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Canon 35mm f/1.4L II Coming Within The Next Three Months?

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It is almost here; the time has almost come. It’s the day that Canon fanboys all over the world have been waiting for. The day that Canon would finally rise and put the usurper Sigma back in its place as a mediocre third-party lens marker. (Well, they can dream, at least).

According to a new report, the Canon 35mm f/1.4L II is coming, and it will likely be here within the next three months or so. This, coming from a leak at the Russian certifications website, which clearly shows that Canon has registered the new lens. Based on previous experience, the announcement will come soon.

Also noted in the filing was mention of a new 15-45mm F/3.5-6.3 EF-M lens. This makes no sense to me at all. Why do they keep making lenses that fall within that same focal range? The EOS-M ecosystem needs more lenses with different ranges, not the same ranges over and over again.

Canon Patents Self Lubricating Lens Cap

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This is a fairly interesting bit of news. According to a report, Canon has patented a new self-lubricating lens cap, which – as you probably could have guessed – lubricates the lens mount, keeping it nice and clean and in good working order.

I can’t say that I have ever had an issue with my lens mounts, but I suppose that maybe in other parts of the world, this may be an issue. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, comes of this one.

Nikon Free Maintenance for D800, D700, and D7100 owners?

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Nikon has started a new Maintenance Service Initiative, which has seen D800, D700, and D7100 owners receive emails asking if they would like to send their camera in for free to be serviced by Nikon. The thing is, not everyone is getting invited to the party. Apparently, it’s only available in the US and only to a small sub-section of people here.

It seems like an odd thing to do. Many have wondered openly if this was a recall of sorts in disguise, or if there is some hidden issue with these cameras that Nikon just has not made public.

Personally, I find that unlikely. If this were just the D800, or just the D700, or just the D7100, then maybe I could see them trying to avoid another public recall. But with these three cameras involved, unless they share a specific part that is causing problems, it seems unlikely to me that this is a creative and sneaky recall notice.

Some have wondered if maybe this was Nikon trying to see how well their cameras have held up over time compared to how they thought they would. This seems like a plausible reason, but who knows?

You can read more about what is known about this Nikon Maintenance Service Initiative here

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!