New patent describes a super compact OVF (for small DSLR or mirrorless?)

The latest patent spotted by Egami (translation here) describes a Canon developed Optical Viewfinder with 100% field of view. The special thing about that patent is that the viewfinder is a lot smaller than current finders. It sounds like a perfect solution for a new super small Canon DSLR or a future Mirrorless camera with Optical or Hybrid viewfinder. Otherwise…why do it that small?

Canon Set To Release An EF 800 f/5.6L IS II Lens In 2013?

Canon Rumors has been told that Canon could release a new 800mm in 2013. The EF 800 f/5.6L IS II lens could have a newly developed 6 stops image stabilization system. The weight is said to be less than the EF 600 f/4L IS II

Moreover, there are rumors about new supertelephoto zooms and 400mm primes. No timetable or schedule was suggested.

Finally the 1.4 teleconverter sported on the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x is said to get featured on more lenses in the future, at least the technology appears to be tested on other lenses.

[via CR]

 

Canon EOS-M with built-in EVF coming the second half of 2013.

A faked EOS-M with builtin EVF via dpreview forum. Attention: not the real camera!!!

Canon is well known for hiding their intentions. Back when they launched the EOS-M they said that there is actually no need for a mirrorless camera to have an electronic viewfinder. A new source told us the truth: Back when the EOS-M was launched Canon simply had not the necessarily mature tech to offer an external viewfinder for the EOS-M. But Canon is right now developing a new EOS-M camera with built-in viewfinder. Design is a lot close to the current EOS-M but it has a EVF in the corner like the Fuji X-E1 and Sony NEX-6. Definitely no hybrid OVF/EVF, but a “classic” electronic EVF will be used. Unlike rumors posted elsewhere the camera is not hitting stores in Spring but much later (second half of the 2013).

In summary:
EOS-M with built-in EVF
Keeps the modern look design of the EOS-M. (no retro style)
Hit the stores in late 2013.

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 IS 1.4x TC Next To Be Released?

Canon Rumors reports that one of their readers had the chance to play around (in South Africa) with Canon`s so much anticipated EF 200-400mm f/4 IS 1.4x TC lens, and to talk about it with a Canon product manager. Quoting CR regarding the specs:

  • This was the first time that this specific model was on public display.
  • Changes were made post Olympics-this is probably the final version.
  • This one is a production model.
  • Pricing: somewhere around $11000.
  • Weight: No official comment from Canon. Ben thinks it feels nearly the same weight as the 600 F4 II.
  • Focus speed the same as 500 II on 1DX, virtually instantaneous.
  • Flip switch for converter works like a dream-instant magnification.
  • One has to move L hand from front to flip switch, when hand holding the lens more difficult to flip switch than with lens on mono pod.
  • Availability: next 2-3 months.

Looks like production models already exist.

[via CR]

New Canon EOS 7D Mark II Rumor

A  Far East Source told Northlight Images some new tidbits, mainly concerning the position of the the Canon EOS 7D Mark II in Canon`s lineup. NL had word

[…] that the 7D Mk2 is going to be firmly aimed at the sports and nature market, with a lot of features based on feedback from ‘pro’ users. The 10 fps rate is seen as an important feature, along with many features derived from 1DX developments, particularly AF and lower light performance Sensor size would be advertised as 21MP, but faster and less noisy than the 7D (25MP was apparently seen as not offering enough image quality) The 6D is aimed at a proportion of the 7D market, giving more flexibility in upping the 7Dmk2 specifications (and price). The current 7D will continue for some time and surplant the 60D, when the 700D comes along with increased specifications.

While it’s pretty much sure that the Canon 7DmarkII will be announced in Spring specs are coming (and changing) every couple of days/weeks. So take these rumors with a grain of salt!