Canon anunta in comunicatul de presa de pe data de 29 ianuarie 2010 ca au atins 50 de milioane de obiective EF produse de cand au lansat in 1987 sistemul EOS. Obiectivul cu numarul 50.000.000 este un Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L USM.

In septembrie 2009 Nikon a anuntat acelasi numar de obiective cu montura F, productia acestora incepand in anul 1959.

Istoria obiectivelor EF incepe in 1987 cand au lansat primul obiectiv USM, un 300mm/2.8L dedicat fotografiei de sport si wildlife. In 1995 au lansat primul obiectiv cu Image Stabiliser EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, dedicat fotografiei sport/wildife pentru amatori.

In 2001 a fost fabricat primul obiectiv care a folosit tehnologia elemetelor optice difractive multi strat “multi layered diffractive optics elements” EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM (un obiectiv mai compact) dedicat fotografiei sport/wildlife. In 2008 au lansat SWC (Subwavelength Structure Coating) pentru peisaje in EF 24 mm F/1.4L II USM.

2009 aduce primul sistem IS Hibrid din EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM pentru macro si close-up-uri, in 2010 Canon lanseaza o versiune noua EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM dedicata unei game largi de fotografie profesionala.

PS. Da, sunt fan Canon :))

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV firmware update – Firmware version 1.0.6 enhances autofocus tracking performance of the camera in specific circumstances.
Olympus pens firmware v1.2 for E-P1 – Version 1.2 changes the duration of the enlarged MF Assist view, ‘to improve operability’. It also changes the camera’s behavior when the screen backlight is turned off.
Nikon D3x, D3, D700 & D300S get firmware fixes – With the latest firmware, all four cameras now support 64GB CompactFlash cards. The updates also bring in a host of improvements and bug fixes.
Canon issues EOS 7D firmware update – Canon has posted a firmware update for its EOS 7D digital SLR that corrects the previously reported problem where traces of a preceding frame may be visible in images captured in continuous shooting mode.

Nu a trecut nici macar un an de la lansarea lui 500D iar Canon a facut, din nou, dupa parerea mea o miscare mai putin inspirata aruncand pe senzorul lui Canon EOS 550D nu mai mult de 18 megapixeli.

Dupa aparitia lui 550D sa va asteptati la o ieftinire a liniei curente, 500D-ul si la posibilitatea ca 450D-ul sa iasa din productie. Canon EOS 550D este fratele mai mic al lui Canon EOS 7D, un preview mai detaliat evident pe site-ul dPreview.

Pachetul lui 550D este destul de atractiv, Canon s-a simtit amenintat probabil de competitie si nu s-a mai zgarcit cand a venit vorba de feature-uri. 18megapixeli, Full HD la 30FPS cu control manual si microfon stereo, plus sistemul de metering de la 7D si ISO automat.

Specificatii:
– 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
– DIGIC 4 processor with ISO 100-6400 (Expansion to 12800)
– Continuous shooting at 3.7fps
– Full HD movie recording with manual control and selectable frame rates
– 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD with 1,040k dots
– iFCL metering System with 63-zone Dual-layer Metering Sensor
– Quick Control screen to change shooting settings
– Exposure compensation +/-5 stops (although viewfinder scale is still +/-2 stops)
– Select maximum value for Auto ISO
– External Microphone socket
– Movie crop function
– Eye-Fi connected functions compatibility

Fiecare versiune noua a seriei Rebel (xx0D) a adus 2-3 megapixeli suplimentari, ma astept ca EOS 600D sa ofere cel putin 20 mp si mai mult zgomot ca celelalte, amintiti-va ca mai multi megapixeli inseamna zgomot mai mult pe langa libertatea crop-ului.