[Deal] EOS Rebel T4i/650D, 18-135mm, Pixma Pro 9000 Mark II & 32GB Card For $1294

Cool Rebel T4i/650D bundle on sale on eBay for $1294 (click here) by trusted seller beachcamera. Limited quantity. The Kit includes:

  • Canon EOS Rebel T4i 18MP SLR Camera 18-135mm STM Lens Kit Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Canon PIXMA Pro 9000 Mark II Photo Printer- $400.00 Mail In Rebate With Select SLRs
  • Sony 32 GB Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Memory Card – Class 10
  • Compact Deluxe Gadget Bag – CA58A

Interview With Canon Europe (mirrorless, 6D, strategies, compact full frame, etc)

Spanish DSLR Magazine (machine translated) published a long interview with Richard Shepherd, Senior Product Specialist for the EOS system, Canon Europe. Many topics are discussed: Canon’s approach to the mirrorless market and the EOS M, sense and meaning of the EOS 6D, and Canon’s strategic plans.

DSLR MZ. Perhaps the high end is well positioned, but what about the lower-middle range? With a 6D “full frame” at an affordable price, the lower ranges are more “tight”. How will you position the current offer DSLR given the arrival of the 6D?

R. Shepherd. Mmmm … You want us to do our cameras more expensive then? (Smile). It is clear that there may be some overlap, and it is impossible to make a perfect segmentation, but our idea is to always provide users with all the possible options, where each product performs its function and does it in the best way possible.

Asked about a Canon full-frame camera with fixed lenses (like Sony’s RX1):

R. Shepherd – From the point of view of Canon, the G1X offers similar features, although not exactly a sensor “full frame”, is a big sensor into a body too small. It is above all a question of balance between size and sensor size camera, and think that in this respect the G1X offers a good balance. Claiming that never fabricate a compact “full-frame” would be silly, it could happen in the future … we are constantly listening to the market and if there was demand from the market, would be considered … yet also has the Canon EOS-M, but without sensor “full frame”, offers good quality, which together with the G1X are the perfect companions for larger DSLR.

About the EOS M:

R. Shepherd. Regarding the EOS-M, we always think of the customer. We identify a type of clients, typically possessing a compact camera and wanted to take good pictures, even higher quality, but without having to be photographers, not want to have to worry about the typical settings of the cameras more “pro”. So effectively for the EOS-60D M starting with a we eliminate the reflex mirror and made it smaller … is essentially the same technology, so the quality is really high, the differences lie more in ease of use, simple … P & S style [Point & Shoot, Aim and shoot] … yet have the manual controls, though not directly accessible, for it must be entered on the menu … but actually offers a very simple camera with which anyone can take good pictures.

And then, the question we are all waiting to get answered: Does Canon plan do release a more pro-oriented mirrorless camera??

We think that for the moment, we have a fantastic range of products covering all options … for a more advanced compact camera with manual controls is the G1X, which has a large sensor too. Would have to rethink what we mean with a CSC “pro” or midrange CSC, exactly what you’re looking for … we may replace a DSLR?

[…]

D SLR MZ. Therefore we can conclude that … the G1X and this range of EOS-M are covered all current expectations of this market.

R. Shepherd. Yes.

There is (obviously) much more in the interview. However, the EOS M is “really the first Compact System Camera that inherits the image quality of a DSLR“. :-)

Canon’s EOS 6D can be preordered at the following shops:

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A New Photographic Magazine For The iPad (first 5 issues are free)

The makers of Digital Camera World started a weekly photographic magazine for the iPad.

The cutting-edge magazine for enthusiast photographers has been designed from the ground up for tablet devices and is initially available for iPad via Newsstand, Apple’s digital magazine download store.

Anyone who downloads the free Photography Week app can get their first five issues completely free as part of a no-obligation trial. See the links at the end of the story for more.

Each issue of Photography Week features video guides to the latest techniques and gear, slideshows of stunning photography and special interactive articles.

Sounds good, and is for sure worth a try (since you can read 5 weeks for free). Click here to download and install on your iPad.

New Canon EF To Sony Nex Adapter Supports Full Auto-Focus

Good news for all the people who are unhappy with Sony’s poor lens offering for its NEX cameras. The adapter shown in the video above is just a prototype made by a Chinese manufacturer. It’s not available for the time being, it will be sold in a few months. However, there is an older version with aperture control but no AF available on eBay Hong Kong (click here).

[via SAR]

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)
wexcameras.de (click here)

Italy: Amazon IT (click here)

UK: Amazon UK (click here)

More pre-order options here.