Canon patent for EF 16-40mm f/4 lens (replacement for EF 17-40mm f/4?)

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Canon filed a patent for an EF 16-40mm f/4 lens, which appears to point to a replacement for the venerable Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM, one of the more affordable Canon “L” lenses. The EF 17-40mm f/4L was introduced in 2003, a replacement is likely given the new high resolution sensors Canon is starting to produce.

  • Patent Publication No. 2015-206976
    • Published 2015.11.19
    • Filing date 2014.4.23
  • Example
    • Zoom ratio 2.36
    • Focal length 16.48 24.40 38.90
    • F-number 4.12 4.12 4.12
    • Half angle (in degrees) 52.70 41.56 29.08
    • Image height 21.64
    • Overall length of the lens 177.74 162.40 159.73
    • BF 38.00 45.51 63.40
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Canon ME20F-SH review by B&H Explora (the Canon camera that can see in the dark)

B&H Photo Explora posted their review and thoughts about the soon to be released Canon ME20F-SH, the full-frame camera that literally can see in the dark.

While the technology featured on the ME20F-SH will likely not find its way into the EOS-1D X Mark II and the EOS 5D Mark IV, it’s good to know that Canon has the engineering skills to develop and build such a camera. Even if this tech is not going to spill over into other parts of the Canon lineup in the near future, Canon shows once more who is the leader. Writes B&H Explora:

The Canon ME20F-SH presents itself as a unique tool for a wide range of applications. Part cinema camera, part surveillance tool, part studio camera, the camera is ready to serve anyone who wants to capture images in extremely dark conditions without having to sacrifice color or resort to infrared lighting and sacrifice nature color reproduction. While it isn’t necessarily meant to be an “A” camera for most productions, I’m sure wildlife and nature documentarians, cave and deep-sea videographers, and astrophotographers in particular, will be champing at the bit to try out the camera. With its ability to capture previously impossible shots, the ME20F-SH could help reinvent the very look and feel of ultra-low-light videography. Exciting times are ahead. Read the review…

Yes, I agree: such technology is exciting, and there are big things to come from Canon in the future.

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Canon Store restocked refurbished gear listings, lots of deals

Canon Store Restocked Refurbished Gear Listings, Lots Of Deals

The Canon Direct Store has (again) restocked their listings of refurbished gear. I recommend you look out for your favorite Canon lens or camera, since usually these deals are very very good.

You may also want to have a look here, many of the listed deals are still live.

Hot Canon EOS 7D Mark II bundle deal – $1,049 (PIXMA Pro-100, 32GB card, bag, paper)

Hot Canon EOS 7D Mark II Bundle Deal – $1,049 (PIXMA Pro-100, 32GB Card, Bag, Paper)

B&H Photo has a Canon EOS 7D Mark II bundle on sale for just $1,049 after $350 mail-in rebate (info), you get:

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Inkjet Printer
  • 50 Sheets of 13 x 19″ Photo Paper
  • Sands 32GB memory card
  • Shoulder bag

If you are comfortable with mail-in rebates, then this is likely the lowest price for this kit by an authorised Canon retailer.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II key features:

  • 20.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Clear View II LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p/60 Video & Movie Servo AF
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Live View
  • 65-Point All Cross-Type Phase-Detect AF
  • Expandable ISO 51200 and 10 fps Shooting