Pentax Q, a very skilled competitor

Plenty of news this summer!
Sony has just released his new NEX-C3 and 30mm macro lens, Panasonic GF3 (16MPX) on June 13, Olympus E-P3 on June 30, Sony NEX-7 (24MPX) and the more expected news will arrive on August/September: Panasonic PRO GF camera and Pentax Q (12 MPX APS-C).
New market strategies are setting: the pro-band is shrinking, most of the companies are working on the middle level and the winning solutions are a great bet for everyone..
However… the most interesting things will come definitely on August-September.

We don’t know enough about Panasonic, but at the moment the interchangeable lens camera Pentax Q is the most skilled competitor.
Based on the Photo Rumors information, those are the specs:
• 12MP backlit sensor
• HD movie recording (720p)
• RAW capabilities
• Available in tow color: black and white
• Vary small and compact in size
• Price around 700 EUR
• Several lenses will be announced including a fisheye lens.

A very Competitive price and, therefore, a great challenge for Canon!
We’ll see…

Let see the price of Canon 7D: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA Canon 60D: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA Canon 600D/T3i: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA Canon 1100D/T3: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA

Bryce Dallas Howard director of “Project Imagin8ion”

Bryce Dallas Howard is the director of “Project Imagin8ion, ” a Ron Howard production.
NEW YORK, N.Y., June 9, 2011 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging, announced today that Bryce Dallas Howard, one of Hollywood’s most versatile and dynamic young talents both on screen and behind the camera, has been invited by Canon and her father Ron Howard to direct his latest film endeavor, “Project Imagin8ion.” The initiative is the first user-generated photo contest to serve as the foundation for a Hollywood short film, which now boasts the A-list team of Bryce Dallas Howard directing and Ron Howard executive producing, in partnership with Francesca Silvestri and Kevin Chinoy of Freestyle, a full-service development and production company.

Launched on May 22nd, “Project Imagin8ion” encourages photographers of all levels to submit photos based on a series of movie themes: Setting, Time, Character, Mood, Relationship, Goal, Obstacle and the Unknown. The contest pulled in over 8,500 photo submissions on the first day alone and aims to foster dialogue between Canon and a community of photography enthusiasts, inspiring everyone to achieve new levels of creativity. Consumers can visit to submit photos through June 14th and to vote on the semi-finalists through June 23rd. Throughout the promotion, Ron Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard and Freestyle, with the help of Canon experts and the Project Imagin8ion community, will narrow down the submissions and ultimately select eight winning photos – one from each movie theme category – to become the basis and inspiration for a short film shot with Canon EOS DSLR cameras and lenses.” Canon USA

Click those direct links to check the EOS 5D Mark II price: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA

Good day for Canon REFURBISHED Lens

Today I think is a good day for Canon refurbished lens.
Exploring here and there, I’ve found many good deals of Canon refurbished lens and mostly from Ebay Europe.
Who knows why, but Europe has always much more “good used” compared to U.S.
Below the list BUY NOW that I prefer to auctions; but next time I will propose both.
Have a look!


Canon filed a patent for 50mm F2.8, 90mm F2.8 and 35mm F2.8 lens

Canon applied for a patent in Japan for 50mm F2.8, 90mm F2.8 and 35mm F2.8 lens. Via Egami

The patent document and its summarized:
◦ Patent Publication No. 2011-107313
◦ Published 2011.6.2
◦ Filled 2009.11.16
Embodiment 1
◦ Focal distance f=50.20mm
◦ Fno=2.90
◦ Half angle of view 23.32 deg.
◦ Image height 21.64mm
◦ Lens length 84.64mm
◦ Back focus 40.01mm
◦ Macro -0.950x
Embodiment 2
◦ Focal distance f=90.40mm
◦ Fno=2.90
◦ Half angle of view 17.90 deg.
◦ Image height 29.20mm
◦ Lens length 117.18mm
◦ Back focus 65.43mm
◦ Macro -0.480x
Embodiment 3
◦ Focal distance f=35.20mm
◦ Fno=2.90
◦ Half angle of view 31.58 deg.
◦ Image height 21.64mm
◦ Lens length 102.44mm
◦ Back focus 40.10mm
◦ Macro -0.480x

Sigma Normal 50mm f/2.8 EX DG for Canon EOS
Tamron Telephoto SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di for Canon EOS
Tokina 35mm f/2.8 AT-X M35 Pro DX for Canon EOS