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CR claims that Mid-July or August. These are the months that have the web a buzz again with a rumored announcement from Canon. Perhaps new DSLRs or maybe some new lenses. After all, the EOS 50D, the very last DSLR without video in Canon’s line up is due for a replacement. My guesstimate would be appropriately end of August to coincide with a September Photokina in Cologne, Germany.

Many lenses from Canon’s line up are all due for an update as well. For now, a prime lens update should be in the works as there has been a some zooms updated in the past 2 years. But I’m sure with a new full frame DSLR announcement will come a new zoom lens. Quite possibly the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM with Image Stabilizer and new glass elements.

One lens that desperately needs to be modernized is the EF 50mm f/1.4. The original 50mm f/1.4 was first released in 1993. The 20 plus year old tech on this lens needs to be updated with ring Ultrasonic Motor and modern glass elements. Sigma has already released their 50mm f/1.4 for full frame and 30mm f/1.4 for crop sensors and both are selling well. It is prime time Canon puts out what it does best-yes, lenses.

Just to whet your appetite for more Canon, here are 2 wallpapers from 20th Anniversary in 2007. Just click on the respective piece, wait for the large version (2398 × 1700) and just drag and drop onto your desktop.

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Some very interesting UNOFFICIAL tid bit from Canon Rumors. The wide angle f/4L IS lens seems very interesting… gotta run half my body is already out the door. Enjoy the news.

About time someone spoke up
A CR regular has piped up about the massive announcement of new gear coming from Canon.

I’m told to expect 2 separate announcements, one for the prosumer market and one for the pro market.

Announcement 1

* 60D Type of camera, it could be called something else.
* The EF-S 60mm Macro will receive IS.
* There is a “murmur” that a new 70-300 type of lens could also be announced.
* This will be the first announcement.

Announcement 2

* The 1Ds Mark IV will be announced
* EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS will be announced
* A new f/4 wide angle with IS
* A new L prime, unknown as to which will get replaced. The 35mm isn’t a guarantee.
* A new Flash
* New accessories
* This will be the 2nd announcement and the big news for Photokina

The source says amendments could be made over the next few weeks, so keep checking back.

cr

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.

UPDATE: OCTOBER 25, 2010

Here is a little more depth of field into the EOS 60D: Where Does It Stand?. Hope you enjoy the post.

UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 3, 2010

The Canon EOS 60D was just announced. This update does not exactly fit into the EOS 40D/50D line up. It is now geared towards the hobbyist than a likely pro-summer camera. Gone is the metal body and it is now a smaller form factor than the EOS 50D. But for the first time in the history of Canon DSLR it has a swivel LCD screen-albeit a more convenient way for shooting video or low angles. I’m pretty sure there must be a few swivel screen bashing going on in some forum. IMO, this isn’t a bad addition-your neck and back will thank you.

Canon USA 60d_586x186

The new EOS 60D has inherited the 7D 18 MP sensor and the integrated speedlite transmitter for off the hot shoe flash photography. This feature in itself will save you from purchasing the Canon ST-E2 wireless transmitter that cost around US$200. Buy an external flash instead. The rest of the features are just bells and whistle to entice.

So, should you buy the EOS 550D, 60D or 7D? My answer in 3 points:

  • EOS 550D USD799- casual shoot, family, friends, pets, etc. and for uploading to social sites when all you need is a max resolution of 1024 x 740. Have no plans on investing on lenses.
  • EOS 60D US$1099- hobbyist and are still learning. Getting to the more serious side of photography and you understand the triumvirate of photography like the back of your hand.
  • EOS 7D US$1699- this is a bit on the pricy side and if you are not making money off your photos then better stick with the two above and invest in good lenses instead. Remember-it’s not really the body but the glass. Lenses are an investment and camera bodies are disposables.

UPDATE: MARCH 1, 2010

It’s incredible how much views this post is getting. Just to be fair to all you folks I will do my own assessment of the 60D’s release.

It will most probably be in August of O ten. Just to give more sales to the 7D for folks who need to upgrade from 40/50D bodies. I don’t think the 60D will be a great improvement over the current 50D except for a few changes. My gut tells me a DIGIC V sensor will get introduced by this time along with a new auto focus ala 7D. With the same fps of 6.3 and possibility new batteries and grip.

It is only logical that the 60D will be for those who get sick and tired of the EOS 500/550D.  Take note, a dial on the rear of the body and info display screen on top makes a very big difference for serious shooters. Making a step from a xxxD to a xxD line makes a world of difference-handling, body seals, etc.

Should you wait for the 60D or jump on the 7D wagon? If you can spare an extra US$300-400 price difference, why not? But if you are just looking to upgrade from an older cam then wait for it. A 7D is classified as more of a pro level cam and it’s got way to much features for a casual shooter to fully utilize. Understanding a camera inside and out makes better photos than a pro body.

I use a 40/50D combo for pro shoots and it is more than efficient for any project that comes my way. I will be getting a 7D once my actuation setting shows 50k. After all, yesterday, it read 4318 and it’s already hit 9999 twice. That means my 50 is at 34,318 actuation. Roughly 15k more and just as well, the 7D will have a price drop by then. =)

Countless times, people tell me that my 50D does make better quality photos because of the high mp count. Best to agree with that but the lens makes a very big difference. It’s best to just go with an affordable body and try to save up for good glass-EF-S17-55 f/2.8, EF-S10-22 f/3.5-4.5, EF17-40 f/4L, EF 24-105 f/4L, EF 24-70 f/2.8L and most notably the Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6.

Thank you for reading.

UPDATE: FEBRUARY 5, 2010

 

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Invite from Pocket Lint via Canon Rumors

There were speculations about an announcement date of February 4th on new Canon DSLRs. Since it’s already the 5th here in South East Asia without any word we will all just have to wait for the 9th as was originally posted on Northlight. Or the 8th with this new invite popping up over at Pocket Lint then Canon Rumors for the BAFTA Awards in London.

All this news on the 60D has gotten my hands all itchy for the official press release. It will be very interesting to see what Canon will put into their once flagship APS-C (1.6x) model.

RUMORS AROUND THE WEB

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Canon will be making an official statement on February 9 about two new DSLR’s and a few point and shoots. It’s a little less than a week before the release and rumors are everywhere on the net.

The 550D/600D and, crossing those fingers, the 60D are on the table. Both are APS-C (1.6 crop) and will definitely be at the 15-18 megapixel range with video capabilities. It just hasn’t been confirmed whether video will be HD capable. Quite possibly the new in body Image Stabilizer will make it’s introduction in the 60D with an electronic leveler like the 7D.

Maybe a few new EF-S lenses to go along with the new bodies.

No leaked photos of the new cameras as of this posting but I will be doing a more extensive search later. Maybe the Chinese sites have something- like the leaked Jackie Chan image for the 7D ad in Hong Kong/China.

Canon 550D/600D (Rebel)

  • Release date April 2010
  • Upgraded 15.1 mega pixels
  • New shape and build quality-similar build to 50D but much smaller
  • New battery LP-E8
  • New battery grip
  • New LCD with higher resolution-maybe even OLED =)
  • Probably no articulating LCD screen
  • 720p video/selectable FPS
  • $799.00 (approx. PHP38,000)

Canon 60D

  • Release date May 2010-false
  • CMOS 18 mega pixels (maybe DIGIC V)
  • 6.3 fps-false
  • Electronic Level like 7D
  • Metal body like 50D-false
  • New battery / battery grip
  • In body Image Stabilizer?!?-false
  • Master flash controller?!?
  • Articulating screen (I doubt)-true!
  • HD video with 24 and 36 FPS
  • $1,190.00 (approx. PHP56,000)

Strapping down for February 9… however, the above spec lists are really only the Canon rumor mill churning out excitement before the official press release.

It’s been confirmed that there will be an official press announcement at 9:00AM CET on September 1, 2009 (September 2, approximately 3:00PM for us in South East Asia) in Stockholm, Sweden, where Canon will announce their new DSLR/lens line up. Finally, all the speculation surrounding the 60D/7D will be put to rest.

Chinese poster. Way to go, again, Canon Rumors.

Chinese poster. Way to go, again, Canon Rumors.

My gut tells me that the 7D will turn out be a great cam for portrait and event shooters. Especially with the DUAL DIGIC 4 sensor and I’m really hoping that it will have better dynamic range with improved noise levels in low light. One very distinct advantage now will be the addition of HD video. Giving pros another creative option/addition to their event packages for clients.

However, the biggest improvement, will be the built in FLASH MASTER (FINALLY-don’t let this one be just a rumor!). I won’t have to plan a new flash purchase for a simple off cam lighting set up. I’m also glad this will be a 1.6 crop camera as not to compete directly with the full frame 5D MKII and EF-S users will not be short changed.

I will be containing my lust for the EOS 7D though, as I am sure there will be bugs. Fortunately, we’ll be seeing a bunch of reviews and images once the cams released. And everyone will be able to judge if it’s a must have or not. Have patience. Why wait? Well, good things come to those who do.

Here’s the post from Canon Rumors to whet the appetite. The source of the post is rated a CR3 which means it’s pretty reliable.

Canon EOS 7D
– Dual DIGIC 4
– Built in Flash Master (Goodbye ST-E2)
– Full HD Video
– APS-C (1.6 Crop)
– Non Articulating LCD

Updated Lens Info [CR2]
I’m still waiting on CR3 confirmation, so these are one step lower at CR2.

18-135 3.5-5.6 IS – I like this one for an all rounder. Time to sell the EFS 17-85.
15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM– my guess is both these are EFS. Better if EF!

The macro still holds true.

No 70-200 f/2.8L IS update according to this source.

Update from Canon Rumors

EOS 7D Specs:

-18mp
– dual digic 4
– 8 fps
– 19 af points
– ISO 100-6400 (L & H1 & H2)
– 63 metering zones
– 100% viewfinder
– Horizon Help Viewfinder
– 3″ VGA LCD
– FullHD Video

In USA: $1699 Body
In Canada: $1999 Body

Update on the upcoming lenses, as I’ve guessed they are EFS. Bad side, can’t use these on the full frame bodies. Good news, if they are as good as the EFS 10-22 or EFS 17-55 f2.8 then we’re set for another round of purchasing. Then again, they could just be the same as my kit, which I still have, the EFS 17-85. Or they could have the new hybrid IS =) Can’t wait now for the official word from Canon.

We'll I guess now the info is real. Image from Canon Rumors.

We'll I guess now the info is real. Image from Canon Rumors.

The next G series from Canon looks exciting (according to the rumors flying around the net). Can’t wait for the actual images of the cam. In the meantime…

Posted on Canon Rumors Aug. 12, 2009:

I received a couple of camera specs for the upcoming powershots.

GX1 (G10 Replacement?)
– 12mp CMOS (Larger Sensor)
– DIGIC IV
– 3″ VGA OLED
– HD Video (1080p)
– 5x Zoom
– ISO 50-3200
– Flash Shoe
– Similiar Ergonomics
-$599 USD

PowerShot T100 (OLED Touch Screen)
-12.1mp
-3x Zoom
– 3″ VGA OLED Touch Screen
– DIGIC IV
– HD Video (720P)
– SD Card
– Color Accent Feature
– $399 USD

More to come for sure.

A few more weeks to go and we’ll all get the official statement from Canon about their new cameras. It will be an exciting time for point & shooters this holiday season.

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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