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2009 December 25th Happy Christmas* to all our readers - I'm just taking a break from cooking the Christmas lunch :-)
9th A Canon 'launch event' towards the end of January? [CR]
4th Interesting Canon 'touchsceen' patent covered at PB
Good article about some of the current limitations of DSLR video [DVX]
2nd A curious 'roadmap' [CR] - 3D and a square sensor camera - I rather think not ;-)
November 17th All quiet in rumours land as far as I can see.
15th Australian price cuts - probably a currency move, but worth looking out for elsewhere.
EOS-1Ds Mark III $11,999 $10,999 -$1,000
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM $13,709 $12,499 $1,210
13th Canon release 1D MkIV white paper - useful background read [PDF]
12th We're told that Canon is about to release a new price list in Australia. The prices of the 5D2 and 1Ds3 are set to drop noticeably (1Ds3 ~10%)
11th We've reviewed the Ricoh GX100 and 200 in the past and I've really liked the designs. It's interesting to see Ricoh come up with a genuinely different approach to small digital cameras - I've got some more details on the APS-C Compact page and certainly do hope to get a look at one when they are around.
8th As expected, all has gone quiet on the rumour front. Despite a few suggestions of lens pre-announcements later this month, we've had nothing detailed suggesting anything new until January.
Even our regular, Canon Medium Format, Canon microEF (Canon's answer to micro 4/3) and 3D rumour sources have gone into hibernation after the 7D and 1D4 announcements - these reflect things that Canon has seriously looked at for some time (we're told), but is still waiting for the right market conditions before moving from engineering test to production testing.
October 26th With camera announcements over for the year, what's next on the list? - If I get any more detailed tips, I'll put them in the listings for the particular cameras.
The 60D is a likely arrival earlier in the year (50D announced end Aug 08) Add HD video to a 50D, but not too much to overtake the 7D.
The 1Ds4 can then comfortably wait until a pre Photokina announcement (see also today's comments/speculation).
US 'instant' rebates announced - Canon info
Runs until January the 16th - lenses and flashes
The full list is:
20th Amongst the announcements today, we noticed the new versions of wireless for the 1D4 -and- 5D2, full details on the 5D2 page. Also, a video firmware update is on its way for the 5D2
Interesting to note that the 1D4 is using dual Digic4 - no sign on Digic V yet
14th The EVF gets closer - how long until we see it in what could be an 'introductory level' SLR?
Epson announce their contribution (0.47" diagonal 800x600)
Press info at Epson
13th 1000D firmware update.
11th One I missed from when on holiday... The 35MP Sony A1r - 35MP on a FF sensor [1k1]
If it were so, then what say you a 35MP sensor for the Nikon D4?
2009 October 8th Good presentation by Tim Smith of Canon about 5D2 video (made before 7D announcement) - suggests that the response to the video capabilities took Canon a bit by surprise.
Note - link is to a QT movie, it takes a while to load - list of all clips at a DCS meeting here.
Lots of interesting comments... made me think that my future 1Ds4 is going to be rather special in its video capabilities - even if I've never really got into video
The 20th is being mentioned for some Canon announcements, but no firm info (1D4 page) appear...
2009 September 29th No big announcements today, although Canon and Adobe did make an announcement about digital document workflows
Of more interest is Canon's decision not to attend PMA this spring in the US [PDN] - I suspect we might be hearing that they are not going to be at Focus in the UK, where they've only recently returned after some years absence.
So we're left with Photokina in 2010...
Note: dates start in announcement quarter, not shipping dates.
Video capable | Digic | Digic 2 | Digic 3 dual | Digic 4 dual | Digic 5 dual
Looking for Canon stuff? - Type in a camera or lens name and see if what you want is currently on eBay...
26th Back from holiday - the travel blog was delayed after some laptop issues, but I'm adding new photos over the next week.
24th Interesting 7D stuff in this month's CPN newsletter.
19th Perhaps from the land of wishful thinking - a RAW video recording mode for the 5D2 and 7D [Red]
18th Still on holiday and the travel blog is somewhat delayed :-)
No news on the mystery announcement at the end of the month, but I've seen it suggested that we will finally see in-body IS in a new low end camera. I know that Canon have looked at this for a while.
This from a big chunk of info we had earlier on this year (Feb - see below)
14th Back somewhere with internet access - so just updating some of my holiday pics :-) A UK travel blog of sorts
Sony may have announced a new FF CCD chip at 38MP [PR]
...but following a DPR thread, suggests that it's not a chip we'll see in a DSLR any time soon.
For some time, our more direct sources from Canon have suggested that Canon see Sony as a much bigger long term threat to their 'pro' business than Nikon.
Sony themselves have deliberately avoided putting the A800 into the 'pro' category, knowing that it takes a lot more than just supplying cameras with sufficient specs to break into this market.
Whilst our Canon MF rumours have gone very cold of late, we still get the odd one suggesting that Sony wants to enter this market with a bang - and no doubt much to the consternation of existing MF players.
One rationale we had suggested, was that Canon don't have any presence there, so establishing a 'pro' status was easier to buy into in the MF market.
2009 September 13th Keith's on holiday for a while, so updates are likely to be delayed a bit :-)
10th Not a 1Ds4 we're told - next summer at the earliest for that.
9th Speculation mounts as to what the mystery Cardboard box is from Canon.
It's appeared in a purported Swedish flyer for an event on the 29th [CR]
As you can see - it's a box...
The Canon press event on the 29th?
From a Swedish forum [FS] [post 696 approx translation - thanks!]
I just receive an invitation for a press event at Canon on the 29 of September. "During the fall, Canon will have one of its biggest and most important releases in the history of the company..."
A new copier? a 1D4? More info on the 1D4 page
Meanwhile the Leica M9 and X1 are announced - previews at DPR, along with a factory tour ;-)
A more condensed version [POTN]
Expect a lot of technical advances to debut in this camera, giving a lot of clues as to what we'll see when the 1D Mk4 appears
* Remember, it's still all rumours...
UPDATE - We're told the box pic below is a fake [POTN] :-) However we missed the purported 7D sample images (also faked)
30th When is APS-C not APS-C - when it's 1.45x crop rather than 1.6x?
As you read through yet another 7D forum thread, why not tick them off as they appear?
In a burst of activity, more info and pics start appearing
On a Chinese [FN] board specs and the picture below
We've been sent some prices [thanks] $1699 and 1299 Euros - no UK price yet
I see that some are still claiming it's FF or APS-H... I think not.
The lens information certainly suggests a body that takes EF-S lenses, but the poster/box leaves enough wiggle room for more suggestions (although I'm minded to believe it).
We were sent this a few weeks ago (along with a -lot- more unsourced comments)
"7D is Pro-Crop, Dual DIGIC IV, 18.2 MP CMOS, 8 FPS, 19 All cross + 26 Hidden AF Points, 3 Inch LCD, 24/25/30/60 Frames per sec FHD/HD Movie, Electronic Focus Screen, Vertical & Horizontal Electronic Level-meter, Reveal @ 2nd Sep 2009."
In view of the similarity to what's just appeared in rumourland, I do have to admit that if it is 18MP, then I'll happily take back my earlier scepticism, and look forward to what comes in the 1D4 and 1Ds4 :-)
Meanwhile at a German price comparison site there is an alternate spec... 'only' 51 AF points
Canon EOS 7D - digital camera - DSLR - 16.7 Mpix - CMOS - AF points: 51 - DIGIC 4 - 1/8000 s - Burst mode: 5 frames per second - ISO 100 to 6400 (max 12800) - LCD: 3 " - GPS - body only - supported memory: CF, SD, Microdrive
I note that you can even add your own reviews of the '7D' - Oh, I see they've got a picture too - think original 5D with the 5 replaced with a 7
BTW - Just published the first full review of the new Spyder3Print SR print profiling system. I know lots of people enjoy the rumours pages, but it's the articles and reviews I put the most effort into. If you're curious about colour management, do check some of the non rumour content here - hope you find it of interest.
28th - Pre August 7D rumours, now on Archive page
Yes, it's a 7D crop camera - in a leaked set of lens info there is the phrase (Google xlation)
"High-tech and lightweight, these two lenses as a cost-effective to EOS 7D, led by APS-C size digital SLR camera EOS new partner, is the choice not to be missed."
The 7D box/poster from SLRC
(BTW 18MP is 46MP FF equivalent, so expect a 30+MP 1Ds4 next year)
This camera will challenge the abilities of a lot of cheaper lenses
Note - once the 7D is officially announced, we'll reorganise the rumours pages to give the 7D its own page.
2009 August 27th In the 'well, no-one was expecting that' category, Sony have announced the Full frame 24MP A850.
Frame rate is down a bit on the A900, and the viewfinder is only 98%.
Press info and full specs at DPR
In a refinement, 7D specs at CR are put at:
26th A bit more info we just received:
Next week is the launch of a new 'semi-pro' crop camera.
xD Design aims were:
What's more the suggestion is that the 60D is indeed now on an 18 month replacement cycle...
60D Feb 2010. 50D like, but with an all new sensor emphasising low light performance. Upgraded AF (more points). Improved LV as per xD. DiGIC V. Focus on improving 'in-camera' image processing. Look for new
interface aimed at offering much higher quality 'point&click' options in xxD and lower cameras. Canon is looking at better images for jpeg users ;-)
1D4 Feb 2010 (3yr). Dual Processor - still likely 1.3 crop. New 'Pro' AF module. Extra AF points but much easier to use. Also aims to provide vastly better AF from LV.
1Ds4 August 2010 (3yr) As per 1D4, but aim for big jump to 'MF Class' sensor (dynamic range & bit depths)
From the same source as yesterday... The Swedish Kamera & Bild site is saying they've got an invite to a Canon press event on the 1st of September.
Apart from mention of the invite, there is general 7D/60D speculation on the K&B page.
We've had several more comments of late that there will not be a 1D4 until next year, although it could just mean not at the next press event.
2009 August 25th Whoops - must remember to check what we're sent a bit more thoroughly when working on something else. The Swedish item is from last year :-)
23rd Lot's of suggestions for press dates... take your pick :-)
A more credible source points to Tuesday the 1st of September for an 'interesting' press conference day. One for Canon, one for another company and a third just putting out a product announcement. They also confirmed the 25th (next week) for Sony, and 9th Sept. for Leica (FF M9).
Just to show nothing's certain at the moment we also get the 9th marked as Canon's release by some - guess we'll know for sure in a few weeks.
Oh, and a French magazine suggests the 25th (Tuesday) for the 1D MkIV
We've also heard that Epson will be announcing the SP3800 replacement (3880 - picture) for IFA in Berlin (4th-9th Sept) - Any consumer oriented cameras from Canon would probably have been announced by then. No info of the 3880 yet, but it looks like the 3800 and uses the Ultrachrome K3 vivid Magenta ink set that's found in our 7880
2009 August 22nd We've now had several comments saying that there is an event next week (25th), however we've had no direct confirmation. The other press event predicted for next week (28th) is for Sony, where an FF A850 is a popular bet.
We were sent (thanks) a multi level 'Foveon style' sensor patent from Canon from earlier this year [USP 20090008735]
"...proposes a photo-detection method that uses a two-dimensionally laminated image sensor in which a pixel has a multilayer structure and the three colors of RGB are detected at different depths utilizing differences in the absorption coefficients of Si. In this two-dimensionally laminated image sensor, a high S/N ratio can be expected because photo detectors having a spectroscopic function are arranged and loss of light due to the presence of a color filter does not occur"
Of course such technology might not appear for a while (if at all), but expect a few technology related rabbits to be pulled from the hat to liven up forthcoming product announcements.
If you read though the details, then there is even mention of a 7,680 rows and 4,320 columns sensor.
Anyone for a 33MP 1Ds4 next year with 'full colour' sensor ;-)
2009 August 21st We're told (thanks) of a Spanish store mentioning a new camera on its way
CMOS, self cleaning sensor, 8.5 FPS 'Full frame' (?)
The picture though looks like a xxD with 17-55 lens
I note an offer on 1Ds3 prices in Australia, which only runs until the 15th of September [1Ds4 page]
Whilst checking up on the 'pro' end of things I was told to expect the 1D MkIV and a Macro lens with IS pretty soon and a 'couple of other things not even rumoured yet' - of course they might have not yet seen the 7D/60D rumour outbreak of the last few days ;-)
20th Do we have a picture of the top plate of the 7D or is it a 60D?
For those wondering about a pop-up flash and FF, there is the D700 to consider and the EOS 7e further down this page, which also had Eye Control Focus.
The picture to the right is from a Taiwan forum, yesterday's (below) originally appeared on a Korean forum.
EOS 7e top view
2009 August 19th It's worth noting that the recent 'Best Buy' info contained additional details about a range of small Canon cameras, which have just been announced.
Does this up the likelihood of the 7D (with 28-135 lens in the kit) being for real? If the photo below is reliable, expect plenty more rumours over the coming weeks (although we've also had it suggested that next week could see an announcement)
A whole slew of small Canon cameras are announced today [DPR]
Oh, and you didn't want a new SLR - you wanted a 'talking printer'...
September the 2nd is the next date we've had suggested...
No announcements yet (13:30 UK), but a '7D' pic appears at DPR
Pop up flash -and- microphone holes... :-)
For good measure...
There's also some Powershot G11 info (DPI) 'Only' 10MP - a good sign?
18th Another comment that there will be a 'pro crop' - 2nd September, and it -will- be 18.2MP.
17th How about a 'pro crop' camera? - this one turns up every so often. The latest (unsourced) '7D' comment we had looked good at 8fps, 19+26 AF etc. Unfortunately the sensor at 18.2 MP, if 1.6 crop, reflects the FF equivalent of 46.6MP, which I wouldn't expect for a while yet.
2009 August 16th In a comment from one of our more frequent sources (thanks), we're told that the prospect of another 'line' of SLRs (i.e. the 7D) is considered unlikely and that the current makeup of Canon's range is considered to be a relatively good match to consumer/pro demand. Suffice to say, the interest we've heard attributed to various Canon sources is talking up what's coming in the 'pro' areas rather than elsewhere. Being able to point to the top pro cameras is very important to senior people at Canon in Japan.
We've been told several times in the past that a 'third' FF camera 1/5/x? was being looked at, but was very dependent on how sales of Canon's range and competitors were going.
At the moment, we'd be pleasantly suprised to see a '7D' this week.
7D speculation continues - and thanks for all the suggestions ;-)
15th Lot's of 7D speculation filling forums, but no real info, although it's worth pointing out that the original BB rumour has it appearing in kit form with the 11 year old EF 28-135 (from our list of Canon lenses since 1987)
14th A bit of confirmation of the Best Buy 7D info? Someone at DPR checks the UPC codes [DPR]
Doubles all round! [Private Eye, passim.] in the Canon press office, as Canon takes its turn to win three "highly respected awards by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA)"
"The Canon EOS 500D won European SLR Camera 2009-2010, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was recognised as the European Advanced Camera 2009-2010 and the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II was awarded European Photo Printer 2009-2010"
Now personally, I don't know anyone who's ever gone "hey, this bit of kit won an EISA award, so it must be good", however I do know enough about the world of marketing to know that the kudos and prospect of a well expensed trip to an awards ceremony is no trivial matter...
But seriously ;-) ...I've just been looking at Canon print technology for an upcoming review of the iPF6100, and I have to say, the results were very good.
2009 August 13th 7D on the Best Buy inventory? [CR]
"...the Best Buy inventory system has the 7D in it. The body is listed at $2699.99 with a UPC of 013803117493 and the Canon model number of 3814B004. The kit with a EF 28-135, which seems strange to me is selling for $2899.99 and has a model of 3814B010 UPC of 013803117530...."
12th 'Full frame' M9 from Leica on show in Japan?
We're told that the Japanese market is important enough to Leica, that a few people have been given cameras.
Click on image for higher res version.
** Do notice though, that the lens reflection is the standard one used by DPR - often used in photoshopped 'fakes'. I've also seen it noted that the lens serial number is the same.
Meanwhile, according to a French site [OB] it will be available in September for 5500 euros ~18MP
Whilst looking at the niche markets, how about a Zeiss rangefinder camera with a Sony sensor? [ZR]
11th A Swedish magazine [KB] confirms the 19th of August for a press conference.
They're expecting another event for the 1D3 replacement, and 24-70 2.8L IS and 70-200 2.8L IS
We've even had a different suggestion (thanks) that there will be no SLRs on the 19th and that all SLRs will be later, in September...
An improved flash system? I notice that a Canon UK pro dealer (Fixation) has the 580EX II flash on offer, but lists it as 'limited stock'.
We were told some time ago that Canon noted some perceived weaknesses in its flash system, particularly in remote triggering.
Time for ETTL III?
We were sent the Fixation info (thanks) that also point to the 70-200 2.8L as 'limited stock' - this lens has been on the replacement radar of late.
2009 August 10th There's a Canon press conference on the 19th (60D?), and a Sony one on the 28th (A850?)
As for upcoming Sony FF cameras, how about: [PR]
Sony A950 with backlit 24.6Mp Exmor sensor @ $3k
7th A DSLR on the 19th? [zoom - Danish]
A 60D and something else? - well, the 1000D replacement might be due, and there's always the 7D or a load of point 'n' click cameras. The site promises more info to come.
A 1D4 would probably get its own announcement.
6th Last year we noted a Sony press release about using back lit sensors. These have long been used in astronomical applications and rely on reducing the thickness of the sensor chip after it's been produced, and can offer a doubling in sensitivity. The downside is production cost. Sony have now introduced a version into two consumer cameras [DPR]
Whilst this is a Sony technology, similar processes may appear elsewhere...
5th For the 7D we've had an update saying that it will be:
APS-C, ~15MP, dual Digic IV, 8FPS and 100% viewfinder.
The xxD and new xD rumours go back a long way ;-) At the foot of this page note this 2005 comment:
"Brian Worley, product manager of D-SLR cameras at Canon Europa, said that it's a long way before all EOS models will have a full size sensor, but Canon's aim is to equip all models, except the cheapest, with a 35mm sensor in the future."
2009 August 4th After a couple of days without one, I notice another stab at a 7D spec [DPR]
Probably another wishlist, but actually one I wouldn't mind as a 'low light' spare camera for when I didn't want a 1 series camera with me. 12.7MP is fine since I still use my original 1Ds sometimes.
2nd Lots of info on the Sony A850 has appeared [PCA] after a leaked PDF manual appears.
24MP and 3fps in an A900 body
See also DyX for more info.
We've had numerous comments about the assorted 7D rumours of late, but nothing solid yet :-)
1st Just to complete the set, we've now had a comment (thanks) that the 7D will be firmly aimed at the D300s and will be:
As has been noted elsewhere, this is the 'silly season' for rumours and we've no confirmation of any of these new sets of specs. Thanks to everyone sending info - we will try and get confirmation, but as it says at the top of the page, these are RUMOURS.
2009 July 31st Some alternate info on a 7D from a Chinese forum. A post claiming to have been present when Jackie Chan was filming an advert for the 7D was pulled. The camera was said to be similar to the 5D2 in design.
In another (quickly pulled) post the specs were mentioned as "FF, 15mega pixels, 200000 - 250000 JPD, 13AF points , dual slot and Digic 5 "
A cheaper FF camera?
30th We've been sent assorted info for the 60D and 7D [thanks]
The 7D specs were:
No idea about this one - usual rumours caveats apply! Most specs look more '1D' like
As widely expected a D300s and D3000 are announced. Specs etc at DPR. A new version of Nikon's 70-200 2.8 is also announced.
29th A big Canon event in the UK is set for the end of October, no doubt examples of new kit will be on show...
"The Canon Pro Photo Solutions, which will take place on 27-28 October, is the most comprehensive exhibition of Canon Consumer Imaging products ever staged in the UK, Canon claims.
The free event is aimed at professional photographers and will highlight Canon's offering from image capture to printing. It will be divided into four zones - input featuring digital SLR, digital video and pro lenses; software; output, featuring Canon print solutions; and business support solutions.
Visitors will be able to gain hands-on experience of Canon's products using an on-site studio, as well and learn from renowned photographers such as Jeff Ascough, Lorenzo Agius, Annabel Williams and founder of the Frontline Club, Vaughan Smith."
25th This coming Thursday (30th) expect to hear about the Nikon D300S and D3000 - The D300s probably won't add much (HD movie mode, built-in mic and stereo audio input, dual SD and CF slots) [NR]
We're told that the D300s is a key target for the 60D, although whether Canon is prepared to put enough 'pro' features into an xxD model remains to be seen.
21st Are Sony going to announce a second FF camera? Sightings of different model numbers at a Sony site, including the A850, have fuelled this [DPR]
2009 July 14th In what sounds a classic wishlist camera [CR], there's a comment about a new 12MP 1.3x crop sensor camera with 1-series derived AF system.
Is it an xD or an xxD?
Note that there are lots of sites embroidering the CR info, without attributing it, so expect to see lots of similar stuff to this [Ex]. Read what it says on the CR site and then notice the subtle differences/conflation of the second article.
We've not had any info on anything like this since the picture and info we were sent in early June.
This is what we were told earlier this year, from one of our regular sources
9th In the US, the 'EOS Instant Rebate (Lens/Speedlite) Promotion' will be extended from July 11th to August 8th.
The 'EOS Camera Bundle Instant Savings' will end as planned on July 11th.
I should note that I've not seen this on Canon's web site, the info coming from B&H
2009 July 8th Another week, but still no new kit or meaty rumours :-(
The Canonrumours site (404) is just having site problems, no black helicopters involved (or shoulld that be white helicopters?)
On the site here, we're starting our guest articles with an in-depth one about the Physical Limits in Digital Photography - How does the physics of light limit camera design?
We are also linking this to our blog, so that in future people will be able to comment on our articles/reviews, as well as shorter blog posts.
We'd love to expand our guest articles, so if you've an idea for a technical/photographic article, let us know and we'll see what we can do. We will take care of layout etc, so really, we just need the text and some pictures. The site had over 5 million unique visitors last year, so your article has a big potential audience. More info on article writing
4th Happy July 4th to US visitors - here's our own refurbished Statue of Liberty - just down the road from our office ;-)
Why not produce a tilt sensor camera? Apart from the horrendous mechanical issues (think of the shutter) I've always wondered how the R&D costs would be recovered from the few thousand people who might actually want it enough to fork out the not inconsiderable cost it would come in at. If you want this sort of camera then you can afford to buy an MF back for a view camera - if you can't afford it, then there is always my $20 view camera adapter that you can make to learn about movements ;-)
June 29th You will have video...
Whether you feel that video on DSLRs is an annoyance, a gimmick, or a real game changer, Sony are saying that it's going to be an essential aspect of DSLR design. [CNET]
It also emerges that Sony too are looking at the compact interchangeable lens camera market.
Meanwhile [PR] there is interesting talk of two Sony FF DSLRs this summer.
Certainly might hasten the arrival of more FF options from Canon...
17th Minor updates are noted (thanks) for DPP for the Mac and the Windows versions of some software are said to have newer dates. There are minor updates quite often, but a new version of software to support any new camera such as the 2000D might be in order.
15th Numerous sites are now showing the 40D as discontinued [POTN]
14th Not just copiers - Canon to release over a hundred products this year [K&B - Google xlation from Swedish]
13th The Canon iPhone app from onOne is updated to support a few more cameras.
10th Canon have updated the collection of 'White papers' on various cameras (goes back to the 20D)
5th As expected, this particular rumour gets them going on DPR.
The lens is part rotated to obscure markings but looks very much like the 85/1.2
2009 June 4th How about a new 'x'D camera?
Not a 1D and not a 60D... or so we're told (thanks)
Some specs too
A marketing 'name' is supposedly 'The lord of darkness' - no doubt alluding to low light performance rather than any other features :-)
We were sent a pic too - move your mouse over it to see a PS curve adjustment applied.
Bigger version of pic at Flkr
No idea whatsoever about this one - it just turned up in the mail... All items always appreciated :-)
24th Interesting article about the SLR market, and in particular, pricing and availability for lenses.
Certainly ties in with a lot of comments we've received from dealers large and small in the UK.
Bottom line is not to expect to see the sort of prices we paid for lenses back in 2007/8 for some time to come...
A rather small camera...
What struck me about reading the specs were several features that a follow-up to the 50D could do with, such as 100% VF and weather sealing. Hopefully some of the features appearing in the competition might push Canon on to put a bit more into the 60D ;-)
Then again the K7 is not cheap...
20th At last, a use for an iPhone - control your Canon DSLR
I know some people couldn't live without them, but I don't even use text on my mobile and since I'm in the office, don't have it switched on (or, for that matter, know exactly where it is) :-)
May 18th I'm on holiday in Suffolk, so a slightly slower rumours service since last week... back later this week.
However, as expected, Sony bring out 3 more Alphas - aimed at the lower end of the market - tons of info on DPR.
15th The latest tech-tips from Chuck W is out and has a good collection of info on AF and other useful stuff.
10th More Sony DSLR info at PB.
May 8th Looks like Sony have been quite busy on the SLR front and will be announcing some additions to the range before long.
Alpha A230, A330, and A380? Some time in the next week or so?
April 30th US Instant Rebates.
3rd May to 11th July
24th When looking at novel sensor developments Fuji has often been ahead of the actual cameras they've put them in. There is mention of them looking at using SuperCCD EXR technology for large DLSR sensors [DPR].
April 20th Hot from the presses, we hear that Canon has won no less than 5 TIPA awards...
"The TIPA voting panel, which meets annually to select the best photo and imaging products of the year, selected the Canon EOS 5D Mark II as “Best D-SLR Expert in 2009”, the Canon PowerShot G10 as the “Best Expert Compact in 2009” and the “Best Professional Lens in 2009” award went to the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L. Additionally, the Canon PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II won “Best Expert Photo Printer in 2009” and the Canon LEGRIA HF S10 took the “Best Expert HD Camcorder in 2009” prize. "
Of course it would be scurilous mischief to suggest that such 'awards' tend to be awarded to different manufacturers each year when it's their turn, as much influenced by the advertising departments of the various publications involved.
Still I expect they will have a nice gala event to bestow the various gongs (above) along with all the gushing sincerity of an Oscars night :-)
19th Those of you who've had trouble with Canon rebates may well appreciate today's Dilbert strip...
There is also a suggestion of a dealer rebate scheme coming in the US in May [CR] - a dealer seemingly discounted some kit in advance of the rebate.
18th DPP gets updated to 3.6.1 [Canon]
12th Many have questioned Canon's abstruse software update policies, which only ever makes updates available.
I've put together a page with info on various update techniques and links to various downloads - hope it's of some use to people? Please feel free to send any more links or workarounds you might know. Perhaps Canon will realise that it's only people with Canon kit that want the software and making loyal customers jump through hoops is pretty poor customer relations. I had this issue re-installing software on my laptop, when I had mislaid the disk that came with my 1Ds3
8th A good interview (i.e. real questions) with Chuck Westfall at CNET.
Video, OLEDs, wireless, and lots more to wonder about ;-)
April 1st Nicephotomag claims that they have been told not to mention a new APS-C camera by Canon.
While lots of people expect a large sensor compact some time from Canon, I tend to be wary of material I receive on April 1st ;-)
March 31st Several mentions of an APS-C based video camera coming from Canon at CR includes support for EF mount lenses.
I do note the aspects that indicate Canon will only go so far in allowing DSLRs to compete with its video camera offerings.
"Don’t expect EOS vDSLRs to get any better at recording exotic frame rates or get manual control."
30th Numerous price rises in Australia (5D Mk2 b/o $4299 to $4799 - full list from Canon)
25th As expected a 500D and new 270ex flash [500D page]
24th A possible picture of the 500D?
21st Canon SX1 users get RAW support firmware update [Canon]. Link includes processing s/w updates.
19th There is an alternative version of the press invite at PB
Nothing of any solidity about what might appear next week. We've seen a few 'discoveries' of items we suggested last year, so anything new turning up does mean we have to do a bit of a hunt through the archives.
Stock levels seem to be relatively low for several lenses, leading to suggestions that replacements are due - but then someone sends us a pointer to where there is stock.
At CR they had an anonymous comment suggesting a new low end flash (220EX II)
March 15th A quick reminder that like other sites using the Google Adsense advertising system, we have no advance knowledge of what may be displayed - particularly overseas (we are in the UK).
I'm told that 'Pro Photo Nation' was advertising and their ratings at resellerratings.com suggest it might be unwise to do business with them.
If you see an add for what you consider a scam, then please do click via the Google link at the foot of any ad block and complain to Google. Unfortunately we can't proactively block content, particularly when it is in a foreign country and the advertisers regularly change details, so as to thwart this.
Thanks again to those alerting us to this.
12th Since we've had several people question the event on the 25th, here's a reduced image of the invite.
As you can see - not a lot
Here's the text.
The camera being held is an ixus 100 IS.
10th We've just been sent an invite to a Canon event in Copenhagen on the 25th.
The tagline is that they've saved the best of their spring collection until the 25th
The Danish magazine Zoom also has more information [Google translation]
...what? -even better- than the two new T/S lenses? Must be a 500D with video ;-)
PS A word to regular visitors - I've finally had a chance to start tidying up the navigation at the top of articles/reviews/rumours. Hopefully it makes the pages a -bit- less cluttered. There are hundreds of pages on the site, so it's a rolling program of updates.
9th Although we've had comments suggesting a 1D3 update this year, there are others such as CR and our own info at the end of last month, that suggest it may not be till 2010 that the 1D4 is seen.
The latest Canon Tech-tips from the real Chuck Westfall are a available.
7th How about something EOS for the 25th? [POTN]
We've had additional comments saying that there is something, but whether it's a 1D4/3D/7D/500D or something else, we don't know for sure, but for us the money is on a small camera, rather than large one ;-)
March 3rd No signs of anything from Canon, but I did note the new Datacolor SpyderCube - which looks like an updated version of a device I carry round in my camera bag much of the time for whitebalance - we'll have one to look at in detail before too long.
1st PMA starts tomorrow, but as yet no signs of anything more from Canon...
Sony has officially said there will be no new DSLRs [1k1]
February 27th We've had a significant collection of info sent that reflects the way the downturn has pushed back announcements.
Although this is from one of our longer standing sources - we were told that the economic conditions have put much greater uncertainty on timescales.
I'll put general stuff on this page with links to more specific snippets on appropriate pages.
What we were told...
Canon were glad to see the D3x pricing. It could have been pitched $1k or so above the D3 which would have put pressure on the 1Ds3 replacement.
The DSLR market is still growing (just) but there are likely to be more mergers and the like during the year.
Nikon are understood by Canon to have slowed down new model upgrade plans for 2009 / 2010.
The delays mean that Digic V is more likely to be seen (2010 models) This is seen as increasing the number of 'in camera' options for image processing, along with supporting improved liveview and movie mode AF
In body IS testing shows it works well, test cameras are now going out with '2nd gen' versions for reliability testing. Both Nikon and Canon can now build cameras with this - but as to seeing in a camera, it's still a 'who blinks first' situation with regard to perceived user demand. Both see it as a potential threat to lucrative high end lens sales. The current Canon system works fine with all lenses and automatically turns off if an IS lens is detected.
Second Prosumer FF (7D or 3D)
The designs for the second prosumer FF are still being worked on but no release date is planned yet. Canon are (even more) waiting for market demand for FF to justify the new model cycle (still seen as when rather than if).
Canon have watched the market share of Nikon with the D700 and D3 as well as the D3X. They see the D700 as having eaten into D3 sales rather than expanding the FF market much.
Needless to say, this isn't what they want to do.
A new FF model below the 5D II is not seen as viable, since once the 60D is out the 5D II is like a FF 60D. This would mean even more cripling of features, which they would rather not do.
If they go 'more pro' with features (e.g. pro autofocus but not the pro body etc), the concern is about loosing sales of the highly profitable 1Ds III.
The replacements in the 1D series are targeted to be a sufficient 'step up' (from a marketing POV) that Canon could have room for an 'in between' FF. [surely not the fabled 3D at last! - kc]
Pro 1.6 crop
It also seems that a 'pro' level 1.6 crop is not out of the question. There is much work on a new AF technology with the potential for super high frame rates. Canon is quietly assessing the demand for this with prototypes, think tanks etc. The word is that this is something that is driven from the top.
This would give sports and bird shooters etc a 20 FPS plus (with mirror up) 1.6 crop (plus movie mode etc) weather sealed pro focus camera.
Specific models (follow links for a few more details)
500D - moved to 18 month cycle.
60D - moved to 18 month cycle.
1D4 - Still waiting for the 'all new' AF - aiming for 15-20FPS maybe not till 2010 though.
1Ds4 - D3x price has eased the pressure for a Aug 2009 release.
February 26th We don't normally cover much of the 'point and click' market but after reviewing the Ricoh GX200 last year I've been keeping an eye on what might make it to the next version. Small sensor cameras are running against the megapixel wall, so I was interested to see two aspects of the recently announced CX1 specifically addressed at dynamic range. One was aimed at handling blown out highlights and the second was a built in HDR like mode, taking two pictures in quick succession. Fortunately this isn't aimed at producing the lurid nasty 'HDR look' which seems (hopefully temporarily) popular with some at the moment. A bit more info at DPR
25th It would appear that there are different Ritz camera operations and the situation mentioned on the 23rd needs some clarification - see PB for more detailed info
23rd According to Reuters
"Ritz Camera Centers Inc, which said it is the largest U.S. specialty camera and imaging chain, on Monday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, hurt by the recession and consumers' shift to digital photography."
Ritz (aka Wolf Camera, Kits Cameras, Inkley's and The Camera Shops) is said to owe Nikon over $26m and Canon over $13m
21st It looks as if camera release cycles will fall back to a slower rate for the time being, and the 'update every year' business model will have to wait for the next economic upturn.
Before Christmas, a lot of sources were telling us that the 500D would be announced for PMA - just how far back it's been pushed isn't sure, but if it's ready and in production, then I'd not expect it to be delayed too long.
We've had no recent info on this year's camera releases, but fitting longer release times into this chart from September suggests not much this year
Note - I've only put the 1D3 replacement* for this year, since it might be available before the winter Olympics in 2010 - if so then we were told to expect some new white lenses to go with it.
We're waiting to hear for more definite info on this, but our last information was heavily laced with caveats concerning the economy and how the strength of the Yen was affecting Canon's sales worldwide.
We're expecting a slowish time on the rumour front over the next few months, but if you subscribe to our Rumours RSS feed - , we'll make sure any notable items are flagged there.
BTW - I'll be wandering the halls of Focus in Birmingham on Monday 23rd
February 18th Apart from the two T/S lenses, it looks as if Canon has forsaken the DSLR market this time for new announcements.
Some bits of the UK press releases that caught my eye...
Looks like big price rises in Australia for March 9th [FLKR]
17th The camera announcements are starting, with vast great collections of little boxes , but nothing in the DSLR range (yet)
There were two little Canon cameras appearing on the Canon US site and then vanishing. A PowerShot SD780 IS Digital ELPH and a PowerShot SD960 IS Digital ELPH - both 12MP, Digic IV and video (720p) output. Info at [CR]
16th More info on the new Pocketwizard features (Canon and US only at the moment)
15th Not big enought to go in the MF rumours section, there is a square format 22MP Pentax rumour [DPR] "The newly coined DFX sensor will be a _square-format_ (23.5 x 23.5mm)"
14th The Canon liveview AF patent is available online. Use it to work out what all those numbers refer to in this diagram that has been doing the rounds in the last week. From this Norwegian article [thanks]
We're told that the well known FAKEchuckwestfall site is being threatened by a bunch of LA lawyers, on behalf of Canon... Seems that the word FAKE is not prominent enough. There's a copy of the takedown request fax on the page ;-)
February 13th UK CPS members in London can get a free sensor clean during 'London Fashion Week' ;-)
Don't all rush along at once!
12th In the US, Canon has a new rebate programme that knocks $200 off the purchase price of certain camera/lens combinations if it includes a 580EX II flash. [PDF claim form]
This runs until the 1st of March
SLR kits are:
Note: If you buy a DSLR kit with the flash, you still have to buy one of the lenses to meet the rebate requirements.
Eligible lenses are:
Plus a Speedlite 580EX II flash.
11th A new method of liveview AF from Canon in a patent application described at PB
9th Canon have a UK press 'event' next week (Weds. 18th) in London to show off the 'Canon Spring Collection 2009'
Billed as 'Introducing exciting new products that will take people further on the journey to brilliant images'.
Unfortunately I'm already booked for two events here in Leicester that day...
February 4th Lots more comment on the 5D mirror fix.
The fix looks like some mirror clips.
US customers have some contact info:
Contact Information for Inquiries: Customer Support Center 1-866-422-2965 (toll free) 8:00 a.m. - Midnight, EST - Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., EST - Saturday
3rd Quite a few suggestions of when to expect Canon's announcements for PMA.
CR pencils in the next two Tuesdays, but settles for 18th/19th.
Interestingly enough, this is just before the Focus show in Birmingham (UK) which runs from the 22nd to the 25th. Canon are there this year, so will they have some trinkets to show us?
If you've had a 5D and the mirror fell out, it seems that Canon (in Japan) have acknowledged a fault. That link is in Japanese, however I've since been told [thanks] that Canon US has sent registered owners this message.
It seems however that Canon are sending the message to some 5D2 owners... [DPR]
February 1st UK price rises averaging 10%
Some examples we've seen of official prices [thanks]
Details on the 60D page, but not dissimilar to what we were told in September. Interestingly, this could signal a move of the 1.6x APS-C sensor into a higher end model.
23rd In the UK there have been selective price rises from Canon (lenses), but it's not over.
We're told that Canon have more rises in the pipeline for early February.
I've heard claims that they're withholding stock from retailers and distributors until these rises take effect.
Nikon on the other hand aren't bothering with official price rises, and when resellers come to re-order they just find the prices have gone up.
Neither situations are helping dealers when planning to weather the current downturn. This could also just happen to have a connection with the current UK shortage of 5D2 batteries...
It would be unusual indeed for a PMA to pass without some Canon DSLR. I'd still expect the 500D before the next in the 1D series, but who know what effect the economy has had on Canon's plans.
10th I'm told that the 'diffraction limit' is indeed causing some 50D users to lose sleep :-) Looking round the forums, there are an awful lot of clueless explanations and 'folk' wisdom about the whole issue of image quality and the large number of interacting factors that contribute to it.
There is a useful piece on the 50D by Harold Merklinger at LL and and excellent article by Norman Koren at NK It's the maths in the second article that show why it's not easy explaining what's going on in electro-optical systems and what contributes what to different aspects of image 'quality'. A newer article at LL covers the sensor/lens question with much rigour.
I'd go so far as to say, that unless you are -moderately- comfortable with the content of these articles (you don't have to follow the maths in detail ;-) you should be wary of what you read on the subject on a lot of forums - I see a lot of stuff mentioned that just isn't even wrong :-)
I'd also suggest watching (and understanding ;-) the excellent videos at Panavision about MTF and camera systems - if the site is busy you'll just get a big Q - call back later, it is seriously worth it. Don't be put off by the fact that it oriented towards video either.
January 9th A few comparative specifications whilst we wonder what will be next.
The Diffraction 'limit' is a somewhat vague estimate, based on sensor pixel pitch - look upon it as a general pointer to where stopping down your lens -starts- to lose a bit of sharpness. Given I've been taking some product photos at f/18 on my 1Ds3 today and can't see much softening (I've got the very sharp TS-E 90 2.8L lens on the camera) it's not worth losing sleep over ;-) (info from [TDP] )
January 5th A new more powerful flash? [CR]
Speedlite 700 EX anyone?
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