A possible Canon mirror-less ILC concept by D. Riesenberg

Credits: David Riesenberg

For the time being Canon is the only major brand that still did not jump on the mirrorless bandwagon (at least not for a ILC – Interchangeable Lens Camera). The closest thing to a mirrorless camera that Canon made is the G1 X. Even Nikon did its thing with the Nikon V1. While we are all eagerly waiting for Canon to announce a true mirrorless system camera (and I am almost sure we will see something in September at Photokina 2012), David Riesenberg, a designer, has come up with an interesting mock-up made using CAD-software. D. Riesenberg called its concept AE-D, clearly having in mind Canon’s AE cams of the seventies. In his own words:

Like many others, I too have been waiting for quite a while for Canon to release its mirrorless system. There are speculations and indications that they may very well do so this year, but I personally grew a bit restless. Because of this, I decided to put to paper, or rather to CAD and rendering software, my vision of such camera. After about a month of learning, debating, modeling and rendering, the Canon AE-D came to life.

As you can see in the following pictures, the concept has a old-fashioned looking design that is somewhat resembling the Olympus E-M5 (it seems that retro-style aesthetics paired with up to date technology is the big thing for a lot of people).

Credits: David Riesenberg

David Riesenberg’s thoughts on his concept:

The design is inspired by the classic AE and AE-P which are two of my favorite Canon cameras ever. Simple, iconic, timeless. I couldn’t think of a better basis for a modern mirrorless system.
Some of the main features and the reasoning behind them are:
Full Frame – Might as well be the pinnacle of 35mm. Especially if a new lens mount is required. Future proof.
18.1MP sensor from the 1DX – This camera will not rob sales from the 1DX on form factor alone so it makes sense to use an existing sensor instead of a new one. Plus, it will make an excellent pair to someone with an 1DX.

The next picture shows the same concept without the viewfinder.

Credits: David Riesenberg

D. Riesenberg about the EVF:

Viewfinder – Design wise, I knew from the start that I wanted to incorporate the prism hump of the AE cameras. It is a prominent feature that without it, the context of the design gets somewhat lost. At the same time, it is obviously not a technical requirement in mirrorless cameras so making it detachable while housing the EVF felt like the the optimal combination of form and function. After all, if this is a camera for photographers, a viewfinder, even if electronic, is a must.

There are some considerations to make. Besides competing with the Nikon V1, a Canon mirrorless camera sporting a full-frame sensor would compete with the Leica M9 (which, besides being a $7000 toy, for the time being is the smallest mirrorless full-frame system camera you can get). The other big competitor would be the Fujifilm X Pro1, especially because the interesting price tag and its well known IQ (using an APS-C sensor).

Credits: David Riesenberg

Read the original article clicking here.

We can only hope that Canon got the message :-). In the meantime you can have a look at the G1 X, the closest thing resembling a ILC (Interchangeable Lens Camera) Canon has made so far. Or you can have a look to the latest images shot with a G1 X that have been uploaded to Flickr (click here). Canon G1 X price check B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA.

Check the following boxes (our eBay live-ticker) for possible deals regarding the cameras mentioned in this post.

Canon G1 X:

Leica M9:

Olympus E-M5:

Nikon V1:

Fujifilm X-Pro 1:

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New pre-order option for Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 ZE

Just want to let you know that you can pre-order the new Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 super wide angle lens at B&H (click here). Expected availability: April 2012.

Product Highlights

  • Ultra Wide-Angle Lens for Canon EF Mount
  • Excellent Zeiss Optical/Build Quality
  • Superb Chromatic Aberration Correction
  • Unparalleled Prevention of Color Fringes
  • Two Aspheric Lenses Improve Quality
  • Anti-Reflective Coating Cuts Stray Light
  • Integrated Lens Shade Protects Lens
  • Wide Field Angle of 110 Degrees
  • Focuses to Closer Than 10″
  • Manual Focus

The Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 ZE Lens for Canon EF Mount is a precision ultra wide-angle lens built with a Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflection coating that yields images with depth, contrast, and brilliance even under difficult lighting situations. It also delivers photos with contrasting edges, without color fringing. This manual focus ultra wide-angle provides the photographer with a tool that enables dramatic perspectives and creative possibilities. It’s useful for landscape photography, interiors and other subjects that require its unique spatial organization. It focuses to 9.84″ (24.99 cm).

The 15mm f/2.8 features electronic shutter control and additional electronic contacts to the camera. All existing exposure programs (P, AV, TV, M) and the AF confirmation function of the camera are supported; lens information (focal length and speed) is passed on to the camera. Certain functions that require the use of AF lenses (various scene modes, A-DEP) are partially unavailable. The Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 comes with an EF bayonet (ZE) mount for Canon film and digital full-frame SLRs. It has a M95 x 1.0 size filter thread and a built-in lens shade.

    Extraordinary chromatic aberration correction
    Prevention of color fringes caused by chromatic aberration almost without exception.
    Two aspheric lenses, special types of glass with exceptional partial dispersion and the floating elements design, guarantee high image quality from close-up to infinity.
    Anti-reflective coating and the advanced treatment of the lens edges with special dark black lacquers ensure insensitivity to reflections and stray light.
    Whether salt crystals or drops of water-its integrated lens shade and standard filter thread afford the front lens optimal protection from wind and weath

More refurbished Canon Store deals

UPDATE: see this post for additional discounts using coupon codes (click here)

The Canon Store has plenty of refurbished items for sale. Here is a selected list for you:

To see all refurbished Powershot cameras click here. To see all refurbished DSLR cameras click here. To see all refurbished Lenses and Speedlites click here.

EDIT: I had word that you get an additional 10% discount and free shipping if using coupon code MRN318, though I have no idea how long the coupon can be used.

You may also want to check the box below for possible EOS 7D deals:

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#EOS5DMarkIII news round-up

The 5D Mark III is getting in stock in more shops each day. The latest addition I have:

  • USA & world-wide
    • 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm F4L IS USM Lens for $4,299.00 at J&R (click here)
    • 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm F4L IS USM Lens for $4,299.00 at Adorama (click here)
    • 5D Mark III body for $3,499 at Abe’s of Maine (click here)
    • 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm F4L IS USM Lens for $4,299.00 at Abe’s of Maine (click here)
  • UK:
    • 5D Mark III body for £2999.00 at WEX Photographic (click here)
    • 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm F4L IS USM Lens for £3689.00 at WEX Photographic (click here)
    • 5D Mark III with EF 24-70mm f2.8 II Lens for £5298.00 at WEX Photographic (click here)
    • For all 5D Mark III accessories at WEX click here

World-wide price check for the EOS 5D Mark III:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Canon IT, WEX Photographic, Canon FR, Canon UK, Canon DE

 

Pre-order and in stock alerts for 1DX and 5D Mark III, and a few 5D Mark II deals

 

I have to report new items that are either available for pre-order (1DX) or in stock now (5D Mark III). And at the end you’ll find some cool deals for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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Let’s start with the Canon EOS 1DX:

  • pre-order possible at Amazon, $6,799.00 (click here)
The EOS 5D Mark III is in stock at
  • 5D Mark III body for $3,499 at Adorama, free shipping (click here)
  • 5D Mark III with 24-105mm IS Lens for $4,299 at Adorama, free shipping (click here)
  • 5D Mark III body at Abe’s of Main for $3,499, free shiping (click here)
  • 5D Mark III with 24-105mm IS Lens at Abe’s of Main for $4,299, free shipping (click here)
For more EOS 5D Mark III world-wide pre-order and order options click here.
And now the 5D Mark II deals (click here for sample pictures):
  • 3 items, $1,989.90 at peach_photo (ebay top rated seller) –
  • 3 items, $2,009.00 at photovideo4les (ebay top rated seller) –
  • >10 items, with gift pack, $2,011.89 at t-dimension3 (ebay top rated seller) –
  • >10 items, with huge gift pack (2 lenses, filter set, 20G memory cards, tripods, 2 big bag, and more stuff), $2,088.65 at electronicsvalley  (ebay top rated seller) –
For more possible 5D Mark II deals have a look at the following box:
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