Canon EF 600mm f/4 DO IS may come late 2017, several patents exist [CW3]

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Do you remember the prototype 600mm f/4 lens shown at Canon Expo 2015? Well, guess it was just a matter of time before a pertinent rumor surfaced.

A new Canon EF 600mm f/4 DO IS lens is said to be announced in late 2017. Indeed, there are several patents pointing to such a lens, both for a 600mm f/4 and 600mm f/5.6 and with some patents dating back to 2012 (1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5).

Given the amount of patents pointing to a 600mm optical formula, I guess it is a safe assumption that Canon is actively working on such a lens and that we will see it, sooner or later. While I am pretty sure Canon is working on a EF 600mm f/4 DO IS lens, I am sceptical about the announcement date since rumored dates for Canon’s big white “L” lenses rarely happened to be right.

The prototype EF 600mm f/4 DO lens (pic above and below) shown at Canon Expo 2015 features Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics, a technology Canon announced in August 2015. BR corrects chromatic aberrations. The technology was first seen on the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II.

The rumor adds some more juice, suggesting that

Canon is well on its way developing updates for the other “big white” prime lenses. While optics will likely be similar, Canon is working on weight savings techniques and updated coatings and IS systems. We don’t expect to see these lenses announced in 2017, although we’re told it’s possible we may see them being tested at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.

Pinch of salt needed here.

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II review (best Canon DSLR for sports, action and wildlife, Imaging Resource)

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Review (best Canon DSLR For Sports, Action And Wildlife, Imaging Resource)

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: Amazon USA, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

At a glance:

  • 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • DCI 4K Video at 60 fps, 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF II
  • Native ISO 51200, Expanded to ISO 409600
  • 14 fps Shooting, 16 fps in Live View
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • Built-In GPS, CFast & CF Card Slots

Imaging Resource posted their comprehensive review of Canon’s new flagship, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, aka the “biggest, burliest and best Canon DSLR for sports, action and wildlife“.

From the conclusion:

[…] it’s big, it’s heavy, and it’s expensive, but the Canon 1DX Mark II is the best Canon DSLR for sports, action, wildlife, or photojournalism. The 20MP resolution is a slight increase from the earlier 1DX, but it might not suit those commercial photographers who need mountains of megapixels. However, for everything else, the Canon 1DX Mark II’s images are right on the money. Images look great, and dynamic range is excellent. High ISO performance is also top-notch, and the versatile autofocus and incredible burst shooting performance will not disappoint or slow you down. Read the review…

Sample images can be viewed here.

[via Imaging Resource]

Sustainability Report Highlights Canon’s Commitment to the Environment and Society

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Canon press release:

Canon exceeds 2015 goal for lifecycle CO2 emissions improvement.

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 30, 2016 – Highlighting the company’s approach towards creating a sustainable global society, Canon Inc., the parent company of Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, released its annual Sustainability Report. For 2015, Canon exceeded its goal of a 3 percent lifecycle CO2 emissions improvement index per product 1 over 2014 figures through efforts to make products more compact, lightweight, and energy efficient, as well as through improved efficiencies during manufacturing and transportation. The Company has also been recognized with multiple awards for its corporate environmental sustainability efforts.

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Canon Patent for CN-E 60-800mm f/4-5.6 Cinema Lens (for Super35mm sensors)

CN-E 60-800mm f/4-5.6

CN-E 60-800mm f/4-5.6

Canon patent for a whooping CN-E 60-800mm f/4-5.6 zoom lens for Canon’s Cinema line-up. The lens is for Super35mm sensors, that’s 1″ sensors as featured om Canon’s Cinema cameras.

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-173529
    • Published 2016.9.29
    • Filing date 2015.3.18
  • Example
    • Zoom ratio 13.33
    • Focal length 60.00 300.00 800.00
    • F-number 4.00 4.00 5.60
    • Half angle of view (degrees) 14.53 2.97 1.11
    • The total lens length 465.36 465.36 465.36
    • BF 55.10 55.10 55.10

As usual it’s hard to state if a patent will ever hit the market.

[via Egami]

Samyang will make auto-focus lenses for Canon mount, interview suggests


Samyang AF 50mm for Sony FE mount

French photography site Focus Numerique interviewed Mr. Jeong Min Shin, head of product planning at Samyang. Korean manufacturer Samyang is now committed to produce AF lenses for Canon and Nikon mounts, Mr. Jeong Min Shin says:

We started the implementation of an autofocus optical FE [lens] and we are adapting to of other mounts, like Canon and Nikon. We also believe in Fujifilm and Micro 4/3, but these markets are not very important.

Until now Samyang makes two AF lenses, a 50mm f/1.4 and a 14mm f/2.8, both for the Sony FE mount. According to the interview, Samyang will adapt existing AF lenses for the Sony FE system to Canon and Nikon m0unts.

Samyang lenses are known for their very good optical performance and for the affordable price, with the compromise that you have to focus manually on a Canon DSLR.

[via Focus Numerique]

Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 deal – $249.99 (reg. $339, Amazon Gold Box Deal)

Rokinon 14mm F/2.8 Deal – $249.99 (reg. $339, Amazon Gold Box Deal)

At a glance:

  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 10.8 inches
  • This is the new updated UMC version
  • 14 Elements in 12 Groups, Focal Length : 10.5 -14mm
  • Aperture Rane: F/2.8 – F/22
  • 6 Diaphragm Blades

Amazon US has the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens for Canon on sale at $249.99 as today’s Gold Box Deal. Hurry up before it’s over. Regular price is $339.

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