1/23/12

Follow-up Post RE: Prototype Canon Products Written About on This Blog

Post by Stephen Oachs

Over the past 24 hours I have received accusations that the photos I posted earlier today (Jan 23rd) of what appears to be prototype Canon 200-400mm, 600mm lenses and a mystery Canon camera body, are fake.

I assure everyone these images are real. They are not photoshopped, faked or manipulated in any way. Below is a link to the RAW file that I took with my Canon 1Ds Mark III using a Canon 100-400mm lens:

http://www.ApertureAcademy.com/canon/B3J8584.CR2

In addition, I do not work for Canon nor have any affiliation with Canon or its employees that would allow me to have privileged information regarding future Canon products.

I am the founder of the Aperture Academy. I have been in Kenya, Africa, for the month of January shooting wildlife with colleague and fellow Aperture Academy Instructor, Scott Davis.

While photographing a Cheetah on a Thompson Gazelle kill, we first spotted the Japanese Canon employee. He stood out because of the array of naked lenses (no skins/coats/protection) and the bright colored sticker labels on the tops. We immediately recognized the anticipated 200-400mm with built-in tele but at this time did not take any photos. Scott did his best to speak with the man who, via his driver helping to translate English to Japanese, confirmed he worked for Canon and that it was the upcoming 200-400mm Canon lens. At this time we had not yet seen the 600mm or the new Canon camera body.

Three days later, in another location of the Masaii Mara, where we were shooting wildlife, we again ran across the Japanese man. This time we noticed the 600mm Canon lens prototype and the new camera body, so we decided to take a few pictures, first just to zoom in to see what it might be. We quickly realized that this camera was something not yet released, thus we decided to share the images on this blog.

I hope this helps everyone understand that this is not an inside "leak" or media attempt on the part of Canon. We are just a couple of wildlife photographers who happened to stumble upon some pretty new and exciting gear in the works by Canon.

Stephen W. Oachs

38 comments:

  1. There's some irony in a camera testing getting paparazzied via his own firm's 400mm. He goes all the way to Kenya for some secret testing and hi-res images are shared around the world a few days later. I hope he doesn't get in too much trouble - if he worked for Apple he'd probably be found floating near a pier somewhere.

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  2. Thank You for Posting what you saw, Besides a Keen Eye. You Got Talent and Creative insight.

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  3. Why a new 600mm L lens, as Canon launched the 600mm F4 IS II USM less than one year ago?

    http://www.dpreview.com/news/2011/2/7/canon500mm600mm

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  4. Good job! Now we wait to find out what camera he was using :)

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  5. Thank you for sharing your "catch" Stephen!

    Some people wouldn't believe the truth even if you slap them across the face with it.

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  6. In all honesty, I think it's irresponsible to be showing the photographers face in these photographs and also to be disclosing elements of the conversation you had with him. You might have inadvertently put this mans job at risk with your 'scoop'.

    Surely shots of the camera and lens would have sufficed backed up with your RAW information. If no one believes you then that's their problem. Why should it be yours?

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  7. Awesome! Thanks for sharing this. Lot's to tinker with now...

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  8. Can you please check the link of the RAW file, as it gives me a message that the server cannot be found, and fails to start the download at all. Thanks :)

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  9. Think many people have been waiting for Canon to come out with a replacement for the 150/600 F5.6 discontinued now for years The Canon Telezoom was so popular about 15/20 years ago,
    A British company called Optex were the first to convert this lens for cinematic and video usage
    The new protype as seen in Kenya is something verry exciting particularly for sport and wildlife photographers and videographers and what about for use with the New Canon C300 WOW

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  10. Why didn't you go up to him and ask him about it??

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  11. can we have the other shoots as well Stephen thanks

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  12. OOO BURN MOTHERFUCKING HATERS, BURN!

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  13. No need for accusations. You posting the pictures up was enough for me. Thanks once again.

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  14. Right, they did it on purpose. paraded the guy in front of you wearing a bright scarf and bright labels on the lenses with all markets on them. It was deliberate and staged by Canon. As if they do not know that guys photographing animals with their old 500/600 lenses would not know anything about lenses. Otherwise the lenses would have had some cover.

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  15. Doesn't look fake to me.

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  16. Enjoyed the photos. But, next time you run across this guy, have him set the camera down so you can take more close-up pix! :-)

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  17. why did you not take a picture of the front of the new camera body?

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  18. Hope that nothing bad happens to the man now...
    Otherwise congrats on catching a BIG fish!

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  19. This was an AMAZING finding.

    Your post circulated across the entire net! But nobody commented here!

    On pictures 1 to 3 it seems to be the new EOS-1DX. On the rest there's definitely a new camera, either a 5D Mark III, 7D Mark II, or ... a 6D?

    Thanks a lot for sharing!

    -- We all hope that Canon CONSIDER some of the FEATURES & IMPROVEMENTS that have been requested since so long ago by so many customers.

    Just in case some Canon Manager take a look at this and cares about Suggestions and Feedback from long term Canon users, here it is the article including a List of Improvements that can be implemented in upcoming DSLRs:

    -- The article is titled: "Canon EOS-1D X Needs Firmware Update"

    (Google will give the exact URL)

    Best regards.

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  20. Wow - this is a world sensation. I can't believe nobody is commenting on this as this is not 1, but 3 incredibly anticipated pieces of news!

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  21. It's refreshing to see somebody stand by a news item and not treat it as a rumor they wouldn't want associated with their good name. I've been thinking, then, that this couldn't have happened to a worthier professional than Stephen Oachs. The community should know better; we've gotten conditioned to dismiss (or lap up, I guess) rumors without the monger having to put any skin in the game - this is not that at all.

    The attitude of the Canon employee is most interesting - dare I say refreshing, in these conspiracy-addled days. I take this not as a deliberate poke at news outlets that may patiently abide by an NDA, but just a recognition that the news wasn't going to be under wraps forever. It would have been impossible difficult to get accurate results of the field performance if the lenses and equipment had no resemblance to the final product!

    It's worth pointing out, all the same, that Canon retains control over many of the most important factors here - the performance of the camera's output files. The apparent improved handling speaks for itself, though, and perhaps this is the message meant to be conveyed in Canon's calculation of "what if somebody picks up that we're testing this?"

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  22. I just cannot believe no one is thanking you for posting these pics and now even the raw file. There are literally thousands of people reading threads about these photos and the speculation has gone viral. This is the 5D mark III or 5D mark X or what ever they will call it and I am grateful for the heads up.

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  23. That lucky Canon employee. Testing 2 prototype lenses and 2 prototype camera body in Kenya is a job? C'mon. I'd have to pay 20k just to get the gear and another 6k to travel there. :/ very jealous...

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  24. What a cool find on your safari, Stephen!

    By the way, hello to Scott Davis. Your photo workshop at Stanford rocked! =]

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  25. new camera or a test body just to for use testing the new lens?

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  26. Looking over your images Stephen I think the new camera appears to have more of the cut of the 5D mk II than the 7D. It has similar controls to the 7D, but the 5D II has a much squarer cut above the pentaprism, since it does not conceal an on board flash. The 7D's on board flash results in a much fuller and rounder profile above the pentaprism. Of course this train of thought could be entirely wrong if an upgraded 7D does away with an on board flash, although I think this is unlikely. So my guess is a new 5D unless it goes by a different name (how many pixels might it be after the 1DX has gone backwards......hmmmm?????).

    Allan Richardson
    NSW Australia

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  27. hi, had a Canon boy who confirm it's the next 5D...... I'm photojournalist and prefer to stay anonymous because of him.

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  28. It's really nice to get a look at a RAW file from a 1Ds MarkIII. If you whack up the exposure value you can actually see the image on the LCD screen. He is reviewing a shot he has just taken and is zoomed in on a part of the image.

    The 5D MKIII is the camera that I am waiting for. Got my money ready and just waiting for it to hit the shops.

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  29. Thanks Stephen for the explanation. I've been participating in one of those forums that have been very interested in your happenstance. Most of the interested parties aren't accusing you of any trickery. The real debate lies with whether Canon intentionally allowed others to take a peek, knowing that some release "unauthorized" photos of their new products would get out. If Canon's intention is to keep the new gear a secret, then it would make more sense to send this guy on a safari to a more remote and private location - not on the Masaii Mara. These photos have created a lot of buzz and free publicity for Canon, so the conclusion is that it's not an accident on their part.

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  30. Stephen,

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience and pictures with all of us in the community. If it's not too much trouble, could you post at least a crop from B3J8582.CR2 in the form of a full sized 16bit TIFF of the LCD area from the mystery camera? It would help settle some things, notably the possibility of multiple card slots on that camera.

    Again, thanks so much! Cheers!

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  31. thanks for sharing. Looking forward to the MarkIII

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  32. Thanks for posting the photos, Stephen!

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  33. You probably cost the guy his job!

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  34. isnt tht the 1d X?

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  35. cant wait to get my hands on it whatever it is

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