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Press Release: Canon Announces Canon EOS M Mirrorless System and Accessories

It's OFFICIAL! Canon has officially unveiled their first ever mirrorless camera with their 18 MP Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera. It is designed to target novices and enthusiasts who wants to dSLR performance in a compact-camera body without the complexity of a dSLR. The Canon mirrorless is expected to be released in October. The price with the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM kit lens bundle will be $799.

The EOS-M shares a lot of commonalities with the Canon Rebel T4i dSLR:
  • 18.0-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Digic 5 processor
  • 3-inch 1.04MP capacitive touchscreen
  • Hybrid CMOS AF system that combines phase-detect and contrast detect AF
The last one is important because it should the Hybrid CMOS AF not only allows auto-focus in video mode, but it should help the traditional Canon dSLR phase-detect lenses to focus faster.

The camera will be coming in three colors – Black, White and Red.

Overall design reflects that of a compact-camera, with clean simple lines and minimal design elements. On the front side, we see a release shutter button at the 3 0'clock position and a vertical window that houses the IR remote receiver and AF illuminator.

On the back side, by the thumb-grip, there is the movie record button. Below it, there are the menu and playback buttons, and below that is a four-way cluster with the SET button in the center and the dial ring around it. The SET button in the middle also brings up a Quick Menu. During shooting, the delete key can be programmed for either AF to center, Depth-of-field preview, ISO, Flash exposure compensation, or LCD brightness.

As expected, the camera operation will be more touchscreen-menu driven. There is full manual support, however, through this touchscreen. It is at least capacitive, making it easier to use compared to resistive touchscreen, and also allows multi-finger gestures such as pinch-to-zoom. Access to Av, Tv, P, and M modes are also done on the touchscreen.

Over to the top of the camera, you can see that there is no built-in-flash. Instead, there is a stereo microphone, followed by a hot shoe, a power button, and a shutter button surrounded by a Mode collar. This collar allows you to switch between Intelligent Auto, Camera, and Video.

One thing to note, the camera strap connector is non-standard. It is made so that the camera can hang and rotate freely, so that if heavier lenses are used, the camera will hang with the lenses pointing down.

The EF-M lens mount and lenses
The mirrorless format allows the lenses to be mounted closer to the sensor. The flange distance, which is the distance from the rear lens element to the sensor, is only 18mm. It uses an electronic first curtain shutter and a mechanical second curtain shutter, which helps with shutter sound and lag. Surprisingly, however, the shutter FPS is only 4.3fps.

Both of the new lenses, the Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens and Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM lens utilizes the STM motor, which allows for smooth and silent focusing when paired with Hybrid CMOS AF, as well as autofocusing during video recording. According to DPReview, the 18-55mm is about the same size as Sony’s E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 lens for the NEX system, and the 22mm is about the same size as Panasonic’s 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens for the mu4/3 system. The 18-55mm has a full frame equivalent of 29-88mm, while the 22mm equals to 35mm. The zoom kit lens also has the added benefit of IS, and according to DPReview, it has the faster focus speed performance between the two.

There will be a Canon EF-EOS M Mount adapter that will be available at the time of release. The adapter itself does have a built-in tripod mount, at least, so you won’t have to worry about damaging the EOS M’s mount.

You can certainly attach any of the Canon EF and EF-S lenses on the EOS M, but small size of the camera and the lack of a good grip means that you end up looking very unbalanced like this:

The EOS M kit will also include the Canon Speedlite 90EX Flash. It has a guide number of 9m at ISO100, covers an angle of 18mm (28mm full frame equivalent), and runs off 2 AAA batteries. It is also a wireless commander for the other Canon speedlites.

Canon's Official Sample Images
More Canon EOS M Sample images

Here is a first hand look at the Canon EOS M:

You can now Preorder the Canon EOS M. The Canon EOS M system will begin shipping in October 2012.

Canon EOS M w/22 f/2 STM Black $799 at B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Canon EOS M w/22 f/2 STM White $799 at B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Canon Speedlite EX90 $149 at B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Canon EF Adaptor for EOS M $199 at B&H | Amazon
Canon 18-55 IS for EOS M $299 at B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Canon LP-E12 Battery for EOS M $74.95 at B&H

Continue reading for full press release and additional images.

New Pictures of Canon EF-M 18-55 IS Lens and Flash for Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera

With our news of the leaked pictures of Canon's mirrorless EOS M, there are now pictures of a EF-M 18-55 lens and flash.

Canon EF-M 18-55 IS

Canon EOS M External Flash

Leaked Pictures of Mirrorless Canon EOS M with EF-M Mount Lens

There have been rumors of Canon entering the mirrorless market. With new leaks of pictures, it seems to be true. Specs and information are coming in bits and pieces but this is what we know so far. The folks at DigiCame Info posted what appears to be the first image of the new Canon EOS M mirrorless camera. The Canon EOS M will have an APS-C sensor instead of the smaller 1.85x crop sensor from the Canon G1 X and that Canon did not want to give Sony the sensor size advantage. Mounted on the camera is the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake lens (36mm full frame equivalent). The new mount type is said to be designated as EF-M ("M" for "mirrorless"?). From the looks of it, it's going to be a point-and-shoot style camera with very few direct access controls, no EVF, and probably a touchscreen-driven system.

There will be a more advanced Canon mirrorless within a few months. Hopefully that will have EVF and more direct access controls.

We'll be updating this post once we find out more information. Canon will be holding an even on July 23rd. Maybe they'll announce the Canon EOS M along with price and release date?

For now, Canon Rumors has some leaked (blurry) pictures of the Canon EOS M and EF-M lens.

Canon EOS M Sensor

Canon EOS M Rear

EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
Here are some clear photos of the EOS M.

Think Tank Photo: Sling-O-Matic Test Drive Program

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just announced that they are launching one of their popular Test Drive programs. This one is for their revolutionary Sling-O-Matic sling bags. 

With Think Tank Photo’s Sling-O-Matic line-up of bags you have the photo industry's first sling bag that can be easily switched back and forth to either shoulder. The Sling-O-Matic's adjustable, fully padded shoulder strap "automatically" slides along a set of rails to change which shoulder the bag can be worn on.

You can try a Sling-O-Matic for free for 30 days! If you don't want to keep it, ship it back to Think Tank, no problem. If it meets your needs, on the 30th day your credit card will be charged. (Offer limited to U.S. addresses.) Check out the product video.

This innovation is the solution to the problem inherent with sling bags: they are designed to be to worn over one shoulder only. With one smooth motion, the Sling-O-Matic can be quickly switched to the opposite shoulder without losing the characteristics that have made sling bags popular among photographers.

The Sling-O-Matic series offers three unique bags to choose from, depending on the photo gear you carry. The Sling-O-Matic 10 can carry a standard-size DSLR and three to four lenses, including a 70-200 f2.8. The Sling-O-Matic 20 and Sling-O-Matic 30 can each carry a standard-size DSLR and four to six lenses, including a 70-200 f2.8. The Sling-O-Matic 30 also features a separate laptop compartment for carrying a 15.4" laptop.

Key Features:
  • Industry's first sling bag that can be easily switched back and forth to either shoulder.
  • Each bag fits a standard-size DSLR with up to a 70-200 f2.8 lens with lens hood in position.
  • All bags are flexible to fit pro size DSLRs with a lens attached.
  • Discreetly stylized to avoid obviously appearing like a camera bag.
  • Long side pocket for carrying a tripod, large water bottle, or other accessories.
  • Large handles on three sides.
  • Wide zippered pockets on front, back, and side.
  • Business card pocket for identification.
  • Removable/adjustable straps and waist belt for additional stability.
  • Small storage pocket for storing removable straps.
  • Fully padded compartments for protection.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included.
I'm sure some or most of you are wondering what is the Think Tank Test Drive program. Here are some questions about the program:

What is the Test Drive program and why are we doing this?
We depend on photographers to give us ongoing product feedback. By offering this program, it allows our products to be thoroughly tested in the field by photographers in the widest variety of circumstances and environmental conditions.

When is the Sign Up Period?
Until August 31, 2012 or when all 200 have been ordered.

What are the requirements for the Test Drive program?
  1. After you test the product, you must send us a detailed evaluation of what worked and what didn't.
  2. You are allowed to use the product for two weeks at no charge – if you don’t like it, you can return it. If we don’t receive the product back within four weeks from the day it was shipped, your credit card will be charged.

Review: The Spider Black Widow Holster Kit

Review: The Spider Holster Black Widow Kit

Overview : The Spider Holster Black Widow Holster includes everything you need for the most comfortable Black Widow Holster experience. The Black Widow camera holster is perfect for any lightweight DSLR, Micro 4/3rds, Mirrorless camera, compact video camera or point and shoot camera. Slip on your Black Widow and carry your camera comfortably at your hip all day long without any cumbersome camera straps getting in your way. Light-weight and compact, the Black Widow is perfect for the vacationing photographer, or any activity where you simply want your camera easily accessible but out of the way.

Features :
  • For Small/Mid-Size 4 lb DSLRs
  • Works With Tripod Quick Release Plate
  • Camera Releases/Replaces Quickly
  • Use With Any DSLR/Tripod Quick Release
  • Leaves Hands, Upper Body Free
  • Fits Over or Under a Coat
  • Discrete When Worn
  • Lightweight, Secure, Durable
  • Camera Pivots as Your Body Moves
Spider Holster Black Widow Includes:
  • Black Widow Holster
  • Black Widow Pin for Camera
  • Black Widow Pad (only in Kit)
  • Black Widow Belt (only in Kit)

Deal: Canon Refurbs: 20% Off Cameras

Canon takes 20% off all factory-refurbished Canon EOS cameras via coupon code "SLR712". Plus get free shipping on orders $100+ with stackable code "SHIP712". Sales tax is added where applicable. Coupon expires July 31. A 90-day Canon warranty applies.

Coupon code excludes the Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body, EOS Camera Bundles, and Clearance EOS DSLRs but still works on other models.

The pictured refurbished Canon EOS 60D 18.0MP DSLR Camera is $800 - 20% off code + $0 shipping code = $640 with free shipping.

Deal: Canon Refurbs: 20% Off Lenses

Canon takes 20% off all factory-refurbished Canon lenses via coupon code "D2B712". Sales tax is added where applicable. Coupon expires July 11. A 90-day Canon warranty applies.

A best bet is the the factory-refurbished Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens (pictured), model no. 2514A002, for $100.79 before the above coupon, $80.63 after with $11.99 for shipping. This lens weighs 4.6 oz. and is intended for use with Canon EF-mount SLR cameras.

Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Delayed Until Mid-September

The long awaited replacement of the Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L will have to wait a little longer. Canon has delayed the release of the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II until mid-September 2012. The reason for the delay is said to be for “final adjustments in production”.

If you haven't placed your order yet, you can purchase from B&H or Adorama. It retails for $2,299.00.
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