New Canon 50mm To Be Announced Soon? (may have IS)

A new rumor about a possible imminent announcement of a new Canon 50mm lens. No mention of the mount type (previously EF-M was rumored). Canon Rumors got

[…] word from two different sources that a new 50mm lens would be on the way “soon”. One person suggested it would “probably” have IS. No mention of aperture, but judging by past mentions of a new 50mm, it would be a replacement for the near ancient 50mm f/1.4.

The 50mm could be announced along with the new EF 24-70mm f/4L, which is also said to have image stabilization.

 

Canon EOS M Sample Images And High ISO Crops (videos, and a review in progress)

Cameralabs is working on a full review of the Canon EOS M (using a final production model), and while it is a work in progress they are sharing new bits when added to the review. A long and detailed introduction and first impressions section delivers all the information you need about Canon’s supersmall MILC (Mirrorless Interchangable Lens Camera).

The Canon EOS M has some weak points, as every camera, and among the positive sides the following are pointed out:

First is obviously having compatibility (with some limitations) to the entire EF lens catalogue which makes it extremely tempting to existing Canon DSLR owners. Second is having a decent sized APS-C sensor with performance that’s identical to an existing EOS DSLR. Third […] is also sharing the movie capabilities of EOS DSLRs including a decent array of frame rates, full manual exposure control, audio level adjustment and the chance to connect an external microphone. Fourth is the standard hotshoe, which can accommodate any of the Canon Speedlites, and fifth is the decent touch-screen interface which includes pinch and swiping gestures. As for the hybrid AF system, this could become a big plus point or a negative depending on its performance in practice.

They are right when they refer to the fact that for the time being there is no real review of the EOS M’s autofocus performance in practice. However, the AF of the EOS M for sure isn’t its strongest point.

There are videos for you to check, EOS M sample images with various ISO settings, picture crops to check the sensor noise and covering the available ISO range. The Canon EOS M sports the same sensor and processing system as the Rebel T4i/EOS 650D, so no big surprises here.

Canon EOS M price check: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA

EOS M Sample Images

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A Little Bit Of Everything

 

Canon Patent To Improve Hybrid Auto-Focus Speed

Hopefully this leads to quicker hybrid AF. Canon filed a patent that aims at improving the speed of hybrid (phase and contrast detection) AF systems, particularly when tracking subjects. The patent’s abstract:

A camera to which a lens unit is exchangeably attached includes a phase difference detection type focus detection unit, a contrast detection type focus detection unit, and a processor configured to acquire correction information used to correct a shift amount between a focus detecting light flux and an image-pickup light flux from the image pickup lens. The contrast detection type focus detection unit performs scanning in a single direction from a focus position detected by the phase difference detection type focus detection unit, the single direction being set based on the correction information.

The patent tackles the following technical problem:

Since the [contrast detection focus method] has an excellent focus detection precision but requires a long time for focusing, the [contrast detection focus method] cannot be applied when an allowable time period required for the focus detection is short, in particular, in following a moving body or at the consecutive shooting time.

This is done in the following way:

A camera according to the present invention is a camera to which a lens unit is exchangeably attached. The lens unit includes an image pickup lens configured to form an object image, and is compatible with a first focus detection unit configured to provide a focus detection by detecting a phase difference between a pair of object images formed by utilizing a first pupil splitting unit. The camera includes a second focus detection unit configured to provide a focus detection by detecting a phase difference between a pair of object images formed by utilizing a second pupil splitting unit different from the first pupil splitting unit, a third focus detection unit configured to provide a focus detection by detecting a peak position of a contrast of the object image by performing scanning that changes a distance between an image pickup device and a focus position formed by the image pickup lens, and an acquisition unit configured to acquire correction information used to correct a shift amount between a focus detecting light flux and an image-pickup light flux from the image pickup lens. The third focus detection unit performs the scanning in a single direction from a focus position detected by the second focus detection unit, the single direction being set based on the correction information.

Good to know that Canon is working hard on a better hybrid Af system. :-)

Canon Patent To Improve Hybrid Auto-Focus Speed

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Canon USA Repair Facility Hurt By Hurrican Sandy

Hurrican Sandy damaged a Canon repair center in Jamesburg, New Jersey (source: The Digital Picture):

From Canon Professional Services:

Due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the Canon USA repair facility in Jamesburg, New Jersey is currently without power and is closed.

If you recently sent a product to the Jamesburg facility and wish to check on the repair status, please enter your Canon Repair Number and ZIP Code into the designated fields at the following Canon USA web site address: http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer?pageKeyCode=checkRepairStatus

Recovery operations are underway and we have been informed by the local utility servicing the Jamesburg facility that power should be restored by November 7. However, due to storm-related delays, normal operations and repair turnaround are not expected to resume until November 16. Until that time, please direct any new repair requests to one of the Canon Repair Facilities below:

1. Newport News, Virginia

Canon Factory Service Center

12022 Canon Blvd.

Newport News, VA 23606

(Mail-In Service Only)

 

2. Irvine, California

Canon Factory Service Center

15955 Alton Parkway

Irvine, CA 92618

(Mail-In and Walk-In Service)

 

When sending in your equipment for repair please ensure the box is marked as CPS Pro Rush Repair to expedite the request.

Assistance is also available to CPS members 24×7 via the CPS Member Hot Line at 1-877-CPS-8122 (1-877-277-8122).

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work to return to normal operations in New Jersey as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Canon Professional Services (CPS)

Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Contact Information for Inquiries

CPS Toll free; 1-877-CPS-8122

24 hours 7 days/per week

Equipment loan requests

cpsloan@cusa.canon.com

Membership

cpsmember@cits.canon.com

Repairs

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VA vacpsservice@cusa.canon.com