Canon EOS-1D X Delays [CR2]
Whats going on?
I have heard just about everything as to why the Canon EOS-1D X has been delayed for almost 8 months. Ive heard blame being placed on battery approval in Japan, FCC approval in the United States, production issues with certain parts of the camera, serious firmware issues that had to be resolved to name a few. Canon has kept the issues very close to the vest and very few people know the exact reasons.
Recently I have been told by a couple of people that the version of the 1DX that has reached select AP and CPS photographers are not in fact production cameras, they are preproduction. Canon felt it was important to have the new camera out for Euro 2012 and the Olympics in London. Its suggested that the cameras that are in the hands of these photographers will infact have to go back to Canon and will be replaced with the production model whenever they are ready.
That seems strange, no?
If anyone with a 1D X can confirm this, Id love to hear it.
The above may be untrue, however an 8 month delay in this day and age is a pretty unique thing. It tells me, and others, that something at the hardware level with the camera is being addressed and has required additional R&D and manufacturing considerations. If the issue was something like a battery or FCC approval, I dont see the harm in just saying that in a press release and getting on with things.
Will the camera hit retailers in June? For the moment I dont have an answer, I havent heard anything from major retailers about availability in a long time.
Food for thought .
Meanwhile.......a SUPER SUPER ZOOM patent appears.......
Patent: 24-1060mm Zoom Lens
Thats a 44x Zoom
Canon has published a patent for a zoom lens with an equivalent focal length of 24-1060. Thats a 44x zoom for those that are counting. Could we see this in the next SX PowerShot camera? A good possibility.
Patent Publication No. 2012-98699
2012.5.24 Release Date
2010.10.7 filing date
Zoom ratio 44.28
13.08 - 190.43mm f = 4.30 focal length
Fno 2.87 5.00 7.07
16.50 - 1.17 deg 37.77 a half angle of view.
3.88 - 3.88mm 3.33 image height
93.62 - 137.94mm 94.49 lens length
13 pieces in 10 groups Lens Construction
Two four-sided aspherical
3 UD glass sheet
Group 4 consists of positive and negative positive positive
(For Focusing the fourth lens group) Rear focus