The Canon 6D has just hit the shelves and is ready to ship, a couple weeks earlier than expected! The 6D is Canon's new enthusiast full-frame DSLR, which bridges the world of high-end APS-C cameras and professional full-frame bodies. Priced at just $2099 (some stores, including Adorama, will include free accessories!), this camera is an affordable way to get started with premium image quality from a full-frame sensor.
In addition to featuring a 20.2 megapixel sensor with an ISO range of 50 to 102,400, the 6D is the first camera of its kind to feature built-in GPS and Wi-Fi.
The compact 24-70mm F4 lens is a lighter and more affordable alternative to the 28-70mm F2.8L II USM lens and is designed for full-frame and APS-C shooters alike. On full-frame cameras, it's a very handy walkaround zoom corresponding roughly to an 18-55mm kit lens on APS-C, but offering premium image quality. Canon recommends this lens for those starting out with the recently-announced Canon 6D. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 20cm and has a 9-blade circular aperture to deliver smooth bokeh. It's complete with image stabilization, silent autofocus, and allows full-time manual focus adjustments. The lens is less than 10cm long and will launch in December at a price of $1499.
The EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens succeeds Canon's EF 35mm F2 lens, and is another compact addition to their lens lineup. The lens features advanced lens coatings, image stabilization, and fast ultrasonic autofocus, and lets you manually focus at any time if you wish to do so. This lens will also be launching in December for $849.
Canon boasts that both of these lenses feature their latest AF technology, and that the new 35mm will focus much faster and quieter than its predecessor.
Canon has just announced their entry into the mirrorless camera market with the EOS-M. The EOS-M has a 18MP APS-C sensor, with a 1040k dot LCD touch screen to complement it. As with any other mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS-M has the quality of their DSLRs in the size of a point and shoot camera. The price of the camera starts out at 799.99 USD.
Canon's new Rebel T4i DSLR- the most advanced Rebel to date- has just been launched! In addition, the new Canon 40mm F2.8 STM "pancake" lens has also just become available for $199. This new pancake lens is a first for Canon, and we think it was inspired by Pentax's lineup of Limited lenses. Read more about this 40mm pancake on PentaxForums.com.
The new Rebel features an articulating LCD screen and has the following specifications:
- 18-megapixel APS-C sensor
- ISO 100-12800 expandable to 25600
- 5FPS continuous shooting
- Improved 9-point autofocus 1080p/30, 720p/60/50 HD video recording
- 3-inch LCD with over 1,000,000 dots (just above VGA)
The T4i is launching at a price of $849 and is now available for pre-order. The new Rebel will also be available in kits with the Canon 18-55mm and 18-135mm STM for $949 and $1199, respectively. These prices are very similar to those of the new Pentax K-30, although the Pentax seems to have a slight edge in terms of specifications, and it is weather-sealed as well. While the new Rebel certainly looks good on paper, it doesn't look like there's much innovation surrounding it- it's just an upgraded body.
Earlier this year, Canon announced two new stabilized full-frame wide-angle primes: the EF 24mm F2.8 IS USM, and th EF 28mm F2.8 IS USM lenses.
These two lenses are now available for pre-order with an expected shipping date of June 17th.
Canon stumbled into a gold mine when the decided to add video capabilities to their line of DSLR cameras. It was originally added as “checklist feature” to entice compact camera (“point and shoot”) owners to move up to an interchangeable lens camera system (can we say “gateway drug”?) without losing features from the compact camera. When wedding & event shooters started clamoring for more, Canon obliged with the 5D Mk II which has become the de facto standard camera for the wedding shooter. Cinematographers took notice and so did the industry. Now, Canon takes the next step, introducing the EOS 1D C.
For those stargazers among us, Canon have finally released the Eos 60Da, an upgrade to the Eos 20Da of 2005. It has taken seven years, but better wait than never....
The Eos 60Da is optimised for astrophotography, and features a modified infra-red filter in front of the sensor that results in increased sensitivity to light in the 656nm waveband. This will make it easier to capture images of things such as nebulae (gas clouds). In addition, Canon specifies the APS-C, 18mp sensor as a "low noise" type.