[Rumor] Canon’s Mirrorless Camera To Be Announced July 23?

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Canonrumors published the above invite for a Canon event to be hold July 23th. Is this the day Canon will finally announce its eagerly awaited mirror less system camera? Looks like! CR suggests that the same day Canon could also announce the new EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x lens.

Two more weeks and we will (maybe) eventually learn Canon’s mirrorless projects.

[Deal] EOS 5D Mark II Refurbished And Discounted

Concrete savings on the still excellent EOS 5D Mark II. First, the Canon Store has refurbished 5D Mark IIs for $1,759.20 (click here, to see all refurbished Canon DSLRs click here). Consider that the EOS 5D Mark II usually has a price tag of $2,199.00 and do the math. Then, B&H discounted the 5D Mark II (new, body only) to $2,079 (click here). Shipping is free if you live in the US.

The EOS 5D Mark II [click here for a comprehensive review] has a stunning 21.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4 Image Processor, a vast ISO Range of 100-6400 (expandable to ISO L: 50, H1: 12800 and H2: 25600), plus EOS technologies like Auto Lighting Optimizer and Peripheral Illumination Correction. It supports Live View shooting, Live View HD videos, and more. It can shoot up to 3.9 fps, has 9 AF points plus 6 AF assist points, a new 98% coverage viewfinder, a 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots/VGA) and a rugged build. Full-frame shooters rejoice!

[Rumor] Does Canon Have Problems With The EF-S 18-135mm STM IS Lens?

There are reports of customers that saw their orders for the Rebel T4i/EOS 650D with the EF-S 18-135mm STM IS lens cancelled, apparently without any reason. It’s also rather curious that the only shop that has the EF-S18-135mm STM IS in stock and ready to ship is the Canon Store itself ($549.99, click here). Except for DigitalRev (click here, price depends by check-out location), none of the shops in my database have the lens in stock. Isn’t that strange enough?

[via CR]

[Rumor] Canon Working On A New 50mm f/1.8 IS?

A new rumor surfaced, saying Canon is working on a replacement for its 50mm f/1.4 USM lens:

A purported replacement to the EF 50 f/1.4 was mentioned today in the form of an EF 50 f/1.8 IS. The lens would be smaller than the current 50 f/1.4. There is no imminent announcement of such a lens, but Canon is working to replace the 50 f/1.4 sometime in the next year. The current 50 f/1.8 would remain in the lineup.

Sounds plausible to me.

[via CR]

[Patent] Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 Image Stabilized Lens

Egami (machine translated) found a new Canon patent for a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens with Image Stabilization. They suggest, correctly in my opinion, that Canon has to react to the release of the Tamron AF 24-70mm f/2.8 SP Di USD VC which has image stabilization (called VC, Vibration Compensation by Tamron).

  • Patent Publication No. 2012-123156
    • 2012.6.28 Release Date
    • 2010.12.8 filing date
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 2.46
    • 68.99mm – f = 28.00 focal length
    • Fno. 2.88
    • 17.41 deg – 37.69 half angle of view.
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • 222.38mm – 192.25 full-length lens
    • BF 39.98 – 53.68
    • Effective diameter 74.47mm ball before
    • Effective diameter aperture 31.23mm
    • 19 sheets 12 group lens configuration
    • Three three aspherical surface
    • 2 UD glass sheet
  • Example 2
    • Zoom ratio 2.86
    • 68.70 – f = 24.00 focal length
    • Fno. 2.88
    • 17.48 deg – 42.03 half angle of view.
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • 224.86mm – 191.93 full-length lens
    • BF 39.85 – 55.68mm
    • Effective diameter 77.29mm ball before
    • Effective diameter aperture 32.58mm
    • Lens Construction 12 group 21 sheets
    • Three three aspherical surface
    • 2 UD glass sheet
  • Five-group zoom positive and negative positive positive and negative
  • (For Focusing group 2) Inner Focus
  • (Part 1 of the fourth lens group, anti-vibration unit is L4a) image stabilization
  • Positive refractive power of the first lens group
    • The aberration can be corrected and weaken, the lens is larger
    • Difficult to correct aberration and strengthen
  • The amount of movement of the second lens group and one, the first
    • Must be strengthened to reduce power and refraction, aberration correction is difficult
    • Diameter of the first lens group becomes larger and more