UPDATE: IT’S FEBRUARY 24th…

and there ain’t no news from anywhere. My bad for getting everyone all worked up, me included. Now I’ll just head off to my local Sigma distributor and get me a new lens. Must do something! Just announced though are THREE NEW imagePROGRAF LARGE FORMAT PRINTERS from Canon USA.

CANON: NEW STUFF POSSIBLY FEBRUARY 23rd

The Canon photography community is a buzzing with rumors of what is about to be unveiled on February 23rd in the UK. That would be the 24th for us folks here in South East Asia. Keep your eyes peeled.

So far, doing the rounds are the full frame Canon flagship EOS 1Ds MK IV at 32 mega-pixels. Hopefully it will sport a new DIGIC V sensor and it will most probably be a super cam for video.

No word on a 60D yet and I do not think Canon will be releasing a newly designed 60D anytime soon (think August 2010) as it will go against the just released 7D. If they do release a rehashed 60D then it would just make sense to purchase a cheaper 50D.

February looks to be the month for mouth watering lens updates.

Canon-EF-24-70mm-f-2.8L-USM-Lens-ReviewThe eagerly anticipated EF 24-70mm F/2.8L will be getting Image Stabilizer. It will  a 4th gen IS -same as the one in EF 70-200 F/2.8. At any rate, many and I mean many, will be tickled pink with excitement with the IS upgrade. Assuming that Canon’s QC does a good job of putting this lens together.

Lenses: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS I’m told this is for sure, take it to the bank. I have yet to hear from CR3 (most reliable source) people in regards to the lens. 2 other lenses would be announced. One would be niche market and the other an EF mount lens. There is currently nothing more definitive out there.-via CR Guy of Canon Rumors.

Canon-EF-135mm-f-2L-USM-Lens-ReviewNiche market lens? Canon just released a 100mm L macro lens and a 2 Tilt shift TS-E lenses last year. So what could it possibly be? My guesstimate would be a prime L lens that just finished tests at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Could be an upgrade of the EF 35mm F/1.4L (1998) or EF 135 F/2L (1996). I’m hoping for the 135 L released with IS.

As far as niche markets go, it could also be the previously mentioned in CR, an EF-S 60mm macro for APS-C (the S for short back focus). That would come out to be 96mm equivalent to the EF 100mm. Canon could possibly release this lens on par with the quality of EF-S 17-55 F/2.8 and EF-S 10-22. Both of which are L quality lenses without the weather sealing and red ring.

Canon-EF-17-40mm-f-4L-USM-Lens-ReviewAs for the EF mount, would have to think that Canon would be in for a new mid range priced lens. Possibly an update of the EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 released in 1998. An EF 17-40mm F/4L upgrade with IS-now this would get my paws all itchy and sweaty. Canon should also release an EF-S 30mm F/1.8 to give APS-C users something to holler about. They should not let Sigma take all the juice for it.

As for wishful thinking, EF 12-24mm F/4L which I’d put in an order faster than a hamster turning in a wheel(F/2.8 would be a little too expensive for my wallet) and unless Canon figures out how to make one that won’t have a bulge for a front element there won’t be one soon. (Update via PMA 2010: Sigma has just announced 4 new lenses. One of them being an ultra wide, 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM which basically is a 12-25mm on a full frame. I wonder if Canon will go down this road.)

It is only a few days away from Tuesday the 23rd. Keep those eyes peeled and keep on hitting that refresh button. Canon is about to make a big announcement-well, at least I hope so in terms of new lenses.

In the meantime enjoy these Japanese TV ads.