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2012 December

30th Lots of Japanese camera shipment numbers for 2012 have come out recently, both DSLR and mirrorless.
Good places to look for an overview and discussion of what they might mean are Thom Hogan’s Sansmirror site and PP

BTW, I’ve also rounded off my collection of reviews of Nik Software’s plugins with a look at Dfine 2, for noise reduction. Not sure how it slipped through the net, but I’ve now got all of them up to date.

27th Interesting article on using the 1DC for stills photography – grabbing frames for that perfect moment [UF] and another interesting technology with Toshiba’s version of a lightfield camera [ISW].

Have you noticed how the ‘news’ on many rumour sites at the moment seems to be the latest ‘deal’ for camera equipment? Well, the truth is that the number of reliable (or even half reliable) rumours relating to Canon equipment has massively dried up over the last year or two. I run the rumour section of this site in my spare time and I note that the amount of time I’ve needed to keep up to date with things has declined.
The quality and range of rumours just isn’t what it used to be… :-(
I have re-jigged some of the ads and links on the page – but I’ll try and keep them relatively inconspicuous – A big thank you to every one who looked at an ad or bought anything through the various links. The ads are what have enabled me to expand Northlight’s commercial photography business and buy new equipment (and helped buffer against recent economic fluctuations in the kinds of work I do). 
Although I want to increase the frequency of new articles and reviews on the site I’ll certainly be keeping the rumours pages going during 2013, when I expect we’ll see Canon make a move onwards from what has been their standard APS-C 18 MP sensor in several updates. The 2009 vintage, Digic 4 powered, 7D is definitely showing its age.
The CES show is from January 8th to the 11th this year, but remember that it’s consumer electronics, so usually more giant TV sets than high end cameras.
What might bring about a bit more of interest in PMA running at the same time. It’s early this year and with the 650D only coming out mid 2012, it looks as if the xxxD line might make it through this whole year. See the timelinebelow and place your bets… (lenses look most likely at the moment – oh, and some new compacts ;-)
Whilst I still see regular suggestions for a new ‘high MP camera’, I’d be surprised if anyone gets to own one in 2013
Another camera I’m curious about is the follow-up to Fuji’s X100 [PP]. There’s also the issue of a replacement for the elderly D300S – probably not yet though. If we don’t get much at PMA then the next event would be CP+ in Japan (Jan 31- Feb 3)
All the best for 2013! – Keith

24th Canon Japan move the 5D2 to the ‘discontinued’ list.
23rd Reports that 60D stocks are low and difficult to find [CR] No signs yet of a replacement.
The 1100D, 60D and 7D are models still powered by Digic 4 processors (see timeline below)
20th A Japanese magazine (Impress) has made its predictions for 2013. Their Canon suggestions include:
Smaller size DSLR in 2013 – a smaller rebel | New lenses updated for high MP cameras | new EF-M lenses

Really hitting the crystal ball there – given the age of the 7D [2009], the lifetime of xxxD/rebel cameras, the lack of lenses for the EF-M range, and recent lens announcements…

This was found in a Canon brochure, inside a German photo magazine – love the 42mm lens (see the header on our lens rumours page) – thanks for sending it.

mystery canon camera

Rather slack photoshop and 3D modelling work – this was in a Canon brochure too!
42-105 zoom
The full resolution image is on my Google+ acount, here
18th Long on the wishlists of many with good quality film cameras around, there’s a Nikon patent for a digital replacement back discussed at [NR]

There have been numerous attempts and a great April 1st spoof, covering this. I’m confident it will appear one day, but it’s a few years away at the moment I’d suspect

17th All the main manufacturers are looking for the next big thing in sensor technology, and ‘foveon type’ sensors have appeared here regularly over the years.
There’s a new one from Sony (Google xlt from EG) – any appearance in a shipping camera is probably some time off though.

15th CPN articles about the new Canon flash systems and what you can do with them.
11th An interesting viewfinder patent from Canon (Google xlt from EG). It’s an optical viewfinder that allows 100% coverage, but incorporates alignment adjustment that enables reduced size.

I’m not sure of the details in the translation, and patents are often written to obscure important details ;-) Possibly for an even smaller DSLR, raher than the EOS M (which doesn’t really have the space for a reflex mirror). 

November

22nd I’ve just finished a detailed Canon PRO-1 printer review.

14th Rumours are rather slow at the moment, which is just as well since I’ve been away ;-)
There is a suggested ‘Canon Roadmap’ doing the rounds [CR], which I was sent via a circuitous route, suggesting that it’s just a rehash of what’s at CR.
7th I forgot to mention, that along with the new 24-70/4 and 35/2 lenses, comes a whole new set of lens caps – a ‘centre pinch’ design.
(82mm, 77mm, 72mm, 67mm, and 58mm.)

new range of lens caps for EF range

The re-designed lens caps will start to be rolled out across Canon’s entire EF lens range from the beginning of January 2013, and will also be available to buy separately.

October

25th A very interesting article at Chipworks, analysing sensor developments – in this instance Canon and full frame. It seems that Canon is still using a 0.5um process for their sensor chips – in fact, every Canon FF chip looked at has used 0.5um.
This is the width of the smallest design feature used in the chip design.
To many people 0.5um is incredibly small, but in the world of chip making, this is ancient history. 0.5um rules are 1995 vintage – the latest processor chips are down to 32nm or 0.032um (and will be smaller next year) Sensor chips may not need 32nm design rules, but 500nm restricts what you can do.
This table (from chipworks) shows where the competition are.

CIS Supplier

FF DSLR

Resolution (Mp)

Pixel Size (µm)

Process Generation (µm)

Pixel Architecture

Canon

EOS 5D

12.8

8.3

0.5

Stand-alone

EOS 1Ds Mark III

21.1

6.4

0.5

Shared

EOS 5D Mark II

21.1

6.4

0.5

Shared

1D X

18.1

6.9

0.5

Stand-alone

EOS 5D Mark III

22

6.2

0.5

Shared

Nikon

D3/D700

12.1

8.45

0.35

Stand-alone

D3s

12.1

8.45

0.35

Stand-alone

D4

16.2

7.3

0.25

Shared

Sony

A900

24.8

5.94

0.25

Shared

Nikon D800

36.1

4.75

0.18

Shared

It suggests that Canon’s choice of 18MP for the 1Dx and a ceiling around 22MP may be due to design rule limitations and what they can produce at economic yields for full frame sensor chips.
It’s noted that Canon does have 0.18um chip maunfacturing processes.
Any change in Canon’s (larger) sensor technology is likely to be quite pronounced – the only things we’ve heard are that it will debut in APS-C
Updated – see part 3 of the article for more info and a look at future developments.
24th Canon announce their plans for The Photo Plus show in New York
No signs of anything new…
22nd No solid signs of any imminent camera announcement, or even ‘preview’, but we’re still getting reports of test cameras in 1 series bodies [see 1D XS page]
19th Canon UK announce a ‘winter’ cashback scheme for various printers/lenses/cameras
http://www.canon.co.uk/wintercashback/

16th – Our site was hacked overnight – sorry for any inconvenience.
Meanwhile, Canon announces a service advisory for the WFT-E7A [Canon] Seems that it used the same defective rubber as found on some 650D models.
Only certain WFT-E7A wireless file transmitter units produced between April 9 and July 13, 2012 are affected. If the first two digits of the serial number are “03” through “06” and the fifth digit is “1”, the unit is affected.
03xx1xxxxx, 04xx1xxxxx, 05xx1xxxxx, 06xx1xxxxx  ([x] represents any optional number. )
13th Even though the 6D is several months off, the price of the 5D2 continues to drop. Still an excellent camera, and nowhere near as problem prone as some forum naysayers would have you believe (how did we ever take photos with film at ISO400 and no AF ;-)
12th Canon have released new versions of DPP and EOS Utility – supports EOS-M. [Canon]

BTW – I’ve created a page specifically to help people get round the problem that you can’t install the Canon software updaters without a copy of the CD. I try and keep it updated with the new releases, such as the EOS Utility (2.12) which now works with OSX 10.8 (it says)

September

30th Canon US lens rebates are extended until October 27th and the 5D2 is down to $1800 at B&H
29th There are suggestions that the 5D mk2 will see a big price drop to clear stocks…

Looks like a good way to get people to buy into ‘FF’ and the resulting lens sales ;-)

26th More high MP rumours at CR – perhaps ties in with some of what we’ve seen recently (1DXs or 3D – take your pick)
22nd An interview with Canon at [IR] – some of Canon’s design thoughts about the 6D and camera developments – don’t be fooled by the ‘what’s next’ bit in the article title though ;-)
One thing that I noted was the suggestion that the 1Ds3 had hit the ‘sweet spot’ for sensors 5 years ago.
As an aside to this I note the interesting comparison between 5D3 and 1D X colour noise at 25600 ISO [CR] and that Nikon’s D600 sensor (24MP) comes in 3rd in the all time best list, below the two 36MP D800 models.

Where does this leave Canon sensor technology – how long will my 1Ds3 remain my No1 camera for work ;-) – see also some interesting 3D news we were just sent.

20th Canon try the cloud… ‘Project 1709

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 17 September 2012 – Canon today announces the beta launch of a new image management platform under the working title Project 1709. Designed to seamlessly bring your entire photography collection together, the new cloud-based service makes it easy to store and access images, regardless of where they’ve been saved. With unique indexing and tagging functionality, you can easily find any image stored on the cloud, or share your collection of photographs with friends, family and social networks thanks to integration with services such as Facebook… continues in this vein ;-)

Obviously a consumer oriented project – can’t see much use for the average working photographer? I’d welcome any suggestions as to its use. BTW, when I looked at the 1709 site on my Mac, it tells me that Safari is an ‘unsupported browser’ – WTF? That means nothing on iPhone/iPad either…
5th Reports of low stocks of the 5D mk2 – time for a new model in October? [the 6D, but that won’t be around until Christmas].

August

31st Canon is extending the warranty in Europe for ‘Pro’ cameras (EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C, EOS C100, EOS C300, EOS C300 PL, EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL) – camera must be purchased in Europe
See Canon for more details [PDF].
24th Canon Japan announce their new large format printers 24″ to 60″ – US/EU announcements are slated for 12th Sept.
14th Canon interview about the EOS system.
As you’d expect, pretty anodyne stuff, but I did notice at the end: ;-)

“My personal dream to develop EOS would be that EOS can do more than what a human eye can do. Just for example, at high ISO the human eye cannot sense lightness or darkness, so actually EOS with high sensitivity can recognise the subject and can shoot – that is one example. For example, in the film ‘Blade Runner’ a picture is enlarged and enlarged with no reduction in the high quality, so even when it’s enlarged, enlarged and enlarged again the detail still remains. That is also a dream – high pixel count technology.”

Hopefully with the lenses to go with it…
Details of Canon US camera rebates (open images in new window to see at full size).

canon aug 12 rebate -1canon aug 12 rebate -1

12th A new Canon patent shows smaller phase detect AF pixels [EG -xlt]
It seems that there are some Canon rebates in the US for August, although I’ve not yet seen the official Canon list [Link to all current US Canon rebate items (B&H)]
10th Pure rumourology (rumorology in the US ;-)
This slide was taken from the Japanese article about the design aims for the EOS-M (mirrorless rumours page). Given the propensity of anyone in the corporate world to re-use other people’s slides, what’s missing? (mouse over image)

canon roadmap slide

2nd Possible new flash to replace 430EX II? Will incorporate RT capability [CR]

July

30th Phase detect sensors in a Canon patent [EG -xlt] Possibly related to improved AF in 1DX/5D3 – possibly something else, that’s the fun of machine translations…
25th Rumour intensity seems to be picking up before Photokina in September. For DSLRs, were hearing mostly aboput what I’d either call a 6D (cheaper FF) or 3D (D800 inspired)
The 7D is nearly 3 years old, so a 7Dmk2 would round out the three DSLRs suggested at CR
24th I noted the general distress on some Canon forums caused by the 36MP D800 and 800E. Well it was looking as if Sony were about to join the club with their own version of the sensor in an SLT type body [1k1] However, updates at [SAR] pour cold water on this…
The EOS M is firmly aimed at the ‘enthusiast’ market, and we’re told that a higher end model won’t be along this year.

There are some telling comments about the EOS M at EHD, which does make for a refreshing change from the anodyne waffle served up by most ‘tech’ sites ;-) Meanwhile Krockwell comes up with some comments which for reasons of space we can’t fully repor

23rd EOS M announced.
11th I’m told that the 8300/6300 printer replacements will indeed be announced soon, but I’ve still not seen actual details for what will appear on the 23rd.
In terms of the Canon mirrorless camera we’re told to expect a sensor based on the recent 650D
10th invites appearing for a Canon product announcement on the 23rd [CR]
A ‘Mirrorless’ camera is a popular suggestion (along with the actual announcement of the 200-400 1.4x)

For a side bet look to some other lenses to go with the mirrorless, and we’re still waiting for an update to the aging Canon iPF5100 A2 printer. 

It should be available later this year, but whether it gets an announcement now, or later (in time for Photokina) depends on which bit of Canon is organising things ;-) The Canon Pro-1 was considered the start of the new printer range, but production was seriously hit by events in Thailand (and to a lesser extent for printers, Japan) last year, with supplies still not plentiful.

The larger (newer) x300 range of Canon printers (iPF6300 – iPF8300) are still doing well, and may not be included in any new range – initially.

More about printers at our Canon printer rumours page.

7th Interesting 650D ‘teardown’ and analysis of how the phase detect pixels are placed on the sensor [CW]
3rd Canon are extending instant rebates (or price reductions as we prefer to call them ;-) in the US to July 28th. A huge range of camera/flash/lens combinations
See a full list at B&H
Also, the 200-400 is seen at Wimbledon – launch ‘soon’

June

28th Some thoughts as to why I’ve just cancelled my 1D X order
19th Interesting patent moves from Apple that might raise concerns with camera makers. Think of an iPhone with interchangeable camera modules [1k1]. Ever wondered about how good the filters are in bayer sensor designs? Fujifilm publish some specs [ISW]
13th Four more DSLR cameras to come from Canon? [CR]

We’ve had suggestions for a higher end (3D) and replacement for the 7D (7D2), but 4 more -and- a ‘mirrorless’ (or two) ? The upcoming 7D firmware update suggests that a 7D2 might not be so close, so what’s left? A 70D and an ‘entry level’ full frame (6D?)

11th Canon to make cameras in Brazil [CW]

May

26th Now for one from leftfield that I was told personally, yesterday. The suggestion was that Canon and Nikon are doing some patent swapping and that in return for various Nikon patent licenses, Nikon are going to produce an EF mount camera.

I’m afraid that this one sounds straight from the wishlist factory – I’d love to be able to use my TS-E17, TS-E24 and EF8-15 on a D800E, but I just don’t see it happening any time soon.

24th Good Chipworks [CW] technical article on structures in modern sensors [via ISW]
7th No signs yet of any imminent announcements – we were told to expect a 600D replacement and maybe a lens this month, but still no good info.

BTW Now it’s on show, I’ve written up a ‘How to’ article covering the making of the 50 foot ‘city view at dusk’ print, that’s the focal point of my current exhibition.

1st In misc. sensor news, I note that Aptina are said to bedeveloping a new CMOS FF sensor (for Nikon? NR) and the sensor for the upcoming B&W Leica is from Kodak Platinum [MR]

April

28th Canon earnings results discussion [SA]
Amongst the usual corporate ramblings of such things is this, about new cameras:

“… we will further differentiate and enhance our lineup by launching new cameras offering the image qualities that approaches SLR cameras; furthering the improvement in design and qualities, and by incorporating features such as network, connectivity capabilities.”

Meanwhile in ‘high end’ printing:

“As such, we have seen strong sales and our market shares has improved in high-end segment. Thanks to the recoveries, we realize in production. We work to expand sales from the second quarter, launching new high quality product with enhanced usability.”

Given that Canon’s only 17″ printer is the aging iPF5100, I look forward to seeing Canon’s take on ‘improved usability’ ;-)
27th New Canon rebates in the US – running until June 2nd. Note that the rebate doubles if you purchase a 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 7D or 60D. For example, if you buy a 5D Mark III and a 14 f/2.8L II, the actual rebate would be $320.00. Prices shown are current – you may need to click through to see actual prices after the offer starts (on the April 29th)

EF-S Zooms (Rebate Amount) B&H Price | Adorama Price | Amazon Price

EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM ($65.00) $799.00 | $799.00 | $689.95
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM ($80.00) $1179.00 | $1179.00 | $1149.00
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM ($60.00) $859.00 | $859.00 | $835.00
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM ($40.00) $469.00 | $469.00 | $459.57

EF Prime (Rebate Amount) B&H | Adorama | Amazon

EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM ($160.00) $2359.00 | $2359.00 | $2199.00
EF 20mm f/2.8 USM ($40.00) $539.00 | $539.00 | $539.00
EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM ($120.00) $1749.00 | $1749.00 | $1699.00
EF 28mm f/1.8 USM ($40.00) $509.00 | $509.00 | $509.00
EF 35mm f/1.4L USM ($100.00) $1479.00 | $1479.00 | $1479.00
EF 50mm f/1.2L ($120.00) $1619.00 | $1619.00 | $1599.00
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM ($30.00) $399.00 | $399.00 | $385.00
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM ($150.00) $2199.00 | $2199.00 | $2154.80
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM ($30.00) $419.00 | $419.00 | $419.00
EF 100mm f/2 USM ($35.00) $499.00 | $499.00 | $499.00
EF 135mm f/2.0L USM ($75.00) $1089.00 | $1089.00 | $1089.00
EF 300mm f/4.0L IS USM ($90.00) $1449.00 | $1449.00 | $1449.00

EF Zooms (Rebate Amount) B&H | Adorama | Amazon

EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM ($110.00) $1699.00 | $1699.00 | $1609.00
EF 17-40mm f/4L USM ($60.00) $839.00 | $839.00 | $828.00
EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM ($100.00) $1499.00 | $1499.00 | $1449.00
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM ($110.00) $1699.00 | $1699.00 | $1656.00
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II ($200.00) $2499.00 | $2499.00 | $2489.99
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM ($100.00) $1449.00 | $1449.00 | $1348.99
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM ($100.00) $1349.00 | $1349.00 | $1349.00
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM ($100.00) $1599.00 | $1599.00 | $1499.00
EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM ($90.00) $1399.00 | $1399.00 | $1326.29

EF Macro (Rebate Amount) B&H | Adorama | Amazon

EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact-Macro ($20.00) $299.00 | $299.00 | $299.00
MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo ($70.00) $1049.00 | $1049.00 | $1049.00
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM ($40.00) $599.00 | $599.00 | $589.00
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM ($70.00) $1049.00 | $1049.00 | $1049.00
EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM ($110.00) $1579.00 | $1579.00 | $1548.89

EF Tilt Shift (Rebate Amount) B&H | Adorama | Amazon

TS-E 17mm f/4L ($170.00) $2499.00 | $2499.00 | $2374.00
TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II ($150.00) $2199.00 | $2199.00 | $2196.00
TS-E 45mm f/2.8 ($100.00) $1399.00 | $1399.00 | $1389.00
TS-E 90mm f/2.8 ($100.00) $1399.00 | $1399.00 | $1369.00

Teleconverters (Rebate Amount) B&H | Adorama | Amazon

Extender EF 1.4x III ($35.00) $499.00 | $499.00 | $469.99
Extender EF 2x III ($35.00) $499.00 | $499.00 | $475.00

Speedlites (Rebate Amount) B&H | Adorama | Amazon

Speedlite 270EX II ($10.00) $169.00 | $169.00 | $159.00
Speedlite 320EX ($25.00) $249.00 | $249.00 | $224.00
Speedlite 430EX II ($20.00) $299.00 | $299.00 | $279.00
Speedlite 580EX II ($30.00) $499.00 | $499.00 | $469.00
Speedlite 600EX-RT ($30.00) $629.00 | $629.00 | $604.97
Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX ($30.00) $549.00 | $549.00 | $519.00
Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX ($50.00) $829.00 | $829.00 | $789.00

25th Rumours have been quite thin on the ground after the 5D3 announcement, although we’ve recently heard more of an upcoming 650D announcement.

In some ways I’m glad it’s been a bit slow of late, whilst I’ve been working on the images and prints for a big upcoming exhibition – I’ve now got the main 14 metre long panoramic print finished and rolled up in a box.

24th A bit of an antidote to some of the uninformed claptrap you read on forums about testing cameras. Good article from CNET about DxO and the real businss of performance measurement.

I should note that I’m a long time user of DxO Optics pro [latest review] for some of my work and am one of their ‘Image Masters‘ – I’ve no commercial connections though.

18th The 600EX-RT is now shipping (B&H and Amazon in the US for example)
12th There is mention of the expected wider range of wireless (RT) flash units, with a 440EX-RT later this year [CR].

I’m presuming that this is the one we heard of in March [29th], although at that time an earlier release was suggested.

Interesting organic based sensor patent at Egami, combining the colour sensitivity of organics with speed of silicon – Google translation
4th The manuals for the 600EX-RT and ST-E3-RT are now available at Canon’s site;
http://gdlp01.c-wss.com/gds/5/0300007515/01/st-e3-rt-c-en.pdf
http://gdlp01.c-wss.com/gds/0/0300007510/01/600ex-600ex-rt-c-en.pdf

BTW I’ve just had my work featured on the DxO Optics Pro web site :-)

3rd Canon announce the EOS 60Da – a specialised 60D with improved red response for astrophotography.
CPN article about using the new Canon radio based flash system.

March

30th UK/Ireland ‘cashback’ offers – until 5th June [Canon UK / IE ]
EOS
EOS 600D body only and with lens kit £50 / €60 cash back value
EOS 550D + Kits body only and with lens kit £30 / €35 cash back value

EF Zoom – Standard
EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM £25 / €30 cash back value
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM £60 / €70 cash back value
EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM £90 / €100 cash back value
EF Zoom – Telephoto
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS £45 / €50 cash back value
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM £45 / €50 cash back value
EF 70-200mm f/4L USM £45 / €50 cash back value
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM £90 / €100 cash back value
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM £90 / €100 cash back value
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM £90 / €100 cash back value
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM £90 / €100 cash back value
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM £175 / €200 cash back value

EF Zoom – Wide
EF 17-40mm f/4L USM £60 / €70 cash back value
EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM £60 / €70 cash back value
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM £60 / €70 cash back value
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM £90 / € 100 cash back value

Macro
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM £25 / €30 cash back value
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM £45 / €50 cash back value
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM £60 / €70 cash back value

Accessories
Speedlite 270EX II £25 / €30 cash back value
Speedlite 320EX £25 / €30 cash back value
Speedlite 430EX II £25 / €30 cash back value
Extender EF 2.0x III £25 / €30 cash back value
Extender EF 1.4x III £25 / €30 cash back value

PIXMA
PIXMA MG5350 £30 / €35 cash back value
PIXMA MG6250 £30 / €35 cash back value

PowerShot
PowerShot SX220 HS £30 / €35 cash back value
PwerShot SX230 HS £30 / €35 cash back value
PowerShot SX240 HS £30 / €35 cash back value
PowerShot SX260 HS £30 / €35 cash back value
29th We hear that there will be another new flash announced before too long, to go with the 600EX-RT and ST-E3-RT control unit.
27th Are Hasselblad looking to move into smaller cameras? How about a digital X-Pan [PR]
Some time ago I heard it mentioned how Canon’s biggest potential competitor in the pro camera market was Sony. After the less than market shaking full frame offerings (A850/900) some wondered where they would go next (ditching the optical VF looks a certainty). Well, Sony is going to launch a business division dedicated to digital imaging [AP].
26th Most of the new fullframe rumours we’ve had over the past few weeks fall soundly in the ‘I want a Canon D800/wishlist’ category. However there are suggestions for a lower MP ‘introductory’ FF camera at CR – time for a 6D perhaps?
21st In an interesting comment, we hear that after last year’s events in Japan, Canon took the opportunity to completely overhaul its camera (and lens) roadmap. Numerous corporate changes were listed too, but I was asked not to mention specific names.

Not that I actually knew who any of them were anyway… ;-)

One of the results of this was the decision to hold back on higher MP cameras (that were and are still being tested), and concentrate on other areas of image quality. For professional users, this resulted in the 5D3 and 1D X – apparently based on significant feedback from people who use the cameras to earn a living. The message was that these cameras were not (primarily) designed for enthusiasts, but for people choosing them as a tool for work.

As a 1Ds3 user who makes big prints, with a liking for some non AF lenses, I do still feel a bit short-changed by aspects of this particular switch in emphasis, but can appreciate the business sense behind it. Then again, I was on a paying job the other day, where I really could have used some of the higher ISO capabilities of the 1D X ;-)

From a rumours POV, it seems that information control has also been considerably tightened up, since the comments went along with those of several long term sources who had noticed much less casual discussion about what was coming up.

14th Back from a short holiday… I find several suggestions of a higher MP Canon DSLR on the way in late 2012/early 2013. I’m currently filing most of these under the D800 influenced wishlist category. It seems that similar rumours arrived at CR too ;-)
13th Chuck Westfall discusses aspects of the new 5D3, including the new AF system (1D X and 5D3) [AH]
Sony inteview gives away future plans – unfortunately, not in much detail ;-) [MP]
8th What next? The 650D is overdue and there is that Video DSLR that we’ve been told to expect.
Meanwhile a ‘5D X’ turns up in our inbox…
the 5D X
Actually more what I’d have thought the mythical 3D would look like ;-)
2nd 5D3 and a new flash are announced by Canon.
1st A sign of the times – three slide films dropped by Kodak [PB]
E100VS, E100G and Elite Chrome Extra Color 100

February

14th Canon publish a guide to camera error messages.
8th Although suitably skeptical the day after the D800, we’ve also had ongoing mentions of high MP sensors from Canon [CR] – see below…
6th Full Canon rebate list in the US [Canon]
Sony looking towards 100+MP FF sensors in a year or two [SAR]
As expected, OVF displays are getting better [IR]

Unlike the writer of the IR article, I have yet to be genuinely impressed by an OVF – IMHO they still have quite a way to go before they appear in higher end or ‘Pro’ DSLRs.

Oh, and there is a detailed photo of my photography ‘junk’ drawer on G+

5th It seems that Canon have extended their rebate scheme in the US until March 3rd [items at B&H]
4th The D800 is widely expected to feature a Sony made 36MP sensor, which will likely appear in a FF camera next year, with a 24MP one this for year [SAR]

So, what of high MP sensors for Canon? Before the 1DX was announced as a successor to the 1Ds3 we heard of numerous high MP bodies (30-40MP) being tested. Where these or derivatives might appear, there’s no solid info, but if the 5D3 come in at ~22MP, then a high MP 1 series, or even 3D seems a bit more likely (and no I don’t think 3D won’t be used because it will confuse people – there are not that many stupid people looking to buy such a camera :-)

January

23rd A new patent from Canon for larger (APS-C FF) BSI sensors [Google-xlt – EG]
Back illuminated sensors allow for more effective pixel area and take the necessary connections behind the light sensitive bits.
It’s of most use with very small sensors, so of much more relevance (recently) with phones and compact cameras with smaller sensors.

If anyone can draw any actual conclusions form this patent, do let me know…

sony BSI sensor changesSony in turn have a press release about BSI sensors today [Sony].
These include RGBW pixel arrays, which allow for better low light performance.
More on this at JCN

BTW You’ve got to admire a press release for a sensor technology that uses phrases like “…unwaveringly strive to further develop this image sensor and expand its product lineup” ;-)

18th Some leaked specs for the OM-D [PR] certainly doesn’t look like the digital version of my OM2 below… ISO range: 200 – 25600, EVF with 610,000 dots, built-in flash (GN10), 5-axis shake reduction, Fast AF & 3D tracking

EVF – aargh no! The VF of the OM2n below is still on a par with the latest top DSLRs

17th The Canon US rebates [details below] have been extended until the 7th of February.
15th I used to use the Olympus OM system back in film days – one of the things I always wanted was a Digital OM2 or 4 (no I don’t care about AF) – Seems the brand may well be revived [43] but it’s likely M4/3 so I’ll not be looking in the desk drawer for my 50/1.2, 24/2.8 and T32 flashes to go with it…

film and digitalOne reason I still sometimes miss my OM2…

How about the OM-D? [43]
13th With the first trade show of the year out of the way I’ve been wondering just what’s new and whether camera manufacturers really understand who’s taking the most photos and what they are doing with them? – comments most welcome!, here or on the G+ thread
12th Canon has a patent for in camera wireless communication (lesnses/flash etc) [CR]
9th With a Canon G1X, it looks like onwards to CP+(9-12 February 2012), for the next set of announcements.
8th There will be a Canon mirrorless this year – We’ve a translation of a Japanese interview about Canon’s plans on the Canon mirrorless rumours page. It also mentions the C300 and the impact of the disasters of 2011.
For the curious, I’ve added a comparison of -published- specs for the D4 and 1D X to the 1D X page

2011 December

25th Happy Christmas to all visitors – or if that’s not your thing, have a great day. I’ve got family round and am doing all the cooking. Just taking a quick break from the rush :-)
22nd More on Fuji developments [DPR]
21st Very interesting new sensor patent from Fuji [MLR]
14th Apart from the ongoing price drops in the 5D2 (down to $2k at B&H), the only specific rumours we’ve seen, have suggested that by Photokina, we will have seen both 5D2 and 7D replacements announced, and that if Canon does go for a higher MP FF body, it won’t be the 5D3.
There has been quite a bit of testing of higher MP sensors for what would have been the 1Ds Mk4, so 32-39MP isn’t out of the question – it just depended on ‘the market’.
12th Some talk of a 24MP full frame Pentax DSLR for 2012 [PR]
11th Good deals in the US for Canon refurbished cameras [Canon]
2nd Two interesting Canon patents – one looking at semi-transparent mirrors and one at flash control [PR]

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