Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 IS To Be Replaced Soon?

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Is Canon set to replace the $13,299 EF 800mm f/5.6 IS? Canon Rumors has

been told on a few occasions that a replacement of the EF 800 f/5.6L IS is coming. An announcement could come as early as late Q1/Q2 of 2013. The new lens would incorporate Canon’s new weight saving technology.

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Next EOS M And EOS 7D Mark II Rumors (Canon 2013 Roadmap Update)

New tidbits about Canon's 2013 announcements showed up, both here and at Canon Rumors. But not exactly the same tidbits.

Let's start with the EOS M. CR is reporting that

[…] one of the announcements will be to introduce a second EOS-M body. The body will be slightly bigger, and have a viewfinder. They will also introduce at least two new lenses with the body. I’d expect a telephoto zoom and a fast prime.

I have no information about a new EOS M mirrorless camera, my source told me that there will be new EOS-M lenses. Apparently Canon wants to see how well the EOS M is doing before releasing a more pro oriented body. I also got word (earlier) about two new EF-M lenses, but my source was referring to fast primes, a 35mm and a 50mm (f/2.8).

Next, the EOS 7D Mark II. Both here and at CR we got word that Canon will announce the EOS 7D Mark II before end of Q1. In addition I have been told that Canon will also announce the EOS 70D and a new Rebel (possibly the successor of the EOS 1100D). Three new DSLRs in Q1? Possible. No EOS 7D II specs.

Finally, the mighty big megapixel DSLR (~46 MB). While I have informations suggesting a Q3 announcement, CR is reporting a Q1 announcement, quoting:

The 40+ mp camera gets another mention and we should expect an announcement in Q1 of 2013. The camera will be physically bigger than the 5D Mark III, but will be smaller than the EOS-1D X. It’s noted that the sensor is currently in EOS-1D X styled bodies.

I am rather confident there will be new EF-M lenses, and also about the new DSLRs. And while I have been told Canon is testing the big megapixel DSLR, it could take some more time to get announced.

 

Does The EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Have A Design Issue?

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The EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x is still an entity without price (though >$10000 are rumored), with no release date, and not available for those who would like to have it. The latest murmuring about the reasons for the delay are suggesting that there could be a design issue. Quoting CR:

The latest […] is that the lens has needed a redesign in regards to the “bump” that holds the built-in 1.4 TC. […] it was brought to the attention of Canon at the Olympics that some pros were complaining that the “bump”, or a function of the “bump” got in the way of something. Again, what the something was wasn’t elaborated upon.

[via CR]

 

Rumor: Canon’s 2013 Roadmap (Lenses, New Rebel, EOS 70D, High Res DSLR)

One of my sources informed me about Canon's 2013 roadmap. The source is reliable, was right in the past. So, here comes the rumor:

  • New EOS video lenses before the end of January 2013. No hints about specs or focal lengths
  • New EOS-M lenses in Q1 (February-March). The source was referring to prime lenses, possibly a 35mm or 50mm faster than f/3.5 (f/2.8 was suggested), could have image stabilization.
  • At least two new DSLRs before March 2013. One being a new Rebel, the other most probably the EOS 70D
  • And finally: the rumored high megapixel DSLR (at least 46MP) could be announced during Q3. Unfortunately no specs here, except that it will have 6fps, and a newly designed sensor with very good low ISO performance. No hints about the name, but it will not have the “D” in the name. It's said to be something “very new” and specifically aimed at studio photography. Prototypes already undergoing tests.

My take: sounds all plausible. Unfortunately, without specifications it's hard to get an idea. Moreover, translation was difficult and I can't be sure something didn't get lost in translation. Nevertheless:

  • Canon will most probably announce some more lenses for the EOS-M mount. At least they should, imo.
  • The EOS 60D is definitely due to be replaced by an EOS 70D. I think this is the most reliable of the rumors listed above
  • The high resolution DSLR was already rumored in the past. The only new spec (6fps) is credible. The previous rumor was about 10fps, which sounds weird to me. A 10 fps camera with 46MP needs lots of processing power, and a very performing hardware. 6fps are more close to what is feasible with a 46MP sensor.

 

Here They Are: Canon’s New EF 24-70mm f/4L IS and EF 35mm f/2 IS Lenses (specs and images leaked)

As expected, these are the lenses Canon will soon announce, both image stabilized: EF 24-70mm f/4L IS and EF 35mm f/2 IS. The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS will be the Canon EOS 6D's kit lens (great!).

EF 24-70mm f/4L IS specifications:

  • 15 elements in 12 groups, two aspherical lens, lens configuration sheet 2 UD lens
  • 9-blade circular aperture
  • Weather sealing
  • Full-time manual focus
  • Can switch to macro mode at the telephoto end
  • 0.2m minimum focusing distance, 0.7 times the maximum magnification
  • Hybrid IS Image Stabilizer
  • 77mm filter size
  • 600g weight, 93mm length, 83.4mm in diameter
  • Released in early December 2012
  • Expected price in Japan is ¥145 000 (including tax) – should be aroud $1800, probably less in the US

EF 35mm f/2 IS specifications:

  • 10 sheets in 8 groups, the lens structure is molded glass aspherical lens
  • 8 blade circular aperture
  • 4 stops image stabilization
  • AF motor ring USM, full-time manual focus
  • 67mm filter size
  • 62.6mm length, 77.9mm maximum diameter, 335g weight
  • Released in early December 2012
  • Expected price is Japan ¥74 000 (including tax) – should be around $900

As you can see, both lenses are expected before the end of 2012.

Source: digicame-info

 

More Tidbits About Canon’s New 50mm and 24-70mm f/4L IS Lenses

Canon Rumors has new information about the possible EF 50mm f/1.4 replacement and the EF 24-70mm f/4L with image stabilization. Both lenses are rumored to be released soon (before end of 2012). Quoting:

Below is some unconfirmed information in regards to price and weight of the new EF 24-70 f/4L IS, rate it as [CR1] for now.

  • EF 24-70 f/4L IS $849 and weighing 545g
  • EF 50 f/1.4 IS $799
As mentioned earlier, […] confident about the new 24-70, but the 2nd lens, […] not 100% sure on. There are so many coming down the pipeline.