Monday, August 20, 2007

Official Canon EOS 40D and EOS 1Ds Mark III, and 14mm F2.8L (and EF-S 18-55 IS for $200) (and EF-S 55-200 IS)

Meet the Big Daddy - Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

  • Official announcement at dpreview and at IR
  • Hands-on detailed camera preview at dpreview and at IR
  • Ships later this year (late November-ish) for a cool $8000 (eight thousand dollars)
  • 21 megapixel 35mm-fullframe CMOS sensor with 6.4 microns (pixel size), dual DIGIC III (take that dual-core Pentiums!)
  • 14-bit A/D conversion, 19 cross-type sensors in a 45-point AF system
  • pro-style rugged weather proof big daddy body, dust bunnies protection
  • 3" LCD with Live View for MF
  • Good idea: supports both CF and SD/SDHC, with ability to write in parallel or write RAW on one and JPEG on the other. I wish more models has this feature! If Fuji can afford a dual-purcase xD/SD reader in a $200 camera, surely $1000 DSLRs can do it too!
  • Small RAW (sRAW) format added at 5mp
  • Given the megapixel load, 5 fps is a respectable speed, but restricted to 1/500 or faster shutter speeds (12 RAW or 56 full-size JPEGs buffer)
  • New LiIon battery LP-E4 (not sure what the CIPA rating is)
  • 300K shutter


    Meet the Canon EOS 40D

  • Official announcement at dpreview and at IR
  • Hands-on detailed camera preview at dpreview and at IR
  • Available in two configurations initially: Body only for $1300 and bundled with the EF 28-135 USM IS lens for $200 more.
  • Expected to ship in mid-to-late September in the USA
  • 10 megapixel APS-C 1.6x CMOS sensor, DIGIC III, 14-bit A/D conversion
  • New: Weather sealed body (a favorite new feature among Canon fans), and dust bunnies protection
  • 3" LCD with LiveView, improved OVF (optical viewfinder) at 0.95x (vs 0.9x of 30D)
  • New: Interchangeable focusing screens
  • Nice drive mode: 6.5 fps (17 RAW or 75 fullsize JPEGs)
  • New: sRAW (small RAW at 5mp)
  • Nine crosstype AF points (a favorite)
  • New weathersealed Battery Grip that takes 6 AA (woohoo!) or 2 BP-511A. And as a bonus this grip will work with the EOS 30D and the now older EOS 20D.
  • CIPA 1100 (shots) with the LiIon BP-511A battery that is included


    Meet the EF 14mm F2.8L II USM lens
  • Official announcement at dpreview
  • To ship around October for $2200
  • The price and the name says it all :)


    Meet the $200 EF-S 18-55 USM IS lens
  • Official announcement at dpreview. Includes some very nice diagrams on the new IS lenses! Phil also makes a comment on the new analog feedback system used in these IS (image stabilized) lenses and compares it to current Canon IS designs. Nice job by Phil!
  • It appears the lens does not offer USM as was previously talked about. We can't have everything for $200, or can we? :)


    Meet the EF-S 55-250 IS lens
  • Official announcement at dpreview.


    More on the new Canons from Japan! (DigitaCamera.Jp)
    DigitalCamera.jp covers the new Canons in great detail (link is computer translated to english). There you will find the prices for Japan: 40D at 140,000 yen ships August 31, EF 14 F2.8 L 307,000 yen (late Sept), EF-S 18-55 IS 35,000 yen in late Sept and EF-S 55-250 IS 45,000 yen in October... Canon Japan reminds us that the 6.5 fps of the Canon 40D out-does the highly respected Canon EOS 1V... Canon also reminds us that 30 million EOS lenses have been made/sold since the beginning of EOS time... The new mid-range camera segment is increasing to popular according to Canon, creating more blockbuster cameras in this segment (selling 1 million units per year)... Canon acknowledges defeat by Nikon in the first half of 2007 in Japan, but hopes to reclaim the #1 spot soon. They hope for at least 50% market share for December, at least 43% for the year, with the Digital Rebel XTi 400D Kiss X being their #1 and the 40D being close behind at around 20%... A big promo campaign for the 40D is being launched.


    Opinion/Analysis
  • You can thank Amazon for the early leak by pre-ordering through them ;-)
  • The new budget IS lenses are a nice plus, given the prices of existing Canon IS lenses. Some will complain that USM was unnecessarily not included so as to keep the price of the existing IS lenses up. Well even if that is true, Canon has to protect its dollars and sense. I would probably do the same thing if I was them. Of course from a user's perspective it may be a different story.
  • The Big Daddy (1Ds Mark III) is an interesting beast, but its price, size, and sensor make it a "large format 35mm DSLR" when comparing to the rest of the market"./ It will be interesting to see how it compares with medium format backs! Clearly this is a tool with specific niche appeal given all the above.
  • The EOS 40D is an interesting combination of upgrades. Canon pushed further ahead on this one than it did going from 20D to 30D, and with good reason: The competition (not just Nikon) was pushing them on image stabilization, dust bunnies (my pet name for sensor cleaning technologies), weather-sealing, live preview and increased features/functionality.
  • The more-megapixel crowd may be heartbroken already after Sony announced just hours after the Canon announcement their new 12.5 megapixel 10fps 1.5x DSLR IMX021 CMOS sensor


  • Thanks for the link to our Canon DSLR leak story go to the Digital Pro Talk blog, a blog by David Ziser, a well-known portrait and wedding photographer.

  • 2 comments:

    4U2C said...

    The Mark III is an amazing DSLR. At $8,000 it is too expensive for me. The 40D looks like a winner.

    Canon 1Ds Mark III

    Canon 40D

    1001 noisy cameras said...

    Indeed at $8K it is for a very specific segment of the market. The 40D is definitely another interesting mid-range DSLR!