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2011 Information

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]

Canon Fall rebates 2011November

29th A number of US Canon rebates announced
Full details via B&H site
It runs from November 27th to January 7th next year.
19th Two or three announcements in Jan/Feb? [CR]
We’re due a 650D (18MP + Digic 5 goodies) and the 200-400 1.4x lens still hasn’t been announced officially (but has been postponed along with 500 and 600)
Also suggested – ‘a larger MP FF camera by the summer’
See also 5D3 and 1D Xs pages.
18th A series of ‘cashback’ offers from Canon (UK/Ireland) – details
IXUS 115 HS £20/€25 RRP £159.00
IXUS 220HS £20/€25 RRP £179.00
PowerShot SX150 IS £20/€25 RRP £199.00
PowerShot SX220 HS £30/€35 RRP £249.00
EOS 550D (all configurations) £40/€45
EOS 600D (all configurations) £50/€55
LEGRIA HF R206 £30/€35
LEGRIA HF R26 £30/€35
LEGRIA HF R27 £30/€35
LEGRIA HF R28 £30/€35
LEGRIA HF M406 £50/€55
LEGRIA HF M46 £50/€55
LEGRIA HF M41 £50/€55
PIXMA MG5350 £30/€35 RRP £129.00
PIXMA MG6250 £30/€35 RRP £179.00
PIXMA MG8250 £30/€35 RRP £329.00
PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II £50/€55 RRP £499.00
PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II £100/€110 RRP £749.00
Runs till 25th January 2012
7th A Canon ‘roadmap’ of sorts from the c300 announcement the other day. Not the sort of thing we ever see much of from Canon.
a canon roadmap
Thanks for a translation
the arrow to the right reads “Motion Picture” while the arrow to the left reads “Still Photography”.  It seems like the C EOS DSLR in development is mostly aimed at Video instead of Still.  BTW, the arrow up is “Professional” while the arrow down is “Consumer”. “
photochromic layer in pixel5th Sony patents a photochromic sensor layer. [egami via PR – Google]
One use for this would be for selectively reducing the sensitivity of pixels receiving high levels of light.
This would introduce a degree of non linearity into the sensitivity of pixels, expanding dynamic range and giving digital sensors a less hard cut-off at the top end, more akin to film.
4th CPN technical info on the new C300 video cameras.
Note: We now have a page more specifically covering video related rumours and info.
3rd The Canon ‘Cinema EOS’ event in Hollywood is underway.
The Canon EOS c300 is unveiled
eos c300
Main features of the C300 / C300 PL:

Single 8.3 megapixel 2160×3840 Super-35 CMOS sensor (4K resolution) with Digic DV III processor
Canon XF codec (50Mbps 4:2:2 1080p30 MPEG2 MXF) records to two Compact Flash card slots
Canon Log gamma, SDI, compact body, Custom Presets and menus similar to Canon XF series
Exposure and focus control are completely manual — there is no AE or AF on either camera
Sold as a system, incl. LCD monitor / XLR audio unit, side grip, top handle, batt. & charger
Availability: Jan. 2012; Price: appx. $16,000 USD (for C300)
The rest of the Cinema EOS system includes Canon’s own high-end cinema zoom lenses… first their two zooms, the PL-mount versions of which were previously announced and exhibited earlier this year back in April at NAB2010. All resolve to 4K:

Canon Zoom Lens CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S (wide zoom, EF version)
Canon Zoom Lens CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L SP (wide zoom, PL version)
Canon Zoom Lens CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S (telephoto zoom, EF version)
Canon Zoom Lens CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L SP (telephoto zoom, PL version)
And three yet-to-be-released primes, all resolve to 4K but all are EF-mount only:

Canon Prime Lens CTZ-029 (24mm)
Canon Prime Lens CTZ-030 (50mm)
Canon Prime Lens CTZ-031 (85mm)

A Canon cashback offer appears on their Dutch site for current camera bodies and several lenses. From the first of November to the end of January. Full list [PDF]
Wider use of EVFs move on with a new design from Sony [SAR]
2nd Tensions creep upwards for tomorrow’s Hollywood Canon event – something video related I’m going to assume (we don’t get sent many video related rumours)
However, there is a good rumour collection that suggests that a 5D3 -will- be announced [WOC]

* There will be at least two cameras announced, possibly three.
* PL and EF for sure. I also think a 5D3 will be “announced” but not shown.
* A Set of Canon Prime Lenses will be shown. All manual capability.*** This is Big.
* We already know about two PL zooms shown at NAB 2011.
* Removable LCD.
* No 60P Full HD. Only 720
* 4:2:2 with 4:4:4 Upgrade as an additional upgrade.
* $10K plus for the EF model and up to $15K for the PL version.
* I think the 5D3 will be a little higher than 5D2 at around $3K.
* There will be less expensive models to follow.

Interesting, although I’m minded to thing that a 5D(3) announcement only, would seriously dent what are still (I’m told) very healthy 5Dmk2 sales.

2011 October

28th An interesting bit of research showing why Sony A77 RAW files are not so RAW as they might seem [SAR]
Canon instant rebates Oct 201125th Canon US rebates (links to B&H)
EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM $2199 ($160)
EF 85mm f/1.2L II $2049 ($150)
EF 135mm f/2L USM $1014 ($75)
EF 50mm f/1.8 II $115 ($10)
EF 100mm f/2 USM $464 ($35)
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM $1249 ($100)
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM $1499 ($100)
EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM $734 ($65)
EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM $1099 ($80)
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS DO USM $1309 ($90)
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM $429 ($40)
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM $559 ($40)
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM $979 ($70)
EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM $1469 ($110)
TS-E 17mm f/4L $2329 ($170)
TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II $2049 ($150)
Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX $519 ($30)
Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX $789 ($40)
Speedlite 270EX II $159 ($10)
Speedlite 320EX $234 ($15)
Speedlite 430EX II $279 ($20)
Speedlite 580EX II $469 ($30)

24th Pixma Pro-1 A3+ printer announced.
New Canon rebates in the USA – run until 23rd Nov
19th We’ve no camera or lens releases more than hinted at, at the moment. There does seem to be more likelihood of a print related announcement(s) on the way.
18th The Canon online store in the US has a number of offers on various bundles.
The 1Dx is announced – and digital MF back makers breath a sigh of relief.

Whilst I’m not giving it much credence at the moment, we’ve also been sent some comments suggesting that the 1D X is to get a ‘studio version’ in a year or so. The 1D Xs ?

17th For the day before what’s said to be a big announcement, there’s very little info about.
A Canon patent for touch screen use (and built in Wi-Fi) shows some of what may be coming early next year to the 650D [PB]. If you include Digic 5 and its tricks, then there are plenty of features to advance on the 600D, without moving up from the 18MP sensor – add these features and a new sensor, and you’ve got a lot of things ready to go into the 7D2
14th No DSLR or lens from Canon next week? Interesting comments at PB

Whatever is coming, the details are being kept very quiet – still no detailed leaks ;-)

Meanwhile some more certain 1D/Ds specs appear.
If no DSLR, then how about a full frame mirrorless?
12th Canon have an announcement event in Singapore on the 18th (see 1Ds4 page). Meanwhile, they have also announced the setting up of a pro technology and support center in Hollywood “to better serve its film and television production clients”[PB]
11th More and more random bits of Canon info suggest that something is on its way. Nothing as yet though that I’d wager much real money on.
I note that Kodak is being linked to bankruptcy talk – [BB] Kodak make sensors for the Leica S2 amongst others
8th Canon CPS (platinum) members in the Netherlands have received a personal invite to a VIP event on the 18th in Roosendaal. There are no details of the event, or even the actual location, except the city Roosendaal.
canon invite 18th oct
canon invite 18th oct

Thanks for the info!

3rd I note that Sony has discontinued the A900 – so both of their full frame cameras are now discontinued.
1st At CR the 1Ds4 is pushed to February and the 5D3 back to photokina, whilst even our supply of interesting spec lists seems to have dried up…

2011 September

30th Faster cameras soon says SanDisk aout their latest UHS-I cards [PR]
28th The Pixma and EOS logos on the invite to the US event have suggested that a new printer is on its way [our Canon printer info] and maybe a camera as well.
27th A Canon event is scheduled in New York for Oct 26th [PB / CR]

Unlike CR, we’ve not had many people say ‘no DSLR in 2011’ ;-)

Fits in with the London ‘Pro Solutions show on 25th and 26th October 2011 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. Aimed at video, broadcast and still imaging professionals, visitors will experience Canon’s complete workflow solution from image capture to output.’

Could we see an actual announcement on the 25th?
Canon have a patent describing a lens with an aperture ring – ideal for any upcoming video related announcements… [PB]
24th Speculation time …I note that there is a similar list at CR, and since I disagree with many of their thoughts, I thought I’d put up my own thoughts (so BIG pinch of salt required)

1Ds4 – to launch this year

1D5 – no merger yet. Maybe a new 1D mark 5 in 2012, with internals based on 1Ds4 (Digic V) – limited availability for the Olympics

5D3 – a Photokina 2012 camera (note latest 5D3 info for a counter view)

7D2 – late 2012/early 2013 – new higher MP sensor and faster

70D – 2013

650D – 2012 (similar sensor but Digic V)

and some wild cards…

3D – destined to remain in ‘Fabled’ status for quite some time

6D, 8D, 9D – more potential model numbers

Discussion at Google+
23rd Canon announce $100 ‘Instant rebate’ for the 5D2 in the US September 25th (till October 29th) Info at B&H
22nd USB3 to appear in
‘…at least two imminent “major” announcements of USB 3.0-enabled camera products’ [CN]
19th A new Canon FF camera with less MP? [CR]
giant sensorMeanwhile Canon announce a use for that huge sensor they were showing off last year.
Here it is compared to a 35mm FF sensor.

“Canon Inc have announced an ultra-large-scale, ultra-high-sensitivity CMOS sensor which has been developed to enable the video recording across a wide 3.3° x 3.3° field of view with an equivalent apparent magnitude of 10.
The sensor has a chip size measuring 202 x 205 mm, and is the world’s largest* surface area for a CMOS sensor. It has been installed in the Schmidt telescope at the University of Tokyo’s Kiso Observatory in Japan.” More info

18th We’re hearing of ‘something due’ from a lot more people of late. Unfortunately no details, but a 1Ds4 is the most common mention.
The Hollywood event is widely suggested for a 4k related release, but read Philip Bloom’s comments before expecting too much [PB]
17th Next week could be printers – no solid DSLR info at the moment.
16th It seems that there are Canon announcements of some form next week (22nd) [via CR]
Canon has a Hollywood event on the 3rd of November – be warned, it’s flagged as ‘an historic global announcement’ so is probably copier related [EG]

Wild speculation suggests that it’s the 5D3 – with a emphasis on new movie functionality – the 1Ds4 having been announced between now and then. Or how about a new range of EF and PL mount movie cameras

canon november announcement
15th As widely expected, Canon have anounced two new Powershot cameras – not a topic I’d normally cover, but there is this of note in the press info. DIGIC 5 is here.

“The HS System with DIGIC 5 – new levels of power The PowerShot S100 features the most powerful implementation of the HS System yet. Building on the PowerShot S-series’ reputation for providing high-quality, low noise images in low light, the enhanced HS System optimally combines DIGIC 5 processing with a high-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel 1/1.7-type CMOS developed using Canon EOS sensor know-how – providing an even more powerful basis for low light photography. Supporting a maximum ISO of 6400 at full resolution, the camera fully-utilises the high performance of the CMOS sensor and the power of DIGIC 5 to reduce image noise – offering the reassurance of excellent image quality in all conditions. Designed to achieve new and advanced levels of image quality, DIGIC 5 analyses four times more image information to create each pixel, recording more detail and colour from a scene than ever before. Processing speed is also six times faster compared to the previous processor, efficiently managing the increase in scene information and simultaneously reducing the appearance of image noise by up to 75%”

14th Interesting 1Ds4 (54MP) and 5D3 (24MP) rumours received.

As ever, I take such detailed specs with a pinch of salt, but they are definitely withing the realms of possibility – or a damn fine wishlist ;-)

11th The first we heard of the ‘no Canon DSLR for 2011’ comment at CR, was an email from one of our older sources, who said they were confident that I would still get my 1Ds3 replacement by the end of the year (or first thing 2012). Every Canon pro camera I’ve ever followed has taken 2-3 months from announcement to shipping.
9th Canon ‘Rebel’ instant rebates in the US have been extended until the start of October [details at B&H Photo]
8th Some time ago there was a Canon patent relating to wireless flash connectivity and slave firings of cameras. There is a longer discussion of what this could bring about at PB. Multiple synchronised firings of cameras at 10 fps overlapping in a way to give much higher effective burst rates are one option.
Sony have released some info about their new OLED based viewfinder displays [SAR]
There is a round-up of photo related news from IFA at MP
6th Some Sony CMOS sensor thoughts [ISW] – although aimed at phones, the RGB+clear sensor pixel filtration has appeared a while ago in a Kodak announcement [DPR]
5th Just like the folks at CR we’ve had no solid dates or potential specifcations for DSLRs. No-one that I know has put a 5D3 before a 1Ds4, so I’m still personally putting the 5D3 as a 2012 camera (a photokina year).

In the mean time, I’ve finally finished our Epson R3000 review, which turned out a bit longer than I’d expected.

4th IFA is underway in Berlin – there is a report on video related matters at DPR, but no announcements of note(well not that I’ve seen)
2nd No signs yet of any DSLR Canon announcements – there is something listed for Pentax for early next month [1k1] and Nikon has events on the 21st [NR]
Powershots are suggested for the 15th [CR]

2011 August

31st Sony are saying that there will be a full frame follow-up to the A850/900 [SAR].

If it’s using a pellicle mirror, expect a lot of interest – but I’d suspect it won’t appear (even as a mock-up) until next year

30th Of interest to those looking for future sensor developments, is a Panasonic multicolour pixel design [43], relying on splitting light into colours rather than differential absorption (foveon type)
26th No announcements on a Friday… but I did get sent some info about a new way to code JPEGs to get more compression before you start to notice it [MP]
24th Some compacts from Nikon [DPR] and slew of different cameras from Sony [DPR]
The 24MP, 12 fps Sony A77 is interesting in its use of a fixed mirror and an OLED XGA viewfinder display.

I suspect that’s it for this week – we were told of an announcement this Friday, and one of CR’s dates from a while ago was tomorrow…

Just in case, I’d better quickly suggest announcements for all the Tuesdays for a several weeks ahead, before CR grabs all the best dates ;-)

23rd As expected, an update to the compacts [DPR]
22nd More info from Canon about the UK Canon Pro solutions Show in October in London:

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 22nd August 2011- Canon announced today further details about the Pro Solutions show on 25th and 26th October 2011 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. Aimed at video, broadcast and still imaging professionals, visitors will experience Canon’s complete workflow solution from image capture to output. 

The show aims to educate and inspire visitors and the schedule of seminars continues to be an important element of the show. Canon are pleased to announce the following seminar speakers: Canon Ambassadors Jeff Ascough and Jonathan & Angela Scott, Magnum Photographer Martin Parr, Digital Cinematographer Philip Bloom, Landscape Photographer David Noton, Wildlife Photographer and Filmmaker Charlie Hamilton James and Landscape Photographer Charlie Waite. 

There will be a comprehensive line-up of the Canon range and the show aims to demonstrate how Canon technology and that of compatible products and services can be used by professionals in their digital workflow to generate increased revenue and business. These include ASK Electronics, Hasselblad, Hahnemuehle, Hire a Camera, Imagework TV, LastoLite and Rosco together with the Master Photographers Association. 

Last year’s show attracted over 2800 professionals. Now in its third year, Canon Pro Solutions 2011 has been designed to be the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of Canon’s Imaging products and the show will focus on professional users. Entrance to the show will be free for all those who pre-register on-line or £8 on the door during the show. This year there has been a much faster uptake for tickets and pre-registrations have exceeded expectations. 

Demonstration areas will include:

Individual zones for: EOS DLSR cameras, DPP software, EF Lenses and accessories, Professional Camcorders, Broadcast Lenses, Large Format Printing, PIXMA and SELPHY printers, PowerShot and IXUS HS cameras, LEGRIA camcorders, scanners, projectors, binoculars.

Canon Professional Services Zone; The CPS team will be on hand to open new CPS memberships and upgrade and downgrade firmware on your current EOS camera. The CPS team will also be running a programme of live demonstrations of Canon features including flash, EOS features and benefits, Custom Function and AF set-up.

Live photographic studio.

Dedicated HD video zone.

Canon broadcast lenses; demonstrations of wide, telephoto and High Definition lenses.

Register on line at: 

21st With lack of any real info yet, I’m minded to think that all we’ll get next week are some compact cameras. [PR] SX150 HS and 310 HS

I looked back over my Canon press release emails and couldn’t see one from a Friday, so I’m inclined to think the little boxes might be all we see from Canon next week. If you follow the forums, then expect there to be much wailing and gnashing of teeth if Nikon and Sony bring out some interesting cameras next week ;-)

20th Our latest date for a Canon announcement (thanks) is next Friday – the 26th.

First one we’ve had for a while from someone we know, so I’ll give this a (very modest) bump in reliability.

19th Revised announcement date from CR this time it’s next Tuesday and there will be no DSLRs, just lots of compact cameras – another announcement set for September.
I suppose this could move the 1Ds4 (or more) to October, in time for the PDN Photoplus expo (26-29 Oct) or the Canon ‘Pro Solutions Show’ 25th and 26th October at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.

Well, I suppose eventually we’ll see an announcement of some sort… ;-)

18th At CR there is talk of ‘an announcement’ next week (25th), whilst at Nikon rumors [NR] there is uncertainty over whether a DSLR or mirrorless is on the way on the 24th. Meanwhile, there is stuff on its way from Sony too [SAR] and something new from Samsung [XR] – of course, they’re in the running for some of Kodak’s patents [1k1]
Canon are starting to promote their attendance at IBC2011 – a big broadcasting event from 9th to 13th September.
No hints of DSLRs yet

Thanks for the assorted camera specifications lists that are turning up, but this close to an announcement, a bit more is needed from new anonymous sources ;-)

11th Canon will be at IFA in Berlin 2nd-7th September, so expect any announcement beforehand. Tuesday 30th looks reasonable…
A new version of DPP appears (see our Canon S/W page) – only listed changes are support for the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
9th Canon US rebates include T3, T3i and T2i 18-55 and 18-135 kits – extended until 3rd Sept.
7th Canon US ‘instant’ rebates – until 3rd September:

EF 14 f/2.8L II $160
EF 20 f/2.8 $40
EF 50 f/1.2L $120
EF 85 f/1.2L II $150
EF-S 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS $60
EF 70-200 f/4L IS $100
EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS $100
EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS $100
EF-S 60 f/2.8 Macro $40
EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro $70
EF 180 f/3.5L Macro $100
Speedlite 430EX II $30
Speedlite 580EX II $50

1st Thom Hogan modifies his predictions, upgrading the likelihood of a D800 (FF/’FX’) to come out with a D4 this month [TH].
Why mention this in the Canon section? One of the reasons we were told that a 5D3 was for next year was the lack of direct Nikon competitor.

I’m still currently minded to think the 5D3 is for 2012 though…

2011 July

27th We’re told (thanks) to look out for a Canon announcement on Thursday 18th August
19th We’ve added a Canon DSLR specifications overview, to go with our timeline below
16th Sony have ideas about diffraction – patent [SAR]
11th All kinds of things turn up in patent applications – this time another multilayer sensor, but from Samsung. [ISW]
10th Will we see the Canon design in a real sensor? Suggestions for the EOS 3D
canon multi-layer patent7th A Japanese patent from Canon (2011-129785) showing a multilevel sensor design [EG]. This particular design is back illuminated and attempts to get round some of the difficulties of multi-layer sensing with staggered overlaps.
One of the problems in using differential absorbtion of light to overlay sensors is that good colour rendition is difficult to achieve.
Green and blue can be quite difficult to distinguish.
It’s not quite as clear cut as the nice Foveon graphics made it out to be when their chip first appeared.
There are a lot of patents springing up in this area though (see below last month)
The previous Canon patent in 2009 for multilayer sensors is believed to have been part of the multilayer exposure sensor that appeared in the 7D.
I note that that one didn’t have microlenses, whilst this one does.
It’s worth remembering that what you see in patents is often a few years years old, so this one was filed in late 2009.

See also discussion at CR

6th We’ve had several intriguing comments suggesting that Canon wants to ‘shake up’ the top end of digital imaging with improved sensors. The only details refer to that 120MP sensor from the Canon expo last year.

I’m not buying too much into this at the moment – we’re in a big lull before announcements and I’m not expecting any more solid rumours until a month or so before something is on its way ‘for real’.

If you’re near Reading in the UK on the 21st July, there’s a free studio open day event
5th Between now and 31st Oct, Canon UK will be giving away a free training DVD and up to £150 worth of training vouchers when photographers purchase a Canon EOS 1100D, EOS 600D or EOS 60D [Canon UK].
Canon will no doubt also be pleased at getting into the top 10 ‘worldwide company reputation’ list [Forbes]
1st I see that Ricoh have just bought Pentax [PR1k1]. Now there’s an interesting mix…
Oh, and if you ever wondered about how many Leica owners were more interested in displays of wealth than photography? [LR] ;-)

2011 June

30th Canon will be having a ‘Pro Solutions show’ in th UK again in October

The Pro Solutions Show will be returning again on 25th and 26th October 2011 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. Aimed at video, broadcast and still imaging professionals, visitors will experience Canon’s complete workflow solution from image capture to output. 

Held for the second time in 2010, last year’s show attracted over 2800 professionals. Now in its third year, Canon Pro Solutions 2011 has been designed to be the largest and most comprehensive consumer focused exhibition of Canon’s Imaging products. Its aim is to educate and inspire visitors and to demonstrate how Canon technology and that of compatible products can be used by professionals in their digital workflow to generate increased revenue and business. 

Entrance to the show will be free for all those who pre-register online. Highlights from 2010’s show and a registration form for 2011 can be found at:

29th A Panasonic multilayer sensor patent is found [EG]

The article points out that this is an area of sensor design that lots of companies are working on. A lot of development and production work has gone into Bayer style sensors, this raises the bar for any ‘new’ way of building your image sensor – advantages have to be economic and in image quality.

If you look at the nature of camera development in Japan, you’ll see some common recurring themes, and revolutionary change is rarely part of them (BTW read some of Thom Hogan’s thoughts for more on this)

Several years ago there was the big ‘Foveon is the future’ bubble on all the forums. Development and scaling of the technology just didn’t go as quickly as many had hoped (see the price and delayed arrival of the new Sigma for example). There was a Canon patent in 2009, but nothing has been spotted since (if you don’t count the 7D metering sensor, which is dual layer). Whilst we’ve had it suggested that Canon will use some sort of multi-layer sensor for an upcoming 3D, I’m still filing this one away with all the other 3D stuff we’ve had since 2004 ;-)

22nd More US ‘Instant rebates’ for ‘Rebels’ [PDF]. Running until July 30th.
20th US ‘Instant rebates’ [PDF] on selected 7D and 60D combinations. Running until September 3rd.
18th After our 3D comments the other day, we’ve seen an upturn in all kinds of new and mostly unsubstantiatedrumours.
Most fall into variations of what I’ve seen here and at CR, however one that caught my attention suggested that the 70D would move to what’s the ‘7D position’ and that the 7D2 would be full frame…

Well, it’s different I suppose, but I have difficulty in seeing Canon making such a major change to a product line? It doesn’t fit the evolutionary Canon branding strategy that I see in their products.

Thanks for sending stuff, but do try to give me reasons to believe it, particularly if you’re not willing to give any reply address…

8th Sony look to have discontinued both of their fullframe/FX DSLRs, with an official announcement for theA850 [PR] and the A900 de-listed on one Sony site.
Was it not quite as easy as they thought it might be to enter the ‘Pro’ market? At one time people talked of a move to MF and serious competitors to the top Canon/Nikon DSLRs
1st Quite regularly we get ‘1Ds/1D line to be merged’ comments – in fact the first one in 2004 suggested that the follow-up to the 1Ds would mean the end of the 1D2. Well, we got the 1Ds2 and 1D2n. There is an update of such expectations at CR where we also have a possible 5D ‘series’ split. Well, we’ve not had a ‘solid’ 3D comment since earlier this year when it was suggested as an 18MP third FF cam for this year – put things in perspective though and have a read of the EOS 3D page, which goes back to 2004
It looks like June is kicking off rumour season a bit early…

‘Keith’s take’ ;-) I’ve seen predictions of the end of APS-H and merging of the 1D line ever since I first got my 1Ds (no Mk1, no ‘Classic’, just plain EOS 1Ds)

Yes, it could happen one day…

Canon’s sales of the ‘One’ series are not just about sales volume, they are about leadership and positioning – strip down a ‘One’ series and you’ll find a lot of common design features between the lines. 

2011 May

28th A 1Ds4 and 3 lenses for August? [CR]
26th We’re told (thanks) that there will be a major announcement in August, although another source says September.

I’m still not very sure about this at all…

Whether we will see one, two or no Canon announcements this summer! I do note that Nikon have said their launch schedule is unaffected [NR] and a major Nikon announcement is supposedly due for the end of August.

So, a tentative 1Ds3 replacement in mid August, followed by a D4 at the end of the month, and a 5D mk3 for September? – although I still hear that the 5D3 won’t be announced until -after- the 1Ds3 replacement is shipping. Any clarity anyone??

Ricoh add more ideas to their interesting GXR modular concept [PR]
Sony discontinue the A850, leading to questions about how much they will continue to support ‘full frame’ [SAR]
24th SD1 ‘real’ price $6900
23rd A side note on the report from the 20th [1k1] – are Canon looking for foreign acquisitions?
21st Looks as if the SD1 price might have been a ‘mistake’ [PR]
Not that I’d ever release a false but newsworthy price on a Friday and then have to wait until Monday for ‘clarification’
20th Things back to normal for Canon by the end of June?

“Canon expects its quake-hit supply chain to recover more quickly than originally estimated, giving a roughly $600m boost to its annual sales, the company’s chief executive told Reuters.
CEO Fujio Mitarai also said that the Japanese camera and copier maker was now forecasting production “to return to normal by the end of June”, a turnaround after the conservative predictions made earlier this year.” [More at RS]

Announcements back on for August?
Meanwhile, I note that Sigma have decided to price the SD1 at $9700 [DPR & LL]

What might be seen by some as a ‘courageous choice’ [Yes Minister]

15th Several companies’ financial results are out, showing different apsects of how they’ve been affected by events in Japan. Nikon’s factories are running, but parts shortages and other supply chain issues will affect things until autumn at least [NRTH]
Hoya sound upbeat, but with similar supply line issues [PR]
There are a few lens rebates in the US and iPF printer rebates – up to June 30th 2011
11th More reports (thanks!) of Canon and Nikon pro level kit shortages/delays.
A potential built in wireless flash system for Canon? [CR]
8th We’re getting numerous reports of low or nonexistent stocks of some items. In the UK, it seems that the 5D mark2 is pretty much out of stock everywhere. I’m even getting people phone me up asking… I was told that one major Canon dealer had a backorder waiting list of 16 people for the Mk2 – I’m currently putting this down to supply issues, rather than an impending 5D Mk3.
BTW, I’m told (thanks) that several refurb 5D2s have recently appeared in Canon ‘outlet’ stores
4th More suggestions of Canon delays at CR although I’m still minded to put my money on 2011 for the 1Ds3 replacement ;-)

What to do with the 650D though? (T3i replacement) – The xxxD has been updated every year since the 400D, which lasted ~18 mths. What to ‘improve’ that won’t make the 7D/60D look a bit more dated (see timeline below).

Upcoming trade show news – PMA/Cliq (2011 Sep 8-10 [PMA]) has been cancelled and will now combine with CES next year (2012 Jan 10-13 [PMA]) since next year is a Photokina year (2012 Sep 18-23) and it’s unlikely they wanted to repeat this years (now cancelled) September PMA show date.

So, were they told that a lot of stuff just wasn’t getting announced, or was it just another example of the diminishing role of trade shows? There is still the PDN Photoplus show in NYC (2011 Oct. 27-29 [PPE]).
I notice that the press release for the PMA move mentioned “…constructively and proactively address challenges and provide new opportunities” – this is the sort of wording that rarely bodes well in a corporate memo when your job is at risk… ;-)

3rd I note suggestions that the Nikon D4 will be pushed back to 2012 [1k1]
2nd In a comment I’d almost prefer didn’t come from someone I knew, we were told that the 1Ds3 replacement announcement was now pushed back to August and that the 5D3 was likely ‘a January 2012 Camera’.
Meanwhile, a previous source suggested that May was still on for a ‘big announcement’.

If I add in a couple of anonymous posts, I now have a full set for the 1Ds4 from a few weeks time, through to next year… In other words, no-one who knows much is saying anything.

Also, at CR there are suggestions that versions of the 5D3 are currently out for testing, and the 1D/1Ds merger may be ‘sooner than expected’.

We’ve had no serious ‘unification’ rumours for several years, and indeed several suggesting that the differing needs of typical 1D and 1Ds series users meant that the two model approach was likely to continue for some time yet.

2011 April

29th A few weeks ago we were told to expect a Canon announcement ‘within a month’. Well, we’ve heard no more, and no signs of any announcement in the next two weeks. Given what we’ve been told about delays related to events in Japan, I’d not be surprised to see some announcements pushed back. Anyone heard of any press events? I’m at a UK Canon large format printing event on May 19th [near Cambridge] but have no info on camera related events.

Competitive pressures? It’s clear that Nikon’s own ‘lean’ supply lines are causing shortages and price rises. A new 1Ds Mk3 is back over £5k, for a camera announced in Autumn 2007.

27th There is a UK ‘Spring cashback’ for the 550D (£30) Canon UK
Runs to the 1st June and also covers some Ixus and Legria models
21st DPP has been updated to V3.10.1 [Full info and DL]
Multi-layer sensors are obviously seen as one way of getting more information from the image your lens projects. New patent info from Fuji [PR]

If you follow the link through to the translated patent you’ll see one of the problems of multilayer sensors discussed, that of colour rendition. With the Bayer filters, each colour filter can be tuned to a particular response. Once you incorporate the absorption of photons of different energies within the sensor it just gets a bit more tricky – Some may remember the big ‘Bayer is no more’ rush when Foveon came out with their sensors a few years ago. The delays in more widespread adoption of multilayer sensors reflect the fact that the actual engineering of high quality working multilayer sensors is a bit more than some nice powerpoint slides ;-) I still think we’ll see them before too long. Although it was suggested to me (perhaps only 1/2 seriously) that this was one reason why the 1Ds4 was delayed, I think we’ll see non-Bayer sensors in some Canon compact cameras first.

Canon seems to have pulled a V1.2.5 release of 7D firmware – we’ll provide a link once it’s back on their servers [7D information page].
Last but not least – it’s 4 TIPA awards for Canon.

Best DSLR Entry Level: Canon EOS 600D 

Best Superzoom Camera: Canon PowerShot SX230 HS 

Best Professional Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II USM 

Best Multifunction Photo Printer: Canon PIXMA MG8150 

Needless to say, we have the bunting and flags out already… ;-)
20th Nikon has a possible announcement next week [NR] – quite likely the 50/1.8G lens they ‘accidentally’ posted on their site last week – some higher end cameras are expected by some, but as with many camera manufacturers, the impact of events in Japan on timetables is not known.
17th Lots of interesting thoughts from Thom Hogan and others at a ‘future of cameras’ round table discussion [PVC]
13th A Canon pro DSLR announcement is expected in the next month, according to reports from NAB (thanks) – a suggestion that continuous AF during video was a key feature.
No details as to whether it was 5D3 or 1Ds3 replacement.
Note that this is not the recent ‘CR0’ dealer rumour from a couple of days ago, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t originate from the same place…
12th No DSLRs at NAB [PB]. New version of DPP (3.9.4) – minor update.
11th With the 5D2 getting on for 3 years old and the 7D nearly two (see chart below) even ‘my dealer told me’rumours are getting top billing in rumourland. The top people at a few large dealers are given some broad product directions for business planning, but they know better than to pass this on. I’m still minded to think that we won’t see a 5D3 surpass the specs of the 1Ds mk3 until Canon’s ‘flagship’ title has been passed on from the (2007) 1Ds3.
8th Canon announce an updated video plugin:

“Canon today announces the latest update for EOS Movie Plug-in-E1 for Final Cut Pro – the company’s custom-developed software application that provides quicker and easier editing of EOS Movie footage in Apple’s Final Cut Pro software suite. 

Launching to coincide with the start of the 2011 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, EOS Movie Plug-in-E1 for Final Cut Pro version 1.2 will make the importing of EOS Movie files even easier, allowing users to transfer files from any folder, without needing to mirror the folder structure on the camera itself. 

The update also enables smoother importing from Canon’s EOS 7D, EOS 5D Mark II and EOS-1D Mark IV models, allowing users to import footage without requiring the THM file generated by the camera. 

…EOS Movie Plug-in-E1 for Final Cut Pro version 1.2 will be available to download for free from 25th April 2011″

7th FF 1D mkV @28MP by the Autumn and an ‘MF’ 1Ds3 replacement… been a while since we’ve had a [DPR] rumour ;-)
A suggestion that we will see two FF DSLRs from Sony next year [SAR]
6th We were sent a link to a cached version of that pulled Canon announcement (thanks)

“There will be product shortages across Canon’s entire camera portfolio; including cameras, videos, lenses and parts for camera repairs.
Canon expects supply shortages will start to impact from around the middle of April and will continue to be felt through the middle of the year and potentially into the third quarter of this year.
There will be minimal impact on the supply of Canon’s consumer printing and consumable stocks; therefore only minor supply shortages in the coming months.”

Full link (might vanish any time)
5th A joint venture between Technicolor and Canon USA is announced [TC]. We also hear about a possible Canon DSLR announcement at the upcoming NAB show.

“The new suite of creative tools will be inaugurated with Technicolor’s CineStyle, that coupled with Technicolor’s Digital Printer Lights™, will provide a more seamless pipeline, from principal photography into editorial, for projects filmed using Canon EOS DSLR cameras”

See more NAB speculations and links at 1K1
A statement from Canon for Australia/NZ was on their site yesterday, suggesting that cameras and lenses would be in short supply for some time. I just checked to include a link here and it’s gone. It was at:
Meanwhile, from Japan there is a statement suggesting that most manufacuturing will be going again by the end of this month (much is already up) [CR]
1st Sony make sensors for a lot of companies’ cameras. At [SAR] there is a suggestion that no sensors have been made for a few weeks.

If you were looking for a rush of new cameras and lenses this year – we’ve heard of a lot of plans being pushed back, or announcements followed by very short supply. Of course it could just be guesswork based on a lack of any solid info…


30th We’re hearing much the same about delays in Canon products as they are at CR No-one has any firm info and one source said that they were specifically told to not comment.
There is an interesting interview at the Swedish Fotosidan site, with Michael Owen of Canon [Google xlt] Could it be time for the 1D mk5 to move to full frame?

Such interviews are obscure at best, and with machine translation, even more so – make of it what you will ;-)

28th Macworld in Australia have a report about some of the effects of the earthquake on Canon [MW]
27th We’ve not had any solid DSLR info for a while, and nothing to suggest that the 1Ds3 replacement isn’t the next to be announced. Meanwhile assorted rumour rumblings at [CR]
Canon have lent us a 60D – I’ll be writing up some short articles about various aspects of its use – do let me know if you’ve any info you’d particularly like to know?
25th Courtesy of a physicist in Germany, who’s spent some time checking patents, we’ve been sent details of several Canon patents of potential interest.
These are available from

The lens adapter mentioned at CR the other day – US 2011/0052185 – note that it shows a mark for EF and EF-S lenses

AF sensor incorporated on the sensor – US2011/0013061

AF related. Although it shows an old 1D style body it discusses aspects of AF adjustment and calibration – US2011/0069214

100x Zoom lens – US2011/0038055

If anyone finds any particularly useful gems of info in them, please do let us know…
22nd Canon extends their 2 year warranty offer for the 1D4
21st Sony patent adds Phase AF pixels to sensor [SR]. See the Fuji version at [DPR]
18th We hear (thanks) that there will be significant Canon announcements at the NAB event this April (9th-14th) – no details though, and it’s not the place you’d expect a DSLR announcement.
17th An announcement of something from Canon Australia? [CR]
Looks as if it’s the ‘world of EOS’… [Canon Aus]

If you check the FB comments, you can see that a few people were expecting something a little bit more from the announcement :-)

14th Updates on damage to Canon manufacturing in Japan [Canon]
12th From Australia we hear of comments (thanks) from a Canon source suggesting that:

The 5D3 will be at least 6 months after the 1Ds4.
The EF-S range of lenses is not a major area for expansion.
‘L’ series lenses are needed to get the best out of the current 18MP crop cameras.
Canon prices in Australia will be falling in April in response to the grey import market

We’re also hearing of announcements in April, but as yet, no details.
Canon, it seems, is interested in the new ‘Thunderbolt’ interconnection standard [CR]
4th A new flash with video lighting? [MM]
2nd Every so often there’s a burst of interest in Foveon and sensors that detect different colours at the same pixel location. Some of the recent speculation about Sony has been damped down, suggesting that it won’t appear in 2011/2012 [SAR]
Since Canon also have patents in this area, I guess that we may eventually see varieties of this sort of sensor, but not until the technology works a bit better and it’s use offers clear business benefits.
1st Lack of news ‘a sign’ – speculation on the lack of reviews yesterday [1k1] – well, it does agree with the tea leaves in my cup… :-)
Thom Hogan casts his eye over what’s missing from the Nikon ‘FX’ range [TH]


28th No signs of any big announcements in the near future.
23rd Two ways of adding image stabilisation to an existing lens [1k1]

21st Canon won’t be making an appearance at the UK Focus show [AP]
19th Thom Hogan is picking April for announcements [TH]

“…Nikon’s next big announcements (I believe there will be two, plus lenses) won’t be until late March or more likely early April. April, by the way, is looking like another cluttered announcement month. At least two other camera makers have targeted that month for new announcements, too.”

17th Next date on the [CR] announcement date list is the 1st March
16th Two interesting Nikon patents, showing thoughts on aspects of DSLR design. [NRSAR]
14th We’ve had further comments that the 1100D and 600D are the last Digic IV based cameras.
Certainly seems reasonable if you look at the table below.
13th There has not been that much coverage of the CP+ show in English – At MegaPixel they have an English version of some of their coverage – lots of pictures.
Another roundup of CP+ [PR]
12th We hear more (thanks) about testing of new video functionality in a FF DSLR – ‘full res’ HD coming out of the HDMI socket during filming.

This fits in with other aspects of improved video perfromance we’ve heard of with the advent of DigicV

11th Fake Chuck is in his usual form with comments about the new cameras ;-) [FCW language warning]
8th Instant rebates (in US) starting Feb 20th – 7D / $200 and 60D / $100 [CR]
7th -Site problems – updates delayed –
The 1100D and 600D turn up as expected. Two new smaller flashguns [DPR]
Key features of the Speedlite 270EX II

Lightweight compact design
Guide Number 27 (m, ISO100)
Bounce flash head
Wireless slave function for off-camera flash
Trigger your EOS camera with Remote Release button
Variable angle of coverage
Fast, silent recycling

Key features of the Speedlite 320EX

Guide Number 32 (m, ISO100)
Compact lightweight design
Bounce-and-swivel flash head, with 24mm and 50mm manual zoom settings
Integrated LED video light
Wireless slave for off-camera TTL flash
Remote Release button
Fast, silent recycling

A new version of the 18-55 IS kit lens appears, along with an interesting 200-400 lens, with built in 1.4x extender [Lenses info]
US Press info [on Canon US site]
2nd We hear (thanks) of a Canon press event next week – no good hints as to what yet. Candidates for replacement are the 1000D, 550D and 1Ds3 – I’ll not put much on the 5D2 replacement any time soon.
More announcement news [CR] suggesting that a press info embargo ends on the 7th and that a printer is on the cards. Whilst a new printer might be on its way, the press invites are from Canon consumer imaging, so it’s likely to be a Pixma branded model – rather than something like an iPF5300.
1st Some non-standard 5D2 ISO settings found if you use the new USB follow focus controler [5D2T]
A press announcement from Canon UK, but not quite what we’re waiting for ;-)

“…five new projector models in its ultra-portable LV series. Ranging from the entry-level network-ready LV-7290 featuring low running costs, to the compact yet powerful LV-7490 with 4000 lumens brightness, the range contains a model for every projection need. “

2011 January

29th We’re told (thanks) that there are currently lots of cameras at the Dutch Canon ‘outlet store’ – 50D, 1000D, 7D & 5D2.
27th Some financial news. Canon ‘…forecast net income will rise 26 percent, helped by sales of single-lens reflex cameras and office equipment.’ [BB]
However, in the UK, Sony knocks Nikon off the No.2 spot [NR] and Canon and Nikon sales declined [AP] – mostly blamed on CSCs or EVIL/mirrorless. [via PR]

So, just when will Canon and Nikon come out with their own ‘mirrorless’ cameras. One might hope that the delay was to really get things right, one might suspect just not ‘getting it’ ;-)

26th No sign of any Canon press events yet – Nikon have one on the 9th [NR]
25th Rumours seem to be multiplying wildly at the moment – we’ve had our first EOS 3D rumour for a while and even the Indian edition of PCW pitches in with its 5D3 thoughts – although this looks more like a ‘quick, write 200 words about each of these rumours’ assignment.
12th Cliq is formally announced …”a new branded experience”.

From the dictionary: clique |klēk; klik| -noun- A small group of people, with shared interests or other features in common, who spend time together and do not readily allow others to join them ;-)

11th PMA in September is rebranded as Cliq [Sept 6-11] and along with CP+ [9-12 Feb], these currently look to be the two biggest shows for announcements in this non photokina year. A lot of high end cameras are showing their age and it will be interesting to see the relative timings of announcements (Nikon/Canon) and how they try and grab the publicity.
The one camera we’ve been told not to expect an update for this year was the 7D – can any of the current crop of Canon APS-C 18MP cameras get more MP until after the 1Ds3 replacement gets bumped up?
I note the snippets of info on the Sony ‘A77’ and suggested new 24MP Sony APS-C [AP], and how it might influence a Nikon D300s replacement.
5th A number of announcements for CES – mostly smaller cameras. One that caught my eye was the A1200, which, for a basic model has a real (optical) viewfinder [DPR]. Is it possible that someone who’s slightly long sighted was involved in the design? A pet hate of mine with most small point ‘n’ click cameras is having to use the LCD on the back for composition. Whilst I will have some glasses with me when I’m working, I don’t regularly take them out when I’m likely to just taking snaps.
4th The CES show in Vegas starts soon[PR]. We’re not expecting anything particulalry significant from Canon and Nikon is also not expected to come up with anything of note [NR].
2nd The US gets a Canon price rise in February and there are a lot of new little cameras on the way [PR]
Meanwhile, it looks as if the ‘4k’ video mentioned below was a hoax :-) [EHD]

BTW It looks as if some sites have been deletlng some of their coverage. Expect a few 404 pages… We prefer not to remove stuff – if we are fooled, then so be it :-)
The rumour pages here are just that – rumours. If I took to selectively removing stuff that I got wrong, then there wouldn’t be much left …I’ve no desire to edit history to make my predictive powers look better ;-)

BTW I note that at Canon Rumours the discussion thread is still there, where the site owner’s reasons for moving the post are mentioned – whilst I might prefer to leave things as they are, he does run a discussion forum, which takes a lot of effort to run! The only lists I help run are the Digital BW one and the ProDIG list – both of which are only for people who will post with real names and contact details (perhaps not ideal for a rumours forum :-)