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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.

LEICA M7 EDITION HERMÉS

Two of the best in their respective fields have teamed together to bring a highly sought after but quite intangible camera to life.

16 November 2009: Leica Camera AG has today announced a very special limited edition of its classic 35mm rangefinder system camera: the LEICA M7 Edition ‘Hermès’. As the successor to the ‘LEICA MP Edition Hermès’ launched in 2003, this is the second series of cameras created in co-operation with Hermès, the Paris-based company renowned throughout the world for its exclusive products.

To complement the design of the camera, the special Leica M7 Edition Hermès set includes a silver anodised Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. wide-angle lens, a matching classic round lens hood in silver anodised metal – manufactured specifically for these models – and a Leicavit M rapid winder in silver chrome. A real leather carrying strap, handcrafted by Atelier Hermès to match the colour of each camera, provides the finishing touch. Each set is delivered in a linen-covered, silk-lined box. -for the price the box should be bomb proof!

This M7 has the same spec list as the standard model. But it does come in 2 wonderful colors: the patented Hermés orange and “etoupe”(sic). It being a FILM camera is a good enough excuse just in case the funds will be used to purchase a new family car or many years of college or simply just living on the funds for a year.

A camera that many will want but never have due to it's silly price tag

Obviously, this version of the M7 is marketed towards the fashion forward, jet set, bank account is over flowing with money kind of consumer. This photographer wouldn’t mind having one even when there is a 2 to 3 day wait for developing negatives. Then again, a nasty annulment on the marriage will follow. Imagine shelling out a whopping £8,550 or Php668,493.00 for a limited edition Leica just to have bragging rights not just for the moment but for the rest of your now annulled life with child support.

Surely there will be those who will suffer a great emotional and psychological stress resulting from the purchase. I will be setting up a support group for those out there about to take the plunge on the super limited edition Leica MP Edition Hermés-some statements claim only 100 units will be produced. (Hurry! Must get one!)

Good day and good luck. For some reason, right this second, the wife and the kids seem more important… Could it be that lusting after this sexy retro cam is a much better deal than actually having it in the palm of your hands? Anyway, that’s my excuse.

INTRODUCING THE ULTIMATE MULTIMEDIA IMAGING SOLUTION: THE NEW CANON EOS-1D MARK IV DIGITAL SLR CAMERA

October 20, 2009, Canon has again introduced a new DSLR just barely a month after the EOS 7D.

Image from Canon USA

Image from Canon USA

The EOS-1D Mark IV is a high-speed multimedia performance monster with a 16-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor (APS-H 1.3x), Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging Processors, and 14-bit A/D data conversion, all at 10 frames-per-second (fps), with the widest ISO range Canon has produced to date. This new camera also features 1080p Full High-Definition video capture at selectable frame rates packaged in Canon’s most rugged and durable professional camera body.

Cover page to the Japanese bochure

Cover page to the Japanese bochure

The ISO ranges from the standard 100 to 12,500. With expansion settings of L: ISO 50 for really bright environments and ISO H1: 25,600, H2: 51,200, and H3: 102,400 for ‘even the most dimly lit situations’. Hoping that noise levels will be at the really low end. Dragging so much gear just to shoot a fireworks display is just so unfashionable. The MK IV will let the tripod stay home. That would be a dream come true.

Another major change is the completely redesigned 45-point AF system including 39 cross-type points, a new AI Servo II AF focus tracking system with improved algorithm combined with 10 fps continuous shooting, claiming the Mark IV will be able to handle high speed situations with ease. Now, imagine shooting a swimmer diving into the water in perfect form. Focusing on the swimmer and following through until the swimmer hits the water. And every frame is in focus. Could it be?

With the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver just a stones throw away, the Mark IV will get it’s intended use with the pro sports shooters having a go with the new AF system. By then, there will be news if Canon is on top of their game once again or they are still tumbling down the slope. Yes, a little pun intended…

Sample photo taken with the 1D MK IV. Click to enlarge.

Sample photo taken with the 1D MK IV. Click to enlarge.

There is nothing concrete about this EOS yet. No one has done a review of it’s ‘low level noise’ high ISO range. If the H1-3 range lives up to Canon’s statement then the MK IV will surely be in the hands of many event shooters. Until then, this will just be one for the pro sport shooters who will need to purchase a replacement for the MK III.

Image from Canon

Image from Canon click to enlarge

The Mark IV is just a little too much for this event shooter. Until I start charging USD2,000 per event I think the EOS 7D and EOS 50D are just perfectly suited to my project requirements. And a jump in my fee to that amount will definitely not be a fine example in marketing strategy.

At USD5,000 (approx. PHP235,000) for body only, this will clean out the bank account so fast you’ll be reminded of Robert De Niro et al robbing the bank in Heat-oh, I still love that movie. Anyway, a few new IS L lenses at a fraction of the cost to use with my APS-C (1.6x) bodies are a much better purchase.

Here some good reads at Ephotozine and Canon UK (Official press release).

Van Gogh is Bipolar: Part One

Whats your story? Choose a number and fall in line...

Whats your story? Choose a number and fall in line...

A quiet empty space is a great place to sit and contemplate ones journey into tomorrow’s unknown adventure. Where details adorning the walls bring a question or two while telling a mysterious story of art and personality. It will inspire the mind and enliven a weary spirit.

Bring a book or better yet a notebook to jot down ideas and thoughts. Or maybe a few friends that don’t laugh like hyenas on a rampage. The walls reek of a creative meltdown so just rub on the whitest part to get the juices flowing. Whispers and smiles are encouraged.

A mixture of old and older the atmosphere feels of haunts from yesteryear. This quaint little cafe is nestled in one of the villages in Quezon City, Philippines. Sure, it might sound like another cafe destined to either soar to independent success-away from those overcharging, overhyped coffee fast food chains- or die miserably trying. Either way, not everyone will see the point here but please do email me if you are interested. The owner will be happy to supply you with an address. Van Gogh would have been happy as hell if he had this down the street.

Superb art all around. Don't analyze just take it in.

Fantastic art all around. Don't analyze just take it in.

Used the props on the table as framing tool for this abstraction.

Used the props on the table as framing tool for this abstraction.

Need anything? Just pull on the cock.

Need anything? Just pull the cock.

Posted on Canon Rumors Aug. 5:

Apparently Canon will be launching the replacement for the 50D this month. Until the official word from Canon everything up to this point is speculation. I do agree with the new battery though and most likely see a new battery grip?! My 50D still does the job and I won’t be upgrading until something significant is added. Until then here are the rumored specs of the 60D/7D…

Spec List 1 (NL)
* FF
* 3″ OLED
* 12.7 MP
* ISO100-25600
* Digic IV
* Wide DR mode, sRAW
* 9 focus points (+6)
* 3.4 FPS
* Pentaprism, same as 5dII
* No video
* No flash
* $1999 target

Spec List 2 (CR)
* 15.1mp (apparently it will be the same sensor with some internal upgrades)
* DIGIC V (DIGIC IV a stopover to a big advancement in processing)
* New 13 Point AF
* 1080p Movie Mode
* 8fps
* 3″ VGA LCD
* 98% VF
* New Battery
* Weathersealing
* Ergonomic Upgrades
* 1x Compact Flash and 1x Secure Digital Slots

A new one floating around today says Dual DIGIC IV, 8fps and a 15.1mp APS-C sensor.

No “Affordable” Full Frame
Another email today says we will NOT be seeing another full frame camera added to Canon’s lineup, nor will there be another APS-H.

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