved the xxD line-up back to the semi-pro level. That could mean there is no place/no need for a 7D2. Another thing: the entry-level, full-frame EOS 6D saw a price drop in the last weeks and appears now to be stable at $1499 at all major retailers (final price after having added to cart: Amazon  | B&H | Adorama). For the time being the price difference between the 70D and the 6D is around $500 (the 70D also saw a price drop to $950). If the price difference between the 70D and the 6D gets even more reduced then I wonder where and how the 7D2 will find its own place between the other two. Just my 2 cents.

What do you think, isn’t that a weird rumour…?

Zeiss Will Launch New Otus 85mm f/1.4 Lens

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The Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4

Source: mirrorlessrumors

Hot news! After having launched what possibly is the best prime lens on this planet of ours, the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4, Zeiss will launch a new Otus 85mm f/1.4 lens in 2014. The 55mm f/1.4 was just the first lens in a new family of lenses. Price should be around $4000. When asked, Zeiss answered:

Otus 85mm f/1.4

According to DxOMark, the Otus 55mm f/1.4 is a “peerless prime”.

Otus 85mm f/1.4

Canon EOS M2 Set To Be Released Just In Few Asian Countries

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The announcement of the Canon EOS M2 generated some confusion. Only Canon Japan and Canon China made the announcement. No word came from Canon USA or one of the Canon’s EU branches. As for now a lot suggests that Canon may introduce the EOS M2 for Asia only, or at least wait for CES 2014 to make it available for the rest of the world.

But it appears that Canon doesn’t have plans to release the EOS M2 in all of Asia either. According to exposure-magazine Canon will not introduce the EOS M2 in Indonesia and in the rest of South and South-East Asia. Quoting Sintra Wong, Canon Division Manager, PT Datascrip Indonesia, “there is no plan until today for EOS M2 to be distributed in South and Southeast Asia region, inclunding Indonesia“. Mr. Sintra Wong says: “Not every Canon products are distributed globally. It is based on product strategy and market demand”. If it depends by the demand there is a possibility to see the EOS M2 in EU and USA too.

The EOS M2 is available for pre-order at Amazon JP, but will not ship out of Japan. The EOS M, on the other hand, can be had for a bargain: $279 at newegg with the 18-55mm IS STM lens.

Rumor: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II Prototypes Out In The Wild?

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L I

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L

Source: CR

A long rumored lens appears to be undergoing field tests by selected photographers, the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II. The announcement could occur in the first half of 2014. The rumor states the successor of the Canon EF 35mm f 1.4L USM (price & specs) is a bit wider and has slightly less weight. Also, at least one of the elements should have a new kind of coating. Filter thread is said to be 77mm. There have been patents in the past that are pointing to this new lens. It appears this lens will definitely be announced in 2014.

The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L is currently on sale for $1179 at B&H. The final price after having added the item to the cart and a $150 mail-in rebate.

Canon EOS M2 Might Well Come to the US and EU (Update)

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Canon EOS M2 with EF-M 22mm f/2

The announcement of the Canon EOS M2 created a bit of confusion: only Canon Japan and Canon China made the announcement and now it is unclear if the EOS M2 will be sold in Europe and the US. There are some signs that it may not, but nothing is sure so far.

It appears that all answers given to the question “will the EOS M2 be announced in the US?” start with “At this time, we have no plans to announce in the U.S” – the highlight is on “at this time”. I asked some of my sources and was told that so far nothing suggests Canon will not announce and therefore sell the EOS M2 in the US and in Europe. One source pointed to CES in Las Vegas (January 2014) for the announcement. So, for the time being I would not say that the EOS M2 is for Asia only. What I can say is that it appears that the announcement of the EOS M2 came as a surprise also for some Canon reps: it looks as if even some Canon people in the EU and US were surprised by the announcement.

Similar information are showing up also on other sites. The Phoblographer asked Canon directly and they got the same answer: “At this time, we have no plans to announce in the U.S”. C|net asked Canon spokeswoman Ellen Heydt and once again the same answer: “At this time, we have no plans to announce in the U.S” – sounds all a bit synchronized, doesn’t it? Finally, Engadget backs the possibility that the EOS M2 will be announced at CES 2014. So, as you can see nothing is definitive here. The EOS M2 may well be announced and sold in the EU and in the US.

Update (source: eos-m.net): Amateur Photographer states:

A future launch in the UK has not been ruled out. A Canon UK spokesman told Amateur Photographer: ‘Currently, it is not planned to range the EOS M2 in Europe.’ However, he added: ‘Distribution and demand will be constantly reviewed and the situation may change in the future.’

The same statement is reported also by techradar.

We have to wait to see what happens. However, don’t forget that Canon never announced (and is not selling) the EF-M 11-22mm IS STM lens in the US (but can be ordered at DigitalRev). The 11-22mm is a lens every EOS M owner would want to own, so not selling it in the US means something. For the time being the 11-22mm isn’t even available on Amazon Canada.

The EOS M is available at a killer price: $299 at B&H (sorry: no longer). The EOS M2 is available for pre-order at Amazon JP, but will not ship out of Japan.

Stay tuned, more to come.

Canon EOS M2 To Be Sold Only In Asia?

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The announcement of the Canon EOS M2 last night created a bit of confusion. Nothing leaked until the day before, and: only Canon Japan and Canon China made the announcement. No word came from Canon USA or one of the Canon’s EU branches. As for now a lot suggests that Canon may introduce the EOS M2 for Asia only, or at least wait for CES 2014 to make it available for the rest of the world.

That Canon could make the EOS M2 available only for Asia is more plausible than you may think at first glance, it’s an option to take in account. Mirrorless cameras sell pretty good in Asia (the EOS M did too), much better than in Europe or the US, so it could be possible that Canon decides to sell the EOS M2 only in Asia. Remember that the EF-M 11-22mm IS STM lens is still not available for the US (but can be ordered at DigitalRev). The 11-22mm is the most interesting lens among those (3 lenses) that are available, in my opinion.