Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS Review

SLR Gear has a nice review of the Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS lens.

The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM is a lightweight, compact L Series telephoto zoom lens with Image Stabilizer. The optical Image Stabilization in the new EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens provides up to an incredible four stops of shake correction – a first for Canon IS lenses. The use of fluorite UD lens elements provides excellent optical performance in terms of resolution and contrast. These features, together with its water-and dust-proof construction, provide both the performance and portability to meet user demands. Read more . . .

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Canon 40D Due July ’07

Or, so the latest rumor has it.

This is the lastest in a series of rumors that really dug in September 2006. User Fred Relaix on the Fred Miranda forums reported this afternoon in this forum that:

The Canon retailer in Paris where I bought a lot of stuff just told me that Canon has annonced them the 40D will the there in July. They did not get any details (except it will be an EF-S compatible camera), but they say that the 5D replacement will not ship this year.
For what it is worth…

Another FM user, wimg, bolsters the rumor’s credence and adds a little extra juice to it:

Spoke with 2 Canon reps, over the last 6 weeks or so, and one of the major retailers’ store owners over here.

The 40D is expected in store at the end of June, and at the latest the beginning of July. This is what they said. No specs, though.

Furthermore, the replacement for the 1Ds MkII is expected in September, and at the latest beginning of December.  [see page 4]

Whatever its worth, it’s another rumor for us to chew on. I can’t imagine the marketing from Canon would hold on much longer if it really will be there in July. The coming days will tell.

Finally, to throw a little more fuel on the fire, Peter Bernik over at PMA Rumors reports that he has received the same information from an independent source.

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Friday Link Dump

Check out this photo contest that was won without a camera.

Photographers and reality TV. Seriously. Get the “Money Shot.”

The Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II is now in stock at Amazon.

A nice hands-on review of the [tag]Fuji S5[/tag] by Ryan Brenizer with the good and the bad.

The new [tag]Nikon D40x[/tag] gets some serious praise in a review at

Take a look at why lens speed matters.

Check out some great fashion and portrait photography at static.

Need a lens that you can’t afford for a shoot? Consider renting it.

Read the review of the $2000 (retail – it’s $1600 at Amazon) [tag]Panasonic DMC-L1[/tag] DSLR with the wicked Leica 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 OIS kit lens.

See the 10 Strangest Cameras.

[tag]Memory card[/tag] getting full while you’re out shooting? Don’t worry. Just get another one from a vending machine.

Got some time to kill? If you’re interested in the more technical aspect of [tag]Canon[/tag] lenses, check out Bob Atkins’ list of Canon Technical Reports.

If you’re spending a lot of time in [tag]Photoshop[/tag] doing the same tasks over and over again, then you should really learn how to create your own actions and save some of that time for shooting photos.

If you like browsing through photos at flickr, you’ll love flickr combat.

If you’re really bored this weekend, you can help Google by labeling some images.

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Canon 40D Rumor Update

Nothing solid on the Canon 40D lately. However, this was found in the forums on April 2nd:

OK, I just called my Boston Camera Man to find out what he has heard on this. He talked to the Canon Rep last week, who confirmed that Canon is the most Closed Mouth Company on new stuff coming out. The rep “hinted” that a new 10mp model should be coming out “soon”.

Now to get all you Daddy Big Bucks drooling, he also hinted that Canon has tested a 20mp model.

Credibility? Eh. I think we can all speculate this info ourselves. I’ll let you know when something more solid develops. Question for the day: How much more can the Canon 30D price drop? That’s all for now.