Emerging rumors state that a hardware announcement will be made on August 14th, 2015. It will likely not include the next iterations of the EOS 5D or 6D models. Reportedly, the 5D Mark IV is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2016, and rumors state that official news about the 6D Mark II will emerge around the same time. A tip that has been floating around since May states that Canon will announce the Rebel SL2/EOS 150D sometime between July and August, placing it right in the target announcement date. The EOS-1D X Mark II has also been long rumored to emerge later this year.
Meanwhile, murmurings state that the EF 35mm f/1.4L Mark II will soon be sent to production, meaning an official statement on the horizon. The EF-M 85mm f/1.8 IS STM, EF-M 18-55mm IS STM, and EF 16-35mm f/2.8L Mark II will supposedly accompany that announcement.
Described as a compact version of the 750D, the Canon Rebel SL2 is rumored to include the specs:
- 24.2 megapixels
- 4.5 frames per second
- Video: 1080/30p
- Hybrid CMOS autofocus III system with 19 points
- 3” LCD Touchscreen
- WiFi and near field communication
The EOS-1D X Mark II potentially increases the ISO range as well as the dynamic range. In fact, the dynamic range is supposed to top every other DSLR currently on the market. The camera may also include the DIGIC 7 processor, which would be the newest iteration.
As for the Canon EF 35mm F/1.4 Mark II, it supposedly includes:
- Dust/weather sealing
- Increased length and smaller diameter from the previous model
- Smaller filter thread
- A new design for the lens hood
Reportedly, the announcement of the Canon EF 35mm F/1.4 Mark II was delayed because Canon was busy catching up on the supply part of “supply and demand”, due to several lenses quickly disappearing off of shelves.
As stated, a rumor is only a rumor, so we’ll just have to wait for August 14th to roll around, but all signs point to some pretty promising new hardware news.