Archives for January 12, 2009

2009 To Be Canon’s YEAR :-(

Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) — Canon Inc.’s 2008 holiday sales were “disappointing” and the world’s largest maker of digital cameras expects 2009 to be its “worst year,” Chairman Fujio Mitarai said, according to a Reuters report.

“This year must be the worst” for camera sales and the economy, Mitarai said, speaking in Seoul, South Korea, according to the report. Mitarai is also chairman of Keidanren, Japan’s largest business lobby.


EF 300 f/2.8L IS II [CR2]

The already classic 300 f/2.8 IS is going to be replaced in the first quarter of 2009. Canon has upped the already great optical quality and improved the IS.

I heard this a few months ago from a pro North American sports photographer, but he wouldn’t go too indepth about it. NDA’s and whatnot. I do expect all of Canon’s big white lenses to get updated over the next 24 months.

1D Mark X [CR3]

We just may see it in 2009
According to a report [NL] there is a hold up with the new 1D and its movie capabilities.

“…Canon has a replacement for the 1D MKIII ready to launch during the second quarter of 2009. What’s holding Canon back is a decision from FIFA … to allow pro-cameras with video capability ( see 5D MKII) during sporting events. FIFA is currently looking into the legal implications with television rights and contracts with broadcasters. If FIFA give the green light then Canon will release the camera.”

I’ve waited to comment on it until I heard some first hand info. “It’s not a huge deal and won’t delay the launch of the camera.”


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