Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lots of Canon Updates

Canon Rumors is obviously a rumors site, and I used to never care about rumors since they might not be true, until recently when I discovered that rumors "doesn't equal" not true, it might just mean that information is not official yet, and the site owner also has lots of trusted sources. I started following the site a while back, and I found it accurate enough, and anything that reaches the [CR3] rating, is pretty much on the money, so what's new to report?

1- Canon 650D (Rebel T4i)
18 MP sensor (not sure if it's the same as the 650D), 9 cross-type AF points, touchscreen LCD and continuous AF in video, there's also a new EF-S 18-135mm lens rumored to feature silent focusing motor to work with the continuous AF in video.

2- Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake
A very slim and light lens with a not-so-common focal length, rumored to be around the $300 price mark.

3- Canon Announcing 2 non-P&S Cameras In June
Certainly an exciting piece of news, one of them is almost certain to be the Canon 650D, the other one is said to be a mirror-less camera, and I hope it is. There are lots of speculation about a 70D and a 7D Mark II, but nothing true yet.

4- Official Discontinued Products
Most importantly the Canon 24-70 and the 580EX II speedlite, now when I'm in the market for a new flash, I might as well buy the 600EX-RT, and why not a 2012 body (5D Mark III?) to make sure all the wireless features work?

I have always been quite intrigued with small mirror-less & EVF cameras, but recently my interest peaked a lot with the Olympus OM-D EM-5, the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 and the Olympus 45mm f/1.8. With such fast lenses you still have some control over the DoF with a Micro 4/3 sensor, and the image quality at high ISO has come a long way through. What is more interesting is that Amazon had an offer on the Panasonic GF3 with the 14mm f/2.5 pancake for a $314, that is an amazing value for such a camera despite it not having lots of buttons or a viewfinder, I would take that over the Canon G11 and it's brethren any day.

What does this have to do with the announcements, you say? One thing, mirrorless cameras, I want a small good one, I am waiting for a really attractive offer (sub $800) for a good mirrorless compact with a good EVF and just one 50mm equivalent fast lens.

Olympus OM-D First Impressions and Comments on DOF
Hands-On: Canon 40mm Pancake
Canon 60D vs. 550D (and 600D)

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